9/5 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6-14Trump names Marino as Drug Czar, Toomey holds a town hall, Wolf joins plan to save the ACA, Bartos’ campaign says he is staying in Senate race, and the ups & downs from the week that was.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Breaking: Trump Taps Marino for Drug Czar: The White House announced the President’s intent to name the NEPA Congressman director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Toomey Holds Town Hall; Talks Harvey, Tax Reform: Senator Pat Toomey held his first town hall in months, and took the opportunity to discuss relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, tax reform, and healthcare.

Wolf Joins Eight Governor Plan to Save the ACA: Governor Tom Wolf joined forces with seven other Governors in a plan to stabilize the Affordable Care Act.

Bartos Campaign: Bartos Running For Senate Despite Rumors: Jeff Bartos’ campaign is denying the rumors that Bartos is considering dropping out of the U.S. Senate race to run for Lieutenant Governor.

9/1 Ups & Downs: PA Task Force 1 heads to Houston, the 11th Congressional district looks to be a battleground, Dent comes out swinging, Wagner continues to have issues with trackers, and the LG’s Office’s ego is damaged. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

National
The Nation: Pennsylvania Think Tank Plans to ‘Slay’ Unions, Like in Wisconsin

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: After resistance, DOH must release medical marijuana details
State House Sound Bites: Episode 21: Revenue problem or spending problem?
StateImpact: Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does
StateImpact: Overall methane emissions from shale industry rise, other air pollutants down
StateImpact: Pennsylvania natural gas production still growing, but pace has slowed
City & State: Congressman Costello’s reelection chances get a downgrade
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending September 1
City & State: PA House GOP faction trying to balance budget by spending cuts alone

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Report: Man arrested after going off script on immigration question during Toomey town hall
Inquirer: Pa.’s public pension fund is pressed to end ‘undue pressure’ to hire connected firms
Inquirer: Incident during Toomey town hall leads to charges for Northampton County man
Inquirer: Labor Day in Philly: For unions, a celebration laced with anxieties
Inquirer: Archbishop Chaput to Trump: Don’t kill DACA
WHYY: Summer gas requirements waived in face of Harvey damage
Billy Penn: No, you’re not a descendant of William Penn
Billy Penn: Philadelphia Young Republicans hand out 330 backpacks with school supplies
Billy Penn: Why the Black Lives Matter protest outside a Philly police officer’s home was not ‘illegal occupation’
KYW: Local Members Of Congress Weigh In On Ending DACA

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem, other districts guard against nonresident students
Bucks County Courier Times: Report on Pennsylvania economy advocates $15 minimum wage
Delco Times: Delco responds to Hurricane Harvey

Pittsburgh
WTAE: As gas prices spike after Harvey, federal fuel waiver extended to Pittsburgh area
WESA: Almost 800K PA Workers Could Benefit From A Minimum Wage Raise, According To Report
Post-Gazette: Questioner thrown out of Toomey meeting to be charged
Post-Gazette: GOP aims to cut business rates, but other tax policies are unclear
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh plans zoning standards for medical marijuana businesses
Post-Gazette: A march for unions and higher wages ahead of Labor Day Parade
Post-Gazette: Ending DACA ‘not only wrong and immoral… it’s really bad for our economy,’ Casey says
WPXI: Pittsburgh workers support ‘Fight for $15’ during rally
Tribune Review: Lengthy Pa. budget battle could jeopardize local governments
Tribune Review: Protesters vow to show up at congressmen’s offices if Trump dumps DACA
KDKA: Trump Considering Ending DACA, Senator Casey Reacts

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Under The Radar | Overpass fencing bill could get fall vote
Beaver County Times: Report: Legislative inaction blocking wage growth in Pennsylvania
Altoona Mirror: Union leaders emphasize Labor Day’s significance
Altoona Mirror: Commission supports water system project
Altoona Mirror: Political figures consider options

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Analysis: Can Barletta beat Casey?
Times Leader: Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is moving forward, but questions abound

South Central
WPMT: Waiver in effect on gasoline during hurricane recovery
Patriot News: Departing Pa. state enologist: ‘We’re still at that breaking point’ in national recognition
Patriot News: Trump picks Pa. congressman as nation’s drug czar
Patriot News: ‘We must be willing to change’: Q&A with retiring Pa. state system chancellor
LNP: As Lancaster mulls fire station modernization, Station 6’s fate in question
LNP: As Lancaster mulls fire station modernization, Station 6’s fate in question

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Toomey questioner arrested for allegedly disrupting PBS39 town hall
Reading Eagle: State House Republicans won’t accept tax hike
Reading Eagle: Gillen requests governor’s help in releasing Real ID report
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Rising wine and liquor prices renew push for privatization
Morning Call: Union supporters rally in Allentown for higher minimum wage
Morning Call: Sentencing hearings for three Allentown pay-to-play defendants postponed

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Gas prices to continue rising
Centre Daily Times: Longtime Moshannon Valley legislator dies
Erie Times-News: More than 2,100 union members, supporters march in Labor Day Parade

Opinion
Daily Item: Today’s Editorial: It’s really time to comply with REAL ID
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Lawmakers fail to take responsibility on budget
Express-Times: Real ID isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the effort | Editorial
Meadville Tribune: COLUMN: Appellate court candidates stop includes light-hearted moments
Times-Tribune: PA workers behind region
Inquirer: Most workers happy this Labor Day, but hard to figure out why
Inquirer: When will the war end?
Inquirer: What Pennsylvania should do is get out of the liquor business
Daily News: What Donald Trump doesn’t know about DACA kids | Christine Flowers
Daily News: Can America handle the truth of the tarnished 2016 election?
WHYY: Op-ed: It’s time to move forward on a Pa. tax bill
Bucks County Courier Times: Happy Labor Day …not so much!
Beaver County Times: Labor Day: Putting workers first
Altoona Mirror: Nation rallies to cause
Patriot News: Treasury shouldn’t renege on keeping Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill | Editorial
Patriot News: Two Pa. labor leaders reflect on the meaning of Labor Day | Opinion
Patriot News: Harvey’s tragedy reminds us of what unites us | Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Here’s what Harvey has to teach us about the next disaster | Tony May
Patriot News: AG Sessions is right to withhold federal funds from so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ | Editorial
LNP: A reminder of why most of us rest on Labor Day

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