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August 14th Playbook

President Trump touts his economic message at a Beaver County ethane cracker plant, while the PAGOP brings in a new Finance Committee Chairman. Here is the Playbook. 

Bartos Tapped for PAGOP Finance Committee Chairman: The former Lt. Governor candidate and Montgomery County Republican Committeeman will be taking over for Jim Shultz.

Will Trump become the “new normal” in American politics?: Madonna and Young believe that if Trump wins reelection in 2020, that he will have ushered in a new normal in American politics.

Linda Fields Announces Primary Bid Against Daylin Leach: The longtime labor organizer and political activist ran in the 24th state Senate District in 2018, but lost to incumbent state Sen. Bob Mensch (R-Montgomery).

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump claims credit for Shell plant announced under Obama
AP: Wolf pursues changes to Pennsylvania’s charter school rules
AP: The Latest: Trump takes credit for plant announced in 2012
AP: US appeals court hands truckers defeat in turnpike toll suit
AP: 21 states sue the Trump administration over its new coal rules 
AP: Analysis shows 12% could vote without paper backup in 2020
Post-Gazette: Trump takes credit for new Beaver County ethane plant in visit with workers 
Post-Gazette: Trump touts Western Pennsylvania while touring Shell cracker plant 
Post-Gazette: Shell cracker is a harbinger of things to come, drawing in President Trump and protesters  
Post-Gazette: Toomey, Keller push proposal to give federal prosecutors another shot at death penalty
Beaver County Times: ‘A nation of builders’: Trump talks domestic energy, manufacturing in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Protesters flood Beaver County courthouse lawn in protest of Trump’s Shell visit 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: President Trump is visiting Pennsylvania’s cracker plant. Here’s what you need to know about the project 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania inmates and correctional officers share a common pain: suicide 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rolling out charter school reforms, Wolf calls for a ‘level playing field’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Backed by high-powered law firm, Pa. state worker files class action suit to demand union dues refund 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Property tax elimination hearing draws big crowd, but agreement still scarce 
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s bill gives federal prosecutors another chance at death sentences
PLSReporter: Citing need for equity, Wolf announces reforms to beef up charter school transparency
PLSReporter: Wolf calls on ICE to halt immigration enforcement in Pa. after family separations
PLSReporter: GOP lawmakers explore property tax elimination at policy committee hearing 
CBS News: In battleground Pennsylvania, Trump pushes 2020 message at official White House event
WHYY Newsworks: After years of gridlock, Wolf plans executive action on charter school reform
WHYY Newsworks: Pa., N.J. health experts warn new Trump immigration rule will increase uninsured
Inquirer: Despite political war over immigration, majority of Americans want safe, clean conditions for asylum-seekers
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf pledges to change charter school policy, says more accountability needed
Morning Call: Fact-checking President Donald Trump’s remarks on manufacturing jobs and Pennsylvania’s Shell plant
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. lags behind peers in funding its ‘innovation economy,’ Brookings report says
StateImpactPA: “Superpower” book highlights struggle to increase renewable energy on the grid 

Billy Penn: Philly’s marijuana policing problem: After decriminalization, racial bias goes unchecked 
KYW Newsradio: City judge slams DA for asking him to remove himself from criminal cases
Philly Voice: Philly seeks feedback from residents in 2019 comprehensive survey 
Inquirer: Philly jails extend cashier hours, but most inmates still would be released without IDs, cash, or phones
Inquirer: Hahnemann is not the only former Tenet hospital to close, file for bankruptcy

Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick to visit southern border Tuesday
Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Casey stumps for unions in Montgomery County
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill would help businesses hurt by road work
Bucks County Courier Times: Some funds recovered, but thousands still lost
Daily Local News: New law provides tuition-free college for foster children 
Daily Local News: Rep. Williams discusses options for fair education funding in Coatesville 
Daily Local News: Dinniman introduces bills to better regulate fireworks 
Daily Local News: County commissioner tears up after service puppy named in her honor 
Daily Local News: Chester County pastor serves as Senate Chaplain for a day 
Delco Daily Times: Delco GOP candidates propose crisis care facility for endangered 
Delco Daily Times: CWA solicitor: City playing ‘dangerous’ game with injunctions 

Post-Gazette: Trump takes credit for new Beaver County ethane plant in visit with workers 
Post-Gazette: Trump touts Western Pennsylvania while touring Shell cracker plant 
Post-Gazette: Shell cracker is a harbinger of things to come, drawing in President Trump and protesters 
Post-Gazette: Climate change town hall convenes in Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh lobbyist charged with defrauding small businesses for more than $100K
WESA: At Rally-Like Visit To Monaca, Trump Takes Credit For Shell Plant, Touts Economic Record 
WESA: Local Lobbyist Charged With Stealing More Than $100K From Small Business Owners
WESA: Zappala’s Security Cameras Spark Cybersecurity Concerns
Tribune Review: Trump claims credit for Beaver County cracker plant, reviving economy during Western Pa. visit
Tribune Review: Labor officials: Colorado company violated overtime pay laws in 21 Pa. counties
Tribune Review: ‘Your future has never looked brighter or better,’ Trump says in Beaver County 
City Paper: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe creates his own conspiracy theory about Jeffrey Epstein suicide  
City Paper: Local news stations among Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominees 
City Paper: Trump’s visit to Beaver County cracker plant sparks protests  
City Paper: Gov. Wolf calls for ICE to cease all arrests that result in child separation in Pa.
KDKA: President Trump Visits Shell Cracker Plant In Monaca
KDKA: President Trump Takes Credit For Beaver County Cracker Plant Announced In 2012 
KDKA: Soldiers and Sailors Hall To Host Town Hall Meeting On Climate Change
KDKA: Charges Brought Against Pittsburgh Lobbyist 
KDKA: Armed Police Officers Coming To Every School In Plum School District 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Trump claims Shell project might have been stopped if he hadn’t taken office 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Energy Secretary Rick Perry backs building petrochemical hub in Appalachia  
Pittsburgh Business Times: Is the state holding back Pittsburgh’s status as an innovation leader?  
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh misses out on Xerox, hundreds of jobs  
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh-based lobbyist charged by state AG with theft by deception

Beaver County Times: ‘A nation of builders’: Trump talks domestic energy, manufacturing in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Protesters flood Beaver County courthouse lawn in protest of Trump’s Shell visit 
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb asks President Trump to intervene in Beaver County dispute with IRS 
Beaver County Times: President Trump visits Shell ethane cracker plant 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ‘Sitting on gold’: President touts region’s energy production in W. Pa. stop

Citizens Voice: Morelli appointed to county council 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre man charged in Planned Parenthood vandalism
Citizens Voice: Ciavarella turns to U.S. Supreme Court for relief 
The Times Leader: Rick Morelli appointed to vacant Luzerne County Council seat 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council pressed for time to approve insurance package 
Times-Tribune: Scranton new mayor seeks volunteers to serve on city boards or authorities  
Times-Tribune: Judge awards attorneys fees to newspaper 

South Central  
Patriot News: Wolf moves to reform Pa.’s ‘flawed’ charter school law that he calls one of the worst in the nation 
Patriot News: Charter schools decry ‘blatant attacks’ in Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to revamp state law 
Patriot News: Lawmakers hear calls for action on property tax reform; ‘we’re reaching the breaking point’ 
Patriot News: Lawsuits filed against Jesuits, Pa. Catholic bishops, for supervisors accused of ignoring sexual abuse
Patriot News: Claim of poverty doesn’t exempt homeowner from paying property taxes, Pa. court says
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Raising the age to purchase tobacco products to 21
Carlisle Sentinel: Military history shows how the AR-15 became synonymous with the modern assault weapons debate
Carlisle Sentinel: After 25 years, defining an assault weapons ban hasn’t gotten easier
Carlisle Sentinel: A look at crime statistics by municipality in Cumberland County
York Dispatch: State Sen. Mastriano to hold first telephone town hall next month
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city to vote tonight on video gaming terminal ban
LNP | LancasterOnline: Why it’s crucial for everyone to be counted in the 2020 Census: executive director of Pa. panel explains

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Governor wants to take Pa.’s charter school law from among nation’s worst to 1 of its best 
Reading Eagle: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan will host town hall Thursday in Reading 
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for charter school changes that could ease Allentown schools deficit 
Morning Call: Plan to tax retirement income instead of property will be yanked without support of seniors, author says 
Morning Call: Five Allentown police chiefs in four years? Here’s what led to the turnover 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Hear the issues facing agriculture & what’s going well
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall goes on lock down after threatening call
Erie Times-News: Erie Gives raises $5.53 million from 8,958 donors  
Erie Times-News: Officials renew calls for inspections after fatal Erie fire

LNP Editorial Board: Instead of buying kids bullet-resistant backpacks, adults should carry the burden of keeping them safe
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Learning the hard way: China is slow to understand Trump on trade 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Adding insult to injury: A big ethics breach yields a slap on the wrist 
John L. Micek: Why does a NWPA conservative want to post part of the state Constitution in every school? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Thomas Koenig: Philly should preempt Harrisburg on gun laws 
Tyler Moran: Donald Trump is in Western Pa.: Tell him you reject his cruel immigration policies
Mark O’Keefe: For Biden and the Pa. primary, timing is everything 
Stephen Klasko: Jefferson CEO: Hahnemann’s closure is another canary in the health-care coal mine 
Tony Norman: When suicide is the only rational explanation
Christine Flowers: Chris Cuomo should chill out. ‘Fredo’ is not a racial slur against Italians. 
Will Bunch: That heartless Mississippi ICE raid also revealed the cruelty behind modern U.S. capitalism 
Gene Therapy: Need still another conspiracy? Keep on scratchin’

2 Responses

  1. Trump drifts all over the place in his recent speech in Pa. He seems to do this as a rule and goes from topic to topic with no connection between them. If most speakers did this the audience would immediately become disconnected but Trump seems to pull it off as folks sit there as he wanders all over the map in his speeches.

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