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August 14th Playbook

Social Security and Medicare take center stage for a couple of newly released political ads, while the DNC makes a nearly $600,000 investment into PA. Here is the Playbook!

DNC Chair Perez and former Gov. O’Malley Make Rounds in PA: The Democratic National Committee is making a nearly $600,000 investment into Pennsylvania.

Casey Ad Attacks Barletta Over Social Security: The incumbent’s attack ad attempts to paint Barletta as beholden to special interests groups and heartless towards senior citizens.

Rothfus 1st Television Ad Touts Medicare Support: A “post” about protecting Medicare and Social Security.


Harrisburg & DC
WHYY Newsworks: Casey, Barletta spar over Medicare vote
AP: Deadline looms for release of Catholic church abuse report
StateImpactPA: FERC sued over PennEast approval after denying rehearing requests
City and State PA: Wagner, Wolf engage in battle of the bootstraps
PLSReporter: Municipalities tire of rockets’ red glare, bombs bursting in air, after first summer of legal fireworks
PLSReporter: High speed rail or hyperloop? One lawmaker says Pennsylvania should give new transit tech a look
WESA: As Special Elections Close Out, Dems Enjoying Strong Enthusiasm
WESA: PA Democratic Socialists Look To ‘Radicalize Rust Belt’ And Nudge Dems Left
WESA: Dry Leaf Marijuana Expected To Quadruple Medicinal Cannabis Sales In PA By 2020
KDKA: State Lawmaker’s ‘Puppy Mill Ban’ Bill Targets ‘Unscrupulous Breeders’
Philadelphia Business Journal: See the average student debt at Pennsylvania’s private colleges
PennLive: Grand jury report on clergy sex abuse: What you need to know ahead of its release

WHYY Newsworks: 3D printing companies take action against 3D guns amid debatable public safety threat
Inquirer: Stephen Miller’s uncle, a Philly-area resident, calls nephew an ‘immigration hypocrite’
Inquirer: At Temple, campus food pantry becomes summer lifeline for hungry students
KYW Newsradio: Comcast expands low-income internet access program to include veterans
PhillyVoice: Colin Kaepernick spotted at Penn Law amid NFL collusion investigation
Philadelphia Magazine: South Philly Barbacoa Has Returned

WHYY Newsworks: Montco approves plan for 800 miles of bike paths
Daily Local News: Lincoln University announces new strategic plan
Daily Local News: Chrissy Houlahan visits ChesPenn Health Services in Coatesville
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough Council considers passage of medical marijuana ordinance; permit application pending for downtown dispensary
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County gets $2M federal grant to expand drug court

WESA: As Special Elections Close Out, Dems Enjoying Strong Enthusiasm
WESA: PA Democratic Socialists Look To ‘Radicalize Rust Belt’ And Nudge Dems Left
City Paper: Pittsburgh rents are rising for the poor, dropping for the rich
KDKA: State Lawmaker’s ‘Puppy Mill Ban’ Bill Targets ‘Unscrupulous Breeders’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Council denies public hearing on zoning change to keep out UPMC hospital
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police chief: Four shootings in 24-hour span not linked
Post-Gazette: ‘I think it’s game on’: Could Mayor Peduto, nonprofit leader sit with Dalai Lama?
Tribune Review: $500K awarded for creation of new business park in Uniontown
Tribune Review: Latrobe council votes 5-2 to reject chief candidate who missed deadline

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ebensburg residents to Central Cambria school board: Respect teachers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO: Former gubernatorial candidate Peg Luksik asks Trump for help in obtaining temporary visas for wedding
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Nadonley remains top admin for Richland School District
Altoona Mirror: Altoona board OKs change orders
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone council hears wind farm opposition
Altoona Mirror: Barletta feels ‘momentum building’
Observer-Reporter: Gas prices dip in Washington, hold steady across region
Observer-Reporter: Greene County to borrow $1.12 million for county bridge funding program
Beaver County Times: Moon officials to consider lowering amusement tax

The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre officials hear residents’ complaints at crime watch meeting
The Times Leader: FERC vote moves PennEast Pipeline project forward
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council to mull purchase offers for 60 repository properties
Times-Tribune: Denmore council OKs Schautz Memorial Stadium revival

South Central
PennLive: Grand jury report on clergy sex abuse: What you need to know ahead of its release
PennLive: New principal named at Harrisburg high school as officials admit grading ‘inconsistencies’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County schools are in better shape for second year of tougher immunization requirement

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Easton fire Chief John Bast to retire next month
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Clergy sex abuse report due, Catty gets state money, more Omarosa
Morning Call: Allentown’s financial outlook downgraded by two ratings agencies
Reading Eagle: Rebecca Acosta pleads guilty to conspiracy to solicit a bribe
Reading Eagle: Hearing sets stage for opening of trial of Vaughn Spencer, former mayor of Reading

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Cappelli to be new South Side manager
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Jersey Shore school district reviews public comment policy
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Dem candidates present unified front at picnic
Erie-Times News: Gov. Wolf announces funding for Erie-area projects
Erie-Times News: Erie City Council asked to endorse grant application

Dave Neese: The left’s scary racial regimen
Jerry Shenk: The ‘invisible hand’ in American media
Michael Coard: Schools, Stop Removing the Names of Racists From Your Campuses
Mike Carroll and Carlton Williams: 52,247 potholes filled and counting in Philadelphia this year
Dick Polman: Trump wants to make asbestos great again
Jeff Bogle: Are American kids too coddled?
Inquirer Editorial Board: Unsafe Philly: Traffic deaths a rising concern in all neighborhoods, not just Center City
Kathleen Abplanalp and Paul Steinke: Stoneleigh’s likely safe but Lower Merion landmarks are still under siege
Tony Norman: No sympathetic characters in Trump-Omarosa feud
David M. Shribman: The Trump connection
Brian O’Neill: The great state of Westylvania? It never came to be
Brian O’Neill: Might couple’s visas for daughter’s wedding be one Trump call away?
Chris Kelly: After rainout, school board treads water

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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