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August 15th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf postpones an executive order signing intending to reduce gun violence after several Philadelphia police officers were shot. Rep. Mike Kelly raises $245K in Q2. Here is the Playbook. 

PA16: Kelly Raises $245K in Q2: The Butler County Republican ended the month of June with over $530,000 cash on hand.

Trump Touts Economic Message at Beaver County Ethane Cracker Plant: The President’s hour long address urged union workers to vote for him in 2020, while taking credit for the current state of the economy.

Harrisburg & DC   
Morning Call: Shootings of Philadelphia officers lead to postponement of governor’s announcement of anti-gun violence measures 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf postpones signing of executive order aimed at reducing gun violence  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Guns will be on the agenda during Sept. 24, 25 state Senate hearings 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former LG hopeful Bartos tapped as Pa. GOP’s new fundraising guru 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In one month, 3,000 Pennsylvanians with anxiety certified for medical marijuana 
Beaver County Times: Gov. Tom Wolf says ‘shameful’ Trump rule change could harm 837,000 legal immigrants in Pennsylvania
AP: State to close 2 centers for disabled over next 3 years 
AP: Man charged in Planned Parenthood break-in, vandalism 
PLSReporter: State Rep. Austin Davis introduced legislation raising fines for air pollution 
PLSReporter: Talking criminal justice reform, curbing gun violence with Rep. Harris 
PLSReporter: Potential return of registration stickers prompts pushback from PennDOT 
StateImpactPA: PUC ordered Sunoco to produce its calculations on Mariner East blast zones

Billy Penn: 2020 presidential candidates react to North Philly mass shooting of police 
Billy Penn: Good news: On mammograms, Philadelphia beats the national average 
Inquirer: Philadelphia police shooting standoff still active, multiple officers wounded — live updates 
Inquirer: Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner pushes back on critics of his ‘war criminals’ joke 
Inquirer: Longtime Philly GOP Councilman Brian O’Neill faces test against Democrat backed by outside group 
Inquirer: Philly’s new voting-machine contract in jeopardy because vendor failed to disclose use of lobbyists, campaign contributions 
Inquirer: The state ‘has gone sideways’: Innovation is stagnating in Pa., report says
Inquirer: Philly Latinos fear losing community media platform and visibility with new FCC order 
Inquirer: How much are your school taxes increasing? Here’s a district-by-district look at the Philly region.  
Inquirer: Philadelphia approves $500K for solar rebates, with the money available next year
Philly Voice: Politicians, residents talk gun violence – and a lack of hope – in Southwest Philly  
WHYY Newsworks: Multiple police officers shot in active hostage situation in North Philly 
KYW Newsradio: 6 police officers shot; 2 others safely removed from house as scene remains active 
KYW Newsradio: Philly election officials reconsider $29M contract for new voting machines after city reveals lobbying 
KYW Newsradio: Judge agrees to dismiss charges against trash truck driver who killed cyclist 
Philadelphia Magazine: Judge Dismisses Charges Against Trash Truck Driver Who Struck Cyclist

Delco Daily Times: Radnor makes push in support of gun control bills  
Delco Daily Times: Troubled Waters: Chester seeks new bids for Chester Water in heated session  
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick finds ‘incredible’ overcrowding at southern borderfacility  
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville mulls $100M redevelopment plan 
Bucks County Courier Times: Here’s what the EPA has to say about PFAS water contamination in BucksMont 
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown backs off using snow day alternative 
Daily Local News: Elected officials are urged to become advocate for the ‘Y’ 
Daily Local News: Downingtown Borough Council appoints new member 
Inquirer: How much are your school taxes increasing? Here’s a district-by-district look at the Philly region.  
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to sign sweeping executive order to reduce gun violence

KDKA: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Reflects On Church Sex Abuse Scandal 
KDKA: One Year Later: Bishop David Zubik And Diocese Reflect On Grand Jury Report 
KDKA: Catholics Call For Change One Year After Grand Jury Report 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Lawmakers want more answers from Mylan over drug pricing probe 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Sources: Large automotive components manufacturer looking for space in Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Superior Court upholds a path for abuse lawsuits 
Post-Gazette: Brookings report: Pa.’s innovation policy lagging behind other states 
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers might bring back license plate stickers with a new twist 
Post-Gazette: Grand jurors put ‘heart and soul’ into report on clergy abuse, judge says 
Tribune Review: Bishop Zubik reflects on clergy sex abuse scandal a year after grand jury report
Tribune Review: DEP consent order aims to identify FTMSA issues by 2022

Observer-Reporter: Columbia Gas executives field questions in wake of N. Franklin house explosion
Observer-Reporter: One year later, still no laws to address grand jury recommendations to combat clergy sex abuse
Altoona Mirror: Town hall to focus on legal pot 
Altoona Mirror: Trump touts cracker plant, jobs, economy during Pa. visit
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Council tables vote on city manager
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Court denies hearing request, latest step in 2016 clergy abuse case
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senate hears calls for ‘fair’ funding changes to state’s cyber charter schools
KDKA: Columbia Gas Holds Town Hall With Homeowners In Washington County After Natural Gas Explosion
Tribune Review: West Newton meeting slated on proposed natural gas plant
Beaver County Times: County officials: We can’t tell protestors no
Beaver County Times: Zubik: A year of ‘grieving, of repentance’ since grand jury report was released

The Times Leader: W-B Area makes all documents supplied to the Auditor General publicly available online 
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District may join legal fight for state funding 
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District’s recovery officer outlines consequences of rejecting recovery plan 
Times-Tribune: Scranton does not track mileage of city vehicles assigned to high-level employees 
Citizens Voice: Some W-B officials call for gun ban in municipal buildings 

South Central  
York Dispatch: GOP lawmakers pitch property tax elimination in York County
Patriot News: The Diocese of Harrisburg’s settlement with clergy sex abuse victims is low, expert says: Here’s why
Patriot News: Diocese of Harrisburg pays out $12 million to victims of clergy sex abuse
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf postpones signing of executive order aimed at reducing gun violence  
Patriot News: Parolees charged in recent killings prompt lawmaker to call for investigation into Pa.’s parole practices 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf to sign executive order aimed at reducing gun violence; ‘we are simply not doing enough’ 
Patriot News: Pay raises, increased costs in new Pa. state government employee contracts leave taxpayers with a $1.1 billion bill 
Patriot News: Pennsylvania investigation into clergy sex abuse sparks a wave of reforms across the nation – but not so much in Pa. 
Patriot News: One year after scathing report on clergy sex abuse of children in Pa., much has changed and much has not
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf orders flags lowered to honor fallen Adams County firefighter 
Patriot News: ‘Our town is starting to look like crap’: Rental property issues irk Palmyra mayor, others

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Economist: Lehigh Valley facing a ‘slowdown,’ not a recession 
Morning Call: So what’s the status of Allentown School District’s budget? 
Morning Call: Shootings of Philadelphia officers lead to postponement of governor’s announcement of anti-gun violence measures 
Reading Eagle: Wyomissing council assures frustrated residents it’s working on flooding, sewer backup issues
Reading Eagle: Boyertown School District backs off using snow day alternative
Reading Eagle: Registry will help Pa. farmers minimize pesticide effects

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Officials renew calls for inspections after fatal Erie fire
Erie Times-News: Agency: Can’t cite day care for smoke detectors 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall goes on lock down after threatening call

Inquirer Editorial Board: Letting people leave jail with their money and ID should be an easy fix 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: How did Officer Hall die?: Secret justice can never be justice 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Woodstock at 50: Peace and love are worth celebrating 
Paul Muschick: Why we should blow up Pennsylvania charter school system and start over 
Benjamin Lerner: By publicizing distasteful ‘office joke,’ DA Larry Krasner crossed an ethical line
Syed Z. Kaleem, Clarissa O’Conor, Susan Bowes, Shanna Hobson, and Jenna Mechalas: Hahnemann is too important to close. Our leaders must fight for it
John L. Micek: Pa. ranks 38th in the nation for early childhood education programs, report | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Simon F. Haeder: It’s time for Pa. to invest in public health by fighting Hep A 
Nicole Hunt: PSERS latest investments don’t align with what union members want 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Decorating our Department of Interior with endangered species
Mike Newall: Goodbye and good riddance to the bane of South Philly bikers: The 11th Street trolley tracks 
Ernest Owens: Clarkville “Silent Protest” Is a Textbook Example of How Not to Be a White Ally
Dan Simpson: Americans have good reason to care about the U.K.

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