August 16th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and other Democratic lawmakers joined Mayor Jim Kenney in Philadelphia in calling for stricter gun laws after six police officers were shot. Here is the Playbook.

DCCC Tries to Squeeze Fitzpatrick with Retirement Narrative: In a bit of wishful thinking national Dems added Fitzpatrick, who is campaigning for re-election in 2020, to a “Retirement Watch List.”

PA18: Doyle Challenger Surpasses $100K in Q2: Doyle holds a significant cash on hand advantage over his primary challenger, while narrowly edging him out in funds raised in the most recent filing period.

Trump Tweets About Philly Shooting, Calls for Tougher Sentences on “Street Crime”: President Donald Trump called for officials to be “tougher on street crime” after six Philadelphia police officers were shot on Wednesday in a tweet. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf, state lawmakers join Philadelphia Mayor Kenney to call for gun control after six officers shot 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s charter schools, explained: How they work, and why Gov. Wolf wants to reform them
Post-Gazette: Toomey staff pitches background checks to White House, as Congress plans to consider gun bills  
Washington Post: Kellyanne Conway questions competence of Philadelphia mayor for comments made after shooting
AP: Drugs, weapons convictions in Philly shooting suspect’s past
PLSReporter: Mayor, legislators deliver united message on gun reform 
PLSReporter: Senate Judiciary Committee schedules fall hearings on gun violence, mental health 

Philly Clout: On violent crime, U.S. Attorney William McSwain and DA Larry Krasner are ready to fight … each other
Inquirer: Kenney to lawmakers after Philly shootings: ‘Step up — or step aside’ on gun control
Inquirer: Philadelphia police shooting suspect likely used assault weapon, could face life in prison, officials say
Inquirer: Philly’s voting machine contract will move forward despite vendor ES&S’ failure to disclose its use of lobbyists
Inquirer: Facebook livestream of Philadelphia police shooting rumored, but no video has surfaced 
Inquirer: Alleged Philly cop shooter Maurice Hill was known to police for decades and just had a baby 
Inquirer: Philadelphia police commissioner recounts trying to talk gunman into surrendering during standoff 
Inquirer: Hahnemann University Hospital gets higher bid from California firm 
Inquirer: Are landlords required to accept Section 8 vouchers? Philly lawyers think so, according to discrimination complaint. 
Inquirer: With Philly municipal ID demand far exceeding expectations, the city makes adjustments 
Inquirer: Suburbanites benefited from Philly’s post-recession job growth more than city residents, report says 
Inquirer: Philly police shooting suspect used AR-15, had a handgun when he surrendered after standoff, Ross says 
Inquirer: Philadelphia police shooting quickly fades as a national news story 
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney’s daughter handcuffed in North Wildwood after brawl with daughter of local councilwoman  
Inquirer: Philly police shooting recap: Gunman had AR-15 and handgun, officers identified, McSwain-Krasner sniping 
6ABC: U.S. Attorney McSwain blasts DA Krasner after Philadelphia shooting
Philadelphia Magazine: What We Know About the North Philly Shooting That Injured 6 Police Officers
Philadelphia Magazine: City, State Politicians Call for Stricter Gun Laws After North Philly Shooting
WHYY Newsworks: Layoffs at PES refinery begin, as union argues for continued presence due to safety concerns   
WHYY Newsworks: North Philly shooter had AR-15, to face ‘many charges’ as leaders call for gun control   
WHYY Newsworks: Alleged police shooter’s lawyer called — and DA Larry Krasner picked up
Plan Philly: Dreaming about going solar? Now, a city rebate can help
Plan Philly: Philly DA Krasner may appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck cyclist
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia companies hit hard by sharp stock market declines
Philly Voice: As bullets fly in Philadelphia, Giffords implores McConnell to act on gun measures
Philly Voice: Gov. Tom Wolf delays gun violence executive order after Philly shooting
Philly Voice: Kenney: North Philly standoff a ‘harsh reminder’ of reality of gun violence in U.S.
KYW Newsradio: City, state, federal officials vow to fight illegal guns, as officers shot in standoff recover
KYW Newsradio: Outreach begins to heal community following Nicetown-Tioga standoff
KYW Newsradio: Philly election officials vote to keep 29M dollar contract for new voting machines 

Bucks County Courier Times: AG Shapiro says Congress should act on PFAS chemical contamination 
Bucks County Courier Times: Addiction and recovery march set for Saturday in Morrisville 
Bucks Local News: Newtown Supervisors pass resolution urging use of native plants; township to hire consultant to prepare long-range financial plan 
Bucks Local News: Developer pitches $100 million redevelopment vision for Williamson Park Town Square in Morrisville Borough 
Delco Daily Times: American Water takes plunge in DELCORA sweepstakes 

WESA: Doyle Remains Optimistic On Climate Change Solutions, Despite Ambitious Global Goals 
WESA: Report: DA Camera Network Raises Privacy, Cybersecurity Concerns 
WESA: City of Pittsburgh Buildings Use A Lot Of Energy, Something Officials Are Eager To Change
Post-Gazette: More-secure hand-marked ballots are also cheaper for Pa. counties
Post-Gazette: What’s drawing Pittsburgh to Elizabeth Warren? Let her supporters explain
Post-Gazette: ‘It’s real, it’s happening now’: Climate change panelists urge swift action
Post-Gazette: Carnegie Library staff members vote to unionize 
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania car registration stickers could make a comeback
City Paper: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted to unionize – now what?  
City Paper: Five takeaways from New York Times report on Cordelia Scaife May and the Colcom Foundation 
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf To Sign Executive Order In Effort To Reduce Gun Violence 
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Police Departments Struggling To Recruit New Officers 
KDKA: Local Wall Street Experts Explains Why The Stock Market Acts Irrationally
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s where Pittsburgh companies ranked on the Inc. 5000 list
Pittsburgh Business Times: Local companies encouraged to pitch their products for $1.1B PIT terminal modernization plan 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburghers agree with a need for more state-level support for innovation. Here’s what they think that looks like.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Anti-marijuana crowd gathers against Senate proposal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Paper-ballot voting machines cost far less than alternative, researchers say
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Republican candidates sought for Cambria County coroner
Beaver County Times: Beaver County not responsible for reassessment legal fees
Beaver County Times: More than $261K of county’s penalties waived by IRS
Observer-Reporter: New county policy addresses elections office workers, candidacy
Observer-Reporter: Cal U. awarded $1.3 million grant involving opioid crisis
Altoona Mirror: State to close two care centers
Altoona Mirror: Man challenges city over ICE facility
Altoona Mirror: Council awards $56,000 grant

Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board approves recovery plan in 7-2 vote 
Times-Tribune: At Courtright’s order, former LIPs director said he greased license process for developer 
Times-Tribune: Attorney general investigators return to Scranton School District administration building 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre councilwoman Gilbert countersues over alleged dog mauling, claims harassment 
The Times Leader: Stilp offers to rebuild WB monument; council OKs insurance deal 
Citizens Voice: State announces plan to close White Haven Center within next 3 years 
Citizens Voice: White Haven Center decision leaves families in limbo
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council will take up pet law tonight 
Citizens Voice: County council vacancy led to delay for arena board 

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lawmakers are talking about eliminating school property taxes. Again.
York Dispatch: York County’s lawmakers AWOL while Wolf presses on gun control 
York Dispatch: Inmates leaving York County Prison to receive debit cards instead of checks
Carlisle Sentinel: Where it Stands: Preliminary results don’t show elevated PFAS levels around Naval depot
Carlisle Sentinel: School districts in Cumberland County ranked by tax rates

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: A year after priest abuse report, state Rep. Mark Rozzi of Berks is still undaunted
Reading Eagle: Chrissy Houlahan, citing a security risk, cancels her town hall in Reading 
Morning Call: Here’s how Lehigh Valley experts say you should protect yourself before possible recession 
Morning Call: Community gathers for interfaith hope vigil in Bethlehem 
Morning Call: Lower Nazareth, following voters’ input, boosts tax to preserve open space

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Superintendent: Federal legislation may help special education funding 
Erie Times-News: Global Summit XI lineup announced 
Erie Times-News: State officials reviewing Erie School Board’s defiance
Erie Times-News: Agency: Can’t cite day care for smoke detectors 

Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia police standoff is an opportunity to turn the tide on gun control 
LNP Editorial Board: Another cautionary tale for the Elanco school board about the legal peril of violating transgender students’ rights
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: He did it right: One student thinks rational choice is fairest for all
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The Art Institute knot: Congressional inquiry is a starting point 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Fixing Philadelphia’s public restroom desert would benefit all 
John L. Micek: Not banning weapons of war? That’s an assault on common sense 
Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young: Is Trump our ‘new normal’ in American politics? And what does it mean long-term?
Sarah Anne Hughes: Wolf plans executive order on gun violence, as Philadelphia reels from shooting | Thursday Morning Coffee
Solomon Jones: Police shooting should signal a fresh start for police relationship with North Philly residents 
David Murrell: Philly’s Local TV Broadcasts Were a Masterclass in How Not to Cover a Live Shooting
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Send immigrants back
Jennifer Rich: Extremist beliefs can change from dialogue, as I’ve learned interviewing alt-right students 
Will Bunch: American flags in Hong Kong show people still fight for our values. Americans should join them 
Jonathan C. Rothermel: Three years and three reminders: Iran must free American citizen Xiyue Wang
Alfred Lubrano: Comparing a ‘Godfather’ joke to the N-word is a dangerous hyperbole for Chris Cuomo and all Italians | Perspective
Carl Streed Jr.: Conversion therapy should be banned, medical experts agree 
Christine Flowers: Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes were serious, and so is suicide

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