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August 1st Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Central PA to promote USMCA. Former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is released from jail. Happy Thursday politicos, here is the Playbook.

Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane Released From Jail: Kane was released from a Montgomery County Correctional Facility Wednesday morning after serving about eight months in prison.

Pence To Promote USMCA in Upcoming Central PA Visit: This is the Vice President’s second stop in Pennsylvania this summer promoting the trade pact.

Michael Pipe: Better Than The Worst We’ve Done: The Centre County Commissioner talks about the importance of criminal justice reform in all areas of the state.

NRCC Targets Wild over HR1 Vote: The NRCC launched a digital ad this week criticizing Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) for her vote on H.R. 1, labeling her as apart of the “new radical Democratic Party.” 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Kane, once Pennsylvania attorney general, released from jail
AP: Wolf seeks new approach to helping ‘vulnerable populations’  
AP: Pennsylvania to allow gender-neutral driver’s license option
WITF: Corrections cautions against ‘knee jerk’ reaction after parolee murders
WITF: Wolf issues executive order aimed at improving Pa.’s ‘outdated’ human services
PLSReporter: Kathleen Kane released from prison after serving eight months
PLSReporter: Wolf signs executive order to overhaul state services for vulnerable populations
PLSReporter: PennDOT announces plan to roll out gender neutral driver’s licenses, despite legislative skepticism
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘I’m not condemning anyone:’ Pa. Rep. Scott Perry faces fans, skeptics at town hall
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf announces reforms to state regulation of child, adult care facilities
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Billionaire backer of Marsy’s Law cuts deal on drug trafficking charges
Inquirer: Coal-fired plant operator to pay Pa. ‘historic’ $1M for polluting water with ash
City Paper: PennDOT to allow drivers to put an X in place of binary gender on license 
StateImpactPA: Residents, workers air their responses to US Steel settlement
StateImpactPA: Delaware County chemical plant fined $750,000 for air pollution violations
StateImpactPA: Brunner Island plant will pay $1 million fine for coal ash pollution
StateImpactPA: After refinery fire, Philadelphia creates advisory group to discuss the site’s future

KYW Newsradio: More state money to help Philly schools remove lead paint 
KYW Newsradio: A third party goes after traditionally Republican seats in Philly City Council
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf announces millions in funding to fix environmental hazards in Philly schools
Inquirer: How slow-to-act Philadelphia came to pass some of the most cutting-edge worker laws in the nation
Inquirer: Philadelphia Foundation awards $1 million to community groups selected by online vote
WHYY Newsworks</b : Pa. again pledges extra help to remove lead paint from Philly schools
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s LGBTQ liaison heading to the national stage with the ACLU
Plan Philly: Sources: FBI investigating SEPTA over embezzlement scheme
Plan Philly: Hepatitis A is spreading through poop on the streets. Philly is betting public bathrooms can stem the outbreak.

Delco Daily Times: Wolf announces reforms in wake of Glen Mills saga
Delco Daily Times: Republican officials blast Dems over ‘hate hoax’ press conference
Montgomery Media: Former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane is released from jail
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf orders state overhaul after abuses at Glen Mills Schools
Bucks Local News: Bridge Commission collects $48K in crackdown against toll-cheating trucking companies

WESA: Middleman Says She’ll Unseat DA Zappala With Stepped-Up Ground Game 
WESA: Allegheny County Census Committee Strategizes For 2020
Post-Gazette: Senate confirms fourth Trump judicial nominee to Western District of Pennsylvania  
Post-Gazette: Benefits of Clairton Coke Works settlement agreement debated at public hearing
Tribune Review: Advocates fret Trump-backed proposal that could kick 200K Pennsylvanians off food stamps 
Tribune Review: Longtime Latrobe councilman, municipal authority member dies from crash injuries 
KDKA: Mon Valley Holds Public Meeting On Agreement Between Allegheny County Health Department And U.S. Steel 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Legislators Considering Raising Minimum Age To Buy Tobacco To 21 

Observer-Reporter: Fayette GOP under fire for making pictures of Democratic congresswomen dartboard targets 
Observer-Reporter: City weighs new computer security measures following ransomware attack 
Observer-Reporter: Amazon building facility in Findlay that will create 800 jobs 
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates decrease in Greene, Washington in June 
Observer-Reporter: Greene County receives grants for affordable housing projects
KDKA: Neighbors Assessing The Damage Following Natural Gas Explosion In Washington County
Beaver County Times: Amadio: Amazon center a win for Beaver County 
Beaver County Times: Democratic delegate training session set for Vanport 
Beaver County Times: Residents, leaders respond to ongoing increases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senate ends debate on Haines’ district judge nomination; confirmation vote postponed
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf orders revamp to better protect Pennsylvania’s vulnerable citizens 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ACA rates going up, but competition increasing across most of state 

Times-Tribune: Nine Scranton residents seek remander of Evans’ council seat 
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District recovery committee concerned about workload, tasks in plan 
Times-Tribune: Scranton officials pushing to replace business privilege and mercantile taxes
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna Trail hires company to recoup owed student lunch fees
Citizens Voice: County audit complete, shows surplus 
Citizens Voice: Diocesan compensation fund enters new phase
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s 2018 audit release near, administration says 

South Central  
York Dispatch: At testy town hall, Perry and voters debate Trump, immigration and guns
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District expects to lose up to $1.5 million because of missing financial records 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Brunner Island power plant to pay $1 million fine for ash dump leaks into Susquehanna 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Highmark plans to cut rates in Pennsylvania; other big insurers plan to slightly increase rates 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Which Lancaster County municipalities had the most dispatches per capita in 2018? 
Carlisle Sentinel: Critics, supporters, empty seats face Scott Perry at town hall 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council notes: No to food trucks, yes to smart meters and a rental ordinance is coming

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Former West Reading council president named borough manager
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley new housing supply not keeping pace with job growth, study finds
Morning Call: Allentown moms want to know what’s being done to reduce violence
Morning Call: Population set to surge 35% in Upper Macungie. Here’s how the township plans to cope

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Rep. Mike Kelly talks racism, deficit, health care, more in Erie 
Erie Times-News: Erie seeks designation as welcoming city 
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council sets special meeting for Thursday 
Erie Times-News: DCNR chief stumps at Presque Isle for state parks funding plan
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tira appointed to bench seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Trees, a new council member on city’s agenda
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Juvenile recidivism on the rise

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Good first step for Helfrich after public lashing 
Inquirer Editorial Board: At Philly’s Parking Authority, ‘family values’ need to get the boot 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lawn care limbo: Peduto fails to deliver on promised grass-cutting 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make them hurt: Data privacy violations need tougher punishments 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Apostle of the streets: Rev. Sheldon Stoudemire yearned to save others 
Inquirer Staff: When do photos of suffering enlighten, and when do they exploit? Pro/Con 
Andrea L. Custis: It’s time for Pa. to raise its minimum wage, and lift so many out of poverty
John L. Micek: NorCo GOP’s Facebook post is a reminder Trump has normalized the worst behavior | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Jonathan Adelstein: Pa. should pass 5G legislation to lead in wireless tech 
Dan Simpson: Kick Trump out by turning up to the polls
Carmina Hachenburg: Another week of mass shootings: Editorial boards respond to Gilroy Garlic shooting and others nationwide
Simon F. Haeder: Republicans don’t have a Plan B if the Affordable Care Act is struck down. And Pa. will suffer
Tony Norman: The love song of Rev. Sheldon ‘Sarge’ Stoudemire
Carmina Hachenburg: Second Democratic Primary Debate: Responses from across the web to night one 

One Response

  1. York Dispatch article did a good job showing how incompetent Perry’s staffers are, and how out of touch he is with his district.

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