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August 21st Playbook

Republican David Rowe wins the special election in the 85th state House District, while Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) raises $150K in the 2nd quarter. Here is the Playbook. 

David Rowe Wins Special Election in HD85: The vice chair of the East Buffalo Township board of supervisors and local businessman will fill the seat vacated by Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder). 

PA10: Perry Raises $150K, Brier Brings in $100K in Q2: Perry has raised the lowest amount in the election cycle-to-date of the three GOP Congressmen being targeted by the DCCC in the state.

Harrisburg & DC   
Daily Item: Republican David Rowe elected to 85th District State House seat
WITF: In Pa. and beyond, polling shows key suburban voters want gun reform
AP: Voters to fill state House vacancy in central Pennsylvania
AP: Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says
AP: Game commission recommends deer feeding ban
AP: Democrats spending millions to try to take back statehouses
Inquirer: Bernie Sanders got more small donations in Pa., N.J. than Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden combined
Inquirer: Two insurers to pay $117,000 to Pennsylvanians after major investment scam
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican wins special election for state House seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Keller 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. hospital trade group launches new collaborative effort to fight opioid abuse
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poor school districts are funding the state’s cyber charter schools, research shows. That wasn’t always the case 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: #400yearsPA: Social media campaign will highlight black history as U.S. observes slavery anniversary
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A Republican lawmaker wants to eliminate Pa.’s property tax by targeting retirement income. Will his bill gain traction this session?
WHYY Newsworks: Video: Pa. ranks last in region for community college affordability, makes it ‘impossible’ for poorest students
PLSReporter: Republican David Rowe wins in three-way central PA House race
PLSReporter: Rep. Ryan unveils legislation eliminating school property taxes
PLSReporter: JRI II parole reforms face uncertain future after recent murders by parolees
KDKA: Pennsylvania State Police Seeking Horse Donations For Mounted Patrol Unit 
Morning Call: Retirement tax still on table to lessen property tax load, Pennsylvania lawmaker says
StateImpactPA: With closure of PES refinery imminent, workers and politicians call for secure transition
Patriot News: Joe Sestak might need miracle to challenge Donald Trump despite military credentials, history of upsets
Patriot News: Gun control group urges Pat Toomey to ditch his background checks bill and support a more comprehensive proposal 
Patriot News: State universities’ faculty contract remains a work in progress as fall semester is about to get underway
Patriot News: How long does it take to get a 4-year college degree? At many Pa. universities, it takes more than 4 years

Inquirer: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigns after woman alleges affair, retribution
Inquirer: Philadelphia refinery is laying off most workers immediately, union says 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Planned Parenthood groups stay open after Title X loss, but seek donations 
Inquirer: Christine Coulter, Philly’s new acting police commissioner, is the first woman to hold the position 
Inquirer: Read the full complaint that led to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross’ ouster  
Inquirer: Federal consumer agency hires exec in complaint-ridden Pa. firm as watchdog
Philadelphia Magazine: At Philly Court Hearing, a Wrenching Preview of Fight Over Safe Injection Sites  
WHYY Newsworks: PES refinery lays off all but select few union workers, despite safety concerns 
Billy Penn: Philly’s police commissioner resigns after lawsuit alleging affair with officer 
Billy Penn: Why Philly Police Commissioner Ross resigned and who’ll replace him 
KYW Newsradio: Commissioner Ross forced to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment culture permeating police department
KYW Newsradio: Lawsuit to stop safe injection site goes before judge; witnesses praise its lifesaving advantages
KYW Newsradio: Hepatitis A case prompts Philly health department to urge some to get vaccinated
KYW Newsradio: Legislation needed to phase out PFAS and clean up water supply contamination, group says  
Philly Voice: Philly Police Commissioner Richard Ross resigns amid new sexual harassment allegations against department

Daily Local News: Public hearing set on Comitta’s pipeline safety legislation
Daily Local News: PUC probes ‘backfire’ incident on Mariner East pipeline
Delco Daily Times: DeLissio Town Hall focuses on consitutional amendments
Delco Daily Times: Delco region ranks third in Pa. for 2018 DUI arrests 
Delco Daily Times: Layoffs kick in at shuttered Philly refinery
Delco Daily Times: DELCORA extends sale negotiations with Aqua
Bucks County Courier Times: Analysis: Area schools have $593 million in fund balance 

WESA: Constituents Press Lamb On Impeachment, Gun Control At Town Hall
WESA: Allegheny County’s Fraud Fighting Tactics ‘Reek of Corruption,’ DA Candidate Says 
WESA: Western PA Planned Parenthood Loses Nearly $400,000 in Title X Funding
Post-Gazette: Elections board, voting machine search committee: No lobbying here
Post-Gazette: Childhood vaccinations promoted in two state bills to keep parents informed
Post-Gazette: More Pa. colleges, universities to offer additional aid for Pittsburgh Promise awardees 
Tribune Review: Parents who don’t vaccinate children would get yearly medical counseling under proposed state law 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council supports health department’s enforcement actions against U.S. Steel 
Tribune Review: Lawmakers step in to keep Allegheny River locks open next summer in Armstrong County
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Urging Passage Of Lost, Stolen Firearms Reporting Law 
KDKA: State Reps. Frankel, Kosierowski Announce Vaccine Legislation 
KDKA: Dick’s Sporting Goods Testing Whether It Should Stop Gun Sales
Pittsburgh Business Times: Layoffs at Southpointe-based natural gas company 
Pittsburgh Business Times: SEA fires controller after alleged forgery, theft at previous job
City Paper: State Rep. Summer Lee wants county health department to halt a Braddock fracking well  
City Paper: As Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X, the Western Pa. branch loses access to $400,000 of funds 
City Paper: Pirates owner Bob Nutting reportedly downplays, pulls an anti-LGBTQ editorial at Virginia paper he owns

Altoona Mirror: Burns pushing bullying legislation 
Altoona Mirror: Speaker opposes legal marijuana
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria farmers get legislators’ ears during annual tour 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Expert: Invest in security for school safety 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to hire part-time driver for homeless men
Observer-Reporter: DA, commissioners reach agreement on security at Caldwell Building 
Observer-Reporter: CNX lays off fewer than 50 employees

Times-Tribune: County Republicans choose candidate for Scranton mayor race
Times-Tribune: City Democratic Party picks Cullen as nominee for Scranton mayor 
Times-Tribune: Gov. Wolf commits to help find financial aid for Scranton School District
Times-Tribune: Republicans to choose from nine for Scranton mayor nominee 
Citizens Voice: School tax bills mailed in all county districts
The Times Leader: Legislators, families discuss plan to prevent White Haven Center closing 
The Times Leader: State Supreme Court affirms Nanticoke police chief was hired illegally

South Central  
York Dispatch: Congressional hopeful Tom Brier to hold first town hall event next month
Patriot News: Harrisburg is ready for school year, but financial status still a work in progress: acting superintendent 
Patriot News: Lawmaker aims to tax retirement income and food as a way to eliminate school property taxes; ‘This is not going to be an easy sell’
Patriot News: Harrisburg council, residents left in the dark about plans to privatize water, sewer system
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Human trafficking hotline signs in every bathroom stall 

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Bethlehem City Council picks unopposed candidate Grace Crampsie Smith to fill vacant seat
Morning Call: Northampton County’s first female judge is retiring, setting up a three-way race for two open seats on the bench
Reading Eagle: The 15 Pennsylvania counties that received the most opioid pills between 2006 and 2012
Express Times: Northampton County’s first female judge had a long run, but now it’s time to retire
Express Times: ‘Our doors are still open,’ Lehigh Valley’s Planned Parenthood says in refusing federal cash

North by Northwest
Daily Item: Republican David Rowe elected to 85th District State House seat
Centre Daily Times: How State College plans to address challenges with mental health, race and policing
Erie Times-News: $1 million grant aids Erie Housing Authority on lead
Erie Times-News: Albion residents urge council to retain police force
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve contracts for area flood mitigation projects

Inquirer Editorial Board: Supervised injection site hearing brought clarity. How come our most skeptical politicians didn’t show up? 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Rage against the voting machines 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Marijuana haze: Police struggle to keep up with new laws on pot 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Binge-drinking boomers: Excessive alcohol consumption by seniors on the rise 
Tom Killion: Red Flag laws prevent gun suicides and mass shootings
Austin Davis: A plan to protect Pennsylvania’s air and its communities
John L. Micek: Pa. tapped for $2.3M, six-state workforce development effort | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Neil Goldstein: Join our Philly town hall to fight corruption and special interests in government 
JD Mullane: Pennsylvania’s awful medical weed program
Will Bunch: Anti-fascism won WWII for America. Now Trump calls it ‘domestic terrorism.’ What the…? 
Thomas Kochan: What workers want in a 2020 candidate
Gene Therapy: I’m exhausted from Trump’s vacation

One Response

  1. A 27 year old lawyer new to politics raised more money from inside the district than the sitting representative… tells you how much Scott Perry is going to be toast next year.

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