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August 22nd Playbook

Former Congressman Lou Barletta launches an immigration-focused PAC, while the field for the Scranton Mayoral race starts to take shape. Here is the Playbook. 

Barletta Launches Immigration-Focused PAC: The former GOP Congressman from Luzerne County said he’d like to prioritize Pennsylvania candidates for the PAC. Barletta also said that after Labor Day he will make an announcement about his future.

Candidates Line Up For Scranton Mayoral Race: The city Democratic and Republican Party’s have both selected a candidate to run in November’s election, although several people are mulling third party runs as well.

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF: How to get rid of property taxes? Lawmaker looks to retirement income.
AP: GOP retains Pennsylvania House seat in special election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New Trump administration rule would OK indefinite detention of migrant families in Berks facility
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Southeast Pa. lawmakers want to create a board on pipeline safety. Regulators have concerns about record privacy 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s Suicide Prevention Task Force will hold public meetings this fall 
StateImpactPA: West Chester bag ban sends message to state lawmakers
StateImpactPA: Environmental group finds dangerous E. coli levels in Susquehanna River
Morning Call: Guns, impeachment, Medicare for All emerge in U.S. Sen. Bob Casey town hall in Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: MAP: Where are Pennsylvania school property taxes highest? 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania, New Jersey among states suing to block Trump from penalizing legal immigrants under ‘public charge’ rule 
Inquirer: Medicaid expansion states prescribe drugs to treat opioid addiction at higher rates, study finds 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State police, PennDOT reminding drivers, students about school bus safety
PLSReporter: Representatives Frankel and Kosierowski introduce legislation to increase vaccination
PLSReporter: Commission on Sentencing hears complaints on risk assessment instrument
PLSReporter: Confidentiality concerns hover as lawmakers consider key piece of pipeline safety legislation
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Lemonade stands remain illegal in PA without a permit, one legislator is working to change that

Billy Penn: Step-by-step: How Philly’s overdose prevention site will work 
Billy Penn: Philly’s first woman police commissioner brings distinguished career — and disciplinary record
Inquirer: In picking new police commissioner, Mayor Jim Kenney faces defining choice
Inquirer: Philly soda tax: Here’s how much money it has raised, and how it’s been spent
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney says he was reluctant to remove Ex-Police Commissioner Richard Ross, asked him to delay resignation
Inquirer: Ex-Police Commissioner Richard Ross: ‘I have never sought retribution’ 
Inquirer: Majority of Philadelphians think people with opioid addiction brought it on themselves, survey finds
Inquirer: Pa. board moves to suspend Philly judge Lyris Younge for ‘condescending and undignified’ demeanor in Family Court  
Inquirer: Philadelphia police detective claims she endured sexual harassment amid department’s ‘grossly sexist culture’
WHYY Newsworks: ‘It’s a thankless job’: Kenney says next police commissioner must face the same challenges Ross did 
WHYY Newsworks: Resignation of Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross
WHYY Newsworks: Community meeting on the future of PES refinery was packed, loud and divided 
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel to retire in December, PennDOT secretary eyed as replacement 
KYW Newsradio: Kenney says resignation was Ross’ decision alone, for the best
KYW Newsradio: Need your medical records? Time may be short as Hahnemann closure looms
KYW Newsradio: At City Hall, protesters ask Philly officials to fix problems at city’s animal shelter 
KYW Newsradio: Ross was lax on harassment after 2-year affair ended, says suing officer 
KYW Newsradio: As group collects input on PES refinery site, some see renewable energy future
AP: Philadelphia officers reach deal with city over feared retribution in sexual harassment case

Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf, Rep. Stephens to make PFAS funding announcement Thursday
Bucks County Courier Times: Warminster: Incinerator no longer accepting PFAS waste
Bucks County Courier Times: Sept. 10 vote possible for Warrington sewer sale
Delco Daily Times: Wolf touts investment in education at Coebourn Elementary
Delco Daily Times: Delco council Dems: Is ‘fix’ in on DELCORA sale?
Delco Daily Times: Town hall on guns brings out supporters, opponents
Delco Daily Times: Morton takes action to crack down on dumpsters 
Daily Local News: Chester County commissioners take lead in Mariner East independent pipeline safety evaluation
Daily Local News: Public hearing held on Comitta’s pipeline safety legislation
StateImpactPA: West Chester bag ban sends message to state lawmakers
Bucks Local News: Pennsbury taxpayers won’t be paying as much in taxes in 2019-20 due to clerical error

KDKA: ‘It Was 30 Years Ago:’ DA Candidate Lisa Middleman Clarifies Removing Black Jurors From Graffiti Case
KDKA: Independent District Attorney Candidate Takes Strong Positions On Certain Issues
KDKA: Public Debate Begins On Possibility Of Allegheny County Establishing Police Review Board
KDKA: KDKA Sources: Board Report Finds Superintendent Hamlet’s Cuba Trip Violates Policy  
KDKA: Pittsburgh School Reviews Findings Of Probe Into Superintendent Hamlet’s Trip, Other Actions
KDKA: The Climate Crisis Could Make It More Dangerous To Play Sports Outdoors
City Paper: Gerald Dickinson wants to be a progressive megaphone, but will his campaign resonate with Pittsburghers?
City Paper: Advocacy project looks to eliminate millions in medical debt for Western Pennsylvanians
WESA: County Council Prepares To Vote On Civilian Police Review Board
Pittsburgh Business Times: The future is green: Electric fracking promises millions in savings, reduction in emissions
Pittsburgh Business Times: State data shows the depth of natural gas industry’s slowdown
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: Dick’s Sporting Goods is considering ending sale of all guns
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County Council endorses enforcement action against U.S. Steel
Post-Gazette: County council vote on police review board still a cliffhanger after public meeting
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council reviews ordinance to form countywide police review board 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. Rep. Glenn ‘G.T.’ Thompson will host briefing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pipeline board plan running into resistance
Beaver County Times: DEP revokes some permitting power of Beaver County Conservation District
Observer-Reporter: Mayoral candidate purchases Washington’s collapsed building on North Main
Observer-Reporter: Courthouse portico entrance will close in wake of agreement between DA, commissioners
Observer-Reporter: Consent order bars landfill that takes fracking waste from sending discharge to BVMA
Observer-Reporter: Cal U. hosts school shooting prevention forum for law enforcement 

Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor race could be crowded 
Times-Tribune: Financial consultant Amoroso gives final briefing on Scranton’s financial recovery
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna commissioners award contracts for Gateway Center
Times-Tribune: Archbald council appoints candidate who narrowly lost in primary
The Times Leader: Site for White Haven Center hearing changed to closer location
The Times Leader: Solicitor: Nanticoke police chief’s future in mayor’s hands
Citizens Voice: All quiet at WVW meeting
Citizens Voice: Adidas plans to fill hundreds of jobs at Hanover Twp. warehouse

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. state senator, brother to pay delinquent $14K property tax bill
Patriot News: Feces-related bacteria abundant in Harrisburg waterways, well above safe levels: environmentalists
Patriot News: Library has become crucial ‘access point’ for Pa. urban residents unable to afford wireless
York Dispatch: GOP challenger says Perry isn’t pro-Trump enough 
York Dispatch: Former Pa. governors to debate in ‘Democracy Challenge’ next month 
York Dispatch: Grove to hold summit on fiscal and economic policy on Thursday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Three-quarters of Lancaster County municipalities opt-out of video gaming terminals as deadline approaches
LNP | LancasterOnline: Commissioners call on District Attorney Stedman to drop ‘frivolous’ lawsuit, say ‘he believes he is the law’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Over 100 Three Mile Island workers losing jobs Oct. 1 when Unit 1 closes, according to Exelon notice

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Gun control to impeachment: Everything Bob Casey spoke about at Lehigh Valley town hall
Express Times: In fiery meeting, how some campaign donations may have just revived ethics law talk in Bethlehem
Express Times: Special election set for November to replace retiring Northampton County judge
Express Times: Here’s Bethlehem City Council’s newest member 
Reading Eagle: Reading recycling fee wins new day in court
Reading Eagle: Robesonia Furnace left polluted land; borough has $396,000 plan to clean it up
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild responds to President Trump accusing American Jews of ‘great disloyalty’ in supporting Democrats  
Morning Call: Allentown mayor’s cabinet picks no longer able to avoid council confirmation, residency requirement
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley charter schools tell Allentown School District to ‘live within its means’; reject tuition pay cut
Morning Call: Guns, impeachment, Medicare for All emerge in U.S. Sen. Bob Casey town hall in Lehigh Valley

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Smoking ban for Erie’s public parks advances
Erie Times-News: Horton: Help on the way for east Erie business park
Erie Times-News: Data released as Erie bayfront hotels tax case proceeds
Erie Times-News: Settlement conference scheduled in Erie Coke case 

Pennlive Editorial Board: Gov. Wolf is acting to reduce gun violence, but he needs the Legislature to follow his lead 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Getting the ball rolling: Gov. Wolf takes a measured step forward on guns 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Combat blight: Allegheny County should help its towns get cash
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The Federal Reserve must remain independent
Inquirer Editorial Board: Police commissioner resignation must be the start of more radical change for Philly PD 
Delco Daily Times Editorial: Refinery workers get ‘processed:’ They’re out of jobs
Inquirer Staff: Philly’s next police commissioner: 16 ideas to help Mayor Kenney choose the next top cop | Perspective
Inquirer Staff: Debating Philly’s iconic trolley system: Time for an expansion? Pro/Con 
JD Mullane: Why Gov. Wolf’s virtue signaling on immigration won’t play well in Pa.
Paul Muschick: How Pennsylvania Lottery could significantly cut property taxes for seniors
John L. Micek: Why so blue? New study finds Pa’s demographics favor Dems | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Tracy Carluccio: Pennsylvania must act faster on PFAS regulations 
Fletcher McClellan: Will Pa. lawmakers move gun control from the third rail to the political fast track? 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Supervised drug injection sites
David Rudovsky: Philly’s experiments with progressive criminal justice lend evidence to public safety debate 
Jenice Armstrong: Being a black female cop is hard enough without also being sexually harassed by your male colleagues
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Even old ladies use Planned Parenthood
Brian O’Neill: Will Pittsburgh ever expand the T?
Jamie Protin: Cheers for what natural gas, energy independence can mean for region
Solomon Jones: Bad policing costs lives. So why are fired officers allowed to join other departments?
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Bernie Sanders is right on criminal justice reform but should stay senator to achieve it 
Dan Simpson: Prospering nations like Estonia will suffer if U.S. leaves NATO

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