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August 23rd Playbook

The first GOP candidate has formally announced a bid to challenge Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) in 2020. Here is the Playbook.

Lamb Draws GOP Challenger: The former Air Force pilot and small businessman is the first Republican to enter the race in the 17th District. He accuses Lamb of being a “born again liberal” and believes GOP leadership has put America first.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania OKs $3.8M to treat PFAS in drinking water 
StateImpactPA: Wolf tells pipeline activists he won’t shut down Mariner East 
WESA: Almost 10 Years In, PA Commission Struggles To Agree On Sentencing Reforms
KDKA: State Attorney Generals, Including Pa.’s Shapiro, Working With Major Carriers To Combat Robocalls 
KDKA: AG Shapiro Files Brief Saying Indiana Unconstitutionally Denied Women Safe Abortion Care
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Sentencing officials are trying — again — to build an algorithm to predict future crimes. Critics still have big concerns 
WHYY Newsworks: Activists push Democrats on climate change, a new priority for party’s base
PLSReporter: Wolf touts increased education spending 
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Pittsburgh Business Times: See which counties produced the most natural gas in 2018 
PA Post: Pa. libraries are getting more state money this year. But it’s still less than what they received 10 years ago

Philly Clout: George Soros’ team is jumping back into Pa. politics with the billionaire’s cash
Billy Penn: City Hall newbies tap campaign staffers for top jobs 
Inquirer: After police commissioner resigns, Philadelphia’s sexual harassment policies again under scrutiny
Inquirer: Ex-U.S. senator accused in Jeffrey Epstein scandal oversaw Philly Archdiocese’s sex-abuse compensation fund
Inquirer: Fire-damaged, idled Philly refinery to retain 83 workers as ‘caretakers’ while seeking new owner
Inquirer: North Philly shootout left neighbors wondering: Why did police make a mess and leave us to clean up?
Inquirer: Philly Police launch website to help find suspects in unsolved murders
Inquirer: Cannabis ‘drought’ strikes Philadelphia region as the number of marijuana patients spikes
Inquirer: Philly to switch all 100,000 streetlights to ‘smart’ LEDs; expect some debate
Philadelphia Magazine: Retaliation, Unwanted Groping, and “Stolen” Breast Milk: The Philly Police Lawsuit, Broken Down
Philadelphia Magazine: Let There Be Light (Emitting Diodes): Philly to Retrofit All 100,000 City Streetlights
WHYY Newsworks: Emotions raw, PES refinery workers fight to keep plant open 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Police creates unsolved murder website in hopes of catching killers 
WHYY Newsworks: No severance pay or benefits for PES refinery workers; next round of layoffs Friday  
Philly Voice: Philly Police launch unsolved murders website, hope public can help find suspects 
KYW Newsradio: Planned Parenthood chapters deal with loss of federal funds over gag rule fight 
KYW Newsradio: ‘That is 100% false’: Hahnemann disputes claims that some have trouble accessing medical records

AP: Pennsylvania OKs $3.8M to treat PFAS in drinking water 
Daily Local News: Gov. Wolf visits pipeline construction site in Chesco 
Daily Local News: West Chester Borough Council calls for Bill Scott to resign after racial remark 
Daily Local News: Chester County towing company sues Reading Parking Authority for $2.8M
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf pledges $3.8M for PFAS-tainted water in Philly suburbs
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf allocates $3.8M to BuxMont towns for PFAS treatment, eliminating surcharges on water bills
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf announces $3.8M to help PFAS-contaminated communities in Bucks, Montco 
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Boyle bills seeks to boost special education funding 
Pottstown Mercury: Kuklinski resigns as Douglass (Mont.) supervisor, replacement sought 

Post-Gazette: Allegheny County DA skeptical of plans for county police review board 
Post-Gazette:  Zappala says public shouldn’t be put at risk regarding July undercover drug bust in Ross
City Paper: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler silent on Trump’s comments after previously condemning Democrats for being “anti-Semitic” 
City Paper: Allegheny County Council weighs a proposed citizen police review board 
Tribune Review: Lyft providing low-cost transportation for grocery shopping
Tribune Review: Peduto gives key to the city to former United Steelworkers union president
The Incline: Forget Silicon Valley, these tech companies are moving to Braddock
KDKA: DA Stephen Zappala Raises Questions About Officer-Involved Shooting On McKnight Road 
Pittsburgh Business Times: See which counties produced the most natural gas in 2018

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb still wants bill passed on forgiving disabled vets’ student loans after President Trump signs executive order
Beaver County Times: DEP: Beaver County Conservation District acted without “sound judgement” in permits
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State Rep. Frank Burns calls for outside review of parole policies
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria GOP: No coroner candidate 
Observer-Reporter: Consent order bars landfill that takes fracking waste from sending discharge to BVMA

Citizens Voice: Lawmaker: Retirement tax still on table to lessen property tax load
The Times Leader: Wall out, Nanticoke mayor names interim police chief
Times-Tribune: Police substation established in Scranton City Hall
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor race could be crowded   

South Central  
Patriot News: Plans announced for a new Harrisburg office building to house 900 state government employees
Patriot News: Middletown mayor still open to forming new type of police department
Patriot News: Environmentalists host conference to discuss Harrisburg’s sewage-contaminated water: ‘I didn’t realize it was this bad’
York Daily Record: Testing shows high level of sewage in Susquehanna
York Dispatch: Pa. business leaders echo Trump, say recession talk is Democratic ploy  
York Dispatch: York City mayor criticizes media, ‘rumors’ following fatal shooting of child
LNP | LancasterOnline: Residents tell Pequea Twp. supervisors to keep police force, raise taxes if they need to
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. Supreme Court says Lancaster can’t assess maintenance fees on utilities
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wrightsville council still concerned about ambulance coverage

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Christian Leinbach speaks out against Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan
Reading Eagle: In 2014, 5 property owners challenged Reading’s recycling fee; the case is back in Berks County Court
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioners get update on efforts to tackle truancy
Morning Call: Where do Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania rank when it comes to clean energy?
Morning Call: How Northampton Area School District hopes to get $3 million-$4 million from FedEx Ground, warehouses, more
Express Times: With 149 illnesses in U.S. linked to vaping, Pennsylvania says its medical marijuana vape products are safe

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Stormwater transfer is in whose hands?
Erie Times-News: Data released as Erie bayfront hotels tax case proceeds
Erie Times-News: DEP weighing Erie Coke settlement offer  

Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: PA AG Josh Shapiro should sue foam manufacturers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Back-to-school fear: The market for bulletproof backpacks is tragic  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hidden influence: China’s power projects a tailored image
Pam Snyder: Pa. can’t wait any longer on broadband expansion. Here’s why
John L. Micek: Study: Pa. ranks 35th nationwide for condition, cost-effectiveness of its highways | Thursday Morning Coffee
John L. Micek: Who says compromise is dead? In September, two former Pa. governors will try to revive it 
Christine Flowers: In fallout from Commissioner Richard Ross’ resignation, we haven’t heard full story 
Jessica Edwards: Hahnemann closure a reminder physicians need unions to fight for-profit takeover of healthcare 
Anwar Curtis: Summer might be almost over, but for one special weekend, Harrisburg’s best had a moment in the sun 
Will Bunch: Beto O’Rourke re-invents how to run for president. Is his ‘Bulworth’ campaign crazy enough to work? 
Claire Sasko: Drivers, Stop Parking in the New Spruce and Pine Street Bike Lanes

2 Responses

  1. Conor Lamb will be very to tough to beat. He echos what his constituents want, such as, protecting medicare and social security and championing the workingman’s causes.

  2. The strategy of Lamb’s opponent is obviously tone deaf to the era he is in. Trotting out “Trump Greatest Hits” and doing his rendition of them as Trump flounders will result in defeat. Scott Wagner found this out as did Lou Barletta but it is so tempting to go by an outdated playbook.

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    Total Voters: 231

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