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August 28th Playbook

Two ads in the state target Sen. Pat Toomey over a bill addressing prescription drug pricing. Here is the Playbook. 

Dueling Ads Target Toomey on Drug Prices: A 30 second television ad accuses Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) of opposing lower drug prices and “working for the drug companies.” A minute long radio spot lauds Toomey for standing up for “conservative free market principles” that is a patient centric approach.

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF: What the Trump administration’s latest immigration move might mean for Pa. 
Politico: Pat Toomey: Odds for background checks better than ever 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes school voucher program for Harrisburg City Schools 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: These crime victims have lost loved ones to murder — and to prison. That’s why they want to end life without parole in Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House Democrats will talk how police officers use deadly force — without the police 
Patriot News: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes new school choice program for Harrisburg school families
Huffington Post: Court Approves Banning Atheists From Reciting Opening Prayers At State Legislature 
Fox News: Obama gets political again, launches initiative to fight gerrymandering
Politico: POLITICO Playbook: The Biarritz hangover
StateImpactPA: StateImpact Pennsylvania invites public to forum in Philadelphia on climate change adaptation, resilience, social equity
StateImpactPA: Pa. Supreme Court ruling: Lancaster can’t act as a utility regulator; that’s the PUC’s job 
KDKA: Harrisburg Think-Tank Says There’s “A Glimmer Of Hope” In Shrinking CEO-To-Employee Wage Gap In PA

WHYY Newsworks: Gym endorsement crosses party lines, leaders 
WHYY Newsworks: Debate over how to best make streets safer divides South Philly, one of the nation’s most biked neighborhoods 
WHYY Newsworks: Now free from legal limbo, Meek Mill eyes prison reform 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. counties encouraged by landmark J&J opioid decision in Oklahoma
Inquirer: Top deputies to Sheriff Jewell Williams proposed stripping his office of duties. Now he says no.
Inquirer: Labor official’s goof shows Philly’s pro-worker growing pains
Inquirer: Philadelphia region now has 20 marijuana dispensaries. Here’s where they are
Inquirer: Meek Mill pleads guilty to a gun charge; all other charges dropped 
Inquirer: After battle with Philly school district, Eastern charter won’t open for new school year
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s acting police commissioner says she’s ‘auditioning’ to keep the job permanently 
KYW Newsradio: Expansion of Philly same-day pay program doubles job numbers 

Daily Local News: Scott under fire for racist comment
Daily Local News: Bill Scott: ‘I don’t think I should resign’
Daily Local News: Pa. lawmakers examining later school start time; meeting set Sept. 12 in West Chester 
WHYY Newsworks: Deported from Montco, dead in Mexico: ‘What [he] feared is exactly what happened’
Philly Voice: Ambler NAACP, Montco police chiefs meet to move forward after offensive Facebook-posts controversy
Delco Daily Times: County council candidates clash on debates
Bucks County Courier Times: St. Mary nurses vote to unionize 
Bucks County Courier Times: After receiving 900 public comments, DEP will reevaluate decision on Tohickon Creek

Tribune Review: County council votes down Allegheny police review board, supporters vow to keep pushing 
Tribune Review: Surviving victims in Tree of Life mass shooting react to decision to seek death penalty 
Tribune Review: Sen. Bob Casey, seniors look to stem crisis facing many older Americans 
Tribune Review: Bernie Sanders picks up union endorsement in visit to Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: County Council votes down proposal for civilian police review board
Post-Gazette: Pa. Dems discuss proposal to change deadly force rules for police 
Post-Gazette: Complaint unsealed in Pittsburgh police officer slaying; DA to seek death penalty
Post-Gazette: Mon Valley contractor wins $89 million in case of missing funds and murder in Iraq  
KDKA: Allegheny County Council To Vote On Police Review Board Proposal 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. DA To Seek Death Penalty Against Man Accused In Fatal Shooting Of Off-Duty Police Officer 
KDKA: KDKA Investigates Gets Action: Auditor General Report Calls Superintendent Hamlet’s Travel ‘Inexcusable’ 
KDKA: 2 Tree of Life Survivors Offer Opposing Views About Death Penalty For Suspected Shooter Robert Bowers
City Paper: Pittsburgh-based national labor union United Electrical endorses Bernie Sanders for president 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rep. Thompson holds briefing to share funding opportunities 
Beaver County Times: Lamb to Penn State-Beaver students: ‘Not every issue is divisive’
KDKA: Washington City Councilman Accused Of DUI After Found Unconscious In Vehicle While Blocking Traffic
Observer-Reporter: Washington city councilman arrested for DUI

Times-Tribune: Judge Gibbons allows Carbondale Area to borrow up to $4 million
Times-Tribune: Scranton city workers’ gas card use to be audited 
The Times Leader: Attorneys: Suits will accuse Scranton Diocese, bishops, of protecting predators

South Central  
York Dispatch: DePasquale endorses Harrison, Hoke and Higgins in York County elections
York Dispatch: Lancaster woman sues federal government over immigrant status
Patriot News: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai proposes new school choice program for Harrisburg school families
Patriot News: Harrisburg takes over public works property via eminent domain for $2.2 million
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Banning pet stores from selling animals from puppy mills

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Wally Scott sued for defamation by former managing director
Reading Eagle: Oklahoma opioid verdict probably means more lawsuits but not more settlements, Berks officials warn
Morning Call: Allentown sues over opioids, joining Lehigh County and thousands of other governments trying to recoup costs 
Morning Call: Allentown has more money than expected. What happened? 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Former Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott out of running for Ohio post 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: McKernan will run as write-in candidate for commissioner

Inquirer Editorial Board: Take politics off school lunch menus 
LNP Editorial Board: In case over coroner’s records, the public’s right to know prevails
Matthew J. Brouillette and Jonathan Goldstein: What we learned by suing the Wolf administration over its budgeting practices
John L. Micek: ‘You’re constantly figuring out how to raise money,’ Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans of life in D.C. | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Lisa Haver: Charter school oversight change shows Pa. government undercutting Philly’s power 
John A. Tures: If Trump is so concerned about Baltimore, there’s much he can do to fix it himself
Will Bunch: The Constitution’s 3 ways to stop a demagogue like Trump haven’t worked. Now what? 
Eleni Vlachos: The ‘meatless meat’ wars continue, now over food labels 
Trudy Rubin: Trump to fellow democracies at G-7: You’re on your own

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