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August 3rd Playbook

President Trump dubs Sen. Casey “Sleeping Bob” alongside Rep. Lou Barletta at rally in Wilkes-Barre, while the GOP selects their candidate for the 7th Congressional District special election. Happy Friday politicos, here is the Playbook!

Harrisburg & DC
AP: FBI: Man who threatened Trump, DA may be driving school van
State Impact PA: In rarity for GOP, Fitzpatrick pushes for carbon tax to cut greenhouse gas emissions
ABC: Greens run candidates for Pennsylvania governor, US Senate
PennLive: Pa. Lottery coming off a record-breaking year in ticket sales and made 67 players millionaires
New York Times: He’s a G.O.P. Immigration Hard-Liner. So Why Is He Trailing in Trump Country?
AP: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Visits Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Highlights Strong Workforce in Cumberland County
The Hill: WATCH: Trump hosts MAGA rally in Pennsylvania  
Citizens Voice: Protesters, supporters take to Twitter for Trump rally
State Impact PA: PUC allows restart of Mariner East 2 construction in parts of Chester County
City and State PA: Isaiah Thomas considering third shot at Philly City Council
PLS Reporter: Phillips-Hill appointed to FCC committee
PLS Reporter: State blocks 3D gun design downloads while lawmakers grapple with advancing tech
Inquirer: At Luzerne County rally, Trump hits usual themes, knocks ‘Sleepin’ Bob Casey’
WESA: Casey Calls Kavanaugh Supreme Court Nomination ‘An Attack On Workers’ Rights’
The Times Leader: Casey says he’s not running against Trump as DNC blasts visit
PennLive: The top 10 places where Pa. Republicans and Democrats gained voters in 2018
Carlisle Sentinel: Toomey balances Trump relationship at phone-in town hall
Morning Call: Pennsylvania cop union endorses Wolf


Inquirer: Pa. to join 18 states’ vow to sue over Trump administration plan to roll back fuel-efficiency requirements
Inquirer: Parents of Rittenhouse Square stabbing victim assail DA Larry Krasner
Inquirer: Mary G. DiNubile, 79, educator and member of Philly’s politically prominent Green family
Philadelphia Magazine: Daryl Metcalfe Responds to Philly Mag Story
Billy Penn: Pa. millennials are sick of the BS in Harrisburg – so they’re running for office
KYW Newsradio: Soda tax dollars finally freed up for Kenney’s big pre-K push


Bucks County Courier Times: Grant allows for expansion of pre-k program
Bucks County Courier Times: Obama endorses State Rep. Tina Davis in state senate race
Delco Daily Times: Kim will face Scanlon in 7th District special election, too


Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Trump snubs Sen. Casey over bill signing ceremony
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Parents of Antwon Rose II sue police officer, East Pittsburgh officials over death of their son
Tribune Review: Bethel Park councilman resigns amid theft, drug charges
Tribune Review: Lawsuits over fatal police shootings can result in multimillion-dollar settlements
Tribune Review: Social worker appointed to Monessen City Council
Tribune Review: Oakmont seeks candidates for pedestrian plan committee


Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Peduto says Pittsburgh symbolic ‘heart’ of region
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Commissioners ask arena board member to resign
Altoona Mirror: Patton Borough seeks funds after flooding
Observer-Reporter: Judges fill vacancy on Monessen council
Beaver County Times: Conference to help rural, urban communities
Beaver County Times: Study: Cheaper to keep power plants open


The Times Leader: For World War II vet, seeing Trump was ‘early Christmas present’
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s legal fees in TIF fight top $7,600 and could rise
The Times Leader: Voting machine with paper ballots tested by Luzerne County election workers
News Item: 8 priests with local ties, including two former OLOL principals, on diocese list of accused abusers


South Central
PennLive: How much did the Vatican know about abusive Pa. priests? What the grand jury report could show
PennLive: Lebanon County woman delights in chance to help set Trump’s agenda with North Korea
York Daily Record: Racism in York County: ‘There’s more work to do,’ but who’s doing it?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former Lancaster Catholic principal, assistant on list of accused child sex abusers
LNP | LancasterOnline: On Politics: Meteorologist Drew Anderson says he’s not ready for the climate in D.C.; nominees set for Meehan special election


Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Trump rallies for Lou, Nothstein’s job change and Supreme change of heart
Morning Call: Lehigh County District Attorney won’t recuse himself in South Whitehall shooting probe
Reading Eagle: Berks district attorney promises detailed account of bulldozer death on stage game lands
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioner praises Reading mayor


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Unified Erie takes aim at domestic violence
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: As deadline looms, mayor accused of halting broker shopping
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congressman hosts discussion on poor options for rural internet
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Consulting firm head alleges ‘gag order’ by mayor


Bucks Local News: EDITORIAL: Governor Wolf needs to call a special session to fix redistricting mess
Ronnie Polaneczky: More tales of airport-security abuse. Would body-cams end it?
Inquirer Commentary: Remembering Jeremy Nowak, a force for urban change
Christine Flowers: Double standard in Rittenhouse stabbing case is murder
Will Bunch: Why Trump’s Nuremberg-y, QAnon-loving journalist-hating mass rallies matter
Inquirer Editorial Board: Facebook can’t be the only one policing democracy
Michael Smerconish: Touring the secret Cold War bunker that Congress never used
Jim and Jeanne Moser: ‘Not one pill more’: Taming the opioid epidemic one medicine cabinet at a time
Mustafa Rashed: Advocacy is essential for black-owned businesses
Jay Ambrose: Their view: Trump scores on the economy
Times-Tribune Opinion: Haggerty should forget foolish bill
Nancy Eshelman: Disappointed by the Catholic church. Again

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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