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August 6th Playbook

Rep. Scott Perry’s race was moved to a toss-up by the Cook Political Report, while President Trump postpones a planned trip to a Beaver County ethane cracker plant that was slated for Thursday. Here is the Playbook. 

PA10: Cook Moves Race to Toss Up: The election analysts moved the seat held by Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) from Lean Republican to Toss Up.

Pence Pushes USMCA in Franklin County: The Vice President urged Congress to pass the proposed trade agreement aimed at replacing NAFTA, while boasting at the current state of the economy and crediting the policies from the Trump administration.

Harrisburg & DC   
Post-Gazette: Trump calls off planned trip to Shell’s cracker plant in Beaver County 
WESA: Toomey’s Gun Control Proposal Resurfaces But Unlikely To Get Senate Vote Anytime Soon 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey calls for stronger background checks, but says Senate doesn’t need to return early
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We cannot accept this as normal’: Wolf calls on U.S. Senate to pass background check bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dayton, El Paso shootings: Trump focuses on mental health. Here’s what Pa.’s congressional delegation has to say 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Embattled Democrat Daylin Leach draws another primary challenger 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House Dems call for legislative special session to address gun violence 
Inquirer: How mass shootings in Pennsylvania and New Jersey compare to other states
Inquirer: Dems take aim at economy, trying to undercut Trump’s biggest strength
Inquirer: The gun control movement has had more momentum than ever. But will that matter in the response to El Paso and Dayton?
Inquirer: What it means for nontraditional families to see themselves represented in the 2020 presidential field
AP: State school safety tip system fielded 23K reports this year
AP: New Jersey county pays Pennsylvania to spray for black flies
Beaver County Times: Toomey, Casey diverge in response to mass shootings
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania: Recipe for nation’s most diverse economy includes more than just steel and chocolate 
Post-Gazette: Shootings renew calls for Toomey-Manchin background checks bill. But will this time be any different? 
Politico: DNC hires staff in 6 battleground states
Pittsburgh Business Times: Source: Trump’s visit to Shell cracker plant postponed 
PLSReporter: Wolf, Democrats call for stricter gun laws after weekend mass shootings
PLSReporter: Citing federal overreach, GOP lawmaker wants to give states the power to repeal federal policies
PLSReporter: Debate Over Separating Public, Private High School Sports Playoffs Continues
KDKA: Research Finds Mobile Voting Increased Voter Turnout  
City Paper: Former Pa. senator Rick Santorum said a lot of wrong things about gun control this weekend 
KYW Newsradio: Wolf calls for overhaul of state systems that are supposed to protect children
StateImpactPA: Neutralization of hydrofluoric acid to begin Monday at PES refinery
Citizens Voice: Casey: Trump’s policy is to ‘divide’ 

Inquirer: Bernie Sanders accused Hahnemann owners of a plan to make money off real estate. Is that realistic? 
Inquirer: Philly’s Archbishop Chaput: ‘Only a fool’ can believe gun control will solve mass violence 
Inquirer: ‘I feel I’m being hunted’: Philly’s Latino communities react to weekend shootings in El Paso and Dayton 
Inquirer: In a new twist, feds say proposed sale of Hahnemann’s residency program is illegal 
Inquirer: Inside the trauma bay: What it’s like on the front lines of Philly’s gun-violence crisis 
Inquirer: From empanadas to fake eyelashes, young Philly entrepreneurs pitch their dreams
KYW Newsradio: Mayor Kenney blames Trump for weekend of mass shootings   
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s top cop urges public to stay vigilant in wake of recent mass shootings   
KYW Newsradio: Report: Your health varies depending on where you live in Philly   
KYW Newsradio: Retired Philly FBI agent: Likely someone missed clues in mass shooters’ behavior   
Philadelphia Magazine: Gov. Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff for El Paso and Dayton Mass Shooting Victims
WHYY Newsworks: Neutralization of hydrofluoric acid to begin Monday at PES refinery
Billy Penn: Tickets for trashy sidewalks are up 300%. It hasn’t fixed Philly’s litter problem.
Philly Voice: Temple’s Klein College honoring Jake Tapper with excellence in media award 
Philly Voice: Alejandro Bedoya calls for Congress to ‘end gun violence’ at Philadelphia Union game 
Philadelphia Business Journal: CNN’s Jake Tapper to receive Temple’s Lew Klein media excellence award    
Philadelphia Business Journal: Local companies impacted by trade war-fueled stock market decline    
Philadelphia Business Journal: $1.4B merger of two largest U.S. newspaper chains will have significant local impact    

Bucks County Courier Times: Trump, Congress use taxpayers’ credit card in costly budget deal 
Bucks County Courier Times: GateHouse to acquire Gannett, forming largest U.S. publishing company 
Daily Local News: Dinniman announces $200K to reopen Ash Park Pool in Coatesville
Daily Local News: 2019 brings slight increase in opioid deaths to Chester County 
Daily Local News: Agricultural Summit will highlight key Chesco industry 
Montgomery Media: Stephens Announces $1 Million Grant for Upper Dublin Library Redevelopment Project
Inquirer: Pa. State Police official in wake of Chadds Ford incident: All 11 racial profiling claims last year were unfounded, motivated largely by revenge
Philadelphia Business Journal: Nurses at Bucks County hospital to vote on joining union
Pottstown Mercury: Districts eye snow day alternative with caution 

Post-Gazette: ‘Trauma brings back trauma’: Mayor Peduto reflects on mass shootings in light of Tree of Life 
Post-Gazette: Trump calls off planned trip to Shell’s cracker plant in Beaver County 
Post-Gazette: Challenger in Allegheny County DA race tries to quash controversy over ’92 remarks 
Post-Gazette: City’s LERTA tax breaks updated for first time since 2007, affordable housing advocates remain disappointed 
Post-Gazette: Commission: City real estate manager violated Ethics Act with purchase of house 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania: Recipe for nation’s most diverse economy includes more than just steel and chocolate 
Post-Gazette: With ‘Hello Baby’ officials aim to reach all babies born in Allegheny County — with an algorithm targeting those most at risk 
Post-Gazette: Deed fee for demolitions? Some counties say yes, but Allegheny is leery 
Post-Gazette: Immigration rights are human rights, speakers at Downtown forum say
Tribune Review: Bloody weekend renews hope of passing new gun control measures in D.C., Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh has stepped up security for large events, festivals in wake of mass shootings
Tribune Review: Trump postpones Beaver County visit in wake of mass shootings
Tribune Review: State fines Uniontown mayor for votes to promote himself, daughter to public positions 
WESA: DA Candidate Faces Questions About Handling Of Black Jurors In 1992 Case
Pittsburgh Business Times: Source: Trump’s visit to Shell cracker plant postponed 
City Paper: Bill Peduto ups security detail following increased threats over gun-control bills   
City Paper: Three Pittsburgh Jewish congregations issue joint statement in solidarity with El Paso and Dayton after shootings 
KDKA: Mayor Peduto’s Security Increasing Due To Recent Threats  
KDKA: President Trump Addresses Nation Following Mass Shootings, 1 Of Which Left Western Pa. Man Dead  
KDKA: The New Normal? Feeling Anxious, Nervous In Public Places More Common Following Mass Shootings
KDKA: ‘Just Brings It All Back Home:’ Pittsburgh Public Safety Takes Extra Precaution After Mass Shootings
AP: Pittsburgh mayor says he’s boosted security after threats 
Moms Demand Action Founder To Speak at Chatham University: Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, will participate in a conversation with WESA’s Chris Potter about gun violence and grassroots activism Tuesday evening. 

Beaver County Times: Trump visit to Shell plant postponed
Beaver County Times: New PFA regulations require relinquishment of firearms
Beaver County Times: PA Lottery hits records for sales, profit, payouts
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb accepting service academy nominations
Altoona Mirror: Nation reels over shootings — SFU student among victims
Altoona Mirror: Brantner continues life of service as Martinsburg mayor

Times-Tribune: Scranton school director Katie Gilmartin to seek city mayor nomination
Times-Tribune: Independent pharmacies say they’re being squeezed to breaking point
Times-Tribune: City Council to interview candidates Wednesday for vacant seat
Times-Tribune: Commissioners move meeting from Wednesday to next week
Citizens Voice: Casey: Trump’s policy is to ‘divide’ 
Citizens Voice: Interviews set for county council applicants 
Citizens Voice: Winners and losers from the Fed rate cut 
Citizens Voice: Area native leading effort to save Irem Temple

South Central  
Patriot News: Should the state have acted sooner to take over the Harrisburg School District?
Patriot News: What Congressional delegates from Pennsylvania are saying after the weekend’s mass shooting carnage 
Patriot News: Township puts hold on proposal to require horse poop bags, rubber horseshoes, hoping to ‘work it out’ with Amish
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls charter schools ‘private,’ draws heated response from their largest advocacy group
Patriot News: Pat Toomey seeks to revive background checks legislation; opposes ban on military style firearms
LNP | LancasterOnline: Who are my state lawmakers, and how can I contact them?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Measles outbreak that included Lancaster case is extra reason to vaccinate students this year, officials say

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Gun control measures have mixed support among Berks County’s delegation to Washington  
Reading Eagle: Berks members of Congress visit immigrant detention centers along the U.S. and Mexican border, urge action  
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Berks Democratic Women to host a candidates forum; Patriots set to meet next week
Reading Eagle: Reading Downtown Improvement District grapples with weeds, homelessness issue  
Morning Call: Who is Tony Alsleben, Allentown’s embattled police chief? 
Morning Call: Readers React: Lehigh Valley should consider 311 system 
Morning Call: President Trump called Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey to talk about gun control legislation in response to latest mass shootings

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: What Pennsylvania elected officials are saying about gun reform in the wake of shootings
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City gathers to march against recent violence
Erie Times-News: Residents feel Erie Refocused ‘leapfrogged’ neighborhood  

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time for sanity on guns: All hands on deck to stop the senseless slaughter
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bumper crop potential: State grant program promotes urban farms 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lives stolen: Memory of the dead should inspire action on guns 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Gun control won’t stop white supremacy , but it could make it less deadly 
Inquirer Editorial Board: The sour notes played at Curtis 
Scott Wagner: I Support Scott Perry 
Aimee Erickson, Stephen P. Kunz and Michael V. Nixon: On its silver anniversary, Pa’s disastrous underground coal mining law has left a tarnished legacy
John L. Micek: More mass shootings, the same sad playbook. Call the Senate back to vote | Monday Morning Coffee
Anita Gupta: How will Hahnemann’s closure affect Philly’s opioid crisis? 
Jennifer Murphy: Here’s how Philly can learn from the Netherlands on the opioid crisis 
Jenice Armstrong: After 7-year-old Kayden was killed by her father, her mother fights to protect other children 
Chris Kelly: Thoughts and prayers
Dick Polman: The 2020 Dems’ circular firing squad forgot all about Trump on debate night 
David Murrell: Free Streets Is a Nice Yearly Gimmick. Now Philly Should Do It For Real

One Response

  1. Scott Perry should seriously consider retiring and joining his buddy Wagner at Penn Waste. Look at his donors from the past cycle – he has no support from anyone in State.

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