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August 6th Playbook

Sen. Casey responds to President Trump’s comments on him, while the Pennsylvania GOP wants an apology from Mayor Jim Kenney. Happy Monday, politicos. Here is the Playbook!  


August 3rd Ups & Downs: The Attorney General reaches out to the Pope. A “young and naive” citizen gets snubbed. Casey and Barletta tout positives. Let’s look at the ups and downs for this week.
President Trump Pushes Barletta, Dubs Casey “Sleeping Bob”: Barletta touts the Trump agenda as a reason to elect him.


A different kind of wave: Politico’s Rachel Blade wrote an article over the weekend about the careers of Reps. Dave Brat and Scott Perry entrance into Congress during the anti-Obama backlash, but now they’re facing a different kind of backlash.
‘If you’re a pro-life Democrat… You know you’re standing alone’: Sen. Casey is among three sitting Democratic senators up for reelection endorsed by Democrats for Life in states President Trump won in 2016.
PA GOP vs Kenney: The Pennsylvania GOP says Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney should apologize for linking black doll hanging to Trump’s rhetoric.


Harrisburg & DC
Washington Post: The local-news crisis is destroying what a divided America desperately needs: Common ground
WNEP: Sen. Casey Responds to Jabs from President Trump
Standard Speaker: Casey wants to block blueprints for 3D-printed guns on internet
AP: No shortage of fall races for Pennsylvania voters to ponder
AP: GOP grumbles as Donald Trump reshapes midterm campaigns
WJAC: Trump gives backing to Wagner in governor’s race
York Dispatch: Wagner campaign paid more than $130K to Penn Waste, company employee
ABC27: Trump support should boost Barletta, Wagner campaigns
Tribune Review: Toomey: Jewish artifacts from Iraq should remain in US
Erie-Times News: Roll Call: How US Senators voted on issues
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
StateImpactPA: Mariner East 2 pipeline opponent jailed, fined for violating court order
Inquirer: Clergy abuse case reflects simmering scrutiny of Pa. grand jury system
AP: Jobs boom favors Democratic counties, not Trump strongholds
Inquirer: Trump’s five false claims about Bob Casey in Wilkes-Barre speech
Bucks County Courier Times: State announces funding for Vivitrol programs in county prisons
WESA: Barletta Looks To Parlay Trump’s Support Into A Fundraising Renaissance
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: While state population remains stable, number of Hispanics is increasing
The Times Leader: Barletta launching statewide bus tour
PennLive: Tired of sitting in traffic? A state rep wants Pa. to consider jumping onboard a hyperloop
York Daily Record: Here’s what some of your top Pennsylvania government officials make
York Daily Record: As young voter registration surges in Pennsylvania both parties see opportunities at hand

Philadelphia Tribune: Starbucks-Cheyney relationship yet to be defined
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney should apologize for linking black doll hanging to Trump’s rhetoric, Pennsylvania GOP says
Inquirer: ‘We’re providing ideological clarity’: ICE protest in Philly attracts hundreds
Inquirer: A Buddhist temple embedded in a synagogue tells the story of South Philly immigration
Inquirer: No driver’s license, no photo ID? Philadelphia will issue municipal ID cards starting next year
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet Mike Newall, Poet Laureate of the Opioid Epidemic
WHYY Newsworks: Influential Philadelphia philanthropist H.F. ‘Gerry’ Lenfest dies at 88
Billy Penn: Inside Philadelphia’s green roof revolution
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia parents separated from their kids protest city, state agencies
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s shot at marijuana growing facilities goes up in smoke
KYW Newsradio: State and city officials: Want to improve elections? Get out and vote in them

Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses Scott Wallace
Daily Local News: Hundreds walk to end gun violence in East Goshen in a tribute to Bianco Roberson
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township hires deputy public works director
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Makefield approves Airbnb permitting rules
Pottstown Mercury: Grant will help teach fire prevention to Pottstown children

WESA: Analysis Finds Major Differences In Years of Teacher Experience Across Pittsburgh Public Schools
WTAE: Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese to release names of clergy members accused of sex abuse after grand jury report
Post-Gazette: State auditor general concerned about transparency in Duquesne schools child sex abuse settlement
Post-Gazette: Bishop Trautman withdraws challenge to grand-jury report
Tribune Review: Government seeking nuclear workers who had radiation-cause cancers or their survivors
Tribune Review: Chimes give voice to Flight 93 heroes across windy memorial site near Shanksville
Tribune Review: Etna to host energy workshop

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Commissioners ask arena board member to resign
Altoona Mirror: Toytown man seeks to silence train horns
Altoona Mirror: Limits on plastic upset locals
Observer-Reporter: Police, council, community work to ‘resurrect’ playground
Beaver County Times: Baden latest community to undergo mosquito spraying for West Nile

WNEP: Veteran Receives Medals at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
NorthCentralPA: Independent Candidate PA-12 Congressional District Ends Campaign
Times-Tribune: Scranton could appeal decision to lift condemnation order on house
Citizens Voice: County blight committee plans to hold informational workshops

South Central
Philly Voice: Rep. Scott Perry still touts his fake Sacha Baron Cohen award
PennLive: Gov. Wolf visits reopened Liverpool modular home factory
PennLive: How much did the Vatican know about abusive Pa. priests? What the grand jury report could show
PennLive: Harrisburg bishop delivers message on clergy sex abuse to parishioners gathered for Mass
PennLive: Harrisburg commuter tax would ease pain of Act 47 ‘exit’: mayor
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle groups join together to discuss gender pay group
York Daily Record: District Attorney seeks death penalty against DJ in 1992 killing of school teacher
York Dispatch: ‘I’m livid’: Lawmakers seek public meeting on overdue, over-budget Mt. Rose/I-83 project
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County treasurer secures insurance to collect municipal taxes

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wild getting support outside district
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Barletta launching bus tour; are secret grand juries fair?
Express Times: Former deputy coroner sentenced 8-16 years in sex assault case
Express Times: Slate business expansion planned to create 188 jobs

North by Northwest
Erie News Now: Kelly, DiNicola in Debate Dispute
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Charter Commission disbands, county rejects concrete bid
Williamsport Sun Gazette: As state gambling expands, casinos’ interest in area lacking
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to discuss quality of life ticketing
Erie Times-News: Persico: Grand jury report ‘not an easy read’

Jeffrey Lord: Only Barletta knows immigration is a serious problem for Pa.
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Health care key issue in the election
Times Tribune Editorial Board: Trade war flesh wounds
Times Leader Editorial: Our view: Dear Lou, are we the enemy of the people?
Dr. Christopher Wenger: Bill seeks to improve health of food stamp participants
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Congress needs to get involved in tariff matter
Inquirer Editorial Board: Gerry Lenfest gave with his heart
Will Bunch: If Team Trump can’t reunite border families, someone needs to go to jail
Jim Friedlich: Gerry Lenfest’s lasting legacy: Saving local journalism
Stu Bykofsky: The Rittenhouse stabbing: The facts aren’t black and white
Maria Panaritis: Clearing the mattresses for holy matrimony: Downingtown’s young mayor gets hitched in a furniture store
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly makes pension management harder than it has to be
Susan Pearlstein: Philly’s humanitarian crisis: Too many kids in foster care
Jessica Bear and Jim MacMillan: To understand Philly’s gun violence crisis, in-depth reporting is needed
Christine Flowers: Double standard in Rittenhouse stabbing case is murder
Mathew Schmalz: Can you be Christian and support the death penalty?
Brian Hickey: The state GOP is correct: Mayor Kenney should apologize for his too-quick hanging-doll rhetoric
Jerry Shenk: Tight labor markets are good for Americans
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Something fishy: State lawmakers abuse power with personal pique
Brian O’Neill: The plain shame of our lame train service
David M. Shribman: Four survivors from a different political age
Pat Buchanan: Did Tariffs make America great?
Colin McNickle: Overcoming U.S., Pa. economic doldrums
Joe Torsella: Keystone Scholars helping Pa. do right by our children
Lou Barletta: Times Leader ‘fair and accurate’
Bill O’Boyle: Capitol Roundup: Parents urged to vaccinate children before new school year starts
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Elections remain unsecure
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Congress needs to get involved in tariff matter
Andy Heintzelman: Gaudenzia treatment center welcome, needed
Paul Muschick: Filling Charlie Dent’s vacant congressional seat for two months is pointless

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