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August 7th Playbook

A Republican announces a bid for the 8th Congressional District, the Chester County GOP Chair is elected to lead the Young Republican National Federation, and Sen. Cory Booker is set to rally in Philadelphia. Here is the Playbook. 

PA17: Lamb Raises $280K in Q2: The Allegheny County Democrat has over $430,000 cash on hand entering the 3rd quarter.

Teddy Daniels Announces Bid for PA8: Daniels, a former police officer and Army veteran, describes himself as a “pro-Trump conservative Republican” and says the “moral fabric” of the country is under attack by the Democratic Party.

Chesco GOP Chair Elected to Lead Young Republican National Federation: The suburban Philly operative, Chester County GOP Chair and former PA Young Republican Chair said he is fired up and ready to make a serious impact in the new role.

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF/PA Post: After mass shootings, some Pa. Democrats urge Wolf to call a special session
WITF: Casey Calls For Trump To Confront White Nationalism After Ohio, Texas Shootings 
WITF: Pa. prison reform group calls for end to ‘long-term’ solitary confinement
WESA: Rallies Gather In Harrisburg, Again, To Urge Action On Guns
Beaver County Times: Sen. Toomey pushes another gun purchasing bill 
AP: State’s clergy abuse hotline got 1,900 calls over first year
AP: Services set for Pennsylvania grad student killed in Ohio 
Patriot News: Pa. Republican lawmaker plans hearings following mass shootings
PLSReporter: Over 23,000 use new school safety tip line, though concerns center on student mental health 
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Kim bill would require jails to provide mothers who give birth while incarcerated a family-centered space
Morning Call: Mass shooting. Calls for action. Repeat. 
Philly Voice: Toomey: Trump called with support (but no firm commitment) for gun-control measures 
StateImpactPA: Sunoco says Mariner East 2 system ‘backfired’ during maintenance but no risk to public
Inquirer: 800 men accuse Boy Scouts of America of sex abuse, lawyers say in announcing Philly lawsuit
Philadelphia Business Journal: Which colleges in Pennsylvania have the best value?
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania schools in middle of pack in U.S. for quality despite high spending 

KYW Newsradio: Residents voice concerns to advisory board holding first public meeting after refinery fire
KYW Newsradio: Reform Alliance seeks to represent tough cases in push for probation reform
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia officials urge support for refugees amid reports of impending ‘ban’ 
Inquirer: Comcast announces largest expansion of its internet services for low-income families 
Inquirer: To mark the 400th anniversary of Africans being kidnapped to the U.S., a Philly group is recruiting 400 children 
Inquirer: SEPTA’s trolley tunnel closing for repairs, affecting more than 60,000 riders on nation’s largest system
Philadelphia Business Journal: Comcast expands internet services to more low-income households
PLSReporter: Did seven Philly cops choose resignation over arbitration?
Billy Penn: Comcast expands low-cost internet, along with learning programs that actually work
Roxborough Review: Tartaglione, Cruz hold session on medical marijuana

Mainline News: Another challenger announces run against incumbent Leach
Delco Daily Times: Delco lawmakers renew call to action on gun control
Daily Local News: Gun control measures have mixed support among area members of Congress
Daily Local News: Chesco state legislators call for gun session 
Daily Local News: Dinniman, business leaders relaunch African American Chamber of Commerce
Daily Local News: Pipeline ‘backfire’ rattles West Goshen
Montgomery Media: Michael Jones completes term as Souderton Borough junior councilor
Pottstown Mercury: Gerald Richards, ‘the icon of Lower Pottsgrove,’ dies at 97 

WESA: Peduto Calls On State And Federal Legislators To Pass Gun Control Within 30 Days 
KDKA: Mayor Peduto, Moms Demand Action Founder Join Forces To Call For Movement On Gun Safety Legislation
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Past Statements Of DA Candidate Raise Eyebrows
KDKA: DA Zappala Reacts To Recent Hate Crimes, Expresses Concerns About Local Security
KDKA: Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey Joins Other Senators, Calls For Bipartisan Action To Improve Gun Safety Laws 
KDKA: Allegheny County Launches ‘Project Reset’ To Help Seal Criminal Records
KDKA: Elevated Levels Of Lead Found In Local Drinking Water
KDKA: Court Records Remain Sealed In Death of Pittsburgh Police Officer Calvin Hall 
Post-Gazette: Peduto, Moms Demand Action call on lawmakers to vote on gun bills in next 30 days 
Post-Gazette: Congressman Mike Doyle to hold town hall on climate change on Aug. 14 
Post-Gazette: City and Parks Conservancy would split decision-making on parks money, city says 
Post-Gazette: New online tool can help county residents have arrest records expunged
City Paper: State Sen. Jay Costa renews push for Pennsylvania gun reform post mass shootings 
Tribune Review: Peduto, Moms Demand Action founder call for passage of gun laws 
Tribune Review: Census takers identifying hard-to-reach populations across Western Pa., country

Observer-Reporter: Lawmakers weigh in on USDA proposal to change food stamp eligibility
Observer-Reporter: Government, faith leaders urge action after mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: St. Francis receives grant to launch military program 
Tribune Review: Deferred repairs, budget cuts threaten Keystone, other state parks, officials say
Tribune Review: Westmoreland Diversity Coalition to host former skinhead as keynote speaker
Beaver County Times: Commissioners mull repairs to Brush Creek road 
Beaver County Times: RMU gets $200K grant for principal training program
Altoona Mirror: Blair home rule issue on hold 

The Times Leader: Yudichak, DEP secretary tout severance tax proposal to aid Nanticoke park plan 
The Times Leader: Baker, Yudichak weigh in on mass shootings 
The Times Leader: Applicants for vacant Luzerne County Council seat discuss qualifications 
The Times Leader: Mullery bill would eliminate red tape for child-run lemonade stands 
The Times Leader: Plymouth meeting draws more than 100 to discuss borough’s future 
The Times Leader: Pa. Senate proclamation honors TL’s O’Boyle for community work
The Times Leader: DA finds no improper conduct by GUARD following Gilbert’s allegations 
Times-Tribune: Scranton school directors discuss potential savings, switching to payroll tax 
Times-Tribune: Commissioners move meeting from Wednesday to next week 
Citizens Voice: Dallas School District sued by food-service firm
Citizens Voice: Officials say Nanticoke land can be transformed if bill passes
Citizens Voice: DA: Gilbert accusations against GUARD unfounded 

South Central  
York Daily Record: ‘Backbone of our commonwealth’: Gov. Wolf tours downtown Hanover with community leaders
York Daily Record: See how your representatives voted in Congress
Patriot News: Scott Perry joins conservatives citing mental health issues as factor in mass shootings; research says otherwise
Patriot News: Secret Service teaches local educators techniques for spotting ‘kids in crisis’ in quest to keep schools safe
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Banning Styrofoam containers
LNP | LancasterOnline: As country grieves two mass shootings, Lancaster’s federal lawmakers promise to take action

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: John Morganelli has been Northampton County DA nearly 28 years. Here’s the plan for his last 5 months
Morning Call: Embattled Allentown police chief to face City Council, discuss crime data on Wednesday
Morning Call: Here’s who will likely join Bethlehem council next month
Morning Call: Mass shooting. Calls for action. Repeat. 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor, city police holding news conference on recent violence
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Amish communities speak out against proposed ordinance
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council approves agreement for upgrading borough water system
Erie Times-News: PennDOT: Drilling tax could fund Crawford road repairs
Centre Daily Times: State College school board rejects local economic revitalization tax

John L. Micek: Pay no attention to that president behind the teleprompter 
Shira Goodman: Trump had a chance Monday to address America’s gun problem head-on. Here’s how he missed it
Mike Newall: Yet again, Archbishop Chaput foolishly misses the mark in a time of crisis 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Hate has no home here?
Will Bunch: An oral history of the day Donald Trump’s teleprompter addressed the nation on hate 
John L. Micek: These states are expanding (and restricting) ballot access. Here’s what they have in common | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: One nation under the gun
Mike O’Bryan: Philly’s youth deserve opportunities, not abusive prisons 
Nick Lehr: Why are so many working class Pennsylvanians fed up with politics? An expert explains
Alisha Ebling: I love Philadelphia, but I might leave because of trash

  • 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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