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August 7th Playbook

A national progressive conference announces its return to Pennsylvania in 2019, while conservative activists are met with protesters in Philadelphia. Here is the Playbook!    


PoliticsPA’s Next Chapter: From Northeast Philly to Harrisburg

Netroots Nation Coming to Philly in 2019: The national progressive conference makes its return to Pennsylvania for the first time in a decade.

AP: Democratic counties benefiting from jobs boom, not Trump strongholds: The Associated Press took a dive into the economies of Trump counties and talked to Rep. Keith Rothfus about what is working and what needs to be improved in Beaver County.


Breakfast and a Protest: Conservative activists, Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk who lead super PAC Turning Point USA, had their breakfast in Philadelphia’s Green Eggs Cafe cut short as protests erupted outside.

A deep dive into PA-1: Nick Field for breaks down the race going on in Bucks County between incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic challenger Scott Wallace.  


Harrisburg & DC
StateImpactPA: DEP fines Sunoco for damaging drinking water in Berks, Chester and Lebanon counties in 2017
PLSReporter: Stephens bill could change bail conditions for repeat DUI offenders
PLSReporter: Comprehensive redistricting reform is dead for 2020, but allies are still looking at smaller fixes
The Times Leader: On Politics: The decline of the American moderate
York Dispatch: Wagner, Bartos walk back ‘young and naive’ comments at York town hall
PennLive: Pa. Senate candidate Lou Barletta has a campaign bus. But does he have a brand? | Analysis
PennLive: In video, GOP guv candidate Wagner reaffirms support for banning abortion
Centre Daily Times: Man who says he’s from State College threatens to shoot CNN hosts on air

Inquirer: Philadelphia police officer shot in face serving warrant in Germantown
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s junkyards are a dumpster fire
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly To Issue Municipal ID Cards Beginning in January
WHYY Newsworks: Radio Times: City Controller Rebecca Ryhnhart
Billy Penn: Philly protesters confront and throw things at conservative activists outside Green Eggs Cafe
Billy Penn: 8 Philadelphia institutions that wouldn’t be the same without the Lenfests’ generosity
KYW Newsradio: Funds from soda tax propel Rebuild project forward
KYW Newsradio: Michael White released from prison following lesser charges from DA

Bucks County Courier Times: Paper ballots aren’t on immediate horizon in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Several area school districts ranked among best in state
Delco Daily Times: 3D printable gun debates gets hot
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Register of Wills completes term as president of statewide association
Daily Local News: PA Labor Secretary visits Chester County CareerLink location

Tribune Review: Allegheny County Jail warden accused of turning blind eye to sexual harassment at D.C. jail
Tribune Review: Birmingham, Ala., mayor writes to Arnold mayor expressing disappointing over Facebook posts
Post-Gazette: ‘We came very close to having a tragedy:’ Freight cars derail above Station Square T stop
Post-Gazette: Needle exchange proposal presented in Carrick
Post-Gazette: As Pittsburgh home sales dip, no agreement on why
Post-Gazette: Keith Rothfus says the Republican tax cuts are reviving Beaver County’s economy. Are they?
Pittsburgh Business Times: Casino announces construction plans in Beaver County
City Paper: Are Pittsburgh city planners overestimating how many people drive to the Strip?
WTAE: Bishop Zubik: Pittsburgh diocese will release names of clergy accused of child sex abuse in grand jury report, but not any names redacted by the court

Beaver County Times: Mount Airy to bring mini-casino to Big Beaver next year
Observer-Reporter: Officials talk school safety at Peters roundtable
Altoona Mirror: City wants tax bureau to make sale rule changes
Altoona Mirror: Duncansville votes to remain in ISC
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Farm bill: Safeguards for a risky business

The Times Leader: building developer seeking third tax break for another major project in Hanover Township
The Times Leader: Bambera will release names once Grand Jury report is made public
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Domestic Relations Director James Davis retiring after four decades
The Times Leader: Guilty plea in hacking of former Wilkes-Barre mayor’s emails
Times-Tribune: Scranton residents could see school taxes increase 7.7 percent
Standard Speaker: Barletta speaks at Red Carpet Breakfast

South Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: 37 Catholic clergy accused of child sex abuse since 1947 had Lancaster ties, new list shows
Lebanon Daily News: 14 accused priests served at Assumption BVM in Lebanon
York Dispatch: Diocese: More than 20 accused clergymen served in York County
York Dispatch: Former York Catholic teacher on diocese list of accused priests
York Dispatch: Wagner, Bartos walk back ‘young and naive’ comments at York town hall
York Daily Record: Legal immigrant has been held by ICE in York prison for 2 years for no logical reason
Carlisle Sentinel: Director of veterans affairs in Cumberland County steps down
PennLive: Harrisburg school board picks former member for vacancy, drawing jeers
PennLive: Pa. Senate candidate Lou Barletta has a campaign bus. But does he have a brand? | Analysis

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: 3 major Phillipsburg projects, and the serious questions around 2 of them
Reading Eagle: Toomey impressed with Berks County Residential Center (VIDEO)
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Barletta’s dog, rural Nazis, $1 billion in heart attacks

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Ebert Beeman joins race for Congress
Erie Times-News: Tax exemptions denied for GECAC buildings in Erie
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City commission talks tax options
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montoursville OKs engineering firm to conduct water system analysis
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Charter Commission disbands, county rejects concrete bid
Centre Daily Times: Man who says he’s from State College threatens to shoot CNN hosts on air
Centre Daily Times: State College ranked No. 16 school district in Pa.

John Baer: Cutting through the Wolf/Wagner school-funding war
Ronald D. Castille: Releasing Catholic clergy abuse report risks violating constitutional rights
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Fox News, MSNBC make the world seem scarier than it is
Fred P. Hochberg: Why is Senator Toomey sending U.S. jobs overseas?
Jim Friedlich: Gerry Lenfest’s lasting legacy: Saving local journalism
Inquirer Editorial Board: Gerry Lenfest gave with his heart
Jessie Hill: Will the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade? And if it does, what happens to abortion rights?
JD Mullane: The unsinkable Donald Trump and the always outraged media
David A. Atkinson: Guest Column: No easy fixes to problem of lower voter turnout
Ralph Reiland: Prosperity isn’t produced by tariffs
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Which way on CAFE? There must be good reason to freeze fuel standard

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