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August 8th Playbook

Wagner stands firm on his pro-life stance, while Gov. Wolf believes that Pennsylvania isn’t “ready for” legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Here is the Playbook!   


Q2 Fundraising Winners & Losers: By and large, Democrats came out ahead this spring.

Wagner Stands Firm on Abortion, Shifts Tone on Climate Change: The possible appointment of Brett Kavanaugh may play an impact on abortion rights for PA Governor’s next term.


A word with Wolf: ‘Young and naive’ climate activist Rose Strauss wants to ask Gov. Wolf where he stands on environmental issues.  

Not ready for it: Gov. Tom Wolf stated in an interview with KDKA Radio Morning News “I don’t think the citizens of Pennsylvania are ready for it,” when asked about the state legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

Philly’s Growth: Philadelphia is leading the country in wage growth among U.S. cities, according to a new report. The city saw a 2.8% wage growth since July 2017, bringing the median base pay to $55,723 per year, according to Glassdoor Inc.’s Local Pay Report.


Harrisburg & DC
StateImpactPA: As more storms roll in, how will power companies keep the lights on?
StateImpactPA: In the Poconos, a fight simmers over ‘exceptional’ streams
PLSReporter: Wolf creates new advisory commission on LGBTQ rights
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Sen. Regan hopes to end Fentanyl trend with new legislation
PhillyVoice: Conservative activists targeted by ANTIFA protest stoke flames of outrage on ‘Fox & Friends’
PhillyVoice: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Lancaster named on 40 most sustainably-powered cities list
PennLive: Gov. Wolf announces formation of LGBTQ commission
Billy Penn: A record number of LGBTQ candidates are running for state seats. Is Harrisburg ready?
WITF: Barletta boards bus in effort to raise name recognition, money
Inquirer: You better pay E-ZPass: Debt collectors can pursue unpaid tolls, appeals court rules
KDKA: Stories of Abuse Surfacing Ahead of Grand Jury Report On Sexual Abuse In Six Pennsylvania Diocese
KDKA: Pa. Treasury Looking To Reunite Dozens With Purple Heart Medals, Pins
AP: Pennsylvania ‘clearly behind’ in pollution goals: DEP official
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania’s 500 school districts ranked – where does your district fall?

Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s How Gerry Lenfest Made Philadelphia Better
City and State PA: Justin Diberardinis inches toward a Philly City Council run
KYW Newsradio: March For Our Lives tour stops in Philly to advocate for gun safety
Billy Penn: To celebrate his 60th birthday, Mayor Kenney read a bunch of mean things people tweeted at him
Bloomberg: Philadelphia Leads the U.S. in Wage Growth
Billy Penn: DA Larry Krasner will no longer charge cases related to buying small amounts of weed (defined as anything under an ounce)
Philadelphia Magazine: Harrowgate Playground Selected As First Rebuild Project
Inquirer: How Philly spent $5 million and got… absolutely nothing
Inquirer: From rural villages to the gritty streets of Philly, kids displaced by Maria map their emotions
Inquirer: Obituaries: Gregory Harvey, 81, election lawyer and leader of ‘Recall Rizzo’ effort

Daily Local News: Police connect with communities for National Night Out
Daily Local News: Kimmel to resign as East Marlborough supervisor
Delco Daily Times: Aston gets $1M grant from Pa. for new fire house
Delco Daily Times: Marijuana-growing plant slated for Chester
Delco Daily Times: Bryn Mawr Trust faces more bias claims
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Tom Murt asks Gov. Wolf to visit contamination areas

WESA: Barletta Bus Tour Begins With Visit To Western PA
City Paper: North Side residents concerned a train derailment could ruin their neighborhood
Pittsburgh Business Times: Congressman Doyle leads East Liberty “internet crawl”
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh city official purchases tax-delinquent house – for $2,500
Post-Gazette: Unions back Peoples’ pitch for PWSA
Tribune Review: Republicans charge Democrats with skulduggery at the Fayette County Fair

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Conemaugh Township supervisor accused of ethics violation
Altoona Mirror: Districts make top 200 list in Pa.
Altoona Mirror: Bridge dedication planned
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal to host community events
Beaver County Times: Officials work on details for Big Beaver mini-casino

Citizens Voice: Fairview Twp. woman joins state’s LGBTQ panel  
Citizens Voice: Officials discuss ways to improve fire, medical services in state
Citizens Voice: Crestwood pre-K program in jeopardy after grant denied
Pocono Record: Mount Pocono hunts for a new mayor
Standard Speaker: All in the family just a coincidence
Citizens Voice: GAR joins W-B Area’s consolidation plan
Times Tribune: Cummings Pitches Reform To Medical Marijuana Law
The Times Leader: Hanover Area teachers will start contributing toward health insurance
The Times Leader: Luzerne County DA warns of email threat where scammers pose as FedEx, UPS

South Central
PennLive: Countdown begins to release of grand jury report into Catholic priest abuse
Carlisle Sentinel: Overdose deaths on the decline in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton School District weighs hiring of school resource officer
Journal Gazette: Bishop says he always worked to protect children

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: South Whitehall rookie officer charged with manslaughter in unjustified shooting of unarmed Latino man, DA rules
Morning Call: Where do the Lehigh Valley’s congressional candidates stand on trade and tariffs?
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Holy smackdown, trade war opinions, cop shooting, election results …
Reading Eagle: Democratic National Committee chief visits Reading
Express Times: Ex-mayor, now a felon, wants you to help pay his legal bills

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Man who says he’s from State College threatens to shoot CNN hosts on air
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Street resurfacing and reconstruction theme of mayor’s news conference
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City distributing survey on damage from Grafius Run
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to discuss rental inspection program

Solomon Jones: Black pastors betrayed their community by standing with Trump
Will Bunch: 44 years after Nixon’s resignation, don’t wait for Watergate’s lightning to strike twice
Jillian Bauer-Reese: College campuses distribute condoms. Why not Narcan?
Maria Panaritis: A mom is right to be outraged after finding a dead fetus photo in a box of diapers from KOP Wegmans
Mitzi Birli Foulke: I want the Board of Pardons to release my brother’s killer from prison. Why won’t they listen?
Stu Bykofsky: End the open season on Trumpsters
Michael Coard: Cheyney University is a phoenix rising thanks to new partnerships
Chris Freind: Is Urban Meyer the latest victim of witch hunt?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Track the tax: Don’t let higher transfer levy hurt housing market
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Models of restraint: A study shows millennials often forgo alcohol
Dan Simpson: China has a game plan; we don’t

2 Responses

  1. Yeh, PA residents are too backward to legalize recreational marijuana and will keep spending money to lock them up, while oldsters toke their medical marijuana.

    1. remember when state stores only sold liquor/wine? only state in country?, like 3 yrs. ago. and now the legislature finally found the guts to let adults by beverages on their own. why from what wolf says i have dashvue that the medical marijuana dispensaries are going to be the new state stores? how could he possibly know: “I don’t think the citizens of Pennsylvania are ready for it,”. he’s an idiot. when $ gets short next budget, let’s see what happens.

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