The VP is on his way to PA to help Lou Barletta fundraise, while a new poll shows him trailing Casey by double-digits. Here’s the Playbook.
Poll: Casey 55, Barletta 41: Casey holds a double digit lead over his GOP challenger, while Pennsylvanians have mixed feelings about Trump and Toomey’s job performance.
Pence to Fundraise for Barletta in Philly: Just a month after his last visit was met with protests, he’s set to return to the city of Brotherly Love.
Harrisburg & DC
Politico: Dem redistricting group picks targets, unleashes Obama
Axios: Democrats’ Senate dream slips away
Capitolwire: Democrats will try to help their public sector union allies, but aren’t likely to find short-term success.
Capitolwire: Winter aid programs in DePasquale’s sights.
Capitolwire: House GOP leaders say they are ‘still waiting’ for Democrats to do something about two of their embattled members.
Capitolwire: Dairy industry is budget winner.
PLS Reporter: Democrats aim to flip, while Republicans try to find right candidate in wake of English retirement
PLS Reporter: From soda to sick leave, Philadelphia lawmakers push back on preemption of local laws
PLS Reporter: DePasquale disappointed in findings from programs working to keep people warm, safer through winter
PLS Reporter: Pittsburgh controller blames increased realty transfer tax, disaster response for sagging revenues
WITF: 17 years after the crash, the Flight 93 Memorial nears completion
City & State PA: Analysts increase odds for Dem congressional upset in NW PA
Philadelphia Magazine: Gov. Wolf Raises State Employee Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour
Philadelphia Magazine: The New Philadelphia Board of Education Holds First Public Meeting
WHYY Newsworks: Near a Center City Wawa, humans protect a bike lane, to make a larger point
WHYY Newsworks: Immigration updates
WHYY Newsworks: After 16 years in prison, two men falsely accused in killing to share $3 million from Philly
WHYY Newsworks: ACA funding freeze adds uncertainty for Pa. marketplace
Billy Penn: Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Does it need to change?
CBS Philadelphia: Immigration Crisis: Trump Administration Falls Short on First Family Reunification Deadline
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Creed II’ received $16.7M in tax credits. Here’s what Philadelphia & Pa. got.
Inquirer: ‘Occupy ICE’ protestor sues Philly police officer for striking him, using ‘excessive’ force
Inquirer: Homeowners may hate them, however property taxes aren’t going anywhere … but up
Inquirer: Bob Casey won’t consider Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. GOP hopes to make him pay
Inquirer: When he was on City Council, Mayor Kenney opposed sharing arrest information with ICE
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council delays borough manager appointment, makes others
Pottstown Mercury: 2 protesters arrested at Mariner East 2 pipeline construction site
Pottstown Mercury: League of Women Voters of Chester County inducts new leaders
Bucks County Courier Times: Price hikes, termination fees spark hike in consumer complaints about trash haulers
Bucks County Courier Times: State bill could undo LGBT protection ordinances in Yardley, Hatboro
Bucks County Courier Times: Medical marijuana zoning changes in Newtown expected in August
Delco Daily Times: Kavanaugh pick sparks partisan divide in Delco
Delco Daily Times: Aqua Pa. working on projects across Delco
KDKA: Arnold Mayor Refuses To Resign Amid Outcry
WESA: Pittsburgh DA Stephen Zappala Vows To Protect Abortion Rights
WESA: Philly Mayor Meets With Advocates As Abolish ICE Protests Mark One Week
WTAE: Want to explore Pennsylvania? Try these new interstate bicycle routes
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highmark, pharmaceutical company reach deal on diabetes drug
Pittsburgh Business Times: One of Pennsylvania’s biggest banks puts regional HQ in
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s rig count drops
Pittsburgh Business Times: Dollars rise, more Pittsburgh firms get funded in first half of 2018
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP’s Scott Wagner tries to distance himself from controversial
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pa. Auditor General: State failed to spend federal energy assistance funds meant to aid poor
Tribune-Review: DEP appoints ‘environmental justice’ director
Tribune-Review: Toomey, Casey react to Kavanaugh nomination
Observer-Reporter: Gas prices rise 6 cents across region, but just a bit in Washington
Beaver County Times: Audit: State agency failed to spend millions to help poor families with heating issues
Beaver County Times: State of Emergency: OD death rate drops in 1 region; Why, and will it last?
Beaver County Times: Beaver County reassessment process on hold during appeal
Altoona Mirror: School funding suit slams cuts
Altoona Mirror: Former DA disbarred
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thailand rescue stirs memories for Quecreek miner, former Pa. governor
Express-Times: Pa. bill would legalize video gaming terminals in social clubs
Express-Times: Why is Pa. OK with other states dumping toxic dirt here? Senate hearing seeks answers
Reading Eagle: Pa. lawmakers’ reaction to Supreme Court pick falls along partisan lines
Reading Eagle: Twin Valley School District support staff authorizes strike
Reading Eagle: Exeter Township picks Vincent Biancone as supervisor
WFMZ: Pennsylvania DHS sets date for closing of Hamburg Center
WFMZ: AG: Audits show lack of funding for services to help low-income families
North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Commission gives recommendation for city’s portion of gateway project
Sun-Gazette: Forfeited drug money to fund security update
Sun-Gazette: Bridge fencing safety bill signed into law
Sun-Gazette: Borough police chief announces October retirement
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania prosecutor vows to protect abortion rights
Lancaster Online: PA Auditor General on child abuse report: 3 takeaways
The Sentinel: DEP releases draft plan for solar energy strategies; invites public comment
Pennlive: Steelton plans borough-wide meetings on water privatization question
Pennlive: Plan calling for 100% property-tax hikes in Harrisburg ‘state-assisted suicide’: mayor
Pennlive: Trump’s SCOTUS pick a ‘corrupt bargain with the far right,’ Bob Casey says
Shari Shapiro: Speed cameras help pave the way to safer streets in Pa.
The Lu Lac Political Letter: WAGNER TOWN HALL MEETING LAST NIGHT IN THE LAC
The Liberty City Press: Family Feud
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Morganelli Wants Grand Jury Report on Sexual Misconduct by Catholic Clergy
The Morning Call Opinion: Finally: Allentown doubling down on fines for double parking
Lancaster Online Letter to the Editor: Wagner will be an education innovator
Tribune-Democrat Letter to the Editor: Be genuine pro-life supporter
Observer-Reporter Opinion: Could papers get relief from tariffs?
The Incline: Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Does it need to change?
Dick Polman: Trump buys survival insurance from Brett Kavanaugh
Stu Bykofsky: Welcome to Taxadelphia, where you pay more than you realize
John Baer: Casey’s opposition to Trump SCOTUS pick raises questions about Casey’s abortion stance
Will Bunch: The unbearable whiteness of being Trump’s judicial picks
Solomon Jones: Non-voting blacks helped push Kavanaugh to Supreme Court
Inquirer Editorial Board: We’re smoking mad that Harrisburg won’t let Philly govern
Jack Brennan: Boosting funding early childhood education Pa. is a no-brainer
Ethan S. Ake-Little: The case for more Asian-American public school teachers
Abraham Gutman: With Roe v. Wade in question, here’s how Philly men can support women’s right to choose
Christine Flowers: When will there be a Supreme Court justice who looks and thinks like me?
Lowman S. Henry: Pa. legislators on vacation, we’re safe for now
Marc Thiessen: The left’s contempt is going to reelect Trump
Phil Gianficaro: Thai soccer team rescue stirs memories for Bucks County emergency head
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Gov. Wolf should call special session on redistricting
Richard Cohen: Is a president who doesn’t remember the past condemned to repeat it?
Chris Freind: Banning fireworks explodes government’s reach
Christine Flowers: Who cares about reputations of wrongly accused?
Matthew T. Mangino: Immigration tip line rekindles dangerous are
Altoona Mirror Editorial: US debt choking America