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July 11th Playbook

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

Lehigh Valley
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

Standard-Speaker: Hearing on wage tax pushed back
The News-Item: City details $269K in CDBG hearing
The News-Item: Casey rejects ‘any’ nominee; Barletta ‘applauds’

South Central
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 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

2 Responses

  1. Scott Wagner showed a disconnect with the voters when he appeared on a program in Pike County with a controversial pastor as noted in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette story of July 10th. The Pastor’s brother organized the event and it was held at a place he owned so, according to the Pastor’s brother, it should be assumed the controversial pastor (his brother) would be there. See the link above for the story itself. This matter on top of a poll Wagner had taken at a Republican State Committee meeting asking how many had employer sponsored healthcare–to raise their hands–reflects a disconnect with the voters because what does this have to do with whether or not our society needs better healthcare?

  • 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%)

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