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July 12th Playbook

Women accuse PAGOP Acting Chair Bernie Comfort of ignoring complaints made against previous Chair Val DiGiorgio. A second Democrat announces a primary challenge against state Sen. Daylin Leach. Here is the Playbook. 

Women Accuse Comfort of Ignoring Complaints Against DiGiorgio: The race for PAGOP Chair – with a vote set for Saturday – had taken a damaging turn for the Vice Chairwoman.

As Goes Pennsylvania, So Goes the 2020 Election: Right now, Pennsylvania is the Democrats to lose in 2020. But that was also true in 2016. How did that turn out?

Shae Ashe Joins Race to Primary Daylin Leach: The Norristown Area School Board President focuses on supporting public education and expanding medicaid and apprenticeship programs in the state.

Harrisburg & DC  
Inquirer: Sexual harassment claims swirl as Pa. Republicans prepare to elect a new leader and look ahead to 2020
Inquirer: Anxiety now qualifies for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: PA’s public library lovers are rejoicing over additional funding
New York Times: After Discussion With Trump, Lockheed Martin Plant in Pennsylvania Will Stay Open
AP: Sexual harassment allegations shadow race for GOP chair
AP: After Trump request, Lockheed keeps helicopter plant open 
AP: State to better track guns used in crimes as violence soars 
AP: State adds anxiety to qualifying conditions for medical pot 
AP: Court: Risks justify redacting abortion clinic worker names 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Progressives gather in Philly for Netroots Nation this weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Immigrant families detained in coming Trump crackdown could be held in Berks County facility
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 Democratic candidate Tom Brier talks climate change, DePasquale 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dems warn looming health care ruling could be ‘catastrophic’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State okays medical marijuana use for anxiety, Tourette Syndrome 
PLSReporter: In an olive branch to General Assembly, PASSHE freezes tuition for first time in 21 years 
PLSReporter: Climate activists pressure lawmakers on severance tax support 
PLSReporter: House Democratic Policy Committee considers solutions for health disparities 
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – July 11, 2019 
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
KYW Newsradio: Pa. GOP leaders will meet to pick new chairperson after prior chairman resigned 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Fetterman’s marijuana report expected by month’s end  
Observer-Reporter: Report shows Pennsylvania’s Appalachia residents make $7,000 less than state average
Patriot News: With temperatures and air conditioning bills going up, how does Pa. rank nationally in energy costs?
Patriot News: Sexual harassment allegations cloud Pa. Republicans’ efforts to elect a new state chair   
Patriot News: It’s too risky to give anti-abortion activist names, licensing info of abortion providers, Pa. court says   

Philly Clout: Joe Biden’s campaign office opens in Philly with a protest, not a party
WHYY Newsworks: Hundreds swarm Hahnemann to protest closure, with Sanders campaign leading the call
WHYY Newsworks: Why it’s hard to permanently fire a Philly cop
Billy Penn: Philly’s injection site just picked up a ton of national support — but local opposition is also growing
Billy Penn: Mosquito devices ‘on pause’ in Philadelphia as Parks & Rec plans audit
Inquirer: Philadelphia supervised injection site plan gets backing from attorneys general in 7 states
Inquirer: How ‘prison gerrymandering’ shifts political power from urban Pennsylvanians of color to white, rural ones
Inquirer: New Crane Chinatown apartments to open this month, but some ask: Where’s the affordable housing?
Inquirer: Philly public defender suit seeks to blow up ‘unlawful’ probation detainers
KYW Newsradio: Thousands protest Hahnemann closure, push Wolf to intervene
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s 2-Way Protected Bike Lanes Are Getting Closer to Center City
Philadelphia Magazine: Stu Bykofsky Is About to Be Out of a Job — and He Has Plenty to Say About It
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer management to employees: Time’s running out
Bucks Local News: Pennsbury School Board member announces candidacy for U.S. Congress in 2020 
Daily Local News: Trump says Lockheed CEO has agreed to keep Sikorsky Helicopter Plant open
Daily Local News: Sikorsky helicopter plant to remain open, saving 465 jobs 
Daily Local News: Democrat condemns Trump administration’s treatment of migrant children 
Daily Local News: Local lawmaker questions standardized testing costs; praises report 
Daily Local News: Refreshing? Taxpayers to save big with West Chester’s water switch
Bucks County Courier Times: Race for 1st Congressional District takes shape
Delco Daily Times: County Council OKs $91G deal with Johns Hopkins for health study 
Delco Daily Times: Defense spending bill, key Boeing funding, goes to House today

Post-Gazette: NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talks unions, Medicare for All at Pittsburgh stop on presidential campaign
Post-Gazette: ‘They’re human beings’: Peduto, community leaders react to ICE’s nationwide raid
Post-Gazette: Peduto defends decision to retain police detectives who brawled with Pagans in bar
Post-Gazette: Zoning board gives Oakland residents 2-week extension to meet with Forbes Avenue developer
City Paper: A list of Trump’s ‘broken promises,’ as told by presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand 
KDKA: Husband Of Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner Goes On Trial In Detroit  
KDKA: Kirsten Gillibrand Stops In Pittsburgh For ‘Trump Broken Promises’ Bus Tour  
Tribune Review: Democratic presidential hopeful Gillibrand touts health-care policies in Pittsburgh

Beaver County Times: Beaver County, municipalities see more money in banner year for impact fee 
Observer-Reporter: Report shows Pennsylvania’s Appalachia residents make $7,000 less than state average
Observer-Reporter: Shale gas opportunities energize the future of our region 
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township Council authorizes $10 million bond issue 
Observer-Reporter: Local lawmaker clashes with councilman after LSA discussion 
Altoona Mirror: Motto to go on city vehicles
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Fetterman’s marijuana report expected by month’s end  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lack of quorum cuts city council meeting short

The Times Leader: Protest planned to remove KKK-sponsored brick from Wilkes-Barre marker
Times-Tribune: Gaughan won’t seek candidacy in mayoral special election, Donahue considering candidacy 
Times-Tribune: Scranton turned down county offer in 2015 to collect delinquent taxes
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council authorizes settlement with UGI over pave-cut lawsuit
Citizens Voice: Activist plans to remove alleged hate group’s brick from W-B monument 
South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sorace, other mayors brief state senators on cities’ fiscal plight [5 takeaways]
York Dispatch: York County looks for voting machine cash as Wolf, GOP squabble
Patriot News: Sexual harassment allegations cloud Pa. Republicans’ efforts to elect a new state chair   
Patriot News: It’s too risky to give anti-abortion activist names, licensing info of abortion providers, Pa. court says   
Patriot News: How to attend Cumberland County’s public transit meeting   
Patriot News: ICE agents knocking? Ask for a warrant and know your rights, legal experts say   
Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Citing new state law, Tamaqua school board to rescind gun policy, intends to craft a new one 
Morning Call: Easton’s blighted Black Diamond site receives millions in tax credits and state funding to move forward with mixed-use development 
Morning Call: New ordinance could cite Easton homeowners who allow fireworks on their property
Reading Eagle: State panel explores ideas to help distressed cities, including Reading 
Reading Eagle: Judge grants class-action status to lawsuit against Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Work-free snow days may be history for Berks students
Express Times: Pa.’s Latino population exceeds 1 million and a celebration’s planned in Bethlehem 
Express Times: So you want to bring a gun when you fly? Here’s how you can legally get it through the airport.
North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller receives committee assignments
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Broadband feasibility explored for rural Lycoming County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Stormwater fee administration is a ‘nightmare’
Erie Times-News: Stempka named county planning director
Erie Times-News: Judge: Work out information compromise in Erie tax case 
Erie Times-News: Erie Coke CEO addresses violations at hearing
Erie Times-News: Experts: Naloxone helps prevent drug deaths; more work needed
Erie Times-News: Shapiro, in Erie, announces Pa. gun violence initiative
LNP Editorial Board: Judge in pipeline case offers some useful advice about how we should choose our lawmakers 
Bernie Sanders and Helen Gym: Philly’s fight for Hahnemann represents the need for quality health care for all 
Mary Gay Scanlon: Rolling back women’s reproductive rights is the newest form of voter suppression 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No guns for Saudis: U.S. has leverage to curb the kingdom’s abuses 
Maria Panaritis: Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon of Swarthmore is ready for Robert Mueller 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Goodbye Marge Tartaglione, a Philadelphia original
Will Bunch: Fired-up women or blue-collar dudes? Two paths for beating Trump collide at Netroots Nation 
Simon F. Haeder: State’s takeover of Obamacare marketplace is a win for Pa., but it’s only the first step
Christine Flowers: The Jeffrey Epstein case shines a light on true abuse 
David Woods: Rx for physician burnout: Let nurse-practitioners and PA’s do more 
Harris Steinberg: Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery closing means great opportunities for Philadelphia 
John L. Micek: Report: $15/hr. minimum wage is a ‘pathway, not a cliff’ for benefit recipients | Thursday Morning Coffee
Chris Kelly: Courtright was a Cheap Date
Laura Pangallozzi: Hundreds of U.S. public water systems are just like Flint’s – we just don’t hear about them
Caroline Heffernan: U.S. women’s soccer players deserve equal pay. So do other female athletes 
Emily Guendelsberger: ‘The most physically painful experience of my life’: One month working in an Amazon warehouse | Book Excerpt
Stu Bykofsky: This is my final column, for real
Brian O’Neill: Improving Pittsburgh’s parks won’t be easy

  • 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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