July 13th Playbook

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The 2020 primary comes to PA, and Casey notches another strong quarter. Have a lucky Friday the 13th, here is the Playbook.

Three 2020 Democratic Hopefuls Set to Take on PA: High profile Democratic Senators are set to hit the campaign trail this week for Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey.

Casey Raises $2.2 Million in Q2: The incumbent maintains his healthy pace.

Harrisburg & DC
WITF: Tough sell for collective bargaining-boosting bills, but unions see hope
City and State: Despite $5.5B in pension investment ‘waste,’ PA won’t change practice
The PLS Reporter: While not enough for downpour, Pennsylvania adds $22 million to rainy day fund
Capitolwire: PA has new law to create central database for life insurance policies
AP: Pennsylvania’s reserves up, finances stable, governor says
AP: Pennsylvania rejects bid to reverse flow on Laurel Pipeline

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly politico Renee Tartaglione sentenced to nearly 7 years in prison
Philly Clout: Nancy Pelosi pals around with convicted tax dodger at Dems fundraiser in Philly
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pew researcher: Wolf’s $22M deposit to rainy day fund is a ‘big moment’ for Pa.
Philadelphia Business Journal: Ceremonial bill from Sen. Toomey sends trade message to Trump
Billy Penn: Beyond SEPTA Key: New program replaces tokens for people in need
WHYY: City Controller takes aim at Parking Authority’s spending
WHYY: Nearly $10 million forgiven during Philly parking ticket amnesty
Inquirer: Online voter registration in Pa., three years in: More than 1 in 5 voters register online
Inquirer: The teacher supply is plummeting. Pa. will spend $2M to stem the tide
Inquirer: California banned new soda taxes. Could it happen in Pennsylvania?
Inquirer: City requests meeting with ICE officials on future of data-sharing agreement
KYW Newsradio: Study finds Philly ranked one of worst metropolitan areas for air quality

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Hiding in plain sight: Pennsylvania turns a blind eye to unlicensed childcare
Bucks County Courier Times: Taxes up 2 percent in final Bristol Township School District budget
Bucks County Courier Times: Apprentice program for tile workers aims to grow fledgling labor field
Bucks County Courier Times: EPA releases agenda for July 25 Horsham meeting
Delco Daily Times: PUC rejects Texas firm’s plea to reverse flow on fuel pipeline
Delco Daily Times: Appeals court doesn’t HELP with tax-exempt case
Montgomery Media: Reiss, Thompson appointed to Pennridge School Board
Daily Local News: West Chester gets $688,000 to improve traffic signals

Pittsburgh
WESA: Pennsylvania GOP Compiling Lists Of Democrats Who Support Party Socialists
Pittsburgh City Paper: Gov. candidate Scott Wagner uses South African stock video in ‘struggling’ Pennsylvanians ad
Pittsburgh Business Times: Advocacy group urges Pittsburghers to attend City Council meeting on UPMC plan
Pittsburgh Business Times: State agency game for license applications relative to sports wagering
Post-Gazete: Bernie Sanders on John Fetterman, Pittsburgh politics and the rising tide of Democratic Socialism
Post-Gazette: Senate holds off on vote for federal judgeships, including Pittsburgh nominee for appeals court
Post-Gazette: Conor Lamb, House subcommittee will help steer VA’s electronic record keeping
Post-Gazette: Senate holds off on vote for federal judgeships, including Pittsburgh nominee for appeals court
Post-Gazette: CNX paid $250,000 to settle Indiana County pipeline violations
Tribune-Review: Review raps 2 state agencies for oversight of home heating programs
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania State System universities adopt $224 tuition increase
Tribune-Review: Auditor General to withhold Monessen state pension aid
The Incline: Allegheny County Democrats want Turzai to call a session on policing

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: State audit questions the legality of Monessen’s hiring of a pension fund
manager
Observer-Reporter: Judge: Temporary injunction remains in effect, no sewer rate increase for time being
Beaver County Times: Firm officially hired to handle county finances
Tribune-Democrat: New city manager preparing for controversy
Altoona Mirror: City seeks power to crack down on scofflaws
Altoona Mirror: Drainage fix may cost Patton $10K

NEPA
Citizens’ Voice: Office hours set for Barletta in Dallas
The Times-Tribune: Data show air pollution reached dangerous levels in Lackawanna County on 68 days in 2016
The Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners approve loan for renovations, improvements
The Times Leader: Central court reducing criminal case backlog, Luzerne County judge says
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre on S&P’s CreditWatch after Act 47 request
The Times Leader: Evans stands firm against resignation, says he may sue
The Times-Tribune: Grand jury appears to focus on county prison abuse
Citizens Voice: Luzerne council: Hands are tied on proposed sober living house

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: ‘A very costly program’: Property owners face new fees to combat stormwater pollution
Lebanon Daily News: Photos: Protesters march to Governor Tom Wolf’s home in Mount Wolf
York Dispatch: Outside Gov. Wolf’s home, protestors call for General Assembly to return for redistricting vote
PennLive: Students at Pa.’s state universities will pay more this fall
Carlisle Sentinel: Red of blue? These 6 Pa. counties will offer a test for Casey, Barletta in Senate race

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Easton City Council reaffirms law limiting use of fireworks
Express Times: Easton school board member suggests nepotism policy
WFMZ: Berks commissioners address residential center falsities
WFMZ: Allentown sues Lehigh County Authority over ‘unconscionable money-grab’
Reading Eagle: Berks patients await local medical marijuana dispensary
Reading Eagle: Wagner, Wolf tangle over politics of funding public schools
The Morning Call: Lehigh Valley NORML hopes petition makes Easton reconsider marijuana decriminalization
The Morning Call: State suspends law license of Pawlowski co-defendant Scott Allinson
The Morning Call: State public records enforcer cracks down on itself for withholding records

North by Northwest
Erie-Times News: Appeals send Erie yacht club tax case to higher court
Sun-Gazette: Williamsport seeks to enforce outdoor music laws
Sun-Gazette: Contract for tank project closed; work completed
Centre Daily Times: A million-dollar solution, a burden or both? A look at taxing alcohol in State College

Opinion
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Allentown Sues LCA
The Lu Lac Political Letter: CASEY: OUR TRADE POLICIES SHOULD PUT AMERICAN WORKERS FIRST
Commonwealth Foundation: Gov. Wolf’s Overtime Rule Will Backfire
Erie-Times News Letter to the Editor: Partisanship prevents us from honoring Trump wins
Express Times Poll: Should Pa. repeal its consumer fireworks law?
Reading Eagle Editorial: State shows way with clean slate law
Reading Eagle Letter: Wolff is ideal person to represent district
Reading Eagle Letter: Vote out incumbents in state government
Bill White: Pennsylvania grand jury, East Penn plagued by secrets
Lancaster Online Editorial Board: Pennsylvania cannot let up in its efforts to keep children safe from abuse
York Dispatch Op-ed: Pa. budget misses key opportunity
York Dispatch Op-ed: Don’t change the rules on food stamps
PennLive Opinion: Wolf hasn’t been the champion that Pa. manufacturing needs
Pennlive Opinion: Pa’s dysfunctional death penalty isn’t worth its hefty price tag
PennLive Opinion: Wolf shouldn’t duck Scott Wagner’s debate invitations
The Times-Tribune Editorial: Release city parking data
City and State Op-ed: Decoding Pennsylvania’s gun control paradox
Will Bunch: Can Trump’s slow-motion ethnic cleansing keep whites in U.S. majority?
Stu Bykofsky: Why Trump should have picked Philly Judge Genece Brinkley for U.S. Supreme Court
Christine Flowers: As politicians duke it out, we must remember that most children just want to go home
Tom Wolf and Josh Shapiro: State leaders don’t need the federal government’s permission to do what’s right
The Inquirer Editorial Board: It’s our money, so how much are we giving to Amazon?
Daily Local News: Other view: Litter law punishment fits crime
Schram: Their view: Trump stumping at NATO
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Pruitt’s only act of public service

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