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July 15th Playbook

The PAGOP elects Lawrence Tabas as their new chair, while Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to rally in Philadelphia. Here is the Playbook. 

PAGOP Elects Tabas Chair, Calls for Unity and Trump 2020 Effort: Tabas and Comfort called for party unity and guaranteed a victory for Trump in Pennsylvania at the meeting in Hershey.

Comfort Exits PAGOP Chair Race, Clearing Path for Tabas: The joint statement from Comfort and Tabas sent from the Pennsylvania GOP, states that Tabas will lead the party, while Comfort will continue to serve as Vice Chair and will be appointed by the Trump 2020 Campaign to serve as the Campaign Chair in Pennsylvania.

July 12th Ups & Downs: The Pennsylvania GOP appears to have a new chair, a former Republican hopeful for Governor moves up in President Trump’s administration, and a Philadelphia Councilwoman has the chance to grab headlines at Netroots Nation in Philly. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: At election for Pa. GOP chair, candidates call a truce
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republicans emphasize unity, 2020 as they tap Tabas as new state party chair
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On the eve of Trump’s immigration raids, protesters call for shutdown of Berks Family Detention Center
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Philly for NetRoots Nation, AG Shapiro faces protesters upset over Philly gun law change
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Warren, Dem 2020 hopefuls make their pitch at Philly’s Netroots Nation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Cash bail, explained: How it works and why criminal justice reformers want to get rid of it
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Rep. John Joyce, AOC spar on House floor over immigration provision in defense bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How a controversial gun crime provision passed under the noses of Philadelphia’s lawmakers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s small cities are strapped for cash. Can lawmakers help them make ends meet?
AP: Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair
AP: AP Exclusive: New election systems use vulnerable software
AP: Court order blocking contraception exemptions upheld
AP: Lottery gets win in Pennsylvania casinos’ gambling lawsuit
AP: The Latest: Ex-US Rep. Fattah loses bid to cut prison term
Inquirer: Deal for Pa. GOP: Lawrence Tabas new chairman, Bernie Comfort to lead Trump statewide campaign
Inquirer: Ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah sentenced again to 10 years in prison
Inquirer: Penn has paid Joe Biden more than $900K since he left the White House. What did he do to earn the money?
Inquirer: Pa. AG Josh Shapiro targeted by demonstrators at Netroots political conference
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 14: Sit down with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
PLSReporter: House members optimistic about “warm hand-off” bill
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Insulin prices, concurrent jurisdiction and the inheritance tax
City Paper: Pennsylvania’s hottest Twitter account right now is … the state treasury department 
StateImpactPA: ‘Trump on Earth’ podcast: So long, Clean Power Plan. What will the president’s new rule bring?
WESA: Congress passes bill providing mental health resources for local law enforcement
KDKA: ‘Follow’ The Money: State Treasury Twitter Account Entertains, Informs 
Tribune Review: Penn State’s Eric Barron third highest paid public university president

Inquirer: Bernie Sanders to rally at Hahnemann hospital Monday
Inquirer: In Philly, Elizabeth Warren, 2020 Democrats decry Trump’s immigration raids, border detention
Inquirer: Ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah sentenced again to 10 years in prison
Inquirer: Penn has paid Joe Biden more than $900K since he left the White House. What did he do to earn the money?
Inquirer: Federal judge calls hearing on Safehouse’s supervised injection site proposal
Inquirer: Summer is a hungry time for low-income kids in the region
Inquirer: Pa. AG Josh Shapiro targeted by demonstrators at Netroots political conference
Inquirer: Protesters in Philly march against Trump ‘concentration camps’ for migrants
Inquirer: Why 7 Pa. legislators ‘worked’ at a burrito shop Friday
Inquirer: Hahnemann hospital’s demise should not be a revelation to any politicians in Philly 
Inquirer: Patients, hospital staff, community groups rally to save Hahnemann 
Inquirer: Chadds Ford financial adviser became informant against notorious Philly drug lord. What happened when he was found out? 
WHYY Newsworks: Helen Gym, local activists take the presidential stage at Netroots Nation convention
WHYY Newsworks: Presidential hopeful Jay Inslee meets with neighbors of South Philly refinery, pushes his plan on climate change
WHYY Newsworks: Netroots Nation draws 3,000 to Philly for annual progressive convention  
Philadelphia Magazine: Amber Hikes on Leading the Office of LGBT Affairs in Tumultuous Times
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Bye-Kofsky!
Billy Penn: ‘Lights for Liberty’ vigils, protests draw thousands rallying against ICE raids and border camps
Billy Penn: Andre 3000 is playing his flute around Philly
Philly Voice: Sen. Bernie Sanders to rally in Center City against Hahnemann University Hospital closure
Philly Voice: Elizabeth Warren visited the kitchen of Rittenhouse’s Friday Saturday Sunday
KYW Newsradio: Philly church providing sanctuary to undocumented family speaks out against ICE raids
KYW Newsradio: In Philly, Democratic primary candidates discuss platforms, take questions from the crowd
KYW Newsradio: New law gives AG Shapiro power to prosecute gun cases dropped by Philly DA
KYW Newsradio: City to unveil long-awaited Rebuild project aimed at diversifying local unions
KYW Newsradio: Philly school board votes to continue borrowing millions—at a cost
KYW Newsradio: Amber Hikes, head of Philly’s Office of LGBT Affairs, steps down
KYW Newsradio: Netroots Nation draws grassroots organizers, presidential candidates to Philly
KYW Newsradio: Fattah to complete full prison term; judge denies request for lighter sentence

Bucks County Courier Times: House OKs defense bill with PFAS ammendments
Bucks County Courier Times: Neshaminy teachers talk education with federal lawmakers 
Bucks County Courier Times: Central Bucks police look to strengthen domestic violence response
Bucks Local News: Bucks County lawmakers unveil legislation to provide commuters with toll tax credit 
Daily Local News: Houlahan bill to limit foreign campaign finance
Daily Local News: Once it was steel, now jobs being offered in solar in Coatesville
Delco Daily Times: Delco AFL-CIO endorses mostly Dems for county offices
Delco Daily Times: House OKs defense measure, include funding for key Boeing Chinook program
Delco Daily Times: Pa. GOP settles power struggle; Tabas to be new chair, Comfort to head Trump in Pa. 
PA Post: ‘It sounds like a war zone’: Why a Bucks County fire chief and lawmaker want more restrictions on Pa. fireworks 
Inquirer: A dozen homes in Bucks County are confronting their own water contaminant crisis. And not because of military bases.
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Katie Muth announces funding for housing assistance
Pottstown Mercury: Officials push RestorePA plan to repair Pottstown storm arches

KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Joins Pittsburghers Calling For Closure Of Detention Center 
KDKA: AG Shapiro Critical Of Catholic Compensation Program And Arbitrary Deadline 
KDKA: Tax Credits And Funding Going Toward New Retirement Community In Penn Hills 
KDKA: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Unveils Program To Trace Guns Used In Crimes
WESA: Presidential Hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand Kicks Off Rust Belt Campaign Tour In Pittsburgh
WESA: Congress Passes Bill Providing Mental Health Resources For Local Law Enforcement
WESA: Off-Duty Police Officer Critically Wounded In Homewood Shooting 
City Paper: Bill Peduto and hundreds of Pittsburghers call for closing Berks immigrant detention center
Post-Gazette: Detroit jury sees Chelsa Wagner block cops in video 
Post-Gazette: Sen. Gillibrand voices support for UPMC workers’ union organizing drive 
Post-Gazette: Robinson Township Republican Committee chair resigns over Islamophobic Facebook posts 
Post-Gazette: County council mostly does what Rich Fitzgerald asks. Can it change? Should it? 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh VA employees say supply shortages are impacting patient care 
Post-Gazette: Shapiro touts ‘Track + Trace’ initiative in Pittsburgh to combat gun violence
PLSReporter: City of Pittsburgh invests in affordable housing projects
Pittsburgh Business Times: No tuition hike for some of Pittsburgh’s biggest universities

Altoona Mirror: House border battle fractures alliances 
Altoona Mirror: Lights for liberty — Plight of migrants highlighted
Altoona Mirror: Snow days may become flex days
Observer-Reporter: Masontown Borough Council adopts quality-of-life ordinance
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Safety net collapses for 11,000 Pennsylvanians in two weeks
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: General assistance benefit recipients per county in CNHI areas
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania gambles to add sixth mini-casino

The Times Leader: $1.5M PHARE funding announced for local affordable housing projects 
The Times Leader: Price tag coming for Luzerne County’s proposed 911 emergency radio system upgrade project
Times-Tribune: Scranton on track for Act 47 exit despite scandal
Citizens Voice: Pride on parade in Wilkes-Barre
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre police turn to Facebook to catch alleged criminals

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. Republicans avoid fight that could have jeopardized Trump re-election effort 
Patriot News: ‘Peace Muslims’ bring their ‘love for all, hatred for none’ to the Farm Show this weekend
York Daily Record: Town hall in Hanover stands out from the rest
York Dispatch: York County residents join nationwide protest against ICE detention camps
LNP | LancasterOnline: Should the SAT replace the Keystone Exams? Pennsylvania’s auditor general thinks so.  
Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Hundreds protest Berks Residential Center 
Express Times: 112 children who crossed the border are at a Valley facility. Here’s how they’re being treated
Morning Call: How does Berks County’s family detention facility fit into Sunday’s planned immigration raids by federal ICE officials?
Morning Call: No Hall of Shame, but Bethlehem cracking down on problem property owners

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Former U.S. Rep. Tom Marino takes aim at ‘illegal games,’ announces lawsuit against Boalsburg bar
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Website new to county will help with reentry  
Erie Times-News: Erie Coke proposes $3.1 million settlement
Erie Times-News: Government meetings in Erie County, week of July 15

Inquirer Editorial Board: Past time to listen to the public about South Philly refinery cleanup 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia’s new cell phone policy an example of patching vulnerabilities after they happen instead of before 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Saving lives: Trump puts a needed spotlight on kidney disease 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Asleep at the wheel: County falls down on recovery house oversight 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rein in face recognition: Feds’ use of driver photos is over the line 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What a haul: It’s a shame Allegheny CleanWays finds so much trash 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Station break: WQED says it’s addressing service interruptions 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: They stole the show: World Cup-winning women did the U.S. proud
Terry Madonna and Michael Young: The Keystone State still holds the keys to the White House. Here’s how Dems, Trump can win it
John L. Micek: Pension bill that could help thousands of Acme grocery workers clears U.S. House Committee | Friday Morning Coffee
Will Bunch: Netroots Nation was the day Elizabeth Warren became president of the American left 
Simon F. Haeder: Pa. can’t rely on Washington to fix surprise spikes in medical bills
John L. Micek: A long day’s journey into an international incident over some leaked cables (A play, in one act)
Karen Kane: Peduto prefers posture over substance
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Gun violence takes lives and childhoods
Mike Newall: A Philly mother’s searing memoir on her daughter’s overdose condemns the treatment system that failed her
Chris Kirchner: Jeffrey Epstein case is a reminder that child trafficking is frightening and real
Tim Hartman: Some warning labels we’d like to see | Editorial Cartoon
Maria Panaritis: Rafael Robb wanted to go to Israel, an Ivy League killer. A Pa. loophole almost let him. 
Tony Norman: ‘Birth of a (Meme) Nation’
Jenice Armstrong: This lawyer’s trouble with opioids has changed his legal career — for the better 
Abdul-Aliy A. Muhammad: As reparations debate continues, the University of Pennsylvania has a role to play 
Brian O’Neill: LERTA must adapt to a changing Pittsburgh
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Women’s soccer is just different from the men’s
Armen Henderson: I’m a black physician. I understand when patients say they don’t trust medicine 
Trudy Rubin: Joe Biden wants to make defense of democracies the crux of U.S. foreign policy 
Keith C. Burris: The man who exchanged his friend for a hat
David M. Shribman: Truman Library spruces up to match president’s legacy
Chris Kelly: Reign of error and an air of suspicion

  • 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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