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July 16th Playbook

Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies in Philadelphia against the closure of Hahnemann Hospital, while promoting Medicare for All. The former Democratic candidate for PA1 endorses a candidate for President. Here is the Playbook. 

Sanders Promotes Medicare for All, While Rallying Against Hahnemann Hospital Closure in Philly: The 2020 Democratic hopeful joined local Philadelphia officials in rallying support to keep Hahnemann University Hospital open, while pushing Medicare for All.

Gillibrand Talks Healthcare Plans in Pittsburgh: The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful touted her support for Medicare for All, while jabbing at President Donald Trump during her first stop of the “Trump Broken Promises” bus tour.

Wallace Endorses Warren: The Bucks County Democrat who fell just a few points short in the 2018 race in the 1st Congressional District against Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) shot out an email to supporters yesterday pledging his support for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for President. He lauded Warren for her work “against huge corporate powers” and said she has the “boldest package of ethics reforms”. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking
AP: Pennsylvania casinos rolling out online gambling
KDKA: Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey Takes Issue With Controversial Trump Tweets On Democratic Congresswomen 
Inquirer: In Pa., Trump campaign launches national effort to improve his standing with women
Inquirer: Republican Pat Toomey: Trump tweet attacking Democratic congresswomen ‘was wrong’
Inquirer: Should Pa. dump its Keystone Exams for high school students and save millions? One state official thinks so.
WESA: Think Tank Says PA Lacks ‘Open, Transparent’ Process For Earmarking Funds In Budget 
PLSReporter: Funding for state commission still up in the air as lawmakers talk 2020 Census strategy 
PLSReporter: Quickly passed bill creates jurisdiction controversy in Philadelphia 
PLSReporter: Wolf holds ceremonial signing for six bills protecting crime victims 
PLSReporter: Cannabis advocates seek clemency in legalization legislation
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania launches statewide effort to drive down illegal gun trafficking 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf signs bills to ban female genital mutilation, strengthen crime victim rights
Patriot News: Penn State President Eric Barron ranks near top in earnings among university leaders
Patriot News: Bernie Sanders 2020: Pennsylvania’s Hahnemann Hospital provides perfect match for signature themes
Patriot News: ACLU, Wolf don’t see eye-to-eye on crime victim’s rights laws
Patriot News: Second largest state employee union ratifies four-year contract with guaranteed raises every year
Patriot News: Sue Pennsylvania? Maryland editorial on Pa.’s efforts to clean up Chesapeake Bay draws governor’s fire
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania law protects those who rescue children from hot cars 
Morning Call: Toomey on Trump’s tweet: ‘The citizenship of all four is as valid as mine’
Morning Call: Nearly four years after Toomey’s child predator bill became law, most states still not enforcing it 

WHYY Newsworks: Bernie Sanders at Hahnemann: ‘Keep this hospital open’
Inquirer: ‘Not just a Philadelphia issue’: Bernie Sanders rallies against Hahnemann closure — and for Medicare for All
Inquirer: Could progressives capture two Philly City Council seats long held by GOP?
Inquirer: For some Hahnemann medical residents, there’s an added stress: Potential deportation
Inquirer: Immigrants and people of color in Philly area say ‘Go back where you came from’ continues to be hateful and hurtful
Inquirer: Pictures from Bernie Sanders rally at Hahnemann Hospital
Philly Voice: Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders headlines rally to keep Hahnemann open
Philly Voice: City, state prepared to spend $15M to deal with Hahnemann fallout, request matching federal funds
KYW Newsradio: Sanders joins fight against closure of Hahnemann University Hospital
KYW Newsradio: Community forum generates ideas for curbing gun violence
Philly Voice: At Netroots Nation, presidential candidates talk immigration, climate change and beating Trump
Philadelphia Magazine: Elizabeth Warren Sure Seemed to Have a Good Weekend in Philly

Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman honored by Sandy Hook Promise for dedication to gun violence prevention
Bucks County Courier Times: Legislation would refund up to $500 in tolls through tax rebate 
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Thomas pushes for toll bridge discount expansion
Delco Daily Times: CWA ratepayers want say in Aqua lawsuit
Daily Local News: Warrant issued for ex Parkesburg councilman
Pottstown Mercury: Ciresi to host telephone town hall meeting July 17

KDKA: Allegheny Co. Controller Chelsa Wagner’s Husband Found Not Guilty On All Counts
KDKA: New Bill Would Make State-Funded Landslide Insurance Available
Tribune Review: Allegheny Co. Controller Chelsa Wagner’s husband not guilty in Detroit scuffle 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor on uptick of violence: ‘This weekend was a rough weekend’ 
Tribune Review: Low number of black recruits at Pittsburgh police raises concern
Post-Gazette: Jury acquits Chelsa Wagner’s husband of all charges in hotel confrontation in Detroit
Post-Gazette: Public hearings on Lawrenceville affordable housing measure, Enright Parklet to be held in council this week
Post-Gazette: Consortium of Pitt, government and industry looks for ways to improve road, bridge construction
Post-Gazette: ‘We will win because we are right’: As United Steelworkers leader steps down, he leaves a fight unfinished 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to pilot separate glass recycling at three drop-off locations 
Post-Gazette: City’s parks $400 million behind in repairs, $13 million short for maintenance
AP: Husband of Pittsburgh official acquitted in Detroit
City Paper: Pittsburgh political pundit Salena Zito downplays Trump’s racist remarks because of ‘polarization’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Conway starts as president of United Steelworkers

Beaver County Times: Dan Smith Jr. enters Democratic race to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly 
Beaver County Times: County officials, EMS to discuss emergency notification system
Beaver County Times: Democratic sheriff candidate Wayne Kress ‘honored and thrilled’ with endorsements
Altoona Mirror: Newry council shrinks board to 3 members
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Langerholc sexual assault bill signed into law

Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor seeks appointments despite controversy
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre eyes rail service to Philly 
Citizens Voice: Election board member seeks Crispell report 
Citizens Voice: Scranton council mulls ending Northeast Revenue contract 
Times-Tribune: City council exploring Administrative Code/Home Rule Charter conflicts
Times-Tribune: Charl-Mont space in county government center tax exempt — or is it?
The Times Leader: Official: Release Luzerne County election trip report
The Times Leader: WB attorney: KKK brick to remain

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker, Toomey among few Republicans to criticize Trump’s ‘racially-motivated statements’
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Hidden student loan tax’ could come to an end with Smucker’s latest bill
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County municipalities rush to ban video gaming terminals as clock ticks 
LNP | LancasterOnline: LGBT flag raised at City Hall for Lancaster Pride Week
Carlisle Sentinel: Area’s federal lawmakers respond to latest Trump Twitter controversy
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District can find hope for revival in Reading: 7 lessons      
Patriot News: Climate change will kill us with heat if nothing is done to fix it, study says
PA Post: Citing technicality, central Pa. school district scraps first-of-kind policy to arm teachers

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Berks Democrats: Too soon to pick a favorite in presidential race
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor blocks raising of pride flag
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Senate bill would send Pa.’s electoral votes to the winner of the nation’s popular tally
Reading Eagle: The opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania is fueling a crisis in foster care 
Reading Eagle: Group seeking term limits for Reading mayor and council hits another bump
Morning Call: Toomey on Trump’s tweet: ‘The citizenship of all four is as valid as mine’
Morning Call: Nearly four years after Toomey’s child predator bill became law, most states still not enforcing it 
Morning Call: Public has a chance to weigh in on Lehigh County’s new capital plan 
Morning Call: Bethlehem police getting annual 3% raises in five-year deal 
Morning Call: Easton zoners deny “hotel” for guests of retreats at Divine Prayer Center in South Side

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Stormwater fees could be coming to Millcreek, Erie
Erie Times-News: Inspector: June violation at Erie Coke plant ‘alarming’
Erie Times-News: Erie’s smart city program runs on your data. Is it safe? 

Rep. Madeleine Dean: It’s time for an impeachment inquiry
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stop the name-calling
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Overtime emergency: Strained 911 workers endanger public safety
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Compromise on CAFE: U.S. fuel standards should be middle of the road 
Inquirer Editorial Board: One big failure of the liberals who came to Philadelphia for Netroots Nation: ignoring the issue of overdose deaths 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Prison gerrymandering unfair to Philadelphia and other cities 
Christine Flowers: After a decade in Montco, this Irish father of three could be deported by ICE 
Tony Norman: Make America White Again
John L. Micek: Six states expanded their EITCs in 2019 (No, not that one, Pennsylvania) | Monday Morning Coffee
Ruth M. Abaya: In Philly’s fight for safer streets, one size doesn’t fit all 
John L. Micek: Who you calling ‘socialist?’ Poll reveals sharp partisan, demographic splits on socialism and capitalism | The Numbers Racket
Nathan Jensen: Why states and cities should stop handing out billions in economic incentives to companies | Analysis
Dena Ferrera Driscoll: LaSalle University should open campus pool to Northwest Philly residents 
Stan Silverman: Can Philadelphia’s refinery be saved?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump goes back to his own country

One Response

  1. Meanwhile, PA-10, a moderate district, is represented by Scott Perry, who refuses to condemn Trump’s tweets because he thinks aligning himself with racists is the way to win. That or because he is a coward.

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