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July 16th Playbook

A couple of 2020 hopefuls took to PA to campaign this weekend, while it’s time to dissect 2nd quarter finances. Happy Monday politicos, here’s the Playbook.

Barletta Raised Nearly $1.3 Million in Q2: The GOP Senate candidate surpassed $1 million for the second consecutive quarter.

Houlahan Raises $840K in Q2: She continues her momentum from the previous quarter.

July 13th Ups & Downs: A State Rep. twists in the wind, another retires, a third one steps in it.

Harrisburg & DC
Esquire: Vanishing Point (quotes Rep. Costello)
City and State: Tom Farley: tip of the spear in Philly’s fight against opioid crisis
State Impact: CNX Gas fined $250K for pipeline construction violations
Capitolwire: Environmental group says there’s too much dirty air for Pennsylvanians to breathe
Capitolwire: PA Governor, General Assembly continue efforts to combat opioid crisis
AP: Barletta doesn’t think Trump court will overturn Roe v. Wade
AP: Pennsylvania reveals cyber intrusion in birth, death records
Politico: State may expand medical marijuana program to include opioid addiction

Inquirer: White House declares war on poverty ‘largely over’ amid push to revamp social programs
Inquirer: AG’s office opens probe into Temple business school scandal
Inquirer: Philadelphia loses out to Austin in bid for new Army Futures Command center
Philly Voice: Feds searching for Pennsylvania man who threatened Trump, D.A.
WHYY: Why does it take so long to upgrade Philly’s water infrastructure? Here’s an explanation
WHYY: After a lean decade, PA’s putting money in its rainy day fund
Philadelphia Business Journal: How much PPA collected from its amnesty parking ticket program
KYW: Philly residents will see slightly higher water bills over next 2 years
Billy Penn: Universal background checks failed by 1 vote, but gun control supporters could still win
Philadelphia Tribune: Kamala Harris stumps for Bob Casey in West Philadelphia

Delaware County Daily Times: Delco council spars over $2.1M no-bid deal for 911 services
Bucks County Courier Times: East Rockhill quarry hearings to continue in October
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania takes the ax to North Coventry logging law
Bucks Local News: Bristol Borough passes ordinance banning the outdoor release of Mylar balloons and sky lanterns
Daily Local News: Gun Sense Chester County to host meeting evaluating the costs of gun violence
Daily Local News: Chester Water Authority, city continue talks

WTAE: Hillary Clinton speaks at national teachers union convention in Pittsburgh
KDKA: Code Orange Air Quality Alert Issued For Pittsburgh Region Friday
KDKA: Western Pa. At Center Of New Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge
WESA: Hillary Clinton Pummels Trump In Address To Teachers Convention In Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: URA schedules special board meeting “to execute agreement of sale” for 420 Boulevard of the Allies
Pittsburgh Business Times: CMU’s Manion speaks before U.S. Senate on cybersecurity vulnerabilities
Pittsburgh Business Times: Oil and gas M&A activity expected to increase, but Marcellus may not be the hotspot
Post-Gazette: ‘Our voices must be heard’: National educators convention opens in Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Trib reporter selected as fellow to examine issues at small town, rural jails
Tribune-Review: State lawmakers to hold public hearing on community-police relations Tuesday
Tribune-Review: Environmental groups pressure Allegheny County officials to crack down harder on polluters
Tribune-Review: Gov. Wolf refutes Wagner’s claim that he seeks cuts from small districts
The Incline: Police arrested 6 redistricting protesters outside Mike Turzai’s Wexford home
The Incline: Universal background checks failed by 1 vote. Will Pennsylvania’s General Assembly try again?

Altoona Mirror: State rejects Laurel Pipeline request
Altoona Mirror: Hazardous waste collection planned at PNG Field site
Beaver County Times: Report: Pa. could increase voter turnout with voter registration changes
Beaver County Times: Fire hired to handle county finances
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania PUC denies Laurel Pipeline flow reversal request

Pocono Record: Lou Barletta Day of Action Rally in Easton
Standard-Speaker: City zoners OK medical marijuana site
The Citizens’ Voice: Health officials aim to reduce opioids misuse
Times Leader: Barletta meets with Ivanka Trump on paid family leave

South Central
The Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Better identifying indigent defendants
PennLive: Veteran who contracted Legionnaire’s disease waited too long to sue the VA, U.S. court rules
PennLive: State police seized more than $7 million in drugs in the 2nd quarter
PennLive: Bob Casey dwarfs Barletta in fundraising

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Drug treatment group reaching out to police departments
Express Times: 10 Lehigh Valley bars, clubs cited under state liquor laws
Reading Eagle: Commissioners respond to complaints about Berks Residential Center
The Morning Call: Arr! Campaign and congressional broadsides fly
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania District Attorneys association joins call for release of grand jury report on priest sex abuse
The Morning Call: New Pennsylvania law allows school boards to discuss security measures in private
The Morning Call: Here’s how Harrisburg’s budget gridlock hurt needy Pennsylvanians
WFMZ: AG praises new law giving him power to prosecute elder abuse
WFMZ: PPL customers to receive tax refund
WFMZ: AG Shapiro sends letter to Temple president regarding falsifying data

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State official to tour Erie neighborhoods
Sun-Gazette: City officials eye multiple funding options for Grafius Run
Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County payroll continues to decrease
Sun-Gazette: Everett talks education, budget, more

Chris Stigall: What Part of “MAGA” Don’t They Understand?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Fed Ed Still in Denial
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Forks Tp Constable in Hot Water With Review Board
Commonwealth Foundation: Protect the Right to a Union Secret Ballot Election
Erie Times-News Editorial Board: Piping plover comeback hard-won, vital
Ed Palatella: Erie judge lets words flow in case of ‘uninhabitable’ house
Lancaster Online Editorial Board: Presenting more evidence that Pennsylvania statewide judges should be appointed rather than elected
Lancaster Online Letter to the Editor: Members of the Trump Party
PennLive Editorial: Pa., feds need to put more money into the state’s water infrastructure
PennLive Letters: Support Turzai’s Down syndrome abortion ban
PennLive Editorial: This is how a new state law is helping Pa. utility consumers
Altoona Mirror Letter to the Editor: School board shows fiscal irresponsibility
Inquirer Perspective: I fought to preserve abortion rights in 1992. Here’s why I’m terrified about the Supreme Court now
Daily Local News Letter to the Editor: Pipeline construction suspension is justified
Bucks County Courier Times Opinion: Vote on nominee before going home
The Mercury Editorial: Pa. Turnpike toll hikes are highway robbery
Christine Flowers: Trump’s harsh rhetoric belies the way of the world
Maria Panaritis: Up, Up, and No Way! Pa. school tax hikes are an ‘oncoming freight train.’ And only you can make it stop.
Inquirer Editorial Board: We shouldn’t rush to abolish ICE … yet
Will Bunch: The 2 ways Russia may have helped Trump steak the election aren’t what you think

One Response

  1. Democratic office holders coming into Pa to support the candidacies of Gov Wolf and others is a good idea. Dems got caught being complacent in other states and paid the price. Wisconsin is a good example with a book just out noting the shift in this state from Dem to Rep. Being proactive and enlisting the support of national leaders is a good idea. Challenging Scott Wagner when he
    incorrectly states Gov Wolf’s record is a good idea. Sitting on a 19 point lead in the polls would be not so good an idea for Wolf. So being proactive is smart.

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