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July 17th Playbook

Most Democrats and Republicans weigh in on Trump’s summit with Putin, while multiple Congressional races in PA show close fundraising after Q2. Here is the Playbook.

Lamb Slightly Outraises Rothfus in Q2: Both incumbents are neck and neck with just over $2 million cash on hand.

Self-Funding Puts Wallace Even with Fitzpatrick in Q2: The challenger loaned over $1 million to his campaign on his last business day of quarter.

Harrisburg & DC
Capitolwire: Wolf administration issues opioid prescription guidelines for workers’ comp
Capitolwire: PA governor, General Assembly continue efforts to combat opioid crisis
Capitolwire: New budget increases air ambulance reimbursement
The PLS Reporter: Pittsburgh lawmakers back state level policing reforms, but path forward is uncertain
AP: Petitions to offer online gambling in Pennsylvania roll in
AP: Federal grand jury indicts man accused of threatening Trump
AP: GAN to Launch Parx Casino Internet Gaming in Pennsylvania
EDF: Kathleen ‘Katie’ McGinty Takes the Helm at EDF Oceans Program

Inquirer: Pa., N.J. Democrats, Republicans reject Trump comments at Putin summit
Inquirer: As Lou Barletta’s immigration law failed his political brand was born
Inquirer: Pa. cites Philly nonprofit for improper use of Peco customer funds
Philadelphia Magazine: From 1992 to 2018: The Year of the Woman, Redux
WHYY Newsworks: Report on clergy abuse in limbo, awaiting decision from Pa. Supreme Court
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. bets on residency model to boost teacher prep programs
WHYY Newsworks: Money race for Congress: Can suburban Republicans compete?
WHYY Newsworks: Local reps voice their opposition to President Trump’s remarks in Helsinki
WHYY Newsworks: Will local LGBTQ protections be collateral damage in bid to undo Philly paid sick leave?
Billy Penn: How candidates get on the ballot in PA — and how they get kicked off
KYW Newsradio: Officials request tax-exempt status for properties in Philly’s ‘hottest neighborhood’
Philly Voice: The Trump Baby balloon could soon be coming to Philadelphia

Bucks Local News: Former Falls Township Fire Company leaders accused of stealing from company
Delco Daily Times: Town Hall to talk about opioid addiction in Newtown Square tonight
Bucks County Courier Times: Ex-Falls fire officials charged with stealing from department

Tribune Review: Letter asking for Arnold mayor’s removal sent to the state Senate
Tribune Review: Monroeville dodges vote to support citizen-led legislative redistricting proposal
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh URA approves $40M purchase, redesign of Downtown building
Tribune Review: Westmoreland GOP selects new local party leader
Tribune Review: Butler Area School Board approves random drug testing of students
Tribune Review: Pitt approves budget, tuition freeze for some students
Tribune Review: State grant for sidewalk near LaRoche College announced by state Rep. Mike Turzai
Post-Gazette: Protesters confront police as they block Downtown Pittsburgh streets during rush hour
Post-Gazette: Mayor Bill Peduto hopes to use unspent money on city improvement projects
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools partners with Pa. on school improvement plan
WESA: Activists Oppose New UPMC Hospital, Want Expanded Treatment for Addiction, Mental Health & More

Tribune-Democrat: Protesters continue push for end to gerrymandering
Altoona Mirror: Meeting recordings at heart of conflict
Altoona Mirror: Toomey wins symbolic vote
Times Online: Report: Pa. could increase voter turnout with voter registration changes

Times Leader: Act 47, just the beginning of Wilkes-Barre’s fiscal recovery drama
Times Leader: Synchronization of Luzerne County government payroll set for completion Oct. 1
Times-Tribune: Scranton receives one bid for assessment of City Hall renovations
Times-Tribune: City council seeks more info from law firm
Citizens Voice: Russians in contact with local man facing charges in probe

South Central
PennLive: Sen. Pat Toomey defends American intelligence after Trump-Putin summit
PennLive: As Trump met Putin, Harrisburg-based Marine Reserve unit was busy in Ukraine
PennLive: Catholic priests raise 5 main objections against grand jury report
Lancaster Online: Smucker, Toomey and Casey agree: Trump, US should assume a stronger posture against Putin
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg Borough Council challenges proposed water rate hike

Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley News: DA to use record year of drug money forfeitures for new outreach program
Reading Eagle: Frustration with government fuels Lou Barletta’s Senate run
Reading Eagle: Protesters arrested at Berks County Residential Center
The Morning Call: Fundraising edge for Democrat Susan Wild in Lehigh Valley congressional race

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Former city councilman pushes for Erie Lightway project
Erie Times-News: Protests planned for DeVos’ visit to Erie
Sun Gazette: LEGISLATIVE TALLY: County accepts $1.73 million grant for STEP

Pocono Record: The Benefits of NATO
Pocono Record: Civic Discourse has tumbled to a shocking new low
The Times Tribune: On pensions, heads should but won’t roll
The Times Tribune: Case exposes poor system
PennLive: Has Gov. Wolf had a change of heart on property tax reform? Scott Wagner thinks so | Monday Morning Coffee
PennLive: I made the choice to have my baby. Don’t let Pa. lawmakers take that choice away from other women | Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Enforcement, not new law, is answer to fireworks issue
Delco Daily Times: Other Voices: Innovative solutions to opioid epidemic deserve broader look
Tribune-Democrat Guest Editorial: Litter law’s punishment fits the crime
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Mandate lead test for schools
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Allentown Fire Chief Lee Laubach to Retire
2 Political Junkies: Senator Toomey RESPONDS To Another Letter
Commonwealth Foundation: More States Reject Prevailing Wage Mandates
Trudy Rubin: Trump surrenders to Putin at Helsinki summit
Jonathan Zimmerman: How university rankings forced schools like Temple University into untenable positions
Inquirer Editorial Board: Another Supreme Court worry: Brett Kavanaugh’s stance on guns
Dick Polman: Trump the chump panders in person to his Russian master
Tribune Review Opinion: Don’t obstruct process, Sen. Casey
Tony Norman: Lost in translation at the Finland Station
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Translate criticism into action

  • 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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