July 19th Playbook

The Pennsylvania state Supreme Court upholds Philadelphia’s soda tax, while a state representative announces he will not seek re-election in November. Here’s the Playbook.

PA8: Chrin Releases 1st General Election Ad: One of the GOP challenger’s promises includes ending “sanctuary cities”.
Politically Uncorrected: The Other Roe: Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey remains relevant today.
State Rep. Michael O’Brien Will Not Run for re-election: The heavily Democratic district will have new representation in 2019.

“I’m the fatter, older Conor Lamb.”McClatchy reports this morning that Lamb’s upset is serving as a model for Dem candidates in red districts across the US. Lamb wouldn’t comment, but he’s been texting and cooperating with other challengers including fundraising.

Mayor Kenney has 99 problems and Jay-Z is one. After Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced moving that the ‘Made in America’ concert wasn’t going to return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway next year, Jay-Z penned an op-ed criticizing the decision. Kenney addressed the criticism by stating his love for Jay-Z and hopes to keep Made in America in Philadelphia.   

Harrisburg & DC
CNBC: Trump’s tariffs take a toll on farmers in Pennsylvania
AP: Philadelphia’s tax on soda upheld by state Supreme Court
AP: Court throws out 2012 welfare law over how bill was enacted
The Hill: Retiring GOP lawmakers slams Trump: Integrity of our democracy ‘more sacred’ than partisanship
Inquirer: Desperate for answers, suburban groups bankroll two-county study of Sunoco pipeline
City & State PA: Philly state Rep. Michael O’Brien will not seek reelection
WITF: Wagner, Wolf volley back and forth on education
WITF: Report: Pa.’s on-time budget is part of a broader trend
WHYY: In Pa. governor’s race, Wolf ad tags Wagner as ‘ultimate insider’
StateImpactPA: With policy change, nearly a third of Pennsylvanians live in ‘environmental justice’ areas
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania counties with the most incoming investment dollars
Post-Gazette: Toomey talks bad actors, tariffs, guns and the president’s ‘blindness’ on Russia

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney: ‘I love Jay-Z’ and want to keep Made in America in Philly
Inquirer: Judge in Philly finds evidence of fraud in NFL concussion claims, but denies request for investigator
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court upholds Philadelphia soda tax
Philadelphia Magazine: Made in America Won’t Return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Next Year
Philadelphia Magazine: ICE Protesters in Philly Aren’t Going Away Quietly — Or Soon
Billy Penn: This state senator wants Pennsylvania to ban the outdated gay and trans ‘panic defense’

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Pottsgrove to decide next month on firm to study building needs
Bucks County Courier Times: Personalized practice: Direct primary care grows locally, nationally
Bucks County Courier Times: Finance reports: Scott Wallace spending, Brian Fitzpatrick sits tight in 1st district race
Montgomery Media: Centennial School Board OKs raises for support staff

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Woodland Hills School District faulted for ‘woefully outdated’ safety plans
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Health Department defends air quality efforts, plans stricter coke plant rules
Tribune Review: 1,300 Pennsylvanians referred to law enforcement when they tried to buy a gun in last 3 months
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayor lauds McDonald’s summer hiring initiative, orders Extra Value Meal
Post-Gazette: Peduto considers asking self-driving cars to pass road test
Post-Gazette: Speakers urge public ownership for PWSA at council hearing
WESA: Fitzgerald: Antwon Rose Protesters Have Had ‘A Lot Of Impact’
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Supports Secrecy, Defends Latest Court Appeal to Keep Amazon HQ2 Bid Sealed

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Shell Pipeline asks for exemption on Trump’s steel tariffs for Falcon project
Observer-Reporter: Canonsburg council meets with North Strabane supervisors
Altoona Mirror: Cambria coroner denies harassment
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Creativity needed to solve Pa. problems, local lawmakers say

NEPA
The Times Leader: Pittston council sets fines, fees for quality-of-life violations
The Times Leader: Dallas School District appeals court-ordered negotiations on teachers contract
The Times Leader: Luzerne County pension subsidy hike averted with longer repayment schedule
Times-Tribune: Guidance sought on state medical marijuana law

South Central
PennLive: Pa. casinos set fiscal-year record for revenue: Here’s how they did it
PennLive: Hands off! U.S. judge again blocks state from grabbing $200M-plus from private group to balance budget
PennLive: In fundraising blast, Scott Wagner goes after Harrisburg’s white whale: eliminating property taxes
PennLive: Clock is ticking on sports betting; will Pennsylvania be ready for opening kickoffs?
PennLive: Bethlehem is 8th Pa. municipality banning therapy that tries to change sexual orientation
York Daily Record: Dover Area School Board approves settlement of lawsuit from woman who was sexually abused
York Dispatch: York City councilwoman accuses mayor of ‘demeaning’ remarks on Facebook video
York Dispatch: City Council approves $3 million grant application to improve select neighborhoods
LancasterOnline: Lancaster County treasurer without insurance for millions in tax dollars

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pa. Circuit Court nominee poised for vote over objection from Bob Casey
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania pumps $35.5 million into Route 422 project around Berks
Reading Eagle: Candidate Chrissy Houlahan tours Teachers in the Parks in Reading
WFMZ: DA Morganelli holds summit with local colleges, discusses curbing binge drinking

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Could a new cheese factory help Centre County’s struggling dairy farms?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City officials look to upcoming projects
Erie Times-News: Erie diocese adds to list of accused, puts priest on leave

Opinion
Trudy Rubin: Trump’s homage to Putin at Helsinki proves him unfit to make foreign policy
Michael Smerconish: Trump’s strikeout: Questions raised by his altered Russia speech
Greg Vitali: Gov. Wolf should move forward with methane regulations
Jay Z: Jay-Z on Made in America: ‘We are disappointed that the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia would evict us from the heart of the city’
Solomon Jones: If the GOP really believes in election integrity, this the moment to prove it
Thomas Bateman, University of Virginia and Mike Crant, University of Notre Dame: How Congress could have prevented Trump’s Helsinki fiasco
Pottstown Mercury Editorial: Pipeline foes get a chance to air their grievances
John Bartholomew: Rose Tree Media continues to ignore burden on taxpayers
Christine Flowers: Death is never expected; neither is the reaction
Bucks Local News Editorial: Governor Wolf needs to call a special session to fix redistricting mess
Beaver County Times Editorial Board: Our View: Trump chooses Russia over US
Tyler Cowen: Their view: Lady Liberty’s radical history
John L. Micek: Don’t worry, President Trump, you still have Jeffrey Lord to defend you
Salena Zito: This Pa. U.S. House race could be a bellwether for the midterms
York Dispatch Editorial: Take another look at the fireworks law

4 Responses

  1. These state reps always resign after the primary. That way they can choose their successor. How else’s do you think a moron like Seth Grove got his job? Really sickening.

  2. PA Supreme Court yet again fails to do its job. Hopefully the PA legislature can strike down the silly beverage tax.

    1. Noting “silly” about the tax. Beverage industry keeps crying and making up stuff that it’s hurting businesses and the economy.

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