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July 24th Playbook

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign brings in $490K in Q2, while the Allegheny County Republicans elect a new chair. Here is the Playbook. 

PA1: Fitzpatrick Raises $490K in Q2: The GOP congressman entered the month of July with just over $810,000 cash on hand.

Sam DeMarco Elected Allegheny County GOP Chair: The Allegheny County Councilman believes the local party was broken, but promises to fix it.

Scott Endorses DePasquale: The 2018 Democratic candidate for the 10th Congressional District, George Scott, announced that he’s endorsing Auditor General Eugene DePasquale in his bid for the seat in 2020. DePasquale and attorney Tom Brier, are currently the only two Democrats who have filed to run for the 10th District thus far. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Democrats prepare to bring Robert Mueller’s report to life in a hearing Republicans dismiss as ‘political theater’ 
Post-Gazette: Man who claims sex abuse by two priests sues Diocese of Harrisburg for fraud, conspiracy 
WITF: Advocacy groups attempt to halt imminent General Assistance repeal 
WITF: New oversight in place after Pa. GOP chair’s resignation
AP: CEO: Schools denied my offer after warning on lunch bills 
WESA: Democratic Super PAC Begins Spending In Pennsylvania Ahead Of 2020
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania GOP hires Turzai fundraiser as new executive director
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DePasquale: Pa. faces ‘crisis’ shortage in nursing home staffing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: At request of counties, lawmakers delay privatization of Medicaid rides to doctor’s visits
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration says Berks County Residential Center conditions do not warrant an emergency removal order
PLSReporter: Child sexual abuse victim first case to sue under new circumstance allowing victims to file lawsuits outside of the statute of limitations
PLSReporter: House Democratic Policy Committee seeks answers in growing hospital crisis
PLSReporter: DePasquale discusses nursing home audit update, calls for more action
KYW Newsradio: Advocates file suit to save cash assistance for low-income Pennsylvanians
Philly Voice: House Dems capture Mueller Report in six easy-to-read pages  
Inquirer: CVS adds time-delay safes in Pa. stores to help prevent opioid robberies
Inquirer: Infamous Three Mile Island reactor, shut down since 1979, will be sold and dismantled
Patriot News: Pa. ‘ill-prepared’ to care for older residents, faces disaster without fast action: state officials  
Patriot News: By running Obamacare exchange, Pa. hopes to sign up many more people while also cutting premiums

KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers from across Pa. take testimony while they seek solutions for gun violence
WHYY Newsworks: City spent $25,000 to determine if cops’ Facebook posts were free speech
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. bankruptcy judge approves $65 million loan for PES refinery
Philadelphia Tribune: Union files complaint against CCP, UPenn, Drexel, Temple, and more over wages for security officers
Inquirer: ‘It was about shaming people’: Philly businessman rebuffed in efforts to clear Pa. kids’ school-lunch debt 
Inquirer: Why 1,400 Philly security guards haven’t gotten a raise, despite a city law requiring it 
Inquirer: Judge rules against Philly’s assessments of high-rise condos with tax abatement 
Inquirer: They were detained by ICE, and a friend’s struggle to get info went viral. Now, they’re awaiting deportation.
Inquirer: Philly courts hosted a job fair for the pre-trial population
Inquirer: Penn Law dean calls professor Amy Wax’s comments on immigration and race ‘repugnant’ 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia’s ‘brain drain’ might actually be a good sign for region, says expert
Philly Voice: Penn Law Dean: Prof. Amy Wax’s comments are at best bigoted, at worst racist
Philly Voice: Charges dropped for second time against Amtrak 188 engineer involved in 2015 derailment

Delco Daily Times: Scanlon awaiting chance to question Mueller 
Delco Daily Times: Prison Heat: Part of Delco Prison goes without air-conditioning during 100-degree heat waveatures
Delco Daily Times: Morton fills council vacancy with former member
Daily Local News: Comitta to hold hearing on sustainable energy Thursday in West Goshen
Daily Local News: Rep. Williams to host REAL ID event Thursday in Downingtown 

Post-Gazette: Do your homework on driverless vehicles, City Council members urged
Post-Gazette: Uniontown native Mark Esper is sworn in as secretary of defense
City Paper: Colcom Foundation-funded, anti-immigrant group attacks U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb 
KDKA: ‘The Caring Heart Is Never Off Duty:’ Family, Friends, Law Enforcement Say Emotional Final Goodbye To Officer Calvin Hall
Pittsburgh Business Times: URA seeking developers to revitalize Hill District sites 
Pittsburgh Business Times: At least two natural gas producers cutting back in Appalachia
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council hears concerns about driverless vehicles
Tribune Review: DePasquale: Pennsylvania nursing home oversight improves, but aging population threatens progress  

Beaver County Times: Beaver County reaches deal with attorneys union
Beaver County Times: Two of three Beaver County Chamber of Commerce employees resign
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State funding sought for Shaffer Covered Bridge repairs
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania women in poverty almost double men for five years straight

Citizens Voice: Philly businessman says his offer to pay WVW lunch debts was turned down 
Citizens Voice: WVW school lunch controversy still making national news
The Times Leader: DePasquale: PA ill-prepared to serve fast-growing number of older adults 
Times-Tribune: Weidow pleads guilty to lying about passing Courtright cash

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: 3 Takeaways from Rep. Smucker’s trip to the U.S.-Mexico border
LNP | LancasterOnline: Opioids in Pennsylvania: DEA data shows how many pills flowed into Lancaster County between 2006-2012
Patriot News: Groups go to court to try to keep Pa.’s cash assistance for state’s poorest residents from ending on Aug. 1 
Patriot News: Relationship between police, Harrisburg community to be explored at public forum
Patriot News: Lawsuit against Diocese of Harrisburg seeks to sidestep expired statute of limitations 
Patriot News: Amazon to open another central Pa. facility, creating hundreds of jobs: Report 
Patriot News: CAT bus service cuts mean businesses are looking for other ways to get employees to work  
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Reporting every nursing home death to the coroner’s office 
Carlisle Sentinel: With funding increasingly tenuous, Cumberland County discusses transit options

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council officially approves the three-year exit plan from Act 47 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Democrats prepare to bring Robert Mueller’s report to life in a hearing Republicans dismiss as ‘political theater’ 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley to lose $380 million in transportation funding

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State court issues split decision on crucial natural gas drilling rules
Erie Times-News: County Council approves another labor contract, more to come

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Remember the basics: City had plenty to do without sick-pay fight 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Safety first?: Vulnerable data screens are another FAA failure 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Proposed LNG terminal plan needs more public voices 
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: The garden hose is no Atlantic Ocean, but it’s probably healthier
Jennifer J. Lee: Pa. can shut down detention of migrant children at Berks 
Will Bunch: Neither ICE nor storms of controversy stops South Philly’s Le Virtù from fighting for immigrants 
Karen Kocher and Clint Odom: Amid widening inequality, how can jobs restore social mobility? 
John L. Micek: Seattle has a $15 minimum wage. No, the world didn’t end | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: Illmatic in Detroit (Khari and Chelsa’s true hip-hop adventure)
Darryl K. Brown: Why does the U.S. sentence people to hundreds of years in prison?
Jenice Armstrong: With a little help, slain Germantown businesswoman’s event can be everything she had desired 
Carmina Hachenburg: Why Puerto Ricans like me will continue standing against corrupt politicians

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