July 24th Playbook

Vice President Pence touts the Trump agenda while campaigning for Barletta in Philadelphia, while the President took to Twitter to stress the need to elect one of his “first supporters”. Here’s the Playbook.   

SEPA Democrats, Depleted by Primary Fights, Work to Counter GOP Cash Advantage: Two of the Republican candidates have a cash on hand advantage, but all three Democrats raised more from late April to the end of June.

Mike Pence Promotes Tax Cuts, Security and Barletta in Philly: The Vice President returned to Philadelphia in hopes of helping Barletta fundraise and promoting the GOP tax plan.

Harrisburg & DC
Roll Call: Remember Infrastructure? Bill Shuster Says He’s Got a New Plan
AP: Longtime Pennsylvania clerk of courts charged with fraud
AP: Barletta knocks Mueller probe as Pence highlights tax bill
AP: Health insurance outlook improves in 2019, Pennsylvania says
AP: Wolf taps crime commission head to lead school safety panel
AP: ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ demonstrators protest Pence in Philly
PLSReporter: Republicans look to see if economic development can bubble up from beer industry
The Times Leader: On Politics: Barletta stands by the president; will it pay off?

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We’re just getting started,’ says Pence in Philly stump for Barletta; so were protesters
WHYY Newsworks: Philly mayor, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation agree to keep Made in America on the Parkway
WHYY Newsworks: After months of wrangling, a boost in city water rates will take effect in September
WHYY Newsworks: With $1M state grant, Temple to address need for addiction meds in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Record low unemployment in the Philly area? Pence is right, with some needed context
Inquirer: ‘A political revolution’: Meet the left-wing group that’s slaying Democratic giants in Philly
KYW Newsradio: Boeing Philadelphia celebrates $4 billion contract to produce Osprey military aircraft
Philadelphia Business Journal: Small rate increases, new competition ahead for Philadelphia region’s Obamacare market in 2019.
Inquirer: As child abuse allegations in Philly schools rise, ‘teacher jail’ thrives and reputations are at stake
Inquirer: Democratic ward leaders pick State Rep. O’Brien’s chief of staff to succeed him.

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: EPA meeting set for Horsham on Wednesday
Delco Daily Times: Forum focuses on opioid addiction and recovery
Delco Daily Times: Chesco residents troubled by discovery of exposed, ‘inactive’ pipeline
Delco Daily Times: Boeing wins multi-year contract, new factory space
Daily Local News: Officials plan to run sewer line from Oxford to Nottingham
Daily Local News: Lawmaker honored by Octorara Area Homeland Security
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford School District investigating teacher who doubles as Nazi wrestler

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: New report blasts Pennsylvania policy on school district mergers
Post-Gazette: Hundreds urged to boil water after pipe bursts on North Side
Post-Gazette: West End seniors waiting for state rent rebates
Post-Gazette: Whiskey taking shots from all sides amid tariffs fight
Post-Gazette: Woodland Hills superintendent candidates meet the public
Post-Gazette: As trade war roils soybean market, Pennsylvania farmers plow ahead
Pittsburgh Business Times: Hazelwood Green proposal submitted to city Planning Commission
Pittsburgh Business Times: Premier Automation poised for more growth with new CEO coming on board
Tribune Review: GOP group creates fake news with altered image of Pittsburgh mayor’s chief of staff
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh officials debate $40 million purchase of Downtown building
Tribune Review: Westmoreland labor activists to plot election strategy

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Trinity West principal sues district over administrator compensation plan
Observer-Reporter: Jail using wristbands, technology to keep track of inmates
Altoona Mirror: Altoona Area School Board approves $300,000 in charges
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local leaders look back to the future for Johnstown’s industrial sites

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Judge orders Wayne County DA to turn over death file
Times-Tribune: Wayne Evans blasts O’Malley, Cummings over reassessment
Citizens Voice: Mullery discusses minimum wage during McDonald’s shift
Standard Speaker: Former Schuylkill clerk Lukach facing fraud charges
Standard Speaker: Standard police seize more than $7M in drugs in 2018’s second quarter
Standard Speaker: Hazleton City Authority to review timbering proposals
Standard Speaker: Cartwright introduces organ donation legislation
The Times Leader: Luzerne County budget figures detailed in new report
The Times Leader: Facebook post: Nanticoke mayor’s cancer returns

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County Commissioners seek CAT consolidation stipulation in Act 47 plan
York Daily Record: ‘In our opinion, they killed him:’ Family demands answers into death at York County Prison
Lancaster Intelligencer: LGBT advocated to rally during conservative Christian author’s speech at Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster Intelligencer: UPMC to start offering Lancaster County plans through healthcare.gov for 2019
Lancaster Intelligencer: Trade wars proving costly for some Lancaster County businesses and their customers
PennLive: Last chance to weigh in on Harrisburg’s future: Act 47 public hearing set for Tuesday

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: PA lieutenant governor candidate Jeff Bartos has strong ties to Reading
Express Times: Muhlenberg College student’s program would bring legal assistance to refugees
Morning Call: Federal judge who presided over high profile Lehigh Valley trials retiring
Morning Call: More options for Lehigh Valley Obamacare buyers
Morning Call: Here’s what one of Susan Wild’s primary opponents had to say at a Democratic unity event

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor to propose regional approach to managing levee costs
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City approves redesign contracts
Erie Times-News: Erie Councilwoman: Safety monitor program could expand

Opinion
Abraham Gutman: Excessive bail is unjust, even in a baby homicide case
Inquirer Editorial Board: Cameras in PA courts will allow justice to be done
Bucks County Courier Times Guest Opinion: The danger of fair and balanced
Mark L. Hopkins: ‘We will bury you’
Delco Daily Times Guest Opinion: It’s time for Pa. to mandate lead test for schools
Christine Flowers: Try to put a little nuance in your life, people
Daily Local News: Taxes shouldn’t be hassle
Ronald Fraser: Are states winning the marijuana tug-of-war?
Tony Norman: Trump’s America too absurd even for Sacha Baron Cohen
Cal Thomas: Immigration is all about votes
Phil Koch: Arnold mayor’s comments a lesson for Westmoreland
Walter Williams: U.S. Constitution sets our rules of the game
Joseph Sabino Mistick: We can’t unsee Trump taking Russia’s side
James Downie: What really disturbs voters about Russia’s election interference
Times-Tribune Opinion: Don’t rush to legalize pot
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Wildlife at risk
Michael Reagan: Putin wins, Trump second, Dems still nuts
Cal Thomas: The name of the game: Votes for Democrats
Mark Simmons: Small businesses can’t carry health care burden alone
PennLive Editorial Board: This is how the EPA can avoid another Flint, Mich. water disaster

July 24th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “July 24th Playbook”

  1. Winston Throckmorton, IV, Esq. says:

    It’s no secret the GOP tax cut is not getting political traction and is a loser with everyone except Scott Wagner and wealthy business types. For the working person it is “tanking” BIG TIME! For Lou Barletta and Mike Pence to be touting the tax cut at a fund raiser is like Lou and Mike having a rally to bring back “Blockbuster Video Stores.” This is a 2016 campaign that perhaps would have worked in 2016 but, unfortunately, for Lou Barletta it is 2018 and a whole other moment in time. Scott Wagner has the same problem running a race that is not in sinc with the current political climate. Lou Barletta and Scott Wagner’s campaigns are out of touch with the current political mood and tanking!

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