July 25th Playbook

Three PA Congressional Representatives get the chance to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller questions during yesterday’s hearing, while Rep. Susan Wild’s campaign raises $355K in Q2. Here is the Playbook. 

 

How Dean, Reschenthaler and Scanlon Spent the Mueller Hearing: The two Democrats, who support impeachment proceedings, asked about Wikileaks and Mueller’s letter to Attorney General Barr. Reschenthaler said the drafting and publication of some of the information in the report without an indictment or prosecution was Un-American.

Reader Poll: How Would You Grade Reschenthaler’s Questioning During the Mueller Hearing?: The freshman GOP Congressman from Allegheny County said the drafting and publication of some of the information in the report without an indictment or prosecution was Un-American.

PA7: Wild Brings In $355K in Q2: The freshman Democrat from Lehigh County raised more money in the second quarter than Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), who are also being targeted by the NRCC.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF: Pa. representatives stick to party line in Mueller hearing
Morning Call: Here’s what 3 Pennsylvania lawmakers asked Mueller during his testimony before Congress 
AP: Wolf seeks to streamline public contact with state agencies
AP: Schools that warned about lunch debt now accepting donation
AP: The Latest: Board apologizes for lunch debt warning letter 
AP: Charges against parolees in 6 homicides spurs state review
AP: Pennsylvania high court declines to review Sandusky decision
Inquirer: Mueller testimony highlights: No exoneration of Trump, warned Russia threatens 2020 election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Many clergy abuse victims can’t sue their abusers. Will a new legal strategy change that? 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As Mueller appears before Congress, Pa. Rep. Dean says ‘I will not shrink back’ from holding Trump accountable 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The time for kicking the can down the road is over’: House Republicans plan infrastructure report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. nonprofits are leveraging federal funds to get food stamp recipients into jobs 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa U.S. Rep. Scott Perry to hold July 30 town hall in Hummelstown 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Seeking to raise awareness, spark activism, artist brings Berks detention center documentary on tour
PLSReporter: Gun violence prevention hearing produces emotional testimony, bipartisan roadmap
PLSReporter: GOP lawmakers seek more transparency for supplemental spending
PLSReporter: VIDEO: The PLS Reporter joins Gisele Fetterman to get the inside scoop on life as the state’s Second Lady
StateImpactPA: Commonwealth Court issues split decision on industry challenge to state’s natural gas regulations
StateImpactPA: U.S. bankruptcy judge approves $65 million loan for PES refinery
Patriot News: Pa. moves to one-stop shopping to make it easier for the public to access state government services
Patriot News: Pa. legislation aims to build on low number of roads, bridges named to honor women 
WHYY Newsworks: Offers pour in to cover Pa. students’ meal debt, but school officials not interested
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Announces Payday Loan Relief Settlement

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Clarke calls for law banning guns at rec centers. Does it have a shot?
Inquirer: Hahnemann starts releasing stranded residents; St. Chris auction could see competitive bidding
Inquirer: At Pa. Convention Center, labor leaders give up long-held demand, betting it’ll mean more work
Inquirer: ‘Lunch shaming’ school district apologizes, says it will accept La Colombe CEO’s donation 
Inquirer: Did deadly gas cloud escape during Philly refinery fire? City says it was a faulty meter 
Inquirer: For Philly’s poor commuters, SEPTA fare ranks among most expensive in U.S. cities
Inquirer: Climate change makes some Philadelphia neighborhoods extra steamy. The city has a plan.
WHYY Newsworks: Philly lawmakers want to ban guns from city playgrounds, rec centers — but face long odds
WHYY Newsworks: Study: SEPTA transfer fees hit low-wage commuters the hardest  
WHYY Newsworks: City opens new Fishtown play area — the first funded by Philly’s soda tax  
WHYY Newsworks: PES refinery fire highlights need for better air monitoring, experts tell Pa. lawmakers  
WHYY Newsworks: Hahnemann frees funding so medical residents can take new jobs  
KYW Newsradio: Philly state legislators say they have plan to give city power to ban guns at recreation centers 
KYW Newsradio: Public hearing following refinery explosion discusses health, environmental impact of fire
Billy Penn: Philly wrote $100 million in tickets in the last decade. Half went unpaid.
Philadelphia Magazine: Krasner Sued by Longtime Director of Victim Services Who Says He Fired Her for Being White  
Philadelphia Magazine: Why You Really Need to Take Your Kid to Drag Queen Storytime
Philly Voice: As mayor, Milton Street would use soda tax to pay 5,000 Philly residents to fight crime

 

SEPA 
Bucks County Courier Times: Pentagon to create PFAS task force 
Delco Daily Times: Bogus email stirs political waters in Delco
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County Coucil moves forward with Toal building lot
Daily Local News: Killion introduces legislation closing dangerous dog loophole 
Philly Voice: Irishman has called Philly area home since ’07, but ICE wants to send him back
Bucks Local News: WET VS. DRY: New state law would make it easier to place alcohol sales referendum on the ballot in Lower Makefield

 

Pittsburgh  
KDKA: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler Says ‘This Entire Process UnAmerican’ While Questioning Robert Mueller 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Launches Strip District Recycling Program For Old Electronics, Hazardous Waste
City Paper: U.S. Rep. Guy Reschenthaler spreads a conspiracy theory about Robert Mueller
City Paper: How state Sen. Pam Iovino is navigating one of Pennsylvania’s most pivotal senate districts
City Paper: Pittsburgh Black Pride looks to find its place in the Steel City 
WESA: Sports Authority Controller Faces Theft, Forgery Charges From Prior Job
Pittsburgh Business Times: Contract talks resume in August for some of Pittsburgh’s biggest universities
Post-Gazette: City Council passes affordable housing zoning for Lawrenceville, remembers community advocate Aggie Brose  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to offer a variety of alternative mobility options at central locations  
Post-Gazette: PG seeks to unseal records in slaying of Pittsburgh police officer
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh moves one step closer to proposed Bus Rapid Transit system  
Tribune Review: Reschenthaler questions Mueller, calls report process ‘un-American’ 
Tribune Review: Port Authority approved for $1.9 million grant to purchase electric buses 

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Like ‘Groundhog Day’: Reps. Joyce, Thompson react to Mueller testimony
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local residents offer mixed views on plan to trim SNAP
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County commissioners create chief deputy coroner position
Observer-Reporter: Greene County’s comprehensive plan built on strong foundation
Beaver County Times: Gov. Tom Wolf unveils ‘Customer Service Transformation’ for state government 

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council appoints Evans temporary mayor 
The Times Leader: Kaufer: Valley West will accept businessman’s offer to pay lunch fees
The Times Leader: All five Republican Luzerne County Council candidates may forego applying for vacant seat
The Times Leader: Meuser: ‘Our immigration system is flawed’
The Times Leader: Forum tackles the effects of drug abuse
Citizens Voice: Activist seeks input on bricks from beehive monument 
Citizens Voice: County council debates how to best fill vacancy
Citizens Voice: Lawsuit filed over illegal gambling games
Citizens Voice: Kaufer: Wyoming Valley West changes decision, will accept $22K donation 
Citizens Voice: Lackawanna commissioners OK Geisinger financing

 

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Congressman Scott Perry to host town hall in Hummelstown July 30
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools’ financial, personnel records flawed: ‘Frankly, it’s an illusionary budget,’ an official says
Patriot News: Harrisburg forum on policing provides promises to invest in engagement
Patriot News: Harrisburg University freezes tuition for 7th straight year
Patriot News: Protestors come to central Pa. to demand medical care for inmate convicted of killing police officer
Patriot News: TMI Unit 2 reactor to be sold, dismantled
Patriot News: Hospitals being built, expanded in central Pa.: Where and why the work is happening 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Same suits, different people.’ Residents near TMI tell federal regulator they still feel overlooked
LNP | LancasterOnline: Critic of controversial bathroom policy resigns from Elanco school board

 

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank calls for the closure of the Berks County Residential Center
Reading Eagle: Reading Parking Authority picks interim executive director
Morning Call: Here’s what 3 Pennsylvania lawmakers asked Mueller during his testimony before Congress
Morning Call: At a ‘critical time,’ an Allentown program focused on reducing gun violence was scaled back
Morning Call: Easton applies for $2 million grant to improve sidewalks, create bike path along Bushkill Drive connecting to arts trail 
Morning Call: Allentown depletes a reserve fund to provide cushion for health care budget  

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City begins survey of southeast Erie residents 
Erie Times-News: Former Erie mayor questions community college deal
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Everett addresses severance tax, minimum wage
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Former DA candidate switches to private practice in the city
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City authority seeks lobbyist
AP: Pennsylvania high court declines to review Sandusky decision  

 

Opinion  
LNP Editorial Board: Elanco school board has allowed issue of transgender students’ rights to be turned into a culture war
Inquirer Editorial Board: Turning up the heat on ‘lunch shaming’ by threatening child separation? Shame on us. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Troubling secrecy: Public deserves answers in Hall case 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hong Kong thugs: Violence against protesters has government stench 
John L. Micek: Pa. ranks 45th in the nation in per-capita public health spending, report | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Solomon Jones: How ironic to see white people, likely descendants of immigrants, chant ‘send her back’ at women of color 
John Dame: Lawmakers put schools and businesses in a bind with medical marijuana. They need to fix it
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Bernie Sanders vs. the reality of a $15 minimum wage
Dan Simpson: Trump’s ugly anti-immigrant smear
William H. Schneider: We can’t let Trump be America’s final chapter
Nayeli Riano: As student debt crisis continues, is it time for trade schools to make a comeback?
The Angry Grammarian: Why are slurs allowed in some online Scrabble games? 
Mike Newall: ‘It’s brutal out there’: 16 shooting victims in 14 days. Two weeks in a Philly detective division 
Trudy Rubin: Boris Johnson, Britain’s Trump clone, a bad choice to resolve the Brexit riddle 
Erica Palan: Boris Johnson: Highlights from the Inquirer archives on Britain’s new prime minister

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