July 26th Playbook

Scranton City Council appointed a new mayor on an interim basis, while Rep. Matt Cartwright’s campaign raises $290K in Q2. Here is the Playbook. 

 

PA8: Cartwright Raises $290K in Q2: The Lackawanna County Democrat entered the month of July with $820,000 cash on hand.

Scranton City Council Appoints Wayne Evans Interim Mayor: Evans was selected by a 4-0 vote by Scranton City Council to fill the seat.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: How tight are Pa.’s absentee-ballot deadlines? The rate of late ballots is 11 times the nation’s.
WITF: Election upgrades could come with hidden costs for Pa. taxpayers
WESA: Audit shows Pa. nursing homes understaffed, problem projected to get worse
Philly Voice: Kim Kardashian visits Harrisburg, hangs with Pa. second lady Gisele Fetterman
Post-Gazette: Reschenthaler raised his political profile when he questioned Bob Mueller    
AP: Audit: Hundreds wrongly got criminal record for unpaid bills
AP: Charges against parolees in 6 homicides spur state review
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 candidate Eugene DePasquale on his congressional run, budget cuts
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick votes with House Dems to protect union pensions
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Another Democrat announces congressional run against Fitzpatrick in the 1st District
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Progressive Pittsburgh state rep finds sticker from white supremacist group at district office
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Congress urged to make ‘Apollo-type’ investment to combat climate disaster
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Our response calls for an all-hands-on-deck approach’: Pa. State Police join AG Shapiro’s new initiative to trace gun sales
Tribune Review: How to get your share of $700M settlement from Equifax data breach 
PLSReporter: Senate committee reviews Philadelphia refinery fire
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – July 22, 2019
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 16: Will you accept this rose?
PLSReporter: 3 under 3! 
StateImpactPA: Cities, attorneys general call for new leader of PJM Interconnection to focus on clean energy
StateImpactPA: PES refinery fire highlights need for better air monitoring, experts tell Pa. lawmakers

 

Philadelphia
Philly Clout: Philly Mayor Jim ‘What Election?’ Kenney treats his bid for a second term like a lock
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Someone will call you’: Hahnemann employees report obstacles in finding new work
WHYY Newsworks: Developer Ori Feibush says ‘anarchists’ vandalized his Point Breeze home 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly debuts community-driven plan to beat rising temperatures
Inquirer: City demands say in sale of St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children; Hahnemann down to single patient 
Inquirer: Where in the region did people ignore 2010 Census forms? And what could it mean for 2020? 
Inquirer: South Philly neighborhood sees opioid overdose deaths rise, even as they decline in Kensington 
Inquirer: In a rare move, workers at 6 low-income health centers in Philly vote to unionize 
Inquirer: Amtrak skips Philly with new non-stop Acela train from New York to Washington 
Inquirer: At ‘Hire Hahnemann’ job fair, laid-off workers fear an uncertain future with lower pay
Philadelphia Magazine: How SEPTA’s Transfer Policy Makes Poorest Riders Pay Most Expensive Fares
Philly Voice: Penn researchers receive $700,000 grant to study gun violence hot spots
KYW Newsradio: School district accepts La Colombe CEO’s offer to wipe out school lunch debt after online outrage
KYW Newsradio: Philly, say goodbye to parking meters. They’re giving way to new technology

 

SEPA 
Bucks Local News: Christina Finello announces campaign for Congress in Pennsylvania’s First District
Bucks Local News: Fitzpatrick, Wild introduce legislation to improve student health and safety
Daily Local News: Houlahan supports pension bill
Daily Local News: Rep. Comitta’s goal: 100 percent clean energy by 2050 
Daily Local News: Local lawmaker working on guidelines for Search and Rescue dog organizations
Delco Daily Times: County Council debates possible sale of DELCORA
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks and Montco activists skeptical about Pentagon PFAS task force
WHYY Newsworks: Judge orders ICE to release Irish man slated for deportation after decade in Montco
WHYY Newsworks: Why so many bodies go unclaimed in the Philly suburbs
Inquirer: How a Penn grad and Delco native is tied to Puerto Rico turmoil
Montgomery Media: Montco commissioners promise help for low-income residents
Bucks County Courier Times: 39.1 million pain pills sent to Bucks, Montco over 6 years
Bucks County Courier Times: Ivyland Borough councilwoman, Bucks County official joins congressional race

 

Pittsburgh  
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh argues that gun ordinances do not represent outright ban 
Post-Gazette: Reschenthaler raised his political profile when he questioned Bob Mueller 
Post-Gazette: Port Authority begins installing real-time schedule display screens at light rail, bus stops
Post-Gazette: Penn Hills School District begins first steps in financial recovery
Post-Gazette: After 11,000 stories, KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti is ready for yet another: retirement
Post-Gazette: Prisoners in their own homes: Pollution takes its toll on 4 Western Pa. families
Pittsburgh Business Times: EQT promises different approach to natural gas drilling
KDKA: Congressman Guy Reschenthaler: Washington DC Is Broken
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Honors City Employees For Improving City Services
KDKA: AG Josh Shapiro To Block Diocese From Using Orphanage Endowment To Pay Sex Abuse Victims 
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council passes inclusionary zoning legislation 
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council hears from experts on the pros and cons of self-driving vehicles
City Paper: Here’s what experts say Pittsburgh should implement instead of driverless cars 

 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: House passes Doyle bill authorizing $1B in autism funding
Observer-Reporter: Senate confirms Fayette County native as secretary of defense
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County takes over $91K salary for drug task force head
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria recorder of deeds elected by peers to lead state association

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Charles Coslett resigns as Wyoming Valley West solicitor
The Times Leader: Controversial KKK brick withstands protest and toppling of monument
The Times Leader: Two former county figures seek vacant council seat 
Times-Tribune: Scranton Recovery Plan calls for tax hikes, contract rebidding 
Times-Tribune: Five Scranton School District board members not sure if they’ll vote to approve recovery plan 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna commissioners approve $220,000 in community grants
Times-Tribune: Scranton funeral director/Cordaro bagman sentenced to 15 months for tax evasion 
Citizens Voice: WVW will accept donation to pay off lunch tabs
Citizens Voice: Debate continues over county council vacancy

 

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg region to lose $27 million in transportation funding
Patriot News: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman: ‘People’s pool’ opens up unused amenity for schoolchildren 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s intragovernmental feud: Here’s the latest in the district attorney, commissioners court case 

 

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Lehigh County puts off repairs to velodrome, jail, several parks 
Morning Call: DA’s office to launch anti-gang program in two Allentown elementary schools 
Reading Eagle: Buildings don’t age out of being covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners hire new leader of veterans affairs office

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper, national group will study counties’ roles in economic mobility
Erie Times-News: Report: Hundreds charged with crimes improperly in Corry

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Undermining voters: Targeting Philly DA is a dangerous precedent
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Farm to table: Food bank has unique take on sustainability
Inquirer Editorial Board: Food stamp myths and rule changes will drive up hunger 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Does climate change make air conditioning a human right?
Inquirer Staff: Pa. has lowest minimum wage allowed in U.S. Should it be raised to $15/hour? Pro/Con 
LNP Editorial Board: We must juggle helping older farmers and encouraging the next generation
Maria Panaritis: Mueller testimony was a win for Pa. women, that fearsome force of our political age 
Joanna Wuest and Carly Regina: Did Representative Dwight Evans flip flop on Medicare for All? 
Tony Norman: ‘Kids for Cash: The Sequel’
Mark O’Keefe: A tuition freeze was a good first step. Pa’s state-owned universities still have big problems to fix
John L. Micek: Dead Law Walking?| Sister Helen Prejean sounds off on capital punishment in Pa. | Thursday Morning Coffee
Will Bunch: In Puerto Rico, taking it to the streets takes down a leader. Why can’t that happen here? 
Brian Hickey: Two dozen Philly academics: Inky coverage undermines criminal justice reform
Elizabeth Schmidt: Investors, consumers and workers are changing capitalism for the better by demanding companies behave more responsibly
JD Mullane: Why Trump voters stick with Trump: He’s no Mr. Nice Guy
Brian O’Neill: Sewer overflow means trouble for River City
Patty-Pat Kozlowski: Death of a Port Richmond teen is a reminder about keeping kids safe 
Lauren A. Wright: Trump’s celebrity status helped him win the White House. Now it may help him get reelected. 
Conrad Benner: As other cities ban outdoor ads, a new mural reminds us that Philly’s public space is for sale

July 26th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “July 26th Playbook”

  1. FormerGOPer says:

    All of these candidates are raising more than Scott Perry, who looks to be in a dogfight. Surprising he isn’t raising more, but then again, he doesn’t really fit his district.

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