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July 27th Playbook

An Axios report states that President Trump most fears Pennsylvania flipping on him in 2020, while Rep. Scott Perry is the only Republican from PA to cosponsor the Articles of Impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. Happy Friday politicos, here is the Playbook!

Axios: Trump Fears PA is Most Likely to Flip in 2020: Of all the states the President won in 2016, advisers say he’s most worried about losing Pennsylvania.
Perry Endorses Push to Impeach Rosenstein: Perry is the only Republican from Pennsylvania to cosponsor the Articles of Impeachment.

Harrisburg & DC
Townhall: PA Democratic Operative Denied College Student Question at Press Event
AP: Pennsylvania takes the ax to North Coventry logging law
Inquirer: AG Josh Shapiro asks Pope Francis for help in Pa. clergy sex abuse case
AP: Perry ripped by Democratic challenger over impeachment bid
StateImpactPA: EPA urged to set national standards to protect public health from PFAS chemicals
StateImpactPA: At Cove Point, Energy Sec. Perry hails shale gas’ role in U.S. export growth
PLSReporter: Senate hearing on Act 89 progress highlights changing nature of transportation
PLSReporter: Bill addressing public sector union membership, certification floated in House
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey meets Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, promises support
AP: Ryan opposes Rosenstein impeachment try, dooming it for now
WITF: Pa. officials preach caution, but say worst of flood likely over
AP: Lawyers criticize Pa. AG Shapiro’s appeal to Pope Francis in abuse probe
WITF: Pa. prepares to sue over expected Trump vehicle emission changes
WESA: State Prepares to Sue Over Expected Trump Vehicle Emission Changes
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Ending child marriage in Pennsylvania
Express Times: Ranking the 35 most affluent Pa. counties based on per capita personal income

City and StatePA: The steady climb and rising impact of Philly Socialists
Inquirer: African valets who park the cars at Penn Medicine say they got fired after trying to unionize
Inquirer: Amid push to expel Liberian war criminals, feds’ latest Philly target agrees to leave U.S.
Inquirer: Report: 45% of Philly homicides went unsolved in last decade
WHYY Newsworks: George W. and Laura Bush to receive Liberty Medal for work with veterans
WHYY Newsworks: A fresh look at the city’s tax-aid programs for its many homeowners
Billy Penn: In the 2016 presidential election, a few Philly districts came in with a whopping zero Trump votes.
KYW Newsradio: PennEnvironment calls on elected officials to ban Styrofoam
KYW Newsradio: Made in America will stay on Parkway, but residents would prefer it didn’t

Pottstown Mercury: Montco commissioners approve resolutions for work in Pottstown
Delco Daily Times: First $71M in contracts awarded for new Springfield High
Delco Daily Times: County council Democrats complain anew about bidding process
Daily Local News: West Chester Borough Council mulls changes to parking rates
Daily Local News: Local legislators join fight to bring clean energy solutions

AP: Pittsburgh Police issue restrictions, strategy for protests
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh’s affordable housing fund collects community input, but some still hunger for action
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County assistant cleared of allegedly harassing sheriff’s official
Tribune Review: Attorney defends Arnold Mayor Peconi, denies that Facebook post was racist
Tribune Review: Carlynton superintendent takes Greensburg Salem job
Post-Gazette: Hazelwood residents provide input on community redevelopment strategy
Pittsburgh Business Times: Viewpoint: Abundance of jobs good sign for region

Beaver County Times: Legislator from Pittsburgh proposing bill to legalize marijuana
Observer-Reporter: DEP orders CNX to plug 144 abandoned natural gas wells in Greene County
Observer-Reporter: Southwest Corner gets $411,400 to help those in crisis find work
Observer-Reporter: Monessen mayor misses seventh consecutive council meeting
Altoona Mirror: Labor, Industry secretary visits Blair’s CareerLink
Altoona Mirror: Planning commission OKs 2018-19 budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: SCI-Somerset superintendent transferred as DOC responds to recent prison attacks

The Times Leader: Judge pleads with Dallas School District, union to return to negotiations
The Times Leader: Helicopter hovering over Butler Twp. in search for man accused of threatening Trump
Times-Tribune: Cummings, O’Malley voice opposition to reassessment amid lawsuit
News Item: All Shamokin Area students to receive free lunch
Standard Speaker: Mayor: Stormwater fee would improve weather response

South Central
PennLive: Casino proposal, this time in South Middleton Twp., finds more critics
PennLive: In touring flood-impacted areas in central Pa., Gov. Tom Wolf reports seeing ‘a lot of devastation’
Carlisle Sentinel: Elder Care: Pennsylvania, guns and dementia
Carlisle Sentinel: Perry ripped by Democratic challenger over impeachment bid
York Daily Record: York City names acting business administrator
York Daily Record: Legalize pot as a tourist attraction
York Daily Record: Angel resigns from Hanover Borough council
LNP | LancasterOnline: On Politics: Pence calls Smucker a ‘great champion’ of Trump admin; President will return to Pa; and Jess King fixes financial disclosure

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allen High Principal: ‘We are not waiting in line for greatness’
Morning Call: PennDOT turns down request to lower speed limits in Allen and East Allen townships
Reading Eagle: Governor tours flood-ravaged area of Schuylkill County
Reading Eagle: Appeals court reaffirms Boyertown transgender policy
Reading Eagle: Heidelberg votes to add resource officer to Conrad Weiser schools
WFMZ: Lehigh Valley seeks grant money for multimodal corridor
Express Times: Nazareth-area officials vote on intermunicipal agreement

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: What’s next for the Bellefonte Waterfront property?
Williamsport Sun Gazette: As waters abate, Lycoming County commissioners offer praise
Erie Times-News: County fires Human Relations Commissioner director

Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Don’t excuse gun violence
Timothy Tyson: Reopening the case – and the wounds – of Emmett Till
Stu Bykofsky: Wait, where’s the red tape? Is this a dream?
Will Bunch: That raise you were promised last year? Wall Street took it from you
Chris Freind: Milking an attitude of entitlement
Jodine Mayberry: Hardly a week to remember for the president
Tony Norman: What an incompetent conspiracy sounds like
The Times Leader: Our view: Flash flooding a common danger ignored at our peril
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: Cummings’ policy motto: ‘Be afraid’
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: Pollution pass
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: Candidates should reveal tax returns
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Farm bailout is not the solution
PennLive Editorial Board: GOP governor candidate Scott Wagner should release his tax returns

One Response

  1. The Republican candidates are in a tough spot with the Trump Show taking all the political air out of the room so to speak. Then what is tougher for Repub Congressional candidates are Wagner and Barletta who are Trump clones as Trump’s popularity with independents and women tank. So, it’s sort of like 3 versions of Trump are at the top of the ticket as his poll numbers with the indy and women voters slip. Plus, Wagner is running around doing his impression of Trump saying he will not release his tax returns which is not playing well–some media outlets don’t agree with Wagner’s decision. It’s tough for congressional R candidates in 2018.

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