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July 2nd Playbook

State Sen. Katie Muth’s speech on the state Senate floor goes viral, while Gov. Tom Wolf signs a PA farm bill. Here is the Playbook. 

Muth Speech Goes Viral: The freshman Democratic state Senator’s passionate remarks have been lauded by progressives on social media, including 2020 presidential hopefuls Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

DePasquale Announces Bid for PA10: The Auditor General was rumored to be interested in a Congressional run for the past several months.

Harrisburg & DC  
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Katie Muth read a letter from a former homeless man on the Senate floor last week — now she’s gone viral
Inquirer: One year out, how has the Supreme Court’s ‘Janus’ decision affected Pa. and N.J. unions? 
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania environmental regulators move to shut down Erie Coke plant
AP: Politics of elections snares Pennsylvania voting-machine aid
AP: Wolf signs bills to help ag marketing, foster young farmers 
AP: Pennsylvania broadens Guard members’ college tuition benefit 
AP: The Latest: Coke plant: State shutdown move ‘quite a shock’ 
AP: State moves to shut down coke plant, citing violations
AP: Feds accuse Scranton ex-mayor of using office to take bribes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On a busy Monday, Wolf signs bills benefiting Pa. National Guard families, farmers, and job hunters
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf signs PA Farm Bill
PLSReporter: Wolf signs Pennsylvania GI Bill in effort to boost National Guard re-enlistment
PLSReporter: Students’ vaccinations levels rising in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 13: Budget recap
WITF: For Pa. sheriffs, new law means more guns in their hands. The question is where to put them all
WITF: DePasquale Says He Will Try To ‘Build Bridges’ If Elected To Congress
Post-Gazette: Pa. bill extends college benefits to National Guard families 
Post-Gazette: No Census outreach funds in PA state budget, despite recommendation
Post-Gazette: AG Shapiro cites patients’ personal stories as force behind UPMC-Highmark 
Tribune Review: Annual push underway in Pennsylvania to let local police use speed-detecting radar
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Push is on in Pennsylvania to get Tubman on $20 bill 
Patriot News: Police officer body cameras: Why did Pa. start so late in considering them?

KYW Newsradio: City says Hahnemann owners can’t avoid regulatory authority with bankruptcy
KYW Newsradio: Progress report on ‘resilience project’ highlights difficulty of cleaning up Kensington
Inquirer: With South Philly refinery closing, questions about taxpayer subsidies that kept it going
Inquirer: Philly courts’ civil e-filing, docket searches restored nearly 6 weeks after computer shutdown 
Inquirer: After historic term on Philly Board of Education, what did 2 students learn? 
PhillyVoice: Hahnemann University Hospital files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
PhillyVoice: Philly City Wage Tax dips slightly as part of ongoing reduction plan
Billy Penn: ‘They must really hate teens’: Backlash grows against Mosquito devices in Philly parks
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer still planning layoffs as talks with NewsGuild continue
WHYY Newsworks: PES refinery workers face difficult choices as layoffs loom

Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf signs new GI bill
Pottstown Mercury: State grant boosts environmental education in Pottstown  
Daily Local News: Barrar bill offering college education to National Guard families signed into law 
Daily Local News: Let them know what you think about pipelines
Montgomery Media: Montco 100 percent clean energy conference provides green options
WHYY Newsworks: Residents with PFAS-contaminated private well water in limbo as DEP investigates cause
WHYY Newsworks: Chesco sheriff paid boyfriend $67K in ‘unmerited’ overtime, controller alleges
Inquirer: Chester County controller takes sheriff to court, seeking refund of $67K in overtime

Post-Gazette: AG Shapiro cites patients’ personal stories as force behind UPMC-Highmark agreement 
Post-Gazette: Controller: City on pace in 2019 for ‘significant’ surplus, money available for parks ‘without tax increase’
Post-Gazette: John Fetterman joins U.S. Steel reps, workers in outlining future of Mon Valley Works
Post-Gazette: Mt. Lebanon Commissioners to hold hearing on $5 million bond issue 
Post-Gazette: Pitt’s public health dean steps down at a time when the region is losing other top leaders in the field 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh controller predicts large surplus for 2019
Pittsburgh Business Times: State reaches compromise measure on tap room tax
KDKA: Economy Residents To Protest Shale Gas Drilling
KDKA: Two Local Police Departments Merge Into Allegheny Valley Regional Police Department
PLSReporter: Allegheny County Health Department and U.S. Steel reach settlement for enforcement order

Observer-Reporter: New crime victim services director in Washington County
Observer-Reporter: Senate confirms McDonald-Kemp as Washington County’s seventh judge
Beaver County Times: Beaver County ends 2018 with extra $7.5 million  

The Times Leader: Scranton mayor resigning amid federal corruption case; already signed plea deal 
Times-Tribune: Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright resigns, pleading guilty to corruption charges
Citizens Voice: $7.5M spent on W-B Area school so far
Citizens Voice: Funding for voting machines up to Wolf
Citizens Voice: Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright resigns, pleading guilty to corruption charges

South Central  
WITF: DePasquale Says He Will Try To ‘Build Bridges’ If Elected To Congress
Patriot News: Fired Harrisburg school employees won’t get buyouts: district officials 
Patriot News: Wolf signs Pa. GI Bill into law: ‘While you have our backs, we have yours’
York Dispatch: Helfrich, economic development department to hold community development town hall

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan proposes paid family leave for federal workers
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Push is on in Pennsylvania to get Tubman on $20 bill 
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council meets in private about managing director post 
Reading Eagle: New systems aim to cut costs for Berks County courts, help defendants
Express Times: How will the Easton Area School District save taxpayers $3M? The Cottingham campaign.
Morning Call: Allentown Diocese cuts office staff by nearly 25% to pay for sex abuse victims
Morning Call: Podcast: FBI agent reveals what it took to make secret recordings of Mayor Ed Pawlowski

North by Northwest
StateCollege: Video of Corman Shouting at Lt. Gov. While Senate Colleague Spoke Gets National Attention
Erie Times-News: State regulators move to shut down Erie Coke
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council set to approve Intervention Program consultant’s $180K contract 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Emissions test could end for local motorists

Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa. primaries should be open 
PennLive Editorial Board: Harrisburg School District in good hands, but she will need all hands on deck 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Shameful management: City schools let nearly $2 million fall through cracks 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: FOIA is a joke: Supreme Court waters down an already weak law
John L. Micek: Eugene DePasquale declares candidacy for #PA10 against Republican Perry | Monday Morning Coffee
Michael Li: The war against gerrymandering successfully goes on 
Paul Muschick: Unrealistic Allentown schools budget deserves an ‘F’
Dick Polman: Elizabeth Warren wants to abolish private health insurance. Uh Oh. 
Carmina Hachenburg: First I laughed at Democratic nominees speaking Spanish. Then I worried.
Michael Callahan: Hey, grownups, it’s time to lose the backpack 
Alicia Grimaldi: End-of-life care requires careful planning

One Response

  1. Senator Katie Muth has a right to be passionate about a person down on their luck who wrote a letter about the need he has for the state programs affecting the economically struggling. If she violated a rule of order it is obvious to all in the Senate that Senator Corman is within his rights to file a complaint and then sit down. But for Senator Corman to bellow loudly and persistently and with much anger is so beyond the pale it requires censure. This is not how Senators speak to each other when one feels the other is wrong. It was unnerving to hear Senator Corman bellow with such anger repeatedly at Senator Muth–very uncomfortable to witness.

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