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July 2nd Playbook

Happy holiday week, politicos. The NRCC promoted two GOPers in PA, Politico dives into Casey’s pro-life bona fides, NYT looks at PA socialists, and a state House candidate gets derailed by allegations of impropriety. Here’s the Playbook.

6/29 Ups & Downs: In the battle of east versus west, Philadelphia definitely won out this week. Though when it comes to redistricting reform, we’re all losers. See who had a good week, and who did not, in this week’s edition of the Ups & Downs!

NRCC Upgrades Two to “Young Guns”: The National Republican Congressional Committee added two Pennsylvania candidates to its “Young Guns” program, signifying the races are competitive and warrant full party support.

HD187: Pa. House candidate (Archie Follweiler, D) quit race partly because of woman’s allegations, which he denies. The incumbent is Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh).

Harrisburg & DC

Politico: The truth behind Bob Casey’s ‘pro-life’ stand
AP: Gov. Tom Wolf puts tax plans far behind him as he seeks a 2nd term
AP: Brexit leader to headline GOP Senate hopeful’s fundraiser
StateImpact: Robert Powelson, former Pa. utility regulator, resigns from FERC
Capitolwire: PA first in the nation to enact Clean Slate legislation after Gov. Wolf’s signature
Capitolwire: JUA sues state again after latest budget-related attempt to control the insurer and its sizable financial reserves
Capitolwire: State to award $100 scholarships to every child born after Jan. 1 to promote higher education saving.
NY Times: The Millennial Socialists Are Coming



Inquirer: Wolf pledges millions to tackle lead paint in city schools
Inquirer: What would it really take for abortion to be illegal in Pa., N.J.?
Inquirer: Inquirer, other Pa. news outlets petition Supreme Court for access to grand jury report on clergy sex abuse
Inquirer: Philly hosts one of several ‘abolish ICE’ protests across the country – as it happened
Inquirer: Clout: Judge Beth Grossman? Philly’s GOP nominee for DA may be appointed to the court; Is the powerful Tartaglione clan on the verge of extinction?; and Post-#MeToo allegations, Leach’s legal fees total $23K
Inquirer: For Philly’s new school board: Lessons from the SRC’s 17 years
Inquirer: Following Annapolis shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash
Tribune: Coalition seeks to add jobs through tax reform
Tribune: State budget passage bolsters criminal justice reform efforts
Billy Penn: Parks & Rec just ended gender segregation at public pools. Yes, it’s 2018.
WHYY: Filling in some details missed in the outcry about Philly’s ‘missing’ millions
WHYY: Barletta plans to campaign for U.S. Senate on repeal of Roe v. Wade
WHYY: A retrospective: What passed muster with City Council, and what didn’t
Philly Mag: Dining While Black: Race and the Philly Food Scene



Bucks County Courier Times: Round table focuses on efforts to resolve opiate epidemic
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Bucks, Montco employees arrested in Pennsylvania Medicaid fraud sweep
Delco Times: Davidson’s school safety measure becomes law
Pottstown Mercury: Crowds gather in Norristown to protest separation of families
Chester Daily Local: First from Chesco, McSwain sworn in as US Attorney



Tribune Review: New Pa. law lets consumers buy more powerful fireworks this Fourth of July
Tribune Review: Protesters march against Trump’s travel ban and immigration policies, shut down Clemente Bridge
Tribune Review: Why police officers are rarely convicted in shootings
Tribune Review: Sewickley Academy cuts ties with man charged with driving through protesters
Tribune Review: Protest for Antwon Rose blocks East Liberty intersection
Post-Gazette: Faith protest: Crowd gathers in East Liberty to demand action in police shooting of Antwon Rose II
Post-Gazette: Port Authority, SEPTA work with PA Turnpike on transit planning, funding
Post-Gazette: A pact to keep Amazon deal details secret for 5 years? State and local officials say it ain’t so
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt’s Board of Trustees votes to remove former dean’s name from building
WESA: Governor Boosts Minimum Wage Again For State Employees
WESA: Controversial Democrat Running For City Committee Leadership Post
WESA: Wolf Signs Law To Seal Certain Criminal Records
WESA: Lawmakers’ Bid To Yank JUA Money Continues, With A Twist
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Boosts Minimum Wage Again For State Employees



Beaver County Times: State advisory commission backs task force idea after Antwon Rose shooting
Observer-Reporter: Cracker plant takes shape in Beaver
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Marijuana firms vying to open in Johnstown area



Times Leader: Mayor: No other alternative but Act 47 distressed status for WB
Times Leader: Increased Luzerne County pension fund subsidy discussed
Times Leader: Local public sector union leaders react to Janus ruling
Times Leader: Consumers rejoice, officials urge safety in light of new Pa. fireworks law
Times-Tribune: Scranton rally among hundreds across U.S. calling for reuniting families
News Item: Big blue wave hits Knoebels


South Central

LNP: Video captures officers using stun gun on sitting man
PennLive: ‘This is not OK’: Those at Lancaster rally object to use of Taser by city police
PennLive: Pa. auditor general says he’s open to examining oversight of water systems
PennLive: Lubrano makes last day on Penn State trustees board all about the Freeh Report
PennLive: Harrisburg, Greensburg dioceses tried to block grand jury: report
York Daily Record: York joins other cities holding protests against family separation


Lehigh Valley

Allentown Morning Call: Pa. House candidate quit race partly because of woman’s allegations, which he denies
Allentown Morning Call: Pennsylvania attorney general to challenge court order halting priest sex abuse grand jury report
Allentown Morning Call: Because of new Pa. fireworks law, hand surgeons, first responders bracing for Fourth of July
Allentown Morning Call: Family separation at the border sparks #FamiliesBelongTogether rally in Bethlehem
Allentown Morning Call: Ed Pawlowski co-defendant Scott Allinson sentenced to more than two years in prison sentence
WFMZ: Candidate for 9th district stumps in Oley


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Diversity is Erie’s strength, mayor tells Pridefest crowd
Erie Times-News: Erie company’s plans to build natural gas pipeline receives federal approval
WJET: Myron Jones, Founder of JET 24 Action News, dies at 92
WJET: More on legalizing sports gambling in Pennsylvania
Centre Daily Times: Why do central Pennsylvanians care about immigration reform? Ralliers made their voices loud and clear
Centre Daily Times: Why several Penn State trustees request 3 actions to counter the Freeh report
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmaker supports farm bill legislation



Inquirer Editorial: We are heartbroken, for Annapolis and the state of American journalism
John Baer: Sharif Street is on a mission for criminal justice reform
John Baer: Two Pa. House and Senate leaders (sorta) defend our lackluster legislature
Will Bunch: Borked!! GOP’s long game finally bringing nightmare of Robert Bork’s America to Supreme Court
Will Bunch: In lieu of flowers for Annapolis, please subscribe to your local news org
Trudy Rubin: After Maryland shooting, Trump must quit embracing autocrats who squash the press
Jim Kenney and William Hite: Local control of schools is finally here, and the real work is just beginning
JD Mullane: We know them. A mass shooting hits home
BCCT Editorial: Message to lawmakers, get back to work
Delco Times Editorial: Overreach by Pa. Supreme court hurts grand jury process
Christine Flowers: Our race to the bottom in order to win
Sun-Gazette Op-Ed: Hey Alexa, tell Gov. Wolf state is bigger than Pittsburgh and Philadelphia
Erie Times-News Editorial: Our view: Erie region needs stronger economic push
Post-Gazette Editorial: Taking a slice: Pirates seek sports-betting cut. Will play improve?
Post-Gazette Editorial: A plea to both sides: Avoid the extremes in Supreme Court nomination
Post-Gazette Editorial: An equal right: Two cases put ‘compelled speech’ in its place
Tribune-Review Editorial: Clean Slate Bill opens the door for many Pennsylvanians
Tribune-Review Editorial: Financial pressure in school districts lead to tax hikes, staff cuts
Easton Express-Times Editorial: In November, remember Pa. Legislature’s sabotage in June
Emil Giordano: Pa. should require certification of appointed guardians
Reading Eagle Editorial: Violence, threats won’t stop the press
LNP Editorial: Not surprising, but still disappointing: Hopes for reform in the state House dashed yet again
John Micek: Maryland shooting a reminder of the bond between communities, local papers
PennLive Editorial: From across Pennsylvania, solutions to the opioid epidemic
York Dispatch Editorial: Pa. GOP doesn’t want level playing field
Pocono Record Editorial: Tragedy brings us together again
Standard-Speaker Editorial: Harley shows folly of tariffs
Citizens Voice Editorial: Lawmakers complain, but don’t act

2 Responses

  1. The problem with the Republican playbook is that it is rehashing the “GOP Greatest Hits” at a time when that strategy is counter intuitive. In other words, it won’t work because Trump’s antics are drawing the air out of the room and drowning out the “as usual” typical GOP strategies. Come on, this is obvious and one does not have to be a pundit to see that the same old stuff ain’t gonna work these days. The thing is Scarnati had a chance along with Turzai to set Harrisburg and Pa on it’s ear by being reformers and showing a selflessness by pushing redistricting reform without that smoke and mirrors redistricting for Supreme Court and other judges. As usual, the public takes it on the chin and Republican leadership missed an opportunity to make the Fall 2018 races for Gov & Senate interesting. As a result, the best possible result if every thing goes Scott Wagner’s way is–Tom Wolf over Scott Wagner by 10% and Casey of Barletta by 12%.

  2. PA Supreme Court needs to release the grand jury report on the Catholic Church’s coverup of pedophilia

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