July 30th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf says that 200,000 Pennsylvanians could be stripped of food stamp benefits due to a move from the Trump administration. Sen. Cory Booker plans to make a campaign appearance in Philly. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Judi Reiss Announces Bid for PA1: The Bucks County Prothonotary and Democratic hopeful said in her announcement video that Washington D.C. is broken and believes her experience is needed in Congress.

Christina Finello Announces Bid for PA1: The Ivyland Borough Councilwoman and Bucks County Deputy Director of Housing and Human Services highlighted healthcare reform in her announcement, while accusing Fitzpatrick of standing up for Wall Street banks, not his constituents.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: 200K jeopardized by Trump’s food stamps move, governor warns 
Inquirer: Cory Booker to hold Philadelphia event Aug. 7
Inquirer: Here are some of the latest steps states are taking to deal with PFAS water contamination
Inquirer: Fantasy sports giant enters Pennsylvania betting market
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Indivisisble groups plan picket for Pa. Rep. Scott Perry’s Tuesday town hall
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Philly Dem floats plan for minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers
PLSReporter: Wolf criticizes Trump Administration’s new food stamp rule 
PLSReporter: House Liquor Control Committee considers license transfers
Beaver County Times: Bill from U.S. Sens. Toomey, Feinstein would abolish ethanol mandate
WESA: This Pa. school suspended fewer students by using a restorative model
WHYY Newsworks: At Delco refinery, Toomey pushes to reverse ethanol mandate
WHYY Newsworks: The Pa. loophole a Penn prof and confessed killer almost slipped through
KYW Newsradio: Toomey, EPA target policy that requires renewable energy to replace oil-based fuel
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Turnpike using technology to clear accident scenes quicker
StateImpactPA: Navy site in Mechanicsburg to host PFAS open house

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly seeks money for 2020 Census after Pa. legislators reject funding request
Inquirer: Cory Booker to hold Philadelphia event Aug. 7 
Inquirer: ‘One small victory’: A community gathers after firings of Philadelphia police officers for offensive Facebook posts  
Inquirer: High schoolers get paid to learn solar in Philly. It’s about to become a program of study. 
Inquirer: Read The Inquirer’s PFAS water contamination coverage 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly police will sign a new city contract in 2020. These activists want a seat at the negotiating table. 
PlanPhilly: City Hall is uniting around a lead poisoning law hated by landlords
Billy Penn: Fentanyl cleanups can cost up to $50,000, thanks to urban legend
KYW Newsradio: Community members want more done following PPD Facebook investigation   
KYW Newsradio: Philly turning to tiny houses as affordable option for homeless people   
KYW Newsradio: ‘Fear was the last thing I felt’ — Philadelphia poet laureate on Puerto Rico protests   
KYW Newsradio: Buy a failing hospital and profit: After Hahnemann, this could be a dangerous new playbook for rich investors      
KYW Newsradio: State DHS secretary: USDA’s cuts to food stamps would punish working families

 

SEPA 
WHYY Newsworks: At Delco refinery, Toomey pushes to reverse ethanol mandate
Daily Local News: Local lawmaker introduces legislation to create Pipeline Early Detection and Warning board 
Daily Local News: Montco tourism board makes website ADA compliant 
Bucks Local News: Bucks GOP state lawmakers announce endorsement of Loughery-DiGirolamo for county commissioner
Inquirer: Trump administration official visits Delaware County refinery to hear gripes about ethanol
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick joins Trump as president signs 9/11 victims’ fund extension 
Bucks County Courier Times: Santarsiero opening satellite office in Tullytown 

 

Pittsburgh  
WESA: Downtown Pittsburgh Matches ‘The Condition Of Our Society,’ Peduto Says 
WESA: Lawmakers To Again Consider Landslide Insurance Bill
Post-Gazette: With an eye toward 2070, Pittsburgh wants your ideas about its future transportation needs
Post-Gazette: City fears cable access channel funding loss if FCC approves new rule Aug. 1
Post-Gazette: Transgender former inmates and advocates call for change at heated jail oversight board meeting
Post-Gazette: Down to zero: Small payments in canceled assistance program made big impact in recipients’ lives
Post-Gazette: Carnegie Museum will use $1.3M grant for climate change education in rural Western Pa. 
KDKA: New Bills Aims To Keep Grass Clippings Off Roads
KDKA: Penn Hills Officials, Gas Company At Odds After Massive Gas Line-Fueled Blaze At Shopping Plaza
KDKA: County Health Department Schedules Public Hearing On US Steel Settlement
KDKA: DOMI Launches 2070 Transportation Vision Plan
Tribune Review: Local officials sifting through meaning of Mylan/Pfizer merger 
PLSReporter: PWSA reports lower lead levels thanks to chemical additive
City Paper: Pittsburgh officials launch a 50-year transit vision plan 

 

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Senate bill would make depositing grass clippings on road illegal  
Beaver County Times: Sheriff candidate Kress says he’s ‘not involved anymore’ with properties on upset sale list for unpaid taxes 
Beaver County Times: Betters’ attorneys: County delayed reassessment, should pay
Beaver County Times: Twenty-six dead from drug overdoses in Beaver County in 2019 
Post-Gazette: With nowhere to go, families live with drilling in face of health consequences 
Tribune Review: Murrysville fracking well hearing focuses on truck traffic

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: NEPA counties have higher rate of late absentee ballots than state average
Times-Tribune: Scranton school recovery plan calls for greater transparency, end of confidentiality agreements by Sept.1
Times-Tribune: Investigators targeted DeNaples bus deal with Scranton School District
Citizens Voice: Rick Morelli wants to fill county council vacancy 
Citizens Voice: Hanover Twp. police chief talks new post 

 

South Central  
York Daily Record: Scott Perry is holding his first town hall in 2.5 years — but it’s already sold out
York Dispatch: 10th District residents plan to protest restrictions on Perry’s town hall 
Patriot News: Corrections officers want a state review of the parole system, but lawmakers aren’t sure 
Patriot News: Pa. Catholic bishops urge Trump to care for ‘least fortunate brothers and sisters’; ask him to expand refugee program 
Patriot News: Pa.’s four-year-long partnership to fix 558 bridges approaches its conclusion
Carlisle Sentinel: More than 1,600 temporary Census jobs available in Cumberland County

 

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Exelon, NRA and American Sugar Cane League among donators to Berks-area congressional campaigns
Reading Eagle: Sen. Bob Casey tells Berks roundtable Republicans must have viable replacement for Obamacare
Morning Call: Easton plants city’s first ‘educational forest’ in Lower Hackett Park

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: 5 governors push presidential hopefuls to aid Great Lakes
Patriot News: Two judges rule against Pa. constables accusing sheriff of political retaliation, defamation

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Auto talks rev up: The negotiations are likely to be messy 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Start the healing: Pitt, UPMC receive grant to treat sickle cell disease 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Dimming the light on civilian complaints against police 
William Zumeta: Washington State is betting big on free college. What lessons can Pa. advocates learn?
John L. Micek: With D.C. in park, how Pa., states are driving the infrastructure debate on their own | Monday Morning Coffee
Robert Field: Medicare for All wouldn’t be Medicare if it eliminated private insurance 
Dick Polman: Mueller’s testimony: An impeachment accelerant? Or an anticlimax? 
Cindy Leung and Julia A. Wolfson: Why restricting SNAP benefits will hit home for so many communities
Tony Norman: Pittverse — a magazine that gives a platform to writers who are sometimes marginalized 
Lynsey Daniels: A medical resident’s eulogy for Hahnemann Hospital
Brian O’Neill: The cost of renting a public park
Janet Golden, PhD: Happy Birthday to Medicare and Medicaid

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