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July 31st Playbook

The Pennsylvania GOP appoints a new treasurer, while former Congressman Patrick Murphy endorses South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President. Here is the Playbook.

PAGOP Appoints Mike Baker As Treasurer: The former Southwest PAGOP Caucus Chair will fill the role recently held by D. Raja, who was elected to the position in 2017.

Liberal Group Dings Fitzpatrick, Perry over Chao: The television ads running in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg markets pressure both GOP Congressmen serving on the House Transportation Committee to investigate Sec. Elaine Chao.

Murphy Endorses Buttigieg for President: The former Bucks County Congressman and under secretary of the U.S. Army pointed to Buttigieg’s military service plus his vision of offering a new generation of leadership as the reason he is supporting his bid for the White House.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pence heads to Pennsylvania again to tout trade pact
AP: Ex-Attorney General Kane set for release from jail Wednesday
AP: At town hall, Perry jousts over Trump, immigration and guns
PA Post: GOP in Pa. swing county posts, then deletes, ‘Jihad Squad’ image
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ahead of debates, Wolf, four other Guvs urge 2020 Dems to prioritize the Great Lakes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A new state grant program will help poor defendants in capital punishment cases. Why aren’t reformers satisfied?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Sentencing algorithms like the one under development in Pa. are “deeply flawed,” researchers say
Inquirer: Former AG Kathleen Kane to go free Wednesday
PLSReporter: Wolf, Midwest governors seek increased attention on Great Lakes environmental quality
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Helm calls for equal custody rights for parents
PLSReporter: Citizens join legislators for medical marijuana open house
WESA: Corrections Secretary Cautions Against ‘Knee Jerk’ Reaction After Parolee Murders
StateImpactPA: Delaware County pipeline foe thought he’d get PUC information on Mariner East risk. But now he’ll have to fight for it in court
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers reach deal for $3 billion to repair ailing bridges  
Post-Gazette: Disconnected: Rural Pa. disadvantaged by slow internet speeds, spotty access

Inquirer: Philadelphia officials, including Mayor Kenney, visit supervised injection sites in Canada
Inquirer: Pa. bill would protect mom-and-pop subcontractors from construction errors they didn’t cause
Inquirer: ‘We failed.’ Philly DA’s Office apologizes to man imprisoned 28 years for a wrongful murder conviction
KYW Newsradio: Philly first-time homebuyer program helps more than 100 families in first month
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Watch Parties for the Second 2020 Democratic Debates
Philly Voice: ‘Send Her Back’ graffiti scrawled on 12th floor construction beam in Center City

Daily Local News: Former PA Attorney General Kathleen Kane to be released from jail
Daily Local News: Gov. Wolf’s tax proposal could fund trail improvements at French Creek
Daily Local News: Killion, Quinn to host Renewable Energy Expo
Philly Voice: Out of ICE shackles, Keith Byrne still feels like a prisoner
Bucks County Courier Times: Penndel’s Bob Winkler wins ‘Mayor of Year’ award

KDKA: Gov. Wolf: Amazon To Build Facility In Findlay Twp., Bring 800 Jobs To Allegheny Co.
KDKA: Port Authority Will Not Cooperate With ICE Officials 
KDKA: All ‘Victims Of Terror’ Funds Distributed In Tree Of Life Massacre 
City Paper: New Allegheny County GOP chair’s past tweets show support for voter fraud conspiracy theories  
AP: Amazon center to bring 800-plus jobs to Pittsburgh area
Pittsburgh Business Times: Crowded public hearing addresses U.S. Steel settlement agreement
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh is seeking input on future transportation needs
Pittsburgh Business Times: Amazon to build distribution facility in Findlay Township, create 800 jobs 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County launches landslide portal with maps and other guidance for municipalities 
Post-Gazette: Attorney general drops charge against suspended Aliquippa assistant police chief 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County releases interactive map locating landslides

Post-Gazette: After complaints, Fayette County GOP takes down dartboard pasted with pictures of Democratic ‘Squad’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns asks Shapiro to give Cambria County share of restitution from Big Pharma
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Power booster: $700M plant ‘has really helped the economy here’ 
Beaver County Times: New voting machines arrive in Beaver County 
KDKA: Dartboard With Faces Of Four Liberal Congresswomen At Fayette County Republicans Booth Sparks Complaints
Altoona Mirror: Hearing to focus on future of trains

The Times Leader: Guns and suicide risks the focus of roundtable discussion 
The Times Leader: Alleged dog-on-dog attack basis of civil complaint against Gilbert 
The Times Leader: State clearance expected soon for stormwater fee-funded projects 
The Times Leader: Watching debate, local Democrats like what they see
Times-Tribune: Recovery plan details academic improvements, end to ‘social promotion’ in Scranton  
Times-Tribune: Clergy sex abuse victims have until midnight to register for compensation program
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council accepting letters of interest for vacant council seat
Citizens Voice: Brown wants action on Wilkes-Barre City Hall fire escape
Citizens Voice: Carroll: State needs to make changes to transportation funding
Citizens Voice: Pedri: Completed audit, 911 borrowing numbers this week
Citizens Voice: So far, Diocese of Scranton has paid $7 million to 44 sex abuse survivors  
Citizens Voice: Regional unemployment hits 43-year record low

South Central  
Patriot News: VP Mike Pence to return to central Pa. this week
Patriot News: Rep. Scott Perry takes middle ground on question about Trump’s comments: ‘I lament the discourse I hear from both sides’
Patriot News: Unable to get into Rep. Scott Perry’s town hall, group protests outside it
Patriot News: Ticket holders file in ahead of Scott Perry’s first town hall in two years
Patriot News: GOP loses registration majority in Cumberland County: Could the county turn blue?
Patriot News: Taxpayers foot the bill for ‘V-toll’ violations that state-owned vehicles rack up
Patriot News: Proposed sale of Harrisburg water system gets attention at meeting about stormwater fee
Patriot News: Amish upset by Pa. township plan to require buggy registration, horse diapers and rubber horseshoes
York Dispatch:West Manheim Twp. Democrat to challenge Klunk in 2020
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: ‘Peyton’s Law’ aims to prevent sudden deaths of student athletes 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council to discuss food trucks, parking meters at Wednesday meeting
LNP | LancasterOnline: Heather Adams, Republican district attorney candidate, brings experience on both sides of the court
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hobie Crystle, Democratic district attorney candidate, has an eye for alternative justice  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s jobless rate drops in June to 2.9%, a 19-year low

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: ‘Jihad Squad’ meme removed from Northampton County Republican Party Facebook page
Morning Call: New plan for Pennsylvania: School property taxes out. Retirement income taxes in
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf’s tax proposal could fund trail improvements at French Creek State Park, officials say
Reading Eagle: Berks taxpayers may soon have to pay for constables’ firearms training and certification

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2 vie for open council seat
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council sets special meeting for Thursday  
Erie Times-News: Ruling reversed over landslide-damaged Millcreek house  

Inquirer Editorial Board: The mass shooting on Sunday night that you haven’t heard about 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Good for Duquesne: School district challenges charters for kids 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: One way or the other: British voters gave Boris Johnson marching orders 
Fletcher McClellan: For women seeking power in Harrisburg, look to Carson City 
Mike Newall: On top of everything, the PPA is a family business now — and Daddy’s got to go 
John L. Micek: New law makes Pa. a ‘leader’ on getting bang for your tax credit buck, study | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Will Bunch: Russian election-hacking probe proved that it’s way past time to free Reality Winner 
Gene Therapy: Outrage fades, gun violence doesn’t, as ever
Anwar Curtis: How Disney’s ‘Lion King’ remake helped me retrace my own Circle of Life
Chris Kelly: Little fish in an ocean of debt
Angelita Ellison: Gentrification displaced my family from Point Breeze 
Jason McKee: When our wheelchair-access Uber didn’t show up, we were stranded overnight | Perspective
Ismail Smith-Wade-El: Lunch shaming case a true embarrassment

2 Responses

  1. The only reason that Perry had his Townhall meeting is because he already feels AG DePasquale breathing down his neck …

  2. I hope Scott Perry doesn’t run again. Last night’s performance was utterly embarrassing. He represents the Tea Party in a purple district, and refuses to do anything but reiterate Fox News talking points.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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