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July 3rd Playbook

Pittsburgh gets a contested primary, Wagner’s SEPA fundraising goes under the microscope, and the race in PA1 heats up. Here’s the Playbook.

Public Defender Launches Challenge to Allegheny DA: Following weeks of protest over the shooting of an unarmed black teen, and amid a national focus by progressive activists on prosecutor elections, Churchill attorney Turahn Jenkins confirmed Monday he will challenge incumbent DA Stephen Zappala.

How much SEPA money is the right amount for a statewide Republican? The Inky crunched the numbers on rumors that Bob Asher is not entirely on board with Scott Wagner.

Harrisburg & DC

CBS NEWS: Sen. Pat Toomey says Trump trade policies have potential to cause harm in Pennsylvania
PennLive: Supreme Court ruling means bigger paychecks for some public sector employees
The PLS Reporter: Redistricting special session calls escalate even if challenges are many
Capitolwire: Lawmakers score wins with several ‘local issue’ bills.
AP: Court seeks input on secrecy of sex abuse grand jury report


Inquirer: After Philly crash, railroads got more time to install a key safety system. Three years later, some still lag behind
WHYY: Attack ads underway in Bucks congressional race
Inquirer: Scott Wagner cast himself as Trump-like in his run for Pa. governor. Some Philly-area GOP donors aren’t feeling it
Inquirer: Lou Barletta’s newest ally against Bob Casey is Nigel Farage, a.k.a ‘Mr. Brexit’
Billy Penn: A bill to kill the soda tax could divide Philly’s state lawmakers
KYW: Shapiro appeals Court block of Catholic Church sex abuse report
Philadelphia Business Journal: Gov. Wolf’s tax talk changes as he seeks 2nd term
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers laud new school safety measures signed into law
Daily Local News: Wolf signs Killion’s mental health provider bill
The Mercury: New Pa. fireworks law ignites sales, adds safety concerns


Post-Gazette: Peoples Gas unveils plans for water utility and treatment plant
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania American eyes PWSA for acquisition, pitches consolidation
Post-Gazette: State, city join North Side efforts to change Norfolk Southern plans to raise bridges
Post-Gazette: Lawyer who has worked for Allegheny County DA and public defender to challenge Zappala
WESA: Pitt, Bar Owner Sued In Incident Involving Officer Who Shot Antwon Rose
WESA: Gov. Wolf Calls For Drastic School Funding Shake-Up In Surprise Announcement
Post-Gazette: New unit keeps mothers, opioid-affected babies together
KDKA: Sen. Collins Opposes A Nominee Who Would Overturn Abortion Ruling


Times Online: Matzie bill could require coal plants to remediate land before closure
Tribune-Democrat: AG pushes for release of church sex abuse grand jury report
Observer-Reporter:  Red Cross to open resource center for South Hills flood victims


Times Leader: Bambera among delegation visiting U.S.-Mexico border crossing
Times Leader: Luzerne County planning/zoning director out
Times Leader: PA Lottery introduces PA iLottery interactive online games

South Central

PennLive: Did Attorney General Shapiro petition high court to lift ban on release of grand jury report? We don’t know: it’s a secret process
PennLive: Scott Wagner: Wolf, Fetterman flip-flopped on tax hikes, fracking
LNP: Bipartisan bill seeks to introduce a legal definition of bullying, making it a misdemeanor offense, in Pa.

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Nothstein admitted into final phase of GOP ‘Young Guns’ program
Express-Times: New Pa. law gives parents final word in substance abuse treatment
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania lawmakers tour Berks County Residential Center
Reading Eagle: Federal government backs Pennsylvania’s switch of drug abuse assessment tool

North by Northwest

Sun-Gazette: Spanning waterways, bridges ease travel but still fall victim to high water


Dr. Rachel Levine: Fighting the opioid crisis is a marathon, not a sprint
Jon Geeting: The argument for turning the PA Legislature into a unicameral body
The Federalist: 3 Things To Learn From Pat Toomey About Effectively Opposing Trump’s Bad Policy Ideas
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending June 29
Times-Tribune Editorial: Increase state base wage
Post-Gazette Editorial: New blood or old mistake? Democratic candidates from the left on the rise
Inquirer Editorial: It’s time for Pa. to take a definitive stand on the death penalty
Times-News Editorial: Our view: Experts, residents tapped to shape new Erie
Ben Weathers: Recalling the lives lost in my former newsroom
Reading Eagle Editorial: Crisis at border demands better plan
Times Leader Editorial: WB Area’s last chance for a referendum
Colin McNickle: It’s time for Pa. to repeal its prevailing wage law
Rep. Greg Rothman: Pa. farmers need a fair shake in Cuba

One Response

  1. With all the large sums raised and spent in the Republican Primary it would seem that being 19 points down versus Gov Wolf is not a good sign for Scott Wagner. On top of that Wagner embracing Trump would not be appealing to independent voters nor voters in the suburban areas. These Wagner poll numbers have remained constant and this has to be worrisome for his supporters.

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