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July 5th Playbook

A Lancaster County Commissioner mulls a run for Auditor General, while some Democrats are pushing to save General Assistance again. Here is the Playbook. 

Stuckey Floats Auditor General Run: The Lancaster County Commissioner believes his background in accounting and elected office prepare him for the role.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: Pa. GOP: Fetterman’s presiding powers in the Senate can be revoked
WITF: Pa. Democrats launching plan to save General Assistance, again
Inquirer: John Boyd beat homelessness. Katie Muth took his story to Harrisburg and the debate it sparked went viral.
Inquirer: Pa. got $1B more in taxes than expected. Officials say federal tax changes, online sales taxes made that happen.
PA Post: Gov. Tom Wolf says new law ensures teachers can’t carry guns in schools
Patriot News: Pa. Senate shouting match: GOP may be right on rules, but Democrats score public relations points
Patriot News: Pa. Democratic lawmakers want to revive cash assistance for state’s poorest residents
AP: Law eases rules for police on multi-jurisdiction task forces
AP: Medical marijuana grower cited by state over record-keeping
AP: Attorneys General Weigh In On LGBTQ Employment Cases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What Pa.’s green lawmakers and environmentalists think of this year’s budget
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s marketplace change, explained: Why a health insurance proposal easily won bipartisan support
KYW Newsradio: City farmers get big boost from Harrisburg 
City Paper: Sen. Bob Casey calls for investigating Border Patrol following report exposing racist Facebook group
PLSReporter: Wheatley looks to the Attorney General to protect the gun rights of marijuana users
PLSReporter: 5 bills you may have missed during budget season
PLSReporter: VIDEO: So many bill signings, so little time
Inquirer: State funding for Census 2020: N.J, $9 million; Pa. $0
WHYY Newsworks: Inside one of Pennsylvania’s most energy-efficient buildings
Billy Penn: The first Declaration of Independence was printed by a 29-year-old immigrant
Tribune Review: Agriculture, Pennsylvania’s No. 1 industry, supported through new state Farm Bill
Tribune Review: Pennsylvanians not getting Real IDs as fast as officials would like 
StateImpactPA: Inside one of Pennsylvania’s most energy-efficient buildings

KYW Newsradio: Kenney calls census form without citizenship question a civil rights victory 
KYW Newsradio: Independence Day Parade interrupted by protest of border conditions for migrants
KYW Newsradio: State installs temporary manager to oversee final months of operation for Hahnemann
StateImpactPA: Analysts say Philadelphia refinery, shut down after fire, unlikely to find a willing buyer
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney sizes up the 2020 Democratic presidential field 
Inquirer: Damaged Philly refinery gives workers a 6-week extension to prepare ‘for a possible sale or restart’
Inquirer: Cleanup at South Philly refinery must tackle decades of chemicals
Philly Voice: Philly D.A. wipes out fines and fees for impoverished defendants

Daily Local News: Incumbent Republican Hogan drops out of Chesco D.A. race
Daily Local News: Full text of DA Tom Hogan’s statement on not running for a third term
Daily Local News: Shusterman works to get relief to those hurt by elimination of General Assistance
Daily Local News: 150 rally at Houlahan’s office urging action on detention camps
Daily Local News: Public meeting on pipeline to focus on safety issues  
Daily Local News: Chesco DA Hogan touts zero homicide rate in 2019
Inquirer: Chester County DA Hogan withdraws reelection bid
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. Rep. Dean recounts ‘chilling’ and ‘inhumane’ conditions at Texas, Fla. detention centers
Delco Daily Times: Philadelphia refinery delays layoffs by six weeks
Delco Daily Times: Collingdale honors Mayor Frank Kelly at July 4 celebrations

WESA: Hallam Calls For Party Reforms After Committeeman Caught On Video In Altercation With Teen
City Paper: State Sens. Iovino and Williams want financial assistance back for the poorest Pennsylvanians
City Paper: City of Asylum executive director resigns less than four months after being appointed
City Paper: Do Fourth of July fireworks pollute Pittsburgh air? 
KDKA: All City Police Officers To Wear Body Cams By End Of Year, Report Says  
KDKA: Protesters Join Canonsburg Parade After Reaching Agreement With Officials
Post-Gazette: More oversight needed for addiction recovery houses, Controller Chelsa Wagner says
Post-Gazette: Peduto’s LGBTQ council claims lack of support
Post-Gazette: New Allegheny County Bar Association president hopes to increase diversity in Pittsburgh law 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Joyce hopes to bring medical students ‘home’ for rotations
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates jump in Washington, Greene counties
Observer-Reporter: Canonsburg rolls out the red, white and blue
Altoona Mirror: Dairy veto irks Ward, Gregory
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone council candidate replaced
Beaver County Times: Beemac Trucking gets state loan to build maintenance, repair facility

Citizens Voice: Cooperation with IRS part of Courtright’s plea deal
The Times Leader: Straight-party voting popular in Luzerne County 
The Times Leader: NEPA Moves new initiative drives workforce transportation solutions
Times-Tribune: Scranton must spend $127,000 in unused 2014 federal funds
Times-Tribune: City council, voters or judge could decide Scranton’s next permament mayor
Times-Tribune: Scranton councilman calls for resignation of any city employee involved in corruption schemes
Times-Tribune: Courtright’s attorney: ‘He’s made some mistakes’

South Central  
Patriot News: Scathing state audit of Harrisburg School District reveals more than $5 million in questionable costs
Patriot News: While Gov. Tom Wolf seeks to raise minimum wage, Pa.’s neighbors are doing it
Patriot News: New Pa. law spells out who can carry a gun in schools, and teachers are not on the list
Patriot News: No more snow days? Central Pa. teachers warmly accept the flexible time 
Patriot News: Harrisburg school district audit findings ‘a clear indictment’ of ousted administration: receiver
Patriot News: ‘Not surprised’: Harrisburg school officials expected findings in scathing audit report
LNP | LancasterOnline: School property taxes are increasing (almost) everywhere in Lancaster County [graphic]
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Grass clippings on roads could mean fines, community service 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County could borrow funds to speed up bridges plan
WESA: Lancaster Can Now Opt Out Of Gambling Terminals 

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Lehigh County DA gets $1.1 million grant to grow gang intelligence app
Morning Call: Does South Bethlehem need another parking garage? Mayor and parking authority think so, but others fear risk to taxpayers
Morning Call: Donald Trump Jr. and Trump advisers weigh in on who should be the next chairman of Pennsylvania’s Republican Party
Morning Call: Congresswoman Susan Wild touts bipartisanship, avoids impeachment talk at town hall

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council signs off on $180,000 consulting deal
Erie Times-News: Did private meeting on Erie community college violate Sunshine law? 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Broadband issues topic of meeting

Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa., N.J. governors spin budget ‘wins’ 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Celebrate Independence … but don’t forget the park where it was born 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lower the boom: CBP officers’ posts deserve stiff punishment 
John L. Micek: House GOP boss Cutler, on first six months, ‘We got north of 50 bills’ to Gov. Wolf | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Eric Rosso: A year after ‘Janus,’ the Pa. labor movement is as strong as ever
Will Bunch: Could Medicare for All save Hahnemann and its more than 2,500 jobs? 
Frank A. DeFillipo: On July 4, I’ll be tuning out the Trump cacophony 
John L. Micek: Happy July 4: New Penn State study finds U.S. divided on what it means to be patriotic | Thursday Morning Coffee
Christine Flowers: Nike’s Betsy Ross debacle scores one for political correctness this July 4th 
Tony Norman: Do you know where your democracy is?
Jennifer Ladino: How visiting a national park could change the way you think about patriotism
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump’s tanks for July 4th
David Mekeel: Your newspaper will keep telling Berks County’s story
Joseph N. DiStefano: Joe Biden’s politics can be explained by Delaware’s shadowy past
Nick Fiorellini: How Philly should lead on transgender health care 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: July 4th flags
Carmina Hachenburg: Trump and Kim meet in Korea: Reactions from cartoonists 
Josh Kruge: Hey, grownups, we can and should wear backpacks 
Trudy Rubin: Tanks on the National Mall: What would George Washington think of Trump’s July 4? 
Dan Simpson: On the fast-track to becoming a footnote

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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