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July 5th Playbook

Welcome back to the work week, politicos. Sorry for the delay this morning – we got caught up in some storm-related power outages around Pittsburgh. In a pre-holiday surprise, State Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny) announced he won’t seek a fourth term. His North Hills seat is a reach for Dems (went for Trump by 7 points), but could be in play.

Rep. English Makes Surprise Retirement Announcement: The North Hills State Rep. will not seek a fourth term. A TBD replacement will face Dem Betsy Monroe in the fall.

Two national columnists took a look at the women driving progressive activism in PA. Michelle Goldberg profiles some of the women mobilized by Trump’s presidency for NYT. Salena Zito characterizes the rise of Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee and the DSA as the cycle of “rebellion, realignment, and repudiation of the status quo,” that follows an election loss.

And could Lt. Gov. Stack become City Councilman Stack? City & State takes a look and the outgoing pol isn’t ruling it out.

Harrisburg & DC

Inquirer/Post-Gazette: With Pa. House, Senate gone, big issues remain unresolved
WITF: Child abuse bill attracts attacks amid legislative uncertainty
WITF: DA Association squares off against death penalty opponents
City & State PA: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack already eying his comeback
Billy Penn: Labor unions funnel lots of cash to PA Dems. Will the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling change that?
AP: Casey, Wolf press feds for details on immigrant children
AP: Pennsylvania Turnpike approves 6% fare hike starting January 2019

Inquirer: Police clash with protesters outside Philly ICE office, arresting 29
Dave Davies: A socialist wave in Pennsylvania?
KYW: No federal funding to dredge the Schuylkill River

Daily Local: Pa. American Water reduces customer bills, passing on savings from tax reform
Daily Local: Local lawmakers laud new school safety measures signed into law

Post-Gazette: New PA Human Relations Commission leader says he’s up to tackling discrimination and improving agency
Post-Gazette: A year away, end of UPMC-Highmark agreement has lost its sting
Post-Gazette: Peoples Gas unveils plans for water utility and treatment plant
Post-Gazette: Incumbent Republican state representative drops out of election in surprise announcement
Post-Gazette: Armed with a 2007 press release, Lou Barletta attacks Bob Casey’s view of Supreme Court candidate
Post-Gazette: O’Hara residents seem open to Peoples Gas water plant
WESA: Pittsburgh Judge ‘Very Much In The Mix’ For Supreme Court Nomination
WESA: In A Surprise Move, State Rep. Hal English Withdraws From Re-Election Bid
WESA: Legislation Introduced To Make Police Training More Uniform Across Pennsylvania
Tribune-Review: Republican State Rep. Hal English won’t seek re-election
Beaver County Times: Fair Districts PA asks Gov. Tom Wolf to call special session on redistricting bill
Altoona Mirror: County works to end stigma of addiction
Observer-Reporter: State representative sponsors concealed-carry seminar

The Citizens Voice: Dispensary hosts medical marijuana information session
Pocono Record: Schmalzle named Pike Co. commissioner
Pocono Record: Pike, Pocono partner with Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber
South Central

Lancaster Online: New confusion arises over collection of Manheim Township school taxes
PennLive: Casey, Wolf press feds for details on immigrant children in Pennsylvania
PennLive: Water main break floods downtown Philadelphia streets
PennLive: With Supreme Court on the line, Casey’s abortion record draws scrutiny
The Sentinel: Cumberland Valley School District seeks protection from compensation claims regarding McCormick farm case
Lehigh Valley

WFMZ- Whistleblower: EPA’s Pruitt kept secret calendar to hide meetings
Reading Eagle: Water rates going down for some in Berks
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association blasts death penalty report
North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Casey talks high court, tariffs and immigration in Erie

Inquirer Editorial: What’s the holdup? Pa. needs to move all voting to mail-in ballots now
Rob Rogers for The Nib: I Was Fired For Criticizing Trump
Sun-Gazette Letters: Mayor Campana
The LNP Editorial Board: Use of stun gun by Lancaster city police officer understandably generates questions about use of force
PennLive Editorial: Pa. needs to return to an appointed attorney general. Here’s why
Times-Leader Editorial: Our view: Pa. should stop iLottery games, work with casinos on compromise
Chris Freind: No independence from growing intolerance
Citizen’s Voice Editorial: Gov. Wolf’s minimum wage order appropriate
Citizen’s Voice Editorial: Toomey right on trade bill
Tribune-Democrat: Letter:Tariffs would increase prices of cars
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Progress is possible in the fight against opioids
John Baer: Take a moment, America
Ronnie Polaneczky: Finding my own patriotism in the turmoil of America in 2018
BCCT Editorial: On this Fourth of July, we must remember that none of our fellow Americans is an enemy
Post-Gazette Editorial: The pursuit of happiness: The Founders’ intent: virtue and distinction
Tribune-Review Editorial: The pursuit of justice

  • 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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