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July 6th Playbook

The abbreviated week comes to an end, and so does the anti-ICE protest camp in Philly. Plus, a look at the state of gun reform bills in Harrisburg.


Politically Uncorrected: A Pennsylvania Paradox: America has endured 154 mass shootings so far this year – from Parkland Florida to Annapolis Maryland. Despite this national carnage nothing so far has moved the Pennsylvania state legislature to pass even the most innocuous gun control legislation. Why?


Harrisburg & DC

Inquirer and Post-Gazette: Current and former clergy members behind push to block report on clergy sex abuse
Capitolwire: PA Lottery moves away from deficit threat.
Capitolwire: Anti-abuse bill signed by Gov. Wolf.



Inquirer: Clout: PA was first, NY second in DSA-inspired uprisings; Bob Brady’s next job: Casino consultant? and Leach on Wolf: Not ‘a profile in courage’
Inquirer: Philly police and Mayor Kenney on Occupy ICE raid: Protesters were repeatedly warned
Inquirer: Did Philly police just bike-doze Mayor Kenney’s relationship with progressives?
Inquirer: Inside the Philadelphia Occupy ICE camp that police raided Thursday
Inquirer: Protesters demand Philadelphia stop sharing arrest info with ICE
Philadelphia Business Journal: New federal tax law: What small-business owners need to know
KYW: Philly officials fear late addition to state budget could harm health of low-income teens
Billy Penn: Gov. Wolf opens door to special session for redistricting reform
Billy Penn: Stay informed: A complete guide to Philly’s contested state races in the 2018 election



Daily Local News: Health Department offers worksite wellness assistance for area businesses
Daily Times News: Mariner East 2 pipeline may take alternate route



WESA: A Year Ago Peduto Challenged Trump On Climate Change. What’s Happened Since?
WTAE: Court hearing reveals new details in effort to keep Pittsburgh Amazon HQ2 bid secret
KDKA: State Of Emergency Declared In Aspinwall
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh law firm adds 14th office
Pittsburgh Business Times: Medical marijuana dispensary to open in Uniontown
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: New PA Human Relations Commission leader says he’s up to tackling discrimination and improving agency
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: North Allegheny passes $166M budget that hikes taxes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Gateway school board approves budget with half-mill tax increase



Altoona Mirror: Blair Democratic Committee looking for sergeant-at-arms
Altoona Mirror: Planners endorse regional effort
Beaver County Times: County officials pleased with success of drug diversion program



Pocono Record: Pennsylvania Turnpike fares to rise another 6 percent in 2019
Standard Speaker: City to move forward on project slate
The News-Item: 19-year-old elected chairman of Northumberland County Republican Party
The Times-Tribune: All Lackawanna County school districts to hike taxes
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s financial distress not a surprise, analyst says


South Central

Lancaster Online: Budget surplus results in $68 check for thousands in town
The Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Increasing the penalties for fleeing from a crime
PennLive: Refunds begin for Pa. utilities; PPL customers will receive larger refunds than expected
PennLive: ‘Blue Guardians’ make follow-up house calls on OD victims
PennLive: Highspire is gouging us for sewage treatment, Lower Swatara claims in $500K lawsuit
PennLive: County aims to keep families together as parents recover from addiction


Lehigh Valley

WFMZ: State budget allocates $60 million to school safety
WFMZ: Bern Twp. moves forward with behavioral health center plans
The Morning Call: Immigrant family detention center puts Berks County in eye of political storm
The Morning Call: Scott Wagner cast himself as Trump-like in his run for Pa. governor. Some Philly-area GOP donors aren’t feeling it
The Morning Call: Wake-up Call: priestly child sex abuse, war party and plans, water tax idea and more
Reading Eagle: Wolf, Casey demand details on immigrants held in Pennsylvania


North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Litterers will be sentenced to pick up trash



Inquirer Editorial: Courts should get on with Philly Rep. Vanessa Brown’s bribery case
Post-Gazette Editorial: Alcosan’s frontman: A retired judge gets cushy-looking post for what?
Sun-Gazette Editorial: Energy official makes the case for Trump energy policies
Bill White: Pennsylvania gerrymandering fight not conceded yet
Lancaster Online Letter: $15 million is insignificant?
Lancaster Online Letter: Upset at Martin’s vote for ‘poison pill’
York Dispatch Editorial: Pa. needs answers on immigrant children
Post-Gazette Editorial: The nondisclosure gang: The Amazon bid keeps bringing on the secrecy
Will Bunch: Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE
Lehigh Valley Live Ramblings: McClure is Doing What He Said he Would Do
Jon Geeting: Philly Free Streets is so joyful. What if it happened every single week?

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