July 8th Playbook
Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes an election bill that would have increased funding for voting machine upgrades, but ended straight-party voting. Here is the Playbook.
July 5th Ups & Downs: The Mayor of Scranton resigns from office after entering a plea agreement on three federal charges, a state Senator in the Philly suburbs goes viral, while Gov. Tom Wolf signs legislation that change what a snow day is in the state. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.
Harrisburg & DC
AP: Voting machines bill vetoed in fight over election changes
AP: Pennsylvania sets aside security dollars for private schools
AP: Pennsylvania offers aid to link homebound students to class
AP: Coke plant to keep operating pending ruling on appeal
Inquirer: John Boyd beat homelessness. Katie Muth took his story to Harrisburg and the debate it sparked went viral.
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf to veto controversial election bill, leaving Pa. without money for new voting machines
Inquirer: The system is ‘corrupt,’ ‘rigged,’ not ‘for working people’: Why 2020 Democrats sometimes sound a bit like Trump
Inquirer: Does new Pa. law ban arming teachers? Depends on whom you ask.
WITF: Wolf vetoes voting machine funding bill, leaves counties in limbo
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that tied voting machine funding to end of straight-ticket ballots
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With Supreme Court ruling, the fight over gerrymandering reform moves to the states
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. revenue for last fiscal year nearly $1 billion over projections
StateImpactPA: PES refinery workers face difficult choices as layoffs loom
KYW Newsradio: Study: Pennsylvanians, on average, have highest student loan debt in US
KDKA: Pa. Offers Aid To Link Home-Bound Students To Class
Inquirer: Kenney admin’s new policy: Don’t text city business; don’t use personal devices
Inquirer: ‘Close the camps!’: Philly protesters back on the streets for 3rd time in a week
Inquirer: For Jewell Williams, son’s shooting ‘latest tragic example’ of Philly’s gun violence epidemic
Inquirer: In Philly, your house being ripped off isn’t always enough to get help from police and the DA
Inquirer: Sheriff’s son critically hurt in North Philly double shooting, 2nd man dead
Inquirer: Contamination from Philadelphia refinery that exploded could pollute New Jersey groundwater. Here’s how.
Inquirer: A police commander in West Philly wants to change how cops interact with residents.
Inquirer: Trump’s Revolutionary War airports gaffe spurs Philly-related jokes. He blames the teleprompter.
Philadelphia Magazine: Modular Construction Could Be the Key to More Affordable Housing in Philly
Philadelphia Magazine: Racial Discrimination Is the Legacy South Philly Can’t Seem to Outgrow
Philadelphia Tribune: Some fines, court costs to the poor going away
KYW Newsradio: After 11 years, Philly’s budget director leaving for big new adventure across the pond
KYW Newsradio: Retired admiral settling in as first female director of VA Medical Center in Philly
Bucks County Courier Times: Voting machines bill vetoed in fight over election changes
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf signs Murt bill outlawing ‘ghastly practice’
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers weigh in on state’s proposed $34.1 billion budget
Daily Local News: June Swoon: Summer of distraction, shifting voter registration rattle Chesco GOP
Daily Local News: Rep. Sappey’s trauma-informed education signed into law
Daily Local News: Zoning proposal would impact Devon area
Bucks Local News: Governor Wolf vetoes Senate Bill 48 that would have provided counties with funding to purchase new voting machines, but would have eliminated straight-party ballot voting
Bucks Local News: Legislation signed into law by Gov. Wolf gives school districts the option of using ‘cyber snow days’
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough parks officially posted as smoke-, vape- and e-cigarette free zones
Delco Daily Times: Barrar kills bid to pack CWA board
Delco Daily Times: GOP county council candidates call for a Seniors Commission
Delco Daily Times: Collingdale honors Mayor Frank Kelly at July 4 celebrations
Delco Daily Times: Judge puts plug in sale of Chester Water Authority
Delco Daily Times: Radnor says no to more bamboo
Philadelphia Magazine: Should We Be Afraid of the Mariner East Pipeline?
Post-Gazette: County to hold public hearing July 30 on Clairton Coke Works settlement
Post-Gazette: ICA termination ends Pittsburgh financial oversight, difficult relationship
Post-Gazette: City joins brief in support of LGBTQ workplace cases before Supreme Court
Post-Gazette: Residents call for more regulation of Neville Island metal recycling company
Post-Gazette: Borough that disbanded police gets ‘PSP Experience’
Post-Gazette: In 1969, Pittsburgh women wanted fairer want ads — and got them!
KDKA: County Health Department Schedules Public Hearing On US Steel Settlement
KDKA: City Joins Brief Urging Supreme Court To Protect LGBTQ Workers From Discrimination
KDKA: City Officials Looking Into Additional Safety Plans Following Post-Fireworks Shooting
KDKA: Diocese Of Pittsburgh Releases Abuse-Related Expenses, Totaling In The Millions
City Paper: City of Pittsburgh added to Supreme Court brief in support of LGBTQ rights
Beaver County Times: Sen. Elder Vogel Jr.’s farming bill signed into law
Beaver County Times: County’s largest police organization endorses Sheriff Tony Guy
Beaver County Times: Rep. Bernstine says scholars program ‘great opportunity’ to talk public policy
Tribune Review: Westmoreland municipalities count on windfall from natural gas impact fee
Altoona Mirror: Pa. aims to close tuition fund gap
Altoona Mirror: Children screened for lead exposure
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf veto costs counties state funding for voting machines
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Williams, Stanton call for city manager’s dismissal
Times-Tribune: Courtright likely influenced by region’s culture of corruption, experts say
Times-Tribune: Scrantonians weigh in on how the city should select its new mayor
Times-Tribune: Addicts make excuses to use ‘one last time.’ Rally organizers say that’s a deadly compromise
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Controller’s Office releases audit report on Forty Fort airport
The Times Leader: New legislation establishing Pennsylvania Farm Bill becomes law
Citizens Voice: County council members balk at borrowing for new voting machines
Citizens Voice: County cyber attack: Database still down, but costs covered
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. cities can’t stay afloat without raising taxes. Two state Senate committees are coming to Lancaster to talk about it.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Council gears up for fire station funding, guarantee for Lancaster Square garage financing
Patriot News: Harrisburg superintendent thought district was ‘running smoothly,’: 11 findings from state audit
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to help counties pay for required upgrade of voting machines
Patriot News: Fathers’ rights? Sponsor of Pa. custody law bill stresses goal of ‘equal rights’
Reading Eagle: Paul Mango promoted at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Reading Eagle: 2 Berks-area senators’ thoughts on Pennsylvania’s $34 billion budget
Reading Eagle: School taxes going up again for most property owners in Berks
Reading Eagle: Latinos now make up 23 percent of the Berks County population, new census numbers show
Reading Eagle: Political Roundup: Emily’s List targeting Pa. in push to elect pro-choice women
Morning Call: Sen. Lisa Boscola: Let’s shake up Pennsylvania elections
Morning Call: Expect more noise over Pennsylvania’s fireworks law
Morning Call: Will Pennsylvania Senate fireworks involving John Fetterman simmer down over the summer?
Express Times: Game Commission backs Pennsylvania Sunday-hunting ‘compromise,’ as bill heads to House
North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners head to DC for levee funding
Erie Times-News: Erie’s state delegation backs county, regional college partnership
Erie Times-News: State appeals board grants Erie Coke short reprieve
PennLive Editorial: Pa. Senate shouting match is not how we expect our government to function
Inquirer Editorial Board: In Indiana, Mike Pence responded to HIV too late. The clock is ticking for Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inhumane detention of children at the border is nothing new — and it must end now
Inquirer Editorial Board: Time for Philly to get a better handle on financial controls
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A new tune: After Amazon secrecy, Allegheny Conference urges inclusion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Invading Lake Erie: Senate must approve funds to control grass carp
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Need insulin, will travel: U.S. diabetics go to Canada for lower prices
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bad faith, bad policy: Bethel Park tax cut is insincere and irresponsible
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Diplomacy is better: Trump-Kim dialogue beats the alternatives
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Car business could use a leader like Lee Iacocca today
Inquirer Staff: Pro/Con: E-scooters may be rolling into Pa., but are Philly streets prepared?
Andrea Custis: The Legislature’s failure to pass a minimum wage hike, while eliminating general assistance, was a gut punch to Philadelphia
John L. Micek: When you’re doing nothing, you’re really doing everything
Tim Hartman: The *other* beneficiaries of that law that seals most criminal records | Editorial Cartoon
Mark S. Singel: Democrats recalibrate after the debates reshuffle the deck
Will Bunch: Can Democrats grow a spine before American democracy collapses in a limp, lifeless heap?
Keith C. Burris: Biden should face down reverse Souljah moment
Colin McNickle: Wolf administration can’t see the forest for the greens
Simon F. Haeder: Get hit with an unexpected medical bill? You’re not alone. Here’s why that’s happening
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia’s Oil Refinery Park
David M. Shribman: Location, location, location
PJ Brennan and Jeffrey Berns: With Hahnemann’s imminent closure, what happens to physician trainees?
Gene Therapy: Tank you very much, Mr. President
Charlie Gerow: Democratic candidates say a lot but little that resonates with middle-class voters
Steven Pressman: The U.S. economy is booming. These three charts explain who’s benefiting from it most
Dava Guerin: In Philly, no tanks needed to celebrate July 4th
Trudy Rubin: Despite DMZ photo op with Kim Jong Un, Trump has made no progress on eliminating Korean nukes
Stu Bykofsky: Give credit (cards) where due: Philly artist wields them in his work
Marc A. Scaringi: Joe Biden finds the years, and his party, have passed him by on busing, quotas
Jenice Armstrong: Instagram’s ‘Kensington Beach’ page is shocking, but it’s raising awareness about the opioid epidemic
Mike Newall: The Game Changers, a group of young trauma survivors, heal themselves to help others
Esther Laury: Maternal health matters after birth. We need ‘fourth trimester’ care | Perspective
Ruth Ann Dailey: Moments of gain, loss
Michael Stephen: What’s it like to work at Hahnemann as it plans its final days? We asked eight employees.
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Mad Magazine humor passes on