July 9th Playbook

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is set to make a campaign appearance in Pittsburgh later this week, while PoliticsPA readers weigh in on who should be the next PAGOP chair. Here is the Playbook. 

Reader Poll: Tabas Should Be The Next PAGOP Chair: Nearly 60% polled believe the runner up in the 2017 PAGOP Chair race should lead the party.

Gillibrand To Stop In Pittsburgh: The appearance in Pittsburgh is the beginning of her “Trump Broken Promises” bus tour.

DePasquale Releases First Online Ad: His first online ad as a declared candidate for the 10th Congressional District includes detailing some of his work as Auditor General, coupled with calling for reform in Washington D.C. 

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania orders stronger sex assault campus reporting
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Days after Wolf veto, Bucks County Rep. DiGirolamo floats plan to help counties pay for new voting machines 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Millions of additional dollars will flow into affordable housing projects as part of Pa.’s new budget
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We need to do more:’ Wolf signs reforms to encourage sexual assault reporting on campus.
Post-Gazette: ‘Nobody is going to go to heaven.’ Pa. budget deal divides Democrats
PLSReporter: Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to ’take another run’ at state support for new voting machines 
PLSReporter: Wolf holds ceremonial signing for bills that encourage students to report sexual assault on college campuses 
PLSReporter: Temporary manager assigned to Philadelphia hospitals 
StateImpactPA: Trespass charges dropped against Atlantic Sunrise pipeline protesters
Washington Post: Trump touts ‘super genius’ education at Wharton; former admissions officer saw it differently
City Paper: Pennsylvania has an abundance of bald eagles, and it needs help counting them
Philadelphia Magazine: New Snow Day Law Makes It Official: Pennsylvania Hates Happiness  
The Intercept: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Move To Strip Reformist Prosecutor Larry Krasner of Authority 
Inquirer: Are undocumented immigrants in Pa., N.J. at risk in ICE facial recognition searches of driver’s license photos

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Local 98 leader ‘Johnny Doc,’ Councilman Henon ask judge to dismiss corruption charges
KYW Newsradio: Cheyney gets $4M scholarship boost as school officials promise a balanced budget 
KYW Newsradio: McNesby on racist Facebook post inquiry: Cops held to higher standard, but not all should lose jobs  
Inquirer: Could a new Pa. law strip control over gun prosecutions from Philly DA Larry Krasner?
Inquirer: Can a paycheck be a bribe? Johnny Doc’s lawyers say no, push to dismiss case involving Council member Henon  
Inquirer: Why a longtime Philly Democrat switched parties and relaunched Pa.’s only gay Republicans club
Inquirer: ‘Everything inside of me broke’: Newly elected Pa. lawmaker wants the Capitol to confront gun violence
Inquirer: $4M in money from Pa. to make college free for more Cheyney students
Inquirer: Jobs open for Philly customs and border agents: Good pay, benefits, and an ethical decision
Inquirer: ‘Teachers can’t become political targets’: Central H.S. teacher fires back at ex-Pa. GOP chair
Inquirer: Questions remain in fatal shooting of man, wounding of Sheriff Jewell Williams’ son
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Foundation wants you to pick how to spend $1 million
StateImpactPA: Philadelphia Energy Solutions extends pay for refinery workers
Philadelphia Business Journal: Has Comcast Business’ $30M investment in Center City paid off? 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer avoids layoffs after late flurry of buyouts 
PLSReporter: Temporary manager assigned to Philadelphia hospitals 
Philadelphia Magazine: New Snow Day Law Makes It Official: Pennsylvania Hates Happiness

SEPA 
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo to introduce new $90M voting machine bill
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP considers relaxed standards for Tohickon Creek
Delco Daily Times: Rep. Davidson announces 2019 Summer Senior Celebrations
Daily Local News: June Swoon: Summer of distraction, shifting voter registration rattle Chesco GOP 

Pittsburgh  
WESA: Allegheny County Republicans To Try Again On Leadership Vote 
WESA: Bill Proposes To Overhaul Probation In Pennsylvania
KDKA: ‘This Is A Story Of Retaliation:’ Chelsa Wagner, Husband Due Back In Detroit Court
City Paper: Tax the Rich Bus Tour comes to Schenley Plaza on Tuesday 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt to start opioid use study in Appalachia
Tribune Review: DA candidate Lisa Middleman to meet with Penn Hills voters 
Tribune Review: Penn Hills man postpones White House protest in lieu of federal meeting about school district 
Tribune Review: Work on Flight 93 Tower of Voices chimes continues 10 months after dedication
Post-Gazette: Pa. transportation assistance program must be studied before changes are made
Post-Gazette: Q&A: Mayor Bill Peduto on Phil Kessel, Josh Bell and more in Pittsburgh sports

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Court ruling could mean millions in back wages for Bruce Mansfield plant workers 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Court rules in favor of Beaver County power plant workers in FirstEnergy dispute
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘It’s a kick in the stomach’: Northern Cambria priest’s friends see ‘lack of due process’ for abuse allegations

NEPA
The Times Leader: Company extorted by ex-Scranton mayor faces competition for Luzerne County tax claims 
Times-Tribune: Dunmore mayor calls for ordinance to address illegal ATV use
Citizens Voice: County council members balk at borrowing for new voting machines

South Central  
Patriot News: Despite impasse over state funding, Pennsylvania counties are plunging forward on voting machine upgrades
Patriot News: Charges dismissed for pipeline protesters
LNP | LancasterOnline: 7 pipeline protesters avoid trial; prosecutor drops trespassing charges in exchange for community service
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Lancaster Against Pipelines holds press conference after trespassing charges dropped
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. cities can’t stay afloat without raising taxes. Two state Senate committees are coming to Lancaster to talk about it. 

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: Local leaders say affordable health care is a right, ‘not a privilege for the fortunate few’
Reading Eagle: Berks County makes room for new voting machines
Reading Eagle: Reading’s final Act 47 exit plan submitted; council to vote on it July 22
Reading Eagle: Vietnam veterans hoping a new law will finally allow them to get compensated for Agent Orange exposure

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Community college, health care top Erie march concerns
Centre Daily Times: Politicians visit and discuss Bellefonte Opportunity Zone

Opinion  
LNP Editorial Board: “Games of skill” machines should be treated as gambling machines 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pox on the system
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Friendlier IRS: New law requires focus on customer service
Madeleine Dean: Abortion rights are under attack nationwide. We have to push back on every front 
John L. Micek: No, Joe Torsella isn’t running for governor – yet. But he’s keeping busy | Monday Morning Coffee
Marjorie Margolies: ‘Diplomacy is really important and Trump sucks at it’
Jacquelyn Bonomo: Natural gas in Pa. is not environmentally sustainable 
Breana Hashman: Even after Philadelphia refinery closes, the environmental damage won’t disappear 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Union leaders asked rebooted DuPont to change more than its slogan
Carmina Hachenburg: Megan Rapinoe: Reactions from cartoonists to U.S. World Cup victory 
Kevin F. D’Mello: What Philadelphia Is Losing When It Loses Hahnemann Hospital
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Cartoonists sought to portray stories of people who are homeless

One Response

  1. Nobody should go to Gillibrand rally to send her the message that she too needs to drop out.

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