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July 9th Playbook

Good morning politicos. It’s a good day for Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and a bad one for Turahn Jenkins. Here’s the Playbook.

PA1: Cook Promotes Fitzpatrick: The election analysts moved the seat from Toss Up to Lean Republican.

July 6th Ups & Downs: A State Rep. twists in the wind, another retires, a third one steps in it. And the #MeToo movement scores a victory in the Lehigh Valley.

Progressive problems. Allegheny County DA hopeful Turahn Jenkins will have a hard time creating a united front of progressives in his challenge to Stephen Zappala. Pittsburgh’s preeminent LGBTQIA blogger Sue Kerr reported that Jenkins is a member of a conservative Christian church and told a group of advocates Friday that he believes being gay is a sin. The Pittsburgh Current recapped the meeting. Jenkins attempted some damage control on Facebook Sunday, but that didn’t assuage advocates. The Steel City Stonewall Dems Sunday night called on Jenkins to withdraw from the race and said elected officials who supported him would in turn risk the groups’ support.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Sprawling Penn State hazing death case grinds through courts
AP: Witnesses await church sex abuse report with hope for change
Inquirer & Post-Gazette: New filing: Delaying release of grand jury sexual abuse report adds to victims’ trauma
Financial Times: Two public pension funds ‘wasted $5.5bn on Wall St fees’ (Public School Employees’ Retirement System and Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System)
The Hill: One judge on Trump’s short-list comes recommended by the president’s sister (Hardiman)
StateImpactPA: Report: Attracting solar farms vital to bolstering renewable energy
PLS Reporter: In bellwether Northampton County, Wagner makes his case for governor
WITF: Analysis: Chinese tariffs expected to hurt central Pennsylvania
Radio PA: Pediatric cancer research gets a boost with license renewal


City & State PA: Blasting Wallace campaign, Cook shifts PA-1 in favor of Fitzpatrick
Inquirer: ‘Trump wants us out of here. It’s pushing us to do more’: Philly Latinos on Trump’s America
Inquirer: Clergy abuse victim says Pa. Supreme Court has intensified ’emotional trauma’
Inquirer: For ‘Abolish ICE’ protesters and the targets of their ire, what’s next?
Philly Mag: Here’s the Schedule for SEPTA’s Annual Trolley Tunnel Blitz
Philly Mag: After Police Remove ICE Encampment, Protesters Regroup at City Hall
Philly Mag: Obama Stenographer Beck Dorey-Stein on Life in the White House
Philly Mag: Philly Makes List of Places Where You Can Earn Six Figures and Still Be Broke
Philly Mag: Center City Water Main Break Repairs Could Last Months
Billy Penn: How 43 Philly neighborhoods got their names
WESA: VP Pence To Stump For Senate Candidate Barletta In Philly
PlanPhilly: Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit
Billy Penn: Developers have purchased five black churches in the Graduate Hospital area
Philadelphia Tribune: Police Commissioner Ross expresses concern over city’s murder trend
Philly Weekly: Was #OccupyICE camp a threat to public safety? 7 things that block Philly streets and don’t end in a police raid
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia businesses can help fight homelessness. Here’s how.


Daily Local News: Troopers who fired guns during high-speed pursuit cleared
Bucks County Courier Times: Sprawling Penn State hazing death case grinds through courts
Bucks County Courier Times: PA litterbugs face trash pick-up punishment under amended law
Bucks County Courier Times: Pharma firm Teva moving HQ to New Jersey from Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times: Prosecutors want phone access, texts in Upper Makefield murder trial


WTAE: Local man uses social media to expose racists
Post-Gazette: Protesters block Route 30 traffic in rally for social justice, Antwon Rose
Post-Gazette: Challenging a grand jury is rare, but some legal observers say it might make sense
Tribune-Review: Antwon Rose protesters shut down Route 30 in North Versailles
Tribune-Review: Former Pittsburgh chief McLay facing pushback as finalist for Seattle job
The Incline: Your complete guide to Allegheny County’s contested state races
Pittsburgh Current: Members Of LGBTQIA Community Upset That DA Candidate Turahn Jenkins Said Being Gay/Trans Is A Sin
WESA: Uncertainty Over Pittsburgh’s Drinking Water Intensifies, As New Players Submit Plans
WESA: Days Into Campaign, LGBT Advocates Raise Questions About Candidate For District Attorney
PublicSource: Amazon’s ripple effects: Six things that might happen if Pittsburgh gets HQ2



Beaver County Times: New state law bans card skimming devices used to steal consumers’ information
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates plummet in Washington, Greene
Observer-Reporter: Lawmakers hosting Family Fun Night
Altoona Mirror: Wolf clarifies funding position
Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania man was on front lines of 1968 convention riots
Tribune-Democrat: Commissioners promote grants to fire companies



WNEP: Bishop Bambera Returns Home from Border Visit
Times Leader: Making downtown Wilkes-Barre bicycle/pedestrian-friendly focus of new study
Times Leader: Luzerne County government hirings and departures released in monthly report
Times Leader: Faces of Islam: Area imam explains the faith, contributions to Northeast Pa.
Times Leader: State calls for release of federal funds to help with health-care enrollments
Times Leader: Luzerne County administration seeks more cameras, lighting for security
Times Leader: W-B Area superintendent, student’s mom file affidavits in school funding suit
Times Leader: Barletta asks Trump to get tough with so-called puppy mills
Times Leader: Some telling numbers lie deeper in state education budget
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s financial distress not a surprise, analyst says
Citizens’ Voice: Agencies addressing mental illness, addiction


Lehigh Valley

Allentown Morning Call: Scott Wagner campaigning in Northampton and Monroe counties Saturday
Reading Eagle: State Rep. Metcalfe sits on Toad Creek bill, boasts of blocking Democrats
WFMZ: Senate committee to hold Northampton County hearing on quarry dumping Monday


South Central
Pennlive: Bill would make Harley-Davidson the state motorcycle
The Sentinel: Financing remains concern to widen Interstate 81 in Cumberland County
York Daily Record: Bid to make Harley-Davidson the Pa. state motorcycle gets traction amid Trump talk


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie’s plastics industry could be helped by Shell cracker
Sun-Gazette: “Educational” pig races criticized for fair week
Sun-Gazette: PennDOT program preserves bridges


PGH Lesbian: Allegheny County DA Candidate Turahn Jenkins Says LGBTQ People are Sinful
PGH Lesbian: Jenkins Campaign Gaslights Trans Women, Black Trans Women in Defense of His Anti-LGBTQ Beliefs
Salena Zito: Will #resistance summer dampen the Democrats’ big autumn?
Salena Zito: This Army veteran is proving patriotism sells
Pennlive: A constitutional convention in the U.S.A? That’s a bad idea
Pennlive: Keeping nuke plants open is a matter of life and ‘breath’
York Daily Record Letter to the Editor: Ugly new gas meters in York look like ‘a colostomy bag for a house’
York Dispatch Editorial: Demand strict oversight for recovery homes
LNP Editorial: Thanks a bunch, Pennsylvania lawmakers — the din of Fourth of July fireworks did not let up
Post-Gazette Editorial: Anger is not politics: Getting beyond the circle of rancor
Post-Gazette Editorial: Jefferson lives: ‘Ultimate powers of society’ are ‘the people themselves’
Keith C. Burris: We are in trouble
Jay Cost: My bet on the midterms
David M. Shribman: The varieties of patriotic experience
Tribune-Review Editorial: Mayor Peduto, stick to your job
Tribune-Review Editorial: Hostility on the rise
Samson X Horne, Tribune-Review: Black father prepares to discuss generational truths with son about police
Colin McNickle: Eliminate Pa.’s prevailing wage law
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Pennsylvania is a state that needs to invest in higher education
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Some offenses shouldn’t follow someone forever
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Pa. lading turnpike with debt
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Stun gun use raises serious questions
Tribune-Democrat Editorial: Project shows that many are working on opioids issue – and making a difference
Times Leader Editorial: State funding formula needs to apply to all money
Times Leader Editorial: State park system a real diamond
Times-Tribune Editorial: Get ’em while they’re young
Times-Tribune Editorial: Put reforms in pipeline
Times-Tribune Editorial: High tolls price of bad governance
Times-Tribune Editorial: Despite furor, crime still low
Citizens’ Voice: Cheers and Jeers
John Baer: Expect Trump’s Supreme Court pick to heighten abortion’s impact on Pa. governor race
Trudy Rubin: NATO allies fear Trump will kick them, hug Putin | Trudy Rubin
Malcolm Jenkins: ‘My initial thoughts were that the league is operating out of fear.’ Malcolm Jenkins talks about the NFL’s new anthem policy.

One Response

  1. The lgbt voters should educate Jenkins that it is not a sin to be born a little diverse from other humans. He would understand that in today’s America and probably embrace people of differing lifestyles because he is not a hater, just another befuddled Christian who needs to really learn his bible. Zappala, on tje other hand…fuhgetaboutit!

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