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June 14th Playbook

Former Congressman Lou Barletta considers making a bid for the 8th Congressional District, while Gov. Wolf talks with President Trump about workforce issues at the White House. Here is the Playbook.

National Journal: Barletta Mulling a Run for PA8: The former Congressman, who is a close ally to the President, is weighing a run in the Trump friendly 8th District according to the National Journal.

Nevills Announces Bid For PA18: The GOP hopeful describes himself as a moderate Republican, while advocating for term limits, clean air, and security at the nation’s southern border.

Harrisburg & DC  
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf and President Trump find common ground on workforce issues
AP: Democrats worry as Trump unleashes money on 2020 digital ads
AP: While Trump wages trade war, Pence tries to ease GOP anxiety
WITF: Southeast Pa. protesters flood Capitol, push for a shift in education funding
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Unions, immigration advocates divided over expanding work status checks to construction industry
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Shapiro, Dem lawmakers hear experiences of racism, discrimination
Morning Call: At the White House, Gov. Tom Wolf talks workforce reforms with President Donald Trump
PLSReporter: House passes bill that would strengthen ethics standards for charter schools
PLSReporter: Legislators to consider another attempt at easing 5G roadblocks, despite concerns from rural members
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – June 10, 2019
PhillyVoice: Former Sen. Rick Santorum involved with religious cryptocurrency called Cathio
StateImpactPA: PJM, nation’s largest power grid operator, grapples with carbon pricing as states diverge on climate policies
StateImpactPA: Interactive: Where do 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls stand on climate change?
Inquirer: Pennsylvania 5G bill that failed twice springs back to life in Harrisburg
Inquirer: Find a tick on your body? In Pa., you can get it tested — for free.
Inquirer: After year of scandal, U.S. Catholic bishops approve measures to hold themselves accountable
WHYY Newsworks: Environmentalists call for full fracking ban in the Delaware River watershed
PA Post: Will Pennsylvania ever ban smoking in all bars?
Express Times: Pennsylvania traffic deaths rose in 2018, but how does that compare to the last 20 years?  

Philly Clout: Tracey Gordon has a story to tell about winning the Philadelphia Register of Wills primary … but won’t tell it
Inquirer: City Council passes $5 billion budget for 2019-20. Spending has grown $1 billion in 4 years
Inquirer: Council approves $60 million LNG plant in South Philly, over climate activist opposition
Inquirer: Philly school board votes to close CHAD; rejects creation of new charter authority
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Hall has one gender-neutral bathroom, and it’s hard to find. Under new legislation, that would change.
Inquirer: Hey, Mayor Kenney: Here are 20 buildings that Philadelphians want historically preserved
Inquirer: Philly workers who prep airline food vote to join a nationwide strike, but there’s a catch
WITF: Southeast Pa. protesters flood Capitol, push for a shift in education funding
Billy Penn: Retribution? Jewell Williams might pull sheriff sale ads from newspapers after primary defeat
WHYY Newsworks: Philly City Council passed a $5 billion budget. Here’s what’s in it
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council approves PGW’s $60 million liquified natural gas plant
WHYY Newsworks: Final vote on bill to mandate all Philly rental units be lead-free pushed until fall
PLSReporter: Philadelphia City Council passes budget
KYW Newsradio: ‘Dozens’ of Philly cops pulled from duty amid racist Facebook posts investigation
Philadelphia Business Journal: Strike vote looms for food workers serving Philadelphia International Airport flights

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery county lawmakers consider Wolf’s $4.5B infrastructure bill
WITF: Southeast Pa. protesters flood Capitol, push for a shift in education funding
Inquirer: Two more officials face federal prison time in Lower Southampton corruption case
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks, Montco are ground zero for turnpike toll-dodgers
Bucks Local News: State officials gather on the Delaware Canal Towpath in Falls to dedicate new passageway
Montgomery Media: Pottstown packs punch at fair funding rally in Harrisburg
Delco Daily Times: Sparks fly as GOP Delco council members again shoot down ethics review

Post-Gazette: ‘Potholes & Pierogies’: City hosting two free dinners and discussions on 2020 capital budget
Post-Gazette: Authority approves funds for affordable housing in Lawrencville, Oakland and Hill District
Post-Gazette: Keeping the grads in town: Pittsburgh Passport aims to retain young talent
Tribune Review: The story behind that photo of Pittsburgh Councilwoman Harris on horse
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh self-driving safety firm Edge Case announces $7 million in funding
Tribune Review: Diversity of students rises across Pennsylvania, including in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties, data show
Tribune Review: Sharpsburg officials work to combat opioid overdoses
City Paper: Pittsburgh’s urbanized areas are the oldest, whitest, and most native-born in the nation
Pittsburgh Business Times: City business and civic leaders sign pledge demanding end to sexual violence
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt looks to help drive growth, development in Oakland
KDKA: Commonwealth Court Judge Hears Testimony Ahead Of UPMC-Highmark Consent Decree Expiration

Observer-Reporter: Nurse practitioner bill passes state Senate
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘A landmark decision’: Court ruling could affect abuse cases, limit impact of statute of limitations
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City officials seek to fill economic development director vacancy
Altoona Mirror: Council debates vehicle decals
Beaver County Times: IRS lifts lien against Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Traffic fatalities decrease in Beaver County, increase statewide
Beaver County Times: Egley: Shift vet center money to fund VA transport

Times-Tribune: Cartwright lacks challengers so far
Times-Tribune: Judges rule Pilchesky has no standing to remove Scranton school director
Times-Tribune: Campaign Notes
Times-Tribune: Retired federal Judge Edwin Kosik dead at 94
The Times Leader: State officials debate pros and cons of Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania
The Times Leader: Eugene Kelleher to resign from Luzerne County Council
The Times Leader: Tie-breaker nominee announced by Luzerne County election office
The Times Leader: West Pittston residents hear first stages of feasibility study
The Times Leader: Luzerne County assessment database still down Thursday
The Times Leader: Divided council OKs mayor’s appointments, but administrator backs out
Citizens Voice: City officials end agreement with feral cat advocacy groups, sparking anger  
Citizens Voice: City controller discovers $30,000 in claims  
Citizens Voice: Bloomsburg may serve as model for West Pittston flood protection

South Central  
Patriot News: Would Harrisburg’s school superintendent keep her job? Q&A on state takeover of district
Patriot News: Harrisburg school solicitor tries ‘nuclear option’ in defending against state takeover
Patriot News: Harrisburg school officials hear independent report citing ‘toxic’ culture, underperforming students

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Complaint filed in Berks County sheriff race
Reading Eagle: PA auditor general investigating Berks Residential Center
Morning Call: New plan envisions more open space, fresh veggies and community night in Easton’s West Ward
Morning Call: Lehigh Township considering expansion of zoning board, ability to remove residents’ trees, plants

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council pushes back on LERTA
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Comms to apply for grant to house domestic violence victims

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Unacceptable breach: Government must regulate its use of facial recognition
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Oberlin run amok: After student crimes, college attacks the victims
LNP Editorial Board: Wolf administration’s new task force should amplify, in a much-needed way, the public conversation about suicide
John L. Micek: Pa.’s Fab Four sponsor bill aimed at improving services for women veterans | Thursday Morning Coffee
Maria Panaritis: Amid anger, Lockheed agrees to meet with pols over doomed Sikorsky helicopter plant
Peri Jude Radecic: General Assistance is critical for Pennsylvanians living with disabilities. Lawmakers need to preserve it
Andy Carter: In Pa., public health won out over Big Tobacco, but it could lose in this year’s budget
Marc Thiessen: Biden’s surrender to pro-abortion radicals has damaged his 2020 prospects
Dom Giordano: Electoral College is a valuable part of our republic, and shouldn’t be abolished
David Chavern: Google must give a fair deal to news publishers
Jenice Armstrong: Father’s Day Rally Committee still promoting black fatherhood after 30 years
Will Bunch: This Army base interned Japanese-Americans. Now it’ll be a concentration camp for migrant kids. This needs to stop
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Hong Kong’s Chinese internet
Christine Flowers: A visit to my childhood home taught me how to grieve for my beloved mother
Abraham Gutman: For fathers, every day is Father’s Day | Perspective
Brian O’Neill: Playing a game of bus route roulette in Morningside
Carmina Hachenburg: The New York Times’ daily cartoons ban: Reactions from cartoonists
Stu Bykofsky: Exclusive: Philly’s animal shelter dissed in confidential Ivy League vet school report

One Response

  1. King Scarnati designed these gerrymandered congressional districts that the State Supreme Court wisely struck down for a reason–to elect Republicans! Now we have a newly created District by PA Supreme Court–PA 8 that is geared more favorably to Dems than the District Lou Barletta left behind. Lou caught lighting in a bottle years ago catching Kanjorski at the right time and running with his immigration issues but that was then and this is now. All these years later Lou is all tangled up with Trump and Trump is tanking in Pa. So you have PA 8 a Dem district no matter that some “R” from Washington says and you have a guy who is closely identified with Trump. Timing is off for Lou and Pa 8. If he wants to spend donors money taking a chance and running for PA 8 so be it but it is all uphill for him in 2020.

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