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June 26th Playbook

PAGOP Chair Val DiGiorgio resigns after a Philadelphia Inquirer report about him exchanging racy texts and a photo with a GOP Philly Council candidate. Here is the Playbook. 

DiGiorgio Resigns After Inquirer Bombshell About Racy Texts, Photo: The PA GOP Chair is out just two hours after the Inquirer reported that sent an explicit photo to Philly Council hopeful Irina Goldstein.

Opportunities for Allegheny County Democrats To Flip in 2020: For the Democrats to regain control of the state House in 2020, a number of Republican held seats in Allegheny County need to be of focus.

Harrisburg & DC  
Inquirer: Pa. GOP chairman Val DiGiorgio resigns after report about interactions with Philly Council candidate
Inquirer: Pennsylvania GOP chair Val DiGiorgio traded sexually charged messages with a Philly Council candidate. Then he sent her an explicit photo.
Inquirer: Two companies to pay $110,000 after robocalling Pennsylvanians, AG Shapiro says
AP: State GOP chair resigns after complaint by female candidate
AP: House OKs budget bill after stiff criticism by Democrats
AP: Pa. Senate moves to let unaffiliated people cast primary votes 
AP: State auditor general to run for US House, Democrats say
AP: Assembly eyes open primaries, end to straight ticket voting
AP: Senate votes to let local police use radar to catch speeders
Billy Penn: Delco’s Sestak says he can win back Democrats who voted for Trump
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania House passes $34 billion budget proposal without widespread Democratic support
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dem DePasquale will launch PA10 bid against Republican Rep. Scott Perry in July: report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: General Assembly moves closer to eliminating cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Some Pa. teachers could still get a raise as part of this year’s budget negotiations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawmakers work late into Tuesday, as 2019-20 budget moves forward
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Education secretary secures key reconfirmation vote from Senate committee
PLSReporter: House sends budget bill to Senate over objections from 55+ Democrats
PLSReporter: No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate
PLSReporter: Street and Dawkins introduce legislation ending life without parole
Morning Call: Sexually explicit texts lead to resignation of Pennsylvania Republican Party chairman Val DiGiorgio 
Patriot News: Pa. House passes $34B state budget with no tax increase; Democrats blast failure to raise minimum wage
Patriot News: Senate moves to give independent voters a voice in Pa. primary elections
Patriot News: Pa. Republicans say GOP chairman’s #metoo moment doesn’t break the party’s brand 
Patriot News: Senate approves bill to do away with annual auto inspections 

Inquirer: Pa. GOP chairman Val DiGiorgio resigns after report about interactions with Philly Council candidate
Inquirer: Pennsylvania GOP chair Val DiGiorgio traded sexually charged messages with a Philly Council candidate. Then he sent her an explicit photo.
Inquirer: Philly’s AOC? How Helen Gym became the city’s most progressive Council member. 
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney: No health risk from refinery fire 
Inquirer: Should Philly repay $63M in tax revenue? Attorneys make closing arguments in commercial assessment trial 
Inquirer: Philly police unveil updated policy for interacting with transgender, nonbinary people 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia refinery fire investigators to examine potential for release of dangerous chemical 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly police have new orders for interacting with transgender, nonbinary people 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia working to help homeless find day work with immediate pay 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly health officials, advocates split on impact of smoking ban at inpatient rehabs 
WHYY Newsworks: City officials to convene working group on the PES refinery fire, while residents rally to shut the plant down 
PlanPhilly: Report: Congestion costs Philly $152 million a year
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Bob Brady aide disbarred due to conviction on election law crimes
Philadelphia Business Journal: Jim Kenney is 1st U.S. mayor to join World Heritage City board

Daily Local News: DiGiorgio resigns as state’s GOP committee chairman 
Daily Local News: Pa. First Lady Frances Wolf sounds Justice Bell to kick off 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in PA 
Daily Local News: Pipeline work keeps chugging along
Daily Local News: New laws to be considered in West Chester 
Pottstown Mercury: Berks text system will remind defendants of court dates
Inquirer: After report cites ‘deficiencies,’ Chester County coroner says her office needs more staff and more space
Bucks Local News: Newtown Township supervisor candidates endorsed by Bucks AFL-CIO

Post-Gazette: On Stonewall anniversary, Pittsburgh lawmakers seek to protect gender identity and expression 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburghers for Public Transit launches website to spur transit development in east suburbs, Mon Valley 
Post-Gazette: Defacement of memorial for slain police officer ‘hits you right in the heart’ 
Post-Gazette: What would it take to bring the NFL draft to ‘attractive’ Pittsburgh? 
Pittsburgh Business Times: How UPMC-Highmark deal could rewrite the region’s insurance playbook
Tribune Review: What the UPMC-Highmark truce does and doesn’t mean for patients 
Tribune Review: Officials: Allegheny County overdose deaths dropped significantly last year 
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council announces legislation to update and expand protections to LGBTQ community

Beaver County Times: State lawmakers happy with UPMC-Highmark agreement
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Rob Matzie’s anti-pyramid scheme bill passes House
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senate passes removal of emissions testing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County officials will mull bond refinancing

The Times Leader: Luzerne County will miss audit deadline
The Times Leader: No-penalty stormwater fee deadline looming for commercial properties
The Times Leader: Pa. Superior Court hearing arguments in Luzerne County for two days

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Capozzi named new Cumberland County GOP chair
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Making electric car owners pay for using roads
Carlisle Sentinel: Local groups, Cumberland County commissioners push back on proposal to close Scott Farm site on Appalachian Trail
LNP | LancasterOnline: City Council approves ordinances on zoning, fire station, bike parking matters
Patriot News: Games within the games: Pa. Legislature sends sports event raffle bill to Gov. Tom Wolf
Patriot News: City hopes to draw millions in development with help of grant to clean up ‘brownfield’ sites
Patriot News: WEEU 830 AM sold to York county broadcasting company

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Reading officials pass a resolution committing the city to clean and renewable energy 
Reading Eagle: Reading first responders push city to include more staff in exit plan 
Reading Eagle: Berks County receives funds to aid emergency food and shelter programs

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County health care $2 million over budget
Centre Daily Times: State grant to connect a State College manufacturing firm with Penn State to spur growth

LNP Editorial Board: Drinking water safety and oversight matter everywhere
Inquirer Staff: Pro/Con: Should Philly ban smoking at drug rehab centers? 
John L. Micek: Gov. Tom Wolf will get an on-time budget. But will he get a win? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Elizabeth Randol and Ashley Klingensmith: Probation in Pa. keeps people trapped in the cycle of incarceration
John L. Micek: How Pa.’s failure to raise the minimum wage will make the housing affordability crisis even worse 
Will Bunch: Explosions! Floods! Cancer! What more will it take for Pa. to ditch fossil fuels? 
Janet Weiner: Strangers sprang into action to save a life on the subway. What if policymakers shared these values? | Perspective
Fletcher McClellan: Yes, the Democratic prez debates will be a circus. But they’re also policy incubators 
Trudy Rubin: Jared Kushner’s economic peace plan at Bahrain conference ignores the key factor for progress 
Jondhi Harrell: Philly Police: 72 officers are off street duty. What’s next?
John Baer: Got popcorn for Democratic doubleheader? 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: What does that giant cross statue mean?
Jenice Armstrong: After a half century, teens from Oxford Circle honor a friend they can’t forget 
Stu Bykofsky: Postal pilfering plagues Philly’s East Falls 
Andrew Noh: Robocall scams are rising. Here’s how to avoid them

2 Responses

  1. Today’s Philadelphia Inquirer’s article on the Val DiGiorio fiasco is very comprehensive and extremely well written. Very good review of the matter.

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