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June 7th Playbook

VP Pence promotes Trump trade and border policies in PA visit, while Sen. Casey holds a town hall meeting in Carlisle. Another leader in the Democratic Party is calling for state Sen. Daylin Leach to resign. Here is the Playbook.

Pence Promotes Trump Trade and Border Policies at PAGOP Dinner: The Vice President touted the Trump agenda and the USMCA trade deal during his two-stop visit in Pennsylvania.

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous To Headline PA Dems Summer Meeting: The meeting will also include appearances from newly elected state Representative Bridget Malloy Kosierowski (D-Lackawanna) and state Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny).

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: VP Pence touts trade pact benefits in Pennsylvania stop
AP: Democratic leader: Leach should quit over ‘troubling’ claims
AP: Pence heads to Pennsylvania to tour firm, speak to GOP crowd
AP: Court says state candidates can’t be nominated by 2 parties
AP: Evanchick confirmed to head up Pennsylvania State Police
AP: Firm to reapply for permits to build northeast gas pipeline
Post-Gazette: Democratic Pa. Senate leader calls on Sen. Daylin Leach to resign
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania at forefront of Republican hopes for 2020, Pence tells party leaders
Patriot News: Daylin Leach sexual misconduct investigation prompts Senate war of words
Patriot News: Dire forecasts for 5 percent tariffs aside, Pence says solving crisis at southern border remains priority
Patriot News: Bob Casey, during town hall in Carlisle, touts infrastructure plan and need for cooperation on solving immigration
Patriot News: DePasquale agrees with protesters who want human relations commissioners removed
Patriot News: Pence calls Trump’s accomplishments ‘nothing less than extraordinary’
WITF: More tax credits? More spending? Pa. lawmakers continue to clash on education
WITF: Plan For Pennsylvania To Take Over Health Insurance Marketplace Gaining Ground
StateImpactPA: Wolf’s infrastructure plan, based on a natural gas severance tax, has bipartisan support — but not from leaders
StateImpactPA: Is Centralia’s Graffiti Highway art or vandalism?
Inquirer: VP Mike Pence urges Pa. Republicans to reelect the president, preserve freedom
Inquirer: Setting clean water standards is the EPA’s job. Pa. and other states are doing it instead.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Costa: Daylin Leach must resign after law firm finds ‘immature and unprofessional’ behavior
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Cumberland County, Pa. Sen. Casey makes the case for closing ‘WIC gap’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Multiple political parties can’t nominate same candidate in an election, Pa. Supreme Court rules
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As it seeks state control, Education department tries to prevent new action by Harrisburg School Board
KYW Newsradio: Pa. lawmakers hold public hearing with ride-share drivers to see if more oversight necessary
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pence hits on immigration, economy in PA visit
PLSReporter: Destroy PA? Turzai rebukes Wolf’s severance tax plan
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 10: Budget season is here
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – June 3, 2019
WESA: Lawsuit Claims Early PA Absentee Voting Deadline Is Unconstitutional
WESA: Proposed Death Penalty Ban Would Promote Healing, Republican Lawmaker Says

Philly Clout: Big Soda’s big spending in the primary didn’t much threaten the sweetened beverage tax
Billy Penn: What drives low voter turnout in Philly’s hard-hit neighborhoods?
Billy Penn: Philly’s new EMS overdose team is unlike any in the nation
KYW Newsradio: 10 Philly cops pulled from duty as authorities investigate racist Facebook posts
KYW Newsradio: No more food trucks in Northeast Philly as City Council bans them for entire area
Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila.’s cashless ban hits a snag: PENNDOT, SEPTA, PPA
WHYY Newsworks: Philly cops face scrutiny for offensive Facebook posts
WHYY Newsworks: NAACP calls for firing Philly police who made offensive social media posts
PlanPhilly: Philly says hidden cameras, higher fines help catch more illegal dumpers
Inquirer: Philly property owners get a break; city to increase homestead exemption to $45,000
Inquirer: These government offices in Philly won’t take cash, disregarding the city’s cashless ban  
Inquirer: Free Library set to receive $3.5 million from city for 2020 and an accountability plan for its leaders
Inquirer: Philly’s Kensington neighborhood, hard-hit by opioids, shows support for supervised-injection sites in survey  
Inquirer: City courts’ emails are back up, but other services still suspended since May 21 computer shutdown
PhillyVoice: Election Day shocker: Gritty didn’t lead the write-in vote pack for May’s primaries

Delco Daily Times: Democratic leader: Leach should quit over ‘troubling’ claims
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby council eyes repaving of 42 miles of back alleys
Bucks County Courier Times: Navy official: ‘Probably’ no more removal of PFAS-contaminated soil
Daily Local News: Killion introduces severance tax bill on natural gas drillers
Daily Local News: Buses filling up for June 12 fair school funding rally
Daily Local News: Sappey announces $550,000 grant to Chester County Intermediate Unit
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Council approves resolution on climate change legislation; urges Congressman Fitzpatrick to cosponsor bill  
Inquirer: Farm entertainment — a.k.a. ‘agritainment’ — finds welcoming home or harsh zoning laws in neighboring Bucks County towns
KYW Newsradio: Write-ins counted in Montco, revealing who will be on GOP side of ballot in the fall

City Paper: Tree of Life advocacy groups condemn Rep. Guy Reschenthaler’s comments on immigration
Pittsburgh Business Times: How UPMC’s announcements may impact the consent decree case
Post-Gazette: City works to explain new recycling regulations
Tribune Review: Brentwood council censures colleague
KDKA: ‘It’s A Disgrace Up Here’: Mt. Washington Man Petitions City Council To Fix Up Neighborhood

Tribune Review: Wolf tours Greensburg blight, touts proposed gas severance tax
Altoona Mirror: Proposal would reuse state buildings for treatment centers
Altoona Mirror: Ward: Study CWD instead of culling herd
Altoona Mirror: Blair salary study on track
Beaver County Times: Hotel tax audit to begin later this month
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Camera Bartolotta’s bill targeting drug dealers passes Senate committee
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pressured by senators, CMS will publish list of troubled nursing homes

Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor denies widespread rumors over FBI probe
Times-Tribune: Carbondale Twp. residents raise concerns over possibility of wind farm
The Times Leader: Evanchick, Wilkes-Barre native, named as commissioner of PSP
The Times Leader: Members of public agree that redistricting needs to be done fairly at open meeting
Citizens Voice: Pashinski speaks at redistricting meeting

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Casey touts ‘WIC gap’ bill at Carlisle town hall
York Daily Record: Vice President Mike Pence visits York County, talks trade deal
Patriot News: Dire forecasts for 5 percent tariffs aside, Pence says solving crisis at southern border remains priority
Patriot News: Bob Casey, during town hall in Carlisle, touts infrastructure plan and need for cooperation on solving immigration
Patriot News: Pence calls Trump’s accomplishments ‘nothing less than extraordinary’
Patriot News: Judge blocks Harrisburg School Board from approving contracts— for now
Patriot News: State files emergency order before special meeting to block Harrisburg School Board from approving contracts
Patriot News: Should Harrisburg school board members be allowed to make binding decisions as state takeover looms?
Patriot News: DePasquale agrees with protesters who want human relations commissioners removed
LNP | LancasterOnline: Due to rising costs, East Petersburg ending 44 years of coverage by Manheim Township police in 2020

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Reading overseer releases plan to get the city out of financial distress
Reading Eagle: $15.6 million grant slated for homeless, addicted, intellectually disabled supported by Berks County commissioners
Reading Eagle: Berks County WWII vets honored in Harrisburg for service on D-Day
Morning Call: Slate Belt communities join forces in new regional development plan
Morning Call: Bethlehem panel strips tax incentive from site where South Side garage is proposed
Morning Call: In Allentown case, state Supreme Court says police can’t search suspects just because they’re armed

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council votes to move police department
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Gateway grant use approved
Erie Times-News: City of Erie launches New American Council
Erie Times-News: Union City launches downtown preservation study
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Valor remembered: The D-Day invasion saved the free world
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Privacy is the default: Maine digital privacy law is model legislation
John L. Micek: Wolf: ‘We’re all trying to figure out what are the things that ought to be done’ for the #PaBudget | Thursday Morning Coffee
Will Bunch: Dems, media try 1973 tactics to fight Trump’s 2019 ‘cancer on the presidency.’ It won’t work
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Pa. cyber schools got their report card
Christine Flowers: Most Philly police officers are silent heroes
Joanna Wuest and Carly Regina: The next LGBTQ+ movement is the movement for economic equality
Ernie Pyle: D-Day 75th Anniversary: A long, thin line of personal anguish
Stu Bykofsky: Jewelers Row denizen has no bling for the Parking Authority
Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh’s recycling efforts lag behind other Pa. cities

One Response

  1. Pence is able to steer clear of the Trump dramas and do so in a way that is admirable. There is no question that he is a very skilled politician and “progressives” and MSNBC devotees could learn a point of two from him. Don’t have to agree with his politics but you would be wise to recognize his political skills.

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