WASHINGTON — Good morning. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh spent nearly 12 hours in the witness chair in a Senate hearing room yesterday.
But what captivated national politicos Wednesday afternoon was an opinion piece posted by the New York Times in which a senior Trump administration official claimed to be part of a group of people "working diligently from within" to impede President Donald Trump.
Trump called it was a "gutless editorial" and "really a disgrace," and his press secretary called on the official to resign.
The editorial follows the release of excerpts from a new book from Bob Woodward, which paints a devastating portrait of the presidency.
Trump is off to Montana this evening for his latest campaign rally. But he’ll be back in Pennsylvania next week, when the White House says Trump and his wife, Melania, will participate in Tuesday’s ceremony at the 9/11 memorial in Shanksville.
Here’s a look at the state’s political headlines …
Congressional candidates in the Lehigh Valley will share the stage next month in at least two public forums. The three 7th District contenders are confirmed for an Oct. 9 event that will air on WFMZ’s “Business Matters.” The Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation also is hosting a 7th District candidate forum on Oct. 18.
In 2016, Republicans attacked the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate as Shady Katie.” Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner is using the same adjective this cycle to frame his attacks on Gov. Tom Wolf:
National Republicans are airing ads going after two Democrats in Pennsylvania on personal tax issues: Scott Wallace, who is challenging Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Bucks County (h/t WHYY), and Rep. Matt Cartwright in the 8th District (via PoliticsPA).
State prison officials are increasing security measures to combat contraband synthetic drugs that made guards and other employees sick at several prisons last month.
Two immigrant families who have taken sanctuary in a Philadelphia church, part of a national movement to protect undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A tax break included in last year’s federal tax reform bill has officials excited about pitching a double-barreled benefit to future developers in Allentown’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone.