Veep Mike Pence to visit central Pa. to plug NAFTA 2.0 | Thursday Morning Coffee

Vice President Mike Pence waves before addressing NASA employees, Thursday, July 6, 2017, at the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The Vice President thanked employees for advancing American leadership in space, before going on a tour of the center that highlighted the public-private partnerships at KSC, as both NASA and commercial companies prepare to launch American astronauts from the multi-user spaceport. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani via Flickr Commons)

Good Thursday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
If we know one thing, it’s that Pennsylvania — particularly central Pennsylvania — will be some coveted turf in the 2020 presidential campaign. As yet another reminder, Veep Mike Pence makes his second visit to the state in an as many months, with a swing through Franklin County this Thursday, where he’s set to plug the yet-to-be ratified U.S.-Canada-Mexico Trade Agreement, which is basically NAFTA 2.0.

As our friends at PennLive report, Pence will visit the Manitowoc Crane Company, in scenic Shady Grove, Pa. The event is  co-hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.

During his last central Pa. idyll, Pence headlined a June dinner thrown by the statewide GOP, where, once again according to PennLive, he called President Donald Trump’s record in office thus far “nothing less than extraordinary.”

Which is one way to describe it, we suppose.

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Our Stuff.

Stephen Caruso has the details on a Wolf administration plan to reform the state’s regulation of child and adult care facilities.

Dana Gentry, of our sister site, the Nevada Current, has the details on how the billionaire backer of the victims’ rights amendment, Marsy’s Lawhas cut a deal on drug trafficking charges. A Marsy’s Law amendment will be on the fall ballot in Pennsylvania.

On our Commentary Page, state Sen. Mike Folmer, R-Lebanon, has some thoughts about the way the state spends its money — and what that might portend for the fiscal 2020-21 budget debate. And regular John A. Tures says the U.S. is at a pre-9/11 turning point on guaranteeing election security.

The Philadelphia Skyline from the ‘Rocky Steps’ at the Philly Art Museum. Photo by Steve Lange, courtesy of Flickr Commons.

Elsewhere.
Seven Philly cops caught up in that Facebook scandal have resigned, the Inquirer reports.
Police in Pittsburgh have launched a blood drive to honor their fallen colleague, Calvin Hall, the Post-Gazette reports.
About half of all homeowners in the Lehigh Valley are overpaying for property taxes, the Morning Call reports, also providing a handy explainer on how to appeal.
Heaping insult upon injury, the cash-strapped Harrisburg schools will lose about $1.5 million because of financial records that went missingPennLive reports.

Here’s your #Erie Instagram of the Day:

The FBI may be investigating SEPTA over alleged embezzlement, WHYY-FM reports, citing sources.
Pennsylvania’s General Assistance program ends today (Aug. 1), WITF-FM reports, explaining the fallout.
The PA Post 
looks at some of the more high-profile layoffs, resulting in thousands of job losses statewide.
Former Attorney General Kathleen Kane was released from jail on WednesdayPoliticsPA reports.
Stateline.org looks at state-level fights over ballot- and voter-access.
Politico post-games the second night of the Democratic debates.

WolfWatch.
Gov. Tom Wolf
 holds a 2 p.m. newser in the Reception Room to update on the latest in the fight against opioids abuse.

You Say It’s Your Birthday Dept.
Best wishes go out to Wallace McKelvey, of PennLive; Jeff Garis of the PA Budget and Policy Center, and Brian Smithmeyer, of KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, all longtime colleagues, all of whom celebrate today. Congrats and enjoy the day, gents.

Heavy Rotation.
Here’s an old favorite by Hothouse Flowers that remains as wonderful as ever.It’s ‘Don’t Go.’

Thursday’s Gratuitous Baseball Link.
According to MLB.com – these are the seven teams who were the big winners at the trading deadline.

And now you’re up to date.

John L. Micek
A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press

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