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.

An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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