April 18th Playbook

First quarter campaign fundraising numbers are filing in from Congressional representatives. Here is the Playbook.

 

PA12: Keller Comfortably Bests Friedenberg in Q1 Fundraising, Cash on Hand Much Closer: The GOP candidate’s campaign brought in $175,000 in the most recent campaign finance report.

PA Sen: Toomey Raises Close to $500K in Q1: The GOP Senator entered April with just under $1.6M cash on hand.

 

Harrisburg & DC  
CNN: The fight for swing voters is underway in Pennsylvania’s suburbs
Politico: How Sanders thinks he can win Pennsylvania — and the presidency
AP: Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules
AP: Pennsylvania nears online sports betting, casino gambling
AP: ACLU to end suit over Pennsylvania public defender funding
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey talks southern border, taxes, Mueller report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘A People’s Budget:’ Activists rally at the Capitol for a higher minimum wage, free college, and better school funding
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump budget would take millions away from disabled Americans, former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge writes.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Reformers hope redistricting can open broader conversation on changing Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What are PFAS chemicals and what is Pennsylvania doing about them?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Six Pa. House members voted against naming the Eastern hellbender the state amphibian. Why?
WESA: PA’s Legislative Black Caucus Wants To Improve Police, Community Relations
WESA: Lawmakers Are Spring Cleaning Old Laws On Sunday Baseball, Public Music
PLSReporter: DePasquale and Deluca unveil School Board and Administration Financial Reform Package
PLSReporter: Organizations want legislative fixes to recycling collection in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: House Republicans showcase steps forward in supporting crime victims
Tribune Review: Pa. Supreme Court to take up AG Shapiro’s case against UPMC    
Tribune Review: Liquor Control hearing to address Pennsylvania’s taproom tax
Citizens Voice: Over 100 tons of prescription drugs destroyed with takeback program
Bloomberg: ‘Bernie or Bust’ Voters Create Predicament for Democrats in 2020
StateImpactPA: What other states are doing about plastic bags — and what might happen with Pa.’s proposed ban
The Times Leader: Casey urges Pa. Legislature to support ‘Restore Pennsylvania’ plan  

 

Philadelphia  
WHYY Newsworks: Prominent Philly Democrats Rendell, Nutter plan Joe Biden fundraiser
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney urges delay on Safehouse injection site, tells planners to look at other locations
WHYY Newsworks: Krasner reverses position, no longer opposes new hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal
Philadelphia Magazine: You Pay Lots of Philly Taxes. But Do You Know Why?
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA will not pursue appeal in Mumia Abu-Jamal legal saga
Billy Penn: Philadelphia’s new version of street sweeping is…dusty
Philly Voice: Philly launches mechanical street cleaning pilot in six neighborhoods
PLSReporter: Philadelphia to host 2026 MLB All-Star Game
Inquirer: Philly elections officials won’t overturn controversial voting-machine decision
Inquirer: Philadelphia primary election 2019: What to know before voting
Inquirer: Sherrie Cohen drops bid for Council to ‘heal LGBTQ community’
Inquirer: Philly’s 2020 assessments are out. Here’s how to calculate your new tax bill.

 

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey talks southern border, taxes, Mueller report
Daily Local News: Chester County residents offer views on legalizing recreational marijuana
Daily Local News: Comitta, McCarter seek to modernize state’s renewable energy standards
Delco Daily Times: Delco councilmen rip report on prison
KYW Newsradio: Key lawmaker: Inspector general will probe Grace Packer case
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County candidates’ night set for May 7

 

Pittsburgh
WESA: New Filings Show Phone Campaign In Anti-Socialist Effort May Cause More Headaches For Organizer
City Paper: Summer Lee, Legislative Black Caucus look to reform police procedures in Pennsylvania
KDKA: Pittsburgh Leaders Say Hate Crimes Aren’t Happening In The City As Much As People Think
Post-Gazette: State lawmaker proposes reforms amid Penn Hills School District’s financial woes   
Post-Gazette: NRA files for preliminary injunction halting Pittsburgh’s gun laws   
Post-Gazette: Mayor of Derry accused of pointing loaded gun at kids turns in 50-plus guns
Tribune Review: Pa. Supreme Court to take up AG Shapiro’s case against UPMC   
Tribune Review: Liquor Control hearing to address Pennsylvania’s taproom tax   
Tribune Review: PA ag secretary tours Unity farm wrapping its future around cheese   
Tribune Review: The anatomy of a political campaign   

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State police backlog of untested rape kits eliminated
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Action against Johnstown council members dismissed
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Supervisor appointed to panel
Altoona Mirror: Williamsburg to improve municipal water system
Observer-Reporter: Pulitzer a sobering victory for Post-Gazette
Beaver County Times: AG begins probe into Lincoln Learning Solutions

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: CFO: Lackawanna County should save $7.5 million by refinancing 2009 bonds
The Times Leader: Cartwright: Diplomacy, foreign assistance crucial to economy, security
The Times Leader: Meuser still pressing for stormwater fee answers
The Times Leader: ACLU drops suit against county over public defender office
The Times Leader: Ciavarella continues appeal in ‘Kids for Cash’ scandal
The Times Leader: Trump accuser Stormy Daniels coming to Wilkes-Barre Twp. strip club
Citizens Voice: Over 100 tons of prescription drugs destroyed with takeback program

 

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Tom Wolf visits Marietta in long-shot push for tax on natural gas drillers
Patriot News: Pa. House approves reforms to child sex abuse laws; sends bills to Senate
Patriot News: Lebanon County comes off list of “sanctuary” counties
Patriot News: Three Mile Island closure would take nuclear plant offline in fall; shutdown costs estimated at $1.25 billion
York Dispatch: Catholic Church lobbying in Pa. spiked after damaging investigations
York Dispatch: Phillips-Hill announces new Broadband Caucus

 

Lehigh Valley   
Express Times: President Trump just took credit for revitalizing Bethlehem. Bethlehem’s mayor begs to differ.
Express Times: Cycling organization ruined Marty Nothstein’s reputation by leaking bogus sex offense allegations, lawsuit says
Morning Call: Here’s how much campaign cash Susan Wild and other Pennsylvania lawmakers have raised this year
Morning Call: President Trump’s tweet about ‘now thriving’ Bethlehem talk of the Christmas City
Morning Call: Allentown City Council eases restrictions on secondhand dealers, pawn shops
Reading Eagle: Immigration drives growth in Berks County, new census numbers show

 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Pa.’s Lt. Gov. brought his marijuana listening tour to Centre County. Here’s what he heard
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Everett talks drugs, guns at town hall meeting
Erie Times-News: Erie councilman wants to explore Relco system replacement   
Erie Times-News: Erie Opportunity Zone group meets with investor in DC   
Erie Times-News: ‘Me Too’ founder highlights survivors in Behrend speech
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s population falls again

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Julian Assange is a journalist: Targeting the WikiLeaks founder sets a dangerous precedecent
Inquirer Editorial Board: In Philly, are we comfortable with doing ‘just okay’?
John L. Micek: Progressive billionaire Tom Steyer’s super PAC is on the ground in #PA12 | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Josefina Sanchez: I’m a Mexican immigrant. Without a higher minimum wage, the American Dream is still out of reach
John L. Micek: In the Pa. House, encouraging steps on criminal justice reform continue
Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young: Political polarization is just like the weather. Everyone complains. But what are we doing about it?
Trudy Rubin: Notre Dame fire: Can Macron use this moment to unify France?
Gene Marks: Retirement savings: New bill would make it easier for small businesses to help employees put more away
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Bernie Sanders’ Fox News town hall
Nadya K. Shmavonian: As Philly’s historical organizations struggle, partnerships are key

April 18th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “April 18th Playbook”

  1. Thomas Jefferson says:

    PA12 Keller fundraising success is the canary in the coalmine. It’s a sign of who is winning. Always is and always shall be one of the significant indicators of the status of a campaign.

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