May 17th Playbook

A new Quinnipiac poll shows Gov. Wolf and Sen. Casey with positive ratings, while Sen. Toomey garners mixed reviews. Biden’s 2020 campaign sets up shop in Philly. Here is the Playbook.

 

Quinnipiac Poll: Wolf and Casey Hold Positive Ratings, Toomey Receives Mixed Reviews: Gov. Wolf reaches a new high in the latest Quinnipiac poll with 54% approving of his job performance.

Reader Poll: PA Should Allow Independents To Vote in Primaries: Nearly 60% polled believe Pennsylvania’s primary system should change.

Biden Picks Philly for 2020 Campaign HQ: The former Vice President announces Philadelphia as his presidential campaign headquarters two days prior to his campaign kickoff rally in the city.

 

Harrisburg & DC  
Inquirer: Joe Biden chooses Philadelphia for 2020 presidential campaign headquarters
Washington Post: Two Democrats from Pennsylvania exemplify the diversity of the freshman class
WITF: Wolf still trying to sell GOP lawmakers on lofty infrastructure plan
WITF: Gov. Wolf derides ‘lack of strategy’ in Trump’s trade approach  
AP: Joe Biden chooses Philadelphia as campaign headquarters
Post-Gazette: Pa. Republicans want lawmaker held accountable for ‘egregious’ behavior toward anti-abortion protester
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As abortion debate rages, some Pa. lawmakers find themselves challenging their party — or themselves
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf’s approval rating reaches its highest point in new Quinnipiac poll
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania voters would pick Joe Biden over Trump, all other Democrats, new Quinnipiac University poll finds
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: These Pa. schoolkids wanted people to skip using plastic straws for a day. They got a crash course in politics instead
KDKA: State Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Extending Deadline In UPMC-Highmark Dispute
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Vows To Veto Any Legislation Banning Abortion
PLSReporter: Pennsylvanians weigh in on climate change, marijuana and vaccines in new poll
PLSReporter: Fetterman’s listening tour to wrap up in Philadelphia
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 7: Math is Hard
Delco Daily Times: Toomey introduces bill to impose harsher penalties on cop killers
Philadelphia Magazine: How Pennsylvania’s Latest Anti-Abortion Bill Fits Into Anti-Roe Strategy
KYW Newsradio: NJ, Pa., Del. governors team up to protect Delaware River watershed
StateImpactPA: It isn’t easy being green: New research explores potential downside of nudging people to behave differently
Philadelphia Business Journal: In first year, sports betting pays off for Pa. casinos
Pittsburgh Business Times: ‘Happy anniversary’: The sides in this Supreme Court battle over UPMC, Highmark have been here before
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa. Supreme Court sharply questions on UPMC-Highmark consent decree
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey offers death-penalty bill for cop killers
The Times Leader: Democrats trash Trump at live ‘Hardball’ show with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
Patriot News: Water pollution proposal faces mounting opposition from Pa. Legislature
Patriot News: Joe Biden is more popular in Pa. than Donald Trump, other Democrats: Quinnipiac poll
Patriot News: Pa. House GOP leaders grow frustrated with Democrats’ response to Rep. Brian Sims’ ‘egregious and unacceptable behavior’

 

Philadelphia  
Philly Clout: Milton Street is running for mayor. Again. Cue the coffin and the gospel hymns.
WHYY Newsworks: Under indictment, Philly’s ‘Johnny Doc’ still a player in politics
WHYY Newsworks: Ahead of Philly primary, incumbent Jim Kenney reflects on the nature of being mayor
WHYY Newsworks: Why Philadelphia’s councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away
WHYY Newsworks: Unemployment is down in Philly. Is job hunting here any easier?
KYW Newsradio: Get ready for road closures in Center City during Biden’s kick-off rally
KYW Newsradio: NJ, Pa., Del. governors team up to protect Delaware River watershed
KYW Newsradio: Speed cameras are coming to Philadelphia’s deadliest road
Philly Voice: Milton Street says he’s running for Philly mayor as an independent
Inquirer: Joe Biden chooses Philadelphia for 2020 presidential campaign headquarters  
Inquirer: Longtime register of wills is challenged by two candidates as he seeks 11th term  
Inquirer: Former Nutter aide Desiree Peterkin Bell fined by Ethics Board for spending $20,000 on personal expenses  
Inquirer: City Council approves ‘just-cause,’ a cutting-edge worker protection law, for the parking industry

 

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Eight seek nominations for 3 Montco commissioner seats
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. John Galloway apologizes for second DUI stop
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf says he supports full fracking ban in Delaware River basin
Bucks County Courier Times: County commissioner running for Centennial school board
WHYY Newsworks: In Philly suburbs, readers see more ‘ghost newspapers’ as hedge funds cut costs
Delco Daily Times: Delco Council appoints prison board members, including ex-Council boss Wally Nunn
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor brings recreational marijuana listening tour to Bucks County; residents speak out for and against
Daily Local News: Kennett Township financial probe may take ‘months’  
Daily Local News: Pipeline is key issue in Chester County commissioner race

 

Pittsburgh
KDKA: He’s Been DA For Over 20 Years, But Now ‘It’s More About Politics Than The Trial,’ Zappala Says
KDKA: State Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument On Extending Deadline In UPMC-Highmark Dispute
Pittsburgh Business Times: ‘Happy anniversary’: The sides in this Supreme Court battle over UPMC, Highmark have been here before
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa. Supreme Court sharply questions on UPMC-Highmark consent decree
Post-Gazette: Pa. primary elections 2019: What your vote on May 21 will decide
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh councilwoman wants colleagues to reconsider city’s proposed ‘carte blanche’ data-sharing agreement
Post-Gazette: EPA says it will expedite review of summer gas in Allegheny County

 

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: House bill promotes job, infrastructure growth
Observer-Reporter: Coal ‘steadying’ here and statewide, industry group official says
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Six Republican candidates vying for Cambria commissioners seats
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Race for Cambria coroner down to two candidates
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Two attorneys seeking Republican nomination for Cambria DA
City Paper: Westmoreland County school’s drill with shooter dressed in Middle Eastern garb draws criticism
Tribune Review: Six lawyers vying to fill two Westmoreland County judicial seats
Altoona Mirror: Redistriction ideas considered
Beaver County Times: County reaches tentative deal with unions
Beaver County Times: House Speaker Turzai joins state Rep. Josh Kail, other officials to tout GOP energy plan
Beaver County Times: Lamb on the run: Congressman clocks in as second fastest

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: George, Brown disagree on safety in city
Citizens Voice: Debate attracts few W-B candidates
Citizens Voice: DePasquale releases audit on Crestwood bus problems
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County conversion of former Globe store cost $2.3M more than initially projected
Times-Tribune: Casey challenges DiBileo for Lackawanna County Controller
Times-Tribune: Council races draw crowded fields in Archbald, Dickson City, Jessup and Olyphant
The Times Leader: Democrats trash Trump at live ‘Hardball’ show with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
The Times Leader: Lawmakers back incentives to lure petrochemical plants here

 

South Central  
PA Post: Steve Chronister attempts a comeback after racially tinged golf club incident, but GOP wants to stop him
Patriot News: 3 compete for Democratic nomination for Dauphin County commissioner
Patriot News: Water pollution proposal faces mounting opposition from Pa. Legislature
Patriot News: Joe Biden is more popular in Pa. than Donald Trump, other Democrats: Quinnipiac poll
Patriot News: Pa. House GOP leaders grow frustrated with Democrats’ response to Rep. Brian Sims’ ‘egregious and unacceptable behavior’

 

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Allentown City Council candidates out-raise, out-spend mayoral candidates ahead of primary
Morning Call: Allentown backs Gov. Wolf’s infrastructure plan
Patriot News: MediaNews Group stands as lone bidder to buy Reading Eagle; auction canceled
Reading Eagle: Annarose Ingarra-Milch and Eddie Moran raise most money in Reading mayor’s race
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers’ letter about Berks Heim elicits strong reactions
Express Times: Allentown mayor’s race: These 4 Democrats are on the ballot in Tuesday’s primary election

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: 4 Republicans vie for Erie County Council’s 7th District seat
Erie Times-News: Democrats Bishop, Driver compete in Erie County Council’s 7th District
Erie Times-News: East Erie residents surveyed in Count Me In initiative
Erie Times-News: Albion, Cranesville borough council races are contested
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall may be inaccessible for up to 9 weeks

 

Opinion  
Inquirer: Primary Ballot Questions: A pro and con for each to help you decide how to vote
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Turzai and Scarnati, are you hiding in UPMC’s shadow?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Drug prices revealed: New rule might even chasten Big Pharma
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly primary | Endorsement Guide
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board recommendations for Sheriff, City Commissioner | Endorsement
John L. Micek: U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, House Dems will hold a public reading of the Mueller Report | Thursday Morning Coffee
Dom Giordano: Sims crossed a line with his tirade at pro-life demonstrators
Christine Goldbeck: The Pa. House needs rules to function properly
Tony Norman: Seeing (and wearing) red in Alabama, the Handmaid’s State
Anna Hurley: What can pro-choice people of faith do to support abortion rights?
Christine Flowers: With new abortion legislation, America is on the right track
John Baer: Pa. State Rep. Jared Solomon: From the butcher shop to the sausage factory
Robert Bonacci: Congress should back buprenorphine bill to stem opioid crisis
Stu Bykofsky: Does the Liberty Bell still represent Philadelphia?
Rodney Muhammad: City Council should approve parking bills to support workers
Kevin Riordan: Philly’s ‘rainbow wave’ election a beginning, not an ending
Trudy Rubin: Is Italy’s nationalist leader Matteo Salvini a threat to Italian and European democracies?
Joseph N. DiStefano: Why is Philadelphia giving public money to this troubled bank, once again?
Inga Saffron: Is Philadelphia getting too crowded? City Council president wants fewer apartments and more parking.
Brian O’Neill: A feel good story of marathons and manure

May 17th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “May 17th Playbook”

  1. Andrew Johnson says:

    Saw “Hardball” last night and props to Lou Barletta for going in there and graciously defending his position. What seems pretty obvious now is that Trump won PA in 2016 not because of his brilliance but that Hillary was not liked. It was a race between two unpopular people and one had to win so it was Trump. I don’t think it was anything to do with her gender but the fact folks did not like her. The audience felt more ok with denouncing Trump last night and I think this is not reversible and Trump has problems with his electoral efforts in 2020.

    1. Abe Lincoln says:

      Elizabeth is tapping into that bipartisan economically troubling issue of student loan debt. There are no Republican student loan debts or Democratic student loan debts. This debt is a real challenge to accessing the American dream and this is a hot millennial issue that is politically real but flying under the media radar.

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