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April 10th Playbook

Keller releases his first set of television ads for the upcoming special election in PA12, while Rep. Tim Ryan is announced as the keynote speaker for the Erie County Dems Spring Dinner. Here is the Playbook.

PA12: Keller Debuts 2 TV Ads: The GOP candidate details his upbringing, while touting being a conservative Republican who will fight for President Trump’s agenda.

Ryan To Headline Erie Dems Spring Dinner: Last week, the Ohio Congressman announced his plans on seeking the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nomination.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: House votes to link fate of 2 child sexual abuse bills
AP: Suit filed over gun controls inspired by synagogue shooting
AP: Attorney general seeks to delay insurers’ dispute deadline
AP: DA asks judge to recuse self from criminal cases
AP: Deer hunting opening day moving to Saturday from Monday
AP: Bill seeks to help homebound students take part in classroom
The Guardian: Pennsylvania governor under scrutiny for role in approving pipeline
WITF: Once again, lawmakers will try to reform Pa.’s sexual abuse laws
WITF: Lawmakers, Wolf rally for extreme risk gun bill  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright locks horns with Trump’s AG over decision not to defend Obamacare
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In speech to new U.S. governors, Gov. Tom Wolf shares Pa.’s experience fighting opioid abuse
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Nurses and moms ask lawmakers to boost funding for at-home care programs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Higher education shouldn’t be a ‘luxury’: Pa. community college advocates rally for more state funding
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fourth time a charm? Nurse practitioners rally for bill they say will expand health care access
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican Fred Keller rolls out new ads in PA-12 special election
PA Post: New Pa. gun restrictions in domestic abuse cases begin Wednesday
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow
PLSReporter: DePasquale calls for lower prescription drug costs and looks at ways to do it
PLSReporter: Health professionals, lawmakers seek improvements to prescription drug monitoring
PLSReporter: With Senate committee approval, redistricting proponents look to use momentum to prompt House action
Bloomberg: Stalled Pennsylvania-New York gas pipeline could get a boost from Trump’s executive order
StateImpactPA: Why is a few degrees of warming such a big deal when it comes to climate change?
Citizens Voice: TV, radio host Smerconish urges moderation in politics, life
Philadelphia Public School Notebook: School leaders in Philly and Pittsburgh frustrated with Corbett-era holdovers on state board
KYW Newsradio: Pros, cons of nuclear power rescue bill aired at hearing
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers change course on legislation for child sex abuse victims
KYW Newsradio: It’s official: Pa. moves deer hunting season opening day
Patriot News: Fate of two child sex crime bills tied to each other
Patriot News: Advocates call on lawmakers to make home-based care services more accessible for seniors and disabled
Morning Call: ‘Do you think it’s likely we are going to prevail?’ Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright questions AG William Barr on not defending Obamacare

WHYY Newsworks: Unions, soda industry: See who’s spending the most on Philly’s local races
Inquirer: With six weeks until the primary, Philly pols scramble for campaign cash
Inquirer: Philly could elect its first millennial to City Council, where the average age is 58
Inquirer: These reform groups helped elect DA Larry Krasner. Now they want to swing Philly’s judicial elections.
Inquirer: ‘Vindictive’ — or only proper? DA Larry Krasner asks a Philly judge to recuse himself from all criminal cases.
Inquirer: If Philly job growth doesn’t keep up, millennials will go where the good jobs are, new study warns
KYW Newsradio: City judge’s girlfriend files complaint against Krasner; DA wants judge recused
AP: DA asks judge to recuse self from criminal cases
Pottstown Mercury: House backs Barrar’s bill to protect residents facing emergencies
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby pol’s event questioned by council  
Delco Daily Times: D.A., CASA kick off Victims Rights Week with new coalition

WESA: Peduto Signs Gun Bills, Setting Up Legal Duel With NRA
WESA: Campaign Finance Complaint Filed Against Group Involved In 2018 State House Race
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto signs new gun-control legislation into law
Post-Gazette: Complaint alleges violation of campaign finance law in aim to derail election of Democratic Socialist
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County seeks proposals for new paper ballot voting machines
Post-Gazette: Planning Commission reviews proposal to require affordable housing in Lawrenceville
Post-Gazette: Community leaders, law enforcement update guidelines for citizen, police engagement
Post-Gazette: URA chief plans to step down as organization refocuses on housing, smaller projects
Tribune Review: NRA sues Pittsburgh after Peduto signs gun ban into law
Pittsburgh Business Times: Shapiro urges Supreme Court to allow for UPMC-Highmark extension
KDKA: ‘Enough Is Enough:’ Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Signs Controversial Gun Legislation Into Law
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Seeks To Delay UPMC-Highmark Dispute Deadline
KDKA: State Representative Rob Matzie Proposing Opening Vote By Mail To All PA Voters
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh mayor signs gun control legislation into law, lawsuits follow
City Paper: Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren endorses Pitt grad students’ efforts to unionize
City Paper: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe’s quixotic new quest to impeach Bill Peduto

Beaver County Times: Bartolotta, Stefano propose severance-free alternative to Restore PA
Beaver County Times: Bill would delay operating change to Medical Assistance Transportation Program
Beaver County Times: Supporters, opponents of nuclear bailout bill spar in Harrisburg
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Judges OK city of Johnstown’s local services tax
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local hunters have mixed feelings about new Saturday season opener
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Wolf supports law to let abuse victims sue retroactively

Citizens Voice: TV, radio host Smerconish urges moderation in politics, life
Citizens Voice: W-B, city employees union reach deal on new contract
Citizens Voice: State AG’s office requests records from Wyoming
The Times Leader: Smerconish draws capacity crowd to JCC lecture
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council reacts to contract, say employees should be residents
The Times Leader: Deer rifle season change divides hunters
Times-Tribune: Cartwright questions AG William Barr on not defending Obamacare

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg hires Maverick Strategies to return as the city’s lobbyist
Patriot News: Toxic chemical discovered in drinking water by York Co. homeowner, utility plans more testing
Patriot News: Harrisburg councilwoman to residents about armed robberies: ‘If you see something, say something’
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County GOP candidates meet-and-greet scheduled for Tuesday
York Dispatch: Urgent issue or competition killer? House holds 1st hearing on Pa. nuclear bailout bill
LNP | LancasterOnline: District Attorney: Commissioners can’t block funding for Commonwealth Court case    
LNP | LancasterOnline: State Republican and Democratic party chairs trade niceties while sparring on gun control, Trump at F&M’s civil discourse forum

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Former Allentown Controller Mary Ellen Koval avoids jail time in pay-to-play investigation
Morning Call: Allentown planners recommend rezoning former incinerator site for manufacturing
Reading Eagle: Bankruptcy judge approves loan to keep Reading Eagle open

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Fiore Leone to receive award for local government excellence
Erie Times-News: EMTA to pick new leader; ex-chief got $71,712 to leave
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: South Williamsport Borough Council fills vacant seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Deer season will start early in 2019
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lock Haven looking to hire finance director
Centre Daily Times: Protesters interrupt State College Borough Council work session, demand ‘Justice for Osaze’
Centre Daily Times: Lt. Gov. Fetterman wants Centre County’s thoughts on legalizing pot. Here’s when

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Take note, Pittsburgh: A new and practical way to curb gun violence
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Almost gametime: City must keep a close eye on a prime development
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Off the grid: The sale of location data should be prohibited
Inquirer Editorial Board: There’s a way to stem the increase in HIV infections
Will Bunch: Pulling the plug on Mariner East: After new revelations about Big Gas in Pa., the time is now
John Baer: Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s weed tour takes some hits
Luis Vanderhorst: Gov. Wolf is right to push for increase in teacher salaries
Christopher Tremoglie: Does Penn have a Joe Biden problem?
John L. Micek: This map drives home America’s growing economic divide | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Rhonda Hill Wilson, Joann Bell, and Dr. Emma Chappell: Inequity in black women-owned businesses still exists
Tony Norman: Do the write thing
Barbara Chavous: It’s time to make childcare affordable for everyone – not just a select few
Jasmine Harris: Amateurs? College athletes make money for everyone but themselves
Ken Ginsburg: CHOP doctor: It’s time for a pro-teenager movement

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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