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April 12th Playbook

The first Democrat has officially entered the race for PA10 in 2020, while a Pitt Law professor announces a primary challenge to Rep. Michael Doyle in PA18. Here is the Playbook.

Brier Announces Bid For PA10: The attorney and author listed addressing the opioid epidemic, student loan debt, and infrastructure in his campaign announcement.

Dickinson To Challenge Doyle in PA18 Dem Primary: The law professor at the University of Pittsburgh has economic mobility, workers’ rights, healthcare-for-all, and criminal justice at the forefront of his campaign.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: Gas, nuclear lobbies butt heads as Pa. Senate takes up nuclear-rescue bill
AP: Pennsylvania reduces rape kit backlog by 90%
AP: Pennsylvania flags lowered to honor Marines killed in action
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A record-setting number of women are serving in the Pa. House. They make up just a quarter of the body | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, Pat Toomey split on vote to confirm Trump’s new Interior secretary
Beaver County Times: Auditor General DePasquale hails 90 percent reduction in rape-kit testing backlog since 2016
PLSReporter: Metcalfe crafting impeachment resolution against Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto
PLSReporter: Senators aim to update state’s alternative energy portfolio with increased requirements, nuclear power  
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Philly Voice: Bernie Sanders to visit Poconos nurses union meeting next week during big Pennsylvania trip
WHYY Newsworks: Why Down syndrome is in the middle of the Pa. abortion debate
WHYY Newsworks: Advocates sue Pa. officials, say they failed to catch major problems at Glen Mills Schools
Inquirer: Pennsylvania cracks down on Big Marijuana, threatens to shut out biggest permit holder
StateImpactPA: Trump executive order could affect future of stalled Constitution Pipeline
StateImpactPA: Gas, nuclear lobbies butt heads as Senate takes up nuclear-rescue bill
KYW Newsradio: State lawmakers introduce bills aimed at curbing Pennsylvania’s waste
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf orders flags lowered to half-staff for fallen Marines  

Philly Clout: Philly Democratic challengers and former Mayor Street target Mayor Kenney on diversity
WHYY Newsworks: Street endorses Williams, Butkovitz attacks Kenney
WHYY Newsworks: Indicted Councilman Henon pushes for more L&I inspectors, dominates budget hearing
Philadelphia Magazine: Date Set for the First (and Only) TV Debate of the Philly Mayoral Race
KYW Newsradio: Mayor’s race heats up as Anthony Williams receives high-profile endorsement
KYW Newsradio: City recognizes Teal Day to bring awareness to sexual abuse, violence
Billy Penn: Philly will pay neighborhoods orgs — and others! — to help reduce gun violence
PLSReporter: Council passes resolution supporting Marsy’s Law
Philadelphia Business Journal: Mayors converge in Philadelphia for Young, Smart and Local Conference
Inquirer: Tax bills set to increase — again — for homeowners as Philly releases new assessments  
Inquirer: Trump’s sister retires as federal judge in Philadelphia amid reported probe of family finances  
Inquirer: Philly controller subpoenas city elections officials over voting machine decision  
Inquirer: Campaign money begins to shape Philly’s crowded at-large Council race  
Inquirer: As Biden, Bush headline opioid panel at Penn, Kenney talks supervised injection sites

Pottstown Mercury: Houlahan votes for bill aimed at protecting women
KYW Newsradio: Glen Mills Schools hit with class-action lawsuit amid abuse, cover-ups allegations
Delco Daily Times: Ex-students file suit against Glen Mills School, claim cruel and unusual punishment

City Paper: Gov. Tom Wolf removes Port Authority board member Robert Kania  
Post-Gazette: After transit group’s urging, Gov. Wolf replaces Port Authority board member
Post-Gazette: WATCH: Body cam footage shows incident that led to Chelsa Wagner felony charge
Post-Gazette: URA approves loan for Squirrel Hill affordable housing and development
Post-Gazette: DA says not yet to private criminal complaints against gun-controlling city officials
WESA: County Controller Ordered To Stand Trial On One Felony Count
WESA: Wolf Announces Replacement of Port Authority Board Member Involved In Mysterious Political Committee
The Incline: It’s time Pennsylvania pay for its criminal justice mistakes, lawmakers say

Post-Gazette: Butler County state House district sees rare two-party election contest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Four congressmen to attend Showcase for Commerce  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County judge is named Westmont Hilltop distinguished grad

Citizens Voice: Bernie Sanders coming to Mohegan Sun Pocono
Citizens Voice: County council mulls Pedri’s proposal to hire lobbying firm
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners baseball suite access questioned
The Times Leader: Elimination of WB residency requirement for unions sparks debate

South Central  
York Dispatch: Smucker pitches GOP-friendly net neutrality bill
York Dispatch: Former allies split ways over redistricting fix
York Daily Record: York County judicial candidate forum set for April 30 at York College
Patriot News: Star Barn protesters rally to oppose policy barring same-sex weddings
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tale of three cities: Harrisburg, Lancaster, York mayors outline their visions  
LNP | LancasterOnline: District attorney turns over drug forfeiture records, but LNP says ‘surprise move’ isn’t enough
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County official appointed to serve on national election standards board

Lehigh Valley   
Express Times: Lead paint, asbestos on windows draws Gov. Wolf to Allentown to tout community upgrade proposal
Express Times: Here’s why an engineer who bribed Allentown, Reading mayors won’t go to prison
Reading Eagle: Dispute resolved over parking spot near City Hall for U.S. representative’s staff
Reading Eagle: Residents say Reading is not ready to leave Act 47

North by Northwest
Patriot News: Former Penn State president Graham Spanier gets OK to serve prison time in Centre County, and a new court date
Patriot News: Northumberland County agrees to pay $363,400 to settle caseworkers’ OT pay suit
Erie Times-News: Consultant to help Erie diagnose financial problems
Erie Times-News: Jobs available through Erie Regional Manufacturer Partnership
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council takes aim at Erie Coke
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Gateway updates set for City Council

LNP Editorial Board: Harrisburg’s uneven response to Right-to-Know Law requests is troubling  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pray at home: State lawmakers must respect church-state divide
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nine is enough: Mike Turzai’s plan to expand airport board is a nonstarter
Inquirer Editorial Board: Ignoring victims is a problem, but Marsy’s law isn’t the right solution
Todd Stephens: It’s on all of us to fight human trafficking
John L. Micek: This new Josh Shapiro email speaks volumes about his future plans | Thursday Morning Coffee
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: The shame of Philadelphia’s race for sheriff
Christine Flowers: Kirstjen Nielsen’s resignation will only make Trump’s immigration policy worse
Brian O’Neill: Hyperloop? The ‘train of the future’ has already left Pittsburgh
Aimee Huff and Michelle Barnhart: How a ‘missing’ movement has made gun-control a winning issue
John L. Micek: This is why you should tell your U.S. senator to vote to restore ‘net neutrality’
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: An opening to the Mueller Report
Mike Newall: On a tour of Philly’s subterranean world, a simple question arises: Whom is our city for?
Will Bunch: Radnor’s murder problem, and the uphill fight to stop violence against women
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman: It’s time to pedestrianize the Italian Market
Larry Eichel: 10 years in Philly: A decade of change and growth

One Response

  1. Candidate Brier has seized on a dynamic issue for millennials with student loan debt matter. The fact is that recent coverage of the student loan debt issue shows an entire generation really swamped by burdensome debt that inhibits their ability to buy a home, car and start a family as they leave school and enter the work force. On top of that you see all the media coverage on a program like the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program which has not produced optimum results to date (class action lawsuits about the program, etc). I think there is little doubt this student loan debt issue could drive voters to the polls in droves, especially young first time voters, if a candidate cares enough about it.

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