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April 16th Playbook

The candidates for PA12 participate in a meet the candidates forum, while Sen. Bernie Sanders stops in Bethlehem for a town hall broadcasted by Fox News. Here is the Playbook.

PA12: Friedenberg, Keller Participate in Meet The Candidate Forum: Keller spent time criticizing the size of government, believing it needs to be smaller, while Friedenberg was not as critical of the size of government.

Politically Uncorrected: Incivility and its Discontents: Love and marriage, as the old ditty has it, may not always go together, but incivility and polarization sure go hand in hand.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Grand jury sees ways to reduce Pennsylvania’s Medicaid fraud
AP: High court declines to take Pennsylvania rap artist’s case
Patriot News: Pa. public employees convicted of sex crimes could lose pensions
Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey pushing to raise eligibility age for ABLE accounts to 46
Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey hopes expectations for a heavily redacted Mueller report are ‘too pessimistic’
Patriot News: Governor Wolf hosts Easter Egg Event for pre-k students: Photo gallery
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes $4.5 billion plan to help townships at municipal conference
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House committees advance more grand jury recommendations on Catholic clergy abuse
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Board of Pardons sees spike in applications after eliminating fees
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Seeking to reduce fraud, new grand jury report calls for fixes to Pa.’s Medicaid program
Inquirer: Bernie Sanders, at Pa. town hall hosted by Fox News, defends newfound status as millionaire
Inquirer: Pa. grand jury: State Medicaid program vulnerable to fraud due to loose reporting
PLSReporter: Would House Bill 11 save Three Mile Island? Exelon says yes, but some lawmakers aren’t so sure  
PLSReporter: Final pieces of response to grand jury report on clergy abuse clear House committees
PLSReporter: Legislators join advocates, union members to rally against tax fraud  
PLSReporter: PASSHE hopes new tuition policies will help reverse fortunes but skeptics remain
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 2: Statute of Limitations, Nuclear Energy and Nerf Fights
WESA: PA Has Especially High Levels Of Radon, New Bill Would Mandate Testing For It In Schools
Post-Gazette: Deadline to register to vote in May primary fast approaching
Beaver County Times: DEP testing water supplies for PFAs
StateImpactPA: ‘Razorblades and feathers in my throat’: A fire at a U.S. Steel plant near Pittsburgh made a major polluter even worse
The Times Leader: Sanders stumps at casino, focusing on healthcare reforms

WHYY Newsworks: Why Philly’s mayoral candidates are hardly campaigning
WHYY Newsworks: Most Philly Council candidates oppose the 10-year tax abatement
WHYY Newsworks: Philly names 6 neighborhoods for street cleaning experiment
Inquirer: Repeal the tax abatement, rent control: Here’s what Philadelphia City Council candidates say they’d do first  
Inquirer: Free Library leaders grilled on bias during budget hearing before City Council
Inquirer: Public radio’s WHYY buys Billy Penn news site  
Inquirer: This city-run nonprofit has been handing out millions of your dollars — without any oversight
PLSReporter: CCP, staff ratifies new contracts
KYW Newsradio: Inaugural Green Week merges social equity with sustainability
Philadelphia Business Journal: State sets gambling revenue record in March. Here’s how Philadelphia-area casinos fared.
Billy Penn: WTF is ‘councilmanic prerogative’? What it is, who benefits and why it’s hard to change

Daily Local News: Mariner East 2 pipeline draws heat at Haverford hearing
Delco Daily Times: State senators weigh in on latest push to expand help for victims of childhood sex abuse
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2019: Souderton area primary election races uncontested

KDKA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Awarded Pulitzer Prize
City Paper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wins Pulitzer Prize for reporting on Tree of Life shooting
City Paper: Bernie Sanders talks unions, income inequality, and health care at campaign rally in Oakland  
City Paper: U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly’s bill would bar IRS from offering free online tax filing services
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Controller unveils financial transparency program
Post-Gazette: County Council District 13 primary: Activist Liv Bennett challenges incumbent Denise Ranalli Russell
Post-Gazette: Public Defender Elliot Howsie, in line to be an Allegheny County judge, spurs mixed reviews
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wins Pulitzer Prize for Tree of Life coverage
Post-Gazette: Officials and unions urge enforcement of tax laws in construction industry
Tribune Review: Pitt commencement to feature Dereck Hogan, U.S. Ambassador to Moldova
Tribune Review: Police: Derry mayor pointed gun at juveniles in park after fight involving his son
Tribune Review: Westmoreland warden wants public apology from Commissioner Gina Cerilli

Altoona Mirror: Pros, cons of making drug legal debated
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council not ruling out commercial property tax reassessments
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Shapiro calls for Medicaid fraud fixes

Times-Tribune: From Scranton Prep to Harrisburg, new state rep Bridget Kosierowski shares path to politics
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners approve anti-political firing policy
Citizens Voice: Political Scene 4/15/19
The Times Leader: Sanders stumps at casino, focusing on healthcare reforms

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary forum planned for Democratic county commissioner candidates
Carlisle Sentinel: State approves two more county farms for preservation
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes in Lancaster County, according to IRS tax data
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes $4.5 billion plan to help townships at municipal conference
Patriot News: Penn State Harrisburg students share plan to increase the city’s affordable housing offerings
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District Board motion to oust leadership fails

Lehigh Valley   
Express Times: Bernie Sanders faces lively audience in Bethlehem town hall
Express Times: Come on over for breakfast. Fox & Friends visiting Bethlehem eatery the morning after Bernie Sanders event, owner says
Reading Eagle: Houlahan promotes VA health care for women
Reading Eagle: Both major parties lacking in foot soldiers in Berks
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council interviews candidate for vacant city auditor position
Reading Eagle: With Pennsylvania leading the U.S. in Lyme disease cases, state and local officials are taking action
Morning Call: Key takeaways from Bernie Sanders’ town hall in Bethlehem
Morning Call: Live Blog Replay: Bernie Sanders Fox News Town Hall in Bethlehem
Morning Call: Bernie Sanders in Bethlehem: How Fox News picked the audience
Morning Call: Some were fans, some were foes, all had eyes and ears for Bernie Sanders at Fox News Town Hall
Morning Call: Allentown progressive group to host debates for mayoral, City Council candidates this week

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Commission tasked with studying redistricting to meet in Erie Thursday
Erie Times-News: Erie County, Pleasant Ridge Manor seek pension premium relief
Erie Times-News: EMTA selects new CEO
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor calls for sale of park and fire station
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Republican candidates talk about stances on area issues

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Butt out: Pittsburgh doesn’t need Daryl Metcalfe’s input on guns
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Heartbreak in Paris
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The right to repair: Companies should not dictate where items are fixed
Inquirer Editorial Board: Why we should worry about the future of history — and the institutions that house it
Greg Rothman and Stephen Kinsey: Legalize e-scooters to expand transportation in Pennsylvania
Jonathan ZImmerman: Trump can relieve America’s vaccine crisis with a single tweet
John L. Micek: Tax Day 2019: Want to tax the rich? These are the candidates with the best plans | Monday Morning Coffee
Anthony C. Infanti: Tax Day 2019: This is how U.S. tax law discriminates against women, LGBTQ Americans, and people of color
Liberty Vittert: Does legalizing marijuana help or harm Americans? Weighing the statistical evidence
Adam Marles: Wolf, lawmakers need to remember non-profit nursing homes during budget season
Alison Stohr and Mindy Isser: If you care about Philly schools, you’ll willingly pay more taxes. We did.
Christine Flowers: Notre Dame Cathedral: A building that stayed the same as the world changed
John L. Micek: These are the 5 most — and least — green states in the country | The Numbers Racket

One Response

  1. Politics has never been for those overly sensitive. And there probably is a degree more of acrimony these days than ever before but when you are battling for power there will always be passionate battles so we really should not over react to the disputes. Politics has always been a rough sport.

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