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April 17th Playbook

A group of Democratic lawmakers in Harrisburg made a call to change the state’s rules on police shootings. Here is the Playbook.

Sanders Swings Through PA: One of the Democratic presidential front-runners made campaign stops in Pittsburgh, and two counties that voted for President Trump in 2016.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Lawmakers hope to change state’s rules on police shootings
AP: Bid to cap greenhouse gases takes next step in Pennsylvania
AP: Pennsylvania high court takes UPMC-Highmark insurance case
AP: Eastern hellbender voted Pennsylvania’s official amphibian
AP: Pennsylvania’s sports betting rises amid March Madness
WITF: Pa. House hopes to approve final sex abuse reforms by week’s end
WITF: How to reduce Medicaid fraud? A Pa. grand jury has some ideas.
PLSReporter: Samuelson, Murt bills to change the state & congressional redistricting process
PLSReporter: Lawmakers push for changes to how law enforcement can use force
PLSReporter: Shapiro, grand jury recommend changes to crack down on Medicaid fraud
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Subsidies are in the spotlight as fossil fuel industries hammer proposed Pa. nuclear deal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This legislation is not anti-police’: Pa. House Dems propose package of police reform bills
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. environmental regulatory review board OKs study of cap and trade   
StateImpactPA: How much would a nuclear subsidy add to your electric bill? Here’s a breakdown
StateImpactPA: Citizen climate petition advances, after state board approves further study of cap-and-trade program
StateImpactPA: Air pollution problems from steel industry prompt two lawsuits
StateImpactPA: ‘energy, explained’ podcast: Climate change’s big question: Can we get to zero carbon?
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Turnpike to seek feedback on possible resumption of transit borrowing
KYW Newsradio: Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco fined for ethane-propane leak on pipeline
KYW Newsradio: More child sex abuse bills advance in Pennsylvania House
Philly Voice: Bernie Sanders meets Fox News at town hall in Bethlehem
AP: Fox’s Sanders town hall is the most-watched candidate event in the race so far
Post-Gazette: Pa. to review sweeping carbon-cutting proposal, despite opposition
WESA: AG Josh Shapiro Says Pennsylvanians Will Get A ‘Better Deal’ Than Oklahoma Opioid Settlement
Beaver County Times: Sen. Casey throws supports behind Gov. Wolf’s Restore PA plan
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Millionaires: By the Numbers
Patriot News: Minors could perform music in Pa. bars under bill that won state House approval
Patriot News: Olympic medal winners could keep their winnings all to themselves  

Inquirer: Who’s running for Philadelphia City Council?
Inquirer: Philadelphia primary election 2019: What to know before voting
Inquirer: Lawyers argue ex-Philly cop Ryan Pownall can’t get a fair trial in front of a city jury
WHYY Newsworks: Young voters present Philadelphia Green New Deal for council race
Philadelphia Tribune: Report proposes 10 solutions to close widening racial wealth gap
KYW Newsradio: Charges dropped against man involved in shooting of Philly cop

Pottstown Mercury: Local lawmakers take aim at measures to improve environment
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP updates skeptical residents on PFAS
Daily Local News: Mariner East 2 pipeline draws heat at Haverford hearing
KYW Newsradio: Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco fined for ethane-propane leak on pipeline   

Post-Gazette: Governor backs Shapiro’s efforts in UPMC-Highmark dispute, even as key departments stay on sidelines
Post-Gazette: Battle flares over proposal to add state oversight to airport authority board
KDKA: ‘This City Was Built By Immigrants’: Mayor Bill Peduto Says Detained Migrants Would Be Welcomed To Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Penn Hills mayor defends decision to silence resident
Tribune Review: Derry mayor free on bond while charged with pointing gun at kids
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa. Supreme Court grants attorney general right to appeal end of consent decree
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh District 7 and 9 candidates come together for a resident driven forum

Beaver County Times: Matzie: Important to hear all sides on nuclear subsidy bill
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Vogel seeking delay in emissions equipment upgrade mandate
Observer-Reporter: Letter writer questions residency of candidate for city council
Altoona Mirror: Tea Party: Gov’t to serve people

Citizens Voice: County councilman’s remarks under scrutiny
Citizens Voice: Sanders talks health care in speech to local nurses
Citizens Voice: W-B mayor, challenger speak out over flood wall project delay
The Times Leader: Solomon Creek project delay a campaign issue in Wilkes-Barre mayor’s race
Times-Tribune: City Councilman Evans recommends Scranton complete top-priority City Hall improvements
Times-Tribune: Cartwright announces federal HUD funds for local housing authorities

South Central  
York Dispatch: Klunk reintroduces ban on Down syndrome-based abortions
Patriot News: Lawyer who worked with Mayor Reed as Harrisburg’s fiscal crisis developed is suspended by Pa. Supreme Court
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s council hears free parking success stories, but stops short of agreeing to pay more for it
Patriot News: Ex-borough councilman gets federal prison for stealing $316K in veteran’s benefits from disabled brother
Patriot News: PennLive launches digital subscription program
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary forum planned for Democratic Cumberland County commissioner candidates
Carlisle Sentinel: County planning report shows tight housing market likely to continue
PA Post: Area school board passes ‘biological sex’ requirement for bathroom, locker room use
LNP | LancasterOnline: Public takes test drive on new voting machines to be implemented in general election

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Trump calls Bethlehem ‘thriving’ in Tweet that slams Bernie Sanders, questions Fox News audience
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral, council candidates face off this week in debate hosted by progressive group
Reading Eagle: Berks County faces shortage of poll workers
Express Times: Former county exec loses law license for 2 years after failing several clients, disciplinary board rules

North by Northwest
Lock Haven Express: County changes mind on voting machine vendor
Centre Daily Times: A satellite voting office at Penn State is not likely. Will students still vote absentee?
Erie Times-News: Judicial confirmation hearing set for Erie’s Piccinini
Erie Times-News: County Council condemns Erie Coke, urges strict compliance

LNP Editorial Board: Receipts, please: DA Craig Stedman falls short in his attempt to end LNP’s quest for civil forfeiture records  
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Activities Fund is an expensive black box we’re all paying for
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Try again: Federal Reserve deserves the most qualified nominees
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Transplant challenges: Thomas Starzl’s success helped to unleash organ demand
John Fetterman: What I’ve learned on my recreational marijuana listening tour
David Urban: At stake in 2020? Pennsylvania’s comeback
Mary Ann Meloy: Time for Raja to go
John Baer: A rare example of how Congress could (and should) work
John L. Micek: Repeal some 1930s vintage laws? Yeah, a Pa. House committee is going to do that | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Jan Zauzmer: How to talk politics with family on Passover
Mary Ellen Smith Glasgow: We need nurse practitioners to fill the critical shortage of primary care providers in Pa.
Deni Carise: How repealing Obamacare could worsen the opioid crisis
Craig Snyder: Democracy demands discourse: How this Philly institution has been fighting political polarization since 1949
Stu Bykofsky: A week away from the mayor brings fresh perspective
John Dame: Learn from government’s mistakes: Do this to eliminate chaos in the workplace
Solomon Jones: Scam or sheriff’s sale? When a man with a badge shows up asking for property taxes
Paul Muschick: Millionaire Sanders’ swing and miss in Bethlehem? His answer about capitalism.
Khaliah Ali Wertheimer: Inspired by my father, Muhammad Ali, I support the lawsuit against Glen Mills Schools
Erica Palan: Notre Dame fire: Grieving for the beloved cathedral through the eyes of editorial cartoonists
Oona Goodin-Smith: Philadelphia primary election 2019: What to know before voting

  • 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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