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April 24th Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden is expected to visit Pittsburgh next week after officially announcing his entrance into the crowded Democratic presidential primary, while Sen. Sanders releases an internal poll showing him leading Trump in PA. Here is the Playbook.

Biden To Visit PA While Questions Remain About Official Launch: The former Vice President’s 2020 bid is still in flux, but reports shows a campaign stop in Pittsburgh is expected on Monday.

Sanders Internal Poll Shows Lead Over Trump in PA: Numbers from an internal poll for Sanders shows strong support for Medicare For All and other issues over Trump’s policies.

PA Sen: Casey End Q1 with Over $400K Cash On Hand: The Democratic Senator fresh off of winning a third term in the Senate raised just over $130,000 in the first filing period of the year.

Harrisburg & DC  
Post-Gazette: Biden planning — again — to announce his candidacy, then visit Pittsburgh next week
AP: Law ends state license suspensions for non-driving offenses
AP: Gas pipeline resumes service after sinkhole-related shutdown
AP: ‘Snot otter’ named Pennsylvania’s official amphibian
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State law taking effect Tuesday means Pa. won’t take your driver’s license away for some drug offenses
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The controversy over Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour, explained
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: At Lancaster hospital, Auditor General DePasquale says more investment in mental health necessary to stop gun deaths
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Environmental proponents to state Senate panel: Pa. needs better methane regulations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In call to arms for environmental action, Wolf and lawmakers name Eastern hellbender state amphibian
Inquirer: What are other elected officials doing with their government-related texts and emails?
Inquirer: Son of man who was face of ‘Miners for Trump’ flyers targeting Pa. says dad would have been angry
Inquirer: Joe Biden to launch presidential campaign Thursday, visit Pittsburgh Monday
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Toomey says nothing in Mueller report ‘rises to an obstruction of justice’ by Trump
WESA: A New Internet Sales Tax Proves Much More Lucrative Than Expected
PLSReporter: House Policy Committee focuses on nuclear bailout
PLSReporter: Wolf signs bill naming the Eastern Hellbender the state amphibian
StateImpactPA: Methane hearing draws concern over state rules, talk of promising new technology
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania congressman spreads tuberculosis falsehood after Yuma border visit
Philly Voice: Paul Manafort relocated to Pennsylvania federal prison outside Scranton
LNP | LancasterOnline: Plans for Buchanan’s Lancaster County homestead will restore Wheatland to what Pa.’s only president saw
Tribune Review: 2-cent fee proposed for single-use plastic bags in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Joe Biden is ready to kick off his campaign, with an early stop planned in Pittsburgh   
Centre Daily Times: Trump Jr. speaks at Penn State about the success of his father and more

WHYY Newsworks: Philly mayor candidates clash over gun violence, stop-and-frisk at their first forum
WHYY Newsworks: Soda companies bankrolled $604K in Philly election spending
WHYY Newsworks: Biden to enter 2020 race Thursday; Rendell, other Philly donors ready to help
Inquirer: What are other elected officials doing with their government-related texts and emails?
Inquirer: What can Philly’s elected officials actually do about your property taxes?
Inquirer: Ex-Sheriff John Green admits taking bribes: ‘I have betrayed the confidence’ of Philly citizens
Inquirer: Methamphetamine overdoses are on the rise in Philadelphia, health officials say
Inquirer: Want solar panels for your Philadelphia home? City reopens program to help you get them
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Created More Jobs in 2018 Than in Any Year Since 1969  
Philadelphia Magazine: Will Tax Abatement Reform Trade Short-Term Gain for Long-Term Pain?
KYW Newsradio: Philly FOP take stand against DA following controversial decision
KYW Newsradio: VisionQuest files lawsuit against City of Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia is growing jobs – but not nearly as fast as competitor cities
PLSReporter: Philadelphia’s mayoral candidates square off at CCP

Delco Daily Times: Legal pot, Lt. Guv get warm welcome in Delco
Delco Daily Times: Mariner East 1 pipeline back in operation
Daily Local News: As the primary approaches, Chesco candidates meet with voters
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Sen. Maria Collett introduces two PFAS bills
Bucks County Courier Times: Santarsiero joins volunteers at Tyler State Park cleanup

Post-Gazette: Biden planning — again — to announce his candidacy, then visit Pittsburgh next week
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald, Turzai clash over airport authority bill
Post-Gazette: Planning commission unanimously recommends Lawrenceville affordable housing zoning measure
Post-Gazette: Protest planned over Pirro speech in Cranberry following her remarks about Muslim congresswoman
Tribune Review: McKeesport school officials say they did not block Black Student Union
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald strikes back against proposal to add state oversight to airport authority
KDKA: Report: Biden Makes Pittsburgh First Campaign Stop After Announcing Presidential Campaign

Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Toomey says nothing in Mueller report ‘rises to an obstruction of justice’ by Trump  
Beaver County Times: Western Pa. ‘blessed’ to have McGuire Memorial, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says after tour  
Beaver County Times: PUC commissioner voices opposition to nuclear subsidy bill  
Beaver County Times: Beaver reports spike in drug overdose calls
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Congressman John Joyce takes back claims of tuberculosis-infected migrants crossing border
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Fiber-optic network to link 911 centers of seven counties

Times-Tribune: Scranton council, collection agency discuss $16.8M in trash fee delinquencies
The Times Leader: Luzerne County DA issues warning about phone scam
Citizens Voice: Police union rescinds support for W-B mayor

South Central  
York Dispatch: York City seeks economic, community development director — again
LNP | LancasterOnline: ACLU urges Elanco to reverse course on controversial bathroom, locker room policy
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Fish and Boat Commission could raise license fees
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council votes to keep parking after 5 program, but Saturday part of the deal in limbo  
Patriot News: Democratic candidates for Cumberland County commissioner set for May 1 forum  
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District’s newly appointed in-house solicitor to earn $180,000  
Patriot News: Several Harrisburg school board members to boycott tonight’s executive session  
Patriot News: Harrisburg school superintendent to meet with state education officials to discuss district’s finances

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: State official visits Berks park to promote tax proposal
Express Times: This developer wanted a ‘fair shake’ in Allentown so he bribed the ex-mayor. Find out what happened in court.
Express Times: Demolish Allentown State Hospital? Developer and city both want to hit pause on plan.
Morning Call: Allentown Diocese opens its new compensation fund to victims of priest sex abuse
Morning Call: Allentown developer who asked “Who do I need to grease today?” gets probation, community service
North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Trump Jr. speaks at Penn State about the success of his father and more
Erie Times-News: Schember: China trip could bring opportunities to Erie
Erie Times-News: Harborcreek supervisor hopefuls to participate in forum
Erie Times-News: Millcreek supervisors address flooding, tax dispute

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keeping them honest: Pa. should resurrect idea of public integrity unit
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An unknown toll: U.S. drone program needs transparency, honesty
LNP Editorial Board: A sorrowful Easter, amid more senseless violence
John L. Micek: With key special elections looming, Pa. Dems make a play for rural voters. Will it work? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Stu Bykofsky: Is 70 the new 50 for presidential candidates?
John Baer: Revisiting Biden, with a twist
Will Bunch: The only thing wrong with Elizabeth Warren’s campaign is the sexist way we react to it
Fletcher McClellan: This is the crisis in higher education in Pennsylvania
Jenice Armstrong: Someone took Kate Smith’s racist ‘Pickaninny Heaven’ video off YouTube and that’s a shame
John L. Micek: Taking undocumented immigrants’ housing won’t help the ‘most vulnerable,’ Mr. President
Ernest Owens: Philly, We’re Officially Living in an Apartheid State
Raechel A. Portelli: What happens when a big business tries to remake a neighborhood in its own image
Signe Wilkinson: Signe’s Sketchbook: City Council candidates forum
B.G. Kelley: Schuylkill rowing must be saved
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: What can ISIS do?

One Response

  1. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are good examples of the type of candidates that work for the Democratic Party. Our state is a state with a sizable mature population so why not have politicians that reflect the people they serve? Also, we are living longer and healthier longer so why wouldn’t public servants want to stay in the arena longer? Tony Bennett is performing at 93 and in NYC recently appeared 45 years after their last Broadway concert an 80 year old Ian Hunter and Mott The Hoople. Let the voters pick whoever they wish but let age not be a barrier to anyone who is interested in running.

  • 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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