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April 25th Playbook

Former Reading Mayor Vaughn was sentenced to 8 years in prison for a corruption scheme, while Sen. Bob Casey endorses VP Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency. Here is the Playbook.

PA7: Wild Raises Over $225K In Q1: The first term Democratic representative held $190,000 cash on hand at the beginning of the month.

Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer Gets 8 Year Prison Sentence: Spencer has to report to jail in 45 days to begin his eight year sentence for his role in a corruption scheme.

Casey Endorses Biden for President: Minutes after Vice President Joe Biden officially announced his entrance in the race with a video announcement, Sen. Bob Casey endorsed his bid for the White House.

Harrisburg & DC  
Politico: Trump camp descends on Pennsylvania as alarms grow over 2020
AP: Ex-mayor gets 8 years in prison for corruption scheme
AP: The Latest: Ex-mayor gets 8 years in prison for corruption
AP: Court says senator won’t have to pay redistricting case fees
AP: Another Pennsylvania diocese opens victim compensation fund
WHYY Newsworks: Biden to enter 2020 race Thursday; Rendell, other Philly donors ready to help  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Focusing on accountability, DePasquale announces surprise audits of Medicaid contractors
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Air quality in Harrisburg metro area among worst in nation, despite improvements
WESA: Pa. Turns To Random Audits In Bid To Track Medicaid Dollars
KDKA: Western Pa. Essential For Democrats To Win White House In 2020  
PLSReporter: Bill to alter Allegheny County Airport Authority board draws renewed scrutiny of airport dealings
PLSReporter: DePasquale announces audit of medicaid service providers
PLSReporter: Davis makes ethics reform a priority in 2019
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s tax on online sales is making millions more than expected. Here’s why.
Inquirer: ‘Unlocking American Dream’: Bill proposes to seal non-violent, weed-related federal crime records
KDKA: State Lawmakers In Philadelphia Introduce Bill To Curb Use Of Plastic Bags
Patriot News: Donald Trump Jr. greeted by big crowd on Penn State’s campus
Patriot News: PFAS chemicals in drinking water: How one Pa. homeowner took matters into his own hands
Patriot News: Audit intends to hold human service providers accountable for doing the job they are paid to do
StateImpactPA: State: No cancer cluster in Washington County school district
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa.’s ‘online marketplace’ sales tax balloons, quadrupling expectations
York Daily Record: Joe Biden 2020 presidential bid: Here are 4 reasons why Pa. Democrats will vote for him

Inquirer: Democrats endorse a Philly judicial candidate whose unpaid tax bill totaled $119,000
Inquirer: Five takeaways from Philly DA Larry Krasner’s 2019 budget hearing
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Finally Has a Fully Functional Recycling Program Again
WHYY Newsworks: Solar ‘ambassadors,’ discounts on installations all part of Philly’s plan to make 2019 the year of sun power
WHYY Newsworks: Philly names first-ever farm czar
Billy Penn: Why is the Philly DA’s office so white?

Daily Local News: Dinniman to introduce consent education bill
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon says Mueller report created ‘very serious’ situation
Delco Daily Times: Dems spurn Delco bar survey as GOP hails it results
Pottstown Mercury: Higher property values could pay for return of commuter rail to Phoenixville
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Shusterman to host Savvy Senior Expo on May 9
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2019: Most all local municipal races uncontested
Bucks County Courier Times: Jenkintown rally marks 20th anniversary of Columbine shootings

KDKA: Western Pa. Essential For Democrats To Win White House In 2020
KDKA: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler & Delaware Rep. Introduce Clean Slate Legislation For Nonviolent Drug Crimes
KDKA: Former Derry Borough Mayor Accused Of Pointing Gun At Teens Headed To Trial
Pittsburgh Business Times: Governor against bill to change makeup of airport authority
Pittsburgh Business Times: Federal judge dismisses UPMC case against Pa. attorney general
Pittsburgh Business Times: Planning Commission votes to approve inclusionary zoning for Lawrenceville
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh region gets an ‘F’ for air quality
Post-Gazette: No take off: Gov. Wolf opposes airport authority bill  
Post-Gazette: Legislators will seek funding to study rare cancers in Canon-McMillan School District
Post-Gazette: Candidates for Pittsburgh school board participate in public forum Wednesday
City Paper: Longtime UPMC Presbyterian employee spearheads fight for living wage
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh Planning Commission recommends inclusionary zoning legislation
Tribune Review: Agents again raid Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Congressmen enjoy ‘strong working relationship’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Duca withdraws from GOP race for coroner
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: County to pay off tax anticipation note early
Observer-Reporter: Officials discuss Ewing’s sarcoma cases at meeting
Observer-Reporter: Group protests outside Sen. Bartolotta’s office over closed-door cancer meeting
Beaver County Times: Legal secretary seeks Democratic nomination for prothonotary
Beaver County Times: County officials proclaim improving finances
Beaver County Times: Beaver Valley Rifle and Pistol Club wants police to pay fees

Citizens Voice: Mayor sought recycling fee hike as $785,000 remained unpaid
Citizens Voice: Deficiencies found in city’s recycling program
Citizens Voice: Mixed verdict in air quality report
Citizens Voice: County council approves contract with lobbying firm
Times-Tribune: Wayne County commissioner candidate found dead  
Times-Tribune: Former Trump advisor Manafort housed at federal prison in Wayne County  
Times-Tribune: Chief of Staff Pantuso surrenders claim to tax-and-trash-fee delinquent properties, brother paying debts
The Times Leader: Bridge deal, delinquent fees discussed at Wilkes-Barre council work session

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor urges state takeover of city schools
Patriot News: State senator asks education secretary to consider takeover of Harrisburg School District
Patriot News: Harrisburg lawmakers back mayor’s request for state takeover of city schools
Patriot News: ‘We need light and not heat’: New Harrisburg school board member seeks cooperation but refuses to pick sides
Patriot News: Community needs ‘sense of urgency’ to fix Harrisburg schools: district chief recovery officer
Carlisle Sentinel: Census: Cumberland County still growing population, but drops to second-fastest in state
Carlisle Sentinel: Photos: Community Development Council Lunch with U.S. Rep. Scott Perry
York Daily Record: Jonelle Eshbach rated most qualified judge candidate in York County Bar Association Poll
LNP | LancasterOnline: Cluster of central Pa. counties — including Lancaster — nearly double intake of forfeiture funds, report says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s air quality, among the worst in the country, again gets failing grades
York Dispatch: Millions on the line for neighboring municipalities if TMI closes, local officials say
York Dispatch: York County commissioner candidate wants to expand services, but unsure of funding
York Dispatch: York County GOP lawmakers tout regulation reform package

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer sentenced to 8 years in federal prison for pay-to-play scheme
Reading Eagle: Berks GOP Spring dinner hears from intelligence officers
Morning Call: USA Cycling asks judge to dismiss defamation suit by Marty Nothstein, one of its most decorated athletes

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lieutenant governor hears concerns about recreational marijuana
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tour coming to Lycoming, Clinton and Union counties
Erie Times-News: Millcreek supervisors address flooding, tax dispute
Centre Daily Times: Gov. Wolf joins regional leaders at event to discuss rural broadband crisis

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Beleaguered Sri Lanka: World help needed to probe Easter bombings
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Eat at your own risk: Allegheny County drops the ball on restaurant inspections
Inquirer Editorial Board: What makes Center City work can also transform the city’s neighborhoods
John L. Micek: Pa. Rep. Joyce helped elevate false claims migrants in Arizona were carrying tuberculosis. Republicans only have themselves to blame
Bonnie Milas: Narcan is just the start of fighting the opioid overdose epidemic
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Elizabeth Warren’s tuition plan is too good to be true
John L. Micek: This is what’s at stake in the Supreme Court fight over the 2020 Census | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Marc Stier: How the ‘Fair Share Tax’ will restore fairness to our tax system
Thomas Shattuck: After Kate Smith statue removal, Philadelphia can learn from Taiwan
Maureen May: Misconception that nurses just ‘play cards’ shows why we need safe staffing laws
Michael J. Cozzillio and Craig N. Moore: Incompetent? Definitely. Corrupt? Most probably. Which is Trump’s worst trait?
Trudy Rubin: The real threat contained inside the Mueller report
Mike Newall: The old Inquirer Building is soon to become Police Headquarters. My tour was bittersweet.

  • 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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