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April 26th Playbook

Sen. Bob Casey along with three congressional Democrats endorsed Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid, while the former VP held a fundraiser in Philadelphia last night. Here is the Playbook.

Casey Endorses Biden for President: Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senator endorsed the fellow Scranton native just minutes after Biden officially announced his entrance into the race.

Boyle, Cartwright and Evans Back Biden: Three congressional Dems endorsed Biden’s presidential bid alongside Senator Casey. Other members of the delegation have their names on the invitation, but are keeping their options open.

Politically Uncorrected: The Biden Problem: Democrats may prefer a nominee other than Biden but may chose him anyway because he seems most likely to beat Trump.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Casey endorses Biden in Democrats’ 2020 race for president
New York Times: Strong Support Here Helped Trump Win Pennsylvania in 2016. 2020 Could Be Different.
WITF: Pa. Republicans setting scene for another Trump win in ’20
Inquirer: Joe Biden, at Philly fund-raiser hosted by Comcast exec, says Trump has ‘shredded’ America’s moral fabric   
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bob Casey endorses Biden: A ‘make-or-break moment for the middle class’
Post-Gazette: State Democrats drafting plan for diversity among party’s delegates
KDKA: Pennsylvania Auditor General DePasquale: PennDOT Audit Finds $4.2 Billion Diverted From Repairing Roads, Bridges
Morning Call: Joe Biden launches 2020 bid first in polling, but last in money chase. Pennsylvanians have given $483k to others
Morning Call: Joe Biden announces presidential bid, with early events planned in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia
Morning Call: Hopeful sign: Drug deaths drop in Pennsylvania for first time in five years  
PLSReporter: Auditor General: $4.25 billion in transfers to State Police has slowed road, bridge repairs
PLSReporter: Returning citizens, advocates offer solutions to House Democratic Policy Committee
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 4: Sit down with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
StateImpactPA: Sinkhole opens up along ME2 route in Delaware County; no leaks or injuries
AP: Penn State ex-president asks court to overturn conviction
Beaver County Times: DePasquale: $4 billion shifted from PennDOT to state police since 2012 could fix roads, bridges
Patriot News: College students likely to be spared deep cut in state grant awards; some may even see an increase
Patriot News: Pa.’s Sen. Casey endorses Biden in Democrat’s 2020 race for president

Philly Clout: Southeast Pa. Democrats in Congress step carefully amid talk of impeachment
Billy Penn: Biden 2020? What an Uncle Joe presidency could mean for Philly
Inquirer: Joe Biden, at Philly fund-raiser hosted by Comcast exec, says Trump has ‘shredded’ America’s moral fabric
Inquirer: Two councilmen seek to limit how much money Philly can raise by increasing property assessments
Inquirer: What Pew found when it stress-tested Philly’s pension system
Inquirer: Should Philly school nurses be able to send home unvaccinated students? District says no.
WHYY Newsworks: Health care, climate change solutions divide Philly-area Dems in Congress
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council candidates talk plastic bag bans, zero-emissions public transit at forum
Philadelphia Tribune: Ex-Sheriff Green faces 5 years in prison at sentencing
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council gets bill meant to address homeowners’ concerns on rising assessments
Boyle To Keynote Eastern Region Caucus Conference of the DNC: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) will be speaking to the group of Democratic leaders in the Northeast region about the Democratic economic agenda, planning the party’s electoral strategy and building towards 2020 today.

Bucks County Courier Times: State labor secretary visits MBIT
Delco Daily Times: Sinkhole forms in Delco along pipeline route
Delco Daily Times: Boeing rolls out first Chinook in upgrade program Army is trying to kill
Delco Daily Times: State, local officials explain proposed disaster benefits
Pottstown Mercury: Residents preview Montco’s new voting machines

Post-Gazette: Biden launches 2020 bid warning ‘soul’ of America at stake; Pittsburgh visit planned Monday
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner enters not guilty plea to felony charge
Post-Gazette: State Democrats drafting plan for diversity among party’s delegates
Post-Gazette: City required to change HR practices after age-discrimination complaint
Tribune Review: Joe Biden makes play for blue collar votes with Pittsburgh rally
Tribune Review: Westmoreland labor council endorses Democrats seeking local political office
Tribune Review: 3 running uncontested for Blawnox council
Pittsburgh Business Times: Shapiro urges Supreme Court to extend consent decree past June 30
City Paper: State Rep. Sara Innamorato held a transit town hall on a public bus

Beaver County Times: County fires payroll supervisor over tax lien
Beaver County Times: Bernie Sanders organizing event scheduled in Ambridge

The Times Leader: Casey endorses Biden for President; Trump welcomes ‘Sleepy Joe’
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre residents complain to council about feral cats and delinquent recycling fees
Times-Tribune: Officials to present draft Lackawanna County waste management plan at public meeting

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Congressman Scott Perry: Natural gas the ‘Green New Deal of the last 10 to 15 years’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Joe Biden’s quirky ties to Lancaster County include shuttling cars from Manheim auto auction
York Dispatch: York County lawyers rate 3 county judge candidates in bar association poll  
York Dispatch: Rising pension costs a key concern for York City Council candidates
York Daily Record: Meet the 3 candidates competing for York County judge in 2019 primary
Patriot News: The last time Harrisburg School Board was stripped of power, it didn’t end well
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s superintendent accuses school board members of creating ‘hostile work environment’

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Allentown School Board says ‘no’ to borrowing money for broke district
Reading Eagle: Pa. Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera tours Reading school’s STEM lab
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners propose hiring expert to examine Reading Regional Airport future
Express Times: Want to know more about the Bethlehem City Council candidates? Don’t miss this forum.

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: How Russians (kind of) targeted Erie in 2016 election
Erie Times-News: Democratic lawmakers back AG’s lawsuit against UPMC
Erie Times-News: Erie, Zibo pledge exchange, cooperation
Erie Times-News: Would federal crackdown on housing affect Erie immigrants?

Inquirer Editorial Board: How much does the Philly government value our health? 4.7 percent
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Practice what you preach: Mike Turzai should forget airport, work on Harrisburg
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Show some restraint: Erdogan can play strongman or follow the law
Chris Jacobs: Why well-run elections are a business issue
Maria Panaritis: Not ‘a snowball’s chance in you-know-where’: The $1.2 billion King of Prussia rail line is a longshot
Stu Bykofsky: Kate Smith statue shows that racism is sometimes a felony, sometimes a misdemeanor
Will Bunch: Climate denier Trump can’t handle the truth about why Central Americans flock to U.S.
Aisha Mohammed and Amna Shaikh: Overdose prevention sites are a tool for racial justice
Colin Grabow: The Jones Act is protecting U.S. shipyards to death
Craig Snider: Ed Snider’s son: Kate Smith part of a rare shared identity built inside sports arenas
Alan Greenberger: What some Center City streets could look like if cars were banned
Paul Muschick: Government credit cards should make taxpayers nervous

2 Responses

  1. What kool-aid are you drinking, Trump can Win. Read some of the articles posted here and find out what the voters have to say about the hollow promises Trump gave in 2016.

  2. I sense that Joe Biden will spark interest in the early stages of the Presidential race and this is good. Beto O’Rourke has surprisingly not taken off and Bernie seems to be the only candidate who has energy along with Mayor Pete. The reality is that as much as progressives dislike Trump he is the incumbent and he can win. I know the pundit class has Trump written off on CNN and MSNBC but that is unwise as Trump came out of nowhere to win before and certainly can do it again.

  • 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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