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April 29th Playbook

The last of those associated with the Allentown and Reading corruption scandal have been sentenced. Former VP Joe Biden makes a campaign stop in Pittsburgh today. Here is the Playbook.

April 26th Ups & Downs: The former Mayor of Reading is sentenced for 8 years in federal prison, a number of Pennsylvania Democrats line up behind a Presidential candidate, and a tax on internet sales is exceeding initial expectations. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
KDKA: Pittsburgh Takes National Spotlight As Joe Biden Comes For First Rally  
Morning Call: Mike Fleck sentenced to five years in prison for role in Allentown’s pay-to-play scheme
Morning Call: The last of the Allentown and Reading corruption defendants has been sentenced. Here is the punishment each received.
AP: Court strikes down state tax on casinos to aid other casinos
AP: Ex-judge fined for texts, sex with defendant’s girlfriend
Billy Penn: Online voter registration spikes in PA, outpaces paper by 50 percent
WITF: Pa. fuel tax meant for bridge repair went to state police instead
WITF: Study finds Pa. prisons give home districts power, take it from poor urban areas
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top Senate Republicans aren’t happy with Pa.’s environmental regulators. Here’s why
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Will crumbling bridges force Pennsylvania to approve a fee for State Police?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Joyce’s Arizona border trip gets some Trump Twitter attention
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Small businesses fear ‘huge’ electric bill increases under Pa.’s $500 million nuclear proposal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Should the state take control of the Harrisburg School District, or should democracy run its course?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Anti-nuclear activists cry foul over Exelon’s request to use TMI decommissioning dollars for waste storage
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fossil fuel industry group-backed poll finds Pennsylvanians uninformed about nuke proposal, skeptical when educated
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A monument at the Capitol will honor Harrisburg’s long-gone immigrant and African American neighborhood
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: California Synagogue Shooting: Pa. officials react to violence at Congregation Chabad in Poway
Inquirer: He came to Philly to meet with rich donors. Will Joe Biden still be Middle Class Joe?
Inquirer: Solar and wind energy advocates may hold swing vote in Pennsylvania’s divisive nuclear rescue debate
WHYY Newsworks: Sen. Casey pushes to end ‘boyfriend loophole’ in domestic abuse bill over NRA objections
WHYY Newsworks: In Lock Haven, Brexit leader Nigel Farage talks populism in America, Europe and worldwide
York Dispatch: State House GOP: Dem’s anti-littering bottle bill has chance
PLSReporter: Democratic legislators back attorney general in suit against UPMC
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of April 29
PLSReporter: House Democratic Policy Committee discuss practices with unions
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Business growth, lottery winners and charter school programs
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – April 22, 2019
Philadelphia Business Journal: Who was at Biden’s kickoff fundraiser in Philadelphia?
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Pa. to stop suspending licenses for non-driving offenses
Patriot News: State Ethics Commission closes case against senior Wolf Administration aide with no charges
StateImpactPA: Legacy of Three Mile Island accident, political power of gas industry makes nuclear subsidies an uphill battle in Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: Steelmaker appeals latest penalty over Clairton emissions
StateImpactPA: Suburban Philadelphia state senators seek answers from DEP chief over Mariner East pipeline
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump campaign turning attention back to Pennsylvania
Beaver County Times: State bar fails to recommend Tarasi for Superior Court

Inquirer: María Quiñones-Sánchez hopes to beat the party a third time in heated Council race against state Rep. Angel Cruz
Inquirer: Philly re-hires banks it is suing for ripping off millions
Inquirer: He came to Philly to meet with rich donors. Will Joe Biden still be Middle Class Joe?
WHYY Newsworks: Rep. Dean will introduce PFAS bill, the 15th in Congress this year
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia prisons receive EPA award for reducing food waste
KYW Newsradio: Election watchdog Fred Voigt retires after 5 decades as force in Philly politics
Philly Voice: Philly Uber drivers striking next month
Philadelphia Business Journal: Who was at Biden’s kickoff fundraiser in Philadelphia?

Pottstown Mercury: Local lawmakers urge hold on reconfirmation of DEP secretary
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco GOP voter edge shrinks again
Pottstown Mercury: Houlahan introduces bold amendment to combat climate change
Pottstown Mercury: Montco districts could save $20M a year under cyber-charter reform bills
Delco Daily Times: Delco Council offers annual state of county update
Daily Local News: Mayor touts West Chester’s Clean and Green initiative

KDKA: Pittsburgh Takes National Spotlight As Joe Biden Comes For First Rally
WESA: At Forum, Peduto Discusses Using City Buying Power To Shift Gun Policy
Post-Gazette: Rich Fitzgerald to 2020 Dems: You can’t win without Western Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: House Speaker Turzai’s lawsuit seeks to stop county Redevelopment Authority from tapping fund
Post-Gazette: Vote by Pitt graduate students to unionize declared inconclusive
Post-Gazette: Lawyer, state Rep. Lee protest treatment of Allegheny County Jail inmate who gave birth
Post-Gazette: Diverse slate of candidates square off for Pittsburgh Public Schools board in primary
Post-Gazette: Jeanine Pirro cancels Pittsburgh appearance, but that didn’t stop St. Barnabas protest
AP: Graduate student workers’ union vote ruled ‘inconclusive’
City Paper: Advocates demonstrate vulnerability of cyclists in calling for parking-protected bike lanes in Pittsburgh
KDKA: Slippery Rock University Responds To Dr. Phil About College Admissions Scandal
Tribune Review: State lawmaker Brooks gives his state paycheck to volunteer fire companies
Tribune Review: Three new faces, one incumbent, in Monroeville council race
Tribune Review: 7 Democrats seek 2 Penn Hills council seats
Tribune Review: 2 Democrats vie to be new Penn Hills mayor
Pittsburgh Business Times: Governor awards Pittsburgh with grant for electric vehicle fleet
Pittsburgh Business Times: House speaker sues to stop local distribution of more than $2M in community grants

Observer-Reporter: Local marijuana entrepreneurs hoping for clarity amid banking haze
Observer-Reporter: Could recreational marijuana impact the medical marijuana industry?
Observer-Reporter: Kennison deals with tax, legal trouble amid mayoral bid
Altoona Mirror: Political sign flap flares in Logan
Altoona Mirror: Prisoners’ voting rights focus of heated debate
Altoona Mirror: Cambria County OKs tax exemptions
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Assistant DA steps down from position to take job with federal courts
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Organizers plan Johnstown job fair as unemployment drops
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Familiar trend: Data show region’s population continues to shrink ahead of 2020 census
Beaver County Times: Businesses oppose proposal to alter flow of Laurel Pipeline
Beaver County Times: State bar fails to recommend Tarasi for Superior Court

Citizens Voice: As special education costs soar, state fails to keep up
The Times Leader: AG DePasquale flags Wilkes-Barre pension issues  
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Pa. to stop suspending licenses for non-driving offenses
The Times Leader: Ooms: Luzerne County seeing upward growth in wages
The Times Leader: Luzerne County pension fund recoups 2018 losses

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. Education Secretary Pedro Rivera calls Harrisburg School District officials’ refusal to cooperate with the state ‘unacceptable’
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools don’t want to share employee data, here’s why auditors say they need it
Patriot News: Harrisburg school employees to superintendent: Turn over our data to state auditors
York Daily Record: DUIs to tax liens: Here’s what we found in background checks of York County candidates

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Mike Fleck sentenced to five years in prison for role in Allentown’s pay-to-play scheme
Morning Call: The last of the Allentown and Reading corruption defendants has been sentenced. Here is the punishment each received.
Reading Eagle: Vaughn Spencer’s former political consultant gets 5 years in prison for pay-to-play schemes
Reading Eagle: Engineer who steered contributions to former mayors of Reading, Allentown avoids prison
Reading Eagle: Reading councilwoman’s water bill splashes onto Facebook
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvanians urged to get current on shots
Reading Eagle: How, why activist groups work in Berks
Reading Eagle: Democratic county commissioner candidates share their visions
Express Times: The man who helped campaign donors buy favors from Allentown’s ex-mayor got his punishment in federal court
Express Times: Council members’ ‘personal bias’ against controversial Slate Belt sewer plan called into question
Express Times: Disbarred attorney John Karoly’s debt to society is almost paid. But he still owes $1M.
AP: Campaign consultant in pay-to-play scheme gets 5 years

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: House candidates talk about the Second Amendment
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Marijuana listening tour moves along
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local Democrats call for change
Centre Daily Times: Should State College have an alcohol tax to offset the property tax burden? Candidates weigh in
Erie Times-News: Firefighting, stormwater among Millcreek candidates’ issues  

LNP Editorial Board: Did the president obstruct the investigation into Russian interference in 2016? We should seek the truth
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: UPMC’s unworthy quest: A string of losses in pursuit of Pyrrhic victories
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Making connections: Police and students meet to forge a better community
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Please, no Moore: Fed nominee does not understand Middle America
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hope for Africa: Ouster of autocrats creates opening for change
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Holocaust blame: Poland, Israel should work through spat
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time for a checkup: Pollution, cancer show Pittsburgh’s health gaps
Inquirer Editorial Board: An easy fix to clean up Philly: political term limits
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia’s teacher turnover is yet another education crisis
Pa. Senate Democrats: This is our plan to help Pennsylvanians living on the economic edge
Mike Turzai: I’ve been leading the charge on reforming government
Frank Dermody: Help us stop Pa. House Republicans’ ‘Dirty Dozen’ plan to let Big Business run free
Joseph Petrarca: Here’s how we can protect Pennsylvania’s at-risk children
Aryanna Berringer: As Pa. considers cannabis legalization, lawmakers, Wolf need to put criminal justice reform front and center
Paul Muschick: On Mike Fleck and Ed Pawlowski: Former friends and now felons differed in one important way
Tim Hartman: So about that fallout from the nukes bill | Editorial Cartoon
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Democrats make America great again
Will Bunch: How Trump’s ego increases America’s risk from white supremacists, Russian hackers
Ruth Ann Dailey: What is your job?
Keith C. Burris: The new breed and the old
Terry Madonna and Mike Young: This is the Democrats’ Joe Biden Problem
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: The Joe Biden security blanket
David M. Shribman: Walking the fine line to the White House
Jocelyn Anderson: This important state policy change on sexual assault care is long overdue
Christine Flowers: Let’s be honest about the persecution of Christians in Sri Lanka and beyond
Trudy Rubin: Libya crisis is another example of the lure of generals and strongmen for Trump
John L. Micek: This one thing kept Erie from losing even more of its population last year | Friday Morning Coffee
Ruth McDermott-Levy, Michelle M. Kelly, and Robert J. Leggiadro: Vaccines are a major public health achievement
Jenice Armstrong: Mother who died shielding her baby is a reminder of how abuse can escalate
John L. Micek: Joe Biden is running for president. U.S. Sen. Bob Casey has endorsed him | Thursday Morning Coffee
Darryl Williams: How Philadelphia can lead in STEM education
Tony Norman: The last minstrel show
Christine Flowers: Long live Kate Smith, the hypocrites be damned

One Response

  1. I saw Biden on Fox News and Fox was really fair in their assessment of his Pittsburgh speech. In fact, Fox and CNN covered the Biden speech in it’s entirety. MSNBC has Bernie and Elizabeth Warren operatives blabbering on about position papers that have been just released and showing how clueless they are politics in the non coastal states. The only danger to Dems are zealots intent on purity tests and nominating some candidate they “crush on” as opposed to one that can win. I feel these zealots would rather nominate and unwinnable candidate and reelect Trump all in the name of a cause and their love of that candidate.

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