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April 2nd Playbook

It’s special election day in the Pittsburgh suburbs for SD37. Here is the Playbook.

Emerson Poll: Biden Early Frontrunner in PA Dem Primary: The former VP leads by nearly 20 points over the next closest Democratic 2020 hopeful.

Reader Poll: Raja Narrowly Edges Iovino To Be Next 37th District State Senator: Our readers gave the nod to Raja by 9 votes.

SD37: Iovino and Raja Balance Moderate Message with Turning Out the Base: In this suburban Pittsburgh swing district, the Democrat touts her background in the Navy while the Republican embraces his immigrant story. When it comes to policy, the party line is they key to special election turnout.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Special election to test Pittsburgh’s suburbs ahead of 2020
WITF: Philly leaders, Pa. officials vow to help ensure accurate census count
Patriot News: Census 2020’s citizenship question could pose ‘a challenge’ to getting a complete count, state official says
Patriot News: March revenue collections bring in $4.6 billion, putting Pa. $364 million ahead of estimate
Patriot News: Fees on Uber trips and hybrid vehicles: Where the state might look to pay for public transportation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In purple Pittsburgh suburbs, Democrats eye a future Senate majority while Republicans try to hold the line
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s busy special election season continues as parties pick nominees for 33rd Senate District
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf cabinet secretaries make the financial case for not ignoring the 2020 Census
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. finished March ahead of projections for tax collections, Revenue Dept. says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New exhibit pays tribute to Pennsylvania women who were ‘Game Changers’
PLSReporter: Members of the Wolf Administration talk about importance of a complete census count  
PLSReporter: Legislators seek statewide solutions for lead poisoning  
PLSReporter: Stakeholders look to navigate potholes and boost electric vehicles in PA
Inquirer: New technology and better background checks recommended for Uber in Pennsylvania  
KYW Newsradio: Senate moving on bill to increase criminal penalties for cyberstalking children
StateImpactPA: Poll shows Pennsylvanians’ concerns about climate change are increasing
StateImpactPA: Officials fine U.S. Steel for Clairton emissions from 2018, note situation has been improving
StateImpactPA: Chester County plaintiffs settle class-action suit with Sunoco over Mariner East

Inquirer: Philly Democratic leaders back Sheriff Jewell Williams for third term amid ‘me too’ trouble
Inquirer: DA Larry Krasner pitched judges on ending Philly’s probation addiction. Will they go for it?
WHYY Newsworks: Judge in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case blasts Krasner for trying to block latest appeal
Billy Penn: What tax question should we ask mayor and Council candidates?
KYW Newsradio: Players Coalition, lawmakers take tour designed to stop reintroduction of mandatory minimums  
Philadelphia Business Journal: City tax prompts Philadelphia parking giant to shift strategy

Pottstown Mercury: Marijuana listening tour coming to Berks County
Pottstown Mercury: Local officials take aim at sexual assault, child abuse and victims’ rights
Daily Local News: Chester County a leader in crackdown on distracted driving but citations statewide decrease

Post-Gazette: Tuesday’s special state senatorial election going down to the wire
Post-Gazette: Parking, guns issues as two try to topple City Council president
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner faces April 11 hearing in Detroit
Post-Gazette: Fetterman’s ‘listening tour’ on recreational pot stops at PSU Beaver
Tribune Review: Democrat Pam Iovino, Republican D. Raja vie for 37th state Senate seat
Tribune Review: Penn Hills attorney joins councilman in mayoral bid
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh manufacturing employment at low point
WESA: Tuesday Special Election Has Implications For 2020, No Matter Who Wins
KDKA: Western Pa. Voters Head To Polls Tuesday For State Senate Special Election
KDKA: U.S. Steel Faces $700K Fine From Allegheny Co. Health Dept.

Beaver County Times: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman hears mostly pros, some cons on legalizing marijuana in Pa.
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioner Dan Camp testifying before Congressional subcommittee today
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers sign Bernstine letter requesting exemptions from anti-discrimination regs for faith-based adoption, foster care groups
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmaker calls for Constitutional amendment to help victims of clerical abuse
Observer-Reporter: U.S. Census 2020: One year and counting

The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre loses revenue as it considers what to do on higher recycling fee
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Study shows Pa. seniors account for negative economic impact
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board to take funding issue to parents, lawmakers
Times-Tribune: New state representative visits Riverside Elementary in first public appearance since election

South Central  
Patriot News: North Korea remains a serious threat, Sec. of State Mike Pompeo says ahead of Carlisle visit
Patriot News: Harrisburg school board incumbents were a no show at candidates meet and greet
Carlisle Sentinel: Pompeo visits War College Monday, fields questions on Trump’s foreign policy

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Ex-Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer’s assistant sentenced to probation in bribery case
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: John Fetterman headed to Allentown in pot legalization listening tour
Morning Call: Road Warrior: What will New York’s congestion tax mean for Lehigh Valley commuters?
Reading Eagle: Republican mayoral candidate says Reading needs a capable leader
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Fetterman’s marijuana listening tour coming to Berks County
Reading Eagle: State representative seeks to repeal antiquated measures, including 1913’s Female Labor Law
AP: Ex-mayoral assistant gets probation in bribery case

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: District Attorney Bernie Cantorna wants abuse victims and survivors to know help is available
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council gives approval to pursue public works grants

Inquirer Editorial Board: The Pa. Statehouse is not the setting for a sermon
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Israel and the Golan: U.S. recognition reflects the facts on the ground
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ensuring privacy: Utah law puts an end to third-party doctrine
John L. Micek: So who’s really to blame for urban gentrification? It’s not who you think | Monday Morning Coffee
John Baer: Of Harrisburg’s push to punish the poor
Dick Polman: This is Trump’s big, new lie
Simon F. Haeder: Is there a path forward on Medicaid work requirements that could help the poor — and not harm them?
Lee Huang and Leticia Egea-Hinton: Philly school board seeks your input on budget process. Here’s how to help.
Cecile A. Feldman: Netflix’s decision to pull root canal documentary a win for science and facts
Lisa Haver: How many lawyers does it take to shut down a failing charter school?

  • 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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