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April 30th Playbook

Biden begins his presidential bid with a rally in Pittsburgh focusing on winning middle class voters, while an Inquirer poll shows Philadelphians opinion on Mayor Jim Kenney. Here is the Playbook.

Biden Rallies Union Support in Pittsburgh: In his first rally as a declared candidate in this presidential bid, the former Vice President made a pitch to union workers and stressed the importance of winning Pennsylvania.

Inquirer Poll: Voters Like Kenney More Than His Policies: The incumbent Philadelphia Mayor holds a 17 point net job performance approval rating, while voters take issue with his stance on key issues such as the soda tax and proposed safe injection sites.

Harrisburg & DC  
Post-Gazette: Biden starts presidential run with focus on union support at Lawrenceville rally
Post-Gazette: Bill changing makeup of Allegheny County Airport Authority advances to full House
Post-Gazette: Democratic legislators seek support for changes in police use-of-force laws
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bob Casey asks feds to intervene in UPMC-Highmark pre-payment dispute
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania joins climate coalition and releases carbon-cutting plan
AP: Biden says Trump abused his office, ignored most Americans
AP: The Latest: Biden accuses Trump of abusing powers
AP: Wolf says regional cap-and trade plan needs ‘serious’ look
AP: Ethane storage seen as key to revitalization of Appalachia
New York Times: In Pennsylvania, Joe Biden Finds Support Where He Most Needs It
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrat Pam Iovino takes the oath of office, is one of 13 women serving in the state Senate
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Union-driven campaigns have helped Pa. Democrats flip red seats. Could it notch them one more victory?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We can’t afford to wait,’ Wolf, lawmakers say as Pa. rolls out its plan to fight climate change
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Restore or reenergize? Turzai, House GOP offer plan for natural gas-based state economy
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: At Capitol rally, educators call for charter school funding reform, better oversight
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s public workers don’t have workplace safety protections. This bill would change that
PLSReporter: Fetterman: ’65 to 70 percent’ of listening tour attendees support marijuana legalization
PLSReporter: Wolf announces PA to join US climate alliance, releases state climate action plan
PLSReporter: Turzai unveils eight bill package of legislation focusing on creating jobs and redeveloping infrastructure
PLSReporter: Controversial school choice bill clears committee hurdle
PLSReporter: Wonderling pitches ‘Grow Pennsylvania’ agenda at press club luncheon
KDKA: ‘If I’m Going To Be Able To Beat Donald Trump In 2020, It’s Going To Happen Here’: Biden Kicks Off Campaign With Pittsburgh Rally
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Says Pa. Needs To Consider Joining Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania commits to Paris Agreement climate goals; state’s plan calls for 80 percent carbon cuts by 2050
StateImpactPA: Groups sue U.S. Steel, alleging potentially ‘thousands’ of Clean Air Act violations
StateImpactPA: Sunoco buys two homes at Chester County site of Mariner East 2-related sinkhole
Inquirer: With an opening rally in Pittsburgh, Joe Biden signals that Pennsylvania is vital to his campaign
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf: Pa. should cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050
WESA: Study Shows Prisons Give Home Districts Power, Leach It From Poor Urban Areas
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf announces PA climate action plan, climate alliance membership
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Biden talks unions, working class in first campaign event of 2020 run
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PA to join 23 states in pledging to meet climate goals
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania regulators set April 30 deadline for applications to grow industrial hemp
Morning Call: Key takeaways from Joe Biden’s first campaign rally in Pittsburgh  
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Democratic voters weigh their primary options as Joe Biden comes to Pittsburgh
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf honored as a ‘true friend of animals’ for signing anti-cruelty and neglect laws
Patriot News: Recreational marijuana in Pennsylvania: What should legalization look like?
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvanians urged to get current on shots
Express Times: Will beer become more expensive in Pa.? Brewers push back on proposed 6 percent sales tax
Inquirer: Inquirer Poll: What Philly voters think of Mayor Jim Kenney, crime, and the soda tax
Inquirer: Where the Philadelphia City Council candidates stand on key issues  
Inquirer: Could the Philly City Council elections determine fate of the soda tax?
Inquirer: A timeline of Philadelphia’s soda tax
Inquirer: Philly DA’s Office won’t prosecute cannabis DUIs; Krasner calls current law ‘dumb’
Inquirer: In Philly, your race predicts whether you’ll be locked up or go free until trial, study says
Inquirer: Judge refuses to vacate state sentence in AK-47 gunman’s case, but raises concerns about double jeopardy
WHYY Newsworks: Critiquing Kenney: Taking the pulse of Philly mayor’s old neighborhood
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney grilled on gun violence, gentrification at Germantown mayoral debate
Philadelphia Magazine: Sandra Dungee Glenn on City Council Run: “I Want to Move Families Out of Poverty”
Billy Penn: Nearly a quarter of Philly adults can’t read — but they still vote

Daily Local News: Killion to chair economic development committee
Daily Local News: Houlahan urges Senate to act on gun violence prevention during rally
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers rally to end puppy mills
Daily Local News: State OKs $2.1 million for rail freight projects in Chester County
Daily Local News: Barrar to host REAL ID informational session May 16
Bucks County Courier Times: Lt. governor’s recreational marijuana listening tour coming to Bucks
Pottstown Mercury: Activists march through Pottstown for Pennsylvania gift ban
Inquirer: This Main Line teacher was so inspired by her students that she’s quitting her job to run for office

Post-Gazette: Biden starts presidential run with focus on union support at Lawrenceville rally
Post-Gazette: Bill changing makeup of Allegheny County Airport Authority advances to full House
Post-Gazette: Peduto not ready to endorse, but he has special bond with ‘Mayor Pete’
Post-Gazette: Democratic legislators seek support for changes in police use-of-force laws
Post-Gazette: Four challenging Ricky Burgess for city’s District 9 seat in Democratic primary
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bob Casey asks feds to intervene in UPMC-Highmark pre-payment dispute
Tribune Review: Biden says Pittsburgh is where a successful run for president will begin in first campaign stop
Pittsburgh Business Times: More union workers at Wabtec consider strikes
WESA: Former VP Joe Biden Holds First Rally Of His Presidential Campaign In Pittsburgh
KDKA: ‘If I’m Going To Be Able To Beat Donald Trump In 2020, It’s Going To Happen Here’: Biden Kicks Off Campaign With Pittsburgh Rally

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Lamb co-introduces bill on vets’ mental health needs
Observer-Reporter: Could recreational marijuana impact the medical marijuana industry?
Observer-Reporter: Kennison deals with tax, legal trouble amid mayoral bid

Times-Tribune: Debates set for Lackawanna County commissioners, Scranton city council candidates
Times-Tribune: Some Lackawanna County commissioner hopefuls always vote, some don’t
Times-Tribune: Scranton council asks for emergency demolition of buildings owned by tax, trash fee scofflaw
The Times Leader: W-B Area Superintendent: Increase in state money would mean property tax cut
Citizens Voice: Fetterman’s marijuana legalization listening tour coming to Wilkes-Barre  
Citizens Voice: Manafort moved from Wayne County prison  

South Central  
York Dispatch: Anderson, youngest York County political candidate: Age has ‘never been a limiting factor’
Carlisle Sentinel: Delozier to host ‘Tribute to Veterans’ breakfast
Patriot News: State takeover of Harrisburg schools may not produce the results advocates seeks   
Patriot News: Should the state take over Harrisburg schools? Here’s what the school board candidates say
Patriot News: Pa. attorney general emphasizes need for more tolerance: ‘Hate speech begets hate crimes,’ he says
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District finances, threat of receivership is unprecedented: attorney

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: City Council president demands meeting with Reading Parking Authority
Reading Eagle: A look at some of the activist groups in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Conrad Weiser seniors lauded for registering to vote
Morning Call: Politics as Usual  
Morning Call: Lehigh County caseworkers say their caseloads exceed caps, ask commissioners to hire more people

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Should State College offer developers a tax break to rehabilitate historic properties?
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

Inquirer Editorial Board: A fair and open trial gives justice for victims of abuse — and discourages secrecy
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Et tu, Kate?: Flyers, Yankees bow to blind political correctness
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Return of the good book: Recovery of other stolen items must be a priority
Brendan Boyle: Brexit must honor Good Friday agreement
Mike Turzai: School choice is a necessary complement to public schools
David Urban: Trump tax cuts are helping Pennsylvanians
Gisele Barreto Fetterman: Immigrants aren’t a roadblock to progress or prosperity. They amplify it
Dick Polman: On impeachment: Will Democrats put country over party?
John L. Micek: New study: Pa. teachers’ pay lags other college-educated workers | Monday Morning Coffee
Abraham Gutman: DA Krasner should take a page from Reagan’s playbook: Cut budgets to enshrine your legacy
John Baer: Committee of Seventy’s ‘rock in the pond’
Kevin Riordan: Savoring my major crush on Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Gene Marks: Looking to sell your small business? Watch out for these things and you’ll likely get a better price
Jenice Armstrong: Former reporter who covered Cosby’s criminal case pens book on the downfall of ‘America’s Dad’

3 Responses

  1. One more thing: Trump’s lawyer and partner in crime goes to jail Monday while Trump, who directed and participated in the criminality for years with Lawyer Michael Cohen, continues still as President of the United States.

    Investigations into Trump will be conducted by other offices with the Mueller Report finished.

    Trump faces 17 current investigations: 17 separate court cases stemming from 7 different sets of prosecutors & investigators:
    His businesses, hotels, organization, inauguration…campaign conspiracy, Trump Org finances, his SuperPAC Funding,
    Russians and the NRA. Trump’s NY tax fraud and schemes. Emoluments lawsuit.

    Some president, eh? Vote him out!

  2. Joe Biden is far more popular that right wingers anticipated. They seem to be crying in their beer, particularly Trump—-who gets right back from Biden the insult Trump gives.
    I’d like a Biden-Harris ticket, or Biden-Beto, or Biden/Mayor Pete.

  3. MSNBC is having fits that one of their progressive darlings is not lighting up the universe but what progressives, MSNBC and their on air talent fail to understand is “Trump Fatigue.” Most middle of the road Dems are less interested in a cause and more interested voting for a candidate the can “cause” Trump to be a one termer.

  • 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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