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April 3rd Playbook

Iovino defeats Raja for the 37th state Senate District, while the candidates have been selected for the upcoming special election in the 33rd state Senate District. Here is the Playbook.

Iovino Flips SD37: The Democrats add another closely watched seat in the Pittsburgh suburbs.

SD33: Mastriano Selected As GOP Candidate: The retired Army colonel touts supporting conservative policies, while likening himself to Trump for being a political outsider.

HD11: Doctor Receives Dem Nomination: The 28 year old steelworker is placing addressing corruption in the state legislature at the forefront of his campaign.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: The Latest: Democrat claims win in Pittsburgh-area election
AP: Lawmakers, rapper Meek Mill urge state probation law changes
York Daily Record: These are the candidates for the 33rd District Senate seat
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrat Pam Iovino wins special election to represent Pittsburgh suburbs in Pa. Senate
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s Equal Pay Day. Here’s how Pa. lawmakers want to close the gender wage gap
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Equal Pay Day: Here’s how Pa’s gender pay gap stacks up to the rest of the country | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean, others ask for $10M study on PFAS contamination
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania has second-most structurally deficient bridges in U.S.
WESA: Should Citizenship Matter On The Census? PA Officials Say No
City Paper: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai compares pro-abortion rights advocates to Nazis
PLSReporter: Special election results for the 37th state senate district
PLSReporter: Policy Committee discusses future of transportation
PLSReporter: Phillips-Hill’s legislation finds ways for students to learn even when schools close

WHYY Newsworks: State Sen. Williams makes supervised injection site issue in Philly mayor’s race
Philly Voice: Philly considers congestion pricing as New York City’s plan moves forward
Philadelphia Magazine: Undemocratic Democracy: The Trouble With Voter Recalls
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Philadelphia, big gains in public health happen in grocery stores — not a doctor’s office
Inquirer: Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez asks authorities to prevent fraud by primary opponent
Inquirer: Can Meek Mill sell Harrisburg on probation reform?  
Inquirer: Philly’s labor women group calls out AFL-CIO for its endorsement of Sheriff Jewell Williams

Delco Daily Times: State Sen. Leach fires back at Lower Merion school officials
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers, municipal leaders push for renewable energy
Daily Local News: Three Chesco residents settle pipeline lawsuit
KDKA: Democrat Pam Iovino Declares Victory Over Republican D. Raja In Pa. Senate Special Election
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Responds To City Council Vote
WESA: Iovino Claims Win In South Hills-Area Election
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council Votes 6-3 In Favor Of Gun Bills; Opponents Prepare to Sue City
Post-Gazette: Democrat Pam Iovino wins Pa. Senate seat
City Paper: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai compares pro-abortion rights advocates to Nazis
Tribune Review: D. Raja concedes, Democrat Pam Iovino takes 37th state Senate seat
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council passes controversial gun legislation

Observer-Reporter: Iovino’s win in 37th State Senatorial marks historic night for Washington County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Elections officials nix race in Shanksville
Altoona Mirror: Blair picks paper ballots  
Altoona Mirror: Bedford saving money on bonds  
Altoona Mirror: Ag advocates visit DC
Times-Tribune: Debates set in 12th Congressional District special election
Times-Tribune: Jessup council ratifies deal to let power plant discharge wastewater into sewer system
Times-Tribune: Scranton council wants explanation of trash-fee delinquencies
Citizens Voice: Defamation lawsuit filed against mayor of Shickshinny
Citizens Voice: West Pittston council reviewing firms for independent flood study

South Central  
York Daily Record: These are the candidates for the 33rd District Senate seat
York Daily Record: Candidate hands out fishing worms on trout season opening day. They didn’t work
York Dispatch: Perry to hold telephone town hall Wednesday night
York Dispatch: Mental health the topic as Pa. Democrats discuss policies
LNP | LancasterOnline: Parkesburg Borough Council weighs police coverage agreement
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump wedding cake, created by Lancaster chef Cedric Barberet, headed for exhibit by controversial artist
Carlisle Sentinel: Alan Howe tries to reshape Democratic Party debate by running for president

Lehigh Valley   
Express Times: Have a view on legalizing weed? Here’s your 1st of 2 chances to weigh in this weekend in the Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Phillipsburg mayor pleads not guilty to criminal charges filed by a resident
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Wally Scott won’t fill vacancies until after the primary  
Reading Eagle: Reading Eagle Company sale plan approved
Morning Call: LVHN subsidiary becomes third nonprofit to sue Allentown, challenges nearly $1 million tax bill  
Morning Call: Bethlehem Township plans to save $300,000 in refinancing  

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: County Council approves cash for community college study, census coordinator
Erie Times-News: Millcreek to use CDBG money to improve sidewalks

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Miners deserve better: Federal government should revive black lung trust
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No better than before: Revised gun bills still exceed the city’s authority
Inquirer Editorial Board: Metal detectors in schools are ugly reminders of violence — and failure of our leaders
LNP Editorial Board: On city parking problems and water meter appointments  
Brian Fitzpatrick and Karen Bass: To save lives, we must reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act
John L. Micek: In video, Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai appears to compare Down syndrome abortion ban foes to ‘the Nazi regime’ | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Ernest Owens: After Jewell Williams Endorsement, Dem Party Chair Bob Brady Needs to Resign
John Baer: Pennsylvania’s top-polling Democrat for president has problems (beyond what you’re thinking)
Mike Newall: Is anyone surprised that Philly’s broken Democratic machine endorsed an accused serial sexual harasser?
Iliana Paul and Denise Grab: This is how state power regulators are making utilities account for the costs of climate change
Will Bunch: Time for Joe Biden to end the ‘apology tour’ and pass the torch to the 21st Century
Kris Weldon and Jayna Fey: For Equal Pay Day, here’s how to negotiate to get paid
Nancy Modesitt: Why pay transparency alone won’t eliminate the persistent wage gap between men and women

One Response

  1. Iovino victory points to centerist Dems winning in R areas but as the article here notes Dems should be concerned about the overly progressive tag. It concerns me to see Dem progressives start to get overly confident about 2020 and Trump. I still think an odd mixture can happen in 2020. That the Dems pull defeat out of the jaws of victory by bypassing Joe Biden who is the only Dem who can win and nominate a fringe progressive who absolutely will lose Pa allowing Trump to cobble together another Presidential victory. Even with a defeated progressive losing to Trump in 2020 this will cause the Dems in US House to pick up more seats as well as the US Senate. And in Pa, even with a Trump win…if Dems nominate an unwinnable Pres candidate, Dems may still win State Senate and State House.

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