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April 4th Playbook

The Pennsylvania Leadership Conference will be headlined by the Wall Street Journal’s’ Kimberley Strassel, while Sen. Sanders will participate in a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem. Here is the Playbook.

Pennsylvania Leadership Conference Preview: The Friday night dinner will be headlined by Kimberly Strassel, while Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Scott Perry, and other Pennsylvania conservatives speak at different points throughout the two day gathering.

Harrisburg & DC  
Inquirer: Pa.’s $500M nuclear rescue bill: A giveaway to one industry, or a clean-energy salvation?
AP: Bernie Sanders to appear in Fox News town hall meeting in Pa.
AP: Environmental groups criticize state’s river pollution deal
AP: Judge rules UPMC-Highmark agreement can’t be extended
AP: Gas liquids pipeline owner agrees to safety study, new fine
WITF: Trump-backed ACA repeal unwise for Pa., DePasquale says  
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania senate introduces a nuclear bailout bill, similar to $500 million proposal from House last month
StateImpactPA: Read Pennsylvania Senate version of nuclear bailout bill
StateImpactPA: Sunoco agrees to settlement, including more safety inspections, with PUC investigators after Mariner East 1 leak
StateImpactPA: Judge says Grant Township must pay $100,000 in legal bills after injection well dispute
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate proposal to aid Pennsylvania’s ailing nuclear industry comes with same $450 million price tag
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In defiance of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh passed its own gun control laws. What happens next?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The need is really there:’ In rural Dauphin County, Gov. Wolf pitches his infrastructure plan | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Meek Mill, Van Jones back Pennsylvania lawmakers’ push to reform parole and probation
PLSReporter: Natural gas drilling bill up for consideration in House
PLSReporter: Policy Committee hearing stresses need for new bullying legislation
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Sen. Baker to update medical parole legislation in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: National Guard looks to General Assembly for help fighting declining enlistment, growing strain

Inquirer: Philly Democrats revoke endorsement recommendation for Sheriff Jewell Williams
Inquirer: Bill, Hillary Clinton to visit Philly for event with former Eagle Nnamdi Asomugha
Inquirer: Supervised injection site supporters countersue feds, saying their Philly mission comes from religious and medical imperatives
Philadelphia Magazine: Controller’s Office: Whites Are Overrepresented in Philadelphia’s City Workforce
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet the Philly Candidate Who Has Run for Four Different Seats
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Democrats yank backing of Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams amid sexual harassment claims
WHYY Newsworks: Jannie Blackwell helped a developer get city land. Now he’s hosting a fundraiser for her.
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly parents, advocates speak up about bullying during state committee hearing
KYW Newsradio: Mill-inspired law would curb incarceration for non-criminal parole violations   
KYW Newsradio: Pa. health secretary visits Philly to gather info on child, maternal health
Philadelphia Business Journal: City-backed program to fill ‘friends-and-family’ gap for low-income founders

Delco Daily Times: Rep. Quinn introduces bills to regulate pipelines
Delco Daily Times: Energy Transfer to pay another $200G fine for Mariner East pipeline work
Delco Daily Times: Middletown puts Elwyn acreage purchase on ballot

WESA: With Another South Hills Win, Democrats Continue To Redraw Map
WESA: Reschenthaler Votes Against Making Full Mueller Report Available To Congress
KDKA: Senator-Elect Pam Iovino Thinks Special Election Victory Has National Implications
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Legislators Push For Police De-Escalation Training In Wake Of Antwon Rose Shooting
Post-Gazette: Pa. Court rules UPMC-Highmark consent decrees end June 30
Tribune Review: Ad touts Conor Lamb’s support for Obamacare
City Paper: How Democrat Pam Iovino flipped a Pittsburgh area state senate district
City Paper: Young candidates in Pittsburgh are sick of ‘waiting their turn’

Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners Egley, Camp clash over D.C. trip
Beaver County Times: Officials: Census count tied to representation, funding
Observer-Reporter: Washington County elections website yielded no election night results for special contest
Observer-Reporter: Training sessions to be held for Greene County’s new voting machines
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal seeking answers about potential cancer cluster
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rate up slightly in Washington. unchanged in Greene
Observer-Reporter: Kail to hold legislative breakfast meetings
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Berlin dairy farmer testifies before U.S. House subcommittee  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pavlovich plans to run for Cambria County clerk of courts position

The Times Leader: Ex-WB Twp. fire chief to stand trial in May for allegedly threatening mayor’s daughter
The Times Leader: Sugar Notch officials: Disbanding police force not on the table
Citizens Voice: Mixed results on candidate challenges for primary
Times-Tribune: New district office for 112th District constituents

South Central  
Patriot News: Should Pennsylvanians pay more to subsidize TMI and other nuclear plants?
Patriot News: Harrisburg firm seeks compensation for Phyllis Schlafly public relations campaign
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. labor secretary: ‘We need more’ is the message on visit to Cumberland Perry vo-tech
Carlisle Sentinel: State reps., mayor to host town hall in Carlisle
York Daily Record: Lt. Gov. Fetterman coming to York to talk recreational marijuana on Tuesday  
York Daily Record: York Mayor Michael Helfrich will shave his head if …
York Dispatch: Smucker co-sponsoring crackdown on robocalls

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Fox News holding Bernie Sanders town hall in Bethlehem
Morning Call: Allentown budgeted $300,000 for legal fees in 2018. It spent more than $1.1 million.
Morning Call: Syrians protest Allentown’s refusal to raise flag at City Hall
Morning Call: Easton planning commission gives approval for congregation to hold services in city’s south side
Reading Eagle: Wernersville moves to officially dissolve Western Berks Police Commission
Express Times: Fox News and Bernie Sanders coming to Bethlehem to talk 2020 presidential race   
Express Times: Northampton County senior judge will retire by June

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Meet the Candidates reception to be held in Lewisburg
Erie Times-News: 2 Kelly-backed bills head to House for vote  
Erie Times-News: State incentives sought for Erie Opportunity Zone investors
Erie Times-News: Historic buildings focus of new Erie task force
Erie Times-News: City Council OK’s Erie Coke rebuke

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Restore net neutrality: Mike Doyle’s bill would recodify a sensible practice
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Spare no effort: Investigators must get to the bottom of cancer scare
Marci A. Hamilton and Sarah G. Klein: As Pennsylvania lawmakers stall, child sex abuse victims suffer
John L. Micek: Here’s what Pa. and Washington are doing to fight PFAS contamination in drinking water | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Solomon Jones: Class, like race, shouldn’t decide who gets a voice in the opioid debate
William C. Sproule: It’s time to hold tax-cheats in construction accountable
Anwar Curtis: Great fathers aren’t born, they’re made. And this Harrisburg pastor is helping them on that path
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: Apologies for running for President (or not)
Brian O’Neill: Notable legacies of notable Pittsburghers

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    • 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%)

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