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April 5th Playbook

The state House is going to consider child sex abuse bills again, while the candidates in PA12 have agreed to a debate and forum. Here is the Playbook.


Sanders To Participate in Fox News Town Hall in Bethlehem: In a recent PA poll, the Vermont Senator was second overall in the Democratic 2020 presidential field.

PA12: Candidates Set a Debate and a Forum: Friedenberg’s team pushed for more debates in the most populated parts of the district, while Keller’s campaign believes having two televised throughout the whole district suffices.


Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania House to again consider child sex abuse bills
AP: Judge rejects lawsuit over Pennsylvania turnpike toll hikes
AP: After first year, opioid info sharing system touts successes
AP: New policy gives state universities more power over tuition
WITF: Why legalize weed? F&M poll respondents say it’s a sign of the times.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Becca Rast, Jess King’s ’18 campaign manager, named Bernie Sanders’ national field director   
Morning Call: U.S. House votes to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, with help from Republican Brian Fitzpatrick
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats want to flip Pennsylvania’s state Senate in 2020. They’ll need the suburbs to do it
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is not a partisan issue’: U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick splits with Pa. Republicans, votes to reauthorize revamped Violence Against Women Act
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trucker lawsuit against Pa. Turnpike that threatened public transit funding dismissed
PLSReporter: Nuclear debate heating up in General Assembly
PLSReporter: Lawmakers brace for fresh statute of limitations fight
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Patriot News: New state university plan lets students know tuition earlier; State System schools get to set own rates
Patriot News: Jail for Penn State frat brothers in hazing death: Will they actually spend time behind bars?
StateImpactPA: Sunoco agrees to settlement, including more safety inspections, with PUC investigators after Mariner East 1 leak
StateImpactPA: U.S. Steel: Fire-damaged pollution controls at Clairton back on-line


Philly Clout: Philly building trades unions, absent Local 98, air support for Mayor Jim Kenney
KYW Newsradio: Hundreds pack community center to voice concerns over proposed safe injection site
KYW Newsradio: Proposed legislation would expand hate crime protections for people with disabilities
KYW Newsradio: City ID card now available for those unable to get government-issued ID
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers announce statewide call to action on poverty on anniversary of MLK assassination
KYW Newsradio: Group wants Philly school board to redo votes made behind closed doors
Philadelphia Tribune: Williams, Butkovitz talk policies at mayoral debate; Kenney a no-show
WHYY Newsworks: 30 Democrats scramble for five Philly Council nominations  
WHYY Newsworks: Philly parking czar wants to know who’s driving your Uber, says Pa. audit doesn’t go far enough
Philadelphia Business Journal: Twelve of 17 Philadelphia council members get a zero on business scorecard
Philadelphia Business Journal: A Council Scorecard: The city’s business problem
PLSReporter: Philadelphia launches municipal IDs, joining other big cities
Billy Penn: Philly will create a comprehensive index of historic buildings to boost preservation
Inquirer: A judge angered one of Pennsylvania’s most politically connected law firms, then quickly lost her job


Pottstown Mercury: Officials urge expansion of hate crime law to protect disabled
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County to hold voting machine demonstrations
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioners debut voting how-to, announce sale of bonds
Delco Daily Times: Aqua Pa. sues to block Chester Water Authority deal with Chester


Post-Gazette: Meet the women who helped elect Pam Iovino
Post-Gazette: Officials announce anti-poverty proposals on anniversary of King’s death
City Paper: Sen. Bob Casey introduces bill to examine social media’s potential role in rising hate crimes  
City Paper: Pittsburgh is one of the most gentrified cities in the U.S.  
Tribune Review: State lawmakers tour attractions in Laurel Highlands, Westmoreland County


Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Redistricting commission launches public meetings
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvanians could vote by mail under bill from state Rep. Rob Matzie
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners Egley, Camp clash over D.C. trip
Beaver County Times: Senate bill provides help to struggling nuclear plants


Times-Tribune: Biden secretly visits Scranton
Times-Tribune: Pantuso absent at commissioners meeting after reporting on unpaid taxes, trash fees
Times-Tribune: Commissioners appoint former Keystone Mission director to county post
Times-Tribune: Officials discuss ways to help financially strapped Scranton School District
The Times Leader: Toomey and Schumer introduce fentanyl sanctions bill     
The Times Leader: Cartwright announces $1.6M for Maternal and Family Health Services


South Central  
York Dispatch: State Senate version of nuclear subsidy bill introduced
York Dispatch: DA’s office ‘legally analyzing’ Supler’s treasurer run over 2012 felony conviction
LNP | LancasterOnline: Becca Rast, Jess King’s ’18 campaign manager, named Bernie Sanders’ national field director
York Daily Record: Election 2019: Here’s a list of candidate forums in York County ahead of primary


Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Oral arguments heard in Vaughn Spencer’s hearing in Philadelphia
Express Times: ‘Release the report!’ Bethlehem joins nationwide protests demanding to see Mueller investigation’s findings
Morning Call: Allentown Syrian group backs mayor, says now is not the time to raise the flag


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Bayfront Connector studies underway on Erie’s east side
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Citizens voice concerns to commission


Inquirer Editorial Board: Street congestion is bad, but solutions exist
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What’s the plan?: Trump rightly nudges GOP on health care
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A new Chicago?: Lori Lightfoot could bring fresh air to the Windy City
John L. Micek: NatGas foes are just like Chairman Mao? Wait? What? | Thursday Morning Coffee
Dom Giordano: Supervised injection sites being forced upon people, neighborhoods that don’t want them
Amir Curry: Why criminalize students and control schools with a metal detectors mandate?
Tony Norman: The ballad of Joe Biden: Don’t Stand So Close to Me
Savannah Lindquist: Universal background checks will worsen the inequalities of gun ownership
Kevin Davis: School safety requires strong security like metal detectors
John L. Micek: Yes, what we don’t know about science can hurt us
Stefanie Babst and Michael Ruhle: NATO’s job of providing security for over 900 million citizens can no longer be measured by a 1949 yardstick
Manil Suri and Karen Saxe: Want to fix gerrymandering? Then the Supreme Court needs to listen to mathematicians
Massimo Faggioli: Recent changes at Villanova don’t make it any less of a Catholic university

2 Responses

  1. Sanders second in Pa poll for Dems is a mirage. Probably a lot of R voters pledging support. The Progressives will absolutely lose Pa and Trump and the R’s are praying hard as possible for Sanders. Trump will have nicknames and all types of comedy routines dedicated to Sanders and every other word will be “socialist” this and “socialist” that…Dems can snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory…they have done so in the past. Biden is Dems only hope.

  2. “The state House is going to consider child sex abuse bills again, while the candidates in PA12 have agreed to a debate and forum”

    Is the PA GOP leadership in favor of child sex abuse or against it? (since they are having a debate on the topic)

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