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April 8th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf supports allowing his administration to study petitions to cap greenhouse gases. Here is the Playbook.

April 5th Ups & Downs: The Democrats flip a state Senate seat in the Pittsburgh suburbs, the Philadelphia Sheriff has his party’s endorsement revoked, and a former PA Congressional candidates campaign manager was selected to be apart of Bernie Sanders 2020 team. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: After 2016 loss, Democrats know they need white male voters
AP: Wolfs supports studying petition to cap greenhouse gases
WITF: Pa. Treasurer Torsella calls for embattled Sen. Leach’s resignation
Inquirer: If Trump’s 2020 path runs through Pa., Northampton County is a place to watch
Inquirer: Report: Pa. Rep. Murt is top supporter of controversial ‘model legislation’
Inquirer: Three Mile Island nuclear reactor dismantling could take six decades, more than $1 billion
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Why some environmental groups oppose a bill to help out low-carbon nuclear plants
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: At annual gathering, Pa. conservatives take a victory lap on Trump’s judicial nominees
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Pat Toomey teams with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on fentanyl bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How cash assistance for disabled Pennsylvanians was eliminated in 2012 — and could be again in 2019
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Calcium-munching bacteria could be a secret weapon against road salt eating away at concrete roads and bridges | Analysis
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions
PLSReporter: Rabb seeks support for legislation that would fine legislators who leave due to felony related issues
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – April 1, 2019
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. lawmakers, activists urge passage of ‘red flag’ law following deadly Wawa shooting
Philly Voice: Joe Biden visits Scranton, makes jokes about having permission to hug people
KDKA: Pa. State-Run Colleges Could Set Own Tuition Soon
Reading Eagle: 100,000 Pennsylvanians now have passports to medical marijuana
Post-Gazette: Turnpike, transit agencies begin push for broader state and local transit funding
Patriot News: Legalizing pot doesn’t come without societal costs. Just look at Colorado, anti-marijuana advocate says
Patriot News: Tuition changes at the Pa. State System of Higher Education: Quick takeaways
Patriot News: Support for legalizing pot on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s listening tour has some suspicious
Patriot News: What, us worry? Pennsylvania conservatives say they like their odds going into the 2020 election cycle

Inquirer: Philly Sheriff Jewell Williams goes unendorsed by his fellow Democratic ward leaders
Inquirer: ¡Yo, Adrián! Philly has a record number of Latino candidates, and now their names will be spelled correctly
Inquirer: ICE to cease arrests in Philly courthouses, agree to new rules of conduct, says Sheriff’s Department
Inquirer: Philly is mandating metal detectors in its high schools. Many charters don’t have them. Here’s why.
Inquirer: Philly developers start cashing in on Trump tax break, as ‘opportunity zone’-funded projects advance
Billy Penn: Supervised injection site in Kensington might not be permanent, founders say, as opposition floods meeting
WHYY Newsworks: Super PAC airs first TV ad of Philly mayor’s race  
WHYY Newsworks: Citing sexual harassment allegations, Philly Dems dump sheriff from endorsed ticket

Inquirer: Report: Pa. Rep. Murt is top supporter of controversial ‘model legislation’
Daily Local News: State police endorse Democrat Ryan for Chesco DA
Daily Local News: Local residents rally in West Chester to demand release of Mueller Report
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers, advocates back proposed gun legislation in Delaware County
PLSReporter: Legislators discuss ERPO bills in Delaware County
Bucks County Courier Times: Public input sought on voter districts
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Blitz addresses collateral damage of drug crisis

Post-Gazette: Incumbent Darlene Harris finds herself in familiar fight in city’s District 1 race
Post-Gazette: House speaker Turzai wants more state influence on the airport authority board
Post-Gazette: Cheswick Borough votes to merge policing with Springdale Township
Pittsburgh Business Times: As UPMC-Highmark Consent Decree nears end, patients feel uncertain about future … and caught in the middle
PLSReporter: Health and air concerns linger despite clarion coke works repairs

Beaver County Times: Casey, Lamb unveil bills restoring tax deductions for workers
Beaver County Times: Lamb bill creates police grants for drug-detecting devices
Altoona Mirror: Congressmen push for CWD funding
Altoona Mirror: Campaign finance reporting training session planned
Observer-Reporter: Cal U. president to be recognized by local NAACP
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill proposes $15M for chronic wasting disease research

The Times Leader: Secretary of Agriculture tours Benny Brewing Co. to promote Farm Bill
The Times Leader: Seniors probe Pashinski about REAL ID
Times-Tribune: As cyber charter school costs top $42M in NEPA districts, reform is sought

South Central  
Patriot News: TMI’s cooling towers would remain in place for decades after plant shuts down under deactivation plan
Patriot News: Tuition changes at the Pa. State System of Higher Education: Quick takeaways
York Dispatch: York Dems say DA’s review of Supler’s felony is political hit
York Dispatch: DA’s office ‘legally analyzing’ Supler’s treasurer run over 2012 felony conviction

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Allentown rally calls for reforms to support immigrants
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley residents make their pitch for legalizing marijuana to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
Morning Call: Morning Call staff wins first place for coverage of ex-Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s corruption case
Morning Call: Bethlehem’s CRIZ authority elects Joseph Kelly as chairman
Reading Eagle: 100,000 Pennsylvanians now have passports to medical marijuana
Express Times: Could Bethlehem become the 1st town in the Valley to ban single-use plastic bags?   
Express Times: Don’t call it a comeback (yet): Grudge matches and other Warren County election stories to watch in 2019
Express Times: Does the Lehigh Valley support legal weed? Here’s how the weekend’s 1st stop on ‘listening’ tour went

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan to speak in Erie
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Erie Times-News: College administrator seeks Millcreek School Board seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: DuBoistown council still unclear on next MS4 steps

LNP Editorial Board: Excessive court costs can seem like debtors prison to poor offenders  
Inquirer Editorial Board: Casinos are still a bad bet in Pa.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Why do we need a Sheriff’s Office?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Not his problem?: Rich Fitzgerald should try to get UPMC to the table  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Death of the gerrymander?: Two cases give the Supreme Court another chance  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Return of the poll tax: Florida lawmakers try to revive antiquated tactic  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Too many choices?: There is an unfavorable glut of streaming services  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A win for disabled athletes: Saving Special Olympics funding was right call  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: IUP student Adrianna Branin wins Biden award for halting assault  
Sheryl Delozier: We can protect victims and reform criminal justice at the same time. This is how
Michael Peters: Pa.’s nuke industry doesn’t want a bailout. It wants a handout
Christine Flowers: The guillotine of public opinion comes for Joe Biden
Stephen Herzenberg: Feds’ weak plan reinforces need for Wolf action to help 275K more Pennsylvanians get overtime pay
John L. Micek: This is how the enormous 2020 Democratic primary field is messing with polling | Friday Morning Coffee
Will Bunch: Freed from prison nine years ago, Brandon Flood is new secretary of Pa.’s pardon board
Kristen Regine: Lawmakers must recognize that cash is no longer king for retailers
Imani Barbarin and Gabe Labella: New voting security measures could disenfranchise voters with disabilities
Keith C. Burris: Biden is like us – confused
David M. Shribman: Elizabeth Warren takes her turn
Brian O’Neill: Ride-sharing vs. drunken driving
John L. Micek: These are the top 5 most — and least — financially literate states in the country
Ruth Ann Dailey: Claims of inappropriate contact? Follow the evidence.
Tim Hartman: Transportation funding problems? We’ll drive off that bridge when we cross it | Editorial Cartoon
Michael Cogbill: Tragic loss of Nipsey Hussle is a reminder of gun violence’s everyday horrors
Trudy Rubin: Are China and Russia going to dominate the Mediterranean Sea?
Abraham Gutman: In Tel Aviv and Philadelphia, barricades have kept me safe — and terrified
Ernest Owens: No Joke: Kenney Thinks “Overqualified” Black People Are Cause of City’s Diversity Woes
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Border wall crazy
David Chavern: An antitrust safe harbor is what the news business needs
Mike Newall: When this ROTC cadet, 17, saw an overdose victim, he knew: ‘I need to do something’
Signe Wilkinson: Congestion pricing
Helen Ubiñas: With the shooting death of Nipsey Hussle, we are back at the intersection of celebrity and justice
Morning Call: Readers React: Universal health care would be a federal government overreach

One Response

  1. Biden came off really well with the SNL skit this week. Also, I think his willingness to poke fun at himself is endearing. I also think with Pa having a sizable amount of older voters and baby boomers getting older Biden is going to get a warmer reception than the Russian trolls and political operatives think as well as the unofficial think tank for progressives-MSNBC. A centerist is the only way Trump will be defeated in the non coastal states.

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