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April 9th Playbook

Sen. Bernie Sanders announces he will be holding a campaign rally in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Here is the Playbook.

Sanders To Rally in Pittsburgh: The rally comes one day before his Fox News town hall in Bethlehem.

PLC19: Socialism is Top Topic at Conservative Confab: PA’s equivalent to CPAC talked less about Donald Trump, Joe Biden and most other 2020 Democrats. They focused on Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Socialism.

Justice Wecht Speaks Out on Anti-Semitism: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht expresses his concerns for rising anti-semitism in the country and a number of other issues.  

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Sanders planning rallies in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pittsburgh
AP: Hearings on nuclear power plants’ bill kick off in House
AP: Bills to combat child sexual abuse move ahead in Legislature  
AP: Ex-inmate hired to lead Pennsylvania pardons board’s office
AP: House sends crime victims’ rights amendment to state Senate
AP: Pennsylvania gun violence activists set sights on new bill
AP: Historic barn’s ban on same-sex weddings prompts outcry
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawmakers are taking a new approach to give older child sex abuse victims the chance to sue
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Gov. Tom Ridge backs deal to help state nuclear industry
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Targeted by Republicans, Pa.’s Conor Lamb walks a fine line on Capitol Hill. So far, it’s working
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Red flag’ bill would reduce firearm suicides in Pa., Wolf, gun-control advocates argue at Capitol rally
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ex-House Speaker Sam Smith’s father, former Rep. L. Eugene ‘Snuffy’ Smith, has died
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. governor candidates would get to pick their running mates under revived Senate bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We will fight back:’ Crime victims rally for Marsy’s Law approval in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. lawmaker cited by national investigation defends role as ‘copycat’ legislator
WHYY Newsworks: Menendez, Toomey back bill to stop the flow of deadly fentanyl from China
WHYY Newsworks: Carper, Casey back bill forcing EPA to classify PFAS as hazardous
PLSReporter: Stakeholders raise the alarm on nuclear power
PLSReporter: House committee advances child sex abuse bills, as authors look to ’put Senate on notice’
PLSReporter: Legislators, advocates rally to push for equal pay for women
PLSReporter: As part of continued criminal justice reform push, Brandon Flood tapped as Pardons Secretary
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know: We sit down with Rep. Andrew Lewis in our inaugural podcast episode
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of April 8
KYW Newsradio: Pa. appoints former inmate as new pardons board secretary
WESA: Why Legalize Weed? Poll Respondents Say It’s A Sign Of The Times
WESA: Toomey Introduces Narrow Background Check Legislation
WESA: State Treasurer Calls For Embattled Democratic Sen. Daylin Leach’s Resignation
Patriot News: Once a drug convict, Steelton’s Brandon Flood is now chief purveyor of hope to Pennsylvania’s ex-convicts
StateImpactPA: Political fight begins over bill to rescue Pennsylvania nuclear industry
Inquirer: Pa. names new pardons chief as criminal justice reform becomes key issue in state Capitol
Inquirer: Bernie Sanders to visit Pa. on weekend swing through battleground industrial states
Inquirer: Supporters, critics have their say on $500 million rescue plan for Pennsylvania nuclear plants

Billy Penn: GOP mayoral candidate targets East Passyunk restaurant over ‘sanctuary’ fundraiser
WHYY Newsworks: The soda tax ad wars are back: Beverage industry attacks Kenney in new ad
WHYY Newsworks: City Council bill targets Philadelphia food trucks
Inquirer: America Beverage Association targets Mayor Jim Kenney’s beverage tax in new television ad
Inquirer: Kenyatta Johnson faces Lauren Vidas in race to represent Point Breeze, Philly’s second district
Inquirer: Philly City Council members pledge support for workers at hearing on ‘poverty wages’ in parking industry
KYW Newsradio: Seeking to help workers, City Council holds hearings on parking lot attendants, domestic help
PLSReporter: Council hearings highlight path to raising wages in Philadelphia

Bucks County Courier Times: Top Senate Dem visits Horsham to tout PFAS chemical bill
Delco Daily Times: Pa. revokes all 14 operating licenses for Glen Mills Schools
Daily Local News: Hundreds rally in support of Killion gun bill
Daily Local News: Chester County officials renew challenge to end homelessness
KYW Newsradio: State DHS revokes licenses for Glen Mills; school intends to appeal
KYW Newsradio: Key state lawmakers call for review of Grace Packer case
The Times Leader: Smerconish draws capacity crowd to JCC lecture

KDKA: Sen. Bernie Sanders Planning To Hold Rally In Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: AG Shapiro asks Supreme Court to allow extension of UPMC-Highmark
Post-Gazette: Campaigns repay candidates for food, drinks, biscotti supplies
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s energy future pivots on what Harrisburg does with all this gas, deliberators decide
Post-Gazette: Pa. conservatorship law pits anti-blight advocates against property owners
Post-Gazette: Bernie Sanders schedules rally Sunday in Oakland  
City Paper: Pittsburgh City Councilor Deb Gross kicks of re-election campaign
Tribune Review: Bernie Sanders plans presidential campaign rally in Pittsburgh

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State House moving bills to help clerical abuse victims
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Chief Justice Roberts’ Southmont ties listed in book
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb tells chamber that he wants Congress to focus on infrastructure bill
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb addresses congressional breakfast
Beaver County Times: County officials mulling whether to use Craigslist, newspaper ads to unload unused vehicles

Times-Tribune: Kosierowski takes oath of office, becomes 114th state House rep
Times-Tribune: Council debates renovating City Hall versus purchasing PenFed building
Citizens Voice: County council to weigh voting system options
Citizens Voice: Political Scene 4/8/19
Citizens Voice: TV, radio host Smerconish urges moderation in politics, life
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Wolf says Pa. can lead nation with probation, parole reforms  
The Times Leader: Smerconish draws capacity crowd to JCC lecture

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Legislation would allow law enforcement to restrict gun possession in cases of extreme risk
York Dispatch: York County Clerk of Courts race: Simplifying costs, fines easier said than done
Patriot News: Bill to take guns out of the hands of those at risk of causing harm draws bipartisan support
Patriot News: A victims’ bill of rights; voters are getting closer to putting it in the Pa. constitution
Patriot News: Two bills that would reform Pa.’s child sex crime laws advance to House

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Reading mayoral candidates speak at LGBT Center of Greater Reading [Audio]
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor says he doesn’t feel welcome at city council meetings
Reading Eagle: Grace Packer’s death could bring system changes to save abused children
Reading Eagle: The Briefing: Bill challenges sudden insurance changes
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: State senate candidate has a good week, wins seat
Express Times: Pa. lawmaker wants to bring back registration stickers
Morning Call: Is Northampton County getting its fair share? McClure threatens funding to push for road improvements
Morning Call: South Bethlehem lands $1 million investment in affordable housing

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Rural broadband deficiency hits economic growth, education, regional leaders say
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Needed City Hall updates being explored
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania taxation, cost of living cut across income levels   
Erie Times-News: City of Erie to host CDBG plan hearings Tuesday

Inquirer Editorial Board: Forcing treatment and tying the hands of physicians won’t solve the opioid crisis
LNP Editorial Board: Pennsylvania must start fresh and find better way to fix its poor roads  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A little oversight, please?: Congress must assert its authority, stop power abuses
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Are times changing?: Interest in Mon Valley police merger a good sign
Sen. Mike Regan: I’m still making up my mind on legalizing recreational cannabis
John Baer: Pa. lawmakers to child-sex-abuse survivors: Take a number, have a seat
Joe Torsella: Earned income tax credit could be right for Philadelphians
Brian O’Neill: The Pennsylvania Legislature’s political Kabuki
John L. Micek: Meet the Pa. lawmaker who’s the king of cookie-cutter, special interest legislation | Monday Morning Coffee
Dick Polman: Tone-deafness on healthcare is a preexisting condition for Republicans
John L. Micek: Once behind bars, new Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood says he wants others to have the same shot at a second chance he did
Will Bunch: William Barr’s Mueller cover-up reveals America’s delusional dreamland about democracy
Brian Hamilton: Even the Second Step isn’t large enough for criminal justice reform
Janene Hasan and Kathleen Melville: To repair toxic school buildings, end the ten­-year tax abatement
David H. Rothman: How a national library endowment could help Philadelphia
Paul Muschick: Let’s make it easier to remove chronically absent elected officials

  • 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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