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August 20th Playbook

A special election takes place for the 85th state House District today to fill the seat vacated by former state Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder). Here is the Playbook. 

Wolf Signs Executive Order Aimed at Reducing Gun Violence: The signing of the executive order was postponed one day after six Philadelphia police officers were shot.

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Tuesday’s special election in the Susquehanna River Valley will pit Democrat against Republican — against Republican 
AP: US attorney in Philadelphia asks judge to block drug program
Post-Gazette: Game Commission wants ban on feeding deer, but request faces opposition 
Philly Voice: Of 42 ranked states, Pennsylvania has the worst community college system, report says
Inquirer: Pennsylvania last to ban refreshments at funeral homes after New Jersey relents  
PLSReporter: Three-way race heats up ahead of Tuesday special election to replace Keller in 85th HD
PLSReporter: Financial planning the focus of House Democratic Policy Committee hearing
PLSReporter: House Democratic Policy Committee hearing discusses transportation solutions 
Morning Call: MAP: Where do school districts get their money?

KYW Newsradio: US attorney seeks to block plan for supervised drug center
KYW Newsradio: With PES refinery furloughing workers on Friday, plant’s safe closure still a concern
KYW Newsradio: As Hahnemann bankruptcy proceedings continue, creditors fight to get paid for closure-related services
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia creates a new city office to support people returning from prison
KYW Newsradio: Krasner announces charges against Nicetown shooter, hints at huge investigation
KYW Newsradio: To avoid deportation, Hahnemann international residents scramble to find new places to work
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s supervised injection site plan faces a contentious day in federal court
Inquirer: Officials call for safe, secure closure of bankrupt Philadelphia refinery
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner: Probe of police shooting ‘could take months’
Inquirer: Philly judge lets AK-47 gunman withdraw guilty plea in shooting of beer deli owner
Inquirer: Moms rally against guns in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: With closure of PES refinery imminent, workers and politicians call for secure transition
WHYY Newsworks: New city agency to oversee Philly’s ‘fragmented’ reentry for former prisoners
WHYY Newsworks: What counts as saving a life? United States v. Safehouse kicks off
Billy Penn: How Philly convinced business leaders to be part of the homelessness solution

Delco Daily Times: Freshman rep Scanlon talks about gun control, immigration and impeachment 
KYW Newsradio: Fitzpatrick calls for DNA testing at southern board to help combat human trafficking
Inquirer: Chester County sheriff pushes back against controller, defending K-9 unit overtime
Daily Local News: Chesco sheriff: Controller wrong on overtime payments 
Daily Local News: Lawmaker reminds drivers of school bus stopping law 

Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council to hold hearing on countywide police review board
Post-Gazette: Washington clears out in August, but lawmakers’ work continues back home 
Post-Gazette: This court program, born in a mortgage crisis, is still saving Allegheny County homes from foreclosure 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s property lottery presents a tangled path — often without an end 
Post-Gazette: City of Pittsburgh floats idea of buying out homeowners who experience repeated flooding 
Post-Gazette: Housing authority aims to give low-income city residents access to more neighborhoods 
KDKA: Allegheny County Board Of Elections To Hold Meeting To Consider Voting Systems Report
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Honors City Lifeguards For Going Above And Beyond
WESA: SEA Fires Controller After Discovering Alleged Unauthorized Transaction

Observer-Reporter: Uniontown city officials looking for solutions after latest flood 
Observer-Reporter: Farming may be fading, but for some, it’s the deal of a century 
Tribune Review: In Indiana County, Trump loyalty seems as strong as ever
Altoona Mirror: Gutshall discovers niche to fill in local government

Times-Tribune: City Democratic Party picks candidate for Scranton mayor
Times-Tribune: Republicans to choose from nine for Scranton mayor nominee
Times-Tribune: Dems seek candidates for Archbald council, Valley View School Board  
Times-Tribune: Carbondale Area School Board appoints former board president to vacant seat
Citizens Voice: Houck calls for changes in manager’s evaluation process 
Citizens Voice: West Pittston councilman remembered 

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Council told economic development doing well in Ephrata Borough
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools leader makes it clear she has no time for charter schools
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s controversial plan to remove stop signs prompts public meeting
Patriot News: HMAC didn’t pay its taxes; could Harrisburg lose thousands in bankruptcy case?
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District teachers, staff embrace new school year: ‘Everybody feels like it’s about the students’ 
York Dispatch: Rutter’s installs first video gaming terminals at Manchester Twp. store

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Berks County native Jeff Bartos leads this week’s good week category
Reading Eagle: Berks advocates applaud PennDOT move to offer nonbinary gender choice on driver’s licenses 
KYW Newsradio: Bucks County residents get chance to test drive possible voting machines Monday night
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmaker wants to kick ’unseemly characters’ out of drug abuse treatment business

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie School Board avoids takeover; outsourcing looms
Erie Times-News: Catch up on latest in Erie Coke case with a podcast
Erie Times-News: Appeals court leaves Erie yacht club’s taxes unchanged
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials: DEP may not help with Grafius Run 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council waits for boards to communicate before taking action
Centre Daily Times: How can Pa. fight ‘chronic underinvestment’ in innovation? Universities like Penn State, report says

LNP Editorial Board: Lancaster County is being hit especially hard by the climate crisis 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Unkind to motorists: City needs to consider parking with development
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hitting reset: Project Reset builds upon the success of Clean Slate
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What the doctor ordered: Duquesne’s med school could make big difference
Inquirer Editorial Board: Kudos to Gov. Tom Wolf for doing something on gun violence, but the General Assembly must do more 
Tommy Tomlinson: Pennsylvania must reform how charter schools are funded
Charlie Gerow: Many people don’t know I’m one, too
Sarah Anne Hughes: Get ready for another special election | Monday Morning Coffee
Mike Newall: ‘It’s like drowning’: Minute by minute, a physician tells a courtroom how you die from an overdose 
Mark Schwartz and Robert Damewood: Mandatory inclusionary zoning helped Pittsburgh with housing equity. Can it work in Philly? 
Dick Polman: Even if Democrats dump Trump, they’ll need to ditch Mitch 
Tony Norman: Sweat Equity: Queenpin PGH pushing to empower and connect Pittsburgh’s black and brown women
Shantanu Saha: Op-ed photo essay: Philadelphia joins Kashmir protests with large rally at Penn’s Landing
Helen Ubiñas: Who are those men in T-shirts and hats, cleaning North Philly to repair their worlds?

  • 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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