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August 9th Playbook

A new Franklin and Marshall College poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading the pack among Democratic primary voters in the state and strong support for Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan. Here is the Playbook.

F&M Poll: Biden With Slight Lead Over Warren in PA Dem Primary: The former Vice President and Scranton native leads the pack in the Democratic primary in the state, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) numbers are within the margin of error from 1st place.

The Almanac of American Politics Profiles Gov. Tom Wolf: Jacobson details Wolf’s career prior to entering politics and his two successful bids for Governor.

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Pa. Democrats support Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren, but will vote for anyone against Donald Trump in 2020, poll finds 
Inquirer: Democrats train students of color in battleground states, hoping to avoid Clinton’s 2016 mistakes
Inquirer: Groups warn Pennsylvania about setting liquor prices ‘in secret, behind closed doors’ 
Patriot News: Skills games competitors settle federal defamation lawsuit
Patriot News: Trump matches high water mark in new Pa. poll; Biden leads Democratic presidential hopefuls
WITF: Pa. lawmakers, gun control advocates rally to change state firearms laws
AP: Appeals court: Pennsylvania county can keep cross on seal
WHYY Newsworks: Public schools, charter schools and…innovation schools? Why a new category of school in Pa.?
Post-Gazette: New Franklin and Marshall poll shows Biden with lead among Pennsylvanian Democrats  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf’s natural gas-backed infrastructure plan enjoys majority support, new Franklin & Marshall poll finds
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Biden and Warren lead Pa. Democratic primary voters in new Franklin & Marshall poll
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania set up a tip line for school threats. Instead, students overwhelmingly called with mental health concerns 
Morning Call: Honesty, health care, beating Donald Trump on the minds of Pennsylvania Democratic voters, according to new 2020 poll
Express Times: 3 billion pain pills flowed into Pa. sparking epidemic that’s killed almost 40K
PLSReporter: Wolf, lawmakers call for red flag law, universal background checks
PLSReporter: F&M poll: Broad support for gun control, Restore Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!

Philly Clout: Philly DA Larry Krasner clashes with Pa. AG Josh Shapiro — again — over alleged power grab
WHYY Newsworks: Climate change is messing with your commute, SEPTA says after storms halt trains
WHYY Newsworks: Public schools, charter schools and…innovation schools? Why a new category of school in Pa.?
Philly Voice: Cory Booker at Philly rally: ‘I’m worried about the soul of our nation’
Philly Voice: More Narcan needed in fight against opioid epidemic, CDC says
Inquirer: Hahnemann residency slots auction: Main Line Health, Cooper join Temple and Jefferson in bid 
Inquirer: At Philly rally, people say they like Cory Booker — but aren’t so sure about his chances 
Billy Penn: If you’ve got school-age kids, the time for vaccination is now
Billy Penn: Philly teachers’ racial discrimination claim against Quaker school can go to trial, court rules
KYW Newsradio: Workers begin disposing dangerous chemical at shutdown refinery  
KYW Newsradio: Program that helps seniors keep their homes expands to gentrifying neighborhoods 
KYW Newsradio: Calling for end to gun violence, Philly neighborhood teams up with police for ‘Walk for Peace’ 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly SoulCycle Instructors Respond to Calls for Boycott Over Trump Fundraiser 
Philadelphia Magazine: Blunt Words: The Best Responses From the Lieutenant Governor’s Weed Survey 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former city treasurer heads back to the private sector

Daily Local News: Gov. Wolf visits West Chester
Daily Local News: Chester County DA will review pipeline ‘boom’
Daily Local News: 2 charged with using state constable positions for pipeline work
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. gun bills find support in aftermath of shootings
Bucks County Courier Times: Many area school districts, schools among best in state
Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Collet serves as Brewer for a Day
Delco Daily Times: Gun-control group plans rally at Toomey office next week
Inquirer: 2 state constables broke law while working for Mariner East pipeline, Chester DA says
Philadelphia Magazine: Chesco DA Announces Criminal Charges Against Mariner East Security Workers
Philadelphia Business Journal: Bucks County detox center proposal moving forward despite failure to secure state grant funding
Montgomery Media: Plymouth council seeks independent oversight of Covanta facility

Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto joins hundreds of U.S. mayors urging Senate to vote on background checks 
Post-Gazette: Students from Pittsburgh attending International Congress of Youth Voices 
Tribune Review: Trump reschedules visit to Beaver County cracker plant
KDKA: White House Reschedules President Trump’s Visit To Beaver Co. Cracker Plant 
KDKA: AG Shapiro Updates Health Of Agent Shot In Ross Township And Responds To Criticism Of Drug Bust Location 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Announces Federal Recovery Funds For Allegheny County After Severe Storms 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Trump reschedules visit to Beaver County 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highmark Health CEO on UPMC pact: ‘We’ve hit no bumps in the road’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: URA vote expected to spur construction on $61.4 million project in Uptown
WESA: What It Takes To Recover Child Trafficking Victims
City Paper: Majority of Pennsylvanians want changes to how state funds towns without police departments 

Beaver County Times: Trump reschedules visit to Shell cracker plant
Beaver County Times: Jack Manning out as chamber director at end of August
Post-Gazette: ‘How do we call an ambulance? We don’t.’ Indiana County official pleads for help with broadband dead zones 
Tribune Review: Driller, public health consultant debate correlation-versus-causation at fracking hearing
Observer-Reporter: Five organizations get $4.5M in redevelopment grants

Citizens Voice: Election districts will be reconfigured for November 
Citizens Voice: Poll: Overhaul of Pa. tax system has big public support
The Times Leader: BSA says it’s supplying information to law enforcement in wake of sexual assault suit
Times-Tribune: State awards wildfire-fighting grants to volunteer fire companies in NEPA 

South Central  
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District recovery team working to craft budget, improve finances 
Patriot News: Property taxes are even more hated than you think, poll shows 
Patriot News: Tackling property tax relief on Pa. lawmakers’ minds again; work group formed to find a solution 
Patriot News: Would you be willing to pay tax on retirement income if school property taxes went away? 
Carlisle Sentinel: Gun reform could have several layers as legislators push for ‘red flag’ law 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle councilman calls on legislators to ‘do their damn jobs’ on gun control 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council names Armstrong borough manager
LNP | LancasterOnline: How to talk to children about violence, safety after mass shootings; Lancaster County experts weigh in 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Around 100 gather for rally against gun violence led by Lancaster County clergy
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city to vote Tuesday on video gaming terminal ban

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Allentown School District submits budget still dependent on charter schools accepting less money 
Morning Call: Audit finds Easton Housing Authority needs to update procedures for federal voucher program
Philly Voice: Lehigh County can keep cross on county seal, federal appeals court rules
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council to update zoning map for Buttonwood Gateway Project  
Express Times: Lehigh County can keep the cross on its seal, appeals court rules  
Express Times: How Bethlehem City Council plans to fill its vacancy

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie Coke: Plant shutdown ‘would be tragic’ 
Erie Times-News: Select Erie area fire departments awarded state grants
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Community members gather for prayer vigil

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A minute of slaughter: Ohio and Pa. should adopt gun safety laws 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Kensington’s hepatitis A outbreak another argument for supervised injection sites 
Inquirer Staff: Should Pennsylvania push to ban plastic bags? Pro/Con
Ed Gainey: The Legislature can’t wait any longer on gun control
John L. Micek: After El Paso, Dayton, Franklin & Marshall poll finds strong support for new gun laws | Thursday Morning Coffee
Cornelius J. Clancy: Senator Casey’s bill to fight ‘superbugs’ can help save lives 
Brian O’Neill: On gun control, let’s take a note from the founders
Will Bunch: These pesky teenagers have a scheme for saving Planet Earth. It drops in September 
Robert E. Moffit: Medicare is no model of administrative simplicity or efficiency 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Mitch McConnell comforts the nation
Thais Carrero and Patricia Zapata: Basta Ya: Puerto Rico deserves better | Latinx Voices

  • 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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