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February 13th Playbook

The Democrats select their nominee for the special election in PA12. Here is the Playbook.

PA12: Marc Friedenberg Selected as Democratic Nominee: The Democratic candidate in 2018 gets another chance at taking back the district.

PA12: Stacy Garrity Announces Bid for GOP Primary: The Iraq War veteran and businesswoman pledges to secure the border, support tax cuts and fight to bring jobs to the 12th District if elected.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Democrats pick candidate to fill Marino’s term in US House
AP: Trump nominee’s family company fined for sexual harassment
AP: State university system pledges to transform amid struggles
AP: Ex-congressman Marino now cites health for resigning
AP: Penn State trustees group challenges 2012 Sandusky report
WITF: Lots of support for legal weed at Fetterman’s first town hall stop
WITF: Minimum wage, possible economic downturn loom over state budget
Morning Call: Pa. lawmakers offer cautious praise of bipartisan border deal
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mango: Administration will push harder for health care price transparency     
Altoona Mirror: Pa. GOP criticize possible wage hike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Beware the red menace … erm … or something | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On the agenda for Pennsylvania’s DSA-backed freshmen: small steps toward a larger progressive vision
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: This is what hate and extremism looked like in Pennsylvania last year | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Iraq War vet announces Republican candidacy for Tom Marino’s 12th Congressional District seat
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania congressman warns of ‘radical’ and ‘socialist’ infiltration in fundraising pitch
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lehigh County lawmaker blasts lack of Latino enrollment in Pa’s state-owned universities
Philadelphia Business Journal: Despite tariff fears, solar jobs grow by 10% in Pa., but hiring is ‘very difficult’
Patriot News: Court hears arguments over medical marijuana applications
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Fetterman launches marijuana listening tour
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Brandon Markosek
StateImpactPA: ‘energy, explained’ podcast: The black lung disease epidemic that ‘shouldn’t have happened’

KYW Newsradio: Philly City Councilman holds hearing on child welfare system after personal experience
KYW Newsradio: Water contamination at Philly-area military bases may be crucial as Senate considers EPA administrator nominee
Billy Penn: City levels $2 million lawsuit against well-known Kensington recovery center
WHYY Newsworks: Philly effort raises awareness of long-lasting birth control among black, Latina teens
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia could expand residential tax-abatement program
Philadelphia Magazine: Media-Shy Amy Gutmann Helped Produce Report Calling for Media Transparency    
PLSReporter: Committee passes changes to real estate tax assistance
Inquirer: Days after city and state watchdogs criticize process, decision on Philly’s new voting machines hits road bump
Inquirer: Philly’s foster care system comes under fire at three-hour hearing on child abuse reporting rules

Delco Daily Times: Morrone pushes for progress on county building project
Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown moves to shoot down approval for indoor gun range
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks women’s group holding ‘conversation with elected officials’ in March  
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem police to be equipped with body-worn cameras   
Daily Local News: Aging infrastructure hampering Gay Street work
Daily Local News: New task force to define Devon Center
Pottstown Mercury: Rafferty appointed to Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pa.

Post-Gazette: Experts, activists address city council on proposed gun laws in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: City may use DEP funding to distribute free recycling bins
Post-Gazette: Trump, $1M and walls around an elementary school? Wilkinsburg School Board agenda raises questions
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highmark reaches settlement with specialty pharmacy
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mango: Administration will push harder for health care price transparency  
Pittsburgh Business Times: It’s not politics as usual as this Pittsburgh agency builds out PR
Tribune Review: Speakers say crime could increase under Pittsburgh gun ban
Tribune Review: Westmoreland treasurer seeks third term
Tribune Review: Ross zoning change bans political, other signs along public roads
KDKA: Warmer, Wetter Weather Has State, Local Leaders Concerned
City Paper: CBD, irritable bowel syndrome, and a robot called CannaBot™
The Incline: The Post-Gazette’s publisher ‘went berserk in the newsroom.’ Now the union wants him barred from the office.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Former prosecutor announces bid for Cambria County DA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cernic says he’ll seek re-election as controller
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Timothy Piazza’s parents to speak at IUP
Observer-Reporter: Washington School District likely won’t have tax increase in 2019-20
Observer-Reporter: Trinity School Board approves preliminary 2019-20 budget
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb to hold town hall in Baden  
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Aaron Bernstine chosen for Presidential Leadership Scholars Program
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa, Hopewell Area to benefit from $1 million in STEM grants

Times-Tribune: State attorney general’s office sues Scranton business accused of deceptive conduct
The Times Leader: Marconi enters race as Democrat for Wilkes-Barre City Council District E  
The Times Leader: Filing date set in Ciavarella appeal, no hearing before 3rd Circuit Court  
The Times Leader: New Luzerne County coroner sought  
The Times Leader: What happened to W-B Area education charity organization?

South Central   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Harrisburg diocese launches sexual abuse survivors compensation program
LNP | LancasterOnline: Advocates want city’s backing in fight against UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster hospital closure
LNP | LancasterOnline: District attorney, veteran prosecutor clash over suspension
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster businesses waiting to be paid more than $1M for work on Atlantic Sunrise pipeline
York Dispatch: York City Council to vote on $12K salary increase for treasurer
York Dispatch: Prothonotary bid: Sandra Harrison becomes second ‘Grandview Five’ woman to run for county office
York Dispatch: York County homes hit record prices for January, RAYAC says
Patriot News: Two central Pa. law firms merge
Carlisle Sentinel: McGraw announces bid for Cumberland County commissioner
Carlisle Sentinel: Listening tour stop in Perry County postponed

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Pa. lawmakers offer cautious praise of bipartisan border deal
Morning Call: Allentown police officer’s First Amendment lawsuit can move forward against Pawlowski, former chief
Morning Call: Bethlehem voting to transfer 911 system to Northampton County for $1.4 million

North by Northwest
AP: Democrats pick candidate to fill Marino’s term in US House
Centre Daily Times: Election season is fast approaching. Who’s running to represent Centre County?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: UPMC Susquehanna opens liver transplant clinic
Erie Times-News: Coroner: Homicides up, drug deaths down in Erie County
Erie Times-News: EMTA to host public meetings on transit plan

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Put patients first: Josh Shapiro applies needed pressure
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: When citizens don’t count: The story of a school district out of control
Inquirer Editorial Board: An intriguing match up of Philadelphia’s history museum and Drexel University
John Baer: Pa.’s statewide pot tour: Exercise in democracy or puffed-up political show?
Abraham Gutman: If you support marijuana legalization, you should support safe injection sites
Stu Bykofsky: Does anti-Israel mean anti-Jew?
Will Bunch: Media promised better coverage of the 2020 race, and all I got was Kirsten Gillibrand’s fried chicken
Frederick Barton: As America battles over race, sex, and politics, how can citizens find forgiveness?
Brendon Jobs: How to talk to kids about race
Marc Stier: Wolf’s budget plan will move Pa. forward – here’s how | Both Sides Now
Nathan Benefield: This is where Wolf’s budget rhetoric meets reality | Both Sides Now
Sean P. Quinlan: Medicare for all? It’s not a matter of ‘whether’ we’ll have it, but ‘when’
Ernest Owens: Let’s Hope Kenney’s Renewed Focus on Black Issues Isn’t Just Pandering (Again)
John Andrew Gallery: A crazy, ambitious, expensive, and totally worth it idea to preserve Philly’s history
Tony Norman: When the past is truly prologue

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