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February 21st Playbook

Lawmakers discuss the impact of replacing voting machines before next year’s election, while the first television ad has been released for the special election in HD-114. Here is the Playbook.

HD114: Kosierowski Releases 1st TV Ad: She highlights fighting for good jobs and meaningful property tax reform, while protecting victims of assault and abuse as the reasons she entered the race.

Wolf Creates Group To Help Strengthen Workforce: He appointed three leaders from the private sector and three from his cabinet to lead the command center.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Pennsylvania must replace voting machines, lawmakers told
Inquirer: Should Pa. sue Trump over national emergency declaration? Democratic states are split.
Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court limits state and local authorities’ power to seize property, impose fines
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sens. Casey, Toomey say airlines balking at their safety barrier law
WHYY Newsworks: Boon or ‘black hole’? Pa. private school scholarship program considered for major expansion
WITF: Is Pa.’s prison mail policy legal? It might depend (in part) on how fast guards can read
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s voting machine replacement order to counties draws scrutiny from senators
Patriot News: Southern Poverty Law Center counts 36 active hate groups in Pennsylvania in 2018
Patriot News: Facing another year of stagnant state funding, nursing homes warn of potential closures
Patriot News: Pa. Lottery on track for a record year, but challenges may threaten its support for senior programs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘His legacy lives on’: K. Leroy Irvis, Pennsylvania’s only black House speaker, remembered
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: States senators will try again to ban snow-topped cars from Pa. roads
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican lawmakers question 2020 deadline for voting machine replacements
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa., California economists duel over minimum wage hike’s impact on consumers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What we talk about when we talk about ‘workforce development’ | Wednesday Morning Coffee
PLSReporter: VIDEO: The PLS Reporter sits down with Sen. White before retiring next week
PLSReporter: State Republicans renew fight for Medicaid work requirements
Express Times: Pa.’s flu season has killed 47 people thus far. Here’s where it is worst
StateImpactPA: Drilling on shaky ground: Why Chester County’s DA is investigating the Mariner East pipeline project

Inquirer: Commissioners select new voting machines for Philly over criticism from advocates
Inquirer: Meet ‘Mayor Jim Kenney,’ a 25-year-old woman
Inquirer: At Glen Mills, leaders have used the school’s prestige to silence abused students — for decades
Philadelphia Magazine: Activists Threatened, Allegedly Attacked During Protest at Blackwell Campaign Event
WHYY Newsworks: What you need to know about the city’s $50M voting system coming this November
WHYY Newsworks: City wants to rezone St. Laurentius and sidestep legal drama
Billy Penn: Philadelphia leads the way in 24-hour homeless shelters
Philadelphia Business Journal: Why Philadelphia’s largest law firms have seen local lawyer head count shrink

WHYY Newsworks: Daylin’s dilemma: Why Daylin Leach’s political career may be derailed by sexual misconduct charges
Delco Daily Times: Pipeline foes cry foul at ties of candidates for judge posts with Sunoco
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick tackles local worries in ‘State of Nation’
Pottstown Mercury: Senators propose bill to substantially extend family medical leave
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown’s fiscal problems outlined, solutions suggested
Pottstown Mercury: Preliminary Boyertown schools budget raises property taxes

KDKA: KDKA Goes One-On-One With The Post-Gazette’s New Executive Editor
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh Councilmember announces legislation for inclusionary zoning
Post-Gazette: W. Pa. district attorneys: High court ruling on asset forfeiture won’t have much impact in state
Post-Gazette: Synagogue massacre cited in hate-group report, which shows rising levels of hatred
Tribune Review: Wife of rabbi who survived Tree of Life shooting opposes death penalty
Tribune Review: Designs unveiled for $1.1 billion Pittsburgh airport terminal
Tribune Review: Cheswick Council names longtime resident Brad Yaksich to fill board vacancy
Tribune Review: Highlands renews air monitoring agreement with Allegheny County

Observer-Reporter: Wolf appoints Shober to committee
Observer-Reporter: Greene County residents evenly split on issue of recreational marijuana
Observer-Reporter: Former Secret Service agent announces bid for Greene County district attorney
Observer-Reporter: City Mission hosts Toomey, Reschenthaler in opioids discussion  
Observer-Reporter: State grand jury probing natural gas drilling calls Hallowich as a witness
Observer-Reporter: Smith residents ask for tougher local rules on shale gas facilities
Observer-Reporter: Controller: Taxpayers footed bill for $1,500 worth of Tylenol distributed at jail
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bills gain momentum to honor fallen soldiers
Altoona Mirror: Cambria resident eyes prothonotary
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle’s bipartisan bill authorizes $1 billion in autism funding   
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners OK taser purchase

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners approve 10-year citywide LERTA tax abatement for Scranton
Times-Tribune: More Dunmore School District students to benefit from federal program
Times-Tribune: Recovery officer says honesty, transparency key for Scranton School District
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor George’s reelection kickoff cancelled due to weather
The Times Leader: Luzerne County awards contract for next phase of courthouse restorations
The Times Leader: Sen. Yudichak announces property tax/rent rebate outreach schedule
Citizens Voice: Crestwood budget proposal includes 6.4 percent tax increase
Citizens Voice: Crispell report complete; few details revealed
Citizens Voice: City on edge: W-B mayor reassures residents amid spate of shootings

South Central
Patriot News: Marijuana legalization conversation in Perry County postponed again
Patriot News: STEAM Academy president to appeal Harrisburg’s charter application denial
Carlisle Sentinel: Gettysburg College trustee quits over Nazi uniform costume photo
Carlisle Sentinel: Stuby announces candidacy for Carlisle Borough Council
York Dispatch: York City Council fires cop for misconduct  
York Dispatch: Expected legislation might save Three Mile Island
LNP | LancasterOnline: Analysis: Craig Stedman’s background, experience carried him through controversies to get judicial endorsement

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Berks County Register of Wills Larry Medaglia seeking another term
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council questions location for proposed fire station
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild talks Medicare for All, Green New Deal during town hall event in Nazareth

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council takes no action on raises
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Councilman announces run for mayor in primary
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mackey seeks City Council seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: East Lycoming moves toward tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Covation Center director seeks commissioner seat

Inquirer Editorial Board: Hold EPA to its promise to address dangerous threats to drinking water
Inquirer Editorial Board: Mayor Kenney’s deleted texts a red flag for blurred lines
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Trump’s national emergency is just another sideshow
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keep them in school: Counseling is the right response to pot possession
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Numbers don’t lie: Mounting gun deaths tell an awful story
Jason Dawkins: Speed cameras could reduce deadly accidents on one of Philly’s most dangerous roads. Will City Council approve their installation?
Brooke M. Feldman: Blaming pharma alone for opioid crisis is shortsighted
John L. Micek: Another flawed case: Pa’s death penalty is broken and lawmakers need to abolish it
Dom Giordano: Rep. Brendan Boyle steps into radical territory by backing New Green Deal
Rachel Feuerstein-Simon: Hollywood could help slow the opioid crisis by telling the truth
Signe Wilkinson: Stealing Bernie’s lawn signs
Dan Simpson: The divide grows between the U.S. and Europe
Brian O’Neill: Waste not, want not
Ana Meyers: It’s time to stop attacking public cyber-charter school education
Derek W. Black, Bruce Baker, and Preston Green III: Charter schools exploit lucrative loophole that would be easy to close
Sharif el-Mekki and Zachary Wright: Integration without more equitable funding will not fix schools
Kevin E. Dolphin: This is how we ‘break the chainz’ on criminal justice reform
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia GOP inspires voters
Renee Chenault Fattah: Lost in the B. Smith conversation: How can Alzheimer’s patients make sure their wishes are clear?
William L. Harder: The perfect storm that led to Trump’s national emergency declaration
Abraham Gutman: Snow days suck for all parents — for some, they’re impossible
Trudy Rubin: Warring democracies: Mike Pence and Angela Merkel display open hostility at Munich Security Conference

  • 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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