February 24th Playbook

A new poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders with a narrow lead in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, while former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign opened four field offices in the Philadelphia suburbs. Here is the Playbook. 

Poll: Sanders Edges Out Biden, Bloomberg in PA Primary: According to a survey conducted by the UW-Madison Elections Research Center, Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a narrow lead in the Democratic primary in Pennsylvania with 25%, while former Vice President Joe Biden has 20% and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has 19%. The polling also showed President Donald Trump in a tight race in hypothetical head to head matchups with the Democratic presidential frontrunners in Pennsylvania. 

Bloomberg Campaign Opens Campaign Offices in Philly Suburbs: On Saturday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign opened for field offices in the Philadelphia suburbs with offices in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. 

Philadelphia Laborers Endorse Nina Ahmad for Auditor General: In a release from Nina Ahmad’s campaign, the Philadelphia Democrat received the endorsement from the Laborers District Council of the Metropolitan Area of Philadelphia and Vicinity. 

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Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Trump trails in Pennsylvania, but leads in Wisconsin and is close in Michigan: poll
Patriot News: In Pa., non-voters lean to Trump, new study shows
Patriot News: Lawsuit against Pa. Lt. Gov. Fetterman still looms over Twitter fallout
Inquirer: Bernie Sanders is beating Joe Biden in the Pa. primary, poll says, and the race against Trump is tight
Inquirer: ‘We just barely turned blue’: Bernie Sanders is getting stronger and some Democrats are getting worried.
AP: Pennsylvania judge lambastes police over violent arrest
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rust Belt  manufacturing has seen ups and downs on Trump’s watch | Purple States 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Is trade Bernie Sanders’ Trump card in Pennsylvania? | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Fitzpatrick leads U.S. House in bipartisanship, new rankings show
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, an ‘extremist,’ and challenger Timko, a ‘clown,’ face off in intra-party brawl
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On Temple’s campus, a fight for students’ hearts and minds ahead of Pa.’s primary
Post-Gazette: Fetterman unblocks two critics on Twitter account
Vanity Fair: “Cancelled Because of a Video You Didn’t Even Make”: Inside a Bernie-Biden Troll War
WITF: How To Lower Prison Costs? Secretary Advises Medical Parole.
Los Angeles Times: In coal country, Trump holds sway despite failing to revive industry
PLSReporter: Legislators rally to support drug-free recovery programs
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Carbon capture technology, pollution reduction and wine
PLSReporter: Elected officials call for Allegheny County Democratic Committee chair’s resignation after controversial press conference
PLSReporter: Census draws support in Philadelphia
Fox News: Republican revenge: Record GOP field forms, on 2020 mission to take down ‘socialists’
Fox News: Demand grows for welding jobs in US as students turn away from trade schools
Fox News: Some Democrats are freaking out at prospects that Sanders could win nomination
WHYY Newsworks: Forget Penn and Pitt: Is this little-known school the best deal in Pa. higher-ed?
Wall Street Journal: Why Philadelphia Could Help Decide the 2020 Election
National Journal: Democratic Frontrunner Drops Out of Race
PA Post: PA Post Investigation Prompts Civil Liberties Group To Demand Change At PA Jails
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lt. Governor unblocks critics on Twitter, but he’s not alone in the potentially unconstitutional practice  
CNN: Joe Biden faces a key test — and intense competition — as the South Carolina primary nears
The Hill: Sanders has wide leads in two of three battleground states: survey
Philly Voice: Amidst fracking debate, more natural gas pipelines being considered for Pennsylvania and New Jersey

Philadelphia Magazine: Ed Rendell Still Has a Few Things to Say
Billy Penn: West Philly special election: Your voter guide for a confusing PA House race
Wall Street Journal: Why Philadelphia Could Help Decide the 2020 Election
KYW Newsradio: 2 Philly City Councilmembers, 2 unsuccessful candidates settle campaign finance violations
KYW Newsradio: Police Commissioner Outlaw talks gun violence at her first City Council hearing
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council targets unlicensed contractors in hearing on ‘underground economy’
KYW Newsradio: Anti-crime initiative takes over $1M in drugs, weapons off Philadelphia streets
KYW Newsradio: Electric bikes are returning to Philadelphia streets
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s new archbishop speaks candidly about settling into role, clergy abuse crisis
Inquirer: Philly develops safety plan for supervised-injection site as opening nears
Inquirer: ‘Viva la democracia!’: Philly Dominicans rally for voting rights after municipal elections suspended in the Caribbean nation
Inquirer: A new grocery store replaced a closed ShopRite in West Philly. But concern about the soda tax continues.
Inquirer: Fatal shooting of pregnant woman points to trend of violence against women in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Real estate Q&A: Can we put a candidate sign in front of our home?
Inquirer: UnitedHealthcare tackles homelessness as a root cause of poor health, and Philly is a test bed
Inquirer: Could Philly Art Museum scandals spark a union campaign? It’s happened before.
Inquirer: Can Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All work? No time soon, Princeton economist says at Penn.
WHYY Newsworks: Why Philly’s Streets Department is ending its experiment with leaf blowers
WHYY Newsworks: ‘The right thing to do’: Hahnemann owner will pay its former doctors’ malpractice insurance
Philadelphia Tribune: ‘It’s a time like none other’: Philly Council, police, residents speak out on gun violence
Philadelphia Tribune: Defaced Cecil B. Moore mural: ‘Just like new’
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly designers, others call on City Council to create fashion industry task force

Delco Daily Times: Bloomberg opens Delco campaign office in Media
Delco Daily Times: Delco preparing for return to paper ballots
Delco Daily Times: Ridley Park mayor lauds his ‘great town’
Daily Local News: Here’s who is running to represent Chester County in Congress
Daily Local News: Houlahan: Foreign assistance critical to local economy, national security
Daily Local News: Hearing on Mariner East 2 scheme continued until April 2
Daily Local News: West Vincent adopts resolution to end gerrymandering
Daily Local News: Local residents take first step to get themselves out of poverty
Daily Local News: Kennett Square mayor: ‘Everybody wants to build here’
Bucks Courier Times: Who’s running for office in Bucks and Montgomery counties?
Bucks Local News: Debbie Wachspress ends congressional campaign; announces her support for Finello
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Republican Committee endorses 2020 candidates
Bucks Local News: State Department of Labor secretary tours Bucks County Technical High School; discusses PAsmart program, importance of expanding STEM
Montgomery Media: Here’s who is running to represent Montgomery County in Congress
Montgomery Media: Montco officials gear up for election changes

WESA: Local Dems Call For Chair’s Resignation, But Privately Say It’s Unlikely
WESA: Trib Total Media To Test Out New AI-Backed Platform For Presenting News
KDKA: House District In Allegheny County May Be Key For 2020 Presidential Election 
KDKA: Congressman Mike Doyle Calls For Allegheny County Democratic Chair To Resign
KDKA: Rep. Jake Wheatley Introduces Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In Pennsylvania
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Holding Public Meetings Regarding Bike Lane Plans
KDKA: Black History Month: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.’s Program Manager Working To Improve Women’s Health 
Post-Gazette: Char Valley Dems stress unity as waters churn within their ranks
Post-Gazette: Coghill’s chief of staff resigns after declaring support for Jess Benham
Post-Gazette: As Pennsylvania’s casinos expand, gaming industry grabs ear of Guy Reschenthaler
Post-Gazette: Pitt forum will look at threats to democracy in the internet age
Post-Gazette: Pitt fossil fuel disinvestment activists begin occupation of cathedral 
Post-Gazette: Site work for $1.1 billion airport modernization to start in April
Post-Gazette: Beemer sworn in to Allegheny County bench 
PLSReporter: Elected officials call for Allegheny County Democratic Committee chair’s resignation after controversial press conference 
Pittsburgh Current: Democratic Party Elected Officials Calling For ACDC Chair Eileen Kelly To Resign
City Paper: PublicSoure holding a ‘Talk to Me Civil’ event to foster better conversations among opposing groups

Tribune Review: Chance to win 58th state House District excites Westmoreland Dems at endorsement meeting
Tribune Review: $285M Westmoreland transportation investment proposed for next 4 years
Altoona Mirror: Bedford rejects push for 2nd Amendment sanctuary
Altoona Mirror: Joyce draws cash in first re-election bid 
Altoona Mirror: Blair transitions through criminal justice reform law
Altoona Mirror: Drug busts fill prison to overflowing
Beaver County Times: Out of cash: Midland officials plan to increase taxes 4.5 mills, still face $440K gap for 2020 budget
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials raise security, timeliness concerns about dropbox 
Beaver County Times: Rochester Twp. board fires manager
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township supports funding reform for charter schools
Observer-Reporter: Second Lady shares her story with Woman’s Club of Upper St. Clair
Observer-Reporter: Former Washington County jury commissioner dies; coroner seeks family
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners recognize Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: How will region respond to census?
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Showcase speaker tapped
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Vision 2020 | Region could see ‘international interest’ for elections
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Vision 2020 | State’s economy solid, but governor, legislature at odds over key issues
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Take our political survey

Citizens Voice: USMCA expected to benefit area businesses
Citizens Voice: Lawmakers, social service providers talk policy issues
Citizens Voice: There is renewed interest in LCTA, COLTS joining forces
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Manager Pedri to present ‘state of the county’ report Tuesday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County pension plan bolstered by 2019 investment gains 
Times-Tribune: Trade deal likely to benefit area businesses
Times-Tribune: Merger of public bus systems in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties could save hundreds of thousands of dollars

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: In Carlisle, Casey pushes plan to shore up children’s programs
Patriot News: PennLive reader panel on money and the election welcomes a couple more volunteers
York Dispatch: State law protects amateur radio operators, frustrates neighbors

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Here’s who is running to represent Berks County in Congress
Reading Eagle: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey visits Berks County to pitch food bank donation bill
Reading Eagle: Dominican flag raising at Reading City Hall takes on added meaning 
Reading Eagle: Berks Democatic Women outline role African American women played in suffrage movement
Morning Call: Judge’s scathing words for Allentown police over violent arrest caught on video: ‘You perjured yourself,’ ‘disgusting blue line’ 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Should the Pa. assessment system be replaced? Centre County school districts voice concerns
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Penn College awarded grant for plastics equipment

Inquirer Editorial Board: The Fire Department shows what treating addiction like a disease, not a crime, looks like
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Picking a running mate: State moving to change lieutenant governor selection 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Aging locks and dams: Infrastructure plan must include rivers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Taking on Big Tech: Josh Hawley’s bold proposal to overhaul the FTC 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A bad balance: Credit card debt is on the rise
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stop the Cloud Act: Agreement would circumvent Fourth Amendment
Dawud Bey: Replace Pennsylvania’s costly probation system with real second chances 
Jodine Mayberry: Finally, there’s no excuse not to vote
John L. Micek: Quinnipiac Poll: 2020 Dems narrowly top Trump; Prez still underwater | Friday Morning Coffee
Tim Hartman: Pennsylvania’s gas tax debate, explained in one easy chart | Editorial Cartoon
Helen Ubiñas: I went to another City Hall hearing about gun violence expecting the same old. I was wrong. 
Randy LoBasso: If Philly cares about safety, we should ban cars from Chestnut Street
Chris Kelly: Scranton School District receives a failing grade in crisis management
Charlie Gerow: Bloomberg invests $400 million to help Donald Trump win the debate
Abraham Gutman: Bloomberg’s stop-and-frisk history will hinder voter turnout — but not the way Bernie Sanders thinks 
Keith C. Burris: Truth and truth in movies and us
Julie Werner-Simon: America is better than interference: Pa. lawyer condemns Trump and Barr
Paul Muschick: Why I don’t blame Allentown Superintendent Thomas Parker for seeking another job
Ed Palattella: Presque Isle sand equals Erie treasure
Marie Menke: The US birth rate keeps declining: 4 questions answered | Analysis
Phil Heron: The Heron’s Nest: High-5 from Delco Council; hearing both sides of the issue
David M. Shribman: California dreamin’
Chris Dolan: Is Bernie Sanders this year’s George McGovern? Here’s why that could be the case
Laura Perna and Jeremy Wright-Kim: Federal Pell grants help pay for college. But are they enough to help students finish? | Analysis
Trudy Rubin: ’Peace deal’ with Taliban will fail without continued U.S. troops in Afghanistan 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: The unstoppable American virus
Mark Zandi: Is coronavirus a mere body blow, or a black swan for the global economy? 
Will Bunch: Can we talk about the Trump-loving, QAnon-type who slaughtered 10 people in Germany? 
Gregory Hill: In defense of Medicare for All
Christine Flowers: A very PC narrative in full Bloom among Dems

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  1. Eileen Kelly’s boss, City Controller Michael Lamb, offered a more restrained statement. While it called Kelly’s remarks about Hallam’s struggle with addiction “offensive,” he did not call for her departure. Instead, he urged a party gathering “to discuss rule and bylaw changes to help our party meet our challenges now and in the future.”

    Michael Lamb’s own nephew, Congressman Conor Lamb, had issued a similarly measured statement the day before, which said he trusted committee members to chart the local party’s future. “[W]ho leads the party is ultimately their decision to make,” he said in a tweeted statement, before adding “Yesterday’s incident has given them much to consider.” But by Friday afternoon, he was retweeting Darrin Kelly’s statement and adding, “It’s time for the Chairwoman to step aside.”

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