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February 28th Playbook

A number of Republicans seeking their party’s nomination made their case to the Mifflin County Republican Committee. Here is the Playbook.

Casey Backs $15 Minimum Wage: The Raise the Wage Act of 2019 currently has 30 plus Democrats in the Senate who are co-sponsoring the legislation.

Reader Poll: What Should Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Be in 2020?: The minimum wage discussion has taken center stage in the keystone state after Senate Majority Leader Corman said a reasonable discussion should be had about the raising it.

Harrisburg & DC  
Lewistown Sentinel: Potential candidates speak
Morning Call: Gun background check bill clears U.S. House, but is unlikely to advance in GOP-controlled Senate
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa.’s House delegation voted on that gun background check bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf’s campaign wants to raise $20k for Democrat in North Carolina congressional race
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Why the state Supreme Court and General Assembly may go head-to-head over medical malpractice rules
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania has one of the best welfare-to-work education programs in the country. Could it help more parents?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania could become first state to offer free tuition to National Guard spouses and kids
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Department of Health seeks $1.4 million to study chemical contaminants in water.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Tom Wolf didn’t have a fave superhero, but he did love “Classics Illustrated” — which explains so much
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State gambling oversight agency sees revenue potential in online sports bets
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: GOP state Senate candidate Raja ties Iovino to AOC, Sanders in new attack ad
PA Post: Pa. GOP lawmakers soften opposition to minimum wage hike
Inquirer: House approves first major new gun bill in a generation, signaling political shift
Bucks County Courier Times: Casey, Toomey call on feds for PFAS meeting  
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf wants to offer first-of-its-kind college tuition benefit to Pa. National Guard member families  
Philly Voice: Joe Biden says his family wants him to run for president
PLSReporter: Quinn hopes new bills would cut down on violence kids portray due to video games
PLSReporter: Movita Johnson-Harrell looks to make history with Assembly bid, as special election date looms
PLSReporter: Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters
StateImpactPA: Mariner East 2 construction to restart in area of Chester County where water damage occurred

Inquirer: The primary election issue most Philly voters have never heard of: councilmanic prerogative
Inquirer: Philly school board to take its first votes on applications for new charter schools
Inquirer: Wolf, state system leaders agree to give embattled Cheyney University more time
Inquirer:  How do Philly assessors assign a value to the land under your house? And do they get it right?
KYW Newsradio: City Council committee gives green light for controversial gas plant in Southwest Philly
KYW Newsradio: District attorney charges recycling truck driver in bicyclist’s 2017 death
KYW Newsradio: Michael Cohen testimony draws in viewers across the city
KYW Newsradio: State bill to legalize e-scooters, just as City Council seeks regulation in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Maria Quiñones-Sánchez vs. Philadelphia ward leaders … again
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s U.S. Attorney: Rape case shows ‘sanctuary city’ policy is ‘threat to public safety’  
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia lawsuit threatens to shut down Kensington clubhouse for addiction recovery
WHYY Newsworks: Philly hunting for new chief property assessor
StateImpactPA: Young people in Philly are pushing the Green New Deal — and they’re willing to do more than just talk about it
Billy Penn: Is Philly still feeling the Bern? The owner of these cat undies sure isn’t
PLSReporter: Philadelphia, state considering electric scooters

Bucks County Courier Times: Casey, Toomey call on feds for PFAS meeting
Bucks County Courier Times: Central Bucks board must try again to fill vacancy
Bucks Local News: Northampton Township GOP announces party endorsements
Daily Local News: Coatesville school board appoints new member
Daily Local News: Peck, Ward to receive 2020 Citizen Planner award
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County Republicans announce 2019 endorsements   
Pottstown Mercury: Raises for Pottsgrove school administrators decrease district payroll
Pottstown Mercury: Killion praises passage of background checks

WESA: ‘I Don’t Want To Sit On The Sidelines’: D. Raja Talks About His State Senate Campaign
WESA: PA Auditor General DePasquale Criticizes County Officials For Accepting Voting Machine Vendor Gifts
WESA: Here’s How Western Pennsylvania Lawmakers Voted On Resolution To Block National Emergency
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Council shows support for $2M in one-time grants for child care centers
Post-Gazette: Council sends Lawrenceville housing measure to Planning, but some doubt citywide ‘fit’
Post-Gazette: West Mifflin Area students ask board to add transgender students to discrimination policy
Post-Gazette: DePasquale praises turnaround efforts in Wilkinsburg School District, slams ‘risky’ tax deal from 2013
Post-Gazette: Greensburg Diocese launches fund for abuse victims
Post-Gazette: Broadcasting executive chosen to lead City of Asylum
Tribune Review: Penn Hills School District officials request a state investigation into an Allegheny County grand jury report
Tribune Review: UPMC says it’s eclipsed Highmark in Medicare Advantage insurance market, Aetna gains
Tribune Review: UPMC took in $3.1B more in operating revenue last year than 2017  
Tribune Review: Hempfield officials find $125,000 union settlement agreement not done in public eye  
Tribune Review: Goetz Dembowski appointed to fill Millvale Council vacancy  
KDKA: Wilkinsburg Taxpayers Took $1.2 Million Hit After School District Borrowed From Unreputable Financial Firm  
KDKA: Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s Recreational Marijuana Listening Tour Coming To Southwestern Pa.  
City Paper: Damon Young and the trauma of being Black in Pittsburgh

Beaver County Times: State Sen. Bartolotta reintroduces bill expanding practice authority for nurse practitioners
Beaver County Times: Sheriff Tony Guy seeking re-election, says he’s implemented needed reforms
Observer-Reporter: Cook appointed secretary of House tourism commitee
Observer-Reporter: Councilwoman to seek the office of Monongahela mayor
Altoona Mirror: City councilman Kelley seeking Blair position  
Altoona Mirror: Webster declares campaign  
Altoona Mirror: Bedford OKs longevity pay increase  
Altoona Mirror: Bills target cyber costs  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Kuhar to retire at end of term as clerk of courts  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sharbaugh to retire, endorses staff member for register of wills  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Dougherty’s ‘pilgrimage’ to Rome: Johnstown native recounts Vatican summit experience, musical moment of clarity
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Listening tour’ stop over legalization of marijuana sparks up debate in Richland Township

Citizens Voice: Candidates for 114th seat talk tax relief during debate
Citizens Voice: Vendors show off new voting systems at expo
Citizens Voice: Hanover Area board president temporarily steps down
Times-Tribune: AG: Non-prosecution agreement in Lackawanna County Prison sex abuse case unenforceable
The Times Leader: Rep. Pashinski hosting hearing on health care Thursday
The Times Leader: Voters try out paper-trail election machine options at Luzerne County demo  

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Mayor Sorace names Jess King as chief of staff
LNP | LancasterOnline: County commissioner calls for transparency in personnel issues at district attorney’s office
LNP | LancasterOnline: City CRIZ program to offer grants, push state to allow revolving loan program
York Dispatch: Curbside yard waste collection to resume in York City
York Dispatch: York City to offer free HIV testing and counseling

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Easton mayor gets 6 percent pay raise after heated exchange
Morning Call: Forks Township supervisor resigns, cites health reasons
Morning Call: Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong apologizes over tasteless comment
Reading Eagle: Reading School District settles lawsuit with former superintendent  
Reading Eagle: Methodist clergy in Berks area react to church’s affirmation of LGBTQ bans  
Reading Eagle: Protesters want Berks County Residential Center converted to opioid treatment facility

North by Northwest
Lewistown Sentinel: Potential candidates speak
Patriot News: Republicans convene Saturday to nominate potential successor to former U.S. Rep. Marino
Erie Times-News: Erie preservation winners connect architecture, economy
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Scoreboard off agenda, City Council to address other business  

York Dispatch Editorial Board: EDITORIAL: Legislature shouldn’t intervene to prop up Three Mile Island Unit 1 reactor
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No urgency here: Prison board needs to ramp up suicide prevention
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Storyteller: Remembering the legendary Pittsburgh journalist Roy McHugh
Raja: Here’s how we write the next great chapter for southwestern Pa.
John L. Micek: Pa. U.S Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick just passed a key gut-check test. Here’s why | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Ernest Owens: The People Opposing Allan Domb’s Term Limits Bill Are the Best Reason to Pass It
Christina Wilson Remlin: Glen Mills abuse represents a broken system that should be doing more for Pa.’s vulnerable kids
David Klein: Strikes come at a time when teachers are more undervalued than ever
Will Bunch: Michael Cohen reveals Trump’s dark secret: He thinks Americans are suckers
Brian O’Neill: Finding satisfaction beyond the paycheck
Heidi Steinour: The soaring cost of U.S. child care, in 5 charts
Aerion Abney: Technology alone isn’t enough. We need well-trained poll workers to safeguard our elections
Josh Klein: Well-meaning legislation will worsen affordable housing shortage in Philadelphia
Paul Levy: Dilworth Park’s new coffee kiosk benefits Philadelphians and the future of our public spaces
Mark Moore: Public war memorials should honor veterans of all faiths
Nathaniel Popkin: The frustrating charade of recycling in Philadelphia
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: DC Lie Detectors
Inga Saffron: How an obscure City Council rule leaves a trail of blight in Philadelphia

  • 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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