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June 12th Playbook

A progressive super PAC pledges a large investment in PA, while the state House almost unanimously supports a bill to take over the online health insurance exchange created by the ACA. Here is the Playbook.

Progressive Super PAC Pledges Large Investment In PA: For Our Future PAC selected Pennsylvania as one of the seven states they are targeting for the 2020 election.

Axios: Erie County Swing Voters Sticking With Trump: Axios talks to eight Obama/Trump voters that are looking like they are remaining loyal to President Trump as of now heading into the 2020 election.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: Amid calls for Leach to resign, Pa. lawmakers push anti-harassment bills
AP: Bill to take over insurance exchange wins House’s backing
AP: $100M private schools bill starts budget season fight
AP: Senate backs bill to expand armed school security options
AP: Pennsylvania nursing homes get bad marks from national group
Post-Gazette: New Pa. court ruling could open door for more decades-old clergy abuse suits
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Time’s up, Daylin’: Democrats want Leach to resign. Will they expel him if he doesn’t?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania Democrats in U.S. House vote to take Trump subpoena fights to court
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats plot legislative end run to pass Wolf’s infrastructure plan, while internal debate continues
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is a baby step’: Gov. Wolf, Rep. Sturla again call for ‘fair share’ State Police fee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With new tip line in place, lawmakers push schools to address reported threats
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bill that nearly doubles size of tax credit program for private school scholarships heading to Wolf’s desk  
Inquirer: In Philly, Jill Biden says she doesn’t want her granddaughters fighting ‘fights we already won’
PLSReporter: Saylor: Minimum wage hike ’not on the table’ in budget; Wolf says it remains a priority
PLSReporter: Sturla, Wolf call for support for legislation placing a fee on municipalities using solely state police coverage
PLSReporter: As ‘Energize PA’ bills move out of committee, Republicans hint at including some in the budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Recreational marijuana hurting medical pot dispensaries in some states
PA Post: Catholic Church lobbying costs spiked in Pa. as statute of limitations debate raged
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, lawmakers say it’s time for municipalities fully relying on state police to chip in
Patriot News: Bill allowing armed school security officers passes Pa. Senate   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania task force to develop statewide plan to reduce suicide

PlanPhilly: Kenney: Ultra-luxury tower rising on South Broad signals success of Philly’s tax abatement
Billy Penn: Philly courts refuse to name security firm hired to fix infected systems
WHYY Newsworks: Philly refinery fire under investigation; pollution impact unclear
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia law firm says Pa. products fueled deadly London fire
Inquirer: In Philly, Jill Biden says she doesn’t want her granddaughters fighting ‘fights we already won’
Inquirer: Philadelphia to pay $8.4 million toward cleanup of long-contaminated Superfund site
Inquirer: Philly launched a program to put homeless people to work. Here’s what happened.
Inquirer: Philly’s departing Mexican consul made sure services were ‘within the reach of women’
PLSReporter: Computer viruses, slow solutions continue to hamstring First Judicial District

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County hosting voting machine demonstration
Delco Daily Times: Davidson takes aim at harassment in new proposals
Delco Daily Times: Drag Queen Storytime sparks discussion at Haverford commissioners meeting
Philly Voice: Here are the write-in votes from across the Philly suburbs in the May primaries

KDKA: Rep. Aaron Bernstine Introduces Bill To Separate Public, Private School Playoffs
Tribune Review: State needs to create stable funding for mass transit; turnpike CEO to speak at chamber luncheon
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Councilwoman Harris proposes ordinance for exotic pets
Tribune Review: Arnold mayor fined $10,000 for state ethics violations
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny Conference on Community Development praises transportation funding plan
Pittsburgh Business Times: UPMC official says system wouldn’t have agreed to consent decree if it knew it could be extended
City Paper: Study estimates Pittsburgh ranks 4th in air pollution-related deaths nationally  
City Paper: Why a former Pittsburgh organizer confronted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last month
Observer-Reporter: Greene County’s Opioid Overdose Task Force talks progress
Beaver County Times: Proposed state police fee would hit several local communities
Beaver County Times: House passes state Rep. Jim Marshall’s bill on infant choking prevention
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State could take over operation of health care exchange

Times-Tribune: Pilchesky argues to remove director from Scranton School Board
Times-Tribune: Roundtable discusses animal welfare challenges in region
Citizens Voice: Ongoing county computer issues impact LCCF inmates
Citizens Voice: Proposed bill would create separate public, private PIAA playoffs
The Times Leader: Study of West Pittston flood-control options underway

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. auditor general to monitor Harrisburg schools’ response to audit, says district needs ‘a closer look’
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, lawmakers say it’s time for municipalities fully relying on state police to chip in
Patriot News: Bill allowing armed school security officers passes Pa. Senate
Patriot News: Harrisburg police captain to retire, take job as school district police chief
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Easing training requirements for junior firefighters
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. Senate backs Regan-sponsored bill to expand armed school security options
York Daily Record: Here’s how York’s mayor is addressing police officers’ controversial Facebook posts

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Mike Fleck sent to federal prison where mob boss Whitey Bulger was killed
Morning Call: Bill to raze, sell Allentown State Hospital property passes Pennsylvania Senate unanimously
Morning Call: Whitehall veterans blast commissioner who made ‘Timothy McVeigh was a veteran’ comment
Morning Call: ‘There needs to be a cap’: Readers react as school tax elimination back in play in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer to serve federal prison sentence in Kentucky
Reading Eagle: Northern Berks police chief gets raise at heated commission meeting
Reading Eagle: Exeter reviews $4.2 million walkability plans
Express Times: At Lehigh Valley forum, officials sound alarm on state, federal transportation funding

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Opponents of new college plan voice concerns to Erie County Council
Patriot News: Judge tells Williamsport mayor, ex-wife to ‘stop the destruction’ they’re imposing on their children

Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Sign It, Governor Wolf
Inquirer Editorial Board: Get menacing off-roaders off the streets
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Changing police culture: Study shows Philly officers’ troubling social posts
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Punishment with bite: Attacks on dogs deserved jail time, not probation
Kate M. Esposito, Maria Pulzetti, and Elizabeth Fiedler: General assistance in Pa. is too important to lose
John Baer: ‘It is quite a story,’ says Daylin Leach. He’s right.
John L. Micek: A new budget surplus, an old debate: Spend it or save it for a Rainy Day? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Christine Flowers: ‘Spirit’ of the law does not equate to due process
Kate Burdick and Reynelle Brown Staley: Tell your legislator to support this Pa. Senate bill that keeps kids on track to a high school diploma
Stu Bykofsky: Real ID can be an unreal hurdle for a married woman
Solomon Jones: After racist Facebook posts, what should happen next for Philly police
Mark Segal: Pride Month 2019: Separating Stonewall’s myths and facts
Will Bunch: Is there a ‘bias tax’ on Dems challenging Trump? Should they embrace it or reject it?
Jonathan Zimmerman: Choice in abortion, but not education?
Treva B. Lindsey: Our decades-long argument over abortion, explained
John L. Micek: New data shows Pa. doctors are writing far fewer opioid prescriptions | The Numbers Racket
Ernest Owens: Why Should Philly Cops Who Made Racist Facebook Posts Get a Second Chance?
Keir Bradford-Grey: ‘When They See Us’ is a call for criminal justice reform

  • 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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