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June 3rd Playbook

Fred Keller is set to officially begin his term in Congress today, while budget negotiations are underway in Harrisburg. Here is the Playbook.

May 31st Ups & Downs: Momentum builds among PA Dems to impeach Trump, a pair of veteran newsmen call it quits after storied careers, and a county may be on the hook to pay nearly $70 million for a federal class action lawsuit. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Minimum-wage hike may be June’s big horse trade in Capitol
AP: Wide range of emotions on impeachment underscores challenge
AP: Judge vows to move fast ahead of July 1 UPMC-Highmark split
AP: Court: Neighbors’ input proper in gas drilling permit debate
Reading Eagle: State GOP to host Vice President Mike Pence
WITF: To spend or not to spend? Pa. politicians get ready for annual debate
Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale ‘leaning’ toward Congressional run: Source
Patriot News: Fred Keller to become 12th District’s congressman Monday, replacing Tom Marino
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, largest Pa. government union reach tentative contract deal
Morning Call: More Pennsylvania lawmakers are taking a position on impeachment
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey says Trump’s tariff threat on Mexican goods is ‘misguided’  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ahead of rumored run for Congress, DePasquale drops campaign cash on Facebook ads
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The woman should make the choice’: Wolf, allies rally for abortion access in suburban Philly
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The teacher strike is off, but Harrisburg’s senator is still calling for state control
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: This program in rural Pennsylvania is teaching kids about robotics
Express Times: Toomey, GOP senator from Lehigh Valley, blasts new Trump tariffs as ‘blanket tax increase’
StateImpactPA: Judge bars release of document in gas drilling suit
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of June 3
PLSReporter: House Committee confronts pipeline problems in SEPA
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Censuring Brian Sims, mail-in voting, and vehicle emissions reforms
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 9: Sit down with Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – May 27, 2019
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Bridget Kosierowski
Post-Gazette: Retired coal miners seek Congress’s help to preserve their pensions

Inquirer: Did gentrification dethrone longtime Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell in West Philly?
Inquirer: Group catalogs racist, intolerant Facebook posts by hundreds of Philly police officers
Inquirer: Philadelphia parks are improving, thanks to Mayor Kenney’s Rebuild initiative. But need still abounds.
Inquirer: Thousands of Philadelphia-area Acme workers, retirees at risk of losing their pensions
Inquirer: Hundreds of commercial property owners are challenging Philly’s assessments, with $63 million at stake
Billy Penn: ‘Aggressively fair’ Philly government reporter Dave Davies retires after 37 years
Billy Penn: Why the Inquirer is replacing
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s Pension Board Is Finally Getting Its Act Together
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia jail offers out-of-cell therapy for inmates in solitary confinement
KYW Newsradio: 2 more members of MOVE 9 released from prison

Bucks County Courier Times: Mueller reaction falls largely on party line for local pols
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks towns get $1.3 million from state Red Light Program
Montgomery Media: Gov. Tom Wolf hosts rally in Ambler to protest anti-choice legislation
Daily Local News: Rep. Houlahan urges caution on impeachment talk
Daily Local News: Public hearing focuses on pipeline safety
Daily Local News: Sappey talks to local residents about variety of issues
Delco Daily Times: Orange Army hits streets to protest gun violence
Delco Daily Times: Delco leads charge as Pa. towns uncork liquor laws
Inquirer: In a sleepy primary election, Hatboro voters waged a heated fight over its 18th-century library
Pottstown Mercury:Berks County townships to receive funding for safety projects

City Paper: How State Rep. Summer Lee’s UNITE PAC swept the 2019 primary election
Post-Gazette: Sticking their tongue out and sticking their nose in — cities try to tackle social issues
Post-Gazette: Highmark-UPMC case likely to go back to Pa. Supreme Court, judge says
Post-Gazette: Peters Council urged to enact ordinance protecting rights of LGBT community
Post-Gazette: Retired coal miners seek Congress’s help to preserve their pensions
Post-Gazette: City controller files complaint against Pittsburgh superintendent, alleging failure to file required financial disclosures
Post-Gazette: Envisioning the future: Port Authority to develop 25-year transit plan
Post-Gazette: Housing Opportunity Fund celebrates one of its first assisted home purchases
PLSReporter: County Controller reports positive trends for Allegheny County in Annual Popular Financial Report
KDKA: ‘I’ve Enjoyed Every Minute Of The Ride’: KDKA’s Jon Burnett Retires After 42 Years In Television
KDKA: Following A Controversial Tweet, Organizers Of PrideFest Asking Pittsburgh Diocese To Denounce Former Pastor
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wagner: Allegheny County fine financially, but underlying conditions worth a closer look

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns welcomes House Minority Leader Dermody to area
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Thompson tells Showcase gathering that tech education will close ‘skills gap’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: GOP’s Jones, runner-up in Cambria coroner primary, now says he won’t accept nomination if Duca steps aside
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Confiscating phones’: Ban on electronic devices at many Cambra County offices begins Monday
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Elder Vogel Jr. plans bill to delay emissions testing equipment upgrade
Beaver County Times: Vanport Twp. voters OK liquor sales, but officials are mum on ballot question
Altoona Mirror: Toomey, Joyce talk ideas to stem flood of fentanyl into US
Altoona Mirror: Casey visits aging agency’s transport hub
Altoona Mirror: Game Commission audit ‘disgusts’ hunters
Post-Gazette: Confidential shale gas settlement found in Washington County prothonotary office
Observer-Reporter: Radio reporter obtains copy of confidential natural gas settlement, but court stifles him
Observer-Reporter: Blight: Where will the money come from to fight it?

Times-Tribune: What can Scranton learn from other districts? Recovery plans may offer a glimpse at future
The Times Leader: State teams with realtors on tips to protect your home while vacationing
The Times Leader: Cartwright urges small businesses to seek federal contracts
The Times Leader: W-B Area project manager: No coal ash under building site
The Times Leader: Lehman Township exploring new stormwater fee option

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale ‘leaning’ toward Congressional run: Source
Patriot News: Fred Keller to become 12th District’s congressman Monday, replacing Tom Marino
Patriot News: Harrisburg settles multimillion-dollar parking dispute, leaving $1.4M behind
York Daily Record: York County sheriff again faces challenge after Shane Becker gets on ballot as write-in
York Dispatch: Rematch: Keuerleber vs. Becker in November sheriff race
York Dispatch: Write-ins win spots on November school board ballots   
York Dispatch: York County a target area for new anti-vape campaign

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Community welcomes Latino mayoral candidate on ballot
Reading Eagle: Berks write-in candidates have 5 days to claim their votes
Reading Eagle: Former inmates get second chance in Berks County workforce program
Morning Call: More Pennsylvania lawmakers are taking a position on impeachment
Morning Call: Nazareth council close to creating position for code enforcement officer
Express Times: How much property sales increased in a 5-year span in each Lehigh Valley school district
Express Times: Toomey, GOP senator from Lehigh Valley, blasts new Trump tariffs as ‘blanket tax increase’

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Under 25 and looking to serve: Why young people run for office in Centre County
Erie Times-News: Erie GOP converting Democrats, adding to party ranks
Erie Times-News: EMTA director works to improve relationships with Erie community, staff
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Audit: Game Commission failed to track gas and oil royalties

LNP Editorial Board: The Mueller report is essential reading for citizens and members of Congress
Inquirer Editorial Board: Why aren’t dangerous schools a higher priority?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No shrinking violet: Darlene Harris spoke up, as she was elected to do
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tubman snubbed: Put the abolitionist on the $20
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: More equitable transit: Expanded fare options are a win for all
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Jeep’s future: Could merger with Renault hurt a beloved brand?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protecting the bees: Feds right to pull hive-ravaging pesticides
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Corralling energy drinks: A new study links the beverages to health risks
Karen Farmer White: Wolf’s school attendance proposal will help students succeed. Here’s how
Keith C. Burris: Believe in elections
Paul Muschick: On gerrymandering: We need this to get redistricting reform
John L. Micek: New Hampshire just abolished the death penalty. Step up, Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee
Tara Murtha: With Title IX under fire, Pa.’s anti-discrimination law may provide an alternative remedy
Kathryn Kolbert and Linda Wharton: What you can do if you’re worried about reproductive rights in Pa. and beyond
David M. Shribman: Things don’t change … until they do
Stephen Herzenberg: Stay in high school, and participate in its reinvention to meet your needs
Jenice Armstrong: Want peace in the streets this summer? Make sure young people have jobs.
Mark Zandi: A U.S. recession is a possible scenario if the trade war with China escalates
Tim Hartman: Who needs a gift ban? | Editorial Cartoon
Maria A. Oquendo: Will a ‘burnout’ diagnosis help cure what ails the modern worker?
Stanley Mertzman: Rare earths are crucial to modern technology What are they? 4 questions answered | Analysis
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: On the road to abortion bans
Sasha Hochman: Central High School valedictorian: Education is equity | Perspective
Sean Blanda: Point Breeze ban on bay windows: An imagining of how the legislation became reality | Satire
Kevin Davis and Jaya Touma Shoatz: What would you change about Philly? High school seniors share their hopes for the city. | Perspective
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Bagging Plastic Bags
Ruth Ann Dailey: Park and … what?!

One Response

  1. There is no upside to being on the losing end of a verdict of a costly class action lawsuit. What makes this case problematic is all the recent media coverage of internet companies protecting privacy data in recent years. Not an optimal situation for the side who is appealing.

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