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June 6th Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence is set to make multiple stops in PA today, while state Sen. Daylin Leach draws his first primary challenger. Here is the Playbook.

Leach Draws First Primary Challenger in Sara Atkins: The Democratic activist pinpoints healthcare and Leach’s sexual misconduct allegations in her campaign announcement video.

Harrisburg & DC  
York Dispatch: Pence to visit Springettsbury business, pitch trade deal
AP: Pennsylvania takes 1st step to take over insurance exchange
AP: State House votes for ban on child marriages in Pennsylvania
AP: Expansion of private-school tax credits advances in Senate
WITF: Minimum wage, General Assistance top Pa. Dems’ budget wish-list
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, GOP leaders butt heads over how to pay for addressing Pa.’s infrastructure needs
Patriot News: State House recognizes 10 World War II veterans, passes D-Day resolution
Patriot News: NAACP calls for removal of three members of the Pa. Human Relations Commission
Patriot News: House passes bill that would make it illegal in Pa. to marry before you turn 18
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf adds his voice to those calling for laws to curb gun-related deaths in Pennsylvania  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf’s infrastructure plan makes legislative debut with near-majority support
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: To help balance the books, school officials ask Pa. lawmakers to boost basic ed funding, reform charter school law
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate Democrats renew calls for gun control measures that face an uphill battle
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Brian Fitzpatrick joins Democrats to pass bill to offer ‘dreamers’ a path to citizenship
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Acquitted individuals still have a criminal record. This proposed law would change that
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fresh off his second mayoral loss, Philadelphia senator announces plan to transform city’s elections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘You’re our best customer’: Top Canadian diplomat talks trade, NBA finals during Pa. visit
Inquirer: Pa. lieutenant governor traveled the state to talk legalizing pot. Here are his takeaways.
Inquirer: Are Pa.’s absentee-ballot deadlines unconstitutional? What would be the fix? Judges consider whether a lawsuit should move forward.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State told to release more data on medical marijuana
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Report: Catholic Church’s lobbying at $5.3M since 2011 in Pa.
Post-Gazette: Three judicial nominees from Pa. get hearing, but only two are endorsed by Casey
PLSReporter: Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms  
PLSReporter: Republican spending limit plan reported out of committee
PLSReporter: Wolf, legislators and advocates join in recognition of Gun Violence Awareness Day
PLSReporter: House leaders push bill to let state take over ACA exchange, start reinsurance program
PLSReporter: Online sports betting now available in PA
PLSReporter: Legislators discuss legislation that would automate expungements
WHYY Newsworks: Lawsuit over Pa. absentee voting claims early deadline is unconstitutional
Carlisle Sentinel: Federal data shows Pennsylvania wages falling behind productivity
Express Times: ‘Hot Car Bill’ protects responders who save pets. A similar law for people rescues takes effect in July.

Inquirer: Register of Wills employees try to unionize following voters’ ouster of longtime boss
Inquirer: Facebook posts by cops: How other locations in database with Philly are reacting
Inquirer: Philly judges discuss language access following study of court reporters
Inquirer: Comcast shareholders reject proposals for more lobbying disclosures, and for ditching Brian Roberts
Inquirer: Jamie Dimon shows the JPMorgan Chase flag at Philly’s big BIO meeting
PlanPhilly: Bay window ban moves swiftly toward City Council approval
WHYY Newsworks: Drexel survey shows wider neighborhood support for overdose prevention site
WHYY Newsworks: Philly liaison to LGBTQ community talks about her worst fear and big goals
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fresh off his second mayoral loss, Philadelphia senator announces plan to transform city’s elections
Philadelphia Tribune: Cheyney president optimistic budget will be balanced by month’s end
KYW Newsradio: City Council approves new recycling, disposal contracts, despite environmentalists’ concerns
KYW Newsradio: Wholesale merchants: US tariff talk may force Mexican growers to sell elsewhere

Main Line Times: Sen. Daylin Leach draws a challenger for 2020 primary
Daily Local News: Dinniman opposes reconfirmation of DEP secretary due to pipeline safety concerns
Daily Local News: Major criminal justice reform bill sponsored by Killion passes Senate  
Daily Local News: Killion’s CPR bill heads to governor’s desk
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County commissioner among Schuylkill River Sojourners
Delco Daily Times: GOP council members nix hearings on ethics reforms
Bucks Local News: Bucks County constituents to rally in support of impeachment inquiry   

WESA: Peduto Asks Pension Board To Divest From Fossil Fuels, Firearms And For-Profit Prisons
WESA: New Voting Machines Coming To Pittsburgh, Ahead Of 2020 Primary
WESA: Expanding Access To The Ballot Box, 100 Years After The 19th Amendment
KDKA: UPMC Won’t Require Prepayment From Some Highmark Patients Once Consent Decrees Expire
KDKA: Bill To Create County-Wide Police Accountability Review Board
Post-Gazette: Write-ins are in, and County Controller Chelsa Wagner will have a Republican opponent after all
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto wants pension funds divested from fossil fuels, firearms and for-profit prisons
Post-Gazette: Proposed property tax increase in Penn Hills raises objections
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh chosen for program focused on contracting equity
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mayor Peduto honors CEO of Dick’s Sporting Goods
City Paper: Historic Shadyside intersection has become official point of Pride
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council approves grant for autonomous vehicle education
Tribune Review: Republicans win write-ins, will run for two Allegheny County offices in November

Beaver County Times: State Sen. Bartolotta’s bill limiting state government spending passes committee
Beaver County Times: Bill extending free college to National Guard families passes state Senate
Beaver County Times: Supreme Court denies hearing Beaver County’s reassessment appeal
Observer-Reporter: Ortitay bill to help gambling addicts approved in House
Observer-Reporter: Warco secures Democratic and Republican nominations for coroner; no new voting machines until 2020

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County economic development loan program ends; Cummings cries foul
Times-Tribune: Financial consultant concludes work with Scranton
Times-Tribune: EPA awards grants for local cleanups
Citizens Voice: County computer woes impact real estate industry
The Times Leader: Brown gets early start on Wilkes-Barre mayoral transition
The Times Leader: Some Luzerne County computer servers set for reactivation today following cyber attack

South Central  
York Daily Record: VP Mike Pence will be in Pa. Thursday: Here’s what to know about tickets and the schedule
Patriot News: Judge delays hearing on state takeover of Harrisburg schools
Patriot News: Cannabis advocates rally in Harrisburg behind notion that ‘prohibition is doomed to failure’
Carlisle Sentinel: Vice President Mike Pence to visit York
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council notes: Council talks traffic, census at workshop meeting
York Dispatch: Pence to visit Springettsbury business, pitch trade deal
York Dispatch: York City investigating after cops’ Facebook posts compiled by Plain View Project
York Dispatch: York City Council schedules hearing on Helfrich’s appointees
York Dispatch: York County signs $1.4 million deal for new voting machines

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Allentown City Council looks to extend budget process, prevent default tax hikes
Reading Eagle: Pa. public school districts continue to face fiscal pressure
Reading Eagle: Wernersville votes to contract police services from South Heidelberg Township
Express Times: Hanover Township manufacturer plans $3.8M expansion that supports 79 jobs
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pa. takes first step to take over insurance exchange
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council tables smoking, alcohol bans
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Save miners’ pensions: A promise to coal miners shouldn’t be broken
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Defying China: The world must fight the Tiananmen legacy
Inquirer Editorial Board: Racist cop Facebook posts are a public safety problem
LNP Editorial Board: The battle for DA’s civil forfeiture records is joined, and it’s a fight for citizens’ right to know
John L. Micek: The fight over opioids isn’t going away – but these 2 bills are encouraging | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Reynelle Brown Staley: Pa.’s ‘have not’ school districts are falling farther behind. Lawmakers, Wolf need to close the gap
Tran Huynh: Pennsylvania’s nail salon laws need an update
Fletcher McClellan: From defense to offense: The new politics of abortion
Dan Simpson: Europe remains a vital U.S. partner
George Parry: Eliminating gun-free zones: A way to deter mass shooters?
Mike Newall: Of course Philly’s street-sweeping trucks don’t fit down our streets. The city must show they can fix it.
Jenice Armstrong: Note to Cops: Only a dummy would post racist and anti-Islamic bigotry on Facebook
Trudy Rubin: 75th Anniversary of D-Day: can Trump speech in Normandy match the occasion?
Ernie Pyle: D-Day 75th Anniversary: The horrible waste of war
Gene Therapy: Wait, it may cause what?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: The Trump family visits Queen Elizabeth
David Neale: ‘You screwed up.’ Masterman teacher’s surprising message to grads | Perspective
Hans Menos: Police Facebook posts show betrayal of public’s trust

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    • 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%)

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