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March 29th Playbook

A new Franklin & Marshall College Poll shows positive numbers for Gov. Tom Wolf, while voters have mixed feelings on President Trump. Here is the Playbook.

HD11: Mustello Selected As GOP Candidate: The District Scheduler for Rep. Mike Kelly touted her pro-life stance, support for the 2nd Amendment, and her commitment to lowering taxes.

Harrisburg & DC  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania voters support Wolf, remain lukewarm on Trump in new poll  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pension forfeiture bill becomes session’s first law with Wolf signature
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poll: Pennsylvania voters strongly support nuclear energy as Legislature debates bailout    
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Majority of Pennsylvania voters favor raising the minimum wage to $12 an hour, new poll shows  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poll: 59 percent of Pennsylvania voters support legalizing recreational cannabis  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poll finds support for new gun laws rising among Pa. voters after brief decline  
Inquirer: Poll: Strong support for legalizing pot in Pa., not so much backing for President Trump
Post-Gazette: Pa. legislator in midst of swearing-in controversy: ‘I prayed as I always did’
AP: Pennsylvania enacts tougher public pension forfeiture law
AP: Sunoco cuts ties with gas station owner over billboard slur
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. gun owner among many nationwide fighting to overturn Trump-led ban on bump stocks
WITF: Pa. House panel hosts climate change doubter, draws rebuke from scientists
PLSReporter: Minimum wage hike, recreational pot earn wide support in new statewide poll
PLSReporter: Effort to end general cash assistance payments to Pennsylvanians resurfaces
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
StateImpactPA: A symbolic act of civil disobedience at Three Mile Island vigil
StateImpactPA: Wolf’s $8M to remove PFAS from Bucks water won’t solve the problem, activists say
StateImpactPA: Watch: Meltdown at Three Mile Island: 40 Years Later
StateImpactPA: Proposal to drill for shale gas at U.S. Steel site near Pittsburgh prompts contentious hearing
StateImpactPA: ‘I am the witness’: Post-Fukushima, a Japanese man’s regrets mirror his country’s turn against nuclear power
Patriot News: House may act soon to reform child sex abuse laws, but some victims are angry over change in strategy
Patriot News: Pa. toughens pension forfeiture law for public officials, employees convicted of job-related crimes
Patriot News: Majority in Pa. say marijuana should be legal: F&M Poll
Patriot News: Most in Pa. support raising minimum wage to $12 per hour: F&M Poll

Philly Clout: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney runs an undercover campaign while Pa. state Sen. Tony Williams calls him out
Billy Penn: Why doesn’t Philadelphia have rent control like many other big cities?
Inquirer: Philly City Council questioning increased spending as launch of new payroll system could give thousands raises
Inquirer: Philly School District, others face cuts under proposed Trump budget  
Inquirer: Philly votes for elections officials this year. Here’s what advocates want candidates to talk about.
Inquirer: Activists shut down meeting after school board votes to mandate metal detectors in all Philly HS  
WHYY Newsworks: North Philly neighbors decry plans for immigrant youth shelter, citing track record  
KYW Newsradio: Opponents of Southwest Philly liquefied natural gas plant protest at City Hall
KYW Newsradio: City Council wades into controversy over prayer offered when first Pa. Muslim legislator sworn in
Philadelphia Business Journal: Strike: Philadelphia community college vote is near unanimous
PLSReporter: Council passes lead in buildings bill, supports Restore Pennsylvania

Pottstown Mercury: Houlahan co-sponsors sweeping health care legislation
Pottstown Mercury: Senate passes Killion bill to expand CPR training in schools
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon sends letter to House committees supporting Chinook
Inquirer: Glen Mills hit with federal lawsuit by former students alleging abuse
Bucks Local News: NEVER FORGET THE HEROES: Congressman Fitzpatrick joins first responders to lobby for re-authorization of 9-11 victims compensation fund

WESA: Democratic Lawmakers Say ‘Use Of Force’ Bills Are Coming In The Wake Of Michael Rosfeld’s Acquittal
WESA: District 1 Candidates Drop Out Of Race Amid Petition Filing Challenges
Post-Gazette: Randall Taylor withdraws from Democratic primary for city’s District 9 seat; will run as independent  
Post-Gazette: Councilman: County police review board still in the works   
Post-Gazette: Scott named to council seat; judge must OK selection  
Post-Gazette: New member appointed to Port Authority Board  
Post-Gazette: State attorney general denies Penn Hills school board’s investigation request  
City Paper: New campaign calls for long-term solutions to Clairton Coke Works’ pollution
KDKA: Sunoco Cutting Ties With Armstrong Co. Gas Station Owner Over Slurs Of Billboard  
KDKA: Three Mile Island Disaster Helped Spawn Pittsburgh Robotics Industry
Pittsburgh Business Times: What is Pittsburgh’s next move for mass transit, and how will it be funded?   
Pittsburgh Business Times: Washington County gains $560M of economic investment in 2018
Tribune Review: Peduto ready to fight challengers of Pittsburgh’s proposed gun ban
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners focus on eliminating political activities inside courthouse  
Tribune Review: Pa. Ag secretary praises farmers for thinking outside the glass  

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senator wants tougher school vaccination rules
Altoona Mirror: Bill could end aid for poor
Beaver County Times: Poll shows majority of Pa. voters back legalized recreational marijuana

The Times Leader: WB mayor: Ex-police chief threatened to sue if alleged threat not investigated
Times-Tribune: New Scranton school director begins making late tax payments
Times-Tribune: POLL: Voters back legal pot, higher minimum wage

South Central  
Patriot News: Lebanon County residents’ turn to sound off on marijuana legalization coming on April 10
Patriot News: Pennsylvanians still favor nuclear power but are less sure of how to bail it out
Patriot News: Background checks of countywide candidates in Dauphin, Cumberland reveal criminal, tax issues
Patriot News: Court-appointed board member highlights importance of upcoming Harrisburg School Board election
Patriot News: Court picks candidate to fill Harrisburg school board seat, passing over board members’ choices
Patriot News: Here’s who’s running for office in Perry County
York Dispatch: Federal panel weighs petition against Peach Bottom nuke plant extension
York Dispatch: Former York County sheriff’s deputy challenging his old boss
LNP | LancasterOnline: Commissioners: Lancaster County DA seeks to ‘silence all his critics’ with case against county

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Lehigh County commissioners name Eric Minnich interim coroner
Morning Call: Re-election now may be harder for one veteran Allentown school board member
Reading Eagle: Franklin & Marshall poll explores Pennsylvanians’ views on nuclear power, legalizing marijuana and more
Reading Eagle: Reading council vice president arrested for failing to appear at hearing
Reading Eagle: Stay the course and Reading can leave Act 47, report finds
Express Times: Silence greets Easton councilman’s move to cut his and colleagues’ pay
Express Times: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s recreational weed listening tour coming to the Lehigh Valley

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Yuengling family speak on PA’s business climate
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council files litigation against mayor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor, council candidates speak with Republican voters
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Redistricting town hall to be held in Williamsport
Erie Times-News: Mayor wants joint public hearing on Erie’s LERTA plan
Erie Times-News: New public safety education available to Erie high school students  
Erie Times-News: Voter registration drive scheduled for Erie’s Blasco Library

Inquirer Editorial Board: ‘Mistreatment’ centers shouldn’t be adding to the opioid crisis
Inquirer Editorial Board: Boeing crashes confirm FAA should not leave safety of planes in the hands of their makers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Kathleen Kane’s downfall: Former AG was a victim of her worst impulses
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Battling anti-vaxxers: Pitt study may show a way forward
Charles Ellison: Why weed? Pennsylvania has bigger issues than legalizing recreational marijuana
Stephen Herzenberg: Show me the data. Here’s the argument for raising Pa.’s minimum wage
Rebecca Oyler: Wolf’s claim that $15 minimum wage is justified by a letter from Pa. economists is a political stunt
John L. Micek: Pa. lawmaker who offered Islamophobic prayer is sponsoring a ‘Heartbeat’ abortion ban, too | Thursday Morning Coffee
Fletcher McClellan: Complete exoneration? Not quite. But Mueller’s report was a gift to Trump
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Calls to end the electoral college are not about protecting democracy
Christine Flowers: Do Democrats hate Trump more than they love America?
Jason L.S. Raia: Here’s why teaching the Constitution is important for students – and for society
Bernice Hausman: Stop telling anti-vaxxers they’re insane for questioning vaccines
Robert I. Field: Trump’s threats to Obamacare put us all in peril
Will Bunch: As floodwaters rise, GOP lawmakers are frantically building levees of climate denial
Trudy Rubin: Former UN human rights chief on Trump, populism, and complacency toward war crimes
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia’s coffee-canned elections
Stu Bykofsky: Making a difference can be beautiful

  • 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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