March 3rd Playbook

President Donald Trump will make his first trip to the state in 2020 later this week for a Fox News town hall in Scranton, while former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will campaign in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Trump To Participate in Fox News Town Hall in Scranton: This town hall will be Trump’s first in the 2020 election cycle and his first visit to the state this year.

Fitzgerald and 11 SWPA Commissioners Endorse Biden: 12 county commissioners in southwestern Pennsylvania announced their support for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign on Monday afternoon.

Bloomberg to Campaign in Pittsburgh: Bloomberg’s visit on Thursday will be his third trip to the keystone state since entering the race and his first to western Pennsylvania.

Fiedler Endorses Sanders: State Rep. Liz Fiedler (D-Philadelphia) announced on Monday that she is endorsing Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Fiedler becomes the second member of the state House to endorse the Vermont Senator, joining state Rep. Sara Innamorato (D-Allegheny), and the second elected official from Philadelphia, joining Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym

Squilla Endorses Bloomberg: Philadelphia City Councilmember Mark Squilla, who represents the city’s 1st District, announced on Monday that he is backing former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s bid for the White House.  

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump to make first visit of 2020 to Pennsylvania
AP: Supreme Court to review child sex abuse time limits decision
AP: 4 groups seek to intervene in suit over pruning voter rolls
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: After committing a ‘jerk move,’ veteran Vitali faces first primary in two decades
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Two visions of school safety dominate House and Senate hearings
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Where we are, where we’ve been: A look at Pennsylvania’s oil-rich history
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Would Sanders hurt Dems’ bid to claim Senate majority?
PLSReporter: While some progressives stump for a fracking ban, others fear its impacts
PLSReporter: Democrats rally in Bucks for special election candidate
PLSReporter: ‘Those questions have not been answered at all’: GOP members say neigh to Race Horse Development Fund transfer
PLSReporter: Legislators rally behind bill restricting safe injection sites
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf wants full-day kindergarten in every Pa. school district. Delivering it might not be that easy. 
StateImpactPA: Democrats could field an anti-fracking candidate in 2020. Can they win in Pennsylvania?
StateImpactPA: Can your well water make you sick? No testing is required in Pennsylvania.
StateImpactPA: Sunoco to pay $200,000 fine, must increase oversight following investigation of aging Mariner East 1 pipeline
Patriot News: Will Pennsylvania’s primary election finally matter? Super Tuesday may provide an answer
Patriot News: Coronavirus test expected to be available in Pa. by end of week
Patriot News: Pa. state universities hit target for early retirement program
National Journal: Trump, GOP Raised $86M in February
WESA: Pennsylvania Officials Warn Public Of Census Scams
WESA: Gaps In Childcare Cost Pennsylvania’s Economy More Than $3B Each Year
Politico: White House prepares to nominate Braithwaite as next Navy secretary
Politico: House Democrats begin plotting how to run with Bernie

 

Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: Two bills in Harrisburg to regulate supervised injection sites
Inquirer: Another Philly progressive is endorsing Bernie Sanders as Elizabeth Warren struggles
Inquirer: Supervised injection site debate revives bill that would explicitly criminalize them, Philly politicians say
Inquirer: A Philly immigration judge retired because Trump turned appeals courts into ‘a Politburo-like rubber stamp’
Inquirer: Wharton’s Erika James, first female dean: ‘Gender is the least of what I have to offer’
Philadelphia Tribune: Former POWER leader joins Philly DA’s office as senior advisor
PLSReporter: Legislators rally behind bill restricting safe injection sites
Philadelphia Citizen: Who Is Philly’s Integrity Icon?  
KYW Newsradio: More fallout from effort to open South Philly safe injection site as state lawmakers try to make process harder
KYW Newsradio: Montco board chair advises ‘common sense’ steps to avoid coronavirus spread

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Four Chesco senators united in backing redistricting commission
Delco Daily Times: Clifton mayor, solicitor fire back at Upper Darby school officials 
Inquirer: Fired Montco defenders faced threats for advocating reforms, emails show
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioners kick off ‘Tourism Talks’ panel with county’s hot topics 

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Fitzgerald, Other County Officials, Back Biden Before Critical ‘Super Tuesday’ Contests 
WESA: Pittsburgh Has A Pandemic Plan. What Does It Say? 
WESA: Threat Of Coronavirus In Allegheny County Is Low, But Officials Are Preparing For Local Outbreaks
KDKA: 12 Southwestern Pa. County Leaders Endorse Joe Biden 
KDKA: Democratic Presidential Candidate Mike Bloomberg Coming To Pittsburgh  
KDKA: 4 Groups Seek To Intervene In Lawsuit Filed Against Allegheny Co. Over Purging Voter Polls 
KDKA: Allegheny County Officials To Brief Public On Coronavirus Preparation
KDKA: Opening Of Mike Bloomberg’s Pittsburgh Field Office Receives Mixed Reviews
KDKA: Around The Table: 2020 Democratic Field Beginning To Shrink
KDKA: Around The Table: What Is The Impact Of The Democratic Field Narrowing? 
Post-Gazette: Michael Bloomberg planning to visit Pittsburgh on Thursday 
Post-Gazette: Groups seek to intervene in Allegheny County elections suit 
Post-Gazette: City, authorities release estimates for more than 220 contracts that will open for bid in 2020 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County could adopt purple paint law to keep hunters, trespassers off farms, open land 
Post-Gazette: Health official: Allegheny County can ‘expect’ COVID-19 cases in coming weeks 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court to review landmark church-abuse case
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report notes strong increase in Pittsburgh construction activity 
Tribune Review: County leaders across Western Pennsylvania endorse Joe Biden
Tribune Review: Mike Bloomberg to campaign in Pittsburgh on Thursday 
Tribune Review: League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh seek to intervene in voter-roll lawsuit 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County health officials emphasize calm with eye on likely spread of coronavirus
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on parks tax 

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Population decline spurs conversation about education
Beaver County Times: Marshall to host concealed carry seminar March 21 
Observer-Reporter: State Rep., redevelopment authority tangle over LSA records
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Richland Township board seeks supervisor, census participation
Altoona Mirror: Sanctuary resolution will be proposed

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Trump town hall tickets gone
Times-Tribune: Bloomberg opening Scranton campaign office
Times-Tribune: Auditor: DeSarno actually owes more than $5,000 for gas purchases
Times-Tribune: Scranton reviewing public health emergency response plan as coronavirus spreads
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County municipalities share $7.5M in road funding
Citizens Voice: Trump town hall tickets gone
Citizens Voice: Hearing rescheduled on 8th District candidate’s fate
Citizens Voice: Hearing set on Musto’s primary election bid
Citizens Voice: Officials defend decisions to vote and abstain
The Times Leader: Urban, Haas explain abstention on LCTA vote 
The Times Leader: Coronavirus impact on Luzerne County employee pension fund discussed

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Once undocumented, the wife of PA’s lieutenant governor asks immigrants to trust the census
York Dispatch: York County GOP pulling in coveted young voters, Dems slumping
York Dispatch: Democrat takes second swing at state Sen. Regan
York Dispatch: York County municipalities receive $500,000 less from state than last year for roadwork
Patriot News: Pa. state universities hit target for early retirement program

 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: $2M in school safety grants awarded to Lehigh Valley districts
Morning Call: This Lehigh Valley school district spent $1.8 million in fees on a school that doesn’t exist yet 
Reading Eagle: Berks County taking proactive role in preparing for coronavirus outbreak

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Planning officials optimistic that changes can bring businesses
Centre Daily Times: Centre County, Bellefonte team up to provide body cameras to more police officers

 

Opinion   
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stand up, be counted: Census participation keeps federal dollars flowing 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tackling misinformation: When it comes to coronavirus, trust health officials
Matthew Rink: Primary delayed means influence denied
John L. Micek: These states most closely match the U.S. electorate. How did Pa. do? | Monday Morning Coffee
Paul Muschick: Census scam letters hitting the Lehigh Valley, and they’re from the Republican Party 
Paul Heaton: Firing Montgomery County’s top public defenders is a step backward for criminal justice 
Jon Geeting: Making Work Pay 
Jasmine Holliday: I live in a constant battle between wanting to work and not being able to afford child care 
Charlie Gerow: Democrats disastrous debate exposes their internal civil war 
Jessa Lingel: Craigslist at 25: A reminder that a more democratic version of the web can still thrive
Helen Ubiñas: Can writing help stop discrimination? In Philadelphia, this author believes he can
Zhexuan Huang: Penn student in Wuhan: How my life has changed since coronavirus | Perspective
Courtney Duchene: One Man’s Trash… 
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Young voters urged to make election impact
Will Bunch: Live from L.A.: How Bernie’s California dreamin’ may blunt Biden’s Super Tuesday surge 
Michael Coard: Here’s 15 things you didn’t know about the ‘Dred Scott’ decision

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