March 5th Playbook

President Donald Trump heads to Scranton to participate in a Fox News town hall. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Trump Launches African American Outreach in Philly and Pittsburgh: The Trump reelection effort announced the opening 15 offices across the country in several battleground states, including two offices in Pennsylvania.

Liberal PAC Preps Attack Ad Sandwich for Trump Scranton Event: The 30 second spot, featuring a veteran who resides in Wayne County who said he voted for President Donald Trump in 2016, but won’t be supporting him in 2020, will air before and after the town hall solely on Fox News on Thursday evening.

PA17: Vodvarka Ends Congressional Bid Ensuring Parnell vs Lamb Matchup: The Republican hopeful ended his Congressional campaign on Tuesday after a legal challenge was made to his nominating petitions.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. Senate officials scrub details from financial records, raising alarm among open records advocates
Spotlight PA: Pa. officials warn CBD still largely unregulated despite popularity of creams, oils, candies, and more
Morning Call: After Super Tuesday, how are Pennsylvania Democrats viewing the narrowing presidential field? 
Philly Clout: Mike Bloomberg’s money changed Pennsylvania’s political economy. What now? 
AP: Pennsylvania says it is speeding up coronavirus testing
AP: County restricts immigration agents after courthouse arrest
AP: Pennsylvania State Police loosens ban on trooper arm tattoos
Huffington Post: The Coronavirus Is Challenging What Our Politicians Think About ‘Medicare For All’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What census mapping can tell us about the Keystone State | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Finding new money for higher ed is hard, but without a bump, there could be ‘hell to pay’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Sen.Toomey says he’s a yes vote on coronavirus emergency funding package
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Sen. Casey: Senate could vote on coronavirus funding bill as soon as next week 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court’s liberal justices challenge abortion restrictions in high-stakes case
Inquirer: Suburbs like Philly’s powered Biden’s big wins over Sanders: ‘I’m not looking for any kind of revolution.’
Inquirer: The Joe Biden vs. Bernie Sanders show is coming to Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: House passes emergency spending bill to combat COVID-19
PLSReporter: Lawmakers consider ways to include people with disabilities in the workforce
PLSReporter: DEP says RGGI could incentivize plugging abandoned oil and gas wells
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mixed reviews for administration’s handling of coronavirus 
Fox News: States trying to curb impact of 700,000 losing benefits with new food stamp rules
WHYY Newsworks: RNC mailer labeled a ‘census’ sows confusion
KDKA: After Super Tuesday, Pennsylvania Will Be Key State During Primary Season
KDKA: Around The Table: Is Pennsylvania Still A Key Player In Deciding Democratic Nominee?
KDKA: Around The Table: Reacting To Joe Biden’s Strong Super Tuesday
York Daily Record: After Super Tuesday, Pa.’s ‘third senator’ Joe Biden looks to win home state primary
Patriot News: Will Sanders overcome “Joementum” in the weeks ahead? | BattlegroundPA podcast
Patriot News: Arm tattoos no longer taboo for Pennsylvania State Police troopers or prospective cadets
StateImpactPA: Petrochemical town hall near Pittsburgh spotlights pollution, health worries

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Mike Bloomberg’s money changed Pennsylvania’s political economy. What now?
Billy Penn: After 3-year ethics investigation, Rep. Brian Sims vindicated — despite violations
Billy Penn: Airport workers to get coronavirus training as PHL ramps up response  
Inquirer: City Councilmember Kendra Brooks wants to bring rent control to Philly. It won’t be easy. 
Inquirer: ‘Good Philly girl’ Jill Biden had to confront another heckler. This time she had backup.
WHYY Newsworks: Is a universal basic income experiment coming to Philadelphia?
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s homeless shelters prepare for unique challenge coronavirus brings
WHYY Newsworks: Philly border fight: How a ‘secret’ working-class neighborhood built its own wall 
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly leaders want to pull 100k out of poverty, but details, cost of that plan are scant
Philly Voice: Jill Biden throws stiff-arm for husband in stunning Super Tuesday comeback
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s How Philadelphia Is Preparing to Fight a Possible Coronavirus Outbreak 

 

SEPA
Bucks Courier Times: Commissioners: Safe injection sites not welcome in Bucks 
Bucks Courier Times: ‘Love is love’ resolution fails in Newtown Township 
Daily Local News: Former Kennet Twp. supervisor to complete community service for stealing campaign signs 
Daily Local News: TriCounty chamber hears pundit’s views on 2020 presidential race
Bucks Local News: Bucks GOP commends DiGirolamo’s stand against drug injection sites 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County officials are ‘ready’ for coronavirus 
Delco Daily Times: State A.G. takes over ‘Nik the Hat’ case
Inquirer: Grand jury seeks financial records of former Chester County sheriff questioned for overtime spending
Pottstown Mercury: Montco public defenders show support for fired chief, deputy chief

 

Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Bloomberg’s Pittsburgh stop off as campaign ends
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh zoo can’t comply with proposed reptile ordinance
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Said Pittsburgh Is Prepared For Upcoming G7 Ministers’ Meeting
KDKA: New Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Director Will Closely Monitor Coronavirus, Make Maternal And Child Health A Priority 
Post-Gazette: G-7 foreign ministers meeting coming to Pittsburgh ahead of summit
Post-Gazette: Councilman Kraus, Pittsburgh Zoo spar over proposed reptile regulations
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County selects new health department director 
WESA: Pediatrician To Become Head Of Allegheny County Health Department 
WESA: Council Says Zoo Won’t Be Exempt From Reptile Bill, Accreditation Required 
WESA: PA Officials Talk Emergency Funding, Patient Monitoring Amid Coronavirus Concerns
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County Health Department names new leader

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Local state senator behind bill to help municipalities remove absentee elected officials
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset redevelopment officials urge HUD administrator to cut ‘red tape’ for smaller towns 
Beaver County Times: Beaver Falls Democrat targeting Bernstine
Beaver County Times: County reassessment preparation in full swing
Beaver County Times: Kail to host breakfast meeting in Brighton Twp.
Beaver County Times: Beaver County prepares for coronavirus

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Trump likely to face tough questions at Scranton town hall
The Times Leader: Luzerne County councilman questions lobbyist payment
The Times Leader: Young Professionals urged to overcome adversity, rely on others
The Times Leader: Airport advisory: No flight delays expected during Trump visit Thursday
Citizens Voice: Hearing set to determine candidate’s status
Citizens Voice: Businesses deal with Trump’s arrival today
Times-Tribune: Businesses in Scranton deal with Trump’s arrival 
Times-Tribune: Trump town hall to tie Scranton traffic in knots 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners award contract for Gateway Center roof replacement

 

South Central 
York Dispatch: Perry receives boost from Koch-linked super PAC
York Dispatch: More confusion over appointment of Helfrich’s top economic aide
York Dispatch: York City’s budget is about to get streamlined, officials say
York Daily Record: Pa. voter trends: Republicans switching parties in reliably red counties and more
LNP | LancasterOnline: Head of county’s drug task force says he was fired, District Attorney Heather Adams announces changes
LNP | LancasterOnline: Is the threat of coronavirus impacting transportation hubs in, around Lancaster County? Not yet, officials say 
Patriot News: Cameras are watching: Drivers who speed through Pa. road construction will be ticketed
Patriot News: Michael Bloomberg drops out of presidential race after short, expensive run
Patriot News: Not just a city problem: Gang activity increases in Harrisburg’s suburbs

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: After Super Tuesday, how are Pennsylvania Democrats viewing the narrowing presidential field?
Morning Call: Allentown’s NIZ authority approves financing for Grand Plaza, Neuweiler redevelopment projects 
Morning Call: Nonbinary student, parent sue Bethlehem school district, IU 20 over misuse of pronouns, name
Morning Call: Bethlehem seeks balance between short-term rentals and neighborhoods
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf stops by Kutztown University to pitch new scholarship plan for state system students
Reading Eagle: Reading hopes to use local contractors for sidewalk replacement program 
Reading Eagle: Ethics commission rules ex-Alsace Township supervisor owes township about $2,600
Reading Eagle: Groups call for climate action at Kutztown University 
Express Times: Bethlehem business adding 8 jobs thanks to share of $12.5M in state loans 

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmaker speaks up for minor league 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council to consider residency requirements for city employees 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Authority discusses stormwater fees plan

 

Opinion  
York Dispatch Editorial Board: A system that punishes poverty
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The party strikes back
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Scholarship push: Pittsburgh Promise looks to expand eligibility
Inquirer Staff: Are lawsuits against Juul from Pennsylvania and other states good for public health? | Pro/Con
Reps. Adam Kinzinger & Brendan Boyle: The world must wake up to genocide in Syria
John Baer: Confidence and trust in institutions – critical in crises – is dying. Now what? 
John L. Micek: Philly Dem’s bill would give local residents a say over safe injection sites | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia’s mayor manages a health emergency
Paul Muschick: Nothing wrong with ICE arrest at Northampton County courthouse 
Jenice Armstrong: Too many black babies are born out of wedlock. An antiviolence activist wants to change that. 
Gail Shister: I’m the Least PC Person I Know, and Even I Say It Was Time for Chris Matthews to Go
Trudy Rubin: After Super Tuesday, expect greater Russian election interference amped up by Trump 
Scott Burris, Amy Kapczynski, and Albert Ko: Five ways public health officials should respond to coronavirus 
Chris Freind: Dems are all the same – will it be enough to beat Trump?
Joseph N. DiStefano: Inovio stock spikes on COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine speedup
The Angry Grammarian: Is coronavirus a pandemic or an epidemic? 
Vukan R. Vuchic: Market-Frankford Line changes may be convenient for SEPTA, but bad for customers 
Alexander Cohen: Like it or not, the two party system is never going away
Lynn Carey: Don’t let Big Pharma capitalize on coronavirus

March 5th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “March 5th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Unless Trump is going to start handing out $$, I don’t think he has much appeal to African Americans.

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