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March 8th Playbook

Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary held a press conference advocating for the use of vaccinations. Here is the Playbook.

Reader Poll: Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Should Be $12 in 2020: Our readers side with a more sizable increase over staying put at the federal minimum or a $2+ increase next year.

Harrisburg & DC  
WESA: Don’t Listen To Rand Paul About Vaccines, PA Health Secretary Says
Inquirer: Could a Philly killer’s appeal lead Pa. Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty?
AP: Gov. orders review of reform school over abuse allegations
AP: Board rules university grad assistants can hold union vote
Patriot News: 10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court ruling means university must rehire prof with child-sex conviction
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Redistricting reformers have one more shot at preventing a 2021 gerrymander
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Fitzpatrick joins Pelosi, House Democrats in attempt to revive lapsed domestic violence protections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Mental health services decline in schools as police presence grows: report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: You voted: These are the top 10 freshmen to watch in the Pa. House and Senate
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf announces state money for school breakfasts
Beaver County Times: Turnpike Commission debt situation ‘just a mess’   
PLSReporter:  Tweets of the Week – March 4, 2019
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Morning Call: Rep. Susan Wild weighs in on controversial comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar on Israel    

Philly Clout: Allan Domb’s deep pockets could disrupt another Philly primary election
Inquirer: Kenney proposes spending plan without tax increases. Council likes it but wants changes.  
Inquirer: Kenney announces $2.5 million more for Free Library; City Council members and advocates push for more  
Inquirer: Could a Philly killer’s appeal lead Pa. Supreme Court to abolish the death penalty?  
Inquirer: The ‘curse of Billy Penn’? Local news site is looking to sell Philly, Pittsburgh operations.  
Inquirer: The difference between the SEPTA police strike and the recent teachers’ strikes — and why it matters  
Inquirer: SEPTA cops’ strike touches on a national issue: Who should see body camera footage?  
Inquirer: Dozens of people are running for Philadelphia City Council. What it will take to win.
WHYY Newsworks: 7 takeaways from Mayor Jim Kenney’s $5 billion spending plan   
WHYY Newsworks: Filthadelphia no more? Kenney seeks to ‘vastly’ increase street cleaning   
PLSReporter: Mayor Kenney sets vision of future with budget address
Philly Voice: Philadelphia becomes first U.S. city to ban cashless stores

Delco Daily Times: Delco D.A. not handing over Glen Mills probe to state
WHYY Newsworks: Montgomery County GOP candidates square off in party primary
Pottstown Mercury: Montco officials to give public look at new voting system
Pottstown Mercury: Libertarian Party of Chester County hosts program on hemp
Bucks County Courier Times: Warminster joins other Bucks towns in suing opioid companies  
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Tom Wolf announces state money for school breakfasts

Post-Gazette: Peduto backs challenger to Councilwoman Harris
Post-Gazette: Former Republican County Councilman Matt Drozd to announce challenge to County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Post-Gazette: West Mifflin school board to determine fate of suspended superintendent next week
Post-Gazette: Detroit police expected to file charges against Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner
Tribune Review: Gov. Tom Wolf visits Carnegie to discuss Restore Pennsylvania initiative
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wabtec workers strike ends…for now
WESA: ‘My Experience In Government Has Always Been Bipartisan’: Pam Iovino On Her State Senate Bid
KDKA: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner Arrested After Altercation
City Paper: Oakland students walk out as part of International Women’s Strike  
City Paper: Pittsburgh has the most educated immigrants in the U.S.

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Somerset audience against legalizing recreational marijuana
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Rob Matzie’s bill would require paper ballots across Pennsylvania
Beaver County Times: Turnpike Commission debt situation ‘just a mess’
Observer-Reporter: Monessen’s mayor, acting mayor trade barbs over funding issues
Altoona Mirror: Ebensburg man makes bid for register of wills  
Altoona Mirror: Treasurer seeks re-election
Altoona Mirror: Johnstown businessman running for commissioner

Times-Tribune: Old Forge board votes out president, days after his controversial Facebook posts come to light
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton school director, Casey plans challenge to DiBileo for Lackawanna County Controller
Times-Tribune: Ex-Scranton school business manager pleads guilty, gets three years of probation
The Times Leader: Officials detail how Wolf plan would help West Pittston, other river towns
The Times Leader: Barletta offers support for ACT for America, Leandri
Citizens Voice: Alleged hate group weighs in on Leandri controversy

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: DA Craig Stedman threatens slander suit against Lancaster County commissioners; commissioners refuse to bow
LNP | LancasterOnline: Manheim Township stormwater presents unexpected challenge for Lancaster’s EPA compliance
York Dispatch: Julie Haertsch, endorsed by York County GOP, running for clerk of courts  
York Dispatch: Chanceford official hangs hopes on Wolf’s gas tax  
York Dispatch: Flyer attacks Hanover’s first female African-American mayor
York Daily Record: York City names new acting director to replace Shilvosky Buffaloe
Patriot News: Harrisburg school, under investigation over grant money, must give job, grading info to state
Patriot News: 10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Lebanon County state rep wants to end daylight saving time in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf returns to Schuylkill County with a plan for flood prevention and recovery
Express Times: Easton’s new director of development a familiar face in Northampton County
Morning Call: Rep. Susan Wild weighs in on controversial comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar on Israel  
Morning Call: Easton hires veteran economic developer to oversee city’s business growth
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor showcases city’s untold development story
Morning Call: Martin Tower will be imploded; mayor says could happen by end of April

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislator details efforts to increase state funding
Centre Daily Times: ‘This contract was not about money.’ Penn State police union voices reluctance in sealing labor deal
Erie Times-News: Republican Robert Yates seeks Erie County Council seat

Inquirer Editorial Board: Why aren’t slots for opioid treatment filled? City tries to turn the tide.
Inquirer Editorial Board: City property tax system: Yup, still broken
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Back off, big brother: Feds’ opioid warning to doctors crosses a line
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cure for false promises: FDA should have more authority over supplements
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A failing grade: City schools flubbed handling of snowstorm
Russ Diamond: Pa. lawmaker: State should lead the charge on banning daylight saving time
John L. Micek: Check out this map of America’s partisan bitterness | Thursday Morning Coffee
Colin McNickle: Wolf’s teacher pay raise plan is a dubious prescription
Stu Bykofsky: What do Stu’s Stars say about the mayoral primary?
Christine Flowers: Democrats should issue clear stance against anti-Semitism
Will Bunch: ‘It’s corporate greed and Union Busting 101’: Why 2019 is America’s year of the strike
Aaron Muderick: Don’t tax toys in the misguided tariff war
Jenice Armstrong: After getting shot, a Philly lawyer is looking for a safer place for his family to live
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Facebook trawling for faces
Dan Simpson: Trump’s costly summit with Kim Jong Un
Paul Muschick: 10 ways to improve PA’s Right-to-Know Law — 10 years after it was written

  • 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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