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May 10th Playbook

State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro floats a possible bid for the 16th Congressional District in 2020. Here is the Playbook.

Bizzarro Floats PA16 Bid: The Erie Democratic state rep says he’s overwhelmed with the public support since the report came out this morning, but has yet to make a definitive decision on a 2020 campaign.

PA16: Kelly Raises $460K in Q1: The Butler County Republican raised his cash on hand total from $40K to $400K from the beginning of the year to the end of March.

Harrisburg & DC  
Post-Gazette: State Rep. Ryan Bizzarro could be Democrats’ best hope to unseat Congressman Mike Kelly
Post-Gazette: State lawmakers to float six bills to combat hate
AP: Pittsburgh synagogue attack inspires new hate crimes bills
AP: Senate GOP leader wants to unload lieutenant gov’s residence
AP: State ed board backs changes to school start, dropout ages
WITF: How to make farming more stable? The Pa. Senate has 7 ideas.
Patriot News: Pa. Senate leader calls for selling off lieutenant governor’s residence  
Patriot News: Grass clippings and motorcycles don’t mix; Pa. lawmaker wants grass off roads to protect bikers  
Patriot News: Majority of cyber and charter schools lacked updated child abuse reporting policies: Auditor General  
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf commends House leaders for their call for respect and civility
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The people of Pennsylvania expect better from us:’ Outrage-filled week punctuated with bipartisan call for civility
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Suburban Philly Democrat says Turzai ignored her during debate over Down syndrome abortion ban
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 6: Sit down with Pardons Secretary Brandon Flood
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – May 6, 2019
KDKA: Pa. Senate GOP Leader Wants To Sell Lieutenant Governor’s Residence
Inquirer: What’s on your mind? Pa. legislators learning it’s best to think twice before sharing
Beaver County Times: State’s charter, cyber schools lacked child-abuse reporting policies until recently
KYW Newsradio: Market ‘favorable’ for Pa. Turnpike to consider borrowing money for transit

Philly Clout: ‘Legal vagaries and bad habits’: Philly’s political players pen letters to support Ken Smukler in court
Philadelphia Magazine: Anti-Abortion Activists Plan to Converge on Philly Planned Parenthood on Friday  
Philadelphia Magazine: Biden Campaign Kickoff Rally in Philly: Tickets, What to Expect, and More  
Inquirer: Supervised injection sites are a hot issue in Philadelphia politics — but does City Council have a say?
Inquirer: Talking baby TV ad to promote four Council candidates in last week before election
Inquirer: Quiz: Do you know what’s on the 2019 Philly primary election ballot?
Inquirer: How do judicial elections in Philadelphia work and why do we vote for judges?
Inquirer: ‘These properties … are mine to buy!’ Emails show confusion, backroom deal-making in North Philly public land sale.
Inquirer: Philly expands down-payment assistance program that will give $10,000 to first-time home buyers
PLSReporter: Longtime Philadelphia grocer calls for end to sweetened beverage tax
Philadelphia Tribune: Lawmakers Street, Rabb, Muth seek to repeal death penalty in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill
Billy Penn: Homicide is the leading cause of death for young black men in Philly. What should we do?

Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Sappey to introduce trauma informed education legislation
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Katie Muth to hold town hall meeting
Pottstown Mercury: State reps to host Spotted Lanternfly Prevention Forum
Pottstown Mercury: Six contests mark Montco municipal primaries
Bucks County Courier Times: Former New Hope treasurer pleads guilty to theft
Delco Daily Times: Dems offer two highly qualified candidates for DELCORA, but GOP pick others  

Post-Gazette: Controller: City should seek bids more, buy less through other gov’ts, Amazon
Post-Gazette: State lawmakers to float six bills to combat hate
Post-Gazette: Senate committee advances Western District judicial nominees
WESA: Jenkins And Zappala Both Pitch Themselves As Reformers In Race For DA
Tribune Review: Fired, then reinstated, Pittsburgh police officer sues city, Peduto
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh residents don’t like their water utility
Pittsburgh Business Times: The upsides to the end of the Highmark-UPMC consent decree
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh high school students call on city council to invest in affordable housing
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Pittsburgh Educators Flew To Miami At District Expense, Took Trip To Cuba Without School Board Approval
KDKA: Election Signs For Incumbent School Board Members Disappearing As Election Approaches
City Paper: Pittsburgh nurses visit Harrisburg and call for safer staffing ratios

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burn’s military family tuition bill passes House committee
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria board approves new voting system
Observer-Reporter: Ortitay proposes legislation to increase school safety
Altoona Mirror: Pipeline protester loses appeal

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioner candidates meet in debates
Times-Tribune: Salary increases could be part of Scranton School District recovery plan
Times-Tribune: Democrat commissioner candidates go at it in lively debate
Times-Tribune: Republican commissioner candidates mix it up at debate
Citizens Voice: W-B attorney set to be named president of Pa. Bar Association
The Times Leader: More than 200 hear region’s economic indicators and statistics  
The Times Leader: MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’ coming to Hanover Township  

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster’s climate goal: Cut emissions from city operations 79% by 2025
LNP | LancasterOnline: State Senate bill to opt out of video gambling machines clears committee, vote eyed in June
York Dispatch: TMI closure was ‘inevitable,’ lawmakers say
York Dispatch: Officials, candidates line up against York County Stormwater Authority
York Dispatch: Former York County GOP official Blew running for prothonotary
York Daily Record: Blanda Nace drops out of commissioners’ race; here’s where the 2019 primary stands now  
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council notes: Council talks trucks, bikes and history
Patriot News: Harrisburg tops the state in teacher turnover: Five former teachers on why  
Patriot News: Background checks of candidates for York County seats show three with DUI convictions  
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor blasts Susquehanna Twp. officials as ‘xenophobic’ for failing to approve city compost site  
Patriot News: Three Harrisburg polling places changed locations for May 21 primary election

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Residents, business owners voice concerns about health, dust and environment in Martin Tower implosion meeting
Morning Call: Lehigh County commissioners vote to start Cedarbrook renovations while waiting for federal government’s OK

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Bizzarro considers 2020 congressional run against Kelly
Erie Times-News: Ex-mayor Sinnott points to public service in judge’s race
Erie Times-News: Political commentator Fineman speaks at Erie Bar’s Law Day luncheon
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s state senators discuss wages, taxes  
Erie Times-News: Erie lawyer Smith says trust is key in run for judge
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: ‘Natural gas is here to stay’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County fiscal employees moved to controller’s office

Inquirer Editorial Board: Primary school: The soda tax
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Information denied: State’s open-records law needs a big update
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Preserving privacy: Americans should fight back against intrusions
LNP Editorial Board: Teachers and nurses deserve their honorary weeks and more  
Bill Peduto and Jim Kenney: Peduto, Philly mayor oppose Pa. Senate gun bill
John L. Micek: Lawmakers are right not to fall for Exelon’s heavy-handed tactics
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Vaccinating against shootings
John L. Micek: Here’s the one thing to count on this primary season | Thursday Morning Coffee
James Van Buren: A modest proposal to fund transportation — without raising taxes
Abraham Gutman: Candidates for mayor talk ‘stop and frisk’ (with annotations)
Philip Hackney: Why the IRS is legally required to give Congress Trump’s tax returns – but probably won’t
Christine Flowers: Wistful for a time when athletes didn’t crusade for social justice
Colin McNickle: What to do about Pittsburgh’s population loss? A few prescriptions
Roz Pichardo: After reversing more than 100 overdoses in Kensington, I’m feeling the toll that trauma is taking on me | Perspective
Brian O’Neill:What becomes of the Pittsburgh Marathon’s discarded paper cups?
Chloe Adkins: Hate crimes in Philadelphia and nationwide demand action, not just words
Constance Garcia-Barrio: This year, I’m moving toward a new black motherhood
Paul Muschick: on Allentown School District: When you’re in a financial hole, stop digging!

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