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May 13th Playbook

Senate President Pro Tempore Scarnati suggests selling the lieutenant governor’s residence. Here is the Playbook.

May 10th Ups & Downs: A state rep goes viral after berating individuals outside of a Planned Parenthood, the Lebanon County GOP chair is feeling the heat to resign from fellow Republican lawmakers in the county over what they believe is a racist mailer, and top staffers for Gov. Tom Wolf received a significant pay bump. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania primary features a couple high-profile matchups
AP: Treasurer accuses PPL of blocking effort to return property
AP: Industrial hemp grows in Pennsylvania under new federal law
WESA: House Settles On Rural-Friendly Path For Updating Judicial Elections
StateImpactPA: With new lookout towers, Pennsylvania goes old-school to detect wildfires
StateImpactPA: Confronting climate change: WITF Smart Talk
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Long divided by abortion, House Democrats anticipate strong showing against Down syndrome ban
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New Jersey recognizes secular wedding celebrants under state law. Is Pennsylvania next?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate President Joe Scarnati wants to sell Pa. Lt. Gov’s residence at Fort Indiantown Gap
Patriot News: Which school security personnel can carry a gun? Lawmaker seeks to clear up controversy
WHYY Newsworks: Saying consumers will suffer, Toomey objects to Trump tariffs on Chinese goods
Tribune Review: UPMC-Highmark split to take center stage in state Supreme Court showdown  
PLSReporter: Lawmakers unveil hate crimes legislation in the aftermath of the Tree of Life shooting
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of May 13
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Hate crimes, mental health care shortages and the lieutenant governor’s residence
PLSReporter: Sen. Killion building support for ERPO bill
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Natalie Mihalek
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Proclaims May 23 ‘1-4-3 Day’ To Honor Fred Rogers
Beaver County Times: Bill by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey fixes tax issue for Gold Star families

WHYY Newsworks: Michael Bloomberg, ‘Johnny Doc’ come up big for Kenney’s re-election bid
WHYY Newsworks: As Uber’s IPO hits potholes, Philly drivers prepare to make case before state Senate
WHYY Newsworks: Safehouse supporters huddle to work on messaging, sway public opinion
Billy Penn: Who’s winning the internet in Philly’s primary election?
KYW Newsradio: Rally outside Center City Planned Parenthood slams state Rep. Brian Sims, calls for his resignation
KYW Newsradio: Butkovitz, Williams square off in Democratic mayoral debate
KYW Newsradio: Former Philly aide pleads guilty to stealing nearly $20K from city  
Philadelphia Business Journal: Why Philadelphia manufacturers are a lot less optimistic about the economy than they were last year
Philadelphia Magazine: DA’s Office to Axios: You Got Our Drug Arrest Policy Completely Wrong
Philadelphia Magazine: Scenes From the Planned Parenthood Protest in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: Lew Blum, the Tow-Truck King Philly Loves to Hate, Needs a Hug
Inquirer: Philly activists run for City Council: Can they dismantle political power structures by joining them?
Inquirer: Former Philly City Representative Desiree Peterkin Bell pleads guilty to corruption charges
Inquirer: Talking baby TV ad funded by development interests to promote four Council at-large candidates
Inquirer: Rally draws hundreds protesting State Rep. Brian Sims at Philly Planned Parenthood
Inquirer: Mike Bloomberg spends $1 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney win a second term

Daily Local News: Residents demand answers after pipeline problems in East Goshen
Daily Local News: Houlahan introduces bill to increase health care access for veterans’ newborns
Daily Local News: Employers expect to hire more 2019 college grads
Delco Daily Times: ‘Deana’s Law:’ Fatal crash that took life of Brookhaven woman sparks DUI discussion
StateImpactPA: Providing PFAS-free water to customers in Warminster, Horsham comes at a price
Inquirer: PFAS water-contamination bills will get a hearing in Congress. Read up on what’s proposed.
Pottstown Mercury: Fair funding failure puts budget squeeze on Pottstown programs
Bucks County Courier Times: 10 running for Bucks County judge seats in May 21 primary election

WESA: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Talks Recreational Marijuana In Allegheny County
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Creates Pittsburgh’s First ‘Office Of Equity’
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Pittsburgh School Board Demanding Answers About Unauthorized Trip To Cuba
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s 1.1% employment boost a big deal? You bet, says Cleveland Fed
Post-Gazette: 15 years after ordinance passed, Allegheny County still doesn’t have e-filing of campaign finances  
Post-Gazette: Mother of Antwon Rose II endorses challenger Turahn Jenkins for DA  
Post-Gazette: Incumbents bringing in more cash than challengers ahead of May 21 primary election  
Post-Gazette: John Fetterman finally brought his marijuana listening tour to Pittsburgh — and most want legal weed  
Post-Gazette: Political newbie Jenkins gives DA Zappala his first primary challenge in 20 years   
Tribune Review: UPMC-Highmark split to take center stage in state Supreme Court showdown  
Tribune Review: Q&A: Westmoreland GOP commissioner candidates address issues  
Tribune Review: Crowded GOP field looking to survive primary, reclaim majority on Westmoreland commissioner board

Beaver County Times: State Sen. Pam Iovino named minority chairwoman of veterans affairs committee
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Rob Matzie says bill would make drug pricing more transparent
Observer-Reporter: Legislator introduces bill to oust no-show municipal officials
Observer-Reporter: Mon Valley Career students put on a show for Labor secretary
Altoona Mirror: Schools strained by cyber options
Altoona Mirror: Pa. House OKs expansion of EITC program
Altoona Mirror: Abortion war heating up
Altoona Mirror: Burns announces fire, EMS grants
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Six candidates vie for 2 seats on Johnstown City Council  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senators hear gripes on emissions testing

The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Yudichak, task force discuss legislative recommendations on lead exposure
The Times Leader: TONY GEORGE: ‘I like the way the city’s moving. We’re moving forward.’
The Times Leader: GEORGE BROWN: ‘We have to bring back fiscal responsibility.’
Citizens Voice: Political Scene 5/13/19  
Citizens Voice: County council candidates address property taxes  
Citizens Voice: W-B Council candidates talk city finances  
Citizens Voice: Severance tax plan, lawsuit on county council agenda

South Central  
Patriot News: Solutions to fix Harrisburg School District’s $3 million budget deficit differ among board members
Patriot News: Veteran prosecutors Ebert, Keating, battling for GOP nod as Cumberland County DA: Primary election 2019
Patriot News: Cumberland County judge race is a five-way fight
Patriot News: Public invited to discuss Harrisburg School District 2019-20 budget Monday at Camp Curtin Academy
Patriot News: State university faculty agrees to phased retirement program for senior professors
York Dispatch: Crime initiative working despite stats, York City officials say  
York Dispatch: Newcomer Fisher-Leeper running for York County register of wills  
York Dispatch: Municipal pensions: A problem that just won’t go away
LNP | LancasterOnline: There are 15 local, countywide positions up for election in less than two weeks: Here’s what you should know  
LNP | LancasterOnline: How much does it cost to run a local government?

Lehigh Valley    
Express Times: A Trump sign cost her her campaign manager. Will it cost her Northampton County’s controversial district attorney race?
Reading Eagle: Election Guide 2019: 6 candidates are running to be the next mayor of Reading
Reading Eagle: Election Guide 2019: Only a few votes decide primary contests for all
Reading Eagle: Election Guide 2019: County commissioners
Reading Eagle: Election Guide 2019: 3 Reading City Council seats are on the ballot
Reading Eagle: Reading’s real estate transfer tax is the highest in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley 2019 primary election: A procrastinator’s voter guide
Morning Call: Two Lehigh Valley charter schools fail to provide updated child abuse reporting policies to state auditor general

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Where do candidates for Pa.’s 12th Congressional District stand on key issues?
Centre Daily Times: Where is your polling place for the primary and Pa. special election?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates asked if government is too large
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County saves over $3 million with reentry programs
Erie Times-News: Voters’ guide to the 2019 municipal primary in Erie County
Erie Times-News: 3 Democrats seek Erie County Council’s 1st District seat  
Erie Times-News: Republicans Yates, Foht in Erie County Council’s 1st District race  
Erie Times-News: 4 Republicans seek nomination for Fairview supervisor  
Erie Times-News: 12 vie for 3 Erie City Council seats  
Erie Times-News: Erie’s WZTE to broadcast judge candidate interviews

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Jobs and tariffs: There are reasons to temper joy over the economy
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Manufacturing fear: Amazon scares consumers into buying security
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Wasted energy: Eliminate summer gas — and all the red tape
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ripe for abuse: Conservatorship statute should be used sparingly
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Shameful oppression: U.S. must stand up for China’s Uighurs
Inquirer Editorial Board: Primary School: Philadelphia’s rising homicide problem
Inquirer Editorial Board: What we talk about when we talk about poverty
William McSwain: Philly police deserve support from District Attorney Larry Krasner
Patrick Delany: Open Pa.’s primaries to unaffiliated voters
John L. Micek: Democrats have an early 2020 generic ballot edge … but | Friday Morning Coffee
Salena Zito: Progressives keep taking black voters for granted — at their peril
Jill Sunday Bartoli: The struggles in Harrisburg’s public schools are a symptom of Pa.’s neglect for education
Ruth Ann Dailey: Sanctimony Olympics
Arash Javanbakht: Mass shootings exert a social toll on all of us. Here’s what and how it happens | Analysis
David M. Shribman: The last bastion of political caucuses
Tim Hartman: If you give a lawmaker a pension … | Editorial Cartoon
Keith C. Burris: After the world looks away
Matthew Ferrari and Amy Winter: The road to measles elimination is predictable — but it can be rocky
Tony Norman: They shoot heroes, don’t they?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia gun violence is out of control
Thaís Carrero: This is how we unleash the power of Latinx leadership
Scott T. Allison: Mother’s Day 2019: A psychologist explains why Mom is the mother of all heroes
Indira Gurubhagavatula, Mathias Basner, and Dafna Ofer: Radnor is right: High school should start later
Brian O’Neill: Erin Gannon is ready to interview anyone
Larry Platt: Senators hear gripes on emissions testing

One Response

  1. I love where King Scarnati has his priorities as in worrying about open primaries but not worrying about redistricting and now selling the Lt Governor’s residence. I know it has become “trendy” to not live in the Gov Residence and Lt Governor’s residence but the fact remains that these are prestigious positions that sometimes demand security and privacy so it would seem wise to keep both homes in operation. If there is an interest in saving public some money perhaps Senate Leader Scarnati should take a paycut.

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