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May 15th Playbook

The Pennsylvania House passes a Down syndrome abortion ban bill that Gov. Wolf has promised to veto. Here is the Playbook.

Warren Touts Education Plan To Teachers in Philly: The Massachusetts Senator and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful said her proposed wealth tax would benefit students and teachers alike.

Democratic Candidates Square Off in Lone Philadelphia Mayoral Primary Debate: Butkovitz and Williams often criticized much of Kenney’s agenda, while the three found common ground on the city’s sanctuary city policy.

Chase Buttigieg To Stop Philly On Friday: South Bend Mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigeg’s husband will be stopping in Philadelphia on Friday.  

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania House tries anew to ban Down syndrome abortions
AP: Maker of OxyContin gets hit with another state lawsuit
AP: The Latest: Pennsylvania sues OxyContin maker over opioids
AP: Pennsylvania moves to expand National Guard college aid
Post-Gazette: Pa. House passes bill to ban abortions when Down syndrome is detected but Senate passage uncertain
Post-Gazette: Bill would shorten eviction process in Pennsylvania
WESA: House Takes First Step Toward Charter School Overhaul
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House passes Down syndrome abortion ban, Gov. Wolf vows veto
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Attorney General Shapiro sues Purdue Pharma for ‘deceptive’ tactics selling OxyContin
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How one Republican lawmaker is trying to balance gun rights and due process in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House lawmakers aim to aid older foster children with free tuition, car insurance
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Activists mark 65th anniversary of landmark school desegregation case: ‘There’s always more we can do’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: #MeToo: Here’s what Americans had to say about their experiences and beliefs | Analysis
PLSReporter: House advances Down syndrome abortion ban, vote falls short of veto-proof majority
PLSReporter: Energy lobbying costs skyrocketed with introduction of nuclear power legislation
PLSReporter: As Airbnb, rental sites grow rapidly in PA, lawmakers want hosts to pay their fair share
PLSReporter: Despite concerns over constitutionality, House committee advances bill empowering landlords
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Toohil and others push for legislation to help youths in foster care
Patriot News: Bill would set a minimum marrying age in Pennsylvania. And no, we don’t already have one.
StateImpactPA: DEP orders Energy Transfer to restore streams it ‘illegally eliminated’ in Western Pa.
KYW Newsradio: Shapiro blames, sues OxyContin creator for opioid deaths in Pa.
Philadelphia Business Journal: Justice Neil Gorsuch replaces Joe Biden as National Constitution Center chair
Inquirer: Pa.’s first LGBTQ-friendly homeless residence for young adults opens in Philly
The Hill: Dems plan 12-hour marathon Mueller report reading at Capitol
KDKA: Pennsylvania Comes In Nearly Last On New List Of Best States In America

WHYY Newsworks: Sweetened-beverage sales drop as a result of soda tax, Penn study finds
WHYY Newsworks: Political crowd: Your guide to Philly’s largest City Council at-large field in 40 years
WHYY Newsworks: Philly mayoral candidate Anthony Williams prays for city to understand its bias
WHYY Newsworks: Former mayor sues current mayor over Philly tax assessments
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s next water commissioner wants to keep your H2O clean, green and affordable
Philadelphia Magazine: 2019 Mayoral Debate Takeaways: The Primary Finally Gets Interesting
Philly Voice: Philadelphia reports 8% drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018
Philadelphia Business Journal: Soda tax study: Sales down 51 percent in city, increase in suburbs
Philadelphia Business Journal: Justice Neil Gorsuch replaces Joe Biden as National Constitution Center chair
KYW Newsradio: Study: Philadelphians have cut sweetened beverage consumption in half
KYW Newsradio: Advocates give mothers who can’t afford bail the gift of freedom   
KYW Newsradio: Philly school district announces plans to add air conditioning to more schools
KYW Newsradio: City to install its first statue of African-American girl
PLSReporter: Philadelphia mayoral debate produces positions, attacks
Inquirer: Under Philly soda tax, beverage sales at chain stores in the city dropped 51 percent, new study finds
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney says Philly should have fewer charter schools. Their supporters push back.
Inquirer: Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, Ángel Cruz face off in tense debate for 7th Council district seat
Inquirer: Pa.’s first LGBTQ-friendly homeless residence for young adults opens in Philly
Inquirer: Empty buildings, teacher turnover: City Council has questions for Philly schools officials

Bucks County Courier Times: At Bucks gathering, Republicans talk solar virtues
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, New York colleague tour Bucks County Technical High School
Bucks County Courier Times: Candidates face primary challenges in Montgomery County commissioner races
Bucks County Courier Times: Candidates face off in contested municipal races in Bucks, Montco
Bucks County Courier Times: Lt. governor’s recreational marijuana listening tour coming to Bucks
Daily Local News: Barrar’s college education bill passes House
Daily Local News: 4 primary contests slated in northern Chester County
KYW Newsradio: Montco will debut new voting machines in next week’s primary
Montgomery Media: Montco voters to nominate candidates for 9 row offices
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County primary battles shape up for May 21
Delco Daily Times: Pipeline foes expected to be back before county council seeking more support
The Hill: Dems plan 12-hour marathon Mueller report reading at Capitol

KDKA: Pittsburghers Travel To Harrisburg In Attempt To Sway Lawmakers On UPMC-Highmark Dispute
Post-Gazette: Pa. Labor Relations Board holds hearing on unionizing effort by Pitt graduate assistants
Post-Gazette: Burgess, Lavelle propose measure to boost equity in city budgets and affordable housing
Post-Gazette: Activists rally for bills to prevent situations like Highmark-UPMC split  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh concealed carry gun expo expected to attract 10,000 this weekend
Post-Gazette: Why are there high numbers of childhood cancers in southwestern Pennsylvania?
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Housing Authority opens Mt. Lebanon senior affordable housing development
WESA: City Officials Unveil New Legislation To Report, Resolve Racial Inequity
Tribune Review: Congressman Lamb learns about issues affecting medical supply companies
Tribune Review: Shaler commissioner primary race heating up

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Super spenders: Candidates for DA, commissioner setting pace in Cambria County
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commission candidate pushes hard-right platform
Tribune Review: Law firm to investigate Westmoreland warden’s complaint against Commissioner Gina Cerilli
Observer-Reporter: Cook to host concealed-carry seminar
Observer-Reporter: Six seeking major-party nominations for Washington County commissioner

Citizens Voice: W-B council candidates address county property assessments
Citizens Voice: Chris Matthews to host show in Hanover Twp.
Times-Tribune: Political rallies set in Dunmore

South Central  
PA Post: Eastern Lancaster County school board delays ‘biological sex’ policy
York Daily Record: York City Council candidates discuss concerns over gun violence, inclusion before primary
York Daily Record: It’s time to elect your county and local leaders, York County. Here’s who’s on the ballot.
York Dispatch: Former recorder of deeds silent as successor cleans up $2.1M escrow fund
York Dispatch: After accounting snafus, York County reestablishes auditing department
York Dispatch: Phillips-Hill bill honoring York County Marine heads to Wolf’s desk
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill tracker: Allowing agritourism on preserved farms
Patriot News: York County judge candidates are a diverse trio
Patriot News: Mayor resigns in Mount Holly Springs, council seeks replacement  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tax credits, preserved farms and the dairy industry: State Senate passes 7 agriculture bills

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Election Guide 2019: Only a few votes decide primary contests for all
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioner candidates raise $78,213 in 2019 for primary election
Reading Eagle: Berks County district judges lead Pa. in no-collateral jailings; now they’ll get training aimed at reducing incarceration
Reading Eagle: How the $5 vehicle registration fee is being put to use in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Election Guide 2019: South Heidelberg Township supervisor
Morning Call: Is the NIZ good for Allentown? Here’s what the mayoral candidates say  
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidates make their case, keep it civil in TV debate

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: President Trump to visit Lycoming County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates for county judge describe strengths, priorities
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Levee grant must be viewed soon
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council candidates to address issues at forum
Erie Times-News: 2 Dems oppose Leone in Erie County Council 3rd District
Erie Times-News: Millcreek supervisors asked to reconsider EMTA cut
Erie Times-News: Erie County launches survey to improve broadband coverage

Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly primary | Endorsement Guide
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Council At-Large: A chance to reinvigorate Philly with new ideas | Endorsement
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Free from prying eyes: Airbnb should do more to punish privacy violators
Tom Corbett: U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement is especially important for Pa.
Liz Hanbidge: The Down syndrome abortion ban does nothing to protect women. That’s why I stood up in protest
Ashley Garecht: Brian Sims owes my daughters an apology
John Baer: The legislature is again courting changes for Pa. courts
John L. Micek: The Pa. GOP is great at outrage. But does it actually have a message? | Tuesday Morning Coffee

One Response

  1. Elizabeth Warren article here noted well her being on the forefront of offering some ways to address the student loan debt crisis. CBS news on April 30th reported (1) 43 million Americans have student debt (2) Average household with student debt owe’s $48,000 (3) 5.2 million borrowers in default. Meanwhile educational costs keep rising. Ohio State is at $27,000 a year and Stanford $74,000 a year. Seth Frotman of the Student Borrower Protection Center said, “student debt crisis is here with no end in sight and absolutely zero plan to tackle this at the federal level.” This issue may very well distinguish Elizabeth Warren in the race for the WH.

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