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May 1st Playbook

A bill to change how the lieutenant governor is selected passes the state Senate, while GOP members bring back a bill to assist gun owners in making it easier to challenge local gun laws. Here is the Playbook.

PA1: Fitzpatrick Brings In $440K in Q1: The GOP congressman entered the month of April with just under $470,000 cash on hand.

Cartwright Raises $280K In Q1: The Democratic congressman brought over $650,000 cash on hand into April.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Bill to alter selection of lieutenant governor passes Senate
AP: Lawmakers revive bill to aid challenges to local gun laws
AP: House panel advances changes in Pennsylvania judge elections
AP: Judge tosses $50M suit against Pennsylvania higher ed system
AP: Pennsylvania Senate moves to slow replacing voting machines
AP: Judge throws out ex-Penn State president’s conviction
AP: Pennsylvania sees online sales taxes soar after court ruling
WITF: In Pa., two disparate visions for natural gas
Morning Call: Should President Trump be impeached? We asked Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fetterman reports high support for cannabis legalization, decriminalization
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate committee approves bill that makes it easier to sue municipalities over local gun laws
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Good-government groups join forces to push open primaries to top of Pennsylvania’s reform agenda
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House, Senate committees approve ‘PA GI Bill’ providing college grants for state National Guard families
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top environmental official’s reconfirmation hearing delayed over pipeline concerns
PLSReporter: Metcalfe introduces bill that would prohibit doctors from dismissing patients based on vaccination status
PLSReporter: After committee vote, lawmakers now forced to pick path forward on reforming judicial elections
PLSReporter: Lee leads rally in support of changing the police use of force law
PLSReporter: Committee approves bill to pre-empt local gun control regulations
PLSReporter: UPDATE: Bipartisan protests delay DEP re-confirmation hearing
PLSReporter: Kirk Bloodsworth: “The only thing that needs to die in Pennsylvania is the death penalty”
PLSReporter: Legislators unveil legislation offering incentives to National Guard members
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers push bigger tax credits for private-school scholarships; public-ed advocates object
Inquirer: Baseball illegal on Sunday afternoons? Pa. legislators target ‘blue laws’ and other outdated rules
Inquirer: Anti-Semitic incidents down in Pa. and N.J., but assaults up nationally, ADL report says
KDKA: Pa. Turnpike Faces ‘Catastrophic’ Funding Crisis With Toll Hikes Continuing Into The Future
Tribune Review: Rep. Metcalfe pushes bill requiring doctors to treat unvaccinated kids
StateImpactPA: Sunoco buys two homes at Chester County site of Mariner East 2-related sinkhole
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Senate panel considers sweeping election reforms
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. lawmaker wants to prosecute doctors who ‘harass, coerce, scold or threaten’ anti-vaccination patients
Express Times: Sen. Pat Toomey pushes for passage of bill that would add years to sentences of those convicted of stalking children
Patriot News: Bill would require doctors to treat kids who don’t get vaccinated; Gov. Wolf says it puts patients ‘at risk’
Patriot News: New PA Forward student loan program comes with a graduation incentive
Post-Gazette: Fate of state centers for people with intellectual disabilities debated in Harrisburg
Citizens Voice: Casey pushes to reauthorize the domestic violence act

WHYY Newsworks: Critiquing Kenney: Could the mayor’s signature soda tax sink his re-election bid?
WHYY Newsworks: Critiquing Kenney: Taking the pulse of Philly mayor’s old neighborhood
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Controller warns late reporting could jeopardize billions in federal funding
KYW Newsradio: Back before City Council, Free Library vows to do better on diversity, inclusion
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council’s little-known capital budget allows members to stockpile reserves
Inquirer: Will the next big worker protection bill — against unfair firing — pass in Philly?
Inquirer: 7 groups chased Council members around City Hall to make a plea for more labor enforcement funding
Inquirer: Pennsylvania bill could bring more of safest bike lanes to Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philadelphia job openings in April grew faster than in New York, San Francisco, L.A.
Philadelphia Business Journal: City council considering ‘just cause’ bill limiting employers’ ability to fire
Philly Voice: Masterman High School named top school in Pa. by U.S. News & World Report
PLSReporter: CCP leadership, seeking more city funding, testifies on budget

Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Muth: End Pa. death penalty
Pottstown Mercury: Democratic lawmakers seek end to death penalty in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Uwchlan residents interrupt construction on Mariner East project
Delco Daily Times: Middletown wants pipeline shut down after sinkhole problem

KDKA: Following Death Of Antwon Rose II, State Democrats Propose Changes To Police Use Of Deadly Force  
KDKA: Lawsuit Over Black Student Union Settled Between ACLU, McKeesport Area School District
WESA: City Office Candidates Face Ethics Board Over Campaign Finance Report Violations
WESA: Lawmakers Unite Against Common Enemy: Annoying Robocalls
Post-Gazette: Supporters of change in use of force law take Antwon Rose’s cause to the capitol
Post-Gazette: As measles cases soar, Rep. Metcalfe pushes bill requiring doctors to treat unvaccinated kids
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County: Key air quality measure improved last year
City Paper: Critics lament Joe Biden’s support for a bill leading to Teamsters pension cuts, after he hosted his campaign kickoff at Pittsburgh Teamster hall
Tribune Review: Rep. Metcalfe pushes bill requiring doctors to treat unvaccinated kids
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh area jobless rate falls, lowest since ’76
Tribune Review: Son of late Mayor Flaherty donates inaugural Pittsburgh Marathon poster to city

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Langerholc picked to head up Senate education committee
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmakers warn of possible ‘death spiral’ at state centers
Altoona Mirror: Blair County commissioner candidates to debate
Altoona Mirror: Blair on track to receive $3.5M for rail projects
Altoona Mirror: House panel passes boost to private school aid
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Residents Of Butler Co. Community Blame Fracking For Bad Water, But DEP Says Otherwise
Beaver County Times: County-wide candidates forum planned for May 11 in Vanport
Beaver County Times: Marshall bill allowing collegiate 50/50 raffles passes House
Beaver County Times: Lamb to host congressional hearing in Shippingport regarding nuclear plant
Beaver County Times: Beaver County receives extension for IRS paperwork

The Times Leader: Pashinski to introduce bill to raise fees for dog licenses
The Times Leader: Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s marijuana legalization listening tour in W-B Sunday
The Times Leader: Anti-consolidation appeal to state is several inches thick
Citizens Voice: Region’s unemployment rate drops
Citizens Voice: Casey pushes to reauthorize the domestic violence act

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. auditor general continues to monitor Harrisburg School District’s financial audit progress
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council candidates to debate tomorrow at HMAC
Patriot News: Harrisburg 5-year financial plan to be given to oversight panel by May 1: mayor
York Dispatch: York County Commissioner Chris Reilly says if reelected, he won’t run again
York Dispatch: Has York City’s initiative been effective in curbing gun violence?
York Daily Record: 3 questions and answers from the York County judicial forum
York Daily Record: Michael Bowersox resigns as Hanover manager

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Should President Trump be impeached? We asked Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Q&A: Priorities and management style
Morning Call: WATCH: Allentown mayoral candidates on why they deserve your vote
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council begins search for managing director
Reading Eagle: Reading’s Democratic mayoral candidates participate in bilingual forum

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lock Haven crowd split on issue of marijuana legalization
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council officially forms census committee
Erie Times-News: Multiple public meetings likely on Erie’s LERTA plan

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Enough: Since Tree of Life, nothing has changed
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nurses in demand: City needs to lure workers from other U.S. metros
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania’s secret school tax is about to get raised again
Delco Daily Times Editorial: Winning the war on opioids, one step at a time
Peter Schweyer: There’s a reason they call it the ‘Affordable’ Care Act. That’s why we need to preserve and protect it
John Baer: Pa. government’s bustin’ out all over
John L. Micek: Joe Biden says Pa. is his White House keystone. Four things to think about | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Solomon Jones: Synagogue shooting yet another reminder that people of faith must come together
Stephanie Shanblatt, Quintin B. Bullock, and Kevin Pollock: Pa’s community college students have enough on their plates. They shouldn’t have to worry about going hungry
John L. Micek: ‘Innocence is real:’ A death row survivor makes the case for scrapping capital punishment in Pa.
Tony Norman: The president serves as a role model for America’s dark side
Arthur Garson Jr: Here’s a simple way to reduce the price of prescription drugs: Pay for what works
Will Bunch: No one will save America in 2020 unless they can somehow save Baltimore
Gary Thompson: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proves why she’s a star in ‘Knock Down the House,’ where women storm the political barricades | Movie review
Stephen F. Gambescia and Ernie Sherretta: Are women the future of the Catholic Church?
Paul Muschick: Allentown high school deserves ‘A’ for developing next generation of voters

2 Responses

  1. Pennsylvania needs more federal funds to help its 67 Counties upgrade their voting machines to voter-verifiable ones with paper backup to defend better against cyberattacks. PA would be the only State in the Union without such a system, despite being one of the largest “battleground” States. After a hostile foreign power was able to penetrate state and county election offices, election security experts and the Trump Administration have urged the transition to auditable voting machines.

  2. It would be nice if the King of Pennslyvania, King Scarnati, were as zealous with fair redistricting as he is with gun rights. Of course, the King Scarnati lead Senate would be obsessing about challenges to local gun laws and disinterested in fair redistricting while going all the way with appeals when their ploy to have unfair congressional districts was foiled by the Pa Supreme Court.

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