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May 20th Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden held a rally in Philly on Saturday calling for unity as he criticized the current presidential administration, while Trump is set to have a rally of his own in Montoursville tonight. Here is the Playbook.

Biden Calls For Unity While Jabbing at Trump in Philly Address: The former Vice President said he can work with Republicans and Democrats to unite the country, while taking shots President Trump’s policies and character.

Pence to Headline PAGOP Dinner in Hershey: The Vice President will be headlining the dinner on June 6.

May 17th Ups & Downs: A 2020 hopeful sets up shop in PA, while the President is days away from holding a rally of his own. The governor’s popularity is at a new high according to a new Quinnipiac poll and the RNC makes their pick for state director for the upcoming election cycle. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity
AP: Flags ordered at half-staff for trooper who died on duty
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania primary 2019: Your guide to Tuesday’s statewide and special elections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Joe Biden rallies in Philadelphia, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump in a key 2020 state
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: An anti-abortion group sent Jewish lawmakers Holocaust imagery to protest their vote on a ban bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Only freshmen, Pa. Reps. Dean and Scanlon could be on front lines of Trump impeachment
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Republican Fitzpatrick votes with U.S. House Dems to approve LGBTQ rights bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawmakers demand ‘due process’ when accused of misconduct. But what does that actually mean?
WESA: Activist Groups Project Faces Of Immigrant Detainees On Harrisburg Building
Inquirer: In Philly rally, Joe Biden offers unity to replace Trump’s ‘hatred’
Inquirer: Joe Biden comes to Philly rally Saturday as the Democratic front-runner. Can he keep it up as his rivals attack?
PLSReporter: Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Prison gerrymandering, sewage sludge and lots of animals
StateImpactPA: Pa., N.J., Delaware governors pledge to cooperate on Delaware River Basin environment
StateImpactPA: Video: U.S. House hearing on PFAS ‘contamination and exposure’
WHYY Newsworks: Unity is what’s needed to defeat Trump, Biden says
Post-Gazette: New book delves into the untold story of the ‘welfare queen’
City Paper: Anti-abortion group emails Holocaust images to Jewish Pittsburgh state Rep. Dan Frankel
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 30K people chimed in with written comments on pot legalization
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania Game Commission hires marketing specialist to inform hunters, unite the ranks
Patriot News: Watch: Joe Biden praises Obama, criticizes Trump at campaign rally in Philadelphia
Patriot News: As Biden holds rally in Philadelphia, attendees say why they think he can, or can’t, beat Trump
Patriot News: Attending President Trump’s rally in Lycoming County? Here’s what you need to know
Patriot News: Former Gov. Ed Rendell finally makes the gallery of past governors’ portraits up to date
Reading Eagle: Fetterman ends marijuana listening tour in Philadelphia
Reading Eagle: Biden has a good week, DeBlasio sees entry plan foiled
York Daily Record: Trump will be in Pennsylvania Monday. Here’s what to know about tickets and the schedule.

Inquirer: In Philly rally, Joe Biden offers unity to replace Trump’s ‘hatred’
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney ‘sleepwalking to a win,’ hot Council races in Tuesday primary election
Inquirer: From church pews to diner booths, Philly candidates reach out ahead of Tuesday’s primary  
Inquirer: Undocumented and unafraid, as Philly’s Latino LGBT immigrants and organizers push back on immigration crackdown
Inquirer: Gay, trans activists come to Philly from across the U.S., will strategize over treatment by immigration enforcement agencies
Inquirer: Philly, N.J. inspire a national ‘movement’ to ban cashless stores
Inquirer: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign rally in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly voters can choose to create traffic enforcement officers in Tuesday’s primary election
Inquirer: As Joe Biden rallies in Philadelphia, expect road closures, transit detours
Inquirer: Joe Biden comes to Philly rally Saturday as the Democratic front-runner. Can he keep it up as his rivals attack?
PLSReporter: A primer for Philadelphia Primary Day
Philadelphia Magazine: It’s Official: Speed Cameras Will Be Installed in Philly this Year
Philadelphia Magazine: For Philly City Council, Incumbency Doesn’t Mean What It Used To
WHYY Newsworks: Regional Roundup – 05/20/19
WHYY Newsworks: How Philly’s City Council candidates say they’d deal with the housing crisis
Billy Penn: Why ‘PPA guys’ want to dethrone Councilman David Oh
Billy Penn: 21 photos from Biden’s Philadelphia campaign rally at the Art Museum
KYW Newsradio: Some Philadelphia district council seats could be real fight at the polls
Philly Voice: Joe Biden talks unity – and defeating Trump – at kickoff rally in Philly

Daily Local News: Four vie for Dem sheriff nod in Chester County
Daily Local News: Six on primary ballot for Chester County trial judge
Montgomery Media: New voting machines debut Tuesday in Montgomery County
Delco Daily Times: State A.G. visits Mirmont, talks about push back against opioid problem
Delco Daily Times: Dems, GOP are locked in for crucial D.A. race  
Delco Daily Times: Voters get to pick their candidates on Primary Election Day  
Delco Daily Times: Politics heats up Upper Darby Council meeting   
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioners discuss sustainable energy, Montco 2040 plan

City Paper: Anti-abortion group emails Holocaust images to Jewish Pittsburgh state Rep. Dan Frankel
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Demands Answers In Wake Of KDKA Investigation Into School District Contracts   
Post-Gazette: ‘What we need in this country is education’: Gun expo in Pittsburgh attracts thousands
Post-Gazette: Former county councilman Chuck McCullough’s recusal motion denied
Post-Gazette: Peters Township School District investigating racist post on board member’s Facebook
Post-Gazette: Tear down the walls? A small nonprofit eyes a large prison  
Tribune Review: Election guide: Here’s what you need to know for the primary
Tribune Review: Lower Burrell’s former solicitor challenging 2 city councilman for seat
Tribune Review: Protesters say Paulson Spray Park opening a ‘political stunt’
PLSReporter: Bethany Hallam makes her case for county council seat in unconventional forum
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s how much the top earners at UPMC made in 2017-18
WESA: Councilor Ricky Burgess Against A Crowded Field For District 9 Seat  
The Incline: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Pittsburgh’s May 21 primary

Altoona Mirror: Joyce blasts Pelosi over drug votes
Altoona Mirror: Blair Republican candidates listed
Altoona Mirror: Blair Democratic candidates
Altoona Mirror: Northern Cambria County races
Beaver County Times: Party nominations for local seats are up for grabs
Beaver County Times: Legal secretary, former state Rep. candidate vie for Democratic nod for prothonotary
Beaver County Times: Three seek Democratic nomination for recorder of deeds  
Beaver County Times: David, Kress back facing each other in Democratic primary for sheriff
Beaver County Times: Commissioners chairman seeks GOP nomination
Beaver County Times: Familiar faces, one newcomer vie for Democratic commissioner nod
Beaver County Times: Rossi, McMunn vie for Democratic nomination for controller
Beaver County Times: Two seek GOP nomination for controller
Beaver County Times: Four candidates seeking Ambridge district judge seat
Tribune Review: Westmoreland voters might be using current voting machines for the last time
Observer-Reporter: EHP plans meeting to address cancer cases in Washington County, Canon-McMillan
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Report: Substance abuse still top health concern in region
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 30K people chimed in with written comments on pot legalization
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Primary election will set the stage for fall ballot
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Slate of Cambria row offices to be decided this fall

Times-Tribune: Anti-abortion group apologizes for sending Holocaust photo to state lawmakers  
Times-Tribune: Commissioner races top Lackawanna County primary election ballot  
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council, 13 candidates, 5 districts
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Launch of third phase of Community HealthChoices approaches
The Times Leader: More than 182,000 Luzerne County voters eligible to cast ballots Tuesday
The Times Leader: Three candidates running for Wilkes-Barre City Controller
The Times Leader: Luzerne County wrapping up search for missed properties on tax rolls
The Times Leader: Assessment appeal refunds racking up in Luzerne County budget
The Times Leader: Stevens official portrait goes up in courtroom
Citizens Voice: Familiar foes set to face off again for Wilkes-Barre mayor  
Citizens Voice: Two launch write-in campaigns for Luzerne County Council

South Central  
Patriot News: Special election will decide Senate seat in central Pa.
Patriot News: Voters wanted: Compelling races to check out before Tuesday’s primary election in central Pa.
Patriot News: State lifts suspension of $10.9 million in federal grants for Harrisburg schools, but with strings attached
Carlisle Sentinel: Rothman’s spending questioned in role chairing Cumberland County Republican Committee
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary Preview 2019: Municipal races in Cumberland County  

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmaker sponsors new vaccine bill
Reading Eagle: Reading should not pay for retired cops’ health benefits if they work for Berks County, judge rules
Reading Eagle: After 151 years of local ownership, Reading Eagle readers reflect on community coverage
Morning Call: Northampton County sticks with electronic voting machines after some question security
Morning Call: Morning Call wins six first-place awards at state journalism conference  
Inquirer: Who will own the Reading Eagle? A bidder emerges, but will it get chosen?

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates give their qualifications
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller points to values, free enterprise, health care options
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Friedenberg: Health care, taxes, farmers, jobs among priorities
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Visit seen as rare chance to hear leader speak
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Authorities prepared for Trump crowds to keep them busy  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials: Take the bus to see president
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Sun-Gazette staff earn 10 journalism awards
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: George W. Bush, Harry S. Truman saw Williamsport during presidencies
Centre Daily Times: Candidates outline their positions ahead of Tuesday’s primary and special election
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week  
Erie Times-News: Lawrence Park candidate runs as criminal case looms  
Erie Times-News: Spending ramps up as Erie County judge primary nears  
Erie Times-News: Erie County primary key races: county and city councils, judge  
Erie Times-News: 3 run unopposed for Erie County district judge seats
Erie Times-News: Appellate court seats up for election in primary

LNP Editorial Board: Vote in Tuesday’s municipal primary — and be thankful you can (because unaffiliated voters can’t)
Inquirer Editorial Board: Jim Kenney is the clear choice for mayor of Philadelphia | Endorsement
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly primary | Endorsement Guide
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cracking down: Fatal ODs should lead to murder charges
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Raising the alarm: Fire departments have options for manpower crunch
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A good price to pay: An $8 billion investment could cure tuberculosis by 2045
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keep the Hill: Civic Arena development must respect history  
Tom Wolf and Mark S. Schweiker: New portrait of Ed Rendell honors his legendary governorship
Maria Panaritis: To Pa.’s poorest city, and its Peanut Bar, a ‘shot through the heart’
Will Bunch: At Philly campaign kickoff, Joe Biden and fans – young and old – party like it’s 2015
Marc Thiessen: Joe Biden’s heresy
John L. Micek: Pa. advocates line up against Trump’s predatory changes to payday lending rules | Friday Morning Coffee
Barry Shutt: The Pa. Turnpike toll debacle is our next financial crisis. This is how to fix it
Mark O’Keefe: Tuesday’s Pa. primary elections are a big deal: We need to make it easier for people to vote
Tim Hartman: Shapiro and the Goliaths | Editorial Cartoon
Bill O’Boyle: It’s time for action on rising prescription prices
Philip Warburg: Will Joe Biden get tough on cleaning up car emissions?
David M. Shribman: Many presidential candidates have a Moment
Magda Konieczna: Why letting the IRS decide the future of news is a bad idea
Trudy Rubin: Why Democrats should watch how the immigration firestorm is playing out in Italy
Jenice Armstrong: We can all learn a lot from 90-year-old Marie Ryan about living and loving life
Helen Ubiñas: Wanted: Philadelphia leaders who are bold and brave and clear-eyed about gun violence
Kadida Kenner: Brown v. Board of Education at 65: Why the struggle continues
Abraham Gutman: The abortion ban through the eyes of political cartoonists
Bethann Swan: Nurses always have known the medical value of compassion
Charise Cheney: The Brown v. Board of Education case didn’t start how you think it did
Joseph N. DiStefano: Meet Philly’s top biotech, software, and start-up talent, according to PACT
Chris Kelly: End of the line?

3 Responses

  1. Biden is a puppet propped up by the elitists who are afraid of the New Democrats. He is old news and irrelevant.

  2. Biden seems poised to maintain his lead. Progressives seem baffled and have as an argument that it our time to be in charge. Actually, the most impressive “low key” candidate is Tulsi Gabbert (apologies if I misspelled). I saw her online interview and listened to her observations and she is commanding in her knowledge. I believe Tulsi is in Congress for 6 years and from Hawaii. Definitely not a fluff candidate.

  • 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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