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May 21st Playbook

Trump holds a rally boosting state Rep. Fred Keller’s bid in the PA12 special election and touting his administration’s policies on tariffs and border security. Happy primary day politicos, here is the Playbook.

Trump Rallies for Keller, Talks Tariffs and Border: One day before the Pennsylvania primary, the President touts his administration’s tariff policy and opposition to free trade agreements, while also claiming that the country is full.

Trump Tweets Support for King: Just a couple of hours after the conclusion of Trump’s rally in Montoursville, he tweeted out an endorsement of Superior Court candidate Megan King.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Mayors, judges and US House seat up in Pennsylvania election
AP: In Pennsylvania, Trump touts 2020 chances, swipes at Biden
AP: The Latest: Trump claims Biden ‘deserted’ Pennsylvania
AP: Trump makes 1st visit of 2019 to battleground Pennsylvania
AP: Pennsylvania urged to spend $1 per person on census effort
AP: Pittsburgh won’t enforce gun controls until suits resolved
AP: Pennsylvania’s April jobs report sets more records
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ahead of congressional special, Trump rallies Pennsylvania base, pummels Biden on trade deals
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State rep. responds to online outrage over bill that allows underage, uncompensated musicians to play in bars
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf backs proposal to spend public dollars for 2020 census outreach
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, iconic Philly journalist Mark Segal looks back — and forward
Post-Gazette: Trump pledges to ‘keep America great’ at rally that reflects state’s importance in 2020  
PLSReporter: Special Election Preview: Sam Doctor vs. Marci Mustello for the 11th House District
PLSReporter: Special Election Preview: Sarah Hammond vs. Doug Mastriano for the 33rd Senate District
PLSReporter: Fetterman, legislators discuss legalizing marijuana in Philadelphia
PLSReporter: IFO: State’s revenue outlook better than expected but ’deceleration’ likely ahead
PLSReporter: Department of Health declares hepatitis A outbreak after 171 new cases erupt
Patriot News: Trump tells adoring central Pa. crowd he’ll win easily in 2020
Patriot News: Census advocates request $12.8 million in funding, or $1 for every person in Pa.
StateImpactPA: DEP accused of ‘foot-dragging’ on 2-year-old request to regulate PFAS chemical
StateImpactPA: Trying to Keep Bats Flying in the Face of an Epidemic
Politico: Trump scrambles to reverse Rust Belt slide
WHYY Newsworks: Backing the blue or empty gesture? Toomey boosts bill to punish cop killers
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Turnpike to resume mass transit borrowing
KYW Newsradio: US-Iran tension: Toomey backs Trump, Casey calls his diplomacy ‘reckless’
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Toomey looks to target criminals who target police officers
KYW Newsradio: ‘The essential issues of our day-to-day lives’: A push for Pennsylvanians to get out and vote for judges
Inquirer: A nationwide tax on soda? Economists say it would be good for the country, and here’s their ‘optimal’ rate.

WHYY Newsworks: Philly Democratic machine, progressives battle in primary Tuesday
WHYY Newsworks: Why the primary matters more than the general election in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Backing the blue or empty gesture? Toomey boosts bill to punish cop killers
WHYY Newsworks: Regional Roundup – 05/20/19
Billy Penn: The procrastinator’s guide to the May 2019 primary election in Philly  
KYW Newsradio: Electrical contractor, first to plead guilty in Local 98 investigation of John Dougherty, is sentenced
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Casey pushes 2 child care bills in visit to South Philly
Philadelphia Magazine: Do You Know Why You’re Voting on Four Ballot Questions This Year?  
Philadelphia Magazine: The No-B.S. Guide to the 2019 Primary Election
Inquirer: Elections require poll workers. And there’s a ‘critical shortage’ of them.
Inquirer: Which 2019 Council at-large candidates have the most union support and what the pols have said about workers
Inquirer: A nationwide tax on soda? Economists say it would be good for the country, and here’s their ‘optimal’ rate.

Delco Daily Times: Pro-choice vandal defaces Notre Dame deLourdes Church
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers taking aim at puppy mills
Daily Local News: Rep. Otten to host youth mental health discussion May 23  
KYW Newsradio: Collar counties get full slate of races in 2019 municipal primary
WHYY Newsworks: Get ready for Montco’s new modern voting system: Paper ballots

Post-Gazette: City agrees to stay on three gun-control bills while lawsuits play out in court
Post-Gazette: Pa. auditor general seeks information from Pittsburgh Public Schools amid Cuba trip questions
Post-Gazette: Peters Township school board censures member after racist Facebook post
Post-Gazette: Growing up through the cracks: Bid to shift state funding threatens Allegheny County family support centers
Post-Gazette: Longtime Allegheny County Councilman Chuck Martoni dies
WESA: City Delays Enforcement Of Its Controversial Gun Bills
KDKA: Pa. Dept. Of Health Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak, Allegheny County Hit Hardest
Tribune Review: Bail reduced for former Derry mayor accused of pointing gun at kids in park
City Paper: Pro-Darlene Harris mailer accuses Peduto, Bobby Wilson of trying to buy election with “East End money”

Observer-Reporter: Greene among nine counties statewide rolling out new voting machines
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal to host blight roundtable
Observer-Reporter: Air-quality study finds no health risks from natural gas development
Beaver County Times: Mailer erroneously says Egley implicated in pay-to-play
Beaver County Times: State Senate bill would eliminate vaccination exemptions for religious, philosophical reasons
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb’s bill tightens penalties for stealinig from gun stores
Beaver County Times: U.S. Department of Education assistant secretary visits Career and Technology Center
Beaver County Times: Candidates for 2019 primary
Tribune Review: Westmoreland GOP commissioner candidate apologizes for late-night robocalls

Citizens Voice: Municipal, county and state races will be decided in primary
Citizens Voice: Meuser still wants answers from EPA
The Times Leader: No vote on feral cat ordinance by Wilkes-Barre City Council

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Today’s election: County commissioners, Elanco school board, City Council races bear watching
LNP | LancasterOnline: City district judge candidate cries foul over opponent’s inaccurate handout
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the races to watch in Tuesday’s primary
York Dispatch: Everything York County voters need to know for Tuesday’s primary elections
York Dispatch: Sunday hunting proposal pits Pennsylvania farmers against outdoor enthusiasts
York Daily Record: Primary 2019: Here’s what you need to know when you head to the polls
York Daily Record: Say bye to those electronic voting machines after Tuesday; it’s back to paper this fall
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary Election 2019: Key voter information for today’s primary election
Patriot News: College graduates from Harrisburg, York are more likely to have student debt in Pa: report

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley 2019 primary election: A procrastinator’s voter guide
Morning Call: Election morning fodder
Morning Call: AG Josh Shapiro tells Allentown group that Pennsylvania may sue more pharma companies over opioid crisis
Morning Call: City Center developer J.B. Reilly: The NIZ is working
Reading Eagle: What you need to know for primary election day in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Former City Hall worker interviews to become Reading auditor
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s attorney general listened to Lehigh Valley students on bullying and mental health. And he has a plan for lawmakers.

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: President Trump rallies for local support of Keller
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Friedenberg spends day campaigning on heels of election day
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Many locals proud to be among the audience
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Protesters gather outside of rally  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Voters to cast ballots for variety of key nominations in area
Centre Daily Times: If you are an independent voter, yes, you can vote in PA-12’s special election
Erie Times-News: Pa. Supreme Court case impacts request for $100,000 Erie donor’s name
Erie Times-News: Your guide to the Erie County municipal primary

Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly primary | Endorsement Guide
Inquirer Editorial Board: Primary School: Ideas we heard this election cycle that deserve your attention
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Quickly, but carefully: Suicide prevention efforts at Allegheny County Jail must be done right  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Liberty vs. high tech dreams  
LNP Editorial Board: Applauding state Senate proposal to allow video gambling opt-outs
Natalie Nagele: Why We Desperately Need to Reform Judicial Elections in Pennsylvania
John L. Micek: With Trump headed for Pa., Toomey says China tariffs are ‘absolutely painful’ but ‘could be worth the price’ | Monday Morning Coffee
Ruth Ann Dailey: Pro-life overreach
Tony Norman: At Morehouse College: pomp and (better) circumstances
Dick Polman: We’re one Supreme Court case away from outlawing abortion
John Baer: Vote, if only because the powers that be don’t really want you to
Larissa Sweitzer: We need to make sure every registered voter can vote. Here’s how to make that happen
Solomon Jones: More reason to vote in the Philly election
Eszter Kutas: Anti-Semitism doesn’t happen in a vacuum
Lance Haver: The “economic boom” isn’t reaching most Americans
Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh is better at recycling rhetoric than recycling trash
Keith C. Burris: The nuance itself

  • 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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