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May 28th Playbook

Speaker Nancy Pelosi avoids talking about impeachment in visit to Delaware County. Here is the Playbook.

2019 Primary Ups & Downs: The parties got what they wanted for Superior Court, Democratic establishment in Allegheny County was rocked yet again, a pair of longtime incumbents in Philly and Erie Council lost reelection bids, and Harrisburg flipped the board. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
Post-Gazette: Keller resigns state House seat, clearing way to Congress
Post-Gazette: Bob Casey introduces bill to help grandfamilies access more federal resources
AP: Pennsylvania accuses financial firms of bond price-fixing
AP: Lawmakers report $83K in travel on annual ethics disclosures
WHYY Newsworks: Two new members of Congress from Pa. call for impeachment hearings
Morning Call: ‘Pro-life Democrat’ Bob Casey opens up on abortion. Surprisingly, his plan to end them doesn’t involve the courts
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s tax-relief bill for Gold Star families passes Senate
Inquirer: What Pa. counties can learn from voters’ reactions to Montgomery County’s paper-ballot rollout
Inquirer: ‘Court-assisted terrorism’? How the powerful can muzzle free speech for about $300.
WESA: Democrats Take To Farmers’ Market To Argue For Higher Minimum Wage
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Representing a majority, elected by a minority: Low voter turnout persists in special state Senate elections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As budget season approaches, Democrats keep pushing for minimum wage hike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: From the Pa. Health Dept: Four tips for a food-poisoning free Memorial Day
Philadelphia Magazine: Josh Shapiro on Meeting the Pope, Gun Culture, and Custom Bocce Balls
Delco Daily Times: Pelosi avoids ‘I’ word during visit to Delco   
StateImpactPA: AG Investigating Wastewater Case from Landfill that Accepts Fracking Waste  
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Incarcerated mothers, veteran tax exemptions and fireworks
PLSReporter: Philadelphia Democrats rally for minimum wage increase
PLSReporter: Ortitay hopes to make schools safer with threat assessment teams, shooter training
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Melissa Shusterman
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – May 20, 2019
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PULSE OF THE VOTERS | In Biden’s hometown, divergent views, waning optimism that Democrats can overtake Trump in 2020
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Senate passes ‘Farming First’ bills to support Pa. agriculture
Patriot News: Commonwealth flags to fly at half-staff until sunset Wednesday to honor fallen trooper
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Pennsylvania’s election operations moved for security on primary day
Reading Eagle: Will Sunday deer hunting come to Pennsylvania?

Billy Penn: 100k votes: Is Helen Gym now in the running for Philly mayor?
Inquirer: Rochelle Bilal, who won Democratic nomination for Philly sheriff, finds the city’s politics ‘disturbing’
Inquirer: Council President Darrell Clarke backtracks on no-bid land sale statement after release of new emails
Inquirer: Philly’s supervised injection site nonprofit gets tax-exempt status from IRS
Inquirer: Philly isn’t the only city struggling to keep its library system afloat; celebs decry budget cuts in NYC
WHYY Newsworks: Want to help fight gerrymandering? Pa. redistricting commission coming to Philly Tuesday
Philadelphia Tribune: Gordon on track to become first African American woman Register of Wills

Delco Daily Times: Pelosi avoids ‘I’ word during visit to Delco
Bucks County Courier Times: Municipal primary turnout highest in years for Bucks, Montgomery races
Daily Local News: Primary promises competitive races in November
Daily Local News: Sen. Katie Muth to hold grand opening of district office
Inquirer: What Pa. counties can learn from voters’ reactions to Montgomery County’s paper-ballot rollout
WHYY Newsworks: Two new members of Congress from Pa. call for impeachment hearings
WHYY Newsworks: Primary sets up political showdown in Delaware County
Pottstown Mercury: PA Ag Secretary: We must ‘contain and suppress’ spotted lanternfly
Pottstown Mercury: Report: Pottstown’s financial future depends on economic development, controlling personnel costs
Pottstown Mercury: Barnhardt wins Dem nod for Berks commissioner with absentee ballots

Post-Gazette: D. Raja resigning as Allegheny County Republican chairman
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joins other mayors to push state for safer bike lanes
Post-Gazette: County health director Karen Hacker leaving after 6 years for CDC post
Post-Gazette: Meetings planned to gauge interest, get feedback about countywide Children’s Fund
Post-Gazette: PWSA approves reimbursement program for private lead line replacements
WESA: After Election Loss, Harris Continues Fight Against City Campaign Laws
KDKA: UPMC Workers Holding Strike Tuesday Afternoon
City Paper: Delta Foundation draws criticism after Trump-related Facebook post
City Paper: Bernie Sanders’ campaign is rallying support for upcoming UPMC strike

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb’s bill addressing vets’ mental health passes House
Altoona Mirror: Erb wins second GOP nod for commissioner
Altoona Mirror: Area unemployment reaches all-time low
Altoona Mirror: Pa. representatives taking sides in US-Iran war scare
Altoona Mirror: Old postings resurface for nominee
Altoona Mirror: AWA votes to refinance
Observer-Reporter: Casey pushes for affordable childcare
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PULSE OF THE VOTERS | Few signs of shifts entering 2020 presidential election  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tokar-Ickes sworn in as newest Somerset County commissioner
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PULSE OF THE VOTERS | In Biden’s hometown, divergent views, waning optimism that Democrats can overtake Trump in 2020

Citizens Voice: Pedri proposes $1.9M capital plan for county
Citizens Voice: County council to take meetings on road again
Times-Tribune: How long after primary election will contentiousness linger among Lackawanna County commissioners?
Times-Tribune: County commissioner opposes stormwater fees on taxpayers  
The Times Leader: Luzerne County manager pitches 2020 capital projects  
The Times Leader: Luzerne County planning update on outstanding tax breaks  
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Senate passes ‘Farming First’ bills to support Pa. agriculture

South Central  
Patriot News: Central Pa. students’ MAGA hats blurred out in yearbook photo: Report
Patriot News: Harrisburg police officer to receive Congressional Badge of Bravery
Patriot News: Camp Hill’s 100th annual Memorial Day remembrance draws a patriotic-clad crowd
LNP | LancasterOnline: From 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to Warwick Center: How the White House Gift Shop wound up in Lititz

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Kevin Barnhardt moves ahead for second spot on Democratic ticket for Berks County commissioner
Reading Eagle: Mark Scott quiet as new Republican team plans path forward
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild is holding town hall Tuesday night
Morning Call: Demolition, sale of Allentown State Hospital still sought, Wolf administration says
Express Times: Think Pa.’s legislative districts are bananas? Sound off at this meeting

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Elections board certifies Erie County primary results
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council approves contract to address fair housing
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Senate tries to combat robocalls

LNP Editorial Board: In Pennsylvania, and in Lancaster County, we have too much government
Inquirer Editorial Board: Memorial Day is for honoring military, not partisan politics
Inquirer Editorial Board: Don’t put supervised injection site on ice. Put it on wheels.
Inquirer Editorial Board: At-large City Council president? Plus: Other ways Philly government could evolve
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sue all of them: The state’s case against an opioid maker is a start
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Big raise for Romoff: Can the UPMC board really like what he’s done?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t be fooled: Climate change is real even if one glacier is growing
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Behind closed doors: Child sexual abuse afflicts Plain communities
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Retire the robocallers: Americans shouldn’t fear to answer their phones
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protecting your rights: Senators want to limit data searches at the border
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Russians bearing gifts: Europe’s pols must beware the company they keep
John Baer: Will Pennsylvania decide the 2020 presidential race? I don’t think so.
Salena Zito: How the Kennedy family is trying to strip Trump of his power
Joanna McClinton, Lauren Jacobs, and Jessie Ulibarri: It’s time to free our local governments from corporate rule. Here’s how that happens
Keith C. Burris: The beer test
John L. Micek: Tom Steyer still wants to impeach Trump; 310K Pa. residents have signed his petition | Friday Morning Coffee
Frank T. McAndrew: Why a lack of humility might be what’s really ailing our politics
Mike Newall: With Mayor Jim Kenney’s election excuse gone, Philly’s got nothing to lose on supervised injection sites — except more lives
Richard Gardiner: What is Memorial Day? Why do we celebrate it? The holiday’s forgotten history, explained
Tim Hartman: Gov. Wolf floats a new infrastructure funding plan | Editorial Cartoon
Trudy Rubin: Theresa May’s fall goes beyond Brexit. Mainstream parties, beware
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: Memorial Day
Dava Guerin: Memorial Day can be traumatic for veterans
Will Bunch: Trump bullies Dems, other foes into cowardice. Without courage, America may be lost
Dick Polman: This Michigan congressman is the rare Republican putting country over party
Nancy Love, Richard Jackson and Shawn P. McElmurry: Water stays in the pipes longer in shrinking cities. That’s a challenge for public health
Jackie Soteropoulos Incollingo: President Trump, visit my journalism class and see us reject ‘fake news’
John A. Tures: A Memorial Day interview with one of America’s heroes
David M. Shribman: As more Democrats get in, some should get out
Joseph N. DiStefano: Philly’s Richard Vague covers the world’s debt crises in his new book and says here how he would run the financial world
Leah Blain: Creative solutions needed to help veterans cope with mental health
Brian O’Neill: Green Building Alliance tackles eco-challenges in Pittsburgh
Adam Richter: We need real newspeople to protect us from ‘fake news’

  • 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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