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May 30th Playbook

Gov. Wolf is renewing his push for broader LGBTQ protection laws in the state amid changes in the ACA. PoliticsPA asks our readers when will the state budget be signed? Here is the Playbook.

Reader Poll: When Will the State Budget Be Signed?: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal calls for no new taxes, while pushing for some progressive initiatives.

Harrisburg & DC  
WITF: Gov. Wolf pushes for LGBTQ protections in face of ACA changes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: GOP targets House Democrats in Trump districts using viral video of Philly lawmaker harassing anti-abortion protesters
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s kindergarten teachers ask state lawmakers for more pre-K funding
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This was not an easy decision’: Harrisburg teachers prepare for one-day strike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania is ‘broken’ link in Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, report says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: There are now three (!) state-sanctioned ice cream trails in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Protesters target Michigan operation of Pennsylvania anti-abortion group
PennLive: Recreational marijuana laws were put on hold by N.J. and N.Y. What’s that mean for Pennsylvania?
Patriot News: New suicide prevention task force aims to reduce stigma, evaluate resources
Patriot News: Is Pennsylvania the ‘broken’ link when it comes to curbing water pollution?
Patriot News: PHEAA to outsource 40 data center positions, citing cost savings as the reason
Post-Gazette: Pa. AG Shapiro appeals judge’s decision to vacate Graham Spanier conviction, sentence
PLSReporter: Wolf resists call from Republicans to send National Guard troops to border
PLSReporter: Citizens weigh in on PA Redistricting Reform Committee
PLSReporter: GOP appropriators eyeing reforms to state budget process
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Jim Struzzi
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf launches task force, citing spike in Pa.’s suicide rate over 20 years
KYW Newsradio: New sentencing guidelines being developed for domestic abuse in front of child
York Dispatch: Smucker on Amash’s calls for impeachment: Someone must have ‘dropped him on his head’

PlanPhilly: Beverage industry spent big on Quiñones-Sánchez, but soda tax still seems secure
PlanPhilly: Philly’s new Register of Wills wants to fight fees that lock people out of homeownership
Philadelphia Magazine: Darrell Clarke, Gentrification Is Gentrification — Even If the Developer Is Black
Inquirer: Lawmakers to propose bill that could bring $85 million to Philly schools
Billy Penn: Officials have no clue when the Philly courts website will be fixed
Philly Voice: WATCH: Protesters nearly run over by front-end loader outside PHA headquarters
KYW Newsradio: Philly-area lawmaker wants to make safe gun storage easier for owners

Daily Local News: County officials OK clean energy financing program for commercial properties
Daily Local News: Killion to hold student debt seminar in Media
Inquirer: Bucks County to appeal federal jury’s $67M verdict in criminal-records case  
Montgomery Media: Area state legislators take on trash duty in Limerick
Delco Daily Times: County Council GOP hopefuls issue 5-debate challenge; Dems accept

WESA: Allegheny County Residents Can Try Out New Voting Systems Next Week
Post-Gazette: City Council wants amendments, public hearing before approving self-driving vehicle grant
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County to hold public demonstrations of potential new voting machines
Post-Gazette: Port Authority presents preliminary 2020 budget proposal
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Council Declares June 1 As “Jon Burnett Day”
PLSReporter: Organizers and elected officials confront UPMC board at tension-filled meeting
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh set to disburse $10 million for affordable housing
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh unemployment hits record low

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf rebuffs suggestion that Pa. send National Guard to Mexican border
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Duca still undecided on Cambria coroner nomination
Altoona Mirror: Joyce: County ‘ground zero’
Altoona Mirror: Gov. Wolf plugs renovation program
Altoona Mirror: Loretto to receive funds to improve pedestrian safety
Beaver County Times: Beaver County pays missed $255 tax for 2016
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb hosting pinning ceremony for Vietnam veterans at RMU
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates hold steady in Washington, Greene
Observer-Reporter: New Conservation District director plans for the future of Washington County’s natural resources
Tribune Review: Town Hall participants brainstorm ideas for a Green New Deal in Westmoreland

Citizens Voice: Officials relish ‘smoothest’ election in recent memory
Citizens Voice: Cyber-attack investigated at county courthouse
Times-Tribune: Chomko earns Republican Scranton City Council nomination
Times-Tribune: Dickson City to receive more than $300K for traffic safety improvements
The Times Leader: Wampole: ‘We will aggressively address the littering issue’
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority’s term lapsed in 2008; city council votes to extend it for 50 years
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre ends first quarter with positive balance of $7.7 million

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Rothman defends rented committee space, intends to step down as chairman in June
York Dispatch: Smucker on Amash’s calls for impeachment: Someone must have ‘dropped him on his head’
York Dispatch: York County gets small revenue boost thanks to new Airbnb tax regulations
York Dispatch: York County unlikely to wait for state voting machine cash
Patriot News: Harrisburg teachers say they no longer plan to strike
LNP | LancasterOnline: SCOTUS decision furthers debate over Elanco’s policy on transgender students

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Congresswoman Susan Wild’s ‘life partner’ dies
Morning Call: State panel headed to Bethlehem for input on how Pennsylvania should draw legislative districts
Morning Call: ‘Crime buster’ mayor honored from Bethlehem’s bawdy days
Reading Eagle: Dan Meuser tours Berks dairy farm in fact-finding visit
Reading Eagle: Former Reading worker appointed city auditor

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners consider $1M voting machines
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Long comms agenda includes personnel changes
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Official count under way
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council seeks more say in community college talks  

Inquirer Editorial Board: In battles over abortion rights, choice matters most in the voting booth
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The adversity factor: SAT’s new metric could be helpful, if it isn’t abused
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A boost for moms: Chrissy Teigen will highlight important AHN program
Paul Muschick: On transgender bathrooms: Boyertown schools provide rare win in vicious war
John L. Micek: Clarence Thomas sent a message about abortion. Here’s what it means for Pa. | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Renee Chenault Fattah: Legacy of black judges matters, but Philly didn’t elect any
Mark O’Keefe: The way Pa. picks its judges is broken. But it’s still better than this GOP alternative
Solomon Jones: ‘You wouldn’t hold an AA meeting in a bar’: Kensington neighbors don’t want a supervised injection site
Christopher Tremoglie: Mayor Jim Kenney should debate Republican Billy Ciancaglini
Justin Cucci: Lets clean up our abandoned mines: Support the Reclaim Act
Jenice Armstrong: Let’s ensure that Harriet Tubman gets on the $20 bill sooner rather than later
William K. Marimow: What Finland can teach us about dispelling fake news
Angry Grammarian: Ben Carson didn’t know about REOs, but he’s not alone in acronym confusion

  • 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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