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May 6th Playbook

President Trump tweets out his support for state Rep. Fred Keller in the PA12 special election. Here is the Playbook.

May 3rd Ups & Downs: A state representative likens pipeline workers to Nazis, a state Senate hopeful shares a variety of offensive posts on his campaign’s social media accounts, a political consultant gets 5 years in federal prison for his role in a corruption scheme, and the campaign against a possible run from AG DePasquale has begun. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Trump Tweets Support For Keller: On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet lauding state Rep. Fred Keller’s (R-Snyder) work in the state House and said he will do a great job if elected to Congress.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pressure grows to loosen party grip on Pennsylvania primary
AP: Plant closure to mean loss of jobs for 85 full-time workers
AP: Pennsylvania to test drinking water for toxic chemicals
AP: With new strategy, state police graduates large cadet class
PA Post: ‘Shame on you’: Pa. congressional candidates clash at debate
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers explain their pension plan choice  
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers cling to pensions after pushing new state workers to adopt 401(k)-style plans
StateImpactPA: Congressional hearing puts focus on struggling PA nuclear industry
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania youth join global student strike to demand action on climate change
Inquirer: From champion to … pariah? Pa. lawmaker behind clergy abuse reform on the outs with some victims
WITF: As March on Harrisburg approaches, lawmakers take stock of gift laws
WHYY Newsworks: Can a tax on natural gas drilling help fix Pa.’s infrastructure problem?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. Capitol staff being paid by taxpayers to edit Wikipedia for elected officials
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Southeast Republicans, unified Dems in the House find common ground: opposing mandatory regulation slashing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With impeachment talk heating up, some Pa. Dems try to turn down the temperature
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is the best opportunity we’ve had’: Why advocates think this could be the year Pa. bans LGBTQ discrimination
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: GOP electeds call for Lebanon County Republican chair to resign over ‘racist’ mailer
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. U.S. Reps. Boyle, Fitzpatrick want to force federal action on PFAS
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of May 6
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Gun registries, small businesses and ride-sharing
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Danielle Otten
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – April 29, 2019
Philadelphia Magazine: Pennsylvania’s Cannabis Movement, by the Numbers
KYW Newsradio: Boyle, Fitzpatrick push to set federal limits for chemicals that pollute groundwater  
Reading Eagle: Policy news out of Harrisburg: Lawmakers weigh another dairy study
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania domestic violence law could turn police offices into depositories for relinquished guns

Inquirer: Bob Brady’s political guru, Ken Smukler, sentenced to 18 months in prison for campaign finance crimes
Inquirer: Philly AFL-CIO leader urges unions to ‘keep their powder dry’ in presidential politics for now
Inquirer: Democrats younger than Republicans, Philly suburbs bluer, state still divided: Takeaways from Pa. registration data
Inquirer: City Council moves to ban new medical marijuana dispensaries in one Philadelphia neighborhood
Inquirer: Muslim American Society investigating ‘oversight’ following controversial video at Philly Islamic center; event organizer ‘dismissed’
Inquirer: Philly’s Activities Fund hires a law firm to help restore accountability in community grant process
Philadelphia Magazine: Kenney on Controller’s Voting Machine Objections: “I Don’t Know What Her Problem Is”
Philadelphia Magazine: Can Mary Gay Scanlon and D.C.’s New Wave of Female Voices Derail the Trump Train?
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Councilman wants city to reclaim control of street parking
WHYY Newsworks: Can a tax on natural gas drilling help fix Pa.’s infrastructure problem?
WHYY Newsworks: Critiquing Kenney: Mayfair residents see neighborhood changes, with City Hall in the backseat
KYW Newsradio: Boyle, Fitzpatrick push to set federal limits for chemicals that pollute groundwater
KYW Newsradio: Kenney administration unveils new economic growth plan
Philadelphia Business Journal: Trump nominee confirmed to U.S District Court in Philadelphia

Bucks County Courier Times: Bob Casey rallying support for lapsed law to protect victims of domestic abuse
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks lawmakers support state, federal climate action
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. AG Shapiro holds roundtable on Title X at Planned Parenthood office
Delco Daily Times: Pipeline demonstrators take to streets in Middletown
Delco Daily Times: Democratic registration margin grows in Delco
Daily Local News: Chester County open space report ‘not surprising’
Daily Local News: Preserving open space fueling Chester County economy, report says
Daily Local News: Lewis to Lincoln University grads: ‘Use your education to help change America’
Daily Local News: Chester County Economic Development Council to host forum about opioid epidemic

Post-Gazette: CONNECT, councils of governments show an alternative path to municipal consolidation
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s crime rates down since 2015
Post-Gazette: Trump announces local judicial nominations
PLSReporter: Allegheny County grapples with measles outbreak
KDKA: Butler Congressman Interrupts State House Debate At Community College
KDKA: Local Boy Named Mayor For The Day In Lower Burrell
City Paper: Can the proposed Mon-Oakland Connector adequately serve Hazelwood, Oakland, and Greenfield?

KDKA: Butler Congressman Interrupts State House Debate At Community College
Beaver County Times: Lamb: We can’t afford to let nuke plants close
Beaver County Times: County receives campaign sign complaints
Beaver County Times: Fire, EMS companies in 16th Legislative District get $187K in grants
Altoona Mirror: Ward to lead committee  
Altoona Mirror: Joyce’s bill aims to lower drug costs  
Altoona Mirror: Campaign financing  
Altoona Mirror: Candidates acknowledge Blair County’s woes

Citizens Voice: Most support legalizing marijuana at forum
Times-Tribune: Scranton office building owner claims Lackawanna County owes $300,000 in rent
The Times Leader: NEPA communities urge passage of Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania plan  
The Times Leader: Flurry of write-in votes expected in Luzerne County primary  
The Times Leader: W-B Area School Board candidates face off at forum

South Central  
York Dispatch: Steve Chronister faces intraparty attack from GOP
York Dispatch: Audit: York County Recorder of Deeds improperly accounted for $2.1 million
LNP | LancasterOnline: Assistant DAs, public defenders form union through Teamsters Local 771
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster attorney Hobie Crystle kicks off campaign for district attorney
Carlisle Sentinel: Soto appointed administrator of Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Patriot News: Voters guide: Meet the candidates in the 2019 primary election    
Patriot News: State officials not ready to release $10.9 million in federal grants yanked from Harrisburg School District  
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District missed hiring long-needed financial officer over $5K salary difference: candidate

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Frankie Graham Jr. on Reading as a sanctuary city
Reading Eagle: Candidate endorsements
Express Times: Was a quarry or landfill cited by the EPA? Lehigh Valley lawmakers want to ensure towns are alerted.
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Q&A: Is the NIZ working, and how would you ensure downtown development benefits other neighborhoods?  
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate Q&A: Fighting blight
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate profile: Cheryl Johnson-Watts
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate profile: Patrick Palmer
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate profile: Michael Daniels
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidate profile: Ray O’Connell
Morning Call: Security expert vouches for Northampton County voting machines
Morning Call: Allentown mayoral candidates Q&A: City pools and youth outreach

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Erie Times-News: Schaaf seeks 3rd term as Erie County controller
Erie Times-News: Connelly touts courtroom experience in Erie judge’s race
Erie Times-News: Applicants sought for Erie historic preservation task force
Erie Times-News: Harborcreek supervisor candidates address challenges
Erie Times-News: Erie City Hall phone line, greeters a good start
Erie Times-News: Green New Deal subject of public meeting on Monday
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council candidates to address issues at May 14 forum
Williamsport Sun-Gazette:Congressional candidates speak on health care
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Future City hall repairs add up
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: DuBoistown seeks borough manager

Inquirer Editorial Board: Why is it so hard to make voting easier?
Inquirer Editorial Board: Hungry, homeless and in college
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: So much for do no harm: UPMC left a trail of lies and broken promises
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: UPMC for all (kids)?: Let’s get that guaranteed in writing
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: About that hospital bill…: Otto Warmbier’s family is owed justice
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Staying hydrated: All Americans should have safe, accessible water
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Wheels of justice: Federal court takes strong stand on wrong issue
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Doc has foot in mouth disease: Dr. Phil must do more to apologize to Slippery Rock
Greg Vitali: This is why Gov. Wolf’s plan to reduce methane emissions falls short of the mark
John L. Micek: Study: Republicans are abandoning the death penalty in record numbers | Friday Morning Coffee
Shira Goodman: Tell your lawmakers to reject these bills gutting local gun-control ordinances
Steven Pressman: Three ways that $2 trillion in infrastructure can fight inequality
John L. Micek: Climate denial? Vaccine denial? Don’t Pa. lawmakers have better ways to spend their time — and our money?
Will Bunch: Trump’s diabolical plan to blow up democracy, get reelected and avoid jail just might work
David M. Shribman: Campaigns are sowing seeds in Iowa
Keith C. Burris: Toward a Bill of Responsibilities
Tim Hartman: Well, if the state can legalize sports betting … | Editorial Cartoon
Abraham Gutman: Where Philadelphia stands on supervised-injection sites, per two polls
Mike Newall: Surviving a trash tempest with South Philly’s new street sweepers
Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh’s people problem
Joel Michael Reynolds: From a bioethicist: 3 moral reasons why parents need to get their children vaccinated
Laura Otten: A learner’s permit for nonprofit founders could prevent future scandals
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Our freedom of religion
Ruthann Dailey: Appealing to ‘we’
Cassie Haynes and Jean Friedman-Rudovsky: City Council and mayoral candidates: How will you address economic mobility in our city?
Trudy Rubin: Philadelphia Orchestra’s music diplomacy soothes U.S.-China tensions
Maria Panaritis: After losing their son to suicide, a Havertown couple seek to save others in their town.

4 Responses

  1. What really amazes me is the relatively few political leaders involved in what is becoming the greatest economic problem for our economy–student loan debt. Elizabeth Warren to her credit is offering solutions but we have few others weighing in. Seth Frotman, of the Student Borrower Protection Center, weighs in saying that the fastest growing segment of student loan borrowers are older Americans. Frotman also notes that, “we don’t have a plan to either address the millions of borrowers who’ve taken on student loan debt or a plan to stop this.” The State Higher Education Executive Officers Annual Report says that student loan debt stands only behind mortgage debt as the second largest consumer debt in the US. Student Loan debt in the US now stands at 1.6 trillion. I look at my own borrowing from back in the day of $26,000 and in today’s dollars that would be around $60,000. How would I pay that back I ask myself? Why legislators are not taking testimony from respectable figures like Mr. Frotman is beyond me but it is clear there is a vacuum in political leadership on the rapidly expanding problem of student loan debt.

    1. Sam, I think you may find there to he an effort to address this issue by driving down costs of higher education. The Republicans are not too well versed in communication and have failed to convey this as on their agenda.

      The debt that exists has been attempted to be addressed by a bill by Senator Hughes, offering refinancing.

      But I do not disagree 9verall.

    1. And his “degenerate” colleague from the west, D-bag Daryl Metcalfe.

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