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May 8th Playbook

State Rep. Brian Sims berates Planned Parenthood protesters in two videos that have garnered national attention. Here is the Playbook.

Sims Berates Planned Parenthood Protesters: The Philly State Rep shouted “shame” at the protesters in a video that since went national.

Murphy: In A Battle for America’s Soul: The former Bucks County Congressman agrees with former VP Joe Biden that the country is in a battle for it’s soul.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Lawmaker vows to ‘do better’ after abortion clinic video
AP: Republicans move expanded ed tax credits through state House
AP: Jewish schools seek piece of public grants for security
AP: Wolf commutes life sentences of 3 more Pennsylvania inmates
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf gave raises of $25,000 to $33,000 to some top staffers
Patriot News: Hybrid pension plan options popular with Pa.’s new state government employees
Patriot News: Capitol Hunger Garden serves as a reminder of 1.6 million food insecure people in Pa.
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Senate passes a series of bills aimed at bolstering farm economy
Patriot News: State ranks No. 2 in U.S. for bad bridges, with some in central Pa. among the worst: report
WESA: What PA Republicans Lack In Messaging They Make Up For With The Presidency, State Party Chair Says
Morning Call: Pat Toomey backed a Senate rule change that’s reviving his bureaucratic nemesis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dem Rep. Brian Sims makes national headlines in viral video condemning Planned Parenthood protesters
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Daryl Metcalfe wants to impeach Pittsburgh’s mayor over guns. House leadership isn’t interested
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House passes $100 million expansion of private school scholarship tax credit
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Armed school officers and security will get additional training under Senate bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bipartisan senators want a ‘lead free environment’ for Pa.’s children
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Brain drain is an old problem for Pennsylvania | The Numbers Racket
PLSReporter: Despite lack of bipartisan support, House sends EITC bill to the Senate
PLSReporter: Push to create unpaid medical leave gets renewed energy, though question marks remain
PLSReporter: Members of the Task Force on lead exposure announces recommendations on lead exposure
PLSReporter: Rabb and Killion reintroduce legislation to push commonwealth towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050
StateImpactPA: ‘What does the science say?’: Bipartisan group of legislators reintroduces bills to get Pennsylvania 100% powered by renewable energy
Inquirer: Gun violence victims still feel forgotten. Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Dwight Evans hope to change that.
Inquirer: Elizabeth Warren ripped Joe Biden’s big Philly fund-raiser. Last year, she did an event with some of the same rich donors.
Inquirer: ‘There’s no one around’: Pa. farmers, faced with labor shortage, struggle to keep afloat
City Paper: Pa. Democrats back bill protecting Dreamers that would grant them path to citizenship
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wikipedia flags Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro over glowing, staff-written bio

Philadelphia  
Inquirer: Philly Democrat Brian Sims sparks firestorm after posting videos of him scolding Planned Parenthood protesters
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney missing from joint events with rivals as primary approaches
Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney shrugs toward primary, with history on his side
Inquirer: Anthony Hardy Williams gives another run for Philadelphia mayor, this time as an insurgent instead of favorite
Inquirer: Former Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz seeks return to public office in challenge to Mayor Jim Kenney
Inquirer: Who are the Republicans running for Philadelphia City Council? And why didn’t the city GOP endorse any of them?
Inquirer: Gun violence victims still feel forgotten. Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Dwight Evans hope to change that.
Inquirer: Philly’s Black Clergy back State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, citing disappointment in Mayor Kenney
Inquirer: City labor unions won’t sue Kenney administration over glitches that affected thousands of paychecks
Inquirer: Elizabeth Warren ripped Joe Biden’s big Philly fund-raiser. Last year, she did an event with some of the same rich donors.
Inquirer: Philly leaders want to end cash bail. Can they agree on how?  
Inquirer: Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s marijuana legalization listening tour is coming to Philadelphia  
Inquirer: Philly Uber and Lyft drivers will join a global day of action on Wednesday  
Inquirer: Area mosques report receiving threats after video shows Muslim children reciting violent poems, songs  
Inquirer: Community members tell Mayor Kenney, city officials that new gun-violence prevention plan doesn’t go far enough  
PLSReporter: City Council presses City Commissioners on controversial voting machines
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly NAACP president paid as Kenney campaign consultant
Billy Penn: Pro-lifers to descend on Philly Planned Parenthood after Sims’ viral rant
Billy Penn: The procrastinator’s guide to the May 2019 primary election in Philly
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly set a $15-an-hour minimum wage?  
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly have a permanent office to help immigrants?  
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly hire unarmed traffic cops?  
Billy Penn: Ballot question: ‘Councilman’ or ‘Councilmember’? You decide.
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s new voting machines dominate budget hearings for City Commissioners
Philly Voice: Rep. Brian Sims films himself yelling at anti-abortion demonstrator at Planned Parenthood

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Madeleine Dean, colleagues promise House action on PFAS chemicals
Bucks County Courier Times: Rockhill PFAS concerns aired during congressional panel
Montgomery Media: U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean hosts PFAS task force
KYW Newsradio: Congressional task force tackles water contamination by chemicals
Daily Local News: Rep. Comitta to host panel on Lyme disease May 9

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate confirms Elliot Howsie as Allegheny County judge
Post-Gazette: Students tell Pittsburgh City Council: Fight gentrification, buy a house
Post-Gazette: ‘People were enraged:’ Not even mayor can stop a determined tow operator
KDKA: Jewish Schools Seeking Piece Of Public Grants To Improve Security
KDKA: Lawrence Co. Lawmaker Wants To Abolish Concealed Carry Gun Permits
City Paper: Some Uber and Lyft drivers plan to strike in Pittsburgh on May 8  
City Paper: Pa. Democrats back bill protecting Dreamers that would grant them path to citizenship
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh council authorizes $32M in spending on I-579 ‘cap’
Tribune Review: Aspinwall council race uncontested but votes will decide length of terms
WESA: What PA Republicans Lack In Messaging They Make Up For With The Presidency, State Party Chair Says
StateImpactPA: EQT fined $330K for erosion violations in Allegheny County

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Transportation committee to discuss eliminating county from emissions testing
Beaver County Times: Lamb to advocate for Beaver County officials
Beaver County Times: County considers moving payroll to controller’s office  
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Bar Association overwhelmingly recommends Laura Tocci for judge  
KDKA: Lawrence Co. Lawmaker Wants To Abolish Concealed Carry Gun Permits
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal hosting veterans brunch
Tribune Review: Lawmakers consider lifting auto emissions testing in Westmoreland County
NEPA
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre candidates talk issues at forum
Times-Tribune: State: Scranton School District’s recovery plan could be ‘catalyst’ for more state funding

South Central  
York Dispatch: GOP candidate for Alloway’s state Senate seat accused of spreading Islamophobia
York Dispatch: York County candidates scrutinize prison’s ICE facility
York Dispatch: Red Lion exceeds expectations for student-led voter registration
LNP | LancasterOnline: HUD official visits former public housing site in Lancaster where grandparents, mother lived
York Daily Record: It’s time to elect your county and local leaders, York County. Here’s who’s on the ballot.  
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County releases 2019-20 fiscal year budget proposal
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s capital projects wish list includes funding technology upgrades, police patrol vehicles
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Senate passes a series of bills aimed at bolstering farm economy
Patriot News: Harrisburg school board candidates debate May 8 at HMAC
Patriot News: State ranks No. 2 in U.S. for bad bridges, with some in central Pa. among the worst: report
Patriot News: Hybrid pension plan options popular with Pa.’s new state government employees
Patriot News: Capitol Hunger Garden serves as a reminder of 1.6 million food insecure people in Pa.

Lehigh Valley    
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners Leinbach and Scott trade barbs on attendance records as primary approaches
Express Times: Bethlehem City Council candidates try to set themselves apart in a crowded field
Express Times: Schedule for rapid repairs of Northampton County bridges hitting troubled waters
Morning Call: Pat Toomey backed a Senate rule change that’s reviving his bureaucratic nemesis
Morning Call: Bethlehem Township, PennEast agree to moving pipeline in $475,000 deal

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: What’s the real story behind the Stephanie Borowicz selfie with white nationalists?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Superior Court visits Williamsport  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County fiscal, controller’s office may see change
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates weigh in on reassessment, economic development, levee issues
Erie Times-News: State Senate confirms Piccinini as Erie County judge

Opinion  
LNP Editorial Board: Public employees shouldn’t be tasked with writing glowing entries for elected officials’ Wikipedia pages
Charles McElwee: Joe Biden places electoral hopes on Pennsylvania
John L. Micek: W. Pa. lawmaker wants to scrap state’s concealed-carry law for gun owners | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Stu Bykofsky: Is Facebook a trustworthy gatekeeper?
John L. Micek: ‘This can never happen again:’ At Capitol rally, activists push for bill criminalizing ‘sextortion’
Will Bunch: I’m a mediocre white man — so I’m thinking about joining the Democratic primary field
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t let disturbing video of children at Philly site repeating awful things in Arabic smear all Muslims
Karl Qualls: We have to challenge injustice and hatred when we see it, or risk a slow slide into genocide
Anwar Curtis: In Harrisburg, Breaking the Chainz is building a community
George Parry: Is Philly Human Relations Commission up to the task of investigating incident at local Islamic center?
Jacquelyn Bonomo: Philly should live up to green stormwater plan and reduce pollution
Inga Saffron: As construction starts at Philly’s Schuylkill Yards, New York’s Hudson Yards serves as a cautionary tale
Charles Bernstein: University community cannot let Penn Book Center close

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