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May 9th Playbook

Three Mile Island plant is set to close in the fall, while details for former VP Joe Biden’s Philadelphia rally were released. Here is the Playbook.

MAPS: PA’s 5 Most Vulnerable State House Dems: In part two of a three part series, we look into recent leans and trends to predict which state House Democrats are most vulnerable in 2020.

Reader Poll: Should PA Allow Independents to Vote In Primaries?: As multiple party leaders warm up to the idea of open primaries, the conversation begins to heat up in Harrisburg.

Biden To Rally In Philly: This will be the former Vice President’s second public event in the state as a declared presidential candidate for 2020.

Politically Uncorrected: Pennsylvania’s Primary Problem: When voters head to the primary polls this year they will confront a bewildering welter of possible candidate choices for a wide variety of offices.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Three Mile Island plant, site of nuclear accident, to close
AP: Wolf started second term with hefty raises to senior aides
AP: Pa.’s Dean and Scanlon join majority in voting to hold AG Barr in contempt
AP: Pennsylvania school drops ‘God bless America’ after pledge
Philly Voice: When and where to see Joe Biden’s first 2020 campaign rally in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Three Mile Island will close this fall, as time runs out for Legislature to advance nuclear bills
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We need to stop it before it happens:’ Bipartisan House coalition rolls out new school safety measures
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean calls House vote to hold Trump’s attorney general in contempt a ‘grave moment’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We can’t ask any questions:’ Environmental official gets OK from Senate committee over pipeline objections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ramadan 2019: Why it’s called Ramadan – six questions about the holiday answered
Patriot News: Pa. House leaders lecture members about their behavior in rare public scolding
Patriot News: School safety bill package seeks to go beyond locking doors and security cameras
PLSReporter: Legislative effort fails to save Three Mile Island
PLSReporter: Legislation that protects in-state tuition for military families passes through committee and heads to the floor
PLSReporter: Legislators propose package of bills that aim to keep schools safe, support students and staff
PLSReporter: Senators cheer passage of ’Farming First’ package, even as agencies express concerns about two bills
PLSReporter: DEP secretary receives positive recommendation from Senate ERE Committee, despite pipeline controversies
KYW Newsradio: New bill will protect good Samaritans who rescue kids from hot cars
KDKA: In Wake Of Colo. School Shooting, Pa. Lawmakers Advance Bills To Increase School Safety
StateImpactPA: Three Mile Island will close Sept. 30, as nuclear rescue legislation stalls in Harrisburg
StateImpactPA: Range Resources turned down in request to see reporters’ documents, communications with sources
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House leaders: Time for members to stop one-upping each other with outrage
Philadelphia Business Journal: How prepared is Pennsylvania for a public health emergency?
Inquirer: Voting absentee in the 2019 Pennsylvania primary? Do it soon. Here’s how.
Inquirer: Pa. lawmaker taking heat for selfie with man wearing T-shirt tied to white supremacists
Inquirer: 3 things to know about the Pa. Superior Court candidates: Their legal heroes, fundraising, and biggest weaknesses
Inquirer: In Pennsylvania, May 23 will be ‘143 Day’ in tribute to Mr. Rogers, the state’s kindest native son
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey introduces bill to help victims of gun violence

Philly Voice: When and where to see Joe Biden’s first 2020 campaign rally in Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Larry Krasner: Philly is ‘very close’ to ending criminalization of all drug possession
Philly Voice: Philly to announce $10,000 assistance program for first-time homebuyers
KYW Newsradio: Controversy erupts after state Rep.’s encounter with abortion protester in Philly
KYW Newsradio: Violence continues, even as Philly cops remove more guns from streets
PLSReporter: PA Gaming Control Board gets update on Live! Casino in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Activists file ethics complaint against Allan Domb
Philadelphia Magazine: John Fetterman’s Marijuana “Listening Tour” Will Make Four Stops in Philly
Inquirer: Activists say Councilman Allan Domb shouldn’t vote on tax abatement due to his real estate business
Inquirer: Thousands of Philly homeowners are still waiting for 2019 assessment appeal hearings — and will be for months
Inquirer: As Uber and Lyft drivers strike across the globe, Philly drivers join the protest

Daily Local News: Area state lawmakers introduce bill to transition to renewable energy
Daily Local News: Rep. Houlahan advances package of small business bills
Daily Local News: Sen. Killion backs passage of ‘Farming First’ bills
Daily Local News: Sen. Dinniman raises questions on pipeline during Senate hearing
Daily Local News: Chester County candidates talk about issues at forum
Daily Local News: Chesco lawyer to lead state Bar Association House of Delegates
Delco Daily Times: Springfield school drops ‘God Bless America’ after complaint

WESA: County Likely To Conduct National Search For Next Top Public Defender
KDKA: In Wake Of Colo. School Shooting, Pa. Lawmakers Advance Bills To Increase School Safety
KDKA: County Executive Says ‘Trump Administration, EPA Are Making Allegheny Co. Residents Pay More For Gas’
Post-Gazette: Audit says there was no bidding process in most large Allegheny County contracts

Observer-Reporter: County Bar Association announces results of poll in judicial race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: GOP commissioner hopefuls talk taxes, jobs at forum
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown council OKs compromise on fighting blight
Beaver County Times: County unhappy with Brighton Township fees
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Josh Kail’s bill would rename Vanport Bridge to honor Dick Shaw
Altoona Mirror: Ag head to speak
KDKA: Westmoreland Co. Considering Getting Rid Of Emissions Inspection Requirement

The Times Leader: Schwager to serve as president-elect of Pennsylvania Bar Association
Times-Tribune: At city Council debate, candidates talk trash fee, City Hall renovation, more
Times-Tribune: 75 Years Ago – Former mayoral candidate charged by Scranton Police
Citizens Voice: Citizen activist launches write-in campaign for county council

South Central  
Patriot News: TMI to move ahead with plans for Sept. 30 shutdown, says legislative help won’t come in time
Patriot News: This is not a drill: Struggling Three Mile Island nuclear power plant runs out of lifelines
Patriot News: “Punch in the stomach”: Nuclear subsidy bill sponsor reacts to TMI announcement with anger toward colleagues.
Patriot News: Loss of Three Mile Island will be major economic hit to region
Patriot News: Eight challengers for Harrisburg school board seats answer questions at HMAC forum, one incumbent leaves the stage
Patriot News: Nursing home workers, owners agree on more money, but workers want “strings attached”
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf commutes life prison term for man convicted in 1968 Harrisburg bank robbery-murder
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District plan calls for property tax increase in its 2019-2020 budget
Carlisle Sentinel: On the agenda: Carlisle council looks at cycling and slavery
York Daily Record: It’s time to elect your county and local leaders, York County. Here’s who’s on the ballot.
York Dispatch: GOP candidate for Alloway’s state Senate seat accused of spreading Islamophobia    
York Dispatch: Blanda Nace drops out of the race for York County commissioner
LNP | LancasterOnline: Three Mile Island’s closure: 5 quick takeaways on what’s happening, what’s next and why     
LNP | LancasterOnline: Three Mile Island: Experts say grid is fine; critics say it could be ‘beginning of end’ for nuclear power in Pa.

Lehigh Valley    
Morning Call: Whitehall mayor, commissioner face off in race to lead township
Morning Call: Does Northampton County DA candidate’s marriage to Bethlehem police chief disqualify her? No, experts say
Morning Call: North Whitehall residents to decide whether to fund farmland, open space preservation in township
Reading Eagle: Reading mayoral candidates talk economic development  
Reading Eagle: Reading School District introduces $291 million budget, tax increase

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State court wraps up visit to city
Erie Times-News: Erie lawyer Sala emphasizes work ethic in run for judge
Erie Times-News: What is the future of Erie’s Pleasant Ridge Manor East?
Erie Times-News: Harborcreek supervisor candidates outline issues
Erie Times-News: Forum set for Wednesday night in Erie School Board race

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Deadly force: Better police training will reduce fatal encounters
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sinking in: Indonesia’s dilemma underscores climate change threat
Inquirer Editorial Board: Primary school: The 10-year tax abatement
Elizabeth Fiedler, Rick Bloomingdale, and Rosslyn Wuchinich: All Pennsylvanians deserve a fair workweek
Keith Coyle: It was pipeline workers who helped defeat the Nazis
John Baer: State lawmakers mostly duck the pension reform they passed for others
John L. Micek: Brian Sims was right, defending abortion rights is a critical fight. His tactics were all wrong | Wednesday Morning Coffee
David Fiorenza: Pennsylvania’s sports betting is not a good investment
Paul Muschick: Here’s a way to make Pennsylvania’s elections more transparent
Jim Hertzler: It’s time to get our heads together on infrastructure
Jeffrey Lurie: As autism diagnoses grow, research is key
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: America’s Royal baby
Philip Hackney: Does the NRA need to worry about losing its nonprofit status?
Thomas Charlton: Education helps, but it’s not essential to success in today’s business world
Maria Panaritis: ‘Amazon be damned’: Two guys are giving Phoenixville a bookstore. They may be nuts — or brilliant
Trudy Rubin: In Philadelphia, Irish civic leaders discuss Brexit’s harsh impact on their homeland

  • 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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