November 19th Playbook

A conservative group releases anti-impeachment ads targeting two Democratic Pennsylvania congressmen, while a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9.50 an hour advances in the state legislature. Here is the Playbook. 

Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Poll: PA Voters Split on Impeaching, Removing Trump From Office: Their most recent poll shows that 49% of voters in the state support impeaching and removing President Donald Trump from office, while 48% oppose it and just a small amount remain undecided.

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House passes fetal remains bill with bipartisan backing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf meets with Dems to mend fences, pitch minimum wage hike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘These victims want their day in court’: In surprise move, state Senate poised to vote this week on statute of limitations reform.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate panel advances Down syndrome abortion ban
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House panel advances bill authorizing vouchers for Harrisburg schools
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate Committee throws support behind Wolf’s Secretary of State nominee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ACLU court settlement means Pa. will end solitary confinement on death row
AP: Bill on handling of fetal remains passes Pennsylvania House
AP: $9.50 minimum wage bill advances in Pennsylvania Legislature
AP: Sunday hunting days poised to become law in Pennsylvania
AP: Pennsylvania families demand investigation into rare cancers
AP: Pennsylvania agrees to upgrade inmates’ death row conditions
AP: Driving under influence charge dropped against lawmaker
WITF: Pennsylvania will stop keeping death-row inmates in indefinite solitary confinement
Washington Post: In a battleground town, sharp divisions over impeachment but few changed minds
PLSReporter: Fetal remains bill passes House as lawmakers spar over its potential effects
PLSReporter: With Senate advancing minimum wage compromise, Wolf again set to do battle with his own party
PLSReporter: Bill to create Harrisburg school voucher program gains committee approval
PLSReporter: Debate over government’s role in health care reignited with advancement of abortion ban, perinatal hospice care bills
Post-Gazette: Legislature passes Sunday hunting, bill moves to governor
National Journal: LCV Action Fund Endorses DePasquale
Inquirer: Pennsylvania lawmakers want an earlier presidential primary — and the attention that comes with it 
Inquirer: As Pa. legislature weighs child sex abuse reforms, acclaimed violinist joins fight for statute of limitations changes
Inquirer: A rising number of pregnant women in Pa. report workplace discrimination, while other states pass laws to prevent it
Inquirer: Pennsylvania will no longer hold death-row prisoners in endless solitary confinement
WHYY Newsworks: GOP leaders want to pilot private school vouchers in Harrisburg
Patriot News: ‘I was not impaired:’ DUI charge dropped, Pa. legislator pleads guilty to speeding
Patriot News: Senate Judiciary Committee passes statute of limitation reforms; floor vote expected later this week
Patriot News: In Pennsylvania, a proposed minimum wage increase may hinge on the House
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers to reform Pa. probation system
Patriot News: Pennsylvania minimum wage increase bill unveiled, and passed, in state Senate committee
City Paper: Pennsylvania ends solitary confinement of inmates on death row
The Hill: Progressive group to spend as much as $45M to turn out young voters
The Hill: Democratic group to only endorse attorney general candidates who back abortion rights
WESA: PA Supreme Court To Consider Demand That State Police Disclose Social Media Monitoring Policy 

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: City Council gets bill to help newsstands survive as print media decline 
KYW Newsradio: Mayor Kenney endorses plan to eliminate library fines
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council passes bill right to counsel bill for low-income tenants
Inquirer: Former VA Secretary David Shulkin to speak at World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
Inquirer: How a Philly neighborhood, where almost everyone has loved ones in prison, is bridging the divide
Philly Voice: ‘Mass shootings’ are underreported in Philadelphia, Temple researchers say

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: One year in, Scanlon hits the ground running 
Delco Daily Times: D.A.-elect Stollsteimer names Chester top cop Nolan to head CID 
Delco Daily Times: Nether Prov gets Pa. funds for Providence Road sidewalks
Daily Local News: Williams lauds housing initiatives in Coatesville 
Daily Local News: Kennett’s new township manager says he will focus on transparency
Inquirer: Women are taking over leadership of this suburban Philly town for the first time ever
Montgomery Media: Warminster faces bleak financial future
Bucks Courier Times: Cross Keys PFAS source still unknown 
Bucks Courier Times: Is PennDOT paving near you? Here’s the agency’s 5-year plan for Bucks County 
Bucks Courier Times: $1 million state grant awarded to New Britain Borough firm

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Childhood cancer concerns prompt meeting with Gov. Wolf
Post-Gazette: Detroit police officer testifies against Chelsa Wagner 
Post-Gazette: Launching a run for Congress, Jerry Dickinson wants a new progressive energy in Washington 
Post-Gazette: Congress reaches bipartisan deal on measure to rein in robocalls 
Post-Gazette: Driving under influence charge dropped against Monroeville lawmaker 
Post-Gazette: State gives $500K to ‘rebuild’ street next to Hunt Armory 
Post-Gazette: Legislature passes Sunday hunting, bill moves to governor
KDKA: DUI Charge Against State Rep. From Monroeville Dropped
KDKA: Prosecution Rests After One Day Of Testimony In Chelsa Wagner Case
KDKA: Southwestern Pa. Families Demand Gov. Wolf’s Administration Investigate Rare Childhood Cancer
KDKA: ‘Under Siege’: Post Gazette Journalists Protest Newspaper Owners 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists union issues ‘no confidence’ vote to management 
City Paper: City of Pittsburgh receives grant to expand blue recycling bin program 
City Paper: United Electrical workers picket ABB manufacturer offices in Forest Hills
Tribune Review: Detroit police officer testifies in Chelsa Wagner trial  
Tribune Review: Andrew McCutchen, Mayor Peduto serve chili, talk reducing poverty on Pittsburgh’s North Side  
Tribune Review: Post-Gazette union votes ‘no confidence’ in management
Tribune Review: Sunday hunting bill heads to Gov. Wolf’s desk
Tribune Review: Judge drops DUI charge against state Rep. Brandon Markosek  

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Proposed legislation concerns Catholics 
Altoona Mirror: Former city mayor loses appeal 
Altoona Mirror: Blair projects get tax-credit funding
Beaver County Times: Decision on Mt. Airy Pittsburgh likely Wednesday 
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa revitalization group awarded $400,000 state tax credit
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns will host bus trip to state Capitol 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Statute of limitations reform clears key hurdle in Senate Judiciary Committee 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Mayor-elect Cognetti announces transition team is studying Scranton government
Times-Tribune: City DPW director answers questions about department gas card usage at council caucus 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County will not select new tax collector until next year 
Citizens Voice: Many people in NEPA still struggling to earn living wage 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County budget hearing set for today 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council cancels closed-door session, opts to hear sewer sale details in open 
The Times Leader: Nanticoke native Palovchak named Times Leader circulation director 

South Central 
Patriot News: In Pennsylvania, a proposed minimum wage increase may hinge on the House
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf urges lawmakers to reform Pa. probation system
Patriot News: Pennsylvania minimum wage increase bill unveiled, and passed, in state Senate committee
York Daily Record: Sunday hunting passes concurrent vote, will become reality in Pa. with governor’s signature
Carlisle Sentinel: Making it count: What will and won’t be asked on 2020 census
LNP | LancasterOnline: Why is Manheim not in Manheim Township? Why doesn’t Lancaster have a county-wide composting program? [We the People]

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Beware ‘junk plans’ in 2020 health insurance open enrollment, senator says in Valley visit
Morning Call: Here’s how Bethlehem plans to inspect each residential rental unit every 3 years
Reading Eagle: Hamburg secures nearly $185,000 in state money to make improvements to Etchberger Memorial Park

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending Nov. 15 
Erie Times-News: Erie looks to slash millions in debt via Water Works deal
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Telephone town hall meeting postponed

Opinion  
York Dispatch Editorial Board: ‘Be reasonable’ on Pa. minimum wage
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Does impeachment make us better? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Escape the vape: Don’t take the risk while health effects are unknown 
Inquirer Editorial Board: When it comes to fossil fuels, Pa. is taking big steps — in the wrong direction
John L. Micek: The Legislature is back. Here’s three things to watch for this week | Monday Morning Coffee
Jennifer Stefano: Time for conservatives to get progressive on education reform
Malcolm Jenkins: When picking new police commissioner, Mayor Kenney must listen to real Philadelphians
Jagdish Khubchandani: Santa Clarita school shooting shows yet again that the U.S. has no handle on this crisis 
Charlie Gerow: Even if they impeach the president, it won’t help Democrats 
Trudy Rubin: ‘We need help!’ Young protesters stand up for Hong Kong democracy against enormous odds 
Dick Polman: Why are Republicans still obsessed with the whistleblower? 
Roxanne Shepelavy: Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2019: Reducing Poverty – Together
Katera Moore: Environmental Justice in Schools is Social Justice
Brianna Baker: Ideas We Should Steal: Reusable Bag Share
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: ‘American Factory’ portends grim future of jobs in America

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