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September 16th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf honors Tree of Life victims in a visit to a former Nazi-run concentration camp in Poland. Here is the Playbook. 

September 13th Ups & Downs: Gov. Tom Wolf announces a move aimed at making voting easier to Pennsylvanians, Democrats in Chester County are at odds over a specific local issue, and a Philly City Council third party candidate receives an endorsement from a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. state lawmakers among the highest paid in U.S., but they’re doing less and less actual lawmaking
Post-Gazette: At former Nazi-run concentration camp, Gov. Wolf remembers Tree of Life victims 
KDKA: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Visits Auschwitz Museum, Honors Tree Of Life Victims
Inquirer: Should Gov. Wolf release these 9 prison lifers? The Board of Pardons thinks so
Patriot News: Rallies in the Pa. Capitol Rotunda are in for a change with crowd size now limited
WITF: Wolf, Republicans resume tug-of-war over Medicaid work requirements
AP: Review says state lawmakers introducing, passing fewer bills
AP: Lawmaker from Philly suburbs gets house arrest for 2nd DUI
AP: Township zoning aims to bar pipelines, turbines near trail
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Toomey: Beto O’Rourke’s plan to confiscate assault weapons is an ‘awful and extreme’ idea
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Pennsylvania believes in second chances,’ LG Fetterman says during Pardons Board’s historic day
PLSReporter: House Transportation considers looming funding shortfall
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Pardon reforms, family leave and school police officers
PLSReporter: Policymakers, activists search for consensus on lawmaker gift ban
PLSReporter: DePasquale provides update on Harrisburg School District’s road to financial recovery
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 22: The legislators are back in town
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – September 9, 2019
CNN: Retired steel worker slams Trump as his town languishes
StateImpactPA: Pa. business advocates celebrate Trump’s Clean Water rollback
StateImpactPA: What we learned from StateImpact Pennsylvania’s forum in Philadelphia on climate change adaptation, resilience, and social equity
StateImpactPA: PUC says no leak or damage to line after latest sinkhole along Mariner East 2 in Delaware County

Philadelphia Tribune: Kenney angling to revive residency requirement for Philadelphia police officers
Philadelphia Tribune: Councilman wants to give school district $10M to address lead, asbestos in classrooms 
Philadelphia Magazine: Why Philly Mag Is Fighting the Kenney Administration’s Attempt to Undermine a Free Press
Philadelphia Magazine: Fact-Checking All of the Mysteries Surrounding Donald Trump and Penn
Inquirer: Philly Mag threatens to sue Mayor Jim Kenney for ‘retaliatory’ restrictions on access to information
Inquirer: As deadline looms to appeal 2020 Philly property assessments, thousands of homeowners are left in limbo
Inquirer: Immigrant families with severely ill or disabled children now face deportation by Trump administration
WHYY Newsworks: Kermit Gosnell’s West Philly ‘house of horrors’ could be bought by anti-abortion group 
KYW Newsradio: Kenney seeks new police commissioner, wants public input about the choice
KYW Newsradio: Elizabeth Warren makes news in Philadelphia — without even showing up
KYW Newsradio: Law requiring warning labels on high sodium meals to take effect in Philly
KYW Newsradio: Cannabis conference looks to level the field for medical marijuana in Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: New designation gives Bucks County another tool in the fight against drug trafficking

Daily Local News: Pipeline foes hold rally at sinkhole site in Middletown 
Daily Local News: Cardamone receives FOP endorsement for Chesco judge
Daily Local News: Chesco Controller: Sheriff busted OT budget
Delco Daily Times: Delco County Council candidates announce set of 3 debates
Delco Daily Times: Sinkhole develops in Middletown; PUC sets probe
Delco Daily Times: Gun control letter sparks controversy in Radnor
Delco Daily Times: Media rolls out new parking plan bases on kiosks, new app
Philly Voice: New sinkhole opens up along Mariner East 2 pipeline in Delaware County
Bucks Local News: State senator hosting Addiction Prevention and Recovery Open House in Lower Makefield
Bucks County Courier Times: Designation to give Bucks County more resources to fight illegal drug use

KDKA: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Visits Auschwitz Museum, Honors Tree Of Life Victims
KDKA: Giant Eagle Says It Prefers Customers No Longer Open Carry In Grocery Stores, Gas Stations
KDKA: Department Of Defense, Pittsburgh Police To Hold Safety Drills
WESA: State Rep. Dan Frankel Says Gun Violence A Public Health Issue, Hopeful For Bipartisan Support
City Paper: Study says renewable energy power plants will overtake natural-gas plants by 2035
City Paper: Over the last year, 7,000 Pennsylvanians have lost health insurance
City Paper: Giant Eagle is urging customers not to open carry firearms in its stores
City Paper: Why Port Authority wants to consolidate some bus stops
Pittsburgh Business Times: Giant Eagle changes its open carry policy
Post-Gazette: At former Nazi-run concentration camp, Gov. Wolf remembers Tree of Life victims 
Post-Gazette: Who are the people Downtown panhandling, sleeping or hanging out? 
Post-Gazette: Giant Eagle asks customers to not open carry at its stores 
Post-Gazette: Childhood cancers in the Canon-McMillan School District prompt a series of public meetings 
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto, Penguins’ Kevin Acklin tour Hunt Armory to discuss agreement for indoor rink 
Tribune Review: Treat gun violence as a ‘public health epidemic,’ state lawmakers are told 

Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvanians’ right to bear arms not a hassle-free zone 
Altoona Mirror: Trump finishes off water rule
Altoona Mirror: Rally to urge climate action 
Altoona Mirror: Grant to aid Cambria child center 
Observer-Reporter: Residents gather at meeting about impacts of fracking 
Observer-Reporter: Kennedy Twp rescinds employment offer to Matthew Staniszewski  
Observer-Reporter: Westmoreland County commissioners shedding light on human trafficking 
Observer-Reporter: Langeloth metal firm, UAW reach agreement on picketing 
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council to address rat problem
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi to strictly enforce animal abandonment laws 
Beaver County Times: Former state lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Joe Kolter dead at 93 
Beaver County Times: Councilman Noto resigns in Midland
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Full slate awaits lawmakers in fall session 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Town hall events scheduled for Cambria County 

The Times Leader: State expanding services for seniors, veterans, people with disabilities 
The Times Leader: Lawmakers taking White Haven fight back to Harrisburg
The Times Leader: Agreement proposed between Luzerne County and Wyoming Valley Levee overseer
Times-Tribune: Pharmacists urge support for bills to increase pricing transparency
Times-Tribune: Some local nursing homes low on federal agency’s ratings 
Citizens Voice: POLITICAL SCENE 
Citizens Voice: County councilman to lead high school voter registration drive

South Central  
Patriot News: Rallies in the Pa. Capitol Rotunda are in for a change with crowd size now limited
Patriot News: Pa.’s charter schools say Gov. Wolf is attacking them and trying to limit choices for parents 
Patriot News: Raising Pa.’s minimum wage remains a political football as Penn State-Pitt fans will notice on Saturday 
Patriot News: State auditors looking at Harrisburg schools to date found nothing worth sharing with investigators
Patriot News: They came from Puerto Rico to Pa. after Hurricane Maria; now they are in job market, higher ed
LNP | LancasterOnline: City Council OKs razing small buildings on Lime Street site eyed for future development 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Voices from the Heartland’ exhibit aims to spark conversation about mass incarceration through corn maze, quilts 
LNP | LancasterOnline: New CWD plan for PA includes radical deer control measures

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan holds town hall in Reading, address immigration, guns and infrastructure
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania voters can apply online for absentee ballots beginning today 
Reading Eagle: A good week for the GOP in North Carolina, and for Elizabeth Warren’s Democratic presidential bid
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Victims rights group honors Congressman Dan Meuser 
Reading Eagle: Berks County school officials, families split on later start to school days 
Reading Eagle: Reading offers grant program for homeowners to repair their sidewalks
Morning Call: Lou Barletta is fighting back on behalf of the latest potential casualty in Trump’s trade war: Italian pasta
Morning Call: Allentown’s new police chief says he’ll put more officers in neighborhoods 
Morning Call: Why one Northampton County town is taking action to protect the Appalachian Trail from pipelines and cellphone towers
Express Times: Hunterdon County freeholder charged with DWI says he will plead not guilty

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie officials, police meet high-crime area residents 
Centre Daily Times: Penn State Board of Trustees approve salary increase for president Eric Barron
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Supervisors OK block grant application 

Inquirer Editorial Board: Death-penalty case at the State Supreme Court is a reminder that Harrisburg lawmakers not doing their job 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Will Governor Wolf finally bring change to charter school law? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Compromise on fuel standards: A better way to get from here to there
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Not a bright idea: Rules favoring efficient bulbs should be unchanged
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Prevention is key: Mandated testing for lead poisoning is not enough 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Snooze for heart health 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The capitalist: T. Boone Pickens was a showman with a plan
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: One too many?: Drinking on campus a sobering idea
Patrick J. Eiding: What are 2020 candidates going to do for working families and unions? 
Salena Zito: The crackers and frackers could hold the keys to 2020
David Spigelmyer: Public policy should support, not eliminate, technology behind shale gas revolution
Andy Hoover: SCI-Retreat Closing: Prisons should never be a community’s economic development strategy
John L. Micek: Pa. Rep. Dean, others back bill to protect military kids from PFAS contaminants | Friday Morning Coffee
Vince Phillips: Pennsylvania doesn’t need to allow Sunday hunting. This is why
Maria Panaritis: A Proud Boys scandal in Haverford has left deep wounds 
Mike Newall: This Philly block is a window into the city’s battle against gun violence 
Brian O’Neill: Pittsburgh’s biggest nonprofits need to pay their fair share
Keith C. Burris: Greatness of the city
Abraham Gutman: Which comes first: the developers or the rich people who gentrify the neighborhood? | Brain Trust
Bruce Ledewitz: Nationalism is atheism. America was born of a grander vision 
Tim Hartman: That vaping? It’ll kill ya | Editorial Cartoon
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia Police organization chart
John L. Micek: Beto O’Rourke’s inconvenient truth: Bans on assault weapons work 
Will Bunch: Elite D.C. pundits love moderation, low taxes on the rich … and Joe Biden. They just don’t get it. 
Maurice L. Hall: As an immigrant and scholar, I’ve seen how cultural change defines America | Perspective
Karen Kane: High stakes case immersed unfairly in secrecy
Carolyn C. Cannuscio, Zachary F. Meisel, and Rachel Feuerstein-Simon: Social justice is the foundation of healthcare — and medical education
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Mirror, mirror, who’s the finest security adviser of them all?
JD Mullane: Two mysteries of the vape phenom
Trudy Rubin: Benjamin Netanyahu’s election pledge to annex much of West Bank undermines Israeli security
John Fry: Taking charge of Philadelphia History Museum stays true to Drexel’s mission 
John N. Mitchell: The right’s attack on Jemele Hill didn’t stray beyond the standard talking points
David M. Shribman: The Trump-Trudeau conflict

  • 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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