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September 17th Playbook

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and other 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls take on Philly for the AFL-CIO Workers Summit. PAGOP Chair Lawrence Tabas appoints a new General Counsel for the state party. Here is the Playbook. 

Tabas Announces New PAGOP General Counsel: Kathleen Gallagher will be taking over the role of PAGOP General Counsel, which was previously held by Joel Frank. Former Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren was appointed as the Election Day Operations Counsel for the state party.

Klobuchar To Campaign in Philly, Pittsburgh: The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful’s “Blue Wall” tour will include a speech at the Philadelphia AFL-CIO 2020 Workers Presidential Summit on Tuesday evening, plus attending a union meeting and meeting with supporters in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders to attend Democratic presidential labor forum in Philadelphia on Tuesday
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s wet towns get a little extra cash for hosting liquor licensees
Inquirer: Big Marijuana: Florida firm rolls up 15 dispensary permits in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pennsylvania sports betting, led by newcomer FanDuel, surges 84% in August
WITF: Pa.’s lawmakers return to Harrisburg this month. Here’s their plan.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: During Capitol rally, charter school parents, students vow to push back against Wolf’s proposed reforms
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Capital-Star Q&A: PA-10 Republican candidate Bobby Jeffries thinks he’d be Trump’s man for Central Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: There’s bipartisan agreement Pa.’s absentee voting law is broken. Will the Legislature act?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The biggest way to make a difference is to vote’: Latinx leaders tout clout, culture at start of Hispanic Heritage Month
WHYY Newsworks: A clash on cyber charters kicks off fall legislative session in Harrisburg
WHYY Newsworks: A chance of freedom? New bill could release 1,000 people sentenced to life in Pa. prisons
AP: ‘Once you have it, you need it’: Opioid epidemic still rages 
AP: Feds Want To Store Three Mile Island Nuclear Debris In Idaho
The Hill: Trump’s economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll
PLSReporter: Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting
PLSReporter: Online wine? Rothman bill would allow online wine and beer delivery in Pa.
PLSReporter: Rep. Dan Frankel holds hearing on gun violence as a public health issue
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of September 16
Politico: Amy Klobuchar to embark on tour of ‘blue wall’ states 
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania has a key role in talk of a carbon-neutral economy. We’ll take a closer look at the stakes
StateImpactPA: Interview with author Naomi Klein: ‘We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism’
StateImpactPA: At Grangemouth refinery in Scotland, a plastics evangelist says U.S. shale gas is vital
Washington Examiner: Democratic congressman introduced truck crash legislation benefiting his family law firm

Inquirer: Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders to attend Democratic presidential labor forum in Philadelphia on Tuesday
Inquirer: Police union to sue city over faulty payroll software
Inquirer: Federal judge stays Hahnemann residency sale; St. Chris auction pushed to Thursday
KYW Newsradio: Congressman calls for student loan forgiveness plan to apply to faith-based workers
KYW Newsradio: Fed up with rampant overdoses, Kensington residents try Narcan bike patrols 
WHYY Newsworks: Judge puts freeze on sale of Hahnemann residency program — for now 
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania launches online application for absentee ballot

Pottstown Mercury: US Rep. Houlahan addresses immigration, guns, infrastructure at town hall
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough urges state lawmakers to pass law banning polystyrene containers; planners to hear preliminary plans for State & Court redevelopment
Daily Local News: Targeted removal of deer in areas affected by chronic wasting disease being considered
Delco Daily Times: D.A. candidates picking debate time, location

WESA: Presidential Candidate, Minn. Senator Amy Klobuchar To Visit Pittsburgh Wednesday
Post-Gazette: Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar visiting Pittsburgh on Wednesday
Post-Gazette: Residents told Hazelwood neighborhood plan is still developing
Post-Gazette: State committee expected to find many more maternal mortality cases
Post-Gazette: Free naloxone kits will be handed out in Pittsburgh on Sept. 18 and 25
Post-Gazette: In Washington, Pa., a ‘recovery town’ embarks on one of its own
KDKA: Democratic Presidential Hopeful Sen. Amy Klobuchar To Visit Pittsburgh
KDKA: AHN Program Using Alternative Treatments, Not Opioids, For Pain Management
KDKA: Investigators Release Transcript Of Phone Call Between Attorneys, Judge In Tree Of Life Shooting Case
Tribune Review: Pa. to help dependent prescription opioid patients avoid black market
Tribune Review: Presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to visit Pittsburgh

Observer-Reporter: Residents gather at meeting about impacts of fracking
Altoona Mirror: Rally to urge climate action 
Beaver County Times: PennDOT: Roundabouts reducing fatalities, injuries, crashes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Learning session will focus on veterans facing drug addiction 

Times-Tribune: Huge field running for Scranton mayor
Times-Tribune: Mayor wants quality of life rules amended 
Times-Tribune: MONDAY UPDATE: Plans for Archbald natural gas plant crumble
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County had highest number of fatal crashes last year since 2002
Times-Tribune: Carbondale council authorizies city to submit $2 million grant application
The Times Leader: Pennsylvania’s new online absentee ballot application launches today
Citizens Voice: Pa. workshop on gender pay gap planned at King’s

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Biggest bank in Lancaster County remains Fulton Bank, by widest margin ever
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District leader approves charter oversight
Patriot News: Parents in Central Pa. school district raise concerns of racial harassment, hostility
Patriot News: Hearing postponed on protection from abuse order against district judge
PA Post: Fort Indiantown Gap added to list of PFAS contamination sites
AP: Feds Want To Store Three Mile Island Nuclear Debris In Idaho  
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough warns residents to “proceed at your own risk” with house number painting offer
York Dispatch: Commissioners to vote Wednesday on $750K contract for 911 center

Lehigh Valley     
AP: This Northampton County township aims to bar pipelines, turbines near Appalachian Trail
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s sheriff named to Wolf’s gun violence task force
Morning Call: Allentown School District: Should a supermajority vote be required to name buildings?
Morning Call: Keurig Dr Pepper’s plan at old Kraft site in Upper Macungie: a $220 million investment, about 400 jobs
Express Times: Want to know how climate change affects your area? Ask a winemaker.

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congressman, officials tout perks of zones
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Opioid epidemic still rages as lawsuits progress
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Residents view new voting systems
Erie Times-News: Erie transit officials reviewing worker bill  

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Not just a pipe dream: Laws must adapt to reality of medicinal marijuana
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What does the country want?
Inquirer Editorial Board: A distraction, not an answer, on guns 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Regulating e-cigarettes requires a scalpel, not a hammer 
Lou Barletta: Why I’ve joined a new coalition to support Brexit
Tom Ridge: Law enforcement’s encryption dilemma
John L. Micek: They’re baaack: The 3 big challenges facing the General Assembly this fall | Monday Morning Coffee
Tom McGrath: What’s Worse Than Jim Kenney Trying to Squelch Press Freedom? Having His Team Lie About It
Chris Kelly: Scranton mayoral contest is a sack race
Charlie Gerow: Democrats continue push to the left, ignoring the voters they will need for the general election
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Teen climate activist builds following with Downtown vigil
Dick Polman: Would an economic ‘Trump Slump’ doom his re-election? 
Christine Kelleher Palus: College is not just for young students 
Brian O’Neill: Giving the gift of clean water
Dan Kelly: Hamburg mayor declares war on lanternflies
Dana Zartner: Toledo voters just gave legal rights to Lake Erie: That’s an important step toward keeping it clean
Rachel Greszler: Ms. Monopoly’s ‘woke’ rules devalue women, rather than empower them 
Risa Robinson: Vaping debate should look at how, not just what, people vape

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