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September 18th Playbook

State Sen. Mike Folmer was charged Tuesday evening with possession of child pornography. Here is the Playbook. 

Folmer Charged With Possession of Child Pornography: A release from Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office says that Folmer was charged Tuesday evening with Sexual Abuse of Children, Possession of Child Pornography, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.

Sen. Chris Murphy To Headline PA Dems Fall Dinner: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party lauds Murphy for his work taking on big special interests and credit him as being a leading voice to create jobs, fighting for quality healthcare, and keeping kids safe from gun violence.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges
AP: Sanders-Biden feud ramps up in front of key union audience
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for immediate resignation of Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer over child porn charges 
Patriot News: Trump’s campaign machine gears up to win Pa. again, raising money at ‘historic level’ 
Inquirer: Pa. state senator from Lebanon County charged with possession of child pornography
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: BREAKING: AG Josh Shapiro brings child porn charges against state Sen. Mike Folmer 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Full House: David Rowe sworn in, bringing chamber to full complement
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Everything you need to know about Pennsylvania’s gun laws and the debate to expand them 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Philadelphia can’t impose conditions on charter operator seeking to open middle school, state appeal board rules 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. environmental board will vet proposed rules restricting potent greenhouse gas emissions 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On Sept. 18 and 25, Pennsylvanians can pick up free naloxone at 87 sites statewide
Post-Gazette: Liberal groups pledge millions to push Pa. Trump voters to switch allegiance 
WITF: Pa. lawmakers set election reform agenda: Five takeaways
Politico: Meehan becomes a lobbyist
PA Post: A chance for freedom? New bill could release 1,000 people sentenced to life in Pa. prisons
PLSReporter: Legislators considering proposals to heighten punishments for some violent offenders 
PLSReporter: Advocates call for ERPOs as a tool to combat suicides 
PLSReporter: House Gaming discusses impact of sports betting
The Hill: Pennsylvania state senator charged with child porn possession 
The Hill: EXCLUSIVE: Swing-state voters oppose ‘surprise’ medical bill legislation, Trump pollster warns 
StateImpactPA: Environmentalists pressure Wolf to act faster on methane emissions
StateImpactPA: Court ruling clears way for Mariner East construction to restart at West Whiteland
StateImpactPA: In the UK, fracking is not a thing — so shale gas from the U.S. has become their workaround
StateImpactPA: Climate change forum in Philadelphia: More impacts to come, but some already ‘in the rear view mirror’ 
StateImpactPA: With Volkswagen money, advocates say, Pa. should be all-in on electric vehicles — but that’s not happening

Billy Penn: 5 things to know from Philly’s 2020 labor summit with Sanders, Biden and other hopefuls
Philly Voice: Biden, Sanders and other Dems vie for labor support in Philly
Inquirer: Joe Biden touts political longevity in bid for union support at Philly event: ‘You all know me.’
Inquirer: Philly elections officials touted new electronic poll books. Now the city says they don’t work right.
Inquirer: FOP president John McNesby calls for leadership change over faulty city payroll software
Inquirer: Aspira sues Philly School District, board in charter renewal fight
Inquirer: SEPTA’s natural gas plant in Nicetown drew controversy. An important ruling could come next month.
Inquirer: Philly airport workers are being forced to sign away their rights to take their employer to court
Inquirer: As climate changes and seas rise, Philadelphia International Airport is in the crosshairs
Inquirer: Residents want community benefits from Germantown High School’s developer. Now, they must decide what to request.
Inquirer: At least $7 million of Philly police overtime costs may be avoidable, state board says
WHYY Newsworks: Activists protest Wolf administration’s decision to limit rally sizes in Capitol
WHYY Newsworks: Flush that! New plumbing code expected to cut construction costs by 20%
Philadelphia Magazine: New Online Absentee Ballot Request Makes Voting in Pa. … Marginally Easier
KYW Newsradio: City of Philadelphia facing lawsuit over error-ridden paychecks
KYW Newsradio: In Philly, Census Bureau director gets the word out on the importance of being counted 
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Black clergy: We want college loan forgiveness to encourage service

Delco Daily Times: Ex-Radnor prez gets 151 months in prison for child porn 
Delco Daily Times: DELCORA Board OKs $276 million merger deal with Aqua Pa. 
Delco Daily Times: Kearney looks to close loophole on child victim testimony
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County Sheriff Weaknecht named to Gov. Wolf’s gun violence task force
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP: First statewide PFAS testing results due within weeks 
Inquirer: Ex-Radnor Township board chair Philip Ahr sentenced to more than 12 years in child porn case
Inquirer: Neighbors angry over plan to open a shelter for undocumented migrant children in Devon
KYW Newsradio: Ex-Radnor Township board president sentenced to 12 years in prison on child porn charges
Daily Local News: Pipeline construction on new deadline’s schedule 
Daily Local News: Rep. Shusterman returns to Harrisburg, outlines legislative priorities 
Daily Local News: AAUW leaders set goals, discuss political issues 
Daily Local News: Oxford mayor injured in crash in Maryland
Daily Local News: Green projects in Chester County get funding to tune of $740,000 
Daily Local News: Rep. Williams applauds grant extension for Domestic Violence Center

KDKA: Mayor Peduto, Gender Equity Commission Present Findings On Pittsburgh’s Gender And Racial Inequality 
Post-Gazette: Liberal groups pledge millions to push Pa. Trump voters to switch allegiance 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s black population trails other cities in quality of life, report says 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh lobbyist faces new fraud, theft charges 
Post-Gazette: UPMC to receive state grant to study Ewing sarcoma
City Paper: Reports suggested that Downtown Pittsburgh had a crime wave this summer. But it didn’t. What actually happened? 
City Paper: CNN anchor Van Jones, Rep. Ed Gainey advocate probation reform in East Liberty
City Paper: Commonwealth Prevention Alliance focuses this year’s Recovery Month campaign on “difference-makers”
Pittsburgh Business Times: Legislators seek protection from carbon tax for coal industry
Tribune Review: Report offers stark picture of inequalities by gender, race in Pittsburgh 
WESA: Protesters Call On Toomey To Push For Election Security Measures, But Senate Action Unlikely 
WESA: Ahead Of Imminent Cuts, Future For Some At Post-Gazette Is Uncertain

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns sues LCB over info on liquor license availability 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Eight area groups get state grants 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Group plans ‘March for Medicaid’ 
Altoona Mirror: Blair to buy printed ballots
Observer-Reporter: Election board chooses ES&S for new voting machines to be deployed in 2020
Observer-Reporter: Opioid OD admissions drop in county and state, study says
Observer-Reporter: Judge clamps down on clerk of courts’ policies, procedures
Observer-Reporter: Candidates for DA clash over handling of theater shooting
Observer-Reporter: $100k state grant earmarked for Ewing research
Beaver County Times: Montgomery Locks and Dams repairs ‘should be dealt with now’
Beaver County Times: U.S. Census Bureau representative to speak Sept. 18 at history center
Beaver County Times: $25,000 grant focuses on public health, food

Citizens Voice: Judge rejects objections to county’s voting district plan 
Citizens Voice: NEPA opioid overdose hospitalizations drop 
Citizens Voice: Flood authority tables vote on agreement with county 
Citizens Voice: County woman will lead state’s celebration of nation’s 250th birthday 
Citizens Voice: Wolf to receive Public Service Award
The Times Leader: Judge dismisses objections against Luzerne County voting district changes 
The Times Leader: State kicks off ‘Get Help Now Week’ to stop overdoses in PA 
The Times Leader: Opioid overdose admissions decline more slowly in Luzerne County than statewide 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Flood Authority agreement with county on hold 
The Times Leader: Keurig Dr Pepper facility to bring 378 new jobs to Lehigh Valley
Times-Tribune: Scranton to take credit card payments for permits 
Times-Tribune: Track, trails in Lackawanna County receive state grants 
Times-Tribune: Lawsuit by Bob Bolus challenges Nay Aug Park parking pact between Scranton and Geisinger CMC hospital 

South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. state senator charged with possession of child pornography
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for immediate resignation of Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer over child porn charges 
Patriot News: Pa. senator’s social media account linked to child pornography as far back as 2017: court documents
Patriot News: Trump’s campaign machine gears up to win Pa. again, raising money at ‘historic level’ 
Patriot News: Calls for a red flag gun law in Pa.: ‘This isn’t a gun issue. This is a public health issue.’ 
Patriot News: Pa. Liquor Control Board’s refusal to share records with state lawmaker sparks court battle 
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer loses leadership post over ‘deeply disturbing’ child porn charges 
Patriot News: At least two private companies expressed interest in buying Harrisburg’s water system, mayor says 
York Daily Record: State Senator charged with possession of child porn
York Dispatch: AG: State Sen. Mike Folmer charged with having child pornography 
York Dispatch: York City’s police union rescinds sheriff endorsement, votes to support challenger
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Tom Wolf ‘has not decided’ whether to push for full marijuana legalization, Fetterman says 
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Applying the “lemon law” to motorcycles 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle takes step to raise parking rates downtown for first time since 2006

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: State Sen. David G. Argall pays a visit to Spring Township 
Reading Eagle: Reading skatepark, Birdsboro foot bridge awarded state grants totaling $250,000-plus
Morning Call: ‘There’s such an allure here for you.’ Court records reveal the stories of Pennsylvania immigrants arrested for illegally returning to the U.S.

North by Northwest
Erie Times News: Erie County Council expands bed tax, picks new voting machines
Erie Times-News: Erie’s LERTA tax breaks approved for $9 million in construction 
Erie Times-News: State grants awarded for Erie County recreation projects
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayoral candidates debate safety, economic growth 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State official to address upcoming NAACP dinner 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County set to hire planning director for $95K salary 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners agree police regionalization may be the future
Centre Daily Times: Bring food insecurity ‘out into the sunlight,’ DHS Secretary Miller tells Penn State 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: First things first: Mayor Peduto needs to maintain the trees 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Changing the status quo: Retailers should unite behind Walmart gun stance 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No more snow days?: Makeup days could be a thing of the past
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Taking back the power: Kids need to be taught responsible social media use 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Prevention over cure: Plan for rhinos is great but preventing threat is better
Gene DiGirolamo: Slam on Rep. DiGirolamo just a ‘political hit piece’
Rose Tennent: If fracking is banned, what happens to jobs in Western Pa.? 
John L. Micek: We’re looking for answers to our biggest problems. Help us move #PaForward | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Mark O’Keefe: If Wolf wants a win on his State Police fee, he has to change tactics. This is how
John L. Micek: ‘We won’t stop until the job is done’: Activists, lawmakers call for passage of red flag law
Dan Simpson: Eyeing up the landslides in Saudi Arabia and China
Tony Norman: The Ballad of Joe Biden and Corn Pop the Killah!
Emily Cleath, Dawn Plummer and Diana Polson: Trump’s food stamps cuts will aggravate inequality: Is this the America we want?
Jenice Armstrong: Philly police didn’t have to shoot mentally ill man behaving erratically in Kensington 
Chis Kelly: Weed out the worst offenders
Brian Malte: Active shooter drills are traumatizing our children
Solomon Jones: Black people see themselves in viral video of N. Philly teen in police cruiser 
Will Bunch: Brett Kavanaugh farce is proof that justice is dead in America 
Maddie Luebbert: Why I created a zine to support queer and trans students in the classroom 
Helen Ubiñas: A suburban teenager read about a Philadelphia teen shot and paralyzed and decided to help

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  1. Observer-Reporter: Washington County Election board chooses ES&S for new voting machines to waste tax dollars and threaten votes with barcodes. HAND-MARKED PAPER BALLOTS cost half as much and are safer! Damn fools.

    The Washington County Commissioners better turn this one around. The whole state of Colorado just banned barcodes for counting votes.

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