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September 19th Playbook

State Sen. Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) resigned after being charged with possession of child pornography. Here is the Playbook. 

Folmer Resigns After Being Charged With Possession of Child Pornography: The State Senator resigned from office less than 24 hours after he was charged with possession of child pornography.

Biden, Sanders Labor for Union Vote in Philly: The former Vice President and Vermont Senator played up their record backing unions, while contrasting key policy position that were on display at the most recent Democratic presidential debate.

5 PA Mayors Back Mayor Pete: A joint op-ed included over 50 mayors from across the country endorsing Buttigieg’s candidacy for the White House.

Politically Uncorrected: Election Reform Sausage: Lawmaking has often been compared to sausage making. One may relish eating it but not want to know how it is produced. Never has this been truer than watching the Pennsylvania General Assembly tackle modern Election Reform.

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer resigns after being charged with possessing child pornography 
Inquirer: Here’s what Pennsylvania is doing to address climate change — and why politics is making it difficult
Inquirer: Pa. Dems think 2020 candidates should take a lead from Amy Klobuchar’s ‘blue wall’ tour 
Inquirer: Medical marijuana ‘POS’ software crashes, preventing sales to sick patients in Pennsylvania
WESA: GOP State Sen. Mike Folmer Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
WESA: Lawmakers Reel After Folmer’s Ouster 
AP: Pennsylvania lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns
AP: The Latest: Lawmaker in child porn possession case resigns
PA Post: As lawmakers return to Harrisburg, activists focus on ‘red flag’ gun bill
WHYY Newsworks: Amid criticism, Pa. law enforcement confiscated $15 million in property in FY 18
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In first hearing in 3 years, activists agree Pa. redistricting needs a fix. They disagree on how to get there
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania state Sen. Mike Folmer resigns after child pornography charge 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa enviros assail Trump’s move to block states from setting tougher car emissions rules 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Treating people with addiction and pain is one of the most ‘difficult’ areas of medicine. There are new guidelines to help 
Daily Local News: Toomey joins effort to expand care for Alzheimer’s patients
PLSReporter: Legislators say they will forge ahead with redistricting, election reforms despite power vacuum on Senate State Government committee 
PLSReporter: DeLuca unveils legislation that puts a freeze on property taxes for seniors
PLSReporter: Legislators to play in their 4th Capitol All-Star Game next Tuesday 
PLSReporter: House passes squatter removal bill 
PLSReporter: House Republicans eye tax credit, permit relief bills for fall passage  
Fox News: Website Tumblr helps police arrest Pennsylvania State Senator on child porn charges
CNN: DeVos to visit school that refuses to accommodate trans students
Huffington Post: Betsy DeVos To Promote School That Bans Transgender Students And Staff
The Hill: Pennsylvania state senator resigns after being arrested on child porn charges

WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia union workers split on Medicare for All 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly students will be marked absent if they join climate strike
Inquirer: Pa. Dems think 2020 candidates should take a lead from Amy Klobuchar’s ‘blue wall’ tour 
Inquirer: Philly elections officials touted new electronic poll books. Now the city says they don’t work right. 
Inquirer: Andrew Yang celebrates ‘nerdiest campaign in presidential history’ at Rocky steps rally
Inquirer: Philly Police commander sues over being included in database of offensive Facebook posts 
Inquirer: A pilot program at Temple offers 1,000 free meals to hungry students
Philadelphia Tribune: Democratic presidential contenders bring their fight to Philly 
Philadelphia Tribune: Gun control advocates call on Sen. Pat Toomey to lead efforts to close loophole in gun laws 
Philadelphia Tribune: Authorities: Contractor used fake companies to sidestep minority-owned business requirements 
KYW Newsradio: Contractor banned from Philly job bids for flouting diversity rules
Philly Voice: Andrew Yang ordered a chicken cheesesteak from Jersey Mike’s while in Philly, which is rough
Philadelphia Business Journal: Opioid-overdose admissions drop at Pa. hospitals, PHC4 says
Philadelphia Business Journal: Multiple bids submitted for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Delco Daily Times: Folmer resigns post; both Delco senators called on him to do so  
Daily Local News: Upper Darby officials distribute free Naloxone
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Pottsgroves moves to remove commissioners from other boards
Bucks County Courier Times: State officials get tour of downtown Bristol revitalization 

Post-Gazette: Amy Klobuchar touts early focus on PA as key to Democrats’ 2020 success
Post-Gazette: Reschenthaler rises as House Democrats push for Trump’s impeachment
Post-Gazette: Labor board orders new union election for Pitt grad assistants
Post-Gazette: PennDOT gets $8.4 million federal grant to study self-driving vehicles in work zones 
KDKA: Senator Amy Klobuchar Stops In Pittsburgh As Part Of Three-State Swing 
KDKA: Department Of Transportation Grants Pa. $8.4 Million For Testing Of Automated Driving Systems 
KDKA: President Of The Republic Of Croatia Visits Pittsburgh For CFU 125th Anniversary
PLSReporter: Gender Equality Commission finds Pittsburgh’s not as livable for Black Residents
Pittsburgh Business Times: Phipps, tech firms and Seton Hill among 14 more entities claiming to be defrauded by Pittsburgh lobbyist
Tribune Review: Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar makes her pitch in Pittsburgh area 

Altoona Mirror: Blair to buy printed ballots
Beaver County Times: Rep. Marshall hosting senior expo in Chippewa
Beaver County Times: Montgomery Locks and Dams repairs ‘should be dealt with now’

The Times Leader: DHS Secretary: ‘No rush’ to close White Haven State Center 
The Times Leader: Secretary of Human Services tours local food bank to promote food assistance programs 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County projects receive more than $660,000 in CFA funding
The Times Leader: Children & Youth to focus on law that prompted protest
Times-Tribune: Dems challenge third-party Scranton mayor candidates’ ballot status 
Times-Tribune: Election board approves Scranton School District ballot question  
South Central  
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Folmer resigns day after being charged with possession of child pornography 
Patriot News: Calls pile up for Pa. senator to resign after his arrest on child pornography charges
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Folmer had image on his phone of ‘very young girl’ performing sex act: investigators
Patriot News: Scheduling special election date to fill former Sen. Folmer’s seat is a balancing act: LG Fetterman
York Daily Record: Who is Mike Folmer, state Senator recently arrested? 
York Daily Record: Sen. Folmer resigns following child porn arrest 
York Daily Record: Former governors aim for common sense democracy
York Dispatch: York City Council streamlines solar panel application process

Lehigh Valley     
Morning Call: Impasse looms over latest effort to ease bite of Pennsylvania school property taxes 
Morning Call: Narcan giveaway draws many in the Lehigh Valley who want the overdose antidote on hand 
Reading Eagle: Reading resident files ethics complaint against Mayor Wally Scott 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Deadlines set in Erie Coke appeal 
Erie Times-News: DEP investigating Erie Coke air-quality results
Erie Times-News: Erie’s LERTA tax breaks approved for $9 million in construction

Inquirer Editorial Board: No separation of church and cyclist needed 
John Baer: A new gig with deep roots 
John L. Micek: New report: Pa. lags all but one of its neighbors in diversity | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Dan A. Cotter and Kermit Roosevelt III: Democrats need to take a page from Republican playbook on the Supreme Court 
Abbie Newman and Leslie Slingsby: Institutions face risk for child sexual abuse. Here’s how they can prevent it. 
Heath Copeland: I’m a Pa. veteran. We need an ERPO law to fight the epidemic of veteran suicide
Trudy Rubin: Using force against Iran in wake of oil attacks would make Gulf crisis worse 
John N. Mitchell: Antonio Brown is our Bigger Thomas. He’s not a role model
Jared Brey: Philadelphians’ joy in killing spotted lanternflies another sign of just how much we hate outsiders
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Sackler neighborhood drug dealers

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