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September 24th Playbook

Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to donors in Philadelphia on Monday evening, while former Congressman Joe Sestak campaigned at Chestnut Hill College. Here is the Playbook.

PAGOP Unanimously Endorses President Trump at Fall Meeting: The state committee meeting was the first since the election of Lawrence Tabas as Chairman.

McCabe Talks FBI Tenure, Trump at Lancaster County Dems Fall Banquet: The former Deputy Director of the FBI talked about his love for the FBI and various interactions with President Donald Trump on Saturday night at the Lancaster Marriott Hotel in downtown Lancaster.

Sestak Speaks At Chestnut Hill College: The 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful made a campaign stop at Chestnut Hill College on Monday to talk about his bid for the White House. 

Biden Fundraises in Philly: Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to donors on Monday night in Philadelphia at the Franklin Institute. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Biden returns to Philadelphia for big-dollar fundraiser
AP: Bill seeks to get personal finance into Pennsylvania schools
Patriot News: Embattled Pa. senator removed from appropriations committee in wake of report detailing his ‘irresponsible’ behavior
Patriot News: Bill making registration for Pa.’s ‘Do Not Call’ list permanent going to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature
Patriot News: Pa.’s roads are the 5th worst in nation, study says 
Patriot News: PHEAA seeks 9.7% increase in state funding for Pa.’s college grants program
WITF: GOP Members Begin Moving Priority, Pro-Natural Gas Package
Philly Voice: Joe Sestak remains determined to let people know he’s running for president
Inquirer: Joe Biden to donors: ‘I’m not going to take a punch and not punch back’ at President Trump 
Inquirer: As farmers flock to hemp, Amish and ‘English’ in Pennsylvania foresee real profits
Inquirer: National PFAS study will include Bucks, Montgomery, Gloucester County residents
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Seniors, people with disabilities would be ‘disproportionately’ hurt by Trump’s food stamp change, Wolf admin says 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House committee will vote on mandatory minimums for gun crimes, much to Democrats’ chagrin 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Feds: Bucks, Montgomery counties chosen for PFAS exposure study 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Diaper Need Awareness Week draws attention to a ‘silent crisis’ 
PLSReporter: As Senate returns to session, Muth blasts Harrisburg status quo
PLSReporter: Senate Aging and Youth passes trio of bills
PLSReporter: Senate Democratic Policy Committee investigates rape culture in Pennsylvania 
PLSReporter: Legislators introduce a bill that would put adult changing tables in public buildings for people with disabilities
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of September 23
City Paper: Pa. receives “F” from environmental groups on spending of VW settlement money 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Natural gas royalties projected to jump in Pennsylvania
Politico: ‘Seismic change’: Democratic hold-outs rush toward impeachment
CNN: Democratic holdouts open the door to backing impeachment
StateImpactPA: ‘I want to understand’: Pittsburgh teen questions how climate change is taught — or isn’t — in schools

Inquirer: Joe Biden to donors: ‘I’m not going to take a punch and not punch back’ at President Trump 
Inquirer: Another fired prosecutor sues DA Larry Krasner, alleging age discrimination 
WHYY Newsworks: Kendra Brooks wants to put affordable transit on City Council’s agenda
WHYY Newsworks: St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital sale can go forward, bankruptcy judge rules
Philly Voice: Joe Sestak remains determined to let people know he’s running for president
KYW Newsradio: Judge approves sale of St. Christopher’s to Drexel, Tower Health
Billy Penn: ‘El Inquirer’: Philly’s paper of record rolls out a Spanish-language news site
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia still one of country’s most generous cities for property tax breaks

WFMZ: Rep. Houlahan co-authors op-ed about Trump, Ukraine allegations
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery County communities selected for PFAS health study 
Daily Local News: Ribbon-cutting held for Paoli train station project; Dinniman calls for Amtrak to move on other stations
Daily Local News: Environmental and Energy Advisory Board established in Chester County
Inquirer: Pa. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan on Trump-Ukraine allegations: if true, it’s an impeachable offense
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks, Montgomery counties will get $5 million to study health effects of PFAS
Delco Daily Times: In wake of new tax, Lansdowne looks to boost info for public

WESA: Beto O’Rourke To Talk Guns, Labor And Impeachment During Pittsburgh Stop
City Paper: Rep. Conor Lamb says Trump whistleblower complaint must be sent to Congress by Thursday  
City Paper: Stay woke: A training session for white allies, a presidential campaign stop, and more educational and social justice events this week in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto in NYC to represent U.S. mayors at U.N. climate summit
Post-Gazette: Pa. DEP to propose stricter manganese standard as studies suggest risks to children   
Post-Gazette: Food stamp change would harm PA working families, state says
Post-Gazette: Battle lines seen as hardening on religious liberty   
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette photographers honored for religion coverage
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh students call on lawmakers to act in climate change strike
KDKA: Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke To Visit Pittsburgh
KDKA: Protesters Gather Again At North Side Gas Station, Activists Hold Rally And Call For Justice
KDKA: Pittsburgh Steelers’ Woes Have Impact On Local Businesses
Pittsburgh Business Times: Natural gas royalties projected to jump in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Murrysville voters at Newlonsburg and Sardis could get new precincts under new plan   
Tribune Review: Penn Hills School District officials to hire Oakmont councilwoman as PR consultant   
Tribune Review: State study: Arnold Palmer Regional Airport boosts economy by $226M   

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: MEDICAL MARIJUANA | Employers, courts wrestle with differences in state, federal laws
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Absentee ballot online application process going smoothly, state says
Beaver County Times: Trump administration’s SNAP change ‘cruel and mean-spirited’ says state Human Services secretary
Observer-Reporter: Conservation District seeking candidates for board
KDKA: Clean Slate Program At Community College Of Beaver Co. Helps People Get Fresh Starts
Altoona Mirror: Public meeting set for bridge work

The Times Leader: Pa. Senate hearing today on White Haven, Polk closures
The Times Leader: DHS Secretary: Trump’s SNAP program changes jeopardize food access
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council letter to clarify expectations for internal gas card audit 
Times-Tribune: Valley View School Board, Archbald council OK tax-break extension for warehouse developer 
Citizens Voice: State, hospital investigating Legionnaires’ cases in Scranton area 

South Central  
ABC27: Former Ambassador to U.N. Nikki Haley speaks at PA Chamber dinner
Patriot News: Reforming the Pa. probation system: It’s time to stop ‘paying for failure,’ advocates say 
Patriot News: ‘Now is not my time:’ Sohonage cites unexpected obligations, says he’s withdrawing from Cumberland County judge race 
York Daily Record: Sunday hunting bill amendment could help it pass
LNP | LancasterOnline: Three months after Lancaster city installed roundabout, residents still skeptical; city collecting data
LNP | LancasterOnline: Plaintiffs drop student privacy lawsuit against Boyertown Area as Elanco attempts to avoid its own legal battle
LNP | LancasterOnline: 1040 for Peace representatives to discuss war tax resistance at Tellus 360 on Tuesday

Lehigh Valley     
Express Times: Congress must investigate ‘disturbing’ reports Trump urged Ukraine to investigate Bidens, Wild says
Morning Call: Committee announced to oversee proposals for Easton’s former Days Inn property, along with affordable housing task force
Morning Call: Global coalition of youth, including Lehigh student, declares climate “state of emergency” before the UN
Reading Eagle: How polarized is the Pennsylvania Legislature? 
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council discusses aggressive panhandling 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Council head suggests dissolving Erie Parking Authority
Erie Times-News: Officials from Chinese ‘sister city’ headed to Erie
Erie Times-News: Public meeting on parole, pardons set for Tuesday in Erie
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local conservation projects granted up to $2,000

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stop the red ink: The White House needs a few budget hawks
LNP Editorial Board: Whoa to us all: Instead of complaining about Amish horses and buggies, perhaps we ought to slow down 
Reps. Gil Cisneros of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia: Seven freshman Democrats: These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect
Marjorie Margolies: When will the 2020 presidential candidates be asked about America’s debt? 
Vincent Hughes and Gregory Holston: Why we marched from Overbrook to Lower Merion to demand fair school funding 
John L. Micek: A Pa. House Committee is voting on an ‘In God We Trust’ bill. Because, of course | Monday Morning Coffee
Shannon Farrell-Patkis and Brooke Feldman: Two women with two different, and strong, opinions on overdose prevention sites, find common ground on Kensington | Perspective
Charlie Gerow: Any serious discussion of gun control must begin with the Second Amendment
Dick Polman: Why boosting Social Security is Elizabeth Warren’s potentially winning issue 
Tony Norman: The cowardly gas station posse of the North Side
Robert B. Talisse: How our partisan divide creates different Americas. And how to fix it
Ron Leonardi: Presque Isle Lighthouse on track for more improvements

  • 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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