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September 5th Playbook

Former President Barack Obama leads an initiative against gerrymandering that targets PA. President Donald Trump and Sen. Pat Toomey are at odds over tariffs. Here is the Playbook. 

Obama Led Initiative Against Gerrymandering Targets PA: Pennsylvania is one of ten states that the Obama-backed group places as a priority for fair Congressional maps. The PA Democratic Party welcomes the initiative from the former President accusing the GOP of rigging the system, while the PA GOP said the group is aiming to ensure a permanent Democratic majority in the House.

Toomey, Trump at Odds on Tariffs Impact on US Economy: Sen. Pat Toomey said that tariffs are a threat to growth for the US economy, while President Trump said he doesn’t think it’s having a negative impact in America.

Dean To Host Gun Violence Town Hall: Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) is hosting a town hall tonight focusing on gun violence in America that includes state Rep. Matthew Bradford (D-Montgomery), the Norristown Chief of Police Mark Talbot, CeaseFirePA Executive Director Shira Goodman, and input from the public. 

Harrisburg & DC   
PA Post: Election security advocates criticize Pa. Department of State over re-examination of voting machines
PA Post: Pa. receives no bids for sixth mini-casino license
Erie Times-News: The Hill: Erie County 1 of 10 counties crucial to 2020 election  
Inquirer: Fired top FBI official Andrew McCabe to headline Pa. Democrats’ fund-raiser
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s proposed risk-assessment tool is racist, critics say. It’s up for a vote this week anyway.
Inquirer: The legal team in the Pa. gerrymandering case set their sights on N.C. They won again.
Inquirer: With Hahnemann closure, some Pennsylvania senators learn they can’t please everybody
Post-Gazette: Feds award another $75M to Pennsylvania for opioid epidemic 
AP: Lack of interest thwarts latest Pennsylvania casino auction 
Patriot News: Trump claims turnaround in opioid addiction fight, gives Pa. $70 million more to continue progress 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We’ve got to keep [food stamps] whole’: Wolf administration begins Hunger Action Month 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Republican looks to block PennDOT from officially offering gender-neutral licenses
PLSReporter: Mastriano plans to introduce heartbeat bill 
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Rothman pushes legislation to raise the age for tobacco sales 
PLSReporter: Sen. Mensch introduces increased protections for older adults 
PLSReporter: Lawmakers call for revenue source to combat PFAS chemicals
Pittsburgh Business Times: State to get $141M to combat opioid crisis
The Hill: The 10 counties that will decide the 2020 election

Philadelphia Magazine: The Kenney Administration’s Trumpian Response to Our Latest DROP Exposé
Philadelphia Magazine: Inside Candace Owens’ Misinformation Campaign
Inquirer: Intrigue, infighting define GOP at-large race for Philadelphia City Council 
Inquirer: Low-wage worker unions are trying to flex their muscle in Philly’s City Council race 
Inquirer: Muslims in Philadelphia face more housing disadvantages than non-Muslims, report says. Some Philly Muslims don’t see a problem.
Inquirer: With Hahnemann closure, some Pennsylvania senators learn they can’t please everybody
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s proposed risk-assessment tool is racist, critics say. It’s up for a vote this week anyway.
Inquirer: No room for negotiation, say federal regulators opposing sale of Hahnemann residency program 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Ruling on $55M sale of Hahnemann residents program expected Thursday
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area jobs, pay tick upward in August 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Mayor looks to clear up Chestnut Street congestion in Center City
WHYY Newsworks: Residency sale stalemate hangs up ruling in Hahnemann bankruptcy
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We’re not irrelevant’: Philly seniors say retirement is the best time to protest 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA hopes resource hub can improve community investment, reduce crime 
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA launches mobile resource hub to lift citizens, prevent crime in at-risk areas 

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery County Democrats stump for solar, carbon cap
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers: Misclassifying workers costing millions in revenue  
Bucks County Courier Times: Risoldi son: State employer violated his rights
Daily Local News: Town halls on tap in Chesco 
Daily Local News: Kennett Square officials fail to condemn Trump; resolution never makes it to a vote 
Daily Local News: Chester County to host Naloxone Giveaway Day for residents
Inquirer: Haverford shuts down fire company over Proud Boys controversy 
KYW Newsradio: Volunteer firefighter’s affiliation with white supremacist group forces closure of Delco fire company 
Delco Daily Times: DELCORA, Aqua meet the public to discuss merger plans

Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf announces new fees for Pennsylvania charter schools
Tribune Review: Congressional committee on Homeland Security holds roundtable in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County receives $3.5M grant to help reduce youth homelessness
Post-Gazette: How to stop mass shootings? Pittsburgh leaders give members of Congress some ideas
Post-Gazette: Feds award another $75M to Pennsylvania for opioid epidemic 
Post-Gazette: Obituary: John Biedrzycki Jr. / Former city schools teacher, VFW commander
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette newsroom donates Pulitzer monetary award to Tree of Life congregation 
Post-Gazette: Bethel Park residents protest board decision to reduce taxes 
Post-Gazette: Township manager resigns in Ross
KDKA: House Committee On Homeland Security Holding Discussion In Pittsburgh On Domestic Terrorism 
KDKA: Major Upgrades Coming To Fifth Avenue Place In Downtown Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto: Go To The Mall If You Want To Avoid Panhandling 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Seeing Poor Results In Students Reading Testing Results
KDKA: Study: Local Transits Should Offer Services For Late-Shift Workers
City Paper: Support addiction recovery with these Recovery Month events in and around Pittsburgh

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local Walmart customers react to new policy regarding guns and ammunition
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New proposal would relax rules for beer, wine sales in stores
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PODCAST: Bo Moore of “Laurel Highlands Live” chats Johnstown city government with the Tribune’s Dave Sutor 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County recycling program at a crossroad
Altoona Mirror: Worker: ‘Corporate greed at its finest’ 
Altoona Mirror: Norfolk Southern cuts 100 
Altoona Mirror: Voting machine training planned 
Altoona Mirror: Agriculture brief
Beaver County Times: Beaver resident says chemical cloud ‘so thick I couldn’t see my hands on the steering wheel’ 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County sheriff expanding evidence room to hold surrendered guns 
Observer-Reporter: Bar association plans public reading of Constitution

Citizens Voice: Committee picks voting machines 
Citizens Voice: County election board seeks to clarify its role 
Citizens Voice: New regs to ease licensing process for workers from other states and immigrants 
Citizens Voice: New state police headquarters proposed in Hanover Twp. 
Citizens Voice: Political Scene to run Mondays
The Times Leader: Election board says goodbye to Crispell, seeks clearing up over powers 
The Times Leader: LCTA names interim replacement for fired executive director 
The Times Leader: City Hall fire escape removal delayed, contractor needs higher lift for job
Times-Tribune: State’s latest mini-casino auction ends without any bids 

South Central  
York Dispatch: York City Council cancels two upcoming meetings 
York Dispatch: Hill-Evans and others wait as Pa. Supreme Court hears death penalty challenge 
York Dispatch: York City Council cancels two upcoming meetings 
York Dispatch: York County floats possible tax hike to fund land protection
Patriot News: Trump claims turnaround in opioid addiction fight, gives Pa. $70 million more to continue progress 
Patriot News: Auction reset yields no new bidders for Pennsylvania casino licenses 
Patriot News: Is the middle of Pennsylvania ready for a casino to call its own?
Carlisle Sentinel: County commissioners discuss farmland preservation funding method ahead of 2020 budget 
Carlisle Sentinel: Parents discuss racism concerns, lack of response with CV school board
LNP | LancasterOnline: Taxpayers put up nearly $100,000 for district attorney v. commissioners legal battle
LNP | LancasterOnline: First Pennsylvania Hemp Summit set for early October in Lancaster County

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Reading council delays appointing a Charter Review Commission
Reading Eagle: Nolde Forest needs nearly $1 million, supporters of the Berks park say during tour
Morning Call: Shawn Christy, Schuylkill County man accused of threatening Trump and DA Morganelli, can be his own attorney, judge rules
Morning Call: Bethlehem Councilman Bryan Callahan apologizes for rules violation, but says he wasn’t lone violator
Morning Call: So, the tax windfall from the Sands casino sale fell short. Here is Bethlehem’s Plan B
Express Times: Without $5.9M casino sale windfall, Bethlehem looks to rainy day fund for $3.9M of projects

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: The Hill: Erie County 1 of 10 counties crucial to 2020 election 
Erie Times-News: Erie’s community college proposal: What now? 
Erie Times-News: Vote delayed again on smoking ban for Erie’s public parks 
Erie Times-News: North East commission tables Mercyhurst land-split request
Centre Daily Times: Could Restore Pa. make flooding recovery faster in Centre County? Officials discuss

Inquirer Editorial Board: Racist risk assessment algorithms should not be the future of sentencing in Pennsylvania 
Inquirer Editorial Board: City offices should run more like a business — and follow their own cashless ban 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Regulate license plate readers: Police tech is ripe for due process violations 
Sen. Bob Casey and Indivar Dutta-Gupta: A cynical way to make poor people disappear
Malcolm Kenyatta: We need to enact ‘Phillip’s Law’ to save lives
William L. Harder: Pa. politicians shine on Twitter. Look to hot dog maps, wedding plans and @PaTreasury for proof. 
John L. Micek: Pa. is 24th in the nation for worker-friendly policies | Wednesday Morning Coffee
William C. Sproule: Tax cheats in construction industry need task-force scrutiny 
Hannah Sassaman: Pennsylvania’s proposed risk-assessment algorithm is racist 
Chris Swonger and Matt Dogali: It’s time to repeal flexible pricing for liquor 
Jenice Armstrong: Christine Coulter’s response to racist T-shirt photo raises doubts about her readiness to be top cop 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Elementary active shooter drill
Joel Naroff: We have the first casualty of the trade war. What’s next? 
Matthew T. Mangino: SCOTUS, like the NFL, has a busy schedule this fall
Chris Kelly: Scranton’s biggest deadbeat owes more
Robert I. Field: Trump’s immigration plan could be a boon to the flu 
Dan Simpson: Thoughtful foreign relations are vital in an age of crisis
Trudy Rubin: Britain’s Brexit drama holds parallels to political fights in U.S. 
Qi Bing and Maura C. Allaire: How to address America’s lead crisis and provide safe drinking water for all

  • 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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