August 30th Playbook

The most recent Franklin and Marshall College poll results show Wolf and Casey holding comfortable leads, while Trump is a motivating factor for voters to head to the polls. A set of ads in Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District was released yesterday as well. Here is the Playbook!  

 

PA1: Congressional Leaders Fund 1st Ad Hits Wallace on Tax Lien: CLF has raised more than $100 million to help Republicans in the midterm elections.

 

PA1: Wallace’s 1st Ad Ties Fitzpatrick to Big Oil and GOP Tax Bill: Wallace boasts about not taking money from corporate PACs.

 

PA16: Kelly Touts Tax Reform Bill in 2nd Ad: The incumbent believes western Pennsylvania is back in business.

 

F&M August Poll

Casey 47 Barletta 34

Wolf 52 Wagner 35

 

38% believe that President Trump is doing an “excellent” or “good job”, similar to his June ratings.

 

48% of voters prefer the Democratic candidate for U.S. House, while 39% prefer the Republican candidate.  

 

67% of those who plan to vote for a Democratic candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote against Trump and the GOP members in Congress.

 

74% of those who plan to vote for a Republican candidate are casting their ballot mainly as a vote of support for Trump and the GOP members in Congress.

 

Top 2018 midterm election donors to Philly-area candidates: The Philadelphia Inquirer takes a look at who’s giving and who’s getting in the races in Pa and N.J.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Senate GOP leader cautions against retroactive abuse claims
AP: Mumia Abu-Jamal in court seeking new appeal
Inquirer: Trump’s unpopularity, Democratic voter enthusiasm drive leads for Wolf, Casey in new Pa. poll
AP: Utility to close coal power plants in Ohio, Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Wolf visits Puerto Rico
PLSReporter: DHS discusses new service expansion funding for intellectual disabilities and autism
PLSReporter: PCCD committee polishes distribution of $70 million in school safety funding
PLSReporter: State prison system on lockdown as unknown substances sicken employees
StateImpactPA: Risk assessment quantifies Mariner East hazards for residents in two counties
StateImpactPA: Environmental groups say they’ll sue Brunner Island plant to stop pollution
StateImpactPA: FirstEnergy to close Bruce Mansfield, state’s largest coal-fired power plant
PhillyVoice: State police saw DUI-related arrests, crashes spike in Pa. last year
Philadelphia Business Journal: The Pennsylvania high schools sending the most students to Harvard, Princeton & MIT
WHYY Newsworks: DOJ’s Rosenstein: If Philly opens injection site, U.S. crackdown will be swift     
WITF: Pa. locks down all prisons after a surge in staff illnesses
Post-Gazette: AG Shapiro issues recommendations for improving safety at Pa. universities
Post-Gazette: For former House speaker Bill DeWeese, a new sentence and a new appeal
WESA: Wolf Calls Wagner’s New Education Funding Proposal ‘Abracadabra Math’
PennLive: After three-year break, charity legislative softball game returns | Thursday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: a Manhunt, lockdown and trust
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Baxter named U.S. district judge

 

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: DOJ’s Rosenstein: If Philly opens injection site, U.S. crackdown will be swift
Inquirer: Top 2018 midterm election donors to Philly-area candidates
Inquirer: H.R. McMaster, ex-Trump national security adviser, former Mexican President Felipe Calderon join Penn fellowship
KYW Newsradio: Negotiations continue for Philly-area Catholic high school teachers demanding multi-year contracts
AP: Mumia Abu-Jamal in court seeking new appeal
KYW Newsradio: Parks and Rec gets harsh review by government watchdog for not reaching department goals
KYW Newsradio: Protesters target City Council, demand safe injection sites be established
Billy Penn: Philly’s mayor doesn’t pay his interns
Billy Penn: The Philly media landscape just got smaller: City and State PA is shutting down
Philadelphia Magazine: Senate Candidates Bob Casey and Lou Barletta to Debate in Philadelphia This Fall

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Rupsis ushered out with praise, humor
Delco Daily Times: Residents pack Chi School Board meeting on new charter school
Delco Daily Times: Delco third in state for DUIs last year
Delco Daily Times: Wolf visits Delco to give update on resurfacing projects
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton asks Bucks DA to investigate zoning “past practices”
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School Board elects new president, vice president
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove grapples with social media challenges

 

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: In rift over UPMC hospital, a union and mayor expose split views
Post-Gazette: Security official testifies that West Mifflin superintendent hired a felon without background check
Post-Gazette: AG Shapiro issues recommendations for improving safety at Pa. universities
Post-Gazette: For former House speaker Bill DeWeese, a new sentence and a new appeal
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools to offer drug, alcohol counseling
Post-Gazette: Former Greensburg Bishop William Connare’s name to be removed from conference center
Post-Gazette: Contract deadline looms for U.S. Steel, steelworkers union
WESA: Allegheny County Council Weighs How Much Oversight Police Review Board Could Provide
Tribune Review: State audit criticizes Monessen City School District’s financial reporting

 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: County commissioners plan to meet with Pennsylvania State Police
Beaver County Times: Three compressors, turbines delivered to Shell cracker plant site
Beaver County Times: Zubik: Grand jury report ignores 30 years of reform
Observer-Reporter: Rep. Snyder holding a tele-town hall meeting
Observer-Reporter: North Strabane Township takes step closer to new fire sub-station
Tribune Review: State audit criticizes Monessen City School District’s financial reporting
Altoona Mirror: Blair County OKs plan to bid on prison cameras
Altoona Mirror: DA wants life sentence for killer
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Another lawsuit looming? City Council divided again over budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Stefano holds coffee talk in Windber

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Act 47 decision due Friday for Wilkes-Barre
The Times Leader: Al Flora weighs in on litigation resulting in his $250,000 settlement
Times-Tribune: University of Scranton president reveals he has Lou Gehrig’s disease
Times-Tribune: Geisinger to raise minimum hire rate to $11/hour
Times-Tribune: 50 Years Ago – Casey seconds Muskie nomination for Vice President
Citizens Voice: Protest march planned today at 3 city schools
Citizens Voice: Chrin wants more debates in 8th race

 

South Central
PennLive: ‘Independent journalist’ sues DA over blocking access to Twitter, Facebook accounts
PennLive: Top Pa. lawmaker: Only constitutional change will lead to complete reform of statute of limitations
PennLive: Steelton approves sale of water utility to PA American Water
PennLive: After three-year break, charity legislative softball game returns | Thursday Morning Coffee
York Daily Record: Lip sync challenge video shows divide between York City Police, community, residents say

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: a Manhunt, lockdown and trust
Morning Call: Founder of Me Too movement will speak at Lafayette College
AP: Ex-mayor takes stand to deny wrongdoing in corruption trial
Morning Call: Allentown Diocese priest serving in Florida removed from ministry over Berks County allegation
Morning Call: Ex-Reading mayor says ‘cleared’ was ‘poor choice of words’ in talking about contracts

 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Third fraternity brother scheduled to plead guilty in Penn State hazing case
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Everett discusses diverse issues in Picture Rocks
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council to review charter commissioner, gateway
Erie Times-News: Tax fight over Erie’s GECAC buildings goes to court
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Baxter named U.S. district judge
Erie Times-News: Mayor wades into EMTA turmoil

 

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: A ‘people’s debate’ between Wolf and Wagner would be a great democratic exercise. We’ll even host it.
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: No question Vatican knew of sex crimes
Brett Mandel: Kicking off the 2019 Philadelphia mayoral campaign
Mike Newall: Council MIA as overdose-crisis advocates march on City Hall. So I knock on doors.
Jenice Armstrong: Something smells here — and it’s not the wastebasket
Richard Lavinthal: Elizabeth Warren gave the wrong answer to Tibbets murder question
Dom Giordano: Remembering John McCain as a truly good American
Charles Noone: Philly priest: I believe our faith will continue to be shaken
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Just make schools better: Grant program should not be used to purchase guns
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Kroger goes green: The era of plastic grocery bags may be wrapping up
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Aliquippa police turmoil: The community must consider the force’s future
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Targeting kids: The FDA investigates alleged unsavory practices

August 30th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “August 30th Playbook”

  1. Winston Throckmorton, IV, Esq. says:

    Here we go again with Scott “Titan of Trash” Wagner lagging behind once more by 17% in the race for Governor. The polls indicate that 9 out of 10 voters are locked in for who they will vote and this bodes ill for Wagner. In the history of Pennsylvania politics, Scott Wagner has to rank as one of the worst candidates with blunders that boggle the mind. It seems astounding to hear him criticize the youthful attendee at a town meeting as “young and naive.” He also hassled a tracker at a meeting at a York Country Club. Additionally, refusing to release his tax forms is yet another Wagner blunder. The 17% spread between Wagner and Gov Wolf has been a constant since May because Wagner has failed to successfully argue for his candidacy.

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