November 1st Playbook

State Rep. Vanessa Brown was found guilty on counts in a bribery case, while VP Biden is set to visit PA on Sunday. Here is the Playbook.

 

PA11: ABC27/Susquehanna Polling and Research Poll: Rep. Smucker 50 King 46: Trump won the district by 25+ points in 2016, although likely voters are currently split on his job performance in this poll.

PA Sen: Barletta Closes Calling Casey Ad Unforgivable: With just a week left in the campaign, the minute long ad paints a previous Casey ad as unforgivable.

State Rep. Vanessa Brown Guilty On All Counts in Bribery Case: Brown will be barred from her House post upon her sentencing.

PA16: ABC27/Susquehanna Polling and Research Poll: DiNicola 51 Rep. Kelly 47: President Trump carried the newly drawn district by 20 points 2016, although half of the likely voters in this poll disapprove of his job performance.

Philly Absentee Ballots on the Rise: The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Lai sent out a tweet stating at the close of business of Oct 30, the number of absentee ballots submitted by Philly voters was up 46.5% over 2014: Democratic votes up 49.8% and Republican votes up 17.1% so far. Friday is the deadline to submit absentee ballots.

Inside Elections Changes PA Sen Race from Likely Democratic To Solid Democratic: Nathan L. Gonzales changes the ratings in 5 Senate races: 3 in the Democrats favor including Pennsylvania’s race between Casey and Barletta and 2 in the Republicans favor.

Trump Tweets Positive Review of Rothfus After Pittsburgh Visit: The President sent out the following tweet from his personal account Wednesday morning. “Yesterday in Pittsburgh I was really impressed with Congressman Keith Rothfus (far more so than any other local political figure). His sincere level of compassion, grief and sorrow for the events that took place was, in its own way, very inspiring. Vote for Keith!”

Turzai New Ad Boasts About Own Record, Says Skopov Is Spreading Lies: Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Rep. Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) releases a new ad in which he touts his own record, while in the beginning of the ad accuses his Democratic opponent Emily Skopov of spreading lies and running a negative campaign.    

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Synagogue rampage suspect indicted on 2nd day of funerals
AP: Pennsylvania House lawmaker convicted of taking cash bribes
AP: More casinos get sports-betting licenses in Pennsylvania
AP: Israel defends Trump amid synagogue shooting criticism
PennLive: Pot, guns, education, more: Where Pa. gubernatorial candidates stand on issues
PLSReporter: Democrats need one Senate pickup to break the supermajority. Will it come from the southeast?
PLSReporter: Brown found guilty in corruption trial; Dermody asks for her resignation      
PLSReporter: School districts get first taste of $60 million in new school safety spending
PLSReporter: Finance Committee Forwards Job Reporting Legislation
Inquirer: Does Trump going all-in on immigration work for GOP, impact Pa. races?
Inquirer: A blue wave? These Pa. House races could show if it takes shape
Inquirer: Bob Casey and Lou Barletta enter final stretch of ‘sleepy’ Senate race in Pa.  
Inquirer: Pa. bill would open major school-construction projects to competitive bidding
WHYY Newsworks: Nearly 30 percent of anti-Semitic online attacks are bots
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf says Bowers, if convicted, should get maximum penalty allowed
Post-Gazette: From nonpartisan voter to virulent extremist: The undoing of Robert Bowers
Tribune Review: Clergy abuse survivors urge state Senate to return and vote on lawsuit bill
Tribune Review: State appeals court upholds Allegheny Township’s approval of fracking wells
Times-Tribune: Biden to visit Luzerne County to stump for Casey, Cartwright
Citizens Voice: Barletta calls out Casey’s TV ad, gives Trump an ‘A’ grade

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: State Rep. Vanessa Brown guilty on all counts; took $4,000 bribe in sting
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly-Area Media Chain Tells Readers: Don’t Vote for a Single Republican
WHYY Newsworks: Philly firing officer who fatally shot unarmed East Germantown man
Billy Penn: Cash incentives help boost Philly’s Election Day workforce
Billy Penn: Why the candidate fighting Brian Sims to rep the Gayborhood is OK with being a long shot
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia looks set to get a ‘fair work week’ law           

 

SEPA
Inquirer: Whether Democrats win the House could come down to Bucks philanthropist Scott Wallace
Bucks County Courier Times: Judge denies Davis’ injunction, sides trade barbs in Senate race
Pottstown Mercury: Shapiro kicks off anti-bullying listening tour in Phoenixville
Montgomery Media: Sen. Bob Casey stumps at Norristown union hall for organized labor
Delco Daily Times: County Council wants report on jail problems

 

Pittsburgh
WESA: ‘Dark Money’ Playing Role In North Hills Senate Race, And Contests Statewide
WESA: North Hills State Senate Race Features Campaign Drama, Sharp Policy Differences
KDKA: Pa. Rep. Metcalfe Accused Of Sending Anti-Gay Mailing In Heated State Race
Post-Gazette: Funerals continue today for victims of mass shooting at Squirrel Hill synagogue    
Post-Gazette: From nonpartisan voter to virulent extremist: The undoing of Robert Bowers
Post-Gazette: Trump tweets ‘we were treated very nicely’ in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Attorney says state Senate candidate James Craig is a witness, not target, in petition investigation
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf says Bowers, if convicted, should get maximum penalty allowed
Tribune Review: Judge says prosecutors must try different tact if they pursue campaign finance charges against Westmoreland sheriff
Tribune Review: Clergy abuse survivors urge state Senate to return and vote on lawsuit bill
Tribune Review: State appeals court upholds Allegheny Township’s approval of fracking wells

 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Craig’s attorney says he is not a target in petition probe; DA Lozier won’t confirm
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners stay firm on decision against hiring chief of staff
Beaver County Times: Local schools get more funding for school safety
Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta, Craig face off in state Senate race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Abuse victims call on Pa. Senate to enact new statute of limitations
Altoona Mirror: State passes Safe Harbor Law
Altoona Mirror: Law to address backlog of untested rape kits

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Biden to visit Luzerne County to stump for Casey, Cartwright
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board refuses to release investigation details
Times-Tribune: Cartwright, Casey, Marino and Meuser top fundraising
The Times Leader: State agencies encourage early application for heating program
Citizens Voice: DePasquale is looking into Wilkes-Barre pension plans
Citizens Voice: Barletta calls out Casey’s TV ad, gives Trump an ‘A’ grade

 

South Central
York Daily Record: Scott Wagner outraises Tom Wolf—in York County
York Dispatch: Auditor General: Poor manageent cost West York district almost $200K
LNP: $25K school safety grants awarded to 16 of 17 Lancaster County school districts
Harrisburg Patriot News: New Polls: Scott Perry, Lloyd Smucker races are too close to call
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg school board defends dismissal of former business manager
Harrisburg Patriot News: New law could alter how much Pa. Lottery winners get to spend
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle proposes tax credit for volunteer emergency personnel
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County appoints new chief clerk

 

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Where Pennsylvania’s candidates for governor stand on these 12 key issues
Express Times: Election 2018: Leonard Lance faces challenge from Democrat Tom Malinowski
WFMZ: Former Mayor Ed Pawlowski transferred from Lehign County Jail
Morning Call: Three vie for seat to represent Pa. House 138th District in Northampton County
Morning Call: Lower Nazareth supervisor floats idea to tear down Newburg Inn to widen busy intersection
Morning Call: Lehigh County tax increase back in play after Executive Phil Armstrong’s veto
Reading Eagle: Jim Coax and Trish Wertz debate minimum wage, health coverage and more
Reading Eagle: Scott Wagner visits Senior Expo in Reading

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lyncoming County budget: First peak shows surplus; may be deficit instead
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: DEP leader talks moving forward, air quality, gas drilling
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Marino talks issues, eyes re-election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County commissioners seek $1.6M for 10 housing programs
Erie Times-News: Chick-fil-A asks for variances for new restaurant

 

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Scott Wagner for governor: Wolf has failed leadership tests
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Clear as a bell: The Constitution gives citizenship to U.S.-born
Inquirer Editorial Board: These women could make history in Pennsylvania
Albert Eisenberg: Will angry white voters fuel the Democrats in the midterms?
Michael Smerconish: Congress, egged on by the polar extremes, is out of step with the rest of us
Glenn Thompson and Lisa Blunt Rochester: Domestic violence hotlines needs swift Senate approval
Andrea Picciotti-Bayer: Religious intolerance at the heart of debate over same-sex foster parents
Michaela Winberg: Spotify made a Pennsylvania election playlist — and it sucks

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