October 10th Playbook

The President is set to hold a rally in Erie tonight, while a New York Times/Siena College Poll shows Kelly leading by 8 in PA16. Here is the Playbook.

 

New York Times/Siena College Live Poll: Kelly 50 DiNicola 42: 53% polled prefer the Republicans to maintain their majority in the House of Representatives.  

PA5: In Ads Vouching For Those in Need: Scanlon Touts Obama Endorsement, Kim Shares Personal Story: Both candidates speak about protecting the vulnerable in their first television ads.

PA17: Lamb, Rothfus Talk Trump, Kavanaugh and More in 1st Debate: The candidates have different opinions on holding town halls.

PA11: Rep. Smucker and Jess King Share Different Vision in 1st Debate: Smucker touted the tax reform bill for a growing economy, while King believes economic mobility is at an all time low.

PA16: Rep. Kelly and Ron DiNicola Spar in 1st and Possibly Only Debate: Both candidates spoke about reaching across the aisle in Washington D.C.

New Monmouth Poll for PA17: This poll set to release later today will be their first on this race since July which showed Lamb leading Rothfus 51-39.

Congressional Leadership Fund Attacks Wallace on Taxes: The Conservative PAC dings Wallace on a tax lien and paints the Democrat as beholden to Pelosi and an advocate for raising taxes on middle class families in a new television ad. The Wallace campaign disputes these claims and believes Fitzpatrick is not to be trusted on taxes. “Brian Fitzpatrick and his allies continue to sling mud and distort the truth because they don’t have any legislative accomplishments to run on,” said Zoe Wilson-Meyer, Communications Director for Wallace for Congress. “Scott Wallace has paid all of his taxes in full, period. It’s Brian Fitzpatrick we can’t trust on taxes – he voted for the new tax law that gave 83% of the benefits to the wealthiest Americans, raises taxes on thousands of Bucks and Montgomery County families, while increasing our deficit by $2 trillion and to pay for it, plans to cut Medicare and Social Security.”

  

 

Harrisburg & DC
WITF: Protesters plan to confront Wolf over new Pa. prison policies
WESA: As Philly Moves Closer To Supervised Injection Site, Gov. Tom Wolf Remains Opposed
Post-Gazette: Retirements, redistricting mean new faces, but less clout for Pa. in Congress
AP: Fact check: Wolf wrong that report backs execution halt
WESA: Millennial Mayors Aren’t Afraid To Chase The Unconventional On Their Way To Community Revitalization  
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Students Are Going to Grill Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner
PLSReporter: Marijuana partial decriminalization bill takes first steps as session draws to close
PLSReporter: Cruz pushes for legislation to randomly drug test legislators
PLSReporter: Schlossberg speaks on bill to promote stop-arm cameras on school buses
PLSReporter: Compromise Harrisburg recovery plan advances out of committee
Inquirer: Why are so many Pa. prison inmates committing suicide?
Inquirer: What is a REAL ID? Pa., N.J. prepare to follow federal security requirements.
Inquirer: 2018 elections: Sign up for Pa., N.J. text alerts from the Inquirer
Inquirer: Graffiti targeting Columbus Day found at two South Philly sites
WITF: Pennsylvania considers lowering penalty for marijuana possession
PennLive: Her son died from cardiac arrest at age 15; now Pa. mom wants CPR to be a graduation requirement
PennLive: Pa. lawmakers embrace alternatives to high-stakes exams to earn a high school diploma
Morning Call: Why is Donald Trump holding a rally tonight in Erie?        

 

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Students Are Going to Grill Tom Wolf and Scott Wagner
Philadelphia Magazine: Clintons Set Philly Stop, Hope People Care After Michelle Obama Tour
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney walks back $500M Rebuild promise
WESA: As Philly Moves Closer To Supervised Injection Site, Gov. Tom Wolf Remains Opposed
Inquirer: Feds tapped George Norcross’ phones in 2016, records show
AP: DA: No charges in death of man shot by police in home
Inquirer: Graffiti targeting Columbus Day found at two South Philly sites  
Billy Penn: How an Alabama firm made millions off Philly homeowners paying water bills online
KYW Newsradio: City still challenged by Philly’s litter problem
KYW Newsradio: Conference for people of color pushes for more opportunities in burgeoning cannabis industry
Philadelphia Business Journal: Public paychecks: Mayor Kenney gets paid, but is it a lot? Here’s how he stacks up to other U.S. mayors

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Political candidates discuss issues at public forum
Daily Local News: Demolition paves way for construction of new police complex in New Garden
Daily Local News: Mark Bowden resigns from Kennet school board after buying new house
Montgomery Media: Lower Moreland School District superintendent settles into new role
Bucks County Courier Times: Federal conservation fund in doubt after sunsetting in September
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Hospital nurses OK Contract

 

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Rothfus And Lamb Both Agree And Disagree On Key Issues
KDKA: State House Candidate Incites Controversy By Posting Campaign Sign On Warhol Grave Site
WESA: Three Debates In Local Races Called Off
WESA: Millennial Mayors Aren’t Afraid To Chase The Unconventional On Their Way To Community Revitalization
WESA: Firefighters Are The Only City Employees Explicitly Allowed To Use Medical Marijuana
WESA: What Could Bankruptcy Look Like For The Pittsburgh Diocese? It Depends
City Paper: GOP state Rep. candidate Natalie Mihalek boosted tax cuts in 24 ads, but none mentioned she’s running for office
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny Conference hires director of economic inclusion
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County proposes nearly $1 billion budget for 2019 with no tax increase        
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh security guards land double-digit bump in pay, benefits under SEIU contract
Tribune Review: Oakmont residents demand stricter gas and oil well regulations

 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Monaca officials consider tickets for overgrown yards
Beaver County Times: Fifty Beaver County bridges listed as being in poor condition
Beaver County Times: Charges dropped against South Beaver men in explosion case
Altoona Mirror: District seeking lawsuit dismissal
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone to hold digester meeting
Altoona Mirror: Airport hangar plan moves forward
Altoona Mirror: AASD OKs change orders

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Homeowners sue West Pittston over flood buyouts
Citizens Voice: Indoor skate parks operators seeking zoning approval to use warehouse in W-B
Citizens Voice: Fetterman stirring Democratic interest in Wyoming County
Citizens Voice: Dallas School Board moves closer to voting on adding a resource officer
Times Leader: Luzerne County manager proposes 3 percent tax hike in 2019
Times Leader: Earned income tax collections — and OT costs — up in WB’s August financial report draft
Times Leader: WB officials push for quicker pace to finish North River Street Work
Times-Tribune: Former county chief of staff Andy Wallace waves preliminary hearing
Pocono Record: Marijuana backers look for Midwest breakthrough in November
Standard Speaker: Hazelton Fire Dept., UNICO team to help Florence victims
Standard Speaker: Weatherly Ambulance topic of special council meeting Wed.

 

South Central  
PennLive: Bill to help Harrisburg comes with conditions, cuts taxes on workers in 5 years
PennLive: $32 million Hershey Community Center plans approved
PennLive: New polling places announced for some Dauphin County voters
Carlisle Sentinel: McGinnis, Gleim, Boust share views for 199th State House District seat
York Daily Record: Where do ‘predator priests’ live? Harrisburg diocese now says it doesn’t track them all
WITF: Rep. Lloyd Smucker and Jess King have first debate at Millersville University
York Dispatch: Lou Rivera announces bid for York City Council seat
York Dispatch: York County congressional candidates squeeze in October debates
York Dispatch: Jess King, Rep. Lloyd Smucker clash over campaign finances at first debate
LNP | LancasterOnline: U.S. News: Best place to retire in nation is Lancaster County
LNP | LancasterOnline: 5 heated exchanges from the U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, Jess King debate

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PA-7 congressional candidates tangle over campaign finance, Brett Kavanaugh, and marijuana policy
Morning Call: Amid contract negotiations, Easton plans to study management of fire department
Morning Call: Nothstein sues velodrome, Morning Call, saying publicity about misconduct probe put him in false light
Morning Call: Northampton school district to beef up security thanks to state grant
Morning Call: Allentown braces for $1.25 million demolition bill after Franklin Street fire   
WHYY Newsworks: Lehigh Valley candidates spar in debate over crucial congressional seat
Reading Eagle: Reading gets $300,000 state grant for parks rehabilitation

 

North by Northwest
Morning Call: Why is Donald Trump holding a rally tonight in Erie?  
Centre Daily Times: 3 more former Penn State frat brothers set to plead guilty this month
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montoursville school district approves busing rates
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Hughesville to tackle combining wards in 2019
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lycoming County radio system overhaul estimated at $7.4M
Williamsport Sun Gazette: South Side reverses assessment appeals policy
Erie Times-News: State grants totaling $163,000 awarded to area companies
Erie Times-News: The president’s coming to Erie. Here’s what to expect.   

 

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Kavanaugh takeaway: SCOTUS reforms worth considering
John M. Grau: President Trump deserves credit for American economic boom
Steve Nickol: Scott Perry is a cold-hearted ultra-conservative, says former York Co. GOP lawmaker
Stu Bykofsky: A love story: A Philly guy, his great-grandfather, and an Irish whiskey
Trudy Rubin: Jamal Khashoggi affair highlights what happens when America abdicates role as free press defender
Rick Jensen: Banning plastic straws and bags isn’t enough to save our oceans
Will Bunch: This prominent Penn prof didn’t believe Russia got Trump elected. Here’s what changed her mind.
John Baer: Will Kavanaugh impact midterm elections? I don’t see it.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The bruising battle: Due process, qualification and listening survive
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sprinklers protect life: Fatal blaze prompts requirement for high-rises
Dan Simpson: The Kavanaugh hangover will linger
John Micek: There’s no ‘shaking off’ Taylor Swift’s effect on voter registration

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