October 26th Playbook

Wolf and Wagner Debut New Television Ads this week, while Trump tweets his “total support” for 2 PA GOP Congressional candidates. Here is the Playbook.

 

PA Gov: Wagner Stars in Latest Wolf Ads: In his latest attack ads, the governor highlights some of Wagner’s more memorable moments on film. Wagner’s newest ad advocates for eliminating school taxes on people’s homes.

PA7: Wild Seeks Distance From Pawlowski in Latest Spot: The thirty second ad features Joe Khan, the lead prosecutor in the federal probe of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and former Philadelphia Democratic candidate for District Attorney.

Trump Tweets “Total Support” For 2 PA GOP Congressional Candidates: President Trump tweeted his “total” support for Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) and 8th Congressional District candidate John Chrin yesterday. Eric Trump and Vice President Mike Pence joined Chrin this week in Northeastern PA. Pence rallied with Smucker and Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in Lancaster County.  

Pennsylvanians Investing in Texas Dems: FiveThirtyEight’s article, “How ActBlue Is Trying To Turn Small Donations Into A Blue Wave” includes Pennsylvania among the top ten states in number of contributions sent to Texas House and Senate races through ActBlue since Jan. 2017. PA finished 9th on this list.

Pennsylvania SDCC Releases New Attack Ad Hitting Senate GOP on Abuse Bill: The ad will run on Philadelphia-area TV and statewide digital.

Wagner To Rally With Diamond & Silk in Philly: GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner will be campaigning with conservative commentators Diamond and Silk at the Hilton on City Ave in Philadelphia tonight at 7pm.    

In three years, fentanyl has taken over Pennsylvania, rising from about a quarter of all overdose deaths in 2015 to two-thirds in 2017: The Philadelphia Inquirer’s story, “How fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, took over Pennsylvania” takes a look into the impact it is having on the state and breaks it down by the county over the past couple of years.

 

Legislative Election Update:

SD-38: The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry releases an ad pegs Democratic candidate, Lindsey Williams as someone who “wants to change the Constitution,” while touting Republican candidate Jeremy Shaffer as “mainstream” and a job creator in Western Pennsylvania.  

Don’t see news from your campaign, or an article from a local news outlet in our legislative elections list? Add press@politicspa.com to your list and send us your updates!

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Fights For US House Seats In Pennsylvania Closely Watched
Inquirer: Pa. special elections mean voters get to vote for U.S. House twice, sometimes for different candidates
Inquirer: Barletta backs, then backs off, Trump claim about ‘Middle Easterners’ in Mexico migrant caravan
Inquirer: Stinger takes stand at sting trial of Pa. lawmaker
StateImpactPA: EPA head says rollbacks will keep environment clean, economy up
StateImpactPA: Energy Sec. Perry stumps for ‘all of the above’ energy in Philadelphia, Camden
PLSReporter: Wolf issues three vetoes against glut of late session legislation
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington)
PLSReporter: Philly City Council passes marijuana ordinance
Inquirer: Are you planning to vote November 6? Tell us why or why not.
Inquirer: Villanova basketball not planning to visit Donald Trump at White House after winning NCAA championship
WHYY Newsworks: Pa., N.J., and Del. upgrading voting machines — not in time for midterms
WITF: Pa. Democrats launch ads criticizing GOP for Senate’s lack of action on abuse bill
Billy Penn: A mural on the capitol steps decries the detention of immigrant families
Citizens Voice: DePasquale to demand school harassment policies statewide

 

Philadelphia
Philly Clout: Election hijinks? Delco township worker took Democrats’ campaign signs.
KYW Newsradio: New City Council bill would demand all Philly retailers accept cash
Philadelphia Business Journal: Despite Trump ‘nonsense,’ Phila., U.S. must maintain foreign relations: Kenney
Philadelphia Business Journal: 5 things to know: Where Trump money speaks the loudest (yes, Philly is on the list)
Inquirer: Stinger takes stand at sting trial of Pa. lawmaker
Inquirer: Resolution honoring Gritty passed by Philadelphia City Council
Philadelphia Magazine: As Philly’s Amazon HQ2 Hopes Dim, Details Emerge of the City’s Secret Pitch Dinner
PhillyVoice: Frank Rizzo’s famous Chestnut Hill home is on the market

 

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Wallace make closing arguments in final debate
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon, Kim square off in 5th District U.S. House race
Delco Daily Times: Pols stand with victims in push for 2-year window for suits
Delco Daily Times: Kirkland, Policy Committee examine jobs and economic development in Chester
Delco Daily Times: McGarrigle, Kearney face off at event in Springfield
Inquirer: Chrissy Houlahan and Greg McCauley, two political novices, running for open U.S. House seat in Chester, Berks
PhillyVoice: Legislation proposed by Delco state representative would tax mature video games in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Deminski hopes to unseat Comitta in House race
Daily Local News: Barrar champions new law to preserve emergency care
Pottstown Mercury: Incumbent Rep. Quigley faces Ciresi in rematch for 146th Dist. House seat

 

Pittsburgh
City Paper: Leon Ford announces run for Pittsburgh City Council
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Is New Tax Necessary To Fund Early Childhood Education?
KDKA: Plane Carrying Banner Calls For Bishop Zubik’s Resignation
KDKA: Transgender And LGBTQ Activists Protest Outside Allegheny County Jail
Post-Gazette: Campaigns center on ‘sanctuary cities’ to wade into immigration debate
Post-Gazette: Community leaders try to stall sale of Hill House properties
Post-Gazette: Police arrest 11 protesters during rally for transgender rights in front of Allegheny County Jail
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County wins $2 million grant to help cut jail population
Post-Gazette: Why vote? Readers weigh in.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Technology Council names new chairman of board
Pittsburgh Business Times: Experts guess where Amazon HQ2 is heading — and Pittsburgh is not mentioned at all
Tribune Review: Candidates in 25th District meet for debate

 

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council addresses concerns about downtown demolition
Observer-Reporter: North Strabane approves preliminary 2019 budget
Observer-Reporter: Shale Insight conference closes quietly
Observer-Reporter: State system chancellor visits Cal U.
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners decide against hiring chief of staff
Beaver County Times: Former Beaver Falls Mayor Boak remembered for commitment to family, city
Beaver County Times: Beaver County budget process on track
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO: State’s top education official visits Johnstown
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Commissioners approve mold remediation contract for Cambria courthouse
Altoona Mirror: City to keep taxes level
Altoona Mirror: Childers-Potts addresses commissioners at town hall event

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Barletta: Casey TV ad ‘crossed the line’
The Times Leader: Consolidation critic lodges complaint, calls for cancellation of WBA hearing  
The Times Leader: Bidders purchase 101 properties at Luzerne County back-tax auction
Times-Tribune: Amid harassment claims in Scranton, auditor general to demand policies statewide
Citizens Voice: DePasquale to demand school harassment policies statewide
Citizens Voice: Crestwood school board opts to end bus contract

 

South Central  
Lebanon Daily News: FEMA proposes changes to county flood plain map
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Loading up ammo at prison guard towers
York Daily Record: Who is Rep. Smucker? Meet the GOP incumbent
York Daily Record: Hanover swears in first African-American mayor
LNP: Lancaster County adopts plan to stop sprawl and save farms, this time pledging action
LNP: Q&A: Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro speaks in Lancaster about “likely” run for president in 2020
LNP: Watch: 36th District debate between Sen. Ryan Aument and Bill Troutman
LNP: Pence visit to Lancaster adds $800 in local police expense, nets $35K fuel sale; $100K estimated tab for Air Force Two
LNP: Trump supports fall in line with Smucker during Pence visit
Harrisburg Patriot News: Democrats dominate voter registration in Pa., but will it matter on Election Day?
PennLive: Where they stand: A look at the 10th Congressional District candidates’ views on gun reform
PennLive: Where they stand: A look at the 10th Congressional District candidates views on climate change

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House: Andy Lee vs. Justin Simmons race gets testy
Morning Call: Nothstein puts Wild’s work as attorney into play
Morning Call: What was Susan Wild’s role as Ed Pawlowski brought down City Hall?
Reading Eagle: Uneven financial support for Berks County congressional candidates
WFMZ: Allentown receives $350,000 recycling grant
WFMZ: Deadline approaches for absentee ballots ahead of Nov. 6 election

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Montgomery school district shares complex expansions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Stormwater takeover could mean added fees
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council likely to review gas main, flood mitigation
Centre Daily Times: Why 2 Bald Eagle Township supervisors were charged with ‘public corruption’
Centre Daily Times: Black driver shot, paralyzed by police runs for city council
Centre Daily Times: Fights for US House seats in Pennsylvania closely watched
Erie Times-News: City of Erie, L.E.A.F. awarded state grants

 

Opinion
Christine Flowers: After Trump’s transgender memo, a call for common sense
Maria Panaritis: Diners don’t lie: At bellwether Bucks eateries, the talk is Trump – and it’s happy chatter ahead of midterm elections
Trudy Rubin: Don’t expect miracles when Trump and Xi meet at G-20
William Dillin: Remembering Dr. Richard Rothman: What the legendary Philly surgeon taught me
Will Bunch: Survivor of ‘60s civil rights fight can’t believe 2018’s voter suppression is so ‘blatant’
David Chavern: Congress should support antitrust safe harbor legislation for newspapers
Dom Giordano: Italian-Americans targeted by vandals, and that seems like a hate crime
Liv Goldman: Pa. Lawmakers Sided With Pedophiles and Those Who Protect Them
Tony Norman: Megyn Kelly: White Like Me.

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