September 21st Playbook

Barack Obama and Donald Trump Jr. are set to take on PA today, while Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and Democratic challenger, Scott Wallace spar over law enforcement in their latest ads. Here is the Playbook.

 

PA1: Fitzpatrick, Wallace Spar Over Law Enforcement in latest Ads: Fitzpatrick attempts to tie Wallace to convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal through several degrees of separation.

PA16: DiNicola and Kelly Agree to Debate Oct. 8: The debate will take place at Mercyhurst University.

 

Harrisburg & DC
Morning Call: Political star power: Obama will be in Philadelphia today, Donald Trump Jr. in Hershey
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Where do Pennsylvania’s congressional races fit into the national map?  
Morning Call: Poll: Likely Pa. voters hold Catholic Church in low regard, but split on legal remedy for sex abuse survivors
Inquirer: Pennsylvania among states with most overdose deaths, CDC study finds
PennLive: ‘We are being invaded’: Republican Scott Wagner repeats anecdote from white nationalist site
PennLive: A new group forms for women to discuss Pa. politics ahead of the November election
PennLive: The final countdown: Bills awaiting action as Pa. Legislature’s 2017-18 session winds to a close
AP: Candidates for governor spar over making tax returns public
Inquirer: Scott Wagner, Republican nominee for governor, shares story about ‘raccoon’ infestation, invasion
AP: PennDOT: $58M interstate project behind schedule
StateImpactPA: DEP moving forward with emission rules for existing oil and gas sources
StateImpactPA: Shale industry: taxpayers should foot part of the bill for oil and gas oversight
PLSReporter: Conklin talks two-bill package about those who fail to report sexual abuse
PLSReporter: Federal judge strikes down Pa. ban on casino investor campaign finance donations
PLSReporter: Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session
Inquirer: Trump, Don Jr. love Pa., but national GOP groups have left top of the ticket stranded
Inquirer: Betrayed by faith
AP: Sentencing options for Cosby include prison, jail, probation
Billy Penn: Philly’s paid sick leave is under new attack in Harrisburg    
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf establishes action team to deal with PFAS
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf administration awards $6.8 Million in library grants
Inquirer: Experts: State’s troubled pension funds fuel $3.8 billion in profits for private equity firms   
WESA: Wolf Urges Lawmakers To Pass Bills That Would Give Protections To Abuse Victims
AP: First County Buys Voting Machines Under New State Standards
KDKA: Pennsylvania’s First Medical Marijuana Education Center Opens In Pittsburgh

 

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Democrats turn to Obama to ‘energize’ midterm votes in Philly rally
Inquirer: Phila. Gas Works proposes LNG venture with a private partner
Inquirer: Community to break bread, discuss what matters to them during citywide table talks
Philadelphia Magazine: Allan Domb Introduces Bill to End DROP for New Non-Union Employees
WHYY Newsworks: Reports: Stationing police in Philly schools costly, causes trauma for students of color
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws
PLSReporter: Votes and vitriol fill Philly City Council session
Billy Penn: Philly’s paid sick leave is under new attack in Harrisburg
KYW Newsradio: Do Philadelphia police need helpers?

 

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Legislators deliver $1M Pottstown school grant to cover hospital tax shortfall
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf administration awards $6.8 Million in library grants
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers look at ways to attract, retain EMS volunteers
Delco Daily Times: Delco councilman calls controller’s questions about of prison legal bills political
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County moving forward with health services assessment
Montgomery Media: Norristown council passes local hiring resolution

 

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto is looking to a “new URA” to shape the future of the city
WESA: Social Benefits Package From City’s $4B OnePGH Funding Plan Due In October, Peduto Says
Post-Gazette: New judge in case issues gag order in Antwon Rose homicide trial
Post-Gazette: Tensions mount in U.S. Steel, USW talks
Post-Gazette: Parents of Yough student who took his own life sue school district, allege years of abuse
Post-Gazette: Mom of teen hurt in 2015 Pittsburgh police chase sues city over pursuit training
KDKA: Pennsylvania’s First Medical Marijuana Education Center Opens In Pittsburgh

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Corman bill to crack down on hazing hangs in balance
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Leaders imagine a ‘brand’ new Johnstown marketed around outdoor opportunities  
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa, Creswell Heights get water grants
Beaver County Times: Rally against hate planned in Beaver
Altoona Mirror: Festival will support local ‘makers’

 

NEPA
AP: First County Buys Voting Machines Under New State Standards
Citizens Voice: Dallas teachers ratify tentative contract
Citizens Voice: City set to upgrade police records system
Citizens Voice: Lisman to retire as county coroner
Citizens Voice: Kaufer hosting veterans expo
The Times Leader: Luzerne County manager announces first batch of infrastructure grants
The Times Leader: More large commercial assessment reductions granted in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: WBA board hears about online survey, alters attendance policy

 

South Central
York Dispatch: Rep. Scott Perry, George Scott clash over Freedom Caucus during debate
York Dispatch: Joe Biden endorses George Scott in 10th District race
LNP | LancasterOnline: Information sessions offered ahead of Medicare’s annual enrollment period
LNP | LancasterOnline: Dairy farmers get $5 million in grants for new initiatives, including organic milk, yogurt and cheese
York Daily Record: Medical marijuana dispensary set to open in West Manchester Township
PennLive: As Mariner East 2 pipeline nears completion, a Cumberland County resident frets about the dangers

 

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Mayor who got kicked out of town meeting says he won’t attend another
Express Times: Parking meter hike? Bethlehem residents offer alternative suggestions
Reading Eagle: Reading’s outgoing managing director warns of the city’s worsening reputation
Reading Eagle: Analyst: Reading turmoil not a good sign for Act 47
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Where do Pennsylvania’s congressional races fit into the national map?  
Morning Call: Changing demographics: Parkland School District growing more diverse
Morning Call: Allentown Diocese settles Virginia man’s lawsuit claiming monsignor enticed online sex acts
Morning Call: Bethlehem panel backs banking 26 acres of CRIZ tax incentive
Morning Call: Knock off the fireworks by 9 p.m. in Bethlehem

 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: ‘You wonder how these municipalities survive’: How could college towns fix financial woes?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County district judge to retire at end of year
Erie Times-News: Erie, Millcreek officials part of economic development training
Erie Times-News: What Erie County’s recycling changes mean for you

 

Opinion
Citizens Voice Editorial Board: Fix state election law
Christopher Norris: If Philly can rename street for Wilson Goode Sr., why not also honor MOVE bombing victims?
Joe Hohenstein: Workers’ rights more important than ever this election
Will Bunch: Can a ‘new Obama’ unite America’s fractured Democratic party or is a Trump reelection inevitable?
Inquirer Editorial Board: Delaware County should help Haverford College students vote
Stu Bykofsky: When ICE deports, it is enforcing the law, not breaking it
Christine Flowers: Bert and Ernie are supposed to teach ABCs on ‘Sesame Street,’ not LGBTQ
Inga Saffron: Affordable-housing developers struggle to stay one step ahead of gentrification in Philadelphia
Ernest Owens: “W. Wilson Goode, Sr. Way” Is Another Rizzo Statue in the Making
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ethics and optics: The airport authority should approve sensible rules
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: China’s oppression: Human rights must be linked to technology

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