10/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

pa-state-flag6Mike Fitzpatrick does an ad for his brother, Toomey pitches himself to Democrats and we ask whether Kane should have to go to jail. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-8: Mike Fitzpatrick Cuts An Ad for His Brother (VIDEO): Mike Fitzpatrick testifies for Brian Fitzpatrick.

Reader Poll: Toomey Ahead of McGinty: Sen. Toomey takes the rubber match.

Reader Poll: Should Kane Have to Go to Jail?: We ask our readers if the ex-Attorney General’s sentence was too harsh.

PA-Sen: Toomey Pitches Himself to Dems (VIDEO): The GOP incumbent highlights praise he’s received from Democrats.

Parties Spar over Poll Watchers Suit: The GOP is pushing for election observers.

Clinton Targets African-Americans in New TV Ad (VIDEO): The Democratic nominee is hopping to keep black voter turnout historically high.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Conference committee reports out pension proposal, sets up final votes in House, Senate Wednesday
Capitolwire: Bill to re-enact independent counsel statute for public officials headed to Wolf’s desk
Capitolwire: Senate moves on short-term local share fix, but House votes are lacking
Capitolwire: Seasonal worker unemployment law fix prepped for final vote
State House Sound Bites: Toomey and McGinty recap on final debate
WITF: Why the Amish support Trump
WITF: AT&T Time Warner Merger is good and bad

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Retail expert: Salvation Army contributed to casualties in 2013 building collapse
Inquirer: Prince Albert visits Philadelphia birthplace of his mother, Grace Kelly
Inquirer: Judge to move on soda tax lawsuit before year’s end
WHYY NewsWorks: Prosecutors say Kelly was powerful, not a dupe in Bridgegate
WHYY NewsWorks: As Harrisburg legalizes Uber/Lyft, Parking Authority contemplates how to regulate them
Philadelphia Tribune: Omega Psi Phi starts inquiry into ‘disgusting’ video
Philly Voice: Tim Kaine coming to Bucks County college on Wednesday
KYW: A Look At Presidential Polling In Pennsylvania
Politico: A guide to Donald Trump’s ‘rigged’ election

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Chester officials make trek to Harrisburg to push for casino funds
Delco Daily Times: Beer distributors talk about selling six-packs, growlers
Bucks County Courier-Times: Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine returning to Pennsylvania with get out the vote campaign stops in Newtown and Allentown
Daily Local News: County government officials brief chamber on area’s economy
Pottstown Mercury: 54 new citizens take the oath at Pottsgrove High School

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pa. advances rules on medical marijuana law
Tribune Review: Vice President Biden rallies voters at Chatham event
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City COuncil tweaks proposed rule change, but legislation still might violate free speech-rights
Post-Gazette: Bill to aid sex-abuse victims dies in Pa. house
WESA: Bill would eliminate sales tax exempt status for charities that spend too much on overhead

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Official: ATI plant was ‘lifeblood’ of Midland for more than a century
Altoona Mirror: Reassessment mediation to start
Altoona Mirror: Mayor: Revive main street program to aid downtown
Altoona Mirror: Judge remands case back to city plumbing board
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rothfus hosts session on drugs, poverty, other local issues

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board moves forward with bond refunding, discusses costs
Times-Tribune: Eric Trump speaks at Lackawanna GOP dinner
Standard Speaker: Hazleton gets $217G to upgrade pair of parks
Pocono Record: Subsidies will help some afford health insurance rate hike

South Central
Patriot-News: Harrisburg mayor accuses state economic development officials of using sinkhole victims for ‘photo op’
Patriot-News: Pensions, taxes among top issues for Lancaster’s 43rd District race
Patriot-News: General Assembly tees up ‘historic’ pension reform bill for a vote
Lancaster Online: Two dozen rally for a minimum wage hike Tuesday in Penn Square
Lebanon Daily News: Business groups, FOAC endorse Frank Ryan

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pat Toomey responds to anti-GOP vandalism in his neighborhood
Reading Eagle: Fearing Election Day trouble, some U.S. schools cancel classes
WFMZ: Clinton, Trump campaigns push for votes in Berks

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: New laws mean new ways to buy wine in Pennsylvania
Centre Daily Times: Centre County praised for response to flooding
Sun Gazette: Sullivan County turns to task of flood recovery

Opinion
Daily News: Memo to Harrisburg: We can respect cops without a police state
Philadelphia Tribune: Create revolutionary third party by voting Hillary to beat Trump
Bucks County Courier-Times: Election volatility makes voting essential
Patriot-News: Three charts that explain how voters feel about free trade
Patriot-News: Petty and vindictive, Christie and Kane’s ordeals show the way for Donald Trump
Patriot-News: With Toomey under fire, Bob Casey tries to refocus gun control debate, report
Post-Gazette: Torsella for treasurer: His breadth of public service gives the edge
Post-Gazette: Apres Calais: The migrant cluster is dispersed; problem remains

Blogs
Lu Lac Political Letter: Josh Shapiro endorsed by the Patriot News of Harrisburg
Keystone Crossroads: Toomey-McGinty: a substantive brawl
Keystone Crossroads: How 25 years of changing enrollment has created winners and losers in Pa. school funding

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