9/19 PoliticsPA Playbook

pa-state-flag6The New York Times calls PA the tipping-point state, Dougherty gives his first post-raid interview and Wolf calls for a joint session of the legislature. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

9/16 Ups & Downs: A gaffe, an endorsement and an appointment. See who made this week’s list!

NYT: Pennsylvania’s the Tipping-Point State: The New York Times’ Upshot section discusses why PA is likely to decide the 2016 presidential election.

Dougherty Grants First Interview Since FBI Raid (VIDEO): The IBEW 98 leader spoke to CBS3’s Ukee Washington.

Plouffe: “Pennsylvania’s A Lock” for Hillary Clinton (AUDIO): Pres. Obama’s top campaign guru continues to insist Trump can’t win Pennsylvania.

PA-Gov: Wolf Requests Joint Session to Focus on Opioid Epidemic: The Governor is calling for the State Legislature to gather this fall.

August Jobs Report: Unemployment Rises Slightly to 5.7%: The commonwealth continues to fall behind the national average.

Sunday Show Preview: September 18, 2016: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
City and State: Bill proposed that will expand tax-free zones in Philadelphia
PLS Reporter: Pennsylvania unemployment rate rises to 5.7 percent
PLS Reporter: Governor Wolf requests joint session of the General Assembly to solve the opioid addiction crisis facing Pennsylvania
State House Sound Bites: Strike hangs over state colleges; students feel out of the loop

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Polish President pays respect in Doylestown
Inquirer: In Pa. coal country, Trump is king
Philadelphia Magazine: Generational Poverty: Trying to Solve Philly’s Most Enduring Problem
WHYY Newsworks: Faculty at Pa.’s state-owned colleges consider hitting picket line
BillyPenn: Philadelphia Police endorse Donald Trump, who needs Unions to clinch Pennsylvania
KYW: Hillary Clinton returns to Philadelphia with focus on millennials
Philly Voice: Hillary Clinton outdoing Donald Trump in Pennsylvania

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis
Delco Daily Times: Media urged to rethink stance on pipeline proposal
Delco Daily Times: S.E. Pa. congressional candidates offer their views on immigration
Delco Daily Times: Census shows area’s Hispanic population is dropping
Bucks Local News:  Pennsbury School Board, Pennsbury Education Association reach tentative agreement
Daily Local News: Economic report paints bright future for Kennett Square, Kennett Township

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Sanders stumps for McGinty, Clinton at CMU campaign stop
Tribune-Review: Reversing course, Trump admits Obama was born in the U.S.
Tribune-Review: Kaine accuses Trump of inciting violence against Clinton
Post-Gazette: U.S., amid renewed focus on Kremlin, says hacks will not go unpunished
Post-Gazette: As Trump rises in battleground states, Clinton moves to block his path
Post-Gazette: Michelle Obama makes rare appearance, urges young voters to support Clinton
Pittsburgh Business Times: Normally, Democrats carry Pennsylvania but this election’s anything but normal

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Voter registration effort is confusing residents, say frustrated election officials
Observer-Reporter: Diverse America divided on flag, anthem, and other symbols
Observer-Reporter: Pipeline protest site a city unto itself with school, meals
Altoona Mirror: Union for faculty remains at odd with state universities

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County administration tackling two festering workforce issues
Times-Tribune: State Rep. Frank Farina launched online attack against former state representative
Pocono Record: Pa. lawmaker secretly charged in clinic theft case

South Central
Patriot-News: Talks resume on state universities’ faculty contract in an effort to avert a strike
Carlisle Sentinel: Hillary and Bill Clinton America’s strangest couple
York Daily Record: Trump gets aggressive in the last stretch before election seasons ends
York Dispatch: Putin warns United States on the danger of Trump being president
Lebanon Daily News: Trump believes Clinton should disarm her Secret Service

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Muhlenberg College poll indicates Clinton leading in PA
Reading Eagle: Tom Wolf set to have a joint session with the General Assembly to resolve opioid crisis
WFMZ: Clinton winning over PA while Trump falls behind
Express Times: Trump has not done anything to help working class in the United States

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: SCASD updates community after safety concern
Centre Daily Times: Local drivers empowered by electric cars
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania’s oil industry created far-flung legacy

Opinion
Patriot-News: Trump’s ‘birther’ charade went on far too long
Patriot-News: Hillary Clinton may have a serious Gary Johnson problem, report
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Why a full disclosure of presidential candidates health is necessary
Inquirer: FBI probe of union boss Dougherty should serve as a wake-up call to Mayor Kenney
Inquirer: Pa. high court’s retirement age ruling was self-serving
Daily News: Court needs to step in, level educational playing field
Post-Gazette: Bring in the feds: The Weirton officer’s case needs an outside look
Post-Gazette: In from the cold: Don’t pardon Snowden, but cut a plea deal
Post-Gazette: Welcome, newcomers: A logical blueprint to help immigrants thrive here

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Lancaster school district fighting back over refugee enrollment order
Keystone State Education Coalition: Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup: Success Starts Here
LuLac Political Letter: Matt Cartwright elected to serve to on the House Committee on Appropriations
2 political Junkies: Jack Kelly states that Clinton and Trump are unacceptable and the media is to blame

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