9/20 PoliticsPA Playbook

pa-state-flag6Clinton and McGinty lead the latest polls, PA goes from “Likely Dem” to “Lean Dem” and the Philly FOP endorses Trump. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Morning Call/Muhlenberg Poll: Clinton 47% Trump 38%: The Democratic nominee holds a lead despite recent troubles.

PA-8: Internal Poll: Fitzpatrick 50% Santarsiero 38%: The Republican nominee records a double digit lead in a new internal survey.

PA-Sen: Morning Call/Muhlenberg Poll: McGinty 43% Toomey 38%: The Democratic nominee holds the advantage.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball Moves PA From “Likely Dem” to “Lean Dem”: Clinton maintains a slim Electoral College edge.

Philly FOP Endorses Trump: The police union is supporting the GOP nominee for President.

PA-12: Rothfus Gives Weekly GOP Address (VIDEO): The PA Congressman got the honors this weekend.

The 7-Cycle Itch: Will Pennsylvania Flip in 2016?: Since 1932, 18 of the 44 six-cycle partisan statewide winning streaks in presidential elections were halted in the next cycle; however, each ended by supporting a nominee who won in an Electoral College landslide.

Morning Call/Muhlenberg Poll: Obama Approval at 53%: Pennsylvanians have a positive view of the President of the United States.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Wolf administration says PA’s unemployment compensation operation needs funding reauthorized before year’s end
State House Sound Bites: The state House is back in session in Harrisburg
State House Sound Bites: Toomey and McGinty set debate dates
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania recovers $1.3 million in gas royalties  
City and State: Kenney budgets $1.6 million to defend soda tax

Philadelphia
Inquirer: John Lewis honored with the Liberty Medal
Inquirer: New attempt to stop ballot question raising judges’ retirement age
Inquirer: Politicos say they’ll use Uber to offer ‘free rides’ to the polls Election Day
Inquirer: Pa. House fall agenda: Pensions, drug abuse, internet gambling
Daily News: Toomey/McGinty: Who’s more vulnerable?
WHYY Newsworks: Clinton courts youth vote at Temple
WHYY Newsworks: Will millennials be lured by Clinton’s talk of free college?
WHYY Newsworks: Prescription Opioid, Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week pushing for accessible care and visibility

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Local environmental groups continue fight against hazardous waste facility
Bucks County Courier-Times: Judge hammers Middletown contractor with 8-to-16-year fraud sentence
Bucks County Courier-Times: MCCC adopts new campus weapons policy
Pottstown Mercury: In Pottsgrove schools, computer learning is no game, but it might be
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove High School earns bronze in US News & World Report ranking

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Trump outlines vision for economy, promising large tax cuts
Tribune-Review: Trump to talk energy in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Obama sees ‘personal insult’ if blacks don’t rally for Clinton
Post-Gazette: Perry on Politics: Connecting with the politics of anger
WESA: Lawmakers return to Harrisburg for a brief fall session
WTAE:  DHS Report: More than 800 people wrongly given US citizenship

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Strike authorized: State universities, faculty debate contract
Tribune-Democrat: Despite criticism, Penn State honors Paterno during game
Beaver County Times: Wolf requests joint session of Legislature on opioids; DePasquale to audit treatment programs

NEPA
Times Leader: Clinton outworking Trump in Pennsylvania, a must-win battleground state
Times-Tribune: WVIA plans congressional debates
Citizens Voice: The Citizens Voice announces candidate endorsements
Standard Speaker: Bottled water companies pay next to nothing to extract from state waters

South Central
Patriot-News: Clinton visits Temple University
Patriot-News: Who’s intimidating who in this clash over eliminating property taxes?
Patriot-News: The good news in the state universities’ faculty contract negotiations is they are still talking
Patriot-News: Organ donation advocates press for action on update to Pa. procedures
Patriot-News: Opioid industry outspends gun industry on lobbying against proposed limits: investigation
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton expected to have higher tax increase that states prediction
Carlisle Sentinel: CV to advertise for construction bids for 2 new schools

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Clinton tells Temple University crowd that election will transform the United States for the next 50 years
Reading Eagle: Kutztown University faculty talk to students about possible strike
Reading Eagle: Some Reading businesses aren’t paying a tax, official says
WFMZ: McGinty agrees to two debates even though Toomey pressed her for four

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Jerry Uht Park becomes UPMC Park
Erie Times-News: Warrants: Texts, insiders helped unravel Erie automobile fraud scheme
Centre Daily Times: Motorcycle riders get go-ahead with red light law

Opinion
Patriot-News: In opioid debate, taxpayers – not Big Pharma – have to come first
Patriot-News: Philly Dem seeking re-election is now a convict, report
Erie Times-News: Erie schools still face funding crisis
Post-Gazette: Historic Lawrenceville: It would gain from National Register status
Post-Gazette: Stay in your lane, FBI: Going undercover as a journalist is always wrong
Inquirer: Inside job at Wells Fargo underscores the need for strong oversight of banks

Blogs
Citified: Miracle AIDS drug failing to take off in Philadelphia  
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Education Policy Roundup: Improving the image of Pennsylvania’s public schools
Commonwealth Foundation: Fixing the 40% vape tax
2 Political Junkies: RNC and the Birther Lie

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