August 21st Playbook

A poll released by a conservative group shows Wagner and Barletta in striking distance, while Pope Francis responds to the clergy sex abuse scandal. Here is the Playbook.

PA-10: DCCC Adds Scott to Red to Blue Program: The DCCC said Scott’s military service and role as a Lutheran pastor plays well in the district.

Internal Poll: Wagner and Barletta in Striking Distance; Trump 8 point Net Approval: Numbers from a GOP group paint a more competitive picture of 2018 elections than public pollsters.

 

Legislative Election Updates

HD-93: Delma Rivera-Lytle officially approved as Democratic candidate for 93rd District

 

Harrisburg & DC
Inquirer: As Pope Francis pledges reform, AG Josh Shapiro urges Pa. church leaders to stop ‘denials and deflections’ on clergy sex abuse
Inquirer: Are Pa. Republicans in ‘dead heat’ races for governor and the U.S. Senate?
AP: Correction: Pennsylvania Dioceses-Sex Abuse-Lawsuits story
Inquirer: Pa. ‘survivalist’ who threatened to kill Trump spotted in Maryland, authorities say
Washington Times: Trump-backer Barletta battling midterm odds against ‘Sleeping Bob’ Casey in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration hosts press conference to detail new apprenticeship programs throughout the state
PLSReporter: Wolf agrees to debate Wagner at Chamber event
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: Senators vote on key issue
Erie News Now: Gov. Wolf Brings Town Hall Meeting On Asian Pacific American Affairs to Erie
AP: Another hearing set to begin in Penn State frat death case
WHYY Newsworks: Calls spike to Pennsylvania’s clergy abuse hotline
Bucks County Courier Times: State issues new medical marijuana research rules
WHYY Newsworks: Cash Assistance Program Will Start Issuing Benefits Again Next Month
AP: Will Other States Follow Pennsylvania On Church Abuse?
Inquirer: In Pennsylvania, gun ranges equal big business
PennLive: Here’s 5 midterm worries for Republicans, analysts say | Monday Morning Coffee
PennLive: ‘I’d have to give it consideration,’ Scott Wagner says if bill ending same-sex marriage came to his desk
Erie Times-News: Scott Wagner, in Erie, vows to focus on education, lower taxes
Pope Francis: Pope Francis’ letter on clergy sex abuse

 

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia tries to set the tone for U.S. – China relations
KYW Newsradio: Philly school teachers getting started earlier than ever
Philadelphia Business Journal: The Soaring 76 is here. Meet the fastest-growing companies in Greater Philadelphia.
AP: 2 Philadelphia priests, 1 accused of sex abuse, found unfit for ministry
WHYY Newsworks: With deal for use of Market Street site, Philly officials hope to recoup $50M
Philadelphia Magazine: This Pizza-Giving, MAGA-Protesting Bike Messenger Says He’s Running for City Council
Inquirer: Ex-workers get prison for role in Renee Tartaglione scheme
Inquirer: How reverse mortgages can hurt, rather than help, aging Philly homeowners

 

SEPA
WHYY Newsworks: Montco GOP hopeful running for Congress with confidence
Daily Local News: Chamber’s 10th Gold Leaf celebration to honor Arkoosh, Kichline
Daily Local News: Delco D.A.’s seminar teaches educators how to stay safe
Daily Local News: Downingtown Borough Council approves fire services agreement with East Caln Township
Daily Local News: BID report paints rosy picture for business in West Chester
Delco Daily Times: Former Delco priest deemed ‘not suitable for ministry’
Bucks County Courier Times: Murt to host session on Lyme disease

 

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Abuse by Priests victims group confronts clergy in Pittsburgh: ‘We need action’
Tribune Review: Ben Carson says in Ambridge stop that HUD is combating affordable housing crisis
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh is the No. 2 most livable city in America
Post-Gazette: A young woman’s murder rekindles distrust of police in Aliquippa
Post-Gazette: Vandal spray-paints over Cardinal Wuerl’s name on North Catholic High School sign
Post-Gazette: Spokesman: Pittsburgh Diocese could support bigger window for legal action over sexual abuse
Post-Gazette: Greensburg priest who retired after allegations went on to abuse again
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Bishop Zubik outlines diocese response in wake of grand jury report in letter to parishioners
Pittsburgh Business Times: Big pieces being erected – and even more on the way – at Shell plant
KDKA: Ben Carson Tours Beaver County, Boosts Rothfus In Key Congressional Race
KDKA: Parishioners Express Betrayal, Confusion During St. James Town Hall Meeting About Grand Jury Report

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: MERGING SCHOOLS | Lawmakers seek solutions to school issues that voters will support
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Charter increase: Number of Pa. schools growing, not shrinking
Altoona Mirror: Seminar looks at predator’s actions
Altoona Mirror: AASD OKs several change orders
Observer-Reporter: Local tax contribution to Washington County employee pensions pegged at $2.2 million next year
Beaver County Times: Ambridge Water Authority refutes Shell comments in DEP filing
Beaver County Times: Diocese: Seven area priests removed before abuse report
Beaver County Times: Proposed Mount Airy Casino would add to tourism possibilities, official says

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Abuse survivors group discusses diocese grand jury report
Times-Tribune: State: Scranton School District not required to rehire furloughed teachers under grant
Citizens Voice: Eliminating school property taxes topic of hearing in W-B
The Times Leader: Wyoming divided over embattles borough manager
The Times Leader: ‘Tax fairness’ hearing morphs into debate on property tax elimination
The Times Leader: Retirement of Wilkes-Barre employee raises questions about pension
The Times Leader: Study shows regional job growth in health care and manufacturing
Times-Tribune: University of Scranton stripping Scranton bishops’ names from buildings
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Commissioners, Prison Board to meet Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Prison guard says he was fired for reporting sexual abuse

 

South Central
LNP | LancasterOnline: Map: Here’s what’s new in 2018-19 at Lancaster County schools
LNP | LancasterOnline: $800K project begins to repair and resurface Harrisburg Pike in East Hempfield Township
York Dispatch: York City mayor, activists agree on how to diversify police department
York Dispatch: Report cites cases of 2 York-area priests as examples of ‘wholesale institutional failure
PennLive: In the wake of clergy sex abuse report, Cardinal Keeler’s legacy is being rewritten
PennLive: Here’s 5 midterm worries for Republicans, analysts say | Monday Morning Coffee
PennLive: ‘I’d have to give it consideration,’ Scott Wagner says if bill ending same-sex marriage came to his desk
PennLive: Federal corruption trial begins for ex-mayor
PennLive: Harrisburg schools superintendent responds to critics: ‘I have to make hard decisions’

 

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: DeSales may ditch names of bishops who appeared in grand jury’s findings
Reading Eagle: Opening arguments made at trial of former Reading mayor
Reading Eagle: Congressional candidate Dan David focuses on financial issues
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Sex
Morning Call: ‘It was all about the money’ for ex-Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer, prosecutor tells jurors in pay-to-play trial

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Scott Wagner, in Erie, vows to focus on education, lower taxes
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: Senators vote on key issue
Erie Times-News: Erie-area congressional race heats up
Erie News Now: Gov. Wolf Brings Town Hall Meeting On Asian Pacific American Affairs to Erie
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: New South Williamsport police chief ready and able to take command
Centre Daily Times: State College ranked one of safest college towns

 

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Cars, fat salaries, big perks: Why are we spoiling Pennsylvania lawmakers?
Richard Lavinthal: Josh Shapiro’s slickly managed press conference stepped on his message
Solomon Jones: Beyond solving young man’s murder, we must solve what’s wrong in our society
Diane Hagerman: Removing barriers to success gives kids the opportunity to thrive
Teresa Huizar: When institutions treat scandals as PR risks, victims suffer most
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Hall: Work overtime to cut spending
Abraham Gutman: After the grand jury report: What we’re reading about Catholicism, clergy and the future of the faithful
Patty-Pat Kozlowski: ‘Council staffers stuck together.’ Remembering my friend, Linda Rios-Neuby
Christine Flowers: Death is never expected; neither is the reaction
Tribune Review: Editorial: Back-to-school different in an active-shooter world
Tom Purcell: Why homeownership pressure is good
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: ‘Glaringly empty’: An elections panel rightly goes out of business
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Our combatant: Ameen case shows hols in U.S. refugee program
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A common enemy: U.S.-Mexican effort is the right step in drug war
York Dispatch Editorial: Widen door of justice for victims of predator priests

3 Responses

  1. Political people know polls that are valueless. Internal polls, polls from political action groups, etc. are more of a political ad than a poll. Again, those in the know can see through the facade of these questionable polls. If you want to get a true sense of what is going on check out Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball and Inside Elections among other solid information on what is happening.

  2. Hopefully, the warning that Wagner and Barletta might actually win will be motivation for decent people to vote to stop them from further despoiling this State.

  3. It is appropriate that “good news” on Barletta and Wagner would be in the same sentence as the clergy sex scandal. All things disgusting should be lumped together.

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