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November 12th Playbook

A fourth Democrat enters the race against Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks). Here is the Playbook.

PA1: Fourth Democrat Joins the Race Against Fitzpatrick: Skylar Hurwitz, who describes himself as an “independent democrat,” said he’s running for congress to restore faith and trust in government through his “fair tax” platform.

Philly GOP Chair Mike Meehan Resigns: Meehan served as chair from April 2017 to Nov. 2019.

November 11th Playbook: Four elected Democrats in southeast PA endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president. Philadelphia GOP Chairman Mike Meehan resigns. 

Harrisburg & DC   
WESA: PA Workers File Suit To Get Union Dues Back
AP: Pennsylvania schools struggling with bus driver shortage
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DACA case heads to U.S. Supreme Court this week
WHYY Newsworks: Ahead of DACA hearing, ‘Dreamers’ set to rally in D.C.
Inquirer: Ex-Main Line woman, boss sentenced to 15 years in Kuwait case
Post-Gazette: McConnell pushes for legislation to shore up miners’ pension fund 
National Journal: Parnell Hits Lamb on Petrochemical Plant

Philadelphia Magazine: Two Incoming City Council Members Are Endorsing Elizabeth Warren for President
KYW Newsradio: With general election over, Philadelphia City Council turns to internal leadership elections
KYW Newsradio: New low-income veterans housing honors residents and those lost in Vietnam
Philadelphia Tribune: Study: Shoppers bear brunt of soda tax, buy fewer sweetened drinks
Billy Penn: While NYC cracks down on fare evasion, Philly’s decrim is working well
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s new voting machines had a mostly smooth start. Now for the big test.
Inquirer: Under indictment, Philly Councilman Bobby Henon faces two challengers for majority leader
WHYY Newsworks: Ahead of DACA hearing, ‘Dreamers’ set to rally in D.C.
Philadelphia Citizen: How Design Thinking Took On The Opioid Epidemic
Delco Daily Times: Reilly stepping down as Delco prison boss in wake of report 
Delco Daily Times: Heavy odor of gas reported across Delco 
WHYY Newsworks: Dean bill aims to curb aggressive debt collection tactics targeting military service members
Daily Local News: State Lawmaker learns first-hand the value of therapy animals
Inquirer: Delaware County prison chief to retire after Inquirer investigation into allegations of racism
Inquirer: Criminal investigation of Glen Mills Schools is ‘a top priority,’ new Delaware County DA says
Montgomery Media: No tax hike for Lower Salford proposed budget 

KDKA: Voters In Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District Will Choose Between Veterans In The 2020 Elections 
KDKA: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner Goes On Trial Tuesday
KDKA: Pittsburgh Seeking Residents’ Input On Community Development, Housing Needs
WESA: Chelsa Wagner Says She’s Confident She’ll Be Cleared Of Charges
Post-Gazette: Amid opposition to fracking and plastics, moderate Dems walk a fine line on climate policies 
Post-Gazette: McConnell pushes for legislation to shore up miners’ pension fund 
Post-Gazette: Iraq, Afghanistan wars bring unique homefront challenges 
Post-Gazette: City asking public for feedback on needs for HUD funding 
Post-Gazette: Enrollment open for 2020 PWSA low-income assistance programs 
Post-Gazette: The fate of this neighborhood in Scotland could have a ripple effect on child poverty everywhere
City Paper: Uber’s self-driving cars can’t detect pedestrians who walk outside of crosswalks, says report
Pittsburgh Business Times: Sources: Amazon scouting for more distribution space in region
Tribune Review: Murrysville consumer advocate among honorees at state dinner

Beaver County Times: Iovino hosting ACA enrollment event in Sewickley on Wednesday
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County general election saw contention, debate over ‘facts’ 
Altoona Mirror: Final late tax notices to be mailed

The Times Leader: Rep. Cartwright listens to concerns of local veterans at event
The Times Leader: Casey: More must be done to protect veterans from scam artists
Times-Tribune: Judge partially dismisses lawsuit against former Scranton superintendent 
Citizens Voice: County council to mull requested PSP station tax break 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Commissioner Parsons to represent Lancaster at White House roundtable event on affordable housing
LNP | LancasterOnline: NPR podcast scrutinizes the surprising strength of Lancaster County’s economy 
York Dispatch: Turnout a high point in York County’s troubled election
York Daily Record: Man who died elected as Penn Twp. commissioner 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Second Amendment advocate takes issue with Whitehall park signs barring discharge of firearms 
Morning Call: Here are the high-hazard dams near the Lehigh Valley in ‘poor’ condition
Reading Eagle: Plea agreements key to Berks court system; without the deals, justice would be overwhelmed

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Political watchers advise Erie to ‘expect the unexpected’ in 2020 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: South Side passes budget with no increase in tax rate
Inquirer Editorial Board: Marijuana smell from cars is the least of the Philadelphia Police Department’s problems 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Will the Delaware River Waterfront become the Delaware Wawa Front?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Still here: Learning the history of hate remains essential
Matthew J. Brouillette: Pennsylvania’s other election-night story
Sarah Chamberlain: Republican Party has lost touch with suburban voters. Just look what happened last Tuesday. 
Vincent Fumo II: Protect The Vote
John L. Micek: Veterans Days 2019: Dulce et Decorum est, a tradition continues | Monday Morning Coffee
Charlie Gerow: Republicans may have lost in Kentucky, but there’s more to the story in Pennsylvania  
Joshua J. Weikert: We’re seeing more women in politics. Is it a quick ‘wave’ or a lasting trend?
Dick Polman: Republicans remain tethered to toxic Trump 
Anthony Murphy: Thank service members on Veterans Day — and then volunteer to help all year round 
David Morris: Cities like Philadelphia are sitting ducks for cyber attacks 
Thomas J. Wilson III: Veterans Day honors those who served. Now we need to look to the next generation of warriors
Brian O’Neill: A Pennsylvania poet and the Medal of Honor
Tony Norman: Sweat Equity: Still blogging away on LGBTQ topics, but it’s not big money
Susan J. Demas: When it comes to Trump, the brazenness is the point
Gene Marks: Remember the Bucks County guy with the $1.6 million sales tax bill? Here’s how to avoid that

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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