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November 13th Playbook

A Republican candidate announces a bid for Attorney General, the Philadelphia Republican Party selects a new chair, and a liberal super PAC begins airing ads aimed at targeting “Trump defectors.” Here is the Playbook. 

Five Takeaways from Cook Political Report/KFF ‘Blue Wall Voices Project’: In the latest poll surveying registered voters in “Blue Wall” states, former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a lead in the Democratic primary over Sen. Elizabeth Warren, while healthcare and the economy are the main issues voters in Pennsylvania care about.

Liberal Super PAC Debuts Ads Starring Erie Trump Voter: The first wave of television ads from American Bridge begins on Nov. 13 in the Erie market.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: AP Exclusive: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline
AP: Lawsuit: Staff ignored, ridiculed sick inmate before death 
AP: Police widow wants Philly DA off Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal
AP: Guilty verdict in death penalty trial in officer’s slaying 
PA Post: With straight-party voting gone in Pa., who will miss it most?
PA Post: For Pa.’s returning citizens, getting into the voting booth can be an uphill battle 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Veteran Auditor General’s Office employee launches Democratic bid to succeed DePasquale 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: FBI opens corruption probe of how Wolf administration issued pipeline permits 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Is DACA doomed? Skeptical U.S. Supreme Court conservatives seem to side with Trump 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: When a state attorney general picks a national fight: What’s the end game? | Analysis
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s new Republican attorney general candidate once bashed Trump and praised his critics
Inquirer: FBI now investigating the way in which Pennsylvania approved Mariner East pipeline
Inquirer: Michael Bloomberg helped two Republicans win big Pennsylvania elections. Now he wants the Democratic nomination for president. 
Inquirer: Elizabeth Warren was a ‘political conservative.’ Then she went to Rutgers and taught at Penn.
Inquirer: Everything is at stake for ‘Dreamers’ as Supreme Court takes up DACA
Spotlight PA: Feeling suicidal, she turned to her college. But it had just cut campus mental health services.
PLSReporter: As Shapiro challenger announces, 2020 row office races begin to take shape
PLSReporter: FBI launches corruption investigation into Wolf Administration’s handling of controversial pipeline project
PLSReporter: Wolf says cracker plant could help push Pennsylvania toward a renewable future
PLSReporter: Report: 70 percent of young people in state not ready for military service
StateImpactPA: Associated Press: FBI is investigating Wolf administration’s issuing of Mariner East pipeline permits 
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey: After report, Google removes false online ads for Obamacare ‘junk plans’
Post-Gazette: Shrinking Senate floor time frustrates Pat Toomey. Now it jeopardizes popular bill to expand retirement savings
The Hill: New ads show Trump supporters saying they made a mistake 
The Hill: FBI launches investigation into Pennsylvania pipeline permits: report 
The Hill: Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees 
Patriot News: Pittsburgh lawyer announces candidacy for Pa. attorney general
Patriot News: Scarnati, fellow senator can’t sue state environmental board over badly missed deadline: Pa. court

Billy Penn: PA Rep. Martina White to become Philly’s first woman Republican party leader
Inquirer: State Rep. Martina White elected new chair of Philadelphia’s Republican City Committee
Inquirer: Congresswoman representing Glen Mills introduces juvenile abuse bill 
Inquirer: In Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal, officer’s widow seeks to remove Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner’s Office from case 
Philadelphia Tribune: Meek Mill and Michael Rubin highlight another example of criminal injustice 
Philadelphia Tribune: Outcome of Comcast case could roll back civil rights protections, NAACP president says
WHYY Newsworks: Former Hahnemann residents fear bankruptcy will leave them without malpractice insurance
WHYY Newsworks: Affordable forever? A new kind of housing comes to South Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Predatory lending, redlining, gentrification, and the American homeowner
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council committee approves new spending on dozens of programs thanks to $163 million tax windfall 
KYW Newsradio: Widow of fallen Philly cop goes to state Supreme Court to remove DA Krasner from case 
KYW Newsradio: More than a dozen potential buyers line up to bid on site of damaged PES refinery
Philly Voice: FBI reportedly opens corruption investigation into Pennsylvania’s approval of Mariner East project permits

Bucks Courier Times: New Hope resident announces Congressional campaign 
Bucks Courier Times: FBI eyes how Pennsylvania approved pipeline
Bucks Courier Times: State ID’s Bergey’s tire shop for Rockhill drinking water contamination
Bucks Courier Times: The EPA drafted a safety recommendation for cleaning firefighting chemicals from water. The military isn’t using it. 
Delco Daily Times: AP: FBI probing how Wolf team handled permits for Mariner East pipeline project 
Delco Daily Times: Delco doles out $4.5 million for open space
Inquirer: Congresswoman representing Glen Mills introduces juvenile abuse bill 
Inquirer: Pa. regulators identify source of drinking water contamination in Bucks neighborhood
KYW Newsradio: After making history as first Democrat to win Delco DA’s Office, Jack Stollsteimer discusses his future plans
Montgomery Media: DeLissio to discuss voter reform at town hall
Daily Local News: $2.5 million targeted for Chester County transportation projects 
Daily Local News: High School student visits state Senate 

WESA: Local Attorney Heather Heidelbaugh Announces Bid For PA Attorney General
Post-Gazette: Peduto thanks voters for passing parks tax, announces new police substations in annual budget address 
Post-Gazette: Ex-Allegheny County Council member launches state AG campaign
Post-Gazette: Chelsa Wagner trial delayed due to lack of jurors 
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald: Speaker Turzai “holding us back as a region” by failing to move bill  
Post-Gazette: Peduto says Pittsburgh Public Schools should go under state oversight 
Post-Gazette: Proposed Ross budget requires no tax increase 
AP: Snowstorm Causes Delay At Chelsa Wagner’s Trial
Public Source: Shunned and praised: Peduto reflects on his ‘in the moment’ remarks against petrochemical expansion
PLSReporter: With no tax increases, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto unveils 2020 budget proposal
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Unveils 2020 Budget, Promises No New Taxes Or Tax Increases 
KDKA: Chelsa Wagner Trial Delayed In Detroit After Running Out Of Potential Jurors 
KDKA: Major Energy Company Withdrawing From Allegheny Conference, Citing ‘Marginalization’ Of Energy
KDKA: 20-Year-Old Girlfriend Of Braddock Police Chief Says She Was Aggressor In Domestic Incident 
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto calls for state oversight of Pittsburgh Public Schools
Tribune Review: Lawyer: Chelsa Wagner rejected plea deal because she wants to clear her name
Tribune Review: Peduto promises new police substations next year in Homewood, South Side
Pittsburgh Business Times: Shell VP shrugs off mayor’s anti-petrochemical industry comments 
Pittsburgh Business Times: No tax increases as mayor submits 2020 budgets to Pittsburgh City Council
City Paper: Fact checking Gov. Tom Wolf’s KDKA radio interview on cracker plants and natural gas 
City Paper: AFL-CIO launches website highlighting union member candidates and elected officials 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset seeks $848K for projects 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local grants to benefit airport, streets and sidewalks
Beaver County Times: Public talks on Beaver County’s 2020 budget to begin Wednesday

Times-Tribune: State senator releases poverty report, policy recommendations
Times-Tribune: Brier credits voters for write-in win 
Times-Tribune: DPW union wants to review Scranton’s new ethics policy 
Times-Tribune: Scranton will seek bids to restore stained-glass windows at City Hall’s entrance
Times-Tribune: State doctors rail against law that proposes nurse practitioner independence 
Times-Tribune: Old Forge residents, council members concerned about junkyard 
Times-Tribune: Former chief of staff to Obama to speak at University of Scranton this week
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County seeks new election director 
Citizens Voice: More than $1.3 million in state funds awarded to Luzerne County projects 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County tax break vote delayed until new council members take office 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County projects receive more than $1.3 million in state funding 
The Times Leader: Morehart named to seat on Plymouth Borough Council
The Times Leader: Social media site encouraging public participation in proposed sale of Wilkes-Barre sewer system
The Times Leader: A tipping point? Misericordia professor sees potential on eve of impeachment hearings 

South Central 
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools not broke, but financial situation is dire
Patriot News: Harrisburg leaders don’t want I-83 expansion project to ‘further separate’ city neighborhoods
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Airbnb registration could aid in collection of hotel tax  
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough taxes to remain level, trash fees to increase
York Dispatch: Saylor procures $426k state grant for road improvements in Delta Borough 
York Dispatch: Hallam Borough ratifies deal to maintain local police service
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hallam agrees to contract police services with Hellam Township, resulting in tax increase

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Valley congressional hopeful says he’s the 1st Republican to challenge Susan Wild, but he’s not alone
Morning Call: Hundreds of uncounted votes discovered in Northampton County, raising more questions about how the election was handled. 
Morning Call: Former Mayor Ed Pawlowski wants conviction tossed; appeals court considering 
Reading Eagle: Reading to host statewide downtown improvement conference

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners talk taxes, lost revenues 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bids, other business on Thursday’s agenda

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Leveraging the levy: City Council must fulfill promise of new park tax 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Casting stones: Private life private until it affects the job
Inquirer Staff: Kamala Harris wants to align the school day to parents’ work schedule. Does it do more harm or good? | Pro/Con
Charlie Dent: As a result of Trump, the suburbs are nearly gone for the GOP
David Thornburgh: Forging a way toward more equitable elections after Supreme Court’s gerrymandering decision
Selena Zito: Pennsylvania 2020: It’s Complicated
Allan Domb: Low-income families could save about $800 a year if Philadelphia refunded wage taxes 
John L. Micek: Report: In Pa. and ‘Blue Wall’ states, healthcare, the economy dominate | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Mark O’Keefe: Scrapping cross-filing for candidates is another path to election reform 
Philip Hackney: Trump’s charity woes are uncommon, if not unprecedented, and could get more costly
Darcy Krause: Philly’s gun violence can traumatize youths. Here are ways to support them. 
Will Bunch: Does Trump impeachment hearing need to be ‘must see TV’ to succeed?
Chris Matthews: As the Berlin Wall fell, then-foreign correspondent Chris Matthews asked dozens of Germans to define freedom | Perspective
Roxanne Patel Sheplavy: Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2019: Participatory Budgeting
Gene Therapy: Bears still clueless as Hunters expand season
Tony Norman: Another case of Texas Hold ‘Em (until they die)

  • 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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