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November 27th Playbook

Politico labels President Donald Trump and two congressional races in the state as toss-ups for 2020, while a Schuylkill County Democrat announces he will not seek reelection in the state House. Here is the Playbook. 

Politico Labels Fitzpatrick, Perry Races as Toss Ups: In debuting their initial 2020 election forecast, they placed two of the Congressional races as toss-ups, while labeling Pennsylvania as one of six states that are toss-ups for President Donald Trump’s reelection bid.

Oakmont Councilwoman Launches GOP Bid Against Dermody: In a release about her intentions for the seat, the GOP hopeful said she cares about lowering real estate taxes, protecting public education and improving healthcare.

Fetterman Talks Marijuana, Joe Biden and More in Interview with Marijuana Moment: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman discussed his support for recreational marijuana legalization for adults and more in an interview with Marijuana Moment. 

Legislative Election Update: 
HD-123: State Rep. Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill) announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2020. Goodman, who was first elected to the state House in 2002, represents a district that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 by over 30 points. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania overhauls child sexual abuse laws
AP: Philadelphia’s voting machines challenged in federal court
AP: Highlights of Pennsylvania’s church scandal laws
AP: Man convicted of threatening Trump, prosecutor
AP: School district can keep ‘Redskins’ name, but logos might go
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Reading, Wolf signs child sex abuse statute reforms into law
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democratic Rep. Neal Goodman is the latest legislative retirement
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dush announces retirement in 2020; third lawmaker to call it quits this November
WITF: The lieutenant governor wants Pennsylvania to commute more lifers
WITF: Jill Stein sues to reopen election security case in Pennsylvania 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. task force urges end to public grand jury reports
PLSReporter: In a historic day for victims, Wolf signs legislation to expand protections for sex abuse survivors 
PLSReporter: Bill to halt closure of Polk, White Haven centers put on hold
PLSReporter: Stein sues DOS over election machines
Inquirer: In historic move, Pa. legislature passed clergy abuse reforms. Here’s why they’ll have to do part of it again.
StateImpactPA: America’s shale gas ‘revolution’ has led to exports that span the globe — and helped solve Japan’s energy needs after a nuclear disaster
Beaver County Times: Trump signs Toomey’s bill banning animal crushing into law 
Wall Street Journal: Democratic Gains in Suburbs Challenge Trump’s Hold in Pennsylvania
New York Times: They Voted Democratic. Now They Support Trump. 
Morning Call: President Trump signs Pat Toomey’s anti-animal cruelty bill 
The Hill: Pennsylvania enacts law ending time limits for criminal charges in child sex abuse cases
The Hill: US midlife mortality is increasing across racial lines
CNN: Democratic voters asked if Trump will be removed. Their answers were unanimous 
Politico: ‘The hubris is unbelievable’: Dems seethe over Bloomberg GOP donations
Huffington Post: Democrats In A Key Swing State Already Don’t Trust Mike Bloomberg

Philadelphia Business Journal: How counties in Greater Philadelphia donated to presidential candidates in 3Q
Inquirer: Philadelphia tested a way to protect the 2020 presidential election in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: New use for bankrupt Philly refinery? City wants something ‘cleaner, safer for Philadelphians’
Inquirer: Rochelle Bilal vows to ‘remove the dark cloud’ over Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office
Inquirer: Jill Stein wants a federal court to block Philadelphia’s voting machines
Inquirer: 38 arrested at PHL in nationwide airline catering worker protest against American Airlines
Inquirer: Noel Ann De Santis, 45, assistant Philly DA who worked to end exploitation of the elderly
Inquirer: Temple faculty and administration reach tentative contract agreement
Billy Penn: Philly’s lawsuit-plagued sheriff jumbles employees during last weeks in office
Billy Penn: Across the Philly School District, lockdowns happen as frequently as every other day
Billy Penn: Students faced off with police — at a basketball game to combat gun violence 
WHYY Newsworks: City’s report on refinery site: A cleaner use, while desirable, isn’t likely in the short term
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We’re not lazy…we’re stuck’: Philadelphia residents call for action on housing crisis
Philadelphia Tribune: Jury in officer-involved shooting to come from Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Advisory committee releases report on refinery explosion response; offers look at past and future of site
KYW Newsradio: Following death and abuse of youth in placement, Philadelphia task force recommends changes

Bucks Courier Times: Activists bring moving billboard to Bucks to urge Fitzpatrick vote on impeachment
Bucks Courier Times: Boyle bill pushes PFAS standards 
Bucks Courier Times: 4 candidates vying for vacant Yardley council seat 
Bucks Courier Times: Vote on new Bucks voting machines could come Wednesday
Philadelphia Business Journal: How counties in Greater Philadelphia donated to presidential candidates in 3Q
Daily Local News: West Chester looks to go green in near future 
Daily Local News: Commissioners support historic Mill at Anselma
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County receives $1.8M to clean up lead hazards in Pottstown, Lansdale homes 

KDKA: ‘They Have A Lot Of Hard Work To Do’: Mayor Bill Peduto Criticizes Needless Spending From Pittsburgh Public Schools 
WESA: ‘Where’s Guy?’ Protesters Want Reschenthaler To Hold Town Halls
Post-Gazette: Judge sides with prosecution in legal battles over Pittsburgh synagogue shooting case
Post-Gazette: Although operating income down, UPMC announces expanded services planned in the north
Post-Gazette: Supreme fight: City asks state’s highest court to jump into Mount Washington billboard battle
Tribune Review: Penn Hills deputy mayor calls for removal of economic development committee chair
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto: Pittsburgh Center for the Arts must be restructured
City Paper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette journalists enter second week of byline strike
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pay gap between white and minority workers surges in Pittsburgh

Beaver County Times: Trump signs Toomey’s bill banning animal crushing into law
Post-Gazette: Linking farmers to consumers: Fayette County food operation gets into poultry processing business
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf signs reforms to help future child sex abuse victims

Citizens Voice: Chairman of Luzerne County Democratic Party resigns 
The Times Leader: Pekarovsky resigns as county Dem chair; Bozinski to take over
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council approves new prison inmate health care contract 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre officers relying on ruling in Luzerne County case to fight dismissal of their suit
Times-Tribune: Analyst: Regional unemployment is up, but for all the right reasons 

South Central 
Patriot News: Proposed Harrisburg budget holds the line on taxes for seventh consecutive year 
Patriot News: Police salary increases proposed by Harrisburg mayor to bolster recruitment, retention
Patriot News: In-school police officers could return to Harrisburg district 
Carlisle Sentinel: Voting machines purchased by Cumberland County, Philadelphia challenged in federal court
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle seeks public comment on stormwater reduction plan
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Purple paint would mean ‘no trespassing’ in Pennsylvania
LNP | LancasterOnline: Millage unchanged in Lancaster’s proposed 2020 budget, but utility rates to rise
LNP | LancasterOnline: Nauman named interim CEO at LHOP as D’Agostino transitions to county commissioner role
LNP | LancasterOnline: Want a temporary 2020 census job? Go to Eastern Lancaster County Library on Wednesday, Nov. 27
York Daily Record: Former York Co. judge Tom Kelley enters diversion in DUI case

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: At Muhlenberg High School, Gov. Tom Wolf signs bills into law to aid child sex abuse victims
Reading Eagle: Schuylkill County man convicted of threatening President Trump, district attorney
Morning Call: Browne: State agrees to $374 million funding plan for I-78 work in Lehigh County, including new interchange
Morning Call: Remember President Clinton? This Pennsylvania Democrat voted to impeach him. Here’s why
Morning Call: Shawn Christy found guilty of making threats against President Trump, Northampton DA John Morganelli
Morning Call: Independent audit: Allentown projected to run $48 million deficit over next five years if it doesn’t take action
Morning Call: Allentown’s defense of nuisance abatement law meets skepticism in Lehigh County courtroom
Express Times: ‘Heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty’ outlawed by Toomey bill, signed by Trump
Express Times: Bethlehem mayor urges councilman ‘to do the right thing’ and sit down for interview

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: County Council nixes proposed tax increase, passes 2020 budget 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Montgomery looking at no tax-hike budget

Inquirer Editorial Board: Let’s get moving on Center City congestion
Brian Fitzpatrick and Brendan Boyle: Reaching across the aisle to fix infrastructure in Pennsylvania and beyond 
Fred Keller: Democrats’ impeachment obsession is costing my home state and yours
John L. Micek: Conservative group mobilizes against Senate GOP aide Crompton’s judicial nomination | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Ro Khanna: As child of the ‘American experiment,’ I believe we can do better for Dreamers 
Charlie Gerow: On Thanksgiving, remember the people who really made a difference in your life
Brian Gallagher: Teaching at a Philly school left me so ‘utterly broken’ I had to quit | Perspective
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: What to do about our paralyzed Congress? 
Paige Joki and Kate Burdick: November is National Youth Homelessness Prevention Month. Here’s how you can help
Estelle Richman and Patricia Fox: Report on youth in residential placement shows improvements needed 
Helen Ubiñas: Why I’m grateful for a basketball game between 10th graders and Philly police 
Trudy Rubin: In Washington and in Hong Kong, the fight to preserve democratic values 
The Angry Grammarian: Finally, something to like about Trump: His handwriting 
Solomon Jones: Black men in Philadelphia can reduce gun violence, if we work together

One Response

  1. Prediction – blue wave is too much to overcome as anti-Trump momentum sinks both Fitzpatrick and Perry.

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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