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November 2nd Playbook

Wagner’s newest ad channels Trump’s message on the caravan, while a new F&M poll shows comfortable leads for Casey and Wolf. Here is the Playbook.

PA Gov: Echoing Trump, Wagner Closes with the Caravan: The ad states Gov. Wolf is “laying out the welcome mat” to the “dangerous caravan of illegals” heading to the U.S.

F&M Poll: Casey Leads by 15, Wolf Up 26: 54% believe Wolf is doing an excellent or good job, while 43% polled for Casey fall in these categories.

PA Gov: Wagner Makes Push for Philly Voters, Wolf Touts 4 Year Record: Wagner accuses Wolf of neglecting Philadelphia, while Wolf boasts about first term achievements.

Biden To Campaign in Luzerne County On Sunday: The former Vice President will be joining Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Matt Cartwright.

CBS Places 5 PA House Races in Closest Watched List: They have PA1 under their “Affluent suburbs” section, PA8 and PA10 under their “Blue Collar or Rural” section, and PA7 and PA17 under their “swingable suburbs” category.

America First Policies Digital Ad for PA10: The Pro-Trump PAC launched a digital ad campaign today urging voters in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District to vote Republican on Election Day. Their sister organization, America First Action, has spent $722,000 in PA-10. This ad shows Donald Trump Jr. boasting about the Trump agenda and the need to elect Republicans nationwide.

Former GOP state Senate endorses George Scott: Retired Republican state Sen. Patricia Vance endorsed Democratic candidate for the 10th Congressional District, George Scott. In a letter to PennLive, Vance, a registered nurse, cited Scott’s advantage on the healthcare debate over incumbent Rep. Scott Perry (R-York). The Scott campaign also received an endorsement of former GOP state Rep. Steve Nickol, detailed in their campaign’s new ad here as the former GOP lawmaker sits alongside Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

Legislative Election Update:

HD-151: Democratic state House candidate, Sara Johnson Rothman accuses her opponent, Rep. Todd Stephens, of running an anti-Semitic attack ad that states she “never saw a tax increase she didn’t like” and “wants to drastically raise our income taxes,” while an altered image of her holding a stack of $100 bills is displayed at the end of the ad. The altered image drops her maiden name of Johnson and just reads, “Reject Sara Rothman.” In the Philadelphia Inquirer story on it, Stephens adamantly denies it being anti-semitic. “It’s shameful my opponent is stooping this low for her own personal gain,” he said. “This video is about her record of voting to take more of our hard-earned money with higher taxes every chance she got … period.”  

SD-38: Republican state Senate candidate, Jeremy Shaffer releases a video ad on his Facebook calling out the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that resulted in 11 deaths and stating Pennsylvania needs to strengthen it’s hate crime laws.

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Harrisburg & DC
The Incline: Robert Bowers enters not guilty plea in Tree of Life synagogue shooting, requests jury trial in federal court
WHYY Newsworks: F&M Poll: Likely voters favor Wolf, Casey days before midterms
AP: House destroyed, family injured by natural gas explosion
AP: Political Money In State-Level Campaigns Exceeds $2B
City Paper: Gov. candidate Scott Wagner’s 2012 divorce proceedings shed light on his otherwise undisclosed personal finances
StateImpactPA: Philadelphia plans a massive solar plant in Adams County
StateImpactPA: PJM: There is no grid emergency (at least for the next five years)
StateImpactPA: Investigators suspect methane migration caused Greene County home to explode
PLSReporter: Fair work week legislation through committee after marathon hearings
PLSReporter: CASA in Action rallies for immigrants’ rights and climate justice
PLSReporter: Strong words on gun laws post-Squirrel Hill could mean restart of preemption battle
PLSReporter: City Council passes tire dealer license bill
PA Post: Political ads aim to steer your emotions. Here’s how they do that
Inquirer: In their own words: What Pa. and N.J. candidates say about gun issues
Philly Clout: Joe Biden is raising money for Rep. Bob Brady … for a 2022 Senate run?   
Inquirer: Pa. bill would open major school-construction projects to competitive bidding
Inquirer: Trump wanted a referendum, and new poll suggests he’s losing it in Pa.
Pottstown Mercury: Barletta campaigns for US Senate seat in Pottstown  
Post-Gazette: Battle for 14th U.S. House district mirrors issues nationwide
WESA: Casey, Barletta Rooted In Same Region, But See Vastly Different Worlds In U.S. Senate Bid
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wagner calls for return of death penalty during Richland campaign stop

Philly Clout: Joe Biden is raising money for Rep. Bob Brady … for a 2022 Senate run?
Inquirer: Is GOP attack ad in Pa. legislative race anti-Semitic? Democratic candidate says yes.
Inquirer: Cleanup begins in Kensington with no easy end to opioid troubles
Philadelphia Magazine: The No-B.S. Guide to the 2018 Midterm Election
KYW Newsradio: In wake of Pittsburgh synagogue attack, Philadelphia City Council gets new hate crime legislation
KYW Newsradio: Philly city commissioner urges: ‘Set a goal to be a voter’
KYW Newsradio: Environmental groups join Pa. lawmaker in push for state-wide ban on Styrofoam
PhillyVoice: 2018 Pennsylvania general election: What you need to know
PhillyVoice: Here’s the lone ballot question Philadelphia voters must decide
PhillyVoice: Philly police investigate photo that allegedly shows officer wearing blackface
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia ranked among top cities ‘getting health care right’
Billy Penn: Explaining the issues: Who calls the shots, from Philly to D.C.
WHYY Newsworks: Philly branch of group vilified by synagogue shooter pivots as U.S. cuts refugee program
WHYY Newsworks: Judge could force SEPTA to end ban on political ads
WHYY Newsworks: With Pa. test scores flat, Philly sees modest increases across the board

Bucks County Courier Times: Humane Society asks Fitzpatrick campaign to remove signs
Bucks County Courier Times: Quinn, Santarsiero square off in debate
Bucks County Courier Times: Tai, Thomas face off again Tuesday for 178th District seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Candidate denies claims of anti-Semitism in video ad
Bucks County Courier Times: Package leads to false alarm at Bucks Democratic HQ
Inquirer: Year of the Women: Delco’s Mary Gay Scanlon and Pearl Kim vie for U.S. House
Daily Local News: Local officials, lawmakers and religious leaders remember victims at vigil
Daily Local News: Chester County startups to get boost
Montgomery Media: Montco commissioners discuss transportation, veterans affairs
Delco Daily Times: Santora dumps negative ads before election; foe says it’s a ploy
Pottstown Mercury: Barletta campaigns for US Senate seat in Pottstown

Tribune Review: Conor Lamb-Keith Rothfus race could be key to U.S. House control in midterms
Tribune Review: Fox Chapel Area students behind idea for new legislation
Post-Gazette: Battle for 14th U.S. House district mirrors issues nationwide
Post-Gazette: Viral video of Pittsburgh pastor screaming at Trump motorcade creates backlash
Post-Gazette: Robert Bowers pleads not guilty at arraignment on 44 counts in synagogue massacre
Post-Gazette: Google employees in Pittsburgh walk out to protest treatment of women
Post-Gazette: North Allegheny school board OKs early retirement incentive for teachers
Post-Gazette: Day 3 of services: Hundreds of mourners pay respects to those killed at Tree of Life
Post-Gazette: Iranian raises $1 million for Tree of Life, gets showered with offers of Steelers, Penguins tickets
Post-Gazette: Zappala wants security summit in wake of Tree of Life shooting
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County announces four more polling changes for Tuesday’s election
Pittsburgh Business Times: Judge orders Pittsburgh’s Amazon HQ2 bid to be released
WESA: In 28th House Race, Democrats See Hope In Changing District, Republicans See Reliable Red Votes
WESA: In Only Debate, Turzai And Skopov Talk Climate Change, Gun Regulations, And Campaign Drama
WESA: Debate Puts Both Candidates In North Hills State Senate Race On The Defensive
KDKA: Democrat Ron DiNicola Looking To Upset Incumbent Congressman Mike Kelly

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wagner calls for return of death penalty during Richland campaign stop
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tentative budget gets Johnstown council OK
Altoona Mirror: ‘They’re our brothers and sisters’
Altoona Mirror: Burn ban decision sparks anger
Altoona Mirror: Turnpike project raises concerns
Observer-Reporter: WCCED caps good year with SBA loans, Starpointe development
Observer-Reporter: Rabbi, himself a victim of violence, calls Tree of Life victims martyrs of the faith
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates increase in Washington, Greene

The Times Leader: Biden to appear at Pittston Area High School Sunday evening
The Times Leader: Pashinski talks issues, including property tax elimination
The Times Leader: Auditor General’s office looking into Wilkes-Barre pensions
The Times Leader: Gas prices drop below $3 per gallon in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: 117th candidates both opposed to Legislature cut
Times-Tribune: Health care costs raised at first of four county budget hearings
Times-Tribune: Big turnout expected Sunday for Biden

South Central
York Dispatch: Community REACH to receive $250,000 grant for education programs
LNP: Charlotte Katzenmoyer out as Lancaster city director of public works
LNP: Here’s your Voters’ Guide for Lancaster County and Pennsylvania
LNP: 6 groups collectively request over $66 million at second 2019 Lancaster County budget meeting
Harrisburg Patriot News: Voters guide: 2018 general election
Harrisburg Patriot News: County commissioners stay mum aboout settlement of lawsuit by fired nursing home administrator
Harrisburg Patriot News: Wolf, Casey maintain big leads in new F&M poll
Harrisburg Patriot News: Commissioner drops Sunshine Act lawsuit against fellow commissioners
Harrisburg Patriot News: No tax hike planned by Cumberland County commissioners for 2019
Carlisle Sentinel: Election Preview 2018: 87th Legislative District
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Providing higher education for incarcerated people
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioners debate farmland preservation in budget talks
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle proposes tax credit for volunteer emergency personnel
York Daily Record: School board OK’d $199k buyout for principal
York Daily Record: Racist flyers distributed during York County debate
York Daily Record: Public hearing held for proposed mini-casino

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley procrastinator’s guide to the 2018 midterm election
Morning Call: With 2020 census more than a year away, Allentown officials begin push for participation
Morning Call: Republican Pat Browne’s in a race against Democrat Mark Pinseley’s to hold his Senate seat
Morning Call: Taxpayers get a record $118,000 bill after state agency withholds public records
WFMZ: Final Franklin & Marshall poll results released
WFMZ: Commissioners urge Berks county residents to vote
Reading Eagle: RAWA shuts off water to united corrstack in Reading

North by Northwest
KDKA: Democrat Ron DiNicola Looking To Upset Incumbent Congressman Mike Kelly
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Schools awarded money for safety
Erie Times-News: Council’s choice for Human Relations Commission director not unanimous
Erie Times-News: Online gaming approved for Erie Casino
Erie Times-News: Victims’ advocate, in Erie, pushes for abuse bill
Erie Times-News: Springboro area bridge plans to be displayed

Inquirer Editorial Board: Pittsburgh massacre resets the alarm to improve Pa’s hate-crime law
Inquirer Editorial Board: Prediction: Convicted felon will win state house race in Pa.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Standing together: The support for Squirrel Hill is overwhelming  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keith Rothfus for Congress: The PG endorses Rothfus in 17th District
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Small but real steps: Time for reason on gun safety
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Taking a stand: Government balks on climate change, so kids sue
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bulger’s end: Murder of mob boss continues cycle of violence
J.D. Mullane: Scott Wallace, the man, the myth, the GOP’s cartoon character
Will Bunch: Stop blaming millennials for not voting. Blame America’s screwed-up system — and fix it!
Molly Eichel: After the Pittsburgh shooting, I feel more Jewish than ever before
Joe Guzzardi: Lou Barletta will put American jobs first in the Senate
Christine Flowers: Anchor babies away? Why Trump shouldn’t mess with birthright citizenship
Ernest Owens: City Council Should Ban Cashless Stores, Because Philly Can’t Afford Them
Drew Harris: Pre-existing conditions are a lot more than a hot political issue
Jenice Armstrong: For baby whose body was found in woods, mother plans touching last goodbye
Ronnie Polaneczky: In death, may the Rosenthal brothers become bigger than the lives they led
Stu Bykofsky: Philly Council, police step up to stop squatters
Mike Newall: After Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, clients ask HIAS PA: ‘Am I safe?’
Brian O’Neill: As the mob nears Pittsburgh, thoughts turn to eggnog
Tony Norman: Democracy is coming to blood-red Georgia

2 Responses

  1. Wolf’s 26 point lead in the Franklin and Marshall poll has to be a gut check for all future candidates for Governor. It would seem clear to me that if you are that far behind the campaign was a total fiasco. What else could be said. While clearly the fault lies with Scott Wagner with his string of mistakes culminating with the “golf spikes” Facebook post, it also can be said that a well funded campaign alone cannot over come little political experience and minimal political skills as was found with Wagner. There are a lot of lessons to be drawn from the Wagner debacle.

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