November 4th Playbook

Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about impeachment at the PA Democratic Party Inaugural Independence Dinner. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Pelosi Talks Impeachment at Inaugural PA Dems Independence Dinner: During Speaker Pelosi’s 30 minute speech, she said that President Donald Trump left them no choice, but to seek the impeachment inquiry, while also addressing legislative goals the House has taken up since taking over the majority in 2018.

November 1st Ups & Downs: Gov. Tom Wolf signs a new voting reform law, courts issue rulings on Marsy’s Law and gun control measures, plus support for impeachment is split down the middle in the state’s Congressional delegation. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

PA Dems Announce New Comms Team: Brendan Welch is the new Communications Director, while Andres Anzola will serve as the Deputy Communications Director for the state party.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pelosi comes to Pennsylvania as Dems try to fix 2016 errors 
AP: Pennsylvania Turnpike plans to be all-cashless by fall 2021
AP: State-owned university faculty to vote on accord
Inquirer: 2019 elections in Pennsylvania and New Jersey: A voters guide to Philly mayor, City Council, and more 
Inquirer: Insurgent candidates across Pennsylvania are rattling establishment Democrats
Inquirer: Pennsylvania authorizes $4 million in funding for the 2020 Census
Inquirer: Pa. governor’s council recommends sweeping changes to juvenile justice programs
Inquirer: Pa. Turnpike won’t take cash by fall 2021
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The Pa. Bar Association carefully creates judicial candidate ratings. But do they actually serve voters?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Future of Marsy’s Law unclear, but voters will still be able to see how it performs on Election Day
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court asked to weigh in on last-minute challenge to Marsy’s Law
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Philly, Wolf doubles down on vow to veto ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report offers ‘simple’ fix to special education funding in Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Black judicial candidate says she’s been ‘Willie Horton’ed’ by conservative political group
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House Dems advance sweeping effort to lower higher education costs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Corrections department could be on the hook for legal fees over prisoner mail policy lawsuit
WITF: Affordable Care Act health insurance open enrollment begins for 2020
PLSReporter: Boockvar, Marsy’s Law supporters ask Supreme Court to overturn ’unprecedented’ injunction
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 29: Election Day preview
PLSReporter: HDPC discusses next steps on RGGI
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Buying into Medicaid, air pollution alerts and microhydropower
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – October 28, 2019
Patriot News: Pa. state lawmaker apologizes for word choice in describing a miscarriage 
KYW Newsradio: In Pennsylvania, you can carry a gun on a train, subway or bus — but not a Christmas tree
KYW Newsradio: Advocates urge millions who rely on Obamacare to take close look at plans as open enrollment begins
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf weighs in on whether a hot dog is a sandwich
The Hill: New Pennsylvania law gives counties $90M for election security efforts 
The Hill: Manufacturing slumps for third straight month
Fox News: Pennsylvania Democrat apologizes for calling early miscarriages ‘just some mess on a napkin’ 
Fox News: Rep. Guy Reschenthaler says majority of Congress is being kept in the dark about impeachment inquiry
Post-Gazette: PA Turnpike begins $129 million project to go cashless by fall 2021, eliminate 600 jobs
CNN: Overhaul of election laws finds bipartisan support in the battleground state of Pennsylvania
CNN: How does impeachment inquiry play in swing states?  
CNN: President Trump to nominate Dr. Stephen Hahn as new FDA commissioner

 

Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Magazine: Your No-B.S. Guide to Philly’s 2019 General Election
Philadelphia Magazine: Rhynhart vs. Kenney: Inside the Most Contentious Relationship in City Hall
Inquirer: 2019 elections in Pennsylvania and New Jersey: A voters guide to Philly mayor, City Council, and more
Inquirer: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in Philadelphia, says Congress had ‘no choice’ but to pursue impeachment inquiry
Inquirer: Philly voters will consider borrowing $185 million for buildings, streets, and parks in Tuesday’s election
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council could see a seismic shift in the 2019 election. Here’s what you need to know.
Inquirer: Philly hospital patients were missing elections, so students are helping them cast absentee ballots
Inquirer: DACA march to U.S. Supreme Court stops for a Friday rally at Philly City Hall
Inquirer: Court rules for VisionQuest in zoning battle over proposed site to house migrant children in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly Puerto Ricans join latest swell of organizing activity for political influence here and on the island
Billy Penn: Everything you need to know about voting in PA on Nov. 5
Billy Penn: A decade in, are casinos good or bad for Philadelphia?
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council reforms process for selling city land, sends bill to Kenney
Philadelphia Tribune: Council bill would give nonprofits first chance to buy affordable housing dwellings
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Council passes bill to extend labor protections for domestic workers
Philadelphia Citizen: Portrait of a Political Badass 
Philadelphia Citizen: Who’s Running For City Council?  
Philadelphia Citizen: The 2nd Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Citizen Recommends: Conversations with RBG 
KYW Newsradio: House Speaker Pelosi talks impeachment in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Michael White in 1st news interview since acquittal: ‘I just wanted them to know that I felt remorse’ 
KYW Newsradio: New program debuts to boost interest in renewable energy with building owners and developers

 

SEPA
Inquirer: Races to watch in Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, and Bucks Counties in the 2019 election
Inquirer: A fake Bernie Sanders stars in attack ads targeting Democrats running for Delaware County Council
Delco Daily Times: Historic vote, balance of power in Delco at stake in Tuesday’s election
Delco Daily Times: Wolf, Shapiro bump up Dem support before Tuesday’s elections
Daily Local News: Noone, Ryan face off in Chesco DA race
Daily Local News: Chesco balance of power on the line in Tuesday vote
Daily Local News: New sheriff coming in Chester County
Daily Local News: Martha Smith, longtime Chester County Democratic leader, dies at 91
Daily Local News: DEP says January butane leak at Marcus Hook handled correctly
Daily Local News: Killion visits elementary school to talk about anti-bullying efforts
Daily Local News: Chesco DA hopefuls react to ‘Marsy’s Law’ decision
Bucks County Courier Times: Stalking legislation inspired by Buckingham family passes U.S. Senate
Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Shaming’ voter turnout letter being distributed to area residents
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Boyle push for infrastructure funding
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Democrats hope to continue county gains
Pottstown Mercury: Five vie for 3 seats on Montgomery County Board of Commissioners

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: ELECTION PREVIEW: State, county, municipal races are on Tuesday’s ballot
Post-Gazette: DA race pits 22-year incumbent against longtime public defender
Post-Gazette: Three contested county council races on Tuesday’s ballot
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County executive, controller face opposition in Tuesday’s election
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area candy-makers, stuck with high sugar prices, cry foul over obscure farm subsidy program
Post-Gazette: Moon-area district judge race focuses on contrasting careers
Post-Gazette: Hazelwood Green held up as a success story by U.S. Commerce Dept. officials
Post-Gazette: PA Turnpike begins $129 million project to go cashless by fall 2021, eliminate 600 jobs
WESA: Long-Time Incumbent Faces Multiple Challengers In District 9 Race
City Paper: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald denounces Peduto’s anti-cracker plant stance
City Paper: State Democrats launch open enrollment tour for Affordable Care Act coverage
City Paper: The political battle over Allegheny County’s proposed conversion-therapy ban, explained
Tribune Review: Allegheny County DA Zappala faces challenge from independent Middleman, a longtime public defender 
Tribune Review: In state Superior Court race, four candidates vie for two open seats 
KDKA: Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala Facing First General Election Challenger Since 1999 In Lisa Middleman
KDKA: Agencies Come Together to Solve Downtown Homeless Shelter Concerns
KDKA: Former Monessen City Hall Listed On Young Preservationists Top Ten Sites In Region

 

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Joyce decries process 
Altoona Mirror: Law puts Pa. atop mail voting states 
Altoona Mirror: Burns plans lunch for veterans
Altoona Mirror: Court ruling has Amtran suspending ad program
Beaver County Times: County’s next judge will be Necaster or Tocci 
Beaver County Times: Kress mailer riles gun owners group, Guy 
Beaver County Times: Commissioner candidates weigh-in during WBVP debate 
Beaver County Times: Legal assistant, former state candidate face off for prothonotary 
Beaver County Times: Rossi, Longo face off for controller
Beaver County Times: Enslen seeks ninth term as Clerk of Courts
Beaver County Times: Vogel’s telemedicine bill again passes state Senate  
Beaver County Times: Democrat Ted Knafelc challenging Republican incumbent David Lozier for district attorney’s seat 
Beaver County Times: Election Day is Tuesday 
Beaver County Times: Four vie for three seats on Beaver County Board of Commissioners
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2019 | Cambria to use new system Tuesday; Somerset’s set for 2020
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Burns votes against straight-party voting
Tribune Review: Republicans, Democrats run separate races for county commissioner, but both parties want to win control
Observer-Reporter: Shober, Sherman spending keeping pace in commissioners’ race 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County’s Commissioner candidates differ on need for human services director

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: DOC deputy, Wolf to meet on SCI-Retreat process
The Times Leader: Choices made and choices to make in Wilkes-Barre city races
The Times Leader: Luzerne County may provide more funding to community college 
The Times Leader: Beyond the Byline: Political campaign season is underway 
The Times Leader: VotesPA.com provides comprehensive voting information for Nov. 5 election 
The Times Leader: Pa. funding will help turn Pittston industrial site into recreational area 
The Times Leader: Legal filing claims County Council chair not following rules; Solicitor calls filing ‘frivolous’
Citizens Voice: County budget work session canceled
Citizens Voice: Activist: McGinley petition not connected to Tuesday’s election
Times-Tribune: State reports fault Lackawanna County OYFS
Times-Tribune: State investigating Lackawanna County agency’s handling of child neglect case

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: On the impeachment inquiry, Lancaster County is as divided as the nation; here’s what residents say
York Dispatch: Voter’s guide: 2019 municipal elections in York County
York Dispatch: Database: Find the numbers behind lobbying in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Election Day is Tuesday: These are some of the races to watch
Patriot News: 3 Republicans, 1 independent battling for 2 judge seats in Cumberland County 
Patriot News: 4 contested races for Dauphin County row offices: Meet the candidates 
Patriot News: Tuesday is election day. Here’s everything you need to know to cast your vote 
Patriot News: Dates set for Pa. state universities’ faculty to vote on tentative contract agreement
Patriot News: State grants central Pa. hotel project $1 million 
Patriot News: Getting rid of blight and encouraging development top agendas of Steelton council candidates
Carlisle Sentinel: Election Guide 2019: A look at races in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County GOP purchases Carlisle building for new headquarters
Carlisle Sentinel: Election Guide 2019: A look at races in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Nobody’s on the ballot in Newburg – but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley procrastinator’s guide to the 2019 election 
Morning Call: Rules for impeachment hearings; health care standards: How Lehigh Valley’s federal lawmakers voted this week
Morning Call: Anti-gun violence leader says halt of PA protection orders bill shows public is ‘at the mercy of the Legislature’
Morning Call: Northampton County DA race: One of these lawyers will replace John Morganelli 
Morning Call: Why your Northampton County Council vote matters: How to fix traffic congestion 
Morning Call: Why your Lehigh County commissioner vote matters: Property tax hike 
Morning Call: Why your votes for Lehigh County commissioner count: Fixing traffic congestion 
Morning Call: Mack Trucks union workers approve 4-year labor agreement
Reading Eagle: Push ends for term limits on elected Reading offices; ‘This isn’t over,’ organizer says
Reading Eagle: Recess should be in play for all grade levels, Pa. lawmaker says 

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie lawmaker plans hearings on cyber charter school bill 
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending Nov. 1 
Erie Times-News: After four decades, new representation awaits County Council’s 3rd District 
Erie Times-News: Tuesday is last run for Erie County’s old voting machines 
Erie Times-News: Erie Parking Authority, city seek compromise
Erie Times-News: Spending shifts in Erie judge race as election nears
Erie Times-News: Bishop, Schauerman vie for Loll’s District 7 Erie County Council seat
Erie Times-News: Yates, Clear running to fill 1st District seat on Erie County Council 
Erie Times-News: Albion, Lake City have borough council races 
Erie Times-News: Shank challenges incumbent Foust’s re-election bid 
Erie Times-News: Some Erie County polling places moved 
Erie Times-News: Video shows how to use Warren County voting machines 
Erie Times-News: 7 Erie County townships have supervisor, council races
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Voters will cast ballots using new machines
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: No tax increase planned for Loyalsock Township
Centre Daily Times: Candidates outline their positions ahead of Election Day 

 

Opinion  
Inquirer Editorial Board: Close the ICE ‘baby jaiI’ in Berks County
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly general election | Endorsement Guide
Inquirer Editorial Board: Will Tuesday election cement more of the status quo in Philadelphia?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A win for democracy: Cooperation, compromise achieve voting overhaul
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Victory over opioid crisis: We need more action than just lawsuit settlements
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Progress is complicated: Pitt student starts dialogue on technology, accessibility
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Be skeptical of park tax: Public funding for a private entity is bad public policy
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Deep six deep fakes
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: I forgive you: A guide to bet­ter sleep
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Bucks GOP injects fear into campaign season
Jodine Mayberry: Marsy’s Law would wreak havoc with constitution
Mike Turzai: Opponents of school choice should quit the punitive rhetoric 
Craig Stedman: We need to hear more victims’ voices, we need Marsy’s Law
John L. Micek: How the ACLU is fighting abortion bans in other states. And what that means for Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee
Michael Levy: I worked for the ‘deep state’ in Philly and beyond. It’s not how Trump describes it. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Finding the heartbeat in PA’s fetal heartbeat legislators
Chip Minemyer: Open your wallet and get those ‘swing votes’ ready
Holly Evans: Acceptance comes in so many different forms
David M. Shribman: Nixon’s ‘Silent Majority’ speech, 50 years later
Tim Hartman: The Pittsburgh sinkhole’s other victim | Editorial Cartoon
Hana Habib and Lorrie Cranor: Website privacy options aren’t much of a choice since they’re hard to find and use | Analysis 
Magdalena Wnuk: $9 a day barely gets you a sandwich in Philly. Yet that’s what Pa. pays its jurors. It can do better
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia City election drama
Christine Flowers: George Soros wading into the Delco District Attorney race shows problematic influence 
Will Bunch: ‘Get the emails’: Revealed memos suggest Mueller probe failed America. Can Congress fix it? 
John N. Mitchell: An N.C. senator is using pay for Black student-athletes as racist dog whistle 
Keith C. Burris: The long shot
Tony Norman: An icon, a gun and American history’s blank slate
Kay Hymowitz: Where the ‘back row kids’ go: How college-for-all idealism fails middle-class kids 
Mike Newall: For this Cherry Hill mom, home was the dirt outside the Frankford El stop. Now she helps others escape life on the streets. 
Trudy Rubin: I’m visiting China and it may be ‘my strangest trip in three decades’ 
Jeffrey Rosen: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s advice on how to keep the #MeToo movement going strong | Book excerpt
Ruth Ann Dailey: Mahalia & MLK

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