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November 5th Playbook

A new poll from the New York Times shows President Donald Trump in a tight race with the Democratic presidential frontrunners. Happy Election Day 2019, politicos! Here is the Playbook. 

Top Ten 2019 Races To Watch: Some of the closest watched races include the two open seats on the Superior Court to Allegheny County District Attorney and Delaware County Council.

Marsy’s Law Votes Won’t Be Certified: On Monday, the state Supreme Court upheld a decision from a lower court that will not allow the state to certify the votes on the Marsy’s Law, a proposed victims amendment. Voters can still cast ballots on the amendment today, but the results won’t be tallied until the legal challenge is completed. 

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF: State Supreme Court confirms, Marsy’s Law votes won’t be certified
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Your guide to Pennsylvania’s Nov. 5 general election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Voters may cast a ballot on Marsy’s Law, but a count will have to wait, Pa. Supremes rule
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House Dems aim to head off push to privatize ride service for Medicaid recipients
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fetterman hires two former lifers to assist in commutations applications
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump trails Biden, leads Warren in new polls of Pa., key 2020 battleground states 
AP: Court rules victim rights referendum votes won’t be counted
PLSReporter: Parties jockey for position, underscore importance of Superior Court elections
PLSReporter: Pension system recommendations await a House vote
PLSReporter: Key races, new machines highlight Election Day in SEPA
Inquirer: Joe Biden is running stronger against Trump in Pennsylvania than Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, poll says 
Inquirer: Marsy’s Law ballot question will appear in Pa., but state Supreme Court says votes won’t be counted for now
Inquirer: Pennsylvania businesses signed deals with Ukraine while it was trying to woo Trump
Inquirer: Pennsylvania casino launches online poker games, a first in the state
The Hill: Poll: Trump trails Biden, leads Warren in key states
WHYY Newsworks: A dog urine detector? How Pa. lawmakers spent millions in campaign cash
Fox News: Steel industry waits for economic boom despite Trump tariffs
CNN: New polls show Trump would face competitive races with Biden, Sanders, Warren in battleground states
StateImpactPA: Trump administration proposes rollbacks for two Obama-era coal pollution rules
StateImpactPA: Plastics can break down into tiny pieces by the time they hit the Great Lakes. This Penn State researcher wants to know what they are before they degrade

KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s City Council-at-large race generating some suspense 
KYW Newsradio: Ahead of Election Day, Philadelphia Bar Association releases judicial ratings 
KYW Newsradio: Cops tracking source of anti-Semitic, racist flyers posted in South Philly 
KYW Newsradio: Fetterman hires 2 former lifers whose sentences were commuted to reform commutation process 
Inquirer: Amy Klobuchar came to Philly and talked Trump, working with Republicans — and, yes, the Eagles
Inquirer: U.S. Attorney McSwain assails DA Krasner’s handling of defendant linked to shootings of 2 children 
Inquirer: More asbestos found; parents say they won’t send their kids back to North Philly school
Inquirer: Chris Stigall joins rebranded conservative talk radio station 990 AM The Answer 
Inquirer: Election Day weather: Slight chance of showers in Philly, near 100% chance it won’t affect turnout
Inquirer: Pennsylvania revokes Hahnemann University Hospital’s license
Billy Penn: How Philly is making all voting locations accessible for the first time ever
Philadelphia Magazine: It’s 2039. This Is How Philadelphia Became the Greatest City in America.
Philadelphia Tribune: Community Advisory Committee on criminal justice takes form 
WHYY Newsworks: As rents rise, Philly trying new avenues to build and preserve affordable housing 
WHYY Newsworks: New Philly-based commission wants to learn from mishandling of Larry Nassar cases
Philadelphia Business Journal: Hahnemann’s hospital license revoked, while ‘significant work is yet to be done’

Delco Daily Times: Vitali brings heated climate change debate to Haverford 
Bucks County Courier Times: A thin red line: Dems votes have slight lead on GOP 
Bucks County Courier Times: Brian Kilmeade, author of ‘Sam Houston and The Alamo Avengers’ to speak
Bucks Local News: ELECTION 2019: Bucks County Commissioners race, local municipal, school board races lead Tuesday’s ballot
Daily Local News: Get caught up on all the election news before you head out to vote
Daily Local News: Recess should be in play for all grades, Pa. lawmaker says
Pottstown Mercury: Montco voters using new machines at polls Tuesday 

WESA: Election Day Roundup: Get Caught Up Before Heading To The Polls
WESA: Campaign-Finance Dispute Heads To Court As Harris Tests Power Of Ethics Board 
WESA: Amid Drastic Cuts At Steel Mill, One Worker Urges Trump Administration To ‘Make The Tariffs Go Away’ 
Post-Gazette: Biden in town for private fundraiser in 2020 run for president
Post-Gazette: Poll: Biden leads Democratic candidates against Trump in Pa.
Post-Gazette: Four Pittsburgh City Council members urge votes against parks tax
Post-Gazette: IT’S ELECTION DAY: Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today 
Post-Gazette: Pa. tour sheds light on poverty ‘box’ and yields proposals
KDKA: Races For District Attorney And County Executive Highlight 2019 Elections
KDKA: Pa. Game Commission: Sunday Hunting Won’t Take Effect In 2019 
KDKA: 2 Former Life-Sentence Inmates Hired To Help Pennsylvania’s Commutation Process 
City Paper: Former Republican Governor Tom Corbett endorses Stephen Zappala for District Attorney 
The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s Nov. 5 municipal election
Tribune Review: Election HQ: Information on state, county, municipal races in Western Pa.
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council approves $10M purchase of police body cams
Tribune Review: Low voter turnout expected across Western Pennsylvania

Observer-Reporter: Election directors’ turnout predictions: above 30 % in Washington, 40 to 50 % in Greene
Beaver County Times: Candidates spend $108K leading up to election
Beaver County Times: Candidates for office in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Beaver County voters to cast ballots
Beaver County Times: Polls show former Vice President Joe Biden is preferred candidate in PA
Beaver County Times: Marsy’s Law on ballot, but won’t be counted — yet
Altoona Mirror: New system includes paper trail
Altoona Mirror: Leaders: Blair budget cuts too much

Times-Tribune: Unique election for Lackawanna County and Scranton voters today 
Times-Tribune: City council wants gas stations to preserve video of gas card transactions
Times-Tribune: Cordaro agrees to be disbarred, but continues to maintain innocence
Times-Tribune: Inequity in state education funding challenges Scranton, other districts 
Citizens Voice: Local, state races top ballots today 
Citizens Voice: LCTA requests portion of Wilkes-Barre streets for transit hub
Citizens Voice: Polls are open in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: More Luzerne County budget amendments proposed
The Times Leader: Yanora joins Pa. Public Utility Commission
The Times Leader: LCTA wants Wilkes-Barre to turn over streets on site of new home at former Murray Complex

South Central 
Patriot News: Lebanon County prosecutor running to replace Folmer undergoes surgery for brain cancer, expects to stay in race
Patriot News: Playful head butt from dog leads to successful brain cancer surgery for central Pa. candidate
Patriot News: It’s election day. Here’s why it’s worth your attention 
Patriot News: Cellblock campaign: Write-in candidate is running for county commissioner from behind bars 
Patriot News: Dauphin County Democratic Committee chairwoman injured in crash
York Daily Record: Find live election results for York County
York Dispatch: York City schedules budget hearings for next week
York Dispatch: State Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill sets mobile office hours
York Dispatch: Grove’s Oversight Committee highlights problems with Pa.’s lobbying laws 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Voters’ Guide 2019: Everything you need to know about contested Lancaster County races, elections
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster township supervisors unanimously pass resolution for commissioners to support drug task force 
LNP | LancasterOnline: LIHEAP offers aid with heating bills; Lancaster County households got $2.1 million last year
LNP | LancasterOnline: Democracy Day 2019: Lancaster County students discuss issues and civility

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: A procrastinator’s guide to Berks County’s general election
Reading Eagle: Good news for Reading taxpayers: No tax increase in 2020
Reading Eagle: Bob Casey stops in Reading to rally with and for Berks County Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s election
Reading Eagle: Berks County voters will put new voting system to the test [Video]
WHYY Newsworks: ‘History in the making’: Reading expected to elect first Latinx mayor
Morning Call: O’Connell administration dives into proposed 2020 budget for Allentown, making pitch for ‘temporary’ dip into reserves
Express Times: Election Day 2019: Everything to know to cast a ballot Tuesday. Where to vote, polling hours, finding election results. (11/5/19) 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislator praised for conservation efforts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County already ‘hyper-vigilant’ to victim rights attached to law
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislator praised for conservation efforts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The unofficial campaign manager: Politics — local and national — fascinate 12-year-old
Centre Daily Times: Here’s what you need to know about Election Day in Centre County 
Erie Times-News: Key races for judge, county council, school board on ballot
Erie Times-News: Hagel, in Erie, questions national security, foreign policy approach
Erie Times-News: Tuesday is last run for Erie County’s old voting machines 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Give up the fight: Peduto has spent enough on go-nowhere billboard dispute 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Dangerous cuts: Don’t eliminate campus mental health counseling
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Finding the way: Mike Doyle leads the charge to reform online moderation
York Dispatch Editorial Board: A mandate to protect York County lands
John L. Micek: These are the Top Three races to watch on Election Day | Monday Morning Coffee
Ben Geffen and Mimi McKenzie: Extending Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline will get more people to the ballot box 
Chris Kelly: The Other Big Race on Tuesday
Charlie Gerow: Tuesday’s election will impact our lives far more than those in 2020
Keith Naughton: The big news next year: Trump loses election — or maybe not
Bryan Alexander: DeVos’ formula revealed: Trash public schools and push privatization
Christopher M. Puchalsky: What Philly can learn from Copenhagen’s response to the climate crisis 
Jon Geeting: Good News About Voting
Jonathan Zimmerman: Cancel culture punishes young people for speaking their minds 
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Building the case for deconstruction

  • 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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