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

 

Philadelphia 
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’

 

SEPA
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 

 

Pittsburgh 
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

 

SWPA 
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

 

NEPA
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 

 

Opinion  
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

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