November 7th Playbook

Reactions pour in from the results in Tuesday’s elections from the Philadelphia suburbs to western Pennsylvania about how these outcomes can shape the 2020 election. Here is the Playbook.

 

Dems Flip 5 Eastern PA Counties: Two years after winning their first seats in Delaware County, the Democrats will represent all five seats on the county council, while Chester County flip the Commissioner and District Attorney seats.

Four Western PA Counties Go Red: These traditional Democratic counties, which have been trending red for years, all flipped to Republican majorities for commissioner.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Morning Call: Trump era accelerating electoral trends at opposite ends of Pennsylvania
Politico: Pennsylvania suburbs revolt against Trump 
AP: 2 counties with new voting machines had balloting problems
Fox News: Trump locked in tight contest in 2020 battlegrounds, despite trailing in national polls 
CNN: First woman is elected mayor of Scranton, as an independent after sparring with Democratic machine
Inquirer: The race for Pennsylvania Superior Court looks like a split decision for Democrats and Republicans
Inquirer: The Republican ‘bloodletting’ continued in the Philadelphia suburbs. What does it mean for Trump in 2020?
Inquirer: The blue wave crashed down on Pennsylvania again, as voters from Philly to Delaware County turned left  
Post-Gazette: Automatic recount could be triggered in Superior Court race
Post-Gazette: Marsy’s Law backers call on opponents to drop lawsuit in wake of strong voter support
Patriot News: Problems with new voting systems weren’t widespread, Pa. officials say; GOP leader disagrees 
PLSReporter: McCaffery, King lead in close race for Superior Court
PLSReporter: DiGirolamo wins county commissioner seat 
PLSReporter: As rural hospitals take a beating, facilities hope state, federal partnerships will improve prospects
Philadelphia Magazine: Say Goodbye to Cash Tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike
Beaver County Times: State collecting information on local communities’ lead exposure efforts
Keystone Crossroads: Candidates who want to arm teachers win Pa. school board seats: ‘The only thing that’s going to stop a gun is a gun’
StateImpactPA: New funding to study microplastic pollution effect on Delaware Bay blue crabs
National Journal: Democrats Rocking the Suburbs
Daily Local News: Toomey’s anti-animal cruelty bill headed to president for signature 
The Hill: Democrats win big in Philly suburbs, raising red flags for GOP

 

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: 2019 election: Jim Kenney cruises, Democrats take the suburbs, Kendra Brooks and the Working Families Party win big
Inquirer: How Kendra Brooks and the Working Families Party beat the odds to win in Philadelphia
Inquirer: The blue wave crashed down on Pennsylvania again, as voters from Philly to Delaware County turned left 
Inquirer: Democrats win across the Philadelphia region as Republicans are fading even on friendly turf 
Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney tips his hat to winning Working Families Party candidate Kendra Brooks: ‘She worked hard’ 
Inquirer: How Kendra Brooks and the Working Families Party beat the odds to win in Philadelphia 
Inquirer: What’s the Working Families Party, and how’s it different from regular Democrats? 
Inquirer: Paid time off for Uber drivers? How a Philly plan could be a model for millions of gig workers 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly officials praise new voting machines, promise to fix ‘significant wrinkles’ for 2020 
WHYY Newsworks: Rent control, ending Philly’s 10-year tax abatement: Welcome to City Council 2020 
WHYY Newsworks: Councilmember David Oh says he speaks for Asian Americans. Did that help him win? 
Billy Penn: ‘Pure money’? Philly Democrats and Republicans grapple with third-party win 
Billy Penn: Lines were so long at West Philly polls that some people left without voting
KYW Newsradio: Kenney, City Council announce focus on violence prevention with new spending 
Philadelphia Tribune: Affordable housing project in Philly’s Hunting Park wins $700K in state funding
Philadelphia Magazine: Election Recap: Working Families Party Gains Council Seat, Democrats Take Delco
Philadelphia Magazine: $3M in Loans to Help More Philly Residents Jumpstart Their Development Careers
Philly Voice: Airbnb to verify its listings, with help from former Philly police commissioner Charles Ramsey 
Philadelphia Citizen: Ideals We Should Steal: A Fairer Evictions Court 
Philadelphia Business Journal: What Philadelphia’s new-look City Council means for business advocates 

 

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Dems, GOP look ahead to new roles, 2020
Bucks County Courier Times: Early election results show record turnout in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Dems take control in Middletown, Lower Makefield; GOP hangs on in strongholds
Inquirer: The Republican ‘bloodletting’ continued in the Philadelphia suburbs. What does it mean for Trump in 2020?
Inquirer: The Philadelphia suburbs turned blue in a big way. What do Democrats plan to do with their new power?
Inquirer: In Upper Darby, first-time council member unseats longtime Republican mayor
Inquirer: Democrats win across the Philadelphia region as Republicans are fading even on friendly turf 
Inquirer: Bucks County farmer wins supervisor seat, will serve with those who tried to upend his business
KYW Newsradio: Chester, Delaware counties go blue for the first time in generations
Delco Daily Times: What will Dems do now that they control Delco? 
Delco Daily Times: The Heron’s Nest: A historic night in Delco politics 
Delco Daily Times: Dems make advances all across Delaware County
Daily Local News: For Chesco Dems, election sweep a ‘dream’
Daily Local News: Results of municipal races in Chester County
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County DA files lawsuit against vaping giant JUUL  
Pottstown Mercury: Republicans keep control of Berks County Board of Commissioners
Pottstown Mercury: Dems retain control of Montco government, sweep row offices
Montgomery Media: Democrats win big in Montgomery County

 

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Former VP Biden Makes Surprise Stop At Allegheny Co. Executive Rich Fitzgerald’s Re-Election Celebration 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Voters Approve Raising Property Taxes To Fund Parks 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Unveils Plan To Bridge Racial Equity Gaps In Schools
City Paper: How DA Stephen Zappala dominated the suburbs and other takeaways from the 2019 election
Post-Gazette: Automatic recount could be triggered in Superior Court race
Post-Gazette: After close parks tax vote, divided city council to take up issue 
Post-Gazette: Yes, Bethany Hallam and Sam DeMarco both won at-large seats on Allegheny County council 
Post-Gazette: Trump nominates Pittsburgh labor attorney to Western District bench 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools releases plan to reduce racial disparities 
Tribune Review: A new face on Allegheny County Council as incumbent Sue Means loses to Democrat Tom Duerr
Tribune Review: Mon Valley residents, environmental groups call for stricter pollution controls

 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Rowley seeks 13th Congressional District seat
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council hopefuls await official voting results to break tie
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voter turnout better than May
Observer-Reporter: Magisterial judge election roundup and local results 
Observer-Reporter: Looking toward 2020: County buying new voting machines
Observer-Reporter: Former Dem committee chairman keeps feud alive 
Tribune Review: Review coming for close Westmoreland commissioner race; recount not automatic
Tribune Review: Westmoreland sheriff-elect promises changes when he takes office 
Beaver County Times: State collecting information on local communities’ lead exposure efforts

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Women win seats of power throughout Lackawanna County 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners forgo vote on 2020 budget 
Times-Tribune: New leadership team, including a superintendent, appointed in Scranton
Citizens Voice: Voting Republican again preferred choice in county 
Citizens Voice: Change coming to county council 
Citizens Voice: Cartwright hires Luzerne County native for press secretary 
The Times Leader: Nearly one-third of Luzerne County voters picked straight-ticket option Tuesday
The Times Leader: Rep. Cartwright hires Holy Redeemer grad as DC press secretary
The Times Leader: Kobusky returns to Plymouth council

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Was development on the ballot? Candidates react following historic democratic flip for Manheim Township commissioners
LNP | LancasterOnline: 3 Takeaways from LNP’s editorial board meeting with state AG Josh Shapiro 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Foschi will join GOP incumbents as county commissioner
Carlisle Sentinel: York, Northampton counties had balloting problems with new machines
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council goes through newest draft of rental housing proposal
York Dispatch: Two Republicans poised to join York County Board of Commissioners
York Dispatch: York County Republicans sweep row offices and judge seat
York Dispatch: York County sheriff’s race still too close to call, Dem chair says
York Daily Record: Election, the day after: Where things stood in York County
Patriot News: Problems with new voting systems weren’t widespread, Pa. officials say; GOP leader disagrees 
Patriot News: York County, Pa. GOP officials reach settlement over ballot counting concerns 
Patriot News: New Cumberland council tables plan to limit number of household pets
Patriot News: Newcomer leads in race for York County commissioner, as results arrive slowly

 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Michael Rivera becomes first Latino Berks County commissioner
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor-elect Eddie Moran promises to build a better city
Reading Eagle: Winners of Tuesday’s Berks County commissioners race expect to work in harmony 
Reading Eagle: Berks County recorder of deeds heartbroken in defeat, says opponent ‘has no knowledge of what the position entails’ 
Reading Eagle: Berks County voter turnout hits 30% 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania says election went well but Republicans disagree; both following Northampton County problems
Morning Call: Lehigh County voters can expect more privacy when voting in 2020
Morning Call: Cause of counting failures in Northampton County voting machines not yet known, but officials express confidence in results
Morning Call: Higher-than-expected turnout, development backlash in South Whitehall fuel victories for Kelly, Wolk and Mobilio
Morning Call: In Allentown mayoral bid, Tim Ramos hoped to beat expectations. Ray O’Connell did instead 
Morning Call: GOP candidate may challenge Northampton County judge race results after machine problems force recount; Morganelli, Kassis are unofficial winners
Express Times: Apology for ‘three-alarm raging fire’ that consumed Northampton County election process 

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Clinton County elects 1st woman as commissioner 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall repairs estimated cost at $2 million
Erie Times-News: Erie County controller’s race outcome uncertain
Erie Times-News: Erie 2020 budget plan eyes long-term fixes for city 
Erie Times-News: Albion and Lake City voters choose council members 

 

Opinion  
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Did the Bucks GOP’s strategy backfire?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t back down: Marsy’s Law challenge should continue 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Buyer beware: ‘Junk plans’ plague health care market
Inquirer Editorial Board: Tuesday’s election signaled change. How big, how lasting?
Inquirer Editorial Board: Bugging out about city council’s bed bug bill 
Thomas P. Murt: We must address suicide in the Commonwealth
John Baer: Democrats are flirting with losing Pa. and blowing the 2020 election 
John L. Micek: The ‘burbs go blue and historic wins in Reading and Scranton — 3 takeaways from Election 2019 | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Mark Holden: Why probation reform is pivotal for Pennsylvania
Mike Newall: A message to Philly Mayor Jim Kenney: Rattle more sabers in your second term 
Maria Panaritis: Trump is on borrowed time after Democratic election massacres in battleground Pennsylvania suburbs 
John L. Micek: As the suburbs realign, Democrats have a victory — if they can keep it
Tom Dolgenos: Philly police stops for marijuana smell raise questions about conflicting laws 
Patrick T. Harker: Philly needs stronger workforce development 
Ernest Owens: What the Working Families Party’s Historic Win Means for Philly Politics
Eleanor Levie: Pennsylvania’s sex ed is outdated. A new bill would change that.
Bruce Ledewitz: Here’s a carbon tax plan that U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey can live with 
Dakota L. Wood: Is America’s military headed for a ‘Rocky’ experience? 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump speeds out of the Paris climate agreement

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