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November 8th Playbook

Roll Call places Rep. Scott Perry as the 10th most vulnerable House incumbent seeking reelection in 2020, while the NRCC adds Lisa Scheller as the first Pennsylvanian candidate this cycle to “on the radar” in their Young Gun program. Here is the Playbook.

Roll Call: Perry Listed as 10th Most Vulnerable House Incumbent: The ratings outlet cites Perry narrowly winning reelection in a district that is not as conservative as the old 4th District.

Scheller Added To NRCC “On The Radar” In Young Gun Program: The GOP hopeful for the 7th Congressional District is described by the NRCC as “fiscally conservative fighter” who has advocated for “spending restraint, lower taxes, job creation and an end to special-interest giveaways.”

Legislative Election Update: 

HD-20: Emily Marburger, the Mayor of Bellevue who announced that she was intending to launch a primary bid in September for the state’s 20th House District against incumbent state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny), announced on Thursday that she is no longer considering joining the race. Ravenstahl still has one primary challenger as of now with Brighton Heights lawyer, Emily Kinkead.  

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The last moderate standing?: Suburban Republicans look to life after Gene DiGirolamo 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The whole idea is peace of mind:’ Gov. Tom Wolf urges Pa. residents without insurance to get coverage 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Meet the U.S House freshmen from Pa. who are at the center of the Trump impeachment 
Inquirer: Pat Toomey vowed to be an ‘independent voice.’ Trump’s impeachment could raise the stakes.
Inquirer: A new 2020 poll has warning signs for Trump in Pennsylvania and other ‘Blue Wall’ states he captured in 2016
AP: Teacher apologizes to parents after Trump assignment
CNN: Trump and allies dominate digital spending, prompting Democratic jitters
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania voter survey offers warning for progressive candidates in 2020
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania tax revenues for 1st quarter at 6.1% above pre-recession peak
Beaver County Times: Toomey’s bill banning animal crushing passes Senate
PLSReporter: With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications 
PLSReporter: Boscola targets ambiguities in pet euthanasia law with new bill 
PLSReporter: DraftKings launches online sportsbook in PA
Patriot News: Toomey’s federal animal cruelty act allows authorities to charge abusers with a felony, seven years in prison
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania’s turnpikes are going cashless, here’s what you need to know: (Q&A) 
StateImpactPA: Court decision narrows options for PennEast pipeline 
Reading Eagle: Pat Toomey lauds passage of federal animal cruelty law
National Journal: Democrats Need to Mind the Gap Between Their Base and Swing Voters

Philly Clout: Did Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf just endorse Josh Shapiro for governor in 2022? ‘That’s my guy.’
WHYY Newsworks: Is David Oh the future of Philadelphia’s Republican Party?
WHYY Newsworks: How independents pulled off a historic upset in Philly 
WHYY Newsworks: With insurgent Brooks joining Gym on council, what’s next for public education in Philly?
WHYY Newsworks: After shooting of 10-year-old, activists call on communities, city officials to end the violence
WHYY Newsworks: The 3-second rule: Philly is giving Center City buses a teeny jump start
Inquirer: A new power bloc is rising in Philly’s labor movement. Kendra Brooks’ victory is proof 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Republicans endured a ‘preposterous’ election season. What’s next? 
Inquirer: After collapsed buildings and damaged homes, Philly strengthens construction oversight  
Inquirer: MSNBC host Chris Matthews cancer free following surgery: ‘I’m lucky’ 
Inquirer: L&I seeks to add inspections to new homes after water damage complaints across Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Point Breeze residents protest refinery meeting, saying they’ve been left out of planning process
KYW Newsradio: Asbestos tests results needed before district decides whether to relocate Peirce students
Philadelphia Tribune: Kenney, Council agree on anti-gun violence cash
Philadelphia Citizen: Reality Check: Just Another Day in Philly

Delco Daily Times: Delco Dems: ‘Government is here to work for you’
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough councilwoman resigns after confronting candidate over ‘incredibly offensive’ social media postings
Inquirer: ‘Stop putting politics ahead of our country’ on Trump impeachment, veterans tell GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in new ad
WHYY Newsworks: What led to the blue wave in the Philly suburbs? Demographics, strong candidates and Donald Trump
Daily Local News: Koon, Lewis honored at NAACP Freedom Fund event in Coatesville

WESA: District Attorney Votes Divided Between City And Suburbs
City Paper: CMU students protest U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s appearance at Traffic21 event
KDKA: Transportation Secretary Comments On Finding That Uber Failed To Program Driverless Software To Detect Jaywalkers 
KDKA: U.S. Transportation Secretary Announces $8 Million Grant At Special Traffic21 Conference At Carnegie Mellon 
KDKA: Former Columbine High School Principal And Student Visit Pittsburgh To Discuss School Violence And Safety Measures
Post-Gazette: City council begins discussion on property sales — with lots of no-shows
Post-Gazette: CMU celebrates 10 years of Traffic21 innovations
Post-Gazette: Bethel Park Zoning Hearing Board OKs gas station convenience store at Cool Springs
PLSReporter: Environmental advocates call for harsher emissions restrictions in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: Here’s where else ExxonMobil could locate a petrochemical plant in region 

Altoona Mirror: Blair property owners to see tax hike
Beaver County Times: Nearly $19 million grant to fund cargo expansion at Pittsburgh International Airport
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Two grants awarded to local entities 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Survey: Region making progress, young adults noticing 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Council accepts resignation, seeks new city manager
Observer-Reporter: No tax increase on Washington’s proposed budget 
Observer-Reporter: Former FBI agent: Pittsburgh has become ‘epicenter for anti-Semitism’ 

Citizens Voice: SCI Retreat public hearing scheduled 
Times-Tribune: Calls from Biden, Clinton and a CNN interview mark Cognetti’s victory 
Times-Tribune: Scranton Ethics Board belatedly receives first complaint 
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District investigating incoming school director, sources say
The Times Leader: Residents don’t want proposed sale of Wilkes-Barre’s sewer system rushed

South Central 
York Dispatch: Wolf admin official rips state GOP over York County election fracas 
York Dispatch: York County’s final election results confirm GOP dominated municipal election 
York Dispatch: After voting complications, Keuerleber holds sheriff’s post
York Dispatch: Official: York County votes counted
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council, landlords work through newest draft of rental housing proposal
Patriot News: Non-union Pa. state workers file class-action lawsuit to recoup money paid to AFSCME 13
LNP | LancasterOnline: Was development on the ballot? Candidates react following historic democratic flip for Manheim Township commissioners
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania’s turnpikes are going cashless, here’s what you need to know: (Q&A) 
LNP | LancasterOnline: F&M students outraged over ‘culturally insensitive and racist’ photo circulating on social media
York Daily Record: York County election results confirm sheriff won a fourth term in contentious race
York Daily Record: Election results are in: Here’s the new board of York County commissioners 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Key to uncovering Northampton County’s voting machine failure could be weeks away 
Morning Call: Lehigh County Authority can raise Allentown customers’ water rates, Superior Court affirms, but city has grounds to sue 
Morning Call: PSSA, Keystone scores in Lehigh Valley suburban schools exceed state goals; city districts still struggling
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials working to give voters more privacy in 2020 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie 2020 budget plan eyes long-term fixes for city 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Handicapped community threatens legal action against city

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Hellam Township should stop fighting lawful use of a property
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Two birds, one stone: Tuition discount helps recruit students, train nurses
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Blood in the streets: Amer­i­cans should forgo Mex­ico due to recent attacks
Inquirer Staff: Should Facebook and other social media regulate political ads? Pro/Con
John L. Micek: Exclusive: Downplaying bleed in the west, Wolf donor memo pumps up the ‘burbs for 2020 | Thursday Morning Coffee
Chris Freind: A word about Jack Stollsteimer – & smear ads
Salena Zito: Labor Sides With Big Oil in a Feud With Pittsburgh’s Mayor
Richard Hamilton and Arvind Venkat: Pennsylvania can do better on ‘surprise billing’ for patients 
Paul Muschick: Thank goodness we got voting foul-ups out of way before 2020 elections
Daniel Miller: America needs to go back to school on civics education
Joseph N. DiStefano: Philly elected more worker advocates. But, where are the jobs?
Brett Mandel: Philly’s Left Needs To Get Government Right
Christine Flowers: Catholic priest had every right to deny Joe Biden communion over abortion views 
Trudy Rubin: In Beijing, cutting-edge technology looms large while questions about China’s future mirror U.S. debates
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia crime fighters fire at each other
Daniel A Cinotti: Many states now require anti-bullying training that includes a focus on LGBTQ students – but risks remain
Quinn O’Callaghan: ‘Cry when you get home’: Teachers need therapy to process the trauma of urban classrooms

2 Responses

  1. Scheller is out of step with Lehigh County and, too bad for her, the pretzel shaped redistricting specials developed by State Senate and State House leadership will not prevail this round of redistricting so her congressional ambitions may need to be put on reserve for now.

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