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October 14th Playbook

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign announces that he’s going to return to Pennsylvania for an event next week. Here is the Playbook. 

October 11th Ups & Downs: The Pennsylvania Bar Association recommends three candidates for state Superior Court, two Congressmen commit to returning campaign donations from an associate of Rudy Giuliani who was arrested on campaign finance charges, and Republicans in PA are split on an effort to censure Adam Schiff. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Dickinson Launches First Campaign Video: Jerry Dickinson, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh who is attempting to unseat Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Allegheny) as the Democratic nominee for the 18th Congressional District, released his campaign’s first video. The 3:30 plus long video is part of a digital ad buy for Dickinson in the 18th District. 

Harrisburg & DC   
WNEP: Joe Biden to Attend Campaign Event in Scranton
Patriot News: Nomination process for empty Lebanon County-based state Senate seat hits home stretch 
Patriot News: ‘A parent’s worst nightmare’: Sen. Pat Toomey, advocates want tougher penalties for stalking children 
AP: Parole system could see changes after review of murder cases
Spotlight PA: In Pennsylvania, ‘opportunity zones’ struggle to live up to their intentions
Inquirer: Washington has impeachment fever, but swing-district lawmakers don’t want to talk about it
Inquirer: Breathalyzer for weed, backed by Philly investor, could be a ‘game changer’ for legalization efforts 
Inquirer: Billionaire Tom Steyer will debate for the first time Tuesday. Did he buy his spot on stage?
WITF: ACLU files last-minute suit arguing Pa.’s Marsy’s Law amendment is unconstitutional 
WITF: The Navy is naming a boat after Pennsylvania’s capital 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: There’s a well-documented link between guns and suicide. Just what Pennsylvania should do about that is up for debate 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wanted for LGBTQ Capitol rallying day: Those willing to share their stories of discrimination 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvanians have been central to every presidential impeachment effort
PLSReporter: Rep. Ed Gainey holds policy hearing on assault weapons ban 
PLSReporter: Bipartisan effort to provide “dignity for incarcerated women” in the works 
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Pension reform, broadband access and candidate background checks 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 26: Southeast Spotlight with Rep. Joanna McClinton 
Politico: The holdout, the reluctant supporter, and the impeachment die-hard
The Centre Square: Natural gas developers banking on report to prevent Pa. fracking ban
Fox News: Rep. Scott Perry describes closed-door hearing with former US ambassador to Ukraine
CNN: Pennsylvania teacher on leave without pay after racist tirade recorded by parent
StateImpactPA: DEP, CNX reach $1.48 M settlement on abandoned wells 
StateImpactPA: New Jersey DEP rejects PennEast’s permit application, setting back the project again 

KYW Newsradio: Protesters demand reforms in Philadelphia’s contract with police 
KYW Newsradio: City outspends its overtime budget for ninth-straight year 
KYW Newsradio: New city council committee has plan for drastic reduction in poverty 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Protect our legacy!’ How a public school crisis exposed a rift in the Philly Catholic school community 
Inquirer: Philly doesn’t know how much its glitchy payroll system overpaid thousands of workers  
Inquirer: Breathalyzer for weed, backed by Philly investor, could be a ‘game changer’ for legalization efforts 
Inquirer: Thomas Jefferson University professor’s idea for community-designed parks in Philly takes root 
Inquirer: Philadelphia-area vehicle emissions have grown by 22% since 1990, report says 
Inquirer: How race, class, and privilege shape the asbestos crisis at two Philly high schools
Inquirer: Rittenhouse stabbing trial doesn’t answer a key question: What provoked the fatal confrontation?
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council aims to make unexpected hospital closures like Hahnemann a thing of the past
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia to publicly disclose city payouts for lawsuits, settlements 
Philadelphia Tribune: Cheyney Council of Trustees approves budget in last meeting before accreditation decision
Philadelphia Tribune: Police investigation reveals possible cremated remains in former Baker Funeral Home
Philadelphia Business Journal: Here’s where Philadelphia ranks among U.S. cities for property tax rates 

Bucks County Courier Times: Upper Bucks Tech event lauds career, vocational education connection
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem Democrats take mayor, councilmen to court over grant letter
Bucks County Courier Times: Farry, Thomas take crack Philly wage tax changes
Bucks County Courier Times: State Rep. Ulman to host panel on prescription drug epidemic
Inquirer: Washington has impeachment fever, but swing-district lawmakers don’t want to talk about it
Inquirer: Delaware County middle school teacher suspended after racist tirade against parent
WHYY Newsworks: Delco Council candidates debate for first time in testy race
Delco Daily Times: Water Wars: Chester Water, city, Aqua due back in court this week
Delco Daily Times: U.D. teacher on leave after racially charged confrontation with parent
Delco Daily Times: Ridley unveils $46M revamp of district buildings
Pottstown Mercury: $45.3M budget draft would raise Pottstown taxes 4.25%
Pottstown Mercury: Few contests in Berks County races in The Mercury coverage area
Pottstown Mercury: District judge in Montco reprimanded by Judicial Conduct Board
Daily Local News: Otten supports Uwchlan Township supervisor’s request to Sunoco 
Daily Local News: Former Kennett Township supervisor arrested for stealing political signs

WESA: Trump Officials Tout Steel Revitalization, But Local Picture Is Mixed
Post-Gazette: Republicans target Lamb, other swing-district Dems, on impeachment issue
Post-Gazette: ‘There’s a lot of division in the community’: DA Zappala campaigns in Aspinwall, Bloomfield
Post-Gazette: Zappala wants to argue against killing referendum on victims’ rights
Post-Gazette: Threatened ethics complaint against Middleman in doubt
Post-Gazette: Columbus Day parade is on, despite false advertising to the contrary  
Post-Gazette: Fearing science pushed aside, experts meet in protest of EPA’s air quality change 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County volunteer fire departments in staffing ‘crisis,’ says county executive candidate 
Post-Gazette: City paramedic suspended over Facebook comment
City Paper: Why a Pittsburgh City Councilor pushed for pregnancy non-discrimination protections
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Columbus Day Parade features cultural mix and protesters
Tribune Review: DA Zappala to intervene in lawsuit challenging Marsy’s Law amendment
Tribune Review: Southwestern Pennsylvania residents renew calls for research on possible health impact of fracking
KDKA: Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Comments On Marsy’s Law Ballot Challenge
KDKA: Senator Bob Casey Goes On Offense Over Healthcare, Guns, Turkey, And Impeachment 
KDKA: Protesters Gather For Annual Columbus Day Parade In Bloomfield
KDKA: Fliers Calling Columbus Day ‘An Offensive Holiday’ Claim Parade Is Canceled; Organizers Say That Is Not True
KDKA: Unhappy Protesters Ask Parade Organizers To Rename Columbus Day Parade In Bloomfield

Beaver County Times: Rally crowd calls for end of impeachment inquiry 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County commissioner candidates agree to debate 
Beaver County Times: Manning: Business experience will help run the county 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County GOP asks governor, others, to remove clerk of courts
Observer-Reporter: Panelists discuss fight against drug overdose epidemic
Observer-Reporter: Monessen to host focus groups for public about revitalization and blight
Observer-Reporter: Washington to lower distressed pension tax 
Altoona Mirror: Blair sees employment shift as firms downsize, others grow
Altoona Mirror: Pride parade celebrates diversity  

The Times Leader: Pence, Biden reportedly planning visits to region this month
The Times Leader: Expect a tax hike in proposed Luzerne County budget 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor George says no property tax hike in proposed 2020 budget
The Times Leader: Luzerne County may consider delaying voting system decision 
The Times Leader: State outlines winter preparations, guidance for public readiness 
The Times Leader: Former White House photographer to visit Wilkes 
The Times Leader: Brooks declines debate invitation from Shaffer in city council race 
The Times Leader: Plymouth Borough councilwoman uncovers error in her appointment
Citizens Voice: Hearing on SCI-Retreat closure expected to draw large crowd 
Citizens Voice: ‘Gunstock’: Firearms-rights Freedom Festival draws crowd in Pike County
Times-Tribune: Scranton controller seeks clarification on DPW use of city-issued gas credit cards 
Times-Tribune: ‘Gunstock’: Firearms-rights Freedom Festival draws crowd in Pike County 
WNEP: Joe Biden to Attend Campaign Event in Scranton

South Central 
Patriot News: Nomination process for empty Lebanon County-based state Senate seat hits home stretch 
Patriot News: ‘A parent’s worst nightmare’: Sen. Pat Toomey, advocates want tougher penalties for stalking children 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Candidates vie for seats in contested races this November
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: Groups see candidate forums as an opportunity to educate voters 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2019: What’s the deal with those voting machines in Cumberland County? 
Carlisle Sentinel: Social Justice Forum brings advocates together in Carlisle
York Dispatch: York County makes cut for debut of new EPA lead regulation proposal 

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro urges Democrats to get out and vote 
Reading Eagle: Proposed Pa. legislation would give local officials a pay raise 
Reading Eagle: Trump names Wyomissing businessman to Commission on Presidential Scholars 
Morning Call: Lehigh County Commissioners compromise, approve average tax hike of $28 per homeowner
Morning Call: Police officers in Lehigh Valley’s three cities now outfitted with body cameras 
Morning Call: Hundreds of Mack Truck union workers hit the picket line as strike gets underway
Express Times: There’s a new NPR station in town. A PBS39 news channel hits your dial Nov. 1 
Express Times: $51M. That’s how much worth of drugs Pa. state police seized in the past year. 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Democratic Party chair says 1-on-1 outreach is key 
Erie Times-News: For Erie County’s GOP chairman, 3 months becomes 9 years 
Erie Times-News: Judge: 2 Erie bayfront hotels to stay tax-exempt
Erie Times-News: Impeachment rally, march set for downtown Erie
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Forums to spotlight candidates for key city, county posts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lock Haven questions tax exemption sought by UPMC Susquehanna

Inquirer Editorial Board: LGBTQ rights, abortion, immigration, guns: Supreme Court’s term could reshape life in Philadelphia 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Expunged records and monetary compensation are the least the state owes the wrongfully convicted 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make time for the public: Port Authority needs meetings on proposed stop cuts 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Equitable treatment: Women of color need better access to cancer treatment
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A-plus idea needs work: Worrisome details in new PPS program
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make it safer: Congress must pass bill that regulates pot proceeds
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Rule-change brings candidates for board vacancies into the light
Tony Norman: Fat shaming, debate dodging and the corruptions of incumbency
Colin McNickle: Why Pa. needs to say no to regional cap-and-trade
John L. Micek: Report: Emissions from driving grew faster than Harrisburg region’s population | Friday Morning Coffee
Justin Buchler: Voters often parrot the party line, even when polls suggest otherwise | Analysis 
Chip Minemyer: Penn State letter controversy exposed divisions beyond race
Paul Muschick: Will Pennsylvania’s improved Do Not Call law reduce robocalls?
Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young: 5 myths about impeachment — debunked 
John L. Micek: Here’s the price of our inaction on gun violence: More dead. More wounded. And no answers
Helen Ubiñas: Angry families of murder victims protest DA Larry Krasner 
Karen Kane: Wrongly accused and wrongly jailed
Tim Hartman: We found the one thing heavier than the average college student’s backpack | Editorial Cartoon
Abraham Gutman: With Hahnemann closed, expect more shootings to turn into homicides | Brain Trust
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Benjamin Franklin High School still closed
Christine Flowers: Independent Day: Trump policy betrayed the Kurds
David M. Shribman: Democrats ignore New Hampshire at their own peril
Ruth Ann Dailey: Authenticity in politics
Christine Flowers: Matt Lauer’s right to defend himself is an important part of #MeToo 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Donald Trump’s latest golf outing
Trudy Rubin: Turkey is committing war crimes against Kurds with Trump’s help 
Will Bunch: How Rudy Giuliani’s epic slide, from crime buster to conspirator, reveals America’s broken windows 
Keith C. Burris: Friends anyway; fair anyway

One Response

  1. It’s bogus for people to criticize Tom Steyer for spending his way into a position in the Presidential race. He is entitled to promote his own candidacy. The debate over campaign finance is so long running to single out Steyer is missing the point.

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