October 15th Playbook

Scott Wagner’s Facebook Live video about Gov. Wolf goes viral, while the Pennsylvania Speaker of the House goes to TV with a new ad. Here is the Playbook.

PA Gov: Wagner Says He’ll Stomp All Over Gov. Tom Wolf’s Face With Golf Spikes On Facebook Live: The GOP candidates campaign has said the comment were not meant to be taken literally.

October 12th Ups & Downs: A gubernatorial candidate sends out a call for help, while accusing some in his own party of undermining his campaign, a Democratic state Rep candidate places a lawn sign by a grave, and the Pennsylvania legislature is about to pass a bill dealing with organ donation.

PA1: Wallace Talks Trump, Responds to Fitzpatrick in 2 New Ads: The Democratic candidate attempts to tie Fitzpatrick with President Trump in an ad.

“Big Endorsement For Keith”: President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon about his support for Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Allegheny) in his race against Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) who he deemed to be a “Pelosi puppet-weak on crime.”

‘Fat bastard’ vs. ‘completely unhinged’: Politics divides old friends in River Wards: Billy Penn take a look into a feud between retiring Democratic state Rep. Mike O’Brien and Republican candidate for the 177th state House district, Patty-Pat Kozlowski.  

Wallace Leads in New PA1 Poll: The New York Times/Siena College Live Poll shows Democratic challenger leading Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) 50-43.

Rep. Mike Turzai is on Television: The Speaker of the Pennsylvania House has released a television ad boasting about this background, record and discussing fighting “Harrisburg insiders.” The Republican incumbent is facing Democrat Emily Skopov.  

Lindsey Williams Touts Working Families in TV Ad: The Democratic candidate facing Republican Jeremy Shaffer releases a television ad detailing her family and the fight for standing up for “working families.”

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Tough-talking GOP rival to governor: I’ll stomp on your face
AP: It lacks votes, but Wagner rides promise to end school taxes
AP: Wolf signs tougher rules for guns in domestic violence cases
AP: Bill Cosby switches up legal team with appeal looming
AP: Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning
AP: 2-year window for child sex abuse suits divides negotiators
AP: New Pennsylvania law fines people for using drones to spy
Inquirer: Lou Barletta, citing grandson with cancer, lashes out at Bob Casey over health-care campaign ad
Inquirer: U.S. attorney vows measures to stop safe injection site plan, says he ‘won’t look the other way’
Inquirer: What to know about gun control and safety for the 2018 midterm elections
Inquirer: What to know about immigration, sanctuary cities and border security for the 2018 midterm elections
Inquirer: What to know about health care and insurance for the 2018 midterm elections
StateImpactPA: Fracking wastewater from Pa. often ends up in Ohio. Some residents say they’ve had enough  
StateImpactPA: Environmentalists win battle to protect ‘exceptional’ streams in the Poconos
PLSReporter: State, insurers agree to open up medication-assisted addiction treatment
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!  
PLSReporter: Civil window debate snarls up grand jury report response
PLSReporter: Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization
PLSReporter: Debate over magisterial judge election signatures heats up House
PLSReporter: Wolf signs firearm restrictions for domestic abusers
WHYY Newsworks: Parents discovered lack of help for special needs children. Now they want the state to hire more licensed therapists
KYW Newsradio: Former AG Holder visits Philly, sets sight on redrawing state district voting maps
KDKA: U.S. Health Secretary Visits Pittsburgh, Praises Efforts To Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices
PennLive: N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns for key Philly-area hopefuls | Friday Morning Coffee
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf vs Scott Wagner: Your guide to the 2018 Pa governor race

         

Philadelphia
Inquirer: U.S. attorney vows measures to stop safe injection site plan, says he ‘won’t look the other way’
Inquirer: What to know about gun control and safety for the 2018 midterm elections
Inquirer: What to know about immigration, sanctuary cities and border security for the 2018 midterm elections
Inquirer: What to know about health care and insurance for the 2018 midterm elections
Inquirer: 20 arrested after hundreds of dirt bikers ride through Philly to honor slain rider
Billy Penn: ‘Fat bastard’ vs. ‘completely unhinged’: Politics divides old friends in River Wards
Billy Penn: City shuts down pivotal Kensington recovery house over code violations
Philadelphia Magazine: In Philly, Amal Clooney Chides Trump for Mocking Christine Ford
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Has the Country’s Third Worst Income Gap, Study Finds
Philadelphia Magazine: The Kermit Gosnell Movie Opens Today — Not Without Controversy, Of Course
Philadelphia Magazine: Other Cities Are Syncing Up Federal and Municipal Elections. Philly Should, Too.
WHYY Newsworks: Parents discovered lack of help for special needs children. Now they want the state to hire more licensed therapists
New York Times: With Market Hot, Landlords Slam the Door on Section 8 Tenants
KYW Newsradio: Pa. state senator leads tour of Philly-area nuisance bars: ‘I was stunned’
KYW Newsradio: Former AG Holder visits Philly, sets sight on redrawing state district voting maps
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia gets extensive support in federal government’s appeal of its sanctuary city case
Philadelphia Business Journal: How Philadelphia businesspeople can help alleviate poverty

                        

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Report: Rising special education costs taxing school districts
Delco Daily Times: Two women vie to be the first to represent 5th District
Delco Daily Times: Paula Brown ordered out of Democratic Party for two years
Delco Daily Times: McGarrigle, Kearney duke it out for state Senate
Bucks Local News: Newtown Supervisors agree to advertise proposed zoning ordinance to regulate growing, selling medical marijuana
Bucks Local News:Epstein Campus of the Bucks County Community College to host 1st District Congressional Debate
Bucks Local News: Governor Wolf signs bill to combat ‘Peeping Tom’ drones
Pottstown Mercury: Rep Comitta to introduce new Good Samaritan bill
Pottstown Mercury: $1M in state recycling grants awarded locally
Pottstown Mercury: Former Upper Uwchlan Township employee charged with theft from township
Pottstown Mercury: Local mayors, managers sign on to oppose proposed House Bill 2564
Bucks County Courier Times: Political tracker posed as Courier Times reporter at Scott Wallace event
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf signs tougher rules for guns in domestic violence cases
Bucks County Courier Times: Long-term police spending in New Britain a challenge for officials
Bucks County Courier Times: Shapiro, Bucks and Montco DAs join fight for child sex abuse legislation reform
Bucks County Courier Times: Republican candidate Wagner to Gov. Wolf: I’ll stomp on your face
Daily Local News: Five Chesco school districts win business finance awards

 

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto names longtime city lawyer as new solicitor
Post-Gazette: Parish shifts underway in Pittsburgh diocese as church seeks to regain trust
Post-Gazette: Riverview teachers’ union authorizes leaders to call strike
PLSReporter: Lamb commends PWSA, condemns privatization    
Tribune Review: UPMC-Highmark split is forcing worried seniors to switch insurers
Tribune Review: Butler VA holding town hall meeting Wednesday at Armstrong County outpatient clinic
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh lawyer confirmed to U.S. Court of Appeals
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beaver creates zoning ordinance for medical marijuana dispensary
WESA: Two First-Time Candidates Vie To Represent House District 44
KDKA: U.S. Health Secretary Visits Pittsburgh, Praises Efforts To Bring Down Prescription Drug Prices
KDKA: Lawyer For Victims Of Alleged Clergy Abuse Skeptical Of Wuerl’s Resignation: ‘Lightest Possible Slap On The Wrist’
KDKA: ’60 Minutes’ Correspondent Lara Logan Visits Pittsburgh, Reflects On Being A Survivor Of Sexual Assault

           

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Riverswalk trail is in line for series of urban upgrades
Beaver County Times: Mount Airy submits application for mini-casino in Big Beaver
Beaver County Times: Pre-existing conditions ad inflames Casey, Barletta race
Altoona Mirror: Zoning board OKs Wright plans
Altoona Mirror: Cambria County plans series of budget meetings
Altoona Mirror: Few changes found in FAA funding bill
Altoona Mirror: Kunzler expansion project to begin by mid-November
Observer-Reporter: After a decade of planning, Greene County airport project ready for business development
Observer-Reporter: Superior Court overturns rulings against former Washington County Democratic Party chairman
Observer-Reporter: Water system upgrades to be made in Crucible
Observer-Reporter: Monessen School Board looking for a new member
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi council bringing in DCED representative to give presentation

 

NEPA
Standard Speaker: HASD ponders options for more classrooms
Standard Speaker: Bids to dictate what path Weatherly Area takes
Standard Speaker: Grant to help with Butler Twp. road repairs
Citizens Voice: W-B Area’s new high school will hike taxes
News Item: It lacks votes, but Wagner rides promise to end school taxes
News Item: Pennsylvania State Police welcomes 99 troopers
News Item: House approves bill for public safety facility closure
News Item: DA Office gets ‘satisfactory’ rating on J-Net audit
Times Tribune: Scranton superintendent says she is victim of sexual harassment, bullying by board
Times-Tribune: Commissioners to unveil tentative 2019 budget Monday
Times-Tribune: Judge: Most counts in state police lawsuit should be dismissed
Times-Tribune: Border reforms a big issue in congressional races
Times Leader: Luzerne County prison system remains top budget expense
Times Leader: Hazleton Police begin major crackdown on city trouble spot

 

South Central  
PennLive: N.Y. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns for key Philly-area hopefuls | Friday Morning Coffee
Carlisle Sentinel: Minding the Gap: looking at the gender pay gap in Cumberland County
York Dispatch: 94th District House race profile: Snell vs Saylor
LNP | LancasterOnline: Jonathan Capehart gives boost to Lancaster Democrats with message about Trump and ‘old-fashioned’ campaigning

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley has fallen short in integrating minorities, women in local police forces
Morning Call: Superintendent: Allentown School District business department needs ‘major surgery’; seeks IU help
Reading Eagle: Make the Road Action in PA marches against Rep. Lou Barletta
Reading Eagle: Rozzi pushes to keep court option open to sex abuse victims
Reading Eagle: Barletta rebuts accusations made by group in Reading
Reading Eagle: 6th Congressional District candidates in town-hall-style forum
Reading Eagle: The Briefing: Good week for Haley, Kavanaugh     
Reading Eagle: Opening Pennsylvania’s primaries won’t end polarization, experts say
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Sexual abuse demonstration coming to Senate offices in Harrisburg
Reading Eagle: Defaced Democratic billboard in Berks leads both parties to call for civility

        

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Congressional candidates talk about cutting the national debt
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City-manager option aims to provide accountability
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Looking back: Choices in general election mirror those made before
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Director: Voting district consolidation up to boroughs
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Listening sessions to target local public’s busing concerns
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council: Pollution reduction plan ‘not insurmountable’
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Inmate numbers are on the rise
Erie Times-News: Millcreek Township awarded $325,000 state DEP grant
Erie Times-News: Dems, GOP both see voter registration gains in Erie County
Erie Times-News: EMTA appointments return to Erie City Council agenda
Centre Daily Times: Who are the most polarizing people in America? What a new poll by Penn State found
Centre Daily Times: Here’s why some local businesses are losing customers

  

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania flunking when it comes to higher education
Inquirer Staff Perspective: How 13 women are channeling their anger about the state of America right now into action
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: China doesn’t get it: Arrest of Interpol official flouts the rule of law
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Everyone on guard: All Americans have a role in cybersecurity
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Waste not, want not: Recycling program leverages truck downtime
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Really stretching it: Do revelers need to travel in big limousines?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Miss Partial-America?: No one wins in this silly fight
Mike Newall: After a shooting, ‘tenacious’ teen returns to the Reading Terminal job he first fought for
Trudy Rubin: Will Trump let Saudis get away with alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi?
Will Bunch: Trump is clamping down on White House protest. Be very afraid of what comes next
Philip Mead: Gerry Lenfest was a modern-day Revolutionary
Brian O’Neill: Orange water in the blood
Keith C. Burris: Defending the republic
David M. Shribman: The peculiar politics of Maine

October 15th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “October 15th Playbook”

  1. Robert Young says:

    Lou’s campaign is tanking quicker than the Titanic and it is legitimate to discuss his voting record on healthcare. As for Scott Wagner, the now infamous “golf spikes” comment shows a profound failure to grasp the nuances of politics and an utter lack of political experience that argues Wagner is completely in over his head running for Governor of Pennsylvania. Just because Scott Wagner is 61 with a fat checkbook that spent many millions in this race does not automatically qualify him to be Governor. It does qualify Scott Wagner to make political consultants rich and fatten the bank accounts of tv stations but aside from that it does little else. Scott Wagner by making such a foolish posting on Facebook rendered himself completely inept and shows he totally lacks experience in politics. Simply put, a real pro like Tom Ridge or Governor Scranton or his son, Bill Scranton III or even Mark Schweiker–in a million years would never have committed such tomfoolery. Why? Because they know what they are doing and are good at politics. Scott Wagner wasted a nomination for the Republicans and is headed toward political oblivion.

  2. KDav says:

    Now Lamb is a “Pelosi puppet”. A month ago he was “one of them” according to the Trumpers.

    Lou is back in it baby!!! JK. They actually think that they can use his grandson’s illness to breathe life into a moribund campaign? That is beyond disgusting. The fact is “Lou” voted to replace O care with a plan that would have crushed people with pre-exisiting conditions. That has zero to do with his grandson who I wish nothing but the best for.

    Talk about a campaign that is desperate.

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