October 18th Playbook

Rep. Dave Reed has taken a Regional President role with a Pennsylvania bank, while a Dem Poll shows Rep. Kelly leading DiNicola by 3. Here is the Playbook.

PA Sen: Casey and Barletta Clear $2M in Q3, Casey Holds Strong Cash on Hand Lead: Barletta raises nearly more than $800,000 from his previous quarter, but Casey entered October with 5 times more cash on hand than his GOP challenger.

Dave Reed Takes Regional President Role with Pittsburgh Regional Bank: The retiring Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will join First Commonwealth Bank.

Pennsylvania Congressional Vulnerability Ranking, October Update: Updated rankings with less than 3 weeks to go until the big day.

PA10: Scott Nearly Triples Perry in Q3 Fundraising; Candidates Even with Cash on Hand: The Democrat had a strong October quarterly report, but Scott and Perry entered the beginning of the month with nearly identical cash on hand.

Dem Poll: Kelly Leads DiNicola 49-46: The DiNicola campaign views it as a sign of momentum, while Kelly’s campaign sees it as a fake poll and a “parting gift.”

Clergy Abuse Bill Doesn’t Go Through the Senate: Negotiations stalled last night in the Pennsylvania state Senate over a bill that would address sexual abuse.

Costello Speaks Out on Trump Tweet: The Republican Congressman took to Twitter to denounce President Donald Trump’s tweets on Tuesday about Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti.

FiveThirtyEight Rates PA GOV as Solid Democratic: The ratings outlet has the race between incumbent Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and GOP challenger Sc0tt Wagner as a “Solid Democratic” seat.  

Eric Trump Calls on Casey to Take Down Ad: The President’s son sent out a tweet vouching for Lou Barletta’s call to Sen. Bob Casey take down a healthcare attack ad.  
Harrisburg & DC
AP: The Latest: Prosecutor says Senate quit on clergy abuse bill
AP: Lawmakers vote to limit license suspensions for drug charges
AP: Pennsylvania priest pleads guilty to sexual abuse of 2 boys
PLSReporter: Shapiro, legislators discuss disappointment in Senate failing to bring up SB 261
PLSReporter: PA receives an “F” when it comes to lead in schools, prompting legislators to make a change
PLSReporter: Pressure filled week ends in no Senate vote on statute of limitations reform
PLSReporter: Greenleaf’s safe harbor legislation sent to Governor’s desk
PLSReporter: Legislators praise the Senate for passing HB 2557     
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council delays final vote on sprinkler requirement
PennLive: Scott Wagner, who never served in the military, attacks Tom Wolf over not serving in the military
PennLive: Bill to give Harrisburg enhanced taxing authority for five more years wins Senate passage
PennLive: Pa. General Assembly passes bill increasing penalties for repeat DUI offenders
WITF: Barletta, Casey clash over pre-existing conditions, ACA repeal in Pa.
WITF: After months in legislative limbo, protections for human-trafficking victims pass in Pa.
KYW Newsradio: AG Shapiro pans proposal to exempt Catholic church from sex abuse lawsuits
Express Times: How much money fantasy sports generated for Pa. once the NFL season started
Morning Call: Wake-Up Call: The final flurry of bills in Harrisburg, and which Pa. Dems outraised GOP incumbents for Congress?

Inquirer: Study: Philly’s community schools, a Kenney soda-tax priority, show mixed results
WHYY Newsworks: First lady Melania Trump visits Philly to support tracking system for babies born in opioid withdrawal
Inquirer: Smoke forces first lady Melania Trump’s plane to turn around en route to Philadelphia
Inquirer: Those odd billboards on I-95 at Academy Road are part of a huge national art project
Inquirer: Women breaking into Philly’s boardrooms, C-suites — but ever so slowly
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Optimism, intuition, experience’: Philly remembers Gerry Lenfest
WHYY Newsworks: As enrollment declines at Pa. state universities, Cheyney’s plummets 38 percent
WHYY Newsworks: Philly mob figure ‘Skinny Joey’ Merlino gets two years in federal prison for gambling
Billy Penn: The $9 million Holocaust memorial is about to open on the Parkway
KYW Newsradio: Officials meet to tackle security issues before midterm elections
KYW Newsradio: 60-story Comcast Technology Center opens to the public Thursday
KYW Newsradio: AG Shapiro pans proposal to exempt Catholic church from sex abuse lawsuits
PhillyVoice: Philly officials to hold recycling bin giveaway on Saturday

Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, Scott Wallace on track to break spending records
Montgomery Media: Franconia OKs housing plan
Montgomery Media: Talks tabled on Third and Walnut apartment project
Delco Daily Times: Education funding meeting set in Upper Darby
Delco Daily Times: Dispute sinks debate in 161st legislative district
Delco Daily Times: Delco to borrow $40M, including $10 million for open space
Bucks County Courier Times: Penn State Abington receives record $17.3M gift from alumnus
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Community College planning new $14M workforce training building
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County seeks poll workers for Election Day
Bucks County Courier Times: Opioid crisis brings Melania Trump to Philly’s Jefferson University Hospital
Daily Local News: Planning for growth: County officials tackle affordable housing, urban centers
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown OKs 5% water rate hikes for next three years
Pottstown Mercury: Hylton, Barnhill only applicants for Pottstown school board vacancy
Pottstown Mercury: New contracts for top administrators set for Monday vote
Philadelphia Magazine: Bucks County DA Warns of “Unexploded Devices” in Bomb Case

City Paper: Pittsburgh area sees more than 6,500 new young voters register for 2018 midterms
KDKA: Pa. Senate Candidates Exchange Heated Words, Republican Accuses Democrat Of Being A Socialist
KDKA: West Mifflin School Officials Deciding Embattled Superintendent’s Fate, Continue Hearing
Pittsburgh Business Times: Which counties had the most SBA lending activity in 2017-18?
Pittsburgh Business Times: Public paychecks: Here are the average teacher salaries by school district
WESA: Rothfus, Lamb Square Off On Climate Change, Immigration, Guns In Second TV Debate
Post-Gazette: PWSA secures millions in state money for lead line replacements  
Post-Gazette: Report: Easy access to fentanyl, Mexican heroin continue to boost overdose deaths in southwestern Pa.
Post-Gazette: Sides clash over who decides whether Allegheny County gets new voting machines
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh gun violence dips in 2018 as police clear more homicide cases
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette violated labor law, judge rules
Tribune Review: Three wards in Penn Hills move to new polling locations

Observer-Reporter: Director: Allocation will only cover a percentage of new voting machines’ cost
Observer-Reporter: North Strabane officials “fronting” millions for Majestic Hills slide repairs
Beaver County Times: GOP state Reps. Jim Christiana, Mark Mustio say goodbye, share toast
Beaver County Times: Republican Valerie Gaydos says she’s candidate to get things done
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb vows to protect Medicare, pre-existing conditions protections
Altoona Mirror: Zoning board approves personal care home plan
Altoona Mirror: PSNA sets town hall meeting
Altoona Mirror: Blair budget draws no public attendees

News Item: Casey promises to ‘defend’ programs in Sunbury campaign stop
News Item: Shamokin Area board ratifies contract with 85 support staff
Times-Tribune: Trails projects get state funds
Times-Tribune: Dickson City names acting police chief
Times-Tribune: Divorce lawyer withdraws over state Rep. Kevin Haggarty’s nonpayment issues
Citizens-Voice: Pence to stump for Chrin in Forty Fort
Times Leader: Vice President Pence reportedly to visit area next week
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s 2019 budget includes police chief post, though no one in job
Times Leader: Pashinski’s grandparents bill passes Senate, heads to governor
Standard-Speaker: Pay raise for treasurer of East Union Twp.
Pocono Record: Amended HB 1511 heads to House for review

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Jess King ‘sets a new bar’ for Democrats fundraising in Lancaster with $429,000 cash edge over U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Chief Clerk Bill Peters to retire in November
York Daily Record: Shanna Danielson challenges incumbent Dawn Keefer for 92nd state House seat
York Daily Record: Two women battle for Scott Wagner’s vacated 28th Senate seat in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2018: New map gives Democrats hope in 10th Congressional District race
PennLive: Bill to give Harrisburg enhanced taxing authority for five more years wins Senate passage     
PennLive: Lower Paxton hires new township manager in 4-1 vote

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: 9th Congressional District candidates Meuser and Wolff to debate in Lebanon
Reading Eagle: Televised U.S. Senate debate loses co-sponsor over exclusion of Green, Libertarian candidates
Reading Eagle: Kutztown resident tells council that railroad exhaust a health hazard
Express Times: Township lost $832K in street light scam. Law aims to recoup losses like this.
Morning Call: Wake-Up Call: The final flurry of bills in Harrisburg, and which Pa. Dems outraised GOP incumbents for Congress?  
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House, Senate at odds over bills giving clergy abuse victims more legal rights and protections
Morning Call: AdWatch: In ‘Terrifying,’ Susan Wild attacks Marty Nothstein over support for Obamacare repeal
Morning Call: Allentown says $1.25 million price tag to demolish building is not final

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council approves mayor’s EMTA picks
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Jason Fink named new chamber president
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mail carriers urge against Postal Service privatization
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montgomery superintendent’s contract renewed, increased
KDKA: Former Erie Diocese Priest Pleads Guilty In Child Sex Abuse Case

Matthew J. Brouillette: Pennsylvania Unions May Flip the House
Kayla E. Kressler: Pa. Supreme Court should exercise compassion when grappling with issues related to pregnancy and drug addiction
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: True realism on the Saudis: The regime that has long been getting away with murder
Brian O’Neill: North Hills family holds a walk to remember
Jenice Armstrong: In #MeToo era, let’s not forget survivors of domestic violence
Tom Daschle: Recent Trump ricin threats a reminder of past biological harms
Trudy Rubin: Jamal Khashoggi isn’t the only journalist murdered for his principles
Paul P. Skoutelas and MacPherson Hughes-Cromwick: Should SEPTA adopt electric buses to help Philly be a better city?

This post was updated to correct that Scott Wagner is challenging Gov. Tom Wolf. 

One Response

  1. Dave Reed has been in the legislature since he was 24 years old. Based on the budgets he’s voted for, there’s no evidence he can even count. What does he know about banking? The bank’s shareholders are going to get it in the neck — or the pocketbook.

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