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October 21st Playbook

The candidates have been selected for the special election in the state Senate’s 48th District, while Pete Buttigieg held a rally in Philadelphia yesterday, and Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Luzerne County to tout the USMCA today. Here is the Playbook. 

Pence to Promote USMCA in Luzerne County: The official visit from Pence on Monday is one of several visits to the state he’s made in 2019 touting the Trump administration proposed trade pact.

October 18th Ups & Downs: Lebanon County Republicans are divided over the process of selecting a nominee for a special election, Allegheny County Democrats aren’t united behind all of the endorsed candidates, and a Lehigh County Republican was tapped to join the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: GOP prosecutor chosen to run for seat vacated by senator
AP: Democrats choose history professor for state Senate race
AP: Lawmaker facing child porn possession charges waives hearing
AP: Pence to visit Pennsylvania glass maker, tout trade pact
AP: Pennsylvania’s Sept. jobless rate ticks up as payrolls slide
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Veteran Lebanon County prosecutor chosen as Republican nominee for 48th District special election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf wants to expand overtime to 143K Pa. residents. But a commission you’ve never heard of gets the final say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Health department has collected just 160 complaints on oil and gas production in nearly a decade
Morning Call: How Pennsylvania congressman’s short FBI stint in Ukraine shapes his view of Trump impeachment probe 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania property tax reform pit stops: Monday in Capitol, Tuesday in Berks County. 
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Lowering the Corporate Net Income Tax, legislator health benefits and opioid warning labels
PLSReporter: HDPC holds mental health discussion forum in Exton
PLSReporter: Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections
PLSReporter: ACLU calls for reduction in “redundant” criminal offenses
PLSReporter: 5 bills to watch for the week of October 21
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 27: Kids, the podcast is broke and we didn’t even know it
Inquirer: Key Northeastern governors join forces to chart a path to legalizing marijuana 
Inquirer: People with disabilities are increasing their ranks in elected office. But they’re still underrepresented.
Inquirer: Participate in the 2020 Census? In a survey, most adults say they will, but some aren’t convinced
The Hill: Pennsylvania to test new election security measures
Politico: Why Republicans should be worried about their chances of retaking the House
Fox News: 2020 Dem Sestak taking his long-shot bid step-by-step
PA Post: PennDOT reviewing Trump administration request for driver’s license data
Centre Square: Pa. educators say more money needed as the number of special education students rises

Inquirer: Pete Buttigieg’s first stop in Philly drew 1,000 people to Reading Terminal Market 
Inquirer: No one shows up to Joe Biden debate-watch parties in Philly. Does that matter? 
Inquirer: A liberal group wants Philly DA Larry Krasner on the Supreme Court. Yes, the U.S. Supreme Court.   
Inquirer: Chicago teachers are on strike. Could it happen in Philly?
Inquirer: Relatives in Rittenhouse Square stabbing say they don’t feel safe after not-guilty verdict
Inquirer: In church, Michael White, acquitted of manslaughter, takes responsibility for the Rittenhouse slaying of Sean Schellenger
Inquirer: People with disabilities are increasing their ranks in elected office. But they’re still underrepresented.
Inquirer: Missed asbestos, dangerous dust: How Philadelphia’s Ben Franklin H.S. project went wrong
Inquirer: From a Manayunk restaurant manager to a figure in the presidential impeachment inquiry
Inquirer: A Philly charter school denied a young girl’s enrollment because of her ADHD, lawsuit says 
Philadelphia Magazine: The Northeast State Rep Who Thinks Democrats and Republicans Can Actually Get Along
KYW Newsradio: Labor board: Philly police department’s policy banning visible offensive tattoos is legal
KYW Newsradio: Philly Grocery Co-op Day promises community focus, support of small businesses
KYW Newsradio: Penn law student groups call for professor’s dismissal over controversial remarks
Philadelphia Tribune: Michael White, family targets of racial harassment
Philadelphia Tribune: Bishop brings attention to South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis
Philadelphia Business Journal: Exclusive: One of the nation’s largest banks is coming to Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Philly’s new work-to-college pipeline gives first gen students a second chance

Delco Daily Times: Historic race for district attorney looms large
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon hosts sometimes-raucous impeachment seminar
Delco Daily Times: Voters will decide who controls Delco government on Nov. 5
Delco Daily Times: Council boss McBlain goes to Cleveland for start of opioid liability case
Daily Local News: Judge to hear testimony from residents about pipeline safety
Daily Local News: Otten, Democratic lawmakers to push legislation to increase accessibility of menstrual hygiene products in high schools
Daily Local News: Another sinkhole develops along Mariner East route in Sleighton Park
Daily Local News: Chesco schools get funding to keep schools safe
Inquirer: A Bucks County town shut down a farm’s events and wine shop. So the farmer is running for office.
Inquirer: Relief is coming for some Bucks County residents with tainted tap water. But others are still waiting.
Bucks Local News: Democratic State Senate Policy Committee convenes hearing in Lower Makefield on child custody issues
Bucks Local News: State Rep. Wendi Thomas co-sponsors bills to aid state’s emergency responders
Pottstown Mercury: VIDEO AND PHOTOS: YWCA rally pushes back against gun violence
Bucks County Courier Times: Election Day is about three weeks away. Here’s why you should vote. 

Post-Gazette: Western Pa. sees trickle of spending from presidential candidates
Post-Gazette: GOP group behind Conor Lamb ads is at center of federal investigation 
Post-Gazette: Public Safety Department: Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh will cause rolling road closures, traffic
Post-Gazette: As partisan fervor hijacks budget talks, spending hawks face lonely battle
Post-Gazette: Lamb urges Democratic candidates not to forget the working class
Post-Gazette: Appeals court upholds Pittsburgh abortion clinic buffer zone but lets sidewalk counselors inside it
Post-Gazette: Revenue for sports wagering in Pennsylvania shows significant increase
Post-Gazette: Safety concerns lead to uncertain future for longtime Downtown winter homeless shelter
WESA: Federal Appeals Court Tweaks, But Upholds, City Law Limiting Anti-Abortion Protest
Tribune Review: Activists speak out against Trump’s Pittsburgh visit Wednesday
Tribune Review: Conservative author Dinesh D’Souza will be guest of honor at North Huntingdon event
City Paper: Gab, social media site that helped radicalize Tree of Life shooter, is on its last legs, according to AG
KDKA: 2 Pennsylvania Lawmakers Plan To Introduce Heartbeat Bill
KDKA: ‘I’m Just Telling The Truth’: McKees Rocks Mayor Defends Calling Residents “Pigs”
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Safety Urges People To Avoid Downtown During President Trump’s Visit
KDKA: Pittsburgh CAPA Will Hold Modified Lockdown When Pres. Donald Trump Visits Pittsburgh

Altoona Mirror: Joyce bucks GOP, backs Trump 
Altoona Mirror: Blair GOP to host ‘Republican Red Rally’ 
Altoona Mirror: ISC to amend pollution plan
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: SCOTUS LGBT discrimination ruling looms large in PA 
Beaver County Times: New speaker series to address Shell cracker plant’s environmental impact 
Beaver County Times: House passes Lamb’s bill renaming Hookstown post office for airman Dylan Elchin
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County controller candidates tout experience, watchdog role
Observer-Reporter: Audit focuses voters’ attention of one row office, another is an open seat 
Observer-Reporter: Washington Opioid Overdose Coalition marks progress in number of deaths 

The Times Leader: Biden to speak in Scranton on Wednesday 
The Times Leader: Details released on Pence’s Monday visit to SCHOTT in Duryea
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Notebook: Council contenders to present views 
The Times Leader: Room at the table for input when Brown takes over as mayor of Wilkes-Barre 
The Times Leader: REFORM Alliance looks to restructure PA’s probation and parole system 
The Times Leader: Meuser moves to incentivize coal refuse environmental cleanup 
The Times Leader: Senators introduce bill legalizing cannabis for adult-use in PA
The Times Leader: PA’s unemployment rate 4 percent for September
Citizens Voice: Hearing set for Monday on White Haven Center closure 
Citizens Voice: Debate over at-large vs. district voting continues 
Times-Tribune: Biden plans address Wednesday in Scranton 
Times-Tribune: Local lawmakers push power plant host agreement legislation
Times-Tribune: Scranton gas card billing records full of mistakes, discrepancies
Times-Tribune: Biden headed for Exeter

South Central 
Patriot News: GOP chooses district attorney to run for seat vacated by senator facing child porn charges 
Patriot News: Democrats pick history professor to run for seat vacated by senator facing child porn charges 
York Daily Record: Republicans tab David Arnold to run for Mike Folmer’s vacated Pa. Senate seat
York Daily Record: Democrats select Lebanon Valley College professor to run for Folmer’s vacated Pa. Senate seat 
York Dispatch: York City Council looks to create minority advisory commission
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former Amish want to overturn court ruling that allows Amish to take kids out of school after eighth grade
LNP | LancasterOnline: State report suggests schools start too early in the morning. How will Lancaster County schools respond?

Lehigh Valley     
Morning Call: How Pennsylvania congressman’s short FBI stint in Ukraine shapes his view of Trump impeachment probe 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania property tax reform pit stops: Monday in Capitol, Tuesday in Berks County. 
Morning Call: Township gives tax break to volunteer firefighters, support staff
Morning Call: Lehigh County Jail earned $10,000 a month as immigration detention facility
Reading Eagle: Berks County Republicans gather for annual fall dinner 
Reading Eagle: Berks woman, a DACA Dreamer, studied and worked hard, but doesn’t qualify for a teaching certificate in Pa.
Reading Eagle: Watchdog says state not doing enough to overcome pension-funding crisis [Ask the Eagle reports]
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioner candidates tested by Berks Patriots
Reading Eagle: Berks County searching for poll workers 
Reading Eagle: Majority of Pennsylvanians favor overhauling how congressional, legislative districts are drawn

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie-area legislators voted on key issues
Erie Times-News: Election will mean loss of experience for Erie County Council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Forums to offer voters chance to hear candidates 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Borough returns pension benefits to pre-2012 rate 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Clinton County commissioner candidates sound off at political forum 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Right move, smart move: Dick’s Sporting Goods gun policies good for business
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: DA Zappala should forgo the grand jury
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protect the Endangered Species Act
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Exercise extreme caution: FAA must be careful approving Boeing 737 jets
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Battle over gasoline: Ethanol levels should reflect concern for stakeholders
Inquirer Editorial Board: Choice is not enough when it comes to education
Inquirer Staff: Three parents, who made three different school choices, share advice on how to decide where to send your kids
Shannon Baker-Branstetter: An electric car tax won’t solve Pa’s transportation woes, but it could increase pollution
John L. Micek: Bill by U.S. Rep. Susan Wild would streamline student loans | Friday Morning Coffee
Nicole M. O’Donnell: A site like Safehouse would have saved my sister’s life 
Tim Hartman: Pa. fixed your robocall problem. This is a recording | Editorial Cartoon
Thomas J. Botzman: How free college disproportionately benefits wealthier students
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Rudy Giuliani relocates
Maria Panaritis: That Nancy Pelosi Twitter picture with Trump: Can we have some more of that? 
Ruth Ann Dailey: Different, but united
Nancy Ironside: I pulled my son out of private school and enrolled him into public. I’m glad I made the choice.
Deborah Gordon Klehr: School choice has not cured Philadelphia’s ailing system 
Salma Khan and Eileen Walsh: Parents want school choice. Here are tools that can help them.
Allison Roda and Molly Vollman Makris: The segregating effects of school choice policies 
Will Bunch: About 50 Republicans are going to decide whether America becomes a dictatorship 
Ernest Owens: There Goes the Gayborhood
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Why ‘Sesame Street’ is smarter about foster care than your local child welfare agency 
Trudy Rubin: Trump’s delusions on Syria prove he is a danger to American security 
Jenice Armstrong: We don’t spend enough time eating together and actually listening to each other 
Helen Ubiñas: If there’s something wrong in your West Philly neighborhood, who you gonna call? These guys.  
Keith C. Burris: Addicted
JD Mullane: Hate crimes where ‘hate has no home’
Tony Norman: The ed­u­ca­tion of LeBron James
Karen Kane: Sucker-punched by crisis in the Church
Paul Muschick: This first-in-the nation program recycles plastic grocery bags and bubble wrap. It may come soon to Allentown.

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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