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October 23rd Playbook

New polls in PA7 and PA8 show the Democratic candidates holding significant leads, while VP Pence will make his way to Northeast PA tomorrow to campaign with PA8 GOP candidate John Chrin. Here is the Playbook.

New York Times/Siena College Poll: Cartwright 52 Chrin 40: In a district where President Trump won by 10 points, nearly half of those polled approved of his job performance.

PA16: DiNicola Edges Out Kelly in Q3, Kelly Hold Cash on Hand Advantage: The Democratic challenger has his best quarter to date, but the incumbent still has a larger war chest.

Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Poll: Wild 48, Nothstein 41, Silfies 5: The Morning Call describes the lead for Wild over Nothstein as significant, but not insurmountable.

PA1: Wallace Continues Massive Self-Funding, Fitzpatrick Slightly Behind with Cash on Hand at end of Q3: The Democratic candidate has invested $8.8M into his campaign after 3 quarters.

TV stations stop airing ad from a super PAC alleging Democrat Scott Wallace helped fund cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s defense: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that television stations in the Philadelphia market have stopped airing an ad from the super PAC, Defending Main Street, that alleges Democratic congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 1st District, Scott Wallace helped pay for the legal defense for Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted Philadelphia cop-killer. The Inquirer reports that the super PAC provided no evidence that Wallace has donated to Abu-Jamal’s legal defense or appeals.

Pence to Rally with Chrin: Vice President Mike Pence is set to rally with GOP candidate in Pennsylvania’s 8th District, John Chrin on Wednesday.

Larry Krasner’s Campaign To End Mass Incarceration: The New Yorker’s Jennifer Gonnerman profiles Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, stating he is reinventing the role of the modern prosecutor.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Pence, Eric Trump flying in to help GOP House candidate
AP: Where Pennsylvania’s candidates for governor stand on issues
StateImpactPA: Watch this week: The story of environmental rights in Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: Bloomberg announces $2.5-million gifts to tackle climate change in Pittsburgh, Philly
PLSReporter: Meeting with supporters in Philadelphia, Wagner calls for City Hall reforms
PLSReporter: PA drivers to see speed cameras in certain work zones in as little as 120 days
PLSReporter: In the Pittsburgh suburbs, a bitter battle breaks out for a Senate seat
Inquirer: LG candidate Jeff Bartos of Montco, calm ballast on the Republican ticket
Inquirer: Four years later, Pa. lawmaker from Philly charged in sting case faces trial

Inquirer: Four years later, Pa. lawmaker from Philly charged in sting case faces trial
Inquirer: Philly voters could win free tickets to a TLA concert on election day
Philadelphia Magazine: Penn Produced the Most Billionaires on Forbes 400 Richest List
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s Holocaust memorial, America’s oldest, gets a facelift
Billy Penn: Buy a hoagie while you vote: These are Philly’s weirdest polling places
Billy Penn: Mayor Kenney and a crew of Philly officials are in the UK on a business trip this week
KYW Newsradio: What happens when a poll worker says you can’t vote?
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s transgender community responds to Trump admin attempt to redefine gender
Philly Voice: Founder of Rothman Orthopaedic Institute dies at 81

Inquirer: TV stations stop airing ad alleging Democrat Scott Wallace helped fund cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal’s defense
Inquirer: LG candidate Jeff Bartos of Montco, calm ballast on the Republican ticket
Delco Daily Times: Mariner East 2 pipeline work falls further behind schedule
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2018: Bowers, McCarter to face off for 154th state House seat
Daily Local News: Barrar’s bill to authorize tow truck lights becomes law
Daily Local News: Two Lawrence bills on governor’s desk for approval

WESA: Who Is Running For Congress In The New 14th District?
KDKA: First-Of-Its-Kind First Amendment National Conference Held In Pittsburgh
KDKA: Bibiana Boerio The Only Woman Running For Congress In Western Pa.
KDKA: Officials: Letters Sent To Allegheny Co. Voters Contained Wrong Polling Locations
KDKA: ‘You Can’t Put Church Ahead Of Children’s Lives’: Greensburg Catholic Diocese Hosts First ‘Listening Session’
KDKA: Proposal For Armed Guards At Pittsburgh Public Schools Sparks Protests
KDKA: Embattled West Mifflin Superintendent To Learn Fate At Hearing
Post-Gazette: Feds charge former Pittsburgh health-care employees in multimillion-dollar Pa. Medicaid scheme      

Beaver County Times: Craig says Bartolotta broke 2014 pledge to reject perks
Observer-Reporter: Barletta talks energy, Saudi Arabia during Washington County campaign stop
Observer-Reporter: Cecil updating comprehensive plan
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi councilman admitted to ARD program in DUI case
Observer-Reporter: Cook, Walsh to hold town hall
Altoona Mirror: AASD may borrow full cost
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ebensburg holds line on taxes; 9th consecutive year with no increase

Citizens Voice: Tickets available for Pence rally visit
Citizens Voice: Works begins on Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square
Times-Tribune: Eric Trump to stump for Chrin in NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton needs 30 days to provide fire chief’s son’s application, citing request’s “extensive nature”
Times-Tribune: City seeks grants to fund downtown projects
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County to hold four public budget hearings Nov. 1
The Times Leader: Beyond the Byline: Farewell Sid and Sue
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre off CreditWatch, still on negative outlook
The Times Leader: Duffy’s name cleared in return to Wilkes-Barre force; federal termination suit pending

South Central  
York Dispatch: Hempfield school board OKs medical leave without discussion or roll-call vote
York Daily Record: A voter’s guide to the 2018 election in York County
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania midterm elections: Q&A with 169th House District candidate Kate Klunk
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania midterm elections: Q&A with 169th House District candidate Sarah Hammond
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania midterm elections: Q&A with Kristin Phillips-Hill
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania midterm elections: Q&A with Judith Higgins
PennLive: Two key Pa. congressional races look more likely for Dems

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Democrats looking good in 3rd poll
WFMZ: Behind the Ballot: Pennsylvania’s redrawn sixth congressional district
WFMZ: East Penn School Board considers recording board meetings
Express Times: ELECTION 2018: Meet the Warren County freeholder candidates; see other contested races and ballot questions
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor doesn’t want to leave state recovery program
Reading Eagle: Exeter schools forum hits on taxes, funding, safety
Morning Call: Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski sentencing Tuesday
Morning Call: Councilwoman wants to shut down Allentown after-hours club; says video ‘sickening to watch’
Morning Call: PA-7 candidates tangle in first of three debates this week
WHYY Newsworks: Lehigh Valley congressional race in play for control of the House

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Where Gov. Tom Wolf, Scott Wagner stand on issues
Erie Times-News: Erie School District must fix a big hole at Wilson
Erie Times-News: Nuns on a Bus tour rallies in Erie against tax cuts
Erie Times-News: Quality-of-life ticketing comes to Erie
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School board votes on clubs, nixes some
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tougher penalties for DUIs coming
Williamsport Sun Gazette: LEGISLATIVE TALLY: County delays personnel vote; commission OKs new clinic proposal

Inquirer Editorial Board: Our pick for U.S. Senate: Bob Casey, Jr.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Murder and lies: Reporter’s killing very likely sanctioned by Saudis
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Crushing coca in Colombia: Increased growith of plant used to produce cocaine
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The new scourge: A mysterious disease threatens children and demands a unified and robust response
John Baer: How Pennsylvania’s legislature gets away with not helping victims of child sex abuse
Don Konkle: Pa. dangerously close to losing more people to fires this year than last. What can be done?
Gabby Perez: Pa.’s outdoor spaces at risk due to Congressional neglect. Here’s what needs to change
Michael DiBerardinis: The cheap, but unsexy, way to tackle some of Philly’s transportation challenges
Pedro A. Ramos: Citywide table talks designed to bring Philadelphians together
Joseph N. DiStefano: Why does SEPTA send pension cash so far from Philly?
Tony Norman: Jamal Khashoggi: The Tell-Tale Journalist

2 Responses

  1. Pa 8th with John Chrin as well as Scott Wagner’s campaign have a common connection in that the candidates invested millions of their own to funds all to lose and by a lot. It won’t matter much that surrogates like VP Pence (come Wednesday) and Eric Trump who will be with Chrin tuesday (today) will come campaign for Chrin. The Republican talking point of sanctuary cities was a non starter for Chrin from the get go but some political consultant and/or some person from the national Republican Party must have convinced Chrin otherwise. The Trump mystique was at play here because both Chrin and Wagner grossly misunderstood that Trump’s appeal was limited to Trump and 2016 and not to them.

    1. Are sanctuary cities a big issue in that district? It would seem to me where those sanctuary cities are located, it is as deep blue as can be. Not sure what he was trying to accomplish. Seems like desperation.

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