October 24th Playbook

President Donald Trump touts administration’s record on energy policies in Pittsburgh, while former Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech focusing on middle class economic priorities in Scranton. Here is the Playbook. 

Biden Talks Middle Class Economic Priorities in Scranton: The former Vice President’s 45 minute speech touted his upbringing in Northeast Pennsylvania and painted a picture of corporate America doing well, but not the middle class.

Kenney Backs Warren: The Philadelphia Mayor said he endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president because he believes she will put power in the hands of working families.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Judge to rule soon on victim rights referendum vote counting
AP: Pennsylvania’s gas politics churn as Trump embraces industry 
AP: Biden: Trump has ‘no idea’ about working-class struggles  
AP: Senate votes to devote mansion to veterans, Guard families 
AP: Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places
AP: Lawsuit over transit ad space denial heads to appeals court 
AP: Teacher who called parent racist slur in parking lot resigns
KDKA: KDKA Has Exclusive Interview With President Donald Trump At Shale Insight Conference In Pittsburgh
WITF: Automatic straight-ticket voting divides Democrats in statehouse election reform talks
WITF: Pennsylvania invests in crops for brewing and distilling 
StateImpactPA: President Trump rips Paris climate agreement, Democrats while in Pittsburgh   
StateImpactPA: Several Chester, Delaware county residents urge PUC judge to shut down Mariner East pipelines, citing fears of leak or explosion
Spotlight PA: Pa.’s top Senate aide is paid by taxpayers. So why is she spending big on campaign credit card?
Spotlight PA: Pa. legislature abruptly abandons attempt to limit public access to campaign expenses
Spotlight PA & The Caucus: Mystery trip to Europe with ‘donors’ by Pa. state senators followed expansion of wine law
Philadelphia Business Journal: Public Paychecks: Pennsylvania’s 50 highest-paid state employees
Inquirer: Joe Biden’s big-dollar fund-raising is starting to slip in Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: Joe Biden really loves Scranton. His hometown fans love him back — but want to see more fight.
Inquirer: Former Pa. GOP congressman Charlie Dent to Republicans: Stop kissing Trump’s butt
Inquirer: Pa.’s election system is on the verge of the largest changes in decades — in time for the 2020 election
Inquirer: Why Apple and other tech giants fight digital right-to-repair bills  
Morning Call: Joe Biden and Donald Trump pledge they’re fighting for Pennsylvania workers
The Hill: Pennsylvania headed for massive election overhaul
Patriot News: Pa. House passes bills to address firefighter shortage by offering property tax credits, college loan forgiveness and more 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate approves legislation to restore school police arrest powers 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate votes to axe perk of taxpayer-provided residence for lieutenant governor 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Will Marsy’s Law votes count? State judge to rule soon on November crime victims amendment
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump slams Dems, pitches nat gas future during Pittsburgh visit
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democratic lawmakers call on Pennsylvania to ban LGBTQ conversion therapy statewide
PLSReporter: Lawyers spar in Commonwealth Court over challenge to Marsy’s Law; initial decision expected in coming days 
PLSReporter: Plan to defer community colleges costs near submission 
PLSReporter: As the dairy industry struggles, lawmakers hope to spur growth with a new tax relief program 
PLSReporter: House aims to boost volunteer fire, EMS companies with 23-bill package 
Beaver County Times: House passes Toomey’s bill banning animal crushing, sends it to Senate
Fox News: Trump, in battleground Pennsylvania, cheers energy industry deregulation, economic growth
Fox News: Joe Biden set to outline his economic policy plans in Pennsylvania
Fox News: Trump campaign trolls Biden after buying URL named for his Latino campaign
Fox News: Unions cheer on President Trump’s return to Shale conference in Pittsburgh
Fox News: Trump administration continues to advocate for fracking in state of Pennsylvania
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans unveil ‘heartbeat’ anti-abortion bill

Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Magazine: Mayor Kenney Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President
Philly Clout: Joe Biden helped Jim Kenney with a high school paper 45 years ago. Kenney’s endorsed Elizabeth Warren anyway.
Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney endorses Elizabeth Warren for president 
Inquirer: Philly’s controller: Gun violence could cost the city millions in lost tax revenue, property value
Inquirer: Philly schools’ test scores mostly rising, but just 36% of children meet state English standards 
Billy Penn: Rampant sidewalk parking at the Free Library makes ADA entrance hard to access 
WHYY Newsworks: Homicide and home values: Why the city controller says Philly needs a fiscal argument to combat murder rate
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council committee moves plastic bag ban to final vote, but kills 15-cent fee
WHYY Newsworks: ‘You can’t talk yourself out:’ Black officers train Philly residents on their rights in police stops 
Philly Voice: Mayor Jim Kenney just endorsed Elizabeth Warren for president
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia city controller calculates the economic impact of violent crime
KYW Newsradio: Top executive and LGBT rep sues Comcast, citing discrimination for being gay
KYW Newsradio: Bill to fight bedbug infestations advances in City Council, advocates say amendments make it useless 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Pipeline opponents get their say in court 
Daily Local News: Pa. lawmakers introduce bill to end ‘period poverty’ in high schools 
Inquirer: Shut down Mariner East before it kills us, pipeline foes implore Pennsylvania agency
KYW Newsradio: Chesco, Delco residents impacted by Mariner East pipelines get chance to testify before PUC
Delco Daily Times: Delco OKs $6 million purchase of new voting machine system 
Delco Daily Times: Delco council votes to create jail oversight board
Delco Daily Times: Chester group introduces reusable bags to replace plastic
Pottstown Mercury: Republican Mark Scott launches write-in campaign to keep Berks commissioner seat
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown superintendent tapped to head Pennsylvania urban schools group
Bucks County Courier Times: Shapiro: ‘Legal action’ coming for companies tied to PFAS drinking water contamination 

Pittsburgh  
KDKA: KDKA Has Exclusive Interview With President Donald Trump At Shale Insight Conference In Pittsburgh
KDKA: ‘Energy Renaissance’: President Trump Brings Pro-Energy Agenda To Shale Insight Conference
KDKA: Thousands Of Supporters Turn Out To Hear President Donald Trump In Pittsburgh 
KDKA: President Donald Trump’s Visit Brings Fracking Protesters To Pittsburgh
KDKA: Mayor Peduto: City May Not Be Reimbursed For President Trump’s Latest Visit
KDKA: Protesters Line Up Along Penn Avenue, Heavy Police Presence Outside Convention Center After Trump’s Visit
KDKA: Police In Riot Gear Arrest 14 Demonstrators Protesting Trump’s Visit To Pittsburgh
KDKA: Amazon Fulfillment Center, Expected To Create 800 Jobs, Breaks Ground Near Pittsburgh Airport
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Shares Thoughts As 1 Year Since Tree Of Life Shooting Approaches 
WESA: President Trump Rips Paris Agreement, Democrats While In Pittsburgh
WESA: City Prepares For Trump Visit, With Partisan Feelings Already High
Post-Gazette: In Pittsburgh visit, Trump reiterates commitment to withdraw from Paris climate accord
Post-Gazette: Gun legislation is dead in Washington one year after Tree of Life. Is there a way forward?
Post-Gazette: Trump protesters, supporters clash during president’s visit to Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Both sides talk parks tax ballot question at Wednesday night public hearing
Post-Gazette: Missing from a candidates’ forum: Most of the candidates 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh seeks allies in passing firearm regulation ordinances 
Post-Gazette: If the kids ran Scotland … 
Tribune Review: Trump touts jobs, industry at Marcellus shale conference in Pittsburgh 
City Paper: Trump visits Pittsburgh to boost fracking amid environmental and impeachment protests
City Paper: 10 protest signs from President Trump’s visit to Pittsburgh
City Paper: Protesters condemning white nationalism and Trump’s visit arrested
City Paper: A story in partnership with PublicSource: Allegheny County’s public libraries are vital, sometimes noisy spaces
Pittsburgh Business Times: Trump touts record on energy to Shale Insight 2019 Conference 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Trump promotes ‘pro-energy’ policies in Pittsburgh 
Beaver County Times: PennDOT removes political signs from off-ramps 
Beaver County Times: Three former deputies sue Sheriff Guy for allegedly violating settlement agreements 
Beaver County Times: Bohach: Transparency and accessibility important for Treasurer’s office
Altoona Mirror: Reassessment still key to commissioner race 
Altoona Mirror: Residents benefit from property tax program
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Unleash American energy’: Trump touts administration’s moves during Pittsburgh stop

NEPA
Times-Tribune: In Scranton, Biden says Trump doesn’t understand the struggles of the middle class 
Times-Tribune: Biden visits Scranton childhood home, hoagie shop 
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor candidates profiles: Paige Cognetti 
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor candidates profiles: Chris Cullen 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners table action on court project contracts 
The Times Leader: Biden tells supporters he will restore, strengthen America’s middle class
The Times Leader: Biden hits several high notes with supporters
The Times Leader: Friction between Brooks, Shaffer deepens  
The Times Leader: Frank Coughlin appointed Plymouth mayor
Citizens Voice: Biden blasts Trump, talks economic issues at rally in Scranton 
Citizens Voice: Pedri outlines county’s plans for stormwater fee agreement 
Citizens Voice: CNN seeking local female voters for 2020 focus groups
Citizens Voice: W-B council candidates trade blame over debate 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: 3 takeaways from the forum with Stedman, Paulson: age, motivation, conflicts of interest
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster judge candidates Stedman, Paulson talk with LNP Editorial Board
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker skips out on GOP House member sit-in at impeachment room, travels with President Trump instead
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County no longer has Pennsylvania’s most expensive healthcare.gov premiums
LNP | LancasterOnline: Mixed bag of 2020 plans for Lancaster County residents who buy health insurance
York Daily Record: Election 2019: 2 look to become York County judge
York Daily Record: Election 2019: Richard Keuerleber vs. Shane Becker
Patriot News: Pa. House passes bills to address firefighter shortage by offering property tax credits, college loan forgiveness and more 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate approves legislation to restore school police arrest powers 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate votes to axe perk of taxpayer-provided residence for lieutenant governor
Patriot News: 911 call center tops list of priorities for York County commissioner candidates 

Lehigh Valley     
Express Times: Toomey bill banning animal ‘crushing’ passes U.S. House
Morning Call: Dan Meuser among House Republicans who stormed secure room used in Trump impeachment investigation 
Morning Call: ‘This is wrong’: Former Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent says impeachment testimony connects dots on Trump quid pro quo
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley contingent joins criminal justice reform rally at Capitol; organizers want Lehigh drug court
Morning Call: Northampton County and prison medical provider pay $587,000 to settle two federal lawsuits over inmate suicides
Morning Call: Lehigh County commissioners approve 3.8% tax hike for 2020
Morning Call: Facing constraints, Lehigh County commissioners reluctantly approve first tax increase in nearly a decade 
Reading Eagle: Mark Scott launches write-in campaign to keep Berks commissioner seat
Reading Eagle: Election 2019: Caernarvon Township supervisor
Reading Eagle: Election 2019: Wyomissing Borough Council
Reading Eagle: Election 2019: West Reading Borough Council

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor Schember joins support of solar tax credits
Erie Times-News: Erie lawyer Ridge centers judicial campaign on public service
Erie Times-News: Erie lawyer touts varied experience in judge’s race
Erie Times-News: Erie sign shop specializes in name recognition 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State may allow hunting on 3 Sundays

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Taking a stand: Principled challenge to victims’ rights ballot question
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly refinery blast left behind a cloud of questions
John Baer: When national politics turn especially weird, remember you live in Pennsylvania 
John L. Micek: As election reform heats up , new poll says Pa. overwhelmingly backs ‘no excuses’ absentee voting | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Patrick Denehy: As Pa. debates heartbeat bill, consider this thought experiment 
Jim Walsh: Wolf’s cap-and-trade plan isn’t real climate action. Here’s what is
John L. Micek: ‘No one can ever tell me we don’t exist’: Dual victims caught in the cracks of Pa.’s criminal justice system call for justice 
Malik Majeed: Philadelphia should improve contract process to meet goals for diverse businesses 
Mike Newall: I visited the Kensington block where a 2-year-old was killed. Nearly everyone I talked to had lost someone to gun violence. 
John N. Mitchell: LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, China and ‘gotcha hypocrisy’ 
Dan Simpson: It’s a bad sign when U.S., Russia interests converge
Christine Flowers: President Trump shouldn’t use the word ‘lynching’ because he’s white 
Trudy Rubin: Trump helps jihadis, harms Kurds in Syria, then falsely claims victory
Monica Weymouth: Ernst & Young training compares women’s brains to pancakes. Eat up, ladies!

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