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October 24th Playbook

The VP is making the rounds in PA, a candidate in PA1 drops an “f-bomb” during a debate at a synagogue, a former PA mayor gets 15 years prison sentence. Here is the Playbook.

Politically Uncorrected: The New Normal In Politics: Turnout for November’s election in Pennsylvania is expected to be close tying to or setting a new midterm record.

PA4: Dean Touts Ethics and Obama Endorsement in 1st TV Ad: The Democratic candidate’s ad details her record in Harrisburg.

PA1: Fitzpatrick Boosts Problem Solvers Caucus, Wallace Rallies Against Trump in Recent Debates: According to WBCB, Wallace used an expletive in Sunday’s debate at the Congregation Tifereth Israel in Bensalem, which he has since apologized for.

PA-10 A “Shakier” Leans Republican?: Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, UVA Center of Politics tweeted out four specific “Leans R” House races as appearing “shakier” for Republicans and included Pennsylvania’s 10th District. Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) is facing Democratic challenger George Scott.

Penn State Data Center Map Shows Eligible Voter Population: The map subtracts the prison population from the Census’s estimated total resident population to get the percentage of eligible voters registered per county.

Close to 75K Votes Have Been Made Via Absentee Ballots Thus Far in PA: Jonathan Lai of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweets out the almost an even split between Democrats and Republicans have cast absentee ballots thus far. 34,591 registered Democrats, 34,279 registered Republicans, and 5,852 other voters have cast absentee ballots.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Ex-mayor gets 15 years in prison on corruption charges
AP: Wolf signs revisions to Pennsylvania’s organ donation law
AP: Pair of laws aims to help grandparents, others raising kids
AP: Pennsylvania expands income rules for seniors’ drug subsidy
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Helen Tai (D-Bucks)
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh Public Schools hold hearing on arming officers in schools
PLSReporter: In Philly, City Council committee passes structure for new tire licenses, while mayor condemns proposed transgender reg
Philadelphia Business Journal: Airbnb has generated $8M in tax revenue in Phila., $21M+ in Pa.
Billy Penn: There’s a ‘welfare reform’ battle taking place in Harrisburg right now
WITF: Study ranks Pennsylvania 31st in ease of voting
WHYY Newsworks: Democrats hold significant advantage in congressional campaign spending two weeks ahead of election
Philadelphia Magazine: 80,000 Patients Sign Up for Pa.’s Medical Marijuana Program in First Year   
Inquirer: Analysis: In closing pitch, Trump and GOP focus on fear
Inquirer: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette hires new cartoonist to replace Trump critic Rob Rogers  
Inquirer: Candidates of both stripes more open than ever before to talk gun laws
WESA: State Supreme Court Weighs Whether Pittsburgh Can Mandate Paid Sick Time, Safety Training
Times-Tribune: Former AG Kathleen Kane granted divorce

Billy Penn: Philly Archdiocese child sex abuse reports spike after grand jury finding
KYW Newsradio: Philly city council tries to get a grip on tire dumping
KYW Newsradio: Philly city council tries to get a grip on tire dumping
KYW Newsradio: Teachers get lesson on what to do in case of school shooting
WHYY Newsworks: Mike Africa Sr., member of the MOVE 9, released after 40 years in prison
Philadelphia Business Journal: Airbnb has generated $8M in tax revenue in Phila., $21M+ in Pa.
PhillyVoice: Are the ‘Proud Boys’ coming to Washington Square Park next month?
PhillyVoice: The former Philly cop with the ‘Nazi tattoo’ is a police captain down at the Navy Yard now
Philadelphia Tribune: Statue for lawyer, civil rights advocate long overdue, officials say
Philadelphia Magazine: ThinkFest Preview: Meek Mill and Michael Rubin on Reforming the Criminal Justice System
Inquirer: In Philadelphia, some neighborhoods lack access to primary health-care clinics

WBCB: Wallace Snaps, Curses In Synagogue During Debate With Fitzpatrick
Pottstown Mercury: Barletta stops in local diner on campaign trail
Pottstown Mercury: Mariner East 2 pipeline work falls further behind schedule
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Kampf: Opponents spreading false claims in mailings
Inquirer: Philly-area GOP senators targeted in campaign ad on clergy abuse
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2018: Kline, Staats compete for 145th District seat
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2018: Fitzpatrick, Wallace debate issues in Bucks County forum
Montgomery Media: Souderton considers 4.9 percent tax hike
Daily Local News: Human trafficking bill signed into law with help from local lawmakers
Daily Local News: Barrar’s bill to reimburse ambulance companies heads to governor
Daily Local News: Sappey, Roe battle for House seat

WESA: State Supreme Court Weighs Whether Pittsburgh Can Mandate Paid Sick Time, Safety Training
WESA: Attorneys File Dueling Briefs in Williams Residency Challenge
Post-Gazette: Peoples to be acquired by water utility in $4.27 billion deal
Post-Gazette: Lawsuit accuses Lawrence County DA, three police officers of false arrest, conspiracy    
Post-Gazette: Letters to some Allegheny County voters contained errors about 33 new polling locations
Post-Gazette: Transportation consultant Jarrett Walker encourages more transit, less cars
Post-Gazette: Federal look into clergy abuse expands to Archdiocese of Washington
Post-Gazette: Beaver County district judge recuses in cases against suspended Aliquippa assistant police chief
Post-Gazette: Altoona-Johnstown Catholic Diocese confirms federal subpoena
Post-Gazette: West Mifflin schools superintendent denies surveillance of board members
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials recommend absentee voters apply early
Tribune Review: Latrobe councilman’s planned move prompts resignation
Tribune Review: Greensburg diocese will host ‘listening session’ on abuse report Nov. 8 in Murrysville
Tribune Review: Two Plum districts moving to a new polling location
KDKA: Mother Of The Civil Rights Movement In Pittsburgh Honored With Key To City

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Justice department issues subpoena to Altoona-Johnstown diocese in priest child sexual abuse probe
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Barletta speaks on illegal immigration
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber plans tax hike
Altoona Mirror: Best, Ward debate in Blair
Altoona Mirror: Tomassetti seeks new county setup
Observer-Reporter: Belle Vernon school officials seeking grant money for additional security
Observer-Reporter: More voters seeking absentee ballots than at midterm election four years ago
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi councilman claims fellow members mishandled layoff notice
Beaver County Times: Economy councilwoman’s lawsuit over prayer at public meetings over
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa solicitor tapped to represent city of Duquesne

The Times Leader: Eric Trump in Scranton: ‘Chrin can win’
The Times Leader: Grandparents-raising-grandchildren legislation signed into law
The Times Leader: Urban accuses Pedri of politicking, seeks probe of county manager
The Times Leader: Absentee-ballot increase may mean higher voter turnout in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Hazleton Police announce technology upgrades
Times-Tribune: Former AG Kathleen Kane granted divorce
Times-Tribune: VP to campaign for Chrin in area
Times-Tribune: Mullins, Lemoncelli disagree on redistricting commission, other issues at second 112th debate
Citizens Voice: Pashinski, Henry talk issues at forum

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2018: Contested races fill ballot in Cumberland County November election
York Dispatch: Manheim Township wants East Petersburg to pay $1 million for police service by 2020
York Dispatch: Public input meetings set for Lancaster city parking study
Harrisburg Patriot News: VP Mike Pence to campaign in central Pa. Wednesday for Republican Reps. Scott Perry, Lloyd Smucker
Harrisburg Patriot News: 30,000 call for killing school property taxes in Pa. once and for all
York Daily Record: ‘We’re going to have a big turnout’: Pa. absentee ballots spike for midterm election
York Daily Record: VP Mike Pence will campaign for U.S. Reps. Smucker and Perry in Lancaster on Wednesday

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: ELECTION 2018: NJ’s 5th District swung Democratic in 2016. See who’s in the fight for midterm control.
Reading Eagle: Meuser, Wolff trade barbs at debate in Lebanon
WFMZ: Quakertown Alive! gives annual report to borough council
Morning Call: Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski sentenced to 15 years in federal prison; headed to prison after judge denies bail
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell: Pawlowski sentence ‘closes another chapter’
Morning Call: Pence, Eric Trump flying in to help GOP House candidate

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Photos: President Donald Trump visits Erie
Sun-Gazette: Scams reported by state police
Centre Daily Times: Wolf signs revisions to Pennsylvania’s organ donation law
Centre Daily Times: Pair of laws aims to help grandparents, others raising kids

Inquirer Editorial Board: Brian Fitzpatrick deserves a second term in Congress
John Baer: About the things Gov. Wolf takes credit for
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: More Amazon games: City and county make a private plea to judge
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Food on the way: Pantries need help preparing for new USDA aid
Will Bunch: With lie-filled ‘nationalist’ war on caravan, transgender people, Trump moves U.S. toward tyranny
Dan Simpson: Think of the children
Helen Ubiñas: Behind the roar of opposition against dirt bikes grows an engine of support
Solomon Jones: The problem with Malcolm Jenkins’ activism: It cost him nothing
Stu Bykofsky: Muslim leader from London came, saw, spoke — and ate a cheesesteak
Cynthia F. Figueroa: It’s up to all of us to keep children safe
Inquirer Editorial Board: No need to lock up most juvenile defendants

2 Responses

  1. In this day and age with “grab em by the pu___”, literally no one cares. Except those who are trying to make a political point. The average voter laughs at it now.

  2. I sense that the tide is so strong against Trump in the suburban districts that the unpleasant utterance of Wallace will amount to a “tempest in a teapot.” Wallace has one goal–spent all he can to run the cutout ad linking Fitz to Trump and just step back.

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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