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October 25th Playbook

The debate over whether if Marsy’s Law is constitutional continues, while the state is set to receive more than $53 million in an opioid treatment drug settlement that’s a part of a nationwide settlement with a British company. Here is the Playbook. 

Trump Touts Energy Policies at Shale Conference in Pittsburgh: The president credited his administration for “ending the war on American energy” during his hour long address.

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF: Is Marsy’s Law constitutional? A Pa. judge will make the first decision soon 
WITF: Proposal with ‘broad support’ would require license for Pa. therapists who often help children with autism 
AP: Pennsylvania to get $53M in opioid treatment drug settlement 
AP: Pennsylvania won’t give driver’s license records to Census
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Dealt setbacks on the trail, Biden’s fundraising slows in Pa.
Inquirer: These 2020 candidates will be at Eastern State next week (and the zombies aren’t invited) 
Post-Gazette: If Pa. puts a cap on carbon emissions, what happens to electricity prices?
York Dispatch: Toomey: Available evidence doesn’t merit Trump’s ouster
PLSReporter: President Trump promises the future is in natural gas at Shale convention in Pittsburgh
PLSReporter: Bill that would restore school police arrest powers could see a vote next week
Fox News: Trump and Biden deliver dueling economic messages in Pennsylvania 
Fox News: UPENN protesters shut down immigration panel discussion 
Fox News: Tom Homan shouted down by student protesters at campus appearance
Morning Call: Pat Toomey backs Senate resolution condemning House impeachment probe 

Philly Clout: She flew from England to Philadelphia for business. Then Willie Singletary took her for a ride.
KYW Newsradio: Councilmember pushes for bill to prevent shopping carts from being scattered on city sidewalks 
KYW Newsradio: For undocumented immigrants in Philly, new policy offers another way to get visa 
KYW Newsradio: New rules for how Philly disposes of its 40,000 vacant lots finally ready for City Council approval 
KYW Newsradio: Philly synagogues remember victims of Pittsburgh Tree of Life massacre with #ShowUpForShabbat
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s job growth has largely been low-wage, report finds 
Inquirer: These 2020 candidates will be at Eastern State next week (and the zombies aren’t invited) 
Inquirer: The Probation Trap: Lenient sentences in Pennsylvania often have harsh consequences
Inquirer: Damaged asbestos was found in a North Philly school gym a month ago. It’s still there.
Inquirer: Another group wants to open a shelter for migrant children in the Philly area. Others have sparked protests and zoning fights.
Inquirer: ‘I went to state prison for missing two probation appointments’
Inquirer: Wells Fargo Center adds ban on political signs amid NBA’s spat with China
Philadelphia Tribune: Timeline for Rizzo statue removal pushed back — again
WHYY Newsworks: Feces and needles ‘jumping in the air’: City street cleaners want better safety gear 
WHYY Newsworks: Food cart owners say City Hall is pushing them out of Philly. Here’s why. 
WHYY Newsworks: ACLU and SEPTA spar over ‘unconstitutional’ ad policy 
PLSReporter: City Council passes enhanced dumping penalties
Philly Voice: Philly jobs are growing, but most are low paying, 2019 job report says
Philadelphia Magazine: United Way Aims to Boost Philly’s Census Efforts With $1 Million Fundraising Challenge
Philadelphia Magazine: It’s 2039. Philadelphia Is America’s Greatest City. How Did We Get Here?

Delco Daily Times: Sunday debate set for District Attorney race
Daily Local News: Colorless, odorless and tasteless: Area residents testify at pipeline hearing
Daily Local News: Houlahan, others vote for election security bill
Daily Local News: OJR board member warned about politicking on school grounds
WHYY Newsworks: Candidates for Delco Council debate again, making their case to senior voters
Inquirer: This Bucks County ground was so polluted it had to be burned. Now it holds a factory.
Inquirer: State approves $50.25 million sale of Cheltenham’s sewer system to private buyers
Bucks County Courier Times: Get $20 per hour working for the U.S. Census
Montgomery Media: Pa. lawmakers introduce bill to end ‘period poverty’ in high schools 
Pottstown Mercury: Property tax forum draws 800 in Berks County

KDKA: President Trump Attacks Conor Lamb, Names Local Politician To Run Against Him 
KDKA: Members Of Local Jewish Community Push For Stricter Gun Laws, In Memory Of Shooting Victims  
WESA: County Council Elections Could Set New Tone In Police Oversight, Conversion Therapy Debates 
WESA: URA’s Civic Arena Plans Inspire ‘Healthy Skepticism’ In The Hill
Post-Gazette: House passes Lamb bill to block foreign money in U.S. political campaigns 
Post-Gazette: ACLU of Pa. report slams use of cash bail in Allegheny County 
Post-Gazette: A violent culture? The roots of radicalization run deep 
Post-Gazette: Guns are emotional. When emotions flare, gun companies profit. 
Post-Gazette: HIAS chief: Trump’s rhetoric has only made things worse since Tree of Life shooting
PLSReporter: Working group recommends Allegheny County create children’s fund; Fitzgerald gives his backing
Tribune Review: Anti-Semitic action, rhetoric are pervading American public life, experts say 
City Paper: Frack Check: Trump’s most dubious claims made in his Pittsburgh fracking speech
Pittsburgh Business Times: Demand for demolition varies and changes as Pittsburgh’s economy shifts

Observer-Reporter: Trump gives energetic speech at shale event 
Observer-Reporter: Absentee ballot deadline approaches
Beaver County Times: Lamb’s bill banning foreign online activity in U.S. elections included in larger legislation approved by House 
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s bills changing environmental permitting process pass state Senate committee 
Beaver County Times: PA Senate passes Bernstine’s bill repealing state personal property tax law
Beaver County Times: Commissioners approve subsidy to CCBC 
Beaver County Times: Egley: Fresh ideas and county experience will help in treasurer role 
Beaver County Times: Census jobs open in Beaver County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sestak pushes plan to aid rural communities in pursuit of presidency

The Times Leader: Lawmakers blast Pa. corrections head for profane quip about SCI Retreat closure
The Times Leader: Luzerne County chief solicitor issues opinion on new voting machine selection process 
The Times Leader: Gilbert files appeal in alleged dog mauling 
The Times Leader: Residents’ tone shifts from positive to negative at Wilkes-Barre city council meeting 
Times-Tribune: Domenick calls on Giannetta to drop out of commissioner race over “purely offensive” Facebook posts 
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor candidates profile: Kyle T. Donahue 
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor candidates profile: John Goshleski
Times-Tribune: Scranton ethics board wants to review any new city policies before implementation 
Citizens Voice: Meuser among House Republicans who stormed secure room used in Trump impeachment investigation 
Citizens Voice: DOC head under fire for ‘hot mic’ comment at SCI-Retreat hearing 

South Central 
Patriot News: ‘Arms are for Hugging’ activists demand U.S. Rep. Scott Perry support stricter gun control measures
Patriot News: Pa. corrections secretary’s private comment about closing a prison draws fire
Patriot News: Groups turn to court to force change in state policies affecting individuals with intellectual disabilities
Patriot News: Youth, low-income residents targeted by new Harrisburg community group
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump campaign to hold Halloween Witch Hunt Party at Spooky Nook with Diamond and Silk
LNP | LancasterOnline: Three county departments bring positive financial reports to Lancaster County Commissioners
York Dispatch: Sheriff candidate Becker involved with company that scammed millions from veterans
York Dispatch: York’s Hispanic voters a target for Trump 2020 campaign 

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers call for better treatment of asylum-seekers at Berks County Residential Center 
Reading Eagle: Reading’s former city managing director hired in Alaska
Morning Call: The strike will end: Mack Trucks, UAW reach tentative agreement
Express Times: ‘Your vote will be counted’: Cash is starting to come in for Northampton County’s new election system

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council holds public meeting on police regionalization 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City to take $2 million credit line for projects 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve agency agreements
Erie Times-News: Millcreek supervisor race clash of local titans 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Comporting with evolving law: Expedited pardons for marijuana offenses are sensible 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The right way out in Syria
Jodine Mayberry: Rep. Scanlon answers your questions on impeachment
John L. Micek: What a successful red flag law looks like: Florida seized guns from 2,654 people since Parkland | Thursday Morning Coffee
Diana Lind: Why Philly must win the transit war
John L. Micek: Trump-loyal Republicans crashed a secure House hearing and abandoned all sense 
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: There was nothing Christian about Bill Barr’s speech at Notre Dame 
Will Bunch: Lynchings, 1921 Tulsa massacre, and 8 other things school didn’t teach you about race in America 
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: There’s no such thing as universal healthcare

  • 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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