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October 25th Playbook

Pence warns Dems will undo Trump agenda while campaigning in PA. Wolf’s administration rejects Trump’s ACA option. Here is the Playbook.

Pence to Campaign in PA for Numerous Congressional Candidates: Pence will boost Reps. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster), Scott Perry (R-York), GOP candidate for PA-8 John Chrin and gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner.

Former Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski Gets 15 Year Prison Sentence: He was sentenced yesterday for rigging municipal contracts in a scheme to raise money for his political campaigns for higher office, according to the AP.

PA Gov: Wagner Debuts 3 New TV Ads With 2 Weeks to Go: The Wagner campaign says it is spending $750,000 on television ads from Oct 22-28.

Congressional Leadership Fund New TV Ad Boasts About Economy, Hits Wallace on Taxes: The Conservative super-PAC released another TV ad in PA-1 touting the current state of the economy and crediting Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick for voting in favor of the GOP tax reform bill, while hitting his Democratic opponent, Scott Wallace on opposing that bill and claiming he is beholden to Rep. Nancy Pelosi. The Wallace campaign did not provide a comment on the ad.

Former Rep. Gordon Denlinger Named State Director for NFIB: The former Republican state representative was announced as the Pennsylvania State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business.

GOP firm Shows Wallace Leading Fitzpatrick By 4: GOP firm, TargetPoint conducted polling in eight districts, including Pennsylvania’s 1st District. Their polling shows Democratic challenger Scott Wallace leading incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) 49-45. Their poll says Wallace is leading with Independents by 6 points. The top issue for those polled in PA-1 was healthcare with jobs/immigration as their second most important issue.   

NextPittsburgh Takes a Look at the City’s Political Papers Future: Andrew Conte’s story, “Left? Right? What is with Pittsburgh’s politically shifting newspapers?” dives into the perspectives from the Post-Gazette and the Tribune Review and the recent developments over the past year.

Legislative Election Update:

SD-38: A Commonwealth Court Judge dismisses a challenge to remove Democratic state Senate candidate Lindsey Williams from the November 6 ballot over residency. WESA reports that Republicans say that may not be the last word though. She is facing Republican Jeremy Shaffer for the seat.

SD-38: Republican candidate Jeremy Shaffer releases an ad sharing a bipartisan message. The Democratic candidate seeking this seat against him is Lindsey Williams.  

SD-44: Democratic candidate, Katie Muth released a television ad branding herself as the “working class candidate.” She is going up against incumbent Republican state Sen. John Rafferty.  

Don’t see news from your campaign, or an article from a local news outlet in our legislative elections list? Add to your list and send us your updates!

Harrisburg & DC
AP: In campaign swing, Pence warns Dems will undo Trump agenda
AP: New Pennsylvania law helps police rescue pets in hot cars
AP: Wolf signs law to help child victims of human trafficking
AP: County pays nearly $5M over heroin withdrawal death in jail
AP: Corbett returns to Capitol for official portrait’s unveiling
AP: Backers of child sex abuse lawsuit window rally in Capitol
AP: Wolf vetoes bills on debt, price gouging, ag education
WESA: Wolf Administration Rejects Trump ACA Option
WESA: State House Members Look Ahead To Leadership Elections
KDKA: ‘This Clearly Is An Act Of Terrorism’: Pa. Lawmakers Condemn Attempted Bombing Attack On Democratic Leaders, CNN Offices  
StateImpactPA: Climate change: A crisis for humanity, but not a big deal in the Pa. governor’s race
StateImpactPA: ‘energy, explained’ podcast: Environmental rights in Pa.: New life for a forgotten amendment
PLSReporter: Guns, weed and unions all in play in coal country
PLSReporter: DePasquale reveals over $8.4 million was incorrectly reimbursed to school districts for transportation
PLSReporter: Advocates and survivors call on the Senate to vote on SB 261
Inquirer: Police give all clear after bomb scare outside Pa. lawmaker’s Montco office
Inquirer: How fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, took over Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Science scores soar, but all other Pa. test scores flat in 2018

AP: County pays nearly $5M over heroin withdrawal death in jail
Inquirer: Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC cancels ads for Democrats in Philly area
Inquirer: Protesters rally against VisionQuest outside planned Philly site
Philadelphia Magazine: 6 Takeaways From the New Yorker’s Larry Krasner Profile
WHYY Newsworks: Trump’s development tax break presents ‘unusual’ opportunity for Philly, Drexel fellow says
WHYY Newsworks: Philly gets second MacArthur grant to cut prison population in half
Billy Penn: Is there only one candidate against safe injection sites in this River Wards race? Nope.
PlanPhilly: Health by zip code? Some Philly neighborhoods are ‘primary care deserts’
KYW Newsradio: Experts meet in Philadelphia to discuss future in fight to end polio
KYW Newsradio: Philly police deployed quickly with direct links to jurisdictions involved in suspicious packages probe

Inquirer: Can Brian Fitzpatrick, a self-described ‘centrist’ Republican congressman, survive in the Philly suburbs in 2018?
Inquirer: Police give all clear after bomb scare outside Pa. lawmaker’s Montco office
WHYY Newsworks: Haverford College sues Trump admin. over crackdown on lapsed student visas
Pottstown Mercury: Camson challenges 3-term Rep. Toepel in 147th House Dist.
Pottstown Mercury: Democrat Hacker challenges Rep. Hennessey in 26th House District race
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Kampf: Workers comp foes spreading false claims in mailings
Delco Daily Times: Dem ad targets McGarrigle for failing to vote on abuse bill
Daily Local News: DCED secretary tours West Chester

Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools board nixes proposal to arm school police with guns
Tribune Review: Passavant to pay $1.85 million for Medicare, Medicaid misunderstanding
WESA: Judge Dismisses Challenge To Williams Residency
WESA: Candidates For 13th Congressional District Meet In Debate
WESA: Incumbent’s Surprise Retirement Sets Up Battle Between Mizgorski, Monroe In State House District 30
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-based refugee agency attributes program closure to Trump policies
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court hears argument from city, Pittsburgh police union in wage dispute
City Paper: Former Pittsburgh councilor Doug Shields decries Aqua America-Peoples Gas proposed merger                 

Beaver County Times: Beaver County budget process on track
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi school district gets clean audit report
Observer-Reporter: Small Business Administration visits Rostraver sanitation company
Altoona Mirror: City boy implores Senate to vote on sex abuse bill
Altoona Mirror: Blair demos new voting machines
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Final decision on Act 47 delayed, as City Council lacks quorum
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New opioid act includes parts of Rothfus legislation

Times-Tribune: Pence tries to push Chrin to finish line
Times-Tribune: At rally, one message prevailed: Vote Republican
Times-Tribune: Small group protests outside GOP rally for Chrin
Times-Tribune: Blake, Scavo spar over property tax elimination at 22nd state Senate district debate
The Times Leader: Denny Wolff rebuts opponent’s claims, dubs himself conservative on many issues
The Times Leader: Meuser told opponent Wolff ‘to go to hell’
The Times Leader: County budget plan includes $675K for litigation settlement and outside legal costs

South Central  
LNP: Q&A: Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro speaks in Lancaster about ‘likely’ run for president in 2020
Carlisle Sentinel: Caslisle chamber to hold candidate forums for local House races
York Dispatch: York County leaders optimistic about future
York Dispatch: Video: Gov. Tom Wolf meets with Dispatch as Election Day nears
Harrisburg Patriot News: Are Pa. governor candidates hoping to tax retirement? 3 say no, but ad says maybe
Harrisburg Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence to touch down in Lancaster as part of two-state campaign swing
York Daily Record: YDR editorial board interview with Jess King
York Daily Record: Your guide to the 2018 election for Pa governor

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pat Browne, Philly-area GOP senators targeted in campaign ad on clergy abuse
Morning Call: At PBS39 congressional forum, Susan Wild and Marty Nothstein accuse each other of not telling the truth
Reading Eagle: Caltagirone, Gagliardo and Gillen, Metcalfe debate for state House seats
Reading Eagle: Washington Elementary principal resigns after alleged physical altercation with student
Reading Eagle: City staff urge Reading planners to reject parking-lot plan
WFMZ: Tax cut proposed for Easton senior citizens
WFMZ: Candiates for Pa. 7th district tangle over health care, gun control
WFMZ: Reading planners have a new plan
Express Times: Election 2018: These are the contested state races in the Lehigh Valley

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Young to retire; Miller to be top cop for Williamsport
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners remain at odds over new prison hire
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Paving extensions given positive recommendation
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City contractor urges governor to add millions for levee
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Loyalsock Township to review ordinance to reduce semitrailer traffic
Erie Times-News: Erie to send $35,129 bill to Trump campaign
Erie Times-News: Milcreek supervisors consider full-time, paid fire department

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Turn the caravan back: National sovereignty is not debatable
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Vaccines changed us: A drop in vaccination rates must be reversed
Inquirer Editorial Board: Should past trouble keep a kid from getting into college?
Kathryn Kugler: Two bills that can change the way physician assistants in Pa. care for you
Howard Husock: Philly is Exhibit A for the latest challenge facing low-income tenants
Cassie McHugh: Why I rallied: 6 stories from Philly’s Rally for Trans Existence
Jenice Armstrong: Black cops to fellow officers: Go see the new movie, ‘The Hate U Give’
Kiera Smalls: Step outside your bubble: Advice for leaders on diversity and equity
Kevin Riordan: No matter what Trump says or does, LGBTQ people have come too far to ever be ‘erased’
Brian O’Neill: Is gentrification better than no gentrification?

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