October 29th Playbook

PAGOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas lauded President Donald Trump’s policies and talked about the state party’s goals in the coming elections to the PA Press Club. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Tabas Touts Trump Message at PA Press Club: The PAGOP Chair emphasized their united effort from the state in re-electing President Donald Trump and offered some lofty goals for other upcoming elections in 2020.

Reader Poll: PA Should Pass a ‘Fair Pay To Play Act’ for College Athletes: Just over half of the PoliticsPA audience that weighed in on the poll believes that the state should pass the legislation.

Spotlight PA To Host Launch Party: Spotlight PA, the new investigative newsroom in Harrisburg launched by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and PennLive/The Patriot-News will be holding their launch party in the Capitol’s Main Rotunda from 5 pm to 7 pm. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
WITF: Marsy’s Law explained 
WITF: Tension between Pa. DOC and prison staff union flares after hot mic comment 
AP: Ballot question, judge races highlight state’s Nov. 5 voting
AP: Bill to allow 3 Sunday hunting days altered in state House
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Republican boss Tabas sticks by defense of lawmakers’ controversial campaign spending
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The stakes are too high’: Climate skeptics meet their own critics at state House committee hearing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa’s Shapiro joins other state AGs in challenge to ‘unlawful’ Trump EPA regulatory changes
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. state commission postpones vote on controversial school mascot
Beaver County Times: Sen. Bob Casey offers bill requiring colleges disclose hazing incidents on their websites 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump has commanding fund-raising advantage
Morning Call: Doctors want new rules on insurance companies’ ‘prior authorization’ of patient treatment 
PLSReporter: House appropriators add voting machine, census money to election reform bill
PLSReporter: Democrats say “prison gerrymandering” comes with political, financial consequences
PLSReporter: In effort to better consider effects of poverty, legislators consider altering state’s teacher evaluation system
PLSReporter: One year after Tree of Life shooting, legislators look to counter anxiety at houses of worship with new security grants

 

Philadelphia 
Billy Penn: Philly labor boss Johnny Doc has a trial date — and it’s not for an entire year 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s budget team is strategizing for the next recession 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphians can opt for renewable natural gas come January 
KYW Newsradio: Economists predict a recession by 2021, and Philadelphia is preparing 
KYW Newsradio: New voting machines debut in Philadelphia next week
KYW Newsradio: At Philly forum, 3 Democratic candidates take questions from formerly incarcerated people
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA stockpiles $200K from expired Key cards, but the transit agency can’t spend it 
KYW Newsradio: Parents, teachers demand action after asbestos found in elementary school gym
Inquirer: Why these workers are bypassing employers and protesting bigger targets: American Airlines and Ross
Inquirer: Cory Booker slams opponents for skipping Philly prison reform town hall: ‘Where are you? Seriously.’
Inquirer: At town hall on policing, Meek Mill, Malcolm Jenkins turn the mic over to residents
Inquirer: Philly refinery fire shows why EPA must not cut regulations, say 13 attorneys general, including Pa., N.J. 
Inquirer: Philadelphia is getting ready for the next recession 
Inquirer: ‘It’s not safe for kids to be in this school’: North Philadelphia parents demand answers about asbestos 
Inquirer: South Philly neighborhood upended by longtime resident’s apparent land grab as property values soar 
Inquirer: More than $200,000 in abandoned Key card funds is sitting in a SEPTA zombie account
PLSReporter: Special committee discusses incarcerated women
Philadelphia Magazine: Exit Interview: Veteran Inquirer Reporter and Editor Bill Marimow 
Philadelphia Tribune: State agency approves Cheyney’s proposed budget, but questions remain

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Candidates for Delco D.A. square off at Cabrini
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill would exclude volunteer fire, rescue squads from Right-to-Know requests 
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Bucks Hospital to laud Sen. Tomlinson with service award
Daily Local News: Sunday deer hunting on target to become a reality in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. state commission postpones vote on controversial school mascot 
Pottstown Mercury: 4 vie for 3 seats on Berks County commissioners 
Pottstown Mercury: 3 seats, 1 election contest for Pottstown Borough Council 
Montgomery Media: Natural Selections: A Climate Striker Laments, ‘We Had to Stop our Education to Teach you a Lesson’

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Lowering drug prices while finding cures. Can both be done?
Post-Gazette: Neighbors say city is falling short on Penn Plaza guarantees 
Post-Gazette: ‘We are still here’: Jewish community, city come together to remember and repair one year after attack 
Post-Gazette: Port Authority bus extracted from Downtown sinkhole; road closures indefinite
WESA: Meet The District 1 Candidates Running For Pittsburgh City Council 
WESA: Legislation Would Establish Security Grants For Synagogues And Other Institutions In PA 
City Paper: What’s the deal with the Pittsburgh sinkhole?
KDKA: Sinkhole Swallows Port Authority Bus On Busy Street In Downtown Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Pa. House Of Representatives Names October 28, 2019 ‘Steve Blass Day’ In Pennsylvania 

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Proposed legislation could eliminate candidates from cross-filing 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County has been trending red; will this result in a reshuffling on board of commissioners?
Observer-Reporter: Monongahela has races for the mayor’s office and on council 
Observer-Reporter: Two candidates on ballot for Greene County district attorney 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Callihan big spender on campaign 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Newcomer takes on incumbent for Cambria treasurer 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump has commanding fund-raising advantage
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Therapist, county employee vie for prothonotary seat 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioner hopefuls spent more than $600K on campaigns this year
Beaver County Times: Sen. Bob Casey offers bill requiring colleges disclose hazing incidents on their websites 
Beaver County Times: Pittsburgh Airport, Pitt launch first phase of innovation campus

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council candidate Walter Griffith blasts state Democratic mailer singling him out 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre voters to decide 3 city races 
Citizens Voice: Barrett, Verdekal vying for W-B District D seat 
Citizens Voice: Judge retentions, DA on November ballot 
Citizens Voice: POLITICAL SCENE 
Times-Tribune: Borys Blog: Scranton has a new code of ethics and only Spano met its key deadline 
Times-Tribune: Three Lackawanna County judges seek retention 
Times-Tribune: Benefits of Keystone landfill called into question after consultant’s claim 

 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: What Cumberland County’s state representatives think about guns 
Carlisle Sentinel: Strengthened PFA law means more guns turned in to Cumberland County sheriff’s office 
Patriot News: Pa. corrections secretary draws more fire for remarks about planned prison closing, and he says he deserves it 
York Dispatch: Republican commissioner candidates outspend Dems 

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Why your vote for Allentown City Council matters: Here’s what the candidates say their top priorities will be 
Morning Call: Hey Lehigh Valley voters, there are new machines this year. Here’s how to use them 
Morning Call: Doctors want new rules on insurance companies’ ‘prior authorization’ of patient treatment 
Morning Call: Use it or lose it: Bethlehem must spend $1.5 million 
Morning Call: Allentown Council confirms Jim Wehr for permanent fire chief position 
Morning Call: Seven candidates vying for four Emmaus Council seats 
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Wally Scott asks DA to reconsider filing criminal charges against former RAWA officials 
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioner working with state to find alternative use for residential center 
Reading Eagle: Exeter 2020 budget would hold line on taxes

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City candidates to be at forum tonight 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Contributions to mayoral campaigns 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Financial reports for Council candidates released
Erie Times-News: Meet the candidates: 2019 Erie County Council 
Erie Times-News: Meet the candidates: 2019 Erie City Council 

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ignorance is not bliss: Child homelessness must be acknowledged, addressed 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Used car danger: New bill would improve auto safety
John Wetzel: It’s time for Congress to lift the ban on Pell Grants for people in prison
John L. Micek: Report: Getting rid of straight-ticket voting will hurt turnout in key races | Monday Morning Coffee 
Jason M. Roberts: Bill getting rid of straight ticket voting is an ‘own goal’ for Pa. Gov. Wolf. Here’s why
Ross Waetzman: I almost died because of insurance prior authorization rules. Pennsylvania has legislation to fix them. 
Brian O’Neill: ‘Animal House’ and the presidency of Donald Trump
Michael Z. Levy: I’ve studied bedbugs for 10 years. Mark Squilla just weakened Philly’s plan to fight these pests. 
Dick Polman: ‘But her emails’: A final farewell to a fake Clinton scandal 
Phil Gutis: I was devastated when Biogen cancelled my Alzheimer’s drug trial. Now I’m just bitter. 
Christine Flowers: Rep. Katie Hill resigned because she behaved unethically, ‘revenge porn’ aside 
Trudy Rubin: Trump got it backwards on who helped U.S. take down Baghdadi 
Paul Muschick: Trump called ISIS leader ‘loser,’ ‘gutless animal’ and ‘savage monster.’ I’m OK with that

October 29th, 2019 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “October 29th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    So the GOP chairman engaged in a folly of lies praising the pathetic Trump. Has he no shame? No, he’s a GOP.

  2. FormerGOPer says:

    PAGOP is pathetic, they are endorsing a horrible human being just for the sake of tax cuts that benefit their ultra-wealthy donors.

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