October 2nd Playbook

Christina Hartman announces a bid for Auditor General, while state Rep. Scott Conklin (D-Centre) mulls a run for Auditor as well. Here is the Playbook. 

Hartman Announces Bid for Auditor General: The Lancaster County Democrat is the first to formally join the race to replace Auditor General Eugene DePasquale.

Conklin Weighs Auditor Bid: The Centre County State Rep tossed his hat in the ring, while Benson bowed out.

Meuser: Opportunity Lost: The first term GOP Congressman believes the Democratic Party is standing in the way of policies advocated by President Donald Trump aimed at helping all Americans.

Shapiro To Host Student Debt Town Hall in Philly: Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D-PA) will hold a town hall meeting at the Community College of Philadelphia on Monday starting at 7 pm.

Harrisburg & DC   
WESA: Casey On Impeachment, Gun Control And The 2020 Candidates Who Can Win Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Pa. GOP announces conference date for Senate District 48 nomination
PLSReporter: Rep. Bullock introduces “Safe Haven” bill
PLSReporter: With fund transfers set to end, legislators grapple with effects on State Police, roads
Patriot News: Child sexual abuse victims, legal scholars and pro-Catholic Church experts to testify before Senate committee 
Patriot News: Bill would allow Pa. local officials to get pay increases of up to 68% 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf pushes his charter school reform plan, announces forthcoming closure of a cyber charter school 
Inquirer: Pa. House Speaker touts Betsy DeVos’ tax credit plan for private-school scholarship donations
Inquirer: Electric cars offer ‘guilt-free driving’ and aid the climate. So why doesn’t Pennsylvania have more?
AP: Tax on beer sold at Pennsylvania breweries goes into effect
KDKA: Local Lawmakers Set To Introduce ‘Fair Pay To Play Act’ To Allow Student-Athletes To Get Paid  
The Hill: Former GOP Rep. Costello launches lobbying shop 
The Hill: Northeast states takes first step in effort to reduce transportation emissions
Real Clear Politics: Old-School House Democrats Face Primary Challenges From Progressives Across the Country
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania legislators push ‘fair pay to play’ bill for college athletes after California success
Beaver County Times: Delaware County legislator introduces bill to legalize marijuana, sell it in state stores 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. lawmakers accidentally took away school police officers’ ability to make arrests
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Meet the new president of the Pa./N.J./Del. African-American Chamber of Commerce
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Should the number of liquor licenses in Pa. be public information? A Cambria County lawmaker thinks so. So he’s suing the state
Bucks County Courier Times: Trump proposal would end food stamps for some families
Delco Daily Times: Pa. lawmakers move to allow student-athletes to profit off endorsements 

Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Magazine: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Is Hosting a Philly Town Hall on Student Debt 
Inquirer: Can Philly fix its slow and complex process for vacant land sales? A reform bill advances in City Council.
Inquirer: Bankrupt Philly refinery wants to hand out more executive bonuses, this time in secret
Inquirer: Electric cars offer ‘guilt-free driving’ and aid the climate. So why doesn’t Pennsylvania have more?
Inquirer: Cocaine and methamphetamine are on the rise in Philly, even as the opioid crisis continues
Inquirer: Penn, Drexel get $22 million to study Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, other dementias
Inquirer: Philly DA’s Office reviewing murder convictions after claims of coerced confessions by now-retired detectives
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia traffic deaths on the rise, despite Vision Zero promise
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Our voice still matters’: Philly looks to register people on probation and parole to vote
WHYY Newsworks: Fearing a sale, nurses at Temple University Hospital want to protect their jobs
WHYY Newsworks: As window for claims closes, Archdiocese of Philadelphia to pay $32M to abuse victims
KYW Newsradio: 2 Philly schools closed because of asbestos 
KYW Newsradio: Judge to decide Willie Veasy’s fate as Philly DA investigates cops behind his alleged wrongful conviction

SEPA
Daily Local News: Statewide anti-pipeline rally planned
Daily Local News: Chester County officials pass resolution on clean energy
Daily Local News: Chesco Senior Centers can apply for up to $150,000 in state funding
Bucks County Courier Times: Stephens bill to pay for PFAS costs passes House
Bucks County Courier Times: State, local officials support Rep. Ullman’s ‘bottle bill’ 
Pottstown Mercury: New voting machines primed for Election Day.
Inquirer: Was Philly region’s largest water-utility sale a politically motivated sweetheart deal?
Inquirer: After 10 months and 3 attempts, Delco Council votes to overhaul prison oversight board
KYW Newsradio: At panel, those directly impacted by gun violence voice support for ‘red flag’ legislation
Delco Daily Times: Killion joins gun violence survivors to talk about solutions

Pittsburgh  
WESA: Casey On Impeachment, Gun Control And The 2020 Candidates Who Can Win Pennsylvania
WESA: Commonwealth Court Keeps City Council Candidates On The Ballot, County Practices In Place
Post-Gazette: Peduto releases preliminary 2020 budget
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania taking steps toward its own ‘Fair Pay to Play Act’
Post-Gazette: Small crowd mostly in favor of mandating ‘net-zero’ energy efficient municipal buildings
KDKA: Local Lawmakers Set To Introduce ‘Fair Pay To Play Act’ To Allow Student-Athletes To Get Paid 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Turnpike 66 Going Cashless, Implementing Toll-To-Plate Method And Increasing Tolls
KDKA: Human Rights Advocates Discuss Concerns For Zero Evictions Day In Pittsburgh
City Paper: State Rep. Jason Ortitay holding fundraiser with controversial far-right pundit Matt Walsh
City Paper: Community advocate Amber Sloan speaks out about her harassment charges
Tribune Review: Peduto proposes $606 million operating budget for 2020 with no real estate tax increase
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh region jobs drop, jobless rate rises slightly 

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Wolf visiting Logan school 
Altoona Mirror: Blair budget sessions begin 
Observer-Reporter: Voter registration deadline approaches for Nov. 5 general election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Fee for electric cars hits speed bump at Capitol 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown council tables resolution on blight removal

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton mayor Courtright’s sentencing delayed
Times-Tribune: Disgraced kids-for-cash judge disbarred
Times-Tribune: NEPA school districts end school year with $85,000-plus in student lunch debt 
Citizens Voice: Pedri and committee disagree on voting machines pick
Citizens Voice: Kids-for-cash judge Ciavarella officially disbarred
The Times Leader: Ex-judge Ciavarella disbarred
The Times Leader: Testimony at odds in alleged attack on dog by Gilbert’s pet, case awaits magistrate’s decision
The Times Leader: Dallas students encouraged to register to vote, get involved
The Times Leader: Five Luzerne County assistant district attorneys promoted

South Central 
Patriot News: Child sexual abuse victims, legal scholars and pro-Catholic Church experts to testify before Senate committee 
Patriot News: Bill would allow Pa. local officials to get pay increases of up to 68% 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf pushes his charter school reform plan, announces forthcoming closure of a cyber charter school 
Patriot News: Ex-Pa. police chief known for YouTube gun rants can’t beat conviction for lying while trying to buy a pistol 
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Keeping juveniles out of adult prison 
Carlisle Sentinel: Draft rental ordinance to be discussed at Carlisle Borough Council meeting Wednesday
York Dispatch: York County Democrats stick by Thompson despite state reprimand 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County jobless rate up slightly in August to 3.2% 
LNP | LancasterOnline: The voter registration deadline is coming up; here’s how to register before it’s too late

Lehigh Valley     
Express Times: Mayor’s election year budget pitch holds taxes, services steady for Easton 
Reading Eagle: Berks unemployment rises slightly; nonfarm jobs at record high 
Reading Eagle: Changes to the print edition of the Reading Eagle: Here’s what you need to know 
Morning Call: Facing reelection next month, Mayor Sal Panto Jr. proposes budget that once again holds the line on local taxes 
Morning Call: Before raising parking fines, Bethlehem considers testing free parking 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania joins the ‘Fair Pay to Play’ movement, and Penn State coach James Franklin has concerns

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller tours Wellsboro-area businesses 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Forum offers commissioner candidates platform 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Voter registration deadline is Monday 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve contract to enhance financial transparency 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Muncy Borough council to apply for block grant program
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper pushes for tax increase in Erie County 2020 budget 
Erie Times-News: EDDC plan on Erie City Council’s radar 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Address methane now: Gov. Wolf must tackle critical climate issue 
Delco Daily Times Editorial: Change continues to roll across Delco political landscape
Inquirer Editorial Board: Making settlement info easily accessible is a no brainer. What’s next?
Bill Peduto: The Supreme Court Should Affirm LGBTQ Protections for All
John L. Micek: Community health centers still have funding – for now. How Pa. stacks up | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Ernest Owens: Working Families Party Candidates For City Council Deserve To Lose On Principle
Larissa Mogano: Philly’s police misconduct cases drain taxpayer money 
Will Bunch: What is Trump trying to cover up about his Saudi phone calls and Jamal Khashoggi’s murder? 
Helen Ubiñas: Three years after her son’s death, a mother gets justice. And it still feels empty. 
Tony Norman: ‘And a child shall lead them…’
Jenice Armstrong: The youngest victims of domestic violence, innocent children are often overlooked 
John A. Tures: How to be an informed voter during the upcoming impeachment debate
Solomon Jones: Justice is served: Botham Jean’s killer, ex-Dallas cop Amber Guyger, faces up to 99 years in prison 
Matthew Prickett: Greta Thunberg knows how adults disenfranchise children and is outsmarting us 

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