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October 30th Playbook

A judge rules against Pittsburgh City Council’s gun laws passed after last year’s synagogue massacre, while an election reform bill aimed at increasing voting access heads to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk. Here is the Playbook. 

Booker, Harris, Steyer Participate in Philly Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall: The three Democratic presidential hopefuls expressed their thoughts on improving the criminal justice system in America in the Justice Votes 2020 Town Hall on Monday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Third Republican To Enter Race Against Lamb: Sean Parnell, a veteran and conservative author, is set to announce a bid for Congress. Kyle Kondik, Managing Editor, Sabato’s Crystal Ball, UVA Center for Politics, said on Twitter Tuesday that with Parnell “apparently running” for the 17th Congressional District that the Crystal Ball House ratings changes Lamb’s bid from Safe Democrat to Likely Democrat. Last week, President Donald Trump mentioned Parnell as a candidate for the race, during his trip to Pittsburgh. 

Trump campaign to hold Halloween Witch Hunt Party with Diamond and Silk in Lancaster County: President Donald Trump’s campaign team will be holding a “Halloween Witch Hunt Party” in Lancaster County that includes appearances from Diamond and Silk, and Matt and Mercedes Schlapp tonight in Lancaster County

Fitzpatrick Likely a “No” On Impeachment Resolution: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) said he is likely to vote no of the impeachment resolution, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari. In a tweet, Tamari said that Fitzpatrick thinks “very serious” questions should be investigated by law enforcement and facts delivered to Congress, while calling the Democrats process as a “three ring circus.”

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Judge tosses Pittsburgh gun laws passed after massacre
AP: The Latest: Pittsburgh plans appeal after gun laws tossed
AP: Election reform bill speeds toward approval in Pennsylvania
AP: The Latest: Election bill headed to Pennsylvania governor
AP: Pennsylvania to extend security grants to fight hate crimes
National Journal: HOTLINE EXTRA: Lamb May Face Trump’s Pick for PA-17
WITF: Gov. Wolf and a Berks County official are plotting ways to close an immigrant detention center
WITF: Pa. lawmakers, county officials raise concerns about implementing election reforms
WITF: Proposal Would Require License For Therapists Who Help Children With Autism 
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey: ‘Junk plans’ misleading Obamacare consumers in online search results
Fox News: Pennsylvania lawmaker’s apology for harassing teen girls praying outside abortion clinic ‘disappoints’ parents
Patriot News: Pa. moves a step closer to first major overhaul of election rules in more than 80 years   
Patriot News: Harley-Davidson owners may soon be riding a Pa. state symbol
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf: Election reform bill ‘removes barriers to the voting booth’
Patriot News: Kelsey Grammer pushes for Marsy’s Law: What does that cost?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bill that overhauls how Pennsylvanians can vote is headed to Gov. Tom Wolf
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is about using our budget dollars wisely’: Pa. Corrections Dept. establishes new guidelines for former inmates seeking help
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Anti-abortion lawmakers advance bill to mandate burial, cremation of fetal remains in Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: LGBTQ advocates, allies rally at the Capitol for nondiscrimination law
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House bill would scrap cross-filing for school board, county judge candidates 
Inquirer: Extending Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline in 2020 could disenfranchise people, election officials warn
Inquirer: Enough kids to open a day care: Activists push anew to shut down Berks detention center 
Inquirer: Joe Biden in Fla., Pete Buttigieg in N.Y., Bernie Sanders in Ore.: Who’s winning the big-money race in each state
PLSReporter: Election reform package headed to governor’s desk
PLSReporter: House committee uses rare procedural move to rebuke proposed changes to overtime rules
PLSReporter: Committee advances bill requiring burial or cremation of fetal remains
PLSReporter: Philadelphia Port opens new auto processing center 
PLSReporter: State in talks to repurpose Berks Family Residential Center
CNN: Judge strikes down assault weapons ordinances passed after Tree of Life shooting in Pittsburgh
CNN: The wrongful death lawsuit filed by Antwon Rose’s family has been dismissed

Inquirer: The first impeachment vote is coming; here’s where Philadelphia-area lawmakers stand 
Inquirer: Philly bill moves forward to provide free legal counsel for low-income tenants facing eviction
Inquirer: Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter promotes marijuana company
Inquirer: Feds announce new hemp regulations to the relief of local hemp farmers, attorneys
Inquirer: This ‘breakthrough’ benefit for trans workers at Mazzoni Center could be a model for other employers
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2019 general election in Philly
Billy Penn: $250k in outside money to help Working Families Party gain seats on Philly City Council
Billy Penn: Diversifying contracts, crime victim rights, more borrowing: Philly ballot questions for the 2019 general election
Billy Penn: $12.6 billion: Why the company that built Philly’s skyline is being sold to a California firm
WHYY Newsworks: ‘The things you’re saying is old’: Malcolm Jenkins, Meek Mill police reform town hall exasperates some
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Everyone deserves an attorney’: City Council advances bill guaranteeing legal aide to renters facing eviction
WHYY Newsworks: Italian Market BID dead after opponents raise voices
WHYY Newsworks: Syringe exchange saved billions in HIV-related costs in Philadelphia, study finds
KYW Newsradio: As many get ready to enroll in Obamacare, Sen. Casey warns of ‘junk plans’
KYW Newsradio: Meek Mill, Malcolm Jenkins headline forum on what Philly needs in next police commissioner
PLSReporter: Philadelphia Port opens new auto processing center
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia’s budget team: Anticipated economic downturn is ‘really front and center in our minds’ 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Gov. Wolf: New PhilaPort auto terminal could create 7,000 jobs
Philly Voice: Former Philly mayor Michael Nutter hired by cannabis company as senior advisor
Philadelphia Citizen: BRADY VS. BROOKS  

Bucks County Courier Times: After report, lawmakers pledge support for campaign fund reform
Bucks County Courier Times: Diverse legal backgrounds key for Bucks County judge candidates
Delco Daily Times: Crime victims laud Copeland in Marsy’s Law push
Delco Daily Times: GOP picks up endorsements in council race
Daily Local News: Bill to provide security grants to faith-based nonprofits passes
Daily Local News: Shusterman drafts legislation to fight food insecurity
Daily Local News: Killion’s digital assets bill passes Senate
Daily Local News: Another sinkhole develops along pipeline route in Middletown
Daily Local News: 2020 Chesco budget shows no tax hike
Daily Local News: Chesco commissioners set to vote on CWA appointment
Daily Local News: Chesco earmarks $5 million toward Embreeville State Hospital purchase 
WHYY Newsworks: Suburban Philly Republicans say they won’t allow supervised injection sites. The problem? No one is proposing one.
Inquirer: Upper Dublin School District settles racial discrimination complaint
Montgomery Media: Six vie for three seats on Montco Court of Common Pleas

KDKA: Judge Strikes Down 3 Laws Limiting Assault Weapons, Ammunition In Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Extend Security Grants To Fight Hate Crimes 
KDKA: New Homebuyer Assistance Program To Help Boost Homeownership In Allegheny Co. 
Post-Gazette: Judge strikes down Pittsburgh gun-control ordinances 
Post-Gazette: Federal lawsuit in Antwon Rose shooting settled for $2 million 
Tribune Review: Judge strikes down Pittsburgh’s controversial gun bills
Tribune Review: Family of Antwon Rose settles for $2M in civil case 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh area jobless rate up slightly but still better than a year ago 
Tribune Review: State legislation would expand first-responder tax credit to the county level 
Tribune Review: Retired Quaker Valley teacher, Rep. Gaydos travel to Serbia for World War II anniversary
City Paper: With appearance at Trump event, more questions arise about DA Zappala campaign’s place in Democratic Party 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Pride 2020 is moving to July and will have a new location
WESA: Telemedicine, Mental Health Screenings Are Signs Of An Evolving Culture At The VA

Beaver County Times: State pension plan aid for Beaver County municipalities exceeds $3 million 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ACA open enrollment starts Friday 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Incumbent Cambria County district attorney big spender on campaign 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Drug Coalition says it ‘made progress’ but work is not complete
KDKA: Write-In Candidate For Butler County Judge Claims Opponent Hasn’t Been In Court For More Than 10 Years
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioner hopefuls tout their goals but offer few specifics at forum 
Observer-Reporter: Ortitay bill to assist first responders recoup insurance costs passes House
Observer-Reporter: Mihalov challenges Vittone for Washington County district attorney 

Citizens Voice: Wolf orders more thorough review of SCI-Retreat’s potential closing 
Citizens Voice: Lawmakers call for ouster of DOC boss over open mic gaff 
Citizens Voice: Pashinski bill could spell trouble for the vaping industry 
Citizens Voice: Shaffer takes on incumbent Brooks in Wilkes-Barre’s District B 
Citizens Voice: DePasquale announces $6.85M in pension aid for county 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioner candidates profile: Debi Domenick
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioner candidates profile: Chris Chermak
Times-Tribune: New ethics code rule trips up most Scranton mayor candidates
Times-Tribune: Landfill attorneys: Dunmore mayor’s veto is invalid 
Times-Tribune: State rep. proposes prohibition of flavored vaping products 
Times-Tribune: Scranton city council, Shrive, talk easements in closed session 
Times-Tribune: In the North Pocono races, newcomers promise fresh perspective
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council objects to White Haven Center closure 
The Times Leader: Wolf pulls Wetzel off Retreat closure process 
The Times Leader: Wetzel apologizes; lawmakers want DOC head ousted anyway 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s third quarter balance near $6 million

South Central 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf: Election reform bill ‘removes barriers to the voting booth’ 
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor’s plan for business-only on-street parking draws ire of city council 
Patriot News: New fee could be added to Harrisburg water bills with November vote, costing some business owners thousands
Patriot News: Pa. moves a step closer to first major overhaul of election rules in more than 80 years  
Patriot News: Five candidates compete to serve on Carlisle Borough Council
Patriot News: Candidates for Camp Hill council say they want transparency in government, preservation of small-town charm 
York Daily Record: ‘Heinous’ Pa. priest sex abuse report: Lawmakers support statute of limitations changes
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County jobless rate up slightly for 3rd straight month in Sept., reaching 3.3%
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: District Attorney Craig Stedman, commissioners clash over leased SUV, drug task force
LNP | LancasterOnline: Educators testify they’re mostly happy with Aument’s remedies to teacher evaluation problems
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker update: Underage tobacco use, volunteer firefighter and electric car proposals make progress

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley procrastinator’s guide to the 2019 election
Morning Call: A new Morning Call series brings Lehigh Valley’s poverty out of the darkness 
Morning Call: Why your vote for Allentown City Council matters: Here’s how the candidates say they will balance providing services while limiting tax hikes
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council approves plan to purchase former Dana South site

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Wolf: Erie makes case for 15th community college
Erie Times-News: Election to alter Erie School Board
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayoral candidates debate safety, finances
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms question judge’s decision on promotion
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Campaign finances for commissioner candidates reported

Inquirer Editorial Board: Next week’s ballot questions: A mixed bag | Endorsement
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Continuing services: Successful mental health programs need funding 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The dark ages: Expect more California blackouts
Anthony Brindisi and Allyson Schwartz: Congress should act to protect seniors from higher health costs
Andy Carter: Pa.’s hospitals are fighting for nurses’ safety. Here’s how
John L. Micek: Tax Foundation: Pa. ranks 29th nationwide for its tax climate | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Ernest Owens: By Endorsing Third-Party Candidates, Philly Democrats Have Lit a Fuse Under Their Own House
David M. Shribman: The Romney-Trump feud embodies a larger conflict
Charlie Gerow: Hillary may yet emerge as a candidate in 2020
Venkat Viswanathan and Shashank Sripad: How better batteries are fueling a surge of electric scooters in India and China
Solomon Jones: Black men owe it to each other to help end Philly’s gun violence crisis 
Gene Therapy: Hey, Betsy, how about a little relief?
Laura A. Siminoff and Bradley N. Collins: Until we know more about long-term effects, total ban on vaping products is needed 
Ezekiel J. Dixon-Román: Standardized tests like SAT and ACT favor students with family wealth 
Chris Kelly: Dunmore voters can start divorce proceedings
Paul Muschick: Woman who left baby on LANTA bus deserves sympathy, not jail time

2 Responses

  1. “Bike Lane” should be worrying about dealing the lowlifes and junkies ruining Downtown.

  2. Prince William has been raging about this. He is tweeting (probably from Cappy’s based on some of the content) that State Preemption Laws take away the City’s “domestic tranquility”. The reality is he knew that this would get struck down. The real work, the necessary but more difficult path would be to fight for change in Harrisburg and stay vigilant.
    I stunned, stunned i tell you, that Judge James did not see the strength and legal force and effect of the “domestic tranquility” legal theory.

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