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October 31st Playbook

The Commonwealth Court issues an injunction on Marsy’s Law prior to next week’s vote, while Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner endorses Elizabeth Warren for President, and former Trump campaign chair Corey Lewandowski headlines a Montgomery County GOP event. Here is the Playbook. 

Commonwealth Court Issues Injunction on Marsy’s Law Vote: The ruling determines that the victims’ rights amendment, slated to be voted on Nov. 5th, will not be certified while the legal challenge is pending.

Krasner Endorses Warren: The Philadelphia District Attorney said Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s message about economic justice connects so easily to a message about criminal justice reform in his endorsement video.

Corey Lewandowski To Headline Montco GOP Fall Dinner: The Montgomery County Republican Party said in a statement that President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager will provide perspective on what’s really going on in Washington.

Klobuchar To Campaign in Philly: Klobuchar will be making her second campaign visit in the state on Monday meeting with supporters in Philadelphia.

Fitzpatrick To Participate in Problem Solver Convention: According to Politico, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) will be participating in the No Labels, “the centrist group that tries to appeal to both parties,” Problem Solver Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire on Nov. 3. The convention is slated to include a variety of battleground House candidates and hree Democratic presidential hopefuls, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, John Delaney, and Marianne Williamson. 

Inquirer: Kenney Considers a Run for Governor: According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is considering launching a bid for governor in 2022. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Judge says state can’t tally victims’ rights amendment votes 
AP: House panel says lobbyist disclosure law should be improved
AP: Sean Parnell to run for Congress in Pennsylvania
AP: Trump’s Rust Belt revival is fading. Will it matter in 2020?
AP: Bill to permit some Sunday hunting passes Pennsylvania House
AP: Work zone speed cameras about to be deployed in Pennsylvania 
AP: Court to decide if probationers can use medical marijuana  
WITF: Voting reform bill heads to governor’s desk; critics say the state’s ramming through changes 
WITF: House members launch a plan they say will make Pa.’s pensions more transparent 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Judge blocks Pennsylvania elections officials from tallying Nov. 5 votes on Marsy’s Law 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s lobbying disclosure law isn’t meeting its aim, oversight report finds 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey, U.S. Senate Dems fail to unravel Trump policy weakening Obamacare 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A new policy would level the playing field for educators whose students live in poverty. Why isn’t Philadelphia on board?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate committee approves bill that makes it easier for people with criminal records to get a job
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bill that allows hunting in Pennsylvania on three Sundays a year is closer to reaching Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk
National Journal: Trump-Backed Vet Challenges Lamb
PLSReporter: Judge blocks certification of Marsy’s Law ahead of Nov. 5 election 
PLSReporter: Wetzel removed from review of prison closure after comments draw outcry from NEPA lawmakers 
PLSReporter: Oversight committee finds room for improvement in lobbying disclosure law
Patriot News: Pa. corrections secretary removed from decision-making on prison closure, more public hearings scheduled
Patriot News: Lawmakers welcome Pa. corrections secretary’s removal from prison closure process, but they remain skeptical 
Patriot News: Most Pa. voters support impeachment inquiry of Trump: F&M College poll
Patriot News: Why is Pa. a battleground state? New podcast explores 2020 pivotal role
Morning Call: Biden gains support in new Pennsylvania poll; also shows majority impeachment inquiry
Inquirer: Marsy’s Law ballot question will appear in Pa., but votes won’t be counted, court rules
Inquirer: Pennsylvania judicial races are sleepy. Even so, groups are spending $2 million on TV ads.
CNN: Dem voter: Do we really want to spend time on impeachment?
The Hill: Conor Lamb gets 2020 challenger touted by Trump
The Hill: Pennsylvania judge strikes down gun ordinances inspired by Pittsburg synagogue shooting
Times-Tribune: Poll: Pa. voters back impeachment inquiry 
Beaver County Times: Senate passes Casey, Toomey bill that tightens penalties for stalking minors
Philadelphia Citizen: Why Porngate Still Matters
Reading Eagle: Poll finds majority of Pennsylvanians endorse impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump
StateImpactPA: DEP, Equitrans agree to $650,000 settlement over storage field violations

Philly Voice: Philly District Attorney Larry Krasner endorses Elizabeth Warren for president
Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney is considering a 2022 run for governor, sources say
Inquirer: Elizabeth Warren just got another big Philadelphia endorsement, this time from District Attorney Larry Krasner
Inquirer: Philly announces a crackdown on rampant housing theft 
Inquirer: Workers at WHYY, Philly’s public radio station, vote to unionize
Inquirer: Just 9 Philly schools have certified librarians. Here’s how one school pulled off a miracle.
Billy Penn: $250k in outside money to help Working Families Party gain seats on Philly City Council 
Billy Penn: No more ‘Scabby’? A Philly case means Trump’s NLRB could outlaw the ubiquitous union rat 
WHYY Newsworks: WHYY employees vote to unionize, join SAG-AFTRA 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly steps up fight against deed fraud with new tools
WHYY Newsworks: Philly jails to spend $9 million on hepatitis C treatment
PLSReporter: Philadelphia City Council committee forwards four public safety bills
KYW Newsradio: New website aims to help Philadelphians discover deed fraud  

Daily Local News: Killion, Barrar hold discussion on veterans suicide
Bucks County Courier Times: Voters to decide party control in Bucks commissioners’ race 
Bucks County Courier Times: Republican looking to unseat incumbent Dem in Falls 
Pottstown Mercury: Montco voters to elect commissioners, row officers in countywide contests 
Pottstown Mercury: State Sen. Katie Muth to hold Veterans’ Expo Nov. 7 in Oaks 
Pottstown Mercury: State Rep. Joe Ciresi schedules town hall Nov. 6 in Lower Pottsgrove 
Pottstown Mercury: State Rep. Joe Webster to hold town hall Nov. 6 in Upper Providence 

Post-Gazette: Republican Sean Parnell to run against Conor Lamb
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Democrats, organized labor put their unity on display
Post-Gazette: Pa. appellate judge bars state from counting Marsy’s Law votes 
KDKA: Sean Parnell To Run For Congress Against Lamb, Pitting Two Vets Against Each Other
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto To Continue Legal Battle After Judge Tosses Laws Limiting Assault Weapons, Ammunition In Pittsburgh
KDKA: Local Congressmen Break Down On Partisan Lines On Impeachment Inquiry Vote 
KDKA: ‘Science Is Pointing To The Need For Immediate Action’: Mayor Peduto, Leaders Meet In Pittsburgh For Climate Action Summit 
KDKA: Reports: Rose Family Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Settled For $2M 
Tribune Review: Former Army Ranger Sean Parnell will challenge Conor Lamb for congressional seat 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh officials plan to appeal court’s gun ordinance ruling 
Tribune Review: Proposed Pa. hate crimes package would up penalties, extend protections 
PLSReporter: Pittsburghers debate reparations in local town hall meeting
City Paper: Bill Peduto says no additional petrochemical plants should come to Western Pa. 
City Paper: A Symposium on Gender Equity, a Syrian Muslim slam-poet, and more educational and social justice events this week in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto calls for a stop to further petrochemical industry development in region
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto: Pittsburgh’s business community should do more to fight climate change

Beaver County Times: Fox News contributor Sean Parnell latest Republican running to take on U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb 
Beaver County Times: ‘Pittsburgh isn’t in Beaver County:’ County officials disheartened by Pittsburgh mayor’s dismissal of petrochemical development 
Observer-Reporter: Greene County commissioner candidates weigh in on issues, detail goals 
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates up slightly in Washington, Greene counties
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners set budget cut deadline
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council reveals 2020 budget   

Times-Tribune: Nealon elected president of state trial judges 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioner candidates profile: Michael Giannetta
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County gets $900K grant to combat opioid crisis
Times-Tribune: Voters face major, contested races in Luzerne, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming counties
Times-Tribune: Blakely, Dickson City candidates differ over Midvalley issues
Citizens Voice: Six Democrats seek county council seats
Citizens Voice: Absentee ballot deadline looms; new polling sites for some
Citizens Voice: Majority in Pa. back impeachment inquiry

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Ding dong, the witch hunt is dead’: Trump campaign visits Spooky Nook on eve of impeachment inquiry vote [takeaways 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Voters’ Guide 2019: Everything you need to know about contested Lancaster County races, elections
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Diamond and Silk, Schlapps take the stage at Halloween Witch Hunt party
LNP | LancasterOnline: Scenes from the Trump Campaign Halloween Witch Hunt Party
LNP | LancasterOnline: Trump Campaign’s Halloween Witch Hunt Party: were you there? [photos]
Patriot News: Pa. House spends $1.1 million to win court battle to preserve opening prayer tradition
Patriot News: Cumberland County DA race is a battle of sharply divergent viewpoints
Patriot News: Senate passes legislation aimed at educating parents of student athletes about screening for heart disease
Patriot News: Fetal remains bill draws criticism from Pa. lawmakers and advocates on funeral services for miscarriages and abortions
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker addresses furor over fetal remains bill, says it would allow, not force, funerals
Patriot News: Cumberland County commissioner ‘regrets’ calling constituent an idiot following forum 
York Dispatch: Local officials fret uptick in teen suicide, bullying 
York Daily Record: State halts Lebanon rule on medical marijuana

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: House Republicans’ campaign arm names Lisa Scheller to its ‘Young Guns’ program 
Morning Call: Ukrainian angle moves Susan Wild closer to impeachment fray 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley procrastinator’s guide to the 2019 election 
Morning Call: Why your Allentown council vote matters: affordable housing 
Morning Call: Census 2020 kicks off PA Latino Convention in Bethlehem
Morning Call: No tax hike in Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell’s proposed 2020 budget, but he plans to dip into cash reserves
Morning Call: Here’s the lowdown on Allentown budget questions on Tuesday’s ballot 
Morning Call: Why your votes for Lehigh County commissioners counts: Future of Cedarbrook nursing home
Reading Eagle: Christian Leinbach top fundraiser in Berks County commissioners race
Reading Eagle: Complaint filed in Berks County recorder of deeds race
Reading Eagle: Election 2019: Longswamp Township supervisors
Express Times: Sal Panto wants a 4th straight term as Easton mayor. Firefighter Tim Reilly offers new leadership.

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers like voting machine, election code reforms bill 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates chat about parks, finances, safety, equality
Erie Times-News: Erie County voters by the numbers 
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Persinger testifies before Congress

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sober moment deserves sober process 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A safety-first path: AEDs and more tasers are a good thing
Inquirer Editorial Board: Inquirer Editorial Board’s recommendations for 2019 Philly general election | Endorsement Guide
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Council At-Large: A unique opportunity for political diversity | Endorsement
Inquirer Staff: Are business improvement districts a force for good in cities like Philadelphia? Pro/Con
Rep. Mike Jones: I proudly speak in support of the heartbeat bill
Charlie Dent: Attacking a patriot is shameful
John Baer: Is voting about to get better in Pennsylvania? Will that make a difference? 
Reggie Shuford: This is why the ACLU-PA supports legislation reforming our election laws 
Fletcher McClellan: Scrap straight ticket voting? Better to stick with the devil you know 
John L. Micek: Trump’s manufacturing boom has dried up. Here’s why that could cost him in Pa. | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Dan Simpson: Impeachment or election?
Will Bunch: After 70 years under the regime of the Democratic Machine, Philly might finally elect some newcomers on Tuesday 
John L. Micek: ‘Hate doesn’t discriminate’: Pa. House, Senate Dems roll out anti-hate crimes package
Mike Newall: A gruesome coincidence links the shootings of two children. But that’s not what should shock us. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Golden State Warriors California firefighters
The Angry Grammarian: ‘Lynching’ is a word best confined to the trash heap of history 
Jenice Armstrong: Journalist visits Wyoming to explore why so many believe Trump’s ‘fake news’ claims – and teach how media work 
Phil Gianficaro: ‘The system isn’t working’

  • 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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