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October 31st Playbook

Some new polling shows a couple of Congressional races separated by just a few points. Here is the Playbook.

U.S. Supreme Court Declines GOP Appeal Over Changes To PA Congressional Map: The state Supreme Court overturned the previous map in January.

PA1: New York Times/Siena College Poll: Fitzpatrick 47 Wallace 46: Their polling conducted two weeks prior showed much more positive numbers towards the Democrat.

PA8: Cartwright, Chrin Debate at WVIA-TV: They jousted over gun control, partisanship and more.

PA10: ABC27/Susquehanna Polling and Research Poll: Rep. Perry 49 Scott 46: President Trump has a positive net job approval rating in this poll, while a majority still prefer their Congressional representative to serve as a check on his policies.

Costello Says Trump’s Birthright Citizenship Comment is “Political Malpractice”: The GOP representative in the Philadelphia suburbs took to Twitter to express his displeasure with President Donald Trump’s recent comments about birthright citizenship and believes it will hurt suburban Republicans. “We all know challenges of suburban R’s. The bloc of competitive R held districts less impacted by POTUS thus far are those w high # of immigrants. So now POTUS, out of nowhere, brings birthright citizenship up. Besides being basic tenet of America, it’s political malpractice,” the tweet stated.

The Economist Takes a Look into PA1: Another national outlet dives into the race in the Philadelphia suburbs to see if incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) can win reelection in the not so Trump friendly 1st District.

New York Times Profile on D.A. Krasner: New York Times Magazine’s Ben Austen takes a look into the Philadelphia District Attorney’s progressive platform and attempting to fulfill his “promises of radical criminal-justice reform in Philadelphia.”  

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Trumps pay tribute at synagogue where 11 were fatally shot
AP: Mourning and protests as Pittsburgh begins victims’ burials
AP: In New Hampshire, Christie criticizes Pennsylvania officials
AP: The Latest: Trump arrives in Pittsburgh amid protests
AP: Pennsylvania GOP dealt 3rd redistricting loss in US courts
New York Times: Bowers had 10 guns, all legally owned, ATF concludes
CNN: Squirrel Hill synagogue rabbi to politicians: Tone down ‘words of hate’
PLSReporter: US Supreme Court rejects Republican request for review of January redistricting ruling
PLSReporter: New prison mail policy sparks lawsuit from ACLU, advocates
StateImpactPA: Sen. Toomey raises alarms about Trump’s new ethanol policy
StateImpactPA: DEP orders ETP to fix Revolution Pipeline erosion problems
Inquirer: Political corruption case against Pa. lawmaker goes to the jury
WHYY Newsworks: Casey, Barletta rooted in same region, but see vastly different worlds in U.S. Senate bid
WHYY Newsworks: Bob Casey’s Unlikely Alliance
WHYY Newsworks: A move to combat ‘folk teaching,’ conference connecting teachers with researchers comes to Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Even If A Blue Wave Hits, Republican Lawmakers Favored To Keep Control In Harrisburg
City Paper: A narrow path exists for Pennsylvania to prohibit legal abortions
City Paper: 2018 Election Guide: U.S. Senate, Lou Barletta vs. Bob Casey  
Billy Penn: The procrastinator’s guide to the November 2018 Pennsylvania general election
The Notebook: More than half of Pa. public schools do not have a teacher of color
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. borrowers to receive restitution payments connected to PHH $45M settlement   

Billy Penn: The procrastinator’s guide to the November 2018 Pennsylvania general election
Inquirer: Political corruption case against Pa. lawmaker goes to the jury
Inquirer: City Council votes to move ‘fair workweek’ scheduling bill forward
Inquirer: After reassessment, Philadelphia tax appeals hit five-year high
Philadelphia Magazine: The Next Battle in the War on Cash Will Be Waged In Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: ThinkFest Preview: What’s Next for #MeToo in Philly?
WHYY Newsworks: Final day for absentee ballots brings out throngs to Philly City Hall
KYW Newsradio: Residents speak out against proposed stadium at Temple, city-wide gentrification
KYW Newsradio: Local religious leaders unite to fight hate speech
KYW Newsradio: Former Philly mayor receives first flu shot, encourages others to do same
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. borrowers to receive restitution payments connected to PHH $45M settlement

Pottstown Mercury: Muth challenges incumbent Rafferty in 44th Senate District race
Pottstown Mercury: Friel Otten faces off against Corbin in 155th House District race
Pottstown Mercury: Record 9,000 pounds of meds collected in Montgomery County during Drug Take Back Day
Bucks County Courier Times: 142nd District House race pits incumbent Farry against newcomer Lareau
Bucks County Courier Times: Davis seeks injunction to pull ‘fraudulent’ ad
Bucks County Courier Times: Political vets Quinn, Santarsiero square off for state Senate seat
Bucks County Courier Times: New poll shows Fitzpatrick leads Wallace by 1 point
Inquirer: Mushroom politics: Chesco farms seek immigrant workers
Inquirer: ‘Jihad Jane’ terrorist known as ‘theblackflag’ gets 15-year sentence
Delco Daily Times: Toomey comes to Trainer to talk about fuel standards
Delco Daily Times: Halloween treat: No new taxes for Chester County property owners
Delco Daily Times: Rabbi addresses Chesco commissioners on synagogue shooting
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2018: Boling challenges Murt for 152nd state House seat
Daily Local News: Roe, Sappey debate in West Bradford

Post-Gazette: Trump and his family pay respects at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill
Post-Gazette: Remembering the Victims: A look at the 11 lives taken during Saturday’s massacre
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Jewish refugee resettlement agency, HIAS vow to continue work after threats, Squirrel Hill shooting  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh ‘ready to fight’ on gun issues, Councilman O’Connor says
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh synagogue shooting defendant moved to Butler County; some officials unhappy
Post-Gazette: Experience an issue in who replaces veteran state Rep. Joe Markosek
Post-Gazette: Some businesses elect to give workers day off to vote
CNN: Squirrel Hill synagogue rabbi to politicians: Tone down ‘words of hate’
New York Times: Bowers had 10 guns, all legally owned, ATF concludes
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s what this privately held natural gas driller has planned in the region
The Incline: This is Squirrel Hill: How one neighborhood became Pittsburgh’s ‘center of Jewish life’
WESA: Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty In Pittsburgh Shooting, But It’s Far From Settled
WESA: Differences In Experience, Policy Drive Race For Open Seat In 39th State House District

Observer-Reporter: Open seat in 14th Congressional District will bring new representative
Altoona Mirror: McGinnis gives farewell at final town hall session
Altoona Mirror: DA: Turnover hurting public safety
Beaver County Times: Republican voter registrations in county surge in last four years
Beaver County Times: Clergy offers words of solace: ‘A holy place should be a safe place’
Beaver County Times: DEP orders work to stop on pipeline that exploded in Center Township
Beaver County Times: Midland madness: Three council members resign in less than two weeks
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area public school districts receive safety, security funds
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Help available for voters who encounter problems at polls
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area church leaders pledge to take steps to keep congregations safe

Citizens Voice: Meuser, Wolff clash on hot topic issues
Citizens Voice: County council mulls budgets for corrections, controller
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tony George to seek second term
The Times Leader: Henry stresses property tax issue in effort to deny Pashinski seventh term
The Times Leader: Luzerne County staff size comparisons released
The Times Leader: Superintendent, chief of district operations at Crestwood put on paid leave pending bus investigation
Times-Tribune: Hundreds attend Scranton vigil for victims of Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County 2019 pension fund contributions to remain a mystery during budget public hearings
Times-Tribune: DeNaples revokes offer to school district

South Central
WITF: Smucker, King clash on immigration in final debate for 11th district
Lebanon Daily News: County GOP to rally Thursday night
LNP: Here’s what you need to know about the candidates in 10 state House races in LAncaaster County
LNP: Debate coverage: Rep. Lloyd Smucker, Jess King square off in hour-long forum
York Daily Record: York County candidates speak of policies, issues at forum
York Daily Record: Candidates talk about taxes, marijuana, more
Harrisburg Patriot News: lawsuits challenge new Pa. Corrections’ policy to withhold mail from inmates
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania GOP dealt 3rd redistricting loss in US courts
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, Scott Wagner divided over how to make schools safer
York Dispatch: Planning commission to hold 3rd public meeting stormwater on authority
York Dispatch: Dems and Republican leaders: Midterm enthusiasm high in York County
York Dispatch: York County gubernatorial , congressional Dems outraise Repubicans
Carlisle Sentinel: Concerns growing over rejections of vote-by-mail ballots
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school board approves contracts to complete the build-out of office space

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: 10 local school districts receive $250,000 in grants
WFMZ: Behind the Ballot: U.S. Senate
WFMZ: Berks Art Council awards over $45,000 in regional grant funds
WFMZ: Congressional candidates face off in 9th district debate
Express Times: LVIA budget includes $19M for runway reconstruction plan, other big projects
Morning Call: Call it ‘Glittergate’: Emrick campaign suggests something sinister about sparkles
Morning Call: With two tied votes, Vacancy Board will pick new Bethlehem Township Commissioner
Reading Eagle: Reading police officer turnover hurting city budget
Reading Eagle: I-LEAD charter school board wants school’s charter renewed
Reading Eagle: Scott Wagner criticizes Gov. Tom Wolf, Reading mayor during visit with Reading Eagle

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials announce plans to increase City Hall security
Erie Times-News: County Council approves EMTA appointments, with a proviso
Erie Times-News: Erie CPR consider appeal of viaduct lawsuit dismissal
Erie Times-News: Agencies receive $182,000 of Coastal Resources Management grants

Inquirer Editorial Board: Pittsburgh shootings a reminder: state gun laws matter
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Prescription for success: St. Clair Hospital prospers in tough climate
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Exploiting the elderly: Study questions lucrative care for dying patients
Dan Simpson: Wracked by violence at home and abroad
Solomon Jones: Threatening birthright citizenship is an attack on African Americans
Will Bunch: Political violence tore America apart in the 1850s. Today, this Yale historian says we’re ‘on the edge’
Stu Bykofsky: Armed guards in synagogues? They’re already there
Fred Behrend and Larry Hanover: N.J. Holocaust survivor: I worry Kristallnacht could happen again
Seth Barron: To me, the word ‘globalist’ doesn’t mean ‘Jew’
Marc Lamont Hill: Black folks suffer most without fair workweek protections

  • Do you agree that ByteDance should be forced to divest TikTok?

    • Yes. It's a national security risk. (60%)
    • No. It's an app used by millions and poses no threat. (40%)
    • What's ByteDance? (0%)

    Total Voters: 30

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