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October 3rd Playbook

A new Mercyhurst poll shows President Donald Trump trailing a few of the Democratic presidential frontrunners in Erie County. Sen. Bob Casey will campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden in New Hampshire on Friday. Here is the Playbook. 

Mercyhurst: Trump Trails in Erie County: The most recent poll shows Trump looking up at Former VP Biden and Sens. Warren and Sanders in the key swing county.

Casey to Campaign for Biden in New Hampshire: Sen. Bob Casey will attend a phone bank with volunteers for Biden’s campaign Friday afternoon in Manchester.

GOP Ad Links Cartwright to Impeachment: The Super PAC is hoping to soften up support for impeachment by targeting Dems like Cartwright who represent districts the President won.

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

Tabas Talks to National Journal: In an Q&A with Alex Clearfield, PAGOP Chairman Lawrence Tabas said he’s optimistic over a number of races in 2020 from President Trump to flipping seats in Congress. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach sues Inquirer, reporter, alleging defamation
Inquirer: If you have a minor marijuana conviction in Pennsylvania, you can now get an expedited pardon 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s overdose crisis is shifting, new DEA report finds
Inquirer: Penn State law clinic urges Pa. public-defender system for immigrants facing deportation, saying stakes can be life or death
Inquirer: For Joe Biden, Trump’s impeachment inquiry emphasizes his strong standing while also testing it
Inquirer: Comcast lawsuit in Supreme Court could cause ‘irreparable harm’ to minority protections, NAACP warns
Spotlight PA: We’re investigating the business of drug addiction treatment in Pa. Share your stories.
National Journal: Wednesday Q+A With Lawrence Tabas
WITF: Pa.’s upcoming election features a contentious ballot question: Marsy’s Law, or not?
WITF: New report says Pa. state parks funding hasn’t kept pace with inflation
PA Post: ‘Red flag’ gun bill author eyes changes to ease lawmakers’ concerns
Post-Gazette: DEP lawyers up for state grand jury shale gas investigation    
Patriot News: Rep. Russ Diamond announces bid for Pa. Senate seat vacated by Mike Folmer 
Patriot News: Survivors’ stories ‘made an impact’ on senators weighing changes to Pa.’s statutes of limitations 
Patriot News: ’It’s the right thing to do:’ Gov. Wolf, allies tout expedited pardons process for ‘low-level’ marijuana crimes
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf aims to raise Pa.’s profile in climate change fight by joining multi-state carbon tax program 
Patriot News: Pa. state parks funding failing to keep pace with inflation: report  
WHYY Newsworks: The fate of Sen. Toomey’s background checks bill
PLSReporter: Fine wine, good spirits and… weed? Lawmakers propose legalization bill that would sell marijuana at state stores 
PLSReporter: Legislators weigh action on statute of limitations reform in Senate hearing 
PLSReporter: Stein appears in Philadelphia to challenge voting machines 
StateImpactPA: Shale gas off-ramp: Pa.’s fracking boom produces a glut of ethane that’s helping fuel plastics production overseas
AP: Pennsylvania to move forward on power plant emission caps
AP: Fight over Philadelphia’s voting machines may head to court
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Tanqueray and chronic? Pa. House Democrat wants to sell legal cannabis in state liquor stores
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump’s labor board won’t stop Pitt grad students’ union push
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Special education costs are ballooning, as state funding lags behind
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvanians with minor cannabis convictions can apply for an expedited pardon 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can reporters prevent gun violence? This Philadelphia journalist wants to find out 
The Hill: Federal judge rules first U.S. supervised opioid injection site is legal

Inquirer: Judge: Philly supervised injection site proposal does not violate federal law 
Inquirer: Green Party’s Jill Stein moves to challenge Philly’s new $29M voting machines
Inquirer: City Council members want the Philadelphia School District to release hidden attendance data 
Inquirer: Bankrupt Philly refinery’s request to pay secret executive bonuses raises objections  
Inquirer: Workers at Philly’s public media station, WHYY, decide to unionize
Inquirer: Asbestos concerns cancel class for the rest of the week for Ben Franklin, SLA students
Billy Penn: Everything you need to know about Philadelphia’s new voting machines
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Crackhouse statute’ argument against supervised injection site shot down by judge 
WHYY Newsworks: Kensington neighbors dismayed by ruling on supervised injection site
WHYY Newsworks: WHYY reporters, producers form union, ask for voluntary recognition
KYW Newsradio: Judge to decide if PES refinery can give confidential bonuses to execs while owners muddle through bankruptcy 
Philadelphia Tribune: Black-owned firm to help transform South Broad Street site
Philadelphia Tribune: Week-long celebration offers resources for minority-owned businesses 

Delco Daily Times: Recreational pot advocates tout economic benefits for Pa.
Inquirer: Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach sues Inquirer, reporter, alleging defamation
WHYY Newsworks: Brian Fitzpatrick on Trump’s Ukraine call
Daily Local News: Elected officials explain importance of local government
Daily Local News: State Rep. Shusterman to host Veterans’ Breakfast
Bucks County Courier Times: Sanders was right to check out symptoms, Bucks doctor says
Pottstown Mercury: Montco contested elections in The Mercury’s coverage area 

Post-Gazette: Council roundup: City to get internal ‘racial equity toolkit’, Finance Department looking to better manage tax collection
Post-Gazette: DEP lawyers up for state grand jury shale gas investigation 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools launches pilot program to diversify teacher workforce
Post-Gazette: A shared future: Braddock, East Pittsburgh, North Braddock eye comprehensive plan
Post-Gazette: District judge race in Moon roiled by fundraising faux pas
Post-Gazette: Voters must register by Monday for the Nov. 5 election
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania provides $96,000 for urban farming in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania bill would legalize pot, make state the only seller
KDKA: Matt Drozd Sheds Light On What May Be Major Jail Dilemma 
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf And Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Provide Update On Marijuana Conviction Pardon Process 
KDKA: President Trump Engages In More Back And Forth On Impeachment Charges 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County candidates focus on addiction crisis
Altoona Mirror: Charter school reforms touted
Altoona Mirror: Blair libraries seek small funding increase
Altoona Mirror: Census rep urges participation
Beaver County Times: Beaver County chamber cancels commissioners debate
Beaver County Times: Two companies interested in Beaver County property reassessment
Beaver County Times: Casey denounces Trump’s attacks on whistleblower
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates stay same in Washington, Greene

Times-Tribune: Judges order Bolus off ballot in Scranton mayoral election; three other challenges rejected
Times-Tribune: NEPA’s unemployment rises in August
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board issues recommendation on new voting system
The Times Leader: Hard facts and a personal moment: Combatting opioid crisis
Citizens Voice: Local lawmakers assist Dallas students at voter registration drive
Citizens Voice: County voting machine reports released; financial info redacted

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former congressional candidate Christina Hartman announces run for auditor general 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bill proposes sale of recreational marijuana at Pennsylvania’s state stores 
Patriot News: Rep. Russ Diamond announces bid for Pa. Senate seat vacated by Mike Folmer 
Patriot News: Survivors’ stories ‘made an impact’ on senators weighing changes to Pa.’s statutes of limitations 
Patriot News: ’It’s the right thing to do:’ Gov. Wolf, allies tout expedited pardons process for ‘low-level’ marijuana crimes
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf aims to raise Pa.’s profile in climate change fight by joining multi-state carbon tax program 
Patriot News: Pa. state parks funding failing to keep pace with inflation: report 
Patriot News: Harrisburg awarded $5 million to combat lead paint in local homes 
Patriot News: Eight to receive Catalyst Awards for contributions to Harrisburg region 
York Dispatch: York County Commissioners back down after publicly lashing sheriff 
York Daily Record: New voting system: What you need to know
Carlisle Sentinel: Fight over Philadelphia’s voting machines may head to court; same machine purchased in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Tax on beer sold at Pennsylvania breweries goes into effect causing some beer prices to rise in Midstate

Lehigh Valley     
Morning Call: At town hall, Susan Wild defends impeachment probe but pledges to remain focused on other issues
Morning Call: High school politician takes an idea rooted in tragedy and gets 84 trees planted on Interstate 78 corridor 
Reading Eagle: Former Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer’s sentence for corruption is appropriate, federal prosecutors argue
Reading Eagle: Marsy’s Law, explained: What you need to know about the crime victims’ rights measure on the November 5 ballot
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania judges running to keep their jobs: 5 ‘yes’ or ‘no’ questions you’ll face on Election Day 
Reading Eagle: Reading resident petitions City Council for traffic light at Second and Buttonwood streets
Express Times: Congressman Susan Wild backs impeachment inquiry at town hall in Allentown
Express Times: Heritage Riverview project behind schedule in Easton, but Hearst still on board, mayor says
Express Times: Would free parking make you shop in downtown Bethlehem? City council wants to find out
Express Times: Here are the Lehigh Valley candidates in contested races this election

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Mercyhurst poll: Biden leads Trump among Erie County voters 
Erie Times-News: Kelly to host safety seminar in Greenville 
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council shelves resolution on EDDC plan 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Governor advocates for cyber charter oversight 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers to host gun law seminar

Inquirer Editorial Board: The court ruled, and Philly is out of excuses. We need a supervised injection site now.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh’s clumsy post a reminder: Elections matter 
Inquirer Staff: Pro/Con: Should Pa. legalize recreational marijuana? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Data for progress: State police must be transparent about who they stop 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Turn in your jeans: Fashion tastes are corrupting the environment
Rep. Stan Saylor: Legalizing marijuana in Pa. is a terrible idea
Emily Balog and Matt Miclette: Too many Pa. veterans are dying by suicide. Tell your lawmakers that Red Flag laws save lives
John L. Micek: Report: Pa. ranks 18th nationwide for its energy efficiency efforts | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Dan Simpson: Issues of impeachment, climate change threaten U.S.
Maria Panaritis: Smartphones are grenades in our kids’ pockets — and we’re not doing enough about it 
Christopher Brueningsen: Pennsylvania schools look to a ‘reset’ to solve tuition crisis 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump’s golf stroke of genius
Trudy Rubin: ‘Absolutely, this harms Ukraine.’ Prominent NGO official in Kiev talks about Trump shakedown 
Lena Surzhko-Harned: Why Ukraine’s president may come to regret his conversation with President Trump | Analysis
The Angry Grammarian: Adam Schiff is a grammatical hero when it comes to Trump’s whistle-blower

One Response

  1. This is going to be a really really really bad year for Pa Republicans. They are in power in Washington with the Senate and WH as well as holding both houses in Pa. Trump is taking the political air out of the room and drawing all attention. The lower tier races below President will suffer as a result so Bucks County Fitzpatrick is in political trouble. Casey working for Biden in New Hampshire is more significant than we think as it may have a lot of positive consequences should Biden win.

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