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October 4th Playbook

State Rep. Russ Diamond announced he’s seeking the Republican nomination for the special election in the state Senate’s 48th District. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan will co-host a fundraiser for Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Happy Friday politicos, here is the Playbook! 

SD48: Diamond Announces Bid for GOP Nomination: The Lebanon County state rep believes he is the most qualified and logical choice to fill the vacant seat.

Houlahan To Co-Host Buttigieg Fundraiser: The Chester County Democrat, who has not endorsed a candidate in the race, has also previously accepted invitations to serve as a co-host for fundraisers for former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

Legislative Election Update: 
SD-9: John Kane, a longtime Chester County labor leader, has announced he’s seeking the Democratic party nomination in hopes to best state Sen. Tom Kllion (R-Delaware). 

Harrisburg & DC   
NPR: How Rep. Susan Wild Is Balancing The Impeachment Inquiry, Her Constituents’ Concerns 
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf won’t veto controversial E-Verify bill and other takeaways from #AskGovWolf
WITF: Pa. laws keep victims silent, child sex abuse survivors say
WITF: Former Pa. congressional contender Christina Hartman to run for auditor general 
Patriot News: Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. doesn’t want health care forgotten amid impeachment inquiry
Patriot News: Want to vote in November? The deadline is approaching quickly
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive order to place Pennsylvania in multi-state carbon fee program
PLSReporter: Rep. Russ Diamond, Lebanon County DA join fray to earn Republican nod in SD 48 
PLSReporter: Wolf announces intention to join regional cap-and-trade program 
Inquirer: ‘Nobody listened’: How Pa. failed to detect, stop abuse at Glen Mills and other schools
Inquirer: Impeachment draws some cheers in this PA swing district, but voters at town hall have other issues, too
Inquirer: The agency that polices America’s elections is paralyzed. The blunt FEC chair on why that’s bad for 2020 
Post-Gazette: As support for impeachment inquiry grows, Pa. Republicans stick with the president by attacking Dems 
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf seeks to cap Pa.’s power plant emissions and join regional carbon market
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf plans to have Pennsylvania join a regional effort to cut carbon emissions
AP: Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative 
AP: After court ruling, state House to resume faith-based prayer 
National Journal: Get In Where You Fit In
City Paper: Report: Pennsylvania ranks 18th in the country for energy efficiency
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf begins process to bring Pennsylvania into regional cap-and-trade program 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘No child should ever be locked up’: SEIU Healthcare members want ICE detention center in Berks County shut down 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Philly state lawmaker says supervised injection sites aren’t the answer to fighting drug use. So he wants to ban them
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania is once again debating how to address the victims of ‘predator priests.’ Here’s what we know 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s how to get a free bus ride from Harrisburg to D.C. on Oct. 8 when the SCOTUS hears LGBTQ rights cases
The Hill: Pennsylvania joins coalition requiring utilities to curb carbon emissions
The Hill: Raffle offers deer hunt with ‘modern-day Teddy Roosevelt’ Donald Trump Jr.

Philly Clout: She lost her parking ticket, so the Philadelphia Parking Authority sent her some porn 
Inquirer: Council passes bill requiring Philly youth organizations accommodate trans kids
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner launches data website aimed at tracking his office’s impact 
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney heading to Copenhagen to talk about climate change
Inquirer: The agency that polices America’s elections is paralyzed. The blunt FEC chair on why that’s bad for 2020 
Inquirer: Former president of Philly teachers’ union local charged with embezzlement 
Billy Penn: You can now track the Philly criminal justice system in real time
Billy Penn: Building trades to donate repairs for houses shot up in North Philly police standoff
WHYY Newsworks: Philly is close to settling on a ‘better way’ to sell city land
WHYY Newsworks: How ‘prison gerrymandering’ could impact your voting district
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia wants to ban highly polluting oils burned to heat buildings
PLSReporter: City Council expand protections for trans citizens
KYW Newsradio: Pa. agency that helps make homes affordable criticized for rule that forces some owners out

Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick talks impeachment with Truman students. And whether he wants to be president. 
Inquirer: Some Republicans, including Pa.’s Brian Fitzpatrick, want Trump inquiry but balk at impeachment talk
Inquirer: ‘Nobody listened’: How Pa. failed to detect, stop abuse at Glen Mills and other schools
Delco Daily Times: Labor leader Kane eyes Dem nod to challenge Killion
Delco Daily Times: Leach sues Philly newspaper, reporter for defamation
Delco Daily Times: Man tells Senate panel of abuse at hands of priest 
Delco Daily Times: Delco hires firm to study county salaries 
Delco Daily Times: Senate hearing focuses on big issues facing emergency services in state
Daily Local News: Local farmers urged to apply for conservation tax credits 
Daily Local News: League to hold Juvenile Justice Forum in West Chester
Bucks Local News: Governor takes executive action to combat climate change, carbon emissions

KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Delineates His Position On Pres. Trump Impeachment Inquiry With Precision
KDKA: Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach Proposes Constitutional Amendment To Ban Fracking
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Takes On Climate Change, Moves To Have Pa. Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative 
KDKA: AG Shapiro Files Legal Objection To Purdue Pharma’s $38M Bonuses For Executives 
Post-Gazette: Voters guide: What you need to know about the upcoming 2019 local elections
Post-Gazette: As support for impeachment inquiry grows, Pa. Republicans stick with the president by attacking Dems 
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf seeks to cap Pa.’s power plant emissions and join regional carbon market 
Post-Gazette: Mayor’s office, DCDC plan Pittsburgh Fashion Summit 
Post-Gazette: Woman who won legal battle in old abuse case against Catholic church asks that ruling stand
WESA: Middleman Faults Zappala For Handling Of Gas Station Assault, But Others Say DA Made The Right Call
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fetterman hopeful to reach bipartisan support for legalizing recreational-use marijuana
City Paper: Pittsburgh urban agricultural organizations receive thousands in state Farm Bill grants

Altoona Mirror: Wolf pushes faster pot pardons
Observer-Reporter: Concealed carry seminar offered in Greene 
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf to speed up pardon process for small marijuana convictions 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners race: Candidates discuss county finances, taxes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Salute to Veterans dinner will honor those from WWII
Beaver County Times: Think tank backs marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania 
Beaver County Times: Mobile app offers restaurant inspection reports

The Times Leader: Mullery bill would put moratorium on White Haven, Polk center closures
The Times Leader: Shapiro: Opioid crisis main threat to public safety, health
Times-Tribune: Republican group challenges Cartwright’s ethics
Times-Tribune: Debates set for Scranton mayor, city council and county commissioner candidates
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor raises salaries for select officials
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council calls for cover sheets to accompany proposed legislation
Times-Tribune: Dunmore resident launches write-in campaign after landfill vote
Times-Tribune: Cummings, O’Malley voice frustrations over state AG prison probe
Citizens Voice: AG Shapiro talks combatting opioids during symposium in W-B
Citizens Voice: Election board splits with Pedri on voting machines

South Central 
Patriot News: Lebanon County DA Dave Arnold announces candidacy for open Pa. Senate seat
Patriot News: Dates chosen for selecting nominees to fill open Pa. Senate seat
Patriot News: Harrisburg midyear budget report ‘looking very positive’: mayor
LNP | LancasterOnline: Weed would be sold at state’s liquor stores under Lancaster rep’s proposal
York Dispatch: More greenhouse gases: What to expect after TMI’s closure

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s new voting machines are ready, election officials say [Video]
Reading Eagle: Report finds 86% of Berks County residents approve of legalized recreational marijuana
Morning Call: PA lawmaker sexually abused as child says it’s up to Senate to act on statute of limitations
Morning Call: No tax hike proposed in Northampton County’s 2020 budget, which is $16.2 million less than 2019
Morning Call: Lead pipes pose a health risk. Utility will charge Lehigh Valley customers 10 cents a month so it can replace them.

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State Rep. Scott Conklin eyes run for Pennsylvania’s chief fiscal officer
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Area lawmakers question Wolf’s Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A war on the poor: Proposal would limit help to SNAP recipients 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Too much sugar: Study shows Americans need to adjust diets 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stoking anxiety over ‘Joker’ is unreasonable
Mayor Jim Kenney: Our city leaders commit to fighting poverty 
Judge Marjorie Rendell: Civics education is failing 
John Baer: Of Scott Perry, impeachment efforts and the 2020 campaign 
Ann Juliano: Pennsylvania House bill seeks to prop up gun-rights groups like NRA 
Marc Stier: Five myths about raising the minimum wage — debunked 
Sharon R. Lopez: This is what’s at stake in the three LGBTQ rights cases now before the Supreme Court | Analysis
John L. Micek: Por favor, den la bienvenida a Estrella-Capital | Thursday Morning Coffee
Jenice Armstrong: She was ‘forced to resign’ after her allegations brought down Philly’s police commissioner 
Will Bunch: There is no justice in AG Barr and Trump’s insane, paranoid world of political vendettas 
Sigal Ben-Porath: An impeachment inquiry signals national crisis. But it’s also an opportunity for teachers. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: China’s 70th Anniversary parade for Hong Kong

2 Responses

  1. Republicans are cowards, plain and simple. Trump clearly is flaunting the law and they are putting party over country.

  2. The Dem Presidential selection process is being steamrolled by Trump’s antics. It appears very difficult to see a path for suburban Republicans to win in the house and it appears very hard to see R’s in Arizona and Colorado winning in the Senate. Biden increasingly appears to be pushed by Trump to be his opponent while Dems sort of drift toward Biden. This impeachment dynamic is a political game changer making it extremely difficult for R’s in suburbs or states that are not red.

  • 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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