October 8th Playbook

Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey criticize President Donald Trump’s announcement about withdrawing American troops from northern Syria. Here is the Playbook. 

SD48: Lebanon County DA Dave Arnold Announces Bid for GOP Nomination: The Lebanon County DA describes himself as a consistent conservative and as an outsider to Harrisburg.

Politically Uncorrected: Five Myths that Matter: An Informed citizenry make the best decision–and that is no myth.

Cephas to Serve on Women for Biden Committee: Former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign sent out a release on Monday evening announcing their “Women for Biden” effort. State Rep. Morgan Cephas (D-Philadelphia) is the lone Pennsylvanian to serve on the leadership committee, according to the release. 

Harrisburg & DC   
National Journal: The Forgotten Pennsylvania Battleground
WESA: Toomey Wants Trump To ‘Seriously Reconsider’ Withdrawal Of U.S. Forces From Syria 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A running list of candidates vying for former state Sen. Mike Folmer’s seat 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey, Toomey condemn U.S. withdrawal from northern Syria 
Inquirer: Joe Sestak walked across Pa. in a failed Senate bid. Now he’s crossing New Hampshire in a run for president.
Inquirer: Is it legal to fire a person for being gay in Pennsylvania? The Supreme Court will decide.
Inquirer: Under new rule, Pennsylvania to tax more corporations
AP: Courts tell judges to release info when making appointments 
AP: Judge chosen to resentence Sandusky in child sex abuse case
PLSReporter: New E-Verify requirements now law after Wolf declines to take action 
PLSReporter: SEPTA to purchase solar power from Franklin County project
Tribune Review: What Bob Casey, Pat Toomey are saying about Trump’s Syria decision
KYW Newsradio: Wolf announces new free process for forgiving marijuana convictions statewide 
Philadelphia Magazine: The New York Times Just Assigned an Advance Obituary of Bernie Sanders, Says Staffer
Morning Call: Two Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers criticize President Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops in Syria
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania medical marijuana growers become first in state to unionize

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia mayor travels to Copenhagen for climate summit
KYW Newsradio: Parents, teachers balk at relocation options while Ben Franklin High, SLA close through December
KYW Newsradio: DA drops third-degree murder charge against Michael White in Rittenhouse stabbing
KYW Newsradio: Refuge to close for 8-day ‘mentored deer hunt,’ sparking debate by park-goers
Philadelphia Magazine: Murdered Cop’s Widow Outraged Over “Racist” Tweet by Philly DA Spokesperson Jane Roh
WHYY Newsworks: After contentious town hall, Philly high schools could be closed longer than expected 
WHYY Newsworks: Charges reduced against Philly bike courier accused in fatal stabbing 
Inquirer: Philly’s street sweeping pilot program will end this fall. Should it continue and expand? 
Inquirer: Under new rule, Pennsylvania to tax more corporations
Inquirer: Accused Rittenhouse stabber to be tried for manslaughter, not murder
Inquirer: With their asbestos-tainted Philadelphia school building closed indefinitely, where will 1,000 students learn?
Inquirer: Deal on new rail cars embroils SEPTA in U.S. suspicions of China manufacturer 
Inquirer: What parents need to know about asbestos as Philly readies for town hall meetings on Ben Franklin/SLA 
Inquirer: First time homebuyer? Saving for college? Take advantage of these financial planning workshops

SEPA
Bucks Local News: KAYDEN’S LAW: Bucks County lawmakers introduce bills to ensure children in custody disputes are protected
Delco Daily Times: Going up! Upper Darby raises taxes, trash & sewer fees
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County commissioner candidates express goals at forum
Daily Local News: Free Naloxone training set Oct. 12 in West Chester

Pittsburgh  
Post-Gazette: DA challenger criticizes Stephen Zappala during rally
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Diocese, Pa. AG’s office spar over use of trust fund 
Post-Gazette: Crowdsourcing effort to ID Trump’s whistleblower not the first name-and-shame effort 
Post-Gazette: City aiming to release new greenhouse gas inventory in 2020
Post-Gazette: Health officials’ claim of no cancer cluster angers Canon-McMillan crowd
KDKA: Independent District Attorney Candidate Lisa Middleman Delivers Criticism Of District Attorney Stephen Zappala 
KDKA: Allegheny County DA’s Office Collects About 700 Guns In Annual Gun Turn-In Day
Tribune Review: Faith Forward open house to feature judge candidate, talk on opioid epidemic
City Paper: Following unjust jailing of four teens, DA-candidate Lisa Middleman calls for change 
City Paper: Criminal justice reform, Black girls rising, and more educational and social justice events this week in Pittsburgh
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh charts course for a more sustainable future
WESA: Middleman Blasts DA’s Office for Incarceration of Innocent Teens 
WESA: Legislation Named For Child Killed By Father Aims To Change PA’s Child Custody Proceedings

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Department of Health explains cancer cluster results; parents, concerned groups call on Gov. Wolf, DOH to investigate cancers
Observer-Reporter: Area gun sales have increased significantly in past two decades
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PA Supreme Court orders judges to disclose applicants for vacant elected posts
Altoona Mirror: Prison a big factor in taxes
Beaver County Times: Amadio: County government needs experience to prosper

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Borys Blog: Republican National Committee sets sights on Cartwright
Times-Tribune: Scranton plans housing project with unspent federal HUD funding
Times-Tribune: Convicted ex-Lackawanna County commissioner denied furlough to earn CDL 
Times-Tribune: Scranton council wants answers after learning some sewer sale proceeds in jeopardy  
Times-Tribune: District pledges better communication, student safety in wake of bomb threats
The Times Leader: U.S. Supreme Court denies Ciavarella petition, won’t hear appeal 
Citizens Voice: Borrowing, voting machines on county council agenda 
Citizens Voice: POLITICAL SCENE 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Forum for Cumberland County Commissioner candidates set for Oct. 29 in Carlisle
York Dispatch: Tom Ryan, retired York County businessman, running for 48th District Senate seat 
York Dispatch: More greenhouse gases: What to expect after TMI’s closure 

Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Berks dairy farmers meet state Sen. Judy Schwank, discuss how to make milk production more profitable 
Reading Eagle: Berks County lawmakers warn against withdrawing U.S. forces from Syria
Reading Eagle: Economy improving in Reading, Berks County, census numbers show 
Morning Call: Easton mayor debate: Panto says city is ‘on the right path.’ Reilly says ‘one party rule’ has gone on long enough. 
Morning Call: Two Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers criticize President Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. troops in Syria
Morning Call: Could a Lehigh Valley restaurant name a sandwich after a college athlete? Why local schools are paying close attention to ‘Fair Pay to Play’
Morning Call: Medical marijuana: Lehigh Valley patients and professionals speak up about misconceptions and stigmas

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Tom Ridge takes state of politics to task
Erie Times-News: Former Gov. Tom Ridge visits archives at Mercyhurst
Erie Times-News: Judge to hear tax fight over 2 Erie bayfront hotels 
Erie Times-News: Family care bill subject of public meeting in Erie
Erie Times-News: Erie to seek water system appraisal
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates for county commissioner talk the issues to local Rotary
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Campana seeking another term with write-in campaign 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pragmatic idealism: At Pitt, student activists and administrators work for balance
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Raising the bar: New OT rules must be updated more frequently
Charlie Gerow: Republicans can help Pennsylvania get ahead of the curve in legalizing recreational marijuana
Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Jody E. Owens: Unlikely supporters of ending the death penalty in Pa. and beyond? Prosecutors.
John L. Micek: Philly is talking about getting rid of library late fees. They’re not alone | Monday Morning Coffee
Dick Polman: Trump’s Ukraine problem: He can’t control the story anymore 
Kenneth E. Davis: The Republican Party I knew from Nixon’s impeachment inquiry doesn’t exist anymore

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