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October 9th Playbook

New polling from FOX43/Susquehanna Polling and Research shows a majority of PA Democratic voters undecided on who to support in next year’s primary, while more people oppose marijuana legalization than support it. Here is the Playbook. 

FOX43/SP&R Poll: Majority of PA Dems Remain Undecided in Prez Primary: The new poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading the way with 17% support, while 52% remain undecided.

FOX43/SP&R Poll: Marijuana Legalization Support Lacking As Wolf Hops On Board: The latest poll conducted after Gov. Tom Wolf called for the marijuana legalization for adult recreational use shows that more people oppose his plan in the state than support it.

SD48: Duvall Announces Intentions for Dem Nomination: Duvall said his campaign will focus on supporting unions, raising the minimum wage, increasing access to high quality public education, and access to modern technologies.

Legislative Election Update: 
SD-1: Niki Saval, a leader in Philadelphia’s 2nd Ward and cofounder of Reclaim Philadelphia, is launching a bid against state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) in the Democratic primary, according to Billy Penn. 

HD-30: Lissa Geiger Shulman, an education advocate and former teacher, announced a bid to run in the Democratic primary in hopes to face state Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny). 

Harrisburg & DC   
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Senate Republicans have a big decision’ to make on impeachment: Five takeaways from our conversation with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf calls for non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Pennsylvanians as U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue 
The Intercept: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Staff Pushed Philadelphia Inquirer To Be More Critical of Larry Krasner: Emails
PA Post: Dispute arises over who gets credit for union escape clause in Pa. state government labor contracts
Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General’s buyout offer attracts 46 takers, averting the need for layoffs 
Patriot News: State universities’ enrollment shows decline for the ninth consecutive year; Cheyney’s is on the rise 
AP: US Supreme Court again rejects former judge’s appeal 
AP: County court sued over ban on probationers using medical pot 
AP: University seeks to block graduate student unionization vote
Inquirer: Enrollment falls again across Pennsylvania’s state universities
PLSReporter: AG Shapiro discusses student debt at CCP 
PLSReporter: Otten seeks to prevent pre-emption and empower local governments with new amendment 
PLSReporter: ACLU files suit over Lebanon County medical marijuana restrictions, hopes for statewide impact in ruling 
KYW Newsradio: Supreme Court will hear oral arguments over whether federal law protects LGBT workers
Politico: Exclusive: Top drug lobbyist to depart next year 
The Hill: CEO of drug industry lobbying group announces retirement
The Hill: Penn State football player receives letter calling his dreadlocks ‘disgusting’
StateImpactPA: Washington County family members tell state to ‘fix’ their cancer study 

Billy Penn: This left-wing organizer wants to snag a powerful PA Senate seat from Philly’s Democratic machine 
Billy Penn: Asbestos has been found in alternate schools proposed for Ben Franklin and SLA students
Inquirer: Philly school board chair: Despite missteps, we back superintendent
Inquirer: Philly DA’s Office launches a unit to prosecute employers for crimes against workers 
Philadelphia Tribune: Building industry endorses changes to 10-year tax abatement as City Council mulls next steps 
KYW Newsradio: Families of murder victims protest DA Krasner’s prosecution policies
KYW Newsradio: Ben Franklin, SLA students may know Wednesday where classes start on Monday
KYW Newsradio: City Council leans toward funding preservation efforts for Philly’s historic neighborhoods
Philadelphia Magazine: Listen Up, Philly Employers: Here’s What Your LGBTQ+ Employees Need From You 
WHYY Newsworks: At Philly book tour stop, Hillary Clinton says GOP should back Trump impeachment inquiry 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly cops are getting inside the ‘black box’ of city’s rising traffic fatality problem
Philly Voice: Philly councilwoman supports eliminating Free Library late fees 

Daily Local News: Sen. Toomey visits Sikorsky plant in Sadsbury
Bucks County Courier Times: As 75% of state moves on voting machines, Bucks continues to weigh its options
Inquirer: Upper Bucks township loses appeal against Adelphia Gateway pipeline
Montgomery Media: Rep. DeLissio to discuss recreational cannabis at 89th Town Hall
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Pottsgrove holds hearing to remove Taylor from planning commission

KDKA: Allegheny Co. Executive Fitzgerald Proposes $959M Budget With No Tax Increase
KDKA: Customers At Local Dick’s Sporting Goods React To CEO’s Decision To Destroy $5M Worth Of Assault Rifles
KDKA: Supreme Court Case On LGBTQ Rights May Make A Difference Depending On Where You Live  
KDKA: Public Hearing Held In Canonsburg To Ask Officials About Spike Of Cancer Cases  
KDKA: Governor Tom Wolf Wants To Raise Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage 
KDKA: Pa. Volunteer Firefighter Departments Receive $60M In State Aid
KDKA: Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala To Visit Montour High School And Examine Security Upgrades
KDKA: Register Your Phone Number Under The New ‘Do Not Call’ Law 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County 2020 budget proposal includes no tax increase 
Tribune Review: Dick’s Sporting Goods destroyed $5 million worth of guns, CEO Edward Stack says 
Tribune Review: Sen. Iovino wants to restore arrest rights to sworn school police 
Tribune Review: John Oyler: political campaign memorabilia 
Post-Gazette: Pitt pushes back against PLRB ruling, moves to block union election
Post-Gazette: City to receive second $250,000 grant to fight gun violence 
Post-Gazette: City declares Oct. 27 ‘Remember Repair Together Day’ in perpetuity to honor Tree of Life victims
Pittsburgh Business Times: Legislators urge more study into causes of childhood cancer in Washington County —and whether drilling is involved
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt disputes ruling that it meddled in grad students union election
City Paper: New legislation introduced to combat lack of diversity in Pittsburgh’s fire department
City Paper: Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO feels fine about losing $250 million following gun-sale restrictions

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Chip Minemyer | Johnstown man’s letter to Penn State player called racially insensitive, sets off social-media firestorm 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: VIDEO | Showdown between candidate, businessman grabs spotlight in Cambria commissioners election 
Beaver County Times: Fiber-optic plan must go back to drawing board 
Beaver County Times: Federal disaster relief approved for farms in Beaver, Lawrence counties
Observer-Reporter: Monongahela to get $344,000 in CDBG funding

Citizens Voice: County OKs $33 million loan for 911 upgrade, voting machines, old debt
Times-Tribune: Appeals court’s late deadline in Scranton mayor election case may cause ballot dilemma
Times-Tribune: Borys Blog: Here’s an update on a housewife and a congressman
The Times Leader: Luzerne County OKs borrowing for new 911 and voting systems 
The Times Leader: Gazenski’s name pulled from WB Housing Authority board appointment
The Times Leader: Second rally held outside Children and Youth headquarters

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: East Lampeter resident to announce run for Pa.’s 11th District congressional seat 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lawmakers, school and health officials discuss ‘growing gap’ in special education funding in Manheim Township
Patriot News: Pa. Auditor General’s buyout offer attracts 46 takers, averting the need for layoffs 
Patriot News: Nearly $60 million coming to support Pa.’s volunteer firefighters, Auditor General DePasquale announces
Patriot News: Dispute arises over who gets credit for union escape clause in Pa. state government labor contracts
York Dispatch: GOP set to choose 48th District candidate next week
York Dispatch: Once interested, House Republicans blast Wolf over RGGI 
York Dispatch: York County voters interface with new voting machines at public library outreach 
KDKA: County Court Sued Over Ban On Probationers Using Medical Marijuana
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Banning safe drug injection sites in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley     
Morning Call: Impeachment, the Kurds and climate change: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild fields questions on wide-ranging issues at ‘Business Matters’ taping 
Morning Call: Allentown Diocese taps little of its $300 million in Lehigh Valley real estate to compensate abuse victims
Reading Eagle: Bob Casey says health coverage for 20 million Americans is in jeopardy 
Reading Eagle: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan goes to ground zero in the battle against the spotted lanternfly 
Reading Eagle: General Election 2019: Berks County commissioners 
Reading Eagle: General Election 2019: Berks County recorder of deeds 
Reading Eagle: General Election 2019: Berks County clerk of courts 
Reading Eagle: General Election 2019: Berks County sheriff 
Reading Eagle: General Election 2019: Uncontested Berks County row offices

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Family care bill subject of public meeting in Erie
Erie Times-News: Decision to come soon in Erie bayfront hotels’ tax case

Inquirer Editorial Board: In Ben Franklin/SLA asbestos crisis, the whole system is guilty 
LNP Editorial Board: F&M needs to ensure that all of its students feel welcome 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rise of the deepfakes: Be wary of convincing scams 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t let the bedbugs bite: Vigilance, awareness needed when taking on pests
John L. Micek: Casey: That ‘Goddamn’ GOP lawsuit is ‘ripping away’ at Obamacare | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: Echoes of a shameful era in Allegheny County justice
Miriam Aroni Krinsky and Jody E. Owens: Unlikely supporters of ending the death penalty in Pa. and beyond? Prosecutors. 
Joe Nocera: What’s Lost When a Local Newspaper Withers
John L. Micek: This isn’t hard: LGBTQ Pennsylvanians deserve protections under the law
Clark Neily and Jeffrey A. Singer: Safehouse will face more legal hurdles, but those objections won’t hold up 
Mecca Taylor and Jade Gilliam: School district has broken our trust, say students displaced by asbestos 
Christine Flowers: Hotel Heroin is last thing any city needs
Joshua Friedman: US is at a crossroads, where’s Fitzpatrick?
Paul Muschick: I can’t believe we’re still arguing about LGBTQ rights
David Mislin: How a 1905 debate about ‘tainted’ Rockefeller money is a reminder of ethical dilemmas today
Gene Therapy: China officially furious over one Rocket’s red glare
Shaleen Title and Michael S. Sinha: Vaping bans like Massachusetts’ will not stop illness outbreak 
Lisa Servon: Credit cards are not the solution to the growing student debt crisis 
Will Bunch: Hong Kong protesters should wave dollar bills, not U.S. flag, so NBA, Trump will pay attention 
Dava Guerin: Ellen Degeneres and George W. Bush’s friendship is what makes America great 
Jenice Armstrong: Letter writer: Make Penn State Great Again — and cut off your dreadlocks while you’re at it

3 Responses

  1. Half of PA Dems might be undecided on which of numerous candidates to vote FOR, but they know for sure who they will vote AGAINST: Trump.

  2. Culturally, the marijuana train left the station a long time ago. Fine, we will spend another 10 years offering anecdotes about a distant relative who smoked marijuana and who was never the same or we will trot out fears about all the dangers that will happen if pot is legalized. News flash! It is legalized in an underground sense as lots of folks are lighting up on a regular basis along with more and more media stories of affable celebs who smoke marijuana. It’s now just waiting for the right time more than if it will happen. The pot battle is long since over and has been that way for many years.

  3. DePasquale’s fundraising numbers look strong in PA-10, and it’s all coming from people from PA. Scott Perry is toast.

  • 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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