September 17th Playbook

President Obama will hit the campaign trail this week in Philly for Casey and Wolf, while a debate between lt. Governor candidates is confirmed. Here is the Playbook.

September 14th Ups & Downs: A new Monmouth Poll shows a “mixed outlook” for a Congressional race, the Democrats Fall Dinner includes rallying behind one another and against Trump, and a Roll Call rating change in the race for Governor, and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Obama To Campaign for Wolf and Casey in Philadelphia: The 44th President hits the campaign trail.

Trump’s Support of Rothfus: President Trump tweeted from his personal twitter account on Saturday about his “total endorsement” for Rep. Keith Rothfus.  

Harrisburg & DC
WITF: Pa. House likely to rally behind abuse protection bill; Senate still at-odds
KYW Newsradio: Banning the book: Pennsylvania DOC faces backlash over recent policy change
Delco Daily Times: Toomey calls on EPA boss to visit refineries in light of renewable fuel situation
Post-Gazette: Wuerl says his imminent resignation is needed so church can move forward
Post-Gazette: Who gets to say where it’s safe to build a pipeline?  
Post-Gazette: Wuerl, during Washington Mass, asks for mercy, forgiveness, healing
PLSReporter: While Philly suburbs loom large, battle for House is showing up across Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – September 10, 2018
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
StateImpactPA: Rising sea levels could affect your flight. Airports at water’s edge are trying to make sure they don’t
Altoona Mirror: Pa. lawmakers pushing for more open primaries
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gubernatorial race carries implications in fight to kill school property taxes
PennLive: Lieutenant governor candidates agree to debate on Oct. 6
AP: As campaign cash rolls in, 2 House races tilt to Democrats
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: What does DCCC chair have to say about PA-7?    
Morning Call: Open primary voting in Pennsylvania? The state Senate’s top leader is floating a bill to allow it
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Property tax relief for veterans organizations sought

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Obama to rally with Sen. Bob Casey, Gov. Wolf in Philly next week
Inquirer: Voting on campus: At Haverford College, they want to, but can’t
Inquirer: Foundations pledge $20 million for local journalism, $9 million for Philly parks and arts
Inquirer: In South Philly, a long-hidden heroin crisis can’t be ignored anymore
Philadelphia Magazine: Michelle Obama Is Coming to Philly, and Here’s How You Can Get Tickets
WHYY Newsworks: In Philly, ‘Abolish ICE’ protests meet the Jewish high holidays
WHYY Newsworks: Philly councilwoman urges regulations for city’s recovery houses
Billy Penn: Philadelphia is now the second U.S. city to require sodium warnings on chain restaurant menus
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA’s policy banning advocacy ads gets federal court hearing
KYW Newsradio: Banning the book: Pennsylvania DOC faces backlash over recent policy change
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia city hall hosts pop-up statue addressing gun violence in schools
KYW Newsradio: Report card on Philadelphia’s effort to be more business friendly shows some progress

SEPA
Billy Penn: No, congressional candidate Scott Wallace does not want to tax families for ‘breeding’
Inquirer: Voting on campus: At Haverford College, they want to, but can’t
Pottstown Mercury: Spring City welcomes new police chief
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery public school paychecks topped $1 billion in 2017
Bucks County Courier Times: Paycheck to paycheck: Some school districts struggle to explain payroll
Delco Daily Times: In Upper Darby, community gathers to walk through the stigma of addiction
Delco Daily Times: Delco delves into another reassessment process
Delco Daily Times: Toomey calls on EPA boss to visit refineries in light of renewable fuel situation
Delco Daily Times: Former Upland Council prez gets prison time in kickback scheme
Delco Daily Times: County controller questions $370G in prison legal bills
Daily Local News: Chester County K-9 audit questions spending, control of funds

Pittsburgh
WESA: Rothfus Is First To Go Negative In Match-Up With Lamb
Post-Gazette: DA’s office seeks gag order in Antwon Rose case
Post-Gazette: If Amazon HQ2 comes to Pittsburgh, it could mean an unprecedented apartment crunch
Post-Gazette: Wuerl says his imminent resignation is needed so church can move forward
Post-Gazette: Who gets to say where it’s safe to build a pipeline?
Post-Gazette: Wuerl, during Washington Mass, asks for mercy, forgiveness, healing
Post-Gazette: Emails reveal conflict between Allegheny County Jail, Allegheny General Hospital over inmate medical care
Post-Gazette: Army secretary — a Uniontown native — visits Steelers game for swearing-in event
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh pulls in $197K a year selling used vehicles, equipment
KDKA: Pittsburgh Ranks No. 2 In Millennial Debt

SWPA
Observer-Reporter: U.S. Senate funds work lower Mon navigation improvements
Observer-Reporter: Town hall to feature state House, Senate candidates
Observer-Reporter: County to benefit from $7.5M in state redevelopment grants
Observer-Reporter: Power co-ops helping to bring solar energy to rural areas
Beaver County Times: Big Knob firefighters awarded rescue equipment
Beaver County Times: Week in Review: Sept. 8-14
Altoona Mirror: County hiring deputy warden
Altoona Mirror: Pa. lawmakers pushing for more open primaries
Altoona Mirror: AASD seeks lawsuit dismissal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Westmont Hilltop board president eyes consolidation
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: After decades of fighting against church abuse cover-up, attorney sees progress
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Behind the scenes: Lawmaker balances fun, family with duty to the office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO: Win or lose in November, Rothfus won’t represent Johnstown area in 2019

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Bishop: More victims came forward
Citizens Voice: Resident: Wilkes-Barre dragging its feet over flooding concerns
The Times Leader: Luzerne County readies for assessment of new power plant in Salem Township
The Times Leader: Warehouse wages discussed at Luzerne County Council meeting
The Times Leader: Report: Pain medicine abuse worse than heroin in region
Times-Tribune: Bishop: Nearly 30 more victims have come forward since grand jury report

South Central
York Dispatch: Rep. Scott Perry, George Scott to participate in first 10th District debate
York Dispatch: York City partnering with AmeriCorps CASA to bring Latino voice to economic development
York Dispatch: York County school districts against statewide income tax collection
York Daily Record: Scott Wagner’s ‘bullying’ becomes focus of billboards coming to York and Dauphin counties
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle panel grapples with solutions to gun violence
PennLive: Mayor Papenfuse’s criticism of AutoZone project isn’t unusual, business expert says
York Daily Record: Accusation of bribe for York Galleria casino denounced by Springettsburg Township official
York Dispatch: Planning commission wants farmers’ input on stormwater authority

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: What does DCCC chair have to say about PA-7?
Morning Call: Allentown slaps nonprofits with business tax; one hits back with lawsuit
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: Property tax relief for veterans organizations sought
Reading Eagle: Focus on the Issues: 44th Senate District
Reading Eagle: Senate hopeful Lou Barletta energizes crowd at Berks grassroots ‘Day of Action’
Reading Eagle: Berks County loses noted business leader, community proponent
Reading Eagle: Reading’s managing director, solicitor placed on paid leave
Express Times: Easton schools’ safety director asks parents to buy in to public safety plan

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bids opened for next section of thruway project
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Report: Prison population up
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners OK funding suggestions
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council, Sewer Authority to discuss improvements
Erie Times-News: PUC studying energy affordability in Pennsylvania

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: The Catholic Church is not the only institution that should be protecting victims of child sexual abuse
Will Bunch: Trumpism is fueled by one thing: Fear. 12,800 kids are paying a terrible price
Dena Ferrara Driscoll: Your friendly neighborhood crossing guards could make your corners even safer — if only the city would let them
Maria Panaritis: Parents want to work political races. But who will watch the kids?
Mike Newall: On Kensington Avenue, she’s everyone’s mom and a finder of the lost
Helen Ubinas: Mike didn’t buy that cops were really trying to help people get jobs. So they helped get him one
Trudy Rubin: Will anyone save Syrians in Idlib from possible massacre by Putin, Assad?
Abraham Gutman: Who helps those who don’t go viral like Johnny Bobbitt?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: District dysfunction: Law enforcement should look into West Mifflin woes
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Take care with this case: Judge should recuse himself in Antwon Rose case
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Getting the lead out: Detroit isn’t the only city with a school water crisis
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ironic redneck: Burt Reynolds was one of the last true entertainers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A step toward justice: Prosecutions of police fatal force cases show respect
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A contact sport: Politics is about pressure and passion
Brian O’Neill: A Pittsburgh connection to the ‘First Man’ flag flap
Keith C. Burris: A walk with the dead

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