September 18th Playbook

Pennsylvania NOW changes its endorsement requirements, while Rothfus takes the first jab at Lamb in a tv ad. Here is the Playbook.

PoliticsPA’s 2018 Congressional Vulnerability Ranking, September Update: Contributing Write Louis Jacobson provides updates rankings with less than 2 months until the election.

PA17: Rothfus Hits Lamb First in TV Ad: The GOP candidate accuses his opponent of not protecting voters interest.

Pennsylvania NOW Changes Endorsement Requirements: The organization will be asking candidates to sign a petition calling for the resignation of state Sen. Daylin Leach, state Rep. Nicholas Miccarelli, and Philadelphia Sheriff Jewell Williams.

PA Lt. Gov: Bartos and Fetterman Agree to Debate: The debate will air five days after Wagner and Wolf’s lone showdown.

Legislative Election Update:

HD-141: Anthony Sposato, a Republican who is running against Rep. Tina Davis in the 141st district state House race, is calling on Davis to resign after theft charges were filed against her husband.

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Harrisburg & DC
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Pa. senators respond to Kavanaugh allegation
PennLive: These are the eight Pennsylvania State Senate races you should be paying attention to right now
Morning Call: Casey, Barletta weigh in on allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Morning Call: Wolf calls on lawmakers to pass victim-centered bills amid upcoming rally for child sex abuse victims
AP: Catholic dioceses sued over disclosure of abuse allegations
AP: Casey touts accomplishments in Senate in bid for 3rd term
AP: GOP, Dems unite behind Senate bill fighting addictive drugs
AP: Man accused of threatening Trump is being sought in Ohio
AP: Barack Obama’s return: good or bad for Democrats?
AP: Bill Cosby’s wife wants ethics board to investigate judge
PLSReporter: Allegheny County environmental activists, elected officials demand air quality accountability from leadership
PLSReporter: Schemel proposes new way to help sexual abuse victims
PLSReporter: Candidates try to motivate voters for local races as election day draws near
PhillyVoice: Michelle Obama is visiting Philadelphia this fall for ‘Becoming’ arena book tour
PhillyVoice: Ed Rendell puts his chef apron on in an effort to turn Pennsylvania ‘blue’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: More than half of Pennsylvania gas wells used ‘secret’ fracking chemicals
KYW Newsradio: DeVos says colleges stand in way of free speech, ‘abandon truth’  
Inquirer: The man behind the Pa. grand jury report on Catholic clergy abuse
WHYY Newsworks: Toomey lauds Senate’s passage of sweeping opioid crisis legislation
WITF: Pa. Senate leader proposes bill to open primary elections
Post-Gazette: Bill would aid foster kids in Pennsylvania seeking higher education   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gubernatorial race carries implications in fight to kill school property taxes
PennLive: With the meter running, Turzai looks for redistricting reform, reducing Legislature | Monday Coffee

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: DeVos says colleges stand in way of free speech, ‘abandon truth’
PhillyVoice: Protesters to attend the ‘W. Wilson Goode Sr. Way’ naming ceremony
PhillyVoice: Michelle Obama is visiting Philadelphia this fall for ‘Becoming’ arena book tour
PhillyVoice: Ed Rendell puts his chef apron on in an effort to turn Pennsylvania ‘blue’
KYW Newsradio: Judge Marjorie Rendell gives students valuable lesson on Constitution Day
KYW Newsradio: For Constitution Day, Community College of Philadelphia registers young voters ahead of midterms
KYW Newsradio: Obama offers heavy-hitting help for Pa. Democrats at Friday rally
KYW Newsradio: Union League unveils ’80s-era portrait of political adversaries
KYW Newsradio: As shootings involving black males climb, advocates plea: Put the guns down
Billy Penn: Philadelphia is ranked No. 6 in the U.S. for ‘immigrant integration’ on the NAE Cities Index
WHYY Newsworks: Controversial anti-squatting bill becomes law in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: 11 CEOs on Why They Keep Their Businesses Headquartered in Philly
Philadelphia Magazine: The Looming DROP Apocalypse

SEPA
WHYY Newsworks: ‘False’ accusation, labor endorsements in Bucks County congressional race
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks prosecution of nursing mom in baby’s death triggers alarm on addiction treatment
Daily Local News: Roe urges schools to apply for safety grants
Daily Local News: State funding approved for local redevelopment projects
Daily Local News: Forum to focus on ending gun violence
Daily Local News: Financial guru Steve Forbes coming to WCU
Montgomery Media: Carzwell appointed to Abington Board of Commissioners
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby school director attacked for truancy conviction
Bucks County Courier Times: GOP candidate in House race calls on incumbent Tina Davis to resign

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Bill would aid foster kids in Pennsylvania seeking higher education
Post-Gazette: Zelienople: A town of revitalization and preservation
Post-Gazette: Groups gather to try to mend hearts broken by abusive priests
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: More than half of Pennsylvania gas wells used ‘secret’ fracking chemicals
Tribune Review: WPIAL votes to hold hearing with Connellsville, Penn Hills officials over allegations of racial slurs at soccer game
Tribune Review: Hempfield residents remain unhappy about school district’s assessment-appeal policy
Tribune Review: Highlands superintendent notifies district of intention to retire
Pittsburgh Business Times: VA Butler Healthcare gets new medical director
KDKA: Author Predicts Amazon HQ2 Won’t Be Coming To Pittsburgh

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gubernatorial race carries implications in fight to kill school property taxes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘This needs to happen’: Westmont board members, residents push for consolidation
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO: Leaders seek change in law to give abuse victims ‘opportunity for justice’
Beaver County Times: Beaver Area superintendent comes out as gay in school board meeting
Observer-Reporter: O’Neal to hold veterans outreach
Observer-Reporter: Walsh to hold concealed carry seminar
Observer-Reporter: NAACP plans voter registration day
Altoona Mirror: Board declines realty tax option

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Keystone Landfill opponents get day in court over expansion plans
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council approves contract for street-sign survey
Times-Tribune: Salena Zito, national political reporter and author, talks populism and Trump’s victory at Keystone College
Times-Tribune: Abington Heights board president stepping down after state rules change
The Times Leader: Outside flood prep assistance needed due to Luzerne County road and bridge crew cuts, official says
The Times Leader: School safety questions arise at Dallas meeting

South Central
AP: Casey touts accomplishments in Senate in bid for 3rd term
PennLive: These are the eight Pennsylvania State Senate races you should be paying attention to right now
PennLive: Harrisburg school superintendent gets bonus, raise despite mixed reviews
PennLive: With the meter running, Turzai looks for redistricting reform, reducing Legislature | Monday Coffee
York Daily Record: Scott Wagner’s ‘bullying’ becomes focus of billboards coming to York and Dauphin counties
York Daily Record: Meet 5 emerging leaders of York’s Hispanic community you should know
York Dispatch: York County Prison reorganization cuts $2 million in overtime costs
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lawmakers, police and administrators from almost every Lancaster County school district talk school safety

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wake-up Call: Pa. senators respond to Kavanaugh allegation
Morning Call: Teachers strike ends in East Stroudsburg Area School District
Morning Call: Lehigh County executive, commissioners back review of cash bail system
Reading Eagle: Reading loses two City Hall officials in one day
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor, City Council tussle over appointment to Downtown Improvement District board
Reading Eagle: Former Reading mayor to be sentenced in January

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State spends record $927 million on research
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: College officials happy with Gateway project moving forward
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Satisfactory? Muncy parents not happy with chief of schools
Erie Times-News: United Refining to pay $469,501 for pollution-control violations

Opinion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Let cities try safe injection sites: A crisis calls for urgent, unconventional solutions
Solomon Jones: Allegations against Kavanaugh bring back memories of Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill
Jeff Bogle: Why we chose online school for our teen
Inquirer Editorial Board: FDA should drive a wedge between teens & vaping
Ronnie Polaneczky: Gov. Wolf, waive the fee for birth certificates so state IDs are easier to get
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Shallow wells: Bonding requirements must be strengthened  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: NASA needs to get real: The space agency should rethink LOP-G project
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sea grab: U.S. must show China that it stands up to bullies
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A looming cyber threat: Now is the time to invest in proper security

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