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BREAKING NEWS

The Senate and Congressional candidates release their Q3 numbers, while the New York Times/Siena College live poll is following PA8. Here is the Playbook.

PA11: King Raises $630K, Smucker $250K in 3Q: The Democratic challenger more than doubles the Republican incumbent in the October report.

PA17: Lamb Ends Q3 with Nearly Double Cash on Hand Than Rothfus: The Republican has raised more money in the election cycle-to-date than Lamb, but the Democrat outraised Rothfus by over $350,000 in this period.

State Rep. Sid Kavulich Dies at 62: The state Representative for Northeast Pennsylvania passed away this morning from complications of open heart surgery.

PA8: Polling Up Next: The New York Times/Siena College Live Poll is currently making phone calls to poll the race between incumbent Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and GOP challenger John Chrin. The newly drawn district went to Trump by 10 points.  

Susquehanna Polling & Research Sees 4 PA Congressional Seats Up For Grabs: SP&R tweeted out their exclusive ranking of each of Pennsylvania’s Congressional districts based on the 2016 POTUS election split between Clinton and Trump showing they currently see a 7/7 split for Dems and GOP in the House. The four seats still in play for them are PA1, PA7, PA8, and PA10. They also stated they along with ABC27 will poll some of these seats in the coming days.

Wagner Digital Ad Hits Wolf on Raising Taxes: The GOP challenger for Governor’s newest digital ad takes place in a classroom where he suggests “Liberal Professor Tom Wolf’s” only solutions to the questions asked are to raise taxes.

Wolf Digital Ad Slams Wagner for “Violent History”: Wolf’s newest digital ad takes multiple clips of Wagner, starting from the recent Facebook Live post that garnered national headlines to interviews in the past, which they deemed the GOP candidate as “unhinged.”  

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Bill on church sex abuse stuck on question of lawsuits
AP: Kavulich, state lawmaker from Scranton area, dies at age 62
AP: Enrollment down 4 percent at Pennsylvania state universities
Reading Eagle: Opioid hospitalizations in Pennsylvania flatten in 2017
PennLive: Barletta pulls even with Casey on Q3 fundraising, but still trails overall | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Comfortably ahead, Pa. Gov. Wolf takes low-risk approach in reelection bid
City Paper: Majority of Pennsylvanians support “Medicare-for-all” health care
York Daily Record: ‘I’m a blue-collar guy’: Scott Wagner outlines difference between him and Gov. Wolf
StateImpactPA: “Downstream” documentary looks at pollution in Pennsylvania’s water
StateImpactPA: DEP awards water quality-related grants funded by $12.6M penalty against Sunoco
PLSReporter: Kavulich dies following surgery complications, age 62
PLSReporter: Scarnati: “The only oath that we take around here is to uphold the constitution”
PLSReporter: Members speak on the passing of Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich
PLSReporter: Legislators push for health insurers to be required to cover pre-existing conditions
PLSReporter: Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee
PLSReporter: A “last ditch effort”: Scarnati hopes for deal Tuesday evening on grand jury recommendations
Billy Penn: The League of Women Voters pulled out as cohost for the senatorial debate Saturday because Libertarian candidate Dale Kerns was not invited
Philly Voice: Surgeon General: Alternative opioid addiction strategies more viable than safe injection sites
Philadelphia Business Journal: Budget deficit jumps nearly 17% in 2018
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania among state voter databases posted to hacker forum site
WHYY Newsworks: Region’s Democrats pile up cash for congressional races  
Philadelphia Magazine: Chaput: There’s No Such Thing as an LGBTQ Catholic
Post-Gazette: Grand jury abuse probe reviewing Eastern Catholic churches
Morning Call:  Pennsylvania Legislature OKs bill formalizing state prison closure process

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Surgeon General: Alternative opioid addiction strategies more viable than safe injection sites
AP: Melania Trump to Focus on Opioids, Newborns in Hospital Tour
Philadelphia Magazine: Chaput: There’s No Such Thing as an LGBTQ Catholic
KYW Newsradio: Nurses at 2 Philly hospitals are calling for patient limits to provide better care
KYW Newsradio: Man convicted of killing retired Philly police officer is resentenced, 20 years later
WHYY Newsworks: New map shows Philly renter spike sharper than other big cities
WHYY Newsworks: Region’s Democrats pile up cash for congressional races
Billy Penn: The League of Women Voters pulled out as cohost for the senatorial debate Saturday because Libertarian candidate Dale Kerns was not invited
AP: Police head challenges part of report on Starbucks arrests
PLSReporter: Philadelphia marijuana ordinance, “Ban the Box” Resolution move through committee
Inquirer: Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test: How reliable is it? A Penn prof explains
Inquirer: Marriott workers say they are drowning in credit union fees

SEPA
Daily Local News: Planning for growth: County officials tackle affordable housing, urban centers
Daily Local News: Merge With Mercy project completed at Route 100 spur
Inquirer: Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign paid $6,000 to Philly man who posed as reporter to question opponent
Pottstown Mercury: Dogs take Harrisburg in effort to end puppy mills
Pottstown Mercury: Birdsboro Elementary Center repair costs reduced by $358K
Bucks County Courier Times: Abington School District appoints new assistant superintendent
Bucks County Courier Times: Central Bucks names two assistant superintendents
Bucks County Courier Times: Anti-hazing law in Penn St. student’s name goes to governor
Bucks County Courier Times: Longtime fire chief appointed to supervisors vacancy in Northampton
Montgomery Media: Bedminster preserves 65 acres of farmland
Montgomery Media: Ridge Avenue Historic District approved

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Rothfus, Lamb differ on gun control, minimum wage, Blasey Ford
Post-Gazette: Grand jury abuse probe reviewing Eastern Catholic churches
Post-Gazette: Peduto to appear at business conference in Dubai   
Post-Gazette: City Council pushes back vote again on sprinkler proposal for high-rises
Post-Gazette: Ross will poll residents on deer issues
City Paper: Majority of Pennsylvanians support “Medicare-for-all” health care
WESA: Lawsuit Aims To Remove Democrat Lindsey Williams From State Senate Ballot
WESA: Lamb Leads Rothfus In Fundraising; Dem Prospects Elsewhere In Region Mixed  
KDKA: FEMA Denies Pa.’s Request For Disaster Relief To Fix Landslides
Pittsburgh Business Times: Business leaders gather to discuss diversity and inclusion in the workplace

SWPA
Altoona Mirror: Blair won’t use reserves for raises
Altoona Mirror: Borough OKs police department interns
Observer-Reporter: UMWA training center to partner with CCAC on advanced manufacturing
Observer-Reporter: Washington school directors name new colleague
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber Borough acquires blighted properties, hopes to level areas for parking lot
Beaver County Times: PA Cyber special-ed teachers demand new contract
Beaver County Times: US Rep Conor Lamb vows to protect Medicare, pre-existing conditions protections
Beaver County Times: Bill on church sex abuse stuck on question of lawsuits
Beaver County Times: State awards 1.3M for recycling, leaf collection

NEPA
Standard-Speaker: McAdoo establishing new permit procedure
Times-Tribune: Former Scranton police chief Dan Duffy reinstated on Wilkes-Barre police force
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County’s general fund surplus grew again in 2017
Times-Tribune: Scranton superintendent demands to know who leaked letter about harassment
Times Leader: Pulling back the veil: Mandated booklet reveals more about W-B Area school
Citizens Voice: Mesuer, Wolff differ on immigration reform
Citizens Voice: No tax hike in W-B 2019 budget proposal
Citizens Voice: Senate approves bill following state prison closures in 2017

South Central  
PennLive: In Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional District, challenger Jess King shows impressive fundraising chops
PennLive: There will be two voices: Money race in Pa.’s 10th Congressional District is close, too
PennLive: Laura Ditka, lead prosecutor in Graham Spanier case, dies
PennLive: State launches audit of Harrisburg School District
PennLive: Bill to help out Harrisburg with its finances wins House passage
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2018: Perry, Scott appear in Harrisburg along with statehouse race candidates
York Dispatch: Mayor: Mental health care could help combat violence in York City
York Dispatch: Political analyst calls 10th Congressional race one of Pa.’s most competitive

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Susan Wild has cash edge over Marty Nothstein entering final weeks of congressional race
Morning Call:  Pennsylvania Legislature OKs bill formalizing state prison closure process
Morning Call: Nat Hyman wants answers from Allentown council tonight on controversial demolition of his burnt out building
Reading Eagle: Opioid hospitalizations in Pennsylvania flatten in 2017
Express Times: Bethlehem Area School District’s looming $20M question

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: County Council not ready to vote on EMTA appointments
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Medical officials: Area drop boxes to be used for unused drug disposal
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Some fear shift in power if new form of government passes
Williamsport Sun Gazette: UPMC Susquehanna announces $113M in expansion projects
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City has $450K to add second ramp at City Hall
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Officials further mull tax abatement program
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County seeks public input for radio system overhaul payment
Centre Daily Times: State College recognized as LGBTQ-friendly place to live and work
Centre Daily Times: What public works projects are getting funding in Centre County?

Opinion
John Baer: Pennsylvania’s biggest campaigns are now even bigger disappointments
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: It will save lives: Needle exchange moves needle on national crisis
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A sweet clarion call: Taylor Swift’s boosts voter registration
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania State Police should not police themselves
Will Bunch: Pa. can’t afford to wait until 2023 for a pit bull on climate change. But we might have to
Stu Bykofsky: 2 area Kims are related only in political ambition
Abraham Gutman: Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance: 12 cartoonists on Trump’s response, the Saudi prince and more
Solomon Jones: It’s time to lock up Cornerstore Caroline and her ilk
Dan Simpson: The U.S. should clean up its act

October 17th, 2018 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

Source: http://www.politicspa.com/october-17th-playbook/89201/

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