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August 10th Playbook

Jim Bognet releases his first TV ad of the general election for the race in PA8. Here is the Playbook.

August 7th Ups & Downs: Sen. Bob Casey takes a role with the DNC, a former state rep begins a house-arrest portion of her sentence, plus mail-in advocates tout good news, but see possible trouble ahead for the election. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

PA8: Bognet Hopes to Dodge Cartwright Pre-Existing Playbook with New Ad: The GOP congressional hopeful talked about his roots in northeast Pa., pre-existing conditions, and entitlement programs in his first TV ad of the general election. Cartwright’s campaign isn’t buying it.

Biden Releases Two PA Specific Videos: Former Vice President Joe Biden released two videos on Twitter that target PA voters. One video blames President Donald Trump for the current unemployment rate, while the other is a Scranton-centric video of voters saying why they support the former VP. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Lawsuit challenges signature verification of mail-in ballots
AP: Panel delays decision on Pennsylvania sports for two weeks
Spotlight PA: How arguments in Washington are holding up coronavirus relief in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Teachers’ pension fund adopts new, more transparent travel policy after revelations of hidden L.A. trip costs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: League of Women Voters files federal lawsuit to force Pa. to come up with uniform procedure to authenticate mail-in ballots
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump does end run on Congress; signs executive order extending unemployment benefits, suspends payroll taxes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s August. So it’s Shark Week | Five for Your Weekend
Erie Times-News: PA could spend $1 million on mail-in ballots amid Trump suit 
Patriot News: Pa. sued over rejection of mail-in ballots due to problems with signatures 
Inquirer: Trump’s path to winning Pa. runs through small Rust Belt towns — like one near Biden’s hometown
Inquirer: Can a change of address land you in state prison? If you’re on parole in Pennsylvania, it can.  
PLSReporter: PIAA postpones sports for 2 weeks; wants more information from Wolf Administration 
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration seeks extension of $600 federal unemployment payments 
StateImpactPA: Some faculty’s environmental science research on hold, while others find work around, in face of COVID-19
Delaware Valley Journal: Democrat House Leader Silent on Allegations of Verbal Abuse by Rep. Brian Sims 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Quickly Recovering From Unemployment Claims Filed During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Study Finds
National Journal: Charlie Cook’s Tour of American Politics
WESA: In Another Voting Lawsuit, League Of Women Voters Sues Pennsylvania Over Mail-In Ballot Procedures  
The Hill: Biden leads Trump in battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin: poll
Post-Gazette: Less than a year after paying off prior debt, Pennsylvania is borrowing money from the federal government for its unemployment systems
Politico: Biden continues to lead in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, polls indicate
Politico: Trump aides exploring executive actions to curb voting by mail 
Politico: Black Lives Matter movement sparks ‘collective awakening’ on marijuana policies
Huffington Post: ‘Yo Semite’ T-Shirts Sell Bigly At Jewish Museum After Trump Gaffe

Inquirer: Philly and the suburbs want to set up extra election offices for a new kind of early voting
Inquirer: Trump boat parade comes to Philly and cruises down the Delaware River: ‘Today’s about America’ 
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf is asking the feds to offer disaster loans to arson victims during Philly’s George Floyd protests  
Inquirer: COVID-19 has shut hundreds of the Philly-area’s small businesses, Yelp says. And that’s just for starters. 
Inquirer: Community groups rally in West Philly to protest Penn, Drexel cops’ presence at 52nd Street teargassing
Inquirer: A growing number of Philly-area school districts are planning virtual openings, relieving some parents and frustrating others
Inquirer: More Philly-area school districts plan virtual openings | Morning Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: After Philly gun violence spikes, Council to convene emergency hearing
KYW Newsradio: School District of Philadelphia weighs factors needed to resume in-person education
KYW Newsradio: School District negotiates new union contracts, amid COVID-19 concerns 
WHYY Newsworks: Marchers push Drexel, Penn to dissolve private police forces by 2025
Philadelphia Magazine: Mayor Kenney’s Thursday Zoom Press Conference Didn’t Go So Well
Philadelphia Tribune: Kenney joins calls for Philly NAACP to oust Rodney Muhammad over anti-Semitic meme he shared
Philadelphia Tribune: City launches initiative to help students gain internet access
Philadelphia Gay News: Local LGBTQ leaders chosen as delegates to DNC
Philly Voice: Mayor Kenney joins calls for Philly NAACP president to resign after posting anti-Semitic meme
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf seeks loans for victims of Philly fires set during social unrest
Philadelphia Business Journal: Trump’s Yosemite gaffe brings towering sales to National Museum of American Jewish History 
Billy Penn: How fast is the coronavirus spreading (or not) in Philadelphia? Check this chart

Pottstown Mercury: Congressional candidate Barnette supports reopening schools
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County approves $1.7M in coronavirus contracts 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County council spends over $2M to get ready for election 
Daily Local News: Constables want pipeline charges thrown out
Daily Local News: Appointment may come soon for Chester County court
Daily Local News: West Chester’s new budget reality — $9 million in cuts 
Daily Local News: Several Chester County schools get $500,000 in state funding 
Daily Local News: Chesco COVID-19 webinar series continues Aug. 13
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County works to revise mail-in ballot strategy ahead of general election 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County has lowest coronavirus percent-positivity rate in SE Pa. 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County recorded 19 homicides in 2019; D.A. says all cases solved 
Philadelphia Tribune: Delco Black Caucus calls for change after heated BLM protest
Inquirer: Philly and the suburbs want to set up extra election offices for a new kind of early voting
Inquirer: Upper Darby’s entire sanitation department is being quarantined for two weeks. Here’s where you can drop off trash in the meantime.
Bucks Local News: AUGUST 6 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases decline; daily average at 29 over past three days
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks eyes mental health court, police co-responder program 
Bucks County Courier Times: Middletown considering anti-discrimination ordinance 

Post-Gazette: A roadblock on next relief bill? $200 million in unspent funds by Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: New president of national teachers union a Pitt, Penn State grad
Post-Gazette: Heidelberg mayor named Pennsylvania Mayor of the Year
Post-Gazette: Port Authority, transit union still talking after contract expired June 30
Post-Gazette: Internet companies handled ‘dramatic surge’ during pandemic because of infrastructure investments, industry says
Post-Gazette: With 61 additional COVID-19 cases reported Sunday in Allegheny County, new cases continue to fall
WESA: For Local Unemployed Workers, ‘It’s Really Stressful’ Waiting For Congress To Reach Stimulus Deal
Tribune Review: Allegheny County judge adds protections to moratorium on evictions 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 61 new coronavirus cases
KDKA: Lawsuit Challenging Mail-In Ballots Filed Against County Executive Rich Fitzgerald And Pa. County Election Boards 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Crime Levels Drop During First Half Of Year 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 61 New Coronavirus Cases, Raising Countywide Total To 8,857

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PIAA delays start of fall sports two weeks; lawmakers argue decisions should be made locally 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair adds 10 virus cases Sunday, part of record per-week totals for Blair, Cambria
Altoona Mirror: City eyes budget shortfalls
Altoona Mirror: Joyce announces $1M grant for Broad Top Area Medical Center
Tribune Review: ‘I don’t want to die here’: Problems at Brighton Rehab didn’t start with coronavirus, Trib investigation finds 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 14 new coronavirus cases
Observer-Reporter: Washington County’s COVID-19 deaths double in less than a month 
Observer-Reporter: United States’ coronavirus caseload surpasses 5 million

Citizens Voice: County council to vote on Pedri’s proposed capital plan on Tuesday
Citizens Voice: Upswing in COVID-19 cases sets off warnings in Hazleton area 
Citizens Voice: 10 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
Inquirer: Trump’s path to winning Pa. runs through small Rust Belt towns — like one near Biden’s hometown
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council holding public hearing on proposed capital plan
The Times Leader: Protesters demand justice for Shaheen Mackey
The Times Leader: $10M US grant will help Hazleton Public Transit build new bus facility
The Times Leader: Council members propose reprimand against Griffith
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s rising coronavirus testing positivity rate among those that “bear watching,” governor says
The Times Leader: Zip code data shows Hazleton remains county’s COVID-19 hot spot
The Times Leader: 10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 760 statewide 
Times-Tribune: Scranton students want a normal school year but know it’s not possible 
Times-Tribune: Supporters gather for Black Lives Matter rally in Tunkhannock 
Times-Tribune: No new virus deaths in NEPA; three counties account for 25 new cases in region

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster’s elected delegates switch gears for virtual DNC, RNC conventions
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘The uniform itself brings so much fear’: Activists call to defund, disarm police while chief offers warnings
LNP | LancasterOnline: Live updates: Protesters gather outside of city police station on Sunday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sunday’s COVID-19 updates: Total case count surpasses 118K, 5.8K coming from Lancaster County
York Dispatch: York County lawmakers sound off on Wolf’s sports recommendation
York Dispatch: After allegation, York City Mayor Michael Helfrich makes 2 drug tests public
York Dispatch: York County has 71 additional cases of COVID-19 on Sunday
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County receives $33M in pandemic relief requests, with only $23M to dole out
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 4 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County; York County sees massive spike
Patriot News: Police reform, education and COVID-19: what you need to know from Mayor Papenfuse today 
Patriot News: Black Lives Matter mural unveiled in midtown Harrisburg 
Patriot News: 760 new coronavirus cases reported, statewide total reaches 118,852

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Two Pennsylvania congressional lawmakers propose quarterly stimulus check due to coronavirus crisis 
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania says greenhouse gas plan could create jobs and raise $300 million in revenue 
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Community College gets $252,000 grant for early childhood education students
Reading Eagle: Berks records 29 new coronavirus cases
Express Times: ‘Stand up for Lebanon’ event set for Sunday evening in Easton 
Express Times: Update on coronavirus in Pa.: 813 new cases, 16 more deaths reported Saturday
Morning Call: E-classrooms become popular alternative, as Lehigh Valley school districts create programs to meet booming demand 
Morning Call: NIZ authority can resume public improvement projects with backing, greater say from developer 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 760 new cases in state, as nation surpasses 5 million cases

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County’s representatives, opponents share views on Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19
Centre Daily Times: Here’s what you should know about State College’s new ordinance, which fines non-mask wearers, others
Centre Daily Times: State College borough leaders condemn ‘new order Nazi’ comments made by councilwoman
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 2 new cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 9 
Erie Times-News: Democrats investigate State Department error that made Laughlin their nominee 
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending Aug. 7
Erie Times-News: Fire safety plans in place a year after fatal Erie fire 
Erie Times-News: Erie County schools receive grants for online learning programs 
Erie Times-News: Erie-area technical schools awarded CARES funds 
Erie Times-News: State reports 8 new COVID-19 cases in Erie County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council votes down transit union contract
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: School districts plan reopenings during ‘health crisis’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 10 new COVID-19 cases

Sen. Pat Browne: Thoughts on redeveloping Allentown State Hospital site
Mark DiRocco: How schools are set up for reopening failure 
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Coronavirus has made life even harder for rural hospitals
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Retain judicial elections 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cast a wider news net 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Churchill out of context 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sudan steps forward
Inquirer Editorial Board: As we await Columbus statue’s fate, Philly should plan to review all monuments 
Colin McNickle: Pa. casinos lost big in lockdown. Here’s how that happened
Tim Hartman: So about that Pa. Turnpike pot bust | Editorial Cartoon
Anna Payne: Combating systemic racism shouldn’t be political
Shane Fitzgerald: Police reform town hall to feature local residents
Inga Saffron: Philly developers propose thousands of new apartments in a rush to beat the tax abatement change 
Claudia Aiken, Sydney Goldstein, and Vincent Reina: Philly’s housing insecurity crisis needs long-term solutions 
Salena Zito: So much the same, but so much different, in this Pennsylvania election year 
John L. Micek: Why do these urban planners – including many from Pa. – think we should defund police? | Friday Morning Coffee
Adam Eichen: Congress bailing out corporate lobbying groups is a terrible idea 
Neil Makhija: Indian Americans have a stake in the Biden VP pick
Josie B. H. Pickens and Robert W. Ballenger: This Pa. law on utility shutoffs unfairly impacts Black and Brown people. It must be repealed
Ruth Ann Dailey: Scenes from a local protest
Dennis Deslippe: The US Postal Service is not a joke; we need to defend it
Jeffrey Lord: The Biden Basement Strategy Backfires 
Chris Kelly: Grieving a school year on life support
Keith C. Burris: Shells full of nuts
David Shribman: Postwar transformations echo this election year
Gene Therapy: Taking bids on the Knucklehead Hall of Fame
Jessica Blatt Press: Ideas We Should Steal: Ambitious Mental Health Training for Cops 
Ann L. Rappoport: Killing spotted lanternflies is the relief I needed in 2020 
Max Eden: Biden opens the door to expand school choice 
Maria Panaritis: At the elite Shipley school in Bryn Mawr, money is no object in coronavirus-reopening plans 
Carl Hisiro: The election is a referendum on Trump. It’s also one on his enablers
Robert Ferrito: Why criticisms of Christopher Columbus are unfair
Ann Womble: Is college a good deal? It’s hard to really know 
Will Bunch: I’m not freaking out about Biden’s VP pick because I’m already thinking ahead to 2024

2 Responses

  1. The little things matter. Big 10 Football and no PSU weekend games this Fall is devastating to Trump and the Republicans. Folks ain’t gonna blame Nancy Pelosi and Rush and Sean Hannity can try all they want but the person in the main office is always blamed. First there was long lines to get into the grocery store, then there was local down and now no new Big 10 PSU Football. This Nov in political terms the voters will (especially Indy voters) will want the Republicans to pay the political price by being voted out of office for mishandling covid.

    1. “Local down” above was a typo. I meant lock down or stay at home request of the Spring.

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