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August 11th Playbook

President Donald Trump floats delivering the RNC nomination acceptance speech in Gettysburg, Sean Parnell releases a second TV ad in PA17, and a pair of polls show Biden leading Trump in PA. Here is the Playbook.

Exclusive: Parnell Ad Slams Lamb Over Spox “Burn in Hell and Die” Tweet: The GOP congressional hopeful highlights a tweet from Rep. Conor Lamb’s spokesperson and brother, that quote-tweeted someone saying “burn in hell and die” and added, “Can add @SeanParnellUSA here.”

Trump Floats Delivering RNC Acceptance Speech in Gettysburg: President Donald Trump sent out a tweet on Monday afternoon saying that he will deliver the speech on the final night of the convention in either the Great Battlefield of Gettysburg or at the White House in Washington D.C.

CBS/YouGov Poll: Biden 49, Trump 43: Trump’s numbers are under water on his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while he has a slight edge over Biden on which candidate is more trusted on the economy.

GOP Poll: Biden 49.7, Trump 44.3: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump beyond the margin of error in Pennsylvania according to this conservative super PAC poll.

PA1: Fitzpatrick Touts Bipartisan Voting Record In 1st Digital Ad: On Monday morning, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) released his first digital ad of the general election that promotes his bipartisan voting record in Congress. Democratic challenger Christina Finello’s campaign responded to the ad by linking Fitzpatrick with President Donald Trump over the current handling of the coronavirus pandemic and claimed that the Bucks County Republican “isn’t the independent congressman’” he is saying that he is in the ad. The Fitzpatrick campaign said in a release that it is a five figure ad buy that will run through the end of August. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Schools to get more state virus analysis to guide reopening 
AP: Trump: Convention speech locale is White House or Gettysburg 
AP: Pennsylvania may seek federal loan to pay jobless benefits 
AP: Republicans aim new bills at shutdowns of schools, athletics
AP: Pennsylvania warns of crowds at parks, suggests alternatives
Patriot News: Wolf Administration issues guidances to help schools decide how to safely deliver instruction during 2020-21
Patriot News: Trump says he may deliver nomination speech at Gettysburg
Patriot News: Wolf says large Trump nomination crowd in Gettysburg would violate state ban — he ‘hopes and expects’ Trump would abide
Patriot News: Pa. official explains ‘strong recommendation’ to not play youth, high school sports, until at least Jan. 2021
Patriot News: Coronavirus spurs enrollment explosion for Pa. cyberschools 
Patriot News: Nearly 5,000 businesses benefit from first round of Pa. small business grant program 
Patriot News: Tweet by Trump campaign official continues transphobic attacks on Pa. health secretary Levine 
Patriot News: Pa. state officials’ guidance on safe school opening and operation criticized for being tardy 
Patriot News: Pa. small businesses’ requests for COVID-19-relief grants outpaces funding available by more than $600 million 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 119,453 coronavirus cases? Aug. 10 map, county-by-county breakdown 
Philly Clout: Heather Heidelbaugh takes a shot at Pa. AG Josh Shapiro’s ambitions for higher office in her first ad
Inquirer: Trump says he might give his Republican renomination speech in Gettysburg 
Inquirer: Voting starts early this year in Pennsylvania. What that means for Trump, Biden, and other campaigns. 
Inquirer: Pro-Biden groups have spent twice as much on TV in Pennsylvania as pro-Trump groups 
Inquirer: Americans lost $150M to robocall scams last year. Students from India came to Pa. and N.J. to collect, feds say. 
Spotlight PA: Public record or trade secret? Battle over liquor licenses could go to Pa. high court
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With classes starting soon, Wolf administration issues new guidance for safe school reopening 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Conservative watchdog files complaint over DePasquale campaign spending
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pa. may ask Washington for help paying enhanced unemployment benefits 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. awards $96 million in first round of COVID-19 relief grants to small businesses 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New poll shows changing sentiment on racism among Pa. voters | The Numbers Racket
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lara Trump makes stop in Lancaster County as campaign kicks off ‘Women for Trump’ bus tour 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the 10 Pennsylvania counties that had the highest rates of new coronavirus cases in the past week 
PA Post: PA Legislature’s Delays Could Result In Chaos For Election Officials And Voters In November
City Paper: Trump legal adviser purposely misgenders Dr. Rachel Levine 
KDKA: Pres. Donald Trump Campaign Kicks Off ‘Women For Trump’ Bus Tour In Pennsylvania
KDKA: Campaign Advisor For Pres. Donald Trump Knowingly Misgenders Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine 
Post-Gazette: Toomey among lawmakers sanctioned by Chinese government over Hong Kong dispute
Post-Gazette: Trump’s aluminum tariffs on Canada will cause ‘unnecessary disruption’ in market, Alcoa says  
WHYY Newsworks: Poor People’s Campaign bolstered by 2016 data as it urges voter participation in 2020
PLSReporter: Trump memo could complicate unemployment compensation system, L&I says
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.
Philly Voice: Trump campaign adviser calls Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine ‘this guy’ in Twitter smear 
National Journal: Fitzpatrick Releases Digital Ad Touting Independence 
Beaver County Times: Initial COVID-19 relief grants for small businesses total $96 million
The Hill: Trump campaign adviser sparks criticism for misgendering Pennsylvania official 
The Hill: Trump says he’ll accept nomination from either White House or Gettysburg 
The Hill: Police searching for man who punched teen Sesame Place worker over mask requirement
KYW Newsradio: Women unemployed at higher rate than men during pandemic
CNN: Trump says he will deliver convention speech from either Gettysburg or White House 
CNN: China sanctions Rubio, Cruz and other US officials for ‘Hong Kong-related issues’
Fox News: Philadelphia’s weekend violence leaves man dead, 15 people hurt including 11-year-old children 
StateImpactPA: Three Mile Island operator, surrounding communities to scale back emergency planning for shuttered site  

Billy Penn: How to vote by mail in Philadelphia — and make sure your ballot counts
Billy Penn: Apply now: New loans for businesses or homes damaged during chaos that followed early Philly protests
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Where’s the outrage?’ Philly leaders rally after another weekend of shootings
WHYY Newsworks: Sharswood residents and #OccupyPHA clash over protest encampment
Inquirer: Philly’s sanitation centers are getting overloaded as trash collection is delayed again 
Inquirer: At least 25 people were shot in Philly last weekend, including two 11-year-olds, as gun violence keeps surging 
Inquirer: Leaders rally to end violence after weekend of shootings
Inquirer: Tiny homes made in Amish country could soon house Philly’s homeless 
Inquirer: Pa. releases guidance for schools to reopen; Wolf calls Trump adviser’s attack on Pa. health secretary ‘hate speech’; N.J. loosens restrictions on computer labs 
Inquirer: Could tiny homes help solve homelessness? | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Magazine: It’s August, and Many Philly Cops Still Aren’t Wearing Masks 
Philadelphia Gay News: At least 26 trans people have been killed in the U.S. this year. This is who they are 
KYW Newsradio: Pa. distributes $96M of coronavirus relief grants to small businesses hit hardest by pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Sales skyrocket for Philly Jewish museum’s ‘Yo Semite’ shirt after Trump mispronounces national park
Philadelphia Citizen: The Fix: The End of “I Know a Guy” Governance? 
Philly Voice: Protesters call for Drexel, Penn to dissolve campus police forces by 2025

Bucks County Courier Times: Collett, Dean admonish Trump’s Pa. re-election tour
Delco Daily Times: Chester residents work to clean up city 
Delco Daily Times: New video surfaces of Interboro board member Christine Alonso at protest
Bucks Local News: AUGUST 10 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Rate drops sharply to 23 cases per day
Daily Local News: Drug overdose deaths in Chester County on the decline

WESA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Newsroom Votes Overwhelmingly To Strike 
WESA: Pittsburgh Pride Canceled, Internal Audit Of The Delta Foundation Complete 
WESA: WPIAL Says It Will Fight To Have Fall Youth Sports But Agrees With Two-Week Delay
Pittsburgh Business Times: Newspaper Guild members vote to strike at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Cozen O’Connor hires former Uber lobbyist to drive government affairs practice in Pittsburgh 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh appoints Douglas Anderson to director of the city’s finance department 
Post-Gazette: State issues metrics-based guidance schools can consider for reopening 
Post-Gazette: URA directors schedule vote this week to OK over $4M for affordable housing projects 
Post-Gazette: Trump’s aluminum tariffs on Canada will cause ‘unnecessary disruption’ in market, Alcoa says 
Post-Gazette: A quarter like no other in the coal industry, Consol’s leaders say 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports about 600 new cases, Allegheny County sees 75 more
KDKA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Journalists Awaiting Authorization From Union To Begin Strike
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools To Implement COVID-19 Transportation Code Of Conduct, To Survey Parents And Families For Feedback
KDKA: Urban Redevelopment Authority To Vote On Investing $4M In Affordable Housing
KDKA: Wolf Administration Gives Schools Reopening Recommendations Based On Local Coronavirus Transmission Rate
KDKA: Pittsburgh Penguins Team Up With Department Of State, Allegheny County For Voting Initiatives
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: 75 More Coronavirus Cases Brings Countywide Total To 8,932
Tribune Review: Post-Gazette staff votes to authorize strike 
Tribune Review: Lawsuit seeks to ensure all mail-in ballots are counted 
Tribune Review: Murrysville Republican committee plans grand opening for new ‘Victory Center’ location
Tribune Review: Some Plum residents push for borough to form a diversity committee
Tribune Review: Senior Trump campaign legal adviser intentionally misgenders Rachel Levine in tweet 
Tribune Review: WPIAL calls Gov. Wolf’s recommendation ‘uncalculated, inconsistent and unfair’ 
Tribune Review: Allegheny leads Pa. animal abuse cases as 3rd anniversary of Libre’s Law approaches 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 75 new coronavirus cases from tests of past 6 days
City Paper: Post-Gazette union overwhelmingly votes to strike, now awaits OK from union leaders 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Pride celebration canceled due to coronavirus; new leadership announced

Observer-Reporter: Commission chairman: county solicitor asks ballot group to alter wording 
Observer-Reporter: State departments announce new set of recommendations for educators
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thompson to farmers: Sign up for CFAP coronavirus aid program 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New guidance for schools recommends partial online learning in Cambria, in-person classes in Somerset 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair County adds nine COVID-19 cases, Cambria five
Altoona Mirror: Politics — News in brief from area lawmakers
Altoona Mirror: Blair County COVID-19 cases surge
Tribune Review: Westmoreland Democrats formalize leadership changes in local party
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 14 new coronavirus cases
Beaver County Times: COVID cases trending downward in Beaver, Lawrence, Allegheny

Citizens Voice: County council shows little interest in forming prison board 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor wants to triple littering fine, refinance city debt
Citizens Voice: Pennsylvania offers new guidance for reopening schools during pandemic 
Citizens Voice: 14 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Scranton students to start school year virtually 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County salary board to meet virtually today 
Times-Tribune: Local businesses benefit from COVID-19 relief grants, second round of funding opens
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases for Monday push NEPA total above 8,000
The Times Leader: Under new state guidelines, county schools should avoid full in-person classes 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County offering new emergency alert notification system 
The Times Leader: Auditor General talks with advocate about community colleges and COVID-19 
The Times Leader: 14 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; 601 statewide
South Central  
ABC27: Pennsylvania Auditor General pledges term limits ahead of general election
Patriot News: Trump says he may deliver nomination speech at Gettysburg
Patriot News: Wolf says large Trump nomination crowd in Gettysburg would violate state ban — he ‘hopes and expects’ Trump would abide
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District receiver approves full online start for district
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lara Trump makes stop in Lancaster County as campaign kicks off ‘Women for Trump’ bus tour 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Full-time, in-person instruction not recommended for Lancaster County schools under state’s new reopening guidance 
LNP | LancasterOnline: 5 new demands released by demonstrators at early morning protest Sunday 
York Dispatch: Conservative group: DePasquale misused campaign funds 
York Dispatch: York County has 19 new COVID cases, no additional deaths 
York Daily Record: Good news for York City Hall, but building remains closed 
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf administration releases new guidance for school reopening plans 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 18 news cases of COVID-19 in Cumberland County Monday; 4 counties in region show increases in double digits 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Lehigh Valley schools should be hybrid learning or all virtual when they open, new state K-12 guidelines say
Express Times: 294 Lehigh Valley small businesses part of $96M state COVID-19 relief grant
Express Times: Easton rally for Beirut blast victims morphs into fundraiser. More local efforts planned.
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus updates: 601 new cases as state nears 120K total; new guidelines for reopening schools | Pa. COVID-19 map (08/10/20)
Morning Call: New Pennsylvania guidelines say all Lehigh Valley schools should do virtual or hybrid learning when they reopen
Morning Call: MAP: Where coronavirus is in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Reading Youth Commission finally getting off the ground
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials urge vigilance to stop coronavirus spread
Reading Eagle: WPIAL chief blasts Gov. Wolf’s recommendation to suspend high school sports
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania creates new recommendations on how schools should reopen
Reading Eagle: Berks County school officials say new school reopening guidance is welcome but doesn’t ease decision-making burden
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s 7-day average of new coronavirus cases remains steady; 1 new death reported

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Scarnati appeals Erie community college decision 
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council majority supports water lease prepayment deal
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County Commissioners vote to fund election modernization
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2 council members question transfer of gas impact funds for scoreboard
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County nine new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Penn State, Pa. leaders discuss how best to support local agricultural industry amid COVID-19
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 0 new cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 10

Tim Murtaugh: Joe Biden’s energy plan will destroy Pa.’s economy
Eugene DePasquale: Scott Perry is putting Pennsylvania seniors at risk
Inquirer Staff: Should the U.S. privatize the postal service? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Victory for gig workers 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Precious space: Protect local venues 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Goodbye to the penny
John L. Micek: This online poll is everything that’s wrong with how the right has treated COVID-19 | Monday Morning Coffee
Charlie Gerow: Sex should not be a factor in the selection of a vice president
Nicolas Esposito: How To Fix Philly’s Trash Problem
Janel Rice: How we just went backward on fair housing
Tony Norman: Sweat Equity: Working to crack the code on museum inclusiveness
Larry Weiss: After resignation of library president, will the city step up to solve Free Library’s ongoing issues? 
Gene Therapy: Please cooperate with your friendly door-knocker
Frank Fuller: The deep influence of the A-bomb on anime and manga, explained
Katie Lockwood: Delaying vaccines due to COVID-19 can deprive your child of lifesaving preventative care | Expert Opinion
Anthony R. Wood: KYW, bring back the clack 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump goes postal on the Postal Service

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  • 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%)

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