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August 12th Playbook

A new poll shows Biden leading Trump by 9 points in PA, Rep. Scott Perry is ranked as the 7th most vulnerable House incumbent by Roll Call, and Sen. Pat Toomey is among 11 U.S. officials sanctioned by China. Here is the Playbook.

Roll Call: Perry Ranked 7th Most Vulnerable House Incumbent: The ratings outlet points to Perry, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, running in a district that is not as GOP friendly as the previous district he represented, coupled with Dem challenger Eugene DePasquale nearly matching Perry in fundraising.

Poll: Biden 50, Trump 41: The latest battleground survey from the Elections Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted by YouGov in collaboration with the Wisconsin State Journal shows Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania is greater than his leads in Michigan and Wisconsin.

Toomey Among 11 U.S. Officials Sanctioned By China: Sen. Pat Toomey, Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Marco Rubio, and Rep. Chris Smith were the lawmakers included in the sanctions.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania mayors appeal to Congress for federal aid
AP: Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting
Patriot News: PIAA sent letter on Tuesday to Gov. Wolf’s office to begin discussions on fall sports
Patriot News: Kamala Harris VP pick excites Pa. Democrats as they aim to win the Keystone State 
Patriot News: Why did Wolf give a ‘strong recommendation’ to not play high school sports in Pa. until Jan. 2021?
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 120,281 coronavirus cases? Aug. 11 map, county-by-county breakdown
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 828 new cases reported Aug. 11, more than 120,000 overall
Inquirer: Black Democrats in Pa. are ‘beaming with pride’ after Biden picks Kamala Harris for vice president 
Inquirer: Educating kids is ‘first priority’ for Pa., Wolf says, and restrictions on eateries won’t be relaxed soon 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania considers allowing utilities to resume shutting off nonpaying customers
Inquirer: Some workers are furious their employers didn’t apply for Pa.’s $50M coronavirus hazard-pay program 
Beaver County Times: PA experts: Kamala Harris pick for VP won’t sway election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. Dems reacted to Joe Biden picking Kamala Harris for vice president 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In first ad, Dem DePasquale wants you to go where everybody knows his name | Tuesday Morning Coffee 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This is about local control’: House GOP rolls out fall sports, school reopening bills
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Testing delays scrutinized as Wolf announces state aid for Lehigh Valley firm
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live
PA Post: Can you support Black Lives Matter and still prosecute marijuana cases? This prosecutor says yes.
KDKA: Lawmakers Propose Letting Districts Decide On Sports And Allowing Parents To Give Kids Do-Over Of 2020 School Year 
KDKA: Lawrence Co. Farmer Voted For Trump In 2016. He Is Now Backing Biden And Was Invited To Speak At Democratic Convention
KDKA: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf Says A Large Crowd In Gettysburg For Trump Nomination Would Violate State’s Crowd Limitations 
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration touts medical device company expansion, potential development of rapid COVID-19 test 
PLSReporter: ‘Cuts, cuts and more cuts’: Pa.’s municipal leaders paint grim financial picture if no federal bailout arrives
Post-Gazette: Ridge says voters should be patient for results in 2020 presidential race 
Post-Gazette: Don’t ignore low-income voters, Poor People’s Campaign report says
Post-Gazette: Trump campaign adviser intentionally misgenders Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Levine 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Making a souffle on a BBQ grill’: Pa. scrambles after Trump goes solo on unemployment relief
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania is the second most restrictive state when it comes to coronavirus rules, report shows
StateImpactPA: Mariner East construction spills 10,000 gallons of drilling mud into Chester County lake
StateImpactPA: State regulators settle over proposed transfer of Three Mile Island’s Unit 2 reactor
National Journal: Londrigan, Kim, Schroder, DePasquale Release First General Election Ads
CNN: Trump is assembling a coalition of the willing against China 
CNN: Are you ready for Trump’s Gettysburg Address?
The Hill: CNN anchor: Trump’s possible Gettysburg acceptance speech ‘leaves you scratching your head’  

Inquirer: ‘I’m sick of teddy bear memorials’: Philly officials search for reasons, solutions to the spike in shootings 
Inquirer: Philly has spent less than half of its federal coronavirus relief money, but pandemic costs are growing 
Inquirer: A longtime Philadelphia judge won’t wear a mask in court, prompting complaints from lawyers and witnesses 
Inquirer: Philly police were flagged for hundreds of unjustified stops, frisks. Will reforms follow? 
Inquirer: A judge let a terminally ill killer from Philly leave prison to die at home. The victim’s daughter calls it a miscarriage of justice. 
Inquirer: What a Biden-Harris ticket means for Pa. | Morning Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: On day 1 of emergency hearing, City Council searches for solutions to Philly’s 30% uptick in gun violence
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia makes headway against COVID-19 as federal officials visit to observe strategy
KYW Newsradio: Outstanding small businesses in Philly awarded relief grants during pandemic 
Philadelphia Tribune: Sharswood residents, business owners say North Philly encampment has ‘hijacked’ the community
Philadelphia Tribune: As gun violence rages in Philadelphia, special council hearing reveals no quick solutions
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: UPenn to move classes online, freeze tuition this coming semester
Philadelphia Business Journal: Farley says city’s Covid-19 cases trending ‘in the right direction’ but fate of indoor dining still unclear 

Daily Local News: Dinniman: Lawmakers to hold hearing on reopening schools Aug. 19 
Daily Local News: Pipeline drilling fluid leaks into Marsh Creek Lake 
KYW Newsradio: Officials investigate ‘issues’ at Mariner East II pipeline work sites
Bucks County Courier Times: PFAS grant window for area businesses closes Sept. 1 
Bucks County Courier Times: Hybrid, virtual or full time: The latest in back-to-school plans for Bucks and Montco districts
WHYY Newsworks: Mariner East pipeline construction spills up to 10,000 gallons of drilling mud into Chesco stream and lake
Philadelphia Magazine: Ugly New Video Emerges of Interboro School Board Official Christine Alonso at BLM Protest
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County sets up hotline following Isaias storm damage 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 275 coronavirus cases, 3 more deaths, over 7-day period

Post-Gazette: Peduto warns job losses could become reality if federal COVID-19 assistance doesn’t happen 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County pledges to ramp up spending on social services, health care, protective gear 
Post-Gazette: Ridge says voters should be patient for results in 2020 presidential race 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 828 new cases, Pittsburgh region has 202 with 10 more deaths
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Meets With Other Pa. City Leaders, Talks Toll Pandemic Is Taking On Economy 
KDKA: Pa. Company Expanding, Working To Create Rapid Antigen Self-Test And Antibody Test For Coronavirus 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Democrats Enthusiastic About Joe Biden Picking Kamala Harris As Running Mate 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 76 More Coronavirus Cases Pushing Countywide Total To Over 9,000
City Paper: New poll shows majority of Pennsylvanians oppose fracking
City Paper: Domestic violence shelters are seeing call numbers return to normal after a drop at the onset of quarantine 
City Paper: Crafton is undergoing a transition to younger, more progressive leadership and it’s rankling the borough’s old guard 
City Paper: How to fill out the U.S. Census and why it’s important
Tribune Review: As Post-Gazette employee representatives consider a strike, analysts say strategy can be dicey
Tribune Review: Sewickley councilman resigns, mayor to step down at end of the year
Tribune Review: Inquiry on Allegheny County judge’s alleged racist remarks coming to close 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County continues to post lower new covid-19 case counts 
WESA: Rollbacks Of Protections For Transgender People Has ‘Marginalized the Community Even Further’ 

Beaver County Times: GOP legislators offer bills in response to Wolf’s no-sports recommendation 
Beaver County Times: Costly COVID-19 mistakes: Pa. Dems seek more testing, Republicans chide lone-wolf approach 
Beaver County Times: Costly COVID-19 mistakes: Pennsylvania nursing homes in midst of second wave of COVID-19 
Beaver County Times: New state guidance could change back-to-school plans for Beaver Valley area schools
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Biden picks Kamala Harris as running mate; local reactions 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local government leaders say they need more federal help
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County adds 8 COVID-19 cases, while Fayette sees surge in jail 
KDKA: Lawrence Co. Farmer Voted For Trump In 2016. He Is Now Backing Biden And Was Invited To Speak At Democratic Convention
Altoona Mirror: Altoona’s solvency in jeopardy
Altoona Mirror: Blair prepping for ‘an extremely tough budget year’
Altoona Mirror: Bedford announces new grant program
Tribune Review: Westmoreland sees lowest new covid-19 case count in 56 days
Observer-Reporter: Bill aims to help small businesses hurt by COVID-19 
Observer-Reporter: Canonsburg establishes diversity taskforce 
Observer-Reporter: New COVID-19 death reported in Washington County

Times-Tribune: Local Dems praise Biden’s vice presidential pick 
Times-Tribune: WBRE, WYOU to join national news system 
Times-Tribune: One new COVID-19 death, 26 new cases in NEPA counties, state reports Tuesday
The Times Leader: Local legislators offer comments on state’s school reopening plan
The Times Leader: Council split over reprimands for Griffith, Pedri
The Times Leader: Luzerne County offering new emergency alert notification system
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Hall elevator down for the count
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has high rate of ventilator hospitalizations
The Times Leader: 15 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 828 statewide
Citizens Voice: Local NAACP official “thrilled and excited” over Harris VP pick 
Citizens Voice: Citizens plead for outside investigation into Mackey death 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor wants police substations in city 
Citizens Voice: Correction: Wilkes-Barre council meeting is at 6 p.m. Thursday 
Citizens Voice: 15 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County

South Central 
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Gettysburg officials await word on Trump’s nomination acceptance speech
York Dispatch: In York County, Lara Trump tells women to ignore the polls 
York Dispatch: York City Police Department’s lack of diversity spurs lawmaker probe
York Dispatch: York County has 1 new death linked to COVID-19, 46 new cases
York Daily Record: State legislators push for fall sports; Wolf still recommends waiting until 2021 
Patriot News: Three Mile Island owner agrees to public decommissioning panel but no financial settlement 
Patriot News: Gettysburg Confederate monuments to get new panels to offer more historical context 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 828 new cases reported Aug. 11, more than 120,000 overall
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County reports 11 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday; York County reports 46 new cases
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 120K cases; Lancaster County inches toward 6K total cases

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Most of Allentown City Council supports latest resolution on police reforms. Here’s what it says
Morning Call: Bethlehem Council says it’s not thinking about defunding the police. Still, 100 people joined Back the Blue rally outside City Hall 
Morning Call: A resident of this borough wanted it to paint a Black Lives Matter mural on streets; it said no — for now 
Reading Eagle: Empowering women the theme of fifth Peaceful Stand in Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Amazon plans to open second fulfillment center in Berks County 
Reading Eagle: State reports 24 new coronavirus cases for Berks County and averages hold steady
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus updates: 828 new cases push state over 120K total; Lehigh Valley company expanding to produce ‘holy grail’ of tests | Pa. COVID-19 map (08/11/20)

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: ‘It’s more than just playing a game.’ Local politicians raise concerns about lack of fall sports
Centre Daily Times: ‘It’s devastating.’ State College area business leaders react to no Penn State football this fall
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 new case of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 11
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County seven new COVID-19 patients
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports 16 new COVID-19 positives, 1 new death

York Dispatch Editorial Board: PIAA fall sports statement is latest misstep for Gov. Wolf during pandemic
Inquirer Editorial Board: As gun violence increases, Philly’s latest strategy could stop the bleeding — but only if done carefully 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Penn and other institutions should be willing to discuss property tax exemptions 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hong Kong’s chilling summer 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t delay immunizations 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Trader Joe’s takes a stand
Paul Muschick: Unemployed, and no answers for unpaid claims: ‘Nobody should be treated this way’
Michael J. Petrilli and Olivia Piontek: What’s the value of a college degree in Pennsylvania? 
Priya Mammen: Pennsylvanians deserve better mental health care than just the emergency department safety net 
Nathaniel Popkin: Cancel Philly’s failed recycling program 
Jenice Armstrong: Sorry, Mayor, but residents shouldn’t have to cut back on DIY projects to help with trash pickup
Jonathan C. Rothermel: The pandemic has prompted people to get involved in local affairs 
Dan Simpson: How should instruction look this fall?
Phil Gianficaro: Presidential race about lead horses, not apprentice
Bruce Ledewitz: N.Y.’s James is right to go after the NRA for fraud and malfeasance. Seeking to dissolve it is a step too far 
Will Bunch Newsletter: How we stop Trump from stealing 11/3 by mail 
Jerrold Gdanski: He ignored chest pain for fear of coronavirus, but delaying care could have cost him his life 
Maria Panaritis: Sesame Place arrests are coming, but so are more bratty mask tantrums by grown-ups

6 Responses

  1. Anyone in Pa who thinks anyone cares about Big 10 football this Fall is very important to politics in Pa and knows exactly what they are talking about. Tax policy is hypocritical and aside from janitors and engineers not much thought is given to it but no condoms this fall and money not coming in to the prostitutes for some hand action and other stuff is most definitely going to be impacting the ballot decisions for the voters this November and it will cost Biden and the Dems on Election Day this November

  2. Anyone in Pa who thinks no Big 10 football this Fall is not important to politics in Pa doesn’t know what they are talking about. Tax policy is theoretical and aside from accountants and political people not much thought is given to it but no sports this fall and money not coming in to the universities for athletics and students losing financial support over this matter is most definitely going to be impacting the ballot decisions for the voters this November and it will cost Trump and the Republicans on Election Day this November.

  • 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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