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August 14th Playbook

A poll from a Democratic firm shows Eugene DePasquale leading Rep. Scott Perry by 2 points in PA10, GOP Attorney General hopeful Heather Heidelbaugh releases a TV ad, plus a new poll shows Biden leading Trump by 4 points in PA. Here is the Playbook.

Dem Poll: DePasquale 46, Perry 44: Eugene DePasquale leads Rep. Scott Perry by 2 points, although 24% say they never heard of the Democratic challenger. Former VP Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 2 points in the district as well.

Heidelbaugh Releases 1st TV Ad: The GOP Attorney General hopeful’s 30 second spot details her background, while also taking a veiled jab at Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s rumored interest in a higher office.

CNBC/Change Research Poll: Biden 48, Trump 44: Biden leads Trump by 4 points in the state, while voters are split 44%-to-44%, on whether or not it’s safe to let students return to school.

Trump Jr. Headlines ‘Sportsmen for Trump’ Rally in Lehigh County: The Allentown Morning Call reports on the launch of the “Sportsmen for Trump” effort on Thursday evening that was headlined by President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr. 

Women for Biden Host PA Virtual Roundtable: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports on the virtual roundtable event for the Biden campaign that included Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), plus Democratic auditor general hopeful Nina Ahmad.

Booker To Host Virtual Reception for Street: Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will be hosting a virtual reception for state Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) on Friday evening starting at 5:00 PM. According to a release about the event, there will also be a Q&A session featuring Booker, Street, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, and state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia).

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania asks court to extend mail-in voting deadlines 
AP: Slew of church abuse lawsuits hinges on state court decision 
AP: Trump’s EPA dumps methane emissions rule for oil, gas fields 
AP: Wolf: No plan to change recommendation on school sports 
Inquirer: USPS says Pennsylvania mail ballots may not be delivered on time, and state warns of ‘overwhelming’ risk to voters 
Inquirer: Reopening schools amid COVID-19 is hugely complex and perilous. Are school board members up to the task?
Inquirer: Fact-checking Mike Pence’s claim that Trump has added thousands of manufacturing jobs in Pa.
Spotlight PA: WATCH: Answers to the most frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania 
Spotlight PA: Penn State reverses course, plans to provide modified COVID-19 agreement for students
Patriot News: Pa. task force outlines steps to reduce disparities among minority groups in coronavirus pandemic 
Patriot News: Wolf volleys Pa. prep sports decision back to PIAA, schools: ‘That’s my recommendation. You do what you want’ 
Patriot News: Pa. state universities’ board begins process to sell its headquarters and relocate to a smaller space 
Patriot News: Pa. bar and restaurant restrictions won’t go away anytime soon as focus on opening schools continues: Wolf 
Patriot News: Pa.’s Black and brown communities struggle more with coronavirus personally and economically: task force 
Patriot News: PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi to meet with Gov. Wolf’s staff on Friday to discuss fall sports 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘American women go to work’: Democratic women roast Trump’s ‘suburban housewife’ scare tweet
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf administration task force offers slew of recommendations to close racial, economic disparities revealed by pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Pittsburgh, Trump’s EPA announces methane rule rollback for gas wells, pipelines
Morning Call: What Kamala Harris brings to the Democratic ticket as Joe Biden seeks to flip Pennsylvania blue
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf’s greenhouse gas foray moves closer to key vote as Legislature takes own approach
Morning Call: Wolf administration task force releases health disparities report; ‘We’re not playing on a level playing field’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: EPA administrator on methane changes and why they’ll spur innovation 
PLSReporter: GOP lawmaker touts importance of ‘personal responsibility’ over state mitigation efforts; Dems take issue 
PLSReporter: Task force outlines recommendations to eliminate health disparities among marginalized groups
KDKA: President Trump Visiting Pennsylvania During Democratic National Convention 
KDKA: Judge Orders Trump Campaign To Produce Evidence Of Voter Fraud In Pennsylvania 
KYW Newsradio: New Pa. report identifies disparities in health care related to COVID-19 pandemic 
Fox News: Pennsylvania restaurant owners plan ‘revolution’ against Dem governor’s coronavirus limits: report
Post-Gazette: Toomey, Casey ask feds for more help, analysis of nursing homes
Post-Gazette: State task force releases report on disparity, with focus beyond just health
Post-Gazette: Small businesses wait for help as Congress stalls on loan program   
Politico: College football is disappearing. MAGA world is blaming the left.
LNP | LancasterOnline: In 11 Pennsylvania counties, more than 1% of population has tested positive for coronavirus 
Tribune Review: Large crowds taking toll on Pennsylvania state parks
CNN: Judge orders Trump campaign to produce evidence of voter fraud in Pennsylvania
CNN: Trump claims funding USPS will lead to ballot fraud  
National Journal: Against the Grain Episode 85: Voting at Home

Philly Clout: Trump has something to fear in the suburbs. And it’s not low-income housing.
Philadelphia Magazine: Democratic Control of Harrisburg Would Have Huge Implications for Philly. Can It Really Happen?
Philadelphia Magazine: This Philadelphia Newspaper Is Forcing Its Employees to Work from the Office During COVID-19 
Inquirer: As the state investigates ‘heinous abuse,’ Philly Council calls for removal of children from Devereux 
Inquirer: Reopening schools amid COVID-19 is hugely complex and perilous. Are school board members up to the task?
Inquirer: Philly-area congresswoman seeks answers on bogus report of PPP loan to long-closed Buca di Beppo restaurant in Wynnewood
Inquirer: State warns of community spread in Philly, Delco as virus trends improve in other counties; city predicts fans won’t be allowed at Eagles opener 
Inquirer: Philly says it’s catching up on trash and recycling. But one neighborhood is fed up and renting trucks. 
Inquirer: Mask-refusing Philly judge has respiratory issue, spokesperson says 
Inquirer: After ‘sweetheart’ deal from Philly DA, gunman gets 14 years in federal prison for shooting a store owner with an AK-47 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Tribune workers may strike over unsafe conditions during pandemic 
Inquirer: Postal Service says Pa.’s mail ballot deadlines won’t work | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Philly census push presses on despite challenges 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Councilmember Curtis Jones supports call to fill Devil’s Pool with rocks 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Tracing and testing delays in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Judge seen without mask orders arrest of 88-year-old who skipped court because of coronavirus
Billy Penn: Indego, Inde-gone: Philly begins installing GPS after record 330 bikes go missing
Philadelphia Tribune: As gun violence surges, city officials tell parents to take responsibility for firearms in their homes
Patriot News: Philadelphia official says it’s ‘unlikely’ Eagles will have fans at home opener in September
KYW Newsradio: Not so fast! Philadelphia judge delays order to move Columbus statue from Marconi Plaza
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials encourage residents to search their homes for illegal guns and turn them in
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s COVID-19 contact tracers find some with the virus reluctant to share information

Montgomery Media: Democrats, activists call for impeachment of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County allocates $15 million to school districts for coronavirus relief
KYW Newsradio: Chesco commissioners call for independent investigation into Mariner East II pipeline construction
Daily Local News: Officials claim pipeline workers breached aquifer at Shoen Road in Chester County 
Daily Local News: James Logan named acting Coatesville city manager
WHYY Newsworks: Coalition calls on Montco Commissioner Gale to resign or be removed from office
Bucks County Courier Times: Police reform town hall set for Saturday 
Delco Daily Times: Under fire, Alonso resigns from Interboro School Board 

Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: EPA administrator on methane changes and why they’ll spur innovation 
KDKA: EPA Head Visits Pittsburgh To Undo Methane Leak Rule For Oil, Gas Industry 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Area Sending Oldest And One Of The Youngest Delegates To Democratic National Convention 
KDKA: Around The Table: Joe Biden Selects Kamala Harris As Running Mate 
KDKA: ‘Restaurant Revolution:’ Several Restaurants Plan To Defy Coronavirus Restrictions 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 114 More Coronavirus Cases And 5 Additional Deaths
WESA: Allegheny County Prepares For November Election, Plans To Hire Thousands Of Poll Workers 
Post-Gazette: For Black female leaders in Pittsburgh, Kamala Harris’ fight feels familiar 
Post-Gazette: EPA announces controversial rules on methane emissions 
Post-Gazette: Small businesses wait for help as Congress stalls on loan program 
Post-Gazette: Tri-COG Land Bank sells its first property
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. sees 991 new cases, Pittsburgh region reports 258 more
Tribune Review: As deadline approaches, restaurants vary on defying Wolf’s capacity order, other restrictions 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports over 100 new covid-19 cases, 17 new hospitalizations
City Paper: Trib Total Media starts partnership with Spotlight PA to expand in-depth Pittsburgh coverage
City Paper: Allegheny County judge who used racial slurs charged with violating judicial code of conduct
Beaver County Times: AG: Brighton Rehab under criminal investigation 
Altoona Mirror: Mayor criticized for ‘47’ warning
Altoona Mirror: Jordan declares intention to resign
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County gets $840K for voting machines 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Controller: Cambria County is ‘fiscally strong’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City approves resolution to bring in baseball prospects league franchise; JCBL, AAABA leaders fear negative impact on local league, tournament 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Three more area schools delay start of new year 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: JHA to receive funding through second round of CARES Act 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Indiana County adds COVID-19 cases, joins Blair in reporting new deaths
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 13 new covid-19 cases
Tribune Review: Poll worker needs ranked critical in Washington, Westmoreland, Fayette counties
Observer-Reporter: Nurses hold virtual town hall meeting about pandemic 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County records 14th COVID-19 death

The Times Leader: Police Review Board still a hot topic for Wilkes-Barre City Council 
The Times Leader: DA on Mackey probe: We stand by 2018 investigation, will cooperate with outside agencies if asked 
The Times Leader: 27 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 new death
Citizens Voice: Pedri seeking options for independent review of Mackey case
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council approves refinancing as pleas for review board continue 
Citizens Voice: First portion of Mackey jail video will be released soon, attorney says
Citizens Voice: 27 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported in county
Times-Tribune: Scranton invokes extension in response to newspaper’s Right-to-Know requests 
Times-Tribune: Scranton civil service rule change seeks to attract more police candidates
Times-Tribune: Region tops 40 new COVID-19 cases again with one death

South Central 
York Dispatch: No word from Trump campaign about Gettysburg speech, local officials say
York Dispatch: Report: Pandemic exposed sweeping racial inequality in Pa. 
York Dispatch: Grim milestone: COVID-19 deaths in York County reach 100
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Mayor Sorace pledges racial equity in addressing policing, city jobs, housing 
LNP | LancasterOnline: New claims for jobless benefit continue to drop in Lancaster County; down 6% in a week 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Preliminary hearings Monday for 4 of 8 Lancaster protesters: 2 cases resolved; 2 to county court 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s 400th COVID-19 death happened Thursday, coroner says
WITF: Racial Disparities In Housing Have Wide Ranging Effects, Midstate Advocates Say
Patriot News: Pa. state universities’ board begins process to sell its headquarters and relocate to a smaller space 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Thursday; Dauphin, York see spikes
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon officials raise alarm about sharp increase in overdoses in 2020  

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Trump supporters gather in North Whitehall for Donald Trump Jr. appearance
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus fallout: Lehigh Valley restaurants on ‘life support’; Gov. Wolf stands by recommendation to halt youth sports until Jan. 1 
Morning Call: Allentown City Council vows to further debate police oversight, funding measures; Zucal says officers are ‘demoralized’ 
Morning Call: Retired Morning Call columnist Paul Carpenter’s daughter accuses him of sex abuse in lawsuit
Reading Eagle: Postal Service problems fuel concern among Berks residents ahead of election 
Reading Eagle: Berks County hires its first director of economic development 
Express Times: Donald Trump Jr. reportedly stops at Lehigh Valley clay-shooting range 
Express Times: Prominent ex-Morning Call columnist sexually abused daughter for decade, lawsuit alleges 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus updates: 991 new cases, most in weeks; Lehigh Valley hits 9K total cases; how COVID-19 affects minority communities | Pa. coronavirus county case map (08/13/20)

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Facing backlash, Penn State changes offending language in COVID-19 Compact with students
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 3 new cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 13
Erie Times-News: State Transportation Commission adopts updated 12-year program
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 15 more COVID-19 cases in Lycoming County

Inquirer Editorial Board: Extending statewide moratorium on utility shut-offs is the right call amid pandemic and recession 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Board members could learn from racism curriculum 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: How to monitor restaurant safety 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Amazon comes full circle
John L. Micek: After an act of hate, community rallies for Harrisburg synagogue. Here’s what lawmakers can do next | Thursday Morning Coffee
Tara Murtha and Margaret Zhang: It’s time for Pa. lawmakers to stop punishing working mothers and their babies
Tony Norman: Racial deja vu all over again on the campaign trail
Dom Giordano: It’s time to rally behind law enforcement 
Larry Platt: Where’s The Beef? 
Salena Zito: Progressive election upsets are one thing. Progressive legislating is another
George Dalembert and Emily Wetzel-Ulrich: Special-ed students at risk of falling behind amid school reopening plans 
Fletcher McClellan: Ask for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for Trump. Why hasn’t he heard it yet? 
Nancy Eshelman: Innocent until proven guilty is one critical right we too often forget 
Will Bunch: I used to love political conventions. Now, I hope they die. 
Angela P. Dodson: On the momentum of Kamala Harris, U.S. women should continue to lead the vote 
Christopher J. Burns: The marketplace for new antibiotics is fundamentally broken

10 Responses

  1. Trump is projected to win . Breaking news. Joe called in sick for the DNC , belly was hurting .

  2. Trump just said ” Joe I endorsed you , Biden replied , for what ” . Haaaaaa Trump’s an old man , washed up and dried out . Nobody wanted him over four years ago . Remember when the Rs told us Mitt would win . Ahhhhhhhhhahhhhhhh !

  3. Obama just said ” Joe I endorsed you , Biden replied , for what ” . Haaaaaa Joe’s an old man , washed up and dried out . Nobody wanted him over a year ago . Remember when the Dims told us Beto would win . Ahhhhhhhhhahhhhhhh !

  4. Heidelbuagh’s ad was really goo. You always start your media off on tougher note. Following, it should be success in her field or community actions benefitting those around her—whatever—but her ad was so on the mark and very upbeat. As for the ass clown DePasquale, his ad was crap. Bragging about his beginnings and ethics and the family of drinkers in the bar is a crappy touch. Poorly filmed. Downbeat. Pushing his connection to mob and poor work and sense of ego. Downbeat. Downbeat Downbeat. Hit the wrong notes!

  5. Heidelbuagh’s ad was really bad. You don’t start your media off on tougher note. Initially it should be success in her field or community actions benefitting those around her—whatever—but her ad was off the mark and not upbeat. As for DePasquale, his ad was perfect. Humble beginnings and working class ethic and the family working in the bar is a good common touch. Well filmed. Upbeat. Pushing his connection to family and hard work and sense of community. Upbeat. Upbeat Upbeat. Hit the right notes!

  • 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%)

    Total Voters: 231

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