August 19th Playbook

Jim Bognet airs a television ad in Portland, while it’s announced that Sean Parnell will speak at the RNC next week. Here is the Playbook. 

PA8: Bognet To Air TV Ad… in Portland Oregon: The GOP congressional hopeful will air a spot on Portland TV, using footage of the recent protests and riots in the region to court them to move to Northeast PA – and slam incumbent Matt Cartwright.

Parnell To Speak at Republican National Convention: The GOP congressional hopeful for the 17th District said he’s honored by the invitation by the president to speak at next week’s convention.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania opting in to Trump’s $300-a-week jobless pay
AP: Washington, Pennsylvania lead lawsuits over postal changes
AP: Ballot drop boxes seen as a way to bypass the post office
AP: State prisons to implement modified virtual visits Sept. 1
Philly Clout: The campaign for Pennsylvania attorney general is heating up on TV
Inquirer: Pennsylvania leads federal lawsuit against USPS over mail delays as postmaster general signals a reversal 
Inquirer: ‘That girl from Philly’ Jill Biden says her husband Joe can heal America
Inquirer: Children must wear masks in Pa. schools; health officials wary of outbreaks on college campuses as students move in
WHYY Newsworks: Three Pennsylvania ‘rising stars’ speak during the DNC’s second night
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania officials move to get extra $300 added to unemployment benefits 
Post-Gazette: Pa. health officials clarify mask rule for schools 
Post-Gazette: Shapiro says Pa. will lead multistate coalition in suing against Postal Service changes
Post-Gazette: Biden campaign asks TV stations to remove ‘inaccurate’ fracking ad
Post-Gazette: Pa. Turnpike seeks second delay in quarterly transit payments due to COVID-19
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Despite Postal Service pivot, Shapiro primes lawsuit; Wolf, Casey urge vigilance 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. to launch free app to alert users of potential COVID-19 exposure 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ahead of U.S. Senate hearing, Postal Service boss backs off from proposed changes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Kenyatta, Lamb, Boyle open second night of DNC
PLSReporter: Shapiro to sue U.S. Postal Service; postmaster general suspends controversial operational changes
Patriot News: Social distancing no substitute for mask-wearing in schools, Pa. health secretary says; schools must adjust, again 
Patriot News: Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces suit to roll back U.S. Postal Service cuts; seeks protection of state’s vote-by-mail program 
Patriot News: Coca-Cola joins companies giving employees Election Day off so they can vote 
Patriot News: PIAA executive director lobbies Athletic Oversight Committee for fall sports season, spectators 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 125,579 coronavirus cases? Aug. 18 map, county-by-county breakdown
KDKA: Joe Biden Speaks To Pennsylvania Delegation On Day 2 Of Democratic National Convention 
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Says Some Public Schools Not Properly Checking Child Abuse Database 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sen. Casey pledges bulk of state’s delegates to Biden
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Shapiro suing over postal changes 
KYW Newsradio: Pa. received $900M in hazard pay requests, but only $50M was available
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania to roll out app tracing spread of COVID-19
National Journal: State Officials Look for Backup Plans Amid Concerns Over USPS
York Dispatch: Casey accuses Trump of attacking election, undermining Postal Service
Daily Local News: Sen. Toomey working to make it easier to obtain PPE
Politico: How Pennsylvania could make or break the 2020 election
Politico: States turn to courts over postal changes 
Politico: Biden tries to elbow aside Trump with rural voters
LNP | LancasterOnline: Students required to wear masks ‘at all times’ under revised order from state Health Department
CNN: U.S. Postal Service backs down on more changes as 20 states sue over potential mail delays
CNN: Pennsylvania high court asked to provide ‘extraordinary’ help in vote-by-mail cases

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: The campaign for Pennsylvania attorney general is heating up on TV 
Billy Penn: Encampment residents file restraining order against Mayor Kenney over eviction
Philadelphia Citizen: Election Day Starts Now  
KYW Newsradio: It may lack the atmosphere, but Philly-area delegates make the best of virtual DNC
KYW Newsradio: Farley optimistic a COVID-19 vaccine will be ready by spring; Philly will help plan its distribution
KYW Newsradio: Deadline to disband Parkway encampments passes; protesters remain on-site
WHYY Newsworks: Protesters at Biden’s Philly HQ push him to get aggressive on poverty; 1 arrested
WHYY Newsworks: Three Pennsylvania ‘rising stars’ speak during the DNC’s second night
WHYY Newsworks: ‘It’s a mess when you don’t get your mail’: Waiting on, worrying about the Postal Service in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: As demonstrations slow, activists inspired by George Floyd protests pivot to take on the bureaucracy
Inquirer: Philadelphia homeless encampment eviction on hold through at least Thursday while judge considers lawsuit 
Inquirer: The Dominican Republic has a new president. Philly Dominicans reflect on Luis Abinader’s election and challenges. 
Inquirer: ‘That girl from Philly’ Jill Biden says her husband Joe can heal America
Inquirer: Columbus Day is still an official city holiday in Philly. Here’s why. 
Inquirer: Philly’s trash pickup woes are now delaying street repairs as recycling remains significantly behind 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania files lawsuit against USPS over mail delays | Morning Newsletter
Philly Voice: Philly homeless encampments, city in limbo amid injunction request, ongoing talks
Philadelphia Tribune: Report: Racial disparities prevalent in job opportunities in Philly
Philadelphia Gay News: Court issues unfavorable name-change ruling for trans litigants
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet the Philly-Area Restaurant Owner Who Spoke at DNC Day One 
Philadelphia Magazine: A Philly Postal Worker Union Head on New Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Trump’s War on the USPS 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Lawmakers call for Mariner East license to be revoked 
Daily Local News: Killion to hold kids’ drive Aug. 22 for local families struggling during pandemic 
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon and Shapiro fight to protect the postal service 
Delco Daily Times: Swat business owner shares spotlight at DNC 
Montgomery Media: Reps. Dean, Evans highlight importance of postal service during Montgomery County stop 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County solicitor moves to not represent Commissioner Joe Gale in federal lawsuit 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 298 new coronavirus cases, 1 death, during latest 7-day period
Bucks Local News: AUGUST 17 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases hold steady as hospitalizations continue to drop

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Hundreds march to Pittsburgh mayor’s house as anger lingers over plainclothes arrest
Post-Gazette: Chokehold ban introduced in Allegheny County Council
Post-Gazette: Biden campaign asks TV stations to remove ‘inaccurate’ fracking ad
Post-Gazette: Peduto declares ‘Jordan Duckett Day’ in honor of teen who died during football practice in Windgap
Post-Gazette: Some local delivery companies announce layoffs; Amazon announces 1,500 new jobs in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: With 45 new cases, Allegheny County’s single-day count lowest since June
WESA: Pittsburgh Postal Workers President Urges Americans To ‘Not Lose Faith’ In Mail System 
WESA: Allegheny County Council Takes Up Proposal To Ban Neck Restraints, But Hurdles Lie Ahead 
WESA: Black, Young, And Educated Doesn’t Plan To Coordinate Protest Routes With Police 
City Paper: Nativist attacks against state Rep. candidate Emily Skopov continue in North Hills race
KDKA: Joe Biden Speaks To Pennsylvania Delegation On Day 2 Of Democratic National Convention 
KDKA: About 300 Protesters March To Mayor Bill Peduto’s Home After Arrest Of Demonstrator 
KDKA: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb Part Of Keynote Address At Democratic National Convention 
KDKA: President Of Pittsburgh FOP Predicts Mass Retirements From Police Officers 
KDKA: Amazon Hiring More Than 1,500 People In Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 45 New Coronavirus Cases And 1 Additional Death
Tribune Review: Wavering voters targeted by Democratic National Convention; some say too much Trump-bashing, not enough substance
Tribune Review: Protesters gather outside Mayor Peduto’s home for second day
Tribune Review: Amazon’s hiring of 1,500 in Pittsburgh region provides boost during pandemic
Tribune Review: Allegheny County posts lowest new covid case count since June
Pittsburgh Business Times: Amazon looking to hire 1,500 workers in Pittsburgh at its new fulfillment and distribution centers
SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Fayette lawmaker introduces bill to increase capacity limits at venues 
Observer-Reporter: Washington, Greene to get close to $433 million for state transportation projects over next 12 years 
Observer-Reporter: In the Zoom where it happens; Dems discuss history-making virtual convention 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County records three new COVID-19 deaths
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election offices say they’re ‘ready’ for mail-in balloting 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Federal, state legislators hear farmers’ concerns at Portage farm tour 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria tops 400 total COVID-19 cases as state adds 735
Tribune Review: 13 new coronavirus cases reported in Westmoreland County
KDKA: State Rep. Matt Dowling Proposes Bill Increasing Capacity Limits For Catering & Event Venues
KDKA: Indiana Borough Leaders Decide More Feedback Is Needed On Ordinance That Would Fine People Not Wearing Masks
KDKA: Former Latrobe Fire Department Members File Lawsuit Against Department Chief, Mayor, City Of Latrobe
Beaver County Times: Vogel hosts two events next week for senior citizens 
Altoona Mirror: School leaders react to mask rules

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Pa. roll call vote cast outside Biden’s childhood home 
Citizens Voice: Bognet buys commercial time in Oregon urging residents to move to NEPA 
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Democrats formally nominate Joe Biden 
Times-Tribune: Bognet buys commercial time in Oregon for local election 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County expects proposals for inmate medical services at prison, may change provider 
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 735 statewide

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker ‘not available’ for interview about national USPS crisis
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster plans to add 30 elections staff for 2020 election, as Pa. Legislature nears deal on elections law fixes
LNP | LancasterOnline: DNC Day 1: Lancaster’s lone Bernie Sanders delegate reflects on moving ‘progressive’ ideas to the mainstream
LNP | LancasterOnline: PIAA legislative overseers bullish on fall sports restart
LNP | LancasterOnline: State DEP reaches settlement in pending Three Mile Island ownership transfer
LNP | LancasterOnline: Is Pa. on the verge of a wave of evictions? Flaws evident as state housing program sees surge of applicants
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 125K total cases; Lancaster has over 6.2K cases
Patriot News: Many attendees at Harrisburg town hall to discuss police advisory board say bill doesn’t go far enough 
Patriot News: Mifflinburg becomes fourth community flag-burning activist has sued
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. will apply for FEMA unemployment funds, but says Trump order is a “Band-Aid” without Congressional action
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 7 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday in Cumberland County
York Daily Record: Wolf visits York to tout $96M for businesses
York Dispatch: August could smash record as York County COVID-19 cases spike 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Federal lawmakers who represent Berks react to problems facing Postal Service
Reading Eagle: PIAA receives support from state legislators in bid to return to field 
Reading Eagle: Berks County Commissioner Michael Rivera tests positive for coronavirus 
Reading Eagle: Drug deaths soar again in Berks County in 2020, officials say 
Express Times: Pa., Lehigh Valley officials move to stop U.S. Postal Service changes that eroded mail service 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus updates: State hits 125K total cases, death toll nearly 7.5K; latest guidance on school reopenings, fall sports | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/18/20) 
Morning Call: Post office reforms are put on hold until after election as complaints pile up 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Levine urges use of tracing app as cases rise by 735; says state won’t interfere if PIAA allows fall sports

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Patton Township is considering a masking ordinance. What to know before risking a $300 fine
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 6 cases of COVID-19, while Pennsylvania has 735 new positives
Erie Times-News: United Clergy of Erie raises possibility of reparations 
Erie Times-News: Postmaster general suspends Postal Service changes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: PIAA’s Lombardi: It’s worth attempting to play fall sports
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 8 new COVID-19 cases

Opinion  
Greg Vitali: Pa.’s building trade unions need to be allies, not opponents, of a cleaner climate
Doug Mastriano: Let the kids play 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: In reasonable deal, Wolf makes point, Lebanon County gets most of its money 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa. leaders should heed new report’s warnings on COVID-19 nursing home disaster
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Leading means building
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: More innovative testing strategies
John L. Micek: Report: Nearly 200 pardons still await Wolf’s signature | Tuesday Morning Coffee
John A. Tures: The Post Office is a core function of government. We have to fight efforts to undermine it 
Kim Kelly: 10 lessons for 2020 from the bloody, messy fight to pass the 19th Amendment 
Chris Freind: Kamala Harris: A vice For Biden?
Jenice Armstrong: Advice for curbing violence from those who have been there, done that 
Will Bunch Newsletter: The future is a no-show at telethon-style DNC 
Abbie Newman: As the pandemic worsens the risk of at-home child abuse, advocacy centers can help 
Bradley Maule: No, Philadelphia should not fill Devil’s Pool with rocks 
Solomon Jones: Democrats owe Black voters more than Kamala Harris’ nomination 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment

8 Responses

  1. REPORTER: QAnon believes you are secretly saving the world from this cult of pedophiles and cannibals. Are you behind that?

    TRUMP: Is that supposed to be a bad thing? We are actually. We are saving the world.

    Damn right we are saving the world for the whites!

  2. whoever the asshole is who steals names is known to PoliticsPA; yet it does nothing to clean up its own GOP Rag. Like Trump, they have found doing their job too hard, so have given up.

  3. PoliticsPA embarrasses itself more every day. So sad and so desperate to salvage something from the Trump debacle.

  4. I say , Biden is in trouble ! The Harris pick was a dumpster fire . Only 2% of the Dem voters wanted her . Train wreck is coming and the clowns will
    be all over the tracks lol !!

  5. Man , this is some sad news for he Dems !

    At press time, posted viewership marks nearly a 28% drop from the high-stakes DNC of 2016.

    Broadcast channels ABC, CBS, and NBC were down a staggering 42% with just 6.7 million viewers at 10 p.m. Cable networks Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN were down 16% to nearly 12 million viewers. In total, that’s fewer than 19 million views — or 28% the viewership of the 2016 DNC.

    1. Like the banners hanging from idiot owned houses read:
      TRUMP
      2020
      No more bullshit!
      They are accurate. The voters are done with his b.s. and he is on the way out. The Republican convention numbers will be far worse because people have already decided that he has to go.

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