August 21st Playbook

President Donald Trump described former VP Joe Biden as Pennsylvania’s “worst nightmare” in a speech in Old Forge on Thursday, while a new poll shows Biden leading Trump by 4 points in the state. Here is the Playbook.

Trump Tags Biden As ‘PA’s Worst Nightmare’ In Old Forge: President Donald Trump described the free trade agreements previously supported by Biden as “globalist attacks on Pennsylvania workers.”

Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Poll: Biden 48, Trump 44: Trump receives “solid ratings” on his handling of the most important issue, the economy, while he receives poor grades for his response to the second most important issue, COVID-19.

“Hack Lawyer” – Shapiro Ad Slams Heidelbaugh: Attorney General Josh Shapiro returns fire in his first television ad after Republican hopeful Heather Heidelbaugh’s first TV ad included a thinly veiled jab at Shapiro for his rumored interest in running for governor in 2022.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Bidding for Pennsylvania, Trump trolls Biden in old backyard 
AP: GOP bill on school sports clears state House committee 
AP: Mariner East fined again as another spill fouls state park 
Morning Call: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump narrowly among Pennsylvania voters in new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll
Patriot News: ‘Let them play’ rally cry at state Capitol: Parents, students, coaches hope to play fall sports 
Patriot News: Biden holds ‘narrow’ lead over Trump in Pa.: poll 
Patriot News: Trump comes to Pa. on Biden’s big night, says Democratic nominee will unleash ‘mayhem’ across America 
Patriot News: Pa. House panel approves bills letting schools decide whether to hold fall sports 
Patriot News: Western Pa. legislators criticize Wolf administration’s COVID-19 deal allowing Carlisle car shows to go on 
Patriot News: Selinsgrove man accused of sending threatening, obscene emails to Wolf’s office 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 791 new cases, 126,940 overall
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Athletes and parents rally for school sports in Harrisburg 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ahead of Biden’s DNC speech, and running behind in a battleground, Trump trolls ex-Veep on his home turf 
WHYY Newsworks: Trump, Biden battle for the soul of Scranton  
Inquirer: Trump says Biden ‘abandoned Scranton’ in Pa. visit just before Biden’s Democratic convention speech 
PLSReporter: Education Committee pushes through sports, grade repeat and teacher certification bills 
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa. 
Fox News: Trump mocks Biden’s Scranton roots ahead of convention speech: ‘He abandoned Pennsylvania’ 
Fox News: Pennsylvania voters tell Lawrence Jones why they oppose Biden: ‘He had 40 years to make it right here’ 
Fox News: Biden to accept nomination as Trump takes shots from rival’s hometown 
Fox News: Trump to visit Joe Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pa. on final day of DNC
StateImpactPA: DEP fines CNX for well failure near Westmoreland County reservoir 
StateImpactPA: Nature organizations say they’re working to reach out to Black environmentalists. They need to go deeper, an environmental justice expert says 
StateImpactPA: Report: Clean energy jobs among fastest-growing in state from 2017-2019
National Journal: State, Local Republicans Quietly Encourage Voting by Mail
KYW Newsradio: Pa. asks for extended food assistance as kids return to schools remotely
Bucks Local News: COVID BY THE NUMBERS: Pennsylvania releases latest round of case counts
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf administration announces special education funding, calls on federal government to extend meal waivers 
The Hill: Poll: Trump and Biden matchup within margin of error in Pennsylvania 
The Hill: Trump goes after Biden in Pennsylvania hours before Democratic convention speech 
The Hill: Progressive group to launch virtual back-to-school effort to turn out college voters 
The Hill: Religious leaders launch 9-day pilgrimage for racial justice from Charlottesville to D.C. 
Politico: ‘Imagine the mayhem coming to your town’: Trump offers his Biden prebuttal with dark predictions 
Politico: Trump takes swipes at mail-in voting and Biden at campaign event in Pennsylvania 
Politico: Parsing the climate message
KDKA: Scranton And Pennsylvania Play Key Role In Run-Up To Joe Biden’s Acceptance Speech
CNN: Fact check: Trump delivers blizzard of false claims in Pennsylvania speech attacking Biden 
Huffington Post: Trump Cooks Up Wacky New Birther Slam: Joe Biden Wasn’t Born In Pennsylvania

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Pennsylvania Democrats who spoke at the convention got another boost — from Trump
Billy Penn: Jill Biden would be the first official First Lady from the Philly area 
Inquirer: Philly encampments will remain at least through Tuesday, federal judge says 
Inquirer: Indoor dining in Philly can return Sept. 8 — for now | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Magazine: Face Shields, Sneeze Guards and a Ban on Groups: Indoor Dining Returns to Philly On September 8th
Philadelphia Citizen: Seriously? Now The Post Office Is Dramatic? 
KYW Newsradio: Federal judge to decide if city can evict protesters from homeless encampments along Parkway
KYW Newsradio: Indoor dining returning to Philadelphia on Sept. 8 — with restrictions
KYW Newsradio: Stimulus aid is dead, but unemployed workers demand Congress revive compensation
KYW Newsradio: City set to open 31 access centers so kids can attend their online classes
KYW Newsradio: Obama visits Philadelphia to endorse Biden, excoriate Trump in DNC speech
Philly Voice: Philly restaurants allowed to restart indoor dining with significant restrictions after Labor Day
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia will finally lift its indoor dining ban after Labor Day. Here’s what you need to know.  
WHYY Newsworks: Kenyatta Johnson’s new Eastwick task force to tackle buyout question 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly announces drop-off sites for families who need child care this fall 
WHYY Newsworks: WURD celebrates its founder and Black women in politics 
WHYY Newsworks: What the return of indoor dining means in Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly to resume indoor dining in Sept. with restrictions

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Legislation introduced to provide financial relief to local bars, restaurants and catering halls
KYW Newsradio: DEP notifies Sunoco of violation along portion of Mariner East II pipeline
Montgomery Media: Coronavirus spread in Montgomery County linked to social events
Daily Local News: Testimony: Pandemic, bias worsens high death rate for US mothers 
Daily Local News: Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board to vote on whether to retire ‘Indian’ logo 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Appeal by gun owners over city ordinances moved to Commonwealth Court
Post-Gazette: Allegheny council committee hears from another expert on civilian police review board 
Post-Gazette: PPS board to vote on Hamlet’s contract renewal next week
Post-Gazette: GAO review sought for $10.2 million contract to TeleTracking Technologies
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports nearly 800 new cases, with Pittsburgh region up 214
WESA: AG Shapiro Calls For ‘Binding Agreement’ To Protect U.S. Postal Service
Tribune Review: Police charge Pittsburgh man with assault, riot after protest at Mayor Peduto’s house
Tribune Review: Allegheny County covid-19 cases increase to triple digits
City Paper: Police escalate protest outside Peduto’s house with pepper spray, projectiles, and apparent kettling 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Police Use Pepper Spray On Demonstrators And Charge 26-Year-Old Man After Protest Outside Mayor Peduto’s Home 
KDKA: Joe Biden Supporters Flock To Carrie Blast Furnaces To Watch Former VP Accept Democratic Presidential Nomination 
KDKA: Around The Table: Political Analysts Discuss The Impact Of A Virtual Democratic National Convention 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Pushing To Change Visitation Policies At Long-Term Care Facilities
KDKA: ‘They’re Ready For Change:’ Demonstrators Once Again Gather Outside Of Mayor Peduto’s Home 
KDKA: PIAA To Hold Meeting About The Future Of 2020 Fall Sports 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 100 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Snyder seeks relief for restaurants, end of 25% capacity order
Observer-Reporter: Drug overdose deaths in Washington County increased by 5 from 2018
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases drop in Allegheny County; college students urged to wear masks
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf administration announces special education funding, calls on federal government to extend meal waivers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair County adds 10 COVID-19 cases; nursing homes remain prime focus for prevention
Tribune Review: Group stages protest, march in downtown Greensburg
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County posts 2nd largest covid-19 case increase of August
KDKA: Black Lives Matter Protest Marches Through Greensburg 
Altoona Mirror: School sports bill makes headway
Beaver County Times: Shell: Reports of new cracker plant layoffs false

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Trump questions Biden’s Scranton roots, predicts chaos under Democratic rule
Times-Tribune: Casey, Cognetti blast Trump ahead of Old Forge event
Times-Tribune: Biden supporters hold watch DNC watch parties throughout area
Times-Tribune: First COVID-19 death in Lackawanna County in a month
WHYY Newsworks: Trump, Biden battle for the soul of Scranton 
Citizens Voice: Trump says Biden presidency would bring chaos
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County seeks deputy election director
Citizens Voice: Six new positive COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County 
The Times Leader: Navarro touts Trump’s economic impact on Pa.
The Times Leader: Northeastern Pennsylvania leaders blast Trump, tout support for Biden 
The Times Leader: Brown expects WB deficit for 2020, attributes it to pandemic 
The Times Leader: Attorney claims evidence of racial discrimination by WB Twp. Council
The Times Leader: Beyond the Byline: Pennsylvania again the keystone as 2020 election looms 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Dems gather for socially distant watch party on last night of DNC
The Times Leader: 6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 791 statewide

South Central 
Patriot News: ‘Let them play’ rally cry at state Capitol: Parents, students, coaches hope to play fall sports 
Patriot News: Western Pa. legislators criticize Wolf administration’s COVID-19 deal allowing Carlisle car shows to go on 
Patriot News: Protest held at Dauphin County Prison following death of inmate
York Dispatch: York County spent $4.7M on COVID-19 response 
York Dispatch: State appoints new recovery officer for York City schools
York Dispatch: York County has 45 new cases linked to COVID-19, one new death
York Daily Record: Hundreds of people attend rally for fall sports 
Carlisle Sentinel: DEP assesses $355K penalty to Sunoco over Mariner East 2 violations in eight counties
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County sees 16 new COVID-19 cases Thursday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Number of Lancaster County residents staying unemployed rises 12.1%, showing COVID-19’s lasting impact 
LNP | LancasterOnline: 68% of Pennsylvania coronavirus deaths are from nursing and personal care homes 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Manheim Township Commissioner tries to oust Democratic Party member over Skyline Pool comments, emails show 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. has seen more than 126K cases, Lancaster County up to 6.3K

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Joe Biden leads Donald Trump narrowly among Pennsylvania voters in new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll
Morning Call: Trump gives shoutout to the Lehigh Valley, but mistakenly calls legendary Easton boxer Larry Holmes ‘Ernie’ 
Morning Call: Confused about how to vote by mail? This information from Lehigh and Northampton counties may help 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 791 more cases reported; lawmakers advance measure to let students get extra school year due to pandemic 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 791 new cases, 15 more deaths, but key metrics showing decline | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/20/20)
Reading Eagle: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman expresses concern about safe return of fall sports
Reading Eagle: Postal Service delivery delays remain a concern among Berks County residents 
Reading Eagle: 22 more coronavirus cases for Berks County in Pennsylvania Department of Health reporting

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council nears vote on community college board
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 new case of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 20
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislators grill state secretaries of health, education
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County one new COVID-19 case

Opinion  
Alan Novak and T.J. Rooney: Mail-in ballots do not favor one political party over another 
John Baer: Coronavirus should have made our government better. It hasn’t.  
Inquirer Editorial Board: Overdose death during COVID-19 is a disaster within a disaster 
Inquirer Editorial Board: 100 years after 19th Amendment, voting rights and equality are still precarious  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A tool cops need 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fixing the turnpike mess 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Citizens United 10 years on 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The prince’s death squad
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Yorkers must work together to turn the numbers around
John L. Micek: Nursing homes have been devastated by COVID-19. A new report offers fixes | Thursday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: From Portland to Pittsburgh: These totalitarian times
Mark O’Keefe: Poll workers are essential employees. We need to treat them that way 
Froma Harrop: Why environmentalists should applaud Biden
Larry Platt: The Mensch Postulate
Queen Muse: Philly Should Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis — And Then Do Something About it
Corbin Pomeranz: Homicides aren’t the only tragic cost of Philadelphia’s gun violence epidemic 
Jamar Thrasher: I’m the father of a third-grader: How the pandemic taught me new ways to be a parent 
Trudy Rubin: The Israel-UAE deal won’t resolve the Palestine problem
Will Bunch: DNC’s audacity of hope was that America is really empathetic and good 

15 Responses

  1. Rumor is the FBI is investigating Ray Zaborney and his multiple lobbying and non profit firms. Check out the story on spotlightpa

  2. Here’s a good one for you . Newly released pictures of Bill Clinton came out the day Bill
    spoke at the DNC . Bill was shown with a teenage girl but said nothing happened . Sure Bill … Maybe this is
    why the DNC ranking was down 40% !

  3. Sure is fun to triggering the left . Facts mater and like Joe says ” Truth over Facts ” . Can’t make this stuff up .

    Oh , the viewers for the DNC is week are down 40% ! Joe’s campaign manager said that social media
    picked up most of them viewing yet couldn’t provide any data. Of course he was going to say that .

    MAGA baby !!!

  4. Joe Biden , the clown that ran in 1987 on ” I was at the top of my law class “… He graduated at
    the bottom . Joe’s not right in the head and we all know it.
    MAGA !

  5. Good bye, Politics PA. You have become a haven for foreign trolls. If my name is associated with anything until the Nov. 3 election, it will be a fake post…Cathy Cook, Pgh gula or jr. jr. Zappala…all fakers. See you in December after that @#$&##-&$#@?! Trump is perp walked to F.C.I. Colorado…unless the fat phony takes Air Force One to Moscow on election night. Meanwhile, I’m just Biden time.

    1. The original GulagPittsburgh has nothing to do with these recent stupid posts. All are by some juvenile asshole who steals names and PoliticsPA does nothing about it. They deserve to be thrown in the trash.

      1. Politics PA , thank you . You have become a haven for pro Trump fans . If my name is associated with anything until the Nov. 3 election, it will be mine …Cathy Cook, Pgh gula or jr. jr. Zappala…are awesome . See you in December after that @#$&##-&$#@?! Biden is perp walked to St Pats Old Folks Farm. unless he chokes on his oatmeal. . Meanwhile, I’m just in my basement playing xbox.

        1. Useless Punk Troll playing on his mommy’s flip-phone. Loves copying other people’s handles.
          Btw, he is 36 years old.

    2. I think Zap is a damn handsome man. So glad he’s my county chief prosecutor

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