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August 25th Playbook

Sean Parnell promotes President Donald Trump’s agenda during his speech at the RNC, while three former GOP congressmen from PA join the “Republicans for Biden” effort. Here is the Playbook.

Parnell Touts Trump in RNC Speech: The GOP congressional hopeful for the 17th District delivered a passionate plea to voters on behalf of Trump’s agenda, while accusing the Democratic Party of having “contempt for middle America.”

Three Former GOP PA Congressman Included In ‘Republicans for Biden’ Rollout: Former Reps. Bill Clinger, Charlie Dent, and Jim Greenwood endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid.

PA Chamber PAC Endorses State Leg Candidates: PLSReporter details the 108 incumbent lawmakers and 18 challengers that the PAC is backing for the state legislature in November. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Gray area of mail-in voting law up to Pennsylvania court 
AP: Trump campaign’s election lawsuit in Pennsylvania halted 
AP: Congresswomen press National Guard on harassment allegations 
Patriot News: Pa.’s Senate GOP leaders propose an earlier cut-off date for voters to request a mail-in ballot 
Patriot News: Inside Pennsylvania’s struggle to trace the spread of coronavirus 
Patriot News: Black Lives Matter rally draws counter-protest in bitterly divided Pa. town
Patriot News: FEMA approves $300 a week wage assistance in Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: Pa. businessman quits border wall advisory committee after Steve Bannon, others charged  
Patriot News: 9 Pa. counties bear watching for coronavirus cases; statewide, rate of positive tests drops again 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Republicans line up behind Donald Trump at the mostly remote RNC
WHYY Newsworks: Battleground 2020: Mail-in voting
WHYY Newsworks: Locked out of the economy: Unemployed workers face mounting fiscal, emotional stress
Philly Clout: Republicans line up to endorse Biden over Trump as GOP convention kicks off
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans propose election law changes as anxiety builds over mail voting 
Inquirer: A rural Pennsylvania prosecutor who supported Black Lives Matter was reprimanded by the GOP 
Inquirer: Congresswomen ask Pa. National Guard to look into sexual harassment, retaliation complaints at Horsham base
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Federal judge pauses Trump lawsuit to toss Pa. ballot drop off boxes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House Democrats pummel postmaster over sharp declines in on-time mail delivery 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A century of population growth in Pa. explained by one map | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Reps. aim to create a statewide system to ’empower victims of rape and sexual assault’ | Monday Morning Coffee
WITF: Group Of PA GOP Lawmakers Seek ‘Suspension’ Of State Emergency Management Law 
WESA: New Tool Identifies Potential Bottlenecks For In-Person Voting Ahead Of November
PLSReporter: Judge stays Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to prohibit ballot drop boxes 
PLSReporter: Pa. Chamber PAC endorses 100+ candidates for state legislative seats 
PLSReporter: ‘Declaration of Suspension’: Republican lawmakers introduce constitutional challenge to COVID-19 emergency declaration  
Fox News: RNC speakers: What to know about Sean Parnell
Morning Call: 5 takeaways on how Pennsylvanians see the presidential contenders, coronavirus response, and voting logistics
Times-Tribune: Casey proposing WPA-style national jobs program 
StateImpactPA: Sunoco asks Environmental Hearing Board to block new DEP shutdown of troubled Chester County drilling site 
StateImpactPA: The largest solar array of its kind in the U.S. now sits atop a former Pittsburgh steel mill
Philadelphia Magazine: Prominent Pennsylvania Republicans Join Growing List of GOP Biden Supporters
National Journal: Oil, gas producers court Biden 
The Hill: Pro-immigration group launches ad targeting Trump’s ‘attacks against Asian Americans’
The Hill: Trump strides into convention as underdog
CNN: Major Trump federal voting Pennsylvania lawsuit effectively shut down 
CNN: Democratic groups launch $7.5 million campaign to encourage voting by mail 
Real Clear Politics: A GOP Opportunity in Philadelphia?

Philly Clout: Republicans line up to endorse Biden over Trump as GOP convention kicks off
KYW Newsradio: Philly-area delegates say their enthusiasm is ‘off the charts’ as RNC kicks off
KYW Newsradio: Judge will rule Tuesday on whether Philly officials can evict protest encampments
KYW Newsradio: Federal court puts the brakes on lawsuit filed by Trump campaign over Pa. mail-in ballot drop boxes 
Inquirer: Judge to rule Tuesday on whether city can clear out Parkway homeless encampment 
Inquirer: Targeting Kensington drug organizations, Pa. attorney general announces 35 arrests 
Inquirer: Just one Pa. county seeing high coronavirus spread, Wolf says; FDA director apologizes after claims he overstated treatment’s effectiveness
Philadelphia Magazine: Prominent Pennsylvania Republicans Join Growing List of GOP Biden Supporters
Philadelphia Citizen: 10+ Ways To Help Get Out The Vote
Philadelphia Tribune: Pa. attorney general busts 35 in Kensington drug raids  
WHYY Newsworks: To stop shootings, young people say Philly must confront the ‘status and money’ guns can bring

Daily Local News: Coronavirus cases show fourth straight week of decline in Chester, Delaware counties
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records fourth lowest coronavirus positivity rate, behind Lehigh, Chester and Bucks
Delco Daily Times: Census count in Delaware County lower than expected
Inquirer: Congresswomen ask Pa. National Guard to look into sexual harassment, retaliation complaints at Horsham base
Bucks Local News: Activists to stage drive-through demonstration in Bucks County against U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
Bucks Local News: AUGUST 24 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases drop to pre-July 4th levels as fall sports debate heats up
Bucks County Courier Times: New Bucks NAACP committee focuses on race in education, policing 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners donate to support foster care group

Post-Gazette: ‘Disillusioned’ Dems should abandon party and back Trump, Parnell urges in RNC address 
Post-Gazette: $25B mail delivery bill passes House, but likely to falter; Pa. Republicans rebuke push for aid
Post-Gazette: Despite an approved referendum, City Council members are wary about tax hike for parks 
Post-Gazette: Community shows division over Hamlet’s contract renewal with PPS 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 426 new cases, 1 more death
WESA: In RNC Speech, Parnell Urges Democrats To Support Trump In November 
WESA: Allegheny County Census Advocates Working ‘Furiously’ To Meet New Deadline 
WESA: Amid Worries About Slow Mail Delivery, PA Officials Push To Extend Deadlines, Use of Drop Boxes
WESA: Black-Led LGBTQ Group To Plan Pittsburgh Pride 2021  
WESA: City School District Board To Vote On Renewing Superintendent’s Contract Months Ahead Of Deadline
City Paper: Sean Parnell says veteran organizations can create an “unhealthy entitlement” mindset 
City Paper: Democratic National Committee is buying all ads on The New Pittsburgh Courier homepage for four days 
City Paper: LGBTQ Coalition and TransYOUniting announce takeover of 2021 Pittsburgh Pride, plan to work with organizations throughout region 
City Paper: PA students are in the midst of a mental health crisis as they prepare for a largely virtual year
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh councilman to introduce bill that restricts facial recognition use 
Tribune Review: Sean Parnell, GOP challenger to Conor Lamb, gets high-profile speaking slot at RNC 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s covid positivity rate has dropped 3 percentage points since mid-July 
KDKA: Congressional Candidate Sean Parnell Speaks During Night 1 Of Republican National Convention
KDKA: Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor To Introduce Legislation That Would Ban Unrestricted Use Of Facial Recognition By Police 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Calls For End Of ‘Senseless’ Gun Violence After 1-Year Old Boy Shot, Killed 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Reads Divided Comments About Future Of Superintendent Anthony Hamlet
KDKA: Coalition Of LGBTQ+ Groups To Take Over Pittsburgh Pride After Delta Foundation Dissolves
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 29 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Countywide Now 9,932 
The Incline: Mail-in voting, explained

Altoona Mirror: Joyce meets with GOP supporters, highlights convention
Altoona Mirror: Renters urged to use CARES
Altoona Mirror: Transit aid plan gains ground
Observer-Reporter: Washington County will resume training poll workers for Nov. 3 
Observer-Reporter: Health care providers request governor, DOH to ‘better protect Pennsylvanians from the health effects of shale gas development’ 
Observer-Reporter: Funding awarded to assist special needs students
Observer-Reporter: Allegheny reports no COVID-19 deaths for two straight days
Beaver County Times: County Transit Authority gets $4.3 million in federal CARES funding 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County back on COVID-19 watch list 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 9 new covid cases, no deaths
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Student loan repayment program brings health care to rural areas 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Eight new COVID-19 cases in region among 426 added statewide

The Times Leader: Luzerne County preparing for mail-in voting
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Schools get nearly $3.4 million in COVID-19 grants
The Times Leader: Videos spotlight vets who oppose Trump
The Times Leader: 8 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 426 statewide
Citizens Voice: House panel rejects ethics complaint against Cartwright
Citizens Voice: Before COVID-19, NEPA patients needed ventilators more often
Citizens Voice: 8 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: House panel rejects ethics complaint against Cartwright
Times-Tribune: Casey proposing WPA-style national jobs program 
Times-Tribune: Scranton investigating computer systems after finding ‘anomaly’
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA

South Central 
Patriot News: Central Pa. district attorney censured by Republicans for supporting Black Lives Matter
Patriot News: Cumberland County commissioners approve $22.4M In CARES Act relief grants 
LNP | LancasterOnline: House continues USPS hearings over mail-in ballot delivery concerns, which Smucker calls ‘simply ludicrous’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania’s rate of new coronavirus cases has declined as the new school year has approached
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. remains at 129K total cases; Lancaster County sees over 6.4K  
York Dispatch: York County has 17 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County awards $22.5 million in CARES Act funding 
Carlisle Sentinel: West Shore Regional Police, City of Harrisburg launch app to report illegal fireworks 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 13 cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County in Monday’s report

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks Commissioner Christian Leinbach will self-quarantine after attending event with Congressman Dan Meuser 
Reading Eagle: Panhandling and loitering brought to Reading council’s attention 
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s coronavirus cases continue to climb; 33 new cases reported
Express Times: Northampton County to let voters decide on sexual orientation, gender identity issue 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus updates: 426 new cases; only one more death; schools and sports preparing for a strange year in the classroom, at home and on the field | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/24/20)
Morning Call: 5 takeaways on how Pennsylvanians see the presidential contenders, coronavirus response, and voting logistics

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Expect mail-in ballots in late Sept., early Oct.
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 5 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 6 cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 24

Conor Lamb: Who really wants to defund the police?
Sean Parnell: Crime will spike if we defund police
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Can GOP counter strong Dem case? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Accelerated hypocrisy 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Evolving identity: Latinx or Latino? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rethinking Snowden 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Russia exploits our divisions
María Gutiérrez: A census undercount hurts Pennsylvania and our growing Latinx population 
Rick Askey: We can only open schools safely if we follow the rules 
Max Cooper: Trump’s war on the postal service endangers hundreds of thousands of Americans who get medication by mail 
Charlie Gerow: In a tightening race, the trends are running in Trump’s favor
Charlie Gerow: Republicans now face the same challenges as Democrats in making a virtual convention exciting 
Ray E. Landis: Trump doubles down on Social Security and Medicare 
Tony Norman: The Protocols of the Elders of Zion 2.0: The rise of QAnon
Gene Therapy: Postmaster General delivers a truckload of frustration
Abraham Gutman: Kamala Harris’ story is a reminder that immigrants and their families always have something to prove 
Donna A. Patterson: Declaring teachers ‘essential workers’ means nothing without giving real support 
Jenice Armstrong: Sunday’s attack during Mass at the Cathedral was unnerving 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Republican National Convention’s speakers bureau

2 Responses

  1. 3 congressman choosing country over party is devastating to Trump re-election efforts.

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