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August 27th Playbook

A new CNBC/Change Research poll shows former VP Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 3 points in PA, while a pair of congressional challengers release new TV ads. Here is the Playbook.

CNBC/Change Research Poll: Biden 49, Trump 46: Over half, 58%, of Pennsylvania likely voters say that they plan to vote in-person on Election Day, while 34% say that they plan to vote by mail, and 4% say that they plan to vote in person before Election Day.

PA8: New Bognet Ad Plays Up NEPA Roots: The GOP congressional hopeful talks about his youth in northeast Pa. and describes himself as the candidate who will support “folks who work with their hands.” Cartwright’s campaign points to his years outside the district working for GOP candidates.

PA10: DePasquale Does CrossFit in New Ad: There’s a joke about people who do CrossFit: “The first rule of CrossFit is you always talk about CrossFit.” Eugene DePasquale is taking that ethos to the next level.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: DOJ seeks data on care home deaths in 4 Democrat-led states
AP: Kids-for-cash judge loses bid for lighter prison sentence 
AP: Chief justice says ethics board sent him ‘letter of inquiry’ 
Patriot News: Toomey, Perry take aim at Gov. Wolf’s handling of pandemic; blame response for weak Pa. economy 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 501 new cases reported Aug. 26, continuing downward trend this month
Inquirer: Biden is still beating Trump in Pennsylvania, poll says — and most of his backers are really voting against Trump 
Inquirer: How the Trump show is playing in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s chief Supreme Court justice faces an ethics inquiry over an alleged racial insult 
Spotlight PA: A vital rental assistance program is riddled with problems as Pa. prepares to resume evictions
Spotlight PA: ‘You’ve got to do something’: Pa. rehabs buckle, begin to close under COVID-19 strain
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: GALLERY: Harrisburg’s newest monument honors voting rights, Old 8th Ward 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: PA-10: New ad campaign brands GOP Rep. Scott Perry as ‘an extremist’ on climate issues 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Shapiro, feds charge 33 with filing fake CARES Act unemployment claims | Wednesday Morning Coffee
USA Today: Casey wants New Deal II for infrastructure
PLSReporter: Department of Justice seeks information on COVID-19 in Pa. nursing homes  
Fox News: Sean Parnell gives behind-the-scenes account of speaking at RNC, mocks ‘boring’ DNC format 
Fox News: Black Lives Matter activists heading to march in DC involved in 2 shooting incidents, reports say
Delaware Valley Journal: GOP’s Tabas Sees Trump Opportunity in Urban Centers Like Philadelphia 
New York Magazine: The Most Tremendous Reelection Campaign in American History Ever 
StateImpactPA: Sunoco asks Environmental Hearing Board to block new DEP shutdown of troubled Chester County drilling site
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey plans infrastructure, jobs package as area’s construction industry warns of cuts 
National Journal: Biden Outspent Trump on Airwaves Nearly 5-to-1 Over Last 2 Weeks 
National Journal: Wisconsin Poll: Trump 46%, Biden 45%
Morning Call: Election 2020 questions answered: How to vote by mail in Pa. 
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf’s pitch to legalize marijuana to close coronavirus budget gap divides lawmakers: ‘Utterly irresponsible’ or ‘legitimate?’  
KDKA: Legal Pot In Pennsylvania? Gov. Tom Wolf Wants State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana For Covid-19 Relief 
The Hill: Poll finds Biden leading in battleground states, but race tightening
The Hill: DCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to ‘Red to Blue’ program
The Hill: DOJ asks governors about coronavirus orders that may have resulted in nursing home deaths
The Hill: LeBron James launches multimillion-dollar campaign to recruit poll workers
Politico: DOJ may investigate blue states over Covid-19 deaths at nursing homes 
Politico: Don Jr. robocall urges supporters to vote by mail

Inquirer: Philly is about to get $10 million for mail ballot drop boxes, early voting, and raises for poll workers
Inquirer: Philly protesters call for justice for Jacob Blake: ‘Now is the time to take to the streets’ 
Inquirer: The Sixers are targeting Penn’s Landing for a potential new basketball arena 
Inquirer: One-time Eagles player Jack Brewer, facing insider trading charges, speaks at RNC 
Inquirer: NAACP takes control over Philly chapter after its president’s anti-Semitic Facebook post, backlash 
Inquirer: Ruth Bader Ginsburg will receive this year’s Liberty Medal 
Inquirer: In Germantown, a housing development, a Colonial graveyard, and the playground that wasn’t
WHYY Newsworks: Philly protests reignited after Wisconsin police shoot Jacob Blake
WHYY Newsworks: Philly pauses water shutoffs through September
WHYY Newsworks: Black Lives Matter mural now greets visitors at Philly’s Municipal Services Building
Philadelphia Magazine: Mayor Kenney Is Backed Into One Hell of a Corner Over the Parkway Encampment
Philadelphia Tribune: National NAACP takes over Philly chapter after president’s anti-Semitic Facebook post 
Philadelphia Tribune: Federal judge: City is ‘permitted, but not required’ to dissolve protest encampments
Billy Penn: You can now get 15-minute coronavirus test results in Philly: Here’s what to know
KYW Newsradio: Philly postal workers court public support ahead of election
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Senate Republicans propose changes to mail-in ballot laws; county officials say it does more harm than good
KYW Newsradio: Mobile COVID-19 unit makes testing accessible for Pa.’s vulnerable communities
Philadelphia Business Journal: NAACP takes over Philadelphia chapter after leader posts anti-Semitic image 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia’s small business activity lags behind peer cities, Pew report finds 
Philly Voice: Philly parents can receive $150 per month to drive their kids to school
Philly Voice: Philadelphia NAACP leader ousted as national organization takes over local branch

Daily Local News: Local lawmakers, state officials, call for further child care provisions
Daily Local News: $224,000 dedicated for Chester County students with special needs
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Senate Republicans propose changes to mail-in ballot laws; county officials say it does more harm than good
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem to put tax increase on referendum
Delco Daily Times: Rally calls for Comcast to provide free WiFi for students in need

WESA: Council Introduces Bill To Regulate Facial Recognition Technology Use 
WESA: Statues Like Columbus in Schenley Park Are ‘Not The Best Way’ To Teach History, Says Pitt Professor 
WESA: Allegheny County’s Dropping COVID-19 Infection Rate Might Be Short-Lived As College Students Return 
WESA: Anthony Hamlet Will Lead Pittsburgh Public Schools For Another Four Years
KDKA: Pennsylvania Republican Delegates Say RNC Has Been ‘Wonderful’ And ‘Very Positive’ So Far 
KDKA: Allegheny County Judge Mark Tranquilli Suspended Without Pay, Denies Calling Black Juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ 
KDKA: 2020 Census Takers Preparing To Make Home Visits 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Board Votes To Renew Superintendent Dr. Anthony Hamlet’s Contract 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Total Coronavirus Cases Top 10,000, As Health Dept. Reports 8 Additional Deaths 
Post-Gazette: Peduto: City’s health plans will cover in vitro fertilization in 2021 
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey plans infrastructure, jobs package as area’s construction industry warns of cuts 
Post-Gazette: Public will get chance to voice opinions on future of Columbus statue in Schenley Park 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli suspended without pay 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools board renews Hamlet’s contract 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County’s total cases exceed 10,000; health director reconsidering crowd limits
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials consider easing coronavirus restrictions 
Tribune Review: Retired Allegheny County, state judge praises Donald Trump in Tuesday’s RNC broadcast
Tribune Review: Judge Tranquilli suspended without pay for alleged misconduct; trial in October 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s school board reappoints superintendent for 4-year term 
City Paper: Rally held in Downtown Pittsburgh calls for police reform and to drop charges against Black Lives Matter protesters 
City Paper: Port Authority rejected for federal grants to expand electric bus network 
City Paper: Voter outreach campaign Remember What They Did pairs damning quotes with original art
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County could up outdoor gathering limits 

Altoona Mirror: Blair launches program to help with COVID-19 costs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair, Indiana counties add COVID-19 deaths 
Tribune Review: All polling places to be open Election Day across Westmoreland County; crush of mail-in ballots expected 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 15 new coronavirus cases
Beaver County Times: DA seeks removal of Harmony Twp. commissioner

The Times Leader: Barletta invited to Trump’s acceptance speech
The Times Leader: Luzerne County schools nab $1.03 million in federal money
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council broadly supports library funding
The Times Leader: 8 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 new death
Citizens Voice: U.S. attorney commends decision to uphold Ciavarella sentence 
Citizens Voice: County council still divided on merits of Mackey review 
Citizens Voice: New poll shows Biden up and viewed more favorably 
Citizens Voice: 8 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Sentencing for Courtright crony continued 
Times-Tribune: New poll shows Biden up and viewed more favorably 
Times-Tribune: Budget projections show ‘financial disaster’ for Scranton School District
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA, 19 new cases

South Central 
Patriot News: Toomey, Perry take aim at Gov. Wolf’s handling of pandemic; blame response for weak Pa. economy 
Patriot News: Harrisburg monument recognizes those from Old 8th Ward who ‘believed in active citizenship’ 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 501 new cases reported Aug. 26, continuing downward trend this month
York Dispatch: Perry: USPS doesn’t need aid; criticism of new policies is ‘hyper-politicized’
York Dispatch: Wheeler, Helfrich beg Toomey for more federal COVID-19 aid
York Dispatch: Wolf awards nearly $400K to underserved students in York 
York Dispatch: York County has 31 new COVID-19 cases, death toll stays at 116
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster delegates tune into RNC from home as GOP paints picture for ‘the American soul’
LNP | LancasterOnline: New policy on blighted properties in Lancaster could create 7 affordable homes a year
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 130K total cases; Lancaster County has seen 6.5K
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf spars with Legislature over claim that he can’t extend eviction moratorium 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 3 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County in Wednesday’s report 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Women got the right to vote 100 years ago; leaders in Berks County say there’s still work to be done [CHART] 
Reading Eagle: Nine Berks County educational institutions receive more than $1.1 million in federal CARES Act funding
Reading Eagle: Berks County new coronavirus cases dip slightly as 27 new cases are reported
Morning Call: Election 2020 questions answered: How to vote by mail in Pa. 
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf’s pitch to legalize marijuana to close coronavirus budget gap divides lawmakers: ‘Utterly irresponsible’ or ‘legitimate?’ 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State reports 501 new cases; 4th county reaches 10K total cases; hospitalizations steadily declining | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/26/20)

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County politicians react to Gov. Wolf’s COVID recovery plan — including legalizing weed
Centre Daily Times: Penn State project releases preliminary info on COVID-19’s impact on Centre County, asks for volunteers
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 2 cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 26
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners act on CDBG funds, personnel, other business
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bay pollution reduction plan on city horizon
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Small businesses receive relief funding
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 6 new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Erie group highlights OZ funding at White House  

Dan Frankel: The Black Lives Matter movement is bigger than law enforcement
Scott L. Bohn: Pa. police chiefs group opposes marijuana legalization
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Legal pot to the rescue?
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Starting a Big Ten football season in January faces too many obstacles
Inquirer Staff: Should nursing homes be abolished as coronavirus exposes their fatal flaws? | Pro/Con
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Students share responsibility 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: America’s world role
John Longstreet: Pennsylvania restaurants need 50% capacity to reopen 
Devren Washington: Philly school district shouldn’t have to pay Comcast a dime to get kids online 
Fletcher McClellan: In a match-up between politics and public health, bet on football every time
Christine Flowers: Intolerant left shows its true face during GOP convention
Dom Girodano: Don’t stop busing private school kids
Ernest Owens: These Are the Worst Four Words You Can Tell Philly Voters Right Now
Kiran Sury: How a group text helped this Philly doctor survive the ‘battlefield’ of COVID cases | Expert Opinion
Lisa Haver: A tale of incompetence: Report on Ben Franklin/SLA debacle shows Philly schools need a new leader 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: First and Last COVID responders

4 Responses

  1. WaPo , The NYTimes , CNN and
    CNBC ratings are tanking ! Fake News .

    Trump 2020 baby !!!

  2. Tranquilli should have the Police Union behind him to keep getting paycheck while he awaits a certain conviction. NOT!!!

  • 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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