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August 28th Playbook

A Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Biden leading Trump by 7 points in PA, while the DCCC announces an additional $960K into a Philadelphia market ad buy. Here is the Playbook.

DCCC Adds $960K Into Philly Market Ad Buy: The nearly $2 million reserved for the Philadelphia market makes it the largest ad buy in the state for the DCCC.

NRA Blasts Biden in $1.5 Million PA Ad Buy: A spokesperson from the NRA Victory Fund tells PoliticsPA the group will spend more than $1.5 million to air the spot across PA.

F&M Poll: Biden 49, Trump 42: Registered voters in the state prefer Biden on foreign policy, handling the coronavirus, and being commander in chief of the military, while Trump has the edge on the economy.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Surge in mail-in ballots could delay election results, so Wolf wants to change the rules
AP: Wolf, Republicans at odds over Pennsylvania election law 
AP: Judge suspended without pay, faces trial on ethics charges
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Despite past success, Pa. may not be able to track spread of COVID-19 in schools, officials say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Protesters call on Pa. Pardons Board to clear backlog of commutation requests
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘He’s not a leader, he’s a dictator’: Republicans backing Biden warn of four more years of Trump
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With an edge on managing the pandemic, Biden leads Trump 49-42 percent in new Pa. poll | Thursday Morning Coffee
KDKA: Poll: 54 Percent Of Pennsylvanians Approve Of Governor Tom Wolf’s Coronavirus Pandemic Response 
Morning Call: Election 2020 questions answered: How to vote by mail in Pa. 
Morning Call: As Election Day approaches, Pennsylvania officials prepare to negotiate over mail-in ballots and staffing issues
Washington Post: Robocall targets battleground states such as Pa. with falsehoods about mail-in voting
PLSReporter: MAP: School is back in for Pennsylvania students. Find your district’s reopening plan here.
PLSReporter: Wolf calls for election reforms ahead of November
PLSReporter: F&M poll: More voters likely to vote in-person in November; worry over finances increases
Patriot News: As Pennsylvania attempts to debug voting by mail before a high-stakes presidential election, Gov. Tom Wolf weighs in with his ideas 
Patriot News: Latest poll finds Biden still leading Trump among Pa. voters, who also like Wolf’s pandemic response 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 131,156 coronavirus cases? Aug. 27 map, county-by-county breakdown 
Patriot News: Bloomsburg University moving to remote learning in wake of 90 coronavirus cases 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Odd Couple
National Journal: Pennsylvania Poll: Biden 49%, Trump 42%
York Dispatch: Poll: More than 60% of Pa. voters plan to vote in person
WESA: Republican DA Who Supported George Floyd Protesters Censured By Local GOP 
Reading Eagle: Trump narrows gap with Biden in Pennsylvania, according to Franklin & Marshall College poll
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania unemployment claims now on the rise, up 5.4% according to latest labor report
LNP | LancasterOnline: Biden leads Trump by 7 points in Pa.: F&M poll
Inquirer: Pa. is part of growing movement of state AGs defending workers’ rights, report finds 
Inquirer: Why the Federal Reserve deserves credit for its actions during COVID-19
Washington Examiner: One sign at a time, Pennsylvania veteran makes the world a better place
Delaware Valley Journal: More Than 50,000 COVID Complaints Pour Into PA’s Anonymous ‘Snitch’ Site
The Hill: Court finds EPA skirted air laws with ‘pernicious loophole’
The Hill: Biden to resume campaign travel after Labor Day

Philly Clout: Biden’s GOP backers easily outnumbered Trump’s Democratic supporters at the conventions
Inquirer: What Philly leaders are saying about a potential new Sixers arena at Penn’s Landing 
Inquirer: A decision on a new Sixers arena at Penn’s Landing is coming soon 
Inquirer: No Eagles fans at Linc until further notice; city isn’t ruling out lockdowns if virus worsens in winter; Pa. and N.J. won’t follow new CDC testing guidance  
Inquirer: Hite says as many as 18,000 Philly district students still need internet access, with days to go until the start of school 
Inquirer: Philly, N.J., and Pa. reject CDC’s new coronavirus guidelines, saying they will continue robust testing 
Inquirer: Protests for Jacob Blake reach Philly’s teams | Morning Newsletter
Inquirer: You’ve got 5 weeks left to be counted in the 2020 Census and shape America’s next decade
WHYY Newsworks: Philly area counties scramble to recruit more — and younger — poll workers for Election Day 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: No Eagles fans at the Linc ‘until further notice’
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg With 2020 Liberty Medal 
Philadelphia Magazine: The No-B.S. Guide to COVID-19 Testing in Philadelphia 
Philly Voice: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to receive 2020 Liberty Medal 
KYW Newsradio: Philly sees continued progress on COVID-19 and its impact on services — like trash collection
KYW Newsradio: Pa. officials say they’re trying to help parents juggle work and school as classes start online
KYW Newsradio: Wolf’s moratorium on evictions, foreclosures will most likely end Aug. 31
KYW Newsradio: Philly-area college students take action in wake of Jacob Blake shooting
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney mum on Sixers’ proposed arena plans at Penn’s Landing 

Bucks County Courier Times: Republican Greenwood slams Trump
Daily Local News: Hennessey, Friel exchange views in 26th Dist. candidates’ forum
Bucks Local News: Governor Wolf urges legislature to pass ‘Safe and Secure Elections’ proposals

KDKA: Local Politicians React To President Trump’s Acceptance Speech On Social Media
KDKA: As President Trump Prepares To Accept GOP Nomination, Local Delegates Both Praise And Critique Republican Convention 
KDKA: Allegheny County Judge Mark Tranquilli Suspended Without Pay, Denies Calling Black Juror ‘Aunt Jemima’ 
KDKA: Around The Table: President Trump To Accept Nomination From White House 
KDKA: Advocates Rally For Pennsylvania Board Of Pardons To Commute 22 Inmates 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 61 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 10,065
WESA: Worried About Your Ballot Getting Lost In The Mail? There’s Another Option 
WESA: Advocates Say There’s ‘Definitely An Eviction Crisis On The Horizon’ Without Intervention 
WESA: August 22-28 Explained: New Pride Organizers, Columbus Statue’s Future & Mail-In Ballot Controversy
Tribune Review: McCandless officials agree to explore imposing term limits on council seats 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County released more covid-19 datasets. Here are some highlights. 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s covid positivity rate has dropped 3 percentage points since mid-July
City Paper: Over 180 affordable housing units in Pittsburgh receive tax credits, still await gap funding
Post-Gazette: Schools make step-by-step plans to deal with COVID-19 cases 
Post-Gazette: Petition demands information about air pollution at U.S. Steel’s Edgar Thomson Works
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: 141 new cases in Western Pa.; Allegheny County reports 61

Beaver County Times: Bill seeks to allow state parks to charge fees
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area Republican congressmen say future with Biden bleak 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Blair counties add new COVID-19 deaths
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 15 new coronavirus cases 
Observer-Reporter: Judicial Conduct Board rules against diversionary program for Toothman 
Observer-Reporter: Allegheny County not prepared to lift COVID-19 restrictions 

Citizens Voice: In Luzerne County visit, Toomey advocates for Trump reelection 
Citizens Voice: Toomey touts fentanyl crackdown in Luzerne County visit 
Citizens Voice: Local GOP delegates enjoy their time in Washington, D.C. 
Citizens Voice: Bloomsburg University moving to online instruction after spike in COVID-19 cases 
Citizens Voice: 10 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: In Luzerne County visit, Toomey advocates for Trump reelection
Times-Tribune: Toomey touts fentanyl crackdown in Luzerne County visit
Times-Tribune: Local delegates arrive in Washington to watch Trump accept Republican nomination 
Times-Tribune: Clarks Summit appoints newest councilwoman
Times-Tribune: Bloomsburg University moving to online instruction after spike in COVID-19 cases 
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths again in NEPA, 11 statewide
The Times Leader: Toomey brings anti-fentanyl bill pitch to Luzerne County
The Times Leader: 10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 620 statewide

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County elections officials support legislative proposals that give them more time to open mail-in ballots
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 still hurting Lancaster County workforce, as newly jobless residents rise 4.5% 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker to go to White House for Trump’s RNC acceptance speech   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Coatesville appoints James Logan new city manager 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 131K total cases; Lancaster County has 6.5K
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 620 new cases reported on Aug. 27, month-long decline continues 
Patriot News: Harrisburg ‘Memorial Wall’ for victims of gun violence, COVID-19 moves to uptown
Patriot News: COVID cases at central Pa. schools: Who has it, what they’re doing about it
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 15 new reported cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Thursday
York Dispatch: York County’s death toll hits 117 as case total hits 3,232

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Election 2020 questions answered: How to vote by mail in Pa. 
Morning Call: Criminal justice reform, police-community relations to be discussed on Friday roundtable in Allentown 
Morning Call: Lehigh County executive says tax hike won’t be needed in 2021 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 620 new cases across the state; 11 more deaths; White House task force advises keeping current restrictions | Pa. COVID-19 county map (08/27/20)
Reading Eagle: Berks County election officials take action to prepare for surge in mail ballots 
Reading Eagle: Berks County election officials take action to prepare for surge in mail ballots  
Reading Eagle: For the second straight day, new coronavirus cases in Berks County fall below 30

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers skeptical of idea of park entrance fees
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council to vote on accessibility advisory commission tonight
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County three new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Erie voters hope to hear empathy, compassion from Trump 
Erie Times-News: Racial justice activists who were fired upon near Bedford, Pa. keep marching to D.C. 
Erie Times-News: Erie submits RACP funding wish list to state 
Erie Times-News: North East woman highlighted in presidential campaign
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 4 cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Aug. 27

John Baer: Pa. legislature has a chance to put people over politics – but it’s not what you think 
Inquirer Editorial Board: A new Sixers arena at Penn’s Landing would be a step back for the waterfront 
Inquirer Editorial Board: SEPTA’s mass transit doomsday scenario will undermine Philly region’s economic future 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An impending crisis
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Put a cap on prison call costs
Bruce Ledewitz: Here’s everything Libertarians like Russ Diamond get wrong about mask-wearing 
Adele Caruso: The pandemic proves it: We’ve never needed nurse practitioners more
Ruth Abaya: As Philly’s violent summer continues, Pa. lawmakers could help by passing stricter gun laws 
Larry Platt: Save Restaurants, Save Philadelphia
Bill White: Why I’m sad The Morning Call is leaving its 100-year-old home
Tony Norman: ‘The Fire Next Time’ and the vigilante next door
Trudy Rubin: An Alice in Wonderland foreign-policy performance at the GOP convention 
Jenice Armstrong: Local TV news won’t be the same without NBC10’s legendary photojournalist Pete Kane 
Will Bunch: Trump’s surreal, shameful RNC both inflamed American carnage and ignored it 
Helen Ubiñas: This Philly nonprofit planned to offer housing to homeless college students. Then the pandemic hit. 
Rob Tornoe: Cartoon: One way for Philly to get trash collection back on schedule

46 Responses

  1. Dude , tells us what you really
    think . Frustration with girls is ok . I know but then started to skate . Now they love me bro !

    1. He is having an identity problem. He just doesn’t know if he prefers the hole or the pole. However, Jesus still loves him either way; everyone else thinks he is an A-Hole.

  2. Dude , what’s the word you can’t spell ? English was my major dude until I got into xbox and protesting . You keep using a word but it’s not in the dictionary . We are bro’s and I can help . You are my bro right man ?

  3. Dude , who’s Franklin and
    Marshall ? Did they get married ? Man that’s cool.

  4. Dude , like I was stoked when Biden
    said he would run but like , he’s really looking like,
    you know … my grandpa.

    1. Dude , I don’t work out like to skate . I can do a 390 in the air ! Be you can’t . See ya bro , you are my bro right ?

  5. It’s great to be back . Someone
    thought they got me kicked off by saying pro Trump
    and pro American posts .. Nope , I’am back .

    I love to make these snowflakes melt . They get really made and say the F word cause that’s all the got.

    MAGA ! God Bless America and Donald J Trump

  6. It’s great to be back . Someone
    thought they got me kicked off by saying pro Trump
    and pro American posts .. Nope , I’am back .
    MAGA ! God Bless America and Donald J Trump.

    1. You ain’t too smart . I cut and pasted this , it’s called a threat and the FBI and or State Police will check this out . It’s called evidence , keep posting , PAPOL has your ID .

  7. F&M is still smarting from
    2016 . Nobody believes them just like CNN
    , WaPo and the NY Times . Biden’s a stick man and would fall if the liberal news didn’t make him
    look good !

  8. Joe ran for President 2 times and
    failed . That was 40 years ago ! Biden’s an ass clown.

  9. I can’t think of one thing
    Joe Biden had done for America . He jailed
    thousands of black Americans for low level
    crimes . He even wrote the bill !

    We don’t want Biden .

  10. Kamla hasn’t been seen in
    9 weeks and many are saying she is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 100,000 people wanting
    to get in .

    Winning !

  11. Joe Biden hasn’t been seen in
    9 weeks and many are saying he is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 100,000 people wanting
    to get in .

  12. Joe Biden hasn’t been seen in
    three weeks and many are saying he is tired from all the campaigning . Trump on the other hand , has been holding rallies with over 10,000 people wanting
    to get in .
    MAGA !

  13. Antifa for Biden !
    We are White kids who like video games and live in the basement jut like Joe .

  14. Don’t worry , Joe’s been in his basement
    going on 3 weeks now while Trump is flying around the
    country winning votes !

    Ask yourself , do you want an old cognitive stooge
    living in the basement to run America or Trump who
    has kept all promises and the world loves him !!!

    1. Flying around where? In front of the WH? The only place he is flying to is his golf courses.

  15. Nancy Pelosi and the riots will move
    over hundreds of thousands of votes for Trump . The
    Democrats like to shoot themselves in the foot all the
    time .

  16. Terry Madonna asks questions to get answer he wants. He was all about Hilary 4 years ago, now he loves Senile Joe.

    Thankfully the voters, not some agenda driven pollster, make the decision.

  17. 3 million spent on the congressional races in suburban Philly should be a GOOD sign that Dems are seeing victory in the Bucks County Fitzpatrick race. 3 million is a nice chunk of change that could easily be spent elsewhere. Read the tea leaves. Dems see Fitz being defeated otherwise the money would not be spent. Largest ad buy in state by DCCC. Again, read the tea leaves.

  18. Anyone who glorifies murderer Kyle Rittenhouse as a hero should immediately leave USA, as you are not worthy of this country.

  • 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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