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August 4th Playbook

President Donald Trump criticized former VP Joe Biden’s energy plans in a PA centric tele-rally, while former President Barack Obama endorses 21 candidates in PA. Here is the Playbook.

Trump Blasts Biden, Boosts Fracking in PA Tele-Rally: President Donald Trump criticized former Vice President Joe Biden’s energy plans in a PA centric tele-rally on Sunday evening.

Obama Backs 21 PA Candidates in First 2020 Wave of Endorsements: Pennsylvania is tied for the second most endorsements in former President Barack Obama’s first endorsement rollout of the 2020 election.

Lincoln Project Brings Anti-Trump Ad to Scranton TV: With NEPA shaping up as the quintessential battleground, the never-Trump Republicans bought 10 days of TV time for an ad that blames him for the coronavirus’ impact.

Harrisburg & DC   
PA Post: State Election Officials Urge Swift Legislative Action On Voting Reforms
PA Post: ‘I’d be nuts not to be anxious’: Pa. college administrators prepare for unpredictable fall semester
Patriot News: Pa. GOP lawmakers urge Gov. Wolf, PIAA to allow parents to attend high school sports events
Patriot News: Wolf showcases enforcement muscle, but says he’ll still depend mostly on warnings to get businesses to abide by masks, social distancing
Patriot News: Teachers, education officials ask Senate Democrats for state guidance on school reopening
Patriot News: Future students could pay more after pandemic costs universities millions in refunds and safety measures
Patriot News: Pa. Lottery raises over $1 billion for senior programs but it was not quite a record-breaking year
AP: Review of primary prompts elections agency to seek changes
AP: Pennsylvania reports no virus deaths; 1st time since March 
Spotlight PA: Tax collections in Pa. rebound on pent-up shopper demand, but state still faces huge budget deficit 
Spotlight PA: Pa. pursuing huge cleaning plan for Capitol Complex after custodial worker tests positive for the coronavirus
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: After a dismal June, Pa. took in $4.1B in July 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf is still counting on Pa. to follow pandemic rules, but cops are on standby
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Less than half of Pa.’s millennials own a home | The Numbers Racket
Inquirer: Sen. Bob Casey said federal agents ‘kidnapped’ protesters in Portland. Is that true? 
Inquirer: N.J. announces new restrictions in response to house parties; Gov. Wolf says some schools should reconsider fall sports
Philadelphia Tribune: Penn faculty challenges trustees on payments to public schools
PLSReporter: GOP lawmakers urge Wolf to allow parents in stands for PIAA athletic contests 
PLSReporter: IFO: July General Fund revenues exceed 2019 numbers due to delayed tax deadline, demand 
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.
KDKA: Several Pennsylvania Democrats On Barack Obama’s First List Of 2020 Endorsements
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Suggests Schools That Start Online Should Cancel Fall Sports 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Lawmakers to introduce bill that would help state’s restaurants and bars
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania marketplace health insurance premiums may fall 5% in January 
Fox News: Pennsylvania reports no new coronavirus deaths for first time since March
National Journal: Biden’s clean energy infrastructure plan 
National Journal: USPS Budget Cuts Delay Delivery Time Ahead of Election
York Dispatch: F&M Poll: Dems, independents back state’s COVID-19 rules
York Dispatch: Wolf: Pa. can’t police its way out of pandemic 
Beaver County Times: State launches database to track, reduce firearm deaths
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey named vice chairman for Democratic National Convention 
The Hill: Black high school student forced to remove Black Lives Matter mask at graduation 
The Hill: Pennsylvania man who refused to wear mask gets in shootout with police
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania launches violence data dashboard to track statewide trends 
Politico: Trump’s assault on mail voting threatens his reelection bid
Politico: PACs hit Trump for ‘police state,’ racism and Covid in ads targeting Black voters
CNN: Obama issues first 2020 endorsements: ‘Our country’s future hangs on this election’
CNN: Trump continues to lose ground in 2020 election as nation grapples with coronavirus
Huffington Post: Man Fires On Cops With AK-47 After Refusing To Wear A Mask: Officials

Inquirer: Protesters demand that Comcast provide internet access to all Philly kids 
Inquirer: The pandemic has led to an uptick of worker complaints filed with Philadelphia’s labor office 
Inquirer: Free Library of Philadelphia workers take their anti-racism protest to board president’s house 
Philadelphia Tribune: Arts2Work: New program aims to help people of color find media jobs
KYW Newsradio: In Pa., no plans to offset child care costs in school districts going all-virtual 
Billy Penn: Which Philly coronavirus test sites get results the fastest? Here’s what they said
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area gets $10M in CARES Act funding for small business loans 

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Rep. John Galloway quarantines after coronavirus exposure
Bucks County Courier Times: PA senators push per diem suspension during pandemic 
Bucks Local News: Back the Blue rally in Doylestown draws hundreds as counter protesters demonstrate in support of Black Lives Matter
Bucks Local News: Lower Bucks lawmaker self-discloses potential exposure to COVID-19
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Industrial Development Authority awarded $2.4M to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19
Philadelphia Magazine: BLM Protesters Call for Delco School Board Official’s Removal After Her Behavior at Protest
Delco Daily Times: Interboro treasurer targeted online after BLM protest

KDKA: Mayor Peduto Hopes Federal Assistance Comes To Pittsburgh, Fears City-Wide Cuts
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: 68 More Coronavirus Cases Brings Countywide Total To 8,310, No Additional Deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: City of Pittsburgh awarded over $4.6 million in grants so far for 2020
Tribune Review: New reported cases of covid-19 trending lower in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Pa. group sues feds over delayed $500 payments for children of low-income, disabled Americans
Post-Gazette: State reports no new COVID-19 deaths; Allegheny County reports 68 new cases
City Paper: Two Western PA Democrats endorsed by Barack Obama
City Paper: Pittsburgh police review board asks for more information from community regarding video of protester pushed by police
WESA: Want To Show Your State Senator A Map Of Your Neighborhood’s Potholes? There’s An App For That

Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf reminds bars, restaurants that COVID-19 inspections are underway
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township Council considering new sign regulations
Tribune Review: Westmoreland election director resigns 3 months out from election day
Beaver County Times: Lawrence County COVID percent positivity leads state
Beaver County Times: Free COVID testing to be available at Chippewa Twp. Walmart 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Teachers unions concerned about safely returning to school
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New COVID-19 statewide cases trending down; Cambria adds 7

Times-Tribune: Casey to serve as DNC vice chairman 
Times-Tribune: State investigating COVID-19 case spike in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Union claims ‘no transparency’ in Scranton School District revamped hiring process
Times-Tribune: Former DPW director no longer employed by city
The Times Leader: Lingering Luzerne County election issues discussed
The Times Leader: Late mayor’s daughter takes his place in Edwardsville
The Times Leader: 14 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 565 statewide
Citizens Voice: County Cares Commission wants to be a lifeline for addicts in need of help
Citizens Voice: Landlords increasingly frustrated by eviction moratorium
Citizens Voice: Like father, like daughter: Dubaskas Cordes becomes Edwardsville mayor
Citizens Voice: State investigating COVID-19 case spike in Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: 14 new COVID-cases in Luzerne County

South Central 
York Dispatch: Obama backs DePasquale’s congressional bid
York Dispatch: York County has 25 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths statewide
York Dispatch: Parents allege discrimination at York Catholic over Black Lives Matter mask
LNP | LancasterOnline: Obama endorses Janet Diaz, other Pa. Democrats in first round of 2020 endorsements
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County colleges, universities to get $1.4M in additional COVID-19 relief: Wolf
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lack of PPE, universal testing cited as reasons why four county nursing homes lost nearly 25% of their patients
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. hits 114K cases over weekend; Lancaster County hits 5.6K 
Patriot News: Harrisburg legislator wants citizen oversight of Dauphin County prison 
Patriot News: Community leaders call for carrying on the work the late civil rights activist John Lewis championed
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 114,155 coronavirus cases? Aug. 3 map, county-by-county breakdown
Carlisle Sentinel: New unemployment boost could take ‘several months’ if federal formula gets more complicated, state labor secretary says
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 5 new COVID cases in Cumberland County; York, Dauphin see spikes
York Daily Record: Student stopped from wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ mask
Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Reading redevelopment starting to happen
Reading Eagle: Reading plans to install gates around the Pagoda to keep people out after dark
Reading Eagle: Reading’s purchase of 5 downtown buildings will cost the city millions if it can’t redevelop them 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases rise by 28 in Berks County as Pennsylvania also reports 0 new deaths
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 565 new cases, no new COVID-19 deaths reported; hurricane preparedness in age of coronavirus; Lehigh Valley Walmart to offer testing | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (08/03/20)
Morning Call: Pennsylvania schools ‘being set up to fail,’ witnesses tell Senate Democrats on first of three days of education hearings
Morning Call: Pennsylvania reported a 30% drop in coronavirus hospitalizations Friday, but why?

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Obama endorses Slomski, 117 other Dems
Erie Times-News: New state law could help Erie County communities fight blight
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: ‘If Not Us, Then Who?’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County two new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 COVID-19 case, and other updates for Aug. 3

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Wolf leads on election prep
John L. Micek: The dog days are upon us: Three things to watch for this week | Monday Morning Coffee
Salena Zito: Will the Wokes outdo the Wide Awakes?
Charlie Gerow: What too many protesters are doing is unlawful, but the left won’t admit that 
Harris Steinberg: Hilco’s cleanup plan for South Philly refinery is a lost opportunity 
Reggie Shuford: Larry Krasner is not living up to his reputation as a progressive reformer 
David Rubin: America’s culture of individualism is key to turning coronavirus around 
Dick Polman: Can former Ohio Gov. John Kasich build a bridge to Repubs unhappy with Trump? 
Alejandro Gibes de Gac: Amidst COVID pandemic, an education system re-boot is needed
Ashley Burrell: Biden will restore civility, honor to our government
Samantha Pinto: “Black is King” critics slam Beyoncé for being political, but that’s what she’s been doing all along

7 Responses

  1. PoliticsPA has reduced itself to a low class joke on politics. Notice nobody bothers to post anything serious anymore.

    1. Damn right because those anonymous posts under fake aliases with no accountability usually results in high brow intellectually stimulating thought provoking opinions and ideas.

  2. Franklin Marshall poll agreeing with Pa’s covid rules spells political trouble for Republicans come November Election Day. Means that the independent vote which is the only way R’s can win will break Dem which is really bad news for R’s. Means that the possibility of a Biden landslide and Dems sweeping out R’s in Philly suburbs, ie, Fitzpatrick in Bucks County, is very likely. Things are starting to look politically bad for Fitzpatrick being reelected in November if independents are breaking for Dems.

  • 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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