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October 12th Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden campaigned in Erie on Saturday, while former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will headline an “Italians for Trump” event in Philadelphia on Monday evening. Here is the Playbook. 

October 9th Ups & Downs: A surprise announcement begins 2022 races, a state Rep faces calls to resign from his own party, plus voter registrations reach a new high. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Biden Campaigns In Erie: On Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden delivered an address in Erie, the AP reports. 

Giuliani Boosts Trump Agenda in Luzerne County: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned on behalf of the Trump campaign in Kingston, PA on Saturday, The Times Leader reports.  

Giuliani To Lead ‘Italian Americans for Trump’ Rally in Philly: According to a release from the Trump campaign, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Congressman Lou Barletta will headline the launch of the “Italian Americans for Trump” effort in Philadelphia on Monday evening.  

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Judge throws out Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania lawsuit
AP: Pennsylvanians to pick 3 statewide row office holders Nov. 3
AP: Pennsylvania House GOP drops ‘election integrity’ plan
AP: Biden harnesses history to describe urgency of 2020 campaign
AP: Biden hits Trump on economy in critical Pennsylvania county
AP: PA sees most virus cases in 6 months amid testing increase
The Caucus: Control of Pa. legislature coming down to handful of races
Washington Examiner: Interview: Conservative trailblazer Pat Toomey, announcing retirement, reflects on his political career
Spotlight PA: Pa. Republicans drop effort to create ‘election integrity’ panel with subpoena power
Washington Post: Pennsylvania emerges as ‘tipping-point’ battleground for Biden and Trump — before and after Election Day
Washington Post: ‘Hatred is taught’: Pennsylvania’s second lady films a woman’s racist attack at the grocery store 
New York Times: Can Trump Squeeze More From His White Base in Pennsylvania and Beyond?
New York Times: The Daily: The Field: The Battle for Pennsylvania’s White Working Class  
Inquirer: Biden courts swing voters in Pennsylvania while Trump rallies at the White House
Inquirer: Trump’s campaign lost another voting lawsuit in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Here’s how Democrats could flip the Pennsylvania legislature
WHYY Newsworks: How safe and secure is this year’s election process in Pennsylvania?
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. libraries launch ‘Hear Me Out’ to heal the state through civic dialogue
Erie Times-News: Pa. voters to pick 3 row office holders 
Beaver County Times: PA voters on why they support Trump, Biden
Post-Gazette: Trump to visit Johnstown on Tuesday 
Politico: ‘Forgotten’ Pennsylvania region holds key to Trump’s fate
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House Insurance Committee chairwoman reaps big harvest of campaign contributions from insurance industry
Morning Call: Where are Pa. coronavirus cases rising? Here are the key numbers to watch
Patriot News: President Trump returning to Pa. Tuesday
Patriot News: New set of swing state polls shows Joe Biden growing slim lead in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Gisele Fetterman uses Twitter to share verbal assault on her at grocery store
Patriot News: Free meals available to all students for the rest of the school year: How does that work?
Patriot News: Pa. veterans invited to participate in live call about benefits, new programs 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A pandemic pattern? Voters in this central Pa. state Senate race won’t hear candidates debate. They’re not the only ones
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Erie, Biden calls out ‘negligent’ Trump on pandemic: ‘It is what it is because he is who he is’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Erie, Biden backers pitch a ‘worker-centric’ economy
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DEP: 2019 was a big year for natural gas production in Pa. This is how big | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can I deliver a ballot on behalf of someone with disabilities? Does my voter registration limit my choices? | Election Mailbag 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Are these 2 Pa. U.S. House races the canary in the coal mine for Trump? | Monday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Leafin’ it up | Five for your weekend 
WITF: PA House Panel Considers Tenant Right To Attorney 
PLSReporter: Pa. House GOP drops attempt to form election review panel 
PLSReporter: Boyle introduces clean pre-canvassing bill  
Fox News: Fight for Pennsylvania legislature heats up as clock runs down on Wolf’s time as governor
Fox News: Pennsylvania registers more Republican voters with election weeks away
Fox News: Federal judge rejects Trump suit to block ballot drop boxes in Pennsylvania
Fox News: Trump to visit Pa., Iowa next week, stepping up travel schedule post-COVID diagnosis
KDKA: President Donald Trump To Hold Rally In Johnstown On October 13 
KDKA: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Verbally Assaulted Leaving Grocery Store 
KDKA: Republicans Gain Statewide And Locally In Voter Registration
Philly Voice: Poll shows Biden leading comfortably in Pa., but Trump tweets he doesn’t believe it
National Journal: Trump Insists He Is Ready to Start Campaigning Again 
The Hill: Trump trailing in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin: poll 
The Hill: Federal judge rejects Trump suit to block ballot drop boxes in Pennsylvania 
CNN: ‘A moment to put country above party’: Biden makes appeal to disaffected Republican and independent voters
CNN: Federal judge in Pennsylvania denies Trump campaign voting policy challenges in major ruling
CNN: Philadelphia judge rejects Trump’s poll-watcher lawsuit
Real Clear Politics: Dems Are Old Hands at Packing State High Courts 
Real Clear Politics: Should Joe Biden Follow the Scranton Political Model?

Inquirer: Trump is making the 2020 election a recipe for chaos. How Philly is preparing.
Inquirer: The Trump campaign can’t have poll watchers at Philly satellite election offices, judge says
Inquirer: Why some city workers hope to vote in new leadership at Philadelphia’s biggest municipal union
Inquirer: Philly has put a behavioral health specialist in its 911 call center amid calls for police reform 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Inquirer to sell printing facility, lay off 500 plant employees in bid for long-term economic stability 
Inquirer: Philly contact tracers compete against time and reluctance to corral surging coronavirus
Inquirer: How Philly is preparing for election chaos | Morning Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: Federal judge rules against Trump campaign in ballot lawsuit
KYW Newsradio: Black police officers, firefighters threaten dues strike over union Trump endorsements
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint: Non-voters 2020 — who are they, and why do they opt out? Former Philly DA Seth Williams; Urban League of Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Efforts to activate Pennsylvania Black voters in full swing
KYW Newsradio: New campaign turns barbershops into voter information hubs
KYWNewsradio: Coalition Against Hunger and ACLU team for virtual voter townhall
KYW Newsradio: More sports fans in Pennsylvania stands as Wolf relaxes crowd restrictions
Billy Penn: Philly election warehouse adds cameras, guards to stop further security breaches 
Billy Penn: Map: Philly election offices where voters can register, request a mail ballot, and drop it off
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s Black firefighters and police officers protest their unions’ Trump endorsements 
Philadelphia Tribune: Black police, fire groups call on members to stop paying dues over unions’ Trump endorsements
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer to close massive Montco printing plant, lay off roughly 500 
Philly Voice: Rudy Giuliani to hold rally for President Trump in Philly on Monday
Philly Voice: Judges reject Trump campaign’s lawsuit to allow poll watchers in Philly early voting offices 

Daily Local News: Williams, Hensel square off for House seat in 74th District 
Daily Local News: DEP may take closer look at Mariner East construction 
Daily Local News: In Chester County, all eyes are on the election count for Nov. 3 
Daily Local News: Sen. Andy Dinniman honored for work on behalf of animals 
Daily Local News: Kennett Township officials approve innovative program to improve water quality
Delco Daily Times: Heated battles play out on Election Day 
Delco Daily Times: DEP may take closer look at Mariner East construction
KYW Newsradio: Montco earmarking $12M of CARES Act funding for child care
KYW Newsradio: Montco officials: Department of State email about mail-in ballots is causing some confusion
WHYY Newsworks: Ahead of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, activists in Philly suburbs call for more than marching
Bucks Local News: Lawmaker announces $535K in state funding for Bucks County fire, rescue and EMS organizations 
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Senate passes Mensch bill for disabled workers

WESA: Mayor Agrees To Unseat Columbus Statue, But Group Seeks Injunction To Prevent Removal 
WESA: More Than 100 Residents Infected At Allegheny County-Run Nursing Home 
WESA: Your Questions On Pennsylvania Voter Registration, Mail-In Ballots, And Voting In Person, Answered
Post-Gazette: Naked ballots got you confused? Here’s everything you need to know about casting your ballot in Allegheny County 
Post-Gazette: Columbus statue in Schenley Park wrapped and taped 
Post-Gazette: Can Congress stop a government auction of spectrum would cost public safety officials millions? 
Post-Gazette: Voters eager to file ballots early
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County says some voters receiving the wrong mail ballots 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 cases again increase in Pennsylvania
KDKA: Republicans Gain Statewide And Locally In Voter Registration
KDKA: Additional Election Sites Open Across Allegheny County
KDKA: PA Black Votes Matter Urges People To Get Out And Vote
KDKA: Allegheny County Says Approximately 20 Voters Received Wrong Ballots
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Says The Columbus Statue In Schenley Park Should Be Removed
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 81 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Surpasses 13,000
Tribune Review: ‘Hold your nose’ voters could tip 2020 election as Biden struggles with enthusiasm
Tribune Review: Trump supporters gather in Alle-Kiski Valley for caravan, rally
Tribune Review: Allegheny Conference summit focuses on economic recovery from pandemic 
Tribune Review: Lt. governor’s wife verbally assaulted while shopping at local grocery store
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 81 coronavirus cases
City Paper: PA Black Votes Matter to host first-ever early in-person voting event in Allegheny County 
City Paper: Mayor Bill Peduto calls for removal of Pittsburgh Columbus statue 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump’s Johnstown visit confirmed for Tuesday; tickets online 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 numbers surpass 170,000, Cambria adds 17
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Republicans hope to ride “red wave” to become dominant party 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County signs letter to Trump, Biden in support of natural gas 
Post-Gazette: Trump to visit Johnstown on Tuesday 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County posts record-setting 83 new coronavirus cases; 3 new deaths
Observer-Reporter: New daily COVID-19 cases in four digits statewide
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg Borough releases draft budget

Times-Tribune: Giuliani accuses Democrats of exaggerating severity of pandemic in Kingston campaign stop
Times-Tribune: Stark choice between 113th State House District incumbent, challenger
Times-Tribune: Democratic state representative in 112th District faces Republican challenger 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County installs mail-in ballot drop boxes, announces locations  
Times-Tribune: State reports lowest number of new COVID-19 deaths since Sept. 28
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases continue to increase in region
Citizens Voice: Giuliani accuses Dems of exaggerating severity of pandemic in Kingston campaign stop
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County mail-in ballots have been mailed
Citizens Voice: Pedri proposes budget with no property tax increase
Citizens Voice: County council to start budget review Tuesday 
Citizens Voice: Sample ballots, polling sites posted to Luzerne County website    
Citizens Voice: Gun sales soar amid social unrest, pandemic 
Citizens Voice: North Branch Land Trust receives grant
Citizens Voice: 41 new positive COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
The Times Leader: Giuliani campaigns for Trump in Kingston
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has started sending out mail-in ballots
The Times Leader: Cartwright introduces legislation to end reliance on China for PPE supply
The Times Leader: Pedri: No Luzerne County tax hike proposed for 2021
The Times Leader: Packed Luzerne County government meeting schedule this week
The Times Leader: Region’s economic future depends on quality and retention of workforce
The Times Leader: 41 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County

South Central 
York Dispatch: Perry, DePasquale spar over Social Security at first debate
York Dispatch: Saturday update: 82 new cases reported in York County
York Daily Record: Perry-DePasquale clash in debate
York Daily Record: Lancaster Police chief asked to resign after wife’s pro-Trump post
Patriot News: U.S. agriculture secretary travels central Pa. to tout Trump administration’s efforts
Carlisle Sentinel: 21 new COVID cases reported in Cumberland County on Saturday; no new deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bernie Sanders endorses Democratic candidate in Pa. 37th District race
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city mayor says she can’t comment on police chief’s retirement
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘This is my dream job’: One of Lancaster County’s first Black district attorneys see purpose in helping youth
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County sets new one-day record for new coronavirus cases

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in Pa.’s 9th Congressional District
Reading Eagle: Federal lawmakers representing Berks County focus on coronavirus issues at Greater Reading Chamber Alliance forum
Reading Eagle: Conservation groups praise bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act
Reading Eagle: 75 more coronavirus cases for Berks County in Pennsylvania Department of Health reporting
Express Times: Beyond the great divide
Express Times: Teen charged with stealing political signs in Hanover Township
Express Times: Saturday in the campaigns: Dems parade through Valley, Giuliani pops up in Stroudsburg (PHOTOS)
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,380 new cases; State approaching 170K cases; 17 ‘concerning’ counties; Lehigh County near 6K cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/09/20)
Morning Call: With two City Council members objecting, Allentown hires 11 police officers ahead of expected retirement wave

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Biden: ‘The stakes couldn’t be higher’
Erie Times-News: U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly says choice is clear: “It’s experience”
Erie Times-News: Water deal focus of Erie City Council session
Erie Times-News: Erie School District to cap natural gas wells
Erie Times-News: Photos: Joe Biden visits Erie
Centre Daily Times: House Majority Leader Benninghoff drops election oversight resolution from voting agenda
Centre Daily Times: Climate watch: Poll shows broad support for Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in Pa.
Centre Daily Times: More than half the candidates didn’t attend the League of Women Voters’ public forum. Here’s why 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 81 new cases of COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: House candidates share thoughts on pollution reduction
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Future of flight service up in the air

Christina Finello: Change Washington by changing who’s in Washington
Brian Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick: An independent voice in Washington
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pennsylvania needs Joe Biden
Inquirer Editorial Board: Josh Shapiro would continue track record of integrity as attorney general | Inquirer Endorsement
Inquirer Editorial Board: Nina Ahmad would bring a wider perspective to Auditor General’s office | Inquirer Endorsement  
Inquirer Staff: Is it time for America to stop celebrating Columbus Day? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Heidelbaugh for Attorney General 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The man who beat hate – Pittsburgh police Officer Timothy Matson 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Duquesne must choose freedom 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: From fear to action 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Calling Joe Rogan: The vice presidential debate was a snooze fest.
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Mail your ballot early, and don’t send it naked. And state lawmakers: Do your part to prevent Election Day angst
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Wolf’s changes to venue restrictions long overdue, but should provide clarity
Amy Reed-Sandoval: Why Trump deserves to lose the Pennsylvania Dutch vote
Paul Muschick: Guns and the Constitution: Does the right to enjoy life outweigh the right to bear arms?
Maria Panaritis: Pa. Democrats won big in 2018 by door knocking. COVID-19 has cost thousands of hellos. 
Helen Ubiñas: Philly politicians hold meetings about record gun violence, and victims question what it amounts to
Salena Zito: No matter who wins, there is no exit from the roller coaster anytime soon
Chris Kelly: Daughter says her dad’s trust in Trump cost him his life
Keith C. Burris: What I would ask them
Tim Hartman: Pat Toomey’s retirement announcement, explained | Editorial Cartoon
Nancy Eshelman: Trump or Biden? Having them over for dinner at grandma’s could help you decide 
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: Swap Columbus Day for An Election Day Holiday
Tammy Duckworth: I fear Amy Coney Barrett may outlaw families like mine
Alyn E. Waller: Black voters, the time is now to make your voting plan 
Catie Jacobson: Student activist in rural Pa.: Young people are not ‘the future’ 
Anuj Gupta: Philadelphia can lead the way in restoring civility to the national conversation
Gene Therapy: If democracy’s going down, it should go down voting  
Thu Pham: Philly coffee roaster uses digital tools to push through the pandemic — and find new community
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Amy Coney Barrett and the Senate’s sick ward
Anwar Curtis: Who says ‘Good Brothas’ can’t read? This book club is all about expanding knowledge 
Carol Kwiatkowski: PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ are widespread and threaten human health. Here’s a strategy for protecting the public | Analysis 
Ana White: So you’re suffering from election fatigue? You’re not the only one. Here’s how to cope

8 Responses

  1. The Rep. Bernstine matter is outrageous. This is an innocent child we are talking about here and this person posted these antics on the internet for the world to see like it was ok. Another poster detailed the video today so I won’t repeat it but seeing this video is something you cannot forget. If the Republicans don’t kick him out I hope the voters defeat him in a few weeks. He does not belong in public office.

  2. Joey Merlino and what is left. Godfather Zappala was all in with the PHilly mob but chased the cash in Luzerne County, cutting out the Philly mob in his son’s cash for kids scheme. They were very unhappy until the Feds rolled it up and it cost the Zappala Cartel a big favor with the PHilly mob getting them to chase the FBI away from Greg Zappala who owned the enterprise.

  3. Trump is a made man? Yes, the FBI had wiretapped a NYC mob boss and made Trump talking to him.

  4. When is the Republican House majority party going to take action to remove child abuser GOP State Rep Aaron Bernstine?

    In one video obtained by the USA TODAY Network, Aaron Bernstine, R-10, New Beaver, Lawrence County, is behind the camera, but his hand is shown holding a cigar and offering it to his son.

    When the young boy takes a puff, Bernstine tells him to “hit it harder” and “breathe in,” followed by a woman’s voice saying, “No.”

    A second video has Bernstine again off camera asking his son, “What are we going to chase in Nashville?” The boy replies in a whisper, “Cadillac p—-,” using a vulgar term for vagina.

    1. I agree. Some criminal charges need to be filed and he needs to resign. I’m a voting republican and I can’t even bring myself to justify these kinds of actions. We all need to be aware of how our representatives act both while “Off the clock” and On the clock. IMO representatives are always “Representing Us” no matter when/where they’re at. We also have to worry about criminal charges. What if this man is criminally charged? What then? A) What does that make our district look like as a whole? Supporting a criminal child abuser and B) What does that say to the future business investments in our area. Do you think they’ll want to take pictures with a child abuser? I don’t think so. I have a tech business in this district and even though I’m republican, I will have absolutely nothing to do with this man. He needs to resign immediately.

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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