October 13th Playbook

President Donald Trump will lead a rally in Johnstown, while former VP Joe Biden will participate in an ABC News Town Hall in Philadelphia tonight. Here is the Playbook. 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Biden 51, Trump 44: 51% said Biden would be better at handling the coronavirus pandemic, while 42% said Trump would be better handling the matter. 50% said Trump would be better at managing the economy, while 45% said Biden would do a better job on the issue.

Poll: Biden 49.6, Trump 44.5: In the latest Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll, Biden is the lone candidate on the two presidential tickets to have a positive net favorability rating in Pennsylvania.

Finello Poll: Fitzpatrick 47, Finello 45: The Global Strategy Group survey commissioned by Dem challenger Christina Finello shows her only trailing Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick by 2 points. Former VP Joe Biden holds a 15 point lead over President Donald Trump in the suburban Philadelphia district.

Biden To Visit Philly for ABC News Town Hall: Former Vice President Joe Biden will participate in a town hall in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening, while President Donald Trump will hold a rally in Johnstown.

Trump To Rally in Johnstown: President Donald Trump’s visit to Johnstown on Tuesday evening will be his first appearance in the state in October.

Garrity Launches First Digital Ad: Stacy Garrity, an Iraq War veteran and businesswoman, who is the GOP candidate for Treasurer released her first digital ad of the campaign. The 15-second spot titled, “Service” touts her background in the military and in business. 

Giuliani Leads ‘Italians For Trump’ Event in Philly: Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Congressman Lou Barletta led an “Italians for Trump” event in Philadelphia on Monday evening, WHYY reports.

Lara Trump and Richard Grenell To Host “Trump Pride” Event in Delco: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Lara Trump and Ambassador Richard Grenell will be hosting a “Trump Pride” campaign event in Delaware County on Tuesday evening.

Lara Trump To Host A “Make America Great Again!” Event on Wednesday: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Lara Trump will be hosting a “Make America Great Again!” event in Cumberland County on Wednesday afternoon.  

PA1: Lieberman Endorses Fitzpatrick: Former Sen. Joe Lieberman endorsed Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s reelection bid for the 1st Congressional District. 

McCutchen Shows How To Vote-By-Mail: The current Philadelphia Phillie outfielder and former Pittsburgh Pirate released a video explaining how to vote-by-mail in the state for the upcoming election. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Wife of lieutenant governor targeted by racial slur at store
AP: Resuming campaign travel, Trump to return to Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Fervor rises in Johnstown ahead of Trump’s Tuesday rally
Inquirer: Trump is coming to Johnstown as Pennsylvania looks more important by the day
Inquirer: Pa. second lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman films woman calling her the N-word at a grocery store 
Inquirer: Pa. and N.J. are among the states trying to stave off a second coronavirus wave
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Exclusive: In new video, Barack Obama has a message for Pa.: Have a plan to vote
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘You don’t belong here’: Pa. Second Lady Fetterman videos racist attack at the grocery store
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Ranks of Pa.’s uninsured children grew between 2016-19 | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf condemns hate-filled verbal attack on Second Lady Giselle Fetterman
Patriot News: This Pa. city is the slowest growing in the U.S.
Patriot News: More than 2,250 new coronavirus cases reported over two-day period in Pa.
WITF: Counties Are Asking For A Change To Help Them Tally Votes Faster, But The Legislature Hasn’t Acted 
WESA: Pennsylvania Treasurer Leads Calls To Lower Price Of Remdesivir
Fox News: Pennsylvania’s second lady posts video of racist attack, says it is ‘reflective of the times’
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans shelve controversial ‘election integrity’ committee
KDKA: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Calls Verbal Assault A ‘Jarring Experience,’ Says We Must ‘Break These Cycles’ Of Hatred
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Condemns Hate Speech Used Against Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman As ‘Shameful, Unacceptable, Unworthy Of Pennsylvanians’ 
StateImpactPA: Climate change could shift Pennsylvania’s wildfire season
National Journal: It Could All Come Down to PA
National Journal: Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Campaign in PA Lawsuit 
The Hill: Pennsylvania second lady films woman calling her a racial slur at the grocery store 
Politico: Bipartisan Christian group forms super PAC to oppose Trump
Huffington Post: Wife Of Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Films Woman Berating Her With Racist Slur
CNN: White woman calls the wife of Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor the n-word while grocery shopping 
CNN: Pennsylvania second lady reacts to getting called racial slur 
CNN: Democrats deploy Barack Obama for video voting guides 
CNN: The Pennsylvania women Trump has lost 
CNN: Judges across the country cast doubt on voter fraud claims pushed by Republicans and Trump campaign 
CNN: Democrats have cast more than three-quarters of Pennsylvania early ballots so far

WHYY Newsworks: Giuliani rallies Italians for Trump in cramped Philly conference room
WHYY Newsworks: Want to be a poll worker? Philly says it’s responding to ‘unprecedented’ number of applicants 
WHYY Newsworks: Hospitality workers canvass for Biden, hoping to boost Black and Latino vote in Philly
Inquirer: Rudy Giuliani campaigns for Trump in a packed Philly office space, with fans in ‘Save Columbus’ masks
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s 2020 ballot questions, explained 
Inquirer: If Philly is removing its Columbus statue, why is Columbus Day still a holiday? 
Inquirer: East Passyunk to change its Native American logo, a step its business association calls ‘long overdue’ 
Inquirer: Why Philly became America’s poorest big city and how we fix it | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: ‘This is the first time it was to my face’: Gisele Fetterman talks about racist attack at Aldi 
Billy Penn: Cash aid for renters? Philly revisits plan using lessons from COVID relief 
Philadelphia Magazine: You Officially Have One More Week to Register to Vote
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania’s second lady films woman’s racist attack at Aldi parking lot 
Philly Voice: East Passyunk commits to ‘overdue’ change of Native American logo
Philadelphia Tribune: Firefighters seek union president’s resignation
Philadelphia Tribune: Mail In Centers are a blessing for some and a headache for others
KYW Newsradio: Counties still waiting for Pa. to grant more time to open ballot envelopes, but it may be too late
KYW Newsradio: LGBTQ advocates push to save mural of activist Gloria Casarez from demolition
KYW Newsradio: West Philly playground gets an upgrade — the first Rebuild groundbreaking in a year
Philadelphia Business Journal: INTERACTIVE MAPS: See Philadelphia-area donations to Biden and Trump by ZIP code

Montgomery Media: Hatboro-Horsham senior writes state Rep. Tom Murt’s farewell speech
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County universities manage coronavirus restrictions
KYW Newsradio: Counties still waiting for Pa. to grant more time to open ballot envelopes, but it may be too late
Daily Local News: Nate Echeverria, who helped to bring prosperity to Kennett Square, resigns 
Pottstown Mercury: Coronavirus positivity rate stable in Montgomery County, surges in Berks

The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 general election
KDKA:  Experience Vs. Change The Theme In 45th District State Senate Race
KDKA: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Calls Verbal Assault A ‘Jarring Experience,’ Says We Must ‘Break These Cycles’ Of Hatred
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Condemns Hate Speech Used Against Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman As ‘Shameful, Unacceptable, Unworthy Of Pennsylvanians’ 
KDKA: Nearly 14,000 Ballots Turned In During Allegheny County’s First Weekend Of Opening Satellite Voting Location
KDKA: Demonstrators Protest Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Outside Of Sen. Pat Toomey’s Office
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Thanks Pittsburgh Public Schools For Being Cautious
KDKA: Protesters Call For Removal Of Pittsburgh’s Christopher Columbus Statue
KDKA: Debate Over Possible Removal Of Schenley Park Columbus Statue Remains Contentious
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 179 New Coronavirus Cases, No New Deaths In Past 48 Hours
WESA: Republican Nicole Ziccarelli Challenges Democrat Jim Brewster In District Trump Won 
WESA: Postcards On Voting Cause Confusion Among Some Pennsylvanians 
City Paper: Pittsburgh youth activists oppose confirming Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court 
City Paper: PHOTOS: Protesters call for the tearing down of Christopher Columbus statue on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Italian American officeholders speak out about Columbus statue 
Post-Gazette: ‘It breaks my heart’: Pennsylvania’s second lady is target of racial slur while shopping
Post-Gazette: Rep. Mike Doyle launches inquiry into Defense Department’s 5G plans 
Post-Gazette: In a win for Arconic, Trump administration imposes penalties on aluminum sheet imports 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 179 new cases, 0 deaths
Tribune Review: Gisele Fetterman grateful for support after enduring racial slurs while shopping 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh-area Italians gather on Columbus Day to fight for Schenley Park statue 
Tribune Review: Mail carrier suspended after ballot, political ads allegedly found in trash  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 179 new covid cases over past 2 days 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Public Paychecks: See how much Allegheny County’s highest-paid employees earn

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Details released for Trump’s campaign stop in Johnstown 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Anti-Trump activist plans to burn flags at Cambria, Blair courthouses 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New COVID-19 cases push state 7-day average to 1,300
Post-Gazette: Fervor rises in Johnstown ahead of Trump’s Tuesday rally
Beaver County Times: Pa.’s second lady target of racist insults 
KDKA: Training Sessions Underway For Poll Workers In Beaver And Fayette Counties
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County sets another record with 90 new cases Monday, 2 deaths
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates drop across Southwestern Pa. 
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners approve requests for ongoing issues, projects 
Observer-Reporter: 42 new coronavirus deaths reported statewide over weekend

The Times Leader: Police investigating anti-Semitic message left at State Rep. Kaufer’s office 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Cares Commission targeting homeless’ needs 
The Times Leader: 39 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county; 2,254 statewide over 2 days
Citizens Voice: Flier containing swastikas found at Jewish lawmaker’s office
Citizens Voice: Walk-in voting option starts this week 
Citizens Voice: Local college students debate 2020 election choice 
Citizens Voice: Political Scene 
Citizens Voice: COVID-19 grant application deadline is Wednesday 
Citizens Voice: 39 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: Pennsylvania, NEPA COVID-19 cases keep surging
Times-Tribune: Flyer containing swastikas found at Jewish lawmaker’s office 
Times-Tribune: Last day to register to vote on Nov. 3 is next Monday 
Times-Tribune: Scranton expects proposals for delinquent trash fee collection 
Times-Tribune: Food insecurity a problem, but free meals at schools help 
Times-Tribune: Longtime local journalist Gar Kearney dies at 82 
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania, NEPA COVID-19 cases keep surging

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sen. Scott Martin and challenger Janet Diaz to square off at LNP forum this week 
LNP | LancasterOnline: New coronavirus cases jump sharply in some Central Pennsylvania counties 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Consumer confidence, faith in economic growth higher in Lancaster County than in nation overall, survey finds 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2020 Preview: A look at State House and Senate races that impact Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: United Way of Pennsylvania hosts candidates conversation
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County reports 34 new cases of COVID-19 in Monday’s two-day report
Patriot News: In Gettysburg, this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests have bled into fall and become a war of words
York Dispatch: York County has 3 new COVID-19 deaths as infections rise
York Daily Record: Tickets: Sean Spicer heading to Lebanon County
York Daily Record: Lancaster Patriot folds amid media report

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Q&A: Meet the candidates who will square off in 187th Pa. House race 
Morning Call: Lehigh County installed first ballot drop box in Allentown. Four more could be in place by Friday. 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 1,088 more cases Monday; most state indicators for Lehigh Valley worsen 
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 5th Legislative District 
Reading Eagle: The 2020 election is the most competitive for Berks County since 2012 [GRAPHICS] 
Reading Eagle: Deadline to register to vote in 2020 election draws near 
Reading Eagle: Advocacy organization endorses six candidates 
Reading Eagle: New coronavirus cases fall in Berks County but weeklong average continues to climb
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,088 new cases reported Monday; cases and hospitalizations skyrocketing; Lehigh Valley adds nearly 200 cases over weekend | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/12/20)
WFMZ: Reading City Council may refinance debt to help bottom line in 2021 budget
WFMZ: Lehigh County: Drop boxes will soon be available for mail-in ballots
WFMZ: Pa. has variety of ways to help voters with disabilities cast their ballots

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County Democrats hold virtual picnic ahead of election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Jersey Shore mayor resigns, fills first ward vacancy on council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City hires economic, community development director
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: South Side borough eyes no-tax-hike 2021 proposed budget
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 12 update: Centre County reports 112 weekend cases of COVID-19, state adds 2,254
Erie Times-News: Erie development chief makes history 

Todd Stephens: Delivering real results in the 151st
Jonathan Kassa: Putting common sense above politics
Paul Muschick: Gisele Fetterman and racial slur: Wife of Pennsylvania lieutenant governor had perfect response
Isaiah Thomas: The youth vote will decide 2020. But it needs to be earned. 
Jennifer Stefano: Could Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor deliver Trump the election?
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Reasonable guidelines, gradual adjustments are best call for sports crowds in Pennsylvania 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Do lockdowns work? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stay safe in winter 
Charlie Gerow: Vice President Pence won the debate and defended the president 
Inga Saffron: Philly didn’t become America’s poorest big city by chance. Here’s how we fix it. 
Dan Bartkowiak: Please, Pennsylvania — no more slot machines
Jeffrey Parks: We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to consider future of North Side Bethlehem
Jeff Edelstein: It’s time to ditch Columbus Day
Jon Geeting: Speed Up The Vote Count 
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: Ideas We Should Steal: Swap Columbus Day for an Election Day Holiday 
Michael Coard: What Does Columbus Day Really Celebrate? | The Philly Post
Gene Therapy: Tell me again how we’re all in this together
Erme Maula: Gloria Casarez mural is irreplaceable and must be saved 
Aryanna Hunter: Too many Americans are going hungry during the pandemic. Congress needs to act on a relief bill 
Matthew J. Landry and Heather Eicher-Miller: Pandemic threatens food security for many college students
Tony Norman: Even villains are heroes in their own minds
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation halo

2 Responses

  1. Can I get a Maga mask?
    That’s really important to me. I need something for free!

  2. Trump is a pathetic sleazeball liar who cheats on his wives and pays off porn stars to keep quiet about his sex with them.

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