October 15th Playbook

Joe Biden will visit Philadelphia for an ABC News Town Hall tonight, while two polls are released for PA1 and PA7. Here is the Playbook. 

 

DeSales University/WFMZ Poll: Wild 54, Scheller 36: This is the second public poll released in October showing Rep. Susan Wild leading GOP challenger Lisa Scheller by double digits. Former VP Joe Biden also holds a double digit advantage over President Donald Trump in the battleground congressional district.

Pence To Campaign in Reading: Vice President Mike Pence will be hosting a “Make America Great Again” event at the Reading Regional Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Dem PAC Poll: Finello 47, Fitzpatrick 46: The survey commissioned by House Majority PAC shows Christina Finello leading Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick by 1 point. Former VP Joe Biden holds a 13 point advantage over President Donald Trump in the Philadelphia suburban congressional district.

Biden To Visit Philly for ABC News Town Hall: Former Vice President Joe Biden will participate in a town hall in Philadelphia on Thursday evening, two days after President Donald Trump’s rally in Johnstown.

Lara Trump Campaigns in Cumberland County: Lara Trump held a “Make America Great Again!” event in Cumberland County on Wednesday, PennLive reports. 

Eric Trump to Campaign in PA: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Eric Trump has three campaign events planned in PA in the next few days. On Friday, Eric Trump and former Notre Dame football head coach Lou Holtz will be hosting a “Catholics for Trump” event in Bucks County. On Saturday, Eric Trump will lead a “Second Chance Voices for Trump” event in Scranton and a “Make America Great Again!” event in Dunmore.

Jill Biden To Travel to PA: According to a release from the Biden campaign, Jill Biden will travel to Pennsylvania on Monday. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Everything Pa. poll watchers can — and can’t — do on Election Day, explained
Spotlight PA: Along Mariner East pipelines, secrecy and a patchwork of emergency plans leave many at risk and in the dark
Spotlight PA: Emergency plans fail to consider complexity of Mariner East pipelines, and those most at risk in an accident
Spotlight PA: Explore the Mariner East pipeline system and its history with this interactive map
AP: Pennsylvania county says 29K wrong ballots were mailed out 
AP: Pennsylvania high court to settle voter signatures fight 
AP: Pennsylvania confirms virus resurges; no plans for lockdown 
AP: Election 2020 Today: Town hall duel; mail changes reversed 
AP: Prosecutor says police justified in fatal Lancaster shooting
Patriot News: ‘I’m sorry she took offense,’ Middletown borough council member says about ‘disgraceful’ language in email to candidate
Patriot News: Pa. has no plans ‘at this time’ to reinstate stay at home orders, business restrictions, despite coronavirus spike 
Patriot News: Pa. is seeing a ‘fall resurgence’ of coronavirus, Dr. Rachel Levine says
Patriot News: Pa. state universities asks for $35 million more in state funding for 2021-22
Patriot News: Pa. state universities to continue a look at combining universities without closing campuses 
Patriot News: Gisele Fetterman: Racist attack ‘makes me want to work harder for everybody else’ 
Patriot News: Dr. Deborah Birx stresses need to capture coronavirus’ ‘silent spread’ while at Penn State
Patriot News: Where is my ballot? Pa.’s top election official answers that question and more 
Post-Gazette: State treasurer candidate Stacy Garrity tests positive for COVID-19
Post-Gazette: Dr. Levine says Pa. is seeing the start of a ‘fall resurgence’
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court will decide counties’ ability to evaluate ballot signatures 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf administration announces plans to tackle fall COVID-19 surge
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Supreme Court to rule on disqualifying mail-in ballot due to signatures
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With deadline looming, will Pa. lawmakers pass badly needed election fixes in time?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. police departments reaped a windfall of military gear, explained | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A racist tirade. A Nazi note. We can never speak too loudly in the face of hate | Thursday Morning Coffee
CNN: Trump needs this pivotal county and its rural voters to win Pennsylvania 
CNN: Trump-Biden battle intensifying in Pennsylvania 
CNN: Fact check: Trump continues dishonesty bombardment at Pennsylvania rally
CNN: Lancaster police officer was justified in shooting knife-wielding man and will not face charges, DA says
Citizens Voice: Casey opposes Trump’s nomination of Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court
Inquirer: Pennsylvania faces a ‘fall resurgence’ as COVID-19 cases rise nationwide 
Inquirer: Fact-checking Trump’s claim in Pa. that he’s ‘putting our great coal miners back to work’ 
Inquirer: 4 things to know about Jill Biden’s Pennsylvania roots
Inquirer: Camden, Allentown, and Reading among most vulnerable cities in U.S. to COVID-19 mental health consequences, report suggests 
Inquirer: Faculty cuts and university integrations loom, as enrollment declines at Pennsylvania state universities 
Washington Post: Coalition of prosecutors, attorneys general across U.S. vows not to enforce antiabortion laws
Times-Tribune: Casey opposes Trump’s nomination of Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court 
WITF: Wolf Points To Hemp Industry In Making The Pitch For Legal Recreational Weed In PA 
PLSReporter: Election Update: Pa. sees apparent voter registration record; state looks to assuage ballot concerns
PLSReporter: Department of Health warns of fall COVID-19 surge as Pa. cases, hospitalizations tick upward
PLSReporter: Call it a comeback: House Republicans unveil COVID economic recovery plan 
Fox News: Biden says Pennsylvania plant ‘thinking of shutting down,’ company responds to ‘untrue’ claim: report 
Fox News: Trump targets suburban women at Pennsylvania rally 
Fox News: Thousands of Pennsylvania voters sent wrong mail-in ballots 
Fox News: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to rule on mail-in ballot signature controversy
LNP | LancasterOnline: As COVID-19 resurges, Pennsylvania is better prepared than last spring, officials say
USA Today: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey warns that Obamacare is in ‘mortal danger’ with Barrett nomination 
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania’s Second Lady / A history of contested elections
WHYY Newsworks: Tough questioning at hearing on Pa. ban of Medicaid funding for abortion
StateImpactPA: DEP issues new fines for Westmoreland County landfill that accepts drilling waste
National Journal: Claiming Immunity From COVID-19, Trump Rallies in PA
Politico: Democrats’ Coming Civil War Over Police Unions
The Hill: Pennsylvania county resending nearly 29K ballots after error 
The Hill: Obama to stump for Biden in final campaign stretch 
The Hill: Over 60 prosecutors, AGs say they will not criminalize abortion if Roe v. Wade overturned

 

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Majority of Philly polling places will be back in service on Election Day with a record number of poll workers
KYW Newsradio: Council members plan to introduce package of bills seeking to protect Philly hospitality workers
KYW Newsradio: Police union sues city over new ordinance requiring public hearings for police contracts
KYW Newsradio: County election officials have begun inspecting ballot signatures
Inquirer: Philly City Council to consider delaying tax abatement changes until 2024 and adding a new construction tax 
Inquirer: Philly’s housing deal with occupants of Parkway homeless encampment seen as ‘unprecedented’ nationwide 
Inquirer: Philly’s FOP sues the city over requirement for public hearing on police contracts 
Inquirer: Philly florists bring beauty back to voting with public installations across the region 
Inquirer: Secrecy leaves many along the Mariner East pipelines at risk | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Streets Commissioner: City can’t afford hazard pay for sanitation workers
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Kenney vetoes Society Hill height limit
WHYY Newsworks: Majority of City Council supports giving laid-off tourism workers first dibs on jobs 
WHYY Newsworks: Parkway encampment set to break down tents by the end of the week
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I’m not included here’: People with disabilities face barriers to voting in Philly and beyond 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Fuel the Vote’: Philly restaurants team up to feed voters at satellite election offices 
WHYY Newsworks: With hours until portal closes, Philly census advocates make one final push for an accurate count 
Billy Penn: Map: Philly to open more than 700 polling places for the November 2020 election 
Billy Penn: I mailed in my ballot to vote and it was sent back to me unopened
Philly Voice: Philly schools offering hybrid learning model to students interested in returning
Philadelphia Business Journal: Solomonov, Starr and other Philadelphia restaurateurs team up to get out the vote
Philadelphia Magazine: A New Report Shows Precisely How the PPP Program Failed Philly 

 

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County mails 80,000 mail-in ballots 
WHYY Newsworks: Accidental email told Montco voters their ballots were in the mail when they weren’t
Delco Daily Times: Marijuana decriminalization draws support in Delaware County
Delco Daily Times: Gretsky named new police commissioner in Chester
Delaware Valley Journal: Incumbent Republican Sen. Killion Tries to Buck Blue Trends in District
Philadelphia Gay News: The 2020 congressional races
Philly Voice: Here are the locations of Bucks County’s satellite election offices and secure ballot drop boxes
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County’s coronavirus positivity rate remains stable
Daily Local News: Lawmaker aims to rename South Coatesville road after lynching victim  

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Officials: Nearly 29K Allegheny County voters received incorrect ballots, new ones being mailed
Post-Gazette: State police ID woman in video using racial slur against Pennsylvania’s second lady 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh plans to revitalize business districts in minority neighborhoods 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania nursing homes, universities getting rapid COVID-19 tests 
Tribune Review: Freshman lawmaker Brandon Markosek faces John Ritter for 25th State House District seat
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials attribute slowed covid rise to mask cooperation 
Tribune Review: Nearly 29K Allegheny County voters receive wrong mail-in ballots  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 97 new coronavirus cases
WESA: Printing Error Sends Nearly 29,000 Ballots To Wrong Voters In Allegheny County 
WESA: City Officials Pledge To Invest Directly In Historically Black Neighborhoods
WESA: Coronavirus Cases Increasing, But Not Spiking In Allegheny County
KDKA: Allegheny County To Reissue Corrected Ballots To County Voters After Nearly 30,000 Received Wrong Ballots
KDKA: Who Is Midwest Direct? Here’s What You Need To Know About The Company Being Blamed For Ballot Issues In Western Pa. And Ohio 
KDKA: Two Pittsburgh-Area Mail Carriers Federally Charged After Allegedly Dumping Bags Of Undelivered Mail In Trash 
KDKA: As The Deadline For 2020 Census Approaches, Local Officials Urge Its Importance 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Unveils ‘Avenues Of Hope’ Project To Revitalize Historically Black Neighborhood Business Districts 
KDKA: Braddock Borough Mayor Breaks Council Tie, Votes In Favor Of Forming Regional Police Dept. Commission
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 97 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 13,533
Pittsburgh Business Times: Republican lawmakers unveil bills to boost post-Covid economy 
Pittsburgh Business Times: County: ‘We don’t want to ignore this creep of (Covid) cases’
City Paper: Alexis Johnson, Pittsburgh journalist banned from covering protests, lands job at Vice 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Many Washington Co. voters delivering mail-in ballots to elections office
Observer-Reporter: Fire departments with paid personnel qualify for CARES Act grants
Observer-Reporter: Fall COVID-19 surge is underway in Pennsylvania
KDKA: Computer Glitch Leaves Butler County Residents Waiting For Mail-In Ballots Despite Applying Weeks Ago
Tribune Review: Westmoreland approves poll changes in wake of coronavirus concerns
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Labor secretary in quarantine day after Johnstown visit; Scalia tests negative but wife is positive for COVID-19 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown council extends Act 47 exit until 2023 
Altoona Mirror: County moving 10 poll locations
Altoona Mirror: City considers cutting 12 positions

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Eric Trump to visit region this weekend
The Times Leader: Luzerne County mail-in ballots: What you need to know 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council meeting rescheduled for Oct. 22 
The Times Leader: 38 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,276 statewide
Citizens Voice: Election board hears update on county election preparations; more than 60K ballots have been mailed
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council meetings rescheduled to next week
Citizens Voice: NAACP of Wilkes-Barre to hold voter registration drives
Citizens Voice: 38 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Cognetti backtracks on interim fire chief’s salary, averts potential dispute with council 
Times-Tribune: Judge denies Cordaro request for supervised release
Times-Tribune: Local advocates join Philadelphia lawmaker for a discussion on racial inequities
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County officials to present tentative 2021 budget
Times-Tribune: Charges pending for political sign thefts in Blakely
Times-Tribune: No shutdown, no new COVID-19 restrictions, health secretary says

 

South Central 
Patriot News: ‘I’m sorry she took offense,’ Middletown borough council member says about ‘disgraceful’ language in email to candidate
Patriot News: ‘Polls are wrong’: Lara Trump stumps for President Trump, her father-in-law, in Cumberland County 
Carlisle Sentinel: Lara Trump stokes conservative base at Allenberry with warnings about father-in-law’s political foes 
Carlisle Sentinel: Dickinson College to host virtual forum with DePasquale
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. health officials tout preparedness efforts heading into fall resurgence of COVID-19 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County reports highest single-day case count for COVID-19 Wednesday; 7- and 14-day averages reach new highs as well 
LNP | LancasterOnline: DA: ‘No question’ officer was justified in Lancaster city fatal shooting of Ricardo Muñoz [update] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster police’s internal review of fatal shooting will follow the DA’s findings; here’s why 
York Daily Record: No charges in fatal Lancaster shooting
York Dispatch: Helfrich: Supreme Court injured York City residents with census ruling 
York Dispatch: York County’s COVID-19 rates stabilize as much of state sees rise 
York Dispatch: Three municipalities ‘OK’ merger talks with York Area Regional Police 
York Dispatch: York County has two new deaths linked to COVID-19, 62 new cases

 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 11th Senatorial District
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 134th Legislative District 
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 187th Legislative District  
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 124th Legislative District 
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 126th Legislative District 
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in the 127th Legislative District 
Reading Eagle: Here are the Reading businesses that received coronavirus pandemic loan assistance
Reading Eagle: 753 people tested over the first two days of free coronavirus testing in Reading
Morning Call: Susan Wild, Lisa Scheller debate Israel, anti-Semitism and foreign policy at Jewish Federation forum
Morning Call: Q&A: Meet the candidates who will square off in the 135th Pa. House race
Morning Call: Q&A: Meet the candidates who will square off in 137th Pa. House race
Morning Call: With Allentown mayoral race taking shape, bill could bar city workers from running for public office
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to settle voter signatures fight
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley residents ask, why did the mail come so late or not at all?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania official says ‘fall resurgence’ of coronavirus is here, with nine days of 1,000-plus added cases
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: ‘Fall resurgence’ starting, with 1,276 new cases recorded; Lehigh County crosses 6K cases, Northampton County approaching 5K; state sends out first wave of new antigen tests | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/14/20) 
WFMZ: Lehigh County commissioners consider 2021 budget amendments  
WFMZ: Ways to use mail-in ballots to vote in Berks County  
WFMZ: Lehigh Valley Congresswoman Susan Wild casts her ballot

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Slomski, Laughlin spar over school funding
Erie Times-News: Second lady Gisele Fetterman reflects on racist incident
Erie Times-News: Wabtec corrects Biden after shutdown remark
Erie Times-News: ‘Erie Trump & Back The Blue’ rally set for Sunday
Erie Times-News: Crawford County receives $1.5 million grant
Erie Times-News: Erie County part of COVID-19 fall resurgence
Centre Daily Times: White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator visits Penn State, emphasizes importance of testing
Centre Daily Times: Centre County voters should receive mail-in ballots soon. How to make sure yours is counted
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports 19 new COVID-19 cases, adds another death
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: High-speed internet to expand in 4 counties
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Group protests Amy Coney Barrett confirmation

 

Opinion  
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: DeFoor’s skills, history suited to auditor’s job 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: New court vote is indefensible
Jim Kenney: Citizen participation in the electoral process Is key to our democracy
Matthew J. Brouillette: Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting free-for-all
Rudy Giuliani: Cancel culture is ruining the American Dream
Jenice Armstrong: Racial slur directed at Fetterman’s wife shows how far we still have to go 
Maria Panaritis: Pa. women are coming for it all: The White House, the legislature, the agenda 
Inquirer Staff: Should journalists exercise their right to vote amid concerns of bias? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A slap at Lady Justice 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: How not to think
Ettore Angelo: It’s time to reexamine Lehigh County’s criminal justice spending
JD Mullane: Momentum to get back to the classroom
Myrna Pérez and Eliza Sweren-Becker: A win for Pa. voters
Dom Giordano: Wolf’s COVID-19 waiver system is flawed
John Stuetz: There’s no way to ‘safely reopen’ Philadelphia’s schools 
Spencer Landis: Philly-area Democrats mute on court packing, ending the filibuster
Sister Mary Scullion and Loree D. Jones: Charitable organizations can’t be the only ones working to solve hunger and housing crises 
John Kenneth White: This time, for Democrats, Catholics matter
Christine Flowers: Democrats’ behavior at confirmation hearings is disgraceful
Ernest Owens: If You’re Not Voting in This Election, Yes, I’m Judging You
Florence Momplaisir: Removing political influence over COVID vaccine can build trust for African American community | Expert Opinion
The Angry Grammarian: The tiny punctuation mark that should scare Amy Coney Barrett’s critics
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Amazon dump site

October 15th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “October 15th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump lacks all moral character, cheats on his pregnant wives, sleeps with porn stars and then bribes them not to talk while he is scamming the American electorate. If you voted for Trump, do you feel had yet?

  2. GOP priorities says:

    When are Speaker Bryan Cutler and Republican House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff going to take action to remove serial philanderer and child abuser GOP State Rep Aaron Bernstine from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives?

    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—ssy,” using a vulgar term for vagina.

    1. GOP Failure says:

      They don’t have any real ability to remove a dually elected representative. They have put out a public statement asking him to resign. They should strip away his committee assignments if they want to be serious about punishing him for his actions.

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