October 16th Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden fielded questions from Pennsylvania voters during an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia on Thursday night, while VP Mike Pence is set to campaign in Reading on Saturday. Here is the Playbook. 

 

PA10 Ad: NRCC Jabs DePasquale: Using images of the Democratic challenger doing CrossFit, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s first PA TV ad of the general election links Eugene DePasquale to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

PA10 Ad: DePasquale Likens Challenges Faced By Working Families To ‘Uphill’ Climb: Eugene DePasquale, along with his children, go on an uphill walk in the latest ad to liken the climb to the difficulties that those in the 10th Congressional District face due to decisions made in Washington D.C.

PA8: Bognet Blasts Cartwright and Hugs Social Security: Jim Bognet’s latest ads feature a barroom scene of patrons criticizing Cartwright, while the GOP challenger talks about his support for Social Security.

PA8: Cartwright Slams Bognet, Touts Economic and Healthcare Record: Rep. Matt Cartwright’s latest ads punch back at Bognet for a previous attack ad, while his wife reads off a list of policies that her husband supports.

Biden Participates in ABC News Town Hall in Philly: On Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden took questions from Pennsylvania voters during an ABC News town hall at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia, WHYY reports.  

PA8: Bognet and Cartwright Discuss Issues During Online Forum: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and GOP challenger Jim Bognet sparred on a number of issues during an online forum sponsored by chambers of commerce in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton and Honesdale, the Citizens Voice reports.

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.

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. 

Buttigieg’s ‘Win The Era’ PAC Endorses 3 State Leg Candidates: Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s ‘Win The Era’ PAC endorsed Janet Diaz for state Senate (SD-13), plus Brittney Rodas (HD-105) and Claudette Williams (HD-176) for state House in PA. Prior to these most recent endorsements, the PAC previously endorsed Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Nina Ahmad for Auditor General, state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta in PA as well.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. could become ‘ground zero’ for court battles on — and after — Election Day
AP: Talks on critical election legislation in Pennsylvania stall
AP: Police: No charges over slur aimed at state official’s wife
Inquirer: Pennsylvania has rejected 372,000 mail ballot applications, bewildering voters and straining elections staff
Inquirer: Woman who called Pa. second lady the N-word won’t face criminal charges
Inquirer: Anthony Fauci talks with Jefferson doctors about coronavirus vaccines, herd immunity, and how long we’ll need masks 
Patriot News: Attorney general candidates talk about how they would use the office to protect Pennsylvanians 
Patriot News: No charges filed in racist rant against Gisele Fetterman, at her request: police 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 177,520 coronavirus cases? Oct. 15 map, county-by-county breakdown 
Patriot News: Positive coronavirus cases in Pa. just under 1,600, continuing 10-day spike
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House Republicans unveil plan to boost coronavirus-ravaged economy; focus is manufacturing
Morning Call: No charges for woman who made racist statements against Pa. second lady Gisele Fetterman
WITF: ‘There’s a sense of urgency:’ Many Pa. voters are hand-delivering their mail ballots 
Post-Gazette: Over 125 mayors across Pa. announce they’re backing Biden for president 
Post-Gazette: Gisele Fetterman decides not to press charges against racist woman 
KDKA: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Will Not Press Charges Against Woman Seen On Video Using Racial Slur
KDKA: Changing Your Mind? Pa. Voters Must Follow These Rules If They Request A Mail-In Ballot But Decide To Go To The Polls Instead 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf: Repealing Affordable Care Act Would Hurt Pennsylvanians Financially
KDKA: Stacy Garrity, Candidate For State Treasurer, Tests Positive For Coronavirus
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania’s Second Lady / A history of contested elections
WHYY Newsworks: Dr. Deborah Birx warns of ‘silent spread’ in northeastern states during visit to State College
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Four states could legalize recreational cannabis next month. Pa.? Not so much | Friday Morning Coffee 
Fox News: Pennsylvania tug of war over ballot counting could drag out election result 
The Hill: Leading progressive group to launch pro-Biden ads in Arizona, Pennsylvania 
The Hill: Pennsylvania police officer cleared after fatally shooting mentally ill man with knife
Politico: Justice Democrats go all-in on Biden 
PLSReporter: Allegheny County’s ballot printing error, explained
StateImpactPA: At hearing on Mariner East safety, plaintiffs say Sunoco’s public awareness plan falls short. Expert witness for company says, ‘It’s working’
CNN: Pennsylvania lieutenant governor’s family will not seek prosecution of woman who called second lady a racial slur

 

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s early voting plans keep getting scaled back
Inquirer: Philly’s 10-year tax abatement and construction tax are back on the agenda. Here’s what’s different this time. 
Inquirer: A question for Joe Biden from an undocumented family in Philly church sanctuary: Will you free us?
Inquirer: Philadelphia issues guidelines for winterizing outdoor restaurants 
Inquirer: ‘He makes it into a joke’: For Philly COVID-19 patients, Trump’s cavalier attitude stings
Inquirer: Dueling town halls with Biden in Philly and Trump in Miami make for a 2020 split-screen moment
Inquirer: Spike in cases in Pa. shows no signs of slowing; COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations rising in most states; Fauci tells Jefferson doctors how long we’ll need masks 
Inquirer: Trump touts COVID-19 recovery as Philadelphians struggle to get treated | Morning Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council proposes 1% construction tax, but also a delay in reducing property tax abatement
KYW Newsradio: Philly hiring 100 to staff satellite election offices
KYW Newsradio: Philly unveils new outdoor dining guidelines for winter 
Billy Penn: Movement for hate crime law? LGBTQ and trans speakers give first ever testimony to PA Senate Republicans
WHYY Newsworks: At Constitution Center, Biden addresses COVID, Supreme Court and ‘94 crime bill
WHYY Newsworks: Why Philly’s 10-year tax abatement is back on the negotiating table 
WHYY Newsworks: Igloos allowed, fires in a barrel banned: Philly rules on winter outdoor dining 
Philadelphia Magazine: As We Barrel Toward Colder Months, a Lifeline Appears for Philly Restaurants 
Philadelphia Magazine: Q&A: Everything You Need to Know About Herd Immunity and COVID-19 
Philadelphia Tribune: Report details ‘lack of transparency’ in police department’s handling of Facebook posts by cops
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Council delays tax abatement bill as lawmakers call for 1% construction impact tax
Philadelphia Gay News: How LGBTQ Philadelphians are casting their votes this year
Philly Voice: Philly police union sues city over reform bill that requires public hearings on contracts
Philly Voice: What will happen to the Gayborhood mural honoring LGBT activist Gloria Casarez?
Philly Voice: Philly sues e-cigarette maker JUUL for sparking youth vaping epidemic
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia releases new cold weather outdoor dining guidelines around shelters and heating
Philadelphia Business Journal: Stark disparity in lending between white-majority and Black-majority areas in Greater Philadelphia

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Killion sponsors hate crime legislation after special needs man sucker punched 
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers call for protection of Affordable Care Act as Gov. Wolf visits Chester County
Daily Local News: Polling place locations in Chester County approved 
Daily Local News: Committee mulls over limiting vehicle use for West Chester government workers 
Daily Local News: Chester County pitches in to aid families who need childcare services
Bucks Local News: People4Trump road rally in Bucks County expected to draw more than 500 vehicles  
KYW Newsradio: Delco judge rules mobile voter services event can go on as planned
Delco Daily Times: Judge allows votes to be collected at Union stadium
Delco Daily Times: Cheyney encourages voter registration for students
Bucks County Courier Times: Kayden’s Korner calls for child custody changes
Montgomery Media: North Wales councilman draws on past to call for calm 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County to increase coronavirus testing capacity at four sites

 

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Distribution Company Blamed For Ballot Issues In Two Counties
KDKA: Allegheny County Elections Division Launches Search Tool To Determine If You Received Incorrect Mail-In Ballot
KDKA: Around The Table: Local Political Experts Discuss Mail-In Voting And The Amy Coney Barrett Hearing
KDKA: Pittsburgh Native Asks Democratic Nominee Joe Biden Question During Town Hall Event
KDKA: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Will Not Press Charges Against Woman Seen On Video Using Racial Slur
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 139 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 13,672
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County activates online search tool for faulty ballots 
Post-Gazette: Gisele Fetterman decides not to press charges against racist woman 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council committee recommends hairstyle, Juneteenth bills to general council 
Post-Gazette: Court to allow Ebonics claim in Tranquilli case 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny and Westmoreland counties report more than 100 cases
Tribune Review: Gisele Fetterman won’t press charges against woman in verbal assault 
Tribune Review: Federal judge rejects Tree of Life synagogue massacre suspect’s bid to drop some charges   
Tribune Review: Split decision on motions in misconduct case against Allegheny County Judge Tranquilli
Tribune Review: Allegheny County sees highest number of new coronavirus cases since July
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
WESA: Nationwide Journalism Project Aims To Eliminate Confusion About Voting
Pittsburgh Business Times: U.S. Department of Defense gives $5 million in funding to western Pennsylvania consortium 

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Reschenthaler, Marx running for 14th Congressional district seat
Observer-Reporter: 48th Legislative District profiles 
Observer-Reporter: Judge sentences former Washington County former clerk of courts 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County approves drop box sites for mail-in ballots
Tribune Review: CNN, New York Times spotlight Westmoreland County as key in presidential race
Tribune Review: Former Washington County clerk of courts pleads guilty to stealing $100K from coffers 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County sees biggest jump in reported coronavirus cases
KDKA: Explaining The Reliability And Safety Of Mail-In Voting
KDKA: Former Washington Co. Clerk Of Courts Pleads Guilty To Stealing Nearly $100,000 From Taxpayers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Energy secretary touts CTC technology 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: Cambria tops 800 COVID-19 cases, with nearly 1,600 new cases statewide 

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Cartwright, Bognet talk Green New Deal, federal funding at chambers’ forum
Citizens Voice: In person voting underway at Luzerne County election bureau
Citizens Voice: Mail-in ballots are in the mail: really
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor proposes fee increases for 2021 
Citizens Voice: 54 new cases of COVID reported in Luzerne County on Thursday
Times-Tribune: Cartwright, Bognet talk Green New Deal, federal funding at chambers’ forum
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County’s draft 2021 budget does not hike taxes
Times-Tribune: Region sets new high in new COVID-19 cases since April
The Times Leader: Luzerne County voters take advantage of new on-demand, ballot-casting option 
The Times Leader: Mayor Brown seeks fee hike to balance ’21 Wilkes-Barre budget
The Times Leader: Mayor releases Wilkes-Barre budget proposal for 2021
The Times Leader: State of Luzerne County employee pension fund discussed 
The Times Leader: 54 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,598 statewide

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Joe Biden apparently mentions fatal Lancaster police shooting in Thursday town hall event   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster police chief did not share views on progressive policing: Mayor Sorace [update] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: New unemployment claims leveling off in Lancaster County; ‘a good sign,” local economist says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County ends 2020 Census with one of Pennsylvania’s highest response rates 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Amid Pennsylvania’s fall coronavirus surge, Lancaster County sees a couple of days of more hopeful numbers
York Dispatch: York County’s COVID-19 death toll hits 185
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County Bureau of Elections adds more hours for mail-in ballot drop-off 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 16 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Thursday
Patriot News: Commissioners to extend hours at northern Dauphin County ballot return site
Patriot News: Lancaster mayor doubted former police chief ‘shared my vision’ for department 
Patriot News: Positive coronavirus cases in Pa. just under 1,600, continuing 10-day spike

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Jailed in Pennsylvania? In most cases, you can still vote
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley trail projects receive more than $1 million in grants from the DCNR
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 1,598 more cases Thursday, including 54 in Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Parkland grad who triumphed over blindness to become Supreme Court clerk testifies in Amy Coney Barrett hearing
WFMZ: Lehigh, Northampton counties say pandemic made census process more challenging
WFMZ: Experts talk economy and stimulus at Penn State Lehigh Valley 
WFMZ: Parkland grad testifies at Barrett confirmation hearing
Reading Eagle: Berks election board votes to open second ballot drop box location on Monday
Reading Eagle: Reading Downtown Improvement District says keeping city clean is a heavy task
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 74 coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania reporting
Express Times: Fiery activist plans to burn Trump campaign flags at Lehigh Valley events
Express Times: Easton mourns loss of businessman, former council president (UPDATE)
Express Times: Pa. grant to help people get from Allentown to where the bison roam
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: New cases jump by almost 1,600, 21 more deaths reported as hospitalizations surge | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (10/15/20)

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: ‘Erie Trump & Back The Blue’ rally set for Sunday
Erie Times-News: Crawford County receives broadband investment
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor to allow trick-or-treating, despite COVID-19
Centre Daily Times: Penn State named one of nation’s most LGBTQ-friendly universities by Campus Pride
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 15 update: Centre County reports 50 new cases of COVID-19, Pa. adds more than 1,500

 

Opinion  
Brendan Boyle: The growing scope of the Supreme Court and our democracy 
Jennifer Storm: My story, my experience make me best suited to be Pa.’s victim advocate 
John Baer: Will rise in coronavirus cases impact Pa.’s vote, and maybe the election outcome? 
Jay Paterno: Joe Biden Is a Man of Light in a Time of Darkness
KC Tomlinson: Being Bensalem’s voice in Harrisburg 
Howie Hayes: Ensuring Harrisburg aids COVID recovery
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Lancaster city taxpayers are owed better explanation about why police chief is retiring 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: A conflict of interest in North York 
Inquirer Editorial Board: 2020 Pennsylvania Endorsement Guide
Inquirer Editorial Board: Parkway encampment agreement opens door to fix Philly homelessness with vacant properties
Erica Palan and Lauren Aguirre: Inside The Inquirer opinion team and Editorial Board endorsements | Behind the Story 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Greene says ‘no’ to KKK 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Barrett and the process 
Nancy Nguyen: My arrest after protesting ICE was an attempt to silence Asian Americans and immigrants 
John L. Micek: ‘My bills keep me up at night’: Scranton woman says, as Dems keep healthcare front and center during Barrett hearings 
Tony Norman: When the ‘October surprise’ is a nothing burger
Curt Schroder: COVID recovery shouldn’t include frivolous antibusiness lawsuits 
Zack Rearick: Masculinity is the unspoken undercurrent in Trumpism and the fracking debate 
David Boardman: With delays likely, major news orgs should unite to call the presidential race together 
Will Bunch: 12-hour voting lines give me hope, even as America looks like a banana republic 
Trudy Rubin: New York Post ‘bombshell’ echoes false Kremlin propaganda about Joe and Hunter Biden

October 16th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 4 Comments

4 thoughts on “October 16th Playbook”

  1. GOP says:

    When is Republican House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff going to take steps 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.

  2. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump is a fraud, a liar, a tax cheat, a fool, a traitor for Putin, a moron, and has cheated on every wife with his NEXT wife, as well as porn stars and Russian prostitutes. Is that who you want sitting in the Oval Office?

    1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

      Kidding. I love Trump. MAGA

  3. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump admitted to Savannah Guthrie last night that he owes $400 MILLION to some unknown entities, but shrugs it off as no big deal. Who do YOU owe $400 MILLION to?

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