October 19th Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence rallied in Reading on Saturday and will be holding a rally in Cumberland County this afternoon. Here is the Playbook. 

The Hill/HarrisX Poll: Biden 51, Trump 46: Biden’s lead in the latest poll is in-line with the Real Clear Politics average.

Center For American Greatness/Insider Advantage Poll: Biden 45.8, Trump 42.6: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by just over 3 points, according to a poll commissioned by a conservative website.

Pence To Rally in Cumberland County: Vice President Mike Pence will be hosting a “Make America Great Again!” event at Skyport Aviation on Monday afternoon.

Trump To Rally in Erie: President Donald Trump will be delivering remarks at a “Make America Great Again!” rally at the Erie International Airport on Tuesday evening.

Obama To Campaign For Biden in Philly: Former President Barack Obama will be campaigning on behalf of the Biden campaign in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

October 16th Ups & Downs: A local party rescinds an endorsement of a state rep, a lawsuit from the Trump campaign is unsuccessful, plus the FBI raids an influential union headquarters in Philly. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Pence Rallies in Reading: Vice President Mike Pence led a rally in Reading on Saturday, the Reading Eagle reports.  

Eric Trump Campaigns in Lackawanna County: Eric Trump rallied supporters in Dunmore on Saturday, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.  

Yang Campaigns for Biden in Philly: Andrew Yang visited Philadelphia on Sunday to campaign for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, plus other local Democrats, KYW Newsradio reports.  

Emhoff Campaigns in Philly: Doug Emhoff, husband of Sen. Kamala Harris, made a campaign stop in Philadelphia on Saturday, CBS Philadelphia reports. 

Jill Biden To Campaign in PA: According to a release from the Biden campaign, Dr. Jill Biden will be campaigning in Bucks County and Lackawanna County today. 

Donald Trump Jr. To Campaign in PA on Tuesday: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Donald Trump Jr will be hosting “Make America Great Again!” events in Centre and Blair Counties on Tuesday. 

Perry and DePasquale To Debate For Final Time: On Monday evening, Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) and Eugene DePasquale will debate for the second and final time for the 10th Congressional District, the York Dispatch reports.  

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Candidates, surrogates flood battleground Pennsylvania 
AP: Judge rejects GOP attempt to shut down early voting center 
AP: Pennsylvania reports 2nd-highest COVID-19 total of pandemic 
AP: Wolf vetoes bill to let restaurants operate at full capacity 
AP: Pennsylvania sees another big monthly drop in jobless rate 
AP: Deadline looms to defuse Pennsylvania’s budget time bomb
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. says ‘overwhelming majority of ballots’ will be counted three days after Election Day
WHYY Newsworks: First batch of Pa. mail-in votes processing smoothly
Inquirer: Pence rallies Trump supporters in Reading: ‘The road to victory runs right through Pennsylvania’
Inquirer: White women are ditching Trump, and it could cost him Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: Even seniors are abandoning Trump in Pa. Downplaying the pandemic was the last straw. 
Inquirer: Pa. has rejected 372,000 ballot applications — most of them duplicates — bewildering voters and straining officials
Inquirer: COVID-19 cases are rising fast in Pa. and NJ., but hospitals are not burdened — yet. Here’s why.
Inquirer: Why some Pa. marijuana patients face jail for not surrendering their medical marijuana cards
Inquirer: Dirt bikes and ATVs on city streets help revitalize a former Pennsylvania coal town
Inquirer: If white women ditch Trump, it could cost him Pa. | Morning Newsletter
Spotlight PA: Report voting problems in Pennsylvania to Spotlight PA’s 2020 election tipline
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. has to pass a budget soon. Here’s what is on the table.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Blacks, Hispanics more than twice as likely to experience financial pain from COVID-19 | The Numbers Racket  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Election 2020: Monday, Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote in Pa. What you need to know 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Reading, Pence argues for four more years, report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What could be more beautiful in the fall than the Beautiful Game? | Five for Your Weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Hughes: It’s ‘a crime to have $1.3B sitting around’; Ahead of budget debate, Senate Dems release plan for unspent CARES cash
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We’re not a minority anymore’: How Pa.’s Latina women are flexing their political muscle | Monday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: More than $1.3 billion in federal coronavirus aid to Pennsylvania remains unspent amid partisan disagreement in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Pa. Homeland Security chief addresses Black voters’ concerns about poll intimidation, threats of violence 
Patriot News: Restaurant owners seek override of Gov. Wolf’s veto of restriction-loosening bill 
Patriot News: Federal judge hears arguments on legality of private grant funds for election aid in Pa. 
Patriot News: Unemployment compensation filing system temporarily down 
Post-Gazette: Casey says mitigating climate change should be political priority
Post-Gazette: Trump to hold rally in Erie next week
Post-Gazette: Federal judge stays request for legal fees in dispute over Wolf COVID shutdown order
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline is Monday
WITF: Incumbent Perry and challenger DePasquale battle for voters in a divided 10th Congressional District 
PLSReporter: Election Update: Over 680,000 ballots have been returned in Pa.; Boockvar expects results ‘within a matter of days’
PLSReporter: Pandemic poll worker push pays off in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Governor’s Desk: Wolf signs Cost of Living Adjustment freeze, vetoes restaurant full-capacity reopen
PLSReporter: Senate Dems set spending priorities for remaining CARES dollars
PLSReporter: Senate Republicans consider proposal to add LGBTQ+ protections to hate crime law 
Fox News: Pennsylvania governor vetoes bill to reopen state’s restaurants at full capacity 
Fox News: 370K Pennsylvania mail-in ballot applications rejected: Report 
Fox News: Trump, Biden funnel ad dollars into key battlegrounds in final stretch 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf vetoes bill to increase restaurant capacity
CNBC: Pennsylvania’s Erie County will test the Rust Belt’s loyalty to Trump in the 2020 election
KDKA: With Results On Election Night At Stake, Pa. Lawmakers Cannot Get Beyond Partisan Politics To Solve A Problem 
Tribune Review: Unemployment rate in Pa. drops to 8.1%, but economists remain wary
Philly Voice: Fetterman requests no charges in Pennsylvania woman’s racist grocery store tirade
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvanians want a lot from their lawmakers when it comes to climate change 
KYW Newsradio: Want to vote in the general election? Today is the last day to register in Pa.
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania House Republicans release COVID-19 economic recovery plan
National Journal: Biden Leads in Polls of CO, FL, MI, PA, VA 
The Hill: Pennsylvania rejects 372K mail-in ballot applications following primary confusion: report 
The Hill: Poll: Trump trails Biden in Pennsylvania and Michigan, ties in Florida
The Hill: Philadelphia Inquirer reporter says first-time absentee voting in Pennsylvania could lead to contested ballots, delayed election results 
The Hill: Obama to stump for Biden in Philadelphia 
Politico: Everytown pumps $4.4M into closing message in six battleground states 
Huffington Post: Thousands Of Mail-In Ballots Delayed In Ohio, Pennsylvania After Printing Company Fiasco 
CNN: Trump and Biden vie for Catholic voters amid Supreme Court battle 
CNN: Latest House and Senate ratings show Democrats increasingly competitive in Republican areas
Real Clear Politics: Anthracite Coal County Keeps PA Unpredictable

Inquirer: FBI agents raid Local 98’s Philly headquarters again, looking for evidence of threats and witness intimidation
Inquirer: Welcome to the two neighborhoods in deep-blue Philadelphia where Trump can win again
Inquirer: Obama is coming to Philly to campaign for Joe Biden 
Inquirer: As registration deadline nears, a mad dash in Philadelphia to reach voters 
Inquirer: Philadelphia has the highest rate of family separation, and kids in foster care need mental health support    
Inquirer: In Philly, Homeland Security secretary, ICE director say local officials must cooperate in immigrant arrests  
Inquirer: Tommy Oliver talks about bringing his MOVE documentary to Philadelphia Film Festival 
Inquirer: Philly Mag names first woman, first Black journalist to top editor jobs
Inquirer: If white women ditch Trump, it could cost him Pa. | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: FBI raids Local 98 union headquarters in Philadelphia — again
Billy Penn: Map: 17 Philly satellite election offices and drop boxes for mail ballots
Billy Penn: Confused by the Pennsylvania ballot tracker? Here’s what your status means
WHYY Newsworks: A newly energized Women’s March returns to Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philly celebs appearing in ‘Good Things Happen in Philadelphia’ GOTV event  
WHYY Newsworks: Performers sought to ‘rock the line’ at Philly-area early voting and polling sites 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s New Generation of Unions Is Young, Progressive, and Coming to a Coffee Shop Near You
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Mag Announces New Editor Kate Dailey
Philadelphia Magazine: Ernest Owens Named Philadelphia Magazine’s Newest Editor at Large
Philadelphia Tribune: Broad Street Ministry helps homeless individuals cast a ballot in upcoming election 
Yahoo News: Doug Emhoff, Husband Of Sen. Kamala Harris, Makes Campaign Stop In Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Andrew Yang rallies for Biden in Philly
KYW Newsradio: Kenney and Council clash over Society Hill zoning bill veto
KYW Newsradio: Hundreds of women march through Philly to protest for human rights
KYW Newsradio: Outlaw calls allegations of Proud Boys police escort ‘ridiculous’
KYW Newsradio: FBI agents raid IBEW Local 98 Philadelphia offices
KYW Newsradio: Philly targeted in weeklong ICE operation, drawing criticism from mayor
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint: Trump impact on federal bench; state of Philly hospitality; domestic violence and men
Philly Voice: Barack Obama expected in Philly next week for Biden campaign event
Philly Voice: City Council introduces legislation aimed at protecting laid off hospitality workers 
Philadelphia Citizen: 5 Things We Know About Early Voting In Philly 

Daily Local News: Chester County’s public schools get $10 million COVID grant 
Delco Daily Times: Trump vs. Biden: Hatboro bakery sells cookies ahead of 2020 general election
KYW Newsradio: With time to register running out, Delco hosts voter pop-up voter services event
KYW Newsradio: Delco officials install 32 ballot drop boxes around the county
WHYY Newsworks: Delco teams up with Philadelphia Union to host voter center this weekend
Bucks County Courier Times: Photos: Trump rally roars through Bucks County 
Bucks County Courier Times: Photos: Doylestown march supports women’s rights, Biden

WESA: Lamb And Parnell Face Off In Crucial 17th District
WESA: Allegheny County Sick Leave Bill Stalls, But Hair Discrimination Ban Returns To Council For Vote
WESA:Pro-Trump Group Caravans Through Pittsburgh, Exchanges Profanities With People On Street
WESA: Local Activist Heads To Trial For More Than 20 Protest-Related Charges 
Post-Gazette: Congressional candidates Parnell, Negron sue to allow poll watchers at satellite offices 
Post-Gazette: Awaiting COVID-19 relief bill, Pittsburgh region frets over sluggish recovery 
Post-Gazette: Long list of charges against Pittsburgh activist held for trial during preliminary hearing 
Post-Gazette: Wendy Bell officially no longer with KDKA-Radio 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pennsylvania reports 1,857 new COVID-19 cases, second-highest daily total of the pandemic
KDKA: Thousands Of Allegheny County Residents Are Signing Up To Vote, Dropping Off Ballots Ahead Of Registration Deadline 
KDKA: Congressional Candidates Sean Parnell And Luke Negron File Lawsuit To Allow Poll Watchers At Allegheny Co. Satellite Election Offices 
KDKA: Allegheny County Elections Division Holds Early Voting At Satellite Offices 
KDKA: ‘Election Stress Disorder:’ Local Therapist Talks Pre-Election Anxieties 
KDKA: Presidential Cookie Poll At Allegheny County Bakery Causing Controversy
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 138 New Coronavirus Cases, Increasing County Total To 13,959 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Business Times: Appeals court deals another blow to Mountain Valley Pipeline 
Tribune Review: In 1st re-election bid, Rep. Reschenthaler faces Democratic challenger Bill Marx 
Tribune Review: In Pittsburgh, Labor Secretary Scalia discusses Amy Coney Barrett, lessons from his dad 
Tribune Review: Republican congressional candidates seek poll watchers at Allegheny Co. satellite election offices  
Tribune Review: Wendy Bell, KDKA Radio officially part ways 
Tribune Review: Local projects awarded $2.7 million for coal-impacted towns, creating 272 new jobs and training 1,300 workers 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 138 coronavirus cases, 2 deaths

Beaver County Times: Ballots for Biden bus tour stops today in Aliquippa, Moon
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. ‘drug czar’ hears about local addiction-fighting efforts during Somerset stop
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Socialism unpacked: Economic theory, central issue in national politics, sparks emotional responses; often misunderstood, proponents say
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria adds 55 COVID-19 cases over weekend, one-week record
Post-Gazette: Westmoreland County ranks second in state for COVID-19 tests positive rate
KDKA: Ballot Boxes Available At Multiple Locations For Westmoreland County Voters
Observer-Reporter: Homeland security director addresses safety at polling places 
Observer-Reporter: Firearm background checks, concealed carry permits surge in Pa. 
Observer-Reporter: New COVID-19 case counts remain in four digits statewide
Altoona Mirror: Blair sends double ballots 

The Times Leader: Expect waits for new on-demand voting, Luzerne County official warns
The Times Leader: Luzerne County to hold first public hearing on proposed 2021 budget Tuesday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Young Republicans host trunk or treat event 
The Times Leader: Behrens leading effort to raise awareness of homeless issues
The Times Leader: Pedri: four new Luzerne County coronavirus deaths this week a wake-up call 
The Times Leader: During two week surge, Wilkes-Barre becomes Luzerne County’s COVID hot spot
The Times Leader: 48 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Sunday
Times-Tribune: Dr. Jill Biden to visit Lackawanna County on Monday 
Times-Tribune: Kosierowski, May vie for 114th District state House seat 
Times-Tribune: Eric Trump rallies supporters at Road Scholar in Dunmore 
Times-Tribune: House race in 139th to be contested 
Times-Tribune: Area Agency on Aging, COLTS offering senior citizens Election Day rides to the polls 
Times-Tribune: Fourth straight day of 100-plus new COVID-19 cases in NEPA
Citizens Voice: Inside Glen Lyon’s support, opposition to Trump 
Citizens Voice: Brown: Fee increases fairest way to move Wilkes-Barre forward 
Citizens Voice: Pedri discloses 4 new deaths in county from COVID-19 
Citizens Voice: 48 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2020 Fact Check: Perry and DePasquale on Medicare & Medicaid
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle board agrees to cap any tax increase for 2021-22 to 3.9% 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 21 new cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths for Cumberland County Saturday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sen. Scott Martin, challenger Janet Diaz spar over pandemic response, budget and healthcare in debate
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County got $95 million for COVID-19 relief. Where did it go? [Lancaster Watchdog] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Control of state Senate could hinge on 13th District outcome [Election 2020] 
Patriot News: Voting Trump out, reproductive rights and SCOTUS appointment take center stage at Women’s March in Harrisburg 
Patriot News: Restaurant owners seek override of Gov. Wolf’s veto of restriction-loosening bill 
York Daily Record: Vice President Mike Pence to hold rally Monday in York County
York Daily Record: Election 2020: 13 poll changes in York County prompt criticism and conspiracy theories
York Dispatch: Perry, DePasquale to face off Monday in second debate 
York Dispatch: PHOTOS: Biden supporters show for Solidarity Sunday
York Dispatch: Saturday update: 76 new COVID cases in York County, one new death

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: In Berks County, Vice President Mike Pence makes his case for four more years 
Reading Eagle: Groups gather in Reading City Park to protest Mike Pence visit
Reading Eagle: Democrats lash out at Trump administration ahead of Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Test results nearly double as Berks County adds 108 coronavirus cases
Express Times: Presidential campaign contributions illustrate how Northampton County is up for grabs in 2020 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,566 new cases; state nears 180K cases; Lehigh Valley approaching 11K cases, Northampton County to cross 5K mark; 21 ‘concerning’ counties | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/16/20)
Morning Call: Meet the Forks Township poll worker featured in new campaign to ease voting concerns 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Second highest case count of the pandemic recorded Saturday
WFMZ: Millions of early voters cast ballots across the country 
WFMZ: Floyd poster spurs race debate at Northampton County meeting

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Trump to campaign at airport on Tuesday 
Erie Times-News: Democratic incumbent Ryan Bizzarro seeks 5th term in state House 
Erie Times-News: Greg Hayes seeks to unseat Ryan Bizzarro in Pa. House 3rd District race 
Erie Times-News: Learn how to use Erie County’s new voting machines 
Erie Times-News: Zoom County Candidates event set for Tuesday 
CNBC: Pennsylvania’s Erie County will test the Rust Belt’s loyalty to Trump in the 2020 election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congressional candidates talk foreign policy 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Former Muncy Mayor remembered for ‘leadership’ 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Deadlines nearing for mail-in ballot, voter registration
Centre Daily Times: Penn State president voices opposition to Trump order that targets diversity, inclusion programs 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 37 new cases of COVID-19; Pennsylvania has 1,857 new positives 
Patriot News: Ex-Williamsport mayor denies allegations he asked his police chief to ‘fix’ a PFA problem
WTAJ: Donald Trump Jr. making stops in State College, Hollidaysburg Tuesday

Jose Rosado: How we plan to turn Lehigh Valley’s Latino community into a political force
Mike Betker and Fritz Walker: Be prepared for Pennsylvania election results to change as mail-in ballots are counted 
Paul Muschick: 372,000 rejected mail ballot requests in Pennsylvania? Why that’s good news 
Paul Muschick: Anti-poverty warrior Alan Jennings: How do you replace the irreplaceable?
Laura Wolk: What I learned about faith from Amy Coney Barrett 
Shane Fitzgerald: Readers need information and facts from their local paper, not our endorsements 
John L. Micek: Mama Mia, what were Republicans thinking with this new PA-10 ad?
Elizabeth Randol: Don’t be fooled by PA legislators’ probation ‘reform’
Inquirer Editorial Board: People in long lines to cast ballots are also casting ballots for the importance of voting
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A wake for Christopher C.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Impeachment of state justice? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Consolidation is overdue
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ruined cities and ruined lives
Josh Maxwell and Michelle Legaspi Sanchez: Families in Chester County need childcare resources now more than ever
Anh Nguyen: VietLead and activating the Southeast Asian vote in Philadelphia
Tim Hartman: The scariest monster in Pa. this Halloween | Editorial Cartoon
Keith C. Burris: What kind of country do we want?
Chip Minemyer: Optics favor Trump, even as virus rolls on
Jenice Armstrong: Deaths of a mother and son are reminders of the dangers of COVID, despite what Trump says 
Chris Kelly: Facebook on the front lawn, chainsaws in the dead of night
Michelle L. Frisco and Jennifer Van Hook: The current U.S. healthcare system poses a threat to Hispanics. This is why
Susan Spicka: This Election Day, vote like your kids’ future depends on it
David M. Shribman: Two weeks to go; so much uncertainty
Gene Therapy: Telling the truth in an ocean of lies
Ruth Ann Dailey: The little man, JFK and Amy Coney Barrett
Christine Flowers: Why abortion is evil and must be stopped
Diana Lind: As the pandemic changes our American Dream, let’s stop idealizing the single-family home 
Michelle A. Williams: Harvard public health dean: Voting is crucial for the physical health of our communities | Expert Opinion
Nancy Ironside: Amy Coney Barrett’s laundry is none of Sen. John Kennedy’s business 
Daniel Rubin: When that shiny Facebook ad delivers cheap boots from China 
Maria Panaritis: A child witness to her mom’s murder seeks healing 20 years later from the journalist on the story 
Will Bunch: The chilling part about ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’? It’s all happening again in 2020
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Supreme Court charades

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