October 1st Playbook

Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in western PA on Wednesday, while a poll shows Biden with a sizable lead over President Donald Trump in the Philadelphia suburbs. Here is the Playbook. 

The Federalist/TIPP Poll: Biden 49, Trump 44: Biden bests Trump among urban and suburban voters, while the president has the upper hand with rural voters in the state, according to polling from a conservative website.

DVJ Poll: Biden Leads Trump by 25 in Philly Suburbs: 60.6% of registered voters in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties said they’d vote for Biden for president, while 35.1% said they’d vote for Trump. In 2016, Sec. Hillary Clinton bested Trump in these counties by 14 points, 55%-to-41%.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Amtrak rider-in-chief Biden embarks on Rust Belt train tour
AP: Trump campaign threatens to sue over Philly election offices 
AP: 9 discarded ballots weren’t fraud, state election chief says
Spotlight PA: Pa. Republicans want to create and control an ‘election integrity’ panel with subpoena power
Spotlight PA: Hershey School proposes $350 million network of six early childhood centers in Pa.
Spotlight PA: How Pa. state troopers seize big money from drivers, many of whom are never charged
Inquirer: Biden ends his Amtrak tour with a message for blue-collar Pa. voters: Trump ‘doesn’t have a plan to help you’ 
Inquirer: Biden’s first post-debate stop: Pennsylvania’s Trump Country
Inquirer: As workers grow desperate, Pa. lawmakers launch nation’s ‘most expansive minimum wage bill’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Want to hand-deliver your ballot in Pa.? Here’s a map of election offices and drop boxes.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Pittsburgh during whistle stop tour, Biden pitches himself as a son of the working class
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Biden says he’ll support election outcome but Trump urges supporters to ‘watch very carefully’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 3 things that will give you hope that democracy isn’t crumbling – and one that might | Thursday Morning Coffee
USA Today: ‘Bad things happen in Philadelphia’: How Pa. landed in the presidential debate 6 times
Patriot News: Glitches in Pa. voter services website not the result of ‘any malicious activity,’ state’s top election official says 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 1,153 positive cases reported Sept. 30, putting state’s total closer to 160K
Patriot News: Debate Debacle: Manners vs Substance | BattlegroundPA podcast
PLSReporter: House GOP joins Senate in asking for stay of recent election-related ruling
PLSReporter: House Republicans move to establish election review committee  
WHYY Newsworks: Trump and Biden meet for their first debate
Fox News: Pennsylvania official says dumped military ballots not ‘intentional fraud’
Morning Call: Here’s what role Pennsylvania played in contentious Trump-Biden presidential debate
Morning Call: Trump’s latest complaints about Philadelphia poll watchers is “disinformation,” PA secretary of state says
KDKA: Study: Pennsylvania Among Safest States For Schools To Reopen 
KDKA: Pennsylvania House GOP Pushes Forward With ‘Election Integrity Panel’ 
The Hill: Pennsylvania’s top election official says discarded ballots not ‘intentional fraud’ 
The Hill: Biden calls Mr. Rogers’s widow Joanne after she calls herself a ‘fan’
The Hill: More than 50 GOP former national security officials endorse Biden
The Hill: Biden hits Trump after first debate: He looks down on Americans 
The Hill: Santorum: ‘Huge mistake’ for Trump not to condemn white supremacy at debate 
The Hill: Barrett ad war exceeds Kavanaugh fight
Politico: Trump calls for poll watchers. Election officials call for calm.
Politico: ‘A national embarrassment’: Biden attacks Trump after messy debate
CNN: How a false claim about anti-Trump bias at Philadelphia polling places jumped from Twitter to Trump’s mouth at the debate
Real Clear Politics: What Pennsylvanians Think About Trump 
Huffington Post: Pennsylvania Republicans Put Election Nightmare Scenario In Motion 
Huffington Post: Watching The First Debate With Hundreds Of Trump Supporters In Pennsylvania  

Inquirer: Fact-checking Trump’s debate comment that poll watchers were ‘thrown out’ of Philly polling places 
Inquirer: Memory sticks used to program Philly’s voting machines were stolen from elections warehouse 
Inquirer: A brief history of bad things that actually did — and didn’t — happen in Philadelphia elections
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney says Philly is preparing for voter intimidation after Trump’s debate comments
Inquirer: There’s already so much ‘bad things happen in Philadelphia’ swag you can buy right now
Inquirer: Philly immigrants and allies brace for Trump administration’s promised ICE raids on ‘sanctuary cities’
Inquirer: As workers grow desperate, Pa. lawmakers launch nation’s ‘most expansive minimum wage bill’ 
Inquirer: Anti-Krasner texts aimed to deliver Black Philly voters for Trump, lawsuit reveals 
Billy Penn: Mail voting works, but what if you applied for a ballot and now want to vote in person? 
Billy Penn: Indoor dining in Philly increases to 50% capacity: 10 things to know
WHYY Newsworks: Trump campaign says it plans to sue over poll watchers in Philly satellite offices 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Health Secretary lays out plan for vaccine distribution
Philadelphia Tribune: U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. president says Philadelphia Black-owned businesses need help
Philadelphia Magazine: I Just Applied For, Received and Cast My Ballot in Philly in Under 20 Minutes
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s satellite election offices continue to attract voters
KYW Newsradio: 1,900 Philly-area airline workers off the job as federal stimulus stalls
Philadelphia Business Journal: White House official tells Pennsylvania group Covid-19 vaccine will be safe, expects people ‘will line up’ for it

Bucks County Courier Times: ‘Political theater’ comments draw criticism 
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. officials slam Trump ‘bad things’ election comment 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County heads of both parties support second presidential debate
Delco Daily Times: EPA continues testing of Norwood Landfill
Daily Local News: Locals rule first presidential debate a partisan ‘disappointment’ 
Daily Local News: Two bills addressing online learning head to Senate floor 
Daily Local News: Cleveland-Cliffs will acquire ArcelorMittal USA for $1.4B, Coatesville and Conshohocken steel plants to be sold  
Inquirer: Devereux abandons a plan to house 40 undocumented migrant children in Chester County
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records lowest coronavirus positivity rate since pandemic began
Pottstown Mercury: Former cop sues New Hanover, police chief, judge for events leading up to election loss 

KDKA: During Train Ride From Pittsburgh To Greensburg, Joe Biden Says He Doesn’t Regret Telling President Trump To ‘Shut Up’ 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Executive Rich Fitzgerald: Decision To Bring Fans Back To Heinz Field Is Up To Gov. Tom Wolf And Dr. Rachel Levine 
KDKA: Joe Biden Virtually Calls Mister Rogers’ Widow, Joanne, While In Latrobe
KDKA: After President Trump Tells Proud Boys To ‘Stand By,’ Donald Trump Jr. Says His Father Doesn’t Support White Supremacy
KDKA: President Donald Trump Said A Coronavirus Vaccine Is Weeks Away. Pittsburgh Medical Experts Disagree
KDKA: Pittsburgh Elected Officials React To First Presidential Debate 
KDKA: Around The Table: Takeaways From 1st Presidential Debate
KDKA: ‘Election Protection Volunteers’ To Serve As Voters’ Defense On Election Day 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 43 New Coronavirus Cases, 2 Additional Deaths
WESA: ‘He Forgot The Forgotten Man’: Biden Blasts Trump At Post-Debate Stop In Pittsburgh 
WESA: ‘Pittsburgh Region Next Is Now’ Campaign Promotes A New Brand For City 
WESA: Newspaper Guild Says Its President’s Resignation Won’t Affect Labor Dispute 
WESA: Despite The Start Of Academic Year, Coronavirus Cases Are Dropping In Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Biden rips Trump during campaign stop in Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Counties, GOP leaders ask court to deny Wolf on shutdown orders 
Post-Gazette: Port Authority sued over ban on Black Lives Matter masks  
Tribune Review: Biden scores big union wins on train trek through Western Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Jill Biden meets with small business leaders at Rizzo’s Malabar Inn in Crabtree
Tribune Review: Port Authority employees sue over Black Lives Matter masks
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials update residents on sports, testing and mail-in ballots
Tribune Review: Allegheny County surpasses 2,000 coronavirus cases for September
Pittsburgh Business Times: Businesses, GOP leaders oppose Wolf’s request for stay 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitzgerald: Decision on Steelers fans will be made by state officials 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Labor leaders talk up benefits of natural gas industry

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Election 2020 | Supporters drive in to salute Democratic candidate Biden 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PHOTO GALLERY | Biden calls election battle with Trump ‘Park Avenue vs. Johnstown’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Was shooting of BLM activist a hate crime? State police continue investigation 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: Philadelphia’s 402 new COVID-19 cases among 1,153 statewide 
Observer-Reporter: Use of mailbox raised election suspicions
Observer-Reporter: Businesses, politicians want $135,000 for legal fees in federal case
Observer-Reporter: KKK flyer distribution investigated in Greene County
Observer-Reporter: Donora mayor cited by borough police
Beaver County Times: Beaver County ballots are in the mail 

Pocono Record: ‘It’s not right’: Protesters call attention to ‘incorrectly’ discarded military ballots
Times-Tribune: Prosecutors seeks eight to 10 years in prison for Courtright 
Times-Tribune: St. Louis couple who defended home from protesters visit Scranton
Times-Tribune: Local party leaders, college professor reach to first presidential debate  
Times-Tribune: ‘We were lied to’. Members of Scranton School District community react to indictment over asbestos, lead 
The Times Leader: Protestors blast Luzerne County over discarded military ballots 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County election board meeting must be rescheduled for second time
The Times Leader: Luzerne County party heads weigh in on debate
The Times Leader: McCloskey: ‘This mob came through our gates’ 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Hall to be closed temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19 
The Times Leader: 9 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,153 statewide
Citizens Voice: AG: Former Scranton SD superintendent and COO coverup of lead and asbestos problems was criminal

South Central 
Patriot News: Central Pa. voters react with disgust to Trump-Biden debate
Patriot News: Harrisburg rally takes stand against Nazi, Confederate symbols: ‘Love conquers hate’
Patriot News: Anti-eviction advocates set up shop, hand out info at Dauphin County courthouse
York Dispatch: York NAACP: Trump’s debate comments embolden white supremacists
York Dispatch: Dirty politics? Signs being stolen, vandalized in York County
York Dispatch: Mayor names acting York City police chief
York Dispatch: York County has 50 new cases of COVID-19, 1 additional death
York Daily Record: Daniel Aikey named interim police chief in York city following commissioner’s abrupt resignation 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 18 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Conservative news site Lancaster Patriot folds after editor revealed to be white nationalist podcaster
LNP | LancasterOnline: More Lancaster County residents getting back to work, new state report says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Why is the Pa. rental assistance program closing with millions of unspent dollars?

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Trump’s latest complaints about Philadelphia poll watchers is “disinformation,” PA secretary of state says
Reading Eagle: Berks County launches grant program to help organizations hurt by coronavirus pandemic 
Reading Eagle: Statewide and in Berks County, coronavirus cases climb 
Express Times: Ballots in the trash in Luzerne to poll watchers in Philly. Pa.’s top election official debunks voting concerns
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,153 new coronavirus cases; Lehigh Valley with no reported deaths for record 6 straight days; CDC survey identifies ‘long haul’ of COVID-19 recovery | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/30/2020)

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Biden, Trump political signs a hot item for homeowners, thieves in Erie County, PA 
Erie Times-News: County’s COVID-19 surge targets young and old 
Erie Times-News: Erie County buys building for Public Defender
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Disaster declaration renewed in face of rising cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lock Haven council asked for help in keeping university employees
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 10 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 43 cases of COVID-19, coroner reports new death

Keith Rothfus: Barrett, Supreme Court unlikely to overturn Obamacare
Peter Buck: Benninghoff’s, GOP’s attacks on Wolf’s COVID-19 plans are endangering Pennsylvanians
Linda A. Kerns: The Pa. Supreme Court made the wrong call with mail-in ballot ruling
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: When pollution is no longer free 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Memo to Wolf: Get real on grass 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: What we saw 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time for a flu shot
Keenan Rambo and Samantha Jallah: Pa. bills to reinstate mandatory minimums would push our state backward
Alyn Turner: SEPTA and Philly schools should focus on safe transportation for reopenings 
Maria Panaritis: ‘Make It Stop’: An anti-Trump video campaign hits the right note with Pa. women 
Paul Muschick: RIP, Lou Hershman: You served Allentown well
Christine Flowers: Supreme Court battle takes an ugly new twist
Charlie Gerow: Biden projects weakness — a tough sell to Americans
Ernest Owens: Do Democrats Want to Be Right, Or Do They Want to Win?
JD Mullane: Trump-Biden debate was a train wreck 
Phil Gianficaro: Trump’s unhinged demeanor at debate helps Biden
Maegan Llerena: Democrats should stop taking Black, Latino, and young voters for granted 
Chris Kelly: Trump can’t write off tax revelations
Solomon Jones: Kamala Harris wants to speak to the Black community. Are we ready to listen?
The Angry Grammarian: Trump told Proud Boys ‘stand back and stand by.’ What does that actually mean? 
Tonya Russell: Obviously ‘bad things happen in Philly’ became a rallying cry for our great underdog city 
Helen Ubiñas: The verdict after the first presidential debate: We are the losers, fellow Americans 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: A presidential debate cleansing
Ana White: What we’re talking about when we’re talking about the ‘Black vote’

2 Responses

  1. Trump cannot be trusted. Just ask his cheated wives, and all his former associates that he has thrown under the bus. Do you really think he’d be different with you?

  2. Trump is declining mentally, and could crash and burn before the election. Brad Parscale is the prevue.

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