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October 20th Playbook

President Donald Trump will rally in Erie tonight, while VP Mike Pence and Dr. Jill Biden campaigned in the state yesterday. Here is the Playbook. 

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Biden 49, Trump 45: Biden’s lead shrunk by 3 points in comparison to the Reuters-Ipsos poll released last week.

Inside Elections: Cartwright’s Race Shifts From Likely Dem To Solid Dem: Nathan Gonzeles and Jacob Rubashkin write that GOP challenger Jim Bognet needs a “strong Trump showing” to defeat Rep. Matt Cartwright, although recent polling shows former VP Joe Biden leading in Pennsylvania.

Inside Elections: Perry’s Race Moves from Tilt GOP To Toss-Up: Nathan Gonzeles and Jacob Rubashkin write that the race between Rep. Scott Perry and Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale has “descended into one of the closest in the country.”

GOP PAC/Trafalgar Group Poll: Biden 47.5, Trump 46.4: The polling commissioned by Restoration PAC, a conservative super PAC, shows former Vice President Joe Biden only leading President Donald Trump by 1 point in Pennsylvania.

Bognet Poll: Cartwright 48, Bognet 43: The Jamestown Associates survey commissioned by GOP challenger Jim Bognet shows him trailing Rep. Matt Cartwright by 5 points, 48-to-43, while 9% are undecided. Former VP Joe Biden holds a 2 point edge over President Donald Trump in a district that the president carried by 10 points in 2016.

PA1 Ad: Dem Super PAC Ties Fitzpatrick to Trump on COVID Response: House Majority PAC’s television ad in PA1 links Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to President Donald Trump’s response to COVID-19 and beyond in the Philadelphia suburban district.

Pence Rallies In Cumberland County: Vice President Mike Pence headlined a “Make America Great Again!” rally in Cumberland County on Monday afternoon, PennLive reports.  

Jill Biden Campaigns in PA: On Monday, Dr. Jill Biden campaigned in Bucks County and Lackawanna County, Levittown Now and The Times Leader reports. 

PA10: Perry and DePasquale Debate for Final Time: On Monday night, Rep. Scott Perry and Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale debated for the second and final time for the 10th Congressional District, PennLive reports.  

PA8: Cartwright and Bognet Debate: Rep. Matt Cartwright and GOP challenger Jim Bognet debated on Sunday night, the Citizens Voice reports.  

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.

Donald Trump Jr. To Campaign in PA: 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. 

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

Karen Pence To Campaign in Lancaster County on Wednesday: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Second Lady Karen Pence will be campaigning in Lancaster County on Wednesday.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots 
AP: Pennsylvania breaks past 9M voters at registration deadline 
AP: Prospects dim for critical election bill in Pennsylvania
Spotlight PA: U.S. Supreme Court allows 3-day extension to count Pennsylvania mail-in ballots 
Spotlight PA: Top Pa. election official says ‘overwhelming majority’ of votes will be counted by Friday after Election Day
Spotlight PA: VIDEO: A live Spotlight PA interview with Secretary Kathy Boockvar on the 2020 election in Pa.
Post-Gazette: All eyes are on Erie County, once reliably blue: Trump visits region today 
Inquirer: Trump held his own in Bucks County in 2016. But it might be slipping away in 2020.
Inquirer: 1 in 6 Pennsylvania voters has a disability. Why don’t candidates campaign for their support? 
Inquirer: We may know if Trump or Biden won Pa. by the morning after Election Day, Shapiro says; Trump returns to Pa. today for another rally 
Inquirer: The Pa. voters campaigns are overlooking | Morning Newsletter
Inquirer: More than 100,000 Pennsylvanians live in long-term care facilities. Advocates worry voting will be a ‘logistical nightmare.’ 
Patriot News: These once-blue counties helped flip Pennsylvania from Obama to Trump. They could make the difference again
Patriot News: Pennsylvania is getting lots of swing state attention this week; isn’t it nice to be wanted?
Patriot News: Pence visits Harrisburg area, makes closing argument for Trump 
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence comes to Harrisburg area: Video 
Patriot News: Pa. counties want a head start on processing election ballots cast by mail; time is running out
Patriot News: Bill legalizing robot deliveries on Pa. roadways clears the state House 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers question the impact of combining six state universities into two 
Patriot News: This Pa. bakery claims it is able to predict the election: Here’s who it says will win 
Patriot News: These charts tell the story of Pennsylvania’s uptick in coronavirus cases 
KDKA: Campaign For Auditor General Likely To Make History & Produce A Winner Of Color No Matter Who Wins
KDKA: Despite Record Registrations, Millions Still Will Not Vote In 2020 Election 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf, Dr. Levine Warn Of Fall Resurgence As Pa. Percent-Positivity Rate Increases
Politico: Donald Trump has a problem: White women in Pennsylvania
Politico: Supreme Court declines to block Pennsylvania mail-in ballot extension 
Politico: Voting group launches seven-figure campaign to build trust in election 
Politico: U.S. charges Russian hackers with sweeping campaign of cyberattacks
Washington Post: Amid fears of Election Day chaos, one county prepares for anxious days after the vote
USA Today: Pence in Pa.: Vice president brings economic message as closing argument in Trump campaign
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Perry and DePasquale clash over Obamacare, QAnon at second debate
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘It’s extremely disappointing’: Elections officials brace for long vote count as talks on reform crater in Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. saloon keepers call on Legislature to override Wolf’s bar, restaurant veto
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The fall resurgence is here’: Wolf, Levine stress vigilance as COVID-19 case counts spike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. can count late-arriving ballots, U.S. Supreme Court rules, report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In second Keystone State visit in two days, Pence tries to sew up central Pa. for Trump
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19’s impact on tourism in every state, visualized. And how Pa. did | Tuesday Morning Coffee
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the 10 Pennsylvania counties with the highest rates of new coronavirus cases for Oct. 13-19
PLSReporter: U.S. Supreme Court denies stay request, allows 3-day extension for mail ballots 
PLSReporter: Wolf makes plea to Pennsylvanians as COVID-19 case counts rise 
PLSReporter: ‘No plans to consider changes to the Election Code’: Talks between Wolf, House GOP end without pre-canvassing changes 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I stopped registering to vote’: Why millions of Pennsylvanians skip every election
WHYY Newsworks: Biden, Trump vie to sway Latino voters in Pa. in waning days of campaign
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: New bill could help struggling performance venues
KYW Newsradio: U.S. Supreme Court allows Pa. mail-in ballots to be counted through Nov. 6
National Journal: First in Hotline: DLCC Announces Targeted Ads in AZ, NC, PA 
The Hill: Supreme Court denies GOP bid to block extended mail ballot due date in Pennsylvania 
The Hill: Melania Trump to appear at Pennsylvania rally 
The Hill: Trump narrows Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania: poll 
The Hill: Pence to mount ‘aggressive’ campaign push in final two weeks
CNN: Supreme Court allows Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots received after Election Day 
CNN: Why Pennsylvania court ruling is a win for Democrats 
CNN: Pennsylvania AG: This is a win for Pennsylvania voters 
CNN: Watch these nine states in the US election 
CNN: Melania Trump to make first campaign appearance in months
Huffington Post: Supreme Court Tie Blocks GOP Effort To Limit Mail-In Voting In Pennsylvania 
Fox News: Pennsylvania reaches record high voter registration before deadline 
Fox News: Supreme Court turns away PA GOP effort to block extended period for turning in ballots 
Fox News: Pennsylvania GOP considering further action against ballot deadline extension as Dems claim ‘huge win’  

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Mixed reviews for ballot question that would create Philadelphia Office of the Victim Advocate
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials say they aren’t sure when Parkway encampment will be cleared
Inquirer: People are volunteering to be poll workers in record numbers in Philly and the suburbs 
Inquirer: As Pa. coronavirus cases reach April levels, officials warn about small gatherings but hold off on new restrictions 
Inquirer: Philadelphia teachers facing first strike vote in decades after contract talks with district fall short 
Inquirer: Kalita of CNN Digital to join Philadelphia Inquirer board of directors
Philadelphia Citizen: The 3rd Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Federation of Teachers preparing a possible strike vote Wednesday 
Philly Voice: Wolf, Levine address data on Pennsylvania’s ‘fall resurgence’ of COVID-19
Philly Voice: What you should know about NBC News’ Kristen Welker, the Philly native and next presidential debate moderator

SEPA
Delaware Valley Journal: By The Numbers: Delaware Valley’s Most Competitive House and Senate Districts
Levittown Now: Jill Biden In Falls Twp.: ‘Women Are Going To Pull Us Through’
Inquirer: Trump held his own in Bucks County in 2016. But it might be slipping away in 2020.
Daily Local News: Dinniman introduces gun safety training bill
Bucks County Courier Times: Montgomery to aid child care centers, families
KYW Newsradio: In Pa., hopes of speeding up vote count fades
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County approves $2.7M in contracts related to pandemic and election 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County has lowest coronavirus positivity rate in SE Pa.

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Task force on police reform announces its recommendations 
Post-Gazette: Rep. Doyle wants changes to internet speech law; calls White House reforms ‘reckless’ 
Post-Gazette: Voters will decide whether to give Pittsburgh’s Citizen Police Review Board new powers
Post-Gazette: Voters drop off ballots around Allegheny County in a steady stream
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County prepares convention center for jury selection amid pandemic
Post-Gazette: Members of Russian military intelligence indicted in Pittsburgh in major cyberattacks 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 2,372 new cases, 43 more deaths for past two days
WESA: Voters Affected By Incorrect Ballots To Receive New Ballots This Week 
WESA: Referendum On Ballot Could Give Police Review Board More Power, But Police Could Challenge 
WESA: Distribution Of The Coronavirus Vaccine Will Depend On Local Efforts
WESA: A Patchwork Of Eviction Related Deadlines And Extensions Leaves Renters And Landlords Confused
KDKA: Mayor Peduto: Police Reform Taskforce’s Report Will Be ‘Guiding Influence’ For Policing Changes 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 215 More Coronavirus Cases Over The Last 48 Hours 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Local county among highest Covid-19 rates last week
Tribune Review: Task force issues recommendations for reforming Pittsburgh police 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County election phone lines jammed with more than 7,000 calls a day 
Tribune Review: Covid resurgence is here, Pa. officials say after 14 days of new cases topping 1,000  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 215 new covid cases over 2 days, no new deaths
City Paper: Fayette County, Pa. billboard attacking Biden misspells “dimensia” 
City Paper: Allegheny Land Trust awarded grant to transform former country club into public green space 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Trump Jr. to stop in Hollidaysburg
Altoona Mirror: Virus cases put Blair at ‘substantial’
Altoona Mirror: Farm bill sent to Wolf
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Most counties report single-digit COVID-19 increases among 1,103 statewide
City Paper: Fayette County, Pa. billboard attacking Biden misspells “dimensia” 
KDKA: Voice Of The Voters: Butler County Voters Debate Discourse, Conduct, And Ideology
KDKA: After Being Inundated With Questions, Butler County Creates Election Call Center
KDKA: COVID-19 Forces Westmoreland County To Reset Some Polling Locations
Tribune Review: More ballot delays in Westmoreland County
Tribune Review: Democrat Tony DeLoreto challenges incumbent Republican Joe Pittman in 41st Senate District
Observer-Reporter: Belding: Greene County 2021 budget in ‘dire situation’
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf makes plea to wear masks during COVID-19 resurgence
Observer-Reporter: Toothman steps down as president judge, will not run again in ’21

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Former second lady Jill Biden urges supporters to vote during drive-in rally 
Citizens Voice: Cartwright, Bognet slug it out in debate for 8th Congressional District
Citizens Voice: In-person voting proves popular on Monday in Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: Mullery, Chura square off in 119th 
Citizens Voice: First county budget hearing set for Tuesday 
Citizens Voice: Concern grows over rising COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County; 45 added Monday
Citizens Voice: Political Scene for the week of 10/19/2020
Times-Tribune: Former second lady Jill Biden urges supporters to vote during drive-in rally 
Times-Tribune: Cartwright, Bognet slug it out in debate for 8th Congressional District
Times-Tribune: Coronavirus spread in Lackawanna County is “substantial,” state says 
Times-Tribune: About half of mail-in, absentee ballots sent by Lackawanna County have been returned 
Times-Tribune: More than 70 Scranton residents sign up for Mayor’s Volunteer Corps 
The Times Leader: Dr. Jill Biden stumps for husband at PNC Field 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County: New ballot-opener debuts as voters queue 

South Central 
Patriot News: Pence visits Harrisburg area, makes closing argument for Trump 
Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale meet in fiesty second debate in Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional race 
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence comes to Harrisburg area: Video 
Patriot News: Former Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed’s collection of art, antiques to be auctioned off 
York Daily Record: Pa. election 2020: Divisive national politics loom over second debate between Perry and DePasquale 
York Dispatch: Perry works to link DePasquale to Wolf’s shutdown in final debate
York Dispatch: DePasquale outpaced Perry in 3rd quarter fundraising
York Dispatch: Early voters pack York County’s election office
York Dispatch: State House Dems balk at Grove’s bill featuring COVID-19 liability protection
York Dispatch: Biden supporters show up for ‘Solidarity Sunday’ in Shrewsbury
York Dispatch: York County has three new deaths linked to COVID-19 as state death toll hits 8,500
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2020 Fact Check: Perry and DePasquale on retirement & policing 
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf, Levine cite community spread issues with COVID-19 in 11 Pa. counties 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 38 COVID-19 cases for Cumberland County in Monday’s two-day report
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘We’re going to crack down on you’: County, federal law enforcement warn against fraud and violence in 2020 election 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Republicans ahead of Democrats in Lancaster County, according to voter registration data  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations continues in Pennsylvania as Lancaster County’s increase levels off

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Lehigh County commissioner resigns, citing travel commitments as reason
WFMZ: Officials in Lehigh Valley seeing some voter confusion over use of drop boxes
WFMZ: Proposed Allentown budget holds the line on taxes 
WFMZ: Lehigh Valley restaurant owners gather to support relaxing COVID-19 restrictions 
WFMZ: Allentown Parking Authority writes tickets for some Lehigh County voters 
Morning Call: Lehigh County Commissioner Nathan Brown resigns 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley restauranteurs rally in Bethlehem against Gov. Wolf’s decision to keep restrictions in place 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: As fall surge grows, officials plead for cooperation in mitigation measures 
Express Times: Biden-Harris ads deluge Pa. TV market as 30-second mud-slinging spots dominate airwaves
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 2,372 new cases over two days; Northampton County crosses 5K cases; Lafayette College shuts down campus after small outbreak | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (10/19/20)
Reading Eagle: Berks County election officials add evening, weekend hours at 2 ballot drop boxes 
Reading Eagle: What Berks County voters need to know about mistakes with mail-in ballots 
Reading Eagle: Reading considers reintegrating the redevelopment authority into the community development department 
Reading Eagle: Berks faces substantial risk of community spread of coronavirus, according to state metrics 
Reading Eagle: Berks County coronavirus cases rise to 8,377 as 165 new cases are reported over a 2-day span

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: If you go: Trump, first lady to rally in Erie
Erie Times-News: Biden says Trump broke promises to Erie workers
Erie Times-News: Voter Voices: Backing Trump, with reluctance 
Erie Times-News: Melania Trump also set to visit Erie
Erie Times-News: COVID-19 advice familiar for Trump rallygoers
Centre Daily Times: Donald Trump Jr. to return to Centre County for campaign rally
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 32 new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend; Pa. has 2,372 new positives
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Jersey Shore mayor resigns; federal, state out of session
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Contract for city firefighters includes pay increases

Opinion  
Meghan Schroeder: Pushing for bipartisan cooperation
Marlene Katz: Bringing a unifying voice to Harrisburg
Ken Smukler: Are The Polls Making The Same Mistake All Over Again? 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: 2nd lady attack: Pa. at its worst 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A public records victory
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Water protection
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Questioning value of GRE
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Complicated and dangerous
Charlie Gerow: Amy Coney Barrett endured a week of questioning to claim a seat on the Supreme Court 
Salena Zito: These days, finding a sense of community is a lot like prospecting for gold
Linda Stern: Support City Council bill to ban toxic pesticides from Philly’s public spaces 
Hannah Patrick: In-person teaching puts my family at risk, but the Philly school district leaves me few options 
Michael Coard: Voting plus boycotting and activism equals revolution 
Gene Therapy: Final debate — another hot mess?
Robert Graboyes: No, Canada, The difficulty of importing Canadian drug prices to Pa.
Tony Norman: Bamboozled while Black
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Democrats’ polls feeling eerily familiar
Jeff Inglis: Mail-in voting is safe and reliable: 5 essential reads

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  1. Trump is hating on Fauci, because Fauci is an intelligent, educated, accomplished man. Trump is none of those. Trump is a carnival barker who scammed and swindled his way to wealth and fell into a presidency that he is incompetent to handle.

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