October 21st Playbook

President Donald Trump rallied supporters in Erie on Tuesday night, while former President Barack Obama will campaign for Biden in Philly today. Here is the Playbook. 

Rasmussen Poll: Biden 50, Trump 45: Biden leads Trump by 5 points among likely voters in the state. Biden leads by just 3 points, 50%-to-47%, when those who are leaning towards one candidate over the other are taken into consideration. Among the 89% of all voters who have already made up their minds of who they’re going to vote for, Biden leads Trump by 7 points, 53%-to-47%.

Exclusive Perry/NRCC Poll: Perry 48, DePasquale 44: The survey conducted by the Tarrance Group shows Rep. Scott Perry leading Democrat Eugene DePasquale by 4 points. The polling didn’t include head-to-head numbers between President Donald Trump and former VP Joe Biden in the 10th Congressional District.

Report: Biden Campaign Considering Dent for Possible Cabinet Position: According to a Politico report on Tuesday morning, former Congressman Charlie Dent is “among the names” of a few Republicans “being floated for possible Biden Cabinet posts.”

AARP Poll: PA Voters 50 and Up Lean Biden 50, Trump 47: Biden leads Trump by 17 points among likely voters 65-plus, while Trump has a 6 point advantage over Biden among likely voters between the ages of 50-to-64 years of age in the state.

Trump Rallies in Erie: President Donald Trump led a rally in Erie on Tuesday night, the Erie Times-News reports. 

Donald Trump Jr. Campaigned in Blair and Centre Counties: On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. made campaign appearances in State College and Hollidaysburg, StateCollege.com and the Altoona Mirror report. 

PA10: Perry and DePasquale Talk to PennLive: On Tuesday, Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) and Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale talked to PennLive about a number of issues in the race for the 10th Congressional District.  

PA9: Meuser, Wegman Debate at WVIA-TV: On Tuesday night, Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne) and Democratic challenger Gary Wegman faced off in a debate, the Citizens Voice reports.  

Heitkamp Talks to WJET: Former North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp talked about her support for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential bid in an interview with Erie’s WJET. 

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

Eric Trump To Campaign in Beaver County: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Eric Trump will be campaigning in Beaver County on Thursday.  

Sanders To Campaign for Biden in PA: According to a release from the Biden campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders will be campaigning in Pennsylvania on Saturday.  

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: House fails to override Wolf’s restaurant capacity veto
AP: Trump tends to his electoral map, Biden prepping for debate 
AP: Democrats: Justices’ 4-4 tie in election case ominous sign 
AP: Citing coronavirus issues, doctors ask Trump to cancel rally 
AP: Vendor says Ohio, Pennsylvania ballot backlogs caught up 
AP: Justices review priest abuse lawsuit’s ruling on time limits
Patriot News: Pa. House falls short in bid to override Gov. Wolf’s veto of bill loosening restaurant restrictions
Patriot News: Lawmakers unsatisfied with state’s handling of jobless benefit claims, demand improvement
Patriot News: Black voters are poised to tip the 2020 election results
Patriot News: U.S. judge rejects group’s plea to immediately purge 21K supposedly ‘deceased’ voters from Pa.’s rolls 
Patriot News: NY advises Pa. residents to stay home as state expands travel advisory
Politico: Poll: Biden leads Trump by 6 points in Pennsylvania 
Politico: Obama goes full throttle for Biden 
Politico: Trump, in Pennsylvania, faces an old foe: Obama
KDKA: Iraq War Veteran Stacy Garrity Challenging Incumbent State Treasurer Joe Torsella 
KDKA: Polls Suggest Race Between Pres. Donald Trump And Joe Biden Is Tightening In Pennsylvania  
KDKA: ‘Steer Clear Law’ Amendment Seeks To Protect All Pennsylvanians 
Inquirer: As Pa. coronavirus cases spike, Trump falsely says U.S. is ‘rounding the turn’ on the pandemic
Inquirer: Trump didn’t bring back coal in Pa. But that doesn’t mean miners are backing Biden. 
Inquirer: Pa. and N.J. now averaging over 1,000 new cases a day as infections surge; lawmakers fail to override Wolf on COVID-19 restrictions 
Inquirer: Obama to rally for Biden at Citizens Bank Park tonight; Pa. congressman who had tough COVID-19 fight downplays virus at Trump rally
Inquirer: No, the boilermakers union didn’t endorse Joe Biden
Inquirer: 64% of mail ballots in Pa. requested by Democrats; officials assure voters that mail voting is secure; Pa. has just 2 highly competitive congressional races
Inquirer: If you have a mail ballot, just use it, Pennsylvania officials urge
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House falls two votes shy of overturning Wolf’s restaurant occupancy veto
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The best part of it is picking your own time to leave,’ Scarnati says, as Pa. Senate pays tribute to retiring GOP leader
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A W. Pa. lawmaker asks for forgiveness at the ballot box, as voters wonder who they can trust
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Pa. campaign stop, as COVID cases spike, Trump falsely claims nation is turning the corner
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As Pa. votes, abortion rights group EMILY’s List launches $1M push to flip the Legislature | Wednesday Morning Coffee
USA Today: USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House fails to override Gov. Wolf’s veto of bill to loosen coronavirus restrictions on bars, restaurants
Post-Gazette: Trump assails Biden’s political record during Erie rally
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court hears arguments in priest abuse case 
Fox News: Trump touts fracking policy in Pennsylvania rally, says Biden ‘will shut it all down’ 
Fox News: Obama to hit trail for Biden, takes to airwaves for Senate Democrats 
Fox News: As deadline nears, Democrats far outpacing Republicans in mail ballot requests in Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: Officials plead with Pennsylvanians to step up COVID-19 precautions
Philly Voice: Supreme Court permits Pennsylvania to count mail-in ballots received up to three days after Election Day
National Journal: SCOTUS Upholds PA Absentee Ballot Deadline Extension 
National Journal: VoteSafe Announces $1.7M Ad Campaign to Encourage Trust in Voting Process 
National Journal: Biden Leads in Polls of AZ, FL, MI, NC, PA, TX, WI
York Daily Record: Four key Pa. congressional races to watch
The Hill: Obama hits trail to help Biden, protect legacy 
The Hill: Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 
The Hill: Supreme Court’s Pennsylvania mail ballot ruling tees up test for Barrett  
WITF: Perry County sent out thousands of mail ballots without return postage 
PLSReporter: Senate bids farewell to Scarnati after 19-year career
PLSReporter: House sustains Wolf veto on partial rollback of restaurant capacity limits
CNN: 3 key swing states have higher unemployment than the national average  

Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Magazine: Q&A: Kamala Harris Explains How She and Joe Biden Will Address Philly’s Biggest Challenges 
WHYY Newsworks: Obama to stump for Biden in Philly Wednesday
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council committee votes to ban police use of tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters
WHYY Newsworks: How the election is driving investors to Philadelphia’s ‘Opportunity Zones’
WHYY Newsworks: The cutest thing about the 2020 election may be Philly’s get-out-the-vote windows
Inquirer: Barack Obama to hold ‘drive-in’ election event for Joe Biden in Philadelphia on Wednesday
Inquirer: Philadelphia Black Lives Matter activists say the historic summer of protests was only the beginning 
Inquirer: Johnny Doc slams FBI raid as an ‘abuse of power,’ suggests it’s linked to his union’s support of Biden
Inquirer: Philly city councilmembers press the Police Department on the tactics officers used during the spring’s unrest
Inquirer: What to do if you didn’t get your mail ballot yet | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Magazine: Sorry, Marc Vetri, But Philly Isn’t Buying Your COVID Advice
KYW Newsradio: Obama will campaign for Biden with ‘drive-in rally’ at Citizens Bank Park
KYW Newsradio: Philly police gearing up to keep the peace on Election Day
KYW Newsradio: New Philly COVID-19 cases hit highest level since May
Philadelphia Business Journal: City warns of workplace spread as more Philadelphians infected with Covid-19 say they were in the office 
Philadelphia Business Journal: What to know about Philadelphia City Council’s proposed changes to 10-year tax abatement

SEPA
Daily Local News: Incumbent Lawrence runs to keep his seat against challenger Ruggieri in 13th District race for state representative 
Daily Local News: After decline, coronavirus cases trending up in Chester, Delaware counties
Bucks County Courier Times: Jill Biden seeks votes in visit to Bucks County 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County among counties leading Pa. in new PFA filings in 2019
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 1 death, 339 coronavirus cases over 7-day period
Bucks Local News: OCT. 19 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Case count increases while hospitalizations decline

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Council Passes CROWN Act, Providing Protection Against Hairstyle Discrimination
KDKA: Midwest Direct Tells Pennsylvania And Ohio Voters Their Ballots Are On The Way
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Elections Office To Offer Extended Hours From Oct. 26 Through Election Day
KDKA: Lawsuit Seeks To Allow People Under 21 To Get License To Carry Firearm 
KDKA: ‘Steer Clear Law’ Amendment Seeks To Protect All Pennsylvanians 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Election Officials Still Playing Catch Up After Nearly 30K Voters Receive Incorrect Ballot 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Law Enforcement Bracing For Potential Election Day Unrest 
KDKA: Allegheny County Council Votes Unanimously To Make Juneteenth A Paid Holiday For County Employees 
KDKA: Joe Biden FaceTimed Mister Rogers’ Widow, Joanne, While In Latrobe 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 103 More Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death
City Paper: Pittsburgh General Election Guide 2020
City Paper: Transit advocates question if Mon-Oakland Connector is worth its price tag
City Paper: How to vote in person if you have already requested a mail-in ballot
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
WESA: Both Democrats And Republicans In Western PA Wonder If Election Results Can Be Trusted
WESA: Community Task Force On Police Reform Releases Recommendations In New Report
WESA: Police Reform Task Force Presents Recommendations For Changes 
WESA: Study: Loss Of Thousands Of Child Care Spots In Allegheny County Will Hurt Parents, Workforce
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County mostly ‘up to date’ in sending ballots, elections officials say amid voters’ woes
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County adopt protections for natural hairstyles on the same day
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County expanding election office hours
Post-Gazette: They honor women’s fight to vote — and want more people at the polls 
Post-Gazette: City pays settlement in police chase crash, will likely pay another in whistleblower suit 
Post-Gazette: Pa.’s daily COVID-19 count eclipses 1,000 for second straight week
Tribune Review: Biden-Harris caravan, rally planned in Alle-Kiski Valley 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Elections Office offering expanded hours before Election Day   
Tribune Review: After 100 years on AM dial, KDKA Radio adds FM signal 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County sees new covid-19 case counts trend continue

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | WATCH VIDEO | Burns’ reelection bid touts ‘experience,’ ‘independence’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | WATCH VIDEO | Challenger Terndrup sees himself as agent of change  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset DA cited for Richland Township altercations, plans to plead not guilty; business owners allege ‘vulgar and abusive’ language 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Blair each add two dozen COVID-19 cases
KDKA: Eric Trump Hosting Campaign Event In Beaver County This Week
KDKA: Voice Of The Voters: Fayette County Voters Focused On Economy As Election Day Nears
Tribune Review: Westmoreland GOP rally short on candidates
Tribune Review: Westmoreland sheriff wants deputies to patrol polling places on Election Day, in case needed
Observer-Reporter: Greene County voters to ignore duplicate email notifications from the state over mail-in ballots
Observer-Reporter: New COVID-19 death recorded in Fayette County
Altoona Mirror: Donald Trump Jr. visits Hollidaysburg
Altoona Mirror: Blair begins public budget meetings

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Mail-in ballot requests top 66K as in-person voting continues
Citizens Voice: Meuser, Wegman face off in TV debate
Citizens Voice: Council committee formed to review election bureau
Citizens Voice: LCTA asks county council to explore merger with COLTS 
Citizens Voice: 33 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County on Tuesday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County won’t renew lobbyist contract in 2021 budget 
The Times Leader: 33 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County, 1,557 statewide
Times-Tribune: County holds in-person budget hearing, two more planned
Times-Tribune: Scranton parking revenue continues to suffer, but operators don’t plan 2021 rate hike 
Times-Tribune: NEPA’s case count increases by 85; New York governor discourages travel to Pennsylvania 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: In final debate, Perry, DePasquale tread over same lines of attack in search of swing-district edge 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 95 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Tuesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: 2020 Lancaster County Voters Guide: Contested races, candidate stances, poll information and more
LNP | LancasterOnline: 2020 election: What Lancaster County should know before upcoming local and national election
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker faces young progressive Hammond in Pa.’s 11th congressional district race
LNP | LancasterOnline: Second lady Karen Pence will be in Mount Joy on Wednesday  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Candidate responses for the 99th House District: Here’s what they had to say, in their own words 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Mentzer challenged for second time by Democrat Hamp Gulick to represent Lititz, Manheim Township areas 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Candidate responses in the 13th House District: Here’s what they had to say, in their own words 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Candidate responses in the 129th House District: Here’s what they had to say, in their own words 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pension reformer versus minimum wage booster in 41st House District 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Candidate responses in the 41st House District: Here’s what they had to say, in their own words 
York Dispatch: York City Council confirms Muldrow as top cop
York Dispatch: Number of York County COVID-19 cases again on the rise
York Daily Record: Election 2020: Three communities in central Pennsylvania look to allow alcohol sales 
York Daily Record: 47th state House seat: Gillespie faces challenger Owens
Patriot News: Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District candidates Perry, DePasquale talk issues, politics with PennLive
Patriot News: Perry County stands alone in Pa. by requiring voters to pay for postage to cast ballots by mail

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Trump down in Lehigh Valley after COVID-19 bout, lehighvalleylive.com/F&M College poll shows 
Express Times: Did you get a 2nd email saying your ballot was mailed? Ignore it, Lehigh County says 
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Restaurant Owners Alliance unites in downtown Bethlehem to fight for loosening of restaurant restrictions 
Express Times: The methodology behind the lehighvalleylive.com/F&M College poll of likely Lehigh Valley voters 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,557 new cases, 33 more deaths; 7 counties make up half of new cases; Lehigh Valley reports 43 more cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/20/20)
Morning Call: Ad Watch: Susan Wild’s claim that Lisa Scheller ‘slashed’ Cedarbrook funding is misleading 
Morning Call: Oops: Erroneous email tells Lehigh County residents who already voted their ballots are on their way
Morning Call: Republicans continue to eat away at Democrats’ voter registration advantage in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: No tax hike in Allentown’s proposed 2021 budget, which taps cash reserves to cover shortfall 
Morning Call: Da Vinci Science Center secures federal loan for downtown Allentown complex
Reading Eagle: New report outlines ‘devastating’ impact the coronavirus has had on Latino communities 
Reading Eagle: How to check the status of your mailed ballot
Reading Eagle: Public weighs in on the future of the Reading Downtown Improvement District 
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 81 new coronavirus cases, reflecting a rising trend in the county and in Pa.
WFMZ: Berks takes steps to give in-person voters ‘peace of mind’ 
WFMZ: Lehigh County says email to many voters regarding mail-in ballots was sent in error 
WFMZ: How will thousands of mail-in ballot envelopes be opened on Election Day? Meet the IM-306 Letter Opener 
WFMZ: Officials in Lehigh Valley working to ensure a safe Election Day 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Trump to Erie: ‘We’re going to win’
Erie Times-News: Erie lawmakers back ballot-sorting proposal
Erie Times-News: COVID-19 advice familiar for Trump rallygoers
Erie Times-News: Voter Voices: ‘Hope’ leads man to ballot choice
Erie Times-News: Small groups of Biden supporters protest rally
Erie Times-News: Voter Voices: Backing Trump, with reluctance
Erie Times-News: Index points to Erie economic downturn
WJET: Heidi Heitkamp Interview
WJET: News Maker- Kristy Gnibus 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County Commissioners approve CARES funding for businesses
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Election brings some changes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Voters may not cast a straight party ballot
Centre Daily Times: ‘Fight for it.’ Hundreds attend Donald Trump Jr.’s Centre County campaign stop
Centre Daily Times: How is State College borough doing financially through the COVID-19 pandemic? Here’s what it said
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 20 update: Centre County adds 25 new cases of COVID-19; Pa. has 1,557 new positives
State College.com: Donald Trump Jr. Makes Campaign Stop in Centre County

Opinion  
PennLive Editorial Board: The next auditor general needs to be a transparent and focused taxpayer watchdog
William McGurn: The Myth of Moderate Democrats
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Philly folks should make Trump pay
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pay attention: Pa. is poised to fall off a budget cliff  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An American success story
Matthew D. Weintraub: ‘At first, it made me feel defensive:’ How Bucks County’s DA is confronting racism with local police
Elaine Paul Schaefer: Pa. lawmakers must increase budgets for trails as more people head outdoors amid pandemic 
Jenice Armstrong: Sunday’s parade of hearses will be a grim sight but will hopefully serve as a warning 
Chris Kelly: A high honor and a cast vote — both by mail
Dan Simpson: October, a month of curses
Will Bunch Newsletter: What brings U.S. together in ’21? Trump in jail? A Truth Commission? Or something else? 
Daniel Rubin: When that shiny Facebook ad delivers cheap boots from China 
Trudy Rubin: If reelected, Trump’s likely to ramp up political prosecutions of opponents
Bruce Ledewitz: We need independent judicial review. We don’t need the filibuster. Let’s get rid of it 
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: Young voices can shape our nation’s future. Let them be heard 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly’s no-gun zones for schooling

3 Responses

  1. PA House failing to override Wolf’s restaurant capacity vote is big news. Republican obstructionists in House and Senate Leadership have turned Covid and public health into a political football. Whether or not Republican Senate and House leadership in PA wants to admit it we are in a once in a 100 year viral pandemic that Wolf is doing the best he can to address to protect the public. Wolf did not cause the pandemic nor did he botch the handling of it.

  2. Trump did not want to be in Erie. Erie did not want him there either. So why did he come? To insult people in Erie?

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