October 23rd Playbook

Pence To Rally in Allegheny County: Vice President Mike Pence will be making his third appearance in the state in the past six days on Friday afternoon when he hosts a “Make America Great Again!” rally at Lynx FBO Pittsburgh in West Mifflin.

Morning Consult Poll: Biden 52, Trump 43: Biden has extended his lead by 1 point in the state in comparison to their previous polling released on Oct. 13.

National Journal: PA State House Ranked in Top 10 Most Likely To Flip List: The analysis points to Democrats making a push to pick up seats in the Philadelphia and Harrisburg suburbs to flip control of the chamber.

LehighValleyLive.com/F&M Poll: Biden Leads Trump by 7 in PA7: This is the third public poll released in October that shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in the 7th Congressional District.

LehighValleyLive/F&M Poll: Wild 43.6, Scheller 36.4: Wild holds a 7 point advantage over Scheller, while nearly 20% were still unsure who they are going to vote for in the congressional race. This is the third public poll released in October that shows Wild leading the race.

Joe and Jill Biden To Campaign In Bucks and Luzerne Counties: Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, will talk about “building back the economy better for working families and encourage Pennsylvanians to make a plan to vote,” during their visit to the state on Saturday.

Eric Trump Campaigns in Beaver County: On Thursday, Eric Trump rallied supporters in Beaver County, according to the Beaver County Times.  

Sanders To Campaign in Western PA: Sen. Bernie Sanders will be visiting western PA on Saturday for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Sanders will lead a GOTV event with state Rep. Jake Wheatley in Pittsburgh on Saturday morning and will lead a “drive-in car rally” in the afternoon with Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, and state Reps. Sara Innamorato and Summer Lee. 

Eric Trump To Campaign in Monroe County: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Eric Trump will be hosting a “Make America Great Again!” event in Pocono Manor on Saturday afternoon. 

Nikki Haley To Campaign in PA: According to a release from the Trump campaign, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN and Gov of South Carolina Nikki Haley will appear as a special guest at an “Indian Voices for Trump” fireside chat on Saturday afternoon in Montgomery County and will headline a “Make America Great Again!” event in Reading later that afternoon. On Sunday morning, Haley will campaign in Chester County. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump campaign tapes voters at drop boxes, threatens lawsuit 
AP: Wolf offers $20 million relief plan for bars and restaurants 
AP: Biden to return to Pennsylvania in campaign’s final stretch 
AP: Ex-Pennsylvania court clerk sentenced for mail fraud
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf’s call to waive liquor licensing fees falls short of what relief restaurants and bars say they need 
Patriot News: Mail service is slowing down: What can you do to protect your mail-in vote? 
Patriot News: Trump shows different side, Biden gets more time to talk, neither lands knockout: Pa. debate analysts 
Patriot News: Pa. man accused of trying to sign his dead mother up for mail-in voting 
Patriot News: See a first responder? Either move over, slow down, or else you’ll face a stiff penalty 
Patriot News: Pro-Trump teen suspended for wearing clothing with political slogans sues her Pa. school district 
Post-Gazette: Battleground Pennsylvania came up routinely in final debate
Post-Gazette: Wolf plans to waive licensing fees on Pa. bars, restaurants 
Post-Gazette: New lawsuit in Johnstown challenges Pa. ballot deadline extension
Post-Gazette: House Democrats subpoena Education Dept. officials in probe of Art Institutes’ collapse
WHYY Newsworks: WHYY candidate guide for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. residents with court debt could have their records automatically sealed under new bill
Inquirer: Latinos in Pennsylvania worry the Biden campaign’s outreach is coming too late 
Inquirer: Fact-checking Trump’s claim that Pennsylvania ‘never opened’ after coronavirus closures 
Spotlight PA: How Amy Coney Barrett could be key to new lawsuit to block Pa.’s mail-in ballot extension
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Extremist group that called for Michigan guv Whitmer’s arrest puts Wolf on ‘watch list’ over pandemic management 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf says Pa. will waive liquor license fees for bars, restaurants struggling under pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New federal lawsuit challenges extended deadline for mailed ballots
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Our fingers have been crossed’: Hopes for voting, housing reforms go unanswered by General Assembly 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Health Secretary Levine: The 3 questions COVID-19 patients need to ask their doctors | Friday Morning Coffee
WITF: Freshman congresswoman in Pa.’s 6th district faces challenge from fellow engineer 
KYW Newsradio: New poll reveals top issues affecting Black voters in Pa.
Pittsburgh Business Times: Toomey bill would allow use of retirement funds to pay for long-term care insurance
Fox News: Democrat-held Pennsylvania swing district could be key indicator on election night 
Fox News: Potentially violent militia groups could be rampant leading up to elections in these five states: Report
USA Today: Biden’s Pa. roots could stretch to the White House
StateImpactPA: Climate change brings up some hard emotions, but, a psychologist says, there can be joy in the struggle 
StateImpactPA: Fracking project at US Steel Plant denied local permit extension 
StateImpactPA: PUC doesn’t have to disclose its estimates of Mariner East ‘blast zone,’ court rules
National Journal: Biden’s fracking defense raises environmental-justice alarm 
National Journal: The Closer
The Hill: Pennsylvania AG on Trump’s mail-in voting attacks: ‘He’s just trying to create chaos’  
The Hill: Trump campaign films voters dropping off ballots
Politico: Biden’s big lead: A field guide to the swing-state polls 
Politico: ‘Warning flare’: New swing-state data shows massive Democratic early-vote lead
CNN: Senior administration officials on the road to sell Trump’s ‘law-and-order’ campaign message
PLSReporter: Wolf announces liquor license fee waiver, lawmakers look to remaining CARES funds for restaurant relief 
PLSReporter: Without extra time to process ballots, counties urge patience 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Another election lawsuit in Pennsylvania bites the dust
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s new legal strategy to bypass the state and enact gun laws 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Everything has gone to hell’: Nigerians in Philly connect with protests sweeping their home country
Billy Penn: In low-turnout North Philly, voters battle misinformation to get out and vote early 
Billy Penn: Kept from the polls: Some residents at Philly long-term care facilities struggle to cast a vote 
Inquirer: Trump campaign is warned about videotaping Philly voters dropping off mail ballots 
Inquirer: Trump campaign warned about videotaping Philly voters dropping off mail ballots; campaign stops planned for Pa. this weekend 
Inquirer: How Philadelphia activists are planning ‘mass action’ for the days following election 
Inquirer: Philly native Kristen Welker draws widespread praise following debate, including from Trump; fact-checking comments about fracking, again 
Inquirer: What to do if you feel intimidated at the polls 
Inquirer: How activists are prepping for election week protests | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Tribune: Outlaw grilled over police response to Floyd protests in Philly 
Philadelphia Magazine: The Trump Campaign Has Creepily Trolled Philly for “Evidence” of Voter Fraud
KYW Newsradio: Pa. attorney general says Trump campaign video at ballot drop boxes could be voter intimidation
KYW Newsradio: DHS report finds Philadelphia County has some of the greatest family health needs across Pa.
KYW Newsradio: City Council votes to override veto for the first time since Kenney took office
KYW Newsradio: Party at the Mailbox effort launches in Philly to encourage voter engagement
KYW Newsradio: Philly teachers union reaches tentative deal with district
Philly Voice: Philly teachers to receive pay bump as part of short-term contract agreement

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Biden, Trump coming to Bucks County 
Delco Daily Times: GOP mailer in the 165th decried as anti-Semitic
WITF: Freshman congresswoman in Pa.’s 6th district faces challenge from fellow engineer 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County municipalities receive funding for transportation improvements
KYW Newsradio: Pa. officials confirm all mail-in ballots are getting processed, but how fast is hard to say
Daily Local News: Roe returns to challenge Sappey in rematch race for 158th District seat
Daily Local News: Voter registration in Chester County peaks ahead of November
Daily Local News: Killion’s affordable housing bill headed to governor 
Daily Local News: West Chester mayor applauds decision to uphold public health protections
Daily Local News: West Chester passes mask wearing and gathering size ordinance
Daily Local News: Dinniman’s volunteer teacher bill passes Senate 

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: A Close Race In The North Hills To Succeed Former Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai
KDKA: Thousands Of Voters In Allegheny County Cast Ballots Ahead Of Election Day 
KDKA: Supporters Of Amy Coney Barrett Gather In Downtown Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Ryan Shazier Helping Engage Black Voters In Pennsylvania 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Restaurant Owners Disappointed By Gov. Wolf’s Suggestion To Waive Liquor License Fees 
KDKA: Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Wilkinsburg Mayor, Police Chief, And Officers Involved In Shooting Death Of Romir Talley 
KDKA: Eric Trump Makes Surprise Visit To Oakmont Bakery While In Western Pa. For Campaign Event 
KDKA: North Braddock Borough Council Votes Against Joining Regional Police Force Commission 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 133 More Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death
City Paper: Anti-LGBTQ group linked to Rob Mercuri sends out anti-trans mailers attacking opponent 
City Paper: Pa. House amends DUI law decriminalizing trace amounts of medical marijuana 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bernie Sanders to campaign for Biden in Pittsburgh this weekend 
Post-Gazette: FOP calls task force report ‘troubling,’ decries Pittsburgh ballot question 
Post-Gazette: Mother of Romir Talley files federal lawsuit against Wilkinsburg police, mayor
Post-Gazette: House Democrats subpoena Education Dept. officials in probe of Art Institutes’ collapse 
Post-Gazette: Combined $1M awarded to Duquesne, Penn State for program supporting sex-assault survivors 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports over 2,000 new cases, 30 more deaths
Tribune Review: VP Mike Pence to rally Friday at Allegheny County Airport in West Mifflin
Tribune Review: Eric Trump makes surprise visit to Oakmont Bakery
Tribune Review: Republican congressional candidates denied tour of Allegheny County election warehouse 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County posts 133 new coronavirus cases, 1 death 
WESA: Family Of Romir Talley Sues Wilkinsburg For December Shooting Death 
WESA: FCC Calls On Governors To Cap Rates For Intrastate Phone Calls
WESA: Oct. 17-23 Explained: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution, Eviction Court & Local Police Reform Efforts 

SWPA
Beaver County Times: Eric Trump pledges industry revival, blasts Biden and Wolf at Ambridge rally 
Beaver County Times: ‘Blue Splash’ to host rallies, beginning in Ellwood City
Beaver County Times: Baden residents protest potential police change 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ELECTION 2020 | House incumbent Thompson aims to expand impact in agriculture, education
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ELECTION 2020 | Democratic U.S. House contender points to ‘life experiences’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria approves relief grants for businesses, agencies impacted by pandemic 
KDKA: Eric Trump Addresses Supporters At Campaign Event In Beaver County
KDKA: Westmoreland Co. Leaders Navigate Learning Options As County Sees Increase In Cases
KDKA: Voice Of The Voters: Armstrong County Voters Weighing Economy, Other Issues Ahead Of Election Day
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County: Almost 70,000 mail-in ballots approved
Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta, fellow state senator tout oil and gas industry 
Observer-Reporter: Washington joins Pa. counties in assessments for clean energy program
Observer-Reporter: Restaurants owners lament strict COVID-19 guidelines 
Observer-Reporter: 49th Legislative District profiles

NEPA
The Times Leader: VP Joe Biden expected to visit Luzerne County on Saturday 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County extending hours for mail ballot drop off
The Times Leader: Trump supporters from Japan ratchet up volume at WB rally
The Times Leader: Sen. Yudichak lauds passage of Senate Bill 94 
The Times Leader: Rep. Kaufer’s mental health parity legislation goes to governor’s desk
The Times Leader: Smooth sailing for proposed preservation ordinance in WB
The Times Leader: 112 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 new death
Times-Tribune: Kaufer, Smith battle in the 120th legislative district 
Times-Tribune: Joe and Jill Biden headed for Luzerne County on Saturday 
Times-Tribune: NEPA records April-like level of one-day increase to COVID-19 case count
Citizens Voice: Kaufer, Smith battle in the 120th legislative district
Citizens Voice: Bidens headed for Luzerne County on Saturday 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council moves ahead on body cams, historic preservation 
Citizens Voice: County extending election bureau office hours 
Citizens Voice: Trump supporters from Japan, South Korea rally outside county ballot drop-off location 
Citizens Voice: 112 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County on Thursday

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Mentzer challenged for second time by Democrat Hamp Gulick to represent Lititz, Manheim Township areas
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bill would prevent sex offender students from returning to school with victims
LNP | LancasterOnline: Unemployment claims continue to decline as Lancaster County outpaces state in job recover
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city plans for $10 million worth of drinking water upgrades
York Dispatch: West York borough proposes 2021 budget without tax hike — for now
York Dispatch: York County has 1 new death linked to COVID-19, 52 new cases
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 24 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County Thursday
Patriot News: Camp Hill borough council president offers limited comment on manager’s sudden resignation

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: We scoured a Pa. swing county’s voting records. This map shows everything it revealed.
Express Times: Joe and Jill Biden to visit eastern Pennsylvania on Saturday
Express Times: Nearly half the Lehigh Valley plans to vote by mail, poll shows. But time to send ballots is running short.
Express Times: Faced with mail delays, Lehigh County is offering back up ballots to voters who don’t receive them
Express Times: Bill to add teeth to Pa.’s Steer Clear law heads to the governor
Express Times: Fountain Hill’s council president resigns over police department funding
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 2,063 new cases make for largest daily increase, but include some Oct. 21 cases; state closing in on 190K; 108 new cases in Lehigh Valley | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/22/20)
Morning Call: With the 2020 census called off early, Lehigh Valley officials fear the region has been undercounted 
Morning Call: Restaurants react to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s relief plan: ‘It’s not going to help me’ and ‘every little bit is going to help right now’ 
Morning Call: Fountain Hill council president resigns in protest over police budget
Morning Call: Allentown School District to remain virtual through January because of rising COVID-19 numbers
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Gov. Wolf says ’targeted’ mitigation possible as 2,063 more cases reported
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners say procedures in place for ballot counting, voter safety 
Reading Eagle: Berks County farmers vote with trade, environment, economy in mind 
Reading Eagle: State to waive liquor license fees for restaurants, bars 
Reading Eagle: Reading School District plan for second-quarter coronavirus learning plan delayed 
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 99 new coronavirus cases on a record-setting day for Pa.
WFMZ: Republicans gain ground on new voter registrations in the Lehigh Valley 
WFMZ: Fountain Hill council president resigns, citing spending on police departments, increase in tax rates
WFMZ: Salisbury voting location info to be corrected on Lehigh County website, township manager says 
WFMZ: Allentown School District superintendent recommends extending virtual learning 
WFMZ: After vetoing restaurant bill, Gov. Wolf announces new aid. For some, it’s still not enough
WFMZ: Allentown has more money to tackle lead paint issues. It now needs more people to do the work

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Federal judge throws out lawsuit filed by Pa. lawmakers, others over Centre County’s election grant
Erie Times-News: Pa. Democrats lead in voter registrations 
Erie Times-News: Board seeks Erie community college president 
Erie Times-News: Fairview voter supports President Donald Trump 
Patriot News: Coronavirus scare got in the way of Forest County accepting state’s offer to pay for postage to cast ballots by mail
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: ‘Cautiously optimistic’ spending plan holds line on county taxes

Opinion  
Matt Bradford, Frank Dermody, and Jordan Harris: We have $1.3 billion in federal aid. Why aren’t we helping small businesses and residents? 
Charles McElwee: Schuylkill County and coal country keep Pa. politics unpredictable 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Pa. voters face one less hurdle
Inquirer Editorial Board: As COVID-19 cases rise, now is not the time for City Council to drop the ball on eviction protections 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pa. expects an avalanche of mail ballots. Harrisburg’s failure to prepare is shameful. 
Inquirer Staff: Can pro-life Catholics vote for Joe Biden? | Pro/Con
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A bid for healthier families 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Transparency equals confidence
Chad Dion Lassiter: Voting is your battle cry against injustice
Annie Regan: It’s time to reimagine our regional economy
Tony Norman: Just ‘tucking in his shirt’ and other excuses
Will Bunch: QAnon believers hunting for child kidnappers should start at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue 
Trudy Rubin: Biden would rescue foreign policy from ego, tweets, and autocrat envy
Donna Oblongata: I understand not wanting to vote. But how about volunteering your vote to the disenfranchised? 
Ana White: Census 2020: How we miss the mark on collecting data 
Ray E. Landis: No matter who wins, America will have its oldest president ever. We deserve to know about their health

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