October 28th Playbook

Melania Trump campaigned in PA on Tuesday, while a Trafalgar Group poll shows Trump leading Biden by less than 1 point in PA. Here is the Playbook. 

National Journal: Perry Lands on Final Top 20 Most Vulnerable House List: In the final rankings from National Journal prior to the 2020 election, Rep. Scott Perry’s seat is rated as the 18th most likely to flip parties and is the lone Pennsylvanian on the list.

Trafalgar Poll: Trump 48.4, Biden 47.6: President Donald Trump leads former Vice President Joe Biden by less than 1 point in Pennsylvania, according to a pollster that weights its poll to account for “social desirability bias.”

DeSales University/WFMZ Poll: Biden Leads Trump by 19 in PA7: This is the fourth public poll released in October that shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in the 7th Congressional District.

DeSales University/WFMZ Poll: Wild 54, Scheller 36: This is the third public poll released in October showing Rep. Susan Wild leading GOP challenger Lisa Scheller by double digits. Former VP Joe Biden also holds a double digit advantage over President Donald Trump in the battleground congressional district.

PennLive Previews Auditor General Race: PennLive wrote a story previewing the four candidate race for the open Auditor General seat.  

Melania Trump Campaigns in PA: On Tuesday, First Lady Melania Trump delivered an address in Atglen for the Trump campaign, LNP | LancasterOnline reports.  

Ivanka Trump to Campaign in Pittsburgh: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Ivanka Trump will be campaigning in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.  

Emhoff To Campaign in Centre and Lehigh Counties: According to a release from the Biden campaign, Doug Emhoff, Sen. Kamala Harris’s husband, will be traveling to Centre and Lehigh Counties on Wednesday to “rally voters and encourage volunteers.”  

Ivanka Trump to Campaign in Montco and Wayne County on Thursday: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Ivanka Trump will be making campaign appearances on Thursday in Montgomery and Wayne Counties. 

Karen Pence To Campaign in Erie County: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Second Lady Karen Pence will headline a “Make America Great Again!” event in Erie County on Thursday afternoon.  

PA17: Lamb and Parnell Talk to KDKA: Rep. Conor Lamb and GOP challenger Sean Parnell talked to KDKA about the race in the 17th Congressional District.  

DePasquale Endorses Ahmad: Nina Ahmad’s campaign released a one minute long video of outgoing Auditor General Eugene DePasquale endorsing Ahmad’s bid for the office.  

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Election 2020 in Pennsylvania: All of your voting questions, answered
Spotlight PA: See how much funding your Pa. school district is owed, according to a new report
Spotlight PA: Pa. schools need an additional $4.6 billion to close education gaps, new analysis finds
AP: More than 3M in Pennsylvania apply for mail-in ballots
AP: Melania Trump slams Biden, Dems in first solo campaign stop 
AP: ‘We need you’: GOP hunts for new voters in Trump territory
AP: Philadelphia struggles with virus upsurge, eyes restrictions
Inquirer: How Biden’s lead is different from Clinton’s — and why the polls are different this time 
Inquirer: Could the election in Pennsylvania be decided by Amy Coney Barrett? Probably not. Here’s why. 
Inquirer: Fact-checking Trump’s claim that Biden said he would ‘abolish the entire U.S. oil industry’ 
Inquirer: A spike in COVID-19 cases in Pa. continues to climb past record levels; Schuylkill County is seeing higher case numbers than Philadelphia
Philly Clout: Conservative group texts Pa. voters false claim that Biden backs sex reassignment surgery for kids
Patriot News: Four candidates vying to fill open seat to be Pa.’s next top fiscal watchdog 
Patriot News: Mail delays worsen across Pa. and other swing states as election nears, judge rejects independent monitor
Patriot News: Doctor-turned-U.S. Rep. enjoys police backing, as ex-FBI agent challenger hits the coronavirus: 13th Congressional race 
Patriot News: Ivanka Trump to campaign in Pittsburgh Wednesday 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 198,446 coronavirus cases? Oct. 27 map, county-by-county breakdown
Bucks County Courier Times: Meet Pa. Sec. Kathy Boockvar: Her job is to secure Pa.’s critical election 
Morning Call: Clock ticking on Pennsylvania’s $1.3 billion in unspent federal coronavirus emergency money 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania officials warn of new unemployment scam
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Get to know Pa.’s Auditor General candidates: Nina Ahmad
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Don’t wait’: Wolf, Boockvar urge Pa. voters to deliver mail-in ballots as soon as they can
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. charts its highest single-day total for COVID-19 cases, health officials say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In two Pa. towns, two very different results for LGBTQ equality
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: States struggle to draft COVID-19 vaccine plans while in the dark on details, funding
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf on MSNBC: Pa. Republicans ‘aren’t in a position to steal the election’ | Wednesday Morning Coffee
WHYY Newsworks: With deadline past for mail ballot requests, Pa. counties wait on 1.2 million votes
PLSReporter: ‘Don’t wait’: Wolf calls on voters to hand-deliver mail ballots to dropboxes, county offices 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 71: Election Countdown
Post-Gazette: Pa. officials urge voters to hand deliver mail-in ballots; 1.1M still out 
Fox News: Pennsylvania county pushes for Barrett’s recusal from mail-in ballot case 
Fox News: Barrett joins court as battles over Pennsylvania election laws intensify 
Fox News: Pennsylvania voters facing absentee ballot deadline run into hours-long lines 
Fox News: Pennsylvania energy workers feature heavily in Trump, Biden bid for votes 
Fox News: Melania Trump tears directly into Joe Biden as a ‘socialist’ 
Fox News: Protesters raid shops, ATMs after Philadelphia police shooting
The Times Leader: Reactions to Barrett taking seat split along party lines
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania sets another daily record with 2,751 new coronavirus cases 
KYW Newsradio: Pa. dairy farmers brace for impact of second COVID-19 wave
National Journal: Committees Funnel Millions Into PA State Legislative Races
National Journal: Predicting the presidential race, one week out
The Hill: Pennsylvania lieutenant governor warns against ‘underestimating’ Trump’s appeal in the state 
The Hill: Pennsylvania county asks Barrett to recuse herself from mail-ballot extension case 
The Hill: Melania Trump focuses on coronavirus in return to campaign trail
The Hill: Study warns five states at high risk for election-related armed violence by militia groups
The Hill: Biden camp swamps Trump on late TV ads as battlefield expands
Michael Smerconish: “Won’t Get Fooled Again?” Michael Smerconish 2020 Pre-Election Address to Penn Law & Wharton Alumni
Politico: Dems urge voters to avoid mailing ballots in final week
Huffington Post: Amid More Protests Over Son’s Police Death, Walter Wallace Sr. Says Violence ‘Not Helping’ 
Huffington Post: Biden, Harris Express Heartbreak After Black Man Is Killed By Philadelphia Police
CNN: Melania Trump focuses on Covid and slams Democrats for politicizing pandemic in campaign speech 
CNN: Philadelphia sees more protests and looting as authorities investigate police shooting of Black man with knife 
CNN: Philadelphia police ask residents to stay indoors as spurts of violence erupt during protests over the fatal police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr. 
CNN: Some Pennsylvania counties will count mail-in ballots last
StateImpactPA: Trump and Biden differ sharply on the environment — and that means the election stakes are high for Pennsylvania

Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Citizen Voter Guide: PA General Election 2020
Billy Penn: Everything we know about the police killing of West Philly’s Walter Wallace Jr. 
Billy Penn: A parade of promises at West Philly community meeting, and Walter Wallace’s family walks out 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly could ban using tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters
WHYY Newsworks: Philly City Council bill would ban police traffic stops for minor violations 
WHYY Newsworks: Day-after protests of Wallace killing repeat calls for respect for Black lives
WHYY Newsworks: Grieving Walter Wallace Jr. and seeking justice, West Philly wonders what’s next
WHYY Newsworks: Lawyer: Lack of Philly PD mental health training contributed to Wallace’s death
WHYY Newsworks: DA Krasner leading investigation into police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. 
Inquirer: Voters remained in long lines as Pa. deadline to apply for mail ballots passed; Melania Trump talks about her COVID-19 diagnosis in Chesco campaign stop 
Inquirer: The police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. feels far too familiar to a weary West Philly community
Inquirer: Looting, skirmishes follow peaceful protests over police abuse against Black people and killing of Walter Wallace Jr.
Inquirer: Walter Wallace Jr., 27, a ‘family man’ with many mental health crises and encounters with police 
Inquirer: MOVE member Pam Africa blames police for not deescalating encounter with Walter Wallace Jr.
Inquirer: Center City Philadelphia’s jobs rebound, but still lag in the wake of the pandemic 
Inquirer: Community remembers Walter Wallace Jr. | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly on Edge After Cops Shoot and Kill Black Man in West Philly
Philadelphia Tribune: City leaders respond to West Philly police shooting
KYW Newsradio: West Philly distraught over more looting, protests continue for a second night
KYW Newsradio: New COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia hit their highest peak in 5 months
Philadelphia Business Journal: City recommends canceling holiday gatherings as Covid-19 cases rapidly rise 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia police on high alert as ‘anxious’ business owners brace for more looting, vandalism 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Hilco names development chief for transformation of South Philadelphia refinery site 
Philadelphia Business Journal: National Guard deployed to Philadelphia amid unrest 
Philly Voice: Walter Wallace shooting raises questions, Philly police commissioner says, promising full investigation 
Philly Voice: The night after Walter Wallace Jr. was killed, peaceful protests turned into tense encounters with police and looting
Philly Voice: Young Pennsylvania voters slowest to return mail-in ballots

SEPA
Daily Local News: Comitta, Runey race to fill open 19th state Senate District seat
Daily Local News: Proposed 2021 Chester County budget includes possible tax increase 
Daily Local News: Deana’s Law back on track after hiccup, says Killion
Bucks County Courier Times: Meet Pa. Sec. Kathy Boockvar: Her job is to secure Pa.’s critical election 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks voters wait in long lines for on-demand voting 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montco seeing increases as Pa. COVID cases continue to spike
Montgomery Media: Arkoosh: ‘COVID-19 fall surge has arrived in Montgomery County’
Bucks Local News: General Election enters the home stretch in Bucks County 
Delaware Valley Journal: Bucks County Republicans Respond to Biden’s ‘Chump’ Comment 
Delaware Valley Journal: Delco DA Creates Election Day Task Force to Respond to Disruptions

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Parnell Claims Victory In Lawsuit County Officials Call ‘Waste Of Time’ 
WESA: Survey: Few Left Economically Untouched By COVID-19 In SWPA  
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council begins budget hearing 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council to again consider Citizen Police Review Board contract with outside firm 
Post-Gazette: People gather at Tree of Life to pay respects 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania sees largest one-day spike in COVID-19 cases
KDKA: Rep. Conor Lamb And Challenger Sean Parnell Spend Millions Of Dollars Taking Race Down To The Wire
KDKA: 2020 Election Guide: Information For Pennsylvania Voters 
KDKA: Southwestern Pennsylvania Sees 42% Increase In Food Insecurity Due To Pandemic
KDKA: Joe Biden Stands With Pittsburgh, Jewish Americans On 2 Year Commemoration Of Tree Of Life Shooting
KDKA: Pa. Human Relations Commission Gives Pittsburgh Public Schools Failing Grade For Racial Achievement Gap
KDKA: Pittsburgh Doctor Says Rising Coronavirus Numbers Are ‘Concerning’ But ‘Expected’
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 106 More Coronavirus Cases, Countywide Total Now Tops 15,000
Tribune Review: Democrats encourage mail-in ballot voters to drop off Downtown, and skip the mail 
Tribune Review: ‘It seems like yesterday’: Pittsburgh marks 2 years since Tree of Life massacre 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County covid-19 cases pass 15,000
City Paper: Bound in the Bond of Life published on two-year commemoration of massacre 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Blair extends ballot counting
Altoona Mirror: Judge: Election lawsuit decision coming soon
Altoona Mirror: Blair airport asks for money
Altoona Mirror: Wolf: GOP ‘changed minds’ on deal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown federal judge hears arguments in ballot suit 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County adds 38 new COVID-19 cases, as state approaches 200,000 mark 
KDKA: Voice Of The Voter: Westmoreland County Voters Divided On Candidates
KDKA: Butler County Elections Bureau: Department Of State Checking With USPS About Reported Mail Delays
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds most new covid-19 deaths since May
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates decline again in Washington and Greene
Beaver County Times: Marshall seeks re-election against Wilson 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council votes to withdraw Barrett filing
The Times Leader: Luzerne County moves to keep Barrett from taking part in Pa. ballot case
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council split over Barrett recusal filing
The Times Leader: Controversy, confusion in WB as on-demand voting deadline passes
The Times Leader: 78 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 2,751 statewide
Times-Tribune: County council wants Barrett recusal request rescinded 
Times-Tribune: Election board to meet, move polling place from site of deadly fire 
Times-Tribune: County’s COVID-19 cases still heavily centered in Scranton
Citizens Voice: County council wants Barrett recusal request rescinded 
Citizens Voice: In-person voting ends in controversy 
Citizens Voice: 78 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Tuesday

South Central 
York Dispatch: FEC reports: DePasquale holds in-state donor edge
York Dispatch: Long lines again at York County election office on last day to request mail-in ballot
York Dispatch: York County hits record-high case increases, infection rate up
Patriot News: Rep. Sue Helm battles challenger Patty Smith in Pa. House’s 104th District
Patriot News: Trump claimed support of the Amish on Monday. But can he get that support to translate into votes?
Patriot News: Doctor-turned-U.S. Rep. enjoys police backing, as ex-FBI agent challenger hits the coronavirus: 13th Congressional race 
York Daily Record: Voters wait in long line to cast a ballot
York Daily Record: Meet Pa. Sec. Kathy Boockvar: Her job is to secure Pa.’s critical election
York Daily Record: Casey, labor leaders: Supreme Court now threat to workers
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 42 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Tuesday as most of region sees spikes
LNP | LancasterOnline: Melania Trump visits Lancaster County GOP, speaks in Atglen: ‘We do not close down or hide in fear’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: First Lady Melania Trump campaigns in Chester County Tuesday afternoon
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster’s mayor outlines plans to find new police chief
LNP | LancasterOnline: Almost half of Lancaster’s Democrats, a quarter of Republicans apply to vote by mail
LNP | LancasterOnline: 2020 Lancaster County Voters Guide: Contested races, candidate stances, poll information and more

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: DeSales University-WFMZ poll shows Biden widening lead in 7th District 
WFMZ: Trump, Biden supporters participate in roundtable talk with WFMZ’s Bo Koltnow 
WFMZ: Easton’s bond rating remains steady despite pandemic 
WFMZ: Some local voters explain why they support Joe Biden
WFMZ: Berks election office takes extra steps to secure ballots 
Morning Call: Kamala Harris’ husband to speak at Wednesday event in Allentown 
Morning Call: A ballot opener that can tackle 40,000 envelopes an hour, and other things to know about Lehigh Valley Election Day logistics 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Daily record broken again with 2,751 additional cases
Express Times: Lehigh Valley voters line up to get (and cast) mail-in ballots at Pa. application deadline
Express Times: Your neighbors, their political views: Watch Lehigh Valley voters meet on virtual forum
Express Times: A brief history of last-minute Lehigh Valley campaign stops: Nixon, Kennedy, Trump and more
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 2,751 new cases makes for highest single-day mark; Pennsylvania closing in on 200K; Hospitalizations tripling since September; Lehigh Valley has 82-case increase | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/27/20)
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s congressional incumbents have raised more money than their challengers 
Reading Eagle: Reading delays decision on agreement with redevelopment authority 
Reading Eagle: Many Berks school districts bypassing state advice for ‘substantial spread’ coronavirus counties 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases blowing up: Berks County adds 131 amid state’s worst day

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Second lady Karen Pence to stump in Edinboro Thursday 
Erie Times-News: Voter Voices: Independent-minded Erie Republican wants president who’s a leader, ethical
Centre Daily Times: Want improved police oversight in State College? You’ll want to attend this meeting 
Centre Daily Times: More than 400 Centre County small businesses to get boost from COVID-19 relief funds
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 27 update: Pa. sets COVID-19 daily case record; Centre County has 27 new positives
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners OK youth services contract

Opinion  
John Baer: The presidential candidates grab attention, but it’s the smaller Pa. races that touch local lives 
Scott Perry: Innovation will lower drug prices
Eugene DePasquale: This election, health care is on the ballot
Nikil Saval: The Future of the Democratic Party Is in Pennsylvania
Shawn McCreesh: Can We Trust Pennsylvania’s Polls? 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Police officers who killed Walter Wallace Jr. wore body cameras. Release the footage. 
Observer-Reporter Editorial Board: Reschenthaler deserves the support of 14th congressional district voters
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Business owners need help now
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mail-in ballots protected 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Consequences of polarization
Shira Goodman: Tree of Life, two years later: We can never forget. We must never forget 
Gary Bonfante: Biden would strengthen, not abolish, the Affordable Care Act 
KeePennItReal: Ouch: Oil industry execs: “the president doesn’t really understand [our] business.”
Dan Simpson: Trump’s performance not worthy of 4 more years
Chris Freind: Philly riots may win Trump re-election
Ernest Owens: The 5 Things Philly Democrats Need to Do in the Final Week Before Election Day
Madelyn Guerra and Jamie Gullen: It’s time to unlock higher education for Pennsylvanians with records
Aleida Garcia: I couldn’t save my child from gun violence. Now I’m voting to save yours. 
Alex Vitale: Walter Wallace Jr.’s tragic death a reminder police should not lead mental health response 
Jenice Armstrong: Walter Wallace Jr.: A Black life that mattered
Solomon Jones: Walter Wallace Jr. would still be alive if he were a white man 
Ricardo Almodovar: Justice Barrett won’t be a friend to LGBTQ+ Pennsylvanians
Mary Firestone: A civic duty for today’s news consumer: Identifying misleading and false news stories
Will Bunch Newsletter: Trump may try to steal November’s election. Meet the people who wrote the book on fighting back. 
Helen Ubiñas: Philadelphia police, again, incapable of treating Black men as anything but a threat 
Trudy Rubin: America can overcome COVID-19, despite Trump’s do-nothing approach. Here’s how. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly’s mental health treatments

3 Responses

  1. In SEPa, folks know that Nina Ahmad is a joke as Auditor General.

    No serious Democrat will touch her. Few endorsements from major Philadelphia Democrats tell a story…

    Shes burned too many bridges…

    And no part of her background or resume suggests that shes remotely ready to be Auditor General.

    The Commonwealth budget is facing a $5 Billion dollar hole.

    Voters are given a choice of a career investigator and Auditor in Tim DeFoor versus Ms. Ahmad…a perennial candidate that even Democrats in Southeast PA barely like or support.

  2. If Biden loses Pennsylvania it’s because they have the worst people possible running the campaign – enough said – read between the line.

  3. Trump is LOSING in PA. PA people are wising up to his BS. Stupid people are too hardcore hopeless to bother with. They are deadenders.

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