October 29th Playbook

President Donald Trump announces that he’ll hold three rallies in PA on Saturday, while a new poll shows former VP Joe Biden with a lead in the state. Here is the Playbook. 

Trump To Hold 3 Rallies in PA on Saturday: President Donald Trump will be rallying in Bucks County, Reading, and Butler on Saturday.

Inside Elections: Lamb’s Race Shifts From Likely Dem To Solid Dem: Nathan Gonzeles and Jacob Rubashkin write that Rep. Conor Lamb is “up by double digits,” while former Vice President Joe Biden is “poised” to win the district that President Donald Trump narrowly carried in 2016.

Garrity Promotes Conservative Values in 1st TV Ad: Garrity’s first TV ad briefly highlights her background, while saying that Pennsylvanians “stand for the National Anthem and kneel to pray.”

Torsella Rails Against Wall Street in Latest Ad: Torsella rails against Wall Street in the latest TV ad and touts his record in the statewide office since being elected in 2016.

Civiqs/DailyKos Poll: Shapiro and Ahmad Lead: Attorney General Josh Shapiro holds a double digit lead in his reelection bid, while Democrat Nina Ahmad holds a 7 point advantage in the race for the open Auditor General seat, according to polling commissioned by this well known liberal website.

Civiqs/DailyKos Poll: Biden 52, Trump 45: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 7 points in Pennsylvania, according to a poll commissioned by a liberal website.

Exclusive: DNC Closing Ad Slams Trump on Philly TV: The 1 minute spot provides a laundry list of attacks. The first half of the ad criticizes Trump prior to his career in politics, while the second half of the ad blasts Trump for several policy matters.

Ivanka Trump Campaigns in Butler County: Ivanka Trump and former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke to supporters of the Trump campaign on Wednesday in Butler County, KDKA reports.  

Emhoff Campaigns in Centre and Lehigh Counties: Doug Emhoff, Sen. Kamala Harris’s husband, traveled to Centre and Lehigh Counties on Wednesday to rally voters for the Biden campaign, the Centre Daily Times and the Morning Call report. 

Ivanka Trump to Campaign in Montco and Wayne County: 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.  

Donald Trump Jr To Campaign in PA on Friday: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Donald Trump Jr is returning to PA on Friday and will be joined by Ted Nugent and Cam Hanes. His campaign visits will be in Adams and Blair Counties. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Will Pa. be at the center of another Bush v. Gore? These 8 lawyers and scholars weigh in. 
Spotlight PA: Potentially thousands of requested mail ballots lost in Pa. county, official says
Spotlight PA: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to expedite Pa. mail ballot case, but could still intervene
Spotlight PA: Erie County restricts activities of openly armed residents near the polls if they aren’t voting
AP: Pennsylvanians urged to drop off mail-in ballots in person
AP: Millions of mail ballots not yet returned in key states
AP: Justices deny fast, new look at Pennsylvania ballot deadline
AP: Pennsylvania county will evaluate discarded military ballots
AP: Philly shooting brings policing, racism back into campaign 
Inquirer: 5 places that explain Pennsylvania’s presidential race
Inquirer: Trump sees Latino voters as a rare bright spot in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Biden’s lead over Trump in Pennsylvania hasn’t budged, poll says
Inquirer: Latino voters in Pennsylvania are diverse, growing in number — and could sway the election
Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to expedite Pa. mail ballot case, but could still intervene; nearly 2 million Pa. voters have already returned ballots 
Patriot News: Donald Trump announces three Halloween events in Pa.
Patriot News: Pa. health secretary cautions against even small holiday gatherings as COVID cases continue to soar
Patriot News: Donald Trump Jr. to make stops in York, Blair counties
Patriot News: Conservatives lose again in their battle to prevent use of private grants to aid with the election
Patriot News: Mail delays even worse across Pa., with 42% of Philly mail taking longer than 5 days
Patriot News: Pa.’s top election official is ‘strongly urging’ counties to begin counting mail-in ballots on Tuesday
Patriot News: ‘I think it constitutes ignorance’: Gov. Tom Wolf slams President Trump’s campaign trail assertions on upcoming Pennsylvania vote count
Patriot News: Worried about Election Day ‘poll watchers’? Here’s what to know
Patriot News: PLCB waives about $27.7 million in liquor license fees for restaurants impacted by pandemic
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 200,674 coronavirus cases? Oct. 28 map, county-by-county breakdown
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Western Pa. official claims postal service lost mail-in ballots
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court turns down Pa. Republicans’ request to halt extended ballot deadline
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DEP: Nearly half of Pa. counties in drought watch
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Franklin & Marshall Poll: Biden leads Trump 50-44 percent in battleground Pa. | Thursday Morning Coffee
KDKA: Pa. State Secretary, PEMA Working With Multiple Agencies On Election Day Security Plans 
KDKA: Pa. Election Officials Urge Voters To Drop Off Mail-In Ballots In Person Rather Than Use The Mail 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 199 New Coronavirus Cases, 4 Additional Deaths Includes Patient In Their 30s
Morning Call: Coronavirus struggles of Pennsylvania restaurants, bars deepen: ‘It’s as bad as it has been’ 
Post-Gazette: For now, Pa.’s ballot-counting extension intact as Supreme Court declines to hear appeal
Post-Gazette: Trump to speak at events in Butler, Bucks, Reading
Post-Gazette: With carbon capture funding, Trump and Biden have common ground on energy jobs 
PLSReporter: Election Update: Boockvar urges quick return of ballots, immediate processing on Election Day 
PLSReporter: SCOTUS won’t fast-track GOP appeal of ballot deadline extension 
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board approves $27.7 million in license fee waivers for 2021
Times-Tribune: New poll shows Biden leading Trump in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. election officials ‘strongly urge’ counties to tally mail ballots as soon as possible
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. Supreme Court won’t throw out Pa.’s extended ballot deadline — for now 
WHYY Newsworks: Dark money in the 2020 election; the Walter Wallace Jr. shooting
WHYY Newsworks: Nonvoters, reluctant voters, and voters who hate politics 
Fox News: Supreme Court could still overturn Pennsylvania mail-in ballot deadline extension after election 
Fox News: SCOTUS won’t fast-track appeal over blocking extended deadline for PA mail-in ballots 
Fox News: Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot plans vary; some counties to start counting after Election Day 
Fox News: Biden says ‘no excuse’ for looting in Philadelphia after Black man killed by police 
Fox News: 9 discarded Pennsylvania ballots can be counted in 2020 vote tally: Report
Citizens Voice: New poll shows Biden leading Trump in Pennsylvania
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Police union head slams Wolf response to Philly police shooting
The Hill: Supreme Court won’t fast-track GOP bid to block Pennsylvania mail ballot extension
The Hill: Trump condemns riots and looting in Philadelphia
Politico: Trump stokes suburban fears after Philadelphia shooting
Politico: Supreme Court spurns Republicans in North Carolina, punts on Pennsylvania ballot case
CNN: Supreme Court moves in Pennsylvania and North Carolina set up potential post-election court fight over mail-in ballots 
CNN: Supreme Court won’t expedite latest GOP challenge to Pennsylvania mail-in ballot rules 
CNN: This single issue could decide how Western Pennsylvania votes
Real Clear Politics: Relax, Democrats. Biden Can Still Win If He Loses Pennsylvania
Real Clear Politics: Biden’s Expanded-Map Strategy Carries Risk in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Philly City Council bill aims to curb police stops of Black drivers for minor infractions
Inquirer: For a second night, Philly businesses faced scattered vandalism. ‘It’s terrible for the business climate,’ a councilman says.
Inquirer: Election Day is less than a week away and officials are scrambling to finalize their plans
Inquirer: Overnight curfew lifted in Philly as tensions over the police killing of Walter Wallace Jr. continue
WHYY Newsworks: ‘2 people with a gun should not be leading a response’: Philly Council calls for police reform 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly issues citywide curfew; PPD to release 911 call, bodycam footage of Wallace killing 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Voting is a serious matter from where we come’: Philly’s Black immigrants turn out to defeat Trump 
WHYY Newsworks: Fix roads, fund transit: 5 Philly commuters share their White House wish list 
WHYY Newsworks: Dark money in the 2020 election; the Walter Wallace Jr. shooting
Philadelphia Tribune: Experts advise how to heal after racial trauma 
Philadelphia Gay News: Community fights to save Casarez mural
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials impose curfew, call in National Guard in response to looting
KYW Newsradio: After tear gas incident on highway, Philly lawyers push for accountable police protocols amid Wallace unrest
KYW Newsradio: ‘I just pray every night to stay strong’: Walter Wallace Jr.’s parents speak out, call for change
Philly Voice: Philly imposes curfew in wake of Walter Wallace shooting 
Philly Voice: Philly traffic deaths are up 60% in 2020, Bicycle Coalition says
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney expresses concern over business attraction, retention amid unrest
Billy Penn: What can and can’t you do during Philly’s overnight curfew? 
Billy Penn: How viral police shooting videos can mess with your mental health 
Billy Penn: Map: Philly satellite election offices and drop boxes for mail ballots

SEPA
Bucks Local News: BOARD OF ELECTIONS: More than half of Bucks County’s mail-in and absentee ballots have been received 
Bucks Local News: Patriots4Trump to converge on Washington Crossing for pre-Election Day rally
Delco Daily Times: Daily Times Election Coverage Explained
KYW Newsradio: Montco: There could be a surge in COVID-19 cases if residents don’t follow guidelines 
Daily Local News: Election 2020: The Races we cover 
Daily Local News: Daily Local News Election Coverage Explained 
Daily Local News: Police watch as man burns Trump flags at courthouse in West Chester 
Pottstown Mercury: Mercury Election Coverage Explained 
Montgomery Media: Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations increasing during fall surge in Montgomery County

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Republicans Challenging 2 Longtime Democratic Lawmakers In Region
KDKA: Voter Intimidation: What Counts And What Doesn’t Count? 
KDKA: 2020 Election Guide: Information For Pennsylvania Voters 
KDKA: Pa. Health Dept. Announces 2,228 New Coronavirus Cases, Pushing Statewide Case Numbers Over 200,000
WESA: With House Majority Up For Grabs, Democratic Leader Dermody Faces Energetic Challenge 
WESA: Suburban Race In House District 44 Promises 2018 Rematch 
WESA: Candidate Profiles, Voter Priorities And What Election Day Will Be Like This Year 
WESA: Amid Concerns Of Suppression, Black Voters In Pittsburgh Turn To Early Voting 
WESA: Allegheny County Says There’s No Clear Pattern To Explain Growing Number Of Coronavirus Cases
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bernie Sanders joins commemoration for Tree of Life victims, spotlights election
Post-Gazette: Skipping the neighborhood polls? Allegheny County voters have lots of reasons for using mail ballots instead
Post-Gazette: City plans to reduce sewage discharges into region’s rivers 
Post-Gazette: With carbon capture funding, Trump and Biden have common ground on energy jobs 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools students to stay mostly virtual until at least January
Post-Gazette: New Allegheny County COVID-19 cases hit 199, reflecting rising rates elsewhere 
City Paper: Dropping off a mail-in ballot downtown? Use Councilor Bobby Wilson’s parking spot 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Ivanka Trump near Portersville: U.S. ‘much more capable of combating this virus as we wait for the vaccine’ 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Art Commission votes to remove Columbus statue; legal challenge continues   
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials: There is ‘no pattern’ in new cases
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 2nd-highest new covid-19 case total in nearly 3 months 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: 9 police departments to back up Beaver County deputies on election day
KDKA: Butler County Elections Director Says Postal Service Lost Unknown Number Of Mail-In Ballots
KDKA: Ivanka Trump And Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders Speak To Pres. Trump Supporters In Butler Co.
KDKA: President Donald Trump To Hold Rally This Weekend In Butler County
Post-Gazette: Westmoreland County Election Bureau: Over 49K mail-in, absentee ballots returned — but woes persist 
Observer-Reporter: Energy secretary visits Washington well site
Observer-Reporter: Navarro supports Trump on energy, trade, manufacturing
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 5 new coronavirus deaths, 91 new cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State tops 200,000 COVID-19 cases, Cambria County adds 22

NEPA
The Times Leader: Trump to hold rally at WB/Scranton International Airport Monday evening
The Times Leader: Controversial Luzerne County recusal request for U.S. Supreme Court justice in withdrawal process
The Times Leader: Two local districts among most underfunded by state in new study
The Times Leader: SOS Program delivers PPE to area nursing homes
The Times Leader: 64 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 new death
Citizens Voice: Election board hears complaints about slow ballots, election issues
Citizens Voice: Recusal request dispute, on party lines, appears to be moot  
Citizens Voice: Live from Wilkes-Barre, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt 
Citizens Voice: Trump may visit NEPA on Monday 
Citizens Voice: Yudichak: Program to aid nursing homes in pandemic successful  
Citizens Voice: County councilman details battle with COVID-19 
Citizens Voice: 64 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in county on Wednesday 
Times-Tribune: Trump may visit NEPA on Monday
Times-Tribune: Ivanka Trump to visit Wayne County on Thursday
Times-Tribune: Biden touts Scranton roots in video message, virtual event broadcast from childhood home
Times-Tribune: Live from Wilkes-Barre, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Times-Tribune: Yudichak: Program to aid nursing homes in pandemic successful
Times-Tribune: State crosses 200,000 COVID-19 cases

South Central 
Patriot News: Dauphin County 105th House legislative race: GOP incumbent Andrew Lewis v. Democrat Brittney Rodas
Patriot News: Donald Trump Jr. to make stops in York, Blair counties
Carlisle Sentinel: County defends decision to ax pre-canvassing of mail-in ballots
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 29 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County Wednesday as Pa. passes 200,000 total cases
LNP | LancasterOnline: Almost half of Lancaster’s Democrats, a quarter of Republicans apply to vote by mail
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County records 90 new cases of COVID-19 Wednesday, pushing its per capita rate above April’s peak
York Dispatch: York County has 79 new COVID-19 cases as state total surpasses 200,000
York Daily Record: Where Perry and DePasquale stand on the issues
York Daily Record: Pa.’s 11th District candidates on the issues
York Daily Record: 92nd state House seat: Dawn Keefer vs. Doug Ross
York Daily Record: Presidential visits: When Warren G. Harding came to York

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Map: How Donald Trump won Northampton County, a Pa. bellwether in 2016, and what it means for 2020 
Morning Call: With Trump-Biden race in final week, Kamala Harris’ husband pumps up Lehigh Valley campaign volunteers in Allentown 
Morning Call: Are high-speed envelope openers a key to timely Lehigh Valley election results? 
Morning Call: Lehigh election judge facing criminal ballot tampering charges decides to resign after all 
Reading Eagle: Berks County election officials outline what to expect on Election Day 
Reading Eagle: Voter advocacy groups accuse Berks of suppressing voters by not using text messaging service 
Reading Eagle: 135 more coronavirus cases for Berks County; state records second-highest day
Express Times: Casey, Wild turned away in bid to explore mail slowdown at Lehigh Valley plant
Express Times: Kamala Harris’ husband in the Lehigh Valley: We’re turning Pa. deep, dark blue
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 2,228 cases brings state across 200K mark; Lehigh Valley will reach 12K cases on Thursday | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/28/20)
WFMZ: Kamala Harris’ husband visits Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Casey, Wild make surprise visit to Lehigh Valley postal facility
WFMZ: 69 News highlights local voters who support Trump
WFMZ: Lehigh County budget holds line on taxes
WFMZ: Lower Saucon Township reviews potential 20% tax cut
WFMZ: Local election officials have some advice for those who have not gotten a mail-in ballot yet
WFMZ: Northampton County GOP alleges ballot harvesting
WFMZ: Lehigh County elections judge who faces charges related to June primary resigns
WFMZ: Trump expected to campaign at Reading airport, sources say
WFMZ: Hispanic Center staff to help answer Spanish-speaking voters’ questions on Election Day

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Kamala Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff makes campaign stop in State College to rally voters
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 28 update: Pa. passes 200,000 COVID-19 cases; Centre County adds 41 new positives
Erie Times-News: Second lady Karen Pence to stump in Edinboro Thursday 
Erie Times-News: Voter Voices: Evangelical a solid Trump supporter
Erie Times-News: Erie County not considering new restrictions, for now, despite COVID-19 surge
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 8 new COVID-19 cases

Opinion  
Jamie Gauthier: After Walter Wallace Jr.’s killing, Philly police need transparency and change
Kevin Mooney: Pennsylvania should keep fracking and oil as pro-energy policies 
Charlie Gerow: Ballot problems in pivotal Pennsylvania foreshadow election chaos
Susan Jacobson: Here’s how we can reenergize the local economy
Ernest Owens: The Killing of Walter Wallace Jr. Is the Assassination of Philadelphia As We Knew It
John L. Micek: ‘It’s not a party that John Heinz would recognize’: Tom Nichols would like the soul of the GOP back, please
Inquirer Staff: Is it worth trick-or-treating this year during COVID? | Pro/Con 
The Angry Grammarian: How Trump’s presidency killed ‘the White House said’ and metonymy 
Stephen Powers: When you vote, make the choices that make sense to you 
Christine Flowers: Why this Supreme Court justice brought tears to my eyes
Steven Albert: Achieving COVID-19 herd immunity through infection is dangerous, deadly and might not even work 
Priya E. Mammen, Christen J. Rexing, and Rosemary Frasso: Public health in Philadelphia defines this year’s ballot 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Electoral gassing about the environment

One Response

  1. Trump to bring Covid to PA on Saturday and create 3 new hotspots. The orange moron wants to kill you. Are you dying to support his giant orange ass?

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