October 2nd Playbook

A Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll shows Rep. Susan Wild leading her race for PA7 by double digits, while a GOP super PAC released a new TV attack ad in PA1. Here is the Playbook. 

Morning Call/Muhlenberg College Poll: Wild 52, Scheller 39: Rep. Susan Wild leads GOP challenger Lisa Scheller by 13 points. Former VP Joe Biden also leads President Donald Trump by 7 points in the battleground congressional district.

GOP PAC Blasts Finello on Links to Liberal Groups: The Congressional Leadership Fund’s 30 second ad hits Finello on endorsements from pro-choice groups that have voiced support for the movement to defund the police.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19, delaying legislation on election, rent relief
AP: GOP lawmaker’s positive COVID-19 test cancels voting session
AP: Appeals court allows Pennsylvania to restrict crowd size
AP: Trump campaign sues Philadelphia over mail-in voting offices
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus
Patriot News: After Pa. lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus, House Democrats urge GOP to take pandemic more seriously
Patriot News: Pa. election machine warehouse burglarized; laptop, USB drives stolen  
Patriot News: PIAA issues guidance to schools based on latest court ruling on gathering limitations 
Patriot News: Pa. gathering limits are back for now; what should schools do for Friday night football? Gov. Wolf: ‘Stay tuned’ 
Patriot News: Ku Klux Klan flyers saying ‘Vote Pro-White’ under investigation in Pa. 
Patriot News: Bill requiring schools to hold moment of silence for 9/11 victims advances to full House 
Patriot News: Pa. auditor general calls for establishing a state student loan ombudsman, urges PHEAA to squeeze out every dime to help students afford college 
Patriot News: Bill protecting young sexual assault victims from being re-victimized at school moves to Pa. House for consideration 
Patriot News: About 1 in 5 Pa. restaurants have agreed to self-certify to boost indoor seating capacity
Morning Call: Positive coronavirus test for Pennsylvania lawmaker cancels Capitol voting session
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Franklin Co. lawmaker Schemel quarantining after testing positive for COVID-19  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s how Pa.’s congressional delegation reacted to Trump and first lady’s COVID diagnoses 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Get to know Pa.’s Auditor General candidates: Tim DeFoor 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Get to know Pa.’s Auditor General candidates: Green Party candidate Olivia Faison
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Federal appeals court allows Pa. to restrict crowd sizes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DePasquale: To save money and improve efficiency, PHEAA should bounce lawmakers on its board 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: After fiery unveiling, some Republicans express concern with House election integrity panel
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can I wear campaign gear to the polls? What’s a provisional ballot? | Election Mailbag  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. GOP calls in politically connected Georgia lawyers for SCOTUS fight over mail-in ballots | Friday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Pa. crowd limits are in effect again after court order, though Wolf hints he’s considering fans at school sports events 
Inquirer: Delco school districts win billboard tax case at Pa. Supreme Court
Inquirer: Her Biden lawn signs were stolen, so rural Pa. supporter turned her home into a campaign billboard 
KDKA: Along With The Affordable Care Act, Pa. Election Case Up For Review By United States Supreme Court
KDKA: After President Trump Tells Proud Boys To ‘Stand By,’ Donald Trump Jr. Says His Father Doesn’t Support White Supremacy
WITF: Wolf administration to begin enforcing new restaurant dine-in rules on Monday 
Fox News: Democratic Pennsylvania lawmaker caught saying masks are ‘political theater’ 
Fox News: Pennsylvania can once again restrict crowd sizes, federal appeals court says
Fox News: Trump campaign sues Philadelphia in fight over mail-in voting offices
Fox News: After Philadelphia sees voting machine controls stolen, reporter finds lax security at warehouse
Fox News: Pennsylvania top election official promotes ‘secure’ mail-in ballot process amid concerns 
Fox News: Where do voters stand in Ohio and Pennsylvania?
USA Today: State House lawmaker tests positive for COVID-19
National Journal: Poll: Wild Leads Scheller by Double Digits 
The Hill: Teachers union launches nationwide get-out-the-vote bus tour
The Hill: Biden campaign to begin in-person canvassing
Politico: Biden flip-flops on door-knocking with just 33 days left
CNN: Pennsylvania limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings can remain in effect, appeals court says 
PLSReporter: Judge grants stay, restores Wolf’s gathering limits
CNN: Planned Parenthood voter guides to show candidate reproductive records and target swing states
PLSReporter: Schemel tests positive for COVID-19; Thursday’s session canceled ‘out of an abundance of caution’
PLSReporter: County commissioners association calls for clean pre-canvassing bill
PLSReporter: House Democrats eye electors as election reform negotiations falter
PLSReporter: With voting underway, Philly satellite stations become new election flashpoint

Philly Clout: Nina Ahmad spent big to win the Pa. auditor general primary. Now she’s tied with an opponent with much less money.
Billy Penn: Lax security measures discovered at Philly election warehouse where materials were stolen 
Billy Penn: No one charged with hate crime in Philly trans women murders because Harrisburg won’t pass LGBTQ protections
Inquirer: Trump was supposed to come to Philly for a firefighters endorsement that’s divided the union 
Inquirer: Security lapses continue at Philly’s voting machine warehouse amid a probe into stolen laptop, USB drives
Inquirer: A few USPS plants are reinstalling mail sorting machines. But in Philly, more changes that could cause delays are happening. 
Inquirer: DA Larry Krasner, other leaders urge more legal protection for transgender people after recent killing  
Inquirer: Investigation of theft at Philly’s voting machine warehouse continues | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Bank of Philadelphia? Study says a public bank could help small biz survive COVID
Philadelphia Citizen: What Would Dyson Say?  
Philadelphia Citizen: “Small Businesses Are the Engines of Inclusive Growth” 
Philly Voice: Trump campaign threatens to sue Philly over satellite election offices 
Philly Voice: Philly and other sanctuary cities could be targets of ICE raids in coming weeks 

Bucks County Courier Times: How to watch the Fitzpatrick-Finello debate
Daily Local News: Gov. Wolf talks women’s health care in Malvern
Daily Local News: Killion and panel to probe hate crime laws in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: United Way of Chester County partners with DA’s office to support race and justice
Daily Local News: Dinniman: New findings in lanternfly research
Daily Local News: Local officials encourage Chester County residents to get flu shots
Inquirer: Delco school districts win billboard tax case at Pa. Supreme Court
Montgomery Media: Online candidate forum for 4th Congressional Dist. seat set for Sunday
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County OKs $16M more for justice center project
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County gives nod to trail access, diversity, awareness plan

Tribune Review: ‘You can’t just flip a switch’ Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto says of police reform
WESA: How Trump’s Third Supreme Court Pick Divides Western PA Voters
WESA: Demonstrators March Downtown Calling For Medicaid For All, Taxes For UPMC
Post-Gazette: Biden, Fred Rogers’ widow Joanne have virtual chat during former VP’s campaign stop in Western Pa.
Post-Gazette: Want to bring your ballot Downtown but worried about parking? Several officials offer up their spots
Post-Gazette: Rent relief program halts in much of Pa., though continuing in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County coronavirus inspection team still turning up restaurant, bar violations
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: State tops 160,000 cases; Allegheny County sees uptick with 106 new positive tests
Pittsburgh Business Times: How losing the ACA would impact western Pennsylvania
City Paper: KKK fliers distributed in Greene County; police investigating
City Paper: ELECTION 2020 VIDEO TRAINING: Students, Seniors, and Get-Out-The-Vote
KDKA: Local Officials Offer Encouragement To President Trump & First Lady Following Positive COVID Tests 
KDKA: WPIAL Asks Schools To Use Wait-And-See Approach For Fans In Stands After Court Temporarily Restores Gathering Limits
KDKA: Donora Mayor Cited For Disorderly Conduct After Argument With Borough Worker 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 106 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 12,454

Observer-Reporter: Dr. Jill Biden promotes her husband’s plans in Greensburg stop
Observer-Reporter: Federal court judge orders stay of Stickman order in case against Wolf, Levine
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Vying for votes: Women get more deeply involved in campaigns
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County commissioners, DA skirmish on new front 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Political group fears threat to billboards
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Official: Gallitzin Township police decision to come in November
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria COVID-19 total jumps by 26 cases, state adds 1,156
Post-Gazette: Westmoreland County fires deputy director of election bureau
Post-Gazette: Police investigating distribution of KKK flyers in Greene County 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County fires deputy director of elections with Nov. 3 election looming
KDKA: Westmoreland County Fires Deputy Director Of Election Bureau
Beaver County Times: Harmony Twp. commissioner resigns
Altoona Mirror: Committee calls for special group

Citizens Voice: Poll shows Trump holding onto advantage in northeast Pa. counties.
Citizens Voice: County election process now a nationwide head-scratcher
Citizens Voice: Small business, nonprofits may now apply for CARES funding through county
Citizens Voice: Rep. Toohil weighs in on ballot controversy
Citizens Voice: Protesters plead for accountability in county elections
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County on Thursday
Times-Tribune: Poll shows Trump holding onto advantage in northeast Pa. counties.
Times-Tribune: Attorneys: Prosecution decision on Courtright sentence rare, but not unheard of
Times-Tribune: State and local counties see bigger spike in COVID-19 cases
The Times Leader: Two-week window opens for small businesses and nonprofits seeking Luzerne County coronavirus grants
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,156 statewide

South Central 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker tests positive for coronavirus
Patriot News: Lebanon County residents raise child abuse awareness, seek new law in wake of 12-year-old’s death 
York Daily Record: LNP/ York Daily Record hosting 11th Congressional District candidate forum
York Daily Record: Polling place changes in York County prompt criticism
York Dispatch: York City Council president should surrender post following comments, member says
York Dispatch: York County has 30 new cases of COVID-19, statewide cases surpass 160K
LNP | LancasterOnline: What’s the Pa. mail-in ballot deadline? When is Election Day? Here’s what voters need to know
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘An opportunity of a lifetime’: Pedro Rivera reflects on decision to leave Education Department for Thaddeus Stevens [Q&A]
LNP | LancasterOnline: Refugee resettlement cap for 2021 dismays Lancaster resettlement agencies
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County gets half million dollar grant to offset election costs
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 10 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Thursday

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Poll: Susan Wild takes big lead over Lisa Scheller in key Pa. 7th Congressional District
Morning Call: ‘I pick my battles’: Democrat Susan Wild on representing a competitive district in a divided Congress
Morning Call: Lehigh County will send out its absentee and mail-in ballots Tuesday 
Morning Call: Allentown City Council votes down Atiyeh rezoning for 200 homes on former industrial site 
Express Times: Easton’s 2021 budget assumes two more years of COVID-19 impacts 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,156 new cases in Pennsylvania; Philadelphia County now reporting antigen-positive probable cases; no state-reported deaths in the Valley for a full week | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/1/20)
Reading Eagle: Latest federal ruling on spectators creates more doubt for Berks high schools 
Reading Eagle: Reading introduces a proposed $92 million budget with a tax increase
Reading Eagle: Time running out to get counted in the 2020 census 
Reading Eagle: BARTA, Red Rose transit workers rally outside Berks County Services Center for hazard pay 
Reading Eagle: More than 500 small businesses apply for Berks County coronavirus relief grant program
Reading Eagle: New coronavirus cases dip in Berks County, but weekly trend still climbs

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: March on Harrisburg stages Bellefonte rally to urge Rep. Benninghoff to approve the gift ban
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 45 cases of COVID-19, and more news for Oct. 1
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Couple who armed themselves against protesters stump for Trump
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Digital mapping part of city future
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper taps reserves to balance budget
Erie Times-News: Erie Police kick off body camera program
Erie Times-News: Few Erie businesses seeking capacity boost

John Baer: Mail could make voting easier, but naked ballot rules could make it harder 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Leave other people’s signs alone 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Court issues go beyond SCOTUS seat and includes Pa.’s judiciary 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Electoral compromise
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A failed experiment
Charles D. Allen: How one central Pennsylvania community is trying to put MLK’s lessons to work 
Tony Norman: The president and the Proud Boys
Thomas Koenig: What Do We Hold in Common? 
John L. Micek: ‘All the rights we hold dear are in jeopardy,’ famed lawyer Kathryn Kolbert warns of conservative Supreme Court 
Dan Pearson: As a Black son adopted by white parents, I relate to Amy Coney Barrett’s mixed family 
Will Bunch: It’s not ‘chaos’: Trump revealed a clear blueprint for crushing American democracy
Trudy Rubin: Putin and Xi won the Trump-Biden debate and could win the U.S. election, too 
Jenice Armstrong: Charges after road rage incident with Philly’s chief homicide prosecutor were excessive 
Michael J. Cozzillio: I’ve met Amy Coney Barrett. If she wants to save her career, she should turn Trump down

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