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October 5th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey rules out a 2022 run for Governor or Senator, first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Here is the Playbook. 

Toomey Rules Out 2022 Guv and Senate Bids, Inky Reports: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a formal announcement from Toomey is expected on Monday.

October 2nd Ups & Downs: Naked ballots, talking on a hot mic, plus bad things happen in Philadelphia. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey won’t run for reelection or for Pennsylvania governor, sources say 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s voter services website went down over the weekend as deadlines for mail ballots loom 
Inquirer: Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis doesn’t change things for Republicans in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: The election in Pennsylvania is rocked by the uncertainty of a president stricken by coronavirus
Inquirer: 5 things about Dr. Sean Conley, the Bucks County native overseeing President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 treatment
Inquirer: Rural Pennsylvania voters don’t hate Biden as much as they hated Clinton — and Trump may need them to
Inquirer: FedLoan’s board needs student advocates, finance experts, Pa. auditor say in new PHEAA report
Inquirer: What a group of Pennsylvania voters thought of the first debate between Trump and Biden
Inquirer: We’re answering your 2020 voting questions, Pennsylvania
AP: Toomey won’t run for Senate again, or governor, source says
AP: Pennsylvania to expand overtime pay eligibility
AP: Wolf seeks commission to rein in health care spending
AP: Ex-mayor of Scranton sentenced to 7 years for corruption
AP: Trump seizes on small election issues to spread concern
Politico: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey to retire in 2022
Politico: Post-debate polls: Biden up by 5 in Florida, 7 in Pennsylvania 
Politico: GOP tax writers come to Trump’s defense on tax returns
Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey not expected to run for reelection: report
Patriot News: Trump met with much of Pennsylvania’s GOP congressional delegation prior to COVID-19 diagnosis
Patriot News: Questions about Nov. 3? PA Secretary of State and candidates talk elections on Facebook Live starting Oct. 6
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf, Pa. officials offer good wishes to President Trump, Melania Trump after coronavirus diagnosis
Patriot News: Pa. urges people who attended Trump’s rally near Harrisburg to use COVID-19 tracing app
Patriot News: Outage affecting online voter registration, other online services, state says
Patriot News: More than 2,200 new coronavirus cases reported in Pa. over 2-day period
Morning Call: Election 2020: Your Pennsylvania voting questions answered
Morning Call: Your PA election questions answered: When do I need to mail my ballot for it to count? Can I pick one up in person?
Morning Call: Where are Pa. coronavirus cases rising? Here are the key numbers to watch
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In the hunt for a Democratic majority, Wolf pumps $1.3 million into state legislative races 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Reps. Perry, Kelly vote ‘no’ to condemn QAnon 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey expected not to run for Senate or governor in 2022 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: These are the happiest states in the union. How did Pa. do? | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears | Battle for the Ballot 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Welcome to October | Five for Your Weekend 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages | Analysis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Preemption laws in every state, visualized – and how Pa. stacks up | Monday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette: How Pennsylvania officials are reacting to Trump contracting COVID-19
Post-Gazette: Wolf moves to create councils meant to target health care costs
Post-Gazette: Sympathy, calm and political wrangling: Trump’s positive COVID-19 test breeds new uncertainty in Washington and 2020 campaign
Post-Gazette: Sen. Toomey will reportedly not seek re-election or run for Pa. governor
Post-Gazette: Pa. officials: Outage affects several state services — including online voter registration
New York Times: As Trump Sows Doubts on Mail, Democrats Push More In-Person Voting
Express Times: About half the country is on Pa.’s quarantine list. So where is deemed safer to travel? 
WITF: Pa. Dem lawmakers propose measure to punish faithless electoral college voters
PLSReporter: Wolf proposes health care reform plan 
PLSReporter: ‘We Can’t Wait’: Activists gather in Harrisburg for racial justice rally ahead of November election 
PLSReporter: ‘Hard choices’: Pa. got a ‘D’ grade for its fiscal health, leading budget hawks to call for reforms 
KDKA: Pa. Health Dept. Announces 2,251 New Coronavirus Cases Over Last Two Days After Technical Delay
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Pat Toomey will not seek re-election in 2022
Fox News: Sen. Pat Toomey set to make announcement on political future amid reports he won’t run for re-election 
Fox News: ‘Hardware issue’ affecting Pennsylvania online voter registration, mail-in ballot applications
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania voters focus of mail-in ballot education effort
KYW Newsradio: Wolf administration announces 3-part health reform plan
CNN: Trump administration puts up billboards of immigration violators in Pennsylvania 
CNN: At least 24 states are now reporting more new Covid-19 cases than they did a week ago
The Hill: Toomey will not run for reelection, governor in 2022: sources 
The Hill: Biden maintains lead over Trump in Pennsylvania: poll 
The Hill: Post-debate poll finds Biden with leads in two key states 
The Hill: Voting rights groups work to combat minority suppression in battleground states 
The Hill: ICE launching billboard campaign highlighting ‘at-large immigration violators’ 

Philadelphia Citizen: The Citizen Voter Guide: PA General Election 2020
WHYY Newsworks: Trump campaign sues over poll watchers in Philly satellite offices 
Inquirer: Trump has put Philly on the front lines of his attack on voting
Inquirer: A union of Philly firefighters is ‘fractured’ by its endorsement of Trump
Inquirer: Catholics rally in Philly for hospitalized Trump: ‘God wanted everyone to know Trump is a tough guy’
Inquirer: ICE puts up billboards denouncing sanctuary policies for immigrants in cities like Philadelphia
Inquirer: Protest morale needs to remain high after Breonna Taylor grand jury decision, Philly organizers say
Inquirer: Susquehanna: How a wealthy Philly trading firm got into TikTok early and could make a $15 billion fortune
Billy Penn: With ‘Insh’Allah,’ Biden gets attention of Philly Muslims and Arab Americans 
Billy Penn: Do you need photo ID to vote in PA? No, but first-timers and mail voters do need identification
Billy Penn: Beware the ‘naked ballot’: Follow these steps to make sure your PA mail vote counts
Philadelphia Tribune: Trump’s meeting with Philadelphia firefighter union nixed after president tests positive for COVID-19 
KYW Newsradio: Philly firefighters protest their union over its presidential endorsement
KYW Newsradio: Trump campaign sues Philadelphia over mail-in voting offices 
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials dismiss Trump campaign’s lawsuit against city as ‘baseless’
KYW Newsradio: Philly sheriff teams with labor union for COVID-19 testing and food giveaway site
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia law firms were approved for more than $110M in PPP loans, according to report
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia restaurants grapple with ‘a jigsaw puzzle’ as indoor dining increases to 50% capacity 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Comcast’s David L. Cohen joins PNC board 
Philly Voice: 2020 Election Guide: Everything you need to know to vote in Pennsylvania

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks expects to start mailing ballots Wednesday
Bucks County Courier Times: President’s personal physician a CB East grad
Bucks County Courier Times: Black Voices for Trump gather at Valley Forge
Daily Local News: Rep. Shusterman in quarantine after House member tests positive
Daily Local News: Coronavirus emergency declared in West Chester
Inquirer: West Chester Borough declares state of emergency as COVID-19 cases among college-age students rise 
KYW Newsradio: Mariner East pipeline now subject of PUC hearings
KYW Newsradio: West Chester declares state of emergency to combat COVID-19 spread
KYW Newsradio: Montgomery County officials push back on mail-in voting fraud narrative
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County will have 11 mail-in ballot drop boxes

KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Tests Negative For Coronavirus
KDKA: Political Strategists Detail Impact Of Pres. Trump’s Positive Coronavirus Test On Presidential Race In Western Pennsylvania
KDKA: WATCH: Behind-The-Scenes Look At Coronavirus Safety Measures Used By Joe Biden And His Campaign
KDKA: Pittsburgh Doctor Explains Regeneron Antibody Cocktail Given To President Donald Trump
KDKA: Pittsburgh Steelers Have ‘Productive’ Talks With Public Health Officials About Fans At Heinz Field
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 204 New Coronavirus Cases, No New Deaths
WESA: Peduto Discusses Policing, Recent Protests In Panel Discussion
Post-Gazette: As Washington takes aim at Big Tech’s liability shield, a fight over political motivations
Post-Gazette: As Trump urges quick deadline, Census workers rush to count 100% in lagging communities
Post-Gazette: Finding common ground in election not easy for Catholics
Post-Gazette: Logistics, not partisan tampering, stand best chance at influencing election
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy President and CEO Jayne Miller to step down 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 2,251 new cases, 37 more deaths over past 2 days
City Paper: Bipartisan Pennsylvania rent-assistance fix stalled after House session cut short
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County 
Tribune Review: New overtime rules go into effect Saturday in Pennsylvania, more workers eligible
Tribune Review: Allegheny County posts 204 coronavirus cases, no deaths over past 2 days

Altoona Mirror: Local leaders react
Altoona Mirror: Centre virus outbreak slowing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Joyce pleased with China Task Force report
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria has 13 new COVID-19 cases, Blair adds 38
KDKA: Westmoreland County Elections Bureau Deputy Director Fired With Nov. 3 Weeks Away
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 63 new coronavirus cases for 2 days
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf warns of the danger of COVID-19 exposure at large gatherings
Observer-Reporter: Washington, Greene counties report new coronavirus cases over weekend

Times-Tribune: 8th Congressional District candidates discuss Social Security, Medicare / Medicaid, health care and COVID-19
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County Democrats hope to flip ‘Trump Country’ to Biden territory
Times-Tribune: Courtright: ‘I should have known better’
Times-Tribune: ‘The price of corruption’: City officials, residents react to Courtright’s sentence
Times-Tribune: COLTS bus drivers rally in Scranton for COVID-19 hazard pay
Times-Tribune: Pro-Trump ‘boat parade’ rally set for Harveys Lake on Sunday
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County continues to lead region in new COVID-19 cases
The Times Leader: Yudichak: Wolf’s decision to shut down state’s economy ‘arbitrary’
The Times Leader: Kingston and Wilkes-Barre ZIP codes continue to lead in new COVID-19 cases
The Times Leader: Latest Luzerne County monthly personnel report released
The Times Leader: 36 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County over two days
Citizens Voice: 8th Congressional District candidates discuss Social Security, Medicare / Medicaid, health care and COVID-19
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Democrats hope to flip “Trump Country” to Biden territory
Citizens Voice: Courtright: ‘I should have known better.’
Citizens Voice: Pashinski reacts to Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis
Citizens Voice: Pedri: No additional ballot issues discovered
Citizens Voice: River Common will receive $250,000 for improvements
Citizens Voice: Pro-Trump “boat parade” rally set for Harveys Lake on Sunday
Citizens Voice: Media spotlight followed W-B woman since flipping for Trump in 2016
Citizens Voice: Political scene 10/5/2020
Citizens Voice: 36 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County over the weekend

South Central 
York Daily Record: Rep. Joyce, China Task Force release report
Patriot News: Williams Grove ‘Outlaw’ race draws plenty of Trump fans, but few face masks
Patriot News: Several charged after weekend protests in Gettysburg
York Dispatch: Sunday update: Six new deaths in York County associated with COVID-19
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County over weekend

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Republican Lisa Scheller looks to oust Susan Wild, bring business savvy to Congress
Morning Call: 6 takeaways on new poll of how Lehigh Valley is voting for president, Congress
Morning Call: Northampton County’s proposed 2021 budget includes no tax hike  
Morning Call: Pennsylvania restrictions on crowd sizes in effect this weekend, but some districts will admit more than 250 people
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 2,251 additional cases across state with 82 in Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks records 93 new coronavirus cases over two days
Express Times: Lehigh Valley unemployment mirrors Pennsylvania rate, as more than half of jobs lost to COVID-19 are restored
Express Times: Susan Wild, in Bethlehem, says Congress has not received specific briefing on Trump’s condition
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: More than 2K new cases this weekend, including 82 in Lehigh Valley; state’s death toll reaches 8.2K | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (10/04/20)

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Kristy Gnibus challenges U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted for week ending Oct. 2
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates for 12th Congressional district seat speak to health care
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Appeals court allows state to restrict crowd size
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 20 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Planning to vote in person Nov. 3? Here’s what to know about poll watchers, poll workers
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 170 cases of COVID-19 over the past two days; Pa. total tops 163,000

Jon Geeting: How Trump Could Win PA Even Without The Votes
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Man behind Lancaster Patriot does not represent Lancaster County or its values 
Inquirer Editorial Board: With the integrity of elections at stake, local governments and voters can help
Inquirer Editorial Board: Trump chose not to prevent many COVID infections, including his own 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An act of intimidation
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fix the tax code
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An ailing president
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No chance for third parties
James Largay and Paul Saunders: Could Lehigh County’s justice system be a bastion of systemic racism?
Chip Minemyer: California man: Fire for politics brought him to Johnstown
Keith C. Burris: Humility before the law
David M. Shribman: Young voters feel energized to change the future
Trudy Rubin: The terrible troika: Trump joins Jair Bolsonaro and Boris Johnson who ignored masks and caught COVID-19 
Salena Zito: Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia boosts manufacturing apprenticeships 
Chris Kelly: Conceit is a disease; regret a science
Gene Therapy: Port Vue journo wins again with HBO doc
Ruth Ann Dailey: Finding hope in Mom’s old pickup
Helen Ubiñas: A good thing happened in Philly this week. A beloved animal disaster relief program is saved 
Trudy Rubin: The terrible troika: Trump joins Jair Bolsonaro and Boris Johnson who ignored masks and caught COVID-19 
Will Bunch: Can the shattered hubris of Trump’s White House turn America back toward science, truth? 
Roger Chesley: Times have changed, but the disenfranchisement game is the same 
Dimiter Stanchev Dimitrov: One small part of a human antibody has the potential to work as a drug for both prevention and therapy of COVID-19  
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Proudly poll watching
Tim Hartman: Can we sink any lower? | Editorial Cartoon

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  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

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