October 6th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey announces that he will not be seeking another term in the Senate or run for Governor in 2022, while former VP Joe Biden is slated to deliver an address in Gettysburg today. Here is the Playbook. 

NYT/Siena College Poll: Biden 49, Trump 42: Likely voters sided with Biden over Trump on handling the coronavirus pandemic, Unifying America, maintaining law and order, choosing a Supreme Court Justice, and protecting people with pre-existing conditions. The lone issue of the six asked in the poll that voters sided with the president was on the economy.

CBS/YouGov Poll: Biden 51, Trump 44: Trump has the slight edge over Biden on the economy and protecting American manufacturing, while Biden is trusted more on healthcare and responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Former Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright Sentenced to 7 Years in Federal Prison for Corruption: The former Democratic mayor must surrender to serve his prison sentence by Oct 30, pay a fine of $25,300, and serve 250 hour of community service in Scranton upon his release from prison, according to the Citizens Voice.

Toomey Announces He Won’t Run for Senate or Governor in 2022: The GOP Senator described his decision to not seek office in 2022 as “not a political one,” but rather a personal one, and added that he will serve out the remainder of his term before returning to the private sector.

Inside Elections: Fitzpatrick’s Race Shifts From Tilt GOP to Lean GOP: Nathan Gonzales writes that despite President Donald Trump’s struggles at the top of the ticket that Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick maintains his advantage in his reelection bid for PA1.

DePasquale Poll: DePasquale 51, Perry 45: The poll conducted by GBAO shows Eugene DePasquale leading Rep. Scott Perry by 6 points. Former VP Joe Biden holds a 4 point edge over President Donald Trump in the district.

Biden To Travel To Gettysburg: Former Vice President Joe Biden will visit Gettysburg on Tuesday, according to a press release from his campaign.

Women For Trump Bus Tour to Visit Lawrence County: On Thursday, the Trump campaign’s “Women for Trump” bus tour will be stopping in Lawrence County. Trump 2020 senior advisors Lara Trump and Katrina Pierson, plus 2020 senior advisor for strategic communications Mercedes Schlapp will headline the event. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Toomey says he won’t run for another Senate term or governor 
AP: Pennsylvania online voter services restored following outage 
Inquirer: Pat Toomey just made the 2022 elections in Pennsylvania a total free-for-all
Inquirer: This group protested Sen. Toomey every Tuesday for four years. He’s leaving politics, but they say the work isn’t over. 
Inquirer: Conor Lamb knows how to win Trump voters. Now he’s trying to do it for Joe Biden. 
Morning Call: Timeline: Pat Toomey’s rise from Lehigh Valley congressman to the U.S. Senate 
Morning Call: Pat Toomey’s impending retirement leaves 2022 races for governor, Senate wide open 
Morning Call: DA files charges against Allentown elections judge who darkened dots on ballots in Pa. House race 
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf requests President Trump declare Tropical Storm Isaias was a disaster for Lehigh Valley, neighboring counties
Post-Gazette: With Toomey’s announcement, speculation begins for filling his Senate seat 
Post-Gazette: Toomey announces he’ll step away from politics in 2022 
Post-Gazette: Another hurdle in pandemic recovery: split between banking regulators on community development rules 
Post-Gazette: Pa. government websites, including online voter registration, back up after weekend outage
Patriot News: Joe Biden to make campaign stop in Gettysburg on Tuesday
Patriot News: Pa. Republicans’ ‘Summer of Toomey’ gives way to a political spring for gubernatorial and Senate hopefuls
Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey confirms he won’t seek reelection or run for Pa. governor 
Patriot News: Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to Gov. Wolf’s shutdown order
Patriot News: Pa. Senate panel vets bill creating education savings accounts to help students get their schooling ‘back on track’ 
Patriot News: More than 5,300 businesses to receive help through second round of COVID-19 relief assistance grant distribution 
Patriot News: Pa. elections officials rebuff claims that election will be marred by fraud 
Patriot News: Debate emerges over $500M education bill; some fear it may lead to full-fledged school vouchers in Pa.
Patriot News: Pa. names 11 counties to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive test rate rises
KDKA: Sen. Pat Toomey’s Decision To Retire From Politics Opens Floodgates For Pa. Candidates In 2022
KDKA: Voter Registration Services Restored After Computer Outage Causes Disruptions With Pa. Department Of State
KDKA: Back On Track Bill: Pa. State Senate Discusses Bill To Help Low-Income Families With Schooling Costs
KDKA: Andrew McCutchen Shares Video On Social Media Helping To Explain Voting By Mail
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Toomey’s exit kick-starts 2022 guesswork among Pa. politicos
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Eighteen years is a long time:’ Pa.’s Toomey plans return to private sector; will back Trump for re-elect
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid pandemic, advocacy group wants Wolf, Legislature to extend Medicaid to all 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Should Pa. convert $500M in CARES Act cash into education grants for families? A proposal has advocates split on familiar lines  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New DNC ad campaign aims to ensure Pa.’s Black voters have a plan to cast ballots | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Tribune Review: Pat Toomey’s announced exit sends Pennsylvania politicos scrambling 
WITF: One of President Trump’s most prominent Central Pa. allies faces challenge from a moderate Democrat 
PLSReporter: Toomey will not run for re-election, governor in 2022
PLSReporter: What to do with the remaining $1 billion in CARES funds? School vouchers, some lawmakers say  
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans propose ‘election integrity’ committee amid voting concerns 
Fox News: Pat Toomey announces retirement from Senate, won’t seek office in 2022 
Fox News: Pennsylvania GOP closed voter registration gap by over 160K since 2016, but Dems point to 2020 voter new edge 
Fox News: Pennsylvania Dems say Supreme Court should leave 3-day ballot deadline extension, warn of disenfranchisement
Daily Local News: Toomey to retire from political office, return to private sector
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf urges more funding for small businesses, historically disadvantaged businesses
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Shapiro points to record in trying to convince voters for second term 
National Journal: Toomey Passes on 2022 Bid, Creating Wide-Open GOP Primary 
National Journal: Toomey Will Retire in 2022 
National Journal: NYT/Siena Polls Find Biden Leading in FL, PA 
National Journal: Lamb, Parnell Race Mirrors Presidential Battle 
The Hill: Poll: Biden leads grow in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin 
The Hill: Toomey announces retirement at end of 2022
CNN: Pennsylvania becomes epicenter of 2020 election chaos
CNN: GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania won’t run for reelection in 2022
CNN: Biden campaign highlights historic nature of Harris nomination in new ads ahead of VP debate
Politico: Sen. Pat Toomey to retire from politics in blow to GOP 
Real Clear Politics: Pennsylvania Manufacturer Thrives — If Only It Can Find Good Workers

KYW Newsradio: PHA reaches agreement with protesters at North Philly homeless encampment
KYW Newsradio: With 3 months left in 2020, more killed in Philadelphia than all of last year 
Philly Voice: City officials, homeless encampment leaders reach deal to end protest camp at Ridge Ave.
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly constitutionally abolish ‘stop and frisk’ — and would it make a difference? 
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly City Hall have its own office to advocate for crime victims? 
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly borrow $134 million to fund transit improvements, parks and sanitation? 
Billy Penn: Ballot question: Should Philly revamp its ‘beyond toothless’ police oversight commission?
Billy Penn: Vote for your favorite ‘naked ballot’ slogan 
Inquirer: City and activists reach an agreement to close the homeless encampment outside PHA headquarters in North Philly
Inquirer: Bangladeshi immigrants are winning a seat at the table in the ‘club’ of Philly politics
Inquirer: Is American democracy at risk? Philly scholars see creeping fascism and historic parallels. 
Inquirer: Hundreds of American Airlines flight attendants are losing jobs at Philadelphia International Airport 
Inquirer: Are political Facebook posts straining your real-life relationships? You’re not alone.
Inquirer: City, activists reach agreement to close homeless encampment | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Magazine: The Huge Importance of the Secrecy Envelope for Mail-In Voting
WHYY Newsworks: Philly area counties say efforts to recruit poll workers for Election Day are paying off 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia surpasses 2019’s homicide total with nearly three months left in 2020 
WHYY Newsworks: City, activists come to agreement to clear Ridge Avenue homeless encampment 

Montgomery Media: Forum highlights stark differences in 4th Congressional District race 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County Bureau of Elections: The ballots are in the mail 
Daily Local News: Shusterman says GOP bill could ‘sow chaos and confusion’ in election 
Inquirer: Delaware County prosecutors are bringing a proven, data-driven gun violence prevention program to Chester
Bucks County Courier Times: Commissioner: State not taking inmates overcrowds Bucks jail 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks health officials offer Halloween guidance
Bucks Local News: OCTOBER 5 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Covid count declines; family and friends exposure causing concern

City Paper: Geiger Shulman calls for debate in Pittsburgh’s most competitive race, Mizgorski silent
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Peduto administration introduces CROWN Act bill to protect natural hairstyles 
Post-Gazette: Small businesses in Pittsburgh wait for another federal stimulus package to ramp up operations 
Post-Gazette: City’s Commission on Human Relations executive director to leave job 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh sets trick-or-treat hours with new protocols 
Post-Gazette: As Shell’s construction moves into final stage, citizens organize environmental self-defense classes 
Post-Gazette: Attorneys say federal prosecution of protesters both ‘unnecessary’ and ‘unusual’ 
Post-Gazette: Demolition permit granted for historic Ewalt House 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports 46 more cases, no new deaths
Tribune Review: Peduto submits legislation to protect Black Pittsburghers from hairstyle discrimination
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 46 new coronavirus cases
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto To Submit Bill To Pittsburgh City Council That Would Provide Protection From Hairstyle Discrimination
KDKA: Bill Seeks To Give Pedestrians More Protections After No Charges In Man’s Death On I-279
KDKA: The Impact Of President Trump’s Coronavirus Diagnosis On Voters
KDKA: Volunteers With Biden-Harris Campaign Distribute Signs In The Area 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 46 Additional Coronavirus Cases, No Additional Deaths
WESA: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank ‘Taking No Action’ On Trump Letter In Food Assistance Box 
WESA: City Officials Greenlight Trick-Or-Treating With COVID-19 Precautions
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wealthiest communities: See which parts of the Pittsburgh metro have the highest median household incomes

Beaver County Times: Local officials react to Trump COVID-19 case
KDKA: Women For Trump Bus Tour Stopping In New Castle
Observer-Reporter: Washington County sets up paper ballot booth in Courthouse Square office building
Observer-Reporter: Scandale plea, sentencing postponed until next week
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Letters show county staff concerned about drinking in DA’s office; prosecutor says office was celebrating case’s closure
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: Blair County adds 16 COVID-19 cases, one death
Altoona Mirror: Voters concerned about mail voting

Pocono Record: Anti-abortion activists kick off ‘#ConfirmAmy’ tour in Scranton
Times-Tribune: Bognet, Cartwright discuss economy, policing
Times-Tribune: GOP incumbent Keller, Democratic challenger Griffin face off in 12th Congressional District race
Times-Tribune: Anti-abortion activists back court pick
Times-Tribune: Pike County gun festival to go on despite crowd size limits
Times-Tribune: Judge rules Scranton School District violated Sunshine Act with furlough vote
Times-Tribune: Seven-county region crosses 10,000 COVID-19 cases 
Citizens Voice: Bognet, Cartwright discuss economy, policing 
Citizens Voice: Election board member wants board to play more active role in county elections 
Citizens Voice: A guide to mail-in voting for the Nov. 3 general election 
Citizens Voice: District attorney warns of phone scam targeting area residents 
Citizens Voice: Pike County gun festival to go on despite crowd size limits 
Citizens Voice: Trump supporters rally on the lake Sunday 
Citizens Voice: 16 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Salavantis warns of ‘spoofing’ scam using magistrates’ numbers
The Times Leader: 16 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 672 statewide

South Central 
York Dispatch: Internal poll: DePasquale up 6 in 10th Congressional District race 
York Dispatch: Helfrich nominates Muldrow as York City Council rips his handling of police situation
York Dispatch: With clock ticking, York County aims to get broadband test up and running 
York Dispatch: Lancaster protest ‘riot’: Most felony charges dropped for 3 York County residents
York Dispatch: York County has 4 new deaths linked to COVID-19, 18 new cases
Patriot News: Joe Biden to make campaign stop in Gettysburg on Tuesday
York Daily Record: YDR to host candidate forum with Eugene DePasquale
York Daily Record: Watch live: Pa. 11th Congressional District forum
York Daily Record: Former York city police officer named commissioner
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle anticipates draft marijuana decriminalization measure at November meeting 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 8 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Monday; York County reports 10 additional deaths since Friday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hammond stakes out progressive case for replacing Smucker in Congress 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: LNP/York Daily Record holds forum for candidates in the 11th Congressional District 

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Congressional candidates Wild, Scheller square off in debate
Morning Call: Susan Wild, Lisa Scheller clash over police protests, health insurance, taxes during first 7th District debate 
Morning Call: Timeline: Pat Toomey’s rise from Lehigh Valley congressman to the U.S. Senate 
Morning Call: Pat Toomey’s impending retirement leaves 2022 races for governor, Senate wide open 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley residents now have til Nov. 4 to apply for federal rental assistance 
Morning Call: DA files charges against Allentown elections judge who darkened dots on ballots in Pa. House race 
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf requests President Trump declare Tropical Storm Isaias was a disaster for Lehigh Valley, neighboring counties
Express Times: Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey to retire at end of term in 2023
Express Times: Judge of elections charged in darkening of ballot choices, Lehigh County DA says
Express Times: Homeless woman accused of taking political signs jailed on $10,000 bail
Express Times: Man scales Route 22 billboard to get Gov. Wolf’s attention (UPDATE)
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 672 new cases; 11 new deaths; no reported deaths in Northampton County for two weeks | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/05/2020)
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf asks for federal disaster assistance for Tropical Storm Isaias 
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 27 new coronavirus cases but trends indicate the virus is still on the rise 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: House votes yes on Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 7 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 5 update: Centre County adds 20 new cases of COVID-19 as Pennsylvania passes 164,000
Erie Times-News: Arrington to plead in federal fraud case 

Mark S. Schweiker: There is a pathway to recovery. It will take us all working together 
Paul Muschick: Pat Toomey’s retirement: Pros and cons for Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley
Michael A. Nutter: Why Pennsylvanians should support Biden
Christine Flowers: Why many Pennsylvania voters still like Trump
David Thornburgh: Swiss cheese on cheesesteak? How to lose Pennsylvania
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Will virus alter Trump actions? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fact-checking reality 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A consistent standard 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Counterfactual history
Tony Norman: What would Nero do?  
Maria Panaritis: Hybrid school is finally here. It is not perfect, but ‘the kids are happy.’ 
Gene Therapy: Trump docs line up as enablers
Chellie Cameron: PHL CEO: As travel industry recovers, we need help from public and private partners 
Frank Rizzo Jr.: We need leaders like Joe Gale
Will Herzog: SEPTA is safe during COVID. Transit access is not. 
David C. DeWitt: Control over the federal courts is about raw political power, nothing more
Pedro A. Ramos and Kate Allison: Good things happen in Philadelphia, including unprecedented philanthropy 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Tuesdays with Toomey won’t be the same

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