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October 8th Playbook

Jill Biden is slated to visit the Philadelphia suburbs this afternoon, while the “Women for Trump” bus tour is scheduled to visit Lawrence County this evening. Here is the Playbook. 

Torsella Touts Leadership in Opening TV Spot: The 30 second spot promotes Torsella’s decisions to refuse a pension, a state car, reimbursement for meals, and giving his pay raise to charity.

Quinnipiac Poll: Biden 54, Trump 41: Biden has a double digit advantage over Trump on who would do a better job handling the response to the coronavirus, handling health care, and handling Supreme Court nominations. Trump has a slight edge over Biden on who would do a better job handling the economy.

Emerson Poll: Biden 50, Trump 45: Although Biden carries a 5 point advantage in the state, voters are split 50-to-50 on who they expect to win November’s presidential election.

Rendell and Toomey Team Up To Call for Terms Limits in Congress: The two call for Pennsylvania’s General Assembly to begin the process of making congressional term limits a constitutional amendment.

PA17 Ad: Lamb Promotes Protecting Healthcare: The 30 second spot describes health care as a defining issue in the upcoming election.

PA17: Parnell Talks Fatherhood in Ad: The 30 second positive spot shows the GOP challenger talking about being the father of a daughter.

Jill Biden To Visit Philly Suburbs: According to a release from the Biden campaign, Jill Biden will visit Delaware and Montgomery counties today to promote voting early in person. 

Women For Trump Bus Tour to Visit Lawrence County: The Trump campaign’s “Women for Trump” bus tour will be stopping in Lawrence County today. 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: Talks to update Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law show life
Spotlight PA: Judge dismisses suit by top Pa. senator’s campaign against Spotlight PA journalist, others
WESA: State Republicans ‘Confident’ Pennsylvania Will Go For Trump, Says PA Party Chair
Post-Gazette: Report that Trump may hold campaign event next week in Pittsburgh spurs criticism
Post-Gazette: Pa. voting issues resting primarily in the courts  
Post-Gazette: Pa.’s fracking jobs enter debate fray 
Inquirer: The election appears to be slipping away from Trump in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Who’s on your Pennsylvania election ballot? We have the answers. 
Patriot News: Nearly 9 million in Pa. have registered to vote in Nov. 3 election, already topping 2016 
Patriot News: Lebanon County representative’s measure seeks impeachment of Pa. Supreme Court justice
Patriot News: Trump planning ‘event’ in Pittsburgh: report 
Patriot News: Mail-in Voting 101: How it works and what you need to do 
Patriot News: Celebrities appear in the nude in ads explaining the ‘naked ballot’ issue in Pa. and other states 
Patriot News: Pa. Farm Show goes virtual due to COVID-19: Here’s a preview of the 2021 event 
Patriot News: Penn State’s James Franklin on new Pa. gathering limits, idea of families-only at Beaver Stadium
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Positive cases top 1,300, the highest in months
KDKA: Reports: Trump Campaign Exploring Having President Hold Event In Pittsburgh Next Week 
KDKA: Candidates In Vice Presidential Debate Get Some Advice From Their Surrogates 
KDKA: Election 2020: Both Registrations And Mail-In Voting Up In Pennsylvania 
KDKA: Nearly 2.5M Pennsylvanians Have Applied For Mail-In Or Absentee Ballots, Secretary Of State Says 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Native And Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Endorses Joe Biden
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey: Affordable Care Act in ‘grave danger’ if Barrett confirmed to Supreme Court
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Biden jumps out to double-digit lead in new polls as Pa. voters start casting their ballots
WHYY Newsworks: Environmental groups to spend $2M to flip Pa. legislature
Tribune Review: State representative calls for impeachment of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Wecht
KYW Newsradio: Pa. voter registration numbers at an all-time high, officials say 
Fox News: Pennsylvania AG slams Trump as ‘bad actor’, urges voters to ‘ignore the doubt’ and vote 
Fox News: Biden gets post-debate bounce in crucial battleground states: polls 
USA Today: GOP state rep made disturbing Snapchat videos 
USA Today: Trump considering campaign event in Pittsburgh
StateImpactPA: Whistleblower claims Mariner East construction lacks proper safety measures related to sinkholes, subsidence
Bloomberg: Trump Aims to Return to Campaign Trail Next Week Despite Illness
National Journal: Barletta Mulls 2022 Gov Campaign
National Journal: Biden Warns of ‘Cost of Division’ in Gettysburg Speech 
The Hill: Poll: Biden leads Trump by 13 points in Pennsylvania 
The Hill: Celebrities go nude for PSA on naked ballots 
The Hill: Trump plans to return to campaign trail early next week: report
CNN: Biden crosses 270 threshold in CNN’s Electoral College outlook for first time
PLSReporter: Election Update: With 90k ballots already cast, Department of State encourages early voting
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 70: ‘Bad Things Happen In Philadelphia’
Real Clear Politics: Can Trump Repeat His 2016 Win in PA? Who Votes Is Key.  

Inquirer: Philly City Council hears from protesters hit by tear gas and rubber bullets. Now it will consider banning those tactics. 
Inquirer: Philly and Pennsylvania are gearing up to protect the election from Trump 
Inquirer: Philadelphia sues Pennsylvania over inability to enact city-specific gun laws 
Inquirer: 1 in 4 Philadelphians knows someone who has died of COVID-19, and nearly half have lost jobs or wages, Pew study says 
Inquirer: As City Council hears of ATV safety concerns, some call for an ATV park 
Inquirer: Who’s on your ballot? | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s guide to the 2020 general election in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: How Philadelphia is preparing for the election 
WHYY Newsworks: Krasner says anyone who tries to intimidate Philly voters will ‘find themselves in jail’
WHYY Newsworks: Bill could ban use of tear gas, rubber bullets at protests after 52nd St. and I-676 incidents
WHYY Newsworks: Philly residents losing respect for police but don’t want fewer officers, Pew study finds 
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly sues again to overturn state ban on local firearm regulations
Philadelphia Gay News: The U.S. Supreme Court v. LGBT Americans
Philadelphia Citizen: Ideas We Should Steal: Reduce Gun Violence With Jobs  
KYW Newsradio: New poll shows COVID-19 had major impact on most Philadelphians
KYW Newsradio: New report indicates Center City is still in economic slump but is ‘on the right path’
KYW Newsradio: Philly files suit against state for right to enforce local gun laws
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s Election Day task force goes into operation 4 weeks early
Philly Voice: Vote Today in PA campaign plans events at satellite polling places
Philly Voice: Philly sues Pennsylvania for preempting gun safety laws
Philly Voice: Philly DA Krasner launches Election Day task force to prevent voter suppression, protect polling places

Delaware Valley Journal: Fitzpatrick Race A Bellwether for Republicans in Democratic Districts
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Finello each raise more than $900K 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks mail-in ballots have started to be sent to voters 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County lawmaker worked with Governor Wolf to adjust gathering limits 
Daily Local News: Election 2020: Who’s running in Pa.’s 6th Congressional District
Daily Local News: Chester County Judge Michael Cabry charged with using campaign money to feed gambling habit
Daily Local News: Chester County experiencing slight but steady decline in COVID-19
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records another decrease in coronavirus positivity rate
KYW Newsradio: Chester County judge accused of using campaign donations to fund ‘six-figure gambling habit’
Inquirer: Chester County district judge siphoned $4,000 from his campaign fund to feed a gambling habit, AG says
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County to host forum on marijuana decriminalization next week
Delco Daily Times: Chester Upland collects almost $4.5M in delinquent taxes

Post-Gazette: Report that Trump may hold campaign event next week in Pittsburgh spurs criticism
Post-Gazette: Dozens more temporary election staffers set to be hired by Allegheny County 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council scrutinizes purchase of crowd control devices 
Post-Gazette: Don’t expect a mailer about that Citizen Police Review Board ballot question 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 positive test rate ticking up in Pittsburgh region
WESA: Allegheny County Council Considers Bill To Regulate Surveillance Technology 
WESA: 300 Allegheny County Kids Have Contracted The Coronavirus Since Beginning of September
City Paper: These Pittsburgh-area candidates don’t want to participate in upcoming debates
City Paper: UPDATE: Duquesne University professor fired after using n-word multiple times in video class with student
City Paper: What to know about the Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board 2020 ballot question
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
KDKA: Reports: Trump Campaign Exploring Having President Hold Event In Pittsburgh Next Week 
KDKA: FBI Pittsburgh Helping To Safeguard Your Vote For November Election 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 43 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Additional Deaths
Tribune Review: Allegheny County asks for cooperation as covid restrictions loosen 
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald proposes 2021 budget with no tax hike to Allegheny County Council 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 43 new coronavirus cases, 3 deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: Public Paychecks: See how much the City of Pittsburgh’s highest-paid employees earn 
Pittsburgh Business Times: County urges continued caution as gathering limits relaxed

Beaver County Times: GOP state rep made disturbing Snapchat videos
Beaver County Times: Lamb, AG Sharpiro, urge voters to ‘ignore the noise’ about voter fraud 
Observer-Reporter: Mail-in ballot requests near 2.5 million statewide; 35,575 in Washington County
Observer-Reporter: Greene County sends out mail-in, absentee ballots
Observer-Reporter: Washington County plans to interview 5 candidates for warden’s position
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown council eyes pension savings with sewer funds
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County adds record 34 COVID-19 cases 
Altoona Mirror: State seeks deal on ballot processing

Times-Tribune: Ballots in mail to tens of thousands of Lackawanna County voters 
Times-Tribune: Panel of veterans to show support for Biden 
Times-Tribune: Polling place changes to affect Lackawanna County voters in 14 districts 
Times-Tribune: State, region see highest COVID-19 case increase since spring
Citizens Voice: Election director: Mail-in ballots will be sent this week
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Democrats tout support for Biden’s plans 
Citizens Voice: 30 COVID-19 cases reported in county on Wednesday
The Times Leader: County on track to send out mail-in ballots by weekend
The Times Leader: 2020 congressional debates to be broadcast live from WVIA
The Times Leader: Democrats: Biden, not Trump, will deliver jobs to Pennsylvania
The Times Leader: 30 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,309 statewide

South Central 
Patriot News: Perry, DePasquale unleash TV attack ads in one of nation’s most watched races
Patriot News: Lebanon County representative’s measure seeks impeachment of Pa. Supreme Court justice
Patriot News: This central Pa. county averages among the highest incomes in the state, study shows
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 13 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Wednesday; spikes seen in Dauphin, Lebanon 
York Dispatch: VIDEO: DePasquale weighs in on systemic racism 
York Dispatch: Ahead of confirmation, two York City Council members praise Muldrow
York Dispatch: York County COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise, but officials aren’t panicking just yet

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Q&A: Meet the candidates who will square off in 138th Pa. House race to replace Marcia Hahn 
Morning Call: Your PA Election Questions Answered: I haven’t voted in years. Am I still in the voter rolls?
Morning Call: Thousands of Lehigh Valley workers should see higher pay as Pa. overtime rules are expanded
Express Times: When will we know who wins Pa. in presidential election? Days, not weeks, top election official says
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,309 new cases, biggest increase since May 8; 91 new Lehigh Valley cases; Lehigh University seeing coronavirus outbreak | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/07/20)
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in Pa.’s 6th Congressional District
Reading Eagle: Election 2020: Who’s running in Pa.’s 4th Congressional District
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania secretary of state calls on lawmakers to approve election reforms
Reading Eagle: About the Reading Eagle’s election coverage
Reading Eagle: 69 new coronavirus cases for Berks County

North by Northwest
JET24: Senatorial candidate campaign calls foul on opponents ad as Election Day nears 
JET24: Meet the Candidate: Kristy Gnibus 
Erie Times-News: Erie County sees GOP voter registration surge 
Centre Daily Times: Pa. Republicans, Democrats clash over proposed election oversight committee
Centre Daily Times: Penn State Police set to enforce State College Borough’s COVID-19 ordinance on campus
Centre Daily Times: Oct. 7 update: Centre County reports 26 new cases of COVID-19, state adds more than 1,000
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rule change could allow 1,300 spectators at WASD stadium events
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Avis Borough talks upcoming events, meets House candidate
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council to consider hiring new director

John L. Micek: Toomey, Rendell’s call for term limits won’t fix our politics. These two moves will | Thursday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Focus on Pennsylvania’s real election needs 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Secrecy and accountability: The grand jury probe into the killing of Breonna Taylor
Bill White: Facebook ‘friend’ spoils online sermon on racism with angry remarks
Dan Simpson: Trump’s health becomes campaign issue  
Ray Domanico: If charter schools help kids of color, why aren’t the Democrats more supportive? 
Kate Fox: Vote on mental health policy to save lives and money in this year’s elections 
Fletcher McClellan and Amanda Hafler: Tough or smart on crime? The paradox of criminal justice reform 
Christine Flowers: Using the race card against Trump is unfair
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly’s gun violence surge

6 Responses

  1. If Dems can’t beat Fitzpatrick in Bucks County with a double digit lead in the Presidential race they should be ashamed. This is a laugher with Trump very unpopular in the suburbs. Dems should win Bucks County Congressional seat easily.

  2. Is the Lawrence County DA investigating this child abuser?

    In one video obtained by the USA TODAY Network, Aaron Bernstine, R-10, New Beaver, Lawrence County, is behind the camera, but his hand is shown holding a cigar and offering it to his son.

    When the young boy takes a puff, Bernstine tells him to “hit it harder” and “breathe in,” followed by a woman’s voice saying, “No.”

    A second video has Bernstine again off camera asking his son, “What are we going to chase in Nashville?” The boy replies in a whisper, “Cadillac p—-,” using a vulgar term for vagina.

  3. Aaron Bernstine is POS just like his mentor d-bag Metcalfe. Father of the year. Conservative family values. What a hick.

  4. Trump is jealous of the fly that got all that attention by nesting in Pence’s hair on national TV.

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

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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