October 9th Playbook

Two national ratings outlets change the ratings for three congressional races in the state, while CNN rates PA as Leans Democratic for the presidential race. Here is the Playbook. 

Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Cartwright and Wild Races Shift From Leans Dem to Likely Dem: The election analyst described the Republican candidates as “competent challengers,” but added that outside GOP groups “do not appear likely to spend big outside dollars” into their races.

CNN Moves PA Back From Battleground To Leans Dem For Presidential Race: Biden has 290 electoral votes at least leaning towards him, while Trump has 163, and 85 electoral votes remain in the Battleground category.

Cook Political Report: Kelly Shifts Down From Solid to Likely GOP, Wild Moves Up From Leans to Likely Dem: The election analyst pointed to a poll that shows Wild leading by double digits, while referencing the first TV ad from Kelly’s challenger.

Jill Biden Campaigns in the Philly Suburbs: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on Jill Biden’s swing in the Philadelphia suburbs on Thursday, where she stressed the impact that women voters in Pennsylvania can have on the upcoming election.  

‘Women For Trump’ Rally in Lawrence County: Mercedes Schlapp, Lara Trump, and Katrina Pierson rallied a few hundred people in Lawrence County on Thursday evening, KDKA reports.  

PA7: Scheller and Wild Talk Economic Recovery Plans During Forum: The Allentown Morning Call reports that Rep. Susan Wild and GOP challenger Lisa Scheller went head-to-head on their economic recover plans on Thursday evening during an hour-long forum hosted by the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. 

PA10: Perry and DePasquale Debate: Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) and Democratic challenger Eugene DePasquale faced off in their first debate on Thursday evening, PennLive reports.  

VoteSafe Releases 30 Second Ad: The 30 second TV and digital spot features Sue Glovas, a woman from Northampton County, who has been a poll worker for the last eight years. She talks about the voting process in the state being safe and secure. 

Sanders Endorses 11 State Leg Candidates: Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Friday morning in a press release that he’s endorsing the following Democrats running for the state legislature in PA: State Reps. Sara Innamorato (D-Allegheny), Summer Lee (D-Allegheny), and Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Philadelphia), plus candidates John Padora, Nicole Miller, Tara Shakespeare, Tara Zrinski, Rick Krajewski, Nikil Saval, Amanda Cappelletti, and Shanna Danielson. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: House GOP leadership calls on lawmaker to resign over vulgar videos 
Spotlight PA: Lawmakers mount new push to give Pa. counties more flexibility in counting mail-in ballots
AP: House leaders call for lawmaker to resign over videos
AP: Pennsylvania reports most daily virus infections since April
AP: Bill Cosby appeal set for Dec. 1 in Pennsylvania high court
StateImpactPA: Trump pounds fracking as a wedge issue in Pa. But if it’s not a top concern for voters, how much can it help?
WESA: PA Voter Registration Hits All Time High, Mail-In Ballot Requests Exceed Primary Totals
Morning Call: Republicans continue to eat away at Democrats’ voter registration advantage in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: How to vote by mail in Pennsylvania: What you need to know
Patriot News: Lawmaker who tried to get son to smoke cigars should step down, Pa. House leaders say 
Patriot News: What could be driving the recent coronavirus case uptick in Pa.? Gov. Wolf weighs in 
Patriot News: Pa. college professor fired for using ‘N-word’ 3 times in online class 
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases in Pa. top 1,300 for 2nd day in a row, the highest numbers in months
Post-Gazette: Shapiro: Office ‘will be ready’ for legal battle on Election Day
Post-Gazette: Pa. House leaders call for lawmaker to resign over videos
Inquirer: Jill Biden says women in the Philly suburbs where she grew up ‘may determine the entire election’ 
Inquirer: Don’t believe election misinformation about ‘shredded’ Pennsylvania ballot applications for Trump 
Inquirer: Utilities can soon cut off nonpaying customers, Pa. says, but the poorest customers are protected
Inquirer: Thursday’s new COVID-19 case numbers rise even higher, prompting warnings from Pa. and N.J. officials
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Perry, DePasquale engage in brisk debate on pandemic, policing 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House GOP leadership calls for Bernstine to resign over Snapchats of son 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Attorneys denounce GOP rep.’s ‘politically motivated’ impeachment call for Pa. Supreme Court Justice Wecht 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump’s rhetoric on election integrity unfolds in courtrooms, tweets | Battle for the Ballot 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s congressional Republicans get failing grades on LGBTQ rights group’s scorecard | Friday Morning Coffee
PLSReporter: House GOP calls on Bernstine to resign; Bernstine says he’ll ‘do better’
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania Polls Roundup: Biden lead widens, voters get motivated
PLSReporter: Philadelphia officials file suit against state over gun preemption laws 
Fox News: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf aims to pressure Sen. Toomey into voting against Barrett confirmation 
Fox News: Pennsylvania voter registration may be at record high, state official says
KDKA: Pa. House Democrats, Republicans Call For Rep. Aaron Bernstine’s Resignation; Video Allegedly Shows Him Encouraging Young Son To Smoke 
KDKA: Around The Table: Vice-Presidential Debate Reaction 
Pittsburgh Business Times: State tavern group responds to Gov. Wolf’s expanding capacity limits
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania’s statewide ban on utility shutoffs comes to an end
National Journal: 3 Quinnipiac Polls Find Big Biden Leads in FL, IA, PA
USA Today: What voters across the Northeast are saying about the presidential election
Tribune Review: Shapiro preparing for additional court battles as election nears
The Hill: Pro-Trump group puts $10M behind new ads in Florida, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin 
LNP | LancasterOnline: These 4 counties have half of the COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Pennsylvania
KDKA Radio: Lara Trump: Virtual debate not necessary, president ‘feeling fantastic’
CNN: Why Biden won’t ban fracking — and why Trump wants you to think he will
CNN: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in Bill Cosby’s appeal

Philly Clout: Philly firefighters are getting a do-over for a controversial Trump endorsement
Billy Penn: Philly Dems stop infighting, unite to flip Pa. House seat in the Northeast
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s guide to the 2020 general election in Philadelphia
Inquirer: District attorney: Election equipment theft appears to be random crime, unrelated to campaign 
Inquirer: Most major cities haven’t banned tear gas during protests. Will Philly be different? 
Inquirer: Philly is opening 17 early voting locations across the city. Here’s where.
Inquirer: Biden plans Philly town hall to replace virtual debate; Pa. and N.J. reporting highest case numbers in months; 8 SEPTA workers have now died of COVID-19 
Inquirer: Coronavirus cases continue to rise in the Philly area | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Voting anxiety? Here’s what you need to know 
KYW Newsradio: Philly City Council asked to bar police from using tear gas, to license companies that buy homes for cash
Philly Voice: At strategic site of Philly refinery explosion, Drexel report envisions community-informed future 
Philadelphia Citizen: Larry Krasner’s Inconvienent Truth

Montgomery Media: Montgomery County native Jill Biden addresses hometown voters ahead of election
Delco Daily Times: 100,000 ballots are in the mail in Delco
Delco Daily Times: Eddystone OKs ballot drop box in the borough
KYW Newsradio: Montco COVID-19 positivity rate lowest since pandemic began, but officials still have some concerns
Inquirer: Jill Biden says women in the Philly suburbs where she grew up ‘may determine the entire election’ 
Daily Local News: Chester County launches campaign to help small businesses, restaurants 
Delaware Valley Journal: Chester County Campaign Mailer Makes Friel Otten A Rutgers Law Grad 
Bucks Local News: Coming soon to a mailbox near you: First mail-in ballots sent out in Bucks County 
Pottstown Mercury: Draft Pottstown budget calls for 3.5% tax hike 

Tribune Review: $2 million election grant causes online tiff in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Trump coming to Pittsburgh? National reporters say it’s in the works  
Tribune Review: Allegheny, Westmoreland surpass 2010 census response rates  
Post-Gazette: Officials: Trump planning trip to Pittsburgh region on Monday 
Post-Gazette: State leaders: More federal COVID-19 aid desperately needed 
Post-Gazette: Pa. has highest number of COVID-19 cases since April 29
KDKA: Sources: President Donald Trump Planning Visit To Beaver County On Monday 
KDKA: Around The Table: Vice-Presidential Debate Reaction 
KDKA: Controversial Viral Video Raises Concerns Over Ballot Harvesting, But Elections Leaders Say There Are Safeguards In Place 
KDKA: Allegheny County To Open Additional Election Offices To Help Cut Down On Crowds And Allow More Options 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Republicans And Democrats React To Vice Presidential Debate
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 127 New Coronavirus Cases, Countywide Total Tops 13,000
City Paper: Peduto and Fitzgerald urge Trump to avoid campaigning in Pittsburgh next week 
City Paper: D.C. man possibly carrying infectious disease to travel to Pittsburgh during pandemic
City Paper: Yes, it’s still legal for businesses to discriminate against gay people in most of Pa. 
City Paper: An ongoing tally of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Allegheny County
WESA: Port Authority To Start Hiring For Equity And Inclusion Team

Beaver County Times: GOP House leaders say Bernstine should resign  
Beaver County Times: Trump campaign attempts to exclude media members from Bridgewater event
Observer-Reporter: Shapiro, Lamb talk up safety, security of voting by mail 
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners from 3 counties write to Trump, Biden in support of domestic energy production 
Observer-Reporter: Concerns raised about security at Greene County’s polling stations 
Observer-Reporter: Municipalities, police and fire departments eligible for CARES Act funding through county
KDKA: ‘Women For Trump’ Holds Campaign Event In Lawrence County
KDKA: Westmoreland County Election Bureau Mailing Out Ballots Starting Friday
KDKA: Westmoreland County Says Delivery Of First Mail-In Ballots Delayed 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County confirms that mail-in ballots were not sent out as planned
Tribune Review: Lara Trump in North Hills: President Trump ‘wants to get back out’ on campaign trail ASAP
Altoona Mirror: Blair hiring election helpers
Altoona Mirror: County salary study submitted
Altoona Mirror: Pa. sees new virus cases top 1,300 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Commissioners OK tax relief for old jail building, commend prison staff for handling of riot 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Three area businesswomen named to statewide boards 

Citizens Voice: Cartwright defends plane, summer home ownership 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor introduces Police Advisory Committee
Citizens Voice: SBA administrator visits Linde Corp. in Pittston Twp.
Citizens Voice: 25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Thursday
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Police Advisory Committee members introduced 
The Times Leader: 25 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County, 1,376 statewide 
Times-Tribune: Cartwright defends plane, summer home ownership
Times-Tribune: SBA administrator visits Linde Corp. in Pittston Twp.
Times-Tribune: North Pocono School District overtaxed some residents by as much as $2 million, will offer refunds
Times-Tribune: Another spike in COVID-19 cases for state, region

South Central 
Patriot News: Debate season opens in Pa.’s 10th Congressional race; Scott Perry, Eugene DePasquale spar on issues, representation of district 
Patriot News: In the race for Pa. 31st Senate District, Mike Regan and Shanna Danielson face PennLive Editorial Board 
Patriot News: How a Lancaster-based political blog and Russian propaganda pushers were tangled on the web: civil rights group 
York Dispatch: VIDEO: Gov. Wolf on importance of affordable care act coverage 
York Dispatch: DePasquale: Systemic racism is real, ‘unacceptable’ 
York Dispatch: Mail-in ballots are on the way, county officials say 
York Dispatch: CARES Act grants awarded to more than 800 businesses and orgs in York County 
York Dispatch: Thursday update: Four new virus-related deaths in York County
York Daily Record: What we know now about protests in Lancaster
York Daily Record: Polling place changes in York County prompt criticism 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 17 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Thursday as region sees another spike

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Susan Wild, Lisa Scheller debate workforce recovery plans during 7th District candidate forum on economy 
Morning Call: ‘Will it take an innocent child being shot?’: After recent violence in Easton, West Ward gathering discusses making neighborhood safer
Reading Eagle: Everything you need to know about voting by mail in Berks County [VIDEO]
Reading Eagle: Business leaders say auditor general’s review of Pennsylvania coronavirus shutdown waivers appreciated but it falls short 
Express Times: Easton cop called Michelle Obama ‘black chimp,’ another kept racial-profiling log, suit filed by fellow cop says 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,376 new cases, largest increase since April; 27 more deaths; Lehigh University sees 47 more cases | Pa. COVID-19 county map (10/08/20) 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates speak to helping people with special needs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County to form commission for the differently abled
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City approves new director at $65K salary
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Schools react to new rules for spectators at athletic events
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms acknowledge domestic violence, juvenile justice
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State sees biggest increase over 24 hours since April
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports 94 new cases of COVID-19, one new death

John Baer: It doesn’t look good for Trump in Pa., but don’t count on the election year ending soon 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Focus on Pennsylvania’s real election needs 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Break up Big Tech 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Vote Biden and restore decency
Inquirer Editorial Board: Just like COVID-19, gun violence in Philly is preventable
Paul Muschick: A virtual debate without Trump? That sounds perfect
Tony Norman: What would Nero do?
Jonathan Kaledin: Creating a more equal America demands more urban green spaces 
Will Bunch: The one awful word that describes Trump, GOP 2020 election scheme: ‘Deterrence’
Helen Ubiñas: Dear Men: We are speaking. Dear Women: Help us out! 
Russ Feingold and Ali Mahmood: Conservatives think they can shut down the struggle for justice, but we won’t let them 
Trudy Rubin: I’ve covered rigged elections abroad, but in 2020 I’m worried about whether my own ballot will count

5 Responses

  1. Why hasn’t the Republican majority in Harrisburg stripped child abuser GOP State Rep Aaron Bernstine of his Committee assignments?

    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.

  2. Saw the link about Rep Frank Ryan wanting to “impeach” Pa Supreme Court Justice Wecht because he ruled against the “pretzel districts” that Republicans had drawn up and he ruled for Gov Wolf’s covid measures. To you, Rep Frank Ryan, the taxpayers of Pa also have a vote and we voted for Justice Wecht and we agree with his rulings but even if we did not it is not your will Rep Ryan that prevails it is the people of Pa that matters. You are wrong here. And you should not be using impeachment for cheap political points. Whatever happened to honoring the will of the voters?

      1. This is just another sorry attempt by the Republican arm of the Zappala mafia cartel to reexert itself on the Supreme Court and frustrate a powerful enemy. The Godfather should realize that he has no sober offspring and the cartel’s power is gone.

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