September 15th Playbook

A federal judge ruled that Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus pandemic restrictions are unconstitutional, while President Donald Trump will visit Philadelphia tonight for a town hall. Here is the Playbook. 

PA17: Lamb Promotes ‘Independent Streak’ in Opening TV Ad: The Democratic incumbent’s first TV ad of the general election boosts his support for strengthening trade deals, coronavirus relief funding, and energy jobs in his district.

Dem Poll: Biden 51, Trump 44: The latest TargetSmart polling of likely voters in the state shows Biden leading Trump by 7 points.

York Dispatch Poll: Perry 44.7, DePasquale 38.4: Rep. Scott Perry leads Eugene DePasquale by 6 points, although the pollster describes the race as a toss-up. Former VP Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 3 points in the district as well.

PA10: Biden Endorses DePasquale: Biden’s statement on Sunday lauded DePasquale for his work as the state’s Auditor General on several matters.

Trump To Participate in ABC News Town Hall in Philadelphia: On Tuesday night, Trump will be in Philadelphia to participate in an ABC News “20/20” town hall, anchored by ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. ABC News reports that the one-hour, live event will begin at 9 pm.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Wolf’s COVID-19 business closures, limit on gatherings unconstitutional, federal court rules
AP: Police shoot, kill knife-wielding man, setting off protests
AP: Judge: Pennsylvania’s pandemic restrictions unconstitutional
AP: Federal charges filed against 2 on eve of Trump visit
AP: Philly prosecutor petitions court to stop streaming trials
AP: Federal appeals court strikes down transit ad space lawsuit
AP: Legal advocates line up on both sides of Bill Cosby’s appeal 
Patriot News: Federal judge says Gov. Wolf’s lockdown ‘well-intentioned’ but unconstitutional 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf wants coronavirus orders to stand while he appeals federal ruling 
Patriot News: Senate Republicans hail ruling on Wolf’s COVID-19 response: ‘We cannot disregard the civil liberties’ 
Patriot News: ‘A return to normalcy might be on the horizon’; Pa. House GOP leaders react to court’s reversal of Wolf’s COVID-19 response orders 
Patriot News: Gun sales surge to historic levels amid presidential campaigns, summer of protests and rising anxiety 
Patriot News: Rise in Pa. school employee retirements fuels concerns about who will fill those jobs 
Patriot News: Coronavirus’ impact varied widely across Pennsylvania — so did the response 
Patriot News: Three Pa. state universities look to form a partnership by combining their educational programs, faculty without closing a campus 
Patriot News: Pa. sees uptick in coronavirus percent positivity, lists 17 counties as ones to watch, many of which are home to colleges
NBC News: This is what it looks like on the front line of the Trump-Biden battle for the nation
NBC News: Why Biden ties with Trump in Florida, but leads in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Trump celebrates after Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions ruled unconstitutional  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Federal judge in Pittsburgh declares Wolf’s key COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional; Wolf plans appeal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: So you want to be a poll worker: What you need to know to work the polls on Election Day
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. State Police enforced COVID-19 rules during Labor Day weekend | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Despite Green Party court fight, Biden, Dems up their ballot game | Monday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: Federal court: Gov. Wolf’s COVID restrictions on businesses and gatherings are unconstitutional 
PLSReporter: Federal judge rules Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions unconstitutional; administration to appeal
PLSReporter: State begins federal borrowing to support depleted unemployment trust fund
PLSReporter: ‘We need your help’: Levine asks college students to help lessen spread of COVID-19 
Fox News: Pennsylvania coronavirus restrictions deemed unconstitutional, federal judge rules
Fox News: Lancaster protesters throw bricks, break glass at police station after shooting of knife-wielding man
Fox News: Biden holds narrow lead over Trump in Pennsylvania: Recent poll
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Considering Bill That Would Make Not Wearing A Mask A Misdemeanor
StateImpactPA: RGGI, behind the rhetoric: What we know about the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Post-Gazette: Pa. will get $1.988B in funding for eviction relief, Sen. Casey announces
Post-Gazette: Federal judge rules closures ordered by Wolf, Levine unconstitutional: They ‘crossed those lines’ 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. hasn’t updated science education standards since 2002. New plan would be first to acknowledge climate change
National Journal: Hotline Extra: Cook Political Report’s Electoral College and Senate ratings
National Journal: Trump, Biden Focus on Western PA
CBS News: New Biden ads target Black men
KYW Newsradio: Bill that would give highest US civilian honor to ‘Rosie the Riveters’ achieves major milestone
Philly Voice: Federal judge rules Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions are unconstitutional
Tribune Review: Federal judge rules Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders were unconstitutional 
The Hill: Federal judge rules Pennsylvania’s coronavirus orders are unconstitutional
The Hill: Black Voters Matter Fund deploying voter outreach caravans in 12 states to drive turnout
The Hill: NAACP, AFSCME launch radio ad buy aimed at Black voters in swing states
Politico: Down-ballot Dems split from Biden on door-knocking
CNN: Pennsylvania plans to appeal ruling that declared bans on some large gatherings unconstitutional
CNN: Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and arrests made after a police officer shot and killed a 27-year-old man
CNN: Start of Pennsylvania’s election is on hold because of ballot delay
CNN: Lawsuits hit mail-in ballots in four states
CNN: He voted for Trump in 2016. See why he’s questioning it now
Pittsburgh Business Times: Why judge’s business-closure ruling could set a precedent, and not just in Pennsylvania   

Inquirer: Trump ABC News town hall in Philadelphia: Start time, how to watch and stream
Inquirer: How Philly’s summer of protests revitalized the affordable housing movement 
Inquirer: U.S. attorney says Philly DA Larry Krasner’s ‘radical experiment has failed’ in announcing federal charges in 2 cases
Inquirer: Philly’s wrongful convictions have frequently involved official misconduct. A new report says it’s a national problem. 
Inquirer: Federal appeals court strikes down SEPTA’s ban on political advertising, saying it has been arbitrarily applied
Inquirer: Liberty Bell is one place Philly’s mask rule can’t be enforced | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Philly election officials said a contract barred them from releasing transcripts. It didn’t.  
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: College kids drive uptick in COVID-19 cases
KYW Newsradio: Trump to participate in town hall at National Constitution Center on Tuesday
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA asks Pa. Supreme Court to stop the streaming of criminal jury trials
KYW Newsradio: U.S. attorney: Philly DA giving out ‘sweetheart deals’ to dangerous criminals
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials say spike in fatal car crashes could be related to COVID-19 pandemic
KYW Newsradio: ‘Operation Vote Safe’ effort raises money, PPE for poll workers
Billy Penn: In-person classes have stopped. Shootings haven’t. So Philly schools are taking trauma support online
Philadelphia Citizen: Power The Polls
Philadelphia Citizen: Put The Students in Charge
Philly Voice: U.S. Attorney McSwain blames Philly D.A. Krasner for city’s ‘culture of lawlessness’  
Philly Voice: Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris to visit Philly on Thursday

Daily Local News: Killion to health department officials: ‘Let our kids play’
Daily Local News: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan holds town hall series about voting safely in 2020 
Daily Local News: Voter registration drive set Sept. 19 in Coatesville 
Daily Local News: Coronavirus positivity rate increases in Chester County 
Daily Local News: Coronavirus positivity rate increases in Montgomery and Chester counties
Bucks Local News: At 9-11 anniversary event in Newtown, former Pennsylvania governor condemns ‘architect of attack,’ calls on Americans to ‘never forget’ 

WESA: Can Biden Win Back Support From Catholic Democrats In PA? 
WESA: Pittsburgh Region Begins Slow Economic Recovery During Pandemic, Unemployment Rate Remains High 
WESA: Report: Racial Disparities In Allegheny County Juvenile Justice System Outpace Rest Of Nation
KDKA: Decision In Front Of Pa. Supreme Court Keeps Counties From Mailing Out Ballots 
KDKA: Journalist Strike Approved At Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
KDKA: 4 Mon Valley Boroughs Considering ‘Regionalized Police Department’ Proposal 
KDKA: Allegheny County Considering Enforcement Options After Nearly 600 People Attend West Mifflin Football Game 
KDKA: First Free Coronavirus Testing Site In Western Pa. Set To Open 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 142 New Coronavirus Cases Over The Last 48 Hours  
Post-Gazette: How do you want your tax dollars spent in 2021? The city wants to know. 
Post-Gazette: Report: Black youths in Allegheny County continue to enter juvenile justice system at higher rates than whites 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 142 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette workers move closer to strike
Tribune Review: Steelers’ helmets to have Antwon Rose’s name on them throughout season
City Paper: Pittsburgh Steelers will display Antwon Rose Jr.’s name on helmets for whole season 
City Paper: UPDATE: Parent union of Post-Gazette union endorses strike, now awaits OK from union committee and president 
City Paper: ELECTION 2020 VIDEO TRAINING: Tools, Key Dates, & Voter Registration Day 
City Paper: Trump retweets QAnon-supporting account that called Pa. first lady a “stupid wife”
Pittsburgh Business Times: NewsGuild-CWA union authorizes worker strike at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

KDKA: Washington Co. Commissioner: Judge Ruling Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Restrictions Unconstitutional A ‘Huge Victory’
Observer-Reporter: ‘Unconstitutional’: Federal judge rules against Wolf, Levine; governor plans appeal 
Observer-Reporter: School districts allowed to provide free meals through the end of the year 
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania sees rise of 25 COVID-19 deaths over weekend
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: Federal judge calls Wolf pandemic measures unconstitutional 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City of Johnstown receives funding for eviction relief 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown lagging in Census response 
Altoona Mirror: Judge: Wolf policies unconstitutional
Altoona Mirror: Rural pharmacies plead for help

Citizens Voice: Cartwright, Bognet spar over police funding
Citizens Voice: No public tickets to Biden town hall
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County’s new voting system gets high praise from citizens
Citizens Voice: Pedri appoints new deputy director of elections; two openings remain
Citizens Voice: Mohegan Sun Pocono appeals county hotel tax assessment
Citizens Voice: 10 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Cartwright, Bognet spar over police funding
Times-Tribune: No public tickets to Biden town hall
Times-Tribune: Mayor working to establish volunteer corps in Scranton
Times-Tribune: Commissioners, prison board to meet Wednesday
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA last two days, 39 new cases
The Times Leader: Kaufer calls for further legislative reform after attack at SCI Dallas
The Times Leader: Luzerne County manager selects new deputy election director
The Times Leader: Gun permit requests rise in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: $500,000 grant announced for Scranton facility to battle opioid abuse
The Times Leader: Casino appeals Luzerne County hotel tax bill on complimentary rooms
The Times Leader: 10 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county; 1,258 statewide over 2 days

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster mayor’s comments following police shooting draw rebuke from county commissioners
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Second night of protests underway following fatal police shooting in Lancaster city Sunday afternoon 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘We must find a better way’: City officials react to man fatally shot by officer in Lancaster city 
LNP | LancasterOnline: 8 people, 4 from outside Lancaster County, arrested after Monday morning protests in Lancaster city: police
LNP | LancasterOnline: Windows broken, damage reported in Lancaster city following night of protests [photos, video]
Patriot News: York County GOP lawmakers applaud federal judge’s decision declaring Wolf’s pandemic orders unconstitutional
Patriot News: ‘We’re not silent anymore’: Lancaster protests stay peaceful amid anger, rage
Patriot News: Second night of Lancaster protests sees smaller, more peaceful crowd 
Patriot News: Lancaster police station closed to public; DA to investigate violence that followed officer-involved shooting 
Patriot News: ‘They didn’t have to kill him’: mother says son shot by Lancaster officer was mentally ill 
Patriot News: Activists push for new city ordinance, community initiatives after killing of Harrisburg teen
York Dispatch: Outbreak at York County prison helped boost COVID-19 totals 
York Dispatch: Two new COVID-19-related deaths reported for York County, 49 new cases on Monday 
York Daily Record: ‘I need help’: Lancaster mayor issues plea
York Daily Record: Follow live updates from Lancaster protests
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle launches COVID-19 small business relief grant 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 24 new COVID-19 cases in Cumberland County from combined Sunday-Monday report

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Northampton GOP secures new location for rally featuring St. Louis couple who brandished guns to keep protesters off their property
Reading Eagle: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan holds town hall series about voting safely in 2020
Reading Eagle: Weekly average of coronavirus cases continues to climb in Berks County
Express Times: Rejected by one town, Lehigh Valley GOP lands new spot for rally with the McCloskeys, St. Louis couple who aimed weapons at protesters
Express Times: How has the threat of COVID-19 changed courts in Northampton County?
Express Times: Amazon to hire 600 new workers across Lehigh Valley as part of big national hiring push
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State passes 145k; Department of Health now reporting Sunday and Monday data together | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (09/14/20)

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council OK’s ordinance through veto override
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms OK GEO Group for prisoner management program
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 3 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 102 weekend cases of COVID-19, and other reopening updates for Sept. 14
Erie Times-News: Erie County group takes stand because ‘racism is everywhere’
Erie Times-News: No COVID-19 cases reported Sunday in Erie County

Danene Sorace: Pain of Lancaster city residents ‘is raw and it is real’
Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Mail-Vote Madness in Pennsylvania
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Pa., York County have a big say in ’20
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The opposite of leadership 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A collaborative effort
Inquirer: Inquirer LIVE Event Recap: Difficult conversations with kids about race
Salena Zito: The forgotten counties will make their voices heard
Charlie Gerow: The differences between the Biden and Trump campaigns are all too evident 
Paul Muschick: Lancaster shooting riot and LA deputies ambush: Stop war on police
Jon Geeting: New Year, No New Taxes
Michael Butler: The greatest story Pennsylvanians were never told
Tony Norman: All the president’s menace
Dick Polman: Who’s jonesing to inject Trump’s miracle vaccine? 
Claudine Schneider: As 2020 election nears, attacks on press freedom are un-American and inexcusable 
Malcolm Miller: Philly school board already voted against a Hilco tax break. It should do so again. 
Xavior Robinson: Disabled veterans aren’t an eyesore

4 Responses

  1. It seems to be something of a moot point as the claims were most relevant to the “red”/”yellow” phase. The “green” seems mostly reasonable– though the judge makes some valid points about “red”. The situation was surely frustrating and seemingly arbitrary and too invasive at times in “red”. The judge makes sense in that there is a long important framework limitimg government power. Very important- but the gov doesn’t seem inclined to go back to “red”/”yellow”.

    All the same, the masks would seem to make a positive difference- and the govs order there seems to make sense.

  2. Wolf and Levine will manipulate the virus numbers upward and blame the federal judge and the lazy reporters will just take it as fact. No transparency in this Administration but the media doesn’t care.

    Ironic no one mentioned how all the judges appointed by Obama blocked all of Trumps attempts to stop illegal immigration.

  3. Public health policy has become a political football and sadly we cannot save people from themselves advocating public health as if they were dealing with a snow storm. Hopefully, this bad ruling will not hold because if it does idiocy will rule the day and infections will soar in Pa. It is not a coincidence that the administration advocating chaotic approaches to covid across the county endorses this unfortunate ruling.

  4. A Trump-appointed trustfund-baby federal judge issued an Opinion that PA regulations to save lives from Covid is unconstitutional. If he is an “originalist”, where in the Constitution does it say Covid shall not be contained?

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    • No. Not Enough Support From Mainstream GOP. (91%)
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