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September 16th Playbook

President Donald Trump visited Philadelphia on Tuesday for a town hall, while a new AARP poll shows Biden with a 4 point edge over Trump with voters 50 years and older in PA. Here is the Playbook. 

AARP Poll: PA Voters 50 and Up Lean Biden 50, Trump 46: Biden’s advantage among this group can be attributed to his 11 point lead, 53-to-42, among likely voters 65-plus. The analysis describes 65-plus voters as the “key swing” in this age group. However, Trump does hold a 2 point advantage, 49-to-47, among likely voters between the ages of 50-to-64 years of age.

Donald Trump Jr. To Campaign in Harrisburg: Donald Trump Jr. will be campaigning in Harrisburg on Wednesday afternoon for the Trump campaign.  

Casey and Lamb Announced As Catholics for Biden Co-Chairs: According to a press release from the Biden campaign, Sen. Bob Casey and Rep. Conor Lamb are included on the list of 36 national co-chairs of the Catholics for Biden effort. 

Eric Trump To Campaign in Pike County: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Eric Trump will be campaigning in Pike County on Friday night.  

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Top Pa. Republican’s campaign sues journalists over public records costs
AP: Wolf hits back after judge rules against virus restrictions
AP: Pennsylvania: Mail ballots can’t be discarded over signature 
AP: State House votes to bar shutting down churches in disasters 
AP: $1M bail set for Lancaster police shooting demonstrators 
AP: Lawsuit: Pennsylvania county jail punishes mentally ill
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus mandates ruled unconstitutional: What changes? What happens next?
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf asks Pa. lawmakers to approve election reforms this week
Patriot News: Pa. House passes bill intended to keep churches open during disaster emergencies
Patriot News: Pa. House panel explores police reforms, other issues facing law enforcement
Patriot News: Lt. Gov Fetterman calls $1 million bail for Lancaster protesters ‘unconstitutional’: Today in Pa.
Patriot News: Regulatory board opens door to public review of controversial plan for Pa.’s participation in climate change initiative 
Patriot News: Donald Trump Jr. to appear at campaign event in Harrisburg on Wednesday  
Inquirer: Trump says in Philly town hall: ‘I didn’t downplay’ coronavirus, ‘I up-played it’
Inquirer: $20 million in state money awarded to Pa. museums and cultural organizations for COVID-19 relief
Inquirer: What a group of Pennsylvania voters thinks of Trump, Biden, protests, looting, and the conventions
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. environmental board approves plan to limit carbon from power plants; Wolf admin sets 2022 target date 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fourth Senate employee tests positive for COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Lancaster protesters held on $1M bond in wake of police shooting 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Fitzpatrick hopes he’s one Republican who can beat back a Democratic wave 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A Texas judge ruled this doctor was not an expert. A Pennsylvania Republican invited him to testify on trans health care 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We’re not taking any votes for granted,’ Biden team says as Pa. heats up | Tuesday Morning Coffee
USA Today: Biden leads Trump among older Pennsylvania voters in new AARP poll
USA Today: Trump town hall in Pa.: 3 takeaways from the president on covid, racism and the military
WITF: Constitutional Law Expert: Court Ruling Against Wolf Administration More Symbolic Than Practical 
PLSReporter: Wolf takes aim at president, GOP lawmakers following court ruling
PLSReporter: State regulatory board votes to advance cap-and-trade regulation 
Fox News: Trump pressed on why he took ‘foot off the gas’ on COVID response 
Fox News: Pittsburgh BLM protesters charged after video shows them cursing diners 
Fox News: Ingraham praises federal judge’s ‘phenomenal ruling’ finding PA’s COVID shutdown ‘unconstitutional’ 
Fox News: Unrest over fatal police shooting in Lancaster results in 8 arrests, 4 from outside county
Delaware Valley Journal: Sen. Toomey Dunks On Democrats’ Plan to End Filibuster
StateImpactPA: Oversight board’s approval starts next phase of Pennsylvania’s contested attempt to join regional cap-and-trade program
StateImpactPA: Natural gas production in Pennsylvania hits record high 
StateImpactPA: DEP orders Sunoco to reroute pipeline after Marsh Creek Lake spill
StateImpactPA: Delaware River Basin Commission postpones vote on New Jersey terminal for Pa. shale gas, citing need for more study time
National Journal: Trump Campaign Launches $10M Ad Buy 
The Hill: Trump campaign shifts message to the economy with new eight-figure ad buy 
The Hill: Billboards in four states and DC demand ICE ‘free the families’ 
The Hill: Catholic group launches $9.7M campaign against Biden targeting swing-state voters
The Hill: Pa. State Department: Counties can’t discard mail-in ballots over signature
CNN: Legal fights inject chaos into states’ absentee ballots 
CNN: Joe Biden’s Hispanic voter problem is real 
CNN: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, police shooting of knife-wielding man ruled a homicide
Politico: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin decided the 2016 election. We’ll have to wait on them in 2020. 

WHYY Newsworks: Trump tries to woo undecided voters in Philly; competing rallies break out nearby 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s looming eviction crisis 
WHYY Newsworks: Ahead of Trump in Philly, Dems slam GOP efforts to limit mail-in voting 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly testing positive at lowest rates since March
Inquirer: Trump says in Philly town hall: ‘I didn’t downplay’ coronavirus, ‘I up-played it’
Inquirer: Trump town hall in Philadelphia prompts protests near National Constitution Center, march through Center City
Inquirer: Philly Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and his wife have asked the court to throw out the federal corruption case against them
Inquirer: Krasner is fighting to end online broadcasts of trials, a COVID workaround. Defenders and advocates are supporting his effort.
Inquirer: Amnesty International billboards in Philly and other cities demand freedom for immigrant families in ICE custody 
Inquirer: Rebuffed from Penn’s Landing plan, Sixers may begin hunt for new home elsewhere in Philly
Inquirer: Trump visit to Philadelphia for ABC town hall draws protests
Inquirer: Coronavirus news: Philly case counts lowest since March; Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf to appeal judge’s ruling 
Billy Penn: Got November election questions? Philly lawyers set up a hotline to answer them
Billy Penn: Remembering Sarah Pitts, the late Philly activist who helped veterans, voters and people in recovery
Philadelphia Magazine: If Pennsylvania Is Going to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana, This Is How It Should Be Done
Philadelphia Citizen: Ideas We Should Steal: The Housing Reform We Really Need 
KYW Newsradio: Trump contradicts himself at Philly town hall to defend coronavirus response
KYW Newsradio: Wolf administration to appeal ruling calling COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional; says orders ‘saved lives’
KYW Newsradio: New COVID-19 cases in Philly are lowest since March due to increased mask use
Philadelphia Business Journal: Trump’s visit to Philadelphia draws protestors, supporters — and road closures 
Philadelphia Business Journal: City solicitor: Judge’s ruling on Covid-19 restrictions does not apply to Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: City bans tailgating at stadium complex for Philadelphia Eagles home opener

Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records two more coronavirus deaths over 7-day period
Daily Local News: School officials told discouraging data paints grim picture for return to in-person education
KYW Newsradio: Officials share wish list for Pa. legislature as they work on rules for upcoming election
Bucks Local News: SEPTEMBER 14 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Case count drops; state issues safety appeal to college students

WESA: Who Has Final Say On Public Art? Debate Continues Prior To Hearing on Pittsburgh’s Columbus Statue 
WESA: With No Progress On New Stimulus Bill, Desperation Mounts For Food Aid Recipients
WESA: Despite No Differences In Behavior, Black Students ‘Penalized More So Than Their White Counterparts’ 
WESA: Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Abuse Of Allegheny County Jail Inmates With Psychiatric Disabilities
Post-Gazette: Groups sue Allegheny County officials alleging mistreatment of inmates with psychiatric disabilities 
Post-Gazette: In Pennsylvania, gas drilling is down, but production higher than it has ever been 
Post-Gazette: Transit agencies push for more federal help to get through pandemic 
Post-Gazette: 3 protesters charged in clash with diners in Downtown Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County to use convention center when jury trials resume in October
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 90 new cases of COVID-19, one new death
City Paper: Lawsuit against Allegheny County Jail alleges inadequate mental health care and “dehumanizing” conditions 
City Paper: Call log shows Wilkinsburg Police may have been chasing wrong man before shooting Romir Talley, says lawyer
City Paper: Preserving Pittsburgh: How Pittsburgh’s 3-year-old archive department is working to make the city’s history more accessible 
KDKA: Jury Trials To Resume In October, Allegheny Co. Shuffling Spaces To Avoid Close Proximity 
KDKA: Business Owners Left Confused After Judge Rules Gov. Wolf’s Coronavirus Restrictions Unconstitutional 
KDKA: North Braddock Council Wants To Hear From Public Before Deciding On ‘Regionalized Police Department’ Proposal 
KDKA: Mother Of Antwon Rose Jr. Criticizes Alejandro Villanueva’s Choice To Change Helmet 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 90 More Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death
The Incline: What should marijuana legalization look like in Pennsylvania?

Beaver County Times: Pa. commissions introduce bills for LGBTQ rights
Beaver County Times: ‘Serial killer’: Six months of COVID-19 in Beaver County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Langerholc cosponsors bill to aid teacher shortage 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Colleges continue driving up COVID-19 cases; Centre County adds 212
Tribune Review: Westmoreland sheriff: ‘I have not left the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party has left me’
Altoona Mirror: Blair CARES attracts applicants
Altoona Mirror: County to save interest with refinance plan
Altoona Mirror: Ruling against Wolf influential
Observer-Reporter: Washington County commissioners launch CARES Act grant program
Observer-Reporter: Governor excoriates foes, federal court decision
Observer-Reporter: Senators introduce bill to address teacher shortage
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases increase by 22 in Washington County

Times-Tribune: Bognet-Cartwright police defunding flap attracts fact checker
Times-Tribune: More than $3M in federal pandemic relief to fund a range of initiatives in Scranton 
The Times Leader: Casey, Cartwright highlight what’s at stake for health care in election 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County announces coronavirus grant opportunity for small businesses, nonprofits 
The Times Leader: Officials: Court ruling won’t impact current restrictions 
The Times Leader: Larksville looks to referendum on paid firefighters 
The Times Leader: 15 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,151 statewide
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County small businesses and nonprofits can apply for $11 million in grants 
Citizens Voice: Larksville council approves referendum on fire department funding 
Citizens Voice: Political Scene returns in advance of general election 
Citizens Voice: 15 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: The coverage so far: Police fatally shoot man in Lancaster city, protests ensue
LNP | LancasterOnline: Judge sets bail to $1 million for Lancaster protesters; Lt. Gov. Fetterman calls it ‘unconstitutional’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Was behavioral health funding cut? Fact-check of Mayor Sorace’s Monday address 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘We must find a better way’: City officials react to man fatally shot by officer in Lancaster city
Patriot News: Donald Trump Jr. to appear at campaign event in Harrisburg on Wednesday  
Patriot News: Harrisburg officials present plan for safer State Street: ‘This is a neighborhood street, not a highway’ 
Patriot News: Pa. House of Representatives to convene in the Harrisburg church it once called home
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland, York county commissioners to meet Tuesday evening on Sheepford Road Bridge 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 11 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Tuesday 
York Dispatch: Day after federal ruling, Wolf targets Trump, GOP lawmakers 
York Dispatch: Police: 3 Yorkers locked up on $1M bail each after Lancaster ‘riot’ 
York Dispatch: York County has 42 new cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday
York Daily Record: Why Gov. Tom Wolf is calling for voting reform ahead of Nov. 3 election 
York Daily Record: Election 2020: Who’s on the ballot in central Pennsylvania? 
York Daily Record: Lancaster, Pa., protests: What we know after cop killed man who chased him with knife

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Hundreds rally for gun rights, Trump and Lisa Scheller in North Whitehall
Morning Call: ‘Why did you throw vulnerable people like me under the bus?’: Bethlehem man questions President Trump at Philadelphia town hall
Morning Call: What Lehigh Valley businesses are saying about federal ruling on Pennsylvania’s COVID restrictions 
Morning Call: Who will be Bethlehem’s next police chief? City looking at four internal candidates, expects to decide by Monday
Express Times: We’re tired of media using SteelStacks as prop to define Northampton County voters 
Express Times: Plan on paying more for a Pa. fishing license thanks to this new state law 
Express Times: After 30 years on the bench, a Northampton County district judge plans to retire 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State reports 1,151 new cases; 7-day death average lowest since April | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/15/20)
Reading Eagle: Reading needs a tax increase in 2021, official says 
Reading Eagle: In Berks County, risk of community spread of coronavirus remains moderate, state reports 
Reading Eagle: 54 more coronavirus cases for Berks County 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Find out more about the candidates you’ll be choosing in the 2020 election with our voter guide
Centre Daily Times: Centre County again reports record number of COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: State College-Centre County mental health task force slated to complete report in November
Patriot News: ‘I’m not “kid” or “dear”’: Pa. city leader will leave once contract expires, says she’s been undermined
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners allocate $9 million in COVID-19 relief
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners: Illegal dumping to be prosecuted
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 8 new COVID-19 cases

Dina Titus and Guy Reschenthaler: Safe, responsible casino gaming supports state economies at crucial time
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: When did reverse discrimination become OK?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: L.A. and Rev. King’s light
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Harris changes course
York Dispatch Editorial Board: York-Adams League football fans must prepare to roll with punches this fall 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Slow the traffic and speed up the solutions to Cobbs Creek Parkway hazards
Ernest Owens: I Fear the Parkway Encampment Crisis Could End Up Like the MOVE Bombing
Trey Grayson: It’s time to come to terms with ‘Election Week’  
Colin McNickle: With ticket sales plummeting during the pandemic, another reason why publicly financed stadiums are a bad idea
Arlene Fickler: Philly has two weeks left for the Census and crucial federal funding it provides 
Chris Freind: How ‘anonymous’ sources smear their victims
Maria Panaritis: Virtual schooling is a gamble that risks the long-term health of children and families 
Fletcher McClellan: The 2016 prez race taught us there’s only one we can count on: Not counting on anything in 2020 
Will Bunch Newsletter: The West Coast is burning, but Pa. can help 
Trudy Rubin: How Iraq could become a Mideast anchor, not a ‘forever war’ 
Solomon Jones: Stacey Abrams pours the sting of loss into making sure others can vote 
Jenice Armstrong: As we remember Nikolette Rivera on what would have been her 3rd birthday, let’s not forget her mother 
Helen Ubiñas: Take a break from our national pastime of doomscrolling for some joyscrolling

One Response

  1. Trump is such a moron that anyone who still supports him deserves to be institutionalized.

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