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September 1st Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden delivered an address in Pittsburgh on Monday, while VP Mike Pence is set to headline a “Workers For Trump” event today in Luzerne County. Here is the Playbook.

Climate Group Poll: Fracking and Climate Issues Benefit Dems in PA: “The conventional wisdom about Pennsylvania voters and fracking is wrong,” said Lori Lodes, Executive Director of Climate Power 2020. Biden leads Trump by 8 points, 50-to-42, in the poll.

Trump To Visit Westmoreland County on Thursday: On Thursday evening, President Donald Trump will head to Westmoreland County to deliver remarks from Arnold Palmer Regional Airport.

Pence to Headline ‘Workers for Trump’ Event in Luzerne County: On Tuesday afternoon, Pence will advocate for President Donald Trump’s “pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda,” during a campaign visit in Exeter.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Planes, pizza and Cher: Biden resumes campaign travel
AP: Wolf won’t extend state’s eviction moratorium, office says
AP: Trump, Pence to follow on Biden’s heels to Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Successful return to school could lead to easing of bar and restaurant restrictions: Wolf 
Patriot News: ‘Most of us can agree we don’t want to be around a sick coworker’: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf calls for passage of a paid sick, family leave law 
Patriot News: More Pa. state agencies agree to provide up to six weeks of paid parental leave for their employees 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa: 521 new cases reported Aug. 31, 134,025 overall 
Patriot News: 9 Pa. counties listed as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate drops again
Inquirer: Fact-checking Joe Biden in Pennsylvania on his fracking policy 
Inquirer: Biden comes to Pa. and asks: ‘Does anyone believe there will be less violence’ if Trump wins? 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf says he might extend eviction, foreclosure moratorium 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames’: Biden slams Trump in Pa. campaign stop 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: GALLERY: At the Capitol, a day of remembrance and action for those affected by opioid, substance abuse 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: POLL: Two months out, Pa. voters ‘very interested’ in 2020 elections | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Eagles QB Wentz: ‘There’s a hurting community.’ Why we can’t let civil war win | Monday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette: Black leaders call for full investigation into Pa. Supreme Court justice’s alleged remarks
PLSReporter: Wolf pushes for paid sick leave ahead of legislature’s fall return to session 
PLSReporter: While Wolf waffles on eviction moratorium, House Dems introduce housing bill package 
WHYY Newsworks: The long road back for the longterm unemployed 
Fox News: Philly mayor apologizes after photo shows him dining indoors in Maryland, despite restrictions in home city 
Fox News: Philadelphia mayor seen dining indoors while city’s restaurants can only serve outside 
Fox News: Biden condemns rioting, blasts Trump’s response in fiery post-convention speech 
The Hill: Biden pushes back on Trump claims: ‘I am not banning fracking’
The Hill: Democrats lead Republicans in new voter registrations in four battleground states
The Hill: Biden delivers pizza to Pittsburgh first responders
The Hill: Swift Boat strategist to oversee huge pro-Trump super PAC: report
The Hill: Trump knocks Biden ahead of Pennsylvania speech
CNN: Biden: ‘I am not banning fracking’ 
CNN: Biden condemns violence and asks if Americans ‘really feel safe under Donald Trump’ 
CNN: New super PAC launches to support Trump in final months before election 
Politico: ‘Do I look like a radical socialist?’: Breaking down Biden’s speech 
Politico: Swift Boat mastermind to launch massive super PAC to boost Trump
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the 10 Pennsylvania counties with the highest rates of new coronavirus cases for Aug. 25-31   

WHYY Newsworks: Philly election meeting in far-flung warehouse criticized for hindering public input
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Stand up for democracy’: Philly to host poll worker recruitment drive 
WHYY Newsworks: Major Black, Jewish civil rights orgs teaming up for Philly voter outreach 
WHYY Newsworks: More than 300 people have been murdered in Philly so far in 2020
Inquirer: Homeless encampment on Parkway must clear out by Sept. 9, city announces 
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney apologizes after photo showed him dining inside Maryland restaurant 
Inquirer: New York developer Durst is among bidders competing for Penn’s Landing site eyed by 76ers 
Inquirer: Philly teacher contract expires without a new deal; district trying to ’shake down’ teachers, union chief says
Inquirer: Homeless encampment must be cleared next week, city says | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: Should Philly revamp its ‘beyond toothless’ police oversight commission? Your vote will decide 
Billy Penn: Call for nominations: Suggest your favorite Philly peeps for the 2020 Billy Penn Awards 
Philadelphia Tribune: Urban League of Philadelphia launches re-entry program
KYW Newsradio: City: Protesters camped in North Philly, on Parkway have until Sept. 9 to clear out
KYW Newsradio: Anti-Defamation, National Urban leagues launch project to strengthen young voter turnout
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia teachers’ contract expires as fight continues over building safety
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia surpasses 300 homicide victims thus far in 2020
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Thanks, but no thanks, Mr. Mayor’: Tria among Philadelphia restaurants sitting out the return of indoor dining 
Philly Voice: Chef Marc Vetri calls out Jim Kenney for dining indoors in Maryland
Philly Voice: Philly sets final date for removal of homeless encampments

Daily Local News: Local lawmakers recognized as environmental champions
Daily Local News: Chester County affordable housing initiative gets $1 million in funding
Daily Local News: Rep. Ciresi to host virtual meeting on transit at 7 p.m. Wednesday
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale settles lawsuit over social media censorship 
Montgomery Media: Lansdale council OK’s purchase of police body cameras
Delco Daily Times: PUC denies county petition, finds ‘factual dispute’ on DELCORA rate plan

KDKA: ‘It’s About Uniting The Country’; Joe Biden Calls President Trump ‘Toxic’ During Pittsburgh Visit
KDKA: Joe Biden Blames President Trump For Nationwide Violence In Pittsburgh Speech 
KDKA: Joe Biden Says He’s Not Banning Fracking, ‘No Matter How Many Times Donald Trump Lies About Me’
KDKA: President Trump To Make Campaign Appearance In Latrobe On Thursday 
KDKA: State Police: Stealing Political Campaign Signs Is A Crime 
KDKA: Protesters Against Eviction Moratorium Ending Gather In Pittsburgh: ‘Folks Are In Dire Straits’ 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 37 More Coronavirus Cases, Countywide Total Now At 10,347
WESA: ‘Do You Feel Safer In Donald Trump’s America?’ Biden Asks During Western PA Stop
WESA: How Gun Control Divides, And Unites, Western Pennsylvania Voters 
WESA: Nurses Push For Safe Staffing Ratios And ‘A Seat At The Table’ Planning PA’s Recovery
WESA: COVID Forces Activists To Rethink College Campus Voter Registration
WESA: Pittsburgh Housing Advocates Ask For Eviction Moratorium Extension 
Post-Gazette: In Hazelwood speech, Biden says Trump has ‘fomented’ fear and violence 
Post-Gazette: Employers can defer payroll taxes for next 4 months, but employees will have to pay later 
Post-Gazette: Trump announces visit to Latrobe on Thursday 
Post-Gazette: With eviction moratorium expiring, local activists push for more time 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County courts extend judicial emergency through December
Post-Gazette: Southwestern Pa. Commission grants help fund 16 transit projects worth $110 million 
Post-Gazette: No new COVID-19 deaths reported in Pennsylvania
City Paper: Pittsburgh protesters call for extension of eviction moratorium, which ends on Aug. 31 
City Paper: Joe Biden in Pittsburgh: Trump “can’t stop the violence because for years he has fomented it” 
City Paper: Juneteenth declared official city holiday at Pittsburgh Black Voting Rights forum
City Paper: West Homestead police sergeant tweets police in Democrat-run cities should “let it burn” and “open fire” on protesters
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf calls on Legislature to pass paid sick-leave 
Tribune Review: Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Pittsburgh, says he’s not banning fracking 
Tribune Review: Greensburg rally pushes extension of eviction, foreclosure ban; Wolf hints at action 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s covid positivity rate has dropped 3 percentage points since mid-July 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County sees sharp decline in covid cases from July to August

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump bringing campaign to Latrobe on Thursday
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Biden blames national division on Trump during Pittsburgh stop
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair adds 5 COVID-19 cases among 521 reported statewide
Observer-Reporter: Monessen man featured in presidential campaign ads
Observer-Reporter: No new COVID-19 deaths reported across Pennsylvania Monday
Altoona Mirror: Blair seeks funds for virus expenses
Altoona Mirror: Van Zandt training doctors with help of Joyce program
Tribune Review: President Trump to campaign in Westmoreland County this week 
Beaver County Times: Locals petition at Beaver County Courthouse for moratorium extension 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County’s COVID positivity continues to grow

The Times Leader: Battle for Luzerne County continues Tuesday with Pence visit to Exeter
The Times Leader: Luzerne County committee studying options for former juvenile detention center
The Times Leader: 7 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 521 statewide
Citizens Voice: Local Republicans excited to welcome Pence back to NEPA
Citizens Voice: County prepares to face challenges as election nears 
Citizens Voice: Duryea police probe rash of political sign thefts
Citizens Voice: 7 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Local Republicans excited to welcome Pence back to NEPA
Times-Tribune: Duryea police probe rash of political sign thefts
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council meets tonight; county commissioners meet Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board delays vote on furloughing 223 employees
Times-Tribune: Report recommends more support for grandparents raising grandchildren
Times-Tribune: Small COVID-19 increase reported in NEPA, but no new deaths

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County DA’s comment creates calls for resignation, but Ebert says his questions were appropriate 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 10 cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Monday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. eviction moratorium to expire Monday, what does that mean for renters?
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘We’re glad you’re our neighbor’: Lancaster’s support for refugees remains strong despite fewer families resettling
Patriot News: 9 Pa. counties listed as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate drops again
York Dispatch: York County has 40 new cases of COVID-19, statewide case total surpasses 134K
York Daily Record: York County providing up to $35K in small biz grant relief

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Most Berks County legislators say they are not on board with Wolf call to legalize recreational marijuana 
Reading Eagle: Reading police to start wearing body cameras 
Reading Eagle: Berks County unveils grant program for small businesses hurt by coronavirus
Morning Call: Allentown maintains credit rating, but pandemic’s financial blow prevents S&P from upgrading ’negative’ outlook 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State tops 134K cases; Lehigh and Northampton Counties ‘moderate’ transmission to begin school year | Pa. COVID-19 county map (08/31/20) 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte is considering a masking ordinance. Here’s what to know
Centre Daily Times: Concerned but not panicked: Making sense of Centre County’s recent rise in COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports 17 new cases of COVID-19, mostly in State College, on campus
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council adjusts administrative structure
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 4 new COVID-19 cases

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Biden’s confusing stand on fracking 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Debates must not be derailed 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rally ignored safety
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Put parents in stands
Charlie Gerow: Republicans brought real people with real stories to their convention 
Jon Geeting: Will PA Make Voting Easier… Or Harder? 
Ernest Owens: With Indoor Dining Faux Pas, It’s Official: Jim Kenney Can’t Read the Room
Dick Polman: The new Republican platform: What Republican platform? It’s what the Dear Leader wants 
Daren Berringer: Our great challenge: Finding that common thread, knitting together a nation
Gene Therapy: Why Chadwick Boseman? It’s 2020
Tony Norman: Chadwick Boseman: A superhero with a thousand faces
Lorene Cary: A Love Letter To The Post Office
A.J. Thomson: High school kids should be allowed to play sports if casinos and bars can open 
Francis Cretarola: ‘A recipe for chaos and tragedy’: Philly restaurants shouldn’t reopen indoor dining at all 
David Murphy: Sixers Owners Know About Backdoor Cuts 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Putting out the fires in Portland
Jacob Schuman: Lori Loughlin, and thousands of others sentenced to supervised release, is not getting an easy punishment 
Peak Johnson: ‘He was our king’: Chadwick Boseman’s death yet another loss for Black people

2 Responses

  1. All you have to do is have a cursory understanding of energy to know that the future of Pa energy is not in fracking. And that is because of economics. As alternative sources of energy become less costly and more available fracking will decline. Fracking is the hula hoop or pet rock of energy—its not a long term answer.

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