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September 21st Playbook

Sen. Kamala Harris campaigned in Philadelphia on Thursday, while conservatives rallied at PA CPAC in Washington County on Saturday. Here is the Playbook. 

PA CPAC: Energy, COVID and RBG Fuel Conservative Rally: Hundreds of conservatives gathered at the Washington County Airport on Saturday to promote Trump’s agenda on energy policies, the Supreme Court, and more, while Gov. Tom Wolf emerged as a punching bag for his COVID-19 restrictions.

September 18th Ups & Downs: Democrats score a set of legal wins from the state Supreme Court, Gov. Wolf takes a loss in federal court, and a top Republican sues a pair of journalists. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Exclusive GOP Poll: Fitzpatrick 52, Finello 36: The survey from Congressional Leadership Fund shows Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick leading Democrat Christina Finello by double digits. The polling didn’t include head-to-head numbers between President Donald Trump and former VP Joe Biden in the 1st Congressional District.

PA Dems To Host Virtual Rally With Sen. Booker: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party is hosting a virtual rally with Sen. Cory Booker on Monday evening. The release says that Attorney General Josh Shapiro will also participate in the virtual rally aimed at motivating voters in Philadelphia and the collar counties.

Eric Trump To Campaign in Erie: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Eric Trump will campaign in Erie on Monday night to host a “Make America Great Again!” event.

Harrisburg & DC   
CBS News: Pennsylvania’s battle over mail-in voting 
AP: Court’s decisions didn’t end Pennsylvania voting law fight
AP: Evangelicals at base of Trump hopes for Pennsylvania repeat
AP: Pennsylvania sees big drop in jobless rate in August
Morning Call: Pat Toomey calls Ginsburg a ‘trailblazer,’ but is mum on whether Senate should move to replace her
Express Times: Replacing Justice Ginsburg: What Pa.’s senators say (and don’t say) about appointing successor in 2020 
Axios: Trump campaign goes all in on Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: Harris courts Black, Latino vote in visit to Philadelphia
Inquirer: Pat Toomey took a stance on Obama’s last Supreme Court nominee. He’ll face pressure to stick to it now.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania braces for a presidential election reshaped by a Supreme Court fight 
Inquirer: ‘Disgusted’ voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump’s gains in Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania counties are spending millions of dollars to prevent an election nightmare by counting votes faster
Inquirer: Everything you need to know about voting by mail, or in person, in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: How PSERS has invested $100m with a Pittsburgh billionaire and won’t say what it is for
Spotlight PA: Everything you need to know if you’re facing eviction in Pennsylvania (full guide)
Patriot News: ‘Pioneer’ and ‘trailblazer’: Pa. leaders honor Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Patriot News: Casey: Senate should wait until after election before vote to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Patriot News: President Trump coming to Harrisburg International Airport next week
Patriot News: Pa. releases guidance to K-12 schools on sports and activities’ attendance limits, urging them to stay the course
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa. politicians reacted to the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: These pro-transgender rights candidates are running for office in red districts. Can they win?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DePasquale tours Harrisburg businesses facing down pandemic economic woes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pandemic mandates squeezed Pa. festivals, local communities, and non-profits. How you can help
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Feeling like Fall | Five for Your Weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On home turf for CNN town hall, Biden pitches White House race as fight ‘between Scranton and Park Ave’
Post-Gazette: Supreme Court fight raises stakes, and risks, in Pa. battleground campaigns  
Fox News: MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle rips Biden’s ‘Scranton vs. Park Avenue’ message: ‘He doesn’t want my vote?’ 
Fox News: Gunman opens fire inside Pennsylvania mall, no injuries reported
National Journal: Biden campaign is looking towards the flock for a boost 
National Journal: Biden Releases New Ad Focusing on Military Families
National Journal: FEC Complaint Against Perry Cites KochPAC Contribution
LNP | LancasterOnline: As Trump and McConnell move to replace Ginsburg, Toomey to face 2016 statements on blocking Obama’s SCOTUS nominee 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania casino revenue grows year-over-year in August, fueled by sports betting and internet games
The Hill: Key swing-state election lawsuits could help shape the presidential race 
The Hill: Pro-Biden super PAC notches election lawsuit wins in Michigan, Pennsylvania
Politico: The 6 Republican senators who will decide the Supreme Court fight 
Politico: The left channels its fury toward McConnell
Politico: Millions of children may miss pandemic food aid as states scramble to meet Trump administration mandate 
Politico: ‘Talk about losers’: The top moments from CNN’s kid-gloves town hall with Biden
KDKA: Sen. Bob Casey: Americans Should Have A Voice In Justice Ginsburg’s Replacement
KDKA: Jill Biden To Virtually Visit Erie Next Week
KDKA: Wolf Administration Encourages Schools To ‘Voluntarily Enforce’ Gathering Limits 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles And Nittany Lions Team Up To Push For Voting By Mail 
CNN: Fact-checking Biden’s CNN town hall 
CNN: Trump remains the underdog as campaign enters final six-week stretch
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania unemployment rate drops to 10.3 percent in August  

KYW Newsradio: Harris courts Black, Latino vote in visit to Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Philly school board reverses course to approve refinery site tax break
KYW Newsradio: National Black Voter Day prompts outreach from the political left and right
KYW Newsradio: City Commissioners propose 15 satellite locations for in-person ballot drop-off ahead of election
KYW Newsradio: Biden makes Philly stop, asks to hold off on Supreme Court nomination until after election
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint: Rooting out small town racism; Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight; Philadelphia 250
KYW Newsradio: Pa. lawmakers introduce bill to end shackling of pregnant incarcerated women
KYW Newsradio: School District of Philadelphia launches ‘Equity Coalition’ to root out racist practices
KYW Newsradio: Philly behavioral health commissioner who led fight against opioid crisis is moving on
KYW Newsradio: Ruth Bader Ginsburg remembered by National Constitution Center head
Philadelphia Magazine: City Council’s Curtis Jones Jr. Talks Dangerous Missions, Closing Prisons and His Green Thumb 
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: Trump’s Philly Town-Hall Disaster 
Inquirer: Biden warns in Philly that confirming a new Supreme Court justice now would cause ‘irreversible damage’ 
Inquirer: Philly is opening 17 early voting locations across the city. Here’s where.
Inquirer: Plan to send LNG trains through Philly to S. Jersey port sparks outrage from residents, environmentalists 
Inquirer: Ruth Bader Ginsburg lauded in Philly as a legal and feminist icon ‘whose voice soared above the rest’ 
Inquirer: Far-right Proud Boys planned a rally in Clark Park. West Philly turned out in force to rebuke them. 
Inquirer: Health experts say Philly-area schools could consider reopening this month based on coronavirus transmission rates 
Inquirer: What to expect over the next six months of pandemic life, according to Philly experts
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Follow your conscience’: In Philly, Biden calls on GOP to hold off on Supreme Court nominee 
Philadelphia Tribune: Regional Recharge and Recovery task force focuses on minority businesses
Philadelphia Tribune: Temple University announces anti-racism initiative
Philadelphia Citizen: Maybe Not An Oxymoron 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Citizen Remembers: Conversations with RBG 
Philly Voice: Philly aims to open 17 early voting locations across city 
Philly Voice: FOP’s McNesby dismisses City Council’s police reform bills as ‘meaningless’
Billy Penn: Philly to open 17 one-stop shops to make early voting easy and safe 
Billy Penn: Philly election trivia: Test your local knowledge about voting and politics

Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Finello to debate twice in 1st District race 
Delco Daily Times: Organization works to recruit progressive women to run for office
Delco Daily Times: Black Lives Matter protesters make peaceful return to Ridley 
Inquirer: ‘Disgusted’ voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump’s gains in Pennsylvania 
Philadelphia Citizen: Watch: Five Things We Learned About U.S. Chrissy Houlahan 
Daily Local News: Emmons: ‘I’m a patriot, not a politician’: 
Daily Local News: Chester County approves $1.8 million to prevent evictions 
Daily Local News: Dinniman: Mail-in ballot changes will lead to more voters, safer elections 
Daily Local News: Sappey resolution on Underground Railroad adopted in House
Bucks Local News: SEPTEMBER 17 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases average 33 over past few days; deaths, hospital cases still low

WESA: Election Officials Approve Early Voting Locations, Streamline Ballot Counting Ahead Of November
Post-Gazette: Murrysville residents host candlelight vigil for Justice Ginsburg to spark unity, peace
Post-Gazette: Fracking claims by candidates an incomplete story 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Hardiman again considered front-runner for Supreme Court post
Post-Gazette: Federal contracts to Pittsburgh region topped $30 million during COVID-19. But the true extent of the deals is murkier.
Post-Gazette: ‘She was a hero’: Duquesne University President Gormley shares fond memories, impact of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Post-Gazette: Years of political pressure in Washington to bolster the Butler Works
Post-Gazette: Experts say stock buy may be ethics issue 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County president judge remembers meeting ‘rockstar’ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
Post-Gazette: Protesters gather in Mellon Park, discuss organizer’s treatment 
Post-Gazette: County reports 85 new COVID-19 cases, state counts more than 1,100
Tribune Review: Hundreds of Trump supporters parade down Route 30 
Tribune Review: Conservatives address socialism fears at Washington County conference 
Washington Post: Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey will make ‘my own decision’ about who to honor on helmet 
City Paper: Antwon Rose’s Wikipedia page edited to imply he was a “criminal” after two Steelers players broke away from Rose’s tribute
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, City Councilmen To Announce Plans To Revive Black Business Districts 
KDKA: Lt. Gov. Fetterman Speaks At Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Picket Event 
KDKA: Vigil For Ruth Bader Ginsburg Held In Schenley Park   
KDKA: Pittsburgh Legal Figures Remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg Following Her Death 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 85 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County Total To 11,663 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Donald Trump Jr. plans visit to Roxbury Park Bandshell on Wednesday
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Biden makes push for rural, union voters 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Colleges still dealing with high COVID-19 cases, testing sites planned 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local resident appointed to state board of nursing  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: $1.1M contract approved to expand broadband service 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Clearfield has second COVID-19 death as state approaches 150,000 cases, 8,000 deaths
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 14 new coronavirus cases
Observer-Reporter: Greene salary board approves new budget and elections director
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners outline space, repair needs in media tour
Observer-Reporter: State jobless rate falls to 10.3% in August 
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township Council discusses impact of ordinance on wireless technology
Altoona Mirror: Centre outbreak still churning
Altoona Mirror: Ward to host funding workshops

Times-Tribune: Hazleton chief says political ad about principal, not politics 
Times-Tribune: Eric Trump campaigns for his father, President Donald Trump, in Pike County 
Times-Tribune: Republicans cut sharply into Democratic voter registration advantage in three months 
Times-Tribune: State COVID-19 dashboard shows two new deaths in region
Citizens Voice: Hazleton police chief says political ad about principle, not politics
Citizens Voice: Trump merchandise tents popping up around area 
Citizens Voice: Republicans cut sharply into Democratic voter registration advantage in three months 
Citizens Voice: Police honored at “Back the Blue” event in Wright Twp. 
Citizens Voice: New staircase, City Hall addition added to elevator plan in Wilkes-Barre 
Citizens Voice: 11 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Sunday; no new deaths
The Times Leader: Pandemic progress: Despite downturn, region sees growth in several sectors
The Times Leader: Friend and ‘gracious’ teacher: Retired judge, ADA remember Ginsburg
The Times Leader: Wolf, Fetterman: Time to take up legalization of adult-use cannabis
The Times Leader: 11 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County

South Central 
Patriot News: President Trump coming to Harrisburg International Airport next week
Patriot News: ‘Her life was political,’ activist on the life of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 
Patriot News: Ex-Harrisburg city councilman charged with 15 counts of possessing child porn
Patriot News: PA Dems end ‘all association’ with ex-Harrisburg councilman charged with child porn
Patriot News: Under investigation for child porn, ex-Harrisburg councilman showed detectives ‘what we were looking for’
Carlisle Sentinel: DePasquale visits Carlisle amidst Congressional race and upcoming audit of state’s COVID waiver process 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 13 new cases of COVID-19 added for Cumberland County Saturday
York Daily Record: Trump to visit Dauphin County on Sept. 26
York Dispatch: Poll: Dauphin County will be tightest race for Perry, DePasquale 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: AdWatch: Lisa Scheller advertisement muddles issue in criticizing Susan Wild’s support of campaign finance bill
Morning Call: Poll: Pennsylvania voters concerned about fraud, malfunctioning machines and votes being suppressed in the presidential election
Morning Call: Eviction coming to residents of Allentown’s ’Tent City’ homeless encampment 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Mall shooting witnesses describe chaos as people scurried for safety: ‘I started running as fast I could’
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley airports land $10.4 million in federal grants
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers who represent Berks pay tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Reading Eagle: Berks County elections director to retire one month before presidential election
Reading Eagle: Protesters make connection with families at Berks County Residential Center 
Reading Eagle: Crowd rallies in Reading’s City Park for transgender woman wounded in police shooting 
Reading Eagle: Berks fans not used to coronavirus restrictions at football season opener between Wilson and Gov. Mifflin 
Reading Eagle: Berks County ends reporting week at plus 105 cases, 6% positivity rate 
Express Times: Wolf must find better balance between health and commerce, Lehigh Valley chamber and businesses say 
Express Times: Whitehall police continue to investigate shooting inside Lehigh Valley Mall 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 760 new cases; State and Lehigh Valley nearing 150K and 10K case counts; 10 ‘concerning’ counties | Pa. COVID-19 county map (9/18/20)

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Eric Trump stumps for father’s reelection in Lycoming County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bloomsburg added to proposed Lock Haven, Mansfield integration plans
Erie Times-News: Laughlin says he’s been ‘effective voice’ for Erie region 
Erie Times-News: Slomski says voters should put her experience to work 
Erie Times-News: President’s son Eric Trump to campaign Monday in Erie
Erie Times-News: Jill Biden plans virtual visit to Erie on Tuesday 
Erie Times-News: $100 million recycling plant planned for Erie 
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending Sept. 18
Erie Times-News: Register in Erie on National Voter Registration Day
Erie Times-News: Erie community college board casts secret ballot to pick chairman
Centre Daily Times: Penn. voters given more time for mail-in ballots. Here’s what Centre County officials say
Centre Daily Times: Where does Centre County stand in the fight against COVID-19? Clarity could come soon, expert says
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 97 new cases of COVID-19, while Pennsylvania has 1,162 new positives

Kamala Harris: National Black Voter Day: A call to ensure that Black voters are heard
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Initial $1 million bails were excessive and unconstitutional; we’re glad they were lowered 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Honor iconic judge’s wish 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy by waiting to replace her until after 2020 election
Inquirer Editorial Board: What’s the next Delaware Waterfront-style victory for Philly? 
Inquirer Staff: What scares Pa. teens about climate change and how do they want to fight back, a year after massive global protests?
Inquirer Staff: Should the size of the Supreme Court expand to change the ideological balance? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The need for compromise 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Wait for evidence
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protesting the wrong thing
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A democratic answer
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania churches were never shut down. So why are lawmakers wasting time to keep them open?
Paul Muschick: How Pennsylvania high school sports can have 500 fans, maybe more
Nathan Benefield: Despite ‘silent treatment’ from Gov. Wolf, Pa. legislature must enact laws to benefit needy Pennsylvanians 
Eric Failing: September is Suicide Prevention Month. Pass this important bill — and save lives
Jon Geeting: Voting Drop Boxes Live! 
Solomon Jones: What I learned when Kamala Harris came to my block
Jenice Armstrong: Philly pastor nailed it when he asked Trump: ‘When has America been great for Black people in the ghettos of America?’ 
Catherine Auriemma, Hatem Abdallah and Austin S. Kilaru: Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders were constitutional and saved lives 
Tim Hartman: The only fall sport worth watching | Editorial Cartoon
Salena Zito: NFL’s social justice experiment is no touchdown
John L. Micek: In Scranton, Biden’s grace and empathy reminds us of America’s better angels 
Keith C. Burris: Issues anyone?
Ruth Ann Dailey: Steelers caused division instead of healing
Jane Gray: DiSanto failed Pa. voters on redistricting reform
Tony Norman: The dark heart of Attorney General Bill Barr
Helen Ubiñas: L.A. police brutalized a reporter. Viral videos prove they lied. 
Maria Panaritis: Be like my spunky tomato vines. Don’t let 2020 knock you out. And trust science. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s followers
Serena Mayeri: Ruth Bader Ginsburg made the impossible look easy 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Fleeing fires and floods
Will Bunch: I dissent: Shut America down if Trump, McConnell proceed with post-RBG power grab

2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the scholarly constitutional lesson numb nuts. What law school did you graduate from?

  2. Told you Wolf was an authoritarian! And the courts recognized that and struck down his unconstitutional orders.

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