September 22nd Playbook

President Donald Trump will hold a rally at the Pittsburgh International Airport tonight, while former VP Joe Biden endorses Christina Finello and Rep. Susan Wild. Here is the Playbook. 

PA10 Exclusive: DePasquale Spot Touts Auditor General Record: In a new positive ad, DePasquale talks up his time as state Auditor, including clearing a backlog of rape test kits.

Biden Endorses Finello and Wild: Biden described Finello as a “fighter” in his endorsement for her bid for the 1st District. Biden lauded Wild’s record on public school funding and lowering the costs of healthcare and prescription drug prices.

Trafalgar Poll: Biden 47.3, Trump 44.9: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 2.4 points in Pennsylvania, according to a poll that predicted Trump’s victory in the Keystone State in 2016.

Trump To Rally at Harrisburg International Airport on Saturday: President Donald Trump has two “Great American Comeback” rallies planned in Pennsylvania this week.

PA10 Ad: DCCC Hits Perry on Prescription Drug Prices: The Democratic Congressional Campaign’s first PA TV ad this cycle criticizes Rep. Scott Perry over campaign contributions from the drug and insurance industries.

Jill Biden to Virtually Visit Erie: The Erie Times-News reports that Jill Biden’s virtual visit to Erie on Tuesday will focus on community colleges. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Toomey silent on whether Senate should consider court pick 
AP: Wolf vetoes school sports bill; override attempt planned 
AP: Secrecy envelopes will cause electoral chaos, official warns 
AP: More Biden, Trump visits this week in fight for Pennsylvania
Inquirer: How ‘naked ballots’ in Pennsylvania could cost Joe Biden the election
Inquirer: A Pennsylvania House race looks a lot like the campaign between Trump and Biden 
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf vetoes bill on crowd sizes at school sporting events; N.J. surpasses 200,000 virus cases 
Inquirer: How Trump and Biden look in a county that’s picked 4 of Pennsylvania’s last 5 winners 
Inquirer: This county has picked 4 of Pa.’s last 5 presidential winners | Morning Newsletter 
WESA: Where Pennsylvania’s US Senators Stand On Replacing Justice Ginsburg
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes high school sports attendance bill, setting up possible override vote in General Assembly 
Patriot News: Bill toughening penalties on child pornography passes Senate panel 
Patriot News: Voters Guide: Learn about Pa.’s 2020 general election candidates
Patriot News: How faith groups in Pa. align with Biden and Trump and why they could play a pivotal role in the election 
Patriot News: Survey finds Pennsylvanians sure about who will get their votes — but less certain about who will win election 
Patriot News: 10 Pa. counties listed as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate drops
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Election 2020: Your guide to voting in Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With fight looming over Ginsburg’s replacement Pa.’s Casey lines up in opposition, Toomey still silent 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Survey: Under Trump, America’s overseas standing takes a hit | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Anti-gun violence group Everytown launches $1.4M campaign to flip the Legislature | Monday Morning Coffee
USA Today: Ginsburg’s death is ‘enormous’ in Pa. election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | GOP AG candidate says judge was right to shoot down Wolf COVID-19 orders 
Post-Gazette: Franco Harris, Ben Simmons, Cory Booker and more urge Pa. Dems to get out the vote
Post-Gazette: Counties that won ruling against Wolf’s restriction orders fight request for stay
KDKA: Supreme Court Showdown Continues To Develop, Senator Pat Toomey Not Commenting On Vote
KDKA: Pete Buttigieg Endorses Several Candidates In Pennsylvania 
PLSReporter: Wolf vetoes bill giving schools authority over school sports decisions; GOP leaders plan override vote 
PLSReporter: Philly commissioner warns thousands of votes may not be counted following “naked ballot” ruling
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 68: Consequential Courts
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes bill on school districts making coronavirus sports decisions: ‘The virus is out to get us’ 
Billy Penn: Open to the air and socially distant, e-scooters are trending — but they’re still illegal in PA 
The Times Leader: Posturing begins in process to fill Justice Ginsburg’s seat
The Hill: Poll: Biden leads Trump in Wisconsin; Pennsylvania a tight race
York Dispatch: Toomey won’t say whether he supports rush to replace Ginsburg 
Washington Post: Rep. Conor Lamb, who showed Democrats how to win in Trump districts, works to deliver Pennsylvania for Biden
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes spectator bill; state House and Senate expected to override
StateImpactPA: Trump’s energy secretary questions mainstream science on human impacts of climate change 
StateImpactPA: More spills at Lebanon County Mariner East pipeline drill site earn Sunoco more violations
StateImpactPA: States are doing what big government won’t to stop climate change, and want stimulus funds to help
StateImpactPA: In the Ohio River Valley, with the pandemic’s help, the petrochemical boom is on hold

Philly Clout: We saw a ‘Democrats for Trump’ billboard in Roxborough and asked questions about it. Then it went away.
WHYY Newsworks: Your 2020 guide to voting in Pennsylvania 
WHYY Newsworks: North Philly residents demand to be included in search for new Temple University president
Inquirer: Juvenile abuse bill prompted by Glen Mills investigation passes House 
Inquirer: This county has picked 4 of Pa.’s last 5 presidential winners | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: Revival of famous North Philly church protest camp gets shut down by police overnight
Philadelphia Magazine: Here Are All the Ways You Can Cast Your Ballot in the General Election
KYW Newsradio: Pa. boosts indoor dining capacity to 50%, while Philly holds to 25%
KYW Newsradio: Philly finishes hiring additional sanitation workers, gets trash collection back on track — for now
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania’s ‘naked ballot’ ruling will ’cause electoral chaos,’ Philly commissioner warns

Bucks Local News: 1st District Congressional candidates to participate in live, online debates
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon says she’s brough $1B to district 
Daily Local News: People in Unionville, West Chester and Downingtown demand change, unite with concurrent peaceful protests to ‘open the schools’ 
Daily Local News: Montgomery County coronavirus positivity rate decreases; Chester, Berks remain on watch list

WESA: Mercuri, Skopov Fight For Turzai’s Old Seat In Pittsburgh’s North Hills
WESA: Coronavirus Cases In Allegheny County Up Slightly, But ‘Have Not Risen Dramatically’
WESA: Four Boroughs Considering Creation Of A Regional Police Force
WESA: City School Board To Consider Comprehensive School Arrest Data Analysis
Post-Gazette: The wooing of a would-be petrochemical plant 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh launches program focused on student safety going to, from school
Post-Gazette: Four Mon Valley towns consider consolidation of police 
Post-Gazette: State reports nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths over 2-day period
KDKA: President Trump Set To Hold Rally At Pittsburgh International Airport 
KDKA: U.S. Energy Secretary Praises Shell Cracker Plant For Leading World In State-Of-The-Art Technology 
KDKA: Louise Costa, Matriarch Of Pittsburgh Family Passes Away 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 116 New Coronavirus Cases Over Last 48 Hours
Tribune Review: President Trump back in Western Pa. to rev up base, win over ‘slivers’ of wavering voters 
City Paper: State Rep. Dan Frankel wants Allegheny County code altered concerning all-gender restrooms
City Paper: Karen Kane out as managing editor at Post-Gazette, moved to editorial department

Beaver County Times: U.S. energy secretary talks natural gas, climate in Beaver County 
Altoona Mirror: Senate targets teacher shortfall
Altoona Mirror: Jobless fraud leads to delays
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Grim milestones: State reaches 8,000 COVID-19 deaths, 150,000 cases
Observer-Reporter: Southwestern Pa. sees three new coronavirus deaths

Citizens Voice: County council agenda packed with issues 
Citizens Voice: County council to discuss proposed Mackey investigation by county controller 
Citizens Voice: Allowed to open at 50% capacity, restaurant owners still hoping for 100% 
Citizens Voice: 3 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Pennsylvania Bar Association President Schwager reflects on Ginsburg’s career, passing 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s new hazard mitigation plan details lurking potential dangers 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilwoman impressed with safety protocols during jury duty 
The Times Leader: Institute study: Northeastern Pennsylvania facing a housing divide 
The Times Leader: WB neighborhood group petitions lawmakers for repeal of fireworks law 
The Times Leader: 3 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 967 statewide 
Times-Tribune: Court rules Scranton School District could lay off teachers for financial reasons
Times-Tribune: Lawyers argue about legality of Scranton local services tax 
Times-Tribune: State crosses 8,000 deaths mark from COVID-19

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Some charges dropped, bail conditions changed as judge reviews cases of people charged during Lancaster protests 

LNP | LancasterOnline: What’s the Pa. mail-in ballot deadline? When is Election Day? Here’s what voters need to know

LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘It’s a start’: Lancaster clergy, business leaders meet to discuss violence and racial justice issues 

Patriot News: Voters Guide: Learn about Pa.’s 2020 general election candidates 

Patriot News: How faith groups in Pa. align with Biden and Trump and why they could play a pivotal role in the election 

Patriot News: Protesters charged in Lancaster riots have cases moved to trial court

Patriot News: Protesters blast ‘deplorable’ $5K bail set for ex-Harrisburg Councilman Brad Koplinski in child porn case 

Patriot News: Harrisburg puts long-term effort to redevelop one of the city’s original public housing complexes on its wish list 

York Dispatch: Five municipalities say ‘yes’ to regional sewer authority, want deal with York City 

York Dispatch: York County COVID-19 cases surpass 4.5k, statewide cases break 150k

Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 12 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Sunday and Monday

Lehigh Valley      

Reading Eagle: Incomes rise, poverty falls in Reading and Berks County, census data show 

Reading Eagle: Senate panel passes bill that would improve nursing home access 

Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 61 new coronavirus cases in a 2-day span; Pa. now has more than 8,000 deaths

Inquirer: How Trump and Biden look in a county that’s picked 4 of Pennsylvania’s last 5 winners 

Express Times: Group to review controversial I-80 rockwall fence plan and elected officials aren’t invited 

Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 967 new cases over 2 days; State surpasses 150K case count and 8K deaths | Pa. COVID-19 county map (9/21/20)

Morning Call: Federal grant covering Allentown police’s COVID-19 expenses gets thumbs-down from two city council members  

North by Northwest

Centre Daily Times: Sen. Jake Corman spoke to ’60 Minutes’ about mail-in voting. Find out what he had to say

Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 109 weekend cases of COVID-19, and other reopening updates for Sept. 21

Erie Times-News: Eric Trump on election: ‘Pennsylvania is everything’ 

Erie Times-News: Jill Biden’s virtual event for Erie to focus on community colleges 

Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to host hearing on parkway plans 

Erie Times-News: Erie colleges might be fueling slight COVID-19 surge

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 7 new COVID-19 cases


Tim Briggs: How Trumpism is threatening judicial independence in Pennsylvania

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Ruling highlights flaw in Wolf’s virus approach 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Biden needs regional strategy

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Politics vs. pandering

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lioness 

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A commonsense correction

Charlie Gerow: Debates can make or break a president 

Dennis J. Boylan: Parkway encampment is unsustainable and untenable

Jane Palmer: To save democracy, Pennsylvania voters need to do more than vote 

Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Senator Toomey contemplates his integrity

Brad Bannon: Biden’s six best bets in 2016 Trump states

Dick Polman: ’Please stop, sir’: A Philly voter’s stinging rebuke to Trump 

Tony Norman: The moral vacancy of the Republican Party

Trudy Rubin: Trump’s autocrat buddies would applaud his plan for replacing RBG

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