September 23rd Playbook

President Donald Trump promoted his administration’s energy policies during a rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday evening, while Sen. Pat Toomey announced that he will vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Here is the Playbook. 

PA10 Ad: Perry Highlights Upbringing, Support for Senior Programs: Perry’s 30 second spot starts off by detailing being raised by a single mother, then pivots to talking about supporting senior programs.

Donald Trump Jr. To Campaign in Johnstown: On Wednesday afternoon, Donald Trump Jr. will headline a “Make America Great Again!” event at Roxbury Park Bandshell in Johnstown. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Lawmakers’ power to redraw Pa.’s political maps could be more limited in 2021
AP: Toomey supports Senate voting on Trump high court nominee 
AP: Judge declines to stay ruling on Pennsylvania crowd size 
AP: Pennsylvania chips away at pandemic poll worker shortages 
AP: Pennsylvania nears launch of new health insurance website 
AP: Senate OKs bill to loosen virus limits on restaurants, bars 
AP: Pennsylvania launches new virus exposure notification app 
AP: In battleground states, Catholics are a pivotal swing vote 
AP: Third parties could play a lesser role in 2020 campaign
Politico: Rank-and-file union members snub Biden for Trump 
Politico: Pennsylvania election officials warn of 2000 Florida redux
Post-Gazette: Rallying at Pittsburgh International, Trump gives rundown of nation’s political tenor
Post-Gazette: As Senate locks up votes, Toomey supports moving forward on Trump nominee to Supreme Court 
Post-Gazette: Judge rejects Wolf’s request for stay on shutdown ruling 
Post-Gazette: Meet Pennie, Pennsylvania’s new ACA marketplace for health insurance
Post-Gazette: House approves spate of bills, but Senate offers no guarantee as government shutdown looms 
Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey says he’ll vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee 
Patriot News: Federal judge denies Gov. Tom Wolf’s request for stay on pandemic restrictions ruling
Patriot News: Pa. Republican leaders seek stay on state Supreme Court ruling on elections
Patriot News: Pa. House schedules Wednesday session to consider an override vote on high school sports bill vetoed by Wolf
Patriot News: Bill freezing pay for Pa.’s legislators, judges, and top executive branch officials is heading to governor’s desk 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate passes bill imposing stiffer penalties on motorists who don’t slow down or steer clear of emergency response scene   
Patriot News: Bill relaxing restrictions on restaurants and bars passes Pa. Senate   
Patriot News: Man in Confederate flag shirt & Trump hat sought for vandalizing Black Lives Matter mural with paintballs: Pa. cops
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 834 positive cases reported Sept. 22, 151,646 overall 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. is poised to take an unusually restrictive approach to mail-in ballots
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Pandemic entrepreneurs’ create a surge of new businesses nationally and in Pa. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey says ‘there is no reason to delay’ filling Ginsburg’s U.S. Supreme Court seat 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Harrisburg Republicans seek to block extended mail-in ballot deadline
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Legislature set to finish a troubled September without solving its two, biggest problems 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State rental assistance program fix moves forward with bipartisan backing  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As COVID-19 deaths cross 200K, Trump barnstorms PGH, mocking Biden for wearing a mas 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Advocates call for emergency, low-income fare program for Allegheny Co.’s public transit riders 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pa. ranks 4th nationwide in human trafficking prosecutions | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Toomey joins Trump and McConnell in backing push to fill Supreme Court seat, reversing 2016 stance
Inquirer: Pennsylvania launches its own health insurance marketplace 
WITF: PA Republicans Ask Top State Court To Suspend Its Own Vote-By-Mail Order Pending Appeal To SCOTUS 
PLSReporter: Republicans seek stay on recent Pa. Supreme Court ruling 
PLSReporter: Department of Health launches COVID Alert PA contact tracing app 
Morning Call: Pat Toomey says ‘no reason to delay filling’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat 
Fox News: Toomey supports moving ahead with filling Supreme Court seat vacated by Ginsburg 
Fox News: Republicans press SCOTUS to take up Pennsylvania mail-in voting changes
Fox News: Philadelphia election official urges GOP state legislature to outlaw secrecy envelopes for mail-in ballots
KDKA: Pa. House Of Representatives Holding Special Session To Potentially Override Gov. Wolf’s Veto
KDKA: Pennsylvania’s Electoral College Votes Are Key To Who Wins The Presidency
StateImpactPA: DEP approves changes to Mariner East construction methods at three troubled sites in Delaware, Chester counties 
StateImpactPA: Scientist spotlight: Dr. Aja Carter, who studies dinosaurs, says climate change is outpacing animals’ ability to evolve
The Hill: Toomey, swing state Republican, supports Senate moving on Trump Supreme Court nominee 
The Hill: GOP will ask Supreme Court to limit mail voting in Pennsylvania in first post-RBG test
The Hill: Trump mocks reporters who were roughed up by police during protests 
The Hill: Planned Parenthood rolls out swing state ad blitz over Ginsburg legacy 
The Hill: Energy secretary questions consensus that humans cause climate change
The Hill: Watch live: Trump holds campaign rally in Pittsburgh
KDKA Radio: U.S. Sec. Of Energy Visits Beaver County Monday
CNN: ‘Naked’ ballot rules put thousands of Pennsylvania mail-in votes at risk, Philadelphia official warns 
Real Clear Politics: Replay: President Trump Holds Campaign Event In Western Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s the next step in governor’s battle against ruling on Covid-19 gathering limits, and what the latest decision means   

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Philly mayor is quarantining after he says he was exposed to COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: Human Rights Watch reports major problems in primaries nationwide, including in Pa.
KYW Newsradio: Employee in Philly’s Office of Violence Prevention faces gun charges
Inquirer: You can’t look up Philly property owners by name anymore. City cites ‘security matters.’
Inquirer: Philadelphia school board reverses itself and approves Hilco tax break
Inquirer: Gregory E. Deavens becomes Independence Blue Cross’ first African American leader as Dan Hilferty retires
Inquirer: Pa. unveils contact tracing app; Mayor Kenney tests negative after COVID exposure; Philly learning center closed after positive case
Inquirer: An employee in Philly’s Office of Violence Prevention was arrested on gun charges
WHYY Newsworks: Why Philly residents are mad you can’t search city property owners by name anymore
Philadelphia Magazine: The Liberal Philadelphia Weekly May Become a Conservative Alt-Weekly
Philadelphia Tribune: Community activists and elected officials demand diversity on Temple’s presidential search committee
Philly Voice: Philly to launch maps app that tracks trash, recycling collection
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in quarantine, says he was exposed to Covid-19 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Independence Blue Cross CEO Dan Hilferty retiring at end of 2020; company names successor 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia readies decision on whether to up indoor dining capacity to 50% 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Real Truth About Voter Apathy

SEPA
Daily Local News: Chester County elections officials take steps for mail-in balloting 
Bucks County Courier Times: Kayden’s Law heads to full Pa. Senate 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County elections board OKs ballot boxes, relocates polling places
Bucks Local News: Indivisible Bucks County endorses Christina Finello for Congress 
Bucks Local News: SEPTEMBER 21 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Weekly count up slightly; hospitalizations and deaths remain low

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Rallying at Pittsburgh International, Trump gives rundown of nation’s political tenor
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council approves bill to regulate facial recognition technology 
Post-Gazette: Rental scooters will not be subject to Allegheny County’s rental vehicle tax 
Post-Gazette: Resolution to form commission on regional police force will get vote in Braddock council 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 834 new cases, 19 more deaths
WESA: Trump Supporters Gather At Airport, With Eyes On Supreme Court Edge 
WESA: Allegheny County Aims For Budget Stability In New Fiscal Year 
WESA: ‘Pure Politics’? Questions Surround Federal Prosecution Of Local Protesters 
KDKA: President Donald Trump Holds Rally At Pittsburgh International Airport In Front Of Packed Crowd
KDKA: City Council Votes To Restrict Police Use Of Facial Recognition Technology 
KDKA: Coronavirus And The Risks Of Exposure At Restaurants, Political Rallies, Or In Large Crowds
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 42 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 11,821
City Paper: Men, one dressed in Confederate flag garb, apparently paintballed Black Lives Matter mural in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Trump plays to strengths in crowd-pleasing stop at Pittsburgh International Airport 
Tribune Review: Joe Biden slams Trump on jobs, economy ahead of president’s visit to Western Pa. 
Tribune Review: U.S. Energy Secretary promotes energy versatility in Pittsburgh visit 
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto to sign legislation restricting facial recognition in Pittsburgh 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Seats, parking ‘limited’ for Trump Jr. campaign visit to Johnstown’s Roxbury Bandshell 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County eyes refinancing option 
Beaver County Times: Trump rallies thousands in Pittsburgh 
Beaver County Times: Photos: Trump rally at Pittsburgh airport 
Observer-Reporter: With 42 days until election, Trump touches down in swing state 
Observer-Reporter: Republican legislative leadership seeks stay of PA Supreme Court decision on new ballot deadline 
Altoona Mirror: Blair to meet twice a week

NEPA
The Times Leader: DA: Feds investigating Luzerne County ballot issues 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre identifies use of additonal CARES Act funds 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council again debates Mackey review 
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 834 statewide
Times-Tribune: Scranton seeks grant to raze blighted buildings, city structures 
Times-Tribune: One new death from COVID-19, 31 more cases in NEPA
Citizens Voice: DA: Feds investigating issues with Luzerne County ballots 
Citizens Voice: County council debates merits of proposed Mackey review 
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in county Tuesday

South Central 
York Dispatch: Candidate: Biden, state Senate rally canceled after threats of violence
York Dispatch: Wolf: York County site of ‘concerning’ infection rate
York Daily Record: Rally for state candidate canceled over threat
Carlisle Sentinel: Former Carlisle mayor plans rally to support police 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Tuesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pipeline builders pay $700,000 for violations during construction of Atlantic Sunrise 

Lehigh Valley       
Morning Call: Pat Toomey says ‘no reason to delay filling’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat
Express Times: From Truman to Trump, presidential campaigns seek Lehigh Valley’s important voters. A photo history.
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 834 new COVID-19 cases; Lehigh Valley approaching 10k total cases; state launches coronavirus notification app | Pa. COVID-19 county map (9/22/20)
Reading Eagle: Conrad Weiser, Muhlenberg moving ahead with increased spectator capacity for athletic events
Reading Eagle: 41 more coronavirus cases for Berks County; 7,000 plateau nears

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Jill Biden talks community college education with virtual Erie audience 
Erie Times-News: Erie-area public meetings go viral, or at least virtual 
Erie Times-News: Eric Trump rallies for father Donald Trump, tours Presque Isle
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Increased dining capacity not a big deal for local eateries
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Crowd honors victims of concurrent disasters — COVID-19, wildfires and hurricanes, and police violence
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 3 new COVID-19 cases
KDKA: Envelope Containing White Powdery Substance Prompts Evacuation Of New Castle City Hall
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council deadlocked Monday night on vacant council seat. Here’s what comes next
Centre Daily Times: Centre County receives grant funded by Facebook CEO to help cover upcoming election costs
Centre Daily Times: Planning to vote in person this November? Some voting precincts have changed
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 195 new cases of COVID-19 in 2nd highest daily increase

Opinion  
Nancy Patton Mills: We need Joe Biden in the White House
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Lawsuit against journalists is obvious act of retaliation, intimidation 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Census Bureau needs more time, and Congress must act fast to make sure everyone gets counted 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Empty veto 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Riots exacerbate inequalities 
Kim Stolfer: Open carry gun bill protects constitutional right
Paul Muschick: Still waiting for your stimulus check? 276,000 Pennsylvania residents should watch their mail
Jondhi Harrell: Don’t criminalize Philly’s dirt bike culture — build a park so it can thrive
Ernest Owens: The Problem With “Feed Fatigue” and Other Excuses White People Make for Remaining Racist
Will Bunch Newsletter: Trump tries a scheme that sent Fumo to prison 
Dan Simpson: A maze of issues facing Americans
Bruce Ledewitz: McConnell’s lust to control the Supreme Court could destroy it 
Jill Sunday Bartoli: Hey candidates, voters want the truth. Don’t insult our intelligence with your ads
Celeste Trusty: Pa. needs more opportunities for second chances
Chris Freind: Trump’s court pick will reign supreme
Jimmy White IV: Veterans can be ‘present and accounted for’ by filling out 2020 Census 
Jenice Armstrong: I was nervous attending my first COVID-era wedding, but also happy to be out in the world again 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: TikTok advances human civilization

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