September 24th Playbook

New polling shows former VP Joe Biden leading President Trump by a few points in PA. Here is the Playbook. 

Here’s What Trump Said About PA During His Pittsburgh Rally: President Donald Trump called Pennsylvania the home of American energy during his address during his 90 minute address, while also expressing confidence in his reelection chances, and boosting Sean Parnell’s candidacy for the 17th Congressional District.

Reuters-Ipsos Poll: Biden 49, Trump 46: Pennsylvanians prefer Trump over Biden on the economy and job creation, immigration, and being tough on crime and civil unrest. Biden has the advantage over Trump on healthcare, national recovery from the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, ability to restore trust in American government, strong on civil rights, and being strong on the environment/climate change.

Kimberly Guilfoyle To Host ‘Women for Trump’ Event in Northampton County: According to a release from the Trump campaign, Kimberly Guilfoyle, National Chair of Trump Victory Finance Committee, will be hosting a ‘Women for Trump’ campaign event in Palmer Township on Thursday afternoon.

Donald Trump Jr. Campaigns in Johnstown: Donald Trump Jr. rallied supporters in Johnstown on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa.’s failure to mandate quicker death reporting before the coronavirus fueled wild data fluctuations, mistrust
AP: PA schools allowing more sports fans after court ruling 
AP: House approves restaurant capacity bill Wolf says he’ll veto 
AP: High court fight adds to pile of issues weighing on voters 
The New Yorker: Can the Democrats Win Back Pennsylvania?
Morning Call: Counting Pennsylvania’s election results could take days, secretary of state warns
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House fails to override Gov. Wolf’s veto of bill that gives school districts authority on sports during coronavirus pandemic
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate passes bill to make sure coroners are told of coronavirus deaths: ‘Hopefully this will stop the nonsense’
Patriot News: Pa. House falls short in effort to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of high schools sports bill
Patriot News: Who flipped on the veto override? 24 Democratic votes sustained Gov. Wolf’s veto on high school sports bill 
Patriot News: Pa. House sends bill to governor’s desk easing restrictions on restaurants and bars: ‘Let them try to compete’ 
Inquirer: Biden maintains an edge over Trump in new Pa. poll, as pessimism over coronavirus and the economy looms 
Inquirer: There’s an election in 40 days and we still don’t know for sure what the rules are 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania General Election 2020: Your guide to the Nov. 3 presidential and statewide elections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How the Capital-Star will cover the 2020 Election: What you need to know, how to help
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Two dozen Democrats flip as House fails to override Wolf sports crowd veto
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Luzerne Co., feds investigate issues with mail-in ballots
Times-Tribune: New F&M poll shows Biden up 6 points in Pennsylvania 
Washington Examiner: Pennsylvania election results could take days to process 
Citizens Voice: New F&M poll shows Biden up 6 points in Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Override vote on sports bill fails in House, Wolf’s veto is sustained 
PLSReporter: ‘We must look in the mirror’: Senate resolution sparks conversation on term limits, other government reforms 
KDKA: House Republicans Lose Override Vote About Gov. Wolf’s School Sports Bill Veto
KDKA: Pennsylvania Election Officials Worried About ‘Naked Ballot’ Ruling, Say It Could Cost Tens Of Thousands Of Votes
KDKA: More Than 50,000 People Download COVID Alert PA App
Tribune Review: New poll shows Biden still leading, but little change in presidential race among Pennsylvania voters
Fox News: Pennsylvania election officials sound alarm over ‘naked ballot’ ruling, warning it could jeopardize 100,000 votes
Beaver County Times: Thousands of ‘naked’ ballots could go uncounted 
WHYY Newsworks: Battleground 2020: all eyes on Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: Scientist spotlight: Penn State’s Ellie Nasr on how wetlands can mitigate effects of climate change 
The Hill: Alarm grows over ‘naked ballot’ ruling in Pennsylvania 
The Hill: Biden leads Trump across six battleground states: poll 
The Hill: Biden rolls out swing state ads looking to knock Trump on the economy 
Huffington Post: Trump Celebrates Recent Violence Against Journalists, Says It’s ‘Actually A Beautiful Sight’

Inquirer: Philly is opening 17 early voting locations across the city. Here’s where.
Inquirer: Protesters march through Philadelphia in the wake of the grand jury ruling in Breonna Taylor’s death 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Weekly might rebrand to become more conservative 
Inquirer: Philly caught up on trash pickup. But sanitation workers worry about a second coronavirus wave. 
Inquirer: Confederate monuments are falling across the nation, but in Philly a memorial to Southern troops still stands 
Inquirer: A Confederate monument still stands in Philly | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Protesters march through Center City following grand jury decision in Breonna Taylor case 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Health officials unveil new testing guidelines
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Health Commissioner Refuses to Eat Indoors or Outdoors at Restaurants 
KYW Newsradio: Police reform advocates in Philly react to grand jury decision in Breonna Taylor case
KYW Newsradio: In Philly, another reprieve for tenants facing evictions
Philly Voice: After Breonna Taylor decision, protesters march in Philly
Philly Voice: Consolidated polling places likely kept many Philly residents from voting in primary, report says
Billy Penn: When a coronavirus vaccine arrives, Philadelphia is primed for battle
Billy Penn: Who did the pandemic hit worst? Young adults aging out of foster care felt an economic slam, new survey shows 

Montgomery Media: Montgomery County’s coronavirus positivity rate falls below 3 percent 
Daily Local News: Chester County controller, commissioners spar over test-kit investigation 
Daily Local News: Trench digging for pipeline wins approval rather than HDD 
Delco Daily Times: Chester Police Commissioner Otis Blair retires after 27 years
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Twp. group holds forum on racial issues

WESA: Pittsburghers Demand Justice After Grand Jury Doesn’t Charge Officers For Killing Breonna Taylor
WESA: Commission Votes To Remove Columbus Statue, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain
WESA: Residents Of Historically Redlined Neighborhoods May Experience More COVID-19 Risk Factors
WESA: Advocates Call On Port Authority To Create Low-Income Fare Program
Post-Gazette: Protesters march in Pittsburgh, call for justice for Breonna Taylor 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s five-member Art Commission recommends removing Christopher Columbus statue 
Post-Gazette: Bishop Zubik issues letter on Catholics, voting 
Post-Gazette: Police warn against stealing campaign signs from private property 
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald says county will enforce its own gathering limits; nearly 900 cases in Pa.
KDKA: Protesters Gather In Pittsburgh Following Grand Jury Decision In Shooting Death Of Breonna Taylor
KDKA: Bishop David Zubik Will Not Endorse Presidential Candidate
KDKA: Art Commission Votes To Remove Christopher Columbus Statue In Schenley Park
KDKA: Local Schools Allowing More Sports Fans After Court Ruling; Wolf Administration Appealing
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 46 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Additional Deaths
Tribune Review: Hundreds march through Downtown Pittsburgh in wake of Louisville police decision 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Art Commission unanimously votes to remove Christopher Columbus statue
City Paper: Report from transit advocates says reduced fares can increase ridership during pandemic
Pittsburgh Business Times: County looking into whether regulations were followed with Trump rally 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Energy secretary sees region’s plastics industry as critical 

Beaver County Times: Lamb, Parnell to face off in WPXI debate
Beaver County Times: Donald Trump Jr. rallies hundreds in Johnstown 
Altoona Mirror: PIAA spectator bill fails veto override
Altoona Mirror: Bill OK’d to improve reporting of virus deaths
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Trump Jr.: ‘We need you’; President’s son speaks before hundreds of supporters at Johnstown’s Roxbury Park
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Despite waivers, supporters can’t mask Trump-mania
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria and Bedford counties each add 4 COVID-19 cases among 898 statewide

Citizens Voice: Justice Department working with county on ballot investigation
Citizens Voice: Local districts permitted to set spectator guidelines 
Citizens Voice: 11 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
Times-Tribune: For some restaurants and bars, new state rules are a mixed bag 
Times-Tribune: State sees largest single-day increase in coronavirus deaths in three months 
The Times Leader: 11 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 898 statewide

South Central 
York Dispatch: DePasquale: Efforts to sway business waivers might trigger ‘law enforcement’ review 
York Dispatch: State refuses to detail 6 new COVID-19 deaths in York County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Caravan on Friday to help city residents complete census before cutoff
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County courts push back sentence start dates to mitigate recent COVID-19 outbreak at prison 
Carlisle Sentinel: PUC issues final order on Baker case, forcing Sunoco to hold safety meeting in county on Mariner East pipelines
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 8 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death reported for Cumberland County Wednesday

Lehigh Valley     
Morning Call: Counting Pennsylvania’s election results could take days, secretary of state warns
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley schools allowing more fans at football games after court ruling
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor asks council to approve first female police chief 
Morning Call: Northampton County to provide internet to students in need during virtual learning
Reading Eagle: Berks County health experts urge residents to get flu shot amid coronavirus pandemic
Express Times: Meet the choice for Bethlehem’s new police chief. She would be the 1st woman to lead the department in city history.
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 898 new coronavirus cases; 39 new deaths most since June; death toll seeing slight spike | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/23/20)

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioner: Budget decisions will be tough
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Minimum pension obligation increases by $776,000
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 8 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council appoints new councilwoman after 7 rounds of voting
Centre Daily Times: Centre County district attorney launches new mental health initiative. Here’s what it means
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 47 new COVID-19 cases, and other updates for Sept. 23
Erie Times-News: College board publicly votes for DiNicola to serve as chairman

Scott L. Bohn: Legalizing recreational cannabis will open a Pandora’s box of problems for law enforcement 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An app that will require some trust 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Another step toward Middle East peace
Charlie Gerow: 4 reasons Trump could still win Pa., despite Biden’s lead in the polls 
Christopher Borick and Ari Mittleman: Election of 1876 holds lessons for this year’s contest
Lora Weiss: How Penn State has risen to the research challenge during COVID-19
John L. Micek: So Pat Toomey cravenly pivoted on Trump’s SCOTUS pick? Shocking. | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania mail-in ballots: How to make sure your vote is counted
Anjali Bhatla and Vivek Nimgaonka: The next Supreme Court justice must protect the Affordable Care Act 
Christine Flowers: A suicide leaves questions lingering behind
Ryan Coffman: Racist tobacco industry lawsuit hurts Philadelphia’s kids of color most of all 
Maria Panaritis: Upper Darby has its first Black fire chief, who stands alone — for now 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Count the ballots on Election Day

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