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September 29th Playbook

A pair of polls show former VP Joe Biden with a several point advantage over President Donald Trump in PA, while VP Mike Pence will head to Lancaster County to host a Presidential Debate Watch Party on Tuesday evening. Here is the Playbook. 

Pennsylvania Congressional Vulnerability: September 2020 Ratings: Four seats, two held by Republicans and two by Democrats, are considered to be “vulnerable” in the September congressional vulnerability rankings.

NYT/Siena College Poll: Biden 49, Trump 40: Likely voters sided with Biden over Trump on handling the coronavirus pandemic, maintaining law and order, choosing a Supreme Court Justice, and national security. The lone issue of the five asked in the poll that voters sided with the president was on the economy.

Fox News Poll: Biden 51, Trump 44: When likely voters were asked who they would trust on the following issues, Biden has an advantage over Trump on policing and criminal justice (50-to-44), nominating the next Supreme Court Justice (51-to-42), and coronavirus (54-to-37). The lone issue of the four asked in the poll that voters sided with the president was on the economy, with Trump leading Biden (50-to-46).

Pence To Host Presidential Debate Watch Party in Lancaster County: Pence’s visit on Tuesday comes just three days after President Donald Trump hosted a rally at the Harrisburg International Airport.

PA1: Finello Ad Links Fitzpatrick To Trump On Healthcare and Tax Reform: The Democratic challenger’s second TV spot accuses Fitzpatrick of voting with Trump when it mattered most.

GOP PAC/Trafalgar Poll: Biden 48.1, Trump 45.9: Biden’s lead has shrunk in comparison to a July poll commissioned by the GOP PAC that showed the former VP leading the president by just over 5 points.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: GOP takes Pennsylvania court’s ballot deadline to high court
Patriot News: Pa.’s former Gov. Tom Ridge explains why he is voting for Joe Biden: ‘He’s got more humanity.’
Patriot News: Immediate court action sought to prevent two counties, Philadelphia from using private election grants
Patriot News: 2nd Amendment rally set for Tuesday in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette union president steps down after claims of inappropriate conduct: report
Patriot News: 7 Pa. counties listed as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive rate drops again
New York Times: Supreme Court Vacancy Hasn’t Boosted Trump in Pennsylvania, Poll Shows
Washington Post: Post-ABC poll: Biden leads Trump in battleground state of Pennsylvania  
Inquirer: Voting has begun in Pennsylvania’s messy, unprecedented 2020 pandemic election
Inquirer: Pennsylvania judge temporarily blocks USPS changes
KDKA Newsradio: Former PA Governor Tom Ridge: it’s been ‘all downhill’ since Trump took office
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate Republicans take mail-in ballot fight to U.S. Supreme Court
Erie Times-News: What impact will Tom Ridge’s endorsement of Biden have?
Morning Call: How each part of Pennsylvania will determine who becomes the next president
Morning Call: As Pennsylvania coronavirus cases top 156,000, Gov. Wolf says state has stockpile of protective equipment
WHYY Newsworks: Warning of ‘irreparable harm,’ Pa. federal judge temporarily blocks USPS cost-cutting
PLSReporter: Senate GOP asks U.S. Supreme Court to stay recent election ruling 
PLSReporter: With census count operations approaching an unclear end, attention turns to impending redistricting 
PLSReporter: Wolf Admin launches campaign to reduce stigma around substance use disorders 
Fox News: Pennsylvania judge halts USPS cuts ahead of 2020 election amid mail-in voting worries 
Fox News: Pa. Republicans ask Supreme Court to stay ruling that allows state to accept ballots 3 days after election 
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans push back after report alleges plan to circumvent popular vote and appoint Trump electors 
Fox News: Biden’s whistle-stop: Democratic nominee taking post-debate train swing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Toomey, GOP representatives press Wolf for fans at pro, college sporting events
KDKA: Senator Bob Casey Says He Has No Plans To Meet With Supreme Court Nominee Amy Coney Barrett
KDKA: ‘Honorable Man’: Former Pennsylvania Republican Governor Tom Ridge Endorses Joe Biden For President 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania delays the launch of ‘21st century’ unemployment system upgrades
StateImpactPA: Priced out: Both major political parties used to love the carbon tax. So why are they giving up on it? 
StateImpactPA: DEP allows work on Revolution pipeline to start back up
Philly Voice: Politicians get naked to raise awareness of Pa.’s ballot secrecy envelopes 
Philly Voice: Former Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge endorses Joe Biden
National Journal: Parnell, Lamb Clash Over Health Care at First Debate 
National Journal: Hotline Extra: Cook Political Report’s Electoral College and Senate ratings 
The Hill: GOP asks Supreme Court to halt mail voting extension in Pennsylvania 
The Hill: New poll shows Biden up 9 points in Pennsylvania  
The Hill: Biden leads Trump by 9 in Pennsylvania: poll 
The Hill: Pennsylvania appeals court rules gun industry protection law unconstitutional 
The Hill: Swing-state voters cite pandemics as top concern, less worried by China threat: poll
Politico: Poll: Biden up 9 points in Pennsylvania
CNN: Pennsylvania Republicans go to Supreme Court over absentee ballots 
CNN: After a child’s accidental shooting death, Pennsylvania appeals court rules federal gun industry protection law unconstitutional 
Real Clear Politics: MSNBC’s Scarborough: Polling Shows Biden Up Nine Points In Pennsylvania 
Real Clear Politics: Rural Pennsylvania Turns More Red, but Is It Enough for Trump? 
Real Clear Politics: Voter Mood Unclear in Key PA County After Trump Visit  

WHYY Newsworks: Why the Biden-Harris ticket needs Black Philadelphians
WHYY Newsworks: PHA says announcement of homeless encampment deal is ‘entirely premature’
Inquirer: Another task for Biden: Winning Philly progressives who think ‘the whole system needs to go down’ 
KYW Newsradio: ‘All-access’ centers open in Philadelphia to make voting easy, safe, secure
KYW Newsradio: After being closed for weeks, portions of road around Parkway encampment have reopened
KYW Newsradio: Pa. voters urged to fill out mail-in ballots carefully
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s What Philly Had to Say the Day After Trump Won the 2016 Election
Philadelphia Tribune: Summit will highlight impact of mass incarceration on communities
Billy Penn: Philly’s largest bank flip-flops on mortgage assistance, leaving homeowners hanging 
Philadelphia Citizen: Get Ready to Start Voting

Delco Daily Times: Army veteran throws hat in ring for 164th House seat 
Delco Daily Times: Officials hold Census events in Delaware County to boost count 
Delco Daily Times: Puppio heading for Common Pleas bench on 47-2 vote
Daily Local News: Lukewarm reaction to Trump’s health care ‘vision’ 
Daily Local News: Election 2020: Everything you need to know about voting by mail in Chester County
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records lowest coronavirus positivity rate in SE Pa.
Bucks Local News: Bucks County issues recommendations for indoor, outdoor events and gatherings 
Bucks Local News: SEPTEMBER 28 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases remain unchanged

KDKA: Local Politicians Go Topless To Get People Talking About ‘Naked Ballots’ 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Steelers To Have Call With Pennsylvania Department Of Health About Fans 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 133 More Coronavirus Cases Over Last 48 Hours
Post-Gazette: Biden campaign schedules train tour through Western Pa. Wednesday
Post-Gazette: Report on president’s taxes splits lawmakers along partisan lines in Washington 
Post-Gazette: GOP leaders ask U.S. Supreme Court to halt Pa. voting extension 
Post-Gazette: UPMC doctor: Nursing homes need more federal help for COVID-19 testing, PPE 
Post-Gazette: Conduct trial for Judge Tranquilli moved to November 
Post-Gazette: Pa. reports nearly 1,600 new cases of COVID-19 in two-day stretch
Tribune Review: GOP surrogates dismiss tax report as political jab during Trump bus tour stop in Monroeville 
Tribune Review: Joe Biden to tour Ohio, Western Pa. by train Wednesday 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 133 new covid cases in 2 days 
WESA: Learning Hubs Serve As A Temporary Solution, Though Funding Will Dry Up By The End Of The Year
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Public Schools, teachers’ union extends remote learning for teachers by five more weeks
City Paper: Pittsburgh politicians launch campaign to keep voters abreast of “naked” ballot issue

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Toomey, GOP representatives press Wolf for fans at pro, college sporting events
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Richland Township board votes to abolish its manager position 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Take our political survey
Altoona Mirror: Study: $3.2M needed to fix Blair County broadband service
Observer-Reporter: Washington County reports one new COVID-19 death
Beaver County Times: Hundreds attend dual Trump rallies in Beaver County this weekend 

Times-Tribune: Sentencing for Courtright crony continued
Times-Tribune: Cordaro seeks early release from home confinement
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna leads in new COVID-19 cases locally again
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilman Walter Griffith explains reasons for organizing protest Wednesday
The Times Leader: Local federal legislators react to Trump’s Supreme Court nomination
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County; 1,594 statewide over 2 days
Citizens Voice: Protest planned prior to possibly contentious election board meeting Wednesday
Citizens Voice: Political Scene returning in advance of general election
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County

South Central 
York Dispatch: Smucker: Mail-in voting safe, secure in York and Lancaster counties
York Dispatch: ‘Say her name’: Central York student leads protest for Breonna Taylor
York Dispatch: York County has 67 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Patriot editor confirms his identity as white nationalist Norman Garrison
LNP | LancasterOnline: First Trump-Biden debate: How to watch, and everything to know about who’s moderating, which topics will be covered
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle’s Black Lives Still Matter rally calls for transparency in policing
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 34 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Sunday-Monday
Patriot News: 2nd Amendment rally set for Tuesday in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Harrisburg police investigate vandalism to Black Lives Matter mural  

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: How each part of Pennsylvania will determine who becomes the next president
Morning Call: Northampton County will install mail-in ballot drop boxes Thursday. Here’s where you can find them.
Morning Call: As Pennsylvania coronavirus cases top 156,000, Gov. Wolf says state has stockpile of protective equipment
Morning Call: Lou Hershman, Allentown’s longtime fiscal watchdog, dies at 84
Express Times: Northampton County is mailing ballots this week. Here is where you can drop them off.
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 1.6K new cases over 2 days; Lehigh Valley adds to its case total | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (09/28/20)
Reading Eagle: Everything you need to know about voting by mail in Berks County
Reading Eagle: 3 candidates receive endorsements in Nov. 3 election 
Reading Eagle: Berks County reports 22 new coronavirus cases, a decline after a weekend of spikes

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County is set to receive an $863,000 election grant. Here’s why some state lawmakers want to block it
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 158 cases of COVID-19 over the weekend, and other updates for Sept. 28
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Trump supporters gather on Market Street Bridge
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mapping eyed as city tool
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council approves part-time fingerprint center for City Hall
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 23 new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: What impact will Tom Ridge’s endorsement of Biden have?

Kerry Benninghoff: Helping small businesses, families isn’t ‘meaningless,’ Gov. Wolf
Rick Santorum: Battle-tested debate veteran Joe Biden will be tuned in Tuesday night
Salena Zito: Rural Pennsylvania turns more red, but is it enough for Trump? 
Inquirer Staff: Do we still need presidential debates? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make debates great again 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Remembering the Rex 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Defining herself: Remembering Linda Dickerson 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cancel classical music?
Morning Call: ‘Make America Gag Again’ vs. ‘Trump will win PA in a landslide’: Readers debate Trump saying he’ll win Pennsylvania
Vashti Bandy, Rosalind Holtzman and Carolyn Stillwell: Pat Toomey keeps breaking promises to Pennsylvanians 
Ellen R. Wald, Ph.D.: Biden must clarify his stance on energy for swing voters
John L. Micek: Of yard signs and civility. If you want better — be better | Tuesday Morning Coffee 
Karl Miller: Can you be Catholic and a Democrat? 
Reggie Shuford: Pennsylvanians must keep faith to do the difficult work RBG started 
Charlie Gerow: Observations Worth Noting Before The First Presidential Debate
Gene Therapy: Tonight’s debate — first of three or worst of three?
Tony Norman: The tax frauds and cons of Donald J. Trump
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Homewood resident still waiting for city to do right by her
Tarika Daftary-Kapur and Tina Zottoli: ‘Juvenile lifers’ should be considered for release during pandemic 
Patrick Rapa: Hi pal! I’m your 20th text today from a grassroots organization you’ve never heard of. Are you voting? | Satire
David A. Caplan: 4 questions about Trump’s tax returns from a CPA 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Teed up over Trump tax returns
Lloyd E. Sheaffer: The Capital-Star wanted to know. Here’s everything on my mind this election season

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  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

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