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September 2nd Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence headlined a ‘Workers for Trump’ event in Luzerne County on Tuesday. Here is the Playbook. 

Pence Dubs NEPA ‘Trump Country’ in Luzerne County Speech: “It’s on, Pennsylvania!” Vice President Mike Pence told an audience at a ‘Workers for Trump’ event in Luzerne County on Tuesday. Pence promoted the President’s economic agenda and touted a “law and order” message.

Biden Condemns Rioting, Says He’s Not Banning Fracking in Pittsburgh Visit: During a speech Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh, former VP Joe Biden said that President Donald Trump is “stoking violence in our cities,” and reiterated that he’s opposed to a fracking ban.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: After waffling, Gov. Tom Wolf says he can’t extend Pa.’s eviction ban, looks to lawmakers
Spotlight PA: Pa. GOP advances election bill that would ban drop boxes, get mail-in ballots to voters earlier
Spotlight PA: Nursing home COVID-19 case, death data still missing from Pa.’s public reports
Spotlight PA: Spotlight PA named a finalist for 2 national online journalism awards
AP: Pennsylvania high court takes up another election lawsuit 
AP: Lawmakers ask Trump’s postmaster to return sorting machines 
AP: Wolf renews coronavirus disaster declaration in Pennsylvania
Philly Clout: A dark-money group is sending Pa. voters mail ballot applications as Trump keeps attacking mail voting
Inquirer: Pence visits Northeast Pennsylvania and says ‘it’s Trump country now’
Inquirer: A lot of Pennsylvania’s election rules are still up in the air with 2 months to go 
Inquirer: “Workers for Trump” Rally
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf eviction ban, now expired, faces pending challenge in court 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s moratorium on evictions has ended. Here’s what that means.  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Central Pennsylvania DA faces calls for resignation over Kenosha-related social media post 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With Pa. on the line, Pence talks tough during Luzerne Co. campaign stop 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pa. ranks 31st nationwide for women’s political participation | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Patriot News: Mike Pence visits Luzerne County, stumps in area he calls ’Trump Country now’
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf renews the COVID-19 disaster declaration for another 90 days
Patriot News: Pa. House set to vote on a GOP-crafted election bill that a Democratic member called ’red meat nonsense’ 
Patriot News: August collections reach almost 9% more than anticipated: Pa. Dept. of Revenue 
Patriot News: Thousands of Pa. residents at risk of eviction or foreclosure as protective measure expires 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 770 new cases reported Sept. 1, total approaches 135,000 
KDKA: Eric Trump Calls Joe Biden Unacceptable To Pennsylvania Voters
KDKA: Pennsylvania State House Set To Vote On Bill Allowing School Districts To Make Decision On Fans At Games
KDKA: CeaseFirePA: Right-To-Carry At Protests Increases ‘Risk That Someone Is Going To Be Shot and Killed’ 
KYW Newsradio: New poll shows majority of Pa. voters want an open primary 
Philadelphia Magazine: Pennsylvania Gives Fewer COVID Tests Per Capita Than Any Other State in the Country 
Fox News: Rush Limbaugh likens Biden rejecting fracking ban to ‘me telling you that I’ve never been a conservative’
StateImpactPA: Clean air laws helped the U.S. reduce air pollution. But hotter days brought by climate change could reverse those gains
National Journal: 2020 Election Toolbox
The Hill: Pennsylvania lawmakers call on postmaster general to return sorting machines  
The Hill: Biden leads Trump in 9 battleground states, polling shows 
The Hill: Costa Rica lifting restrictions on travelers from 11 US states, DC 
The Hill: Groups pressure Biden to exclude fossil fuel execs from team
The Hill: Pence calls Blake shooting ‘tragic’ but says investigation must play out
Politico: Unions fracture over climate
PLSReporter: Wolf extends highly-debated COVID-19 disaster declaration 
PLSReporter: House GOP unveils new election reform proposal 

Philly Clout: A dark-money group is sending Pa. voters mail ballot applications as Trump keeps attacking mail voting
Inquirer: Under pressure, Trump administration reverses course, easing way for Philly, U.S. kids to get school lunch during pandemic 
Inquirer: Philly says no to the Linc and Wells Fargo Center as polling places — but sees another election use
Inquirer: Lawsuit over Philly jails’ pandemic response alleges grim conditions, 24-hour lockdowns
Inquirer: Philly officials, residents gather to denounce vandalism of the mural of slain Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III 
Inquirer: On back-to-school eve for 125,000 Philly students, ‘a level of excitement,’ but concerns about finances 
Inquirer: ‘Assume that everyone around you is infected,’ city tells Temple students; Cherry Hill schools go virtual 
Inquirer: Happy first (virtual) day of school, Philly students | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Parents, teachers brace for return of virtual school in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Wolf urges state lawmakers to suspend evictions 
Delaware Valley Journal: Restaurant Workers Grill Kenney Over Maryland Dine-In Photo
Philadelphia Tribune: ADL and National Urban League work together to get out the vote
Philadelphia Tribune: School District of Philadelphia hires new COO 
Philly Voice: National Urban, Anti-Defamation leagues join forces to engage Philly voters
Philly Voice: Philly voters likely won’t be using Wells Fargo Center, Lincoln Financial Field as polling places
KYW Newsradio: City leaders, community condemn ‘intentional’ vandalism of mural of fallen cop
Philadelphia Business Journal: Farley: ‘Substantial risk’ that Temple University’s Covid-19 outbreak could spread off campus 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Cozen O’Connor adds 8 attorneys from Fox Rothschild as expansion continues

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks board urges patience for mail-in ballots 
KYW Newsradio: Montco commissioner cannot block constituents, delete comments on social media, court says
Inquirer: In federal court settlement, Montgomery County commissioner agrees to unblock constituents on social media
Bucks Local News: AUGUST 31 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Weekly count remains steady; hospitalizations down to 10
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 1 coronavirus death over latest 7-day period
Daily Local News: Despite pandemic, districts must provide transportation to private school students
Daily Local News: Logan appointed Coatesville city manager; will focus on revitalization

Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto administration launches city’s first comprehensive planning effort in 50 years
Post-Gazette: Peduto administration unveils 20-year citywide land use plan
Post-Gazette: USDA extends waivers that allow delivery of school meals. But funding could run out this year. 
Post-Gazette: Congressional panel seeks review of Philips ventilator contract
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports 29 new cases, 4 more deaths 
WESA: Creating A City For All Requires Rethinking The Process For How We Use Land, Officials Say 
WESA: ‘I Don’t Know What We’re Going To Do.’ City District Teachers Concerned About Lack Of Technology
WESA: Local School Districts Go Back To (Virtual) School, Plan For The Year Ahead
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto says protest tensions have eased in Pittsburgh, activist disagrees 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s covid positivity rate has dropped 3 percentage points since mid-July
KDKA: Eric Trump Calls Joe Biden Unacceptable To Pennsylvania Voters
KDKA: City Council To Discuss Facial Recognition Technology And Policing
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Lays Out 20-Year Land Plan With ‘Our People And Our Planet At Its Center’
KDKA: CeaseFirePA: Right-To-Carry At Protests Increases ‘Risk That Someone Is Going To Be Shot and Killed’ 
KDKA: A Reminder: Wendy Bell Works For KDKA Radio, Not KDKA TV.
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Teachers Say Laptop Shortage Reveals Inequity In District
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 4 More Deaths, Bringing Countywide Coronavirus Death Toll To 334 
City Paper: Pittsburgh announces big comprehensive land-use plan … to be determined later

Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates rise across Western Pennsylvania
Observer-Reporter: Washington County adds 12 additional COVID-19 cases
Altoona Mirror: Farmers eye lawsuit protections
Altoona Mirror: Reports indicate expense reduction in Blair County 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County sees 3rd straight day of single-digit new covid-19 cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: House bill wouldn’t count late-arriving mailed ballots or allow drop boxes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State completes universal testing of coronavirus-ravaged long-term care facilities 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria reports fifth COVID-19 death and six new cases

Times-Tribune: Pence: NEPA is ‘Trump Country now’
Times-Tribune: Vice President Mike Pence addresses jobs at Exeter campaign event 
Times-Tribune: Both sides make their case prior to Pence rally 
Times-Tribune: Scranton, other districts returning virtually to save on transportation costs 
Times-Tribune: One new COVID-19 death in Lackawanna County; 23 new cases in NEPA
Citizens Voice: Pence: NEPA is ‘Trump Country now’
Citizens Voice: VP Pence addresses jobs at Exeter campaign event 
Citizens Voice: Both sides make their case prior to Pence rally
Citizens Voice: 10 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Pence: NEPA ‘is Trump Country now’
The Times Leader: Pence promises jobs, support for law enforcement in Exeter speech
The Times Leader: NEPA union leader blasts Trump’s record on workers’ rights ahead of Pence speech
The Times Leader: Luzerne County had no involvement in anti-Biden, mail-in voting application, director says
The Times Leader: New Luzerne County Cares Commission plans food/clothing drive with a twist
The Times Leader: Mullery urges easing of statewide COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants
The Times Leader: Biden campaign issues statement on Pence visit 
The Times Leader: 10 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 770 statewide

South Central 
Patriot News: Cumberland County Democrats call for DA’s resignation, citing Facebook comment on Jacob Blake shooting 
Patriot News: Solar energy project planned for Snyder County coal ash basin site 
Patriot News: County commissioner banned from blocking people on social media after constituents sue: Today in Pa.
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 770 new cases reported Sept. 1, total approaches 135,000
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County unemployment rate exceeds 11% for 4th straight month in July
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here’s how Lancaster County fared in August, in the sixth month of the coronavirus pandemic
York Dispatch: York City health officials struggle with COVID-19 data
York Dispatch: York County sees 2nd highest single-day COVID-19 case increase on record
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 13 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Tuesday; York sees spike

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: With a month to go, Lehigh Valley cities lagging behind at filling out census forms 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley unemployment rate dips in July, region ranks 7th highest statewide 
Morning Call: Going against the trend, a Lehigh Valley borough starts a police department 
Express Times: Landlords head into Lehigh Valley courts on 1st day they’re allowed to begin evictions 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State approaches 7.7K deaths; average new cases per day back on the rise; long-term health facilities complete universal testing | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/01/2020)
Reading Eagle: Reading holds call-in event to help residents fill out census questionnaires 
Reading Eagle: Make the Road PA calls for state Legislature to pass eviction moratorium 
Reading Eagle: Reading police to start wearing body cameras 
Reading Eagle: As Pa. coronavirus cases decline, Berks is rising — and the state is taking notice 
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 39 coronavirus cases as elevated level continues

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Eviction notices surge in Erie as Wolf urges action 
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council expected to OK public hearing on clubs 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 4 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County reports 5 new cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Sept. 1

Chrissy Houlahan and Flora Cardoni: COVID-19 is a wake-up call: It’s high time for action on our climate crisis
Rick Bloomingdale and Frank Snyder: We shouldn’t have to choose between a clean environment and more jobs. We can have both
Jared Solomon, Jim Gregory and Pamela DeLissio: Bipartisanship key to quality process for redistricting Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney & Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.: Mayor Kenney, city schools superintendent pen open letter seeking help bridging the digital divide
Inquirer Editorial Board: If Philadelphia is taking gun violence seriously, it’s not showing
Inquirer Staff: Is a Sixers arena at Penn’s Landing good for Philly? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The right to ignore
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: King of a cultural moment
Kathy Bozinski: Don’t fall for Trump’s broken promises
Wiley Cunningham and Jennifer Bennetch: Instead of clearing homeless encampments, city leaders should create plans for permanent housing 
Will Bunch Newsletter: How Robert Mueller failed America 
Patrick DeLany: Helping at-risk students thrive
Chris Kelly: Scranton neighborhood helped save the world
Chris Freind: Political criticism of Lou Holtz is personal foul
Trudy Rubin: Trump’s promotion of armed militias risks stoking civil war 
Maria Panaritis: Zoom and gloom: Virtual schooling has begun, and it is unsustainable 
Solomon Jones: Trump’s America fuels racial conflict as chaos ensues 
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: Philadelphians finally dine indoors! (In Maryland)

2 Responses

  1. Rush Limbaugh is losing a little off his fastball. His idea of a clever retort is to say Biden approving of fracking is like saying Rush is not a conservative. Talk about muddled comments. If he had to make his radio fame on one liners that poor in quality he’s be on a public access station in Buffalo. Again, all of this fracking banter is much ado about nothing. Alternative energy sources will soon be less costly and more common making extracting energy from the ground in fracking much more costly. The good old marketplace will put an end to fracking and not Joe Biden and it is not all that far in the future.

  2. Pence is the future of the GOP??? Oh, dear. How bleak for them. LOL. Mother will save you. LOL LOL.

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