September 30th Playbook

Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make campaign appearances in western Pennsylvania today, while Vice President Mike Pence rallied supporters on Tuesday evening in Lancaster County prior to the debate. Here is the Playbook. 


GOP Poll: Shapiro 46.7, Heidelbaugh 43.2: The GOP friendly pollster said that the Attorney General’s race is tightening.

Dem PAC Poll: DePasquale 50, Perry 43: The survey from House Majority PAC shows Eugene DePasquale leading Rep. Scott Perry by 7 points after “leaners” are taken into consideration. Former VP Joe Biden holds a 7 point advantage over President Trump in the district.

Cook Political Report: Lamb’s Race Moves From Likely Dem to Leans Dem: Rep. Conor Lamb’s race is now the third in the state in the Leans Democratic category.

WaPo/ABC News Poll: Biden 54, Trump 45: A majority of registered voters in the state disapprove of Trump’s handling of the presidency and his response to COVID-19, while a majority of voters approve of his handling of the economy.

Biden Train Tour To Travel Through Western PA: Former Vice President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better Express” train tour will make stops in Pittsburgh, Greensburg, New Alexandria, Latrobe, and Johnstown on Wednesday.

Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union Endorses Trump: Philadelphia Firefighters’ and Paramedics’ Union, Local 22 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, broke with the International Association of Fire Fighters to endorse Trump over Biden. 


Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania counties push for changes to mail ballot law 
AP: Rally brings gun rights advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol 
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman talks about legalizing recreational marijuana, calling it ‘the right side of history’ 
Patriot News: ’Live free,’ speakers tell crowd at 2nd Amendment rally in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence rallies Trump supporters in Lancaster
Patriot News: These are the most outrageous things Trump and Biden said during the presidential debate 
Patriot News: Activists call for action on gift ban bill before end of legislative session; four arrested in the process 
Patriot News: Pa. House panel approves bill to train police in tool to reduce domestic violence deaths, officer danger 
Patriot News: Toomey, other Pa. Republicans, urge Wolf to allow in-person spectators at sporting events; Wolf’s office responds 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Road to victory goes straight through Pa.’: VP rallies Lancaster County crowd ahead of Trump/Biden debate 
Spotlight PA: A changing story by police on a rural Pa. shooting helped fuel white vigilantes and misinformation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gun rights and gift ban grab lawmakers’ attention with set of Capitol rallies 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Campaign Finance 101: How big money influences our politics, and how small money could be an answer 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump and Biden quarrel over mask mandates and state shutdowns in first presidential debate 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Months into the pandemic, digital divide still leaves poor kids at a disadvantage 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid the bombs, how Pa. took center stage at the first presidential debate | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Biden has a clear lead over Trump in all-important Pennsylvania as the 2020 election enters the homestretch 
Inquirer: Republicans warn Pa. shale gas industry of economic ‘disaster’ if Democrats win 
Inquirer: Superior Court calls U.S. law barring suits against gun makers unconstitutional, after Pa. teen’s accidental shooting death 
WESA: Discarded Ballots In Luzerne County ‘Appears To Be A Small, Isolated Incident’
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf: Pennsylvanians Can’t Afford To Lose Healthcare During Pandemic 
Post-Gazette: Rep. Kelly coauthors letter asking for probe of Times’ sources for Trump tax story 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Superior Court rules gun law unconstitutional, says lawsuit in teen’s death can proceed 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Turnpike won’t make $112.5M transit payment, but service will continue
WITF: Pa. gun rights supporters rally around right to bear arms at annual Capitol event 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Naked ballot’ rejections could mean lost mail votes in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: What you need to know about voter rights, fraud and suppression for the 2020 election
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Bad things happen in Philadelphia,’ and other takeaways from the Trump-Biden debate
PLSReporter: Second Amendment advocates rally on Capitol steps 
PLSReporter: House passes bill to suspend Keystone Exam grad requirement, loosen teacher certifications during pandemic 
PLSReporter: Protesters removed from Pa. House leader’s office after advocating for gift ban
USA Today Network: Trump men vs. Biden women: Who will win in Pa.?
National Journal: 2 PA Polls Find Biden With 9-Point Leads 
National Journal: Biden Set to Hit Campaign Trail in OH, PA Post-Debate 
The Hill: Pennsylvania politicians go topless to warn mail-in voters against ‘naked ballots’ 
The Hill: Pro-Trump group putting $40 million behind ad warning Biden will raise taxes
The Hill: Jewish Democratic Council compares Trump’s America to 1930s Germany in new ad 
The Hill: 57 percent of young voters say Ginsburg’s death makes it ‘more important’ to vote for Democrats: poll
StateImpactPA: If Biden becomes president, will he be able to roll back Trump’s climate-policy rollbacks?
StateImpactPA: Delaware County emergency chief says he couldn’t evacuate everyone if a major Mariner East pipeline leak occurred  


Inquirer: ‘Bad things happen in Philadelphia,’ Trump says at debate, renewing false claim about poll watchers
Inquirer: Trump says ‘bad things happen in Philadelphia.’ Here’s what actually happened in Philadelphia.
Inquirer: The start of early voting in Philly was riddled with technical issues 
Inquirer: Philly faithful fire back after Trump says ‘bad things happen in Philadelphia’ during presidential debate
Inquirer: Philly bars and restaurants can increase indoor occupancy, city announces; cases on the rise in Pa., Del., N.J.
Inquirer: Early voting in Philly gets off to rocky start | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Bad things happen in Philadelphia,’ and other takeaways from the Trump-Biden debate
WHYY Newsworks: Philly rolls out its first ‘one-stop shop’ voting locations 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Naked ballot’ rejections could mean lost mail votes in Pa. 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly to allow 50% indoor dining capacity starting Friday
KYW Newsradio: Trump falsely claims poll watchers thrown out of Philadelphia voting places
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia expands indoor dining capacity to 50%
Philly Voice: Social media explodes after President Trump claims ‘bad things happen in Philadelphia’
Philly Voice: Philly restaurants can expand indoor dining capacity to 50% on Friday 
Philly Voice: Philadelphia opens first seven early voting locations
Philly Voice: Philadelphia Water Department extends shutoff moratorium
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia to increase indoor dining capacity to 50% on Friday
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s Where You Can Vote in Person Before Election Day
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Needs More Poll Workers. These Restaurants Will Feed You If You Become One.


Bucks County Courier Times: State lawmakers defend health care law provisions 
Bucks County Courier Times: Anti-Defamation League alarmed by increase in ‘extremist activity’ around election
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County inspects mail-in voting protocols ahead of 2020 general election
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 1 death, 259 new coronavirus cases over 7-day period
Daily Local News: Sappey to hold drive-through charitable item donation Oct. 3 


Post-Gazette: Biden campaign schedules train tour through Western Pa. Wednesday
Post-Gazette: Hairstyle, Juneteenth bills remain in County Council committee 
Post-Gazette: Issues affecting Pa. voters on center stage during debate 
Post-Gazette: URA gives $250K in neighborhood funds to three Hill District projects
Post-Gazette: Judge Tranquilli asks court to remove Ebonics claim from misconduct case
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County again reports no new COVID-19 deaths; nearly 1,000 new cases in Pa.
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh area jobless rates drops to 10.2%
Tribune Review: County Councilman Tom Baker hired by North Hills charity, won’t seek 3rd term 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Judge Tranquilli asks court to remove Ebonics claims in 2015 case 
Tribune Review: Shale Insight conference focuses on fossil fuels’ impact on economy, tech and election
Tribune Review: Allegheny County sees positivity rate for new covid-19 cases jump
City Paper: How to vote by mail in Pennsylvania and why it matters
KDKA: Pittsburgh-Area Voters React To 1st Presidential Debate Of 2020 
KDKA: Around The Table: President Trump, Joe Biden To Face Off In First Presidential Debate 
KDKA: Joe Biden, Jill Biden To Make Several Stops In Western Pa. During Train Ride Across Pennsylvania 
KDKA: Antwon Rose Jr. Mural In Pittsburgh Vandalized 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 71 New Coronavirus Cases, Countywide Total Rises To 12,305
WESA: Discarded Ballots In Luzerne County ‘Appears To Be A Small, Isolated Incident’


Beaver County Times: Biden touring western Pa. by train on Wednesday 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County cracker plant 70% built, Shell says 
Beaver County Times: COVID cases, hospitalizations continue to drop in Beaver County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: MAP: Biden to make stop in Johnstown on Wednesday 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: GOP visitors stump for president 
Altoona Mirror: Blair to mail ballots soon
Altoona Mirror: March set to call for Medicaid expansion
Altoona Mirror: Bellwood looks to cut council size
Observer-Reporter: Campaign surrogates address rally in McMurray 
Observer-Reporter: Cook, redevelopment authority square off in open records case


Citizens Voice: Luzerne County Republicans gather in person for debate watch parties 
Citizens Voice: Cartwright: Biden is “going to channel his Scranton roots” and “grittiness” 
Citizens Voice: Mail-in ballots about to go out as county prepares for election 
Citizens Voice: Election board meeting postponed till Thursday 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor meets with Mexican consul 
Citizens Voice: Gun-toting Missouri couple to headline “Team Trump” campaign stops in NEPA 
Citizens Voice: 12 additional cases of COVID-19 reported in county
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County officials plan to start mailing ballots next week
Times-Tribune: Majority of city council members voice support for two applicants to serve on ethics board
Times-Tribune: Northeast Pennsylvania referenced four times during presidential debate
The Times Leader: More than 55K Luzerne County voters seek mail-in ballots
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilman Griffith discusses ballot controversy protest plans
The Times Leader: St. Louis gun couple touring NEPA Wednesday to support Trump
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board meeting rescheduled
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 988 statewide


South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Road to victory goes straight through Pa.’: VP rallies Lancaster County crowd ahead of Trump/Biden debate 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Conservative news site Lancaster Patriot folds after editor revealed to be white nationalist podcaster
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County jobless rate falls again in August to 7.9% — roughly half of its April peak
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster family farm hosting Pence for presidential watch party got call ‘out of the blue’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Where to watch the LNP/York Daily Record congressional forum next week
Patriot News: ’Live free,’ speakers tell crowd at 2nd Amendment rally in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence rallies Trump supporters in Lancaster
Patriot News: York County Police Commissioner to resign: report
York Dispatch: Liberal poll: DePasquale up 7 in 10th Congressional District race
York Dispatch: After flip-flop, Hill-Evans, other Dems could sink GOP efforts to override Wolf   
York Dispatch: Helfrich: Hold spots for minorities on agencies, boards and commissions 
York Dispatch: Mayor: York City’s police commissioner to resign
York Dispatch: York County has 2 new deaths linked to COVID-19
York Daily Record: VP Pence visits Lititz for presidential debate 
York Daily Record: York City Police Commissioner to resign


Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Project devoted to Northampton County’s role in presidential election gets new home
Express Times: COVID-19 cases close Northampton County district judge’s court 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 988 new cases across the state; highest daily average since early August; Northampton over a week without a death | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/29/20)
Reading Eagle: Reading officials wary to celebrate 100% compliance with 2020 Census
Reading Eagle: Reading Eagle building under sale agreement 
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 50 new coronavirus cases in a single day, the most since September 16
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley ballot drop off locations for mail in voting: Map and list 


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County unemployment rate falls to 11.2 percent 
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports 11 new cases of COVID-19
Centre Daily Times: What would a civilian oversight board look like in State College? Here’s how to give input
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 116 cases of COVID-19, and other news for Sept. 29
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City police: Ready for any potential event
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 5 new COVID-19 cases


Inquirer Editorial Board: Back to the drawing board for SEPTA advertising guidelines
Dan Simpson: What if Trump refuses to step down?
Chris Friend: Will climate change rain on Trump’s re-election?
Daniel Rubin: A misadventure in pandemic online shopping 
Will Bunch Newsletter: In 1970, the world was coming apart, and Philly took it out on Connie Mack Stadium 
Trudy Rubin: Trump tax return shock: Massive personal debt makes him a national security threat
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Health care on the ballot
James Piazza: When politicians use hate speech, political violence increases
Simon F. Haeder: If Obamacare goes away, here are eight ways your life will be affected | Analysis

September 30th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “September 30th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Trump Shit Show last night embarrassed USA in front of the world. Not worthy of presidency, Trump is nothing but an ugly bully and moron.

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