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September 3rd Playbook

A pair of polls show former VP Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by 4 points in PA, while the president is set to hold a rally in Westmoreland County tonight. Here is the Playbook.

Monmouth Poll: Biden 49, Trump 45: Biden’s lead over Trump in all three models are within the poll’s margin of error.

Morning Consult Poll: Biden 49, Trump 45: Florida and Pennsylvania are the only two states that moved in Trump’s direction by at least 2 points in this latest poll, while Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, and Wisconsin all moved in Biden’s direction by at least 3 points or more.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: House OKs changes to mail-in voting law; veto threatened 
AP: Wolf relaxes restrictions on fans in stands at school sports 
AP: Trump, Biden will both mark 9/11 anniversary in Shanksville
AP: New casino could be built near Penn State’s flagship campus
Spotlight PA: Federal order protects many Pa. renters from eviction, though legal challenges may arise 
Spotlight PA: Latest Pa. GOP attempt to strip Gov. Tom Wolf of his coronavirus emergency powers fails
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid partisan debate, Pa. House passes voting reform bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s what the CDC eviction ban means for Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House falls short on COVID-19 emergency order veto override
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: IT problem derails Pa. Pardons Board votes on commutations; deliberations expected to resume Thursday
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House Repubs prep for possible override vote on Wolf’s COVID-19 disaster declaration veto
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Activists, W.Pa. lawmakers call on Allegheny Co. officials to increase access to the ballot box
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Forget the bio, here’s the red meat: Pa’s Perry ties Dem DePasquale to AOC in first ad | Wednesday Morning Coffee 
Morning Call: ‘A game of inches’: New Monmouth poll shows tightening Pennsylvania race between Trump, Biden 
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf’s Pennsylvania coronavirus emergency powers survive House Republicans’ attempt to end them
Patriot News: Biden-Trump race in Pa. tightening, new poll shows
Patriot News: Pa. House passes pandemic-related school bills, including one that guarantees school boards have the power to decide whether to hold sports
Patriot News: Pa. high school sports get new guidance on how many fans can attend games, other events, this fall
Patriot News: ‘We need a change’; Pa. House plans to attempt to override governor’s veto of bill to bring an end to his COVID-19 disaster declaration
Patriot News: Wolf administration to release $25M for abandoned mine land reclamation projects
Patriot News: Uptick in security incidents at magisterial district courts has judges calling for armed security officers 
Patriot News: Eric Trump to speak at Lycoming County Republican Committee picnic Sept. 19
KYW Newsradio: Pa. high court rules it will exercise jurisdiction over voting rights case filed by Pa. Democrats 
Inquirer: A Pennsylvania county voted for Obama twice. But it’s ‘Trump Country’ now.
Inquirer: It’s almost like a normal presidential campaign in Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: The presidential race in Pennsylvania has gotten a lot closer as Trump gains on Biden, poll says 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania women and people of color are bearing the brunt of the recession, report shows
Inquirer: Showing big support for President Trump
Inquirer: Meet 24 Pennsylvania voters who will help inform our 2020 election coverage 
Inquirer: This Pa. county Trump won in 2016 is only looking stronger for him | Morning Newsletter
PLSReporter: The Pa. House just passed an omnibus election reform bill 2 months ahead of the election. Here’s what’s in it.  
PLSReporter: GOP effort to override veto, terminate disaster declaration fails 
PLSReporter: House passes education bills aimed at school sports, grade repeats  
Fox News: Pence campaigns in Pennsylvania, says it’s ‘Trump country now’ 
Fox News: Biden tops Trump in Pennsylvania, but lead shrinks: poll
StateImpactPA: Community solar proposal getting bipartisan support in legislature
KDKA Radio: Trump Advisor Kimberly Guilfoyle Says Women Have Faced the Brunt of COVID-19 Pandemic 
The Hill: Monmouth poll: Trump, Biden statistically tied in Pennsylvania 
The Hill: Trump and Biden will both visit Pennsylvania site on anniversary of 9/11 
The Hill: Number of youth voters ‘definitely’ voting jumps to 77 percent: poll
Philadelphia Citizen: Free College For All?  
CNN: Trump campaign returns to the airwaves as ad wars heat up   
Politico: Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania shrinks to 4 points in new poll 
Politico: Women’s group launches campaign to spur female turnout for Democrats

WHYY Newsworks: ‘A desperate plea for help’: Philly councilmember asks Kenney to declare gun violence emergency 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Do you know anywhere I can go?’: Evictions continue even as city, CDC tries to halt wave 
Philadelphia Tribune: Black groups endorse 76ers bid to build stadium along Delaware River waterfront 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s new effort to recruit poll workers puts focus on millennials
KYW Newsradio: Teachers union demands congressional action on emergency COVID-19 funding for schools
KYW Newsradio: Fall sports start to take shape with new guidance from Pennsylvania, Delaware
Inquirer: How the Sixers are pitching their plan for a new arena and more at Penn’s Landing 
Inquirer: Judge rejects bid by Local 98 chief John Dougherty and Councilmember Bobby Henon to toss their bribery case before trial 
Inquirer: Philly students head back to class, virtually; education leaders demand more funding
Inquirer: Philly native Kristen Welker among moderators for Trump-Biden debates
Billy Penn: Would a Sixers arena work on the Philly waterfront? Here’s how other cities fared

Delco Daily Times: Delaware County Council takes first step to decriminalize marijuana 
Delco Daily Times: New task force brings child abuse into county domain 
Daily Local News: As school begins, local officials offer guidance on sports, PPE, special ed and more 
Bucks Local News: Lawmaker temporarily closes Yardley office as precaution against COVID-19 spread 
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Council appoints investment banker to vacancy
Montgomery Media: Nearly a quarter of Montgomery County residents sought tests for coronavirus 

Post-Gazette: Peduto set to bypass early budget deadline as virus hits revenues, no federal help in sight
Post-Gazette: Two city councilmen invite Biden to tour Pittsburgh’s historically Black neighborhoods
Post-Gazette: GOP group opposed to Trump makes big ad buy in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Battle over mail-in ballots playing out in Pa. Legislature, state and federal courts 
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald, Bogen take part in clinical trial for COVID-19 vaccine 
Post-Gazette: 13 new COVID-19 deaths reported in W. Pa.; Allegheny County reports 9 dead
KDKA: City Council Members Invite Joe Biden Back To Pittsburgh To Tour Black Communities
KDKA: Local Coalition Calls On Allegheny County Officials To Implement Emergency Election Plan 
KDKA: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen Join Coronavirus Vaccine Trial 
KDKA: City Council Discusses Facial Recognition Technology And Policing  
KDKA: Protesters March Through Downtown, Calling For Charges Against Activists To Be Dropped 
KDKA: Family Of Romir Talley Demand Answers, Accountability During Wilkinsburg City Council Meeting 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 9 More Deaths And 68 New Coronavirus Cases
Tribune Review: Allegheny County health director, executive receive shots in covid-19 vaccine trials 
Tribune Review: KDKA-TV says ‘Wendy Bell doesn’t work for us’ after social media outcry 
City Paper: Poll from environmental group says Pennsylvanians support more regulations on fracking 
City Paper: Western Pa. Press Club prepares to give honorary award to KDKA Radio amid yet another Wendy Bell controversy 
City Paper: Port Authority workers protest against anti-social justice dress code prohibiting Black Lives Matter masks 
Pittsburgh Business Times: County, state discussing whether — and when — to relax restrictions 
WESA: Proposed PA Bill Could Impact Ballot Requests And Drop-Offs In November 
WESA: COVID-19 Racial Disparities In Allegheny County Increased After Early Summer Surge In Cases

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trump, Biden to visit Shanksville for Sept. 11 anniversary 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: House bid to end Wolf’s emergency order by veto override fails
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County adds six more COVID-19 cases
KDKA: President Donald Trump Holding Rally In Latrobe On Thursday Night
Post-Gazette: Trump to make campaign stop in Latrobe today
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners to begin reviewing fiscal policies of county-related agencies
Observer-Reporter: Governor urges lawmakers to extend moratorium on evictions 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County adds 12 additional COVID-19 cases
Tribune Review: Arnold Palmer airport travelers advised to arrive early while President Trump stumps on Thursday
Tribune Review: Westmoreland outsources mailing of ballots, calibration of voting machines
Tribune Review: Lower Burrell councilwoman to sing national anthem at Trump rally
Beaver County Times: Trump, Biden to visit Flight 93 memorial Sept. 11 
Beaver County Times: COVID at area nursing homes concern state officials  
Altoona Mirror: City Council interviews lawyers

The Times Leader: Meuser says he’s fully recovered from COVID-19
The Times Leader: Toohil among Republicans calling for end to Wolf’s emergency declaration
The Times Leader: Voters will get to try new machines before Nov. 3 
The Times Leader: Ball Corp. selects Luzerne County for plant that will bring 230 new jobs 
The Times Leader: 13 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 816 statewide
Times-Tribune: Meuser announces he has recovered from COVID-19
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County election board authorizes use of drop boxes for mail-in ballots
Times-Tribune: Clarks Summit council votes in opposition of liquefied natural gas plant’s plans 
Times-Tribune: Commissioners approve agreements as Lackawanna County prepares for resumption of jury trials 
Times-Tribune: Federal grants announced aimed at cleaning up polluted waterways  
Times-Tribune: Two new deaths reported in Monroe County; 49 new cases found in region 
Citizens Voice: Wolf updates spectator guidelines for high school sports 
Citizens Voice: Election board to offer public demo of new voting system 
Citizens Voice: New manufacturing plant will create 230 jobs in Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: Federal grants announced aimed at cleaning up polluted waterways 
Citizens Voice: Meuser announces he has recovered from COVID-19 
Citizens Voice: Mullery named Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Ethics 
Citizens Voice: 13 new COVID-19 cases reported in county

South Central 
York Dispatch: Perry: Systemic racism isn’t real, Black deaths sensationalized 
York Dispatch: Cumberland County Democrats call for DA’s resignation over Facebook comment, report says
York Dispatch: York County hires Dillsburg firm to handle flood of mail-in ballot requests
York Dispatch: Without York City Council backing, Given returns to chief of staff 
York Dispatch: At York County Prison, 169 inmates have had COVID-19, most asymptomatic 
York Dispatch: Helfrich shoots down assertion that York City is in a crime wave   
York Dispatch: York County has four new deaths from COVID-19, 48 additional cases
York Daily Record: York County office continues to ignore mask order 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 7 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday in Cumberland County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Rally for Jacob Blake draws about 100 young people Wednesday in Lancaster 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Airport upgrade gets $4M from unlikely source — federal pandemic-relief law
LNP | LancasterOnline: New Holland recognizes state Rep. Zimmerman for grant for new well 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster EMS requests continued funding from Lancaster City Council

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: After outcry online, ‘Business Matters’ host defends Donald Trump Jr. as guest 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 816 new positive cases across state; 21 more deaths; Outbreaks occurring at colleges across the state | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/02/2020)
Reading Eagle: Berks officials urge business owners to apply for grants from $6 million in new coronavirus relief
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 34 new coronavirus cases as weekly average rises slightly
Morning Call: ‘A game of inches’: New Monmouth poll shows tightening Pennsylvania race between Trump, Biden 
Morning Call: Allentown officials debate how much power to give citizen body focused on police reform

North by Northwest
Patriot News: Eric Trump to speak at Lycoming County Republican Committee picnic Sept. 19
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners discuss air service, Census issues
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners act on contracts for family, youth programs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 5 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: After $10M winning bid, a casino appears to be on the way to Centre County. Here’s what we know
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports record number of new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Erie County campaigns hit the ground 
Erie Times-News: Erie district aims to stop busing private high schoolers 
Erie Times-News: Erie native Scully to moderate presidential debate Oct. 15 

John Baer: This Pa. Senate race is a rare political beauty 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A lifeline for small businesses 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Retargeting testing: Political or practical?
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Our rush to ‘normal’
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Fall prep sports come with risk, but let’s hope gamble doesn’t turn tragic
Tom Brier: From Oliver Cromwell to Donald Trump: Here’s how to stop a slide into despotism 
JD Mullane: Trump supporters with signs, flags feel heat of election
Corey DeAngelis: Pa. must fund students, not school districts 
Howard Kunreuther, Paul Slovic, and Harvey Rubin: Reopening schools and restarting the economy, done wrong, will be a disaster 
Katie C. Reilly: As we lose more Americans to coronavirus every day, it’s time for federal bereavement leave 
Shawn McCaney: Stick to the people’s preferences for the Delaware Waterfront 
Gloria Martino Satriale: How Pa. strips people living with autism and intellectual disabilities of personal choice
Christine Flowers: Remember the names of fallen law enforcement officers
The Angry Grammarian: Was last week’s NBA protest a ’strike,’ a ’boycott,’ or a ’walkout’? What you call it matters. 
Helen Ubiñas: If lanternflies can teach us anything, it’s that we must remain vigilant 
Jenice Armstrong: Her ticket up was basketball. But that was before a stray bullet took her life.
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Back to the one-room schoolhouse

3 Responses

  1. Nancy Pelosi’s arrogance and hypocrisy out there but the mainstream media downplays it as “just a haircut.”

    Forgetting to mention how she dictated to others what they cannot do then slinked in and did it for herself.

    The hypocrisy of the national media shows its head once again too protecting her and senile Joe.

  2. The PA House. Republican Leadership seems intent on stripping Gov Wolf of any authority during covid instead of working with him in terms of assisting the public with avoiding evictions during this time of crisis. Pa is a centrist state despite what the right wingers and left wingers think. The House leadership in Pa will fail in their latest ploy with the people who count the most—voters.

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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