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September 8th Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden hosted a virtual event with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in Harrisburg on Labor Day. Here is the Playbook. 

September 4th Ups & Downs: The White House’s coronavirus task force coordinator lauds PA’s response to COVID-19, former VP Joe Biden speaks against banning fracking, plus two of the presidential debate moderators have ties to the commonwealth. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Pence To Campaign in Western PA on Wednesday: Vice President Mike Pence will headline a “Workers for Trump” event in Beaver County and participate in a roundtable meeting on pro-life matters in Westmoreland County.

Here’s What Trump Said About PA During His Westmoreland County Rally: Trump attacked former Vice President Joe Biden over fracking, while also promoting Sean Parnell’s candidacy for the 17th Congressional District.

Biden and Trump To Visit Flight 93 Memorial on 9/11: Both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will visit the memorial near Shanksville on Friday, although it is unclear if their visits will overlap, according to the AP.

Lamb and Murphy To Join “Union Veterans and Military Families for Biden” Town Hall: Joe Biden’s campaign will be hosting a “Union Veterans and Military Families for Biden” town hall on Tuesday. Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and former Undersecretary of the Army Patrick Murphy will be participating in the discussion, according to a release from Biden’s campaign.

Harrisburg & DC   
ABC27: WATCH: Joe Biden talks with abc27
Washington Post: The seven political states of Pennsylvania
270 To Win: The Road to 270: Pennsylvania 
AP: Trump, Biden spar over economy, workers in Labor Day blitz
AP: The Latest: Biden says Trump lives by ‘code of lies, greed’
AP: After Democrats’ big 2018 gains, more House seats could flip
Spotlight PA: Want to help Pa. renters avoid eviction? Give them cash directly, experts say.
ABC News: Biden, Trump campaigns focus in on Pennsylvania
Inquirer: 5 questions that will help decide the presidential race in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: The Philly suburbs aren’t the only suburbs where Democrats are on the rise in Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: Former top Inquirer editor who resigned in June named executive editor of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Inquirer: Pa. Board of Pardons recommends clemency for 8 lifers, including 3 women 
Inquirer: In Pennsylvania public schools, an ‘epidemic’ of Native American mascots and nicknames
Morning Call: Pa. Democratic lawmakers push bill to help business owners collect on COVID insurance claims
Morning Call: Your Pennsylvania voting questions answered: Election 2020 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: REPORT: Pa. unemployment claims recovering quickly compared to other states | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘I’m going to be the strongest labor president we’ve ever had’: Biden tells union workers during Pa. campaign stop
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On Labor Day: How to plan a mini-road trip to mark Pennsylvania’s worker history
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate panel that approved voting bill will get a do-over next week because of improper notice
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: For Biden, Trump, must-win NEPA is a high-stakes numbers game. This is the math behind it | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump campaign cites Republican candidate as proof of mail-in voter fraud in Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Why do we celebrate Labor Day? When did it become a holiday? | Five for Your Weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf vows to veto House voting bill. Can Pa. get to ‘yes’ on mail-in ballot fixes? | Friday Morning Coffee
KDKA: This Year, Labor Day Is Too Late To Begin Campaigning In Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: Joe Biden works his union base from central Pennsylvania on Labor Day; here’s why that matters
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf is acting like a ‘king’ and his mask mandate is a political statement, couples claim in federal lawsuit
Patriot News: Trump campaign can’t intervene against election lawsuit Pa. Democrats filed, state Supreme Court rules
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 547 new cases reported Sept. 7, nearly 140,000 overall
PLSReporter: New polling data indicates support for governor, close general election races
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration urges caution ahead of holiday weekend
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 67: Uhh-lection Uncertainty 
Billy Penn: PA unemployment update: Extra $300 application is open, payments start mid-September 
Fox News: Biden happy to meet Trump in PA
Fox News: Biden, Trump clash over coronavirus vaccine
Fox News: Pittsburgh cops investigate video appearing to show protesters clash with diners
Fox News: Welcome to Kayak Church: Pennsylvania worshippers take to the water
Fox News: Penn State clarifies comments on coronavirus and myocarditis made by team physician
USA Today: Trump in Pa.: 5 takeaways from president’s visit to Latrobe
Washington Examiner: What Joe Biden didn’t let himself see in Pennsylvania 
Washington Examiner: In spite of it all, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association rides on 
The Christian Science Monitor: Why Pennsylvania is ground zero for mail-in voting debate 
The Hill: Biden says he’d be open to meeting with Trump in Pennsylvania
The Hill: Biden steps up Black voter outreach in battleground states
LNP | LancasterOnline: These 10 Pennsylvania counties had the highest rates of new coronavirus cases for Sept. 1-7
CNN: These four charts show Trump’s and Biden’s battleground advertising strategy
CNN: Officials break ground on new section of September 11th National Memorial Trail
KYW Newsradio: New report shows Pennsylvania working families in greatest need of pandemic relief 
Real Clear Politics: Biden-Harris Have a Big Problem in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Magazine: For 40 Years, Philly Mayors Have Promised to End Poverty. For 40 Years, I’ve Watched Them Fail.
WHYY Newsworks: Hundreds of workers rally for pandemic protections at Philadelphia City Hall
WHYY Newsworks: Advocates say a Philly public bank could be key to addressing systemic racism 
WHYY Newsworks: Homeless mothers squat federal housing sites as encampment deadline looms
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. child care advocates fear new Gov. Wolf policy will break the industry
WHYY Newsworks: This Labor Day, unions face new pressures and possibilities due to COVID-19
Inquirer: Philly City Council is coming back with a focus on the harsh police response to this year’s protests
Inquirer: Protesters gather near Mayor Kenney’s home to oppose move to close homeless camps 
Inquirer: On Labor Day, Philly workers rally for protection: ‘They want to call us heroes, but what they really meant was martyrs’ 
Inquirer: Philadelphia is still very much a labor town. Here’s how workers are fighting back. 
Inquirer: What will happen to the homeless now forced to leave the Parkway encampment? 
Inquirer: Protesters march in Philly for Jacob Blake and ’against racist police violence’
Inquirer: Former top Inquirer editor who resigned in June named executive editor of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
Inquirer: Philly-area gun shops say COVID-19, protests, presidential election driving widespread shortages 
Inquirer: Philly’s gun violence has hit startling levels: ‘This is a real pandemic in itself’ 
Inquirer: Pandemic isolation has some teens turning to substance use. Philly’s recovery high school has found ways to fight back. 
Inquirer: Philadelphia indoor dining reopens with restrictions; jury trials resume; Shore beachgoers enjoy Labor Day 
Inquirer: 5 questions that’ll decide the election in Pa. | Morning Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s annual Labor Day celebration goes online
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Commonwealth Court to hear case on lack of polling places during pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Jury trials resume as Philadelphia Common Pleas Court reopens to public
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia prepares to open access centers for online learning
KYW Newsradio: 4 South Jersey towns to Kenney: ‘Acoustic attacks’ on New Jersey coming from Philly
Philly Voice: In need of poll workers, Philly offering maximum stipend permitted by state law
Philly Voice: Free Library of Philadelphia taps interim director 
Billy Penn: PA unemployment update: Extra $300 application is open, payments start mid-September

Daily Local News: Mail-in ballot requests soar in Chester County
Daily Local News: Chester County gets $2.3M in community revitalization funding
Daily Local News: Chester County jury trials appear to return successfully during pandemic
Daily Local News: Judge declines to toss charges against pipeline constables
Daily Local News: New leader named for parks, open space in Chester County 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks board urges patience for mail-in ballots 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County forms New Americans Commission 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County tries collecting old restitution
Delco Daily Times:  FOP demands Darby Twp. commissioner’s resignation over meme
Delco Daily Times: With coronavirus pandemic continuing, restaurants are finding it hard to come back 
Delco Daily Times: Legal recreational marijuana likely a ways off
KYW Newsradio: Darby commissioner faces backlash after allegedly sharing anti-police post
KYW Newsradio: Ivanka Trump returns to Philly suburbs to campaign for her father, applaud his coronavirus relief efforts
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County sees 15-year new housing high in 2019
Bucks Local News: Remembrance drive-through event to mark 9/11 anniversary at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners appoint advisory commission to assist new Americans

City Paper: Frack Check: Trump inflates Pennsylvania fracking job figures by 3500 percent
City Paper: KDKA Radio host Wendy Bell taken off the air indefinitely
Post-Gazette: Pence to speak twice at events in Freedom, Export next week
Post-Gazette: Protesters march through East Liberty; return to mayor’s house
Post-Gazette: Lamb introduces legislation to expand vets’ mental health care 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police investigating after viral videos of protesters spread on social media 
Post-Gazette: Business of Pittsburgh: Examining education during a pandemic 
Post-Gazette: Pandemic has boosted digital platforms, but not everyone is connected 
Post-Gazette: Eric Trump to visit Washington next week 
Post-Gazette: Wendy Bell is off the air for now at KDKA Radio
Post-Gazette: 107 new COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths in Western Pa.
WESA: ‘Remember What They Did’ Billboard Campaign Seeks To Inspire Voter Turnout
WESA: Wolf Administration Renews Calls To Legalize Weed, But Majority Republicans Have Other Plans
WESA: After A Quiet Summer, Trump Returns For Rally In Western PA
WESA: City School District Asking For Art Supply Donations For Students Learning Remotely   
KDKA: President Donald Trump Supporters, Boaters Gather On Mon River For Rally
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Says Protesters Will Be Arrested If There Is ‘Continual Denial Of Law’
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Presides Over KDKA-TV News Anchor Paul Martino’s Wedding
KDKA: Pittsburgh Police Reviewing Viral Video Showing Clash Between Protesters And Restaurant Patrons
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Set To Begin School Year With Remote Learning, Continuing To Distribute Devices To Families
KDKA: Couple Involved In Viral Video Showing Protesters Encounter With Diners Speaks Out 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 39 New Coronavirus Cases, And No Additional Deaths
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh police seek information on clashes between protesters and public from weekend
Tribune Review: Eric Trump coming to Washington, Pa. on Thursday 
Pittsburgh Business Times: KDKA Radio takes anchor Wendy Bell off the air following controversial comments

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PHOTO GALLERY | ‘Moment of Remembrance’: Trump and Biden but no crowds for 9/11 ceremony at Shanksville
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tribune-Democrat reporters named Golden Quill winners
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria adds 10 cases over weekend, weekly indicators remain steady
Beaver County Times: Flight 93 service to be private, live-streamed 
Beaver County Times: Wolf endorses paid sick leave legislation 
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners receive dire budget warning 
Observer-Reporter: Conservation district seeking director 
Observer-Reporter: Wendy Bell removed from KDKA radio 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 9 new coronavirus cases
Altoona Mirror: 30 Day Fund keeps local firms afloat
Altoona Mirror: Area preps for vaccine rollout
Altoona Mirror: Blair, Centre see virus increases

Citizens Voice: Former Scranton mayor faces up to 30½ years in prison 
Citizens Voice: WVIA to air debate between Meuser, Wegman 
Citizens Voice: Labor Day woes: Contractors say finding laborers major challenge 
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County and 547 statewide
The Times Leader: Meuser back at work after COVID quarantine
The Times Leader: Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council set to decide on prison review 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Councilwoman sees outside development potential in tour of former juvenile detention center 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County asked to help with federal Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction mandate 
The Times Leader: COVID-19 by ZIP code: Kingston sees a surge 
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 547 statewide 
Times-Tribune: Courtright faces up to 30½ years in prison after judge denies challenge to sentencing guidelines
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County election board authorizes use of drop boxes for mail-in ballots
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s 2021 capital budget includes $2.9M for City Hall repairs, $936K for IT upgrades
Times-Tribune: Additional state funding will be hard to find for Scranton School District
Times-Tribune: Labor Day woes: Contractors say finding laborers major challenge 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County moves veterans affairs office into former Charl-Mont space at government center
Times-Tribune: State reports 23 new cases of COVID-19, no new deaths, in NEPA counties

South Central 
ABC27: WATCH: Joe Biden talks with abc27
York Dispatch: DePasquale poll: Race for Pa. 10 is tight
York Dispatch: State HRC, Congress member condemn Perry in joint statement
York Dispatch: Two more deaths linked to COVID-19 in York County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Biden stops in Lancaster backyard for Labor Day meeting with Pa. union workers 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Ivanka Trump visits Lancaster County during campaign visit to Pennsylvania on Friday [photos, videos] 
Patriot News: Joe Biden works his union base from central Pennsylvania on Labor Day; here’s why that matters
Patriot News: Biden supporters gather in Harrisburg to show ‘there are people who support him in this area’
Patriot News: Joe Biden speaks to unions around the country from Harrisburg, Pa.: Video
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County to open second round of COVID-19 relief grants Tuesday 
Carlisle Sentinel: Department of Health: 6 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County; 1 death

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: As Trump Jr. interview airs, Biden is announced as guest for Lehigh Valley’s ‘Business Matters’ 
Express Times: Lehigh Valley business owners describe their ‘hell’ during COVID-19 pandemic 
Express Times: Trump flags stolen and burned, Biden signs stolen and defaced in 2 Pennsylvania counties 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus updates: 547 new cases, 20 deaths; surging case rate slows over Labor Day weekend as state nears 140K total cases | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (09/07/20) 
Morning Call: Three debates scheduled, so far, for the Lehigh Valley’s congressional race between Susan Wild and Lisa Scheller 
Morning Call: Evictions surge in the Lehigh Valley after moratorium ends. So what happens next? 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley restaurant owners speak out about coronavirus struggles as lawmakers hear of impact hurting other businesses 
Morning Call: How to build a better Lehigh Valley? Affordable housing and better services are a start, say volunteers who met in Bethlehem Saturday 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Number of cases down, but 20 more deaths reported Labor Day
Reading Eagle: Berks records 29 new coronavirus cases

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Trump boat parade sails into Erie, met ashore by protesters 
Erie Times-News: City of Erie could also declare racism a public health crisis 
Erie Times-News: Labor and COVID-19: The virus’ effect on Erie County workers
Erie Times-News: Consultant starts work on Erie City Hall reopening plan 
Erie Times-News: Dept. of Health reports 547 new COVID cases statewide, 3 more in Erie County
Centre Daily Times: State College police have so far issued 26 COVID-19 masking and distancing ordinance violations
Centre Daily Times: Centre County DA warns of ‘very concerning’ rise in drug overdoses in the past 2 weeks
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 13 cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Sept. 7 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates weigh in on area jobs, economy
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City treasurer: Payroll revenue down
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Election chiefs worry about uncertainty as voting nears
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State finances hit hard by pandemic
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County no new COVID-19 cases

Joe Biden and Richard Trumka: Put power back in workers’ hands
Elizabeth Fiedler and Maureen Madden: The Legislature needs to step up to keep Pa. residents in their homes. Here’s how
Patrick J. Eiding: Supporting labor unions is good for working families as COVID-19 continues to spread
Tom Murse: Smucker: ‘I will not participate in forums hosted by LNP’ [Column]
Kristin Ahrens: Pa. does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to disability services
Inquirer Editorial Board: With so many out of work, it’s a Labor Day like no other 
Inquirer Editorial Board: CDC’s eviction moratorium is critical relief, but it doesn’t let states off the hook 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A misguided strategy 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The dignity of labor 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An overdue audit 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A tax cut with no benefit 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protect those who protect us 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A compassionate gesture 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Put Yemen back together
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The colon cancer threat 
Charlie Gerow: It’s Labor Day and the race is on
Tim Hartman: A Labor Day wish | Editorial Cartoon
Ruth Ann Dailey: Candidates, violence and love
Maria Panaritis: Ambler schools show in-person instruction can be done with will and resources 
Carl Hisiro: The conventions are behind us. What did we learn? Trump and the GOP are out of ideas
Corinne O’Connell: Philly’s housing crisis is an education crisis 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Looking-for-Labor Day
Helen Ubiñas: Is it time to defund Philly’s Office of Violence Prevention?
Donna Cooper: Philly’s school board should keep blocking Hilco from tax breaks  
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Samaritan taking weeklong stand at Black Lives Matter mural in Downtown
Aryanna Hunter: Trump is trying to scare us into voting for him. Don’t let him. 
Phyllis Chamberlain: How we can help vulnerable renters and homeowners
Keith C. Burris: Two countries
David M. Shribman: When Washington’s elite dined at twin delis
Richard Gunderman: Labor Day celebrates earning a living, but remember what work really means 
Katie Strelau and Nawar Naseer: Contact tracers: Biggest hurdle in slowing COVID-19 spread is getting people to talk 
Abigail Chang: Southwest Philly teen: Gun violence shouldn’t be a norm for my community

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