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September 9th Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in western PA today, while a new SP&R poll shows Biden leading Trump by 2 points in PA. Here is the Playbook. 

Exclusive: Fitzpatrick Touts Bipartisan Plaudits in First TV Ad: The GOP incumbent’s first TV ad of the general election touts endorsements from the AFL-CIO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, League of Conservation Voters, Everytown for Gun Safety, FOP, Firefighters Union, and his mother.

SP&R Poll: Biden 44, Trump 42: Biden’s lead over Trump in the state is within the poll’s +/-4.3% margin of error.

PA8: Bognet Says Cartwright, Dems ‘Changed’ In TV Attack Ad: The GOP congressional hopeful attempts to win over Democratic support in the latest ad by contrasting President Bill Clinton and Democrats from the 1990s to a more progressive party today.

PA10: Perry Links DePasquale to AOC in Opening TV Ad: Rep. Scott Perry’s opening TV ad features an image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attempts to tag Eugene DePasquale as a supporter of a “radical socialist agenda.”

DePasquale Poll: DePasquale 50, Perry 46: The survey from GBAO Strategies shows Democrat Eugene DePasquale leading Rep. Scott Perry by 4 points. 52% approve of Perry’s job performance in Congress, while 59% of DePasquale’s job performance as auditor general.

Biden Spends Labor Day Courting Union Vote in PA: During a virtual town hall from Harrisburg with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, the Democratic presidential nominee credited unions for building America’s middle class and promised he’d have the backs of unions if elected president.

Harrisburg & DC   
Politico: ‘Anyone’s race’: Pennsylvania sweats over another squeaker 
Spotlight PA: Wolf allows restaurants to serve more customers indoors, but timing raises eyebrows
AP: Wolf relaxes restrictions on indoor dining in Pennsylvania 
AP: Suit seeks to toss Green candidate from presidential ballot 
AP: In 3 big states, Biden looks to rebuild Democrats’ Blue Wall
Morning Call: Pennsylvania restaurants that self-certify coronavirus safety measures can go to 50% capacity Sept. 21, Wolf says; no alcohol sales after 10 p.m.
Inquirer: Biden outspent Trump $10 million to zero on TV in Pennsylvania last month
Inquirer: Illegal trash dumping plagues rural Pennsylvania roadsides during pandemic
Patriot News: Harrisburg-based polling organization finds Trump, Biden in statistical tie
Patriot News: In Pa. Senate race, challenger George Scott touts military service; Sen. DiSanto will focus on bipartisan record
Patriot News: Restaurant and bar owners on Gov. Wolf’s revised orders: ‘He didn’t give us anything’
Patriot News: Pa. Attorney General, Secretary of State warn of ‘robocalls’ circulating false claims about mail-in voting
Patriot News: 11 Pa. counties named as areas to watch for coronavirus; statewide, positive test rate rises
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: GOP sees voter reg surge as fall campaign begins | Analysis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate office in quarantine after employee tests positive for COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Jobless Pennsylvanians will soon start getting round two of enhanced unemployment benefits 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, Md. lawmaker back bill to award Medal of Honor to Black D-Day hero from Philly 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Crunch Time: Pa. election fixes take center stage | Tuesday Morning Coffee
PLSReporter: Voters weigh in on Wolf, marijuana and COVID-19 shutdowns in new Susquehanna poll 
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration says restaurants may increase capacity starting Sept. 21 
MSN: Purple Heart recipient defends Trump in wake of report he disrespected military
National Journal: Trump campaign stresses ‘optionality’ on path to 270 
National Journal: Biden Campaign Launches $47M Ad Buy 
The Hill: Biden ad urges ‘fresh start’: ‘Stop focusing on a president who thinks it’s all about him’ 
Real Clear Politics: One Sign at a Time, Pennsylvania Veteran Makes the World a Better Place
CNN: Joe Biden is burying Donald Trump in ads 
CNN: US lawmakers want to stop calling Xi Jinping a President. But will he care?

Philly Clout: 2 Democrats are trying to knock Green Party presidential candidate Howie Hawkins off the ballot in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Business Journal: Farley says restaurants ‘should not assume’ city will increase indoor dining capacity to 50% 
Inquirer: Tuesday brought indoor dining back to Philly, while Pennsylvania raised the occupancy limit for restaurants statewide
Inquirer: Philadelphia homeless encampments brace for eviction after city posts notice
Inquirer: Former White House lawyer James Schultz joins new law firm in Philadelphia 
Inquirer: A decision on the Penn’s Landing development site eyed by the Sixers could come as soon as Wednesday 
WHYY Newsworks: Residents of Philly homeless encampments prepare to resist eviction 
WHYY Newsworks: Immigrant advocates sound alarm on PennDOT sharing drivers’ personal info
WHYY Newsworks: Could bringing back ‘gun court’ help abate gun violence in Philly? 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia to temporarily block landlords from enforcing evictions
Philadelphia Magazine: Four Ways Election Day in Philly Could Go Terribly Wrong
Billy Penn: Outdoor Philly mask use nearly doubles in August, in-store face coverings top 95%
Billy Penn: After surviving a brutal attack, Kendall Stephens wants to help trans people citywide
Philadelphia Tribune: Unions rally on Labor Day for better working conditions, increased pay
KYW Newsradio: For Philly City Council president, protest encampments in his district must be shut down
KYW Newsradio: Philly back on a stable track for new COVID-19 cases as Temple outbreak appears to ease
KYW Newsradio: New bipartisan effort launched to get posthumous Medal of Honor for Black WWII soldier from West Philly
KYW Newsradio: With Philadelphia criminal trials now being streamed on YouTube, many voice concerns 
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania allowing restaurants to increase indoor dining capacity 
Philly Voice: Amtrak fully restores Keystone train service between Philly and Harrisburg

Bucks County Courier Times: John Cordisco appointed to SEPTA board
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Warren reopens Yardley office 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem police, NAACP team up on training
Daily Local News: Chester County Economic Development Council names new board members 
Daily Local News: Unionville, Radnor set growing trend of eliminating Native American mascots
Bucks Local News: SEPTEMBER 7 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: While cases spike, hospitalizations fall to almost zero  
Montgomery Media: 1 death, 347 coronavirus cases reported over past 7 days in Montgomery County

WESA: Trump Condemns Pittsburgh Protesters After Videos Go Viral 
WESA: Community Solar Proposal Getting Bipartisan Support In Legislature
City Paper: What will it take to defeat Mayor Peduto … if any legitimate candidate runs against him? 
City Paper: Free election webinars aim to ensure hard-to-reach Pa. communities vote 
Post-Gazette: Trump calls protesters who confronted Pittsburgh diners ‘Thugs!’
Post-Gazette: City council votes to forgo preliminary city budget, extend emergency declaration
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council considers hair amendment
Post-Gazette: Internet issues surface during Pittsburgh Public Schools’ first day of online learning
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports 37 new cases, no deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh to host Global Manufacturing and Industrialization Summit in 2021
Patriot News: Pittsburgh navigates a ‘surreal in-between’ as it grapples with coronavirus
Tribune Review: Southwest Pennsylvania again takes center stage in presidential campaigns this week 
KDKA: President Trump Reacts To Viral Video Of Protesters Clashing With Diners In Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Safety: ‘Embarrassing’ Viral Video Of Clash Between Protesters, Restaurant Patrons Under Investigation 
KDKA: Mixed Reaction From Pittsburgh-Area Restaurant Owners To Gov. Wolf Increasing Indoor Capacity To 50 Percent 
KDKA: Pennsylvania State Education Association Encouraging Teachers To Remain Vigilant And Safe During Reopenings 
KDKA: Allegheny County Judge Mark Tranquilli Petitions Court To Overturn His Suspension 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces No New Coronavirus-Related Deaths, 37 Additional Cases

Beaver County Times: Pence visiting western PA on Wednesday
Observer-Reporter: Eric Trump to hold campaign event in Washington
Observer-Reporter: CARES Act money dedicated to broadband access
Observer-Reporter: Washington County reports 25 new coronavirus cases over Labor Day weekend
Altoona Mirror: City looks to cut $1M from budget 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria goes red as the GOP gains county registration edge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Remembering heroes: Flight 93 chapel service planned
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Revised restaurant rules receive mixed reaction locally
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria adds four COVID-19 cases as state tops 140,000 cases

Times-Tribune: Pandemic response cost Scranton $450G as of early August, more costs expected 
Times-Tribune: Restaurants can increase seating to 50%, but there’s a catch for alcohol sales 
Times-Tribune: Jury trials resume in Lackawanna County 
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA counties
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council won’t pursue further prison death investigation 
The Times Leader: Study: ‘Effective’ property tax for Luzerne County same as state average 
The Times Leader: Kaufer’s veterans peer outreach legislation moving forward 
The Times Leader: Pittston to host meeting of mayors from 5 cities in NEPA 
The Times Leader: Bar owners, employees worry about state’s latest update to regulations 
The Times Leader: First trial begins at Luzerne County Courthouse since COVID-19 
The Times Leader: Back the Blue campaign running strong in NEPA 
The Times Leader: 4 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County: 496 statewide
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County council rejects Mackey investigation proposals
Citizens Voice: Bars, restaurants can increase seating, but must move up last call
Citizens Voice: 4 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County 

South Central 
Patriot News: In Pa. Senate race, challenger George Scott touts military service; Sen. DiSanto will focus on bipartisan record
Patriot News: Harrisburg-based polling organization finds Trump, Biden in statistical tie
Patriot News: Dauphin County to hold virtual forum on child abuse and sex trafficking 
Patriot News: How Lancaster County has endured the coronavirus pandemic
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bipartisan support needed to thwart eviction, homelessness crises: Gov. Wolf
LNP | LancasterOnline: We asked the Pa. Health Department for COVID-19 data by school district. The response: ‘We cannot comment’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County restaurants react to return to 50% capacity limit; ‘You still bleed, just not as much’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Dozens protest Ephrata electric and water shutoffs; council says most were ‘habitually delinquent’ before pandemic 
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf: Restaurants can increase indoor occupancy rate to 50%, but stop alcohol sales at 10 p.m. starting Sept. 21 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 11 new COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday in Cumberland County
York Dispatch: York County has 25 new cases of COVID-19, state case total breaks 140K
York Daily Record: Lecture from racism expert, Jane Elliott, coming to York

Lehigh Valley       
Reading Eagle: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan discusses racial disparities in health care at town hall
Reading Eagle: Those unsolicited applications to vote or register are legit, Berks and Pennsylvania election officials say
Reading Eagle: Berks restaurant owners: 50% occupancy a positive step
Reading Eagle: Reading council gets break-down of police department operations
Express Times: We want to know how and why Northampton County is voting in 2020. Help us tell your stories. 
Express Times: For late journalist John Farmer, all stories were local. A new journalism fund will support the work he treasured.
Express Times: Restaurants can open up halfway soon — Lehigh Valley restaurateurs can only hope it’ll help
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 496 new cases after holiday weekend; Wolf announces 50% restaurant capacity starting Sept. 21 | Pa. COVID-19 county map (09/08/2020)
Morning Call: Election 2020 Questions Answered: How secure is mail-in voting?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania restaurants that self-certify coronavirus safety measures can go to 50% capacity Sept. 21, Wolf says; no alcohol sales after 10 p.m. 
North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Regatta, rally show support for Trump
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Restaurants react to loosening of capacity limit
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve GEO for reentry services
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials: Most crime down during pandemic
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City treasurer seeks auditors, technology on tax filings
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 3 new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council designates racism a public health crisis 
Erie Times-News: U.S. Rep. Kelly to visit expanded EMTA facility 
Erie Times-News: Erie Airbnb ruling upheld as City Council explores changes
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 12 cases of COVID-19, and other updates for Sept. 8

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The state of the pandemic
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A mayor’s deflection
Inquirer Editorial Board: Cyber charters may benefit from pandemic, but that doesn’t mean their students do
David Murrell: Temple Shows Its True Colors in Bringing Students Back to Campus, Causing COVID Outbreak
Dan Simpson: If elected, Biden will need to repair foreign relations
Antony Davies and James R. Harrigan: Universities should keep students on campus to protect the vulnerable from coronavirus 
John Michael Weaver and Tom Røseth: Relations between intelligence agencies matter — this is why
Chris Freind: Leaders are infected with coronavirus hypocrisy
Bryan McVerry: Steroids cut COVID-19 death rates, but not for everyone – here’s who benefits and who doesn’t | Analysis
Chris Kelly: Beer pong and social distancing don’t mix
Jennifer N. Goldstein and Abby Donnelly: Diabetes has a treatment crisis worsened by COVID-19 
Will Bunch Newsletter: How TV, media can stop a U.S. meltdown on 11/4 
Trudy Rubin: Kremlin’s murder of opponents can’t be accepted as new global norm 
Jenice Armstrong: From doctor to decorator: COVID pandemic spurred her to make a change of a lifetime 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Counting Philadelphia’s violence prevention

One Response

  1. Pence is a putz who has to ask “Mother” for permission to lunch with another woman. How ridiculous!!!

  • 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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