April 17th Playbook

Both a House Democratic super PAC and House GOP super PAC announced their intentions to spend millions of dollars in ads in the fall in Pennsylvania. Here is the Playbook. 

House Dem Super PAC Announces Multi-Million Dollar Ad Buy in PA: House Majority PAC announced that they plan to spend $6.1 million in Philadelphia, $1.4 million in Wilkes Barre, $1 million in Harrisburg, and $1 million in the Pittsburgh markets in the fall.

House GOP Super PAC Announces Multi-Million Dollar Ad Buy in PA: Congressional Leadership Fund announced that they are reserving $6.5 million in the Philadelphia market and $800,000 in the Harrisburg market in their first step of fall reservations.

Reader Poll: Should Upcoming PA Primary Be an All-Mail Election?: The Associated Press reports that some of the most populous counties in the state are pushing Gov. Tom Wolf to allow them to conduct the June 2 primary election entirely by mail.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Wolf resists calls to reopen economy, ease stay-home order
AP: Pennsylvania to use liquor stores for online fulfillment 
Inquirer: The drive to reopen the Pa. economy is part of a national partisan battle 
Inquirer: All Pa. businesses must require employees and customers to wear masks amid coronavirus pandemic 
Inquirer: Couldn’t get Pa. unemployment benefits? You might be eligible for this new coronavirus program. 
Inquirer: Unprecedented job losses infuriate Pa. workers as unemployment benefits can’t keep up: ‘We are getting desperate’ 
Inquirer: Charging full tuition for online classes? No, say some students, despite the coronavirus 
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey says the coronavirus outbreak has reached a peak. That’s half true. | PolitiFact 
Inquirer: White House outlines coronavirus reopening phases, some states could start ‘literally tomorrow’; Pa. official says test capacity is insufficient 
Inquirer: When and how to reopen Pa.’s economy is part of a national battle | Coronavirus Newsletter
Inquirer: Online gambling explodes in Pa. as brick-and-mortar casino revenues tank due to pandemic 
Spotlight PA: Employees at Pa.’s ‘life-sustaining’ businesses question if their work is worth the risk
Spotlight PA: Desperate for cash, self-employed Pennsylvanians face high-stakes choice between loans and unemployment benefits
Patriot News: Face masks are now mandatory in Pa.: We’ve unpacked the order requiring everyone to wear one
Patriot News: Foes of Pa.’s coronavirus shutdown vow to demonstrate at the Capitol on Monday
Patriot News: Pa. not ready to follow N.Y. in extending stay-at-home order, Gov. Tom Wolf says 
Patriot News: Pa. remains key battleground but COVID-19 radically changes 2020 election
Patriot News: Buying liquor online in Pa. expected to become a little easier in coming days as capacity to fill orders expands
Patriot News: ‘Pennsylvanians need some certainty’ on return to normalcy, Gov. Wolf says; but it’s unclear when that will happen
Patriot News: Rite Aid, CVS have face masks for its employees, and will limit customers as new state order goes into effect on Sunday
Patriot News: ‘We certainly have bent that curve’: Pa. Health Secretary cites progress on coronavirus
Patriot News: U.S Senator Pat Toomey named to White House task force on the economy
Post-Gazette: GOP chairwoman extols Trump’s COVID-19 response at virtual meeting with his Pa. supporters 
Post-Gazette: Another $15 billion for food stamps, but poor households find groceries out of reach
Post-Gazette: State Rep. Metcalfe calls for rollback and repeal of environmental regulations 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 27,735 confirmed cases in 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘When can we open up?’: At town hall, Pa.’s Casey finds constituents weary of lockdown life
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘You’re putting yourselves at risk’ Levine tells protesters planning event at the Capitol next week
WHYY Newsworks: The pandemic campaign: An unexpected challenge, and a mixed blessing for Pa. political underdogs  
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Pa. Gov. rejects GOP efforts to adjust stay-at-home orders 
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania raises alarms on transfer of radioactive Three Mile Island reactor 
WHYY Newsworks: See the curve: Pa. coronavirus death count hits new high as spread slows 
KDKA: ‘It’s Time To Start Having That Conversation’: Sen. Pat Toomey Shares His Views With President Trump, Says Parts Of Pa. Could Reopen  
PLSReporter: The Pa. Health Department’s new safety guidelines for businesses, explained 
PLSReporter: As small business loan program runs out of money, stimulus process not smooth for PA institutions, businesses 
PLSReporter: Wolf to veto bills that would reopen some businesses 
Fox News: Pro-Trump super PAC unveils #BeijingBiden campaign in key states 
Fox News: Mask mandates: Governors tighten rules for face coverings as part of coronavirus response
Fox News: USNS Comfort docked in NY will start taking coronavirus patients from Philadelphia, 1 hour away 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey tells tele-town hall to heed experts’ advice 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Toomey pushes for reopening of economy 
Morning Call: Pat Toomey calls for reopening businesses if they can follow safety protocols; says some never should have closed
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus business battle: Republican senators want to give business closure decisions to counties, Gov. Wolf says ‘no’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State has ‘flattened the curve,’ official says
Washington Examiner: Amtrak gets $1B boost — and it’s not just for the Northeast Corridor
National Journal: Hotline’s Q1 House fundraising chart 
National Journal: Pro-Trump Super PAC Hits Biden on China

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Bernie Sanders’ bid for president is over but his campaign is active … and going after Joel Freedman
Philadelphia Business Journal: Stimulus checks enough for most Philadelphians to pay the rent, study finds
Philadelphia Business Journal: Field hospital opens at Temple University’s Liacouras Center
WHYY Newsworks: Liacouras ‘COVID surge facility’ opens with no patients 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly seeks over $1M from PES refinery for Fire Department response 
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA Regional Rail conductor dies of coronavirus
WHYY Newsworks: Months after acquittal for manslaughter, Michael White faces wrongful death lawsuit 
Billy Penn: Trial date set for sexual misconduct case that brought down former Philly police commissioner 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more 
Billy Penn: Free diapers in Philly: 10 places mothers can get formula and supplies
Inquirer: PGW wants an 11% rate hike as gas consumption falls 
Inquirer: Inside Philly’s ambitious plan to put caterers back to work serving the homeless 
Inquirer: Coronavirus patients pushing some Philadelphia-area hospitals near capacity; N.J. schools to stay closed until May 15 
Inquirer: When and how to reopen Pa.’s economy is part of a national battle | Coronavirus Newsletter
Inquirer: This Mexican journalist just became the top editor of Philadelphia’s Impacto newspaper. Now, she faces challenges. 
Inquirer: Philly Asian American groups are making thousands of masks for hospitals and senior centers
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia School District still giving out Chromebooks to students as online classes begin Monday
KYW Newsradio: New lawsuit seeks release of medically vulnerable inmates in Philadelphia federal prison 
Philadelphia Tribune: Protesters mark first death of Philadelphia jail inmate
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Governor Wolf Bans Unmasked Shoppers From Grocery Stores 
Philadelphia Citizen: The Virus and The City: Fixing A Broken Social Contract

SEPA
Bucks Local News: To manage spread of COVID-19, Bucks County reduces prison population by about 30 percent
Bucks Local News: APRIL 15 UPDATE: Longterm care facilities focus of attention with eight new COVID-19 deaths reported in Bucks County
Daily Local News: Thursday Update: Pennsylvania gets an uptick of 1,245 new coronavirus cases to bring total to 27,735
Daily Local News: Coatesville enacts citywide curfew
Daily Local News: Shutdown causing West Chester to run low on cash
WHYY Newsworks: The pandemic campaign: An unexpected challenge, and a mixed blessing for Pa. political underdogs 
KYW Newsradio: Bucks reopening county parks; officials encouraged by what seems to be plateau
Philly Voice: Domestic violence calls in Montgomery County spike during coronavirus pandemic
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks to reopen parks closed by coronavirus
Montgomery Media: Montco coronavirus death toll hits 128, including 84 residents of nursing homes
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County extends emergency disaster declaration amid coronavirus pandemic
Montgomery Media: Rep. Madeleine Dean tours new Montco coronavirus testing site
Montgomery Media: Montco sees rise in domestic abuse calls during coronavirus shutdown
Delco Daily Times: Delco officials detail steps to battle pandemic
Delco Daily Times: Mitigation efforts working at prison while 40 to 70 percent could contract COVID-19 by pandemic’s end

Pittsburgh 
WESA: First Campaign Filings Of 2020 Show Incumbents With Vast Fundraising Lead 
WESA: Peduto Warns of ‘Dark Days’ But Hails City’s Resilience In Face of Coronavirus 
City Paper: Conservation Voters of PA highlights three endorsed Pittsburgh state House candidates 
City Paper: Allegheny County might soon send all county voters mail-in ballot applications with prepaid postage 
City Paper: Mayor Peduto looks ahead to Pittsburgh’s “new normal” in speech on COVID-19 
City Paper: Pittsburghers for Public Transit calls for increased bus frequency, hazard pay for workers
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 12 More Coronavirus-Related Deaths, As Toll Jumps To 38
KDKA: ‘Wasn’t Expected’: Susan Sarandon Tweets Support For Pitt Law Professor Running For Congress 
KDKA: ‘Dark Days Ahead’: Mayor Bill Peduto Says Impact Of Coronavirus Pandemic Will Be Felt On Pittsburgh’s Budget, Too 
KDKA: ‘We Can Do It Safely’: As Pressure Mounts, Allegheny Co. Officials Discussing Loosening Coronavirus Shutdown Measures 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Officials Call On Residents To Stop All Recreational Burning During Coronavirus Pandemic 
KDKA: Steelers Partial Owner Thomas Tull Donates $4.2 Million To Local Hospitals
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County COVID-19 death count up 12; state publishes more demographic data 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburghers for Public Transit pushes for more buses on busy routes to reduce social contact 
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto offers reassurance but warns of ‘dark days ahead’ for city budget 
Post-Gazette: Low ridership during COVID-19 paints a bleak financial picture for Port Authority 
Tribune Review: 12 more coronavirus deaths reported in Allegheny County after delay in data 
Tribune Review: Hospitals looking for more help; lawmakers say Pennsylvania shorted on CARES Act relief 
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto: Pittsburgh will feel financial effects of pandemic for 5 years 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh-area colleges just landed $101 million in CARES Act stimulus. Will they need more? 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh prepared to take on COVID-19 challenges, Peduto says while highlighting the ones to come

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Wolf to veto GOP plan to reopen businesses
Altoona Mirror: Task force seeks help for area’s homeless 
Beaver County Times: Commissioners: Brighton Rehab COVID-19 numbers indicate gaps in state data 
Beaver County Times: Wolf demurs on extending stay-at-home order; PA death toll passes 700
Post-Gazette: State Rep. Metcalfe calls for rollback and repeal of environmental regulations
Tribune Review: Beaver County officials frustrated over tracking of nursing home’s coronavirus outbreak
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: Health secretary says more testing needed; second Indiana County death reported
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf plans to veto bill to reopen economy 
Observer-Reporter: Dairy industry trying to stem flow of challenges

NEPA
The Times Leader: Levine: Arena ‘best place’ for mass testing site
The Times Leader: Rep. Pashinski requests state select an alternate testing site 
The Times Leader: State Senate approves better process for COVID-19 mitigation 
The Times Leader: Yudichak: Inspectors investigate nearly 300 concerns about businesses; no violations found 
The Times Leader: 44 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County; 1 more has died 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor: Wind storm leads to $1M in damage, 10 furloughs 
Citizens Voice: Kingston council members give up salaries 
Citizens Voice: Mullery, Carroll support arena testing site 
Citizens Voice: Almost 100 Wyoming County employees will be laid off
Citizens Voice: 1 death, 44 new cases reported in county
Times-Tribune: Disparity emerges in Lackawanna County coronavirus death toll 
Times-Tribune: As many as half of Wyoming County government employees to be laid off 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage

South Central 
Patriot News: Foes of Pa.’s coronavirus shutdown vow to demonstrate at the Capitol on Monday
York Dispatch: Perry hauls $100k more than DePasquale in reelection bid 
York Dispatch: Perry: Trump is ‘spot on’ with WHO funding suspension 
York Dispatch: Pa. coronavirus cases approach 28k, 12 new cases in York County
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Pa. death toll tops 700 with 2,500 hospitalized; new mask requirement 
York Daily Record: Latinos in York City infected with COVID-19 at higher rate than others: 71.6% of cases 
York Daily Record: Is the coronavirus slowing down in Pennsylvania? Will the state reopen? 
York Daily Record: Investigating history: That time Joe Biden’s dad lived and worked in York
Carlisle Sentinel: Small businesses try to hang on as COVID-19 sets back downtown Carlisle’s momentum 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle School District’s projected 2020-21 deficit balloons to $4.55 million 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 27,735 cases; Lancaster has 970
LNP | LancasterOnline: Street sweeping to resume in Lancaster city Monday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Small Business Emergency Fund to offer $1.45M in loans, grants to support COVID-19 losses

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Pat Toomey calls for reopening businesses if they can follow safety protocols; says some never should have closed
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus business battle: Republican senators want to give business closure decisions to counties, Gov. Wolf says ‘no’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State has ‘flattened the curve,’ official says
Morning Call: ‘If we don’t do this, development will cease’: Allentown Council goes ahead with $7-per-household borrowing plan for sewer projects 
Morning Call: Bethlehem proposes relief fund for small businesses 
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials warn coronavirus cases may surge if recommendations ignored 
Reading Eagle: 6 more deaths reported by Berks County coroner; Pa. now documenting nursing home cases and deaths 
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Dan Meuser talks about agriculture relief measures during pandemic 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Death toll tops 700, case count passes 27K as projected peak nears; 53 dead in Lehigh Valley | COVID-19 case map (4/16/20)
Express Times: Bethlehem proposes $300K small business relief fund 
Express Times: 30 people have died from COVID-19 in Northampton County. For April, the toll is 17% of all county deaths.

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Essential travel? Behind Kathy Dahlkemper’s trip 
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Laughlin, Dems split over relaxing virus rules 
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Thursday, April 16 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rep. Keller criticizes governor 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Borough approves resolution to declare state of emergency 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local lawmakers vote to open some businesses
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania reaches 27,735 total COVID-19 cases, as Centre County adds another confirmed case 
Centre Daily Times: Dozens of inmates released from Centre County jail in the past month to contain COVID-19 spread 
Centre Daily Times: Penn State to receive $55 million from federal stimulus fund; half earmarked for students in need

Opinion  
John Baer: It’s Pennsylvania politics as usual, even in the pandemic 
Brian O’Neill: Pennsylvania legislators shelter themselves from pandemic hit
Pam Gay, Brittany Shutz, Dave Sunday, Dr. Matt Howie and Kyle G. King: Responding to an epidemic in a pandemic 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Be aware of child abuse: Reports are down because of pandemic isolation 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Navy troubles: A fighting force shouldn’t be mired in politics
Will Bunch: Destroy the Post Office and you destroy democracy. Maybe that’s Trump’s plan? 
John L. Micek: Will plummeting retail sales deal another blow to Pa.’s bottom line? | Thursday Morning Coffee 
Jonathan C. Rothermel: COVID-19 in Pa.: At a time of crisis, protecting workers is All-American
Kenneth E. Hartman: Colleges should respond to coronavirus by overhauling funding and online courses 
David Oxman: Considering pre-existing conditions in a crisis like coronavirus is not discrimination | Expert Opinion
Mohona Siddique: 5 ways Philly leaders can work toward equitable workforce recovery
Rhonda Feder and Thomas Quinn: Let Them Vote  
Priya Mammen: Emergency doctor: The coronavirus pandemic shows the stresses and mercies of my job | Perspective
Jill Sunday Bartoli: We’re right to be worried about racial disparities in COVID-19. Now we need to fix it
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Post-Covid Main Street
Addam Schwartz: Great. Now the coronavirus is infecting TV commercials, too. 
Jenice Armstrong: Gathering via Zoom isn’t as good as the real thing, but during a pandemic you get what you get
Trudy Rubin: Lesson for America: South Korea proves you can hold a democratic election despite coronavirus 
Larry Platt: The Long View

6 Responses

  1. You do not have to be an medical expert on infection to assess that a highly contagious disease attacking the lung tissue that has taken the lives of 32,000 Americans in the recent month or so and of which there is no known treatment is not something to be tinkered with and to break the stay at home order is a bad idea. The Senate Republican bill to have county commissioners open up business in Pa is so irresponsible that the mind boggles. It is a bill of poor judgement.

    1. You cannot completely stop the economy. We are already seeing an uptick in suicides. If we continue the total shutdowns, there will be many people who will never recover financially. Besides the suicides, we are beginning to see other mental health issues blossom. Talking to both social workers and psychiatrists, they all say there will be many seeking professional help. The divorce rate will increase, many businesses will never reopen. Open, but open responsibility in those areas where, although there is risk,the risk is manageable. Will people still get sick, yes. Will some die, yes. But there is a trade off, that if this economy continues its slide, none of us will recover.

      1. jestavet-

        We are seeing a complete mental breakdown/meltdown by Trump every day at 6pm on live TV.

      2. You obviously subscribe to the thinking of Dr. Phil, who is not an MD. These aren’t car accidents or pool drownings. This is a CONTAGIOUS disease. Don’t downplay the response.

      3. justavet-

        Economy is not completely stopped.. but some activities like filling sports stadiums, concert halls, movie theaters and bars are a prescription for death, if the virus is not under control. Large gathers in close proximity are simply irresponsible.

        The government needs to provide a better economic safety-net for the poor.. instead of pumping millions into the pockets of billionaires.

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