April 22nd Playbook

The DNC and the Pennsylvania Democratic Party have teamed up to launch a text campaign to contact over 400,000 voters in the state in an effort to boost vote-by-mail. Here is the Playbook. 

Christian Conservative Group Targets Suburban Women in PA: Concerned Women for America is planning on targeting conservative women in the Harrisburg, Pittsburgh-Johnstown, and Scranton suburban areas.

DNC, PA Dems Launch Text Campaign to Contact Over 400K Voters In Effort To Boost Vote-By-Mail: The release states that hundreds of volunteers will text Pennsylvania voters asking them to apply to vote by mail in the upcoming state primary and presidential election.

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. This poll closes at 11:30 A.M. today!

Planned Parenthood Action Fund Endorses DePasquale: According to Politico, Planned Parenthood Action’s latest wave of endorsements of 14 House races included Eugene DePasquale for the state’s 10th Congressional District. DePasquale is the first challenger that the group has endorsed in Pennsylvania. Planned Parenthood Action Fund has also endorsed the following House Democrats in PA: Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh). 

PA13: Rowley Releases Campaign Video: Todd Rowley, a retired FBI special agent and former police officer and state trooper/flight paramedic who is running as a Democrat in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District, released a campaign video on Twitter.  

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: As deaths spike, some areas could see ‘robust’ reopening
Spotlight PA: Tight housing conditions, lack of health care put migrant workers on Pa. farms at high risk for the coronavirus
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 34,538 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Setting the stage for possible Wolf veto, Senate approves telemedicine bill that constrains access to abortion 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State data will now include probable COVID-19 cases and deaths, Levine says 
Times-Tribune: Sen. Bob Casey becomes a grandfather 
RRH Elections: Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District: A Sociocultural and Political Analysis
Patriot News: Pa. House approves piecemeal approach to reopening economy, one business type at a time 
Patriot News: Telemedicine bill heads to Gov. Tom Wolf; he intends to veto it over limits on access to abortion drug 
Patriot News: For Pa. casinos, coronavirus means plummeting revenues and questions about the industry’s future 
Patriot News: Coroner accuses Pa. Health Dept. of ‘Monday morning quarterbacking’ coronavirus deaths
Patriot News: Why some Pa. election officials oppose a mail-only primary: ‘Considerable potential for serious problems’ 
PLSReporter: Gov. Tom Wolf on COVID-19 testing, state finances and reopening Pennsylvania 
PLSReporter: House passes bill that would allow retail stores to reopen under strict guidelines 
PLSReporter: Senate moves to send telemedicine expansion to Wolf despite controversial abortion component
Inquirer: How hard will it be to vote during the coronavirus? It depends on where you live.
Inquirer: Still going in to work in Pennsylvania amid the coronavirus? Chances are, you’re a low-wage worker, data show. | PolitiFact
Inquirer: Golfers hope actions by other states might mean the sport’s return is closer in Pa. and N.J.
Inquirer: N.J. has charged more than 1,700 for violating stay-at-home orders but just a handful of citations have been issued in Pa.
Inquirer: Ella King Russell Torrey, who dedicated her life to peace and human rights, dies at 94  
Fox News: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf says some parts of state may reopen in early May amid coronavirus: ‘Not one size that fits all’ 
Fox News: Coronavirus shutdown: What states have seen protests against stay-at-home orders 
Fox News: What states require coronavirus face masks in public?
Philadelphia Business Journal: How many SBA disaster loans were approved for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware 
StateImpactPA: American Lung Association’s latest air quality report claims climate change will make it harder to protect health
StateImpactPA: Warmer, wetter weather will bring more chicken farms to Pennsylvania, report says 
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf plots Pennsylvania comeback from coronavirus amid higher death toll
The Hill: Workers go home after living in factory for month making gear for health care workers
The Hill: Facebook faces new challenge with coronavirus protesters
CNN: Trump and Biden launch battle over China that could define 2020 election
Politico: Trump allies jump in to help organize lockdown protests 

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia coronavirus cases exceed 10K, but officials are hopeful
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA workers threaten job action over lack of coronavirus protections
Billy Penn: Philly is testing about half as many people as needed to safely reopen, per one measure 
Billy Penn: Philly students without internet can do remote learning in parking lots, district says 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
WHYY Newsworks: A COVID-19 snapshot: How the Philadelphia region’s hospitals are managing 
Inquirer: More than 10,000 Philadelphians infected with the coronavirus; New Jersey won’t start reopening for ‘weeks’
Inquirer: FEMA’s leader in Philly on what states still need to deal with coronavirus
Inquirer: Trump will sign executive order to suspend immigration amid coronovirus pandemic; Philly’s restaurants face moment of truth
Inquirer: Ella King Russell Torrey, who dedicated her life to peace and human rights, dies at 94 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania plans ‘small steps’ toward economic reopening; Murphy says N.J. needs federal help, more coronavirus testing capacity 
Inquirer: Trump announces 60-day ‘pause’ on immigration; CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus this winter will likely be worse 
Inquirer: In post-Fascist Portugal, heroin addiction was rampant. Now the world — and Philadelphia — is looking there for help.
Philadelphia Tribune: Former Pa. Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell tested positive for COVID-19 after being released early from prison 
Philadelphia Tribune: Monday coronavirus update: Philly area businesses likely to open later than rest of state
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: These Protesting Idiots Made Harrisburg the Most Dangerous Place in the State 
Philadelphia Magazine: Prominent Philly Power Players Sue China Over the Coronavirus 
Philadelphia Magazine: A Behavioral Economist Explains Why People Are Still Rebelling Against Social Distancing
Philadelphia Magazine: Online Learning, Hybrid Classes and Virtual Reality: Philly Universities Prepare for a Risky Fall Semester
Philly Voice: Philly officials ‘appalled’ by improper transfer of bodies in pickup truck 
Philly Voice: Philly’s Masterman High School cracks top 20 in U.S., best in Pennsylvania 
Philly Voice: Eagles and owner Jeffrey Lurie donate $1 million to support health care workers in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Eagles, Jeffrey Lurie donate $1M to Covid-19 efforts 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Warnings multiply as Philadelphia-area retail landlords brace for coronavirus fallout

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: April 21 Update: Pennsylvania sees an increase of 1,296 coronavirus cases to bring total to 34,528
Montgomery Media: Coronavirus death toll in Montco reaches 172; fifth inmate at jail tests positive
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County leads in number of distracted driving citations issued
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County deaths due to coronavirus pandemic reach 100 people
Delco Daily Times: Haverford stays ahead of coronavirus with temperature checks 
Daily Local News: Chester County gets 3.5 million face masks for frontline workers through business relationships in China
Daily Local News: Health Dept. tracking coronavirus cases at long-term care facilities in Chester, Delaware counties
Inquirer: With government offices shuttered by COVID-19, Delaware County temporarily furloughs 400 workers
KYW Newsradio: Montco officials say virus peaked for general public, but nursing home cases continue to climb
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania may identify long-term care centers with coronavirus 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem mailing $300 check to homeowners

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Allegheny County Council To Take Up Paid Sick Leave Bill 
WESA: What Real Estate Agents Do Now May Write The Future Of The Industry
RRH Elections: Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District: A Sociocultural and Political Analysis
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council introduces legislation to give workers paid sick days
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s air quality gets failing grade — again
Post-Gazette: Is the COVID-19 death count understated? Counties acknowledge disconnect with state
Post-Gazette: As millions of dollars head toward colleges, officials deciding how to share it with students
Post-Gazette: Energy companies, facing mountains of debt, look to Main Street loans for help
KDKA: ‘There Is Not One-Size-Fits-All’: Gov. Tom Wolf Says Southwestern Pa.’s Lower Prevalence Of Coronavirus Cases Will Be Factored Into Regional Reopening 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Allegheny County: Officials Hope Vote-By-Mail Will Help Residents Feel Safe
KDKA: County Council Extends Property Tax Deadline
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 1,059 Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll Rises To 67
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Businesses Have More Questions After Gov. Tom Wolf Signs Legislation To Jump-Start Industries
KDKA: Allegheny County Airport To Receive Federal Aid In Wake Of Coronavirus Outbreak
KDKA: ‘We Don’t See A Light In The Future’: Local Restaurants Say They’re Losing Money, State Launches Website Encouraging People To Carryout In Response
KDKA: Coronavirus In Allegheny County: 62 Residents Test Positive, 7 Dead At Kane Community Living Center
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Second Person At Pittsburgh VA Hospital Dies 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Will Pittsburgh region come back sooner than other parts of state? Here’s what Wolf says
Pittsburgh Business Times: American Lung Association ranks Pittsburgh as nation’s 8th worst in air quality
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 12 more coronavirus deaths, including 42-year-old
Tribune Review: Face masks required in federal courthouses in Pittsburgh, Erie, Johnstown
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Council aiming to turn vacant land into urban gardens 
City Paper: Local nightclub owners receive backlash for armed appearance at Pittsburgh protest 
City Paper: On Earth Day, Pittsburgh’s youth climate strike goes virtual

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Is race a risk factor for coronavirus?: Local data lacking, state numbers incomplete 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thompson: GROCER Act would aid food supply employees
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘One hand behind my back’: Somerset DA calls on commissioners to fund additional staff positions 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Early discount’ deadline won’t be extended past April 30 for county taxes, officials say 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Second Cambria County COVID-19 death reported; more cases studied 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown airport authority looks to land on ‘prudent decisions’ for $5.1 million in virus funds 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: House passed bills to open businesses in latest push back on Wolf’s shutdown order 
Beaver County Times: Abortion-related language puts Vogel’s telemedicine bill on Wolf’s veto list 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County’s COVID-19 cases top 300, deaths surpass 40 
Beaver County Times: ZIP code breakdown of COVID-19 cases show lack of testing in Beaver County 
Observer-Reporter: Lung Association report focuses on good, bad, ugly of region’s air quality 
Observer-Reporter: Washington’s first Pride event postponed 
Observer-Reporter: Labor leaders outline UC process for self-employed
Post-Gazette: Furloughs continue as COVID-19 impacts counties, community colleges
Tribune Review: Here are the areas in Westmoreland County with the most coronavirus cases
Altoona Mirror: Region reports 2 new deaths 
Altoona Mirror: Blair property tax discount won’t be extended

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Shift in counting methods sends state, local coronavirus death rate soaring
Times-Tribune: Cartwright proposed hazard pay for frontline workers 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Coroner to expand review of COVID-19 deaths at nursing homes 
Times-Tribune: Sen. Bob Casey becomes a grandfather 
Times-Tribune: Region sees record score in air report 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Many county nursing homes refused to respond to inquiry over COVID-19 patients at facilities 
Citizens Voice: Officials working to add phone registration option for coronavirus testing site at arena 
Citizens Voice: County tax bill due date extended two months 
The Times Leader: Levine: State working on phone number to register for testing at Mohegan Sun Arena site
The Times Leader: Luzerne County COVID-19 death toll rises to 50 
The Times Leader: Homemade masks donated to Luzerne County prison system 
The Times Leader: Details of latest Luzerne County coronavirus deaths released 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council extends no-penalty payment period for real estate taxes 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre announces emergency relief loan program for local restaurants 

South Central 
York Daily Record: Coronavirus: central PA deaths jump; state lists 360 more dead 
York Daily Record: ReOpen PA’s founder pleased with Monday’s rally, satisfied that extremists stayed away 
York Dispatch: Grove bill creating task force to ‘expeditiously’ reopen Pa. clears committee 
York Dispatch: Perry campaign was one of many to pay controversial GOP fundraiser
York Dispatch: Coroner: State, local officials using different death reporting methods
York Dispatch: York County judges keep cases moving with Zoom videoconferencing 
York Dispatch: York County sees 7 new virus-related deaths, statewide toll spikes 
Patriot News: Why some Pa. election officials oppose a mail-only primary: ‘Considerable potential for serious problems’ 
Patriot News: Feds evaluating Lewisburg’s staff size to see if it is commensurate with other medium-security prisons 
Patriot News: Impact Harrisburg to offer financial help for small businesses struggling from coronavirus pandemic
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County officials frustrated at conditions PA Health Department has imposed on release of COVID-19 data 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Calls to county, state aging hotlines down but agencies see increase for food needs, resources, help available 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County up to 1,295 cases, 111 deaths 
Carlisle Sentinel: Two more COVID-19-related deaths reported in Cumberland County 
Carlisle Sentinel: UPDATED: COVID-19 case data in Cumberland County and Pennsylvania as of April 21

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: New cases rise again, death toll over 1.5K; the reason behind dramatic spike in deaths | COVID-19 case map (4/21/20) 
Express Times: When will coronavirus shutdown end in Lehigh Valley? No time soon if case rate stays high. 
Express Times: Pa. lawmaker calls for crackdown on short-term rentals in Poconos amid any pandemic
Express Times: Lehigh Valley gets F for smog (again) in national air quality report
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Here’s why state’s death count jumped by 360 on Tuesday 
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf plots Pennsylvania comeback from coronavirus amid higher death toll
Reading Eagle: 10 more deaths and 43 more coronavirus positives for Berks County 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Tuesday, April 21 
Erie Times-News: Erie community college backers: Hold hearing in May 
Erie Times-News: Allegheny College goes carbon neutral 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Coroners ‘frustrated’ with state’s case reporting 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners work with Central Pa. Food Bank
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms seek to reduce debt
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports 2nd COVID-19 related death, as Pennsylvania tops 34,000 positive cases 
Centre Daily Times: A new loan program is available for Centre County businesses. Here’s what to know
Centre Daily Times: Significant amount of ‘Zoom bombing’ cases under investigation in Centre County, DA says 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Voting by mail: Primary will reveal whether this is the future
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mask confusion: Health officials give conflicting messages
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Earth Day assessment
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Moving forward: Create a plan to sustain pollution decline
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Demonstrations won’t beat virus 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Louder than noisy ‘reopener’ protesters: The majority of Pennsylvanians who are quietly staying home
John L. Micek: How one Philadelphia library is finding poetry in the pandemic | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Harrisburg coronavirus response protesters brought guns
Ernest Owens: People Protesting Coronavirus Lockdown Orders Are Terrorists
Dan Simpson: U.S.-China partnership could save countless lives
Tony Norman: What’s worse — the virus or the threat of violence?
Charlie Gerow and Michael Dimino: Government should be limited — even during a pandemic
Fletcher McClellan: The big difference between Trump and state governors? Only one of them is capable of governing 
Trudy Rubin: Trump joins ‘Ostrich Alliance’ of loser leaders who put politics above coronavirus science 
Stacy Gallin: Pass down a story of unity from generation to generation of COVID-19 
Richard Zhang: COVID-19 has interrupted the American sleep schedule. Is that a good thing? | Expert Opinion
Maria Panaritis: Pa. grocery workers finally get the COVID-19 protection they deserve from entitled shoppers 
Ann E. Green: My husband was on a ventilator in ICU for four days. He doesn’t remember, but I’ll never forget. | Perspective
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Happy regulation-free Earth Day!
Jamila Robinson: I used to shop for groceries every day. Coronavirus got me to rethink my pantry. | Perspective
Will Bunch Newsletter: What’s lost since Philly’s amazing 1970 Earth Week 
Elizabeth Wellington: The bubble of our coronavirus conversations is threatening our humanity
Kiki Aranita: Philly restaurant owner: My experience with pandemics in Hong Kong shows shutdowns are safest 
Gene Therapy: Next to steal the leadership spotlight, Shake Shack
Chris Kelly: Actions speak louder than words

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