April 24th Playbook

Polling from FOX43/SP&R and PPP show former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, while Sabato’s Crystal Ball moves the race in the 1st District further in Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s favor. Here is the Playbook. 

Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Fitzpatrick Races Shifts From Leans Republican to Likely Republican: The election analysts point to Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-Bucks) competition on the Democratic side, coupled with his “enormous” fundraising advantage as the reason for this rating change.

FOX43/SP&R Poll: Biden 48, Trump 42: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 6 points in Pennsylvania, while Gov. Tom Wolf receives high marks for his management of the coronavirus pandemic.

PPP Poll: Wolf Holds Strong Approval on COVID-19, Trump Trails Biden by 7: Gov. Tom Wolf holds a 30 point net approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus, while President Donald Trump is eight points under water with his handling on the matter.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: There’s no timeline to release list of Pa. businesses that received coveted coronavirus waivers, top official says
Spotlight PA: Some GOP lawmakers are prepping a nuclear option to revoke Wolf’s emergency powers. But it probably won’t work. 
Spotlight PA: Pa. removes more than 200 deaths from official coronavirus count as questions mount about reporting process, data accuracy 
Spotlight PA: AARP calls on Pennsylvania to release list of nursing homes with coronavirus cases
NBC News: As coronavirus upends 2020, Trump may have a hard time keeping Pennsylvania red. Here’s why.
AP: Pennsylvania slashes virus death toll; reopening explained
AP: Swing-state Republicans pin virus fallout on Democrats
FOX43: FOX43/Susquehanna P&R Poll: Majority approve Wolf, Biden leads Trump
Inquirer: Coronavirus is taking a political toll on Trump as Biden leads in Pennsylvania and other swing states, poll says
Inquirer: Pandemic has claimed 1.5 million Pennsylvania jobs, but a forecaster sees a temporary summer ‘pop’ in rehiring 
Inquirer: Penn State freezes tuition; Montco officials encourage residents to stay home as Pa. discusses easing coronavirus rules
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 37,053 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Calling Wolf’s plan ‘progress,’ Toomey outlines his own plan to reopen Pa. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. officials dial back plans to report presumptive COVID-19 deaths to the public 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Pa. Health Department addresses discrepancy in death counts 
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf offers clarification on his new plan to reopen Pa. 
WHYY Newsworks: Inside the tug-of-war over Pennsylvania’s strict business closure list
KDKA: ‘I Lost 30 Pounds’: Rep. Mike Kelly Says Coronavirus Is ‘Tough To Get Through,’ But He’s Finally Feeling Better 
KDKA: Sen. Toomey Releases Own Start Up Plan For Pennsylvania, Wants Some Businesses Reopened Immediately 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: State Liquor Stores Have Processed 25,000 Curbside Orders 
Patriot News: Despite shutdown of Pa., most voters support Gov. Tom Wolf’s handling of coronavirus crisis 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf’s reopening plan Q&A: How will this work? 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf says he’ll reopen Pa. ‘county by county’; Philadelphia area likely to be among last
Patriot News: College students have to wait to May to learn likely amount of state grant 
Patriot News: Sheetz, Wawa join forces to deliver lunches to quarantined seniors during COVID-19 pandemic
PLSReporter: Senate GOP asks Wolf Administration to halt cap-and-trade regulation 
PLSReporter: In hearing with Wolf Admin, lawmakers chart path forward with business reopenings on horizon 
PLSReporter: Fox News poll: Majority of voters approve of Wolf’s COVID-19 response
Fox News: Pennsylvania workers lived in factory for 28 days straight to make PPE to fight coronavirus
Post-Gazette: Sen. Toomey calls to begin reopening businesses in most of Pennsylvania  
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s coronavirus death toll actually dropped by 201 on Thursday. Here’s how that happened  
Beaver County Times: Casey: Nation, state have ‘a long way to go’ out of COVID-19 pandemic 
National Journal: Priorities USA Backs PA Lawsuit 
National Journal: A slew of perilous polls for Trump
National Journal: Quinnipiac: Biden Leads FL Poll, 46%-42%
WESA: PennDOT Hopes To Resume Long-Delayed Work When PA Reopens In May
WPSU: PA Small Businesses Still Waiting For Loans And Grants To Weather The COVID-19 Economy 
The Hill: Toomey offers plan for reopening Pennsylvania economy
The Hill: EXCLUSIVE: Voters in swing states trust governors over Trump on reopening economy, poll finds
York Daily Record: Fox News poll: Wolf, Biden have higher approval than Trump in Pa. during coronavirus
Politico: Biden ramps up climate talk
CNN: Trump’s standing in battleground states may be slipping 
CNN: Republican state lawmakers prod Democratic governors on reopening 
CNN: Black women sue golf course that called cops alleging they were playing too slow 
CNN: Layoffs and spending cuts loom as coronavirus wallops state and city budgets
CNN: Workers move into factory for 28 days to make PPE

Inquirer: Coronavirus impact: Philly schools face $1 billion hole over 5 years as Kenney administration asks departments to cut budgets by 20%
Inquirer: What Pa.’s reopening phases mean for the Philly region | Coronavirus Newsletter
Inquirer: Red light, green light: What do Pa.’s reopening phases mean for Philly amid the coronavirus pandemic?
Inquirer: When children return to school, they will most likely need to wear masks, Philly superintendent says 
Inquirer: PHL COVID-19 Fund awards third set of grants, worth more than $2.5 million 
Inquirer: SEPTA’s ‘lifeline service’ can mean a grueling commute for essential workers
Billy Penn: Philly adds 12 new coronavirus test sites in neighborhoods across the city 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more 
Billy Penn: Update: Philly schools remove ‘parking lot’ WiFi option after pushback
KYW Newsradio: Philly is far from fully reopening, officials say, but it’s making progress
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia School District says coronavirus could contribute to $1 billion shortfall over next 5 years
KYW Newsradio: Black doctors join Black churches on free COVID-19 test effort in at-risk communities 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus fallout could devastate Philly schools, cause billion-dollar deficit 
WHYY Newsworks: Indego offers a 30-day discount to mark 5 years of blue bikes in Philly
Philadelphia Tribune: Lack of testing materials concern health commissioner Farley
Philadelphia Magazine: Commercial Burglaries and Other Crimes Rise in Philly During Coronavirus Crisis
Philly Voice: Philly nowhere near entering next phase of state’s COVID-19 reopening plan
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania to reopen in three phases on a region-by-region basis
Philadelphia Business Journal: Before PPP starts Round 2, check our updated list of Philadelphia-area lenders with the most approvals
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia restaurant coalition asks officials for PPP flexibility, sales tax holiday
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia’s tourism industry loses nearly 250 events, hundreds of thousands of hotel room nights

Montgomery Media: Montco coronavirus death toll climbs to 179
Daily Local News: Thursday Update: 1,369 new coronavirus cases bring state total to 37,053; 1,394 have died since pandemic began
Daily Local News: Houlahan calls for National Public Health Corps to slow rate of infection 
Daily Local News: Chester County schools, universities, charters get millions in federal funding
Daily Local News: Hand sanitizer bottled as deaths top 100 in Chesco
KYW Newsradio: Montco officials: Peak of cases may have passed, but new cases have been holding steady
Pottstown Mercury: Montco COVID-19 Fund issues $212K in relief grants
Bucks Local News: Congressman Fitzpatrick announces more than $250M in federal COVID-19 funding for Bucks and Montgomery counties 
Bucks Local News: ORDER IN. ORDER LOCAL: Visit Bucks County encouraging everyone to support their local restaurants and eateries
Bucks County Courier Times: Infections in long-term care facilities may slow Bucks’ return to normal 
Bucks County Courier Times: Southeastern Pa. likely last to reopen under Wolf plan  

WESA: Allegheny County To Drastically Cut In-Person Voting To Limit Spread Of Coronavirus
WESA: Restaurants Struggle With Shutdown, Federal Aid Programs
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 death totals adjusted downward for state, region 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny alone among many Western Pa. counties concerned about in-person voting for primary 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny Health Network opens COVID-19 testing site in Natrona Heights 
Post-Gazette: Amid a pandemic, a $130 million office development is proposed in Moon Township
Tribune Review: Allegheny County votes to consolidate primary polling locations 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 61 new coronavirus cases, lowers death toll based on data error 
Tribune Review: Cheswick councilman giving away 1,000 gallons of hand sanitizer 
Tribune Review: Hampton council plans discussion on proposal to let residents raise chickens 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Will Allegheny County meet the criteria to go ‘yellow’? It depends 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s where Pittsburgh’s biggest banks stand with PPP approvals
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 61 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County-Wide Total To 1,149 
KDKA: Kidsburgh: Experts Say Child Abuse Numbers Are Likely Higher Than Normal During Coronavirus Outbreak

Observer-Reporter: Officials to study regions for Pa.’s gradual return to normalcy
Observer-Reporter: Grassroots dairy group urges Senate to act on two bills 
Observer-Reporter: Homelessness and hunger hand-in-hand
Tribune Review: Westmoreland officials cautiously optimistic about state reopening plans
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Congress approves new round of stimulus funding aimed at small businesses 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 ‘still on the uptick’ in Cambria County, commissioners told; emergency workers test positive 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State’s COVID-19 cases top 35,000; virus rates lower in Cambria-Somerset than many areas of Pa. 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown Redevelopment Authority lands grant to house new telehealth company in city
Beaver County Times: Less than half of Beaver County residents staying home, smartphone data shows 
Beaver County Times: Nursing home cases won’t be separated from rest of county under Wolf’s reopening plan 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to start process for $20M in new bonds 

Times-Tribune: NEPA region not close to meeting state’s reopening benchmark 
Times-Tribune: NEPA officials want more coronavirus testing, warn against rush to reopen region 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Another 32 COVID-19 cases reported in county 
Citizens Voice: County rejects state plan to share virus info 
Citizens Voice: County to send mail-in voting applications 
Citizens Voice: Kingston to resume ticketing for street cleaning violators
The Times Leader: With in-person voting still likely, Luzerne County looking at fewer, regional polling places 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County up to 60 coronavirus deaths in less than a month 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre to serve up emergency loans to city restaurants hurt financially by pandemic 
The Times Leader: 32 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County; total at 1,880 

South Central 
FOX43: FOX43/Susquehanna P&R Poll: Majority approve Wolf, Biden leads Trump
York Dispatch: Grove bill creating task force to ‘expeditiously’ reopen Pa. clears committee
York Dispatch: UPDATE: It’s unclear if York County will reopen May 8 
York Dispatch: Coronavirus death totals in York County, state suddenly drop from day prior 
Patriot News: Most central Pa. counties not ready for ‘yellow’ stage of coronavirus reopening, based on announced formula 
Patriot News: Cumberland County to furlough 156 employees 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf explains his reopening chart; Cumberland County to furlough 156; more: Latest on coronavirus in Pa.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 37,053 cases, Lancaster County up to 1,359 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lawmaker: Pa. health department should fulfill public records requests amid COVID-19 crisis 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County unemployment rate rises to 19.2% as 3,175 residents file new jobless claims 
Carlisle Sentinel: Coronavirus and reopening Cumberland County: A plan begins to take shape
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County temporarily furloughs 156 employees due to COVID-19 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Congress approves another $310 billion in coronavirus relief loans for small businesses, with Lehigh Valley companies among those still waiting for help 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says decisions on when to reopen regions will depend on data, ‘subjective’ factors 
Morning Call: Allentown City Hall roundup: Property tax payment deadline extended, Lehigh Canal reopened 
Express Times: Bethlehem finds more room at the inn for city’s homeless population, amid pandemic 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: New cases rise, but death toll … drops? Here’s why, and what it means in the Lehigh Valley | COVID-19 case map (4/23/20)
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases rise by 143 in Berks County; deaths up 
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners say they’re doing their best to lead during coronavirus pandemic 
Reading Eagle: First responders get a free lunch thanks to Berks lawmakers 
Reading Eagle: Derailed by coronavirus, Berks County officials want more time to complete 2020 census 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: COVID-19 advisory board named 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller praises efforts toward coronavirus 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County coroner talks concerns after death count revision
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Thursday, April 23 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County could be among the first areas to reopen in Pennsylvania. Here’s what it means
Centre Daily Times: Facing estimated $260M in losses, Penn State announces cost-cutting measures, potential layoffs
Centre Daily Times: Centre County back to 1 COVID-19 death as state Department of Health adjusts data

Ron DiNicola: Erie County needs community college now more than ever
John Baer: During the coronavirus pandemic, are we really all in this together? 
Albert Eisenberg: Leadership from Pa. Democrats is in short supply as PPP funds run dry 
Will Bunch: Pennsylvania bet its economic future on fracking, plastics. Was it all a giant scam?
David Fineman: Now is not the time to privatize post offices
Brian O’Neill: Booze sales remain a rumor for most  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Reopening must be empirical 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Aiding first responders: Front lines need to know of COVID-19 encounters 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stop hepatitis C spread: Testing is the answer
John L. Micek: So when can you safely go back to your doctor? Hospitals, Wolf admin. working on guidelines | Thursday Morning Coffee
Jenice Armstrong: Council was wise to enlist social media stars and pro athletes in fight against coronavirus 
Jeff Nobers: Honor the original mission of Earth Day
Salena Zito: Mask-maker shows this is the fabric America is made of
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: New Jersey vs. Pennsylvania liquor stores
Bruce Katz, Frances Kern Mennone and Gunnar Branson: The Virus and The City: Reopening… Smartly
Ray E. Landis: Here’s why the COVID-19 pandemic should force a rethink on Pa.’s income tax 
Bruce Ledewitz: Is the government abusing power during the COVID-19 pandemic? 
David Poses: Now is the time to listen to science, especially when it comes to addiction 
Trudy Rubin: China uses coronavirus as a cover for further crackdown on Hong Kong freedoms
John A. Tures: Do we save more lives by social distancing or restarting the economy? 
Maria Panaritis: My Take Your Kids To Work Day was a coronavirus adventure of high drama at home. 
Nancy Ironside: Is remote learning working? A teacher’s perspective on how to measure success.

One Response

  1. If Biden is now leading Trump by good margin, why is the headline that a mere Congress seat held now by GOP is leaning GOP?

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