April 28th Playbook

Republicans running for the 8th Congressional District start taking jabs at one another as the race for the seat heats up. Here is the Playbook. 

PA8: Gloves Come Off in GOP Primary: An opposition research memo inaugurated an intraparty fracas between GOP hopefuls for the 8th Congressional District.

Legislative Election Update:
HD-75: The Tri-County Weekend talked to the four candidates seeking the seat held by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield), who is retiring at the end of his current term, about how COVID-19 is impacting their campaigns. Michael Armanini, Lisa LaBrasca Becker, and Michael Clement are the Republicans running for the seat, while Ryan Grimm is a Democrat in the race. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvanians get governor’s OK to resume golfing, boating
Spotlight PA and The Caucus: Pa. senators threaten subpoena if Wolf administration refuses to turn over list of coronavirus business waivers
Inquirer: The legal team that overturned Pa. gerrymandering is suing to relax the state’s absentee ballot deadlines amid the coronavirus outbreak 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 42,050 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf: ‘Lack of statistics’ hinders state Health Disparity task force’s efforts 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Elective surgeries may resume under new Department of Health order 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Pa.’s closely watched 10th CD race, Republican Perry jumps out to early fund-raising lead 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Plan to turn Erie nursing home into COVID-19 recovery center is now on hold. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf will allow some outdoor businesses — like golf courses and fishing tours — to reopen 
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf: More than half of mandatory race, ethnicity data still unreported across Pa.
Post-Gazette: With unemployment benefits slow to arrive, many are left ‘treading water’ to meet basic needs
PLSReporter: State to allow some recreational activities to resume on May 1 
PLSReporter: Fearing food supply issues, House committee advances bill allowing garden centers to reopen
PLSReporter: Elective procedures set to resume statewide as long as they don’t jeopardize COVID-19 response
PLSReporter: Lawmakers fear regions proposed for reopening process could hold some counties back
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa. 
StateImpactPA: The coal industry was already struggling. Now it’s getting hammered by coronavirus
WHYY Newsworks: Good booze news: Pa. liquor stores are ramping up curbside pickup 
WHYY Newsworks: Battleground 2020: the polls, mail-in voting, and political ads
KDKA: ‘Held Together With Bubble Gum And Rubber Bands’: In 2017, Auditor General Said Pa.’s Unemployment System Wouldn’t Be Able To Handle A Recession
The Appeal: ‘She Had Sweat Dripping Down From Her Hairline And Down Her Face’
Beaver County Times: State to collect more COVID-19 data on vulnerable populations 
Patriot News: Lawmakers push to get Pa.’s garden centers, zoos, animal groomers, realtors and lawyers back to work 
Patriot News: In-person graduation events likely won’t be in the cards for the Class of 2020, Pa. Health secretary says 
Patriot News: Golfers, boaters, camping enthusiasts, take note: Gov. Wolf will let you — carefully — get back outdoors soon 
Patriot News: Commonwealth Court to livestream hearing involving wine distributors, PLCB 
Patriot News: Pa. senators demand Wolf produce records about shutdown waiver program, threaten subpoena 
Patriot News: ‘We care about these people’: Pa. labor secretary on unemployment compensation headaches 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 42,050 coronavirus cases? April 27 map, county-by-county breakdown 
Patriot News: Some ICE detainees freed over coronavirus fears must return to 2 Pa. county prisons, U.S. judge rules
National Journal: Primary Opponent Files FEC Complaint Against DePasquale
National Journal: Toomey’s Coronavirus Plan Renews Speculation About 2022 Bid
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s how Pennsylvania is addressing an unprecedented rise in unemployment claims
Daily Local News: Lawmakers call for safe reopening of Pa. garden centers
The Hill: Progressive super PAC prepares $800K ad buy hitting Trump on coronavirus
CNN: Pennsylvania politician, business ask US Supreme Court to lift governor’s coronavirus shutdown order

Inquirer: Philly unions are calling for a citywide essential worker bill of rights during the coronavirus pandemic 
Inquirer: Philly small businesses are chasing the next $310 billion in coronavirus PPP loans 
Inquirer: Paul A. Dandridge, Philadelphia judge who advocated for troubled youth and people in addiction, dies at 93
Inquirer: Fed government grants Philly $30M for affordable housing at former Blumberg tower site 
Inquirer: Area universities move to freeze 2020-21 tuition, given impact of the coronavirus 
Inquirer: At least 800 Philadelphia police officers may have been exposed to coronavirus, sparking fear and uncertainty 
Inquirer: Bus operator is 5th SEPTA worker to die from coronavirus; Delco sets up temporary morgue as deaths rise
Philly Voice: Philadelphia appears to be ‘past the peak’ of coronavirus crisis, health commissioner says
Philly Voice: City controller projects Philadelphia tax revenue losses from coronavirus crisis
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney: No timeline on when Philadelphia businesses can reopen
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer Nolan Atkinson resigns
Philadelphia Business Journal: In unprecedented move, Philadelphia’s regional economic development groups join forces during pandemic
Billy Penn: Philly expands criteria for coronavirus tests to include new CDC symptoms, more people could be eligible
Philadelphia Magazine: The Coronavirus Vaccine Could Be Developed in Philly 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Stay-at-Home Violators Flagrantly Flock to Rittenhouse Square 
Patriot News: Temple University plans to freeze tuition for 2020-21
WHYY Newsworks: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Black churches aid free testing
KYW Newsradio: Philly appears to pass coronavirus peak, but too soon to lift stay-at-home order
KYW Newsradio: City urges: Stay home to watch Thunderbirds, Blue Angels fly over Philly
KYW Newsradio: Philly lawyers offer free legal advice during coronavirus crisis
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA schedules no longer on fixed timetable due to staffing issues

Montgomery Media: Montco coronavirus death toll reaches 220; 169 inmates at jail test positive 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County denies access to long-term care emergency plans, deaths
Bucks County Courier Times: Elective surgeries to resume as Pa. sees fewest daily coronavirus cases in a month
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton man angry over unemployment delay accused of threatening governor’s family
Bucks County Courier Times: Almost 200 inmates, guards test positive for coronavirus at Montgomery County prison  
Daily Local News: Monday Update: Pennsylvania sees an increase of 885 positive coronavirus cases to bring state total to 42,050
Daily Local News: Schenker named Chester County’s Chief Public Defender
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Montco finds widespread, silent spread in prisons
KYW Newsradio: 169 asymptomatic Montco inmates test positive for COVID-19
Pottstown Mercury: Montco officials seek help for homeless during coronavirus outbreak
Delco Daily Times: Delco sets up overflow morgue at Emergency Operations Center

WESA: City Controller Says Pittsburgh Already Hurt By Drop In Parking, Other Taxes 
WESA: Wolf Administration Releases Third Version Of Metric Regions Must Meet To Qualify For Reopening 
WESA: City Council To Introduce Legislation To Expand Housing Discrimination Protections
WESA: Very Small And Minority-Owned Pittsburgh Businesses Still Shut Out Of Loan Big Loan Program
KDKA: Coronavirus In Allegheny County: Elected Officials And Health Experts Believe The County Could Be One Of The First Areas To Reopen
KDKA: ‘Voter Disenfranchisement’: Drastic Reduction In Polling Places Could Mean Long Lines In Allegheny Co. On Election Day 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 1,224 Coronavirus Cases, 79 Deaths
Post-Gazette: Elective surgeries to resume under state guidelines; Allegheny reports six new nursing home deaths
Post-Gazette: Councilwoman, mayor to introduce bill to fight housing discrimination in Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Does the Pittsburgh VA have a protective equipment supply shortage?
Post-Gazette: The Pittsburgh qualities Paul O’Neill embraced are needed now more than ever
Post-Gazette: Penn State cuts budgets, announces furloughs amid financial losses caused by COVID-19
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh councilwoman says coronavirus has led to more discrimination complaints 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 6 new coronavirus deaths, 14% of cases in health care workers 
Tribune Review: Wolf urges health care professionals to report race data related to coronavirus

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania 13th Congressional District candidate modifies campaign due to coronavirus
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria asks to stand alone in reopening: County now linked to harder-hit areas; Levine says ‘some subjectivity’ will be used in decision
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Report: 885 new COVID-19 cases in state, lowest since March; no new cases locally 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: House moves property tax freeze plan 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Richland Township Board of Supervisors appoint son of retiree to fill vacant seat
Tribune Review: Westmoreland prison population cut by almost 30%
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa police chief sues city following suspension 
Beaver County Times: State data indicates 20 new cases at Brighton Rehab, total surpasses 260
Altoona Mirror:  Legality of virus shutdowns debated
Altoona Mirror: Amtran expects CARES funding

The Times Leader: State wants more to seek coronavirus testing at Mohegan Sun Arena 
The Times Leader: Hazleton mayor extends curfew and other coronavirus measures 
The Times Leader: 4 new deaths, 27 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Court proceedings postponed until the end of May 
The Times Leader: Gov. Wolf to open golf courses, marinas, private campgrounds May 1
Citizens Voice: Mass testing site has low COVID-19 positive rate
Citizens Voice: Hazleton curfew extended into May
Citizens Voice: Courts to continue emergency protocol through May 31
Citizens Voice: Thousands of NEPA patients’ medical records potentially exposed in Tennessee twister
Times-Tribune: No new coronavirus deaths in Lackawanna County, state reports
Times-Tribune: Mass testing site at the Mohegan Sun Arena has low COVID-19 positive rate
Times-Tribune: Auditor: No oversight, accountability, plagued Scranton gas card system
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage

South Central 
York Dispatch: Complaint: DePasquale violated campaign finance law
York Dispatch: In less than a month, York County COVID-19 Response Fund raises over $800,000
York Dispatch: York County has one new coronavirus-related death, hospitals to resume elective surgeries
Patriot News: Dauphin and York county coroners on COVID-19: ‘This is not like anything we have ever had’ 
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 42,050 coronavirus cases? April 27 map, county-by-county breakdown 
Patriot News: Bucknell cancels 3.5 percent tuition increase for 2020-21 academic year
Patriot News: Some ICE detainees freed over coronavirus fears must return to 2 Pa. county prisons, U.S. judge rules
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 15 more COVID-19 cases and one new death reported in Cumberland County 
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. Health Secretary backs away from reopening metric; county reshuffling possible 
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Pennsylvania exceeds 42K cases as U.S. nears 1 million 
LNP | LancasterOnline: With 182 new coronavirus cases in 3 days, Lancaster County making no progress under new reopening criteria
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 42,050 cases, Lancaster County has 1,633 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Application period opens April 29 for $1.5M in grants, loans from Lancaster City Small Business Emergency Fund

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials worried coronavirus crisis may be hitting minority communities harder
Reading Eagle: Reading extends property tax deadlines, set to enforce street sweeping
Reading Eagle: Reading Downtown Improvement District focuses on cleaning during coronavirus pandemic
Reading Eagle: With 35 new cases, Berks County sees its smallest one-day increase in coronavirus cases in nearly a month 
Reading Eagle: Reading councilwoman hopes Victory Gardens make a comeback
Morning Call: Allentown to assist eligible tenants with rent. Here’s how to apply
Morning Call: Pennsylvania has received more than 1.65 million claims for unemployment benefits, including 107,000 from the self-employed and gig workers
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Golf courses, other recreational centers to reopen Friday with safe procedures
Express Times: Lehigh Valley COVID-19 death toll grows: Northampton County reports 14 more dead, 10 at Gracedale
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State tops 42K cases, nears 1,600 dead; rate of new infections fluctuates | COVID-19 case map (4/27/20) 
Express Times: COVID-19 restrictions put Lehigh Valley residents looking to update wills in a bind

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Monday, April 27 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Plan to turn Erie nursing home into COVID-19 recovery center is now on hold. 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Business owner ‘leery’ of uncertain state plans
Centre Daily Times: Centre County sees 6 new COVID-19 cases as state total surpasses 42,000
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on April 27

Ron DiNicola: Erie County needs community college now more than ever 
Austin Davis and Sara Innamorato: Pennsylvania at a crossroads
Mark S. Singel: Tuning back into the 2020 presidential election – here’s what to watch for next 
William M. McSwain: Crime Victims Deserve Justice
Rick Bloomingdale, David Fillman, Gabe Morgan, Matt Yarnell, Steve Catanese, David Melman, and Maureen May: A vote to overturn public health protections is a vote against working people
Inquirer Editorial Board: Nursing home virus data should be public 
Terry Gillen: How Not To Help Small Businesses
Salena Zito: Coronavirus isolation could mean death for America’s opioid addicts
Salena Zito: Small-town America: ‘One bad season away from bankrupt’
Charlie Gerow: Signs of spring and a reopening are in the air
Guy Ciarrocchi: It’s time to get Chester County residents back to work
Keith Naughton: Keeping the lockdown: Science or Acela Corridor parochialism?
Paul Muschick: Could politics keep people from seeing doctors during coronavirus in Pennsylvania? 
John L. Micek: From Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, finding the helpers | Monday Morning Coffee
Claudia DePalma and Jamie Gullen: A criminal record shouldn’t be a barrier to the Paycheck Protection Program
Darren P. Mareiniss: I helped write Maryland’s ventilator guidelines in 2017. Pa.’s rules are too vague. | Expert Opinion
Louise Hayes: As people choose between food and other basic necessities, Congress should expand SNAP benefits 
Marsha Banks and Megan Quattlebaum: By restricting PPP based on criminal record, many non-profits will suffer 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Walling in the problem: US
Laura Boyce: What happens after remote learning? How schools can prepare for the challenges in the next academic year. 
Paula L. Stillman: Here’s what the ‘new normal’ looks like in one Center City condo building | Perspective

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  1. Trump is a sleazy no-good bastard who cares only about himself, no matter how many people he kills.

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