April 29th Playbook

The NRCC adds two candidates for the 8th Congressional District into their Young Gun Program, while a national grassroots political organization targets PA for its voter registration effort in 2020. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Bognet and Granville Added to NRCC “On The Radar” in Young Gun Program: The two Republican candidates attempting to unseat Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) were added in the National Republican Congressional Committee’s latest round of selections for their “Young Guns” program.

Voto Latino Targets PA in Voter Registration Effort: The grassroots political organization that endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for president is aiming to register 500,000 new Latinx voters nationwide, with a specific focus of registering those that are 35 years old or younger. Pennsylvania is one of their twelve priority states for the upcoming election.

Reader Poll: Who Should Republicans Nominate for Governor in 2022?: Sen. Pat Toomey’s Reopen PA plan sparked the conversation about the 2022 GOP gubernatorial race.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania preps reopening without mass testing capacity
AP: Pennsylvania unemployment system still stressed by virus
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf says he won’t abandon ambitious spending plan as massive budget deficit looms
Patriot News: Pa. to announce Friday which counties will reopen May 8; how they will be determined is still unclear
Patriot News: Will schools reopen to students in the fall? This may not be the answer parents want to hear
Patriot News: Ex-House Speaker Bill DeWeese must pay $100K-plus restitution on corruption conviction, split Pa. court says
Patriot News: Pa. restaurants, taverns may soon be able to sell mixed drinks to go
Patriot News: Mapping 7,360 resident cases in Pa. nursing and personal care homes: April 28 county-by-county details
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 43,264 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Commutation applications put on indefinite hold, as reformers press for action amid pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine offers caveats on individual antibody testing 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court orders lower courts to resume more operations starting May 4 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie Co. community college supporters calling on state Board of Ed. to hold virtual vote on delayed application 
CBS News: New ad says Trump did put “America First” — in COVID deaths
Inquirer: His unemployment benefits were delayed by the coronavirus. Then he threatened to kill Gov. Wolf’s family, police say. 
Inquirer: Masks, staggered schedules, social distancing: When Pa. students return to school, things will look different. 
Inquirer: Cocktails to go may be coming to Pennsylvania 
PLSReporter: As Republicans push to reopen real estate, Wolf loosens guidelines on home sales 
PLSReporter: Key education group: School districts could see loss of revenue to the tune of $1 billion 
PLSReporter: Board of Pardons to press pause on considering commutations amid pandemic
PA Post: Zoos, pet groomers and garden centers: Pa. House Republicans push for more businesses to reopen
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania receives another $459 million in health funding as hospitals face steep losses
Post-Gazette: Will Pa. state-owned universities have a regular fall semester despite COVID-19?
Post-Gazette: Despite COVID-19 guidelines, Pa. receives 1,000-plus complaints about non-compliant businesses   
StateImpactPA: Ex-EPA official: Rollback of Mercury and Air Toxics Standards ‘forshadows what’s to come’
Philly Voice: Pa. political hopeful Danny DeVito wants to challenge coronavirus lockdown in U.S. Supreme Court
Pittsburgh Business Times: ‘We wouldn’t have survived without it,’ Pennsylvania contractor says of PPP loan during White House briefing
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s how Pennsylvania is addressing an unprecedented rise in unemployment claims 
WHYY Newsworks: Battleground 2020: the polls, mail-in voting, and political ads
National Journal: Bognet Campaign Memo Attacks Granville, Marsicano
WESA: Statewide Moratorium On Evictions and Foreclosures Extended Until May 11 
The Hill: Trump made ‘America first’ in coronavirus deaths, charges Democratic super PAC ad
The Hill: Blue Angels, Thunderbirds fly over NYC, Philadelphia, parts of NJ to honor health care workers
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Trump Admin Says 365,000 N95 Masks And Nearly 900,000 Surgical Masks Delivered To State
CNN: Older voters could offer Biden a new path to the White House
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Levine defends death data, admits challenge of providing accurate numbers
Real Clear Politics: Small-Town America: ‘One Bad Season Away From Bankrupt’ 
Fox News: Pennsylvania business owners take governor to court over COVID-19 lockdown
Fox News: Here are all the states set to begin loosening lockdown restrictions this week
Fox News: Napolitano: Why SCOTUS probably won’t hear case from PA business owners against governor’s lockdown
Fox News: Pennsylvania businesses take fight against Gov. Wolf to Supreme Court
Fox News: PA business owners fighting stay-at-home orders in Supreme Court: Governor acted ‘without due process’
Fox News: Pennsylvania business owners take lockdown fight to Supreme Court
Fox News: Pennsylvania businesses take fight against governor’s coronavirus executive order to Supreme Court  

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Someone wrote mean stuff about John Dougherty in a letter. His lawyer calls it a ‘smear document.’
WHYY Newsworks: The state of local politics on what would have been Pa. and Del.’s primary date
WHYY Newsworks: ACLU: New stop-and-frisk numbers ‘not what people of Philadelphia deserve’
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA and union agree to new safety measures, averting crisis 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly to admit some homeless people to quarantine hotel without COVID-19 tests 
Inquirer: Philadelphia passes its coronavirus peak; N.J. may reopen in ‘weeks’ as governor releases plan 
Inquirer: Philadelphia-area hospitals begin plans to resume elective surgeries, but still far from ‘back to normal’
Inquirer: Kenney orders pay cuts for some Philly workers; how you can get tested for coronavirus immunity
Inquirer: Some tenants are calling for a Philly-wide rent strike on May 1. Landlords are holding their breath. 
Inquirer: SEPTA has made progress on employees’ coronavirus safety demands, union president says 
Inquirer: Homeless and hungry college students will face greater challenges because of the coronavirus 
Inquirer: How to get tested for the coronavirus in the Philadelphia area 
KYW Newsradio: Most construction in Philadelphia allowed to resume Friday
KYW Newsradio: Despite social distancing rules, Philadelphians gather for patriotic fly over
Philadelphia Tribune: Congressman calls for targeted coronavirus testing efforts in African American communities 
Philadelphia Tribune: April 27 coronavirus update: Health commissioner says Philadelphia appears to be past the worst of the outbreak 
Billy Penn: Philly’s water systems are being clogged by ‘fatbergs’ of PPE 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: It Sounds Like Police Haven’t Handed Out a Single Ticket to Stay-at-Home Violators

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Tuesday Update: Department of health adds 1,214 positive coronavirus cases as state total jumps to 43,264
Daily Local News: Lawrence bill to expand coronavirus testing passes committee
Daily Local News: Sen. Muth, Chesco coroner call for probe into veterans’ deaths in East Vincent
Daily Local News: Chester County mayors hopeful for economic rebound
Daily Local News: Court proceedings to restart in Chesco
Montgomery Media: Montco coronavirus death toll climbs to 233 
Bucks County Courier Times: Elderly majority of coronavirus deaths in Bucks County as total reaches 168
Bucks County Courier Times: Area lawmakers pushing for business interruption protections
Bucks County Courier Times: Judicial emergency in Bucks extended again
Delco Daily Times: Minorities are a chief COVID concern for Wolf 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County to hold telephone town hall for all residents Wednesday
Inquirer: Thomas J. Judge Sr., Delco GOP chairman for 34 years who ‘treated everyone with respect,’ dies at 91
Inquirer: ‘We have no idea what is going on there’: State and local officials call for probe of veterans’ nursing home
Inquirer: Montgomery County’s jail tested every inmate for COVID-19 — and found 30 times more cases than previously known
WHYY Newsworks: How regulatory, price obstacles frustrate two counties’ COVID test goals
Pottstown Mercury: Photos catch Montco businesses not practicing social distancing
Bucks Local News: APRIL 27 COVID-19 UPDATE: With 28 deaths reported over past two days in Bucks County, COVID-19 shows no signs of subsiding

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: City plans to allocate nearly $13M in federal funds to help small businesses, housing and food pantries 
Post-Gazette: GOP state House candidate appeals to Supreme Court in challenge to Gov. Wolf’s shutdown 
Post-Gazette: 22 new nursing home deaths in W. Pa., including 13 in Beaver County and 8 in Allegheny 
Post-Gazette: As national stockpile dwindles, Lamb urges more safety supplies for testers, contact tracers 
Post-Gazette: 11 more inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Allegheny County Jail 
Post-Gazette: City reopens community gardens, asks public to follow social distancing guidelines
KDKA: ‘Unprecedented Damage To The Economy’: Area Politician, Businesses Challenge Gov. Wolf Stay-At-Home Order With Lawsuit 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 11 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County-Wide Total To 1,235 
KDKA: 11 Allegheny County Jail Inmates Test Positive For Coronavirus, More Than Doubling Number Of Infections Overnight 
KDKA: ‘Pretty Disappointing’: Pittsburgh-Area Small Business Owners Apply For Paycheck Protection Program Loans A Second Time 
KDKA: ‘The Uncertainty Is Particularly Frustrating’: How KDKA’s Ken Rice Sees The Future Of Higher Education Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Tribune Review: Official: Pennsylvania may have passed coronavirus peak, but surges still possible
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh free water about to dry up, rough estimate puts cost as high as $20 million
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 8 new deaths, 11 more coronavirus cases
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh announces millions in funding for coronavirus aid programs
Pittsburgh Business Times: Airport’s $1.1B terminal modernization delayed
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto announces more than $12 million in funding for residents and small businesses
WESA: COVID-19 Cases Triple Among County Jail Inmates

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Sewickley Council meeting Friday to discuss Neff’s controversial militia photo
Beaver County Times: Lamb to host tele-town hall on Thursday for Beaver County residents
Beaver County Times: Nursing home COVID deaths rise by 13 in Beaver County at Brighton Rehab
Beaver County Times: Daughter of Brighton Rehab resident sues PA Department of Health
Beaver County Times: Levine: Nursing home COVID-19 cases ‘will be included’ in reopening evaluations
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Courthouse closure extended through May 8
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local state legislators seek reevaluation of COVID-19 regions 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Announcement expected Friday on which counties will reopen; Cambria, Somerset add coronavirus cases 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria courthouse to require masks for entry; state judicial emergency extended 
Altoona Mirror: Tea Party plans protest
Altoona Mirror: Blair has new numbers to access public meetings 
Post-Gazette: ‘Disturbing’ events at Beaver County nursing home as COVID-19 deaths rise to 52
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 6 new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths
Observer-Reporter: Broadband access to expand in Washington, Greene counties

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: 3 more dead, 43 new COVID-19 cases in county 
Citizens Voice: Pedri to update county council on primary election preparations 
Citizens Voice: County courtroom closures extended 
Times-Tribune: No new coronavirus deaths in Lackawanna County, state reports
Times-Tribune: Plan to monitor City of Scranton gas cards evolving 
Times-Tribune: Auditor: Scranton gas card system a ‘dumpster fire’ 
Times-Tribune: Feds say Cordaro should stay in jail, for now
Times-Tribune: Wolf more flexible on lifting restrictions than his plan suggests 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
The Times Leader: Meuser hosts over-the-phone town-hall, answering unemployment questions 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County manager proposes paper ballots for in-person voting June 2 
The Times Leader: Sen. Yudichak to host COVID-19 telephone town hall April 30 
The Times Leader: 43 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County; 3 more have died 

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Wolf’s plan to reopen Lancaster County’s economy too restrictive, local leaders say
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 43,264 cases; Wolf Administration to announce which counties will reopen May 8
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania allows Lancaster city to find and contact people who were exposed to COVID-19
LNP | LancasterOnline: Southeast or southcentral? Local officials unhappy with Department of Health’s plan for reopening Lancaster County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. House panel to consider bill requiring state agencies to respond to open records requests amid COVID-19
LNP | LancasterOnline: Rising toll ranks Lancaster County high for coronavirus death rate
LNP | LancasterOnline: Charting the COVID-19 curve in Lancaster County: New reported cases and deaths per day
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Dr. Ripchinski of Penn Medicine, Congressman Smucker, Mayor Sorace give update on COVID-19
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s fiscal condition amid an ‘unprecedented’ pandemic ‘seems stable for now’: budget director
Patriot News: Ex-House Speaker Bill DeWeese must pay $100K-plus restitution on corruption conviction, split Pa. court says
Patriot News: Harrisburg council approves funds for grant program that supports small businesses hit by coronavirus pandemic
York Dispatch: Statewide coronavirus death toll eclipses 1,700, York County has 8 new cases
York Dispatch: State HRC closes case after Grandview Five file lawsuits in federal, county courts
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Over 1,700 people have died in Pennsylvania; state total tops 43,000
York Daily Record: Some Pa. immigrants let out of jail amid coronavirus must return to custody, judge rules
York Daily Record: Grandview golf discrimination case is closed, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission says
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 14 new COVID-19 cases and one death reported in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Lack of details for nursing homes prevents clear picture of COVID-19 scale in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Gov. Wolf says ‘common sense’ will drive reopening plan and regional metrics won’t dominate
Morning Call: Allentown School District shut out of state money to buy computers for students during coronavirus 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley jobless rate hits 5.8% in March at outset of coronavirus pandemic as unemployment claims skyrocket 
Morning Call: Public and press to get more access to courts during coronavirus closure, with steps taken to avoid spread of COVID-19 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Golf courses, other recreational centers to reopen Friday with safe procedures 
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Chamber, merchants want to shake up Wolf’s color-coded reopening plan 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Cases up 1.2K; COVID-19 death toll spikes, surpasses 1.7K | Pa. county case map (4/28/20) 
Express Times: Don’t want to go to the polls June 2? You have until May 26 to get a ballot 
Express Times: Easton coronavirus relief fund helps 21 small businesses, mayor says 
Express Times: Northampton County to reopen its parks much of the way on May 1
Reading Eagle: 7 new coronavirus deaths reported in Berks County; 79 new daily positive cases announced [Charts] 
Reading Eagle: Rep. Dan Meuser, Pa. officials discuss unemployment during coronavirus pandemic 

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Tuesday, April 28 
Erie Times-News: Erie County seeks details about possible reopening 
Erie Times-News: Survey: Economic anxiety haunts Erie
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie Co. community college supporters calling on state Board of Ed. to hold virtual vote on delayed application
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 6 new cases of COVID-19 as Pennsylvania tops 43,000 total cases 
Centre Daily Times: 2 cases of the coronavirus confirmed at Centre County senior living facility 
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on April 28
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City may reopen in early May 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tax deadlines stay pat for municipalities
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County commissioners agreed to donate to food bank 

 

Opinion  
Frank Dermody, Jordan Harris, and Matt Bradford: ‘New normal’ gives opportunity to create a better normal
Seth Grove: Protecting lives and livelihoods
Marc Stier: COVID-19 exposed the cracks in our system. We have to fill them, not just paper them over 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Housing bills: Getting people into homes is aim of legislation 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Contact-tracing challenge: New project from Apple, Google needs public trust
Jenice Armstrong: Yes, she’s new, but Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw needs to be more visible 
John L. Micek: These are the states where it’s hardest to social distance – and where Pa. ranks | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Larry Platt: The COVID-19 Budget Tsunami 
Charlie Gerow: As the ‘comeback kid,’ Trump will win over persuadable voters
Sara Goldrick-Rab and Eva Gladstein: College students need economic support beyond the coronavirus 
Anne Ishii: Anti-Asian discrimination continues, months into the coronavirus
Will Bunch Newsletter: A radical idea for bridging America’s divide 
Solomon Jones: Healthcare workers don’t need Blue Angels. They need green money. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Joe Biden successfully shelters out of sight
Gene Therapy: Trump back at press podium; still not a doctor
Tony Norman: Tolerating a wrong to make many rights in the long run

April 29th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “April 29th Playbook”

  1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    GOP thinks “Young Guns” will shoot down your reasonable idea. NRA rides again? What idiots would still vote for Trump?

  2. John Banner says:

    Trump’s political prospects are quickly fading. 8th district will not produce a Republican winner for Congress and certainly not during a pandemic where people wait in lines with masks to go to a supermarket. China is not on the ballot but the Republican President in charge during these times is—not a good sign for R’s. But hey Republican donor money got to be spent somewhere,eh? And spending money on a Republican campaign for Congress keeps the campaign managers busy and working. Onward and upward!

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