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

2 Responses

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

  2. 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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