April 30th Playbook

A GOP super PAC releases a poll showing President Donald Trump and former VP Joe Biden tied in PA, while PoliticsPA asks who Republicans should nominate for Governor in 2022. Here is the Playbook. 

GOP Poll: Biden and Trump Tied in PA: While a number of polls show former Vice President Joe Biden holding a several point lead over President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, this conservative super PAC released a poll of its own showing the two tied in the Keystone State.

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: Nursing homes stricken as Pennsylvania death toll tops 2,000
Spotlight PA: Pa. to set coronavirus testing, contact tracing benchmarks just days before gradual reopening is set to begin
Inquirer: Trump, Biden, and their allies are spending millions on Pennsylvania airwaves, but not in Philly
Inquirer: Union elections have been stalled during coronavirus. A Pa. congressman wants to change that.
Inquirer: Pa. has an online form to report social-distancing violators. Far-right trolls are spamming it. 
Inquirer: Judge rejects push from Green Party’s Jill Stein to decertify Philly voting machines as ‘daft,’ ‘ill-considered,’ and ‘pointless’ 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania state universities freeze tuition, plan for uncertain fall
Inquirer: Pennsylvania, New Jersey need far more contact tracers to handle the coronavirus  
KDKA: ‘I Would Encourage Parents To Think The Same Way’: Pa. Secretary Of Education Says There Is ‘Uncertainty’ About Whether Schools Reopen In The Fall 
KDKA: Bill To Prohibit Anyone Younger Than 18 To Get Married In Pennsylvania Heading To Gov. Tom Wolf’s Desk
KDKA: ‘We Need Each Other More Than Ever’: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Raises $20,000 To Buy Giant Eagle Gift Cards For People In Braddock 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 43,264 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In volley of votes, GOP House and Senate try to force Wolf to pull back the curtain on COVID-19 response
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid COVID-19, Wolf vetoes telemedicine bill over abortion concerns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With reopening nearing, Pa. closing in on 2,200 COVID-19 fatalities
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Board of Ed. adds community college discussion to agenda; Supporters ask for more
WITF: Pa. counties struggle to find enough masks, gloves for in-person voting June 2
Patriot News: Food insecurity in Pa. rises during pandemic, Gov. Tom Wolf says 
Patriot News: Mapping 7,698 resident cases in Pa. nursing and personal care homes: April 29 county-by-county details 
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (4/29/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading? 
Patriot News: Pa. state universities offer retirement incentive to non-faculty employees 
Patriot News: Bill allowing bars to sell mixed drinks to go advances to Pa. Senate 
Patriot News: Pa. state universities will freeze tuition for the second consecutive year 
Patriot News: Trump re-election campaign features Democrat governors in new digital ad – but not Tom Wolf 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate Republicans to vote on subpoenas to Gov. Wolf’s administration over closing businesses 
Patriot News: Pa. Health Secretary explains higher COVID-19 death toll, reopening counties and cases in nursing homes 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf vetoes telemedicine bill, voicing disapproval over its restriction to abortion drug 
Patriot News: Bill setting Pa.’s minimum marrying age at 18 heading to the governor
Patriot News: Web trolls inundate Pa. coronavirus complaint system with fake messages 
Patriot News: Pa. liquor stores selling more booze curbside, but still looking at $47 million loss from pandemic 
Fox News: Businesses in Pennsylvania and California sue for right to reopen
StateImpactPA: Rust Belt and midwest cities need to plan on many fronts for new ‘climate migrants’ 
StateImpactPA: Two Pa. colleges hit carbon neutrality goals
WHYY Newsworks: Two more people in Pa. state prisons die after testing positive for COVID-19
Post-Gazette: Tuition freeze approved across Pa.’s 14 state-owned universities 
Beaver County Times: DePasquale calls for more transparency about COVID-19 cases in state-run vets homes
York Dispatch: Fetterman: Wolf isn’t getting credit he deserves
The Hill: Military jets salute coronavirus workers in US with multiple flyovers
KYW Newsradio: Man frustrated over unemployment allegedly threatens Gov. Wolf, family 
Morning Call: Auditor general calls for greater transparency, more testing for nursing home coronavirus cases
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania county courts to restore broader operations
Politico: Is there a doctor in the House?
PLSReporter: As expected, Wolf vetoes telemedicine expansion over abortion provision 
PLSReporter: GOP eyes measure to require more transparency from Wolf Administration 
PLSReporter: PASSHE to freeze tuition for upcoming year amid financial turmoil from pandemic

Philly Clout: Former DA Seth Williams returns to Philly after federal prison stint in West Virginia
Inquirer: Judge rejects push from Green Party’s Jill Stein to decertify Philly voting machines as ‘daft,’ ‘ill-considered,’ and ‘pointless’ 
Inquirer: Philadelphia will allow construction to resume Friday — with some limitations
Inquirer: Philly winding down use of Temple’s Liacouras Center as coronavirus hospital site 
Inquirer: Probation is closed in Philly. But probationers are being jailed through the pandemic.
Inquirer: Philly to wind down spare hospital as cases decline; New Jersey allows parks to reopen 
Inquirer: PennDOT to resume more than 70 projects in Philly area; Montco officials say ‘we’re not going to be shaking hands again for a very, very long time’
Philadelphia Magazine: Seth Williams Was Just Released from Federal Prison
Philadelphia Magazine: Coronavirus Could Put a $650 Million Hole in Philly’s Budget. Here Are Four Takeaways 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Should Deploy an Army of Contact Tracers to Protect Against the Virus’s Inevitable Second Wave 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Mayor Kenney announces first steps for reopening Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: Former Philly DA Seth Williams released from federal prison after three years
WHYY Newsworks: City Council to have hearing and vote on Board of Ed nominees Friday
Philadelphia Tribune: COVID-19 death toll in Philadelphia passes 500
Philadelphia Tribune: COVID-19 in Philly: City water department extends shut-off moratorium
KYW Newsradio: Construction, golf set to resume in Philly with some restrictions
Philly Voice: Teaser for Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ shows former first lady’s visit to Philly
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area businesses apply for significantly more than city’s $10M PPP program 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia to wind down use of Liacouras Center for Covid-19 field hospital

Bucks County Courier Times: House approves Polinchock bill seeking waiver for real estate businesses 
Bucks County Courier Times: GOP lawmakers press for accountability in Pa. waiver process 
Daily Local News: Wednesday Update: Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 1,102 new positive coronavirus cases as total jumps to 44,366 
Daily Local News: Senator: Bills introduced to ease coronavirus testing in Chester County delay progress
Daily Local News: Chester County Health Department says new coronavirus cases ‘might’ be going down 
Daily Local News: Chester County officials announce plan to reopen parks 
Daily Local News: Essential services-only operation extended to May 15 in Chester County 
Daily Local News: Sen. Toomey: Nursing home testing to be prioritized
Inquirer: Union elections have been stalled during coronavirus. A Pa. congressman wants to change that.
Inquirer: Bucks County had 100 coronavirus deaths in last 9 days; Montco officials say ‘we’re not going to be shaking hands again for a very, very long time’    
Bucks Local News: APRIL 28 COVID-19 UPDATE: 10 more Covid-related deaths reported in Bucks County; total reaches 178 
Delco Daily Times: Where to get COVID-19 tests in Delaware County
Montgomery Media: Montco records 11 more coronavirus deaths; toll climbs to 244 
Montgomery Media: Montco municipalities offer property tax relief during coronavirus outbreak

Tribune Review: County officials say Allegheny County on track for reopening
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh area March jobless rate rises, economist sees 16% in April 
Tribune Review: No mass testing for Allegheny County Jail despite coronavirus uptick 
Tribune Review: Bill to release covid-19 addresses to first responders passes state Senate 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County to decrease polling locations for June 2 primary 
Pittsburgh Business Times: What Allegheny County officials say about reopening process
Post-Gazette: Peduto joins calls for USDA to open grocery delivery, curbside pickup to SNAP recipients 
Post-Gazette: Nursing home deaths continue to rise in Western Pa.; state death toll eclipses 2,000 
Post-Gazette: Brookline urban farm idea on hold  
Post-Gazette: Vote on remote grading guidelines prompts friction on PPS board 
WESA: How The Pandemic Further Divides Western Pennsylvania Voters 
WESA: ‘Woefully Inadequate’ – City School Board Questions District’s Remote Learning Rollout
WESA: VisitPittsburgh Estimates $75 Million Lost To Coronavirus So Far
WESA: Officials Urge Distancing On Riverfront Trails
KDKA: ‘We Need Each Other More Than Ever’: Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman Raises $20,000 To Buy Giant Eagle Gift Cards For People In Braddock 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 38 New Cases Of Coronavirus, Bringing County-Wide Total To 1,273 
KDKA: ‘We’ve Done Well’: Does Southwestern Pennsylvania Pass The Test To Reopen? 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: New Bill Would Allow Restaurants And Hotels To Sell Curbside Cocktails 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Golf Courses Begin To Release Reopening Dates 
Pittsburgh Current: Community Groups Take It Upon Those To Feed Those In African American Communities During COVID-19 Crisis
City Paper: PNC Bank leaves many Pittsburgh small businesses waiting on help, while securing loans for corporations

Altoona Mirror: County opening may not face delay
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners ask residents for reopening help
Observer-Reporter: Republican senators ask auditor general to look into DCED’s coronavirus response
Observer-Reporter: Greene County to receive additional CDBG funding through CARES Act
Observer-Reporter: Attorney general advocates on behalf of tenants who can’t pay rent due to pandemic
Observer-Reporter: Access to state courts remains limited through June 1; evictions suspended through May 11
Post-Gazette: Families of nursing home residents upset with owners’ statement on COVID-19 deaths
Tribune Review: Westmoreland adds just 3 new coronavirus cases
Tribune Review: Armstrong commissioners want county to be among first to gradually reopen for business
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: Cambria has first long term care home COVID-19 case, CamTran worker tests positive
Beaver County Times: State officials call Brighton Rehab “extremely challenging”
Beaver County Times: PA death toll surge attributed to ‘reconciliation’ of reported data
Beaver County Times: Beaver County extends property tax deadline to end of year

Citizens Voice: County to use paper ballots for primary due to virus concerns
Citizens Voice: NEPA’s unemployment jumps to 7.1% in March as coronavirus disrupts economy 
Citizens Voice: COVID-19 kills 8 more as cases grow in county 
Citizens Voice: Wolf more flexible on lifting restrictions than his plan suggests 
The Times Leader: Coronavirus testing counts at Wilkes-Barre Township picking up, state says 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County reaches another grim coronavirus milestone, surpassing 80 deaths 
The Times Leader: 8 more COVID-19 deaths in Luzerne County; 33 new confirmed cases 
Times-Tribune: State still plans a regional approach to reopening economy, but backed off the original definition of regional 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases spike in nursing homes in past two weeks 
Times-Tribune: Another spike in state coronavirus death rate attributed to reconciliation of reported deaths
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage

South Central 
York Dispatch: More than 8% of York County voters applied for mail-in ballots
York Dispatch: Pa. coroners to meet with state after weeks of frustration
York Dispatch: Coronavirus-linked deaths jump nearly 500, no new deaths in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County virus cases climb as every county in southcentral region reports increases 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County pushes back tax deadline as pandemic expected to hit real estate revenues 
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County
LNP | LancasterOnline: 17 of Lancaster County’s 60 municipalities have had coronavirus deaths; here’s the latest list 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 44,366 cases; Lancaster County has 1,703 
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Pa. has over 44,000 cases; Wolf to reveal counties that will reopen 
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Which Pennsylvania counties could reopen May 8? We’ll know by Friday
Patriot News: Harrisburg School District postponing learning device distribution due to weather

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Lehigh Valley’s unemployment rate jumped in March, but April predicted to be ‘dreadful’ 
Express Times: Allentown launching $500K grant program for small businesses 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Death toll surpasses 2K; the reason for the surge in reported deaths | Pa. COVID-19 case map by county (4/29/20) 
Express Times: Going unmasked? Ignoring pandemic mask mandate not a good idea, Lehigh Valley attorneys warn. 
Reading Eagle: Berks County still waiting for protective equipment for front-line workers
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus deaths rise across Pennsylvania and in Berks County [Charts] 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus stay-at-home order cutting revenue for Berks highway and bridge repairs 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Case total across state increases by 1,102 on Wednesday to 44,366; state adjusts reporting of deaths to make total 2,195 
Morning Call: Temperature checks could become new normal as Lehigh Valley governments look at reopening during coronavirus pandemic 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie’s March unemployment rate doesn’t reflect crisis
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Wednesday, April 29
Erie Times-News: Erie officials seek to snuff out illegal fires
Erie Times-News: Pa. Senate mandates day care smoke detector inspection
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Board of Ed. adds community college discussion to agenda; Supporters ask for more
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State upset by falsehoods against wearing face masks
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on April 29 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 2 COVID-19 cases as state reports a 2nd area nursing home has a case

Tom Ridge: Selfish protests against stay-at-home orders dishonor America’s veterans
Matthew J. Brouillette: Wolf wants us to trust the experts. But too many questions are unanswered
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Focus on telemedicine: State bill should be reconsidered, minus amendment
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: FISA concerns mount: Congress should rewrite or repeal surveillance law
Inquirer Editorial Board: Crowded public places will prolong the pandemic 
Inquirer Staff: Should Pennsylvania freeze rent and mortgages during the coronavirus crisis? | Pro/Con
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Pa. needs to buck up for Morrisville, other needy districts 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Sadly, the numbers don’t lie: It’s too soon for Lancaster County to reopen
Ryan N. Boyer: Construction workers, hit hard by the coronavirus, need support 
John L. Micek: The real reason a right-wing group is suing Pa. to scrub its voter rolls | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Mary Ersek: Amid coronavirus, America’s nursing homes have become a national tragedy | Expert Opinion
Helen Ubiñas: All Trump enablers are not created equally, but they are equally complicit 
Mark O’Keefe: Pandemic politics: What if Biden and Trump tie in the Electoral College? History provides a guide 
Chinyere Osuji: High rates of coronavirus among African Americans don’t tell the whole story 
Inga Saffron: Philly’s downtown is a ghost town. What will it look like when the virus subsides?
Dan Simpson: Will Trump wag the dog?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: 2020 Coronavirus tans
Maria Panaritis: An emergency COVID-19 fund in Delco fights to feed the newly needy in the ’burbs 
Sara Manning Peskin, Allison K. Hoffman, and Jason Karlawish: As coronavirus shut down support systems, the struggles of dementia patients and caregivers only get worse 
The Angry Grammarian: How coronavirus made ‘zoom’ a verb and other ways the pandemic has changed our language

3 Responses

  1. Tied? You are delusional. All other polls have Biden leading by 6-8%. Trump is a LOSER.

    1. You are wrong! Fox News poll taken among the employees shows a dead heat.

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