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April 3rd Playbook

A pro-Trump group announced their first TV ad buy in PA for the 2020 election, while another Democratic backed group hits the TV airwaves in the state to criticize President Trump’s response to the coronavirus. Here is the Playbook. 

Pro-Trump Group Launches First 2020 PA Ad Buy: America First Action PAC will be spending $5.5 million on digital, cable, broadcast and mail ads attacking former Vice President Joe Biden in the Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Johnstown, Erie, and Wilkes-Barre media markets.

Pro Obamacare Group Attacks Trump in PA Ad Buy: Protect Our Care’s five figure ad buy, that began today and will run into next week, will air on cable in the Philadelphia media market.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Deadline looms for Pennsylvania virus-shutdown waivers
Spotlight PA: Pa. needs another 1,000 to 1,400 ventilators, governor says. Here’s how the state is trying to find them.
WESA: State Lawmakers Want To Address Hate Crimes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
WESA: Taxpayers Contributed Millions For Ventilators. Why Hasn’t This PA Company Delivered? 
WESA: Documents Show FEMA Fulfills Only Part Of Pennsylvania’s Requests For Emergency Equipment 
WESA: Stay-At-Home Orders Can Be Dangerous For Domestic Violence Victims
PLSReporter: Funds from the $2 trillion stimulus package are starting to be doled out. Here’s your guide to what that means for Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: As lawmakers seek to exempt construction from governor’s shutdown order, Wolf doubles down 
PLSReporter: Despite state store closures, state to offer liquor through limited, online sales
Philly Clout: U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick wrestles the Tiger King
Inquirer: Pennsylvania asked FEMA for nearly 500,000 N95 masks. It’s still 380,000 short.
Inquirer: When will I get my coronavirus check? Probably mid-April, but some might have to wait until September
Inquirer: Democrats are delaying the July 2020 Milwaukee convention for a month because of coronavirus
Inquirer: Why does Pennsylvania have so many more unemployment claims than even larger states?
Inquirer: Despite coronavirus stay-at-home order, Pa. is transferring children across the state
Inquirer: CDC to recommend face masks in public as coronavirus spreads; Pa. faces huge shortfall of N95 masks, gloves, and surgical gowns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 7,016 confirmed cases in 62 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As cases grow, human service workers say they can’t use COVID-19 leave offered to other state employees
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid COVID-19 downturn, Pa. Treasurer Torsella extends state a $2B credit line 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DCNR Sec. asks Pennsylvanians to take care of themselves, state parks while distancing 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Watch what you do, just as much as what you say,’ Levine tells parents housebound with kids during COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Philly: Rep. Fiedler leads effort to distribute food to seniors 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Congress preps for next round of coronavirus relief; Democrats signal priorities 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Together, apart: How funerals and mourning have changed in Pa. during the COVID-19 pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County continues fighting to flatten the curve; Is social distancing paying off?
Patriot News: When will we be done with coronavirus? Pa. searches, hoping for hint of downward bend
Patriot News: Online liquor sales in Pa.: How it works, and why it might not always work for you
Patriot News: ’The CDC is right to clarify its guidance to encourage Americans to wear cloth masks’: Sen. Pat Toomey
Patriot News: Coronavirus brings Pennsylvania’s construction industry to a near standstill
Patriot News: Tapped out: Demand for Pa’s small business assistance program exhausts loan funds available
Patriot News: UPMC says it has created a vaccine; AG’s office finding price gouging; and more: Latest on coronavirus in Pa. 
KYW Newsradio: Pa. unemployment compensation hotline overwhelmed with callers
KYW Newsradio: Advocates petition Pennsylvania’s highest court for release of youth in detention amid coronavirus crisis
National Journal: Progressive Turnout Project PAC Launches Virtual Phone Bank 
National Journal: The volatility of the Trump bump down ballot 
Philly Voice: Promising COVID-19 vaccine candidate from Pennsylvania researchers could be fast-tracked for clinical trials
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Pa. receives less than half of emergency supplies requested from federal government
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Just insanity’: Closed Pa. businesses cry foul as competitors snag waivers to reopen
KDKA: Around The Table: Coronavirus 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf, State Police Grant License To Carry Extensions Until May 30
KDKA: Survey: Majority Of Pennsylvanians Believe Gov. Tom Wolf Is Doing Good Job Handling Coronavirus Pandemic
Carlisle Sentinel: Torsella extends credit line as state expects revenues to tank further 
The Hill: Left-leaning group launches phone bank effort targeting swing states
The Hill: Governors win high marks for coronavirus response, outpacing Trump
The Hill: Former Obama adviser Plouffe predicts ‘historical level’ of turnout by Trump supporters
Beaver County Times: Shapiro warns about scams targeting unemployment filers
Morning Call: Face shields, but no testing swabs: New documents show what supplies Pennsylvania received from FEMA to combat coronavirus
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Election, license requirements impacted by COVID-19
CNN: In Pennsylvania you can buy liquor and wine again online, but only if you’re lucky
CNN: Here’s a look at what states are exempting religious gatherings from stay at home orders  

Philly Clout: U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick wrestles the Tiger King
Philadelphia Magazine: Chuck Peruto Explains Why He Must Run Against Larry Krasner for Philly D.A.
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Uber Suspends Riders Over “Public Health Concern,” City Shuts Down Businesses
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson corruption trial scheduled for 2021
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia could close a section of Spruce Street for tent hospital
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA seeks 10,000 face masks as pandemic continues to take a toll on transit service
Inquirer: ‘It’s like we are just a piece of garbage’: Laid-off Philly workers face life without health insurance
Inquirer: After trash pickup delays, Philly officials, sanitation workers clash over whether employees are calling out sick
Inquirer: 15,000 Philly charter and parochial school students are getting Chromebooks to learn during coronavirus closures
Inquirer: Protesters call for Hahnemann to be reopened during the coronavirus pandemic
Inquirer: CDC to recommend face masks in public as coronavirus spreads; Pa. faces huge shortfall of N95 masks, gloves, and surgical gowns
Inquirer: Fleeing coronavirus in NYC, pregnant women head to Philly area but struggle to find prenatal care
Inquirer: Dotdash executive joins The Inquirer’s board
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council approves $85.4M in coronavirus relief spending 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council approves $85M for coronavirus relief
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia gives nearly 16,000 boxes of food to people hit by coronavirus
KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 and opioids: Fighting on 2 fronts amid national PPE shortage
KYW Newsradio: Union demands SEPTA do more to keep workers safe from COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia jails report 8 new coronavirus cases in one day, taking total to 20 inmate infections
Philly Voice: Cops can now issue $100 fines for breaking the stay-at-home order in Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Philly trash collection lagging during coronavirus pandemic, officials say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Philly: Rep. Fiedler leads effort to distribute food to seniors  
Billy Penn: 7 emergency relief options for Philly small businesses
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more

Montgomery Media: Montco coronavirus deaths at 12; officials ‘concerned’ about work at Limerick nuclear plant 
Montgomery Media: Sen. Muth seeks answers about coronavirus response plan at Limerick nuclear plant
Montgomery Media: Montco officials preparing for ‘worst’ coronavirus potential impact 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County authorizes emergency declaration amid coronavirus outbreak
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon to Trump: Ramp up protective gear production
Delco Daily Times: 17,000 Delco unemployment claims filed in March as new jobless claims top 6.6M 
Daily Local News: Chester County reports two more coronavirus deaths
Bucks County Courier Times: Update: Bucks coronavirus deaths now at 8; 12 dead in Montgomery County 

Post-Gazette: Mt. Lebanon hears from officials regarding COVID-19
Post-Gazette: Pitt team makes progress on possible COVID-19 vaccine 
Post-Gazette: Latest on COVID-19: Cases top 7,000 in Pennsylvania; Fayette has first death 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County creates map for free food and resources 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County courts extend judicial emergency into May 
Post-Gazette: Sheetz offering free meals to needy kids as COVID-19 spreads
WESA: Pitt Researchers Tout Potential Vaccine Against Coronavirus 
WESA: State Lawmakers Want To Address Hate Crimes Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Tribune Review: Allegheny County coronavirus cases jump by 63 as total tops 400 
Tribune Review: Drive-up coronavirus testing suspended at Pittsburgh zoo, Aliquippa 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh scientists develop possible coronavirus vaccine, hope FDA can fast-track it 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County court judicial emergency extended to May 8  
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Confirms 419 Coronavirus Cases In County   
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Pitt Researchers Unveil Potential COVID-19 Vaccine 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Should Everyone Be Wearing Face Masks? 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Health Network Creating Thousands Of Test Kits

Beaver County Times: Shell applies for waiver to resume work, groups respond 
Beaver County Times: Ellwood City hospital could reopen for virus fight 
Observer-Reporter: Local legislators co-sponsors aid bills for ‘ultra-small’ businesses, first responders 
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners split on hiring human services director
Observer-Reporter: New primary date gives voters more time to register, apply for mail-in ballots 
Observer-Reporter: Redevelopment Authority learns of $3.1 allotment under federal coronavirus relief 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Beaver County: Shell Asks For Waiver To Resume Construction At Cracker Plant, Wants 400-800 Workers On Site
KDKA: Coronavirus In Butler County: Butler Health System Looking At Potential Overflow Sites
Tribune Review: Hundreds of Westmoreland County employees to be furloughed Friday
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 12 new coronavirus cases as total hits 84
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bridging the digital divide: School districts work to accommodate students in continuity of education plans
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 deaths jump statewide; Cambria County positive caseload up to 4

Times-Tribune: Public outcry grows over Scranton School District plan to vote on preschool program elimination amid coronavirus crisis
Times-Tribune: Off-site facilities being selected in case hospitals overwhelmed
Times-Tribune: Coronavirus cases in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties surge
Times-Tribune: More than 300 test positive for coronavirus in Hazleton
Times-Tribune: SCI-Retreat picked for vital new role
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council questions fire chief’s salary
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Brown to answer questions for W-B residents via Facebook
Citizens Voice: County, W-B awarded federal stimulus funding
Citizens Voice: SCI-Retreat picked for vital new role because facility was ‘almost empty’
Citizens Voice: Another jump in county cases
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County virus cases surge by over 100
The Times Leader: Cusat: Hazleton over 200 cases
The Times Leader: Luzerne County COVID-19 cases at 384; 5th death is reported
The Times Leader: Utility work to resume in Wilkes-Barre
The Times Leader: Vough postpones court dates until the end of April

South Central 
Patriot News: Central Pa. legislators call for Wolf to stop transport of youths to juvenile justice center
Patriot News: Harrisburg unveils ‘Hope Tree’ as a glimmer of light during the coronavirus pandemic
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster Chamber postpones annual dinner to fall; Theresa May still keynote speaker 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County president Judge Ashworth issues further restrictions on court functions in response to COVID-19 pandemic 
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 shakes up 2020 Census. Lancaster County scrambles to prevent undercount.
Carlisle Sentinel: Public still can’t find out what businesses have been waived under Wolf’s COVID-19 shutdown
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County 
York Dispatch: UPMC announces potential vaccine as York County reports first coronavirus-related death 
York Dispatch: York County looks to move polling places out of senior centers 
York Daily Record: York County reports first coronavirus-related death, up to more than 100 cases

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: 4 new COVID-19 deaths put Lehigh Valley’s toll at 14. That’s higher than Philadelphia, state says.
Morning Call: Coronavirus spread has Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency helping arrange ‘alternative care sites’ to help hospitals; East Stroudsburg facility one being considered
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Cases jump nearly 21%, while Lehigh Valley and Monroe County see highest per-capita infection rate
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases up 17 in Berks County; Pennsylvania adds 1,200
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus shutdown sends farm economy in Berks County into turmoil; consumers go direct to farmers to circumvent shortages

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor weighs options as virus changes city work flow
Erie Times-News: Erie plan for federal spending focus of public hearings
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County continues fighting to flatten the curve; Is social distancing paying off?
Centre Daily Times: Centre County coronavirus cases continue to rise as Pennsylvania reports 1,211 new cases

John Baer: How Gov. Wolf’s business shutdown bit him where it hurts 
John Baer: Lt. Gov. Fetterman: Staying home, practicing social distancing and preaching ‘resolve’ 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Defuse the ticking time bomb of coronavirus in jails and prisons 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Teaching without schools: Districts face challenges to complete school year 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cosmic dust cloud: Astronomers learning from bright red star
Reggie Shuford: Gov. Wolf has the power to avert a public health disaster in Pa.’s prisons
Chris Good: COVID-19 in Pa.: Federal, state lawmakers need to step up to protect frontline workers
John L. Micek: Liberal super PAC expands ad buy attacking Trump’s handling of COVID-19 in Pa., battleground states | Thursday Morning Coffee
Jason Han and Ruchika Talwar: For surgeons trained to heal, delaying care for coronavirus is a new conversation 
Salena Zito: Catholic newspaper becomes victim of COVID-19
Abraham Gutman: No tradeoff: Spanish flu study shows social distancing and strong economy go hand in hand | Expert Q&A
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Homeschooling President Trump on coronavirus
Will Bunch: No, President Trump, you can’t bomb a virus. We need expertise and empathy – not a war 
Bruce Katz, Michael Saadine and Colin Higgins: The Virus and The City: The Cares Act Will Not Be Enough
Phil Gianficaro: Caterers, like health care workers, proud to serve
Brian O’Neill: The pandemic will forever change us

2 Responses

  1. Trump is toast. COVID is getting worse and worse and the economy is collapsing. People aren’t going to give him the benefit of the doubt.

  2. And the America First PAC will be touting Trump’s magnificent response to the Dem hoax Covid-19 and reveling that only 100,000 US citizens will die? LOL

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

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