April 7th Playbook

A conservative group targets six western Pennsylvania counties for their 2020 plans, while a gun control group announces PA as one of their priority states for the upcoming election. Here is the Playbook. 

Heritage Action Targets Six Western PA Counties: Heritage Action, which plans on spending around $500,000 in the state for 2020, is targeting Allegheny, Bedford, Blair, Fayette, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Gun Control Group Announces PA As A Priority for 2020: Pennsylvania is one of thirteen priority states for the Everytown for Gun Safety’s 2020 plans.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania jobless claims exceed 1 million since outbreak
AP: House swears in 3 members who won special elections in March
AP: Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic
Spotlight PA: The darling, the technocrat, and the Ph.D.: How the governors of N.Y., N.J., and Pa. have tackled COVID-19 
Spotlight PA: Less risk, less reward in Gov. Tom Wolf’s choice to wait for legislature to act on prisoner releases 
Morning Call: Former Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent recovering from a mild case of coronavirus 
Post-Gazette: Mike Kelly expects to recover from COVID-19 this week
Post-Gazette: Casey, Toomey ask agency to keep tabs on nursing homes during pandemic
Inquirer: Democratic groups flood Pennsylvania with anti-Trump coronavirus ads 
Inquirer: Fact-checking a viral Pa. Facebook post on coronavirus that says the government is ‘up to something’ | PolitiFact
Inquirer: Democratic group Organizing Together 2020 debuts in Pa. They’ll text instead of knocking until it’s safe.
Inquirer: Will I get detained by ICE if I go to a hospital? What you need to know during the coronavirus pandemic if you’re undocumented
Inquirer: One in six Pennsylvania workers has now filed for unemployment since coronavirus shutdowns started
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania nearing peak of COVID-19 outbreak, projections show
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 12,980 confirmed cases in 65 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf: Pa. is making progress in COVID-19 fight, but doesn’t rule out extending stay-at-home order
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Planned Parenthood PAC offers co-endorsement in W. Pa. House race
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The partisan divide over climate change is as deep as ever, poll finds | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from COVID-19
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County enters ‘community spread phase;’ County Exec briefs on what’s ahead 
Patriot News: Even with dip in new cases in Pa., coronavirus spread is ‘alarming’, Gov. Tom Wolf says 
Patriot News: Trump official cites Pa. as emerging coronavirus hotspot 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers split on whether businesses should reopen
Patriot News: Pa. state universities’ switch to remote learning to extend through summer sessions
Patriot News: Booze rush: Demand for alcohol far outstrips state’s ability to supply it online
PLSReporter: Amid COVID-19 uncertainty, House welcomes three new members 
PLSReporter: House committee approves bill that would allow construction to continue 
PLSReporter: Legislature set to pursue limited release of state inmates but advocates, Wolf Administration remain skeptical
Fox News: Rep. Fred Keller on efforts to clamp down on emerging COVID-19 hotspots
Fox News: Ted Cruz blasts Dem-run states for harsh coronavirus enforcement
Fox News: DNC shelling out $22 million to run YouTube ads backing Democrats in fall campaign
WESA: Pennsylvania Labor Leaders Demand Greater Protections For Essential Workers
WESA: State House Republicans Propose Scale Back Of PA Business Shutdown
StateImpactPA: How some of Pa.’s public utility companies are adjusting during COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: With stimulus checks on the way, authorities say beware of scammers
KYW Newsradio: Courts begin prioritizing inmates for release to stop spread of COVID-19
National Journal: House Majority PAC Announces $51M Fall Ad Buy
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh banks exposed to $191.7M in small-business loans outside the stimulus, SBA guarantees
Beaver County Times: Delays expected as unemployment claims soar 
Beaver County Times: Casey, Toomey: Details wanted on protecting nursing home residents 
The Hill: DNC books $22 million in fall YouTube ads
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania is getting worse at social distancing, data shows
Politico: Pelosi-aligned super PAC books $51M in fall ads
Politico: ‘We cannot have a colorblind policy’: Lack of racial data obstructs coronavirus fight

Philadelphia 
Billy Penn: Meet the key officials leading Philly’s pandemic response 
Billy Penn: Citizens Bank Park site closing: How to get tested for coronavirus in Philly 
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more 
Inquirer: High-income Philadelphians getting tested for coronavirus at far higher rates than low-income residents
Inquirer: Amid hopes of a coronavirus curve flattening, officials warn not to get complacent
Inquirer: As courts close for the coronavirus, officials and advocates adjust to protect domestic violence victims 
Inquirer: Mom’s Organic staffers protest in Philly, joining grocery workers’ call for coronavirus hazard pay    
Inquirer: Two SEPTA workers die from coronavirus; 52 Philly cops test positive; MLB season to start in empty Arizona parks? 
Inquirer: Philadelphia police lieutenant dies from the coronavirus, first fatality among city employees      
Inquirer: Coronavirus vaccine study gets started in Philly | Coronavirus Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Philly and suburban counties urge Wolf to redistribute COVID-19 burden
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: First Philadelphia city employee dies from coronavirus 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I am just panicking’: Philly small businesses scramble to apply for shutdown loans 
WHYY Newsworks: Don’t call them ‘heroes’: Philly grocery store workers allege unsafe conditions
WHYY Newsworks: COVID-19 brings ‘cataclysmic changes’ for people giving birth in Philadelphia area 
NBC10: 2 SEPTA depot workers die from novel coronavirus, union says
Philadelphia Tribune: Monday coronavirus update: Confirmed cases of coronavirus in Philadelphia jump 17%
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia police lieutenant dies of COVID-19
Philadelphia Tribune: Coronavirus crisis sparks increase in domestic violence in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Philly Gets Masked, Picnickers Get Tossed, Recycling Gets Bumped 
Philadelphia Magazine: Local Rabbi Wants City Hall to Stick a Face Mask On the William Penn Statue 
Philadelphia Citizen: Shielding Those In Harm’s Way 
Philly Voice: Philly police lieutenant, 59, mourned after death from COVID-19 
Philly Voice: COVID-19 testing site at Citizens Bank Park to shut down 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pre-pandemic, Center City housing market saw continued expansion into Kensington, edge neighborhoods 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Coronavirus news: Philly police officer dies of COVID-19; Citizens Bank Park testing site to close 
KYW Newsradio: Southeastern counties ask governor to create centralized system to share hospital resources
KYW Newsradio: Kenney announces first COVID-19 death of a Philly cop
KYW Newsradio: 2 SEPTA workers die from COVID-19, union says
KYW Newsradio: Center City hotel prepares coronavirus quarantine space for homeless, others
KYW Newsradio: PennDOT gets green light to continue some road work during COVID-19 restrictions
KYW Newsradio: Child abuse numbers down since stay-at-home order, but Philly officials suspect underreporting

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Bensalem’s K.C. Tomlinson sworn in as 18th District State House representative
Montgomery Media: Montco reports 5 more coronavirus deaths; toll so far stands at 27
Bucks County Courier Times: K.C. Tomlinson takes office in Pa.’s 18th District
Bucks County Courier Times: Coronavirus: Bucks County see 3 more deaths; 5 deaths in Montgomery County
Delco Daily Times: In Upper Darby, front-line workers adjust to life in crisis
Daily Local News: Chester County to test workers on front line fight against COVID-19
Daily Local News: Monday Update: Another 1,470 positive tests brings Pennsylvania to 12,980
Daily Local News: Chester County Coroner: 7 residents have died of coronavirus
Inquirer: Coronavirus blood test to look for immunity gets a tryout in Chester County
Pottstown Mercury: Official: Masks ‘not magical’ in fight against coronavirus

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Allegheny County Lawmaker Wants To Protect School Districts From Closure-Related Lawsuits
WESA: LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh, April 6-12
Post-Gazette: Lamb urges expansive funding, infrastructure investment in 4th phase of Congress’ action
Post-Gazette: Region’s legislators pressure state health department to share more COVID-19 data
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s and Levine’s message on COVID-19: Stay on track 
Post-Gazette: Business of Pittsburgh: A closer look at the health care industry
Post-Gazette: Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Board names new president
Post-Gazette: Group calls for Pittsburghers to light up buildings, homes to thank essential workers
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Says Coronavirus Cases Climb To 642 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: More Than 36,000 Meals To Be Delivered To Families In Need This Week After $1M Donation From PNC Foundation 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Says City Park Usage Up 83 Percent 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: CMU Professor Says People Expect Life To Go Back To Normal After Coronavirus, But ‘That’s Not The Case At All’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania launches new resource portal for manufacturers
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 37 new coronavirus cases, total reaches 642
Tribune Review: Former Tarentum councilman accused of pistol-whipping man, claims self-defense 
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania is getting worse at social distancing, data shows

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: State Rep. Eric Davanzo becomes Westmoreland County’s newest legislator 
Observer-Reporter: Legislators hosting telephone town hall meetings 
Observer-Reporter: County wants details on COVID-19 cases from state Department of Health 
Observer-Reporter: ‘Essential service’: South Fayette assures continued operations
Beaver County Times: Lamb talks unemployment, stimulus at virtual town hall 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County COVID-19 cases near 100 as state numbers continue to climb 
Tribune Review: 10 new coronavirus cases reported in Westmoreland County as total tops 150
Altoona Mirror: Mirror launches digital subscription
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: General Assembly considering bills to weaken Wolf’s biz shutdown 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Despite dip in new cases, COVID-19 ‘still growing at an alarming rate,’ Wolf says 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Hazleton mayor: Most ‘in compliance’ of curfew 
Citizens Voice: LCCF head count drops amid population control efforts
Citizens Voice: Homebuilders frustrated with Wolf order
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor tells stores, churches still opennto impose restrictions
Times-Tribune: Governor: Surge in coronavirus cases could still be coming 
Times-Tribune: Plan to end Scranton preschool met with opposition 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
The Times Leader: 108 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; total now at 849 
The Times Leader: Debate continues over Luzerne County coronavirus proposal to eliminate 10% late fee on real estate taxes 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 12,980 cases, Lancaster County has 13 deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: How many COVID-19 cases officially reported in Lancaster County? 408 as of Monday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County likely has more deaths from COVID-19 than most recent flu seasons  
York Dispatch: COVID-19 cases in Pa. approach 13,000, 18 new cases in York County 
Patriot News: Pa. reports 1,470 new coronavirus cases as statewide total nears 13,000; 162 have died 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers press for new definition of what is and isn’t a life-sustaining business 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Former Lehigh Valley Congressman Charlie Dent recovering from a mild case of coronavirus 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Case count across state increases by 1,470 on Monday to 12,980; Lehigh Valley now has 1,722 cases
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers squabble over coronavirus measures, including business shutdown order 
Morning Call: 20 Lehigh Valley residents have died from coronavirus. Here is where they’re from 
Express Times: Pa. nears 13K coronavirus cases; 12 more deaths bring COVID-19 toll to 162 | Pa. coronavirus map (4/6/20) 
Express Times: Northampton County Prison reducing population through furloughs, bail reductions 
Express Times: 13 people have died from the coronavirus in Northampton County. Here is where they lived.
Reading Eagle: Berks County has more than 300 coronavirus cases; Pennsylvania nears 13,000
Reading Eagle: Reading hopes to save close to $2 million by refinancing a 2014 bond
Reading Eagle: Former U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent tests positive for ‘mild’ case of coronavirus

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials respond to issues related to COVID-19
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: What it means here: County meetings postponed, hospital prepares alternative exam site, more 
Erie Times-News: City of Erie plans quick release of $2.8 million CARES funding 
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Monday, April 6 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County enters ‘community spread phase;’ County Exec briefs on what’s ahead
Post-Gazette: Mike Kelly expects to recover from COVID-19 this week
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds one coronavirus case as Pennsylvania approaches 13,000 total cases

Opinion  
Rebecca Poyourow: Every Pennsylvanian needs an absentee ballot now 
John L. Micek: Ex-GOP fundraiser now selling coveted COVID-19 supplies has ties to two Pa. lawmakers | Monday Morning Coffee
Craig Snyder: Andrew Cuomo for president? Joe Biden should make it happen.  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Close the backdoors: U.S. cybersecurity needs improvement 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Arts intermission: Consider donating tickets to help out
Paul Muschick: Could Allentown State Hospital serve as a coronavirus field hospital?
Charlie Gerow: Politics aside, everyone’s focused on the coronavirus 
Salena Zito: Coronavirus claims new victims: Places and pasts
Salena Zito: How one Pennsylvania hospital system is navigating the coronavirus
Linda Carman Copel: Domestic violence victims need crucial support during the coronavirus 
Erin Arvedlund and Joseph N. DiStefano: Small businesses are scrambling to grab $350 billion in coronavirus cash before it runs out
William C. Meyers: How surgery centers can help frontline hospitals in the fight against coronavirus 
Tara Murtha: Important Viewing: New movie casts stark light on Pa.’s teen’s quest for an abortion
Gail Farmer: Wissahickon Trails director: Staying safe means sometimes skipping your hike 
Brian O’Neill: Those who served remember their servers
Chris Kelly: Coronavirus Diaries Day 19-21: Coffee, Kayaks and COVID-19

One Response

  1. Will Heritage just run loops of the insane Trump daily press conferences that are filled with Trump lies about his dismal response to coronavirus?

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