April 9th Playbook

A GOP candidate for PA’s 8th Congressional District receives backlash for a one year-old social media post, while a liberal group targets 17 races and 8 counties in the state for the upcoming election. Here is the Playbook. 

PA8: “I’m not a super Trump-Tard” — Social Media Post Bites GOP Front-Runner: Earl Granville is a decorated combat veteran with support from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. He’s running against one of the GOP’s top targets nationwide. But his path to the nomination is complicated by an old social media post in which, he said he said he did not vote for Trump and used the term “Trump-tards” to refer to the President’s die-hard supporters.

Liberal Group Targets State-Level PA Races: Way to Win is targeting a total of 17 state House, Senate, and U.S. House races in the state and has identified Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Philadelphia, and York as their priority counties.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania facing up to $4 billion shortfall as coronavirus shutdown upends state budget
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf authorizes Pa. to ‘commandeer’ needed medical supplies for coronavirus care
Spotlight PA: With Pa. mired in coronavirus crisis, state lawmakers bicker about business shutdown but find no agreement
The Caucus: Pa. Senate defends ‘legislative privilege’ claim, rejects appeal for redacted expense details
AP: Pennsylvania to seize medical supplies for COVID-19 fight  
WHYY Newsworks: Sanders is out of the presidential race, but Pa. supporters say they’ll carry on his mission 
WHYY Newsworks: After early show of bipartisanship, Pa. lawmakers splinter over next COVID-19 steps
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 16,239 confirmed cases in all 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s 2020 budget could be up to $1.8 billion short because of COVID-19 business closings
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey, 18 senators call for funding to support local journalism in next pandemic relief bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: Wolf signs order allowing allowing state to move personal protective equipment and ventilators among healthcare facilities
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Zoom hackers target auditor general candidates with racial, misogynistic slurs and threats
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Be Patient,’ central Pa. food suppliers, retailers tell consumers frustrated by empty shelves
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s coronavirus cases? Map, details on known cases as of April 8, 2020
Patriot News: Has closing of Pa.’s state-run wine and spirits stores reopened interest in liquor privatization?
Patriot News: ‘We do not have this virus under control’: Even as rate of spread slows, Gov. Wolf warns against complacency
Patriot News: With Bernie Sanders dropping out, Pa. Democrats signal a reconciliation of liberal and moderate factions
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf punts on responding to Trump’s hope of the starting the NFL season on time 
Inquirer: As Philly officials see positive signs on COVID-19, White House fears a Pa. hotspot and may send more aid
Inquirer: ‘We are forgotten’: Despite mounting costs, college students are excluded from $1,200 stimulus checks
Inquirer: Activists say Pennsylvania’s critical-care guidelines discriminate against the disabled for COVID-19 care
PLSReporter: Wolf signs order allowing PEMA to obtain, redistribute medical supplies 
PLSReporter: Should state liquor stores be privatized? Some conservatives believe COVID-19 should move that discussion ‘onto the table’ 
PLSReporter: IFO: State could be staring down the barrel of a $3.9 billion shortfall due to COVID-19 
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.
City Paper: How Pennsylvania health-care workers and nurses are trying, but still struggling, to build their political power
City Paper: Getting out the vote in the time of coronavirus: Young advocates transition to digital organizing 
Post-Gazette: Restaurant, gig workers join AG Shapiro to discuss unemployment payment disparities 
CNN: Democratic super PAC turns up focus on Trump’s coronavirus response
The Hill: Mnuchin, Schumer in talks to strike short-term relief deal 
The Hill: Senators push for changes to small business aid

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: City Commissioners urge Philadelphians to vote by mail in June 2 primary
KYW Newsradio: Less than 1% of cops have been diagnosed or quarantined with COVID-19, says commissioner
KYW Newsradio: With no virus end in sight, Philly School District prepares for remote learning
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA reduces service to ‘lifeline’ schedule in response to COVID-19 crisis
KYW Newsradio: Philly prison union wants more transparency about COVID-19 cases among staff
Inquirer: Philly Shipyard wins $630 million contract to build two training ships and add 1,200 jobs
Inquirer: Do you still have to pay the Philly wage tax if you’re working from home in suburbs due to coronavirus?
Inquirer: Philly’s coronavirus rent-strike experiment has begun. 13 West Philly households are taking part
Inquirer: As Philly officials see positive signs on COVID-19, White House fears a Pa. hotspot and may send more aid
Inquirer: Inquirer wins five 1st place national journalism awards
Inquirer: Coronavirus closed schools. Here’s how those that serve the most vulnerable are still providing lifelines.
Inquirer: Fear of the coronavirus hasn’t emptied Philly’s basketball courts or the region’s parks
Inquirer: Fund will help Philadelphia news outlets cover the coronavirus
Inquirer: Pennsylvania hospitals to share supplies, Wolf orders; African Americans disproportionately affected by virus, health officials say
Inquirer: Sixers partner Michael Rubin, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro donate 5,000 masks for Philadelphia Police Department
Inquirer: Do you still think COVID-19 is just like the flu? | Coronavirus Newsletter
Inquirer: New fund sparked by William Penn Foundation will dole out millions to arts groups and artists in ‘severe financial straits’ 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Painful cuts’ to city services anticipated as Philly faces coronavirus’ staggering costs
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Philly depositions go virtual as Pa. cases rise over 16K 
WHYY Newsworks: African Americans lead coronavirus deaths in Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: Less than 1% of Philly cops have tested positive for coronavirus 
Philadelphia Tribune: City and suburban leaders call for ‘load balancing’ procedures for hospitals 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: White House “Concerned” About Philly, SEPTA Gets More Extreme
Philadelphia Magazine: Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Philadelphia Can Be a Model for Crisis-Response Journalism
Philadelphia Citizen: “Why Not Do It Right?” 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia establishes $3.45M COVID-19 fund for arts and culture programs
Billy Penn: How ‘Fresh Air,’ ‘Radio Times’ and other WHYY shows are keeping sound tight during the pandemic
Billy Penn: Philly police radio dispatchers fear coronavirus outbreak as they field 911 calls with ‘makeshift masks’
Billy Penn: Updated guide to coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Montco records 11 more coronavirus deaths; toll now at 43
Daily Local News: Sen. Muth gets ‘daggers’ in Harrisburg from GOP colleague
Daily Local News: Pipeline waivers awarded in error
Daily Local News: Municipalities launch virtual government meetings to counter limitations of coronavirus crisis 
Daily Local News: Chester County courthouse bolsters health safety amid coronavirus pandemic
Inquirer: Confusion prevails as Mariner East pipeline gets construction waivers by mistake
KYW Newsradio: No coronavirus peak yet, but officials say Montco may be nearing plateau
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County preps Newtown center for coronavirus patients ahead of surge
Bucks Local News: APRIL 7 UPDATE: Four more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Bucks County
Delco Daily Times: Wednesday Update: Pennsylvania grows to 16,239 positive coronavirus cases after a jump of 1,680
Delco Daily Times: County officials outline services during emergency
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown pulling rims from basketball courts, asking for face coverings on buses

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Allegheny County Officials ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Slowed Growth Of COVID-19 Cases
WESA: Allegheny County Jail Sued In Class-Action Lawsuit As First Inmate Tests Positive For COVID-19
City Paper: Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race, local state reps. say support for Biden must be ‘earned’
City Paper: Wendy Bell is “on the fence” about millions of Americans dying versus cost of slowing the economy
City Paper: How the pandemic has shined a light on the fissures in Pittsburgh’s already-precarious housing situation
Pittsburgh Business Times: Turzai calls out restrictions against construction, hopes to start building again
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County sees success in ‘flattening the curve’ but no cause to let up yet
Post-Gazette: County controller says county failing to protect nursing home staff, residents 
Post-Gazette: On same day positive case announced, inmates file class-action suit against county jail, warden 
Post-Gazette: City staffs will wear masks to help prevent COVID-19 spread 
Post-Gazette: Want a Pa. voter mail-in ballot? Here’s how you can get one. 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County adopts $15 demolition fee 
Post-Gazette: Wendy Bell criticized again for insensitive comments — this time about COVID-19
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 fallout prompts insurer to distribute bonus money to doctors early
Tribune Review: County report shows few covid-19 cases in predominantly black Pittsburgh neighborhoods 
Tribune Review: Pa. reports 70 new coronavirus deaths; officials say ‘curve is getting flatter’ 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 4 more coronavirus deaths, total cases climb to 720 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Raises Death Toll To 10, Along With 720 Confirmed Cases Of Coronavirus 
KDKA: Pa. Health Dept.: Coronavirus-Related Deaths Climb To 310, Number Of Cases Now Total Over 16,000 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: City First Responders, Workers All Getting Protective Masks 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Launches Remote Learning Fund As Students Struggle To Get Online

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf orders the transfer among hospitals of COVID-19 supplies
Tribune Review: Westmoreland struggles to get a handle on covid-19 infections as county logs first death 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Online ordering not allowed for people with food stamps 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Casey: Journalists should get pandemic relief funds

NEPA
Times-Tribune: As local coronavirus case load rises, Northeast Pennsylvania could get mass testing site
Times-Tribune: Rep. Cartwright calls on federal inspectors to check facilities near Hazleton
Times-Tribune: Area health centers receive federal grants for coronavirus fight
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: County launches COVID-19 Facebook page
The Times Leader: Luzerne County COVID-19 Task Force reaching out through social media 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council to stream April 16 meeting on YouTube 
The Times Leader: With Sanders out, area political experts say they like Biden’s chances in November
The Times Leader: Solomon Creek infrastructure project to resume as Wolf lifts shutdown order 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Coroner says his office is prepared for coronavirus deaths
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has first female coronavirus death

South Central 
York Dispatch: COVID-19 cases in Pa. eclipse 16,000, 15 new cases in York County 
York Dispatch: York City says ‘no’ to furloughs as coronavirus promises budgetary pain 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County seeks to cut prison population; current inmate count preventing COVID-19 mitigation 
Carlisle Sentinel: Local governments handle transparency, challenges with stay-at-home order 
Carlisle Sentinel: Department of Health creates hospital dashboard featuring county specific COVID-19 data
Patriot News: With Bernie Sanders dropping out, Pa. Democrats signal a reconciliation of liberal and moderate factions
Patriot News: York County DA drops citation against woman ticketed for driving around during stay at home order
York Daily Record: York County DA to drop citation for Red Lion-area woman’s violation of stay-at-home order
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 16,239 cases; 29 Lancaster County residents have died 
LNP | LancasterOnline: County court system facing a backlog tidal wave, president judge says; asks Wolf to fill a vacancy on the bench
LNP | LancasterOnline: When will COVID-19 surge and peak in Lancaster County? In the US? Here’s what experts have to say

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: With another jump in cases, hard-hit Lehigh Valley region may get ‘mass testing facility’
Morning Call: Coronavirus shutdown of Pennsylvania businesses comes into crosshairs of Republican lawmakers: ‘People are desperate’
Express Times: Mass coronavirus testing planned for northeast Pa.: Lehigh Valley, Poconos are ‘areas of concern’
Express Times: Healthcare workers to rally for coronavirus gear at area hospitals, nursing homes 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus risk cited in lawsuit seeking release of families from Berks Residential Center 
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 4 coronavirus deaths, pushing outbreak total to 12, the coroner reports 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Montgomery mulls ‘sanctuary’ for gun owners
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Wednesday, April 8 
Erie Times-News: Legislator seeks state probe of Erie County nursing home
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania tops 16,000 total cases of COVID-19, as Centre County adds 2 more confirmed cases 
Centre Daily Times: State College mayor Filippelli gives local coronavirus update

Opinion  
Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Prohibition Makes a Comeback
Inquirer Editorial Board: Coronavirus could require rationing of lifesaving resources. Health workers and people with disabilities deserve protection. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Data restrictions: All counties should have access to outbreak details 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Relying on research: Work at Pitt offers hope for defeating COVID-19
John L. Micek: These states had the biggest COVID-19 unemployment spikes. This is where Pa. fell | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Jessica Poole: Pa. should utilize nurse anesthetists in COVID-19 response
John L. Micek: Trump’s attacks on independent oversight tell you all you need to know about his priorities 
Jill Weber: Amid coronavirus crisis, Pa. Liquor Control Board leaves behind income for the state 
Ernest Owens: Of Course Black People Will Be Hit Especially Hard by Philly’s Coronavirus Pandemic
Colin DeLong: Pa. gun owner: I want gun stores closed during coronavirus 
Mustafa Rashed: Businesses of all sizes must get through this together
Bruce Ledewitz: Who will we be after COVID-19? The answer may come by looking inward 
Inga Saffron: Philadelphia officials stopped Rivers Casino from closing off its Delaware River trail, but that’s not enough 
Dan Simpson: Catastrophe or irrelevance?
Jonathan Zimmerman: Remote learning is unequal. Coronavirus changed that — for now. 
Salena Zito: Truck drivers make it possible for everyone else to work from home
Peter Suderman: Pennsylvania Has Made It Both Difficult and Dangerous to Buy Liquor
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: White House independent watchdogs
Cassie Haynes and Jean Friedman-Rudovsk: Broadening the value and reach of news during the coronavirus crisis

One Response

  1. All GOP are now Trump-tards. You let this pestilent manbaby takeover your Party and are too cowardly to even speak against his failed administration because you are afraid Trump will send a nasty tweet about you. PATHETIC!!!!!!

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