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July 10th Playbook

VP Mike Pence talked about reopening the economy and support for law enforcement during his swing through the state, while former VP Joe Biden detailed economic plans in Scranton on Thursday. Here is the Playbook.

For results on races called prior to today, check out previous Playbooks starting from June 3.

Primary Election Update: 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD22 Dem: State Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) leads Enid Santiago by 55 votes, which is slightly more than 1%, in this majority Latino district, according to county website results. Lehigh Valley Live reports that although Schweyer declared victory in the race, Santiago is calling for a special election for the seat. 

LEADER: HD75 GOP: Mike Armanini holds a 3 point lead over Lisa Becker in the three candidate race to succeed state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield). The winner will face Democrat Ryan Grimm in the fall for the GOP friendly district. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD175 Dem: State Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) who holds a 1,109 vote lead, 7%, over Vanessa McGrath, Jeff Dempsey, and Andre Del Valle in the four candidate primary among in-person votes. Isaacson declared victory in the primary. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD182 Dem: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), who leads challenger Marisa Shaaban by 2,825 votes, 15%, with all of the in-person votes accounted for, while the mail-in votes are still coming in, declared victory in the primary. The GOP candidate in this safe Dem district is Drew Murray. Sims added 1,000 plus votes to his lead in the race as of Friday morning, when he held a 1,786 vote advantage in the race. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 2,624 vote, 21%, lead over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary and declared victory in the race on Monday

LEADER: TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Darisha Parker now holds a 267 vote lead in the primary over Bernard Williams, while Fareed Abdullah and Supreme Dow also trail for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia). As of Friday morning, Williams held a 122 vote lead in the primary. The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. issues new eviction moratorium after fears rent relief would be too slow 
Spotlight PA: Everything you need to know about Pa. police reform efforts by the legislature 
Inquirer: Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden and Mike Pence clashed over how to fix America 
Inquirer: Biden promised to build the ‘economy of the future’ and criticized Trump as ‘singularly focused’ on the stock market in a Pa. visit
Inquirer: Mike Pence speech at FOP lodge draws hundreds of police supporters, dozens of protesters 
Inquirer: Biden said Pa. sent more Black troops to fight for the Union during the Civil War than any other state. Is that true?
Patriot News: Vice President Pence hails cops as heroes in Philly; Joe Biden pitches $700B plan in Scranton area 
Patriot News: Vice President Pence talks about reopening America in visit to Philadelphia suburbs 
Patriot News: Vice President Pence attends fundraiser in Lancaster County 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf extends protection from foreclosure or eviction through Aug. 31 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf says he’ll veto GOP effort to end coronavirus emergency, vows to continue reopening 
Patriot News: Getting tested for coronavirus in Pa. is becoming more difficult amid wave of new infections 
Patriot News: School districts race against the clock, coronavirus and Trump’s tweets to plan reopening
WHYY Newsworks: Invoking police and the economy, Biden and Pence compete for Pa.’s swing voters  
AP: Pennsylvania to extend eviction moratorium to Aug. 31 
AP: Biden pledges New Deal-like economic agenda to counter Trump 
AP: Officer seen kicking seated protester won’t face charges
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf extends temporary eviction ban until August 31
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pence praises police, punches Biden in Philly campaign stop
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In must-win NEPA, Biden sets up hard contrasts with Trump on the economy
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Erie cop caught in viral video won’t face charges for kicking protester
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With next president, Temple needs to demonstrate commitment to diversity, students and faculty say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Which Pa. companies got Paycheck Protection Program money? Search our database
PLSReporter: Wolf extends halt on evictions, foreclosures until August 31
PLSReporter: Dem senators pen letter asking Wolf, GOP leaders to consider legalizing cannabis amid revenue losses 
Fox News: Biden refuses to take questions from media during visit to old home in Scranton 
Fox News: Biden pushes populist ‘made in America’ plan to pump up economy 
Fox News: Confederate monuments in Gettysburg spark debate among historians 
Fox News: Little Sisters of the Poor on SCOTUS victory on birth control exemption: ‘We always knew God would protect us’
USA Today: Biden, Trump make new pushes in Pennsylvania 
PA Post: Erie Community College Gets Greenlight From State Board Of Education
The Hill: Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street
The Hill: SEIU endorses Biden, will run 40-state voter turnout effort 
The Hill: Latino group ‘Mi Familia Vota’ launches $10M voter turnout campaign targeting swing states
The Hill: No charges for officer seen kicking seated protester in Pennsylvania
Politico: Biden lashes Trump in economic speech tinged with populist rhetoric 
Politico: SEIU endorses Biden, boosting Democrat’s 2020 ground game
CNN: Biden unveils economic plan to spur American manufacturing  
Inquirer: Mike Pence speech at FOP lodge draws hundreds of police supporters, dozens of protesters 
Inquirer: Group claiming to be Proud Boys shows up outside Mike Pence event in Philly, attends police gathering after
Inquirer: Pence tells Philly police Trump administration ‘will always have your back’; VP met by police supporters and small protests at FOP lodge 
Inquirer: A study found Philly courts rife with nepotism and racial tensions. Judges waited a year to release it. 
Inquirer: Philly schools weigh reopening with a hybrid learning model, masks and cleanings every 4 hours  
Inquirer: As more young adults get sick, Philly and Delaware County officials urge people to report bars and restaurants ignoring social distance rules 
Inquirer: Missing jobs data and disputed loan amounts cloud government records on $660B small-business bailout 
Inquirer: Philly and Delco cracking down on bars and restaurants; White House wants more stimulus checks this month; Gov. Murphy asks mask critics to ‘cut the crap out’
WHYY Newsworks: Invoking police and the economy, Biden and Pence compete for Pa.’s swing voters  
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia postpones street closures for outdoor dining over safety, health concerns
Philadelphia Tribune: Local HBCUs release plans for fall semester reopenings
KYW Newsradio: Pence wraps up Pennsylvania bus trip with Philadelphia police union visit
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia launches campaign encouraging more people to wear masks
Philly Voice: Philly launches face-mask media campaign to unite city against COVID-19
Philadelphia Business Journal: Some of Greater Philadelphia’s largest commercial real estate firms received PPP loans
Billy Penn: Philly’s new $1.7 million fund helps cash economy workers left out of COVID stimulus
Billy Penn: Who got a PPP loan in Philly? Check this map and search the list 

Pottstown Mercury: Citizens repeat calls for Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale to resign
Delco Daily Times: Delco to residents: Report non-compliant bars and restaurants 
Delco Daily Times: County conducts COVID-19 test site in Yeadon 
Daily Local News: Chester County Planning Commission to hold virtual public meeting on Southern Chester County trail project 
Daily Local News: Dreamers in Chester County laud SCOTUS decision on DACA
KYW Newsradio: County officials urge bars, restaurants to follow guidelines or risk getting fined
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials to ‘strictly enforce’ coronavirus guidance for bars, restaurants
WHYY Newsworks: As Washington reviews its NFL team name, what will Neshaminy schools do?
Bucks County Courier Times: Achievers: Bucks district judge named head of judges association
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township police holding town hall July 23

WESA: ‘Less-Lethal’ Weapons Bill Fails To Get Committee Blessing Before County Council Vote 
WESA: As The Pandemic Continues, Advocates Say An Extended Ban On Evictions Is Needed
WESA: July 6-10 Explained: Prisoners Sue State, Learning Disparities Persist & County OKs Outside Booze 
City Paper: These Allegheny County reps voted to block an environmental plan meant to lower emissions 
City Paper: PHOTOS: Pittsburghers march for justice in honor of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen 
City Paper: Gov. Wolf extends moratorium on Pa. evictions and foreclosures until Aug. 31
Post-Gazette: Allegheny council hears from Pittinger on creation of countywide citizen police review board 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh controller finds some bright spots in revenue flow
Post-Gazette: Superior Court denies McCullough request for full panel hearing
Post-Gazette: Dormont council looks to draft its own ‘Rooney Rule’
Post-Gazette: PPS sharpens focus on reopening but will allow full-time remote instruction
Post-Gazette: Roads, bridges, buses, broadband … but what about autonomous vehicles? 
Post-Gazette: What’s in a name? Fox Chapel residents petition to change offensive local names
Post-Gazette: Dormont woman honored by council for ‘CoronaChoir’
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Controller: City Still Managing Finances Despite Taking Hit Due To Coronavirus 
KDKA: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Donates $3M To Create Guaranteed Income Pilot Programs In Several Cities, Including Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Says It Wants Parents To Choose Between Full-Time Online Classes Or Hybrid Learning In The Fall 
KDKA: Leader At Environmental Watchdog Group Recommends People Stay Inside Amid Unhealthy Air In Allegheny Co. 
KDKA: Carnegie Mellon University Files Brief Standing With Harvard, MIT To Block ICE Rule On International Students
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Department Reports 158 New Coronavirus Cases, No Additional Deaths 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Public Schools provides update on return-to-school plans
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh joins Philadelphia, anti-gun groups in support of Harrisburg firearm regulations 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh controller says coronavirus losses are significant, but manageable  
Tribune Review: March, vigil in Downtown Pittsburgh honor slain Fort Hood soldier 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools to offer online-only option to students in the fall 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 158 new coronavirus cases, 12 hospitalizations
Tribune Review: Scott Township officials fill 2nd commissioner vacancy in as many months  
Pittsburgh Current: Families Of Pittsburgh Public School Students Will Choose How Their Student Goes Back To School Aug. 26
Beaver County Times: Bernstine, Bartolotta say untested residents told they have COVID-19
Beaver County Times: Lawrence County COVID cases climb; officials say spike not affecting hospital
Beaver County Times: No new restrictions in Beaver County as cases rise; Allegheny County changes orders
Observer-Reporter: Election Review Board recommends ramping up personnel handling mail-in ballots
Observer-Reporter: Washington County, Blueprints partner in rental assistance program
Observer-Reporter: Washington County treasurer reminds taxpayers: no penalties on this year’s taxes paid by Dec. 31
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County sees 21 new covid-19 cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County controller, acting sheriff spar over finances 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County audit: Debt down, surplus at $3 million 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ‘I made a mistake’: Gallitzin official challenged for using borough equipment at his business 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Blair counties add three COVID-19 cases each among 719 in state
Altoona Mirror: Blair stalls on plan for costs and fines office

Citizens Voice: Biden pitches economic plan, blasts Trump at Dunmore facility
Citizens Voice: Biden swings by childhood home during campaign stop
Citizens Voice: 12 more COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported Thursday in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Biden pitches economic plan, blasts Trump at Dunmore facility
Times-Tribune: Biden swings by childhood home during campaign stop
Times-Tribune: Friend of ex-Scranton Mayor may be sentenced next month
Times-Tribune: Cartwright not involved in his former law firm getting federal coronavirus funds
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 cases in NEPA hit highest point all week
The Times Leader: In Dunmore, Biden lays out plan to ‘build back a better America’
The Times Leader: Supporters of Biden and Trump line the street for ex-VP’s Dunmore stop
The Times Leader: Pedri: No, county not headed back to yellow phase
The Times Leader: Brown: Fireworks petitions draw regional interest
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has 12 more coronavirus cases, no new deaths

South Central 
Patriot News: Vice President Pence attends fundraiser in Lancaster County 
Patriot News: Harrisburg official resigns after charges from naked gardening 
Patriot News: Cumberland County Judge Thomas A. Placey blames sports concussion injuries for courtroom outbursts 
Patriot News: Those involved with Gettysburg bike rally, BLM protest stress they want peace at weekend events
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 719 new cases reported July 9, statewide total rises to 92,867
York Daily Record: Why voter turnout was down in central Pa.
York Daily Record: Gettysburg expert weighs value of monuments 
LNP | LancasterOnline: VP Pence tours southeast Pennsylvania to deliver message on economy, support for law enforcement 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the Lancaster County businesses that received loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program [list] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Vice President Mike Pence starts southeastern Pa. bus tour in Lancaster County [photos] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: One in five Lancaster County residents have filed unemployment claims during pandemic; jobs slightly bouncing back 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Al fresco shopping: Lancaster city council to consider expansion of outdoor retailing 
LNP | LancasterOnline: More COVID-19 testing is making some results take longer, including in Lancaster County 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Complaints of racism at Manheim Central spark productive dialogue as officials pledge to ‘grow’ 
York Dispatch: York County has 22 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
Carlisle Sentinel: Placey claims CTE from college sports impaired his behavior in response to judicial discipline charges
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 10 positives for COVID-19, 2 new deaths reported Thursday in Cumberland County

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners support $15.2 million grant program that helps vulnerable populations 
Reading Eagle: Reading to start emergency assistance program for renters facing evictions
Reading Eagle: Peaceful Stand group rallies in Reading, urges the time for action is now
Reading Eagle: 24 more coronavirus positives for Berks County in state reporting
Express Times: Bethlehem wants to blow up the law that legalized consumer fireworks in Pa. 
Express Times: Here’s the latest on Lehigh Valley unemployment, as national layoffs remain stuck at high level 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Total cases near 93K with 719 new cases; jump driven by Pittsburgh-area and Philly | Coronavirus Pa. map (07/09/20)
Morning Call: Tenants, know your rights: Rent relief is available along with a pause on evictions 
Morning Call: Black Lives Matter movement prods Bethlehem and other districts to review how history is taught 
Morning Call: Easton lifts restrictions in zoning law, pleasing developers but troubling some residents 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council hires economic expert to assist in budget, labor negotiations
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Superintendents speak on state’s mask policy
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Negotiations may stave off city and firefighters union arbitration
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 3 new COVID-19 cases, and other updates for July 9
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Erie cop caught in viral video won’t face charges for kicking protester
Erie Times-News: COVID-19 canvass will target Erie’s young 
Erie Times-News: DA: No charges in Erie police kick case

David Blackmon: Why Pennsylvania Shale Gas Frackers Are Under Attack By State Attorney General
John Fetterman: Discretion and deescalation are a police officer’s strongest tools 
John Baer: Green isn’t always good: Why Pa.’s coronavirus cases shot up when we opened up 
Dwight Evans and David Thornburgh: Citizens of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, Push Your Leaders to Get Election Day Right
Inquirer Editorial Board: Grand jury blasts fracking oversight 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Now is the time to fix vote-by-mail 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Controlling the outbreak at the courthouse 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stimulus payments got tossed 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make time for password security
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Next time, make smaller businesses the priority
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Repeal of state fireworks law is best way to make neighborhoods quieter, safer
John L. Micek: Pa. missed the boat on gerrymandering reform. Here’s how voting rights suffered | Thursday Morning Coffee
Thomas Koenig: In Pa. politics, polarization isn’t new. But the contempt is
Samantha Jallah: Pa. legislators’ attempt at ‘police reform’ still prioritizes blue lives over Black ones 
Tony Norman: A Trump family survivor looks back with anger (and understanding)
Nick Toloudis: ICE’s threat to deport international students taking online classes is senseless cruelty 
Will Bunch: Coronavirus exposed how broken American higher education really is 
Jenice Armstrong: Gun violence is claiming too many of our children. What’s it going to take to stop it? 
KeePennItReal: Pennsylvania has a budget problem. Could this legislation solve it?
Brian O’Neill: Penalize only the restaurants that flout the rules
Larry Platt: Oy Vey, DeSean! 
Trudy Rubin: Europeans are sending kids back to school. Why can’t we?

6 Responses

  1. Steve Bannon is complimenting Biden’s economic strategies. Scranton appearance yesterday boosts candidacy of CartWright.

    1. If it’s true that Bannon is complementing Biden’s economic plans, then the rats are departing the sinking ship. Even the radicals that want upheaval and daily disruption of our We The People democracy must be realizing they went too CRAZY with Trump. Of course these unpatriotic idiots that are ruining our great USA and functioning federal government actually accomplish more when they have NO POWER. When a Bill Clinton or Barack Obama is president, they can spread their lies and shit, bringing the low IQers into a frothing frenzy. Remember too, the root of all the upheaval is the top 1% – the Koch brothers, Grover Norquist – the ones that wants the masses happily working for their pittance at the same time voting in people who will cut taxes for the wealthy. See how it all works.

      1. Come back you figure out how to coherently express your views in a consistent fashion.

      1. Pathetic that you cannot think of something original. Or learn how to spell you’re.

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