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July 14th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey, GOP Attorney General candidate Heather Heidelbaugh, and several other PA Republicans sign a pro-natural gas group pledge. Here is the Playbook.

Toomey and Heidelbaugh Sign Pro-Natural Gas Group Pledge: The Empowerment Alliance pledge states that America’s natural gas is the fiscally-sound, reliable and environmentally responsible bridge to the nation’s energy future.

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 1,108 vote lead, 7%, over Vanessa McGrath, Jeff Dempsey, and Andre Del Valle in the four candidate primary among in-person votes, declared victory in the primary. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD182 Dem: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia), who leads challenger Marisa Shaaban by 2,828 votes, 15%, declared victory in the primary. The GOP candidate in this safe Dem district is Drew Murray. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 2,625 vote, 21%, lead over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary and declared victory in the race.

LEADER: TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Darisha Parker now holds a 273 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). 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Damning report on Pa.’s failure to protect residents from fracking unlikely to result in major reform
Spotlight PA: UPMC’s claim of ‘less severe’ coronavirus strain in Pa. is not supported by science
AP: Petrochemical tax break bill speeds through Senate 
AP: Vetoed petrochemical tax break bill revived in Pennsylvania 
AP: Protest in Pennsylvania after cop uses knee to restrain man 
AP: Video that shows officer with knee on man’s neck sparks fury 
AP: Hospitals not challenged, amid rising cases, official says 
Inquirer: Trump and the RNC sued to tighten Pa. voting rules. Pennsylvania Democrats just sued back. 
Inquirer: Presidential elections usually inspire a big jump in voter registration. Not in Pa. this year. 
Inquirer: A pro-Trump group will spend millions in Pa. attacking Biden over the summer 
Inquirer: Public resistance and high costs are canceling pipelines across the country 
Inquirer: Pa. warns that repeating cycle could fuel new coronavirus surge; cases decline in N.J.
Inquirer: Pa. and N.J. attorneys general join lawsuit to block ICE from barring or deporting international students
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: Health & Human Services | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Judicial redistricting proposal clears Senate committee in party-line vote 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Shapiro joins fellow AGs in lawsuit over Trump’s foreign student rule 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine: Younger adults now make up 45 percent of Pa.’s COVID-19 cases 
Patriot News: Democrats file lawsuit to ‘protect the franchise of absentee and mail-in voters’ 
Patriot News: Pa. Bar Association panel to develop recommendations to enable legal system to continue during emergency 
Patriot News: Josh Shapiro, 17 other attorneys general, file suit against visa rule for international students 
Patriot News: Pa. Health Department: No plans yet to impose new statewide restrictions despite coronavirus case increases 
Patriot News: Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says uptick in COVID-19 cases reflects greater testing statewide 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 328 new cases reported, lowest daily number in nearly a month 
PLSReporter: After negotiations with Wolf, Senate approves revived version of petrochemical tax credit 
PLSReporter: Shapiro joins suit against Trump Administration over new international students rule 
Fox News: Pennsylvania cop kneeling on man’s neck draws comparisons to George Floyd, inciting protests, outrage
Post-Gazette: As cases surge, Rep. Kelly pushes for paid leave, legal immunity for health care industry 
StateImpactPA: Q&A: Terry Engelder, Penn State scientist whose work led to the shale gas boom, talks about grand jury report on fracking
WHYY Newsworks: Voices of the movement: Meet the women who organized the anti-racist protest in this divided Pa. town 
The Hill: Video of Pennsylvania officer leaning on man’s neck during arrest sparks investigation 
The Hill: 17 states sue Trump administration over foreign students rule
Politico: Biden makes sharp pivot toward Latino vote
CNN: 17 states, DC sue Trump administration over visa rules for college students
KDKA: Sen. Pat Toomey’s Supporters Insist He’s Republican Despite Pres. Donald Trump’s Late-Night Tweet 
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Joins Other States In Filing Lawsuit Over ICE Rule For International Students 

Billy Penn: Mayor Kenney’s second-in-command to resign over police reform efforts, sources say
WHYY Newsworks: Protest encampment residents say they’re not leaving Parkway, despite city deadline 
WHYY Newsworks: Activists spar with Krasner over protest-related charges, boo him into his office 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly protest marks deaths of Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor  
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philadelphia trash collection delayed this week
Inquirer: Philly Managing Director Brian Abernathy to resign following criticism of city response to protests 
Inquirer: Philly’s police union chief condemns Proud Boys days after they attended a Pence after-party at the FOP lodge 
Inquirer: Public resistance and high costs are canceling pipelines across the country 
Inquirer: Organizers of Parkway homeless encampment say residents won’t leave site when city comes to clear it out on Friday   
Inquirer: As Philly tourism officials look to restart conventions, they ask health experts for help
Inquirer: Columbus donors sue Penn’s Landing agency to keep monument; commissions seek comments on South Philly statue removal 
Inquirer: People with disabilities say outdoor dining is making it hard to get around in Philly: ‘There is no room for us’ 
Inquirer: Pa. health secretary warns pattern of coronavirus infections is repeating itself; famed Shore pizza place closes locations after positive tests 
Inquirer: Outdoor dining fences out people who are disabled | Morning Newsletter
AP: Columbus monument supporters file suit, seek injunction
Philadelphia Magazine: Current and Fired Cops Sue City for $18 Million Over Philly Police Facebook Post Scandal 
Philadelphia Magazine: Fox 29 Legal Analyst Says He Was Fired for Being “Too Pro-Black Lives Matter” 
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet the 2.5 Percent: Philly’s Black Business Owners in the Arts
Philadelphia Tribune: Report finds ‘culture of nepotism,’ ‘troubling pattern of racial resentment’ brewing in city courts
Delaware Valley Journal: McSwain’s Anti-Crime Campaign Puts Krasner’s Record in Spotlight
Philly Voice: Philly D.A. Krasner, Proud Boys both slam police union president about party at FOP headquarters 
Philly Voice: Philly students, teachers call for cutting school police, adding social workers 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy to resign his post
KYW Newsradio: Philly teachers union says district’s back-to-school plan must prioritize safety
KYW Newsradio: Parkway homeless encampment organizers say they will not leave by Friday as city has ordered
KYW Newsradio: Philly police enlist help of neighborhoods to find diverse cadet candidates
KYW Newsradio: Delays in test results concern Pa. health officials as COVID-19 cases rise across US

Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Finello plan 1st district debates 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County pols eye top of the ticket as fall races kick off
Delco Daily Times: Will the ‘Raiders’ finally become history in Radnor?
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks County GOP lawmakers call for investigation into unresolved unemployment claims
Daily Local News: Chester County attorney in PUC action involving pipelines resigns 
Daily Local News: Fields picked to lead YWCA board of directors 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County plan to store monuments during construction causes stir

WESA: How Did Allegheny County Prepare For A Pandemic Election? Officials Talk Strategy Ahead Of November 
WESA: Protesters Want Police To Rethink Moving Back To East Liberty 
WESA: Fitzgerald On COVID In Allegheny County: ‘We Don’t Want To Turn Into Texas’
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh And Pitt Sign Legal Brief, Join Harvard-MIT Suit Denouncing ICE Rule On International Students 
KDKA: Pa. Department Of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine Says State Has Power To Stop Spread Of Coronavirus 
KDKA: Sen. Pat Toomey’s Supporters Insist He’s Republican Despite Pres. Donald Trump’s Late-Night Tweet 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools To Announce Reopening Plan For Upcoming School Year 
KDKA: Demonstrators Protest New Zone 5 Police Station In East Liberty 
KDKA: Christopher Columbus Statue In Schenley Park Vandalized For Second Time In Two Months 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 71 New Coronavirus Cases As Countywide Total Now Tops 5,000
Post-Gazette: Peduto administration joins other cities in legal fight against Trump rule change for international students 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools set to reveal reopening plan Tuesday 
Post-Gazette: Christopher Columbus statue in Schenley Park vandalized 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh reports 16 new COVID-19 cases among first responders, environmental services employees 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 328 new infections; Pittsburgh region sees 173 more cases
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa. Attorney General, City of Pittsburgh support lawsuit challenging Trump administration’s student visa suspension plan 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh and Allegheny County offer rental assistance program for those in need 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s why the state didn’t impose Covid-19 restrictions on surrounding counties
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, students join effort to overturn ICE rule to deport international students 
Tribune Review: Protesters in Pittsburgh march against reuse of East Liberty police station 
Tribune Review: Columbus statue, Black Lives Matter mural vandalized in Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 71 new covid-19 cases, 6 new hospitalizations
City Paper: PHOTOS: #StopTheStation march through East Liberty

Observer-Reporter: Democrats ‘denounce’ Barli, nominee in 49th District 
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners OK contract for courthouse renovation 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Paycheck Protection Program loans aid 60K jobs in region, records show 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Levine urges precautions to ‘stop the cycle’ of COVID-19 surge; Cambria, Blair add case each
Altoona Mirror: PPP loan helps local diocese preserve jobs
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County passes 1,000 coronavirus cases
Beaver County Times: Commissioner Manning being tested for COVID-19 
Beaver County Times: State won’t enact restaurant restrictions in Beaver County as COVID cases climb

Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County, Scranton losing population, latest estimates suggest
Times-Tribune: Commissioners, prison board meet Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Scranton ordinances would restrict fireworks, illegal ATV use
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna College to receive $60,000 for nursing education
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County sees spike in hotel expense for homeless families
Times-Tribune: New cases decline Monday and no new deaths from COVID-19
The Times Leader: City taking applications for Wilkes-Barre Police Advisory Board
The Times Leader: Scaffold-enclosed WB City Hall commemorated in photo
The Times Leader: Dallas looking to start with all students in school, with restrictions
The Times Leader: 7 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County, 328 statewide
Citizens Voice: County boards slowly resuming in-person meetings 
Citizens Voice: Dallas officials review school reopening plans 
Citizens Voice: County’s youngest COVID-19 victim was 18 
Citizens Voice: 7 new COVID-19 cases reported in county 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County small businesses with up to 100 employees can seek grants next week to offset COVID-19 damage 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 95K total cases; Lancaster County has seen 4.8K
York Dispatch: York County has 8 new cases of COVID-19
Carlisle Sentinel: Health officials look to break COVID-19 cycle before more cases reported in older adults 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 4 COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Monday; no spikes seen in region
Patriot News: Cumberland Valley releases ‘scaffolded reopening’ plan to return to classrooms in the fall 
Patriot News: Susquehanna Twp. district ‘open to the possibility of a collective dialogue’ about mascot 
Patriot News: Susquehanna Twp. schools to go back to in-person classes four days a week, with online optional
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (7/13/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading? 
York Daily Record: Judge dismisses York County and DA from lawsuit that alleged racial discrimination in case 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: More than 200 march, demand change following video showing officer kneeling on man 
Morning Call: BREAKING: Nine-minute video shows man outside hospital before officers approach, police takedown, aftermath 
Morning Call: Replay: Black Lives Matter protest in Allentown over video showing officer kneeling on man
Morning Call: Northampton County will partner with Lehigh Valley Health Network for new COVID-19 testing site 
Express Times: ‘We want his name’: Protestors call for ID of Allentown cop seen with knee on man’s neck 
Express Times: ‘Allentown has been put on notice.’ Protest planned after video of cop kneeling on man’s neck 
Express Times: Allentown police restrained man because he was erratic, spit at cops, chief says of arrest caught on video 
Express Times: ‘The city needs to make a statement, and fast,’ Allentown activists say of video of cop kneeling on man’s neck 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Majority of counties seeing cases rise; 45% of cases people under 49 | Pa. county COVID-19 map
Reading Eagle: Jim Gerlach holds virtual meet and greet for Greater Reading Chamber members 
Reading Eagle: How a national coin shortage is impacting Berks County’s economy 
Reading Eagle: New daily coronavirus cases in Berks County drop to 8, while weekly average climbs 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County sees decline in COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Mercyhurst joins opposition to changes to visa policy
Centre Daily Times: Patton Township supervisor promotes wearing face masks by encouraging photos, action
Centre Daily Times: Centre County jury selection, trials set to resume with some changes due to COVID-19
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 8 COVID-19 cases, and other updates for July 13
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County approves funds for police equipment; other actions taken by state, local governements
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Industries see surge after states reopen

Kirk Radanovic: Why we can’t trust Biden on health care 
Paul Muschick: Allentown police video: In the national spotlight, city can set an example for the rest of the country
Jerry Jordan: Teacher safety matters as Philly makes plans to reopen school amid coronavirus
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rural hospitals need doctors 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protect the Open Technology Fund
Inquirer Editorial Board: Cleaning up the PES refinery site should happen as soon as possible 
Inquirer Staff: Should kids return to school in September? | Pro/Con
John L. Micek: New study: Amid pandemic, jail releases for Black youth lag white youth | Monday Morning Coffee
Salena Zito: May religious liberty stand the test of time and culture
Charlie Gerow: The best laid plans for the 2020 Republican convention could turn virtual 
Jon Geeting: Why Biden’s Housing Plan Is Good For Philly
Dick Polman: Trump and Hoover show what happens when businessmen become president 
Ray Landis: Lockdown got you down? Get out on Pa.’s rail trails for your health and to help the economy
Tony Norman: From a slur to a chance at redemption
Sam Rosenthal: An Open Letter To Malcolm Jenkins
Michal Gilad: With kids online more during COVID-19, parents need to guard against internet predators 
Robert I. Field: What if past crises had evoked leadership like we have today for COVID-19? | Expert Opinion
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Roger Stoned

4 Responses

  1. If the media/Trump haters inspired fear of virus hadn’t happened the summer headlines would be booming economy, Trump rallies 10,000 people plus and Trump destroying Biden in the polls.

    This conspiracy is real, unlike the liberals Russian conspiracy theories.

    1. Yeah man, I too see those elephants flying by my window too man. Wow! This is good stuff man. Russian conspiracy theories backed by a long time Republican like Robert Muller is like genius man. Those liberals inspired the virus, man. Just like you said man. Wow! We are really figuring this out, man.

    2. Are you taking your daily Clorox chewables and downing it with cherry-flavored Lysol? Delicious!!

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