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July 15th Playbook

State Sen. Anthony Williams tests positive for COVID-19. Here is the Playbook.

PA1: Fitzpatrick and Finello Confirm Debate Participation: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) and Democratic challenger Christina Finello are in the process of confirming specifics for three debates.

Lamb Serves on Biden-Sanders Climate Change Panel That Provides DNC Platform Recommendations: Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Allegheny) campaign believes the plan recommended by the task force will be good for the steel industry, strengthen unions, raise paychecks and fight climate change. Sean Parnell’s campaign described the panel’s recommendations as a radical anti-energy agenda that will kill Western PA jobs.

State Sen. Anthony Williams Tests Positive for COVID-19: His office sent out a statement on Tuesday afternoon announcing that he tested positive for COVID-19.

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: Pa. Democratic state senator tests positive for the coronavirus
Spotlight PA: In State College, a police shooting and calls for action, not more committee reports
AP: Republicans mount new challenge to governor’s pandemic power 
AP: Governor backs petrochemical tax break bill in Pennsylvania 
AP: First George Floyd-inspired bills become law in Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: Pa. House passes bill that lays out a plan for counties to move out of green phase of reopening
Patriot News: Bill giving Pa. school districts the option of granting taxpayers more time to pay tax bills sent to governor
Patriot News: Pa. General Assembly sends $667 million natural gas tax credit bill to governor; Wolf plans to sign it
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf signs two police reform bills
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 929 new cases reported, statewide total rises to 96,671
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Sen. Anthony Williams tests positive for COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf signs policing hiring and training reforms; more action awaits 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: After closed door dealings, General Assembly sends Wolf revised nat. gas tax credit bill; signature expected 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Watchdog group calls on Wolf, state officials to ‘terminate’ contract with anti-abortion organization 
PA Post: PA House Passes Constitutional Changes That Would Limit Governor’s Emergency Powers
Delco Daily Times: Sen. Pat Toomey comes out against more stimulus payments during pandemic  
WITF: Wolf, legislature draw closer to more tax breaks for the natural gas industry
PLSReporter: Sen. Anthony Williams tests positive for coronavirus; second lawmaker to be diagnosed
PLSReporter: ‘Never again’: House sends constitutional amendments altering disaster declaration procedures to Senate
PLSReporter: ‘A down payment on action needed’: Lawmakers vow more action needed as Wolf signs first policing reforms
Fox News: Allentown police release 9 minutes of surveillance video, BLM tells cops ‘DO NOT’ attend protest after incident likened to George Floyd
Fox News: Philadelphia cancels all large, public events for 6 months over coronavirus concerns
Inquirer: With bipartisan and union support, Gov. Tom Wolf signs a law creating a statewide police misconduct database   
Morning Call: Bill to compel Wolf administration to answer Right-to-Know requests makes progress in state Senate
StateImpactPA: Wolf, legislature draw closer to more tax breaks for the natural gas industry
National Journal: Pennsylvania Democrats Counter Trump’s Lawsuit on Voting Rules 
National Journal: Cartwright Releases First TV Ad  
The Hill: 15 states pledge emissions-free truck sales by 2050 
The Hill: Republicans say Biden energy plan will help GOP in rust belt states 
The Hill: GOP lawmaker: Don’t believe polls showing Trump behind Biden 
The Hill: Hispanic enthusiasm for election takes back seat to COVID-19, economy
Politico: Newsroom or PAC? Liberal group muddies online information wars
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference set to postpone fall sports 
CNN: Allentown Police investigating after video appears to show officer putting his knee on man’s neck 
CNN: Immigrant families in detention have until Friday to make a difficult decision 
CNN: Pennsylvania law now requires officers applying for new jobs to submit previous employment records 
CNN: Senior Trump campaign lawyer critical of mail-in ballots voted by mail three times
Real Clear Politics: May Religious Liberty Stand the Test of Time and Culture
Inquirer: No large events in Philly through February: ‘We’re going to have to live with this virus for a long time’ 
Inquirer: Managing Director Brian Abernathy to resign so ‘different voices’ can lead in Black Lives Matter era
Inquirer: Philly’s coronavirus back-to-school plan out: no full reopening, most students in class 2 days  
Inquirer: Two Philly-area immigrants sue the Trump administration to become citizens and gain the right to vote in November 
Inquirer: Philly teachers question ability to return to school in the fall as districts begin releasing back-to-school plans 
Inquirer: Eagles fans won’t be allowed to attend home games this season, per city officials  
Inquirer: Read the federal lawsuits against Philly police for using tear gas, rubber bullets on protesters and residents 
Inquirer: More than 140 protesters, residents sue Philly police over tear gas, ‘extraordinary abuses of police power’ 
Inquirer: Philly cancels almost everything | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Philly civil rights groups demand that the mayor end stop-and-frisk 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: All large events in Philly canceled for six months
WHYY Newsworks: Philly teachers endorse ‘hybrid’ school model, but could reverse position 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We want to fill this space with light’: Philly artists, residents ‘cleanse’ Rizzo wall
Philadelphia Magazine: Dozens of Philly Protesters Just Sued the City Over the Use of Tear Gas on I-676 
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia Marathon Cancelled; Broad Street Run to Go Virtual This Year, City Officials Say 
Philadelphia Tribune: State AG, alumni question Lincoln U. board’s decision to not renew president’s contract
KYW Newsradio: With large events canceled, Philly races adjust — again
KYW Newsradio: Disheartened Mummers say cancellation of parade is ‘premature’
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia cancels all large public events through February 
Philly Voice: Philly Managing Director Brian Abernathy announces resignation

Delco Daily Times: Sen. Pat Toomey comes out against more stimulus payments during pandemic 
Delco Daily Times: Coronavirus mask debate goes on in Delaware County 
Daily Local News: Gordon Eck, former county coroner, picked to lead Chester County GOP 
Daily Local News: Sappey: ‘How do good people rise up to end racism?’ 
Daily Local News: Williams’ police reform bill signed into law 
Daily Local News: Shusterman’s bill would help small businesses bolster online presence
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale blasts colleagues for minutes debacle 
Montgomery Media: Hundreds watch as Wissahickon School District talks reopening plans amid coronavirus pandemic
Inquirer: In a pandemic era, Chester County Republicans elect a doctor as their new chairman
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Toomey: Proceed cautiously with possible ‘spending binge’
KYW Newsradio: Phoenixville mayor: Passenger rail plans chug along, even if slowed by COVID-19
Bucks Local News: JULY 13 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: County averages 22 new cases over four days; first July death reported
Pottstown Mercury: Car show controversy unmasked at Pottstown Council meeting

Post-Gazette: Anti-discrimination bill sails through Allegheny County Council in last meeting before recess
Post-Gazette: Thousands of area’s international students can stay in U.S. after Trump reverses visa policy
Post-Gazette: Lawyers union says Allegheny County Courthouse should be closed amid COVID-19 infections
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools provides more details on its preliminary reopening plans
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 cases jump, but data lag might play part
WESA: More Newsroom Staff Take Buyouts At Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
KDKA: School Bus Safety Presents Tough Challenge For Schools’ Reopening Plans In Allegheny County
KDKA: Delay In Testing Makes Up More Than Half Of Allegheny County’s Record-Breaking 331 New Coronavirus Cases
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Announces 3 Options For Returning To School This Fall
KDKA: North Hills School District Adds “Blended” Reopening Option
KDKA: Allegheny County Provides Interactive Map, Detailing Neighborhood-Specific Coronavirus Data
City Paper: Pa. poised to provide potentially $670 million in tax breaks to natural-gas manufacturers
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt joins CMU in filing brief in lawsuit against ICE
Pittsburgh Business Times: Local PPP recipients need more money but second loans ‘not an option’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Construction work is back, but bids for future projects start to slow down
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County sees record of 331 new Covid-19 cases amid data backlog
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council passes bills designed to eliminate racial disparities
Tribune Review: Vacant McCandless council seat filled
Tribune Review: Covid-19 pushes Lower Burrell to develop better city website for residents
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools offering options for families concerned about students returning to in-person classes
Tribune Review: Trump administration rescinds rule that could have deported thousands of international students
Tribune Review: Testing backlog yields 331 new covid-19 cases in Allegheny County

Beaver County Times: Rural broadband access ‘risen to the top’ of legislative agenda amid COVID-19
Beaver County Times: Bernstine transparency bill moves out of committee 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County sees second day of high positive COVID tests
Altoona Mirror: Blair to share lawsuit expenses
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone students to wear masks 
Altoona Mirror: Local businesses impacted by national coin shortage
Observer-Reporter: Allegheny County’s COVID-19 cases surge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County approves contract with AFSCME employees 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County approves plan to demolish blighted structures in Cairnbrook, Central City 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Greater Johnstown adopts safety plan for classes during COVID-19 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State reports 929 new COVID-19 cases; Somerset County adds 3

The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council poised to cancel real estate tax penalty for 2020
The Times Leader: Proposed police oversight takes on different forms
The Times Leader: Rep. Toohil takes part in National Kidney Foundation policy briefing
The Times Leader: 1 new case of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County; 929 statewide
Citizens Voice: Dupont moves to equip police with body cameras 
Citizens Voice: County Council to consider further extending property tax penalty deadline 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre officials moving forward with police advisory and review board initiatives 
Citizens Voice: Cartwright announces $400K in CARES Act funding for NEPA Alliance
Citizens Voice: Hanover Area School Board approves personnel motions, plans to review school reopening plans Aug. 4 
Citizens Voice: 1 new COVID-19 case reported in county
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council introduces fireworks ordinance, calls on state to repeal law 
Times-Tribune: Dupont moves to equip police with body cameras 
Times-Tribune: Two deaths, 10 new COVID-19 cases locally

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Activists hope for further changes after Cumberland County commissioners pass equal rights resolution
Carlisle Sentinel: CV School District sets reopening plan for schools, including a new virtual academy
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 10 new COVID cases reported in Cumberland County Tuesday
Patriot News: Cumberland County task force, commissioners to distribute $22.9 million in CARES Act funding
Patriot News: ‘This is a staying-in-school plan’: CV superintendent explains how the district is set up for fall
Patriot News: Elizabethtown Area School District passes Health and Safety Reopening Plan
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 929 new cases reported, statewide total rises to 96,671
York Dispatch: York County has 14 new cases of COVID-19, officials warn of surge in young patients
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Convention Center wants piece of county’s federal coronavirus relief package 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 96K cases; Lancaster County has seen 4.8K

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: In wake of video, Allentown city council members raising ‘systemic reforms’ for police department
Express Times: Allentown police release video showing what happened after cop kneels on man
Express Times: Easton’s Christopher Columbus statue topic of virtual discussion about public art 
Express Times: ‘No level of force looks good’: Police experts offer insights in wake of Allentown video 
Express Times: Bethlehem looking at a mix of normal school for some grades, hybrid for others 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 929 new cases statewide; Lehigh Valley climbs past 8K total, region to get new test site | Pa. coronavirus county map (07/14/20)
Reading Eagle: Pa. state representative’s bill would help small businesses bolster online presence 
Reading Eagle: 10 new coronavirus cases for Berks County; Pittsburgh area sets record for daily cases
Morning Call: Face-to-face political campaigning returns to the doorsteps of Lehigh Valley voters 
Morning Call: Did Allentown police do anything wrong in video that sparked protests? 
Morning Call: Northampton County internet access and computers proposal would help seniors, students and veterans 
Morning Call: Bethlehem police release report on officers’ use of force

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State College takes another step forward in creating a police department oversight board
Centre Daily Times: Penn State ‘very pleased’ after White House, ICE rescind rule that threatened international students
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates for July 14: Centre County has 2 new COVID-19 cases; Pa. adds 929
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County two new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: Erie officials look to mandate licensing, inspection of clubs 

Rasheedah Phillips and Elizabeth Fiedler: Pennsylvania’s evictions and foreclosure moratorium shouldn’t end while the coronavirus rages 
Marc Stier: Pa. Senate GOP’s judicial gerrymandering plan is a threat to our democracy
Inquirer Editorial Board: Brian Abernathy’s departure keeps door open for Mayor Kenney to take responsibility 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Redistricting process in need of transparency
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: End surveillance workarounds
John L. Micek: COVID-19 in Pa.: The kids are not alright. What’s next? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
KeePennItReal: Meet Sen. Katie Muth, Pennsylvania’s very own Elizabeth Warren-AOC hybrid
Kathy Greely: To build an energy efficient economy, Pa. needs to join regional greenhouse gas compact
Dan Simpson: Can American schools reopen this fall?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philadelphia mayoral buck stops next door
Evonne Silva: There is no just future without a Clean Slate
Aaron Garth Smith and Christian Barnard: For more evidence of racial bias, look no further than school funding
Jenice Armstrong: Teen with ties to Will Smith is raising our racial consciousness, one T-shirt at a time
Trudy Rubin: The White House could be turning independent Voice of America into Trump radio network 
Kin Cheung: Student visa rule change unfair, foolish
Will Bunch Newsletter: The threat to U.S. democracy you can’t see 
Paige Wolf: Parenting during COVID means no perfect answers | Perspective

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