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July 21st Playbook

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy and former House Majority Leader Dave Reed will co-chair a new statewide safe voting coalition, while an exclusive GOP poll shows Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick leading Dem challenger Christina Finello by 15 points. Here is the Playbook.

Murphy, Reed to Lead Bipartisan Statewide Safe Voting Coalition: Former Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy and former GOP House Majority Leader Dave Reed will co-chair a new statewide coalition, backed by two dozen former elected PA officials, including all former living Pa. governors, to advocate for efficient, accessible, secure mail-in ballot process and safe, in-person voting sites. 

Exclusive: GOP Poll Shows Fitzpatrick Leading Finello 50-35: The survey from Congressional Leadership Fund shows Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick leading Democrat Christina Finello by double digits, even though Democrats have a 5 point generic ballot edge. 

Wild Q2 Haul Leads PA Delegation: Rep. Susan Wild’s (D-Lehigh) $875,000 second quarter haul is the strongest of any candidate in the state. GOP challenger Lisa Scheller raised $850,000 during the same time period, with $600,000 of it being from a loan she gave to her campaign.

PA17: Parnell Outraises Lamb in Q2: GOP challenger Sean Parnell raised slightly under $720,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while Rep. Conor Lamb’s campaign raised just over $440,000 during the same time period.

PA10: DePasquale Bests Perry in Q2 Fundraising Haul: Eugene DePasquale’s campaign raised $650,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while Rep. Scott Perry’s campaign raised just under $470,000 during the same time period.

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: More financial assistance may be on the way for Pennsylvanians struggling to pay utility bills
AP: Pennsylvania adds more than 700 new virus cases 
AP: White supremacists stage brief demonstration; no arrests
Politico: Pennsylvania tests Biden’s balancing act on climate, fracking
Politico: Biden walks tightrope on fracking
WITF: Biden Supporters Meet With Latino Leaders In Key States
WITF: Chambersburg postal workers refuse to wear masks, and the state can’t do anything about it
PLSReporter: ‘We think it should be signed’: With veto looming, supporters urge Wolf to sign public records bill into law
Patriot News: National neo-Nazi group holds ‘illegal’ protest in Pa. park, but it’s no Charlottesville: cops
Patriot News: Bill requiring government transparency during emergencies awaits action by governor
Patriot News: Wolf administration awards over $2.1M in grants for cleaner fuel vehicle projects
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (7/20/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading?
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s governor and top prosecutor sued Lincoln University over the ouster of its president 
Inquirer: Biden-Sanders group serves familiar Democratic proposals
The Hill: Democratic AGs sue Trump administration over LGBTQ health protections rollback
WHYY Newsworks: As deadline looms to renew $600 jobless benefits, Pa. ‘workers are terrified’   
Washington Examiner: Conor Lamb spokesman tells congressman’s GOP opponent to ‘burn in hell and die’
CNN: Pennsylvania’s governor is granting hazard pay to workers in hospitals, grocery stores and other essential jobs
CNN: ‘Things could get very ugly’: Experts fear post-election crisis as Trump sets the stage to dispute the results in November
WESA: After Initial Coronavirus Plunge, PA Lottery Sales Rebound 
Real Clear Politics: The Way to Prosperity Has Many Paths
Real Clear Politics: Conor Lamb Outraised by PA Challenger
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s Pennsylvania Day. What it is, how to celebrate it 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: At Arlington, a funeral in the time of COVID-19: Saying goodbye to Pa. U.S. Rep Don Bailey
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: There’s work to be done on gender equality, study finds | The Numbers Racket

KYW Newsradio: Kenney calls presidential threats to intervene in Philly protests ‘offensive’
KYW Newsradio: Day 2 of heat health emergency as Philly pushes through trash collection delays
Inquirer: Trump says he might send more federal law enforcement officers to Philadelphia and other major cities 
Inquirer: Philly’s Black essential workers rally in nationwide ‘Strike for Black Lives’ 
Inquirer: Ballard Spahr law firm has launched a pro bono initiative to fight racial inequality 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s governor and top prosecutor sued Lincoln University over the ouster of its president 
Inquirer: One-time Philadelphia man was John Lewis’ college roommate in Nashville 
Inquirer: N.J. will allow parents to choose all-remote learning as Fauci warns Philly audience there’s ‘no end in sight’ to coronavirus 
Inquirer: Fauci says there’s no end in sight | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: Philly rebuffs Trump threat to send in feds over protests
WHYY Newsworks: Body cams boost transparency – if all Philly officers turn them on
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We’re tired of losing our loved ones’: Young Philadelphians rally against gun violence 
Philadelphia Magazine: Congrats: Philadelphians Are Among America’s Top Mask-Wearers, Per Study
Philly Voice: As Trump threatens to send federal agents to Philly, Kenney says city will ‘resist’
Philadelphia Tribune: Donavan West resigns as chamber president

Delco Daily Times: Democratic candidates sweep AFL-CIO endorsements 
Delco Daily Times: These folks won’t let vandals stop them from getting their message out 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor is reviewing allegations of racism by police in rural Montgomery County 
Daily Local News: Area lawmakers to host virtual panel on human trafficking in Pennsylvania 
Daily Local News: Rep. Lawrence calls for Lincoln University board chairwoman to resign
Daily Local News: More Mariner East pipeline-related sinkholes in the region 
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County restorative justice program provides juvenile offenders a second chance 
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy issues statement in light of Washington Redskins decision to change its name and imagery
Bucks County Courier Times: Neshaminy officials say nickname change would be community decision

KDKA: City Council To Discuss City Of Pittsburgh’s Diversion Program For Low-Level Nonviolent Crimes
KDKA: Diversion Program For Those Committing Low-Level Offenses Coming To Pittsburgh
KDKA: State Secretary Of Education Says There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Approach To Reopening Schools
KDKA: Protesters Call For Better Wages, Hazard Pay And More At ‘Black Workers Matter’ Demonstration
KDKA: Dozens Of Restaurant Owners Meet With Attorney To Push Back Against Gov. Tom Wolf’s Latest Coronavirus Order
KDKA: Applications For Concealed Carry Permits Backed Up To November In Allegheny County
KDKA: Protesters Block Part Of Route 51 To March In Support Of Jonny Gammage
KDKA: Shaler Area School District Releases Tentative Reopening Plans
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: 172 New Coronavirus Cases Brings Countywide Total To 6,435
Post-Gazette: Funding will help city implement diversion program for those who commit low-level crimes 
Post-Gazette: Inspired by Bethel Park family, Congress moves to shed light on unexplained deaths in children 
Post-Gazette: This week marks the end of the extra $600 with unemployment claims 
Post-Gazette: Opinions range widely in community as Pittsburgh Public Schools prepares reopening plan 
Post-Gazette: Congregations, other faith groups receive millions in federal aid 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Western Pa. reports nearly 300 new cases
WESA: New LGBTQIA+ Commission Aims To Address Community’s ‘Specific Challenges’
WESA: Black Workers Matter Protesters Demand Hazard Pay, Sick Leave For Essential Workers
WESA: COVID-19 Data May Be Hiding The Pandemic’s Full Impact 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh announces new program to help keep people out of criminal justice system
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh voices featured on CNN series 
Tribune Review: BLM protesters march through Brentwood, Baldwin, Whitehall for Jonny Gammage’s birthday 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 172 covid-19 cases, with 4 new hospitalizations
City Paper: Black workers protest in Pittsburgh, demand hazard pay and paid sick leave
City Paper: PHOTOS: March in honor of Jonny Gammage through Brentwood and Whitehall

Altoona Mirror: Education bills offer extra funds
Altoona Mirror: GOP mounts effort to curb Wolf
Altoona Mirror: AASD inks deal on health care plan
Altoona Mirror: Wolf: Media bill will be vetoed
Beaver County Times: DOH: No counties moving back to red  
Beaver County Times: COVID numbers continue to rise in Beaver, Lawrence
Observer-Reporter: Washington County featured in Netflix documentary series about drug epidemic
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: READY TO REOPEN? | Study says hybrid option for return to school may be safest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: Cambria, Blair, Indiana add COVID-19 cases; state’s total grows by more than 700

Citizens Voice: Hazleton’s Barletta to head PA delegation at convention 
Citizens Voice: Levine impostor at Bloomsburg Fairgrounds event sparks outrage 
Citizens Voice: Union head, Pedri disagree about courthouse safety for county workers 
Citizens Voice: Lake-Lehman School Board approves reopening plan 
Citizens Voice: 3 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre’s finances affected by coronavirus, reports positive mid-year balance
The Times Leader: Luzerne County government coronavirus cases put workers on edge
The Times Leader: Bloomsburg Fair responds to Levine impersonator dunk tank incident
The Times Leader: 3 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 711 statewide 
Times-Tribune: Lou Barletta to head Pa. delegation at convention 
Times-Tribune: Levine impersonator at Bloomsburg Fairgrounds event sparks outrage
Times-Tribune: Scranton seeks $825K in aid to offset pandemic-response 
Times-Tribune: Union head, Pedri disagree about courthouse safety for county workers 
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths, 12 new cases in NEPA counties

South Central 
York Dispatch: Hallam mayor blasts local organization’s transphobic jab at Health Secretary Levine 
York Dispatch: York City Council agenda: ice arena deal, county human relations commission 
York Dispatch: COVID-19 cases in York County surpass 2,000 
Patriot News: What is ‘Pennsylvania Breaking News?’ It’s actually a conservative commentary site
Patriot News: Pa. COVID snapshot: How many hospitalized, where are the numbers headed?
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (7/20/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading?
Patriot News: Lower Dauphin schools plan to mix in-person and remote learning this fall
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 8 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County in Monday’s report
LNP | LancasterOnline: Is it safe for schools to open? Roundtable with teachers, PSEA to happen Wednesday afternoon 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 101K cases; Lancaster County up to 5K

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks County receives $545,000 in federal funding for housing programs 
Reading Eagle: Educators eager to return to classrooms, but concerned about safety from coronavirus 
Reading Eagle: New Pennsylvania law gives ex-convicts a license to earn 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Pennsylvania; 24 new cases in Berks County
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State passes 100K cases, 7K deaths over weekend; 711 new positives Monday; counties not going back to red phase, report says | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (07/20/20)
Morning Call: Lehigh County Authority makes pitch for settlement deal with Allentown; City Council to review Wednesday 
Morning Call: Black Lives Matter ‘Call to Action’ rally draws about 50 in Emmaus 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City of Erie faces $3.3 million budget shortfall 
Erie Times-News: Erie Events asks county for relief
Patriot News: National neo-Nazi group holds ‘illegal’ protest in Pa. park, but it’s no Charlottesville: cops
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Community gathers for vigil in response to neo-Nazi rally
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local law enforcement maintains order until group leaves Brandon Park
Centre Daily Times: Protesters ask Penn State to revise its plans for in-person learning
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 9 new cases of COVID-19, and other updates for July 20

Scott L. Bohn: Pa. law enforcement needs seat at police reform table
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: State Senate failed to rigorously vet personal delivery device legislation
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t punish residents
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Love in action
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Improving local diversity
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No time like the present for a healthier life
John L. Micek: With Congress returning, Pa. progressives argue for bigger coronavirus relief package | Monday Morning Coffee
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: John Lewis made America great
Charlie Gerow: Air wars are heating up in the 2020 race for the presidency 
Erin Elmore: President Trump’s Great American Comeback should make Joe Biden feel embarrassed
Tony Norman: Meeting the man who turned ‘good trouble’ into a virtue
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Will final chapter in Federal-North saga finally be written?
Solomon Jones: How I’ll honor the memory of John Lewis 
Dick Polman: Fauci had to know it would always come to this 
Gene Therapy: Well, heck yeah, there’s good news. Kinda.
Jonathan Zimmerman: Universities’ ‘hybrid’ reopening plans now offer the worst of both worlds
Edie Goldenberg: Research on voting by mail says it’s safe – from fraud and disease

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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