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July 22nd Playbook

Former state Sen. Mike Folmer was sentenced to jail for possession of child pornography. Here is the Playbook.

PA8: Cartwright Raises $605K, Bognet $280K: Rep. Matt Cartwright’s (D-Lackawanna) campaign raised $605,000 from the beginning of April to the end of June, while GOP challenger Jim Bognet raised just under $280,000, which included a $12,500 loan given from Bognet to his campaign.

PA8: Cook Moves Race From Toss Up to Leans Democrat: The election analysts cited former Vice President Joe Biden’s lead in Pennsylvania over President Donald Trump in recent polling plus Rep. Matt Cartwright’s cash advantage over GOP challenger, Jim Bognet.

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   
AP: Ex-state Sen. Folmer gets jail in child porn possession case 
AP: Transgender official takes abuse while leading virus efforts 
AP: State’s high court: mental health doctors have duty to warn 
AP: Turnpike: Toll hike, 45% non-EZ pass surcharge coming 
AP: Report: Veterans home failed to protect residents from virus 
NPR: ‘Swing County, USA’ prepares for unprecedented influx of ballots by mail 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf says federal officers would be unwelcome in Pa. but Trump ‘doesn’t listen to me’ 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf explains why bars, restaurants are focus of targeted coronavirus mitigation efforts 
Patriot News: Pa. Turnpike raising tolls again in 2021; those without E-ZPass will pay much more 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker plans to introduce bill to protect state’s monuments 
Patriot News: ‘I let my Lord down:’ Ex-Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer blames addiction as he goes to prison for child porn
Patriot News: Bipartisan group of former govs, others team up to remind Pa. voters of their safe voting options
Patriot News: Pa. House panel weighs bill that would authorize robot deliveries of groceries and packages
Patriot News: Where are Pennsylvania’s 102,765 coronavirus cases? July 21 map, county-by-county breakdown 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Gov./DHS boss Ridge: ‘It’d be a cold day in hell’ before he’d let ‘uninvited’ federal agents into Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Philly DA Krasner vows to arrest federal law enforcement if they break the law in Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey, Senate panel explore ways to address racial health disparities for seniors
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawmakers seeking to crack down on toxic chemicals suffer another setback
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Trump administration excludes undocumented immigrants from census reapportionment process 
WESA: Casey Pushes For More Money To Protect Aging Communities Of Color From Coronavirus
Inquirer: No, Joe Biden doesn’t want to ban fracking or kill the Pennsylvania jobs it supports
Inquirer: Don’t let Trump and DeVos bully you into reopening schools, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro tells educators 
Inquirer: ‘Watching people die’: Pa. vets’ nursing home failed residents during COVID-19 outbreak
Inquirer: Pa. coronavirus numbers double what they were last month; Pittsburgh and surrounding counties fueling spike; fair apologizes for mocking health secretary 
Inquirer: Pa., N.J. workers set to lose the extra $600 in unemployment benefits this week 
PLSReporter: Legislators, Ridge bristle at Trump threat to send federal officers to Philadelphia; Krasner threatens them with arrest 
PLSReporter: Former Pa. governors, lawmakers launch coalition for ‘safe voting options’ 
PLSReporter: Lawmakers back Outlaw as she outlines reforms to Philadelphia Police Department 
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.
Post-Gazette: VoteSafe Pennsylvania begins effort to educate voters on how to safely cast ballots in Nov.
Post-Gazette: Bloomsburg fair criticized for transphobic dunk tank mocking Pa. health secretary
Post-Gazette: As MLB season looms, baseball officials join Sen. Pat Toomey for roundtable 
Stateline: Tax Hikes in a Pandemic: Some States, Cities Say Yes
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro Pledges Action If Secretary Of Education Betsy DeVos Withholds Federal Funding From Schools
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Joins Lawsuit Over Changes To The Affordable Care Act
KDKA: VoteSafe Pennsylvania Launches Effort To Encourage Safe And Secure Voting By Mail
KDKA: About 90,000 People Still Waiting For Answers As Pennsylvania’s Unresolved Unemployment Claims Drop To 8 Percent
National Journal: CLF Poll Shows Fitzpatrick With Double-Digit Lead 
National Journal: HOTLINE EXTRA: Biden campaign is talkin’ baseball 
City Paper: About 8,000 immigrants in Pennsylvania may not become citizens in time to vote this year
PA Post: In debate over limits of transparency during emergencies, Wolf to veto bill passed unanimously by legislature
The Hill: Biden ramps up ad spending with $15 million buy
Tribune Review: Ex-DHS Secretary Tom Ridge: ‘It would be a cold day in hell’ before ‘personal militia’ would be welcomed uninvited in Pa.
CNN: Biden launches week-long $15 million ad blitz in battleground states 
CNN: House Republicans air grievances against Liz Cheney over support for Dr. Fauci and splitting with Trump 
CNN: Why today’s fight among House Republicans *actually* matters
Real Clear Politics: The Way to Prosperity Has Many Paths

WHYY Newsworks: The bureaucrat taking the fall for Philly’s protest response 
WHYY Newsworks: Protesters in Rittenhouse decry Trump threat to deploy federal officers to Philly 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Pandemic ‘is not over,’ Philly health commissioner warns
KYW Newsradio: Kenney, Democratic mayors oppose Trump use of federal law enforcement
KYW Newsradio: No new prevention measures as new COVID-19 cases rise again in Philly
KYW Newsradio: With new conditions, Philly spending plan gets approval from state fiscal watchdog
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials begin negotiations to end Parkway encampment
KYW Newsradio: City debuts refurbished playgrounds following coronavirus-delayed construction
Inquirer: Breaking down the toll of Philly’s coronavirus hospitalizations by race, age, and neighborhood 
Inquirer: Trump is threatening to send federal agents to Philly. Here’s what you need to know. 
Inquirer: Coronavirus could leave Philly’s budget in the red next year, state board warns 
Inquirer: Lincoln University might keep its ousted president in the job after all 
Inquirer: What to know about Trump’s threat to send feds to Philly | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: Will the $600 bonus expire? Here’s the situation with unemployment benefits in PA
Philadelphia Magazine: Trump Threatens to Send Federal Agents to Philly, Krasner Threatens to Charge Them
Philadelphia Tribune: Judge orders stay of Lincoln U. Board of Trustees’ vote to unseat Brenda Allen
Philadelphia Tribune: Senate hearing highlights impact of COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color
Philly Voice: As COVID-19 cases rise in Philly, health commissioner foresees ‘cycles of opening and closing’ 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Donavan West out as CEO of African American Chamber of Commerce

Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks ordered to release nursing home plans, COVID-19 death records
Bucks County Courier Times: Proposed testing lab in southeast PA could shorten coronavirus test wait times
WHYY Newsworks: Facing fiscal peril, City of Chester is put into receivership
Delco Daily Times: Black Lives Matter march through Ridley scheduled for Aug. 1
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers to host virtual panel on human trafficking 
Daily Local News: Coronavirus cases spiking in Chester County
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners fill three key leadership positions 
Bucks Local News: BUCKS COUNTY JULY 20 COVID-19 UPDATE: Cases pass 6,000; daily average up since July 4th
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 297 positive coronavirus cases, 6 deaths, over seven-day period 

WESA: In ‘Unorthodox’ Move, Hallam Openly Recruits Candidates To Run Against County Council Colleagues 
WESA: Pandemic Sparks New Concerns For People With Disabilities 
WESA: Casey Pushes For More Money To Protect Aging Communities Of Color From Coronavirus
KDKA: City Council Introduces Diversion Program Bill As Alternative To Jail For Low-Level, Nonviolent Crimes 
KDKA: Duquesne University ‘Agreeable’ To Mother’s Request For New Independent Investigation Following Son’s 2018 Death 
KDKA: Teachers Worried About Keeping Students Safe As School Districts Release Return To School Plans 
KDKA: Wallethub: Pittsburgh Is Among The Top 50 Most Educated Cities In America
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 139 Coronavirus Cases As Countywide Total Surpasses 6,500
Tribune Review: Voters will decide whether to strengthen Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board 
Tribune Review: Duquesne University ‘agreeable’ to requests of mother of student who fell to his death 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports under 200 new covid-19 cases for 4th straight day 
City Paper: A new Latino-focused magazine is hoping to teach Pittsburgh about its burgeoning Latinx culture and serve a fast-growing Latino community 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh approves 5G small cell infrastructure fee structure, but one provider says new rates are ‘excessive’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: ReImagine Appalachia seeks greener, more economically and racially just region 
Post-Gazette: PPS set to present reopening plan to school board  
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 1 new death, 139 new cases of COVID-19

Beaver County Times: Bartolotta probation reform bill passes state Senate 
Beaver County Times: Coalition: Appalachian ‘New Deal’ would create jobs, improve environment 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County to hire new full-time assistant district attorney 
Beaver County Times: 1K: Beaver County hits 1,000 COVID-19 cases with largest daily increase of pandemic
Observer-Reporter: Bi-partisan coalition promotes safe voting in Nov. 3 contest 
Observer-Reporter: State attorney general reiterates call for fracking reforms
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases spike in every region of Pennsylvania
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Region’s counties add COVID-19 cases, Cambria has 9 more
Altoona Mirror: Official: Coronavirus ‘isn’t over’

The Times Leader: Bloomsburg Fair apologizes for Levine impersonator, focuses on planning amid pandemic
The Times Leader: Barletta named chairman of Pennsylvania GOP delegation to convention
The Times Leader: Five Luzerne County first responder agencies receive COVID-19 cash
The Times Leader: Rep. Toohil co-sponsors bill to protect student borrowers
The Times Leader: Lake-Lehman unveils re-opening plans
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1,027 statewide
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council approves 18-month Act 47 extension 
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council approves 18-month Act 47 extension 
Times-Tribune: Bloomsburg Fair officials apologize for Facebook post showing Dr. Levine impostor 
Times-Tribune: New NEPA cases cross 50 for first time since May
Citizens Voice: Bloomsburg Fair officials apologize, say Levine impostor went for Marilyn Monroe look 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre’s pandemic spending tops $500,000 
Citizens Voice: Election board might choose new chairperson Wednesday 
Citizens Voice: 12 new positive cases in county; 1,027 statewide 

South Central 
Patriot News: ‘I let my Lord down:’ Ex-Pa. Sen. Mike Folmer blames addiction as he goes to prison for child porn
Patriot News: Bloomsburg Fair officials claim dunk tank event was supposed to resemble Marilyn Monroe, not Dr. Rachel Levine 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker plans to introduce bill to protect state’s monuments 
Patriot News: Former Dauphin County chief public defender gets probation, pays $14K restitution for conflict of interest
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: New cases top 1,000 for 3rd time in July, more than 102,000 cases overall
York Dispatch: Wolf on looming RTK bill veto: ‘I would have voted for it too” 
York Dispatch: Ex-state Sen. Mike Folmer sentenced to prison, probation for child porn charges
York Dispatch: VIDEO: Governor Wolf visits WellSpan York Hospital
York Dispatch: York City Council approves extension of COVID-19 disaster declaration 
York Dispatch: York County has 2 new deaths linked to COVID-19, 46 new cases
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former senator Mike Folmer sentenced to 1-2 years for child pornography [updated] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ABC27 to host town hall meeting on race relations. Here’s where to watch live 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster school board agrees to strip Edward Hand Middle School of its name 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 102K total cases; Lancaster County has 5.1K
York Daily Record: Wolf, Levine say COVID-19 wave not over in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 22 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Tuesday; four regional counties see spikes

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Pa. legislator wants out-of-state visitors barred from Beltzville State Park 
Express Times: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls increasing 6%, Toll By Plate charges up 45% at some plazas
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1,000 new cases push state beyond 102K; COVID-19 death toll rises by 20; ‘No end in sight,’ Fauci says; Lehigh Valley has 29 new cases, 3 deaths | Pa. coronavirus case map (07/21/20)
NPR: ‘Swing County, USA’ prepares for unprecedented influx of ballots by mail
Morning Call: After cancellation of annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, local activists organize march in Allentown this weekend with speakers, music and masks 
Morning Call: LCB to hold public hearing Thursday on noise exemption zone for Allentown establishments, including Maingate Night Club
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 1,027 new cases added Tuesday; second largest increase since May
Reading Eagle: Former state Sen. Mike Folmer sentenced for possessing child porn 
Reading Eagle: Berks County makes final push for census count as workers head to homes
Reading Eagle: Reading officials go door-to-door in support of the 2020 Census 
Reading Eagle: 20 more positives for Berks County in state reporting

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County looks to fast-track financial assistance for businesses affected by latest Pa. order
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Pa. adds 1,027 new COVID-19 cases as Centre County adds 6

Bob Casey: Biden understands what Trump does not: We need an economy that is better than before
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Sign the bill, governor
Inquirer Editorial Board: Trump’s federal agents are not welcome in Philly 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Abuse in the name of good
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Much in a name
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Honor civil rights hero John Lewis by remedying injustice, supporting voting rights and by voting  
John L. Micek: Who’s behind the ‘Don’t Blame Me. I voted for Wagner’ billboards? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Chris Bronder: Fight GOP plan to stack Pennsylvania courts
Ernest Owens: “Is Fox 29 Turning Into Fox News?” Inside Allegations of an “Extremely Conservative” Newsroom Culture
Erin Wallace: Philly restaurants may not survive coronavirus due to confusing new sales restrictions 
Maria Panaritis: Republicans must back a COVID-19 relief bill to rescue public schools. The alternative is calamity. 
Sara Hoenes: Public Safety Needs Public Accountability 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Invading Portland, then Chicago and Philadelphia?
Jake Miller: From a teacher: What parents should keep in mind about schools reopening 
Dan Simpson: Fascism should not be underestimated
Tony Norman: Meeting the man who turned ‘good trouble’ into a virtue
Chris Kelly: Karen is sick and tired of ‘Karen’ meme
Bob Lewis: Trump on the ropes is a dangerous place – for Democrats. How they could still blow this election
Will Bunch Newsletter: 5 ways to truly honor the great John Lewis 
Trudy Rubin: The Trump administration rejects human rights principles at home and abroad

3 Responses

  1. Yet PoliticsPA is permitting some asswipe to steal my name by adding a 3rd t to Pittsburgh, then making false posts. Where is your security, PoliticsPA? Or are you censoring me?

  2. It is good to see Gov Wolf is targeting the areas for covid19 regulations. This is the only approach that will work. Folks simply don’t want another massive shutdown. We all need to keep in mind over 140,000 people have died in the US from this disease so it is not a fantasy. It is very real. Again, a targeted approach by the Gov is best.

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