July 27th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf allows a government transparency bill to become law without his signature. Here is the Playbook. 


Pennsylvania Congressional Vulnerability: July 2020 Ratings: Four seats, two held by Republicans and two by Democrats, are considered to be “vulnerable” in the July congressional vulnerability rankings.

July 24th Ups & Downs: A former state Senator is sentenced to prison on child pornography charges, a bill unanimously passes the state legislature, but still may face a veto, plus polling shows President Trump trailing former VP Joe Biden in PA. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

PA1: Warren Endorses Finello: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) endorsed Christina Finello for the 1st Congressional District in a tweet on Thursday. On Friday morning, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-Bucks) campaign sent out a fundraising email off of the endorsement from the Massachusetts Senator. 


Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf will allow transparency bill to become law despite veto threat 
Spotlight PA: Death reports are still lagging. Pa. hasn’t made it easy to find out just how badly.
Spotlight PA: Citing ‘overwhelming’ spread, Pa. moves to add staff, app to trace the coronavirus
AP: Ex-justice levels bias accusation at state’s chief justice
AP: Schools setting in-person teaching rules as pandemic spreads
AP: Pennsylvania sees another day of more than 1,000 infections
AP: Pittsburgh’s virus success fizzles in crowded bars, eateries
AP: Historical panel votes for removal of Columbus statue
Patriot News: Will Pat Toomey run for governor? A third U.S. Senate term? Pa. Republicans are wondering
Patriot News: How did 4,707 coronavirus cases go missing? The devil’s in the data
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases top 107K in Pa.
Inquirer: Biden is beating Trump big in Pennsylvania. Will anything change that?
Inquirer: An anti-Trump Republican group is courting ‘soft’ Trump supporters in Pennsylvania with $1 million in ads 
Inquirer: Wolf blames states with surges for testing lags; Downingtown schools will be all-online until November; cases rising among young Pennsylvanians
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Perry boosted by $200K from Big Pharma-linked group as dark money hits PA-10
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf: School districts face tough choices as start of classes loom
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court rules that Uber driver is not a contractor; is eligible for unemployment
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Remote learning gains steam in Pennsylvania’s largest school districts
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With unemployment benefits for millions on the line, Senate recesses without action
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Weekend Recharge | Five for your weekend
KDKA: Vice President Mike Pence To Visit Pennsylvania, Host ‘Cops For Trump’ Rally 
KDKA: HUD Secretary Ben Carson Warns Some In Black Lives Matter Protests Are Being ‘Manipulated’     
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Visits Health Center In Lancaster County
KDKA: Economists Fear Mass Evictions As Federal Unemployment Benefits Dry Up, State Reminds Pennsylvanians Of State Benefits Available  
PLSReporter: Wolf renews call for a minimum wage increase
PLSReporter: As school districts, colleges make calls on fall instruction, liability concerns loom
Fox News: Philly DA warns federal officers could be arrested if they storm Pennsylvania protests
Fox News: Stanley Kurtz: Obama-era ‘Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule’ an attack on suburbs
Morning Call: ‘Trapped between some really hard choices’: Gov. Wolf on the challenge of reopening schools amid Pennsylvania’s rising coronavirus cases
Post-Gazette: Pence to visit Greensburg
Tribune Review: Wolf calls for greater transparency from legislators in allowing Right-to-Know Law bill to become law
StateImpactPA: DEP fines CNX $310,000 for pipeline spills in Washington County
USA Today: In Pennsylvania, fight against wearing masks involves some key Republicans, and liberty
KYW Newsradio: Pa. officials say there are no easy choices when it comes to reopening schools
National Journal: NYT Donor Analysis Finds Biden Leads in PA, NC; Trump Leads in FL, AZ
The Hill: Pence to headline ‘Cops for Trump’ event in Pennsylvania next week
The Hill: State and local officials sue Trump over census order
The Hill: Trump campaign manager says polls understate president’s support
Philadelphia Citizen: Will The Legislature Turn Blue in 2020? 
Politico: 8 Big Reasons Election Day 2020 Could Be a Disaster
CNN: Judge denies attempt to stop order requiring release of children in immigration custody
Real Clear Politics: With VoteSafe Initiative, Both Parties Push PA Mail-In Ballots


Philadelphia Magazine: 8 Prominent Philadelphians on What Being Black in Philly Should Look Like 
Philadelphia Magazine: Rebecca Rhynhart on Her Political Aspirations and the One Book Everyone Should Read 
Philadelphia Magazine: Indoor Dining Still Not Coming Back Yet, Says Farley   
Inquirer: Philadelphia Historical Commission votes in favor of moving Christopher Columbus statue from Marconi Plaza 
Inquirer: Teachers, supporters take to the street for an all-virtual school opening, police-free schools 
Inquirer: ‘We’re all hurting’: Stagehands, florists, ushers, and other events professionals rally at City Hall
Inquirer: Philly’s school reopening plan is put on hold after an outcry: ‘We should not have to teach students to death’
Inquirer: Jewish groups call for ouster of local NAACP head over anti-Semitic Facebook post
Inquirer: Philly gyms are reopening, but restrictions and a worried public have them wondering if they can survive
Inquirer: Wolf blames states with surges for testing lags; Downingtown schools will be all-online until November; cases rising among young Pennsylvanians
Inquirer: Several police cars set on fire overnight across Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Face masks are required on SEPTA. Now if only more riders would comply. 
Inquirer: For local Native Americans, a reckoning over hurtful images goes way beyond one South Philadelphia statue
Inquirer: Lincoln University’s president must be reinstated immediately, judge rules
Inquirer: School-year uncertainties intensify as coronavirus cases climb in Pa.; Philly fights ‘astronomical’ trash backlog
Inquirer: What’s next for Philly’s school reopening plan? | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Tribune: Groups preparing to get out the vote in election unlike any other
Philadelphia Tribune: Judge orders Lincoln U. Board of Trustees to reinstate Brenda Allen as president
Philadelphia Tribune: Food insecurity expected to worsen as coronavirus pandemic drags on 
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials scrambling to address primary election problems before November
KYW Newsradio: Unemployed workers in live events industry rally at City Hall for extended benefits, reopening guidance
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia NAACP president under fire for social media post
KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 continues to impact trash collection in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Philly NAACP president shares anti-Semitic meme with misattributed neo-Nazi quote 
Billy Penn: Philly’s coronavirus curves: Daily updated stats on COVID-19
Philly Voice: Protesters call for police-free schools, all-virtual learning in Philly this fall 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. unemployment offices have doubled staff, but thousands still waiting on claims
Philadelphia Citizen: Will The Legislature Turn Blue in 2020? 


Daily Local News: Killion’s digital assets bill signed into law 
Daily Local News: Lawrence bill on coronavirus testing signed into law 
Daily Local News: Race and police discussed during community conversation
Daily Local News: Chester County officials test return of jury trials 
Daily Local News: Mascot issue polarizing Unionville community 
Daily Local News: Chester County continues coronavirus webinar series July 30
KYW Newsradio: State agencies investigating sinkholes near Chesco pipeline construction
WHYY Newsworks: Elcon scraps plan for controversial wastewater plant in lower Bucks County 
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. lags in COVID-19 nursing home inspections tied to pandemic money


Post-Gazette: Money, messaging likely headed to Western Pa. in effort to flip state Legislature
Post-Gazette: Thousands of feet on the street for police reform. Will demands be met in Pittsburgh? 
Post-Gazette: Congress poised to approve big boost in federal help for a cracking lock on the Ohio River 
Post-Gazette: U.S. Department of Transportation releases framework for hyperloop development 
Post-Gazette: After COVID-19 cases rose dramatically, so did hospitalizations 
Post-Gazette: As pandemic unfolded, OSHA complaints around Pittsburgh highlighted supply shortages 
Post-Gazette: 133 new cases, no new deaths from COVID-19 in Allegheny County; 800 new cases in Pa.
WESA: City Police Review Board Could Get More Power If Voters Say So In November 
KDKA: ‘An Investment In Our Future’: HUD Sec. Ben Carson Marks Anniversary Of Foster Care Transitional Program In Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Pa. Legislators Send Letter To Gov. Tom Wolf, Requesting Restrictions Be Readjusted For Bars And Restaurants
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Reflects On The 30th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act 
KDKA: ‘I Will Keep Fighting For Business Owners’ State Rep. Candidate Danny DeVito Files Right To Know Request About Allegheny Co. COVID-19 Field Response Team
KDKA: Allegheny County’s COVID-19 Field Response Team Releases First Report On Inspections     
KDKA: School Districts Struggle To Create Definitive Reopening Plans As Local, State Guidance Constantly Changes     
KDKA: McKeesport Community Rallies Against Having Police Officers In Schools 
KDKA: Yelp: 60 Percent Of Closed Restaurants Will Not Reopen
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 133 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 7,294
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania officials make no promises on when restaurant limits could ease
City Paper: Pittsburghers for Public Transit distribute masks to riders, push for additional public transit funding 
City Paper: PennDOT now allows drivers to put an X in place of binary gender on license
Tribune Review: For young adults with nowhere to go after foster care, federal program offers hope 
Tribune Review: Heidelberg’s Mayor LaSota named Mayor of the Year  
Tribune Review: Photos: Black Lives Matter, Back the Blue rallies held in Shaler 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 133 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths


Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Election 2020: Pittsburgh attorney and GOP candidate for AG challenges Shapiro’s legal experience, grand jury process
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: Indiana County adds 12 COVID-19 cases, Bedford 10 in latest state report
KDKA: Vice President Mike Pence To Visit Pennsylvania, Host ‘Cops For Trump’ Rally 
Post-Gazette: Pence to visit Greensburg
Beaver County Times: Beaver County continues to lead PA with positive testing
Beaver County Times: COVID hospitalizations up, but doctors are ready
Tribune Review: VP Mike Pence set to make Greensburg campaign stop
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 31 new cases of covid-19 
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers brace for relief battle 
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases continue to rise


Standard Speaker: Barletta, Bognet in attendance as Trump Victory team opens Hazleton office
Times-Tribune: Scranton officials push for revenue-loss relief with city finances, jobs in jeopardy
Times-Tribune: Senators withdraw request to join fracking lawsuit
Times-Tribune: Washington Post: How Biden, Clinton and ‘The Office’ made Scranton the nation’s best known small city
Times-Tribune: Local school districts share $10M in CARES, other COVID-19 relief funding
Times-Tribune: Region sees 45 new coronavirus cases but no new deaths
Citizens Voice: Mayor, councilwoman clash on Facebook over police review board
Citizens Voice: Senators withdraw request to join fracking lawsuit
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County hires new planning/zoning executive director 
Citizens Voice: 14 new COVID-19 cases reported Sunday in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council halts plan for in-person meeting
The Times Leader: Luzerne County has new planning/zoning executive director
The Times Leader: Area man remembers meeting civil rights icon
The Times Leader: 14 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 800 statewide


South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wolf blames test delays on ‘irresponsibility’ of other states, defends restaurant and bar restrictions in Lancaster visit
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Visits Health Center In Lancaster County
York Dispatch: Sunday update: No new virus deaths in York County, one less positive case than thought
Carlisle Sentinel: Monument Movement: Local historians say community, consensus key to deciding future of memorials
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 13 cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Sunday
York Daily Record: York County resumes jury trials in era of COVID-19
York Daily Record: Central Pa. counties see increased COVID-19 positivity
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases top 107K in Pa.


Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: ‘Trapped between some really hard choices’: Gov. Wolf on the challenge of reopening schools amid Pennsylvania’s rising coronavirus cases
Morning Call: In place of the annual celebration, this year’s Puerto Rican Day march in Allentown focuses on oppression, resistance
Morning Call: Lehigh County small businesses can receive up to $15,000 through new relief grants
Morning Call: Even as Lehigh Valley schools prepare to reopen, ‘we have a lot of teachers who are nervous’
Morning Call: Bethlehem schools looking to reopen with both in-person and online classes
Morning Call: Pa. coronavirus update: State reports 800 new cases, 4 new deaths
Express Times: Armored vehicles, rifles and more head to local police each year. See what Pa. departments got.
Express Times: Easton budgets $610K in grants for ‘tsunami of evictions,’ COVID prep and business help
Express Times: $5M earmarked for financially-strapped Lehigh County small businesses
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 800 new cases push state towards 108K | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (07/24/20)
Reading Eagle: The real face of Reading’s Christopher Columbus statue was a pioneer of a different sort
Reading Eagle: Berks adds nine positive coronavirus cases 


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending July 24
Erie Times-News: Roae introduces bill to cut life-sustaining prescription medication costs
Erie Times-News: Erie officials concerned about city park parties
Erie Times-News: Hammered: COVID-19 nails Pennsylvania’s lumber industry
Erie Times-News: Solicitor: Fired Erie officer not expected to file grievance
Erie Times-News: Erie County school reopening plans remain fluid
Erie Times-News: State reports 800 new COVID-19 cases, 4 new deaths
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners approve CDBG funds for four agencies
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Longtime city official announces formal retirement
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Courts to resume jury selection with social distancing, masks
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County two new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: State College mayor: Direct aid to local government must be part of any new emergency assistance package
Centre Daily Times: State College updates fall reopening options, extends deadline for families to decide
Centre Daily Times: Attorney Cynthia Baldwin was formally reprimanded for her handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County reports 43 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day increase


John Fetterman and Celeste Trusty: The trial penalty weighs heavily on Pennsylvanians
Brendan F. Boyle: The U.S. should value NATO now more than ever
Jordan Harris: What Should Being Black in Philly Look Like? It Should Look Like Real Policy Change
Joseph Otis Minott: Grand jury report on fracking should be a catalyst for change. This is why
Ismail Smith-Wade-El: Honoring John Lewis and his legacy of causing ‘good trouble’
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Sign the bill, governor
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: Legislature presides over toll disaster
Times-Tribune Editorial Board: Just count everybody
Inquirer Editorial Board: It’s not ‘unconstitutional’ to cancel a parade — or to call out racist cops 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Why did the Blue Jays face a double standard? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Wrong time to delay mail service 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Remaking a neighborhood 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A nod to thrill-seekers 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ex­er­cise may ben­e­fit oth­ers, too 
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Proposed Cal U. merger with Clarion portends further changes in higher education
John L. Micek: Progressives are mounting a massive mail-in ballot campaign. Is Pa. ready? | Friday Morning Coffee 
Tim Hartman: Tom Wolf, the Musical | Editorial Cartoon
Salena Zito: America’s mindset recovered from Spanish flu for one reason: unity
Ana White: The insanity behind voting: Why your mental health matters at the polls  
Paul Muschick: Systemic racism can be covert. Here’s one way Pennsylvania and the nation can reduce it.
Adam Sanchez: Philly schools’ initial reopening plans spell disaster 
Aryanna Hunter: Women are patriots who serve. The VA’s motto needs to reflect that. Right now, it doesn’t 
David M. Shribman: Obstacles remain to reach full ADA integration
Christine Flowers: Why teachers need to get back in the classroom
Helen Ubiñas: We published the names of Philadelphians killed by guns this year. Their loved ones are helping fill in the blanks.
Francis Cretarola: Le Virtù owner: Restaurants, including mine, should be shut down and given coronavirus relief 
Wendy Ross: Autism should be covered by Americans with Disabilities Act 
John A. Tures: We can’t let the gross abuse of power in Portland spread to other cities 
Dr. Leon Kraybill: America: Our COVID-19 experiment has failed 
Keith C. Burris: Teachers and creeds
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Troops to Independence Hall
Will Bunch: As long as Breonna Taylor’s killers walk the streets, none of us are truly free 
Judith Higgins: Maybe it is time to think about delivering education in a different way
Gene Therapy: We’re awash in potential election problems, but the president just trumped all of them
Maria Panaritis: A journalist, an Inquirer reader, and a fine man’s life and farewell 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly’s left holding the trash bag
Rob Tornoe: Can we please stop spitting on grocery store workers? | Cartoon

July 27th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 9 Comments

9 thoughts on “July 27th Playbook”

  1. The RealgulagPittsburgh says:

    Does anybody want to come to my Pence party?

  2. The realgulag Pittsburgh says:

    Did somebody say theres a Pence party in Westmoreland County? Count me in.

    1. The RealgulagPittsburgh says:

      No, that was not me. Probably some dickface from Politics PA, who they let steal my posting name and pretend to be me.

      1. gulagPitttsburgh says:

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      2. The RealgulagPittsburgh says:

        On second thought, yes that was me, Probably I am a dickface, Politicspa is nice guys who they let snuggle my posting name and pretend to be them.

    2. The RealgulagPittsburgh says:

      You should be ashamed Politics PA, very ashamed.

      1. The Realgulagdouchebagassholefaceshittsburgh says:

        At least Politicspa knows Stack’s not a republican. Back at ya….

        1. The RealgulagPittsburgh says:

          Right on. I’m a realdouchebag

      2. The RealgulagPittsburgh says:

        On second thought, I’m ashamed of me and Politics PA should be too, very ashamed of me.

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