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July 3rd Playbook

The Trump campaign reserves $16.2 million in TV advertising in PA for the fall, Sabato’s Crystal Ball moves the race in PA1 from Likely GOP to Leans GOP, plus Congressman Lloyd Smucker gets elected to a House GOP leadership position. Here is the Playbook. 

Trump Reserves $16.2 Million in PA Airspace: The fall TV ad reservation from the Trump campaign for Pennsylvania is its fourth largest of any state.

Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Fitzpatrick Race Moves From Likely GOP to Leans GOP: The election analysts cited the two Democratic internal polls that showed challenger Christina Finello within striking distance of Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), coupled with former VP Joe Biden’s strong numbers in the Philadelphia suburban county.

Smucker Elected Sophomore Rep To House GOP House Leadership: The Lancaster County Republican will be taking over for Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI) to serve as the Sophomore Representative to the GOP House Leadership.

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 1,109 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 2,825 votes, 15%, with all of the in-person votes accounted for, while the mail-in votes are still coming in, declared victory in the primary. The GOP candidate in this safe Dem district is Drew Murray. Sims added 1,000 plus votes to his lead in the race as of Friday morning, when he held a 1,786 vote advantage in the race. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 2,624 vote, 21%, lead over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary and declared victory in the race on Monday

LEADER: TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Darisha Parker now holds a 267 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). As of Friday morning, Williams held a 122 vote lead in the primary. The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
New York Times: Trump Is in Trouble in Pennsylvania, but ‘He’s Been Way Behind Before’ 
Inquirer: The most important Pennsylvania congressional races used to be in the Philly suburbs. Not anymore.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania is changing its emergency management contractor in the middle of a pandemic 
Spotlight PA: In Pa.’s growing fireworks war, it’s fed-up residents versus cold, hard cash
AP: ‘Truly alarming’: Officials order shutdown over virus spike
AP: High court won’t hear abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’ cases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rocked by COVID economy, Pa. finishes 2019-20 budget year $3.2B in the red
Patriot News: Wolf and Levine want it ‘socially unacceptable’ to be caught without a face mask
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf signs law requiring insurers to cover costly supplemental breast cancer screenings
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signs into law state universities’ reform bill that opens the door to dramatic changes
Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey pushes bill to crack down on fentanyl imports from China and other countries
Patriot News: Chesapeake to continue paying gas royalties in bankruptcy but litigation is halted
WITF: Department Of Health Says It’s Looking Into Fracking Public Health Risks Following Grand Jury Report
WITF: Congressman Scott Perry Focuses On Leak Of Intel Over Possible Russian Bounties In Afghanistan
PLSReporter: ‘This must be done this summer’: Lawmakers eyeing further election changes ahead of general election
PLSReporter: Concerns remain as Wolf signs bill to ease consolidation, alterations of PASSHE universities
Morning Call: Pennsylvania says anyone returning from states with COVID-19 spikes should quarantine for 14 days 
Politico: Health secretary focuses trips on swing states needed by Trump
CNN: Biden campaign readying hundreds of lawyers in expansive vote protection effort 
National Journal: J.J. Abbott Launches Commonwealth Communications
Beaver County Times: Casey report: Trump administration ignored warnings, had failed response to COVID-19 in nursing homes  

Philadelphia Magazine: The Battle Over the Frank Rizzo Statue Heads to Federal Court
Inquirer: Rizzo, Columbus statue defenders are back in court, challenging city handling of memorials 
Inquirer: Philadelphia delays reopening of landlord-tenant court, a reprieve for renters struggling during the pandemic  
Inquirer: Philly set out to decriminalize protests. Instead, critics say, it’s silencing free speech. 
Inquirer: Congress acts to protect the Philly region’s defense plants, giving Lockheed Martin and Boeing a boost 
Inquirer: Violent extremist or dedicated activist? A battle rages to define the demonstrator charged with torching Philly police cars 
Inquirer: Penn to remove statue of slavery supporter, forms group to look at campus iconography 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania coronavirus cases are trending up, with worries about bars, young people, and the Jersey Shore
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Terrorized’ at home: West Philly calls for investigation into police use of tear gas
WHYY Newsworks: Committee that paid for Frank Rizzo statue wants it back 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Stuck again’: Philly’s restaurant owners scramble to respond to indoor dining delay
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly experiencing ‘second wave’ of coronavirus 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly is in a modified ‘green’ phase now. Here’s what you can and can’t do
KYW Newsradio: New cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: District survey results contradict teachers union poll on next steps for Philly schools

Daily Local News: Houlahan advances infrastructure package 
Daily Local News: Residents demand answers on police reform at forum in Coatesville 
Daily Local News: Polk resigns from West Chester Borough Council 
Inquirer: Courts said President Trump can’t block constituents on Twitter. What about Montgomery County Commissioner Gale?
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby residents rally to ‘Back the Blue’ 
Delco Daily Times: Chester’s city hall reopens to the public next week
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County officials launch ‘Mask Up, Montco’ campaign  
Bucks County Courier Times: As state reopens, towns struggle to keep meetings open 
Bucks County Courier Times: Chiefs to create countywide use-of-force policy
Bucks Local News: Workforce, economic development merge under new Bucks County department

KDKA: Western Pa. May Be Losing Political Clout, At Least In Democratic Primaries
KDKA: ‘Please Just Stay Home’: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Voices Support For Gov. Wolf’s Mask Mandate
KDKA: ‘Another Attack On Our Transgender, Non-Binary, And Gender Non-Conforming Neighbors’: Peduto, City Officials Ask Local Organizations To Defy Trump Administration Proposal
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Joins Other Mayors Across The U.S. In Pushing For Payments For Low-Income People 
KDKA: Protesters Gather Downtown To Rally Against Allegheny County’s Alcohol Ban 
KDKA: Allegheny County Closes Bars, Restaurants, Casinos And All Activities That Involve Over 25 People For One Week
KDKA: Owners Say1-Week In-Person Dining Closure Puts Allegheny Co. Bars And Restaurants In Tough Spot, 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: Coronavirus Surge Continues To Come From Younger People Traveling And Going Out
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports Over 200 New Coronavirus Cases For The First Time, Smashing Previous Daily Records
WESA:  COVID-19 Case Spike Could Lead To Return To Yellow Or Red Phase, Says Peduto
WESA: Allegheny County’s Positive COVID-19 Case Numbers ‘Truly Alarming’
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh protest targets alcohol ban: Bar, restaurant owners and workers feel singled out 
Post-Gazette: House infrastructure package pledges $100B for rural broadband 
Post-Gazette: Saturday ‘Trump Boat Parade’ still on despite new county gathering limits
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County bars, restaurants ordered closed as new COVID-19 cases double
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County reports record 233 new daily Covid-19 cases
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County closes bars, restaurants to in-person dining for a week to stem Covid-19
Tribune Review: More than 10K sign up for Trump boat parade, rally in Pittsburgh, organizer says 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County orders bars, restaurants to halt on-premises dining for a week 
Tribune Review: ‘It’s getting ridiculous,’ bar owner says of alcohol ban during Allegheny County protest 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County tops 230 new coronavirus cases
City Paper: Dozens protest in Downtown Pittsburgh; some for bars to reopen, others to ease on-site alcohol restrictions

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City open to future ‘public art’ projects, reimbursed for cost of ‘End Racism Now’ paint
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New law aims to help state colleges survive as enrollment drops
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: All local counties add new COVID-19 cases as state jumps by 832
Tribune Review: Westmoreland has another double-digit spike in coronavirus cases, commissioners issue warning  
Beaver County Times: State promotes programs as federal assistance winds down
Observer-Reporter: Center for Coalfield Justice focuses on renewing former coal communities, November election
Altoona Mirror: Nursing homes earn praise
The Times Leader: Baker: Senate bills will help restore confidence in police
The Times Leader: Luzerne County elections officials turn focus to November
The Times Leader: Cartwright announces $1.6M in federal funds for AVP
The Times Leader: Rep. Mullery’s Plymouth flood reduction bill signed into law
The Times Leader: Luzerne County buildings off-limits to those returning from virus-hit states
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 832 statewide
Citizens Voice: Mullery-sponsored bill to reduce flood risk in Plymouth
Citizens Voice: Pandemic restrictions cause dip in some Wilkes-Barre revenues
Citizens Voice: Census task force to address low response in Wilkes-Barre
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID-19 cases reported in county
Times-Tribune: Scranton to beef up fireworks enforcement
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County to disperse $2.9 million in rent/mortgage relief
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases rise in NEPA, state data released Thursday shows

South Central 
York Dispatch: Jones on masks: ‘Ignore the order if you choose to’
York Dispatch: York County has 24 additional COVID-19 cases, four new deaths
Patriot News: Better late than never: Lebanon County goes green as businesses eager to reopen
Patriot News: Member of Harrisburg financial oversight committee resigns: ‘This decision was very difficult,’ she says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Number of Lancaster County residents pushed into unemployment is smallest since pandemic began
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 88K total cases; Lancaster County has 4.5K
York Daily Record: What we know about Gettysburg protest, rumors 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 10 new cases in Cumberland County; Dauphin County sees another spike in cases

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Opponents of Berks County Residential Center target house of second commissioner for protest
Reading Eagle: Gun sales surge nationally and in Pennsylvania amid fears of coronavirus and unrest
Reading Eagle: New Berks County coronavirus cases up by 4 as state records 832, most since May 22
Express Times: Lehigh Valley COVID-19 trends are as important as ever. So we made them easier to comprehend.
Express Times: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 832 new COVID-19 cases, most in a day since May, pushes Pa. to 88K total; masks required in all public spaces; how to stay safe July 4th weekend | Coronavirus Pa. map (07/02/20)
Morning Call: Allentown Police Department releases full use-of-force policy 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local lawmakers dealing with jobless claim problems
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City approves $91K agreement with Endless Mountains Transportation Authority
Erie Times-News: State board to cast final vote on Erie community college plan
Erie Times-News: Erie eyes November rollout for police body cameras
Erie Times-News: Erie LERTA expansion draws $56 million in construction in one year  
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 6 COVID-19 cases, and more updates for July 2

John Baer: How do you like your ‘fake news’ now? 
Inquirer Editorial Board: The great outdoors may get greater, thanks to Congress  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Reform measure falls short
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ensure treatment for all: Government must make coronavirus drug accessible
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Recruiting contact tracers
York Dispatch Editorial Board: City schools trapped in spiral 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Rifle-wielding, unmasked man at Central Market makes everyone feel less safe
John L. Micek: ‘Demanding justice’: Issues group run by former Wolf aide launches first salvo at GOP Legislature | Thursday Morning Coffee 
Paul Muschick: Let Pennsylvania cities ban fireworks. Then let them regulate guns.
Helen Ubiñas: There will be no reckoning on race with clueless leaders in charge 
Fletcher McClellan and Caitlin Olivas: What Nixon got right about native tribes – and why the next president needs to heed the lesson
Carol Kuniholm: Our declaration of independence: Pa. wants redistricting reform. Lawmakers have failed to listen
Tony Norman: The day they tore Old Dixie down
Jennifer Smith: An epidemic within a pandemic is the perfect storm
Jonathan Valania: Karens Are Dangerous. We Need to Cancel Karen Culture Now
Antony Davies: This Fourth of July, America needs to remember its founding principles 
Will Bunch: Trump doesn’t know how to run against Joe Biden, a Democrat who is not ‘a nasty woman’ 
Trudy Rubin: Trump puts Americans last on July 4th 
Jenice Armstrong: Teens from these elite Philly schools were trading sexist, racist texts. Their parents need to do better.

2 Responses

  1. Fitz is having trouble keeping up with the politics of the times because he is in a full blown political hurricane called the covid disaster and various Russian disasters and there is no political shelter. If the Dems cannot take this congressional seat in these times in a county like Bucks that has long been trending their way they never will take the seat.

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