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July 6th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey will participate in two forums focused on safely reopening the state’s economy in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the Playbook.

July 3rd Ups & Downs: Gov. Tom Wolf receives a win in the courts, but a hit in the polls over the coronavirus, a Lancaster County Republican joins the GOP House leadership, plus a ratings outlet shows a tightening race in PA1. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

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: 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   
Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey sets forums on reopening Pa. in wake of COVID-19
Patriot News: How safe are Pennsylvania’s lakes and streams for fishing, swimming and drinking?
Patriot News: In Pa.’s growing fireworks war, it’s fed-up residents vs. cold, hard cash 
Patriot News: Nearly 500 new coronavirus cases reported in Pa. Sunday
AP: Wolf’s mask order inflames partisan fight over virus 
AP: Pittsburgh’s spread helps drive up state COVID-19 infections 
LNP | LancasterOnline: This is the rural area of Pa. the new Speaker of the House has lived for his whole life
LNP | LancasterOnline: When and where can you legally carry a firearm? Here’s what Pa. law says
Inquirer: High-stakes lawsuits could shape who votes and how ballots are counted in November 
Inquirer: Internet speeds were awful, so these rural Pennsylvanians put up their own wireless tower 
Inquirer: How COVID-19 is accelerating the shift to a cashless society
StateImpactPA: Family that lost hundreds of trees to failed pipeline project settles with company, gets land back
StateImpactPA: Penn State researchers still need the public’s help to fight the spotted lanternfly, but a new tracking technique can help target emerging infestations
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pulse of the Voters | Can president repeat win in Pennsylvania?
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pulse of the Voters | Good times gone, crisis issues drive politics 
WESA: Pennsylvania Housing Assistance Programs Are Now Accepting Applications 
The Hill: GOP state lawmaker says she was kicked out of Gettysburg for refusing to wear mask

Inquirer: Independent police oversight could be coming to Philly, but funding is still a question 
Inquirer: Brian Abernathy is one of the most powerful people in Philly. Coronavirus and protests put him in the spotlight.
Inquirer: High-stakes lawsuits could shape who votes and how ballots are counted in November 
Inquirer: Protesters again take over Vine Street Expressway 
Inquirer: Philly planned to roll out a new anti-violence strategy in the spring. With summer underway, questions remain. 
Inquirer: Protests, not parades, mark Philly’s July Fourth 
Inquirer: A plan to control development in North Philly heightens gentrification fears: ‘Everything is in jeopardy’ 
Inquirer: Latest coronavirus numbers in Philly and the region; N.J. seeing ‘small spike’ in cases due to travelers; resistance and hitches to masks at the Shore 
Inquirer: ‘A lose-lose situation’: Schools try to plan their reopening amid conflicting coronavirus guidelines
Inquirer: Protests replaced parades this July 4th weekend | Morning Newsletter
Billy Penn: These racist tributes and monuments in the Philly region all face reckonings
WHYY Newsworks: Hundreds march back onto I-676 in Philly, decrying city’s response to protests 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly gets first Arabic newspaper in 118 years thanks to ‘Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary’
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphians can apply now for new COVID-19 pandemic rental assistance
KYW Newsradio: Protesters cause Vine Street Expressway shutdown
KYW Newsradio: Homeless encampment on the Parkway draws neighborhood ire
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s budget has lowest cash balance the city has seen in years
KYW Newsradio: Philly gets grant to help protect residents from schemes taking advantage of pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Start of new Philly school year could be delayed as officials prepare for a return amid pandemic
Philly Voice: Protesters march along Interstate 676 decrying racism, police brutality
Philly Voice: Fourth of July protests against systemic racism take place across Philly
Philly Voice: New law allows Pennsylvania residents with criminal records to obtain professional licenses
Philly Voice: Rental evictions postponed for two more months due to surging COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia
Philadelphia Citizen: Fixing Vote-By-Mail 

Daily Local News: U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan launches virtual town hall series on police reform
Daily Local News: Chester County controller finds new billing problems with pipeline lawsuit 
Daily Local News: Police accountability legislation advances with Shusterman’s support 
Daily Local News: West Vincent supports 100% renewal energy future by 2050
KYW Newsradio: Bucks officials share advice on staving off eviction, as moratorium nears its end
Delco Daily Times: Delco council gives preliminary OK to gift ban 
Delco Daily Times: Black Lives Matters protesters exercise their constitutional rights on July 4th
Bucks Local News: Out-of-state exposures continue to inflate modest Bucks County COVID numbers

Post-Gazette: After successful primary, Allegheny County officials prepare for November 
Post-Gazette: Trump supporters hold Fourth of July boat parade, clash with counter-protesters on North Shore 
Post-Gazette: Federal lawsuit over state’s oversight of nursing homes during pandemic dropped 
Post-Gazette: Some nursing homes in state reducing COVID-19 deaths because of new state definition 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 127 new cases of COVID-19; Western Pa. reports 0 new deaths 
Post-Gazette: It was a busy night for the city fireworks task force 
Post-Gazette: With COVID-19 thwarting reopening plans, Washington eyes longer-term paycheck protection 
KDKA: Pro-Trump Boaters And Anti-Trump Protesters Clash At The South Side Works 
KDKA: ‘No KKK, No Fascist USA’: Anti-Trump Protesters And Pro-Trump Supporters Clash On The North Shore During Ongoing Trump Boat Parade  
KDKA: Police In Riot Gear Disperse Protesters In Pittsburgh During Rally To Support Black LGBTQIA Community
KDKA: Pittsburgh Fireworks Task Force To Crack Down On Illegal Fireworks This July 4th Weekend 
KDKA: Tense Protests Take Place Across City Of Pittsburgh On July 4th 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 127 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County Case Total To 3,557 
KDKA: ‘Children March Against Racism’ Demonstrators March Through North Side 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Native Mark Cuban Says He Would Vote For Kanye West As President Over Donald Trump
KDKA: Monessen Mayor Matt Shorraw Issues Proclamation Commemorating 100th Anniversary Of Negro Leagues 
Pittsburgh Business Times: How Allegheny County is scrambling to contain Covid-19 spike
Tribune Review: Tensions flare for Trump supporters, Black Lives Matter activists in Independence Day demonstrations 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County coronavirus cases decline for 3rd straight day
City Paper: PHOTOS: Anti-Trump protesters demonstrate against MAGA boat parade
City Paper: PHOTOS: Civil Saturdays: Pittsburgh Black Out protest 
City Paper: One arrested during BLM protest in Pittsburgh after marchers met by police in riot gear
WESA: June 29-July 3 Explained: A COVID-19 Surge, A Civil Rights Suit & A Message To Everyone
WESA: A Light Map Could Illuminate How Street Lamps Are Part Of Pittsburgh’s Pollution Problems 
WESA: Pennsylvania Housing Assistance Programs Are Now Accepting Applications

Altoona Mirror: Blair GOP retains Foreman despite Kaneshiki challenge
Altoona Mirror: How Blair County residents voted June 2
Altoona Mirror: Gun permit applications go online
Altoona Mirror: Blair jury selection undergoes changes
Beaver County Times: Pa. officials worry mail-in ballot surge, new rules could delay November election results
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County counts 27 new coronavirus cases Sunday
Observer-Reporter: As COVID-19 cases rise in some states, leaders mull how to combat first wave resurgence
Observer-Reporter: State: Washington, Greene counties see increase in COVID-19 cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Pulse of the Voters | First-time voters eager to participate in ‘important’ election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: Cambria adds six COVID-19 cases over weekend; state approaches 90,000

Times-Tribune: Democrats’ registration advantage declines in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties 
Times-Tribune: Decade after loss of son, mother still pushing for distracted driving law 
Times-Tribune: Child protective agency saw drastic spike, then decline in cases 
Times-Tribune: Cases climb as new local COVID-19 deaths stall for second day
Citizens Voice: Democrats’ registration advantage declines in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties
Citizens Voice: County resumes full operations today; will follow Wolf’s list of ‘quarantine’ states 
Citizens Voice: Report on population and income growth not the whole story, officials say 
Citizens Voice: W-B residents to circulate petition to repeal fireworks law 
Citizens Voice: Edwardsville mayor remembered as dedicated family man, public servant 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County sees 11 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths
The Times Leader: Public invited to weigh in on comprehensive plan for Luzerne and Lackawanna counties
The Times Leader: Union contracts on Luzerne County’s radar
The Times Leader: Pre-pandemic, region experienced some net job growth over last few years
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre fireworks petition drive, Crime Watch meeting set
The Times Leader: ‘Our mayor was truly loved by everyone’; Bernard “Ace” Dubaskas dies
The Times Leader: DHS encourages choices to protect individuals with disabilities
The Times Leader: 6 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 479 statewide
South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: This is the rural area of Pa. the new Speaker of the House has lived for his whole life
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city receives huge spike in fireworks complaints; lawmakers plan to repeal or amend the new fireworks law
LNP | LancasterOnline: When and where can you legally carry a firearm? Here’s what Pa. law says
LNP | LancasterOnline: Millersville Borough Council names Lauren Hauck to Planning Commission 
LNP | LancasterOnline: LNP begins transition to a new press in Lancaster County this week. Here’s what it means for your newspaper
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sunday’s COVID-19 Updates: Pa. surpasses 89K cases to date, 4.5K coming from Lancaster County
Patriot News: Dozens, some armed, come to Gettysburg to guard against rumors of Antifa violence
Patriot News: Community members take a knee in Harrisburg to protest police brutality, racial injustice
Patriot News: Ohio lawmaker says she refused to wear mask, was asked to leave Gettysburg Visitor Center
Patriot News: Nearly 500 new coronavirus cases reported in Pa. Sunday 
York Dispatch: 14 new cases of COVID-19 reported in York County on Sunday
Carlisle Sentinel: Activists press for more Black history in Mechanicsburg schools
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 9 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County
York Daily Record: Gettysburg remains calm; no ‘Antifa’ invasion
York Daily Record: York Fire Chief: Repeal the law legalizing fireworks

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan launches virtual town hall series on police reform 
Reading Eagle: Reading hires its first communications coordinator to tell the city’s story
Reading Eagle: Retired Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess proud of his legacy
Reading Eagle: Seven new Berks coronavirus cases reported today 
Reading Eagle: 2 more coronavirus cases for Berks; southwest overtakes southeast in cases
Morning Call: READ: Allentown police use-of-force policy
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: New cases drop below 500 for first time since June 29
Express Times: P’burg-area nursing home apologizes for ‘We beat COVID’ sign, promises to remove it

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending July 3
Erie Times-News: State’s virus response sometimes created Erie confusion
Erie Times-News: Lowering the boom on Erie’s fireworks
Erie Times-News: Fired Erie officer would still get yearly pension of at least $51,820
Erie Times-News: State reports 479 new COVID-19 cases, 4 in Erie County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers not on board with court decision
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mask or no mask, bus riders won’t be ‘stranded’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County six new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: How have correctional facilities in Centre County fared with COVID-19 cases?

John L. Micek: New rankings list moves Pa’s Fitzpatrick to ‘leans Republican’; Lamb to ‘likely Democratic’ | Friday Morning Coffee
Tim Hartman: A very Pa. 4th of July | Editorial Cartoon
Keith C. Burris: Imagine real action on a real issue
Charles Mitchell: 3 steps to ensure that Pa.’s private and Catholic school students can go back to class 
Chris Kelly: Scorn on the Fourth of July
Susan M. Renz: The COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes is still going on. You can help | Expert Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Frederick Douglass’ ‘What to the slave is the Fourth of July?’  
Inquirer: Independence, annotated: How the Declaration of Independence both fails and guides 244 years after its signing 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Grand jury gas probe deserves attention 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Amtrak cuts are shortsighted 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t cut library funding 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Have a penny, share a penny 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Health, safety and livelihoods 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The pursuit of happiness
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Please remain cautious during this strange summer amid a pandemic
Daren Berringer: We need to keep working toward the day ‘no justice, no peace,’ becomes ‘know justice, know peace’
Lola Milder and Lucy Duckworth: Period poverty is an unknown consequence of coronavirus shutdowns 
Charles D. Allen: This 4th of July, let’s remember to honor FDR’s 4 Freedoms
Anthony C. Wisniewski: Why Columbus statues should remain standing
Diana Nelson Jones: Is there a cure for COVID-specific squeamishness?
Brian O’Neill: An African priest meets George Floyd at a Pirates game
David M. Shribman: Frederick Douglass’ July 5 words are germane to our time
Gene Therapy: Happy B-Day America; at 244, you’ve looked better
Rob Tornoe: Pittsburgh proves bars and coronavirus don’t mix | cartoon
Sandra Shea: Is the Declaration of Independence still relevant? | Q&A
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Thomas Jefferson passes his quill to Black Lives Matter
Maria Panaritis: In this sink-or-swim COVID year, the Nile Swim Club wages a heroic summer effort 
Will Bunch: I can’t stop thinking about the beauty of Elijah McClain and the banal evil of the cops who killed him

2 Responses

  1. Toomey and Scarnatti have been all over the map on reopening and have consistently landed on the wrong spots. Florida is spiraling out of control as is Arizona with covid and these are states that “fought for the freedom to reopen.” Where did that get our country? In a dire covid mess that keeps getting worse to the point where we are daily being shocked with numbers of infections. Do we ever hear Scarnatti or Toomey support Gov Wolf on reopening? No. They want county commissioners to do the reopening. This is a pandemic that occurs once every 100 years. When are the Republicans going to get the memo?

  2. Toomey will attend these seminars to learn what should be done or to spread Trump/GOP propaganda that has worked so well in FL, TX, AZ? LOL

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