July 7th Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence is slated to visit Pennsylvania on Thursday, while Politico changes the presidential race from Toss Up to Leans Democratic in the Keystone State. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Politico Pushes PA From Toss Up to Leans Dem for Presidential Race: Politico’s Steven Shepard writes that the polls showing former VP Joe Biden with a 5-10 point lead in Pennsylvania over President Donald Trump resulted in the race no longer being considered a Toss Up.

Burgos Named To Biden’s Latino Leadership Committee: According to a release from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, state Rep. Danilo Burgos (D-Philadelphia) has been named as a member of the Biden campaign’s Latino Leadership Committee.  

 

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   
AP: Pence’s Pa. plan includes fundraiser, visit with Philly police union 
AP: 165K in Pennsylvania got federal virus loan aid so far
AP: Pittsburgh remains virus hotspot; reports 218 new infections
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for k-12 schools and higher ed. | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf announces $53M in aid to child care centers to help them through pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘There’s so much beauty in being Black from Scranton’: Meet the historian who’s now an advocate for her community 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. schools, unemployment recipients the victims of data breaches, scams 
Morning Call: Hearing on alleged ‘voting crimes’ postponed after Enid Santiago files amended complaint; Lehigh County is ‘stalling,’ she claims
Morning Call: Which Pennsylvania businesses got the most money in PPP loans? Search the list
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf concerned about post-July 4 coronavirus spike but says Pennsylvania in better spot than other states  
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Lancaster, Philadelphia this week  
Patriot News: Meet Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler: A farmer, a triathlete, a leader who never forgets his mistakes
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf announces $53M in aid for child care providers during pandemic 
Patriot News: Mask order in Pa. could last until there is a coronavirus vaccine, Wolf says, and he’s ‘concerned’ about new ‘breakouts’
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases surpass 90,000; 450 new cases reported
Post-Gazette: Dems pushing for creation of civilian police review boards in Pa. counties 
Post-Gazette: Feds issue $1.1B in small business loans, including at least $600K for Rep. Mike Kelly’s dealerships 
Post-Gazette: State centers have first COVID-19 case among residents
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania will distribute additional federal funds to child care centers
WHYY Newsworks: Dozens of Pa. charter schools among recipients of federal small business aid
Inquirer: A Pa. congressman got up to $1 million in coronavirus PPP loans for his car dealerships 
PA Post: What would it take for Kanye West to get on the ballot in Pennsylvania?
National Journal: The new progressive playbook
The Hill: Poll finds Biden leading Trump by 5 points in Pennsylvania
Politico: New data shows lawmakers secured millions in small business aid 
Politico: POLITICO’s Election Forecast: Trump, Senate GOP in trouble
CNN: Penn State is tracking those in contact with a 21-year-old student who died of Covid-19 complications 
CNN: Covid relief went to hair salons, restaurants, law firms — and some members of Congress
PLSReporter: Dems ask Wolf to extend moratorium on evictions, foreclosures to end of year
PLSReporter: Wolf announces new support for child care facilities, says mask wearing likely to persist until vaccine 
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.   

 

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: Philly landlords sue to stop new laws meant to help tenants struggling through pandemic
KYW Newsradio: In Philly, small steps toward normalcy as city continues to cope with COVID-19
Inquirer: Philly-area companies reap millions from Paycheck Protection Program for small businesses
Inquirer: Philly shootings surge as 23 people were shot in a single day
Inquirer: Cape May County issues warning involving several Shore towns; Pa. mask mandate could remain until next year; Philly to resume car booting operations 
Inquirer: Philly shootings reached alarming levels last weekend | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Tribune: Sure-BioChem Laboratories brings testing facility to Cheyney University
Philadelphia Citizen: Who’s Your Philly Hero? 
WHYY Newsworks: Spraygrounds a relatively safe way to cool off, experts say
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Stars have aligned’: Philadelphia refinery site holds great hope for transformational industrial hub 
Philadelphia Business Journal: The 14 Philadelphia-area health care businesses with PPP loans over $5M 
Philadelphia Business Journal: 21 Philadelphia-area colleges and universities land PPP loans of $150,000 or more

 

SEPA
Levittown Now: EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: Using The Primary Elections, Trends & Polls To Find Out Where We’re At
Bucks Local News: ‘HATE HAS NO PLACE HERE:’ State Rep. Wendy Ullman condemns vandalism at her Plumstead office
Bucks Local News: Newtown Quakers and supporters continue vigil for racial justice 
Daily Local News: Houlahan town hall addresses police reform
Daily Local News: Sappey announces upcoming shred event for July 18 
Delco Daily Times: County looking to return money to residents 
Delco Daily Times: Delco helping get CARES funds to homeowners, renters 
WHYY Newsworks: Can a Delco task force succeed in influencing criminal justice reform?
KYW Newsradio: As reassessed property values go out in Delco, officials say ‘Don’t panic’
Bucks County Courier Times: Police investigating vandalism at state rep’s office in Plumstead 
Bucks County Courier Times: Northampton extends tax break program for businesses another five years
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County officials set parameters for county operations under green phase 
Pottstown Mercury: Help available for Montgomery County renters struggling financially due to coronavirus

 

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: New State House Speaker Bryan Cutler Says Western Pa. Has Republican Legislators Likely To Move Up In House 
KDKA: ‘Very Concerned’: Allegheny Co. Executive Rich Fitzgerald Speaks On New Coronavirus Case Numbers Still In Triple Digits 
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Shares Concern For Allegheny Co. Coronavirus Case Surge, Thinks Masks Will Be Mandatory Until Vaccine Is Available 
KDKA: Contact Tracing Efforts Continue To Increase In Allegheny County As Coronavirus Cases Surge 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Business Owners Using 2 Programs To Help Employees Pay The Bills This Month 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 218 New Coronavirus Cases As Total Grows To 3,775
WESA: Changing Public Perception Of Police Begins With ‘Hiring The Right People,’ Says Peduto
WESA: COVID-19 Forces Some Allegheny Court Office Closures, But Local Lawyers Say It’s Not Enough 
WESA: U.S. Department Of Energy Touts Petrochemicals, Puts Money Into Coal ‘Innovation’ Grants
Post-Gazette: Dems pushing for creation of civilian police review boards in Pa. counties 
Post-Gazette: County Council committee hears testimony on ordinance for ‘less lethal’ weapon ban 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County court employees have safety concerns after at least 10 test positive for COVID-19 
Post-Gazette: As Allegheny shuts down some businesses, neighboring counties distance themselves from similar measures  
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County surge continues with 218 new cases
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials confirm 6 coronavirus cases at courthouse 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 218 new coronavirus cases, 1 death
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf on why targeted approach is better than ‘blunt instruments’ type of closing 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s which Pittsburgh-area businesses received PPP loans of $150,000 and up 
Pittsburgh Business Times: County’s Covid-19 counts decline, but still in triple digits
Pittsburgh Current: Allegheny County Will Make $4.3 Million Profit In New Contract To Provide Phone Calls For County Jail Inmates

 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset police: Organizer cancels local ‘All Lives Matter’ and Confederate flag march
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania gun sales skyrocket in June
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf: Convincing parents school is safe will be key to reopening in fall 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State’s rise in COVID-19 cases ‘a concern,’ but still low; Allegheny County fuels Pa. surge
Post-Gazette: As Allegheny shuts down some businesses, neighboring counties distance themselves from similar measures 
Altoona Mirror: PPP proposals to be accepted
Beaver County Times: Pittsburgh remains virus hot spot; reports 218 new infections
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 cases still on the rise 

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre itemizing COVID-19 expenses in financial reports
The Times Leader: Legislation reintroduced to reform statewide judicial elections
The Times Leader: 2 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘There’s so much beauty in being Black from Scranton’: Meet the historian who’s now an advocate for her community 
Times-Tribune: Nearly 200 fireworks complaints made over holiday in Scranton
Times-Tribune: Monday’s COVID-19 data shows no new deaths in region, cases continue downward trend
Citizens Voice: PPP loan recipients released; many local companies on list
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre described as ‘war zone’ over 4th of July weekend
Citizens Voice: Two new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths in Luzerne County reported Monday 

 

South Central 
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Lancaster, Philadelphia this week  
Patriot News: Meet Pa. House Speaker Bryan Cutler: A farmer, a triathlete, a leader who never forgets his mistakes
Patriot News: Law enforcement at Northumberland County rally test negative for COVID-19 
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases surpass 90,000; 450 new cases reported
LNP | LancasterOnline: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Lancaster County this week 
LNP | LancasterOnline: A month after racial injustice protests began in Lancaster, where do demonstrators’ demands stand? 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa.’s mandatory mask order complicates school reopening plans 
LNP | LancasterOnline: New report documents racial inequity of COVID-19 infections nationally and in Lancaster County 
York Dispatch: York City Council votes to renew COVID-19 disaster declaration 
York Dispatch: York County has 4 new cases of COVID-19, statewide cases surpass 90K
York Daily Record: Mayor: Illegally setting off fireworks ‘basically terrorism’; he wants law reversed  
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Few new cases reported in Cumberland County, region

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Hearing on alleged ‘voting crimes’ postponed after Enid Santiago files amended complaint; Lehigh County is ‘stalling,’ she claims
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf now wants local governments to lead in pandemic fight, but how much can they do in the Lehigh Valley?
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf concerned about post-July 4 coronavirus spike but says Pennsylvania in better spot than other states 
Morning Call: Marchers: Allen High, other schools fail Black students; demand more funding, mandatory Black history curriculum
Express Times: 18 Lehigh Valley arts organizations part of $2.3M in COVID-19 pandemic relief grants 
Express Times: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 1,500 new cases over July 4th weekend push state to 90K total; Northampton, Bucks residents among few reported COVID-19 deaths | Coronavirus Pa. map (07/06/20)
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council vents frustrations over fireworks 
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan launches town hall series on systemic racism in policing 
Reading Eagle: Spike in fireworks complaints on Fourth of July kindles big push to change Pennsylvania law 
Reading Eagle: End of evictions moratorium in Pennsylvania leads to concerns of sweeping homelessness 
Reading Eagle: For many, coronavirus fallout lands on top of already struggling Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 3 coronavirus cases as Pennsylvania reports 450 cases

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council to re-examine fireworks ordinance
Erie Times-News: Kelly dealerships among those that got PPP loans 
Erie Times-News: Construction takes flight at Erie airport
Post-Gazette: Feds issue $1.1B in small business loans, including at least $600K for Rep. Mike Kelly’s dealerships 
Centre Daily Times: 1 new COVID-19 case and 1 new death reported in Centre County, per state Department of Health

 

Opinion  
John Fetterman: Increased funding for Board of Pardons is key amid calls for police reform 
Bernie Comfort: Women are winning under President Trump 
Charlie Gerow: Do we truly celebrate the birth of this great nation? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Schools still need protection 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make internet access available to all 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Act now on state-driven schools plan
John L. Micek: New study confirms it: Pa. drivers are terrible, but not as awful as you’d think | Monday Morning Coffee
Kaitlin Best: Penn must be accountable to Philly’s Black communities 
Kerith Gabriel: White people’s newfound wokeness must go beyond social media 
Salena Zito: Amid current crisis, new colonel reminds us of our general goodness
Dick Polman: How Oklahoma delivered a decisive win … for Barack Obama 
Jay Bookman: We could be witnessing the deciding battle of the culture wars 
Britt Isenberg: Park Service and ‘patriots’ failed the community last week (letter)
Carmen Guerra, Jeffrey Millstein and Rolando Vega: Why Internet access is a ‘super’ determinant of health | Expert Opinion

July 7th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “July 7th Playbook”

  1. Bono says:

    Mike Kelly gets another bailout, a minimum of $600,000 from PPP. He’s always ready to feed at the trough whe the feds dispense money during a crisis.

  2. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    ACJ “services” to “residents” has long been a thug organization, robbing men down on their luck with shoddy merchandise or services at astronomical prices.

  3. Chuckie Porter the rat says:

    Noting that the Allegheny County prisoner phone contract was fronted previously by shadow companies controlled by Zebo Zottola and the Pgh. Mob, Councilor Hallam should be looking behind the new company and asking…”Who own de Chiefs?”

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