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June 10th Playbook

A pro-Trump PAC attacks former VP Joe Biden over energy policies, the RSLC targets 17 Trump won districts in PA, plus Spotlight PA reports that Speaker Mike Turzai is expected to resign before the end of his term. Here is the Playbook.

Pro-Trump PAC Hits Biden on Fracking and Coal: America First Action’s month-long, multi-million dollar ad campaign in Pennsylvania criticizes former Vice President Joe Biden on fracking.

RSLC Targets 17 Trump Won Districts in PA: The Republican State Leadership Committee is targeting 15 state House seats and 2 state Senate seats that are held by Democrats in districts that voted for President Trump in 2016. 

Below are previous Playbooks with results from races already called prior to today. 

June 9th Playbook: Former presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg will co-headline a virtual fundraiser for PA House Democrats in late June, while Tom Brier concedes to Eugene DePasquale in the 10th Congressional Democratic primary. Here is the Playbook.

June 8th Playbook: Gov. Tom Wolf announces 12 more counties will enter the ‘green’ phase, Nina Ahmad takes a lead in the Democratic Auditor General race, and Eugene DePasquale is declared the winner in the PA10 Democratic primary. Here is the Playbook.

June 5th Playbook: More updates are provided from Tuesday’s primary, while Gov. Tom Wolf is set to announce that more counties can join the green phase. Here is the Playbook.

PoliticsPA: 2020 Primary Results Thursday Playbook: A couple of progressives win state House primaries in Allegheny County, while several competitive congressional races go final on Wednesday.

PoliticsPA: 2020 Primary Results Wednesday Playbook: The latest on every contested primary in PA: races that are over, races where a candidate leads, and races that are still tossups. 3 incumbents lost, another 5 trail.

Primary Election Update: 

LEADER: Ahmad Extends Leads Lamb in Dem Auditor General Primary: Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad extender her lead over Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb on Monday in the six candidate primary. As of Wednesday morning, Ahmad had 434,000 votes, while Lamb had 388,000 votes. 

LEADER: PA9 Dem: Gary Wegman maintains a 5,000 plus vote lead, 13%, over Laura Quick in the race to face Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne). On Thursday, Quick held a slight lead over Wegman. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD22 Dem: This is a nail biter. State Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) leads Enid Santiago by 57 votes, which is slightly more than 1%, in this majority Latino district, according to county website results. The Allentown Morning Call reports that Scheweyer has declared victory in the race, although Santiago has yet to concede. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD39 GOP: Some mail, all in-person. State Rep. Michael Puskaric (R-Allegheny) has taken a small lead, fewer than 200 votes, in the race over challenger Tom Kirsch, according to the AP. This is a grudge match for the old Saccone seat; the former State Rep. backed Kirsch. The winner of this race will go up against Democrat Sara-Summer Oliphant in the fall. 

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: HD106 GOP: Some mail, all in-person. State Rep. Thomas Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) leads Chris Lupp and Mimi Legro in the primary. The winner of this race will face Democrat Lindsay Drew. 

WRITE-IN: HD112 GOP: State Rep. Kyle Mullins (D-Lackawanna) was unopposed in the primary. However, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports that Republican Mary Noldy launched a write-in campaign to make the ballot. Noldy received 426 write-in votes, above the the threshold for the GOP nomination. 

LEADER: HD127 GOP: Vincent Gagliardo Jr. holds a slim lead over Branden Moyer in the primary. The winner of this race will face Democrat Manuel Guzman. The seat is held by state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks), who is retiring at the end of his current term. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD175 Dem: State Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) holds a 448 vote lead, 8%, over Vanessa McGrath, Jeff Dempsey, and Andre Del Valle in the four candidate primary among in-person votes. The mail-in ballots will determine the outcome. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD182 Dem: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) leads challenger Marisa Shaaban by 478 votes, 8%, with all of the in-person votes accounted for, while the mail-in votes are still coming in. The GOP candidate in this safe Dem district is Drew Murray. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 438 vote lead, 7%, over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary. 

TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Bernard Williams holds a 66 vote lead in the primary over Supreme Down, while Fareed Abdullah and Darisha Parker also trail for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia). The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai expected to resign before the end of his term, sources say 
Spotlight PA: Thousands of deaths later, Pa. finally mandates universal testing in nursing homes, but not for another month
WHYY Newsworks: After primary defeat, Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach may take his caucus leader to court
WHYY Newsworks: Unprecedented Pa. primary has lessons for November
AP: Some counting continues, a week after Pennsylvania’s primary 
AP: Pennsylvania orders hospitals to protect workers from virus 
AP: Legislature moves to up penalty for boating under influence 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Next move Wolf: House and Senate approve resolution toppling Gov’s emergency declaration
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s everything we know about police reform in Harrisburg and what may happen next
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Citing executive overreach, House committee advances bill blocking Pa. from joining RGGI
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 75,943 confirmed cases in 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa’s Congressional Dems help roll out expansive police reform plans
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Defund the Police: What does it mean and why does it matter? | Analysis
Inquirer: Tens of thousands of Pennsylvania mail ballots were turned in after the deadline. November could be worse. 
Inquirer: They had a plan to beat Trump. It got ‘blown up’ by coronavirus. What do Pennsylvania activists do now? 
Inquirer: New Pennsylvania requirements promise better testing and equipment for health-care workers 
Inquirer: EPA chief Wheeler to visit Pottstown for grant to clean up old newspaper site
Patriot News: Lawmakers vote to end Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency disaster but Gov. Wolf says it’s not over 
Patriot News: Pa. state House members get a small deposit on GOP’s pledge to air police reform bills
Patriot News: Joe Biden coming to Philadelphia for community roundtable
Patriot News: Pa. opening five additional COVID-19 testing sites in areas with limited access
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (6/9/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading? 
Patriot News: Pa. college leaders share fall reopening plans amid COVID-19 pandemic 
Patriot News: Pa. state universities will look different this fall than they did in March to mitigate risks of COVID-19 
WITF: As EPA steps back, states face wave of requests for environmental leniency
KYW Newsradio: Pa. lawmakers vote to end Wolf’s pandemic disaster declaration
KYW Newsradio: As schools prepare for the fall, many students still unclear about college plans
KYW Newsradio: More results trickle in a week after Pennsylvania primary election
KYW Newsradio: Pa. nonprofits find voting problems in primary election to fix before November 
PLSReporter: Legislature passes resolution terminating Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration–but can he veto it?
PLSReporter: With state lawmakers set to consider policing legislation next week, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh officials plot their own action
PLSReporter: House panel approves bill to block entrance into carbon-capping compact
KDKA: Sources: Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai Expected To Resign Before End Of His Final Term
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Says Reforming State’s Criminal Justice System Could Save Millions Of Taxpayer Dollars 
LNP | LancasterOnline: How different will Pa. state universities look in the fall? Students are about to find out 
The Hill: Biden appeals to young voters in new ad addressing protests
Beaver County Times: DePasquale suggests criminal justice reform measures 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Here’s what Pennsylvania’s new $225M initiative means for small businesses
Tribune Review: Pa. insurance officials say damage to businesses by protests, looting, is likely covered
Politico: Trump’s latest attempt to tag Biden as a radical flops
Politico: Priorities USA expands TV ads in Arizona
Politico: Trump gets the 2016 band back together as he tumbles in polls
CNN: Biden campaign ramps up Facebook ad spending

Inquirer: Will Philly dismantle the Police Department for a new public safety system? It’s unlikely. 
Inquirer: After days of protests against police brutality, Mayor Jim Kenney pledges police reforms 
Inquirer: ‘Black lives matter at work’: Philly sanitation workers rally for safer conditions on the job  
Inquirer: Loss of Philadelphia Cultural Fund would hit arts organizations — and neighborhoods — hard 
Inquirer: Police Athletic League removes Frank Rizzo’s name from Port Richmond center 
Inquirer: Joseph Rizzo, former Philadelphia fire commissioner and brother of Frank, has died at 95 
Inquirer: Philly police say Inspector Joseph Bologna is suspended ‘with intent to dismiss,’ hours after a new accusation of excessive force 
Inquirer: PHL COVID-19 Fund briefly reopening applications for grants
Inquirer: Philly marijuana dispensaries that got looted say state rules are making it harder to reopen 
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s the List of Demands Most of City Council Just Gave to Kenney for Philly Police Reform 
Philadelphia Magazine: WATCH: Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Richard Florida Talk About Philly’s Wealth Gap 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Police Officer Joseph Bologna, Who Is Charged With Assaulting a Protester, Has Been Suspended 
Philadelphia Magazine: 103-Year-Old South Philly Woman Insisted On Going to Vote After Mail-In Ballot Didn’t Show Up
WHYY Newsworks: Making a ‘hard situation even worse’: Philadelphians ask mayor to rethink housing cuts
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Kenney walks back police budget boost and vows reforms — but not enough, critics say
WHYY Newsworks: Philly curfews and closures create challenges for people experiencing homelessness, outreach workers
WHYY Newsworks: COVID-19 created a backlog of criminal cases in Philly. New budget cuts could make it hard to dig out of it.
WHYY Newsworks: Philly sanitation workers demand PPE and hazard pay; vigil for justice held in Trevose
KYW Newsradio: Mayor Kenney proposes ‘immediate action’ in response to demand for police reform
KYW Newsradio: Hundreds gather in Fishtown to paint ‘End Racism Now’ on Girard Avenue 
Philadelphia Tribune: Krasner fights impending $8.7M budget cut to DA’s Office
Philadelphia Tribune: 14 City Council members demand police reforms; reject Kenney’s budget increases for department
Billy Penn: I’m a doctor who treated protesters tear-gassed and shot by rubber bullets
Philly Voice: Philadelphia pledges major police reform, eliminates department’s proposed budget increase

Bucks County Courier Times: At New Britain factory, Fitzpatrick details post-pandemic expectations 
Bucks County Courier Times: NAACP challenges Bucks police to speak out
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton projecting $1M in revenue losses
WHYY Newsworks: After primary defeat, Pa. Sen. Daylin Leach may take his caucus leader to court
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners OK $2.2M in ‘Montco 2040’ grants
Montgomery Media: Amid coronavirus Montgomery County official has advice on microphone use at rallies
Montgomery Media: Demonstrators participate in peaceful downtown Ambler march
Inquirer: EPA chief Wheeler to visit Pottstown for grant to clean up old newspaper site
Bucks Local News: JUNE 8 COVID-19 UPDATE: Bucks total tops 5,000 as daily case counts remain low

Spotlight PA: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai expected to resign before the end of his term, sources say 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council begins discussion on police reform in wake of protests
Post-Gazette: Allegheny council members Bennett, Hallam want to ban ‘less lethal’ crowd-control devices
Post-Gazette: City encouraging community events limit attendance to 250, in line with green phase guidance
Post-Gazette: State’s COVID-19 death toll passes 6,000 mark; 1 death reported in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Port Authority receives over $141 million in pandemic stimulus funds
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh black leaders see a difference in George Floyd protests
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council Introduce Bills To Address Police Tactics
WESA: Newsrooms Must Do More For Black Journalists, Says PG’s Alexis Johnson 
KDKA: Sources: Pennsylvania House Speaker Mike Turzai Expected To Resign Before End Of His Final Term
KDKA: Allegheny County Council Sends Police Reform Bill To Committee
KDKA: ‘Taking Things Into Their Own Hands’: Gun Sales Increase After Calls To Defund Police Departments, Nationwide Protests And Coronavirus Pandemic
KDKA: ‘We Need To Get To The Root Causes Of Systematic Racism’: Legislation To Freeze Hiring And Divert Police Funding Has Broad Support On Council
KDKA: Newspaper Guild Condemns Post-Gazette, Claims ‘Unrelenting Mistreatment’ After Paper Offers Barred Black Journalist Assignment To Fly To Houston For George Floyd’s Funeral
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 1 Additional Death And 19 More Coronavirus Cases 
KDKA: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Says County Pools Will Not Open This Summer 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycle Club Rides In Honor Of George Floyd 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Department Of Public Works Plans To Use Sustainable Landscaping In City Parks 
KDKA: City Planning Commission Unanimously Adopts Homewood Comprehensive Community Plan
Tribune Review: Proposed ban on tear gas, rubber bullets sent to committee by Allegheny County Council 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Council proposes major police reforms during heated meeting 
Tribune Review: McCandless council member resigns seat, moving out of municipality 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny Conference board says Post-Gazette’s removal of Black journalists from coverage is unacceptable
Pittsburgh Business Times: Port Authority awarded $141.7M from U.S. DOT as part of federal CARES Act funding 
City Paper: Avoiding COVID-19 during protests — recommendations and what Pittsburghers are doing to help 
City Paper: Over a week of Black Lives Matter protests expose Pittsburgh Police’s weakness in safely managing demonstrations 
City Paper: Street cleaning has resumed, but you don’t need to move your car yet 
City Paper: Photos: Public defenders help lead Black Lives Matter protest in Downtown Pittsburgh

Beaver County Times: Nearly 40 percent of Beaver County voters cast ballots in primary
Beaver County Times: District 10 candidates disagree over state House protest 
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates soar in Washington, Greene, Fayette
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania death toll from COVID-19 rises to more than 6,000 
Observer-Reporter: Visiting courthouse? New procedures because of COVID-19 in place
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria’s new COVID-19 case among 493 in state; emergency officials prep for virus during heatwave 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: General Assembly issues new rebuke seeking to end Wolf’s business closings 
Altoona Mirror: Virus likely culprit for Blair County revenue loss

The Times Leader: No, Luzerne County vote counting is not finished
The Times Leader: No timetable for resuming in-person county meetings
The Times Leader: 5 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County; 2 more deaths
The Times Leader: Ex-WB Chief Barrett appointed to Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission
Times-Tribune: Noldy wins House Republican nomination
Times-Tribune: Nearly $2 million in federal funding announced for Lackawanna County Treatment Court 
Times-Tribune: Split City Council approves residency waiver for new OECD director 
Times-Tribune: Federal COVID-19 report on nursing homes riddled with errors 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: County state of emergency could end soon 
Citizens Voice: Write-in votes delay final ballot count in county 
Citizens Voice: W-B councilman appointed to police training commission 
Citizens Voice: 5 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported in county 

South Central 
York Daily Record: Public defenders join in Black Lives Matter protest in downtown York 
Carlisle Sentinel: Shippensburg protesters advocate for Black Lives Matter movement 
Carlisle Sentinel: State conduct board files charges against Cumberland County judge Thomas Placey for “extreme” judicial behavior 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County in Tuesday report
Patriot News: County of York Recovery Task Force to hold Wednesday webinar to share findings
Patriot News: Protesters peacefully gather in Shippensburg: ‘We should not teach fear anymore. Teach understanding,’ one says
Patriot News: Cumberland County Judge Thomas A. Placey charged over ‘extremely loud’ outbursts in his courtroom
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (6/9/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading? 
Patriot News: Pa. state universities will look different this fall than they did in March to mitigate risks of COVID-19
York Dispatch: York County municipalities look at freezing spending, raising taxes as revenues plunge
York Dispatch: York County has one new death linked to COVID-19, deaths in state surpass 6K
York Dispatch: Northeastern principal allegedly called Black Lives Matter ‘leftist lie’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County chiefs’ association condemns George Floyd death, supports prosecution 
LNP | LancasterOnline: How different will Pa. state universities look in the fall? Students are about to find out 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Dementia, hypertension, diabetes are most common comorbidities in COVID-19 deaths in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Statehouse primary challenger files complaint in Lehigh Valley race decided, unofficially, by 57 votes
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: Deaths climb past 6K, cases hit 76K | Pa. county COVID-19-case map (6/9/2020) 
Express Times: Ouster of Lehigh County commissioner sought over ‘looting’ comment 
Express Times: Bethlehem’s opening back up. Kids can hit playgrounds, skatepark Wednesday. Get your books to the library.
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Health officials issue new safety order to hospitals in response to concerns from nurses
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council introduces ordinance to move to single trash hauler [Poll] 
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania launches coronavirus dashboard that consolidates data

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Slomski, Laughlin to battle for state senate seat 
Erie Times-News: How to watch, listen to Erie community college hearing 
Erie Times-News: Millcreek officials OK pepperballs purchase for police
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County has no new COVID-19 cases, and other updates for June 9 
Centre Daily Times: ‘It’s time.’ Fair Districts PA pushes for redistricting reform in drive-by protest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County officials talk green phase operations
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners fund police training
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Businesses split on requiring customers to wear face masks
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: River Valley Transit: Federal grant to cover revenue lost amidst pandemic

Andrea Custis: A housing and eviction crisis is coming. Leaders must act now to combat it 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly’s FOP is like the Wizard of Oz: powerful and mighty until you look behind the curtain 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Donate plasma, save a life
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Let’s go to the movies 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Balancing the risks of COVID-19 with the need to protest racial injustice, and how county officials should help
John L. Micek: What’s so special about a special session on police reform? In this moment, everything | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Hillary Blecker and Sarah Burgess: Mayor Kenney, please raise our taxes 
Solomon Jones: I’m the Inquirer’s only black male news columnist. That speaks to a larger problem. 
Charles D. Ellison: Reality Check: Reinventing The Police Advisory Commission Wheel 
Inga Saffron: Plans for a North Philly police station make even less sense after the George Floyd protests 
Shakira King: West Philly protester: We got tear gassed. It didn’t stop us. 
Helen Ubiñas: Now it’s time for people with power to take a stand, not a knee, against police brutality 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Mail-in ballots are great! So easy to screw up!
Kah Yangni: Mayor Kenney’s budget eliminates my library job, which hurts my community and me 
Jasmine Harris: Star player who expressed interest in going to an HBCU may shake up how athletes select a college
Will Bunch Newsletter: Was ‘the Resistance’ wrong to focus on Trump? 
Trudy Rubin: George Floyd’s death sparked a U.S. movement. Are there lessons from Tahrir Square and Hong Kong?

7 Responses

  1. As long as the D governors in PA, MA and CT keep trying to limit large groups the President can’t get his usual 10,000 people at his rallies.

    The rallies will end up with the 25 max that is more like what Biden can do on a good day for him.

    Everything has been thrown at Trump from Russia to impeachment to politicizing the virus against him but he won’t go away. Deal with it.

    1. Mail in makes tons of sense. The only real objection to it would be that a political party does not want a lot of people to vote. Turzai leaving is a legacy of gerrymandering the congressional districts into pretzels to benefit Republicans and howling when his party lost in the Supreme Court of Pa over the matter. David Frum, conservative Republican political commentator, makes a point in his new book that Dems should present two redistributing plans to Republicans in the states saying, “this is the fair version” and this other plan is the “version you gave us 10 years ago except it’s in the Dems favor.”

      1. Yes, hardball gerrymandering threats favoring Democrats sounds like the kind of thing a sincere “conservative Republican political commentator” would promote.

        The rest of my comment, which is fantastic, is in the mail.

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