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June 11th Playbook

Speaker Mike Turzai announces that he will resign on June 15, former VP Joe Biden is slated to participate in a roundtable discussion in Philadelphia, plus VP Mike Pence announces that he will be visiting western PA on Friday. Here is the Playbook. 

Turzai to Resign June 15: House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) reflected on his nearly two decade long tenure in the Pennsylvania House in a farewell address.

Pence to Visit Western PA on Friday: Vice President Mike Pence is slated to participate in the first event for the “Great American Comeback Tour,” organized by America First Policies, in Sarver, PA, while also making several additional stops in the Pittsburgh region.

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

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.

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 in the six candidate primary. As of Thursday morning, Ahmad had 462,000 votes, while Lamb had 395,000 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. 

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 528 vote lead, 7%, 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 1,084 votes, 14%, 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. As of Wednesday morning, Sims only led Shaaban by 478 votes. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 1,530 vote, 15%, over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary. Krajewski significantly extended his lead as of yesterday morning, when he only led Roebuck by 438 votes. 

TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Bernard Williams holds a 141 vote lead in the primary over Fareed Abdullah, while Darisha Parker and Supreme Dow also trail for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia). This race has shifted a bit since Wednesday morning, when Williams only held a 66 vote lead from second place. The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania House speaker says he’ll leave office next week 
AP: Pence to kick off ‘American Comeback’ tour in Pennsylvania 
AP: ‘We need help’: Small cities face fiscal calamity from virus
Spotlight PA: Top Republican Mike Turzai will resign from the Pa. House on June 15
Spotlight PA: Pa. lawmakers approved a resolution ending Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration. Next up: a legal battle.
6 ABC: Biden to visit Philly for roundtable discussion on reopening economy 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Mike Turzai to step down as Pa. House Speaker, resign office on June 15 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf, Senate Republicans headed to state court in fight over COVID-19 emergency order repeal 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As Turzai backs police reform before resignation, Black lawmakers judge his legacy 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Nurses at Erie nursing home that attracted state scrutiny vote to form union 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: George Floyd’s brother: ‘Make sure that he is more than another face on a t-shirt’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf admin issues updated reopening guidance for mini golf, other outdoor businesses
Patriot News: Pa. House Speaker Turzai to leave his seat on June 15 and pass the torch to ‘this generation of new leaders’
Patriot News: A Lancaster County rep. likely to be the next Pa. House speaker
Patriot News: Coronavirus becomes latest battleground in power struggle between Pa. governor, Legislature
Patriot News: Wolf’s authority to keep emergency declaration is challenged, but likely to hold up in court, legal experts say
Patriot News: Pa. House to require temperature checks if member or staffer tests positive for COVID-19 
Patriot News: Pa. state universities gearing up for a return to face-to-face instruction this fall 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf plans to take coronavirus emergency declaration fight to court 
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (6/10/2020): Where does Pa. stand?
KDKA: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai Officially Announces He Will Step Down 
KDKA: Vice President Mike Pence To Visit Pittsburgh-Area This Week 
KDKA: Former State Representative Bill Robinson Dies At 78  
StateImpactPA: House committee takes first step to block Pa.’s entry into regional cap-and-trade program 
PLSReporter: House Speaker Mike Turzai to step down on June 15 
PLSReporter: Wolf, Senate Republicans destined for legal clash over push to terminate COVID-19 disaster order 
WITF: State Drops Hospital Lobbyist As Its Emergency Response Provider 
Beaver County Times: Casey, others announce federal police reform bill
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Wolf makes the case for keeping disaster declaration in place
KYW Newsradio: Resolution aimed at forcing Wolf’s hand in reopening businesses appears headed to court
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Senate advances constitutional amendments on racial equality, disaster declarations
Inquirer: Some Pa. casinos are open — without poker, buffets, or valet parking 
Inquirer: Youth and high school sports, outdoor recreation can resume in Pennsylvania, Gov. Wolf says 
Inquirer: Reopening of Pennsylvania state universities will vary by campus 
Inquirer: Small-town Pa. protests are a sign of big changes 
Fox News: Pennsylvania Senate Republicans sue Gov. Wolf over refusal to end coronavirus lockdown
Fox News: Pennsylvania Republicans vote to end governor’s coronavirus emergency, setting up battle
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf, GOP lawmakers headed to court over fight to end the emergency declaration issued because of the coronavirus 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Commonwealth Court panel hears argument over Marsy’s Law
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf outlines path for sports to return in Pennsylvania  
The Hill: Democratic group’s poll finds Biden leading in five of six key battleground states
The Hill: Voting chaos spells trouble in November
CNN: Police point finger at gangs and local groups for riot damages, contradicting Trump’s claims

WHYY Newsworks: Kenney administration authorized controversial use of tear gas on I-676 protesters 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly may cut police overtime to cover new initiatives after mayor drops funding increase
Philadelphia Magazine: Here’s What’s in Mayor Kenney’s Police Reform Proposal — and What Local Activists Think About It 
Philadelphia Magazine: WATCH: Senator Bob Casey Talks About the Police Reform Bill He’s Co-Sponsored 
Philadelphia Magazine: Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw on Watching the George Floyd Video: “That Just Did Me In” 
Philadelphia Magazine: Now That Frank Rizzo Is Gone, Maybe It’s Time to Talk About Those Christopher Columbus Statues  
6 ABC: Biden to visit Philly for roundtable discussion on reopening economy 
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney approved tear gas use at Philly protests, officials say as City Council questions police response
Inquirer: Workers aren’t calling out unsafe coronavirus conditions for fear of losing their job. A Philly bill could help.
Inquirer: Coronavirus cases trend downward around Philadelphia, but masks are here to stay
Inquirer: Defund the police: What does it mean, and what would it look like in Philly? 
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council bill would cap fees that delivery services can charge restaurants 
Inquirer: After his nephew was killed, Philly police inspector says more people need to ‘galvanize’ against gun violence  
Inquirer: Kenney administration approved police use of tear gas amid Philly protests; demobilization of National Guard underway 
Inquirer: Fishtown’s ‘End Racism Now’ street painting causes controversy a week after police, armed vigilantes clashed with peaceful protesters 
Inquirer: Black Lives Matter brings a reckoning on race to Philly restaurants 
Inquirer: Under new contract, Indego will expand bikeshare in Philly 
Inquirer: ‘Black owned don’t loot:’ For some business owners, signs show solidarity — and provide protection 
Inquirer: Days after he was freed from death row, Walter Ogrod’s tainted Philly murder case was officially thrown out
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney approved tear gas use | Morning Newsletter
Inquirer: Inga Saffron’s new book, ‘Becoming Philadelphia,’ collects her columns into a story of our city, renewing itself
Philadelphia Tribune: Sanitation workers rally for hazard pay and personal protective equipment
Philly Voice: Sanitation workers call for hazard pay, more protections during pandemic
Philadelphia Business Journal: Dozens of Philadelphia’s top executives raise $3M for nonprofits affected by Covid-19
Philadelphia Citizen: Grabbing The Bullhorn  
Philadelphia Citizen: Chop and The Virus  
KYW Newsradio: Philly police commissioner lays out crime reduction, department reform plans at Council budget hearings
KYW Newsradio: With federal and local rules, Philly-area swim clubs work to implement coronavirus guidelines
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint Extra: Philadelphia activists explain what it means to ‘defund police’

Daily Local News: Houlahan co-sponsors Justice in Policing Act of 2020 
Daily Local News: Deana’a Law bill imposing strict DUI penalties advances to House 
Daily Local News: 5 area counties receive grants, access to business loans to help to meet coronavirus challenges
Daily Local News: Chester County officials permit practices for organized sports 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks sees second-highest primary turnout since 2008
Bucks County Courier Times: AG: Bucks, Montgomery County businesses flagrantly violated price-gouging law
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby pledges unity at day of healing 
Inquirer: Chester County coronavirus case numbers could delay move to ‘green’ reopening phase
Montgomery Media: New dashboard has latest Montgomery County coronavirus data 
Montgomery Media: Peaceful protesting for Black Lives Matter continues on 202 Parkway in Montgomery Township
Pottstown Mercury: EPA helping convert Mercury building into ’boutique hotel’

KDKA: Pa. House Speaker Mike Turzai Officially Announces He Will Step Down 
KDKA: Vice President Mike Pence To Visit Pittsburgh-Area This Week 
KDKA: Former State Representative Bill Robinson Dies At 78 
KDKA: Giant Eagle Donates $350,000 To Social Justice Causes, Closes Stores For Internal Discussions, Stops Sales Of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
KDKA: ‘Pittsburgh Police, Not The 3rd Infantry’: Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Demilitarize Police, While Law Enforcement Officers Say They Need Gear For Protection 
KDKA: Post-Gazette Executive Editor Pens Open Letter, Claims ‘A Great Deal Of Disinformation’ Over Black Journalists Allegedly Pulled From Covering Protests 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 3 Additional Deaths As Coronavirus Toll Grows To 172 Countywide 
KDKA: Dozens Attend Black Lives Matter Protest In Connellsville
Post-Gazette: VP Pence to visit Butler County on Friday 
Post-Gazette: Burgess urges no vote on expansion of East Liberty transit district affordable housing funds 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh will receive $1.5 million state grant for police overtime during Rosfeld trial, Tree of Life shooting 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 3 new deaths from COVID-19; cases remain low 
Tribune Review: Giant Eagle takes steps ‘to stand up against racism and social injustice’ 
Tribune Review: House Speaker Turzai to resign from Legislature effective Monday 
Tribune Review: Vice President Mike Pence to visit Buffalo Township 
Tribune Review: Black Lives Matter rally to take place at Squaw Valley Park on Thursday 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Turzai to step down from House on June 15 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Giant Eagle donates $350,000 to social justice causes, suspends single-unit sales of Post-Gazette
City Paper: UPDATE: GOP House Speaker Mike Turzai has announced his resignation
WESA: Downtown Pittsburgh’s New ‘Black Lives Matter’ Mural Became A Work-In-Progress 
WESA: WESA Daily Briefing: June 11, 2020

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown’s state of emergency extended
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: More than 1,600 sign petition to bar Confederate flag from Ebensburg events
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: No additional COVID-19 cases locally, new rules protect hospital staff
Beaver County Times: Casey, others announce federal police reform bill
Observer-Reporter: Hospitals begin to loosen restrictions on visitors
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners hire plaster contractor for courthouse, Caldwell Buliding

Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor extends city COVID-19 state of emergency through June 21 
Times-Tribune: Wolf issues new rules for outdoor activities; no new COVID-19 deaths in Lackawanna County 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Police oversight on W-B council agenda 
Citizens Voice: Heat doesn’t stop Black Lives Matters rally 
Citizens Voice: 12 more COVID-19 cases, one death added to Luzerne County tally 
Citizens Voice: NEPA residents lag in census response 
Citizens Voice: County gets grant to help the homeless during pandemic 
The Times Leader: Many Luzerne County voters already have requested mail-in ballots again for the November general election 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council seeking applicants to serve on new commission 
The Times Leader: Black Lives Matter demonstrators brave sweltering heat to march for justice 
The Times Leader: $100K grant awarded to Children’s Advocacy Center of NEPA 
The Times Leader: L&I to hold unemployment compensation virtual town hall on Thursday 
The Times Leader: Getting by on Social Security? Move a little farther west 
The Times Leader: 12 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 more death 
The Times Leader: Pa. emergency declaration: What local legislators are saying

South Central 
Patriot News: A Lancaster County rep. likely to be the next Pa. House speaker
Patriot News: Cumberland County government offices set to reopen to the public Friday
Patriot News: Youth-focused rally scheduled for Thursday on Capitol steps
Patriot News: Pa. state universities gearing up for a return to face-to-face instruction this fall 
Patriot News: Middletown Police union condemns social media posts by a councilman as ‘bigotry’
Patriot News: Pa. House to require temperature checks if member or staffer tests positive for COVID-19 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Commissioners considering changes in response to George Floyd protests 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Cutting through green tape: Who called the militia to ‘protect’ during Elizabethtown protest
LNP | LancasterOnline: City may sell 50 unclaimed bikes to school district 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 76K cases, 6K deaths
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 5 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Wednesday 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County government offices reopen to public 
Carlisle Sentinel: HS & Youth Sports: Gov. Tom Wolf releases broad return-to-play guidelines for counties in yellow, green phases
York Dispatch: York County’s COVID-19 aid less than half of Lancaster County’s 
York Dispatch: York County COVID-19 cases surpass 1,100, no additional deaths
York Daily Record: Shippensburg protests police brutality

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: It’s time to combat hate, Berks-area leaders urge during virtual town hall
Reading Eagle: 15 new coronavirus cases for Berks County in state reporting 
Reading Eagle: Law enforcement officials say things are done right in Berks, but there’s always room for improvement 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: HS sports back as average of new cases hits low not seen since March | Pa. county COVID-19-case map (6/7/2020) 
KYW Newsradio: Lehigh Valley company developing COVID-19 antibody test
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf, GOP lawmakers headed to court over fight to end the emergency declaration issued because of the coronavirus 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: 410 new cases, and information on what outdoor activities and sports can resume
Morning Call: Bethlehem reopens playgrounds, recycling center and dog park after closure during coronavirus pandemic

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council to review gatherings
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: No permits needed for city street protests
Patriot News: White civil rights group’s rally in Williamsport canceled again due to COVID-19
Erie Times-News: Sides make cases for, against Erie County community college
Erie Times-News: Erie bishop calls for firing or suspension of officer who kicked protester
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Nurses at Erie nursing home that attracted state scrutiny vote to form union 
Centre Daily Times: Penn State announces plan to combat racism, bias — including student coursework, employee training
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 new COVID-19 case, and other updates for June 10

Joseph R. Powers: The nation will be watching Pa. in November. We have to get the vote count right
John Baer: Feeling green? Could be the sickness of racial inequality or the sprouts of post-virus life 
Keith C. Burris: Truth, fairness and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Common ground on police reform 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Resist Big Pharma influence: COVID-19 treatments must be affordable, accessible
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philly’s FOP is like the Wizard of Oz: powerful and mighty until you look behind the curtain
John L. Micek: The 3 big numbers Pa. lawmakers need to remember on police reform | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Jenice Armstrong: Thank you, Jeff Brown of ShopRite and the Pa. 30 Day Fund, for helping looted businesses 
Brian O’Neill: A 2020 vision long overdue
Paul Muschick: Room for moderates: Pennsylvania race shows Republicans don’t have to blindly support Trump to win
Scott Gordon: Addressing systemic racism means equitably funding schools 
Mara Gordon and Kathleen Noonan: Housing helped many homeless people survive COVID-19. Now what? 
JD Mullane: In Bensalem, a mixed race neighborhood holds vigil for America
Matthew T. Mangino: How to police the police? The U.S. Supreme Court did it once. It can do it again
Maria Panaritis: Our exhausting, damaging, remarkable 2020: Year of calamity — and change 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Presidential Antifa flyover in Buffalo
The Angry Grammarian: 4 common phrases with racist origins that you should stop using right now

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  1. US Judge Walton is holding Trump lackey AG Barr’s feet to the fire over redactions in Mueller Report. I’d love to hear Barr’s explanations. He is too cowardly to confront justice himself, so will send some poor subordinate to take the heat.

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