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June 12th Playbook

Nina Ahmad declares victory in the Democratic primary for Auditor General, former VP Joe Biden speaks at a roundtable in Philadelphia, plus VP Mike Pence is set to visit western PA today. Here is the Playbook. 

Ahmad Declares Victory in Dem Auditor General Primary: Former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia Nina Ahmad declared victory in the six candidate primary on Thursday afternoon after she extended her lead to close to 70,000 votes over Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb.

Rendell and Wolf Host Biden Virtual Fundraiser: According to a pooled report from Yahoo’s Brittany Shepherd, former Gov. Ed Rendell and Gov. Tom Wolf both were hosts in a virtual fundraiser with approximately 430 people in attendance for the Biden campaign on Wednesday evening.

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

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.

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: 

WINNER: Ahmad Declares Victory in Dem Auditor General Primary: Former Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia Nina Ahmad declared victory in the six candidate primary on Thursday afternoon after she extended her lead to close to 70,000 votes over Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb.

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 55 votes, which is slightly more than 1%, in this majority Latino district, according to county website results. The Allentown Morning Call reports that Schweyer has declared victory in the race, although Santiago has yet to concede. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD39 GOP: 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 548 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 1,786 votes, 15%, 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 1,610 vote, 16%, over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary. Krajewski significantly extended his lead over the past two days, when he only led Roebuck by 438 votes as of Wednesday morning. 

TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Bernard Williams holds a 122 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   
Philly Clout: The Pennsylvania GOP may spark another party fight in its bid for ‘unity’ 
AP: More Pennsylvania counties poised to enter ‘green’ phase
Spotlight PA: Why Gov. Tom Wolf’s big effort to grant coronavirus reprieves to Pa. inmates came up small
Inquirer: Ed Rendell just hosted his biggest fund-raiser ever: A Zoom call for Joe Biden 
Inquirer: Joe Biden used a visit to West Philly to introduce his plan to restart the national economy 
Inquirer: With undocumented families excluded from coronavirus aid, immigrant organizations step in to help keep food on the table 
Inquirer: Projected first-year enrollment down at Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Black Lives Matter protests swept small towns in Pa. this week. Here’s why that matters.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pension travel policy reforms meet pushback from teachers 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Embraced heavily during COVID-19, is telemedicine here to stay?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: W. Pa. grocery chain Giant Eagle says it won’t sell Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With state board’s green light, Erie County to become home of Pa.’s 15th community college
WITF: Bill requiring detailed report on presidential primary heads to governor’s desk 
PLSReporter: Amid calls for police reform, Pa. lawmakers, activists say systemic change must start from within 
PLSReporter: With Turzai set to depart, heads are shifting towards fall HD 28 race 
Patriot News: Which Pa. counties could be picked to move into the green phase of Wolf’s plan next?: Analysis 
Patriot News: Pa.’s decline in child abuse reports is ‘not a data trend that we were happy to see’ 
Patriot News: Pa. small business assistance grant program expects to begin accepting applications by month’s end 
Patriot News: Grocery store chain halts sales of Pa. newspaper over George Floyd coverage flap
Patriot News: 5 things you need to know about coronavirus testing in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Police misconduct records kept secret in Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (6/11/2020): Where does Pa. stand? 
WHYY Newsworks: Biden releases plan to reopen US economy amid coronavirus 
Fox News: Gun violence grips Philadelphia despite virus lockdowns, social unrest 
Fox News: Biden says Trump trying to steal the election is his ‘single greatest concern’
PA Post: PA Board Of Education Approves Community College For Erie
StateImpactPA: Delaware River Basin Commission faces pressure to reject PennEast pipeline
CNN: Road to 270: CNN’s debut Electoral College map for 2020

Philly Clout: The Pennsylvania GOP may spark another party fight in its bid for ‘unity’
Inquirer: Philly City Council wants to ban police kneeholds and require new cops to live in the city 
Inquirer: Philly police scaled back a plan for the George Floyd protests. The impact was devastating. 
Inquirer: Joe Biden used a visit to West Philly to introduce his plan to restart the national economy 
Inquirer: Philadelphia Art Museum leaders apologize for word choices in Black Lives Matter message 
Inquirer: Outdoor dining to start in Philly and New Jersey, as caution still urged against COVID-19 
Billy Penn: Voter registration in Philly was higher than 2016 — until the pandemic hit 
Billy Penn: Are SEPTA riders wearing face masks? We rode bus, trolley and subway to find out
Billy Penn: How Philly restaurants can add outdoor dining starting June 12
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly police chief says cuts to department’s budget will lead to layoffs 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s Black Community Has Been Disproportionately Affected By COVID-19. Why Is the City Just Now Doing Something About It? 
KYW Newsradio: DA Krasner will use task force to review charges against those arrested during protests
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia health officials say ‘yellow’ reopening phase is going well with no spike in cases
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council responds to anti-racism protests with bills for police reform
KYW Newsradio: Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium takes free testing to SEPTA workers
KYW Newsradio: City releases guidelines as outdoor dining in Philadelphia begins Friday
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA plans for more Regional Rail service later this month as the city reopens
Philadelphia Business Journal: Exclusive survey: Business leaders want Philadelphia’s economy to phase in gradually
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia launches $4.4M grant programs for small businesses in disadvantaged communities
Philadelphia Citizen: Chop And The Virus  
Philadelphia Citizen: Health Care Disparity In The Age of COVID-19 
Philly Voice: D.A. Larry Krasner starts task force to investigate 2,000 arrests made during George Floyd protests
Philly Voice: National Guard departing Philadelphia as peaceful protests continue
Philly Voice: Some Pennsylvania liquor stores to begin permitting in-person shopping
Philly Voice: Philly teachers demand district improve environmental conditions of schools
WHYY Newsworks: Biden releases plan to reopen US economy amid coronavirus 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly continues slow slide toward reopening 
WHYY Newsworks: Tent encampment on the Parkway for affordable housing; City help for looted businesses
WHYY Newsworks: Black Doctors will test SEPTA employees for COVID-19 at stations 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly police no longer welcome in Vision Zero as bicyclists reckon with racism
WHYY Newsworks: Philly pharmacies reeling, rebuilding after more than a third were looted

Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials still counting primary election ballots
Daily Local News: Dinniman: Cuts to Legislature should pay for increased education needs
Daily Local News: Chester County officials to continue virtual naloxone training, treatment
Daily Local News: Comitta, Sappey announce grant to enhance local police transparency
Daily Local News: Downingtown passes $230 million budget with no increase in taxes
Daily Local News: OJR school board president resigns over Facebook post
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks health official says county “ready to go” to green phase 
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township looks for ways to ease economic ills caused by pandemic 
Bucks County Courier Times: Photos: Peaceful protesters gather in New Hope, Lambertville
Inquirer: Chester County school board president resigns after joke about George Floyd’s death 
Pottstown Mercury: New rules make outdoor dining easier in downtown Pottstown
Delco Daily Times: Sheriff’s orders: No choke holds allowed

Post-Gazette: Peduto praises administration, promises reform in statement on Black Lives Matter protests 
Post-Gazette: Scott commissioner draws condemnation after remark about Pa. health secretary
Post-Gazette: McKeesport sister of late city council member will finish term  
Post-Gazette: Western Pa. has 2 new COVID-19 deaths and 53 new cases 
Post-Gazette: URA, Citizens Bank donate $15,000 to help black businesses damaged by protest violence
Post-Gazette: SEA wants a stronger voice in the development at former Civic Arena site 
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb Concedes Auditor General Primary Race To Nina Ahmad 
KDKA: Vice President Pence Visiting Pennsylvania As Part Of The ‘Great American Comeback Tour’ 
KDKA: ‘Our Black Neighbors Matter’: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Responds To Death Of George Floyd And Black Lives Matter Movement
KDKA: After Ten Days Pa. Primary Election Has Results, But Why Does That Take So Long? 
KDKA: Marches, Rallies Held In Bellevue, Dormont And Fox Chapel On 13th Straight Day Of Protests 
KDKA: Scott Twp. Officials Apologize Following Commissioner’s Disrespectful Statement Toward Pa. Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine: ‘A Guy Dressed Up Like A Woman’ 
KDKA: Around The Table: Protests And Demonstrations Call For Change Following George Floyd’s Death 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 21 New Cases Of Coronavirus Bringing Countywide Total To 2,055 
Tribune Review: Peduto gives statement on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movement 
Tribune Review: Peaceful anti-racism rally draws about 500 people to O’Hara park
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: W. Pa. grocery chain Giant Eagle says it won’t sell Post-Gazette
WESA: June 8-12 Explained: Local Officials Rethink Police Tactics, Black Lives Matter Mural Updated
Pittsburgh Current: Students in this W.Pa. school district are leading the call for reform after years of unchecked racist incidents
City Paper: Scott Township commissioner condemned for transphobic comments concerning Dr. Rachel Levine 
City Paper: These lawyers are offering free or discounted representation for arrested protesters
Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive survey: Pittsburgh business leaders respond about pandemic’s effects and the need for a gradual economic phase-in  
Pittsburgh Business Times: FTA awards $680,000 to Port Authority for BRT project as part of federal program for transit-oriented development planning 
Pittsburgh Business Times: New Covid-19 funding available for most counties across the commonwealth 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Longtime local politician Bill Robinson passed away on Tuesday 
Pittsburgh Business Times: URA board approves new $5 million small business recovery fund intended to help those who couldn’t access PPP 

Beaver County Times: Pence to visit Pittsburgh on Friday 
Beaver County Times: Peaceful protest planned for Saturday near courthouse 
Altoona Mirror: Confederate flag at parade draws ire
Altoona Mirror: Blair employees question COVID-19 protocol plan
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf: Disaster declaration remains in place despite reversal in Legislature 
Observer-Reporter: Greene County sees new COVID-19 cases 
Observer-Reporter: Measures approved to rename roads, bridges in Washington, Greene after departed heroes
Post-Gazette: Feds fine Beaver County nursing home for COVID-19-related deficiencies
KDKA: ‘People In Beaver Support Small Businesses’: Beaver Co. Businesses Eager To Reopen In The ‘Green’ Phase Tomorrow
Tribune Review: Feds to fine Brighton nursing home at least $62K for coronavirus response
Tribune Review: State officials: Westmoreland adds 1 new covid case, no new deaths 
Tribune Review: Many Westmoreland taxpayers not noticing extended discount period
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 remains low at local hospitals, homes; Cambria, Bedford counties add cases 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Officials try to make sense of state power struggle over pandemic emergency 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County Commissioners support redistricting reform 

The Times Leader: WB’s Brown to create civilian advisory board for police department 
The Times Leader: Rep. Mullery secures $60,000 for blight in Newport Township 
The Times Leader: Gov. Wolf updates business guidance on outdoor recreation 
The Times Leader: 3 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths
The Times Leader: Jenkins Township woman allegedly spit on election worker
Citizens Voice: W-B mayor forms police advisory committee 
Citizens Voice: County commission appointments in question
Citizens Voice: 3 new COVID-19 cases reported 
Citizens Voice: Woman allegedly spit on poll worker over mask rule 
Citizens Voice: Local police struggling to fill out their ranks
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s Act 47 designation as financially distressed extended through 2021 
Times-Tribune: Four new coronavirus deaths in NEPA 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: How did Janet Diaz win another primary without the Lancaster Dems endorsement?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster has had sharpest coronavirus case increase of 10 counties that moved to ‘yellow’ June 5 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Peaceful protests planned in 8 Lancaster County boroughs today through Sunday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Defunding police doesn’t mean closing police departments, Lancaster NAACP panelists say 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former Lancaster County Drug Task Force head detective claims political motivation behind firing 
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council planning town hall to address race relations 
Carlisle Sentinel: County organizing economic relief efforts as Cumberland moves to ‘green’ phase of pandemic plan
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Four new cases, no additional deaths in Cumberland County Thursday
York Daily Record: Coronavirus in Pa.: York, Adams counties are officially in the green phase Friday 
York Dispatch: York mayor urged residents to record police — but officers already use cameras. What’s the problem?
York Dispatch: York County has 1 new death linked to COVID-19, cases statewide break 77K
York Dispatch: Challenges ahead for businesses, even in Wolf’s green phase
Patriot News: Youth march in peaceful Black Lives Matter rally in Harrisburg 
Patriot News: Green phase Friday: Hair salons and Barbershops begin to reopen in Cumberland and York counties

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: ‘Keep it up’: Lisa Boscola greets Tea Party protesters rallying to end Pa. shutdown (PHOTOS)
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: 461 new cases push state to 77K total | Pa. county COVID-19-case map (6/11/2020)
Express Times: Bethlehem council members eye national campaign in call for police reform
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: 467 new cases bring state tally to 77,313
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners frustrated by coronavirus funding, reopening guidance
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 11 coronavirus cases and 2 deaths
Reading Eagle: Reading relaxes regulations for sidewalk dining; restaurant owners excited for potential
Reading Eagle: Deadline for Reading’s small business loan program extended

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: State board approves Erie County community college
Erie Times-News: Computers for all: Erie School District taps virus aid
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With state board’s green light, Erie County to become home of Pa.’s 15th community college
Centre Daily Times: State College mayor promises response to Osagie protesters’ demands following sit-in
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: No new Centre County COVID-19 cases, and other updates for June 11
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County’s debate on nursing home continues
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Open container law to be revisited
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council appoints new mayor, council member

Inquirer Editorial Board: Businesses need money. Taxpayers need oversight on that money.
Inquirer Editorial Board: What did police do in April during a crime low? It wasn’t solving homicide cases.  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Walk away from facial recognition: IBM’s decision should inspire Amazon, other companies 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Helping local businesses with Loyalty Bonds
John L. Micek: EXCLUSIVE: Progressive super PAC launches $20M ad blitz in Pa., 2020 battleground states | Thursday Morning Coffee
Paul Prescod: SEPTA should extend benefits to families of workers who died from COVID-19 
Sozi Pedro Tulante: My father gave me The Talk after the MOVE bombing. Now, I have to do it for my kids. | Perspective
Jeffrey Lord: The Systemic Racism of the American Left
Lorene Cary: Choose #BlackLife 
Joseph N. DiStefano: The fires are out, but stores are still counting their losses from looting
Trudy Rubin: The whole world is watching Trump’s failure to address racial tensions and COVID-19 
John A. Tures: What the evidence tells us about police reform: It works
Kevin Williams: Police are hurting protesters with little accountability
Will Bunch: Will black lives from the American South finally matter on the U.S. Senate floor in 2021?

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  1. And for the “green” counties Levine, pulling a number out of the air, says up to 250 people are ok. No rationale, just an arbitrary number like all the other ones she feeds to the media and they accept her crumbs without questioning.

    And thats 225 more than Biden can get to one of his rallies.

  2. 430 at a virtual fundraiser for Biden are winners numbers.A lot of folks jumping on the bandwagon which is a good sign for Dems. Fitzpatrick in Bucks can go down to defeat unless Bucks County Dems snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

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