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June 19th Playbook

The NRCC announces that they plan to spend $3.6 million in the Philadelphia media market leading up to the election, while a climate organization names three PA lawmakers their state operation’s co-chairs. Here is the Playbook.

NRCC Announces Multi-Million Dollar Philly Ad Buy: The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $3.6 million ad buy in the Philadelphia market is their largest ad buy for one single market in the nation. It is also currently their lone ad buy in Pennsylvania.

Climate Power 2020 Names Innamorato, Kenyatta, and Peduto PA Co-Chairs: The independently run joint project created by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club is aiming to hold “anti-science” candidates accountable in the upcoming election.

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   
Spotlight PA: Despite landmark ruling, Pa. GOP leaders in no hurry to extend LGBTQ protections under state law
PA Post: Not every Democrat in Pa. legislature is happy with Gov. Wolf’s handling of coronavirus emergency
AP: Utility regulators keep moratorium on service terminations
AP: Court tosses county ban on probationers using medical pot
AP: Gas driller pushes back against grand jury, defends record
AP: Court to weigh state’s request to close Carlisle auto show
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Retirements, resignations and more: These are all the Pa. lawmakers who won’t be back in 2021 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘I know my path:’ With Supreme Court’s DACA decision, central Pa. teen future looks to a bright and safe future 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Dems call for ‘recovery and healing,’ as state emerges from COVID-19 pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The Capitol reopens Monday, and visitors must wear masks. Will House lawmakers?
Patriot News: 3,400 tea lights were placed on the Capitol steps to represent the women and men who have died of COVID-19 in PA nursing homes 
Patriot News: Pa. Democratic lawmakers push coronavirus recovery plans that go beyond a ‘return to normal’ 
Patriot News: Pa. Senate panels continue their look at policing, criminal justice reforms in wake of Floyd’s death 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf honors Juneteenth; Pa. workers under governor’s jurisdiction get a special holiday 
Patriot News: Wolf Administration reinforces orders for Pennsylvanians to mask up at businesses, workplaces, public indoor settings 
Patriot News: Which Pa. counties will go green next? Our picks for who Wolf could announce in the next round Friday: Analysis
Patriot News: Pa. Department of Health distributes fifth remdesivir shipment to treat COVID-19; requests $301 million federal grant 
PLSReporter: Senate hearing examines how law enforcement manages recruitment, training amid renewed conversation on policing 
PLSReporter: Community colleges expected to play major role in COVID-19 recovery–but funding, enrollment questions remain 
PLSReporter: PA Supreme Court strikes down Lebanon County ban on medical marijuana for those on probation, parole
Inquirer: Pa. NAACP sues state for changes to election law before November’s election 
Inquirer: A Wharton analysis predicts Trump’s infrastructure plan could create 1 million new jobs 
Inquirer: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in Exton, talks up business in space, recovery on Earth
Inquirer: Supreme Court rules that Trump could not end DACA, delivering victory to young immigrants who know America as home
Fox News: Pennsylvania pushing for stricter boating under the influence laws ahead of summer 
Fox News: Pennsylvania car show dares government to shut it down over coronavirus rules 
Fox News: Philadelphia police may face $33M budget cut amid nationwide calls for reform
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court: Medical marijuana use by probationers is allowed 
Philly Clout: Trump is a ‘spiritual danger,’ evangelical writers warn 
Philadelphia Citizen: Six Things We Learned From PA Treasuerer Joe Torsella  
StateImpactPA: Mineworkers’ unions sue Trump Administration over lack of COVID-19 safety rules 
StateImpactPA: Impact fees collected from gas drillers dropped in 2019 
StateImpactPA: State Supreme Court denies Sunoco’s appeal over permits for Mariner East 1 buildings in Lebanon County
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Encourages Pennsylvanians To Reflect On How To ‘Promote Equality, Liberty And Justice For All’ On Juneteenth 
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Supports Supreme Court’s DACA Decision, Saying ‘Dreamers Are Americans’ 
National Journal: Biden Campaign Launches $15M Ad Buy 
The Hill: Internal watchdog investigating if Air Force improperly used plane to surveil protests: report
The Hill: Biden launches first general election ads targeting states Trump won in 2016
The Hill: Lincoln Project launches new ad hitting Trump over China policies
Beaver County Times: Pa. Capitol reopens to public Monday
CNN: Joe Biden launches his first general election TV ads

Philly Clout: Philly Democratic Party chair Bob Brady should resign over lack of diversity, ward leader says 
Philly Clout: Trump is a ‘spiritual danger,’ evangelical writers warn
Inquirer: Philly’s police union spent decades amassing power. Reforms could cut its clout.
Inquirer: Philly budget deal cancels $19 million increase in police funding, moves another $14 million elsewhere 
Inquirer: Philadelphia settles with Columbus statue supporters, promises ‘public process’ before any removal 
Inquirer: City Council passes housing bills to help Philly renters during the pandemic 
Inquirer: What is closed in Philly today for Juneteenth holiday; more demonstrations, celebrations and protests planned in and around the city 
Inquirer: Parkway encampment leaders reject advocacy group’s offer to handle negotiations with city 
Inquirer: Philly’s police union could lose power with reforms | Morning Newsletter 
Inquirer: S.E. Pa. is approaching green phase of COVID-19 reopening next week, but Philly is taking it slower
Inquirer: ‘They don’t look at us like students’: At board hearing, Philly students, advocates call for police-free schools
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly schools are still seeking input on improving digital learning 
Philadelphia Tribune: Preliminary Philadelphia budget reduces police funding, implements reform
Billy Penn: University City has 5 overlapping police patrols, so Black students and neighbors walk cautiously
Billy Penn: What can re-open when Philly goes green?
WHYY Newsworks: New Philly budget restores some funds for affordable housing and arts, cancels $19 million police increase
WHYY Newsworks: Philly tests law enforcement without guns 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly preparing to move into ‘green’ phase of reopening
Philadelphia Magazine: Dear Bob Brady: Your Time Is Up 
Philadelphia Magazine: 8 Ways to Celebrate Juneteenth in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers push to make Juneteenth, ‘the true African American Independence Day,’ a federal holiday
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia plans to move to ‘green’ phase of reopening on July 3
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council approves sweeping new protections for renters
KYW Newsradio: Children ride for free under SEPTA’s new fare proposal
Philadelphia Citizen: Six Things We Learned From PA Treasuerer Joe Torsella  
Philadelphia Citizen: What We Know About Black Businesses 
Philly Voice: Philly sets July 3 target for COVID-19 green phase, outlines reopening plan
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney says Philadelphia may move to green phase of reopening within several weeks 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Three months after joining Dilworth Paxson, ex-Congressman leaves for cloud-based law firm

Montgomery Media: GOP candidate for 4th Congressional Dist. offer views on policing 
Montgomery Media: Rallies for and against Joe Gale converge at Montgomery County courthouse
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale’s constituents speak out
This Is Lower Merion: Linda Fields Says Montco Dem. Chair Told Her A Black Woman Can’t Win
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County council, DELCORA make a splash in court fight
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County hires consultant to get as much grant funding for coronavirus as possible
Delco Daily Times: State lawmakers take on coronavirus recovery’s racial implications
Delco Daily Times: Official Delaware County reassessment values will go out July 1
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners unveil transition team report on improving government
KYW Newsradio: Suburban counties expect to move to ‘green’ next week
Inquirer: A Montco Republican commissioner called Black Lives Matter a ‘hate group.’ Now he’s more isolated than ever.
Inquirer: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in Exton, talks up business in space, recovery on Earth
Daily Local News: Juneteenth to be celebrated in Chester County, but not with full holiday 
Daily Local News: Killion looks for solutions to police reform 
Daily Local News: Local lawmaker recognizes 155th anniversary of Juneteenth
Daily Local News: West Chester council approves plan to ‘save Main Street’
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County transition team recommends “sweeping” reforms

WESA: Mayor Peduto Introduces Police Reform Task Force
WESA: Two Years After Antwon Rose Killing, His Mother Continues Call For Police Reform 
WESA: Mass-Testing Bill Gets Thumbs Down From County Council Committee 
WESA: After Years Of Increased Police Spending, Activist Say It’s Time To Change Course
WESA: Demonstrators March From Hill To Downtown With Message: ‘Black Trans Lives Matter’
WESA: June 15-19 Explained: Two Years Since Antwon Rose’s Death & Making A Living Working Outside
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto plans to create LGBTQ commission 
Tribune Review: On this Juneteenth, black leaders in Western Pa. feel tangible change stirring  
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto to create permanent LGBT Commission 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police review board stands behind bill that would hire outside firm  
Post-Gazette: CARES Act funds help North Hills district maintain low class sizes, budget holds line 
Post-Gazette: Ways to observe Juneteenth in Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: No new COVID-19 deaths in Western Pa.; Allegheny County reports 9 new cases
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Proposes Creation Of Permanent LGBTQIA+ Commission
KDKA: Allegheny Co. DA Withdraws Charges Against 22 People Connected To George Floyd Protest In East Liberty
KDKA: ‘It’s A Blessing’: Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling Protects Pennsylvania’s Dreamers From Deportation, For Now
KDKA: Around The Table: Supreme Court’s Decision On DACA
KDKA: Several Hundred ‘Pittsburgh Action For Black Trans Lives’ Protesters Moved Through Downtown
KDKA: Pittsburgh Set To Celebrate Juneteenth National Freedom Day
KDKA: University Of Pittsburgh Named One Of Best Colleges For LGBTQ+ Students 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 9 New Coronavirus Cases, Growing Countywide Total To 2,122
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mayor Peduto announced creation of LGBTQIA+ Commission 
Pittsburgh Business Times: PNC announces $1B+ commitment to end systematic racism, support economic empowerment
The Incline: Why ‘nothing has changed’ since Antwon Rose’s death

Altoona Mirror: Panelists: Young black people not treated fairly
Altoona Mirror: Juneteenth highlights demand for change
Observer-Reporter: Juneteenth will be marked by celebrations today, next week 
Observer-Reporter: IT shakeup in Washington County government; commissioners name acting director, choose consultants
Tribune Review: Westmoreland to provide additional $4M for homeless services, housing aid
Beaver County Times: Juneteenth events scheduled amid #BlackLivesMatter energy 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: No new COVID-19 cases in Cambria, but Bedford keeps climbing

The Times Leader: ‘Green Day’ pep talk: Commerce Secretary predicts strong recovery in Wilkes-Barre visit
The Times Leader: US Commerce Secretary visits Wilkes-Barre, meets with chamber, business leaders
The Times Leader: Council meetings to return to Wilkes-Barre City Hall in July, coronavirus precautions to be in place 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre NAACP calls for citizen review board of city police department
The Times Leader: 4 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 more death
The Times Leader: Luzerne County School Districts get $1.9 million for pandemic safety needs
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna hits 200 dead from COVID-19
Times-Tribune: Scranton businesses encouraged to pledge safe practices
Times-Tribune: Juneteenth Celebration scheduled in Scranton
Citizens Voice: Search for police board members on hold 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County vote count finally complete 
Citizens Voice: County adds four new virus cases, one death 
Citizens Voice: Juneteenth celebration will be held in W-B today 
Citizens Voice: Green day: Business owners excited as county enters ‘green’ phase

South Central 
Patriot News: Wolf’s march with protesters becomes an issue in Pa. Health Department’s bid to shut down Carlisle car show 
Patriot News: Celebrating Juneteenth? Here are some events to mark the holiday in central Pa. 
Patriot News: Dauphin, Perry, and 6 other Pa. counties enter the green phase of Wolf’s reopening plan today; what changes?
Patriot News: Pa. Democratic lawmakers push coronavirus recovery plans that go beyond a ‘return to normal’ 
Patriot News: CBS 21 anchor Robb Hanrahan “still in ICU” but made a “nice step” after heart attack, wife says
York Dispatch: York County’s CARE cash debate will be in public view, officials say
York Dispatch: Resource center for Latino, multicultural community in York City slated for September opening 
York Dispatch: York County has one new death linked to COVID-19, state cases surpass 80k
York Dispatch: York County Prison cuts staff amid steep drop in number of immigration detainees
Carlisle Sentinel: State’s injunction hearing against Carlisle Events delayed to Friday
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Few new cases in Cumberland County as Dauphin sees rise in positives, deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Residents, others decry militia at E-town protest; businesses that called them in not disclosed 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Another 1,100 Lancaster County residents lose jobs as COVID-19 causes more economic havoc 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County coroner reports 6 COVID-19 nursing home deaths since last Friday

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Allentown’s Juneteenth event set for Friday postponed until June 26; other events still on 
Morning Call: ‘We are not okay:’ Allentown community members discuss white supremacy during virtual town hall 
Morning Call: Monitor your credit, police advise, as pandemic unemployment fraud pops up in the Lehigh Valley 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Statewide COVID-19 infections surpass 80,000, and Lehigh Valley prepares for green light
Express Times: When is the Lehigh Valley going green? Lawmaker reveals anticipated date.
Express Times: With police reform the national buzzword, Bethlehem police release use-of-force policy 
Express Times: Juneteenth 2020: What to know about the emancipation holiday in Pa., events in the Lehigh Valley 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State surpasses 80K cases, but rate continues to slow. 8 counties enter green phase Friday. Survivors urged to donate plasma. | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (6/18/20)  
Reading Eagle: BARTA bus drivers rally for safer conditions and hazard pay 
Reading Eagle: Reading council continues to weigh single trash hauler plan 
Reading Eagle: Learn more about Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S.
Reading Eagle: As new coronavirus cases continue downward trend, Pennsylvania sees an uptick

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County to take part in Juneteenth celebrations with online and in-person events
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: No new COVID-19 cases added in Centre County, and more updates for June 18
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Communities to get drilling impact fee money
Erie Times-News: Whenever Erie County goes green, here’s what will happen 
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Juneteenth: ‘It’s beyond celebration’

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t trivialize impeachment 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Monitor U.S. aid: Colombia scandal should be a wake-up call
Inquirer Editorial Board: Philadelphia’s ‘out of touch’ leadership failed at critical time  
Inquirer Editorial Board: On Juneteenth, a time to reflect on how America got equality so wrong 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: The final end of the Lost Cause 
John L. Micek: Preparing for the unexpected: 4 questions with interim House Speaker Bryan Cutler | Thursday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: Pulling down the monuments
Jonathan Zimmerman: Racist statues belong in museums, not storage, to force us to face history 
Chad Dion Lassiter: Make Juneteenth a federal holiday 
Dan Biddle: Octavius Catto would’ve relished 2020′s call for equality 
Will Bunch: When media rely on what police say, they miss key truths about crime, black communities 
Maria Panaritis: ShopRite returns after the looting, but this is not enough. Jeff Brown is not enough. 
James Peterson: The Liberation Relay 
Larry Platt: Defund The FOP 
Madeleine O’Neill: Health is a racial justice issue
Elizabeth Wellington: What you need to know about Juneteenth and why we should all celebrate 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Philly’s business districts are at a turning point
Fletcher McClellan: What 2020 does — and doesn’t — have in common with 1968 
Joyce Ajlouny: The Poor People’s Campaign: Worthy of Quaker support then and now
Jules Lipoff: How will doctor’s offices ever catch up from COVID-19 closures? | Expert Opinion
Trudy Rubin: Trump actions on COVID-19 will Make America Sick Again
Mohammadreza Hojat: If COVID-19 is an earthquake, the mental health aftershocks have only just begun | Expert Opinion

3 Responses

  1. PA is one of 3 states that have decreased their cases over 42 day period… the other two are remote Hawaii and sparse Montana.

  2. How bizarre to try to impeach Wolf for doing a great job steering PA thru this pandemic, and now PA infection rate is headed down. Look at the GOP plan in AZ where the spike up is the result. Is that what GOP wanted for PA? Metcalfe is an idiot.

  3. All of this howling by Scarnatti and Turzai about Gov Wolf’s handling of the virus boils down to a reopening process Republicans have offered that has totally failed. Look at Florida and Arizona reopening which are unmitigated disasters of epic proportions. Look, I want my routine and my job and my gym and my haircut like every other person. But look beyond partisanship and you’ll see some spooky stuff with this virus and to boot there is no end in sight.

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