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June 1st Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf announces that coronavirus restrictions will be eased in 16 additional counties. Here is the Playbook. 

PA8: Granville Ad Highlights Military Service: Earl Granville’s 30 second television ad details his military service and the reason he joined the race for the 8th Congressional District.

May 29th Ups & Downs: President Donald Trump weighs in on the race for the 7th Congressional District, the story revolving around the positive COVID-19 test of a state legislature makes national headlines, plus PennDOT officially has a new leader. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Legislative Election Update:

SD-17: WHYY and the Delco Daily Times both preview the Democratic primary in the state Senate’s 17th District where state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) is facing a challenge from Amanda Cappelletti. 

HD-28: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette highlights the GOP primary in the state House’s 28th District where Robert Mercuri, Michael Heckmann, and Libby Blackburn are vying for the GOP nomination for the seat held by House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny), who announced he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2020. The winner of the GOP primary will face Democrat Emily Skopov in November. 

HD-155: The Daily Local News details the Democratic primary in the state House’s 155th District where state Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten (D-Chester) is facing a primary challenge from Rose Danese. The lone Republican seeking the seat is Michael Thomas Taylor. 

SD-49: The Erie Times-News highlights the race in the state Senate’s 49th District where two Democrats, Julie Slomski, the former Northwest Regional Director for Gov. Tom Wolf, and Andre Horton, a member of Erie County Council, are facing off for the opportunity to unseat state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie). 

SD-37: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previews the Republican primary in the state Senate’s 37th District where Jeff Neff and Devlin Robinson are attempting to unseat state Sen. Pam Iovino (D-Allegheny). 

HD-20: KDKA highlights the Democratic primary in the state House’s 20th District where state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny) is facing a primary challenge from Emily Kinkead. 

SD-43: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette previews the Democratic primary in the state Senate’s 43rd District where Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa (D-Allegheny) is facing a primary challenge from Bill Brittain. 

SD-31: The Carlisle Sentinel details the race in the state Senate’s 31st District where Josh Bosha, Rick Coplen, and Shanna Danielson are vying for the Democratic Party nomination to face state Sen. Mike Regan (R-York) in November. 

HD-167: The Daily Local News previews the Democratic primary in the state House’s 167th District where state Rep. Kristine Howard (D-Chester) is facing a primary challenge from Ginny Kerslake.

SD-19: The Daily Local news highlights the Democratic primary in the state Senate’s 19th District where Kyle Boyer, state Rep. Carolyn Comitta, and Don Vymazal are seeking their party nomination for the seat held by state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester) announced he wouldn’t seek reelection in 2020. Keevin Runey is the lone Republican seeking this office. 

HD-72: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat previews the Republican primary in the state House’s 72nd District where Gerald Carnicella and Howard Terndrup are vying for the GOP nomination to face state Rep. Frank Burns (D-Cambria) in November.  

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Governor to lift more pandemic restrictions in Pennsylvania
AP: Ruling gives blind voters accessible ballots for primary
AP: Claims backlog persists; Pennsylvania park beaches to reopen
AP: Fires set, stores damaged as peaceful protests turn violent
Spotlight PA: Jefferson, Penn receive fraction of federal coronavirus stimulus cash to Pa. despite outsize impact 
Inquirer: Democrats requested Pennsylvania mail ballots at higher rates than Republicans in every county 
Inquirer: The top races to watch in Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary 
Inquirer: Did the World Health Organization ‘miss’ the coronavirus pandemic? Fact-checking a Pa. congressman’s claim. 
Inquirer: Days before the Pa. primary, Democrats and progressive groups continue push for more time to vote by mail 
Inquirer: Inept boss, altered records, ignored warnings at Pa. vets’ nursing home with 38 COVID deaths 
Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. says he likely had coronavirus, cites positive antibody test 
Patriot News: Pa. House looks to require disclosure of COVID-19 diagnosis; a senator wants that and more in the Senate 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf talks about coronavirus, reopening more of Pa. and the return of school in the fall 
Patriot News: Maximum Pa. state grant for college students rising by $402 with addition of federal stimulus money 
Patriot News: Amid violence of George Floyd protests, Gov. Wolf signs declaration to aid Harrisburg, Philly, Pittsburgh 
Patriot News: Pa. can’t ban everyone involved in the gaming industry from donating to political campaigns: U.S. court
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 71,926 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Live Coverage: George Floyd protests across Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As protests spread statewide, Wolf urges Pennsylvanians to ‘speak your mind and speak it with peace’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In his first in-person briefing in weeks, Wolf offers guidance for counties going green next week
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Peaceful Erie protest for George Floyd turns violent
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Could a new federal agency revive the Great Lakes region?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Harrisburg protest over George Floyd turns violent; Police use pepper spray on protesters
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Let today not end today’: Hundreds rally at Pa. Capitol for George Floyd, Black Lives Matter
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Caution: Primaries Ahead | Five for Your Weekend
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As counties reopen, Pa. fell short on COVID-19 testing goals, worrying experts
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf signs budget; Vetoes bill he says hobbled executive power during pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In late night debate, House votes to undo Wolf’s emergency declaration
PA Post: Pa. House passes resolution to limit Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration
The Caucus: Will Pennsylvania’s primary be the wake up call needed for the November election?
Washington Examiner: Alex Azar interview: There’s a federal investigation into Pennsylvania nursing home ravaged by coronavirus
WITF: Climate change and deforestation mean Earth’s trees are younger and shorter
PLSReporter: ‘Speak your mind and speak it with peace’; Wolf urges calm as people protest death of George Floyd
PLSReporter: Wolf: 16 more counties will move to green phase of reopening plan; schools to reopen in fall
PLSReporter: House Republicans strike back at criticisms over COVID-19 case, attack ads
PLSReporter: Wolf signs budget, CARES Act plan; vetoes overtime regulation disapproval
PLSReporter: In feisty debate, House approves resolution to end Wolf’s disaster declaration
Fox News: Pennsylvania lawmaker tears into GOP after colleague tests positive for coronavirus, doesn’t tell Democrats
Fox News: Sen. Bob Casey reveals positive test for coronavirus antibodies
Fox News: Philadelphia faces looting, police cars ransacked as Trump demands ‘Law & Order’ amid George Floyd unrest
Fox News: Philadelphia police say George Floyd unrest leaves more than a dozen officers injured
KDKA: ‘A Rot At The Center Of Our Society’: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Releases Statement Condemning The Death Of George Floyd
KDKA: Sen. Bob Casey Says He’s Willing To Donate Plasma After Positive Coronavirus Antibody Test
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bob Casey tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting he contracted virus in March 
Post-Gazette: HHS secretary says federal investigators looking at Brighton COVID-19 outbreak 
Post-Gazette: Could open primaries be a panacea for low turnout, rising polarization and partisan fighting? 
Post-Gazette: Despite going green, rural county wants more dialogue with Wolf
StateImpactPA: Allegheny County fines US Steel for coke plant violations
Beaver County Times: Casey tests positive for COVID-19 antibodies  
National Journal: Hotline’s ‘Super Junes-Day’ House preview 
The Hill: Second senator tests positive for coronavirus antibodies
Politico: Bob Casey tests positive for coronavirus antibodies
Huffington Post: Police Crackdowns Escalate As More Protesters Nationwide Demand Justice For George Floyd
CNN: 5 things to know for May 29: George Floyd, Twitter, task force, Pennsylvania, economy

KYW Newsradio: Philly officials detail plan for how city will move to ‘yellow’ reopening phase
KYW Newsradio: Night 2: On the ground of the Philadelphia riots
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia shuts down Center City as looting, violence continues in aftermath of Saturday riots
KYW Newsradio: Floyd protests, riots highlight racial trauma, experts say
KYW Newsradio: Peaceful Floyd protests take a turn as police cars set ablaze, Rizzo statue vandalized, Center City businesses looted
KYW Newsradio: Budget signed by Wolf includes $225 million for small businesses impacted by pandemic
Inquirer: As unrest spreads, Philly officials struggle to assess police response to the violence and looting 
Inquirer: The Rizzo statue will be moved soon, Philly mayor says. It’s another step in a saga of pain and controversy. 
Inquirer: Outside a Philly official’s home, protesters call for better housing options for the homeless and disabled 
Inquirer: After years of pent-up anger, Philadelphia erupts 
Inquirer: Philly is slashing millions from its budget. But not from Mayor Jim Kenney’s soda tax programs.
Inquirer: Philadelphia lays out guidelines for the ‘yellow’ phase as Pa. considers schools and N.J. sets opening dates for child care, day camps 
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney vows Philly police will be respectful of protesters at George Floyd demonstration 
Inquirer: Retail, manufacturing to return as Philly officials detail ‘Safer at Home’ plan for yellow phase of coronavirus reopening  
Inquirer: Curfew, disaster declaration in place after Philly protests are followed by looting, vandalism, fires 
Inquirer: Another loss from coronavirus: The rituals of election day 
Inquirer: As Philly protests descended into chaos, police restraint was no match for volatility 
Inquirer: Advocates want coronavirus to lead to better public spaces in Philly 
Inquirer: Coronavirus is forcing small businesses to close for good: ‘There’s nothing we can do’
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Details on Philly’s June 5 reopening unveiled 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly prepares to bring in National Guard as unrest spreads 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia to relocate Frank Rizzo statue sooner 
WHYY Newsworks: For Black Philadelphians, centuries of injustices come to a head in George Floyd protests 
WHYY Newsworks: WHYY reporter arrested while covering Philadelphia protest 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Extra precautious’ and scared, SEPTA employees who survived COVID-19 return to work
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly 
Billy Penn: Citywide curfew in Philly follows day of peaceful protests that ends with violence 
Billy Penn: What’s allowed during Philly’s ‘yellow’ phase? Here’s everything we know
Philadelphia Tribune: Eviction-protection legislation stalls in City Council committee
Philadelphia Tribune: Black docs: City has shortchanged the African-American community
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia restricts vehicle access into Center City in effort to prevent more damage 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney releases plan for next phase of reopening Philadelphia businesses 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia to begin enforcing coronavirus protocols at construction sites, fine for violations
Philly Voice: Where to find ballot drop-boxes in Philadelphia and surrounding counties 
Philly Voice: Philadelphia to offer paid online work for youth this summer through WorkReady 
Philadelphia Magazine: These 18 Pennsylvania Counties Just Went Green, Reopening Bars, Dining Rooms, Gyms, and More 
Philadelphia Magazine: Here Are All the Places You Can Drop Off Your Mail-In Ballot 
Philadelphia Magazine: PHOTOS: Peaceful George Floyd Protests in Philadelphia Turn Violent

Delco Daily Times: Election Day: Leach, Cappelletti face off in heated 17th Senate race 
Delco Daily Times: Numerous Democratic races on ballot 
Delco Daily Times: Two vie for GOP nod in 5th Congressioal District
Delco Daily Times: Mayor Anthony Campuzano announces 8 p.m. curfew for Lansdowne Borough 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County aims to have its own health department by December 2021 
Delco Daily Times: VIDEO: Delaware County leaders call for peace as towns start enforcing 8 p.m. curfew
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Herculean task’ ahead for GOP challengers in Delco congressional race 
WHYY Newsworks: Primary becomes referendum on Daylin Leach’s behavior, harassment allegations
Daily Local News: Three seek Democratic nod in 19th Senate District 
Daily Local News: Howard, Kerslake vie for Democratic nod in 167th House District primary race 
Daily Local News: Two candidates vie for 155th House seat in Democratic primary 
Daily Local News: Dinniman gives commencement address at virtual CCIU student forum 
Daily Local News: Business leaders anxious to get economic engine running again in Chester County
Daily Local News: Chester County set to reopen courts, government offices this week 
Daily Local News: Protesters in West Chester denounce killing of George Floyd 
Daily Local News: Chester County sets new locations for mail-in ballots 
Daily Local News: Three candidates vie for Coatesville at-large City Council seat
Delaware Valley Journal: California Green Group Dumps ‘Dark Money’ into Delaware Valley Elections
Inquirer: Did the World Health Organization ‘miss’ the coronavirus pandemic? Fact-checking a Pa. congressman’s claim. 
Inquirer: Inept boss, altered records, ignored warnings at Pa. vets’ nursing home with 38 COVID deaths 
Inquirer: Delaware County wants to establish its own health department by 2021
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County ‘pandemic primary’ presents challenges
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks asks for more time to receive mail-in ballots
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks gives green light for municipalities to reopen playgrounds 
Bucks County Courier Times: About 50 stage peaceful protest at Five Points in Levittown
Bucks Local News: MAY 29 COVID-19 UPDATE: Bucks County cases increase as western Pa. counties going green 
Bucks Local News: State continues phased reopening with 16 more counties set to go green on June 5; Bucks still waiting for yellow 
Bucks Local News: Southeast Republican House members work to secure $10M for COVID-19 vaccine research, development 
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield voters to decide ‘wet town’ referendum on June 2

Post-Gazette: Political upstarts compete in Republican primary for Turzai seat, long held by Harrisburg heavyweight 
Post-Gazette: 37th Senate race features business owner vs. town official 
Post-Gazette: Congressional primary pits Doyle, a veteran, against Dickinson, a progressive newcomer
Post-Gazette: Business owner and political novice challenging state Senate Democratic leader in primary  
Post-Gazette: Port Authority board defends role overseeing agency rather than advocacy 
Post-Gazette: State election officials see finish line in focus for primary 
Post-Gazette: A day after rioting, anti-racism demonstrations in Pittsburgh region are peaceful 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny, most southwest counties moving to green phase of reopening June 5 
Post-Gazette: State reports no new deaths in Western Pa. from COVID-19 
Post-Gazette: Local leaders criticize Minneapolis police death while groups plan protests 
Post-Gazette: Port Authority surprised about presidential tweet about $100 million grant for Bus Rapid Transit system
Tribune Review: Calm after storm: Pittsburgh vigil promotes unity; protesters spray paint Downtown roads but remain peaceful 
Tribune Review: Election HQ: Information on primary races for presidential, state, county, municipal seats in Western Pa. 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 14 new covid-19 cases, no new deaths 
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf to move Allegheny, Westmoreland, other counties to green phase 
KDKA: Pa. House Representative Adam Ravenstahl Faces Democratic Challenger Emily Kinkead In Race For 20th District Seat
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Announces 16 More Counties, Including Most Of Pittsburgh Area, Moving Into ‘Green’ Phase Next Week
KDKA: Cleanup And Recovery Efforts Continue In Pittsburgh After Violent Protests And Looting
KDKA: Sunday Protests In Pittsburgh Remained Peaceful After Violence And Looting On Saturday
KDKA: ‘This Is Unacceptable’: Gov. Wolf Condemns Violence At George Floyd Protests, Pa. National Guard Preemptively Sent To Allegheny County
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports No New Coronavirus Deaths For Four Days, 14 New Cases In The County
Pittsburgh Current: Peaceful Protest For George Floyd ‘Hijacked By Small Group’ That Turns Event Violent
Pittsburgh Current: Pittsburghers Come Together To Care For Their City In The Aftermath Of May 30 Riots
Pittsburgh Current: Live From Clairton: How The Tiny Mill Town Is Rocking Remote Learning
Pittsburgh Business Times: Protests and demonstrations are occurring downtown, Pittsburgh Public Safety declares unlawful assembly
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County, most of SW Pa. to move to green next Friday – here’s what that will entail 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Local officials show support for federal BRT funding
City Paper: Protest honoring George Floyd brings thousands to Downtown Pittsburgh; ends in destruction not supported by protest organizers 
City Paper: County Office Building lobby open for mail-in ballot drop-off
WESA: ‘Our Hearts Are Ripped Out’: Second Day Of Demonstrations Brings Calls For Love, Peaceful Protests 
WESA: Protests Continue In Pittsburgh On Sunday 
WESA: Curfew Declared As Pittsburgh Protest Of Police Brutality Turns Ugly 
WESA: Port Authority Will Receive $100M From Feds, And Begin Collecting Fares Again Next Month
The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 primary: Snail-mail edition 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | Dougherty offers fall challenge to Langerholc for Senate seat
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | Lone contested local race pits Carnicella, Terndrup in GOP 72nd primary
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | Congressional candidates look to November 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Region’s COVID-19 cases flat; Cambria’s total unchanged for past week
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voters head to polls under unprecedented circumstances on Tuesday 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Somerset going green: Businesses prepare for reopening, safety
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ELECTION 2020 | ‘Interesting’ primary brings virus measures, few contested races
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local officials on move to green: ‘About time’
Observer-Reporter: Area lawmakers pleased that Washington, Greene moving into the green phase
Observer-Reporter: Local protest of George Floyd death is peaceful 
Observer-Reporter: State health department reports 18 new coronavirus deaths
Observer-Reporter: Green light drives enthusiasm among business owners
Beaver County Times: Delayed primary finally happens on Tuesday
Beaver County Times: National Guard on standby in western Pennsylvania amid protests
Beaver County Times: Vogel, Bartolotta back temporary state budget 
Beaver County Times: Kail bill requires COVID-19 testing for long-term care residents, employees
Beaver County Times: SWPA goes green on June 5 — except for Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Keen for green: Ellwood City businesses, officials celebrate county’s new phase
WESA: Federal Inspectors Take Rare Step Of Investigating COVID-19 Outbreak At Beaver Co. Nursing Home
KDKA: Protesters Gather At Washington County Courthouse
Post-Gazette: HHS secretary says federal investigators looking at Brighton COVID-19 outbreak 
Altoona Mirror: Blair commissioners to reconvene Monday
Altoona Mirror: Lawmaker’s COVID-19 case stirs anger, fear in Pa. House
Altoona Mirror: Vigil event postponed; protestors still gather
Altoona Mirror: Program to help business ‘Thrive’
The Times Leader: Luzerne County releases reopening plan
The Times Leader: What Luzerne County voters need to know about casting ballots in Tuesday’s primary
The Times Leader: Luzerne County correctional head continues push to keep coronavirus out of prison system
The Times Leader: Wolf signs emergency declaration to assist municipalities during protests
The Times Leader: 14 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County; 2 more deaths
The Times Leader: Protesters take to Public Square 
The Times Leader: Gov. Wolf announces 16 more counties Set to go green on June 5 
The Times Leader: Vough issues order detailing reopening of county court system
Citizens Voice: Where, how to vote are primary concerns 
Citizens Voice: County adds 14 coronavirus cases, two deaths 
Citizens Voice: Swoyersville mayor holding can drive to get kids reading 
Citizens Voice: Demonstrators continue to rally in Wilkes-Barre over Minnesota man’s death 
Citizens Voice: Area voters out of luck in helping to choose presidential nominees 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County officials prep for Tuesday’s unprecedented election, and 20,000-plus mail-in ballots 
Times-Tribune: Scranton to hold moment of silence for coronavirus victims 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage

South Central 
Patriot News: Harrisburg’s protests were fed by out-of-town people with violent ‘agendas,’ mayor says 
Patriot News: Harrisburg mayor commends police commissioner for role in de-escalating George Floyd protests
Patriot News: Congressional primary race for Lancaster County and parts of York pits two Democrats; winner to face Lloyd Smucker 
Patriot News: Whether you’re voting by mail or in person, here’s what you need to know for Tuesday’s primary election 
Patriot News: Amid violence of George Floyd protests, Gov. Wolf signs declaration to aid Harrisburg, Philly, Pittsburgh 
Patriot News: Pa. House looks to require disclosure of COVID-19 diagnosis; a senator wants that and more in the Senate 
Patriot News: An Election Day like never before: Mail-in balloting, new voting machines, multi-day counts for Pa.’s primary 
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary Preview: Two Democrats seek to challenge U.S. Rep. Scott Perry in November 
Carlisle Sentinel: Primary Preview: Three seek Democratic nomination in 31st Senatorial seat race 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Few new cases in Cumberland County, as numbers still climb in Dauphin, Franklin Sunday 
Carlisle Sentinel: Protesters gather peacefully in Carlisle’s Square Saturday to protest in the death of George Floyd 
LNP | LancasterOnline: A complete guide for Lancaster County voters for tomorrow’s primaries 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: District Attorney Heather Adams to offer ‘significant announcements’ about Lancaster’s drug task force 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Monday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to over 70K cases; Lancaster County has over 3K 
York Dispatch: York County to receive $40.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds
York Dispatch: Sunday update: York County has seven new cases of COVID-19 
York Daily Record: Meet the candidates hoping to unseat Lloyd Smucker
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Counties move into green phase, some state parks offer swimming soon

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Pa. primary, featuring nearly 100,000 mail-in ballot requests in Lehigh and Northampton counties, will cap a daunting election
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley procrastinator’s guide to the 2020 election
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus reopening: Gov. Wolf says schools will be open in August or September, and state has new criteria for lifting restrictions in counties
Morning Call: Lehigh and Northampton counties to get $61 million in federal emergency coronavirus aid
Morning Call: ‘People felt like they were heard’: Why Lehigh Valley’s demonstrations remained peaceful
Morning Call: Bethlehem, Allentown protests against Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd draw hundreds of peaceful demonstrators
Express Times: ‘We stand together in solidarity’: Estimated 1,500 protesters rally in Easton demanding justice for George Floyd 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: More than 500 new cases as state total approaches 72K | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (05/31/20) 
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s yellow phase to see Northampton County parks relax restrictions and reopen amenities 
Express Times: How many prisoners and staff at Northampton County Prison have had COVID-19? 
Reading Eagle: Hundreds march for peace, unity and justice at Reading rally
Reading Eagle: 59 more coronavirus positive cases reported in Berks; 511 new positives in Pa. 
Reading Eagle: Reading voters will face 5 ballot questions in Tuesday primary
Reading Eagle: Berks County gets $38 million in federal funds to buffer cost of coronavirus crisis

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Kelly, Gnibus headed for November showdown in congressional race
Erie Times-News: Nearly 35,000 ask to vote by mail in Erie County 
Erie Times-News: Horton, Slomski want chance to unseat Laughlin from PA Senate 
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending May 29
Erie Times-News: Hundreds gather for peaceful protest in downtown Erie
Erie Times-News: Hundreds gather for peaceful protest in downtown Erie 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Peaceful Erie protest for George Floyd turns violent
Centre Daily Times: Lawmakers have a plan to distribute $2.6 billion for COVID-19 relief. Here’s what Centre County will get 
Centre Daily Times: Hundreds attend peaceful protest in State College to demand justice for George Floyd 
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: What’s happening in the ‘green phase’ in Centre County on June 1
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County goes green Friday
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates address state funding needs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Official: Post office ‘failing’ voters
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City agrees to June 11 public gathering limit
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: New polling places for city voters
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Protesters gather in Williamsport in response to George Floyd death 

Jordan Harris: The Trump administration fails Pa. by leaving minority-owned businesses behind
Art Haywood: We need a just recovery that includes higher pay for Black, brown, and low- paid essential workers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: One rule for all: Medical marijuana should be consistent across Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Examining the WHO 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Back to work bonus: Incentive for getting workers back on the job 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Census safety: Caution needed in rolling out door-to-door counting 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Disclose supply spending: Few details available about government purchases 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Proving ground: Finish hyperloop tech before promising its impact  
Inquirer Editorial Board: As Philly protests continue, it’s time for racist policing to become history
Brian O’Neill: Catch the virus in the statehouse and mum’s the word
Donnell Drinks: I cherish the right to vote. I know how it feels to not have that right
Imani Barbarin: Nondisabled people ran with work-from-home accessibility. Now do the same for voting. 
Mark O’Keefe: He’s not on the ballot, but GOP attacks on Wolf will backfire in November 
John L. Micek: With lawmaker’s COVID-19 case, the Pa. House makes national headlines for all the wrong reasons – again | Friday Morning Coffee
John L. Micek: ‘People of color are exhausted’: What it’s like to be Black and American in this brutal spring 
Christopher Brueningsen: Schools are on their own to figure out reopenings. Here’s how I plan to reopen mine. 
Ernest Owens: Philadelphia’s Anti-Racism Riot Was a Cry From a City That’s Had Enough
David Murrell: By Hiding Positive Coronavirus Test, Pa. Republicans Proved They Consider Democrats Illegitimate
Christine Flowers: Lessons from Minneapolis – injustice is colorless
Keith C. Burris: The fabric is fraying
David M. Shribman: Fundamental divisions
Ruth Ann Dailey: Lessons from the pandemic
Maria Panaritis: How Pennsylvania’s richest county is helping one of its poorest counties through the pandemic 
Randy Bish: Trump’s Twitter problem, explained | Editorial Cartoon
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump to the Rescue
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: The Statue of Liberty can’t breathe
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Cleaning up after racism
Matt Wolfe: Vote No On “Office of Pandering” 
Solomon Jones: After the chaos, black Philadelphians should refocus on justice 
Jonathan Turley: Twitter and Trump raise stakes in fight over free speech in America
Lloyd Sheaffer: Those God-given rights? Those come from men and institutions. Leave God out of it 
Madison Karas: Temple student: George Floyd’s death in my hometown brings back memories of my classmate 
Mark Zandi: The U.S. economy could see a double-dip recession if Trump administration, Congress fail to act
Will Bunch: From Minneapolis to broken streets of Philly, the ‘human capital stock’ has finally had enough 
Jenice Armstrong: Where do we go from here? That’s what we need to ask in the wake of George Floyd protests 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Is a former GSK pharma exec from Philly’s Main Line the right czar to speed the nation’s coronavirus vaccine?
Roxanne Patel Sheplavy: What Can We Do? 
Rob Tornoe: Masks are effective. So why are so many anti-mask? | Cartoon

4 Responses

  1. The comments here about people rushing out thinking the virus threat is over are all correct. But as much as I’d love to blame Republican business people I sense no matter what is done people are going to have the mindset that the coast is clear. I see people close together all the time. The virus was not even in the top 100 causes of death in the US a few months ago and now it is number one. Look at South Korea that did everything right in terms of testing tracing and isolating and they are now having spikes and closing some schools. South Korea is a potential warning to the US that this virus plays a tough game.

  2. It’s going to be a bummer to see how many people die because Republican businessmen are impatient and want to reopen too soon.

  3. Ready or not, here we come. PA opens in more counties. Too many people will consider this a declaration that no precautions are needed, so will refuse to wear masks, etc. Already you are seeing this flouting of rules, before the opening has been approved. Stupid people are what COVID thrives on.

    1. What about all the protesters? Oh, I forgot. They had masks. F the six feet buffer.

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