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June 24th Playbook

Former VP Joe Biden begins his campaign’s first general election ad blitz in Pennsylvania. Here is the Playbook.

Biden Begins 1st General Election Ad Blitz in PA: Pennsylvania is one of six states included in the Biden campaign’s first television, digital, radio, and print ad blitz.

Boyle and Burgos To Lead Venezuelans for Biden Event: Rep. Brendan Boyle and state Rep. Danilo Burgos will discuss the issues facing the Latino community and its support for Joe Biden, according to a release from the Biden campaign.

PA10: Casey Endorses DePasquale: Sen. Bob Casey has endorsed Eugene DePasquale for PA’s 10th Congressional District. DePasquale defeated Tom Brier by 15 points in the Democratic primary and will face Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) for the seat in November. The Cook Political Report currently has it as a Toss-Up. 

PA10: Perry Receives FreedomFighter Award from FreedomWorks: Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) sent out a tweet and press release on Tuesday announcing that for the 5th consecutive year, he has won the FreedomFighter Award from FreedomWorks.  

RNC Chair Talks Mail-In Voting and More on 1210 WPHT: RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel joined the Rich Zeoli show on TalkRadio 1210 WPHT to discuss mail-in voting and several other topics about 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   
AP: Pennsylvania lawmakers wrestle anew with major gambling bill
AP: Pennsylvania sees 38 more COVID-19 deaths, 510 more sickened 
AP: Kids-for-cash judge released from prison over virus concerns
AP: Bill Cosby appeal will test scope of #MeToo prosecutions
Spotlight PA: ‘Clear as mud’: How Pa.’s chaotic coronavirus waiver program hurt small businesses
Spotlight PA: Prospects dimming for behind-the-scenes push to expand video gaming in Pa.
LNP | LancasterOnline: Meet Speaker Cutler: A look at the Lancaster County leader’s approach to his powerful role in the Pa. House 
Philly Clout: Republican powerbroker Bob Asher will give up his RNC seat to end a bitter dispute in the Pa. GOP
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Mail-in ballots were more popular than in-person voting in more than a third of Pa. counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie Co. set to ‘go green’ Friday — even as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawyer for Erie protester wants court to force police to release the name of city cop who kicked her
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: First batch of marijuana pardons under expedited review head to Wolf’s desk
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top Obama official says it’s up to Congress to address racial disparities in public education exposed by COVID pandemic 
PLSReporter: Bill to expand VGTs takes shape in Senate but timeframe still unclear for when it will be considered
PLSReporter: Senate GOP questions RGGI proposal as Wolf extends timeline for approval
Fox News: Man with past run-ins with the law saves officer from burning car: report
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Supreme Court agrees to review Cosby conviction
National Journal: Dem Poll Finds Finello Tied With Fitzpatrick 
National Journal: Democratic poll finds narrow lead for Perry 
National Journal: Pennsylvania House Republicans Choose New Leadership
Patriot News: Pa. warns of ‘egregious’ COVID-19-related bills from doctors, dentists 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Supreme Court agrees to consider Bill Cosby’s bid to overturn his sex-assault conviction
The Hill: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to review two issues in Bill Cosby sexual assault case
CNN: Democrats go on offense against Trump on trade and China
CNN: Bill Cosby is granted the right to appeal his conviction on sexual assault charges
The Times Leader: Wolf urges mask-wearing to stop spread of virus
Real Clear Politics: For Now, an Unknown Monument Pivotal to Our History Is Safe From Historical Purges

Philly Clout: Republican powerbroker Bob Asher will give up his RNC seat to end a bitter dispute in the Pa. GOP
Billy Penn: Activists arrested after ‘defund the police’ rally inside Municipal Services Building, reporter also detained  
WHYY Newsworks: A Philly poll watcher got COVID-19, but the city isn’t notifying voters
WHYY Newsworks: ‘They’re peaceful’: Pa. State Police release dashcam video from I-676 protest tear-gassing 
Inquirer: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney launched a statewide political group, fueling rumors of a run for governor
Inquirer: Philly City Council is set to pass police reform measures before it goes on summer recess
Inquirer: Brawl ensues near South Philadelphia Columbus statue after march, protest at Municipal Services Building 
Inquirer: Officers detain protesters calling for Philly to defund police at Municipal Services Building 
Inquirer: Pa. State Police release dashcam video of Philly protesters on I-676. It does not show what might’ve prompted tear gas use.
Inquirer: No coronavirus spike in Philly or elsewhere due to protests, researchers say; Obama calls out Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Inquirer: Lawyers claim a record of lies taints testimony from entire Philly Police Narcotics Bureau 
Inquirer: Philly-area students, alumni are demanding their schools address systemic racism 
Inquirer: Detained protesters, a brawl and reforms mark tense day in Philadelphia | Morning Newsletter 
Inquirer: Philly is reopening but office workers are staying home. That means peril for lunch spots and stores.
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia health commissioner apprehensive of ‘green’ phase
KYW Newsradio: Schools suffer $2M loss from PPA budget; ticketing high as enforcement resumes
KYW Newsradio: With public pools closed, city will open more spraygrounds as safe alternative
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council committee advances bill requiring employers to give workers paid-time off for coronavirus-like health emergencies
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia businesses in high-poverty areas awarded less in Covid-19 relief funds, report finds
Philly Voice: Philly health commissioner ‘concerned’ by possible plateau in COVID-19 cases

Daily Local News: Houlahan and Boyer on race relations: ‘In the end this is all about equity’
Delco Daily Times: U.S. Rep Scanlon secures $7.6M in funding for Delaware County Intermediate Unit 
Delco Daily Times: Jury trials in Delaware County are postponed until August 
Inquirer: Glen Mills leaders broke child-abuse law, state auditor finds
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reopens parks as coronavirus restrictions ease 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 4 more coronavirus deaths, 27 new positive cases
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Health Department to closely monitor bar compliance in green phase
Bucks County Courier Times: PFAS bill would require Army Corps of Engineers test own sites 

Post-Gazette: Anti-discrimination, no-knock warrant bills advance on Allegheny County Council 
Post-Gazette: Burgess introduces November ballot referendum on expanding powers of Citizen Police Review Board 
Post-Gazette: Officials seek low-income fares for Port Authority transit riders
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh suspends policing program that used algorithms to predict crime ‘hot spots’ 
Post-Gazette: PPS police officers defend their jobs before school board
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports over 500 new cases, Allegheny County adds 19
City Paper: DNC releases new ad criticizing Trump’s trade war effects on Pennsylvania
City Paper: Local legislators call for Port Authority to implement emergency low-income fare program
WESA: Calls To Remove Columbus Statue From Oakland Grow 
WESA: Task Force On Police Reform To Offer ‘People Oriented Solutions’
KDKA: ‘A Huge Threat’: Business Leaders Worried About How President Trump’s Visa Policy Change Will Impact Pittsburgh’s ‘Hundreds’ Of Unfilled Tech Jobs
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Police Officers Defend Jobs Amid Calls To Remove Law Enforcement From Schools
KDKA: Pittsburgh Unveils 10-Year Plan To Add 120 Miles Of Bike Lanes, Trails And Low-Traffic Streets
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces Death Of 23-Year-Old Coronavirus Patient, Bringing County Death Toll To 179
KDKA: ‘People Don’t Care’: Recent Jump In Allegheny County Coronavirus Cases Linked To People In Their 20s, 30s
KDKA: ‘Now Is The Time’: Pitt’s Black Senate Gives University Officials List Of Demands To Create A Better On-Campus Experience
KDKA: University Of Pittsburgh Purchasing Solar Power Farm
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh plans to add 120 miles of bike lanes, trails over next 10 years
Tribune Review: Review board seeks consultant to probe Pittsburgh police tactics during protests
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh ordinance would force police officers to cooperate with review board investigations
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh council wants to make Juneteenth an annual city holiday
Tribune Review: Allegheny County leads state in mail-in balloting; more expected in November 
Tribune Review: Carnegie Mellon appointment of ex-Trump cabinet member Richard Grenell draws criticism from faculty, staff
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh in line for more than $600K in federal coronavirus relief funding
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 19 new covid-19 cases, 1 new death
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto responds to calls for police accountability in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County

Beaver County Times: Bartolotta bill would help unimpaired medicinal cannabis users avoid DUIs 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown Council OKs sale of sewer system 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset ‘counting’ on citizens to participate in census 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State internet expansion bill to get new life 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Most area counties have new COVID-19 cases among 510 in state
Altoona Mirror: Restaurants play waiting game
Observer-Reporter: Washington County records three new cases of COVID-19

Times-Tribune: Democratic lawmakers stepping in hospitals’ dispute with anesthesiologists 
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council calls for federal revenue-loss relief 
Times-Tribune: Feds to release Cordaro to halfway house custody 
Times-Tribune: Two COVID-19 deaths, eight cases in local counties
Citizens Voice: Election board certifies primary results, reschedules meeting 
Citizens Voice: 3 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death in county 
Citizens Voice: Residents pledge support to suspended Courtdale chief 
Citizens Voice: County council approves $3 million settlement in jail death lawsuit
The Times Leader: 3 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 more death 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County OKs $3M inmate death settlement

South Central 
York Dispatch: Wolf: No interest in new lockdown after York County COVID-19 spike
York Dispatch: York County has 30 new cases of COVID-19
York Dispatch: York City school budget with staff, program cuts up for final approval Wednesday
York Dispatch: Should E. Manchester Twp. merge with Manchester, Mount Wolf boroughs?
York Dispatch: Spring Grove school board member: COVID-19 pandemic ‘a crock of sh–‘
LNP | LancasterOnline: Meet Speaker Cutler: A look at the Lancaster County leader’s approach to his powerful role in the Pa. House 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. has seen over 6.4K deaths; Lancaster County has seen over 330 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Under pressure, Lancaster school board considers stripping Edward Hand Middle School of its name before start of school year
Patriot News: Harrisburg to host public conversations on policing bill, resolution starting next week   
Patriot News: Middletown Press & Journal to fold July 1 due to COVID-19 downturn, ending 166-year run 
Patriot News: COVID-19 cases spike at Dauphin County prison
Patriot News: Chambersburg council votes to reschedule its Day-In-The-Park event
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 9 new cases in Cumberland County as positives rise in most counties in region 
Carlisle Sentinel: Most Carlisle area families, students favor a return to traditional classroom
York Daily Record: Governor thanks volunteers, farmers, food banks

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: 3 takeaways from this year’s primary election in Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Eddie Moran says single trash hauler system will help clean up city 
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council hears complaints about fireworks being set off illegally while suburban police report few complaints 
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 25 new cases of coronavirus; coroner’s office reports 339 total deaths 
Express Times: Fireworks are legal in Pa., but they’re not welcome by many Palmer Twp. neighbors 
Express Times:  Pa. coronavirus updates: 82,696 cases, 6,464 deaths. New cases hit 5-day streak not seen since May. Vaccine anticipated by early 2021. | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (6/23/20)
Morning Call: Do police belong in Lehigh Valley schools? Students spark the discussion in Allentown as part of national movement 
Morning Call: Allentown’s most vulnerable residents offered additional health care options through LVHN, St. Luke’s 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 510 new cases bring the total to 82,696

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: ‘Grateful for the opportunity to lead.’ Bellefonte’s Benninghoff to assume new role in Pa. House
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council passed a detailed resolution on police reform. Here’s what it means
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 11 new COVID-19 cases, largest single-day total since April
Centre Daily Times: 3/20 Coalition organizes rally at Centre County courthouse
Erie Times-News: What does it mean for you when Erie County goes green?
Erie Times-News: Focus group of Erie swing voters shift support to Biden
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie Co. set to ‘go green’ Friday — even as COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to increase  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawyer for Erie protester wants court to force police to release the name of city cop who kicked her
Patriot News: 36 ICE detainees at Clinton County prison sue, allege constitutional rights violations 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners nix plan to fund move of ManorCare patients
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: School district receives $682K in federal, state COVID-19 relief funding

Guy Reschenthaler: Trump built greatest American economy before. He’ll do it again.
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Congratulations, Speaker Cutler on your impressively rapid rise — now you have work to do
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Bolton charges change nothing
Inquirer Editorial Board: In the midst of multiple crises, bad time for City Council to take a summer break
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tracking the money: The federal stimulus package needs better oversight 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The Internet Archive’s noble mission
Phil Gianficaro: Constituents demand face-to-face with Joe Gale
Naiymah Sanchez and Mary Catherine Roper: Here’s the next step in the fight to end LGBTQ discrimination in Pa.
Richie Feder: City Council should vote no on bill to force one-year residency requirement for new city employees
John L. Micek: Report: The pandemic wiped out 1.3M local gov’t jobs in just two months | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Chris Kelly: Going ‘Green’ comes with strings
Dan Simpson: Trump, Barr threaten the rule of law
Chris Freind: Intolerance in America is modern witch hunt
Jenice Armstrong: It took newspapers way too long to finally start capitalizing the letter ‘B’ in Black 
Russell Zerbo and Christina D. Rosan: Philly’s Hot Weather Health Crisis
Solomon Jones: Trump’s Tulsa rally proves that he is loyal only to himself 
Will Bunch Newsletter: Defund police? Real leaders defund the Pentagon 
Helen Ubiñas: The sound of oppression: In voices that crack, in soul-rattling screams, in exasperated calls for justice 
Curtis Milam: How I learned to relax and love Donald Trump 
Patrick Connolly: How telemedicine has taken a Philly neurosurgeon back to the future 
Terrence Martin: These are the hard lessons I’ve had to teach my son about being Black in America
Ann E. Green: With COVID-19 restrictions, I worry I may never see my elderly mom again 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Holding onto the flag
Jonathan Valania: Dear COVID Quitters, We Couldn’t Have Gotten This So Wrong Without You

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