June 26th Playbook

Former Vice President Joe Biden visited Lancaster on Thursday to promote his plans on protecting the Affordable Care Act. Here is the Playbook. 

Biden Promises ACA Expansion in Lancaster: The former VP highlighted families who benefited from the Affordable Care Act during his fourth visit to Pa. in June, and took direct shots at President Trump.

Brady PAC Endorses Dean and Scanlon: Brady PAC, the sister organization of Brady, the nation’s oldest gun violence prevention advocacy group, endorsed Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware) in their reelection bids for Congress.

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: Dueling Trump-Biden events offer contrasting virus responses
AP: Report slams drilling oversight, tells of fracking’s impact
AP: Pennsylvania sees rise in newly confirmed cases of COVID-19
WGAL: Only on News 8: One-on-one with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
KDKA: ‘These Masks Make A Gigantic Difference’: Joe Biden Says He Would Use Federal Power To Require Face Masks In Public 
KDKA: Around The Table: Could A Flood Of Mail-In Ballots Delay Results In The 2020 Presidential Election?
KDKA: Pa. AG: Grand Jury Probe Finds Regulatory Failures By DEP, Health Dept. In Natural Gas Drilling
Philly Clout: Trump’s slumping numbers pump up Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, new poll says
Patriot News: Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Lancaster, Pa., promising to provide health care for all
Patriot News: “It’s David and Goliath”: Pa. Attorney General’s report highlights shortfalls in state’s Marcellus Shale oversight
Patriot News: Pa. Department of Corrections to close SCI Retreat by Saturday
Patriot News: ‘I want to play football’: Malcolm Jenkins offers clarification on CNN comments on NFL’s return during coronavirus pandemic
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 83,770 cases, 6,557 deaths reported as of June 25
Patriot News: Football is a ‘non-essential business’ during coronavirus pandemic, Malcolm Jenkins says on CNN
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. is making a rare show of unity on police reform. It’s unclear how far it’ll go.
New York Times: How the Philadelphia Police Tear-Gassed a Group of Trapped Protesters
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In grand jury report, Shapiro calls out gas drillers; faults Pa. for not adequately watchdogging the industry
Post-Gazette: Bill to provide mail-in ballots to all Pennsylvania voters introduced to House committee
Post-Gazette: State AG Shapiro: Grand jury report reveals Pa.’s systemic failure to regulate shale gas industry
PLSReporter: As legislators advance chokehold ban, questions arise about whether it will achieve the intended effects
PLSReporter: Grand jury report criticizes DEP’s record on fracking, calls for greater oversight 
Fox News: Trump trailing Biden in 6 key battleground states: polls 
Fox News: Biden takes aim at Trump over health care during battleground state stop 
Fox News: Nancy Grace: Bill Cosby ‘manipulating the justice system just like he manipulated all those women’
Inquirer: Gettysburg, home to America’s most hallowed battlefield, reckons with symbols of the Confederacy 
WESA: Casey Calls For Sweeping Reform To Address Police System ‘Infused With Racism’
StateImpactPA: Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health
National Journal: NYT/Siena Poll Shows Biden Leading Trump in 6 Key States
Tribune Review: Grand jury report blasts DEP, health department over fracking failures in Pa. 
The Hill: Biden topping Trump in six swing states president carried in 2016: poll 
The Hill: Progressive group unleashes first wave of ads in online voter registration effort 
The Hill: Lincoln Project releases new pro-Biden ad in swing states 
The Hill: Democratic super PAC launches new ad blasting Trump for ‘trying to end’ ObamaCare 
The Hill: The Hill’s Campaign Report: Democrats zero in on health care as Obamacare lawsuit nears key deadline
Politico: Poll: Biden bolsters leads in 6 key battlegrounds 
Politico: How U.S. Prisons Became Ground Zero for Covid-19
CNN: Biden says Trump’s ‘senseless crusade’ to end Obamacare would harm those with coronavirus 
CNN: House approves police reform bill named in honor of George Floyd 
CNN: Senate passes new sanctions to punish China over Hong Kong  

Philly Clout: Trump’s slumping numbers pump up Joe Biden in Pennsylvania, new poll says
Billy Penn: Kenney, Outlaw admit they were wrong about 676 protest tear-gassing, officers involved to be fired  
Inquirer: Philly City Council approves budget with coronavirus cuts, tax hikes, flat-funded Police Department
Inquirer: Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Mayor Jim Kenney apologize for teargassing of protesters on 676
Inquirer: Democrats used to fear being called soft on crime. After George Floyd, ‘that dynamic has changed entirely.’
Inquirer: No more ‘police’ in Philly schools; ‘safety officers’ in new uniforms coming this fall
Inquirer: Philly Council moves to diversify police, strengthen oversight, curtail stop-and-frisk
Inquirer: Philadelphia set to be first U.S. city to protect workers against retaliation for calling out coronavirus conditions
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Council votes to cap third-party delivery fees and expand outdoor dining
Inquirer: The company buying the bankrupt Philly refinery will get a cheaper price
Inquirer: How City Council’s budget vote will help keep Philadelphians housed
Inquirer: Bucks will patrol bars and restaurants; Penn to test all students; N.J. cases creep upward; Delaware pushes back reopening phase
Inquirer: Man is arrested in Fishtown ‘vigilante’ group’s assault on WHYY producer
Inquirer: SEPTA board approves fare changes; $2.2 billion for operating, capital budget 
Inquirer: Police under fire for ‘coddling’ violent groups of white people in Fishtown, South Philly
Inquirer: Philly-area renters are staying put, opting for shorter leases, and seeking more affordable units amid coronavirus uncertainty
KYW Newsradio: Mayor, police commissioner apologize for use of tear gas on protesters on I-676
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council passes dozens of bills in final session before summer break
KYW Newsradio: Wolf signs order moving southeastern Pennsylvania counties to ‘green’ reopening phase
KYW Newsradio: Man charged with assaulting journalist following clash in Fishtown
KYW Newsradio: At Philadelphia parks, social distancing ambassadors remind people to wear masks, stay apart
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney, Outlaw admit they were wrong about 676 protest tear-gassing, officers involved to be fired
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly suburbs prepare to go ‘green’
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. revises death toll during pandemic months upward by 2,000 fatalities
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s Taney Dragons to drop the controversial name, a reminder of the Dred Scott decision
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia man arrested for allegedly assaulting WHYY producer in Fishtown
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council approves $4.8B budget full of spending cuts, layoffs
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia school district officials eye pushing back start of school year
Philly Voice: Philly officials apologize for ‘unjustifiable’ use of tear gas during I-676 protest
Philadelphia Business Journal: Council passes bill prohibiting retaliation against workers who report Covid-19 safety violations

Delco Daily Times: Grace out as Delaware County executive director
Delco Daily Times: Township raises Pride flag over Upper Darby
Daily Local News: Williams’ police reform bill passes House
Daily Local News: Black Lives Matter march set for Saturday
Bucks County Courier Times: As Bucks goes green, officials worry about July 10 eviction ban end
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 48 new positive cases of coronavirus
Bucks Local News: LBGTQ+ flag raised over Bucks County administrative headquarters in recognition of Pride Month
Bucks Local News: Senate committee reviewing how to strengthen Southeast Pa.’s economy following shutdown
Bucks Local News: Bucks County officials on COVID-19 reopening: ‘Green Does Not Mean Gone’
Bucks Local News: JUNE 24 COVID-19 UPDATE: 27 new infections reported in Bucks County, including eight from out-of-state travel

Post-Gazette: Bill to provide mail-in ballots to all Pennsylvania voters introduced to House committee
Post-Gazette: Health department investigates Mon Valley pollution 
Post-Gazette: About $23M in contracts were approved for Pittsburgh minority- and women-owned businesses in 2019 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 update: State reports 579 new cases, Western Pa. sees 96-case jump
WESA: Critics Say Proposed Ban on ‘Less-Lethal’ Weapons Faces Legal, Practical Hurdles 
WESA: PA Is Expediting Pardons For Non-Violent Marijuana Crimes 
KDKA: If Coronavirus Spike Continues In Allegheny County, Leaders Say There Could Be Closings Or Restrictions
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 37 New Coronavirus Cases As Countywide Total Grows To 2,321
Pittsburgh Business Times: 6 things to know about the grand jury’s report into the natural gas boom
Tribune Review: 3rd McCandless council member resigns in as many months
Tribune Review: Scott Township commissioners fill open seat, 1 vacancy remains
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 37 new covid-19 cases, 6 new hospitalizations
City Paper: Over 200 CMU faculty and staff sign open letter voicing concern over controversial hire

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Four congressmen introduce bill to aid farmers, ranchers 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown student tests positive for COVID-19; Cambria and Somerset add cases
Beaver County Times: Senior centers to get $2 million in state funding 
Beaver County Times: COVID-19 outbreak at Moon nursing home claims six lives in June 
Beaver County Times: Grand jury: State agencies failed to protect residents during fracking boom
Altoona Mirror: Ward’s bill headed to Wolf’s desk
Altoona Mirror: VA acting deputy secretary visits Van Zandt center
Altoona Mirror: Applications planned for CARES funds
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County pays $50K to settle lawsuit, want row officers to start footing legal bills
Observer-Reporter: Federal programs prevented surge in Medicaid, SNAP benefits, but spike expected 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County records 5 new cases of COVID-19

Citizens Voice: SCI Retreat to shut its doors Saturday 
Citizens Voice: Grand jury: State failed to protect public from fracking 
Citizens Voice: City to crack down on fireworks “war zone” 
Citizens Voice: Confederate flag displays on cars criticized during LCCC roundtable discussion on diversity issues 
Citizens Voice: Two area TV stations to change frequencies 
Citizens Voice: 9 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County goes green 
Times-Tribune: City Hall, other facilities to reopen Monday
Times-Tribune: Grand jury: State failed to protect public from fracking
Times-Tribune: Four new COVID-19 deaths in NEPA
The Times Leader: SCI Retreat in Newport Township closing by Saturday 
The Times Leader: Mayors’ Vision: Cognetti continues message of transparency
The Times Leader: Mayors’ Vision: Brown reflects on governing WB during COVID-19 crisis
The Times Leader: Mayors’ Vision: Lombardo reflects on leading Pittston during pandemic
The Times Leader: 9 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; 1 more death

South Central  
Patriot News: Joe Biden makes campaign stop in Lancaster, Pa., promising to provide health care for all
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court ends senior status of 2 Dauphin County judges
Patriot News: Gettysburg officials ‘aware of the threats and social media posts’ threatening to burn American flag on July 4
LNP | LancasterOnline: Biden’s visit to Lancaster: Why he came here, who he met with and the dual-protesters outside 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Number of Lancaster County residents to lose jobs falls 27.5%, fewest since COVID-19 hit
LNP | LancasterOnline: Joe Biden visits Lancaster city Thursday afternoon [photos] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: What should you expect when Lancaster County enters the ‘green phase’ on Friday? York County offers a few clues
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘We can’t do this alone’: Lancaster NAACP panelists want to transform education, but they need help
LNP | LancasterOnline: As pace of testing quickens, new COVID-19 cases on the rise again in Pennsylvania, Lancaster County 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 16 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County
York Daily Record: Why was Joe Biden in Republican stronghold Lancaster County, Pa., talking about healthcare? 
York Daily Record: Gettysburg ‘flag burning’ FB event causes furor
York Daily Record: Watch: Black Lives Matter and Trump supporters debate issues
York Daily Record: York’s use of force policy now available online
York Daily Record: Black Lives Matter supporters rally at Biden visit
York Dispatch: York City publicizes police use of force policy; includes chokehold ban 
York Dispatch: ‘Wouldn’t wish on anybody’: York City school board makes deep cuts 
York Dispatch: York County has 18 new cases of COVID-19, one new death

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: ‘How dare you sit here and steal an election,’ Enid Santiago says to Lehigh County election officials, after missing opportunity to contest results
Morning Call: Northampton County district attorney suing opioid manufacturers
Morning Call: Allentown School Board names new school after first female Army general — who some in community said doesn’t reflect district’s diversity
Express Times: Grand jury report warns of gas drilling’s health, environmental impacts
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: Lehigh Valley enters green phase at midnight. Statewide cases climb to 83,770 with 6,557 deaths. What does the green phase mean? | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (6/25/20) 
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners extend disaster emergency over coronavirus
Reading Eagle: Businesses eager to reopen as Berks County enters least restrictive coronavirus green phase
Reading Eagle: Berks County has 8 new cases of coronavirus as 1-week average remains steady

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Saturday Back the Blue rally in Erie postponed 
Erie Times-News: Northwest Pa. Labor Federation cancels Labor Day parade
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners act on grant application for levee
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve hunting preserve amendment
Centre Daily Times: Pa. auditor general calls on state Senate to join fight for lower prescription costs
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 COVID-19 case, and other updates for June 25

LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: By shutting out this newspaper’s reporters, Biden campaign sends wrong message to Lancaster 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: It’s past time for the Pa. Fairness Act
Inquirer Editorial Board: Unconstitutional policing — including stop-and-frisk — should have no place in Philadelphia
Inquirer Staff: Do police belong in schools? | Pro/Con
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Schools need to reopen: Continued closures will only widen the divide in learning 
John L. Micek: The Leg did the right thing on police reform. The work is just starting | Thursday Morning Coffee
Thom Nickels: Philadelphia’s progressive priorities imperil the city’s future 
Dena Ferrara Driscoll: Undo a Frank Rizzo-era police tactic: Bring back Fairmount Park Guards 
John Messeder: Monuments honor our ideals. The confederacy doesn’t honor our ideals. The statues have to go
Tony Norman: All the devils are here (in the comments section)
Will Bunch: Amnesty International won a Nobel Prize for fighting torture. Next up: Philly police. 
Claire Sasko: Kenney Said Vigilantism “Will Not Be Tolerated.” So Why Is He Still Tolerating It?
Chris Kelly: Coronavirus Diaries Day 98: Nightmare In Dream City
Abdul-Aliy Muhammad: As Philadelphia mourns Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells, Black trans lives still matter 
Lori L. Tharps: Let’s say goodbye to Aunt Jemima, a retirement that is long overdue 
Aryanna Hunter: Want to really thank essential workers? Give them a raise 
Trudy Rubin: Europe wants to ban American travelers because our country can’t control COVID-19

2 Responses

  1. Biden said 150 MILLION Americans died due to the virus. The media continues to try to hide his descent into dementia.

  2. Fracking has been known to be dangerous for years, but just like “re-opening” PA, economic priorities prevail over public health and safety.

  • Who are you voting for in the PA Supreme Court race?

    • Dan McCaffery (61%)
    • Carolyn Carluccio (37%)
    • Still undecided (2%)

    Total Voters: 344

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