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June 29th Playbook

11 additional counties officially entered the ‘green phase’ of the reopening process in the state on Friday. Here is the Playbook.

June 26th Ups & Downs: A week of new beginnings for the Pennsylvania GOP, an interview with VP Mike Pence on 6ABC gets national attention, plus Democrats selected a candidate for a state House seat in Chester County. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

NYT/Siena College Poll: Biden 50, Trump 40: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 10 points in the Keystone State, while Trump also holds a -15 point job approval rating as president.

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). 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Politics, fear keep some COVID-positive people from disclosing contacts. What’s the solution?
AP: Pennsylvania officials eye areas where COVID-19 cases rising 
AP: Health secretary defends pandemic response in nursing homes 
AP: Philadelphia school officials revamping security protocols
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest push to expand gambling in Pennsylvania, explained
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Fitzpatrick votes with U.S. House Dems to pass police reform package
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates funding, inequality concerns among Pa. schools
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Nursing home testing, community spread driving slight uptick in COVID-19 cases, officials say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: No time for ticks. Here’s how to stay safe on the trail | Five for Your Weekend 
Inquirer: America’s twin crises are highlighting Trump’s biggest weaknesses
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Dems think public opinion on police reform is on their side 
WHYY Newsworks: Tens of thousands of unemployed Pennsylvanians still waiting for benefits 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Green’ doesn’t mean ‘go’: Pa. workers weigh risks, benefits of job reopenings
KYW Newsradio: Wolf administration releases new guidance for reopening long-term care facilities
KYW Newsradio: Longtime Republican committeeman announces he won’t seek re-election
PLSReporter: Last Pa. county will move to green phase of reopening plan on July 3, Wolf says 
PLSReporter: As coronavirus cases surge nationally, experts downplay uptick in Pennsylvania 
Post-Gazette: Senator Scarnati denies links between campaign funds and legislation
Post-Gazette: Facing budget gaps, Pa. municipalities look to federal aid as lifeline
Post-Gazette: Biden says he would require wearing masks in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Post-Gazette: MADD, legislators link drunken driving restrictions to massive infrastructure bill  
Fox News: Local news outlet blasts Biden campaign after being snubbed at Pennsylvania event
Fox News: Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention 
Fox News: Joe Biden ‘greeted’ by Trump supporters outside Pennsylvania campaign stop
KDKA: U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette Tours Consol Energy’s Pa. Mining Complex
KDKA: Pa. Health Dept. Reports 505 New Coronavirus Cases As Total Cases Statewide Climb Over 85,000  
StateImpactPA: Pa. grand jury report on fracking: DEP failed to protect public health 
StateImpactPA: U.S. Department of Energy putting money into coal ‘innovation’ grants
The Hill: Where things stand in 13 battleground states 
The Hill: Judge orders release of migrant children from ICE detention centers 
Patriot News: Probation reform moves forward in Pa. Senate, but some say bill won’t change a flawed system
Patriot News: Bill requiring insurers to pay for supplemental breast cancer screenings about to become law in Pa.
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Nearly 85,000 total diagnoses, 6,603 deaths reported as of June 27
Politico: Judge: U.S. must free migrant children from family detention
CNN: Judge rules migrant children in government family detention centers must be released due to coronavirus
CNN: The Northeast leads the country in mask-wearing

Inquirer: Masks now mandatory in Philly as officials show concern over new virus cases; suburban counties go ‘green’
Inquirer: Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, DA Larry Krasner set plans to reduce gun violence and solve more homicides 
Inquirer: West Philly calls for investigation of police use of tear gas after officials apologize for using it on I-676
Inquirer: Protesters call for release of Black inmates, saying they were unjustly imprisoned under Rizzo 
Inquirer: An analysis of Philly deeds reflects the challenges facing low- and moderate-income home buyers
Inquirer: Philly judge creates program to help small businesses reopen and negotiate with creditors 
Inquirer: Masks mandatory as new COVID-19 cases worry officials | Morning Newsletter
Inquirer: An analysis of Philly deeds reflects the challenges facing low- and moderate-income home buyers
Billy Penn: Safehouse drops South Philly plans, looks to Kensington after judge suspends launch
Billy Penn: Teens skew Philly’s coronavirus count upwards as city reconsiders going to ‘green’
Billy Penn: ‘It’s unbelievable’: Philly’s Black-owned businesses see boost thanks to worldwide social justice protests
WHYY Newsworks: Protesters in West Philly call for release of radical Black activists who ‘fought’ Rizzo
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council passes police reforms, shelves others for the summer
KYW Newsradio: City Council tackles police reform in final meeting before summer break
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia police commissioner announces action plan to reduce violent crimes
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphians must wear masks in indoor, outdoor public spaces, city mandates
KYW Newsradio: School District of Philadelphia promises more welcoming police force
KYW Newsradio: The story behind the tear gas video that prompted an apology from Philly police commissioner
Philly Voice: Migrant children detained at ICE facility in Berks County to be released under judge’s COVID-19 order
Philly Voice: Alleged Fishtown vigilante charged in assault on journalist
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia officials reconsidering move to green phase in
Philadelphia Business Journal: Hilco closes on $225M PES refinery purchase, envisions up to 15 million square feet of new space

Delco Daily Times: Scanlon says Floyd bill ‘a good first step’ aganst racism
Delco Daily Times: Ridley to continue crackdown on fireworks
Delco Daily Times: Most local universities returning to in-person education in August
Pottstown Mercury: Local officials join call for Gale’s resignation
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County officials commit to funding walk-up coronavirus testing sites 
Daily Local News: Democratic US Rep. Houlahan votes on police policy overhaul
Daily Local News: Reform bill amended to protect West Chester University
Daily Local News: DA sets task force on race, justice and police
Daily Local News: Youth organizers hold Black Live Matter Rally
Daily Local News: Chester County continues webinar series with talk on liability
Daily Local News: Chester County adds call center service for questions on reopening
Bucks County Courier Times: For the first time, gay pride flag flies at Bucks administration building in Doylestown
Bucks County Courier Times: Photos: Hundreds march for pride in Lansdale
Bucks Local News: Bucks County’s first day in green marked by modest increase in new infections
Bucks Local News: Bucks County officials on COVID-19 reopening: ‘Green Does Not Mean Gone’
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 54 new coronavirus cases, 1 death
Montgomery Media: Local businesses reopen as region goes green

KDKA: U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette Tours Consol Energy’s Pa. Mining Complex
KDKA: ‘For The First Time…Allegheny Co. Led The State In The Number Of New COVID-19 Cases’: Allegheny Co. Officials Ban On-Site Consumption Of Alcohol At Local Bars
KDKA: Allegheny County Health Officials Recommending 14-Day Quarantine, Testing After Traveling Out Of State As Coronavirus Cases Spike In Pittsburgh Area
KDKA: On-Site Alcohol Sales Banned At Bars And Restaurants In Allegheny County Amid Coronavirus Spike
KDKA: Hundreds March In Black Lives Matter Protest In McKees Rocks
KDKA: Pa. Department Of Health & Allegheny County Health Department Launch COVID Complaint Forms
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Has Distributed Over 60,000 Meals To Children And Seniors Since Start Of Coronavirus Pandemic
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports Record 96 New Coronavirus Cases In Latest Report
KDKA: Protesters In Clairton March To Demand Change And An End To Gun Violence
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Secures $500,000 Grant For Coronavirus Cash Assistance For Immigrant Communities
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Safety Director ‘Concerned’ With New Case Numbers
WESA: Young Organizers ‘Call Out’ State Senators For Inaction On Police Use Of Force Statute
WESA: For Second Straight Day, Allegheny County Sets New Record For COVID-19 Cases
WESA: Allegheny County Bans Drinking In Bars In Response To COVID-19 Surge
WESA: Split Ticket: How Protests Against Police Brutality Divide And Motivate Voters
Post-Gazette: As new COVID-19 cases rise, Allegheny County to ban alcohol sales in bars, restaurants
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh doctor joins federal commission to protect nursing homes from future outbreaks
Post-Gazette: Gender Equity Commission to city: Address police violence, pay equity, among other issues
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh forms task force as fireworks complaints soar to nearly 400% over last year
Post-Gazette: Port Authority approves $485.7 million budget filled with uncertainties
Post-Gazette: State releases complaint form for businesses not following COVID-19 requirements
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County to ban on-premises consumption of alcohol, along with other restrictions
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County to use ‘a strategic and selective approach’ to stem resurgence of Covid-19
Pittsburgh Business Times: Ban of on-premises alcohol sales another blow for hospitality industry
Tribune Review: Allegheny County to halt on-premises alcohol consumption, enforce mask wearing in businesses, restaurants
Tribune Review: Allegheny County exceeds highest coronavirus case total with 96 new cases
Tribune Review: Pitt researchers find 4 coronavirus mutations arrived early in Pittsburgh, say pandemic could have been much worse in region
City Paper: Photos: Protesters revisit scene of tear gas, rubber bullets used against them in East Liberty earlier this month
City Paper: City announces ‘taskforce’ of police officers and fire investigators to patrol neighborhoods to handle fireworks complaints

Beaver County Times: Gnibus: Poll has Kelly, Trump under 50 percent in 16th Congressional District
Beaver County Times: County reflects on privilege, solutions at Unity Walk
Beaver County Times: Local LGBTQ voices discuss coming out in Beaver County
Observer-Reporter: Lisa Scarmazzi hired as Canonsburg’s economic development coordinator
Observer-Reporter: Washington, Greene report new COVID cases 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 13 new coronavirus cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Union rallies again for safety measures outside CamTran meeting 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ‘End Racism Now’: Volunteers paint message of unity on Main Street in Johnstown
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Region’s COVID-19 cases up by more than 25 percent over past week; death reported in Indiana County
Altoona Mirror: Trump visa move hits Pa.
Altoona Mirror: Penn State reopening plan draws criticism

Citizens Voice: W-B mayor: State needs to repeal fireworks legalization
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County among the worst in Pennsylvania for recovery risk factors
Citizens Voice: Shooting victim advocates for peace at Black Lives Matter rally
Citizens Voice: 8 new positive COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths reported in county
Times-Tribune: Two more local COVID-19 deaths, but new cases increase again
Times-Tribune: New rules for easing COVID-19 restrictions on visitations at nursing homes, other long-term care facilities
The Times Leader: Senate Judiciary Committee acts on comprehensive probation reform
The Times Leader: WB mayor wants something done about fireworks; pandemic possibly behind surge in sales
The Times Leader: Luzerne County receives air flow report on courthouse meeting room
The Times Leader: Marriage ruling anniversary gives NEPA LGBTQ community a chance to reflect
The Times Leader: Demographics: A more diverse region neans a more vibrant economy
The Times Leader: 5 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths

South Central 
Patriot News: National Park Service: Confederate monuments at Gettysburg an ‘important part of the cultural landscape,’ will not be removed
Patriot News: Young activists march through Harrisburg neighborhood: ‘Things need to change’
Patriot News: Family, friends of Dauphin County inmates speak out against prison conditions as COVID-19 cases spread
York Dispatch: Freeze on evictions nearing an end in York County and around state
York Dispatch: Sunday update: 13 new cases of COVID-19 in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Seven new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Slate cleaned: Over the past year, more than 1 million cases involving low-level crimes sealed in county under new law 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Man seen carrying assault-style rifle in Central Market ‘disrespecting our community and our values’: mayor
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sunday’s COVID-19 updates: Total positive case count reaches 81,956 to date in Pa., 4,185 coming from Lancaster County
York Daily Record: Understanding spread among Amish, COVID spikes
York Daily Record: Peaceful rally in York supports Black lives
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon to join rest of state in green phase starting next week, Wolf announces

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Reading resident wants Christopher Columbus statue removed from City Park
Reading Eagle: Most state lawmakers in Berks County are reopening district offices
Reading Eagle: Uncertain about the future, Berks County hears calls from local businesses to convert loan program into grant program
Reading Eagle: Foes of Berks immigrant detention center hope ruling shuts it down
Reading Eagle: Berks residents at rally vow continued fight against racism, police brutality
Reading Eagle: Pro-Life Berks shares message during National Pro-Life Bridges Day
Reading Eagle: Berks County seeing a decline in coronavirus cases, but virus remains a threat
Reading Eagle: Berks coronavirus case total climbs by 11
Morning Call: Harrisburg lawmakers to blame for failure to end gerrymandering of state legislative maps, group leader says
Morning Call: Black Lives Matter protesters find Trump supporters on march through Pen Argyl Saturday
Morning Call: ‘I’m listening to the argument that police don’t belong in schools’: Allentown and Bethlehem reconsider resource officers
Morning Call: ‘It’s a big deal for Pennsylvania employees,‘ lawyers says of state Supreme Court ruling in Lehigh Valley whistleblower case
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: State reports 505 new cases, 3 deaths on Sunday
Express Times: Easton development rules ‘could be considered racist,’ and should be changed, mayor says
Express Times: 8 of 10 Bethlehem Area parents ready for kids to return to school in fall
Express Times: Coronavirus in Pa.: Nearly 85,000 total diagnoses, 6,603 deaths reported as of June 27

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: County Councilman plans to reschedule Erie pro-police rally
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending June 26
Erie Times-News: State reports 505 new COVID-19 cases; 7 in Erie County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: $750,000 of small business loans OK’d
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County one new COVID-19 case
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City homeless shelters expect spike in need as assistance ends
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 COVID-19 case, and more updates for June 28

Ryan Aument: Tackling the difficult issues around policing and race
PennLive Editorial Board: Gov. Wolf got it right. Period.  
Jeanne McNeill: Fireworks turn Lehigh Valley communities into ‘war zone.’ We must change the laws.
Chris Kelly: ‘Kids for Cash’ judge trades prison for paradise
Ernest Owens: Mayor Jim Kenney Should Resign After the City’s Gross Violation of Civil Rights
Inquirer Editorial Board: Contact tracing’s slow start gives coronavirus time to get ahead 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Lose the fireworks, Philly 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Beware campaign apps
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Free speech on trial at CMU
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Fighting vaccine misinformation
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Respect our citizens
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bringing down history 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: FAA’s credibility issue
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Make national parks safe: NPS can take commonsense precautions
Naiymah Sanchez and Mary Catherine Roper: Following Supreme Court decision, Pa. should have state-wide ban on LGBTQ discrimination 
Michael J. Birkner: We need to face, not erase, the ‘tough stuff’ of our past
Ray E. Landis: Trump’s attacks on Biden’s age play into unfair stereotypes. That will cost him votes among older Pennsylvanians. 
Steve Mullen: Tell Casey, Toomey to pass the HEROES Act to help public employees 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Summer recess for Philly’s City Council
Will Bunch: America is drunk on a warped idea of freedom, and now it’s killing people 
Michael Hinson: For Black people who lived through the AIDS crisis, COVID-19 is a painful reminder | Perspective
Gaetano P. Piccirilli, Francis Cratil Cretarola, and David A. Magaldi Jr.: Marconi Plaza brawlers don’t represent all Italian people in South Philly 
Helen Ubiñas: The curious case of Philly leadership’s delayed response to teargassing civilians, solved 
Jenice Armstrong: May I please get an ‘amen’ for Amen Brown, poised to win this House seat in West Philly? 
Tine Hansen-Turton and Brian Valdez: State limits on non-physician health care workers block access for patients in need | Expert Opinion
Queen Muse: Being the only Black woman journalist in the room is a privilege and a prison | Perspective
Richard Robinson: Pa.’s public schools are bleeding money because of the pandemic. It’s time to fix charter funding
Larry Platt: Of Newsrooms And Race
David Murrell: Yesterday’s Police Press Conference Wasn’t Accountability. It Was Crisis P.R.
John L. Micek: Political seer Sabato says Pa. ‘leans Democrat’ in critical Electoral College fight | Friday Morning Coffee
Eleanor Brown and Ben Jones: Why Black people distrust police even in a progressive college town
Keith C. Burris: Heart must speak to heart
David M. Shribman: We have not achieved justice for all
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly’s tear gas explanations bring tears to our eyes
Michael J. Cozzillio and Krista J. Cozzillio: The only plausible excuse for asking women to ‘take one for the team’
Chip Minemyer: Removing officers from schools would be a detriment to reform efforts
Salena Zito: Madonna of the Trail defies statue-toppling culture
Bruce Katz, Kevin Gillen, Ben Preis and Sharon Velasquez: How To Grow Black Businesses
Tim Hartman: Coronavirus and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board | Editorial Cartoon

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  1. Biden poll numbers are daunting and getting bigger. This election is picking up steam for the Dems. Possible 400 electoral delegate victory for Biden with a huge wave effect bring marginal Congressional candidates with him. “Trump District” term is now going by way of the 1980’s “New Coke” fad were Coca Cola tried to come up with a better taste for their soda that only made it taste like Pepsi.

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