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June 2nd Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf extended mail ballot deadlines by an additional week for Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties; which will result in many key races not being called tonight. Happy primary day politicos, Here is the Playbook.

Top 10 State Legislative Primaries to Watch: Several of the closest watched races are Democratic primaries in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Pre-Primary FEC Report Recap: Here are the key takeaways from the last pre-primary congressional fundraising filings.

PA8: Marsicano’s Closing Ad Blasts Bognet: The former Hazleton Mayor criticizes Jim Bognet for his past work for Mitt Romney and for not voting in 2016.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Primaries become test run for campaigning during coronavirus
AP: Governor moves deadline to count mail-in ballots amid unrest
AP: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf says he is extending voting by mail for 7 days for Philadelphia, 5 other counties after Tuesday
AP: Pennsylvania’s tax collections suffer for 3rd straight month
AP: COVID-19 infections, deaths both comparatively low in state
AP: Biden looks to clinch nomination as 7 states, DC vote
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf extends deadline for mail-in ballots for Pa. primary election in 6 counties
Patriot News: It’s primary election day: Here’s what you need to know
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers question Gov. Wolf’s authority to extend mailed ballot deadline in 6 counties
Patriot News: Tuesday’s primary election: ‘It’s not going to look or feel like it has in non-pandemic times’
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf visits Philadelphia, surveys damage from George Floyd protests 
Spotlight PA: Pa.’s revenues take another coronavirus blow in May, falling $440 million short of expectations 
Inquirer: What we’re watching for in Tuesday’s unprecedented Pennsylvania primary election 
Inquirer: Biden fans and the Pa. Democratic establishment are taking a quiet primary victory lap: ‘He’s the guy to beat Trump’ 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extends mail ballot deadlines for Philadelphia and five other counties 
PA Post: Your Questions About Voting In The Pennsylvania Primary, Answered
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 69,417 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s not just big cities. Towns and boroughs across Pa. are protesting police brutality 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Following criticism, state officials are ‘rewriting’ regulation on long-term care homes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With Pa. primary looming amidst COVID and protests, Wolf extends mail-in ballot deadline for 6 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Live Coverage: The latest on George Floyd protest in Harrisburg 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Video of Erie police kicking a young woman goes viral, adding to national debate over police response to Floyd protests 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Advocates launch hunger strike to force Wolf to release inmates to slow COVID spread 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pandemic strains emergency responders with more disasters on horizon | Analysis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Americans trust medical experts , but new poll reveals partisan split | The Numbers Racket
PLSReporter: 2020 Primary Election Live Blog 
PLSReporter: Wolf extends mail-in ballot deadline for 6 counties amid protests, urges protesters to ‘de-escalate the violence’ 
PLSReporter: Third straight day of protests hit Philadelphia, Pittsburgh; Demonstrators in Harrisburg urge engagement with politics, organizing 
PLSReporter: Pandemics, mail ballots and new machines: How the ‘unprecedented’ electoral landscape might impact results in Tuesday’s primary 
PLSReporter: Codebreaker: 5 highlights that you may have missed from the #PABudget code bills
KYW Newsradio: Tuesday’s primary comes with ‘unprecedented challenges,’ says Pa. secretary of state 
Morning Call: Pat Toomey says George Floyd death ‘sickening to watch,’ defends most police officers as honorable  
Fox News: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf on George Floyd protests: Rallies ‘absolutely called for,’ violence is not 
Fox News: George Floyd unrest: Philadelphia police fire tear gas on crowd trying to block interstate 
Fox News: Pittsburgh police search for man accused of inciting a riot during George Floyd protest 
Fox News: Philadelphia residents stand guard to protect local Target store from looters
WHYY Newsworks: Amid unrest, curfews and a global pandemic, Pennsylvania prepares to vote 
The Hill: Trump rule limits states from blocking pipeline projects
Politico: Mass upheaval and pandemic spell trouble for Tuesday’s mega-primary  
CNN: GOP senators critical of Trump’s response to unrest following Floyd’s death
Politico: POLITICO’s guide to the biggest Election Day since coronavirus took over 
StateImpactPA: EPA’s new rule limits states’ ability to regulate pipelines under the Clean Water Act 
StateImpactPA: Wolf Administration advances proposed emission limits on thousands of oil and gas sites  

Inquirer: What we’re watching for in Tuesday’s unprecedented Pennsylvania primary election 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extends mail ballot deadlines for Philadelphia and five other counties 
Inquirer: Philly officials scramble to prepare for Tuesday’s primary election as unrest continues 
Inquirer: Unrest could delay Philadelphia entering ‘yellow’ phase, but suburbs and New Jersey move ahead 
Inquirer: This West Philly neighborhood had been struggling to rebuild. Then the looting started. 
Inquirer: Philadelphia police officers take a knee with protesters at City Hall 
Inquirer: More than 16,000 Philadelphia households missed out on food Monday because of demonstrations 
Inquirer: Some family-owned Philly businesses survived the Center City looting by standing guard 
Inquirer: National Guard troops deploy in Philly as confrontations continue between police and protesters 
Inquirer: Philadelphia protesters are gassed on I-676, leading to ‘pandemonium’ as they tried to flee 
Inquirer: A third day of unrest in Philly: Peaceful protests, police fire gas, neighbors clash in Fishtown
Billy Penn: Why aren’t Philly’s low-income communities of color voting by mail? Same reasons as usual, organizers say
Billy Penn: Yes, you can drop off your mail-in ballot on Election Day in Philly
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly
Billy Penn: How community leaders in Kensington, West Philly and other bruised neighborhoods say they’ll make it through
WHYY Newsworks: Amid unrest, curfews and a global pandemic, Pennsylvania prepares to vote
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Resources better spent rebuilding’: Philly Councilmembers call on mayor to stop spending city money to protect Rizzo statue
WHYY Newsworks: The call that calmed tensions in West Philly 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA: Curfew doesn’t apply to voters heading to polls on Election Day 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly NAACP president talks about George Floyd protests
WHYY Newsworks: What the George Floyd protests say about policing and black life in America 
WHYY Newsworks: The vote goes on in Philly: Polling places in uncertain times 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly cleans up from protest as National Guard arrives ahead of more demonstrations
WHYY Newsworks: Protesters tear-gassed in Philly after blocking highway traffic
WHYY Newsworks: Plans to move Philly to ‘yellow’ forge ahead, despite risk of virus spread through gatherings 
Philadelphia Tribune: Hundreds protest peacefully in Center City, while others vandalize and loot stores in Kensington and West Philly
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Wolf extends deadline for mail-in ballots
KYW Newsradio: Massive protests, some looting rage on for a third day in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Religious leaders, elected officials come together to help clean up Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA suspends Center City service until further notice due to protests
Philadelphia Magazine: The National Guard Arrives in Philadelphia Amid the Riots, Fires and Looting 
Philadelphia Magazine: This May Be the Most Iconic Photo from the Philly Protests and Riots 
Philadelphia Magazine: As the City Burned, Some Philadelphians Chose to Protect a Target
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia commerce director advises businesses to board up their windows
Philadelphia Business Journal: Center City business group: ‘How do we address the bigger issues of our city?’
Philly Voice: Philly police spray tear gas at I-676 protesters as city faces third night of curfews 
Philly Voice: SEPTA suspends service in Center City due to expected protests

LevittownNow: Primary Election 2020: Voter’s Guide
LevittownNow: Democrat Christina Finello Says She Plans To ‘Tell It To Them Straight’
LevittownNow: Skylar Hurwitz Promotes Progressive Message In Democratic Primary   
LevittownNow: Republican Andrew Meehan Looks To Unseat Congressman Fitzpatrick   
LevittownNow: Bucks County Commissioners Release Statements In Wake Of George Floyd’s Death
Bucks Local News: THE BUCKS COUNTY PRIMARY: Voters to select candidates on Tuesday for the November election 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners respond to protests, violence after Floyd Killing 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County state lawmakers ask Governor Wolf to okay resumption of youth baseball, softball 
Delco Daily Times: Governor Wolf moves deadline to count mail-in ballots amid unrest in Delaware County, Montgomery County, others
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County expected to stay in the vote in unprecedented primary 
Delco Daily Times: DELCORA moves to halt council ordinance 
Delco Daily Times: Township employees and officials join community in cleanup effort Monday 
Bucks County Courier Times: Warminster officials condemn supervisor’s “shoot on sight” response 
Bucks County Courier Times: Election officials “closely tracking disturbances”
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks police dealing with ‘isolated incidents’ in wake of unrest; malls secured as precaution against looting
Daily Local News: Chester County leaders speak out against Floyd death, urge peaceful protests
Daily Local News: Protesters again rally at Historic Chester County Courthouse in West Chester 
Daily Local News: People in Kennett Square spark hope, create ‘change’ during peaceful protest against injustice 
WHYY Newsworks: In Bucks, U.S. Rep. Fitzpatrick getting challenged from the right and left
Inquirer: Philly’s chaotic weekend of protests spread to the suburbs. Now, residents look to rebuild
Inquirer: The Delaware County sewer authority moved to block a takeover by Democrats, calling it a ‘money grab’
KYW Newsradio: More mail-in ballot drop boxes coming to Montgomery County to help voters meet Election Day deadline
KYW Newsradio: Heavy police presence in Philly suburbs as protests continue through weekend
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County adds 5 ballot drop-off boxes for Tuesday election 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 16 more coronavirus deaths during three-day period
Pottstown Mercury: Peaceful protest joined by Pottstown Police
Pottstown Mercury: June 1 Update: Pennsylvania has 72,282 coranavirus cases after an increase of 356, according to the Department of Health

The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 primary: Snail-mail edition 
Tribune Review: Election HQ: Information on primary races in Western Pa. 
Tribune Review: State launches covid-19 testing of nursing home residents, staff 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County elections division: ‘We got this’ 
Tribune Review: Mayor Peduto, Public Safety chief defend how Pittsburgh police handled weekend protests 
Tribune Review: Vandergrift councilwoman sues fellow borough officials
Post-Gazette: Wolf adds week to time frame Allegheny County mail-in, absentee ballots can be submitted 
Post-Gazette: Today is the primary election: Here’s what you need to know 
Post-Gazette: Protesters, police clash in East Liberty; 20 arrested, 9 officers injured 
Post-Gazette: Shaler man, charged with inciting Downtown riot, turns self in after items seized from home 
Post-Gazette: Primary day: The polls have opened 
Post-Gazette: Mayor continues assertion that Saturday’s violence was fueled by anarchists 
Post-Gazette: Levine warns that protests could bring increase in new COVID-19 cases as figures remain low
Post-Gazette: Port Authority moving ahead after ‘very productive’ meeting with federal officials on BRT project 
Post-Gazette: Dormont’s council votes to keep pool closed 
Post-Gazette: State freezes $1 million in arts funding to 53 Western Pa. groups
WESA: Pittsburgh Organizers Say Don’t Lose Focus: This Is About Police Brutality
WESA: Weekend Of Protest in Pittsburgh Ends In Peaceful Vigil
WESA: ‘We Are Living In The Tension:’ Clergy Lead Prayer, Call For Justice During Monday Protests
WESA: What You Need To Know Ahead Of Primary Day 
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Moves Allegheny County Deadline To Count Mail-In Ballots To Next Week Amid Unrest 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto To Review Police Communication From Clash With Protestors In East Liberty
KDKA: 20 Arrested And Smoke Used After East Liberty March Starts Peaceful, Ends With Violence 
KDKA: Group Protesting Over George Floyd’s Death Gathers In East Liberty 
KDKA: ‘We’ve Got Bad Apples In The Community’: Pittsburgh Citizen Police Review Board Executive Director Commends Pittsburgh Police, Blames Violent Offenders Following Local Riots 
KDKA: Arrest Warrant Issued For Brian Bartels, Police Say He Is Responsible For Inciting Violence At Pittsburgh Protests 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Updates Case Total After ‘Dataset’ Problem, Reports 8 New Cases, Bringing Total To 1,919 
KDKA: Port Authority Of Allegheny County’s ‘NEXTransit’ Aims To Create A 25-Year-Plan For Pittsburgh Region 
KDKA: Dormont Council Stands By Previous Vote To Keep Pool Closed For 2020 Season
City Paper: A short guide to voting in Allegheny County during a global pandemic
City Paper: Police used rubber bullets, smoke, and chemical munitions against protesters during a march in East Liberty in honor of George Floyd
City Paper: Give to these local organizations to help with bail funds, therapy costs, and legal support
Pittsburgh Business Times: All businesses in Pittsburgh now required to post paid sick leave notices for employees

Observer-Reporter: In unprecedented circumstances, local election directors turnout predictions for primary are ‘guesses’
Observer-Reporter: Spate of large protests will not change state’s COVID19 reopening plan
Altoona Mirror: Thousands opt for mail-in ballots
Beaver County Times: Last minute delay
Beaver County Times: Levine: Bringing nursing home COVID patients back from hospital was right move
Beaver County Times: State House district offices starting to reopen
Beaver County Times: What was your experience voting in the Pa. primary? Tell us your story – good or bad
Tribune Review: Westmoreland to get millions through the CARES Act, but it won’t be enough 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland swamped with mail-in ballots
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pandemic and protests combine to form unprecedented challenges to primary 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: In wake of George Floyd death, Johnstown leaders to stand in unity 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Levine: State moving toward universal coronavirus testing in nursing homes 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County to land $11.75 million in COVID relief

Citizens Voice: What’s at stake: Few contested races on the ballot
Citizens Voice: Onslaught of mail-in ballots expected for today’s primary 
Citizens Voice: Polls open throughout Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: Levine: Virus threat not over for nursing homes 
Citizens Voice: County adds 3 virus cases, no deaths 
Times-Tribune: Polls are open, but turnout uncertain as voters cast primary ballots amid virus 
Times-Tribune: Cognetti: Some furloughed Scranton city workers could be laid off if city finances don’t improve 
Times-Tribune: Cartwright to host virtual session on Military Academy application process 
Times-Tribune: Commissioners to meet virtually Wednesday; Scranton City Council Thursday 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County moving to yellow phase, but senior services won’t resume immediately
Times-Tribune: Only 11 new virus cases, one death in Northeast Pennsylvania counties 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
The Times Leader: Luzerne County election workers feverishly sorting mail-in ballot returns 
The Times Leader: Rep. Boback announces $50M in federal relief funds to local counties 
The Times Leader: New security measures added for Luzerne County government reopening 
The Times Leader: 3 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County; no new deaths 

South Central 
York Daily Record: Who’s on the primary ballot in central Pa.?
York Daily Record: York and Adams head to the polls today for primary 2020 voting 
York Daily Record: ‘No justice, no peace’: Chambersburg protests
York Daily Record: York protest shuts down Continental Square
York Dispatch: Wolf moves deadline to count mail-in ballots in 6 counties; York not included in change
York Dispatch: Ballot collection, protest to close lanes in York City Tuesday
York Dispatch: York City protests Floyd death in a rowdy, but mostly nonviolent manner
Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse vows better coordination of George Floyd protests, starting Monday night
Patriot News: You can flush, but the virus can’t hide: Harrisburg starts testing sewage for COVID-19
Patriot News: Harrisburg police commissioner has spent a career trying to defuse tensions. The current crisis is his biggest test yet
Patriot News: Rally underway at Pa. capitol in Harrisburg days after violent clash with police: live updates  
Patriot News: Protesters rally in Harrisburg for third straight night
Patriot News: Peaceful Harrisburg protest a ‘success’ with minimal police presence
Patriot News: York city sees flash of violence during otherwise peaceful protests: report
LNP | LancasterOnline: A complete guide for Lancaster County voters for today’s primaries 
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘We’re working on real change’: Lancaster city police chief, officers join protest on its third day
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster officials say group of armed, white men infiltrated protests, instigated violence Sunday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County has almost 300 virus-related deaths going into primary day 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Prison warden: Inmates not being denied water, hygiene products 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Mayor Sorace, police chief Berkihiser host press conference on weekend’s George Floyd protests
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Cumberland County shows six new cases of COVID-19 Monday and 2 additional deaths 
Carlisle Sentinel: Pandemic’s fiscal challenges ahead, county passes human services budget 
Carlisle Sentinel: State highlights work with seniors

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley procrastinator’s guide to the 2020 election
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extends deadline for counting primary ballots mailed in 6 counties outside the Lehigh Valley 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s top election official pleads for patience, says expect later results in Tuesday’s primary
Morning Call: Pennsylvania health secretary concerned about virus spread during protests; plans to test in all nursing homes moving forward
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley unemployment rate skyrockets to 16.5% in April amid coronavirus crisis
Morning Call: Bethlehem businesses prepare for outdoor dining and sales on Friday with updated guidelines from the city
Reading Eagle: Primary election: What you need to know before you head to Berks polls
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council taking public comments by phone, email
Reading Eagle: Berks County Democrats will host event to benefit Helping Harvest 
Reading Eagle: Berks County will disconnect coronavirus hotline on Friday
Reading Eagle: Berks has 13 new coronavirus positive tests and no deaths according to latest state daily report
Express Times: Pa. pandemic primary: Mail-in ballots pile up, in-person voters should bring a mask
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Case count reaches 72K as new cases hit 2-month low. State reports no virus deaths in Lehigh Valley for 2nd straight day. | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (6/1/2020)

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: At long last, it’s primary day in Pennsylvania. What to expect 
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor outraged by conduct of officer, ‘hostile agitators’  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Video of Erie police kicking a young woman goes viral, adding to national debate over police response to Floyd protests 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State reps: Green phase will be safe
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: River Valley Transit gets $7.2 million federal grant
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport updates proclamation on public gatherings
Centre Daily Times: Voting looks different for the Pa. primary. Here’s what to know in Centre County 
Centre Daily Times: Penn State, State College leaders continue to speak out after Floyd’s death, protests
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 new COVID-19 case, other updates for June 1

Christine M. Tartaglione: Pa. Capitol COVID disclosure issue underscores much-needed workplace protections for all 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Mixed signals keep businesses — and the economy — in the dark  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Justice and law 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Robocalls will be back: Fewer calls during pandemic, but that will change
John L. Micek: It’s not why they’re protesting. It’s why it doesn’t happen more | Monday Morning Coffee
Salena Zito: Pennsylvania primary offers early test of mass mail-in voting
Charlie Gerow: COVID-19 isn’t President Trump’s “Katrina” 
Queen Muse: Mayor Kenney, Tear Down the Rizzo Statue Right Now 
Kempis Songster: More police won’t quiet the rage from this weekend 
Ala Stanford: Police brutality and the coronavirus are killing black people. But they will not drown us. 
Maria Panaritis: Shop Rite owner begs for National Guard after two Philly supermarkets are devastated by looting 
Helen Ubiñas: How government priorities favor racism over citizens literally fighting for their lives 
Will Bunch: The president of the United States declared war on America on Monday night 
Dick Polman: In his war with MSNBC, Trump is dragging a dead woman through the mud 
Ray Landis: America can’t sacrifice its elderly on the altar of reopening 
Jenice Armstrong: It’s ironic that the Tulsa massacre that destroyed Black Wall Street happened 99 years ago this week 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Don’t vote. Elect Trump!
Steven Waldman: Government can help news industry
Sandy Smith: You Can Be Supportive of the Rioters and Angry With the Looters at the Same Time
Seth Berger: Calling Out White Noise
Gene Therapy: Trump speaks to our chaos — and, naturally, worsens it
Tony Norman: What do you do when the criminal justice system is the crime itself?

2 Responses

  1. The Gov has been all about following the law since he started the March/April lockdown which destroyed businesses and put families in dire financial straits but suddenly he became awfully quiet and tolerant, some say supportive, about rioters and looters and violence in PA.

  2. Rightwing shouts for PA to open, but Walmart fails to stop maskless idiots from entering stores and is so afraid of looting that some stores are closed entirely and others open only 1 door for ingress/egress.

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