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June 5th Playbook

More updates are provided from Tuesday’s primary, while Gov. Tom Wolf is set to announce that more counties can join the green phase. Here is the Playbook.

DCCC Announces Multi-Million Dollar Ad Buy in PA: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced that it plans to spend $1 million in the Harrisburg media market, $910,000 for the Philadelphia media market, and $400,000 for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market.

PoliticsPA: 2020 Primary Results Thursday Playbook: A couple of progressives win state House primaries in Allegheny County, while several competitive congressional races go final on Wednesday.

PoliticsPA: 2020 Primary Results Wednesday Playbook: The latest on every contested primary in PA: races that are over, races where a candidate leads, and races that are still tossups. 3 incumbents lost, another 5 trail.

Primary Election Update: 

Lamb and Ahmad Lead in Dem Auditor General Race: As more results trickle in, Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb holds a six point lead over former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad in the six candidate primary. But his lead is shrinking. If Ahmad’s performance in outstanding eastern PA mail ballots matches her performance in those counties so far, she will probably have the numbers to win. 

LEADER CHANGE: PA9 Dem: Gary Wegman has taken a 5,000 plus vote lead, 13%, over Laura Quick in the race to face Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne). On Thursday, Quick held a slight lead over Wegman. 

LEADER: PA10 Dem: Some mail, all in-person. Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Auditor General, maintains a 9,700 vote lead over Tom Brier, an attorney and author. All votes including in-person are in for York County, DePasquale’s base where he netted 13K votes. Mail ballots are outstanding in Cumberland County (where they split) and Dauphin County (where Brier doubled Deep and netted 3,600 votes). It’s a long shot for Brier, but he has an outside shot to catch the DCCC’s favorite in the race and certainly exceeded expectations. The winner of this race will take on Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in November in national Dems’ top PA target. 

LEADER: SD9 Dem: Some mail, some in-person. John Kane, business manager for Plumbers Union Local 690, holds a 14 point lead over Brett Burman, a former healthcare executive. The winner of this race will face state Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware), who ran unopposed in the GOP primary, in the fall in Dems’ top pickup opportunity. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: SD17 Dem: Some mail, some in-person. Amanda Cappelletti, Vice-Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors, holds a 24 point lead over embattled state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery). Delaware County has some in-person ballots and some mail; Montco has some in-person but no mail.  The winner of this race will take on Ellen Fisher in the general election.

LEADER: SD31 Dem: Some mail, all in-person: Shanna Danielson leads Rick Coplen and Josh Bosha in the Democratic primary. It is unclear how many of the mail-in votes still need to be counted. The winner of this race will take on state Sen. Mike Regan (R-York) in the fall.  

LEADER: SD49 Dem: No mail, all in-person. Julie Slomksi leads Andre Horton in the Democratic primary. The winner of this race will take on state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) in the fall. 

INCUMBENT LEAD SHRINKS: HD22 Dem: Some mail, all in-person. This is a nail biter. State Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) leads Enid Santiago by 82 votes, which is slightly less than 2%, in this majority Latino district, according to county website results. On Thursday morning, Schweyer held a 178 vote advantage in the race. All of the in-person ballots have been counted, while it appears some mail-in ballots have been counted.

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD39 GOP: Some mail, all in-person. State Rep. Michael Puskaric (R-Allegheny) is losing to challenger Tom Kirsch by just 111 votes. HOWEVER, the only outstanding votes are mail ballots from Washington Co. The in-person sliver of the county gave Puskaric 79% of the vote and a 640, so a comeback is more than possible for the incumbent. This is a grudge match for the old Saccone seat; the former State Rep. backed Kirsch. The winner of this race will go up against Democrat Sara-Summer Oliphant in the fall. 

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. 

LEADER: HD87 Dem: Some mail, all in-person. Nicole Miller leads the way in the primary over Sean Quinlan and Heather MacDonald. The winner of this race will attempt to unseat state Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) in the fall. 

LEADER: HD106 GOP: Some mail, all in-person. State Rep. Thomas Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) leads Chris Lupp and Mimi Legro in the primary. The winner of this race will face Democrat Lindsay Drew. 

LEADER: HD127 GOP: Vincent Gagliardo Jr. holds a slim lead over Branden Moyer in the primary. The winner of this race will face Democrat Manuel Guzman. The seat is held by state Rep. Thomas Caltagirone (D-Berks), who is retiring at the end of his current term. 

LEADER: HD138 GOP: Ann Flood leads Tony Tarsi in the primary to succeed retiring state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton). The winner of the primary will take on Democrat Tara Zrinski in the fall. 

LEADER: HD159 Dem: Some mail, some in-person. Incumbent state Rep. Brian Kirkland looks safe in this Delco district against challenger Angela Renee Prattis. The winner will face Republican Ruth Moton.

LEADER: HD160 Dem: Anton Andrew extends his lead over Catherine Spahr in the Democratic primary. The winner of this matchup will face Republican Craig Williams, who ran unopposed in the GOP primary. The race is to succeed retiring state Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware). 

INCUMBENT GAINS: HD166 Dem: Some mail, some in-person. State Rep. Greg Vitali leads challenger Jennifer Leith by 20 points, adding on to his 14 point lead on Thursday morning. The Republican candidate is Christine Boyle. 

LEADER: HD168 Dem: Some mail, some in-person. Incumbent Rep. Christopher Quinn (R-Delco) kept his seat in 2018 in one of PA’s narrowest state House margins. This year it looks like he’ll face veteran and businesswoman Deb Ciamacca, who currently leads Brittany Forman. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD175 Dem: State Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia) holds a 443 vote lead, 8%, over Vanessa McGrath, Jeff Dempsey, and Andre Del Valle in the four candidate primary among in-person votes. The mail-in ballots will determine the outcome. 

INCUMBENT LEAD: HD182 Dem: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) leads challenger Marisa Shaaban by 477 votes, 8%, with all of the in-person votes accounted for, while the mail-in votes are still coming in. Sims trailed Shaaban as of Tuesday morning and regained the lead on Wednesday. The GOP candidate in this safe Dem district is Drew Murray. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD188 Dem: Rick Krajewski holds a 396 vote lead, 6%, over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary. 

TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Supreme Dow and Bernard Williams are locked at 26% each, with just 2 votes separating the two as of Friday morning, in the primary over Fareed Abdullah and Darisha Parker for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia). The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Vote counting drags through 3rd day after state primary
AP: Wolf will announce more counties can enter ‘green’ phase
Spotlight PA: Wolf will appoint misconduct watchdog, establish commission to oversee Pa. state troopers, correctional officers 
Patriot News: Which Pa. counties will enter the green phase of Wolf’s reopening plan next? Here are the strongest candidates 
Patriot News: Pa. state troopers’ union slams Gov. Wolf’s law enforcement reforms 
Patriot News: ‘Too many people have lost faith’; Gov. Tom Wolf talks about police reforms driven by George Floyd protests 
Inquirer: Candidates across Pa. have no idea if they won or lost their primary elections: ‘It sucks’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf’s PAC showered more than $85K on Dem candidates in Pa. primary, records show 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf, Shapiro announce first steps of police reform after days of unrest 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 73,942 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With new order, 34 Pa. counties will go green on Friday, Wolf, Levine say 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: NWPA officials demand that Erie Co. go ‘green’ in COVID-19 reopening plan
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie cops at protest weren’t quarantined, were ‘exercising abundance of caution,’ city police chief says
WITF: Provisional ballots adding to delay in Pennsylvania primary results 
PLSReporter: Wolf announces state policing reforms, says he will work for legislative solutions in wake of George Floyd’s killing 
PLSReporter: ‘This is unacceptable’: As COVID-19 leaves many jobless and struggling, some Pa. legislators see paid family leave as a necessary next step  
Fox News: Philadelphia US attorney slams local DA as ‘not at all interested’ in putting rioters, looters in jail 
Fox News: Pittsburgh hospital officials say coronavirus appears less potent than before
StateImpactPA: South-central Pennsylvania borough makes significant commitment to solar energy
National Journal: Q+A With Gov. Tom Ridge
National Journal: Loyalty to Trump Wins Out in GOP Primaries
The Hill: Pro-Trump super PAC ads attack Biden’s economic record in ‘blue wall’ states
CNN: The electoral map is tilting badly against Donald Trump right now
Huffington Post: Philadelphia Inquirer Apologizes For ‘Deeply Offensive’ Headline On Protests Column

WHYY Newsworks: ‘You betrayed the trust’: Vince Fumo attacks Mayor Jim Kenney for Rizzo removal
WHYY Newsworks: Philly curfew in effect; Outlaw, Kenney announce ‘reconciliation’ plan as protests continue for 6th day
WHYY Newsworks: Police allowed Fishtown mob to threaten neighbors who want answers 
WHYYNewsworks: Inquirer journalists of color refuse to work Thursday, demand newsroom changes 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly to slash police oversight, anti-violence initiatives while increasing PPD budget
Inquirer: Thousands fill streets in Center City for sixth day, calling for reforms and urging unity; officials pledge to take action 
Inquirer: Mayor Jim Kenney gave cops raises and shielded them from coronavirus layoffs. Protesters aren’t happy. 
Inquirer: Philly Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw to cops: Don’t block your badge numbers 
Inquirer: With COVID-19 cases down, Philadelphia and suburbs move to ‘yellow’ reopening status Friday 
Inquirer: Candidates across Pa. have no idea if they won or lost their primary elections: ‘It sucks’ 
Inquirer: Mural Arts Philadelphia ceases all involvement with the Frank Rizzo mural in the Italian Market 
Inquirer: A news photographer was punched and knocked to the ground. Commissioner Outlaw was one of the officers who responded. 
Inquirer: Colleges in the Philly area and elsewhere are pledging to address national unrest and criminal justice inequalities 
Inquirer: Philly police union president: Cops will boycott Di Bruno Bros. after shop revokes free lunch offer 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s Freshman Four: Institutional Disregard for Black Lives Has Inflicted New Wounds and Reopened Old Ones
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Restaurant Poe’s Sandwich Joint Refuses to Serve Police
Billy Penn: New Philly committee will examine systemic racism and root causes of poverty, mayor vows 
Billy Penn: Military psy-ops or ATM explosions? Nightly booms spur conspiracy theories in Philly
Philadelphia Tribune: Group calls for Philly police to stop using tear gas, rubber bullets 
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Police Commissh issues new use of force guidelines after city cops gas protesters
KYW Newsradio: Marching for a sixth day, Philadelphia protesters lay out demands
KYW Newsradio: Kenney announces Philadelphia will get reconciliation panel working on criminal, economic justice
KYW Newsradio: Rizzo mural in Italian Market will be removed ‘expeditiously’ and replaced
KYW Newsradio: City officials confirm Philadelphia will move to ‘yellow’ Friday; protesters urged to get tested for COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: Philly principals march against racism, for diversity in district schools 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia pushes forward to yellow phase of reopening, delays outdoor dining relaunch
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia extends curfew, establishes diverse steering committee in response to protests
Philadelphia Business Journal: Here are the Philadelphia-area companies that laid off, furloughed workers in May

Montgomery Media: Residents seek ouster of Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale at Norristown rally
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners censure, residents blast Gale over statement
Delco Daily Times: Delco GOP chief criticizes chaotic election process
Delco Daily Times: Council urges residents to make it a mellow yellow
Delco Daily Times: Delco council pulls the plug on DELCORA
Delco Daily Times: Black Live Matter peaceful protesters march on Main Line
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery counties are moving to yellow. Could green be far behind?
Bucks County Courier Times: Photos: Protesters peacefully march for equality in Yardley
WHYY Newsworks: Hundreds rally in Montco to demand Commissioner Joe Gale’s resignation
KYWNewsradio: Republican Montco commissioner censured for calling Black Lives Matter ‘hate group’
Inquirer: Protests ripple across Philly suburbs, from the Main Line to Norristown. “It’s not a one-race problem. It’s a human problem.”
Bucks Local News: ‘WE’RE EXCITED TO MOVE FORWARD’: Bucks County set to move into yellow phase of reopening; stay-at-home order to be lifted at midnight
Bucks Local News: Senator Santarsiero joins NAACP Bucks County, The Peace Center to host vigil against racism, violence and injustice
Bucks Local News: JUNE 3 COVID-19 UPDATE: Bucks County total inflated by belated case reporting
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Borough Council wants Gale to resign as county commissioner 
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County election officials continue to count mail-in ballots
Daily Local News: 19th Senate District race: ‘We have to wait to see’
Daily Local News: Struggle for human rights unites West Chester and Coatesville
Daily Local News: Coatesville native Nydea Graves wins special election to join City Council

WESA: Post-Gazette Pulls Black Reporter From Protest Coverage Over ‘Objectivity’ Concerns 
WESA: Hair Salons, Spas, Gyms And Tattoo Shops Reopen In Allegheny County
City Paper: Progressive female candidates sweep 2020 Pennsylvania primary election in Allegheny County 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes a Black reporter from George Floyd protest coverage, says union 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto admits police reports ‘were wrong’ about Monday’s protest, calls for independent investigations 
City Paper: Photos: Peaceful protest travels miles through Pittsburgh on sixth consecutive day of Black Lives Matter demonstrations
KDKA: More Pittsburgh-Area Women Winning Legislative Seats In Harrisburg
KDKA: As Southwestern Pennsylvania Moves Into ‘Green’ Phase, Not All Restaurants Will Offer Indoor Dining Immediately 
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Embracing ‘8 Can’t Wait’ Campaign Aimed At Reducing Police Violence 
KDKA: Around The Table: Recap Of Pennsylvania’s June Primary  
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Officials Prepared To Handle Coronavirus Spike As Southwestern Pa. Moves To The ‘Green’ Phase 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 13 New Cases And 13 More Deaths, Total Coronavirus Countywide Grows To 1,965 
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Discusses Police Reform Measures Following Protest In East Liberty 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Still Counting Mail-In Ballots 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Announces Policing Reform For Pennsylvania  
Post-Gazette: Primary was practice game for Pittsburgh-area counties 
Post-Gazette: Protesters march from Downtown through South Side; stage lay-in at county jail 
Post-Gazette: Incumbent Adam Ravenstahl loses Dem nod in House District 20 to newcomer Emily Kinkead
Post-Gazette: Lawyer for ex county councilman McCullough tries to block order to report to prison
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayor outlines push for police overhauls
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County says 13 reported COVID-19 deaths bring total to 165
Tribune Review: Protesters take to Pittsburgh streets for 6th straight day in 4-hourlong peaceful march
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report says Shell petrochemical plant faces steep challenges

Observer-Reporter: Washington County tabulates mail-in ballots; no surprises among results
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 contact tracing group forms in Southwestern Pennsylvania 
Observer-Reporter: Rep. Davanzo opens office in Rostraver Township
Beaver County Times: Beaver County sees region’s second-highest jobless rate
Beaver County Times: Floyd demonstrators lie in protest for 8:46
Beaver County Times: Still counting
Beaver County Times: Report: Fossil fuel industry could see prolonged financial distress
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Region going green as more businesses open – with precautions 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Group holds Black Lives Matter march Portage to ‘spread awareness in our small town’ 
Altoona Mirror: Town hall fields unemployment questions

The Times Leader: Bognet claims GOP primary win; Daniels wants ‘every vote counted’
The Times Leader: Eyes already on November in 8th District race
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s mail-in ballots processed, but more work remains 
The Times Leader: After three days, Luzerne County has finished counting mail-in ballots
The Times Leader: Luzerne County manager notes coronavirus death milestone 
The Times Leader: Counties’ contributions push nursing home aid program funds over $1 million 
Citizens Voice: Bognet wins GOP nod in 8th district 
Citizens Voice: County completes count of mail-in ballots 
Citizens Voice: Counties give $500K to nursing home program 
Times-Tribune: Final, unofficial results confirm Bognet victory
Times-Tribune: Last in line for yellow, Lackawanna County moves toward full reopening 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County offices to reopen to public by appointment starting Wednesday 
Times-Tribune: Protest in Honesdale peaceful, despite rumors 
Times-Tribune: Three new coronavirus deaths, 40 new cases in NEPA 
Times-Tribune: As county enters yellow phase, Scranton city government prepares for slow transition to normal

South Central 
Patriot News: Updated results for Pa.’s 10th Congressional District primary show Eugene DePasquale still leading 
Patriot News: ‘Too many people have lost faith’; Gov. Tom Wolf talks about police reforms driven by George Floyd protests 
Patriot News: The protests resemble those of the ’60s, but this time it feels different, black leaders say 
Carlisle Sentinel: Perry pressed by constituents on Trump’s response to protest
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle takes steps to open outdoor seating, parks and parking spaces for businesses
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County has until next week to count mail-in, absentee ballots
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster NAACP challenge city response to protests, policing in virtual town hall
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘I am outraged’: Lancaster city school leaders react to George Floyd’s death, protests
York Dispatch: York City mayor rescinds all of his COVID-19-related restrictions
York Dispatch: Elections run much smoother this time, York County voters say
York Daily Record: Track your county’s unemployment amid COVID-19

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Dean Browning concedes to Lisa Scheller in GOP primary for Lehigh Valley’s 7th Congressional District
Morning Call: Going yellow: After months of lockdown, the Lehigh Valley sheds some coronavirus pandemic restrictions today 
Morning Call: Protests kick off simultaneously in Allentown and Bethlehem, demanding justice for George Floyd
Morning Call: Who represents Allentown next year? Lehigh County plans to keep counting ballots three days after election while one winner is still unknown
Reading Eagle: Winner of Democratic primary in 9th Congressional District still unclear
Reading Eagle: Manny Guzman wins Democratic race to replace Tom Caltagirone in state House 
Reading Eagle: Berks County transition to yellow status for reopening requires continued caution 
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials urge cooperation as the county moves to yellow phase of reopening 
Reading Eagle: Berks County activists again urge Gov. Tom Wolf and commissioners to close residential center 
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s $274.8 million transportation plan receives preliminary approval 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: Lehigh Valley has entered yellow phase. What that means (and how we got here). 
Express Times: WATCH: In march from library to jail, Allentown protesters call out systemic racism 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 74K cases, 75 more deaths. Lehigh Valley, Philly on track to enter yellow phase on Friday. | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (6/4/2020)

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County elections director: Changes must be made for fall election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners anticipate reopening to be a slow process
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall stays ‘by appointment only’ as green phase arrives 
Erie Times-News: Erie County sees 18 percent voter turnout 
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor, police chief kneel with demonstrators
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie cops at protest weren’t quarantined, were ‘exercising abundance of caution,’ city police chief says
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County reports no new cases of COVID-19 for 3rd straight day 
Centre Daily Times: Floyd’s death ‘an outrage to anyone who wears the badge,’ Centre County police say

Sens. Bob Casey, Tammy Baldwin, Debbie Stabenow, and Sherrod Brown: Why the Senate must vote against Justin Walker’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit Court
John Baer: Violence amid protests for racial justice could mean re-election for Donald Trump 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Rizzo statue is gone, but not yet forgotten  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No more no-knock warrants, raids 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Small towns are hurting
Thomas Schuster: RGGI will protect, prepare Pennsylvania for years to come
John L. Micek: Pitt Study: Pa. municipalities in line to lose $3.4B in tax revenue in next 2 years | Thursday Morning Coffee
Faye Anderson: 3 black Philadelphians whose statues should replace Frank Rizzo 
Jeff Hornstein: Focus on scalable growth, access to capital and pardon reform — and listen to Black Philadelphians 
Albert Eisenberg: The protest image I can’t get out of my mind 
Alison M. Buttenheim and Michael Z. Levy: School reopening plans should focus on disease control | Expert Opinion
Will Bunch: No end in sight, can George Floyd protests become a peaceful American revolution? 
Larry Platt: Hooray! We’ve Disappeared The Frank Rizzo Statue… 
Larry Platt: Ideas We Should Steal: Ethical Policing 
Tony Norman: When the Abomination of Desolation preaches domination
Brian O’Neill: A peacekeeper tries and fails to stop a riot
Nancy Eshelman: ‘Bleep you,’ and other ways you tell me what you think 
Rich Askey: To reopen our schools safely, Pennsylvania needs Congress’ help
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: What’s the message?
Trudy Rubin: From Tiananmen Square to Lafayette Square, Trump’s love of military undermines democracy

2 Responses

  1. Woif marched in protests no social distancing?

    But small business owners getting citations?

  2. Billie Holiday should be the replacement statue for Rizzo. Put all the words of the song “Strange Fruit” on a bronze plaque on her statue.

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