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June 8th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf announces 12 more counties will enter the ‘green’ phase, Nina Ahmad takes a lead in the Democratic Auditor General race, and Eugene DePasquale is declared the winner in the PA10 Democratic primary. Here is the Playbook.

2020 Primary Ups & Downs: The GOP primary in Northeast PA goes down to the wire, results continue to trickle in the commonwealth, plus a South Philly political feud makes headlines. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

PA10: DePasquale Defeats Brier in Dem Primary: Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Auditor General, bested Tom Brier in a closer-than-expected primary contest.

Primary Election Update: 

LEADER CHANGE: Ahmad Pulls Ahead of Lamb in Dem Auditor General Primary: Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad pulled ahead of Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb this weekend in the six candidate primary. As of Monday morning, Ahmad leads Lamb by 2%. 

LEADER: PA9 Dem: Gary Wegman maintains 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. 

WINNER: PA10 Dem: Eugene DePasquale, the state’s Auditor General, was declared by the winner by the AP on Friday afternoon over Tom Brier, an attorney and author, in the Democratic primary. DePasquale will take on Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in November in national Dems’ top PA target. 

LEADER: SD9 Dem: John Kane, business manager for Plumbers Union Local 690, holds a 10 point lead over Brett Burman, a former healthcare executive, as of Monday morning. Kane’s campaign declared victory in the race to face state Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware), but the AP has yet to call the race. 

INCUMBENT LOSES: SD17 Dem: Amanda Cappelletti, Vice-Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors, defeated embattled state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery). The AP called the race for Cappelletti on Saturday afternoon. She 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: 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 LEADS: HD22 Dem: State Rep. Peter Schweyer (D-Lehigh) leads Enid Santiago by 57 votes, which is slightly more than 1%, in this majority Latino district, according to county website results. The Allentown Morning Call reports that Scheweyer has declared victory in the race, although Santiago has yet to concede. 

INCUMBENT TRAILS: HD39 GOP: Some mail, all in-person. State Rep. Michael Puskaric (R-Allegheny) is losing to challenger Tom Kirsch by a small margin. 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: 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 leads Catherine Spahr in the Democratic primary. Andrew sent out a press release on Monday morning declaring victory in the race. 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 LEADS: HD166 Dem: State Rep. Greg Vitali leads challenger Jennifer Leith by 20 points. The Republican candidate is Christine Boyle. 

LEADER: HD168 Dem: 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 448 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 LEADS: HD182 Dem: State Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) leads challenger Marisa Shaaban by 478 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 438 vote lead, 7%, over state Rep. James Roebuck Jr. (D-Philadelphia) in the four candidate primary. 

TOSSUP: HD198 Dem: Bernard Williams extended his lead to 66 votes in the primary over Supreme Down, while Fareed Abdullah and Darisha Parker also trail for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Rosita Youngblood (D-Philadelphia). The margin between first and last place is also slim. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Washington Examiner: What it’s like to live and work for the coronavirus task force
Spotlight PA: 12 more Pa. counties will be allowed to move to ‘green’ reopening phase
AP: 12 more counties get Wolf’s green light to enter green phase
AP: PA senator criticized for treatment of women loses primary
AP: DePasquale wins Democratic nomination to run for Congress
StateImpactPA: House Speaker Turzai accepted $11K flight from businessman with fracking-related companies
Inquirer: The Pa. primary wasn’t a disaster. But it showed there’s work to do before November 
Inquirer: Joe Biden says Frank Rizzo ‘should have never had a statue’ in Philly 
Politico: ‘Imagine what Donald Trump would say’: Key swing state sweats over vote-counting fiasco
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 75,592 confirmed cases in 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: #BlackLivesMatter rally in Harrisburg: ‘We will get police reform in the state of Pennsylvania’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As stay at home order ends, Wolf, Levine say continued vigilance is key
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Squeezed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Pa. farmers look to state, feds for help. But some are falling through the cracks
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: We’re still getting results in Pa.’s primary election. Here’s what we know so far
Carlisle Sentinel: Q&A with Education Secretary Pedro Rivera on school reopening guidelines
PLSReporter: Wolf: 12 more counties to move to green; Philly partially reopens as planned
Fox News: Police should be in local or state control, not federal, House judiciary panel member says
Fox News: Joke about Kenny Chesney fans gets black reporter pulled from George Floyd coverage: reports
Fox News: Philadelphia gun shop owner ‘justified’ in shooting burglars, killing one, DA says
Fox News: Pittsburgh hospital officials say coronavirus appears less potent than before 
Patriot News: Why did Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf join a protest with hundreds of people, breaking the rules in a yellow-phase county?
Patriot News: Do the state police, corrections officers support Gov. Wolf’s law enforcement reforms? They say they had no input in them 
Patriot News: Pa. senator accused of sexual misconduct ousted in Democratic primary 
Patriot News: Black journalists sidelined, stories deleted from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s protest coverage: report
Morning Call: Bill that could shed light on coronavirus shutdowns stalls in Harrisburg; lawmaker calls Wolf stoppage on Right-to-Know responses ‘unacceptable’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State adds 69 deaths on Friday to bring total to 5,886; 443 new cases reported 
National Journal: Bipartisan Stamp of Approval
National Journal: Poll Finds White Catholics Slipping Away From Trump
Post-Gazette: For National Guard troops, a lengthy COVID-19 mission brings job benefits into spotlight 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s small towns cautiously optimistic after being ravaged by COVID-19 
Beaver County Times: Pa. price-gouging complaints during COVID-19 pandemic top 5,000 
The Hill: Pennsylvania Democrat Eugene DePasquale wins House primary
CNN: Black Lives Matter protests aren’t just happening in big cities. They’re also in America’s small towns
Huffington Post: Philadelphia Inquirer’s Top Editor Resigns After ‘Buildings Matter, Too’ Headline
Huffington Post: Pittsburgh Journalists And Mayor Support Black Reporter Pulled From Covering Protests  

Inquirer: Election results in Philly are going to take even longer than expected: Half the votes still haven’t been counted 
Inquirer: Joe Biden says Frank Rizzo ‘should have never had a statue’ in Philly 
Inquirer: Philly City Council members call for police to stop using tear gas and rubber bullets
Inquirer: ‘My eyes feel at peace now’: Frank Rizzo mural is erased, as calls for racial justice bring change to Philly’s Italian Market
Inquirer: 8 days of Philadelphia protest: How George Floyd changed a city
Inquirer: Thousands pack Philadelphia streets in peaceful protest to declare that Black Lives Matter; other marches go on around the region
Inquirer: Protesters allowed to stay at City Hall past curfew after marches against police brutality, racism; Kenney and Outlaw kneel with protesters
Inquirer: Six percent of asymptomatic Philly inmates tested positive for COVID-19 as jails move to the ‘yellow’ phase
Inquirer: Temple has said it will review 2017 offensive social media posts by Inquirer editor’s son
Inquirer: Masks, Mass, and marches on Philly region’s first weekend in the yellow phase
Inquirer: Peaceful, smaller protests take place across the region on Sunday; Rizzo mural is gone from the Italian Market 
Inquirer: Three years after a fatal police shooting in Philadelphia, glimpses of change
Philly Voice: Kenney dismisses Facebook attack from Vince Fumo over Frank Rizzo statue 
Philly Voice: Peaceful demonstrations continue across Philadelphia on Sunday in wake of George Floyd’s death
Billy Penn: Huge protest at Art Museum brings thousands to Philly’s largest rally for justice
Billy Penn: 10 times Philly police were in the national spotlight for bad behavior
Billy Penn: Philly police commander seen beating protesters to face aggravated assault charges
Billy Penn: Philly tested every person in its jails for the coronavirus, and found 6% are positive without symptoms
WHYY Newsworks: Invoking ‘change’, Council introduces ‘New Normal’ budget, advances housing bills
WHYY Newsworks: ‘This is step one’: Politicians, police, Philly residents go head-to-head on institutional racism
WHYY Newsworks: Philly lifts curfew; marchers advocate for incarcerated people amid COVID-19
WHYY Newsworks: Regional Roundup: 06/08/2020
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: SEPTA to require riders wear masks starting June 8
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania schools considering how and when to reopen this fall
KYW Newsradio: Top Inquirer editor steps down over controversial headline
KYW Newsradio: Frank Rizzo mural in South Philly removed
KYW Newsradio: City Council advances measures to promote racial equity, protect renters
KYW Newsradio: Thousands assemble in Center City as protests continue for 8th day 
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia DA’s office announces charges against police officer involved in incident with protester
KYW Newsradio: Officials worry about theft of volatile chemicals as protests continue in Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Tribune: Mayor crafts new committee aimed to reconcile issues with ‘people of color’
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia Council pitches $25M plan to address racial disparities
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer’s top editor resigns after firestorm over headline 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Here are the reopening plans for Philadelphia-area colleges and universities 
Philadelphia Magazine: “I’m Opening the Restaurant and If Mayor Kenney Doesn’t Like It, He Can Come Get Me”
Philadelphia Magazine: The Best Thing That Happened This Week: We Voted

Delco Daily Times: Amanda Cappelletti defeats Daylin Leach in 17th District primary 
Delco Daily Times: Black Live Matter peaceful protesters march on Main Line 
Delco Daily Times: Judge temporarily blocks Delco takeover of DELCORA 
Delco Daily Times: Haverford marchers demand change in stand against racism
Daily Local News: Comitta’s lead in 19th holds up for win 
Daily Local News: Anti-pipeline candidates say they were targeted in attack ads 
Daily Local News: Chester County celebrates ‘mellow yellow’ 
Daily Local News: West Chester works to balance budget mid-year
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County schools plan for fall reopening
Inquirer: Daylin Leach loses to Amanda Cappelletti in high-profile Democratic primary after #MeToo allegations
Inquirer: Protesters converge on Montco official Joe Gale’s home for calling BLM a ‘hate’ group
WHYY Newsworks: Delco GOP primary not finalized, but Trump ally poised to win
WHYY Newsworks: Officials: Shore house gatherings lead to 11 new COVID-19 cases in Bucks County
KYW Newsradio: Wolf, Arkoosh — 2 outspoken proponents for Pa. stay-at-home orders — criticized for marching with protesters
Philly Voice: Amanda Cappelletti defeats Sen. Daylin Leach in Pa. Senate’s 17th District primary
Pottstown Mercury: Official: Montgomery County is prepared to move to yellow phase 
Pottstown Mercury: Elected leaders from Plymouth, Whitemarsh and Conshohocken call for Gale to resign 
Pottstown Mercury: Arkoosh: Montco ‘absolutely moving in the right direction’ 
Montgomery Media: Hundreds take part in peaceful Souderton protest march 
Montgomery Media: PHOTOS & VIDEO: Thousands rally in Phoenixville for racial justice
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough salon owner speaks out on continued closing; bipartisan group of lawmakers pledge support 
Bucks Local News: ‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: WE ARE DONE DYING:’ Car parade against racism, violence and injustice draws huge response in Lower Makefield 
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield voters overturn liquor license ban; overwhelmingly approve ‘wet town’ initiative 
Bucks Local News: JUNE 6 COVID-19 UPDATE: Jersey shore gathering adds 11 new infections to Bucks County totals

City Paper: Interview: Alexis Johnson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter barred from protest coverage, shares gratitude for overwhelming support from allies
City Paper: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette removes protest and police brutality stories from website following protests from union members
City Paper: Post-Gazette staffers are posting tweet that got a Black reporter removed from protest coverage in solidarity
City Paper: Pittsburghers march in protest from Mount Washington to Downtown on day nine of Black Lives Matter demonstrations
City Paper: Teenagers lead peaceful sit-in at Bakery Square in Pittsburgh’s East End
City Paper: Photos: A peaceful protest marches from Bloomfield to Mayor Bill Peduto’s home in Point Breeze
KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Attends George Floyd Demonstration In Coraopolis
KDKA: Vice President Of Pittsburgh Fraternal Order Of Police Pens Letter In Response To Mayor Peduto, Chief Of Staff, And East Liberty Investigation
KDKA: Thousands Of Protesters Around Pittsburgh And Surrounding Areas Remain Peaceful On Eighth Day Of Protests 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 14 New Coronavirus Cases As Total Cases Top 2,000 Countywide
KDKA: Nearly 1,000 Demonstrators March From Mt. Washington To Market Square, Protesting The Death Of George Floyd
KDKA: Community Members And Leaders Gather In The Hill District For ‘Black Men’s Solidarity’
KDKA: ‘How Can I Help?’: Hundreds Of Peaceful Protesters Organize Sit-In At Point State Park, Listen To Others’ Perspectives
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Leaders To March In Peaceful Protest
Pittsburgh Business Times: Ban on tear gas, rubber bullets to be introduced by Allegheny County leaders 
Post-Gazette: As George Floyd protests rage, U.S. lawmakers turn to overhauls for police departments 
Post-Gazette: City Council members join social media activism, visit marches to speak against police brutality
Post-Gazette: 2 Pittsburgh demonstrations target police brutality and call for action 
Post-Gazette: Protests unfold peacefully in Pittsburgh, Upper St. Clair, Coraopolis 
Post-Gazette: With 14 new cases of COVID-19, Allegheny County eclipses 2,000 mark 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s small towns cautiously optimistic after being ravaged by COVID-19
WESA: Toomey, Reschenthaler Hail Reopening, Say COVID Response And Police Reform Calls Have Gone Too Far
WESA: ‘This Is Not A Riot!’ Hundreds March Through East End, Beechview; Doctors Protest In Oakland
WESA: Peaceful ‘Saturday Sit-In’ Starts In Bakery Square, Ends At Centre And Negley Avenues
WESA: From Mt. Washington To Market Square, Hundreds ‘Stand For Each Other’ During Peaceful Protest
WESA: City School Board Will Evaluate Superintendent’s Work Next Month, Some Groups Want Him Out
WESA: WESA Daily Briefing: June 8, 2020
Tribune Review: 9th day of protests in Pittsburgh as marchers call for police reform 
Tribune Review: Pittburgh police chief explains why he took a knee during Beechview protest 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 14 new covid cases, no deaths 
The Incline: Why Pittsburgh just endorsed 8 police reforms that ‘can’t wait’

Altoona Mirror: Blair County election results remain under review
Altoona Mirror: Hundreds march to raise awareness
Altoona Mirror: Altoona stages peaceful march
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | ‘We need change’: Hundreds rally for police reform in downtown Johnstown 
Beaver County Times: Wolf: Beaver County moves to green on June 12
Beaver County Times: Right vs. wrong: Former Beaver Falls chief says more police need to stand up 
Beaver County Times: Hundreds turn out for peaceful Beaver Falls rally 
Beaver County Times: ‘I saw myself:’ Hundreds march for justice in Beaver Falls
Beaver County Times: Pa. price-gouging complaints during COVID-19 pandemic top 5,000
Pittsburgh Business Times: In Washington County, business hopes for quicker recovery 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beaver County gets OK to go green next Friday
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 2 new covid-19 cases, no new deaths
Observer-Reporter: Washington unites for peaceful “Black Lives Matter” rally 
Observer-Reporter: Local community unites for peaceful protest 

The Times Leader: Luzerne County primary election tally won’t be completed until next week
The Times Leader: Protests present questions for Wilkes-Barre
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council set to discuss leases Tuesday
The Times Leader: 2 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths
Times-Tribune: Frustrations bared in Black Lives Matter protest in Carbondale 
Times-Tribune: No new COVID-19 deaths reported in NEPA; cases up 2%
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage 
Citizens Voice: Protests for black lives continue in Wilkes-Barre 
Citizens Voice: County adds 2 virus cases, no new deaths 

South Central 
Patriot News: Eugene DePasquale looks to battle Rep. Scott Perry in 10th Congressional race in Pa.; primary foe Tom Brier won’t concede yet
Patriot News: Why did Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf join a protest with hundreds of people, breaking the rules in a yellow-phase county?
Patriot News: Harrisburg prepares for large rally Monday despite cancellation of gun demonstration 
Patriot News: Unity rally in Harrisburg calls for an end to racial injustice; ‘Today’s the day we make strides to unify’ 
Patriot News: Republican DA in Central Pa. releases statement supporting Black Lives Matter protesters 
Patriot News: The late Sen. Hal Mowery finally gets a bridge – and it’s on the West Shore
Patriot News: Carlisle residents add their voice to George Floyd protests with rally on Public Square 
Patriot News: Protesters peacefully march through Harrisburg Sunday 
AP: DePasquale wins, AP says, but Brier isn’t conceding yet 
York Dispatch: Wolf: York County entering green phase next Friday
York Dispatch: Third Floyd protest of the week in York City takes form of celebration of life, allies
York Dispatch: York County District Attorney’s Office to reopen Monday with restrictions
York Dispatch: Sunday update: 33 new cases of COVID-19 in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: Hundreds gather for protest on the Square in Carlisle Saturday to advocate for Black Lives Matter, protest racial injustice
Carlisle Sentinel: Q&A with Education Secretary Pedro Rivera on school reopening guidelines
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County prepares for “green” phase, although full testing data not yet released 
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf: Cumberland County to move to “green” phase on June 12
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 4 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Sunday; Dauphin and Lebanon combine for 71 new cases 
Carlisle Sentinel: Back in school? Local districts start planning for return to classes this fall
LNP | LancasterOnline: Clergy hold prayer vigil, Lancaster city Mayor Sorace announces reforms at press conference
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here’s how Lancaster city’s lawmakers have respond to George Floyd protests
LNP | LancasterOnline: City’s response to protest has been ‘problematic’; Lancaster NAACP talks policing, solutions
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sunday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. death toll reaches 5,943, including 310 in Lancaster County
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Wonderful’: Here’s what people are saying about Lancaster County officially going ‘yellow’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Peaceful protests continued throughout Lancaster County Saturday
York Daily Record: Artists, musicians take over downtown York for another Black Lives Matter protest
Hanover Evening Sun: ‘If you support something, let it be known’: Hundreds gather in Hanover in support of Black Lives Matter
Lebanon Daily News: Elected officials rail against Wolf at rally for reopened Palmyra restaurant

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: 22nd District update: Schweyer declares victory; Santiago alleges voter suppression, intimidation
Morning Call: In wake of large peaceful rallies in Lehigh Valley, community leaders see hope for change, but long road ahead 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 506 new cases bring total to 75,592
Morning Call: Somber Bethlehem vigil, energetic Allentown youth march, calls for change following killing of George Floyd
Morning Call: These Allentown businesses received up to $5,000 in relief grants from the city
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus reopening: Gov. Wolf says 12 more counties, including Carbon, will move into the green phase on June 12 
Morning Call: Bill that could shed light on coronavirus shutdowns stalls in Harrisburg; lawmaker calls Wolf stoppage on Right-to-Know responses ‘unacceptable’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State adds 69 deaths on Friday to bring total to 5,886; 443 new cases reported 
Express Times: For 2nd week, 1,500 stood in Easton against racism and for social justice
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: Lehigh Valley tests out yellow phase, local cases pass 7K | Pa. county COVID-19-case map (6/7/2020)
Express Times: Overhaul of Easton’s development rules finally nears a vote on adoption
Express Times: Northampton County free COVID-19 testing site to stay open until June 26
Express Times: Sit-down dining is back! As long as it’s outside, as Lehigh Valley enters yellow phase.
Reading Eagle: Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest held in Reading
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus positive cases rise by 17 in Berks, Pa. reports
Reading Eagle: About 300 people mourn the death of George Floyd in Reading’s City Park
Reading Eagle: As Berks moves to yellow, customers cautiously return to stores and restaurants

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Paying for College: How Erie County will fund proposed community college
Erie Times-News: How Erie-area legislators voted, week ending June 5
Erie Times-News: Edinboro president: Virus intensifies higher-ed woes
Erie Times-News: Erie County Bar Association issues statement on George Floyd, equality
Centre Daily Times: Here’s how many Centre County voters participated in the primary election — by mail or in person
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County adds 1 new COVID-19 case, and other updates for June 7
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County one new COVID-19 case
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Schools in yellow, green-phase counties given go-ahead for fall opening
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Community members gather for Black Lives Matter march in support of equality

Inquirer Editorial Board: The police that Philadelphia deserves 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Pandemic far from over in nursing homes 
Inquirer: Reimagining policing: 14 ways to change a broken system  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No more rubber bullets: Phase out dangerous crowd control equipment 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Let independents vote in primaries 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Weakening FISA: Despite dubious motives, Trump right to target law 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Feeding students at home 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Apply right to repair to medical equipment 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Rebuilding a brand: Former owner determined to reacquire Levin stores 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Batten down the hatches: U.S. must ready itself for hurricane season 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Delay emissions proposal
Chris Woods and Matt Yarnell: This one change could help to keep healthcare workers safe
John L. Micek: George Floyd Protests: Yes, we’re at a crossroads. But there’s only one path forward | Friday Morning Coffee
Michael Coard: America’s racist disparities are as old as America 
Audrey Farley: Rep. Klunk must not defend the status quo
Maria Panaritis: ShopRite returns after the looting, but this is not enough. Jeff Brown is not enough. 
Paul Farber: We finally removed a racist statue in Philly. What comes next for our public art?
Jodine Mayberry: McGarrigle’s election criticism is way out of line
Jeffrey Lord: General Mattis Is Wrong  
Jenice Armstrong: Inquirer staffers who called out ‘sick and tired’ voiced what a lot of us have been thinking 
Paul Muschick: There will be more George Floyd killings until officers are willing to challenge other officers
Will Bunch: Why do police unions talk and act like the Mafia? How can we stop them?
JD Mullane: What white people can do after the death of George Floyd
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Ready to be an ally? Then, listen and learn
Keith C. Burris: The way back
David M. Shribman: LBJ’s words, 55 years old, could help America heal
Ruth Ann Dailey: How to battle evil
Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler: I knew how I felt about looting, but now I’m conflicted | Perspective
Chris Kelly: ‘The time for change is now’
Randy Bish: Meet America’s chief defender of free speech | Editorial Cartoon
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: This century’s peacekeepers
Megan Jones Hoffman: Stop the reefer madness and clear the way for real medical cannabis research
Michael J. Cozzillio and Krista J. Cozzillio: Already damaged, American exceptionalism can’t survive four more years of Trump
Samira Mehta and Samuel L. Boyd: A justification for unrest? Look no further than the Bible and the Founding Fathers
Colin Flint: D-Day succeeded thanks to an ingenious design called the Mulberry Harbours | Analysis
Gabrielle Napolitano: I’m biracial. I’m not safe until Black Lives Matter
Keith Leaphart: Our society is sick. There is a cure.

5 Responses

  1. While Gov Wolf was laughing about being in violation of his own social distancing orders while walking with protestors carrying signs that All Cops Are Bad, small business owners and their families are still trying to pay their bills and avoid bankruptcy.

    The Gov lauds protestors, rioters and looters while forcing small businesses to close.

    Despicable behavior.

    This is who DePasquale want supports from for Congress? This is who Biden supports?

    1. Dawn9….obviously, Gov Wolf did not do the right thing. He made a mistake participating in the peaceful protest because of covid. Sometimes in life you got to make the hard choices and clearly we lead by example and since Pa was hard hit by covid and this is an emergency health matter the governor needed to side on the health crisis. No one is perfect and neither is King Scarnati nor Turzai…time to move on and as our grandparents would say, “everybody makes mistakes”

    1. Biden can’t a hold a thought for more than 10 seconds. It’s getting progressively worse. It would be sad if he weren’t running for the most important job in the world.

      Shame on everyone around Biden deliberately misleading and pulling a weekend at Bernie’s on the entire world.

      1. Jill…It sounds like you got your talking points from the State Republican Party. Well done. But you are the one who using tired ideas because these sad talking points are from 2016 campaign and completely out of step in 2020.

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