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June 9th Playbook

Former presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg will co-headline a virtual fundraiser for PA House Democrats in late June, while Tom Brier concedes to Eugene DePasquale in the 10th Congressional Democratic primary. Here is the Playbook. 

Buttigieg, Kenyatta to Co-Host PA House Dem Virtual Fundraiser: The former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana and previous presidential hopeful, will join the Philadelphia state rep in headlining the virtual fundraiser on June 25 to boost Democrats in their quest of flipping the state House in 2020.

Below are previous Playbooks with results from races already called prior to today. 

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.

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.

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: 

LEADER: Ahmad Leads Lamb in Dem Auditor General Primary: Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Nina Ahmad added on to her lead over Pittsburgh City Controller Michael Lamb on Monday in the six candidate primary. As of Tuesday morning, Ahmad had 401,000 votes, while Lamb had 375,000 votes. 

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: SD9 Dem: John Kane, business manager for Plumbers Union Local 690, defeated Brett Burman, a former healthcare executive, for the Democratic Party nod. Kane will face state Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware) in the fall. 

WINNER: SD31 Dem: Shanna Danielson edged out Rick Coplen and Josh Bosha in the Democratic primary. She will take on state Sen. Mike Regan (R-York) in November for the seat.

WINNER: SD49 Dem: Julie Slomksi has defeated Andre Horton in the Democratic primary. Slomski will attempt to unseat state Sen. Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) in the fall. 

INCUMBENT LEADS: HD22 Dem: This is a nail biter. 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 Schweyer 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. 

WINNER: HD87 Dem: Nicole Miller has won the primary over Sean Quinlan and Heather MacDonald, according to the Carlisle Sentinel. Miller 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. 

WINNER: HD138 GOP: Ann Flood bested Tony Tarsi in the primary to succeed retiring state Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), according to the Allentown Morning Call. Floor will take on Democrat Tara Zrinski in the fall. 

INCUMBENT WINS: HD159 Dem: Incumbent state Rep. Brian Kirkland fended off a challenge from Angela Renee Prattis, according to the Delco Daily Times. Kirkland will face Republican Ruth Moton.

WINNER: HD160 Dem: Anton Andrew bested Catherine Spahr in the Democratic primary, according to the Daily Local News. Andrew 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 WINS: HD166 Dem: State Rep. Greg Vitali defeated challenger Jennifer Leith by a comfortable margin, according to the Delco Daily Times. Vitali will take on Republican Christine Boyle in the fall. 

WINNER: HD168 Dem: Deb Ciamacca, a veteran and businesswoman, bested Brittany Forman in the primary, according to the Delco Daily Times. Ciamacca will face incumbent state Rep. Christopher Quinn (R-Delco), who kept his seat in 2018 in one of PA’s narrowest state House margins. 

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 holds a 66 vote lead 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   
AP: Legislators commandeer House to demand action on policing
AP: 12 COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania traced to New Jersey shore 
KDKA: Philadelphia’s Nina Ahmad Poised To Win Auditor General Democratic Nomination Over Pittsburgh’s Michael Lamb 
KDKA: Senators Bob Casey, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris And Other Democrats Introducing Police Reform Bill  
Spotlight PA: Pa. House Democrats block start of voting session to demand police reforms from GOP 
Spotlight PA: Rush to dole out billions in coronavirus relief dollars in Pa. could lead to waste, fraud
Inquirer: Pa. to give $225 million in grants, loans to small businesses hurt by coronavirus 
Inquirer: Major Republican donors are getting a $25 million marijuana permit in the Pa. budget 
Inquirer: Head of Pa. charter schools group steps down after posting that Floyd protesters ‘disgust me’ 
Patriot News: Pa. House speaker calls for special session on police reforms; ‘challenging times provide challenges for opportunity’ 
Patriot News: Black lawmakers seize the dais and the day at Pa. Capitol; force action on languishing police reform bills 
Patriot News: Pa. small business grant program to provide $225 million in relief aid to recover from COVID-19 losses 
Patriot News: Members of Black Legislative Caucus take over rostrum in Pa. House with demand for action on stalled police reform bills 
Patriot News: Pa. charter school group cuts ties with its leader over her social media post about George Floyd protesters 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Black Dems take over Pa. House floor; Turzai calls for special session on police reform 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poised for progress: W.Pa. women score primary night wins | Analysis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In party-line vote, Pa. Senate panel votes to end Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency declaration 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine orders nursing homes to complete universal testing by July 24 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Watch Black House Dems call for police reform – LIVE 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: School safety, county block grants and Head Start: How Pa. is spending that $2.6B in CARES Act Money | The Numbers Racket
PA Post: Democratic Legislators Take Over PA House Floor To Demand Action On Police Reform Legislation
Post-Gazette: Congress to debate unemployment benefits as businesses reopen
Post-Gazette: Pa. charter school coalition leader departs after ‘insensitive’ Facebook post about protests  
WITF: State Order Requires Nursing Homes To Test All Residents And Staff By Late July
PLSReporter: ‘It’s time for the legislature to act’: Senate committee advances resolution to terminate disaster declaration despite Democratic objections
PLSReporter: Dems block start of session in effort to win policing reforms 
PLSReporter: PHOTOS: At #BlackLivesMatter protest in Harrisburg, activists call for change from the inside out
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania small businesses impacted by COVID-19 getting $225M in grant money 
KYW Newsradio: Floyd protests prompt Pa. to review police policies
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania’s all-white Supreme Court draws attention after historic appointments elsewhere
Fox News: Pro-Biden PAC aims to weaken Trump with seniors in key battlegrounds 
Fox News: Jersey Shore ‘beach house gatherings’ behind new coronavirus cluster
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sen. Bob Casey takes a knee with Lancaster protesters after 50-minute chat in Art Park 
Huffington Post: Newlyweds Do ‘First Look’ In The Middle Of Black Lives Matter Protest
CNN: Pennsylvania county traces at least 12 coronavirus cases to Jersey Shore partygoer 
CNN: In newsrooms, ‘a raging debate over the role journalists should be playing’ 
CNN: Biden embraces healer-in-chief role in return to campaign trail

WHYY Newsworks: Philly City Council to Kenney: ‘We cannot accept’ increased police budget
WHYY Newsworks: Rizzo name removed from Police Athletic League Center In Port Richmond
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus recovery: Philly libraries stay closed in early days of ‘yellow’
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council tells Kenney it will not approve budget increase for police 
Inquirer: City Council asks Mayor Kenney for 15 police reforms; on a quieter Monday, public defenders march through streets 
Inquirer: City Council members send letter to Kenney urging major police reforms; Philly public defenders join national march for black lives  
Inquirer: ‘Black lives matter at work’: City sanitation workers to rally for safer conditions on the job 
Inquirer: City Council asks Kenney for 15 police reforms | Morning Newsletter 
Inquirer: As Jersey Shore coronavirus cases prove value of contact tracing, post-protest testing in Philly could be scarce 
Inquirer: Report: Philadelphia among worst counties for children; N.J. counties among the top 
Inquirer: Petition against ‘militarized’ policing at University of Pennsylvania reaches 10,000 signatures 
Inquirer: Your new SEPTA commute: Staggered work shifts, masks, and blocked seats
Inquirer: Philly Police Inspector Joseph Bologna applauded by fellow officers as he surrenders on charges of assaulting a protester
Billy Penn: What Philly’s yellow phase means for businesses, CliffsNotes edition
Philadelphia Magazine: WATCH: Philadelphia Schools Superintendent William Hite On School Reopening in the Fall
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Police Union Doubles Down, Selling Shirts in Support of Cop Charged With Assaulting Protester
Philly Voice: Philly FOP members applaud Inspector Joseph Bologna as he surrenders on assault charges
Philadelphia Citizen: Ideas We Should Steal: Fighting Domestic Abuse During COVID-19 

Delco Daily Times: Primary Election 2020: Cappelletti ousts Leach and Pruet beats Jordan in Delco’s top races
Daily Local News: Kane defeats Burman in 9th Senate District race; Andrew defeats Spahr in 160th House District race
Daily Local News: Senate approves Killion’s dangerous dog bill
KYW Newsradio: Pa. state Sen. Daylin Leach loses primary race to Amanda Cappelletti
KYW Newsradio: Montgomery County ready to open some county parks
KYW Newsradio: Bucks County traces 11 new COVID-19 cases to Jersey Shore ‘house gatherings’
Montgomery Media: Protesters march to Montgomery County Commissioner Joseph Gale’s home
Montgomery Media: ‘Phased reopening’ of Montgomery County parks begins June 10
Pottstown Mercury: Thousands march in Pottstown for racial justice 
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Lower Southampton official files whistleblower lawsuit
Bucks County Courier Times: A dozen new Bucks County coronavirus cases linked to New Jersey resident

KDKA: Legislation To Be Introduced To Allegheny County Council Proposing Ban Of Police Crowd Control Measures 
KDKA: Philadelphia’s Nina Ahmad Poised To Win Auditor General Democratic Nomination Over Pittsburgh’s Michael Lamb 
KDKA: KDKA Exclusive: City Councilman Proposes Pittsburgh Police Hiring Freeze, Budget Redirection Following George Floyd’s Death 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. DA Directs Charges To Be Withdrawn In 39 Cases Against George Floyd Protesters, Citing Insufficient Evidence 
KDKA: ‘National Embarrassment’: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Under Fire After 2 Black Journalists Say They Were Barred From Protest Coverage 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 5 New Coronavirus Cases As Total Tops 2,000, But No Additional Deaths
KDKA: Pittsburgh Will ‘Soon’ Start Reopening Playgrounds, Basketball Courts, Other Park Amenities 
KDKA: Councilman Working To Create Permanent Memorial For 3-Year-Old Boy Who Died After Allegedly Being Beaten By His Mother’s Boyfriend 
KDKA: Black Lives Matter Mural Along Allegheny River To Remain For Now
KDKA: Public Defenders Organize Protest Outside Allegheny County Courthouse 
WESA: Allegheny County Council To Consider Ban on Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, Flashbangs 
WESA: Staffers Ask Advertisers To Pressure Post-Gazette After Journalists Removed From Protest Coverage 
WESA: Pittsburgh Educators March For Equity, Justice And Condemn Oppression Of Black People
City Paper: Mayor Peduto says he has a ‘hard time believing that we’d be a safer society without police officers’ during interview Monday 
City Paper: Dozens of Post-Gazette journalists allegedly ‘conflicted out’ of covering protests; union reaffirms its support of Alexis Johnson and Michael Santiago
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Poised for progress: W.Pa. women score primary night wins | Analysis 
Tribune Review: DA’s office drops charges filed against 39 Pittsburgh protesters 
Tribune Review: Downtown ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural welcomed by Pittsburgh officials 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh playgrounds, courts and ballfields to reopen 
Tribune Review: Union demands Pittsburgh Post-Gazette rescind ban on some journalists covering protests 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials propose banning tear gas, rubber bullets 
Tribune Review: Plum officials address racism and police at Monday night’s council meeting
Post-Gazette: Congress to debate unemployment benefits as businesses reopen
Post-Gazette: About 500 Pittsburgh Public Schools teachers, staff march to protest George Floyd’s death
Post-Gazette: DA’s office will not prosecute 39 arrested in connection to Pittsburgh protests
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County again reports no COVID-19 death

Observer-Reporter: 3 of 4 counties in 14th Congressional report comprehensive primary results for president, delegates 
Beaver County Times: Active COVID cases down to 16 at Brighton Rehab, but staff cases spike over 100 
Altoona Mirror: Blair County still counting Pennsylvania primary votes
Altoona Mirror: Wolf outlines help for businesses after coronavirus closures
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: One new Bedford County COVID-19 case among 351 in state 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Union seeks hazard pay for CamTran workers due to COVID-19 

Citizens Voice: County ballot count will be done today
Citizens Voice: Wolf orders nursing home testing
Citizens Voice: County adds 1 virus death, no new cases  
Citizens Voice: Catholic schools: State unjustly distributed funds
The Times Leader: Luzerne County election tally changing as part of ongoing ballot review 
The Times Leader: State reports no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County 
Times-Tribune: Scranton lights on to remember George Floyd
Times-Tribune: First weekend back, Lackawanna County restaurants report booming business and compliance with new rules, mostly
Times-Tribune: Nursing homes have until July 24 to test residents, workers for coronavirus
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Times-Tribune: Catholic schools claim state unjustly distributed CARES funding

South Central 
Patriot News: Tom Brier concedes Pa.’s 10th Congressional Democratic primary as mail-in count is completed
Patriot News: Shanna Danielson wins tight Democrat primary for 31st state Senate seat after release of Cumberland County mail-in counts 
Patriot News: Middletown councilman says he won’t quit over Facebook posts on George Floyd, Rachel Levine
Carlisle Sentinel: With absentee ballots counted, Cumberland County releases unofficial primary election results 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 3 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Monday  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sen. Bob Casey takes a knee with Lancaster protesters after 50-minute chat in Art Park 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sarah Hammond wins Democratic nomination for 11th Congressional District race  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Public Defenders show support for Black Lives Matter movement 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to nearly 76K cases; Lancaster has over 3.5K 
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in Ephrata; 3 more rural Lancaster County townships report first deaths
York Dispatch: Brier concedes; DePasquale set to face Perry
York Dispatch: Hanover announces changes as York County moves to green phase
York Dispatch: York County judges elect first woman to be their president judge
York Dispatch: York County public defenders protest the death of George Floyd
York Daily Record: ‘The world is watching’: Crowd gathers at Penn Park as BLM protests continue in York

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks poll workers removed from posts on Election Day for making inappropriate comments, official says
Reading Eagle: 17 new coronavirus cases reported in Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus pandemic likely to scramble finances of Berks County municipalities for years 
Reading Eagle: Alleged price gouging stopped at Reading store, attorney general says 
Reading Eagle: Reading OKs contracts with firefighters and two other unions
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf announces $225 million statewide grant program to help small business impacted by coronavirus
Morning Call: School budget deadlines are looming. Here’s what Lehigh Valley school districts are proposing, including tax hikes, in wake of coronavirus 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania sees lowest daily increase in coronavirus cases since late March, as Wolf administration outlines $225 million in aid for small businesses 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 351 new cases, lowest daily increase since March 25, brings total to 75,943 infections 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania nursing homes directed to conduct baseline coronavirus testing by July 24
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus reopening: Only 351 new cases as state offers $225M to small business, rolls out universal testing program for nursing homes | COVID-19 case map (6/8/20)
Express Times: Who’s behind that mask? Jurors need to know. So, Northampton County trials are postponed.

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners mull funding to aid ManorCare residents
Erie Times-News: Record number of Erie County COVID-19 cases was ‘data dump’
Erie Times-News: Police closely watching Erie mayor after online threats
Erie Times-News: Mayor: Erie City Hall could be closed to public through summer
Centre Daily Times: Reopening updates: Centre County reports 1 new COVID-19 case, and other updates for June 8
Centre Daily Times: State College rallies in support of ‘Justice for Black Lives.’ But work remains, organizers say
Centre Daily Times: Despite arrest threat from council member, dozens in Philipsburg gather at Black Lives Matter rally

Tim Kearney: Will we change this time?
Michael Nutter: Michael Nutter’s Powerful Response to the Police Killings of Black Americans
Kendra Brooks: Black Philadelphians need a stimulus plan now 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tough budget decisions ahead
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Put an end to price fixing
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Stimulus payments should not be taken from nursing home residents
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Let journalists do their jobs
Kim Lyons: The Post-Gazette’s racism problem isn’t new. A change in ownership can help solve it 
John L. Micek: Internal polls are a punchline. Why this one signals real trouble for Trump in Pa. | Monday Morning Coffee 
Charlie Gerow: The silent majority spoke on Tuesday 
Jeffrey Lord: Riots Elected Nixon: They Will Reelect Trump
Ernest Owens: White People, I Still Don’t Believe You
Robert J. Kane: Abolish police? No, but change recruitment. 
Chioma Woko: Public health leaders should address African Americans’ coronavirus vaccine concerns now 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Policing’s impenetrable blue shield
Gene Therapy: What’s really the last thing you should be worrying about?
Matthew Countryman: 2020 uprisings, unprecedented in scope, join a long river of struggle in America

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  1. Tom Brier had astounding success against a better funded, higher profile with endless positive publicity opponent and still came out smelling like a rose. He did fantastically in a brutally hard political race. Most people would have gotten blown out and embarrassed. Congrats to Tom. Eugene DePasquale won. And, as they say, winning by a vote or an unexpectedly smaller number is called still winning. Kudos to Gene! Even Gene would admit he did not exactly set the world on fire in this race and his Republican opponent will be tough. The only hope DePasquale has is that President Trump continues to mess up and drag Republicans to defeat with him.

    1. You seem to know what Mr. DePasquale is thinking. If it’s truthful that he will admit he didn’t set the world on fire then let us see what he does to change that. He needs to make campaign changes based on these results. He looks and feels like an DC establishment cookie cutter candidate. There is nothing exciting about that. I don’t know what happened to him but he abandoned his own image as an independent reformer. Seems like every other partisan candidate now. What a dreadful performance. Not very optimistic about his chances if he keeps this up.

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