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March 12th Playbook

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon endorses former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, while the Cook Political Report keeps Pennsylvania as a toss-up state for the general election in their most recent ratings. Here is the Playbook. 

Scanlon Endorses Biden for President: The Delaware County Congresswoman is the seventh Democrat in the state’s Congressional delegation to endorse Biden’s campaign.

Cook: PA Remains a Toss Up for General Election: In their latest electoral scorecard, Pennsylvania is listed as one of six states in the toss-up column.

SD17: Dean and Scanlon Endorse Cappelletti: Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware) endorsed Amanda Cappelletti, Vice-Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors, for the Democratic Party nomination for the 17th state Senate District. The seat is held by state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), who won his most recent reelection bid in 2016 by 27 points over Republican Brian Gondek. 

Legislative Election Update:

HD-18: For Our Future PA, the Pennsylvania operation for the nation’s “largest super PAC devoted to grassroots Democratic turnout,” launched a canvassing and digital media campaign in HD-18 in support of Democrat Howie Hayes for the upcoming special election in the state House’s 18th District. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania isn’t releasing details on coronavirus cases because of a decades-old law
Post-Gazette: Pa. House Dems push package of voter bills that fall in line with national group’s policies  
AP: Coronavirus cases reach another county, parades canceled
AP: Report sees ways to improve outcomes among released inmates 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Voter Registration Update: Pa.’s blue and red divide deepens as April primary approaches | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How to get tested for coronavirus in Pennsylvania: Symptoms, how many cases, who to call and more
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘It’s a different type of campaign that we’re running here’ | 2020 Women Speak Up
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. awards $5M to help houses of worship, others protect against hate crimes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. now has 16 coronavirus cases; officials expecting community spread
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Senate votes to ax DeVos student loan policy
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top health officials’ coronavirus warning: ‘It’s going to get worse’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak
Inquirer: Joe Biden’s domination in Michigan shows Democrats how to win Pennsylvania in 2020
Inquirer: What Biden’s blowout in Michigan means for Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Trump ends all travel from Europe to the U.S.; NBA suspends season; Penn, Temple moving all classes online for rest of semester due to the coronavirus 
Inquirer: Pa., NJ coronavirus cases spread as campuses shut down and officials urge limited contact
Inquirer: Health-care costs are a major 2020 election issue. These 5 charts show you why.
Tribune Review: Former Westmoreland congressman, state Auditor General Donald Bailey’s life was driven by competition  
Beaver County Times: PA senator proposes legislation to protect workers as virus spreads
Beaver County Times: PA coronavirus total reaches 16; 173 people tested so far  
PLSReporter: MAP: A statewide look at which Pa. counties have coronavirus cases
PLSReporter: School districts, universities prepare for online classes, no mass gatherings amid coronavirus outbreak
KDKA: Around The Table: Joe Biden Gains Larger Lead Over Bernie Sanders 
Patriot News: Coronavirus directives: Gov. Wolf limits travel, meetings for commonwealth employees 
Patriot News: Coronavirus concerns cause Kutztown University to extend its spring break for students 
Patriot News: Coronavirus concerns prompts Shippensburg University, Dickinson College to extend spring breaks
Patriot News: Coronavirus outbreak causes Pitt to move to online learning for remainder of spring semester
Patriot News: Don Bailey, ex-congressman, former Pa. auditor general and controversial lawyer, has died at 74
National Journal: Hotline’s 2020 House Power Rankings 
The Hill: 18 states ask Trump administration to withdraw major environmental rollback
Fox News: Sen. Bob Casey: It’s critical states receive funds immediately to mitigate coronavirus

WHYY Newsworks: Hahnemann building eyed as option for overflow in case of COVID-19 outbreak
WHYY Newsworks: Amid coronavirus concerns, Biden celebrates primary wins in Philly 
WHYY Newsworks: How can we manage COVID-19? 5 ideas from Philly’s health community 
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA proposes cutting transfer fee 
Inquirer: (Almost) every member of Philly City Council on their 2020 pick for president
Inquirer: If coronavirus cases surge in Philadelphia, city wants to use shuttered Hahnemann property
Inquirer: How area schools are planning to instruct thousands of students in the event of long-term coronavirus closures
Inquirer: How advocates helped free a Honduran mother from sanctuary after 18 months inside a Philadelphia church
Inquirer: Philly L&I can’t fill open building and code inspector jobs. It’s not alone.
Inquirer: Nasdaq picks Philly’s Navy Yard as backup location if coronavirus empties Wall Street 
Billy Penn: No plan for people living on the street as coronavirus lands in Philly
Philadelphia Magazine: From the Archives: When the Palm Was Philly’s Ultimate Power Restaurant
PLSReporter: SEPTA announce new fare structure
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA aims for equity, efficiency with new fare proposals
KYW Newsradio: After primary wins, Biden cancels Ohio rally, speaks in Philadelphia instead
Philly Voice: In Philly, Joe Biden glances toward general election following big Democratic primary wins
Philadelphia Citizen: Map The Vote 

Delco Daily Times: Cappelletti racks up endorsements in 17th District Senate race
Bucks Local News: Santarsiero proposes legislation to protect workers during public health emergencies
Inquirer: Reps. Mary Gay Scanlon and Madeleine Dean are endorsing a primary challenger to State Sen. Daylin Leach
Daily Local News: Local lawmakers grapple with educational impact of coronavirus
Daily Local News: Chesco Workforce Development Board gets $175,000 grant
Daily Local News: Area manufacturing firms monitoring, planning for possible coronavirus impacts
Daily Local News: Garcia-Jackson appointed Chester County deputy coroner
Bucks Courier Times: “Handfuls” of Bucks County residents under coronavirus quarantine
Pottstown Mercury: Former inmate from Reading tells Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about barriers to starting over

KDKA: Pittsburgh City Leaders Monitoring Coronavirus Outbreak Before Cancelling Other Events
KDKA: State Elections Leaders Considering Changes Ahead Of Pa. Primary
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Employee Self-Quarantined Because Family Member May Have Been Exposed To Coronavirus
KDKA: Coronavirus Cancellations: G7 Meeting Scheduled In Pittsburgh Will Now Be Held Virtually ‘Out Of An Abundance Of Caution’ 
KDKA: Coronavirus Closures: Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Canceled Due To Coronavirus Concerns
WESA: Mayor Bill Peduto Says City Will Continue Operations During Potential Coronavirus Spread
WESA: Residents Raise Concerns About Bias In County’s Automated Decision-Making Tools
WESA: Pittsburgh Cancels St. Patrick’s Day Parade, G7 Summit; Recommends Limiting Occupancy In Bars
WESA: Employee Of Pittsburgh Public Schools Under Self-Quarantine; Staff, Students Not Exposed
Post-Gazette: Court appoints lawyers for jurors connected to Tranquilli case
Post-Gazette: Pa. House Dems push package of voter bills that fall in line with national group’s policies 
Post-Gazette: City announces steps to protect against spread of COVID-19, including air travel ban 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County updates guidelines for likely arrival of COVID-19 
Post-Gazette: UPMC, county sued in lawsuit over drug testing of new mothers
Pittsburgh Business Times: City takes strong measures to slow down future spread of coronavirus
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto: Steps being taken to ramp up health care capacity in face of COVID-19
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council introduces new legislation aimed at promoting racial equity
City Paper: How Pittsburgh’s Colcom Foundation is ‘greenwashing’ its anti-immigrant message
City Paper: A Pittsburgh hotel is hosting a gala with Islamophobic, pro-Trump speakers and some residents aren’t pleased
City Paper: Pittsburgh officials offer suggestions for how to avoid potential spread of coronavirus
City Paper: A comprehensive list of Pittsburgh events canceled due to response to coronavirus

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City officials vote to establish subcommittee to review, rework Home Rule Charter
Beaver County Times: Lamb: Nuke bill ‘helps us save today’s jobs and create more tomorrow’  
Beaver County Times: Local colleges alter schedules, plan for coronavirus 
KDKA: Slippery Rock Borough Passes Resolution To Become Second Amendment Sanctuary
Tribune Review: Former Westmoreland congressman, state Auditor General Donald Bailey’s life was driven by competition 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County prepares for high volume of mail-in votes
Altoona Mirror: Census invitations start today
Observer-Reporter: This year, any registered Pennsylvania voter can request an absentee ballot

Citizens Voice: Videos: W-B mayor, Luzerne County officials address coronavirus 
Citizens Voice: Area hospitals restricting visitations
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s St. Patrick’s Parade postponed amid coronavirus concerns 
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – What you need to know
Times-Tribune: Federal judge A. Richard Caputo dies 
The Times Leader: Taking no chances: WB parade, Friendly Sons events put off 
The Times Leader: NEPA hospitals announce visitation rules, restrictions

South Central 
Patriot News: Coronavirus directives: Gov. Wolf limits travel, meetings for commonwealth employees 
Patriot News: Coronavirus concerns prompts Shippensburg University, Dickinson College to extend spring breaks
York Dispatch: North York borough concealing Liberty Fire Co. audit, councilwoman says
LNP | LancasterOnline: More money may be coming for the Lancaster County Drug Task Force

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Allentown School District shuts down Thursday and Friday, staff member being tested for coronavirus 
Morning Call: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: New case in Monroe County brings state total to 16, with 173 tested so far 
Morning Call: Most Lehigh Valley colleges to cancel on-campus classes as coronavirus declared pandemic
Reading Eagle: Former inmate from Reading tells Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro about barriers to starting over 
Reading Eagle: Bethel Township officials bow to opponents of Bowman development

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council majority opposes water lease vote
Erie Times-News: Federal officials’ mistake behind Erie crime grant delay
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Area schools, university react to COVID-19 threat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: District plans large tax increase

PennLive Editorial Board: Coronavirus shows why Pa. needs a law requiring paid sick days 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Diocese lawsuits: Open courthouse doors to abuse victims
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A shameful past: Lynching finally considered a federal crime
Josh Shapiro: Jefferson-Einstein merger would hurt vulnerable patients and reduce competition
Ryan Costello: Congress needs to act on Dreamers as Supreme Court considers immigration program 
Bruce Ledewitz: Why the left needs to abandon its zombie argument on toppling Citizens United
Ernest Owens: The Rochelle Bilal Fiasco Is Everything That’s Wrong With Philly Politics
John L. Micek: Pa. releases tips to avoid coronavirus scams | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Helen Ubiñas: Why the response to coronavirus looks much different than another Philadelphia ‘epidemic’ — gun violence 
Kate Shaw and Kate Callahan: Mayor Kenney’s community college plan is a rare win-win for Philadelphia 
Maria Panaritis: Facing coronavirus in Delaware County with no health department and high anxiety 
Marcus Hayes: Greedy NBA’s season stalled after positive test by Rudy Gobert; NHL, NCAA should call off games, too 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Tending the neediest coronavirus victims
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t believe the myth that black people can’t get coronavirus 
Jake Miller: We all suffer from ‘election infection.’ But don’t worry there’s a cure
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Dispensing Purell at the pumps
Trudy Rubin: Vladimir Putin just made himself president for life. The world should watch out!

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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