March 19th Playbook

Rep. Scott Perry remains on the National Journal’s top 20 most vulnerable House incumbents list for 2020 in their latest rankings. Here is the Playbook. 

 

National Journal: Perry Remains on Top 20 Most Vulnerable House List: The latest rankings from National Journal has Rep. Scott Perry’s seat as the 15th most likely to fip parties in November, and rates the York County Republican as the highest rated incumbent Republican seeking reelection to lose his seat.

Reader Poll: Should PA Delay Its Primary?: Gov. Tom Wolf said in a press conference on Monday that Pennsylvania is “certainly taking into consideration” the idea of moving the April 28 primary date to another date. 

 

Legislative Election Update:

SD-17: State Reps. Matt Bradford (D-Montgomery) and Liz Hanbidge (D-Montgomery) endorsed Amanda Cappelletti for the Democratic Party nomination for the 17th state Senate District, according to a release from her campaign. Cappelletti is running to unseat state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), who won his most recent reelection bid in 2016 by 27 points over Republican Brian Gondek. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. Senate approves remote voting rule in response to the coronavirus
Spotlight PA: Evictions, student loans, PSSAs, and more: What Pa. lawmakers are proposing in response to the coronavirus
Spotlight PA: Funeral directors in Pennsylvania brace for grief as coronavirus limits services, viewings
Spotlight PA: Everything you need to know about the Pennsylvania coronavirus shutdown | Latest updates
National Journal: Democrats need ‘perfect storm’ to capture Pennsylvania state Senate 
National Journal: GOP Sweeps 3 State House Special Elections  
PA Post: Tuesday’s Special Elections Run Without Problems, Despite Coronavirus Concerns 
Inquirer: Who actually has the power to postpone the Pennsylvania primary over coronavirus? And will they agree?
Inquirer: Coronavirus cases increase at ‘exponential pace’ as Pa. reports first death; Gov. Wolf predicts ‘many more’
Inquirer: 2 Congress members test positive; county courthouses ordered to close; Pa. sees first death
Post-Gazette: Some state lawmakers split on moving Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary
Post-Gazette: All courts in Pennsylvania to close for at least two weeks
Post-Gazette: Bob Casey, 17 other Democratic senators call for government payments to Americans
Post-Gazette: Governors ask for one-year extension of REAL ID requirements due to COVID-19
Post-Gazette: State auditors will stop school visits during COVID-19 shutdown
Post-Gazette: Options limited for students as schools, other educational outlets remain closed
AP: Pennsylvania reports state’s 1st coronavirus death 
AP: Pennsylvania confirms state’s 1st death from the coronavirus is an adult from Northampton County 
AP: Coronavirus layoffs spark surge in state jobless claims
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf on Pa.’s first coronavirus death: ‘We need to work together if we want to save lives.’ 
Patriot News: Price gouging and coronavirus: more than 1,400 complaints filed in Pa. 
Patriot News: PLCB warns licensees to follow its coronavirus guidelines or risk license suspension, closure 
Patriot News: Distilled spirits groups ask Gov. Wolf to reconsider his coronavirus-related shutdown of the state stores
Patriot News: Amid coronavirus crisis, the Pa. General Assembly is now equipped to assure continuity of government 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Wolf requests eligibility for SBA disaster loans for all Pa. businesses, nonprofits
Patriot News: Sheer volume of coronavirus gun buying binge caused temporary shutdown of Pa.’s Instant Check System 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Resources for small businesses from disaster assistance to workplace recommendations 
Patriot News: Who is Rachel Levine? Pa. health secretary offers calm, reassurance amid pandemic  
StateImpactPA: Shell suspends construction of Beaver County petrochemical plant to address coronavirus concerns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pennsylvania: Tracking the outbreak with maps and graphs.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, Casey both vote yes as Congress clears 2nd major coronavirus package; 3rd in the works
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright is self-quarantining after contact with confirmed COVID-19 patient
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate leaders vow transparency, as chamber passes new rule allowing remote voting
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: First death from COVID-19 reported in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Thousands of food service employees out of jobs as Pa. unemployment claims spike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 37 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 as statewide total climbs to 133
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 and Pa. seniors: Two experts tell you what you need to know
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: With one confirmed case, how is Erie County handling and preparing for the outbreak?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: If at first you don’t succeed: Dem Shanna Danielson talks about her Pa. Senate run | 2020 Women Speak Up
Billy Penn: What you need to know about filing for unemployment in PA right now 
Daily Local News: Sen. Casey calls for direct cash assistance of $2,000 for every adult
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators vote in support of coronavirus economic assistance bill as Senate sends it to President Trump 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus Wednesday update: Cases jump 38% on Wednesday; Wolf says virus spread ‘increasing at an exponential pace’
Morning Call: ‘He was a wonderful brother’: Sister identifies man from Northampton County as first Pennsylvania coronavirus death 
Express Times: Pa. Gov. Wolf on Lehigh Valley coronavirus death: ‘1st of what will become many’ 
WITF: PA Hospitals Are Rationing Protective Gear As The Number Of Coronavirus Cases Grow 
PLSReporter: Senate follows House’s lead, approves remote voting 
PLSReporter: Lawmakers seek solutions to limit economic distress from the coronavirus outbreak 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf appeals to Pennsylvanians to keep away from each other
Beaver County Times: Nearly 1,200 price-gouging reports emailed to PA attorney general’s office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf submits disaster declaration to SBA 
Fox News: Pennsylvania confirms first coronavirus-related death
Fox News: Coronavirus in the US: State-by-state breakdown  

 

Philadelphia  
WHYY Newsworks: Philly schools forbid graded ‘remote instruction’ during shutdown for equity concerns
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus cash: Is now the time to ‘go big’ with a basic income relief package?
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Philly enters ‘rapid growth stage’ of pandemic; Pa.’s first death
WHYY Newsworks: Police arrest 21-year-old in connection with fatal shooting of Philly SWAT officer
WHYY Newsworks: Unexpected upside to coronavirus shutdown? Cleaner air.
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia struggles to make coronavirus info quickly available in Spanish
KYW Newsradio: Philly teachers told to stop online instruction because not all students have access; city cases skew younger
KYW Newsradio: Commissioner promises fewer arrests in Philly during fight against coronavirus pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Philly family evicted days before coronavirus crisis hit city struggles to find housing amid citywide restrictions
KYW Newsradio: Kenney administration lays down the law to businesses that violate city’s emergency order 
Inquirer: As coronavirus spreads, Philly ‘not turning a blind eye to crime,’ Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw says
Inquirer: With courts closed by pandemic, Philly police stop low-level arrests to manage jail crowding
Inquirer: As coronavirus closes schools, wealthier districts send laptops home with students. What about poorer districts?
Inquirer: ‘I’m looking to get an AR-15’: Gun shops are busy as coronavirus spreads, despite state-ordered shutdown  
Inquirer: These Philly-area employees can’t believe they have to report for work during the coronavirus crisis
Inquirer: Philly DA said death-row inmate is ‘likely innocent.’ Now his case is delayed by the coronavirus.
PLSReporter: Philadelphia School District stops remote instruction
Philadelphia Tribune: COVID-19 in Philadelphia: How many people are sick, what services are affected, and testing info
Philadelphia Tribune: Wednesday coronavirus update: City coronavirus cases reach ‘rapid growth phase,’ city shuts down mall
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Gun Store Sales “Booming,” But City Says the Shops Must Shut Down
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Confusion Over Arrests, Confusion Over “Essential” Businesses
Philadelphia Magazine: FYI: You Can’t Get a Philadelphia Marriage License Until at Least March 30th Due to Coronavirus
Philadelphia Citizen: (Environmental) Justice For All 
Philadelphia Citizen: What Does Covid-19 Mean For Your Finances? 
Philly Voice: Philly school district pauses online instruction over state, federal equity mandates
Philly Voice: Philly region ramps up COVID-19 testing, plans drive-thru site near stadium complex
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia will open drive-thru coronavirus testing site in stadium area 
Billy Penn: How to get tested for coronavirus in the Philly region
Billy Penn: Philly vows to pay seasonal workers at libraries and rec centers during shutdown

 

SEPA
Bucks Courier Times: KC Tomlinson: Hard work won special election
Bucks Courier Times: Coronavirus pushes Bucks government to appointment only
Delco Daily Times: Pa. OKs Chesco-Delco team up on COVID-19 crisis
Inquirer: Fired public defenders sue, alleging Montgomery County retaliated for bail practice criticism
KYW Newsradio: Montco commissioner: ‘Assume there is community spread’ of virus in the county
KYW Newsradio: Montco establishes COVID-19 drive-thru testing site — but it’s not open yet
Montgomery Media: Montco officials see evidence of ‘community spread’ of coronavirus
Daily Local News: Chester County municipalities declare emergency, limit services; nine test positive in Chesco 
Daily Local News: COVID-19 spurs more changes in Chesco court schedules 
Daily Local News: Residents can apply to vote by mail amid coronavirus crisis 
Daily Local News: Montco official: ‘It’s perfectly normal to feel unsettled during this time’ 
Bucks Local News: Bucks coronavirus cases at 12; Montco shifts to community spread mode
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown prepared to deliver food to students 

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Some state lawmakers split on moving Pennsylvania’s April 28 primary 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports another rise in COVID-19 cases
Post-Gazette: City Council gets through first week of remote meetings, defers some bills
Post-Gazette: City unveils grab-and-go lunch sites for students as more schools close meal distribution 
Post-Gazette: Local manufacturers get plea from government to produce masks, ventilators to fight COVID-19 
Post-Gazette: New gun owners flood shooting ranges; restrictions at most conceal-carry offices
WESA: Pittsburgh Public Could Be Out 8-20 Weeks, If State Accepts Guidance From The CDC 
WESA: Allegheny Health Network Starts Drive-Through Testing For COVID-19 
WESA: Port Authority Grapples With Coronavirus Challenges
WESA: Coronavirus Threatens An Already Vulnerable Population: People Experiencing Homelessness
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: City Moves To Level 2 Emergency Operations 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Health Department Says 40-60% Of People In County Will Be Infected 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Ending Grab-And-Go Meals At 2 Locations Over Coronavirus Fears 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Restaurants Feeling Impact Of Coronavirus Outbreak Following New Rules 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Allegheny County: 13 Sheriff’s Deputies Self-Isolating After Possible Exposure To Virus 
KDKA: Inside Politics With Jon Delano: Does Buying A Gun Help With Coronavirus?
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh moves to level 2 emergency operations in wake of COVID-19 pandemic 
Pittsburgh Current: COVID-19 Response: Testing Ongoing, 12 Cases Now In County, SisTers Pittsburgh Raising Funds For LGBTQIA Community; ACLU Urges Wolf To Release Some State Inmates
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania primary could be postponed due to coronavirus, though law remains murky
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council to limit attendance, live stream meetings
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh providing ‘grab-and-go’ meals for kids 
Tribune Review: Western Pa. school districts rally to feed students during school stoppage over coronavirus  
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh suspends parking meter enforcement, announces other changes
City Paper: A comprehensive list of Pittsburgh events canceled due to response to coronavirus 
City Paper: Port Authority issues temporary social distancing policies for bus and light rail
Pittsburgh Business Times: City of Pittsburgh increases emergency operations response as COVID-19 outbreak continues 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Could the new cracker plant in Beaver County spur a new era for manufacturing?

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Shell temporarily suspends cracker plant construction
Beaver County Times: Officials: Shell closing right move, but will have impact 
Beaver County Times: County officials call for temporary cracker plant suspension 
Beaver County Times: Commissioner Jack Manning to self-quarantine 
Beaver County Times: PA has first coronavirus death; Beaver County has its second case 
Post-Gazette: Shell to temporarily suspend construction at ethane cracker plant after days of pressure amid COVID-19
KDKA: Coronavirus In Beaver County: Shell To Temporarily Shut Down Construction At Cracker Plant
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners extend deadline for discounted county tax payments to April 30 
Observer-Reporter: Virus sparks a spike in gun sales here and nationwide 
Observer-Reporter: April firearms seminar
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Coronavirus forcing some child care centers to adjust, others seeking answers 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area hospitals set up coronavirus command centers, say enough test kits available

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Cartwright self-quarantining after contact with confirmed COVID-19 patient
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council to vote on extending state of emergency
The Times Leader: State senators can vote remotely 
The Times Leader: New rules, procedures for area hospitals 
The Times Leader: Blood, food donations needed amid coronavirus, Pedri says 
The Times Leader: Wampole planning for the county’s post-crisis economic recovery 
Times-Tribune: U.S. Rep. Cartwright self-quarantining after contact with coronavirus patient
Times-Tribune: First confirmed case of coronavirus in Lackawanna County; panic leads to misinformation 
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County reschedules judicial tax sale 
Times-Tribune: Homeless services putting protocols in place to protect against the coronavirus
Citizens Voice: U.S. Rep. Cartwright self-quarantining at Moosic home after contact with coronavirus patient
Citizens Voice: County council considering grace period for tax collection 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre City Council schedules special meeting

 

South Central 
Lebanon Daily News: Central Pa. lawmaker plans resolution to terminate Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf on Pa.’s first coronavirus death: ‘We need to work together if we want to save lives.’ 
Patriot News: Price gouging and coronavirus: more than 1,400 complaints filed in Pa. 
Patriot News: PLCB warns licensees to follow its coronavirus guidelines or risk license suspension, closure 
Patriot News: Distilled spirits groups ask Gov. Wolf to reconsider his coronavirus-related shutdown of the state stores
Patriot News: Amid coronavirus crisis, the Pa. General Assembly is now equipped to assure continuity of government 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Wolf requests eligibility for SBA disaster loans for all Pa. businesses, nonprofits
Patriot News: Sheer volume of coronavirus gun buying binge caused temporary shutdown of Pa.’s Instant Check System 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Resources for small businesses from disaster assistance to workplace recommendations 
Patriot News: Who is Rachel Levine? Pa. health secretary offers calm, reassurance amid pandemic 
Patriot News: U.S. courthouse in Harrisburg closed after agent assigned there tests positive for coronavirus 
York Dispatch: York City Council votes to extend COVID-19 disaster declaration
York Dispatch: York County shuttering nearly all government offices amid growing coronavirus concern 
York Dispatch: Yorkers stock up on ammunition ahead of store closings
LNP | LancasterOnline: FULL COVID-19 COVERAGE, FREE ACCESS: READ MORE 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Mayor Sorace speaks about first COVID-19 case in Lancaster 
LNP | LancasterOnline: How Lancaster-area COVID-19 swab tents work: Testing still limited, call for screening first 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County suspends most court operations, closes Court of Common Pleas and district courts to public 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wrightsville Borough Council approves COVID-19 emergency declaration 
York Daily Record: York County issues emergency disaster declaration for coronavirus, restricts some access
York Daily Record: York County has its first coronavirus cases as plans made for drive-thru testing 
Carlisle Sentinel: Surge in calls disrupts PA background check system as gun sales spike due to coronavirus pandemic concerns 
Carlisle Sentinel: What’s still open? Non-essential vs. essential businesses in Cumberland County and Pa.

 

Lehigh Valley       
Express Times: Pa. Gov. Wolf on Lehigh Valley coronavirus death: ‘1st of what will become many’ 
Morning Call: ‘He was a wonderful brother’: Sister identifies man from Northampton County as first Pennsylvania coronavirus death
Morning Call: With schools closed because of coronavirus, Lehigh Valley districts hand out laptops for home learning
Morning Call: Bethlehem latest to issue disaster declaration
Morning Call: After two-year drop, Allentown’s NIZ generates record tax revenue in 2019. What drove the 20% increase?
Reading Eagle: Berks County will launch coronavirus hotline Thursday to keep residents informed 
Reading Eagle: Berks County halts evictions during coronavirus emergency, makes other changes to court operations
Reading Eagle: With coronavirus closing buildings in Berks County, districts keep the learning going
Reading Eagle: Berks County has first coronavirus positive

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congressman to host ‘town hall’ with expert
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County services still available; officials urge caution
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: LH mayor declares state of emergency
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Comms OK funding for projects; $1.28M for library system
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County to remove recycling drop-offs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor: Refrain from touching city playground equipment 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: With one confirmed case, how is Erie County handling and preparing for the outbreak?
Centre Daily Times: Here’s why (most) local gun shops are staying open — and how the coronavirus has impacted sales
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor orders closure of City Hall

 

Opinion  
Dan Meuser: Town hall reveals stark choice for Pennsylvania voters in 2020
Joseph Otis Minott: With RGGI, Pa. has a chance to show leadership in the new energy era
Barbara W. Brandom: Pennsylvania should not bolster fracking and petrochemicals with latest bill 
John L. Micek: These states are waging the most aggressive fight against COVID-19. How did Pa. do? | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Solomon Jones: The rush to close businesses amid coronavirus reeks of white privilege 
Simon F. Haeder: Experts agree that Trump’s coronavirus response was poor, but the US was ill-prepared in the first place
Helen Ubiñas: Self-isolated and bored, these Philly roommates will enact your challenge for cash (for those in need) 
The Angry Grammarian: When did ‘weaponize’ become a word? Plus, more burning reader questions answered 
Trudy Rubin: Chinese propaganda claims democracy can’t stop coronavirus. We can — but can Trump?

March 19th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “March 19th Playbook”

  1. FormerGOPer says:

    Scott Perry is a coward. He hasn’t done a single thing in two years to help PA-10, all he doing is trying to raise his freedom caucus profile.

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