March 26th Playbook

The state House and Senate vote to delay the state’s primary election until June 2, the DNC launches an ad campaign targeting African American and Latino voters in the state, and a pro-life group selects PA as one of their key states in 2020. Here is the Playbook. 

DNC Campaign Targets African American and Latino Voters in PA: Pennsylvania is the lone state in the health care ad campaign that will include both print and radio ads targeting African American and Latino voters.

Pro-Life Group Targets PA: Susan B. Anthony List has Pennsylvania as one of their nine key states in the upcoming election and will be the first time the group has launched a significant ground effort in the state.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election
AP: Pennsylvania lawmakers delay primary to June 2 over COVID-19 outbreak 
AP: Governor extending stay-at-home order to two more counties
Spotlight PA: Pa. lawmakers approve $50 million in emergency coronavirus funding for needed medical supplies
Spotlight PA: Long-term care workers demand more protection as Pa. reports first coronavirus cases at nursing homes
Spotlight PA: Pa. unemployment claims skyrocket to 540,000 since statewide coronavirus shutdown, shattering records
Patriot News: Bill delaying Pa. primary to June 2 heads to Gov. Wolf’s desk 
Patriot News: Bill to shorten the school year, ensure school employees get paid goes to Gov. Tom Wolf for his signature
Patriot News: Pa. knows how many are sick — but not how many have recovered from coronavirus 
Patriot News: No matter how long quarantine lasts, school year must end June 30: Pa. education secretary 
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases top 1,100; 276 new cases reported 
Patriot News: Pa. trying to ‘buy time’ to prevent hospital overload that could soon arrive 
Patriot News: Pa. manufacturers say they’re hamstrung by Gov. Wolf’s business closure order, even if they produce essential goods 
Patriot News: No Pa. business or eligible resident will be left out of stimulus bill help, say Pat Toomey, Bob Casey 
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases? (3/25/20): Where does Pa. stand?
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf, after days of battles over business closures, touts new state aid program 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Campaign 2020: Gun-violence PAC Brady is getting into two, key Pa. congressional races 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Health officials confirm 1,127 COVID-19 cases; expand stay at home order
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Acknowledging losses, Wolf announces $60M loan program for Pa. small businesses
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In new normal, Pa. House and Senate lawmakers vote remotely to send COVID-19 relief bills to Wolf’s desk
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: $2 trillion coronavirus response deal headed to U.S Senate vote Wednesday
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: More than books: How Pa.’s libraries are connecting with communities during coronavirus shutdowns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘I really believe that this is a big year for women,’ says veteran staffer running for Erie Senate seat | 2020 Women Speak Up
Inquirer: Fact-checking coronavirus claims by Pennsylvania politicians
Inquirer: Government transparency is also falling victim to the coronavirus pandemic
Inquirer: Seven new coronavirus deaths in Philly region; N.J. toll climbs past 60; Pa. sets record for jobless claims
Inquirer: What the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill could mean for Pa. and N.J.
Inquirer: Coronavirus is already having a ‘stunning’ impact on unemployment in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf opens $60 million coronavirus small-business loan fund
Inquirer: What’s in the coronavirus stimulus bill? Individual checks, billions for small businesses, and more. 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Toomey on stimulus: ‘If you can think of a business in Pennsylvania, it almost surely qualifies’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania AG, 31 others ask Amazon, Walmart and more to take measures to stop price gouging
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Sens. Casey and Toomey happy with virus rescue bill
PLSReporter: Lawmakers pass COVID-19 response package as Pa. cases top 1,000
PLSReporter: Legislature passes bill to provide relief to schools as districts, PDE try to figure out a gameplan for learning
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania reopens gun stores
WHYY Newsworks: Life during coronavirus: the Pennsylvania shutdown in pictures
City Paper: Sen. Pat Toomey supports coronavirus stimulus bill, but worries it ‘creates incentives not to work’ 
Fox News: Biden’s claim he ‘became a professor’ after leaving Senate sparks confusion 
Post-Gazette: Podcast transcript: How COVID-19 could reshape Pennsylvania’s elections
Post-Gazette: Stimulus bill’s quick passage urged by Casey, Toomey; state may get $5B for virus response
Post-Gazette: Toomey joins 11 other GOP senators pressing Trump administration to roll back tariffs amid pandemic
StateImpactPA: Mariner East construction back on after waiver requests approved
Morning Call: ‘A monumental undertaking’: Pennsylvania’s U.S. senators discuss scope, details of the massive federal coronavirus relief bill   
The Hill: Pro-Trump group demands TV stations stop airing liberal super PAC ad 
The Hill: Trump campaign threatens legal action over liberal super PAC ad 
The Hill: Pennsylvania to delay primary election as coronavirus spreads 

Inquirer: Can Philly use eminent domain to take over Hahnemann hospital for coronavirus patients?
Inquirer: As the coronavirus threat looms, Philadelphia will follow New Jersey and New York City in a push to cut the jail population
Inquirer: Despite coronavirus closures, no school past June 30 for Pa. students; Philly may buy 50,000 Chromebooks
Inquirer: As the coronavirus spreads, staving off hunger is a challenge in Kensington, Philadelphia’s poorest neighborhood
Inquirer: Despite concerns of lawlessness, Philadelphia crime drops in first week of social distancing 
Inquirer: Philadelphia reports first known coronavirus death 
Billy Penn: Philly social distancing map: 50% less movement, data company says
Billy Penn: Updated guide to the coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
Billy Penn: More than half of Philly’s coronavirus cases are millennials and zoomers
WHYY Newsworks: Police can now shut down your ‘non-life-sustaining’ business, but they’d rather not
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Criminal Filings Plummet, Coronavirus Cases Climb, SEPTA Execs Take Pay Cut
Philadelphia Tribune: Wednesday coronavirus update: Philly logs first COVID-19 death
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint Extra: Pa. officials prepare for uptick in mail-in ballots as state rolls out new option for voters
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia School District still serving thousands of meals to students while schools are closed
KYW Newsradio: A virtual training for new gun owners as gun purchases spike in Philadelphia-area
KYW Newsradio: Health officials announce first coronavirus-related death in Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: ‘Stranded on your own’: Philadelphians share the struggles of an unprecedented battle against coronavirus
Philadelphia Business Journal: How will Philadelphia fare in a recession? Economists weigh in
Philadelphia Business Journal: City offers to pay operating costs, but not rent, for use of Hahnemann
Philly Voice: Geolocation data map gives Philly, surrounding counties ‘A’ for social distancing 
Philly Voice: Philly health commissioner urges 14-day quarantine for recent travelers to New York City 

Daily Local News: Pa. Senate passes first coronavirus-related legislation  
Daily Local News: Houlahan introduces bill to help seniors’ retirement savings
Daily Local News: Dinniman to host telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 Thursday 
Daily Local News: Despite coronavirus crisis, Sunoco asks to continue digging 
Daily Local News: Shusterman demands protections for ‘gig’ economy workers 
Daily Local News: First two deaths recorded in Delco due to coronavirus
Delco Daily Times: Local hospitals appeal for health care supplies
Bucks Courier Times: Pa. coronavirus death toll rises to 12, includes Abington man
WHYY Newsworks: Pandemic spotlights Delco’s long-standing health department fight
WHYY Newsworks: Mariner East construction waiver requests include 16 sites across the state
Bucks Local News: Bucks County COVID-19 cases reach 85; most patients recovering well 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County RDA teams up with commissioners to offer emergency loans to tourism, hospitality businesses 
Montgomery Media: Montco records second COVID-19 death; first cases in Lansdale, Trappe

WESA: County Council Declines To Take Immediate Action On Emergency Jail Bill 
WESA: PIT Delays $1.1B Terminal Project Over Outbreak
Post-Gazette: Peduto defends travel to D.C. that caused him to self-isolate
Post-Gazette: Peduto says shared COVID-19 case info will help first responders
Post-Gazette: Bill to postpone Pa. primary heads to governor’s desk
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County COVID-19 cases rise to 88; Kane Centers said staff member tested positive
Post-Gazette: City sanitation workers demand better protective gear — union president says gathering was ‘not a strike’
Post-Gazette: Appellate court affirms McCullough conviction
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court cancels April arguments in Pittsburgh  
Post-Gazette: ‘It has come to a halt overnight’: Pittsburgh tourism crushed by COVID-19
KDKA: ‘A Lot Of Social Media, Very Obscure And Boring Movies’: After 14 Days Of Self-Isolation, Mayor Bill Peduto Looks To What’s Next For Pittsburgh
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Small Businesses React To $2 Trillion Stimulus Bill
KDKA: Coronavirus In Allegheny County: Results Released As Hundreds Tested Via Drive-Thru, 6.5% Positive
KDKA: Gisele Fetterman Helps With Toy Donation In Braddock
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Infectious Disease Expert Believes Coronavirus Pandemic Will Not End In Coming Weeks
PLSReporter: Allegheny County Council divided on emergency release of inmates
Pittsburgh Current: County Councilors Bring Legislation To Reduce Spread Of COVID-19 By Releasing Some County Jail Inmates
Tribune Review: Mayor Bill Peduto predicts Pittsburgh heading for deficit in 2020 
Tribune Review: $50 million state aid package, future recovery help, ready for Gov. Wolf’s signature 
Tribune Review: Wolf allows gun stores to reopen on limited basis during coronavirus shutdown   
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh seeks state coronavirus notification system for first responders 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 30 new coronavirus cases; total hits 88

Observer-Reporter: City of Washington declares emergency 
Beaver County Times: Kail joins call for Wolf to lift ban on construction work 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners to go virtual for meetings 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County, union at odds on coronavirus response 
Beaver County Times: State’s death toll from coronavirus hits double digits; Lawrence County has its first case 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County area police adapt during COVID-19 crisis
KDKA: Coronavirus In Butler County: Patient Diagnosed With COVID-19 Dies
Tribune Review: Butler County reports 1st death from covid-19
Tribune Review: 5 more cases of coronavirus in Westmoreland County; total up to 16
Tribune Review: Davanzo victory pre-certified in 58th state House race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: THE LATEST | Indiana County has first case as state virus count tops 1,000
Altoona Mirror: Region holding steady amid virus
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers tout federal coronavirus relief package 
Altoona Mirror: Small business loans available 

Times-Tribune: NEPA election officials praise election delay
Times-Tribune: New York quarantine exposes deep divide in Poconos 
Times-Tribune: First Lackawanna victim identified, remembered 
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: County health department very unlikely 
Citizens Voice: Update: Coronavirus victim lived in Hanover Twp.
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown orders treated COVID-19 patients to report to city Health Dept. 
The Times Leader: Pedri: County’s first virus victim had traveled abroad 
The Times Leader: Guesto: County’s first virus death was from Hanover Township 

South Central 
Patriot News: Harrisburg suspends residential evictions during coronavirus pandemic
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Lancaster city mayor Danene Sorace streams Facebook Live town hall 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Jobless rate in Lancaster County unchanged in January, before COVID-19 arrived  
York Dispatch: Congress eyes $2T package as York County businesses struggle with shutdown 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioners ask businesses to donate supplies to first responders 
Carlisle Sentinel: Details of COVID-19 cases limited for counties like Cumberland without health departments; state says it will expand information
LNP | LancasterOnline: 1 presumed positive COVID-19 case, a new response fund and more: 5 takeaways from Mayor Sorace’s town hall
York Daily Record: Prisoner release due to coronavirus? York County district attorney outlines position

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: President Donald Trump signs bill from Lehigh Valley Rep. Susan Wild boosting funding for Meals on Wheels, other older adult services
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Lehigh Valley case count jumps 36%, community spread happening, 3rd death in Northampton County, 2nd in Monroe
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf extends stay-at-home order to Lehigh Valley as coronavirus spreads
Morning Call: Easton extends tax deadlines, removes parking restrictions as part of coronavirus emergency
Morning Call: Bethlehem, Allentown to close City Halls to the public
Reading Eagle: Reading Eagle Coronavirus Roundup, March 25: COVID-19 cases leap again in Pa., Berks County adds 4; Pa. senators signal support for $2 trillion bill; Who’s hiring in Berks County amid shutdown?
Express Times: Pennsylvania stay-at-home order expands to Lehigh Valley as coronavirus spreads
Express Times: ‘Make or break moment’ in virus fight, Easton mayor says as Bethlehem, Allentown shutter buildings

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: What’s in city of Erie’s COVID-19-driven emergency proclamation? 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County confirms first COVID-19 case; state reaches 11 deaths
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Fed. inmates arrive, at least one tested for COVID-19
Centre Daily Times: Centre County coronavirus cases continue to increase as number of Pa. cases eclipses 1,000

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Delay the primary: Lawmakers should move election to June 2
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Need for compromise: Stimulus bill shouldn’t be about political gain
Inquirer Editorial Board: The coronavirus crisis is an education crisis
Brian Abernathy: COVID-19 pushed me to a ‘breaking point.’ Philly’s strength keeps me going.
John L. Micek: How do we protect ourselves at home during coronavirus: 4 questions answered | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Salena Zito: Rural Pennsylvania county with New York transplants struggles with coronavirus
Maureen May: Philly nurse: Pa. factories should start making desperately needed medical supplies | Expert Opinion
Leah Rosenbloom: Philly public school teacher: School District’s laptop plans are too little, too late 
Charles D. Ellison: Reality Check: We Must Save The Election 
Albert Eisenberg: Why do some city workers get a coronavirus cashout while regular Philadelphians flail? 
Fletcher McClellan: COVID-19 Pandemic: Leaders are emerging from Trump’s shadow to calm a nervous nation 
Becky Kimmel: The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that we’re a part of nature, not above it
Ernest Owens: Millennials and Gen Z Make Up Philly’s Largest COVID-19-Positive Group. We Need to Take This Seriously.
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Coronavirus sheltering in place
Jere Downs: ‘Now everybody is like us.’ Mom of cancer survivor recalls five-month isolation to keep her son safe 
Maria Panaritis: We can’t let the rich skate unscathed as coronavirus destroys our merchants 
JD Mullane: Amid coronavirus fears, controlled panic at Aldi in Bristol Township
Dan Simpson: Finding the silver lining
Bill O’Boyle: Coping with Corona: Stay strong, Class of 2020

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