March 27th Playbook

A national grassroots liberal group selects Pennsylvania as one of their target states for 2020 and aims to flip the state legislature blue. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Liberal Group Aims To Flip PA House and Senate: Swing Left has targeted 16 state House districts, 13 of them GOP-held; and 5 state Senate districts, 4 of them GOP-held.

Common Cause Shifts Leadership in PA: Micah Sims, who served as executive director of Common Cause Pennsylvania, announced that he is leaving his position with the organization, according to a press release. Suzanne Almeida will serve as interim-executive director while the search for a permanent replacement is conducted. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: More than half of all confirmed Pa. coronavirus patients are under 50 years old, new data shows
Spotlight PA: Pa. Latinx groups slam Wolf administration for not providing daily coronavirus updates in Spanish
Spotlight PA: Pa. hotels volunteer to make room for patients as state braces for possible coronavirus surge
Spotlight PA: Pa. coronavirus shutdown wreaks havoc on economy as new unemployment claims top 645,000
AP: Jobless claims swamp Pennsylvania amid rise in virus cases
AP: Pennsylvania court upholds ‘sexually violent predator’ laws
AP: MLB uniform maker switches to producing medical masks, gowns
Morning Call: How does Pat Toomey reconcile career built on fiscal conservatism with massive coronavirus relief bill?
Patriot News: Pa. state universities anticipate up to $100M loss from providing students refunds for room and board
Patriot News: Cyber charter schools shut out of tuition for new students during coronavirus shutdown
Patriot News: Nearly 40% in Pa. can’t say coronavirus is a genuine threat, poll finds
Patriot News: In coronavirus crisis, Pa. should be prepared ‘to be in this for the long haul’: Gov. Tom Wolf
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey, Toomey vote for historic $2 trillion COVID-19 stimulus package
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Health officials confirm 560 new COVID-19 cases; statewide total rises to 1,687
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Pa.: As businesses close, 650,000 Pennsylvanians applied for unemployment benefits
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New report card grades Pa., states on their social distancing efforts | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘The perfect storm:’ How COVID-19 has multiplied the risk for children in abusive households
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Obama stimulus watchdog: ‘Bad guys’ will make play for COVID-19 relief cash
PLSReporter: Officials say bailout may be necessary as local governments reel from COVID-19
PLSReporter: Pa. unemployment claims near 650,000 in 11 days
Inquirer: Pa. officials look for supplies and space amid coronavirus ‘war,’ New Jersey pronounced major disaster area
Inquirer: Pennsylvania is allowing some Mariner East pipeline construction to continue despite the coronavirus shutdown  
Inquirer: Who lives, who dies: Pa., N.J. facing tough priorities as COVID-19 cases mount
Inquirer: After Sandusky scandal, Penn State violated law protecting students in sex-abuse complaints, U.S. says
City Paper: Pennsylvania leads the nation in a record week of new unemployment claims 
Fox News: Democracy 2020 Digest: States embrace mail-in voting as coronavirus upends elections
Fox News: MLB, Fanatics use old jersey material to make coronavirus masks, gowns
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet Danny DeVito, the Guy Challenging Tom Wolf’s Business Shutdown Order
KYW Newsradio: Pa. shoppers flock to neighboring states as Liquor Control Board considers reopening some online businesses  
The Hill: Liberal super PAC expanding ad buy after Trump campaign threatens legal action
The Hill: MLB, Fanatics to manufacture masks and gowns using jersey material
The Hill: Small grocery store throws away $35K worth of food after woman allegedly coughs on it
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf Announces $50 Million In Funding For Medical Equipment, Supplies
KDKA: What Does The Government’s $2 Trillion Stimulus Package Mean For The Average American?
CNN: A grocery store threw out $35,000 in food that a woman intentionally coughed on, sparking coronavirus fears, police said

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Mike Bloomberg goes from presidential big spender to deadbeat loser, for some staffers
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council advances $85.4 million coronavirus emergency spending bill
WHYY Newsworks: Philly gives up on reopening Hahnemann for COVID-19 patients; Pa.’s unemployment compensation rates soar
WHYY Newsworks: Philly social justice activist Erika Almirón discusses being tested for coronavirus 
Inquirer: Philly City Council adds $400,000 to spend as it chooses in $85 million coronavirus response measure
Inquirer: Why Philly workers are fighting for a local coronavirus relief fund
Inquirer: How you may be able to get tested for the coronavirus in the Philadelphia area
Inquirer: Philly schools spending $11M on computers to be used during coronavirus closures; Comcast CEO, family donating $5M 
Inquirer: Babies, immigrants enabled Philly to narrowly avoid population decline in 2019, Census estimates show
Inquirer: As the first rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic come due, landlords hope for the best
Inquirer: Coronavirus layoffs in the Philly region are hitting hotel, restaurant, and nonprofit workers hard: ‘It’s total annihilation’
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council approves $85M for coronavirus relief, plus $400K for council to spend
Philadelphia Magazine: “Apocalyptic” Crowds, Hour-Long Lines and Hazard Pay: Philly Grocery Store Employees Tell All
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Wawa Employee Positive, Philly Cancels Easter, and Valley Forge Shuts Down
PLSReporter: City funding for coronavirus passes committee vote
KYW Newsradio: Kenney says Hahnemann no longer an option for use during COVID-19 pandemic
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphians answer city’s call for donation of hand sanitizers, masks for hospitals
Philly Voice: Philly cuts off Hahnemann negotiations in search for COVID-19 field hospital, quarantine space
Philly Voice: Sixers’ Michael Rubin converts Fanatics jersey factory to produce masks and gowns to fight COVID-19
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia ends negotiations for Hahnemann Hospital: ‘We are done and we are moving on’
Billy Penn: How much money will Philly residents get from the federal coronavirus aid package?
Billy Penn: Philly rushing to add morgue space in advance of COVID-19 death surge
Billy Penn: Updated guide to the coronavirus in Philly: Testing, schools, shopping, transit, unemployment and more
Billy Penn: ‘I’m an essential worker’: Nannies, Uber drivers and other low-wage earners ask Philly for coronavirus relief fund 

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon secures FEMA action at Glen Mills 
Delco Daily Times: Chester cuts workforce as emergency rages
Daily Local News: Sunoco gets OK to resume some pipeline construction
Daily Local News: Houlahan works to secure grants to local health organizations on COVID-19 frontline
Daily Local News: Schools may get relief from state requirements as online instruction continues
Inquirer: Pennsylvania is allowing some Mariner East pipeline construction to continue despite the coronavirus shutdown  
Inquirer: Glen Mills Schools will be turned into a medical treatment site to ease the coronavirus crush
Bucks Courier Times: Montgomery County reports 3rd coronavirus death, creates relief fund
Bucks Courier Times: Amazon eyeing Bensalem for warehouse, mayor says
Pottstown Mercury: Montco reports third COVID-19 death: 62-year-old Whitemarsh man

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Back At Work, Peduto Says Only Collaboration Will Slow The Spread Of COVID-19
WESA: Council Abandons Coronavirus Bill To Free Jail Inmates
WESA: Students Experiencing Homelessness Could Be Disproportionately Impacted By School Closures
WESA: As Congress Moves To Provide Coronavirus Relief, Will Federal Funds Help Most Renters?
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County and statewide COVID-19 cases jump dramatically
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Jail suspends in-person meetings between attorneys, clients
Post-Gazette: 485 Allegheny County jail inmates released over virus fears
Post-Gazette: Sanitation workers back to work, trash pick-up resumes
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s the total number of COVID-19 cases so far in Allegheny County 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 45 coronavirus cases, total tops 100
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh pushes back personal income tax deadline
Tribune Review: Officials: Over 1,600 Allegheny County residents tested for coronavirus
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Emergency fund has raised more than $20K for Pittsburgh artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic
City Paper: Pittsburgh has reported a loss of population for the seventh year in a row
Pittsburgh Current: 16 Days Later: Still No Ruling In Election Petition Challenge Of D-36 House Candidate Heather Kass; Attorney Calls Delay ‘Unusual’
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept.: 45 New COVID-19 Cases Brings County Total To 133
KDKA: Environmental Groups Call For Clairton Coke Works Closure To Protect At-Risk Residents With Respiratory Problems Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Extends Income Tax Payment Deadline To July 15 

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Judge rules that Veon must pay $19,000 in restitution
Beaver County Times: Beaver County now at 13 cases; state total nears 1,700
Observer-Reporter: For local government, pandemic opens uncharted territory under Sunshine Act
Tribune Review: 8 new coronavirus cases reported in Westmoreland County, bringing total to 24
Altoona Mirror: Blair sees first COVID-19 case
Altoona Mirror: Coronavirus-related closings
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State moves to cut prescribing of Trump-touted coronavirus drugs
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State legislators pass bill to assist schools during pandemic
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED Coronavirus hits Blair County as state total cases reach 1,687

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor to hold virtual town hall today
Times-Tribune: NEPA leaders battle to fight online trolls during public virtual meetings
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna scores ‘A’ for reducing travel and mobility, according to data
Times-Tribune: Dunmore councilman has presumed case of the coronavirus
Times-Tribune: Towns rushing to keep up with open meeting laws
Times-Tribune: State attorney general investigating price gouging, including several local cases
Times-Tribune: Covid-19 – Complete Coverage
The Times Leader: Hazleton mayor predicts city will be hardest hit in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Luzerne County waives fee for real estate tax payments by credit card
The Times Leader: PA update on COVID-19; 560 new positives; Luzerne County at 36
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 in Northeastern Pa.: With schools closed, teachers, administrators try to preserve sense of routine
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County adds 9 COVID-19 cases; no more deaths
Citizens Voice: First death in county reported
Citizens Voice: State relaxes rules for unemployment benefits amid coronavirus pandemic
Citizens Voice: State attorney general investigating price gouging, including several local cases 

 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. senator’s legislation looks to force DOH to provide more transparent information
Carlisle Sentinel: Details of COVID-19 cases limited for counties like Cumberland without health departments; state says it will expand information
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County
Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Keller planning legislation to halt inmate transfers during coronavirus pandemic
Patriot News: Here’s how small businesses in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties can apply for loan assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic
York Dispatch: York-area hospitals not ready for COVID-19 spike, analysis says
York Dispatch: ‘Humanitarian crisis’: ACLU sues, says York County Prison puts ICE detainees at risk from coronavirus
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 16 deaths, 1,687 cases; Lancaster up to 21 cases

 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: ‘Make or break moment’ in virus fight, Easton mayor says as Bethlehem, Allentown shutter buildings
Express Times: Easton Hospital update: Wolf says he’ll do everything possible to keep it operating
Express Times: 1st COVID-19 death in Lehigh County is 80-year-old from Allentown
Morning Call: Coronavirus already taking economic toll in the Lehigh Valley: ‘It is going to devastate some people’
Morning Call: How does Pat Toomey reconcile career built on fiscal conservatism with massive coronavirus relief bill?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Cases jump by nearly 50% to 1,687; Lehigh Valley has 119 cases
Morning Call: Out and about? Not so much, as the Lehigh Valley embarks on the first full day of the coronavirus shutdown
Morning Call: Megabus trips between New York City and Pennsylvania locations suspended until April 9
Reading Eagle: Reading Eagle Coronavirus Roundup, March 26: Pa. COVID-19 cases explode by 560, Berks nearly doubles to 36; Senate passes massive coronavirus rescue package; Pa. grocery store dumps $35k worth of food after woman ‘purposely’ coughs on it
Reading Eagle: The latest coronavirus updates: What you need to know in Berks County

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Neo-Nazi rally will not be permitted, nor will be any other events for April
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State officials push for continued education despite school closures
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tax day extension on city’s agenda
Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Keller planning legislation to halt inmate transfers during coronavirus pandemic
Centre Daily Times: Centre County up to 9 confirmed coronavirus cases, state Department of Health says
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council cancels meeting due to pandemic

 

Opinion  
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: We must prioritize our mental health amid COVID-19 pandemic
Inquirer Editorial Board: When coronavirus and gun violence collide, it makes both more deadly
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Elective danger: UPMC should postpone nonemergency surgeries
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A matter of trust: Congressional members’ stock sales questionable
Bernadette Comfort: President Trump is fighting to keep Pennsylvanians safe 
John Baer: Some coronavirus stay-at-home political observations 
Joyce Turkaly: Pa. can show leadership in the new energy era — Without joining RGGI
Larry Platt: Leadership In The Time Of Crisis
John L. Micek: Unlike Trump, Pa.’s Wolf, governors in no rush to reopen their states | Thursday Morning Coffee
Jonathan Valania: We’re All Socialists Now in the New Coronavirus Reality
Brian O’Neill: Be sure your great-grandkids know where you spent the pandemic
Fatima Syed, Deep Shah, and Ravi Parikh: Physicians facing coronavirus: ‘This is a war. We are soldiers.’ l Expert Opinion
Joseph Cavallo, Benjamin Albright, and Howard P. Forman: Hospitals already face financial ruin. Coronavirus makes it worse. | Expert Opinion
Bruce Ledewitz: What our ‘Year Without a Winter’ tells us about the real threat of climate change 
Will Bunch: Will coronavirus kill off the news business just when America realized we actually need it? 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Democratic presidential front runner
Sara Bronin: Coronavirus is a reminder to value parks and public spaces 
Trudy Rubin: Will coronavirus undermine democracies? Consider Israel, Hungary, and the USA
Tony Norman: Easter 2021: Future dispatches from Raven Rock

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