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May 12th Playbook

Dr. Jill Biden will hold virtual events in Pennsylvania, two PA Republicans are appointed to a GOP-led China Task Force, and Roll Call names Rep. Scott Perry as the 9th most vulnerable House incumbent. Here is the Playbook. 

PA7: Wild Bests Browning, Scheller in Q1 Haul: Rep. Susan Wild’s campaign raised over $530,000 during this first quarter of 2020, while a $300,000 loan from Lisa Scheller to her campaign brings her total to $450,000 in the first three months of 2020.

PA10: Brier Ad Spotlights Campaign from Home: The Democratic Congressional hopeful’s first television ad features a number of volunteers virtually vouching for a number of positions that the candidate is backing, plus encouraging voters to apply for mail-in ballots.

Joyce and Reschenthaler Appointed to GOP-Led China Task Force: Reps. John Joyce (R-Blair) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny), who were selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will serve on the 15-member Republican China Task Force.

Roll Call: Perry Listed as 9th Most Vulnerable House Incumbent: The ratings outlet points to Perry being a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus in a district that isn’t as GOP friendly as the previous seat he held, coupled with the possibility of facing state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who they describe as a “well-funded Democratic opponent” and one of the Democrats “top recruits.”

Jill Biden To Hold Virtual Events in PA: According to a release from former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, Dr. Jill Biden will virtually visit the Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy and attend a virtual organizing event with volunteers in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Wolf: ‘Cowardly’ counties ‘choosing to desert’ virus fight 
AP: Execution notice signed in ambush, but moratorium remains
AP: ‘We Got Wolf On The Ropes’: Pa. Lawmaker Defies Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stay-At-Home Order After Organizing And Attending Meeting With 150 People
Spotlight PA: Pa. GOP takes Gov. Tom Wolf to court as it seeks records on controversial business waiver process 
Morning Call: President Trump will make first visit to Lehigh Valley on Thursday, when he visits an Upper Macungie medical equipment distributor
Morning Call: With re-election on his mind, Trump is visiting the one part of Pennsylvania that could hold the key to his chances: The what, where and why
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus reopening: Wolf threatens to pull federal aid from counties that reopen outside of his schedule, calls it ‘cowardly act’ 
Morning Call: Trump says Pennsylvanians ‘want their freedom now’ as rumors swirl about presidential visit
Morning Call: Pennsylvania projects big financial hit to children’s health insurance program next year. A Republican and a Democrat are pushing to prevent that. 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate committee goes to court to compel Gov. Wolf to disclose information on business closures and waivers  
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf pushes back hard on counties threatening to step out of line, with some early signs of success
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf defends Health Secretary after senator calls for her resignation
Patriot News: Pennsylvania state senator calls for resignation of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine
Patriot News: Will your property taxes increase? Pa. schools face potential $1 billion in lost revenue because of coronavirus
Inquirer: Trump says Pennsylvanians ‘want their freedom now’ as potential Pa. visit looms this week
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf warns he will withhold funds from Pa. counties that violate coronavirus stay-at-home order
Inquirer: Why are Pa. and N.J. receiving fewer PPP coronavirus loans? The New York Fed investigates
Inquirer: Civil rights groups seek to block Judicial Watch lawsuit and avoid a purge of Pennsylvania voter rolls 
Inquirer: Can Gov. Wolf withhold coronavirus recovery money from counties that defy shutdown orders? Yes, experts say, but expect pushback. 
Inquirer: How Pennsylvania decides when counties can reopen
Inquirer: Pa.’s top education official says he expects students to return to in-person learning in the fall 
Inquirer: Who’s exempt? Gov. Wolf’s employer list leaves more questions than answers
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 57,154 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf: Counties that reopen in defiance of stay home orders are ‘surrendering’ to COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In Tweet, Trump criticizes Pa. reopening strategy, says residents ‘want their freedom now’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate panel asks Commonwealth Court to force Wolf to release waivers 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Marty Flynn apologizes for Facebook post appearing to attack local businesses 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s rape kit backlog sees a sharp reduction | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Berks County needed PPE: How four volunteers came together to help fill the gap
The Caucus: Who got business waivers in Pa? A martial arts dojo, a custom-sign maker and an events planner
Washington Post: Many governors win bipartisan support for handling of pandemic, but some Republicans face blowback over reopening efforts
PLSReporter: Wolf threatens to cut funding, revoke licenses as counties look to rebuke his COVID-19 restrictions 
PLSReporter: Senate Republicans ask court to force disclosure of business waiver documents 
PLSReporter: Rivera to lawmakers: ‘It is fully our intent’ to have physical instruction in fall
PA Post: A Pa. company switched from sewing football jerseys to face masks. Workers walked off, saying the plan was unsafe 
Fox News: Pennsylvania governor threatens to withhold coronavirus aid to counties that defy lockdown orders 
Fox News: Trump targets Democrats for ‘moving slowly’ to reopen amid coronavirus crisis 
Fox News: Philadelphia ex-mayor calls for city apology in 1985 bombing that killed 11
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Wolf threatens to withhold funds from counties that go rogue
City Paper: Gov. Wolf threatens consequences for counties that don’t abide coronavirus restrictions
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania state senator calls for resignation of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine
WESA: Hospitals Ask Gov. Wolf For Half PA’s $4 Billion Stimulus
StateImpactPA: Oil and gas companies asked, then received changes to Fed coronavirus stimulus program
Philly Voice: Wolf bites back at Pennsylvania counties pledging to defy reopening plan 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf warns counties, business of ‘consequences’ for not following closure orders
The Hill: Trump targets Pennsylvania over coronavirus restrictions 
The Hill: Pennsylvania governor threatens to withhold federal aid to counties that open prematurely 
The Hill: Biden campaign drops new digital ad hitting Trump over slow coronavirus response 
The Hill: Trump to visit Pennsylvania medical equipment distributor on Thursday
Politico: Pelosi-aligned super PAC adds $18M to fall ad buys
Philadelphia Business Journal: Latest on PPP loan forgiveness rules and FAQ guidance from SBA Mid-Atlantic head 
Observer-Reporter: DeWeese ordered to pay restitution in latest twist in years-old case
Beaver County Times: State tavern association to Wolf: Expand services for yellow restaurants 
CNN: Pennsylvania has become the latest state to ban child marriage — but it’s still not fully outlawed in 47 others 
CNN: House to introduce bill to create a National Public Health Corps 
CNN: There’s a rebellion brewing and Trump is egging it on

KYW Newsradio: No new COVID-19 deaths in Philadelphia signals continued progress
KYW Newsradio: Flashpoint Extra: A call for an official apology from city for 1985 MOVE bombing
Inquirer: Who is cutting Mayor Kenney’s hair during the stay-at-home order?
Inquirer: Pa. health officials ‘working with’ Philly-area counties on reopening factors; coronavirus patients in Philly hospitals down 20% from peak
Inquirer: How much Philadelphia-area hospitals are getting in federal money for treating coronavirus patients
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney administration: ‘Nothing close to being announced’ on reopening 
Philadelphia Business Journal: As MLB owners approve new plan, Kenney says he’s open to Phillies playing at empty Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Is Inching Towards Reopening the Economy. But What Will the New “Open for Business” Look Like? 
Philadelphia Magazine: Counter-Protester Demands Vehicular Assault Charges After Reopen Philly Protest Car Hits Him  
Billy Penn: MOVE 101: Why, 35 years ago, Philadelphia dropped a bomb on itself
WHYY Newsworks: ‘No funding security in the future’: Why we may have to wait longer for SEPTA upgrades 
Philadelphia Tribune: New city program provides emergency rental assistance
Philadelphia Citizen: Who Wins and Who Loses? 

Montgomery Media: Montgomery County commissioner tests positive for coronavirus, calls for more widespread testing 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials reduce polling places under ‘pandemic election plan’ 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County coronavirus death toll climbs to 417 as county reports 101 new cases
Daily Local News: Bill would grant waivers to barbers, hair stylists, realtors and others in Pennsylvania 
Delco Daily Times: Chamber of Commerce urges reopening Delco 
KYW Newsradio: Montgomery County elections board votes to adopt ‘pandemic election plan’ for primary
Pottstown Mercury: May 11 Update: There are 543 new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania to bring the total to 57,154, according to Department of Health
Bucks Local News: ‘THE CITIZENS OF BUCKS COUNTY HAVE BEEN PATIENT AND COMMITTED’: Bucks County officials press Pa. Health Secretary, Governor Wolf’s staff for reopening date 
Bucks Local News: MAY 10 UPDATE: Zero community spread found in latest Bucks County COVID-19 cases 
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf: No plans to give “arbitrary” reopening dates 
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania will identify long-term care centers with coronavirus infections 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners answer students’ questions 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill introduced by Bucks lawmaker Perry Warren bans child marriage

City Paper: Sen. Bernie Sanders endorses state Rep. Summer Lee
Post-Gazette: State reports 2 new deaths in W. Pa.; Allegheny County says 3 more dead at Glen Hazel site 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny Health Network announces mobile COVID-19 testing van in Homewood Tuesday and Thursday
Post-Gazette: Peduto, public safety officials will read bedtime stories on Facebook Live
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County treasurer’s office to reopen May 18
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers demand Bridgeville company return $10M small business loan 
KDKA: ‘They Deserve Better’: Congressman Conor Lamb Calls For Federal And State Investigations Into Beaver Co. Nursing Home 
KDKA: ‘A Spike’: Some Concerned About 2nd Coronavirus Wave As Allegheny County Businesses Plan To Reopen 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports Only Single-Digit Rise In Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death  
KDKA: Grant Street Reading Series: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Reading Bedtime Stories Online 
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh To Resume Parking Enforcement, Citing And Towing Vehicles 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Department Seeking Feedback On 2021 Air Monitoring Network Plan
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh landlords expect region’s move to yellow phase will still be sparse, hopeful for a move to green 
Tribune Review: Air quality in Western Pa. showed slight improvement in pandemic shutdown
Tribune Review: Billion-dollar overhaul of Pittsburgh International airport on pause amid pandemic
WESA: Epidemiologist Says There’s Reason For Western PA To Be Optimistic About Future Under Coronavirus 
WESA: Sales-Tax Plunge Threatens Funding for Parks, Libraries, Arts Groups

Observer-Reporter: DeWeese ordered to pay restitution in latest twist in years-old case
Beaver County Times: Temporary manager, National Guard now on site at Brighton Rehab
Beaver County Times: Wolf: 81 Beaver County businesses exempt from shutdown
KDKA: ‘Behind The Berlin Wall’: As Pa. National Guard Helps At Beaver Co. Nursing Home, Families Hope It Isn’t Too Late
KDKA: ‘They Deserve Better’: Congressman Conor Lamb Calls For Federal And State Investigations Into Beaver Co. Nursing Home 
KDKA: Beaver Co. Business Owners And Local Leaders Divided On Reopening Plans After Stern Warning From Pa. Governor Tom Wolf
WESA: State Taps New Jersey Company To Take Over Operations At Beaver County Nursing Home
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beaver County officials defiant in face of Wolf’s warning of consequences 
Post-Gazette: National Guard, temporary manager move in to troubled nursing home
Tribune Review: 1 more coronavirus case, no new deaths reported in Westmoreland County
Altoona Mirror: Wolf: Counties defying virus orders ‘cowardly’
Altoona Mirror: DA, sheriff say they won’t punish open Bedford businesses
Altoona Mirror: Blair commissioners recognize residents for patience during virus
Altoona Mirror: Region records more virus deaths
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf threatens to withhold funding from defiant counties 

Citizens Voice: County seeking review of COVID-19 death toll 
Citizens Voice: County seeks poll workers for June primary election 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County manager hopes to reopen before June 4 
Citizens Voice: Lackawanna official: ‘It’s time to get people back to work’ 
Citizens Voice: Schuylkill officials respond to Wolf’s comments 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County tax collection on track so far 
Citizens Voice: NEPA health centers receive federal funds to expand virus testing
Times-Tribune: Chermak: Many Lackawanna County businesses are ready, should be allowed to safely reopen 
Times-Tribune: Drop in NEPA coronavirus cases ‘positive’ but needs to be watched, state official says 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage 
The Times Leader: Pedri to discuss Luzerne County reopening with council 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County still short of poll workers 
The Times Leader: Toohil seeks better reporting of COVID-19 data from industrial sector 
The Times Leader: 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County; 1 more death

South Central 
York Dispatch: York County commissioners to Gov. Wolf: Please let us reopen
York Dispatch: York DA: Not citing open businesses a legal issue, not a political one
York Dispatch: York County has 11 new COVID-19 cases, statewide total eclipses 57k
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf defends Health Secretary after senator calls for her resignation
Patriot News: Pennsylvania state senator calls for resignation of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine
Patriot News: Perry County not happy about being in ‘red’ zone, but won’t bolt for yellow 
Carlisle Sentinel: Partisan narrative isn’t speeding up re-opening process, Cumberland County commissioners say
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH Data: 17 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Monday
Carlisle Sentinel: Tracking COVID-19: Charts detail the course of coronavirus in Cumberland County
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Paying the price for his failed leadership’: county officials decry Gov. Wolf’s ‘disturbing’ move to block funding
LNP | LancasterOnline: Before Lancaster County had decided to reopen, fatigue was already setting in 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hospitals, Democrats out of the loop on letter advising Gov. Wolf that Lancaster County would move to yellow 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County up to 2,256 cases, 238 deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County coroner reports 36 more COVID-19 nursing home deaths since Tuesday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Total COVID-19 deaths from Lancaster County nursing homes as of Monday, May 11, 2020
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Shook Home confirms 27 cases of COVID-19, seven deaths, despite aggressive containment

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: President Trump will make first visit to Lehigh Valley on Thursday, when he visits an Upper Macungie medical equipment distributor
Morning Call: With re-election on his mind, Trump is visiting the one part of Pennsylvania that could hold the key to his chances: The what, where and why
Morning Call: Senator asks Gov. Wolf in letter to consider reopening Lehigh Valley immediately; cites infectious disease experts at St. Luke’s, LVHN 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Berks County needed PPE: How four volunteers came together to help fill the gap
Express Times: President Trump to visit Lehigh Valley on Thursday 
Express Times: More than a quarter of Gracedale’s residents have now tested positive for coronavirus 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 57K cases, 3,731 dead. Gov. Wolf sends warning to counties, businesses that reopen early | COVID-19 case map (5/11/20) 
Reading Eagle: More than 200 Berks County businesses get exemptions to Pennsylvania’s coronavirus shutdown order 
Reading Eagle: Reading to follow Gov. Tom Wolf’s guidelines to reopen during coronavirus pandemic 
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council appoints a solicitor, allows Mayor Eddie Moran to have a chief of staff 
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s weekly coronavirus unemployment claims continue to drop 
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases rise by 46 in Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials weighing the risks and rewards of reopening without state approval

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: As Centre County reopens into ‘yellow’ phase, some local government services resume
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports no new COVID-19 cases as state total exceeds 57,000
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall mostly closed off, meetings to continue online
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Coroner confirms five new COVID-19 deaths in Lycoming County
Erie Times-News: County won’t ID Erie business at heart of COVID-19 cluster

Fred Keller: Enough is enough. It is time to reopen Pennsylvania
Marjorie O. Rendell: A judge’s guide to the Supreme Court livestream 
Elaine Chao: Transportation Secretary: Jobs are on the way to Philly Shipyard
Gary Eichelberger, Jean Foschi and Vince DiFilippo: Cumberland County commissioners stance on reopening 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Soaring federal debt: President, Congress must control spending 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Killing a language: China won’t let Tibetans study in their own language
Inquirer Editorial Board: Why are we still arguing about contraception?
Paul Muschick: Coronavirus reopening rebellion: Pennsylvania has only itself to blame
John L. Micek: Pa. House Speaker Turzai hammered for dubious COVID-19 Twitter post | Monday Morning Coffee
Donna Cooper: Pa. schools could face devastating budget cuts due to COVID 
Pilar Gonalons-Pons: Women already do most domestic work. The coronavirus makes that gap worse. 
Lisa Haver: Philadelphia needs an elected school board 
Gene Therapy: So long as he does the grading, Trump gets high marks
Dick Polman: Refusing to wear a mask is about the most un-American thing to do right now 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Underwater in the job pool

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