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May 13th Playbook

A Washington Post-Ipsos poll shows Gov. Tom Wolf receiving high marks for his response to COVID-19 in the state, Dr. Jill Biden virtually visits PA, and President Donald Trump is slated to visit the Lehigh Valley on Thursday. Here is the Playbook.

WaPo-Ipsos Poll: PA Continues to Back Wolf COVID Approach: According to a Washington Post-Ipsos poll, Gov. Tom Wolf’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic earns high marks, including from many Republicans. President Donald Trump’s approval is under water along typical partisan lines.

Trump To Visit The Lehigh Valley on Thursday: According to the Allentown Morning Call, President Donald Trump will visit a medical equipment distributor in the Lehigh Valley and is expected to talk about coronavirus testing and the equipment needed to combat the pandemic.

PA Dems, Shapiro, DNC, and DAGA Joint Effort Reaches 1 Million PA Voters By Text: The release from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party said that the coordinated effort aims to educate voters on the vote-by-mail option for the June 2 primary.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Trump to make second visit of year to Pennsylvania
AP: Pennsylvania AG opens criminal probes into nursing homes
AP: Pennsylvania lawmakers’ spending on their own operations
AP: Taxpayers foot bill to supply legislators, army of aides
Spotlight PA: Pa. officials revoked business waivers the night before publishing list of recipients 
Spotlight PA: In major reversal, Gov. Tom Wolf says Pa. will begin weekly testing of nursing home residents, employees
Inquirer: Jill Biden ‘visits’ Pennsylvania virtually, celebrating her hometown roots
Inquirer: Pa. releases plan for combatting coronavirus in nursing homes 
Inquirer: Trump to travel to Pennsylvania on Thursday as he calls for the state to ‘move quickly’ to reopen
Inquirer: Pa. distributing experimental coronavirus drug to 51 hospitals; residents can now renew driver’s licenses online
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 57,991 confirmed cases in 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. announces COVID-19 testing plan for nursing homes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Ahead of primary, taxpayers bankroll questionable COVID ads
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine corrects Pittsburgh radio host during call ‘Please stop misgendering me’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Senate approves $507M funding measure for nursing homes and care facilities
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fauci warns Pa.’s Casey, other lawmakers reopening too soon could cause ‘suffering and death’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Anti-Trump ads from Biden, GOP group hit the air in Pa., other 2020 battleground states
Patriot News: Pa. Senate votes to spend hundreds of millions in federal money to help nursing homes 
Patriot News: What’s the difference between Pa.’s coronavirus red and yellow phases, and why are some counties racing to switch? 
Patriot News: Pa. is the most restrictive state when it comes to selling real estate: The reality of coronavirus red phase 
Patriot News: ‘Please don’t misgender me:’ Reporter calls Pa. health secretary ‘sir’ multiple times during interview 
Morning Call: What we know about Owens & Minor, the medical equipment distributor that Trump will visit in Upper Macungie 
Morning Call: New requirement for Pennsylvania nursing homes: weekly coronavirus tests for all residents and staff 
Billy Penn: What PA counties risk losing if they defy Gov. Wolf’s shutdown orders 
StateImpactPA: StateImpact Pennsylvania’s TMI oral history receives documentary award
StateImpactPA: Gas prices rising as stay-at-home orders lift, but could stay low for months
StateImpactPA: COVID-19 has slowed green energy industry, but experts say it should bounce back
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. counties rebel against closures and Gov. Wolf threatens funding
KDKA: Poll: More Than 70 Percent Of Adults In Pa. Approve Of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic
KDKA: State Department: Pennsylvania Voters Can Vote In-Person Or Mail In Ballots In All Counties
KDKA: ‘Have A Bullet Waiting’: Westmoreland Co. Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening Gov. Tom Wolf Over Coronavirus Closures  
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf on county warnings: ‘I’m not infringing on liberty’
The Times Leader: Turzai pushes for HB-2510 to safeguard seniors in nursing homes
Reading Eagle: Pa. Turnpike traffic drops 50% during coronavirus pandemic; toll revenue falls $150 million
McClatchy: COVID-19 nixed door-knocking. So one group is asking voters to record anti-Trump videos
The Hill: States ask Amazon for info on COVID-19 deaths, infections among workers
The Hill: Everytown turns to faith leaders, groups in gun safety initiative ahead of elections
WESA: Some Rural Hospitals May Not Recover From The Financial Impact Of The Coronavirus 
Politico: Trump is getting trounced among a crucial constituency: The haters
CNN: Pennsylvania becomes latest coronavirus battleground as Trump prods Democratic governor to ‘move quickly’
CNN: Biden campaign makes push to paint Trump’s coronavirus response as ‘incompetent’ and ‘corrupt’
PLSReporter: PennDOT officials warn of nearly $1 billion shortfall due to COVID-19
PLSReporter: State reverses course, says it will test all residents, staff in nursing homes
PLSReporter: What’s next for RGGI? Despite hitting an advisory snag, the cap-and-trade proposal keeps moving
PLSReporter: COVID-19 by the numbers: A statewide look at the coronavirus in Pa.  

Inquirer: Jill Biden ‘visits’ Pennsylvania virtually, celebrating her hometown Philly roots
Inquirer: Philadelphia will have 77% fewer polling places in the 2020 primary because of coronavirus. Find yours here.
Inquirer: N.J. and Philadelphia are moving toward reopening, though officials still don’t know exactly when it will happen
Inquirer: African American Museum funds slashed in revised city budget
Inquirer: Philly officials aren’t ready to set a timetable for reopening; New Jersey Air National Guard flyover honors coronavirus first responders
Inquirer: Drexel researchers estimate Philadelphia’s coronavirus lockdown saved 6,200 lives
Inquirer: SEPTA plans to move forward on free transfer, reduced child fare in July; postpone increases amid coronavirus
Inquirer: Need help with rent? What you need to know about Philly’s rent assistance program
Inquirer: Aide to District Attorney Larry Krasner is charged with child endangerment 
Philadelphia Magazine: The City of Philadelphia Might Pay Your Rent If You Can’t Due to the Coronavirus 
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly
Billy Penn: Rapid testing is coming to Philly and could trim wait from days to minutes
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Philly continues to make progress, but still too early to reopen
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Troubling’ number of anti-Semitic incidents recorded in Philadelphia region
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia opens COVID-19 emergency rental assistance program
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA wants to drop transfer fee and offer $1 fare for kids starting July 1 
Philadelphia Tribune: May 11 coronavirus update: ‘Clear signs of progress’ in fight against coronavirus
KYW Newsradio: High-ranking Philadelphia district attorney staffer charged with child endangerment
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA plans to put its proposed fare increases on hold until January
KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 lockdown robs advocates of ways to help kids exposed to abuse
Philly Voice: SEPTA plans to implement free transfers, push back fare restructuring to 2021
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area new home listings reach 10-year low as prices continue to rise
NBC10: City will give out cribs to mothers to prevent infant deaths

Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick ranked as ‘Most Bipartisan’ member in the nation 
Bucks Local News: ‘WE REMAIN ON A POSITIVE AND CONSISTANT TRACK’: 82 new cases, 20 deaths reported on May 11 in Bucks County
Daily Local News: Tuesday Update: Pennsylvania total coronavirus cases up to 57,991 after increase of 837 
Daily Local News: Otten, Muth submit joint comments on proposed pipeline projects 
Inquirer: Democrats now outnumber Republicans in all suburban Philly counties as GOP loses the edge in Chester County
Inquirer: Nearly half of inmates tested at Delaware County’s jail have had the coronavirus 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘There are very serious gaps in rescue money’: Rep. Madeleine Dean on how Pa. should move forward with coronavirus recovery
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown tax collector’s death leads to search for replacement 
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania AG opens criminal probes into nursing homes, as universal testing begins 
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania will identify long-term care centers with coronavirus infections  
Delco Daily Times: Prison-wide testing helps contain outbreak
Montgomery Media: Montco officials report 12 more coronavirus deaths and look to restart contact tracing 
Montgomery Media: Montco child abuse reports down during pandemic; D.A. seeks public’s help identifying abuse

KDKA: Former Second Lady Jill Biden Virtually Visits Pittsburgh Students
KDKA: County, City Leaders Issue Reopening Guidelines Amid Uncertainty: ‘We Don’t Know How The Move To Yellow Will Impact Our Cases’
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 4 Additional Coronavirus Deaths, 15 New Cases Of Virus
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: State Criticized For Inaction As Nursing Home Death Toll Mounts
KDKA: Coronavirus Coverage: Pittsburgh Public Schools Preparing For Big Drop In Local Revenue
KDKA: City Of McKeesport City Council Vice President Jamie Brewster-Filotei Dies
Post-Gazette: Meet the progressive challenging Pa.’s longest-serving congressman
Post-Gazette: Local leaders offer guidance as Allegheny County moves to yellow phase
Post-Gazette: City Council unanimously passes housing protections for immigration status, language
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh health providers receive $139 million in federal aid, as Medicaid services wait
Post-Gazette: Western Pa. reports 4 new deaths, all in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: Pandemic may cause serious financial blow to Pittsburgh Public Schools
WESA: Allegheny County, State Report Modest Number Of New COVID Cases
WESA: Amid COVID-19 Downturn, City School District Anticipates Steep Financial Hit 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine corrects Pittsburgh radio host during call ‘Please stop misgendering me’
Pittsburgh Business Times: How county and business officials want to see the return to work go
Pittsburgh Business Times: Doyle: Bill in Congress will add more help for small business beyond PPP
Tribune Review: Western Pa. leaders urge precautions as region moves into yellow phase
City Paper: Bill Peduto cancels interview with KDKA Radio over Marty Griffin misgendering Pa. Health Secretary
City Paper: Airbnb has been operating in Pa throughout the pandemic and against stay-at-home orders
City Paper: Photos: #FreeBlackMamas Protest at Allegheny County Jail

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: With a COVID-19 impacted June election ahead, Somerset County shifting polling places, seeking workers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State reports 837 new COVID-19 cases and 75 additional deaths, one new Blair County case
Observer-Reporter: Restitution made part of former lawmaker’s sentence in years-old case 
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners hosting electronics collection at Greene County Fairgrounds 
Observer-Reporter: Wolf threatens consequences against counties, businesses that defy COVID-19 orders
KDKA: ‘Have A Bullet Waiting’: Westmoreland Co. Man Arrested For Allegedly Threatening Gov. Tom Wolf Over Coronavirus Closures
Tribune Review: Pleasant Unity man charged with threatening Gov. Wolf over business closures
Tribune Review: 1 new coronavirus case, no additional deaths reported in Westmoreland County
Altoona Mirror: Blair slowly restoring court functions
Beaver County Times: Levine unveils ‘robust’ COVID-19 testing effort for PA nursing homes 
Beaver County Times: Attorney general’s office investigating nursing homes for criminal neglect

The Times Leader: Salavantis: Business violation enforcement largely up to local police 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council eyes plan urging Wolf to speed up move to yellow 
The Times Leader: 8 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Luzerne County; 23 new cases 
The Times Leader: Cartwright announces $629,051 CARES Act funding for Wright Center
The Times Leader: Baker, Yudichak hail passage of SB-1122 
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor shakes up cabinet posts 
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County wants to make a case to reopen before June 4 
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council to reschedule June 2 meeting 
Times-Tribune: Scranton working to expand outdoor commerce options when businesses reopen 
Times-Tribune: COLTS ridership way down during pandemic 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Salavantis leaves business violations up to local police
Citizens Voice: County talks primary election
Citizens Voice: Officials will submit plan to state seeking OK to reopen county before June 4 
Citizens Voice: Levine wants more tested at arena site  

South Central 
Hanover Evening Sun: York, Adams representatives push for counties to be put in yellow phase
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County not backing down from decision to move to yellow phase on Friday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Some southcentral Pa. counties step back from ‘yellow phase’ reopening after Gov. Wolf’s tirade Monday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County up to 2,295 cases, 242 deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Ephrata borough votes against resolution supporting early reopening
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s coronavirus death rate not far behind per capita rates in U.K, Italy, Spain 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Masks, social distancing and blended schedules: What might school look like in the fall?
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf punches back with consequences for counties, businesses that go yellow too soon
York Daily Record: Photos: Local lawmakers and business owners push to reopen York and Adams counties  
York Dispatch: GOP officials from York and Adams counties fire back at Wolf
York Dispatch: Tuesday update: One new COVID-19 death reported in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH Data: 10 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Tuesday
Patriot News: School property tax freeze is more than a nice thought. Some Pa. districts are doing it

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Words of welcome, criticism, and pleas to wear a mask: Lehigh Valley politicians react to Trump’s planned visit to region 
Morning Call: What we know about Owens & Minor, the medical equipment distributor that Trump will visit in Upper Macungie 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley DAs say no to prosecuting businesses that reopen during pandemic; police should cite, after repeat warnings 
Reading Eagle: New death toll data for coronavirus outbreak in Berks County show toll in nursing homes 
Reading Eagle: Reading hires private security contractor to patrol Pagoda, other city parks
Express Times: After Wolf ‘war’ speech, will Lehigh Valley coronavirus shutdown end with defiance or data? 
Express Times: From elation to stay away: Lehigh Valley officials react to Trump’s upcoming visit 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 58K cases, 3,806 dead. Trump to visit Lehigh Valley mask-maker. More testing at Pa. nursing homes. | COVID-19 case map (5/12/20) 
Express Times: Pa. to begin weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing at nursing homes

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local leaders address moving forward in yellow phase of reopening
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Ad hoc committee looks at possibility of moving outside of City Hall
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 3 new COVID-19 cases as Pennsylvania’s total nears 58,000 
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on May 12 


Joshua Kail: Wolf’s order is too restrictive
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Scathing report on state’s response
Inquirer Editorial Board: 35 years ago, Philly dropped a bomb on MOVE. It’s time to apologize. 
Inquirer Staff: Should employers get religious exemptions from covering workers’ birth control? | Pro/Con 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Closing tax loophole: Westinghouse sale shows flaw in deed transfer tax
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Stop strikes in Somalia: U.S. action in East Africa has little positive value
Dan Simpson: Time to reassess America’s priorities
Daren Berringer: What to do about the habitual starters in our lives?
John L. Micek: Common Cause, others try to block right-wing group’s purge of Pa. voter rolls | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Salena Zito: One Pennsylvania county is stuck in lockdown because of deaths at a single nursing home
Solomon Jones: Philly leaders should step up and apologize for MOVE bombing, 35 years later 
Charlie Gerow: Many don’t think you need to shut down everything to stop the coronavirus 
Timothy P. Williams: Pa. teachers are still teaching, and our students are still learning
John A. Tures: Ahmaud Arbery’s death may spark a hate crimes law In Georgia 
Trudy Rubin: White House support for Israeli annexation plans will harm Jewish state 
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t believe health experts? Then how about this COVID survivor 
Will Bunch Newsletter: Why right-wingers are waging the war of ’1619’ 
Erin Hawley: The Little Sisters of the Poor should finally get their win
Phil Gianficaro: No masking readers’ disappointment

3 Responses

  1. The Republican Senate had the world dumbest suggestion to allow reopening courtesy of county commissioners. A high school civics class could have topped that goofy idea. The Governor is listening to the barking sounds of Republican legislators who want his power but did not win the election and he is also clearly concerned about the citizens. Look, this is not about some political wedge issue. This virus is very serious stuff and those countries going their own way and those businesses opening up before time are not acting in the public’s interest. The virus is highly transmissible, very serious and affects people with lung ailments and high blood pressure very poorly. And it can be transferred to a person by someone who “looks healthy.” Until we get a vaccine this is not a good situation and we should support the Governor.

    1. LOL. Nope Wolf has the dumbest suggestion to control everything from Harrisburg and threaten counties who know better than him and want to open.

      Georgia and Florida have opened without issue. Wolf is making this a political issue, because he loves power.

      This virus will die during the summer. We don’t need a vaccine, we will be fine. Stop being scared.

      Open up!

      1. The point of reactionaries’ arguments, like Patrick Henry’s, is to attack you and waste your time. They don’t take their words seriously; they haven’t given them any thought. They don’t believe their own words, they only believe in being reactionary (being ‘against’, in their case against democrats – not being for anything or believing in anything or doing anything constructive).

        Hard to imagine how that will end.

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