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May 14th Playbook

President Donald Trump heads to the Lehigh Valley today, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick is ranked as the most bipartisan member of Congress, and Rep. Matt Cartwright’s Q1 haul leads the PA congressional delegation. Here is the Playbook. 

Cartwright Q1 Haul Leads PA Delegation: Rep. Matt Cartwright’s (D-Lackawanna) nearly $750,000 first quarter haul is the strongest of any candidate in the state and more than double of any challenger in the race for the 8th Congressional District.

Lugar Center: Fitzpatrick Ranked As Most Bipartisan Member of Congress: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) earned the highest bipartisan score ever recorded in history by the Lugar Center and Georgetown University.

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.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Some counties undeterred by Wolf’s threat; others back down
AP: Authorities: Man threatened governor over business closures
Spotlight PA: Pa. counties abandon plans to buck Wolf, as GOP lawmakers continue pushing doomed reopening bills
Spotlight PA: Pa. officials revoked coronavirus shutdown business waivers the night before publishing list of recipients 
Inquirer: Most people support coronavirus lockdowns. But Trump is fighting them as he comes to Pa.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Republicans are echoing Trump on coronavirus: It’s China’s fault
Inquirer: Trump is coming today to a part of Pa. that he skipped in 2016 but could be key in 2020
Inquirer: A top Pennsylvania Republican said coronavirus only threatens children in poor health. That’s not true. | PolitiFact
Inquirer: N.J. ready for curbside pickup; counties and Trump notwithstanding, Pa. holding to timetable
Inquirer: Possible coronavirus-related inflammatory disease in children prompts alert from Pa. officials 
Inquirer: PLCB appeals lower court decision on specialty wine sales 
Inquirer: Pa. distributing experimental coronavirus drug to 51 hospitals; residents can now renew driver’s licenses online
Patriot News: Coronavirus testing still lags, creating a possible impediment for Pa. reopening efforts 
Patriot News: Three Pa. counties still vow to reopen Friday without state approval, but Wolf thwarts larger rebellion 
Patriot News: Counties decide whether to follow orders; groups plan another Capitol protest; more: Latest on coronavirus in Pa. 
Patriot News: Pa. Ag Secretary urges congressional support of state’s agriculture, food industries through federal stimulus 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 58,698 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Open for business? Bill targeted at reopening car dealerships, barber shops get closer to Wolf’s desk. 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine: Pa. gets shipment of anti-viral drug remdesivir 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: COVID-19 outbreak in Pa.: What’s open and what’s closed
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Sales to resume at 155 more state liquor stores in yellow phase counties on Friday
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pittsburgh braces for COVID-19 body blow to its finances 
Central Voice: UPMC Pinnacle cultivates sense of belonging for LBGTQ patients
WHYY Newsworks: How to vote in Pennsylvania during a pandemic 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Pa. Health Department pilots new drug, begins broader nursing home testing  
Philadelphia Business Journal: To-go cocktail legislation unanimously passes Pennsylvania Senate, heads to governor’s desk
WESA: Republicans Demand Protections For Businesses That Reopen Against Governor’s Orders 
WESA: State Police Don’t Plan To Crack Down On Counties That Defy Shutdown  
Fox News: PA lawmaker slams ‘draconian lockdown’ after Democratic Gov. Wolf’s threat to counties
Fox News: Pennsylvania schools receive $523M in coronavirus-related funds
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania receives first shipment of drug used to treat COVID-19 patients
KYW Newsradio: HUD’s Ben Carson suggests eviction, foreclosure moratoriums should not be uniform across US 
The Hill: Poll finds Trump ahead of Biden in 15 battleground states
The Hill: Man charged with threatening Pennsylvania governor over order closing businesses
KDKA: Pennsylvania To Receive More Than $500 Million In Federal Funding For Schools
KDKA: State Senate Passes Bill That Would Allow Curbside Cocktails During Coronavirus Shutdowns 
CNN: Buttigieg highlights importance of local officials in first post-campaign endorsements 
CNN: CNN Poll: Biden tops Trump nationwide, but battlegrounds tilt Trump
PLSReporter: Senate approves measure to allow counties to make reopening decision while Dauphin, others back down from Wolf’s threats 
PLSReporter: Levine: State sends antiviral drug to 51 Pa. Hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients 
PLSReporter: House GOP looks to resume limited dine-in service at some Pa. restaurants   

Billy Penn: At least 9 Philly councilmembers support a formal MOVE bombing apology 
Billy Penn: Philly slashes polling places, 4 in 5 will not open for the June primary 
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly 
Billy Penn: ‘An emergency on top of the emergency’: Philly drug rehabs grapple with virus outbreaks and empty beds
KYW Newsradio: When will Philly reopen? Officials unsure, but say definitely not before Memorial Day
KYW Newsradio: Ground journalists remember ‘war zone’ of MOVE bombing 35 years later
KYW Newsradio: HUD’s Ben Carson suggests eviction, foreclosure moratoriums should not be uniform across US
KYW Newsradio: Wharton economist looks at the long-term economic impact of pandemic
KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 survivors share their stories in hopes of stopping spread in high-risk communities
Inquirer: Thirty-five years after MOVE, feelings still raw as neighborhood rebuilds  
Inquirer: Philly’s overdose deaths rose again in 2019, especially in black and Latino communities 
Inquirer: SEPTA to play a vital role in Pa. economic coronavirus recovery, study says
Inquirer: PGW is under pressure to restore services to Philly residents who got disconnected before coronavirus hit
Inquirer: In Philly, amid the coronavirus, a step forward for transgender students
Inquirer: Pa. distributing experimental coronavirus drug to 51 hospitals; residents can now renew driver’s licenses online 
Philadelphia Business Journal: SEPTA, facing millions in funding cuts, argues investment will help fuel economic recovery 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Medical experts tell Senate committee most of Pennsylvania can safely reopen, but not Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Faced with shortfalls, Philadelphia-area venues consider all options to bring back live entertainment
Philadelphia Tribune: COVID-19 cases among city inmates declining
Philadelphia Tribune: Bike-share program to help deliver free cribs
Philadelphia Citizen: Introducing Main Street Regenerators  
Philadelphia Citizen: 35 Years Later…Healing? 
Philly Voice: Jill Biden rallies support for husband’s campaign during virtual events in Pennsylvania 
Philly Voice: Philly health commissioner discusses reopening benchmarks, COVID-19 flare-ups 
Philly Voice: Philly plans sharp reduction of polling places for June 2 primary election 
Philly Voice: Larry Krasner aide arrested after allegedly leaving child alone in car
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Social Distancing and Masks Still a Huge Problem on SEPTA

Daily Local News: Chester County commissioners won’t defy Wolf lockdown orders 
Daily Local News: Pennsylvania: Chester County Democratic voters surpasses Republicans 
Daily Local News: Chester County D.A. concerned over drop in domestic abuse reports during pandemic 
Daily Local News: Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan hosts virtual town hall on mental health effects of coronavirus pandemic 
Daily Local News: Fourth round of COVID-19 funds provide relief to more Chesco small businesses 
Daily Local News: Construction projects back on track in Downingtown
Bucks County Courier Times: Commissioners: Bucks “rapidly moving” toward reopening phase 
Bucks County Courier Times: About 200 protesters call to reopen Bucks at rally 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery County hospitals receive doses of COVID-19 drug  
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 14 more coronavirus deaths, 106 new positive cases
KYW Newsradio: Montgomery County town votes to defy Wolf’s order, allowing businesses to reopen
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners: “We are rapidly moving toward the ‘yellow phase’ of reopening” 
Bucks Local News: Warren liquor reform bill passes Senate; sent to Governor Wolf for his signature
Bucks Local News: MAY 12 COVID-19 UPDATE: Bucks County reports 70 new cases, 39 in long-term care facilities
Pottstown Mercury: Wednesday Update: There are 707 new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 58,698 
Delco Daily Times: County council thanks Fair Acres staff during difficult days 
Delco Daily Times: League of Women Voters, Common Cause seek intervention in Judicial Watch lawsuit over voter lists 
Delco Daily Times: Radnor mulls options for outdoor dining once restaurants begin reopening

Post-Gazette: How will life be different under Gov. Wolf’s yellow phase?
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh reports a ‘severe’ dip in revenues; mayor looks to avoid layoffs
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County has 12 new COVID-19 deaths; state gets supply of drug
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools ‘disappointed’ it didn’t receive Pa. remote learning grant
Post-Gazette: Expect more cleaning, temperature-taking, and some masks when child care centers reopen
Post-Gazette: Port Authority surveys previous riders as it prepares to return some service Sunday  
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: City Says Revenue Is Down 25 Percent
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 12 Additional Coronavirus Deaths, Bringing Toll To 139
KDKA: Coronavirus Coverage: Pittsburgh Public Schools Prepares To Navigate Safely Reopening Schools In The Fall
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Upset Families Call On North Hills Senior Living Home To Share Updated Coronavirus Numbers
City Paper: State Rep. Valerie Gaydos wants district attorneys to ignore governor’s business closure enforcement
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pittsburgh braces for COVID-19 body blow to its finances
Tribune Review: Peduto backs controversial sand dumping in Pittsburgh skateboard park 
Pittsburgh Business Times: In Allegheny County, hope that Covid-19 successes continue with reopening
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh sees revenues drop by 25% in updated budget impact report
Beaver County Times: Report: Pittsburgh lost 18 percent of clean energy jobs since COVID 
WESA: Republicans Demand Protections For Businesses That Reopen Against Governor’s Orders 
WESA: State Police Don’t Plan To Crack Down On Counties That Defy Shutdown 
WESA: State, County Report Spike In COVID Deaths, But Slow Case Growth
WESA: Highlights From Allegheny County’s Board Of Health Meeting

Beaver County Times: Bartolotta’s ventilator bill passes Senate, heads to House 
Beaver County Times: Remdesivir now in PA hospitals as COVID-19 death toll nears 4,000 
Beaver County Times: Ambridge to vote Thursday on potential interim police chief 
Beaver County Times: State police committed to encouraging compliance with shutdown restrictions 
Beaver County Times: Shell to call back 300 workers weekly, resume some busing
Observer-Reporter: Legislators including O’Neal ask DAs not to prosecute businesses for opening 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County judge holds first day of plea cases since COVID-19 precautions began 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New drug arrives for ‘severely ill’ patients; Cambria, Blair each add a COVID-19 case 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Many say they prefer to vote at polls rather than mail-in option 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Warden: Cambria prison’s average daily population is low 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thompson bill would give tax relief to food, agriculture industry workers 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Paul Manafort released from FCI-Loretto to home confinement
Pittsburgh Business Times: Shell adding more workers to Beaver County construction site
Tribune Review: Southwest Greensburg Council member resigns after allegedly using racial slur
Altoona Mirror: Unauthorized openings won’t draw police action

Times-Tribune: Boback, Pashinski accepted per-diem rate 
Times-Tribune: Local legislators break promise, accept controversial per diems 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 cases still climbing in Northeast Pennsylvania, hospitals start treating with remdesivir
Times-Tribune: NEPA schools to receive federal stimulus funding for coronavirus impact 
Times-Tribune: Coroner releases COVID-19 death totals for Lackawanna County nursing homes 
Times-Tribune: Wayne County officials urge Wolf to relax restrictions
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: 2 local legislators accepted per-diem rate 
Citizens Voice: No citations for violating restrictions issued by state police 
Citizens Voice: 3 new COVID-19 deaths in county 
Citizens Voice: Local schools to receive money after state’s emergency funding application approved 
Citizens Voice: County urges patience with mail-in ballots 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council will meet remotely 
Citizens Voice: Schuylkill County backs down from plan to defy Wolf
The Times Leader: Hazleton’s mayor objects to idea of splitting his city from reopening plan 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre to offer emergency loans to small businesses 
The Times Leader: 3 more COVID-19 deaths in Luzerne County; 18 new confirmed cases 
The Times Leader: Local school districts get $12 million in emergency federal money 
The Times Leader: Coronavirus testing center main event at Mohegan Sun Arena 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County’s state legislators drafted letter saying county would move to phase yellow, but scrapped it, amidst commissioners’ complaints of political pressure 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH Data: 2 new cases of COVID-19 reported for Cumberland County Wednesday, 2 more deaths
Patriot News: Dauphin County commissioners back off plan to jump ahead of state’s pandemic reopening schedule 
Patriot News: Three Pa. counties still vow to reopen Friday without state approval, but Wolf thwarts larger rebellion 
Patriot News: Counties decide whether to follow orders; groups plan another Capitol protest; more: Latest on coronavirus in Pa. 
Patriot News: Harrisburg approves $10.7 million project for 50 affordable homes in Allison Hill neighborhood 
York Dispatch: York County hits 800 COVID-19 cases, state deaths approach 4K 
York Dispatch: Realtors demand Wolf reopen housing market
York Dispatch: Central Pennsylvania track again cancels racing
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Why are you rushing to reopen?’: County commissioners, residents clash over plans to reopen 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Testing, tracing, small business grants: Lancaster County plans to spend federal COVID-19 funds 
LNP | LancasterOnline: As Lancaster County prepares to reopen, coronavirus case count remains twice the level Pennsylvania says is safe 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County has 2,325 cases, 247 deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Bill passes Pa. Senate that would allow businesses to sell cocktails to-go 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city council warns against ‘haphazardly’ reopening 
LNP | LancasterOnline: South Coatesville supervisors choose a new borough solicitor 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Fewer vehicles on roads in Lancaster County, statewide following COVID-19
York Daily Record: Coronavirus cocktails: Pa. Senate says yes on to-go mixed drinks, bill moves to Gov. Wolf

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Trump’s Lehigh Valley visit: When is the president coming? What will he say? And why now? 
Express Times: Meet the company hosting President Trump Thursday in the Lehigh Valley
Express Times: ‘Mobile cemetery’ to roll through Lehigh Valley ahead of Trump visit 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 58K cases, nearly 4K dead. Lehigh Valley hospitals get experimental drug. Wolf threatened over shutdown. | COVID-19 case map (5/13/20)  
Express Times: COVID-19’s claimed the lives of 173 Northampton County residents. Here’s where they lived 
Express Times: What COVID-19 could mean for Lehigh Valley warehouses and retail
Morning Call: Trump heads to the Lehigh Valley today, where he’ll highlight a firm involved in fighting coronavirus and build his case for reopening country 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley infectious disease experts favor some reopening: ‘We should be in the yellow, headed toward green’ 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania pulling together timeline to give coronavirus tests in more than 1,800 long-term care facilities 
Morning Call: Ahead of Trump’s Lehigh Valley visit, Joe Biden says Donald Trump ‘simply hasn’t done the work’ on coronavirus testing, other steps to reopen safely 
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials highlight how coronavirus shutdown is causing frustration among small-business owners 
Reading Eagle: 9 Berks businesses receive loans in latest round of state’s coronavirus program

North by Northwest
WPSU: Containing COVID-19 Outbreak At SCI Huntingdon, Preventing Spread Outside The Prison Is A ‘Battle
Tribune Review: Rep. Mike Kelly joins covid-19 survivors donating plasma; transfusions aim to help sick patients get better faster 
Centre Daily Times: UPDATE: 2 more in Centre County die of COVID-19 as cases in nursing homes continue to rise
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local legislators push to reopen restaurants in yellow counties 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City deficit projected at $2.7 million 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Deadline for taxes delayed by Lycoming County commissioners, some municipalities

Carol Hill-Evans: Reopening Pa. safely and efficiently
John Baer: We’ll soon see what Pa.’s coronavirus divide brings us  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Nursing home failures: State had aggressive plan that wasn’t used
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tuition refunds: Schools did best to provide courses during pandemic
Bucks County Courier Times Editorial: Resume inspecting nursing homes and long-term care centers
John L. Micek: Report: Anti-Semitic incidents in Pa. hit 2nd-highest level ever in 2019 | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Lance Haver: Mayor Kenney’s pandemic budget proposal falls short 
Ernest Owens: If Philadelphia Can’t Apologize for the MOVE Bombing 35 Years Later, How Progressive Are We?
JD Mullane: In Bucks County, awaiting freedom to work again
Dom Giordano: Bucks County, Damsker right to challenge reopening criteria
Mark O’Keefe: Wolf, the transparency governor, needs to get serious about his commitment to openness 
Christine Flowers: How to communicate when we don’t speak the same language?
Helen Ubiñas: Since we can’t #FillTheSteps against gun violence, let’s #FillTheFeeds to mark the unrelenting toll 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Is Gov. Wolf right that insurance won’t cover firms that violate the coronavirus shutdown? Does Boockvar have a voter disenfranchisement problem brewing? 
Emma Bailey: Here’s how to support abuse survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Testing our patience
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Home schooling wears thin
Jenice Armstrong: 6ABC co-anchor’s videos of encouragement strike the right note during the COVID-19 outbreak 
David Bradley: We Need The Arts, Now More Than Ever

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  1. Trump is “desperately seeking” somewhere that he can get a few cheers for his abysmal failure of coronavirus response. PPE manufacturers have been doing well in this pandemic as demand is huge.

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