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May 19th Playbook

Rep. Conor Lamb holds a fundraising lead after Q1 in the race for the 17th Congressional District. Here is the Playbook. 

Lamb and Wild Vote Against Dem Backed Coronavirus Relief Bill: Reps. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) were the lone Democrats in the state’s Congressional delegation to vote against House Resolution 6800.

PA17: Lamb Leads Q1 Fundraising Race: Rep. Conor Lamb’s campaign raised slightly over $340,000 during the first quarter of 2020, while Sean Parnell’s campaign raised just under $200,000.

Human Rights Campaign Endorses Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, rolled out 40 House endorsements including support for Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh). 

Casey and Wolf To Participate in Organizing Together 2020 Virtual Rally for Frontline Workers: Organizing Together 2020, which describes itself as a “community-based, volunteer-driven organizing campaign,” that consists of a number of labor unions and progressive organizations, is hosting a virtual rally to recognize the contributions of frontline workers at 2 PM today that will include remarks from Sen. Bob Casey, Gov. Tom Wolf, Supermajority President Cecile Richards, Organizing Together 2020 PA State Chair Amanda Green-Hawkins, and more.

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-31: Auditor General and Democratic candidate for the 10th Congressional District, Eugene DePasquale endorsed Shanna Danielson, a public school music teacher from Dillsburg, for the Democratic Party nomination for the 31st state Senate District, according to a release from the Danielson campaign. The seat is held by state Sen. Mike Regan (R-York), who was elected to the state Senate in 2016 after defeating Democrat John Bosha by 36 points.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Mail voting, new machines feature in Pennsylvania primary
AP: Wolf: Pocono Raceway may have to resume races without fans
AP: The Latest: NASCAR’s Pocono races might be run without fans
Washington Examiner: Sen. Bob Casey tells Salena Zito about plan to help nursing homes get through crisis
Spotlight PA: Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical’, but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient 
Patriot News: Voters’ guide: Meet Pa.’s 2020 primary election candidates
Patriot News: Pa.’s iLottery ticket sales hit $1 billion mark as it approaches second anniversary
Patriot News: Liquor sales in Pa. break records during the coronavirus pandemic 
Patriot News: Liquor consumption is up during the pandemic and substance abuse experts are worried  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 63,056 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine: New count of COVID-19 fatalities will yield more accurate county tally 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Behind the scenes PEMA, Pa. National Guard respond to COVID-19 crisis 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Groups rally to release youth from Philly Juvenile Center in light of COVID-19 pandemic 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Incomplete review by Pa. teachers’ pension fund finds $160k in travel spending 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fewer Americans concerned about contracting COVID-19 | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Virginia, Md. D.C. to sue EPA for failing to make sure Pa. meets Chesapeake Bay clean-up targets
Inquirer: Pa. to send ‘strike teams’ to Montco long-term care facilities; Sixers’ Tobias Harris helps Philly families, health-care workers affected by pandemic
Inquirer: ‘Don’t go to the beach,’ health official tells Philly residents; Wolf questions reopening of Shore towns  
Billy Penn: Wolf to foster youth: Executive powers tapped for shutdowns don’t extend to your aid
WITF: Pa. enlists PEMA, National Guard to try to slow spread of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities
PLSReporter: Democrats send letter to Wolf, joining the call to re-open real estate activities 
PLSReporter: With lawmakers pushing to allow sports, Wolf says NASCAR could go on as scheduled if Monroe County sees progress 
KDKA: Pa. Department Of Health Expected To Release Coronavirus Data Reported By Nursing Homes
StateImpactPA: Has the pandemic cleaned up our air? Answers could lie on your doorstep
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania program extends unemployment compensation for 13 extra weeks 
Observer-Reporter: Pa. board: Internet gaming soars 
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania health officials use new system to report COVID-19 deaths
KYW Newsradio: AG Shapiro warns consumers of personal protective equipment scams
National Journal: Scheller Launches Mailer, Radio Blitz
The Hill: Human Rights Campaign rolls out congressional endorsements on Equality Act anniversary
Politico: Swing-state Republicans warn Trump’s reelection is on shaky ground

Philadelphia Business Journal: Wolf: No decision on reopening of Philadelphia region
Philadelphia Business Journal: Congressman Dwight Evans says businesses face crisis of confidence: ‘We all need to adapt’ 
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Don’t be a jerk’: Kenney administration on out-of-state shopping, going to beaches for Memorial Day 
Inquirer: City Council is skeptical of Philly Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan to offset the coronavirus impact by hiking taxes
Inquirer: Now in tens of thousands of Philly food boxes: Absentee ballot applications 
Inquirer: ‘Don’t go to the beach,’ health official tells Philly residents; Wolf questions reopening of Shore towns 
Inquirer: Philly’s Washington Avenue is plagued with problems and the city wants your feedback before a repaving next year 
Inquirer: Pa. to send ‘strike teams’ to Montco long-term care facilities; Sixers’ Tobias Harris helps Philly families, health-care workers affected by pandemic 
Inquirer: Joseph Santaguida, 81, lawyer and defender of reputed Philly mob associates, dies from the coronavirus
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly 
Billy Penn: Coronavirus restaurant casualties: Old City’s Farmicia and Mad River Manayunk will not reopen, are closed forever
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Groups rally to release youth from Philly Juvenile Center in light of COVID-19 pandemic 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Pa. extends benefits window for unemployment compensation 
WHYY Newsworks: Arts groups are prepared for Philly budget cuts, but will fight elimination
Philadelphia Magazine: Hey, Philly Parents: You Can Get a Free Crib from the City
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials plead: Don’t go to the shore for Memorial Day weekend
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia courts work toward new normal; jury trials suspended until September
Philly Voice: Key to COVID-19 crisis: ‘Don’t be a jerk,’ Philly managing director says

Montgomery Media: Montgomery County commissioners clash over coronavirus protections at news briefing 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County coronavirus relief fund tops $600,000
Delco Daily Times: Water bomb: Delaware County council moves to dissolve DELCORA 
Daily Local News: Killion joins call to require oversight on Pa. disaster proclamations 
Daily Local News: Drive-thru coronavirus testing comes to West Chester
Inquirer: Delaware County Democrats just pulled a surprise move in the fight over a sewer authority sale
Inquirer: Delco now has the region’s highest 14-day rate of COVID cases. It can’t reopen until that falls dramatically.
Inquirer: Montgomery County sent out thousands of Pennsylvania absentee ballots with flawed instructions
Inquirer: Judge says Chester Upland can consider possible takeover by charter schools
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania health officials use new system to report COVID-19 deaths
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County to start small business grant program this week
Pottstown Mercury: May 18 Update: There are 822 new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania to bring the total to 63,056

The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 primary: Snail-mail edition
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County reports 0 COVID-19 deaths for second straight day 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh may be yellow, but Downtown foot traffic and transit ridership is still light 
Post-Gazette: Pa. Department of Health: Nursing home names, COVID-19 cases to be released Tuesday 
Post-Gazette: Downtown parking enforcement will resume this week 
Post-Gazette: Pollution case against U.S. Steel dismissed
Pittsburgh Current: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Offering Buyouts; Looks To Eliminate 24 Newsroom Jobs 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Announces 38 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total To 1,641 
KDKA: ‘It’s Quiet’: Pittsburgh Streets Remain Mostly Empty During The City’s First Monday In The ‘Yellow’ Phase 
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Local Restaurants Question Grubhub Fees During The Pandemic 
KDKA: UPMC Doctor Advises Against Taking Hydroxychloroquine After Pres. Donald Trump Announces He’s Using The Controversial Drug As Coronavirus Protection
Tribune Review: Allegheny County records 38 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Tribune Review: Judge dismisses lawsuit tied to fires at U.S. Steel’s Clairton Coke Works
City Paper: Pittsburgh Police and Parking Authority to resume ticketing for motorists parked illegally or Downtown
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s what local businesses are saying about reopening and the damage to their businesses 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s why Pittsburgh leaders say no reason to wait for more PPP clarity
WESA: City School District Disabled Cameras On Student-Issued Computers Because of Privacy Concerns 
WESA: Pittsburgh Will Revamp Its Streets As Economy Begins To Reopen

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Candidates turn to technology for campaigning during virus 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Governor: Residents ultimate decision-makers during transition 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Record number of voters seek ballots by mail 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. bill would freeze pay of lawmakers, other state officials
Beaver County Times: Reported county deaths drop; National Guard to end Brighton Rehab mission 
Post-Gazette: National Guard to leave troubled Beaver County nursing home today
Tribune Review: Bipartisan request to loosen restrictions in Westmoreland County sent to Gov. Wolf
Tribune Review: 6 more coronavirus deaths reported in Westmoreland County
KDKA: Armstrong County Coroner’s Office Claims Pa. Department Of Health Coronavirus Data Is Incorrect
Altoona Mirror: Pandemic prompts polling changes in Blair County
Altoona Mirror: Blair County reports first COVID-19 death
Altoona Mirror: Cambria GOP office to open
Observer-Reporter: Counties requesting injunction against governor, health secretary, also mention contact testing 
Observer-Reporter: Greene County has no COVID-19 deaths despite previous reports

Citizens Voice: County edging closer to possible reopening
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre delivers second round of emergency loan checks to restaurant owners
Citizens Voice: County tax assessment appeals will resume today
Citizens Voice: County election board meeting postponed
Times-Tribune: State’s methodology drops Lackawanna County’s coronavirus death toll
Times-Tribune: Surge to apply for business grant sends Lackawanna County website crashing  
Times-Tribune: Faced with $15 million local revenue loss, area school districts eye hiking taxes, eliminating positions
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County businesses share reopening plans in hopes of opening sooner
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf: Pocono NASCAR races may go on next month if Monroe County is in yellow phase 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County coronavirus deaths decrease under new state reporting approach 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre creates small business loan program 
The Times Leader: Speaking from experience, WB Mayor Brown lauds fire/EMS for a job well done 
The Times Leader: 6 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board meeting postponed

South Central 
Patriot News: Voters’ guide: Meet Pa.’s 2020 primary election candidates 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Dem candidates for Lloyd Smucker’s Congress seat to host virtual town hall Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Who’s on Lancaster County’s COVID-19 response task force? 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County up to 2,552 cases, 265 deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: County elections officials prepare for primary under partial lockdown conditions 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Why the nursing home industry was in financial trouble long before COVID-19 hit 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. Department of Health releases data on COVID-19 deaths; including race 
York Dispatch: Perry calls on feds to investigate Wolf’s handling of nursing homes during pandemic 
York Dispatch: York County has 2 new deaths linked to coronavirus; state cases surpass 63K 
York Dispatch: York County school districts brace for $1 million or more budget hits
York Dispatch: Study: York County third in state for rate of hospitalizations from opioid overdoses
York Daily Record: Wolf: ‘I wouldn’t go to the beach.’
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH adjusts data on COVID-19 deaths, plans to release nursing facility information Tuesday 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Ex-Allentown mayor asks for house arrest due to COVID-19 risk. It’s denied.
Express Times: An ‘urgent’ call for poll workers amid pandemic in Northampton Co., elsewhere
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Why did county death counts change? Cases climb past 63K with 4,500 deaths | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (5/18/20)
Reading Eagle: To help Berks economy reopen, groups work to create coronavirus contact tracing program
Reading Eagle: Coronavirus cases rise by 42 in Berks County, 822 in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Greater Reading Chamber Alliance releases plan to help businesses reopen
Reading Eagle: Reading council, Downtown Improvement District sign off on agreement that will close I-LEAD Charter School
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Eddie Moran hopes plan for single trash hauler will help clean up city
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State reports 87 more deaths on Monday, bringing total to 4,505
Morning Call: Fellow Democratic state leaders send letter to Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf: Please reopen real estate businesses, with limitations
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley polling places are changing during the pandemic. Do you know where to vote?  

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rep. Fred Keller votes ‘no’ on new economic relief bill
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tax bill to be discussed by Commissioners
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Airport Authority talks $1.25M for taxiway project, screening passenger temperatures
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials admonish public on dumping at drop-offs
Erie Times-News: Erie County can’t confirm 4th COVID-19 death 
Erie Times-News: Erie mayor wants new consultant to examine lease prepayment deal
Patriot News: Pa. school director’s threat to shoot anyone without a mask who comes close to her rankles some in community
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 2 new COVID-19 cases; 63,056 total cases reported in Pennsylvania

Commissioner Craig Lehman: Call to reopen Lancaster should have stressed readiness  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Restoring due process: Title IX rule changes bring measure of fairness 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cracking down on cheats: Horse racing must restore public confidence
Larry Platt: Can We Talk This Over?  
Nora Lichtash: Fund Housing. Save Lives. 
Kathleen McHale: Our elected leaders can’t overlook the intellectually disabled during COVID-19 
John L. Micek: Poll: Majority of voters want Pa. to take action on pandemic inequities | Monday Morning Coffee
Paul F. Clark: Essential workers deserve a law that requires paid sick leave
Jen Devor and Scott Seeborg: Ramp up vote-by-mail efforts so Pa. can lead the way on June 2 
Charlie Gerow: China should bear a lot of the blame in the coronavirus’ spread throughout the world 
Simon F. Haeder: Obamacare protects many of the millions losing their employer-provided health insurance – but not all 
Tony Norman: Pomp and circumstance in the era of Trump and COVID-19
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: 2020’s summer slide for school kids
Hatem Abdallah: Healthcare workers are not the only COVID heroes

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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