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May 1st Playbook

SEIU launches a digital ad campaign slamming President Donald Trump over his response to the coronavirus, while a GOP congressional hopeful in the 8th District’s first TV ad blasts China for the coronavirus pandemic. Here is the Playbook. 

SEIU Digital Ad Slams Trump on Coronavirus Response: The nation’s largest union of health care workers and service workers, released a new six-figure digital ad campaign running in both Spanish and English that will aim to reach infrequent voters of color in eight battleground states, including Pennsylvania.

PA8: Bognet Blasts China in 1st TV Ad: The GOP hopeful’s first television ad includes footage taken from his iPhone detailing his family’s construction business being closed due to COVID-19 restrictions and placing the blame on the Chinese government for the spread of coronavirus in the United States.

Reader Poll: Who Should Republicans Nominate for Governor in 2022?: Sen. Pat Toomey’s Reopen PA plan sparked the conversation about the 2022 GOP gubernatorial race.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania’s business shutdown waiver program gets audited 
AP: Little League World Series canceled for first time 
AP: Judge rejects Jill Stein’s voting machine lawsuit in Philly
Spotlight PA: Republicans subpoena Wolf administration for documents related to controversial business waiver process
Inquirer: Pa.’s four congresswomen will campaign for Joe Biden as he faces pressure on sexual-assault accusation 
Inquirer: Arts groups upset over Gov. Tom Wolf’s sudden move to freeze Pa. grant money
Inquirer: The deluge of newly jobless workers is crashing the Pa. unemployment system as officials field 20,000 calls a week
Inquirer: After meeting with Trump, Murphy says N.J. is ‘on our way’ to doubling testing; Pa. officials prepare to release more on reopening Friday 
Inquirer: Pa. and N.J. golf courses are reopening this weekend: What you need to know before you play
WHYY Newsworks: What to know about the limits of COVID-19 stats
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. moderates find themselves straddling a widening rift over COVID-19 responses
PA Post: PA Counties Struggle To Find Enough Masks, Gloves For In-Person Voting June 2 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 45,763 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 50 cases algorithm ‘Just one piece of the puzzle’ for county reopening, Levine says 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: DePasquale announces audit, Senate serves subpoena as pressure increases to open up Wolf’s waiver 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey, Toomey split as U.S. Senate spars over state bailouts 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: NEPA native cares for Luzerne County’s homeless during pandemic and beyond
KDKA: Study: While Pa. Has Seen A More Than 2,300% Increase In Unemployment Because Of Coronavirus, That’s Relatively Low Compared To Other States 
KDKA: Former Pa. Governor Tom Ridge Says Stay-At-Home Protests Dishonor Veterans 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf talks about COVID-19 and reopening Pa.: ‘We’re going to have to behave differently’
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (4/30/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading? 
Patriot News: Auditor General Eugene DePasquale plans audit of Wolf Administration’s COVID-19 business waiver program
Patriot News: Pa. will move some counties into the yellow phase of its coronavirus reopening May 8; what can be expected?
Patriot News: Pa. health secretary talks about coronavirus, lifting restrictions and the need for data on race
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases top 45,000; 2,292 have died of COVID-19
Patriot News: Mapping 8,112 resident cases in Pa. nursing and personal care homes: April 30 county-by-county details
Patriot News: Still shut out from online liquor sales in Pa.? Here’s a trick that might get you in to order
PLSReporter: Decision needed next week on primary election plan to ‘put this to bed’ key lawmaker says 
PLSReporter: Senate committee subpoenas Wolf over business waiver documents 
Fox News: Alito orders Pennsylvania to respond in case asking Supreme Court to halt enforcement of stay-at-home order
WESA: Behind The Scenes Of A Coronavirus Press Conference 
Beaver County Times: State will audit shutdown waiver process for businesses 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State’s grand ‘experiment’ of reopening begins with Friday announcement
Morning Call: Republican lawmakers vote to subpoena Wolf documents on business closures, with audit looming 
Morning Call: President Trump’s order about productivity, not safety at meat processing plants, labor officials say 
StateImpactPA: Report: Chesapeake Energy plans to file for bankruptcy
The Hill: Report finds states need millions more in federal funding to hold elections this year

Philly Clout: Republicans to Pa. voters: Mail-in ballots are good. And also very dangerous.
KYW Newsradio: New taxes, closed pools, layoffs: Philadelphia mayor offers new budget in light of COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s small businesses have a shot at federal payroll support in new round of applications
KYW Newsradio: Philly raises fines for violating COVID-19 prevention rules
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney seeks tax hikes, service cuts to offset pandemic’s $649M bill
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus kills Philly street sweeping expansion
Inquirer: Tax hikes, layoffs, and no swimming pools: Mayor Jim Kenney’s coronavirus budget isn’t pretty 
Inquirer: Philly gig workers could get paid sick leave during coronavirus under a bill by Councilmember Kendra Brooks 
Inquirer: Inquirer series ‘The Probation Trap’ wins prestigious national journalism award
Inquirer: Do these stock market-listed firms from the Philly area deserve forgivable SBA loans? They say yes. 
Inquirer: Former Pa. Gov. Tom Ridge says ‘selfish’ protests against stay-at-home orders dishonor veterans; New Jersey boosts coronavirus testing for NJ Transit and prisons 
Inquirer: Classes in shifts? Philly schools planning for a fall of ‘challenging circumstances’ due to coronavirus
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney proposes property, parking and wage tax hikes to plug $639M budget gap
Philadelphia Business Journal: 15 Philadelphia-area hospitals to get $153M in state loans to help them ‘hold steady’
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly schools chief joins others in calling for more federal funds
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Your Corner Bar Can’t Take Advantage of Proposed Takeout Cocktails Plan
Philly Voice: Philly increases citation fines for individuals, businesses during coronavirus stay-at-home order 
Billy Penn: Philly public pools will not open this summer, because of budget cuts — and virus worries

Bucks Local News: Warren liquor reform bill passes House; legislation would allow mixed drinks ‘to go’ during COVID-19 emergency 
Bucks Local News: APRIL 29 COVID-19 UPDATE: Twenty fatalities mark deadliest day in Bucks County 
Bucks Local News: Bipartisan bill to end child marriage in Pennsylvania sent to governor  
Montgomery Media: Montco officials report 159 new cases, 31 deaths 
Montgomery Media: Montco official: ‘We’re going to need to learn how to live with this virus’ 
Daily Local News: Thursday Update: Positive coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania increase by 1,397 to bring total to 45,763 
Daily Local News: Coronavirus business task force formed in Chester County
Daily Local News: Kennett Township initiates civil lawsuit against Lisa Moore, former township manager
Inquirer: Pa.’s four congresswomen will campaign for Joe Biden as he faces pressure on sexual-assault accusation 
Inquirer: Over 9 days, Bucks County saw 100 coronavirus deaths – most in nursing homes
KYW Newsradio: In Bucks County, officials urge residents to get mail-in ballots
Philly Voice: Chester County parks to begin reopening on May 6
Bucks County Courier Times: Coronavirus continues toll on Bucks County elderly 
Bucks County Courier Times: Penndel mayor calls for participation in Bells Across America Day
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County outlines resources for help in coronavirus crisis 
Delco Daily Times: Four Delco hospitals to get $35M in HELP funds

KDKA: Surrogates For Biden And Trump Stump For Their Candidates Via Zoom In Pittsburgh 
KDKA: ‘I Think We’re Ready To Open Up Responsibly’: Local Businesses Eagerly Wait For Gov. Tom Wolf To Announce When They Can Reopen 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 16 New Cases Of Coronavirus, Bringing Total To 1,289   
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Still Working To Distribute Technology For Remote Learning Due To Coronavirus Shutdowns 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Reopening Businesses Face Risk Of Legionnaires’ Disease 
KDKA: ‘You Suffer Alone And I Don’t Want That For My Mom’: More Than Half Pa.’s Coronavirus-Related Deaths Are In Nursing Homes, Long-Term Care Facilities 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: U.S. Steel Laying Off Employees, Reducing Operations
Post-Gazette: Controller Lamb: Pittsburgh’s financially positive 2019 will likely become a ‘fiscal crisis’ in 2020
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County’s COVID-19 death toll at 94, with 6 new nursing home deaths
Post-Gazette: Pitt report says Congress needs to step up funding to Pa. for election costs amid pandemic 
Post-Gazette: City will restart outdoor work — like pothole patching — for certain employees  
Post-Gazette: Another $310 billion in loan money, yet small businesses struggle to access emergency loans
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey presses VA to protect staff during COVID-19 pandemic
Post-Gazette: Pitt report says Congress needs to step up funding to Pa. for election costs amid pandemic 
City Paper: Pittsburgh City Council looking to end housing discrimination based on perceived immigration status
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh controller: City could face major layoffs in 2021 without federal aid 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 8 more coronavirus deaths, 16 new cases 
Tribune Review: Trib ups grant fund to $1 million 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh employees to resume outside work, but shutdown continues amid pandemic 
Tribune Review: Gov. Wolf: No decision yet on which areas of Pennsylvania could move to ‘yellow’ phase on May 8
WESA: COVID Hospitalizations So Low In Western PA That Nurses Are Leaving To Help Elsewhere

Beaver County Times: Lamb calls for ‘thorough investigation’ of Brighton Rehab COVID-19 outbreak 
Beaver County Times: Levine: Brighton Rehab temporary manager result of ‘very collaborative decision’ 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Levine previews ‘life in the yellow zone’; state adds nearly 1,400 cases of COVID-19
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area counties share $140K in federal housing aid
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Unprecedented volume of mail-in voting looming in primary 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tribune-Democrat staff snags several Keystone Media Awards
Post-Gazette: State appoints manager for troubled Beaver County nursing home
KDKA: ‘A Godsend’: Westmoreland Co.-Based Contractor Goes To The White House To Meet President Trump And Talk About Paycheck Protection Program 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Beaver County: Brighton Rehabilitation And Wellness Center Hit Hard By COVID-19
KDKA: Coronavirus Coverage: Leaders In Butler And Armstrong Counties Say They Deserve To Be Among First To Reopen During COVID-19 Pandemic
Pittsburgh Business Times: Chamber urges governor to reopen Washington County
Tribune Review: Westmoreland coronavirus death tally holds steady; total cases up to 391
Altoona Mirror: Virus spares region’s nursing homes
Altoona Mirror: City looks to divvy up COVID money
Observer-Reporter: Reopening businesses during COVID-19 pandemic will come with rules 

The Times Leader: Baker, Boback urge Wolf to reclassify Susquehanna, Wyoming counties
The Times Leader: WB council OKs action plan; union grieves furloughs
The Times Leader: COVID-19 panel: It’s here to stay, and will change how we do things
The Times Leader: Luzerne County resuming gun permit applications with new format
The Times Leader: 6 new COVID-19 deaths in Luzerne County; 32 additional confirmed cases
The Times Leader: Yudichak announces program to help nursing homes combat COVID-19
Times-Tribune: Seven more die of coronavirus in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties 
Times-Tribune: DEP moves into final phase of reviews for landfill expansion 
Times-Tribune: Warden: No active COVID-19 cases at Lackawanna County Prison 
Times-Tribune: Times-Tribune wins 28 state awards for journalism, photography, more 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: NEPA native cares for Luzerne County’s homeless during pandemic and beyond
Citizens Voice: 6 more killed, 32 more sickened by COVID-19 in county 
Citizens Voice: Pedri explains details of primary plans 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County state senators Regan, Mastriano lead effort to subpoena Wolf’s business waiver process
Carlisle Sentinel: Outside of nursing homes, Mechanicsburg area likely has highest numbers of COVID-19 cases in county
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County pushes back tax deadline as pandemic expected to hit real estate revenues
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 19 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Cumberland County, 1 additional death reported Thursday
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases by day in Pa. (4/30/20): How fast is COVID-19 spreading? 
Patriot News: Concerns over voter fraud take center stage at hearing with lawmakers on upcoming primary
Patriot News: Pa. coronavirus cases top 45,000; 2,292 have died of COVID-19
Patriot News: Mansfield University given a loan of up to $6 million to cover operating shortfall
York Dispatch: Casey announces nearly $190K for York City Housing Authority
York Dispatch: 17 new COVID-19 cases in York County, state cases break 45k 
York Daily Record: Latinos now account for nearly 81% of COVID-19 cases in York City – up from 71% 2 weeks ago
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Pa. grapples with over 45K cases; nearly $324M awarded to hospitals
LNP | LancasterOnline: Thursday’s COVID-19 updates: Pa. up to 45,763 cases; 173 deaths in Lancaster County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County still well over threshold for reopening, and state appears unlikely to budge on key coronavirus metric
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Council plans to adopt safety rules for construction
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County unemployment rate hits 20.8%; highest rate since Great Depression 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Lawsuit challenging election machines used in Northampton County dismissed as ‘pointless,’ ‘daft’ 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: State’s grand ‘experiment’ of reopening begins with Friday announcement
Morning Call: Republican lawmakers vote to subpoena Wolf documents on business closures, with audit looming 
Morning Call: The Morning Call wins first place for ‘Coal Country’ series
Morning Call: President Trump’s order about productivity, not safety at meat processing plants, labor officials say 
Reading Eagle: Berks County coronavirus deaths rise by 9, cases by 61 
Reading Eagle: Reading Regional Airport awarded $450,000 in federal grants for upgrades
Reading Eagle: Reading Housing Authority receives $75,000 under coronavirus stimulus package
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 45K cases, nearly 2.3K dead. How the numbers have changed since April 1 | Pa. COVID-19 case map by county (4/30/20) 
Express Times: As parts of Pa. prepare to end coronavirus shutdown, Lehigh Valley’s progress is mixed | Analysis

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Senator Bob Casey speaks out on behalf of Medicaid
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2020 Little League World Series canceled due to COVID-19 concerns 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State, city ready for projects to resume 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Governor Wolf to allocate $324 million in financial relief to hospitals 
Patriot News: Pro-Nazi group reschedules Williamsport rally; mayor won’t say if permit will be issued
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on April 30 
Centre Daily Times: CDT staff lands several awards in Pennsylvania journalism competition
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 1 more confirmed COVID-19 case as Pennsylvania cases increase by 1,397
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Thursday, April 30 
Erie Times-News: Erie Housing Authority awarded $147,000 in CARES funding 
Erie Times-News: Erie gets 50,000 face masks from sister city in China

John Baer: What will the presidential race and voting look like in Pa. after the pandemic? 
Joseph Petrarca: Preventing child abuse and neglect is everyone’s responsibility 
Bobbi Dempsey: My rural Pennsylvania neighbors helped Trump win. His inaction is endangering them. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Explain the waivers: Gov. Wolf, officials need to provide details of their decisions
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Funding flaws: Harvard, others don’t need federal relief money
John L. Micek: Pa. Senate panel to consider motion to subpoena Wolf waiver documents | Thursday Morning Coffee
John L. Micek: This is my family’s COVID-19 story. May all their lives be a blessing
Salena Zito: To help those in need, Pittsburgh restaurateur steps up to the plate
Will Bunch: On the 50th anniversary, America’s still not fully recovered from the wounds of Kent State 
Carl Hisiro: Trump’s coronavirus response cements his lack of fitness to lead
Ali King: Without funerals, it’s more important than ever to send sympathy cards 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Coronavirus pork chops
Anuj Gupta: The coronavirus will create civic trauma if we don’t protect public spaces 
Jules Lipoff: What one doctor has learned from calling patients with COVID-19 test results | Expert Opinion
Jeffrey S. Morris: Keeping the country closed until everyone is tested is not feasible | Expert Opinion
Andrew Smolar: I worked at a hospital during the AIDS crisis. Medical workers have it worse now.
Brian O’Neill: Your flight to LaGuardia is iffy, but Altoona is a lock

4 Responses

  1. SEIU is one of the least-sympathetic outfits in American politics. Getting slammed by that braying pack of a$$es will only help Trump.

  2. It is simple to see the options at this point.. (1) Testing and then trace the lineage of the infected to isolate them from the masses. (2) Vaccine. Why our country cannot get asap on nailing down testing is beyond me. 63,000 lives lost in a few months to the virus and over a million infected (that we know of because it is HIGHLY likely that comprehensive testing would reveal much more) and we are meandering around the testing issue seems unacceptable in a wealthy country. It seems most unfortunate that the virus is now being seen through political and economic eyes instead of as the health matter that it truly is—there is no acceptable reason that our wonderful country did not stockpile large numbers of protective wear and ventilators and not have testing measures in place. No defense of this matter at all. In the final analysis, don’t be surprised to see testing reveal large numbers infected beyond what we now know.

  3. Trump is an inept, incompetent, inhuman PoS with orange coloring in his skin and a rotten cold heart.

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