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May 22nd Playbook

The Democratic race for Auditor General goes to television, while other congressional candidates also launch ad campaigns. Here is the Playbook. 

Auditor General Race: Michael Lamb Releases 1st TV Ad: The Pittsburgh City Controller touts endorsements from various labor, teacher, and firefighter unions across the state and experience in public office in the 15 second spot.

PA1: End Citizens United and Let America Vote Endorse Finello: According to a release, End Citizens United and Let America Vote endorsed Christina Finello, an Ivyland Borough Councilwoman who has been endorsed by the Bucks County Democratic Party, in her bid to unseat Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) in the 1st Congressional District. Finello is facing Skylar Hurwitz, a technology entrepreneur and small business owner who has been endorsed by Our Revolution Pennsylvania, for the Democratic Party nomination.

PA7: Klobuchar Endorses Wild: Sen. Amy Klobuchar released her second round of “Win Big Project” endorsements. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) is included in this round of endorsements. 

Legislative Election Update:

SD-1: Gov. Tom Wolf has endorsed state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) for his re-election bid for the 1st Senate District. Farnese is facing Nikil Saval, a co-founder of Reclaim Philly, in the Democratic Primary. 

HD-33: Carrie DelRosso, an Oakmont Borough Councilmember and businesswoman who is seeking the GOP nomination for the 33rd House District, was endorsed by the Western Pennsylvania Laborers PAC in her bid to unseat Minority Leader Frank Dermody (D-Allegheny). 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Governor eyes lifting of many more pandemic restrictions 
AP: Nursing home testing a massive challenge for Pennsylvania
PA Post: Pa. House Republican: It’s an ‘open question’ whether Wolf could veto resolution to end coronavirus emergency
Spotlight PA: Pa. health officials quietly alter erroneous nursing home case, death counts as providers cry foul
Inquirer: Want to know who won the presidential race on election night? Get ready to wait. 
Inquirer: Some Pa. Republicans want to legalize marijuana after coronavirus blew a hole in the budget: ‘It’s inevitable’ 
Inquirer: An additional 2.4 million Americans file for unemployment, but claims drop in Pa. as some counties reopen 
Inquirer: Calls to Pennsylvania’s child-abuse hotline have plunged. Some fear fewer are watching out for kids. 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania is combining results of different coronavirus tests. That could be a big problem.
KDKA: Sen. Pat Toomey Talks With Athletes And Health Experts About Safely Resuming Youth Sports
KDKA: Senator Bob Casey Calls On Federal Government To Provide More Help For Seniors During Pandemic
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf To Announce Tomorrow More Counties Moving Into The ‘Yellow’ Phase Of Reopening, Hopes Some Can Move Into ‘Green’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 65,392 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania Primary 2020: Your guide to the June 2 presidential and statewide elections 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House panel moves to end Wolf’s executive powers amid pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine thanks first responders, addresses Atlantic report after technical issues thwart Wednesday briefing 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: One month in, Wolf admin’s health disparities task force ‘proud’ of progress 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Scanlon, Pa. Dems talk about Census challenges amid pandemic
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Casey slams Trump’s sluggish release of nursing home data: ‘This is unconscionable’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Voters have until Tuesday to apply for mail-in ballots in Pa. Here’s how to do it 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Federal coronavirus aid posed barriers to rural small businesses, lawmakers hear
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania senators grill Corrections chief on prisoner releases 
Post-Gazette: Meaning of ‘proactive’ lawmaker is central theme in Pa. House 20 race 
Post-Gazette: Takeout cocktails approved for Pennsylvania
PLSReporter: Wolf officially signs off on mixed drinks to-go, providing a lifeline to cash-strapped bars, restaurants 
PLSReporter: House committee moves to end governor’s disaster declaration 
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania bars, restaurants now permitted to sell takeout cocktails 
Patriot News: Which Pa. counties could move into green reopening phase, and which could go to yellow next?: Analysis
Patriot News: Fewer drivers but more speeding happening on Pa. Turnpike, with some racing at ’100 mph or greater’
Patriot News: Ex-judge of elections in Pa. accepted bribes, ‘fraudulently stuffed the ballot box’ 
Patriot News: Pa. man who falsely claimed to be veteran blown up in Iraq learns fate for stealing valor from real vets
Morning Call: Pennsylvania senator calls for removal of managers at state-run Southeastern Veterans’ Center after 47 deaths in one month, including 27 from coronavirus
Morning Call: Sen. Pat Toomey talks with sports stars, public health expert on how to safely resume youth sports
Fox News: Ex-Homeland Security chief Ridge says coronavirus is ‘permanent risk,’ US must ‘learn how to manage it’ 
Fox News: Philadelphia Dem elections judge admits taking bribes to inflate vote counts 
Fox News: Pennsylvania county’s veterans graves to get flags for Memorial Day after coronavirus rule waived
WESA: State’s Coronavirus Data Collection Raises Eyebrows
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf to move more Pennsylvania counties into yellow phase, and maybe even green
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sen. Toomey’s roundtable participants call for return of youth sports
National Journal: AFGE Endorses DePasquale
The Hill: CDC acknowledges mixing up coronavirus testing data
CNN: Partisan divides over federal aid play out in battleground states 
CNN: Democratic lawmakers request information on reports of family separation in detention

Philly Clout: The Bernie Bump: A Pa. state Senate candidate raked in cash after a Sanders endorsement
Inquirer: South Philly judge of elections admits he took bribes to stuff the ballot box for Democratic candidates 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania nursing home data minimizes the coronavirus devastation in Philadelphia senior centers 
Inquirer: As the state struggled to help nursing homes, counties stepped in to fill the gaps 
Inquirer: City agrees to test Philly airport homeless for COVID-19 after advocates threaten suit 
Inquirer: Wolf to announce more yellow counties Friday; Pa. health secretary recommends Philadelphians under stay-at-home order don’t go to the Shore for Memorial Day 
Inquirer: How a Philly 23-year-old photographed a Time magazine cover without leaving her home 
Inquirer: With the pandemic, a possible end to a program that gives immigrants a fighting chance in court
Philadelphia Magazine: Rebecca Rhynhart Won’t Say She’s Running for Mayor, But She Sure Sounds Mayoral  
Philadelphia Magazine: Dear Philly: Mayor Kenney Hates How Trashy You’re Being During the Pandemic
Philadelphia Magazine: In a Post-Lockdown World, Philly Tourism Eyes a Reset 
WHYY Newsworks: Could forgiveness follow apology 35 years after the MOVE bombing? 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Philadelphians struggling to pay water bills get a reprieve 
Billy Penn: To-go cocktails are legal! Here’s all the bars selling takeaway drinks in Philly 
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly 
Billy Penn: PPE vending machines are coming to Philly, thanks to mask-dispensing startups 
Billy Penn: Trash collection more than doubled in some Philly neighborhoods during the pandemic
Philadelphia Tribune: May 20 coronavirus update: Mayor again urges residents to stay home for Memorial Day
KYW Newsradio: Former South Philly election official pleads guilty to casting votes in exchange for bribes
KYW Newsradio: Officials postpone plan to relocate homeless people from Philly airport by Friday
KYW Newsradio: Philly modifies summer programming as restrictions likely to continue, mayor says  
Philly Voice: Despite progress in COVID-19 crisis, ‘we’re not out of this,’ Philly officials say 
Philly Voice: Drexel student’s photograph makes cover of TIME’s ‘Generation Pandemic’ issue

Daily Local News: Chester County leaders ask Wolf to move to ‘yellow’
Daily Local News: Thursday Update: Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 980 new coronavirus cases to bring total to 65,392 
Daily Local News: Residents demand Chester County reopens as lawmakers answer questions at Everhart Park 
Daily Local News: Bill would give monetary award to local first responders  
Daily Local News: How one West Chester senior living facility is bucking the coronavirus death trend 
Daily Local News: Housing Authority of Chester County increases incentives for landlords; will assist low-income residents afford housing 
Delco Daily Times: ‘Open Delco’ protesters rally at county courthouse 
Delco Daily Times: Delco anticipates getting 80,000 mail-in ballots for primary election
Delco Daily Times: County offers free COVID-19 testing at Upper Darby High School
Inquirer: As the state struggled to help nursing homes, counties stepped in to fill the gaps 
KYW Newsradio: Delaware County protesters call for reopening of businesses
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks hopes to move to yellow phase after decline in cases 
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf OKs curbside alcohol sales during coronavirus pandemic 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners disagree on primary election ballot box policy 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 10 more coronavirus deaths; 94 new positive cases
Bucks Local News: ‘BUCKS COUNTY READY TO MOVE INTO THE YELLOW PHASE’: County’s health director reports decline in COVID-19 cases after two-day spike 
Bucks Local News: Governor Wolf signs Cocktails-to-Go bill introduced by Bucks County lawmaker Perry Warren 

KDKA: Sewickley Borough Council President Jeff Neff And Veteran Devlin Robinson Running To Challenge Sen. Pam Iovino
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Says Death Toll Remains Steady At 144, Coronavirus Cases Countywide Climbs To 1,718
KDKA: ‘People Still Need To Stay Apart’: Coronavirus Changing The Way Pittsburgh Celebrates Memorial Day 
WESA: Funder To Cut $20 Million Budgeted For Pittsburgh Parks, Libraries And More 
WESA: Dickinson, Doyle Spar Over Pittsburgh’s Racial Inequity Ahead Of Congressional Primary
WESA: May 18-22 Explained: Disease Spread In Schools, State Testing Data & A Vote On The Lower Hill 
WESA: Study Suggests Dozens Of PA Towns Will Soon Qualify For Act 47
Post-Gazette: Sales tax hit means 20% cuts to libraries, museums, arts groups and more in Allegheny County 
Post-Gazette: Meaning of ‘proactive’ lawmaker is central theme in Pa. House 20 race 
Post-Gazette: At least one new death in Western Pa.; Allegheny County reporting no deaths but number differs from state 
Post-Gazette: No more free rides: Port Authority will resume bus fare collection June 8 
City Paper: Port Authority service mostly returns to normal this week, with some limitations 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 31 new covid-19 cases, no new deaths for 2nd day in a row 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Frustration’ focus of senator’s town hall with business owners
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 10 new area cases of COVID-19, Levine defends nursing home directive
Beaver County Times: Beaver County ‘officially’ moves to yellow 
Beaver County Times: Wolf to announce more counties to transition, including some possibly to green 
Beaver County Times: Liquor stores to open as Beaver County goes yellow
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 2 additional coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Altoona Mirror: Virus puts focus on nursing homes
Altoona Mirror: ‘Forgiveable’ loans offered to small business owners
Altoona Mirror: County inmates may resume mowing program
Observer-Reporter: Greene elections office announces temporary polling changes 
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners recognize importance of mental health 
Observer-Reporter: 12 Washington-Greene LCB locations resume in-store services

The Times Leader: Luzerne County releases proposed yellow-phase plan 
The Times Leader: State closing Mohegan Sun Arena testing site May 29 
The Times Leader: Legislators react to Gov. Wolf’s vetoes of 3 bills 
The Times Leader: 22 new COVID-19 cases in Luzerne County; 2 new deaths 
Citizens Voice: County tells Wolf: We are ready to go to yellow
Citizens Voice: Arena testing site will close May 29
Citizens Voice: Going to red to yellow: What you need to know
Citizens Voice: Errors persist in Pa. nursing home numbers
Times-Tribune: Here’s what you need to know about three area counties set to open today 
Times-Tribune: Mohegan Sun Arena testing site to close May 29 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County has eighth highest per capita increase in coronavirus cases 
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County: We’re ready to go yellow 
Times-Tribune: Scranton sees support on appeal of tax-cap lawsuit ruling 
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County child care providers to get nearly $700 thousand in federal funds 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage

South Central 
York Dispatch: Rep. Jones: State health officials are ‘bureaucrats’ not ‘experts’
York Dispatch: Entering yellow phase: See what’s open in York County Parks system — and what’s not
York Dispatch: York County has two new deaths linked to coronavirus, state cases surpass 65k
LNP | LancasterOnline: Dem. commissioner Craig Lehman agrees Lancaster County is ready to go to Gov. Wolf’s ‘yellow phase’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Friday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County has 2,690 cases, 278 virus-related deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Where did the 50 new cases per 100,000 residents over 14 days metric Pennsylvania is using come from? 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city mayor Danene Sorace not invited to press conference this week; county says it wants different voices 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Read the letter that Lehman sent to Governor Wolf about reopening 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Committee advances nuclear option to shut down Wolf’s emergency power
LNP | LancasterOnline: Advocates ask Pa. Department of Health to correct ‘inaccurate’ nursing home data
Patriot News: York County Parks modifies operations as county transitions to yellow phase of reopening
Carlisle Sentinel: Changes to look for as Cumberland County enters the yellow phase 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County changes 8 polling place locations due to COVID-19 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 20 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County offices to remain closed during yellow status
York Daily Record: More than 100 York employees headed for furlough

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Lehigh Valley inching closer to yellow as some counties may move into green Friday | Analysis
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 65K cases, 4,869 deaths. State testing data questioned. Wolf hints 1st green-phase counties may be announced Friday. | COVID-19 case map (5/21/20)
Morning Call: Which Pa. counties will be next to have some coronavirus restrictions lifted? Lehigh Valley ‘has strong case to go yellow,’ senator says
Morning Call: Sen. Pat Toomey talks with sports stars, public health expert on how to safely resume youth sports
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Voters Guide: June 2 Primary Election
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley nursing homes with most coronavirus cases 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley election officials brace for an avalanche of mail-in ballots
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley polling places are changing during the pandemic. Do you know where to vote?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania senator calls for removal of managers at state-run Southeastern Veterans’ Center after 47 deaths in one month, including 27 from coronavirus
Reading Eagle: Contact tracing plan moving ahead in Berks while officials wait for federal funds
Reading Eagle: 21 new coronavirus cases reported for Berks as progress continues
Reading Eagle: BARTA bus drivers join rally for safer conditions and more pay during coronavirus pandemic

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: COVID-19 spike could send Erie County back to red 
Centre Daily Times: State College Mayor Ron Filippelli provides COVID-19 update
Centre Daily Times: Centre County reports 3 new cases of COVID-19, as Pennsylvania tops 65,000 overall cases 

Vincent Hughes: The GOP’s reopening scam is the worst kind of politics 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Want to honor the dead this Memorial Day? Don’t go to the Shore.  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Disdain is not a platform 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Plug abandoned wells: Plan has support of industry, environmentalists
John L. Micek: Pa.’s Casey, Toomey vote to greenlight warrantless searches of your browsing history | Thursday Morning Coffee
Alli Gold Roberts: Joining RGGI will help Pa.’s economy grow smarter — and healthier 
Joseph Amon: Without comprehensive testing, detention facilities will become epicenters of the pandemic
John L. Micek: This Pittsburgh nurse works on the front lines. Here’s what she needs from Harrisburg. 
Nancy Eshelman: To all those who think they could handle this crisis any better, enough already 
Albert Eisenberg: 5 heartening Hollywood portrayals of conservatives that you can stream right now
Will Bunch: Was fired State Department Inspector General about to blow open the defining scandal of Trump’s presidency? 
Trudy Rubin: Coronavirus inspires new conspiracy theories from Plandemic to Bill Gates to Obamagate

3 Responses

  1. The W. PA Laborers union endorses Frank Dermody’s G.O.P. opponent…smells like a “coumpe” thing…or maybe a cozy backstab by the Zappala cartel, patting him on the back with a knife.

  2. Bucks County Democrats should be ashamed of themselves if they can’t defeat Fitzpatrick. Losing to Sen Tomlinson on in Democratic year was bad enough but losing to Fitzpatrick would be even worse.

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