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May 26th Playbook

President Donald Trump tweets out his support for several congressional candidates including Lisa Scheller, while the state’s unemployment rate hits 15.1%. Here is the Playbook. 

PA7: Trump Endorses Scheller: President Donald Trump tweeted out his support for Lisa Scheller’s candidacy for the 7th Congressional District on Friday night.

PA7 GOP Candidates Punch Left: Both candidates competing in the Republican primary accuse the other of being liberal in an ongoing ad war.

May 22nd Ups & Downs: The state’s unemployment rate shoots up to a new high, the Berks County Republican Party share a post on Facebook that called Gov. Tom Wolf a “Nazi,” and a former U.S. Attorney from Western PA is tapped to serve on a Congressional panel. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Legislative Election Update:

SD-1: Local 98 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ union has endorsed Nikil Saval, a co-founder of Reclaim Philly, for his bid for the 1st Senate District, according to Billy Penn. Saval is facing incumbent state Sen. Larry Farnese (D-Philadelphia) in the Democratic primary. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Politico: Key swing state warns of November election ‘nightmare’
AP: All of Pennsylvania poised for at least a partial reopening
AP: Pennsylvania jobless rate hits 15.1% as payrolls collapse
AP: State: $93K sought from nursing homes amid inspections
AP: Pennsylvania track to resume racing, flouting shutdown
AP: Charitable runs, walks learn to adapt to crowd limits
Spotlight PA: All Pa. counties will be in ‘yellow’ coronavirus reopening phase by June 5 under Wolf administration plan: sources 
Spotlight PA: Pa. sold nursing home testing plan as ‘universal’ and ‘radical’ but advocates say it’s optional and insufficient
PA Post: Clash between Gov. Wolf, GOP legislature hinges on different understandings of power under the Pa. Constitution
PA Post: Plexiglass barriers, no in-person visitation: What Pa. correctional facilities will start to look like in reopening 
Inquirer: Voting by mail is a safe option during coronavirus. Here’s what you need to know about absentee ballots in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to weigh in against Philadelphia supervised injection site 
Inquirer: Pandemic takes no holiday as coronavirus cases and deaths grow in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Calls to Pennsylvania’s child-abuse hotline have plunged. Some fear fewer are watching out for kids
Inquirer: Pennsylvania prisons to begin lifting lock downs without universal testing
Inquirer: If transportation is essential, why has taking a driving test been so difficult in Pennsylvania? 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 68,186 confirmed cases in 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 17 Pa. counties to transition to green, eight more turn yellow next week, Wolf says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With a bottom line rocked by COVID-19, Pa. lawmakers set to pass stop-gap budget this week
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Department of Health walks back comments on testing data
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. changed the way it reports negative COVID-19 tests. But officials can’t say when it began or how many tests are affected
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid pandemic, gig workers’ jobless benefits at center of upcoming state court decision
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s how COVID-19 impacted Pa’s non-emergency care | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Memorial Day 2020: 14-Day quarantine complicates tourist rentals
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Librarians, national guard recruited for states’ new contact tracing armies
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Memorial Day 2020: Observing the holiday in the middle of COVID-19 | Five for your weekend
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers expected to tackle partial year state budget this week
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers welcome plans to lift stay-at-home order; some say it should’ve happened sooner
Patriot News: Healthcare, education top priority lists for 9th Congressional challengers | 2020 primary 
PLSReporter: Wolf: All counties will be out of ‘red phase’ by June 5; 17 counties will move to ‘green phase’
PLSReporter: ‘This is unprecedented’: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate hits 15 percent in April
PLSReporter: State prisons to begin loosening lockdown next week, aim to further drop inmate population
PLSReporter: Limited access to public records during pandemic prompts calls for transparency, reforms
Fox News: Pennsylvania’s Wolf begins to feel pressure from fellow Dems over restrictions: report
Fox News: GOP candidate Parnell blasts Pa. governor’s ‘absolutely absurd’ benchmark for full reopening
Fox News: Pa. congressional candidate Sean Parnell: ‘Absolutely absurd’ to wait for vaccine to reopen state
Fox News: Banner planes troll NJ, Pennsylvania governors over beach reopenings: report
Fox News: Pennsylvania diner opens in defiance of gov’s shutdown order: Time to stand up and ‘flatten the fear’
LNP | LancasterOnline: This economic crisis will long outlast COVID-19. Here’s what that means for you and your wallet
Erie Times-News: How Pennsylvania’s senators voted, week ending May 22   
Post-Gazette: Rachel Levine is the calm in the eye of the COVID-19 storm 
Post-Gazette: In Washington, COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes turn focus to federal oversight of long-term care facilities
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvanians are heading across state lines for haircuts
Post-Gazette: Dispute between state and coroners over COVID-19 deaths might have a resolution
WHYY Newsworks: With Pa.’s last-minute polling place changes, voters might get conflicting information
WHYY Newsworks: Public health insurance claims soar in Pa., N.J. and Del. 
KYW Newsradio: Pa. releases summer camp guidelines, but some camps still undecided about opening
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Corrections Department lays out plan for getting state prisons to new normal
Philadelphia Magazine: Price Gouging in Pennsylvania Still a Huge Problem at Stores Like This One 
National Journal: 2020 swing states
WESA: State Clarifies How It Counts Coronavirus Cases
The Hill: Trump lends support to swing district Republicans
The Hill: Where Biden, Trump stand in key swing states
The Hill: Ex-elections judge in Philadelphia admits to taking bribes to tamper with elections

Billy Penn: Local 98 backs Nikil Saval, Bernie-endorsed challenger for Philly state Senate seat 
Billy Penn: Philadelphia is still waiting in line for critical PPE ordered months ago 
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly 
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to weigh in against Philadelphia supervised injection site 
Inquirer: The Philadelphia region will move to the ‘yellow’ coronavirus reopening phase on June 5, Wolf announces, and some other counties will go ‘green’ next week
Inquirer: Election fraud case sparks renewed accusations about ballot security in Philadelphia
Inquirer: Courts around the Philly region are inching toward a busier — and more digital — new normal
Inquirer: Why many Philly students aren’t logging on for school, and what that could mean for September
Inquirer: Philly region to begin reopening June 5 | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Tribune: Pastors reject Trump’s call to reopen churches
Philadelphia Tribune: State Representative’s impassioned defense of low-wage workers goes viral
Philadelphia Tribune: Lincoln University graduate to be featured in ESPN’s virtual ‘HBCU Day’
Philadelphia Tribune: School District issues call to action for public education funding
KYW Newsradio: Analysis: City budget hearings open online, in shadow of half-billion dollar deficit
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia, neighboring counties likely to reopen in ‘yellow’ phase on June 5, Wolf says
KYW Newsradio: Philly officials unsure about reopening timeline, but one thing is certain: ‘Get a mask and get used to’
KYW Newsradio: Pa. releases summer camp guidelines, but some camps still undecided about opening
KYW Newsradio: School District sending out EBT cards for families to buy meals
KYW Newsradio: Philly hiring for COVID-19 contact tracing pilot program
KYW Newsradio: ‘Free parking’ coming to an end as PPA outlines reopening plan to start June 1
Philly Voice: Philadelphia region to enter COVID-19 yellow phase on June 5, Gov. Wolf says 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Philly area Muslims mark the end of a socially distant Ramadan
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia-area counties will move to ‘yellow’ reopening phase June 5 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia’s consumer spending bounces back to pre-pandemic levels 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia region ‘well-positioned’ to capitalize when leisure travel recovery begins 

Bucks County Courier Times: Christina Finello, Skylar Hurwitz face off in Democratic 1st District primary 
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Meehan face off in GOP race for 1st District nomination
Bucks County Courier Times: Campaigning, social-distancing style 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks, Montgomery counties to move to yellow phase by June 5 
Delco Daily Times: County’s DELCORA moves raise questions 
Delco Daily Times: Radnor BOC tables discussions on legal marijuana sales and safe injection sites in the township 
Delco Daily Times: Nursing home coronavirus outbreak numbers still in question 
Daily Local News: Monday Update: An increase of 473 coronavirus cases brings Pennsylvania total to 68,186 according to Department of Health 
Daily Local News: Kichline: CHOP study makes Chester County’s case to reopen
Daily Local News: Wolf moves Chester County to ‘yellow’ status effective June 5
Daily Local News: In Chester County, Newlin Township has no coronavirus cases
Daily Local News: Even in coronavirus outbreak, Chester County Drug Court proves successful
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey, Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick to weigh in against Philadelphia supervised injection site 
KYW Newsradio: Delco business considers what yellow phase means for its future
KYW Newsradio: More COVID-19 testing to come after 2-day site closes Friday, say Delco officials
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County surveys financials amid coronavirus pandemic 
Montgomery Media: Commissioners sanction $5M transfer for MontcoStrong program 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 121 new COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths
Bucks Local News: ‘WE WORKED WITH GOV. WOLF TO REOPEN BUCKS:’ Bucks County House Democrats say Bucks County to move to yellow phase by June 5
Bucks Local News: Bucks County House Republicans introduce legislation to give counties power to safely reopen 
Bucks Local News: PREPARING FOR YELLOW: Bucks County begins planning transition from red to yellow by June 5
Bucks Local News: Gov. Wolf adds eight counties to yellow and 17 to green on May 29; remainder, including Bucks, moving to yellow by June 5
Bucks Local News: ‘I’M STILL PRAYING FOR YELLOW:’ Bucks County reports 51 new cases of COVID-19, six deaths
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County commissioners spar over primary election ballot boxes 
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioners sanction $5M transfer for MontcoStrong program 
Pottstown Mercury: $65.7M Pottstown school budget won’t raise taxes

WESA: Three Republicans Vie To Replace Turzai In The 28th House District 
WESA: Kass Withdraws Portion Of Lawsuit, But Democratic Party Dispute Continues 
WESA: Republicans Call For In-Person Voting Changes Weeks Before June Primary 
WESA: LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh, May 25-31 
City Paper: Democratic leaders decry Chris Roland’s mailers spreading falsehoods about Summer Lee 
City Paper: Study says Pittsburgh is one of the ‘least house-poor’ cities in US, but housing issues still abound 
City Paper: ELECTION 2020 VIDEO TRAINING: Understanding Vote-By-Mail and Inspiring High School Voter Work, including COVID-19 Challenges
KDKA: ‘American Fraud’: President Trump Attacks Congressman And Veteran Conor Lamb On Twitter In Show Of Support For Sean Parnell
KDKA: ‘We Are All Americans, We Should All Be Treated As Such’: Some Voters Concerned About Changes Ahead Of Pa.’s Fast-Approaching Primary Election
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public School Families To Get SNAP Benefits For Missed Lunches During School Closure
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Says Coronavirus Death Toll Remain Steady While Cases Climb To 1,805
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Leader: If Pools Open, It Would Not Be Until Late June At The Earliest
KDKA: ‘Whoever Did This. Please Leave.’: Mayor Peduto Responds After WWI Monument Vandalized With Mysterious Message On Memorial Day
KDKA: Pittsburgh Parks And Recreation Department Reopen Tennis, Pickleball Courts 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 24 New Coronavirus Cases, No Additional Deaths 
Post-Gazette: Michael Lamb faces five challengers in Democratic primary for auditor general 
Post-Gazette: Heather Kass withdraws emergency petition for injunction; lawsuit seeking damages to continue 
Post-Gazette: Educator, former prosecutor vie to unseat incumbent in Pa. House 30 
Post-Gazette: In Washington, COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes turn focus to federal oversight of long-term care facilities
Post-Gazette: Republicans DeVito, Francis hope for chance to unseat Rep. Kulik in northwestern Pittsburgh suburbs 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports no new deaths, 28 more cases
Post-Gazette: Virtual Memorial Day ceremony got entire Pittsburgh region involved
The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 primary: Snail-mail edition
Tribune Review: Allegheny County records 28 more coronavirus cases, no new deaths
Tribune Review: Allegheny County election officials promise mail-in ballots will arrive soon

Altoona Mirror: Wolf gives Huntingdon yellow light
Altoona Mirror: GOP, allies move to break Wolf’s orders
Altoona Mirror: Burns seeks to reopen hunting, shooting ranges
Altoona Mirror: Burns says Wolf provided few answers
Altoona Mirror: BG senior receives diploma from Trump
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 caseload remains unchanged in Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Indiana counties
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rigby backing law to compel governor to terminate virus declaration; Wolf says he’d veto it
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Region still awaits green light: Cambria, Somerset remain in yellow phase
Observer-Reporter: Thousands taking advantage of mail-in ballots, but application deadline is Tuesday 
Observer-Reporter: Observer-Reporter eliminating Saturday print edition
Observer-Reporter: Face shields will be available for polling place personnel
KDKA: Pa. State Representative Pam Snyder Extremely Frustrated Her District Wasn’t Included In ‘Green’ Announcement
KDKA: ‘Now Is Not The Time To Go Wild’; Lawrence County To Enter The ‘Green’ Phase Of Pa. Governor Tom Wolf’s Reopening Plan 
Tribune Review: 1 new coronavirus case reported in Westmoreland
Beaver County Times: Lawrence County gets green light
Beaver County Times: Day Tripper, no: Pennsylvania officials warn against going sight-seeing, taking day-trips despite move to yellow
Beaver County Times: State hits record-breaking 15% unemployment in April
Beaver County Times: Mail-in votes skyrocket; all but one Beaver County precinct open 
Beaver County Times: State to begin reopening plan for prisons Tuesday

Times-Tribune: Pandemic alters campaign terrain and tactics for 8th Congressional District candidates
Times-Tribune: 33 new COVID-19 cases, one death reported for NEPA
Times-Tribune: No virus deaths reported in Lackawanna County for first time in two weeks
Times-Tribune: Cammisa says president handled pandemic well, criticizes House 
Times-Tribune: Bognet praises Trump response to crisis, calls state effort ‘fiasco’
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: State officials: Stay vigilant against virus 
Citizens Voice: 6 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: 8th District candidates: Bognet critical of state’s virus response 
Citizens Voice: 8th District candidates: Cammisa hopes to help next generation
The Times Leader: Wolf: Luzerne County to go yellow on Friday, May 29
The Times Leader: Luzerne County mail-in ballot requests rising as deadline nears
The Times Leader: 6 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Luzerne County; no new deaths
The Times Leader: Luzerne County government was battling a different virus Memorial Day weekend last year
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council meeting cancelled because push for fewer coronavirus restrictions granted

South Central 
Patriot News: Three Democrats hope to unseat Republican representing Cumberland and York
Patriot News: Healthcare, education top priority lists for 9th Congressional challengers | 2020 primary 
Patriot News: What is the future of Harrisburg beyond the pandemic? 
York Dispatch: State says no organized team sports until green
York Dispatch: York County has six new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday
LNP | LancasterOnline: 7 things to know as Lancaster County begins $42 million COVID-19 testing, contact tracing 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County has nearly 2,900 virus cases, 280 deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 model predicts that new cases in Lancaster County will decrease; researcher says county ready to reopen 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH reports few new cases over holiday, with Cumberland County numbers rising slightly 
Carlisle Sentinel: Yellow Phase: Businesses reopen in downtown Carlisle Friday, but some remain wary

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Donald Trump weighs in on the Lehigh Valley’s GOP congressional primary, backing Lisa Scheller 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley among last counties that will move to yellow phase June 5, as Chamber CEO says, ‘We should be further along’ 
Morning Call: Ad Watch: Dean Browning targets Lisa Scheller on immigration enforcement, Trump tariffs 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: 866 new cases added Friday to make state total 66,258; death toll reaches 4,984 
Morning Call: Easton reopening plan would close streets to vehicles and open them to businesses 
Morning Call: On opposite sides of Lehigh River, one town is ‘red,’ the other ‘yellow’ 
Reading Eagle: Primary 2020: The contest to represent Democrats in the 9th Congressional District 
Reading Eagle: Primary 2020: The uncontested races for the state Legislature 
Reading Eagle: 5 Democrats, 2 Republicans compete to win nomination for 127th Pa. House District 
Reading Eagle: State reports 18 additional coronavirus cases in Berks; coroner lists 8 more deaths 
Express Times: To keep cases from piling up, Northampton County expands video court 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 500 more state cases as counties move towards ‘yellow’ phase | Pa. county COVID-19 case map (05/25/20) 
Express Times: Social distancing in home selling: How Lehigh Valley real estate agents are adapting to new reality 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates for state offices react to Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners seek clarity for reopening
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County extends tax deadline and other votes taken in the past week
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners change course, now support earlier entry into ‘green phase’ 
Centre Daily Times: Ready, set, go: Centre County will soon move to the ‘green phase.’ Here’s what that means for you
Centre Daily Times: 1 new COVID-19 case reported in Centre County; Pennsylvania total at 68,186 cases
Erie Times-News: Third of Erie County households haven’t filled out census 
Erie Times-News: Former Erie County Executive Barry Grossman dead at 74

Charlie Gerow: An introduction to the GOP candidates for statewide offices as primary day approaches
Mark S. Singel: Pa. auditor general spot drawing much interest among Democrats 
Joe Lieberman & Tom Ridge: What’s next? When it comes to infectious disease, time is not on our side
Jeff Snyder: Growing mental health concerns deserve sustainable investment
Inquirer Editorial Board: States must move quickly on virus tracking
Inquirer Editorial Board: Larry Farnese’s experience matters as Pennsylvania and the nation are in crisis | Endorsement
Inquirer Editorial Board: Amanda Cappelletti is a fresh opportunity for a troubled Pa. Senate seat | Endorsement 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: When to reopen schools: Officials have many factors to consider 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Disheartening vote: Senate rejects commonsense privacy protections 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No singing in church: Restrictions needed to limit COVID-19 spread 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: How shall we honor them? 
Rory Fleming: Did a political rivalry fuel Shapiro’s case against Philly DA’s aide?
JD Mullane: As Wolf maintains lockdowns, Bucks businesses quietly reopen
Jenice Armstrong: Pa. State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta to fellow lawmakers: ‘You can boo but it’s true!’ 
Dan Pearson: Mayor Kenney has squandered Philadelphia’s fiscal boom years 
John Weaver: The Elephant in the Room: Our national debt amid the COVID-19 pandemic
John L. Micek: Looking to fill a COVID-19 budget hole, backers push for video gambling in bars, restaurants | Friday Morning Coffee
Joseph S. Bushra: Coronavirus shutdown was needed, but unseen health risks of restrictions need consideration | Expert Opinion
Helen Ubiñas: You think your rights are being denied? Here’s a little Oppression 101 
Joshua M. Liao and Amol S. Navathe: Saving the economy means reopening wisely and changing minds 
Daniel M. DiLella and Ronald S. Coleman: Drawing strength from Memorial Days of the past as we face COVID struggles today 
Keith C. Burris: COVID days
David M. Shribman: A tale of two wars
Diana Nelson Jones: Walkabout: Seeing positivity even in homelessness
Jill Sunday Bartoli: Let’s work on making America kind again
Rob Tornoe: MLB missing an opportunity with its massive coronavirus rulebook: cartoon
Maria Panaritis: ‘Everything’s drying up’: Blowup pools and hardware supplies are vanishing. Blame COVID. 
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Remembering on Memorial Day
Dick Polman: Trump is preparing to yell ‘Fraud!’ if he loses in November 
Thomas J. Wilson: Schools are pillars of our community. When classes resume, we need to treat them that way
Randy Bish: Just another day in Trumplandia | Editorial Cartoon

2 Responses

  1. There’s only one shot for the GOP to win anything; but Trump is too cowardly to take it.

  2. Interesting Trump didn’t Tweet for 8th. Some R establishment folks want that Romney lovin Bognet but Trump obviously knows his Mike Garcia guy who has the shot to flip the 8th in the general is Granville. McCarthy endorsed Granville as its Rs only shot to win that seat.

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