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May 27th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf endorses Joe Biden for president, while a few Republicans running for Congress in the state release TV ads. Here is the Playbook.


Wolf Endorses Biden for President: Gov. Tom Wolf described former Vice President Joe Biden as a “strong, steady, leader who can best heal our deep divides,” in his endorsement statement on Wednesday morning.

PA1: Fitzpatrick Ad Criticizes China on COVID: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) blames China for the COVID-19 outbreak and says that he’s working to ensure that they “pay for the damages caused by coronavirus” in his first television ad of the primary election.

Trump Targets Lamb On Twitter: President Donald Trump singled out Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) on Twitter twice over the past two days, falsely claiming that he voted for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for Speaker of the House.

PA8: Bognet Bio Spot Touts Hometown and Trump: The GOP hopeful’s second television ad touts his roots growing up in the district, while pledging his support for President Donald Trump’s agenda.


Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania preps short-term budget amid virus uncertainty 
AP: Police, regulators target businesses flouting Wolf shutdown 
AP: War memorial in Pittsburgh vandalized on Memorial Day eve
Spotlight PA: Facing nearly $5 billion shortfall, Pa. lawmakers plan to pass short-term budget 
Patriot News: Joe Biden gets endorsement from Gov. Tom Wolf 
Patriot News: Six Democrats vying for party’s nomination in Pa.’s auditor general’s race 
Patriot News: From shutdown to rebound: When will car sales in Pa. pick up again? 
Patriot News: Pa. senators pressure Gov. Wolf to allow Pocono Raceway NASCAR races 
Patriot News: Liquor privatization gets another push in Pa.  
PA Post: As coronavirus restrictions continue to ease, Wolf says he’ll meet face-to-face with press starting Friday
PA Post: PA Company Switched From Sewing Jerseys To Face Masks. Workers Walked Off, Saying Plan Was Unsafe
WESA: PA Supreme Court Posts Arguments On YouTube, But Blocks Media From Airing Them 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 68,637 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Search the list: The Pa. businesses that sought waivers from Wolf’s shutdown order 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With a bottom line rocked by COVID-19, Pa. lawmakers set to pass stop-gap budget this week 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 2020-2021 budget talks resume with ‘a lot of unknowns’ Wolf says 
Inquirer: Some Pa. seniors are turning on Trump. That could be a problem for his reelection. 
Inquirer: Thousands of Pennsylvania voters might not get their mail ballots in time to actually vote 
Inquirer: COVID-19 and its side effects have kept rural Pa. real estate agents busy
Inquirer: Trump said Pa. Rep. Conor Lamb backed Nancy Pelosi for House speaker. That’s not true. 
Inquirer: N.J. and Delaware approve outdoor graduations, lift other restrictions as Pa. moves cautiously 
PLSReporter: House lawmakers pass stopgap budget amid economic uncertainty from COVID-19 
PLSReporter: Committee approves bill protecting places of worship from emergency restrictions 
PLSReporter: IFO: Economic storms from COVID-19 to continue
Post-Gazette: Toomey, Van Hollen call for sanctions on Chinese banks that violate Hong Kong autonomy 
StateImpactPA: Pa. businesses to get $2.2M in Department of Energy research grants
KYW Newsradio: Amid pandemic uncertainty, Pa. House advances temporary budget
National Journal: State AFL-CIO Endorses DePasquale
The Hill: House Democrats make initial ad buys in battleground states
CNN: Fact check: On Memorial Day, Trump falsely attacks Democratic congressman who is a Marine Corps veteran 
CNN: A WWI memorial in Pittsburgh was vandalized on Memorial Day, police say


Philadelphia Magazine: Inside Nikil Saval’s Progressive, Virtual Campaign For State Senate 
Philadelphia Magazine: Governor Wolf Targeted in Third Grade-Level Aerial Advertising at the Jersey Shore 
KYW Newsradio: Kenney’s budget proposal continues to get criticism from all sides in Council hearings
KYW Newsradio: Walk-up orders now allowed at restaurants, food trucks as Philly prepares for gradual reopening
KYW Newsradio: If you haven’t mailed your ballot back yet, it’s probably too late
KYW Newsradio: Riders sound off on SEPTA’s plan to delay fare increases as transit agency hold online public hearings
Inquirer: Coronavirus budget cuts are a threat to the November election, Philly elections chief warns 
Inquirer: When you can’t march on City Hall, can you demand accountability? Advocates are finding out. 
Inquirer: The massive Philly refinery site sale is about to close. Here’s what we know about the developer buying it.  
Inquirer: Workers rally for a “Just Philly” budget following cuts related to the coronavirus
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s homeless moved out of airport terminal
Inquirer: What it’s like to live inside Philly’s airport during the pandemic
Inquirer: Philly boosts coronavirus testing access for city residents who need it most 
Inquirer: 6,000 Philly educators weighed in on reopening schools in September with the pandemic still in play. Here’s what they said. 
Inquirer: Walk-up food ordering and food trucks return in Philadelphia as city eases coronavirus restrictions
Inquirer: Thoughts ahead of SEPTA’s fare changes? Now’s the time to speak up.
Inquirer: Montco will soon do contact tracing for every new coronavirus case; limited Megabus service between NYC and Philly will return 
Billy Penn: Philly: Vote now by dropping your ballot into a special box at City Hall 
Billy Penn: Procrastinator’s Guide to the 2020 primary election in Philly 
Billy Penn: Philly school families get pandemic cash bonus for food, so those who don’t need it plan donation drive
Philadelphia Tribune: New school board member has background in helping young people
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia relaxes restaurant restrictions, prepares guidance for reopening businesses 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney appoints new inspector general of Philadelphia 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Community College of Philadelphia goes all-virtual for fall semester
Philly Voice: Philly permits opening of food trucks, walk-up ordering at restaurants 
WHYY Newsworks: Rider advocates call on SEPTA to cut Regional Rail fares to ‘integrate’ system 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Philly restaurants can now take in-person orders


Pottstown Mercury: 2 seek GOP nod in 147th House Dist. primary race 
Delco Daily Times: Suit argues to extend mail-in voting deadline as Delaware County rushes to meet demand 
Delco Daily Times: A message to our Daily Times Readers
Inquirer: Montgomery County just went to court to extend Pennsylvania’s deadline for mail ballots
Inquirer: Montgomery County sent 2,000 Pennsylvania voters the wrong ballots for next week’s primary 
Inquirer: Sources: Two top officials at a Pa. veterans nursing home hit by 37 coronavirus deaths are suspended amid an investigation
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials seek public’s cooperation in coronavirus contact tracing effort 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County prepares to reopen courts with coronavirus precautions
Bucks Local News: PREPARING FOR YELLOW: Bucks County begins planning transition from red to yellow by June 5
Daily Local News: President and CEO of Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce resigns


WESA: Race Between Lee, Roland Foregrounds Tensions Within Democratic Party 
WESA: Allegheny County Council Plans Hearings On Sick Leave Bill, Aims For September Vote 
City Paper: KDKA Radio’s ‘combative’ editorial strategy has employees and listeners worried about the historic station’s legacy 
Post-Gazette: No new COVID-19 deaths in Western Pa.; state death toll climbs by 13 
Post-Gazette: Free COVID-19 testing available throughout Allegheny County 
Post-Gazette: All Pittsburgh Public Schools students to receive SNAP benefits to make up for missed school lunches 
Post-Gazette: Cranberry moves to open parks and recreation facilities
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh overpays police officers more than $250,000 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 11 coronavirus cases, no new deaths 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: Businesses tell Wolf they need more guidance to effectively reopen
Pittsburgh Current: We’ve Got COVID-19 Questions So We Asked An Actual Expert
The Incline: The procrastinator’s guide to Pittsburgh’s 2020 primary: Snail-mail edition 
KDKA: As Deadline For Mail-In Ballot Applications Passes, Some Voters Say They’ve Gotten Multiple Ballots
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports No New Deaths For Third Day In A Row, 11 New Coronavirus Cases
KDKA: ‘A Process’: Trials To Resume At Allegheny County Courthouse With Strict Social Distancing Guidelines
KDKA: Coronavirus Testing Available At More Than A Dozen Allegheny Co. Community Health Clinics
KDKA: Survey: Most Students Want To Return To The Classroom


Beaver County Times: Trump calls Marine Corps vet Lamb an ‘American fraud’ in Memorial Day tweet 
Beaver County Times: State to issue some funds via mail to avoid unemployment scams 
Beaver County Times: Passports delayed ‘several months’
Observer-Reporter: Cook threatens legal action, asks 2 commissioners to step aside from election oversight 
Observer-Reporter: Commission seeks input about transportation projects and needs 
Observer-Reporter: Senate Republicans endorse reopening plans 
Post-Gazette: Suburban Pittsburgh counties say they are ready for June 2 primary
KDKA: ‘Make The Best Of What You Have’: Westmoreland County Courtrooms Install Plexiglass Barriers To Mitigate Spread Of Coronavirus
KDKA: ‘Judgement Day’: Lawrence County Restaurants, Barbers Waiting Anxiously To Reopen In ‘Green’ Phase
Tribune Review: Westmoreland Transit gets $7M in federal money to cover pandemic losses
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State seeing ‘decrease in cases’, new COVID-19 reports lowest since March 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Officials investigating ‘fraudulent claims’ for COVID-19 assistance 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Langerholc, Sankey in support of Comcast expansion 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmakers teeing up $25B partial-year budget
Altoona Mirror: Audit shows Blair County finished 2019 with surplus
Altoona Mirror: Coronavirus cases, deaths declining in Pennsylvania


Citizens Voice: Pedri: County will start to reopen next week 
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council to consider resolution to expedite outdoor seating at restaurants 
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County has 11 new COVID-19 cases 
Citizens Voice: 8th District candidates: Marsicano sees jobs as top priority for NEPA 
Citizens Voice: 8th District candidates: Haas cites experience in run for Congress 
Citizens Voice: Changes ahead as local stores set to reopen
The Times Leader: Luzerne County government preparing for reopening 
The Times Leader: 11 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County; 0 new deaths 
The Times Leader: Boockvar: votesPA is a one-stop shop for Pennsylvania voters 
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre extends deadline for small businesses to apply for emergency loans
Times-Tribune: Jobs for NEPA one of Marsicano’s top priorities 
Times-Tribune: Haas cites experience in run for Congress 
Times-Tribune: Cognetti administration, council discussing residency waiver for OECD official 
Times-Tribune: Changes ahead as Luzerne County stores set to reopen
Times-Tribune: Wolf says graduations need social-distancing 
Times-Tribune: We thought kids were safe from the coronavirus; new illness now popping up in PA suggests otherwise 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage 


South Central 
York Daily Record: Meet the Democrats hoping to unseat Perry
Patriot News: A longtime pastor and a returning candidate face off in Democratic primary in Pa. Senate’s 15th District 
Patriot News: Coronavirus response looms large in 106th state House GOP primary race 
Patriot News: Upper Allen Twp. gives residents more time to pay property taxes because of COVID-19
York Dispatch: Furloughed York County workers help with 40K mail-in ballot requests 
York Dispatch: State begins to report deaths linked to COVID-19 to county coroners
York Dispatch: York County sees 13 new coronavirus cases, no additional deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Diaz, Lehman competing for Democratic nomination in June 2 election for 13th Senatorial District seat 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Two Democrats fighting for Pa. 11th district nomination differ on policy issues
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster-area hospitals urge patients not to delay seeking care; emergency visits tick up 
LNP | LancasterOnline: HACC launches contact tracing program as Lancaster County ramps up COVID-19 mitigation efforts 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County up to nearly 3K virus cases, 284 deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: 6 takeaways from the latest coronavirus data in Pennsylvania and Lancaster County 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster City Council president on a mission to rid city of illegal ‘we buy houses’ signs
LNP | LancasterOnline: Landisville man challenges Rep. Brett Miller for Republican nomination  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County’s June 2 voters guide: A look at local races


Lehigh Valley     
Reading Eagle: Berks County voter registration figures show a favorable trend for the Republican Party
Reading Eagle: Reading is getting ready for climate change 
Reading Eagle: Reading accepting applications for small business loans 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 68K cases, 5,152 deaths. 9 kids confirmed with inflammatory syndrome. Will graduations, sports be allowed? | COVID-19 case map (5/26/20)
Express Times: As Northampton County testing site nears 1K COVID-19 tests, there’s good news in the data
Express Times: Our award-winning local journalism needs your support. Here’s how you can help. 
Morning Call: Declining Pennsylvania coronavirus case counts ‘very good news,’ as counties reopen, officials say
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Total cases approach 70,000 as state reports another day of lower numbers


North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners blast Wolf’s COVID-19 plans, county’s status
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County asked for money to help ManorCare patients
Centre Daily Times: Green light for ‘green phase’: Commissioners vote to move ahead with reopening Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 1 new case of COVID-19, as Pennsylvania’s total reaches 68,637


Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Internet disconnect: Pandemic amplifies broadband access limits
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Back to the moon: NASA must stay the course on 2024 lunar project
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Missing our sports: Return to play would be welcome diversion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keeping people fed: Food bank program delivers to homes
Inquirer Editorial Board: Vote yes on Philly’s two ballot questions in 2020 primary | Endorsement 
Inquirer Staff: 4 Philadelphians share how they’re voting on ballot questions and why
John L. Micek: Report: Smaller states with lower caseloads got a larger share of federal cash to fight COVID-19 | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Mary Ann Meloy: Conor Lamb’s missed opportunity
Jan Jarrett: Pennsylvania legislators need to step up and protect their constituents who have pre-existing health conditions 
Paul Gunter and Linda Pentz Gunter: Nuclear deregulation threatens workers at Pennsylvania plants and nationwide 
Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman: Why not add social distancing circles like NYC’s to Philly parks? 
Solomon Jones: Joe Biden shouldn’t police blackness, but he wasn’t totally wrong 
Jon Geeting: Another Reason To Vote From Home
Guy Ciarrocchi: Chester County businesses must be prepared in the event of another pandemic
Dan Simpson: Put politics on hold
Tony Norman: Some of our best voters are black
Jeffrey Lord: China v. Trump: COVID and the 2020 Election   
Robert I. Field: Should the U.S. favor public health or the economy? History shows they’re inseparable. | Expert Opinion
Joseph N. DiStefano: We can’t pay coronavirus business-shutdown and workers’ comp claims, let Congress do it, insurers say
Jason Han: Coronavirus complacency feels frighteningly familiar to this Philly surgeon l Expert Opinion
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Pool party GOP convention
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Main Street U.S.A. is Amazon Primed
Chris Freind: Racist remark gives Biden a black eye
Paul Shafer: 4 ways COVID-19 has exposed gaps in the US social safety net | Analysis
Jessica Sabella: Philly DJ: Coronavirus stole live music from me | Perspective
Will Bunch Newsletter: The quackery behind Trump’s COVID-19 fantasies 
Trudy Rubin: Memorial Day should’ve inspired unity on COVID-19, not Twitter rants and red-blue divisions

  • 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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