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May 5th Playbook

A Harper poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden with a 6 point lead over President Donald Trump in PA. Here is the Playbook. 

Harper Poll: Biden 49, Trump 43: 49% of Pennsylvania voters said that they would definitely or probably vote for Biden if the presidential election were held today, while 43% said that they would definitely or probably vote to give Trump a second term.

PA1: Fitzpatrick Opens Up Massive Fundraising Advantage: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign raised over $430,000 from the beginning of January to the end of March, while Christina Finello, who was the highest raising Democrat left in the race, raised $90,000 during the same time period.

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 tops 50K with virus; rate of new cases declines
AP: Pittsburgh appeals judge’s rejection of firearm restrictions
Patriot News: Wolf administration issues “yellow” phase rules for businesses: Manufacturing, retail will lead the way 
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: Will public pools reopen? Drive-in theaters or graduations? Here’s what the state says. 
Patriot News: Lawmaker calls for pay freeze for Pa. state government officials through 2021; ‘It is not time for public officials to be taking a raise’ 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf talks about Pa. primary, mail-in ballots and voting at the polls in a pandemic 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker compares Gov. Wolf’s handling of COVID-19 crisis to ‘socialist playbook’ used in Nazi Germany, USSR 
Patriot News: Senators examine Pa.’s reopening plan and what lies ahead 
Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey schedules virtual roundtable on reopening the economy
Patriot News: No hints at the next counties to reopen; unemployment pays out $5.34B since March 15; more: Latest on coronavirus in Pa. 
Inquirer: Pa. lawmaker compares Wolf administration to Nazis over coronavirus transparency 
Inquirer: How do you prevent a disputed 2020 election in Pennsylvania? Lessons from an expert panel
Inquirer: Public companies in Pa. and N.J. got millions in emergency coronavirus PPP loans meant for small businesses 
Inquirer: Long drives, no staff, and face masks: the Senate returns as most of D.C. remains in lockdown
KDKA: ‘Socialist Playbook’: State Rep. From Western Pennsylvania Compares Governor Tom Wolf’s Administration to Nazis
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro Working With DoorDash To Improve Worker Safety
KDKA: State’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program Expected To Soon Be Up And Running
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 50,092 confirmed cases in 67 counties
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Shapiro files SCOTUS brief defending Wolf business shutdowns
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State officials urge Pennsylvanians to ‘apply today’ for mail-in ballots for June 2 primary
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Cable news coverage of COVID-19 has Americans split | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A flyover by U.S. Air Force aircraft salutes Erie Co. healthcare workers during Week 7 of lockdown
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Relief coming for Pa. gig workers and freelancers 
Pottstown Mercury: PA Treasurer wants banks to waive fees on cashing stimulus checks
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s state revenues down by nearly 50 percent for April 
Pittsburgh Business Times: State to meet about next round of partial reopenings 
WESA: SCOTUS To Take Up Two PA Contraception Cases, And For The First Time, You Can Tune In Live
Billy Penn: Gov. Wolf hasn’t answered their letter, so foster youth plan Twitter onslaught
PLSReporter: Department of State announces over 900,000 request mail-in ballot
PLSReporter: Help Wanted: Unemployment advocates call for systemwide improvements as state claims top 1.7 million
PLSReporter: Senate committee probes ‘new normal’ and how Wolf Administration plans to get there
Philadelphia Business Journal: Here’s how many Round 2 PPP loans have gone to businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware 
Fox News: How to listen to Supreme Court’s oral arguments amid coronavirus
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey calls for Walmart to prioritize seniors, people with disabilities in waiting areas 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus reopening update: Lawmakers question Wolf administration approach to opening counties, businesses 
PA Post: PA Counties Could Be Overwhelmed By Mail-In Ballots, Election Directors Warn
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Wolf urges voters not to wait to apply for mail-in ballot
Politico: Northeast governors banding together to buy medical supplies
Huffington Post: The Battle Over Birth Control Reaches Trump’s Supreme Court

Philadelphia Magazine: Just How “Painful” Is Jim Kenney’s Post-Coronavirus Budget? Here Are 5 Big Takeaways
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: Philadelphia Police to Start, You Know, Arresting People Again
WHYY Newsworks: Philly spends $5 million on coronavirus surge hospital that admitted 14 patients
WHYY Newsworks: ‘MindPHL Together’: Philadelphia launches campaign to connect public with mental health resources 
Inquirer: Dropping case count in Philadelphia and hospital admissions in N.J.; Bucks, Delco ask Pa. to tweak reopening metrics 
Inquirer: Delco, Bucks call on Gov. Wolf to prioritize the Philly area, Pa.’s ‘economic engine,’ in coronavirus reopening and testing plans 
Inquirer: SEPTA faces an unprecedented financial challenge. A plunge in Pa. Turnpike traffic may make it tougher. 
Inquirer: With DACA down to the wire, immigrant health-care workers fight the pandemic as possible deportation looms 
Inquirer: ‘The situation here in Philadelphia is starting to look better,’ health officials say; Pew sends $536,000 to organizations, artists hurt by coronavirus 
Inquirer: For hospital workers at Philly hotels, the pendulum swings between relief and anxiety
Inquirer: Fla. sheriff under scrutiny for not disclosing that he killed a man 27 years ago in Philadelphia 
Billy Penn: Over 75% of people tested in Philly jails are positive for COVID-19
KYW Newsradio: Philly COVID-19 deaths drop; officials say wearing masks crucial to reopening faster
KYW Newsradio: Travel experts remain optimistic about future of Philly’s tourism industry
KYW Newsradio: Online instruction that counts begins for Philly school students
Philadelphia Business Journal: Exclusive: SBA Mid-Atlantic boss talks PPP loan availability, possibility of Round 3 and offers advice
Philadelphia Business Journal: Temple University avoids furloughs – for now – but still faces $45M loss from Covid-19
Philadelphia Business Journal: Cozen O’Connor adds 3 name partners and 6 other lawyers from corporate law boutique

Bucks Local News: Bucks County legislative contingent asks Governor to change metric for Bucks reopening 
Bucks Local News: MAY 1 COVID-19 UPDATE: Death toll in Bucks County continues to rise
Pottstown Mercury: May 4 Update: Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 825 new coronavirus cases across state bringing total to 50,092 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County lawmakers ask state not to count nursing homes in reopening decision 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County starts second round of grant funding 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County council urges slow, deliberate reopening 
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County host community blood drive in Media today 
Inquirer: Delco, Bucks call on Gov. Wolf to prioritize the Philly area, Pa.’s ‘economic engine,’ in coronavirus reopening and testing plans 
KYW Newsradio: In Philly suburbs, a call for nursing home COVID-19 cases not to count
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 8 more coronavirus deaths, toll rises to 314 
Montgomery Media: Help available for Montgomery County residents suffering mental health crises during coronavirus outbreak 
Montgomery Media: Amid coronavirus lockdown, Montgomery County website identifies local streets for recreation
Daily Local News: West Chester Area School District faces the possibility of more virtual classes 

Post-Gazette: City wants state appellate court to reconsider gun ordinance decision
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh adopts hiring freeze, leaves 64 positions vacant
Post-Gazette: Pa. sees 14 new COVID-19 deaths, 0 in Allegheny, amid normal weekend slowdown in reporting 
Post-Gazette: Legislation would require state to inspect nursing homes for COVID-19, report findings 
Post-Gazette: City growers, food policy advocates show interest in Coghill’s Brookline farm idea 
Post-Gazette: Region’s grocery stores set limits on some meat sales as they eye supply, sales issues 
Post-Gazette: After lobbying from Butler steel plant owner, Trump admin launches investigation on imports of transformer components
WESA: City Of Pittsburgh Urges Court To Reverse Its Ruling On Gun Laws  
City Paper: Western Pa. State Rep compares Gov. Wolf’s office to Nazis; Pittsburgh’s Jewish Rep condemns
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh argues it has legal authority to regulate use of firearms 
Tribune Review: Pa. Rep. Frankel ‘horrified’ by Pa. lawmaker’s Nazi Party comments 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports No Additional Coronavirus-Related Deaths For Second Day In A Row
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Implements Hiring Freeze Due To Coronavirus Budget Impacts
KDKA: ‘Once We Meet A Criteria, It Seems The Bar Is Raised’: Local Businesses Disappointed Restrictions Won’t Be Lifted In The Southwest Region Come Friday
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pittsburgh: Studies Warn The Learning Loss During COVID-19 Pandemic Will Be Great
KDKA: ‘Socialist Playbook’: State Rep. From Western Pennsylvania Compares Governor Tom Wolf’s Administration to Nazis
Pittsburgh Business Times: City of Pittsburgh implements hiring freeze for unfilled positions 

Altoona Mirror: Area counties could be next to open in Pa. plan
Altoona Mirror: Chamber plans event supporting reopening
Altoona Mirror: Altoona gym reopens despite COVID-19 order: ‘Enough is enough’
Beaver County Times: COVID case count continues to rise at Brighton Rehab, while legislators lobby for inspections
Beaver County Times: April data to reflect region’s peak unemployment rate
Beaver County Times: Levine: Pennsylvania needs better testing to prevent outbreaks of COVID-19 in fall
Observer-Reporter: State begins discussion on next phase of reopening COVID-19 stalled economy
Observer-Reporter: Governor chooses to vote by mail; mail-in ballots increase tenfold in Washington County
Observer-Reporter: Washington Countians lauded for census response
Observer-Reporter: Two months of Pa. jobless benefits triples the total paid in 2019
Tribune Review: Beaver County lawmaker introduces bill requiring nursing home inspections
WESA: Lawrence County Officials Urge Caution As Parts Of Pennsylvania On Verge Of Reopening
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Levine says health care system ‘has stood up very well’ as state tops 50,000 COVID-19 cases 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State sees ‘huge increase’ in voters requesting mail-in or absentee ballots
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State warns workers that they can’t refuse work to collect unemployment

Citizens Voice: COVID-19 deaths top 100 in Luzerne County 
Citizens Voice: Martz to resume limited service to NYC, Philadelphia
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County sees larger percentage increase of coronavirus cases than almost any other local county 
Times-Tribune: Martz to resume limited bus service to NYC, Philadelphia 
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board hears calls to save preschool, increase diversity 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
The Times Leader: Cartwright announces $100K for Wilkes-Barre Connect job-training effort 
The Times Leader: 13 more Luzerne County deaths push virus toll to 101 
The Times Leader: Pennsylvania voters interested in mail-in option urged not to dawdle 
The Times Leader: Stay-at-home order generates more trash, municipal officials say 
The Times Leader: Hazleton native delivers remarks at White House

South Central 
Patriot News: Lawmaker calls for pay freeze for Pa. state government officials through 2021; ‘It is not time for public officials to be taking a raise’ 
Patriot News: Senators examine Pa.’s reopening plan and what lies ahead 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wolf admin will consider reopening on a county-by-county basis, top officials say during Senate hearing hosted by Sen. Martin
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County schools to get $15.4M in COVID-19 relief under CARES Act
LNP | LancasterOnline: Tuesday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County has 1,991 cases, 201 deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Watch: Congressman Smucker, Mayor Sorace, Dr. Ripchinski to update Lancaster County on COVID-19 progress
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa.’s 67 counties, 2,500 municipalities are handling COVID-19 in vastly different ways. And that’s causing problems.
York Dispatch: York County has 23 new COVID-19 cases, statewide cases eclipse 50K
Carlisle Sentinel: A push for more information as coronavirus cases in nursing homes continue to grow in Pennsylvania
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH reports smallest increase yet in COVID-19 cases; two counties in region could be next to reopen
York Daily Record: Coronavirus updates: Pa. has more than 50K cases; nearly 2,700 hospitalized
York Daily Record: Pa.’s June primary sees surge in mail-in ballots. Here’s what voting could look like

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Nearly 1 million Pennsylvanians have flooded county election offices with requests to vote by mail in the June 2 primary 
Morning Call: Here’s how much each Lehigh Valley school district, charter school would receive under the CARES Act 
Morning Call: Coronavirus takes a bite out of Lehigh Valley school district budgets, but tax increases unlikely 
Reading Eagle: Berks County needs poll workers after hundreds opt to stay home due to coronavirus concerns 
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania asks for $18 million for Berks County schools to respond to coronavirus impact 
Reading Eagle: Berks County coroner reports 9 more coronavirus deaths 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Total cases surpass 50K, with 5,203 in Lehigh Valley | Pa. COVID-19 case map (5/4/20) 
Express Times: Lehigh Valley school districts projected to lose $60M or more in local revenues to COVID-19 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: With the primary election less than a month away, Pa. and Centre County officials urge mail-in ballots 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County has more COVID-19 cases than nearby ‘red’ phase counties. Why will it reopen sooner?
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 3 new COVID-19 cases as statewide total tops 50,000
Erie Times-News: Coronavirus: Erie-area updates, Tuesday, May  
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council set to OK CARES Act funding 
Erie Times-News: Erie launches new public census campaign 
Erie Times-News: Mayor: Erie City Hall unlikely to reopen before late May
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A flyover by U.S. Air Force aircraft salutes Erie Co. healthcare workers during Week 7 of lockdown
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Essential business, reopening plans being handled by county courts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Coroner: 4 deaths in Lycoming County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City, attorneys in dispute over neo-Nazi records

Chelsa Wagner: Reopening Allegheny County requires openness from our government
Jerry Jordan: Philly schools and students still need support despite online education successes
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Protecting businesses and workers: Federal liability protection could be a sticking point 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Time for truth: Courts should disclose records in 1946 lynchings
Inquirer Editorial Board: COVID-19 crisis makes food stamp crisis more dire 
Paul Muschick: A Pennsylvania woman partied after being told she had coronavirus. Then she was thrown in jail.
John L. Micek: Pa. Dems hit Toomey in new web ad over aid to Big Business in CARES Act | Monday Morning Coffee
Charlie Gerow: The best is yet to come from President Trump 
Charles D. Ellison: Even A Pandemic Can’t Stop The Murders
Tony Norman: Meet the new protesters, not the same as the old protesters
Dick Polman: Firing Rick Bright was the Trump regime at its darkest 
James Norrie: Here’s how to survive — and thrive — in our #WFH World
Howard Neukrug and Cynthia Koehler: Coronavirus stimulus packages should help green our water infrastructure
Terri Erbacher: Youth suicide risk during COVID-19: How parents can help | Expert Opinion
Will Bunch: On the 50th anniversary, America’s still not fully recovered from the wounds of Kent State 
Stacey Kallem and Kristen Feemster: Philly pediatricians: Let’s not forget the diseases we can vaccinate against | Expert Opinion
William K. Marimow: Coronavirus made me ‘old,’ but I still feel young | Perspective
Fae Ehsan: I had an abortion during the pandemic. Reproductive health care is crucial.

3 Responses

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    1. People have had enough of that Fat Orange Overload! Nobody wants to see this movie again.

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    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

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