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May 8th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf extends the stay-at-home orders for ‘red’ counties through June 4, Heather Heidelbaugh releases her first attack ad of the AG race, and the Brady PAC pledges support for Eugene DePasquale’s bid for PA10. Here is the Playbook. 

Heidelbaugh for AG Hits Shapiro COVID Response: The Republican hopeful launched a digital ad that paints Shapiro as not doing enough to help families during COVID-19.

Brady PAC Pledges Support for DePasquale: The pro-gun control group said that Eugene DePasquale’s bid is one of a handful of House races in the nation that the group may make an independent expenditure in.

Harrisburg & DC   
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Wolf extends stay-at-home orders for ‘red’ counties through June 4 
AP: Pennsylvania extends moratorium on evictions, foreclosures
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Vice President Mike Pence Says Gov. Tom Wolf Has The Authority To Decide When The State Reopens 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Says Tomorrow He Will Announce Additional Counties Moving Into The ‘Yellow’ Phase While Stay-At-Home Order On ‘Red’ Counties Is Extended Until June 4 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 52,915 confirmed cases in 67 counties 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf, Shapiro announce 60-day extension on foreclosure, eviction moratorium 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine urges continued caution as some counties move to reopen 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie among 24 counties reopening on Friday: Here’s how the locals are getting ready 
Inquirer: Pennsylvania allows big reduction in poll workers for 2020 primary election to help counties during pandemic 
Inquirer: Millions more Americans filed jobless claims and Pa. is burning through unemployment cash. That could mean higher taxes later. 
Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court won’t block Gov. Wolf’s business shutdown order; advocates ask Pa. and N.J. to address coronavirus racial inequities before reopening 
Inquirer: No evictions or foreclosures in Pennsylvania through July 10, officials announce 
Inquirer: Federal judge dismisses gay-conversion-related lawsuit by former student against Hershey School 
Inquirer: Where Congress’ massive bailout of the economy went wrong and how it could be fixed
New York Times: How Kushner’s Volunteer Force Led a Fumbling Hunt for Medical Supplies
WITF: Call For Increased Testing At PA Nursing, Personal Care And Veteran’s Homes Hit Hard By COVID-19
PA Post: State Board Of Education Plans Virtual Hearing In June On Erie’s Bid For A Community College
PLSReporter: Wolf signs executive order prohibiting evictions, foreclosures until July 10 
PLSReporter: Whether in courts or capitols, business interruption insurance debate heats up in Harrisburg, D.C. 
PLSReporter: Nursing home advocates issue plea for testing, PPE in Senate hearing on long term care response 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Supreme Court refuses to lift Pennsylvania’s shutdown order for businesses
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania executive order stays evictions, foreclosures 60 days 
Post-Gazette: Amid drop in FAFSA appications, officials warn families: Don’t miss out on college aid. 
Post-Gazette: Pa. extends eviction, foreclosure protections to July 10
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania reports jump of 310 coronavirus deaths as it continues to catch up with data
StateImpactPA: The Revolution pipeline explosion resulted in a huge fine for Energy Transfer. Now, DEP says it’s found hundreds of new violations 
StateImpactPA: Planned $120M renewable-energy plant at South Philly refinery site is not dead
KYW Newsradio: Anxiety increases as millions of jobless workers still wait for relief 
Philly Voice: U.S. Supreme Court rejects request to end Pennsylvania’s coronavirus lockdown
Politico: Trump intensifies war with Democrats over voting laws 
Politico: Trump campaign to unload on Biden with negative ad onslaught
CNN: Trump campaign launching $10 million effort attacking Joe Biden
The Hill: Meatpacking worker told not to wear face mask on job died of coronavirus: report
The Hill: Trump campaign releases new ad attacking Biden on China
Patriot News: Pa. extends coronavirus stay-at-home order to early June, as 24 counties move into yellow reopening stage 
Patriot News: Which businesses can reopen in Pa.’s yellow coronavirus phase, and which can’t?  

Philly Clout: Suburban counties say lawsuit about voter rolls makes false claims. Conservative: ‘Tell it to the judge.’ 
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Wolf extends stay-at-home orders for ‘red’ counties through June 4 
WHYY Newsworks: Bobby Henon wants to delay abatement reduction to kickstart construction 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly school district starts mental health hotline for students and families 
WHYY Newsworks: Fatal shooting of an unarmed Black jogger prompts Philly area athletes to run in his honor 
WHYY Newsworks: COVID-19 death of Philly meat processing worker spurs wrongful death lawsuit 
Inquirer: Here’s who’s behind ‘reopen’ rallies planned for Friday at Philadelphia City Hall
Inquirer: Stay-at-home order for Philly area extended through June 4; Poll: 61% of N.J. residents know someone who has tested positive for coronavirus 
Inquirer: Officials urge residents to ‘stay the course’ as coronavirus statistics improve 
Inquirer: Mired in the pandemic, construction pros consider the future of their business 
Inquirer: Coming soon: Philly School District families will have access to grief counseling, coronavirus support 
Inquirer: Facebook invests in news with grants to Inquirer, other Pa. news organizations 
Inquirer: 2 more homicides in Philadelphia raise total to 132 this year 
KYW Newsradio: City tax revenue down by nearly half, indicating impact of virus
KYW Newsradio: New Philadelphia International Airport policy will require everyone working there to wear masks
KYW Newsradio: Montco minority commissioner lashes out at his colleagues, calling their actions ‘over-reaching’ 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia tax revenue declined by 47% in April. Here’s a breakdown of the numbers. 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Temple student sues for tuition refund as wave of lawsuits hits Philadelphia universities
Philadelphia Tribune: SDP expands courses and other offerings to include mental health services 
Philadelphia Tribune: Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium offer free coronavirus testing during Ramadan
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Coronavirus News: The Battle to Reopen Barber Shops, Hair Salons, and Nail Spas
Philly Voice: Philly details major tax revenue loss during coronavirus crisis  
Billy Penn: Coronavirus antibody tests launch at Philly urgent care centers, as experts urge caution

Montgomery Media: Montco commissioners’ tensions rise over coronavirus comments 
Montgomery Media: Montco reports 105 new cases of coronavirus; death toll at 393
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, state legislators to attend online teen forum
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks voters will be ordered to wear masks
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. extends stay-at-home order to June 4 for most counties
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks plans to reopen public offices May 18, by appointment
WHYY Newsworks: Coronavirus update: Wolf extends stay-at-home orders for ‘red’ counties through June 4
Bucks Local News: Bucks County COVID-19 Recovery Fund provides $25,000 for hunger relief
Pottstown Mercury: Free COVID-19 testing offered in Pottstown Saturday
Daily Local News: Thursday Update: There are 1,070 new coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania, bringing total to 52,915 
Daily Local News: Killion advocates opening up some businesses 

KDKA: Rep. Conor Lamb Calls For Investigation Into Brighton Rehabilitation & Wellness Center Management
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: Vice President Mike Pence Says Gov. Tom Wolf Has The Authority To Decide When The State Reopens 
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Says Tomorrow He Will Announce Additional Counties Moving Into The ‘Yellow’ Phase While Stay-At-Home Order On ‘Red’ Counties Is Extended Until June 4 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 45 More Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County Total To 1,439 
KDKA: ‘They’ve Told Us Nothing’: As Death Toll Continues To Mount In Nursing Homes, Families Say They’re In The Dark 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools Preparing To Begin Fall Semester Online Amid Coronavirus Concerns
WESA: NAACP Faults Doyle On Debate, As Doyle Asks For ‘Flexibility’
WESA: One-Third Of Allegheny Co. COVID Cases Are Residents At Long-Term Care Facilities
Post-Gazette: Rep. Lamb demands federal probe of Brighton nursing home, cites poor practices by managers 
Post-Gazette: Live from Peters: Reschenthaler, beamed into conservative networks, takes aim at China, WHO 
Post-Gazette: Wolf extends stay-at-home order for ‘red’ counties to June 4; more move to ‘yellow’ Friday 
Post-Gazette: Region has 11 new COVID-19 deaths
Post-Gazette: Advocates in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia pushing to keep Turnpike payments for transit 
Post-Gazette: Vote to test all Allegheny County Jail inmates and staff for COVID-19 fails  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Parking Authority furloughs all enforcement officers, meter technicians
City Paper: Congressional candidate Jerry Dickinson accuses Mike Doyle of dodging NAACP debate; Doyle denies
Tribune Review: Oversight board adds money to inmate accounts; universal covid-19 testing vote fails 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 6 more coronavirus deaths, 45 new cases after delays in reporting 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Parking Authority lays off 36 enforcement officers, cites revenue decline 
Tribune Review: $3.9 million awarded to support Tree of Life shooting victims, survivors 
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania reports jump of 310 coronavirus deaths as it continues to catch up with data

Altoona Mirror: Joyce named to China Task Force
Altoona Mirror: Wolf to announce new openings
Altoona Mirror: Sign of the times
Altoona Mirror: Cambria County Sheriff Kolar was ‘the best boss’
Beaver County Times: Lamb says inspectors found Brighton Rehab residents in ‘immediate jeopardy’ on May 2, wants federal probe now
Beaver County Times: Yellow means go: Ellwood City set to take first step to normalcy as stores reopen
Beaver County Times: Wolf extends ban on evictions, foreclosures as PA nears 53K COVID-19 cases
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania extends stay-at-home order though June 4 for red counties
Observer-Reporter: 4 counties, host of plaintiffs, take governor, health secretary to court over business shutdowns
Observer-Reporter: Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Washington County
Observer-Reporter: $3.3 million coming to Washington County Airport in grants, local match
KDKA: Coronavirus In Pennsylvania: 4 Southwestern Counties In The ‘Red’ File Lawsuit Against Gov. Wolf, Saying Business Shutdown Violates Constitutional Rights 
KDKA: ‘It’s Been Long Enough’: Lawrence Co. Businesses Ready To Reopen Doors As They Shift To ‘Yellow’ Reopening Phase 
KDKA: Coronavirus In Greene County: District Attorney Says He Will Not Prosecute Business Owners Who Reopen In Defiance Of Gov. Wolf’s Shutdown Order 
Tribune Review: Elected officials and businesses in 4 counties sue to end coronavirus shutdown 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland coronavirus death toll rises by 1 to 32
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘You gotta keep living’: Residents split on virus constraints
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Levine: Number of new COVID-19 cases ‘continues to go down’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmakers press for universal coronavirus testing in PA nursing homes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. to provide $370.50 for low-income parents to replace cost of school meals
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Late sheriff remembered as friendly, dedicated ‘great public servant’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset officials ask Wolf to ease restrictions

Times-Tribune: Task force formed to prepare Lackawanna County for eventual reopening 
Times-Tribune: Protesters call for Wolf to reopen Wyoming County businesses 
Times-Tribune: Scranton receives $64K in federal coronavirus response funding 
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County Attorney David Schwager takes presidency of Pa. Bar Association 
Times-Tribune: Wolf faults Martz for service to New York, Philly 
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 – Complete Coverage
Citizens Voice: Protesters call for Wolf to reopen businesses in Wyoming County 
Citizens Voice: 7 more deaths in Luzerne County; Wolf extends stay-at-home order 
Citizens Voice: W-B assists small businesses trying to stay afloat 
Citizens Voice: Trump campaign sets endorsements 
Citizens Voice: Schwager takes presidency of Pa. Bar Association 
The Times Leader: Yudichak critical of state’s nursing home response plan
The Times Leader: Primary voting Q&A: Mail-in voting process explained
The Times Leader: Emergency loans to WB restaurants pay for rent, supplies at critical time
The Times Leader: 7 more COVID-19 related deaths reported in Luzerne County 

South Central 
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon Rep. Russ Diamond boasts on social media about not wearing face mask while shopping
LNP | LancasterOnline: Stay-at-home order extended until June; 24 counties still slated to move to yellow phase Friday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here’s which Lancaster County nursing homes have had COVID-19 deaths in the past week 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Friday’s COVID-19 updates: Lancaster County has 2,070 cases, 217 deaths 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Devos’ new sexual assault rules could make Lancaster County colleges ‘less safe,’ advocates say 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. senator to health secretary: ‘I beg of you’ to do more to stop deaths at nursing homes
Patriot News: Which Pennsylvania counties are poised to enter the ‘yellow’ stage of pandemic emergency next? 
Patriot News: 13 people test positive for COVID-19 at Dauphin County Prison after mass testing: officials 
Patriot News: Will central Pa. restaurants survive coronavirus? Here’s how they are trying to adapt
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 5 new deaths reported in Cumberland County, all likely from nursing homes 
Carlisle Sentinel: SCI Camp Hill has third highest number of COVID-19 cases in state prisons as two others deal with outbreak 
Carlisle Sentinel: Dickinson College to rename building, campus gateway for former slaves 
York Dispatch: York City announces grant program for businesses impacted by COVID-19 
York Dispatch: York County has two new COVID-19 deaths, statewide cases approach 53K
York Daily Record: See zip codes in York and Adams counties touched by the coronavirus

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Pa. stay-at-home order is extended to June 4 for red-phase counties including the Lehigh Valley
Express Times: What an infectious disease doc, business leader and Pa. senators said about reopening the Lehigh Valley 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1K new cases, 310 more deaths. Can you go home for Mother’s Day? Can you travel to the Jersey Shore? | COVID-19 case map (5/7/20) 
Reading Eagle: Gov. Wolf extends coronavirus stay-at-home order for Berks County 
Reading Eagle: Berks County election board votes to increase poll worker pay 
Reading Eagle: Construction companies in Berks County relieved to reopen, nervous about future 
Reading Eagle: Berks County coroner reports 8 more coronavirus deaths 
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners adjust to taking business online
Morning Call: Pennsylvania extends coronavirus stay-at-home order for Lehigh Valley, other ‘red’ areas to June 4; loosens restrictions for first time on ‘yellow’ areas
Morning Call: With 80 % of new coronavirus deaths in Pennsylvania at nursing and personal care homes, lawmakers demand answers 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus updates: Death toll in nursing and personal care homes increases by 247 on Thursday to 2,355, with 1,070 new virus cases counted statewide 
Morning Call: Quakertown man, a St. Luke’s-Sacred Heart worker, among nurses honored at White House for fight against coronavirus 
Morning Call: Allentown parking meter, street-cleaning enforcement resuming Monday after break for coronavirus 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers: What phase means remains ‘unclear’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Region’s businesses look to future
Erie Times-News: Erie County sees record number of COVID-19 cases 
Erie Times-News: New ballot drop box available outside Erie County Courthouse 
Erie Times-News: Erie County GOP headquarters to reopen 
Erie Times-News: Erie parking rules go back into effect Monday 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie among 24 counties reopening on Friday: Here’s how the locals are getting ready
Centre Daily Times: Centre County adds 3 new COVID-19 cases as statewide total tops 52,000 
Centre Daily Times: Coronavirus updates: Here’s what to know in Centre County on May 7

Tom Wolf: COVID-19 changed our lives. But we can, and will, emerge together 
Tom Wolf: COVID-19 cambió nuestras vidas. Pero podemos, y lo haremos, emerger juntos 
Mike Regan: Wolf administration’s COVID-19 response has been a failure 
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania keeps us in dark about coronavirus actions. That’s reprehensible
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Harrisburg should not freeze school boards out of local property tax decisions
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Just put on a mask already 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Delay the Kenny Chesney concert: This is no time for tens of thousands to gather 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Doing the right thing: Fired carrier captain gets his due process back
John L. Micek: The PLCB is getting ready to reopen 77 stores. Why they can’t screw it up | Thursday Morning Coffee
Maria Panaritis: Suburban Philadelphia nursing homes are loaded with COVID cases and paralyzing the economy 
Helen Ubiñas: Local barbers say the mandatory corona shutdowns have only created Prohibition 2.0 
Larry J. Schweiger: Modern union busting and how it’s ushered the decline of the middle class
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump in Abraham Lincoln’s chair
Neil Skolnik, Carolyn Sciblo, Danielle Peters, Christopher Azzolino, Morgan Katz, and Evan Gooberman: 3 lessons these doctors learned in caring for COVID-19 patients | Expert Opinion
Dorothy R. Novick: Philly pediatrician: Many young patients fear gun violence as much as COVID-19 | Expert Opinion
Avram Hornik: Save Philly restaurants, and the economy, by allowing outdoor dining now 
Will Bunch: America can’t avoid a Great Depression II because we’re hard-wired to cheat the working class 
Patricia Henwood: ER doc: Stay home, Philly. COVID isn’t over yet | Expert Opinion
Trudy Rubin: Trump’s blame game with China can’t disguise his massive COVID-19 failures 
Brian O’Neill: A shrunken Pittsburgh still gets crowded

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  1. It’s going to be a great day when Scott Perry is voted out of office.

  2. Josh Shapiro has shown independence in State Government. At every turn he did not hesitate to criticize the appropriate parties so his would be opponent’s claims are absurd and deflecting from the real party who failed the people during the covid crisis, the Trump Administration. Voters are not dumb and will not fall for some nonsense as they wear their masks and stand in line at the grocery store while stunned at the loss of 76,000 lives due to this virus.

    1. Yes, but….When will he release the names of judges, prosecutors, politicians connected with the porn emails??? Kathleen Kane also was criticizing appropriate parties before she went too far and ended up in jail for pursuing publication of the porn email list. Why has it not been made public yet???

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