January 15th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf gets sworn-in for a second term today, while the Chester County GOP selects a new chair. Here is the Playbook.

FBI Raids Scranton City Hall, Mayor’s House; Courtright Says He Isn’t Resigning: The first Scranton City Council meeting since the FBI raid is set for tonight.

SD-37: Pam Iovino Joins Democratic Primary: Iovino lists expanding access to quality and affordable healthcare, protecting senior citizens, supporting public schools and property tax relief as campaign priorities.

 

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Trump birth control coverage rules blocked nationwide
WITF: As shutdown enters fourth week, Pa. federal workers file for unemployment
PA Post: Tracking the tax increases and decreases in Gov. Tom Wolf’s first term
Inquirer: Wolf inauguration price tag: $1.7 million and counting
Inquirer: Unfettered by reelection concerns, will Gov. Tom Wolf return to progressive roots in second term?
Inquirer: How Pennsylvania achieved its steepest decline in state prison population on record
Inquirer: In Pa., most cyber charter schools operate with expired state agreements
Harrisburg Patriot News: Food stamp funding available for February but beyond that, is unknown   
Harrisburg Patriot News: Inauguration 2019: 13 ways it will differ from Gov. Tom Wolf’s first one
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, at halftime of an 8-year tenure, says he’ll focus on achievable goals
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Congress shouldn’t take a salary during shutdown,’ Bucks County congressman says. But few are listening | Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: From hiphop to bluegrass, Wolf/Fetterman inaugural party offers variety of acts to entertain the crowd
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Ben Sanchez
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Barbara Gleim
Philly Voice: Jay Paterno wrote a very strange op-ed for the Saudi Arabian government
StateImpactPA: ‘energy, explained’ podcast: What responsible reporting on scientific research looks like
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Marino calls for four-year terms for Congress  
York Daily Record: Will plainclothes John Fetterman give up his casual look in new role as Pa. Lt. Gov.?
Morning Call: Post-Sandusky fight over Pennsylvania professors’ background checks coming to court

 

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia scrambles to get new voting machines
Philly Voice: Women’s March on Philadelphia: Road closures, this year’s theme, and where to march
KYW Newsradio: Pa. leaders plead to end federal shutdown and work to buoy SNAP benefits
KYW Newsradio: At busy time for repairs, Philly Water Department has advice for home pipes
KYW Newsradio: Office of Homeless Services’ new spokesman brings firsthand insight
Inquirer: L.A. teachers on strike; what does it mean for Philly?
Inquirer: Traffic deaths on Roosevelt Blvd. spiked in 2018. A safety fix may not be in place until fall.  
Philadelphia Magazine: Longtime Social Justice Activist Erika Almirón Announces City Council Bid
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Bike Cop Sues City, Claiming Other Cops Repeatedly Called Him a “Dago”
Billy Penn: Philly paramedics treated more overdoses last year — but used less Narcan
Billy Penn: Here are the road closures for Saturday’s Women’s March
PLSReporter: Public comments on new voting systems in Philadelphia

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Loughery named new Chester County GOP chairman
Daily Local News: Leach: We need to repair Pennsylvania’s broken criminal justice system
Daily Local News: 2018 saw slight drop in opioid deaths in Chesco
Bucks County Courier Times: Longtime Falls supervisor running for Bucks commissioner seat
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem teachers protest over contract stalemate
Delco Daily Times: Delco gets ready to spend $20M on 911 system

 

Pittsburgh
AP: Jury to be from another county in police shooting of teen
Post-Gazette: New director for Allegheny County Dems brings experience — including flirtation with GOP
Post-Gazette: University of Pittsburgh says no basis for suit by Antwon Rose’s parents
Post-Gazette: Single moms face barriers, but they can be overcome, says Pittsburgh Foundation report  
Post-Gazette: For region’s long-range plan, residents want technology for growth, fixes for water runoff issues   
KDKA: Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, Bishop Zubik, Cardinal Wuerl Face New Lawsuit
KDKA: Officials: Crime Rates Decrease Again In The City
KDKA: Trayvon Martin’s Mother To Speak In Pittsburgh
WESA: Pittsburgh Police Bureau Has No Formal Policy For Undercover Officers Drinking On The Job
Tribune Review: Westmoreland’s Register of Wills to seek another term in office   
Tribune Review: Attorney Bob Manzi running for Indiana County D.A.   
Tribune Review: Carnegie police increased patrols in 2018, calls for service up 12 percent   
Tribune Review: Dave Nemec to be sworn in as Aspinwall police chief    
City Paper: Sexist cartoons in the Post-Gazette draw ire from Pittsburghers

 

SWPA
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Marino calls for four-year terms for Congress
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Governor ready to begin second term
Observer-Reporter: Fayette DA embraces technology in the courts
Beaver County Times: Memo indicates Ellwood City Medical Center workers will be paid by end of week  
Beaver County Times: New pipeline to feed natural gas to Shell plant

 

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor denies rumors he’s resigning in wake of FBI probe
Times-Tribune: No municipal property tax increases in Lackawanna County this year
Citizens Voice: Gulf War soldier statue will go on display in Lackawanna County

 

South Central   
York Dispatch: TOMORROW: Wolf, Fetterman ‘Moving Pennsylvania Forward’ swearing-in ceremony
York Dispatch: ‘Real eye opener’: York County tackling $83M in unfunded retirement benefits
York Dispatch: Help choose the next Spring Grove superintendent
York Daily Record: Will plainclothes John Fetterman give up his casual look in new role as Pa. Lt. Gov.?
Carlisle Sentinel: Smith announces Court of Common Pleas candidacy    
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Congress shouldn’t take a salary during shutdown,’ Bucks County congressman says. But few are listening | Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: From hiphop to bluegrass, Wolf/Fetterman inaugural party offers variety of acts to entertain the crowd

 

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Post-Sandusky fight over Pennsylvania professors’ background checks coming to court
Morning Call: Southern Lehigh School District projects slower growth, modest tax increases
Reading Eagle: Pa. state senator wants to punish women who use drugs while pregnant
Express Times: Partner with Gross McGinley firm announces run for judge

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Portion of East Third Gateway expected to begin in early March
Erie Times-News: Board considers tax break for Erie bayfront hotel

 

Opinion
Inquirer Editorial Board: Despite election gains, Congress and General Assembly still a boys’ club
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Crossroads in the Congo: Election could bring change or more of the same
Salena Zito: Rethinking politics: Pennsylvania GOP already taking 2018 lessons into 2020
John Baer: Will Gov. Tom Wolf start his second term the way he started his first?
Stu Bykofsky: ‘Essential’ worker from South Philly does her job with no pay as her government ‘parents’ fight
Aisha Mohammed: Sex workers don’t need aggressive prosecution to protect themselves
Chanda Macias: After medical marijuana, broader legalization is a natural step
Mike Weilbacher: The real crisis we’re not talking about at the border

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