April 1st Playbook

President Joe Biden rolled out his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh. Here is the Playbook. 

 

NRCC Names 4 PA Dems to ‘Exit List’: The GOP dings Reps. Brendan Boyle, Madeleine Dean, Chrissy Houlahan, and Conor Lamb as they weigh bids for US Senate.

Biden Rolls Out Infrastructure Plan in Pittsburgh: WESA reports on President Joe Biden’s speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that detailed his plans on infrastructure spending. 

The Temple News Details Kenyatta’s Time At Temple University: The Temple News wrote a story on state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta’s (D-Philadelphia) time spent as a student at Temple University and his career in elected office. 

Peduto Talks Pittsburgh Policies with City Paper: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto talked to Pittsburgh City Paper in an interview about policies most important to the city. 

Pennsylvania Capital-Star Highlights Brown’s Position on Combating Violent Crime: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star wrote a story on state Rep. Amen Brown (D-Philadelphia) titled: “A Black lawmaker is crusading for mandatory minimums. He’s raising a lot of eyebrows.”

Brown To Introduce Bill Banning Sheriff Sales Through August: WHYY reports that state Rep. Amen Brown (D-Philadelphia) will introduce a bill to halt sheriff sales in the city through much of the summer. 

McSwain For Governor Dot Com: According to Twitter account @CATargetBot, “mcswainforgovernor.com” was registered as a website. Sources close to McSwain confirm to PoliticsPA that he has reserved several domain names. Last week, McSwain launched the “Freedom PA PAC,” which the Philadelphia Inquirer described as his “most significant step yet toward a run for governor next year.”

DC Court Takes Control of Scavo Capitol Riot Case: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has formally assumed control of Frank Scavo’s case for his role in the Capitol riots on January 6. Scavo was previously the GOP candidate for the state Senate’s 22nd District in 2020 and the state House’s 114th District in 2019. 

Ridge Talks About Civility and Leadership in Governing: PennLive reports that former Gov. Tom Ridge talked about “civility and leadership, among other topics, in a live streamed conversation” with Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC CEO David Black. 

WHYY: Suburban Counties Breathe ‘Huge Sigh of Relief’ as Pa. Scraps Controversial Plan for Regional Vaccination Sites: WHYY reports that Philadelphia’s suburban counties are breathing a “hugh sigh of relief” after Pennsylvania’s Department of Health announced that it’s “scrapping a much-despised plan to establish two mass PEMA sites to handle vaccination in the populous counties around Philadelphia.” 

Bucks Republicans Supports Expansion of Local Control Over Vaccines: The Bucks Local News reports that Bucks County’s Republican Delegation in the state House support the expansion of local control over vaccines. 

Coghill, Deasy, and Palmosina Endorse Peduto for Mayor: According to a press release, City Councilmember Anthony Coghill, state Rep. Dan Deasy (D-Allegheny), and Allegheny County Councilmember Bobby Palmosina have endorsed Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s reelection campaign. 

PA8: Klacik Tweets Support for Daniels: Kimberly Klacik, a former GOP Congressional candidate in Maryland’s 7th District, tweeted out her support for Teddy Daniels, who is seeking the GOP nomination for Pennsylvania’s 8th Congressional District. 

Meuser Bill Would Allow Stimulus Dollars To Go to Infrastructure Projects: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne) has introduced H.R. 2239, the State and Local Infrastructure Flexibility Act, that “would ensure that COVID-19 federal stimulus dollars allocated to state and local government can be used for infrastructure and revitalization projects.” 

Perry Talks to Fox Business About Biden’s Infrastructure Plans: Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) talked to Fox News in an interview about his opposition to President Joe Biden’s plans on infrastructure and taxes. 

Keller Hosts a Telephone Town Hall Meeting: Rep. Fred Keller (R-Snyder) hosted a telephone town hall meeting on Tuesday where he discussed gun laws, government spending, immigration, voting, and energy policies, according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.  

Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center To Host Allentown LGBTQ Mayoral Forum: The Allentown Morning Call reports that the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community is teaming up with PBS39 and 91.3 WLVR NPR on April 1 to host a forum to see where the Allentown mayoral candidates stand on issues relating to the LGBTQ community. The hour-long live forum will air on both PBS39 and 91.3 WLVR at 7 p.m.. The forum will be streamed live online and on the PBS39 and WLVR News Facebook pages.

Allentown City Council Discusses Landlord Reform, Officials Raise Cost Issue: WFMZ reports that Allentown City Council’s committee meeting on Wednesday centered on housing reform as members “reviewed a plan to compel landlords to pay for tenants’ temporary lodging when a building is deemed uninhabitable.”

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: All Pa. adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine as of April 19, Wolf says
Spotlight PA: Senate GOP leaders tap well-connected Pa. political operative to lead campaign arm
AP: Pennsylvania to make all adults vaccine eligible by April 19
AP: Board OK’s renovating governor’s offices in state Capitol
AP: Peco proposes 9.65% rate increase, citing grid needs 
Inquirer: Biden unveils his multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh: ‘We can get it done’
Inquirer: Pennsylvania and N.J. are hoping for billions from Biden for roads, bridges, new transit lines
Inquirer: Why Joe Biden is pitching his infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh, where he launched and ended his campaign
Patriot News: Everyone in Pa. will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting April 19
Patriot News: On March 31 deadline, some Pa. seniors may still be hitting COVID-19 vaccine roadblocks
Patriot News: Ex-Gov. Tom Ridge expounds on the virtues of civility and leadership in governing
Patriot News: ‘Last piece’ of Pa. Capitol renovation work set to begin
Patriot News: State College man charged in U.S. Capitol riot pleads ‘not guilty,’ wants speedy trial
Patriot News: COVID-19 in Pa.: More than 2,000 in hospitals as vaccine rollout expands
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. to open COVID-19 vaccinations to all by April 19
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As GOP shifts strategy from election lawsuits to laws, voting rights advocates warn of plummeting participation
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘A once in a generation investment’: In Pgh., Biden unveils $2T infrastructure package; creating millions of jobs
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A Black lawmaker is crusading for mandatory minimums. He’s raising a lot of eyebrows
WITF: Lawyers, civic groups keep the pressure on Berks Family Residential Center
PLSReporter: All Pennsylvanians to be eligible for vaccines April 19 as state accelerates phased rollout
York Daily Record: Pa. essential worker vaccinations start now; all adults eligible for vaccine April 19
National Journal: Senate News 
The Hill: Pennsylvania police officer filmed TikTok defending the Confederate flag while on duty
Pittsburgh Business Times: Biden unveils $2T infrastructure plan in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pa. official: Partial relaxation of Covid-19 restaurant limits still on track despite rising case count 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania announces move to next vaccination phase
Politico: How Pittsburgh became the go-to backdrop for everyone in politics
CNN: Biden unveils massive infrastructure plan
StateImpactPA: Biden’s climate-focused infrastructure plan geared to curb U.S. carbon emissions  

 

Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: West Philly state rep. to introduce bill banning sheriff sales through August
WHYY Newsworks: Philly to unveil long-awaited update to its plan to fight gun violence in April
WHYY Newsworks: College students in Philly and beyond are struggling to afford food, housing
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Most residents will be eligible for vaccine on April 19
Philadelphia Tribune: Democratic City Committee snubs Krasner by declining to endorse him in district attorney primary
Philly Voice: Proposed PECO rate increase would cost customers nearly $10 more each month
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania to make COVID-19 vaccine available to all adults on April 19
KYW Newsradio: Comfort dogs in court? Philadelphia groups call for Pa. Supreme Court to allow them
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania accelerating vaccine eligibility starting April 5; all adults eligible April 19
Inquirer: Despite federal funding for college students during the pandemic, many are still in need, Temple report says
Inquirer: Peco seeks electric rate hike that would boost bills by 9.65%, citing grid costs and COVID-19
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania will make all adults eligible for Covid-19 vaccine April 19, but Philadelphia may wait longer

 

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Bucks Republican delegation applauds expansion of local control over vaccines
Bucks Local News: Congressman Fitzpatrick visits St. Mary Community Vaccine Clinic
Bucks County Courier Times: PA cancels plans for regional vaccine sites; more going to counties 
Daily Local News: Chester County, state accelerate vaccine strategy
Daily Local News: Coatesville leaders unite for future of Chesco’s only city
WHYY Newsworks: Suburban counties breathe ‘huge sigh of relief’ as Pa. scraps controversial plan for regional vaccination sites 
Inquirer: Pa. won’t open mass vaccine sites in Philly suburbs | Coronavirus Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania accelerating vaccine eligibility starting April 5; all adults eligible April 19
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County to receive additional vaccine from state

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Biden Rolls Out Plan To ‘Win The Future,’ But Disagreement Looms Ahead
WESA: Braddock Mayor Endorses Kenyatta Over Fetterman In Senate Race
WESA: Local Leader Says Federal, State and Local Cooperation Needed To Address Failing Infrastructure
WESA: Unable To Overcome Veto, Paid Sick Days Bill Dies At Allegheny County Council
WESA: Local ‘Clean’ Manufacturers Hint At Tactics Biden Might Use To Move Sector Into Sustainable Future
WESA: PennDOT Expects To Invest $240 Million In the Region This Year, Way Less Than Planned
WESA: Despite Warmer Weather And Vaccinations, Allegheny County Coronavirus Numbers Keep Going Up
Post-Gazette: Here’s the rundown of Biden’s visit to Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: ‘We have to move now’: Biden details his $2 trillion infrastructure plan 
Post-Gazette: After Biden lays out blueprint, Congress faces a tough construction project with infrastructure bills
Post-Gazette: Current Braddock mayor endorses Kenyatta in U.S. Senate primary, not former mayor Fetterman 
Post-Gazette: PennDOT says $241 million for road work this year in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties isn’t enough 
Post-Gazette: Pa. to move into Phase 1b of vaccinations April 5; Phase 1c a week later
KDKA: President Joe Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan In Pittsburgh
KDKA: Braddock Mayor Chardae Jones Endorses Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta For Senate Over Predecessor, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
KDKA: Dozens Of Essential Workers Rally Before President Joe Biden’s Collier Township Visit
KDKA: PennDOT Announces Quarter-Billion Dollars In Construction Projects For Western Pa.
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 418 More Coronavirus Cases, 10 Additional Deaths 
KDKA: Allegheny County Seeing Spring Surge In Coronavirus Cases 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s manufacturers poised to benefit from proposed American Jobs Act 
Pittsburgh Business Times: United Steelworkers union praises Biden’s infrastructure plan 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Environmental groups hail Biden’s plan, but gas industry finds it lacking
Pittsburgh Business Times: Covid cases, hospitalizations climb: County urges vigilance
Tribune Review: In Pittsburgh visit, Biden unveils $2 trillion American Jobs Plan 
Tribune Review: Braddock Mayor Chardae Jones spurns John Fetterman, endorses Rep. Kenyatta for Senate 
Tribune Review: PennDOT to spend $300 million on construction plans in Allegheny, Beaver, Lawrence counties 
Tribune Review: Bogen: Allegheny County has the ‘foundation for a surge’ 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County surpasses 1,000 covid deaths linked to nursing homes
City Paper: 2021 Mayoral candidates on Pittsburgh policies: Bill Peduto
City Paper: Street sweeping in Pittsburgh city neighborhoods to return without ticketing
City Paper: Black-led Community Spotlight: Lacretia Wimbley of the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Beaver County discusses racial inequity in virtual series 
Beaver County Times: Where is the COVID vaccine going in Pa?
Post-Gazette: PennDOT says $241 million for road work this year in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties isn’t enough 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Toomey calls for ‘sensible’ approach to infrastructure funding
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Health department: All adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on April 19
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City Council to hold special meeting about city manager position
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Retired Ebensburg official Penatzer named Johnstown’s interim manager

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: DC court takes control of Scavo Capitol riot case
Citizens Voice: Mullery wants visitors bureau in White Haven, not W-B 
Citizens Voice: More than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Wednesday
Times-Tribune: DC court takes control of Scavo Capitol riot case 
Times-Tribune: State opens vaccinations to everyone 16 years old and up on April 19
The Times Leader: Meuser bill would allow stimulus dollars to go to infrastructure projects
The Times Leader: Mullery wants Luzerne County tourism office in White Haven, not Wilkes-Barre
The Times Leader: 105 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Wednesday

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County approves agreement to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to homebound seniors
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster on track to reach 6,000 shots per day next week, as Pa. rapidly expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility
York Dispatch: Pa. still plans to lift mitigation efforts on Sunday despite warnings from Biden, CDC
York Daily Record: York County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 13% people fully vaccinated
York Daily Record: Pa. essential worker vaccinations start now; all adults eligible for vaccine April 19
Carlisle Sentinel: Stacy Snyder named chief clerk of Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council honors Wanda Hunter
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 47 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Wednesday

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Is passenger rail returning to Allentown? Planned Amtrak service would connect Lehigh Valley to New York City 
Morning Call: Could Allentown become ‘hell on earth’ for bad landlords? City Council brainstorms multi-front attack 
Morning Call: With one in three households ‘cost burdened,’ Lehigh Valley cities try to tackle the affordable housing crisis
Morning Call: Biden unveils $2 trillion infrastructure plan with focus on transportation and jobs
Morning Call: Pennsylvania is speeding up the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Here’s when you’ll be eligible
Morning Call: Who’s getting the COVID vaccine in the Lehigh Valley? Here’s a breakdown by age groups
WFMZ: Allentown council discusses landlord reform, officials raise cost issue
WFMZ: LV Planning Commission director discusses Biden’s new infrastructure plan
WFMZ: Berks doctor: Patience key in growing vaccine eligibility
WFMZ: Immigration advocates sue Berks over residential center
WFMZ: Pharmacist apprehensive about Pa.’s vaccine expansion
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Health Network announces vaccine appointment openings for drive-through clinic
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: All Pa. adults can sign up for COVID shot April 19; cases keep rising but easing of restrictions Easter Sunday still on | COVID-19 vaccine map (03/31/2021)
Express Times: Pa. COVID vaccines: Eligibility opens up in April. When does Phase 1B, 1C start? When can you get it? Everything to know about the next phases of coronavirus vaccine in Pa.
Express Times: Will everyone in Pa.’s first vaccine phase have shots scheduled by Wednesday? It’s complicated.
Reading Eagle: Experts at Berks town hall: Get the COVID vaccine; the brand doesn’t matter
Reading Eagle: Berks County officials say overdose deaths have reached new heights amid COVID pandemic
Reading Eagle: Pa. accelerates COVID vaccine eligibility; by April 19 all adult residents will be eligible
Reading Eagle: Vaccine distribution holds steady for Berks County
Reading Eagle: COVID vaccine clinics in Berks County empower health care workers, break down barriers

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rep. Keller addresses guns, immigration, voting in town hall hookup
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Disaster Emergency for Lycoming County extended
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City commission assessing city parks for accessibility
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve funding requests
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 74 new COVID-19 cases
Patriot News: State College man charged in U.S. Capitol riot pleads ‘not guilty,’ wants speedy trial
Post-Gazette: ‘Somebody’s going to have to start listening,’ comes the plea from a Pa. state university town
Centre Daily Times: All adults in Pa. will soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what to know
Centre Daily Times: March 31 update: Centre County reports 105 new cases of COVID-19; Pa. expands vaccine pool
Erie Times-News: Erie County officials approve of state’s COVID-19 vaccine expansion plan

 

Opinion  
Maureen Madden and Malcolm Kenyatta: Racism on Pennsylvania high schools and college campuses creates barriers to opportunity
Carla Sands: A key to America’s growth lies beneath Pennsylvania’s soil 
Christine M Adams: Rep. Thompson votes against helping Americans who are hurting
Allyson Y. Schwartz: It’s time for a balanced conversation about Medicare Advantage spending
Paul Muschick: Vaccine passports: Governments should steer clear, but let businesses require them if they choose
John L. Micek: Ex-Gov. Rendell on Biden’s infrastructure plan: ‘Doing nothing is not an option’ | Thursday Morning Coffee
Timothy P. Williams: Pa. must implement the Fair Funding Formula with fidelity 
Stephen K. Medvic: F&M study on potential Lancaster County health department was fair and objective 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Marsy’s Law is flawed; ACLU and League of Women Voters were right 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: State lawmakers should submit proof of their tab before they ask taxpayers to cover it
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t tell us what to read; Beverly Cleary and Dr. Suess were products of their own time
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Speak up for Alexei Navalny
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: There is good news and bad news on the pandemic. Bottom line: It’s not over yet.
Inquirer: Should a teen’s Snapchat rant have made it all the way to the Supreme Court? | Pro/Con
Simon F. Haeder: Guided by evidence, universities should lead the way on pandemic reopenings 
Helene Langlamet: Demand Responsible Cleanup At PES
Ernest Owens: My Vaccination Card Makes Me Feel Like a VIP
Gene Therapy: The pandemic’s end is near, or it’s not, or it is, or it’s not
Joey Antohi: I dream of serving in the military, but can’t until Biden reinstates a program for noncitizen recruits 
Dan Simpson: The need for a foreign affairs policy
Elizabeth “Liza” Yntema: Pennsylvania Ballet dishonors women by erasing them from its new season 
Angry Grammarian: Philly newscasters on their own mistakes: ‘People take it personally’

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