April 23rd Playbook
State Rep. Leanne Krueger has been reappointed to serve as the chair of the Pennsylvania HDCC. Here is the Playbook.
Krueger Reappointed as HDCC Chair: State Reps. Tim Briggs and Dan Frankel will serve as Finance Co-Chairs for the HDCC this cycle under Krueger.
GOP 2022 Statewide Hopefuls Gather in Huntingdon County: Sources tell PoliticsPA that several potential 2022 GOP statewide candidates spoke on Thursday night at the Huntingdon County Republican Committee Spring Dinner. Sources say that the potential 2022 candidates for Governor that spoke at the GOP gathering were Congressman Dan Meuser, state Sen. Doug Mastriano, former state Rep. Dave Reed, Bill McSwain, Charlie Gerow, and Jason Ritchey. The potential 2022 GOP candidates for U.S. Senate that addressed the GOP dinner were Kathy Barnette, Jeff Bartos, Martin Rosenfeld, Carla Sands, Everett Stern, and Sean Parnell.
Grove Talks to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Rep. Seth Grove talked to the Pennsylvania Capital-Star about election hearings, voter fraud, and the future of reform in Pa.
PA Legislative Black Caucus Continues Call for Police Reform: WHYY reports that members of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus are calling for “continued action on police reform and an end to systemic racism after the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.”
Governing Profiles Benham: State Rep. Jessica Benham (D-Allegheny) talked to Governing about her upbringing and career in elected office.
Toomey Outlines Senate GOP Infrastructure Plan: CNBC reports on the Senate GOP’s $568 billion infrastructure proposal, backed by Sen. Pat Toomey, that was unveiled on Thursday.
Casey Calls GOP Infrastructure Plan a ‘Slap in the Face’: The Hill reports that Sen. Bob Casey described the Senate GOP’s $568 Infrastructure plan as a “slap in the face.”
Environmentalists Praise Biden Climate Plan, ‘Wariness’ from Natural Gas Industry: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that environmentalists are supportive of President Joe Biden’s plan on cutting greenhouse gas pollution in half by 2030, while “Pennsylvania’s natural gas held a more guarded view.”
Erie Times-News Reports on Erie County Executive Race: The Erie Times News details the candidates running for Erie County Executive.
Fetterman Calls on Senate to Pass D.C. Statehood Legislation: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s U.S. Senate campaign sent out a press release on Thursday calling for the U.S. Senate to pass legislation to make Washington D.C. the 51st state. Fetterman’s campaign said in a press release that if Senate Republicans try to block it, that Senate Democrats “should abolish the filibuster to get it done.”
Kenyatta Calls for D.C. Statehood: State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), who is seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in 2022, sent out a tweet on Thursday voicing his support for Washington D.C. to become the 51st state, adding that D.C. statehood is “about fulfilling the most basic promise of America.”
Clean Water Action Endorses Peduto: According to a press release from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s campaign, Clean Water Action Pennsylvania has endorsed his reelection bid.
Morning Call Hosts Allentown City Council candidate forum: The Allentown Morning Call hosted and moderated an Allentown City Council candidate forum on Facebook. Nine Democrats and one Republican are running for the four open seats on the seven-member Council. The candidates discussed jobs, housing, taxes and policing, and more.
Bethlehem’s Dem Mayoral Candidates Talk to the Morning Call: The Allentown Morning Call talked to former City Administrator Dana Grubb and City Councilmember J. William Reynolds about their campaigns to become Bethlehem’s next mayor.
United Mine Workers Union Supports Transition to Clean Energy: Pittsburgh City Paper reports that the United Mine Workers of America announced their support of President Joe Biden’s plan to “transition the country away from fossil fuels with the caveat of asking for a robust transition strategy for its workers.”
Denise Williams Selected as Luzerne County Election Board Chair: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that Denise Williams was unanimously selected by the Luzerne County’s Election Board to serve as the fifth member and chair.
KDKA Reports on Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Race: KDKA’s Jon Delano reports on the 39 candidates running for nine openings on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.
Philly City Council Bans Most Employers From Requiring Screening for Marijuana: KYW Newsradio reports that Philadelphia City Councilman Derek Green’s bill passed Philadelphia City Council on Thursday by a 15-1 vote.
Chester County DA Files Civil Action Against Mariner East Pipeline: The Daily Local News reports that the Chester County’s District Attorney’s Office filed a civil complaint against “Energy Transfer LP, and its subsidiaries Energy Transfer Operating LP, Sunoco Partners Operations LP, and Sunoco Pipeline.”
Lamb Named As Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation: KDKA reports that Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) has been appointed to serve as the Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation.
Peduto Commits Pittsburgh To Carbon Neutrality by 2050: KDKA reports that Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto issued an executive order “committing the city to become carbon neutral by 2050.”
KDKA Reports on Party Leaders Looking Ahead to 2024: KDKA’s Around the Table includes former Gov. Tom Corbett, Keith Schmidt, and Joe Mistick talking about party leaders looking ahead to 2024.
Kelly Comments on Cheney vs MAGA: In a New York Times Magazine article titled, “Liz Cheney vs MAGA,” Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) is quoted saying “You look up into the stands and see your girlfriend on the opposition’s side — that’s one hell of a tough thing to swallow,” about GOP Rep. Liz Cheney announcing her decision to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Greater Reading Chamber Alliance to Host Virtual Forum With Congressional Delegation: The Reading Eagle reports that Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), and Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne) will participate in a forum hosted by the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance held on April 23 at noon.
Harrisburg & DC
Patriot News: Pa. Legislative Black Caucus says policing legislation remains one of their priorities this session
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf says Pa. faces ‘new reality’ — a lack of people who want COVID-19 vaccine
Patriot News: Coronavirus in Pa.: 4,100 new cases, 52 more deaths reported as vaccinations increase
Inquirer: PSERS’s pension reversal has former allies questioning its strategy
Inquirer: Biden climate plan draws praise from environmentalists, wariness from Pa.’s natural gas industry
Spotlight PA: Workers in Pa. prisons, COVID-19 hotspots, aren’t getting vaccinated. Here’s why that’s dangerous.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Capital-Star Q+A: Rep. Seth Grove on election hearings, voter fraud, and the future of reform in Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In search of bipartisanship, lawmakers work to trim the fat in Pa. House
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. businesses receive extended deadline on state corporate taxes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Feds issue year-long extension of free food for school students
USA Today: Key committee sends bill expanding litigation window for sex abuse victims to full Senate
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus continues call for police reform after Chauvin verdict
Bucks County Courier Times: How did your county rate in PA air pollution study
Bucks County Courier Times: Doctors urge GOP lawmakers to encourage hesitant Pennsylvanians to get COVID vaccines
WESA: For House Lawmaker Group Eager To Work Across The Aisle, Consolidation Equals Cooperation
WESA: State Senator Introduces Bill To Make Information About Wasted COVID-19 Vaccines Public
PLSReporter: With May primary looming, state officials warn against ending disaster declaration early
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 90: Disaster Declaration Dispatch
Morning Call: Wolf administration and top lawmakers exchange jabs on future of Pennsylvania disaster declarations
Post-Gazette: Pa. Senate GOP blocks utility commission appointments to protest Wolf’s climate change rule
Fox News: States pursuing laws to curb Zuckerberg spending on elections
Fox News: ‘Cursing cheerleader’ free speech case to be argued in Supreme Court
Governing: A Young Autistic Pennsylvania Lawmaker Overcomes the Odds
CNBC: Senate Republicans outline their own infrastructure plan — here’s what’s in it
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Senate takes up bill to improve cooperation in investigations of crimes against kids
KYW Newsradio: Bill allowing child sex abuse victims to file suit clears major hurdle in Pa. Senate
StateImpactPA: The House environment committee chair dismisses climate science. What does that mean for climate action in Pa.?
StateImpactPA: Chester County reaches consent decree for oversight of Mariner East pipeline builder
Raw Story: PA GOP lawmaker goes off the rails and demands to know if state’s health department is murdering old people
National Journal: House members put the freeze on races nationwide
The Hill: Democratic senator says GOP infrastructure proposal is ‘a slap in the face’
The Hill: NRA unveils ad campaign to push back on Biden’s gun agenda
Philly Clout: Pennsylvania’s 2022 races show how marijuana legalization has gone from fringe to front-runner
Inquirer: Many Philly employers won’t be able to test new hires for marijuana under a new bill
Inquirer: A guide to how policing laws in Philly and Pa. changed — or didn’t — after George Floyd’s murder
Inquirer: Philly schools committing $80m in classroom resources in new budget picture
Inquirer: Black real estate developers face barriers to growth. A $100M fund targeting Philly aims to assist them.
Inquirer: Fatal overdoses among Black Philadelphians soared during the pandemic, new data show
WHYY Newsworks: City Council demands answers on Philly sheriff’s sudden move to online sales
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Penn, Drexel to require student vaccinations this fall; weekend mass vaccine clinics
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Penn, Drexel to require student vaccinations this fall; weekend mass vaccine clinics
Philadelphia Tribune: Chamber of Commerce program to boost Black-owned businesses
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council bans most employers from requiring screening for marijuana
KYW Newsradio: More mobile voting drop boxes coming to Philadelphia neighborhoods
KYW Newsradio: Last year likely had most drug overdose deaths ever in Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Vaccine demand decreases in Philly after appointments open to all eligible adults
Billy Penn: During the pandemic, fatal overdoses spiked for Black and Latino Philadelphians
Philadelphia Citizen: Philly Under Fire Episode 3: “Get in Front Of The Beef”
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County man faces trial for harassing Rep. Dean with lewd voicemail messages
Delco Daily Times: D.A., organizations observe Victims’ Rights’ Week
Delco Daily Times: ‘Famine to feast:’ Vaccines plentiful in Delco
Daily Local News: Chester County District Attorney files civil action against Mariner East pipeline
Daily Local News: Chester County transportation projects get $793,330 in state funding
Inquirer: Chester County DA to Sunoco Pipeline: No more Mariner East nuisances, or else
Inquirer: Bucks County gym owner files defamation lawsuit over petition alleging his involvement in the Capitol insurrection
WHYY Newsworks: Bill would offer legal avenue for medical monitoring of PFAS exposure
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County records 192 new coronavirus cases, 1 death in daily report
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Commits Pittsburgh To Carbon Neutrality By 2050
KDKA: Allegheny County Ballot Overwhelmed With 39 Candidates Running For Judge
KDKA: Around The Table: Party Leaders Looking Ahead To 2024
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Gets $4M In Transportation Funds From State
KDKA: Rep. Conor Lamb To Serve As Vice Chair Of The Subcommittee On Aviation
KDKA: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald Says We Could Take Masks Off In ‘A Month Or Two’
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 299 New Cases, Bringing Countywide Total To 95K
Post-Gazette: Peduto pushes plan to make Pittsburgh carbon-neutral by 2050
Post-Gazette: Advocates: Port Authority has ‘once in a generation’ chance to help low-income riders with reduced fares
Post-Gazette: Ex-employee sues Allegheny County on race discrimination grounds
Post-Gazette: Officials: Percentage of older Pittsburghers hospitalized with COVID is dropping
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh, U.S. Steel commit to become carbon neutral by 2050
Tribune Review: Covid case numbers continue to decline in Pennsylvania
City Paper: United Mine Workers union comes out in support of transition to clean energy
City Paper: American Lung Association gives Allegheny County an F for air quality, county officials push back on grade
Pittsburgh Business Times: How western Pa.’s energy industry could be impacted by Biden’s climate goals
Pittsburgh Business Times: Region’s consumer confidence sentiments continue to climb in many areas, remain relatively low in others
Pittsburgh Business Times: Public meeting on delivery robots brings up more questions than answers
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh commits to carbon neutrality by 2050
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation appoints Cindi Lash to serve as executive editor
WESA: Fossil Fuel Divestment Is First, Small Step In Pittsburgh’s Sustainable Investing Strategy
WESA: Port Authority’s Fare Changes Criticized During Public Hearing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lawmakers move closer to letting child sex abuse victims sue
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Democratic lawmakers push for more action on police reform
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local COVID-19 hospitalizations double in one month, new cases flattening
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Westmoreland County death is region’s only new COVID-19 fatality; Cambria adds 63 cases
Beaver County Times: $750K secured for roads, recreation in Ambridge, Aliquippa
Beaver County Times: COVID-19: 16% fully vaccinated in Beaver
Observer-Reporter: FEMA reimbursing families for COVID funeral expanses
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 vaccines coming soon to physicians
Altoona Mirror: Council to get HUD project proposal slate next month
Citizens Voice: Scavo pleads not guilty, awaits trial on federal charges in Capitol riot
Citizens Voice: Election board appoints chair, does not vote on DA election
Citizens Voice: Rep. Boback claims governor locked her out of state building
Citizens Voice: State grants awarded for local infrastructure projects
Citizens Voice: Local efforts to vaccinate homeless against COVID-19 ongoing
Citizens Voice: 113 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County gets plenty of mail-in ballots but not like last year
Times-Tribune: ‘We won the right to breathe’: Elected officials and groups react to verdict in murder of George Floyd
Times-Tribune: Local cops undergo training to police themselves for bias
Times-Tribune: 45 Years Ago – Carter, Jackson and Wallace all make campaign stops in area
Times-Tribune: NEPA doing better than state in COVID-19 deaths this month
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board selects chair
The Times Leader: Legislators announce funding from Commonwealth Finance Authority
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre preps for Great American Cleanup
The Times Leader: 113 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Thursday; 2 deaths
LNP | LancasterOnline: Biden’s changing refugee policies leaves Lancaster families waiting even longer to see their loved ones
LNP | LancasterOnline: Judge hears arguments on whether Jan. 6 defendant Michael Lopatic should be released pending trial
LNP | LancasterOnline: 1,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Lancaster County
York Dispatch: Chauvin’s guilty verdict is just one step in fight against systemic racism, local activists say
York Dispatch: Thursday update: One new COVID-19 death reported in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 64 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Thursday
Morning Call: Morning Call to hold Allentown City Council candidate forum tonight. Watch it live on Facebook.
Morning Call: Q&A with Bethlehem’s Democratic candidates for mayor
Reading Eagle: Will Pa.’s huge solar-energy push succeed? It may be up to farmers
Reading Eagle: A Berks company wants a leading role in the rise of solar energy in Pa.
Reading Eagle: Berks and Chester clinics have ample COVID vaccine available, experts say
Reading Eagle: 13,000-plus doses of COVID vaccine coming to Berks County providers
WFMZ: Lehigh controller pitches plan to have the county go solar
WFMZ: Drop boxes to be available at 5 municipal buildings in Lehigh County starting May 3
WFMZ: South Whitehall looks to fill 3 commissioner spots
WFMZ: Allentown OKs landlord accountability resolution
WFMZ: Berks commissioners allocate $3.3M in COVID relief funding to hospitality businesses
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: 4,192 cases, 52 deaths; case rate starts to slow; Lehigh Valley nears 50% with 1 vaccine dose | Pa. COVID vaccine updates (4/22/21)
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Here are the candidates for Erie County Executive
Erie Times-News: The race for Erie County executive: Republican Wroblewski is political newcomer
Erie Times-News: Erie County executive race: Tyler Titus
Erie Times-News: Erie County executive race: Carl Anderson
Erie Times-News: Erie County executive: Dylanna Grasinger
Erie Times-News: Erie County executive race: Rita Bishop
Erie Times-News: Erie County executive race: Brenton Davis
Erie Times-News: Erie County should soon learn how much U.K. variant in local wastewater
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County gets over $700k for projects
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners act on grant application, other business
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Old Lycoming Township receives loan for clean water infrastructure
Centre Daily Times: April 22 update: Centre County adds 115 COVID-19 cases; Pa. reports 4,192 new positives
Mary Jo Daley and Morgan Cephas and state Sens. Amanda Cappelletti and Judy Schwank: Shelve the theatrics and address real issues affecting Pa. women and children
Carlos Vega: The D.A.’s Race Is Not A Choice Between Reform and Safety
John Baer: Politicians push ‘politics of overreach’, regardless of the consequences
Ernest Owens: Philly Needs a Much Bolder Approach to Gun Violence. Here Are Three Big Ideas
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Congressman Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County is a problem solver no more
Inquirer Editorial Board: Derek Chauvin was held accountable for killing George Floyd. Can that verdict happen in Pa.?
Inquirer: Pennsylvania ballot questions: Should voters give more disaster declaration control to the legislature? | Pro/Con
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: ‘Plant a Tree at Flight 93’ in Somerset County remembers, honors and restores
John L. Micek: Chauvin verdict reignites calls for police reform in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee
John L. Micek: Earth Day 2021: Philly, Allegheny Co. get ‘Fs’ on air quality in new report | Thursday Morning Coffee
Mark Kelly Tyler: I thought Derek Chauvin’s guilty conviction would feel like a win. Instead, we all lose.
Rev. Russell W. Goodman: May the verdict in the George Floyd case shock like Jesus did
Terry Spahr: It’s time to talk about Earth’s unsustainable population growth
Regina A. Hairston: Black businesses and communities deserve intentional investment
Jenice Armstrong: Philly wants to rename the Andrew Jackson elementary school. The Inquirer’s legendary Acel Moore gets my vote.
Stu Bykofsky: Don’t Fall For Larry Krasner’s Cynical Bait-And-Switch Trick
Bruce Ledewitz: There’s a pro-abortion rights case to be made for keeping the Hyde Amendment
Will Bunch: A just verdict for Chauvin reminds me of Obama’s 2008 win. Don’t spike the football.
Dan Simpson: Lessons learned from decades in Afghanistan
Trudy Rubin: The link between Alexei Navalny’s life or death and Biden’s policy toward Russia
Lakeesha Dawson: Support the Right to Repair Bill and save lives