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April 27th Playbook

Pennsylvania will lose one U.S. House seat after reapportionment, while CNN rates Pennsylvania’s 2022 U.S. Senate seat as most likely to flip. Here is the Playbook. 

CNN Keeps 2022 PA Senate Seat As Most Likely To Flip in Latest Ratings: CNN’s Simone Pathe writes that although “Democrats may be contending with a messy primary, they see the wide interest in the seat as a sign of the opportunity to flip it.”

PA7: Scheller, with 500K Loan, Leads Wild in Cash on Hand: Rep. Susan Wild entered April with just under $515,000 cash on hand, while Lisa Scheller’s campaign ended March with just under $675,000 cash on hand.

Kenyatta Raises Close To $375K in Q1: The Philadelphia Democrat raised just under $375,000 and entered April with just over $215,000 cash on hand.

PA To Lose a U.S. House Seat After Redistricting: Spotlight PA reports on Pennsylvania going from the current 18 congressional districts to 17 districts by the time the 2022 midterm election arrives. 

POLITICO Previews 2022 PA House Races: POLITICO reports on the importance of Pennsylvania’s congressional races in 2022 after losing one House seat in congressional reapportionment. 

WHYY Talks To Braddock Voters About Fetterman: WHYY reports that “Braddock made John Fetterman a politician. It’s also home to some of his biggest critics.”

PA Progressives See Biden’s Infrastructure Push as a Chance to Go Big on Climate Change: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Pennsylvania climate activists and progressive groups are “pushing President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats to go big as Washington debates Biden’s $2 trillion jobs and infrastructure proposal.”

PA Legislative Redistricting Commission Sets Out to Find A Chairman: PennLive reports that “Pennsylvania’s legislative leaders began interviews on Monday with the 37 candidates interested in filing the fifth seat on the five-member commission charged with drawing state legislative district boundaries.”

ChamberPAC Endorses Brobson for PA Supreme Court: PennLive reports that ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, has endorsed Republican Judge Kevin Brobson for the State Supreme Court. 

Lamb Sends Letter Calling for Three Medicare-Related Provisions: POLITICO reports that Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny) and three other House Democrats organized a letter to the White House asking for Biden’s American Families plan to “include these three Medicare-related provisions: allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices; expand Medicare by lowering the eligibility age to 60; and add Medicare benefits such as dental, vision and hearing.”

Kenney Dodges Endorsing Krasner: Broad + Liberty reports that Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney “dodged three direct questions” in a television interview on 6ABC’s Inside Story on Sunday about “whether he would endorse incumbent District Attorney Larry Krasner’s re-election bid” against primary challenger Carlos Vega. 

Santorum Draws Fire for Remarks About Native Americans: PennLive reports that former Sen. Rick Santorum “raised the ire of pundits on social media after remarks made on Saturday at a Young America’s Foundation event during which he suggested that Native Americans had contributed little to the United States.”

WESA Previews Allegheny County Council’s 9th District Dem Primary: WESA highlights the upcoming primary in Allegheny County Council’s 9th District between incumbent Councilor Bob Macey and primary challenger Steven Singer, a Steel Valley Middle School teacher. 

Wolf Says He’ll Veto Ban on Transgender Athletes in Women’s Sports: The Hill reports that Gov. Tom Wolf said on Monday that he will veto a bill banning transgender athletes playing women’s sports in the state, if it passes the state legislature. 

Allegheny County Council to Debate Countywide Police Review Board: KDKA reports that Allegheny County Council will debate a countywide police review board during Tuesday’s council meeting at 5 p.m.

Casey Hosts Drive in Town Hall in York: ABC27 reports that Sen. Bob Casey promoted the American Rescue Plan during a drive-in town hall in York on Friday night. 

Bipartisan Bill Would Give Minor League Teams a Break with Social Distancing: The Altoona Mirror reports that state Reps. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) and Mark Rozzi (D-Berks) have announced a new bill that would reduce social distancing requirements in minor league stadiums from 6 feet to 3 feet.  

Kelly and Reschenthaler Seek $74 Million for 12 Transportation Projects in Pittsburgh Region: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Butler) filed requests for more than $39 million for seven transportation projects in his district, while Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Allegheny) filed requests for $34 million for five PennDOT projects in his district.

Reading Eagle Previews Several Races in Berks County: The Reading Eagle provides a preview for the 2 GOP candidates running for Berks County Treasurer, the 5 candidates running for the 2 open judgeships on Berks County Court, and 3 candidates running for district judge race in Reading

York County Bar Association to Hold Judicial Forum: The York Daily Record reports that the York County Bar Association will be holding a judicial forum on Tuesday evening, starting at 7 p.m., with three of the candidates, Joe Gothie, Suzanne Smith and Steve Stambaugh, taking questions from a panel. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania will lose a U.S. House seat after redistricting
Spotlight PA: You’re invited! A guide and free reader Q&A on what you need to know before the May primary election.
Spotlight PA: Sunoco failed to disclose some risks of Mariner East pipeline, was ‘negligent’ in response to concerns, judge rules
AP: Pennsylvania population lag costs state a US House seat
WHYY Newsworks: Braddock made John Fetterman a politician. It’s also home to some of his biggest critics
Patriot News: Pa. legislative redistricting commission sets out to find a chairman
Patriot News: ChamberPAC endorses Judge Kevin Brobson for Pa. Supreme Court
Patriot News: Leader of Pa. state universities says consolidating schools sets the stage for ‘long-term viability’
Patriot News: Rick Santorum draws fire for remarks about Native Americans
Patriot News: 53 Pa. counties have substantial spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 1st time in 6 weeks
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (4/26/2021): Where does Pa. stand?
Patriot News: COVID-19 in Pa.: More than 5 million have received at least one vaccine dose
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. set to shed a congressional seat as 2020 Census data begins trickling in
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Fairness means a lot to me’: Pa. residents make their pitch to chair Legislative redistricting panel
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amended health order aims to get vaccines to homebound Pennsylvanians
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: 2020 was a busy year for records requests in Pa. | The Numbers Racket
Inquirer: Pa. progressives see Biden’s infrastructure push as a chance to go big on climate change
Inquirer: Pa. state university system releases plan to merge six schools, with a vote expected Wednesday 
USA TODAY: Pa. to lose one U.S. House seat in census reapportionment. Which district might be cut?
WESA: PA Supreme Court To Look At State Use-Of-Force Law
WITF: Public Health Leaders Work To Win Over Pennsylvania Republicans Who Say They Won’t Get Vaccinated
PLSReporter: Pa. loses House seat, Census confirms
PLSReporter: The debate over vaccine passports in Pa., explained
York Dispatch: Proposal would help Pa. farmers fund conservation plans 
The Allegheny Front: New book explores private land, public good and fracking in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: State starts effort to get COVID-19 vaccines to homebound Pennsylvanians
Post-Gazette: State university system mergers set for vote Wednesday
KDKA: Pa.’s Revamped ‘Move Over Law’ Going Into Effect During Work Zone Awareness Week
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Focusing On Outreach To Get Homebound Pennsylvanians The COVID-19 Vaccine 
The Hill: Pennsylvania gov says he’ll veto ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports
The Hill: Six states to gain House seats, seven to lose seats
Politico: ‘Center of the universe’: Pennsylvania Democrats brace for midterm battle
Politico: Census surprise: Texas gains only 2 seats as shift to Sun Belt slows 
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccine supply seems to match demand, as more appointments go unfilled
CNN: Census Bureau announces 331 million people in US, Texas will add two congressional seats

WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA proposes $618 million capital budget 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Philly says providers can resume using J&J vaccine
Inquirer: SEPTA says it will forge ahead with trolley modernization in ambitious capital budget
Inquirer: COVID-19 cases dropping in Philly and across the region; Fauci says turning point ‘within a few weeks’
KYW Newsradio: Penn apologizes for keeping remains of children in MOVE bombing

Bucks Local News: SLOW DOWN, MOVE OVER: Pennsylvania’s ‘Move Over Law’ is changing
KYW Newsradio: In support of families dealing with addiction, Delco state representative gets personal
KYW Newsradio: Chesco DA, Mariner East Pipeline move toward reducing safety risks during construction
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 473 new coronavirus cases, no new deaths over three-day period
Montgomery Media: Coronavirus positivity rate decreases in Southeastern Pa. counties
Inquirer: Radnor students protest to keep ‘Raider’ name amid debate over Native American mascots
Daily Local News: Johnson & Johnson vaccine again available in Chester County

WESA: Allegheny County Councilor Bob Macey Draws Primary Challenge From Steel Valley Teacher Steven Singer
WESA: Safety Net Organizations Ask Pennsylvania For Additional Funds
WESA: A New Poll Suggests Most Pittsburgh Voters Actually Don’t Hate Bike Lanes
KDKA: Allegheny County Council To Once Again Debate Countywide Police Review Board
KDKA: Mail-In Ballots Going Out In Allegheny County, Over-The-Counter Voting Now Available
KDKA: Pittsburgh Public Schools To Receive More Than $100 Million From American Rescue Plan
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Launching Blitz On Abandoned Vehicles
KDKA: Braddock Council Candidate Raemon Prunty Arrested In Altoona Drug Bust
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 311 New Cases, Countywide Total Now Over 96K
Post-Gazette: County begins sending out mail-in and absentee ballots
Post-Gazette: GOP congressman seeks $74 million for 12 transportation projects in Pittsburgh region 
Post-Gazette: Pa. to lose one congressional seat; U.S. population growth hits near-record low 
Post-Gazette: PPS officials discuss plans for federal aid allocation
Post-Gazette: Public transit advocates question why Port Authority can’t use stimulus money for free and discounted rides
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Latest: County and state cases trending downward; Pa. looking to get vaccine to housebound residents
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s chief resilience officer talks about how the energy transition is a business opportunity
Tribune Review: Police review board again being considered by Allegheny County Council
Tribune Review: Attorney for ‘Pink Hat Lady’ says mesh mask was not meant to mock the court
Tribune Review: Allegheny County posts lowest single-day covid case report in 6 months
City Paper: Voteswagon Tour visits Pittsburgh, highlights problems of gerrymandering in Pa.
City Paper: Allegheny County launches an interactive COVID-19 Vaccine Provider map

Altoona Mirror: Relief pitch: Bill would give minor league teams a break with social distancing rules
Post-Gazette: GOP congressman seeks $74 million for 12 transportation projects in Pittsburgh region 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State tops 8 million vaccine doses, new COVID-19 case trending lower

The Times Leader: Luzerne County mails primary election ballots and issues plea for poll workers
The Times Leader: Cartwright names Dupont resident as virtual guest to Biden’s address
The Times Leader: Luzerne County solicitor says DA needs council OK for raises
The Times Leader: House committee unanimously passes Boback bill
The Times Leader: Luzerne County government still hasn’t paid its stormwater fee
The Times Leader: 43 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Monday
Times-Tribune: Olyphant volunteer firefighter pleads not guilty in Capitol riot case
Times-Tribune: Governor wants more vaccines reaching homebound
Citizens Voice: Dupont man named Cartwright’s “virtual guest” for Biden address to Congress
Citizens Voice: County council might vote on tax break for warehouse project Tuesday
Citizens Voice: Olyphant volunteer firefighter pleads not guilty in Capitol riot case
Citizens Voice: Political scene 4/26/21
Citizens Voice: 43 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Monday

South Central 
York Daily Record: Election 2021: York County Bar Association to hold judicial forum ahead of May 18 primary
York Dispatch: Sen. Casey: Vaccine hesitancy among minorities is no surprise
York Dispatch: Monday update: 204 new COVID-19 cases reported in York County
WHYY Newsworks: A rent-to-own project spurred dreams of homeownership in Chambersburg. The reality leaves tenants feeling ‘set up to fail’
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 73 new cases of COVID-19 in Monday’s two-day report for Cumberland County
LNP | LancasterOnline: 14 people in Lancaster County died from COVID-19 last week; here’s what state, county data says

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf visits Reading to tout COVID vaccination efforts for homebound residents
Reading Eagle: 2 seeking Republican nomination for Longswamp Township supervisor
Reading Eagle: 2 candidates competing for GOP nomination to be Berks County treasurer
Reading Eagle: 5 candidates seeking 2 open judgeships on Berks County Court
Reading Eagle: 3 candidates seeking nominations for district judge race in Reading
Reading Eagle: The return to ‘normal’ after COVID could create a mental-health pandemic
Reading Eagle: Opening date announced for COVID vaccine clinic in Berks [Map]
Morning Call: Pennsylvania will lose a congressional seat through 2020 reapportionment
Morning Call: Allentown now accepting walk-ins at vaccine clinic; Lehigh County to provide vaccinations to homebound residents
Express Times: Pa. reports 5K new cases over 2 days as state approaches 5.9M with one COVID vaccine shot
Express Times: This week Allentown COVID vaccine clinics are accepting walk ins
WFMZ: Proposed bill would help Pa. farmers make conservation improvements
WFMZ: Easton councilwoman to propose appropriating CARES Act funding to Easton’s homeless
WFMZ: Lehigh County program to help homebound residents get COVID-19 vaccines
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf announces effort to get COVID-19 vaccines to homebound individuals

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie postmaster sues mail carrier over ballot claims
Erie Times-News: Migrant children leave Erie facility. Will more come?
Erie Times-News: Sheriff candidate linked to racist Facebook posts
Erie Times-News: Erie sees drop in COVID cases, hospital stays and deaths
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Democrats, allies detail climate plans for nation
Centre Daily Times: April 26 update: Centre County adds 67 weekend COVID-19 cases; Pa. has 5,043 positives

Kadida Kenner: Pa. deserves a 5th redistricting commissioner who values the power of the people over the people in power 
Daniel Sidelnick: The Republican candidate for Senate District 48 should have showed up for a voter forum
Paul Spiegel: Pennsylvania’s clean energy businesses are poised to add jobs to the state’s economy
John L. Micek: House, Senate GOP stymie Wolf on climate change, hold up key appointments | Monday Morning Coffee
Kalonji Johnson: Gov. Wolf’s disaster declaration is helping Pennsylvanians get medical care during the pandemic
Inquirer Editorial Board: Fracking jobs will disappear. Pennsylvania has to manage the decline. 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Schools and bus contractors must boost wages to attract new drivers
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: NASA continues to achieve great things with helicopter flight on Mars
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: This week’s good things: Encouraging acts of environmentalism around Lancaster County
Lee Epstein: I grew up in Pennsylvania coal country. It wasn’t pretty and it’s time to move on.
Abigail Kennedy and John Stuetz: ‘This is why I hate school’: Philly students are right about rushed reopening
Joyce M. Davis: Black Lives Matter protests one year later — what did they achieve?
Geof Lambert: Victim urges Pa. Senate to enact statute of limitations reform
Claire Wolters: How To Start A Voter Registration Drive
Dan Pearson: Over-policing of minor infractions will lead to another murder like George Floyd’s
Dick Polman: Of fake vaccine cards and the cult of American selfishness 
Osvaldo Garcia: Pennsylvania’s reduction of methane emissions isn’t going so well
Richard M Rodney: Protests are fine, but insurrections are not

4 Responses

  1. Well, of course Republicans want to eliminate a Democratic seat. Do you think that Democrats don’t want to eliminate a Republican seat? Your political statements are those of a pot-stirring troll, not of a serious advocate for better government. How about your suggestion for which seat to eliminate? That’s too dicey, isn’t it?

  2. You can be sure the GOP will want to eliminate a Dem seat. That’s the only way GOP can win. By suppressing votes and eliminating Dem seat. Cancel culture all the way in the most blatant hypocrisy. The GOP way: lie, cheat, steal.

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