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February 10th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf announced the launch of a bipartisan COVID-19 vaccine joint task force. Here is the Playbook. 

Wolf Launches Bipartisan COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force: Acting Sec. of Health Alison Beam and Director of the PA Emergency Management Agency Randy Padfield will co-chair the task force that also includes state Sens. Ryan Aument and Art Haywood, plus state Reps. Bridget Kosierowski and Tim O’Neal.

Ravenstahl Hired as Ross Assistant Township Manager: In an 8-0-1 board vote, the former Democratic state rep was named to serve as an assistant township manager.

Dave Ball Elected Washington County GOP Chair: The newly elected chair hopes to build onto the recent GOP momentum in the county.

Former State Rep. George Hasay Dies at 73: Former state Rep. George Hasay died at the age of 73. He was the youngest member of the state House after being elected in 1972 at the age of 23 and was the longest serving member when he announced his retirement in 2006 at the age of 57, the Citizens Voice reports.

Wolf Endorses Beemer for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: Gov. Tom Wolf endorsed Judge Bruce Beemer’s candidacy to continue serving on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, according to a release from the Beemer campaign. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania task force to look at COVID -19 vaccine speedup
AP: Wolf takes state out of appeal over victim rights amendment
Inquirer: John Fetterman addresses 2013 incident in which he pulled a gun on a man who turned out to be an unarmed Black jogger 
Inquirer: The Wolf administration won’t appeal a state court ruling that tossed victim-rights law overwhelmingly supported by voters
Inquirer: Bruce Castor had a big spotlight to open Trump’s impeachment defense. It didn’t go well.
Inquirer: More Philly lawyers are on Trump’s impeachment defense team and one sued the president last year
Inquirer: Searing images of a Capitol under siege and arguments over the Constitution open Trump’s impeachment trial
Inquirer: Bruce Castor’s impeachment trial speech spawns memes and confusion
New York Times: John Fetterman, Senate Candidate, Revisits Gun Incident Involving Black Jogger
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf, lawmakers form joint COVID-19 vaccine task force
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf again seeks a higher minimum wage, and he faces strong opposition again
Patriot News: Freshman legislator, first responders work together to aid stricken Capitol Police officer
Patriot News: Schools struggling with COVID-19 response: What’s going on in your district? 
Patriot News: Cutting college cost by 25% through redesign of Pa. state universities attracts lawmakers’ attention
Patriot News: Commonwealth Court of Pa. enhances public accessability by launching Twitter account
Patriot News: Pa. offers new tool and hotline for COVID-19 vaccine info, but not appointments
Patriot News: COVID-19 hospitalizations fall further in Pa. 
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (2/9/2021): Where does Pa. stand?  
WHYY Newsworks: After rambling speech, Pa. lawyer Bruce Castor panned for Trump impeachment performance
WHYY Newsworks: Trump impeachment trial makes Montco ‘center of the universe’ as Dean battles Castor
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Health Dept. launches new ‘Your Turn’ tool to find out when it’s your turn to get COVID-19 vaccine
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What Pa.’s Toomey, Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Was Mastriano trolling with social media bill? The actual answer may not matter | Wednesday Morning Coffee
ABC27: Mother, son duo make lawmaking a family affair in Pa. House  
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says new bipartisan task force will tackle state’s troubled COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Morning Call: Who is Bruce Castor? What we know about former prosecutor representing Trump at impeachment trial
Morning Call: Pa.’s Commonwealth Court is joining Twitter #underoath
Morning Call: Pa. pheasant hunter who named birds he shot after Democrats charged with assaulting police in Capitol siege
WESA: Just 10% Of Pennsylvanians Who Are 65+ Have Gotten The COVID Vaccine
WESA: PA’s Elderly Rely On Younger Relatives, Strangers On Facebook To Get COVID-19 Vaccine
WESA: Is The State COVID-19 Website Helping Users? One Designer Says It’s ‘Overpromising’ 
PLSReporter: Wolf launches COVID-19 vaccine joint task force as legislature calls for distribution improvements 
PLSReporter: Feb. 9 COVID-19 Update: DOH launches “Your Turn” tool, no plans for centralized vaccine registration 
PLSReporter: ‘Pennsylvania cannot wait’: Wolf renews call for minimum wage increase 
Fox News: Dem Senate candidate John Fetterman defends pulling gun on unarmed Black jogger in 2013 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Wolf creates vaccine task force with state legislators on board
Post-Gazette: Students at six merged Pa. state universities could earn degrees without leaving their campus
Post-Gazette: Constitutional scholar Gormley says he believes Trump impeachment trial can proceed
Post-Gazette: Accused ‘bullhorn lady’ in Capitol riots ordered released, but ruling stayed on appeal 
National Journal: Former Norristown Borough Council President Launches Bid
KYW Newsradio: Q&A on Trump impeachment defense: Castor wants a case he can’t lose, and this appears to be it
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania temporarily extends SNAP benefits to eligible college students
The Hill: Ryan Grim: Rep. Conor Lamb ‘very likely’ to enter Pennsylvania Senate race 
City Paper: Pa. has 5th most anti-government extremist groups among U.S. states 
City Paper: Gov. Wolf hopes to increase Pa. minimum wage to $12 by 2021, and $15 by 2027
KDKA: ‘Bullhorn Lady’ Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Suspected In Capitol Attack, Released On Bond
Politico: The 6 Republicans mulling Trump’s conviction
Politico: Trump lawyer denounces Capitol riot as ‘repugnant’ in winding opening argument
Politico: Trump broke them. Now the pandemic is bringing them together.
Beaver County Times: Pa. not considering centralized COVID vaccine signup
Beaver County Times: Why the Trump impeachment matters in Pa. 
Tribune Review: Judge grants bond to ‘Pink hat lady’ from Mercer County charged in Capitol riot
CNN: Bill Cassidy joins five other Republican senators who broke ranks to vote that Trump’s impeachment trial is constitutional 
CNN: Trump unhappy with his impeachment attorney’s performance, sources say
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board reports $53 million in Super Bowl wagers
Reading Eagle: Report finds Pennsylvania falls short in auto safety laws  

Inquirer: High-profile Philly lawyer Chuck Peruto is challenging DA Larry Krasner as a Republican
Inquirer: More Philly lawyers are on Trump’s impeachment defense team and one sued the president last year
Inquirer: Philly restaurants can expand indoor dining if they boost ventilation. Critics call the plan ‘unclear’ and ‘unenforceable.’
Inquirer: Democrats called to save the Postal Service, but now they’re in power and struggling to help the failing agency
Inquirer: Philly police contract fight is on: FOP seeks 5% ‘accountability’ bonus for body cam use
Inquirer: Philly receives $2.3 million grant to continue working to reduce its jail population
Inquirer: Philly teachers don’t report to school buildings for a second day; teacher vaccinations expected to start Feb. 22
Inquirer: Philly residents have to go online to sign up for the coronavirus vaccine. But what about people who can’t?
Inquirer: At local hospitals, COVID-19 cases decline, as drug overdose and psychiatric cases rise
Billy Penn: What to know about the debate over reopening Philly schools
Billy Penn: Philadelphia to release details about vaccine distribution, reversing initial policy
WHYY Newsworks: Indigenous People’s Day to replace Columbus Day in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Philly case counts see a ‘downward trend’ 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly public health contractor offers COVID-19 vaccine to entire staff, including those not yet eligible
KYW Newsradio: Another candidate enters the race for Philadelphia district attorney
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia aims to cut jail population by 15% with grant
KYW Newsradio: Philly offers restaurants way to increase indoor dining capacity, but it will require heavy duty ventilation
KYW Newsradio: Philly plans to vaccinate teachers, but Farley says shots aren’t necessary to reopen schools
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia set to debut first-ever raised concrete bike lane in spring
KYW Newsradio: Outlaw sounds the alarm as homicides in Philadelphia continue to climb
Philly Voice: ‘Philly D.A.’ docuseries delves into Larry Krasner’s battle for progressive criminal justice reform 
Philly Voice: As COVID-19 cases fall, Philly allowing restaurants to increase indoor dining capacities
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia releases Covid-19 vaccine interest form for businesses with eligible workers 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia restaurants can increase indoor dining capacity to 50% with new ventilation rules

Daily Local News: Chester County releases draft climate action plan for public input
Daily Local News: Angela Howard joins Downingtown Borough Council 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County authorizes $24M for rental, utility assistances amid coronavirus pandemic 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 15 coronavirus deaths over 4-day period 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County issues Black History Month proclamation
WHYY Newsworks: After rambling speech, Pa. lawyer Bruce Castor panned for Trump impeachment performance
WHYY Newsworks: Trump impeachment trial makes Montco ‘center of the universe’ as Dean battles Castor 
Bucks Local News: FEB. 8 BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: New cases plummet; deaths, hospitalizations also down

City Paper: Skipping Democratic endorsement, three Allegheny County judicial candidates join forces instead
Post-Gazette: City Council confirms 17 members to Pittsburgh’s new LGBTQIA+ Commission
Post-Gazette: Jail headcount down, Allegheny County lands more money to erode ‘unnecessary incarceration’
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds most newly reported covid cases in over 2 weeks
KDKA: New Research From University Of Pittsburgh Reveals Some People Are Living In ‘Vaccine Desert’ 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 405 New Coronavirus Cases, 2 Additional Deaths 
WESA: Allegheny County Police Will Get New Leader, Critics Say Community Should’ve Helped Choose Him

Observer-Reporter: O’Neal appointed to COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force
Observer-Reporter: Candidates, supporters adapting to nominating petition process during pandemic
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates rise in Washington, Greene
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 vaccine supply increases again in Pennsylvania
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials hope for year of growth
Beaver County Times: Pa. fixing vaccine registration system bugs
Beaver County Times: PA’s vaccine priorities are in dispute
Beaver County Times: 15 local pharmacies to receive COVID vaccine
KDKA: Pittsburgh-Area County Commissioners Say Lack Of Local Health Department Has Limited Access To Vaccines
Tribune Review: Peck seeks to extend quarter-century run as Westmoreland DA
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County averaging 30% of covid cases it had a month ago
Altoona Mirror: Council passes code laws
Altoona Mirror: Vaccine drive gains speed
Altoona Mirror: City plans to demo blighted structures
Altoona Mirror: Freehling lauded by city council
Altoona Mirror: Agtourism bill passes PA House
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County to save $610k on bond refinancing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State’s new virus count continues decline; Cambria adds 41 cases

Citizens Voice: Salavantis to resign as district attorney to run for Luzerne County judge
Citizens Voice: Much debate, little consensus on Luzerne County election issues
Citizens Voice: 60 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Judge again denies Cordaro’s request to modify sentence
Times-Tribune: Local musician releases ‘We Got Joe’ song
Times-Tribune: Search for COVID-19 vaccines frustrates seekers and providers
The Times Leader: Longtime lawmaker Hasay mourned, praised 
The Times Leader: Salavantis to resign as DA to run for county judge 
The Times Leader: Pros and cons of mail ballots debated at Luzerne County legislative meeting
The Times Leader: Brown vetoes WB City Council’s reduction of sewer and recycling fees 
The Times Leader: 60 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Tuesday

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Aument appointed to Wolf’s vaccine task force, says Pa. should consider appointing ‘vaccine czar’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Feds charge Manheim Township man with assaulting police during Capitol riot 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County moving forward with COVID-19 mass vaccination site plan; wants to give 6,000 shots a day 
York Dispatch: York County’s broadband strategy: If you build it, they will come
York Dispatch: York County had nine new deaths linked to COVID-19 over two days
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 80 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County in Tuesday’s data release
Patriot News: HACC professor runs for Dauphin County prothonotary 
Patriot News: Court suspends Harrisburg judge without pay

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Casey meets with Berks healthcare experts, leaders
WFMZ: Local expert weighs in on Fetterman’s run for US Senate
WFMZ: Reading City Council forgives $1M in small-business loans
Morning Call: Allentown City Council race: Hamilton Street merchant’s bid brings Democratic candidate total to 9 
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley business leaders call for moderation in minimum wage debate 
Morning Call: A decade later, deadly Allentown gas explosion continues to spur safety changes, haunt neighbors 
Reading Eagle: Reading council asks mayor to address gun violence
Reading Eagle: Berks County prothonotary launches campaign to keep post
Reading Eagle: Nearly 500 more Berks County residents start or complete COVID vaccinations
Express Times: COVID cases dwindle at Lehigh County Jail as Northampton County Prison holds at 0
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 1M people vaccinated; Lehigh Valley crosses 1,300 deaths | Pa. COVID-19 vaccination map

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Campanelli set to announce Erie County sheriff candidacy
Erie Times-News: Erie officials worry despite drop in COVID cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Business woman seeks nomination for district judge
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf takes state out of appeal over victim rights amendment
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 44 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 9 update: Centre County reports 88 new cases of COVID-19 between Monday and Tuesday

T.J. Rooney: Biden should stick to his pledge not to ban fracking in Pennsylvania
Nathan Benefield: Ignore Wolf’s small business tax hike. Pass a budget that cares for kids and communities
Frank Gallagher: Pa. has a chance to reform our struggling schools. Will the legislature let it happen? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Severance tax should be on the table
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Keep the skies friendly
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: She bravely investigated the orphanage founder who sexually assaulted children in her native Kenya and helped to convict him
Carol Stowell: Thank you, Secretary Kathy Boockvar, for leading by example
Julie Drzymalski: How basic engineering concepts could help solve Philly vaccination problems 
Tony Norman: The new Hippocratic Oath: ‘Do the right thing’
Phil Lord and Colleen McCauley: The Flint indictments are a reminder of Pa.’s failure to protect children from lead poisoning 
Paul Muschick: Fraud alert: How to avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams
Inga Saffron: Kensington faces a new challenge: Luxury development. Can a woke developer mitigate gentrification? 
Bruce Ledewitz: The San Francisco school board’s vote removing Lincoln’s, Washington’s names was was wrong. Here’s why 
Will Bunch Newsletter: Finding a COVID-19 shot is the new college admissions

14 Responses

  1. Bruce Castor gave an eloquent and beautiful recitation yesterday a complete and total explanation of why Trump cannot be impeached now that he is out of office and why impeachment precluded.

        1. Thanks to my friends at PoliticsPA, who are continuing to let you post fraudulent messages while cowardly posing as others.

  2. Interesting argument by GOP that Trump cannot be impeached now that out of office, because the only consequence for his riot incitement is criminal prosecution. Yes, Trump should be criminally charged, but that does not preclude impeachment.

    1. I see PoliticsPA is still condoning the imposter baby to post nonsense, rendering this website a malicious joke.

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