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February 11th Playbook

The NRCC announced their initial PA targets for the 2022 cycle. Here is the Playbook. 

NRCC Places Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild On Initial 2022 Target List: All three Democrats, who were targeted by the NRCC during the 2020 cycle, won reelection by less than 5 points in their most recent races.

Former State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf dies at 81: For state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) has died at the age of 81. He “earned wide respect from GOP and Democratic lawmakers,” PennLive reports, while also specifically citing his “evolution into a champion for criminal justice reform.” 

State Rep. Tarah Toohil Tests Positive for COVID-19: State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) announced on Wednesday that she tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine, the Times Leader reports. 

Dean’s Son Tweet Sparks Senate Speculation: Pat Cunnane, son of Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery), sent out a tweet on Wednesday saying that Dean, who is serving as an impeachment manager in the trial of former President Donald Trump, “seems comfortable in the Senate.” Dean has not announced a run for Senate in 2022, although Roll Call reported in January that she has been mentioned as a “potential candidate.” 

Two Unions Representing Essential Workers Endorse Peduto for Mayor: According to a release from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s campaign, United Food and Commercial Workers Local #1776, and Fraternal Association of Professional Paramedics Local #1 have endorsed Peduto’s reelection bid. 

Ziccarelli Announces Bid For Westmoreland DA: Nicole Ziccarelli, who was the GOP nominee for the 45th state Senate District in 2020, announced that she is running for Westmoreland County District Attorney, the Post-Gazette reports. 

Harrisburg & DC   
FOX43: FOX43 Capitol Beat: Lt. Governor Fetterman discusses Senate candidacy
Spotlight PA: Wolf administration refuses to release details after failure derails Pa. clergy sex abuse relief
AP: Statewide judges get party endorsement to run for high court
AP: Feds: Lawyer threated to kill Senate Democrats
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman again defends decision to pull gun on Black jogger in 2013: report
Patriot News: Former Pa. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf dies, hailed for pursuit of criminal justice reform 
Patriot News: Everett Stern, witness in international banking case, joins early birds in Pa.’s U.S. Senate race 
Patriot News: Pa. COVID-19 update: 1.4 million vaccinations, 574 in ICU, 125 new deaths
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Ours is a dialogue with history,’ Pa. Rep. Madeleine Dean says during Trump impeachment trial
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fetterman justifies — but does not apologize for — chasing down and brandishing shotgun at Black jogger while Braddock mayor
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Democrats call for investigation of GOP state house colleagues’ role in Capitol siege
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Pa. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, who ‘cared about justice above partisanship,’ dies at age 81
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, Casey vote to move Trump impeachment trial forward
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House Dems’ bill would create new Dept. of Accessibility & Inclusion | Thursday Morning Coffee
WHYY Newsworks: ‘If not for Donald Trump’: Montco’s Dean links riot to ‘actions of a desperate president’ 
Inquirer: Castor says widely panned impeachment opening was ‘by design,’ while Dean presses case against Trump
Inquirer: The view from Trump lawyer Bruce Castor’s Montgomery County: ‘It’s embarrassing’
PLSReporter: Democrats call for investigations into whether GOP state lawmakers incited Capitol riot
PLSReporter: Former Pa. Sen. Stewart Greenleaf dies at 81
PLSReporter: Toohil announces positive COVID-19 test
PLSReporter: Feb. 10 COVID-19 Update: State surpasses 1.4 million vaccinations
Morning Call: Pennsylvania outlines launch of COVID-19 relief program with grants up to $50,000 for restaurants, other hospitality businesses
KDKA: Wolf Administration Distributing $145M In Funding For Bars, Restaurants Hit Hard By Pandemic
USA Today: Ex-Pennsylvania prosecutor Bruce Castor, whose defense of Trump was widely derided, is no stranger to controversy 
Lebanon Daily News: Federal grand jury indicts man accused of threatening U.S. senators and ‘suicide by cop’
StateImpactPA: Range Resources fined nearly $300K for misclassifying wells
National Journal: Fetterman Defends Threatening an Unarmed Black Man in 2013
The Hill: Nearly 140,000 voters left GOP in 25 states in January
The Hill: Senate candidate Fetterman defends actions in 2013 gun incident with Black jogger
Beaver County Times: Bruce Castor vilified for Trump impeachment defense, looks for better day
Beaver County Times: PA lawmakers want Wolf to issue more reprieves. What he said 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania hospitality relief funding totaling $145 million now ready for distribution
CNN: ‘Triggering’: Lawmaker reacts to riot footage revealed in impeachment trial 
CNN: Pennsylvania man assaulted police officer, stole another’s bodycam during Capitol riot, prosecutors say
Philadelphia Business Journal: Stewart Greenleaf, longtime Pa. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, dies at 81
LNP | LancasterOnline: Here are the PA counties with the quickest pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in the past week
Tribune Review: Pa. Attorney General Shapiro files memorandum in Trump impeachment  

Billy Penn: Use the Linc for vaccinations? Mayor says no, lawmakers say yes, residents just want their shot
KYW Newsradio: Some push Linc as COVID-19 vaccine site, but Kenney says that won’t help right now
KYW Newsradio: Philly allows restaurants to increase indoor dining capacity, but only with heavy-duty ventilation
KYW Newsradio: City Council approves renaming street after Philly chef KeVen Parker 
Inquirer: Should Philly use the Linc as mass vaccine site? It’s now a political fight.
Inquirer: Black Philadelphians aren’t getting their fair share of COVID-19 vaccines. Faith leaders and hospitals are hearing a call to fix that.
Inquirer: When Danielle Outlaw was chief in Portland, Ore., police ‘escalated tensions’ by using force against protesters, report finds
Inquirer: What will it take to #SaveTheUSPS? | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Business Journal: Mayor and councilmembers trade barbs over use of stadium for mass vaccinations 
Philly Voice: Mayor Kenney replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Philly’s city calendar

Bucks County Courier Times: Stewart Greenleaf Sr. dies at 81 
Bucks County Courier Times: Montgomery County is out of vaccines for the week
Bucks County Courier Times: COVID-19 cases in Bucks continue two-month drop
WHYY Newsworks: ‘If not for Donald Trump’: Montco’s Dean links riot to ‘actions of a desperate president’
WHYY Newsworks: Montco hopes single-use appointment links, passwords will stop COVID vaccine ‘line-jumpers’ 
Inquirer: Stewart Greenleaf, longtime state senator from Montco, has died
Inquirer: The view from Trump lawyer Bruce Castor’s Montgomery County: ‘It’s embarrassing’ 
Bucks Local News: In a move to prevent terrorist attacks similar to 9/11, lawmakers introduce Saracini Enhanced Aviation Safety Act 
Delco Daily Times: Melasecca named new commissioner in Ridley Township
KYW Newsradio: Former state Sen. Stewart Greenleaf dies at 81
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County authorizes voting system contract renewal, outlines 2021 election dates
Montgomery Media: Four cases of U.K. coronavirus variant confirmed in Montgomery County
Daily Local News: Chester County’s hospitality industry getting funding relief
Daily Local News: Wolf appoints Silfa to WCU Council of Trustees
Daily Local News: Vaccine eligibility tool to aid in vaccination process in Chester County 

Post-Gazette: Congress tees up about $767M in COVID aid for Pittsburgh-area governments as relief measure advances
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s civil rights agency wary of Peduto’s change to hairstyle law after city police officer wants to grow beard
Post-Gazette: City Council moves forward with plan to open talks with school board
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 UPDATE: U.K. variant found in Allegheny County
WESA: Council Voices Concern About Emergency Declaration, Says School Board Should Have Been Notified
WESA: First Case Of UK Coronavirus Variant Found In Allegheny County
WESA: Labor And Industry Still Overwhelmed With Unemployment Claims
Tribune Review: Whitehall native Susan Orsega selected as acting U.S. surgeon general
Tribune Review: McCandless updates zoning law to limit location of fracking wells, reduce drilling nuisances
Tribune Review: Allegheny County hits lowest covid hospitalization number since November, adds 35 deaths
Tribune Review: UK covid variant detected in Allegheny County, officials say
Pittsburgh Business Times: First case of UK variant found in Allegheny County
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny County Reports First Case Of UK Coronavirus Variant
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 35 Additional Deaths, 239 More Coronavirus Cases 

Tribune Review: Nicole Ziccarelli announces bid for Westmoreland County district attorney
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania COVID vaccine distribution uneven
Beaver County Times: 454 Pa. facilities had vaccine last month
Post-Gazette: Ziccarelli seeking GOP nomination for Westmoreland DA job
Observer-Reporter: UK COVID-19 variant found in Allegheny County
Observer-Reporter: Wolf proposes minimum wage increase by July
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Tool for vaccine eligibility updates won’t schedule COVID-19 shots; state cases continue decline
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Chancellor: $300M hit from COVID-19 for Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair report fewer than 100 total COVID-19 cases
Altoona Mirror: Wolf creates vaccine task force
Altoona Mirror: L&I hiring help for jobless claims
Altoona Mirror: Vaccination clinic planned

The Times Leader: Toohil reveals COVID-19 diagnosis 
The Times Leader: Treasurer Garrity warns of fraud targeting unemployed Pennsylvanians 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County keeping elected tax collectors 
The Times Leader: 80 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County; 7 more deaths
Times-Tribune: Salavantis to resign as district attorney to run for Luzerne County judge 
Times-Tribune: Local COVID-19 death rate drops sharply
Citizens Voice: Rep. Toohil under quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19
Citizens Voice: County council approves raises for tax collectors, delays start till 2024
Citizens Voice: 80 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: COVID-19 vaccine distribution getting worse in Luzerne County 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Judges rule DA must turn over drug task force records to LNP 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Feds take over case of Ephrata lawyer accused of planning to kill Democratic senators [update]  
Patriot News: Dauphin County launches anti-stigma campaign, encourages people to seek help for addiction 
York Dispatch: York County had 12 new deaths attributed to COVID-19 Wednesday
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 70 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Wednesday
Lebanon Daily News: Federal grand jury indicts man accused of threatening U.S. senators and ‘suicide by cop’

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council forgives nearly $1M in small-business loans
Reading Eagle: More than 10,000 Berks County residents have completed COVID vaccinations
WFMZ: Impeachment managers, including Rep. Madeleine Dean, begin arguments in impeachment trial 
WFMZ: Reading council calls on mayor to address gun violence
WFMZ: Allentown sets up COVID-19 vaccination call center for seniors in Lehigh County
Express Times: New call center helps Lehigh County seniors schedule COVID vaccines
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 1.4M COVID vaccine doses given as slow start rolls on; 3,378 new cases and 125 new deaths continue state’s slowing spread; Lehigh County nears 30K cases | Pa. COVID vaccine map (02/10/2021)
Morning Call: As Pennsylvania drug crisis worsens, state government and Lehigh Valley-area coroners disagree on number of deaths 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania, federal officials reach $7.6 million settlement with American Zinc Recycling in lawsuit over pollution from Palmerton plant
Morning Call: Lehigh County seniors seeking vaccination appointment can call bilingual Allentown hotline


North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Tyler Titus enters race for Erie County executive
Erie Times-News: States offer different COVID vaccine eligibility. What to know.
Erie Times-News: Pa. not considering centralized COVID vaccine signup
Erie Times-News: Find out if it’s your turn to get the vaccine in Pa.
Erie Times-News: Erie County homeless count modified for 2021
Patriot News: Williamsport agrees to make City Hall more accessible for those with disabilities
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 10 update: Centre County reaches 12,000th case of COVID-19, reports 2 new deaths
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners debate county’s COVID-19 strategy
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County upset over rising costs to move judge’s office
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Hall committee recommends staying put
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: UPMC Susquehanna starts rolling out vaccines to 85+
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 37 new COVID-19 cases

Michael Nutter: As violence surges in Philly, we need to prepare kids for the worst
Inquirer Editorial Board: More voices needed on reopening Philly schools, including Mayor Kenney’s
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Gaps in vaccination data must be addressed in Pennsylvania if we’re going to win the battle against COVID-19
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A plan for Pa. is needed, not a wish list
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: DEP should revoke permits, explain itself
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Democratizing the arts
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Kicking home workouts into gear
Asahel D. Church: Independence through accountability: Why judicial elections haven’t gone away in Pennsylvania
Helen Ubiñas: Think Philly’s FOP ‘accountability’ bonus makes no sense? Not in this upside down world. 
Dan Simpson: Our vaccine shortage doesn’t compare to Africa’s
Cory Donovan: Your 401(K) Might Be Your Best Tool To Create Social Change 
Michael Coard: Celebrate Black history and support Black businesses 24/7/365

2 Responses

  1. NRCC is using a fundraising strategy with these targets. It helps raise dollars if you have someone to run against. It’s way too early (the terms for those who won in Nov just started for God sake) so how the landscape will look a year from now is anyone’s guess.

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

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