February 12th Playbook

The state launches online registration for mail-in ballots, while three incumbent Congressmen in key districts report strong fourth quarter fundraising. Here is the Playbook. 

 

PA1: Fitzpatrick Doubles Highest Dem Fundraiser in Q4: Fitzpatrick’s campaign raised $525,000 from the beginning of October to the end of December, while Debbie Wachspress, who was the highest raising Democrat, raised $235,000 during the same time period.

PA10: Perry Raises $360K, DePasquale Brings in $300K in Q4: Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) and Democrat Eugene DePasquale raised nearly the same amount in the last two quarters of the year.

Lamb Q4 Haul Leads PA Delegation: Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Allegheny) $585,000 fourth quarter haul is the strongest of any candidate in the state.

PA1: Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Local No.22 Endorses Fitzpatrick: According to a release from Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-Bucks) campaign, the Philadelphia Firefighters and Paramedics Union, Local 11 endorsed his reelection bid for the 1st Congressional District. 

PA10: Brier To Host Town Hall: Tom Brier, an attorney and author who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the 10th Congressional District, will be hosting a joint town hall with Sean Quinlan, Democratic candidate for the 87th state House District, on Thursday evening at the Enola Fire Company Social Hall. 

 

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-31: Rick Coplen, a Carlisle Area School Board member and college professor, announced his intentions to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the seat held by state Sen. Mike Regan (R-York), according to PennLive. Regan was elected to the state Senate in 2016 after defeating Democrat John Bosha by 36 points.

HD-37: John Padora, a Clay Township resident who has spent the last decade working in precision manufacturing, announced his intentions to seek the Democratic Party nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Mindy Fee (R-Lancaster). Fee bested Democrat Suzanne Delahunt by 45 points in her most recent reelection bid in 2018. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
The Caucus: 30 power-players, rising stars and influencers with the most punch in Pennsylvania politics 
AP: Pennsylvania launches online application for mail-in ballots
CNN: How fracking became a key 2020 election issue 
Spotlight PA: Pa. House lawmaker wants to end ‘honor system’ that allows agencies to hide contracts
Morning Call: Do Pennsylvania lawmakers really want new redistricting process? Here’s why committee leader doubts it 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf’s budget earmarks $5M in aid to communities hit by prison, residential center shutdowns 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick meets with Parkland families, Trump on school safety measures
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Map: Pa. education officials hit the road to hear input on new science standards 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Transgender Pa. prison inmate sues Corrections Dept., claiming they were denied proper healthcare 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: On the trail in New Hampshire, a Pennsylvanian watches the ‘Humans of 2020’ 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? Here’s how to request a new mail-in ballot online
WITF: Attorneys expand lawsuit seeking abuse information from Pa. dioceses
PLSReporter: ‘Without any additional funding, it’s kind of crazy’: Reaction mixed from districts on proposed full-day kindergarten mandate
PLSReporter: Proposed cut to school safety grant program draws ire of Republican lawmakers
Patriot News: Photo of Carnival-clad Gisele Fetterman sparks conversation online
Patriot News: ‘Trump Store’ selling only presidential merchandise opens in Pa.
Patriot News: From the New Hampshire primaries to the firing of impeachment witnesses | BattlegroundPA podcast
PA Post: Natural gas driller, cited by DEP for fracking wastewater spill in Lycoming County, now faces criminal charges
Billy Penn: Early voting is here! How to vote by mail in Pennsylvania 
StateImpactPA: U.S. Steel, Allegheny County Health Department finalize air pollution settlement agreement and order
StateImpactPA: ‘You guys know me, I’m not a traitor’: Former PES refinery worker criticized by some for his film about the plant, the fire and his opinion on the site’s future
Stateline.org: Rural and poor states depend on the Census the most, new report shows
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania begins online registration for voting by mail 
S&P Global Market Intelligence: Pennsylvania shale permits plunge in January as gas prices collapse
The Hill: Pennsylvania Republican rips ‘detestable’ Joaquin Phoenix Oscars speech

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: There’s a new ‘Trump Store’ in the suburbs for supporters who wouldn’t ‘dare wear one of these shirts’ in Philly
Inquirer: Philly progressives used to criticize weak campaign finance laws. Then they learned how to use them.
Inquirer: Philly is already a pro-business city, Mayor Jim Kenney tells Chamber of Commerce
Inquirer: Philadelphia public defenders vote to unionize
Inquirer: Philly refinery auction’s first collateral damage: A $120 million biogas plant
Inquirer: Philly’s rapidly changing neighborhoods may be skewing the count of underwater mortgages
Inquirer: Jill Biden confronts heckler during her husband’s New Hampshire rally: ‘I’m a good Philly girl’
KYW Newsradio: Mayor hints at new initiative to ease accessibility of community college
KYW Newsradio: With PES refinery future still unclear, Mayor Kenney proposes ban on use of deadly chemical at site
KYW Newsradio: Study shows Jewish population in Philadelphia area is growing, more diverse
KYW Newsradio: Health officials investigate possible case of Wuhan coronavirus in Philly
The Notebook: District finds that creating more trauma-informed schools requires a change of culture 
Billy Penn: Early voting is here! How to vote by mail in Pennsylvania
Billy Penn: Urgent cares are suddenly everywhere in Philly. Can they help boost the city’s health?
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia proposes banning hydrofluoric acid, toxic chemical in refinery explosion
WHYY Newsworks: As Jewish population in Philly region expands, so does definition of who is considered Jewish
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly lawmakers to target stop-and-gos with new regulations
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Mayor Jim Kenney urges leaders to change city’s anti-business narrative
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Jesus Is Suing Police and City for First Amendment Violations
PLSReporter: Mayor Kenney seeks more partnership in address to Chamber of Commerce
Philadelphia Business Journal: PES refinery sale: Which objections could affect Wednesday’s court hearing? 
Philly Voice: ‘Philly girl’ Jill Biden removes heckler from campaign rally

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Chesco Dems set to vote on state Senate nods
Daily Local News: Chesco eco-board members set for vote
Daily Local News: Redrawing political lines debated at Fair Districts PA forum
Daily Local News: Health officials in Chester County urge caution over coronavirus
Delco Daily Times: Boyce: Pipeline leak would present ‘extreme hazard’ to county
Delco Daily Times: Chester may move on sale of water authority – again
Pottstown Mercury: Montco LGBT Business Council holds third annual gala
Bucks Courier Times: Photos: The Trump Store opens in Bensalem

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council bans conversion therapy
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Board of Elections addresses concerns before state primary
Post-Gazette: Parks Conservancy disagrees with Peduto administration’s bill to establish tax
Post-Gazette: U.S. attorney’s office in Pittsburgh will review materials between Giuliani and Justice Dept.
Post-Gazette: Sparring industry and safety advocates urge Congress to regulate self-driving cars
Post-Gazette: Cheap shale gas menaces coal miner Consol even overseas
Post-Gazette: URA will consider loan to preserve affordable apartments in Friendship 
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: Does Judge Mark Tranquilli’s Record Reflect Racial Bias?
KDKA: New Pennsylvania Voting System Threatens Confusion At The Polls
KDKA: Monessen Mayor Says He Missed Nearly 2 Years Of Meetings To Address Corruption In City
KDKA: Report: U.S. Attorney In Pittsburgh Vetting Rudy Giuliani Documents On Biden Family
WESA: Burgess Introduces Bill To Adopt Parks Conservancy’s Plan For New Tax
WESA: Here’s What You Need To Know About Voting Ahead Of The 2020 Primary
WESA: The City of Pittsburgh Wants To Make Building Standards For Itself
WESA: Systemic Racism And Bias In Pittsburgh Media
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council votes to ban conversion therapy
Tribune Review: Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh reportedly to vet Biden info Giuliani providing from Ukraine
Tribune Review: Allegheny County to roll out $400K marketing campaign ahead of new voting machines, laws
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Council proposes another plan for spending park tax money
Pittsburgh Business Times: Senator Toomey pushes for ATI tariff exemption
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto administration announces six development plans for the Hill District

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Lamb: Montgomery Locks and Dams could get $8M for repair planning
Altoona Mirror: UPMC can sue over pension error

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Residents hope stormwater petition gets White House attention
Citizens Voice: County council to weigh proposed lawsuit settlements
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown’s budget set for second and final vote
The Times Leader: Vehicle fee decision postponed, stormwater fee resolution passes
Times-Tribune: Scranton Mayor Cognetti announces Day of Action on census
Times-Tribune: Dunmore councilwoman calls for more realistic budgets as town faces nearly $20M in debt
Times-Tribune: City council wants update from Basalyga on Electric City Garage repairs

 

South Central 
Patriot News: College professor joins race for Pa. Senate seat representing Cumberland, York counties
Patriot News: Derry Township appoints new supervisor, who favors moving forward with Hershey Community Center 
Patriot News: Photo of Carnival-clad Gisele Fetterman sparks conversation online
Patriot News: ‘Trump Store’ selling only presidential merchandise opens in Pa.
Patriot News: From the New Hampshire primaries to the firing of impeachment witnesses | BattlegroundPA podcast
Patriot News: Harrisburg police extending an olive branch, but after that will ‘do what needs to be done’
Patriot News: Harrisburg activist gets Trump flag-burning citation thrown out
York Dispatch: York City lawmaker offers help with tax and rebate applications
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school board member announces run for 31st Senatorial District seat
York Daily Record: York council weighs in on residency requirement

 

Lehigh Valley       
Morning Call: Here’s how much your Lehigh Valley town would start paying to fund Pennsylvania State Police
Morning Call: DEP won’t restrict development in Lehigh County if users of leaky sewer system develop interim, long-term plans
Morning Call: Newest Whitehall commissioner wants to make sure ‘the right businesses’ come to township 
Reading Eagle: State Sen. Judy Schwank invites constituents to Shillington Farmers Market for discussion
Reading Eagle: Reading introduces boosted salary ranges for public works, community development directors

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Democrat exits congressional race 
Erie Times-News: Voter forums to address new laws, voting machines 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor keeps public, City Council in loop
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners act on contracts and services

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Redistricting reform: Time running out to create citizens commission
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Spending spree: Interest on federal debt expected to soar in next decade
Inquirer Editorial Board: The impeachment trial is over. So is the Senate’s excuse for inaction on guns.
Stephen Roy: Manufacturing is a top issue for Pennsylvania voters and should be for 2020 candidates 
Jonathan Zimmerman: Shame on Trump, DeVos for using Philly girl to manipulate message on school choice 
John L. Micek: Fake RNC Census surfaces again — this time in Bucks, MontCo | Tuesday Morning Coffee
JD Mullane: The Trump Store in Bensalem busy on its opening day
Charlie Deitch: An Allegheny County judge called a Black juror ‘Aunt Jemima.’ What recourse does the public really have? | Analysis
Paul Muschick: You may be shocked to learn how much Pennsylvania (and Allentown) spend on litterbugs 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Big U.S. Steel property in Bucks County is for sale, seeks massive development
Fletcher McClellan: Trump was unshackled by Senate acquittal. The worst is yet to come 
David Salkever: Three charts that explain why, in real pay, Trump’s ‘Blue Collar Boom’ is a bust for most workers | Analysis
Rob Tornoe: Political cartoon: With coronavirus, the flu gets no respect
Matthew Spoke: Just because we love Wawa doesn’t mean we should let them handle our data insecurely 
Will Bunch: New Hampshire’s winner? Mike Bloomberg, as panicked Dems flock to a billionaire
Quinn O’Callaghan: The new XFL already has a less racist hiring record than the NFL 
Gene Therapy: Don’t worry, Iowa. We never really fix anything.

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