February 12th Playbook

Democrats have selected their candidate for the special election for the 59th state House District, while a Republican joins the Philadelphia District Attorney’s race. Here is the Playbook. 

HD59: Mariah Fisher Selected As Dem Candidate for Special Election: Fisher, a member of the Ligonier Borough Council, has experience advocating for residents and managing a balanced budget on the council’s financial committee, according to a release from the Westmoreland County Democratic Party.

Peruto Announces Bid for Philly DA: The defense attorney said that public safety is his number one concern in his bid for Philadelphia District Attorney.

State Rep. Seth Grove Quarantining Due to COVID-19 Symptoms: State Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) announced on Thursday that he is quarantining at home after he developed COVID-19-like-symptoms, the York Dispatch reports. 

Judge Street Receives A “Recommended” Rating from PA Bar Association: According to a release from Judge Sierra Thomas Street’s campaign, she has received a “recommended” rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission. Street is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for a seat on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. 

Burgess and Lavelle Endorse Peduto for Mayor: Pittsburgh City Councilmen Ricky Burgess and Daniel Lavelle have endorsed Mayor Bill Peduto’s reelection bid, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 

Zrinski Announces Reelection Bid for Northampton County Council: Tara Zrinski, a member Northampton County Council who was the Democratic nominee for the 138th state House District in 2020, announced that she is running for reelection, WFMZ reports. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: School groups to Gov. Wolf: Vaccinate teachers ASAP
AP: Man held for trial in pepper spraying of Capitol officers
Patriot News: Pa. education groups urge Gov. Tom Wolf to prioritize school staff for COVID-19 vaccinations
Patriot News: Pa. offering more help for seniors to get COVID-19 vaccines, Gov. Tom Wolf says
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker from York County quarantining at home amid COVID-19 concern
Patriot News: COVID-19 and the courts: How innovations keep Pa.’s legal system running in a pandemic
Patriot News: COVID-19 intensive care cases continue to decline in Pa.
Patriot News: Philly, State College and Lancaster ZIP codes still lead Pa. in new COVID-19 cases this week
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With one Supreme Court seat up for grabs, Pa.’s 2021 judicial elections start to take shape
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: That tidal wave of evictions hasn’t hit yet. State, local efforts are making the difference, report | Friday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: ‘They don’t deserve to die in prison’: Gov. Wolf grants clemency to 13 lifers
Inquirer: The nation’s oldest juvenile lifer, Joe Ligon, left a Pa. prison after 68 years 
WITF: Dozens of GOP state lawmakers wanted Pa.’s electoral votes overturned. Two reflect on their decision.
PLSReporter: While scant on details, Wolf says ‘we need to be better’ with vaccine rollout
PLSReporter: Education associations urge educator vaccine prioritization amidst return to in-person learning
Erie Times-News: Senator Casey is back in the majority. What he wants
Erie Times-News: State finds new way to help with unemployment 
Tribune Review: John Fetterman: ‘Race played no role’ in shotgun-wielding chase of Black jogger he mistook for criminal
Tribune Review: Pink hat lady from Mercer County to be released pending trial on Capitol riot charges
StateImpactPA: Groups oppose Pittsburgh-area fracking waste injection well
National Journal: Charlie Cook’s 2022 Look Ahead: Senate
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: With vaccine supply limited, Bucks County officials ask for patience
Beaver County Times: Senator Casey is back in the majority. What he wants 
Beaver County Times: PA’s ‘bullhorn lady’ appears before a judge
Post-Gazette: Accused Capitol rioter from Mercer County again ordered released
Post-Gazette: Kentucky felon living in Uniontown ordered held on Capitol riot charges
Morning Call: Pennsylvania official says surge in drug use killing nearly 13 people a day; 2020 could be worst year yet in opioid crisis
CNN: Former Republican officials float possibility of forming ‘center-right’ party 
CNN: Trump is already shaping the 2022 Senate battle
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf Concedes Vaccine Rollout Isn’t Perfect But Says Supply Is The Problem
KDKA: Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro Submits Memo On State’s Elections To Senate For Impeachment Trial

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: The Philly election you haven’t heard of with a half-billion dollars at stake 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘How many lives?’: Survivors want to know why Philly won’t declare gun violence emergency
WHYY Newsworks: ‘This is unprecedented’: Study finds link between COVID lockdowns and shootings in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: As mediator decision looms, Philly school officials try to quell reopening fears
Philly Voice: A documentary detailing Four Seasons Total Landscaping’s rise to fame is in the works
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania nursing home providers call on state to increase Covid-19 vaccine supply 
KYW Newsradio: Report on public hearings about police contract released as city begins negotiations with FOP
KYW Newsradio: Philly school buildings safe to reopen Feb. 22, Hite says
KYW Newsradio: Philly-area vaccine clinic for seniors shows what works, and what doesn’t, with Pa. vaccine rollout
Inquirer: Philly’s gun violence increased in 2020 as COVID-19 lockdown measures went into effect, study finds 
Inquirer: Outlaw says altered image of police motto used by NBC10 ‘insulting’ and that station has apologized 
Inquirer: Will Philly schools reopen? Depends on whom you ask. | Morning Newsletter

SEPA
Daily Local News: Killion joins Wanner Associates
Daily Local News: Mixed reaction locally on plan to hike minimum wage to $15 per hour
Daily Local News: Teachers union demands Chester, Delaware county schools maintain 6-feet of social distance
Daily Local News: State Sen. Kane calls for probe in Chester County vaccine shortage
Montgomery Media: Local officials remember late State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County launches coronavirus hotline
Inquirer: A debate in the Philly suburbs on bringing more students back to classrooms is ‘as political as the presidential election’
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County vaccine clinics to open Tuesday 
Bucks Local News: League of Women Voters of Bucks County launches ‘Get Out And Vote’ high school video contest 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: With vaccine supply limited, Bucks County officials ask for patience
WHYY Newsworks: ‘It’s been an overwhelming response’: Delco’s Board of Health search draws interest
Delaware Valley Journal: Bucks Commissioner Asks for Patience with Vaccine Wait, Announces Clinics

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council’s two Black members endorse Mayor Peduto for re-election
Post-Gazette: 12 years later, former county councilman McCullough’s appeals run out
Post-Gazette: Pa. education groups urge state to prioritize school staff vaccinations
Post-Gazette: Report: Shale gas boom counties saw little growth in local jobs, income
Post-Gazette: Councilwoman Megan Tunon to head Etna’s branch of Triboro Ecodistrict
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 update: Wolf administration praises southwestern Pa. agencies’ vaccination programs
WESA: Allegheny County Paid Sick Leave Bill Inches Closer To Council Vote
WESA: ‘We Work For The Community’: Marc Cherna Reflects On 25 Years Of Human Services 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 No New Deaths, 270 Additional Cases
Tribune Review: John Fetterman: ‘Race played no role’ in shotgun-wielding chase of Black jogger he mistook for criminal
Tribune Review: Beards for Pittsburgh residents would be protected in revised law
Tribune Review: Pa. Supreme Court won’t take former Allegheny County councilman’s appeal on theft conviction
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports no new deaths, reassigns 1 to another county
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County Council considers amendments to paid sick days ordinance
City Paper: Report shows natural gas fracking didn’t produce promised jobs to Pa. and Appalachia

SWPA
Altoona Mirror: Patton man runs for lieutenant governor
Altoona Mirror: State Dems call out GOP
Altoona Mirror: Vaccine demand outstrips supply
Altoona Mirror: Prothonotary seeks re-election
Observer-Reporter: Officials in Washington, Greene counties rethinking regional health department concept 
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf recognizes aging services in Washington County on COVID-19 vaccines
Observer-Reporter: Wolf: $145M in hospitality relief headed to all Pa. counties
Observer-Reporter: Frustrations mount as people try to register for COVID-19 vaccine
Beaver County Times: Beaver County reassessment won’t bring windfall
Beaver County Times: Find out if it’s your turn to get the vaccine in Pa.
KDKA: Nicole Ziccarelli Announces Run For Westmoreland County District Attorney
Tribune Review: Westmoreland commissioners plan for vaccine registry
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID pandemic is fueling resurgence of opioid crisis, experts warn
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Six COVID-19 deaths reported across region, among 115 across state
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County DA’s summary trial postponed

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Cartwright calls for changes at USPS
Citizens Voice: Former deputy election director describes discarded ballots incident
Citizens Voice: 83 new COVID-19 cases recorded in county on Thursday
Times-Tribune: Cartwright calls for changes at USPS
Times-Tribune: COVID-19 case, death numbers continue gradual decline
The Times Leader: Luzerne County preparing list of open seats for primary
The Times Leader: 83 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county on Thursday; 5 more deaths

South Central 
Patriot News: Candidates line up for GOP nomination for open Pa. Senate seat; Democrats still searching for one 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker from York County quarantining at home amid COVID-19 concern
Patriot News: Perry County DA announces that he’s running for district judge
York Dispatch: Seth Grove in quarantine after showing COVID-19 symptoms  
York Dispatch: York County had four new deaths attributed to COVID-19 on Thursday
York Daily Record: Lawyer for ‘Officer Jeff’ says he’s been cleared of wrongdoing, was not part of DC riots
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 73 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Thursday
LNP | LancasterOnline: What’s that letter from Voter Registration? Fill it out if you want to keep receiving mail-in ballots 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County prosecutor won’t appeal records ruling 
LNP | LancasterOnline: More Lancaster Countians lose jobs, as economy still struggles with COVID-19’s impact 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County surpasses 900 deaths from COVID-19 as coronavirus pandemic grinds on

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Republicans view Susan Wild, Matt Cartwright as vulnerable in 2022 congressional races
Morning Call: Pennsylvania official says surge in drug use killing nearly 13 people a day; 2020 could be worst year yet in opioid crisis
Reading Eagle: Berks County treasurer launches campaign for a third term
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners approve refinancing $30.5 million in bonds
Reading Eagle: Leader of group representing long-term care facilities takes shots at Pa. COVID vaccine rollout
Reading Eagle: Pa. updates on COVID vaccinations progress as 1,000-plus Berks residents added to the inoculation rolls
WFMZ: Tara Zrinski to run for reelection to Northampton County Council
WFMZ: Allentown mayor announces nomination for city fire chief
WFMZ: Lehigh County OKs agreements, committee appointments
WFMZ: Reading residents gather to discuss gun violence in city
Express Times: Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry to benefit from $145M in state grant funding
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Nearly 4K new cases, 115 new deaths as daily average cases tick upward; Lehigh and Northampton cases rising toward milestones; St. Luke’s addresses vaccine concerns | Pa. COVID county map (02/11/21)

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie restaurants, bars, hotels in line for $3M 
Erie Times-News: Clear seeks tax relief for volunteer firefighters
Erie Times-News: LECOM holds COVID-19 vaccine test run in Erie
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Zoning change ‘opens’ South Williamsport borough for business
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State launches ‘Your Turn’ vaccine information app
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Old Lycoming supervisors OK committee assignments
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 60 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 11 update: Centre County adds 74 cases of COVID-19; Pa. reports 3,978 new positives

Opinion  
John Baer: As John Fetterman enters Pa.’s Senate race, could he be the future of U.S. politics? 
Morgan Cephas, Mary Jo Daley, Amanda Cappelleetti, and Judy Schwank: Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22
Joyce M. Davis: Myths, misinformation and fabrications aside, Pennsylvanians are desperate to get the vaccine
Paul Muschick: Callers swamp new Allentown hotline: A sign of frustration with COVID vaccination efforts
Paul Muschick: What’s going on at the IRS? A Coplay woman has waited 11 months for her refund
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Vaccine task force a good idea
York Dispatch Editorial Board: 44 very special people in the Senate
Inquirer Editorial Board: With eviction avalanche looming, court documents fail to ensure due process for tenants
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: 3 matters of transparency: The good, the bad and the ugly
Patricia Fonzi: Relief within reach: providing food during a pandemic
Jonathan Butcher: How do we get kids back in schools? Stop teacher union bullying. 
Bruce Katz, Ben Preis and Collin Higgins: The Virus and the City: Biden’s Next Move 
John L. Micek: ‘Is this America?’ A Black Capitol police officer’s question is what the Trump trial is all about
Ernest Owens: Don’t Abuse Identity Politics to Defend Danielle Outlaw
Centre Daily Times: Gov. Wolf: Budget proposal looks to remove barriers facing Pennsylvania families  
Michael Faccinetto and Rebecca Bodnar: Why Allentown schools receive far less than they need to meet student needs
Will Bunch: ICE ‘Deep State’ is blocking Biden’s quest for justice for refugees 
Joseph Martin: What happened on Jan. 6 is a symptom of a deeper illness in our country
Qamara Edwards: Philly’s new indoor dining guidelines fail both restaurants and customers

5 Responses

  1. Dems are the fascist Nazi party. Good thing he is a Republican rather than the party associated with pukes.

  2. The 5th grade boy language of this imposter known to PoliticsPA does not impel this sorry site to censor or bar his defamatory false posting. Why is that? Do you have no shame or self-respect, PoliticsPA?

    1. nevermind, I thought about it and remembered that cancel culture is bad and people shouldn’t be censored for what they say because I’m a cuckservative!

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