February 17th Playbook

The Cook Political Report labels Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate Race as a Toss Up. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Cook Labels PA’s 2022 Senate Race As A Toss Up: The Cook Political Report’s first Senate ratings for the 2022 cycle lists Pennsylvania as one of two states that are considered to be Toss Ups.

Killion Joins Wanner Associates: The former state Senator announced that he’s joining the Harrisburg-based firm.

Boyle Endorses Sims For Lt Gov: State Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia) endorsed state Rep. Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia) bid for Lieutenant Governor.  

Dumas Receives A “Recommended” Rating from PA Bar Association: According to a release from Judge Lori Dumas campaign, she has received a “recommended” rating from the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission. Dumas, a Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge, is one of four Democratic candidates running in the race for a seat on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. 

Wagner Announces Bid for Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner announced that she’s running for a seat on the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. 

Houlahan Named Subcommittee Vice Chair of Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems: According to Politico, Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester) was named as the Vice Chair of Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems on the House Armed Services Committee. 

O’Connor and Strassburger Endorse Peduto for Mayor: Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O’Connor and Councilperson Erika Strassburger have endorsed Mayor Bill Peduto’s reelection bid, according to a release from his campaign. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Inquirer: The push to punish Pat Toomey points to a future tied to Trump for Pennsylvania Republicans
Inquirer: The Gale brothers of Montgomery County are teaming up to run for governor and U.S. Senate 
Patriot News: Two Gales – Joe and Sean – jump into Pennsylvania’s 2022 political fray
Patriot News: Pa. schools would get hike of more than $1B with Gov. Wolf’s budget, but officials aren’t banking on cash yet
Patriot News: Pa. Lottery ticket sales on track for a banner year
Patriot News: Graves of WWI and WWII vets robbed at Pa. cemetery: state police 
Patriot News: 51 Pa. counties have substantial spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 9th week
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania State Police will escape legislative scrutiny in 2021 budget process
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s vaccine program is flailing. Nurses in the statehouse are out to fix it.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Joe Gale, a Trump supporter and Montgomery County commissioner, declares run for governor
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Washington Co. GOP boss says quiet part out loud about Repubs’ collapse into personality cult | Wednesday Morning Coffee
USA Today: Constitutional amendment on districts for Pa. court elections shelved … for now
WITF: Latino Leaders In PA Work To Build Trust In Vaccines
PLSReporter: Wolf’s proposed tax increase takes center stage in opening budget hearings
PLSReporter: Blake resigns from Senate to take job with Cartwright’s office
PLSReporter: Sims announces candidacy for lieutenant governor
Post-Gazette: Extension of federal unemployment programs leads to ‘bold’ fraud attempts in Pa. 
Fox News: Pa. Democrat Brian Sims, who harassed pro-life teens in 2019 video, announces lieutenant governor run
Fox News: Mom of pro-life teens harassed by Pa. Democrat Brian Sims says ‘he doesn’t deserve anyone’s vote’
StateImpactPA: Gas industry hasn’t delivered on its economic promise to communities, report says
National Journal: Conor Lamb Confirms He’s Mulling a Senate Bid
National Journal: Pennsylvania Might Delay May Primary Due to Late Census Data
The Hill: Fetterman pledges not to accept fossil fuel money in Pennsylvania Senate race
The Hill: GOP official on Toomey: Wasn’t sent to ‘do the right thing or whatever he said’ 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: Pennsylvania cannabis job numbers reach new highs in 2020
Huffington Post: Pennsylvania GOP Official Says Senator Wasn’t At Trump Trial To ‘Do The Right Thing’

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Jonathan Saidel as Ambassador to Malta? A big union wants Biden to appoint the former Philly controller
Inquirer: Philly is staring down the barrel of a $450 million budget gap and the pain won’t stop there 
Inquirer: Philadelphia seeks 16.9% water rate increase, citing revenue erosion from pandemic 
Inquirer: Philly City Council members announce new police station, other initiatives in Kensington
WHYY Newsworks: Philly facing $450M budget shortfall; officials eye cuts, taxes, and privatization
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Most Philly residents could be vaccinated by July
Chalkbeat Philadelphia: Mayor says Philadelphia teachers should not be disciplined if they don’t show up
Billy Penn: Mutual aid is booming in Philly. Here’s how you can help.
Philadelphia Tribune: Elected officials and community partners want the Linc as massive vaccination site
KYW Newsradio: Grappling with budget deficit from COVID-19, Philly asks residents: What do you need most?
KYW Newsradio: City announces new public safety initiative to restore Kensington
KYW Newsradio: In Philadelphia, new COVID-19 cases are down and vaccine supply is increasing
Philly Voice: Philly sharpens timeline for COVID-19 vaccine availability
Philly Voice: Philly again warns of ‘painful budget choices’ as COVID-19 sinks fiscal outlook
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney again declines to use Lincoln Financial Field for Covid-19 vaccinations
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia modifies 50% indoor dining application after majority of applications lack required information
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia warns of $450M budget gap for fiscal 2022

 

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale running for Pa. governor 
Montgomery Media: UPDATE: Montgomery County reports 507 coronavirus cases, three deaths over four-day period
Daily Local News: West Goshen resident launches bid for US Senate in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Proposed Toomey censure on hold as Chester County GOP meets 
Daily Local News: Schuylkill Twp. to meet Thursday to chose replacement for late supervisor
Bucks County Courier Times: Meet the Bucks County native on Trump’s successful impeachment defense team 
KYW Newsradio: Montco Commissioner Joe Gale announces run for governor, Sean Gale for Senate
KYW Newsradio: Pa. county officials: Already challenging vaccine distribution gets more complicated as people share registration links
WHYY Newsworks: Montco’s Joe Gale announces bid for governor, denounces Pa. Republicans as ‘lousy’
Pottstown Mercury: Lower Providence man seeks district court seat

 

Pittsburgh 
Tribune Review: Western Pa. GOP focuses ire on Pat Toomey, as county party fault lines mirror national battle for control of the Republican Party
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayoral endorsements start to roll in as candidates begin drive for signatures
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 1 new covid death; trend continues of low deaths reported
WESA: Solitary Confinement, No-Knock Warrants Come Closer To Appearing On May Ballot
WESA: More Than 10% Of Allegheny County Residents Have Gotten At Least One Dose Of Vaccine
Post-Gazette: Groups kick off campaign to bring attention to city school board elections
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pennsylvania approaches 900,000 cases
KDKA: Over 15,000 Pennsylvanians Have Left The Republican Party In 2021
KDKA: Child Care Facilities Call On Pennsylvania Lawmakers For Financial Assistance 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 199 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death
Pittsburgh Business Times: Bill would create central vaccination registry in Pennsylvania 
City Paper: Pennsylvania GOP official on Toomey: “We did not send him there to ‘do the right thing’”

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Comments on Toomey by Washington County GOP chairman go viral
Observer-Reporter: SWPA Area Agency on Aging to provide free trips for people going to COVID-19 clinics
Observer-Reporter: Washington, Fayette counties lowered to moderate COVID-19 risk areas
Observer-Reporter: Comments on Toomey by Washington County GOP chairman go viral
Tribune Review: 5 Republicans seek party nod for special election in 59th state House district
Beaver County Times: WPXI’s Amy Marcinkiewicz to seek public office
Beaver County Times: Pa.’s COVID cases are falling, but it might not be from vaccine yet 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County Republican Committee tackles censuring U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Town hall to focus on ‘disproportionate impact’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Vision Together 2025 leaders name new president, CEO
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Experts answer your COVID-19 questions: ‘I have a pacemaker. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria DA: Criminal citations against Somerset DA withdrawn after apologies to Richland businesses
Altoona Mirror: Apostolu cited in chamber speech
Altoona Mirror: Harteis announces run for supervisor
Altoona Mirror: Pa. GOP may censure Toomey
Altoona Mirror: Blair virus rates falling

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Pending legislation could affect Salavantis replacement 
The Times Leader: Ronald D. Knapp announces run for Luzerne County Council
The Times Leader: Jimmy Sabatino announces run for Luzerne County Council
The Times Leader: John Lombardo announces run for Luzerne County Council
The Times Leader: 71 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Tuesday; 1 more death
Citizens Voice: 71 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Tuesday
Times-Tribune: Regional COVID-19 death rate falling sharply

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County GOP does not vote to censure Senator Pat Toomey for voting to convict former President Donald Trump
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County Commissioners to vote on $16 million rent and utility relief program
Patriot News: Vishal Bajpai to run for Harrisburg City Council
Patriot News: Harrisburg extends eviction moratorium for another month
York Dispatch: 328 new cases of COVID-19 reported in three-day span in York County
York Daily Record: FBI: Former girls basketball coach at Hershey Christian Academy involved in insurrection 
York Daily Record: Coronavirus cases are falling in Pa., but experts say it’s not from the COVID-19 vaccine yet 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 146 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County over holiday weekend

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Election judge who altered ballots can avoid criminal record if she serves 2 years probation
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley family doctors say COVID-19 vaccine plan wrongly pushes them aside; ‘We know our patients’
Morning Call: Allentown sees drop in violent crimes in 2020, and no shots fired by police officers
Morning Call: New York hedge fund Alden to acquire The Morning Call’s parent company
Reading Eagle: Wernersville attorney launches campaign for Berks County judge
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor outlines plan to fight gun violence in city
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Eddie Moran signs contract with the city’s firefighters
Reading Eagle: Want to run for office? Here’s what you need to know in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Risk of community spread of COVID lessening in Pennsylvania; Berks still in ‘substantial’ group
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: State on verge of 900K total cases; 3% fully vaccinated; reporting slow over holiday weekend | Coronavirus and vaccine updates for Pa. and Lehigh Valley (2/16/21)
WFMZ: Morning Call’s parent company agrees to purchase by hedge fund for $630 million
WFMZ: Violent crime in Allentown drops in 2020 

 

North by Northwest 
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Republican Committee moves to censure Sen. Toomey for impeachment vote
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 16 update: Centre County sees drop in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, positivity
Centre Daily Times: Benninghoff: How House Republicans are getting Pennsylvania ready for its economic recovery
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Local Republicans to consider censure of Sen. Toomey
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Political science major to seek nomination
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Loyalsock supervisor to seek nomination to keep seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County prison inmates numbers up slightly
Erie Times-News: County Council lowers fee of prison program
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s COVID-19 numbers stable after month long decline
Erie Times-News: Girard looks back to spur borough’s future

 

Opinion  
Kerry Benninghoff: Getting Pennsylvania ready for its economic recovery
Ryan Bizzarro, Rep. Austin Davis, Rep. Jennifer O’Mara and Pam Snyder: Pennsylvania needs a vaccine registry, not a vaccine lottery
Will Bunch Newsletter: Harrisburg, Capitol Hill must crush The Big Lie 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Sen. Toomey put country over party in voting to convict Trump. Lancaster County Republicans shouldn’t censure him for that.
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Shout it from the rooftops — help is available for uninsured Americans
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A call for accuracy and safety
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Privacy progress
Charles Barkley: Week 3: Charley Barkley’s Black History Month All-Stars
Kelsey Beerer and Luke McDaniels: What you need to know about the Black Workers Matter Economic Recovery Package
Dena Davis and Thomas McAndrew: How to bring some racial equity to COVID-19 vaccine policies
Howie Meller: It’s time to protect LGBT Pennsylvanians from credit discrimination
Joyce M. Davis: Black leaders talk about their achievements and obstacles to success Tuesday in a special Facebook Live webinar
Bill Beaver: This is what a 76-year-old male Republican believes
Trudy Rubin: GOP cowards are undermining American democracy in eyes of the world 
Crystal Peralta: 3 ways teachers can address their students’ trauma when school is virtual

February 17th, 2021 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “February 17th Playbook”

  1. The Huckabeast says:

    February 17th is a red letter days folks. Rush Limbaugh has EXPIRED and is entering the Gates of Hades…..

  2. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    fake imposter name stealer gulag is a cowardly imposter stealing names and posting lies. This is all known to Politics PA who does not care to publish truth and permits you to post perverted info, instead of banning you from the site.

    The Dumbocrats are the nazi skunk party.

  3. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Casey and Toomey are pathetic coward skunks with no balls.

    1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

      ….and you are a cowardly imposter stealing names and posting lies. This is all known to Politics PA who does not care to publish truth and permits you to post perverted info, instead of banning you from the site.

      1. real truth says:

        Please ban this jackass gulag. No one wants to hear his inane and incessant drivel.

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