February 18th Playbook

Jeff Bartos filed a statement of candidacy for a possible 2022 Senate bid. Here is the Playbook. 

Bartos Files Statement of Candidacy for Possible 2022 Senate Bid: The Montgomery County Republican, who was the GOP Lt. Governor nominee in 2018, also announced that he is “stepping back from day-to-day operations” of a nonprofit he co-founded.

Kinkead and Wilson Endorse Peduto for Mayor: State Rep. Emily Kinkead and Pittsburgh City Councilman Bobby Wilson have endorsed Mayor Bill Peduto’s reelection bid, according to a release from Peduto’s campaign. 

McComb Named Wild Comms Director: Maddie McComb is now the Communications Director for Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh), according to Politico. She was previously a battleground press secretary for the DNC. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: The $1 billion plan to close the gap between growing and shrinking Pa. school districts
AP: Mistakes mean Pennsylvania faces shortage of Moderna shots 
AP: Son of conservative activist charged in Capitol riot
Inquirer: Pa. faces a vaccine shortage that could delay shots for 100,000
Inquirer: A Pa. lawmaker helped hundreds of seniors get COVID-19 vaccines, but not everyone says that’s fair 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf admin has paid lawyers $3.4 million for two dozen election lawsuits 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Here’s what you need to know about Pa.’s shortage of Moderna vaccines 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Study: Kinship care plays key role in Pa.’s child welfare system | Thursday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette: In COVID-19 relief bill, Pa. GOP lines up to oppose more spending amid pandemic
Post-Gazette: Vaccine misstep forces more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians to reschedule shots
Post-Gazette: Child care providers say Pa. policy shifts are causing financial strain  
Patriot News: Pa. discovers big COVID-19 vaccine glitch — thousands of second doses given out by mistake 
WITF: PA Republicans Have Lost Voters This Year, But It May Not Make A Difference In Upcoming Elections.
WITF: COVID-19 Vaccine Mistake Leaves Thousands Awaiting Second Doses In PA
KDKA: State Officials Warn Delay In Receiving Census Figures Could Push May Primary To July
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Incentive Program Offers Inmates $25 To Get Vaccinated Against Coronavirus
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Proposes Moving Money From Horse Racing Development Fund Into Scholarship Program
PLSReporter: Flynn announces intent to seek 22nd Senatorial District nomination 
PLSReporter: Pa. vaccine providers improperly administered Moderna vaccine doses, leading to shortage 
PLSReporter: IRRC asks environmental board to delay rollout of cap-and-trade regulation 
Fox News: Mom of pro-life teen harassed by Pa. Dem says he doesn’t deserve votes
WESA: ‘This Is Not Right’: Pennsylvanians Being Hit By Tax Bills Due To Unemployment Fraud
Reading Eagle: Cost of college in Pennsylvania is rising while state funding is decreasing
National Journal: Jeff Bartos Leaves Nonprofit, Files With FEC 
National Journal: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale Announces GOV Campaign 
KYW Newsradio: Advocates push Pa. to extend utility shutoff moratorium again
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers aim to raise Pa. dog license fees to fund strapped bureau
The Hill: Fetterman on backing $15 minimum wage: ‘That’s a hill I would die on’ 
The Hill: Trump demoted defense lawyer during impeachment trial: report
CNN: After 68 years in prison, America’s oldest juvenile lifer was released
Washington Post: L. Brent Bozell IV, descendant of prominent conservative family, charged in Capitol breach

KYW Newsradio: State Sen. Anthony Williams admits to campaign finance violations
KYW Newsradio: Philly School District delays return to in-person learning to continue mediation with teacher’s union
Billy Penn: Politics power move: Cherelle Parker, expected candidate for Philly mayor, elected DRPA chair
Billy Penn: Tracking COVID-19 vaccine in Philly and PA: These charts show the pace of inoculation
WHYY Newsworks: City Council grills Hite on reopening as return to classrooms stuck in limbo 
WHYY Newsworks: Vaccine rollout mistake could affect first, second doses for more than 100,000 Pennsylvanians
WHYY Newsworks: Philly schools delay reopening amid stalled dispute with teachers union
Inquirer: Fact-checking impeachment trial claims by the Philly-area lawyers who played big roles
Inquirer: Philly’s school reopening is pushed back again. City councilmembers questioned the plan. 
Inquirer: Philly SAG-AFTRA board member resigns after posting anti-Asian meme 
Inquirer: More than 100,000 affected by vaccine shortage | Morning Newsletter
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia SAG-AFTRA board member resigns after furor over racially offensive Twitter post
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pennsylvania casinos haul in $311M in January as Live! Casino Philadelphia joins the club
Philadelphia Magazine: The City Now Has a (Very Tentative) Timeline for When You’ll Be Vaccinated
Philadelphia Magazine: The 19th-Century Civil Rights Icon Who Integrated Philly’s Streetcars (and the Franklin Institute) 

Daily Local News: Former Norristown councilman running for US Senate seat in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Lorgus announces candidacy for West Chester mayor 
Daily Local News: Dems, GOP set candidates for Chester County offices, judgeships 
Daily Local News: Shusterman authors bill to bolster small businesses 
Daily Local News: Officials take action to ensure Chester County residents get second dose of vaccine
Daily Local News: Trend of declining COVID cases continues in Chester County
Inquirer: Delaware County Democrats are finally in power and they have the growing pains to show it
Inquirer: A Pa. lawmaker helped hundreds of seniors get COVID-19 vaccines, but not everyone says that’s fair
Montgomery Media: Moderna vaccine shortage impacts Montgomery County
Delaware Valley Journal: DV Union Official Defends Closed Classrooms: Students Learning ‘Different Skills’ From Remote Learning
Delaware Valley Journal: Fox News Comes to Philly Suburbs for Fight Over Closed Classrooms

WESA: The Politics Behind Reopening Pittsburgh Public Schools
Post-Gazette: In COVID-19 relief bill, Pa. GOP lines up to oppose more spending amid pandemic
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council supports Peduto’s change to hairstyle discrimination law
City Paper: City Council candidate Bethani Cameron calls on Pittsburgh to enact eviction moratorium 
City Paper: Pittsburgh advocates gather 65,000 signatures for no-knock warrant ban and solitary confinement limit ballot initiatives
City Paper: How the pandemic has shifted Pittsburgh’s housing market
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 26 new coronavirus deaths 
Tribune Review: Before making it big, Rush Limbaugh got his start in Pittsburgh as ‘Jeff Christie’ 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County plans to administer 2nd covid vaccine doses in timely fashion
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 26 Additional Deaths, 215 More Coronavirus Cases

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: EMA: Cambria County ready to launch mass vaccine clinics when enough shots are available; Casey urges increased supply
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Republicans press for greater transparency over bungling of proposed Constitutional amendment
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber Borough renews Comcast agreement, hires consultant to handle Ballroom grant process
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mixup means thousands of COVID vaccine appointments in Pa. will be delayed
Observer-Reporter: Comments on Toomey by Washington County GOP chairman go viral
Observer-Reporter: CHJA addresses late sewage bills, delinquencies
Observer-Reporter: Incumbent Simms to again run for sheriff in Greene County
KDKA: COVID-19 In Fayette County: Vaccine Task Force Says First Week Of Rollout Was Successful
Tribune Review: Amy Marcinkiewicz retires from WPXI, makes bid for Butler County office
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County sees 4 additional covid deaths, cases steady
Tribune Review: Charges dismissed against Somerset DA
Altoona Mirror: Frontino seeks re-election in Logan
Altoona Mirror: Town hall to address COVID-19, minorities
Altoona Mirror: State fighting federal unemployment fraud rings
Altoona Mirror: COVID-19 funds available
Beaver County Times: Bill imposing court election districts tabled
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials want more vaccine
Beaver County Times: Tips for booking a COVID-19 vaccine appointment
Beaver County Times: Vaccine providers bungle Moderna doses in PA

Citizens Voice: The Ciavarella trial: Where are they now?
Citizens Voice: Pashinski advocates for hike in dog license fee
Citizens Voice: Drums businessman running for Luzerne County Council as Democrat 
Citizens Voice: 78 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Wednesday 
Citizens Voice: Pennsylvanians may wait longer for Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
Times-Tribune: Kyle Donahue to run for reelection to Scranton City Council
Times-Tribune: Pashinski advocates for hike in dog license fee 
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvanians may wait longer for Moderna COVID-19 vaccines
The Times Leader: WBRE, WYOU to show town hall about COVID-19 impact on minority communities
The Times Leader: 78 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County’ death count at 706

South Central
Patriot News: Bateman announces bid for Dauphin County controller
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council discusses ‘over-aspirational’ comprehensive plan
Patriot News: Josh Nagy announces bid for Lower Allen Twp. commissioner
Patriot News: Hershey Christian Academy says U.S. Capitol riot suspect never worked there
Patriot News: ‘Rush single-handedly saved AM radio’: Central Pa. talk show hosts remember Limbaugh 
Patriot News: CAT, rabbittransit leader makes case to Dauphin County why merger, new authority is essential 
York Daily Record: Victoria’s Law would keep puppy mill dogs, cats, rabbits out of Pennsylvania pet stores
York Daily Record: Coronavirus cases are falling in Pa., but experts say it’s not from the COVID-19 vaccine yet
York Dispatch: 139 new cases of COVID-19 reported in York County on Wednesday 
York Dispatch: Hanover’s district judge loved job and hometown, worked right up to his death
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 85 new COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths reported in Cumberland County Wednesday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County GOP endorses JoAnne Murphy for seat on the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas
LNP | LancasterOnline: Unsealed papers show more of what feds say Manheim Township man did at Capitol riot

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Berks County Republican Committee will consider censure of Sen. Pat Toomey
Reading Eagle: West Reading Borough Council president running for Berks County treasurer
Reading Eagle: 3 from Berks appointed to committee to restore Reading-to-Philadelphia passenger rail service
Reading Eagle: Reading puts proposed panhandling ordinance on hold
Reading Eagle: Pa. COVID vaccine providers mixed up Moderna shots, state officials say
Morning Call: Julio Guridy, longtime Allentown city councilman, formally launches campaign for mayor
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley not in ‘a great place,’ but doing better than much of Pa., when it comes to vaccines, official says
Morning Call: Problems in Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccine rollout could affect shots for 100,000-plus people; LVHN and St. Luke’s reschedule appointments 
WFMZ: Reading mayor unveils 3-part plan to curb gun violence
WFMZ: Reading to form task force to address panhandling 
WFMZ: Lehigh Township woman announces run for Northampton County Council 
WFMZ: Schwank reintroduces bill to raise Pa. dog license fees
WFMZ: Hedge fund set to acquire The Morning Call’s parent company 
WFMZ: Number of positive COVID-19 cases on the rise in Lehigh Valley, but numbers don’t tell the whole story
Express Times: It’s a 5-way race for Bethlehem City Council with addition of Kiera Wilhelm
Express Times: Pa. COVID vaccine screw-up: State scrambling after 200K 2nd doses given out as 1st doses
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: State passes 900K cases; vaccine screw-up could delay 100K appointments | Coronavirus and vaccine updates for Pa. and Lehigh Valley (2/17/21)

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: County Council votes pay raises for 6 elected officials
Erie Times-News: Erie County United slate of 3 eyes City Council
Erie Times-News: COVID vaccine issues not affecting LECOM Health
Erie Times-News: COVID cases are falling, but it might not be from vaccine
Erie Times-News: Bill imposing court election districts tabled
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners table action on contract related to $440K radio tower project
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Sheriff seeks Republican nomination to keep position
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Loyalsock Township tax collector to seek reelection
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mistakes mean Pennsylvania faces shortage of Moderna shots
Centre Daily Times: State College board member Jim Leous announces candidacy for borough mayor
Centre Daily Times: State College councilwoman Katherine Yeaple announces election bid for first full term
Centre Daily Times: Despite community concerns, Ferguson Township approves stormwater utility fee
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 17 update: Centre County reports 73 new COVID-19 cases; Pa. passes 900,000 positives

Rep. Mary Jo Daley, State Rep. Morgan Cephas, State Sen. Amanda Cappelletti and State Sen. Judy Schwank: Let’s work for – not against – women’s health in 2021-22
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace, Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto and Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter: Pennsylvania cities need President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, and we cannot wait
Paul Muschick: Charlie Dent and other Republicans mull a new political party. Here’s what it should look like.
Dr. Suzette Song: PA lawmakers must act to help doctors provide the medical care people deserve
Amy Sinden: Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon should hold Biden’s feet to the fire on regulatory agenda
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lt. gov shouldn’t duck the press
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A vote of conscience
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Our voice to the world
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Be prepared
Inquirer Editorial Board: Gun violence is a citywide emergency. Declaring that doesn’t demand more policing or incarceration.
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Lancaster County Office of Aging and Pa. health officials unfortunately are playing catch-up on COVID-19 vaccine efforts
Helen Ubiñas: What does it take for Mayor Kenney to talk to a constituent about gun violence? A hunger strike and a Purple Queen 
Rhea Powell: Philly schools should not reopen until all staff can be guaranteed a COVID vaccine | Expert Opinion
Sandy Bauers: Pa. physician and mother of a boy with a rare disease dedicates her life to funding gene therapy research | 5 Questions
Joyce M. Davis: Here’s why Black History Month matters
Ernest Owens: The Inquirer needs a racism intervention 
Ajay Raju: Philly’s Potential To Change The World 
Mark Segal: We must work to end LGBTQ economic discrimination
Gene Therapy: Missing the quotable Mike Pence, almost
Dan Simpson: We’re facing a lot, but it’s not all gloom and doom
Solomon Jones: Police officers’ ‘restraint’ on Capitol Hill is no victory for a racist America 
The Angry Grammarian: Don’t @ me: These new dictionary entries show how our language changed last year

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    Toomey and Casey are coward skunks

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