February 19th Playbook

State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Kenyatta Announces 2022 U.S. Senate Run: The Philadelphia state rep formally announced his entrance into the race on The ReidOut with Joy Reid on MSNBC on Thursday night.

Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert to Speak at Lehigh County GOP Breakfast: Boebert, the freshman Congresswoman, will speak solely about the 2nd Amendment during the county GOP gathering.

Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale Announces Bid for Governor: Gale blasted establishment Republicans, while praising former President Donald Trump in his formal announcement into the 2022 race.

Businessman and Famed Whistleblower Announces 2022 Bid for Senate: Everett Stern, a businessman and famed whistleblower, announced that he is seeking the Republican Party nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania in 2022.

The Collective PAC Endorses Nichols for Supreme Court: The Collective PAC, which describes itself as “the nation’s largest political action committee dedicated to increasing Black political representation across all levels of government,” has endorsed Superior Court Judge Carolyn Nichols bid for the Democratic nomination for the PA Supreme Court. 

Boback Appointed to Serve on Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council: House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) announced the appointment of state Rep. Karen Boback (R-Luzerne) to serve on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council for the 2021-22 legislative session. 

Healthcare Workers Union To Endorse Gainey for Mayor: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania is planning to endorse state Rep. Ed Gainey in his bid for mayor of Pittsburgh. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Politico: MAGA crashes into moderates in train-wreck Senate race
AP: Philadelphia lawmaker Malcolm Kenyatta to run for US Senate
AP: PennDOT eyes tolls to fund work on nine interstate bridges
Roll Call: Rep. Madeleine Dean’s profile rises amid Senate buzz 
Post-Gazette: U.S. Supreme Court will consider Rep. Kelly’s petition over Pa. mail-in voting law
Patriot News: Why is the Pa. Republican Party in such a twist about Sen. Pat Toomey’s impeachment vote?
Patriot News: State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announces U.S. Senate run 
Patriot News: Q&A: Why Pa. doesn’t have enough Moderna vaccine and what it means for those awaiting their second dose 
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (2/18/2021): Where does Pa. stand?
Patriot News: Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations continue dropping in Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta announces 2022 run for U.S. Senate 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. health officials, vaccine providers say winter weather could delay shots 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Biden backs reparations study, as House Dems push for commission; Pa. Rep. Rabb says he’ll reintroduce his own bill 
WITF: Largest PA Teachers’ Union Calls For Members To Be Prioritized In COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
WESA: Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates On The Rise In Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: State university program would offer free education in exchange for staying in Pennsylvania
Beaver County Times: Rural panel told to eliminate ‘digital divide’ 
Beaver County Times: Pa. primary care doctors shut out of vaccine process
Beaver County Times: Winter weather causes vaccine shipment delays
Beaver County Times: Pa. primary care doctors shut out of vaccine process
Forbes: Trump Cuts Ties With Giuliani: Advisor Says Attorney No Longer Representing ‘In Any Legal Matters’
PLSReporter: Even with new guidance, Pennsylvania school districts grapple with return to in-person learning
StateImpactPA: DEP gives OK to public comment on fracking wastewater permits
National Journal: What we don’t yet know about the 2022 midterms
KDKA: PennDOT Plans To Toll 9 Bridges Across The State  

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Pa. Republicans are embracing censure culture and staying quiet on threats to election officials 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta is running for U.S. Senate 
WHYY Newsworks: City Council passes resolution calling on mayor to activate the Linc as mass vaccination site 
Inquirer: Malcolm Kenyatta is running for Senate in Pennsylvania 
Inquirer: Inside Trump’s Philly impeachment team: Confusion, conflict, and threats to quit amid ‘out-and-out partisan war’ 
Inquirer: Philly to hold walk-up vaccine clinic; City Council presses Kenney on using Linc for vaccines; COVID-19 numbers declining in Pa. 
Inquirer: A once-touted Mariner East pipeline bribery case is poised to end with no convictions 
KYW Newsradio: City Council listens as debate over safety of reopening Philly schools rages on
KYW Newsradio: PennDOT proposes toll on Girard Point Bridge

 

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Gale, Lawrence spar during Montgomery County Commissioners meeting
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 13 coronavirus deaths, 175 new positive cases
Daily Local News: Rep. Houlahan calls for Biden to fire Postmaster General DeJoy
Daily Local News: Chester County home of Trump impeachment lawyer vandalized
Daily Local News: McDowell announces candidacy for Downingtown area district judge
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners meeting turns into a bunny hop

 

Pittsburgh 
City Paper: Mayoral-candidate Ed Gainey joins calls for Pittsburgh to enact an eviction moratorium 
Tribune Review: Rep. Ed Gainey calls on Peduto, Pittsburgh officials to act to prevent evictions
Tribune Review: Peduto to speak during event marking U.S. return to Paris Climate Agreement 
Tribune Review: Chelsa Wagner joins crowded field in race for Allegheny County judge
Post-Gazette: Health workers union to endorse Rep. Gainey in Pittsburgh mayoral race 
Post-Gazette: After Texas power grid collapse, lawmakers wade into U.S. energy and climate policy
Post-Gazette: Peduto to be final speaker at virtual Paris climate agreement event
Post-Gazette: PennDOT begins process to start tolling 9 bridges to pay for replacement, including I-79 in Bridgeville
KDKA: Pittsburgh Undocumented Residents Excited About Biden’s Bill To Allow Them To Become Citizens
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports No New Deaths, 247 Additional Cases
WESA: Doyle Touts Pandemic Relief Funding To Boost Broadband Access
Pittsburgh Business Times: Officials call on more work to regulate methane emissions

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Camp represents Beaver County at Congressional hearing on energy policy
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Yaw: Pandemic illustrates seriousness of PA’s digital divide
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PennDOT plans tolls on 9 interstate bridges in Pa. to close funding gap; Langerholc expresses ‘serious concerns’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State’s COVID-19 infections leveling out, holding under 4,000 cases a day
Tribune Review: Commissioners dash calls for Westmoreland health department, trumpet broadband upgrade
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 92 new covid cases, 5 deaths
Altoona Mirror: Council member King makes vaccination pitch
Altoona Mirror: Blair salary board delays action on study
Altoona Mirror: Fighting COVID-19 a top priority for corrections system
Altoona Mirror: Snafu delays second shot of vaccine
Observer-Reporter: Vaccine providers accidentally gave away second doses of vaccines
Observer-Reporter: With thousands registered, Fayette officials ask for patience during vaccine rollout
Observer-Reporter: Washington councilman jailed for alleged probation violation
Observer-Reporter: New COVID-19 deaths reported in Washington, Fayette counties

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Boback assigned to serve on Pennsylvania Emergency Management Council
The Times Leader: Second Luzerne County Election Board member resigns
The Times Leader: 54 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Thursday; 3 more deaths
Citizens Voice: Yudichak wants Department of Health to “step away” from lead on COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Citizens Voice: The Ciavarella trial: 10 years later 
Citizens Voice: Ouellette resigns from Luzerne County election board
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County receives $9.5M in rental assistance
Citizens Voice: 54 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Thursday
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County to distribute $6.2 million in federal rent relief 
Times-Tribune: The Ciavarella trial: Where are they now?

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County makes plans to distribute $6.2M in state recovery funds to hospitality businesses 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Unemployment drops again, but pre-pandemic level remains ‘a ways off’
LNP | LancasterOnline: COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to lowest level in 3 months in Lancaster County
Patriot News: Sarah Gethers aims ‘to create change in Harrisburg,’ runs for City Council
Patriot News: Tolls considered for I-83 Bridge in Harrisburg; opponents call it ‘a new tax’
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 90 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death reported Thursday in Cumberland County
WFMZ: Conservative radio host discusses future of the medium after Rush Limbaugh’s death 
York Dispatch: Five more die in York County due to COVID-19
York Daily Record: ‘He was just one of us:’ York County District Judge Dwayne Dubs, of Hanover, dies at 60 
York Daily Record: I-83 South Bridge: PennDOT eyes replacement, possibly tolling it to pay for costs 

 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Voter defections ‘a troublesome sign’ for GOP in swing-state Pa. and the Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Bethlehem Councilman Bryan Callahan rules out mayoral run, seeks 3rd council term 
Express Times: PennDOT’s plan to add bridge tolls to pay for repairs include I-78 and I-80 spans
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: Winter weather causes vaccine shipment delays following Moderna screw-up; Lehigh County on verge of 30K cases | Coronavirus and vaccine updates for Pa. and Lehigh Valley (2/18/21)
Express Times: The Lehigh Valley’s so good at COVID vaccinations that Floridians have flown in to get shots
WFMZ: PennDOT considering toll for I-78’s Lenhartsville bridge
Reading Eagle: League of Women Voters, NAACP partner to host forum on running for local office
Reading Eagle: PennDOT considers tolling 9 bridges, including one in Berks 
Reading Eagle: Berks County gets 178 COVID cases, most for a day this month
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Death rate one-third of January peak

 

North by Northwest
Post-Gazette: U.S. Supreme Court will consider Rep. Kelly’s petition over Pa. mail-in voting law
Centre Daily Times: Longtime State College resident Richard Biever announces candidacy for seat on borough council
Centre Daily Times: Why the Pa. Attorney General’s office won’t take over the Osaze Osagie case
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 18 update: Centre County adds 75 cases of COVID-19; Pa. reports 3,345 new positives
Erie Times-News: Feds: Arrington deserves prison for ‘brazen’ Erie fraud
Erie Times-News: County councilwoman to run for Millcreek supervisor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City’s accessibility for disabled community gains momentum
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Finance committee gives nod to $875,000 street paving bid
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City stormwater transfer takes place in less than two weeks

 

Opinion  
Pat Toomey: This is why I voted to impeach Trump
Bob Casey: Americans have given President Biden a mandate to improve healthcare in this country
John Baer: Don’t delay the election, lawmakers. Ask the public to draw your districts instead 
Joe Hohenstein: COVID-19 care for those who need it most 
Paul Muschick: Government incompetence: A Pennsylvania blunder delays COVID-19 vaccinations
Larry Platt: A Mayoral Wishlist, Disruptor Edition 
Ernest Owens: Kenney Must Do More Than “Acknowledge” Philly’s Gun-Violence Emergency
Bruce Frassinelli: Why it’s impossible to run government like a business
Mustafa Nuur: I’m a refugee. And I am not the enemy
Will Bunch: Don’t fall for new GOP lies. In reality, deadly Texas freeze is a plea for a Green New Deal 
Trudy Rubin: Biden’s foreign-policy success will depend on how America rebuilds at home

February 19th, 2021 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 7 Comments

7 thoughts on “February 19th Playbook”

  1. Lew Stoulles says:

    Sims, Kenyatta . . . if you ask me, they’ll both leave a bad taste in your mouth.

  2. Chuckie Porter the rat says:

    I am so proud that my spring off, Chuckie Porter the lttle rat is running for judge. He will be the greatest fixer Allegheny County has had since Godfather Zappala, our dear cousin and mafia associate who learned at the knees of Saint John Bazzano, our family enforcer. I hope Chuckie Junior takes on junior junior Zappala as campaign manager so we can keep all of our campaign money in the family

  3. Ben Franklin says:

    Madeline Dean has a real chance. This is the year for a woman to win the Senate in Pa and Rep. Dean looks to have a good chance. Fund raising will be the key. Since Lt. Gov. Fetterman botched the lay-up or missed the easy free throw when he announced — Dean could be that candidate that steps in to fill the void. The odds look really good for a woman to win a Senate seat in Pa this cycle.

    1. Lew Stoulles says:

      I find it odd that you have such a fixation on Madeline Dean’s uterus.

    2. Billary says:

      2016 was supposed to be the year of the woman. Picking someone based on gender is typically a bad idea.

  4. gulag Pittsburgh says:

    Must be smelling yourself, imposter. Someday Politics PA will get the cojones to block you.

    1. gulag Pittsburgh says:

      Must be smelling yourself yourself you smelly imposter wannabe. Someday PoliticsPA will block you for claiming to be me.

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