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February 1st Playbook

Former President Donald Trump has selected Bruce Castor to serve on the defense team in his Senate impeachment trial. Here is the Playbook.

January 29th Ups and Downs: A PA Republican is mentioned in a New York Times report about a plot to oust an Attorney General, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney receives pushback over a report on summer protests and COVID-19 vaccine rollout, plus the former Dem House Leader lands a new job. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs. 

Ecker Named Chair of Appropriations Subcommittee: State Rep. Torren Ecker (R-Adams) has been appointed to serve as the chair of the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice under the standing House Appropriations Committee, according to a release from Pennsylvania House Republicans. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Top Pa. election official to resign after agency bungled requirement for constitutional amendment
Spotlight PA: Confronted with significant flaws in coronavirus data, Pa. corrections officials concede ‘it’s unacceptable’
6 ABC: Former Montgomery County DA leading Trump’s defense team in impeachment trial 
AP: Trump names 2 lawyers to impeachment defense team 
AP: What to watch for in Pennsylvania governor’s budget proposal 
AP: Blame game begins over Pennsylvania’s slow vaccine rollout 
Inquirer: What to know about Scott Perry, Trump’s election plot, and Section 3 of the 14th Amendment
Inquirer: Trump picks former Montco DA Bruce Castor to defend him at Senate impeachment trial
Inquirer: A former Trump Navy secretary is the latest Republican eyeing the Pennsylvania Senate race
Inquirer: Bucks County gym owner charged in U.S. Capitol riot allegedly said: ‘We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain’
Inquirer: Penn State Black Caucus calls on PSU to investigate 51 people who ‘ambushed’ Zoom call with white supremacist language and symbols
Inquirer: Commutation in sight, Pa. lifer Bruce Norris died of COVID-19 awaiting governor’s approval
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Election season court fights have cost Pa. taxpayers nearly $4M and counting
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: MontCo’s Bruce Castor who declined to prosecute Bill Cosby, to represent Trump at impeachment trial
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A round-up of COVID-19 vaccine must-reads you might have missed | Five for the Weekend
Post-Gazette: Should Trump lead the GOP? Republicans in Pennsylvania divided as lawmakers embrace former president
Patriot News: Flip in control of U.S. Senate may give both of Pa.’s members more clout, in different ways
Patriot News: Sledgehammer, not skill, behind wave of Pa. ‘games of skill’ thefts: cops
Patriot News: Pa. woman charged in U.S. Capitol riot said she wanted to shoot Nancy Pelosi ‘in the friggin’ brain’: report 
Morning Call: Poll: 1 in 3 Pennsylvanians ‘not confident at all’ in legitimacy of 2020 election results
Morning Call: Lawmaker wants Pennsylvania National Guard to step in as state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout efficiency questioned
Morning Call: FBI arrests two more Pennsylvania residents in U.S. Capitol attack, one looked to ‘shoot Nancy Pelosi in the brain’ 
PLSReporter: Wolf asks Congress for federal help with infrastructure improvements 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 79: Return Of The Severance Tax 
PLSReporter: Jan. 29 COVID-19 Update: State reports 9,643 new cases; 893,000 total vaccinations administered
Fox News: Pennsylvania reveals new streamlined hunting and fishing license system
The Times Leader: Casey says he’s focused on coronavirus, economy
KYW Newsradio: Former Montco DA Castor to head Trump impeachment defense team
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania legislature argues over amendment to limit governor’s emergency powers
KYW Newsradio: Report says Pennsylvania’s ‘hold harmless’ school funding system is actually harmful to some districts
The Hill: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. to defy ban on weed, LGBTQ rights flags 
The Hill: FBI: Woman arrested in Capitol riot allegedly said she wanted to shoot Pelosi ‘in the friggin’ brain’ 
The Hill: Trump announces new impeachment legal team after reported departures
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s how much more Covid-19 vaccine doses Pennsylvania will get next week
Politico: Trump Navy secretary considering Pennsylvania Senate run
Politico: Trump names 2 new attorneys to lead impeachment defense
CNN: Trump names two new lawyers for impeachment trial a day after his defense team collapsed 
KDKA: Pa. Turnpike Transfers $337.5 Million To PennDOT  

WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia deputy health commissioner resigns over Philly Fighting COVID messages
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Fighting COVID provided at-home testing to Bobby Henon’s family 
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney calls for investigation into Philly Fighting COVID, still backs Health Commissioner Farley 
WHYY Newsworks: Snow disrupts some COVID vaccine, testing operations in Philly region 
Inquirer: Philadelphia deputy health commissioner resigns following Philly Fighting COVID controversy 
Inquirer: The city trusted a group of ‘college kids’ to lead its vaccine rollout. But Philly Fighting COVID was full of red flags from the start.
Inquirer: Experts worry that Philly Fighting COVID fuels mistrust in medicine, especially for Black and brown communities 
Inquirer: Federal missteps in the 2020 Census could mean an undercount of Philly’s population   
Inquirer: Philly Fighting COVID partnership was ‘a mistake,’ health commissioner says, as Mayor Kenney calls for new vaccination clinics
Inquirer: As schools seek to reopen, here’s what local data say about in-person classes and COVID-19
Philadelphia Tribune: Kenney backs city’s top doc over botched partnership with Philly Fighting COVID; demands changes
Philadelphia Gay News: Philly falls behind NYC on LGBTQ-inclusive business policy
KYW Newsradio: Deputy Health Commissioner Johnson resigns amid Philly Fighting COVID controversy
KYW Newsradio: Report: COVID-19 and Trump administration combined to depress Philly’s census participation
KYW Newsradio: Confusion, chaos, calls for resignation following Philly Fighting COVID controversy
KYW Newsradio: Philly-area lawmaker asks Pa. to step in after feds cut funding to study PFAS cancer connection
Philly Voice: Acting deputy health commissioner steps down amid Philly Fighting COVID controversy
Philly Voice: Philly Fighting COVID CEO taunts city health commissioner as Mayor Kenney stands by him
Philadelphia Business Journal: How can I get a Covid-19 vaccine? Here’s who is eligible across Greater Philadelphia

Delco Daily Times: Pipeline foes stage protest at Glen Riddle
Daily Local News: Chester County sending letters to voters regarding ‘permanent’ mail-in ballots
Daily Local News: Chester County Democratic incumbents set to run on their records
Bucks County Courier Times: Former PA solicitor general Bruce Castor named to Trump defense team
Bucks County Courier Times: Six attorneys running for Bucks County judge — so far 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County gym owner charged in insurrection at Capitol 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County woman faces charges in connection with Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol
Inquirer: Bucks County gym owner charged in U.S. Capitol riot allegedly said: ‘We were looking for Nancy to shoot her in the friggin’ brain’
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former Montco DA Bruce Castor to lead Trump’s impeachment defense team 
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Shusterman named to PennSERVE panel

Post-Gazette: Should Trump lead the GOP? Republicans in Pennsylvania divided as lawmakers embrace former president
Post-Gazette: Pain of natural gas price drop spreads to Pa. agencies, communities 
Post-Gazette: Where are the shots? Reporting lags, complex logistics seen in Pa.’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Post-Gazette: Crumbling Investments: Effort by city to revitalize Homewood has resulted in lingering neglect and frustration
Post-Gazette: Accused bat-wielding Capitol rioter from S. Fayette ordered detained pending trial in DC
Post-Gazette: South Park man charged with casting ballot in dead wife’s name 
Post-Gazette: Eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine? In Pennsylvania, be prepared to wait
Post-Gazette: Pittsburghers for Public Transit continues push for free service for low-income riders
Post-Gazette: Two applicants emerge for Ross commission vacancy
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County surpasses 69,000 cases, records two more deaths
WESA: As Pennsylvania Works Through Vaccinating Phase 1A, It’s Unclear When Phase 1B Could Begin
WESA: December Storm Shows Problems Remain With Snow Clearance
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s what Pittsburgh banks say about PPP demand — and how present round compares to last year
City Paper: Black Lives Matter protester claims they’re being unfairly targeted for refiled charges
Tribune Review: Judge orders detention for South Fayette man accused in Capitol riot
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 326 new covid cases, 2 deaths
KDKA: Pro-Life Supporters Hold March For Life In Bridgeville
KDKA: City Announces Operational Improvements To Snow Removal Procedures
KDKA: Oakdale Man Accused In Capitol Riots To Remain Behind Bars
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 326 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County Total To 69,135

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Widow seeks to fill 59th district seat
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County’s acting sheriff announces candidacy
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Westmoreland adds 19 deaths, Cambria COVID rate continues downward trend
Tribune Review: Angela Reese, wife of Mike Reese, to run for late husband’s state House seat
Tribune Review: West Leechburg Mayor Jim Gallucci figures 40 years of public service is enough
Tribune Review: Rebecca Calisti Tyburski announces run for Penn Township district judge seat
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County posts 85 covid-19 cases, 7 new deaths
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township police corporal announces candidacy for sheriff
Observer-Reporter: South Fayette man indicted in Capitol riot to remain jailed on federal charges
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 deaths reported in Washington, Fayette counties
Altoona Mirror: Roots of success: Hollidaysburg helped shape acting FDA director
Altoona Mirror: Candidate information sought
Altoona Mirror: Blair elections office moves to county highway yard
Altoona Mirror: GOP slams vaccine rollout
Altoona Mirror: COVID-19 decline continues, with exceptions

Citizens Voice: NEPA clout: Legislators get committee assignments in Harrisburg
Citizens Voice: Election inquiry committee finalizes recommendations
Citizens Voice: Proposed minimum wage hike draws mixed reaction
Citizens Voice: Municipal taxes increased in 14 Luzerne County municipalities this year
Citizens Voice: 157 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
Times-Tribune: Ware jumps into Lackawanna County judge race
Times-Tribune: County official sent political email via county server
Times-Tribune: Businesses in Lackawanna, Luzerne counties reaped $742M in Paycheck Protection Program loans
Times-Tribune: Navy veteran impacting Scranton inside and outside city hall
Times-Tribune: Proposed minimum wage hike draws mixed reaction
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 cases, deaths in Luzerne County far outpace other NEPA counties
The Times Leader: Mullery named Democratic chairman of House Ethics Committee 
The Times Leader: Mail ballot applications sent to 55,000 Luzerne County voters
The Times Leader: Toohil’s bill to protect living organ donors advances
The Times Leader: West Pittston attorney Laura Dennis announces campaign for county judge   
The Times Leader: 18702 shows the biggest surge of new cases in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: 157 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed Sunday in Luzerne County; 7 more deaths

South Central 
Patriot News: Retired media CEO says he’s running for Harrisburg mayor
Patriot News: ‘We didn’t know we couldn’t be there’: Wife of Dauphin County official addresses photos on U.S. Capitol steps during riot
Patriot News: Want the COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s why main central Pa. providers don’t even have appointments
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former Penn Manor educator to serve as executive on state senate committee
York Dispatch: COVID-19 kills two more in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 109 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths in Cumberland County Saturday

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Former Northampton County DA reflects on his 1st year as a judge 
WFMZ: Reading council seeks balance in addressing panhandlers  
Morning Call: Did Lehigh County overpay $1.4 million for medical care? Controller Pinsley says yes, county officials say audit ‘misleading’
Morning Call: How to end homelessness: New Allentown commission weighs best investments of money set aside to deal with issue 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 5,191 additional positive cases reported, though statewide positivity rate decreases
Reading Eagle: Mayor Eddie Moran remembers COVID victims at his state of the city address 
Reading Eagle: Berks coroner reports eight more COVID-19 deaths
Reading Eagle: The weekly COVID report for Berks County was encouraging, then came the Friday data dump 
Express Times: Bethlehem launches first-ever Retail Week for merchants struggling amid pandemic 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County Libertarian Committee officially affiliated
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Acting South Side mayor seeks formal nomination
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County coroner gets vaccinated, offers update
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Hundreds of facilities haven’t received vaccine
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 57 new COVID-19 cases
Erie Times-News: How PA’s senators voted, week ending Jan. 29
Erie Times-News: State reports 134 new COVID cases for Erie County
Erie Times-News: Feds say ex-Erie auto exec Weaver might seek city loan
Erie Times-News: LECOM Health unveils new mobile testing/vaccination unit
Erie Times-News: Here are Gov. Wolf’s top budget priorities in 2021
Erie Times-News: COVID treatment with monoclonal antibodies offers hope
Erie Times-News: PGC and PFBC launch new licensing platform
Erie Times-News: How PA’s senators voted, week ending Jan. 29
Erie Times-News: Lori Pickens discusses east Erie crime plan
Centre Daily Times: Penn State searching for answers after Black Caucus endures ‘traumatizing,’ racist incident on Zoom
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 30 update: Centre County adds 125 new COVID-19 cases; Pa. adds 5,191
Centre Daily Times: Letters: Finding common ground; Republicans can’t backtrack now

Ronald Castille and Robert C. Heim: Former Pa. Supreme Court chief justice: It’s time to change how judges get their jobs 
Lindsey Williams and Katie Muth: Pa. Senate rules stymie good bills and stifle democracy, change them
Mark S. Singel: A trial will determine if the former president is guilty of inciting an insurrection
Tony Norman: Welcome to Trumpsylvania (formerly Pennsyltucky)
Charlie Gerow: You can’t impeach a president once he’s gone
Jeffrey Lord: There are reasons to stand with Scott Perry
David Henderson: Understaffing, underfunding risk health and safety of workers at 24/7 facilities
Rogette Harris: Black America: A reality check | Unfinished Business
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Senators checking out
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Boosting confidence in the state police 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Health privacy is priceless 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Our Gerald Ford moment
York Dispatch Editorial Board: GOP’s latest push: Voter restrictions
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Raising the minimum wage is a complex issue, which is why we must address it
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: On this pandemic’s courageous truth-tellers and why the truth is imperative in a public health crisis
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Let’s not become numb to the human toll of COVID
PennLive Editorial Board: Rep. Scott Perry is stoking fires that fuel hatred and violence in America
Jonathan Zimmerman: Let’s not make Allentown teacher who attended Capitol rally a ‘martyr’ for free speech 
Merlyn Clarke: Bill would extend the evils of gerrymandering to Pennsylvania courts 
Helen Ubiñas: Philadelphia’s ongoing show of incompetence needs to be canceled 
Jenice Armstrong: Philly’s bungled COVID-19 vaccine rollout erodes trust at a time when it’s needed the most 
William Petri: Why it takes 2 shots to make mRNA vaccines do their antibody-creating best. And what the data shows on delaying the booster dose | Analysis
Mike Connolly: If Congress really wants to help Americans struggling in the pandemic, we need a new TARP 
Anthony O’Brien: Does it matter for the economy who the president is?
Ruth Ann Dailey: Will Biden parry the progressives?
Stephanie King: Philly school board silences teachers, parents, and students with new meeting structure 
Kelly Kelch: If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is
Paul Muschick: Improper mask usage? No playing. Bethlehem made right call to suspend Liberty High School hoops team
Maria Panaritis: Beware the little guy getting really, really angry. 
David M. Shribman: The reconciliation of Daniel Webster
Nancy Eshelman: COVID-19 pays a visit, and it could have been a lot worse 
Lisa Scottoline: Call me maybe 
Chris Kelly: Treed by a Scranton gumshoe, freed by Trump
John Cole: About those Biden executive orders | Editorial Cartoon
Rob Tornoe: Vaccine confusion in Philly | Cartoon

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  • Who are you voting for in the PA Supreme Court race?

    • Dan McCaffery (61%)
    • Carolyn Carluccio (37%)
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