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February 20th Playbook

Gov. Tom established the Keystone Executive Development and Workforce Command Center, while former Rep. Bill Shuster joins Squire Patton Boggs. Here is the Playbook.

PA12: Bowman-Hosley Enters GOP Race: She advises the College Republicans at Lock Haven University.

Shuster Joins Squire Patton Boggs: The longtime GOP representative joins the firm with former Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley.

SD33: Franklin County Commissioner Dave Keller Announces GOP Bid: He believes his time as County Commissioner has prepared him for this seat.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Governor sets up group to help create jobs, train workers
AP: Pennsylvania may sue if it loses funds to border wall
AP: Pennsylvania sports betting sees $32M in second full month
Patriot News: Pa. Rep. Brian Ellis remains on leave as sexual assault investigation continues
Patriot News: Ex-House Speaker John Perzel’s $1M restitution order for corruption convictions voided again by Pa. court
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild talks Medicare for All, Green New Deal during town hall event in Nazareth
Morning Call: Former Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster joining D.C. lobbying firm
Morning Call: Pennsylvania restricts inmate mail. Prison drugs are down. But is it legal? A federal judge will decide
WITF: Auditor general pushes to reduce gun deaths, focusing on mental health resources
WITF: Trial slated to begin today over mail policy in state prisons
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf creates command center to connect workers with jobs
Inquirer: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at University of Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pennsylvania prisons’ unprecedented mail policy will be tested in federal court this week
Inquirer: How Clarence Thomas used a civil case against Bill Cosby to call for a reexamination of libel laws
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: New Jersey just went to a $15/hr minimum wage. Here’s why Pa. could be next | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Who are the biggest ‘Makers’ and ‘Takers’ of Pa. tax dollars? | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Suburban Philly Democrat suggests statewide paid family leave
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Unregulated gambling games cost Pa. Lottery $95 million in revenue, director says
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bipartisan bill would expand access to solar energy in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf creates workforce development command center
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Attorneys say state prison policy on legal mail has stymied communication with clients
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa’s Dominican-Americans celebrate their own Independence Day
Philadelphia Business Journal: New: Pennsylvania schools ranked by SAT scores
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. Attorney General says Verizon still owes customers Amazon Echoes
PLSReporter: Wolf, legislators push plans to bolster, better educate state’s workforce
PLSReporter: Community solar energy legislation introduced in House
PLSReporter: Fees, climate change sticking points in House Environmental Resources hearing
Beaver County Times:Wolf creates new economic development, workforce ‘command center’
WESA: Reschenthaler, Toomey Push Opioid Crisis Legislation, Split On Trump Emergency Declaration
Tribune Review: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Trump wall: ‘I am concerned’
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Lamb peppered with student debt, health care questions at town hall  

WHYY Newsworks: Anthony Williams coy while circulating petitions for Philly mayor
WHYY Newsworks: Campaign crisis: Will candidates accept contributions from IBEW Local 98?
Billy Penn: Philly’s Democratic party is going to battle with a sitting Dem councilwoman — again
Billy Penn: West Philly Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is officially seeking an 8th term
Philadelphia Magazine: Daphne Goggins Wins Vote to Retain Historic GOP Mayoral Endorsement
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA says bail reform is working, offers data to back up claim
KYW Newsradio: Backlog of 1,400 adoption cases keeps hopeful Philly parents, children waiting
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Landlords Might Soon Be on the Hook for Bedbug Extermination
PLSReporter: DA Krasner touts success with cash bail reduction in Philadelphia
PLSReporter: Councilmember proposes putting minimum wage increase to referendum
Philly Voice: Record number of housing units built in Center City last year — but not enough to offset old trends
Inquirer: Philly’s new voting machines: A Q&A guide to the process, the controversy, and why it matters
Inquirer: Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at University of Pennsylvania

Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick gets look at ‘ground zero’ of the opioid epidemic
Bucks County Courier Times: Hatboro voters to decide on proposed new library tax
Delco Daily Times: Delco Black Caucus backs Dems for countywide offices
Delco Daily Times: GOP leadership picks council candidates
Delco Daily Times: Upper Chi GOP dumps incumbents for commissioner, school board
Delco Daily Times: Aqua once again mulling ‘options’ in Chester Water Authority deal
Daily Local News: Democrats call for Sen. Daylin Leach to resign
Pottstown Mercury: Opioid Community Forum rescheduled for March
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council OKs trail mural, beer event for Riverfront Park

WESA: Reschenthaler, Toomey Push Opioid Crisis Legislation, Split On Trump Emergency Declaration
KDKA: Parents Of Timothy Piazza Speak At IUP, Push For More Anti-Hazing Laws
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto launches $2M fund to upgrade child care facilities
Tribune Review: Penn Hills in line to hike taxes more than 6 percent
Tribune Review: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey on Trump wall: ‘I am concerned’
Tribune Review: Hempfield man will attempt to reclaim Recorder of Deeds post
Tribune Review: Rafferty announces run for Westmoreland judge
Tribune Review: Riverfront 47 site prep will advance with $9.6 million loan
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh councilwoman introduces bill to ensure affordable housing in Lawrenceville    
Post-Gazette: Education groups launch effort to up voter turnout in Pittsburgh school board elections    
Post-Gazette: City Mission a model for dealing with opioid abuse, say Toomey, Reschenthaler      
Post-Gazette: Food pantries see surge from lingering impact of shutdown    

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Lamb peppered with student debt, health care questions at town hall
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb holding open house for district office in Center Twp.
Beaver County Times: Sandie Egley seeks Republican nomination for Treasurer
Observer-Reporter: Kennedy Townsend summons memory of father in talk at W&J
Altoona Mirror: AASD director strongly opposes insurance deal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Johnstown native joins abuse victims at Vatican to address gathering of church leaders   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Full-time assistant district attorney replaces two part-timers in Somerset County  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Thompson visits Cambria Heights students, opens Ebensburg office  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Thompson supports border wall

The Times Leader: Pedri’s ‘state of county’ report: More ‘pronounced and noticeable’ improvements
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre council hears of potential savings via leasing DPW vehicles
The Times Leader: Arc of Luzerne County’s new executive director opens up about plans
The Times Leader: County advised not to hire funeral director as new coroner due to conflicts
Citizens Voice: Pittston Area principal appointed to county council

South Central   
LNP | LancasterOnline: DA Craig Stedman secures Republican endorsement for county judge; DA candidate Mark Fetterman withdraws
LNP | LancasterOnline: Live updates: Lancaster County Republicans hold convention, endorse picks
LNP | LancasterOnline: 3 races to watch at tonight’s Republican Committee of Lancaster County endorsement convention
Patriot News: Study ranks the best state capitals to live in: How does Harrisburg rate?
Patriot News: Non-essential state employees in central Pa. given day off ahead of winter storm
York Dispatch: Judith Higgins, former state senate candidate, joins race for York County commissioner
York Dispatch: Hallam Mayor Glenn Wascovich withdraws from commissioner race, endorses Higgins
York Dispatch: Sandra Thompson, another member of ‘Grandview Five,’ again running for judge  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Latino, community leaders in York announce second annual Latino Health Summit
AP: College trustee quits over Nazi uniform costume photo
Carlisle Sentinel: Silver Spring Township adopts tax credit for first responder volunteers
Carlisle Sentinel: Dickinson College professor to discuss midterms using Cumberland County exit poll data

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: U.S. Rep. Susan Wild talks Medicare for All, Green New Deal during town hall event in Nazareth
Morning Call: Easton’s Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Arnold to retire
Reading Eagle: Reading residents pack council chambers for swearing-in of new councilwoman
Reading Eagle: Exeter School Board’s preliminary budget includes 4.5% tax hike
Reading Eagle: Boyertown School Board approves preliminary budget with tax hike
Reading Eagle: Panel at KU: Opioid crisis is everyone’s problem

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: The plight of Pa.’s volunteer fire companies can look bleak. What are the solutions?
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council asked to consider raises for elected officials  
Erie Times-News: GE engineer is candidate for Millcreek School Board  
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council: Halt changes that affect LIFT, EMTA  
Erie Times-News: Scutella, Gibbs announce bids for Erie County Council  
Erie Times-News: Union City police to host town hall meeting Thursday

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Falling through cracks: Gun control won’t work unless laws are enforced
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Bring the battle to Harrisburg: Both sides in the city gun control issue are contemplating crimes
Josh Shapiro: Reducing recidivism makes our communities safer
John Baer: What our ‘national emergency’ means to me
Tony Norman: ‘Happy Presidents Day, Mr. Stupids!’ Love, Ann Coulter
Will Bunch: Kamala Harris takes on Trump as a charismatic ‘generic Democrat.’ Is that bad?
Aminata Sy: Philadelphia’s many African students need culturally inclusive education
Stu Bykofsky: Narcan can be risky for EMS and Good Samaritans
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: El Chapo heads to supermax

2 Responses

  1. I see Joe Biden gave a good talk at Penn yesterday and appeared pretty fired up about the issues. I saw the link here and watched a bit on youtube. He looked ready to go for a Presidential run. We shall see.

    1. I always liked Joe. But his time has passed. DO NOT RUN. Support new blood for Dems to win.

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