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February 23rd Playbook

The PAGOP has called a special meeting to “consider the issues arising out of the impeachment and the path for our party going forward” for Wednesday night. Here is the Playbook. 

Toomey Censure? PAGOP Calls Special Meeting for Weds: The Pennsylvania Republican Party will hold a meeting on Wednesday evening to “consider the issues arising out of the impeachment and the path for our party going forward.”

SD22: Flynn Announces Bid for Dem Nomination: The Lackawanna County Democrat pointed to his record serving in the state House, plus advocating for “fair funding for our schools, to making sure the economic comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic does not leave northeastern Pennsylvania behind” in his announcement.

Young Democrats of Allegheny County Endorse Gainey for Mayor: The Young Democrats of Allegheny County have endorsed state Rep. Ed Gainey’s bid for mayor of Pittsburgh.  

Fontana, Kail-Smith, and Kraus Endorse Peduto for Mayor: According to a release from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s campaign, state Sen. Wayne Fontana, City Council President Theresa Kail-Smith, and Councilman Bruce Kraus have endorsed Peduto’s reelection bid. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Supreme Court rejects Trump election challenge cases
AP: Pennsylvania GOP sets meeting to discuss Toomey censure
Spotlight PA: Spotlight PA sues to unseal records in ex-Democratic state lawmaker’s embezzlement case
Inquirer: Almost 19,000 Pennsylvania voters have left the Republican Party since the Capitol attack
Inquirer: U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Pa. mail-ballot deadline case as election challenges meet dead end 
Post-Gazette: Supreme Court refuses to hear Rep. Kelly’s petition on constitutionality of Pa.’s mail voting law 
Post-Gazette: Casey, Lamb press for $15 minimum wage in COVID-19 bill as Democrats face unity test
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania GOP to discuss ‘issues’ surrounding Trump’s impeachment trial
Post-Gazette: Advocates want Pa.’s carbon rules to embrace combined heat and power
Patriot News: U.S. Supreme Court is not taking up three Pennsylvania election cases brought by Trump or his allies
Patriot News: Should Pa. schools be forced to give assessment tests in pandemic? Educators want feds to waive mandate
Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s weekly supply of COVID-19 vaccine grows by 40,000
Patriot News: 40 Pa. counties have substantial spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 10th week
KDKA: Special State House Race Features Founder Of Trump House And A Republican-Turned-Democrat
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Unveils ‘Back To Work PA’ Plan
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf floats natural gas tax to pay for $3 billion pandemic recovery plan
USA Today: Why does Pa. have the most U.S. Capitol siege arrests? Dems point to GOP lawmakers’ rhetoric
WESA: Delayed Census Data May Mean Setbacks In Redistricting Effort
CBS News: Supreme Court turns away Pennsylvania election-related disputes
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid partisan acrimony over pandemic, a bipartisan vaccine team says it’s hopeful for the future
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Saylor to DEP: What assurance do you have Pa. citizens ‘aren’t going to die like they did in Texas?’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Western Pa. GOP taps ‘Trump House’ creator Rossi for state House run
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. Supreme Court declines to weigh in on Pa. GOP’s mail-in ballot challenges 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. flunks on watchdog group’s COVID-19 testing report card | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As Congress starts sprint on COVID relief bill, Pa.’s Casey, Evans push minimum wage hike | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s botched vaccine rollout is causing ‘tremendous anxiety and mistrust.’ Senate Dems drop centralized registry plan to change it | Monday Morning Coffee
People: At Home with Pennsylvania’s Headline-Making Second Couple as They Prepare Their Next Big Campaign
WHYY Newsworks: SCOTUS dismisses GOP lawsuits challenging 2020 election process in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Wolf promotes natural gas tax to boost pandemic economy
Fox News: Rep. Cartwright on House aiming to pass $1.9T coronavirus relief bill 
PLSReporter: With selection of GOP candidate, 59th District special election kicks off in earnest
PLSReporter: SCOTUS won’t take up Pa. mail-in ballot deadline review
KYW Newsradio: Want to vote by mail again? All Pennsylvanians must reapply
KYW Newsradio: State lawmakers question why Inspector General’s report on Grace Packer murder hasn’t arrived
StateImpactPA: Climate change threatens Pa.’s farmers. How growers treat their soil could help them adapt — and benefit the rest of us, too
StateImpactPA: Pa. sends a lot of fracking waste to Ohio. People there want more say in where injection wells go
National Journal: Democrats’ 2022 Flight Plan 
The Hill: Supreme Court won’t review Pennsylvania GOP election lawsuits
The Hill: Former Trump officials eye bids for political office
Reading Eagle: Wolf administration’s COVID orders have the power of law, legal experts say
Politico: Supreme Court won’t hear GOP’s Pennsylvania election challenge
Pittsburgh Business Times: PennFuture calls for end to $3B+ in fossil fuel subsidies  

Inquirer: A GOP donor with a history of racist language gave $500,000 to a group opposing Philly DA Larry Krasner
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council’s ‘once-in-a-generation’ anti-poverty plan sends $4.5M to community groups 
WHYY Newsworks: Faster buses, more Regional Rail, modern trolleys: Philly’s transit plan takes system to 2045
CBS3: Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Defends Office’s Covering Of Police Wall Of Remembrance Following Backlash
KYW Newsradio: City unveils new plan to connect Philly through mass transit
Philadelphia Citizen: Idea We Should Steal: Desegregating The Region 
Philly Voice: Philly leaders mourn death of radio legend Cody Anderson, 78
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia, SEPTA lay out plan to overhaul bus system, increase frequency of Regional Rail service

Bucks Local News: Bucks lawmaker named minority chair of House’s Subcommittee on Boroughs
Delco Daily Times: Delco expands COVID vaccine call center after deluge of calls
Bucks County Courier Times: Boeing surprises WWII ‘Rosie’: ‘Rosie the Rocketeer’ headed to space 
Daily Local News: COVID cases dropping steadily in Chester County
Inquirer: Chester and Delaware Counties consider relaxing distance guidelines to teach more students in schools
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County allocates $9M for MontcoStrong hospitality industry program
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County coronavirus positivity rate continues downward trend

KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Administration To Introduce Plan To Ban Evictions
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 374 New Coronavirus Cases Over Last 48 Hours 
Post-Gazette: Casey, Lamb press for $15 minimum wage in COVID-19 bill as Democrats face unity test 
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania GOP to discuss ‘issues’ surrounding Trump’s impeachment trial
Post-Gazette: Roads, transit and tech: How Buttigieg plans to localize the federal transportation agenda
Post-Gazette: Over Pa. health department concerns, bill introduced to create central COVID-19 vaccination registry
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh receives favorable credit rating despite pandemic economic pressure
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pa. reports 3,427 cases; Wolf says state must do better with inoculations
Tribune Review: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to consider Mike Kelly’s Pa. mail-in ballot challenge
Tribune Review: Allegheny County posts lowest new covid numbers since early November 
WESA: City To Pilot Greenway Stewardship Program In Hazelwood 
WESA: Going Solar Isn’t Easy, But New Energy Co-op Wants To Help Local Residents Make The Switch
Pittsburgh Business Times: City of Pittsburgh maintains bond rating through economic challenges of pandemic

Beaver County Times: Who they are: PA people charged in Capitol riot
Beaver County Times: New COVID-19 cases plummet in Pennsylvania
KDKA: Special State House Race Features Founder Of Trump House And A Republican-Turned-Democrat
KDKA: 7 Southwestern Pa. Counties To Discuss Creating Regional Health Department
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds fewest new covid cases since early October
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: Hospitals expand COVID-19 vaccine registration; state’s new-case numbers resume downward trend
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf pitches plan to boost worker training by taxing natural gas industry

The Times Leader: Rep. Toohil announces run for Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas 
The Times Leader: Maryann Velez announces run for Luzerne County Council 
The Times Leader: Two enter race for Swoyersville mayor
The Times Leader: 38 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Monday
Times-Tribune: Biden street name committee takes shape 
Times-Tribune: Kovaleski seeks new term as county register of wills 
Times-Tribune: Regional COVID-19 deaths head toward pre-Thanksgiving levels
Citizens Voice: Pedri asks council to approve four new positions; says they are needed due to heavy workload
Citizens Voice: I-80 bridge tolls, $5 registration fee on council agenda Tuesday
Citizens Voice: Method to choose new DA still unclear 
Citizens Voice: Political scene 2/22/21
Citizens Voice: 38 new COVID-19 cases recorded in county on Monday

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Election 2021: Cumberland County faces open positions for sheriff, court of common pleas judge
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 34 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Sunday; 38 new cases Monday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Explaining the breakup: Lancaster city to part ways with municipal broadband builder MAW Communications
LNP | LancasterOnline: 19 people in Lancaster County died of COVID-19 last week; here’s a look at the state, county data 
York Dispatch: Health official: COVID-19 cases, deaths on decline in York County
Patriot News: Long-time activist and CD school board member announces plans to run for Dauphin County Controller
Patriot News: Central Pa. police chief placed on leave after one of his officers is charged in U.S. Capitol riot

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: Reading’s former managing director running for Berks County Court judge
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 77 new COVID cases as number getting at least 1 dose of vaccine tops 37K
Reading Eagle: Risk of COVID spread in Berks still ‘substantial,’ but 40% of Pa. counties out of worst category, report finds
WFMZ: Lehigh Valley expert weighs in on Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Lawmakers advance bill to have National Guard give vaccine, with 1,521 more cases on Monday  
Express Times: White nationalists are leaving posters around the Lehigh Valley. What to do if you see one.
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: Northampton Co. leads the state in rate of new infections; COVID vaccine shortage postpones appointments | Coronavirus and vaccine updates for Pa. and Lehigh Valley (2/22/21)

North by Northwest
Elmira Star-Gazette: Pennsylvania DA pleads not guilty to sex charges: How Bradford County and community react
Erie Times-News: US Rep. Kelly calls Supreme Court rebuke ‘astounding’
Erie Times-News: LeRoy Stearns seeks re-election as Meadville mayor
Erie Times-News: Erie officials renew push for marine sanctuary
Erie Times-News: Erie County sees low three-day COVID total
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmaker speaks to local air service issue
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Assistance available to Lycoming County renters, landlords
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legislation would update privacy issues
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Pennsylvania State Police will escape legislative scrutiny in 2021 budget process
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 18 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: Penn State assistant professor announces candidacy for a seat on State College Borough Council
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 22 update: Centre County adds 87 weekend COVID-19 cases, cuts positivity rate in half

York Dispatch Editorial Board: Putting a Dent in the GOP?
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Letter to local voters is part of Act 77’s mechanism for mail-in voting
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Online hate crimes at Penn State must be stamped out
Inquirer Editorial Board: City Council’s budget should not be immune to scrutiny
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Insurers should pay for tests
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Race against yourself
Jon Geeting: An Answer To Philly’s Budget Woes? 
Aja Beech: Philly is failing to protect domestic violence victims 
Ted Morgan: How roots of Capitol assault were planted 40 years ago
Chris Dolan: Republican flirtation with extremism began more than a half-century ago
Charles Barkley: Week 4: Charles Barkley’s Black History Month All-Stars 
Jo Sheppard: This is how fascism begins
David R. Hoffman and Jerry Seelig: Nursing homes still deserve better, a year into the pandemic 
Randy LoBasso: Leave MLK Drive alone
Frank Pizzoli: Looking to provide ‘support my generation didn’t have’ Penn State alum gifts $1M to LGBTQIA student center 
Dick Polman: I’ve come to bury Rush Limbaugh. Not praise him 
Tom Stiglich: Cartoon: Larry Krasner’s plea for help

5 Responses

  1. Censuring Toomey for voting his conscience sends a warm fuzzy Hallmark card to the fringe of the Republican Party and alienates the traditional Republicans. The dumbest possible move imaginable. Beyond foolish.

  2. ““consider the issues”?

    Like how much they hate democracy and voting rights, but love lawless insurrection (and white supremacy)?

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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