February 3rd Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf will deliver his budget address for the 2021-2022 fiscal year today. Here is the Playbook. 

Trump Taps Castor To Defend Him At Senate Impeachment Trial: The former Montgomery County District Attorney and former acting Attorney General said that he considers it a privilege to represent former President Donald Trump at his upcoming second impeachment trial.

Dermody Appointed to Gaming Control Board: The former House Democratic Leader will be one of the seven members on the board.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pa. enacted 140 laws last year. Only 27 of them addressed the coronavirus.
AP: Governor seeks big increase in school funding, tax increase
AP: A look at Gov. Wolf’s policy proposals for the 2021-22 year
AP: Pivotal election figure leaving job under an unrelated cloud
Inquirer: Montgomery County Republican Jeff Bartos is taking steps to run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s 2020 election was really hard to pull off. This year won’t be much easier.
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise Pa. income taxes and give $1.5 billion more to schools
Inquirer: House accuses Trump of ‘historic betrayal’ as his lawyers say impeachment trial is unconstitutional 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf proposes Pa.’s biggest tax increase ever, but it would be a tax cut for many
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf to propose tax increase to benefit public schools, give tax breaks to some families
Patriot News: Survivors of clergy sex abuse urge Gov. Wolf to push Legislature to fast track reforms to child sex crime laws
Patriot News: ‘There’s no end to this’: Mail slowdown continues under Trump-era honcho
Patriot News: 2 more Pa. residents charged in U.S. Capitol riot
Patriot News: Pa. registers 125 new COVID-19 deaths
The New Yorker: A Pennsylvania Mother’s Path to Insurrection
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Still primed for public life, ex-Pa. Treasurer Torsella reflects on pensions and bipartisanship
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf to seek personal income tax hike to boost school funding
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: As cyber threats loom, state officials aim to boost defenses
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Budget Day 2021: 5 things to watch for in Gov. Tom Wolf’s new spending plan | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Post-Gazette: After ballot blunder, some seek a bill on abuse lawsuits
Post-Gazette: Holding up West Virginia’s success, lawmakers debate states’ sluggish COVID-19 vaccine rollout 
Beaver County Times: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for personal income tax increase, cut for PA lower wage workers. What would change
WESA: Secretary Of The Commonwealth To Resign After Amendment Advertising Error
WITF: With Pennsylvania Behind In Vaccination Rate, PA Health Department Says Not To Compare States
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf pitches massive attempt to fix Pa. school funding inequities with income tax hike
PLSReporter: Ahead of budget address, Wolf proposes investing in education with income tax adjustments
PLSReporter: Feb. 2 COVID-19 Update: 4,410 additional positives, more than 1 million vaccine doses administered
Fox News: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf wants to increase taxes for some residents
City Paper: Former Pa. Gov. candidate Paul Mango at center of Trump effort to block extra funding for vaccine rollout
Morning Call: Pennsylvania COVID-19 vaccine rollout to get scrutiny from lawmakers amid frustration over distribution, lack of supply
The Hill: Pennsylvania secretary of state resigns over ballot initiative error
CNHI: Prominent Pa. attorney helping lead Trump’s impeachment defense
Politico: House Dems move to yoke GOP to QAnon

Inquirer: Next up in the Philly Fighting COVID debacle: A political fight in City Hall
Inquirer: Philly will open six mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics and doses are also coming to city pharmacies
Inquirer: Facebook restricted a West Philly activist as it grappled with fallout from the Capitol riots
WHYY Newsworks: ShopRite, Walgreens to offer vaccines for older Philadelphians, while Health Dept. takes over PFC clinic 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Philly to open new clinics Feb. 22; state releases vaccine numbers
Philadelphia Magazine: Got a Shot From Philly Fighting COVID? Here’s What to Do Now
Philadelphia Magazine: Gyms and Restaurants Can Apply for COVID-19 Relief Through This City Program
Billy Penn: Snow, sleet and no food for 15 days: Germantown man won’t give up till Kenney moves on gun violence resolution 
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s new COVID-19 cases continue their downward trend, but precautions remain in place 
Philly Voice: Philly expanding COVID-19 vaccination rollout to more pharmacies, mass clinics

Levittown Now: Bristol Man Arrested By FBI For Allegedly Attacking Police Officers During Insurrection
Daily Local News: Howard to host virtual mental health resource fair Feb. 4
KYW Newsradio: With vaccine already at a trickle, winter storm forces most Philly suburbs to reschedule COVID-19 services
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County sees slight decrease in coronavirus positivity rate

KDKA: U.S. Rep Guy Reschenthaler Says Vote To Disqualify Pa’s Election Results Was ‘Symbolic’ And Holds Open Option To Run For Senate
KDKA: 2 Pittsburgh City Council Members Introduce Legislation To Declare ‘State Of Educational Emergency’ 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Person In Their 20s Among Allegheny County’s 8 New Coronavirus Deaths
WESA: Lamb Talks COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, Denounces GOP Lawmaker At Town Hall
WESA: City Councilors Call For ‘Educational Emergency’ Declaration 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County, Pittsburgh to manage $36M in new federal COVID-19 aid for rent, utility aid
Post-Gazette: Burgess, Lavelle want to declare ‘educational emergency’ for Pittsburgh schools
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh native Tom Vilsack, tapped again to agriculture secretary, confronts new challenges 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s unemployment rate went up slightly in December, but may be a ‘one-month blip’ 
Post-Gazette: Experts: Personal behavior key to continuing decline in COVID-19 cases and deaths
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh councilman moves to declare ‘state of educational emergency’ in the city 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 8 covid deaths, including a person in their 20s
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County and City of Pittsburgh announce new $36 million Covid-19 emergency rental assistance program
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh MSA sees slight uptick in unemployment rate for December, now at 6.8%

Beaver County Times: Beaver County Continuum of Care to receive $1.9 million for homeless assistance 
Beaver County Times: Report: Green energy plan could create 243K Pennsylvania jobs
Observer-Reporter: Washington native becomes first African-American chair of lawyers fund 
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 deaths reported in Washington, Fayette counties
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New COVID-19 cases continue to ease, 14 new deaths in region 
Altoona Mirror: Milliron to retire at end of 2021 

Citizens Voice: New Wolf budget increases income tax, but cuts taxes on lower income families
Citizens Voice: 75 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Tuesday
Times-Tribune: Committee likely to probe feasibility of renaming road after Biden
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District could see $33M with fair funding proposal in Wolf’s budget 
Times-Tribune: New Wolf budget increases income tax, but cuts taxes on lower income families
Times-Tribune: Northeast Pennsylvania COVID-19 death rate remains stubbornly high
The Times Leader: 75 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Tuesday; 3 more deaths

South Central 
York Dispatch: ‘Always there when you needed him’: Evans Fishel, former Red Lion mayor, dies
York Dispatch: Eight new deaths in York County attributed to COVID-19
LNP | LancasterOnline: Who is the man the FBI arrested in Lancaster County after Capitol attack?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Second wave of COVID-19 ends improvement of Lancaster County jobless rate
LNP | LancasterOnline: Police documents detail Ephrata lawyer’s plan to travel to D.C., shoot officials
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County ranks 45th in PA in per capita rate of coronavirus vaccinations
York Daily Record: ‘Ever-increasing obstacles’ Coroner releases 2020 report on deaths in pandemic 
York Daily Record: Man arrested in Lancaster County for U.S. Capitol rioting that led to military vet’s death
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 105 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 new deaths for Cumberland County Tuesday
Patriot News: ‘There’s no end to this’: Mail slowdown continues under Trump-era honcho
Patriot News: Harrisburg law firm launches public relations agency

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Lehigh Valley elected its first mother and son duo to the State House of Representatives
WFMZ: Former Congressman Charlie Dent takes on new role, hopes to create more bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill  
WFMZ: Reading mulls details of proposal to address panhandling  
Morning Call: PA-7 voters, participate in this survey and discussion on campaign finance reform proposals
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley unemployment rate stable as payrolls rise slightly
Express Times: New Biden order means Lehigh Valley buses, airport can enforce face mask requirement 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 4,410 new cases, 125 new deaths; 248 more cases in Lehigh Valley; more than 1M vaccines given statewide | Pa. COVID county map (02/02/21)
Reading Eagle: Acting Berks County Coroner Jonn Hollenbach launches campaign to keep post 
Reading Eagle: New COVID cases, hospitalizations trend down in Berks County

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Councilman Shank might run for sheriff
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 44 new COVID-19 cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Snow delays Pennsylvania governor’s budget address a day
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: New website offers assistance resources for every zip code
Centre Daily Times: State College Council, administration offer support for further investigation into Osagie case
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 2 update: Centre County reports 95 new cases of COVID-19; Pa. adds 4,410 positives

Deborah Gross and Lauren P. McKenna: Proposed constitutional amendment threatens independence of Pa. appellate courts
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania’s secretary of state deserves credit for handling election changes. But she needed to resign
Edward C. Ketyer: Biden’s executive order on oil and gas drilling does little to protect health in Pa. 
Jerry T. Jordan: Union president: Teachers and families deserve safe ventilation if they’re going to school during a pandemic 
Frank Pizzoli: The Legislature dashed hopes for LGBTQ equality in Pa. — again 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tearing down the digital divide
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Different paths
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: A heads-up: 2 masks may be better than 1 in protecting us against COVID-19
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: We’re glad to see renewed push to get Harriet Tubman onto the $20 bill
Hannah J. Wiseman: Localizing the green energy revolution
Tony Norman: The protocols of the Lasers of Zion
Abdul-Aliy Muhammad and Amelia Carter: Kenney and Outlaw’s failures, outlined in recent report, give Philadelphians more reasons not to trust police 
George A. Nation III: Why we must avoid extremes of both the left and right
Richard A. Fluck: We risk spreading new strains of COVID-19 by not masking up
Trudy Rubin: Alexei Navalny attacked Putin’s Big Lie. GOP senators should do the same to Trump’s at his impeachment trial. 
Oren Spiegler: President Trump pitted Americans against each other
Dorothy R. Novick: The tragic loss of Nyssa Davis: a pediatrician’s call for safe firearm storage | Expert Opinion
Tom Stiglich: Groundhog Day in Philly means many weeks more of botched leadership | Cartoon

3 Responses

  1. Bruce Castor is a really smart guy and I’m thrilled he’s defending Trump. I’d be happy to send him money to help with the Trump impeachment defense fund.

  2. Bruce Castor would be smart to get paid upfront by Trump. But likely, Castor is being paid by somebody other than Trump, who never pays his own bills if he can find a sucker.

  • Reader Poll: Who Should the GOP Nominate for Governor?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
Continue to Browser


To install tap and choose
Add to Home Screen