February 4th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf is slated to deliver his sixth budget address today, while former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be holding a rally in Philadelphia tonight. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Boyle Campaigns for Biden in Iowa: Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia) was one of 21 surrogates making campaign stops for Biden in Iowa as a part of the “Beat Trump Barnstorm.”

Parnell Added To NRCC “On The Radar” In Young Gun Program: The GOP hopeful for the 17th Congressional District is the second Pennsylvania Republican added to the program.

Bloomberg To Rally in Philly: Bloomberg will be joined by former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the rally on Tuesday evening.

Dean Unanimously Endorsed by Montgomery County Democrats: According to a release from Rep. Madeleine Dean’s (D-Montgomery) campaign, she was unanimously endorsed in a voice vote late last week by the Montgomery County Democratic Committee. 

PA1: Sunrise Movement Pennsbury Hub Endorses Hurwitz: According to a release from Skylar Hurwitz, a technology entrepreneur and small business owner who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for the 1st Congressional District, he was endorsed by the Pennsbury Hub of the Sunrise Movement, whose goal is to “stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.” 

 

Legislative Election Update: 

HD-189: State Rep. Rosemary Brown (R-Monroe) announced her intentions to seek reelection in the state House. Brown won her most recent reelection bid in 2018 by 17 points over Democrat Adam Rodriguez. 

SD-9: John Kane, who is one of multiple Democrats seeking his party’s nomination, received the endorsement of the Delaware County Democratic Committee by receiving 85% of the vote, according to a release from his campaign. The seat is held by state Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware), who defeated Democrat Martin Molloy for the seat in 2016 by over 2.5 points

HD-158: State Rep. Christina Sappey (D-Chester) announced her intentions to seek a second term in the state House, according to the Daily Local News. Sappey won the seat in 2018 by nearly 7 points, besting incumbent state Rep. Erie Roe (R-Chester). 

HD-95: Kacey French, a York City businesswoman, announced her intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Carol Hill-Evans (D-York), according to the York Dispatch. Hill-Evans ran unopposed in her most recent reelection bid. 

HD-127: Branden Moyer, an owner of a residential and commercial cleaning business, announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Tom Caltagirone (D-Berks), according to the Reading Eagle. Caltagirone, who announced he will retire at the end of his current term, won his most recent reelection bid in 2018 over Republican Vincent Gagliardo Jr. by 59 points.  

HD-126: James Oswald, a Lower Alsace Township supervisor, announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), according to the Reading Eagle. Rozzi ran unopposed in his most recent reelection bid.  

HD-15: Bob Williams, a shipper as well as a shop steward for United Steelworkers Local 1211, announced his intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Josh Kail (R-Beaver/Washington), according to the Beaver County Times. Kail won the seat in 2018 by defeating Democrat Terri Mitko by 23 points

HD-131: Pennsburg Mayor Vicki Lightcap announced her intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh), according to Lehigh Valley Live. Simmons, who was announced he is not seeking another term in 2020, won his most recent reelection bid in 2018 by 5.5 points over Democrat Andrew Lee.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s sixth budget: What can we expect?
Patriot News: Pa. student aid agency now offers student loan refinance option to make payments more manageable
Patriot News: Pa. law lacks protections for LGBTQ individuals and some demand change
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf promises veto on natural gas tax incentive
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘It’s about damn time’: Momentum to pass LGBTQ anti-discrimination bill is growing
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Passing the buck, Pa. House urges Congress to ready for ACA repeal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House Dems make their final pitch for ousting Trump: ‘He will do it again’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: With eye on climate future, Pennsylvania makes allowances in cap-and-trade proposal for fossil fuel past
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘A form of torture’: Lawmakers, advocates seek to reduce use of solitary confinement
Inquirer: Wolf pushing charter-school bill that would change funding, accountability rules
Inquirer: We went to an Iowa caucus that looks a lot like the Pennsylvania swing counties Trump flipped in 2016 
Inquirer: Lt. Gov. Fetterman defends Pa. woman with cancer who was sentenced to 10-plus months for shoplifting
Inquirer: DoorDash, Postmates didn’t collect Pa. sales tax as they should
PLSReporter: What we know about Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-2021 executive budget
PLSReporter: Senate passes “Deana’s Law” to strengthen DUI violations
PLSReporter: ‘You don’t put people in cages’: Activists, lawmakers renew push to curb solitary confinement
PLSReporter: ‘Married on a Sunday and then fired on a Monday’: Advocates call for passage of nondiscrimination protections for LGBT individuals
PLSReporter: 3 bills to watch for the week of February 3
KDKA: Around The Table: The Importance Of The Iowa Caucuses
Huffington Post: Democrats’ Fracking War Heats Up As 2020 Voting Begins
City Paper: Amazon stops selling an anti-immigrant sticker following criticism from Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman
KYW Newsradio: At roundtable, Wolf administration speaks out against food stamp program cuts
LNP | LancasterOnline: F&M poll: 57% of Pennsylvania voters oppose Trump re-election, down from 59% 
StateImpactPA: Wolf’s support for petrochemicals raises climate worries as Pennsylvania tries to cut carbon emissions

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: The next Philly mayor’s race is in 2023 but the money race has already started
Philadelphia Magazine: Can Mike Nutter Help Mike Bloomberg Get Elected President?
Inquirer: Philadelphia won the soda tax battle. But across the U.S., Big Soda is winning the war. 
Inquirer: Sister Mary Scullion, Philly homelessness expert, to be among lawmakers’ guests for State of the Union address
Inquirer: Philly refinery’s former owner, Sunoco, files formal objection ahead of bankruptcy sale
Inquirer: This addiction treatment medicine is often sold on the streets — and may be preventing overdoses
Inquirer: A Philadelphia Ukrainian institution has stood strong long before Trump’s impeachment put Ukraine in the spotlight
WHYY Newsworks: Elected for life no longer? Darrell Clarke introduces bill to term limit City Council 
WHYY Newsworks: Trash pick-ups and burlesque: Philly volunteers try to boost their presidential picks
Philadelphia Tribune: Philly Council aims to nix ‘resign-to-run’ rule again; enact term limits
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia’s longest serving inspector general resigns
KYW Newsradio: At roundtable, Wolf administration speaks out against food stamp program cuts
KYW Newsradio: Charter changes creating Labor Department, allowing political activity by city workers advance in Philly City Council
KYW Newsradio: At protest, environmental activists say they want future of PES site to break away from past
KYW Newsradio: Southeast Asian community pushes back on South Philly gentrification
KYW Newsradio: Philly tourism campaigns aim to attract more baby boomers, women 
Billy Penn: Philly schools implement new rules for lockdowns to reduce trauma

 

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon meets public at town hall meeting at Penn State Brandywine 
Daily Local News: Killion’s affordable housing bill passes Senate
Daily Local News: Chester County gears up for 2020 census
Daily Local News: Ex-planner chosen to fill East Vincent supervisor vacancy
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks Board of Elections moves as it prepares for busy election season
Bucks Courier Times: Top news: Minimum wage battle, sports center reborn, contractor ordered to pay-up

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Lamb Campaign Leads Western Pennsylvania Congressional Candidates In Cash Race
KDKA: Bill Introduced by U.S. Congressman Aims At Providing Pet History From Breeders
KDKA: Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority Unveils Homewood Pedestrian Improvement Product
Post-Gazette: Heading into 2020, Conor Lamb has nearly $1M to deploy in re-election fight
Post-Gazette: Business of Pittsburgh: A closer look at the economics of the travel industry
Pittsburgh Business Times: State budget address to determine Innovation Works funding
City Paper: Amazon stops selling an anti-immigrant sticker following criticism from Pa. Second Lady Gisele Fetterman
City Paper: UPMC partners with the city to provide emergency training to bystanders

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Delmont man seeking Democratic nomination in 14th Congressional District
Beaver County Times: Lamb-backed bill encouraging veterans to pursue STEM careers passes Congress, heads to president’s desk 
Beaver County Times: Brighton Twp. Democrat Bob Williams running to challenge state Rep. Josh Kail
Beaver County Times: Amadio named vice chairman of Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lack of gun reform frustrating advocates at Capitol
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: LGBT protections sought in Pa.

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Dark-money groups spend big on local congressional race
Citizens Voice: Cartwright announces reelection bid
Citizens Voice: Political Scene returns ahead of primary election
Times-Tribune: Monday Update: Lackawanna County overdose study to ramp up this month

 

South Central 
Patriot News: Congressional candidate loses home in Derry Township fire 
Patriot News: Stephen Reed loved Harrisburg ‘until his dying breath’: Funeral Mass for ‘mayor for life’ held Monday
York Dispatch: York City to roll out micro-loan program for small businesses
York Dispatch: Helfrich urges public to talk residency requirement after fiery meeting

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: More than half of the $550,000 Lisa Scheller raised came from one person: Lisa Scheller
Morning Call: Despite promise, Allentown Mayor Ray O’Connell says he may run again: ‘Things change in a person’s life’
Express Times: Small-town mayor joins race for state rep seat in the Saucon Valley area
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners consider hiring firm for guidance on prison project

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Brennan appointed to vacant Erie City Council seat
Erie Times-News: State sets filing deadlines for Erie community college hearing 

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Overreach on Medicaid: Block-grant approach would create spending caps
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Parks funding: Priority should be on need, not location
Inquirer Editorial Board: E-bike setback shouldn’t detour Philly cycling
Rep. Conor Lamb and Harold Hamm: Joe Biden Does Not Support a Fracking Ban
Gene Barr: #PaBudget2020: Innovative workforce solutions, pro-growth policies needed to move Pa. forward
Hannah Smith-Brubaker: #PaBudget 2020: Let’s build on the Pa. Farm Bill’s success this budget season
Rich Askey: #PaBudget 2020: Let’s talk about fixing Pennsylvania’s educator shortage
Jerry T. Jordan: #PaBudget 2020: Our students deserve safe and healthy schools. This should be Job One
Dan Grossman and Davitt Woodwell: #PABudget2020: Climate action is here and Pennsylvania is entering the race
Michael Levy: In Apple vs. the U.S. government, citizens should have the last word 
Jon Geeting: With two indicted Councilmembers, it’s time for Philly Democratic leaders to change rules 
Jeffrey A. Rosen: Safe injection sites enable drug users and endanger communities 
John L. Micek: Philly lawmaker wants Pa. to pay reparations to the wrongly convicted | Monday Morning Coffee
Paul Muschick: Keep your word, Mayor O’Connell. Don’t run for reelection.
Charlie Gerow: President Trump and Mayor Bloomberg pony up $10 million each for Super Bowl ads 
Jonathan Zimmerman: ‘American Dirt’ controversy scores another win for mob mentality 
Will Bunch: From the archives: Trump isn’t the first president to give State of the Union amid impeachment proceedings

February 4th, 2020 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “February 4th Playbook”

  1. William Demerest says:

    The article linked about dark money groups pouring funds into the Cartwright race is troubling. Why can’t the public know just who these donors are and where the money is coming from? It just doesn’t make sense to have secrecy with donors.

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