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February 4th Playbook

The Pennsylvania GOP endorsed Christylee Peck and Megan King for Superior Court, while Sen. Harris wins the PA Progressive Straw Poll. Here is the Playbook.

PAGOP Endorses Christylee Peck, Megan King For Superior Court: Republican officials tried to stress the need for unity at their winter meeting, while selecting endorsements.

Harris Wins PA Progressive Straw Poll: Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren finished a close second and third place at the Keystone Progress Summit.

Daphne Goggins Announces Bid for GOP Nomination For Philadelphia Mayor: The GOP ward leader for the 16th Ward in North Philadelphia is the second Republican to enter the race.

February 1st Ups & Downs: One of the most politically influential Philadelphians was indicted on corruption charges, there are new chairs for the HDCC and HRCC, and a Pittsburgh TV station fires an employee for telling the truth? All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Voters may be asked to weigh on in victims’ rights this year
AP: Specious claims dog Pennsylvania’s noncitizen voter search
AP: Parents of Penn State pledge sue frat members over his death
AP: The Latest: Union leader pleads not guilty to bribery, theft
AP: Ex-Scranton schools official charged with corruption
KYW Newsradio: New report details critical voting vulnerabilities in Pennsylvania
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. auditor general continues child welfare review with look at obscure agency
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – January 28, 2019
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
Billy Penn: INBOX: PA GOP joins the chorus of political groups calling on VA Gov. Ralph Northam to resign after the emergence of his racist yearbook photo
WESA: As Attitudes On Recreational Marijuana Change, Policies Are Slow To Catch Up
WESA: Analysis: PA Dems May Have Made Gains Under Old Congressional Map
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Announces Funding To Improve Bridges, Roads And More
StateImpactPA: Gas driller Cabot wants Dimock man thrown in jail for contempt
StateImpactPA: PUC seeks school evacuation drills on pipeline route
Inquirer: Federal move could ‘virtually destroy’ online gambling in Pennsylvania, N.J., but help big GOP donor
Inquirer: Piazzas file suit against 28 former Penn State frat members in son’s death, settle with the university
Beaver County Times: Toomey to head subcommittee on health care
Beaver County Times: Pa. health secretary says not too late to get flu shots   
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf will double down on policy favorites in kick-off to second term. But where does that leave tax rates?
Morning Call: Pat Toomey renews push for Congress to sign off on President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs

Billy Penn: Who on City Council wanted Johnny Doc’s ‘little hug’? An investigation.
Billy Penn: ‘He’s a crook’: Northeast Philly reacts to councilman’s indictment  
KYW Newsradio: Local 98 leader ‘Johnny Doc’ pleads not guilty to corruption indictment  
KYW Newsradio: City’s battle against opioid crisis continues with targeted towing effort in Kensington
KYW Newsradio: She Can Win Bootcamp: Helping woman interested in running for office
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s Office of Property Assessment gets drubbing in City Council committee
Inquirer: On the job site and behind the scenes, Johnny Doc shaped Philly’s skyline. Will he still?
Inquirer: Philly DA Larry Krasner disinvited to speak at Yale Law conference after Mumia Abu-Jamal appeal  

Pottstown Mercury: Democratic state Sen. Leach facing increasing pressure to step down
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County political parties looking toward primary election
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco transportation projects get $5.7M in state funding
KYW Newsradio: New Chester County lawsuit seeks to kick pipeline construction to the curb
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. Rep Brian Fitzpatrick invites Pennridge student to attend State of the Union
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks landfill gas power plant, 3rd largest in country, closing
Bucks County Courier Times: State awards $2.1M in grants in Plumstead, Upper and Lower Moreland
Bucks County Courier Times: Hundreds come out in support and protest of drag queen story time in Lansdale
Delco Daily Times: Groups meet to discuss education funding challenge
Delco Daily Times: Delco council spars over meeting minutes once again
Delco Daily Times: Mariner East: Hundreds pack public hearing on pipeline safety
Daily Local News: John J. Duffy Jr., attorney and recovery advocate, dies at 85

Post-Gazette: Progressives gather in Pittsburgh to cement gains
Post-Gazette: Accusations shake up Butler County court
Post-Gazette: Wagner sets public meetings on UPMC-Highmark split
Post-Gazette: State AG files charges against PWSA over lead line notifications
Post-Gazette: State Rep. Tony DeLuca asks state to deny tax increase plan for Penn Hills district
Post-Gazette: Preparing to borrow, Pittsburgh gets high credit marks
Tribune Review: Sen. Bob Casey invites Pittsburgh TSA officer to State of the Union
Tribune Review: Irwin revives proposed amusement tax
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Gun Show attendees not keen on new gun laws, favor Saturday start to buck season
WESA: A Federal Employee On The Shutdown’s Financial Impact, And Bracing For More Uncertainty
WESA: As Attitudes On Recreational Marijuana Change, Policies Are Slow To Catch Up
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Announces Funding To Improve Bridges, Roads And More
The Incline: Targeted in the Tree of Life massacre, Dor Hadash congregants push for gun control

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Kelly on Democratic list of 2020 targeted seats
Beaver County Times: Toomey to head subcommittee on health care
Beaver County Times: Pa. health secretary says not too late to get flu shots
Beaver County Times: ‘We’re saving lives’: Beaver County overdose deaths dropped by 50 percent in 2018
Observer-Reporter: Here are important dates for absentee voting, registration before special election  
Observer-Reporter: Judge to rule on CHJA rate increase  
Observer-Reporter: Spurred by property reassessment, Dellorso runs for county commissioner  
Observer-Reporter: Zimmerman seeks re-election in Greene County  
Observer-Reporter: Eighty Four man declares candidacy in district judge race
Altoona Mirror: Judge upholds report’s secrecy  
Altoona Mirror: Ward takes up price-gouging push  
Altoona Mirror: Planning Commission names new solicitor  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill would ban pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Attorney Hershey running for judge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Commissioner Lang plots re-election bid  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Everett man seeks GOP nomination for Bedford sheriff  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: JRA gets $2.7 million state grant for industrial park road  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Governor orders flags across Somerset County at half-staff in honor of late commissioner Vatavuk  

The Times Leader: Meuser seeks answers on EPA stormwater management regulations
The Times Leader: Opinions split on whether nursing-ratio mandate would improve care
The Times Leader: Gov. Wolf announces $4.6M for Luzerne County infrastructure projects
The Times Leader: Raises released for non-union Luzerne County employees
The Times Leader: WB crime down, Gazenski tells biz group
Times-Tribune: FBI probe won’t slow Scranton’s exit from Act 47 financial distress designation  
Times-Tribune: Taxpayers pay $1.45M in legal bills, suspended guard salaries over Lackawanna County Prison probe
Times-Tribune: Candidates line up to run for Wayne DA
South Central   
Harrisburg Patriot News: Candidates line up to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Marino
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Taking a strong stand’ against misconduct: Lawmakers call for an independent panel to police themselves   
Carlisle Sentinel: General Assistance program creates early fault line in PA’s budget battle
York Daily Record: Community leader Joseph Douglas has died  
York Dispatch: Karen Crosby, one of the ‘Grandview Five,’ announces candidacy for York County commissioner  
York Dispatch: Four candidates — so far — seek three open York City Council seats  
York Dispatch: Pam Nicholson announces bid for Register of Wills/Clerk of Orphans Court  
York Dispatch: Mayor of East Prospect to run for York County commissioner
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former mayor Smithgall discovers cancer in wake of armed robbery

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Pat Toomey renews push for Congress to sign off on President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs
Morning Call: Whitehall Commissioner Joseph Marx announces a run for mayor
Morning Call: Appointed Whitehall Mayor Michael Harakal will run for election
Reading Eagle: Weaknecht seeking another term as Berks County sheriff
Reading Eagle: Short takes from the political week that was
Reading Eagle: Fair Districts PA to meet next week in Wyomissing

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How local legislators voted on key issues last week
Erie Times-News: Report: Inclusion necessary in downtown Erie improvement plan
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County creates new positions; city accepts money toward bandshell work
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Chief reports violent crime down
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Parents of pledge sue frat members
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Majority of city workers want option to live outside of Billtown

Inquirer Editorial Board: Mayor Kenney needs to better respond to Johnny Doc, Bobby Henon indictment
Inquirer Editorial Board: Johnny Doc, Bobby Henon indictment damages all of Philly City Council
Inquirer Staff: Living black history: 4 African American leaders to learn from this month
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Just the (relevant) facts: Judge should exclude gun info in Antwon Rose II trial
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Secure voting machines: Pa. polling places could see paper ballots soon
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Crossroads in Zimbabwe: Hopes for transformation dashed by repression
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Lessons to be learned: A reckoning with personal bias
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The apostate: Let Howard Schultz make his case to the voters
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: End the forever war: Tentative deal with Taliban offers potential for peace
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Where will they turn?: Don’t cut cash program for poorest of the poor
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Respect state parks: A new reports cites urgent need for improvements
Ed Rendell: Philly schools, our perpetual underdog, are on a winning streak
Ernest Owens: Cancel Black History Month
Christine Flowers: ‘Johnny Doc’ hasn’t been a man of the people for a long time
Aaron Glantz and Emmanuel Martinez: People of color struggle to get home loans in Philly, but spreading the word is harder than ever
Rob Dubow and Jim Engler: Mayor’s office: Beverage tax did not come from Local 98, Johnny Doc
Trudy Rubin: Intel chiefs reveal Trump’s slipping grip on keeping America safe
Signe Wilkinson: Johnny Doc Building Prices
Will Bunch: Northam resign, and pass torch to new generation of Dems before everything burns
David M. Shribman: And the State of the Union is …
Tony Norman: In Trump we don’t trust
Charlie Gerow: Democrats will need a lot more than simply finding an anti-Trump to run for president

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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