February 5th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf delivers his budget address, Pennsylvania’s Senators make up their mind on impeachment, and Vice President Mike Pence is slated to make two visits in the state today. Here is the Playbook.

 

Bloomberg Pitches Electability in Philly Rally: In the former New York City Mayor and billionaire’s second campaign appearance in the state, he boosted his positions on gun control, climate change, and more, while saying the results of the Iowa caucuses show that he is the candidate that can unite the party.

Toomey To Vote No on Impeachment: In an op-ed published by the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday, Sen. Pat Toomey cites the words used by then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1999 in his decision to vote against impeachment.

PA Gov: Wolf Budget Calls for Increase in Education Spending: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget proposal highlighted a push for investments that include universal kindergarten to a new program for college scholarships.

PA13: Joyce Files For Reelection: On Tuesday, Rep. John Joyce (R-Blair) filed for reelection to represent the state’s 13th Congressional District. According to a release from his campaign, he is the first member of the state’s Congressional delegation to file ahead of the 2020 primary election. 

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants more money for public schools — and gun control
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for $204 million in tuition assistance for students at Pa. colleges
Spotlight PA: Gov. Tom Wolf again calls on GOP-led legislature to act on guns
AP: Highlights of Pennsylvania governor’s state budget proposal
AP: Wolf makes budget speech appeal for action on gun violence
AP: Governor’s budget pushes for aid for schools, college debt
AP: Lawmakers disclose their $362 million in spending last year
AP: Toomey, Casey split on how they’ll vote on impeachment
York Daily Record: Mike Pence in Philadelphia, Harrisburg: What you should know about his Women for Trump trip 
York Dispatch: Trump takes jab at Gov. Wolf in State of Union
Bucks Courier Times: Casey on impeachment: Acquittal sends wrong message to president, public
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Five Big Takeaways from Gov. Tom Wolf’s 6th budget address
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In his 6th budget, Wolf mixes old plans with new pitches for college grants, universal kindergarten
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Long on aspirations, short on details’: Pa. Republicans set tough path for Wolf’s 2020 budget
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats satisfied with Wolf budget request
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Lawmakers send natural gas tax credit for Wolf, who’s promised veto
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘There’s an empty chair in this chamber’: In budget speech, Wolf highlights the toll of gun violence, challenges lawmakers to act
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In State of the Union, Trump distorts Wolf’s veto of school tax credit bill | Fact Check
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Read the full text of Gov. Tom Wolf’s 2020-21 budget address
Inquirer: Trump points out Philadelphia mother and daughter during State of the Union 
Inquirer: What Pennsylvania can learn from Iowa’s caucus debacle — and the conspiracy theories that followed
Inquirer: Wolf pushing charter-school bill that would change funding, accountability rules   
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes $36.1B Pa. budget; big emphasis on education and workforce development
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf outlines path to prosperity in Pa. budget; GOP aims to apply brakes. Yep, it’s an election year.
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for more money for public schools
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: In his own words
Patriot News: Horse racing industry says ‘whoa, Nelly’ to Wolf’s plan to raid its trust fund to pay for college scholarships
Patriot News: Latest PA poll on President Trump and the Iowa Caucus Catastrophe | Battleground Pa. podcast 
Patriot News: Here’s what towns would pay for state police under Gov. Tom Wolf’s fee proposal: Use the database
Patriot News: Pa. budget: The Legislature gets no increase in Wolf’s spending plan
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget adds positions to state government workforce
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes more aid to college students, tapping horse racing funds
WITF: Wolf Paints A Rosy Revenue Picture In His Sixth Budget Proposal 
WITF: This mental health law passed with broad support. Why aren’t counties using it?
Post-Gazette: State’s congressional delegation divided on Trump address
Post-Gazette: Wolf’s budget proposal seeks increased public school funding, charter school law reform
Post-Gazette: Casey says he will vote to convict Trump in impeachment trial
PLSReporter: Wolf outlines investments in education, loftier goals in budget address
PLSReporter: ‘It is tricky but there are very positive signs’: Reaction split on Wolf’s budget plan
PLSReporter: Wolf charter school plan to ‘level the playing field’ seen by some as on point, others argue it is a non-starter
Morning Call: What did Pennsylvania lawmakers think of President Trump’s State of the Union speech?  
Fox News: Trump, at State of the Union, surprises student with ‘opportunity scholarship’
City Paper: Gov. Wolf renews calls for stricter gun control, including red flag laws and background checks 
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf’s budget proposes boosting staff at Pa.’s departments of environmental protection, and conservation and natural resources 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Fronts for private management:’ Wolf takes aim at charter schools in state budget
WHYY Newsworks: Woah, Nellie Bly — new scholarship program for Pa. college students could mean end of state horse racing industry
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers laud, slam Trump’s State of the Union speech along party lines
Philly Voice: Dedicated funds to clean up asbestos in public schools part of Gov. Wolf’s annual budget address
National Journal: Fitzpatrick Gets Law Enforcement Endorsement
KDKA: ‘Bet On Our Kids’: Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes $200M In Scholarships To Come From Race Horse Development Trust Fund
KDKA: Around The Table: State Of The Union And Impeachment Trial Vote
KDKA: Around The Table: Impact Of Iowa Caucuses After Delay In Results
KDKA: Could Pennsylvania Experience An Iowa-Like Voting Debacle? 
Politico: White House releases guest list for Trump’s SOTU address
Lebanon Daily News: ‘Err on the side of mercy,’ Fetterman says of Lebanon cancer patient’s prison sentence
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pence, DeVos to visit Camp Hill for ‘Women for Trump’ event today  
CNN: Bloomberg campaign looks to seize on Iowa chaos
The Hill: Democratic congresswomen wear white to Trump’s address in honor of suffrage movement  

 

Philadelphia 
Philly Voice: Philadelphia mom, daughter receive school choice scholarship at Trump’s State of the Union
Philly Voice: Dedicated funds to clean up asbestos in public schools part of Gov. Wolf’s annual budget address
Inquirer: Trump points out Philadelphia mother and daughter during State of the Union 
Inquirer: Michael Bloomberg rallies supporters in Philly after skipping Iowa caucuses that turned into a meltdown 
Inquirer: There was an official Iowa caucus in Philadelphia and Bernie Sanders won
Inquirer: South Philly refinery sale delayed, and will not be resolved this week
Inquirer: Did workers spread asbestos at a Philly school? The district is investigating. 
Inquirer: Students are celebrating a small victory after Penn announced it won’t invest directly in some fossil fuels 
WHYY Newsworks: The quirks of being ‘viable:’ How satellite Iowa caucus-goers in Philly made their picks
Philadelphia Magazine: The Utterly Ridiculous History of Lawbreaking (and Allegedly Lawbreaking) Philly Politicians
PLSReporter: Philly-area legislators react to budget address
KYW Newsradio: Iowa Caucus at Penn a Philly first; Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg win delegates
KYW Newsradio: Project HOME leader among Pa. guests invited to State of the Union
KYW Newsradio: At meeting, South Philly residents take action after string of violent crimes 
Billy Penn: Billy Penn tries the podcast game: Listen now
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia lawyer’s remarkable journey takes him to the State of the Union

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: T-E board member to seek Dem nod for 19th Senatorial District
Daily Local News: Kennett area health worker is Houlahan’s SOTU guest
Daily Local News: East Marlborough gets new township manager
Delco Daily Times: Dems back Kane to face Killion in 9th District Pa. Senate race
Delco Daily Times: Gun safety advocate to join Scanlon for State Of Union
Bucks Courier Times: Meet the Bucks County Democrats running for Congress at Feb. 26 debate
Bucks Courier Times: Buckingham brothers attend State of Union as Fitzpatrick’s guests
Inquirer: Debate over police in schools causes uproar in Abington
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown, Souderton superintendents on hand to cheer Wolf’s calls for charter school reform

 

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: State’s congressional delegation divided on Trump address
Post-Gazette: City schools seek to reset program that focuses on teacher diversity
Post-Gazette: CNN White House chief correspondent Jim Acosta to speak at Point Park
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County judge reassigned
WESA: Mayor’s Office Introduces Legislation That Would Put Parks Tax Into Effect
KDKA: Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli Reassigned, Accused Of Making Racially-Charged Remarks
City Paper: Advocacy groups call for transit fare changes and eventual elimination of fares in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Council to gather more feedback on police review board proposal
Tribune Review: GOP reactions to budget proposal range from ‘cautiously optimistic’ to ‘fiscally irresponsible’

 

SWPA 
Beaver County Times: Legislators give Wolf budget proposal a mixed reaction
Beaver County Times: Commissioners talk economy, budget at State of the County
Beaver County Times: Kail introduces ‘anti-grandstanding’ bill for potential governor candidates
Beaver County Times: Progressive coalition holding ‘Reject the Cover-Up’ pro-impeachment rally 
Tribune Review: Westmoreland Republican viewers take heart from State of the Union address 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gov. Wolf unveils $36 billion spending plan for 2020-21
Altoona Mirror: Irvin announces vets assistance 
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates edge upward in Washington, Greene

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Mixed House reviews for Wolf’s 2020 budget
The Times Leader: Yudichak, Baker react to Gov. Wolf’s budget proposal
The Times Leader: Most Luzerne County school districts find little to cheer in budget
Times-Tribune: Wolf unveils $36B budget with focus on education
Times-Tribune: Winners and losers in proposed 2020-21 state budget
Times-Tribune: Proposed state budget cuts basic education funding for Carbondale Area, Dunmore
Times-Tribune: Scranton seeks court OK to continue tripled $156 local services tax
Times-Tribune: Congress members host locals for State of the Union
Times-Tribune: Outside auditor: DeSarno’s self-audit of gas card use ‘insufficient’
Citizens Voice: Congressmen announce State of the Union guests

 

South Central 
York Daily Record: Mike Pence in Philadelphia, Harrisburg: What you should know about his Women for Trump trip 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Tom Wolf pushes for municipal sliding fee for state police presence
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pence, DeVos to visit Camp Hill for ‘Women for Trump’ event today
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes $36.1B Pa. budget; big emphasis on education and workforce development
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf outlines path to prosperity in Pa. budget; GOP aims to apply brakes. Yep, it’s an election year.
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Gov. Tom Wolf calls for more money for public schools
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget address: In his own words
Patriot News: Pa budget winner: Harrisburg to again get $5 million for fire protection
Patriot News: Horse racing industry says ‘whoa, Nelly’ to Wolf’s plan to raid its trust fund to pay for college scholarships 
Patriot News: Latest PA poll on President Trump and the Iowa Caucus Catastrophe | Battleground Pa. podcast 
Patriot News: Here’s what towns would pay for state police under Gov. Tom Wolf’s fee proposal: Use the database
Patriot News: Pa. budget: The Legislature gets no increase in Wolf’s spending plan
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget adds positions to state government workforce
Patriot News: Pa. budget winner: Gov. Tom Wolf proposes more aid to college students, tapping horse racing funds
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Allowing legislators to officiate marriages

 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Gov. Wolf gives Allentown School District a shout out in his call for charter school reform
Morning Call: As feds push $85 million-plus into Pa. drug abuse fight, reported spike in deaths in one county prompts renewed call for license fees
Morning Call: With her State of the Union guest, Susan Wild highlighted sky-high prescription costs. President Trump said Congress should send him legislation to slash those costs.
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget has a new way to fund Pennsylvania State Police. Here’s how much your municipality would pay
Morning Call: Students. Activists. A businessman. And a very proud mom. Here’s who the Lehigh Valley’s members of Congress invited to the State of the Union
Morning Call: Flooding caused a crisis in this township. Now it knows what it needs to do to fix it — and how much it will cost 
Morning Call: The 8 Democrats who want to fill vacant Whitehall Township commissioner seat: a pastor, researcher, retired teacher, legislative assistant, state police manager and business people
Reading Eagle: Wilson High School Teacher enters race for state House seat in 129th District
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor picks former Muhlenberg manager for community development director

 

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers critical of governor’s latest budget plan
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf calls for $435M in education investments
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller looks forward to state of union
Erie Times-News: Erie-area elected officials react to State of the Union address
Erie Times-News: Erie County to open day reporting center for adult nonviolent offenders

 

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Juvenile reform: Delinquency hearings should be open
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A dangerous idea: States should ban mandatory microchipping
Inquirer Editorial Board: Calm down about Iowa, but not about democracy
Inquirer Editorial Board: Tickets alone won’t solve Philly’s parking woes 
Inquirer Staff: There are 300,000 rental units in Philly. Is it time for rent control? | Pro/Con
Pat Toomey: I’m voting to acquit President Trump. Here’s why. 
Seth Grove: Pa. wasted $160,000 on guns for state investigators who aren’t even allowed to carry them
Angel Cruz: I live in Philly. My family and my roots are in Puerto Rico. It’s long past time for statehood
John L. Micek: With 6th budget, Wolf gets his progressive mojo back. Will lawmakers come along for the ride? | Analysis
Paul Muschick: Gov. Wolf nailed it on gun control: ‘Let’s make 2020 the year we act’
Celeste Trusty: #PABudget 2020: Focused intervention is the key to reducing gun violence. Not mandatory minimums
John L. Micek: It’s Budget Day 2020: Here’s three things to keep in mind | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Terry Tracy: Abington school board discussion on guns creates controversy and an opportunity
Will Bunch: Kill the Iowa Caucus and start fixing American democracy from the ground up 
Solomon Jones: Trump and Bloomberg exploit black misery with Super Bowl ads 
Jill Harkins: Ideas We Should Steal: Security Deposit Alternatives 
Gene Therapy: Is Terry Bradshaw running for president?
Salena Zito: Fresh Fun for All at the Pennsylvania Farm Show
KELLY’S WORLD: Looks like monsters really do exist

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