February 6th Playbook

Vice President Mike Pence promoted school choice and the economy at a Women for Trump event in Camp Hill. Here is the Playbook. 

Pence Promotes School Choice, Economy at Women for Trump Event: Vice President Mike Pence credited women for leading the way in the Trump economy and touted the administrations policies on education, security and more at the Women for Trump rally.

EMILY’S List Endorses 12 Dem Incumbent State Reps: EMILY’s List, the PAC that attempts to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates to office, endorses 12 incumbent state representatives in Pennsylvania. The release said they endorsed State Reps. Sara Innamorato, Summer Lee, Liz Hanbidge, Wendy Ullman, Danielle Friel Otten, Carolyn Comitta, Melissa Shusterman, Christina Sappey, Leanne Krueger, Jennifer O’Mara , Kristine Howard, and Elizabeth Fiedler. 

PA1: FOP Lodge 53 Endorses Fitzpatrick: Fraternal Order of Police, Bucks County, Lodge 53 endorsed Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) in his reelection bid for the 1st Congressional District. 

PA8: NAGR Endorses Daniels: The National Association for Gun Rights, a group that “works tirelessly to hold politicians accountable for their anti-gun views,” and claims that they accept “no compromise on the issue of gun control,” endorsed Teddy Daniels in his bid for the GOP nomination for the 8th Congressional District. 

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-19: Kyle J. Boyer, president of the West Chester NAACP, announced his intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat held by state Sen. Andy Dinniman (D-Chester), according to the Daily Local News. Dinniman defeated Republican Jack London by 12 points in his most recent reelection bid in 2016.  

HD-135: Scott Hough, a venue security professional, announced his intentions to seek the Republican nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Steve Samuelson (D-Northampton). Samuelson ran unopposed in his most recent reelection bid. 

SD-35: State Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria) announced his intentions to seek a second term in the state Senate. Langerholc won the seat in 2016 after besting Democrat Ed Cernic Jr. by 28 points

HD-129: Kelly McDonough, a government and politics high school teacher, announcer her intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for the seat held by state Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks), according to the Reading Eagle. Cox won his most recent reelection bid in 2018 by 10 points over Democrat Tricia Wertz.  

HD-160: Craig Williams, a former U.S. attorney and Marine Corps veteran, was unanimously endorsed by the Republican party in both Delaware and Chester Counties for the seat currently held by state Rep. Stephen Barrar (R-Delaware), according to the Daily Local News. Barrar, who announced that he is retiring at the end of his current term, won his most recent bid in 2018 by 2.5 points over Democrat Anton Andrew. 

HD-76: State Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Clinton) announced her intentions to seek a second term in the state House, according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Borowicz defeated Democrat Michael Hanna Jr. by 7 points for the seat in 2018. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pence takes post-acquittal victory lap in Pennsylvania swing
AP: Governor plans to veto natural gas manufacturing tax credit
AP: Law increases penalties for some human trafficking offenses
Inquirer: The Pennsylvania primary is looking like a bigger deal after the meltdown in the Iowa caucuses
Inquirer: Who’s winning the 2020 money race in Pennsylvania and by how much
Inquirer: The Trump impeachment trial is over. What does it mean for Pennsylvania in 2020? 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid objections, Senate GOP bottles up Bucks lawmaker’s resolution honoring Pa.’s LGBTQ youth
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey, Casey split on Trump impeachment acquittal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In one-sided hearing, coal workers lay out dire stakes for cap-and-trade 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate committee gives green light to sheltered bike lanes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Viva la Republica Dominicana!’ Capitol celebrates Dominican Independence
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We’re making progress’ but work remains to educate Black Pa. residents about HIV/AIDS, lawmakers say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In State of the Union, Trump makes the pitch for four more years. Nancy Pelosi tore up the speech
WESA: Takeaways From The State Of The Union And The State Of PA
Patriot News: As Women for Trump event in central Pa. shows, Trump’s base of conservative, white women remains loyal
Patriot News: As Vice President Pence comes to central Pa. for Women for Trump event, GOP faces a gender gap
Patriot News: President Trump takes shot at ‘Pennsylvania’s governor’ for his veto of a school choice expansion bill
Patriot News: President Trump found not guilty: Pa. lawmakers react to Senate vote in impeachment trial
WITF: Counties don’t see election reform money in Wolf’s proposed budget 
PA Post: Wolf pushes back on Trump’s State of the Union criticism: ‘There was some posturing going on there’
PLSReporter: Conservative, fossil fuel groups take aim at cap-and-trade proposal
PLSReporter: Legislators set to chart way forward on venue shopping after report release
PLSReporter: Pence, DeVos tout school choice in Philadelphia
PLSReporter: Despite tussle over public comment, bill to expand bike lanes rolls forward
Spotlight PA: ‘Fail first’ no more: Pennsylvania moves to expand coverage of treatments for advanced cancers
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania’s senators voted along party lines: Here’s what they had to say on Trump’s acquittal 
Fox News: Sen. Bob Casey doesn’t expect the Senate will vote to remove President Trump from office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. senators cast votes: Casey supports, Toomey opposes Trump impeachment articles
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf’s budget proposes boosting staff at Pa.’s departments of environmental protection, and conservation and natural resources
KDKA: President Donald Trump Attacks Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf In State Of The Union Address 
Beaver County Times: Toomey, Casey on opposite sides in historic impeachment vote
National Journal: Local Dems Back Challenger in Longtime GOP Senate Stronghold
WHYY Newsworks: Trump, Pence put Pennsylvania at the center of their school-choice push
The Hill: Pence celebrates Trump’s acquittal: ‘It’s over, America’
Politico: Trump urges Congress to pass school choice tax credit
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey and Pat Toomey stick to their talking points, vote party lines in Trump acquittal   

Inquirer: Vice President Mike Pence pushes school choice during visit to Catholic elementary in West Philadelphia
Inquirer: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos personally funding ‘opportunity scholarship’ for Philly girl cited by President Trump 
Inquirer: Protesters chant ‘Trump is guilty’ as they march through Center City
Inquirer: EPA reminds bankruptcy court: Philly refinery owes it millions
Inquirer: During impeachment, visitors to Philly’s historic district have looked to the past to connect with politics
Inquirer: As reports of asbestos in Philly schools pile up, teachers union calls for ‘rapid-response’ team in the district
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney makes pick for long-vacant SEPTA board seat representing Philadelphia 
PLSReporter: Philadelphia City Council to consider term limits
WHYY Newsworks: After acquittal, independents in Philly say Trump impeachment trial swayed their vote
WHYY Newsworks: Unions offer ‘rapid response’ fix for lead, asbestos in Philly schools 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia commerce chief Epps to depart 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philly lawyer’s trip to State of the Union marked by drama, but he comes away feeling empowered 
Philadelphia Tribune: Bloomberg brings campaign to Philadelphia with help from former Mayor Nutter
Billy Penn: 2 more Philly cops resign before firing over offensive Facebook posts
KYW Newsradio: Pence’s visit to West Philadelphia Catholic school greeted by supporters, protesters
KYW Newsradio: Trump gives scholarship to Philly 4th grader during State of the Union address
KYW Newsradio: Committee approves asking voters if career, technical school grads should get special preference for city jobs
KYW Newsradio: Laborers offer to lead ‘rapid response team’ for asbestos removal in Philly schools 
Philly Voice: National teachers’ union calls for additional resources to address asbestos issue in schools

Delco Daily Times: Scanlon: Senate ‘turned its back’ on Constitution
Delco Daily Times: Council takes first steps to deprivatize prison
Daily Local News: West Chester NAACP leader will challenge Sen. Dinniman in Dem primary 
Daily Local News: Williams earns GOP endorsements in Chester, Delaware counties for 160th House seat
Bucks Courier Times: Group reaches signature requirement for Lower Makefield liquor ballot referendum
KYW Newsradio: AG Shapiro talks social justice reform with Cheltenham High students
Montgomery Media: Fair Districts PA to hold redistricting forum in North Coventry

KDKA: Local Lawmakers React To President Trump’s State Of The Union Address
KDKA: Local Senators Cast Votes During Senate Impeachment Trial Of President Donald Trump
KDKA: ‘It Will Be The End’: Race Horse Industry Upset After Gov. Wolf Proposes $200M Cut To Fund Scholarships
KDKA: ‘Hood Lives Matter’: After Backlash, Carnegie Mellon Removes Campus Map That Excluded Predominantly Black Neighborhoods
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s Mother Passes Away
KDKA: Complaint Alleges Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Mark Tranquilli Referred To Black Juror As ‘Aunt Jemima’
KDKA: Port Authority To Hold Meetings Discussing Pittsburgh’s Public Transit
WESA: Allegheny County Council Strives To ‘Find Common Ground’ On Police Review Board
WESA: Parks Tax Bill Moves Ahead As Coghill Drops Funding Demands 
WESA: City Councilor Gross Replaced On PWSA Board — Much To Her Own Surprise
Post-Gazette: Republicans take victory lap after Trump’s impeachment acquittal
Post-Gazette: County Council to again consider independent police review board
Post-Gazette: Legislature approves natural gas tax credit to lure petrochemical makers to Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: City Council to ‘start from scratch’ on parks trust fund bill
Post-Gazette: Trump nominates assistant U.S. attorney to federal judgeship in Western Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Complaint: Reassigned Allegheny County judge referred to black juror as ‘Aunt Jemima’
PLSReporter: Pittsburghers for Public Transit calls on Port Authority for reforms
Tribune Review: Pa. Republicans rejoice in President Trump’s acquittal on impeachment charges, ‘failed political hit job’
City Paper: These Southwestern Pa. reps who support fracking have direct sources of income from fracking companies
City Paper: Bill potentially allocating billions in subsidies to future petrochemical facilities clears Pa. legislature
City Paper: Pittsburgh Black Media Panel aims to challenge organizations to be more accountable when covering the city’s Black communities

Observer-Reporter: Washington County forms elections review committee
Tribune Review: Local officials say paying for state police would be tough pill to swallow
Beaver County Times: Lamb has early, but big lead in campaign cash
Beaver County Times: Residents protest Trump’s acquittal, calling it a ‘cover-up’

Times-Tribune: Chermak defends tax hike vote
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County plans to save $4.5 million by refinancing old debt
Times-Tribune: What we know about the contamination at Scranton School District
Times-Tribune: Scranton expects to lose Right-to-Know Law request for former fire chief’s self-audit
Citizens Voice: Wolf’s plan offers some help to areas affected by center closures
Citizens Voice: Political Scene returns ahead of primary election
The Times Leader: NEPA’s D.C. delegation weighs in on Trump verdict
The Times Leader: Running for second term, AG Shapiro talks issues facing Pennsylvania

South Central 
Patriot News: As Women for Trump event in central Pa. shows, Trump’s base of conservative, white women remains loyal
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf’s charter school reforms re-ignites firestorm with advocates, parents 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf takes college scholarship program on the road
Patriot News: Vice President Mike Pence visits central Pa. diner during visit
York Dispatch: York County overhauls hiring process after elections director backlash
York Dispatch: Fire destroys Dem candidate Brier’s home
York Dispatch: York City fire chief’s wife begs council to waive residency mandate
Carlisle Sentinel: Pence, DeVos dig into Pennsylvania education politics in Camp Hill visit
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pence, DeVos kick off Trump’s victory lap at central Pennsylvania campaign stops: 3 takeaways
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County residents react to acquittal of Trump’s impeachment charges
LNP | LancasterOnline: Vice President Pence spends his short stop in Lancaster County at Lyndon Diner
York Daily Record: Pence in Pa.: Trump team launches comeback

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Northampton County’s 2020 primary election is in ‘serious doubt,’ executive says
Reading Eagle: Berks Stands Up protests President Trump’s acquittal in impeachment trial
Reading Eagle: Former Muhlenberg Township manager confirmed as next Reading community development director
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal calls for scholarships that would provide free education for many state college students

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Borowicz plans re-election effort
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State Attorney General files criminal charges in fracking spill

York Dispatch Editorial Board: What’s the funding plan?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Degrading impeachment
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Why Iowa?
Fred Keller: America’s energy independence has contributed to the great American comeback
Rick Santorum: Getting Iowa right is more important than getting it quickly
Erin Ryan: The Iowa caucus was chaotic garbage. Why not let Pennsylvanians vote first instead? 
John Baer: Are you not entertained? This week in politics offered something for everybody 
John L. Micek: Everyone had something to say about Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget. How about your interest group? | Wednesday Morning Coffee 
Michael Coard: To really celebrate Black History Month? Start by patronizing Black-owned businesses
Michael Nevadomski: Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Philly school doesn’t reflect St. Francis de Sales’ congregation 
Gina Pelusi: Want to honor the victims of gun violence? Do your part to help make sure there aren’t any more
Helen Ubiñas: Teen gun violence prevention advocate left Trump’s State of the Union address unimpressed 
Thomas Harper: Pat Toomey failed ‘true test of morals’ with Trump impeachment votes 
Lena Smith: City Council has unique chance to green Philly, starting with infrastructure 
Ernest Owens: Want to Reduce Political Corruption in Philly? End Councilmanic Prerogative Now.
Dan Simpson: Trump’s pathetic plan for Palestine
Chris William Sanchirico: The Great Extrapolator
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Trump wins Iowa caucuses

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