February 8th Playbook

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced his candidacy for the 2022 U.S. Senate race. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Fetterman Announces 2022 Senate Bid: Exactly one month after he announced the formation of a Senate exploratory committee, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman formally announced his candidacy for the 2022 U.S. Senate race on Monday morning.

February 5th Ups and Downs: The PA Secretary of State resigns, Sen. Bob Casey is appointed to the Senate Intelligence Committee, plus a Philly suburban county is set to play a big role in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Fetterman makes it official: He’ll run for US Senate in 2022
AP: Pennsylvania governor signs $912M pandemic relief bill
AP: Prosecutor charged with sex assault vows to remain in office
AP: Feds arrest, charge woman in pink hat during Capitol attack
The Caucus: Money didn’t change Pa. voters’ minds in down-ballot races in the 2020 election
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sons of top two Pa. Senate leaders are registered lobbyists for same firm 
Spotlight PA: How some Pa. lawmakers score a ‘golden parachute’ to pad their pensions 
Spotlight PA: Pa. voters will get the last word in struggle between Wolf and lawmakers. Here’s what you need to know.
Inquirer: John Fetterman makes his Pa. Senate campaign official as a competitive, expensive race begins 
Inquirer: Loved or loathed, Rep. Scott Perry is making a name in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Fracking ban for Delaware River basin heads to a showdown in federal court
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s voting laws likely to change, but not in a big way
Post-Gazette: Kiron Skinner, CMU director and former Pompeo aide, considers run for U.S. Senate in 2022
Post-Gazette: Pa. fails to enforce vaccine order to track racial data 
Post-Gazette: Wolf administration questioned over whether vaccine, jobless issues are its fault
Post-Gazette: ‘It’s ridiculous’: Stressed Pennsylvanians craving easier path to COVID-19 vaccination 
Post-Gazette: John Fetterman files paperwork to run for U.S. Senate in 2022
Patriot News: Pa. voters will have a say on curbing governor’s emergency declaration powers 
Patriot News: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman eyeing run for Senate seat
Patriot News: Pa.’s acting health secretary on COVID-19 vaccine, new job, more: Watch exclusive interview live
Patriot News: Bill seeks to tap Pa. National Guard to assist in COVID-19 vaccination distribution
Patriot News: Wrongly stockpiling COVID-19 vaccine may contribute to Pa.’s poor ranking, health secretary says 
Politico: John Fetterman launches Senate bid in Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: LG John Fetterman says he’s running for U.S. Senate 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amendment limiting Pa. Gov.’s emergency powers heading to voters this May 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf signs $912M COVID-19 relief plan with aid for renters, restaurants 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House passes bill to mobilize National Guard for vaccine distribution 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: These cities are taking on more debt during the pandemic | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The indispensable Budget Week recap | Five for the Weekend 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s criminal justice system is still rigged against the poor. Wolf’s call for indigent defense funding is start | Monday Morning Coffee
WHYY Newsworks: Sitting on $1.4 million in campaign cash, Fetterman takes another step toward U.S. Senate
WITF: House Sponsors Hope Derailed Sex Abuse Survivor Rights Amendment Will Get Back On Track 
WITF: New Poll Sheds Light On How Trump’s Election-Fraud Lie Resonated In PA 
WITF: State Lawmakers United On COVID Relief, But Split On Limiting Governor’s Emergency Powers 
PLSReporter: Wolf signs $912M pandemic aid bill after unanimous approval from lawmakers 
PLSReporter: Legislature sends policy limiting governor’s disaster powers to voters for approval 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House approves National Guard help with COVID-19 vaccinations as Gov. Wolf signs $912 million pandemic relief package
LNP | LancasterOnline: The cost of insurrection
Beaver County Times: Should Gov. Wolf’s emergency COVID powers be curtailed? How voters will decide in May
York Daily Record: PA ‘bullhorn lady,’ mother of 8, taken into FBI custody for involvement in Capitol riot
York Dispatch: Poll: One-third of Pa. voters doubt 2020 election results
Times-Tribune: Panelists say conspiracy theories can hurt vaccine rollout
The Hill: Pennsylvania lieutenant governor announces Senate bid 
The Hill: Woman accused of directing Capitol rioters with bullhorn arrested
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill taps Pennsylvania National Guard for help with COVID vaccine distribution
WFMZ: U.S. Senator Pat Toomey gives statement on Biden relief bill
KDKA: Sen. Pat Toomey Disagrees With President Joe Biden’s ‘Hard Left’ Decisions, Says There Is No Place For Conspiracy In The Republican Party
KDKA: FBI Raids Home Of Rachel Powell, Mercer County Mother Of 8 Suspected In Capitol Attack
WESA: Feds Charge Suspected ‘Pink Hat Lady’ For Participation In Capital Riot 
CNN: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters Pennsylvania’s 2022 Senate race 
CNN: GOP senator: ‘Very unlikely’ Senate votes to convict Trump in impeachment trial 
CNN: Toomey: No place in GOP for conspiracies and madness 
CNN: GOP Senator: Trump impeachment trial is constitutional 
CNN: GOP Sen. Toomey hits Democrats over relief bill

 

Philadelphia 
Billy Penn: ‘I don’t have all the answers’: Health commissioner ducks questions at Philly Fighting COVID hearings 
Billy Penn: Philadelphia Health Department apologizes for bogus vaccine appointment emails from third party 
Billy Penn: Why 2 of 3 people who’ve gotten the COVID vaccine so far in Philly are women 
Billy Penn: Watch the Four Seasons Total Landscaping Super Bowl commercial 
Billy Penn: These daily updated charts track COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Philly and Pa. 
Inquirer: City Council grills top health official on Philly Fighting COVID collapse and vaccine racial equity
Inquirer: Gun violence survivors are begging for resources. Would this bill help them?
Inquirer: At current rate, Philly’s adults won’t all be vaccinated until March 2022, though herd immunity could come a little sooner
Inquirer: Tax time: How to get your city of Philadelphia wage tax refund for 2020
Inquirer: Stradley Ronon’s William Sasso steps down as chair, remains with law firm
Inquirer: SEPTA is relying on persuasion, not punishment, to enforce federal mask requirement
Inquirer: ‘We are not ready to go into unsafe buildings’: No word from mediator, but Philly teachers will still protest
Inquirer: Yes, that was Philly’s Four Seasons Total Landscaping in a Super Bowl commercial
WHYY Newsworks: Philly teachers defy demands to return to buildings, plan Monday protests
Philadelphia Tribune: Community advocates weigh in on Danielle Outlaw’s first year 
Philadelphia Tribune: City Council lays out first outline of proposed police oversight commission 
KYW Newsradio: Kenney signs executive order renaming Columbus Day and making Juneteenth city holiday
KYW Newsradio: As Philly homicides surge, leaders push guns and COVID-19 as key factors
KYW Newsradio: Lawmakers press state for answers on its dismal vaccine rollout
KYW Newsradio: Andrew Jackson School in South Philly is getting a new name

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Vaccine supply in Chester County still low; Houlahan encourages residents to register for shot
Daily Local News: Shusterman hails legislation that will bolster food donations
Daily Local News: DeBaptiste announces candidacy for West Chester mayor
Daily Local News: Virtual Town Hall on education fair funding set Feb. 24
Daily Local News: Chester County receives no doses of COVID vaccine
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman joins other lawmakers to introduce the Restaurants Act; proposal would create revitalization fund
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick pushes for Arctic preservation 
KYW Newsradio: Moorestown to discuss forming race and diversity committee
Delco Daily Times: D.A., DHS announce new task force
Delco Daily Times: Rally at Chester High School calls for equity in education

 

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Peduto, Coghill Start Reelection Campaigns With Big Cash Leads
WESA: Local Planned Parenthood Employees Move Toward Union Vote
Post-Gazette: Adam Ravenstahl named Ross assistant township manager 
Post-Gazette: Port Authority to appeal ruling allowing employees to wear Black Lives Matter masks
Post-Gazette: More women and African Americans attend Pittsburgh Gun Show 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County reports 30 additional deaths, 271 new cases
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s 7-day covid case average continues to fall
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 271 covid cases, 30 deaths 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s economic rebound is starting to ‘stagnate,’ new report from Allegheny Conference on Community Development finds
Pittsburgh Business Times: NFL writes to President Biden offering all stadiums as vaccine sites, including Heinz Field
KDKA: Pittsburgh Company Commonwealth Press Donates All Profits From Sales Of Yard Sign Bernie Sanders
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Department Reports 271 New Coronavirus Cases, 30 New Deaths

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Area schools react to Wolf’s proposed education funding increase
Observer-Reporter: COVID-19 vaccine supply increased in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Ligonier councilwoman selected as Democratic nominee for 59th District seat
Tribune Review: Westmoreland prosecutor makes 2nd bid for Derry district judge seat
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County reports 72 new covid-19 cases, 6 new deaths 
Altoona Mirror: Zungali seeks sixth term as district judge 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Prominent individuals creating videos on fight against COVID-19
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair, Westmoreland add double-digit COVID-19 deaths; Cambria reaches 11,000 cases

 

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre native involved in letter from congressional staffers urging Trump conviction 
Citizens Voice: Panelists say conspiracy theories can hurt vaccine rollout 
Citizens Voice: 108 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
Times-Tribune: 2021 municipal property taxes in Lackawanna County largely remain same
Times-Tribune: Officials: No rift between county and city despite strongly worded letter 
Times-Tribune: Lawmakers react to Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout
Times-Tribune: County aiming to help get seniors vaccinated 
Times-Tribune: Another 317 cases and 14 deaths from COVID-19 in NEPA
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 cases in NEPA spike over prior day, but deaths dip
The Times Leader: Cartwright pushes for restaurant/hospitality industry relief
The Times Leader: Brown predicts ‘a turnaround year’ for Wilkes-Barre
The Times Leader: Luzerne County voters invited to apply for election board chair seat 
The Times Leader: Wolf rejects ‘tax increase’ label for education budget plan 
The Times Leader: All county ZIP codes report fewer than 100 new COVID-19 cases this week
The Times Leader: 108 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county on Sunday; 8 more deaths

 

South Central 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. voters to decide whether its governor should continue having vast powers under emergency declarations 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster city plans breakup with MAW, takeover of LanCity Connect; ‘We didn’t have the right partner’
York Dispatch: York City official: $235M sale of wastewater system expected to finalize in March
Carlisle Sentinel: Hampden Township commissioner dies after short illness
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 93 new cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths for Cumberland County Saturday
York Daily Record: York City Council seat sought by man who alleged sexual misconduct by Councilman Lou Rivera 
Patriot News: Hampden Township Commissioner remembered as ‘dedicated public servant’

 

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: 4 potential candidates for U.S. Senate in 2022 have ties to Berks County
Reading Eagle: Berks commissioners support plan to restore Reading-to-Philadelphia passenger train service
Reading Eagle: Vaccinations include more than 1,000 Berks County residents in a day
Reading Eagle: Berks County weekly COVID report turned out better than expected
Morning Call: Allentown City Council race: 3 more candidates enter Democratic primary
Morning Call: PA-7 voters asked to participate in a survey and discussion with Rep. Susan Wild on campaign finance reform proposals
Morning Call: Was the Allentown teacher suspended after attending ‘Stop the Steal’ rally within his rights? First Amendment scholars weigh in
Morning Call: Many people are rushing to get coronavirus vaccine, but Black, Latino communities are unsure given history of mistreatment in health care system
Morning Call: How much Allentown Diocese churches, schools and agencies received in PPP loans
WFMZ: Northampton County approves resolution that may wind up in ‘garbage can’
WFMZ: Lehigh County officials asking state for more vaccinations, other aid for the Lehigh County Jail
WFMZ: Covid-19 deaths at Lehigh County Jail lead to calls for changes
Express Times: Lehigh Valley finishes 2020 with unemployment rate roughly flat for 3 months
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: 4,688 new cases, 138 deaths; nearly 250K fully vaccinated | Coronavirus updates for Pa. and the Lehigh Valley (2/5/21)

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Kelly introduces anti-abortion ‘heartbeat bill’
Erie Times-News: PA House bill taps National Guard for vaccine help
Erie Times-News: City of Erie still seeking diversity consultant
Erie Times-News: How local legislators voted, the week ending Feb. 5
Erie Times-News: Saint Vincent Hospital hosts vaccine clinic for seniors
Erie Times-News: Shank makes Erie County sheriff candidacy official
Erie Times-News: Erie County Sheriff John Loomis to retire
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 2 locals charged in U.S. Capitol riot
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Decision delayed in case against ex-policeman
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Crosscutters to play as Council approves amended lease
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City committee says economics tied into zoning improvements
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Officials: Reliable air service needed
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Budget aims at cyber charter school concerns
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Crosscutters to play baseball as City Council approves amended lease
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Long lists of people wait for vaccinations
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: 317 free testing sites at Rite Aid now open
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Losell eyes district magistrate seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawmakers consider fast-track plan for abuse lawsuit window
Centre Daily Times: Centre County officials oppose latest version of Gov. Wolf’s plan to fund state police
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 6 update: Centre County adds 113 COVID-19 cases and 1 death, Pa. Health Department says
Centre Daily Times: As some struggle to schedule COVID vaccine, Mount Nittany works to carry out Phase 1A with limited supply
Centre Daily Times: Stimulus check eligibility could be capped at individual income of $60,000, Yellen says

 

Opinion  
Tom Wolf: A budget that helps Pennsylvanians build better lives 
John Fetterman: We are one Pennsylvania, with shared values and needs
Lloyd Smucker: Why I stood up for voters who questioned the election in Pa.
Wendell Young IV and Sen. Christine “Tina” Tartaglione: Pennsylvania’s lowest paid workers need a pay raise
Kristin Phillips-Hill: People should have final say in COVID-19 pandemic response
Mark S. Singel: Budget and bungling in Harrisburg: some hope from Biden
Stephanie Catarino Wissman: Hindering natural gas development could hurt the economic recovery from COVID-19
Joe Butzer: PA Motor Truck Association opposes bridge tolling proposal
Inquirer Editorial Board: Gov. Wolf’s Pa. budget includes bold proposals. Now it requires bold action. 
PennLive Editorial Board: Pennsylvania’s new Secretary of Health has to get more shots into arms — now
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Fair, increased funding for Pennsylvania schools is 2021 budget’s biggest priority
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Not surprised, but still appalled, that US Rep. Smucker of Lancaster County voted in Marjorie Taylor Greene’s favor
York Dispatch Editorial Board: We agree with Gov. Wolf’s wish list … and it still won’t fly
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Getting people on the bus
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Marcy Kaptur’s warning
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: NASA’s disgrace
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Cooling road rage
Observer-Reporter Editorial: Legislation needed to help victims of child sexual abuse
Paul Muschick: 5 ways to speed up COVID-19 vaccinations (including a ban of out-of-state residents)
Charlie Gerow: We’re witnessing déjà vu all over again in Pennsylvania
Ruth Ann Dailey: Sex, gender and silencing
Ian Power-Luetscher: Everyone says Pa. is a divided state. But on a bike trip from end to end, I found kindness. 
Andrea Custis, James Elam, Lisa Finkelstein, Shira Goodman, Jared Jackson, and Eva Porter: We’re Philly civil rights leaders: We face a common enemy in white supremacy. We must fight it together 
Helen Ubiñas: Accountability is for suckers, fellow Americans. Just ask our public officials. 
Heidi Boghosian: The Philly Fighting COVID disaster was also a huge data and privacy warning 
Jenice Armstrong: Back off Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and allow her to find footing in her new city 
Maria Panaritis: The pressure is on to reopen public schools. But can it really happen? 
Joseph N. DiStefano: Why Wall Street bashers are wrong about GameStop, and what the SEC should really focus on 
Ryan Styfield: Don’t let them escape blame
Keith C. Burris: In praise of the non-virtual
Will Bunch: Roger Stone, Michael Flynn and the criminal conspiracy case of U.S. v. Donald Trump 
David M. Shribman: Military stands tall by standing back
Dick Polman: Starved for some good news? Listen to new Secretary of State Tony Blinken 
Stephen S. Tang and Giffin Daughtridge: Ways to reduce HIV disparities in Black communities
Randy Bish: Best of luck at the impeachment trial, Mr. Castor | Editorial Cartoon

February 8th, 2021 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “February 8th Playbook”

  1. gulagpittsburgh says:

    Dems are the fascist Nazi party. Do you still want to be associated with skunks?

  2. gulagpittsburgh says:

    GOP is n0w the Trump Party. Do you still want to be associated with these skunks?

    1. truth says:

      Liar fake poster pedophile

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