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February 9th Playbook

A former Norristown Borough Council President announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate. Here is the Playbook. 

Former Norristown Borough Council President Launches 2022 Senate Bid: John McGuigan, a software executive who once served as President of the Norristown Borough Council in the 1990s, announced that he is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania in 2022.

Two Labor Unions Back Fetterman for Senate: According to a release, United Steelworkers District 10 and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 have endorsed Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s bid for Senate.  

Laborers Endorse Peduto for Mayor: According to a release from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s campaign, Laborers’ District Council of Western PA, Laborers’ Local Union #1058, and Local Union #373 have endorsed Peduto’s reelection bid. 

Rothman Appointed Deputy Chairman for House Policy Committee: State Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland) has been appointed by Majority Policy Chairman Martin Causer to serve as a deputy chairman on the House Policy Committee, according to a release from House Republicans. 

Wall Named Cartwright Finance Director: Blakely Wall is now the finance director for Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna), according to Politico. She most recently was Midwest and South finance assistant at the DSCC. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, spurred by ‘dishonesty and chaos’ of Trump allies, is running for U.S. Senate
Patriot News: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman enters 2022 Senate race, but plenty of rivals are on the launchpad 
Patriot News: Pandemic changes up Pennsylvania’s state budget hearings
Patriot News: Pa. ranks No. 2 in terms of residents charged in U.S. Capitol riot   
Patriot News: Philadelphia landscaping business made famous by Giuliani was in a Super Bowl ad: ‘This is not a hotel’
Patriot News: Rebel restaurant owners: Why some Pa. establishments are defying COVID orders 
Patriot News: 59 Pa. counties show substantial spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 8th week
AP: Pennsylvania’s Fetterman makes 2022 US Senate run official
AP: Judge faces ethics case over actions at son’s traffic stop
Spotlight PA: Lack of targeted outreach, translated materials leaves Latino community behind as Pa. struggles with vaccine rollout
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fetterman’s early 2022 entrance gives him time to build strength — or set up his fall 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Amid harsh winter for the pandemic, advocates, lawmakers pressure Wolf to release more from state prison 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: SNAP eligibility expanded to include college students, state officials confirm 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Right-wing extremist groups ‘coalescing’ in Pa., nationwide, but are harder to track | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: 5 issues that drove John Fetterman to another U.S. Senate run
Morning Call: As Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial approaches, Pat Toomey says he’ll hear the arguments, then decide
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Health officials conduct review of death reports
Inquirer: Pa. counties are blaming ‘cumbersome’ state-provided software for vaccine registration problems 
Inquirer: Montco’s Bruce Castor and Madeleine Dean bring very different approaches to Trump’s impeachment trial
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is officially running for U.S. Senate
PLSReporter: Fetterman officially launches U.S. Senate campaign after raising $1.3M 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 80: Wolf’s Budget: Dead On Arrival? 
Post-Gazette: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman officially announces run for the U.S. Senate
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Groups endorse Fetterman in run for U.S. Senate 
KDKA: Pa. Senators Bob Casey And Pat Toomey Prepare To Serve As Jurors In Trump’s 2nd Impeachment Trial
KDKA: Pa. Lt. Governor John Fetterman Officially Launches Campaign For U.S. Senate
KDKA: Wolf Administration Announces SNAP Expansion For College Students
Washington Examiner: John Fetterman leaps into Pennsylvania’s Senate race
USA Today: Why the Trump impeachment matters in Pa.
York Daily Record: Pa. vaccine priorities seem misplaced for some
WESA: Lawsuit Challenging End Of Small Cash Payments To Poorest Pennsylvanians In Commonwealth Court Today
WESA: Study Find That Racial And Socioeconomic Segregation Are Predictors Of Higher COVID Fatality Rates
WESA: PA Temporarily Expands SNAP Eligibility For College Students
National Journal: John Fetterman Makes Bid Official With Campaign Video Announcement
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announces run for US Senate
KYW Newsradio: Trump lawyer Castor talks ‘vitriol online’ toward defense team
LNP | LancasterOnline: Are COVID-19 vaccines reaching minority communities? Pa. health officials aren’t sure.
The Hill: Documentary about ‘the rollercoaster journey’ of Four Seasons Total Landscaping ‘nearing completion’  

Philadelphia Magazine: Chuck Peruto Says He’s Officially Running for District Attorney
WHYY Newsworks: Krasner could have a Republican challenger come November 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia partners with CHOP to vaccinate educators at pop-up clinics
WHYY Newsworks: Philly teachers protest return to classroom plan as officials wait for mediator decision 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Food assistance for four-year college students extended through end of pandemic
Philadelphia Tribune: Police Commissioner Outlaw talks about the good, bad and ugly of her first year in office 
KYW Newsradio: Officials say CHOP will vaccinate Philly teachers, as union protests return to classrooms
Inquirer: Biden wants to use NFL stadiums as vaccine sites, but Philly disagrees
Inquirer: In public protest, thousands of Philly teachers pushed back against reopening schools
Inquirer: Artists will hold a virtual rally this week to call for support from City Hall ahead of budgeting decisions
Inquirer: Philly unveils plan to vaccinate teachers and school staff; city not eager to use the Linc as a vaccination site; Democrats push $3,000-per-child for COVID-19 relief
Inquirer: Teaching from tents, Philly educators push back | Morning Newsletter

Bucks Local News: Bucks County District Attorney candidate receives key Democratic endorsements 
Bucks Local News: Renewal letters and forms sent to Bucks County mail-in voters for 2021 elections
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks reminds mail voters to renew in 2021
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County officially authorizes establishing a health department
Delco Daily Times: DUI victim’s family still hopes to reform law
Delco Daily Times: COVID cases are up at colleges but down countywide
Inquirer: Montco’s Bruce Castor and Madeleine Dean bring very different approaches to Trump’s impeachment trial
Daily Local News: COVID numbers continue decline in Chester County as officials await vaccine shipment
KYW Newsradio: Trump lawyer Castor talks ‘vitriol online’ toward defense team
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County coronavirus positivity rate continues downard trend

Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto urges Gov. Wolf to prioritize teachers for vaccines 
Post-Gazette: Appointees to Pittsburgh’s new LGBTQIA+ commission will be introduced to Council Tuesday  
Post-Gazette: Bipartisan or bold? With ‘reconciliation,’ Biden, lawmakers face perilous path for COVID-19 package
Post-Gazette: How farms prepare for the next pandemic: Local milk, cheese and beef
Post-Gazette: Could Pennsylvania soon have single online site to register for COVID-19 vaccine? It depends. 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County sees two-day increase of 450 new COVID-19 cases
Tribune Review: Peduto asks Gov. Wolf to vaccinate Pennsylvania teachers immediately 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh’s new LGBTQIA+ Commission a ‘strong and impressive’ group
Tribune Review: Covid hospitalizations continue to decline in Pennsylvania 
WESA: Peduto To Appoint 17 Members To LGBTQIA+ Commission
WESA: How Southwestern Pennsylvania Is Rethinking Transportation
KDKA: Mayor Bill Peduto Asks Gov. Tom Wolf For Prioritize COVID-19 Vaccinations For Teachers
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Department Reports 2-Day Total Of 450 New Cases, No Additional Deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mayor Peduto calls on Gov. Wolf to prioritize and immediately vaccinate school teachers
City Paper: Mayor Bill Peduto names appointees to Pittsburgh’s new LGBTQIA+ Commission
City Paper: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman officially announces run for U.S Senate
City Paper: Pa. parking-protected bike lane bill named in memory of Pittsburgher Susan Hicks
City Paper: What can Pittsburgh Public Schools do to dig out of a $39 million budget hole?

Observer-Reporter: Washington County GOP announces new party leadership
Observer-Reporter: Puskarich announces candidacy for district judge
Observer-Reporter: Grimes running for Greene County judge 
Observer-Reporter: Greene commissioners recognize February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month 
Observer-Reporter: Three additional COVID deaths reported in Washington County
Observer-Reporter: Jobless rates rise in Washington, Greene
Tribune Review: Veteran sheriff’s department officer from Youngwood seeks Hempfield district judge post 
Beaver County Times: Fetterman enters 2022 U.S. Senate race. Why he’s running
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Groups endorse Fetterman in run for U.S. Senate 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State reports only four COVID deaths; Cambria County adds 53 cases 
KDKA: Fayette County Unveils COVID-19 Vaccine Registry
Altoona Mirror: Servello announces bid for city council

The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council’s Legislative Committee to discuss election issues Monday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council faces deadline to make tax collector decision
The Times Leader: 75 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Monday
Citizens Voice: Former state Rep. George Hasay dies at 73
Citizens Voice: County council to vote on proposed raises for tax collectors
Citizens Voice: Mayor’s vetoes will increase Wilkes-Barre sewer, recycling fees
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre health department vaccinating public against COVID-19
Citizens Voice: County adds 75 COVID-19 cases Monday
Times-Tribune: Dozens of Scranton businesses benefit from city pandemic-relief grants
Times-Tribune: Another 317 cases and 14 deaths from COVID-19 in NEPA

South Central 
York Daily Record: Election 2021: Joe Gothie to run for York County judge  
Patriot News: Judicial Conduct Board files charges against Harrisburg judge accused of interfering in son’s arrest
Patriot News: CBS 21 anchor Robb Hanrahan announces retirement
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: Data delayed for Monday; 87 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County on Sunday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Eviction protections for tenants in Lancaster County extended to April 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Hearing rescheduled for Ephrata lawyer charged with planning to kill government officials 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Longtime CBS news anchor Robb Hanrahan to retire after 38 years

Lehigh Valley       
Morning Call: Allentown campaign finance: Mayoral candidates Matt Tuerk, Ce-Ce Gerlach start strong in fundraising, Mayor Ray O’Connell starts year with $8.40, says he’ll pick up the pace 
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Health officials conduct review of death reports
Reading Eagle: Exeter Township attorney running for Berks County Court judge
Reading Eagle: Oley Township attorney launches campaign for Berks County judge
Reading Eagle: Election 2021: How communities of color are moving forward in upcoming elections 
Reading Eagle: 7 new COVID deaths reported in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Risk of community spread of COVID improves in Pa., still substantial in Berks County
WFMZ: Reading Chamber Alliance against raising minimum wage

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Rural elderly face tough obstacles for vaccinations
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: DOH: Vaccine distribution ‘frustrating’
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners OK contract, City revises zoning ordinance
Centre Daily Times: Feb. 8 update: Centre County’s COVID-19 percent positivity rises again; Pa. rate falls
Erie Times-News: 2 more PA residents charged in insurrection
Erie Times-News: Bickering topped law-making in Harrisburg in 2020
Erie Times-News: Erie still seeing slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Paul Muschick: How Pennsylvania may be stumbling in race to get COVID vaccines to masses
Jack Brubaker: Why Lancaster and Berks are so different politically
Allan Domb: Innovation and audacity needed to stem Philly’s poverty crisis 
Ana White: A Tale of Two Cities: The search for Harrisburg’s next mayor 
Mark O’Keefe: The House and Senate fixed a pricey mistake by scheduling two special elections for primary day 
Inquirer Editorial Board: Election reform must remain a priority for Pennsylvania
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: President Biden’s plan to allow more refugees is welcome news for Lancaster
Inquirer: Should Washington, D.C. become the 51st state? | Pro/Con
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Work together for seniors
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Big ask for new CDC director
Jon Geeting: Getting Vaccines Right 
Charles Barkley: Philadelphia Black History Month All-Stars 
Robert Stack: It’s time to stop exploiting people with disabilities
Rodney Gardner and William Bentley: We are proof incarcerated young people need care, not control
Elaine Maimon: Penn Did A Great Thing. Now It Could Do More. 
Adam Povlitz: The American worker cannot afford another lockdown
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D.: As the COVID-19 pandemic raged, pharmaceutical firms quietly raised drug prices | Expert Opinion
Rann Miller: Failing to combat racism is a failure to combat COVID-19 
Tom Stiglich: Cartoon: Pennsylvania’s slow and unsteady vaccine rollout

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