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January 11th Playbook

Sen. Pat Toomey calls for President Donald Trump to resign, while Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announces that he’s exploring a 2022 Senate bid. Here is the Playbook. 

January 8th Ups and Downs: Eight GOP members of the state’s congressional delegation objected to counting PA’s Electoral College votes, the state Senate session led off to a chaotic start, plus a mother and son make history in the state House. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Toomey Calls for Trump to Resign: Sen. Pat Toomey urged President Donald Trump to resign, while adding that he thinks the president committed impeachable offenses for the riots in Washington D.C. on January 5.

Senate Dems Call for Mastriano to Resign Following Attendance at Trump D.C. Rally: Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa and other Democrats are calling for Sen. Doug Mastriano to resign after the Adams County Republican attended President Donald Trump’s rally in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

GOP PAC Slams Cartwright For Pelosi Vote: The Congressional Leadership Fund, a GOP super PAC endorsed by House Republican leadership, launched a five-figure digital ad buy criticizing Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) for supporting Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bid to lead the House this session.

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: A Pa. Republican lawmaker who marched to the U.S. Capitol before the mob attack is facing calls to resign
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman opens door to 2022 U.S. Senate race
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey says President Trump should resign following Capitol violence
Patriot News: Pa. Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says Trump ‘committed impeachable offenses’
Patriot News: Pa. Senate leader says GOP will likely follow court lead in filling vacant seat
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf calls for state senator ‘to be held accountable’ for participating in Trump rally 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf releases updates to COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Inquirer: Former Pennsylvania Republican congressman Ryan Costello is taking steps to run for Senate in 2022 
Inquirer: Sen. Pat Toomey calls on Trump to resign; Chris Christie calls insurrection incitement an ‘impeachable offense’
Inquirer: Nearly a million Pa. utility customers are past due on their bills because of COVID-19. Who will pick up the cost?
AP: Rural Pennsylvania struggles to cope with COVID-19 surge 
AP: Pennsylvania makes more people eligible for COVID-19 vaccine
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Capitol siege lays bare GOP electoral misinformation in Harrisburg
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf, Levine roll out updated Pa. vaccine plan 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: LG Fetterman starts testing the waters for 2022 U.S. Senate bid 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa’s Toomey becomes second GOP senator to call on Trump to quit, report  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. sees a revenue boost in 2020 year-end collections | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s a very different Farm Show week | Five for the Weekend 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Toomey had the chance to impeach Trump. Will he finally do the right thing now? | Monday Morning Coffee
The Caucus: Pa. GOP helped sow seeds of violence
WITF: Pennsylvania Farm Show Is All Virtual This Year Amid Pandemic
PLSReporter: Fetterman exploring second bid for U.S. Senate 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 76: Capitol Chaos 
PLSReporter: Jan. 8 COVID-19 Update: Wolf Administration rolls out updated vaccine plan
Beaver County Times: Pa. officials outline updated vaccine rollout plan; say most could have it by summer
Fox News: Pittsburgh-area police officer who attended Trump rally in DC under investigation
York Daily Record: Sen. Toomey on Trump: He should resign ‘and go away as soon as possible’
WESA: GOP Blocks Bulk Of Rules Changes Advanced By Democrats In PA Legislature
Business Insider: ‘It’s not a f—ing game’: Democratic lawmaker gives the sternest of rebukes against Ted Cruz after deadly Capitol Hill siege 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman Considering Senate Run In 2022 But May Face Challengers On Both Sides
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Says U.S. Capitol Riots Were ‘Traumatic’ For Americans
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf, Dept. Of Health Announce Updates To Phased Plan For COVID-19 Vaccines
National Journal: John Fetterman Publicly Explores Senate Bid 
The Hill: Pennsylvania’s Democratic lt. governor eyes Senate run in 2022 
KYW Newsradio: Pa., NJ to start distributing extra $300 unemployment benefit this week
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Toomey calls for President Trump to resign from office
KYW Newsradio: Casey, Toomey accepting applications for federal positions in Pa.
Politico: Toomey says Trump ‘committed impeachable offenses’
Politico: Sen. Toomey: Trump has ‘descended into a level of madness’ 
Politico: Fetterman exploring run for open Pennsylvania Senate seat  
Politico: Pelosi to move forward with impeachment if Pence doesn’t act to remove Trump
CNN: Toomey says Trump should resign and could face ‘criminal liability’ 
CNN: Republican members of Congress refuse to wear masks during Capitol insurrection 

Philadelphia Magazine: City Commissioner Al Schmidt, Hero of the 2020 Election, Is Ready to Call It Quits
Philadelphia Magazine: The Big List of Philly Pols Demanding Resignations and Prosecutions After Capitol Siege
Inquirer: U.S. Labor Dept. sues to void Local 98 leadership election, alleging Johnny Doc and others threatened union rivals 
Inquirer: Philly-area immigrants who have lived through coups see American democracy’s fragility in Capitol attack
Inquirer: Prosecutors cite Capitol siege in bid to revoke bail for Vets for Trump founder caught in Philly with Hummer filled with guns
Inquirer: COVID-19 vaccines have gone mostly to white Philadelphians. Here’s what the city is doing to change that. 
Inquirer: Philadelphia police detective subject of Internal Affairs investigation after allegedly attending D.C. rally
Billy Penn: Philly has a ton of worker protection laws. But do workers actually know they exist?
Billy Penn: Say hello to Black Philadelphia Magazine, a new publication covering culture and community
Billy Penn: City’s Hall’s evacuation plan: How Philly government has responded to past breaches
WHYY Newsworks: How to stop the far-right movement? Some Philly organizers pitch a new party
WHYY Newsworks: Philly has 3,600 murals and few ways to protect them
Philadelphia Tribune: African Americans continue to process D.C. riots 
Philadelphia Citizen: The True Meaning of Health Care 
KYW Newsradio: Federal prosecutors file civil complaint against Philly’s electricians union and its officers
KYW Newsradio: Philly police investigate detective they say may have been at Jan. 6 Trump rally
Philly Voice: City Commissioner Al Schmidt not planning to seek fourth term in 2023
Philly Voice: Philly police detective under investigation for allegedly attending pro-Trump rally in D.C.

Daily Local News: In wake of attack on Capitol Hill, local lawmakers reflect on deadly day in D.C. 
Daily Local News: Shusterman authors resolution calling for Trump’s impeachment 
Daily Local News: Sappey to host update on proposed sale of Chester Water Authority
Inquirer: Former Pennsylvania Republican congressman Ryan Costello is taking steps to run for Senate in 2022 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem man arrested after Capitol riots 
KYW Newsradio: Moorestown man becomes town’s youngest, first Black councilman
WHYY Newsworks: Delco leaders mull an appeal after judge upholds $276.5 million DELCORA deal
Pottstown Mercury: Arkoosh, Gale spar as comments reopen old wounds in Montgomery County 
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County OKs $15 minimum wage for county employees

Post-Gazette: Court decision expected Monday in Brewster-Ziccarelli Senate fight
Post-Gazette: Lamb makes case for Trump’s immediate removal 
Post-Gazette: Chief Deputy Kevin Kraus announces run for Allegheny County sheriff 
Post-Gazette: Report: Pittsburgh eyed among threatened targets of unrest as inauguration approaches 
Post-Gazette: Charges refiled against 24 for ‘failure to disperse’ at spring protests 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County to allow access to virtual court hearings 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: As Allegheny County tops 60,000 cases, one in 20 has been infected
KDKA: Congressman Conor Lamb Says He Supports Impeaching President Donald Trump
KDKA: Former State Rep. Rick Saccone Resigns From Position At St. Vincent College After Posting Video From U.S. Capitol
KDKA: Allegheny Co. District Attorney To Re-File ‘Failure To Disperse’ Charges Against 24 People In Connection With Pittsburgh Riots
KDKA: Dom Costa, Kevin Kraus Vying To Become Next Allegheny County Sheriff
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Pandemic Job Losses Disproportionately Impacting Women
KDKA: Pitt Law Professor: Twitter’s Ban Of President Donald Trump Is Constitutional
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 849 New Cases, Bringing Countywide Case Total To Over 60,000
WESA: Local Officials Brace For Possible Protests Ahead Of Inauguration Day
WESA: Refiled Charges Touches Off Dispute Between Mayor & District Attorney
City Paper: DA Zappala says he’s renewing charges on some protesters at mayor’s order; Peduto denies, says Zappala is spreading disinformation
City Paper: John Fetterman is exploring a run for U.S. Senate in 2022
City Paper: Pa. GOP Sen. Pat Toomey says he thinks Trump “committed impeachable offenses”
Tribune Review: Western Pa. officials prep for possible violence prior to Biden’s inauguration 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County courts to provide public with remote access to criminal proceedings 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County eclipses 60,000 coronavirus cases, adds 9 deaths

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Special election to be held for Pa. House seat left vacant by Reese’s death
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County resident announces candidacy for state lieutenant governor  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Officials respond to presidential election questionnaire  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Two justice systems’: Local Black leaders question police response to Capitol rioters, actions of local lawmakers 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset’s case surge continues, Cambria adds 9 COVID-19 deaths over weekend
Observer-Reporter: Public safety officials want more info on COVID-19 vaccination plan 
Observer-Reporter: Mail delays bedevil area residents, customers around the country
Observer-Reporter: Fayette County reports 10 new COVID-19 deaths
KDKA: Pa. State Rep. Aaron Bernstine Says It’s Wrong To Blame Pres. Donald Trump For U.S Capitol Riot
Altoona Mirror: Pa. reps support tossing out votes
Altoona Mirror: Council member charged with theft

Citizens Voice: Cartwright asks for Trump’s “immediate resignation” 
Citizens Voice: Use of CARES funding by cyber charter schools in question 
Citizens Voice: 236 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Luzerne County on Sunday
Times-Tribune: NEPA educators question cyber charter spending of pandemic relief money on gift cards, cellphones
Times-Tribune: Region adds 570 COVID-19 cases, four deaths
The Times Leader: Barletta’s Twitter account suspended 
The Times Leader: Former Exeter cop, council candidate charged in online sex sting 
The Times Leader: Hazleton back as hot spot of COVID-19 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s elected tax collectors requesting raise 
The Times Leader: 236 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Sunday

South Central 
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf calls for state senator ‘to be held accountable’ for participating in Trump rally
Patriot News: Lancaster County supervisors leave Republican Party in wake of Capitol riots
Patriot News: Lebanon County man who breached US Capitol slapped with serious federal charges
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate legislators under more fire for Wednesday’s Capitol riots as signs of fallout emerge
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 187 new cases of COVID-19 and seven additional deaths for Cumberland County Saturday
York Daily Record: Calls for Mastriano to resign after D.C. trip
York Daily Record: York City mayor appoints acting mayor
York Daily Record: Off-duty officer in DC not with York City Police
York Dispatch: Perry refused to wear mask during Capitol siege; now someone in the room tested positive
York Dispatch: Report: Ahead of Capitol siege, off-duty cop from York County said he’s ready for civil war
York Dispatch: Chief of staff: Helfrich appoints acting York City mayor
York Dispatch: Saturday update: COVID-19 kills 10 more in York County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County residents were in Washington on Wednesday: ‘What’s going to happen today is going to be historic’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Brett Hambright, Lancaster County District Attorney spokesman, taking job in Dauphin County  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County gains over 300 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours [Sunday’s COVID-19 updates]

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Wild says she’ll vote to impeach, Toomey calls Trump’s actions ‘impeachable’
Morning Call: ‘It was pandemonium’: Inside Rep. Susan Wild’s experience during the U.S. Capitol riot
Morning Call: Allentown School District removes teacher who took part in Washington, D.C., protest
Morning Call: About 30 parents rally in Whitehall Township to reopen schools
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Record case count for Lehigh County
Reading Eagle: In wake of attack on Capitol Hill, Berks County lawmakers reflect on deadly day in D.C.
Reading Eagle: See where $38 million in federal CARES grants are going in Berks
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners discuss issues at chamber alliance forum
Reading Eagle: Berks coroner reports 11 more COVID-19 deaths
Express Times: Amid 2nd impeachment push, Lehigh Valley’s Wild calls for Trump’s immediate removal from office
Express Times: Pa. at 700K COVID cases: State seeing 100K new cases every 2 weeks, and 1K deaths weekly
WFMZ: Toomey calls Trump’s actions ‘impeachable offenses,’ Wild says she’ll vote for impeachment
WFMZ: Berks Patriots member who traveled to DC reflects on chaos 
WFMZ: Parents rally for students to return to the classroom 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper, English, Ridge express ‘outrage’
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to host public hearings on projects
Erie Times-News: State reports 207 COVID-19 cases in Erie County
Patriot News: Federal judge reinstates part of activist, Trump/Confederate flag burner Gene Stilp’s suit against Lewisburg
Centre Daily Times: White supremacist stickers found around State College. What’s being done — and how you can help
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 9 update: Centre County adds 114 new COVID-19 cases after weeks in the double digits

Scott Perry: ‘Why I carried forth an objection’
Charlie Dent: Trump administration officials flee to avoid holding him accountable
Gene DiGirolamo: ‘Enough Is Enough’: Bucks Co. GOP Commissioner Denounces Trump 
Mayor Ray O’Connell: How Allentown began to recover from the pandemic
Mayor Robert Donchez: Bethlehem will continue to move forward in 2021
Mayor Sal Panto: Easton will overcome pandemic challenge and thrive
Paul Muschick: Capitol protest fallout: Shouldn’t the First Amendment shield Allentown teacher removed after participating?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Redistricting needs transparency 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Kudos on local census count 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: No more stock trading by Congress members 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Search warrants for drones 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Intermission is over at the Cultural Trust
LNP | LancasterOnline: Insurrection and state of Republican Party: Words from Lancaster doctors, professors, GOP 
Inquirer Editorial Board: SEPTA must be able to do more than merely survive the pandemic 
Salena Zito: With reckless DC riots, Trump betrayed his base — and his political future
Paul Muschick: After the Capitol riot: What’s next for the country, Trump and his loyalists?
Chris Kelly: Scavo had front-row seat at Trump’s failed coup
Keith C. Burris: How we came to infamy
Jon Geeting: Is Trumpism without Trump PA’s Future? 
Maria Panaritis: To save America, Republicans must show the way away from Trump. Some have begun.  
David M. Shribman: On the day democracy wept
Michael Smerconish: This time Trump deserves the blame
Colin McNickle: Going into a new year, the Pittsburgh schools’ fiscal challenges are familiar 
Gene Therapy: Big tech has big culpability in Capitol riot
Ruth Ann Dailey: Safeguarding the Republic
Chad Dion Lassiter: Blood at the Capitol is the latest chapter in the brutal politics of angry white men 
Tim Tai: These Capitol riot pictures shouldn’t surprise you. They show an American truth. 
Michael Gerhardt: We may not have yet reached the bottom of Trump’s presidency 
Will Bunch: Capitol insurrection should spark end to America’s warped, white supremacist way of policing
John A. Tures: For the last time, No, ANTIFA didn’t attack the U.S. Capitol
Michael Berkman and Christopher Beem: Democracy is fragile, but we can strengthen it together
Ana White: The Big Buy-In: How cultural competency and cultural humility wins elections
Dick Polman: Trump’s mob ran wild. Why was anyone surprised? 
Randy Bish: Trump’s phone problem, solved | Editorial Cartoon
Angry Grammarian: From ‘irregardless’ to ‘insurrection’: Parsing the language of the Capitol breach
Helen Ubiñas: America’s addiction to ‘normalcy’ is how we got here and where we’ll stay

2 Responses

  1. Governor Wolf is the most partisan governor I have ever observed.

    I am an Independent voter who likes politicians from both sides.

    Wolf is terrible. A partisan hack.

    1. Go away. You sound Trumpian ridiculous. You want “good people on both sides”? Stop trolling and admit you are the hack.

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