January 12th Playbook

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman has raised over $500,000 since announcing a possible Senate bid, while Rep. Brendan Boyle delivered the Weekly Democratic address. Here is the Playbook. 

 

Fetterman Explores 2022 Senate Run: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced on Friday morning that he is exploring a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022. On Monday morning, he announced in a video on Twitter that he raised over $500,000 since announcing his interest for the office.

Boyle Delivers Weekly Democratic Address: Rep. Brendan Boyle’s (D-Philadelphia) speech on Friday centered around the riots on the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.

 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: New Pa. GOP leader pushes transparency reforms despite party’s past reluctance, obstruction
AP: Early warning signs emerge for GOP after US Capitol riots 
AP: Police move to increase security at Pennsylvania Capitol 
AP: Pennsylvania to begin vaccinating cops, teachers ‘soon’
Patriot News: Incoming Office of Open Records director looks forward to advancing its transparency mission
Patriot News: Pa. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. wants ‘accountability’ for members of Congress who opposed election results
Patriot News: State police, city officers and more working together to protect Capitol in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Departing Pa. Treasurer Joe Torsella donates final pay raise to Keystone Scholars
Patriot News: Pa. Capitol Police ‘enhancing visible presence’ at Capitol Complex
Patriot News: Change of leadership coming to Pa.’s Office of Open Records
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (1/11/2021): Where does Pa. stand?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Arneson out as Pa. open records chief. Wolf appoints senior DePasquale aide to replace him
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House Dems say they have the votes to impeach Trump; What Pa. lawmakers say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Capitol Complex security increased following violence in D.C.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Fiedler to chair new progressive panel as House Democratic makeover continues
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Criticism grows of GOP lawmakers, including Pa.’s Perry, who refused masks while sheltering during Capitol riot
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Levine: 138k doses of COVID-19 vaccine, provider map for health care workers, expected this week
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top Pa. House leader is right: elected officials shouldn’t be prioritized for vaccine; if only the messaging had always been this consistent | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Where Pa. and N.J. members of Congress stand on impeaching Trump after the Capitol attack
Inquirer: Supreme Court denies fast-track hearings for remaining GOP challenges to Pa. election results
Inquirer: After Twitter temporarily suspends former Republican Congressman Lou Barletta’s account, he says he’s ‘not buying’ the reason why
Inquirer: Gab, a Pennsylvania-based social network, is the new online hub for the far-right fringe
Inquirer: COVID-19 deaths jump 35% in Pennsylvania; officials work to improve pace of vaccinations; U.S. reports record low flu cases 
Inquirer: Where Pa. and N.J. members of Congress stand on Trump | Morning Newsletter 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Raises $500k In 72 Hours After Announcing Possible US Senate Run
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Dr. Rachel Levine Believes State’s Vaccine Distribution Is Finally Getting Its Footing
WESA: COVID Relief Brings More Broadband Funding To PA, But It’s ‘Tip Of The Iceberg’ Of What’s Needed
National Journal: Former Rep. Ryan Costello Eyes Senate Bid
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania vaccine distribution picks up the pace
The Hill: Pennsylvania’s lt. gov says he raised $500K since floating possible Senate run 
WFMZ: Pa.’s lieutenant governor raises $500K in 3 days since announcing possible Senate run
WFMZ: Sen. Casey supports impeachment, as Sen. Toomey says Trump should resign
CNN: Congress briefed on new threats facing lawmakers and Capitol, Lamb says 
PLSReporter: Wolf appoints Liz Gerloff Wagenseller as OOR director; Arneson out 
PLSReporter: Benninghoff requests state officials be removed from earlier phase of vaccination plan 
PLSReporter: Jan. 11 COVID-19 Update: Over 20,000 fully immunized for COVID-19, Levine says  

 

Philadelphia  
Inquirer: Philly Republican Al Schmidt won’t run for reelection in 2023 — but he’s not ‘capitulating to the psychological terrorists’ 
Inquirer: Amid rising gun crime in Philly, DA Larry Krasner blasts low bail  
Inquirer: Comcast among U.S. companies taking a tough line on campaign donations after election challenge, Capitol takeover
Inquirer: The Philly detective reassigned for going to Trump’s D.C. rally called Pence a ‘traitor’ after he condemned the violence and an officer’s death  
Inquirer: Several Capitol Police officers suspended following riot; reassigned Philly detective called Pence a ‘traitor’; impeachment vote expected Wednesday
Inquirer: House introduces article of impeachment; Philly councilmembers want investigation into city employees at riot; Washington Monument closed due to threats
KYW Newsradio: Philly police investigate detective they say may have been at Jan. 6 Trump rally
KYW Newsradio: Retired professor remembers Biden’s pick for CIA director as La Salle student
KYW Newsradio: Philly Police Department’s second-in-command abruptly retires
Philly Voice: Biden nominates La Salle alum Bill Burns as next CIA director 
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia’s COVID rental assistance program to roll out differently in 2021
WHYY Newsworks: New funding for Philly program that helps families of murder victims
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Vaccination pace slow, improvements promised 
Billy Penn: Know a City of Philadelphia employee who took part in the insurrection? Kenney asks for tips

 

SEPA
Daily Local News: Houlahan holds town hall in support of small businesses, decries breach of U.S. Capitol 
Daily Local News: Online town hall on Tuesday looks to build COVID vaccine trust 
Daily Local News: West Chester gets new assistant manager 
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Athletic Club faces backlash over owner’s Trump stance
Montgomery Media: Coronavirus positivity rate increases slightly in Montgomery County
Bucks Local News: Calabro re-elected chairman of the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors 

 

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: Court Decision Pushed To Tuesday In Brewster-Ziccarelli Senate Fight
KDKA: House Of Representatives Set To Formally Call On Vice President Mike Pence To Invoke 25th Amendment
KDKA: Local Law Enforcement Prepares For Possible Armed Protest Ahead Of Inauguration Day
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 887 New Cases Over 48 Hours
Tribune Review: Casey wants consequences for Congress members as pressure mounts to oust Trump 
Tribune Review: Judge expects decision on Tuesday in Ziccarelli-Brewster race 
Tribune Review: Freshman North Hills lawmaker Mercuri vows to continue fight to privatize state liquor stores 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County’s covid count up nearly 900 in 2 days
Post-Gazette: Court postpones ruling in Brewster-Ziccarelli election ballots case; decision expected Tuesday 
Post-Gazette: Mike Kelly calls Capitol storming ‘deplorable’ while doubling down on objections to election 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Levine says vaccines may ‘soon’ move to Phase 1B

 

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Lamb, Reschenthaler split on impeachment 
Observer-Reporter: Eyewitness to history: W&J grad, photojournalist at the Capitol last Wednesday 
Observer-Reporter: Clingerman announces candidacy for magisterial judge 
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township veteran to run for Washington County sheriff
KDKA: Westmoreland County Overdose Deaths Were Decreasing Until Pandemic Hit, Coroner Says
Altoona Mirror: Council defends decision on funds
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. senators: Trump should be out of office 

 

NEPA
The Times Leader: Daniels announces run for Congress in 8th District 
The Times Leader: Barletta’s Twitter account restored 
The Times Leader: Kaufer: High-risk people deserve priority under vaccine distribution plan
The Times Leader: USA Pork Packers receives $1M grant for expansion 
The Times Leader: 180 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in county; death count reaches 500
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor reflects on first year in office, future of the city
Citizens Voice: Cartwright, Casey back second impeachment; Meuser, Keller warn of division 
Citizens Voice: Former candidate Bartoli announces run for county council 
Citizens Voice: County council to discuss proposed charter amendments this week 
Citizens Voice: Barletta says he’s ‘not buying’ that Twitter account shutdown was a mistake 
Citizens Voice: Council set to discuss first step toward potential LCTA/COLTS merger
Citizens Voice: COVID-19 death toll hits 500 in Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Cartwright, Casey back second impeachment; Meuser, Keller warn of division 

 

South Central 
York Dispatch: Perry to protesters calling for his resignation: ‘No’ 
York Dispatch: VIDEO: Rally pushes removal of Trump, Perry 
York Dispatch: PHOTOS: Protesters call for ouster of Trump, Perry
York Daily Record: Perry issues one-word statement on resignation calls 
York Daily Record: Photos: Impeachment demonstration at Continental Square 
Patriot News: Protesters call on Rep. Scott Perry to resign
Patriot News: State police, city officers and more working together to protect Capitol in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Pa. Capitol Police ‘enhancing visible presence’ at Capitol Complex
Patriot News: Petition calls for firing Central Pa. teacher shown in video rallying in support of President Trump
Patriot News: Doctor warns House members, including Rep. Scott Perry, could have been exposed to COVID-19 amid riot
Patriot News: President-elect Biden’s pick for CIA director has Carlisle roots
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker silent on whether Trump should face consequences for inciting Capitol mob 
LNP | LancasterOnline: 279 more COVID-19 cases in Lancaster County reported in 24 hours [Monday’s COVID-19 updates] 
LNP | LancasterOnline: January sees new rise in coronavirus cases in Lancaster County and across Pennsylvania
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz announces mayoral run 
Carlisle Sentinel: Landis announces plans to seek second term on Carlisle Borough Council 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 300 new cases, 4 new deaths reported in Cumberland County Sunday and Monday

 

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Trump’s pending 2nd impeachment: Where Lehigh Valley Congressional lawmakers stand 
Express Times: Easton mayor threatens to dismantle homeless encampment if it’s not cleaned up 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: Almost 13K cases and 186 deaths reported over weekend as fatalities hit record pace; Lehigh Valley at 43K cases, 1,037 dead | Pa. COVID county case map (01/11/21)
WFMZ: Local lawmaker, professor discuss House’s plan to move forward with impeachment 
WFMZ: Allentown man announces run for city council 
WFMZ: Guzman assigned to 4 House committees in first term
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council votes again to end the Downtown Improvement District 
Reading Eagle: All 67 Pennsylvania counties still have substantial risk of community spread of COVID 

 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Supreme Court rejects fast track for Kelly voting case
Erie Times-News: Nearly 5K vaccinations, but will Erie see COVID spike?
KDKA: Pa. Congressman Mike Kelly Says 25th Amendment Should Not Be Invoked
Centre Daily Times: Why State College’s council president called for the resignations of U.S. Reps. Keller, Thompson
Centre Daily Times: State College council member Barlow calls out local Republican leaders
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioner calls on state GOP leaders to take responsibility for violence
Centre Daily Times: Centre County residents circulate petitions in the aftermath of the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 11 update: Centre County adds 133 weekend COVID-19 cases; Pa. positivity rate falls 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Allison, Miele stay as president, VP
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Public servant was ‘a great ambassador,’ contributed to city, county in many ways
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 51 new COVID-19 cases. Northumberland County sees 36 new cases, Clinton 19, Tioga 9.

 

Opinion  
Ed Rendell: Four things Democrats should do in Biden’s first 100 days
York Dispatch Editorial Board: A petty two-fer for GOP senators 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: It’s obvious a different security approach will be needed on Inauguration Day
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: An innovative coal project 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: More credibility needed in the airline industry
Inquirer Staff: Should Trump be removed from office? | Pro/Con
Bruce Ledewitz: Pa. Senate Republicans need to seat Sen. Jim Brewster 
Karen L. Dalton: Scott Perry tried to take away the votes of thousands of Pa. residents. They deserve an explanation
Charlie Gerow: It wasn’t a good week for the Republic  
Tony Norman: GOP: ‘Don’t blame us; we’re just standing here’
Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Our democracy remains intact, thanks to our courts, free press, and right to assembly
Taryn Morrissey: The pandemic is brewing a crisis for public school enrollment 
Jenice Armstrong: Female armed robbery victim: If it happened to me, it can happen to you. Keep your guard up, ladies. 
Brian Hamilton: More PPP loans won’t save small businesses
Joseph N. DiStefano: The U.S. survived Jackson, and will probably survive Trump, too

January 12th, 2021 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 5 Comments

5 thoughts on “January 12th Playbook”

  1. Denny Bonavita says:

    The Amish have a useful tactic appropriate to Reps. Thompson and Keller for their attempt to throw out the votes of all of us in Pennsylvania — except for their own re-election, of course. That tactic is shunning. We should just act as though they are not polluting the air around us by their execrable presence.

  2. gulagpittsburgh says:

    I’d prefer DePasquale, who just lost a close election to despicable Scott Perry for Congress in a red district.

    1. Republican Freeloader says:

      I prefer Scott Wagner. He is a man who is of the upmost integrity. He can put up with a lot of “GARBAGE”.

      1. Abe Lincoln says:

        There is not a Democratic candidate for Senate that would not dream of Scott Wagner as an opponent. The worst candidate in the history of the Commonwealth for Governor.

        1. Jay Scott says:

          George Scott would have beat Scott Perry!

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