January 14th Playbook

Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation splits on impeaching President Donald Trump, while a Pennsylvania Democrat is selected as one of the nine impeachment managers. Here is the Playbook. 

PA Delegation Splits On Second Trump Impeachment: All 9 members of Pennsylvania’s Democratic delegation voted to impeach Trump, while all 9 Republicans voted against it.

Dean Selected as One of Nine Impeachment Managers: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) named Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-Montgomery) to serve as one of the nine impeachment managers in the trial of President Donald Trump.

Two Former PA GOP Congressmen Support Trump Impeachment: Charlie Dent and Jim Greenwood signed onto a letter that included 24 former GOP members of Congress calling on President Donald Trump to be impeached.

Former Boyle Chief of Staff Named to Biden White House Staff: John McCarthy, who served as Rep. Brendan Boyle’s (D-Philadelphia) Chief of Staff prior to the presidential campaign, has been named as a Senior Advisor to the Counselor to the President, according to a release from the Biden-Harris transition. McCarthy most recently served as the Deputy National Political Director on the Biden-Harris campaign. 

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Democrat takes Senate seat after GOP sued to undo election
AP: GOP proposal to elect judges by zone advances by single vote
AP: Prosecutors ask judge to order Graham Spanier report to jail
AP: Aid runs low for key Pennsylvania virus containment program
Spotlight PA: Angered by Pa. Supreme Court rulings, GOP moves to exert more control over judiciary branch
Spotlight PA: Pa. GOP lawmakers want voters to give them the power to end governor’s emergency orders
Spotlight PA: Head of Pa.’s public university system to examine historic roots of racism in state schools
Patriot News: The Trump impeachment: What did Pennsylvania’s Congressmen and women have to say about it?
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers advance proposed constitutional changes to electing judges, limiting governor’s powers
Patriot News: Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier should report to jail after losing latest appeal, prosecutors say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House GOP pushes measure to restrict Wolf emergency response, remake judiciary
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: U.S. House votes to impeach Trump over Capitol insurrection ; What Pa. lawmakers said 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: W. Pa. Sen. Brewster takes oath of office in drama-free ceremony
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Businesses cut off cash to D.C. after lawmakers challenged election results. Could Harrisburg be next?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. school districts project $475M increase in charter school costs during pandemic | Thursday Morning Coffee
USA Today: PA’s U.S. House delegation splits along party lines to impeach Trump again. How they voted.
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers react to Trump impeachment: ‘It will just perpetuate and exacerbate the divide in our country’ and ‘No one is above the law’
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House committee approves bill for constitutional amendment to limit governor’s emergency declarations to 21 days
Post-Gazette: Pa. Democratic caucus to hold hearings on Republican actions leading up to U.S. Capitol siege 
Reading Eagle: Autism advocates are troubled by new policy expanding in-home treatment at expense of treatment at centers
WITF: Police Across PA Say It Is Business As Usual As More Election Protests Loom
WHYY Newsworks: House votes to impeach Trump for ‘incitement of insurrection’ — Pa. delegation split
WHYY Newsworks: House GOP advances plan to elect Pa. judges by region; opponents say it would ‘gerrymander the court’
KDKA: Pennsylvania Firearm Background Check System Sees Record Volume In Fourth Quarter 2020
PLSReporter: Brewster sworn in after week of contention 
PLSReporter: Senate Republicans name committee chairs for 2021-22 session 
PLSReporter: Judicial redistricting narrowly passes committee, Democrats call partisan gerrymandering 
PLSReporter: House committee approves amendment to limit gubernatorial disaster powers
PLSReporter: Jan. 13 COVID-19 Update: 5,204 hospitalized; 1,060 in the ICU
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania officials plan for potential unrest in Harrisburg this weekend
KYW Newsradio: Expired funding has Pa. scaling back COVID-19 outbreak support at long-term care facilities
KYW Newsradio: Western Pa. senator sworn in after GOP challenge fails
Inquirer: Where Pa. and N.J. members of Congress stand on impeaching Trump after the Capitol attack
Inquirer: Conor Lamb isn’t sure he can work with ‘morally blind’ Republicans who tried to overturn the election 
Inquirer: Trump leaving office in defeat | Morning Newsletter
PPI Podcast: Congressman Conor Lamb Talks Impeachment, Energy with PPI
StateImpactPA: Climate scientist Michael Mann: U.S. is in position to be a leader on climate change
CNHI News: Wolf: State prepared to protect Capitol amidst threat of violence

Philadelphia 
Philly Voice: Philly region lawmakers vote along party lines in impeachment of President Trump
KYW Newsradio: In the most bipartisan impeachment in history, Philly-area Congress members vote along party lines
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia’s most vulnerable still priority for COVID-19 vaccine, says deputy health commissioner
Inquirer: ‘Stubborn inequity’: 6 in 10 Philly kids still attend low-performing schools, report says
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We been knew’: Many Black Philadelphians don’t see how white people didn’t see insurrection coming
Billy Penn: How UPenn could revoke Trump’s Wharton degree

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick votes against impeachment, favors censure of Trump 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Democrats sit out inauguration, but have high hopes 
Inquirer: Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, a Republican from Philly suburbs, voted against impeaching Trump
Inquirer: Pa. Congresswoman Madeleine Dean gets ready to prosecute Trump’s impeachment in the Senate
Inquirer: Biden economics adviser shines favorable light on Bucks County firm owned by its workers
Inquirer: Judge dismisses claim that Delaware County violated rules for poll watchers in the presidential election 
Delco Daily Times: Delco judge rips GOP’s ’emergency’ election petition
Daily Local News: Local members of Congress all vote for impeachment 
Daily Local News: Chester County residents react to second impeachment of Trump 
Daily Local News: Virtual town hall aims to boost vaccine confidence 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials hope to ramp up coronavirus vaccine program
KYW Newsradio: Montco residents 65 and older can preregister for COVID-19 vaccine
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Montco rolls out weekly testing for teachers, at-risk students
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Sheriff Milt Warrell announces re-election bid, cites record of accomplishments
Bucks Local News: Bucks County seeks lead position in fight against pharmaceutical giant

Pittsburgh 
Post-Gazette: Legal fight finally over, Pennsylvania swears in Sen. Jim Brewster 
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh FBI investigating local people connected to Capitol riots 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 update: Pa. records its second-highest day in deaths
KDKA: President Trump Impeached By Bipartisan House Majority, With Local Congress Members Voting Down Party Lines 
KDKA: Jim Brewster Sworn In As State Senator In Pennsylvania’s 45th District
KDKA: FBI Pittsburgh: Southwestern Pa. Residents Under Investigation In Connection With U.S. Capitol Riots 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette To Cut Friday Print Edition
KDKA: Wilkinsburg Council Votes To Censure Mayor Marita Garrett, Claiming Failure To Fulfill Duties
KDKA: ‘We’re Asking For Your Patience:’ Allegheny County Officials Address Vaccine Rollout Plans
KDKA: COVID-19 In Allegheny County: Health Director Acknowledges Frustration With Pace Of Vaccinations
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 74 More Deaths As Toll Grows To 1,178
Tribune Review: State Sen. Jim Brewster sworn in after 2 months of legal wrangling over results 
Tribune Review: Western Pa. lawmakers hold party lines in vote to impeach Trump 
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh council gives initial approval to $55 million in bonds for capital projects 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County promotes Erin Dalton to replace Cherna as Human Services director
Tribune Review: Post-Gazette reducing print edition to 2 days a week, cites plan to go all-digital  
Tribune Review: Older adults in Allegheny County will have to wait for covid vaccine, officials say     
Tribune Review: Allegheny County adds 74 covid deaths, 670 new cases
City Paper: Monessen passes LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance, becomes first town in Westmoreland County to offer such civil rights protections 
City Paper: Post-Gazette union announces Fridays cut from print schedule; paper to print just two days a week
WESA: Popular But Underfunded COVID Aid Program Helped Many, Left Others Behind
WESA: Allegheny County Officials Say Vaccine Providers Should Stick To Phase 1A Workers
Pittsburgh Business Times: County expects more weeks of first-phase Covid shots 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Allegheny County reports 74 new deaths attributed to Covid-19, a new record

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area reps, most Republicans vote against impeachment of president
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown lawmaker named majority chairman of state Senate Transportation Committee
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Special election to fill Reese’s House seat announced 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council votes to disband ethics panel
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County judge denies injunction to prevent city council vote  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria’s 14 COVID-19 deaths among more than 4,000 in nation
Tribune Review: Counting of lost ballots underway in Westmoreland County
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County surpasses 500 covid deaths
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Democrats host donation drive
Observer-Reporter: State announces Ag education grants

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Cartwright votes to impeach; Meuser votes no, plans to attend inauguration
Citizens Voice: Kaufer to lead House Economic Recovery Task Force
Citizens Voice: County deputy election director resigns; leaves top two positions in the election bureau vacant
Citizens Voice: County council will vote whether to approve ballot questions on charter amendments
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County has 190 new COVID-19 cases
The Times Leader: Toohil, Kaufer named to House leadership positions
The Times Leader: Luzerne County must fill both top election management positions
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council members mixed on tax collector raise request
The Times Leader: 190 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Wednesday
Times-Tribune: Cartwright votes to impeach; Meuser votes no, plans to attend inauguration
Times-Tribune: Boback receives historic appointment
Times-Tribune: Attorney Mary Walsh Dempsey announces judge candidacy
Times-Tribune: Gaughan won’t run for third council term or for mayor 
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 deaths surge regionally and statewide 

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County GOP says it wasn’t involved in Capitol riots, continues to push unsubstantiated election fraud claims
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 106 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: US Rep. Lloyd Smucker votes against impeaching Trump for a second time
LNP | LancasterOnline: More than 400 COVID-19 cases reported in Lancaster County in past 24 hours [Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates]
Patriot News: Metal detectors installed at U.S. House floor entrance, angering some members: report 
York Dispatch: York County’s new president judge discusses building safety, DUIs and breaking glass ceilings
York Dispatch: COVID-19 kills 14 more in York County
York Daily Record: Ex-York County prosecutor on U.S. Capitol attack

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: Berks representatives explain votes on impeachment
WFMZ: Argall to chair Senate State Government Committee
Morning Call: Allentown City Council race: 3 Democratic incumbents face competition in primary
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 349 deaths and 7,960 additional cases reported Wednesday 
Express Times: Trump’s 2nd impeachment: Lehigh Valley representatives vote to hold president ‘accountable’
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 7,960 new cases, 349 more deaths; Lehigh Valley adds 618 cases, pushing Northampton County near 20K | Pa. COVID county map (01/13/21)
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s delegation divided along party lines on impeachment of President Trump
Reading Eagle: Berks County Judge James Bucci retires from the bench
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor extends City Hall closure for a third time because of COVID
Reading Eagle: 2 rail projects in Berks County get a total of $1.18 million in state grants 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Kelly votes against impeachment: ‘Nothing there’
Centre Daily Times: 10 Republicans voted to impeach Trump. Thompson, Keller weren’t among them
Centre Daily Times: Pa. AG’s office pushes for former Penn State president Graham Spanier to start jail sentence
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 13 update: Centre County reports 133 new COVID-19 cases, highest total in a month
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: South borough council chooses new mayor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Termination of Muncy borough manager results in lawsuit
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 88 new COVID-19 cases. Northumberland County sees 80 new cases, Clinton 30, Tioga 10, Sullivan 7.

Opinion  
Adam Eichen and Michael Pollack: Toomey and Casey should prioritize this legislation now that Dems control the Senate 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: The establishment strikes back
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Turn the page 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Don’t penalize landlords
Joseph Minott: The public should weigh in on South Philly refinery cleanup plan 
Dan Simpson: Moving forward in a complicated time
Susan Benesch: The deadly consequences of Trump’s gradual and insidious rhetoric 
Albert Hunt: Biden’s new challenge: Holding Trump accountable
Christine Flowers: Heading down the dangerous road to despotism
JD Mullane: If you invaded the Capitol, turn yourself in
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy: The Fix: How to Reform the City Charter

2 Responses

  1. The. Gov marched and knelt with protestors, looked the other way for the rioting and looting and destruction of private property, supports illegal immigration, and ignores the death penalty law because he doesn’t like it.

    Suddenly he is for law and order and closing the Capitol so his buddies can attend the Biden swearing in.

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