January 15th Playbook

Senate Republicans announced the committee chairs for the 2021-22 session, while Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto announced his bid for a third term. Here is the Playbook. 

Senate GOP Names 2021-22 Committee Chairs: Nine committees have new chairs for the upcoming session.

Twitter Temporarily Suspends Barletta’s Account: Former Congressman Lou Barletta had his personal Twitter account temporarily suspended just two days after President Donald Trump had his account permanently suspended.

Biden Selected Scranton Native as DNC Treasurer: Virginia McGregor, a Scranton native who serves as Deputy National Finance Chair of the DNC and National Co-Chair of the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum, has been selected to be the DNC’s Treasurer, the Scranton Times-Tribune reports. 
Harrisburg & DC   
The Caucus: Can Pa. GOP recover from insurrection’s damage?
The Caucus: Sen. Mastriano tells Trump followers to stand down
Spotlight PA: Redistricting will be the definitive political fight of 2021 in Pennsylvania. Here’s how it’ll work.
Spotlight PA: Law enforcement in Pa. preparing for possible unrest despite ‘no specific threats’ to the Capitol 
Spotlight PA: WATCH: A live Spotlight PA interview with PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein 
Roll Call: Democrats prep for competitive Pennsylvania Senate primary
New York Times: Madeleine Dean: Impeachment Manager Brings Ethics Experience to Trial
Philly Clout: Sharif Street ponders running for the U.S. Senate — and lessons learned from talking about manure
Inquirer: A former Philly insurance executive is eyeing a run for Pennsylvania governor 
Inquirer: U.S. Attorney William McSwain resigns after a tenure marked by high-profile cases, public feud with Krasner
Inquirer: Gov. Tom Wolf orders the state Capitol closed next week in a bid to thwart possible unrest
Inquirer: State capitals are preparing for unrest after far-right threats, and residents are dreading it: ‘I feel like I’ve been held hostage’
Inquirer: Affordable Care Act open enrollment ends Friday in Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Swiftly rising coronavirus death toll brings concern amid vaccine hope 
Inquirer: Harrisburg, Trenton prep for far-right threats | Morning Newsletter
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Wolf urges GOP leaders to move on $145M plan to aid small businesses: ‘We have this money’ 
Patriot News: Pa. plans mass clinics, other steps to speed up pace of COVID-19 vaccinations 
Patriot News: Police outline plans to protect Pa. Capitol, including street closures, National Guard, air surveillance 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf says 450 Pa. National Guard members put on active duty 
Patriot News: Another Trump-era U.S. attorney is stepping down
AP: Guard to defend Pennsylvania Capitol, city to close streets
AP: Men who came armed to Philly vote count remain free on bail
AP: Charges: Ex-firefighter threw extinguisher at Capitol Police 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Top Pa. House Dem Matt Bradford says he has COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf, legislative GOP not talking as $145M relief plan for small businesses languishes 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Scanlon says she saw tour groups in the Capitol before attack 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Police Chiefs: No specific threats yet against Pa. Capitol, but ‘an abundance of caution’ still necessary 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Waiver allowing Pa. pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccines depends on longevity of Wolf’s disaster declaration 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. county commissioners roll out election reform wishlist; seek longer pre-canvassing window | Friday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf tells Republicans to hurry up and dole out $145 million to struggling small businesses
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers at Capitol work amid heavy security as Gov. Wolf schedules 2-day closure of complex, activates National Guard
Morning Call: Federal judge denies bail for retired firefighter charged with throwing fire extinguisher at Capitol police
Citizens Voice: Fetterman fundraising off Luzerne County voter fraud case; Lt. Gov. selling “My dude in Forty Fort” shirts
USA Today: Police preparing for any protests at PA Capitol
USA Today: Retired Pennsylvania firefighter arrested, accused of throwing extinguisher at Capitol police
Post-Gazette: Pa. officials waiting on $100M as federal officials press states to expand COVID-19 vaccinations
Post-Gazette: Harrisburg prepares for the worst ahead of inauguration
PLSReporter: Wolf, Democratic leaders urge General Assembly to take up $145 million business relief transfer
PLSReporter: Law enforcement increases Capitol vigilance amidst FBI general warning for all statehouses
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 77: Let’s Get Constitutional 
PLSReporter: Jan. 14 COVID-19 Update: Pharmacies allowed to distribute vaccines, 7,175 additional positives 
Fox News: Retired firefighter accused of throwing fire extinguisher at officers during Capitol riot arrested
CNHI News: Companies cut funds to GOP House members who questioned election
WESA: Rural PA Doctor Says They’ll Need More Staff, Money And Trust To Administer Vaccines
The Hill: Man accused of throwing fire extinguisher at police during Capitol riot arrested in Pennsylvania
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf urges Republicans in General Assembly to free up $145M for small business relief
Bucks County Courier Times: PA’s rapid response program saved lives in long-term care facilities. Now it’s threatened by funding cuts
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Wolf pushing GOP to move money to help Pa. small businesses
KYW Newsradio: Wolf urges lawmakers to act quickly in allocating funds to small businesses
KYW Newsradio: US Attorney McSwain announces resignation ahead of Biden taking office
KYW Newsradio: Aid runs low for key Pennsylvania virus containment program
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Wolf Administration Expands Vaccination Partnership For Long-Term Care Facilities
CNN: Pennsylvania man accused of striking Capitol cop with fire extinguisher is charged
StateImpactPA: With solar on the rise in Pa., some worry the panels will be harmful. Scientists say most fears have been disproven

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Sharif Street ponders running for the U.S. Senate — and lessons learned from talking about manure
Inquirer: A former Philly insurance executive is eyeing a run for Pennsylvania governor 
Inquirer: U.S. Attorney William McSwain resigns after a tenure marked by high-profile cases, public feud with Krasner   
Inquirer: Temple University professor and media icon Bryan Monroe dies suddenly at 55
Inquirer: Virginia men arrested for gun offenses during Philly vote count face new election-interference charges
Inquirer: Philly DA’s Office detective has his gun taken away after saying he’s ‘ready to go to war’ over ‘rigged’ election
WHYY Newsworks: Philly judge denies bail revocation for men accused of election interference
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I don’t know where to move’: Philly immigrants who’ve lived through coups warn of the rise of fringe groups
WHYY Newsworks: Philly landmarks and government buildings to be guarded as inauguration precaution
WHYY Newsworks: Philly civil rights attorney: White supremacy attacked democracy after the 2020 election
Billy Penn: New Philly mural shouts out Black and queer organizers’ role in getting Biden elected
Patriot News: Philadelphia DA investigator placed on restricted duty after violent social media post: report
KYW Newsradio: US Attorney McSwain announces resignation ahead of Biden taking office
KYW Newsradio: Additional charges, including election interference, for 2 men arrested outside Philly ballot count
KYW Newsradio: Philly prepares for possible protests leading up to inauguration, but say there’s no credible threat
Philly Voice: U.S. Attorney William McSwain, a Trump appointee, announces resignation
Philadelphia Business Journal: Where Philadelphia’s largest companies, law firms stand on political giving after Capitol riot 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia Fed President Harker on construction, digital currency, payroll taxes and more
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia beefing up police presence, preparing for Inauguration Day protests after Capitol violence 
Philadelphia Business Journal: U.S. Attorney William McSwain announces resignation

SEPA
Daily Local News: As an ‘impeachment manager,’ Dean preparing for Trump’s trial in the Senate
Daily Local News: FBI arrests retired Chester firefighter for throwing fire extinguisher at police during Capitol riot (With Video)
Daily Local News: State Rep. Hennessey does not regret opposing Pa. electors
Daily Local News: Rep. Hennessey reappointed chairman of House Transportation Committee
Daily Local News: Chester County man facing trial for voter fraud says he was tricked into voting twice
Delco Daily Times: Rep. Scanlon saw Capitol tour before attack; panic button wasn’t attached in her office 
Delaware Valley Journal: Local Union Leader Featured in Pitch for Cooperation Between Biden and Energy Industry
Inquirer: Retired Delco firefighter accused of injuring officers and a Del. man who paraded a Confederate flag are charged in the Capitol riot
KYW Newsradio: Retired Chester firefighter, accused of throwing extinguisher at Capitol police during riot, faces federal charges
Philly Voice: Former Delco firefighter allegedly threw fire extinguisher at Capitol Police, authorities say
Bucks County Courier Times: DCCC targets Fitzpatrick in wake of impeachment vote 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials keeping abreast of security information

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Peduto Announces Re-Election Bid
WESA: Allegheny County Develops More Programs To Support Homeless Youths
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto Announces Reelection Campaign
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Pirates Looking To Make PNC Park A Mass Coronavirus Vaccination Site
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 499 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 Additional Deaths
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto announces bid for re-election 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cutting Friday print edition, union says 
Pittsburgh Business Times: PNC Park could become mass vaccination site
Tribune Review: Peduto makes it official, seeks 3rd term as Pittsburgh’s mayor 
Tribune Review: Corporate boycotts could ding coffers of Reschenthaler, Kelly campaigns  
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 499 additional covid cases, 3 deaths

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta reappointed chair of Senate Labor and Industry Committee 
Observer-Reporter: Eighty Four resident seeking GOP nomination for recorder of deeds 
Observer-Reporter: Local professors grapple with Trump impeachment, divided country 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Stefano named lead chairman of emergency preparedness committee 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Record-breaking year for background checks linked to Pennsylvania gun purchases 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATED: Local counties have 21 COVID-19 deaths among 313 statewide
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 14 covid deaths
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners reflect on adapting amid pandemic
Altoona Mirror: Wolf OKs railway infrastructure plans

NEPA
The Times Leader: Yudichak: Businesses deserve financial help, not political rhetoric 
The Times Leader: Was Scavo inside Capitol? And what was Dartoe doing?
The Times Leader: In reaction to budget veto Wilkes-Barre City Council lowering fees it raised  
The Times Leader: Luzerne County should hit collection target when $5 vehicle fee expires Dec. 31 
The Times Leader: 238 new cases of COVID-19 in Luzerne County puts total at 20,151
Times-Tribune: Inauguration events planned in Scranton 
Times-Tribune: Biden picks Scranton woman as DNC treasurer 
Times-Tribune: Wolf, General Assembly spar over COVID-19 money for businesses 
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Hall open by appointment only for in-person business
Citizens Voice: Fetterman fundraising off Luzerne County voter fraud case; Lt. Gov. selling “My dude in Forty Fort” shirts 
Citizens Voice: County election committee starts to review its findings
Citizens Voice: Sen. Baker wants SCI-Dallas prioritized for COVID vaccine
Citizens Voice: County council candidate says he never entered Capitol during protest
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre council nixes sewer, recycling fee increases
Citizens Voice: Critics, supporters weigh in on gas pipeline that would travel through Luzerne County
Citizens Voice: 238 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County on Thursday  

South Central 
York Dispatch: State Sen. Doug Mastriano tells supporters to stand down 
York Dispatch: Potential buyer makes pitch to York City sewer users 
York Dispatch: COVID-19 kills 10 more in York County
LNP | LancasterOnline: Smucker appointed to House Ways and Means committee, promises to ‘continue to champion free and fair trade’ 
LNP | LancasterOnline: What should I know about the COVID-19 vaccine? LGH doctors outline benefits of vaccination in NAACP town hall 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County sees 376 positive COVID-19 cases; Pa. reports 313 dead from virus in 24 hours [Thursday’s COVID-19 update]
Carlisle Sentinel: Perry, Joyce vote against impeachment for second time
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 166 new cases of COVID-19 and eight deaths for Cumberland County Thursday
Patriot News: Police outline plans to protect Pa. Capitol, including street closures, National Guard, air surveillance 
Patriot News: McQuillan announces run for Dauphin County judge 

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: U.S. Attorney William McSwain — who got long prison terms for Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, aide Mike Fleck — announces resignation
Morning Call: Who should respond to 911 calls related to mental illness? Allentown discusses police alternatives, though path forward remains hazy
Reading Eagle: Highlighting lessons learned, Berks officials review their response to COVID 
Reading Eagle: More than 1,100 COVID vaccinations complete in Berks County 
WFMZ: Berks EMS COVID-19 Task Force urging vaccination 
WFMZ: Berks commissioners updated on COVID-19 vaccinations 
WFMZ: Lehigh, Northampton counties stepping up security at government buildings ahead of inauguration 
WFMZ: Lehigh County commissioners review jail’s COVID-19 response 
WFMZ: Pa. representatives vote along party lines as House impeaches Trump
Express Times: PennEast Pipeline opponents outnumber supporters by about 3-to-1 in DEP hearing 
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 313 more deaths amid COVID pandemic’s deadliest surge; 7,175 new cases | Pa. COVID county case map (01/14/2020)

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Area lawmakers offer their perspectives on second impeachment proceedings
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Williamsport Mayor: Police ready for ‘issues that may arise’ through Inauguration Day
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 67 new COVID-19 cases. Northumberland County sees 48 new cases, Clinton 16, Tioga 6, Sullivan 3.
Erie Times-News: Erie County purges 25,000 from voter rolls 
Erie Times-News: East Erie residents asked to take crime survey
Centre Daily Times: More than $1 million awarded for State College affordable housing projects. Here’s where
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 14 update: Centre County passes 10,000 COVID-19 cases; Pa. reports 7,175 new positives

Opinion  
John Baer: Worried about when you’ll get the COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania? You should be
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Electing Pennsylvania judges by region is a terrible idea
Inquirer Editorial Board: Brian Fitzpatrick’s infuriating ‘no’ vote on impeachment shows a total lack of political courage 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Where will the parks tax go? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: China’s ambition: Hong Kong and the world
Abraham Gutman: Bill McSwain’s reign as U.S. attorney is ending. Can Biden undo the damage?
Mark O’Keefe: Fayette County was already struggling. Now the pandemic could break it 
Adrian Shanker: Why we need a federal law to protect LGBTQ rights
Bill White: All you Trump voters put our democracy at tremendous risk
Tony Norman: An insurrection that won’t end in resurrection
Larry Platt: The Fix: How About an Open, Transparent Government Run By… You? 
Ernest Owens: After Trump Insurrection, the Need for Newsroom Diversity Couldn’t Be More Obvious
George Fernandez: COVID-19 vaccine faces major hurdles in reaching Philadelphia’s Latino communities 
Will Bunch: Congress must expel its coup plotters, then somehow find truth, reconciliation, or U.S. is doomed 
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t travel to D.C. for the presidential inauguration 
Trudy Rubin: The violence and conspiracy theories Trump fueled will threaten America long after he leaves 
John L. Micek: Impeachment isn’t about Trump crossing the Rubicon. It’s about stopping the next person who tries 
Nadia Dowshen, Sarah Wood, Cynthia Mollen and Kenisha Campbell: How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting another epidemic among teens: STDs | Expert Opinion
Matthew T. Mangino: Congress shouldn’t stop with Trump in applying the 14th Amendment

3 Responses

  1. Every legislator who continues to advocate that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged should be expelled from govt. They are NOT patriots; they are insurrectionists who want to destroy democracy.

  2. Impeachment (indictment) of Trump is a reassuring hammer to be used in the event he does further harm to the Constitution or the Republic. But conviction? There is a reason why, in chess, the king is never actually captured. Prosecution of former chief executives, be they presidents or dictators, encourages incumbents and their followers to fight to the death because what do they have to lose? The Founders basically suggested that removal from office, and possible prohibition from running again, were the maximum punishments. In Trump’s case, he is already branded a super loser. Let it go.

    1. No. We did that once, and he only got worse. Squash the bug. Cut the head off the snake.

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