January 16th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf shares an optimistic and bipartisan message at his second inauguration. Here is the Playbook.

PA Gov: Wolf Boasts Comeback: Wolf struck an upbeat, bipartisan tone during his second inaugural address.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Wolf begins second term as Pennsylvania governor
AP: The Latest: Wolf starts term with call to work on challenges
AP: New postings show wide range of Pennsylvania college hazing
AP: No-cost birth control, now the norm, faces court challenges
Inquirer: John Fetterman sworn in as Pa. lieutenant governor, promises ‘bipartisan spirit’
Inquirer: Tom Wolf calls for ‘hope, empathy, action’ in second term as Pa. governor
PA Post: Read: Gov. Tom Wolf’s second inaugural address, annotated
Billy Penn: Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration speech: Fact-checks and takeaways   
PLSReporter: Optimistic tone takes the Capitol as Wolf inaugurated for second term
PLSReporter: Fetterman delivers speech focusing on his term goals and Gov. Wolf
Harrisburg Patriot News: Memorable moments from inaugurations of the past
Harrisburg Patriot News: It’s Inauguration Day in Pa. Here are five things to think about | Tuesday Morning Coffee  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Excerpt of Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration speech: ‘We’re not like Washington. We can work together.’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s inauguration speech: 7 takeaways
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Let’s have faith in what we can fix together,’ Wolf says in inaugural address seeking to unite Pa. | Analysis
Harrisburg Patriot News: GOP leaders react to Gov. Wolf’s inaugural address with optimism but ‘we’ll see where it goes’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf comes out as Pennsylvania’s ‘Encourager-in-Chief’ in inaugural address
Harrisburg Patriot News: Thousands celebrate at Gov. Wolf’s inaugural party
Morning Call: Six takeaways from the Wolf-Fetterman inaugurations
Morning Call: John Fetterman, suit covering his symbolic tattoos, sworn in as Tom Wolf’s lieutenant
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf reaches across political divide: ‘Be ambitious in imagining the Pennsylvania we can build together.’
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf inauguration speech could set the tone for a pragmatic second term

KYW Newsradio: Philly managing director ends long career in government with activist spirit intact
KYW Newsradio: Judge who opened door for partial appeal in Mumia Abu-Jamal case retaining jurisdiction
KYW Newsradio: During shutdown, these Philly places are offering freebies for the furloughed
Inquirer: Raymond G. Perelman, master investor and philanthropist, dies at 101
WHYY Newsworks: Timeline: The Delaware River and the Clean Water Act
WHYY Newsworks: Working without pay: Air traffic controllers amidst the government shutdown
WHYY Newsworks: New homes for those struggling with addiction set for heart of Philly opioid crisis  
WHYY Newsworks: PPA makes millions ticketing drivers for blocking street sweepers that rarely show
Billy Penn: Mayor Kenney lauds the decision blocking a citizenship question on the 2020 Census

WHYY Newsworks: Chester County joins local governments suing opioid manufacturers
Daily Local News: Dinniman appointed minority chair of Senate Education Committee
Delco Daily Times: Spiegel appointed interim mayor of Swarthmore
Pottstown Mercury: Houlahan hires district director, district staff  
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County man appointed to Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board  

WESA: Allegheny County DA Says Proposed City Gun Legislation Would Be Unconstitutional
WESA: Pittsburgh Police To Receive $500,000 Grant To Expand Domestic Violence Unit
Post-Gazette: Rep. Doyle wins subcommittee chairmanship, improving his odds of addressing net neutrality
Post-Gazette: Braddock’s John Fetterman is now Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor
Post-Gazette: $500K foundation grant to Pittsburgh police to help fund domestic violence unit   
KDKA: Braddock To Hold “Open Audition” To Fill Vacant Mayor Position
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Council Digs In After DA Says It ‘Does Not Have Authority To Pass’ Gun Legislation
City Paper: Study: Childhood asthma worsened by emissions near Mon Valley’s Clairton Coke Works   
PLSReporter: District Attorney shows opposition to gun legislation
StateImpactPA: Pittsburgh suburb is deciding whether to allow fracking beneath local park
Tribune Review: Greater Latrobe eyes 2.36-mill cap on potential tax hike
Tribune Review: Murrysville council will vote on petition to redistrict voter precincts
Tribune Review: Fracking back on Murrysville’s agenda in the coming weeks
Tribune Review: North Hills Democrats offering free class on how to effectively run for political office

Observer-Reporter: GOP, Democrats, plan mini-conventions for 37th Senatorial on Jan. 27
Observer-Reporter: Snyder named chair of Southwest Delegation
Observer-Reporter: GOP sponsors candidates’ workshop
Beaver County Times: Center Township Navy vet to run for county commissioner
Beaver County Times: Blackhawk students take lead organizing local Women’s March
Beaver County Times: County considers whether to offer paid time off to firefighters
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone looks for enhancement ideas
Altoona Mirror: Dunio plans run for district judge  
Altoona Mirror: Erb seeking second term
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County Sheriff Cramer announces run for re-election   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Svonavec seeking third term as clerk of courts

Times-Tribune: Republicans recommend Scavo to run for Kavulich’s seat
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor’s lawyer in FBI matter won’t be paid out of city tax coffers
Times-Tribune: Jessup comprehensive plan committee to poll public
Times-Tribune: Scranton council fields residents’ ‘what-if’ questions on mayor resignation process
The Times Leader: Baker bill seeks savings on prescription drug costs
The Times Leader: Pittston Area votes to limit any tax hike to 3.1 percent
The Times Leader: Stormwater fee roils Harveys Lake: Residents question council on joining WVSA plan
The Times Leader: Deal reached on superintendent’s departure at Crestwood, board president says

South Central   
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg School District to host emergency meeting
Harrisburg Patriot News: Food bank in central Pa. feeds first wave of federal workers living without paychecks
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gun violence victims from around Harrisburg honored in Memorial to the Lost service  
Harrisburg Patriot News: Old Patriot-News building in Harrisburg is being demolished, slowly
York Daily Record: Susan Byrnes: I will not seek re-election as York County commissioner
York Daily Record: Updates: Who’s planning to run for judge, other elected offices in York County in 2019
York Dispatch: After 2019, two York County Republicans will step away from public office  
York Dispatch: Helfrich appoints new acting business administrator for York City
LNP | LancasterOnline:  Commissioners to vote on courthouse renovation funds Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: ‘Ready to stop this madness’: Some Columbia residents want to flip council after tax hike, loan program

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Susan Wild lands spot on House’s Education and Labor panel
Morning Call: Tamaqua puts gun policy on hold
Morning Call: Angry over tax hike, Allentown residents force council to discuss reopening budget
Morning Call: What we know about Sands buyer’s plans for Bethlehem Steel property
Morning Call: Allentown City Council candidates kick off campaigns
Morning Call: Salisbury School District takes LVHN to court over property taxes
Morning Call: Defense attorney enters crowded Lehigh County judicial race
Morning Call: After 40 years of directing fun in Bethlehem, Jane Persa is retiring as city recreation leader
Reading Eagle: Berks County delegation reacts to Gov. Tom Wolf’s inaugural speech
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council fails to override veto of bills limiting mayor’s firing powers
Reading Eagle: Reading officials and public honor late council vice president
Reading Eagle” Fleetwood School District’s ‘worst-case’ budget would leave deficit

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie rally calls for end to shutdown
Erie Times-News: Panel discusses ‘School-to-Prison’ pipeline in Erie
Erie Times-News: Erie considers new rules for LED signs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Fink shares economic ideas for the future
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Board votes not to exceed tax index
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County to disclose contracts under $10K

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Few good options: As boomers age, suitable care is in short supply
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Selling yourself away: Consumer genetics is fraught with privacy concerns
Rep. Ryan Bizzarro: The case for same-day voter registration
John Baer: The most striking thing about Lt. Gov. John Fetterman
Tony Norman: To Russia, with loyalty (if not Love)
George Parry: What message does Mayor Kenney send to future Philly biz owners by dismissing ShopRite’s soda tax struggles?
Will Bunch: This obscure company is doing more to destroy a free press in America than Trump
Karen Weaver: Disney and Verizon have Philadelphia sports fans in a choke hold
Ernest Owens: The Philly MLK Day Luncheon That Would Have Dr. King Rolling in His Grave
Kevin R. Steele: Lawmakers should stand with victims and support ‘Marsy’s Law’

One Response

  1. There is simply nowhere to go aside from promoting bipartisanship after what can only be described as one of the worst candidacies for Governor the Republican Party had ever put forth in the history of Pennsylvania with Scott Wagner. What else could Gov Wolf say??? He defeated the hapless Wagner by California progressive state numbers in a centerist state. I’m not sure where we go from here but the Republicans can only look to the future by following the path of savy greatness that Tom Ridge shown and Mark Schweiker who did a great job taking over from Ridge. It is fitting that these two fine public servants were graciously present at Gov Wolf’s swearing in as they are all about class. They won not with the wacky “Contract Against Pennsylvania” which is dusting off a tired idea but with great intuitive political instincts. What’s even more ponderous is that as much as Scott Wagner tried to hero worship Pres Trump it appeared that Trump was less than enamored with Scott Wagner. All in all, the candidacy of Scott Wagner really impacted in a less than ideal way the Republican slate in 2018.

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