January 19th Playbook

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has endorsed Rep. Conor Lamb for U.S. Senate. Here is the Playbook. 

News  

‘Mayor Kenney endorses Conor Lamb for Senate: ‘I wanna win.’’: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is backing Western Pennsylvania U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb for U.S. Senate.”

‘Court sets deadline to break stalemate on congressional map’: The Associated Press reports that “a statewide court has given lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf two weeks to break a stalemate around redrawing Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to account for a decade of demographic shifts.”

‘Pa. Senate leaders work to reach deal on congressional redistricting map as deadline nears’: PennLive reports that “the Senate State Government Committee on Monday voted along party-lines to approve the House Republican-backed map that won House passage last week. However, committee Chairman Dave Argall, R-Schuylkill County, emphasized the vote doesn’t mean that map is the final version.”

‘Top Senate GOP leader calls for impeachment of Philly DA Larry Krasner’: PennLive reports that “Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre County, on Monday called on state House leaders to begin impeachment proceedings against Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, blaming him for the high crime rates his city seeing.”

‘Lt. governor candidate ends campaign, endorses primary opponent who shares criminal justice reform goals’: PennLive reports that “Lieutenant governor hopeful Brandon Flood has announced he has ended his campaign for the Republican nomination and is throwing his support behind fellow GOP candidate Jeff Coleman.”

‘Chester County resident Vogel to run against Houlahan in 6th Congressional Dist.’: The Daily Local News reports that “a Chester County Realtor who said he believes the country he grew up in the 1990s has fractured and that the nation seems torn apart has announced he will join the race to become the Republican nominee to run for the 6th Congressional District, which now encompasses Chester County and part of Berks County.”

‘White, Bartos win GOP straw polls for governor, Senate, respectively’: City & State PA reports that “Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate gathered in central Pennsylvania over the weekend for the Pennsylvania Republican Party’s Central Caucus meeting, which included a straw poll to gauge support for the party’s robust slate of 2022 candidates.”

‘History lesson? Oz blasts Biden policies, points to Bethlehem Steel plant closed 27 years ago’: WLVR reports that “U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz appears to be confusing some storied Lehigh Valley history in his latest campaign ad.”

‘Pa. to get $1.6B in new bridge funding from feds, though toll plans still on amid funding shortfalls’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that “Pennsylvania will get $1.6 billion in extra federal funding over the next five years to fix more than 3,000 bridges across the commonwealth.” 

‘Senate candidates Oz, McCormick to visit NEPA this week’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “two of the men seeking the Republican nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania will be visiting the region this week. Dr. Mehmet Oz will be stopping at Arcaro & Genell’s Restaurant in Old Forge at 7 p.m. Wednesday. David McCormick will participate in a 6:30 p.m. reception on Friday at Isabella’s Restaurant & Bar in Plains Township.” 

‘Oz a no show at campaign event in Wyoming County’: The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that “TV personality Mehmet Oz, a Republican running for an open Senate seat in Pennsylvania, did not show up as expected for the monthly meeting of the Wyoming County Republican Committee Tuesday night.”

‘Carla Sands Says She Is Strongest Trump Supporter In Republican Primary For Senator’: KDKA reports that “sounding a lot like the president she worked for, Sands says this is a battle to stop what she calls left-wing radical Democrats who have taken over the country.”

‘Pennsylvania lawmakers propose needle exchange programs as drug crisis worsens. Lehigh Valley officials have mixed opinions’: The Allentown Morning Call reports that “as Pennsylvania remains a leader in the nation’s still-worsening overdose crisis and the Lehigh Valley sees fresh evidence of its severity, a pair of lawmakers want to legalize needle-exchange programs across the state.”

‘A star witness — but a careful one — takes center stage in Pa. school funding trial’: WHYY reports that “Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Noe Ortega testified Tuesday in the state’s landmark school funding trial, striking a neutral tone as lawyers grilled him about higher-education outcomes.”

‘Pittsburgh City Council introduces bill to stop Wilkinsburg annexation’: WESA reports that “Pittsburgh City Council has until April 5 to determine whether or not to allow an attempt to annex Wilkinsburg to proceed. But council members seemed poised to take the matter up sooner with a bill introduced Tuesday.”

‘City Councilor Burgess proposes ‘stop and frisk’ reforms for Pittsburgh Police’: WESA reports that “continuing his quest to change the city’s approach to policing, Pittsburgh City Councilor Ricky Burgess on Tuesday introduced legislation that would require police to document their reasons for stopping pedestrians on the street.”

‘A Philly Council member wants the city to follow NYC’s model for fixing crumbling schools’: WHYY reports that “fixing Philadelphia’s crumbling — and dangerous — public school buildings has been a big item on City Council’s collective to-do list for years.”

‘Pa. First Lady Frances Wolf visits Jenkintown to mark National Day of Racial Healing’: WHYY reports that “Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf was in Jenkintown on Tuesday to observe the National Day of Racial Healing alongside dozens of local lawmakers and community members.”

‘Philly pushes to connect thousands of families to expanded child benefits, stressing need to file taxes’: WHYY reports that “as the political future of the expanded child tax credit has dimmed, Philadelphia is trying to reach at least 10,000 city families who officials believe have missed out on all payments.”

‘Philadelphia restaurant vaccination requirement now in effect’: KYW Newsradio reports that “Philadelphia’s vaccine mandate for indoor restaurant dining has taken effect.”

‘Delaware County Council considering bonuses for employees working through COVID’: The Delaware County Daily Times reports that “Delaware County Council approved up to $200,000 in supplemental pay for a maximum of 1,000 employees for four days of work and is considering additional bonuses to recognize employees’ work during the pandemic.”

‘New Planned Parenthood CEO ready to fight for abortion rights’: Pittsburgh City Paper reports that “for the first time in almost 40 years, Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania has a new CEO.”

‘Thomas chosen as Forty Fort’s next mayor’: The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader reports that “for the first time in close to a decade Forty Fort will have a new mayor, who was nominated and voted in by council members during a special meeting held at the borough building Tuesday night.”

‘Centre County uses Emergency Rental Assistance Program to address ‘homeless crisis’’: The Centre Daily Times reports that “Centre County is experiencing a “homeless crisis,” an issue that has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a county official told commissioners on Tuesday.”

Opinion  
Charlie Dent: Philadelphia’s homicide surge is a warning sign for Democrats
Michael Torres: Pennsylvania’s Redistricting Is Marked by Hyper-Partisanship
Joseph Otis Minott: The Wolf Administration must get serious about environmental justice
John L. Micek and Kira Lerner: The seven states to watch, including Pa., in the fight over voting rights | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Gina Diorio: What Are The Real COVID Hospital Numbers? 
Jon Geeting: A Housing Bonanza For Philly 
Inquirer Editorial Board: State lawmakers must seize on an opportunity to upgrade public transit in Pa. 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: The fierce urgency of the battle for voting rights demands that we join it
Regina A. Hairston: The Black community needs better internet access now 
Zev Eleff: After the Texas synagogue attack, we need a renewed focus on the roots of anti-Jewish violence 
Steve Feldman: ‘It’ Can Happen Here…And Already Is
Jennie Spotila: I have a chronic illness. During COVID, isn’t my life worth protecting? 
Tanya Wagner: Most Americans support universal health care
Jocelynn Cordes: It’s time to start judging the message, not the messenger
Mireille Rebeiz: Djokovic got served
Paul Tubiana: Warehouse development on farmland does more harm than good 
Trudy Rubin: Putin may create a fake excuse to invade Ukraine — again 
The Grammarian: ‘Insurrection’ is a tale of two dictionaries, two Americas

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