January 21st Playbook

President Joe Biden is sworn-in as the 46th president. Here is the Playbook. 

Gainey Announces Bid for Pittsburgh Mayor: State Rep. Ed Gainey is the first Democratic candidate to announce a primary challenge against incumbent Mayor Bill Peduto for the 2021 race.

Harrisburg & DC   
WHYY Newsworks: These Pa. leaders helped beat Trump. Here’s what they expect from Biden
WHYY Newsworks: Pa., Del. Democrats host joint virtual celebration of Biden/Harris inauguration 
AP: Most Pennsylvania GOP backed Trump to the end, and still do 
AP: Woman accused of helping steal Pelosi laptop due in US court 
AP: Child care workers eligible for $600 grants, governor says
Patriot News: Biden inauguration: Pa. officials offer praise and pledge to work together, when possible
Patriot News: As millions in Pa. seek COVID-19 vaccine, state asks residents ‘to be patient’
Patriot News: Despite threats and concerns, Pa. Capitol is quiet as Biden is sworn in
Patriot News: Number of Pa. residents charged in U.S. Capitol riot more than doubles in less than a week 
Patriot News: Pa. reports one of its highest daily COVID-19 death tolls
WESA: U.S. Senator Bob Casey On The Incoming Biden Administration
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Police accountability panel created by Wolf to hold first meeting Thursday 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What Pa. politicians had to say about President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Excerpts from President Joe Biden’s inaugural speech 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Democracy Prevailed:’ The 5 tweets that sum up the Biden inaugural | Thursday Morning Coffee
Inquirer: Biden fans celebrate in an eerie, locked-down Washington: ‘We’re not going to be intimidated’ 
Inquirer: Joe Biden becomes president with a plea that ‘politics doesn’t have to be a raging fire’
Inquirer: ‘I just got caught up in the moment’: Central Pa. Marine charged with punching officers during Capitol riot
Inquirer: A look at the Pa. and N.J. residents who received last-minute White House pardons
PLSReporter: Wolf issues statement on Biden inauguration
PLSReporter: Jan. 20 COVID-19 Update: State reports 401 new deaths
Philly Voice: ‘Democracy has prevailed’: The transcript of Joe Biden’s inaugural speech
StateImpactPA: Proposal to join regional cap-and-trade program draws 13,000 comments  

Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly has a wish list ready for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘People can breathe easier’: Philly immigration advocates react to Biden executive orders 
WHYY Newsworks: With Biden vow to rejoin Paris Agreement, cities and states look forward to federal partnership on climate 
WHYY Newsworks: ‘The first but not the last’: Philly-area Black women celebrate VP Harris with pearls and pride
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Motivates the whole community’: South Asian residents from Philly react to VP Kamala Harris 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly judge to consider revoking bail for men accused of election interference
WHYY Newsworks: Group entrusted with Philly vaccine clinic abandoned testing, stranding communities
Inquirer: It was a ‘surreal’ inauguration for Pennsylvania lawmakers at the site of the Capitol insurrection
Inquirer: Philly will soon have two vaccine sign-up websites, but only one run by the city
KYW Newsradio: Trump pardons Bannon, some with links to Philly, but not Giuliani, himself, or the ‘Tiger King’
Philly Voice: Philadelphia, Delco join emotional national tribute to COVID-19 victims
Philadelphia Magazine: Has Philly Turned a COVID Corner? This Pandemic Modeling Expert Is Optimistic
Billy Penn: Why Philly’s COVID-19 vaccine schedule is different from the rest of Pa.

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Congressman Fitzpatrick attends inauguration
Bucks County Courier Times: Frustrations build in Bucks County amid expanded vaccine rollout 
Bucks County Courier Times: Upper Bucks man held in threats to Biden, Wolf 
Bucks County Courier Times: Supporters say a $15 min wage needed now
KYW Newsradio: ‘That’s our girl!’ Jill Biden a point of pride for Willow Grove
KYW Newsradio: Montco: Vaccine eligibility expansion means it could take up to a year before getting to essential workers
KYW Newsradio: Montco officials hope virtual town hall will tackle vaccine hesitancy in Black communities
Inquirer: No one hurt after Montgomery County Democratic Party office struck by bullets, chair says
Inquirer: Official inaugural gifts for Biden and Harris crafted by Lenox, based in Bucks County’s Bristol Borough
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County salary study shows some disparities
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County officials say more coronavirus vaccine needed to keep up with demand
Pottstown Mercury: Cozzone named executive director of Uwchlan Ambulance

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: After Announcing Run For Mayor, Ed Gainey Says If Peduto Failed To Deliver In 8 Years, He Doesn’t Deserve Another 4
KDKA: Sen. Ted Cruz Brings Up Pittsburgh In Criticism Of Pres. Biden Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: State Expands Vaccine Eligibility, But Allegheny County Lacks Doses 
KDKA: Pittsburgh And Monessen Mayors Among Those Calling On Congress To Pass Joe Biden’s Relief Plan
KDKA: Pittsburghers Celebrate Inauguration Of President Joe Biden And Vice President Kamala Harris 
KDKA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Mt. Washington Billboard Is Legal 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Says Child Under 10 Has Died From Coronavirus, 19 Additional Deaths Reported
Tribune Review: Ted Cruz brings back Paris vs. Pittsburgh in criticism of Biden; Peduto scoffs
Tribune Review: Judge upholds fine against Darlene Harris for failing to file campaign reports
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald attends ‘very emotional’ Biden inauguration 
Tribune Review: New Kensington family recalls Biden sharing their grief, comforting a mother who lost son to brain cancer
Tribune Review: Pa. Supreme Court: Mt. Washington billboard can remain
Tribune Review: Presidential pardons have roots in Southwestern Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Allegheny Co. health director says ‘long way to go’ to meet covid vaccine demands
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald repays a favor by attending Biden inauguration
Post-Gazette: ‘This is a historic day’: Pittsburgh leaders celebrate Vice President Kamala Harris
Post-Gazette: ‘My whole soul is in this’: Newly inaugurated President Biden emphasizes unity 
Post-Gazette: Local politicians from both parties will attend Biden’s inauguration 
Post-Gazette: City looking to further reduce driveway curb cuts on new townhouses 
Post-Gazette: Region’s top doctors warn supply may delay COVID-19 vaccinations for new groups
City Paper: Petitions seek ballot measures to end solitary confinement and no-knock warrants in Pittsburgh
City Paper: Peduto introduces zoning change to reduce curb cuts in front of rowhouses 
WESA: Despite New PA Guidelines, Limited Supply Will Prevent Many Who Qualify From Getting COVID Vaccine
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mayor William Peduto joins more than 280 other mayors in calling for pandemic and local government relief measures 
Pittsburgh Business Times: As Joe Biden is sworn-in as president, Pittsburgh business leaders weigh in on what his priorities should be moving forward 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: JWF exec accepts Joyce invitation to inauguration
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Four counties’ 21 combined COVID-19 deaths among record 401 in state 
Tribune Review: ‘Trump House’ creator Leslie Baum Rossi seeks nod to run for open Pa. House seat
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County adds 173 covid cases, 12 deaths
Observer-Reporter: Levine hailed for Biden nomination
KDKA: COVID-19 In Fayette County: Leaders Create Vaccine Task Force
Beaver County Times: COVID vaccine hard to come by in Beaver County

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton-born Joe Biden takes oath as 46th president of the United States 
Times-Tribune: Inauguration Day celebrated in Biden’s hometown 
Times-Tribune: Local Biden friends teary as he’s inaugurated president 
Times-Tribune: Harris’ ascension to vice president is historic and inspiring, local women say 
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 cases and deaths climb again in Northeast Pennsylvania
Citizens Voice: Election director job still vacant; search on hold for now 
Citizens Voice: Women who ran county Democratic headquarters proud on inauguration day
Citizens Voice: Harris’ ascension to vice president is historic and inspiring, local women say 
Citizens Voice: 163 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Wednesday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County election director search put on hold
The Times Leader: 163 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Wednesday

South Central  
Patriot News: Despite threats and concerns, Pa. Capitol is quiet as Biden is sworn in
Patriot News: Harrisburg residents, businesses thankful for no violence, increased police presence
York Dispatch: Smucker congratulates Biden; Pa. Democrats laud new president 
York Dispatch: COVID-19 kills 14 more in York County
York Dispatch: York County’s broadband internet pilot project delayed over rail trail access
York Daily Record: City leaders react to claims against councilman
York Daily Record: Central Pa. man turns himself in for actions at Capitol
York Daily Record: Harrisburg woman will be charged with stealing Pelosi’s laptop 
Carlisle Sentinel: FBI: Mechanicsburg man fought with police during Capitol riot
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 97 new cases of COVID-19, 10 additional deaths for Cumberland County Wednesday
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster elected officials, community leaders find hope in Biden’s unity message at inauguration
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County COVID-19 daily case count stays in 200s for third day [Wednesday’s COVID-19 updates]

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Congresswoman Susan Wild on insurrection, impeachment, the inauguration and what comes next
Express Times: Northampton County secures $9.1 million to combat homelessness
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: 401 new deaths, almost 6K cases; LVHN launches mass vaccination clinic | Pa. COVID-19 county case map (01/20/2020)
Morning Call: Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valley react to Joe Biden’s inauguration
Morning Call: Lawyer for Lehigh County man charged in Capitol riot: ‘He respects the law’
Reading Eagle: Reading lays out its plan for COVID vaccine distribution for workers
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 189 COVID cases in one of the lower recent daily totals

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County women celebrate Harris, recognize work needed for ‘seats at the table at every level’ 
Centre Daily Times: Pa. expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, but Centre County residents still face a wait
Centre Daily Times: Coroner confirms 8 more COVID-19 deaths in Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 20 update: Pa. sets record with 401 COVID-19 deaths; Centre County adds 55 cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners push to get out more vaccines
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 69 new COVID-19 cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Locals across political spectrum call for unity
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: ‘None of us is bigger than all of us’: City mayor pays homage to MLK Jr.
Erie Times-News: Erie Coke plant cleanup could cost $7 million or more
Erie Times-News: Crawford County DA Francis Schultz is a candidate for common pleas court judge
Erie Times-News: County Council invests in economic programs

Opinion  
Kathy Boockvar: Republicans continue to spread misinformation and lies to undermine our election
Paul Muschick: Why replacing Rachel Levine could be the next big fight in Pennsylvania politics
Art Levinowitz: Why are public schools footing the bill for substandard cyber-charter education?
Frank Pizzoli: With Health Sec. Levine likely headed to Washington, Pa.’s transgender residents look to a more welcoming future 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: ‘Political event’? Really, sheriff?
York Dispatch Editorial Board: During difficult time, let’s hope Joe Biden is optimist we desperately need
Inquirer Editorial Board: Joe Biden will be inaugurated today, but the damage of Trump’s presidency can’t be easily undone 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Toomey’s liberation 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Why not unity? 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Vaccine access: Think of others 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Sign language skills needed
Malcolm Burnley: Who Didn’t Vote in 2020
Dan Simpson: With Trump, we lost respect and tradition
Christine Flowers: Some ground rules for the new era
JD Mullane: A new beginning with an old politician
Gene Therapy: One year after first coronavirus case, America at a crossroads
Shoba Sivaprasad WadhiaShoba Sivaprasad Wadhia: Biden ends the ‘Muslim ban’ on day one of his presidency but its legacy will linger 
John L. Micek: Biden’s speech was a benediction — and the challenge of our times 
Will Bunch: After four years of ‘American carnage,’ President Joe Biden gets it: Truth must come before healing 
Helen Ubiñas: A new day has dawned, but let’s not forget the lessons we learned in the dark 
Jenice Armstrong: America, it’s time for us to get used to saying ‘Madam Vice President’ 
Maria Panaritis: Joe Biden is the president whose heart and soul we desperately need right now.

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