January 26th Playbook

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy is reportedly being considered to serve as the Secretary of the Army in President Joe Biden’s administration. Here is the Playbook. 

Report: Murphy Being Considered For Army Secretary: Politico’s Morning Defense newsletter reports that former Congressman Patrick Murphy is being considered to serve as the Secretary of the Army in Biden’s administration.

Inky: Kenney Mulls 2022 Statewide Bid: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney is considering a run for Governor or U.S. Senate in 2022, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Wolf Selects Alison Beam As PA Health Secretary: On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his intention to nominate Alison Beam to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health and Dr. Wendy Braund as Interim Acting Physician General.

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Perry: I ‘obliged’ Trump with introduction to Justice lawyer
New York Times: Jeffrey Clark Was Considered Unassuming. Then He Plotted With Trump.
Patriot News: Special election date set to fill seat left vacant by Sen. Dave Arnold’s death 
Patriot News: Statute of limitations reform takes another step in Pa. legislature 
Patriot News: PennDOT plans to toll major Pa. bridges, but truckers and lawmakers want to put on brakes
Patriot News: Nearly all Pa. counties show substantial spread of COVID-19, positive test rate drops for 6th week
Patriot News: COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pa. continue to fall, although state reports 138 more deaths
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (1/25/2021): Where does Pa. stand? 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: No pomp, zero circumstance: Wolf will deliver virtual budget address
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Perry confirms talks with Trump, DoJ lawyer, stays mum on calls for resignation, report 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Special elections to fill vacant House, Senate seats to take place May 18 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A breakdown of Pa.’s vaccine provider information | The Numbers Racket 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Rep. Dwight Evans joins call for Biden to commute federal death sentences | Tuesday Morning Coffee
KDKA: Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Raises $1M In 2 Weeks Of Announcing Possible US Senate Run
KDKA: Pa. Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Wants To Reach Swing Voters Ahead Of Possible Run For U.S. Senate
PLSReporter: Pa. House Republicans name Dunbar new caucus chairman 
PLSReporter: Right 2 Know Episode 78: Brace Yourselves, Election Hearings Are Coming 
PLSReporter: Jan. 25 COVID-19 Update: 2-day increase of 7,910 cases
Inquirer: Pa. Congressman Scott Perry acknowledges introducing Trump to lawyer at the center of election plot
Inquirer: One Pa. county sees sharp spike in cases; city severs partnership with Philly Fighting COVID; new restrictions on air travel go into effect
Fox News: Pennsylvania woman accused of stealing Pelosi laptop during Capitol riot covering tracks online: DOJ
CNHI: Perry confirms he introduced Trump to DOJ attorney
CNHI: Lawmakers question state’s COVID vaccine rollout
CNHI: Trucking industry warns tolls could ‘destroy’ businesses
CNHI: UNDER THE RADAR: Lawmaker proposes bill to crack down on robocalling with spoofed numbers
WESA: Top Labor Leader Praises Biden’s Early Moves, Says Unions Are Key To Preparing For Uncertain Future
National Journal: Perry Introduced Trump to Potential Rosen Replacement
National Journal: The five questions that will shape the 2022 Senate map

Philadelphia 
KYW Newsradio: City Council to begin process of creating new Citizens Police Oversight Commission this week
KYW Newsradio: Pa. health officials: No formula for how COVID-19 vaccine is divided up in the state
Inquirer: Kenney had plans. Then the pandemic hit. Can he avoid lame-duck status and get Philly ‘back on track’?
Inquirer: City drops Philly Fighting COVID as vaccination partner after it failed to disclose for-profit arm
Inquirer: ‘You’re already political’: Post Trump, Philly kids talk civics, school reopening and what’s next
Inquirer: CBS puts two execs on leave after report alleging racist, sexist behavior involving Philly’s CBS3
Inquirer: Pa. underwrites a $100 million ‘big-ticket’ Phila. sewer plant upgrade
Billy Penn: City says to re-register if you signed up with Philly Fighting COVID, cut off from vaccines
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Fighting COVID kicked out of city vaccine program after sudden switch to for-profit 
Philadelphia Magazine: Philadelphia Health Department Severs Relationship with Philly Fighting COVID

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: State lawmakers: Delco needs $10M for county health department
Delco Daily Times: Krull earns Krueger endorsement for Common Pleas court
Daily Local News: Sappey named to Veterans Affairs, Agriculture committees
Daily Local News: Hudson announces bid for West Chester mayor 
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County new restitution program seeing results
Bucks County Courier Times: CB East grad out as White House doctor
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks COVID-19 death toll hits 1,000
Bucks Local News: State Senator Santarsiero to host telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 vaccine 
Bucks Local News: ‘WE CAN ACHIEVE GREAT SUCCESS’: John Burke announces bid for Newtown Borough Mayor
Bucks Local News: JAN. 24TH BUCKS COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE: Deaths pass 1,000; rate of new cases continues to decline
Montgomery Media: Coronavirus positivity rate continues downward trend in Montgomery County, six neighboring counties
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports two coronavirus deaths, 771 new positive cases over three days

Pittsburgh 
City Paper: Sen. Lindsey Williams calls out Pennsylvania’s vaccine roll out, wants more direct communication to residents 
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council Considers An Infusion Of Cash For Affordable Housing 
WESA: Port Authority CEO Expects Some Relief From Federal Government
Tribune Review: Kendra Clarke appointed to fill council vacancy in Etna 
Tribune Review: New coronavirus cases continue to decline in Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: PPS board president seeks reelection 
Post-Gazette: Gun, ammo sales surged in 2020 — and turmoil around the election starts 2021 off the same way 
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: As Pa. cases decline, did state avoid post-holiday surge?
KDKA: President Joe Biden’s ‘Buy American’ Executive Order Could Benefit Western Pennsylvania, Trade Experts Say   
KDKA: COVID-19 In Allegheny County: Appointments Extremely Limited As Vaccinations Begin For People 65 And Older 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Dept. Announces 2-Day Total Of 7,910 New Coronavirus Cases, 138 New Deaths

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Gregory’s office vandalized
Observer-Reporter: Washington resident, employee in DA’s office, running for district judge
Observer-Reporter: Immigration advocates applaud President Biden’s executive actions on immigration 
Observer-Reporter: Cokeburg man announces candidacy for magisterial district judge 
KDKA: Westmoreland County Coroner Kenneth Bacha Seeking Reelection
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: UPDATE: COVID-19 surge continues to ease; Cambria adds 55 new cases

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Cognetti says city’s progress means she deserves reelection
Times-Tribune: Chermak pitches budget study commission, surprising majority commissioners
Times-Tribune: Scranton likely to explore officially renaming a street after Joe Biden
Times-Tribune: Weekend new COVID-19 cases continue decline, but not regional death toll
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council faces some major decisions this week
The Times Leader: 70 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Monday
Citizens Voice: With Sen. Baker as chairwoman, Pa. Senate Judiciary Committee approves seven bills
Citizens Voice: Proposed ballot questions on charter amendments up for vote on Tuesday
Citizens Voice: West Pittston-based attorney Laura Dennis announces bid for Luzerne County judge 
Citizens Voice: Incumbent Saidman seeks reelection to Luzerne County Council
Citizens Voice: 70 new COVID-19 cases reported in Luzerne County  

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Date set for special election to fill state Senate seat vacated left by Dave Arnold
WITF: Rep. Scott Perry Confirms Election Fraud Talks With Trump, DOJ Lawyer
Patriot News: Latest Trump election revelation leaves U.S. Rep. Scott Perry at the center of controversy – again
Patriot News: Congressman Scott Perry defends his actions in Trump election controversy
Patriot News: Special election date set to fill seat left vacant by Sen. Dave Arnold’s death 
Patriot News: Experts discuss how parenting issues impact youth violence in Harrisburg in Tuesday’s “Save Our Children” webinar
Patriot News: Debate over possible sale of Cumberland County’s nursing home remains hot as foes renew call for pause
Patriot News: Court hearing delayed for Harrisburg woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop
Carlisle Sentinel: Democrats call for resignation, ‘consequences’ in light of NY Times report on Scott Perry
Carlisle Sentinel: The advocate: Carlisle’s Stephen Bloom still focused on making a difference
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 86, 71 case totals of COVID-19 for Cumberland County in Monday’s two-day report 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Former White House coronavirus response coordinator found early success at Lancaster County science fairs
LNP | LancasterOnline: More than 200 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Lancaster County [Monday’s COVID-19 updates]
York Dispatch: COVID-19 kills six more in York County on Sunday and Monday
York Daily Record: Congressman Scott Perry explains his role in effort to overturn election results

Lehigh Valley      
Reading Eagle: State lawmakers who represent Berks County get to work on committees
Reading Eagle: Immense challenges await President Joe Biden
Reading Eagle: Berks County passes 30,000 COVID cases, but longer-term averages point to a slowdown
Reading Eagle: Reading Downtown Improvement District board holds its last meeting
Reading Eagle: Risk of community spread of COVID ‘substantial’ in all but 1 Pennsylvania county
Reading Eagle: COVID forces judges in Berks County to balance speedy trials with safe courtrooms
Reading Eagle: These 11 municipalities in Berks County raised property taxes for 2021 [MAP]
WFMZ: Taiba Sultana announces run for Easton City Council
WFMZ: ASD teacher placed on leave over Washington protest says he did nothing illegal, is being harassed
Express Times: More work needed on bail reform in Lehigh County, controller says in report
Express Times: Pa. coronavirus update: State passes 800K COVID cases, but overall case trends continue to drop | How many people has CVS vaccinated? | Pa. COVID county case map (01/25/21)
Morning Call: Lehigh County Authority to provide financial assistance to some customers facing water, sewer shutoffs for unpaid bills 

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: High court to decide whether to hear Kelly voting case
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper to deliver ‘State of County’ Thursday
Centre Daily Times: Inmate alleges transgender discrimination in federal lawsuit against Centre County jail
Centre Daily Times: Jan. 25 update: Centre County has lowest positivity rate in Pa., adds 130 COVID-19 cases
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council keeps half-mill tax increase, commissioners OK youth services contracts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Federal program aids library with payroll
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 39 new COVID-19 cases

Opinion  
Paul Muschick: Pennsylvania’s health secretary nominee isn’t a physician. Why that doesn’t matter.
Elizabeth A. Bolden: With budget season approaching, Wolf, lawmakers must fully fund Pa.’s community colleges 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Frustrated by lack of answers and urgency in protecting Pennsylvania nursing homes 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Mount Washington billboard battle was a waste 
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Traffic is down but driving deaths are up
Mark O’Keefe: Johnstown lawmaker scores big win in fight with Pa. liquor board. But the fight continues 
Priya Mammen: Philadelphia’s overdose crisis hangs in the balance of conflicting city, state, and federal officials 
Miriam Enriquez: Biden needs cities like Philadelphia to help him undo ICE’s culture of fear 
John Weaver: Hackers are a major threat to national security, and it will only get worse
Timothy R. James: Regional group to protest York City wastewater plant sale
Calista Lopez: Reflections From A First-Time Voter 
Brian McElwee: Philly’s beloved Catholic schools are slowly dying. It doesn’t have to be this way. 
Seunglee David Park and Emily Kennedy: Philly transportation needs a universal way to measure racial equity

4 Responses

  1. Moscow Mitch threatens “chaos” if Senate drops filibuster. Blackmail is so patriotic, right Moscow Mitch? Russia knows all about “scorched earth” warfare, since WWII.

  2. Trump should open an Office of Twice Impeached Former President with the slogan “Double your Insurrection”.

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