January 29th Playbook

The DCCC places Eugene DePasquale as one of twelve challengers nationwide included in their first round of candidates for their “red to blue” program. Here is the Playbook. 

PA10: DCCC Places DePasquale in First Round of Red to Blue Program: DePasquale is one of twelve challengers nationwide included in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s first round of candidates for their “red to blue” program.

PA1: Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association Endorses Fitzpatrick: The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association, which represents over 10,000 career professional Fire Fighters, EMT’s and Paramedics throughout the state, has endorsed Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s (R-Bucks) reelection bid. 

Legislative Election Update: 

SD-17: State Sen. Daylin Leach’s (D-Montgomery) campaign rolled out his “first list of prominent endorsements” on Tuesday that included former Gov. Ed Rendell, former Congressman Joe Hoeffel, former PA Democratic Party Chairman Marcel Groen, and more. Leach is currently facing at least six Democratic primary challengers for the party nomination. He won his most recent reelection bid in 2016 by 27 points over Republican Brian Gondek. 

HD-20: State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny) announces his intentions to seek a sixth term in the state House. Ravenstahl did not face a Republican in the general election in 2018, but bested Democrat Michael Devine in the primary by 18 points

HD-116: Former House Majority Leader Todd Eachus (D-Luzerne) announced his intentions to seek the state House seat held by state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who defeated him for the seat 10 years ago, according to the Times Leader. Toohil ran unopposed in her most recent reelection bid in 2018.

HD-71: State Rep. Jim Rigby (R-Cambria) announced his intentions to seek a second term in the state House, according to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat. Rigby won the seat on his fourth attempt in 2018 by besting incumbent state Rep. Bryan Barbin (D-Cambria) by 4 points

HD-68: State Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga) announced his intentions to seek reelection in the state House, according to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Owlett defeated Democrat Carrie Heath in 2018 by 53 points

Harrisburg & DC   
AP: Pennsylvania governor has $2.2M to help Democrats win seats
AP: Lawmakers OK ending election of state’s lieutenant governor
AP: Senators OK bill to toughen penalties for repeat DUI drivers
AP: No retrial on counts tossed in courthouse kickback case
AP: Monument commemorating voting rights to be built
Inquirer: Mike Bloomberg is spending an unprecedented amount of money on Pennsylvania TV ads
Inquirer: Democrats are calling Pat Toomey’s proposed Trump impeachment trial witness trade ‘a crazy quid-pro-quo’
KDKA: Around The Table: Iowa Caucuses Are 1 Week Away
New York Times: A Primary From the Right? Not in Trump’s G.O.P.
Morning Call: What Pennsylvania’s Bob Casey will ask when Q-and-A portion of Trump impeachment trial begins Wednesday 
Morning Call: New voting machines. Sweeping election reforms. What could go wrong in 2020?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Can an Army veteran and firefighter turn a Trump-y W. Pa. House seat blue?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf renews push for RESTORE PA plan ahead of budget talks
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Facing pushback, Shapiro announces support for constitutional amendment changing voting requirements for commutations
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf renews call for $15/hr. minimum wage. GOP isn’t interested
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: West coast conservative group attempts to sway public workers to leave unions
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Senate passes bill boosting sentences for repeat DUI offenders
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Cap and trade for your car? Pa. is looking at limiting transportation emissions
Patriot News: Capitol Crash Course seeks Pa. college journalists to apply for 3-day training session 
Patriot News: 26 Pa. Republican legislators can join legal fight over whether there is a ‘fundamental right’ to abortion, court says
Patriot News: Pa. legislator sparks outrage after tweeting about Kobe Bryant’s sexual assault allegation
Patriot News: Bill seeks to move up primary, give Pa. more influence in presidential nomination process
Patriot News: Proposal to change the way Pa. chooses future lieutenant governors advances
Patriot News: ‘It is time’: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf renews call for moving to a $15 an hour minimum wage
Patriot News: Possible drop in fatal overdoses in Pa. prompts optimism, although rise in stimulant prescriptions fuels concern 
WITF: PA’s Election Head Says Election Overhauls Will Make 2020 Primary Tough For Counties
WITF: Wolf Says He Anticipates Bipartisanship On Workforce-Strengthening Plan
PLSReporter: Wolf proclaims minimum wage deal off the table, renews call on lawmakers to pass pay raise
PLSReporter: Legislators launch a bipartisan push for paid family, medical leave
The Caucus: In focus: Pittsburgh and Lancaster’s approaches to facial recognition technology
WHYY Newsworks: LGBTQ protections in Pa. happening town by town
Post-Gazette: State provides grants for school cafeteria equipment
Beaver County Times: Wolf urges Legislature to pass his Restore PA infrastructure proposal
Fox News: Trump, at packed New Jersey rally, hits congressional Dems amid impeachment fight
StateImpactPA: Magistrate finds pipeline opponents guilty in trespass case that exposes tensions between residents and pipeline construction
National Journal: Senate Majority PAC Raises $61M in 2019
The Hill: Twenty attorneys general file amicus brief against Missouri abortion restrictions
Politico: Trump campaign taps DeVos as campaign surrogate

Philadelphia 
Inquirer: Philadelphia City Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson is bracing for indictment Wednesday and vowing to fight the feds
Inquirer: Philadelphia won the soda tax battle. But across the U.S., Big Soda is winning the war.
Inquirer: Now Trump administration would like to see bankrupt Philadelphia refinery kept open
Billy Penn: Share a jail cell with the gov? Rendell, Safehouse leaders organize ‘escorts’ for pending injection site
Billy Penn: When Philly paramedics arrive, many overdose victims have vanished
WHYY Newsworks: Kenyatta Johnson claims innocence as federal indictment seems imminent
WHYY Newsworks: District leaders call for moratorium on new charters until law is changed 
WHYY Newsworks: Cheat Sheet: What to do if you suspect illegal or negligent construction in Philly
Philadelphia Tribune: Mummers leadership meet with City Council members over use of blackface
Philadelphia Business Journal: City appoints William Way director to lead Office of LGBT Affairs
Philadelphia Magazine: The Man Who Made the Rizzo Statue Has His Own Surprising Ideas About What to Do With It
Northeast Times: Ward leaders back Sabatina for re-election 
Roxborough Review: Town hall meeting targets preserving open space
KYW Newsradio: Ahead of expected federal charges, Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson proclaims innocence
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia office for US Census is officially open

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Deana’s Law to tighten DUI penalties passes Senate 43-6
Delco Daily Times: PennDOT to hold comment period on Public Participation Plan
Daily Local News: Fair Districts PA to hold redistricting forum in Pottstown
Bucks Courier Times: Bucks emergency squads get $1M in state grants
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Webster to host House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on small businesses

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Westmoreland Democrat Announces Bid To Unseat Reschenthaler
WESA: Voters Could Decide Whether To Set Term Limits, Get Rid Of ‘Resign To Run’ For County Council
WESA: With Two Months To Go, Census Bureau Needs To Boost Hiring In Western PA
Post-Gazette: City adds another $500K in grant money to go toward blue recycling bins
Post-Gazette: State provides grants for school cafeteria equipment
Post-Gazette: Protesters urge Pitt vote on fossil fuel divestment 
Post-Gazette: City Controller: Clean up city’s youth baseball ‘record-keeping problem’
KDKA: ‘It Has To Stop’: Bill Would Make It A Crime To Harass Referees At Sporting Events
KDKA: Report: Allegheny Co. Saw 90 Days Of Unhealthy Air In 2018
KDKA: Mayor Peduto Wants To Connect Parts Of Pittsburgh By Gondolas
KDKA: Allegheny County Launches 2020 Census Website
KDKA: Verona Borough Council Votes To Terminate Officer Accused Of Exchanging Pornographic Images With 16-Year-Old Boy
The Caucus: In focus: Pittsburgh and Lancaster’s approaches to facial recognition technology
Tribune Review: Social Security numbers exposed on Allegheny County website
City Paper: A Monessen Elegy: The political struggles and controversy of managing a declining Rust Belt town
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto praises latest lead testing results from PWSA

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State Rep. Rigby announces reelection campaign
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Leaders warn absentee voting expansion could delay results
Beaver County Times: Beaver County pension funds earned $60M in 2019
Beaver County Times: Wolf urges Legislature to pass his Restore PA infrastructure proposal
Tribune Review: Westmoreland controller calls for bigger county tax increase
Altoona Mirror: Council eyeing trades revisions

NEPA
The Times Leader: Eachus looking to regain his seat in 116th Legislative District
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayor Brown’s proposed budget discussed at work session
The Times Leader: Crowd urges county council to take action against stormwater fees
Times-Tribune: Cordaro seeks release to home confinement
Times-Tribune: All but four Scranton schools have asbestos
Times-Tribune: Parking officials update council on status of system, garage improvements
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre mayor unveils new 2020 budget with no tax hike
Citizens Voice: Federal prosecutors will not retry Ciavarella
Citizens Voice: No vote tonight for proposed stormwater fee resolution

South Central 
ABC27: Memorial services announced for late Harrisburg mayor Stephen Reed
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pence, DeVos to visit Camp Hill for ‘Women for Trump’ event
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster’s air quality is worst in Pennsylvania, report says
The Caucus: In focus: Pittsburgh and Lancaster’s approaches to facial recognition technology
Patriot News: Capitol Crash Course seeks Pa. college journalists to apply for 3-day training session  
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Tracker: Standardized training for K-9 officers
Carlisle Sentinel: Telephone town hall Tuesday afternoon to focus on financial scams targeting seniors

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: 12 aspiring newcomers already pushing for your vote as Pennsylvania legislative election season opens
Morning Call: New voting machines. Sweeping election reforms. What could go wrong in 2020?
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley ranks fourth most polluted in Pennsylvania, worse than Pittsburgh, Philly
Morning Call: Mount Carbon set to form borough council, first time in three years for Schuylkill County town
Reading Eagle: Report calls on Harrisburg to increase prekindergarten funding
Reading Eagle: Pedro Cortes welcomed as Reading’s new managing director
Reading Eagle: Berks ties Philly region for worst smog, report finds; 6th in Pa. in all pollutants

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper sees good things ahead for Erie County 
Erie Times-News: Erie County executive to detail ‘State of the County’ 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Owlett announces re-election bid
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to consider levee work contract

Opinion  
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: We need to carefully choose the sources we rely on for news
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: More speech, not less: City Council proposal takes wrong approach
Inquirer Editorial Board: A future for the Route 15 trolley?
Inquirer Staff: Will speed cameras end Roosevelt Boulevard’s days as a ‘corridor of death’? | Pro/Con
John L. Micek: Pa.’s Shapiro joins lawsuit challenging Trump admin. effort to allow 3D-printed guns | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Jenice Armstrong: You should be outraged by the state of Philly public school libraries 
Kelsey Newman: Occupational therapists have a role to play in Wolf’s plan to fight mental illness. Here’s how
Michael J. Cozzillio and Craig N. Moore: It’s nearly ‘High Noon’ in the U.S. Senate. Is there a hero who will step up to stop Trump?
Tony Norman: All Things Not Considered: Mike Pompeo vs NPR
Kelly’s World: Trust in school district poisoned
Mauro Guillen: The liberal case for immigration should include national security
Christopher Devine: Don’t be fooled – most independents are partisans too
Suzanne O’Brien: Philly restaurant CEO: Know the risks before ordering from Grubhub, Postmates 
Trudy Rubin: Trump’s Mideast peace plan is about re-election: His own and Benjamin Netanyahu’s

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