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January 31st Playbook

The feds indict Johnny Doc in a corruption probe. Gov. Wolf lays out a proposal to raise the minimum wage. Here is the Playbook.

Feds Indict Johnny Doc: The 116 count indictment includes Dougherty, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon and six others.

GOP Poll Says Dems Losing Shutdown Fight in Cartwright Seat: The poll released on the behalf of the RNC includes 10 Democratic held Congressional districts that President Trump won in 2016.

Harrisburg & DC
AP: Wolf renews bid to put state’s minimum wage among highest
AP: Feds indict powerful Philly union boss, councilman, others
AP: Preliminary approval given for Saturday deer season opening
WITF: Gun control debate resumes in Harrisburg, with focus on what’s realistic
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Daylin Leach responds to Lt. Gov John Fetterman’s call for him to resign
Morning Call: On border security and the wall, here’s what Pennsylvania’s members of Congress support — and don’t
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls, again, for a minimum wage increase
PLSReporter: Dems reintroduce free tuition plan, although funding questions remain
PLSReporter: Despite coming up short last session, Wolf again pushes for $15 minimum wage  
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Michael Puskaric
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf seeks increase in Pa.’s minimum wage. Again.
Bucks County Courier Times: Report: Pennsylvania must do more to address tobacco use
StateImpactPA: 3 thought-provoking things from ‘The future of energy: Can we get to zero carbon?’ forum in Pittsburgh

WHYY Newsworks: Pa. political powerbroker ‘Johnny Doc’ indicted on corruption charges
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Johnny Doc’ charged: The political fallout
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Red-striped’: How Johnny Doc played Philly’s building inspectors
WHYY Newsworks: Fairmount Park Conservancy leader to challenge Blackwell for Philly Council seat
WHYY Newsworks: Philly schools improving, according to district’s yardstick
WHYY Newsworks: Feds: Former ZBA head embezzled from nonprofits
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia creates census office to help prepare for 2020 count
PLSReporter: Committee calls for property assessment reform in Philadelphia
Billy Penn: Who’s paying for Bobby Henon’s attorney? Not taxpayers (anymore)
Billy Penn: What Johnny Doc’s friends have been eating the last few years
Billy Penn: The Johnny Doc indictment, explained
KYW Newsradio: City Hall abuzz after Henon, Dougherty charges, but no one’s saying much
KYW Newsradio: Kenney ‘sad’ about Local 98 indictment, says it has nothing to do with him
Philadelphia Business Journal: Comcast, CHOP among victims of Dougherty and Henon’s alleged crimes
Philly Voice: Someone beheaded the mannequin in a pro-border wall display in Northeast Philly
Inquirer: Indictment of ‘Johnny Doc’, Councilman Bobby Henon heaps scrutiny on Philly’s soda tax   
Inquirer: Read the full Johnny Doc, IBEW Local 98 indictment   
Inquirer: Johnny Doc indictment: Who’s indicted and what are the charges?      
Inquirer: Who is Johnny Doc, Philadelphia’s most powerful union leader?
Inquirer: A tale of two Docs: What labor is saying in light of the federal indictment of John Dougherty
Philadelphia Magazine: Scenes From the Campaign Trail: A Black Trump Supporter Throws a Mayoral Kickoff Birthday
Philadelphia Magazine: Here Are 169 Things Johnny Doc Is Accused of Buying With Union Money

Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Houlahan co-sponsors anti-shutdown bill
Pottstown Mercury: $171M Spring-Ford budget may exceed 2.2% tax hike cap
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby teachers OK tentative new contract, pay hikes
Daily Local News: West Chester’s poor, homeless get protection from flu with free vaccinations

WESA: Peduto On Gun Controversy: ‘It’s Not Going To Cost The Taxpayers Anything’
WESA: In Frigid Temps, Local Organizations Focus On The City’s Most Vulnerable
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh officials receive death threats from gun ban opponents
Tribune Review: Highlands facing $3.7 million budget deficit
Post-Gazette: Penn Hills: A history of mismanagement, lack of oversight led to state control  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board rejects application for charter high school  
PLSReporter: Allegheny County DA election draws into focus broader community policing schism
PLSReporter: Pittsburgh City Council holds post-agenda on employee ownership
StateImpactPA: 3 thought-provoking things from ‘The future of energy: Can we get to zero carbon?’ forum in Pittsburgh
KDKA: More Millennials Holding Official Positions In Growing Pittsburgh Trend
City Paper: Ex-KDKA producer wonders why exactly he was fired for calling Tom Brady a ‘known cheater’   

Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep. Lamb tapped as vice chairman of Veterans’ Affairs Committee
Beaver County Times: State Sens. Vogel, Bartolotta get committee assignments
Beaver County Times: Rochester sewer authority gets $35 million loan to upgrade system
Beaver County Times: County tourism seeks hotel tax audit
Observer-Reporter: Stefano, state senators, discuss election reform package
Observer-Reporter: Bartolotta appointed to six committees
Altoona Mirror: Gindlesperger to seek commissioner seat
Altoona Mirror: Weston seeks GOP nod for commissioner
Altoona Mirror: City HUD meetings set
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City Council to hold workshop on blight removal in Johnstown

Times-Tribune: Reaction mixed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal to raise the minimum wage
Times-Tribune: McAndrew to run for city council
The Times Leader: Brown will run again for Wilkes-Barre mayor
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre General Hospital nurses ratify contract and avert strike
The Times Leader: Luzerne County mailing out 2019 real estate tax bills
Citizens Voice: Stabinsky named Wyoming County commissioner

South Central   
York Daily Record: Two announce candidacies for Pa. Senate seat held by retiring Richard Alloway II
York Dispatch: York County, congressmen look toward another possible shutdown in two weeks
York Dispatch: Smucker releases opening dates for Red Lion, Hanover offices
York Dispatch: Lower Windsor’s new police chief a familiar face to York County law enforcement   
LNP | LancasterOnline: Free college? It’s possible under new Pennsylvania Promise legislation
Harrisburg Patriot News: Reformers offer ways to make a rank-and-file Pennsylvania lawmaker more powerful  
Harrisburg Patriot News: In Pennsylvania, talks to resume effort to reform statute of limitations get underway

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: On border security and the wall, here’s what Pennsylvania’s members of Congress support — and don’t
Morning Call: Da Vinci executives return to Northampton County Council a year after losing $10 million grant
Reading Eagle: 2014 probe involved Vaughn Spencer, newly indicted Philly union boss
Reading Eagle: Rebecca Acosta ordered to report to federal prison Monday

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City sees strong interest in business development officer post
Erie Times-News: Erie-area lawmakers want changes to medical transportation program delayed
Erie Times-News: City of Erie, other defendants want viaduct appeal tossed
Erie Times-News: Report suggests Erie be bold, urgent to ‘reimagine’ downtown
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bandshell restoration funds on City Council schedule
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to consider new positions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Former police chief to face four sexual assault charges

Inquirer Editorial Board: After Johnny Doc, Local 98 indictment, Bobby Henon should step down and Philly Democrats should step up
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: A slippery slope: Casual DNA collection erodes constitutional rights
Anthony Williams and Charles Mitchell: Is criminal justice reform the one issue that can unite a polarized America?
Jonathan Butler: To help students achieve, Pa. should expand school choice
Signe Wilkinson: Johnny Doc’s City Hall
Trudy Rubin: Bleak U.S. history with regime change shadows administration efforts in Venezuela
Dan Simpson: Let’s stop meddling in Africa
John L. Micek: Budget things to come? With guns, minimum wage, Wolf gets his progressive on | Wednesday Morning Coffee

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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