June 3rd Playbook

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visited Pennsylvania on Wednesday to promote the American Jobs Plan. Here is the Playbook.

Walsh Visits PA: The Allentown Morning Call and the Scranton Times-Tribune report that U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh visited Pennsylvania on Wednesday to promote the American Jobs Plan. 

Casey Hosts Town Hall in Altoona: The Altoona Mirror reports that Sen. Bob Casey hosted a town hall meeting in Altoona on Tuesday, where he promoted The American Jobs Plan and The American Families Plan. 

Three PA Republicans Visit Arizona Election Audit: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports that GOP state Sens. Cris Dush and Doug Mastriano and GOP state Rep. Rob Kauffman “visited an ongoing review of the 2020 election in Maricopa County, Ariz., on Wednesday.”

‘Flag Police’ acting at GOP’s urging, took down Pride Month flags, Fetterman tells donors’: The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports on Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Senate, and the latest in an “ongoing fight with legislative Republicans over the flags he flies from the balcony of his Capitol office.”

Spotlight PA Provides 5 Takeaways from Investigation on Lawmaker Spending: The Caucus and Spotlight PA give “Five takeaways from a year-long investigation on lawmaker spending.”

‘Bill would force Pa. to post online how lawmakers spend millions in tax dollars each year’: Spotlight PA reports that a measure, “championed by state Sen. Lindsey Williams (D-Allegheny), would require the House and Senate chief clerks to post the information online” about how “millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded expenses incurred by state lawmakers each year.” 

City & State PA Highlights 5 Measures LGBTQ Advocates Support in PA: City & State PA reports on the “5 measures LGBTQ advocates want to see advance in Pennsylvania.”

USA Today Details What Election Changes Pa. County Commissioners Want: USA Today reports on “what election changes Pa. county commissioners want the Legislature to make.” 

Langerholc Unveils the DRIVE SMART Act: The Johnstown Tribune-Democrat reports that state Sen. Wayne Langerholc (R-Cambria), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee unveiled the “DRIVE SMART Act” on Wednesday, which would be ‘another way’ to fund transportation as an alternative to bridge tolls.  

‘Central Pa. Students Plan Protest Against Sexual Violence at Capitol’: PennLive reports “Three Pennsylvania students are organizing a march and protest against sexual violence at the state Capitol in Harrisburg Thursday.” 

‘Zappala: No Plea Deals to Black attorney who called his office ‘systematically racist’: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. “emailed all of his deputy prosecutors forbidding them from offering any plea deals” to Milton Raiford or his clients, after Raiford “spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system.” Pittsburgh City Paper reports that multiple Pittsburgh politicians have since called for Zappala to be “removed or resign from office” following this report. 

6 PA Reps Sign Onto Letter Supporting U.S. Commitment to Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System: POLITICO reports that a “bipartisan group of dozens of House lawmakers are emphasizing in a new letter to Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin that they want to continue the U.S. government’s commitment to Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system.” Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks), Chrissy Houlahan (D-Chester), Conor Lamb (D-Allegheny), Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) signed this letter. 

Meuser Talks Origins of COVID-19 and Infrastructure on Fox Business and Newsmax: Rep. Dan Meuser (R-Luzerne), who is reportedly mulling a run for Governor in 2022, talked to Fox Business and Newsmax about the origins of COVID-19 and the “need” to pass transportation and infrastructure legislation. 

ECU/LAV Endorses Wild: In its first round of endorsements for the 2022 cycle, End Citizens United (ECU)/Let America Vote (LAV) endorsed Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) for reelection. Wild, who is one of 18 House Democratic incumbents endorsed by the group in its first round of endorsements, is the lone Pennsylvanian on the initial rollout list. 

Richey To Visit Johnstown: Jason Richey, a partner at Pittsburgh’s K&L Gates law firm who is seeking the Republican Party nomination for Governor in 2022, will be visiting Johnstown in Cambria County on Thursday to tour Hoff Enterprises to discuss “The Great Pennsylvania Comeback,” according to a press release from his campaign. 

PA18: Dickinson Calls For Allegheny County DA Zappala To Resign: Jerry Dickinson, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh who is challenging Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Allegheny) for the Democratic Party nomination for the 18th Congressional District, has called for Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala to resign following a report from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Zappala sent an email to his deputy prosecutors “forbidding them from offering any plea deals” to Milton Raiford, a well-known Black attorney, after Raiford “spoke out against racism in the criminal justice system.”  

Marcellino Dies at 40: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Shawn Marcellino, Plum Democratic mayoral candidate, has died at the age of 40. 

Rodgers Joins Office of Foreign Assistance at State Department: POLITICO reports that “Emily Hardman Rodgers is now a policy specialist in the Office of Foreign Assistance at the State Department. She previously was staff assistant for Rep. Dan Meuser” (R-Luzerne).  

For Our Future PA To Host Conversation with Casey: For Our Future PA, the Pennsylvania operation for the nation’s “largest super PAC devoted to grassroots Democratic turnout,” will be hosting a virtual town hall with Sen. Bob Casey on Thursday evening about “rebuilding the backbone of America by creating quality jobs and repairing infrastructure across the Commonwealth.”

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Five takeaways from a year-long investigation on lawmaker spending 
Spotlight PA: Bill would force Pa. to post online how lawmakers spend millions in tax dollars each year
AP: Arizona GOP election audit draws more Republican politicians 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Mastriano, Pa. state lawmakers visit Arizona election audit 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Flag Police’ acting at GOP’s urging, took down Pride Month flags, Fetterman tells donors 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania revenues up $3B at start of budget sprint 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Wolf wants to ‘level the playing field’ with charter reform, but not everyone is on board  
Erie Times-News: Here’s what election changes Pa. county commissioners want the Legislature to make 
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania man’s history of crimes against women used by feds to keep him in jail
City & State PA: 5 measures LGBTQ advocates want to see advance in Pennsylvania 
Patriot News: Pa. prisons suspend requirement for inmates to pay for health care
Patriot News: Have snow days melted off Pa. school calendars?
Patriot News: Central Pa. students plan protest against sexual violence at Capitol 
Patriot News: These Pa. cities are among the safest in the US, study shows. One even ranks as No. 3
Patriot News: Most Pa. hospitals hold back on requiring COVID-19 vaccine for employees — at least for now
Patriot News: Pa. COVID-19 hospitalizations fall below 1,000: daily update
Morning Call: As Pennsylvania restaurants struggle to find help, lawmakers want unemployment recipients to prove they are looking for work immediately
The Hill: Police chief who threatened Facebook critic pleads guilty
Post-Gazette: Hearings on state university mergers double to eight; the first is Thursday  

WHYY Newsworks: How the Philly Medical Examiner’s Office mishandled MOVE victims’ remains for 36 years
WHYY Newsworks: Proposed cut to Philly’s parking tax could have strings attached
WHYY Newsworks: Zoning board approves apartment complex in West Philly despite Gauthier opposition
Philadelphia Tribune: City Councilmembers unveil anti-violence plan targeted to young people 
KYW Newsradio: Free Library of Philadelphia advocates call for funding restoration to help city’s needs
Philly Voice: City councilmembers propose anti-violence initiative that would create jobs for youth, extend rec center hours
Inquirer: Public defender says Philly jails are ‘cruel and callous,’ and violate clients’ rights 
Inquirer: Pools and camps are back, and PlayStreets will expand again: How Philly recreation is reopening

Delco Daily Times: Delco council holds its first in-person meeting in 14 months
Delco Daily Times: How much do elections cost in Delaware County?
Bucks County Courier Times: Election reform: Bucks Voices delivers message, petition with ‘dancing ballot drop boxes’ through Doylestown
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 39% of people fully vaccinated
Morning Call: Feds argue history of violence toward women should keep Bucks County man charged in Capitol riot behind bars
KYW Newsradio: COVID-19 emergency over, but virus now part of our lives, says Bucks health director
Montgomery Media: Poll shows Limerick residents want more open space
WHYY Newsworks: Delco announces appointees to juvenile detention oversight board 
Bucks Local News: ‘THIS IS A REALLY, REALLY BIG DEAL:’ Yardley Borough welcomes Pride Month with flag raising ceremony 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County COVID-19 cases fall to 23 per day as Governor Wolf lifts most restrictions
Delaware Valley Journal: Williams’ Bill Targeting Human Trafficking Advances to State Senate
Delaware Valley Journal: PA Legislators Want To Stop Vaccine Bans at the Border

Tribune Review: Allegheny County judge halts plea deals amid questions surrounding DA Zappala 
Tribune Review: Zappala: No plea deals to Black attorney who called his office ‘systematically racist’ 
Tribune Review: Plum mayoral candidate Shawn Marcellino dies after collapsing at a softball game 
Tribune Review: UPMC reports $6B in 2021 revenue as hospital volumes rebound from covid slowdown  
Tribune Review: Covid cases, hospitalizations continue to drop in Pennsylvania and Allegheny, Westmoreland counties 
Tribune Review: Allegheny County officials see brighter light at the end of the covid tunnel
WESA: Zappala Faces Outrage After Report He Lashed Out At Lawyer Who Called His Office ‘Systematically Racist’
WTAE: DA Zappala, his office accused of systemic racism, responds by refusing plea deals for clients of Black attorney who made claim
WTAE: Coronavirus in Western Pa.: Over 241,000 cases in 14 counties, according to PA Dept. of Health
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-area leaders press for federal funds to finally build northern section of Mon-Fayette Expressway 
Post-Gazette: Plum mayoral candidate Shawn Marcellino, 40, dies after collapse during softball game 
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County sees 22% increase in drug overdose deaths 
Post-Gazette: The Latest | COVID-19: Bogen touts the effectiveness of vaccines as Allegheny County cases dwindle
KDKA: Allegheny County DA Stephen Zappala Allegedly No Longer Offering Plea Deals To Attorney Who Called Out Systemic Racism In Criminal Justice System 
KDKA: Hidden Doorways, Covert Escape Routes, Amazing Art: Pittsburgh’s Mayor’s Office Holds Both History And Secrets 
KDKA: Allegheny County Creates New Department That Focuses On Giving All Children An Opportunity To Succeed 
KDKA: Pittsburgh Planning Commission Holds Hearing On Potential Affordable Housing Zone In Lawrenceville 
KDKA: Allegheny County Overdose Deaths Up 22% In 2020 
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 42 New Cases, 8 Additional Deaths
Pittsburgh Business Times: Bogen optimistic of low case rates when mask mandate lifts
City Paper: Pittsburgh politicians call on DA Stephen Zappala to be removed or resign from office
City Paper: Why are so many Black women talking about leaving Pittsburgh?

Altoona Mirror: Casey touts White House spending plans at town hall
Altoona Mirror: Blair to expand broadband access
Altoona Mirror: Wolf urges charter school reform 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Langerholc proposes ‘another way’ to fund transportation as alternative to bridge tolls
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: County leaders press for more time to deal with mail-in ballots
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Hospitalizations ease as COVID-19 cases continue to trend lower.
Observer-Reporter: Mask mandate lifted for vaccinated people at Washington County Courthouse 
Observer-Reporter: No new COVID-19 deaths reported in five SW Pa. counties Tuesday
Tribune Review: Westmoreland primary results receive preliminary certification
Beaver County Times: We’re talking recreation & tourism with Beaver County’s new director, Tony Caltury

Citizens Voice: U.S. labor secretary tours Hanover Twp. manufacturing facility
Citizens Voice: Write-in vote tabulation could finish Wednesday
Citizens Voice: 12 new COVID cases reported in Luzerne County
The Times Leader: Luzerne County nears halfway mark for full vaccinations 
The Times Leader: 12 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Wednesday; 1 death
Times-Tribune: U.S. labor secretary tours Hanover Twp. manufacturing facility
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners add $141,000 to hospitality grant program 
Times-Tribune: Long-term COVID-19 case count drops below 1,000 mark locally

South Central 
Patriot News: Central Pa. students plan protest against sexual violence at Capitol 
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 5 new COVID-19 cases for Cumberland County Wednesday
York Daily Record: York County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 37% of people fully vaccinated

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: U.S. labor secretary, lawmakers visit Lehigh Valley to promote American Jobs Plan
WFMZ: Berks County Commissioners discuss making meetings more accessible
WFMZ: Local NAACP leader encourages discussion about Tulsa Race Massacre
Morning Call: U.S. labor secretary visits Lehigh Valley, pushes Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan
Morning Call: Lehigh County officials promote legal advice, food drive for Community Outreach Day this Saturday
Morning Call: Reading Fightins must make major ballpark renovations or risk losing affiliation with Phillies
Morning Call: ‘It is unacceptable and it’s preventable’: Officials say high levels of childhood lead poisoning is significant problem in Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: Lehigh County sees no additional cases for first time since September; case rate down 93% from peak
Reading Eagle: Fightin Phils and stadium officials dedicated to do what it takes to keep team in Reading
Reading Eagle: Reading raises flag to celebrate Pride Month
Reading Eagle: Reading approves a new contract with its police officers but not without some opposition
Reading Eagle: Vaccination numbers increase in Berks County after weekend slowdown
Express Times: Northampton County official election results are posted 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: COVID-19 death reporting caused confusion throughout PA, coroners say. Lawmakers push change
Erie Times-News: Erie County COVID-19 vaccine tracker: 39% of people fully vaccinated
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners around state want election reforms
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Legal counsel in controller case approved
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County lags behind state in vaccinations

Chrissy Houlahan and Jason Crow: If You’re Shocked by Michael Flynn’s Call for a Coup, You Haven’t Been Paying Attention
Mark S. Singel: Arizona Republicans are rejecting the reality of President Trump’s defeat on Nov. 3
Paul Muschick: Mail voting is as easy as boiling water. Yet Pennsylvania voters still make mistakes, threatening the system.
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Return reality to America’s ballot boxes
Inquirer Editorial Board: Supporting affordable housing in Philly means supporting an increase in density 
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: PennDOT and East Petersburg officials need to make deadly intersection safer to avert future tragedies
Becky Bennett: Across the Divide: Rural communities aren’t all alike—public policy should recognize that
Solomon Jones: Black people stood up to racist policing and got results. Where is that story? 
Jenice Armstrong: Don’t play respectability politics with Black women over their fashion choices
Joyce M. Davis: Harrisburg’s own “Hidden Figures” is among those honored for enlightening the world | Social Views
Helen Ubiñas: Naomi Osaka did what many women of color have to do: Choose themselves, at a cost
Ray E. Landis: And you get a shot! And you get a shot! After COVID, what next for state lotteries? 
Emily Drinks: What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccine side effects and how to deal with them
Chris Kelly: ‘New normal’ feels like the ‘old weird’
Victoria Monroe: I saw a tale of two worlds going from a Main Line school to a less privileged one in Delco 
Daniel Pearson: Watching the Sixers play from my seat at Wells Fargo almost made me forget about the pandemic

2 Responses

  1. Big mistake for the Pennsylvania State Senate Republicans to dive into the political circus in Arizona. Pennsylvania is NOT Alabama ie a right wing playground. Politically a dumb move for State Senate R’s.

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