March 10th Playbook

Gov. Tom Wolf endorses Amanda Cappelletti in the Democratic primary for the seat held by state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), while a Philadelphia City Councilmember endorses Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Here is the Playbook. 

Progressive Promote ‘Bold’ Agenda at 2020 Philly Summit: The annual gathering of progressives included speeches from seven candidates primarying fellow Democrats in the state legislature, while calling on the party to embrace a bold vision for the upcoming election.

SD17: Wolf Endorses Cappelletti: Gov. Tom Wolf endorsed Amanda Cappelletti, Vice-Chair of the East Norriton Board of Supervisors, for the Democratic Party nomination for the 17th state Senate District. The seat is held by state Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery), who won his most recent reelection bid in 2016 by 27 points over Republican Brian Gondek. 

Brooks Endorses Sanders: Philadelphia City Councilmember Kendra Brooks, a member of the Working Families Party, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders bid for the White House. In her endorsement she said that the choice is “clear” for working families in Philadelphia and cited Sanders support of a “Homes Guarantee, a Green New Deal, and Medicare for All.” 

American Bridge Launches New Digital Ad in 5 PA Counties: American Bridge, a liberal Super PAC that describes itself as “the largest research, video tracking, and rapid response organization in Democratic politics,” released a new digital ad hitting President Donald Trump on Social Security and Medicare funding. A spokesperson from American Bridge tells PoliticsPA that five-figure digital ad campaign is aimed at targeting older voters in Clinton, Luzerne, Northumberland, Sullivan, and Lackawanna counties, as well as the city of Scranton.

PA8: Gene Talerico Endorses Jim Bognet for Congress: Jim Bognet, a former Trump Administration appointee who is seeking the Republican nomination in the 8th Congressional District, received the endorsement of Gene Talerico, a former Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney, according to a release from his campaign.

Legislative Election Update:

HD-20: State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny) announced in a campaign release that he has been endorsed by West View Mayor John R. Henry and the entire West View Borough Council. Ravenstahl, who bested Democrat Michael Devine in the Democratic primary in 2018 by 18 points, is set to face Democrat Emily Kinkead in the primary in April. 

Harrisburg & DC   
StateImpactPA: Fight over natural gas tax break divides Pa. Democrats
StateImpactPA: Attorney General says he’s investigating ‘more than a dozen’ criminal cases
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: What two rallies say about the fight over a natural gas tax credit | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. has 10 coronavirus cases, three hospitalized, state officials say
SpotlightPA: Paid sick days in the time of coronavirus: Here’s what Philadelphia workers need to know
Philadelphia Magazine: Pat Toomey Defends Impeachment Vote, Says He’ll Support Trump in November 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. special election process leaves voters out
KDKA: Around The Table: Is Joe Biden Pulling Away With The Democratic Nomination?
Post-Gazette: Two housing bills advance in Harrisburg 
AP: 3 new Pennsylvania coronavirus patients in hospitals
AP: Cameras now monitoring vehicle speeds in work zones
Inquirer: New coronavirus cases in Pa. and New Jersey lead to school closures for more than 30,000 students 
Inquirer: Dozens of townships and counties in N.J. and Pa. are becoming ‘sanctuaries’ for gun owners 
PLSReporter: With veto threat looming, lawmakers try to persuade Wolf to approve petrochemical tax credit
PLSReporter: Telehealth advocates go to mat for technology expansion, despite once again entering abortion minefield
PLSReporter: Lawmakers push for COVID-19 patients’ location, more protections for those quarantined
Patriot News: How old is too old to be president? Whoever wins in 2020 will be the oldest ever 
Patriot News: Pennsylvania insurers agree to eliminate cost barriers to coronavirus testing
Patriot News: After possible coronavirus exposure, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry chooses self-monitoring 
Fox News: Trump campaign reportedly calls off bus tour amid coronavirus concerns
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf: Major Pennsylvania health insurers to cover coronavirus testing  
The Hill: House lawmakers introduce legislation to promote women’s global empowerment

WHYY Newsworks: Bill to prevent supervised injection sites from opening in Philly advances  
Inquirer: Could Philly City Council block supervised injection sites? Legislation advances out of committee 
Inquirer: Working Families Party Philly Councilmember Kendra Brooks endorses Bernie Sanders for president 
Inquirer: What it was like to live across from Philadelphia’s biggest polluter 
Inquirer: Possible positive coronavirus side effect? More people may fill out the 2020 Census online.
SpotlightPA: Paid sick days in the time of coronavirus: Here’s what Philadelphia workers need to know 
Philadelphia Magazine: Pat Toomey Defends Impeachment Vote, Says He’ll Support Trump in November
Philadelphia Tribune: A new book celebrates Philadelphia’s Black women leaders
KYW Newsradio: Passions run high at City Council committee hearing on rules for opening safe injection site
KYW Newsradio: Major health insurers will cover costs of coronavirus testing in Pennsylvania

Daily Local News: Rep. Howard applauds ethics, voting and campaign finance reforms
Daily Local News: Experts: Coronavirus could impact Chester County’s economy 
Daily Local News: Toomey, Killion to honor Korean War vets in Chesco, Delco
Bucks Courier Times: Speed camera enforcement begins in Bucks, Montgomery counties
Delco Daily Times: Delco officials will meet with school, municipal officials to talk coronavirus plan

WESA: Three Republicans Now Vying For Turzai’s Seat In 28th House District
WESA: Pittsburgh NAACP To Prioritize Census & Black Voter Registration
WESA: LIVE BLOG: Coronavirus Preparation In Pittsburgh
WESA: Pittsburgh Officials Propose Dropping Parking Requirements For Some New Construction
Post-Gazette: ‘Women for Trump’ bus tour stop in Cranberry canceled 
Post-Gazette: Whether or not businesses are ready, Pittsburgh sick time ordinance ready to begin
Post-Gazette: Two housing bills advance in Harrisburg 
Post-Gazette: Peduto administration proposes eliminating off-street parking requirement for new rowhouse development 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Why Marcellus Shale companies soared while most everything else plunged today
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mayor proposes zoning legislation to ease parking restrictions
KDKA: More Appeals Expected After Judge Throws Out Pittsburgh Judge Mark Tranquilli’s Conviction Of Retired Priest
City Paper: Pittsburgh mayor introduces bill to ease parking requirements for row houses

Beaver County Times: Groups rally against tax breaks for petrochemical manufacturers 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Experts: Secret meetings violated sunshine laws; Greater Johnstown hiring practices focus of state ethics report 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Officials stress importance of census 
Post-Gazette: Washington County residents say their neighbor is noisy, disruptive and a pollutor
Altoona Mirror: City to bid out pension oversight
Observer-Reporter: Southwest Corner Workforce Development receives state grant 

Times-Tribune: Challenge to 8th Congressional candidate petitions withdrawn after court hearing
Times-Tribune: Act 511 appeal could cost up to $420K, per estimate
Times-Tribune: Class-action lawsuit challenging Scranton trash fee enters fourth year 
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s latest personnel report released
Citizens Voice: Union contract among agenda items to come before county council  

South Central 
Carlisle Sentinel: Democratic statehouse hopefuls express common goals against Pennsylvania GOP
Patriot News: After possible coronavirus exposure, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry chooses self-monitoring
Patriot News: Victims of clergy sex abuse and powerful legal firm named to Harrisburg Diocese bankruptcy case 
Patriot News: Dauphin County schedules pre-primary practice sessions on its new voting machines
Patriot News: Coronavirus conference in Hershey highlights gaps in plans, lack of answers 
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf orders flags to half staff to honor fallen firefighter 
York Daily Record: Who’s on the primary ballot in central Pa.? 
York Dispatch: Peach Bottom nuclear plant gets 20-year extension
LNP | LancasterOnline: Conoy Twp. targeting Thursday for 2nd Amendment sanctuary vote
LNP | LancasterOnline: Accurate census taking relies on reaching immigrant, marginalized communities 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Census-taking jobs still available in Lancaster County

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Though position was filled, battle over Lower Saucon Township Council seat continues in court
Morning Call: Coronavirus testing in Pennsylvania to be covered by all major insurers, Wolf says 
Morning Call: Most Pa. House committee leaders who steer legislation have no opposition in this year’s elections. Here’s why that matters. 
Morning Call: Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: 10 cases total as Monroe County reports first, 7 in Montgomery County 
Reading Eagle: Exeter Township’s interim manager resigns 
Reading Eagle: Berks financial expert says not to panic over market plunge

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor appoints director of public safety, other positions 
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Board forms committee on school choice

Inquirer Editorial Board: As Supreme Court considers abortion, light more candles for Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s health  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: True costs: Airbnbs should advertise the full nightly rate
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Community responds: Sto-Rox schools needed paper; donations poured in
Charles F. McElwee: Pennsylvania’s Monroe County could play an important role in the presidential outcome 
Linda A. Kerns: Relocation is not an option for Philly supervised injection site 
Jon Geeting: An Early Warning On The New Sheriff? 
Charles D. Ellison: “Basic Income To The Rescue?” 
Paul Muschick: A Pennsylvania lawmaker spent $1,623 on breakfast with Eagle Scouts, then tried to keep it secret 
John L. Micek: These states are the biggest gas guzzlers. How did Pa. do? | Monday Morning Coffee
Colin McNickle: It’s time to take a second look at British Airways’ deal at Pittsburgh Airport
Tony Norman: Sweat Equity: Chris Ivey | paying the rent while chronicling the disenfranchised
Dick Polman: Uncle Joe’s on top. And that’s no malarkey 
Jobert Abueva: I was a delegate for Pete Buttigieg — until he dropped out. Now what?

One Response

  1. Gov Wolf weighing in has little value, maybe, gets the candidate more attention which helps somewhat but in local State Senate races as the legendary Tip O’Neil said, “all politics is local.” Meaning the folks of that area have their own opinions and it’s unlikely a dignitary will impact the race that much. But it’s better getting the endorsement than not–it’s just not a defining event.

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