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March 16th Playbook

President Joe Biden is slated to visit Delaware County today, while the special election date has been announced for the state Senate’s 22nd District. Here is the Playbook. 

SD22: Special Election To Take Place On May 18: The election, to fill the open seat previously held by state Sen. John Blake (D-Lackawanna), is set for the same day as the state’s primary election.

The AP Details Lamb’s Future: The Associated Press highlights Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Allegheny) path to being elected to Congress in 2018 and discusses his political future. 

Fitzpatrick Appointed To House Intelligence Committee: Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Bucks) has been appointed to serve on the House Intelligence Committee.  

Levittown Now Breaks Down PA 1’s 2020 Results And Looks Forward: Nick Field for Levittown Now details Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick’s victory in 2020, while also dissecting how President Joe Biden improved from Sec. Hillary Clinton’s performance in the most recent presidential election here.  

Cartwright and Thompson Call For Extending Mine Reclamation Program: The Citizens Voice reports that Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) and G.T. Thompson (R-Centre) have teamed up in calling for the renewal of the Abandoned Mine Land Trust Fund, which expires in September.  

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: See how much your lawmaker banked in meal, lodging payments during the pandemic (FULL LIST)
AP: Lawmakers launch new push for child sex abuse lawsuit window
AP: Democrats’ 2018 Trump Country hero faces hard political path 
AP: The road show begins: VP Harris, Jill Biden promote aid plan 
AP: AG: Gun show promoter to bar ‘ghost gun’ assembly kit sales
Inquirer: Biden has his first big win and he’s coming to Pennsylvania to make sure people know about it
Inquirer:  Pa. officials react to PSERS ‘error’ that exaggerated pension profits, protected teachers from paying more
Inquirer: Pennsylvania man charged with assaulting Officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during Jan. 6 Capitol riot
Inquirer: Pa. easing restrictions on restaurants, Gov. Wolf says
Patriot News: Pa. House spends $445,000 for two meeting rooms, but conservatives said it was needed
Patriot News: Wolf eases COVID-19 restrictions for Pa. restaurants, theaters, gyms and casinos, allowing more people inside
Patriot News: Business owners say Pa.’s latest pandemic rule changes aren’t enough for recovery
Patriot News: Pa. nursing homes begin reopening to visitors, easing a heart-wrenching impact of COVID-19
Patriot News: Restaurants on Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf easing restrictions: ‘This is what we’ve all been waiting for’
Patriot News: ‘Ghost guns’ banned by Pa.’s largest gun show promoter
Patriot News: COVID-19 update: Pa. says it has given more shots than 44 other states
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (3/15/2021): Where does Pa. stand?
KYW Newsradio: President visiting small Delco business to promote COVID-19 relief package
KYW Newsradio: Wolf assures vaccine appointments will be scheduled within a ‘reasonable period of time’
KYW Newsradio: Pa. gun show producer agrees to halt sales of ‘ghost gun’ kits
KYW Newsradio: Pa. easing COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants
USA Today: President Joe Biden heading to Delco to tout benefits of COVID relief package. Here’s why
York Daily Record: Bar service to resume, other restrictions on Pennsylvania restaurants lifted ahead of Easter
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania man charged by FBI for unloading spray on Capitol officer Brian Sicknick 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Lawmakers want to use emergency powers to pass sexual abuse reform. Can they find the votes to pull it off?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Restaurants, gyms can go to 75 percent capacity starting April 4, Wolf says
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to lift some restrictions on restaurants, businesses as COVID cases decline
Morning Call: Pennsylvania COVID restrictions: What changes April 4 and what will remain the same?
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 456,000 vaccine doses supplied last week
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. to bring back bar service, expand indoor dining capacity
WHYY Newsworks: In first-of-its-kind deal, Pa.’s largest gun show promoter will stop sale of ‘ghost gun’ kits
PLSReporter: Benninghoff formally refers nursing home investigation to oversight panel 
PLSReporter: Wolf continues rollback of COVID-19 mitigation measures, citing case counts, vaccination rate
PLSReporter: Fetterman schedules 22nd Senate District race for May 18
Fox News: Two men charged with assaulting Capitol Police officer Sicknick with chemical spray
StateImpactPA: Pa. elected officials calling for feds to support transition to cleaner cars 
StateImpactPA: Legislative action on increasing Pennsylvania’s alternative energy goals appears unlikely
The Hill: Pennsylvania gun show promoter becomes first to ban sales of ‘ghost gun’ kits
The Hill: Two men charged with assault of Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after Capitol attack
Politico: Democrats plead for more downballot resources after disappointing 2020
CNN: Progressive groups launch $30 million effort to push voting rights legislation 
CNN: Two men arrested and charged for assaulting Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick
Post-Gazette: In Pennsylvania, gas prices sped up much faster than traffic rebounded
Times-Tribune: 45 Years Ago – Scranton sworn-in as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations  

KYW Newsradio: Exclusive: Philadelphia lifting COVID-19 ban on special events
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia reaches 100 homicide victims in first few months of 2021
Inquirer: Philly to lift ban on large outdoor events; suburbs can’t hit May 1 vaccine goal without a lot more doses
WHYY Newsworks: Individuals alone didn’t create Philly’s litter problems and individuals alone can’t solve it.
Philly Voice: Bar service to resume in Pennsylvania under loosened COVID-19 restrictions on April 4 
Billy Penn: Philly’s FEMA site adding walk-up vaccines for residents of underserved ZIP codes
Philadelphia Citizen: One Year of COVID: How Philadelphians Stepped Up  

Levittown Now: EXCLUSIVE ANALYSIS: How Congressman Fitzpatrick Won In 2020 & What The Future Holds 
Daily Local News: Chester County municipalities to get $153 million in federal pandemic relief
Daily Local News: Comitta: Hospitality grant program opens; more federal funds on the way
Daily Local News: Coronavirus spread in Chester County continues to decline
Daily Local News: Montgomery County shows signs of suppressing virus; positivity rate falls below 5%
Daily Local News: Chester County Libertarian Party sponsors student essay contest
Inquirer: Philly suburbs can’t inoculate everyone in group 1A by May 1 unless they get a lot more vaccine, officials say
Bucks County Courier Times: How Bucks will reach Gov. Wolf’s vaccine goals
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 319 coronavirus cases, 1 death during latest three-day period

Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: Why county’s paid sick leave bill could face a surprising legal challenge
Pittsburgh Business Times: Gov. Wolf announces relaxing of some restrictions targeting restaurants, other businesses
Post-Gazette: Influx of stimulus money to give communities in Western Pa. fiscal breathing room
Post-Gazette: Pa. eases pandemic restrictions on restaurants, bars, theaters and other businesses
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County’s rent and utility relief program is now accepting applications
Post-Gazette: UPMC, Penguins hosting vaccination clinic Monday at PPG Paints Arena; Heinz Field clinic continues
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Allegheny County passes 80,000 COVID-19 cases
Tribune Review: Peduto endorses bill to provide pathway to citizenship for ‘dreamers’
Tribune Review: Allegheny County launches program to provide rent, utility relief
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania surpasses 11% fully vaccinated for covid
WESA: What Allegheny County Voters Can Expect In The May Primary 
WESA: County Executive Fitzgerald Reflects On A Year With Pandemic ‘Front And Center’ 
WESA: City Seeks To Reinvigorate Land Bank Effort 
WESA: Round Two Of Pandemic-Related Rental Assistance Is Available In Allegheny County 
WESA: PlumePGH Helps Pittsburghers Visualize How Emissions Travel Into Their Neighborhoods 
KDKA: Anti-Fracking Protesters Gather Outside Of Home Of Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
KDKA: Allegheny Co., Westmoreland Co. Begin Accepting Applications For Hospitality Grants 
KDKA: Allegheny Co. Emergency Rental Assistance Applications Available
KDKA: Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Site Set To Open At PPG Paints Arena
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 275 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 New Death
City Paper: PennDOT widening projects under increased scrutiny during transit funding uncertainty 

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senate begins election review
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber Borough moves to publish list of tax debtors
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: One COVID-19 death statewide, single-digit new cases in local counties
Observer-Reporter: Greene County coroner to seek a second term
Observer-Reporter: No new COVID-19 deaths in Washington County
Tribune Review: Westmoreland DA candidate Ziccarelli a no-show for jury duty
KDKA: More Than $107 Million In Funds From American Rescue Plan Headed To Westmoreland County
Beaver County Times: Area educators take their shot
Beaver County Times: How grassroot groups can help you find a vaccine

Times-Tribune: Scranton legislation would lower entertainment license fee paid by vendors
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County case set precedent for filling DA vacancy
Times-Tribune: Wolf: Some restrictions on restaurants and businesses will ease April 4
Times-Tribune: Vaccination rates lag in rural NEPA counties; state reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, two deaths in region Monday
The Times Leader: Luzerne County deciding primary election candidate ballot positions this week
The Times Leader: 26 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Monday; 1 more death
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County school districts getting $130 million in coronavirus relief 
Citizens Voice: Political scene
Citizens Voice: 26 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Monday
Citizens Voice: Vaccination rates lag in rural NEPA counties 

South Central 
Patriot News: Eviction moratorium extended in Harrisburg
Patriot News: New charges filed against Palmyra Capitol riot suspect
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Wolf eases COVID-19 gathering rules for restaurants, theaters and gyms
LNP | LancasterOnline: 10 people in Lancaster County died from COVID-19 last week; here’s what the state, county data says
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 53 new COVID-19 cases reported over weekend in Cumberland County
York Dispatch: Wolf to lift bar, alcohol restrictions and increase capacity allowances
York Dispatch: Eight months later, York County hasn’t released all public information sought by York Dispatch
York Dispatch: York County has 137 new COVID-19 cases over two-day period
York Daily Record: Grand jury adds four charges to Palmyra man, Brent Bozell IV, for Capitol insurrection

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Allentown City Council race: 9 Democrats, 1 Republican vying for 4 seats
Morning Call: Lehigh County gun show promoter is first in nation to ban ‘ghost gun’ kits from shows, Pennsylvania attorney general says
Morning Call: Pennsylvania coronavirus update: 456,000 vaccine doses supplied last week
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf stops by mass COVID vaccine site for Berks school employees 
Reading Eagle: Berks County lawmaker calls for return of vehicle registration stickers [Poll]
Reading Eagle: Berks County COVID-19 Response Task Force issues report on local reaction to pandemic
Reading Eagle: Gov. Tom Wolf relaxes Pa. COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, bars and gathering limits
Reading Eagle: Promoter of Morgantown Gun Show agrees to ban do-it-yourself gun kits at its shows, Pa. says
Reading Eagle: Risk of community spread of COVID moderate or low in two-thirds of Pa. counties, remains substantial in Berks County
Reading Eagle: Reading to receive 1,200 doses of COVID vaccine for the elderly
WFMZ: Wolf tours Berks IU as teacher vaccinations ramp up
WFMZ: Pa. AG: Gun show promoter to ban sale of ‘ghost guns’
Express Times: Pa. raising indoor dining capacity to 75%, lifting other COVID mitigation measures April 4
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: 1.4M fully covered with vaccine; Relaxed restrictions start on Easter; Lehigh Valley hits 60K cases | Pa. COVID vaccine map (03/15/21) 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State College man accused of assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer who died after riot
Centre Daily Times: Centre County is offering free rides to COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Here’s how to schedule one
Centre Daily Times: March 15 update: Centre County adds 70 COVID-19 cases as positivity rate falls below 5%
Erie Times-News: Erie County reports lowest COVID total in 5 months
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: PA restaurants, bars to see some pandemic limits lift in April
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Governments delay access to public records amid pandemic
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 10 new COVID-19 cases

Jacquelyn Bonomo: Sen. Yaw’s defense of oil and gas industry comes as no surprise
Curt Jones: We Need A Gun Violence “Marshall Plan” 
Maria Panaritis: Pa. had suburban vaccine distribution plans for years. Why didn’t Gov. Wolf use them for the coronavirus? 
Mike Connolly: Here’s what Toomey, the deficit hawk, got wrong about the COVID-19 stimulus 
Sarah Gutman and Alhambra Frarey: Pa. bill on fetal remains is anti-choice legislation in disguise
Matt Skibinski: Don’t be fooled by partisan sites masquerading as real news 
John L. Micek: In Harrisburg and D.C., fresh pushes to reduce gun violence. Will they work? | Tuesday Morning Coffee 
Chris Herr: Abundant, affordable propane powers Pennsylvania agriculture
Inquirer Editorial Board: Leaked memo shows Philly needs robust police oversight now more than ever  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Who should pick the city’s new public art?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Child care needs support 
Jon Geeting: What The American Rescue Act Means for Philly 
Kimberly Witt: Why cutting methane emissions is vital to our health
David Scales, Jack Gorman, and Kathleen Hall Jamieson: Vaccines already brought good news. Better messaging can bring more. 
Jenice Armstrong: We can’t let basketball courts at city recreation centers turn into shooting galleries 
Dairyn Ortiz and Yecika Ramirez: Workers who put food on our table need the vaccine now
Ruth Ann Dailey: Borrowing from our kids
Tom Stiglich: Cartoon: Hope for the pandemic’s end

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