March 26th Playbook
Republicans nominated Abby Major as their candidate for the special election for the state House’s 60th District. Here is the Playbook.
Levine Confirmed as U.S. Assistant Health Secretary: Sen. Bob Casey voted to confirm Dr. Rachel Levine, while Sen. Pat Toomey voted against her nomination.
HD60: Abby Major Nominated as GOP Candidate in Special Election: Major, who served as state Rep. Jeff Pyle’s chief of staff, received unanimous support from GOP committee members in the five candidate field to earn the party nomination.
Former State Senate Candidate Charged For Role in Capitol Riots: According to the Scranton Times-Tribune, Frank Scavo, who previously was the GOP candidate for the state Senate’s 22nd District in 2020 and the state House’s 114th District in 2019, was charged with four misdemeanors for his “role in the Capitol riots” on January 6. Scavo plans to plead not guilty, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.
Bucks County Dems Announce Endorsed 2021 Candidates: The Bucks Local News reports that the Bucks County Democratic Committee has announced their endorsed slate of 2021 county candidates.
Banks Will Remain on Ballot for Harrisburg Mayor’s Race: PennLive reports that a Dauphin County judge ruled in favor of former City Councilman Otto Banks’ residency status, which will allow him to stay on the ballot for the Harrisburg mayoral race.
PA10: Perry Challenger Talks to York Dispatch: Brian Allen, a psychologist and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Penn State College of Medicine who is challenging Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) in the GOP primary for the 10th Congressional District, talked to the York Dispatch about his campaign.
Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Endorses Green-Hawkins for PA Commonwealth Court: According to a press release from Amanda Green-Hawkins campaign, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO has endorsed her candidacy for the PA Commonwealth Court.
Garrity Endorses Brobson: PA Treasurer Stacy Garrity has endorsed Judge Kevin Brobson’s campaign for the PA Supreme Court, according to a press release.
New Luzerne County DA Sanguedolce Talks Career and Future With The Times Leader: Sam Sanguedolce, who previously served as the Luzerne County First District Attorney, talked to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader about his career and future now serving as the Luzerne County DA.
Wilkes-Barre City Controller Pleads Guilty To Public Drunkenness: The Citizens Voice reports that Wilkes-Barre City Controller Darren Snyder pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a summary offense of public drunkenness, which was issued last Friday.
Yaw’s Fertilizer Bill Passes Through Committee: The Williamsport Sun-Gazette reports that state Sen. Gene Yaw’s (R-Lycoming) bill to “establish best management practices for use of fertilizer to lawns and turf” has been approved by the state Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorses Titus for Erie County Executive: According to a press release from Dr. Tyler Titus’s campaign for Erie County Executive, the LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed Titus candidacy. Titus was also named to the LGBTQ Victory Fund’s Spotlight List, making Titus the lone Pennsylvanian on their Spotlight List.
Metzgar Appointed Chairman of House Liquor Control Committee: According to a press release from House Republicans, state Rep. Carl Walker Metzgar (R-Somerset) has been appointed by Speaker Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) to serve as chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee for the 2021-2022 legislative session.
Harrisburg & DC
AP: Pennsylvania moves to speed vaccinations for older adults
AP: Gas drilling firms repel Pennsylvania’s antitrust lawsuit
Spotlight PA: How being sick could result in even stiffer penalties for spitting on Pa. police
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A Pa. Republican backed gun restrictions for domestic abusers in Harrisburg. He didn’t in Washington D.C.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Former Scranton-area GOP state legislative candidate charged with storming U.S. Capitol
Inquirer: Despite discontent in Harrisburg, Wolf says Pa. vaccine rollout is going well
Inquirer: How COVID-19 will change retail, home sales, travel and working from home
Inquirer: Pa. Supreme Court upholds ruling that the PLCB illegally restricted wine shipping
Patriot News: Mileage user fee? Vehicle sales tax? Panel begins work on finding new ways to pay for Pa.’s transportation needs
Patriot News: Dr. Rachel Levine says she’s ‘humbled to be the first’
Patriot News: Pa. issues order to speed up COVID-19 vaccination, meet March 31 scheduling deadline
Patriot News: Pa. surpasses one million COVID-19 infections, adds 41 more deaths
PLSReporter: Latest attempt to reinstate General Assistance program dismissed by Commonwealth Court
PLSReporter: Levine becomes first openly transgender official confirmed by U.S. Senate
Fox News: Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania top 1M as vaccine rollout continues
Beaver County Times: Poll: Pennsylvanians support transition to renewables
York Daily Record: Former PA legislative candidate turned himself in for charges related to U.S. Capitol riot
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania surpasses 1 million COVID cases, state Department of Health announces
York Daily Record: Pa. vaccine providers could lose doses if they don’t get 1A appointments scheduled, DOH warns
WESA: ‘I’ve Had No Income For Months’: Pennsylvanians Still Can’t Get The Unemployment They’re Owed
WESA: Hunger Was A Problem Before The Pandemic, And It’s Getting Worse
Post-Gazette: Pa. Supreme Court says PLCB has no right to prevent specialty wine shipments
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: Pennsylvania surpasses 1 million cases
LNP | LancasterOnline: These PA counties had the highest rates of new coronavirus cases for March 18-24
Philly Clout: Philly DA Larry Krasner casts Carlos Vega as part of Team Trump
Philadelphia Business Journal: Mayor Kenney hints at bringing back commercial corridor improvements in upcoming budget
Inquirer: Philadelphia refinery fire report languishes in federal safety agency depleted by Trump
Inquirer: ‘We won’t be silent anymore’: Hundreds rally in solidarity with Philadelphia Asian communities
WHYY Newsworks: ‘I do not feel safe’: Over 300 rally in Chinatown against anti-Asian violence, harassment
WHYY Newsworks: ‘We can no longer make excuses’: Pa. Democrats gather feedback on racism in schools
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: State surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases
Philadelphia Tribune: Philadelphia’s city payroll system’s errors can leave some with hefty bills
KYW Newsradio: Racial trauma among Asian Americans on the rise
Billy Penn: Vaccinate PA’s online appointment finder has expanded to Philadelphia
Montgomery Media: Court papers reveal accused Democratic office shooter’s threats against state officials
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County coronavirus response contracts approved with focus on vaccination efforts
Montgomery Media: Thursday update: Montgomery County reports 175 new coronavirus cases
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Democratic Committee announces endorsed slate of 2021 county candidates
Bucks Local News: League of Women Voters of Bucks County presents online roundtable on hunger, food insecurity in Bucks County
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks Democrats don’t endorse current county sheriff
Inquirer: Black and Hispanic students in Philly suburbs are disciplined more harshly than white peers, underrepresented in AP classes, report finds
KYW Newsradio: Frustration over Pa. COVID-19 vaccine rollout grows
Daily Local News: EPA recognizes Chester County among nation’s leading Green Power users
Daily Local News: Capacity restrictions set to ease on Chester County gatherings, from gyms to parks, on Easter Sunday
Daily Local News: Rep. Howard to hold virtual event for small businesses
KDKA: Rep. Mike Doyle Leads Committee To Take On Social Media Heavyweights Over Misinformation
KDKA: COVID-19 In Allegheny County: Concern Over Rising Cases Has Leaders Calling For Caution
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 283 New Coronavirus Cases
Post-Gazette: Rep. Mike Doyle tangles with Big Tech CEOs in hearing
Post-Gazette: Local community groups call for gun control legislation following mass shootings
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County expands age requirements for vaccinations
Tribune Review: Biden to visit Pittsburgh on Wednesday
Tribune Review: Vaccine eligibility expanded at Allegheny County sites
City Paper: Hundreds gather for Pittsburgh Rally for Solidarity to protest anti-Asian violence
City Paper: What happened to plans for a public market at the new Strip District development?
Tribune Review: Former state Rep. Jeff Pyle’s staffer wins GOP nomination for special election, Dems choose Thursday night
Observer-Reporter: Vittone named to NDAA board of directors
Observer-Reporter: Blaine Township resident running for district judge
Observer-Reporter: Washington County on pace for record number of overdose deaths in 2021
Observer-Reporter: Spring surge in COVID-19 cases feared
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s where Washington County’s economy may benefit at Pittsburgh’s expense post-pandemic
KDKA: Washington County Reporting Alarming Increase In Fatal Overdoses, Experts Blame Fentanyl-Laced Drugs
Altoona Mirror: Candidate info sought for primary election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State intensifies efforts to get vaccine to seniors
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State tops 1 million COVID-19 cases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County to pay off $5 million tax anticipation note
Citizens Voice: Scavo charged with four misdemeanors for role in Capitol riots; admits to being inside building
Citizens Voice: The new DA: Sam Sanguedolce
Citizens Voice: DA controversy continues with questions about special election this year
Citizens Voice: W-B controller pleads guilty to public drunkenness
Citizens Voice: Election board meets for first time after Urban controversy; appoints officers
Citizens Voice: More than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in county for second straight day
The Times Leader: Scavo in federal court to face charges from Jan. 6 Capitol riot
The Times Leader: Scavo was pushed into Capitol, lawyer says
The Times Leader: Luzerne County DA race may be on November ballot
The Times Leader: Luzerne County DA-to-be Sanguedolce discusses career, future
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Election Board discusses chairmanship opening
The Times Leader: 103 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Thursday; state tops 1M
Times-Tribune: Scavo charged with four misdemeanors for role in Capitol riots; admits to being inside building
Times-Tribune: Touting vaccine successes, Wolf visits Scranton Primary Health Care Center
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County controller withholding Wright Center bills pending review
Times-Tribune: As state surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases, NEPA sees cases increase
Patriot News: Judge rules Otto Banks has done enough to establish residency in Harrisburg; can run for mayor this year
Patriot News: Otto Banks will stay on the ballot in Harrisburg mayor’s race
Patriot News: Have something to say about tolls for the I-83 South Bridge? Public comment deadline is close
York Dispatch: Thursday update: One new death linked to COVID-19 reported in York County
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County working on call center for vaccine clinics
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 63 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cumberland County Thursday
WFMZ: Rep. Wild asks Treasury Department to take another look at how much Easton will get from COVID relief bill
WFMZ: Leinbach takes stand against PennDOT’s toll proposal
WFMZ: Commissioners hear concerns about rise in COVID cases
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf says it’s time to dump the state’s gas tax, but how would the state make up that lost revenue?
WFMZ: Pa. COVID-19 cases on the rise, even as vaccine campaign continues
Morning Call: Tiny homes proposal gets closer look from Allentown City Council. Here are a few takeaways
Morning Call: COVID-19 cases are rising in Pennsylvania after months of a decline. What’s behind the increase?
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor presides over Greek flag-raising ceremony at City Hall to celebrate that nation’s independence day
Reading Eagle: Berks County lawyer announces run for coroner post
Reading Eagle: Berks County kicks in $5,000 to help Boyertown pharmacy keep up pace of COVID vaccinations
Reading Eagle: Pa. prohibits COVID vaccine providers from telling eligible candidates no appointments are available
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania passes 1 million COVID cases for the pandemic as surge continues
Express Times: After year of COVID, state of Easton is ‘healthy … just not wealthy’
Express Times: NAACP efforts to dispel COVID vaccine skepticism in Lehigh Valley’s Black community
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: State surpasses 1M total COVID cases, nears 25K deaths; Northampton County tops new statewide infection rate | COVID-19 vaccine map (03/25/21)
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie Mayor Joe Schember talks stimulus funding
Erie Times-News: Talks start in Erie over how to use stimulus cash
Erie Times-News: Erie-area teachers get 2nd chance at COVID vaccine
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State senator’s fertilizer bill passes through committee
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor, council leadership eager to see financial plan begin
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Keller to talk legislation in telephone town hall
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County 36 new COVID-19 cases
Centre Daily Times: March 25 update: Pa. passes 1 million cases of COVID-19; Centre County adds 72 positives
Centre Daily Times: Free COVID-19 testing will have a new location in Centre County. Here’s what to know
Judy Schwank: Some perspective on issues facing state colleges
John Baer: To combat coronavirus controversy, Pa. needs a ‘reality czar’
Salena Zito: A union’s support of Biden does little to save members’ jobs in Pennsylvania
Janice Barlow: How FEMA is helping get vaccine to Philly’s underserved communities
David M. Sanko: Pa. needs another ‘shot in the arm’ with broadband access expansion
Phil Gianficaro: The first rule of cancel culture is there are no second chances
Sarah Martik: Every Pa. community deserves protection from the harms of fracking
USA Today Editorial Board: Per diem perks leave Pa. taxpayers in the dark
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: Nonprofit nursing home operators were slammed by the pandemic. They need more help from the state.
York Dispatch Editorial Board: New report on fracking begs state response
Inquirer: Should Philly raise taxes to fix long-term budget woes? | Pro/Con
Lauren Hughes and Sameer Vohra: Rural health care just got an advocate in Pa.’s Levine. Five ways she and Biden’s team can help it thrive
John L. Micek: Report: Black, Latino Pa. residents more likely to fall behind on utility bills, face shut-offs | Friday Morning Coffee
Paul Muschick: Allentown police recruit more homegrown officers who speak Spanish. ‘It’s easier to build rapport with someone who can understand you’
Helen Ubiñas: This Philly mother made a promise to her dead son. Can she keep it?
Will Bunch: Can we stop mass shootings if we won’t talk about the crisis of America’s young men?
John L. Micek: Ban assault weapons. Every last damn one of them. The answer is staring us in the face
Richard Wexler: Algorithms don’t counter child welfare bias. They magnify it.