March 2nd Playbook

The PA GOP voted to rebuke Sen. Pat Toomey over his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in the latest impeachment trial. Here is the Playbook. 

PA GOP Rebukes Toomey: The Pennsylvania Republican Party narrowly voted to rebuke Sen. Pat Toomey over censuring him due to his vote to convict former President Donald Trump in the latest impeachment trial.

Cook Rates PA As A Toss Up In Initial 2022 Governor Ratings: Pennsylvania is one of three states listed as Toss Ups in the Cook Political Report’s first ratings for the 2021 and 2022 cycle.

First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Erie County on Wednesday: According to a press release from the Office of the First Lady, she will be visiting Waterford, PA.

Spagel To Run for Erie Mayor: Tom Spagel, a member of the Erie School Board since 2013, announced that he plans on seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the Erie Mayoral race, according to the Erie Times-News. He will be challenging incumbent Mayor Joe Schember for the Democratic Party nomination. 

Fired Reading Solicitor Sues The City and Asks Court To Reinstate Her: The Reading Eagle reports that Elizabeth Kraft has filed a lawsuit asking the court to reinstate her as City Solicitor. Kraft, who was fired last week by Reading Mayor Eddie Moran, claims that her firing broke the city’s Home Rule Charter. 

Adams County GOP Censures Toomey: According to PennLive, the Adams County Republican Committee voted to censure Sen. Pat Toomey for his vote to convict former President Donald Trump over the weekend.  

Richards Joins National Advocacy and Communications Team at BerlinRosen: Gabby Richards, who previously served as the communications director for Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Delaware), is joining the National Advocacy and Communications team at BerlinRosen, according to Politico. Richards was also a co-author of the House Democratic staff letter that asked the Senate to vote in favor of convicting former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial earlier this year, Politico reports.

Harrisburg & DC   
Patriot News: Pennsylvania eases restrictions on public gatherings, travel
Patriot News: Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor to relinquish Pa. Supreme Court’s top post months before he retires
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers plan to investigate Gov. Wolf’s oversight of nursing homes during COVID-19 pandemic 
Patriot News: Pa. lags most states in getting COVID-19 vaccine to seniors, PennLive analysis finds
Patriot News: Could teachers become a higher priority on Pa.’s list for COVID-19 vaccinations?  
Patriot News: Pursuit of COVID-19 vaccine devolves into ‘hunger games’ for Pa. seniors 
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker seeks to crackdown on ex-felons found with illegal guns to make communities safer 
Patriot News: Nearly 740,000 in Pa. fully vaccinated, 2.4 million COVID-19 shots given so far  
Patriot News: Which states have the most confirmed coronavirus cases (3/1/2021): Where does Pa. stand? 
Patriot News: 26 Pa. counties have substantial spread of COVID-19; positive test rate drops for 11th week
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans rebuke Pat Toomey over Trump impeachment vote — but don’t censure him
Inquirer: Welcome to Pennsylvania’s very progressive 2022 Democratic Senate primary
Inquirer: New Pa. rules mean fans at sporting events and concerts while N.J. expands vaccines to teachers and essential workers 
AP: Saylor outlines plans to step down as chief justice in April 
AP: Pro teams allowing fans as Pennsylvania eases restrictions 
AP: Pennsylvania detention center releases migrant families
Spotlight PA: The placeholder: Meet the man Wolf taps to (temporarily) hold key appointments
Spotlight PA: More people can gather indoors in Pa. as coronavirus cases decline, Wolf announces
Spotlight PA: Victims of unemployment fraud in Pa. are blindsided by tax documents
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas G. Saylor, who is retiring at year’s end, sets departure plan
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. eases limits on large gatherings as one-year anniversary of pandemic approaches
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Sen. Casey: Families in Berks Co. detention center have been released
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa., state electric vehicle scorecards show there’s room for improvement | The Numbers Racket
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Gov. Tom Wolf pardoned 69 marijuana offenders. Why that matters | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pa. has 17th lowest minority homeownership rate | Monday Morning Coffee
Morning Call: Pennsylvania considers COVID-19 vaccine clinics for teachers set up by PEMA and National Guard
WITF: Immigrant Families Released, Future Of PA Detention Center Remains Unclear 
PLSReporter: House committee to investigate state’s handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes 
PLSReporter: Wolf Administration loosens COVID-19 gathering limits; lifts travel restrictions 
StateImpactPA: One day, two hearings: Fossil fuels shift climate change messaging; Dems show rift on green transition
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Republican legislators challenge wording of upcoming ballot question
WLVR: PA Court Officials Discuss Reform For People With Autism
CNN: Elizabeth Warren proposes wealth tax on ‘ultra-millionaires’
USA Today: Pa. GOP aligns with Trump in rebuke of Toomey, censure of Wolf and Dems
USA Today: Racism in Pa.: Hate incidents up against Asian Americans, but it’s not a new problem
USA Today: Mass shootings surge in Pennsylvania as nation faces record high
USA Today: Pa. House leader wants probe into Wolf administration’s actions on nursing homes, COVID
KDKA: Pennsylvania Republicans Vote To Rebuke, Not Censure, Senator Pat Toomey Over Impeachment Vote
KDKA: PennDOT Commits $452.7M In Liquids Fuels Payments To Help Municipalities 
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Signs 310 Pardons, Including 69 Non-Violent Marijuana-Related Offenses  

Philadelphia 
WHYY Newsworks: District, teachers union reach deal to reopen some Philly school buildings 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: State rolls back restrictions; Temple to hold in-person classes this fall
Inquirer: Philly’s first federal COVID-19 mass vaccination site already is having to fend off people who aren’t eligible 
Inquirer: Philly schools are reopening. Here’s the plan. | Morning Newsletter
KYW Newsradio: City: Pre-K through 2nd-graders will begin return to Philly schools March 8
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania raises COVID-19 venue capacity limits, paving way for Philly sports fans at games
Philadelphia Business Journal: ‘Eye-opening’ report finds 20% of Pennsylvania restaurants could close within 3 months 
Philadelphia Business Journal: Wolf increases event capacity limits, possibly clearing path for Philadelphia fans to attend pro games

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County Officials Shed Light on $109 Million in CARES Act Disbursements 
Daily Local News: Vaccine supply still low in Chester County, but cases continue to decline
Inquirer: Good government or ‘gag’ order? In Chesco, new ethics policy muzzles county workers. 
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County coronavirus positivity rate at 6-percent, according to state data
Bucks Local News: Bucks County offers $7.1 million to hospitality businesses affected by COVID 
Bucks Local News: Bucks County receives an additional 25K doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the state

Pittsburgh 
City Paper: Pittsburgh Democratic chair responds to photo with Moreno, then slings mud at Peduto 
Tribune Review: Ed Gainey campaign chief, Pittsburgh political activist nearly come to blows at political event
Tribune Review: New acting U.S. attorney named for Western District of Pa.
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania saw record declines in covid numbers in February
WESA: Kelly Votes Against COVID Relief By Proxy, Attends Florida Conference In Person 
WESA: Amidst Eviction Moratorium, Some Tenant Advocacy Groups Look To Collective Action  
WESA: COVID-19’s Local Economic Toll Continues, WESA/Campos Poll Finds
Post-Gazette: Feds authorize $52M for abandoned mine cleanup and economic development in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Pa. officials considering making schoolteachers, staff eligible for J&J vaccine
Post-Gazette: Penguins, Pirates set to host fans after Gov. Wolf lifts some restrictions 
Post-Gazette: Wolf increases capacity limits for events, ends travel restrictions 
Post-Gazette: ‘That should never occur’: Peduto questions part of a settlement over controversial Oakland office project
KDKA: Rep. O’Neal: Teachers To Move Into Phase 1A Of Vaccine Rollout In Order To Speed Up Return To Classroom  
KDKA: Pa. House Republicans Call For Investigation Of Wolf Administration’s Handling Of Nursing Homes During Coronavirus Pandemic
KDKA: Acting US Attorney For Western District Of Pennsylvania Named Following Scott Brady’s Resignation
KDKA: City Of Pittsburgh Investing $800K In Public Art, Searching For Artists For 18 Projects 
KDKA: Allegheny County Awarded $21.8M Grant To Help Reduce Homelessness 
KDKA: Penguins To Allow Fans Back Into PPG Paints Arena Following Governor’s Easing Of Gathering Limits 
KDKA: COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Continues To Ramp Up Throughout Allegheny County
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 404 New Cases, No Additional Deaths Over 48 Hours
Pittsburgh Business Times: Governor raises occupancy limits, drops travel restriction as case counts drop

SWPA 
Altoona Mirror: Gregory reopens local office
Beaver County Times: Revolution Pipeline owners give activation notice
Beaver County Times: Benninghoff wants probe into nursing homes, COVID
Beaver County Times: PA easing COVID restrictions on capacity, travel
Observer-Reporter: Peters Township shows increase in recycled materials
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County’s covid number dropped dramatically in February
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf OKs 310 pardons, 69 for pot-related crimes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: House Republicans pledge review of state’s handling of COVID in nursing homes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Five COVID-19 deaths across state, none in local region

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Process for replacing Sen. John Blake unfolding 
Citizens Voice: Squabble continues between GOP election board members and county officials 
Citizens Voice: Political scene 3/1/21 
Citizens Voice: 23 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Monday
Times-Tribune: Process for replacing Sen. John Blake unfolding
Times-Tribune: Frustrated parents protest in advance of Scranton School Board meeting 
Times-Tribune: Wolf lifts restrictions as new COVID-19 cases, deaths decline 
Times-Tribune: New COVID-19 cases, deaths remain down in region
The Times Leader: Wolf revises order on gatherings; lifts out-of-state travel restrictions 
The Times Leader: 23 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Monday; 1 more death

South Central 
Patriot News: Adams County Republican Committee censures Sen. Pat Toomey 
Patriot News: Central Pa. caterers, venues: Gov. Wolf’s new limits still make it hard to plan weddings, concerts 
Patriot News: Robert Lawson announces candidacy for Harrisburg City Council 
Patriot News: Don Zagurskie running for judge in Perry and Juniata counties 
Patriot News: Central Pa. trio linked to Capitol riot through their Facebook posts from the breach 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pa. teachers could become eligible for COVID-19 vaccine this week
LNP | LancasterOnline: Wolf changes Pa. mitigation order on gatherings, lifts restrictions on out-of-state travel
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County continues to lag below PA average in coronavirus vaccination rate
LNP | LancasterOnline: 15 people died of COVID-19 in Lancaster County last week; here’s what county, state data says 
LNP | LancasterOnline: New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations fell by half in February in Lancaster County
York Dispatch: Wolf updates COVID-19 gathering limits, eliminates out-of-state travel restrictions
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf easing Pa. COVID-19 restrictions on crowds, eliminating travel quarantine  
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 59 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Cumberland County Sunday and Monday

Lehigh Valley      
Express Times: Families released from immigration detention center near the Lehigh Valley, Casey says 
Express Times: Pennsylvania lifts COVID travel restrictions, raises event occupancy limits 
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: Johnson & Johnson vaccine set to roll out; Travel, gathering restrictions eased | Pa. COVID vaccine map (03/01/21) 
Express Times: Here are the Lehigh Valley’s top 25 growing occupations and industries
Morning Call: After years of protest, the Berks County immigration center is empty, but advocates remain wary of family detention
Morning Call: Pennsylvania COVID-19 out-of-state travel restrictions rescinded; indoor and outdoor gathering limits loosened
Morning Call: Allentown man charged with participating in Capitol attack
Morning Call: ‘There’s a lot of good things about this vaccine: ’ Lehigh Valley health official says Johnson & Johnson single-shot will be easier to distribute
WFMZ: Lehigh County man charged in U.S. Capitol riot 
WFMZ: Many in Black community in Pa. hesitant to get COVID-19 vaccine 
WFMZ: Attorney: Berks detainees feel ‘relief’ after release 
Reading Eagle: Fired Reading solicitor sues the city and asks court to reinstate her
Reading Eagle: Berks residential center’s fate not known, and county officials are not talking
Reading Eagle: 4 federal lawmakers call on Gov. Wolf to review and improve state’s vaccination plan
Reading Eagle: Scammers working overtime during COVID crisis, Pa. attorney general says
Reading Eagle: Reading City Councilman Stratton Marmarou to seek fifth term 
Reading Eagle: Berks County adds 123 new COVID cases in latest report

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Spagel to challenge Schember for Erie mayor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Hydraulic fracturing ban unpopular among area lawmakers
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: DOH senior adviser: There is ‘simply not enough supply’ even with allocation increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Veteran city councilwoman seeks Democratic nomination for re-election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Registration fees, fuel tax eyed for increases as state struggles to fund its highways, bridges
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Frisco announces bid for Loyalsock Township supervisor
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: RVT offers free rides to vaccination appointments
Centre Daily Times: March 1 update: Gov. Wolf eases COVID-19 gathering limits; Centre County adds 65 cases
WESA: Kelly Votes Against COVID Relief By Proxy, Attends Florida Conference In Person 

Opinion  
Maria Panaritis: Pennsylvania admits vaccine undersupply in Philadelphia suburbs, promises to fix it with extra doses immediately 
David Callahan: Natural gas should be a part of Pennsylvania’s energy future 
John Kromer: Make This Sheriff The Last Sheriff 
Howard A. Cohen: Liz Cheney and Pat Toomey are not RINOs 
York Dispatch Editorial Board: Equity, Pa.’s Levine under assault in D.C.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Equity is driving force behind Philly’s new transit plan
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Food, info for students
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tech can take the lead in human trafficking fight
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Guantanamo Bay should be closed
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Small conveniences make a difference
Mark Price: Selling Claremont will hurt the elderly women residents most vulnerable in this pandemic
Jon Geeting: Congress, Don’t Cut Local COVID-19 Aid 
Anne Ishii: Why my fight against anti-Asian discrimination had me confronting racist mac and cheese in Philly 
Joseph N. DiStefano: After SolarWinds debacle, the U.S. needs to keep software makers from being hurt by cost-cutting owners
Shannon Wink: Free the nipple — and free moms from breastfeeding pressure
Tony Norman: Jamal Khashoggi deserves better than this
Michele Castro: How we can support caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s
Anwar Curtis: Amid the low notes of the pandemic, Harrisburg’s The Singer’s Lounge keeps the music alive 
Judith Giesberg and Lori Aument: A Fitting Replacement for Christopher Columbus 
Tom Stiglich: Cartoon: Spring in Philly means potholes

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