March 3rd Playbook

First Lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will visit a school in Erie County today. Here is the Playbook. 

Inside Elections Labels PA’s 2022 Governor Race As A ‘Battleground’: Pennsylvania’s 2022 Governor’s race is one of eleven states listed under the “battleground” category.

First Lady Jill Biden To Visit Erie County on Wednesday: She will be joined by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona in a visit to Fort LeBouef Middle School in Erie County, according to a press release from the Office of the First Lady. 

Frances Regan Appointed To PA Gaming Control Board: Spotlight PA reports that Frances “Fran” Regan, who is married to state Sen. Mike Regan (R-York), has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Centre) to serve a two-year term on the state’s Gaming Control Board.  

Gainey Raises $134K Since New Years Day: According to a press release from state Rep. Ed Gainey’s campaign for Mayor of Pittsburgh, he has raised $134,285.89 from January 1 to February 28. His campaign currently has $106,016.93 on hand.  

Two Building Trades Unions Endorse Peduto for Mayor: According to a press release from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s campaign, Steamfitters Local 449 and Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Local 12 have endorsed his reelection bid. 

Janakovic To Seek Reelection as Johnstown Mayor: According to the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat, Frank Janakovic is seeking a third term as Mayor of Johnstown.  

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Top Pa. senator appoints colleague’s wife to lucrative Gaming Control Board seat
AP: Pennsylvania teachers, school staff to get 1-dose vaccine 
AP: Lawmakers call for improved vaccine distribution for seniors 
AP: Pennsylvania Republicans stop just short of censuring Toomey
USA Today: COVID, 1-year later: How the pandemic led to an election fight, masks and calls for impeachment 
USA Today: Early ratings have 2022 Pennsylvania governor’s race up for grabs
Patriot News: Censure of Sen. Toomey for Trump impeachment vote falls short at the state level  
Patriot News: Teachers, child care workers to get first dibs on Pa.’s initial batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccine 
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf hints at easing COVID-19 restrictions for Pa. restaurant industry 
Patriot News: A year into the pandemic, Pa. restaurant owners question when they are ‘getting off this ride’
Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf has yet to get COVID-19 vaccine
Patriot News: COVID-19 update: Pa. averages 64,000 vaccinations daily during past week
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: While state drags its feet on vaccine sign-ups, Pennsylvanians bootstrap their own improvements 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: More staff needed to end Pa. unemployment delays, L&I head tells lawmakers 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: More Pa. public school students are homeless, and they’re slipping through the cracks | Wednesday Morning Coffee
ABC27: State lawmakers hold hearing with Dept. of L&I on Pa. unemployment
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf announces $145M in relief will be available for Pa. restaurants by March 15
WITF: ‘We’re talking about generational loss:’ How Pa.’s Education Department is sizing up post-pandemic life
Talk Radio 1210 WPHT: Bill McSwain Joins For The First Time As A Private Citizen 
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. GOP votes to ‘rebuke,’ not ‘censure’ Toomey for his decision to convict Trump
WHYY Newsworks: Glitches in Pa. unemployment program ‘a disaster’ for vulnerable residents
PLSReporter: Pa. GOP narrowly votes not to censure Sen. Pat Toomey, while still condemning impeachment vote 
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania will get Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, announcement regarding teacher vaccines to come March 3
KYW Newsradio: GOP lawmakers grill Pa. labor secretary about unemployment blunders
KYW Newsradio: Wolf all but confirms Pa. teachers will be priority for J&J vaccine
Fox News: Pennsylvania ranks first in Capitol riot-related arrests: report 
StateImpactPA: Fracking chemicals are showing up in bodies of people who live near drilling, research finds 
StateImpactPA: Revolution Pipeline, part of which exploded in 2018, is back in service 
StateImpactPA: Life along the Delaware: Seeing the river from Camden, and acting for its betterment and ours
WESA: Advocates And Officials Brace For Increase In Foreclosures
Inquirer: Berks detention center is now empty, but will it stay that way? 
CNN: Jill Biden to visit two reopened schools as part of education focus 
CNN: The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022
Philadelphia Magazine: More Pennsylvanians Have Been Arrested for Capitol Riots Than Residents of Any Other State  

Philadelphia 
Billy Penn: With 35 years of experience, Carlos Vega wants to be Phllly’s next district attorney 
Billy Penn: Jamal Johnson is back on hunger strike, demanding Kenney take action on gun violence  
Inquirer: City Councilmember David Oh invited a man accused of child sexual assault to testify on pandemic response
Inquirer: Bankrupt Philadelphia Energy Solutions blames ‘mislabeled’ pipe for big blast that led to refinery’s closure
Inquirer: Military to begin administering vaccines in Philly today; COVID-19 cases no longer declining in Philly or Pa.
Inquirer: Vulnerable immigrants in Philly are scrambling to get the COVID-19 vaccine with few resources or outreach
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s health commissioner has this advice for small businesses reopening this year
Inquirer: A leaked memo suggests Philly police use vehicle stops to get around stop-and-frisk reform
Inquirer: FEMA’s mass vaccine clinic opens today | Morning Newsletter
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: Philly to receive 13,000 doses of new J&J COVID-19 vaccine this week
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Give somebody a voice’: Philly lost two Black radio icons. How their historic legacies live on
WHYY Newsworks: How the first lockdown saw more opioid-related overdoses among Black Philadelphians
WHYY Newsworks: Essential workers are 55% more likely to get COVID-19, study of Philly-area residents finds 
Philadelphia Tribune: As Philadelphia educators get vaccinated, city’s Black teachers remain underrepresented 
Philly Voice: Philly approves plan to bring fans back to sports venues
Philadelphia Business Journal: Sixers, Flyers will start bringing back fans as city revises restrictions
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA using $40M from CARES Act to advance KOP Rail Project
KYW Newsradio: Pa. lawmakers call on Wolf to live up to promise of COVID-19 prisoner reprieve program

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Rep. Dean of PA says $15 minimum wage fight won’t end with stimulus bill
Bucks Local News: Stancu endorsed by the Bucks County Democratic Committee for District Attorney
Philadelphia Magazine: More Pennsylvanians Have Been Arrested for Capitol Riots Than Residents of Any Other State
LNP | LancasterOnline: Chester County’s new ethics policy ‘gags’ employees, critics say
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 13 coronavirus deaths over four days
Pottstown Mercury: Gun shop plan in residential area raises concerns for Lower Pottsgrove officials

Pittsburgh 
KDKA: State Republicans Vote To Rebuke Sen. Pat Toomey For Impeachment Vote
KDKA: PPG Paints Arena Welcomes Back Pittsburgh Penguins Fans
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 200 New Coronavirus Cases, 1 Additional Death 
Tribune Review: Candidate’s old tweets touting Trump spur more turmoil among Democrats in Pittsburgh mayoral race
Tribune Review: People rally at Rep. Conor Lamb’s Penn Hills office in support of $15 minimum wage increase
Tribune Review: Eviction ban passed by Pittsburgh City Council
Tribune Review: Allegheny County covid hospitalizations drop by 25% in last week
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council gives green light to citywide eviction moratorium 
Post-Gazette: Minimum wage sets up clash among Senate Democrats as COVID-19 relief bill hits floor 
Post-Gazette: Wolf: Pennsylvania teachers will be eligible for J&J vaccine 
Post-Gazette: Will a student government vote at Pitt turn on shot glasses?
Post-Gazette: COVID-19 Update: 2,500 new cases in Pa., with 200 in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh manufacturers move toward greater environmental sustainability, set new goals 
Pittsburgh Business Times: State police: Pittsburgh-area businesses again lead the state in most cited Covid-19 violations, warnings over past few days 
Pittsburgh Business Times: Jones Day starts State AG Enforcement practice
Pittsburgh Business Times: Gov. Tom Wolf launches $145 million grant program to help state’s hospitality industry with pandemic
City Paper: Lawsuit filed against Allegheny County judge Anthony Mariani for barring virtual access to courtroom
WESA: Allegheny County Judge Sued For Allegedly Blocking Virtual Access To Court Proceedings 

SWPA 
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Janakovic seeks third term as Johnstown’s mayor
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Princeton grad Huchel plans run for Johnstown City Council
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: COVID-19 lingering in Cambria County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf says new vaccine creates ‘unusual opportunity’ that could allow state to begin vaccinating teachers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Advocates hope lawsuit forces state to revamp school funding
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Crowd size curbs eased; Five COVID-19 deaths across state, none in local region
Beaver County Times: $145M in relief ready for Pa. restaurants
Beaver County Times: COVID takes toll on Pennsylvania’s economy
Beaver County Times: Revolution Pipeline owners activate in county
Beaver County Times: Could teachers be getting the COVID vaccine soon?
Observer-Reporter: Snyder: Teachers expected to be moved into 1A vaccination phase
Observer-Reporter: Recorder of deeds seeking seventh term
Observer-Reporter: Schools may delay standardized tests until fall, state Department of Education says
Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf lifts COVID-19 travel restrictions
Altoona Mirror: Wolf relaxes COVID-19 restrictions
Altoona Mirror: GOP to probe handling of virus in nursing homes
Altoona Mirror: Disaster relief available for farms
Altoona Mirror: Detention center releases migrants
Altoona Mirror: Learning concerns top hearing

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Cognetti to address Scranton’s challenges, opportunities during State of the City speech
Times-Tribune: County small businesses to receive $2.3 million in state grant funding
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council vacates three election board seats 
The Times Leader: 45 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County on Tuesday
Citizens Voice: County council declares election board seats vacant
Citizens Voice: Urban’s argument: County charter violates statewide equity in election law
Citizens Voice: 45 new coronavirus cases reported in county on Tuesday

South Central 
York Dispatch: York City officials eye surveillance network to combat crime 
York Dispatch: York City Council OKs $235M wastewater plant deal 
York Dispatch: York County has three new deaths linked to COVID-19
York Daily Record: City Council approves $235M wastewater treatment plant sale to Pennsylvania-American Water 
LNP | LancasterOnline:  Lancaster County officials move to lift hiring freeze in place since April
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 59 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Tuesday as SCI Camp Hill continues to deal with virus outbreak
Patriot News: Dauphin, Cumberland counties prepare to accept COVID relief grant applications from restaurants 
Patriot News: Central Pa. police officer ‘remains on unpaid suspension’ after charges in U.S. Capitol riot 
Patriot News: Online sleuths link Harrisburg-area woman accused of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop to neo-Nazi activism
Patriot News: Millworks in Harrisburg looking to go from COVID-19 ‘nightmare’ to spring ‘boom’ with this week’s reopening
Patriot News: Dauphin County Commissioners award $6.1 million in gaming money to more than 80 recipients

Lehigh Valley      
WFMZ: U.S. House aims to pass sweeping voting legislation 
WFMZ: Release from Berks center leaves questions about future 
WFMZ: Activists in Allentown hold rally in support of $15 minimum wage 
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council looks at recent salary increases 
Reading Eagle: How soon will herd immunity against COVID come, and normalcy return? 
Reading Eagle: Berks County got 5,800 doses of vaccine last week; one pharmacy received 1,300 of that
Express Times: In N.J., poll workers can get the COVID vaccine. In Pa., officials are still talking about it. 
Express Times: South Whitehall man charged in violence at U.S. Capitol
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: Johnson & Johnson vaccine will go to teachers, Wolf says; Moderna supply stabilizing; 2,564 new COVID cases, 74 deaths | Coronavirus cases and vaccine updates for Pa. and Lehigh Valley (3/2/21)

North by Northwest
Erie News Now: First Lady, Education Secretary to Visit Ft. LeBoeuf Middle School Wednesday
Erie News Now: Security Measures Surrounding Dr. Jill Biden’s Visit to Waterford
Erie Times-News: Jill Biden, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to visit Fort LeBoeuf Middle School Wednesday
Erie Times-News: I-90 bridge replacement tops spring road work season
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Levine questioned on missing nursing home data in federal confirmation hearing
Centre Daily Times: March 2 update: Centre County adds 22 COVID-19 cases, 1 death; Pa. has 2,564 positives

Opinion  
Mike Zabel: Pa.’s ‘scavenger hunt’ approach to vaccines leaves everyone on their own 
Bob Mensch: Look out for misleading wording in May ballot question
Chris Rabb: Enduring racial inequity in Pa. requires systemic solutions, including reparations
Paul Muschick: Cut funding to Pennsylvania charter schools – but don’t stop there
John J. “Ski” Sygielski: Community colleges are integral to Pennsylvania’s economic recovery and future
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: The latest pandemic relief package isn’t perfect, but it’s also not ‘greedy.’ It’s necessary.
York Dispatch Editorial Board: It’s time to end the killing contest hunts in Pennsylvania
Vanessa Lowe and Stanley Shapiro: Bring our money home. Philly needs a public bank. 
Scott F. Johnson: How a Pa. case may impact what public school students all over the country can – and can’t – say on social media 
Quinn O’Callaghan: The push for ‘free community college’ is a smokescreen on student debt 
Helen Ubiñas: Philly’s gun violence-prevention community needs a reckoning of its own 
Trudy Rubin: Full justice for the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi may never be achieved 
Martin Skladany: Raid the Republican Party to save the party 
Kyle Sammin: Cancel Culture At Hawk Hill? 
Will Bunch Newsletter: This college town may actually abolish police
Solomon Jones: Mike Tyson is right: Hulu’s exploitation of his story is more Hollywood racism

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