March 5th Playbook

Three Pennsylvania Democrats have been placed on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Frontline Program. Here is the Playbook. 

Bartolotta for Congress dot com: Someone registered the domains “bartolotta4congress.com” and “bartolottaforcongress.com.” Sen. Bartolotta said it wasn’t her.

GOP PAC Singles Out Cartwright, Throws Shade at Bognet: The Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC endorsed by House GOP leadership, said Rep. Cartwright would be “far more endangered against stronger recruits” in 2022.

DCCC Names Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild to Frontline Program: All three Democrats were also previously placed in the DCCC’s Frontline Program for the 2020 election.

SD48: GOP To Nominate Candidate for Special Election on Saturday: The York Dispatch reports that committee members from the Pennsylvania Republican Party will meet Saturday in Lebanon County to select the candidate for the upcoming special election to fill the open state Senate seat previously held by the late state Sen. Dave Arnold (R-Lebanon), who died in January after battling brain cancer. The nine candidates that the York Dispatch reports are interested in seeking the GOP nomination are Gregory Moreland, Larry Minnich, William Bering Jr., Christopher Gebhard, Kenneth Rummel Thomas Morrissey Jr., Thomas Ryan, Robert Harkins, and Maureen Roth. Democrats will meet on March 13 to select their candidate for the special election. 

Bartos Talks To Tucker Carlson on Fox News: On Wednesday night, Jeff Bartos joined Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News for an interview about the work that the Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund, a nonprofit that he co-founded to aid small businesses and their employees in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has done to help struggling small businesses. Bartos has promoted the interview on Twitter and in an email to supporters. Bartos filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC for the U.S. Senate a few weeks ago, although he hasn’t formally announced a bid for the seat. 

Lawyer Who Worked On Trump’s Campaign Considers Senate Bid: John Giordano, a lawyer who worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2022, Politico’s Holly Otterbein reports. 

Harrisburg City Council Wanda Williams President To Run for Mayor: Harrisburg City Council President Wanda Williams announced that she is seeking the Democratic Party nomination in the Harrisburg mayoral race, according to PennLive. Williams, who is the sixth candidate to join the race, has been endorsed by former Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, former state Senate candidate George Scott, and former Harrisburg City Council President Gloria Martin-Roberts, according to a press release from her campaign. 

Dahlkemper Endorses Schember for Erie Mayor: According to the Erie Times-News, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper has endorsed Mayor Joe Schember in his reelection bid for mayor of Erie. 

3 PA Dems Sponsor The 2021 Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act: Reps. Brendan Boyle (D-Philadelphia), Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia), and Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) have signed on as sponsors to the bill that supports Puerto Rican statehood. Forbes reports that 47 House members have signed on as sponsors to the effort. 

Harrisburg & DC   
Spotlight PA: Vaccination clinics for Pa. teachers could open as soon as next week. Here are the details. 
Spotlight PA: A business owner’s guide to Pa.’s next wave of COVID-19 relief grants
AP: Pennsylvania extends nursing-home virus response program
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Mass clinics and mobile vaccine sites: How Pa. plans to vaccinate school employees against COVID-19 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s U.S. House delegation splits along party lines on sweeping voting rights package 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Berks detention center may reopen as women-only migrant facility 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Study: Pa. waterways are filled with harmful microplastics | Friday Morning Coffee
Bucks County Courier Times: PA extends funding for long-term care program
York Daily Record: Grand jury indicts ‘bullhorn lady’ from PA 
York Daily Record: Pa. won’t soon follow Texas, Mississippi in lifting mask mandate, COVID-19 business restrictions
York Daily Record: Federal detention center in PA releases families — including children — but it’s still open
York Daily Record: Vaccine clinics for Pa. teachers open next week
Morning Call: Teachers will be first for the new, one-shot COVID-19 vaccine in Pennsylvania. Here’s what we know about the rollout 
Patriot News: Pa. health secretary defends plan to give school staff first dibs of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Patriot News: David Newhouse, who led The Patriot-News to a Pulitzer Prize, has died
Patriot News: COVID-19 update: Nursing home infections, deaths plummet in Pa.
PLSReporter: House concludes budget hearings at odds over Wolf’s 2021 proposals 
KDKA: Pa. Senators Bob Casey And Pat Toomey At Strong Odds With Each Other On Stimulus Bill 
KDKA: ‘Bullhorn Lady’ Rachel Powell Indicted For Role In Capitol Riot
StateImpactPA: Life along the Delaware: How the Upper Delaware River unites many into one community
National Journal: Against the Grain Episode 109: Keystone Race Alert. Ryan Costello talks about the 2022 Pennsylvania Senate race.
National Journal: Anti-fracking activists eye state constitutions
Washington Post: As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms
Post-Gazette: Mercer County woman indicted in U.S. Capitol riot case
Post-Gazette: Wolf administration says Pa. elementary teachers will be vaccinated first
Post-Gazette: Pa. bishops clarify stance on Johnson & Johnson vaccine 
Post-Gazette: Health care, pension measures tucked into COVID-19 relief bill
Tribune Review: How vaccine clinics will work for Pa. teachers
Tribune Review: ‘Pink hat lady’ indicted on charges stemming from Capitol insurrection
CNN: Organization founded by LeBron James and other Black athletes turns focus to fighting GOP-backed bills restricting voter access  

Philadelphia 
Philly Clout: Philly District Attorney Larry Krasner’s rival tries to pick off a big group behind his win 
Inquirer: City Council passes bill to reform vaccine transparency after Philly Fighting COVID scandal 
Inquirer: Philly labor leader Esteban Vera Jr. named to SEPTA board 
Inquirer: 9,000 Philly teachers have been vaccinated and thousands more are eligible as some schools prepare to open Monday
Billy Penn: The FBI sent a dozen agents with a battering ram and long guns to arrest Johnny Doc’s nephew
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council creates anti-violence hotline as residents demand more action on gun crisis
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. coronavirus update: State to open 30 vaccine clinics for school staff; Penn Relays canceled 
WHYY Newsworks: Philly on course for educators to be fully vaccinated by early April
KYW Newsradio: Philly teachers roll up their sleeves for first COVID-19 vaccine doses
Philly Voice: City Council may reinstate paid sick leave for Philly workers affected by COVID-19 
Philly Voice: Philly police heighten presence in response to U.S. Capitol threat 

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: GOP legislators: Bucks County being shortchanged on COVID vaccines 
Bucks Local News: Bucks Republican delegation to introduce legislation requiring vaccine distribution by population
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman issues statement on Justice in Policing Act
KYW Newsradio: Pa. lawmakers call on state health department to show vaccine allotment data
KYW Newsradio: Montco starved for COVID-19 vaccines but making progress, says official
Montgomery Media: Hundreds watch as Montgomery County medical leaders talk coronavirus vaccination campaign
Montgomery Media: ‘Good news for our schools,’ Montgomery County official praises plan to vaccinate teachers
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County OKs $11.5M in justice center contracts
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County reports 128 daily new coronavirus cases, one more death

Pittsburgh 
WESA: Candidate Seeking Democratic Endorsement Was Registered Republican Prior To Run
WESA: Allegheny County Sick Leave Bill Makes It Out Of Committee, Council Vote Expected Soon
Tribune Review: Mayor Bill Peduto, challenger Tony Moreno agree to run civil campaign; Ed Gainey silent on issue
Tribune Review: Rep. Mike Doyle defends covid relief bill, minimum wage increase   
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Jail administration defends covid-19 testing policy
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reports 2 more covid deaths, 276 cases 
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Council Tables Discussion Of “No-Knock Bill” For 2 Weeks
KDKA: Report: 17 Fans Ejected From Penguins-Flyers Game For Not Wearing Masks
KDKA: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 276 More Coronavirus Cases, 2 Additional Deaths
Post-Gazette: Road deaths spiked 8% in 2020 despite 13% drop in miles driven, National Safety Council reports
Post-Gazette: Just under half of eligible Allegheny County Jail workers received COVID vaccine, deputy warden says
City Paper: ACLU sues McKeesport Council for closing public meeting after outcry over checkpoints and alleged warrantless searches

SWPA 
Observer-Reporter: Washington County commissioners pass 2nd Amendment ‘sanctuary’ resolution
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners expected to boost solicitor pay by 33%
Beaver County Times: 11 Pa. counties get more than half of vaccine doses
Beaver County Times: More money needed for PA bureau protecting dogs
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County covid cases, deaths, hospitalizations remain stable
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Britt finds inspiration to run for Johnstown City Council
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf administration outlines new information about vaccine distribution for educators
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Vaccination sites for teachers in works
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New COVID cases in single digits for four local counties
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Two Westmoreland COVID-19 deaths are region’s only fatalities
Altoona Mirror: County to provide increased funding to Blair Pension fund

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Mayor’s State of the City address: Wind in Scranton’s sails
Times-Tribune: Jessup: Bob Bolus violated borough zoning with tractor trailer storage, used land as junkyard
Times-Tribune: Bishop of Scranton gives OK for COVID-19 vaccine
Times-Tribune: Region sees 12 more deaths from COVID-19 
Citizens Voice: Election board seats might be filled next week
Citizens Voice: Bishop of Scranton gives OK for COVID-19 vaccine
Citizens Voice: 64 new COVID-19 cases reported in county on Thursday
The Times Leader: Brown: WB budget covers new hires and promotions in fire department
The Times Leader: 64 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Luzerne County Thursday; 4 more deaths

South Central 
York Dispatch: State GOP to nominate 48th Senate District candidate Saturday for special election
York Dispatch: Bailey Coach: Wolf’s tax, wage proposals would be ‘devastating’ to industry
York Dispatch: Microplastics found in York County waterways, according to a new study 
York Dispatch: York County reports one new death linked to COVID-19
Patriot News: Open 48th Senatorial District seat draws interest from 13 candidates
Patriot News: A year of COVID-19 in central Pa.: Where we started, where we are and how we got here
Patriot News: Harrisburg Council President Wanda Williams joins crowded mayoral field
Patriot News: Former CEO Joan Erney announces bid for New Cumberland mayor 
Patriot News: David Newhouse, who led The Patriot-News to a Pulitzer Prize, has died 
Patriot News: Ex-Dauphin County public defender with suspended law license lands job as clerk
Patriot News: Amid Camp Hill prison COVID-19 outbreak, corrections union urges Pa. to vaccinate staff
Patriot News: Shippensburg University president leaving to take over Wisconsin university
Patriot News: Camp Hill ZIP code leads Pa. in new COVID-19 cases this week
Carlisle Sentinel: Less restrictive rent relief program to begin in Cumberland County as pandemic closes on year of often-confusing eviction rules
Carlisle Sentinel: DOH: 50 new cases of COVID-19 for Cumberland County Thursday 
LNP | LancasterOnline: Number of Lancaster Countians getting laid off declines 15%, new report shows
LNP | LancasterOnline: Despite decline, COVID-19 case rate is still 3 times higher than at last spring’s reopening of economy in Lancaster County

Lehigh Valley      
Morning Call: Democratic Party will commit extra resources to help Rep. Susan Wild in 2022
Morning Call: Allentown City Council urges Lehigh County to do more to stop COVID-19 contagion in jail
Morning Call: Could bartenders, waiters and others from displaced businesses help struggling manufacturers fill jobs? Speaker at Pa. workforce briefing thinks so
Morning Call: Average balance of Lehigh Valley credit card holders topped $7K to end 2020, study says 
WFMZ: Some Pa. Republican voters jump ship in the last few months. A sign of divide in the party, or the ebb and flow of politics?
WFMZ: Questions about migrant center plague Berks commissioners
WFMZ: Virtual government meetings raise questions about identifying attendees
WFMZ: Schwank hosts virtual program to address food insecurity
WFMZ: Microplastic contamination found in Delaware, Lehigh rivers
York Daily Record: Federal detention center in PA releases families — including children — but it’s still open
Express Times: Lehigh County judges address COVID concerns after jail population rose for most of 2020
Express Times: COVID in Pa.: Johnson & Johnson vaccine prepped for teachers; Allentown diocese calls it morally compromised | Pa. COVID vaccine map (03/04/21)
Reading Eagle: Panelists explore food insecurity in Berks and Pa. during the COVID pandemic 
Reading Eagle: Berks County denies Reading Eagle request seeking details about residential center proposal
Reading Eagle: Berks County registers 189 COVID cases in unusual spike 

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: 3/20 Coalition stages ‘die-in’ for recusal, resignation of county DA over handling of Osagie case
Centre Daily Times: March 4 update: Centre County reports 50 new cases of COVID-19; Pa. has 3,028 positives
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper endorses Schember for Erie mayor
Tribune Review: ‘Pink hat lady’ indicted on charges stemming from Capitol insurrection
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City resident seeks Democratic nomination for Council seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners act on housing needs
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City hires 2 consulting firms

Opinion  
Yassmin Gramian: Bridge toll plan will strengthen Pa.
Ryan Bizzarro: Pro-Life Is Pro-Vaccine 
John Baer: Tom Wolf’s getting lots of grief, but other Democratic governors have it worse 
Paul Muschick: You can see a hockey game but you can’t visit grandma at the nursing home. Let’s fix that.
JD Mullane: What led the FBI to Bucks? New Hope mom says it was a bogus tip on DC riots
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: $15 minimum wage without a federal mandate
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Judge Mariani: Open courtroom to virtual access
Inquirer Staff: Should local election boards be nonpartisan? | Pro/Con
LNP | LancasterOnline Editorial Board: On ‘Hairspray,’ Dr. Seuss, cancel culture and talking about race
Sundrop Carter: Philly city leaders need to support this crucial deportation defense program. Here’s why
Dan Simpson: Searching for 2024 candidates
Bruce Katz: How Cities Can Fight Climate Change 
Amadee Braxton: Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium’s 24-hour clinic is not a feel-good story
Corky Goldstein: Civil disobedience against injustice is an American right, but violent insurrection is not
Fletcher McClellan: The U.S. Senate is where democracy goes to die. It’s time to get rid of the filibuster 
Trudy Rubin: An admiral and a novelist want you to imagine a nuclear war with China 
Nick Miller: Why you should consider running for Allentown school board
Roxanne Patel Sheplavy: Finding A Shot

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