Category: Playbook

Independent Voters

February 6: Countdown

Special Elections Preview. Wanting Less Partisan Gridlock. Biden Comes to Philly. Hoagie-Fest. Here is Monday’s Playbook.

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Punxustawney Phil announces decision

February 2: Six More Weeks

The Money Chase. Shapiro Rounds Out Cabinet. Hill Staffer Serves In PA National Guard. Phil Says. Here is Thursday’s Playbook.

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February 1: Ready For Phil

Rozzi Expects to Keep Gavel. Culver Wins Senate Seat. Shapiro’s ‘Money-Back’ Guarantee. Getting Ready For Phil. Here is Wednesday’s Playbook.

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January 31: Election Day

Rise of Women in PA Politics. Shapiro’s Charm Offensive. How Money Will Affect Allegheny Exec Race? Throwing Teddy Bears. Here is Tuesday’s Playbook.

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Clock

January 27: Expired

Running Out The Clock? Dream Deferred? Krasner Trial Revived? Mobile ID? Here is Friday’s Playbook.

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Child Sex Abuse Survivor

January 25: Survivors

Child Sex Abuse Survivors Waiting Game. New Cabinet Position. NAACP Protests Honor For DeSantis. Want Eagles’ Tickets? Here is Wednesday’s Playbook.

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Ice Sculpture

January 24: Show And Tell

National GOP Power Struggle Comes To PA. Inaugural Donors Remain Anonymous. SD-27 Preview. Girl Scout Cookie Time. Here’s Tuesday’s Playbook.

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Good Monday Morning. Recharged after a great weekend with friends at Seven Springs. Let’s Go.

PA Weather
Pittsburgh | Mostly Cloudy, 40
Harrisburg | Partly Sunny, 47
Philadelphia | Sunny, 50

PA Sports
Flyers (21-21-9) | MON vs. NY Islanders
Penguins (24-16-9) | TUE vs. Colorado
76ers (34-18) | NY Knicks, L 108-97 | WED vs. Boston

What We’re Hearing
“No leader should have the power to just veto a bill by just never putting it on an agenda.”

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Brendan Boyle.

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Top Story

1. The Special Elections: What to Expect This Week

Voting is a Sacred Act | Better Together | Central East Region | UUA.org

“In the coming days, three special elections will likely decide which political party controls the Pennsylvania House, breaking a stalemate that has brought operations in the chamber to a complete halt.

The special elections for contested state House seats will be held Tuesday. All three are in Allegheny County districts dominated by registered Democratic voters, and the party is expected to win them.

If that happens, Democrats will hold the state House majority for the first time in more than a decade.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Special Election Preview: 35th State House District. “A year ago, Austin Davis represented the Mon Valley and the 35th District in Harrisburg. Now, he is the Commonwealth’s lieutenant governor. That opens a seat in the State House that requires a special election to fill. That takes place February 7.” (PoliticsPA)

3 Special Elections in Allegheny County Will Determine State House Majority. “Three special elections being held Tuesday in Allegheny County will determine which party has the majority in the state House for the next two years. Voters who live in the 32nd, 34th and 35th state House districts will elect new legislators. With those seats now empty, Republicans hold a slim majority in the House, with 101 seats to Democrats’ 99.” (Tribune-Review)

 

Harrisburg

2. Ask And Ye Shall Receive? We Want Less Partisan Deadlock

Pa. House Speaker brings 'Listening Tour' to Wilkes-Barre | Eyewitness News

“A statewide listening tour organized by embattled state House Speaker Mark Rozzi revealed widespread frustration with the lower chamber, which has been unable to move forward with official business amid a partisan stalemate.

Members of the public frequently criticized previous versions of the rules that have given the majority party outsized power to kill legislation that has bipartisan support.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Bucks Politicians, Political Watchers Embrace Independents. “With partisan bickering at an all-time high, current and former politicians, along with political watchers and the League of Women Voters, said a way to cut through the extremism of both parties is to allow registered independents to vote in primary elections.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

Bullock Shares PA Legislative Black Caucus Priorities For 2023. “This year, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus celebrates its 50th anniversary, and does so with the largest and most diverse coalition of members in caucus history. ” (City & State)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. Biden Visits Philadelphia To Announce Funds For Water Upgrades, Lead Pipe Removal

President Joe Biden's speech on voting rights: TRANSCRIPT - ABC News

“President Joe Biden visited the Belmont Water Treatment Plant in Philadelphia Friday, where he announced $160 million in federal funding to replace close to 20 miles of water mains in Philadelphia. During that project, the city will also replace any customer lead service lines found.” (WHYY)

Related

Republicans Endorse Carluccio For Seat On State’s High Court. “Pennsylvania Republican Party officials voted Saturday to endorse a Montgomery County judge, Carolyn Carluccio, to be the party’s nominee in this year’s election for an open state Supreme Court seat.” (AP)

PA Election Debate On Precanvassing Mail Ballots Confronts Governor, New Legislature. “As Pennsylvania election officials enter their fourth year of dealing with avalanches of mail ballots, one of their big wishes remains unfulfilled: more time to “precanvass” those ballots.” (Morning Call)

Who Is U.S. Rep. Summer Lee? “Summer Lee, a lawyer and a former labor organizer, is the state’s first Black congresswoman and a progressive political organizer. In November she defeated Republican Mike Doyle — not to be confused with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, whom Lee replaced, to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which includes parts of Pittsburgh and its outlying towns and suburbs.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Summer Lee Talks About Her Goals During 1st Term in Congress. “Pittsburgh has a new representative in Congress for the first time in nearly three decades.” (Tribune-Review)

Unabashed Jill Biden Is Philadelphia Eagles Fan-In-Chief. “For the first time in years, there’s an occupant in the White House who has hometown bragging rights on the line in next week’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.” (The Hill)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

 

1 Thing

5. Get Your Hoagie On in Philly

Where to Find the Best Hoagies in Philadelphia — Visit Philadelphia

Maybe there’s some tiny spot down on Wolf Street that we missed, or a Delco shop you went to as a kid after Little League. But in a city of endless hoagie choices, these are the spots you can always count on. (Philadelphia Magazine)

 

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Pittsburgh | Mostly Cloudy, 40
Harrisburg | Partly Sunny, 47
Philadelphia | Sunny, 50

PA Sports
Flyers (21-21-9) | MON vs. NY Islanders
Penguins (24-16-9) | TUE vs. Colorado
76ers (34-18) | NY Knicks, L 108-97 | WED vs. Boston

What We’re Hearing
“No leader should have the power to just veto a bill by just never putting it on an agenda.”

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Brendan Boyle.

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Top Story

1. The Special Elections: What to Expect This Week

Voting is a Sacred Act | Better Together | Central East Region | UUA.org

“In the coming days, three special elections will likely decide which political party controls the Pennsylvania House, breaking a stalemate that has brought operations in the chamber to a complete halt.

The special elections for contested state House seats will be held Tuesday. All three are in Allegheny County districts dominated by registered Democratic voters, and the party is expected to win them.

If that happens, Democrats will hold the state House majority for the first time in more than a decade.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Special Election Preview: 35th State House District. “A year ago, Austin Davis represented the Mon Valley and the 35th District in Harrisburg. Now, he is the Commonwealth’s lieutenant governor. That opens a seat in the State House that requires a special election to fill. That takes place February 7.” (PoliticsPA)

3 Special Elections in Allegheny County Will Determine State House Majority. “Three special elections being held Tuesday in Allegheny County will determine which party has the majority in the state House for the next two years. Voters who live in the 32nd, 34th and 35th state House districts will elect new legislators. With those seats now empty, Republicans hold a slim majority in the House, with 101 seats to Democrats’ 99.” (Tribune-Review)

 

Harrisburg

2. Ask And Ye Shall Receive? We Want Less Partisan Deadlock

Pa. House Speaker brings 'Listening Tour' to Wilkes-Barre | Eyewitness News

“A statewide listening tour organized by embattled state House Speaker Mark Rozzi revealed widespread frustration with the lower chamber, which has been unable to move forward with official business amid a partisan stalemate.

Members of the public frequently criticized previous versions of the rules that have given the majority party outsized power to kill legislation that has bipartisan support.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Bucks Politicians, Political Watchers Embrace Independents. “With partisan bickering at an all-time high, current and former politicians, along with political watchers and the League of Women Voters, said a way to cut through the extremism of both parties is to allow registered independents to vote in primary elections.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

Bullock Shares PA Legislative Black Caucus Priorities For 2023. “This year, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus celebrates its 50th anniversary, and does so with the largest and most diverse coalition of members in caucus history. ” (City & State)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. Biden Visits Philadelphia To Announce Funds For Water Upgrades, Lead Pipe Removal

President Joe Biden's speech on voting rights: TRANSCRIPT - ABC News

“President Joe Biden visited the Belmont Water Treatment Plant in Philadelphia Friday, where he announced $160 million in federal funding to replace close to 20 miles of water mains in Philadelphia. During that project, the city will also replace any customer lead service lines found.” (WHYY)

Related

Republicans Endorse Carluccio For Seat On State’s High Court. “Pennsylvania Republican Party officials voted Saturday to endorse a Montgomery County judge, Carolyn Carluccio, to be the party’s nominee in this year’s election for an open state Supreme Court seat.” (AP)

PA Election Debate On Precanvassing Mail Ballots Confronts Governor, New Legislature. “As Pennsylvania election officials enter their fourth year of dealing with avalanches of mail ballots, one of their big wishes remains unfulfilled: more time to “precanvass” those ballots.” (Morning Call)

Who Is U.S. Rep. Summer Lee? “Summer Lee, a lawyer and a former labor organizer, is the state’s first Black congresswoman and a progressive political organizer. In November she defeated Republican Mike Doyle — not to be confused with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, whom Lee replaced, to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which includes parts of Pittsburgh and its outlying towns and suburbs.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Summer Lee Talks About Her Goals During 1st Term in Congress. “Pittsburgh has a new representative in Congress for the first time in nearly three decades.” (Tribune-Review)

Unabashed Jill Biden Is Philadelphia Eagles Fan-In-Chief. “For the first time in years, there’s an occupant in the White House who has hometown bragging rights on the line in next week’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.” (The Hill)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

 

1 Thing

5. Get Your Hoagie On in Philly

Where to Find the Best Hoagies in Philadelphia — Visit Philadelphia

Maybe there’s some tiny spot down on Wolf Street that we missed, or a Delco shop you went to as a kid after Little League. But in a city of endless hoagie choices, these are the spots you can always count on. (Philadelphia Magazine)

 

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Pittsburgh | Mostly Cloudy, 40
Harrisburg | Partly Sunny, 47
Philadelphia | Sunny, 50

PA Sports
Flyers (21-21-9) | MON vs. NY Islanders
Penguins (24-16-9) | TUE vs. Colorado
76ers (34-18) | NY Knicks, L 108-97 | WED vs. Boston

What We’re Hearing
“No leader should have the power to just veto a bill by just never putting it on an agenda.”

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Brendan Boyle.

Join Our PoliticsPA Community
Don’t wait for your colleague to forward you the Playbook! Sign up for free and get your own subscription emailed to you every weekday morning. And visit us at PoliticsPA.com

 

Top Story

1. The Special Elections: What to Expect This Week

Voting is a Sacred Act | Better Together | Central East Region | UUA.org

“In the coming days, three special elections will likely decide which political party controls the Pennsylvania House, breaking a stalemate that has brought operations in the chamber to a complete halt.

The special elections for contested state House seats will be held Tuesday. All three are in Allegheny County districts dominated by registered Democratic voters, and the party is expected to win them.

If that happens, Democrats will hold the state House majority for the first time in more than a decade.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Special Election Preview: 35th State House District. “A year ago, Austin Davis represented the Mon Valley and the 35th District in Harrisburg. Now, he is the Commonwealth’s lieutenant governor. That opens a seat in the State House that requires a special election to fill. That takes place February 7.” (PoliticsPA)

3 Special Elections in Allegheny County Will Determine State House Majority. “Three special elections being held Tuesday in Allegheny County will determine which party has the majority in the state House for the next two years. Voters who live in the 32nd, 34th and 35th state House districts will elect new legislators. With those seats now empty, Republicans hold a slim majority in the House, with 101 seats to Democrats’ 99.” (Tribune-Review)

 

Harrisburg

2. Ask And Ye Shall Receive? We Want Less Partisan Deadlock

Pa. House Speaker brings 'Listening Tour' to Wilkes-Barre | Eyewitness News

“A statewide listening tour organized by embattled state House Speaker Mark Rozzi revealed widespread frustration with the lower chamber, which has been unable to move forward with official business amid a partisan stalemate.

Members of the public frequently criticized previous versions of the rules that have given the majority party outsized power to kill legislation that has bipartisan support.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Bucks Politicians, Political Watchers Embrace Independents. “With partisan bickering at an all-time high, current and former politicians, along with political watchers and the League of Women Voters, said a way to cut through the extremism of both parties is to allow registered independents to vote in primary elections.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

Bullock Shares PA Legislative Black Caucus Priorities For 2023. “This year, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus celebrates its 50th anniversary, and does so with the largest and most diverse coalition of members in caucus history. ” (City & State)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. Biden Visits Philadelphia To Announce Funds For Water Upgrades, Lead Pipe Removal

President Joe Biden's speech on voting rights: TRANSCRIPT - ABC News

“President Joe Biden visited the Belmont Water Treatment Plant in Philadelphia Friday, where he announced $160 million in federal funding to replace close to 20 miles of water mains in Philadelphia. During that project, the city will also replace any customer lead service lines found.” (WHYY)

Related

Republicans Endorse Carluccio For Seat On State’s High Court. “Pennsylvania Republican Party officials voted Saturday to endorse a Montgomery County judge, Carolyn Carluccio, to be the party’s nominee in this year’s election for an open state Supreme Court seat.” (AP)

PA Election Debate On Precanvassing Mail Ballots Confronts Governor, New Legislature. “As Pennsylvania election officials enter their fourth year of dealing with avalanches of mail ballots, one of their big wishes remains unfulfilled: more time to “precanvass” those ballots.” (Morning Call)

Who Is U.S. Rep. Summer Lee? “Summer Lee, a lawyer and a former labor organizer, is the state’s first Black congresswoman and a progressive political organizer. In November she defeated Republican Mike Doyle — not to be confused with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, whom Lee replaced, to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which includes parts of Pittsburgh and its outlying towns and suburbs.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Summer Lee Talks About Her Goals During 1st Term in Congress. “Pittsburgh has a new representative in Congress for the first time in nearly three decades.” (Tribune-Review)

Unabashed Jill Biden Is Philadelphia Eagles Fan-In-Chief. “For the first time in years, there’s an occupant in the White House who has hometown bragging rights on the line in next week’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.” (The Hill)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

 

1 Thing

5. Get Your Hoagie On in Philly

Where to Find the Best Hoagies in Philadelphia — Visit Philadelphia

Maybe there’s some tiny spot down on Wolf Street that we missed, or a Delco shop you went to as a kid after Little League. But in a city of endless hoagie choices, these are the spots you can always count on. (Philadelphia Magazine)

 

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Pittsburgh | Mostly Cloudy, 40
Harrisburg | Partly Sunny, 47
Philadelphia | Sunny, 50

PA Sports
Flyers (21-21-9) | MON vs. NY Islanders
Penguins (24-16-9) | TUE vs. Colorado
76ers (34-18) | NY Knicks, L 108-97 | WED vs. Boston

What We’re Hearing
“No leader should have the power to just veto a bill by just never putting it on an agenda.”

Happy Birthday
Cake and candles for Rep. Brendan Boyle.

Join Our PoliticsPA Community
Don’t wait for your colleague to forward you the Playbook! Sign up for free and get your own subscription emailed to you every weekday morning. And visit us at PoliticsPA.com

 

Top Story

1. The Special Elections: What to Expect This Week

Voting is a Sacred Act | Better Together | Central East Region | UUA.org

“In the coming days, three special elections will likely decide which political party controls the Pennsylvania House, breaking a stalemate that has brought operations in the chamber to a complete halt.

The special elections for contested state House seats will be held Tuesday. All three are in Allegheny County districts dominated by registered Democratic voters, and the party is expected to win them.

If that happens, Democrats will hold the state House majority for the first time in more than a decade.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Special Election Preview: 35th State House District. “A year ago, Austin Davis represented the Mon Valley and the 35th District in Harrisburg. Now, he is the Commonwealth’s lieutenant governor. That opens a seat in the State House that requires a special election to fill. That takes place February 7.” (PoliticsPA)

3 Special Elections in Allegheny County Will Determine State House Majority. “Three special elections being held Tuesday in Allegheny County will determine which party has the majority in the state House for the next two years. Voters who live in the 32nd, 34th and 35th state House districts will elect new legislators. With those seats now empty, Republicans hold a slim majority in the House, with 101 seats to Democrats’ 99.” (Tribune-Review)

 

Harrisburg

2. Ask And Ye Shall Receive? We Want Less Partisan Deadlock

Pa. House Speaker brings 'Listening Tour' to Wilkes-Barre | Eyewitness News

“A statewide listening tour organized by embattled state House Speaker Mark Rozzi revealed widespread frustration with the lower chamber, which has been unable to move forward with official business amid a partisan stalemate.

Members of the public frequently criticized previous versions of the rules that have given the majority party outsized power to kill legislation that has bipartisan support.” (Spotlight PA)

Related

Bucks Politicians, Political Watchers Embrace Independents. “With partisan bickering at an all-time high, current and former politicians, along with political watchers and the League of Women Voters, said a way to cut through the extremism of both parties is to allow registered independents to vote in primary elections.” (Bucks County Courier Times)

Bullock Shares PA Legislative Black Caucus Priorities For 2023. “This year, the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus celebrates its 50th anniversary, and does so with the largest and most diverse coalition of members in caucus history. ” (City & State)

 

Around The Commonwealth

3. Biden Visits Philadelphia To Announce Funds For Water Upgrades, Lead Pipe Removal

President Joe Biden's speech on voting rights: TRANSCRIPT - ABC News

“President Joe Biden visited the Belmont Water Treatment Plant in Philadelphia Friday, where he announced $160 million in federal funding to replace close to 20 miles of water mains in Philadelphia. During that project, the city will also replace any customer lead service lines found.” (WHYY)

Related

Republicans Endorse Carluccio For Seat On State’s High Court. “Pennsylvania Republican Party officials voted Saturday to endorse a Montgomery County judge, Carolyn Carluccio, to be the party’s nominee in this year’s election for an open state Supreme Court seat.” (AP)

PA Election Debate On Precanvassing Mail Ballots Confronts Governor, New Legislature. “As Pennsylvania election officials enter their fourth year of dealing with avalanches of mail ballots, one of their big wishes remains unfulfilled: more time to “precanvass” those ballots.” (Morning Call)

Who Is U.S. Rep. Summer Lee? “Summer Lee, a lawyer and a former labor organizer, is the state’s first Black congresswoman and a progressive political organizer. In November she defeated Republican Mike Doyle — not to be confused with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, whom Lee replaced, to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th District, which includes parts of Pittsburgh and its outlying towns and suburbs.” (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Summer Lee Talks About Her Goals During 1st Term in Congress. “Pittsburgh has a new representative in Congress for the first time in nearly three decades.” (Tribune-Review)

Unabashed Jill Biden Is Philadelphia Eagles Fan-In-Chief. “For the first time in years, there’s an occupant in the White House who has hometown bragging rights on the line in next week’s Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles.” (The Hill)

 

Editorial

4. What They’re Saying

A glance around the Keystone State at editorials and opinions.

 

1 Thing

5. Get Your Hoagie On in Philly

Where to Find the Best Hoagies in Philadelphia — Visit Philadelphia

Maybe there’s some tiny spot down on Wolf Street that we missed, or a Delco shop you went to as a kid after Little League. But in a city of endless hoagie choices, these are the spots you can always count on. (Philadelphia Magazine)

 

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    • After the Special House Elections (Feb 7) (92%)
    • End of the Month (Jan 31) (4%)
    • End of Next Week (Jan 27) (2%)
    • Early February (Feb 1-6) (2%)

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