2/23 PoliticsPA Playbook

The woman who former Congressman Tim Murphy has an affair with announced a bid for Congress, Madeleine Dean ends her LG run to run for Congress, Republicans file with the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, and Andrew Lewis ends his Congressional bid to run for state Hosue.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Woman Who Murphy Had an Affair With To Run For Congress: Shannon Edwards, the forensic psychologist who former Congressman Tim Murphy had a affair with that led to his resignation, announced she is running for Congress in the new 18th district.

Dean Ends LG Bid, Enters Race for PA-4: State Rep. Madeleine Dean announced today she is ending her primary challenge of Lieutenant Governor Mike Stack to enter the race for the open 4th Congressional district.

Pa. Republicans File for Stay of State Supreme Court Maps: State Senate and House Republican Leaders filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the implementation of the new Congressional map drawn by the state Supreme Court.

Lewis Suspends Congressional Bid, Launches State House Campaign: Republican Andrew Lewis announced he is suspending his Congressional campaign after the redraw of the Congressional districts, and is instead running to replace retiring state House Rep. Ron Marsico.

Legislative Election Update
Times Leader: Boback announces intent to run for re-election

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA GOP piles on lawsuits in bid to avoid new congressional map
State House Sound Bites: PA gaming expansion proceeds, with a few bumps in the road
StateImpact: Sunoco: Mariner East 2, despite shutdown, expected in service by end of June
Capitolwire: Senate lawmakers hear from PA State Police.
Capitolwire: State, federal GOP elected officials file federal court challenge to PA Supreme Court’s implementation of a new congressional map.

Philadelphia
WHYY: New congressional districts in Philly suburbs could help Democrats win in D.C.
Philly Tribune: Wolf signs bill to protect victims of sex crimes
WCAU: More Pennsylvania Republicans Try to Halt New District Map
Inquirer: Republican congressmen jump into fight over Pa. congressional map with federal lawsuit
Inquirer: After Florida school shooting, Pat Toomey to press background check bill again
Inquirer: Pa. Republicans are talking about impeaching state Supreme Court justices. Do they have an argument?
Inquirer: Will Bill Green, Maria Quiñones-Sánchez challenge U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle? | Clout
Inquirer: Republican congressmen jump into fight over Pa. congressional map with federal lawsuit
Inquirer: At CPAC, conservatives battle the left, without a clear foe
Inquirer: Philly will get one new charter school; SRC denies 6 more
Inquirer: Why Philly DA Krasner could let 180+ juvenile lifers out of prison early

SEPA
Unionville Times: Chester Co. Dems back Cozzone, Houlahan
Daily Local: Chesco Dems gather to endorse midterm favorites
Delco Times: Republicans go to court in push to block new Pa congressional map
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania GOP congressmen file challenge to district map

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Journal: State Attorney General stops at Bar Marco to tell of opposition to tipping rule
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Infrastructure projects such as Southern Beltway a ‘game changer’ for Washington County
Post-Gazette: Bill Peduto to Congress, Donald Trump: Give DACA recipients a ‘pathway to citizenship’
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Republicans file second challenge to court-drawn congressional map
Post-Gazette: Pa. AG Josh Shapiro will fight effort to give restaurant owners control over tips
Post-Gazette: House speaker: City should take Peoples offer to partner with water authority
Post-Gazette: New mini-casino planned in Cumberland County, not Mercer
Tribune Review: Trump’s proposal to arm teachers would face legal, union opposition in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Greene County cultivator gets green light to grow medical marijuana
Tribune Review: Eric Holder: Democratic redistricting committee to intervene in GOP map challenge
Tribune Review: PFA order says congressional hopeful Shannon Edwards threatened to kill husband
WESA: Saccone Might Run In Different District Under Court’s Map
WESA: Eight Pennsylvania GOP Congressmen File Challenge To District Map
WESA: New Congressional Map Spurs More Would-Be Candidates
WTAE: Pittsburgh ‘Dreamers’ and Mayor Peduto call for protections for DACA recipients
KDKA: Barletta’s Run Against Casey Could Be Referendum On Trump

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: AGRiMED approved to grow medical marijuana in Greene County
Observer-Reporter: If court’s map stands, Saccone says he’ll run and win in reconfigured Washington-Greene area
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania GOP congressmen file challenge to district map
Tribune-Democrat: GOP looks to SCOTUS to stop map redraw
Altoona Mirror: Toomey eyes reviving gun background checks bill
WJAC: As Trump suggests some teachers be armed, Pa. bill moves forward
Indiana Gazette: Pennsylvania now key to Democratic House

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County promotes voter registration in high schools
Times Leader: Congress passes legislation to protect veterans from financial scams
Times-Tribune: DA talks publicly about opioid epidemic for first time since taking office
Times-Tribune: Barletta, Marino among GOP congressmen filing suit over Pa. district map

South Central
Patriot News: Pa.’s fourth satellite casino bid awarded to site in Cumberland (or Franklin) County
Patriot News: ‘I’m current on the current’: Pension clock keeper pays to keep debt tracker at the Capitol
Patriot News: Pa.’s fourth satellite casino bid awarded to site in Cumberland (or Franklin) County
Patriot News: Penn State to raise student housing and meal costs by 2.5 percent for next year
Patriot News: Arming school employees, an idea that Trump floated, could get a renewed push in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map
LNP: Lancaster Parking Authority board chairman stepping down
LNP: GOP congressmen challenge new Pennsylvania district map

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Common Cause won’t issue voting rights challenge to redistricted map
Morning Call: DA Morganelli to detail plan in wake of mass shootings
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski faces prosecutors on stand
Reading Eagle: Eight Republican congressmen file federal lawsuit in congressional district map case

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie Mayor Joe Schember announces new business council
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania GOP congressmen file challenge to district map
Sun Gazette: GOP leaders request hold on redistricting map
Sun Gazette: Lawmaker says state has ‘spending problem’
WJET: Should teachers be armed with guns?

Opinion
Tribune Review: Colin McNickle: Post-Act 47, Pittsburgh looks to avoid repeat
Tribune Review: Commonwealth Foundation presdient/CEO: Write Pa.’s next chapter without tax-and-spend policies
Delco Times: Editorial: The redistricting fight is far from over
City & State: The time is now to enact gun-control legislation
Inquirer: Integrity of Philly’s new school board needs protection | Opinion
Inquirer: Voters should hold Metcalfe accountable for school shooting conspiracy theory comments | Opinion
Inquirer: Quid row quo: Time to kill city’s row offices | Editorial
Post-Gazette: Not meant for jail: Keep ‘debtor’s prison’ an archaic idea
Patriot News: Trump? Serious about gun-control? Watch what he does – not what he says | John L. Micek
Patriot News: A blue wave? How Trump is helping Democrats win in unlikely places | Opinion
LNP: When it comes to firearms in the Capitol, lawmakers should follow the same rules as everyone else

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