3/28 PoliticsPA Playbook

Wallace launches first ads in the PA-1 Democratic primary, Hartman and Tarasi withdraw from their primary races, and Costello removes his name from the ballot after announcing his retirement.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wallace Launches Two TV Ads in PA-1 Primary: Democrat Scott Wallace launched two TV ads in his bid for the 1st Congressional district.

Hartman Exits PA-10 Race: Christina Hartman is exiting the Democratic primary in the new 10th Congressional district.

Tarasi Withdraws from PA-17 Primary: Beth Tarasi announced today she is withdrawing from the Democratic primary for the 17th Congressional district.

Costello Removes Name From Ballot: Congressman Ryan Costello announced he is removing his name from the primary ballot after filing petitions to run in the 6th Congressional district.

Legislative Election Update
Philly Tribune: Kenney backs Evans in 3rd District primary
Bucks County Courier Times: Valerie Mihalek says run in 1st District on pause
Tribune Review: Democrat Beth Tarasi drops bid for Congress, will support Lamb against Rothfus

Statewide
StateImpact: Public hearing set for longwall mining in Washington County
StateImpact: In Pennsylvania, unions throw political weight behind natural gas
StateImpact: Lobbyist, lawmakers entwined in complex relationship: Is it influence peddling, or essential?
City & State: Wolf outlines election reform package, backs anti-gerrymandering bill
Capitolwire: Senate panel debates redistricting changes.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Former Sheriff John Green defends handing out unwritten contracts
Inquirer: ‘I don’t know the last time I’ve been so angry’ – Rep. Ryan Costello formally withdraws from primary ballot
Inquirer: A new congressional map doesn’t solve gerrymandering. Here’s how Pa. advocates want to reform the redistricting process.
Philly Mag: Where Does Sixers Owner Josh Harris Figure in New White House Ethics Probe?
WHYY: Philadelphia Council presses for answers on borrowing, money lost on police HQ
WHYY: Money woes force Cheyney University to suspend most athletic programs

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Gov. Wolf unveils voting reform package for campaign finance, gerrymandering
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Republican committeeman appealing court decision regarding disqualifcation
Daily Local: Rep. Costello to withdraw from May ballot, ending campaign
Delco Times: Dems continue complaints about picks for elections board

Pittsburgh
WESA: Even In Absence, Stack Dominates Lieutenant Governor Debate
WESA: Report: Democrats Would Need Huge Wave To Win U.S. House
WTAE: Conor Lamb, midway between special election win and oath of office, prepares to join Congress
Tribune Review: Western Pennsylvania rail projects receiving more than $13M in state funding
Tribune Review: Lieutenant governor candidates split on whether Gov. Wolf should release Stack report
Tribune Review: Partnership aims to better track, forecast Pennsylvania opioid epidemic
Tribune Review: Mayor, governor say they can’t ban Uber from Pittsburgh streets in wake of deadly crash
Post-Gazette: State committee clears anti-hazing proposal, moving closer to full vote
Post-Gazette: Beth Tarasi suspends campaign, leaving Lamb, Linsenmayer in Democratic race for Pa. 17th District
Post-Gazette: Gerrymander fix part 2: the Legislature will decide whether to reform the redistricting process

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Pa. House to take a look at giving local police radar
Altoona Mirror: Silk Mill project likely to get environmental grant
Observer-Reporter: Autonomous vehicles part of discussion at Southwestern Pa. Commission Workshop
Beaver County Times: Tarasi drops out of congressional race
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf unveils voting reform package for campaign finance, gerrymandering

NEPA
Times Leader: Hidden cost of opioid epidemic may be infant addiction, report says
Times-Tribune: Commissioners to establish county fair authority
Times-Tribune: Scranton DPW to work Friday, be off Monday for Easter holiday
Standard-Speaker: Compliance comes at a cost

South Central
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf throws support behind Pennsylvania elections reform package
Patriot News: Fishing license fee increase proposal makes waves with Pa. lawmakers and that’s no fish story
Patriot News: Pa. will use $1 million donation from insurer to track, try to head off heroin addiction crisis
Patriot News: Philly’s cab drivers suffer another major legal defeat in court battle against Uber
Patriot News: Pennsylvania redistricting – the next fight. Reform proposals get aired in Senate committee
York Dispatch: Wolf proposes improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections system
LNP: Christina Hartman withdraws from Democratic primary in Pa.’s 10th Congressional District

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Opioid crisis, state’s response topic of meeting at Caron
Morning Call: Applicants for vacant Allentown mayor position offer ideas for fixing the city
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area School District facing $5 million deficit
Morning Call: Ray O’Connell will get to interview for mayor job in spite of legal ruling
Reading Eagle: Ryan Costello pulls his name from primary ballot

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie Mayor Joe Schember announces new business council
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania school board denies NRA grant for high school rifle team
Clearfield Progress: Voting reform plan for Pennsylvania unveiled
Centre Daily Times: Tim Piazza anti-hazing law unanimously approved by Pa. Senate committee

Opinion
Inquirer: Governor: Give kids a voice in school safety | Opinion
Inquirer: Linda Brown’s death a reminder that America’s schools are still segregated | Editorial
Erie Times-News: Our view: Redistricting should be done by commission
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Data make case for paycheck protection
Post-Gazette: Redistricting sense: Citizens commission among Wolf’s voting reforms
Patriot News: Lift the clouds over the ‘OpenSky’ radio system and do an audit | Editorial
Patriot News: This March 29 is Vietnam Veterans Day. Take a moment to say ‘Thank you’ | Pat Toomey
LNP: The students are making their case for sensible gun regulation — it’s up to adults now to show similar courage

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