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1/10 PoliticsPA Playbook

Andrew Lewis tell PA-11 debate hosts he will not attend the candidate forum on Saturday if a white nationalist candidate attends, Lamb says he won’t support Pelosi for Democratic leader, more names are floated for the 9th Congressional district, and the straw poll results for the GOP caucus meetings over the weekend.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

GOP Candidate to PA11 Debate Hosts: If White Nationalist Candidate is in, I’m Out: 11th district congressional hopeful Andrew Lewis announced he will boycott a candidate forum hosted by the Dauphin County Council of Republican Women over their invitation of Sean Donahue to the event.

Lamb Won’t Support Pelosi For Democratic Leader: Democratic PA-18 candidate Conor Lamb announced he will not support current Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi if he wins the special election, saying the party needs new leadership.

Dr. Joyce Considers Run for PA-9: Republican Dr. John Joyce is reportedly considering a run to replace retiring Congressman Bill Shuster.

GOP Caucus Meeting Straw Poll Results: Lieutenant Governor: Regional straw polls are beginning to paint a picture of who has the inside track for the Gubernatorial endorsement ahead of the state party’s endorsement meeting.

Legislative Election Update
HD-167: Kristine Howard, a Chester County child welfare worker, announced her bid for the 167th state House district. “As disappointing as the election of Donald Trump was to many of us, the resulting rising tide of political awareness and resistance activism has opened doors of political opportunity that seemed nearly impossible before the fall of 2016. For example, the sweeping victories of our Chester County row office candidates in 2017 heralded a seismic shift in the political realities we previously understood as activists Democrats,” Howard wrote in a letter to members of the Democratic Committee.  
HD-48: Jared Cypher, former President of East Washington Borough Council, announced his bid for the 48th state House district special election.  “I’m running for the State House because I would like to continue my work in the community that I love and grew up in on a larger scale. I believe this district needs a strong, unwavering, pro-business voice, specifically as it relates to coal and natural gas,” Cypher said.
Times Leader: Mehoopany resident steps up to challenge state Rep. Boback

State House Sound Bites: If not taxpayers, who should pay for sexual harassment claims?
State House Sound Bites: Need for high-speed internet tops lawmakers’ agriculture agenda
StateImpact: Despite DEP order to halt Mariner East 2 construction, some work is still allowed
StateImpact: Family that fled Hurricane Maria forced to find new life in Lancaster
StateImpact: Report: Mariner East pipelines could have a $9 billion financial impact
Capitolwire: Gaming Board prepares for Wednesday mini-casino auction.

Inquirer: New DA Krasner on ousters: ‘The coach gets to pick the team’
Inquirer: At Pennsylvania Farm Show, animals with names, jobs, and sometimes a lucky pass
Inquirer: The woman who banned Kenney from Twitter speaks as she leaves the administration
Inquirer: Man behind Trump ‘dossier’ faced harsh spotlight as teen in Philly burbs
Inquirer: Penn National sues over Pennsylvania’s casino expansion
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf to declare state emergency on opioid epidemic
Philly Mag: Pennsylvania Leaders Vow to Fight Medical Marijuana Overreach
WHYY: The Philly school choice system no one is talking about
WHYY: Corbett looks back at Sandusky scandal, fallout

Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania to unseal first bids in casino expansion
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown zoning hearing for ‘sober’ group home re-scheduled for March 21
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP sends back Elcon application for third time
Delco Times: SE Delco committee to review superintendent Butz’s contract

WTAE: Penn National sues over Pennsylvania’s casino expansion
Tribune Review: GOP straw polls favor Scott Wagner in Pennsylvania governor race
Tribune Review: New wave of casinos ready to hit Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Plum school officials may cut 24 jobs, close Regency school, end full-day kindergarten
Tribune Review: Rejection of Trump plan to have ratepayers subsidize coal, nuclear power applauded by consumer groups
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf to declare opioid emergency in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Dems to endorse in city council race on Steeler Sunday, and no one is happy about it
Post-Gazette: VP Pence likely to campaign for Rick Saccone for Tim Murphy’s former seat
Post-Gazette: ‘All Things Considered’ local host Larkin Page-Jacobs named full-time WESA managing editor
KDKA: As Communities Opt Out, Process Begins to Award New PA Casino Licenses

Beaver County Times: Feds reject bailout for struggling coal, nuclear plants
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials may give raises to nonunion employees after all
Beaver County Times: Christiana still committed to Senate bid after Barletta wins nearly 90 percent of caucus votes
Altoona Mirror: Altoona Area passes budget
Altoona Mirror: Sen. Eichelberger details goals for 2018

Times Leader: Luzerne County Council makes slew of board appointments
Times-Tribune: University of Scranton increases its donation to city, directs where funds should go
Times-Tribune: University of Scranton increases its donation to city, directs where funds should go
Standard-Speaker: What a city tax hike would mean to your wallet

South Central
WPMT: State reps seek transparency for taxpayers in sexual harassment settlements
WHTM: Vietnam veterans awarded commemorative pin
Patriot News: Penn National says Hollywood Casino ‘uniquely vulnerable,’ sues state to block mini casinos
Patriot News: Gov. Wolf to issue statewide disaster declaration in Pa. opioid epidemic
Patriot News: Lancaster authority extends operation of Harrisburg incinerator by 15 years
LNP: Lancaster’s new mayor, Danene Sorace, talks up neighborhoods, outreach and openness
LNP: Scheduling your next doctor visit in Lancaster County may not require a phone call

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania’s mini-casino auctions start Wednesday
Reading Eagle: East Cocalico supervisors OK negotiations for police chief agreement
Morning Call: Pennsylvania will unseal the first bids in casino expansion today. Here’s how the process will work.
Morning Call: Sands and other casino sue Pennsylvania over new gaming expansion law

North by Northwest
Daily Item: Ag officials stress need for boost to broadband access in rural PA
Centre Daily Times: SCASD delays vote on changes to elementary homework and recess policies

Daily Local: Editorial: Economic benefit won’t resolve pipeline concerns
Inquirer: Jeff Sessions should leave marijuana to states and focus on opioids | Editorial
Inquirer: Philly police commissioner now open to safe-injection sites | Mike Newall
Daily News: Oprah 2020 mania proves the American presidency is badly broken | Will Bunch
Tribune Review: VP Mike Pence: President Trump not staying silent on Iran
Post-Gazette: Law of the land: Sessions is right to enforce federal marijuana law
Patriot News: After GOP tax bill, states may get away with creative income tax maneuvers | Opinion
Patriot news: W.Pa lawmaker’s bill on local electric companies raises moral, legal questions | Opinion

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