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3/13 PoliticsPA Playbook

Wolf unveils his ethics reform plan for state government, a new Monmouth University poll has Conor Lamb leading, and Trump campaigned for Rick Saccone over the weekend.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Wolf Unveils Ethics Reform Plan: Governor Tom Wolf revealed his ethics reform plan that includes a gift ban for all public officials and stopping lawmakers pay if the budget deadline passes without a budget.

Monmouth Poll: Lamb 51 Saccone 45: In newly released Monmouth University poll Democrat Conor Lamb holds a six point lead over Republican Rick Saccone in tomorrow’s special election in the 18th Congressional district.

Trump Campaigns for Saccone: President Trump visited Pittsburgh to campaign for Republican Rick Saccone in the special election in the 18th district.

Legislative Election Update
Altoona Mirror: Ex FBI special agent seeks 13th District seat

StateImpact: State ethics commission investigating complaint against Wolf aide
State House Sound Bites: Capitol police say they’ll bar Rep. Miccarelli from building
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf announces government reform plan as GOP suggests his proposals are ‘at best insincere.’

Inquirer: Gov. Wolf pitches new gift ban, campaign donation limits
Inquirer: Gender, bathroom wars and the Pa. GOP governor’s race: What are the issues?
Inquirer: Rep. Nick Miccarelli’s accuser talks to investigators
Inquirer: Council hearing on opioid epidemic airs complex concerns, basic questions amid a spiraling crisis
Inquirer: Former Pa. education honcho Larry Wittig finds support despite sexual misconduct scandal
Inquirer: U.S. Rep. Brady vows to submit bill for citizenship for immigrant family in N. Philly church sanctuary
Inquirer: If Mayor Kenney’s budget passes, Philly spending will have risen $600 million in three years
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf pitches new gift ban, campaign donation limits
Philly Mag: John Oliver Blasts Mike Jerrick as “Gross” for Treatment of Female Colleagues
WHYY: Philly Council members grill city officials on efforts to deal with opioid crisis

Daily Local: Chesco Mayor’s Association backs bill giving radar to municipal police
Pottstown Mercury: State Rep. proposes fining parents $500 for child’s bullying
Delco Times: Miccarelli stays away from Capitol in wake of PFA

KDKA: Post-Gazette’s Endorsement Of Rick Saccone Surprises Many, Angers Some
KDKA: As Special Election Draws To A Close, Trump Jr. Campaigns For Saccone
WESA: Governor Wolf Says Ethics Reform Plan Will Strengthen Public Trust In State Government
Tribune Review: Allegheny County councilwomen could push for ethics reforms, controller says
Tribune Review: Special election: It comes down to today for Rick Saccone and Conor Lamb
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh police rolling out body cameras, chief to equip all officers ‘ASAP’
Tribune Review: On special election eve, Trump Jr. stumps for Rick Saccone, tours chocolate factory in Western Pa.
Post-Gazette: Lawmaker’s accuser talks to investigators
Post-Gazette: Donald Trump Jr. stumps for Rick Saccone on eve of special election in 18th
Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf proposes ethics reforms for Pennsylvania lawmakers
Post-Gazette: Trump Jr. rallies voters for Saccone on eve of election

Beaver County Times: GOP governor candidates won’t show tax returns
Beaver County Times: Wolf wants gift ban, no pay for officials in budget standoff
Altoona Mirror: IRC asks Tyrone to remain member

Daily Item: Lawmakers roll out proposed ban on abortions related to Downs syndrome
Times Leader: Gov. Wolf introduces ‘Citizens First’ ethics reform plan
Times Leader: State Dem chair calls for Miccarelli’s immediate resignation
Times Leader: Casey’s infrastructure summit message: ‘We all need help’
Times-Tribune: Scranton business administrator shifts to different job in City Hall

South Central
Patriot News: Rep. Tarah Toohil speaks to Dauphin County investigators about dating violence case: Report
Patriot News: Champion swimmer born with Down syndrome speaks in favor of Pa. abortion restriction
Patriot News: Philadelphia news anchor comes under fire during John Oliver’s ‘Last Week Tonight’
Patriot News: New bill will allow Pa. cops to use radar but not abuse it, lawmaker says
York Daily Record: Wolf wants gift ban, no pay for officials in budget standoff
LNP: Rep. Nick Miccarelli’s accuser talks to investigators

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: U.S. Rep Brian Fitzpatrick’s ‘right to try’ bill on experimental drug treatments poised for House vote
Morning Call: Bills seek to limit schools as Election Day polling locations in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Reading Redevelopment Authority deal draws criticism
Reading Eagle: Reading’s former human resources manager cries foul
Reading Eagle: Rally at Pennsylvania Capitol held for bill to ban abortions based on Down syndrome diagnosis

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State College school board votes on Education Foundation agreement as critics worry
Centre Daily Times: Here’s how local school districts are preparing for the upcoming nationwide student walkouts
Erie Times-News: Demand builds for Erie mayor’s monthly public lunches

Inquirer: Students who participate in March 14 school walk out should not be punished | Editorial
Inquirer: So much security in Washington. Why not in schools? | Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Disarming dangerous minds begins with treatment
Patriot News: There’s a smart way to pay for infrastructure. Trump can tell Congress how | Editorial
LNP: When the state House needs to protect one of its own from you, Rep. Miccarelli, it’s time for you to resign

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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