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3/15 PoliticsPA Playbook

Republicans look to challenge the results in the PA-18 special election, Mango launches a new statewide ad, and Schuylkill County Commissioner Halcovage enters race for the new 9th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Republicans Push for PA-18 Recount Amid Claims of Irregularities: Republicans in the 18th Congressional district are pushing for all the voting machines used in Tuesday’s special election to be impounded for a recount.

Mango Targets Wagner On Taxing Seniors in New Statewide Ad: Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango launched a new statewide ad targeting fellow Republican Scott Wagner over property and retirement income taxes.

Halcovage Enters Race for 9th Congressional District: Schuylkill County commissioners Chairman George Halcovage announced he is running for the newly drawn 9th Congressional district.

Legislative Election Update
Beaver County Times: U.S. Rep.-elect Conor Lamb in primary race to challenge Rep. Keith Rothfus

State House Sound Bites: House GOP completes investigation into Miccarelli abuse allegations
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers attempt to tackle high lead levels in schools
City & State: Saccone’s poor showing in PA-18 spurs Republican finger-pointing
City & State: ‘Tierne’s law’ on domestic violence passes House, needs one more vote
Capitolwire: Gun safety caucus pushes bills head of committee hearings.

Inquirer: ‘I don’t want to be shot’: Thousands of Philly-area students participate in national school walkout
Inquirer: Pa. 18 congressional district results: Lamb says ‘we did it.’ Saccone says it’s ‘NOT over’
Inquirer: Republicans seek answer to Trump drag after special-election setback in Pa.
Inquirer:  Gov. Wolf: Bill Green can’t run for Congress | Clout
Inquirer: Progressives hoping to shake up Philly’s Democratic Party get good, and bad, news
Philly Mag: Bucks School District Promises “Consequences” Over Protest, 100 Walk Out Anyway
Philly Mag: What You Need to Know About the Student Walkout to End Gun Violence
WHYY: Philly Council panel wants to develop workplace guidelines on medical marijuana
WHYY: Sweet promises of soda tax money gone flat, Philly Controller says

Pottstown Mercury: Area students join national walkout protesting school shootings
Bucks County Courier Times: PennDOT has spent $7.2 million on pothole repairs so far this year
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks sheriff wants more personnel for gun permit background checks
Delco Times: House GOP sends Miccarelli report to Dauphin Co. D.A.
Delco Times: PUC to vote this week to ratify shutdown of Mariner East 1 pipeline

Tribune Review: Allegheny County rejects claims of voting machine glitches in 18th District special election
Tribune Review: South Butler School District teachers will strike Thursday
Tribune Review: Lamb widens lead with absentee ballots from Washington, Greene counties
Tribune Review: Conor Lamb wove union support, moderate views into successful campaign
Tribune Review: GOP leaders: Lamb’s performance a fluke, not a wake-up call for party
Tribune Review: Western Pennsylvania’s special election: Here’s what happens next
Post-Gazette: GOP challenges Lamb, who won vote count in District 18
Post-Gazette: House finishes Miccarelli investigation, sends undisclosed findings to DA
Post-Gazette: State unveils ‘dashboard’ detailing opioid efforts
Post-Gazette: Paul Ryan tells colleagues Pennsylvania race is ‘a wake-up call’
Post-Gazette: Rick Saccone is no stranger to nail-biter elections
KDKA: Republicans Allege Voting ‘Irregularities,’ Leaving 18th Congressional Election Results Up In The Air
KDKA: Libertarian Candidate Embraces Spoiler Role In Special Election

Beaver County Times: State tax refund intercepts the result of new law, county official says
Beaver County Times: Beaver Area, Lincoln Park, Moon Area students among participants in National Student Walkout
Altoona Mirror: AASD urged to arm guards in schools

Times Leader: Eligibility of new Luzerne County election board member under review
Times Leader: NEPA students: Gun debate ‘a fight we are committed to win’
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna commissioners to announce county fair for 2019
Standard-Speaker: Election board member ineligible to serve, former controller says

South Central
Patriot News: Pa. race tighter-than-tight; Lamb claims win, Saccone hangs in
Patriot News: Former Fox 43 weatherman – legally named Meteorologist – runs for Congress
Patriot News: ‘Change needs to happen’: Students walk out for unity, victims, school safety
Patriot News: House leaders ‘believed these women,’ says lawyer for women accusing colleague of violence
Patriot News: Amazon scouts visit Philly about possible sites for second headquarters: report
Patriot News: Wolf congratulates Lamb on election win despite results not being official
LNP: House leaders finish Miccarelli investigation, forward their work to Dauphin County DA
LNP: Councilwoman urges broader representation on city boards, commissions

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: ‘A call to action’ as Lehigh Valley students walk out to protest gun violence
Morning Call: Lehigh County closes 2017 budget with $2.4 million more in hand
Morning Call: Growing support in Pennsylvania for stricter gun laws, Muhlenberg College poll finds
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioner, at DEP hearing, vows to fight landfill expansion in Earl Township
Reading Eagle: Berks County students observe National School Walkout

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State High students memorialize school shooting victims
Erie Times-News: McLane walkout remembers ‘one of our own’
Erie Times-News: East Erie development in line for $10 million

Inquirer: Time for Philly to study how and who it taxes | Editorial
Inquirer: Pa. suburban parents are in a child-care bind. What it says about society is not pretty | Maria Panaritis
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Lamb-Saccone race provides takeaways for candidates, voters
Post-Gazette: Keep the long runway: Preserve this asset for future airport growth
Patriot News: Now, more than ever, we need increased government transparency, not less | Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Get real about ‘fake news’ problem

  • 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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