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3/22 PoliticsPA Playbook

Reed decides not to run for Congress, Miccarelli won’t run for re-election, Ding looks to bring his science background to Congress, and Gale is removed from the LG ballot for being too young.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Reed Opts Out of Congressional Bid, Won’t Run for Office in 2018: State House Majority Leader Dave Reed opted out of running for Congress, meaning he will not run for any elected office in 2018.

Miccarelli Won’t Run For Re-Election: State Rep. Nick Miccarelli, who was accused of physical and sexual assault by two women including state Rep. Tarah Toohil, announced he will not run for re-election.

Ding Looks to Bring Science Background to Congress: Eric Ding, a Democrat from Cumberland county, is looking to bring his background that includes two doctorate degrees from Harvard to Congress in the new 10th Congressional district.

Gale Removed From LG Primary Ballot: Montgomery County Commissioner Joe Gale, who is running for Lieutenant Governor was ordered off the primary ballot by the Commonwealth Court.

Legislative Election Update
Post-Gazette: Saccone concedes 18th district race in phone call to Lamb

State House Sound Bites: In apparent change of heart, Miccarelli says he won’t seek reelection
State House Sound Bites: Senate passes raft of crime bills, including tighter gun law
StateImpact: PES likely to resolve growing objections to its bankruptcy plan, analysts say

WHYY: Sharp-elbowed ad war starts early for Republicans running for Pa. governor
Inquirer: Pa. Senate advances bill to give judges more tools in domestic-violence cases
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s population increased, but it’s not all good, according to Census data
Inquirer: Pa. Rep. Nick Miccarelli, accused of abusing two women, to forgo reelection
Inquirer: Saccone concedes race in 18th District to Lamb
Inquirer: With Trump in White House and GOP in control, Comcast appoints Republican to head Washington office
Philly Voice: Delco lawmaker accused of sexual abuse will not seek re-election
Philly Voice: Bill would prevent Pennsylvania sex offenders from serving as firefighters
Philly Mag: Here’s Who’s Running for Congress in the Philadelphia Region

Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases
Pottstown Mercury: Activists march on Gov. Wolf’s office to stop Mariner East 2 pipeline
Daily Local : Rep. Nick Miccarelli withdrawing from primary, will not seek re-election
Daily Local: Killion’s domestic violence bills earn bipartisan votes in Senate
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. House majority supports ‘right to try’ bill

Tribune Review: Bill would allow Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidates to pick running mates
Tribune Review: Saccone concedes Pennsylvania US House race to Lamb
Tribune Review: Region’s population slowly dying off
Tribune Review: Conor Lamb’s lead grows as special election review continues
Tribune Review: Trump concedes 18th District race before Saccone does
Tribune Review: Shannon Edwards fails to file paperwork to run for Congress
WPXI: Domestic violence law named after local woman headed to governor’s desk
WPXI: Saccone concedes Pennsylvania US House race to Lamb
Post-Gazette: Shannon Edwards, who had relationship with Tim Murphy, blames snow storm on failure to file Congress paperwork
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh gun violence drops to 12-year low; mayor credits police anti-gang efforts
KDKA: Republican Saccone Concedes Pa. Special Election To Democrat Lamb
KDKA: Former Rep. Murphy’s Mistress Says Inclement Weather Kept Her From Filing Paperwork To Run For Office

Beaver County Times: Wolf, two other governors extend shale agreement
Beaver County Times: Packed house expected for Democratic endorsements
Beaver County Times: Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases
Indiana Gazette: Dush: Impeach four Pa. justices

Times-Tribune: Wilkes-Barre pipe-fitter ID’d as key witness in Russia probe
Standard Speaker: Republicans have contested races for local congressional seats
News Item : Casey supports Safe Schools act
Times Leader: Bryson: Manufacturing not key to region’s economic comeback
Times Leader: Micarelli announces he will not seek re-election
Pike County Courier: Wolf: High-speed internet for all Pennsylvanians by 2022

South Central
Central Penn Business Journal: State Senate confirms four Wolf cabinet members
WHTM: Group pushes bills to protect crime victims
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases
Patriot News: Embattled Pa. Rep. Nick Miccarelli announces he will not seek a sixth term
Patriot News: Funds for Harrisburg federal courthouse are contained in new federal budget bill
Patriot News: GOP candidate Rick Saccone concedes Pa. special election
Patriot News: Accuser of Rep. Nick Miccarelli says his decision to not seek re-election is ‘not enough’
Patriot News: Embattled Pa. Rep. Nick Miccarelli announces he will not seek a sixth term
LNP: Pennsylvania reports 4 applications to grow hemp in Lancaster County this year

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Senate confirms Philly lawyer as top federal prosecutor in Eastern Pa.
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmaker accused in abuse allegations won’t seek re-election
Morning Call: Five things to know about the push to pull voting out of schools
Reading Eagle: Berks County sees population growth outpace rate in state
Reading Eagle: Berks County races for Congress draw 14 candidates
Reading Eagle: Pa. Senate OKs bill to toughen gun laws in domestic abuse cases

North by Northwest
Bradford Era: More Internet access could be in store for region
Centre Daily Times: A new user fee may be coming for these Centre County property owners
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council extends rental inspection contract

Inquirer: Pa.’s Fourth Congressional District race was looking like a lock for Montgomery County women. Then along came Joe. | Maria Panaritis
Inquirer: DA Larry Krasner promised disruption and now the city is getting it | Editorial\
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Other firms seeking what Amazon’s offered give taxpayers more reason to demand answers
Post-Gazette: Not a solution for opioids: Expanding capital punishment would be diversion
Patriot News: Impeaching Pa. Supreme Court justices? That’s what an actual Constitutional crisis looks like | John L. Micek
Patriot News: Uber’s self-driving casualty may not be the last | Editorial

  • 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%)

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