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3/26 PoliticsPA Playbook

Costello ends his Congressional bid, Mango’s Gubernatorial run endorsed by 20 county commissioners, and the Ups & Downs from the week.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Costello To End Congressional Run: Report: Republican Congressman Ryan Costello will reportedly end his re-election campaign ahead of the May primary.

Mango Endorsed by 20 County Commissioners: Republican Gubernatorial candidate Paul Mango announced the endorsement of 20 county Commissioners from 16 counties across the state.

3/23 Ups & Downs: Republicans see a down week, Lieutenant Governor candidates take the hot seat while future Gubernatorial candidates see an upside from the week, and Conor Lamb has another good week. See who made this week’s Ups & Downs!

Legislative Election Update
City & State: Sources: US Rep. Costello to drop out of PA-6 race before May primary
Post-Gazette: District 17: a race upended by redistricting could pit incumbents against each other
Post-Gazette: Edwards says she will not pursue effort to run for redrawn 18th District seat
Patriot News: With a Republican stronghold suddenly winnable, Democrats make their case to topple Scott Perry

State House Sound Bites: GOP leaders throw cold water on justice impeachment plans
StateImpact: Nuns raise large cross next to Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline
StateImpact: Wastewater well opposed by some Clearfield County residents secures state permit
StateImpact: Federal budget includes $5 million for Delaware River clean up
StateImpact: Could some counties scrap the annual vehicle emissions test? A study aims to figure that out
City & State: Winners and Losers for the week ending March 23

KYW: Chesco State Senator: Sunoco Turning People Against Pipelines
Inquirer: At Philly’s March for Our Lives, calls to remember that gun violence is nothing new
Inquirer: Rep. Ryan Costello won’t seek reelection, boosting Democrats opportunity
Inquirer: Porn star describes threat over alleged Trump encounter
Inquirer: In D.C., hundreds from Philly protest gun violence: ‘It gets to where it just hurts your heart’
Inquirer: March for Our Lives: Recap of gun control rallies in Philadelphia, D.C.
Inquirer:Slain Philly cop’s family: DA Larry Krasner is ‘favoring the criminals’
Philly Tribune: Candidates settle in for 3rd Congressional District race
Philly Mag: Helen Gym on Championing Philly Public Schools and What’s Next
Philly Mag: Pennsylvania’s New Congressional Map is a Really (Really) Big Deal
WHYY: Costello the latest Philly-area Rep. to drop re-election bid
WHYY: GOP’s congressional stronghold is Democrats’ source of hope

Delco Times: Meehan, Costello back spending plan, while Trump fumes
Daily Local: Costello votes for budget, but fumes over Trump tweets
Pottstown Mercury: Citing angry political environment, Rep. Ryan Costello drops reelection bid
Bucks County Courier Times: State looks for ways to increase electric car usage

WESA: Democrats Banking On Suburban Discontent In 2018
WESA: GOP Chief Justice Slams Republican Judicial Impeachment Move
Post-Gazette: District 17: a race upended by redistricting could pit incumbents against each other
Post-Gazette: Meet the two Democrats hoping to unseat Rep. Daryl Metcalfe
Post-Gazette: PWSA offering complete lead line replacements at no charge
Post-Gazette: Rick Santorum says students should learn CPR to deal with school violence, not seek gun-control laws
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh March for Our Lives takes place Downtown
Post-Gazette: Conor Lamb gets ready to bounce between 18 and 17, D.C. and Mt. Lebanon
Pittsburgh Business Journal: New Pittsburgh director of human resources and civil services appointed
WTAE: Rick Santorum: Kids seeking gun control should be ‘taking CPR classes’ instead
WPXI: Five political takeaways from this weekend’s marches on gun violence
Tribune Review: Rick Santorum: Kids should focus on CPR classes, not gun violence protests
Tribune Review: March for Our Lives — Pittsburgh draws 30,000 from city, around region
Tribune Review: Gateway’s draft budget includes tax increase, estimated $878K shortfall
KDKA: Hundreds Of Thousands March For Gun Control In Rallies Across U.S.
KDKA: Pa. A.G. Shapiro Reviewing Whether Facebook Broke State Laws

Altoona Mirror: GOP House seats at risk
Observer-Reporter: Legislation for local police to use radar guns remains in flux
Observer-Reporter: Members of Gov. Tom Wolf’s Cabinet travel to Speers
Tribune-Democrat: Under the Radar: Legislation would step up regulation of tattoo parlors
Beaver County Times: Hundreds attend gun control rally outside Beaver County Courthouse
Beaver County Times: Rothfus, Toomey criticize federal spending plan, Casey pleased with funding for his measures

WNEP: New Law Proposed in Corrections Officer’s Memory
Times leader: Lawyers accused of ethical lapses in Sandusky investigation
Times-Tribune: State seeks input on improving conditions for biking, walking
Times-Tribune: Blue Mountain to add security amid social media buzz about safety plan
Standard-Speaker: Pa. to license more medical marijuana growers, dispensaries

South Central
WHTM: Perry votes no on spending plan with federal courthouse money
WITF: Wolf taps 36-year state police vet to be acting commissioner
Patriot News: Gubernatorial candidates want to make schools safer but differ on how
Patriot News: Former Pa. Sen. Rick Santorum: Kids who want safe schools should learn CPR
Patriot News: We brought NRA supporters and gun control advocates together. They’re still talking
Patriot News: ‘I don’t want to have to call my mom from under a desk’: York marchers recall local tragedy
Patriot News: March for Our Lives in Philadelphia: Thousands come out for stricter gun control laws
Patriot News: Pa. Turnpike’s move toward cashless tolling expanding to additional segments of toll road
Patriot News: Democratic Lt. Gov. candidates to debate at Widener Law School on Monday
LNP: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello says he will not seek re-election to PA 6th
LNP: Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman drops out of Pennsylvania lieutenant governor race
LNP: All eyes will be on the Pa. Capitol when Miccarelli, Toohil return for session

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Five local voices from “March for Our Lives”
Morning Call: Some Lehigh Valley leaders call on Pennsylvania lawmakers to reform Clean and Green law
Reading Eagle: Ryan Costello makes it official: He’s not seeking re-election to Congress
Reading Eagle: ‘Enough is enough’ echoes from City Park to Reading High School
Reading Eagle: More women running for office in Pennsylvania

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Rick Santorum: Students should learn CPR, not seek gun laws
Sun-Gazette: Independent planning commission led to start of county planning department
Erie Times-News: Roll call: How our local legislators voted on key issues
Erie Times-News: Erie schools’ monitor starts job with meetings in Harrisburg
Meadville Tribune: Wagner says he’s ready to lead

Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Pa. officials taking sensible steps toward safer schools
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: Washington needs to button down marijuana’s legality
Inquirer: Racism not only exists; it hurts black men more than anyone else | Editorial
Inquirer: Lots of dislikes for Facebook after data mining disaster | Editorial
Inquirer: Committee people are the backbone of our democratic process | Bob Brady
Post-Gazette: Tariffs on target: Trump takes on unfair Chinese trade practices
Post-Gazette: Facebook’s reality check: The social network shows its seamy side
Patriot News: Here’s how Big Carbon has co-opted government regulators | Opinion
Patriot News: Philly voters decided they wanted a soda tax. They shouldn’t be overturned by Harrisburg lawmakers | Opinion
Patriot News: Local TV anchor’s case yet another reminder that everyone deserves a safe workplace | Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Read the spending bill? Neither did Congress

  • 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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