3/27 PoliticsPA Playbook

Cook Political Report and Inside Elections shift their ratings for PA-6 after Costello announces his retirement, Wolf introduces his proposed election reforms, and an APP poll puts Wagner and Mango within the margin of error.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Cook Political & Inside Elections Shifts PA-6 After Costello Retirement: The Cook Political Report and Inside Elections updated their ratings for the 6th Congressional district to “likely Democrat” in light of Congressman Ryan Costello’s retirement.

Wolf Introduces Election Reforms: Governor Tom Wolf announced how he wants to reform Pennsylvania’s voting system, including voter registration, absentee ballot reform, and redistricting reform.

APP Poll: Wagner 20, Mango 18, Ellsworth 3: A poll from the American Principles Project of Republican primary voters shows Wagner leading Mango 20-18 with 57% undecided.

Legislative Election Update
Reading Eagle: Costello might keep his name on primary ballot

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Even in absence, Stack dominates lieutenant governor debate
StateImpact: PES bankruptcy plan approved by court
Capitolwire: PA unemployment rate holds steady at 4.8 percent, but still well above national rate.

Philadelphia
WCAU: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes End to Gerrymandering, Ease Voting Registration
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf calls for independent commission to draw Pa. electoral maps
Inquirer: State IT deals: Q&A with PennDOT CIO Phil Tomassini
Inquirer: Former Philly Sheriff John Green says he took no bribes
Inquirer: Rep. Ryan Costello retirement adds to opportunities for Democrats across Philadelphia region
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf calls for independent commission to draw Pa. electoral maps
Inquirer: Delco Dem says GOP falsely labeled her a fugitive | Clout
Philly Tribune: Wolf eyes voting reform plan
WHYY: Proposed law would make life without parole a thing of the past in Pennsylvania

SEPA
Daily Local: Class action lawsuit filed against Sunoco Mariner East 2 Pipeline
Pottstown Mercury: Retiring Rep. Costello faces more decisions on primary election
Delco Times: Appeals court rejects bid for pipeline restrictions

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Councilwoman wants city to combat landslides before they happen
Tribune Review: State Rep. Frank Dermody advocates for more state funding for pre-school education
Tribune Review: Betsy DeVos visits Johnstown, makes good on promise to visit struggling schools
Post-Gazette: As protests swept the nation, Pennsylvania’s U.S. representatives went off the grid
Post-Gazette: Petitions to unionize Pitt, Penn State graduate assistants face challenge
Post-Gazette: Butler schools: Rethinking drug prevention amid opioid cloud
WESA: Wolf Proposes Changes To Pennsylvania’s Elections System
WESA: Republican Pennsylvania Congressman Won’t Seek Re-Election
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Proposes Voter Registration, Absentee Ballot Changes
KDKA: AG Shapiro, 36 Other AGs Send Letter To Zuckerberg For More Info On Facebook Breach Of Data

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Wagner says he’s ready to lead Pennsylvania
Tribune-Democrat: With new maps in place, governor calls on Legislature to fix redistricting process
Observer- Reporter – Legislation for local police to use radar guns remains in flux
Beaver County Times: Pa. attorney general wants answers from Facebook about data scandal

NEPA
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre contacting non-profits for PILOT contributions
Citizen’s Voice: County council to debate vehicle registration fee
Pocono Record: Report: Democrats need huge wave to win US House

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf proposes improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections system
LNP: Gov. Wolf proposes improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections system
LNP: Here’s what Lancaster County school districts are discussing about school safety, security
WGAL: Successful anti-gerrymandering group visited Pennsylvania to talk about the process
Patriot News: Hemp legalization push could be ‘huge’ for expanding Pa. industry
Patriot News: Pa. congressman dropping out of race after redistricting
Patriot News: $800 million later, senators want to know ‘what the heck happened’ with statewide radio system
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf throws support behind Pennsylvania elections reform package
Patriot News: Ex-state Rep. Stephen Stetler deserves new trial in corruption case, Pa. court agrees
Patriot News: ‘I do think there’s a role for the LG:” The Democratic candidates for Lt . Gov. pitch themselves in forum

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf wants same-day registration, voting
Morning Call: Lehigh County sues pharmaceutical firms over opioid crisis
Morning Call: Allentown Council cuts mayoral field in half as interviews to start
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council, Scott administration tangle over Council of Governments, again
Reading Eagle: Congressman Dent talks trade at Schuylkill Valley High School

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Outside Beta brothers’ hearing, Corman, Piazza family introduce anti-hazing legislation
Centre Daily Times: What will this Centre County school district do with 119 acres of farmland?
Erie Times-News: No word on EUP president’s future

Opinion
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: More data sharing a must in fight against opioid abuse
Inquirer: House leader wisely douses fire to impeach Pa. Supreme Court justices | Editorial
Inquirer: Pa. House must do its part to protect domestic abuse victims from gun violence| Editorial
Patriot News: I call ‘BS’ on Rep. Nick Miccarelli’s accusers | Christine Flowers
Patriot News: The Fed just sent Congress a serious message | Editorial

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    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
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