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3/6 PoliticsPA Playbook

The latest Politically Uncorrected column, Lamb & Saccone meet for another debate, a new poll shows Lamb with the edge, and Dan David says he will run in the new 4th Congressional district.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Politically Uncorrected: The 18th – Bad and Worse: A Congressional District that no longer exists – two opponents who will never face each other again- a race that will have itself little or no direct influence – the balance of power in Congress – and yet much of the nation’s political establishment is watching it as if it were a presidential race.

Lamb & Saccone Exchange Sharp Words During Debate: Conor Lamb and Rick Saccone met for another debate ahead of the March 13th special election. The debate was marked by sharp words between the two candidates over steel tariffs, gun control, Social Security and Medicare.

Emerson PA-18 Poll: Lamb 48, Saccone 45: A new poll from Emerson College shows Democrat Conor Lamb with 48% support and Republican Rick Saccone with 45%.

David to Run in New PA-4: Republican Dan David announced he will run for Congress in the new 4th Congressional district.

Legislative Election Update
WHYY: Former Philly deputy mayor enters race for Pa.’s newly redrawn 5th Congressional District
Times Leader: Meuser running in the 9th District; he lives in the 8th
Times-Tribune: Lemoncelli to run in 112th again

State House Sound Bites: Gaming Control Board says expansion is hitting revenue targets
City & State: State Rep. Matt Baker bows out for Trump administration appointment
Capitolwire: Gaming Board officials confident of meeting revenue targets.

WHYY: Senators Toomey and Coons want FBI to alert states when potential gun buyer fails a background check

Inquirer: Bill Green is running for Congress. Does that violate state law? | Clout
Inquirer: Former Pa. Gov. Dick Thornburgh wants Supreme Court to block new congressional map. His son David, who runs Committee of 70, disagrees.
Inquirer: ‘I was raised in this country.’ A rally for Dreamers in Philly, Camden, and across America
Philly Mag: Toomey Introduces Bill That Would Toughen Existing Gun Laws
Philly Mag: Pa. AG Shapiro Sues Uber Over Massive Data Breach

Pottstown Mercury: Republicans debate again today in Philly in race for Pennsylvania governor
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers’ handling of gun safety under scrutiny from Bucks residents
Delco Times: A Stadium in Chester: Union’s community promises have fallen short
Delco Times: Local refinery workers ask for help from the White House

WESA: House Races Are In Full Swing, But Layered With Uncertainty
WESA: Toomey Among Senators Who Want Alerts When Gun Buyers Fail Background Checks
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Pa. attorney general sues Uber over 2016 data breach
Tribune Review: Hearing looms on Pennsylvania congressional redistricting issue
Tribune Review: Toomey: Senators want alerts when gun buyers fail background checks
Tribune Review: Poll shows Lamb holds slight lead over Saccone a week before special election
KDKA: New Poll Shows Conor Lamb Leading Saccone In Race For 18th Congressional District
KDKA: Shapiro Seeks $13.5 Million From Uber For Driver Data Breach
Pittsburgh City Paper: Beware of a fake poll circulating about the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District
Post-Gazette: Supporters, foes file Supreme Court briefs over new voting map
Post-Gazette: Amazon HQ2 visits have begun
Post-Gazette: Saccone rallies with miners in Waynesburg
Post-Gazette: Environmental group says it will sue over inactivity on Allgheny County air pollution permits
Post-Gazette: City Council special election pits four candidates vying to represent Dan Gilman’s former district
Post-Gazette: Republican Rick Saccone working to keep the district red

Tribune-Democrat: Court case could force state to close gap in spending between school districts
Beaver County Times: Toomey joins bipartisan effort on gun purchasing bill
Beaver County Times: A week out from special election, poll shows Lamb with a small lead
WTAJ: New background check legislation proposed
Altoona Mirror: Curbing Medicaid costs remains flash point

Times Leader: Baker to seek new term as state senator
Times Leader: Luzerne County reaches tentative agreements with five unions
Citizens Voice: Law brings lobbyists’ work to light
Standard Speaker: Mayor pitches renting spots in front of homes

South Central
Patriot News: School board urged not to ‘break that trust’ by taking preserved farm land
Patriot News: Pa. attorney general sues Uber
Patriot News: Pa. Unclaimed Property: Odd items sitting in the state Treasury vault
LNP: Uber sued after data stolen by hackers covered up
LNP: Before DACA deadline, Lancaster recipients say solution ‘cannot wait any longer’

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: New gun safety legislation unveiled by handful of Senators
Morning Call: Alerts wanted after illegal gun buy attempts
Morning Call: Juror in Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski’s trial: ‘That’s not how this is supposed to work’
Morning Call: Allentown Council schedules hearing to remove Mayor Ed Pawlowski from office
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski has room to appeal, but success is uncertain, experts say
Reading Eagle: Neighborhood development a priority for Reading, council says

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Is Uber keeping your data safe? PA Attorney General is suing for up to $13.5 million
Centre Daily Times: How Pa.’s backlog of untested rape kits ‘denies justice’ for victims
Erie Times-News: Two years later, county still waiting for marine sanctuary designation

Inquirer: Why Pat Toomey seems afraid to oppose Trump on steel tariffs | Editorial
Inquirer: Kenney in Wonderland defines failure as success | Stu Bykofsky
Tribune Review: Trib editorial: 100,000-plus noncitizen Pa. voters? Withheld records hold answer
Tribune Review: Trib Tuesday take: Attention, Harrisburg spendthrifts
Post-Gazette: A clean start on transit
Observer-Reporter: Opinion: Why spend millions on House seat?
Patriot News: Pennsylvanians want a congressional map that’s fair to all voters | Opinion
LNP: Lloyd Smucker: We need common sense, not hyperbole, to guide guns debate [opinion]
LNP: Christina Hartman crossing borders to run for Congress smacks of carpetbaggery

  • 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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