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3/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

Sabato updates the rating for two Pa. Congressional districts, 98 Democratic women file for the state legislature, Meuser launches his first TV ad, and Pawlowski resigns.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Sabato Updates Rating for PA-18 Special Election, Rothfus’ New Seat: Sabato’s Crystal Ball updated its ranking for the special election in the 18th district and for Congressman Keith Rothfus’ new 17th district, shifting both from ‘lean Republican’ to ‘toss up.’

98 Democratic Women File Petitions for State Legislature: As Democrats look to increase their numbers in the state Senate and House, 98 Democratic women have filed petitions to be on the ballot in the May primary with the help of groups like Emily’s List and Emerge Pennsylvania.

Meuser Launches First TV Ad: Republican Dan Meuser launched his first TV ad in his run for the new 9th Congressional district.

Pawlowski to Resign: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski will reportedly resign his position today after being found guilty on federal corruption charges.

Legislative Election Update
HDCC filed petitions for candidates in a record 180 districts this year. “For the first time since 2008, more Democrats are running for State Representative than Republicans.  The failed leadership of the Republican Caucus is clear and Pennsylvanians are demanding better State Government as they surge to run for office in 2018. The grassroots energy in our Commonwealth is palpable, and the talented class of Democratic candidates in 2018 give me hope for a better future for our Commonwealth,” HDCC Executive Director Nathan Davidson said.
Delco Times: Eble drops out of Democratic race for 5th District nod
Morning Call: Democrats seeking to represent Lehigh Valley in Congress tout endorsements
Daily American: Democrat hoping to unseat Reese
Bucks County Courier Times: Doylestown councilman announces run for state legislature
Centre Daily Times: Local musician Erin Condo McCracken running for state legislature

State House Sound Bites: Harsh words in Harrisburg over Wolf’s Farm Show deal
StateImpact: At Greene County coal mine, dwindling production means 370 lost jobs
City & State: PRA mulls deal to recoup millions from ‘The Man Who Duped City Hall’
Capitolwire: ‘Farm Show’ loan dominates questioning of state Budget Secretary Albright on last day of PA budget hearings.

Inquirer: Pennsylvania, gerrymandered: A guide to Pa.’s congressional map redistricting fight
Inquirer: Mayor Kenney says he needs more candidates for possible school board seats
Inquirer: White House aide launches first wave in final-days PA push
Inquirer: In western Pa. special election, Dem Conor Lamb aims to shock Trump country
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s congressional map fight reveals a deeper national redistricting battle
Inquirer: Martina White’s Democratic opponent pleaded guilty in 2004 to DUI | Clout
Philly Mag: City Council Pushes for Sexual Harassment Training for All City Workers
Philly Mag: Sunoco Pipeline Shut Down Amid Risk of “Catastrophic” Leak
WHYY: Allentown mayor resigns office following corruption conviction
WHYY: Auditor General to take deep dive into school safety issues

Daily Local: Tariffs may help local steelworkers; trade war could hurt consumers

Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Dinniman calls for halt to Mariner East 2 pipeline construction
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP fines Upper Southampton lab $600K for falsified water tests
Bucks County Courier Times: Unanimous approval for anti-discrimination ordinance among Yardley council members
Delco Times: Upper Darby School Board says no to arming staff

WTAE:  After tornado causes widespread damage, Wolf asks government to declare disaster in Fayette County
Tribune Review: Low-interest loans being sought by governor for Uniontown tornado victims
Tribune Review: Kellyanne Conway to 18th District Republicans: Get the vote out for Rick Saccone
Tribune Review: GOP group attacks Conor Lamb over outside money, but spends big to support Rick Saccone
Tribune Review: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Laura Ellsworth vows to bring civility and reform to state government
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh solicitor stepping down for return to private practice
Post-Gazette: White House advisor Kellyanne Conway discusses special election during visit
Post-Gazette: Coal emissions legislation ignites debate between two Pittsburgh lawmakers
Post-Gazette: Women rally for paid sick leave in Downtown Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: 18th District fact check: Some ads are … less than truthful

Beaver County Times: Auditor General DePasquale says school safety will be part of audits
Beaver County Times: Christiana, Barletta going toe-to-toe in U.S. Senate GOP primary
Beaver County Times: Shake-up in Beaver County Courthouse: Egley ousted as commissioners chairwoman; Luckow fired
Altoona Mirror: New Action Team tasked with blight solution
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg council rethinks parking

Times-Tribune: Scranton to host Governor’s Awards for the Arts ceremony this summer
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s rental registration fee stands
Lock Haven Express: County eyes legal action on drug makers
Citizens Voice: 10K still without power in NEPA

South Central
Patriot News: Kellyanne Conway is ‘warm-up band’ for Trump push in Pa. special election
Patriot News: Dauphin County polling places changing for disabled-voter accessibility
Patriot News: Bipartisan coalition of Pa. federal lawmakers urge rethinking of prison job cuts
Patriot News: Harrisburg hires new community policing coordinator
Patriot News: With its rich history of steel, Pa. anxiously awaits Trump’s verdict on tariffs
Patriot News: Why are so many state lawmakers calling it quits this year?
Patriot News: Sparring over petition signatures? On Twitter? This is what it’s like to run for office in 2018
Patriot News: Pa.’s legislature will see four centuries of experience walk out the door this year
LNP: Lancaster mayor says city would use eminent domain to seize school district land eyed for water tower
LNP: 22 candidates file in 12 races this year for Lancaster County state House, Senate seats

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski says he will resign Friday
Morning Call: Pennsylvania’s gerrymandering fight back in court
Morning Call: Will Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski lose his pension?
Reading Eagle: Antietam School District explains its safety plan
Reading Eagle: Reading Redevelopment Authority rejects offer of audit

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: PennDOT to share plans to improve Girard bridge
Erie Times-News: Schember ready for monthly lunch sessions with Erie residents

City & State: The GOP’s bad-to-worse scenario in the PA-18 special election
Inquirer: What City Hall is doing to combat sexual harassment for government employees | Opinion
Inquirer: Why opponents of a Temple football stadium are fighting so hard | Editorial
Tribune Review: Colin McNickle: ‘Progressive’ Pittsburgh & entrepreneurs
Post-Gazette: Amazon calling: Redd up, of course, but Pittsburgh shows well
Patriot News: Will it be a cold spring for trade in America? | Kevin J. Schreiber

  • 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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