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3/25 PoliticsPA Playbook

PA-state-flag6Sestak leads, Larchuk drops out and Bernie Sanders recruits his Michigan Director to lead his PA effort. Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

PA-12: Larchuk Withdraws From the Race: He is also ending his challenge of McClelland’s petitions.

PA-Sen: F&M Poll: Sestak 31% McGinty 14% Fetterman 7%: Sestak surges with a month to go.

Sanders’ Michigan Director to Lead PA Effort: Ryan Hughes will lead the Vermont Senator’s PA campaign.

PA-8: Firefighters Endorse Santarsiero: The Pennsylvania Professional Fire Fighters Association is backing the State Rep. and Congressional candidate.

PA-Sen: SEIU Airs Ad for McGinty (VIDEO): The service employees union produced a commercial for the Democratic Senate candidate.

F&M Poll: Hillary Leads Trump, Cruz: The former Secretary of State is ahead of the two top Republicans.

F&M Poll: Trump 33% Kasich 30% Cruz 20%: The race tightens in the PA GOP Presidential primary.

F&M Poll: Hillary 53% Bernie 28%: Clinton increases her lead over Sanders in the Keystone State.

PA-BGT: F&M Poll: Voters Want Compromise in 2016: PA voters are looking for Gov. Wolf and the state Legislature to come together and balance the next budget.

PA-Sen: IUPA Endorses Toomey: The International Union of Police Association is backing the incumbent Senator.

PA Independent: Overdue budget gives PA schools temporary relief
StateImpactPA: Quaker group says North Philly solar panels could meet PECO power target this year
PLSReporter: Rotunda Ramblings
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits
Capitolwire: Shapiro for Pennsylvania Community leaders say Zappala’s record does not match claims of his ad
Capitolwire: Zappala for PA: Statement in response to Shapiro supporters partisan attacks on District Attorney Zappala’s record

Inquirer: Judicial court fines Eakin but spares his pension
Inquirer: Even with a budget, Moody’s sees little hope for Pa.’s finances
Inquirer: New roadblocks for Pa. medical marijuana bill?
Inquirer: Supervisor: SEPTA cop struggled to control nurse
CapitolInq: Poll: Sestak builds lead over McGinty, Fetterman
Heard in the Hall: Who’s headed to the political conventions from Philly?
WHYY Newsworks: Despite uncertainty, District plans $440 million in new investments
WHYY Newsworks: In pending Pa. bill, autism qualifies for marijuana prescription
WHYY Newsworks: Pro-soda tax group will disclose donors, spokesman says
WHYY Newsworks: Following terror attacks, Pa. lawmakers take another stab at statewide E-Verify law

Bucks County Courier-Times: Fitzpatrick wants VA to stop purchasing contraceptive device
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bucks, Montgomery to receive reimbursement for funds spent on Jan. 23-24 blizzard
Bucks County Courier-Times: Pumped up prices at the pump: Small towns, big hikes
Pottstown Mercury: Behavioral health kiosks available throughout Montgomery County
Pottstown Mercury: Montco eligible for more than $5M in blizzard disaster funds

Post-Gazette: Lawsuits against Pittsburgh, complaints about police are down, city says
Post-Gazette: Democrat Larchuk drops out of congressional race after McClelland ballot dispute
Tribune Review: Kasich, Trump even in Pa. voter poll
Tribune Review: Ex-Justice Eakin fined $50K for lewd emails
Pittsburgh Business Times: Capital investment up in region, PRA says
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh falls several spots in U.S. metro population ranking

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Larchuk quits, leaving McClelland as lone Democrat in 12th district race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Central Park Complex contract ended due to lack of payment, county says
Observer-Reporter: Ortitay announces Canton outreach

Times-Tribune: Local educators say budget deal does nothing to solve long-term problems
Times-Tribune: Scranton City Council has tepid reaction to mayor’s back-pay deal
Citizens Voice: Union letter assails new W-B police chief
Citizens Voice: Local legislators among few endorsing Trump

South Central
York Dispatch: Candidates for Dillsburg-area House seat debate
York Dispatch: Budget impasse then and now
York Dispatch: Rally in York to support minimum wage hike
York Daily Record: State dog wardens to canvass York County
Lancaster Intelligencer: Black Lives Matter co-founder Tometi says movement seeks a just, multiracial democracy
Patriot-News: Pa. Supreme Court Justice Eakin ordered to pay fine, keeps pension over emails
Patriot-News: Members of the public debate a proposed bill that would lessen penalties of marijuana possession in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: Non-unionized state employees are asking if the budget resolution means a pay raise for them

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Warren County approves lowest budget in decade
Reading Eagle: Why voters are waiting for absentee ballots
Reading Eagle: Officials in Berks County will need to work with emergency managers to detail snowstorm costs
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor taps solicitor for job of temporary managing director
Morning Call: Navy responds to congressmen about water contamination in Bucks, Montgomery counties

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Auditor general talks about budget stalemate impact, reports
Erie Times-News: Erie County’s population sinks for a fourth straight year

Post-Gazette: Finally, a budget: Next time, Pa. officials must mind the clock
Post-Gazette: The greening of Pittsburgh: Next up, schools
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania budget achieves too little, costs too much
Morning Call: John Baer: Katie McGinty undergoes candidate transformation
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf made the right call on Pa. budget
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: ‘Bob’ Beiter’s impact on community was broad and durable
Erie Times-News: Goldberg: It’s the end of the GOP as we know it
Inquirer: Pa. budget impasse ends with a whimper
Inquirer: Diminishing revenue not best way to fund pre-K

Citified: Philly Metro Area slips to 7th largest in US
Citified: Study: Segregation is bad for your health
Keystone Crossroads: Harrisburg offers ambitious proposals to minimize lead exposure in Pa. cities
Keystone Crossroads: Without fiscal code, will budget deal be lifeline or loss for Pennsylvania schools
Keystone State Education Coalition: Still Up in the Air: Sustainable Revenue, Funding Formula, BEF Distribution, $2.5B for Plancon, Interest Reimbursement, PSERS, Structural Deficit.
PA Budget and Policy Center: Winners and Losers
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Pennsylvania On Deck
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Zoners approve plan to rebuild Wilbur Mansion, building iconic apartment building
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: State House candidate chided for misrepresentations

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