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5/9 PoliticsPA Playbook

We run down the contested state Senate and House primaries, and Peters launches his first ad of the PA-8 primary.  Good morning politicos, here’s the Playbook!

Pa. State Senate Contested Primaries: We are running down the contested primaries for the state Senate in the May 15th primary election.

Peters Launches TV Ad in PA-8 Primary: Republican Congressional candidate Joe Peters launched his first TV ad of the primary, premiering it one week out from the primary.

Pa. State House Contested Primaries: We are running down the contested primaries for the state House in the May 15th primary election.

Legislative Election Update
Beaver County Times: Our View: Bachman endorsed in 44th GOP race
Inquirer: Pennsylvania GOP Rep. Dent to resign from House Friday
Post-Gazette: Meet the candidate: Psychologist Sedlock stresses listening to residents of Pa.’s 14th
Post-Gazette: Meet the candidate: Former Ford executive eyes first-place finish in Pa.’s 14th
Post-Gazette: Meet the candidate: Healthcare funding a focus for Bob Solomon in Pa.’s 14th
Post-Gazette: Meet the candidate: In race for Pa.’s 14th, Tom Prigg turns to hashtags and Twitter coalitions

State House Sound Bites: With primary approaching, GOP gov. candidates fight to distinguish themselves
State House Sound Bites: PA hospitals voice concern over Wolf’s budget plan
StateImpact: Abandoned mines across state to get $55M in cleanup money
City & State: Deceptive ad paints PA-177 Dem candidate as ‘terrorist sympathizer’
Capitolwire: Sen. John Eichelberger: Eichelberger introduces bill to save billions, with a “B.”
Capitolwire: PA hospitals hoping to avoid Wolf’s plan to impose an additional $130 million tax on them as part of the state budget.

Inquirer: One of Pennsylvania’s largest counties hasn’t sent a rep to Congress for years. These candidates are likely to change that
Inquirer: Republican Laura Ellsworth running to be Pa.’s first woman governor
Inquirer: Pa. Dem congressional candidate is ‘Trumpish’ on immigration. Will the party stop him?
Inquirer: Pa. lawmaker asks to erase marijuana convictions for patients
Billy Penn: Your guide to who’s running for PA lieutenant governor — and why you should care
Philly Mag: SEPTA Considers Dropping Transfer Fees as Part of Bus Network Overhaul
WHYY: Pa. lawmakers weigh measures to clear criminal records for some
WHYY: Philly councilman wants more taxes collected from out-of-town property owners
WHYY: Wolf’s reluctance to back Philly injection site keeps door open to U.S. crackdown
WHYY: Wolf, Pa. Legislative Black Caucus pledge to reduce gun violence
WHYY: Pa. lawmakers weigh measures to clear criminal records for some
WHYY: Philly’s ‘unpredictable’ property tax assessments threatening new development, biz groups say

Daily Local: Gov. Wolf unveils $1.5M grant program to reduce gun violence
Daily Local: Retiring US Rep. Costello: ‘If you’re going to be successful, you have to work with everybody’
Bucks County Courier Times: More than $3.42M in state transit funds awarded locally
Delco Times: Scanlon claims frontrunner status for 5th after slew of polls

WPXI: Cash from ex-congressman’s campaign flows into US House race
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh wins $1.4M state grant for street safety improvements
Tribune Review: Pa. bill would expunge pot convictions for people with medical conditions
Tribune Review: Fracking riles residents in Pittsburgh’s northeastern suburbs
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council plans amendments to PWSA restructuring agreement
Post-Gazette: GOP fights — with itself — in the 38th state Senate district
Post-Gazette: Shenango smokestacks, a prime polluter in Western Pa., imploded
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh council angles to keep voice on PWSA board
WESA: Saccone And Murphy Squabble In 14th Congressional District Race

Observer-Reporter: Cash from ex-congressman Murphy’s campaign flows into Reschenthaler’s primary race
Beaver County Times: Beaver County files brief in reassessment appeal
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf unveils $1.5M grant program to reduce gun violence
Altoona Mirror: Men fear upkeep could boost taxes

Daily Item: Gov. Wolf unveils $1.5M grant program to reduce gun violence
Times Leader: Wilkes University, Pittston City win million-dollar sidewalk grants
Times-Tribune: Hoping to sell administration building, county advertises in New York, Philadelphia markets
Standard-Speaker: Luzerne County OKs $5 vehicle surcharge

South Central
WITF: Congressional candidates in 9th District diverge on legalizing marijuana
WITF: Ellsworth makes her move in Pa. GOP governor’s race
York Daily Record: Your guide to who’s running for Pa. lieutenant governor — and why you should care
York Dispatch: Casey, Toomey issue statements on withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal
WHTM: Pa. primary to focus on governor, U.S. Senate races
Patriot News: $1.5 million Pa. grant program created to reduce gun violence
Patriot News: Report: Wolf deputy being investigated for possible Ethics Act violation
Patriot News: Lawyers for Miccarelli’s accusers call for an end to policy violations without consequences
Patriot News: Dauphin County hosting events to fight drug abuse, train residents on Narcan use
Patriot News: In a closing jab, Wagner pokes Mango over job at biotech sued over tainted blood
LNP: Chet Beiler apologizes for past campaign tactics, lobs new allegations in meeting with LNP Editorial Board
LNP: Melania Trump gives props to ‘buddy bench’ kid from York

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: A primer on the indefatigable Pennsylvania school funding lawsuit
Morning Call: Allentown Council votes 4-3 to advance marijuana decriminalization bill
Morning Call: Outside money floods race for 7th District
Reading Eagle: Departing U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent announces final day
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers representing Pennsylvania react to the Iran deal withdrawal
WFMZ: Dispute over how Pa. schools are funded to be decided at trial

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County officials advocate for pre-K funding
WICU: Push at the State Prison for Early Childhood Education
Centre Daily Times: Your property taxes could increase if you live in State College. Here’s why

Erie Times-News: Our view: Zogby, Erie schools find common ground
Inquirer: In Harrisburg, Dems seek to neuter controversial House GOP committee chairman
Inquirer: Powerful EMILY’s List is pouring big money into Pa. women Democrats running for Congress ahead of Tuesday’s U.S. House primaries | Maria Panaritis
Inquirer: Endorsement Guide: 2018 Pennsylvania primary election
Inquirer: Philadelphia ballot questions 2018: Vote yes | Editorial
Tribune Review: Go outside and take a drag of the region’s ‘fresh’ air
Post-Gazette: Stars in the Rocks: Unlocking the potential in McKees Rocks
Patriot News: You already have to be 21 to drink. It’s time to raise the tobacco purchasing age in Pa. | Opinion

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