March 11th Playbook

The special election date is set for the 33rd and 41st state Senatorial districts. Here is the Playbook.

March 8th Ups & Downs: The GOP selects their candidate for the 12th Congressional district, a bill about daylight savings time enters the discussion in Harrisburg, and a Mayor in Lackawanna County writes a threatening message towards other elected officials in a Facebook post. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

SD37: Strident New Raja Ad Targets Iovino on Abortion: The Republican candidate is linking his Democratic opponent to legislation in New York and Virginia. Iovino fired back with another broadside against Raja’s business practices.

SD33 & SD41: Special Election Set for May 21: The elections to replace both seats previously held by Republicans will coincide with the Pennsylvania primary.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania jobless rate at nearly 2-decade low in January
AP: Special election for 2 vacant state Senate seats set for May
AP: School board president removed over anti-Muslim posts
AP: Prosecutors weigh charges for Pennsylvania official arrested
AP: PA Lottery machines spent most of the day down due to outage
AP: Prosecutor hails drop in western Pennsylvania OD deaths
AP: Proposal aims to ease government efforts to reclaim records
The Intercept: GOP Candidate on Himself: “Did this Guy Make Some Dumbass Facebook Posts? Absolutely.”
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Casey joins Democrats to back anti-hazing bill
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Toomey, presidential hopeful Klobuchar join to repeal medical device tax
Morning Call: Pennsylvania House Democrats vote to pass elections, ethics bill; Brian Fitzpatrick says it won’t fix corruption
Inquirer: As 2020 decision nears, Pa. insiders line up for Joe Biden
Inquirer: Customers would pay millions to rescue Pa. nuclear reactors, including some that are already profitable
KYW Newsradio: REAL ID now available in Pa.
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Special elections for Senate seats slated for May 21
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: In a new ad, a progressive super PAC is going on the attack against Republican Frank Scavo for anti-Muslim social media posts
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘This bill is revolutionary:’ Pa.’s congressional Dems get behind sweeping voting rights, ethics bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Most of Pa.’s sick and elderly inmates die in prison. Medical parole could change that
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Welfare gerrymander’? Why food stamp work requirements are back on the table
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Western Pa. state Senate candidates trade second round of attacks in new ads
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Erie County senator seeks support for e-scooter bill
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Under the Radar: Bill would aim to beef up state’s cybersecurity
StateImpactPA: Unsolicited, PUC commissioner sends legislators a breakdown of nuclear bailout options
Post-Gazette: State to begin study of hyperloop technology, potential Pittsburgh-to-Philadelphia route
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Shapiro warns consumers about new twist on Social Security scam
PLSReporter: City Council passes resolutions to send messages to Harrisburg
PLSReporter: One senator wants Education Savings Accounts for special needs students but school districts worry about funding effects
PLSReporter: Kenyatta hopes to protect Pennsylvania from digital threats
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. John Hershey   
Patriot News: 10 years later, Pa.’s open records law has improved access, but some say the law has its flaws
Patriot News: Special election dates set to fill two open seats in the Pennsylvania Senate

Philadelphia
Philly Voice: Joe Biden reportedly eyeing Philly for potential 2020 campaign headquarters
Billy Penn: Alan Butkovitz surprised his campaign website is live — and a mess
Billy Penn: Where will Safehouse open a supervised injection site? Study tags potential locations
KYW Newsradio: Battle over Mayor Kenney’s budget proposal begins with library funding
KYW Newsradio: Philly Jewish leaders explain why certain language may be considered anti-Semitic    
KYW Newsradio: Another day and still no deal between SEPTA, Transit Police  
KYW Newsradio: Providing day care in Philadelphia courts gets support in city council committee  
KYW Newsradio: Strike continues: SEPTA, FOTP wrestle over money and body cam footage
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia wants to get the HIV prevention pill to women most at risk
Philadelphia Magazine: This Map Says You’re Probably Being a Jerk to Your Republican Neighbor   
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly Has Never Elected a Woman as Sheriff. These Candidates Want to Change That.
Inquirer: After nearly a half-century in prison, Philly man is granted clemency at age 77
Inquirer: During daylight saving time, he’s Philadelphia’s man of the hour

SEPA
Daily Local News: Rep. Shusterman discusses ‘common-sense’ gun reform
Pottstown Mercury: Frei promoted to trials chief in Chester County D.A.’s office
Bucks County Courier Times: Local leaders tour Bucks state parks, assess needs
Delco Daily Times: Delco D.A. not handing over Glen Mills probe to state

Pittsburgh
WESA: Former County Councilor Matt Drozd Announces Run For County Executive
WESA: Water Problems At Allegheny County Jail Come To A Boil
Post-Gazette: State Senate race: Republican D. Raja says his rise is ‘a great American story’
Post-Gazette: State Senate race: Democrat Pam Iovino says Navy career prepared her to serve
Post-Gazette: Incumbents, Kane secure Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsements
Post-Gazette: Detroit chief defends officers in encounter with Controller Wagner
Post-Gazette: Wagner, husband dispute police version of Detroit incident
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette honored for Tree of Life coverage
Post-Gazette: Coalition criticizes Mayor Bill Peduto’s recent trip to Israel
Post-Gazette: State to begin study of hyperloop technology, potential Pittsburgh-to-Philadelphia route
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh looks to break ‘glass ceiling’ with stronger protections for pregnant workers
KDKA: ‘We Did Nothing Wrong’: Allegheny Co. Controller Chelsa Wagner Wants Name Cleared In Altercation With Detroit Police
KDKA: Detroit Police Issue Warrant To File Assault, Battery Charges Against Allegheny Co. Controller Chelsa Wagner
The Incline: Pittsburgh is without an ADA coordinator — and needs one now more than ever, advocates say
Tribune Review: Women account for about a third of judges in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania courts  

SWPA  
Observer-Reporter: N. Franklin eliminated local police force; what was role of property reassessment?
Beaver County Times: Pitt student’s murder spurs bill on electronic monitoring for PFA defendants
Beaver County Times: ‘That’s the brotherhood’: Friends celebrate life of late John DiMarzio, former Monaca councilman, firefighter
Altoona Mirror: Carper eyes council seat  
Altoona Mirror: Kimla sets sights on recorder post
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Young Professionals of the Alleghenies work inspired Rae’s run for city council
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: DeBartola seeks city council position  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Searching for service: Adams Twp. supervisors eye meeting on gas line  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber’s district judge seeks re-election  
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: SUNSHINE WEEK | Ethics issues can snare officials  

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Candidates discuss issues in special election
Citizens Voice: Former local mayor raising awareness of blood clots
Times-Tribune: Allegheny County rep Friendly Sons speaker
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Shapiro warns consumers about new twist on Social Security scam

South Central  
York Dispatch: Reps. Smucker, Perry rip House Dems’ ethics reform bill
York Dispatch: York City appoints new interim economic and community development director
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County Housing Summit addresses need for affordable housing
LNP | LancasterOnline:   Strasburg native to open state’s largest hemp processor in Red Lion

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: April sentencings for final defendants in Allentown, Reading corruption cases
Reading Eagle: Reading Mayor Wally Scott is running for a second term
Reading Eagle: Berks County taxpayers are on the hook for up to $439,196 in Reading constable pay
Reading Eagle: Then and Now: Berks County officials purchase new voting machines
Reading Eagle: Berks County’s clerk of courts calls for changes in constable pay
Reading Eagle: Package of bills aims to help farmers markets
Reading Eagle: Reading pastor announces run for City Council seat
Reading Eagle: Limits proposed on who can serve as a guardian

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: ‘No place in our society’: Lawmakers attempting a national hazing crackdown after Timothy Piazza’s death
Centre Daily Times: Could Pennsylvania’s minimum-wage earners see a raise? Here’s why policymakers have incentive to act
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State lawmakers tour Penn College  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Prison program estimated to save millions
Erie Times-News: Roll Call: How Erie-area legislators voted on key issues last week   
Erie Times-News: Rennie to announce County Council candidacy

Opinion  
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Suing for student safety: Courts may determine schools’ liability
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: EDITORIAL: Breakthrough on AIDS?: The cure of two men is new reason for hope
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pop-up recycling: PA Resources Council helps us do the right thing
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The ones who walked away: Michael Bloomberg and Sherrod Brown decline to run
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: EDITORIAL: Agendas under wraps: Alcosan overhaul should include transparency
Inquirer Editorial Board: The mayor’s budget paints rosy picture of the future
LNP Editorial Board: Lancaster County residents, and commissioners, deserve more answers from district attorney  
Elizabeth Fiedler: If we want a future for our kids and ourselves, we must tackle climate change | Women’s Day 2019
John L. Micek: The hugely important court fight over abortion rights you’re not hearing about is right here in Pa. | Friday Morning Coffee
Christine M. Flowers: We need to question narratives of victimization | Women’s Month 2019
Trudy Rubin: On International Women’s Day, brave female activists imprisoned around the world
Helen Ubiñas: It’s time for ‘America’s neglected middle child’ to use our voice | Women’s Day 2019
Claire Sliney: Amid marketing and social-media onslaughts, Gen Z women have to find ourselves | Women’s Day 2019
Matthew Gardner Kelly: Charter school cap efforts are gaining momentum. Here’s why
Anwar Curtis: In Harrisburg, ‘500 Men Reading Week’ encourages the growth of thousands of city school children
Fletcher McClellan: Raise the minimum wage? For Pa., there’s no time like the present
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob: These students were once captives of Boko Haram. Now they’re finding new meaning to their lives in Pa.
Tim Hartman: Here’s what needs to be dragged into the light | Editorial Cartoon
Joan Myers Brown: After decades of building inclusive art, succession is the next step | Women’s Day 2019
Mike Newall: A decades-long gang war in South Philly is consuming a generation of kids
Signe Wilkinson: Philadelphia gets a tax cut, sort of
Will Bunch: Is America’s warped justice system too broken to handle Trump’s massive corruption?
Joseph N. DiStefano: Why it costs a little extra to buy Vanguard funds in Pennsylvania’s college-savings plan
Brian O’Neill: How affordable is ‘affordable housing’?
Keith C. Burris: The sins of the fathers
David M. Shribman: Standing out from the crowd

Email:
  • Do You Agree With the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
Continue to Browser

PoliticsPA

To install tap and choose
Add to Home Screen