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March 12th Playbook

Two special elections to fill seats in the state House take place today, while state Rep. Fred Keller announced his senior campaign team yesterday. Here is the Playbook.

PA12: Keller Announces Senior Campaign Team: The state Representative from Snyder County brings in a couple of experienced campaign veterans to his team.

Congressional Leadership Fund 2020 Memo Targets Cartwright, Lamb, and Wild: The list of 55 Democratic held seats is broken into two groups, “Trump country” and “opportunity districts”. Cartwright and Lamb are in the “Trump country” category, while Wild is labeled under the “opportunity districts”.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Fight over nuclear plants arrives at Pennsylvania Capitol
AP: House advances proposed changes to historic records handling
StateImpactPA: Rep. Mehaffie talks up his nuclear bailout bill; opponents line up to trash it  
StateImpactPA: State reaches $7M agreement over 1,400 abandoned oil and gas wells  
StateImpactPA: Read Pennsylvania House version of nuclear bailout bill  
PLSReporter: Special election preview: A look at races in the 114th and 190th legislative districts
PLSReporter: Skeptics decry ’bailout,’ as nuclear advocates formally roll out plan to save state’s power plants
PLSReporter: Can state fix problems with WAVs that Act 164 caused?
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Mike Zabel
Inquirer: Government websites are going interactive with budget details. But will citizens know what they’re seeing?
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. Sen. Casey of Pa. urging ‘transformative’ investment in child care subsidies
Patriot News: Butler County state lawmaker facing sexual assault claims remains on leave from the House
York Dispatch: Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s new press secretary a longtime York Dispatch reporter
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Consumers would foot the bill to prop up Pa.’s ailing nuke plants under state House proposal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. lawmakers are skeptical of a proposed nuclear rescue. Could more solar panels and wind turbines get the job done?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Should parents be allowed to raid retirement funds to pay for their kids’ needs today?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Tax Day is a month away — Pa. officials offer tips on how to avoid getting scammed
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘A slap in the face’: Environmentalists slam Trump’s proposal to slash Chesapeake Bay cleanup funds
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘It’s done some really profound things for us’: How a 2-year-old state law changed the role of Pa.’s overlooked government watchdog
Morning Call: Brian Fitzpatrick sends Treasury a check to reimburse his pay from federal shutdown  

Inquirer: Republican Daphne Goggins drops out of Philly mayor’s race
Inquirer: Special election Tuesday for W. Philly state House seat once held by Vanessa Lowery Brown
Inquirer: Traffic Court judges-turned-inmates-turned-candidates spark early start to ballot challenge season
Inquirer: How does Philly assess property? Taxpayers will have to wait for complete answers.
Inquirer: Pennsylvania auditor general to investigate Glen Mills Schools
Inquirer: Philabundance announces ambitious program to give people more than food
Philadelphia Magazine: Register of Wills Ron Donatucci Hit With Ugly Lawsuit by Fiancée of Late Son
KYW Newsradio: Point Breeze expands its own street cleaning program
Philly Voice: Philly-to-Pittsburgh hyperloop gets funding for $2 million feasibility study
Pottstown Mercury: Chesco, Delco lawmakers urge Wolf to halt Mariner pipeline operations
Pottstown Mercury: D.A. candidate wants A.G. to get involved in pipeline probe
Delco Daily Times: Delco D.A. not handing over Glen Mills probe to state

Post-Gazette: Next round of party battles kicks off with state Senate District 37 race
Post-Gazette: As Dems make endorsements, Detroit incident has little ill effect for Controller Chelsa Wagner
Post-Gazette: Report: Police video shows Controller Chelsa Wagner go from giggling to screaming
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh to prep Downtown businesses for possible unrest over Michael Rosfeld trial
Post-Gazette: “Innovation Summit” to highlight inclusion, equity in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Democrats reject Pittsburgh councilwoman’s endorsement bid
Tribune Review: Greensburg Council retroactively OKs firing of planning director
WESA: Braddock Is ‘A One Of A Kind Experience Right Now,’ Says Interim Mayor Chardae Jones
WESA: Allegheny County Democratic Leaders Back Incumbents — For The Most Part
KDKA: Detroit News Views Video That Appears To Show Police Side Of Incident With Chelsa Wagner, Her Husband
City Paper: Pittsburgh women strike for gender equality and a voice for women of all backgrounds

Beaver County Times: Pitt student’s murder spurs bill on electronic monitoring for PFA defendants
Altoona Mirror: Carper eyes council seat
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: DeBartola seeks city council position
Observer-Reporter: N. Franklin eliminated local police force; what was role of property reassessment?

The Times Leader: State opposes reinstatement of law license to ex-WB employee Hayward
The Times Leader: Attorney provides argument for Plains Township project tax break
Times-Tribune: Scranton debate over stormwater management begins  
Times-Tribune: City to pay $71,100 as part of rental registration settlement
Times-Tribune: Former county chief of staff’s sexually violent predator assessment expected early next month
Times-Tribune: Overpayment of benefits latest mistake for Dumore pensions
Citizens Voice: Political Scene
Citizens Voice: Kaufer asks AG to file injunction to stop fee

South Central  
Patriot News: $500 million nuclear power rescue bill introduced in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: New funding formula for Pa. public colleges and universities to be crafted through proposed bill  
Patriot News: Wet vs. dry: Rules may get tweaked for municipalities considering booze sales
Patriot News: Toomey picks community policing coordinator to attend Army War College’s National Security Seminar
York Daily Record: Updates: Who’s planning to run for judge, other elected offices in York County in 2019
LNP | LancasterOnline: What would you want to ask/tell Lt. Gov. Fetterman at the ‘marijuana listening tour’?
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lt. Gov. Fetterman to stop in Lancaster next week to gather opinions on legalizing recreational marijuana
York Dispatch: Lt. Gov. Fetterman’s new press secretary a longtime York Dispatch reporter

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Constable official equates court payment plans in Reading to ‘predatory lending’
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor rebuffs council’s call for a new fire station
Reading Eagle: Berks County taxpayers are on the hook for up to $439,196 in Reading constable pay
Reading Eagle: Engineer involved in Spencer pay-to-play scheme set for sentencing
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: Can Allentown tax nonprofits? Good Shepherd Rehab Network says that’s a stretch
Morning Call: Feds OK plan to stop sewage overflows into Lehigh County waterways, lift decade-old orders
Morning Call: District Justice Rashid Santiago joins county judge race
Morning Call: Easton councilman to propose cutting council salaries in half
Morning Call: Easton hires veteran economic developer to oversee city’s business growth

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Former Erie County library director seeks County Council seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Newcomer to run for treasurer
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Millard seeks council seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mirabito aims to keep his commissioner seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: No tax hike in first reading of Jersey Shore Area School District’s budget

Inquirer Editorial Board: What we lose when we lose news
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Taking a stand: Young journalist Hilde Lysiak is an inspiration
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: To make a world: Let us fight for things that actually matter
John Baer: Partisan prejudice: Philly and its suburbs are loaded with it
John L. Micek: Is there a moral case for redistricting reform? A Philly clergyman says ‘Yes’ | Monday Morning Coffee
Kevin Schreiber: Here’s how York County is working to close the workforce gap
Paul Muschick: All Pa. counties should adopt program to stop treating all drug addicts as criminals
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: The new Trump Hotel
Jenice Armstrong: Let’s help parents of 18-year-old road rage victim create a mural against gun violence
Kirkland Alexander Lynch: What does ‘diversity’ mean for Philly’s hottest new social club?
Gene Muller: Our beer is only as good as our water
Janet Sasson Edgette: Let’s stop stressing out our kids with career choice pressure

  • 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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