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March 13th Playbook

The Democratic Party goes two for two in state House special elections last night. Here is the Playbook.

Bridget Malloy Kosierowski Wins HD114: The Democrat bests the Republican who could not overcome a series of controversial social media posts.

HD190: Movita Johnson-Harrell Cruises To Victory: The West Philadelphia Democrat becomes the first muslim woman elected to the state House.

SD41: Boser Announces Intentions for Democratic Nomination: The professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania lists affordable broadband internet access to rural residents, economic growth that provides living-wage jobs and access to affordable healthcare that includes opioid treatment and emergency services as campaign priorities.

Philadelphia GOP Endorsed Mayoral Candidate Daphne Goggins Drops Out of Race: Goggins stated that she would not reach the signature total needed to appear on the ballot and accused the Philadelphia Republican Party of not being ready to support a minority candidate. South Philly defense attorney, Billy Ciancaglini, still intends to seek the GOP nomination.

Sen. Casey: It Would Be “Very Surprising” If Biden Didn’t Run: In a story from The Hill yesterday, Sen. Bob Casey, who is noted as a “longtime Biden friend” said he spoke to the former VP last week and said that although Biden wasn’t “declaratory,” he stated it would be “very surprising” if Biden didn’t make a presidential bid.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Voters in Philly, Scranton area to fill state House openings
AP: ACLU sues Philadelphia court magistrates over bail practices
AP: The Latest: 9 jurors chosen in cop’s shooting of black teen
AP: Pennsylvania opens investigation into gas liquids pipeline
PA Post: Pa. 2019 municipal primary: Key dates and what you need to know
WITF: Shrinking the Pa. legislature? It’s possible, but unlikely.
Philly Voice: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has received 21,000 messages about marijuana legalization since late January
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Democrats easily hold on to suburban Scranton state House district in special election
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Movita Johnson-Harrell wins state House election to represent West Philadelphia district
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Why Pennsylvania transportation funding could be in deep trouble
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Senate plan would create new state commission to study higher ed. funding issues
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rookie lawmakers push legislation to limit General Assembly members’ tenure
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House committee advances ban on vaping in schools
Morning Call: Pat Toomey, other GOP senators, meet with Mike Pence as White House seeks to limit emergency declaration defections
PLSReporter: Special election results in the 114th and 190th legislative districts
PLSReporter: AG Shapiro announces criminal investigation into Mariner East pipeline, ETP
PLSReporter: Despite potential headwinds, lawmakers push term limits for legislators
PLSReporter: Kulik legislation would allow a judge to order a PFA defendant to wear electronic monitoring device
StateImpactPA: State attorney general, Delaware County district attorney launch criminal investigation into Sunoco, Energy Transfer
StateImpactPA: Smart Talk: Media coverage of TMI accident was part of the story
StateImpactPA: After TMI accident in ’79, this Carnegie Mellon team pitched a novel idea for cleanup: Use robots. It was just the beginning.
Patriot News: Sen. Bob Casey, other U.S. senators call on Walmart to support workers with disabilities
Patriot News: Pa.’s open records law proving to be not burdensome to most government agencies, survey finds
Patriot News: Woman accusing state lawmaker of sexual assault files complaint with Pa. House Republicans
Patriot News: Lawyers say sexual assault claims against Pa. Rep. Brian Ellis are ‘just plain false’
Inquirer: Joe Biden walks to precipice of presidential run in speech to firefighters
Inquirer: Woman accusing State Rep. Brian Ellis of sexual assault files complaint with House Republicans

WHYY Newsworks: Pa. state Sen. Williams, former controller Butkovitz challenge Philly Mayor Kenney
Philadelphia Magazine: Movita Johnson-Harrell Wins Special Election, Becomes First Muslim Woman State Rep  
Philadelphia Magazine: A Philly-to-Pittsburgh Hyperloop Just Got a Tiny Step Closer to Reality
KYW Newsradio: Philly’s May primary race takes shape as candidates file nominating petitions
KYW Newsradio: SEPTA, Transit Police reach tentative agreement
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Water Department makes changes to how it handles notices
KYW Newsradio: ACLU sues Philadelphia courts over cash bail system
KYW Newsradio: Anti-Israel graffiti found at Spring Garden SEPTA stop
KYW Newsradio: Missing historical marker sparks effort to remember Nation of Islam history in West Philly
Philadelphia Business Journal: Greater Philadelphia Chamber plans to up the ante in City Council elections
Inquirer: Petitions are in, and indicted Councilman Bobby Henon won’t have a Democratic challenger  
Inquirer: Is Philadelphia properly funding its community college?  
Inquirer: Union fears job cuts at KYW radio, seeks federal mediator for contract talks with Philly-based owner Entercom  
Inquirer: Kensington heroin camps mainly populated by Philadelphians, study on evictions finds

Montgomery Media: Lt. Gov. brings listening tour on recreational marijuana to Montco
Delco Daily Times: Delco D.A. launches probe of Mariner East pipeline
Daily Local News: Local pols turn to governor for action on pipeline
Daily Local News: Chester County files lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers, distributors
Daily Local News: Praise for decision on pipeline probe
Daily Local News: Killion responds to pipeline correspondence
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County GOP endorses row office, judge candidates
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Sen. Santarsiero: DEP investigating Rockhill Quarry records
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem teachers vote to authorize strike, but still hope to avoid one

WESA: Petition Filings Suggest Few Surprises On Primary Ballot
WESA: Leon Ford, Amy Schrempf Drop Out Of City Council Race
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh council members to add supporting research to gun-control bills  
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh council votes unanimously to strengthen protections for pregnant workers  
Post-Gazette: Officials determine Ryan Zinke didn’t violate federal law in Western Pa. special election  
Post-Gazette: City, county candidates line up for May, November races  
WPXI: Police shooting survivor Leon Ford drops out of Pittsburgh City Council race
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pittsburghers love where they live — but survey finds room for improvement
StateImpactPA: Allegheny County Health Dept. revises order against U.S. Steel after company updates repair timeline
The Incline: Philly is burning half of its recyclables. Is Pittsburgh?
City Paper: Pittsburgh undocumented immigrant population among smallest of any large U.S. metro
KDKA: Pittsburgh To Philadelphia Hyperloop A Step Closer To Reality   
KDKA: Local Students, Parents React To College Admissions Bribery Scandal  
KDKA: Antwon Rose’s Mother Instructs Protestors To Stand Down During Michael Rosfeld’s Trial  
Tribune Review: B-PEP urges Wolf to fill Allegheny County court vacancy with African-American
Tribune Review: Patricia Fritz announces bid for commissioner, while her former boss files to run again for Westmoreland sheriff

Altoona Mirror: Burns serves as deputy chairman of caucus
Altoona Mirror: Commissioner post among most-contested on ballot
Altoona Mirror: Marcinko moving on from city role
Altoona Mirror: Westmont woman seeks Cambria treasurer seat
Altoona Mirror: Court: Termination of parents’ rights proper
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Patton man plans to run for commissioner
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rev. King selected to participate in Army War College seminar
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Kleinosky seeking clerk of courts seat
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: $500 million nuclear bailout proposed in Harrisburg
Observer-Reporter: Two women vying to be Washington County’s seventh judge
Observer-Reporter: Monessen council nixes home delivery of city mail to city mayor
Beaver County Times: U.S. Attorney Brady says overdose deaths decreased across western Pa. in 2018  
Beaver County Times: Republican Maria Longo enters primary for county controller  
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Kail’s first bill unanimously passes House

Times-Tribune: Democrat Kosierowski claims victory in special election for 114th District seat
Times-Tribune: Kavulich’s daughter: ‘Please don’t let Big Sid down’ in 114th state House district special election
Times-Tribune: Races set for May primary
Citizens Voice: Lackawanna woman wins House seat in special election
Citizens Voice: Unemployment sinks even farther, but that could be subject to change
Citizens Voice: County council members wary of requested tax break
Citizens Voice: New county council member Bilbow seeks a full term
Citizens Voice: Urban won’t seek re-election this year
Citizens Voice: George addresses concerns over bagged parking meters in W-B
Citizens Voice: 9 candidates seek W-B Area School Board seats
The Times Leader: 11-person field set for Luzerne County Council; incumbent Urban not running
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre city council to consider street-sweeping deal with PennDOT

South Central  
York Dispatch: York County set to stick with current provider for voting machines
York Dispatch: Fetterman coming to York County to talk recreational marijuana
York Daily Record: Special election set for Alloway’s Senate seat
York Daily Record: Pa. attorney general opens investigation into Mariner East pipeline
LNP | LancasterOnline: Pennsylvania’s 10-year-old Right-to-Know Law gets mixed reviews at Harrisburg event
LNP | LancasterOnline: School District of Lancaster outlines $2 million, 99-year tentative agreement with city for proposed water tower in Lancaster Township  
Patriot News: Contractor who worked on site of Harrisburg wall collapse removed from civil lawsuit    
Patriot News: Harrisburg School Board draws more candidates for primary than City Council    
Patriot News: Here are the candidates for this year’s Lancaster County primary  
Patriot News: Here are the candidates for this year’s Dauphin County primary  
Patriot News: Ex-Northumberland County prothonotary accused of stealing  
Patriot News: Harrisburg school board vacancy is another 6 weeks from being filled
Patriot News: Here are the judge candidates for the Cumberland County primaries  
Patriot News: Here are the judge candidates for the York County primaries    

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley primary election: Here are your county and city candidates
Morning Call: After 28 years, the race is on to be Northampton County’s top cop
Morning Call: Republican joins race for Easton Mayor’s seat
Morning Call: It’s back to the future in the Northampton County DAs race
Morning Call: Sentencing on corruption convictions rescheduled for ex-Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer
Reading Eagle: Berks members of Congress weigh in on new Dream Act
Express Times: Lehigh Valley unemployment appears to be lowest in nearly 18 years. These chart shows the dip.  

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Councilman Foust eyes county controller’s post
Erie Times-News: Arrington won’t seek re-election to Erie City Council
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Constable running for commissioner nomination
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Committee discusses efforts to re-energize neighborhood

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Old dog, new tricks?: Users should be skeptical of Facebook’s privacy promise
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Food for thought: At-risk kids should be eating school breakfasts
LNP Editorial Board: Local newspapers such as LNP are vital to effective government and democracy
Inquirer Editorial Board: Without funding for enforcement, proposed housing bills will do little
John L. Micek: Once again with feeling: The Pa. House tries to reform itself | Tuesday Morning Coffee
John Baer: Time for another run at helping Pa. child sex abuse survivors
Jonathan Zimmerman: Joe Biden’s not alone in spreading myths about busing and segregation
state Rep. Scott Conklin: Why I want separate PIAA playoffs for private, public schools
Stu Bykofsky: Quakertown man finds it’s E-Z to be overcharged
Dan Simpson: At least we’re not in a hot war
John A. Tures: When it comes to passing hate crimes laws, go beyond mere statistics
Jeannette Cox: Pregnant women shouldn’t have to choose between a job and a healthy baby
Gene Marks: Beware of ransomware: Small businesses can take these simple steps to protect themselves
Will Bunch: These Philly schoolkids are striking Friday because ‘grown-ups’ have failed them on climate
Paul Muschick: 9 gun control bills to support — and 11 to shun in Pennsylvania Legislature

  • 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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