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March 14th Playbook

Four Democrats and Three Republicans filed petitions to run for the state Superior Court. Here is the Playbook.

Reader Poll: Who Should Be The Democratic Nominee for Philly Mayor?: Both Butkovitz and Williams are expected to make the city’s controversial sugary beverage tax a talking point of their campaign against Kenney.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Democrats claim wins in Pennsylvania House special elections
AP: Seven file papers to run for two state Superior Court seats
AP: 5 governors oppose Trump plan to cut Great Lakes spending
AP: Jurors chosen in white officer’s shooting of black teenager
Inquirer: Pa. Senate employee left in limbo after she alleges sexual harassment
Post-Gazette: Want to help shape Pa. courts for a decade? Vote for judges this year
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Wolf joins bipartisan group of Midwestern governors resisting Trump’s Great Lakes cuts
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa.’s Brian Fitzpatrick: ‘Republican enabler’ or ‘bipartisan dealmaker?’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pa.’s state Senate plans to reform criminal justice this session
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Our diversity is our strength’: Movita Johnson-Harrell will be Pa. Legislature’s first female Muslim lawmaker
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Sexual assault complaint against Butler County lawmaker filed with Pa. House GOP
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House committee advances expanded public employee pension forfeiture bill
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Innocence Project launches support group for exonerees
PLSReporter: Mackenzie’s CareerBound bill voted out of committee
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Kenyatta and Lewis work together to create the Fighting Chance Act
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Kyle Mullins
StateImpactPA: Nuclear watchdog group, citing potential safety issue at Three Mile Island, wants NRC to investigate
LNP | LancasterOnline: Proposed $75M solar farm in York County gets green light from zoners, would be largest in Pa.

Billy Penn: Why this is a critical week for aspiring Philly politicians
Inquirer: Ex-Traffic Court judge who lied to FBI gets same sentence at federal court hearing
Inquirer: Philadelphia to launch low-interest loan program that will help residents fix aging homes
Inquirer: Medicaid market share: Who pays for long-term care, nursing home services in Philly area
Inquirer: Here are the Boeing 737 Max 8 flights out of Philadelphia and what you need to know about them
KYW Newsradio: Evaluation of Philly’s encampment closures finds some success, some lessons learned
KYW Newsradio: Mayor denounces city councilman after he called city official a ‘criminal’
Philly Voice: Wharton reclaims top business school title in U.S. News’ latest rankings
PLSReporter: Officials, challengers file for Philadelphia’s May primary elections

Delco Daily Times: Delco prison board moves to change meetings to Tuesday – then realizes that’s when county council meets
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Rep. Tina Davis to host Second Chance Expo in Bristol
Daily Local News: Barrar to help local seniors with SEPTA Key Card applications

KDKA: Raja, Iovino Squaring Off In Special Election To Replace Reschenthaler In Pa. Senate
KDKA: Pittsburgh City Council Adding Supporting Research To Controversial Gun Legislation
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Council gears up for gun bill votes
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh will close roads near courthouse during Rosfeld trial
Post-Gazette: School board fires West Mifflin Area superintendent
PLSReporter: Allegheny County Health Department amends enforcement order for U.S. Steel
WESA: PA Lawmaker Wants To Stop Overdoses With ‘Warm Handoff’ Measure
WESA: Darlene Harris Has Paid No Price For Flouting City Campaign Finance Rules — Yet
City Paper: Pittsburgh City Council to state officials: Let us design safe streets

Beaver County Times: State Sen. Vogel preparing tax-credit bill to encourage selling farms to newcomers
Beaver County Times: Primary election: Sandie Egley files for treasurer, George David trying again for sheriff
Observer-Reporter: Crowded field in race for Greene commissioners
Altoona Mirror: Treasurer seeking re-election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: District judge seeks re-election   
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council moves forward with plans for downtown park

Times-Tribune: Historic win for Kosierowski energizes local women  
Times-Tribune: Scranton council gets 3 applicants for 2 council picks on revived ethics board
The Times Leader: Urban recalls ups, downs of nearly two decades in Luzerne County government

South Central  
York Dispatch: Democrats seek state Senate candidate
York Dispatch: Smucker, Casey affirm support of Chesapeake Bay Program after Trump’s proposed cuts
York Dispatch: Candidate list: Steve Chronister files to run for York County commissioner
Patriot News: Here are the candidates for this year’s Cumberland County primary
Patriot News: WITF names new president and CEO
LNP | LancasterOnline: Mayor, council president explain Lancaster’s handling of UPMC Pinnacle hospital closure  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Candidates announced for May municipal primary  
LNP | LancasterOnline: GOP-endorsed Stedman only candidate to file for judge while party remains quiet on controversies  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Stedman suspended Fetterman for reasons ‘related to political campaign activities,’ violating policy: county  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster police disciplined 27 officers in 2018, including 1 termination  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Proposed $75M solar farm in York County gets green light from zoners, would be largest in Pa.

Lehigh Valley   
Express Times: ‘Positive momentum’ fuels Easton mayor’s initiatives unveiled in State of the City address
Reading Eagle: Sentencing delayed for former Reading mayor in pay-to-play scheme
Reading Eagle: Retired Berks County worker looks to challenge former boss for clerk of courts seat  
Reading Eagle: Berks district attorney and sheriff want constables off certain warrants    
Reading Eagle: Reading councilwoman asks why mayor is MIA, city purchases former warehouse property  
Morning Call: Northampton County Council explores industrial hemp possibilities  

North by Northwest
AP: Wabtec workers back under 90-day pact as talks continue
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Field of candidates for Primary Election shapes up with petition deadline
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Grant to pay for pagers moves to City Council’s agenda
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Poole to run for school board
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Scott to seek council seat
Erie Times-News: 3 seek Erie County district judge seats  
Erie Times-News: Millcreek holds first public hearing on CDBG funding  
Erie Times-News: City of Erie website sees big usage increase  

LNP Editorial Board: Pennsylvania should let Three Mile Island close  
Inquirer Editorial Board: There’s more than enough food. Why are so many still hungry?
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Breaking up Big Tech: Elizabeth Warren’s antitrust proposal is smart
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ground the Max 8: Boeing’s plane should not fly during crash probes
David de la Fuente: When just 202 voters can pick a Pa. Congressman, that’s a problem
Ernest Owens: Democrats Who Filed to Run for City Council at Large: 34. Chance of Real Change: 0.
John L. Micek: Report: Will Pittsburgh’s gun-ban put more of the city’s black residents in harm’s way? | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Joseph N. DiStefano: ‘I come to you from the future’: DuckDuckGo founder tells Congress how U.S. would win by limiting ‘invasive’ Google, Facebook tracking
Jenice Armstrong: Legacy admissions are affirmative action for the rich, and other lessons from the college cheating scandal
Bradford Simpson: Sunshine Week celebrates a critical part of our democracy: The free press
Paul Muschick: Officials who fleece the public are closer to losing their public pensions
Erik Arneson: It’s Sunshine Week in Pa.: Here’s how we’ve been helping to shine a light on government
Signe Wilkinson: The admissions scandal in cartoons: How Signe Wilkinson has drawn college woes for two decades
John L. Micek: The Family Research Council’s latest congressional scorecard isn’t very pro-family
Meyata McMichael: Soda tax-funded preK will drive Philadelphia’s future
Signe Wilkinson: Political cartoon: Measles’ spotty message
Trudy Rubin: Mexico has a strategy to deal with Trump’s wall and rejection of migrants

One Response

  1. No one is talking much about closing 3 Mile Island as noted in the link here but it is worthy of discussion. A new era has begun in relation to energy and Pa lags in aggressively pushing forward in finding alternative resources for fuel. Interesting link on closing 3 Mile Island.

  • 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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