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March 1st Playbook

Iovino releases a television ad attacking her GOP opponent’s business background. Here is the Playbook.

SD37: Iovino Hits Raja On Business Background: The Democrat is seeking to define Raja as an employer who did not have his workers best interest in mind.

PA12: Haire Announces Intentions for GOP Seat: The Wyoming County GOP Chair and Optometrist believes the district needs a Congressman who is a strong, reliable partner to the President.

Former Sen. Wofford Public Memorial Service Set For Saturday in Washington D.C.: The late Senator’s public service will be held at Howard University, where he attended Law School as its first white male student in the early 1950s. Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and others will deliver speeches.

Harrisburg & DC  
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers ask Defense secretary for details on state projects affected by shifting money to border wall
Morning Call: Death penalty has fallen out of favor with Pennsylvania prosecutors
Patriot News: Majority of Pa. congressional delegation calls diversion of funds for military projects to fund border wall ‘ill-advised’
WHYY Newsworks: Fewer inmates will not mean a prison closure in 2019, Pa. officials say
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Casey, Pa. Dems want to know if Trump’s border wall declaration will hurt state military projects
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House lawmakers still have questions about Pennsylvania’s Amazon incentives package
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation gets middling marks from conservationists
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pennsylvania is a pretty good place to raise a baby, new report finds
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: An aging prison population is straining Pa.’s Corrections budget. Could medical parole be the answer?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Love ‘em or hate ‘em, e-scooters could be coming to a Pennsylvania city near you
Inquirer: Rick Santorum offers head-scratching defense of President Trump on CNN
Inquirer: In battling high drug prices, Pennsylvania auditor general takes aim at middlemen   
KDKA: Auditor General Says Rebate Pricing Scheme Actually Raised Prescription Drug Prices For Consumers
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Severance Tax To Help Flooded Communities
PLSReporter: DePasquale praises progress, but criticizes financial mistakes in Wilkinsburg school district
PLSReporter: Lawmakers hope to breathe new life into nuclear power
PLSReporter: Lawmakers roll out bipartisan career and technical education initiative
PLSReporter: Lawmakers expect another effort to legislate merger between Corrections, Parole Board
StateImpactPA: US Steel ordered to clean up sulfur emissions following fire
Philly Clout: Off the bench and out of prison, these former Traffic Court judges want City Council seats
WHYY Newsworks: Domb proposes 10-year tax abatement reform
WHYY Newsworks: New Philly school board unanimously rejects charter applications, pivoting away from SRC
Billy Penn: Embattled Philly sheriff scores re-election cash from staff — and his rival
Billy Penn: Turns out Northeast Philly state Rep. Jared Solomon isn’t running against indicted City Councilman Bobby Henon — but he wants him to resign, anyway
Inquirer: It’s official. Philadelphia bans cashless stores with carve-outs for some businesses
Inquirer: PennDot calls out Mayor Kenney, Council on digital kiosks over ad screens that could cost city millions   
Inquirer: Philadelphia plans to install 100 surveillance cameras to nab illegal dumpers
Inquirer: Federal prosecutors charge AK-47 shooter who got plea deal from DA Krasner’s office
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA, national PAC ran afoul of the city’s campaign ethics law
KYW Newsradio: Experts predict more U.S.-North Korea talks, expect Kim to cling to his nukes
KYW Newsradio: Rosa Parks’ niece shares insights about the civil rights icon in book
Philadelphia Magazine: Why Fate of SEPTA’s Big Plans Depends on Outcome of Pa. Turnpike Lawsuit
Philadelphia Business Journal: Artificial intelligence is here: Is Philadelphia ready for a transformed economy?
Philly Voice: While Philly considers plastic bag ban, here’s how you can clean up

Delco Daily Times: Lawmakers warn border ’emergency’ could cost Pa.
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County seeks to join pipeline fight
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, Kim bill would fund state health care sites

City Paper: Democratic state Sen. candidate Pam Iovino snags several union endorsements
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers want clarity on wall funding, but 911th seems safe
Post-Gazette: Candidates line up for vacant seat on Wilkinsburg Council
Post-Gazette: Penn Hills school board asks state attorney general to investigate financial woes
Post-Gazette: Mt. Lebanon school board member takes stance against guns
Post-Gazette: Bridge to prosperity: Peduto says link between hilltop neighborhoods, Hazelwood would spur development
Post-Gazette: Health department orders U.S. Steel to stop pollution at Mon Valley plants
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Resources Council to offer pop-up glass recycling events
Post-Gazette: Everything, including bankruptcy filing, a possibility in bailing out Penn Hills schools
Pittsburgh Business Times: The $20B health system: How UPMC is nearing that mark
Pittsburgh Business Times: Butler County works to accommodate ongoing growth
PLSReporter: Local activist launches campaign for Allegheny County Council
KDKA: Auditor General Says Rebate Pricing Scheme Actually Raised Prescription Drug Prices For Consumers
KDKA: Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Severance Tax To Help Flooded Communities

Observer-Reporter: Gov. Wolf visits Bridgeville to explain new severance tax proposal
Observer-Reporter: Opioid Overdose Coalition reports drop in opioid deaths so far this year
Observer-Reporter: Reschenthaler opens local office
Observer-Reporter: Councilwoman to seek the office of Monongahela mayor
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Grant will create resource center at Conemaugh for expectant mothers using opioids
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: One Lorain Borough Council member charged with assaulting another
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pastor seeks register of wills seat
Altoona Mirror: Paule plans city council run
Beaver County Times: Auditor General DePasquale urges lawmakers to act on drug rebates   
Beaver County Times: Casey, Lamb want to know how national emergency declaration affects military project funding  
Beaver County Times: County makes switch to paper ballots  

Times-Tribune: Scavo removes racist Facebook posts targeting Muslims
Times-Tribune: Kelly seeks judicial records re-election
The Times Leader: Meuser to Bezos: Bring Amazon’s new headquarters to Pa.’s 9th District
The Times Leader: Pashinski hosts House Democratic Policy Committee hearing on health care
The Times Leader: AG DePasquale: Rebates actually drive up prescription drug costs
The Times Leader: Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority asks Meuser for help with stormwater fee
Citizens Voice: State lawmaker: Minimum wage raise would save money  

South Central  
York Dispatch: Study: York County’s GOP lawmakers up to snuff, Casey exceeds expectations
York Dispatch: African-American Leadership Roundtable to hold city council, commissioners candidate forum
Patriot News: PLCB looking to grow online wine and spirit sales through improvements to its e-commerce system
LNP | LancasterOnline: Lancaster County commissioners seek to join LNP’s legal fight for DA’s drug seizure records
LNP | LancasterOnline: The Caucus to host panel discussion on Right to Know Law

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Susan Wild among supporters as House Democrats unveil Medicare for All legislation  
Morning Call: Absent Macungie councilman resigns
Morning Call: Same-sex marriage debate creating schism in United Methodist Church
Express Times: Easton is on track to have the highest-paid mayor in Pennsylvania, among similar cities
Express Times: He’s only 19 but he wants to be your next Northampton County councilman
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners say legalizing marijuana is a public health risk  
Reading Eagle: Maxatawny Authority votes to take township to court over removal of authority chairman

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council may mull salary bump  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Banks eyes city council spot  
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County housing to receive grant
Erie Times-News: Shirley Winschel to run for Millcreek School Board seat

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Immoral business: U.S. companies must not help violate human rights
Inquirer Editorial Board: How to steal a house: Take advantage of holes in city’s and state’s security on property and death records
Inquirer Staff: Are we asking police to do too much? 7 experts debate the role cops should play in today’s society
Mike Regan: This is why Pa. needs tougher mandatory sentences to fight fentanyl abuse
Darrell Clarke: Land use policy at heart of Bullard sale
John L. Micek: Pat Toomey plays ‘Hamlet’ on TV. The House is going to force him to choose | Thursday Morning Coffee
Gene Barr and Maurice Flurie: The bridge between jobs and the labor skills gap is education
Christine Flowers: ‘Born-Alive’ bill’s failure represents a sad fate for living, breathing infants
Colin McNickle: The Pa., Pittsburgh & Philly jobs picture: Losing ground
John L. Micek: The U.S. House is going to vote on gun background checks. The pre-game among Pa. lawmakers is going how you’d expect
Tony Norman: Black History Month 2019: The Audit
John A. Tures: Americans have a blind spot on history. Here’s how to fix that
Abraham Gutman: Social workers, overdose reversers, counselors: Why are Philly police tasked with so much more than law enforcement?
Trudy Rubin: Collapse of Trump-Kim summit reveals limits to president’s personal diplomacy
Gayle Eubank: DA Sunday does the right thing

  • 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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