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March 21st Playbook

The special election date is set for the 11th state House District, while PA12 Democratic candidate Marc Friedenberg announces his senior campaign team. Here is the Playbook.

PA12: Friedenberg Announces Senior Campaign Team: The Democrat hired a group for mail consulting services who’s firm provided work Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Bob Casey, and Reps. Dwight Evans, Mary Gay Scanlon and Susan Wild.

HD11: Special Election Set For May 21: The seat was vacated by Brian Ellis, who is in the midst of a sexual assault investigation.

Politically Uncorrected: Dick Thornburgh and the Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident: Thornburgh’s leadership was almost universally lauded during the crisis.

Reader Poll: Alan Butkovitz Should Be The Democratic Nominee for Philly Mayor: Our readers believe the former City Controller should be the Democratic nominee this fall.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Special election set for seat Ellis quit amid investigation
AP: Bill to expand public pension forfeiture law on way to Wolf
AP: Pennsylvania sports betting flattens in third full month
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Special election to replace resigning Ellis to take place on primary day
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘We are here to ensure that every life has dignity and worth’: Turzai, allies roll out new Down syndrome abortion-ban bill
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Should Pennsylvania invest money in organic agriculture? Some lawmakers aren’t so sure
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: A new bill, a new legislative session. But the math of property tax reform remains as daunting as ever | Analysis
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Three things to know about Pa.’s latest legal cannabis proposal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: State Police attempt to assuage GOP concerns on new immigration policies
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Have an opinion about gerrymandering and redistricting? Sound off at these public meetings
York Dispatch: Gov. Wolf is confident he has the votes for gas tax, but Republicans beg to differ
Inquirer: Lawmakers convicted of bribery, corruption or other crimes? New Pa. law would strip their pensions
Inquirer: Along the Susquehanna, Three Mile Island’s towers remain a constant reminder of the 1979 disaster
Inquirer: ACLU: Pennsylvania must slash wait time for mentally incompetent criminal defendants to 7 days
WITF: The Poor People’s Campaign is back in Harrisburg with a long list of demands
WITF: Gov. Wolf signs sixth opioid crisis disaster declaration
AP: Penn State to collect $733K from Sandusky’s defunct charity
WESA: How A Trump Administration Rule Could Cut Access To Reproductive Health Care In PA     
PLSReporter: Senate Democrats unveil student loan refinancing plan  
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Down Syndrome Protection Act brought back up for the new session  
PLSReporter: VIDEO: Legislators, nurses and advocates join to support safe staffing levels  
PLSReporter: State Police defend interactions with federal immigration authorities at House hearing
Patriot News: Bill going to governor that takes away pensions sooner from elected officials convicted of serious crimes  
Patriot News: Pa. faces transportation headaches and the cures are likely to cost us more

Inquirer: From a Horn & Hardart can, democratic socialist and transgender candidate draw top Council ballot spots
Inquirer: Report: Philly’s per-capita taxes are No. 5 in the nation, behind NYC and SF
Inquirer: Job cuts feared at Boeing’s Philly-area plant as U.S. Army calls stop on helicopter upgrades
Inquirer: Study: Philly among leaders in gentrification, which has pushed out people of color
Inquirer: How Philly’s office to protect workers is changing after a sputtering start
Inquirer: More moms and kids withdrawing from nutrition program because of deportation fears, administrators say
KYW Newsradio: City Council at-large candidate challenges nominating petitions of 30 opponents
Philadelphia Business Journal: Solar jobs in the Philadelphia area grew by 7.9% in 2018
Billy Penn: ‘Blessed’: Council candidates react to make-or-break ballot positions
Philadelphia Magazine: Three Signs Philly Is Getting Serious About Street Safety
PLSReporter: Candidates draw for ballot positions in Philadelphia’s May primary

Bucks County Courier Times: PA Senate bill seeks to legalize marijuana use
Pottstown Mercury: Casey comes to Pottstown to push child care bills
Delco Daily Times: Miccarelli foes to Delco: Cancel transit contract
Daily Local News: Josh Maxwell gets Dem nod for Chesco commissioner; Cozzone fails to get endorsement
Daily Local News: Chesco commissioners Farrell, Kichline kick off re-election with county tour
Daily Local News: Barrar bill to provide emergency services gets committee support
Daily Local News: Killion backs bill stripping public pensions for felonies

Post-Gazette: Raja, Iovino square off in only debate in special election campaign
Post-Gazette: Special election set for May 21 to replace State Rep. Brian Ellis
Post-Gazette: Ex-Mercer County DA sentenced to probation, service for abuse of power
WESA: County Controller, Husband Charged After Altercation With Police
KDKA: Attorney General, Big Donors, Patients Weigh In On Impending UPMC, Highmark Divorce
KDKA: Michael Rosfeld Trial: Attorney Says Rose Family, Their Attorney Violated Gag Order
KDKA: Former East Pittsburgh Police Officer Michael Rosfeld On Trial For Antwon Rose Shooting: Day 2 Live Updates
KDKA: Kidsburgh: Pittsburgh Public School Board Seats Up For Grabs
The Incline: Pittsburgh has shelved its assault weapons ban (sort of)
Pittsburgh Business Times: The Incline has a new owner
AP: The Latest: Responding officer testifies in teen’s death
City Paper: Hill District judicial candidate Kim Williams advocates lower cash bonds and help for tenants  
Tribune Review: Ballot positions picked for Westmoreland primary election in May
PLSReporter: Environmental advocates hold clean air rally to call for accountability

Beaver County Times: Former legislative candidate Terri Mitko first woman to lead county Democratic committee
Beaver County Times: Lt. Gov. Fetterman bringing marijuana listening tour to Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Rep. Bernstine co-introduces bill creating job experience program for students
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Lilly Borough Council candidate pulls petition after objection filed by incumbents
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Fetterman to visit Bedford on marijuana tour

Citizens Voice: Baker, Yudichak offer differing opinions on recreational pot bill
Citizens Voice: Flood authority hires solicitor, debates ties to Luzerne County
Times-Tribune: Campaign commercial producer visits Biden’s Scranton home
Times-Tribune: TEGNA acquires WNEP  
Times-Tribune: Dickson City council candidate’s address challenged
The Times Leader: County committee narrows proposed natural-gas rec funding awards

South Central  
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf visits York Fairgrounds discusses blight, Restore Pennsylvania initiative
LNP | LancasterOnline: Gov. Tom Wolf calls infrastructure plan a ‘great opportunity’ for Columbia during visit
Patriot News: Could a Three Mile Island-related mass evacuation happen today? It would be a ‘crawl’
Patriot News: Harrisburg seeks to shrink PennDOT’s massive 12-lane proposal for I-83
Patriot News: Here are the candidates for this year’s York County primary
Patriot News: Judge to Harrisburg: Get out of public works building or take it via eminent domain
Lebanon Daily News: Here’s why Pa. Republican medical marijuana maverick Folmer won’t back recreational pot
York Dispatch: Term limits in Pennsylvania: A doomed cause?

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Susan Wild talks Green New Deal, Trump investigations at NextGen town hall
Morning Call: Allentown School Board squabble: One member challenges another member’s petitions
Morning Call: Susan Wild hosting open house Thursday at Allentown district office
Pottstown Mercury: Reading Eagle newspaper files for bankruptcy
Reading Eagle: Brian Twyman seeks second term as District 3 councilman
Express Times: WATCH: Slate Belt blight tour highlights promise of Gov. Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania idea

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council holds off on community college endorsement
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Supervisors, farmers discuss flooding issues with DEP

Inquirer Editorial Board: Repairing the city, one house at a time
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The ticking clock: There is still time for UPMC to change course
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Ahead of the curve: Congress should pass facial recognition privacy bill
Frances Wolf: By accelerating opportunities for women, we’re building a stronger and more competitive Pa.
John L. Micek: New poll shows support for Wolf’s teacher minimum wage hike | Wednesday Morning Coffee
Mark Gleason: It’s not either or: Philly needs more jobs and better schools.
Christopher Boone: This is why some counties are powerhouses for innovation – and others are not
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Pushing empty calories
The Angry Grammarian: When hate speech tries to hide behind insidiously charming lulz

One Response

  1. I noticed the article in the links about legalizing pot. It seems to escape some legislators who fail to see the obvious which is the prevalence of pot. All new patient medical forms ask if you use recreational drugs. The people who smoked pot as younger folks for the most part did not stop so they are out there. Pretending the damn has not broken on this issue is naive. Legalization will happen but the question is when.

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