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March 22nd Playbook

The PA Democratic Party is slated to meet this weekend in Hershey for its spring meeting, while the GOP selected Joe Pittman as its nominee for the special election in SD41. Here is the Playbook.

DNC Vice Chair Michael Blake to Headline PA Dems Keystone Dinner: The party is slated to endorse two candidates for Superior Court on Saturday.

SD37: Iovino, Raja Face Off In Lone Debate: For the most part the candidates echoed their party’s positions, while occasionally finding some common ground.

Williams Joins Race for Philadelphia Mayor: The state Senator is the third candidate to announce his intentions for the Democratic nomination.

Rendell Joins American Bridge PAC Board: The Democratic super PAC announced the additions of Former Gov. Ed Rendell, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (Chair), former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, and former DCCC IE Director Jessica Mackler on the board in their effort in a multimillion-dollar campaign “to take the fight directly to Donald Trump across pivotal states.”

Democratic Ad Maker Stops By Biden’s Childhood Home: Politico first reported that Mark Putnam, a Democratic campaign commercial producer with ties to former VP Joe Biden stopped by Biden’s early childhood home in Scranton.

Decision Desk HQ Breaks Down SD37: The article stresses the importance of the closely watched special election and the possible implications it may have on a number of 2020 state Senate races in swing districts.

Harrisburg & DC  
Tribune Review: Joe Pittman, longtime aide to state. Sen. Don White, wins GOP nomination to replace him
AP: Lawmakers urged to fix Pennsylvania turnpike’s fiscal plight
AP: Wolf says $4.5B plan could help schools clean up lead paint
WESA: PA Lawmakers Bring Back Bill Penalizing Doctors For Abortions Due To Down Syndrome
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘Tragic and too often fatal:’ In York, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey touts bill fighting fentanyl imports
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House Democratic leaders work a cafeteria shift to build support for minimum wage hike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: How Pennsylvania is trying to keep younger workers in the state
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Republican rebel? Or opportunist? What breaks with Trump say about Pa.’s Pat Toomey
WHYY Newsworks: Philly state Rep. wants to give voters power to oust indicted Councilman Henon
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Proposes Marcellus Shale Tax To Clean Up Lead Paint In Schools  
PLSReporter: District 37 candidates debate the issues
PLSReporter: Lawmakers, Ag Department look to prime Pennsylvania for hemp success
PLSReporter: Auditor general paints grim financial picture of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
PLSReporter: Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Steven Malagari
Inquirer: Pa. auditor general: Legislature should end or cut $450 million Turnpike Commission transit payment to PennDot
Patriot News: Pa. Turnpike is on ‘road to ruin’, auditor general says; toll hikes driving people away
StateImpactPA: Higher operating pressure prompts new safety concerns over Sunoco’s Mariner East 2X pipeline

Philly Clout: Did ‘artificial intelligence’ spot petition fakes in City Council races? A judge will make the call.
KYW Newsradio: Philly DA announces new probation, parole policy
KYW Newsradio: Philly sweetened beverage tax still causing heated debate in City Council
KYW Newsradio: Philly May primary ballot challenge hearings begin Friday, challenge to Council President withdrawn
WHYY Newsworks: Rendell says Philly group near deal on home for supervised injection site
WHYY Newsworks: An end to sweetheart deals? Kenney orders competitive city land sales
WHYY Newsworks: Philly state Rep. wants to give voters power to oust indicted Councilman Henon
Philadelphia Magazine: Scenes From the Campaign Trail: The Coffee Can of Destiny  
Philadelphia Magazine: Most Charges Dropped Against BBWC Co-Founder Who Disrupted Council Meeting  
Inquirer: ‘Johnny Doc’ blasts case against him and Councilman Henon in bid to have corruption charges thrown out
PLSReporter: Council passes resolution to reconsider “soda tax”

Pottstown Mercury: Challenges, solutions discussed at Senate hearing on robocalls in East Whiteland
Pottstown Mercury: Leach renews push to legalize pot in Pa.
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Muth sponsors pipeline safety legislation
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Shusterman to host town hall meeting April 1
Bucks County Courier Times: DiGirolamo: With too few nurses, hospitals risk lives
KYW Newsradio: Key Pa. lawmaker optimistic about turnpike lawsuit

WESA: Iovino, Raja Stake Out Familiar Ground In Lone Debate
Tribune Review: Joe Pittman, longtime aide to state. Sen. Don White, wins GOP nomination to replace him
Tribune Review: Clearfield Township Republican seeks state House 11th District seat in special election
Tribune Review: North Side Democrat drops campaign for Pittsburgh City Council  
Post-Gazette: County Controller Chelsa Wagner holds campaign fundraiser a day after felony charges announced
Post-Gazette: Two Kennedy commissioners resign citing objections to township leadership   
KDKA: PennDOT Planning $265M Worth Of Construction Projects In Pittsburgh Area
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh seeks to draw tech downtown with new marketing campaign
Pittsburgh Business Times: Report: cost of closing Beaver County nuclear assets will top $900 million
AP: The Latest: Defense expert supports cop who shot black teen

Altoona Mirror: Joyce discusses struggles with jobs
Altoona Mirror: Judge to review Jordan’s petitions
Altoona Mirror: GOP women to host speakers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Despite court fix, gerrymandering remains controversial issue at Capitol
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County Commissioners approve tax appeal compromises
Observer-Reporter: Two countywide, one mayoral candidate face challenges under election law
Beaver County Times: State Sen. Bartolotta champions bill for technical schools

Times-Tribune: Another hint of Biden run, but this one Scranton-style   
Times-Tribune: As school librarians disappear, Blake wants to require their employment  
Times-Tribune: Brown nixes Old Forge School Board run
The Times Leader: Baker votes to OK tougher pension forfeiture law that closes Mellow loophole
The Times Leader: Noted global economist says no recession — for now
The Times Leader: Auditor General DePasquale says Pa. Turnpike facing ‘road to ruin’
Citizens Voice: Financial woes mount for Councilwoman Gilbert

South Central  
York Dispatch: In York County, Toomey talks new bill to crackdown on fentanyl producers
Patriot News: Elected officials say meeting with U.S. Rep. Perry over federal courthouse project is ‘first step’
Patriot News: Citizens’ group drops open meetings lawsuit against legislative auditing panel, accepting a typo was to blame
Patriot News: Here’s a rundown of the central Pa. candidates in this year’s municipal primary
Patriot News: Here are the candidates for this year’s Lebanon County primary
Carlisle Sentinel: County to audit polling places for disability compliance; voting machine replacement still undecided
LNP | LancasterOnline: Candidate’s objection to opponent’s petition for Lancaster district judge dismissed in court   
LNP | LancasterOnline: County commissioners tap law firm in battle with DA Craig Stedman over car lease, office suspension

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Reading Eagle CFO announces plan that would keep newspaper in local hands  
Reading Eagle: BCIU will head to Harrisburg to advocate for fair funding of online schools  
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners hopeful union action spares sale of Berks Heim
Express Times: Here are the Lehigh Valley’s contested school board races in the primary election

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Redistricting reform public meeting set for Erie in April
Erie Times-News: Schember makes appointments to Erie boards, authorities, commissions
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Proposed City Hall ramp under design

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Handle with care: Police must avoid G-20 errors with Rose protests
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Targeting oligarchs: EU goes after those who abuse people for wealth
Inquirer Editorial Board: Encampment closure was a success. It still wasn’t enough.
John L. Micek: Wolf will sign expanded pension forfeiture legislation. But why stop there? | Thursday Morning Coffee
Terry Madonna and Michael Young: Three Mile Island, 40 years later: It was Gov. Dick Thornburgh’s defining moment – and his legacy
Todd Carmichael and Philip Jaurigue: Prominent Pa. CEOs: Inadequate school funding makes it harder for us to hire locally
Brent Skorup and Trace Mitchell: States like Pa. need better policy to encourage drone innovation
Dan Simpson: Now even Boeing and college disappoint
Will Bunch: Pete Buttigieg, Stacey Abrams, and the cool, invisible race to become America’s next vice president
Trudy Rubin: America now inspires world for wrong reasons: Nationalism, conspiracy theories, and attacks on press
Phil Heron: Pa. should join ban on online purchases of kits for assault weapons
Christine Flowers: Trump’s continued attacks on John McCain are an affront to decency |
Ernest Owens: The Moral Case for Why We Must Repeal Philadelphia’s Soda Tax
Cassandra Stubbs: Can prosecutors dismiss jurors who agree with the O.J. Simpson verdict?
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Philly’s daily murder shrug
Dom Giordano: Shamong mayor sees marijuana as a cash crop for his municipality

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