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March 25th Playbook

The PA Democratic Party endorsed Dan McCaffery and Amanda Green-Hawkins for the state Superior Court at their Spring Meeting. Here is the Playbook.

PA Dems Endorse Dan McCaffery, Amanda Green-Hawkins For Superior Court: Democrats touted the party message in 2018, boosting women candidates, and taking direct shots at President Trump, while selecting endorsements for Superior Court.

Reader Poll: Who should be the next state Senator for the 37th District?: Voters in Pittsburgh’s suburbs head to the polls on April 2 to fill the vacant seat.

March 22nd Ups & Downs: A state representative resigns from office amid a sexual assault investigation, while a state Senator is called to resign from his county’s party committee in the aftermath of multiple allegations of impropriety, including of sexual assault. A bill nearly passes unanimously in Harrisburg aimed at punishing elected and public officials charge with corruption and a 2020 Dem presidential candidate stops in Happy Valley. All of that and more are in this week’s Ups and Downs.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania jobless rate drops to lowest rate on record
AP: Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kane is disbarred
WITF: Can a slate of technical education bills help Pennsylvanians?
StateImpactPA: Gov. Wolf highlights Philly school conditions in severance tax push
Inquirer: Pa. Senate fires security officer who alleged sexual harassment
WHYY Newsworks: Governor Tom Wolf; media coverage of the 2020 campaign
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Auditor General DePasquale warns of looming financial disaster for Pa. Turnpike
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Report: Pa. part of progressive super PAC’s $50M push to weaken Trump in the Rust Belt
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The Mueller Report is done: Nearly every member of Congress from Pa. believes it should be public
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Three things to know about Pa.’s latest legal cannabis proposal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Should student poverty affect teacher evaluations? One senator used to say ‘no’ — but now he’s changed his mind
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Natural gas industry consultant to ‘debunk’ climate change consensus in House testimony
PLSReporter: Did You Get The Memo? Sexual assault, special elections and committee chair selection legislation
PLSReporter: Wolf touts Restore Pennsylvania, severance tax in Philadelphia school visit
PLSReporter: Freshman Focus: Rep. Mike Jones
PLSReporter: 3 under 3!
PLSReporter: Tweets of the Week – March 18, 2019
Philadelphia Magazine: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Is Pretty Much Screwed, Says State Watchdog
KYW Newsradio: New program gives Pennsylvania newborns a head start to college
Morning Call: Pennsylvania watching closely as U.S. Supreme Court hears gerrymandering cases
Morning Call: Toomey weighs in on Trump’s comments about Golan Heights
Morning Call: What does Toomey think of Trump’s recent remarks on the late Sen. John McCain?
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf opposes supervised injection site for Philly, but won’t try to stop it
WHYY Newsworks: Democratic Pa. state senators propose student loan debt relief
Inquirer: City Council voted to study the Philly soda tax. Can another study add anything?
Inquirer: City Council veteran Jannie Blackwell faces Jamie Gauthier, first challenger since 1999
Inquirer: City Council at-large candidates hear from the people at a People’s Forum
Inquirer: City Council candidate Devon Cade collapses as hearings begin on challenges to Philly primary petitions
Inquirer: March for Our Lives Philadelphia to hold rally against gun violence Sunday
Inquirer: ‘Three shots to the back, how do you justify that?’: Philadelphia protesters show solidarity in justice for Antwon Rose
Philadelphia Magazine: Philly’s Trailblazing Legislator on the End of City Politics as Usual
KYW Newsradio: Ballot challenges for Philadelphia primary begins on dramatic note

Daily Local News: Killion joins pipeline fight; looks to intervene in ‘Super 7’ complaint
Daily Local News: Killion introduces bill to boost affordable housing
Daily Local News: Wolf administrators visit West Chester University
Daily Local News: Judge Ott honored as inaugural ‘SHEro’
Daily Local News: Coatesville School Board mulls 6.2 percent tax hike for 2019-2020 budget
WHYY Newsworks: Accused of abuse, former lawmaker from Delaware County finds work
Delco Daily Times: Scanlon looks to rally support for Boeing in Congress
Delco Daily Times: Group rallies at Sen. Killion’s office to boost low-wage workers
Delco Daily Times: Council moves ahead with plans for animal control facility in Smedley Park
Delco Daily Times: Delco recognizes March as ‘Intellectual Disabilities Awareness Month’
Bucks County Courier Times: Former Lower Southampton district judge stripped of state pension
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick, ground zero firefighters rally behind 9/11 fund

KDKA: ‘I Was Not Surprised At The Verdict, We’ve Seen It In Baltimore, We’ve Seen It In Ferguson:’ Pa. State Rep. Responds To Michael Rosfeld Not Guilty Verdict
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto: ‘I Grieve With Antwon Rose’s Family, Friends, And The Entire Community’
Post-Gazette: Rosfeld not guilty verdict brings calls for change
Post-Gazette: Former officer Michael Rosfeld found not guilty in death of Antwon Rose
Post-Gazette: Controller Wagner, husband face arraignment Monday in Detroit
Post-Gazette: UPMC, Dollar Bank withdraw support of St. Barnabas fundraiser over Jeanine Pirro appearance
Post-Gazette: Before the ballot, many races going to court
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Public Schools lays ground rules for students who want to participate in walkout
Tribune Review: Activists pause marches for quiet day of vigils honoring Antwon Rose II
Tribune Review: In Pennsylvania, young lawmakers drive conversation on reducing student debt
AP: The Latest: DA disagrees with verdict, respects process
AP: The Latest: Teen’s dad: ‘Very painful to see what happened’
City Paper: Hundreds protest following not guilty verdict of Antwon Rose shooter Michael Rosfeld
City Paper: Protests continue the day after a jury announced the acquittal of police officer who fatally shot Antwon Rose
City Paper: State Sen. Lindsey Williams wants to help Pennsylvanians manage their student debt
Beaver County Times: Redistricting reform meeting in Pittsburgh

Observer-Reporter: There’s an election April 2 that includes Peters Township
Observer-Reporter: Sandy Hook mother discusses school safety at symposium
Beaver County Times: Second conservative group targeting U.S. Rep. Lamb in 2020  
Altoona Mirror: County nears decision on voting equipment
Altoona Mirror: State representatives lead dairy industry efforts
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: WATCH VIDEO | Joyce adjusts to life in D.C.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Chernisky, Smith announce campaign for re-election
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Controller Bednar highlights 2018 audits in annual report
The Times Leader: Cartwright announces $70,000 in federal funding to create development plan
The Times Leader: ‘It’s amazing’: Cartwright tours West Pittston firm that makes heavy-duty equipment
The Times Leader: Local Briefs: Rep. Toohil recognized by group focused on victims’ rights
The Times Leader: Capitol Roundup: Study shows Pa. seniors account for negative economic impact
The Times Leader: Toohil announces $290K in state funding for local fire, EMS companies
The Times Leader: 2020: Analysts size up an already-crowded Democratic field
The Times Leader: County council to decide on hearing request for proposed Plains Twp. project
The Times Leader: New Luzerne County union contract up for council adoption
Times-Tribune: Susquehanna County commissioner candidates “Bootstrap Campaign” face challenge in court

South Central  
Patriot News: If Three Mile Island shuts down, counties could lose grant money
Patriot News: The Three Mile Island accident, 40 years later: Stories worth reading
York Dispatch: House leadership open to Rep. Grove’s merger bill, but that may not be enough  
York Dispatch: DA shares data on civil forfeitures, discusses reforms  
York Dispatch: York judge: Drug task force was ‘overzealous’ in seizing property

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers call for disclosure of now-completed report from Mueller investigation
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley legislators got an earful on the rapid rise in robocalls. Here are the latest efforts to stop the spam.
Reading Eagle: Congress members representing Berks react to Mueller report
Reading Eagle: Berks County Election Board approves polling location changes
Reading Eagle: The Briefing: Good week for Joe Biden, bad week for Philadelphia’s mayor
Reading Eagle: For Gov. Wolf, workforce development means education
Reading Eagle: Counting up: Berks County hopes to boost turnout for the 2020 Census
Express Times: Lawsuit filed against Lehigh County DA by ex-Allentown police chief’s son is thrown out of court

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: In Erie stop, Casey calls for child care relief for families
Erie Times-News: Democrat Tepfer seeks Erie County Council’s 3rd District seat
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council candidate Rennie to stay on ballot
Erie Times-News: Government meetings in Erie County next week
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Clinton County commissioners approve youth detention contract
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Woodward Supervisors oppose state proposals
Centre Daily Times: Learn the field: Eight Democrats, one Republican running for four council seats in State College

LNP Editorial Board: No teacher-bashing here — just concerned about the costs of chronic teacher absence
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: The jury has spoken: After Rosfeld verdict, region must heal
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Hoping for a miracle: One man holds the key to equity in health care
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Making their case: Court is right to allow Remington lawsuit
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Securing the waterways: Funding for Lower Mon project arrives just in time
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Overhaul the FAA: After Max 8 bungles, the agency lacks public trust
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Younger than you think: The brain develops over many decades
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: We need bugs: Decline in insect species threatens our ecosystem
Inquirer Editorial Board: Bills will keep lead from robbing children’s potential
Inquirer Editorial Board: Elections shouldn’t be decided by a coffee can
Tony Norman: Antwon Rose — Cause of death: lack of training, lack of empathy
John L. Micek: A new Pew poll finds Americans in a bad mood about, well, everything | Friday Morning Coffee
Nick Field: April is the cruelest month: This is why Pa. doesn’t have an impact in the presidential primaries
Keith C. Burris: Hope has wings
Trudy Rubin: Trump efforts to boost Netanyahu election prospects will create new security problems for Israel
Will Bunch: March Mueller Madness shows the system that worked in Watergate is broken today
Colin McNickle: What to do about the disparities and irrationalities in Pa. school funding?
Emery Petchauer: We need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom?
Kathryn Ott Lovell: Philly’s high demand for public spaces requires creative funding solutions  
Mark Zandi: Why should Trump let more immigrants in? 10,000 baby boomers retire every day — that’s why.
John L. Micek: America got schooled by New Zealand on gun control. We’re out of excuses now
Tim Hartman: So that’s what happened to all that Pa. Turnpike cash | Editorial Cartoon
Rory Kress: New Pa. law would protect consumers — and their dogs
Ajamu Johnson: We’ve run out of excuses not to promote inclusion and diversity for growth
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Get the lead out
Ruth Ann Dailey: Read the transcripts
John L. Micek: Read every story and column in the Capital-Star’s ‘Brain Drain’ series
Signe Wilkinson: Political Cartoon: Offshore drilling for fish
Richard Florida: Philadelphia’s next challenge: Stemming the tide of America’s new urban crisis

3 Responses

  1. The Pa legislature needs to cut the nonsense and this boneheaded plan to milk the Turnpike commission for cash for non turnpike projects and have the courage to raise taxes if services must be provided instead of “side door” maneuver by getting funds from the turnpike operation for non turnpike projects. Most citizens never even heard of this 2008 law that gets money from the turnpike commission for non turnpike projects. And this has caused turnpike fees to soar. There is no “free lunch” either you tax folks for a service or you don’t provide the service but whatever the case you don’t “side door it.”

  2. since the PBA trashed the other competitive female candidate beth tarasi for the ludicrous reason of’ failed to supervise office staff who put something (unspecified) ‘plagiarized’ on a web site, this was expected. PBI and ACBA endorsing amanda who has virtually no trial experience whatsoever for an appellate seat on the court whose main job is review of errors in t rial also makes no sense. but endorsing mc caffery and amanda gives philly and pittsburgh a reason to GOTV. we’ll see if that’s enough to run over the gop vote coming out of the T.

  3. Are theirs any incumbents I can offer support to today? And by supports I mean I’ll raise you boatloads of cash

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