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March 26th Playbook

A prayer said on the floor of the state House causes a controversy, while state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell is sworn into office. Here is the Playbook.

House Prayer Stirs Controversy: On the day the state House swears-in the first Muslim woman to office, a freshman GOP lawmaker thanked Jesus and President Donald Trump for his unequivocal support for Israel.

SD41: Pittman Receives GOP Nomination: White’s former chief of staff said his top priority will be ensuring the growth and production of the state’s natural gas and coal resources.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Freshman’s prayer in Pennsylvania House generates complaints
AP: Surprise? Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary could be competitive
WITF: The Pa. House’s first Muslim woman spent her first day addressing ‘offensive’ invocation
WESA: Senate Special Election Candidates Raised $1M Each In 2019
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Legislature’s first Muslim woman calls prayer delivered by fellow House member blatant ‘Islamophobia’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Democratic U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright, Conor Lamb, and Susan Wild targeted in new GOP digital ad blitz: report
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The Mueller Report: Attorney general’s memo to Congress was a ‘book review,’ one Pa. lawmaker says, pressing for full release
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Veterans could use military experience to get professional licenses under this Senate proposal
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: House committee votes to eliminate cash assistance for disabled adults, people with addiction
PLSReporter: Opening prayer stirs controversy among House lawmakers
PLSReporter: Local businessman makes second attempt at district 37 senate seat
PLSReporter: Movita Johnson-Harrell sworn in as state representative
PLSReporter: Five bills to watch for the week of March 25
PLSReporter: Legislators bring up #MeToo legislation once again   
PLSReporter: DHS removes all students from Glen Mills School
Patriot News: ‘Divisive’ opening prayer given as first Muslim woman is sworn into Pa. House
Patriot News: Pa. House panel votes to end cash assistance to Pa.’s poorest citizens
Patriot News: Bills seek to establish independent process for handling sexual misconduct claims against lawmakers   
PLSReporter: Legislators, veterans highlight need for smoother pathway between military service, professional licenses
StateImpactPA: State investigating potential cancer cluster in Washington County; some residents fear an environmental cause
Beaver County Times: Farm disaster relief available for crops lost to heavy rains in 2018
The Times Leader: Casey hopes Biden will run, stops short of endorsement  
The Times Leader: Casey, other lawmakers weigh in on Mueller probe

Inquirer: City Council candidate Devon Cade drops legal challenges to 30 primary competitors
Inquirer: More cities need soda taxes like Philly’s, pediatrician group recommends
Inquirer: An enormous Confederate flag is going on display in Philly this week — here’s why
Philly Voice: GOP mayoral candidate Billy Ciancaglini says people calling him ‘a Nazi’ are ‘ridiculous’ and wrong
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia City Council starts budget hearings with lots of questions and some answers
Billy Penn: Philly’s sheriff’s office, which operates with little oversight, has doubled in size  
Philadelphia Magazine: Report: Philly Is Gentrifying More Than San Francisco, the Poster Child for Displacement
KYW Newsradio: What to expect when Philly budget hearings begin in City Council

Pottstown Mercury: State legislators introduce new #MeToo bills
Inquirer: State orders ‘emergency removal’ of remaining boys at Glen Mills Schools after abuse revelations
Delco Daily Times: District budget, construction finance on the table in Upper Darby

WESA: Senate Special Election Candidates Raised $1M Each In 2019
Post-Gazette: Students march across city after Downtown Antwon Rose rally
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner pleads not guilty in Detroit criminal case
Post-Gazette: County to examine Children’s Fund for early learning, after school programs
Post-Gazette: Meeting set on proposed shale gas well at U.S. Steel mill in Mon Valley
AP: Foreman defends acquittal of officer for black teen’s death
AP: Pittsburgh official, husband arraigned in Detroit hotel case
Tribune Review: Commissioner Cerilli won’t comment on campaign money from dead man tied to massage parlor prostitution ring
Tribune Review: Penn Hills school board member resigns to devote more time to fighting injustices
KDKA: Wagner, Husband Plead Not Guilty During Arraignment In Detroit
KDKA: KDKA Investigates: State Grand Jury Probing Shale Gas Industry
City Paper: More than a thousand march in student-led protest calling for justice for Antwon Rose II

Beaver County Times: State Sen. Vogel bill creates Election Law Advisory Board
Beaver County Times: Hearing for county controller petition challenge postponed
Beaver County Times: Farm disaster relief available for crops lost to heavy rains in 2018
Observer-Reporter: Judge to rule today on clerk of courts’ ballot eligibility
Altoona Mirror: Jordan withdraws candidacy for mayor  
Altoona Mirror: Marshall will manage city again as interim
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ebensburg council mulls sale of airport
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mueller report reaction varied

The Times Leader: Casey hopes Biden will run, stops short of endorsement  
The Times Leader: Casey, other lawmakers weigh in on Mueller probe
Citizens Voice: W-B police arrest county council candidate
Citizens Voice: ‘I expected it to derail:’ Locals react to Mueller report
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board appoints new board member, discusses possible elimination of preschool  
Times-Tribune: Debate about City Hall renovation, relocation involves PenFed building  

South Central  
Carlisle Sentinel: Q&A: Sen. Pat Toomey discusses border security, Saudi Arabia, President Trump
Carlisle Sentinel: Residents pack hearing for proposed Shippensburg Township casino
Patriot News: Marijuana legalization talk attracts big Perry County crowd, many arguments for and against
Patriot News: Three Mile Island fuels debate over climate change, carbon emissions and the future of nuclear energy
Patriot News: Public will never know truth behind Three Mile Island, anti-nuclear energy advocates say
Patriot News: Harrisburg Senators and city plan ‘major upgrade’ on City Island, mayor says  
Patriot News: Middletown council, Press & Journal settle court fight over council’s decision to pull ads from the newspaper
LNP | LancasterOnline: No more snow days? Legislation would allow schools to replace snow days with ‘flexible instructional days’  

Lehigh Valley   
Reading Eagle: Longswamp Township supervisor Joyce Marin wants to be Berks County commissioner
Reading Eagle: Court throws out challenge to former Maxatawny official’s nominating petition
Reading Eagle: Reading council presents developer Alan Shuman with a commendation
Reading Eagle: Bankruptcy court approves initial loan to keep Reading Eagle Company operating
Morning Call: Pennsylvania lawmakers’ varied reactions to the Mueller report so far
Morning Call: Politics as Usual

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Borowicz’s prayer in Pennsylvania House generates complaints
Erie Times-News: Gov. Wolf pushes for severance tax during Erie County visit  
Erie Times-News: Millcreek’s Aliota knocks one candidate off ballot  
Erie Times-News: Erie Times-News files right-to-know appeal regarding $100,000 donation  
Erie Times-News: Tentative deal reached on Erie LERTA expansion
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Pass paid parental leave: Family-friendly policy is long overdue in U.S.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Banking for all: Cities should press for branches in poor areas
Inquirer Editorial Board: Who helped Russia undermine the election? We did.
Inquirer Editorial Board: Is city doing enough to combat sexual harrassment?
Val DiGiorgio: It’s time to move on from the collusion myth
Josh Freed: Closing nuclear plants is a bad deal for Pennsylvanians
John L. Micek: Three Mile Island at 40: ‘We were told a nuclear accident was as likely as a meteor falling from the sky’
John Baer: Holy accountability! Harrisburg is getting some!
John L. Micek: How long will we be debating the Mueller Report? Howzabout ‘Forever?’ | Monday Morning Coffee
Tony Norman: Here come the jurors of tomorrow
Trudy Rubin: Truth about Mueller report: Trump’s behavior provoked it and still helps Russia
Shira Goodman: Maybe, just maybe, we’re doing it wrong. What New Zealand can teach us about gun control
Abraham Gutman: What they’re saying about the Mueller report from left, right and center
John Affleck: March Madness: With gambling legal in eight states, who really wins?
Claudia De Palma: Philadelphia can’t afford the price of hiring bias
Jenice Armstrong: Courtesy titles old-fashioned? Not so fast, as reaction to an old Maya Angelou video reminds us

5 Responses

  1. As someone who considers themselves a religious person and a good Catholic, I was appalled at the introduction of this highly inappropriate and seemingly insensitive “prayer” that was endorsed by King Turzai by the fact that he stood there and let it go on. When religion is appropriated for seemingly negative purposes like intolerance we all lose and lose big time. This “prayer” should be a sign to all who live our faith not to dominate others but to better ourselves that open mindedness is not alive in well in the Republican House Leadership.

      1. More than you think. Aside from zealots, most voters are turned off by what King Turzai allowed-a display showing a lack of respect for another faith. This is not about someone being another faith, it is about those of us who practice a faith and what we do with it. A lot of people care, my friend.

        1. Choose reason, folks. Every time.

          Especially over sacred ignorance and dogmatic intolerance. Most especially if you are older than 12 or so. By then, childhood indoctrination fades as an excuse for backwardness, bigotry, superstition, gullibility, and ignorance. By ostensible adulthood it is no excuse, not even in Rep. Stephanie Borowicz’ shambling backwater district.

          Choose reason. Be an adult.

          Or, at least, try.

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