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March 27th Playbook

The Democrats select their candidate for the special election in the 33rd state Senate District, while former Lt. Gov. Mike Stack ends his bid for Philly City Council. 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  
Hanover Evening Sun: Election 2019: Here are the candidates on the primary ballot for Hanover-area races
Inquirer: Ex-Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary booted from City Council ballot; former LG Mike Stack withdraws
AP: Democrats, Muslim lawmaker decry opening prayer as divisive
AP: 1/3 of Pennsylvania counties move to replace voting systems
AP: Pennsylvania gets ‘F’ for removing lead plumbing in schools
WITF: Pa. Republicans, Democrats stake out positions in general assistance battle
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Muslim lawmaker calls for unity one day after Pa. House member delivers ‘Islamophobic’ prayer
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: ‘There should definitely be censure’: Pa. freshman rep. calls for action after ‘Islamophobia’ in House prayer
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: #MeToo complaints against Pa. lawmakers would be investigated by independent office under legislation  
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. House and Senate Democrats, Gov. Wolf tout bills fighting workplace harassment, discrimination
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Bipartisan lawmakers say it’s time to raise Pennsylvania teacher base pay to $45,000
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The officer who fatally shot a black teen in East Pittsburgh was acquitted. But that’s not the end of the story in Harrisburg
PLSReporter: Navy veteran reaches for the District 37 senate seat  
PLSReporter: House bills reignite debate over fracking in Delaware River watershed  
PLSReporter: Retired army intelligence officer explains dangers of PA’s current voting systems  
PLSReporter: Legislators, PSEA members support raising teacher salary minimums  
PLSReporter: Legislators look to require lead testing in Pennsylvania schools
StateImpactPA: Public will never know truth behind Three Mile Island, anti-nuclear energy advocates say
StateImpactPA: PA expects funding from popular conservation program this year despite 5-month lapse
Pottstown Mercury: Toomey, Rubio introduce amendment to keep 9 Supreme Court justices
Patriot News: New Muslim lawmaker in Pa. says Christian prayer was an ‘attack’ on her swearing-in
Patriot News: Teachers having to hold down side jobs to make ends meet is a growing concern to Pa. lawmakers
Patriot News: Lawmakers call for mandatory lead testing of school drinking water  

WHYY Newsworks: Mayoral candidate Williams says Kenney’s plans to stem violence in Philly have failed
KYW Newsradio: Philly-area members of Congress give Green New Deal mixed reviews
KYW Newsradio: Court says City Council candidate convicted of lying to FBI is off the ballot
Philadelphia Business Journal: Back to the water: A discussion of the efforts to revitalize the Delaware River
PLSReporter: City Council starts budget hearings with long-term discussions
Philadelphia Magazine: Meet the Asylum Seeker Leading Philly’s Fight Against the National Immigration Crackdown
Inquirer: Ex-Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary booted from City Council ballot; former LG Mike Stack withdraws
Inquirer: Sherrie Cohen’s Council campaign manager exits after questioning rival Deja Lynn Alvarez’s ethnicity
Inquirer: Philly schools claim 3 years of progress, with some asterisks

Bucks County Courier Times: Proposed state legislation aims to help burglary victims, aid investigations
Daily Local News: Senate OKs Killion bill aimed at preventing child heatstroke deaths in vehicles
Daily Local News: Homelessness down in Chester County for fourth straight year

KDKA: Zappala’s Opponent Criticizes District Attorney’s Handling Of Rosfeld Case
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council to vote on proposed firearms ban
Tribune Review: Advocates call for passage of Pa. law requiring lead water testing in schools
Tribune Review: Even the Dalai Lama had questions about Pittsburgh mayor’s beard
Tribune Review: Cheswick to hold special meeting to discuss police pension plan
Post-Gazette: Judiciary Committee shows support for “red flag” laws restricting gun access when violence is threatened
Post-Gazette: Students march across city after Downtown Antwon Rose rally

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘I don’t know what to think’: Area voters react to Barr’s letter on Mueller report
Beaver County Times: Monaca awarded $1 million for streetscape project
Beaver County Times: Dairy associations get $100K grants to publicize Pa. products
Beaver County Times: Petition challenge against McMunn dropped

The Times Leader: Ferry pulls out of race for WB mayor after issues with petition
The Times Leader: As opioid epidemic rages, DA Salavantis tells council DUI still major problem
The Times Leader: Casey pushes for child care assistance
Times-Tribune: New Scranton school director owes almost $27,000 in back taxes, garbage fees

South Central  
LNP | LancasterOnline: Sen. Ryan Aument selected for state Senate Republican leadership role
LNP | LancasterOnline: Group fighting water tower on school land petitions Lancaster City Council
Patriot News: Group overseeing Harrisburg’s finances needs to fill positions before making any meaningful headway
Carlisle Sentinel: Former governor Tom Ridge chosen as Dickinson Law’s commencement speaker
York Daily Record: Judge criticizes ‘overzealous forfeiture actions’ by drug task force; DA making reforms
Hanover Evening Sun: Election 2019: Here are the candidates on the primary ballot for Hanover-area races

Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s Susan Wild part of House Democratic push to fix the Affordable Care Act
Morning Call: More than $6 million in grants awarded for Lehigh Valley projects
Express Times: A ‘sobering account’ of how much it will cost this Slate Belt town to switch to public sewers

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Trump polls poorly across Erie County, gets favorable marks on economy
Erie Times-News: Millcreek supervisors take no action on EMTA funding

Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Can we turn the page?: Mueller’s report should be released to the public
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Serving the public good: Do social media companies have responsibilities?
Mike Folmer: Why we need to modernize the Pa. Civil Service Commission
John L. Micek: On a historic day, the Pa. House had a chance to be pluralistic and welcoming. It totally whiffed | Tuesday Morning Coffee
John Baer: Trump’s ‘vindication’ tour and the Pennsylvania vote
Micah Sims: To keep Pa.’s congressional map fair, new legislation is needed
Paul Muschick: I’m for tougher gun regulations, but here’s why bump stock ban is unfair
Will Bunch: Russia got the useful idiot it wanted in the White House. Don’t stop fighting to reclaim America
Rachel Kramer Bussel: Proposed federal cuts to libraries send wrong message
Morgan B. Cephas: Pa. prisons fail to support incarcerated women
Joseph N. DiStefano: Left-wing activists force corporations to adopt socialist policies, some Pennsylvania conservatives say
Stu Bykofsky: Of duty, a motorcycle, and Tommy Gibbons
Rob Ruck: The promise and peril of the Dominican baseball pipeline
Dan Simpson: Will the craziness ever stop?

One Response

  1. The “prayer” showed a complete lack of leadership on the part of Speaker Tursai. To allow a “prayer” that appeared to be a reaction to the Muslim representative being sworn in was to say the least inappropriate. Many of us have spent a lifetime pursuing a better grasp of our faith. Our spirituality is found in our hearts by showing compassion and tolerance.

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