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March 6th Playbook

AG Shapiro joins 19 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s restricting of taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions. Here is the Playbook.

DiGirolamo Announces Bid for Bucks County Commissioner: The GOP state Representative sees his experience leading the House Human Services Committee as a benefit if elected to County Commissioner.

Harrisburg & DC  
AP: Pennsylvania joins lawsuit over Trump’s abortion ‘gag rule’
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins lawsuit to block Trump restrictions on family planning program
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: The fight in a western Pa. special election heats up: Democrat Iovino, Republican Raja trade barbs in new ads
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Rep. Gene DiGirolamo is running for Bucks County Commissioner
Pennsylvania Capital-Star: Map: Pennsylvania Charter Day is Sunday. Here’s where you can celebrate for free
Inquirer: Can a new gun violence bill help prevent suicides in Pennsylvania?
Inquirer: ACLU report says Pa. schools need fewer arrests, more mental-health aid
KDKA: PA Turnpike Commission $11 Billion In Debt, Holding Up Payments To PennDOT
Morning Call: The REAL ID cards are rolling out in Pennsylvania. Here’s what you need to know.    
PLSReporter: DiGirolamo to run for Bucks County Commissioner
PLSReporter: While funding boost for community colleges possible, lawmakers skeptical of Wolf grant proposal
PLSReporter: 4 developments to watch in Pennsylvania agriculture
Beaver County Times: Toomey, Van Hollen bill imposes sanctions on those that do business with North Korea
Patriot News: Nation’s oldest historically black university unveils its plan to put the school on sounder financial footing
StateImpactPA: Chester County investigation of pipeline builder Energy Transfer now includes grand jury

Inquirer: Poll: Majority of Philly voters hate soda tax but may not base votes on it
Inquirer: Philly ad campaign promotes medication-assisted opioid treatment
Philadelphia Magazine: Army Vet Turned Democratic Socialist Running for City Council at Large   
Philadelphia Magazine: Presidential Hopeful John Hickenlooper Has a Great Name — and Ties to Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Sweetening the city’s pot: Why Philadelphia is still grappling with the soda tax
Billy Penn: Philly could get a fleet of traffic cops to cut gridlock and boost safety

Pottstown Mercury: Lt. Gov.’s marijuana legalization listening tour coming to Montgomery County
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Houlahan talks gun violence at roundtable discussion
Pottstown Mercury: Toepel, Maloney invite residents to pre-verify for Real ID
Delco Daily Times: Pa. House Dem panel hears ways to improve harassment policies

Post-Gazette: County Council bill would ban conversion therapy for minors
Post-Gazette: Millions from Tree of Life donations to go to survivors, congregations, police
PLSReporter: Erika Strassburger introduces update to municipal Pittsburgh waste and recycling code
Tribune Review: Trump names 2 nominees to federal court in Western Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Democrat announces candidacy for Westmoreland County Register of Wills
WESA: Early Campaign Finance Reports Show Financial Advantage For Incumbents
WESA: Garbage, Recycling Overhaul Under Consideration At City Council
City Paper: 1Hood Media organizing support for Antwon Rose’s family during the Michael Rosfeld trial  
City Paper: What does the medical-cannabis community think of Pennsylvania’s new push for recreational marijuana?  
City Paper: What’s with Rep. Conor Lamb’s procedural votes against the Democratic Party?

Observer-Reporter: DEP levies $1.5 million fine for pipeline issues in Greene County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown mayor: Act 47, pension cost challenges persist, but city ‘moving in a very positive direction’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Coal waste at most power plants linked to groundwater pollution
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: TNC’s Lounge owner seeks bid for Johnstown City Council seat

The Times Leader: Third Democrat joins race for Wilkes-Barre City Controller
The Times Leader: ‘Hate group’ event listing draws scrutiny from Back Mountain Chamber
Times-Tribune: Scranton council hears concerns from neighbors about Keystone Mission
Citizens Voice: Democratic legislators blast Scavo

South Central  
York Dispatch: Dan Byrnes, son of York County commissioner, running for clerk of courts
Patriot News: Harrisburg attorney runs for Dauphin County Register of Wills, Clerk of Orphans’ Court
Patriot News: Supporters of Harrisburg charter school aim to appeal denial to state board
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle tests new Facebook feature to send alerts to residents
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland Commissioners cite opioid improvements as possible showdown with state looms over medical assistance control
LNP | LancasterOnline: DA spent $21,000, intended for drug enforcement, to lease SUV, records show
LNP | LancasterOnline: Office spokesman: DA has access to ‘work vehicle’ because he’s on call 24/7  
LNP | LancasterOnline: County commissioners launch review: Stedman ‘apparently went outside of the county procurement process’
LNP | LancasterOnline: Manor Township approves marijuana ordinance affecting first-time offenders
Lehigh Valley   
Morning Call: Nonprofit Parkettes sues Allentown over $62,333 tax bill
Morning Call: Easton City Councilman Peter Melan running for re-election
Reading Eagle: Proposed state police fee concerns Berks municipalities that depend on service

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Montoursville Borough acts on weed maintenance
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Committee considers how to market benefits of Williamsport
Centre Daily Times: Centre County’s hotel tax is going up. Here’s where the extra revenue will go

Inquirer Editorial Board: Who gets a second chance after prison? Not your average Joe in Pa.
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Reasonable gun bills: U.S. Senate should follow the House’s lead
Post-Gazette Editorial Board: Tread carefully: Supreme Court properly reins in asset forfeiture
LNP Editorial Board: Lancaster County DA should respect, not impede, the state’s Right-to-Know Law and release civil forfeiture records
Rep. John Joyce: Let’s get realistic about curing our health care system
Mike Folmer: The more the budget rhetoric changes, the more it stays the same
Joseph N. DiStefano: U.S. Rep Dean’s husband leaves Advanced Sports; its Chinese creditors help save Philly jobs
Stu Bykofsky: In praise of … Johnny Doc?
John Baer: Pennsylvania and a national poll: warning signs for Dems?
John L. Micek: What do you do when the doctors oppose Medicare for All? | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Danielle Corcione: Home growing is crucial to legal pot in Pa.
Solomon Jones: Note to 2020 candidates: Showing up for today’s black Americans more important than symbolic Selma marches
Will Bunch: Trump’s ‘shadow impeachment’ began Monday. Will the truth save America from itself?
Sean P. Quinlan: From healthcare to guns, America has actual national emergencies. A border wall isn’t one of them
Thomas J. Botzman: This proposal to simplify federal student loans deserves a look. Here’s why
John L. Micek: There’s a measles outbreak in Washington State. Why are we still debating whether to vaccinate our kids?
Helen Ubiñas: Family desperately searching for wheelchair-accessible housing after son is shot
Paul Muschick: Finally, a clue about what prompted proposal to change PA’s medical malpractice lawsuits

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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