WEATHER: Philadelphia, snow, high of 34; Harrisburg, snow, high of 36; Pittsburgh, rain/snow, high of 36.
NEW FROM CITY & STATE:
* An in-depth analysis of down-ballot races from last year’s election in Bucks County lays bare the difficulties facing the GOP in this year’s suburban races.
City & State PA’s 2018 Above & Beyond Awards: Honoring Women of Public and Civic Mind
In honor of Women’s History Month, City & State PA will honor 25 exceptional women from the Commonwealth for their accomplishments across various sectors including politics, health care, education, nonprofits and beyond.
On Thursday, March 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., join us as we shine a light on these powerful women who have distinguished themselves in their respective industries with a special edition of City & State PA magazine at the event's awards cocktail party.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
FROM THE WEEKEND:
* The U.S. Supreme Court and a panel of Middle District judges both passed on a final Republican challenge to a sweeping redistricting order that has upturned Pennsylvania’s congressional districts, Politico reports.
* The PA Senate Judiciary Committee advanced legislation that would speed the process of taking firearms away from individuals convicted of domestic assault, the Morning Call writes.
* AG Josh Shapiro appeared at a Philadelphia towing company to announce restitution for dozens of drivers victimized by an illegal towing scam, Philadelphia Magazine writes.
* Philadelphia School Reform Commission member Bill Green abruptly withdrew from a congressional bid launched just weeks ago, citing a lack of preparation, the Inquirer writes.
* EMILY’s List formally endorsed Democratic congressional candidate Susan Wild in the crowded PA-7 primary, the Morning Call reports.
* State Reps. Patty Kim and Carol Hill-Evans spoke to a group of high school students about the challenges women face while holding elected office, the Patriot-News reports.
* A state Senate committee OK’ed a bill designed to make it more difficult to close state prison facilities, according to the Morning Call.
* Several trucking groups are suing the state over increased PA Turnpike tolls, the AP writes.
* Penny Gerber, a longtime vice chair of the PA Democratic Party and advisor to prominent state pols, passed away at age 78, according to the Inquirer.
* The Patriot-News believes that Gov. Wolf’s ethics reform proposal deserves to be heard and voted on in the Legislature – and believes just as strongly that it will die an ignominious death by ignorance by self-interested lawmakers.
* The Times-Tribune slams the reprehensibly petty state GOP legislators who, instead of acceding to the director of the PA Department of Game & Fisheries’ request for a $6 increase in fishing license fees, are now seeking his head, including Rep. Keith Gillespie, committee chairman, who said: “Even if the cure for cancer was within that licensing bill, I don’t think there would be the motivation for the members of the committee or the House to pass it.”
* LancasterOnline writes that the state House investigation that found two women’s claims of physical and sexual abuse by Rep. Nick Miccarelli to be “credible” makes it incumbent upon them to expel him from the Legislature.
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* Generocity has an op-ed from Jen Leary, founder of Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, gently reminding people that many nonprofits are understaffed and overworked and to please have patience with them.
8:07 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA-AM. To listen online, click here.
8:30 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in the Reengagement Plus! Convening forum, hosted by the Philadelphia Youth Network, to discuss strategies that help youth disconnected from school re-engage and complete their secondary credentials. Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, Ballrooms C and D, 1 Dock St, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.
10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Rules will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
10 a.m. - the PA Senate Banking and Insurance Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Health and Human Services Committee will meet. Room 461, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA Senate Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure And Environmental Resources & Energy Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.
11 a.m. - the PA Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 8E-A, East Wing, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at Women of Tomorrow 2018: Reaching for the Stars, a fundraiser benefiting a mentorship program for at-risk girls in 20 public high schools throughout the city. Moore College of Art and Design, 1916 Race St, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: "Your Original was correct! Don’t let the Dems take elections away from you.” – President Donald Trump last month encouraging the PA GOP to fight court-ordered congressional redistricting. From Politico.