WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 50; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 51; Pittsburgh, partly cloudy, high of 52.
NEW FROM CITY & STATE:
* The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority may seize hundreds of affordable housing units from the former director of a Germantown nonprofit that failed almost 10 years ago – a move that will cost the PRA millions of dollars.
* Via Philadelphia Weekly’s Max Marin: Some Philadelphia City Council members scored brand-new city-owned SUVs courtesy of taxpayers – and their excessive use of the free gas at city-owned filling stations is raising questions about the questionable perk.
* Conor Lamb, Rick Saccone and Joe Hoeffel are just a few of the names to be found in the latest edition of Winners & Losers.
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.
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FROM THE WEEKEND:
* PA Republicans have asked the Department of State to investigate voting “irregularities” in the PA-18 Special Election, the Post-Gazette reports.
* False stories about voter fraud have circulated on social media and elsewhere in the aftermath of PA-18, the AP writes.
* Some in the GOP are concerned that a loss in PA-18 could spell trouble for U.S. Senate candidate Lou Barletta, the Patriot-News writes.
* A state House investigation found that claims of abuse lodged against state Rep. Nick Miccarelli were “credible,” according to the Inquirer.
* Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney asked for and received 18 additional names for candidates that could serve on a restored local school board, according to WHYY.
* Would-be congressional candidates have been paralyzed by a lack of action on the part of the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit over redistricting, the Inquirer reports.
* Democrat David Weidman dropped out of PA-7, leaving six other Democrats vying for the Lehigh Valley seat, the Morning Call reports.
* Two national driving groups are suing PA over some $6 billion in Turnpike funds they say was “illegally” used to fund public transit service, according to the Post-Gazette.
* Philadelphia halted foster placements with two agencies that had refused to consider using LGBT parents as host families, WHYY writes.
* Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown again floated legislation that would allow Philly bars to stay open later, WHYY reports.
* The Standard-Speaker opines that the state’s newly formed school safety task force is a good first step that will prove to be meaningless until lawmakers pass gun control legislation.
* LancasterOnline makes the case for putting the issue of reducing the size of the PA House of Representatives on the ballot for voters to decide this November.
* The Inquirer takes Philadelphia City Council members to task for their lack of urgency and knowledge about the opioid crisis as demonstrated in last week’s hearing on the issue.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Tom Matkowski, Philadelphia GOP 65th Ward Leader … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to email@example.com
in the Philadelphia nonprofit world.
* Generocity reports on the highlights from ImpactPHL’s “Building a Successful Investor Ecosystem for 21st Century Philadelphia” event.
* The Philadelphia Foundation is partnering with the online service Catchafire to provide local nonprofits with free consulting support in marketing and communications, Web development, operations, strategic planning and more.
* Temple University received a $10 million gift from alum and trustee Steve Charles to support its library system and to build a new library, Philanthropy News Digest reports.
9:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Criminal Justice and Judiciary Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - Attorney General Josh Shapiro will hold a press conference Monday morning to announce a settlement over an illegal car towing scam which happened at various locations throughout Philadelphia. 3103 South 61st Street, Philadelphia.
10:30 a.m. - the PA Senate Health & Human Services Committee will meet. Room 8E-B, East Wing, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - the PA Senate will reconvene. Main Capitol, Harrisburg.
1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Finance will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - PA State Police Captain Troy Hyman, director of the Intelligence Division of the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, will be joined by Ray Barishansky, deputy secretary of the Department of Health and incident commander for the Opioid Operational Command Center, to launch the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network (ODIN) as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s opioid epidemic disaster declaration. Pennsylvania State Police Department Headquarters, 1800 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.
1:30 p.m. - Gov. Wolf will announce a new initiative that will expand High-Speed Internet Access to more households and businesses in Pennsylvania. Governor’s Reception Room, 225 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg.
6:50 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at the event and movie screening that opens the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S Broad St, Philadelphia.
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KICKER: “I work seven days a week. That’s all I can tell you.” – Councilmember Jannie Blackwell, asked why she needed a city-owned vehicle. From City & State PA.