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WEATHER: Philadelphia, rain, high of 61; Harrisburg, rain, high of 62; Pittsburgh, showers, high of 53.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* Eleven Democratic lawmakers signed a letter accusing Wolf of “punishing” them for voting in favor of a long embroiled 2015 budget, crafted by Republicans, last month. They say they have been forced to take routine constituent service matters through the Governor’s office, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: http://goo.gl/bSxD8C
* A bill in Harrisburg designed to curb abortion access is sailing to a full vote in the statehouse just days after its introduction, despite opposition from Democrats and medical professionals, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports: http://goo.gl/NY7FAO
* In spite of ongoing efforts in the capital to torpedo legislation that would outlaw LGBTQ discrimination, Gov. Wolf will sign an executive order extending similar protections to state contractors, according to the Associated Press: http://goo.gl/ibtzdt
* A new Quinnipiac poll puts incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey ahead of two potential Democratic challengers by nearly 10 points, reports the Inquirer. One of the most closely watched Senate battles in the country, the results are virtually unchanged from the beginning of the race in August: http://goo.gl/scVRGS
* The Inquirer reported that a group of politicians and union leaders slammed what they referred to as Philadelphia’s school reform efforts, at a North Philly elementary school which is seeing its second district-led “turnaround” in just three years. The move is often synonomous with teacher layoffs: http://goo.gl/EEy2v7
* According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a ballot question that would extend the mandatory retirement age for PA judges by five years — to 75 — has been pushed back to the general election in November after a House vote. Supporters claimed the question was worded in a unclear manner, while opponents noted that $1.3 million had already been spent advertising the amendment: http://goo.gl/ULts1j
We won $15 at UPMC, and we aren’t done!
Hospital workers won a huge victory for Pittsburgh – the largest wage raise from a private employer in the country. UPMC executives said it wasn’t possible, but we proved that by standing together we win.
We can’t stop there. It’s for UPMC to stop its unlawful anti-union campaign and respect our union rights. Stand with us on April 14th for our rights, our families and our city.
* The Philadelphia Daily News offers up a helpful 12-point guide for politicians on how to use - and how not to use - email in the wake of the latest flap, that of PA GOP lawmakers plotting their moves on the next state budget: http://goo.gl/uD0Jlu
* In an Inquirer op-ed, Nancy Goldenberg, Andy Denison and Debra Wolf Goldstein delve into the importance of the volunteer members of the Philadelphia Commission on Parks and Recreation, especially in light of Mayor Kenney’s commitment to bring resources and improvements to the system and its facilities: http://goo.gl/mmfupd
* Mark Headd, the former Chief Data Officer for the City of Philadelphia, writes in an online op-ed for Philadelphia magazine about the significance of Mayor Kenney’s landmark decision to release salary information for all city employees — and why that is a good thing for the citizens of Philadelphia: http://goo.gl/1SyBak
* The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, after being on the losing end of weather reports and highway maintenance at least twice this past winter, is vowing to change the way it views and processes weather reports in the future - and not a moment too soon for the Intelligencer editorial board: http://goo.gl/cC2aJG
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9:30 a.m. - The PA House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - The PA Senate Democratic Policy Committee will meet in the Pittsburgh City Council Chambers. Fifth Floor, City-County Bldg, 414 Grant St. Pittsburgh.
10 a.m. - The PA House Commerce and Urban Affairs Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - the PA House Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Room 205, Ryan Office, Harrisburg.
10 a.m. - Philadelphia City Council will be in session. Room 400, CIty Hall, Philadelphia.
11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney, alongside Democratic National Convention Committee CEO Rev. Leah D. Daughtry and President of AT&T Mid-Atlantic States J. Michael Schweder will make an announcement regarding the communications and technology infrastructure for the upcoming Democratic National Convention. Hilton Penn’s Landing, 201 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia
12:30 p.m. - President Bill Clinton will speak at an organizing event for Hillary Clinton. Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center, 8500 Pickering Ave., Philadelphia.
1 p.m. - The Philadelphia City Council Joint Committees on Education and Public Safety will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.
4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will be in the audience as the fourth-graders at Comegys Community School put on an original play about what the students think is unfair and what they love about their neighborhood. 5100 Greenway Ave., Philadelphia.
5:15 p.m. - President Bill Clinton will speak at an organizing event for Hillary Clinton. 63 Mike Munchak Way, Scranton.
6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will attend an event celebrating the Philadelphia Gay News’ 40th year of circulation. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-28 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.
City & State’s ELECTION PREVIEW
Coming up in our inaugural issue: We look at the key races impacting Pennsylvania, including the Democratic primary battles for Attorney General, the 2nd Congressional District and the Senate, as well as pivotal state contests. Ad deadline is Monday, April 18. To advertise, contact David Alpher at firstname.lastname@example.org
KICKER: "Somebody in the administration is watching ‘House of Cards,' and they think that's how it's supposed to be,” said Democratic state Rep. Frank Burns, comparing Gov. Wolf to Netflix’s popular politician/murderer Frank Underwood, over Wolf’s alleged efforts to punish Democrats who supported the Republican-crafted state budget, via TribLive