WEATHER: Philadelphia: cloudy, high of 40; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 40; Pittsburgh: cloudy, high of 32.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* A wave of resignations and pending retirements in the state legislature — including two of the Republican Party’s most prolific fundraisers — has fueled hope among Democrats that they can regain control of the GOP-held state House and Senate, Spotlight PA reports.

* A coalition of Pennsylvania immigrant-justice groups has sued to shutter the Berks County detention center — but not by attacking the federal authorities who confine families there. Instead, the groups filed against the administration of a putative ally, Gov. Tom Wolf, who has often stated his desire to end family incarceration in the state, the Inquirer reports.

* A pair of Philadelphia primaries will pit a progressive activist group against two entrenched Democratic incumbents, the Capital-Star reports.

* PennLive has compiled a list of the candidates running for state House and Senate seats in Central PA.

* Philadelphia City Council is forging ahead to expand an existing tax break for low-income workers in defiance of the Kenney administration’s objections, the Tribune reports.

* Philadelphia’s director of immigration affairs said she will lead a new effort to protect immigrants from fraudsters, starting with a 2014 law that the city has so far failed to enforce, the Inquirer reports.

* As many Pennsylvania counties adopting new hand-marked ballot voting systems, a persistent criticism is a perceived loss of privacy in polling places when filling them out and scanning them, the AP reports.

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The Public Record & Sid Booker invite you to 

Meet the Candidates!

Join the Philadelphia Public Record and Philadelphia legend Sid Booker on Friday, March 27, to welcome the campaigns for the presidential, congressional and statewide races on the April 28 primary ballot as they meet potential constituents!

The event, featuring assorted beverages and light appetizers, will be held at:

The legendary Sid Booker’s Club LaPointe, 4600 North Broad Street, Philadelphia on Friday, March 27, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Admission is complimentary for the general public. 

RSVP Here: https://tinyurl.com/pprprimary2020

For sponsorship opportunities and for candidates and consultants interested in participating, contact Melissa Barrett, Director of Sales, 

215-755-2000, ext.5; mbarrett@phillyrecord.com

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer tries to unpack the meaning and fallout from the results of a recent study that details the shockingly high price of living in Philadelphia.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … Want to wish someone a happy birthday in our newsletter? Email us their name, job title and upcoming birthday to editor@cityandstatepa.com

TODAY’S SKED:

9 a.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Luzerne County Community College, Campus Center-Building 14, 3rd Floor, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke.

10 a.m. - the PA House Appropriations Committee will meet. Room 140, Main Capitol, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

10 a.m. - the PA Senate Independent Regulatory Review Commission will meet. 14th Floor Conference Room, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Special Committee on Gun Violence Prevention will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

3 p.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg.

3:30 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will join Philly Counts at a reception to celebrate the progress of the Philly Counts 2020 Action Fund and the success of the projects developed by more than 80 grantee organizations promoting a complete and accurate count for the 2020 Census. Conversation Hall, Room 201, City Hall, Philadelphia.

5 p.m. - the PA House Game & Fisheries Committee will meet. Mon Valley Career Tech Center, 5 Guttman Boulevard, Charleroi.

6:30 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the awards ceremony to recognize Philadelphia police officers for their service to the city. Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5, The Heroes Ballroom, 11630 Caroline Rd., Philadelphia.

8 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver remarks at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's signature fundraising event to celebrate the growth and success of Latino-owned businesses and Latino professionals in the region. The Union League, 140 S Broad St., Philadelphia.

To have your events included in Today’s Sked, please email the information to editor@cityandstatepa.com.


KICKER: “I don’t think there was ever a realistic prospect of Democrats taking control of the House.” – GOP strategist Charlie Gerow. From Spotlight PA.