WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 46; Harrisburg: mostly sunny, high of 45; Pittsburgh: partly cloudy, high of 38.

NEW THIS MORNING:

* In anticipation of a final court ruling that would clear the way for Safehouse – the nation’s first supervised injection site – to open, the City of Philadelphia has issued a public safety plan outlining how police will protect both those using the site and neighborhood residents, WHYY reports.

* Pennsylvania’s top elections official told a federal judge Tuesday that chaos would ensue if the court blocked Philadelphia and two other counties from using their new voting machines during the 2020 presidential elections, as failed 2016 presidential candidate Jill Stein has been trying to do via a lawsuit, the Inquirer reports.

* The Inquirer examines why Pennsylvania doesn’t play a bigger role in the presidential primary season – and why it should.

* A new study by the Knight Foundation finds that 100 million Americans who could vote don’t do so, for a variety of reasons. In general, they tend to dislike politicians and political parties, distrust the electoral system to accurately count votes and the political system to fairly represent people, and disengage from the news in favor of entertainment, the Inquirer reports.

* The Patriot-News compiles who is running for which congressional district in the commonwealth this year. 

* Rep. Rosita Youngblood, D-Philadelphia, will not run for reelection and retire at the end of her current term, her 15th in Harrisburg, the Capital-Star reports.

* On a busy filing day that marked the end of the petition drive, Daylin Leach and other state senators found out who their challengers will be, the Capital-Star reports.

* Democratic outside groups are ramping up negative advertising against President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, an effort to weaken him in a key battleground state he won by the slightest of margins in 2016 as their own presidential primary drags on, the Inquirer reports.

* Lawmakers in Harrisburg have begun their annual budget hearings – a series of discussions with state department heads over Governor Tom Wolf’s proposals for next fiscal year’s spending plan. The Republicans who control the legislature spent much of their first day of hearings on an issue that’s been stalled for years: restructuring Pennsylvania’s corporate taxes, WITF reports.

* Two years into his third term, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey is barnstorming the Keystone State to promote an ambitious package of child welfare proposals that even he concedes may take years to bring to fruition, the Tribune-Review writes.

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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 Daily Times digs into the problems – and possible solutions – tied to Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest proposal to fund the state police by charging municipalities using the state police as their de facto police forces.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: … PA Rep. Ed Gainey … 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:

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 Pittsburgh City Council Standing Committee will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Global Opportunities & Creative/Innovative Economy will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

1 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

2 p.m. - the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will meet. Dickson City Borough, 901 Enterprise St., Dickson City.

2:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

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

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

KICKER: “Your honor, I can’t overstate… the chaos that would ensue, frankly. The voters who just learned a new machine would have to have something, some ability to vote. – Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar. From the Inquirer.