WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly cloudy, high of 50; Harrisburg, cloudy, high of 52; Pittsburgh, showers, high of 57.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* Check out the most recent edition of Winners & Losers!

 

FROM THE WEEKEND:

* PA Senate Democrats and their staffs were working computer-free after a ransomware attack locked them out of their systems, according to 6ABC

* The political infighting among North Philly’s Democratic leaders will likely wind up costing the party a PA House seat – and more, writes the Inquirer.

* A Montco judge, in defending the decision to bar Porngate evidence from former AG Kathleen Kane’s trial, stated that her perjury conviction should stand, writes the AP

* As part of a national effort, demonstrators across the region gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump, reports WHYY.

* Lackawanna County Prison is currently jailing people at twice the national average – and from 1970-2014, did so at an exponentially higher rate than the national average, writes the Times-Tribune.

* US Sen. Pat Toomey will hold a town hall today – on Facebook, which will be televised by CBS3, reports the Philly Voice.

* Revenue from state slot machines dropped slightly in February, possibly because last year was a leap year, while gaming revenue overall was down in January, writes the Patriot-News.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Sheriff Bill Mullen were both endorsed by the Allegheny County Democratic Committee, according to the Post-Gazette.

* PA women stand to lose a wide array of maternity and preventive care services if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, writes the Morning Call.

* As Tuesday’s filing deadline looms, the races in Luzerne, Carbon and Schuylkill counties are coming into focus, reports the Standard-Speaker.

* Even with rising retention and acceptance rates and an $8 million line of credit, the future of state-run and HBCU Cheyney University is unknown, according to the Daily Times.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* Gov. Tom Wolf proposed eliminating the Delaware loophole, which allows businesses based in other states to avoid paying PA taxes, writes the Citizens’ Voice.

* Two bills that could land municipalities in court for having gun control laws superseding state ones are being reintroduced in the PA Legislature, writes the Intelligencer.

* State Treasurer Joe Torsella’s priorities for the rest of the year include expanding college savings accounts and portable pensions, and reducing the state’s pension fund fees, writes the Inquirer.

 

****************

What’s your issue?

Whatever it is, First Read gives you the platform and microphone to promote it – first thing in the morning. Every day, Pennsylvania elected officials, policy experts, lobbyists and staff check City & State’s First Read. Get their attention…right here.

To use First Read’s power and reach, email David Alpher or call 215-490-9314, ext. 3001.

****************

 

EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer’s John Baer reads the signs that seem to indicate Pennsylvanians may be motivated enough to do something about gerrymandering in the state.

* The Inquirer assesses Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget for 2017-2018.

* The Observer-Reporter urges PA legislators to strengthen protection-from-abuse orders – the state’s version of restraining orders – after two Washington County women were murdered by their estranged husbands in recent months.

* The Times-Tribune obviates the need for the PA State System of Higher Education to hire a consultant to address its root issues by breaking them down one by one.

* The Intelligencer looks at the possibilities and hurdles for US Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick and the rest of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

* The Post-Gazette uses its recent series on the African American experience in Pittsburgh to underscore the work that needs to be done to better their future and the city’s.  

* The Times-News believes a new study showing the impact of gambling revenues on Erie County should help ensure it gets its fair share when the new tax laws are written.

 

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

 

****************

Congratulations to Gregory Hoskins, the first winner of the First Read signup contest!

Tell your friends about First Read, win a $100 gift card!

Sign up your friends, family members and work associates for complimentary subscriptions to First Read this month. Your own email address will then be entered into a random drawing to win one of three $100 Visa gift cards! 

Enter here

****************

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

10 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will provide remarks as members of the Philadelphia Police Department receive their promotions. Temple University, Magonigle Hall, 1800 N. Broad, Philadelphia.

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

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

12 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Public Health and Human Services will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

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

2 p.m. - the PA House Health Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

3:30 p.m. - the PA Senate Appropriations Committee will meet. Hearing Room 1, North Office Building, Harrisburg. 

4:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will join the Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Services (OCEVS) and AmeriCorps members to discuss the importance of service and learn from the experiences of members that have dedicated a whole year to mitigating the effects of poverty in Philadelphia. Mayor’s Cabinet Room, City Hall, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia.

 

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

 

KICKER: “One of the things about this bill is you don't have to prove, as the plaintiff, that the municipality passed anything that's unconstitutional. All you have to prove is that the policy or whatever it is has the word 'gun' in it.” – PA Sen. Daylin Leach speaking out against the reintroduction of two gun bills in the General Assembly. From the Intelligencer.