WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. rain, high of 63; Harrisburg, rain, high of 63; Pittsburgh, rain, high of 59.

 

NEW FROM CITY&STATE:

* US Sen. Pat Toomey held another town hall that didn’t involve him being physically present – this time via Facebook Live, reports Max Marin via Philly Weekly.

* The death penalty in Pennsylvania appears to be facing its own existential crisis.

 

NEW THIS MORNING:

* PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says that legalizing marijuana “can be both good socially and fiscally" to the tune of $200 million in annual revenues, writes the Post-Gazette.

* A federal judge refused to throw out a civil racketeering lawsuit against the Carpenters Union and its leaders, including retired head Edward J. Coryell, Sr., writes the Inquirer.

* PA Senate Democrats still didn’t have access to their computers Monday, three days after a ransomware attack on their system, writes the AP.

* Philadelphia judges try to figure out how to resentence more than 300 juvenile lifers following Supreme Court rulings that previous sentences were unconstitutional, writes the Inquirer.

* The Wolf administration wants to move away from two tax break programs and use targeted grants to help distressed cities instead, according to the Standard-Speaker.

* Some 30 Uber Black drivers in Philly are taking on the beleaguered ridesharing behemoth by trying to unionize, according to WHYY.

* The Express-Times ranks the per diem use of all Lehigh Valley state Reps.

* Lackawanna County Prison agreed to a $90,000 settlement with prison guards who charged they were retaliated against for not working overtime, the Citizens’ Voice reports.

* Spring Grove school board member Matt Jansen, who reportedly tweeted “Well than (sic) this wetbacks family should be thrown out of the country” in February, refused the calls of a packed meeting to resign his position, writes the Dispatch.

* Despite having 18 lawyers on staff, Pittsburgh spent nearly $700,000 on outside counsel – a move the city solicitor says saved the city money in settlements, writes the Tribune-Review.

* The Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will implement wide-ranging reforms to protect children from abuse as part of an agreement with federal prosecutors, reports the Tribune-Democrat.

* Reneging on a pledge he made last year, Philly DA Seth WIlliams says he will now seek life sentences for some juvenile offenders, according to the Inquirer.

* WHYY tags along with a candidate for the Court of Common Pleas to get a better understanding of the nominating petition process in PA.

* Erie Schools Superintendent Jay Badams wrote a fiery response to the PA Department of Education after rejected the district’s plan to avoid insolvency, writes the Times-News.

 

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Daily News’ Will Bunch looks at the continuing failure of US Sen. Pat Toomey to fulfill his duties as an elected representative of Pennsylvanians to argue that maybe six-year terms aren’t such a great idea.

* The Standard-Speaker, noting that March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, urges PA lawmakers to consider the ramifications of expanding gambling.

* The Dispatch opines that if PA’s state-run universities are to survive, they must take a page from Darwin and adapt to their newly changed surroundings.

* The Intelligencer notes that a profusion of records requests – many by businesses looking for clients – is taxing municipalities and should spur lawmakers to revise the open records law.

* The Times-Tribune rebukes Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse asked Recorder of Deeds Evie Rafalko McNulty for their roles in withholding public information.

* LancasterOnline hopes the third time’s the charm for efforts to remove Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese, who refuses to resign in the wake of allegations he sexually harassed a deputy.  

 

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TODAY’S SKED: 

8:07 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed on KDKA-AM. To listen online, click here.

9 a.m. - Gov. Wolf will be interviewed by the PennLive editorial board.  Livestream of the interview can be viewed here.

9 a.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room 60, East Wing, Harrisburg.

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. 

10 a.m. - Pittsburgh City Council will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

12 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will visit South Philadelphia High School and see its new Clothing Closet; a clothing bank stocked with new and gently used items that gives students a real shopping experience at no cost. Community schools are funded by the Philadelphia Beverage Tax. South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

1 p.m. - the PA House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will meet. Room G50, Irvis Office Building, Harrisburg.

2 p.m. - the PA Senate Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee and PA House Gaming Oversight Committee will meet. Rooms 8E-A & B, East Wing, Harrisburg.

3:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney and other city officials will join MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Union Chairman Jay Sugarman, Sporting Director Earnie Stewart and Chief Business Officer Tim McDermott and others, to celebrate the start of Philadelphia Union’s eighth season in Major League Soccer. Mayor’s Reception Room, City Hall, Room 202, Philadelphia.

6:45 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will greet guests at the Sixers Youth Foundation annual fundraising event. The Sixers Youth Foundation engages young people throughout Philadelphia’s communities using the transformative power of the game of basketball. 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia.

 

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KICKER: “I wasn’t necessarily convinced Pennsylvania should be the first, but now that we have actual results and data from other states, the evidence is clear that this can be both good socially and fiscally.” – PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on the evolution of his position on legalizing marijuana sales. From the Post-Gazette.