WEATHER: Philadelphia, mostly sunny, high of 42; Harrisburg, mostly sunny, high of 41; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 43.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* Sources say PA Rep. Bill Keller is considering retirement ahead of what will be a hotly contested primary in the 184th District; two possible replacements have already been floated.

* House Speaker Mike Turzai defended the revised congressional map he and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati submitted to Gov. Tom Wolf Friday night and called on Wolf to respond in an open and transparent way.

 

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Make sure Pa.’s congressional maps truly reflect Pa.

In a matter of days, Pennsylvania is going to have new boundaries drawn for its 18 congressional districts. Common Cause believes voters should choose their representatives, not the other way around. Mapmakers from both parties should disclose the data they use to draw district lines. New maps must reflect our modern Pennsylvania, including its racial diversity, to ensure equity and fairness in elections. Click HERE for more.

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NEW THIS MORNING:

* The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office compiled a secret list of police officers with a history of lying, brutality and/or racial bias in an effort to keep them from “testilying” in court, reports the Inquirer.

* Following the GOP’s redrawn congressional maps, Democratic legislators want their turn at redrawing the maps with Gov. Tom Wolf before the PA Supreme Court’s deadline, the Patriot-News reports.

* In a landmark moment for Pittsburgh, the city emerged from Act 47 status – 14 years after entering the state program for financially distressed municipalities, reports the Post-Gazette.

* Two House members, Minority Appropriations Chair Joe Markosek and Minority Whip Mike Hanna, announced their plans to retire – and their desire to see their sons take their place in Harrisburg, WITF reports. 

* Former Congressman Jon Fox, a longtime force in Montgomery County politics, passed away from cancer, the Inquirer reports.

* Third-party and independent candidates will have an easier time making it onto the ballot in PA following a court ruling that reduces the number of petition signatures they need, reports the AP.

* Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner will try to prevent the deportation of immigrants accused of nonviolent crimes, according to the Inquirer.

* The governor of Puerto Rico will be in Philadelphia on Friday to meet with local leaders about the uncertain future of the 800 families evacuated to the city following Hurricane Maria, reports WHYY.

* Pittsburgh teachers voted to authorize their leaders to call a strike if negotiations with the school district fail, the Post-Gazette reports.

* Scranton Mayor Bill Courtright sent a letter to Gov. Wolf stating that he wanted Scranton to be included on the state’s list of economic opportunity zones – another step in the city’s efforts to exit Act 47 status, reports the Times-Tribune.

* US Attorney General Jeff Sessions received the Lincoln Award at Philadelphia’s Union League and gave a talk that discussed how the South was wrong during the Civil War and cities like Philadelphia are wrong on their sanctuary city stance, the Inquirer writes.

 

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Join City & State PA for our inaugural event recognizing 25 exceptional women from the Commonwealth for their accomplishments across various sectors including politics, health care, education, advocacy, business and beyond. Help us shine a light on these powerful women who have distinguished themselves in their respective industries. Nominate your friends and colleagues for this honor! Help us shine a light on these powerful women distinguishing themselves in their respective industries by nominating someone for this honor today!

On Thursday, March 22, join us as we honor these 25 women with a special edition of City & State PA magazine at the awards celebration.

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Nomination Deadline: extended to Friday, February 16

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer has an op-ed by PA GOP head Val DiGiorgio, who rebuts the paper’s editorial last week telling the party to quit litigating and get to redrawing the state’s congressional maps.

* The Patriot-News demands that legislators immediately enact legislation to close a loophole that allows each county coroner to decide whether to report the drugs involved in fatal overdoses so that better statistics can result in better approaches to the crisis.

* WHYY’s Dick Polman makes the case that President Trump’s continuing defense of credibly accused men while denigrating their female accusers is putting misogyny on the ballot this year.

 

 

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

 

NONPROFIT NEWS:

* Sunday LOVE Project founder Margaux Murphy took on the SNAP Challenge to better understand how difficult it is for a single person to eat on just $194 a month, writes Billy Penn.

* Delaware River City Corporation, the nonprofit overseeing the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway's implementation, is getting a new name and a new leader, writes Generocity.

* There is plenty for PA nonprofits to learn from in the latest Guidestar report on the fiscal health of nonprofits around the US, reports Generocity.

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

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

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

10 a.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law and Government will meet. Room 400, City Hall, Philadelphia.

11 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in a Black History Month book reading with elementary school students. Anderson Elementary School, 1034 S. 60th St., Philadelphia.

1:30 p.m. - the Pittsburgh City Council Committee on Hearings will meet. Council Chambers, City-County Building, Pittsburgh.

5:30 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at an event featuring career development workshops with on-site employers for students from Dobbins, Randolph and Ben Franklin High Schools. Murrell Dobbins CTE High School, 2150 W. Lehigh Ave, Philadelphia.

 

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

 

KICKER: “You know, I think you see the Kennedys, you see the Bushes, the Casey family — in most of those situations the people have been happy with the son or daughter who has followed in the footsteps.” – Retiring PA House Minority Appropriations Chair Joe Markosek talking about his desire to establish a political dynasty with his son. From WITF