WEATHER: Philadelphia, a.m. showers, high of 46; Harrisburg, partly cloudy, high of 43; Pittsburgh, mostly sunny, high of 35.

 

NEW FROM CITY & STATE:

* Jason Kelce, PA Rep. Chris Dush and Sunoco are just a few of the names to be found in the latest edition of Winners & Losers.

* As PA Dems move on from the ouster of former chief Marcel Groen, Gov. Tom Wolf indicated his preference for who should lead the state party ahead of last weekend's meeting.

 

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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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FROM THE WEEKEND:

* A newly redrawn congressional map was delivered to Gov. Wolf by GOP leadership Friday night, but Democrats argued that it was just a more refined form of gerrymandering, the Inquirer writes.

* The number of state government employees making $100,000 or more reached a record 8,290, reports the Patriot-News.

* The state’s Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students at Penn State are employees of the university, and can thus unionize, reports the Inquirer.

* Gov. Wolf ordered counties replacing their voting machines to purchase new ones that also provide paper backups as a safeguard, the AP reports.

* While PA has the second-most structurally deficient bridges in the US, PennDOT has been making progress in repairing them – last year, the agency repaired more bridges than any other state, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto’s 12-year plan for the city includes private sector contributions to municipal priorities and establishing an “urban wealth fund” to pay for expensive long-term projects, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Democratic congressional candidates in the Philadelphia area are struggling to raise the cash needed to compete, writes WHYY.

* The Republican State Committee endorsed Scott Wagner for governor, Jeff Bartos for lieutenant governor and Lou Barletta for US Senate; House Speaker Mike Turzai dropped out of the gubernatorial race before endorsements were announced, reports the Patriot-News.

* President Donald Trump also endorsed US Rep. Barletta for US Senate, writes the Post-Gazette.

* Gov. Wolf and US Sen. Bob Casey were endorsed for new terms at the PA Democratic Party’s winter meeting, while no endorsement for lieutenant governor was made, despite incumbent Mike Stack running for reelection, writes the Patriot-News.

* Also at the Democrat’s winter meeting, Jack Hanna was named interim head of the state party, writes the Post-Gazette.

* A heated community meeting in Philadelphia shows just how fraught the issue of safe injection sites is in the city, according to WHYY.

 

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Submit your nominations for City & State PA’s 2018 Above & Beyond Awards: Honoring Women of Public and Civic Mind

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.

Click here to nominate someone. To nominate more than one person, simply reload this page.

Nomination Deadline: extended to Friday, February 16

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EDITORIAL PAGES:

* The Inquirer writes that after more than 20 years, it is long past time for state legislators to do something to reform charter school legislation

* The Inquirer notes the momentum of bipartisan efforts in the Legislature to push for retirement plans for private-sector workers and urges voters to contact their legislators to voice support for the initiative, which would help millions save for the future.

* The Citizens’ Voice finds little to like in Gov. Wolf’s budget address, and even less to admire in the lack of gumption shown by the governor and legislators in tackling flashpoint issues like pension reform.

* LancasterOnline holds out hope that election season will bring out the bipartisan spirit needed to tackle the 2018-19 budget.

* The Times-Tribune decries PA Rep. Chris Dush’s clearly unconstitutional effort to impeach the State Supreme Court Justices who ruled against gerrymandering as a stunt that should be repudiated by lawmakers on both sides.

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: PA Rep. James Roebuck … 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:

* Generocity explores how the planners of Philadelphia’s Rail Park, which will soon see completion of the first phase, are building an inclusive space.

* Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia announced that Shira Hodges will be its new director of leadership and advancement.

 

TODAY’S SKED: 

8 a.m. - Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera will celebrate the commonwealth’s accomplishments in STEM education at the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) in Hershey, before making a Schools That Teach visit to Halifax High School to cheer on the school’s STEAM team, which is preparing for a national contest. Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey. School visit: 10 a.m. at 3940 Peters Mountain Road, Halifax.

10 a.m. - Governor Wolf will join Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, state and local officials, and community leaders to sign the order releasing the City of Pittsburgh from its financially distressed status under Act 47. Mayor’s Office, Room 512, City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh.

11:45 a.m. - Mayor Kenney will participate in Making Philadelphia a Millennial Mecca, a panel discussion and networking opportunity for young Philadelphians. Union League, 140 S. Broad St, Philadelphia.

6:15 p.m. - Mayor Kenney will deliver remarks at a reception celebrating the recent partnership between WeWork and Bunker Labs that will provide Philadelphia veterans access to free workspace and mentorship programs. 1601 Market Street, Floor 19, Philadelphia.

 

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

 

KICKER: "There's no learning curve. We know the issues. We are so anxious to jump into action and get things done. I'm like chomping at the bit to get things done." – Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Wagner, after receiving the endorsement of the Republican State Committee. From the Patriot-News.