3/12 Morning Buzz

pa flagSchwartz leads the Gov field with 22,000 signatures, a majority of readers say they’ll never support Paterno and McGinty gets a Bill Richardson fundraiser. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Schwartz To File 22,000 Signatures: Rep. Schwartz will file approximately 11 times the requirement to get on the PA-Gov ballot.

PA-Gov: Wolf Files 12,000 Signatures: The former Revenue Secretary filed 12,000 signatures.

PA-Gov: McGinty Files 5,272 Signatures: Candidate for governor Katie McGinty received more than double the signatures that she needed to get onto the ballot.

PA-Gov: Richardson to Host Fundraiser for McGinty: The former New Mexico Governor hopes to raise money for Katie McGinty’s bid for governor.

PA-Gov: Wolf Hires Deputy Campaign Manager, Eric Hagarty: The former Revenue Secretary picked up a new staff member from Western PA.

Lt Gov: Koplinski Files 6,000 Signatures, At Least 1 From Each County: The Harrisburg City Councilman filed at least one signature from every county in the Commonwealth.

SD-28: SRCC Slams Wagner In Another Ad: The new ad mentions Miller’s lawsuit against an elderly widow.

Reader Poll: Will There Be A Woman In The PA Delegation Next Year?: We ask our readers whether the Keystone State will have any female representation following the 2014 election.

Reader Poll: Majority Say They’ll Never Support Paterno: Our latest reader poll results reveal some bad news for the Lieutenant Governor candidate.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-20: Tom Fodi officially filed his petition signatures to seek the Republican nomination for the 20th State House District in order to challenge the incumbent Adam Ravenstahl or his primary challenger Tom Michalow. Fodi will not have a Republican challenger in the May 20th primary.

HD-40: Northampton County Councilman Scott Parsons, candidate for the new 40th State Senate District, filed his petitions yesterday, with over 850 signatures

HD-131: Justin Simmons faces a Democratic challenger, the son of the Republican incumbent that he defeated in 2010. Rep. Karen Beyer held the seat when Simmons ousted her in the primary, and now her son Michael Beyer is seeking familial redemption.

HD-138: Bethlehem Township resident Leslie Altieri filed 500 petition signatures to secure a place on the Primary ballot as the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in the 138th Legislative District. She will face Rep. Marcia Hahn (R-Northampton), in a rematch of their 2012 battle.

HD-163: Vince Rongione today filed over 1,350 nominating petition signatures to earn his place on the ballot for the 163rd legislative district; so far, this looks like one of the highest quantities of signatures reported by a State House candidate. Rongione is running for the seat vacated by Rep. Nick Micozzie’s retirement.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Head-to-head primary contests among House Democrats down to two
Capitolwire: Senators unveil bill to allow PASSHE schools to leave state system
Capitolwire: Senate, House panels move to add gas leaseholder protections
Capitolwire: Car racing is good for PA
PA Independent: PA considers empowering universities to authorize charter schools
StateImpactPA: House panel weighs gas royalty legislation

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Corbett faces challenger;6 Democrats file
Inquirer: Phila. Democrats go with state Rep. Neilson for Green’s vacant seat
Inquirer: Proposed bill would bolster Pa. food-stamp asset test
Inquirer: Effort to take West Chester U. away from state system moves forward
Inquirer: Archdiocese to end tuition aid to children of abuse victims
Big Tent: Bill Clinton to headline Phila. fundraiser for Margolies
Philly.com: Temple intern breaks national story involving CIA
PhillyClout: Democratic ward leaders pick Neilson for Council special election

SEPA
Courier-Times: Bucks GOP endorses candidate to oppose Tina Davis
Courier-Times: Sewage agreement partially lifts construction moratorium in Lower Bucks
Courier-Times: Former Pennsylvania Gov. Schweiker to speak at Conwell-Egan
Pottstown Mercury: Construction projects will move forward thanks to transportation bill funds
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council approves Pow-Wow in Memorial Park

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Free ride for Tim Murphy
Early Returns: Alton misses lt gov. deadline
WTAE: Small business employees react to life changes necessitated by Affordable Care Act
Tribune Review: Redistricting spurs faceoff for Democratic state Reps. Molchany, Readshaw
Tribune Review: Mars Area board prepared to reject drilling proposal, president says
Tribune Review: Ordinance requires Pittsburgh government to publish data online
Post-Gazette: U.S. judge permits super PAC to operate in state
Post-Gazette: Wesco to acquire Canadian hazmat firm
KDKA: Corbett gets a Republican challenger

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers, doctors push for Pa. electronic prescription drug database
Beaver County Times: Baden to host candidate night
Beaver County Times: Pa. lawmakers to grill state officials on giant Turnpike pileup
Observer-Reporter: Noble Energy to open regional HQ in Southpointe II in 2015
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State rep says he will not seek reelection

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Mayor dumps top administrator
Times Leader: Study: Pocono Raceway pumps millions into economy
Times Leader: Feds working with DA on W-B gas probe
Times Leader: PennDOT prepares for a nearly $50 million project in Clarks Summit
Times Tribune: Snowiest February in 100 years wreaking havoc on roads and budgets
Times Tribune: Federal sentence ending, Mellow faces state trial

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Proposed Senate bill offers state universities chance to transfer out of PASSHE
Carlisle Sentinel: Lemoyne family wants medical marijuana legalized in Pa.
Harrisburg Patriot News: Would Shippensburg University secede from the State System if given the chance?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bill promising immunity to those seeking help in drug overdoses advances toward House vote
Harrisburg Patriot News: York County state Senate race to hold attention through May primary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Brenda Alton will not be appearing on Democratic primary ballot for Lt. Gov.
Harrisburg Patriot News: Glen Grell, Stan Saylor among midstate lawmakers facing primary challenges in May
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Proposed legislation would allow Millersville University to leave state system
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lawmakers promise fixes for electricity shopping woes
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Candidates for governor file ballot petitions as deadline nears
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster County GOP leader will not seek second term

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Corbett to face primary challenge in May
Morning Call: Mixed results on Obamacare’s stretch drive
Reading Eagle: Pat Toomey doesn’t want Americans to change the way they say cheese
Express Times: Voters will decide on upgrades at Mansfield school district, Clinton Public School
Express Times: Lopatcong Township Council introduces measure to spread out payments for tax refunds

North by Northwest
AP: Super PAC aims to help Pa. Dems in Legislature
AP: New state highway money to start flowing in April
Centre Daily Times: Work continues on Penn State natural gas pipeline
Centre Daily Times: Jay Paterno in field of six Dems for lieutenant governor nomination

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Wilkinsburg’s woes: Troubled district has a new embarrassment
Times Leader: Get past lines that divide area
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Gov. Corbett gets centered
Daily News: DN Editorial: Suddenly, nicer
Harrisburg Patriot News: Paterno, Thompson join parade of candidates filing for May 20 primary: John L. Micek
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Auditor general’s report validates serious pension woes

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: State House to Tackle Union Violence
Keystone Politics: How ‘Primary Colors’ Helps Political Reporters
Keystone Politics: #HD131: Young Democrat Michael Beyer Taking on Young Republican Twerp Justin Simmons
Keystone Politics: Keystone Corridor Rail Service Sees 33.9% Jump in Ridership
Keystone Politics: List: #PAGov Petition Numbers
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: ET: Brown Tries to Stop Drug and Alcohol Evaluations
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Simmons – Beyer II
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: The Devil and Tom Walker

4 thoughts on “3/12 Morning Buzz

  1. Dear Mr. Last Train: UPMC’s World Class Jeff Romoff and the Bakers (Scotty hubby of Leslie Gromis-Baker) ran negative mailers against Jimmy Christiani, a courageous Beaver House member who had the audacity to stand up for his constituents and the rate-payers against the UPMC juggernaut.

  2. Every story about petitions: “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

    (except for Alton not getting on the ballot because she showed up at 5:01. That’s just sad, and funny.)

  3. THE CORBETT/BRABENDER ADMINiSTRATION SHRUG: 1. Sandusky-shrug 2. The hair-brained political marriage with UPMC’s WORLD CLASS Jeff Romoff-shrug. 3. The purchase of 2 departments by the Cyber Charter School Corporate Welfare queen cabal through Charly Zogby-shurg. 4. The political humiliations of Sam Smith, Jimmy Christiani and William Harner-shrug. 5. Finding positions for Big Daddy Nutt and Ron Tomalis ( Why is Tomalis still hanging out in the Ed Department??) to insure, omerta-shrug. Shrug your shoulders at the candidacy of Bob Guzzardi at your own risk Corbett team. The Edmund Burke of PA has something to say and Guzzardi will say fearlessly what must be said. http://trib.me/1cvEqwx

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