4/11 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsGun rights groups have Sen. Pat Toomey in their sights, while another liberal group slams Corbett on the air. And the PGH mayoral race is on TV. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Pittsburgh Mayor: Wagner on the Air (With Video): Jack Wagner is on the air today. His campaign unveiled its introductory ad in the former Auditor General’s run for Mayor. It’s a basic resume spot.

Toomey, Manchin Unveil Background Check Package: Sen. Pat Toomey and his Democratic colleague Joe Manchin of West Virginia Wednesday unveiled a legislative proposal to subject more gun purchases to background checks.

Gun Rights Groups Chilly Toward Toomey Plan: If Sen. Pat Toomey had hoped his background check compromise would win over gun rights advocates, he was disappointed Wednesday. The divide between gun rights advocates and gun control groups is stark.

Another Liberal Group Slams Corbett in New Ad (With Video): For the second time this week, an anonymously-funded liberal group is attacking Tom Corbett. The newly formed 501c(4) Pennsylvanians for Accountability accuses the Governor of cutting education to support corporations.

PA-13: Arkoosh Nets $218K in 2 Weeks: Since she filed to run for Allyson Schwartz’s congressional seat on March 14, physician and activist Valerie Arkoosh has brought in more than $218,000 in campaign cash.

Statewide
PA Independent: Corbett ‘wins’ progressive March Madness for ultrasound comment, but attack is misleading
PA Independent: PA House has mixed reaction to Toomey gun control negotiations
PA Independent: Western PA Amtrak service will probably depend on transportation package
StateImpact: Dueling fracking films battle for Pennsylvanians’ hearts and minds
StateImpact: Corbett signs joint declaration with Brazil to promote energy investments
StateImpact: Protesters criticize DEP’s oversight of gas industry
Capitolwire: Senate Democrats want Gov. Corbett to intervene on Erie factory job loss
Capitolwire: Grell searching for Dem partner on pension reform. Could it be McCord?
Capitolwire: Special education funding commission bill sent to the governor
Capitolwire: Where will new transportation funding be spent? Nobody knows til price tag is set
State House Sound Bites: Toomey announces background checks plan
State House Sound Bites: Sue, Jay Paterno say might’ve stopped Sandusky with training

Philadelphia
City Paper: Philly’s Power Players Bombard City Newspapers With Libel Suits
City Paper: Artists Against Gun Violence Stage Flash Mob in Love Park
Phillynow.com: Poll Finds 77 Percent of Philly Supports Paid Sick Days
AP: School changes course, will allow Santorum speech
Philly.com: Obama: $10M to fix Philly sites
Philly.com: City Democratic ward leaders make their picks
Philly.com: Fishtown Neighbors Association backs Wynn project
Inquirer: Toomey, Manchin announce deal on gun background checks
Inquirer: Council AVI analysis finds little negative impact for most
Inquirer: Education advocates push changes in Phila.
Inquirer: Bucks legislator: Expand Pa. background checks on rifle sales
Inquirer: Tea party runs candidates in Burlington County GOP primary
Inquirer: City blocks Hunting Park carnival
Inquirer: Second round of hearings set for this week on a second Philadelphia casino
Commonwealth Confidential: Rep. Santarsiero unveils PA background check bill
Heard in the Hall: Mayor Nutter joins praise of Sen. Toomey
PhillyClout: Montco doctor seeking 13th Congressional seat raises $218K in a month
PhillyClout: City Controller: Dangerous conditions persist at some rec centers
CapitolInq: Three House Rs praise Toomey background check plan
The Big Tent: Chelsea Clinton’s mom-in-law may run for Congress in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Budget hearings a necessary evil in Philadelphia City Council
WHYY Newsworks: Sick days veto override on life support
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphians join immigration rally in Washington
WHYY Newsworks: A primer for WHYY’s city controller debate
WHYY Newsworks: Audit of Philly recreation facilities turns up dangerous conditions
WHYY Newsworks: Could cell phone ban in Philly courts lessen witness intimidation?
WHYY Newsworks: Five McGinn Security protesters arrested for blocking traffic along Henry Avenue
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. community colleges seek $14 million increase
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Toomey Offers Measure To Expand Background Checks on Gun Sales
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Lawmakers Want State To Refuse Obamacare’s Abortion Coverage
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Delegation Heads For Immigration Rally In Washington, DC
KYW Newsradio: Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky Considers Run For Her OId Seat

SEPA
phillyburbs.com: Background check supporters rally for Santarsiero’s bill in Harrisburg
phillyburbs.com: Cooper health system creates unique partnership with AmeriHealth NJ
phillyburbs.com: Investors Bancorp continues growth in South Jersey
phillyburbs.com: Unemployment rates for US cities in the Northeast
phillyburbs.com: County to seek grants to improve safety on Route 130 and elsewhere
Pottstown Mercury: Former Phoenixville schools chief seeks dismissal of district lawsuit
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown fires codes worker being investigated for taking developer’s check
Pottstown Mercury: Neighboring townships seek more say in Pottstown sewer costs
Delco Daily Times: Witness in fatal hit-and-run case recants previous testimony
Delco Daily Times: Toomey key to deal on ‘common sense’ gun background check deal
Delco Daily Times: Judge clears way for case vs. 3 Penn State officials; next move unclear
Delco Daily Times: Bipartisan deal on background checks reported close
Delco Daily Times: U.S. judge in Philly mulls ruling in NFL concussion suit
Delco Daily Times: What Toomey’s background check plan would actually do
Delco Daily Times: Pa. National Guard IDs 2 pilots killed in Afghanistan crash
Delco Daily Times: Postal Service won’t end Saturday delivery
Montgomery Media: No agreement reached between Sellersville, North Penn Water Authority regarding water meters
Montgomery Media: Norristown promotes two officers, swears in firefighter
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County seeks proposals for Montgomery County Courthouse, One Montgomery Plaza rehab project
Bucks Local News: Feds come through for Bristol, drop anchor with $1.5M grant to fund boat slips, dock and a promenade
Bucks Local News: Lane restrictions scheduled on Route 13 in Bristol Township as part of $36.5M improvement project
Bucks Local News: ‘Redskins’ name change controversy surfaces again at Neshaminy School Board meeting
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy to hold high school graduation June 12 despite seniors not meeting 180-day state mandate
Bucks Local News: State Rep. Steve Santarsiero call for vote on bipartisan bill to require universal background checks for firearms in Pa.
Daily Local News: Former Phoenixville schools chief seeks dismissal of district lawsuit
Daily Local News: Downingtown teacher sues union and district
Daily Local News: Coatesville saves funding for train station renovations
Daily Local News: Passed-out Conestoga teacher placed on ARD
Daily Local News: Federal act cut into food profits at Great Valley
Daily Local News: W. Chester committee wants to extend parking enforcement hours

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Toomey, Manchin forge gun checks deal
Post-Gazette: Man charged with selling drugs outside Allegheny Co. defender’s office
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson waives hearing on DUI charge
Early Returns: Former Mayor Sophie Masloff backs Wagner
Early Returns: Ricky Burgess endorses Wagner
Early Returns: Your cue, Sen. Toomey
Tribune-Review: Toomey: Background checks aren’t gun control
Tribune-Review: Daily Courier hosting forum for Connellsville mayor, city council candidates
Tribune-Review: Only GOP candidate for Pittsburgh mayor will send stand-in to forum
CBS/KDKA: Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at Duquesne University

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: PA Senate renews bid to limit abortion coverage
Beaver Co. Times: Midland board approves school renovations
Beaver Co. Times: Moon board members vote against $73,000 entranceway
Tribune-Democrat: Money sense paying off for sewer authority
Tribune-Democrat: Bill toughens penalties for unemployment fraud

NEPA
AP: Senators unveil deal on gun sales background check
The Times Leader: Toomey-led amendment seeks to broker gun law
The Times Leader: State House panel OKs Baker’s veterans bill
The Times Leader: Political Briefs
The Times Leader: Plymouth councilman continues push for 2 sergeant positions
The Times Leader: PA school closure plan questioned
Times-Tribune: Larry Moran named new Lackawanna County chief public defender
Times-Tribune: Dickson City mayor calls for added police
Times-Tribune: Collection agency will try to recoup $135,000 owed to Scott Twp. Sewer Authority
Times Tribune: Government study race might have fewer candidates
Times-Tribune: House panel approves Marcellus tax credits
Citizens Voice: Council chairman to pursue Guamp mystery
Citizens Voice: Flora out as chief public defender
Citizens Voice: PennDOT projects to cause commuting headaches in Scranton
News Item: Grant probe motion nixed
News Item: Former Philadelphia bail commissioner arrested
News Item: Bill would curb pensions for Pa. police, firefighters
Wayne Independent: Planning commission assails DEP matter Apr. 10, 2013
Wayne Independent: Builders develop web page on DEP matter Apr. 10, 2013
Standard Speaker: Job Corps faces permanent cuts

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Bethlehem mayoral candidate J. William Reynolds supports private garbage collection
Express Times: New Jersey DEP worker from Warren County alleges he was sexually harassed by superior
Express Times: LETTER: Palmer Twp. shoppers showed their generosity
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): In Carbon, runaway boat crosses road, downs utility pole
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Bethlehem mayoral hopefuls begin trash talking
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Toomey-Manchin deal would have little impact in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Allentown council candidate back on ballot after claiming intimidation
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): BMW contracts out Lehigh Valley warehouse
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Developers buy last Bethlehem Steel tract
Pennsylvania Ave Morning Call): Medicare users may see prices reduced on supplies
Reading Eagle: Senators reach deal on background checks for guns
Reading Eagle: Bill to study special ed formula goes to Corbett
Reading Eagle: 1949 state education law took away property rights, group told
Reading Eagle: Maximum allowable tax increase still on the table at Gov. Mifflin
Reading Eagle: City to take credit card payments for taxes, fees
Reading Eagle: Berks County Republican Committee chairman resigns
WFMZ: Easton City Council approves liquor license transfer
WFMZ: Massive sewer project takes path beneath Schuylkill River

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gun proposal elevates Toomey to PA’s most valuable political asset: analysis
Harrisburg Patriot News: On Toomey-Machin gun legislation, Sen. Bob Casey approves; House Republicans hand mixed reactions
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania House Republicans chide Sen. Pat Toomey for his proposed gun legislation
The Sentinel: Pa Senate renews bid to limit abortion coverages
The Sentinel: Bills from local lawmakers move forward in legislature
Lancaster Intelligencer: Sen. Toomey brokers deal that would expand background checks for gun buyers

North by Northwest
Erie Times-Tribune: School closings, staff cuts, tax hike sought in Millcreek
Sun Gazette: Borough co-signs $23 million loan
Sun Gazette: Commissioners to review grant applications at Thursday meeting

Opinions
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett should accept Medicaid expansion: As I See It
Daily News: Memo to Allyson: Uh-oh
Pocono Record: Toomey is on the right side on gun purchase checks
Standard Speaker: Open wallets for open gov’t
Wayne Independent: Issue about loader was unnecessary
News Item: Medicare ‘reform’ resembles favors for special interests
News Item: Beware exemptions in effort to amend Open Records Law
Citizens Voice: Gift ban proposal needs more teeth
Inquirer: Someone should answer for DRPA’s spending
Sun Gazette: Marino: Solutions available if political posturing is dropped
Centre Daily Times: Thompson’s shot from the hip misses the mark
Post-Gazette: Time for a vote: No senator should block the gun safety debate
Tribune-Review: The background check deal: Weak threat
Observer-Reporter: Gun-control bill deserves a vote
Altoona Mirror: We must punish N. Korea
Tribune-Review: Battling welfare fraud

Blogs
Keystone Politics: I Was Wrong About Pat Toomey on Guns
Keystone Politics: Why We Need Daylin Leach in Congress
Keystone Politics: Urbanism and Human Development: Two Great Tastes That Taste Great Together
Jon Geeting: Reynolds Campaign is Off-Message on Trash Hauling
Jon Geeting: Bob Donchez’s Negative Mailer is Backfiring
Jon Geeting: Pawlowski Announces 19th Street Facade Improvement Program
Jon Geeting: Jerry Seyfried: Turn the Criminal Division Over to the Courts
Citizens’ Call: Township’s Sewer Plan Decision Schedule Revised
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Freeman Wants More Transparency in Campaign Finance
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Plainfield Police Banned From School Patrols
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Jerry Seyfried: The Total Package
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: The Keine Hinkel Dreck Candidate?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Kim Velez Back On Allentown Ballot

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