4/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf hosts a Twitter town hall, Santarsiero announces his campaign team while Diaz and Abraham clash over criminal justice reform. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Discusses First 100 Days in Twitter Town Hall: The Governor hosted his second Twitter Town Hall on Tuesday, answering 10 questions from constituents.

PA-8: Santarsiero Unveils Campaign Team: The State Rep. announced his initial 2014 congressional campaign staff.

PHL-15: Diaz, Abraham Clash Over Criminal Justice Reform: Diaz called out the former city District Attorney for her strict refusal to support a proposal that would expunge criminal records for certain low-level ex-offenders.

PA State Troopers Association Endorses George, Olson and Giordano: The Pennsylvania State Troopers Association endorsed Judges Mike George, Judy Olson and Emil Giordano.

Pittsburgh City Controller Lamb Releases First Campaign Ad: The Post-Gazette also makes a ringing endorsement for the renomination of Lamb.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Calls for Release of Ukrainian Lawmaker (VIDEO): The Congressman is co-sponsoring a resolution calling for the freeing of Nadiya Savchenko.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Medical marijuana: where it’s been and where it’s going
PLSReporter: PA Supreme Court sees staff leadership change
PA Independent: Sen. Wagner’s latest union challenge would rein in employee compensation
State House Sound Bites: PA to send 300 troopers to Baltimore
State House Sound Bites: Neutral agency, Wolf again at odds over fiscal figures
StateImpactPA: Pipeline opponent arrested at public meeting in Lancaster County
Capitolwire: PLCB issues another opinion relaxing beer delivery rules
Capitolwire: Federal judge rules against PA’s ‘revictimization relief’ law

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Butkovitz to Eds & Meds: Buy Local
Inquirer: Councilman Defeated By Quinones-Sanchez Endorses Her
Inquirer: DHS Tells Council: We’re Dealing with More Cases Nowadays
Inquirer: Cost in Kane Leak Case Continues to Rise
Philly.com: Adwatch: Pro-Williams Super PAC Scores First FAIL of Campaign
WHYY Newsworks: Quinones-Sanchez Gets Somes Support in Bitter Philly Council Fight
WHYY Newsworks: Gathering in Philly Confronts Violence Claiming African-American Men, Youth
WHYY Newsworks: Moving to Get Out the Philly Vote, Black Leaders Aim to Hold Candidates to Policy Promises
WHYY Newsworks: Pope Francis Versus the Climate Change Deniers
WHYY Newsworks: Feibush Releases Two TV Ads in Philly City Council Bid
WHYY Newsworks: Comcast Gets an Earful from Disgruntled Subscribers as Philly Hearings Commence
Business Journal: Fed: Economic Growth Slowed Due to ‘Transitory Factors;’ Rates Stay Near Zero

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman to Review Barker Firing as Part of Larger Kane Investigation
Pottstown Mercury: OJR, Teachers Agree on New Contract a Year Early
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown School Budget Includes 2.9% Tax Increase
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School Budget Brings Hard Choices, Fierce Advocacy
Bucks Courier-Times: Bristol Councilman: Taxpayers Shouldn’t Foot Cleanup Bill of Demolished Houses
Delco Daily Times: DAs Agree: Pay for Pre-K Education Now, Or Prison Later
Montgomery Media: Gov. Tom Wolf Speaks About Connecting Education, Industry in Hatboro
Daily Local News: Final Proposed Budget for CASD Calls for a 2.4 Percent Tax Hike

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Same-sex Couples In Western Pa. Adopt Traditional Wedding Rituals
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Kane’s Office Locates Grand Jury Legal Bills it Could Not Produce
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Committee Neutral on Whether to Post Letter Grades on Restaurants in Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: 300 Pa. State Police Personnel to Aid in Baltimore
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Grand Jury Finding Stuns Publisher, Leak Subject of Pennsylvania AG Kane
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Experts Say Pittsburgh Air is Improving, but Rank Among Metro Areas is Not
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: State Regulators Support EPA Smog Limits, but Meeting Them Will Be a Challenge
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: How Polluted is the Pittsburgh Region? CMU Professor Helps Shed Light on Air Quality

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: PennDOT Begins Pothole ‘Blitz’ in Greene County
Altoona Mirror: Shuster Hasn’t Considered Recusal
Altoona Mirror: DA Attorney Clash at Tea Party Meeting
Altoona Mirror: Delinquent Taxes Could Stall Sales of Property
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Many 8th Graders Score Poorly on U.S. History, Civics Exam
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Locals School Districts Look at Wolf Proposals for Education Funding
Beaver County Times: Christiana’s Political Moves are Nichols’ Primary Concern
Beaver County Times: Forum Tonight in Sewickley on Effects of Shale Gas Drilling

NEPA
The Times Leader: Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber Surveying Members on Gov. Wolf’s Budget Proposals
The Times Leader: Pennsylvania State Police to Send Assistance to Baltimore
Pocono Record: Wayne Memorial, Area School District Plan Mock Emergency Drill
Pocono Record: EPA Cracks Down on Stormwater Violations, Draining Municipal Resources
Pocono Record: Route 209 Roadwork Begins in May on Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
News Item: Line Mountain Cuts Two Teaching Positions

South Central
Sentinel: State Funds Lacking For Addiction Care in Cumberland, Perry Counties
Sentinel: Cumberland County Commissioner Hopefuls Take Part in ‘Meet the Candidates’ Night
Patriot News: Harrisburg Council Members Clash with Mayor, Each Other
Patriot News: ‘We Need a Spirit of Reform’
Patriot News: Baltimore Riots: Could it Happen in Harrisburg?
Patriot News: Harrisburg Activist Describes Baltimore Riots
YDR: Sen. Wagner’s Latest Union Challenge Would Reign In Employee Compensation
YDR: State Rep. Saylor Appointed to National Education Commission
YDR: Red Lion Polling Place Changed for May 19 Primary
Dispatch: York County Commissioners Approve Employee Contract
Dispatch: Cumberland County State Rep. ‘Thanks’ Obama for Baltimore Riots
Dispatch: Q&A with York City Council Candidates: Property Taxes

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: South Bethlehem Development Should Focus on Reuse, not Tall Buildings, Residents Say
Express-Times: Greenwich Township Volunteers Outline Needs as Officials Advance 2015 Budget
Express-Times: ‘Close to Zero Tax Increase’ if Harrisburg Fixed Funding, Bethlehem Superintendent Says
Express-Times: Religious Freedom Group Weighing Options Regarding Lehigh County Seal
Morning Call: Wolf Sending 300 PA State Troopers and Other Personnel to Baltimore
Morning Call: Dent in Lead Role as House Debates First Spending Role
Morning Call: Pictures: Funeral of Allentown Activist Ernie Atiyeh
Reading Eagle: People Still Texting while Driving, State Stats Show
Reading Eagle: 300 State Troopers Going to Baltimore
Reading Eagle: Exeter School Board Gets Earful at Forum

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Grafius Run’s Alarm System has Bugs, Official Says
Sun Gazette: Commissioners to OK Purchases
Sun Gazette: Public Debates $36M Plan in Montoursville Area
Erie Times-News: Edinboro Study Aims to Remove Military Blind Spots

Opinion
Inquirer: Riots Have Reasons
Daily News: Man, It’s Hard to Just Live
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Strong Medicine: UPMC and Highmark Need a Shot of Arbitration
Observer-Reporter: Still, War Drums Beat
Patriot News: Here’s Why Baltimore Will Matter in 2016
YDR: When Will We Pull Out the Roots of York’s 1969 Riots?
Morning Call: Baltimore Riots Reveal Lack of Progress in America
Sun Gazette: The City’s Safety

Blogs
Fortune: These things cost more than the entire U.S. lobbying budget last year
Above Average Jane: Zivtech a Top System Integrator
Keystone Crossroads: How is special education paid for in Pennsylvania public schools?
Citified: The Brief: How Would Philly’s Mayoral Candidates Prevent Riots Here?
Citified: Inside Take: To Win the Democratic Party’s Endorsement, Pay and Pay Again
Citified: Op-Ed: Leave Behind “Reductive Thinking” on Race and Politics
Citified: If Philly Swallowed the Suburbs, Would It Boost the Regional Economy?
Commonwealth Foundation: Economic Freedom Trumps Identity Politics
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: LWV Schedules Candidates’ Night For Hellertown Mini-Judge Candidates
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Auditor: Hanover Township in Strong Financial Shape
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: State Senator Mario Scavello Made Honorary Hanover Tp Resident
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Diacogiannis Speaks Out on Baltimore

April 30th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 2 Comments

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  2. Richard Liberatoscioli says:

    AG Kathleen Kane now needs to uncover the widespread felony public corruption ring right here in Montgomery County. Within our own family we have the senior Montgomery County Judge criminally “on-the-take” with Risa Vetri Ferman criminally just looking the other way as she asks us to trust her as a judge! Who said crime doesn’t pay?

    Senior Judge William Nicholas has done a lot for our family ….unfortunately it will put him and those in criminal collaboration (DA) with him in prison for a very long time.

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