7/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett comes within single digits of Wolf, the Governor attempts to run against Harrisburg and we ask for your early 2016 presidential preferences. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

CBS/NYT Poll: Corbett Within Single Digits of Wolf: A new online scientific survey suggests the Democratic front-runner’s support may be soft.

Politically Uncorrected: Give ‘Em Hell Tom: “Running against Harrisburg” is a popular strategy. But while most gubernatorial aspirants run against Harrisburg, no incumbent governor seeking a second term has ever done so — until now.

Reader Poll: For Whom Would You Vote for President in 2016?: We ask our readers about their early 2016 presidential preferences.

Reader Poll: Thornburgh Favorite Recent Governor: The Republican, who served from 1979 to 1987, was chosen by our readers as their favorite ex-Gov.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: An income tax proposal that threads the needle?
State House Sound Bites: Activist requests investigation into education adviser’s work situation
PA Independent: When it comes to class sizes, Philadelphia School District’s numbers don’t add up
PA Independent: PA’s No. 2: $1 billion education cut a ‘damned lie’
StateImpactPA: Gas industry survey shows job growth slowing
StateImpactPA: U.S. Department of Energy seeks to curb methane emissions from gas infrastructure
PLSReporter: CAPITOL CROWD: Michael Schwoyer, Special Counsel to the House Democratic Leader
Capitolwire: The Corbett and Wolf campaigns on the social media front.

Philadelphia
Philly.com: How would the Feds legalize marijuana?
The Inquirer: Feds fault Conrail, local officials in Paulsboro train wreck
KYW Newsradio: Five US Congressmen ask NCAA to reverse its penalties against Penn State
KYW Newsradio: Congressman on proposed immigration reforms: ‘What the President wants to do is the DREAM Act on steroids”
WHYY Newsworks: Temple joins growing list of schools making standardized tests optional for applicants

SEPA
Daily Local News: CASD administrators approve a travel reimbursement freeze
Pottstown Mercury: $508 million worth of approved transportation projects in great Pottstown area
Pottstown Mercury: Commissioner: Montco finding efficiency through reorganization, selling assets
Delco Daily Times: Fresh Start Teens throw prom party for Darby mayor
Delco Daily Times: LGBT advocates push for anti-discrimination bills

Pittsburgh
AP: Pennsylvania sued by U.S. over police fitness test
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh council confirms new public safety chief, budget director
Tribune Review: Peduto says city dropped UPMC lawsuit to help nonprofit payment talks
Post-Gazette: Grand jury says Western Psych failed to cooperate with police in sexual assault cases
Post-Gazette: State leaves Pittsburgh’s more-rigorous teacher evaluations in place
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett administration makes major grant to Children’s Home of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: As SBA pleads Export-Import Bank’s case, Ex-Im official pleads the Fifth
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania lauded for friendliness to foreign investment
Pittsburgh Business Times: Marcellus Shale companies look to hire 2k employees this year
KDKA: $40 Mil Education Grant Saved by State’s Ruling

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Public relations war begins as emissions hearings approach
Beaver County Times: Recent hire shows county doesn’t use nepotism disclosure form
Beaver County Times: New commission will increase review, public input on state education funding

NEPA
Times Leader: Local unemployment falls below 7%
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board names acting superintendent, approves basis for teachers contract
Times-Tribune: Permanent Scranton fire chief named

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Open house for pipeline re-routing in northern Lancaster County draws a crowd
Harrisburg Patriot News: New Corbett/Wolf poll: Wave of the future or polling aberration?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Tom Wolf’s company and the ‘Delaware loophole’: Governor Race 2014 fact check
Harrisburg Patriot News: New poll shows Gov. Tom Corbett losing to Tom Wolf by narrower margin
Harrisburg Patriot News: Fracking waste* could threaten Pa. drinking water, GAO report says: Tuesday Morning Coffee
Carlisle Sentinel: Local unemployment rate drops below 5 percent for first time in six years
Roxbury News: Mosquitoes capable of carrying West Nile Virus collected on July 23rd in Harrisburg.
AP: Army War College turns over plagiarism investigation to Department of Defense
AP: Feds: Pa. state police fitness tests discriminate against women
York Dispatch: Teplitz, Folmer on new commission for education funding
York Daily Record: Poll says Wolf has single-digit lead over Corbett

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania has saved $732 million in Medicare since 2010, officials say
Reading Eagle: Large road projects in Pottstown area approved
Reading Eagle: Projected pension spike again blows hole in Reading’s budget
Morning Call: Toomey amendment to highway bill fails in Senate
Pennsylvania Ave: Ethics complaint filed against Ron Tomalis, Gov. Tom Corbett’s special higher education adviser
WFMZ: Sen. Toomey wants faster road, bridge repairs after natural disasters
WFMZ: Northampton County exec undeterred by low attendance, budget deficit
AP & WFMZ: Federal government sues Pennsylvania over state police fitness tests
Express Times: Bangor council to hire consultant for manager search, ends interim position

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor critical of fundraising effort
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Drilling fees may go to area water projects
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Vacant seat on borough council filled
Centre Daily Times: Penn State in court over ag trustee challenger Stairs’ lawsuit
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Corbett tries similar campaign tactic the second time

Opinion
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: The Lottery is a winner: Why privatize it?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett is running against Harrisburg. And it just might work: G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young
Harrisburg Patriot News: It’s time to put up or shut up on pensions: Fred Keller
Express Times: EDITORIAL: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection needs to improve its track record on natural gas industry
Post-Gazette: Ryan’s block grants: His new proposal would hurt vulnerable Americans
Times Leader: Resist urge to quickly spend Luzerne County’s capital projects funding
York Dispatch: OP-ED: Why doesn’t Scott Perry answer constituent mail?
KYW Newradio: The Democratic Party is the Party of White Men
Delco Daily Times: GOP doesn’t want to change pension system
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Legislature should ban cash gifts to elected officials

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PA3: Mike Kelly: Everything Basically Terrorism Now
Commonwealth Foundation: Worker Choice Leads to Prosperity
Commonwealth Foundation: Podcast: PA Teachers Talk Pension Reform

July 30th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments