8/21 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Roll Call ignores PA-8, the GOP file a complaint against Wolf and the Trivedi campaign accuses Costello of wrong-doing. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Roll Call Excludes PA From Top Five List of Mid-Atlantic Races to Watch: Roll Call released its second list of the top 5 races to watch in the Mid-Atlantic region today, and this time excluded the PA-8 race that it had mentioned back in July 2013.

PA-Gov: GOP Leaders File Election Complaint Against Tom Wolf: The PA Republican Party claims that Wolf’s PACs are not following Pennsylvania campaign election laws.

PA-6: Trivedi Campaign Accuses Costello of Donor Payouts: The Trivedi campaign today accused opponent Ryan Costello of awarding large contracts to donors to his congressional campaign.

Legislative Election Update:

HD-163: Democratic nominee Vince Rongione won the endorsement of the AFSCME District Council 88 today. “This isn’t about politics. Vince has deep roots in the district and the experience to represent our workers well in the State House,” said Tom Tosti, Director of AFSCME District Council 88. “It’s a real honor to have the support of such an important union and a cornerstone of the middle class in Delaware County,” Rongione responded. “It means a lot that they support Rep. Micozzie and now have selected me as the best choice to represent the district and their thousands of members.”

Statewide
Capitolwire: Hold-harmless provision an early point of contention for Basic Education Funding Commission
Capitolwire: No bipartisan investigation into DOH complaint process planned, so far
Capitolwire: AG’s office argues for jury trial in Turnpike corruption case
PLS Reporter: A look back with Rep. Jerry Stern

Philadelphia
PhillyNow: Philly Police to experiment with body camera program, but will it protect your rights?
KYW Newsradio: Across Pennsylvania, A Push For Universal Pre-Kindergarten
WHYY NewsWorks: OARC may be target of FBI probe
WHYY NewsWorks: Pressing for tougher gun law in Philadelphia
WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. unemployment ticks up a bit, still down over past year [graphs]
The Inquirer: U.S. court lifts ban on campaign donations by Phila. police officers
The Inquirer: Defense lawyers in building collapse case seek Nutter testimony

SEPA
The Intelligencer: Kane: Collaboration needed to combat child predators
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford School Board discusses eliminating per capita taxes
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett: I kept no-new tax pledge ‘the best I can’
Bucks County Courier Times: County commissioners read to kids, advocate early childhood education
Bucks County Courier Times: Eating disorders subject of public hearing in Newtown

Pittsburgh
WTAE: UPS says 51 retail stores breached by malware, Pennsylvania included
Pittsburgh Business Times: Proposed regulations could have companies paying more for emissions
Tribune-Review: Connellsville’s blighted property ordinance overcomes first hurdle
Tribune-Review: South Fayette seeks movement on development of former Star City Cinema property
Tribune Review: GOP: Wolf ‘Fresh Start’ campaign violates Pennsylvania law
KDKA: Ferguson Unrest Felt Locally At East Liberty Rally
Post Gazette: Test scores show some improvement in Pittsburgh Public Schools
Early Returns: PA GOP clings to links between Wolf, Obama
Early Returns: Council is all wet
Early Returns: Ice bucket brigade grows
City Paper: Point of Law: Do ‘safe passing’ regulations really make it safer for cyclists if they’re not enforced?

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Two townships working to aid handicapped voters
Altoona Mirror: County expected to add farmland into program
Altoona Mirror: Veterans encouraged to discuss mental health
Beaver County Times: County considers $21,000 plan to decide where to place courthouse signs
Beaver County Times: County pension fund drops $5.8M
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Will Conemaugh’s properties bring tax windfall?
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Common Core standard draws criticism
Observer-Reporter: Ex-Washington County employee files whistleblower suit
AP: Supporters rally for Pittsburgh man shot by police

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill County to sell nursing home
Standard Speaker: Stevens not ruling out court run
The Times Leader: Pennsylvania American Water announces $1.6 million county upgrade
The Times Leader: Barletta wants FEMA policy revised in favor of gas development
Citizens Voice: W-B housing development a step closer to reality
Citizens Voice: County seeks to garnish CityVest parking revenue
Pocono Record: Settlement reached for 701 Main St. building
Pocono Record: Coolbaugh wants more information from police commission
Pocono Record: Lamar Thomas loses spot on Nov. ballot
Pocono Record: Gas co.’s proposed change hits resistance
News Item: PPL to dump fly ash in Locust Summit
Times-Tribune: FEMA halts flood assistance for properties with gas leases
Times-Tribune: Dunmore School Board pulls PB&J policy from agenda
Times-Tribune: Pittston City approves loans for streetscape project, library expansion

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Shippensburg council hears plans for gas line to Volvo
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania school funding commission tackles income v. property; cost centers; and aid floors at first meeting: Four takeaways
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Community Health Systems settles lawsuits elsewhere, but local whistleblower suit still active

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Federal appeals court lifts ban on campaign donations by Philly cops
Morning Call: Strike vote on hold: Contract negotiations to resume in Saucon Valley
AP: Gov. Corbett: I kept no-new tax pledge the ‘best I can’
WFMZ: D.A.: Office seized more than $100,000 in drugs last year

North by Northwest
Onward State: Former State College Psychologist Charged With Assaulting Patients
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners to vote Thursday on measure to remedy collapsing area in Watson Township

Opinion
News Item: State prison’s positives not always noticed
Times-Tribune: Zoning won’t stop drillers
Post Gazette: Price hike ill-advised: The solution to a costlier LCB is private stores
Post Gazette: Armed to the hilt: Military hardware should get only rare police use
Post Gazette: Solitary error: The state pays for the mistreatment of an inmate
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett should be glad he’s not governor in a state like Texas
York Dispatch: WellSpan’s slippery slope
Bucks County Courier Times: A sorry tale of 2 school districts
Pottstown Mercury: Time running out for Pa. property tax reform
Altoona Mirror: Evaluate salaries carefully
Citizens Voice: Get ahead of power line

Blogs
Above Average Jane: 2014 Candidates’ Comedy Night
Keystone State Education Coalition: PDK-Gallup: majority of public oppose Common Core; have more trust in their local school board than federal govt.
2 Political Junkies: Still, no actual science here

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