8/28 Morning Buzz

PA state flagRob McCord is making moves toward his official Guv announcement, and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

McCord Unsubtly Positions for Guv Announcement: Rob McCord has been running for Governor for years. But the state Treasurer is finally nearing the day when he pulls the trigger and makes his candidacy official.

Hanger Hires Political Director: John Hanger’s gubernatorial campaign has brought on political veteran Roger Cohen.

Reader Poll: Who Will Win the Race for PA Superior Court? The contest pits Democrat Jack McVay Jr. against Republican Vic Stabile.

Reader Poll: Transportation is Corbett’s Best Bet This Fall: Of Gov. Tom Corbett’s big three agenda items, PoliticsPA readers believe transportation funding has the best shot of passing the legislature this Fall.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: DEP Attempted To Suppress Controversial Study That Criticized Shale Gas
StateImpactPA: Shell Goes Out To Bid For Ethane, Next Step Toward Proposed Cracker Plant
StateImpactPA: Environmental Quality Board Approves New Draft Regulations For Drilling
Capitolwire: Yuengling goes to bat for beer distributors, Gov. Corbett
PA Independent: Court ruling puts more pressure on lawmakers to change PA’s open records law

Philadelphia
Inquirer: New Pa. education secretary has her own troubles
Inquirer: New Hope mayor taking heat for same-sex marriage stand
Inquirer: Corbett’s people hit back on education spending
Inquirer: After 100-plus years, Dems catch GOP in Delco
Daily News: Nutter bristles at teachers’ union’s ad campaign
Daily News: 2 school plans, 2 gambles

SEPA
Phillyburbs: New Hope’s mayor declines to marry gay couple
Phillyburbs: Bucks, Montgomery counties warn of records ‘scam’
Phillyburbs: Aria Health opens clinic at Levittown Giant
Montgomery Media: State calls Montgomery County’s actions concerning same-sex marriage ‘legal chaos’
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County to spray areas in Upper Moreland to combat West Nile virus

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh-area unemployment rate declined slightly in July
Post Gazette: Consol details plans for drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport
Post Gazette: Allegheny County urged to hire more black employees
Tribune Review: Corbett, Consol say Shell making ‘positive’ progress toward building proposed cracker plant
WPXI: Local schools add security features
WTAE: Consol unveils plan for gas drilling at Pittsburgh International Airport
CBS: Officials Say Airpo

Southwest
AP: Pa. board drafts new gas drilling rules.
Beaver County Times: Second man sentenced for robbing state Rep. Gibbons.
Beaver County Times: County receives partial grant to help homeless vets.

NEPA
Citizen’s Voice: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton unemployment dips slightly in July.
Citizen’s Voice: County to trim elections bureau.
Citizen’s Voice: Second shake-up at education department.
Citizen’s Voice: Man appeals life sentence based on U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
AP: Lawmakers to Obama: Syria strikes need our OK.
News Item: The News-Item is for sale.
News Item: Barletta to hold town hall meeting.
Standard Speaker: County council names temporary controller.
Standard Speaker: Gas drilling firm offers to pay for school course.
Times Leader: Toomey: ‘Obamacare’ stifles innovation.
Times-Tribune: Toomey touts gas industry, pledges Obamacare repeal.
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board seat to appear on ballot.

South Central
Patriot-News: If Lynch plan works, Harrisburg would no longer be per-capita debt capital of Pennsylvania
Patriot-News: There is no right to hunt in Pa., Game Commission claims in battling suit over Sunday hunting ban
Patriot-News: Departure of former CV Superintendent Harner appears lawful, attorneys say
Patriot-News: New video from foul-mouthed police Chief Mark Kessler has group claiming he targets borough council
Lancaster Intelligencer: Harrisburg incinerator sale raises environmental concerns

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Unemployment in Reading, Berks County falls.
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley Syrians divided over Assad, united against U.S. military role.
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett’s latest pick for education chief had Allentown role, didn’t disclose income.
Morning Call: Allentown ballot question prompted by Delta Thermo struck down.
Morning Call: Easton wants to take Centre Square, Northampton St. from state.
WFMZ: Local Syrians react to possible US military action, plan protest.
Express Times: Lehigh Valley residents push for citizenship for young immigrants.
Express Times: Allentown protest rallies against U.S. involvement in Syrian civil war.

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Toomey on the road
Sun Gazette: Council discusses future of city’s swimming pools
Centre Daily: State College school board reviews new education model to go with high school project
Centre Daily: Bellefonte Industrial Development Authority won’t reveal Garman Theatre decision
Erie Times-News: Revamped Erie neighborhood watch board holds meeting
Erie Times-News: Former head of jobs agency could stay on Destination Erie
Erie Times-News: Crawford County town getting a new look

Opinions
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: The economy won’t improve until wages do
Daily News: DN Editorial: A ‘D’ in civics
Express Times: Letters to the Editor: Where is the public outrage in the Obama years?
Express Times: Letters to the Editor: Congress must fix Voting Rights Act.
Times-Tribune: State inaction contributes to indictment.

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: One Marshmallow Now or Taxpayer Relief Later?
Keystone Politics: Federal Cuts to Food Assistance to Increase Hunger in PA Even As Farmers Markets Access Expands
Keystone Politics: PA Sues Montco Over LGBT Marriage Licenses, Mayors Marry Couples with Licenses
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Rob McCord Inches Closer to Diving In
Keystone Politics: Interview: How Brad Koplinski Plans to Save Distressed Local Governments as Lieutenant Governor

August 28th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments