9/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The National Journal writes off Corbett, Rendell says New York is the favorite to grab the 2016 DNC and we ask our readers whether they’ve already made up their minds about who to vote for. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: National Journal Calls Race “Near-Automatic Pickup” for Dems: The magazine described the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election as part of its preview of the national landscape.

Gov. Rendell Calls New York the Favorite to Host the 2016 DNC: The former Governor feels the Big Apple’s financial edge gives them the advantage.

Reader Poll: Is Your Mind Already Made Up?: We ask our readers if they’ve chosen their candidates before the fall election season has even begun.

Reader Poll: Republicans Will Hold State Senate: Our readers believe the GOP will hold the upper chamber of the legislature.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania DEP revamps effort to map abandoned oil and gas wells
StateImpactPA: Report: Drilling waste records don’t add up
PA Independent: In Pennsylvania, buying beer out of state makes you a bootlegger
State House Sound Bites: PA Senate candidate calls for drilling extraction tax
State House Sound Bites: PA’s Medicaid enrollees could see benefit cuts
AP: Redistricting bolsters GOP chances of keeping power in Harrisburg

Philadelphia
Phillynow.com: These locals are writing fat political checks after supreme court tosses limits
Phillynow.com: Confirmed: SEPTA to change name of Market-East to Jefferson Station
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia prepares its own for emergencies so they can help others
WHYY Newsworks: PGW sale still on the back burner
WHYY Newsworks: Taking stock of Pa. pension fund rate of return
PhillyClout: Fattah refuses to say if he played a role in $1 million dollar campaign loan
Philly.com: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah gets pass from Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC

SEPA
Daily Local News: Limerick nuke plant now closer to re-licensing
Daily Local News: West Goshen amends code as part of Sunoco fight
Bucks County Courier Times: Pleas for sidewalks raises hackles at Tullytown council meeting
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township approves municipal building improvements

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: East Allegheny teachers strike
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wolf has double-digit lead against Corbett in RMU poll
KDKA: Mayor, Public Safety Director Name Next Pittsburgh Police Chief
WTAE: Pittsburgh taps new police chief post-scandal
Tribune-Review: Regulators release details of Highmark’s post UPMC transition plan
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh police force’s diversity worsens since discrimination lawsuit
Tribune-Review: Parking Authority settles suit over kiosks

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Hilcorp withdraws well spacing application
The Tribune-Democrat: Dominion, Duke to build $5B natural gas pipeline
Observer-Reporter: Study to look at financial impact of gas boom
Observer-Reporter: Little common ground between Gov. Corbett, opponent Wolf

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Armored vehicles and semi-auto rifles; local police defend their gear
Times Leader: Training key to sharpening skills to reduce joblessness in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Times Leader: Goodbye 109th?  Not likely, general says
Times Leader: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey talks ISIS, flood aid, Sherman Hills in Times Leader Interview

South Central
The Sentinel: Sen. Toomey meets with local Carlisle officials to discuss economic recovery, Alzheimer’s disease research and veterans’ support
Patriot News: Harrisburg searches for new treasurer following John Campbell’s resignation
Patriot News: Cumberland County officials at a loss with emergency management director’s sudden departure
Patriot News: First Lady Susan Corbett promotes technology-driven dropout prevention imitative “Opening Doors” at local Cumberland high school
Patriot News: State Rep. John Taylor (R) wants to “stop making criminals out of…law-abiding Pennsylvanians;” proposes new liquor reform laws
York Daily Record: As governor’s race heats up, attack ads argue over which candidate best supports schools
York Daily Record: Justice Sonya Sotomayor to receive Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr college
York Dispatch: Springettsbury Township board of supervisors hires first female manager

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Summer’s end calls legislators back to Harrisburg to make key healthcare decisions
Morning Call: Pennsylvania prison officials address cutbacks and risk of botched lethal injections
Morning Call: Supreme Court tosses out 2.5 million dollar PPL settlement in latest appeal
Reading Eagle: State Rep. Mark Rozzi draws on personal experience for sexual abuse law reform
Reading Eagle: Berks County Election Services Manager advocates for Spanish-speaking voters
Express Times: Belvidere County to get new chief of police

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: States that rejected 2010 Medicaid expansion set to lose billions in aid
Erie Times News: Mail Handlers Union endorses democrat for Congress, Dan Lavallee

Opinion
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Prevalence of attack ads increases with upcoming midterm and 2016 presidential elections
The Sentinel: EDITORIAL: Silver Spring Township considers moving voting locales to allow better “separation of church and state.”
Morning Call: EDITORIAL: Is a civics test the solution to uninformed voters?
Williamsport Sun Gazette: EDITORIAL: PA’s transition to a right-to-work state needed
Centre Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Tom Wolf a “wolf in sheep’s clothing;” unfit for PA governor
Tribune-Review: Harrisburg escapades: Come clean
Post-Gazette: Policing the parks: Fitzgerald has a smart plan to begin using rangers
Post-Gazette: Waiting for water: DEP and drillers must respond more quickly
Philly.com: To fix disctricts’ finaces, address penions, choice
Philly.com: Charters still an issue
Philadelphia Daily News: Treat Them Like Dragons: Our kid’s public schooling would be so much better if we did
Delco Daily Times: Chris Freind: Natural gas extraction tax is bad policy

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PHL2015: Alan Butkovitz is Super Vulnerable as 54th Ward Leader
Pittston Politics: The inside baseball with Donovan case at PA
Citizens’ Call: Labor Day Fire at Coventry House Apts. in Melrose Park

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