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10/16 Morning Buzz

PA-Governor-Mansion2It’s that time of the year again. Third quarter fiscal reports are in. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Q3: Margolies Leads the Pack: Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies raised more than any of her three opponents in PA-13, but she spent more, too.

Q3: Rothfus Has a Humongous Quarter: Rothfus raised $381,482.66 in the past quarter for his reelection campaign in PA-12.

Reader Poll: Who Should Dems Nominate for Senate in 2016?: Who you think the Democratic party should nominate to take on Senator Pat Toomey in 2016?

Reader Poll: Nobody’s Going Anywhere: The latest poll shows that most PoliticsPA readers think no congressional seats will change hands in 2014.

PA-Gov Endorsements: Unions, Politicians, and a Heavyweight Champ: The gubernatorial campaigns of Rob McCord, Tom Wolf and Ed Pawlowski all announced endorsements this week.

Q3: Boyle Brings In $150K For PA-13: The state representative raised just over $150,000 and has about $308,000 cash on hand after the third fiscal quarter.

Litz Crosses the Finish Line in Pittsburgh: The Democratic candidate for governor completed a three-month sweep of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in Allegheny County on Monday.

Q3: Arkoosh Raises $228K in PA-13: One of four Democratic candidate to replace Allyson Schwartz in Congress raised slightly less than she did last quarter and has over $588K on hand.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers assess heroin use in Pa.
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: It’s not only beer, potato farmers in PA seeking package reform, too
State Impact: Supreme Court takes up challenge to Obama administration’s carbon limits
State Impact: New Hanger ad features ‘Gasland’ residents
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: New book, ‘The Quiet Don,’ has too many early, obvious factual errors

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Boy Scouts evicted from Aldan church for allowing gays
Inquirer: Harrisburg group to target GOP over government shutdown
Inquirer: Phila. election information goes online
Inquirer: Parents seek communication with SRC
Inquirer: Protesters call for end to shutdown
PhillyClout: Former Rep. Marjorie Margolies wins latest PA-13 fundraising cycle
AP: Feds: Independence Visitors Center can’t reopen

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick defends vote giving GOP control of shutdown
Montgomery Media: Springfield Township School Board candidates face off in general election November 5

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Pittsburgh audit looks at off-duty police program
KDKA: Senators Casey, Toomey Frustrated By Stalemate
WPXI: Pa. judge delays Melvin probation violation ruling
WPXI: Former Pittsburgh Mayor Sophie Masloff, 95, falls in shower
WPXI: No debating it: Pittsburgh Dem only one to show up
Urban Media Today: Mayor Ravenstahl Announces Halloween Trick-Or-Treat Hours, Encourages Safety
Urban Media Today: Thousands of Youth Vote Activists to Rally At Power Shift 2013 In Pittsburgh To Demand President Obama Take a Stand Against Fracking and Secure His Climate Legacy
Early Returns: Murphy: $550K in cash
Early Returns: The street sweeper returns
Early Returns: The first/second debate
Tribune-Review: Judge: Joan Orie Melvin is ‘cherry picking’ her sentence requirements
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania one step closer to raising judicial retirement age to 75
Tribune-Review: Organizers defend pricey conference for Pennsylvania school board members

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Amtrak’s ridership increasing
KDKA: Fayette Co. Commissioners Vote In Favor Of Building New Prison
WTAJ: Local Lawmakers React to Looming Debt Ceiling
WTAJ: Military Recruitment During the Shutdown
WTAJ: Prison Workers Shutdown Concerns
Daily American: New club shows students the mechanics of state government
AP: Pa. House adds to penalties for hiding child death
AP: Corbett gets bill to broaden Pa. kids’ health care

NEPA
Times Leader: County might see tax hike, more layoffs
Times Leader: Casey, Barletta warn of default fallout
Times-Tribune: Long time coming: Scranton publishes long list of unpaid trash-fee bills
Times-Tribune: Application filed for Marcellus Shale pipeline expansion
Times-Tribune: Commissioner form of government defended
Citizens’ Voice: Senate faces ‘triple-dip’ vote
Citizens’ Voice: County manager proposes 8 percent tax hike; ‘sweeping layoffs’ possible
Standard Speaker: Lawmaker wants to postpone addition of new Keystone Exams
Pike County Courier: Pa. citizens group targets gas drilling pollution
Pike County Courier: Pa. focuses on social services, not federal parks
Times News: Your name could be in drug database
Times News: ‘Everybody’s got bills to pay’
WNEP: Proposed Budgets Unveiled In Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties
WNEP: Scranton Rallies to End Shutdown Standoff

South Central
Patriot-News: Sen. Jake Corman barred from battling NCAA’s federal lawsuit against law to keep Penn State fines in Pa.
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania House passes children’s insurance extension; bill heads to Gov. Tom Corbett for enactment
Patriot-News: Harrisburg business and community leaders want ideas for city’s growth, future
Patriot-News: Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick’s reality TV show ‘Graham of Evidence’ starts filming
Lancaster Intelligencer: County commissioners expected OK tax incentive to lure Nordstrom to West Donegal
Lancaster Intelligencer: Redevelopment Authority OKs ‘bridge loan’ for Lancaster Press condominiums

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: NYTimes: Representative Charlie “Debt”
Morning Call: Property tax reform a mixed bag for Pa. schools, businesses
Morning Call: Number, rate of uninsured increases in state
Reading Eagle: City Council moves on plan to fix aging sewer system
Reading Eagle: Reading Airport approves $1.8 million budget
Express Times: Readington Township polling places changing for Wednesday’s special election
Express Times: Allentown School Board election draws three incumbents, two challengers
Express Times: Macungie mayoral candidates vie for seat in controversial predecessor’s wake

North by Northwest
Go Erie: Candidates to address gathering tonight in Erie
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council won’t pay bill for inspections
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Water-sewer rates to go up — but not taxes — in Wellsboro

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Rudiak and Gilman: Two Pittsburgh city council pros deserve the voters’ support
Daily American: Difficulty keeping up
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: A measure of transit’s worth
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Panel gets earful on the outdated prevailing wage law
Patriot-News: Corbett administration not eager to issue global warming reports required by state law: Editorial
Times Leader: Foster safe area for LGBT people
Times-Tribune: Lesson plan at state schools
News Item: Approach of new leader welcome for state universities

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Liberal or not, Julian Stolz is gross
Keystone Politics: How to Dramatically increase mobility in Philadelphia for free*
Lu Lac Political Letter: It’s Campaign Time
John Hanger: New Pew Poll Finds Key to default madness: 52% of Tea Party supporters say debt limit should not be raised
John Hanger: Is right wing ideological bubble breaking?
John Hanger: 4 Reasons why coal’s rebound will end and its decline will resume

One Response

  1. My researchers asked me today how can anyone do business with the near lame duck Corbett/Brabender administration. Several suggestions were offered: 1. Ask Jeff Romoff at UPMC if you can borrow his Buchanan Ingersoll lobbyists, Strazzella and Costa, just like UPMC lent them to the Corbett administration. 2. Retain Brabender Cox through Brian Nutt to run some ads or better yet give strategic political advice. 3. Make a 7 figure donation to the Corbett cause. If you are the shy type, you can “launder” your donation through the RGA. I am not sure how much is necessary to get a return call from Tom, Leslie or our Prince of Darkness. 4. Make a multi-millionaire donation to the Corbett library. It’s a 501c3 after all.

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