10/2 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We recap the second gubernatorial debate, accusations are thrown around in PA-8 and Corbett’s jobs website proves quite embarrassing. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: The Second Gubernatorial Debate: An in-depth look at the second gubernatorial debate between incumbent Tom Corbett and challenger Tom Wolf.

PA-Gov: Corbett’s Jobs Website Contains Embarrassing Posts: The website, frequently mentioned by the Governor during today’s debate, contains a number of racy avenues for employment.

PA-8: Strouse Accuses Fitzpatrick of Avoiding Public Forum: Republican congressman Michael Fitzpatrick’s campaign is being accused by his opponent of lying about having “too little notice” to attend a candidates’ town hall forum in Bucks County.

PA-6: House Majority PAC Pulls Out: The PAC, headed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is cancelling their plans to run TV ads for Democratic nominee Manan Trivedi.

PA-157 & PA-165: Moskowitz and Hadley Release New Ads: Candidates for the State House of Representatives Marian Moskowitz and Chuck Hadley released new ads targeting job creation and natural gas taxes.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Budget acumen front and center in second Corbett-Wolf debate
State House Sound Bites: Pennsylvania bans hunting in manhunt search area
State House Sound Bites: Sparks fly at 2nd Corbett, Wolf campaign debate
State House Sound Bites: Porn emails case emerges in gubernatorial debate
State House Sound Bites: GOP expands voter registration edge in midstate
PLSReporter: Prescription drug monitoring legislation leaves long road behind it

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Corbett, Wolf tussle over education, state spending
Inquirer: Fitch downgrades Phila. School District’s ‘underlying’ bond rating to BB-
Inquirer: Philly relaxes penalties for marijuana possession
Inquirer: Kane to share explicit e-mails with Corbett
Daily News: Corbett pushes state job web site listing racy jobs
Inquirer: Toomey: Mumia commencement invite ‘despicable’
Daily News: From Mumia to Christie, unfamiliarity breeds un-contempt
Daily News: Corbett’s Pa.: Leaders from other states come here to see how bad it smells
Phillynow.com: $2-per-pack cigarette tax takes effect today
Phillynow.com: Nutter may sign marijuana bill today — here’s what to expect

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Trooper killed in training from Pottstown
Courier Times: Philly relaxes penalties for marijuana possession
Courier Times: Pennsylvania lawmakers, community groups join to fight human trafficking
Delco Daily Times: Philly oks small amounts of pot
Delco Daily Times: Sparks fly in 2nd debate

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Highmark offerings for 2015 use tiers, cost reductions
Post-Gazette: Corbett praises state jobs website, but postings include some ‘bad apples’
Post-Gazette: Allegheny Regional Asset District eyes largest-ever budget
Post-Gazette: Corbett, Wolf debate budget, school funding
Tribune Review: Consol Energy cutting retiree health benefits, phasing out pension
Tribune Review: Lawmaker warns restaurant inspection grades would violate state law
Tribune Review: Big money flows into Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign
Business Times: Sierra Club to ask FERC to reconsider Cove Point decision
Business Times: DEP was unprepared for natural gas industry’s quick growth, auditor general testifies
City Paper: Schoolyard Fight: Corbett, Wolf spar over the governor’s history of education funding
City Paper: On the Record with state Sen. Jim Ferlo: Longtime legislator opens up about coming out

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Report: Charter schools have lost $30 million since 1997
Beaver County Times: Bid opening nears for potential $12.5M Ambridge-area sewer project
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners borrow $10.5M for expenses
Observer Reporter: Chartiers-Houston to be reimbursed for renovation project

NEPA
Pocono Record: Northampton Community College to get $10 million for vocational education
Times-Tribune: Scranton weighs options in wake of commuter tax death
The Times Leader:  Senators ask how to address fracking-related health issues
Citizens Voice: Study: More gas wells in area leads to more hospitalizations

South Central
Sentinel: Cumberland County projects funding deficit in 2015
Daily News: 102nd House candidate to hold town hall meeting at LVC
Daily News: Lebanon School District receives $1.2 million grant
Intelligencer: Largest sources of greenhouse gases in Lancaster County listed
Dispatch: House bill would ease York County’s license penalty snafu
Dispatch: York County officials praise law that will let police give antidote to overdoses
Patriot-News: On working with Legislature; Marcellus Shale differences, and isolated agreement: Corbett / Wolf debate wrap-up
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania brought in more tax revenue overall for September, but some funds are below estimate

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: For Eric Frein search, state expands no-hunt area to Delaware State Forest
Morning Call: Corbett-Wolf debates get spirited and heated
WFMZ: Allentown Police to receive grant
Reading Eagle: Corbett, Wolf spar in second debate
Express-Times: Pennsylvania State Police troopers hunt in area of Eric Frein search, official and broadcasts say
Express-Times: Easton commuter tax hike proposed for 2015

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners OK more upgrades for 911 system
Erie Times News: Dahlkemper proposes tax increase for 2015 county budget
Erie Times News: Corbett, Wolf claim victories
WICU: Dan LaVallee, Supporters Rally Outside Rep. Kelly’s Erie Office

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Pennsylvania won’t approve cannabis measure this year
Patriot-News: Hey Congressman. Want to keep your job? Listen to the voters and invest in transportation: Peter Varga
Phillynow.com: The Republican porn scandal isn’t just gross, it’s really dumb
Philly.com: Philadelphia can gentrify while protecting residents
Daily News: Corbett & Wolf vs. the Legislature
Pottstown Mercury: OP-ED: Healthy Pennsylvania a step in right direction
Courier Times: Here we go again
Post-Gazette: AG Kane is taking strong action on porn emails
Tribune Review: The Wilson Center deal: No more public money
Beaver County Times: Why did Marshall vote against bill?

Blogs
Bals Blog: Philosophical differences
Keystone State Education Coalition: School Leaders Launch State-Wide Campaign for Fair Funding
Pittsburgh City Paper: Picking the new Pennsylvania governor and other important decisions in a young girl’s life

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