10/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Boyle says Biden will run for President, PA might be trending Republican and we examine the fundraising races in PA-8 and PA-6. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-13: Boyle Says Biden Will Run for President: The Congressman may be the first to break the news.

PPP Poll: Without Biden, PA Swings Red in 2016: At the moment, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders would lose to most leading GOP candidates.

Tom Smith Passes Away: The 2012 Republican nominee for Senate passed away on Saturday.

PA-8: Q3: Naughton vs. Santarsiero Fundraising Breakdown: A look at how Round 3 unfolded.

First Negative Ads Hit the Airwaves in Supreme Court Contests (VIDEOS): A new independent group released attack ads against the three GOP nominees.

PA-6: Q3: Parrish Has a Mountain to Climb: An in-depth look at the latest FEC reports from GOP Congressman Ryan Costello and Democratic opponent Mike Parrish.

PA-Sen: Toomey Talks Immigration in Weekly Republican Address (VIDEO): Senator Toomey discusses a bill that will discourage sanctuary cities.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Gridlocked: Frustrated nonprofits ponder the silent treatment
State House Sound Bites: Kane’s law license suspension takes effect this week
State House Sound Bites: Activist to sue, seeking Kane’s removal
PLSReporter: Some Republicans say use of new basic education funding formula should be reconsidered
PLSReporter: After GOP budget planning meeting, nothing definitive agreed-to and everything still on the table
PLSReporter: Rank-and-file Republicans challenge Gov. Wolf on “agreed-to” budget lines
Capitolwire: House GOP prepares ‘funding lifelines’ package of bills in case budget impasse continues

Philadelphia
CapitolInq: Philly Rep Boyle: Biden’s running
Daily News: Tom Wolf’s paradise lost
Inquirer: CEO of 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia starts piecing it together
The Big Tent: Post debate, Clinton increases national lead
WHYY Newsworks: South Jersey Gas pipeline plan still fueling dispute, despite Pinelands Commission OK
WHYY Newsworks: Political outsider Melissa Bailey says she’d do things differently as Philly mayor
WHYY Newsworks: Stink bombs in Supreme Court race, and Chaka’s broke
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. bill would raise age limit for buying tobacco

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Election 2015: Democrats hope to get support this time around
Pottstown Mercury: Elections: Collegeville, Perkiomen only contests in 5 Perkiomen Valley towns
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania’s House Education Committee backs study of schools’ zero tolerance policies
Pottstown Mercury: Two law and order candidates seek Montco D.A. post

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Ohio Faces Legalization of Marijuana
WESA: Pittsburgh’s FBI Keeping the Nation Safe from Hackers
Pittsburgh Business Times: Will bleak winter weather bring the natural gas industry good news?
Tribune Review: Candidates for 37th District Senate seat will debate Oct. 28
Tribune Review: Close calls spur government to require drone registration
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania human services stretching every cent as budget crisis drags on

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rothfus plans legislation aimed at protecting coal refuse-fired power plants
Beaver County Times: Ohio River’s huge algae bloom a warning for water suppliers

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Crestwood using reserve funds during state budget impasse
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County to receive $5.4 million in pension, firefighter relief funds
Times-Tribune: Regional versus local economy at stake in power plant debate
Times-Tribune: City council, county commissioner candidates debate this week
Standard Speaker: Finances at forefront as Luzerne County Council candidates vie for seats

South Central
Patriot-News: Pa. regulators fail to protect environment during Marcellus Shale boom
Patriot-News: Moody’s lowers credit outlook for Pennsylvania to “negative,” citing budget impasse
Patriot-News: Budget impasse, travel ban halts at least 24 state employee trips
Patriot-News: Did the Erie schools’ brassy request for a $47M advance just help break the #PaBudget impasse?
Patriot-News: Here’s the latest Republican proposal to end the 111-day state budget stalemate for some
Carlisle Sentinel: Greater Carlisle Project meeting set for Tuesday
Carlisle Sentinel: Making Strides brings thousands to City Island

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Morganelli says Bethlehem contractor cheated workers, state
Morning Call: Allentown’s interim police chief Keith Morris sworn in: ‘We are all a team’
Morning Call: PPL gets approval to use drones in power line inspections
Morning Call: Turnpike call boxes going the way of the rotary phone?
Reading Eagle: Reading project helps undocumented immigrant students with education costs
Reading Eagle: Reading church shows support for Black Lives Matter movement

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Commissioners agree to buy van for prisoner transport
Sun-Gazette: City streets slated for construction work
Daily Times: Flags stolen from State College VFW post
Daily Times: Judge denies motions to dismiss Parks Miller lawsuit
Daily Times: PSU art professor works to create scholarship in honor of former student

Opinion
Patriot-News: While we understand frustrations on state travel, it’s still the budget that’s the issue
Patriot-News: Do you live in the greenest city in America? This map will tell you
Reading Eagle: In long run, advanced imaging procedure proves cheaper
Tribune Review: U.N. Watch: State censorship
Post-Gazette: Safeguards for students: Two state bills offer necessary cybersecurity
Altoona Mirror: Safety initiative important
Citizens Voice: Cooperation in drilling should also extend to tax
Daily News: Mark state Board of Education absent
Philly.com: Court can’t force Pa.’s hand on juvenile sentencing
Inquirer: Game over for Democrats
Bucks County Courier Times: Falling into a hole
Times-Tribune: Expand pact to include fair taxation

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Capitol recap: Should Pa. still covet a special economic development designation?
Commonwealth Foundation: Moody’s to Pennsylvania: You’re so negative
Lu-Lac Political Letter: One thing Kane is right about

2 Responses

  1. Where is Joe Sestak’s 3rd Quarter fundraising report? Did it get lost in the mail? Did the dog eat it? Even Politico is wondering what the hold-up might be:

    “With a couple of exceptions – we’re looking at you, Joe Sestak – we know how much every Senate and House candidate raised in the third quarter…”

    http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-score/2015/10/third-quarter-fundraising-winners-and-losers-one-nation-will-back-blunt-on-the-air-210796

  2. South Central/Patriot News link on the series: PA Regulators Fail to Protect Environment–DEP–“Don’t Expect Protection” …..seems to be an impartial look & factual report on the sorry state of so-called “regulation” here in PA.

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