10/24 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Stack tries to have his cake and eat it too, Wagner gets in dispute with WWII veterans and Casey introduces bill to cut off Social Security benefits for former Nazis. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Lt. Gov: Stack May Try to Keep Senate Seat as Lt. Governor: Stack floats the idea of serving as Lieutenant Governor and State Senator.

SD-28: Group Attacks Wagner over Past Comments in New Ad (VIDEO): A group backed by labor is going after Wagner’s labor comments with the help of WWII veterans.

PA-Lt. Gov: Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidates Face-Off in Debate: The candidates for Lt. Gov. met for their first debate.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick, Strouse Compete in Second Debate: The event was held at the Bucks County Community College’s Bristol campus.

PA-Sen: Casey Proposes Bill to End Social Security for Ex-Nazis: PA Senator Robert Casey proposed a bill on Thursday that will end Social Security benefits for former members of the SS.

Pittsburgh Councilman Dan Gilman Selected to Join Nationwide Progressive Group: The Pittsburgh Councilman was one of twelve selected to join, “NewDEAL”, the prestigious group of pro-growth elected officials.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-138: GOP State Rep. Marcia Hahn won the endorsement of the Express-Times editorial board.

“While [Leslie] Altieri’s weaknesses are glaring, this isn’t an endorsement by default, they wrote. “Hahn has a solid record of constituent service. She worked in district offices for state representatives before she was elected in 2010, and she’s easily the more qualified choice here.”

HD-163: Republican nominee Jamie Santora failed to show up for a debate sponsored by the Haverford Township League of Women Voters.

“It’s disappointing whenever a candidate of either party decides not to attend,” said League organizer Kate Deriel. “We always invite all the candidates, and in this case Mr. Santora declined to attend.”

“Campaigns should be about the voters and the issues that matter to them,” stated Democratic nominee Vince Rongione when asked why his opponent failed to show up at the debate. “Santora has tried to make this campaign about personal attack politics, and that is really a shame. The people deserve better. I am here and I am always happy to answer any question about my positions and the people I am fighting for in this campaign. I know people want something different. They want openness and honesty from their government and that is what I plan on giving them if they honor me with their vote on November 4th.”

Statewide
PLSReporter: Pennsylvania “not waiting” on Ebola preparation
PLSReporter: Consumer convenience to lead liquor privatization push next session
StateImpactPA: 2014 Governor’s Race: Face off over the sweet spot on taxing Marcellus Shale
StateImpactPA: Corbett signs bills addressing gas transparency issues
StateImpactPA: Corbett approves bills on stream buffers and carbon plan
PAIndependent: Lawmakers grant NRA standing to sue over local gun laws
PAIndependent: The Tom Wolf income tax plan: Making the rich pay their ‘fair share’
State House Sound Bites: Medicare open enrollment could bring plan changes
State House Sound Bites: Feds end probe into fees paid to Pa. judge’s wife
State House Sound Bites: DA challenges AG’s reasons for dropping case
State House Sound Bites: Senator Bob Casey pushes for drug enforcement funding
State House Sound Bites: Harrisburg mayor calls police suspension “swift” and “decisive”

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: No bids in Philly for $475,000 taxi medallions
WHYY Newsworks: This is awkward: Forgotten daughter roils Delco Senate contest
Philly.com: Eric Frein lookalike: I’ve been stopped repeatedly
Philly.com: PennDOT: Philly will get $3.5 million from red-light camera fines
Philly.com: Police work to rule out Frein link in car theft
Daily News: O’Brien bill seeks to fix cracks at L&I
The Inquirer: Judges, lawyers wearied by Pa. court’s latest scandal
The Inquirer: State elections lay groundwork for control of Congress
The Inquirer: Stack: If elected lieutenant governor, might keep Senate seat

SEPA
Daily Local News: Downingtown solicitor general resigns
Delco Daily Times: Ebola Hysteria: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us
Delco Daily Times: Pennsylvania Governor candidate Tom Wolf to lay out his plan for state
Courier Times: Ex-Philly traffic judge being charged in bribery case
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown man arrested for marijuana
Pottstown Mercury: Top Philly prosecutor critical of PA AG Kane dropping corruption case
Pottstown Mercury: $28M capital plan OK’d by Pottstown Borough Authority for next 5 years
Pottstown Mercury: District Attorney’s Office makes changes after review of Kerns case

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Highmark seeks double-digit increase for more benefits, heavy use
Tribune Review: Frazier’s $22M school construction project moving on schedule
Pittsburgh Business Times: Insurance Department recovers $174M
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett signs bill requiring House, Senate OKs on carbon emissions plan
Post Gazette: Pennsylvania PUC board votes to unseal Lyft trip data
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools reaches settlements with principal and teacher

Southwest
County Times: Corbett wants a second term to “finish what I started”
County Times: New Friendship Ridge owner says $6.7M assessment too high
Altoona Mirror: City Council postpones adoption of CRIZ ordinance
Tribune Democrat: Cambria County awards contracts for stairway work, other improvements

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Over $3M in loans secured for water upgrades
Times Tribune: Sen. Casey seeks help for small businesses in manhunt zone

South Central
Sentinel: Facilitator chosen for discussions between library system, commissioners
Daily News: Scott Wagner’s ‘Hitler’ comment draws fire from labor leaders who are World War II veterans
Daily Record: State creates website review academic standards
Dispatch: York-area hospitals keep up-to-date on Ebola protocol
Patriot-News: Cumberland County candidates field questions on immigration, gay marriage, unions
Patriot-News: Northern York prepares for possibility of Washington Township joining the district
Patriot-News: Casey, Schumer seek to bar suspected Nazis from collecting Social Security payments
Patriot-News: Brighter future? Harrisburg gets grant to convert lights to LED
Roxbury: Scott Perry, Linda Thompson Debate

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown mayor wants gun law repealed to avoid lawsuit
WFMZ: Pennsylvania lawmakers hold hearing on Ebola preparedness
Eagle: Berks County Commissioners target blighted properties
Eagle: Reading School District’s alternative education problems persist
Eagle: The growing problem of tax fraud in Berks County and across Pennsylvania
Express-Times: Lehigh County commissioners approve budget with ‘Happy Meal tax cut’; executive mulling veto
Express-Times: Eric Frein manhunt prompts call for businesses to report associated losses
Express-Times: Washington council frowns on splitting cost to fix paving project with school district

North by Northwest
Daily Times: State College receives grant for high school project
Sun Gazette: Hike OK’d for certain water, sewer customers
Times News: Proposed $26 million public safety radio system looms large in county budget proposal
Times News: Wolf running mate to campaign in Erie
WICU: New State Law Supports Crime Victims

Opinion
Post Gazette: The GOP is holding back economic progress
Observer Reporter: Brooks should know better about campaign finance
Times Tribune: McCaffery should resign
Sentinel: Our View: Select appellate judges by merit
Patriot-News: Just like the city, Harrisburg’s city schools are finding their way back: Gene G. Veno
Pottstown Mercury: School construction comes at surprising cost
Courier Times: Beware candidates unwilling to embrace needed change
Courier Times: The barbarity will continue
Daily News: Another stupid PA law
The Inquirer: It’s still the economy
Philly.com: Phila. teachers must do their part to cut deficit
Daily News: Letters: Coming down hard on Castille

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: “The state’s decision in 2011 to stop reimbursing the School District for a portion of Charter School tuition has cost the District at least $100 million a year.”
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Tom Corbett Kept All His Promises and Now PA is Dead Last in Job Growth
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Corbett Spreading the Grift Around Ahead of Epic Electoral Flame-out
Keystone Politics: Why you have to vote in the midterms

2 Responses

  1. IF TOM WOLF MADE HR DECISIONS LIKE THE FAILED TOM CORBETT, HE WOULD NAME FRESH START POLITICAL OPERATIVE EXTRAORDINAIRE MIKE MIKUS AS HIS PA HEALTH CZAR!

  2. CORBETT HEALTH CZAR WAS A GREAT PAGOP POLITICAL DIRECTOR BUT IS HE FIT TO BE PA’S HEALTH CZAR? WHY DO BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AND TOM CORBETT ENTRUST PUBLIC HEALTH TO POLITICAL HACKS?

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