10/26 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The State Senate prepares to remove Kane, judicial candidates hit the airwaves and we take a deep dive into McGinty’s FEC report. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

10/23 Ups & Downs: Fundraising, endorsements and campaign commercials. See who made this week’s list!

BREAKING: State Senate to Consider Whether to Remove Kane: The upper chamber is creating a committee to explore options for removing the Attorney General.

EXCLUSIVE: Wojcik Releases First TV Ad (VIDEO): The Commonwealth Court candidate is airing his first TV commercial next week.

PA-Sen: Q3: McGinty Draws Support from Across the Nation: The former Chief of Staff to Governor Wolf pulled in money from 21 states, and of course, D.C.

PA Congressional Republicans React to Pres. Obama’s NDAA Veto: We compile the reactions from the commonwealth’s Republican Congressmen to the fifth veto of President Obama’s tenure.

Giordano and Lalley Release TV Ads (VIDEOS): The GOP nominees for Superior and Commonwealth Court launched their television commercials.

Endorsement Round-Up: Judicial Races: We cover the various endorsements made this week in the commonwealth’s judicial elections.

Sunday Show Preview: October 25, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Activist cites “direct removal” in attempt to oust Kane from office
StateImpactPA: SEPTA proposes natural gas to power commuter rail
PLSReporter: State Senate formed committee on Kane’s removal proceedings
Capitolwire: Kane releases more ‘offensive’ emails
Capitolwire: Senate, weighing into legal gray area, to initiate possible action against Kane

Philadelphia
Inquirer: L&I failed to meet new inspection guidelines
Inquirer: New marijuana laws have arrest numbers declining
Inquirer: Philadelphia International Cycling Classic was paid for by tax dollars
Philly.com: The candidates on what they would accomplish as mayor
Heard in the Hall: Kenney still increasing campaign funds
Daily News: Kane scandal still getting uglier
Daily News:  Accountability issues with American politicians

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times:  Sen. Casey opts for reinstatement of loan program
Bucks County Courier Times:  Parent Plus college loans threatening retirement security
Delco Daily Times:  Local politicians hosted by Main Line Chamber of Commerce
Delco Daily Times:  Potential juror scam in Delaware County

Pittsburgh

Early Returns: Jeb! 2016: Payroll cuts! Layoffs!
Tribune Review: Republicans post gains in aging Westmoreland County
Tribune Review: Senate race’s finances at $1.4M for Jefferson Hills, Mt. Lebanon candidates
Tribune Review: State police battle shortfall as demand for troopers swell
Pittsburgh Business Times: Senate to look into removing Kane as Attorney General
Pittsburgh Business Times: UPMC Health Plan rolls out wellness 2.0
Pittsburgh Business Times: Another one bites the dust: Lincoln Chafee ends his presidential campaign
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayor to meet with GOP leaders in Harrisburg on ICA dispute
Post-Gazette: 2015 general election race previews
Post-Gazette: Washington County voters have new choices for commissioners
Post-Gazette: Four candidates seek three Westmoreland County judge posts

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Cambria approves $11.6M loan
Altoona Mirror: Township planning to split $147K in block grant funds
Beaver County Times: State Rep. Christiana TV ad calls out “Joe Spanik and the political machine”
Beaver County Times: Right to Know bill restricts inmates, exempts public employees’ home addresses
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: AAUW branch hosts candidate forum
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wozniak bill targets nepotism, political hiring
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset County commissioner candidates calling for job growth
Observer-Reporter: Jobs, infrastructure top issues in Greene County commissioner race

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Leighton, Brown mull write-in campaigns
Citizens Voice: 10 candidates vying for 5 Wyoming Area board seats
Citizens Voice: Budget, hiring processes on Pittston Area school board candidates’ minds
News Item: Breakfast briefing
Standard Speaker: Crime, blight, streets get candidates’ attention
Times Leader: Social media campaign urges Leighton to run for Wilkes-Barre mayor again
Times Leader: Law and order key to city’s turnaround for Wilkes-Barre mayoral candidate Tony George
Times-Tribune: Commish candidates explain top priorities
Times-Tribune: Jefferson Twp. supervisor candidates like-minded
Times-Tribune: Moscow council candidate stress business development

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Investigation: Harrisburg tax dollars spent on meals, antiques under Reed
Carlisle Sentinel: Audit finds problems in Harrisburg schools
Lancaster Intelligencer: Williams cited for 10 earth disturbance violations for Rock Springs gas pipeline work
Lancaster Intelligencer: Get to know the candidates for state Supreme Court
York Dispatch: Democrat enters city schools race to oppose Libertarian
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Senate to launch removal proceedings against Attorney General Kathleen Kane
Patriot-News: Sen. Teplitz: ‘No truth’ to ‘rumor’ that he’s seeking vacant seat of Dauphin County Judge
Patriot-News: Central Pa. developer slams Wolf, Teplitz in state Senate candidacy announcement (video)

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: See who’s running in Northampton County general election
Express-Times: Boscola calls for end to partisan budget stalemate
Reading Eagle: Montgomery County to pay fro area bridge studies
Morning Call: Hillary Clinton fundraiser’s firm got no-bid job for Allentown
Morning Call: Could Joe Biden aid Hillary Clinton in Pa.?
Morning Call: Politics as Usual

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Election for school board, other seats draws closer
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Pre-K programs may close due to state budget battle
Erie Times-News: ‘Regular guy’ Walsh stresses legal skills in judge race
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: Kelly’s statement on funding for Pa. public schools
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: 5 reasons Clinton had a good week

Opinion
Tribune Review: Time to prune the fruit police
Post-Gazette: For Supreme Court: The best choices are Olson, Donohue and Wecht
Post-Gazette: Saving Social Security: Candidates must say how they’d keep it running
Post-Gazette: Ryan to the rescue: A reluctant candidate seeks order in the House
Post-Gazette; Hands off: Legislators must let a key rules agency do its job
Citizens Voice: Bipartisan housing bill passes
Citizens Voice: Obama is no emperor
News Item: GOP must make wise choice, and do it soon
Times-Tribune: Lawmakers try to thwart enforcement
Carlisle Sentinel: Sanchez: Gun industry must not be shielded from liability
Lancaster Intelligencer: Civil forfeiture law must respect the rights of innocent in war against drugs
York Daily Record: Open records law doesn’t need this ‘fix’
Patriot-News: Wolf’s ‘my way or the highway’ approach is causing real harm across Pennsylvania: Charlie Gerow
Patriot-News: Gov. Wolf and the Pennsylvania Legislature break the law – Parkinson’s Law, that is: Tony May
Reading Eagle: Studies could answer big question of shootings: Why?
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Congeniality can’t erase Wolf’s faulty state budget agenda
Erie Times-News: Statewide judges should be picked on merit
Erie Times-News: Thumbs up for Ex-Im Bank vote, finally
Inquirer: Supreme opportunity
Daily News: 5 things you won’t believe about latest porn email scandal

Blogs
Citified: 5 Things You Need To Know About the Last Mayoral Debate
Citified: Lawsuit: PA Denying Timely Treatment and Trial for Mentally Ill Defendants
Commonwealth Foundation: Lawmakers Move to Protect Posterity
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf’s Good Cop, Bad Cop Act
Keystone Crossroads: In case you missed it: This week’s good reads about Pennsylvania cities
Keystone Crossroads: Ideas Worth Stealing: Lowering speed limits in urban areas

2 Responses

  1. Amen, aaron.

    The blind-eye being turned is ridiculous. Here we are spending all this taxpayer money looking into one leak (of a memo critical of Frank Fina). There have been numerous searches. Additional counts. Loads of time and money.

    But, when it comes to the OBVIOUS leaks from the grand jury investigating Kane — CRICKETS.

    Why is that, Ms. Ferman? Why is that, Mr. Steele? Lady Justice is blindfolded … not blind. Why are you turning a blind eye toward what Fina and his buddies did?

  2. here’s the buzz — Ferman and Steele need to answer as to why they are not investigating the many illegal leaks from the grand jury investigating AG Kane.

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