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10/28 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Justice Seamus McCaffery resigns, Gingrich and Diamond fight over a personal video and Wolf regains a double digit lead over Gov. Corbett. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Justice Seamus McCaffery Resigns from PA Supreme Court: The PA Supreme Court Justice is stepping down from the bench in the midst of myriad controversies.

HD-102: Rep. Gingrich Calls Out Diamond for Saying Cops are Pigs and Liars (VIDEO): The State Rep. condemned her fellow Lebanon Republican.

PA-Gov: YouGov Poll: Wolf 52 Corbett 39: The online survey shows Wolf’s lead back in double digits.

PA-Gov: Open Thread for Gubernatorial Newspaper Endorsements: A running tally of the newspaper endorsements in the commonwealth’s Governor’s race.

PA-3: Mercyhurst Poll: Kelly 52 Lavallee 30; Wolf 48 Corbett 41: The Republican Congressman holds a significant lead against his competitor while Wolf leads in the Northwestern district.

PA-10: Nick Troiano Releases “Pac-Man” Web Ad (VIDEO): Troiano attacks Marino for being a man beholden to corporations and PACs.

PA-6: Costello Endorsed by Statewide FOP: The PA Fraternal Order of Police are backing the GOP nominee in Pennsylvania’s 6th district.

Statewide
Capitolwire: McCaffery announces retirement one week after suspension due to email porn scandal allegations
State Impact: Constitution pipeline clears major regulatory hurdle
State Impact: DEP extends comment period on policy to address oil and gas violations
State House Sound Bites: Corbett dodges tax hike questions
PLS Reporter: McCaffery retirement leaves open unanswered appointment question
PLS Reporter: Governor says structural costs need to be addressed before revenue hikes will be considered

Philadelphia
Inquirer: McCaffery’s departure best for high court, lawyers say
Inquirer: $1.86B sale of Philadelphia Gas Works is dead
Inquirer: High praise for special counsel to troubled Pa. high court
Newsworks: Philly City Council refuses to introduce bill to sell PGW
Newsworks: Tom Corbett: the reluctant governor?
Newsworks: SEPTA union says no strike at least until the weekend

SEPA
Mercury: Phoenixville council takes steps to eliminate recreation board
Mercury: Montco commissioners apply for grant to prepare for oil spills
Courier Times: Neshaminy to vote on consolidation, middle schools and contract
Intelligencer: 3 Cheltenham residents want to replace Washington in state Senate
Daily Times: Vitali takes on Armstrong in 166th District
Daily Times: Meehan looks to fend off Balchunis in 7th District race
Local News: Parking lot repairs, dwindling operating reserve driving potential tax hike for Newtown Borough in 2015

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: New docs end investigations into Justice McCaffery’s conduct
Post-Gazette:  Justice McCaffery steps down from Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Post-Gazette:  Pennsylvania GOP blasts Wolf prior to Bill Clinton visit
Tribune Review:  Bill Clinton rallies voters for Wolf in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Suspended justice retires because of porn emails
Tribune Review: 105 in PA being monitored for Ebola
Tribune Review:  In 11th-hour push in W.Pa., Wolf urges voters to show up at polls
Tribune Review: Platform of Christiana’s challenger in 15th District unclear

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Wolf highlights port potential
Beaver County Times: Corbett points to previous campaigns
Observer-Reporter:  Pa. Justice McCaffery retires as judge amid porn email scandal
Observer-Reporter: Clinton campaigns in Pittsburg for Wolf
Altoona Mirror:  Philly charter school closing amid crowding woes
Altoona Mirror:  Obama focuses on governor races where he’s welcome
Altoona Mirror:  Corbett attacks Wolf tax plan
Altoona Mirror:  Supreme Court’s history shameful

NEPA
Pocono Record: Philadelphia’s plan to sell gas utility is dead
Pocono Record: Loss and love tinge $25 million donation to Haverford College
Times-Tribune: State Insurance Department to hear review amid acquisition of Blue Cross of NEPA
Times Leader: Searchers use hot air balloon to track Frein
Times Leader: ‘Token’ candidates struggle to effect change in area races

South Central
Daily Record:  Fix for people who received late license suspensions from PennDOT becomes law
Daily Record: York County voters: Absentee numbers way down from 2010
AP: Where Tom Wolf and Tom Corbett stand on the issues
Intelligencer/Era: Watch live tonight: Aument, Schreckengost debate the issues in race for open Senate seat
Patriot News:  Pornography scandal, other problems draw incredible end for one of Pennsylvania’s most unlikely judges
Patriot News:  Campaign expense reports for Lebanon County state house races

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Fitzpatrick, Strouse spar on abortion, Ebola, other issues
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Express Times: Lehigh County executive vetoes ‘Happy Meal tax cut,’ five other amendments to 2015 budget
Express Times: Allentown School Board votes to outsource substitute teacher staffing

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Impact fees are being put to use
Daily Times: Rally calls for Paterno’s 409 wins to be reinstated

Opinion
Daily News: DN Editorial: Unchartered Territory: The Legislature needs to jettison trivial pursuits & pass a new school bill
Courier Times: For governor: A new voice and a new way
Dispatch: LETTER: Making life harder for people on meds
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Keep going onward, Penn State Board of Trustees
Patriot News: On Election Day, remember the lawmakers who think the NRA’s rights are more important than yours: Editorial
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Allow Boscov to move ahead with vision for Penn Square
Citizens’ Voice: Aggressively apply new state blight law
Times Tribune: Brion best for 10th district
Times Tribune: Tough call in 11th district
Times Leader:  Elected officials implored to serve the people, not a political party
Tribune-Democrat: Examine platform before going to polls
Tribune-Democrat: More veterans should seek office
Beaver County Times: Cuts in state funding for education is a topic in the upcoming election
Altoona Mirror: A crisis of crises for Pennsylvania
Altoona Mirror:  Porn emailgate will likely raise more from Kane
Post-Gazette: Lights, camera … : New studios and state tax credits mean jobs
Post-Gazette: Chipping away: Abortion rights are still under attack in the U.S.
Tribune Review:  For Pennsylvania governor: Re-elect Tom Corbett

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #HD102: Weirdo Republican Russ Diamond Says “Every Cop is a Pig and a Liar” (VIDEO)
Citizens Call: PA-13 Congressional Candidate Forum Generates Some Serious Heat

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