10/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett’s DEP Secretary resigns, PA Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery is connected to the porn email scandal and the College Republicans release controversial web video. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: PA-Gov: DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo Resigns: The cabinet secretary was one of the men found to have been exchanging pornographic emails with government accounts.

First Judge Identified in Porn Email Scandal: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery was the first judge to be publicly named in the unfolding pornographic email scandal.

PA-Gov: College Republicans Release “Say Yes to Tom Corbett” Ad (VIDEO): A new video from the CRNC targets young female voters, but angers Democrats.

PA-8: Strouse Goes After Fitzpatrick in Latest TV Ad (VIDEO): The Democratic nominee seeks to paint the GOP incumbent as out-of-touch and too close to Governor Corbett.

PA-Gov: Sabato Moves Gubernatorial Race Rating to “Safe Democratic”: In the final month before the Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, Sabato’s Crystal Ball has shifted the race from “Likely Democratic” to “Safe Democratic”.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Abruzzo resigns after being linked to raunchy e-mails
State House Sound Bites: Call it: the Guv race just got weird
State House Sound Bites: Wolf and Corbett get into it over raunchy e-mails
State House Sound Bites: Two state troopers in search for Eric Frein are injured
State House Sound Bites: Unemployment rate climbs in nearly every midstate region
StateImpactPA: PUC rejects judges’ decision, orders hearings on Sunoco Logistics pipeline
StateImpactPA: Gas industry nervously awaits outcome of governor’s race
PLSReporter: Property taxes are disliked, but are not high, report says
PAIndependent: Know of email abuse? These reformers want you to send old-fashioned letters

Philadelphia
Philly.com: More hearings ordered for Sunoco pipeline
Inquirer: DEP chief resigns over porn emails
Inquirer: City schools to accept new charter applications
Daily News: Philly guy tapped to repair Secret Service
Daily News: The porn brings on the political pugilism
Daily News: Help wanted: MILFs, strippers and ‘car dates’
Inquirer: Toomey: Revoke Abu-Jamal invitation
Phillynow.com: Goddard won’t be Mumia’s first commencement address
WHYY Newsworks: Philly area lawmakers using tax dollars on Twitter and Google ads, not just postage

SEPA
Daily Local News: ‘NOPE’ battles drug abuse in schools
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Supreme Court green-lights Ellis Preserve plan
Daily Local News: Environmental groups to sue Tredyffrin over spills
Courier County Times: Bristol Township schools accepted into national education program
Courier County Times: Polling places moved in Croydon, Yardley, Warwick, Warrington
Pottstown Mercury: Senior Health Expo hosted by state legislator

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Highmark to smooth access to UPMC with new option
Business Times: Auditor General launches second audit of PA Department of Education
Business Times: What employers should know now that more states, cities are ‘banning the box
Post Gazette: Pennsylvania DEP secretary, lawyer resign amid email scandal
Post Gazette: Political leaders again consider hotel next to convention center
Tribune Review: Wolf maintains large lead over Corbett with month left in governor’s campaign
Tribune Review: Highmark hikes seniors’ rates up to 110%
WTAE: Action News Investigates: Port Authority bus accidents

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Antis board tells residents to expect reassessment
Beaver County Times: Loss of Kmart leaves big hole in Rochester business district
Beaver County Times: Private, public leaders lead groundbreaking of new Beaver office building
Observer Reporter: More hearings ordered for Sunoco pipeline

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Districts, counselors, parents answer questions from concerned children
Citizens Voice:  Luzerne County government to undergo evaluation
The Times Leader: Boylan named VP of Wilkes-Barre Chamber
Standard Speaker: HCA director: Politics fuel questions about ties

South Central
Sentinel: Commission to reduce price of fishing license for 2015 season
Daily News: 102nd State House District candidates meet at Chamber forum
Intelligencer: Nationally-known analyst predicts a win for Wolf
Intelligencer: Manheim Township GOP: Two terms is enough for county, local officials
Daily Record: Pa. state Sen. Scott Wagner and challenger Linda Small clash on education
Dispatch: Corbett to speak at York County Republican dinner
Patriot-News: Second Corbett administration staffer resigns over porn emails
Patriot-News: Linda Thompson, U.S. Rep. Scott Perry to debate later this month
Patriot-News: Kane releases more information about sexual emails on state computers
Patriot-News: School district didn’t violate rights of disabled boy hurt during bus evacuation drill, U.S. court rules

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PA DEP chief resigns over pornographic email controversy
Morning Call: EXCLUSIVE: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery sent explicit emails
WFMZ: Frein hunt affecting tourism in some areas
Express-Times: Pennsylvania loses second environmental official amid porn probe; Corbett backs state police commissioner
Express-Times: Northampton County Council meeting expected to touch on budget, health care costs
Express-Times: Tom Wolf visits Allentown, blasts Gov. Tom Corbett on education
Express-Times: Pennsylvania governor signs heroin antidote law
Express-Times: Northampton County 2015 budget relies on $20.1 million line of credit
Express-Times: Northampton County looking into lawsuit to block Easton commuter tax
Express-Times: Pennsylvania Senate 40th District debate reveals alleged death threats against candidate

North by Northwest
Daily Times: Harris supervisor, Boar Mansion CEO Christopher charged with pornographic exploitation
WICU: Casino License Debated Before Pa. Gaming Control Board
WJET: County Council Reacts to Proposed Budget

Opinion
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: Keep an elementary school on Easton’s South Side
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania lawmakers need to back these bills that back working mothers: Kate Michelman and Carol Tracy
Daily Record: Porngate: The Pa. good old boys club strikes again (YDR opinion)
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Montgomery County task force joins fight against heroin scourge
Pottstown Mercury: SEN. PAT TOOMEY: Goddard College should revoke invitation to unrepentant cop killer
WHYY Newsworks: What a week: Porno emails and strange ads in the Keystone State
Daily News: There’s a very simple solution to Harrisburg’s porn problem
Inquirer: Dems stalk donors with apocalyptic emails
Philly.com: Ethics code needs update
Philly.com: Dropouts in debt
Post Gazette: SB 444 improves Pa.’s Right-to-Know Law
Tribune Review: Spoiled millennial greens

Blogs
Keystone Politics: PA Job Growth Still Sucks, But Tom Corbett’s Favorite State Job Search Site Has Plenty of Porno Jobs
Citizens’ Call: White Pines ‘Waits for Dough’? – Hardly; Next up: Dinner Theater Oct. 11
Keystone State Education Coalition: Reaction to 2nd Corbett/Wolf debate: education, education, education

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