10/8 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett goes after Wolf’s business record, John Oliver examines Philly’s civil forfeiture policy and we ask who won the second gubernatorial debate. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Corbett Slams Wolf in Brutal New Ad (VIDEO): The Governor accuses his opponent of ripping off Pennsylvanians in his latest campaign commercial.

John Oliver Tackles Philadelphia’s Convoluted Civil Forfeiture History (VIDEO): The City of Brotherly Love was targeted last night by comedian John Oliver for its abuses of civil forfeiture laws.

Reader Poll: Who Won the Second Gubernatorial Debate?: We ask our readers who won the second contest between Governor Corbett and Tom Wolf.

Reader Poll: President Obama Won’t Affect Your Vote this November: Our readers say their view of the President won’t have an impact on the midterm ballots.

Statewide
PA Independent: As Abu-Jamal’s speech opens old wounds, lawmakers vow to increase victims’ rights
PA Independent: Philadelphia teachers will soon pay for their own health care
StateImpactPA: DEP seeks record fine against gas driller as AG files criminal charges
State House Sound Bites: House GOP digs in for medical marijuana hearings
State House Sound Bites: Few days left to require hep-C tests for boomers
PLS Reporter: Lame duck session days may be used for pension reform

Philadelphia
Daily News: Gov. Corbett’s woes with women voters
Inquirer: Nutter on SRC move: ‘Not the city’s proudest moment.’
Inquirer: Bloomberg groups back GOP’s Fitzpatrick and Meehan
Inquirer: National Democrats cancel ads in Phila.-area races
WHYY Newsworks: Municipal police press for change in Pa. law to use radar guns
WHYY Newsworks: What are parents saying about termination of Philly teachers contract?
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett attack ad skews story of Wolf’s business
WHYY Newsworks: Can Allentown score big with new hockey arena development?

SEPA
Mercury: Judge rules in favor of Limerick in Raven’s Claw development issue
Mercury: Pottstown gets $673k in grants to aid early education programs over 3 years
Mercury: Proposed bill would require minority party representation on county elections boards
Intelligencer: Tullytown landfill cited for odors affecting Florence
Daily Times: Concord First takes ballot question to Pa. High Court
Montgomery Media: Upper Dublin School Board asked to fund safety patrol
Local News: Triple A Day for Bucks: Standard & Poor’s awards county its highest rating, AAA
Daily Local News: Pensions are latest financial headache for Coatesville
Daily Local News: New firearms ordinance enacted in Kennett Township

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Hundreds of dollars reported stolen from Allegheny County Courthouse jury room
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald proposes $839.2M budget to Allegheny County Council, no tax increase
Tribune Review: DEP seeks $4.5 million record fine against EQT for impoundment leak
Tribune Review: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wolf campaigns in Pittsburgh drizzle
Tribune Review: Poll shows slight tightening of Pa. gov race
Post-Gazette:  Pittsburgh Public Schools to spend $8M to improve learning climate
Post-Gazette: District says no agreement yet between Deer Lakes, teachers
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh hospitals say they’re prepared to handle Ebola cases
Early Returns: Selective service, selective facts
Early Returns: Coalition pushes education funding reform
Early Returns: With last debate looming, Corbett chipping at Wolf’s lead

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Gay marriage cases rejected
Altoona Mirror:  Head of pension fund for Pa. teachers to retire
Altoona Mirror: Pa. lawmaker’s staffer back to work after gun case
Observer-Reporter: Top Pittsburgh emergency response official speaks about risks of crude oil trains
Beaver County Times: Study: Sand mining for fracking operations could affect region’s water, air quality
Beaver County Times: Corbett signs Baumhammers warrant amid drug issue
Beaver County Times: Retired state police sergeant to run for Beaver County sheriff

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Salem Twp. sues Pasonick over sewer project
Citizens Voice: Most charges against Mellow dismissed
Times-Tribune: Scranton predicting $8 million deficit in 2015
Times-Tribune: Steam buffer bill clears Senate hurdle
Times-Tribune: Three hospitals face reduction in Medicare benefits
Times Leader: Tightening of PA Gov. race

South Central
York Dispatch: York City looks to outsource rental inspection duties
York Dispatch: Dover School Board Appoints New Member
York Dispatch: New BAE contract preserves hundreds of jobs at York County
Patriot News: DEP seeks record $4.5M fine over contaminant leaks at Marcellus shale drilling operation
Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster man named in porn email scandal resigns from post in DA’s office
Lebanon Daily News: House committee passes Mauree Gingrich bill to help problem gamblers

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area heightening charter school oversight
Morning Call: PennEast pipeline officials pull back from public meetings as opposition mounts in N.J.
Express Times: Bethlehem schools’ energy upgrades save millions
WFMZ: Pennsylvania auditor reviewing campus safety at state schools
WFMZ: Corbett announces grant for local school

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Northumberland County votes ‘no’ on tax reassessment
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Trade and Transit II development recommended

Opinion
Patriot News: We need to give aging Pennsylvanians the treatment they need — without breaking the bank: Stan Bukofzer
Patriot News: The Supreme Court marches forward on equality — now Pa. needs to catch up: Editorial
Express Times: What do you want to know from congressional candidates Leonard Lance and Janice Kovach?
Inquirer: Not asking too much
Daily News: DN Editorial: It’s the teachers’ turn to sacrifice
Post-Gazette: Fair limits: Local leaders must revive campaign finance reform
Post-Gazette: Jobs rebound: America’s employment picture is finally improving
Post-Gazette: 45th House District: Rep. Kotik is the experienced choice for voters
Tribune Review: Can America fight a 30-years’ war?
Tribune Review: The U.S. Steel grant: There’s no excuse
Observer-Reporter: Court decision a victory for same-sex marriage
Tribune-Democrat: Readers’ Forum | Protecting children from humiliation
Tribune-Democrat: Readers’ Forum | Are elderly being taxed unfairly?
Times Leader: Letter to the Editor: Candidate Tom Wolf not posing right solutions for Pa.’s big problems
Times Leader: William C. Kashatus: Gov. Tom Corbett is still running behind candidate Tom Wolf, and here’s why

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Union Leaders Put Politics Before Health Care
Commonwealth Foundation: How Much are Pension Costs Affecting Schools?

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