2/14 Morning Buzz

vdayMargolies fundraises with Rendell, Ostrowski enters the PA-11 race and Wolf releases his policy platform. Check back later for this week’s Ups & Downs. Happy Valentine’s Day politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-11: Ostrowski Announces Candidacy: The civil rights lawyer announced that he will run against Rep. Lou Barletta in PA-11.

PA-13: Margolies Fundraises with Rendell, Hoyer: The Democratic congressional candidate had a breakfast fundraiser with several influential politicos at the law firm Stradley Ronon.

PA-4: Perry Announces Re-election Bid: Surprising no one, Scott Perry is going to run for a second term in Congress.

PA-12: Women’s Campaign Fund Endorses McClelland: Democratic challenger earns backing of pro-women’s group.

Lt. Gov: Koplinski Disappoints with 58K Raised: The candidate for lieutenant governor had a surprisingly tepid fundraising total in 2013.

PA-Gov: Wolf Releases Comprehensive Policy Plan: The former Revenue Secretary releases a thorough policy platform.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-80: Registered nurses from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association – Political Action Committee (PSNA-PAC) have endorsed Judy Ward, RN, for the 80th House District in the upcoming Republican primary. Aaron Ritchey of Hollidaysburg and life-long resident of Blair County, is also seeking the Republican nomination for the seat currently held by retiring Jerry Stern.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: For suicide prevention in military, PA relying on federal programs
PA Independent: Paycheck protection issue hits local level
StateImpactPA: State senator asks for investigation into Chesapeake Energy royalty payments
StateImpactPA: DEP: Crews making progress on well fire in southwest Pa., worker still missing
Capitolwire: PA Corrections Sec. Wetzel cautions lawmakers about passing new crimes bills

Philadelphia
Plan Philly: Dranoff plan for new S. Broad tower gets zoning OK
The Daily News: Washington Republicans question new appointment of one of their own
WHYY Newsworks: $1.5B in efficiencies: What Comcast-TWC merger might mean for

Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Philly region a national leader in Affordable Care Act sign-ups
Phillynow.com: WATCH: Pat Toomey slams Mumia’s lawyer on Senate floor
Phillynow.com: Q&A: Gov candidate Schwartz on LGBT rights, abortion, marijuana and more

SEPA
Daily Local News: West Chester council starts committee work
Daily Local News: Former Coatesville manager sues city
AP: Corbett calls out nearly 800 National Guard troops to battle storm
Courier Times: No new supervisor for Newtown Township yet
The Intelligencer: Pennridge passes $128.1M preliminary 2014-15 budget

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: GNC reports 8.2 increase in revenue for 2013
Post-Gazette: Teamsters’ 4-year contract with Allegheny County doesn’t include retroactive raises
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh cab firms try to cut off newcomers
Post-Gazette: Crews remove metal from Greene County gas well pad in attempt to put out fire
Tribune Review: Mayor’s office takes cue from Cincy on neighborhood revitalization
Tribune Review: Hempfield declares emergency, restricts road travel

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: UPMC nurses strike ends
Altoona Mirror: Spring Cove board could implement new tax increases
Altoona Mirror: School board sets rules for committee
Beaver County Times: Greene County well explosion site was cited by DEP in December
Beaver County Times: Commissioners suggest department heads should have less oversight
Beaver County Times: Third borough joins regional police service discussion

NEPA
Times Leader: Dauphin County lawyer to seek Barletta’s seat
Times Leader: Connecting the Ivory Coast with Luzerne County
Times Leader: Program gives medical students a head start
Times-Tribune: Scranton Redevelopment Authority questions mayoral appointment
Times-Tribune: North Pocono school directors fear tax increases, teacher furloughs will be necessary
Times-Tribune: Details on Mericle’s involvement in corruption investigations may be revealed

South Central
York Daily Record: Former state Rep. Stephen Stetler released from prison
York Daily Record: Rep. Perry says he’ll run for re-election
York Dispatch: York City nears end of its budget for road salt
AP: Chevron Marcellus Shale well still burning in Pa.
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate municipalities declare snow emergencies
Patriot News: Anti-Corbett ‘schools not prisons’ mantra misses the mark: an analysis
Patriot News: Pa. Secretary of Drug and Alcohol says medical benefits of marijuana have not been proven
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett says winter storm has caused few outages thus far, but state is staying ready
Lebanon Daily News: Sue Helm to seek fifth term in 104 House District

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Allentown City Council grapples with how to help homeless
Morning Call: Train carrying Canadian oil derails, leaks in Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Lehigh commissioners skeptical of proposal to increase LCA board seats
Reading Eagle: Muhlenberg School Board rejects charter school application
Reading Eagle: Berks health professionals, advocates debate new mammogram study
Reading Eagle: Reading school officials raise concerns with charter school application

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Officials eye regional approach to rail trails
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Borough supports new Homeowner Insurance Affordability Act
WIlliamsport Sun Gazette: Loyalsock Township school audit OK
AP: Corbett calls out nearly 800 National Guard troops

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Corbett does voters disservice with incomplete budget
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Talk not being matched by money for city pool work
Post-Gazette: Deeper in debt: Taking the Wilson center would hurt city schools
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Courier Times: If not for the GOP, limited social progress

Blogs
Media Trackers: Rob McCord Gets Teacher Union Nod in Pennsylvania Governor’s Race
Media Trackers: Republican Party of Pennsylvania Votes “Yes” on Paycheck Protection
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Candidate McGinty Muddles Minimum Wage Facts
Keystone Politics: Bill Peduto Ran on Bringing More Taxi Competition to Pittsburgh
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Why the Growing Attention to Allyson Schwartz’s Conservative Streak is Important
Keystone Progress: Educators Say Corbett Funding Needs Formula
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup for February 13, 2014: “Education is the world’s most durable good. So the question is, how do we give that to more people?”

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