2/25 Morning Buzz

PA-Governor-Mansion2Harper Polling shows Wolf way ahead of the pack, four new videos for candidates across the state go up, Trivedi wins the endorsement of the Chester County Dems and Myers drops out of the gubernatorial race. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Harper Poll: Wolf at 40%, Schwartz at 14%: In the last Harper Poll, Wolf earned 5%; this month he led the pack with 40%.

PA-9: Shuster Posts New Web Ad (Video): The video follows Shuster on his bus tour throughout the 9th District.

PA-Gov: Hanger Wins Over Conservative Radio Host in Web Video (Watch): A Republican radio host contemplates whether to change parties just to vote for Hanger.

PA-Gov: Dwight Evans Appears in Latest Wolf Ad (VIDEO): The Philadelphia State Rep. cut a new TV ad for the gubernatorial candidate.

PA-Gov: McGinty Launches Two New Ads (Watch): The former DEP Secretary initiated her first big buy with an ad filmed on an iPhone.

Lt. Gov: Smith Introduces Himself In New Web Video (Watch): The Bradford County Commissioner shows a personal side in a new web video.

PA-Gov: Myers Drops Out: The Central PA minister has officially left the race for Governor.

PA-6: Chester County Dems Back Trivedi: The local party took sides in the Democratic primary between Trivedi and Parrish.

PA-8: Bucks Dems Urge Open Primary: The Bucks County Democratic Committee declined to endorse either candidate in the PA-8 race as well as the rest of the statewide ballot.

Casey and Toomey Team on “No Man Left Behind” Bill: Pennsylvania’s two Senators are introducing legislation to ensure no member of the military is left behind in Afghanistan.

Legislative Elections Update:

SD-28: Former Revenue Secretary and gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf endorsed Democrat Linda Small in the special election for the Senate seat vacated by Sen. Mike Waugh’s (R-York) resignation.

HD-22: Community organizer and activist Tatiana Tooley is running as a Democrat for the newly relocated 22nd House District seat, where she will challenge Allentown Councilman Peter Schweyer in the primary.

On the other side of the aisle, Steven Ramos, a past executive director of the Lehigh County Republican Committee, has also thrown his hat into the ring.

The 22nd District was moved from Allegheny to Lehigh County in redistricting.

HD-98: Democrat Tony Crocamo, candidate for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 98th District picked up an endorsement from Lancaster County Commissioner Craig Lehman. He’s running against incumbent Rep. David Hickernell (R-Dauphin) who has held the seat since 2003.

HD-157: Jed Grobstein stepped back in the interests of party unity today to throw his support behind long-time Tredyffrin Township resident and Phoenixville developer Marian Moskowitz in the race for the Pennsylvania State House, 157th district.

HD-164: The Delco Dems endorsed Margo Davidson for re-election in her seat. She took 34 votes to challenger Billy Smith’s 18, Dafan Zhang’s 1 and there were 3 abstentions.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Corbett’s refusal to expand Medicaid remains concern for Senate Democrats
StateImpactPA: Crews cap leaking Chevron gas well that started fire in southwest Pa.
State House Sound Bites: Wolf talks taxes
State House Sound Bites: Public Welfare chief says agency’s name a “barrier”

Philadelphia
Daily News: Primarily, the race for governor has just changed
PhillyClout: Despite objections, Council’s $99 gift limit makes gains
PhillyClout: Council to Nutter: Sign union contracts
Inquirer: New Pew report shows city’s middle class shrinking
Inquirer: New leader for embattled ironworkers local
Inquirer: Union violence in Phila. area rarely prosecuted
CapitolInq: Why poor ratings might help local Republicans
WHYY Newsworks: Rolling in dough: Top 100 donors to Pa. gubernatorial candidates

SEPA
Huffington Post: Philadelphia Doctor Val Arkoosh Touts Obamacare In Campaign for House
The Intelligencer: A tax on fracking would have raised millions
Delco Daily Times: WCU to hose climate change policy panel
Daily Local News: Some county voters will see changes this year
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Hennessey to seek 11th term in Pa. House
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville School Board OKs $83.2M prelim budget with 3.8% tax hike

Pittsburgh
Urban Media Today: Mayor Peduto tightens rules for use of unrestricted parking passes
Early Returns: The Baby Pittsburgh Promise: Rudiak wants to give all Pittsburghers access to pre-K education
Early Returns: Toomey scores high with Club for Growth
Early Returns: Katie McGinty, on TV and iPhone
Early Returns: Max Myers drops
Post-Gazette: Former Pittsburgh police chief’s sentencing a tough call for judge
Post-Gazette: Lawsuit demands Pittsburgh use block grants for needy
Tribune Review: Libertarian Krawchuk wages battle to get on the ballot in primary election
Tribune Review: $600K added to IT office budget as Peduto administration promises modernization
KDKA: Homeowners Angry, Unable To Foot Huge Fees After Failing Dye Tests

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pa. lawmakers pressured to pare down $50B pension debt
AP: Pa. Democratic candidates eye ‘Delaware Loophole’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Road building executives among leading Corbett donors

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton receives seven bids for special labor counsel
Standard Speaker: Legislators push for trade school funding
Standard Speaker: Budget battle spills into storm water fees
AP: Kane won’t appeal assisted-suicide verdict, but stands by prosecution

South Central
Patriot-News: Will Pa. lose a $100M bet on small games of chance?
Patriot-News: The paradox that has paralyzed any change in Pa.’s liquor system, at least for now
Patriot-News: Tom Wolf’s business-friendly background doesn’t sway some business leaders at Press Club luncheon
Patriot-News: Corbett makes Politico boast, as McCord shows itchy campaign trigger finger
Carlisle Sentinel: Use of land proposed for warehouse in question for years in Dickinson Township
Carlisle Sentinel: Auditor: Steelton-Highspire schools face $2.7M deficit

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Saucon Valley teachers reject contract for third time
Morning Call: Brown hires PR, personnel consultants
Morning Call: City Council hears testimony in termination hearing for Bethlehem police officer
Morning Call: Retired Gilberton chief signs deal for TV reality show
Express-Times: Allentown’s new Pennsylvania House seat draws crowded slate of candidates
Express-Times: Flemington business district will unveil redevelopment plans

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Authority sells parking lot to college
Sun-Gazette: Landlord shares positive reaction to new rental ordinance
Daily Times: Sinkhole opens on Penn State campus
Daily Times: CATA increase eases federal funding loss
Daily Times: On Centre: Penns Valley | District offers programs to ease kids into school

Opinion
The Intelligencer: Calm before the storm?
Daily News: DN Editorial: Ill Will
Patriot-News: Harrisburg sends a stern warning to blighted building owners
Post-Gazette: Jailhouse leave: Allegheny County must get to the root of the disparity
Times-Tribune: Governor’s tin ear on appointment
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: States must contain fracking’s enormous thirst for water

Blogs
CasablancaPA: What might Corbett have wanted to hide with email dump?
Commonwealth Foundation: Gov. Rendell Left Pennsylvania a Big Deficit, and it’s Still Here
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Corbett Texts Christie to Hang in There, Bro
Keystone Politics: VIDEO: Evidence of Voter Intimidation by Margo Davidson Ahead of #HD164 Endorsement Vote
Keystone Politics: #PA13: Why I’m Backing Daylin Leach
Keystone Politics: INTERVIEW: Daylin Leach on Social Security, Marijuana Reform, and Political Leadership for #PA13
Citizens Call: Arkoosh Wins State Rep. McCarter’s Endorsement

One Response

  1. Who do I see in the Corbett/Brabender to get one of those sweet appointments when I find something politically damaging about Corbett? You know: like getting to be head of the Gaming Commission, or the Turnpike Commission, or an evergreen consulting contract to a state agency? Do I see Gromis-Baker or Baby Brian Nutt? I am want so badly to do PUBLIC SERVICE!

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