2/27 Morning Buzz

pa flagA trifecta of polls show Wolf leading the Dem Gov primary, Kane leads Sestak in a 2016 Senate match-up and PA could host the next Democratic National Convention. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

F&M Poll: Wolf 36%, Schwartz 9%: A Franklin and Marshall poll of Democratic primary voters shows that Wolf leads the pack with numbers driven by his television ad campaign.

Harper Poll: Paterno Leads Wide Open LG Field: Jay Paterno takes 17% of respondents in a new poll on the Lieutenant Governor race, but 48% remain undecided.

Quinnipiac Poll: 55% Say Corbett Doesn’t Deserve Re-Election: Tom Corbett has some ground to cover. In its first Pa. poll of 2014, Quinnipiac finds the Governor upside down in several key questions.

Quinnipiac Poll: Wolf Opens Widest Lead Over Corbett: Tom Wolf surges among Democrats while Governor Tom Corbett’s approval rating remains upside down.

F&M Poll: Hillary Clinton Most Popular Pol in PA: Among national figures polled by F&M, Hillary Clinton is by far the most popular.

PA-9: Campaigning Over Coffee With Halvorson: He covered everything from how his campaign is going to how he is a better choice for PA-9’s constituents.

Harper Poll: Kane Leads 2016 Senate Primary: Though still an unannounced candidate, Kane leads Sestak for the Democratic nomination to face Toomey.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Endorsed by Planned Parenthood: The Congresswoman and gubernatorial candidate won the backing of Planned Parenthood’s Political Action Committee.

PA-6: Montco Dems Endorse Trivedi: Manan Trivedi’s campaign for Congress won the support yesterday of the Montgomery County Democratic Committee.

PA-9: Shuster Releases ‘Negative Nancy’ Ad In Response To Halvorson: Shuster’s ad attempts to set the record straight.

HD-164: Internal Davidson Poll Shows Wide Lead: An internal poll shared by the Margo Davidson campaign shows the incumbent with a comfortable lead over her challenger, Billy Smith.

PA-Gov: Corbett Releases Radio Ad (AUDIO): The Corbett-Cawley campaign hit their Democratic opponents in its latest radio spot.

Philly and Pittsburgh Considered For 2016 DNC: Perhaps one of Pennsylvania’s larger cities will have the honor of hosting the Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Legislative Elections Update:

SD-28: State Rep. Kevin Schreiber (D-95) endorsed Linda Small, the Democrat running in the special election to fill the seat left by Senator Mike Waugh’s (R-York) resignation. She faces Republican Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) and write-in candidate Scott Wagner.

SD-10: A Newtown Democrat Steve Cickay, 59, with 31 years of experience in federal government announced Tuesday he will challenge Republican State Sen. Chuck McIlhinney for the seat representing nearly half of Bucks County.

HD-115: In this member vs. member contest, state Rep. Kevin Haggerty (D-Lackawanna) is shining a light on his opponent Rep. Frank Farina’s official staff. The PA Independent reports that in September he hired a Throop borough Councilwoman Charlene Tomasovitch as a legislative assistant in his district office. Throop isn’t in either lawmakers’ current districts, but it’s up for grabs in an upcoming primary that has the chance to be rough-and-tumble bout between two officials hoping to keep their jobs. “If you’re up there giving jobs out every day and contracts, but you’re also working for a state elected official, then you can be telling everybody in power, ‘Hey, listen, make sure you take care of this guy or this girl,’” Haggerty said.

HD-142: Democrat Ritchie Webb, will be challenging Langhorne-based Republican State Rep. Frank Farry (Bucks) for the 142 district seat. The district loses parts of Middletown’s Levittown section and all of Hulmeville and Penndel, due to redistricting, it gains all of Upper Southampton and the remaining part of Lower Southampton.

HD-164: Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) released an internal poll showing her leading primary challenger Billy Smith 56% to 13%.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Crews stop natural gas leaks at Chevron well pad in southwest Pa.
State House Sound Bites: State police say shortage won’t be cured in a year
State House Sound Bites: As Harrisburg exits receivership, a bid to leave Act 47, too
State House Sound Bites: Winter wreaks havoc on PennDOT budget, but new funding is a plus
PA Independent: Haggerty contends local hires used to protect incumbents
PA Independent: Philadelphia schools will end another year in red

Philadelphia
PhillyNow: Metcalfe invites Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson to 2nd Amendment bash
PhillyNow: Pennsylvania has its own Arizona anti-gay bill
Heard in the Hall: AFSCME union chief has little to say on counterpart’s contract
PhillyClout: New Q Poll: Wagner up to speed in PA Gov Democratic primary
Inquirer: Kane alarmed over Pa. electric-bill shock
Inquirer: Will city’s tentative labor agreement with DC 47 serve as a guide for DC 33?
Inquirer: School District has deals to sell several schools

SEPA
AP: Pa. watchdog sounds alarm over municipal pensions
The Intelligencer: Newtown Democrat to challenge McIllhinney
The Intelligencer: Centennial applies for increased tax hike
Bucks County Courier Times: Ritchie Webb seeks to challenge State Rep. Frank Farry
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioner Loughery weighs political exit
Bucks County Courier Times: Heroin addiction now ‘biggest problem facing Bucks County’
Montgomery Media: Sean Stevens enters 194th Democratic Primary mix

Pittsburgh
City Paper: Jack’s Back: Wagner becomes only Western Pa. candidate in gov’s race
City Paper: Street Legal? Ride-share drivers settling in to a changing market
Early Returns: More good news for Wolf
Early Returns: Planned Parenthood: Schwartz
Early Returns: Pension prescriptions
Post-Gazette: Poll shows Corbett trails Wolf, five other Democrat challengers in bid for re-election
Post-Gazette: Democrats invite Pittsburgh to apply to host party’s convention
Post-Gazette: Peduto asks FBI to look into ‘missing’ city items, damaged truck
Tribune Review: Two candidates turn down Pittsburgh public safety director job
Tribune Review: Pa. attorney general probing spike in electric bills

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pa. lawmakers question state police about trooper shortage
Beaver County Times: Times files criminal charges against county commissioners
AP: Judge orders an end to Pa. takeover of capital

NEPA
The Times Leader: Pa. gets $52.3 million to clean up mines
AP: Casey urges Pa. legislature to sidestep union bill
Times-Tribune: Camoni out of state House race
Citizens Voice: Lawton: Cuts, changes provided solid financial base
News Item: Poll shows Wolf’s campaign ads for governor working Commercials boost Wolf in governor’s race
Standard Speaker: Mayor to council: Take me to court
Standard Speaker: Luzerne County Council chairman: ‘Long way to go’

South Central
Patriot-News: Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett is country’s ‘most vulnerable’?
Patriot-News: Wolf posts double-digit leads over Corbett and Democratic gubernatorial field
Patriot-News: Kane doubles Sestak support in 2016 U.S. Senate poll
Patriot-News: Jay Paterno tops 2014 Lt. Gov. Democratic field in new poll, but nearly half remain undecided
Carlisle Sentinel: SASD seeks public input on budget
Carlisle Sentinel: Senate bill proposes more financial aid for middle-class families

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Saucon Valley teachers, board at impasse again on contract
Morning Call: Hazleton mayor denies request to fly Dominican flag at City Hall, sparking firestorm
Morning Call: Study finds few improvements with ‘medical homes’
Morning Call: Bethlehem’s Donchez delivers first ‘State of the City’ speech
Express-Times: Allentown mayor attends New Orleans meeting about violence against black men
Express-Times: Allentown youth center’s protest canceled after promising talks

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Teaching teachers
Sun-Gazette: County to OK purchase of fingerprinting machine
Sun-Gazette: Renovations to school buildings are topic
Daily Times: Ex- Penn State president Graham Spanier wins ruling that delays defamation suit vs. Louis Freeh
Daily Times: Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District extends superintendent’s contract

Opinion
Patriot-News: This year should be last call for ‘State Patty’s Day’: Editorial
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: Hickory Hills residents, victim’s family deserve answers on gas explosion
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: All aboard more city train service
Pottstown Mercury: Daniel Boone board should think twice before closing school
Post-Gazette: Cab competition: The PUC chairman seeks a road to the future
Times-Tribune: No leniency for Mericle

Blogs
Keystone Progress: It’s not just Arizona. Is PA next for “legal discrimination?”
Media Trackers: Unions Dump $550,000 into Democratic Candidates for PA Governor
Media Trackers: Unions Befuddled by Pennsylvania Paycheck Protection Support
Keystone Politics: Lt Gov poll shows little magic in the Paterno name
Keystone Politics: Wozniak backs Critz for Lt Gov
Keystone Politics: Why Countywide School Districts? To Get the Money
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Marijuana is Pennsylvania Voters’ 15th Issue, Right Above “Other”
Above Average Jane: New Director of Philadelphia Veterans Advisory Commission
Commonwealth Foundation: End Special Subsidies to Lower Taxes for All
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Stick ‘Em Up
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Brown’s Government By Consultant

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