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2/28 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps6-300x220We identify the fundraising winners and losers of fundraising in the State Senate, Schwartz releases a pay equity plan and we’ve got a preview of this weekend’s progressive summit. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

State Senate Fundraising 2013 Winners & Losers: PoliticsPA took a look at the recent campaign reports to see who’s starting off 2014 on the right foot – and the wrong one.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Releases Pay Equity Plan: The gubernatorial candidate unveiled her proposals to make sure women are given equal pay for equal work.

PA-Gov: McCord Backed by Philly Black Clergy: The religious group supporting McCord represents 400 pastors in SEPA.

Lt. Gov: Alton Missing From Harper Poll: The pollster neglected to include the only female and African American candidate.

PA-12: Hugya Endorsed by Plumbers Union: The Democratic congressional candidate received the support of the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 354.

Rothfus Proposes Regulation Amendment: Rep. Keith Rothfus proposed an amendment that would improve transparency while assigning culpability for the negative impacts of federal regulations.

PA-8: Strouse Endorsed by OPEIU: The Democratic congressional candidate received the backing of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) today.

PA-12: McClelland Endorsed by USW Local 1196: The Democratic candidate secured the backing of the influential steelworkers union.

2014 Progressive Summit Preview: Here’s what the liberals will be up to in Harrisburg this weekend.

PA-Gov: Myers’ Interesting Parting Gifts: The former gubernatorial candidate wants to give back to his supporters…sort of.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-12: Lisa Zucco, a technical writer for an architecture and engineering firm in Seven Fields, announced that she will run as a Democrat against Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler). Metcalfe has held the seat since 1999 and is an outspoken conservative.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: DEP fined oil and gas companies $2.5 million last year
Capitolwire: Nat’l GOP legislative committee taps House Speaker Smith for chairman
Capitolwire: Whatever happens, Zogby says Corbett administration prepared to balance budget
PA Independent: DPW chief: PA saves billions fighting welfare fraud
PA Independent: Pension crisis: PA auditor general warns of tax increases, bankruptcy

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Healthy PA’ application advances
City Paper: What happens when Philly’s most controversial developer runs for city council
Philly.com: Former Neshaminy board president to run for state House
Philly.com: Bill could force change in Pa. university system
Inquirer: Area universities poised to raise tuition rates
Inquirer: Judge: No proof of price-fixing by candy companies
Heard in the Hall: Nutter says he wants ‘16 DNC; Kenney doubts his interest

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Crozer-Keystone Health System lays off 250 employees following $16 million loss
Montgomery Media: President signs into law bill drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick
Montgomery Media: State Rep. Todd Stephens, R-151, offers ideas to solve pension, school funding issues
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township district looking to trim $5.7 million deficit
AP: Judge orders an end to Pa. takeover of capital
Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Poll says Hillary Clinton wide favorite among Pa. voters in 2016 presidential election
Early Returns: A missing candidate
Early Returns: Doyle gets a challenger
Early Returns: Phila. clergy for McCord
Early Returns: Dissing Rick

Southwest
Beaver County Times: County considers several multi-million dollar capital projects
Observer-Reporter: County sees strong economic growth in latest reports
Altoona Mirror: Blair seeks compliance with new voting rules
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Plan changes way businesses can deduct advertising expenses
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wozniak throws backing to Critz

NEPA
The Times Leader: Democrats again decry end of Adult Basic
The Times Leader: Polls show Wolf now Democrat gov. front-runner
Times-Tribune: Marcel Lisi to run for state representative
Citizens Voice: Nanticoke mayor hopeful for South Valley cooperative
Standard Speaker: Council offers compromise to flying Dominican flag

South Central
Patriot-News: Feds will offer preliminary opinion of Corbett’s Healthy PA plan Mar. 6
Patriot-News: As feds move to protect pristine land, Pa. roils with debate on drilling under state forests
Patriot-News: Reps from both sides of the aisle try out campaign lines during Zogby’s House budget hearing
Patriot-News: Pa. is beyond sounding the alarm about a shortage of emergency responders, fire commissioner says
Carlisle Sentinel: Hospital fundraising plan set by Midstate Meineke centers
Carlisle Sentinel: Parents, community members collaborate to improve middle school

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: New Lehigh County exec strikes defiant tone
Morning Call: Easton City Council agrees to nonunion benefit reductions
Morning Call: Bethlehem Township promotes three officers
Morning Call: Petition aims to keep all Southern Lehigh elementary schools open
Express-Times: Pilot Travel Center workers in Bloomsbury vote to join union, say low wages fueled effort
Express-Times: Comcast-Time Warner merger: What it means for Lehigh Valley cable subscribers

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Authority to borrow $9 million to replace tank, main
Sun-Gazette: Proposal would form revitalization group for east end
Sun-Gazette: ‘Fazzinopalooza’ comes to Williamsport
Daily Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey proposes anti-heroin legislation
Daily Times: Penn State to spend more than $200,000 to curtail State Patty’s alcohol sales; some establishments negotiated higher payouts

Opinion
Patriot-News: Building healthy places is an advantage to the entire community
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: A fair deal for city, workers
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: City’s silence allows violence to continue
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: Phillipsburg PAL must be held accountable on background checks
Post-Gazette: Downsized military: Hagel’s budget is right for postwar America
Observer-Reporter: Big spending has poll respondents crying ‘Wolf’

Blogs
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Flag Flap
Above Average Jane: Cickay in State Senate 10th District
Citizens Call: Montco Dems Stay Clear of Endorsements in Most Primary Races; Looks Like a Split on the PA-4 Senate Contest
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Tom Wolf is the Only Democrat Polling Over 50% Against Tom Corbett
Keystone Politics: #SD34: Jay Paterno Should Run For State Senate
Keystone Politics: Why PA’s Urban Areas Can’t Have Nice Things
Commonwealth Foundation: The Berlin Wall of Philadelphia’s Public Schools
Commonwealth Foundation: Unions Pouring Big Money in Pennsylvania Elections

February 28th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments