2/4 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6PA is strongly behind Hillary, Kane is featured in the New York Times and we ask our readers whether Rob McCord should go to jail. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Quinnipiac Poll: Hillary Leads All 2016 Challengers in PA: The former Secretary of State is running strong in the Keystone State.

Kane Investigation Featured in New York Times: The under-fire Attorney General and her case were featured in a piece from the New York Times.

Reader Poll: Should McCord Go to Jail?: We ask our readers whether the former State Treasurer should go to prison?

Reader Poll: Voters Split on Wolf’s Arneson Decision: Readers very narrowly disapproved of the new Governor’s action.

PHL-15: Williams’ Campaign Receives Financial Support From Independent Committee: The State Senator’s biggest backers have certainly not forgotten about him.

PHL-15: Staff Profile – Nelson Diaz Campaign’s Team: An in-depth look at the Philly mayoral candidate’s staff.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 2.3.15
PLSReporter: In continued recall defiance, Senate advances more Corbett nominees
PLSReporter: Bills increasing mandatory retirement age for judges advance
Capitolwire: PA revenues continue to perform ahead of expectations
Capitolwire: House panel reports out cyberbullying bill despite expressed concerns of vagueness
Capitolwire: Arneson firing just a ‘garden variety’ wrongful termination issue, Wolf’s lawyers say
Capitolwire: House Education Committee rehashes PlanCon reform debate
StateImpactPA: Commonwealth Court rejects appeal on state forest leasing
StateImpactPA: UGI to host public meetings on Sunbury pipeline

Philadelphia
Inquirer: O’Brien Vows Better to Improve Services for Autistic Philadelphians
Inquirer: Latest Reports Show a Low-Budget Battle for Phila. Mayor
Inquirer: Third Time’s the Charm? Battle Over Paid Sick Leave Returns to City Council
Inquirer: Report: $13.8 Million and 110 New Workers Needed to Fix L&I
Inquirer: City Treasurer: Big Bond Year Ahead
Inquirer: Campaign Money in a Council District Contest Rivals Philly Mayor’s Race
Inquirer: New Pa. House Majority Leader Sees Bipartisan Opportunities
Inquirer: Wolf Urges State Boards to Adopt Gift Ban
Inquirer: Hillary Leads Christie in Early Pa. 2016 Poll
Philly.com: Councilman Introduces Bills to Make Business Easier for Food Trucks
WHYY Newsworks: Is McCord’s Strong-Arm Fundraising Normal?
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney Prepares to Formally Announce Mayoral Bid, Defends Record on PGW
WHYY Newsworks: Feibush, Johnson Accelerate Fundraising in Philly’s 2nd Council District Race
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf Urging Pa. Independent Boards to Ban Gifts to Employees

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Douglass Township in Montgomery County Gets Grant for County Line Road Bridge
Pottstown Mercury: D.A., Sheriff Seek Help Identifying Montco Courthouse Bomb Threat Suspect
Buck Courier-Times: Bucks County FOP Headquarters Damaged by Blaze
Delco Daily Times: Rose Tree Media Teachers Union Seeks Fact Finder Assist in Negotiations
Roxborough Review: DeLissio Joins Governor, Applauds Executive Order Banning Drilling in State Parks
Ambler Gazette: U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle Reflects on Being New Kid on the Block
Perkasie News Herald: Pennridge School District Looks to Tackle $10 Million Deficit

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Despite Objections, Vaccinations Urged
Post-Gazette: Vaccine Controversy Takes Unpredictable Turn
Post-Gazette: City to Hire Coordinator to Improve Police-Community Relations
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council Rejects Ban on Proposed Drilling in Parks
Post-Gazette: Crackdown Aims at Loopholes That Allow Developers to Skirt Pittsburgh Deed Tax
Tribune-Review: Wolf Appointees Will Make More Than Under Predecessor Corbett
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania Strong for Hillary Clinton in Latest Quinnipiac Poll
Tribune-Review: McCord Received Big Donation From Fund Linked to ex-Rendell Staffer After Losing Primary
Tribune-Review: Board of Health Member to Run for Allegheny Public Council

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Board Delays Decision on School Board
Beaver County Times: Rochester Township Attorney to Run for Defence Attorney
Observer-Reporter: Wolf’s Lawyers Say Firing of Open-Records Officer was Legal
Observer-Reporter: Fort Cherry School Board Approves New Teachers’ Contract
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Report: Area Lost 500 Jobs at Years’ End

NEPA
Morning Call: Which Lehigh Valley School Scored the Best on the SAT?
Morning Call: Measles Outbreak Reaches Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Bethlehem Considers Parking Fine Hike
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Mall Stores Remain Closed Due to Utility Problem; Reopenings Slated Tuesday
Express Times: Eastern Area Food Service Workers Feel Betrayed by Outsourcing Deal
Express Times: New Allentown High School Aims to Give Students ‘A Head Start on Their Future
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Medical Officials Stress Effectiveness of Measles Vaccine

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: S. Londonderry Seeks New Township Manager
Patriot News: Court Hearing could Impact Vote on Swatara Twp. Ward System, Attorney says
Patriot News: Cumberland County HR Director Resigns after Four Weeks on Job
Patriot News: State Police Commissioner: Top Priority is to ‘Really Focus on Community Safety’
Patriot News: PA to Get $21.5M from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Dispute Settlement, Kane says
Patriot News: Gas Prices Rising but Still Lower than a Year Ago
Patriot News: Indicted Boal Museum CEO to Resign, Already has Quit as Township Supervisor
Patriot News: Central Dauphin School Board Tries yet Again to Inform Public about Pension Crisis
Patriot News: Mechanicsburg Borough Council will Hear Report on Status of Fire Department Consolidation
Patriot News: ‘Dethrone Mr. McNamara’: Middletown Residents Criticize Council President as ‘Arrogant,’ Throwing Child’s ‘Temper Tantrum’
Patriot News: State Sen. John Eichelberger will have Cumberland County Office Hours
Patriot News: Republican Supreme Court Hopefuls Unvetted by their Peers
Intelligencer: Wolf’s Lawyer say Firing of Open-Records Officer was Legal

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Level in Seven Years
Express-Times: Lehigh County Fire, Ambulance Companies Get More than $85,000 in State Grants
Express-Times: Easton School Board Vote Set on 2.4% Tax Hike Cap for 2015-2016
WFMZ: AP: Gov. Tom Wolf Urging Pennsylvania’s Independent Boards to Ban Gifts to Employees
Morning Call: Area’s Unemployment Drops to 5.2%
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf Defends Open Records Director Firing
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Wolf Appointees will Make More than Predecessors Under Gov. Tom Corbett

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: South Williamsport sees Budget Deficit Continue to Grow
Sun Gazette: Noviello Seeks to Retain his Seat on City Council
Centre Daily-Times: Centre County Commissioners Approve Contract for Additional Legal Counsel

Opinion
Express-Times: Boscola Bill is on the Mark- Pennsylvania Should Legalize Sports-Pool Betting
Morning Call: Freedom of Speech, Religion Under Attack by Many in US
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Ryan Costello Sets Out his First Term Goals
Inquirer: State of Disgrace
Philly.com: SRC Must Expand Number of Phila. Charters Now
Bucks Courier-Times: Guessing Game
Delco Daily Times: GOP Needs Distance from Hate Group
Delco Daily Times: Not ‘Politics as Usual:’ Wolf Needs His Own Team
Post-Gazette: McCord’s Offense: McCord Takes an Odd, But Necessary, Exit
Tribune-Review: The McCord Scandal: Is there more?

Blogs
PA Budget and Policy Center: Making Work Pay Coalition Forms To Help Working Families
Keystone Crossroads: PA Senators Costa and Vulakovich Reintroduce Waterfront Development Tax Credit Bill
Keystone Crossroads: ‘We get in our own way.’ Community forum brings together residents in Reading
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Brown Deputy Kept Colton From Boro Manager Job
Citified: The Brief: Philly’s DNC Bid Gains Mo’
Citified: Council-At-Large Challengers Rival Incumbents in Cash Game
Citified: Immigrants Are Saving the Italian Market

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