3/10 Morning Buzz

PA-Governor-Mansion2Wolf picks up big Pittsburgh endorsements, Corbett changes his Medicaid plan and Rep. Shuster launches a new ad. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Pittsburgh Politicos Back Wolf: Tom Wolf’s governor campaign received a flood of endorsements from Pittsburgh-area lawmakers.

PA-13: Three Republicans Fight For Seat: In a deep blue seat, three Republicans are running for the GOP nomination.

PA-9: Shuster Hits Airwaves With New Ad (Video): The incumbent plans to be on TV for at least a month, dropping some serious cash to do so.

PA-11: Rev. Micah Sims Enters Race: The Harrisburg pastor is circulating petitions.

Corbett Nixes Job Search Requirement from Medicaid Plan: In attempt to appease the opponents of his Healthy PA Medicaid plan, Governor Tom Corbett has thrown out the job search requirement of his proposal.

3/7 Ups & Downs: Wolf crosses the 50% threshold in a new poll, a Senator is called “feckless,” and SD-28 heats up. See who else made this week’s list.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Corbett Protects Food Stamps, PAGOP Hits Schwartz Again While McGinty and McCord Score Endorsements: We take a look into this week’s news in the state’s gubernatorial election.

Legislative Elections Update:

SD-28: Write-in challenger Scott Wagner stated that he expects to spend at least $750,000 in his bid for the special election to replace resigning Senator Mike Waugh (R-York). He faces Republican Ron Miller (R-York) and Democrat Linda Small.

HD-19: The Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsed Rep. Jake Wheatley (D-Allegheny) for reelection to his House seat.

HD-20: The Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsed incumbent Rep. Adam Ravenstahl over primary challenger Tom Michalow. The 20th legislative district includes the Pittsburgh neighborhoods of Brighton Heights, Northview Heights, Observatory Hill, Polish Hill, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Strip District, Summer Hill, Troy Hill; parts of East Allegheny and Lawrenceville; the Boroughs of Avalon, Bellevue, and West View; and Parts of Ross Township.

HD-36: The Allegheny County Democratic Committee endorsed Rep. Harry Readshaw (D-Allegheny) over Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Allegheny). The two of them will face off in the Democratic primary after Molchany’s district moved to Lehigh County and she was moved into Readshaw’s.

HD-141: State Representative Tina Davis (D-Bucks)announced that the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council endorsed her for reelection. The building and construction trades are made up of thousands of employees from 15 different international unions.

HD-182: Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla (1st District) on Friday announced his support of State Representative Brian Sims’ re-election bid.

Statewide
PA Independent: Week in review: Gas probe plods on, union indictments call attention to loophole
StateImpactPA: Pa. DEP says radiation levels ‘normal’ after Greene County gas well fire

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf gets major endorsements in bid for Pa. governor
Inquirer: Separate tables for Nutter and Council
Inquirer: A look at the campaign that scuttled civil rights nominee
Inquirer: Corbett shifts on Medicaid work-search requirement
Inquirer: BRT moving slowly on Phila. property tax appeals
Inquirer: West Chester charter Sankofa in disarray, district says
Daily News: Will PGW sale be AVI deja vu?
Philly.com: After Fukushima, safety issues linger

SEPA
Courier-Times: Bucks report shows sluggish development
Courier-Times: FEMA won’t be giving winter storm aid to Montco, Bucks
Courier-Times: Bucks network system error interrupts computer aided dispatch
Montgomery Media: Springfield Township School District approves preliminary budget
Montgomery Media: Telford recognizes three, moves forward with intersection improvements

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Lawmaker: Responders should carry drug that counteracts opiates
Tribune Review: Allegheny County Democrats endorse several incumbents in primary
Tribune Review: Conflict of interest questions arise on Mars Area drilling vote
Post-Gazette: Endorsement for May primary close call for Rep. Ravenstahl
Post-Gazette: Opinions divided on proposal to create Pittsburgh Land Bank
Early Returns: McGinty, Wagner, Wolf campaign in S. Hills
KDKA: Ex-Pa. Speaker Perzel Plans Future After Prison

Southwest
Beaver County Times: DEP: Radiation levels normal at Greene County well explosion site
Beaver County Times: Casey: C-130s to remain at Moon base, but civil engineer squadron faces job cuts
Observer-Reporter: Pending judge vacancy will create quandary in Greene
Observer-Reporter: ‘King’ coal tarnished, still powerful
Altoona Mirror: Shuster legislation to help distinguish taxes from price on airline tickets
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Customers shocked by electric bills

NEPA
Times Leader: VP Biden to speak at Greater Pittston Friendly Sons Banquet
Times Leader: DEP slow to act on Alpha coal mining offenses
Times Leader: Pa. unemployment rate drops to 6.4% in January
Times Leader: Retired Pa. Game Commission chief to get $220K severance payment
Times Tribune: PPL nuke plant under scrutiny
Citizens Voice: Revision needed for Luzerne County home-rule charter
News Item: No Dems challenge sitting reps

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. third-worst in the nation for job growth
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County Dems turn back on incumbent state House Rep. Patty Kim’s bid for second term
Harrisburg Patriot News: In York’s 28th District, attack ad riles Republicans: The Sunday Brunch
Harrisburg Patriot News: Republican write-in candidate Scott Wagner shows up his opponents in fund-raising
Harrisburg Patriot News: GOP money being poured into special election Senate race in York County
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Corbett leads Democratic challengers in race for cash in Lancaster County
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Jay Paterno discusses his campaign for lieutenant governor

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Obamacare consumers tell their stories: Fighting red tape; getting better, cheaper coverage
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett heading to Vatican with Philadelphia mayor and archbishop
Reading Eagle: Democrat seeks open 99th District seat in Legislature
WFMZ: Lower Macungie Commissioners consider truck safety, new park and hiking trails
Express Times: Exorbitant electric prices stressed consumers this season, senator says in bid for more protection

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: How Erie’s representatives in Congress voted last week
Erie Times-News: Candidates’ petition deadline is Tuesday
Erie Times-News: Congressional candidate Strano Taylor campaigns in Erie
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County expands medication drop-off program
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Council OKs commission on East End
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Everett seeks another term

Opinion
Tribune Review: Why take stock when you can kill the messenger?
Post-Gazette: Where’s the mayor? Peduto’s work schedule is an open book
Beaver County Times: Changing times: Same-sex marriage gaining support in Pa. poll
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: From albatross to golden goose
Daily News: DN Editorial: A call to save a generation
Harrisburg Patriot News: Establishment Republicans ignore the GOP grassroots at their peril: Jerry Shenk
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper: It’s time to fund new multimillion-dollar public safety radio system

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Hey Kathleen Sebelius: Don’t Lock in CorbettCare
Keystone Politics: Higher Parking Turnover Is Good For Downtown Business Districts
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Tom Wolf is Getting the Western PA Superfriends Endorsement
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Werner Instructs Phillips to Stay Off WAEB
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Gracedale in Hot Water … Literally
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: No-Bid Contract Repeal Tabled by NorCo GOP

One Response

  1. To my Pittsburgh media friends: WORLD CLASS Jeff Romoff of UPMC has formed a political marriage with Teaparty Tom Corbett. Romoff and his board firmly believe they have bought the Governor’s Office through the Bakers. Suggestion: Has anyone run poll numbers on the political marriage between Mr. Romoff and Tom Corbett? Has this bad marriage helped either UPMC, Corbett’s chances of re-election or just the Bakers? I mean run a real poll not one subcontracted through Doug Romoff!!! http://www.post-gazette.com/news/portfolio/2014/03/10/Morning-File-Romoff-amp-Peduto-A-beautiful-start-to-long-friendship.html

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