PSU’s Spanier supports Paterno, Kane charges Sen. Washington, Clinton to fundraise for Margolies and we give out petition scorecards for the Gov and Lt. Gov candidates. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.
PA-Gov: Petition Scorecard: The incumbent governor unveiled big numbers, but his Democratic competition isn’t slacking.
PA-Gov: Litz Drops Out: After failing to file her petitions, the Lebanon County Commissioner will no longer seek the Democratic nomination for governor.
PA-Gov: Corbett and Cawley Ticket Receives 50,000 Signatures: The incumbent Governor and Lt. Governor display a strong support base heading into the primary.
Former PSU President Graham Spanier Signed Paterno’s Lt Gov Petition: The past-president of Penn State University who resigned amidst the Sandusky scandal signed Jay Paterno’s petition.
PA-13: Bill Clinton To Headline Margolies Fundraiser: The former President will support Margolies in her race to regain the 13th District.
PA-16: Kittappa Declares Challenge: Leading medical researcher declares challenge to Rep. Joe Pitts.
PA-6: Candidates For The Open Seat Solidified: In what will likely be one of the most watched races of the year, the field has been set.
PA-Lt. Gov: Petition Scorecard: Stack wows the competition and one candidate drops out.
HD-72: Haluksa Retires, Avoids Member vs. Member Primary: Rep. Haluska will not seek re-election, avoiding a primary against a House colleague.
PA-8: Fitzpatrick Files Combined Total of Strouse and Naughton: Naughton edged out Strouse in total number of petition signatures, but their combined total just barely reached Fitzpatrick’s.
PA-9: Three Republicans and One Democrat File: Shuster has over 3,700, while Halvorson’s grassroots campaign managed to get over 3,000.
Barletta Bill Unanimously Passes in the House: The bill would protect volunteer fire houses from having to provide healthcare to its employees.
AG Kane Announces Charges Against Sen. Washington: The charges include one count of theft of services and one count of violation of the conflict of interest statute.
Legislative Elections Update:
SD-4: Senator Washington Democratic primary challenger, Brian Gralnick issued the following statement following yesterday’s indictment of Washington. “State Senator Leanna Washington needs to immediately come clean in a public setting on what role she played and what she did, and did not do, with taxpayer money. Voters deserve to know how her alleged theft of taxpayer money influenced her election, including this primary.”
SD-44: Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone filed over 800 petition signatures for her candidacy for the State Senate in the 44th Senatorial District. She will face Sen. John Rafferty in the general.
HD-36: Rep. Erin Molchany alleges that Rep. Harry Readshaw used a taxpayer funded mailer to mislead voters about pay equity and women’s rights. “Utilizing rhetoric better suited to the past then 2014, Rep. Readshaw takes time to let citizens know that “Education has an effect on the pay gap which begins early in women’s careers, right out of high school, if they graduate,…” and that, “Once confined mainly to the home, women now have a range of opportunities out in society.” Even Readshaw’s definition of pay equity misses the mark when he writes,”Pay equity encompasses: Equal pay for work of an equal value or comparable worth for jobs that are not identical, for example, a nurse and a carpenter.”” Readshaw and Molchany are squaring off in the Democratic primary for the new district that merged them together.
HD-117: Conservative Republican Davis C. Haire, O.D., a local Optometrist serving the greater Tunkhannock area announced his campaign for State Representative in the redrawn 117th District. Incumbent Karen Boback currently holds the seat in the old district. Haire filed 1,000 petition signatures to get on the ballot, exceeding the 300 signature requirement handily.
HD-182: Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson (2nd District) on Wednesday announced his support for State Representative Brian Sims’ re-election bid.
Capitolwire: House approves labor-management harassment bill
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Senate Democrats’ pension reform plan a risky proposition
PA Independent: Lawmakers want to allow universities to leave state system
PA Independent: State senator charged with theft, conflict of interest
StateImpactPA: Marcellus tops major U.S. shale plays in drill rig productivity
Inquirer: Sen. LeAnna Washington charged with misuse of office
Inquirer: Bid to remove Pa. exemption in labor disputes advances
Inquirer: U.S. Rep. Fattah tells Congress: Feds have subpoenaed my offices
Inquirer: SEPTA, city transit workers continue talks; contract expires Friday night
Daily News: Meet Tom Corbett, change candidate
Daily News: Fun phone facts
PhillyClout: State Sen. LeAnna Washington charged with 2 felonies
PhillyClout: Tasco to chair Finance Committee
Courier-Times: Pa. Senate Democrats want to borrow $9B to tackle pension debt
Courier-Times: Penndel halts planning for $1.7M Memorial Field project
Courier-Times: Forum on violence prevention Sunday
Montgomery Media: Pennsylvania Senate confirms Bono as Montgomery County sheriff
Montgomery Media: Methacton School Board gives final approval to issue $5.5 million bond for field project
City Paper: More than 15 years after its creation, Pittsburgh’s police review board may finally get some respect
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto proposes $16M for schools to boost population
Tribune Review: Highmark eliminates more than 100 jobs
Tribune Review: Surveillance cameras stop working after Pittsburgh fails to pay bill
Tribune Review: Congressional races set for Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Auditor General’s office to examine tobacco-settlement research funds
Post-Gazette: Pa. Democrats to propose bond to fund pensions
Urban Media Today: Local Congressmen Spearhead WRDA Effort to Rebuild Water and Sewer Infrastructure
Beaver County Times: Toomey backs bill to raise money for Alzheimer’s awareness
Observer-Reporter: Candidates file for office before Tuesday’s deadline
Observer-Reporter: Bill would rename county bridge in honor of soldier
Altoona Mirror: Residents blamed for resignations
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sitting gov faces a rare challenge
News Item: Shamokin to use state grant to buy, demolish three blighted buildings
Times Leader: Students help public navigate Obamacare website
Times Leader: Brominski doubts value of interviews of board applicants
Times Tribune: No free ride for Cartwright as candidates file for Congress and state seats
AP: Sandusky’s wife: Victims were manipulated over money
Citizens Voice: Four file to run for Mundy’s seat
AP: Pa. auditor general to audit state’s use of tobacco money
AP: Pa. House OKs Miller bill to change union harassment rules
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle expected to vote on development plan
Harrisburg Patriot News: Alton will challenge state rejection of her Lt. Gov. petitions
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett challenger calls for probe into decisions surrounding York County Senate race
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania local governments would need better reasons for going behind closed doors, under bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: State senator from Montgomery County charged with using staff for political fundraisers
York Daily Record: What the state Senate candidates want to do about pensions
York Daily Record: State details funding to help volunteer fire companies
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: $220,000 payment to retired PA Game Commission chief causes flap
AP: Corbett: It’s a mistake to let universities leave state system
Morning Call: Food fight: Sen. Pat Toomey raises stink over push to bar U.S. cheese makers from using European names
Morning Call: State senator charged with theft for throwing herself birthday parties on taxpayers’ dime
Reading Eagle: Corbett faces a primary challenge, but some incumbents have no primary opponent
Express Times: Lehigh County commissioners derail key administrative appointment
North by Northwest
Campaign ‘14: 6 Dems, 2 Republicans running for governor
Erie Times-News: Former district judge seeks 17th District nomination
Erie Times-News: Corbett to get primary challenge
Erie Times-News: Biros announces bid for House seat that extends into Erie County
Erie Times-News: Roae, Shutsa seek party nominations for state House 6th District
Centre Daily Times: No challengers file to face Corman, Conklin, Hanna, Benninghoff
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Candidates seek party nominations in primary
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Corbett facing new challenge
Times Tribune: End excuses, fairly tax gas
Citizens Voice: Closing office not exactly civil service
Harrisburg Patriot News: Another lawmaker facing corruption charges? Seriously?: John L. Micek
Express Times: EDITORIAL: Northampton County judges should have been consulted before drug and alcohol evaluations stopped
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: License to neglect
Daily News: DN Editorial: Vampire’s curse
Commonwealth Foundation: Super PAC will Super Size Union Dues in Politics
Commonwealth Foundation: Fact Check, Please! Anti-Liquor Privatization Study Falls Short
Keystone Politics: #PA13: Brendan Boyle Risks Kindergarten Programs, Then Proposes Universal Kindergarten
Keystone Politics: GRAPH: Comparing #PAGov Candidate Signature Totals
Keystone Politics: Paterno Petitions Ripe for a Challenge
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Blogger Running For Dem State Committee
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: A Three-Way Dem Primary In State Senate Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Lehigh GOP Boss Woodman Wants to Purge Latina Committee Woman
Watchdog Wire: GOP Primary Challenger requests special investigation of SD-28 special election