3/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Del Ricci receives labor endorsements, the AFL-CIO makes their judicial picks and another McCaffery scandal is uncovered. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

HD-170: Del Ricci Wins AFL-CIO and Other Labor Endorsements: The Democratic candidate brings in her own share of union support.

AFL-CIO Endorses Supreme, Superior and Commonwealth Court Candidates: The Pennsylvania labor organization announced its judicial endorsements ahead of the May 19 primaries.

Inquirer Reveals McCaffery’s Role in Referral Fees: Documents suggest Justice Seamus McCaffery may have done legal referring for which his wife received payment.

Scarnati Criticizes Penn State over Ayers Invitation: The Senate Pro Tempore denounced the decision to allow the former Weather Underground leader to speak on campus.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Adolph Launches Website To Let Taxpayers Know How Much They’ll Pay Under Wolf Budget Proposal
PLSReporter: Wolf’s Budget Plan: Comprehensive Vs. Competitive?
PLSReporter: State Pension Reform Plan Coming Soon
State House Sound Bites: Advocates Urge an Increase in State Funding For Mentoring Programs
StateImpactPA: Railroad Chief Says Oil Companies Need to Do More for Railroad Safety
StateImpactPA: DCNR Examining Gas Royalty Payments ‘Very Closely’
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Governor Wants New Energy Subsidies While Old Ones Abound
PA Independent: Wolf’s GO-TIME Team Identifies Millions in Savings for PA Taxpayers

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Former United Way Leader Joins Independent Blue Cross
Philadelphia Business Journal: William Penn, Knight Foundations Donate $11M for Public Space Project
Daily News: Teachers’ Union to Endorse Kenney for Mayor
Inquirer: Gun-Toting Advocates Rally in Lower Merion
Inquirer: First Phase of Reading Viaduct Funded
Inquirer: Wolf’s Severance Tax would Set a Minimum on Gas Produced
Heard in the Hall: City Councilman says Opponent Posted Racist Messages on Facebook

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Current District Gives Council Rock Superintendent Candidate Five Star Rating
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick: Use Justice Department Corporate Fines on Education, Mentoring
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Courthouse to Beef up Security
Pottstown Mercury: Amity Supervisors Approve Borrowing $1.25M for Sewer Project
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville Borough Council OKs Wolf Baldwin as Solicitor
Bucks Local News: Council Rock Superintendent to Attend Public Forum

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Casey wants panel to boost disaster response to derailments
Pittsburgh Business Times: Severance tax methodology unfair to producers, critics say
Post-Gazette: CMU grads are turning to crowdfunding to start a new political party
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania may do more for frail elderly living at home
Tribune Review: Pension-distressed Pa. communities suggest upping retirement age, state money

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Kaneshiki seeks Hollidaysburg school board seat
Altoona Mirror: Bill that would free nurses from contracts causes divide
Beaver County Times: Election paperwork of four Midland Council candidates challenged
Beaver County Times: As medical marijuana debate heats up across the state, poll shows ‘momentum’ is behind legalization

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Casey pushes continued children’s health insurance funding
News Item: A more detailed look at Wolf’s proposed sales tax hike
Times-Tribune: Sales tax looms in budget debate
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Democratic Party backs incumbents
Times Leader: With primaries looming, Luzerne County seeking new election director

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County Launches New Website
Carlisle Sentinel: Site for Two Proposed Cumberland Valley Schools Announced
Carlisle Sentinel: Senate Candidate Sestak Visits Dickinson, Says He Wants to Gain Trust of Voters
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Tax and Spending Debate: Six Takeouts from Budget Secretary Randy Albright Appearance Before Senate Appropriations Committee
Patriot-News: Bill Makes Viewing Porn on State Commuters or Cell Phones Illegal
Patriot-News: Two Troubling Stats About Pa. Schools – And What They Mean to This Year’s Budget Debate
York Daily Record: State Working on New Recovery Officer for York City Schools
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf, House GOP Have Dueling Websites
Intelligencer-Era: House GOP Launches Website Criticizing Gov. Wolf’s Tax Proposal
Intelligencer-Era: EPA Warns Pennsylvania It Is Coming Up Short in Making Sure Farmers Have Anti-Runoff Plans

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wolf Plan Seeks to End Rising School Pension Costs
Express-Times: Nazareth School Board to Spend More Than $1.6 Million on Summer Projects
Express-Times: Bethlehem School District to Borrow $50 Million for New Nitschmann
Express-Times: Tentative Phillipsburg School Budget Comes with 7.15 Percent Tax Increase
Reading Eagle: Toomey Fights for Expanded Background Checks on School Employees
Reading Eagle: Wolf’s Property Tax Plan Has Competition
Reading Eagle: Twin Valley School District Seeks Fairer State Funding

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Register of Wills Kim Barton to Retire Almost 4 Decades in Office
Centre Daily Times: Breaking Down the Municipal Races in Centre County
Centre Daily Times: PennDOT Rail Study Examines Upgrades, Possible State College Service
Sun-Gazette: Many Local Government Bodies Comply with Law

Opinion
Daily News: You Be the Judge
Inquirer: Remaking the Gallery Mall
Philly.com: Krauthammer: Sad Reminder of the Clinton Era
Montgomery Media: Einstein was a Princeton Genius. And a Math Tutor.
Bucks County Courier Times: Secure Firearms or Risk Tragedy
Tribune Review: Crime & punishment: Apropos sentences
Post-Gazette: Ridership woes: The Port Authority needs to be customer-friendly
Patriot-News: Who Is Sovereign Here in Pa. – Politicians or Voters?

Blogs
Citified: Suit: Milton Street Can’t Run Because He’s an Independent From New Jersey
Citified: Can Disneyland Help Clean Up “Filthadelphia”?
Citified: Pew Poll: Philadelphians Are Split on Charter Schools
Citified: The Brief: Why the Philly Teacher’s Union Endorsement Matters
Keystone Crossroads: Bicycle Coalition Director on How Next Mayor Can Make Philly Bike-Friendlier
Keystone Crossroads: Five Upcoming Mayoral Elections to Watch in Pennsylvania
Liberty City Press: Wolf Bares His Teeth
Liberty City Press: A City of Haves and Have Nots
Liberty City Press: UNCF Masked Ball

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