3/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kenney wins FOP’s support, Del Ricci gets help from Schwartz and Rendell while White picks up some more labor endorsements. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

HD-170: Del Ricci Hits the Campaign Trail with Schwartz and Rendell: The Democratic candidate is gearing up for Tuesday’s special election.

PHL-15: Kenney Endorsed by Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police: FOP President John McNesby is throwing his support behind the former City Councilman.

HD-170: White Unveils More Labor Endorsements: The GOP candidate scored some more union support just days before the special election.

PGW Employees’ Union Endorses Kenyatta Johnson for City Council: Kenyatta Johnson picks up the backing of another labor group.

PA-9: Shuster Says Congress Won’t Embrace Increase in Gas Tax: The Pennsylvania Republican said lawmakers will be looking for another way to extend the transportation funding bill.

Statewide
PA Independent: View Porn on State Computer? You Should Go To Jail Lawmaker Says
PLSReporter: In Reflection with Sen. Franklin Kury (D-Northumberland)
PLSReporter: Senators Consider Future of the Gaming Industry
Capitolwire: Another Row Over ‘Pricing’ Request From PLCB
Capitolwire: PASSHE Won’t Commit to Tuition Freeze, Yet
Capitolwire: Distributors Can Dip Into Current Inventory To Sell 12-Packs, PLCB Clarifies
Capitolwire: Public Safety Concerns Brew in Senate Appropriations Committee
Capitolwire: Judiciary Needs $30M Increase; Hughes Against Added Fees To Fund Its Budget
Capitolwire: PA’s Corrections System Headed in the Right Direction, But More Work is Needed, Says Acting Sec. Wetzel

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf: Let’s Make PA ‘Fertile Ground’ for Energy Biz
Inquirer: The Luck of the Draw as Candidates Get Ballot Spots
Campus lnq: PSU Considers 3.89% Room and Board Hike
Heard in the Hall: Carpenters to Pay Fine for Violating Campaign Finance Law
PhillyDeals: Will Tougher Reporting Help to Fix NJ, PA Pensions?
Daily News: Interactive: Candidates’ Lucrative Public Pensions
Daily News: Williams Among Winners of Coffee Can Ballot Draw
Daily News: Ex-Philly Officer Loses Civil-Rights Trial
Philly Clout: Diaz: Morales Should Withdraw from Council Race

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Fitzpatrick Unveils Legislation Aimed at Protecting Students from Sexual, Violent Predators
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners Turn their Attention to Renovating the Former Courthouse; Hire Company to Manage Process
Montgomery Media: Piszek Tract Development Headlines at Upper Dublin Planning Commission Meeting
Pottstown Mercury: $5 Million Manufacturing Tax Credit Proposed for Pennsylvania
Pottstown Mercury: Casino Executives Testify on Possibility of Online Gaming in PA
Pottstown Mercury: 45 New Items would be Taxed Under Gov. Wolf’s Plan
Bucks County Courier Times: Legal Challenge Against Neshaminy Bond Issue Dismissed

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Peduto says new ‘Envision Downtown’ group will capitalize on Golden Triangle growth
Tribune Review: Final charge against Pittsburgh City Council President dismissed
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania education funding letter war puts school districts in the middle
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board candidate’s eligibility is challenged
Post-Gazette: City Council candidates face ballot challenges
Pittsburgh Business Times: Peduto, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership launch new group to pursue ‘complete streets’ downtown
Pittsburgh Business Times: House votes to kill NLRB’s ‘ambush elections’ rule, but Obama will veto
KDKA: Consumer Advocate Says Governor’s Sales Tax Plan Could Make Things Worse

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria assistant DA Langerholc deputized as federal prosecutor
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Challenged candidates for Johnstown council, school board withdraw from election
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rising tax value, reducing blight on minds of Johnstown leaders

NEPA
Times Leader: Rep. Gerald Mullery: Casino industry’s requests unfair to other businesses, unhealthy for patrons
Times Leader: Stevens to participate in televised forum for Supreme Court justice candidates today
Times-Tribune: Challenge says Clarks Green councilwoman bent the rules
Times-Tribune: Court to hear Scranton’s petition for tax hike on April 22
Citizens Voice: County council to refinance $88M in debt
News Item: Sen. Gordner competes with area students
Standard Speaker: Two mayoral candidates challenged

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Midstate Municipalities Rethink Firearm Prohibitions in Parks
Carlisle Sentinel: Susquehanna Township’s New Superintendent to Commute Nearly 60 Miles
Patriot-News: Amanda Donohue Appointed to Hummelstown Borough Council to Fill Vacancy
Patriot-News: Lawmaker, Philly DA Respond to Claim of Causing Murder Victim’s Widow ‘Unnecessary Heartache’
Patriot-News: Senator Wants to Close ‘Revenge Porn’ Relationship Exemption Amid Penn State Frat Scandal
Patriot-News: Incumbent Withdraws Name From York County Commissioners Primary Ballot, Looks to Run as Independent
Intelligencer-Era: Former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode Calls Justice System Today’s Jim Crow
Intelligencer-Era: After 3 Hangings at Lancaster County Prison, a New Anti-Suicide Panel Being Formed; Advocates Say It’s Not Enough
Intelligencer-Era: Final Approval Given to Rock Springs Gas Pipeline in Southern Lancaster County
Intelligencer-Era: Beer Distributors Can ‘Break Up’ Cases of Beer, Sell Them as 12-Packs, LCB Now Says
Lebanon Daily News: Gov. Wolf Says Manufacturing Tax Credit Could Boost Pennsylvania Jobs, Industry

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lower Saucon Resident: Landfill Odor So Foul, Park Can’t Be Enjoyed
Reading Eagle: Reading Constable Charged with DUI, Assaulting Muhlenberg Police Suspended from Job
Reading Eagle: Berks Commissioners Support Effort to Add 2.1-Acre Tract in Union Township to French Creek State Park
Express-Times: Former Lopatcong Township CFO Seeks $500,000 from Township for Alleged Defamation
Express-Times: Pennsylvania State Police Acting Commissioner Marcus Brown Apologizes
Express-Times: Pennsylvania Casinos Want Round-the-Clock Booze Sales, No Video Gaming, Report Says
Express-Times: Forks Township Rules, Regulations Followed for Compressor, Zoning Officer Says
Express-Times: Parkland Board OKs Promotions of School District Transportation Supervisors

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustees weigh zero tuition increase at University Park
Centre Daily Times: Gas-tax hike is best highway fix, key agency says
Sun-Gazette: Treasurer Candidate Files Suit

Opinion
Daily News: The Blackboard Bungle
Philly.com: Costly Lesson for Philly School District
Inquirer: Battle Continues over Iran Deal
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Borough Authority Produces Lesson for Sunshine Week
Bucks County Courier Times: Family Friendly Courts Outlawed
Post-Gazette: Healthful alliance: UPMC, Pitt and CMU join forces in a big way
Patriot-News: Top Wolf Official on Penn State Frat Scandal ‘As a Mom … I Hope and Pray My Girls Will Be Respected’

Blogs
Citified: Tonight! The Mayoral Candidates Talk Mobility
Citified: Like A Nice Cabernet, Every City Wants a Sip of Philly’s Nice BYOB Culture
Citified: Inside Take: A Blueprint from Boston for Making the Philadelphia Energy Hub Work for All
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Biden Comes to Scranton
2 Political Junkies: Tracking The Crazy (Joey Farah and the Clinton Wars)
Philadelphia Weekly: Quinones-Sanchez: Morales is “Blatantly Lying” About “Hateful” Facebook Posts
Philadelphia Weekly: Pussy Riot to Philly Fans: Resistance Isn’t Futile
Philadelphia Weekly: Forensic Expert Considers City Council Candidate’s Claim to Have Been Facebook-Hacked
Keystone Crossroads: In Philly’s Changing Brewerytown, Hope, Anxiety, and a Very perplexing Mural
Keystone Crossroads: Police Role With Homeless Population: Enforcers or Helpers?

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