3/24 Morning Buzz

pa flagWolf releases yet another new ad, Corbett touts the state’s unemployment numbers and we give a round-up of the week’s news in the gubernatorial election. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Corbett Unleashes Full Court Press For Jobs Numbers: The top-line numbers for the February jobs report have been released, and Team Corbett is shouting it from the rooftops.

PA-Gov: Wolf Unveils New “Manufacturing” Ad: The latest ad in Wolf’s on-going media buy.

PA Politicos First Tweets: In which we localize a Washington Post feature from this morning.

3/21 Ups & Downs: It was a firecracker week in PA politics with a special election and a major leak from the Attorney General’s office. See who made this week’s list!

PA-Gov Round-up: Endorsements Abound: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial race.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-74: Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell, candidate for State Representative in the 74th Legislative District, announced that he has received the endorsement of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1776. He faces Caln Township Commissioner Josh Young in the Democratic Primary.

HD-120: According to Pittston Politics, Democratic State Rep Candidate John Bolin is having his nominating signatures challenged by longtime political West Wyoming operative Charlie Jackson. And, Bolin says his opponent, West Wyoming Council President Eileen Cipriani’s finger prints are all over it.

Statewide
Washington Post: Sinkhole of bureaucracy
USA Today: Among GOP governors, Corbett of Pa. lags behind
State House Sound Bites: Inquirer: Prosecutors come to defense of dropped sting
State House Sound Bites: Calls mount for further investigation of aborted sting
PA Independent: Week in Review: Big money in Philly, ethical lapses at liquor control
StateImpactPA: Five protestors arrested at Pa. state forest drilling site

Philadelphia
The Big Tent: Pa. jobless rate drops, Corbett supporters crow
PhillyClout: City leaders seek to raise $50M for 2016 DNC bid
Heard in the Hall: Nutter on Meet the Press
Heard in the Hall: Two sets of city gift rules creating confusion
Heard in the Hall: Feds charge 29-year-old Missouri man with attacking the city goverment’s web site
The Inquirer: Phila. Democrats await outcome of Kane sting flap
The Inquirer: City Council passes bill banning cash gifts
Daily News: 2016 bid for Dem convention starts to take shape
PlanPhilly: Deep flaws in Philly Council’s affordable housing initiative plan
WHYY Newsworks: Wagner joins Democrats at forum; all favor gifts ban
WHYY Newsworks: Outdated info on health insurance website may have tripped up Pa. shoppers
WHYY Newsworks: Common Cause Pa. leader renews call to ban all gifts to lawmakers

SEPA
Courier Times: Congress could fill potholes with offshore tax loopholes
Courier Times: Willow Grove forum endorses Greenleaf human trafficking bill
Burlington County Times: Deadline for health care enrollment looming
Bucks Local News: Lt. Governor Cawley tells Lower Bucks Chamber: ‘Pennsylvania’s best days lie ahead if we have the courage to make the difficult decisions’
AP: Bucks County Republican Committee announces endorsements for 2014
AP: Pennsylvania Auditor General: Now is the time to address $6.7 billion underfunded municipal pension liability

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Coalition pushing for action on Neville coke plant
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania urged to raise minimum wage
Post-Gazette: Building a second chance for job hunters with felony convictions
Post-Gazette: Years of disrespect at the U.N. pass as women rise to power
Tribune-Review: Rep. Murtha’s widow skirts politics for civic pursuits
Tribune-Review: Legion national commander discusses issues facing vets during local stop
UrbanMediaToday: Wiegand Seeks to Bring Change Through Service in 32nd Legislative District

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers pushing drug database
Altoona Mirror: Political notebook: McGinnis stands behind Wagner
Altoona Mirror: Elected officials pursuing immunity from lawsuit
Observer-Reporter: Report: Pennsylvania drilling taxes among lowest
Observer-Reporter: Former Pa. governor Ridge to speak at Bethany commencement
Observer-Reporter: HUD money coming to housing authorities

NEPA
Times Leader: New ideas improving the shifting world of child welfare
Times Leader: LCTA driver pay among highest in Pennsylvania
Times-Tribune: Legislators clash over district boundary changes
Times-Tribune: 200 properties on block as judicial sale continues
Times-Tribune: New CTC director has new vision for school

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: National publication ranks SU graduate program
Carlisle Sentinel: Elected officials’ pay: No plan in place
Patriot News: Hillary gender bump lacking for two Pa. gubernatorial hopefuls
Patriot News: On the road in the Lehigh Valley, Dem gov candidate McCord looks to seize back the momentum
York Daily Record: Several local schools rank among the top in the state
York Daily Record: Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania sees good sign in Wagner win

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: New liquor privatization push emphasizes wine, beer convenience
Morning Call: Philly wants to host next Democratic National Convention
Morning Call: Gov. Corbett tours Bethlehem’s CRIZ sites
Reading Eagle: Latinos on the Move: Ever-increasing numbers Berks County’s largest minority group are moving to the suburbs
AP: Democratic candidates eye taxes to ease wealth gap in Pa.
WFMZ: Easton school administrators, union agree to talk about budget
WFMZ: State Rep. Marcia Hahn to host electric choice hearings

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘14 Blog: State House members from Erie County could face challengers
Centre Daily Times: Former Pa. attorney general: Tim Curley, Gary Schultz case a ‘miscarriage of justice’
Centre Daily Times: Commonwealth Court will hear rival’s challenge to Paterno petition signatures
Centre Daily Times: Revenue chief Dan Meuser backs health, education spending priorities in Corbett budget
Onward State: Altoona Fraternity Suspended After Hazing Allegedly Contributes to Suicide
WIlliamsport Sun Gazette: Everett to speak on PCN on gas royalty payment bill

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Buzzer beater: Obamacare has a March madness deadline
Tribune-Review: Gamey deal: Was a rescinded quarter-million-dollar payment to a departed Game Commission boss hush money?
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Property-tax dilemma festering
Patriot News: Taxpayers are true victims of Philly lawmakers’ case: Kathleen G. Kane
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane furor over corruption probe may be excessive
The Inquirer: The gifts that keep on giving
WHYY Newsworks: Three rings are hardly enough to contain the Pa. political circus
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Pa. property tax reform needs stakeholders’ support

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: PA-13: Ballot Position and Issue Shorts
Keystone Conservative: Rep. Fattah’s son sues the IRS
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Labor Uses Big Lie to Kill Pension Reform
Keystone Politics: #HD164: Margo Davidson gets a PSA from PSEA
Pittston Politics: BREAKING NEWS: Bolin hires lawyer, will depose Charlie Jackson

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