3/26 Morning Buzz

pa flagCorbett hits McCord, McGinty calls for a gift ban and the Chamber of Commerce awards three GOP PA Reps. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Corbett Strikes Back Against McCord Comments: The governor’s campaign hit McCord back on the comments he made yesterday at a Press Club luncheon.

PA-Gov: McGinty Calls for Gift Ban: Capitalizing on the gift ban momentum, McGinty has come out in support of the initiative.

PA-8: Naughton Endorsed by Sheet Metal Workers: The Democratic candidate received the backing of the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19.

Chamber of Commerce Honors PA GOP Congressmen: Reps. Barletta, Pitts and Rothfus each received the Chamber’s Spirit of Enterprise Award.

Think Tanks Spar Over Minimum Wage: Research organizations from different sides of the political spectrum disagree with the other’s conclusions in minimum wage studies.

Reader Poll: Have Campaign Ads Ever Worked On You?: This week, with the race for Governor heating up, we ask our readers about the efficacy of campaign ads.

Reader Poll: Kane Should Have Brought Charges: In a close vote, readers narrowly say that the Attorney General should’ve brought charges.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-58: A Commonwealth Court Judge will decide whether state Rep. R. Ted Harhai (D-Westmoreland) can remain on the primary election ballot. He is facing a challenge from three voters stating that he failed to file his financial statements by the deadline. Harhai, who was first elected in 1998, is opposed on the Democratic ballot by first-year Monessen Councilman John Nestor. Tom Logan, a Hempfield Township supervisor, is running unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: U.S. Supreme Court to hear midstate challenge of contraception mandate
State House Sound Bites: Supreme Court justices hear “contraception mandate” challenge
PA Independent: ACLU blasts bill allowing prosecutors to raid digital medicine cabinets
StateImpactPA: Businesses already betting on proposed ethane cracker in Beaver County
StateImpactPA: Tank cars moving crude by rail through Pa. need a makeover

Philadelphia
The Big Tent: Rob McCord’s ‘log cabin’ bio ads
CapitolInq: Fattah Jr. adds FBI, Dept. of Justice to lawsuit
PhillyClout: Tom Wolf says Kathleen Kane ‘wrong’ to drop investigation
PhillyClout: Karen Brown booted from ballot
The Inquirer: Rendell defends Kane’s decision to drop sting case
The Inquirer: Pa. sting the talk of the Capitol
The Inquirer: Kane’s spokesman is leaving job
Daily News: Feibush bid to oust 36th Ward committee people hits snag
WHYY Newsworks: U.S. Supreme Court hears ‘contraception mandate’ challenge
WHYY Newsworks: Property taxes could be on the rise in Wilmington
WHYY Newsworks: When money talks, bigotry walks
Phillynow.com: UArts grad’s anti-surveillance playing cards feature Obama as ‘Suicide King’

SEPA
Courier Times: Bristol Twp. asking area U.S. lawmakers to intervene in levee dispute
The Intelligencer: Obamacare supporters rally in Norristown
Burlington County Times: Tax appeals spell tax hike in Lumberton
Daily Local News: Moving forward: Coatesville district accepts state plan

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Casey asks VA to release details of investigation into Pittsburgh Legionnaires outbreak
Post-Gazette: Congressional Steel Caucus hears arguments about unfair and illegal practices by foreign traders
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council registers support for women’s health legislation
Post-Gazette: Pa. bill requires receipts for lawmaker expenses
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh eyes posting more government infor online
Tribune-Review: Controller audit finds double payments to Allegheny County constables
UrbanMediaToday: Wheatley Seeks Democratic Nomination to Retain House Seat

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Clarion cuts connection with USVEI
Altoona Mirror: Curve, UPMC join forces
Altoona Mirror: Burgmeier’s updating fleet of trash trucks
Beaver County Times: Final ACA events planned in county
Beaver County Times: Details on Beaver’s proposed police services contracts released
Beaver County Times: Heritage Valley opens acute cardiac care center

NEPA
Times Leader: W-B Area CTC administrators get new deal
Times Leader: Cipriani supporter challenges opponent’s petitions
Times Leader: County court non-union raises run into headwind
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s former council clerk picked for city open-records position
Times-Tribune: Judicial tax sale brings in $1 million

South Central
York Dispatch: Columbia Gas to move York office
Carlisle Sentinel: Tanning bed regulations gain ground again in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Should Pennsylvania adopt English as its official language? A state representative wants to have the debate
Patriot News: Democratic guv candidate Tom Wolf answers your questions
Patriot News: Corbett campaign fires back at McCord slights
Patriot News: $100,000 Club: Facts, figures and perspectives from 2013

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Democrat Mark Aurand kicks off primary election race in Lehigh Valley’s new state Senate district
Morning Call: More than 300,000 Pennsylvanians could be registered in another state too
Morning Call: Snow days flexibility provided in PA legislation
Morning Call: Easton Area School Board denies charter school application
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania consumers to get refunds following e-book price fixing suit
Reading Eagle: State extends deadline for help paying energy bills

North by Northwest
Onward State: The End of State Patty’s is Near According to Stats
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Health system projects change in scope of care
AP: Truckers worked together to get turnpike discounts
Centre Daily Times: Freeh to appeal delay in Spanier defamation lawsuit
Centre Daily Times: Commissioners: 911 funding stream top concern at state conference

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Something ventured: Pittsburgh start-ups draw greater investment
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Patriot News: Gov. Corbett’s HealthyPa plan isn’t very healthy for the disabled
York Daily Record: Editorial: Tax reform a difficult balancing act
WHYY Newsworks: Mitt Romney’s sour grapes tour

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Last Call: Brush Collection Gets Underway Friday
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Bill Could End Philly Transit Strikes
Keystone Politics: In Defense of PA’s “Broken” Campaign Finance System
Keystone Politics: PA13: Margolies Fundraising Email Makes Mega-Ask
Keystone Politics: Should the PA gift ban be accompanied by real campaign finance reform?
Keystone Politics: #PA13: Leach proposes gift ban legislation for all state officials
Keystone Politics: Schools Face Secondary Challenge to Funding – Standardized Tests

5 Responses

  1. Isn’t time that the Keystone state say goodbye to rule by the Republican Consulting Class that Rush Limbaugh warned us about. Don’t our citizens deserve better government than rule by Brabender, the Nutts, and the Bakers for 4 more years? http://shar.es/BqkMO
    On Friday, conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh praised Pat Caddell, the frustrated Democrat who has often spoken out against the political establishment, for his thunderous speech at CPAC on Thursday condemning the Republican consultant class.

  2. It’s so depressing to see a visit by our elected Governor with the new Catholic pontiff be so politicized by the Corbett team. If Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia it will be to save souls; not to save the political futures of Tom Corbett or Acting Governor John Brabender and the Republican Consulting Class. Nothing should surprise us from the Corbett/Brabender team. If Brabender could get Corbett to bleed from stigmata to raise money for his expensive ads, Tom Corbett would bleed on demand for gullible donors. http://www.keystonepolitics.com/2014/03/corbett-campaign-shamelessly-politicizes-pope/

  3. Holy Mother of God: Even the new Pontiff Francis doesn’t want to be pitched on Corbettcare. The Holy Father is wise enough to know that Corbettcare is political gambit of the Dark Prince, Acting Governor John Brabender to allow he and his minions to run racist ads against whomever is lucky enough to run against Tom Corbett. Nutter and Corbett’s private meeting with Pope Francis canceled

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140326_breaking.html

  4. Holy Mother of God McGinty! Are you trying to put Savannah’s Gentleman’s Club out of business? Savannah’s is a job creator too! Do you really expect lonely legislators and their staffs to spend their evenings either Skyping their families or having intense policy discussions with Commonwealth Foundation nerds, over MOCKTAILS? Katie: Why are you trying to destroy the soft underbelly of the Harrisburg economy, a distressed city? Katie: Lads will be Lads! http://youtu.be/PEXfK6YsFrM

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