3/27 Morning Buzz

pa flagWagner drops out, the Young Dems announce their endorsements and Stack partners with Hanger on marijuana reform. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Wagner Drops Out: After a brief candidacy, the former Auditor General ends his bid.

PA Young Dems Endorse Wolf & Koplinski: Following a questionnaire and individual interviews, the Young Democrats made their endorsements.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Proposes “Invest PA” Program: The plan provides incentives for manufacturers to grow, hire and stay within the state.

PA-13: Boyle Unveils Philadelphia Endorsements: Democratic congressional candidate Brendan Boyle announced the endorsement of nine elected officials from Northeast Philly today.

PA-10: Troiano Strikes Back over Marino’s Social Security Attack: The independent candidate is accusing the Congressman of being dishonest in his letter on Social Security.

PA-6: NRCC Promotes Costello: The Chester County Commissioner entered the Young Gun program.

Casey Introduces Emergency Services Bill: The bill would reauthorize the Emergency Medical Services for Children program — which was established in 1984.

Stack Introduces Marijuana Reform With Hanger Support: Former Gov candidate stands by current Lt. Gov. candidate as he proposes new legislation to State Senate.

SD-28: Miller Drops Out of Republican Primary: Following his big loss in the special election, Rep. Ron Miller will not seek the Republican nomination in the primary.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-120: Wyoming Area School Director John Bolin has withdrawn from the race for the Democratic nomination. Bolin, of Wyoming, said he made the decision after reviewing his nominating petitions and discovered that he fell below the required 300 necessary to be placed on the ballot. Democratic candidates Eileen Cipriani of West Wyoming and Gary Mack of Edwardsville remain on the ballot. Aaron Kaufer is the lone Republican on the ballot in the race to succeed retiring state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, D-Kingston.

HD-124: Candidate Jamie Barton withdrew his name from the Republican ballot following a controversial car accident and DUI arrest.

HD-158: Susan Rzucidlo announced today that the Women’s Campaign Fund, a national organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office, has unanimously voted to endorse her candidacy. This seat is vacant after Chris Ross’s retirement.

HD-163: UFCW Local 1776 backed Democrat Vince Rongione’s campaign to replace retiring Rep. Nick Micozzie (R-Delaware). The union had previously supported Micozzie.

Statewide
PA Independent: Wagner’s win emboldens hardline conservatives
PA Independent: Activist: PA gifts law should be best in country after ethical lapses
PA Independent: Philadelphia school district suspends seniority rules
Capitolwire: Stack’s pot possession proposals unlikely to progress

Philadelphia
The Big Tent: McCord joins challenge to Pa. same-sex marriage ban
PhillyClout: Mayor Nutter gets a private meeting with the pope (sort of)
AP: Jack Wagner drops out of Pa. gov race
The Inquirer: Senator’s aide: ‘Most’ of workday spent on birthday gala
The Inquirer: Deal in sting case provokes sharp debate
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia state senator to go to trial on corruption charges
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. delegation private meeting with pope canceled
WHYY Newsworks: New projects, no new taxes proposed in New Castle County budget address
WHYY Newsworks: Philly to get $100,000 innovation fund
Phillynow.com: Queerest Pope ever may visit Philly

SEPA
Courier Times: State senator’s aide: ‘most of my time’ used on campaign
Courier Times: Affordable Care Act deadline approaches
Delco Daily Times: Dem candidate withdraws from 162nd District race

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Jack Wagner pulls out of governor’s race
Post-Gazette: Two students named to State System of Higher Education board of governors
Post-Gazette: Proposed federal EPA rule would protect streams, wetlands
Post-Gazette: Governor’s schools add agriculture, technology
Tribune-Review: AG Kane approved deal dismissing informant’s charges in sting
Tribune-Review: Allegheny DA to create ‘integrity unit’ to work with local police
UrbanMediaToday: Mayor William Peduto Announces 18 New ‘Love Your Block’ Grant Recipients

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: County selects firm for data
Altoona Mirror: Forum acts as 80th district primary preview
Altoona Mirror: Blair County splits vote on union dues
Beaver County Times: PennDOT: Four teams to compete for large-scale bridge replacement project
Beaver County Times: Columbia Gas wants to raise rates
Beaver County Times: Nonprofit settles with Beaver County over tax appeal

NEPA
Times Leader: LCTA still awaiting share from county
Times Leader: Elected collectors stepping up to the plate
Times-Tribune: Peters leaves Kane’s office, declines questions on dropped probe
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor helped police officer subdue man during melee
Times-Tribune: Government change may mean more change than originally thought

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg school district proposes 2 percent tax increase
Patriot News: Early TV ads define contest for governor in 2014
Patriot News: Rep. Daryl Metcalfe calls dibs on moving legislation to end acceptance of cash gifts
Patriot News: Lieutenant governor candidate calls for easing of some Pennsylvania marijuana laws
York Daily Record: Downtown leaders tout safety, redevelopment in York
York Daily Record: In split vote, York County officials approve salary increases for some prosecutors
York Dispatch: State holds hearings about long power outages from February ice storm

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Warren County landfill expansion study set to begin
WFMZ: Allentown Parking Authority approves sale of land to Butz partnership
Morning Call: Judge Smith’s nomination to federal bench approved by Senate
Morning Call: Parkland looks to shore up $7 million budget gap
Morning Call: Small crop of texting tickets reflects challenge in enforcing new law
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council violated Sunshine Act, media group says

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Final stage of Route 15 improvements underway
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montoursville School Board eyeing modest tax hike
Erie Times News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Candidate withdrawal deadline today
Onward State: Rodney Erickson Planned Joe Paterno Tribute, Board of Trustees Shot It Down

Opinion
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Lining up to meet the pope
York Daily Record: Our take: Ron Miller should have disavowed negative campaign
Plan Philly: Councilwoman Tasco: Philly’s new housing plan can’t be compared to NTI
WHYY Newsworks: Hobby Lobby and religious oppression in the workplace
Pottstown Mercury: Treasury Dept. says columnist misrepresented court filing by Pa. Treasurer McCord
Post-Gazette: Sentencing reform: The United States needs to cut the cost of prison
Times-Tribune: Kane should rethink odd approach

Blogs
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Bill Could End Philly Transit Strikes
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Jack Wagner, We Hardly Knew Thee
Keystone Politics: #HD163: Endorsements Swing Left Amid Changing Demographics
Keystone Politics: Corbett Campaign Shamelessly Politicizes the Pope
Keystone Progress: Sens. Casey and Toomey plot secret deal to nominate Tea Party Judge for Western PA District Court
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Aurand Announces State Senate Campaign From Nazareth
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Let’s Raise Some Caine About Kane

3 Responses

  1. I think anyone in Harrisburg needs to do some serious thinking about letting the Kane issues in Philadelphia drown out and be confused with serious issues that remain unanswered in the Corbett Sandusky matter. If you read, Victim #1’s book, SILENT NO MORE, he and his family certainly believe that Aaron’s case was “slow-rolled” by Corbett. Also why was never any action taken against the Second Mile staff or board? Because the Board of the Second Mile were loyal Corbett donors? I am quite sure the victims of Sandusky really don’t care that much about Mr. Fina’s unfinished investigations in Philadelphia, and should they really? Tom Corbett can run from the unanswered questions surrounding Sandusky , the Second MIle and Gricar, but he cannot hide from the voters, and they will be the ultimate Grand Jury. http://shar.es/BsDh4
    Aided by state child welfare officials, the Second Mile charity Pennsylvania child welfare agencies close to Sandusky and Second Mile have yet to be thoroughly investigated Among the lingering questions in the Jerry Sandusky case is whether Sandusky founded the Second Mile charity with an eye toward using the organization to lure and abuse young boys. Tantalizing insights into this subject were raised during Sandusky’s 2012 trial, but were never considered by the jury, nor directly recorded in t…

  2. 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.

  3. 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/

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