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3/28 Morning Buzz

Pittsburgh City SkylineCasey still opposes gay marriage, the anti-establishment candidate drops out of PA’s Superior Court race, and some updates from the Pittsburgh mayoral primary. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Casey Holds Off on Gay Marriage Support: In the past year, many Democrats – including President Obama – have gone from supporting civil unions to supporting gay marriage. Bob Casey is one of 10 Democrats in the U.S. Senate who has not.

Wyda Out; Stabile Has Clear Path to Superior Court Nom: Allegheny County Judge Ron Wyda has withdrawn his name from the ballot in the Republican primary for Pa. Superior Court. His departure leaves Cumberland County attorney Vic Stabile with a clear path to the nomination.

Peduto Poll: Peduto 30%, Wagner 21%, Lamb 12%: The Pittsburgh mayoral primary field is set, and according to an internal campaign poll from Bill Peduto’s campaign so are the candidates’ numbers.

Ferlo Backs Jack: State Sen. Jim Ferlo, who just days ago was a candidate for Pittsburgh Mayor, has backed former Pa. Auditor General Jack Wagner in the race.

State House Sound Bites: Trading barbs, legal theories on pension overhaul
State House Sound Bites: State senators urge action in DC to stop military tech furloughs
State House Sound Bites: Budget secretary calls for pension changes to balance PA budget
State House Sound Bites: U.S. Supreme Court rejects class action lawsuit against Comcast
State House Sound Bites: Agencies clashing over Susquehanna find some common ground
PA Independent: Unions promise challenges to PA pension reform
StateImpactPA: Corbett Praises Krancer, Says He Will Be A Talent To Private Sector
StateImpactPA: DCNR To Hold Closed-Door Meeting on Drilling in Loyalsock State Forest
Capitolwire: Ex-Mellow chief of staff remaining top Senate Democratic staffer.
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: A look inside efforts to fill 7th PA Supremes seat.
Capitolwire: McCord joins Corman lawsuit to direct PSU sanction money in Pennsylvania.

AP: Group says nearly 900,000 Pennsylvanians could become eligible for for federal health insurance subsidy
AP: Supreme Court turns away class action lawsuit against Comcast
Inquirer: Support for gay marriage increases in Pa.
Inquirer: Santorum: the Republican party’s dinosaur?
PhillyClout: Williams drops out of City Controller race, endorses Butkovitz
PhillyClout: Why won’t Nutter administration hold AVI meetings in Blackwell’s district?
PhillyClout: Four Traffic Court candidates removed from ballot, 11 withdraw
Heard in the Hall: A well-known name in mayor’s race — Frank Rizzo
Heard in the Hall: Candidate Williams out of Controller’s race
Daily News: Council wary over new AVI property assessments
Daily News: Philadelphia judge hopeful faced beating allegations by son
Daily News: One supreme mess
WHYY Newsworks: Ad campaign urges D.C. lawmakers to support background checks for gun sales
WHYY Newsworks: Philly councilwoman says project delay due to her stance on PGW
WHYY Newsworks: Proposed Pa. pension changes will pass legal muster, Corbett officials say Bob Casey still not moving on marriage equality
KYWNewsradio: Philadelphia celebrates 118th birthday of city’s symbol of brotherly love
KYWNewsradio: Controversial plan to privatize Pennsylvania’s liquor sales concerns area beer distributors

AP: AG files more abuse charges against Pa. ex-teacher
AP: Former Philly school chair broke ethics law
AP: Bipartisan helper costs man local Pa. ballot spot
Delco Daily Times: Delco state Sen. Daylin Leach blasts arguments of those arguing to ban same-sex marriage
Delco Daily Times: PennDOT slates $63M widening project on Route 202 in Chesco; expect delays

Tribune Review: Redesigned stores offered as alternative to privatizing Pennsylvania alcohol sales
Tribune Review: Market Square valet service’s practices draw ire of businesses
Tribune Review: Judge approves American-US Airways merger
Tribune Review: Oversight agency hires accounting firm to review Pittsburgh’s money management
Post-Gazette: DA, county to determine if others will face charges in fatal shooting in Clairton on Tuesday
Post-Gazette: Darlene Harris drops out of Pittsburgh mayor’s race
Early Returns: City unions, Ferlo back Jack
Early Returns: Harris drops mayoral bid
KDKA: Wagner Picks Up Big Endorsements In Mayor’s Race
WTAE: Owner of winning Cash 5 ticket to split $500,000 jackpot
WTAE: Blush strip club suing City of Pittsburgh
WPXI: Judge approves American Airlines-US Airways merger
WPXI: Pittsburgh selected to host 2014 U.S. Gymnastics Championships

Beaver County Times: Elected officials can’t be fired
Beaver County Times: Rothfus hosting ‘Coffee with Keith’ events Tuesday
Observer-Reporter: Attorney: Challenges to Marcoline’s petitions being withdrawn
Observer-Reporter: Voters challenge nominating petitions of two county judicial candidates
Altoona Mirror: City Council candidate off of primary ballot
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 900K in Pa. could see federal health care subsidy
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset, company extend deal

AP: 900K in Pa. could see federal health care subsidy
AP: Ballpark to debut ‘urinal gaming system’ in Pa.
Standard Speaker: Harman site plans stall as agency rejects tax credits
Standard Speaker: Hazleton Area to add metal detectors at elementary schools
Standard Speaker: Councilman questions police chief’s expanding role
News Item: Group supports Bridy’s call for Second Amendment resolution, but not his fellow Northumberland County commissioners
News Item: Lawsuit against six county officials dismissed
News Item: Fuel prices drop six cents in valley
Times Leader: Pittston Area ends old, wasteful ways
Times Leader: Failed annex is a money pit
Citizens Voice: Sanitary Authority set to hike rates
Citizens Voice: Bill pushes utilities to extend natural gas service
Times Tribune: Supporters of marriage equality stand together in Scranton
Pocono Record: Congressman holds meeting on sequester today

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Gov. Corbett touts new facility, jobs at Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte school district talks safety
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Corbett promotes Act 13 impact fees
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Legislation designed to expand gas use
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Banquet honors work in county conservation

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Will Sen. Bob Casey reverse course on gay marriage?
The Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett gearing up for court challenge to his pension reform plans
The Express Times: Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. says he applied for superintendent’s job ‘to prove a point’
Express Times: Easton mayor gives annual state of the city address
Express Times: LETTER: Handful of cities show one-party rule destructive
Pennsylvania Ave: In Bucks, Fitzpatrick uses Pelosi for Congressional campaign fundraising

South Central
The Sentinel: Secretary of aging stresses agency goals in Mechanicsburg
Intelligencer: Commissioners ban tobacco at county playgrounds
Intelligencer: County Democrats to honor Arriola, Dees
Intelligencer: Manheim Twp. schools ban parents from eating lunch with their children
Lebanon Daily News: Palmyra quietly approves comp plan
Lebanon Daily News: Derry OKs rezoning of old Hershey chocolate plant
Roxbury News: Dauphin Co. Commissioners: merger of the adult and juvenile probation departments
Patriot-News: Sen. Bob Casey bombarded with thousands of calls to support gay marriage
Patriot-News: Cumberland County to review government services to find cuts
Patriot-News: Biden continues gun control crusade, but hasn’t returned to rural PA
Patriot-News: District judge candidate drops out of the race in Cumberland Co.
Patriot-News: Four drop off Dauphin County primary ballot
Patriot-News: Lawmaker questioning no-bid state website contract

Wayne Independent: Mayor right to be upset by segment
Times Tribune: Replacement test for merit selection Governor to nominate interim justice on top court
Times Tribune: Bill to make you ‘ag-gag’
News Item: River condition alarming; study critical
Inquirer: Military needs DOMA repeal
Pottstown Mercury: ‘Rape culture’ in Steubenville, Torrington and your town
Delco Daily Times: Mayors making noise for gun control
The Sentinel: End automatic pay increases for lawmakers
Intelligencer: Heavy-handed high court
Intelligencer: A vital rail link
Patriot-News: Vets’ claims backlog is a shameful legacy of Iraq War

Keystone Politics: Endorsement: Brett Mandel for Philly Controller
Keystone Politics: PA cops can confiscate your out-of-state alcohol purchases
Keystone Politics: Video: 80′s Jack Wagner supports the Land Value Tax
Keystone Politics: That time Jack Wagner voted to increase his own pay 50%
Keystone Politics: Will AVI increase Philly rents 10% next year?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Rendell: Callahan is not a wuss
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Rendell: three things you should look for in any candidate
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Why did Arcelay quit Northampton Council race?

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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