3/28 Morning Buzz

pa flagMcCord and Wolf release new ads, McClelland picks up DePasquale’s support and Naughton is endorsed by NOW. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-8: NOW Endorses Naughton: Democratic congressional candidate Shaughnessy Naughton won the backing of the National Organization for Women today.

Philadelphia Woman to be Honored By White House: Helen Gym has been named a Cesar Chavez Champion of Change for her efforts in the field of social justice.

Leach Proposes Bill to Tackle Employment Discrimination: The bill would make it illegal for employers to use marital and familial status as a factor when gauging an applicants hireability.

Why Miller Backed Out of SD28, in One Map: State Rep. Ron Miller decided not to pursue a rematch against businessman Scott Wagner. Based on the results of the special election contest between the two of them, it’s no surprise.

PA-Gov: McCord Releases New Ad (Watch): In which he claims to be the only candidate who’s battled Corbett and won in Harrisburg.

PA-12: DePasquale Endorses McClelland: Democratic challenger picked up an endorsement from a statewide official.

PA-Gov: Wolf Posts New Web Video (Watch): Bobby Simpson of the Crispus Attucks Association promotes Wolf’s bid for gov.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-164: Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) formally endorsed Billy Smith for State Representative in the 164th district, over incumbent Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware). PASNAP represents over 5,000 nurses and allied professionals in Pennsylvania and has a strong presence in Delaware County. The healthcare union advocates for safe staffing levels, prevention of workplace violence, and the expansion of healthcare services to all.

Two Different Takes: A liberal blog and a conservative blog take on the contentious interview between MSNBC host Chris Hayes and PA native/activist Jennifer Stefano.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Marijuana decriminalization bills come from Senate Democrat with eyes on higher office
State House Sound Bites: Lawmaker says wildlife agencies should be merged, but kept independent
State House Sound Bites: Hue and cry — and hope — for a ban on cash gifts
PA Independent: York city school board finds itself in free speech fiasco
StateImpactPA: Old debate over taxing Marcellus Shale getting new life
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania’s top drilling trade group going grassroots
StateImpactPA: Report finds each Marcellus gas well costs thousands in road damage

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: Council passes e-cig ban in public spaces and forbids sales to minors
PhillyClout: State Rep. Brendan Boyle survives mysterious ballot challenge
Heard in the Hall: E-cigarette restrictions pass council
Daily News: Drexel appearance by Yoo draws flak
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer sued for “smear campaign” against Supreme Court justice
WHYY Newsworks: Minimum wage bus tour stops in Philadelphia, pushing for $10.10
WHYY Newsworks: Old debate over taxing Marcellus Shale getting new life
Phillynow.com: How Philly hopes to avoid New York’s Bike Share follies

SEPA
Courier Times: Council Rock board trying to whittle down $6.4 million budget deficit
Courier Times: Bill would force doctors to run prescription drug history checks
Courier Times:Fitzpatrick challengers Naughton, Strouse to debate
Delco Daily Times: County gets mixed results on annual state health rankings
Montgomery Media: State Sen. LeAnna Washington’s case moves to county court

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Peduto to participate in Politico forum
Business Times: SLIDESHOW: Pennsylvania’s healthiest counties
Business Times: Consol airport drilling plan gets FAA OK
Business Times: DynaVox taken over by private equity firm, board of directors replaced
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County posts lease for gas drilling beneath Deer Lakes Park
Post-Gazette: Attorneys offer closing arguments in Jordan Miles civil trial
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh police union appeals judge’s wage disparity decision
Tribune-Review: Construction of Connellsville hotel getting closer

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Chief: Crime decline a mixed blessing
Altoona Mirror: Residency requirement could be canned for police, nonuniformed workers
Altoona Mirror: Intersection plans draw praise
Beaver County Times: Penn State Beaver leader retiring to tackle health challenge
Beaver County Times: Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Program deadline extended
Beaver County Times: Pa. bill to ban teens from tanning booths gains legislative momentum

NEPA
Times Leader: Bolin withdraws; may run as Independent
Times Leader: Elder Toohil appointed to head Butler Twp. zoning
Times-Tribune: Census figures show population drops in NEPA across the board
Times-Tribune: Poor marks in health ranking
Times-Tribune: Democratic Gubernatorial forum April 11

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: 30 reasons why it’s going to get a lot more expensive to drive your car in Pennsylvania
York Daily Record: Five things to know about the York County Economic Alliance legislative luncheon
Carlisle Sentinel: Groups to host Democratic gubernatorial debates
Carlisle Sentinel: Census: Cumberland County fastest growing county in state
Patriot News: Four teams picked to compete for contract to replace up to 650 Pa. bridges
Patriot News: Bill to eliminate Pa. background checks for gun buyers on hold until questions about national system resolved
Patriot News: Treasurer McCord supports gay marriage in ‘unprecedented’ action that also stands to benefit Candidate McCord

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Fracking activist must be subdued, says drilling company
Morning Call: Truckers at Pratt Logistics in Lower Macungie unionize
Morning Call: State’s high court won’t hear Lower Milford quarry case
Reading Eagle: Deal on fate of liquor stores in the works
Reading Eagle: Berks County inches higher in statewide health ratings
Express Times: Pa. state Sen. Lisa Boscola’s energy choice forum draws crowd

North by Northwest
Erie Times News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Wagner, Paparelli withdraw from primary ballot
Erie Times News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Jay Paterno campaigns in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Penn State canceled message to honor Paterno, emails show
Centre Daily Times: Central Pennsylvania wildfire season ready to ignite

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Shrinking wage: Restore the buying power of the Pa. minimum
Tribune-Review: The GM defects: A criminal matter
Patriot News: A minimum wage hike is long past due: Daylin Leach
Patriot News: After York election, Republicans reach a pitchfork in the road: Josh First
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Meeting on water system lease should have been public
Daily News: When is a state representative’s house a home?
Courier Times: Getting even?

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Fighting Childhood Hunger When School is Out
Citizens’ Call: A Battle Between Policy Advocates on PA’s Minimum Wage
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Teacher Union Lashes Out at Critics, Foes
Keystone Politics: Here Are the Seats PA Democrats Need to Flip to Take the State Senate
Keystone Progress: Four Out Of Five Payday Loans Are Rolled Over Or Renewed
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup March 27: Principal of the Year: Slay the testing beast
Above Average Jane: White House to Honor Helen Gym

2 Responses

  1. SILENT NO MORE by Victim #1: It includes several pages of speculation about Gov. Tom Corbett’s involvement in delaying the investigation.
    Gillum (VICTIM #1’S psychologist) writes about conversations with Jonelle Eshbach, and how she kept promising that an arrest would come — first in March 2010, then in the summer of that year, and continuously until it finally happened in November 2011.
    Each time, Gillum writes that Eshbach wouldn’t give a straight answer for a delay, but instead says that her “hands were tied” or that her boss, Corbett, makes all the final decisions.
    Gillum writes that he was so convinced that politics was playing a role in the investigation that he put his thoughts on paper, writing a letter to the office expressing his concern, and making at least one unscheduled visit.

  2. Guzzardi will Catch the SCOTT WAGNER WAVE: “The only reason to vote for Tom Corbett over me is that he can win in November – but he can’t. … He’s a November loser. … If some credible case could be made that Tom Corbett could win in November, I wouldn’t be in this at all.”
    Guzzardi doesn’t have the deepest resume. He calls himself a businessman (he and his brothers own an apartment building in Center City Philadelphia) and he used to be a practicing lawyer. He has been active in conservative political causes.
    Asked how he could win, with next-to-no campaign money or name recognition, he said, “I’m not Tom Corbett. I’m not a communist. I’m not an abortionist. I’m not a child molester. I’m not a Democrat. That gets me most of the way.”
    http://www.pennlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/03/guzzardi_is_gunning_for_
    corbet.html#incart_flyout_opinion

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