3/3 Morning Buzz

pa flagCatch up on everything you missed at the Progressive Summit events this weekend, McCord opens a western PA office and we provide a Gov round-up. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Hanger & Koplinski Win Progressive Summit Straw Polls: Following strongly progressive performances in their respective debates this weekend, Koplinski and Hanger left the Summit with a straw poll win.

Progressive Summit: Lt. Gov. Candidates Make Their Pitch: Stack and Koplinski wow with substance, others pitch electability on general ticket.

Progressive Summit Debate: Hanger Stakes Claim On Left: Hanger clearly positions himself as the furthest left, but Schwartz provides serious substance.

PA-Gov Round-up: Wolf Sends Plan to Corbett, Schwartz Calls for Minimum Wage Increase: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Takes Shot at Wolf in Fundraising Email: The Schwartz campaign took a thinly veiled shot at Tom Wolf in their latest fundraising email.

McCord Opens Western PA Campaign Office: The State Treasurer hosted an event in honor of the opening of his new office in Pittsburgh.

Mercyhurst Center: Pennsylvanians Support Marijuana Legalization: A new in-depth poll on marijuana shows Pennsylvanians support the legalization of medical marijuana.

PA-12: McClelland Endorsed By Allegheny County Labor Council: Erin McClelland picked up an AFL-CIO endorsement in her campaign for the Democratic nomination to face Rep. Rothfus.

Corbett Makes ‘Daily Show’ Segment on Medicaid: This being his second appearance in a little over a month, perhaps the governor will become a regular.

Speaker Smith Named Chairman of RLCC: The retiring Speaker of the House was named the 2014 Chairman of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee.

2/28 Ups & Downs: Polls, endorsements and drop-outs earn Ups and Downs. See who all made this week’s list.

Legislative Elections Update:

SD-28: ChamberPAC, the political arm of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, announced its endorsement of State Rep. Ron Miller (R-York) in his run for the vacant seat in the special election for the 28th Senate district.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale endorsed Linda Small for the Pennsylvania State Senate. She is running as a Democrat in the special election.

HD-20: State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny) received the endorsement of the Allegheny County Labor Council in his bid for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Labor Council represents the collective interest of its affiliated unions in Allegheny County.

HD-164: The Pennsylvania State Educator’s Association endorsed Democratic challenger Billy Smith in his campaign against incumbent Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware). Davidson voted with the Republicans in favor of charter schools during her time in the General Assembly.

HD-173: Mike Driscoll, former top executive to Gov. Robert P. Casey, announced his plan to seek the Democratic nomination for the state House seat in Northeast Philadelphia being vacated by the retiring Rep. Michael McGeehan at the end of this year.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Nearly three months before primary, Democratic candidates still on same page
PA Independent: Week in review: A ‘nightmare’ pension problem, schools ask for more funding
StateImpactPA: CSX says faulty maintenance work caused Philadelphia oil train derailment
Capitolwire: McCord proposes $10.70 minimum wage, draws criticism
Capitolwire: Publicly collegial Democratic candidates attack through campaign emails
Capitolwire: Whatever happens, Zogby says Corbett administration prepared to balance budget
Capitolwire: Nat’l GOP legislative committee taps House Speaker Smith for chairman

Philadelphia
The Big Tent: Hanger wins straw poll in Dem governor’s race
CapitolInq: Casey opposes Obama nominee tied to Mumia
PhillyClout: Peruto: DA went after state Rep. JP Miranda over a woman
PhillyClout: Controller: city tax revenues fall short of projections
PhillyClout: City, DC 33 meet for less than 10 minutes
The Inquirer: Casey won’t back Justice nominee over Abu-Jamal work
The Inquirer: Democratic candidates for governor face off
The Inquirer: Pot in Pa.: Democrat vying for governor sets himself apart
The Daily News: Social Security expands background checks
WHYY Newsworks: As Harrisburg exits receivership, a bid to leave Act 47, too
AP: Democrats vying for lieutenant governor to debate
Phillynow.com: Nutter wants ’16 Dem Convention in Philly

SEPA
Courier Times: Lt. Gov Jim Cawley talks liquor, fracking, saving Pa. military bases
Courier Times: State, federal regulators close Horsham bank
Courier Times: Community colleges press Pa. Legislature for more money in 2014-15
Delco Daily Times: PSEA backs Billy Smith over incumbent Margo Davidson in 164th battle -Vince
Buck Local News: Pennsylvania Auditor General: Now is the time to address $6.7 billion underfunded municipal pension liability
Buck Local News: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Pearl S. Buck Foundation in Hilltown announce support for adoption reform (VIDEO)
Daily Local News: PW chief: PA saves billions fighting welfare fraud

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette to launch energy-focused PowerSource website, weekly print section
Post-Gazette: Self-funded Wolf gets head start on gubernatorial opponents
Post-Gazette: Battle continues between UPMC, Highmark
Post-Gazette: Pa. free lunches on the rise in poor economy
Tribune-Review: Health care law’s results breed hope among doctors for birth control access
Tribune-Review: Allegheny Observatory restoration reminds of its history
UrbanMediaToday: Despite Community Pleas, Former Police Chief Harper Sentenced to 18 Months

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: State forms report on prison conflict
Altoona Mirror: Rebuilding efforts to take time, attention
Beaver County Times: New ownership, union continue to fight over possible job losses at Friendship Ridge
Beaver County Times: Raccoon project to widen bridge
Observer-Reporter: Third well capped in Dunkard Township
Observer-Reporter: Consumers deal with skyrocketing electric bills

NEPA
Times Leader: Assessment of Earth Conservancy land questioned
Times Leader: Online degrees rising in health care industry
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s new financial consultant to update council on his work so far
Times-Tribune: Consultant: Air service between Pittsburgh and NEPA would be profitable
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County mulling smoking ban on all county property

South Central
Patriot News: Pennsylvania will have private companies rebuild and maintain more than 500 bridges
Patriot News: Missed the hearings on Corbett’s $29.4 billion budget? We have you covered
York Daily Record: Tallman talks Pa. budget at Golden Visions
York Dispatch: Regan seeking second term as Dillsburg area rep
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pitts criticizes White House plan to revamp Part D drug plan
Lebanon Daily News: Congressman Charlie Dent announces bid for another term

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: New Pennsylvania courts rule would keep judges from hearing big donors’ cases
Morning Call: Pennsylvania law presents obstacles to dissolving same-sex marriages
Morning Call: Tom Ridge critical of Republican party, but praises Gov. Tom Corbett
Morning Call: Casey promoting bills to combat prescription drug abuse
WFMZ: Sands Bethlehem: Personal data for thousands of customers stolen
Express Times: Warren County’s top earners include prosecutor, corrections officers and investigators

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Pennsylvanians split on legalizing marijuana, Mercyhurst poll shows
Centre Daily Times: Despite bipartisan support, Penn State board reform bill stuck in Senate committee
Centre Daily Times: Centre County considers creating drug court
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County approves funding for new fingerprinting equipment

Opinion
Post-Gazette: After Newtown: Rep. Murphy proposes a different sort of remedy
Tribune-Review: Corbett’s fortunes: Troubling truths
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Pension problems cannot be ignored
Patriot News: Harrisburg is out of receivership – what’s next?
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Senate powerhouse backs online reporting for candidates
WHYY Newsworks: Arizona dodges bullet with Brewer’s veto, but discriminatory ‘religious freedom’ sham continues elsewhere
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Wolf’s reform plan on financing campaigns ironic

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Even the Tribune-Review Has Given Up on Tom Corbett
Pennsylvania Progressive: The Progressive Summit 2014 Style
Pennsylvania Progressive: Lt. Governor Debate
Pennsylvania Progressive: The Summit Debate

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