3/31 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf announces a Facebook event, Cohen denounces Indiana anti-LGBT bill and Dougherty appears with Santarsiero. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf to Hold Facebook Townhall: The Governor will host a live event focused on his budget proposal.

Philly Council Candidate Calls on Nutter to Stand Against Indiana Anti-LGBT Bill: Sherrie Cohen is advocating an executive order to boycott city sponsored travel to Indiana.

PA-8: Dougherty Appears at Santarsiero Event: PA Supreme Court candidate Kevin Dougherty showed up to support State Rep. Steve Santarsiero.

Pew Report: Philadelphia Experiences Optimism, Looks to Solve Long-Term Problems: The State of the City report finds Philadelphians have a “good reason to be” optimistic about the city’s future.

Statewide
Capitolwire: On Keystones, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’ PDE secretary tells Senate lawmakers
PLSReporter: Former PA officials still receiving pensions despite ethics violations
StateImpactPA: Towns take on gas industry, at their own peril
PA Independent: Lawmaker wants expanded subpoena power to catch waste, fraud, abuse
State House Sound Bites: For schools on brink, state mulling more ways to help

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Former Judge Berry’s Lawyer Asks for Dismissal of Charges
Daily News: Who’s on Tap to Be Philly’s Next Top Cop?
Daily News: Baer: Guv’s State Police Pick Target of Bizarre Hate
Philly.com: Who’s Next? Likely Candidates for Police Commissioner
Philly.com: Could Last Week’s GOP Philly Win Be Repeated?
Philly.com: What the Mayoral Candidates Say
WHYY Newsworks: An Election Is Like a Job Search, but the Bosses (Voters) Need to Reclaim Their Place
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney Touts Philly School-Funding Plan He Says Won’t Raise Taxes
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Considers Regulations to Bolster Food Truck Safety, but It May Be Up to Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: VIDEO: Patsy Learns How Money and Ethics Influence Philadelphia Politics
WHYY Newsworks: Tense Exchange with Wolf Pick to Lead Pa. Department of State Invokes Gosnell Case
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf Has a Vision for Ending Philly’s SRC, Not a Blueprint
PlanPhilly: Streetviews: Q&A with Architect James Timberlake, Partner at Kieran Timberlake

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montco D.A.: Pa. Sunshine Law Can Be Tricky
Pottstown Mercury: Tri-County Agencies Describe Challenges of Helping Immigrant Children
Pottstown Mercury: MADD Specialist Offers Support to DUI Crash Victims
Pottstown Mercury: DUI Statistics Paint Sobering Picture
Bucks Courier-Times: Montgomery County DA: Think Before You ‘Send’
Bucks Courier-Times: Bristol Council to Hear Proposal for Former Mill Run Property in May
Bucks Courier-Times: Public Asked to Take Part in Online Transportation Planning Meeting
Delco Daily Times: Springfield Relives Debate Over Community College Funding
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Announces $2M Investment to Bring State-of-the-Art Technology and Data Center to Keystone Port Complex

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Researchers Uncover Details to Help Get GOP Candidates Elected
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Prosecution Rests Its Case Against Boston Marathon Bomber (AP)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: East End Has First Contested School Board Race in Decades
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Case Questions School Barring American Flags on Cinco de Mayo
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Bill Debates Definition of Taxable Charities
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Nuclear Talks With Iran Deadlocked
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bethlehem-Center Superintendent Requests First Offender’s Probation on DUI
Pittsburgh Business Times: DEP Extends Sewer Work Deadline for Allegheny County Cities, Towns

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Mining For Tourists? A Dubious Economic Savior in Appalachia
Altoona Mirror: Attorney Carves Out Niche as Humble Advocate
Altoona Mirror: Logan Township Eyeing Park Updates
Beaver County Times: Wolf To Hold Town Hall on Facebook
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: School District Superintendent Gets First Offender’s Probation on DUI
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: High School Students Plan Walkout Over Nude Photo Sharing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pentagon Chief May Ease Military Enlistment Standards

NEPA
The Times Leader: Sen. Casey Demands Release of Johns Hopkins Black Lung Report
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council Candidate Mark Rabo Says He Will Run Despite Charter Ban
The Times Leader: Long Winter Cuts Vacation, But Not Half Days in Luzerne County Public Schools
Pocono Record: Paterno Estate’s Contract Breach Lawsuit Tossed Again
Pocono Record: Kane’s Troubles Could Blight Second-Term Chances
News Item: AOAA Cleanup Aims to Put Dent in Dumping Problem
Citizens Voice: Wolf’s Budget Targets Manufacturing Sector

South Central
Patriot News: West Shore School District’s Band Merger ‘Not a Precursor’ to Merging Schools or Athletic Programs, Officials Say
Patriot News: GasBuddy Says There Could Be ‘Unexpected Surprises at the Pump’
Patriot News: PA’s Death Penalty Moratorium Not Likely to Be Lifted Soon
Patriot News: Vintage Photos: Attempted Assassination of President Reagan
Patriot News: Doctor Who Killed Wife Can’t Recover State Medical License, PA Court Says
Patriot News: Eight New Court Appointed Special Advocates to be Sworn in Tuesday in Cumberland County
Patriot News: Budget Hearing Covers Proposed School Funding Flap, Graduation Tests, and More
Patriot News: Will the PA Senate Confirm Embattled Top Cop Nominee? Experts say ‘Maybe’
YDR: Weighing PA’s Pension Debt
YDR: Northeastern District Approves Academy Spending
Sentinel: Cumberland County Salaries Blamed for Union Vote
Sentinel: Officials Argue Need for Reform to  PA’s Death Penalty System
Intelligencer: Judge Throws Out Challenges to Home Rule Referendum
Intelligencer: Lancaster County Holds onto High Health Ranking

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Wolf’s Proposed Sales Tax: By the Numbers
Morning Call: Confidential Airport Authority Report Divides Board
Morning Call: Mystery Surrounds Wealth of Bucks Family Accused of Fraud
Morning Call: Philly Police Corruption Trial Begins
Express-Times: PennEast Pipeline Environmental Impact Contractor Questioned
Express-Times: Upper Nazareth Supervisors Could Hire Consultant in Search for New Township Manager
Express-Times: Washington Borough Resident Challenges Ed Smith for Warren County Freeholder Seat

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Judge Issues Split Rulings in Paterno Lawsuit vs. NCAA, Penn State
Centre Daily Times: Six Reasons Why American Voters Prefer Governors for President

Opinion
Inquirer: Pipeline Power Play
Daily News: Whose Bright Idea?
Patriot News: Politicians Must Tackle the Infrastructure Problem
Intelligencer: More Teaching, Less Testing a Good Move for PA Schools
Reading Eagle: Signs of Trouble for State Police Nominee
Sun Gazette: Administration Support of Israel Splinter Group Worth Investigating
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Bank On It: The U.S. Should Join China’s New Asian Adventure
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: ‘Canary In a Coal Mine’: The SSDI Dilemma

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Follow-Up On Joe Sestak’s Walk Across The State
Keystone Crossroads: Southeastern and south central Pa. dominate county population growth
Citified: 10 Charts That Show Philly’s Outlook Is More Precarious Than Philadelphians Think
Citified: Negadelphia Is No More — Can the Mayoral Candidates Adapt?
Citified: The Brief: Democrats to Endorse Openly Gay Council Candidate for First Time Ever

March 31st, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “3/31 Morning Buzz”

  1. Peggy says:

    This is in reference to Pension Reform: I worked for the Commonwealth for almost 36 years and I make a little more then Corbett and I paid in for 36 years!!! Pension reform should start at the top, Senate and House members. After reading how much Corbett gets, I am steamed!
    Former Gov. Corbett, who tried but failed to trim public pensions for state workers and school employees, is pulling down a pretty good pension himself.

    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports Corbett took a lump-sum payment of $118,378 after leaving office in January and is getting an annual payment of $38,765.

    The amount is based on Corbett’s 11.3 years of state service: four as governor, six as attorney general and a year-plus as acting attorney general, appointed by Gov. Ridge after AG Ernie Preate went to prison.

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/growls/Corbett-collects.html#wo5ZpMZsStb6ZGTW.99

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