3/7 Morning Buzz
We’ve got poll results for the Dem and GOP Governor primaries, including the first time Democrats have been matched head to head. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.
Harper Poll: Corbett, Sestak Lead Guv Primaries: Gov. Corbett is comfortably ahead of Bruce Castor in a hypothetical GOP primary, though below 50%. Joe Sestak leads Allyson Schwartz by a hair in the Democratic primary.
Harper Poll: PA Voters Back Medicaid Expansion: Likey Pa. voters support Medicaid expansion by 10 points. They were split on Kathleen Kane’s decision to spike the lottery deal and on the effectiveness of the Jerry Sandusky prosecution.
Ravenstahl Withdraws from Dems Endorsement Process: His exit means City Controller Michael Lamb will be the endorsed Democratic candidate for mayor by default. Meanwhile Bill Peduto said he’s raised $500,000.
The Medicaid Peanut Gallery: As Tom Corbett has positioned himself to retain all of his options, a variety of individuals in both parties are using the opportunity to take the public policy megaphone.
State House Sound Bites: Hershey set to host PIAA wrestling championships
State House Sound Bites: Family: Only inmate to blame for guard’s death
State House Sound Bites: York County man who hid his children is convicted
State House Sound Bites: Penn State sues insurer for failing to provide coverage in Sandusky lawsuits
State House Sound Bites: PennDOT watchful as storm winds down
State House Sound Bites: Without more money, a warning of more bridge restrictions
PA Independent: Western PA rail may chug off into sunset
PA Independent: Senator puts Pittsburgh tourism agency in the crosshairs
StateImpactPA: Will New York’s Fracking Decision Matter to PA?
StateImpactPA: Crowdfunding Clean Energy
Capitolwire: Turzai says House could vote on liquor proposal by end of March.
Capitolwire: DPW official says Medicaid expansion decision ‘is not easy.’
Capitolwire: Big job loss looms if transportation funding not increased, PennDOT warns.
Capitolwire: Four Transportation Committee chairmen backing bill to spend more than Gov proposal.
Capitolwire: Medicaid expansion advocates need to acknowledge Obamacare costs to PA.
Capitolwire: PennDOT abides by gifts ban. Does Gov. Corbett? His staff won’t say.
Capitolwire: Beer distributors press against Corbett-backed liquor privatization plan.
Inquirer: Pa. court: Reinstate health-care funding for the poor
Philly.com: Santorum thanks atheists for ‘Go Godless’ billboard
Heard in the Hall: Should Philadelphia businesses be required to offer sick pay?
Heard in the Hall: Nutter: Pols Shouldn’t Stoke Fear On AVI
PhillyClout: Mayor Nutter stands by reassessments
CapitolInq: Toomey to join Republicans dining with Obama
CapitolInq: Toomey: “candid” dinner with Obama opens door to common ground
CapitolInq: Casey unveils early education plan
The Big Tent: Santorum is atheist poster boy
WHYY Newsworks: Traffic could be restricted on thousands of aging bridges in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett still considering Medicaid expansion for Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Gun-control group tries to pressure Pa. congressmen with poll numbers
Phillynow.com: 10 Things I Saw, Heard and Learned at the PA Progressive Summit
Phillynow.com: Paid Sick Days Passes Committee After Sparks Fly in City Hall
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. taxpayers could save $8 million by cutting lawmakers
phillyburbs.com: Bucks doesn’t award contract to firm that claimed ‘personal and racial prejudicess’
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield zoning board holds hearing on plans for equine veterinary clinic on Satterthwaite property, opposition vows to derail use
Bucks Local News: Mayor’s race heats up: Joseph Saxton to challenge Mayor Robert Lebo in Bristol Borough
Bucks Local News: Commissioners, chief operating officer update Lower Bucks County Camber of Commerce at county forum
AP: Pa/’s Corbett and wife disclose gifts from lobbyists and businesses
City Paper: Political Spin: No Ravenstahl puts a new twist on the mayoral primary and the city’s future
KDKA: Ravenstahl requests name be removed from ballot
Early Returns: Add Bill Robinson to the list
Early Returns: Rafferty: Top transpo lawmakers want more spending than Corbett
Early Returns: No contest
Early Returns: Team Peduto: At half-million mark
Tribune-Review: Ferlo pushes plan to keep and improve state liquor sales
Tribune-Review: Ravenstahl drops from Democratic party endorsement
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Judge’s ruling could revive adult Basic health insurance
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: House bill would shut Pa. liquor stores, open sales to groceries and pharmacies
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Casey again introduces legislation to improve kindergarten
AP: Eating out: Obama’s new overtures to GOP lawmakers
Observer-Reporter: New military medal meets with opposition
Altoona Mirror: Gov. may close Blair’s Department of Health office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rothfus honors Wilson
Standard Speaker: Tobyhanna Army Depot to furlough 5,136
Standard Speaker: Hazleton Area School District wants to hire 2nd assistant superintendent
Standard Speaker: Beaver Meadows council disagrees on validity of audit
Standard Speaker: DEP watershed rule stirs Pocono concerns
Pocono Record: Monroe Co. workers suffer one of the top ten worst commutes in the nation
News Item: Department of Aging chief touts benefit of Lottery money for Northumberland Co.
News Item: Meeting tapes latest dustup for Northumberland Co. commissioners
Times-Tribune: For potential members of Lackawanna Co. proposed government study commission, time is tight
Times-Tribune: Cardamone joins Scranton mayor’s race; wants union concessions
Times-Tribune: Waverly Twp. supervisors look to state attorney general for address fix
Times-Tribune: Lt. governor stumps on alcohol rules
Times-Tribune: Study commission would cost taxpayers
Citizens Voice: Panel wants county ethics code amended
Citizens Voice: Sparks fly over $100K Wyoming Area project
Citizens Voice: Casey renews push for pre-k funding
Times Leader: 2 women join race for county controller
Times Leader: Local Head Start braces for cuts’ impact
Pennsylvania Ave: National Penn follows the money – it’s own money, to Allentown
Pennsylvania Ave: Toomey to dine with President Obama
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Democratic Party files ethics complaint against Gov. Corbett
Morning Call: Court orders Corbett to spend tobacco settlement on low-income health care
Morning Call: Pennsylvania casinos showing signs of a slump
Morning Call: California and CPR liability reality
Morning Call: Bethlehem deal to shave off $1.2 million in interest
Morning Call: Forbes: Pennsylvania adds three billionaires
Morning Call: Environmental groups allege PPL plant in Montana violated clean air laws
Morning Call: Former Colonial Regional employee claims chief forced her from job
Reading Eagle: Judge accepts plea deal in shooting; woman left to die in Muhlenberg woods
Reading Eagle: Olivet clubs kicking off fundraising campaign; goal new building in Reading
Reading Eagle: Kutztown foundry closing; 130 to lose jobs
WFMZ: SEIU critical of water lease plan
Express Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey proposes program that offers at least one year of high quality preschool
Express Times: Pomeroy’s developer plans new burger joint for Downtown Easton
Express Times: Bethlehem City Council votes to freeze its pay
Express Times: Belvidere may be getting new police officer, setting guidelines for new appointments
Express Times: U.S. Luge Association’s sleds returned during gathering at Blue Mountain Ski Area
Express Times: Pat Toomey among Repubicans scheduled to dine tonight with President Obama – UPDATE
Express Times: Ex-Colonial Regional Police Department receptionist claims she was target of age discrimination, retaliation
Express Times: No White House tours? Visit the Capitol instead, U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance says
Express Times: Former U.S. Senate hopeful says Warren County GOP member threatened him in email
Roxbury News: Senator Ferlo: Liquor Modernization Bill
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett may be open to a gift ban, spokeswoman suggests
Harrisburg Patriot-News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants to expand access to preschool through a state-federal partnership
York Daily Record: York County commissioners give OK to Judicial Center project
North by Northwest
Times-News: Erie casino slot revenue drops 28.1 percent in February
Sun Gazette: Williamsport Area School District expects tight federal purse strings
Sun Gazette: Official: State should OK Medicaid expansion
Sun Gazette: Commissioners look at property delinquent tax bills, reassessment
Centre Daily Times: Centre Co. ratifies contract with Centre County Correctional facility union
Sun Gazette: This governor and lieutenant governor really are a tandem
News Item: State police should not be part of casino security
Tribune-Review: Hugo Chavez: A ding-dong is dead
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Misleading headline: How Rothfus, Murphy voted on domestic violence
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Anchors aweigh: Visiting admiral says Navy can cope with losses
Times-Tribune: Make reform Rosetti legacy
Times-Tribune: Ban ‘gifts,’ fees
Harrisburg Patriot-News: A gift ban for state officials is a small step that would send a big message
York Dispatch: Pennsylvania Legislature: Cut the dead weight
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Online gambling adds to misery
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Protections renewed
Citizens’ Call: Cheltenham Sustainability Plan Up for Review
Keystone Politics: We Could Get a Better Alcohol Reform Bill If Democrats Would Participate
Keystone Politics: Lame Duck Nutter Shouldn’t Veto Earned Sick Days
Keystone Politics: Fix PA State Education Funding Formula
Keystone Politics: Bill Peduto Campaign Raised Half a Million Dollars
Keystone Politics: Include Bethlehem in Any NIZ Expansion
Keystone Politics: Let All Businesses Get In on the Magic of the Alcohol Cross-Subsidy
Keystone Politics: Picking Winners with the PA Republicans
Keystone Politics: Political Imagination is What Sets Bill Peduto Apart From Rest of Boring #PGHMayor Field