4/2 Morning Buzz

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Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Hanger 2014 Bongs Still Available: Herb grinders and rolling accessories sold separately.

PA-13: Authorities Widen Search Area for Marjorie Margolies: The mystery continues in the search for congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies.

Kane Considering Legal Action After Second Negative Story Written About Her in 14 Months: The Attorney General may sue the Philadelphia Inquirer following the paper’s report that she ended a sting investigation against state lawmakers.

PA-8: DCCC and EMILY’s List Fight Over Who Should Lose to Fitzpatrick: Two of the nation’s top Democratic campaign organizations are engaged in a pitched battle in Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district.

Metcalfe Bill Would Ban the Word “Caucus”: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) called on his colleagues to replace the “abomination” with a more heteronormative term.

PSEA Withdraws McCord Endorsement: In a surprising reversal Tuesday, the Pennsylvania State Educators Association pulled its endorsement of Rob McCord for Governor.

Poll: Corbett Approval Remains 100% Among Dogs: Tom Corbett’s re-election hopes got a shot in the arm Tuesday.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-103: Rep. Patty Kim (D-Dauphin) received the endorsements of Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick, State Senator Rob Teplitz, and Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse.

HD-164: Sprinkler Fitters Local 692 endorsed Billy Smith’s campaign for State Representative. He’s running in the Democratic primary against incumbent Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware)

Statewide
Capitolwire: Senate panel quickly approves labor-management intimidation bill
Capitolwire: Lawmakers push for transparency on consumer electric bills
Capitolwire: PIAA suggests restricting sports teams at charter schools
Capitolwire: Senate panel approves Yaw’s gas lease royalty bills
PA Independent: Ending teacher seniority rules beyond Philly requires legislative action
PA Independent: Higher vehicle and driver fees kick in today
StateImpactPA: $35M initiative aims to improve water quality in the Delaware River basin

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Touting Corbett’s increased funds for aging services
Inquirer: Philadelphia seeks World Heritage Cities designation
Inquirer: Phila. NAACP board members want answers from Mondesire
Inquirer: Over a (beer) barrel: Feds say former L&I official shook down bars, clubs
Inquirer: Ex-policeman Richard DeCoatsworth withdraws guilty plea
Daily News: Judge calls Philly home for state rep with 2 houses
Daily News: Rep. Waters goes fundraising
PhillyClout: Dems bash Corbett for new taxes and fees supported by Dems

SEPA
Courier-Times: Democrats seek to link Fitzpatrick, GOP spending cuts
Courier-Times: Congressional hopefuls to square off in Bensalem
Courier-Times: Warminster to interview supervisor candidates
Pottstown Mercury: Pollution cleanups in Trappe, Lower Pottsgrove permitted to continue
Pottstown Mercury: Legal dispute pushes back future opening of Phoenixville school

Pittsburgh
Urban Media Today: Smith Says ‘Rocco’s Law’ One Step Closer to Governor’s Desk
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Corbett grants $5M for East Liberty Transportation Center
Tribune Review: Trib asks court to open files related to lawmakers’ sting
Tribune Review: Former Munhall manager charged with embezzling $230K from borough
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh area jobless rate falls; reflects shrinking labor force
Tribune Review: Talks continue with potential bidders for August Wilson Center
Post-Gazette: Mayor Bill Peduto still searching for public safety chief
Post-Gazette: State welfare officials say they will keep office open in East Liberty
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County to offer incentives to quit using wood stoves, wood-fired boilers
KDKA: Do higher PennDOT fees violate Corbett’s no-tax pledge?
KDKA: Split verdict in Miles civil case

Southwest
Beaver County Times: DEP to residents: ‘Pick it up’ during Earth Month
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa tightens code enforcement rules
Altoona Mirror: Pa. court rules for Tyrone council
Altoona Mirror: Gas prices won’t help customers save cash

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Crackdown will affect local media stations
Times Leader: Controversy over election board seat debated
Times Leader: School property tax to be watch topic
Times Leader: Locals sentenced for welfare fraud
Times Tribune: Regional unemployment hits five-year low
Times Tribune: City mayor sues Scranton Redevelopment authority, and board member
Times Tribune: New form of government could limit county taxes

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Governor candidate Schwartz seeks ‘inadvertent’ campaign contribution from rival’s spouse
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senate Democrats propose raising Pa. minimum wage to $12 an hour
Harrisburg Patriot News: After falling short for fourth straight month, Pa. now $176 million behind revenue estimates
Harrisburg Patriot News: Fundraising through Capitol controversy; PA lawmaker named in aborted sting pushes ahead with campaign reception
York Daily Records: Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5 endorses Rob McCord for guv
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster Newspapers partners up to host Democratic gubernatorial forum

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: AG Kane asks court to dismiss Spanier’s misconduct suit
Morning Call: Public a no-show at Lehigh County Executive Tom Muller’s first town hall
Morning Call: Two Democrats backing gift ban in Pennsylvania governor’s race have accepted travel
Reading Eagle: Can Reading’s mayor sell trash and recycling bills without City Council’s approval?
Express Times: Congressman Leonard Lance to face primary opponent for 7th District
Express Times: Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf in Lehigh Valley for endorsements, fundraiser

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Unemployment rates continue to fall in Erie, Crawford counties
AP: Study: Pa. gets “D” in civil rights teaching
Centre Daily News: Jay Paterno files for removal from ballot in lieutenant governor’s race
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Proposed rezoning project goes ahead

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Welcome change: Wilkinson schools were due for a new leader
Observer-Reporter: Editorial voices from across the state
Harrisburg Patriot News: The other race for governor (the Republican one): Terry Madonna and Michael Young
Erie Times-News: Guest Voice of Kathleen Kane: Public corruption case was bungled
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: School cuts hit hard
Daily News: DN Editorial: No passing gas

Blogs
Above Average Jane: Update: Which State Senators Post Their Expenses
Keystone Politics: PA’s bipartisan TRAP law risks medical safety of young woman (w/ video)
Keystone Politics: Graham Spanier Complaint Accuses Frank Fina of “Blatant Violation” of Spanier’s Attorney-Client Privilege
Keystone Politics: No Fooling: Democratic Insiders Trying to Recruit Jay Paterno For #SD34 Write-In
Keystone Politics: Low Favorability Ratings Plunge Corbett into “Emo Phase”
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent Helps Georges Jaoudeh Gains U.S. Citizenship
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Pa. Governor’s Race: Wolf to Visit Bethlehem Today

2 Responses

  1. It is so nice that the site is up and running and with so many active readers. I truly feared for poor Mr. Paindy1. If not for the release provided by this site, he would have perforce been seen walking the streets of Harrisburg using a cardboard sign to deliver his important information. And that might have led to his arrest. And that might have led to imprisonment. And that might have led to prison riots when the generally impoverished prisoners found out that the insider lawyers, financial managers, consultants and lobbyists get away theft on a much bigger scale. And that might have led to a bigger for profit prison bill being approved in the state legislature with more ripoff of the taxpayer.

  2. Dear Signor Ferrari: I have 3 questions that I would like answered about the Corbett/Sandusky case: 1. What happened to Gricar and why has the search for him been so tepid? 2. Why was the Second Mile passed over? This was the Sandusky charity; it’s where he met Victim #1? 3. What advice did the Dark Prince Brabender give on these important legal matters? Brabender is paid to give advice; he doesn’t give it for free. What was his advice? Signor Ferrari: These questions keep me up at night. Can you enlighten me with your thick dossier on all things Corbett.

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