4/10 Morning Buzz

US CapitolA big new candidate for the Schwartz seat, Corbett’s vulnerability assessed, and the nation prepares for Pat Toomey’s gun deal. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-13 Game Changer: Margolies Floats Bid for Schwartz Seat: Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky said she may take a run at her old seat now that Rep. Allyson Schwartz is eying the Governor’s mansion. She’s well connected, and her in-laws are Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Silver: Corbett is 5th Most Vulnerable Guv in 2014: Based on a look at approval ratings for governors around the country, New York Times numbers guru Nate Silver ranked Gov. Tom Corbett the 5th most vulnerable Governor in 2014.

Politically Uncorrected: Guns are the Problem But Are They the Issue? In this column, Madonna and Young weigh in on the failure to reach a national consensus regarding gun control.

Bloomberg PAC Changes Tone, Airs Toomey-Favorable Ad (With Video): You catch more flies with honey, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns PAC is trying a sweeter approach now that Sen. Pat Toomey is working to strike a bipartisan deal on background checks.

Statewide
PA Independent: Corbett shares agenda abroad, while mum on schedule back home
PA Independent: House votes to increase unemployment fraud penalties
State House Sound Bites: Weary of level funding, community colleges ask for more
State House Sound Bites: House and Senate at different speeds on child protection bills
StateImpact: Another connection between Rendell and the gas industry
StateImpact: Obama’s Energy Secretary nominee touts natural gas “revolution”
Capitolwire: Special education funding commission bill sent to the governor
Capitolwire: Where will new transportation funding be spent? Nobody knows til price tag is set
Capitolwire: Schwartz, Wolf raising the ante for Democratic gubernatorial primary
Capitolwire: Federal judge dismisses Latino lawsuit against pending state redistricting plan

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House, Senate consider enhancing child-protection system
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. welfare chief wants country offices to review proposed child-protection measures
Phillynow.com: VIDEO: Mayor Nutter Urges Sen. Toomey to Support Background Checks
Phillynow.com: Is Rick Santorum Pitting Social Conservatives Against the GOP Itself?
Philly.com: DN Editorial: CROSSING THE LINE:Council’s redistricting power grab, and how to fight it
Inquirer: Delco rebounding from business challenges, official says
Inquirer: Schwartz begins campaign for governor
Inquirer: Christie proposes $1.6M for medical-marijuana program
Inquirer: Thomas Fitzgerald: Tom Knox’s latest: No to governor’s run, yes to Philadelphia mayor’s bid – probably
Inquirer: Pa.’s Toomey silent as deadline nears on gun bill
CapitolInq: UPDATED: All eyes on Toomey; Gun deal “close”
Heard in the Hall: Democratic ward leaders endorse slates for judge
Heard in the Hall: Pressure Applied To Overturn Sick Leave Veto

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Change in state wiretap law helped Montco authorities nab alleged pot trafficker
Pottstown Mercury: Pipeline project draws questions from neighbors
Pottstown Mercury: Colebrookdale faces 20% insurance premium increase
Pottstown Mercury: Perk Valley School Board backs pension, charter school funding reforms
Pottstown Mercury: Revised Perk Valley school budget calls for 2.9% tax hike
Pottstown Mercury: State Rep. Marcy Toepel hosting town hall meeting in Green Lane
phillyburbs.com: Delay in Lower Moreland theft of education case
phillyburbs.com: Ex-cop sues Riverside after his sudden resignation
phillyburbs.com: Burlington City teen arrested in Cinnaminson carjacking
phillyburbs.com: Police say Bristol Twp. men, firefighter admit setting fire to historic mansion
Delco Daily Times: Bank investigator testifies against Nifty Fifty’s owners
Delco Daily Times: Ridley car dealer settles complaint with Pa. attorney general
Delco Daily Times: Academy Park students fight to keep Rising Scholars program
Delco Daily Times: Judge throws out redistricing lawsuit
Delco Daily Times: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz: I’m running for governor
Delco Daily Times: Coast Guard Auxiliary to open facility in Marcus Hook
Delco Daily Times: Rutledge council OKs Global Alert
Delco Daily Times: Budget cuts ground Air Force, Navy aircraft
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County issues $55 million in bonds to fund infrastructure projects
Montgomery Media: Pennridge School District presents preliminary budget with tax hike
Bucks Local News: Bristol Borough Council meeting ends in cliffhanger, big announcement expected Tuesday
Daily Local News: W. Chester committee wants to extend…
Daily Local News: Parking an issue in Coatesville’s Millview…
Daily Local News: Great Valley schools eye further energy…

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at Duquesne University
Early Returns: PFT lauds Peduto “concrete ideas”
Early Returns: Wagner launches new website, policy platform
Tribune Review: Dem candidates appear at Hill District forum
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh council moves to cut up mayor’s credit card
Tribune Review: Voters support challenge of UPMC
Tribune Review: State Supreme Court ends Washington County’s attempt to avoid reassessments
Tribune Review: PSU grad fights to learn Corbett’s role
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor hopeful Jack Wagner updates policy platforms, forms jackwagner.org to share his views
Post-Gazette: Pa. state senators propose to clean up government
Post-Gazette: ‘Pensilvania’ trade mission to Brazil underway
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s top court to rule on judges’ retirement
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers endorses Peduto for mayor
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Councilman O’Connor to propose closing mayor’s $10,000 petty-cash account
KDKA: Corbett Trade Mission to South America: Junket or Helpful?
KDKA: 20-Year-Old Running for Mayor of Plum

Southwest
AP: From Brazil, Corbett announces plans for new plant
AP: Lawmakers hope to propel government reform actions
AP: IRS: Former Pa. state Sen. Fumo owes nearly $3M
AP: Harrisburg mayoral candidates report missing signs
Beaver County Times: Local officials want details of US Air merger
Beaver County Times: Rothfus reflects on first three months
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Party leaders gear up for primary election season

NEPA
The Times Leader: Jackson Twp. to receive gaming grant funds
Times-Tribune: House pension bill targets future police, firefighter hires
Times-Tribune: Low natural gas prices is creating flurry over how to extend natural gas services
Times-Tribune: FrackNation finds supportive crowd in Montrose
Citizens Voice: Chief public defender’s attorneys to council: Not so fast on deciding nominees
News Item: Max tax exception approved at SCA
News Item: Zerbe Twp. takes steps to fight blight, if money comes through

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks GOP committee chairman resigns
Reading Eagle: City Council kills confidentiality clause
Reading Eagle: GOP congressmen outline agenda
Reading Eagle: Teachers sacrifice coiffures for coffers
Reading Eagle: Board to decide on closing Amity Primary Center
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): UPDATED: Status report on Toomey-Manchin gun talks expected around 5 p.m.
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Former Prime Minister Blair recalls Thatcher in Lafayette speech
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Pen Argyl nun’s wrongful death lawsuit against LVH ends
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Paul Carpenter: Spring fever compels a columnist to seek a cure in cicada haven
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Bangor school district maintenance worker accused of theft
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Coplay streetlight fraud case goes to county court
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Former councilman to challenge Allentown mayor
Morning Call: PPL to demolish Gallery building in Allentown
Morning Call: LVEDC looking to engage Lehigh Valley banks
Morning Call: Valley companies head to South America with Corbett
WFMZ: KU freezes student fees for upcoming school year
Express Times: Tony Blair at Lafayette College: World leaders must put aside short-term political gains
Express Times: Phillipsburg School District buildings to add bulletproof screens
Express Times: Bethlehem Area School District wants to boost number of 4-year-olds in high quality child care

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson holds a news conference in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania State Senate Panel hears fresh calls for post-Sandusky child abuse law changes
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County plans mental health drop-in centers opening in 2014
Harrisburg Patriot News: Newville tax collector William Witter under investigation for tax theft
Harrisburg Patriot News: Special education funding overhaul goes to Corbett’s desk
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett: Brazilian company bringing 74 jobs to Chambersburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett plans to close health centers: needed modernization or public health time bomb?
Harrisburg Patriot News: How a Bucks County GOP feud could affect liquor privatization
Roxbury News: Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste: Eastern Sports and Outdoors Show is Back
York Daily Record: West York budget to bring 2.2 percent tax hike
York Daily Record: East Manchester Township votes to pay SPCA, continue negotiations

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Jersey Shore Area school board OKs funding for building project
Sun Gazette: South Williamsport schools still looking at budget deficit
Sun Gazette: S. Tioga approves centralized school ‘goal’
Sun Gazette: Natural gas service industry locating in Tioga Co.
Sun Gazette: S. Williamsport enters agreement with STEP for possible senior center
Erie Times-News: Millcreek school closings on table
Centre Daily Times: Centre Co. commissioners hear presentation on Veterans Information Day
Centre Daily Times: State College Council lacks consensus on Atherton Street improvements

Opinions
Philly.com: Ten years and still waiting to be paid
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Tribune Review: Greensburg Tuesday takes
Tribune Review: Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes
Post Gazette: Lesson unlearned: The mayor should keep political functions separate
Post Gazette: Short-sighted cuts: Reduced spending on disease will cost more later
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Commission is for residents’ benefit
Sun Gazette: Two parks soon to be camera-ready to fight city crime

Blogs
Jon Geeting: Glenn Reibman Gets Coveted Roseto Mayor Endorsement
John Hanger: EIA Projects Flatlining Of Natural Gas Consumption Through 2014
John Hanger: Reversal Of Fortune: Coal Generation Surges 7% and Gas Slumps 3% In January 2013
John Hanger: Renewable Energy & Gas Supply 100% Of New Generation Capacity In First Quarter
Keystone Politics: Washington State Alcohol Privatization Was Pretty Successful
Keystone Politics: UPMC Challenge Not Just Good Policy
Keystone Politics: Community-Based Budgeting > City Council Slush Fund
Keystone Politics: Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers Endorses Bill Peduto for #PGHMayor
Keystone Politics: Union Fights Corbett Administration Decision to Close Nearly Half of Pennsylvania’s Health Centers
Keystone Politics: Mark Squilla’s Right About 205 Race Street, But What’s the Damage to Philly’s New Zoning Process?
Keystone Politics: Party Building FAIL
Keystone Politics: Nate Silver: Tom Corbett is 5th Most Vulnerable Governor in 2014
Keystone Politics: Lamont McClure Excited
Keystone Politics: Comparing Jack Wagner’s “Policy Platform” to Bill Peduto’s Policy Platform

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