4/11 Morning Buzz

pa flagSchwartz attacks Wolf, Leach raises over $300K and President Clinton campaigns for Margolies. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Attacks Wolf Over Loan: In a debate last night, Schwartz demanded answers from Wolf on the loan he took to partially finance his run.

PA-13: Leach Picks Up Over $300K In First Quarter: With that, he also hits the $1 million mark in money raised.

PA-Gov: Guzzardi Raised 4k in 2014: The longshot Republican challenger brought in less than $5,000 for his run.

PA-13: Clinton Fundraises For Margolies: Margolies brought in her biggest supporter, and in-law, to help the campaign with the primary just weeks away.

PA-6: Sabato Declares Open Seat “Leans Republican”: Political analyst Larry Sabato moved the rating of PA-6 from Toss Up to Leans Republican following Mike Parrish’s departure from the race.

PA-13: Leach Releases Web Video Starring His Daughter (Watch): The Democratic candidate’s first ad paints Margolies as part of the past.

2016? Shapiro and Sestak Speak Out Against Toomey: The two Democrats who potentially hope to snag Toomey’s seat in 2016 bash him for his position on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

PPP: Pennsylvanians Support Medicaid Expansion: A new study from Public Policy Polling shows wide support for a Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania.

HD-36: Molchany Launches First Ad: Molchany hits the airwaves in her primary battle against a fellow incumbent.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-74: Democratic Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell was endorsed by Progressive Majority in his run for State Rep. in this vacant seat. He faces Democratic Caln Township Commissioner Josh Young in the primary.

Statewide
PA Independent: Property tax reform still vexing in Pennsylvania
PA Independent: Quest for severance tax on gas drilling continues
PA Independent: Violent Philly high school source of worry
StateImpactPA: Legislative hearing focused on expanding state oversight of pipelines
Capitolwire: Schwartz gives Wolf the front-runner treatment

Philadelphia
Daily News: Auditor General announces audit of Phila. School District
Philly.com: New Comcast tower cleared for takeoff
Inquirer: Kane calls on Philadelphia D.A. to prosecute sting case
Inquirer: Wolf discloses loan terms
Inquirer: Pa. recoups $120 million in court battle over tobacco settlement
Inquirer: Judge unseals documents in sting case
Inquirer: Two Democrats get feisty in gubernatorial debate
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House plans to ponder banning cash gifts
Philly Now: Reading between the lines of the latest Philly jobs report
Philly Now: Flying military robot – not a ‘drone’ – crashes in Lebanon Valley

SEPA
AP: Informant claims he bribed several Pa. lawmakers
AP: Proposed changes to Pa. distressed-city law aired
Daily Local News: Legal fees add up in Coatesville schools
Burlington County Times: Burlington County unemployment rate remains stable
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Painter offers to help for last-minute tax files
Pottstown Mercury: Replacement pumper truck cost $100,000 less than Phoenixville expected
Bucks County Courier Times: Another day of campaigning for 13th District candidates
Bucks County Courier Times: Tax issues boils over in Centennial

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Tax code’s complexity bigger problem for small businesses than tax bill itself
Pittsburgh Business Times: Does House budget hit small businesses with a sledgehammer?
Early Returns: Wolf offers loan details
Early Returns: Molchany’s TV debut
Early Returns: Casey pushes for police funds
Early Returns: Schwartz confronts Wolf
Post-Gazette: City has Ravenstahl’s computer back, copying data possible
Post-Gazette: Judge opens secret court records
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s state universities get more autonomy, influence
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald starts non-emergency ‘alert’ system

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania may soon ban teens from indoor tanning beds
Observer-Reporter: City rejects plan for former VA clinic
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Westmont planning for sewer project

NEPA
Times-Tribune: County advocates against study commission at Taylor meeting
Times-Tribune: Senate acts on gas lease bills while House negotiates royalty payment bill
Times-Tribune: Casey uses documentary to push for “Kids for Cash” reforms
Citizens Voice: Locals affected by Senate cash gift ban bill
Citizens Voice: Casey talks up juvenile justice reform

South Central
Patriot-News: Bill aims to get Pa.’s financially distressed municipalities through Act 47, or else
Patriot-News: Judge’s ruling restores $120 million for Pennsylvania in Tobacco Settlement Fund payment
Patriot-News: Judge opens records pertaining to informant at center of aborted Pennsylvania sting operation
Patriot-News: Shippensburg University may be among first to test out new presidential selection process
York Daily Record: One business hopes Route 30 project will bring more customers
York Daily Record: York youth summit ‘challenges your mind’

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Plans for massive Bethlehem warehouse get OK’d
Morning Call: Bethlehem Township takes out $10 million line of credit
Morning Call: Williams Township delays vote on ending tax freeze on preserved land
Morning Call: Saucon Valley eyeing first tax hike in five years
Express-Times: Allentown School District proposes new high school as part of ‘transformation of our culture’
Express-Times: Warren County police oppose St. Luke’s Hospital in Phillipsburg closing mental health unit

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Pa. officials get closeup look at modular home industry
Sun-Gazette: Montgomery council approved title change
Sun-Gazette: Taxes going up in ’Sock school district
Daily Times: Voting opens in Penn State alumni trustee race
Daily Times: Sue Paterno endorses Penn State trustee candidates Glocker, Lord

Opinion
Daily News: DN Editorial: No accounts
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Housing needs help
Patriot-News: Questions persist after Steelton has to pay water plant fines: Editorial
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Readers’ Forum 4-10 | Something has to change in Harrisburg
News Item: State, not counties, should fund defense of indigent
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: ‘Flashing’ on the highways is a time-tested right

Blogs
Above Average Jane: See Tracks? Think Train!
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dent Applauds Court’s NCAA Ruling
CasablancaPA: Can Investigator and Kane Both Be Telling the Truth? Yes.
Bals Blog: When I Was Young
Commonwealth Foundation: Taxes Not Popular in Pennsylvania
PA Budget and Policy Center: A Look at Shale Drilling’s Mixed Legacy
2 Political Junkies: Toomey, Casey And Porter – A City Paper Update
Keystone Politics: #PAGOV: GOP’s attack on Wolf is pretty weak
Keystone Politics: #PA13: Daylin Leach Releases First TV Ad, Featuring Pres. Clinton

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