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4/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The Boyle-Stack feud escalates, Johnny Doc supports Santarsiero and we ask our readers whether Kane should be impeached. Happy Tax Day everyone! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Boyle-Stack Feud Literally Spills Over: Tonya Stack reportedly threw a cup of soda at State Rep. Kevin Boyle.

PA-8: Johnny Doc Among Labor Leaders Backing Santarsiero: Steve Santarsiero rakes in endorsements from a variety of unions, including IBEW Local 98.

PHL-15: New SuperPAC Ad Touts Kenney’s Endorsements (VIDEO): Forward Pennsylvania is pointing out the candidate’s recent show of support from African-American officials.

FiveThirtyEight Shows Pennsylvania Has Larger Gender Wage Gap Than National Average: The Keystone State ranked 40th out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Reader Poll: Should Kane Be Impeached?: We ask whether the Attorney General should be removed.

Reader Poll: Pawlowski Favored Over Sestak: Our readers believe the Allentown Mayor would win a head-to-head matchup.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Wolf Appoints Political Insider As Energy Advisor
StateImpactPA: Law Would Offer New Federal Protection of Delaware River Basin
StateImpactPA: Industry Group Considers Legal Action Over New Drilling Rules
State House Sound Bites: House GOP Parries Wolf’s Property Tax Relief Plan
State House Sound Bites: Bill Would Lower Hurdles to Collect Suspects’ DNA
State House Sound Bites: Organ Donation Debate Highlights Dueling Priorities
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf’s Department Head Nominations Head for Hearings
PLSReporter: House, Senate GOP Leaders React to Budget Planning Meeting With Governor

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Newall; In Race for City Judge, Ballot Position & Campaign Cash Trump Skill
Inquirer: Wolf, GOP Leaders Hold First Budget Meeting
Inquirer: City Finance Director: Candidates’ Plans for Schools Fall Short
Inquirer: Probe Ends, Spotlight Returns to Philly VA
Attytood: America, It’s Been a Privilege
Baer Growls: Penn St. Pays for Paterno Wins
Philadelphia Business Journal: Rubio’s Business Pitch

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Easton Owes Bucks Artist More Than 100 Banana Splits in Back Rent
Bucks County Courier Times: New Bond Issue May Help Pay to Replace Truman High Roof Costs
Bucks County Courier Times: PA DA’s Take Aim at Wolf’s Death Penalty Moratorium
Pottstown Mercury: “No Guns” Montco Judge Tells Upper Darby Man Who Lied on Gun Purchase Forms
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Council Votes 4-3 to Meet with Fire Companies About Merger
Bucks Local News: Newton Township to Develop Comprehensive Plan to Link, Improve its Rail System
Daily Local News: Former Coatesville Man Admits to Selling Illegal Explosives
Daily Local News: Barber to Become Assistant Superintendent in Kennett
Daily Local News: Senator to Speak at Lyme Disease Film Screening

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Dog law enforcement officer blames bad politics for firing
Pittsburgh Business Times: Governor’s nominee for Pennsylvania treasurer plans to focus on building foundations
Pittsburgh Business Times: Marco Rubio’s business pitch: Youth, immigration and tax reform
Tribune Review: Wolf criticizes UPMC wages; health giant suggests union motivations
Tribune Review: Allegheny County controller battle picks up steam as primary nears
Tribune Review: Dormont officials eye financial remedies as deficits arise four months into 2015
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County’s government review commission elects new chairman
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Critical Of Wages Paid at UPMC
KDKA: Gov. Wolf Takes On UPMC For Its Low Pay
KDKA: Lawmaker Calls For Extended Bar Hours In Pennsylvania

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Lawrence Co.-area legislators ask for state investigation of Penn National Gaming
Observer-Reporter: Waynesburg council accepts resignation of tax collector

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre Twp. council votes to take ownership of fire company’s headquarters
Times Leader: Bill to name bridge after fallen corrections officer receives committee approval
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council candidates tout experience
Times-Tribune: Senate passes trooper memorial bill
News Item: Mayor names two to Shamokin’s redevelopment authority
News Item: Blight bills pass state House committee, gives ‘tools’ to communities

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill Aims to Eliminate State’s Gun Background Check System
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. Warns Seniors of IRS Scams
Patriot-News: GOP Leaders Meet with Gov. Tom Wolf for Closed-Door Budget Discussion
Patriot-News: Linda Thompson, Other Former City Officials Take the Stage in Grand Jury Probe
Patriot-News: Carlisle Looking for Ways to Cut an Expected $3 Million Budget Deficit
Patriot-News: HACC Proposes to Partially Honor Wolf’s Tuition Freeze Pledge
Patriot-News: Camp Hill School Board Considers Possible Tax Increase
Patriot-News: Republicans Begin Tug of War with Gov. Tom Wolf for Budget Work Group Priorities
Patriot-News: House GOP Plan to Cut Property Tax Rates Receives Hearing
Patriot-News: Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges Over Lycoming Natural Gas Well Site Discharge
Patriot-News: Dillsburg Borough Council Awards Bid for Community Park Development
Patriot-News: Key Differences Exist Between House GOP, Wolf Property Tax Plans
Patriot-News: VIDEO: Linda Thompson Leaves Attorney General’s Western Regional Office
Daily Record: Nine Things to Know About State Rep. Stan Saylor’s Plan to Cut Property Taxes
York Dispatch: Wagner to Propose Liquor Privatization Bill
York Dispatch: House Passes Grove’s Vaccination Bill
York Dispatch: Pa. Coroners Say They Already Follow Protocol in Proposed Law
Intelligencer-Era: Millersville University Sends Delegation – And a Robot – to State System Advocacy Day in Harrisburg
Intelligencer-Era: Pennsylvania Lawmaker Eyes Legislation That Would Allow the Sale of Alcohol Until 4 A.M.

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pa. Legislature Appears No Closer to Property Tax Relief
Morning Call: Easton Area School District Projects 2.4 Percent Property Tax Increase
Reading Eagle: Hamburg School Board Again Turns Down Teacher Contract Proposal
Reading Eagle: What You Need to Know to Vote in the May 19 Primary
Reading Eagle: Merger of Pottstown Fire Companies Remains a Hot Topic
Express-Times: Saucon Valley School Board Won’t Extend ‘Bottom Line’ Contract Offer to Teachers
Express-Times: Easton Area School District on Track Toward 2.4 Percent Tax Increase
Express-Times: Phillipsburg School Board Approves Agreement with Support Staff

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Former Centre County Assistant District Attorney Karen Arnold Calls for Legal Scrutiny of Bruce Castor Appointment
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township Honored as Sustainable Community
Sun-Gazette: Tax Hike Remains on the Horizon
Sun-Gazette: District’s Budget Deficit Coming Down, Still at $600,000
Erie Times-News: Millcreek Planners Recommend Ridgefield Subdivision
Erie Times-News: Retired Judge to Lead Edinboro Safety Commission

Opinion
Inquirer: All 2016 Roads Lead Through Montco?
Bucks County Courier Times: Crime Pays for State Pensioners
Tribune Review: Wolf attack: Reckless words against UPMC
Post-Gazette: Opening to Cuba: Obama and Castro take normalcy a step further

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: More on Joey Farah and His Birthers’ Hypocrisy (Marco Rubio Edition)
Citified: Wednesday Night, Join Us For a Live Interview With Anthony Williams
Citified: Gorgeous New City Hall Gates to Come With Politically Interesting Twist
Citified: The Brief: Lynne Abraham’s Racially Loaded Remarks From 25 Years Ago Are Now Back in the News
Citified: Philadelphia Police Force Still Far Whiter Than City Itself

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments