4/16 Morning Buzz

pa flagCorbett, Schwartz and McGinty release new TV ads, Peduto looks back on his first 100 days in office and we recap back-to-back PA-8 debates. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: McGinty Releases Two New Ads (Watch): The two short spots tout her environmental experience and various supporters.

PA-Gov: New Schwartz Ad Decries “Old Boys Club” (Watch): The Congresswoman’s latest ad promises a governor who will break through the status quo.

PA Gov: Guzzardi To Appear on Ballot: A Commonwealth Court judge denied the challenge of four voters who had the backing of PA GOP.

PA-Gov: McCord Spends Down With Big Media Buys: The State Treasurer raised just $600k so far in 2014, but spent millions to be on TV.

PA-Gov: Corbett Releases New Education-Focused Ad (Video): The ad focuses on the money PA spent on education during Corbett’s term and his devotion to the state’s school system.

Lt. Gov: Neuman Wins Support Of Erie Dems: Democratic legislators from Erie County threw their weight behind Neuman for lieutenant governor.

Lt. Gov: LGBT Organizations Line Up For Stack: State Senator Mike Stack received cross-state support from three influential LGBT advocacy groups.

Q1: Unopposed Reps. Dent and Murphy Come In Strong: Despite being the only two Congressional candidates running unopposed, the two legislators prove they’re still fundraising heavyweights.

PA-8: Candidates Face-Off in Round 1 of Back-to-Back Debates: The Democratic candidates will participate in two debates within an eighteen hour span.

PA-8: Candidates Face Off in Round 2 of Back-to-Back Debates: This represented the second of two debates between the Democratic candidates in an eighteen hour period.

Peduto Looks Back on First 100 Days: Pittsburgh’s new Mayor discusses the accomplishments of his administration while touting what is to come.

Reader Poll: Which Gubernatorial Candidate Has Released the Best Ads?: We ask our readers which candidate for Governor has made the best ads so far.

Planned Parenthood Poll: Pennsylvania is Pro-Choice: A poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood shows that the Keystone State is narrowly pro-choice.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-36: Rep. Molchany announced endorsements from Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC, the Women’s Campaign Fund, the Steel City Stonewall Democrats, and the Gertrude Stein Political Club of Greater Pittsburgh. Molchany faces fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Harry Readshaw in the primary.

HD-158: PA NOW announced their support of Susan Rzucidlo for the 158th Legislative seat. The National Organization for Women is the country’s largest feminist political organization. The Pennsylvania chapter has over 13,000 contributing members and 20 local chapters. This seat is vacant after Chris Ross’s retirement.

State House Sound Bites: From House Democrat, a call for “divorce equality”
State House Sound Bites: Guzzardi wins ballot challenge; appeal expected
PA Independent: Lawmakers contemplate tax breaks for small businesses
PA Independent: Philadelphia family makes difficult choice for daughter’s education
PA Independent: As volunteer firefighter numbers dwindle, lawmakers suggest tax credit
StateImpactPA: Study: small fraction of Pa. wells contribute large portion of methane emissions
StateImpactPA: Pa. DEP is ‘monitoring’ Ohio earthquake situation
StateImpactPA: Shell to hold public meetings on ethane cracker plant
Capitolwire: Lawmakers still wrestling with cyber charter school funding reform
Capitolwire: Child protection laws cast a wider net on mandated reporters, advocates say

PhillyClout: Council hears pros and cons of city’s methadone clinics
PhillyClout: Union League breakfast lures potential donors for papal visit
Heard in the Hall: Fight over Democratic committeeman spots to resume in South Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Court: Corbett challenger Guzzardi to stay on ballot
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett says he never made a judgment on sting case
Inquirer: Poll: City voters disapprove of governor, SRC
WHYY Newsworks: SEPTA’s public budget meetings begin Wednesday
AP: Corbett signs 4 more child-abuse prevention bills
Phillynow: Group ‘banned’ from voting to highlight unfair electoral practices

Courier Times: Corbett talks health care, taxes with small businesses
Courier Times: Child abuse bills signed into law
Courier Times: Pa. GOP lawmakers pitch tax reforms to help small businesses
Courier Times: Democrats for Congress debate whether 9/11 was preventable
Montgomery Media: Corbett holds live signing of child abuse protection bills at Ambler Area YMCA

Business Journal: UPMC plans to move 450 employees to Heinz 57 Center
Business Journal: Wayfair LLC has $5.2 million dollar lien from Commonwealth
Post-Gazette: Small business owners are finding outside help during tax season
Post-Gazette: Public gets chance tonight to speak out on drilling at Deer Lakes Park
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto touts his first 100 days in office
Tribune-Review: Lawsuit against Frazer policeman, township moved to federal court
UrbanMediaToday: The Black Entrepreneur Series Part Three: Sheldon Ingram Shares His Formula for Success

Altoona Mirror: Altoona City Council members say they need to study land value tax
Altoona Mirror: Prison OT hits $17K in 2-week period
Beaver County Times: Will PA corruption scandals result in ethics reform?
Beaver County Times: Road-repair alternative could help budget spike
Observer-Reporter: Canon-McMillan approves preliminary budget
Observer-Reporter: Two local banks merging

Times Leader: Wyoming Area teachers might walk again
Times Leader: UGI proposing new gas main route in W-B’s Brookside
Times-Tribune: Former Scott Twp. police chief’s sentencing delayed again
Times-Tribune: Dunmore may condemn homes where drugs are sold
Times-Tribune: Faced with cuts in state funding, PTAs are filling the void

South Central
York Daily Record: State gives York County $114,240 to battle West Nile
York Daily Record: Michael O’Rourke resigns as York’s business administrator
Lancaster Intelligencer: Ephrata absorbs $600,000 electric bill, spares residents
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioner advertise changes to hotel tax ordinance
Patriot News: Sen. Scott Wagner declines gold-plated benefits package, keeping his campaign promise
Patriot News: Corbett challenger Robert Guzzardi will stay on Republican primary ballot
Patriot News: Eugenia Smith viewing, funeral services scheduled for Saturday in Harrisburg
Patriot News: Non-unionized employees in Auditor General’s office to see pay bump
Patriot News: Proposals would streamline Pa. tax code for businesses next year

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Upper Mount Bethel Township supervisors hear arguments for bill of rights to ban sludge
Express Times: ‘What they did before didn’t work,’ new Saucon Valley teachers’ negotiator says as meeting set
Morning Call: Democrats debate in race for Bucks’ 8th Congressional District
Morning Call: High CEO pay unfair, hurts economy, union says
Reading Eagle: Heroin: Rising deaths and soaring profits
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council tables move to sink water authority

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Tax hike looming
Sun Gazette: $500,000 grant could fix sidewalks, streetlights
Sun Gazette: Lack of 911 funding concerns leaders
Centre Daily Times: Louis Freeh gets expedited appeal to Graham Spanier suit

Patriot News: In Penn State election, let’s see more transparency and more moxie: Editorial
York Dispatch: OP-ED: Mayor urges support of pension reform bill
WHYY Newsworks: Milton Street for mayor again – seriously?
WHYY Newsworks: Real voter fraud is curbing the right to vote
Pottstown Mercury: Protests could doom action on property tax
Post-Gazette: Elusive compliance: Allegheny County must stay on top of Shenango
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes

Citizens’ Call: ‘Frank’ Conversation on Fracking Set for Thursday Evening at Beth Shalom in Elkins Park
Media Trackers: Economic Forecast Bleak for Pennsylvania
Keystone Politics: #PA13: Leach endorsed by PSEA and NEA
Keystone Politics: #PA13: Arkoosh releases campaign ad entitled “Sarah”
Keystone Politics: New polling data indicates Pennsylvania is a pro-choice state

4 Responses

  1. THE REAL QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE GUZZARDI CANDIDACY: 1. Can Guzzardi attract national SuperPACs in to punish Tom Corbett for abandoning the TeaParty with his gasoline tax? 2. Will Team Corbett be forced to go negative against Bob if Bob can catch the Scott Wagner wave?

  2. The great Truth Teller of PA, Signor Ferrari of Casablancapa.com has opined again: EXPLAIN THE TARGETING, EXPLAIN THE STING:……Williams, for his part, is trying to deny the fact and explain it at the same time. He says the reason all the targets are people of color is because those are the people in Ali’s “immediate realm.” Which is it? Were whites targeted, or were only people of color targeted because they were in Ali’s “realm?” (And, honestly, is Philadelphia really that segregated?)

    The facts at hand show that Kane was right to drop the sting. The only way to justify continued questioning of her judgement is to show that these aren’t the facts. Seth Williams’ convoluted “it-isn’t-true-but-here’s-why-it-is-true” ramblings do not disprove the facts. The investigator denying that he’s a racist does not disprove the facts. Corbett and Ryan insisting that they didn’t “decide” not to pursue the case (they just … didn’t pursue it) does not disprove the facts.

    In fact, Corbett and Ryan declining to say whether they thought Kane made the right decision is evidence that she did, as Corbett never would pass on a chance to attack Kane.

  3. Bob Guzzardi: Ride the Scott Wagner wave!!! http://trib.me/1p1p3Sk
    Bob Guzzardi wants to know where he can find outrage, the kind that provoked the 69-year-old lawyer into a primary challenge against his party’s choice …

  • Will Doug Mastriano Run For U.S. Senate?

    • No. Not Enough Support From Mainstream GOP. (91%)
    • Yes. Let Doug Be Doug. (9%)

    Total Voters: 892

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