4/18 Morning Buzz

pa flagMcCord hits Wolf in his latest ad, the President visits Pittsburgh and we follow Allyson Schwartz on the campaign trail. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

On the PA-Gov Trail: Allyson Schwartz: Schwartz attempts to shore up Philadelphia for Democratic primary.

PA-Gov: McCord Hits Wolf in Latest Ad (VIDEO): The Democratic candidate contrasts his position on taxing natural gas drilling with the race’s front-runner.

PA-12: AFL-CIO Endorses McClelland: The union magnate made their selection in the Democratic primary.

PA-6: National Orgs Step Up: The national parties are getting involved in the race for Pennsylvania’s open 6th congressional district.

PA-9: Shuster Obliterates Primary Opposition in Q1: Rep. Shuster leads Halvorson and Schooley with a huge amount of money raised.

PA-17: Cartwright Has Commanding Financial Lead: According to this year’s first quarter financial reports, incumbent Matt Cartwright has a strong lead over his competitors.

PA-13: Candidates Face Off in Open Forum: Democratic and Republican candidates for the soon to be vacant 13th district seat took questions from voters last night.

Obama Discusses Job-Training in Pittsburgh: The President flew to the West Hills CCAC branch campus to laud the school for its tremendous job-training programs.

API Poll: Pennsylvanians Want Energy Investment: According to a poll from the American Petroleum Institute, residents of the Keystone State want to see increased funding for energy infrastructure.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-36: State Representative Harry Readshaw, running for re-election for the 36th Legislative District, today received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania School Education Association. He is campaigning against fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Erin Molchany (D-Allegheny) after their districts were merged.

Statewide
MSNBC: Stack and Leach featured in minimum wage interview
State House Sound Bites: Slap the SLAPPs: legislation would deter frivolous lawsuits
State House Sound Bites: In PA schools, movement to keep school librarians on the books
State House Sound Bites: Wolf says loan for millions backed by personal money, not company’s
Capitolwire: Environmentalists blast DCNR monitoring report
StateImpactPA: Pa. drill rig manufacturer taking the ‘rough’ out of roughnecking

Philadelphia
The Big Tent: McCord airs contrast ad on fracking tax
PhillyClout: Philly GOP fights ballot question pushed by Council Republican
Daily News: Nutter limits cooperation with feds on immigration
Inquirer: Elevator woes shut city government building
AP: Democrat Tom Wolf reports $2.2M in 2012 income
Axis Philly: Open Data: City releases contract info
Phillynow: Philly legislator Mike Stack talks minimum wage on MSNBC
WHYY Newsworks: Schwartz presses Wolf for details on $4.5 million campaign loan
WHYY Newsworks: Chestnut Hill health care workers rally for better wages, benefits
WHYY Newsworks: Half of Pa. public schools fail to meet state’s expectations, new study says

SEPA
The Intelligencer: Montco rallies in support of same-sex marriage
Delco Daily Times: Brady increases war chest to $695,640
Delco Daily Times: Money talks in 7th District
Montgomery Times: State Sen. Bob Mensch discusses social, economic issues facing Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Downingtown council adds new member

Pittsburgh
Business Journal: Bakery Square 2.0 rises from original’s Google-bred success
Business Journal: Big day for PPG Industries — record financials, annual meeting and stock price zooms
Post-Gazette: UPMC data breach may affect as many as 27,000 employees
Post-Gazette: Local developer offers $9.5M for August Wilson Center
Tribune-Review: Meetings on proposed Shell ‘cracker’ plant in Beaver County lure 1,000
Tribune-Review: Obama hopes to replicate CCAC job training efforts across United States
UrbanMediaToday: African-American Leaders to Host Candidate Forum to Address Community Issues

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: USVEI evicted from office building
Altoona Mirror: Airport to receive new fueling station
Altoona Mirror: Kopriva: Parents entitled to hearing
Beaver County Times: State recognizes Allegheny County officials
Beaver County Times: Ousted airport authority executive receives severance package
Beaver County Times: GOP lawmakers pitch tax reforms to help small businesses

NEPA
Times Leader: HUD: Investigators were at Sherman Hills
Times Leader: Leniency plea for Mericle runs 357 pages
Times-Tribune: Airport director to retire after 43 years
Times-Tribune: Dunmore School Board will combine middle and high school
Times-Tribune: Scranton council backs hiring of engineer, financial adviser

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Gov. Tom Corbett speaks at Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce breakfast
Carlisle Sentinel: Residents file appeal of Dickinson Township zoning decision
AP: SU, 8 other Pa. colleges target of gender complaint
AP: UPMC wants city to bill subsidiaries for taxes
Patriot News: Pa. governor candidate McGinty basks in Kennedy glow during Scranton visit
Patriot News: Sources say scope of aborted sting went beyond the few Pa. lawmakers caught allegedly taking cash gifts
Patriot News: Brazilian manufacturer to build plant in Franklin County, create 73 jobs

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Officials tout success of Crime Alert Berks County
Reading Eagle: Reading’s outside consultants stepping away from talks of leasing water system
WFMZ: No work done on housing project years after awarding grant
WFMZ: Best way to save jobs at EASD? Neither side knows
WFMZ: $5.5 million tax credit to help fund residential, commercial development in Reading
Morning Call: Allentown-suburbs sewer fee settlement nearly finalized
Morning Call: Allentown unveils 911 texting service; officials call it next-generation technology

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Projects to be paid for with $724K in gas impact fees
Sun Gazette: No increase in mental health spending for Lycoming, Clinton counties
Sun Gazette: City sued for not paying cleaning bill
Erie Times-News: Analysts: Dem governor could lead to gridlock
Erie Times-News: Koplinski campaigns for lieutenant governor in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Paterno family lawyers: NCAA has Penn State ‘under their thumb’

Opinion
Patriot News: Questions about a case come north with Penn State’s new president: Editorial
York Daily Record: Editorial: Property tax reform must be done right
Post-Gazette: DEP access: The state should not be barred from drill sites
Tribune-Review: Liquor privatization: Now’s the time
WHYY Newsworks: Why Democrats have a thing for single women
The Intelligencer: A missing voice in the 13th District

Blogs
Media Trackers: Union Organizes Largest Pennsylvania Charter School
Keystone Politics: Pennsylvania AFL-CIO endorses Erin McClelland over John Hugya in PA-12
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup April 17: SB76: Protests could doom action on property tax reform legislation
Commonwealth Foundation: SAT Scores Slip While Spending Soars
Above Average Jane: Notes from Willow Grove NAACP 13th Congressional Debate (3/17)

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