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4/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pawlowski is officially in, two SEPA seats make Cook’s list and we take a look at March’s job report. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

4/17 Ups & Downs: Personal business, spilled soda and brotherly love. See who made this week’s list!

PA-Sen: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski Enters 2016 Senate Race: Joe Sestak finally has a formidable Democratic primary opponent and his name is Ed Pawlowski.

PA-8, PA-6 Make Cook’s House Ratings List: The SEPA seats made the Cook Political Report’s rankings.

March Jobs Report: Unemployment Increases 0.1% for Third Straight Month: The first fiscal quarter of 2015 has seen the rate go back up to the September 2014 figure.

PA-Gov: Wolf Details Plan to Help Middle Class (VIDEO): Gov. Tom Wolf has released a new video informing Pennsylvanians on his ideas to help the state’s middle class.

Former CBS Reporter Critiques Media at PA Leadership Conference: Sharyl Attkisson gave the Liberty Dinner address at the annual conservative gathering.

Sunday Show Preview: April 19, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House GOP Not So Keen on Late Bar Closings
StateImpact PA: Shale Gas Opponents Shout Down Industry Speaker at Philadelphia LNG Session
StateImpact PA: Philadelphia’s Mayoral Race Has Candidates Talking Shale Gas
Capitolwire: IRRC Approves Breweries and Firearms Regulations
Capitolwire: LBFC Finds Colleges, Universities Have Lukewarm Interest in Authorizing Charter Schools

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Millennials Seem Indifferent About Phila. Primary
Inquirer: Montgomery County Judicial Candidates Fight for Name Recognition as Primary Approaches
Inquirer: Next for the Gallery: ‘Not Just Another Mall’
Philly.com: Anti-abortion Lawmakers Protest Wolf Nominee at State Dept.
Philly.com: Demolition of Phila. International Records Building Underway
KYW Newsradio: Pa. House GOP Leaders Wary of Extending Barroom Serving Hours in Certain Areas
Philadelphia Business Journal: In Setback for Convention Center, Labor Board Reverses Decision
Philadelphia Business Journal: Report: Department of Justice May Back Comcast-Time Warner Merger
Philadelphia Business Journal: Why Pennsylvanians Should Embrace Free Trade for Energy
Philadelphia Business Journal: City Council Approves New Rules for Billboards

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Takes On Maintenance of Edgewood Cemetery
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Judge Moves AG Hearing to Larger Courtroom, Bans Electronic Devices
Pottstown Mercury: SEPTA Seeks Input for Next Year’s Budget, No Fare Hikes or Service Cuts Are Planned
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Officials Outline Oil Train Disaster Preparedness
Pottstown Mercury: 3 Battle for GOP Nominations In Montco Commissioner Race
Delco Times: Transportation Officials Issue Oil Safety Measures
Delco Times: Anti-abortion Lawmakers Protest Wolf Nominee Cortes as Secretary of State
Bucks Local News: Bucks County GOP House Members Respond to Governor Wolf’s Presentation at BCCC

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Harrisburg to Observe Lincoln Funeral Train on Tuesday
Post Gazette: A $110 Million Upgrade at Mt. Lebanon High School
Post Gazette: PA Hospitals Worried About Wolf’s Budget Plan
Post Gazette: Republicans Blast Wolf Pick for PA State Department
Tribune-Review: Transportation Challenges Rife as Pittsburgh Focuses on Making Changes
Tribune-Review: Wolf’s Outreach to Lawmakers Contrasts with Corbett’s Style
Tribune-Review: Use of Multiple Contractors Could Leave Oil, Gas Operators Open to Hacking

Southwest
Observer Reporter: Meadows Racetrack Bucks Industry Trend of Decline
Observer Reporter: Some McGuffey Students Oppose School’s ‘Day of Silence’ For Gay Rights
Observer Reporter: Jesse White Restored to Republican Ballot in Magistrate Race
Observer Reporter: Trinity Restructures Bond Debt
Beaver County Times: Cyberschool Students Struggle to Pass Standardized Tests
Altoona Mirror: Court Program Aids Job Services
Altoona Mirror: Ramifications of Shuster’s Relationship Yet to Be Seen
Altoona Mirror: Blair GOP Women to Host Candidate

NEPA
Times-Leader: Zeroing In
Times-Leader: Wolf, GOP Leaders Have Plenty to Chew Over on Budget Table
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board Candidate has a Criminal Record
Times-Tribune: Budget, Taxes Loom as Top Commissioner Issues
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board May See Post-Election Changes

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Supreme Court decisions on use-of-force
Harrisburg Patriot News: AG Kathleen Kane will return to court Apr. 27 in firing case
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf says he plans to weigh in on how to pay for municipal pensions
York Daily Record: Former district judge candidate dies
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Manor Twp. man challenges Wolf on home care plan: Fear rise in costs, other consequences

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Tax day just yields more cash for the government to waste
Reading Eagle: Candidate starts early in campaign for House seat
Reading Eagle: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey: Reading should be named a Promise Zone
Reading Eagle: Perugini takes another run at being Reading mayor
WFMZ: Lawmakers host senior fair in Bethlehem
WFMZ: Senator Casey visits Northeast Middle School in Bethlehem
Express-Times: Pennsylvania lawmakers ready for budget battle in Harrisburg

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County commissioner candidates talk about transparency
Erie Times-News: State lawmakers: The price you pay
Erie Times-News: How numbers were gathered about lawmakers’ spending

Opinion
Post Gazette: Keeping an Eye on Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Bite the Pickle, Bill Shuster
Observer Reporter: A Welcome to a Seasoned Jurist
Altoona Mirror: Additional Amtrak Trips Worth Thought
Times-Leader: Can Scranton Diocese Turn Overseas for New Priests?
Pottstown Mercury: Sunday’s Sound Off
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Budget Talks Headed in the Right Direction
Reading Eagle: Eliminate property levy, include equitable distribution
Express-Times: Despite growing ‘opt-out’ trend, standardized tests serve a purpose

Blogs
Citified: How Philadelphia’s Fuzzy Racial Math Could Tip the Mayoral Election
Citified: Is Sexism Hurting Lynne Abraham?
Keystone Crossroads: In Case You Missed It: This Week’s Good Reads About Pennsylvania Cities
Commonwealth Foundation: VIDEO: Tax Credit Scholarships Give Options to Thousands
Lu Lac Political Letter: Attorney Joseph Saporito Jr. Sworn in as Federal District Magistrate

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