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4/21 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The Inquirer chooses their City Council favorites, Diaz accuses Kenney of a dirty deal and the PA Dems get a new Press Secretary. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Inquirer Doles Out Five Endorsements for City Council: The newspaper announced support for one incumbent and four newcomers.

PHL-15: Diaz Attacks Kenney for LUPE Endorsement: The Judge accuses his opponent of making a deal to win the backing of the Latino group.

PA Dems Choose New Press Secretary: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has a new spokeswoman.

Walker Wins Conservative Presidential Straw Poll: The annual PA Leadership Conference conducted a survey of 323 attendees.

PHL-15: Northeast Philly Officials and Leaders Endorse Kenney: Both State Representatives and City Council members joined in support.

Statewide
StateImpact PA: Air Pollution Increases at Pennsylvania’s Natural Gas Sites
PA Independent: House Democrats Sound Off on Budget, Property Tax Reform
PA Independent: Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 1
PA Independent: Capitol Quick Hits for 4.20.15
Capitolwire: Wolf’s Legal Team Hopes Rendell’s Folly on Direct Care Workers Turns to an ‘Advantage’
Capitolwire: AFSCME Contract Would Extend Status Quo for One Year

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Penn State Trustees Sue to Get Freeh Report Documents
Inquirer: Ex-agent Sues Kane Over Sting Case
Inquirer: PCC Unions Questions Change on Carpenters, Teamsters
Inquirer: Independent Groups Drown Out Candidates in Mayor’s Race
Inquirer: Rendell Backs Steinke for Council
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Lawmaker Says His Districts Bridge Projects Aren’t Getting Enough Attention
KYW Newsradio: Sen. Bob Casey Urges Quick Completion of Philadelphia VA Reforms
Philadelphia Business Journal: Labor Board’s Decision Reversal on Pa. Convention Center a “Head Scratcher,” Say Experts
Philadelphia Business Journal: Temple Law Prof Breaks Down Possible Directions of Comcast, Time Warner Merger
Philadelphia Business Journal: Center City is Strong in a Lot of Things, Job Growth Isn’t One of Them
Philadelphia Business Journal: The VA Investigation: Can the Agency Provide Our Veterans With a Great Customer Experience
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. Unemployment Rises as Jobs Decline, Job Seekers Increase

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Police Work to stop Aggressive Driving in Lower Pottsgrove
Pottstown Mercury: Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote in the May Primary
Pottstown Mercury: Half Hour Delays on Some Philadelphia Commuter Trains
Pottstown Mercury: Townships Want Seat on Pottstown Authority Board
Bucks Local News: Mark Joseph Announces Candidacy for Newtown Township Supervisor
Bucks Local News: Message From the Mayor: Let’s Make April 30 a Special Day in Yardley Borough as We Welcome ‘Carry the Load’
Delco Daily Times: Philadelphia Schools Boss: District Can’t Cut Anymore

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: 10,000 More Plots for Veterans Planned at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies
Tribune-Review: Judge Denies 2nd Try for Scaife Daughter to Remove Personal Wealth from Court Records
Tribune-Review: Judge Sets Focus of Kane’s Hearing for Contempt of Court
Tribune-Review: Hearing Set on Highmark Plan to Put $175M in Allegheny Health
Tribune-Review: Lunch Programs Eat Away at School District’s Funds
Post-Gazette: Top VA Manager Reassigned, Other Changes Made in Philly
Post-Gazette: Doctor Who Studied in Pittsburgh Aids People in Embattled Ukraine
Early Returns: 14th Ward Dems Back Fitzgerald, but Not His State

Southwest
Beaver County Times: More Than 50 Beaver County Students Opt out of State Tests
Mirror: Bedford’s Dutch Corner Seeking Historic Status
Tribune-Democrat: Deadline Approaching for Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote
Observer-Reporter: Investigation of McGuffey’s ‘Anti-Gay Day’ Continues
Observer-Reporter: DEP to Issue Significant Fine Against Sunoco Over Mariner East Spills

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton Gets Its Day in Court for Tax Hike
Times-Tribune: West Scranton High Gym May Go to Referendum
Times-Tribune: Advocates Raise Flag for Cannabis Legislation Reform
Times-Leader: City of Wilkes-Barre Partners with Florida-Based Management Company
Times-Leader: Hazleton Alliance Predicts Revitalized Downtown

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Former SDoL leader Pedro Rivera gets hearing for state’s top education post
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Municipal pension reform divides Lancaster County’s top Democrats
York Dispatch: York County commissioner candidates field forum questions
York Daily Record: York County Board of Commissioners candidates weigh in during question and answer session
Harrisburg Patriot News: Medical marijuana vote expected Tuesday before going to full Senate
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Always remember, never forget’: Lawmakers, religious leaders on the Holocaust
Harrisburg Patriot News: Video: ‘Extraordinary evil, absence of ordinary good’ cause of Holocaust; Gov. Tom Wolf says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Air pollution from natural gas production surged in 2013: Search the database
Harrisburg Patriot News: How to register to vote; Monday is the deadline for May primary

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Nazareth Area School District final 2015-16 budget hikes taxes
Express-Times: Bethlehem’s CRIZ not living up to ‘shovel ready’ billing; officials explain why
WFMZ: A night of restructuring at the Muhlenberg Twp. Commissioners meeting
WFMZ: DEP approves modifications for Forks Township compressor
Reading Eagle: New group aims to get Reading-area immigrants involved in politics
Morning Call: For congressmen, ‘It’s all about that basin’ in Delaware River conservation plan

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Ferguson Township leaders weigh redevelopment plan for West College Avenue
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Resilience of Israel is touted

Opinion
Tribune-Review: The Gathering Storm
Post-Gazette: Mitchell for District 11
Tribune-Democrat: Educators Need to get Back to Basics
Times-Tribune: Gender Wage Gap as Real as it is Wrong
The Inquirer: The SRC Has to Go
Pottstown Mercury: Action Needed on Federal Highway Bill
Reading Eagle: Rule of law must come first, even in the Iraqi war zone
Harrisburg Patriot News: Shocking revelations about flawed FBI hair evidence — another reason to end the death penalty

Blogs
Citified: Seven Reasons to Feel Super About Center City
Citified: Here’s Why (Insert Your Favorite Candidate’s Name) Will Win the Mayor’s Race
Keystone Crossroads: Homeless Population Up in Pennsylvania, Down Nationally
Keystone Crossroads: Bruce Katz on Sustainable Development in Cities, Pittsburgh’s Future, and Changing Systems
Keystone Crossroads: Philadelphia Sees Major Uptick in Grocery Stores; Other Parts of Pennsylvania Lag
Commonwealth Foundation: The Unionization Scheme Is About Money

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments