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4/23 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Check out our comprehensive Kathleen Kane timeline, Boyle talks about incident with Stack and Schwartz becomes a CEO. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

The Kathleen Kane Saga: A Timeline: Ahead of her court hearing, we provide a comprehensive timeline of the various scandals and tribulations of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

PA-13: Boyle Address Feud with Stack, Special Election Loss: The Congressman opined on the state of Northeast Philly politics in an interview with Billy Penn.

Schwartz Named New CEO of Lobbying Group (VIDEO): After an unsuccessful gubernatorial run, Allyson Schwartz enters the lobbying industry.

Kane Hires Ardo as New Spokesman: The Attorney General tries for lucky No.7 with Chuck Ardo.

PHL-15: Black Clergy and Ward Leaders Back Williams: Anthony Williams won some key backers today.

Philadelphia Federation of Teachers Back Kenyatta Johnson for City Council: Councilman Johnson is seeking re-election to the Second Council District seat.

Judicial Endorsements

Commonwealth Court: Democratic candidate Michael Wojcik earned the endorsement of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Superior Court: Republican candidate Emil Giordano was endorsed by the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Eastern PA Chapter.

“Giordano has demonstrated his strong commitment to community and free enterprise values. It is evident that he understands the construction industry and the merit philosophy that ABC represents,” said Mary Tebeau, President & CEO of the ABC Eastern PA Chapter.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Senate GOp Balks at Governor’s Treasury Pick
State House Sound Bites: State Lax on Healthcare Labor Law, Audit Finds
State House Sound Bites: Wolf Nominee Runs Into Questions Over Gosnell Case
PA Independent: State House Votes Against to Close Union Intimidation Loophole
PLS Reporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 4.22.15
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Speaker Turzai Joins Working Group to Promote Debt Transparency Bill
PLS Reporter: Senate Committee Advances Bills Aimed at More Transparent Labor Negotiations
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: House GOP Working Group Reveals Debt Reduction Bills
PLS Reporter: Inside SCI-Camp Hill: Part 3
Capitolwire: Senate Panel Recommends Dallas’ Nomination as DHS Board
Capitolwire: Vote on House GOP Property Tax Plan Pushed Pushed to Early May After Request from Wolf
Capitolwire: Education Funding Lawsuit Dismissed
Capitolwire: Medical Cannabis Amendment – Nebulization In, Nurse Practitioners Out
Capitolwire: Rivera’s PDE Culture Shake-Up Welcomed by Senate Education Committee
Capitolwire: The First of Wolf’s Cabinet Nominees – PennDOT’s Richards – Gets the Nod from Senate
Capitolwire: Senate Panel Approves Bills to Tweak Collective Bargaining Process

Philadelphia
Daily News: Mayoral Candidates’ Forum Becomes Tempest in the Crystal Tea Room
Philly.com: Philly 420: Pennsylvania Going Backwards on Marijuana
Inquirer: Money-saving Consultants Have Cost SEPTA $2.8 Million, Invoices Show
Inquirer: Williams Picks Up Two Key Endorsements
Inquirer: Mayoral Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing Plans
Inquirer: One Earth Day, Environmentalists Endorse Kenney
Inquirer: Comcast, Liberty Buy Land For What Could Be Third Comcast Tower
Philadelphia Business Journal: New Tax Reform Could Create 100,000 jobs in Philadelphia, Group Says
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philly Law Firm Picked to Serve on Pa. Bond Counsel

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania Attorney General Issues Warning on Cyber Bullying
Pottstown Mercury: Montco Told Hold Prescription Drug Take-back Day on April 25
Pottstown Mercury: Obamacare Brings Growth in Food Stamp Use
Pottstown Mercury: Obama Again Avoids Calling 1915 Armenian Killings ‘Genocide’
Delco Daily Times: Delco, Tinicium, Interboro Sign Off on Airport Deal
Delco Daily Times: VA Pledges Broad Review of Claims Processing After Scathing Philly Report
Delco Daily Times: State A.G. Kathleen Kane Hire New Mouthpiece, former Rendell Spokesman

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: ‘Grainy White Powder’ Found in Letter to Rep. Doyle’s Office
Tribune-Review: Bidding for Bond Counsel Saves Taxpayers’ Money, Treasury Says
Tribune-Review: Judge Allows Cash-Strapped Penn Hills School District to Borrow Up to $18M
Tribune-Review: Lawmaker Predicts State Senate Will Pass Bills to Open Union Negotiations
Tribune-Review: AG Kane Promotes Narcotics Supervisor to Acting Chief-of-Staff
Tribune-Review: Experts say Kane Dug Her Own Hole
Post-Gazette: White Powdery Substance Sent to Rep. Doyle’s Office
Post-Gazette: AG Kane Hires Former Rendell Spokesman to Get Her Message Out
Post-Gazette: Full Senate Will Vote on Rivera for Education Post
Early Returns: “Settling Family Business,” Jesse White Style

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Nichols Raises Concerns with Minimum Wage Resolution
Beaver County Times: Lincoln Park Taking Applications for School Board Seat
Observer-Reporter: County’s New Tourism Slogan to Take Maiden Voyage Saturday
Observer-Reporter: AP: Wolf Nominees Begin Advance
Mirror: Penn Cambria School District Selects New Leader
Tribune-Democrat: Marshall to Succeed Whited as Superintendent at Penn Cambria
Tribune-Democrat: Wolf Talks Economy at Johnstown Wire Technologies

NEPA
Times-Leader: Candidates React to Wilkes-Barre Fuel Probe Outcome
Times-Leader: Wyoming Area Votes to Replace Vehicles
Times-Tribune: On Earth Day, Plenty of Options to Reduce Garbage Load
Times-Tribune: Judge to Hear Scranton Request for Tax Hike

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Mauree Gingrich honored by PA State Nurses Association
York Dispatch: York County commissioners back bill to increase 911 phone fee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Food stamp asset test denied benefits to people eligible to receive them, acting secretary says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Merlot by mail? Direct wine shipment bill passes House panel
Harrisburg Patriot News: York County DA asks Gov. Tom Wolf to grant execution in 1993 murder case
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senate panel recommends Ted Dallas’ confirmation to run Department of Human Services
Carlisle Sentinel: DA asks Wolf to allow execution of man convicted of killing Dillsburg teen in 1993
York Daily Record: DA to Gov. Wolf: Permit execution of Herbert Michael in killing of Dillsburg teen, ‘in the name of justice’
York Daily Record: Perry to host town meeting
York Daily Record: 5 things to know as medical marijuana bill clears Senate committee
York Daily Record: York County drivers face a $5 vehicle and trailer registration fee
Roxbury News: Harrisburg City Council April 22, 2015

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Berks County judicial candidates tout their experience
Morning Call: Senate panel approves PA Gov. Tom Wolf’s human services secretary
Express-Times: Northwestern Lehigh School Board releases negotiation goals ahead of teachers’ contract talks
Express-Times: Bethlehem Housing Authority names new executive director
Express-Times: Peace candle lighting debate headed to Easton City Council
Express-Times: Phillipsburg Town Council officially names municipal clerk

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: State Rep. Jeff Wheeland to host open house and ribbon-cutting at district office
Campaign ‘15: Arrington fundraiser set for May 7
Campaign ‘15: Mead “meet the candidate” event

Opinion
Express-Times: Extended bar hours are no solution for Pennsylvania’s ‘brain drain’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Stop blowing smoke — legalize medical marijuana
York Dispatch: Coroners already know their business
Post-Gazette: The PSSAs Are Hurting My Kids
Observer-Reporter: McGuffey Must Create a Welcoming Atmosphere for All Students
Tribune-Democrat: City Needs to Put Offenders to Work
Times-Leader: Planet Gets Its Say on Earth Day
Times-Tribune: Housing Fund Should be Statewide
The Inquirer: State Control of Poorly Run Schools No Solution
Philly.com: Milbank: The Fight Against Free Trade
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Rejects School Funding Lawsuit

Blogs
Citified: City Pol: I’m Just Like the 1965 Selma Civil Rights Protesters Beaten on Bloody Sunday
Citified: Groundbreaking New Political Date Site Launches in Philly
Citified: The Brief: Watch the Most Compelling Ad of the Campaign
Citified: Why Didn’t Lynne Abraham Prosecute a Cop Who Shot a 20-Year-Old in the Back?
Keystone Crossroads: Multiple Choices: How Much Does Pennsylvania Spend on Public Schools, and How Are the Cost Shared?
Keystone Crossroads: Suburban Pennsylvania Leaders Against Combining Local Pensions
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. Lawmakers Set to Approve Changes to Law Supporting Transit Oriented Districts
Keystone State Education Coalition: Miller and Seidenberger: Fund Schools Fairly So All Students Receive Quality Education; School Funding Case One Step Closer to Hearing by PA Supreme Court
Commonwealth Foundation: Pro-Taxpayer, Pro-Transparency Bills Move Forward
Commonwealth Foundation: PA Is One Step Closer to Outlawing Harassment

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments