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The Dems’ Gov primary changes by $10 million, Corbett gets a campaign manager, and a familiar candidate launches a bid for Congress. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Wolf Declares for Gov, Pledges $10 Mil to Campaign: Former Pa. Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf will run for Governor he confirmed Tuesday. The York County businessman pledged $10 million of his own wealth toward a bid for the Democratic nomination.

Wolf Poll: Dem Primary Up for Grabs: York businessman Tom Wolf announced his candidacy for Governor Tuesday after a poll he commissioned showed a high number of undecideds in the Democratic primary.

Barley Tapped to Run Corbett Re-Elect: Pa. GOP Executive Director Mike Barley will take the reins of Gov. Tom Corbett’s re-election effort as Campaign Manager.

Leach Announces; PA-13 Democratic Primary Kicks Off: State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montco) officially announced his candidacy Tuesday and state Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Phila) staffed up.

Lamb Drops, Endorses Wagner: And then there were 4. City Controller Michael Lamb exited the Pittsburgh mayoral primary Monday, leaving what had become a two man race between Bill Peduto and Jack Wagner.

Update: Bloomberg PAC Gun Ad to Air in PA (With Video): Update: PoliticsPA has obtained the Toomey specific version of the ad. A super PAC founded and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will air a TV ad in Pa. featuring a man who could be described as a “bitter clinger.”

Statewide
National Journal: How Booze Could Save a Political Career
Capitolwire: Corbett’s oft-criticized style setting him up perfectly on Medicaid expansion
StateImpactPA: Pew Survey: Americans Have Mixed Feelings About Fracking
StateImpactPA: Chesapeake Looks To Rein In Costs, Market Its Marcellus Assets
PA Independent: Click and go vote: PA lawmaker proposes online registration
PA Independent: Multiple PA agencies to see $1.9M in bid-rigging settlement

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Chester mayor shakes up police department
Philly.com: White supremacist pleads in NJ attack
Philly.com: The rush is on to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Congress
Philly.com: Pa. House votes to curb ‘triple dipping’ by retired state employees
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett has himself a campaign manager…
Heard in the Hall: Council Wonders How School Funding Request Was Made
PhillyClout: Tuesday’s DN: Council districts change early
PhillyClout: Rush is on to replace U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz
PhillyClout: Businessman Tom Wolf pledges $10 million in Democratic run for governor
PhillyClout: Tasco calls bull on administration
CapitolInq: Delaware’s Carper joins shift, backs same-sex marriage
CapitolInq: Where do local lawmakers stand on same-sex marriage?
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Nutter to decide on Philly paid sick leave this week
WHYY Newsworks: Timing of school-budget request questioned by City Council
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council members looking ahead to new constituents
WHYY Newsworks: Navigators to help millions of uninsured through insurance exchanges
WHYY Newsworks: No tuition dollars for ‘Sex Week’ at Penn
WHYY Newsworks: Races take shape for New Jersey primaries in June
WHYY Newsworks: Philly schools will make bidders compete for all potential ‘Renaissance’ schools
WHYY Newsworks: Drexel partners with Homeland Security on campus safety
WHYY Newsworks: Philly district vows to bargain harder with Renaissance charter operators
WHYY Newsworks: Former congresswoman calls for regulation of U.S. drone activity
Phillynow.com: BACKGROUNDER: Tom Wolf Wants to Be Your Governor
KYW Newsradio: Penn Law Students Listen In On Pa. Superior Court’s On-campus Court Appeals

SEPA
Montgomery Media: State Sen. Daylin Leach throws hat in congressional ring
Montgomery Media: VIDEO: National Day to Demand Action comes to local level in Norristown
Delco Daily Times: Marcus Hook mayor vows to finish remainder of term
Delco Daily Times: Chester mayor shakes up police department hierarchy
Delco Daily Times: State Sen. Leach will go after U.S. Rep. Schwartz’s house seat
The Intelligencer: Deer fence plan sparks controversy in Solebury
phillyburbs.com: Medford putting Open Space tax to public vote
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown schools offering $10K retirement incentive
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Limerick primaries on tap
Daily Local News: Tredyffrin/Easttown committee talks finances, budget for 2013-14

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Four unions endorse Bill Peduto for Pittsburgh mayor
Early Returns: Allegheny County Executive Fitzgerald scrapping pre-signed resignation letters
Post Gazette: Allegheny County Council stops change in assessment appeals representation
KDKA: A.J. Richardson Denies Underdog Status In Race for Mayor
Post-Gazette: Questions arise over Pittsburgh Mayor Ravenstahl’s travel expenses

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Jury commissioners want spot on primary ballot
Beaver County Times: Electric plant hearing set for Wednesday
Observer-Reporter:
 Schwartz run for Pa. governor appears more certain
Observer-Reporter:
 Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for governor
Observer-Reporter:
 Washington County ranks high in business investment
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cherry on top: Latrobe getting historical marker for invention
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Council again will try to fill vacancy

NEPA
AP: Northeast drilling boom threatens forest wildlife
Standard Speaker: Lessons for the GOP in Hazleton, a working-class stronghold
Standard Speaker: Hazleton school directors to get first look at new budget
Standard Speaker: Ex-opponent not questioned in Toohil probe
News Item: Commission ponders street lamp upgrade
Citizens Voice: Glodzik loans luxury vehicles to cops
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board president resigns
Times-Tribune: Corbett meeting looms as milestone on medicaid issue
Times-Tribune: Rosetti to report to prison camp in Lewisburg
Times-Tribune: No more Saturday meters in Carbondale
Times Leader: SEIU files suit against Corbett over health center closings
Times Leader: Aid could bring on tax shock

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Federal lawmakers meet with Latino business leaders in Berks
WFMZ: Internal township memo warns police to stay away from Wind Gap Middle School
WFMZ: Executives plead guilty in school swindling case
Reading Eagle: Birdsboro authority invests in former aquatics facility
Reading Eagle: Boyertown School District spent about $24,000 on board-election change, records show
Express-Times: Bethlehem officials remove Martin Tower from demolition protection list
Express-Times: Hunterdon Co.’s 300th anniversary to feature show honoring Charles Lindbergh
Express-Times: Bethlehem mayoral candidate lays out ‘Winning Our Neighborhoods’ policies
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley unemployment rate dropped slightly in February, state labor officials say
Express-Times: PA casinos experience second-highest slots revenues in March
Morning Call: Highest bidder on Allentown water/sewer lease is nonprofit Lehigh Co. Authority
Morning Call: Stoffa to circumvent council on Gracedale contract

South Central
AP: Schwartz run for Pa. governor appears more certain
AP: Ex-revenue chief Tom Wolf running for Pa. gov
AP: Pa. slots revenue continued decline in March
AP: Northeast drilling boom threatens forest wildlife
York Dispatch: Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf of York County: ‘We can do a much better job in Pa.’
York Dispatch: York-Hanover unemployment rate decreases
Harrisburg Patriot News: Credit history likely keeps Harrisburg out of county loan program
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett’s lottery privatization tab for consultants nears $3 million
Harrisburg Patriot News: Perry County ‘scumbag’ remark inspires entrepreneurial spirit
Harrisburg Patriot News: York millionaire enters crowded Democratic gubernatorial field
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett about to get long-awaited meeting with Sebelius; the outcome will likely require more waiting
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett sued by unions over proposal to close health centers, eliminate nurses
Harrisburg Patriot News: Did Sen. Bob Casey Jr. really have a change of heart on gay marriage?; poll
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lottery, pensions, Linda Thompson and Bryce Harper: things to know
Harrisburg Patriot News: Flying blind? Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson’s re-election campaign loses top advisers
Carlisle Sentinel: Attorney General issues warning about health care scam
Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg-Carlisle unemployment rate falls slightly
York Daily Record: Tom Wolf to run for Pennsylvania governor
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster City Council will likely support Mayor Gray’s position on gun control

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Liquor Privatization will not get to finish line without a fight
Campaign ’13: Wolf enters Pa. governor’s race

Opinions
Lancaster New Era: Jury post outlives its usefulness
Harrisburg Patriot News: Before voting for trustees, Penn State alumni need to ask hard questions: Editorial
Harrisburg Patriot News: With Connecticut set to pass new gun laws, PA is out of excuses: John L. Micek
Harrisburg Patriot News: Casey favors same-sex unions after week of heavy lobbying: Commentary
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Mixed messages, mixed signals
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Open Pennsylvania’s primaries — or end cross-filing
Lancaster Intelligencer: Good idea, but…
Reading Eagle: Supreme Court shouldn’t pass buck on gay marriage
Citizens Voice: Seeds of regionalization are sprouting
Times-Tribune: Speaking of entitlement…
Times-Tribune: Not business as usual for Abington Heights-Lakeland

Blogs
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Casey Takes a Stand / The Chiefs Weigh In
Keystone Politics: Why’s the Media Ignoring Bill Peduto’s Campaign Platform?
Keystone Politics: Linda Thompson is Out of Her Mind
Keystone Politics: Four More Unions Endorse Bill Peduto for #PGHMayor
Keystone Politics: The Eff Jersey Case for Alcohol Reform
Keystone Politics: Wolf Poll: Sestak and Schwartz Lead
Keystone Politics: Extend the Building Tax Abatement to All Philadelphians
Keystone Politics: Fading Philly Accent is About Class Perceptions
Keystone Politics: Philly Media Won’t Expose Alan Butkovitz Operative Because He Feeds Them Stories

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