4/30 Morning Buzz

Pittsburgh City SkylineA big new poll spells trouble for Tom Corbett, and the race for Pittsburgh mayor heats up big time with new attack ads and a poll. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Q Poll: Corbett Numbers Remain Negative, Trails 3 Dems: Tom Corbett remains upside down in his quest for re-election. The latest survey from Quinnipiac shows the Governor trailing three Democratic opponents.

Q Poll: Schwartz, Sestak Lead Dem Guv Primary: Allyson Schwartz and Joe Sestak are tied for the lead among Democratic voters. But 59% are undecided and no candidate has over 50% name ID, according to the latest survey from Quinnipiac.

PA-Gov: Wolf Hires a CM; KatieMcGinty.com Launches: In the Democratic primary for Governor, one candidate staffed up and another hit the web.

Pa. Bar OKs All 3 Superior Court Candidates: Voters can’t go wrong in the primary or general election for Superior Court, the Pa. Bar Association says. All three contenders received a rating of “recommended.”

Tom Knox for Philly Mayor: And you thought it was early to be talking election 2014! Businessman Tom Knox officially exited the Pa. Governor race this month, and a few days ago he made official his bid for Philadelphia Mayor — in 2015. He says he’ll spend, “whatever it takes.”

Pittsburgh Mayor

Ravenstahl-Linked Group Slams Peduto in Ad (With Video): An anonymously funded group called “Citizens for a Better Pittsburgh” is slamming Bill Peduto in a new television ad. The spot accuses him of hurting the city for his own City Council district.

Pittsburgh Poll: Peduto 38, Wagner 36: City Councilman Bill Peduto has taken the lead in the Democratic primary for Pittsburgh Mayor, according to the latest poll from Keystone Analytics. He takes 38% to former Auditor General Jack Wagner’s 36%.

Wagner Goes Negative in Response Ad (With Video): Firing back at his opponent, Jack Wagner launched his third ad of the Pittsburgh mayoral primary. It rebuts an earlier ad aired by opponent Bill Peduto and throws a jab at the Councilman.

Statewide
Roll Call: PA 13’s Daylin Leach: Liberal but Not Angry
StateImpact PA: In Sunbury, Drilling Waste, Politics, and A Pile of Dirt
StateImpact PA: Corbett: Decision on Western PA Petrochemical Plant Likely Next Year
StateImpact PA: EPA Slashes Natural Gas Drilling Emissions Estimates
State House Sound Bites: EPA report further divides fracking camps
State House Sound Bites: PA Senate Majority Leader’s plan reshapes Right-to-Know Law
State House Sound Bites: Eastern PA lawmaker unveils airline safety plan
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Toomey continues to accumulate ‘moderate’ credentials on the cheap
Capitolwire: Supremes issuing high profile decisions could make confirmation less political, Costa says

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Fitzpatrick seeks new airliner security law
Inquirer: Gosnell defense closes, blasts D.A.’s ‘hype’
John Featherman, U-Turn: A dark horse emerges as a potential GOP mayoral candidate
Philly Mag: Tom Knox Sues Table 31
Commonwealth Confidential: Scarnati: Hey guys, it’s almost May – how about a budget meeting?
Heard in the Hall: School district, council talk funding
Heard in the Hall: Nutter taps Julia Chapman to chair city zoning panel
PhillyClout: Phila. Bar Assoc. weighs in on judicial candidates
PhillyClout: School district woes continue, officials ask Council to help
PhillyClout: PA voters dislike Gov. Corbett, Democratic contenders not well known
WHYY Newsworks: Liquor privatization debate bumps Pa. budget talks, GOP leader says
WHYY Newsworks: Philly school officials seek $60 million more from City Council
WHYY Newsworks: Philly principal urges pro sports teams to save school athletics
WHYY Newsworks: GOP word guru Frank Luntz, hoisted by his own words (at UPenn)
CBS3: Gosnell trial draws anti-abortion protests outside Philadelphia courthouse

SEPA
AP: State DEP: Drilling didn’t foul northeast Pa. wells
AP: Pa. Senate leader Scarnati urges focus to expand beyond liquor plans
AP: Pa. Senate leader proposes changes to open records law
AP: Pa. congressman unveils new airline safety plan
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, 9/11 widow join forces to fight terror tactics with Aviation Safety Act (DOCUMENT)
Pottstown Mercury: DEP wants state residents to be aware of their air quality
The Intelligencer: Fitzpatrick bill targets airline safety
Delco Daily Times: PRIMARY ELECTION 2013: Seven seats being contested on MNSB
Delco Daily Times: PRIMARY ELECTION 2013: Nether Prov seeks tax collector
Delco Daily Times: Primary 2013: Radnor voters mull change in Home Rule Charter
Delco Daily Times: PRIMARY ELECTION 2013: Republican incumbent judge faces challenger

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: U.S. House bill would require VA to report infectious diseases
Post-Gazette: Tomorrow is last day for discount on Allegheny County property taxes
Post-Gazette: Beaver County sheriff held on accusations of threats against blogger, campaign volunteer
Early Returns: Outside/Ravenstahl spending targets Peduto
Early Returns: Keystone: Mayor’s race tossup
Early Returns: Wheatley, Evans campaign on Hill
Early Returns: Q poll: More bad news for Corbett
Tribune Review: State OKs deal
Tribune Review: House bill introduced to require VA reporting of Legionnaires’ and other infectious diseases
Tribune Review: Scarnati: Senate not keen on House liquor bill
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Turnpike contract strings exposed
WTAE: Marcellus Lawsuit: Wrangling continues on W.Va. gas-drilling question
WPXI: Campaign worker, reporter testify that Beaver Co. sheriff made threats against them

Southwest
AP: EPA methane report further divides fracking camps
AP: Pa. congressman unveils new airline safety plan
AP: State: Drilling didn’t foul northeast Pa. wells
AP: Scarnati urges focus to expand beyond liquor plans
Observer-Reporter: Municipalities count the ways to spend gas well impact fee disbursements
Observer-Reporter: After guns and grenades, Pa. veterans’ disability claims delayed
Observer-Reporter: City council ballot still undecided; court sets hearing
Altoona Mirror: Altoona investigating land banking
Altoona Mirror: Act 47 leads to officers’ exodus

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Three Democrats, two Republicans in race for sheriff
Times-Tribune: State law leads to workers’ comp drops for NEPA firefighters
Times-Tribune: Scranton recovery plan remains work in progress
The Times Leader: Putting on a new face
The Times Leader: Professor judges high court’s ways
The Times Leader: Area U.S. Rep. Barletta talks immigration and gets noticed
Citizens Voice: Gubernatorial candidate’s focus on education
Citizens Voice: Former PNC investment broker sentenced
Wayne Independent: Spring bird walk slated
Standard Speaker: Settlement possible in flood board member controversy
Standard Speaker: Hazleton Area readying for contract talks
Standard Speaker: Lawmakers, environmental groups call for forest protection
Pocono Record: Gun control advocates introduce idea today: Put it up for vote

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Federal ‘sequester’ to hit families in need of housing help
WFMZ: South Whitehall Twp. receives $250,000 recycling grant
Express Times: Pennsylvania Senate to debate banning abortion paid for through health insurance exchanges – A.M. news links
Morning Call: Poll: Three Democratic challengers would easily beat Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in 2014 re-election
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Senate to tackle liquor privatization

South Central
Roxbury News: Pennsylvania Press Club: Senator Joe Scarnati
The Sentinel: Tour shows what it is like to be a homeless person in Cumberland County
The Sentinel: Scarnati urges focus to expand beyond liquor plans
Patriot-News: Senate GOP to debate ban of abortion coverage in health insurance exchanges
Patriot-News: Mayor, police chief pledge crackdown on ‘relentless crime wave’ with foot patrols in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: Women’s rights PAC supporting Dan Miller for Harrisburg mayor
Patriot-News: U.S. Attorney’s Office files suit against alleged scam targeting PA businesses
Patriot-News: Cumberland Co. Sheriff’s Department to get two new vehicles
Patriot-News: New poll finds ballot backlash for “No” votes on background checks
York Daily Record: Abortion trial in Philadelphia stirs debate on when life ends
York Dispatch: Transgender student attends Red Lion prom, still seeking apology
Intelligencer/Era: Outhouse blues: Salisbury Twp. tells 77-year-old to install $20,000 septic system he doesn’t want
Intelligencer/Era: Casey leads Senate effort to speed up disability claims at Veterans Administration
Intelligencer/Era: Cost of proposed Gap bypass increases by about $5 million
Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster Newspapers appeals ruling on release of hotel tax data
Lebanon Daily News: Palmyra to launch teacher evaluation system
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon Co. congressmen both will soon have offices open in the county

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: County commissioners’ approaches to looking at Centre Crest’s future vary
Centre Daily Times: Pa. Senate leader proposes open records law rework
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Judge candidate Walsh to meet voters
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local legislators favor funding for the FAA

Opinions
Bucks County Courier Times: Here we go again?
The Intelligencer: Playing the gun crowd
Intelligencer/Era: Setting the record straight on ‘W’
Intelligencer/Era: Barbara Bush pulls no punches
Reading Eagle: Don’t wait until Earth Day to keep communities clean
Patriot-News: Philly-style tax break would be a bad fit for Harrisburg

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Coalition Politics in the Pittsburgh Mayoral Race
Keystone Politics: Why You Need to Do Politics the Old-Fashioned Way
Keystone Politics: Progress on Pa State Education Funding Formula

April 30th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “4/30 Morning Buzz”

  1. Social Justice says:

    Corbett’s Nixonian numbers will eject the party of old white men from the legislature too!

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