4/30 Morning Buzz

pa flagCorbett brings in $500K at Philly fundraiser, Halvorson launches first commercial and Wolf unveils his latest web video. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Corbett Nets 500k At Philly Fundraiser: The sitting governor is kicking fundraising into high gear.

PA-Gov: McCord’s Wife Featured in Latest Ad: Rob McCord’s wife supports her husband’s campaign in his latest 30-second ad.

PA-Gov: Wolf Features Employees in New Web Ad (VIDEO): The gubernatorial candidate provided testimonials from his business’ employees in his latest web video.

PA-Gov: McCord Endorsed by 14th Ward Club: The 14th Ward Independent Democratic Club has chosen Rob McCord as their candidate for Governor.

PA-8: Naughton Named “Game Changer” by WCF: The Women’s Campaign Fund honored Naughton as a potential game changer in politics.

PA-9: Halvorson Unveils First TV Ad (Watch): The outspoken Tea Party candidate highlights Rep. Shuster’s Congressional record and negative campaigning.

Reader Poll: Stack Will Air First TV Ad: Our readers believe Mike Stack will be the first Lt. Gov candidate on the airwaves.

Reader Poll: Has the Race for PA-13 Gotten Too Negative?: We ask our readers whether the battle for the Democratic nomination in PA-13 has gone too far.

Legislative Elections Update:

PRSNA-PAC Endorsements: Registered nurses from the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association – Political Action Committee (PSNA-PAC), representing more than 212,000 nurses in the Commonwealth, endorsed the following candidates for the upcoming primary for the State House of Representatives: Judy Ward, RN – R – 80th, Representative Mauree Gingrich – R-101st, Representative Stanley Saylor – R-94th, Representative Karen Boback – R-117th, Representative Pamela DeLissio – D-194th, Representative Gerald Mullery – D-119th, Representative Brian Sims – D-172nd, Representative W. Curtis Thomas – D-181st

Statewide
StateImpact PA: Lancaster County residents criticize pipeline proposal
State House Sound Bites: Medical marijuana supporters threaten sit-in outside Corbett’s office
State House Sound Bites: Tan ban comes with “prom carve-out”
Capitolwire: Distillers don’t like wine-only liquor privatization proposal either
Capitolwire: By happenstance, Corbett talks healthcare with some political rivals
Capitolwire: Nurse practitioners say they want to bypass physician oversight to provide greater healthcare access
PA Independent: Could Kentucky-style gift ban come to Pennsylvania?
PA Independent: Argall: State Senate ready to slay ‘property tax beast’
PA Independent: PA Democrats don’t want lame-duck votes after election
PA Independent: For PA and neighboring states, school spending and graduation rates don’t add up

Philadelphia
Axis Philly: Eight miles
Axis Philly: The ups and down of Obamacare
WHYY Newsworks: Firehouse brownouts could be coming to an end in Philadelphia
PhillyNow: Sen. Hughes responds to KKK town watch, demands investigation
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Gets More Bad Budget News In April
Daily News: Corbett: bad news but a hint of hope
Daily News: Boyle boycotting forum run by Margolies supporter
Inquirer: Pa. judge won’t reconsider voter ID ruling
Inquirer: Judges dismisses defamation suit against Inquirer
PlanPhilly: Race Street Connector project back on track with $1.1 million grant

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Chester residents seek ways to end the violence
Montgomery Media: Three congressional candidates vie for the vote of the Conshohocken Business & Professional Women’s Club
Daily Local News: Sunoco shifts battle over pipeline to PUC
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School District to shift to 10-point grading scale in 2015
Pottstown Mercury: Bids OK’d for $28 million Pottsgrove High School project
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Providence nets $15,000 from selling off used equipment
Courier Times: Free rides to VA hospitals for Bucks County veterans
Courier Times: Gun control advocates peacefully talk to opponents
Intelligencer: Job services agency for disabled shutting down
County Times: Moorestown’s budget would hold taxes steady

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh regional unemployment rate down to 5.8 percent
Pittsburgh Business Times: Supreme Court upholds EPA regulation on cross-state pollution
Early Returns: Costa makes lame-duck request
Post-Gazette: School report finds ‘large inequities’ in Pittsburgh Public Schools
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh considers adding $1.78 million for paving streets this year
Post-Gazette: Community leaders express concern over sale of August Wilson Center
Tribune Review: Supreme Court says Federal Circuit erred in Highmark patent case
AP: Hundreds rally for gun rights at Pa. Capitol

Southwest
AP: Pennsylvania gets more bad budget news in April
AP: Judge reaffirms ruling against voter ID law
Beaver County Times: Momentum builds for gift ban on heels of Pa. government scandals
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone Borough’s stormwater, flood plain re-mapping continues
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Waterways proposal protested

NEPA
The Times Leader: Casey honored for social media use
Times-Tribune: Scranton may revamp parking tax
Times-Tribune: Senators offer property tax clarity amendment
Citizens Voice: Local unemployment drops slightly
Citizens Voice: Wolf says his story sets him apart from other Democratic candidates for governor
Standard Speaker: Amendment added to bill to replace school property taxes

South Central
Patriot-News: Corbett, briefly, on revenue shortfalls, open records, pensions and more
Patriot-News: Scarnati says Democrats questions about lame duck session signal an unwillingness to work on issues
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania House passes bill cutting Lottery’s profit mandates
Patriot-News: Corbett pushes pension reform to builders group, nods toward paycheck protection proposal
York Daily Record: Keystone State Games returning to York County for three years, beginning in 2015
York Daily Record: York County to see ‘sporadic’ population growth through next two decades

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Surviving spouse of same-sex couple fights inheritance tax
Morning Call: Allentown woman ordered to repay government in mortgage fraud scheme
Morning Call: GOP congressional candidates debate for chance to challenge Cartwright
Morning Call: Trexler Trust announces $4.4 million in grants
Express-Times: Bosch Rexroth celebrates opening of fifth Bethlehem-area hydraulics manufacturing facility
Express-Times: Bethlehem Steel pedestrian promenade to include views of ore carts, images of steelworkers

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Police asked to help stop a ‘great divide’
Sun-Gazette: Mayor: Heroin summit set
Daily Times: Penn State applications soar; Erickson says he’s leaving university ‘in very good shape’
Daily Times: Subs get pay boost as Philipsburg-Osceola contracts with third party
Daily Times: Penn State fights Paterno documents request, seeks to limit broad release of papers

Opinion
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: City courts’ disorder abides
Daily News: DN Editorial: Ringtone-deaf
Tribune Review: The Kane affair: Stop to the games
Times-Tribune: Pass pot bill to alleviate suffering
York Daily Record: Our take: Schwartz jabs at Wolf – one hit, one miss
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: Does Warren County need an armored personnel carrier?

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Poverty Isn’t a Partisan Problem
Lu Lac Political Letter: Wolf Barrels Into The LAC
Above Average Jane: Kate Michelman Honored
Above Average Jane: Cickay Launches Cickay Running Campaign
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Gaming Board Nixes $550,000 Firetruck Grant in Bethlehem Township
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Union Dues Fund Distorted Partisan Lobbying, Ads
Keystone Politics: #HD190: Vanessa Brown’s challenger wants answers about her corrupt behavior
Keystone Politics: The Environmentalist Case for Philly Wage and Business Tax Reform
Keystone Politics: #PA13: If Boyle wants transparency, let’s have transparency
CasablancaPA: Exclusive: Barmaid Got Cash For Vacation From Ali During “Sting”
Bals Blog: The Story Is Not Sterling

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