4/8 Morning Buzz

US CapitolTwo new Democrats declare bids for Congress, it actually feels like spring, and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Boyle, Saidel File to Run for Schwartz Seat: PA-13 has two newcomers who are vying for the seat. State Rep. Brendan Boyle and Jonathan Saidel have both filed their papers to set up exploratory committees in Rep. Allyson Schwartz’s district.

4/5 Ups & Downs: We had a fun week and so did some politicos. Others, not so much. Here are the Ups & Downs.

Reader Poll: Who Should Dems Support for Pittsburgh Mayor? There are just about 6 weeks between now and municipal primary day and the Pittsburgh mayoral primary is heating up. Who should Democrats support?

Reader Poll: Senate Likely to Pass HB790, With Modifications: PoliticsPA readers believe the Pa. Senate will pass a measure to privatize the state’s liquor stores – but only with modifications.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Liberal activist misleads in attack on Corbett
Capitolwire: Judiciary chairmen try to sway colleagues on statute of limitation changes for child sex abuse
Capitolwire: IRRC approves sought-after regulatory change for amateur MMA fighting
PA Independent: Phillies, Pirates ownership spent $274K on 2012 election cycle
PA Independent: PA lawmaker turns eye to municipal pension reform
StateImpact: DCNR Holds Invitation-Only Meeting on Gas Drilling in State Forest

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Momentum toward more gun control appears to be fading
Inquirer: Toomey could be key to a deal on guns
Inquirer: Mandatory 2-year prison term proposed for illegal firearm users in Phila.
Inquirer: Pa. lawmaker introduces bill toughening penalties for notaries
Inquirer: Wynn project could shake up Phila. waterfront
Inquirer: Gov. Corbett names two to high-level jobs
Philly.com: Voters given options to obtain ID
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett names Wolf to head health department
PhillyClout: City Council to hold neighborhood budget meeting
CapitolInq: Report: Toomey in talks with Dems on background checks
WHYY Newsworks: Philly controller says rehab costs too high
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett leads Pa. trade mission to Chile, Brazil
WHYY Newsworks: Has Philly’s drink tax impacted business?
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. business loan program extended
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s paid sick leave bill and Pa.’s 13th Congressional District race
Phillynow.com: Report Finds “Clear Link” Between Gun Violence and State Gun Laws
KYW Newsradio: Some Parents Opt-Out Kids From Pennsylvania School Tests
KYW Newsradio: Councilman Clarke Pushes For Continued Review Of Water Rates In Philadelphia

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County issues $55M in bonds for infrastructure projects
Pottstown Mercury: 500 attend Coventry Little League opening day, give to North Coventry Food Pantry
Pottstown Mercury: PEAK outreach seeks to get parents on-board early with reading
Pottstown Mercury: Teen driver deaths drop during first year of tougher Pa. law
Pottstown Mercury: Sen. Dinniman takes aim against human trafficking in Pa.
Pottstown Mercury: Filmmaker wants to document Pottstown’s pioneering early ed efforts
phillyburbs.com: Some parents opt-out kids from Pa. school tests
phillyburbs.com: Expansion to more than double size of mosque
phillyburbs.com: Wesley Snipes leaves Pa. prison after tax sentence
phillyburbs.com: Sensible gun bills on target
Delco Daily Times: New gun control proposals, rumors have ammo flying off store shelves
Delco Daily Times: Delco D.A. Whelan joins push for stronger gun penalties
Delco Daily Times: Philly eyes increase in liquor drink tax to raise money for schools
Delco Daily Times: Delco D.A. goes door-to-door in Chester in anti-violence push
Delco Daily Times: Unions ratchet up protest as preparations for U.S. Open continue at Merion (With Video)
Delco Daily Times: Obama faces choice on morning-after pill limits
Delco Daily Times: Harcum dental program receives ADA accreditation
Delco Daily Times: Cuts concern Delco housing authority officials
Montgomery Media: Springfield Township School District files appeal of Erdenheim cafeteria zoning decision
Montgomery Media: Former North Penn School District vice principal gets new sentencing hearing
Montgomery Media: Fretz Road in Lower Salford to close in May for bridge replacement for turnpike widening
Bucks Local News: Lane restrictions scheduled on Route 13 in Bristol Township as part of $36.5M improvement project
Bucks Local News: All signs point to Council Rock putting more muscle in district security policies, including signs, other measures
Bucks Local News: Inspectors tell Newtown Borough: Pedestrian walkway over Centre Avenue Bridge in serious deterioration
Bucks Local News: Burlington, N.J. mayor says he’d like to see river island developed, defends decision to ban people over safety issues
Bucks Local News: PennDOT to repair structurally-deficient Worthington Mill Road Bridge connecting Wrightstown and Northampton
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Community College Board of Trustees launch lecture series with award-winning journalist Kathy Kiely
Daily Local News: School official captures a moment of military history
Daily Local News: West Brandywine considers financial audit
Daily Local News: Emergency Services working out kinks in new radio system

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Poll: Mayoral campaign evolves to battle between 2
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayoral candidates address concerns of black community
Tribune Review: Voters give Ravenstahl ‘surprising’ approval
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania parents take stand against standardized tests
Tribune Review:State Sen. Ward seeks $2.5M for STEM center in Norwin
Tribune Review: Philadelphia traffic fines help pay for Western Pennsylvania projects
Tribune Review: Governor taps new secretary of health
Post-Gazette: Corbett orders review of Pennsylvania Turnpike contracts
Post-Gazette: Corbett to lead Pa. delegation on South American business mission
Post-Gazette: Officials say Westmoreland County to lose millions with prison closing
Post-Gazette: Council president Harris backs Wagner in Pittsburgh mayoral race
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Democratic mayoral hopefuls debate issues
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral candidate A.J Richardson reflects on recent brush with notoriety
Early Returns: Toomey eyed on guns, gay marriage
Early Returns: Teamsters switch to Wagner
KDKA: With Difficulty, Local Citizens Present Anti-Gun Violence Petitions to Toomey’s Office
WPXI: Misunderstanding denies delivery of Mayors Against Illegal Guns group’s 60,000 petitions
WPXI: Members of Pa. House, Senate set to attend dedication ceremony for Pfc. Bakewell Bridge

Southwest
AP: 5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news
AP: Corbett nominates Michael Wolf as Health secretary
AP: Judge rules no primary to pick jury commissioners
Beaver County Times: Candidates, questions set for primary ballot
Beaver County Times: Black voters organizing Pittsburgh mayor’s race
Altoona Mirror: PennDOT boosting efficiency initiatives
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Bill would update abuse definition
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Wozniak defends drug-testing legislation
Observer-Reporter: Local gay marriage supporters encouraged by Supreme Court talks
Observer-Reporter: Rep. White files Right-to-Know request with DEP

NEPA
News Item: Fantini runs for MC Council
News Item: Cimino is candidate for Mt. Carmel mayor
Citizens Voice: Towing contractor has city in hand
Citizens Voice: Medicaid expansion is best deal for all
Citizens Voice: Funding for charter school students irks official
Citizens Voice: Merger of state health centers faces legal challenge
The Times Tribune: No traction for bailout or for reform
Times Tribune: Local representative to appear on the Colbert Report
Times Tribune: Two council members vying for Clarks Summit mayor
Times Tribune: Campaign note 2013, April 6
Times Tribune: Luzerne council violating Sunshine Act
Times Tribune: Ballot changes affect Scott Twp. and Clarks Green
Times Tribune: House moving Marcellus economic bills
Times Leader: Corbett, partners to travel for trade

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Pocono Summit traffic stop nets 180 bags of heroin
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Newsmaker Q&A: Aurel Arndt
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Politics as usual
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): How Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born to Run’ almost died in Kutztown
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Ron Angle makes a quiet political comeback
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): For Allentown crane operators, an office in the sky
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Group in Allentown rallies for immigration reform
Morning Call: Having trouble paying student loans? PHEAA can help
Morning Call: Paul Carpenter: Educator backs state’s Keystone Exams
Morning Call: Paul Muschick: Vietnam veteran to get his benefits
Morning Call: For Allentown crane operators, an office in the sky
Morning Call: Hybrid cars are taxing state roads budget
Reading Eagle: Berks leaders, residents alarmed by pipeline possibility
Reading Eagle: Eagle wins statewide honor for public service
Reading Eagle: Chamber backs liquor privatization plan
Reading Eagle: A high-tech treasure hunt near Blue Marsh
Reading Eagle: Group rallies in city for immigration reform
WFMZ: County officials trying to revive idea of a new morgue
Express Times: Easton Area School District students to compete in Odyssey of the Mind state competition
Express Times: Developer Lou Pektor wants to trade land with Bethlehem Township, Pa. officials
Express Times: Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton public libraries to share collections
Express Times: State Rep. Daniel McNeill moves district office from Bethlehem to Whitehall Township
Express Times: Hill-to-Hill Bridge site in Bethlehem eyed for office building

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Mayor schedules meeting on Lebanon’s financial situation
Lebanon Daily News: State Rep. RoseMarie Swanger to hold news conference on indoor tanning industry
The Sentinel: Resident runs on Democratic ticket for South Middleton tax collector
The Sentinel: Corbett nominates Michael Wolf as Health Secretary
The Sentinel: Our View: Where are the adults in county politics?
The Sentinel: Our View: Don’t blame the borough for roadwork
York Daily Record: Rep. Scott Perry’s video criticizes ‘wasteful’ spending; some take issues with claims
Harrisburg Patriot News: Campaign signs for Harrisburg mayoral candidates go missing
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senator Pat Toomey working on agreement to expand background checks on firearms sales
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett’s trade mission: who should foot the bill?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania congressional lawmakers have other ideas for show of solidarity
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council forum draws civil, standing room only crowd
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmakers should extend window to sue for sex abuse victims: As I See It
Harrisburg Patriot News: It’s time for Mayor Thompson to step down: Pennlive letters
Harrisburg Patriot News: Democrats get serious as Corbett looks to homefront challenge: John L. Micek
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett wants booze bill done by summer: Friday Morning Coffee
Lancaster Online: Liquor privatization would trade a sure thing for promise
Lancaster Online: A Republican representative and a Democratic Senator unite to make state legislature operate more sanely
York Daily Record: Peach Bottom residents fight large farms, attorney general lawsuit
York Daily Record: Rep. Scott Perry’s video criticizes ‘wasteful’ spending; some take issue with claims

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Rep. GT Thompson leads gun rights rally in Clearfield
Centre Daily Times: School district seeking insight with resident surveys
Centre Daily Times: Penn State students, alumni to lobby lawmakers at annual Capital Day
Sun Gazette: Union rep says Corbett plan costs more, less effective
Sun Gazette: Selection of new colors, mascot for school slows with uncertainty
Erie Times-News: Erie County elections supervisor to retire in May
Erie Times-News: School district’s deficit raises queries

Opinions
Tribune Review: Why states should say “No” to ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion
Tribune Review: The resignation letters: Fitz sees the light?
Post-Gazette: No limits: The mayor’s office is open to the highest bidder
Altoona Mirror: Acts of violence troubling trend
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Embarrassment to city
Observer-Reporter: Mental health cutbacks imperil us all
Observer-Reporter: Some talk is cheap
Sun Gazette: Consider alternatives to new prison, and roots of the problem
Sun Gazette: State pensions: Solutions vary, but system must be reformed now

Blogs
Pittston Politics: Expecting a “Sea of Red”; O’brien recycling signs
Citizens’ Call: Local Artists Press for Medicaid Expansion
Citizens’ Call: DEP Comes to Town to Report on Glenside Flood Control Project Wed. Night
Keystone Politics: Did Bob Donchez Spend 10 Minutes on His Public Safety “Plan?”
Keystone Politics: What’s Up With the Keystone Analytics #PGHMayor Poll Sample?
Keystone Politics: That Time Jack Wagner Fought Pittsburgh Transit Funding
Keystone Politics: Young People Were 12.2% of the Electorate in 2005 #PGHMayor Primary
Keystone Politics: Replay: Brett Mandel on Land Value Tax, Rent Inflation and Gentrification
Keystone Politics: Bob Donchez’s Sad Negative Campaign for Bethlehem Mayor

One Response

  1. Here is one they missed:
    Gift horse: Corbett’s Medicaid indecision hurts Pennsylvania
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Gov. Tom Corbett seems to have a problem making up his mind — and perhaps part of the problem is that he is stubborn. While that assessment does not fully do justice to his motives, it is the perception that is taking hold in the public mind. It is one reason why Democrats are becoming increasingly confident that he is destined to be a one-term governor.

    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/opinion/editorials/gift-horse-corbetts-medicaid-indecision-hurts-pennsylvania-682535/#ixzz2PvYzwsRE

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