4/8 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf picks his Treasurer nominee, PA supports marijuana legalization and we ask about a potential Sestak-Pawlowski Democratic Senate primary. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-8: Q1: Santarsiero Raises $222K: The congressional candidate unveiled his first quarterly fundraising total.

PA-Gov: Wolf Nominates Tim Reese for Treasurer: Reese currently sits on the SEC Board of Advisors.

PHL-15: NBC10/Telemundo Debate Observations: The six Democratic candidates for Mayor of Philadelphia met for their first televised debate tonight.

Quinnipiac Poll: Majority of Pennsylvania Voters Favor Legalizing Recreational Marijuana: Meanwhile, nearly 90 percent of voters support medical marijuana.

Reader Poll: Who Do You Think Would Win a Sestak-Pawlowski Primary?: We ask our readers who they believe will prevail in a contest between the two Democrats.

Reader Poll: Whelan, Castor Lead Crowded GOP AG Field: The Delaware County DA and Montgomery County Commissioner ran away with our poll.

Politically Uncorrected: Choosing Statewide Judges – Going from Bad to Good Enough: Theory and practice are often at odds – no more so perhaps than in American government.

Wecht Earns Multiple Endorsements for Supreme Court Race: A variety of supporters have come out for Supreme Court Candidate David Wecht.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-161: In the wake of State Rep. Hackett’s retirement, it appears 2014 nominee Leanne Krueger-Braneky is the favorite for the Democratic nomination while Delaware County AFL-CIO President Paul Mullen is aiming for the GOP nomination.

Capitolwire: East Stroudsburg University didn’t Conduct Criminal Background Checks, Child Abuse Clearances for Three Years, Audit Finds
PLSReporter: Bill Aimed at Ensuring Subcontractors Get Paid Promptly Vetted at Hearing
PLSReporter: Wolf Nominates Reese for State Treasurer
StateImpactPA: Under Wolf, PA Continues Publishing Disputed Marcellus Job Figures
State House Sound Bites: How Lives Could Be Saved By Putting a Drug in State Police Cars
State House Sound Bites: What the Life-Saving Drug Narcan Might Mean for the State
State House Sound Bites: HSO Renews Stuart Malina’s Contract for Five More Years

Philadelphia Business Journal: Rand Paul vows to stop ‘Washington machine’ that ‘gobbles up our freedoms’
Phillynow.com: Learn about the next direction of Philly politics at “Sounding the Horn”
Philly.com: Wolf taps Timothy Reese as Pa. Treasurer
Philly.com: Mayoral candidate Lynne Abraham collapses at political debate
Philly.com: Williams slams reporting on tax credits, defends state program
Inquirer: Pa. budget on time? Not likely, Wolf says
Inquirer: Wolf: No need for Kane to resign
Inquirer: Allan Domb airs TV ads for in bid for at-large Council
Inquirer: City Commissioner not allowed to rejoin May 19 ballot
Inquirer: Sam Katz on the ‘embarrassment’ that is L & I
Inquirer: Kenyatta Johnson, Ori Feibush go after each other in debate
Inquirer: Advocates protest cuts to arts funding outside City Hall
WHYY Newsworks: Republicans in Congress talk about what to do if Supreme Court upends Obamacare
WHYY Newsworks: ‘School Play’ spotlights Pennsylvania’s educational funding quandary
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf taps Montgomery County man for Pa. treasurer
KYW Newsradio: Political Analysts See A Kenney Endorsement As Signal That Some Issues Trump Race
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Wolf Hailed For Widening Access to Anti-Overdose Drug

Montgomery Media: Wolf names Shapiro chairman of commission on crime and delinquency
Bucks County Courier Times: Bill would boost military vets prospects on road projects
Bucks County Courier Times: Sen. Mensch, Rep. Simmons, hold open house Saturday
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Costello holds office hours in Pottstown Thursday
Pottstown Mercury: Wolf nominates Montco venture capitalist for Pa. treasurer
Delco Daily Times: Dem council candidates set sights on write-in campaign

Tribune-Review: Rep. Shuster Says Transportation Upgrades Can Fuel Economy
Tribune-Review: Lawsuit Claims ‘Union Money Grab’ Through Wolf Order
Tribune-Review: Wolf Nominates Venture Capitalist to Complete Treasury Term
Tribune-Review: DA to Seek Death Penalty Against Man Accused in McKeesport Fire that Killed 6
Post-Gazette: Money Can Mean Credibility, or Lack of It, for Pennsylvania Judicial Candidates
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools Discusses Next Steps After Grants Expire
Post-Gazette: Wolf Taps Businessman Timothy Reese as State’s Next Treasurer
Post-Gazette: Shuster Says Congress Will Act on Transportation Funding this Year
Business Times: Turzai: Governor Lacks Strong Support for Budget Proposals
Business Times: NLRB Issues Labor Complaints Against Rivers Casino
WESA: Wolf Faces Lawsuits Over Efforts to Change Home-Based Care

Beaver County Times: Tax-Financing Measures to Support Findlay Township Development
Observer-Reporter: Greene Co. Planning Commission Approves Compressor Station
Altoona Mirror: Council Puts Hold on Roof Project
Altoona Mirror: City Noise Level Ordinance Still Causing a Ruckus
Tribune-Democrat: Cambria Sheriff Taking Heat for Gun Confiscation; Won’t Back Down
Tribune-Democrat: Shuster: Nation Needs Long-Term Transportation Funding Plan
Tribune-Democrat: U.S. Attorney: Johnstown Husband-and-Wife Realtors Plead Guilty to Tax Evasion

Times-Leader: Griffith’s Challenge Will Cost Luzerne County $300,000 a Month Till Complaint Is Resolved
Times-Leader: Swoyersville Borough Council Discusses Culm Banks
Times-Leader: Wilkes-Barre Mayoral Candidates Address City’s Recent Surge of Violence
Times-Tribune: Scranton School District Gym Name OK’d

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Rand Paul is Running for President – Libertarian Long Shot or Credible Threat?: The Question of the Day
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Rand Paul ‘sounds like Peanuts Parents’ to GOP Rivals, Morning Joe’s Halperin Says: The 9 O’Clock Shot
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Democrats Pile Up Big Campaign Accounts in Pa. Supreme Court Race (AP)
Harrisburg Patriot-News: AG Kane Doesn’t Need to Resign, Gov. Tom Wolf Says
York Daily Record: Judicial Poll: Flannelly Again the Highest Ranked Candidate
York Daily Record: Renovations Planned for 101 E. Market St., Other Royal Square Projects

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council Gets Update on Act 47 Plan From Consultant
Reading Eagle: Green Energy, Particularly Solar, Gains Traction In the Region
Reading Eagle: Reading Could Lose if Lawmakers Decide Who Gets Tax Exemption Status, Officials Say
Express Times: Gov. Tom Wolf’s Plan to Spread Overdose Reversing Drug Well-Recieved
Express Times: New Bethlehem Township Contracts Gives Raises, Increases Benefits Contributions
Express Times: Bethlehem Township Seeking Grant Money to Build Housenick Park Trails

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Candidates Spar Over City Levee
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Councils OKs Right-of-Way Agreement With Airport
Centre Daily Times: Sen. Jake Corman Hopes to Work With Gov. Tom Wolf on Pennsylvania Budget, Pension Reform
Centre Daily Times: Rand Paul: ‘We’ve Come to Take Our Country Back
Centre Daily Times: What’s In a Name? ‘Hillary’ By Any Other Name Would Still Be Controversial
Centre Daily Times: Russians Hacked White House Computers

Post-Gazette: Spur the Economy: A Real Rise in the Minimum Wage Is Long Overdue
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Ditching Status Quo Will Endanger Gas Industry in the State
Centre Daily Times: Fix on Religious Freedom Act Exactly What Was Needed
Inquirer: Gas tax can’t ignore prices
Daily News: Who gets the credit for this?

Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem May Have Bats, But the Township Has Coyotes…and Pitbulls
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Township Approves Two Union Contracts
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Despite Council’s $150,000 Cut, Brown Pays PR Firm $7,000
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: GOP Controller Write-In Candidate has only Voted Five Times
Keystone Crossroads: ‘School Play’ Spotlights PA Educational Funding Quandary
Keystone Crossroads: Smart Talk
Citified: Kenney’s Big Move to Win Black Support
Citified: Carpenters Tell Democrats to Steer Clear of Convention Center
Citizens Call: Proposal for Adolescent Group Home on Bent Road Sparks Latest Neighborhood Zoning Flare-Up
Liberty City Press: L&I Williams Must Go

  • Do You Agree With the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade?

    • No. (50%)
    • Yes. (47%)
    • Not Sure (3%)

    Total Voters: 109

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