4/9 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsSchwartz is running for Gov and everyone is running for her seat in Congress. Toomey takes center stage in DC, and two polls in races here in Pa. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Bloomberg PAC Changes Tone, Airs Toomey-Favorable Ad (With Video): You catch more flies with honey, and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns PAC is trying a sweeter approach now that Sen. Pat Toomey is working to strike a bipartisan deal on background checks.

Liberal Group Slams Corbett in New Ad (With Video): A newly formed liberal group is hitting Gov. Tom Corbett on familiar lines, accusing him of cutting education spending while giving tax breaks to corporations. It’s a $32,000 ad buy in the Harrisburg market.

It’s Official: Schwartz for Gov: Allyson Schwartz is running for Governor. The Montgomery County Congresswoman said she plans to file the paperwork today.

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.

Reports: Toomey Playing Ball With Dems on Background Checks: Pat Toomey, who remains a strong conservative voice in the Senate, has been courted in recent weeks by Democrats who hope that his support for new gun control legislation will be a deciding factor in their ultimate goal for universal background checks.

Trib Poll: Wagner 40, Peduto 33: A poll commissioned by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review shows former Auditor General Jack Wagner ahead of City Councilman Bill Peduto among likely voters.

Papenfuse Poll: He’d Beat Thompson 1 on 1: Challenger Eric Papenfuse would defeat incumbent Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson in a head to head contest, according to a poll he released Monday. Unfortunately for him, that’s not the choice voters will make.

Statewide
StateImpact: Scientists use crowdfunding to pay for fracking research
Capitolwire: Federal judge dismisses Latino lawsuit against pending state redistricting plan
State House Sound Bites: At county admins’ meeting, child protection bills loom large
State House Sound Bites: DPW head calls Medicaid talks an “opportunity”
PA Independent: Bipartisan effort to clean up Harrisburg targets special interest influence
PA Independent: More than 5 million Pennsylvanians live in financially distressed municipalities
PA Independent: House OKd bill to fast track online investigations without judicial oversight

Philadelphia
Philly Mag: Rep. Chaka Fattah Endorses Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Cuba Vacation on Twitter
Inquirer: Swarthmore commencement speaker cancels after online barbs
Inquirer: Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor
Inquirer: State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress
Philly.com: AVI: Stealing food from the mouths of our children
ProPublica: More Rendell fracking connections
Commonwealth Confidential: Study shows gender inequity in pay in PA
Commonwealth Confidential: Will Corbett try Arkansas route and privatize Medicaid?
PhillyClout: Supporters of paid sick leave target Councilman Denny O’Brien
CapitolInq: Lautenberg aide: Resignation chatter ‘ridiculous’
The Big Tent: State Rep. Brendan Boyle of Northeast running for Congress
The Big Tent: Allyson Schwartz files to run for Pa. governor
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Sen. Pat Toomey a key figure in gun control?
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. officials continue talks on Medicaid expansion
WHYY Newsworks: Commerce Director says Philly houses are a good value
WHYY Newsworks: Reynolds Brown seeks regulation of ‘touch therapy’
KYW Newsradio: Congresswoman Schwartz Files Paperwork To Run For Pa. Governor

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Change in state wiretap law helped Montco authorities nab alleged pot trafficker
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. lawmakers hope to propel government reform actions
phillyburbs.com: Schwartz makes it official in big to be Pennsylvania’s first female governor
phillyburbs.com: Local professor given Rowan’s highest honor
phillyburbs.com: Montco DA: New wiretap law brings down Montco pot ring
Delco Daily Times: Judge rules against complaint about Pennsylvania redistricting plan
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Sen. Toomey in middle of push to reach deal on gun background checks
Delco Daily Times: Media mayor urges people not hesitate in calling 911
Delco Daily Times: U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz kicks off 2014 campaign for Pa. governor
Delco Daily Times: Penn State costs for Sandusky scandal near $43M
Montgomery Media: Arbour Square in Harleysville announces expansion plans
Montgomery Media: Teen driver deaths drop during first year of tougher Pa. law
Montgomery Media: Former North Penn School District vice principal gets new sentencing hearing
Montgomery Media: Water Department perform maintenance work on Domino La.
Bucks Local News: St. Mary Medical Center opens new state-of-the-art operating rooms equipped with latest in integration technology
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick issues statement on passing of Margaret Thatcher, the ‘Iron Lady’
Daily Local News: Four county traffic projects get funding
Daily Local News: Keystone Valley Fire Department in transition
Daily Local News: Judge values injured dog below its medical bills
Daily Local News: Colliton: Last minute tax tips for seniors

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Could a Toomey-Manchin Gun Deal Be in the Works?
KDKA: Rep. Allyson Schwartz Throws Hat in the Ring for Governor
Post Gazette: Senators Toomey, Manchin talking on gun control
Post Gazette: Pennsylvania Gov. Corbett leads trade group to Brazil
Post Gazette: State could provide Latins lucrative trade benefits
Post Gazette: Bipartisan group of Pennsylvania state senators to introduce ethics bills
Tribune Review: Universities, colleges in Pittsburgh rejet tax talks because of UPMC challenge
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers propose laws to change state contracting, gift rules
Tribune Review: W.Pa. companies have financial interest in Philly transit agency’s success
Tribune Review: Standardized test irregularities in Pa. remain under investigation
Early Returns: Schwartz files for governor
Early Returns: Pitt News columnist comes out for Peduto

Southwest
AP: Fracking coalition upsets those on both sides of issue
AP: Justice Thomas to speak in Pittsburgh
AP: Lawmakers hope to propel government reform actions
AP: Rep. Allyson Schwartz kicks off 2014 gov campaign
AP: Pa. AG’s office sues mobile home park owners
AP: House approves Pa. child-abuse case subpoena bill
Beaver County Times: Loss of state inmate money cuts into county revenue
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Bill takes aim at work-zone speed: Use of cameras causes some concerns

NEPA
The Times Leader: Fracking coalition runs into some flak
The Times Leader: Posting emails no problem for several on County Council
Times-Tribune: Gas drilling to resume at site of spill in Wyoming County
Times-Tribune: Open records bill emerging as appeals jump
Times-Tribune: North Pocono teachers union, district officials still negotiating contract
Citizens Voice: Hazleton mayor wants businesses up to code
Citizens Voice: House moving Marcellus economic bills
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill tax collector offering tax-filing advice before deadline
Standard Speaker: Luzerne Council email deliberation may break law
Standard Speaker: Commissioners place burn bans on 5 Carbon municipalities

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Bill White: Bitterness over Paterno firing still stirring Penn State alumni
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Former Prime Minister Blair recalls Thatcher in Lafayette speech
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Emmaus paving company, municipalities cleared in anti-trust lawsuit
Pennsylvania Ave (Morning Call): Penn State trustees’ campaign heats up
Reading Eagle: Some parents opt-out kids from Pa. school tests
Reading Eagle: 3 Berks student councils rise to the top
Reading Eagle: Washington Twp. revises code of conduct
WFMZ: ‘Mr. Liberty’ dances his way through tax season
WFMZ: Powerball lightning strikes again in Lehigh Co.
WFMZ: Wiretap leads to major drug bust
WFMZ: Chamber honors members of Berks Congressional delegation
Express Times: Schools may have served frozen food recalled amid E. coli scare, company says
Express Times: N.J. Assemblyman wants stricter codes of conduct for NJSIAA, NCAA in wake of Rutgers scandal
Express Times: Warren County PCFA votes to extend ash contract with Covanta Energy
Morning Call: Penn State trustees’ campaign heats up
Morning Call: Hybrid cars are taxing state roads budget
Morning Call: State Supreme Court to hear arguments May 8 in judges’ retirement challenge
Morning Call: Reports: Toomey may work with Dems on gun control bill
Morning Call: State-federal meeting does not resolve Corbett’s concerns over Medicaid expansion

South Central
Today’s The Day Harrisburg: The Mayoral Primary: Why Eric?
Roxbury News: Election 2013: Harrisburg mayoral candidate Dan Miller releases statement on Harrisburg Hope Debate
Roxbury News: Papenfuse for Mayor campaign releases poll results
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County Rep. Mauree Gingrich to receive Children’s Hero Award from SARCC
The Sentinel: Lawmakers hope to propel good government measures
Harrisburg Patriot News: Toomey could pull the trigger on gun reforms: Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Supporting Joel Jukus for Lower Paxton supervisor
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gun control legislation defies the Constitution
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson announces trash cleanup day, says city won’t tolerate illegal dumping
Harrisburg Patriot News: Eric Papenfuse make bid to split LGBT vote for Mayor of Harrisburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: Municipal pension reform proposal draws local government and business support
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson campaign signs also getting snatched up
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett official says feds very flexible regarding Medicaid expansion for Pennsylvania

North by Northwest
Times-News: Public meetings set on Erie Inland Port tax-financing plan
Centre Daily Times: Attorney general sues mobile home park for not helping tenants

Opinions
Matthew Brouillette, USA Today: States still stuck in Prohibition
Post Gazette: Gift horse: Corbett’s Medicaid indecision hurts Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Minimum wage follies: Triple the stupidity
Daily News: Your taxes at work: Best not to think about it
Observer Reporter: Taking steps toward a cleaner Greene

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Unskewing the #PGHMayor Susquehanna Poll
Keystone Politics: Bob Donchez Brags About Support From Handful of Old Conservative Guys
Keystone Politics: Republican PA State Rep. Courts Gun Companies with Federal Gun Law Nullification Bill

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