4/9 Morning Buzz

pa flagThe Democratic candidates sparred over education last night, financial reports for the Governor’s race were released, a Wolf internal poll leaks and we give an account of a spirited PA-13 debate. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Dems Discuss Education in Latest Debate: At a Pittsburgh public school, the Democratic hopefuls for governor discussed their views on education.

Mercyhurst Poll: Democrats’ Approval Exceeds Corbett’s: A new poll shows the governor’s approval ratings remaining low and each of his Democratic competitor besting him.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Raised 1.5 Million in 2014: So far, this topline number puts her at the head of the group in funds raised in 2014.

PA-Gov: Corbett Raises $1.4 Million In 2014: The incumbent governor bested most of his challengers with his first report of 2014.

PA-Gov: McGinty Raises 1.1 Million in 2014: McGinty brought her total raised to $3.5 million in the race for gov.

PA-Gov: Wolf Raises 600k in 2014: Following his unparalleled year-end report, Wolf fundraised little in Q1.

PA-Gov: McCord Raises 567K In 2014: In his first report of the year, McCord posts $567,000 raised.

PA-Gov: Wolf Hit On Business History: Following a Philadelphia Inquirer story from last week, the PA GOP calls on the former Revenue Secretary to return funds that his business lost.

Wolf Internal Poll: Wolf 52%, McCord 14%: In a poll leaked from the Wolf campaign, he earns a majority and McCord jumps into second

Lt-Gov: Smith Receives Another Union Endorsement: Mark Smith has a ton of labor support, and he can now add a Pittsburgh-based union to the list.

PA-13: Charges Fly at Candidates Debate: The Democratic candidates for PA-13 held a lively and contentious debate at Penn State’s Abington campus last night.

Report: PA’s Critical Voters May Not Turn Out For Next Election: The Commonwealth’s unmarried women could have a huge say in who stays and goes in the midterms.

Reader Poll: Which Lieutenant Governor Candidate Will Air the First TV Ad?: We ask our readers which of the Democratic candidates for Lt. Governor will hit the airwaves first.

Reader Poll: Guzzardi Won’t Survive Petition Challenge: Our latest poll found that readers don’t believe Bob Guzzardi will end up on the GOP primary ballot for Governor.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-112: Representative Frank Farina (D-Lackawanna), candidate for the 112th Legislative District, announced that he has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association. Farina will face fellow incumbent Democrat Rep. Kevin Haggarty in the primary courtesy of redistricting. 49% of registered Democrats in the newly drawn 112th are Haggerty’s current voters. 43% reside in Farina’s current district.

HD-164: The Save Upper Darby Arts (SUDA) PAC, which aims to send allies of public education to the Pennsylvania state legislature, announced on Monday its endorsement of Billy Smith. Smith is running against incumbent Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) in the primary.

Statewide
Capitolwire: House Finance approves changes to Lottery’s mandated profit of return
Capitolwire: Senate will consider education funding formula bills
State House Sound Bites: Folmer blasts Corbett & GOP leaders for “hypocrisy” on vice legislation
State House Sound Bites: For local police & fire pensions, an overhaul with House GOP blessing
PA Independent: Pennsylvania Senate moving quickly to stop cash gifts
PA Independent: PA Senate gives unanimous support to ‘union stalking’ bill, but now the House has concerns
PA Independent: McCord’s outsourcing record leaves him walking a thin line

Philadelphia
Daily News: 260 unsafe buildings belong to city agencies
Daily News: Despite rules, Council quorum rarely present at budget hearings
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council reckons with demolition, potholes and snow destruction
WHYY Newsworks: GOP lawmakers want healthier choices for SNAP recipients
City Paper: Aspira offers no answers on charter school financial anomalies
KYW Newsradio: Equal Pay Day Brings Attention To Gender Pay Gap
KYW Newsradio: City Controller Faults Secrecy Amid School District’s Financial Mess
Inquirer: City snow clearing cost was 3 times normal
Philly.com: SEPTA seeks federal funds to keep system above water

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Toomey touts bill aimed at protecting students from sexual predators
Delco Daily Times: Haverford School Board opposes charter school reform bill
Bucks County Courier Times: DEP offers options to Horsham homeowners with fouled water
Bucks County Courier Times: Fitzpatrick calls for vote on unemployment benefits
The Intelligencer: Mack hiring 100 workers at Lehigh County plant
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners vote to dissolve waste authority

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Marcellus Shale helping to fuel Ontario
Early Returns: Stack leads Dem Lt Gov cash
Early Returns: Schwartz raises nearly $1.6M; Wolf still leads in cash
Early Returns: House Rs seek pension sponsors
Early Returns: Schwartz cites CHIP in 1st ad
Early Returns: Child protection bills become law
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County receives $14.3 million to continue helping homeless
Post-Gazette: Consortium of foundations bids to buy August Wilson Center
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council members move to censure committee chair
Post-Gazette: Walsh drops from Pa. House race
Post-Gazette: Candidate Kate McGinty prodding Corbett on wage law
Post-Gazette: Amended labor dispute bill clears state Senate

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pa. lawmakers ponder legalizing online gambling
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania coke plant to pay $300K fine
Observer-Reporter: Cumberland supervisors table disorderly house ordinance
Observer-Reporter: O-R announces $5,500 in Greene County homeless grants
Observer-Reporter: DEP to monitor air quality as Monessen coke plant restarts
Altoona Mirror: Commission reverses salary debate decision

NEPA
The Times Leader: Child protection legislation likely to succeed, Toomey says
The Times Leader: Bear Creek Twp. approves charter school plans
Times-Tribune: Plans for new Scranton school in jeopardy
Times-Tribune: Senate panel approves cash gift ban bill
Times-Tribune: Toomey plans push on teacher sex bill
Citizens Voice: Legislation moving in state Senate would prevent underage tanning

South Central
Patriot-News: Political activist files private criminal complaint against three PA state lawmakers implicated in aborted “sting” operation
Patriot-News: House Majority Leader Mike Turzai highlights need for action on municipal pension reform
Patriot-News: In Pittsburgh forum, Dem guv candidates give Corbett an ‘F’ on public education
Patriot-News: PA Capitol rally highlights gender-based wage discrimination
York Daily Record: Schwartz campaign brings in contributions; Wolf outspends field
York Daily Record: Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station to conduct emergency test today

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Neighbors of proposed warehouse give Lower Nazareth supervisors an earful
Morning Call: Wolf TV ads not leading to much campaign cash
Morning Call: Bethlehem seeks to offer full-day kindergarten by 2015-16
Morning Call: Pressure growing in the battle against cancer
Express-Times: Alpha Borough Council rejects part-time hire, citing third Department of Public Works job
Express-Times: Drivers should be allowed to flash highlights as a speed trap warning, lawmaker says

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Heroin is hardly a stranger to Lycoming County
Sun-Gazette: Energy firms want role in shale case
Sun-Gazette: County liquid fuels funds may not be increased
Daily Times: Louis Freeh’s Superior Court appeal raises new issues in defamation lawsuit
Daily Times: Pa. Education Secretary Dumaresq discusses issues during Centre County stop

Opinion
Daily News: Scream all you want, caring about Philly schools isn’t optional
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: A mayor in motion
Post-Gazette: Running in place: Women still have much ground to gain in politics
Citizens Voice: Philly case should be last involving gifts for lawmakers
York Daily Record: Our take: Political maneuvering involving Waugh, Farm Show unseemly
Express-Times: EDITORIAL: Volunteer jurors could improve justice system

Blogs
Citizens Call: This is the Week that Could Start to Define the PA-13 Race, Especially the Margolies Candidacy
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Senate Hopeful John Kane is Union-Owned
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Dem Female Candidates Raise Over Double Than Male Candidates in Q1 2014
Keystone Politics: #HD164: More Dishonesty from Margo Davidson
Keystone Progress: Tom Corbett repeats as “March Badness” champion. Wins title of “Most Radical Right-Winger” in national contest
Above Average Jane: Ruth Damsker Runs for State Senate
Above Average Jane: Philadelphia Budget Resource
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Tp Approves $10 Million Line of Credit For Big Ticket Needs

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