5/11 Morning Buzz
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Corbett Lifetime Achievement Award Hits Sour Note with Some: In light of proposed education- and arts-budget cuts, it seems that no one is singing the Pittsburgh Opera’s praises in its decision to present Gov. Tom Corbett with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
NRCC Names Rothfus a Young Gun: It’s official: Keith Rothfus is a top tier candidate. The National Republican Congressional Committee Thursday promoted the Allegheny County attorney to its Young Guns program in his challenge to Rep. Mark Critz.
Rep. Wheatley Charges to Drop: Rep. Jake Wheatley, a Pittsburgh Democrat, will not face a simple assault charge if he is not arrested for anything violent for 90 days. Prosecutors agreed today to withdraw simple assault charges against state Mr. Jake Wheatley and his fiancee, who were arrested last week after a dispute over child care expenses turned physical, police said.
Legislative Election Updates:
HD-129: Challenger Erik Saar has officially challenged Rep. Jim Cox (R-Berks) to a series of at least debates. In a letter cc’ed to the media, he wrote: “I am writing today to propose a series of debates where you and I can share our concerns and ideas with the good people of Berks County. Having served in the United States Army and worked as a Consultant to senior Defense officials, I have found that the plans of leaders are always improved when subjected to constructive criticism. I propose no less than five public debates to discuss the way forward for Pennsylvania and Berks County.
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