5/12 Morning Buzz

pa flagArkoosh releases new ad, Trivedi edges past Costello in fundraising and we break down the financial reports in the PA-13 race. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

5/9 Ups & Downs: Two Pennsylvanians make MSNBC for very different reasons and an impeachment hearing goes awry. See who all made this week’s list.

PA-Lt. Gov: Koplinski Brings in $28,000, Has $33K COH: The Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor gears up for the final sprint to the primary.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Wolf and McCord Trade Endorsements as the Race Heats Up: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

PA-12: McClelland Outraises Hugya in April: The money race in the Democratic primary for PA-12 may not be explosive but it is competitive.

PA-6: Trivedi Nudges Past Costello in April: After being dusted in the first quarter of the year, Trivedi posted a strong month against his Republican competitor.

PA-13: Candidates Spend Big in April: With the final financial reports in, PA-13 is becoming an expensive race to follow.

PA-13: Arkoosh Releases New TV Ad (Watch): The Democratic candidate goes back to her medical roots to make the case for her candidacy.

PA-8: Strouse Outraises Naughton in April, Holds Large Cash on Hand Advantage: Democratic candidate Kevin Strouse has a significant edge over Shaughnessy Naughton in the money race.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-36: State Representative Erin Molchany filed her 2nd Friday Pre-Primary Finance Report today, showing that her campaign committee entered the final stretch of her primary campaign with $61,756.01 cash-on-hand. Rep. Molchany is also filing the required late contribution reports totaling an additional $8,500 raised in the past 24 hours.

HD-52: Ryan Warner recently announced that he will continue his bid for the State House of Representatives in the 52nd District. He is asking local Republicans to use their vote to write-in his name for Representative in the General Assembly for the May 20th Primary Election. Warner is the only Republican seeking the nomination. The seat is currently represented by Rep. Deb Kula who is running for the Senate in the 32nd District.

HD-74: Teamsters Local 384, IBEW Local 98 and the Philadelphia Pipe Trades have endorsed Joshua Young’s bid for election in the 74th District.  Philly Pipe Trades are: Sprinkler Fitters Local 692, Steamfitters Local 420 and Plumbers Local 690. Young faces Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell for the Democratic nomination in this open seat.

Statewide
New York Times: Pennsylvania Governor Faces an Uphill Battle for a Second Term
Capitolwire: Democrats spend $12 million on media-related expenses in latest cycle
PA Independent: Week in Review: Voter ID law dead for now; cheating scandal in Philly
StateImpactPA: Feds consider rules for fracking chemical disclosure
StateImpactPA: Meet the Candidates: Governor Tom Corbett

Philadelphia
Inquirer:Pa. governor’s race is a big-money affair
Inquirer:York vastly different community than during racially tense 1969
Inquirer: Montco power Josh Shapiro endorses Wolf
Inquirer:Convention Center, ousted unions prepare for next step
Inquirer:Tom Wolf seeks to bring small-town ethos to gubernatorial race
Inquirer:Could her words on sting haunt Kane?
Inquirer:Despite many complaints, crackdown on cheating at Cayuga came slowly
Inquirer:Tinicum Township, city reach deal on airport expansion but residents still leery

SEPA
Courier-Times: Mail carriers in Bucks collect food for Stamp Out Hunger campaign
Courier-Times: Executive editor recognized for fundraising efforts
Courier-Times: E-cigarettes stir controversy and support
Pottstown Mercury: Local reaction: Pa. poll highlights public support for fair schools funding
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick awards contracts for new public works building

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Corbett, Republicans spend money on ads in Democratic primary
Tribune Review: Rep. White works to overcome Internet gaffe over shale drilling
Tribune Review: Rewards of hosting political convention wrapped in risks for Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Incumbents in Congress opposed in just 2 districts this primary
Post-Gazette: Longtime Pa. Rep. Metcalfe will face write-in challenger
Post-Gazette: Corbett defends education record against Democratic challengers
Post-Gazette: Corbett appoints group to tackle heroin, prescription drug problem
Business Times: Pittsburgh ranks 20th in the U.S. for number of infrastructure jobs

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Bill changes requirements for reporting child abuse
Beaver County Times: Supreme Court decision could expand prayer practice at local meetings
Beaver County Times: McClelland, Hugya vying to face Rothfus
Beaver County Times: Panel: Health risks abound with natural gas drilling
Observer-Reporter: EMS Southwest goes green in Greene
Observer-Reporter: More moms staying home
Altoona Mirror: Pollster: Corbett faces ‘uphill battle’
Altoona Mirror: Political notebook: Where are House candidates getting their campaign cash?
Tribune-Democrat: Shuster running on record as he faces 2 challengers
Tribune-Democrat: Rothfus invites opinions

NEPA
Times Leader: Group lobbying against school property taxes to hold conference
Times Leader: Lawrence residents support casino-racetrack
Times Leader: Eileen Cipriani, Gary Mack battling for 120th Democratic nomination
Times Leader: Rep. Lou Barletta entertains ‘Irregulars’ with Capitol Hill anecdotes
Times Leader: Casey champions bill to protect moms-to-be
Times Tribune: Question to decide fate of Lackawanna County government
Times Tribune: Chuck Volpe: The man behind efforts to change Lackawanna County government
Times Tribune: Professor questions study commission report
Citizens Voice: Meet the candidates in our online Voters’ Guide
Standard Speaker: Schwartz says she can beat front-runner Wolf

South Central
ABC27: Auditor: Pa. wasting money on same-sex marriage fight
ABC27: Senate passes bill to honor fallen soldiers, police officer
AP: Wolf reports TV spending at $1 million a week
AP: Tom Wolf leads other Dems in polls before gubernatorial primary; ads given credit
Carlisle Sentinel: County announces plans to distribute $140,000 in grant funding
Harrisburg Patriot News: So what did the Pa. Legislature do during its May session: 5 takeaways
Harrisburg Patriot News: Brenda Alton still targeting lieutenant governor race as independent
Harrisburg Patriot News: With Voter ID law scrapped, plaintiffs say it’s time for Pennsylvania to expand voter access
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg schools may not be out of the woods in state test cheating investigation
Harrisburg Patriot News: Medical marijuana will get a second Pa. Senate committee hearing in June
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Aument outraises Denlinger as primary draws near

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Tom Wolf runs as gentleman politician
Morning Call: State pension funds pose big problem for next governor
Morning Call: Feds not doing a good job overseeing natural gas pipelines, audit finds
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Reading Eagle: Will the uproar surrounding the state attorney general affect the election?
Express Times: Republican candidates share similar platforms in 17th Congressional District race
Express Times: 3 Democrats on primary ballot for Pa. Senate seat that covers northern tier of Northampton County
Express Times: Tom Wolf in Easton criticizes gubernatorial opponents for going negative

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Corbett looks ahead to general election
Erie Times-News: Governor’s race comes down to wire for four Democrats
Centre Daily Times: Thumbs up, down
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Candidates discuss national security’s biggest threats
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Gas driller offers update at Tioga County meeting
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners OK study for transportation
AP: Environmental groups question state report

Opinion
Tribune Review: Voter ID: Failure of nonfeasants
Post-Gazette: For the Democrats: Tom Wolf deserves the nomination for governor
Altoona Mirror: Election-season promises, all too often, ring hollow
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Sanchez for a change
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Legislators without borders
Harrisburg Patriot News: The sinister truth about supporting Common Core: Ryan M. Bannister
Morning Call: Corbett plays political game with Medicaid
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Time for Congress to get aggressive with Keystone XL pipeline

Blogs
Above Average Jane: Boyle Holds Event “for the Rest of Us”
Commonwealth Foundation: A Blueprint for a Prosperous Pennsylvania: Welfare Reform
Commonwealth Foundation: School Spending is the Issue
Keystone Politics: The Next Democratic Governor’s First Push Should Be Voting Access
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Jesus Watches State Senate Democratic Hopefuls

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