5/12 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane rejected advice to fire her Chief of Staff, Toomey leads all his potential opponents and the Daily News endorses Kenney. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

HR Advised Kane to Fire Chief of Staff: Human Resources recommending firing Jonathan Duecker after learning of a sexual harassment allegation.

PA-Sen: Harper Poll: Toomey Leads All Potential Challengers: Senator Pat Toomey is ahead of declared candidates Joe Sestak and Ed Pawlowski as well as rumored contender Josh Shapiro.

PHL-15: The Daily News Endorses Jim Kenney: Only days after the Inquirer endorses Williams, the Daily News picks Kenney.

Harper Poll: Majority Have Unfavorable Opinion of Kathleen Kane: They also asked whether the Attorney General should resign.

Eagen Cites Family History in First TV Ad (VIDEO): The Commonwealth Court candidate talks about his family’s judicial heritage in his new commercial.

Dougherty Releases Trio of Ads (VIDEO): The State Supreme Court candidate is turning his introductory video into three separate campaign commercials.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Senate GOP gets the ball rolling on pension reform
PA Independent: Innovative lending vs. taxpayer-backed loans: A look at two Pittsburgh restaurants
PA Independent: PA taxpayers can now track Wolf cabinet members’ expenses
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 5.11.15
PLSReporter: Four Wolf nominees confirmed
PLSReporter: ACA health care exchange navigator regulation bill advances through House committee
PLSReporter: Senate pension bill’s advance pits plan change vs. plan reform

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Anthony Williams’ comments on police commissioner may prove foolhardy
Philly.com: Is Williams’ race appeal an outdated tactic?
Philly.com: The art of the shadow endorsement
Inquirer: Anthony H. Williams: a long political record, faces toughest race yet
Inquirer: Pa. legislature works on pension, property tax bills that Gov. Wolf does not support
Inquirer: Hiring and firing now up to PA AG Kane’s embattled chief of staff
Inquirer: Bills for women
WHYY Newsworks: Who didn’t fund Philly’s super PAC
WHYY Newsworks: Philly City Council members take issue with term limit talk
WHYY Newsworks: Nurses push dueling fixes for understaffed Pa. hospitals
WHYY Newsworks: Women’s health remains a focus for bipartisan group in Pa.
Philadelphia Business Journal: City Council’s trash can regs for corner stores is kind of a Mickey Mouse solution

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove School Board candidates praise teachers, split over budget and computer issues
Pottstown Mercury: Council approves house-sized mural for community garden
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township school board appoints husband of late member Kathleen Bachman
Bucks County Courier Times: Petri to hold town hall meetings on state budget
Daily Local News: 8 candidates vie for 5 Phoenixville School Board seats

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Legislator backs consumer advocate who sues retailers for 25-cent overcharges
WESA: Uncharted Waters Ahead For State Senate Pensions
Post-Gazette: Council challengers say North Side needs better ties to mayor’s office
Post-Gazette: Hampton district judge candidate criticized over stump tactics
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County controller candidates give, take rebukes at forum
Tribune Review: 9 seek nominations to Westmoreland County Common Pleas bench

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council election: Lone Republican Gorzelsky eyes economic improvement
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: GOP pensions bill advances; Democrats decry lack of hearings
Altoona Mirror: Candidates to face off in mayoral debate
Observer-Reporter: Election Day food drive to be held on courthouse steps

NEPA
Pocono Record: 4 Democrats vie for Monroe commissioner
Pocono Record: Three vie for one seat in Region 1 of PM school board race
Standard Speaker: Hazleton mayoral candidates concerned with crime, finances
Citizens’ Voice: Five seats open in Wilkes-Barre Area
The Times Leader: MacArthur squaring off against Castellani for Exeter mayor

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Speaker announces special election date for Grell’s seat
Carlisle Sentinel: Fight looms in raising minimum wage in Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Patriot News: Handling of abortion clinic horrors haunts Cortes’ nomination
Harrisburg Patriot News: Domestic violence, equal pay and other women’s issues the focus of new legislative agenda
York Daily Record: Delivery methods, conditions expanded in bill to legalize medical marijuana
Lancaster Intelligencer: Study ties higher tuition at public universities to lower state aid
Lancaster Intelligencer: Rising tide of opposition to pipelines, other natural gas projects

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Toomey leads challengers in new Harper poll
Reading Eagle: With asset test gone, more people are eligible for food assistance
Reading Eagle: Charlie Dent’s VA bill highlights fight over spending in Congress
WFMZ: Gov. Wolf visits Gov. Wolf Elementary School
Express Times: N.J. attorney general should handle deaths caused by police, lawmaker says
Express Times: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski kicks off U.S. Senate campaign with Center City rally
Express Times: Pawlowski campaign consultant says mayor’s name recognition on the rise

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Absentee ballot deadline arrives for May 19 Pa. primary
Centre Daily Times: Online Common Core testing lays bare tech divide in schools
Centre Daily Times: GOP pensions bill advances; Democrats decry lack of hearings

Opinion
Morning Call: Mulligan and Riley: Communities help low-income students succeed
Harrisburg Patriot News: There’s nothing democratic about a closed primary
Erie Times-News: Huckabee presents challenges for GOP: E.J. Dionne
Inquirer: Some wars never end
Daily News: Endorsement for mayor: Jim Kenney

Blogs
Citified: The Brief: Philly’s Strict Campaign Finance Rules Are a Success! Sort Of…
Citified: The Challenger’s Challenge: Derek Green Wants to Improve Education For Kids With Special Needs
Citified: The Case for Jim Kenney
Citified: Sam Katz for Mayor? He’ll Decide Within a Week
Citified: Move Over Millennials – In Philly, Boomers Are Booming
Commonwealth Foundation: It’s Not Enough Just to Say No…
Keystone Crossroads: Municipal pensions burden throughout Pennsylvania
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Express Times No Longer Covers NorCo Government
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: ASD Director Mike Welsh on Allentown School Board Race

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