5/13 Morning Buzz

pa flagA recap of the final gubernatorial primary debate, Peduto endorses Molchany and we break-down the Gov and Lt. Gov financial reports. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov Forum: Candidates Exchange Final Blows: In the final forum of the gubernatorial primary, the candidates launched their last attacks.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Releases “One Pennsylvania” Plan: On the eve of the last Democratic debates, Rep. Allyson Schwartz has released her plan for the Commonwealth.

PA-Gov: Schwartz’s Maintains Solid Fundraising in Cycle 2: She tops the Dems in money raised and comes out second overall in that category for the governor’s race.

PA-Gov: Wolf Finishing Strong In Fundraising: Check out a deep-dive into the Democratic front-runner’s last financial report before the primary election.

PA-Gov: Corbett Raises 2.8 Mil in Cycle 2: In just over a month, the incumbent raised millions.

PA-Gov: McCord Gives Campaign Raises 1.2 Mil Total: Rob McCord brought in the most money during this last financial period, and he also spent almost all that he brought in.

PA-Gov: McGinty Still Going Hard Despite Running Behind: Gubernatorial candidate Katie McGinty is moving full-steam ahead in hopes of an upset come next Tuesday.

Lt. Gov: Smith Reports $167K On Hand, $37K Raised: The Bradford County Commissioner keeps up a steady pace from 2013.

Lt. Gov.: Unopposed, Cawley Posts Slow Period: With no Republican opponent, the sitting Lt. Gov. has a slow April.

Lt. Gov.: Stack Uses Funds to Mount Impressive Campaign: The state Senator had plenty of money to work with and used most of it on an impressive media buy.

PA-Lt. Gov: Koplinski Endorsed by Philly For Change: The DFA chapter is backing Koplinski in his bid to become Lieutenant Governor.

PA-6: Costello Awarded “Young Gun” Status: The NRCC is proud of the work that Ryan Costello has done thus far in PA-6, and they are awarding him with a cool new title.

HD-36: Peduto Endorses Molchany In New Ad (Watch): Pittsburgh’s new mayor has thrown his support behind the freshmen Representative Erin Molchany.

Legislative Elections Update:

ACTION United Endorsements: ACTION United PAC, the political action committee of a statewide membership organization which has helped to lead the fight against the closing of neighborhood schools in Philadelphia. They endorsed the following candidates: 188th District( Philadelphia): Jim Roebuck, 179th District (Philadelphia): Jason Dawkins, 164th District (Upper Darby): Billy Smith.

HD-17: Senator Bob Robbins announced his endorsement of Parke Wentling, Republican candidate for State Representative-17th District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Michele Brooks who is running for the State Senate this year.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Report shows general reluctance among adults to report suspected child abuse
Capitolwire: Auditor General’s report says state funding should repair relations between public and charter schools
PA Independent: Charter schools may see drop in funding with new special education formula

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Dems duke it out again as Pa. primary nears
Inquirer: PA 13th: Leach claims Margolies again broke campaign finance laws
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s expansion of Medicaid to require 723 new workers
Inquirer: Philadelphia trails other big cities when issuing jaywalking tickets
Inquirer: Bill Green jumps to Dilworth Paxson
Daily News: Tapped Out: An intimate look at hardship
Daily News: Breaking this record took Olympian effort
Philly.com: Pa. death row inmate asks about execution drugs

SEPA
Courier-Times: Fitzpatrick talks to CR students about national debt
Courier-Times: Upper South zoners eye May decision on brain injury center
Courier-Times: Falls police to host ‘Coffee with a Cop’ on Thursday
Montgomery Media: Salford Township to hold public meeting on proposed Tylersport community park plan
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity raises nearly $600 through Upcycle Challenge

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: East Allegheny teachers issue strike notice
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools preparing new evaluation systems
Business Times: Senate hearing Friday to address Highmark-UPMC contract
Tribune Review: $550 million Southern Beltway project launches
Tribune Review: Candidate campaigns eye online history to coax voters to polls
Tribune Review: Group seeking to save Wilson Center takes fight to court
Tribune Review: Peduto invites public to offer concerns, suggestions at ‘mayor’s night in’

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: DPW closes second Donora personal care home
Altoona Mirror: Area students gear up for Keystone Exams
Altoona Mirror: Actions come under scrutiny
Altoona Mirror: Cove budget calls for possible tax hike
Altoona Mirror: City planning office proposes HUD plans
Tribune Review: Bank tax change leaves $87M hole in state budget
Beaver County Times: Monaca Community Center has big plans

NEPA
Times Tribune: New government would mean changes for citizens
Times Tribune: Devils in the details in cost analyses to change Lackawanna County government
Times Tribune: Minority commissioners stand out, walk softly
Citizens Voice: Candidates offer unemployment solutions
Standard Speaker: Luzerne councilman questions county purchasing policy
Times Leader: Taking stock of what’s been lost
Times Leader: Haire, Boback vie for 117th GOP nod

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council to re-evaluate road diet
AP: Next week’s Pa. primaries set stage for fall
AP: Guzzardi sort of on some Pennsylvania ballots
AP: Paper: Corbett health plan would need 700 workers
Harrisburg Patriot News: Meet the candidates: PennLive’s 2014 Voters Guide
Harrisburg Patriot News: Condemned Pa. inmate wants info on execution drugs: Monday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Racial rhetoric reigns at Philadelphia gubernatorial forum
Harrisburg Patriot News: Auditor General calls for overhauling Pennsylvania’s charter school regulations
Harrisburg Patriot News: Slight differences separate York County Senate GOP candidates Wagner, Hearn: primary 2014
Harrisburg Patriot News: Mitt Romney backs Bill Shuster
York Daily Record: 28th state Senate candidates split on Senate Bill 76 to eliminate school property taxes
York Dispatch: Bill could help York City reinvent Market Street shopping
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Marijuana’s medical benefits, concerns still hotly debated in Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Auditor general: Fix charter school law now
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor’s ally gets grilled about parking panel post
Reading Eagle: He wants to let the sun shine more brightly on local government
Reading Eagle: Lawmaker ponders adding technology for public meeting notices

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘14 Blog: Sen. Robbins endorses Wentling in House race
Erie Times-News: Absentee ballot deadline approaches
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Proposed trail system would span 2 counties
Centre Daily Times: Bibliophiles beware: Schlow Library closed to save money, raise awareness of funding shortfall

Opinion
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania needs to double-down on early childhood education: Celinda Lake and Christine Matthews
Morning Call: Modify funding, construction planning for schools
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Feeling welcome
Daily News: DN Editorial: Capital Ideas
Post-Gazette: One hand clapping: Corbett won’t appeal a flawed voter ID law
Beaver County Times: Raising the minimum wage would cut food stamp costs

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Top 5 Reasons We Need a Paycheck Protection Law
Keystone Politics: #HD36: Molchany Responds to Ads, Calls Out Readshaw’s Tax Hike Votes
Keystone Politics: Chart: Margolies Campaign Tapping Their #PA13 General Election Money Before They Can Legally Do That
Keystone Politics:  #TheStump: Shaughnessy Naughton – congressional candidate in the #PA8
Keystone Politics: #TheStump: Kevin Strouse – congressional candidate in the #PA8
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: CorbettCare Would Be More Expensive Than Real Medicaid Expansion
Keystone Politics: #HD36: Newly-Embearded Bill Peduto Endorses Erin Molchany
Keystone Politics: PA Republicans May Only Pass Half a Budget, Kick the Can to the 2015 Democratic Governor
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Latest NIZ Winners and Losers
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Rumor Mill: Cunningham, Marcincin Eyeing Bethlehem City Council

3 Responses

  1. Sen. Vincent J. Hughes, the longest servving state senator in Philadelphia”s delegation, is endorsing Tom Wolf for governor.

    A Hughes endorsement would be welcome in any statewide Demmocratic race. He is the rankiing Democrat on the senate Apprropriations Committee and a former chair of the Legislative Black Caucus. But it is particularly noteworthy in the context of the campaign’s recent cut and thurst as state Treasurer Rob McCord, most recently in a debate Monday night, has accused Wolf of racial insensitivity and failure of leadership over his ties to a former York mayor who was forced from the ballot in 2001 after being indicted, though later acquitted, as an accomplice to the murder of a black woman in a notorious race riot in York in 1969.

    Hughes, along with York’s current mayor, Kim Bracey, who is also an African-American, is among sseveral black leaders who seem unpersuaded by the McCord crritique.

  2. Isn’t it time that Jenny Branstetter join the dust-bin of the Corbett Administration or at least be placed on Acting Governor Brabender’s non-public payroll? By the way, she’s the MOTHER of CORBETTCARE too. E-mail: Corbett aide was warned about possible Sandusky subpoena
    Published May 4, 2014 (from Ryan Bagwell’s blog)

    Former secretary of education Ron Tomalis warned a member of Gov. Tom Corbett’s staff that a subpoena to testify in a Sandusky investigation was on its way, according to a newly released e-mail.

    The April 25, 2012 note to Jennifer Branstetter, the governor’s director of planning an policy, appears to have been sent after Tomalis or the education department received a separate order to produce information or testimony.

    “I would expect something your way too,” he told her.

    It’s unclear which agency was doling out subpoenas to state officials, but two investigations were ongoing at the time. Penn State released a copy of a February 2012 subpoena from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, which asked for the names of all trustees since 1998. And Attorney General Linda Kelly, who was appointed by Corbett after he was elected governor, was also continuing to investigate aspects of the Sandusky matter.

    The education department said last week that it couldn’t find the subpoena discussed by Tomalis and general counsel Joseph Miller in the e-mail. Tomalis, who resigned as secretary of education a year ago, was the only person who might have a copy of it, according to department officials, and Tomalis said he couldn’t find one.
    It doesn’t appear that officials checked with their own legal office, however.

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