5/13 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf polls well but his tax plan doesn’t, Donohue snags a plethora of endorsements and we ask whether you approve of Super PACs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Harper Poll: Wolf Has 49% Favorability Rating: Harper polling tests how Pennsylvanians feel about the Governor’s performance and his tax plans.

Christine Donohue Unveils a Slew of New Endorsements: Several Lehigh Valley Democratic leaders throw their support behind Judge Christine Donohue.

Reader Poll: What Do You Think of Super PACs?: We ask our readers what effect Super PACs are having on our elections.

Reader Poll: Kenney is the Democratic Choice: Former Councilman Jim Kenney leads the field of Democratic candidates.

PHL-15: Williams Wins Philadelphia Tribune Endorsement: The Tribune worries about the city’s future under a Kenney Administration.

PHL-15: Pro-Kenney Super PAC Emphasizes Education in New Spot (VIDEO): Forward Philadelphia asserts Jim Kenney is the best candidate for the city’s schools.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Manderino receives unanimous recommendation as Labor & Industry head UPDATED
Capitolwire: PA Senate GOP positions its pension reform bill for final vote
Capitolwire: Cortes receives ‘no position’ vote from Senate panel
Capitolwire: PA House acts on a few more liquor code bills
Capitolwire: Senate amends vaporization, chronic pain into medical cannabis bill
PA Independent: Legislation would save parents from child-care benefits ‘cliff’
StateImpactPA: As gas boom cuts into forests, scientists study how to put it back together
StateImpactPA: Energy industry invests in Philly mayor’s race

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly’s paid sick leave goes into effect Wednesday
Inquirer: Council President gifts big checks to Council colleagues
Inquirer: Another money group emerges in Philly mayoral campaign
Daily News: Katz ‘didn’t have fire’ for mayoral run
Daily News: Vince Fumo endorses…not Jim Kenney
WHYY Newsworks: Analysis: GOP pension plan would save Pa. billions, but cut benefits
WHYY Newsworks: Incumbents facing a major challenge in Philly’s at-large Council races
WHYY Newsworks: Philly mayoral hopeful Williams talks campaign supporters, being a CEO, and why he’d prefer to walk in a park
Business Journal: Exclusive: Another Philadelphia health system exploring a possible merger

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Neshaminy Superintendent Robert Copeland resigns
Bucks County Courier-Times: Morrisville school board candidates speak
Bucks County Courier-Times: Bensalem school board to vote Wednesday on preliminary budget
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown High School has second best test score among urban schools in PA
Pottstown Mercury: 8 teacher furloughs, 3 retirements included in Daniel Boone School District budget

Pittsburgh
WESA: Women’s Health Caucus Introduces Bills to Protect Pregnant Workers, Survivors of Domestic Violence
WTAE: Annual gun rights rally draws hundreds to Pa. Capitol
WTAE: Medical marijuana bill heads for Pennsylvania Senate vote
Tribune Review: 3 hope to replace retiring Butler district judge
Tribune Review: Rival accuses Pittsburgh City Councilman Burgess of trying to steal sign
Tribune Review: Allegheny County economic development director among 4 Wolf cabinet picks confirmed
Tribune Review: Bethel Park District Judge Arnoni accused of meddling
Post-Gazette: Peduto, Fitzgerald use cash to build political muscle in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
Post-Gazette: No charges expected against Councilman Ricky Burgess in campaign incident

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Cash flowing on some campaigns, and more available where that came from
Altoona Mirror: Bill would help reduce school property taxes
Observer-Reporter: Three seek nominations for county commissioner
Observer-Reporter: Jury convicts Clemons of first-degree murder

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Coroners compile drug overdose cases
Times-Tribune: AG Kane seeks dismissal of defamation lawsuit
Times Leader: Cops: naked man crashes stolen car, says Paul Walker is in trunk
News Item: Judge candidate contributions raise $43, 670
Citizens Voice: Senate confirms Hazleton general
Citizens Voice: Fundraising, spending varies for county council candidates
Citizens Voice: 7 seek to replace magistrate in Plains, Laflin
Citizens Voice: Three running for Kane seat, including son

South Central
Patriot-News: PA needs tighter regulations on oil, gas industry, protesters say
Patriot-News: Veteran lawyers battling for Democratic nod to Commonwealth Court: 2015 Primary
Patriot-News: Nurse practitioners seek recognition as primary care providers
Patriot-News: Senate panel takes neutral stance on Cortes’ nomination
Patriot-News: Here’s why you should support my plan to make union talks more transparent: Mike Folmer
York Daily Record: Pa. Senate OKs medical marijuana bill

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania House approves plan to cut billions in property taxes
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Senate approves medical marijuana bill
Express Times: Pennsylvania sales, income taxes would rise under property tax relief bill OK’d by House

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill
Erie Times-News: Pa. House approves plan to cut billions in property taxes
Centre Daily Times: House debates bill to block EPA water rules

Opinion
York Daily Record: Investing in Pre-K really does cut crime
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pa. lawmakers need to toughen up penalties and restrictions for DUI offenders
Reading Eagle: Bar evaluations help voters in statewide judicial races
Tribune Review: Primary 2015: Make it Mark Patrick Flaherty for Allegheny County controller
Altoona Mirror: Politicians must be able to take stance
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre voters urged to look beyond candidates’ slogans and years of city residency
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre mayor’s race a high-stakes contest
Times Leader: Tony George stands apart as candidate for Wilkes-Barre mayor
Times Tribune: Confirm Judge for 3rd Circuit
Daily News: DN Editorial: Endorsements For Council
Inquirer: Bikes make a city better

Blogs
Citified: Sam Katz: I’m Not Running for Mayor
Citified: Vote Like a Pro
Citified: The Case for Anthony Williams
Citified: The Brief: City Council Signs Off on a $7.27 Million Purchase of Land for New Waterfront Philadelphia Prison
Commonwealth Foundation: House Expands Indispensable Scholarship Programs
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania is making its roads less slippery
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Special Interests Drive Bethlehem City Council Race
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Abe Kassis Spends $37,600 for Convicted Campaign Consultant

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