5/14 Morning Buzz

pa flagThe latest polls show Wolf running away with the governor’s race, Smith hits opponents on abortion in new ad, Molchany strikes back at Readshaw and Arkoosh wins the endorsement of AFSCME. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Harper Poll: Wolf 50%, McCord 15%, Schwartz 15%: The latest Harper poll shows Wolf with a solid lead in the Governor’s contest.

PA-Lt. Gov: Smith Attacks Stack and Critz in New Ad (VIDEO): The Democratic candidate released a new spot hitting his opponents for supposed anti-choice votes.

PA-8: Naughton Bets It All on the River: Democratic candidate Shaughnessy Naughton hits opponent Kevin Strouse on fracking in the waning days of the campaign.

PA-12: Hugya Boasts NRA endorsement: Following in Mark Critz’s footsteps, the Democrat Hugya stole the NRA endorsement from a Republican challenger.

PA-13: Arkoosh Endorsed by AFSCME District Council 47: The Democratic congressional candidate scored the backing of the state employees’ union.

HD-163: Rongione Narrowly Outraises Santora In Prep For November: Despite neither candidate having a primary opponent, both are gearing up to score the open seat.

[Updated] HD-164: Davidson Outraises Smith, Smith Files Big 24hr Reports: One of the most contentious House primaries posts competitive finance reports.

HD-36: Molchany Strikes Back in Latest Ad: Picking up where the Planned Parenthood ad left off, Erin Molchany attacks Harry Readshaw for his lack of support for women’s health concerns and more.

Reader Poll: Who Should the Democrats Nominate for Governor?: We ask our readers who the Democratic Party should chose as their nominee for Governor.

Reader Poll: Wolf Won’t Go Negative: Our readers believe the Democratic front-runner will not go negative before election day.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Organ donation bill stalled in the Senate as House vets companion version
Capitolwire: Wolf, tarred as ‘untested,’ pushes back in final debate
PA Independent: Lights, cameras, tax breaks! State House OKs more subsidies for Hollywood
PA Independent: Auditor General, lawmakers propose similar updates to PA charter school rules
StateImpactPA: Corbett: climate change is ‘a subject of debate’

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Union tension has roots in road-and-bridge repair
Inquirer: Wolf’s rivals keep up attacks in Dems’ final debate
Inquirer: Disciplinary proceedings begin in cheating probe
Inquirer: Coroners and recipients spar over organ donation procedure
Daily News: Collapse displaces 5 on crumbling SW Phila. block
Daily News: Can the pack catch Tom Wolf?
Daily News: In ruins: How Philadelphia became the poorest big city in America
Heard in the Hall: Magazine chooses Philadelphia for an Under-30 Summit

SEPA
Courier-Times: Reapportionment shakes up 45 Bucks County voter districts
Courier-Times: Planners, public hear about Stackpole homes plan
Courier-Times: Vigil for Nigerian victims set for Thursday in Lower Makefield
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council backs one of two housing plans
Pottstown Mercury: De-commissioning fund violation yields little consequences for Exelon

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Schwartz campaigns with Costa
Early Returns: Sen. Hughes lines up for Wolf
Early Returns: Neuman unveils House backing
Tribune Review: Peduto mulls uses for Washington Monument scaffolding
Tribune Review: Lawsuit by female county employees protesting pay moved to federal court
Tribune Review: Peduto tells council Pittsburgh faces $60M deficit
Tribune Review: Gas well jeopardizes tax-exempt status of Westmoreland authority land in Fayette
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board to vote on students’ bill of rights
Post-Gazette: Final briefs filed in challenge to Pa. ban on gay marriage
Business Times: U.S. Secretary of Commerce to visit U.S. Steel Mon Valley Works
WTAE: Pa. ranks among most bicycle friendly states

Southwest
Tribune Democrat: City “not guilty” in Sunshine Law complaint
Beaver County Times: Marine Reserves could be coming to Pittsburgh airport
Beaver County Times: Report details litany of issues facing charter schools
Beaver County Times: Health insurances options still available for some after open enrollment
Beaver County Times: Federal legislators note FAA hiring issue affecting CCBC
Altoona Mirror: County tabs new public defender
Observer-Reporter: Judge: Robinson wrongly denied Range drilling permits
Observer-Reporter: Waynesburg council increases parking violation fines

NEPA
Times Leader: Mullery, Bonomo square off in 119th Dem race
Times Leader: Local Dem legislators’ choices for governor vary
Times Leader: Lake-Lehman proposed final budget raises taxes 2.7 percent
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County chief of staff takes fed post
Times-Tribune: Debate continues over success/failure of Luzerne County government
Times-Tribune: PA, NY officials weigh in on push to change Lackawanna County government
Citizens Voice: Lawmakers back ‘Kevin’s Law’ legislation

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school board considers another bid on PennDOT maintenance building
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bill would streamline Pa. organ donation process, but coroners say it could hurt investigations
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lancaster students were threatened with suspension over planned Corbett protest: Tuesday Morning Coffee
Harrisburg Patriot News: In Philadelphia, Dem guv hopefuls trade their final barbs: John L. Micek
York Daily Record: York County GOP chairman says conservative group needs ‘to stay out’
York Daily Record: Who donated to Rep. Seth Grove’s and Elizabeth Roberts’ campaigns?
York Daily Record: Who gave money to Stan Saylor’s and Kelly Henshaw’s campaigns?
York Daily Record: May 20 primary: Check out who donated to Kristin Phillips-Hill, Ernie Merisotis and Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 5 things we learned from the Democratic gubernatorial debates
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Primary 2014 Voters Guide: Everything you need to know about Tuesday
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Political parties’ primary policies under fire
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: The City of Harrisburg’s Projected 2014 Deficit

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Schwartz, McCord attack Wolf in final debate
Reading Eagle: Katie McGinty talks with the Reading Eagle about her vision for Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council delays vote on fire chief
Express Times: Pennsylvania state Sen. Lisa Boscola says woman in Harrisburg bar incident apologized
Express Times: Pa. lieutenant governor hopeful Mike Stack introduces law focused on construction company fraud
Express Times: Lehigh Valley economy will expand at faster pace next six months, study says

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: 50th Senate District on ballot in southern Erie County
Erie Times-News: 5th District candidates focus on jobs, poverty
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tax increase likely for Muncy School District
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor pitches his ideas for Memorial Park

Opinion
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvanians are ready for online gambling: Willard Darling
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Supreme Court ruling allows Easterners to breathe easier
Tribune Review: Abolish the corporate income tax
Post-Gazette: After the landslide: A lesson goes unlearned at the Kilbuck site
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Keep voter ID in its grave
Daily News: Second Opinion: Not watch. Act.

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Government Unions Play Fast & Loose with the Law
Commonwealth Foundation: Ignoring Pension Costs Won’t Work
Keystone Politics: PA Republicans: We Accidentally Lost $87M Dollars. But Here Are Some Lies about Tom Wolf
Keystone Politics: Democratic PA-12 Candidates McClelland and Hugya Face Off in Debate
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Superior Court Slams Mezzacappa
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: How About Cutting Bethlehem City Council Health Benefits?

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  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?


    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
    • No. I am going to the poll. (50%)

    Total Voters: 121

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