5/14 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The first independent poll of the race shows Kenney with a large lead, medical marijuana passes the Senate and Sestak has the early advantage against Pawlowski. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PHL-15: Inquirer Poll: Kenney 42 Williams 15 Abraham 15: The former Councilman has a commanding lead in the first independent poll of the Philly Mayoral election.

President Obama, Vice President Biden Respond to Amtrak Tragedy: The President stated that the actions of first responders “reaffirmed” that Philadelphia is indeed the City of Brotherly Love.

PA-Sen: Harper Poll: Sestak 42 Pawlowski 12 Shapiro 8: The 2010 nominee leads the first poll of the potential 2016 Democratic primary field.

Medical Marijuana Bill Passes State Senate: The upper chamber approved the medical cannabis legislation by a 40-7 margin.

Rendell Endorses Wecht for PA Supreme Court: The former Philly Mayor also threw his weight behind Lisa Deeley for City Commissioner.

PHL-15: Philly Progressive Caucus Endorses Kenney: Jim Kenney was named the “Most Progressive Choice for Mayor” by the PDPC.

PA-11: Barletta Undergoes Heart Procedure: The 59 year-old Congressman had a stent installed in an artery.

Capitolwire: ‘Parameters’ are set for negotiations on two significant budgetary components, say lawmakers
Capitolwire: Senate panel grills then endorses Dunn to lead DCNR
Capitolwire: House begins ‘venture’ to ‘do the impossible’ – enact property tax reduction
PA Independent: PA Senate, House cooking up pension bills
PA Independent: Medical cannabis moves closer to reality in Pennsylvania
PA Independent: The doctor is not in: PA health groups debate nurse practitioner independence
StateImpactPA: What’s in those tank cars near the Amtrak derailment?

Inquirer: Exclusive Poll: Kenney in Front
Inquirer: Phila. Paid Sick Leave Goes Into Effect Wednesday
Inquirer: What Voters in Inquirer Poll Are Saying
Inquirer: Charges in 2008 City Hall Corruption Case Withdrawn
Inquirer: Butkovitz to Eds & Meds: Buy Local
Inquirer: Convention Center Dispute Becomes Further Tangled
Inquirer: First Time: Pa. Makes Lawyers Bid for Bond Deal, Instead of Hiring Pals
Inquirer: Pa. Pension, Tax Bills Pass First Hurdles
Inquirer: Brady: Audit Rail Safety Compliance
Philly.com: Ferrick: Kenney’s Personality Whizzed Him Past Williams
WHYY Newsworks: Seared Into City’s Memory, MOVE Tragedy Holds Lessons That Still Resonate
WHYY Newsworks: Marking a Deadly Day in Philadelphia’s with Fresh Calls for Justice
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf Scoffs at GOP Plan for Overhauling Pa. Pension Systems
WHYY Newsworks: Poll Shows Kenney in Command in Philly’s Mayor’s Race
WHYY Newsworks: Katz Out, Fumo In, and Your Fundraising Totals
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House to Approve Property Tax-Relief Plan
WHYY Newsworks: Sick Leave Mandate Begins in Philadelphia

Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Corbin to Host Armed Forces Day Appreciation Picnic
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville Councilwoman Angry at Spending Choices
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove OK’s Not-Quite-Final $64.3M Budget ‘That Means Nothing,’ Restores Full-Time Choir Director
Bucks Courier-Times: Bensalem Schools Eye $63M Tax Hike
Bucks Courier-Times: Council Rock Budget Explained at Sparsely Attended Public Forum
Bucks Courier-Times: Crowded Field Vying for Five Neshaminy School Board Seats
Delco Daily Times: Primary Election 2015: 10 Candidates Vying for Five Seats on Upper Darby School Board
Bucks Local News: Steve Santarsiero Announces Campaign Team; 8th Congressional District Candidate Taps Campaign Manager, Consultants
Bucks Local News: State Report: Santarsiero Votes to Reduce Size of General Assembly, Farry Urges Tanning Salons to Comply with New Law

Tribune Review: Police investigating break-in at Monroeville office of state Rep. Joe Markosek
Tribune Review: Bethel Park district judge says politics motivated ethics complaint
Tribune Review: Councilman steps down in Ford City
Post-Gazette: Mayor’s staffers leaving for Heinz endowments
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County controller candidates lob critiques
WESA: House Bill Would Criminalize Campaigning on a Sick Day

Beaver County Times: Pa. law prohibits needle exchanges that can save lives
Observer-Reporter: AG sues landlord for unsafe homes, some rented to refugees
Altoona Mirror: Court: Death penalty an option in Paul Aaron Ross case
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria County commissioners election: Upper Yoder Township supervisor chasing GOP nomination
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council election: Incumbent Gentile points to “working together with the business community”

The Times Leader: Two-term councilman Merritt looks to stave off challenger Smith in Wilkes-Barre City Council’s District E Race
Times-Tribune: Wansacz, O’Malley lead commissioner race fundraising
Citizens Voice: Sestak talks crumbling infrastructure in W-B
News Item: Barletta’s breathing better after heart stent procedure
Standard Speaker: Judges running uncontested in magisterial primary races

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Senate Republicans stand together, pass pension reform bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: Movement to unionize lawyers gaining ground in Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office
Harrisburg Patriot News: House votes to advance property tax reform bill to Senate
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bill aims to punish Pa. schools that ‘succumb to political pressure to harm Israel’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s first law helps families of fallen emergency workers, cops get benefits
Lancaster Intelligencer: GOP pension bill passes Senate; Democrats call it illegal

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call – Capitol Ideas: In D.C., Pawlowski urges highway funding plan
Morning Call – Capitol Ideas: Toomey sees progress in battle against earmarks
Reading Eagle: House passes bill to end bulk collection of U.S. phone records

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Warren campaigns for Supreme Court in Erie
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania property tax cut proposal passes state House
Centre Daily Times: House approves GOP bill banning most late-term abortions

Daily News: For At-Large: New Faces
Carlisle Sentinel: Hanger: We must have funding for education
Harrisburg Patriot News: Republicans have to kill Dodd/Frank – because it’s working: Paul Krugman
York Daily Record: We can’t afford to get pension reform wrong
Lancaster Intelligencer: Tax relief and school funding
Tribune Review: For Allegheny County Common Pleas Court: Vote for Hugh McGough, Rich Schubert, and Dan Regan
Tribune Review: For Westmoreland County Court: Vote for David Regoli, Harry Smail Jr. & Tim Krieger
Daily Local News: Defining Deity Down in the World of Religion and Politics

Citified: Did the Derailed Amtrak Train Nearly Collide With an Oil-Filled Freight Car?
Citified: Jim Kenney Has Huge Lead in Mayor’s Race
Citified: The Single Weirdest Campaign Donation in the Philly Mayor’s Race
Citified: New Level of Crazy in Ori Feibush vs. Kenyatta Johnson
Citified: The Case for Nelson Diaz
Citified: The Brief: America’s Infrastructure Problem
Commonwealth Foundation: The Monster at the end of this Blog Post
Commonwealth Foundation: Audio: Bills Shine Light On Union Contract Negotiations
Keystone Crossroads: Derailed Amtrak train approached curve going 106 mph before engineer hit emergency brakes
Keystone Crossroads: At least 7 are confirmed dead as investigation into Amtrak train derailment continues [photos]
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Pawlowski’s Whitehall Takeover
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Hellertown-Lower Saucon DJ Candidates’ Night

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    • They Ain't Listed Here (33%)
    • Dalessandro’s Steaks and Hoagies (29%)
    • Pat's King of Steaks (9%)
    • John's Roast Pork (9%)
    • Steve's Prince of Steaks (9%)
    • Tony Luke's (6%)
    • Geno's Steaks (4%)

    Total Voters: 232

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