5/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The latest F&M and Harper polls are released, Margolies releases an ad with President Clinton and Rendell endorses Naughton. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

F&M Poll: Wolf 37%, Schwartz 20%, McCord 12%, McGinty 5%: Wolf maintains a double-digit lead in what could be the final poll before election day.

Lt. Gov.: Koplinski Endorsed By Sierra Club, Launches Two Web Ads (Watch): Koplinski is promoting a new ad after receiving the endorsement of the environmental protection group.

PA-8: Rendell Endorses Naughton: The former Democratic Governor is backing Shaughnessy Naughton in her primary with Kevin Strouse.

HD-36: Readshaw Calls Molchany’s Campaign “Malarkey” in Latest Ad: Incumbent Harry Readshaw responded quickly to Erin Molchany’s latest attack ad.

PA-13: Clean Water Action Endorses Leach: As the primary approaches, national environmental protection organization Clean Water Action threw their support behind Daylin Leach.

PA-13: Arkoosh Endorsed by Philadelphia Tribune: The Democratic congressional candidate scores the backing of the noted Philly newspaper.

PA-8: Naughton Hits Strouse Over Family Donations: The Democratic candidate is pressuring her opponent over a recent article about his parent’s political donations.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Releases Final TV Spot (Watch): The gubernatorial candidate sums up her plans and ideas.

Harper Poll: Stack 20%, Critz 18% for Lt. Gov.: The race for lieutenant governor is tight in the final stretch.

PA-13: New Margolies Ad Features Bill Clinton (Watch): The former President delivers his pitch for the candidate in their new TV spot.

HD-193: Gembusia Launches Ad Against Tallman (Watch): Challenger Gembusia, having recently made a significant media buy, hopes to best incumbent Tallman.

F&M Poll: PA Headed In Wrong Direction, Education Most Important Issue: Education leads Pennsylvanians’ concerns by a wide margin.

Lt. Gov.: Critz Cancels Media Buy: According to sources close to the race, Critz will not be on TV at all.

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

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-164: United Transportation Union endorsed Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) for reelection. She faces Billy Smith and Dafan Zhang to win the Democratic nomination.

HD-166: Sarah Armstrong’s campaign today announced the endorsement of law enforcement across Delaware County. Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 27, District Attorney Jack Whelan, and Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper have each endorsed Sarah’s campaign for State Representative in the 166th District.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Critic pans delay in legislative audit (UPDATED)
PA Independent: Cops can now search your car without a warrant
PA Independent: State lawmakers want independent corruption-fighting agency
StateImpactPA: Court to hear oral arguments in Act 13 case

Philadelphia
Inquirer:New Phila. nonprofit established to pump up North Broad Street
Inquirer:Candidates for 13th District square off again
Inquirer:For white Pa. politicos, is black the new black?
Inquirer:Pa. same-sex marriage suit headed to federal court
Inquirer: Arnold appeal says disrespect shown for sentencing guidelines
Daily News: Poll: Tom Wolf has double-digit lead
Daily News: National press on PA guv race
PhillyClout: Arkoosh picks up Philly endorsements

SEPA
Courier-Times: Bensalem approves hike in school taxes
Courier-Times: Bristol schools hires top two administrators
Courier-Times: Levittown Train Station to be replaced
Pottstown Mercury: Construction begins on pedestrian bridge connecting Valley Forge, Schuylkill River Trail
Pottstown Mercury: Perkiomen Valley board accepts mediator proposal on teacher contract

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Community Blue drives Highmark sales in Pittsburgh area
City Paper: Lost Bill: As a city councilor, Bill Peduto fired a shot for gun control. Was he shooting blanks?
Post-Gazette: 64 groups as for gas industry emission restrictions
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayor warns of stark budget times
Early Returns: Perry on Politics: Head Case
Tribune Review: Attack ads fail to erode support for gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf
Tribune Review: Number of people reporting abuse at North Catholic up to 19
Tribune Review: Peduto chooses FBI agent to be Pittsburgh’s public safety director
Tribune Review: Fairness of gaming analysis at issue because of Pa. consultant ties with companies trying to land licenses
Tribune Review: Fayette jail financing being explored

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Study shows spike in emergency department visits for traumatic brain injury
Beaver County Times: Text to 911 now available in Allegheny County
Beaver County Times: Insurance carrier to cover PA Cyber’s defense
Altoona Mirror: Airlines suggest smaller aircraft for Altoona-Blair County Airport
Altoona Mirror: Benefits may create changes to school officer’s agreement
Observer-Reporter: Residents evacuated after wellhead leak in Mt. Pleasant
Observer-Reporter: The Meadows Casino being sold for $465 million

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Road worries scrapped frackwater facility
Citizens Voice: Caroll key in allocation of transportation funding
News Item: Line Mtn. teachers preparing for strike
Times Tribune: Future tax hikes at center of debate over Lackawanna County’s form of government
Times Tribune: Pros and cons of push to change Lackawanna County government
Times Leader: Unused Luzerne County properties up for grabs
Times Leader: Critics say charter schools profit from special ed overpayments
Times Leader: Salavantis, lawmakers push for ‘Kevin’s Law’

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton Iron Forge project will require tax increase
Harrisburg Patriot News: Cumberland County’s Hertzler joins commissioners backing Wolf bid for governor
Harrisburg Patriot News: Race for 103rd House District pits former allies Roberson, Kim: primary 2014
Harrisburg Patriot News: McGinty meets with Patty Kim and members of the black community in Harrisburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: In choosing to campaign over practicing law, Koplinski let license lapse
York Daily Record: Pa. GOP Chairman Rob Gleason contributed to Scott Wagner’s state Senate campaign
York Daily Record: York City Bureau of Health to offer free fluoride varnishes for children
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Katie McGinty makes final push for support as primary closes in
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Former mayor Overlander appointed to Marietta council on contentious 4-2 vote
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Replay: 4 things we learned about guv candidate Katie McGinty

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem councilman wants to keep a closer eye on city contracts
Morning Call: Fracking in spotlight in Bucks County’s 8th District congressional race
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor, charter board clash in Commonwealth Court
Reading Eagle: Wolf maintains large lead over Democratic rivals in new F&M poll
WFMZ: DEP issues permit to Delta Thermo for waste-to-energy plant
WFMZ: Rep. Tom Caltagirone wants to put brakes on Pennsylvania’s taxing of traffic signals
Express Times: Controversial Allentown waste-to-energy plant gets necessary state permits

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘14 Blog: F&M poll: Wolf still leads Dems
Erie Times-News: Group to march on Corbett’s Erie office, demand Medicaid expansion
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Funds to fix city facilities are thin
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Groundwater analysis program launch set
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Housing project to get gas drilling funds
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Supervisors OK seal coat program

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Frack traffic: Regulators must be vigilant on another front
Beaver County Times: Voter ID law: A solution in search of a problem
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rob McCord’s right – we need a conversation on race, he’s just not having the right one: John L. Micek
Express Times: Senate should revive expired tax breaks, kill medical devices tax
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Divided they fall
Daily News: DN Editorial: Worth it

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Pennsylvania Tops in Corporate Welfare
Keystone Politics: McGinty’s Star Has Only Just Begun to Rise
Keystone Politics: Stack Says He’s as Good as the Gov Candidates, Would Publicly Disagree with Them
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Negative Ad Backfires On McCord
Keystone Politics: New PA Gov Polling: Harper Says Wolf Leads by 35, F&M Says Wolf Leads by 19
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: NorCo Closes on Wolf Building
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Local Leaders Decry Contractor Fraud; Endorse Mike Stack For Lt. Guv’
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: $359,000 In Road Improvements Set In Hanover Township

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  1. Question to Corbett/Acting Governor Brabender Team: How does someone get a call returned by the Governor’s office? Are all you all spending your time with outplacement counselors? Do I have to retain Baby Brian Nutt as my corporate political strategic advisor? Do I have to be a card carrying member of the Cyber Charter Corporate Welfare Queen Mafia?

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