5/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Clarke endorses Kenney, Wolf signs his first pieces of legislation and Santarsiero goes to bat for Israel. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PHL-15: Council President Darrell Clarke Endorses Kenney: The Kenney camp also won the backing of City Controller Alan Butkovitz.

PA-Gov: Wolf Signs First Bills, Nine Cabinet Members are Approved: It’s been quite a week for the Governor so far.

PA-8: Santarsiero Introduces Bill to Protect Israel From Divestment Movement (VIDEO): The State Representative and Congressional candidate wants to prevent state funds from going to universities that boycott Israel.

Rep. Barletta Endorses Justice Correale Stevens: The GOP Congressman is throwing his support behind the Supreme Court Justice ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Politically Uncorrected: Toomey At the Gate: Toomey’s seat is likely to be one of a tiny handful that will determine whether Republicans continue to control the Senate.

Brown Not Charged for Tossing Signs: Marcus Brown, Gov. Wolf’s choice to lead the state police, won’t face any punishment for removing signs that were critical of him.

Dubow Unveils Casey Endorsement and New Campaign Ad (VIDEO): Judge Alice Dubow launched her first campaign commercial along with the endorsement of Senator Bob Casey.

Leach Endorses Cohen for City Council: State Sen. Daylin Leach’s endorsement rounds off a productive period for Cohen.

Statewide
Capitolwire: No charges against Acting PSP Commissioner Marcus Brown in ‘sign gate’
PA Independent: Philly mayoral candidates don’t agree on charter schools
PLSReporter: Capitol Crowd: Curt Schroder, Chief Counsel to the House Appropriations Committee

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Jim Kenney gets endorsement from Darrell Clarke, praise from head of Black Clergy
Inquirer: $15-an-hour movement gains in Philly City Council
Inquirer: Two City Council district races offer plenty of fireworks
Inquirer: Toomey moves to advance stalled judicial nominee
Daily News: Is Kenney that far ahead?
Business Journal: Amtrak to resume Philly-NYC service
Business Journal: Owner of local suburban newspapers no longer for sale; CEO to step down
WHYY Newsworks: Reynolds Brown makes case for permanent Commission For Women in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Women voters hold the key to City Hall in Philly mayoral primary
WHYY Newsworks: Pinching pennies on safety is no way to run a railroad
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf praises Pa. House property tax vote as ‘remarkable’

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Crowded field vying for five Neshaminy school board seats
Bucks County Courier-Times: SEPTA encourages Trenton Regional Rail riders to use park and ride
Bucks County Courier-Times: 13 candidates seek 5 spots on Bristol Township school board
Pottstown Mercury: VIDEO: ‘Operation War Ready’ nets 34 arrests in Pottstown gang war
Pottstown Mercury: 6 seek 5 seats on Perkiomen Valley School Board

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Jury recommends death penalty for Karissa Kunco’s killer
KDKA: Wagner & Flaherty Exchange Heated, Nasty Words in Final Debate
KDKA: Citing Amtrak Accident, Rendell Goes for Quick Passage of Transportation Bill
WESA: In Seeking County Controller’s Office, Flaherty Says He’d Restore Professionalism
Post-Gazette: Whistleblower suit filed against West Chester University alleges misleading financial records
Tribune Review: Write-in seeks GOP mayoral nomination in Greensburg
Tribune Review: DA: Nothing illegal about state police nominee’s sign removal
Tribune Review: Court suspends Pittsburgh lawyer for helping suspended colleague

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown City Council Election: While leans on experience in community economic development
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria commissioners election: Lengenfelder stands by decisions in office
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PAC ad targets Lengenfelder, calling him a “big spending liberal”
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rural lawmakers slam tax plan as unfair
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Commissioner hopefuls spending in thousands
Altoona Mirror: Auditor General likes pension effort
Altoona Mirror: Mayoral candidates differ on recent ad

NEPA
Pocono Record: Candidates stress preserving Eldred’s lifestyle during forum
Standard Speaker: Making his case: Stevens in fight of his life
Times-Tribune: Senate confirms two nominations with Scranton area ties
Times-Tribune: Task force charged with finding ways to rein in municipal pensions
Times-Tribune: Marjol leader, Lukasewicz say O’Malley exaggerated role in cleanup
The Times Leader: Hazleton Attorney Charles Pedri suspended for 5 years

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf sets up group to study plight of municipal pensions
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf signs first bill, extends deadline for death benefits
Carlisle Sentinel: Republicans, Democrats clash over GOP’s pension bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: DA on acting state police commissioner and ex-trooper who planted signs: ‘They should have known better’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Support for industrial hemp grows among Pennsylvania farmers
York Daily Record: House speaker decries ‘stupid question’ about Amtrak funds
Lancaster Intelligencer: Bill on campus police arrest powers passes state Senate

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Prosecutor: No charges against Wolf’s state police commissioner for removing signs
Morning Call: Valley leaders to Congress: Fix our roads and bridges before it’s too late
Morning Call: Student loan hassles to be probed by federal agency
Reading Eagle: Charting a future for hemp in Pennsylvania
WFMZ: House sends Iran nuclear bill to Obama

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Some states’ tests say kids are fine; national tests say they’re not
Centre Daily Times: How can feds end family detention, when more migrants are on their way?
Centre Daily Times: After lobbying by Obama, Senate agrees to vote on trade bill
Centre Daily Times: Democrat O’Malley to announce future plans May 30

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Broken scale: Two CIA leakers receive two kinds of justice
Post-Gazette: Fair hiring: Pittsburgh needs police who reflect Pittsburgh
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers must come down on EPA
Carlisle Sentinel: Halperin’s biased grilling of Cruz
Observer-Reporter: Toomey needs to explain himself regarding judge
Harrisburg Patriot News: From law firms to trash hauling – here’s how lawmakers pad their salaries – and what you need to know about it: John L. Micek
York Dispatch: Op-Ed: A bipartisan breakthrough on voting rights
Lancaster Intelligencer: Proposed tax would help kids to eschew chew and other forms of harmful smokeless tobacco
Philadelphia Tribune: Tribune announces endorsements for council, judges
Inquirer: We can reduce rail accidents
Inquirer: Cheaters should pay

Blogs
Citified: The Challengers: Allan Domb Thinks He Can Wipe Out Tax Delinquency
Citified: Insider: Here’s How to Ensure Super PACs Don’t Pay to Play
Citified: The Brief: Anthony Williams Presses Attack on Jim Kenney, But Is Anybody Listening?
Citified: The Challengers: Paul Steinke Wants to Transform Philly’s Commercial Corridors
Citified: Insider: The Hot New Schools Cure-All That Isn’t a Cure-All
Citified: The Case for Lynne Abraham
Citified: The No-Bullshit Mayoral Election Guide
Citified: The Challengers: Isaiah Thomas Says ALL City Millennials Need a Voice
Commonwealth Foundation: 134 Billion Reasons to Embrace Debt Reform
Keystone Crossroads: Hold harmless: funding protection or red herring?

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