5/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Chaos and pressure for Kane, Wolf picks a PUC Commissioner and Casey endorses Dougherty. Happy Election Day politicos, here’s the Buzz!

More Chaos in the Attorney General’s Office: The Kathleen Kane saga continues.

PA-Gov: Wolf Nominates New PUC Commissioner: The Governor is tapping Andrew Place to be the new Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission.

Rendell Says “Pressure” Got to Kane: The former Governor believes the need to crush her enemies got the Attorney General in the predicament she finds herself in.

Casey Endorses Dougherty for PA Supreme Court: Senator Bob Casey joined the Judge on a campaign stop in Scranton.

PHL-15: Kenney Shakes Off Attack from Williams in New Ad (VIDEO): Jim Kenney has released a new commercial responding to an attack ad from Anthony Williams.

PHL-15: Kenney Picks Up Endorsement from NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: De Blasio asks voters to commit to Kenney and their shared progressive vision.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Wolf nominates EQT executive to Public Utility Commission
StateImpactPA: Case challenges township’s right to change zoning in favor of gas development
PLSReporter: McGinty fires back at natural gas industry’s “distractions and distortions” over severance tax
Capitolwire: House Republicans absent from governor’s medical cannabis roundtable
Capitolwire: Wolf slams business lobby, shale gas industry for opposing severance tax
Capitolwire: Wolf administration accuses Senate GOP of trying to ‘line their own retirement pockets’ with their pension proposal

Philadelphia
Heard in the Hall: How does a campaign spend $1 million?
Inquirer: Rand Paul vows to fight Patriot Act renewal
Inquirer: Philly considering replacing House of Corrections
Inquirer: Christie to outline foreign policy approach
WHYY Newsworks: Delaware, Pa. senators highlight looming infrastructure fight (video)
KYW Newsradio: Mayoral candidates make final push to get out the vote ahead of Tuesday’s Democratic primary
Philadelphia Business Journal: With party balance at stake, Pa. Supreme Court candidates raking in donations

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Bucks County GOP House members respond to Governor Wolf’s budget presentation at BCCC
Daily Local News: Campaign literature creates controversy in DJ race
Pottstown Mercury: Judge hears preliminary objections in Lynsay Fox’s lawsuit against gun dealer

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: A look at same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania, 1 year later
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court hears ‘wrongful life’ case
Post-Gazette: Plum teachers get refresher on how, when to report child sexual abuse
Post-Gazette: Gas prices inch higher, just in time for Memorial Day weekend
Post-Gazette: Lane to close on Liberty Bridge this week
Tribune-Review: Super donors give growing share of campaign cash
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh’s Healthy Ride bike share system to start May 31
Business Journal: Exclusive: Uber leases former Restaurant Depot space for Pittsburgh robotics center
Business Journal: Consol cuts back to 32-hour workweeks at local coal mines (Video)

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Longevity adds up for Allegheny Township auditor
Altoona Mirror: Drug court chip divides judge, attorneys
Altoona Mirror: Bill would increase penalties
Beaver County Times: HUD: No conflict of interest for Torrence
Tribune-Democrat: Turnpike maintenance creating traffic backlog
Tribune-Democrat: Farmers say seed company past due on payments

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County DA: Kane petition issue under investigation
Times Leader: Nation of Islam accusations surface in late ad in Wilkes-Barre mayoral campaign
Times Leader: Exeter Township leadership in limbo due to charges
Times-Tribune: Fewer voters registered for this primary election
Times-Tribune: Delta Medix and Blue Cross back at table
Standard Speaker: Ticket technology: Police in Sugarloaf Township begin using computerized citation system

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Document shows Jackson Twp. candidate’s pattern of boisterous behavior
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 8 things to know about Tuesday’s primary election in Lancaster County
York Dispatch: Weak turnout expected for Tuesday’s primary election
York Dispatch: State Rep. Seth Grove to host town hall meeting on Wednesday
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf nominates new Pa. Public Utility Commission member
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg city council candidates collect more campaign cash
Harrisburg Patriot News: Supreme Court blocks Alan Kennedy-Shaffer’s bid to get back into Harrisburg Council race
Harrisburg Patriot News: Medical marijuana supporters pack Pa. governor’s mansion

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Does check copy clear Scott campaign?
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Allentown Republican’s luck may not last
Express Times: Judge’s relationship with constable not disclosed for 2 years, controller says
Express Times: Northampton County commits $300,000 DUI-fee accounting error, audit says

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Some voters in Erie, Crawford counties will get new polling places for primary
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Yaw votes in favor of legalizing medical marijuana
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania Military Museum service honors the fallen

Opinion
Bucks Co. Courier Times: Another View: Can Congress help the middle class?
Inquirer: Solar takes a giant step
Express Times: Pennsylvania should treat police videos as public records
York Dispatch: Weigh in on Election Day
Post-Gazette: Papal recognition: Francis boosts the cause of Palestinian statehood

Blogs
Citified: The Brief: “They Already Called the Election, But It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over.”
Citified: The Challengers: Sherrie Cohen Would Be a Bulldog for City Services
Above Average Jane: John Oliver Calls out Fattah and Dent

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