5/22 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Toomey’s seat moves from Toss-Up to Leans GOP while Sestak feuds with local and national Dems, and Club for Growth calls Shuster scandal-plagued. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Sen: Sabato Moves 2016 Race from “Toss-Up” to “Leans Republican”: The political forecasters now feel incumbent Sen. Pat Toomey has a slight advantage.

PA-Sen: Drama Between Sestak and National Dems Continues: A new story in Politico highlights the divide between Sestak and state and national Democratic leaders.

Scott Walker Will Keynote Philly GOP Conference: The Wisconsin Governor is joining the line-up of the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference.

PA-9: Shuster to Be Target of Conservative Ads (VIDEO): The Club for Growth alludes to Rep. Shuster’s relationship with a lobbyist in its commercial.

PA-Gov: Lynn Patrone Named Head of New Mental Health Office: The recently created Office of Mental Health Advocate is part of the Department of Corrections.

PAIndependent: Despite school closing, Education Management ‘committed’ to repaying state grant
PLSReporter: An interview with Labor and Industry Sec. Kathy Manderino
Capitolwire: Collaborative agreements with nurse practitioners can generate thousands for PA physicians

Heard in the Hall: The unlikely bromance that became likely: Nutter and Kenney
Inquirer: City Council postpones plan to buy land for new prison in Northeast Philly
Inquirer: Nutter official pitches property-tax hike. Council not swinging
Inquirer: School-funding suit headed for highest Pa. court
WHYY Newsworks: Pitching plan for education funding, Wolf visits Upper Darby school
WHYY Newsworks: 40 percent of Pa. nursing homes don’t measure up, federal rating finds
City Paper: Dem’s convention chief says it’s like ‘planning a wedding on steroids’
City Paper: Racial voting patterns are upended in the primary
Philadelphia Business Journal: Regulatory relief for community banks backed by Democrats who voted against broader bill

Pottstown Mercury: Pension reform promises $18B savings, but questions linger
Bucks County Courier Times: U.S. House passes Veterans ID Card Act
Delco Daily Times: Gov. Tom Wolf brings education funding message to Upper Darby school

Post-Gazette: Developers plan to turn North Side’s Allegheny Center into technology hub
Post-Gazette: Proposed Port Authority budget would keep fares the same, extend four bus routes
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette’s work awarded at Golden Quills gathering
Post-Gazette: Greene County residents express frustrations over Hatfield plan
Post-Gazette: Could slot machines be headed to Pennsylvania’s international airports?
Tribune-Review: ‘Sham’ cancer charity penalized by regulators had been sued by Pa.
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County moves to make heroin antidote more available
Business Journal: MDS Energy raising $100M – and clues point to why
Business Journal: Exclusive: Here’s your first look at Uber’s self-driving test car (and why you’ll see it around Pittsburgh)

Altoona Mirror: Votes outside city helped Erb, Tomasetti win
Altoona Mirror: Rally backs Wolf’s budget
Beaver County Times: Nichols furious about Christiana’s tactics, attack mailers
Beaver County Times: Diocese looking into finances of Ambridge church

Times Leader: Legal, postal service limitations complicate release of information on anti-George mailing
Times Leader: Magistrate’s son enters ARD program
Times Leader: Penn State Wilkes-Barre grant will help Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber expand business services
Times-Tribune: Migration to NEPA grows
Times-Tribune: Analysis: Wansacz victim of himself
Times-Tribune: Concern for children grows as CFS strike continues

South Central
York Daily Record: York’s interim director of Department of Economic and Community Development will stay that way
Harrisburg Patriot News: $1.6 billion in Pennsylvania road, bridge improvements could disappear without new federal bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: Joe Sestak to make campaign book tour stop in Harrisburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Department of Corrections names new mental health advocate for offenders
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court boosts fees to expand student debt program for legal aid lawyers

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: State officials seek help in battling spotted lanternfly
Reading Eagle: After Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer’s primary loss, area leaders hope city momentum continues
Morning Call: Central PA municipality ends Prohibition
Morning Call: Northampton County Executive John Brown blocked council-approved pay raises, lawyer charges
Express Times: Father poised to join son on Lower Macungie board after primary election

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Residents slam Toll Bros. development at State College water board meeting
Centre Daily Times: Multiple RIght-to-Know appeals pending in county
Onward State: Governor Tom Wolf to Join President Barron on “Higher Education in Focus”
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local independent seeks district attorney post
Erie Times-News: Erie County primary wins keyed by name recognition, campaign organization

Daily News: Will the nonreligious skew U.S. politics?
Reading Eagle: Mayor must begin working to assure smooth transition
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania gift ban is long overdue
Harrisburg Patriot News: Here’s why the Senate GOP’s pension reform plan is the best choice for Pa. workers, taxpayers
Bucks County Courier Times: Democracy degraded
Delco Daily Times: The voters speak – or, a few of them do
Daily Local News: Bogus case against the free trade deal
Post-Gazette: Primary lessons: Fitzgerald and Wagner should work it out
Tribune-Review: The Takata airbags recall: It’s about time

Citified: Exactly How Wasteful Was the Tony Williams Campaign?
Citified: The Mayoral Election’s Other Big Winner? Doug Oliver.
Citified: The Brief: Jim Kenney and the Rebirth of Big City Liberalism
2 Political Junkies: The Trib, Stephanopoulos, and the Clinton Foundation (oh, and the late Mr. Scaife)

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    • 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%)
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    Total Voters: 232

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