5/23 Morning Buzz

PA state flagWe look back at Tuesday’s results and at several candidates whose sights have moved on to 2014. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Overall PA Voter Turnout Between 14-17%: Tip O’Neill once famously said that “all politics is local,” but that mantra didn’t spur much participation in Pa. in Tuesday’s municipal primaries.

Toomey Fundraises Off IRS Scandal: Sen. Pat Toomey has joined GOP critics loudly decrying improper scrutiny by the IRS of conservative groups. But he’s also using the issue to raise campaign cash.

Election Results Rundown: Some big changes are coming to several places around PA. Check here for all of the results of Tuesday’s busy local elections, which were marked by low turnout.

Statewide
Capitolwire: DPW disputes assumptions with IFO Medicaid expansion report
Capitolwire: DeWeese appeals sentence before Superior Court panel
StateImpact PA: Lawmaker Proposes to Clarify Doctor “Gag Rule”
StateImpact PA: DCNR Sets Date for Public Hearing on Drilling in Loyalsock Forest
PA Independent: New special interest comes to PA liquor privatization party
State House Sound Bites: A Capitol pastime linkage becomes of a fighting word
State House Sound Bites: Casey reintroduces tax credit bill for veterans

Philadelphia
Big Tent: Pa. Treasurer McCord traveling like a guv candidate
Big Tent: Corbett launches reelection web site
Big Tent: Schwartz claims 1st union endorsement of gov race
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett says he can’t find any Latinos to hire
Heard in the Hall: Preliminary turnout estimate – maybe higher than declared?
Daily News: Clout makes a sad face: A dull election short on shenanigans
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia can’t prove some tax exemptions are legit
WHYY Newsworks: Demanding contract deals, Philly union workers protest at U.S. mayors’ event hosted by Nutter

SEPA
AP: Corbett says Latino comment taken out of context
Phillyburbs: Bucks County nets lower voter turnout ever Tuesday
Phillyburbs: Santarsiero says opponents misconstrue his gun bill
Pottstown Mercury: Student rep says goodbye to Phoenixville School Board
Delco Daily News: Primary 2013: Polls not popular on Primary Day
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2013: Sorg defeats DeRuosi in Ambler mayoral race; Frustaci takes Ward 3 primary
Montgomery Media: ELECTION 2013: All Wissahickon School Board candidates advance to November ballot

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Trial was flawed, DeWeese attorney argues
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania governor defends Latino comments
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County approves air quality laws
Post-Gazette: Former Auditor General Wagner unsure of plants after Pittsburgh mayoral primary loss
Post-Gazette: McKeesport solicitor gets house arrest
Post-Gazette: Peduto outlines plans for government
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Democratic nominee for mayor Bill Peduto won in smooth campaign
Tribune-Review: Late surge puts McVay in battle for judgeship
Tribune-Review: Primary votes means change in Monroeville
Tribune-Review: Mayoral nominee Peduto plans city hall house-cleaning if he’s elected
KDKA: After Winning Primary, Peduto Sets Sights on November
Early Returns: On turnout and enthusiasm
Early Returns: Election night speeches
Early Returns: Ravenstahl comments on mayor race
Early Returns: Wander preps for Doomsday

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Judge orders Manning memo posted at polls be impounded
Observer-Reporter: Costanzo, Lucas virtually assured election in Nov.
Observer-Reporter: Fort Cherry OKs budget with tax increase
Observer-Reporter: Working budget approved at Central Greene
Altoona Mirror: Deputy DA wins GOP nomination
Altoona Mirror: Stultz unseats Hollidaysburg’s Dodson (note: these last two were called today)

South Central
AP: State’s control of Harrisburg may limit role of new mayor
Patriot News: Papenfuse faces a new challenge in Mindlin, a candidate without primary opponents’ baggage: an analysis
Patriot News: Sixty-seven auditor general employees given budget-related layoff notices
Patriot News: Bill DeWeese presses appeal before Superior Court panel
Patriot News: Legislation from Sen. Bob Casey would help veterans own small businesses
Patriot News: Independent Mindlin comes out swinging in general campaign for Harrisburg mayor
Patriot News: How York Mayor Kim Bracey won another historic campaign
Patriot News: Dauphin County creates Pennsylvania’s first Land Bank Authority
Carlisle Sentinel: Home rule in Carlisle: Now what?
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County voter turnout lower than previous primary
York Daily Record: York County Republican Committee chairman pledges full support for Platts

NEPA
AP: Corbett says distribution center will bring jobs
Times Tribune: Casey in; Lesh out on Democratic Scranton school ballot
Times Tribune: Luzerne County Controller defends spot on republican ticket
Times Tribune: Razor-Thin margin in Pittston District Judge Race
Pocono Record: Vollmer keeps his seat as Lehman supervisor
Pocono Record: Bueki rolls to win over Price
Pocono Record: Allen beats Philips, will face Yanac in November

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Two Lower Macungie incumbents fall in primary
Express Times: J. William Reynolds concedes Bethlehem mayoral primary race to Robert Donchez
Express Times: Two Republicans, familiar rivals, eyeing Warren County Sheriff’s Office
Express Times: Easton Councilman Mike Fleck to leave office earlier than expected
Express Times: Nazareth mayor gains write-in nod for general election ballot
Express Times: Tight race for the last spot on Democratic ballot for Northampton County Council
Express Times: Bethlehem Township Commissioner Weiss: I took race for granted
North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Write-in votes let incumbents survive to fall
Sun Gazette: Loyalsock Township schools drug testing policy upheld
Centre Daily Times: Graham Spanier’s defense team says Cynthia Baldwin’s testimony inadmissible

Opinions
Rob McCord Op-Ed, Philly Daily News: LGBT equal rights: Good for Pa. business

Blogs
Keystone Politics: PA House Passes Corporate Tax Cut with Loophole Closure
Keystone Politics: Was It Appropriate for Lisa Boscola to Endorse Bob Donchez From Her State Senator Twitter Account?
Jon Geeting: Progressive Adam Waldron Now Leading Lump Sanders for 4th Bethlehem Council Seat
Jon Geeting: Mixed Results for Progressives in Lehigh Valley Primaries (Updated)
Jon Geeting: Munipocalypse 2013 Primary Round-up
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Election Leftovers
John Hanger: A Feast Of Positive Pollution Facts: NRDC & Ceres Document Renewable and Gas Sharply Cut Power Plant Air Pollution

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  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?


    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

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