5/26 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Shapiro won’t run for Senate, Kenney meets with Norcross and April’s job reports is released. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

5/22 Ups & Downs: The thrill of victory, the agony of defeat and the shock of an upset. See who made this week’s list!

PA-Sen: Shapiro Officially Passes on 2016 Race: Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro declares that he won’t enter the 2016 Senate contest.

PHL-15: Kenney Met with Norcross on Election Night: The Democratic nominee’s first visitor at his victory party was South Jersey political boss George Norcross.

April Jobs Report: PA Unemployment Holds at 5.3%: The unemployment rate remains the same from March to April.

Analysis: Is Philly a Blessing or Curse for Dougherty?: Can the City of Brotherly Love carry the Judge to the Supreme Court?

PA-Sen: Toomey Speaks Up Against Pres. Obama’s Weapons Ban: Senator Pat Toomey is doubling down on his strong support of the police.

Sunday Show Preview: May 24, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
PA Independent: Erie eatery an example of innovative business launch campaign – without government
PA Independent: ‘Slap in the face’: Mother questions committee assignment for medical cannabis bill
State House Sound Bites: Midstate congressman proposes more disclosure of NSA spying
State House Sound Bites: Pennsylvania shows biggest 1-month jobs gain since 1990s
State House Sound Bites: High-profile votes, fights preview Wolf’s challenges in June
State House Sound Bites: Change certain on Pa.’s top court; 3 seats to fill

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Kenney advised to start forming his mayoral administration
Inquirer: Can this town be saved?
Inquirer: Phila. can do a lot more to collect back taxes
Inquirer: Montco’s Josh Shapiro: Will not run for U.S. Senate
WHYY Newsworks: Philly school officials make their money pitch to City Council this week
WHYY Newsworks: Pennsylvania considers allowing industrial hemp cultivation
WHYY Newsworks: Green will be regular at Philly City Council meetings to peek at new job
Philadelphia Business Journal: Bill introduced to clear way for Philadelphia Airport expansion

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Wolf chief of staff says governor “more than flexible” on sales tax expansion plan
Delco Daily Times: Concord residents speak out on changes in government
Bucks Local News: Steve Santarsiero announces campaign team; 8th Congressional District candidate taps campaign manager, consultants
Daily Local News: Coatesville police pension plan hurt by early retirement packages

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Posthumous election wins have happened in Western Pa., nation
Tribune Review: Early success in White House race a pleasant surprise for Carson
Tribune Review: Pa. gaming industry’s growth amplifies siren call for addicts
Tribune Review: Analyst says Pa. senate race leans toward Toomey – because Democrats ‘loathe’ Sestak
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Sen. Casey seeks to provide aid to repairing locally owned bridges
Post-Gazette: Pa. considering photo-enforcement system to catch work zone speeders
Pittsburgh Business Times: Jobless rate stays the same in April
WESA: Senate Blocks Bill To End Government Collection Of Phone Records
WESA: Fast-Track Trade Authority, A Step Toward Asia Deal, Passes Full Senate

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Study finds fine particulate air pollution associated with increased risk of autism
Altoona Mirror: Change certain on Pennsylvania’s top court; 3 seats to fill
Altoona Mirror: Charter schools need to embrace transparency, too
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: On The Radar: Bills would end Pennsylvania’s ban for local police
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Patients will need to cough up cost of medical pot

NEPA
Times Leader: Schnee, Kelleher win Luzerne County Council Republican write-in nominations
Times Leader: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate holds at 5.3 percent for second month
Times-Tribune: School health plan study launched
Times Tribune: Auditor general: Scranton may need more pension help beyond statewide solution

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Home Rule Wins, Now What?
Patriot-News: Cumberland County commissioners will consider resolution urging more state money for public libraries
Patriot-News: Big trouble for Dems? MontCo’s Shapiro rules out U.S. Senate bid: The Sunday Brunch
Patriot-News: Internet gaming is waiting in the wings in Pennsylvania Capitol this budget season
Lancaster Online: Hungry Inmates
Lancaster Online: State Balances Budget on Unclaimed Property

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Northampton County Council rejected Brown plan to settle raise dispute
Morning Call: Frat ‘early warning system’ in works at Penn State?
Morning Call: Allentown’s other big developer gets back in the game
Reading Eagle: Allentown experiences rebirth as development rises, crime falls
Lehigh Valley Live: Saucon Valley teachers have nonbinding arbitration date
Lehigh Valley Live: Northampton County Council tables discussion of medical marijuana

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Philipsburg-Osceola celebrates ranking of high school among state’s best
Sun-Gazette: Write-in votes indicate efforts were organized
Sun-Gazette: Weekly Vote Roundup

Opinion
Tribune Review: Pipeline pap: The real agenda
Tribune Review: Protecting hours & wages of restaurant employees
Post-Gazette: Escape clause: Bankers, not just banks, should be prosecuted
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania is on track to reducing school taxes
Times-Tribune: House slams brakes on medical marijuana
Standard Speaker: Common sense hits the road
Standard Speaker: Get off the pot
Pocono Record: The governor in the tin foil hat
Pocono Record: The GOP bucks Teddy Roosevelt’s legacy
Pottstown Mercury: Open primaries could boost turnout
Pottstown Mercury: Size of Pa. Legislature should be reduced
Delco Daily Times: Time is running out for a Pa. pension solution
Patriot-News: Are primary election results an indicator of Mayor Papenfuse’s growing power?

Blogs
Citified: How Jim Kenney Defied Racial Math and Posted the Biggest Mayoral Primary Win in Modern Philly History
Citified: Black Pols Will “Rue the Day” They Backed Kenney
Keystone Crossroads: Why are teachers pension plans in trouble?
PA Budget and Policy Center: Powerful Study Shows Why More State Dollars are Needed for Schools
2 Political Junkies: The Tribune-Review Editorial Board Distorts Obama (and Climate Science) Again

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