5/6 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsLooking back at Tom Corbett’s week, plus the race is getting hotter in Pittsburgh. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Wagner Pivots Positive, Peduto Keeps Up Attack in New Ads (With Videos): Jack Wagner sought to put distance between himself and Ravenstahl-Peduto bickering in his latest ad. Meanwhile Peduto stayed on the attack.

PAGOP Unveils Website Redesign: The Pa. Republican Party launched its new website Monday. Check it out here.

Post-Gazette Backs Wagner: The editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette endorsed Jack Wagner for Mayor Sunday. “Pittsburgh is on the verge again of choosing a real mayor, one who won’t need on-the-job training or lessons in ethics and decorum. Democrats who go to the polls on May 21 should pick the most qualified person for the job: Jack Wagner.”

5/3 Ups & Downs: Another headache for Gov. Corbett, meanwhile the Pittsburgh mayoral race takes a turn for the zany. Here are this week’s Ups & Downs.

Reader Poll: Who Should Democrats Support for Superior Court?: It’s a battle of east vs. west: Joe Waters vs. Jack McVay. Who should Democrats support for this oft-overlooked office?

Reader Poll: Gun Bill Ordeal Boosts Toomey for 2016: PoliticsPA readers believe by a wide margin that Sen. Toomey’s foray into the gun debate help rather than hurt his re-election chances in 2016.

Statewide
Esquire: Dead Governor Walking
PA Independent: Week in Review: Not the best of times for Gov. Tom Corbett
StateImpactPA: DEP Allows Driller To Continue Despite Two Accidents in Two Months
NBC News: Toomey: Background check plan failed because of Republican politics
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: PA Revenue Dept analysis provides different take on state’s job situation
Capitolwire: Union slams liquor privatization in statewide TV, radio ads
Capitolwire: Max Myers, a different candidate in a crowded Democratic field

Philadelphia
Inquirer, Thomas Fitzgerald: Corbett’s Velcro side
AP: Philly abortion murder trial has national impact
Inquirer: Castro niece wins local gay-rights award
PhillyClout: Pols, business community mourn loss of longtime Chamber of Commerce executive
PhillyClout: City, Boy Scouts reach deal over building

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Delco Dems closing in on GOP; continue to narrow voter registration edge
Delco Daily Times: Republican candidates aplenty in Eddystone primary election
Delco Daily Times: Republican incumbent judge faces challenger
Delco Daily Times: Radnor voters mull change in Home Rule Charter
Montgomery Media: Pennridge student becomes junior member of Pennsylvania State Board of Education
Montgomery Media: Abington commissioners OK red-light camera system
Daily Local News: 9 Pa. reps cited in congressional nepotism report
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield seeks to improve bond rating to Triple-A, contemplates refinancing golf course bonds
Bucks Local News: Fact-finding report in — and out to public after Pennsbury School Board member Simon Campbell releases it earlier than expected

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: 2nd family member challenges council member
Tribune Review: Tensions rise during mayoral debate in Larimer
Tribune Review: Three seek Smith’s House seat in special election
Tribune Review: Republicans square off in race for County Council seat nomination
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Democratic mayoral candidates can’t stop debating
Post-Gazette: Union leaders defend Peduto against attack ads
Post-Gazette: Peduto, in third Pittsburgh mayoral race, says city at crossroads
Early Returns: Ravenstahl re-ups Peduto ads
WPXI: Appellate court affirms ruling on legality of Pittsburgh billboard ordinance
WTAE: PA transit agencies await hours waiver decision

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: State parks boosted
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Blair lawmaker proposes plan to tackle pension costs
Altoona Mirror: Budget outlook gloomy
Beaver County Times: State senators endorse 171t for new planes

NEPA
AP: Mariela Castro to get gay rights award in Philly
Times-Tribune: Mayoral candidates face huge money troubles with little new money at hand
Times-Tribune: Scranton council candidates differ on commuter tax, SPA default and past council tax cut
Times-Tribune: Tax collector candidates agree commingling must end
Times-Tribune: Kelly: Corbett’s latest gaffe can only be case of medical impairment
Citizens Voice: Baker’s bill adds much-needed transparency
Standard Speaker: Tax revenue growth won’t reach forecast

Lehigh Valley
AP: Reading School District blasted in PA Auditor General report
Morning Call: Barletta wants Boston bombing immigration hearings
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor candidates debate, trade few barbs
Morning Call: Five Battling for GOP nod in Lower Macungie race
Morning Call: Easton takes aim at vacant properties
WFMZ: Joseph Maher, candidate for district judge, uses invalid address, officials say
WFMZ: Lawmakers, teachers’ union respond to auditor general’s findings
Express Times: Bethlehem council candidates split on top issues, budget remedies
Express Times: Nine Democrats seek four Allentown City Council seats
Express Times: Gay Elwell’s death leads to crowded race for Easton’s downtown district judge post
Express Times: Bethlehem mayoral candidate J. William Reynolds talks to The Express Times
Express Times: Bethlehem mayoral candidate Robert Donchez talks to The Express Times

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. auditor general report blasts Reading schools
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County human services budget cuts discussed
Carlisle Sentinel: A smaller Pa. Senate GOP may be stronger, too
Carlisle Sentinel: Comment sought on peregrine falcon management
Carlisle Sentinel: Tax Collector Debate: Taking on other taxes
Harrisburg Patriot News: President Obama’s campaign promises might clash with a harsh reality
Harrisburg Patriot News: Legislation, education and participation of the faith: The challenges before the successor of Bishop Joseph McFadden
York Daily Record: Mandatory hearings don’t seem to slow PFA process
York Daily Record: York Suburban candidates weigh in on finances
York Daily Record: Flannelly and Platts say different experiences qualify them for the York County bench
York Daily Record: Newberry Township supervisor candidates talk issues, qualifications
York Daily Record: Six run for new district justice seat
York Daily Record: Police protection a hot topic for eight running for Red Lion council
York Dispatch: Learn about splitting slate in Stewartstown
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster County school districts hold the line on taxes
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Crowd rallies in Lancaster for legalization of marijuana
Lebanon Daily News: Election: 2 Republicans seek Myerstown mayor’s seat in primary
Lebanon Daily News: James wins MVP, 1 vote shy of unanimously
Lebanon Daily News: Election: Eight vie for five Palmyra council nods

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council candidates share views on finances, services
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School board vacancies on horizon countywide
Erie Times News Campaign ’13 Blog: State Dem Party leader in Erie tonight
Erie Times News Campaign ’13 Blog: Sinnott gets ready for round 3, unopposed
Erie Times News Campaign ’13 Blog: Judge candidate Walsh wants to be voice for children
Erie Times News Campaign ’13 Blog: For mayor, ‘leadership is doing’
Erie Times News Campaign ’13 Blog: Sinnott to endorse Grossman in executive’s race
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners dissolve Centre Crest Trust, transfer funds to auxiliary
Centre Daily Times: Apathy at work?: Few seeking Philipsburg-area political offices

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Wagner for mayor: His experience makes him Pittsburgh’s best choice
Express Times: EDITORIAL: In three-way Democratic primary, Callahan stands out
Express Times: LETTER: Pa. death penalty is an embarrassment
Reading Eagle: The buzz on legal marijuana in Pa.
Morning Call: Political robo calls arrogant
Tribune Review: Lots of holes in Senate liquor hearing arguments
Tribune Review: Privatizing liquor: The real positives outweigh the mythical negatives
Salena Zito, Real Clear Politics: When Will America Burst D.C.’s Bubble?
Times-Tribune: Tobyhanna smart site for center
News Item: ‘A’ is for ‘average’
Standard Speaker: Senate can do better on privatization
Standard Speaker: A sad excuse for a sad situation
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Adolph: Majority support Pa. getting out of liquor biz

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Why Callahan Leads the NorCo Exec Race
Keystone Politics: Post-Gazette Wants a Rebel Without a Cause
Keystone Politics: 2PJ Nails It On Post-Gazette Wagner Endorsement

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