5/8 Morning Buzz

pa flagAnother attack against Wolf, Leach invents a new meme and McCord gets scolded by MSNBC. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Schwartz Pegged as Anti-Tea Party Candidate: The PAC of the Independence Hall Tea Party announced that they view Schwartz as the antithesis of their party line.

PA-Gov: McGinty Proposes Plan for State Revitalization: The proposal outlines McGinty’s plan to help many areas in the Commonwealth become economically solvent and efficient.

PA-Gov: MSNBC Scolds McCord for Race Ad: It’s not often that MSNBC critiques Democrats, particularly for their handling of racial issues.

PA-Gov: McCord Hits Wolf On Pensions In New Ad (Watch): McCord’s latest compares the Wolf Organization pensions to Corbett’s plan for public pensions.

PA-9: White Supremacist Endorses Halvorson: The man is a founding member of the National Policy Institute.

PA-13: Leach Pokes Fun with #Boyleing: Daylin Leach’s campaign is seeking to exploit a four-minute video they believe Boyle is using to aid SuperPACs.

PA-13: Margolies Slams Boyle on Abortion: The Margolies campaign criticized a SuperPAC ad in support of Brendan Boyle’s candidacy.

PA-8: Naughton Endorsed by Inquirer: Democratic candidate Shaughnessy Naughton won the backing of Philadelphia’s largest newspaper.

Planned Parenthood PA Releases Voter’s Guide: The guide contains ratings for each candidate in PA who answered Planned Parenthood’s pro-choice questionnaire.

Politically Uncorrected: Pennsylvania’s D-Day: Each of the four remaining candidates envisions a path to victory that might take them to the gubernatorial nomination – or could send them home.

Legislative Elections Update:

Capitol Region Stonewall Democrats endorsed the following candidates:
Andy Ostrowski – 11th Congressional District

House District
Frederick Sheeler – 5th District
David Colon – 94th District
Kevin Schreiber – 95th District
Tony Crocamo – 98th District
J. Rizzo Mertz – 100th District
Gene Stilp – 104th District
Kelly Jean McEntee – 105th District
Steve Todd – 106th District
Jill Sunday Bartoli – 199th District
Patty Kim – 103rd District

Linda Small – 28th Senate District

Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania endorsed the following candidates:

Open Seats (House)
Cris Dush, Republican-District 66 (Indiana and Jefferson Counties)
G. Rogers Howard, Republican-District 158 (Chester County)
Ernie Merisotis, Republican-District 93 (York County)
Ken Norton, Republican-District 5 (Berks County)
Marc Woerner, Republican-District 169 (York County)

Challenging Incumbents-Interparty (House)
John Dissinger, Republican-District 101 (Lebanon County)
Davis Haire, Republican-District 117 (Luzerne and Wyoming County)

Challenging Incumbent in General Election
Camera Bartolatta, Republican-Senate District 46 (Beaver, Green and Washington Counties)
Jason Ortitay, Republican-House District 46 (Washington County)

Incumbents
Sen. John Eichelberger, Republican-District 30 (Blair, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton and Huntingdon Counties)
Sen. Scott Wagner, Republican-District 28 (York County)
Sen. Mike Folmer, Republican-District 48 (Dauphin, Lebanon and York Counties)
Rep. Stephen Bloom, Republican-District 199 (Cumberland County)
Rep. George Dunbar, Republican-District 56 (Westmoreland County)
Rep. Joe Emrick, Republican-District 137 (Northumberland County)
Rep. Eli Evankovich, Republican-District 54 (Armstrong and Westmoreland Counties)
Rep. John McGinnis, Republican-District 79 (Blair County)
Rep. Rick Saccone, Republican-District 39 (Allegheny and Washington Counties)
Rep. Thomas Sankey II, Republican-District 73 (Cambria and Clearfield Counties)
Rep. Justin Simmons, Republican-District 131 (Lehigh and Northampton Counties)
Rep. Dan Truitt, Republican-District 156 (Chester County)

HD-36: Rep. Molchany announced the support of EMILY’s List and Pennsylvania NOW PAC in her re-election bid. She faces fellow incumbent Democratic Rep. Harry Readshaw in the primary, after redistricting moved her seat to Lehigh County and bumped her into Readshaw’s.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Report: with casinos expected to stagnate, PA could tax online bets
PA Independent: Credit report shows Philly school budget puts enrollment in danger
PA Independent: House Democrats walk out of Kane impeachment hearing
StateImpactPA: Thousands rally in Harrisburg to support Marcellus Shale development
StateImpactPA: Meet the Candidates: Allyson Schwartz
Capitolwire: GOP lawmakers call for distinction between conventional, unconventional drillers
Capitolwire: House abruptly ends consideration of ‘gut and replace’ amendment to generator regulation bill
Capitolwire: Proposed change to gas royalties bill ‘tipped’ toward industry, lawmaker says

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: #BrendanBoyleing: A PhillyClout call for entries
Inquirer: Public pleads with Council: Schools need money
Inquirer: Congressional candidates debate in Montco
Daily News: Convention Center: Teamsters, Carpenters could be out by weekend
WHYY Newsworks: Despite lagging poll numbers, Katie McGinty says don’t count her out of Pa. gov’s race
WHYY Newsworks: Lone Republican candidate for 194th District state Rep. seat outlines campaign
City Paper: Philly School District blocks a federal study after health risks are exposed
Phillynow.com: Dems walk out of Metcalfe’s ‘Kangaroo Court’ hearing

SEPA
Courier Times: County Dems: ‘Secretive’ endorsement in Middletown violated rules
The Intelligencer: Bright future in forecast for county economy
The Intelligencer: Pennridge budget proposal includes 3.6 percent tax hike
The Intelligencer: Former prosecutor fills vacant council post
Delco Daily Times: County allocates housing and community development funds
Montgomery Media: Six candidates vie for 13th Congressional District seat
Bucks Local News: Naughton, Strouse to face off in 8th District Democratic Primary

Pittsburgh
Business Journal: EXCLUSIVE: New 80,000-square-foot headquarters in the works for 4moms
Business Journal: Schools consortium to stick with Highmark through 2018
Post-Gazette: Shenango coke plant showing improvements, Allegheny County says
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Board of Health seeks public input on restaurant grading plan
Tribune-Review: PennDOT memorializes fallen workers
Tribune-Review: Company can continue appeal of billion-dollar award in CMU patent case
UrbanMediaToday: Peduto Administration Debuts Public Wi-Fi In City-County Building

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: ‘20 under 20’ recognized
Altoona Mirror: Emergency responders see drones’ value
Altoona Mirror: Newspaper ads, controller post questioned by city study group
Beaver County Times: Quaker Valley set to begin high school repairs
Beaver County Times: Lawrence, Allegheny keeping ousted candidate on ballots
Beaver County Times: Reactions split after Corbett signs tanning ban into law

NEPA
Times Leader: 600 Pa. nursing home workers rally in Harrisburg for $16 million Medicaid boost
Times Leader: Exeter makes changes in zoning board hearings
Times Leader: Luzerne County municipalities to get more than $1 million for recycling
Times-Tribune: School board majority plotted to suspend King at secret meeting
Times-Tribune: Democrats walk out during Kane impeachment hearing Tuesday

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Radio station WLBR to hold candidates’ forum next week
Lebanon Daily News: Sen. Scott Wagner to speak at Lebanon Republican rally
AP: AdWatch: Claims in Pennsylvania governor’s race
York Dispatch: Election preview: 93rd House District candidates Ernie Merisotis and Kristin Philips-Hill
York Dispatch: Pa. House 94th District features familiar primary foes
Lancaster Intelligencer: Principals blocked Corbett protest, McCaskey student says
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa House approves bill to honor fallen Newville soldier
Patriot News: Bill allowing ‘In God We Trust’ motto on school walls ready for vote in Pa. House
Patriot News: Ex-Penn State President Spanier fights AG’s bid to kill plea for federal intervention in Sandusky cover-up case
Patriot News: McCord’s racism charge draws broad blowback, but may prove advantageous with Philly blacks: column

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: $100 million Five City Center unveiled
Morning Call: Educators give earful to legislators on Medicaid funding woes
Morning Call: Emmaus looking to lower trash bills – yes, lower them
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area Vo-Tech may seek to ban charter students
Reading Eagle: Some unease in Berks County over the Supreme Court ruling on prayer at government meetings
Reading Eagle: Time running out for Reading homeless shelter
WFMZ: Online gambling could get a look in Pennsylvania
WFMZ: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett plans to sign Berks lawmaker’s child abuse bill
Express Times: Bethlehem City Council enacts hiring freeze through end of year

North by Northwest
Erie Times News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Kelly, Thompson gain small business backing
Centre Daily Times: Centre Gives donations exceed $660,000; $100,000 more than 2013
Centre Daily Times: Citing contamination potential, Burnside Township files suit over company’s sludge application plan
Sun Gazette: Mayor: Hoops gone for good
Sun Gazette: East Lycoming faces a 0.32-mill tax increase
Sun Gazette: Rep. Rick Mirabito to hold mobile town hall

Opinion
Patriot News: Confusion awaits many voters in this month’s primary: Editorial
Morning Call: Letter to the editor: Customers lose out in PPL-union talks
Post-Gazette: 20th House District: Democrats should stick with Ravenstahl
Altoona Mirror: Leaks could have been fixed earlier
WHYY Newsworks: Leach makes fun of Boyle super PAC video
Philadelphia Weekly: Pennsylvania cops don’t need a warrant to search your car? That’s a problem

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Where’s the Conservative Outrage Over Tom Corbett’s Gifts?
Keystone Politics: A Primer for PA Republicans: How to Talk About Sex Without Devolving into Bestiality
Keystone Politics: #HD36: Stock Photos for Harry Readshaw
Keystone Politics: #PA13: #Boyleing With Brendan Boyle
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Chris Matthews Hates the Rob McCord Ad
Keystone Progress: [VIDEO] GOP Hearing to impeach AG Kane- excerpts
Keystone Progress: Millions of Legal Immigrants Skipping U.S. Citizenship
Keystone Progress: Working The Phones For Education’s Sake in PA

5 Responses

  1. Marie: you act as if it was Tom Wolf himself who directed SERS to invest in Weston Presidio. This is not the case. Perhaps you should research how each of the members of the board voted on this investment.

  2. Okay State Employees and Retirees, do you really want Tom Wolf for Governor after reading the following. For the rest of the story, go to Philly.com.

    The fund’s partial buyout of Wolf’s firm benefited him and his two cousins, but it has been a loss so far for the fund’s investors, the largest of which is Pennsylvania’s underfunded State Employees Retirement System (SERS). SERS voted in December 2004 to invest $50 million in the fund, said SERS spokeswoman Pamela Hile. SERS had invested in previous Weston Presidio funds since 1998.

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