5/9 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett drops Voter ID appeal, Leach hits opponents and Critz hits the airwaves. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Corbett Will Not Appeal Voter ID Ruling: The governor’s administration abandoned the controversial Voter ID bill.

PA-5: Strano Taylor Nets NOW Endorsement: The National Organization for Women is now officially endorsing Kerith Strano Taylor, a Democrat running in PA-5.

PA-Lt. Gov: Koplinski Scoops Up Endorsements: Several names, groups and a caucus win have been added to his list over the past couple of days.

PA-13: EMILY’s List and NARAL Join Together to Take Down Boyle: The two notable women’s organizations are teaming up to fight Boyle’s congressional candidacy.

HD-202: Solomon Releases First Two TV Ads (VIDEOS): The Solomon campaign is hitting the airwaves with two new commercials.

Ravenstahl & Readshaw Send Identical Campaign Lit: Two politicians represented by the same firm sent out identical mailers in neighboring districts.

Lt.Gov.: Critz Splurges on Ad Buy: Critz had very little money on hand after the 1st quarter of this year, but that didn’t stop him from buying advertising time.

PA-13: Leach Attacks All Three Opponents In New Ad: The Democratic candidate calls out all of his competitors by name in his latest ad.

SD-26: McGarrigle Raises Over 600k To Replace Erickson: The Delaware County Councilman raises serious cash to win this open seat.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-20: State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny) received the backing of two influential labor unions. The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and the SEIU State Council have both endorsed his bid for re-election.

HD-22: Democratic Allentown City Councilman Peter Schweyer, candidate for State Representative in the 22nd District, today announced that he has received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. This is an open seat in Lehigh County that will lean heavily Democratic.

HD-36: CeaseFirePA dropped a hard-hitting mailer on Rep. Readshaw this week which includes a picture of an abused woman with the text, “Harry Readshaw would allow her abuser to buy a gun.” Readshaw is running against fellow Democratic incumbent Rep. Erin Molchany after redistricting merged their seats and moved hers to Lehigh County.

HD-131: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court order Michael W. Beyer’s name off of the ballot this week. Beyer had switched his registration from Republican to Democratic in order to challenge incumbent Justin Simmons. The Court ruled that Beyer had misled officials by listing his occupation as “lawyer” despite the fact that he had not passed the bar exam.

State House Sound Bites: In Senate, a dispute over whether human services block grant needs closer look
State House Sound Bites: Tattoo parlor regulations head to state Senate
PA Independent: Prescription drug monitoring bill clears state Senate
PA Independent: Charges filed against Philadelphia principal and teachers in cheating scandal
PA Independent: Dems make another push for PA Medicaid expansion
PA Independent: Stilp hijacks natural gas rally
PA Independent: Report: Online gaming could bring state millions in taxes
StateImpactPA: Gas royalties bill remains controversial in Harrisburg
StateImpactPA: Meet the Candidates: Tom Wolf
Capitolwire: Wolf defends against continued Schwartz, McCord barrage
Capitolwire: The Corbett administration moves forward with Healthy PA private insurance option

CapitolInq: Congressman: Is Comcast keeping conservatives off the air?
PhillyClout: Nutter on school district indictments: “No excuse” for cheating
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett Medicaid plan advances, seeks bids from insurance companies
Inquirer: In Dems’ debate, Wolf parries more thrusts
Inquirer: Pa. plan to cover the uninsured back on track?
FactCheck.org: Factcheck: Pennsylvania’s pension piffle
WHYY Newsworks: Bill banning pets left outdoors in bad weather advances in Council
WHYY Newsworks: Activists slam ideas to boost revenue from Pa. gaming industry as preying on gamblers

Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council mulls low-cost housing project for downtown
Courier Times: Bucks conference paints upbeat picture of economic growth
Courier Times: Proposed dog park locations disclosed; council not sold
Courier Times: Palisades considers tax increase
The Intelligencer: Montco 13th District hopefuls gang up on Philly challenger
The Intelligencer: Protesters rally in Doylestown for $10.10 hourly minimum wage

Business Journal: UPMC’s operating revenue rises to $8.5 billion
Business Journal: Pittsburgh has one of highest rates of people who walk to work
Post-Gazette: Corbett pushes more money for early childhood education
Post-Gazette: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh gets $425,000 award to develop programming
Tribune-Review: Lawrence County residents support casino-racetrack license, but other state casino operators object
Tribune-Review: UPMC names Magee-Womens president to run its hospital division
UrbanMediaToday: Obama turns to tech leaders for cash for Democrats

Altoona Mirror: Cambria approves CDBG contracts
Altoona Mirror: Halvorson backer under fire
Altoona Mirror: Bellwood-Antis faces about $1 million deficit in budget
Beaver County Times: Legislators pass measure to end summer gas ‘tax’ for southwestern Pennsylvania
Beaver County Times: State Senate passes prescription drug monitoring program
Beaver County Times: Contract details for 55 Beaver County probation officers formalized

Times Leader: Hanover Area food-service workers protest changes
Times Leader: Study: One fifth of county workers impacted by minimum-wage hike
Times Leader: Cartwright co-sponsors House bill to let federal prison officers carry pepper spray
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County officials defend system
Times-Tribune: PEL expert promotes pension reform

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Mapping the Data: Minimum wage of $10.10/hour would benefit 21% of workers here
Lancaster Intelligencer: State minimum wage hike supporters rally at Penn Square
Patriot News: With Voter ID law scrapped, plaintiffs say it’s time for Pennsylvania to expand voter access
Patriot News: Harrisburg schools may not be out of the woods in state test cheating investigation
Patriot News: Medical marijuana will get a second Pa. Senate committee hearing in June
Patriot News: Is it time for a raise in the state’s minimum wage? Faith and labor leaders and Rep. Patty Kim think so
York Daily Record: Check out the latest campaign finance report for Scott Wagner
York Daily Record: York Career Fair: Employers to have openings for parolees, ex-offenders
Lebanon Daily Record: Lebanon County revs up transportation project plans

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Lehigh Valley leaders call for voting rights reforms: ‘This is America. Let people vote.’
Morning Call: PennDOT boss: Be ready for traffic restrictions
Morning Call: Wolf in the cross hairs on 6ABC governor debate
Morning Call: Corbett to appoint student representative to PSU board of trustees
Morning Call: State: A ‘culture of cheating’ at Philadelphia school
Reading Eagle: Reading’s mayor touts plan to secure a new lease for the water system
Reading Eagle: Muhlenberg School District officials urge 2.8 percent tax hike
WFMZ: Zimmerman to vote against teacher cuts

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Contracts awarded for upgrades, repairs to sewage treatment plant
Sun Gazette: Water decision overruled
Centre Daily Times: Governor-appointed trustees take seats on Penn State board
Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustee voting lower than past two years
Centre Daily Times: State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham endorses Katie McGinty for governor

Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Hold off on longer, heavier trucks
York Daily Record: Our take: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry should defer Pa. pension payments
Post-Gazette: 32nd House District: DeLuca deserves the Democratic nomination
Tribune-Review: The VA: Stop this contagion
Phillynow.com: How Pa lawmakers are trying to use a New World Order conspiracy to block city planners
Delco Daily Times: GOP’s Benghazi probe obsession knows no end

Citizens’ Call: Margolies Gets Some Last Minute Help from Hillary and New York’s Upper Crust
Citizens’ Call: PA Voter ID Law Laid to Rest
Keystone Politics: #HD20: Why Is a Tom Michalow Sign in the Garbage Outside Adam Ravenstahl’s Office?
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: While Rob McCord Postures on Racial Equality, Tom Wolf’s Been Doing Something About It
Keystone Progress: Keystone Progress PAC endorses Rep. Mark Cohen and Sen. Christine Tartaglione
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup May 8: Polls are showing that education is the hands-down most important issue for PA voters heading to the polls later this month
Above Average Jane: SEPTA Service for Komen Run

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