7/16 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The second quarter fundraising reports are in, the SD-37 race gets a Democratic candidate and Corman endorses Santorum’s presidential campaign. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Sen: Q2: Toomey Raises $2.2M, Has $8.3M COH: The state’s junior Senator continues to increase his financial advantage over challengers.

SD-37: Heather Arnet Announces Candidacy: The CEO of the Women and Girls Foundation has announced that she will run in the SD-37 special election.

Corman Endorses Santorum for President: The Senate Majority Leader gave his backing to the former U.S. Senator on Tuesday.

PA-6: Q2: Costello Raises $423K, $582,000 COH: The Congressman nearly doubled his take from the last fundraising quarter.

PA-8: Q2: Santarsiero Brings in $155K, Nearly $283K COH: The Congressional hopeful loaned himself $40,000.

PA-8: Q2: Naughton Raises $179K, Has $242 COH: The Democratic candidate outraised her opponent, but has less cash on hand.

Statewide
WITF: Senate GOP does some smartphone sleuthing
PA Independent: Speed cameras could watch over highway work zones in Pennsylvania
StateImpact: Environmental groups urge Wolf to block drilling in Loyalsock State Forest
PLS Reporter: Capitol grinds to a lull as PA concludes second week of new fiscal year without a state budget
Capitolwire: ‘Mayor for Life’ Reed facing hundreds of charges tied to special projects fund, artifact collecting.
Capitolwire: PennDOT says red light cameras are about safety, not money.

Philadelphia
Daily News: Nutter, detail scuffle with homeless man
Daily News: Feds: Add time to union boss’ prison stint
Inquirer: Were nasty tweets aimed at VA whistleblowers?
Inquirer: PHA to consider banning smoking
Commonwealth Confidential: Killing two birds with one … golf swing
Heard in the Hall: Nutter’s summer travels & taxpayer cost
Capitollinq: Adelson among Menendez fund donors
WHYY Newsworks: In NAACP address, Bill Clinton owns up to mistake on tough drug penalties
WHYY Newsworks: Philly’s old water infrastructure gets help from new developments
Philadelphia Business Journals: In Philly NAACP address, Obama calls for overhaul of criminal justice system
Philadelphia Business Journals: Hit by Sandy, small businesses may get another chance at federal loans

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County DA elected president of PA District Attorneys Association
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown council looks at land banking as a tool to fight blight
Daily Local News: Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput praises Waldron over firing of gay teacher

Pittsburgh
New York Times: 36 Hours in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highway funding extended for five months; business groups want long-term transportation plan
Pittsburgh Business Times: Export-Import Bank shouldn’t be revived, conservatives argue; SBA among programs that could be targeted next
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City council approves bill requiring city documents to use plain language
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County gets $15.5 million to continue programs for homeless people
Post-Gazette: Former Washington County judge on work-release duty from jail
Tribune Review: North Allegheny superintendent resigns
Tribune Review: Pa. LCB approves bottle fee for new items; will consumers pay more?
Tribune Review: Mt. Lebanon voters asked to OK charter update

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Community Foundation for the Alleghenies announces funding opportunities
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Harrisburg mayor hopes to dissolve National Civil War Museum
Altoona Mirror: State recognizes county DUI court
Beaver County Times: North Sewickley Township supervisors at odds over paving programs

NEPA
Pocono Record: Environmental educator talks about Monroe County’s natural history
Standard Speaker: West Hazleton gains assist from gaming funds
Citizens Voice: Morelli: County “moving in right direction”
Times Leader: Pittston City Council will seek $1M grant for South Main Street streetscape project

South Central
Patriot-News: Case against former Mayor Stephen R. Reed creates strange neighbors in Harrisburg
Patriot-News: Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste: ‘We could not allow Harrisburg to slide into bankruptcy’
Patriot-News: Why target the National Civil War Museum? Papenfuse explains
Patriot-News: Execution notices signed for three convicted murderers in Pennsylvania
Lancaster Intelligencer: School property taxes rising at 14 of 17 Lancaster County districts
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster County aims to cut recidivism with new focus on mental health care for offenders
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County considers lawsuit against telecoms
Carlisle Sentinel: PSSA test standards expected to be higher for upcoming school year
York Dispatch: Rep. Perry member of conservative caucus
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County commissioners meet with pipeline opponents

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: DC lobbyist: Pennsylvania ‘really needs a pay to play law’
Reading Eagle: Political operative in middle of FBI probe has been in controversies before
Express Times: Allentown hires former federal prosecutors to respond to FBI
Morning Call: FBI looking at same contractors in Reading and Allentown
Morning Call: State program aims to put unemployed back to work
Morning Call: Norco councilman wants to snuff out smoking on all county property

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council may meet with police over violence
Erie Times-News: Sinnott asks for police plan as Erie gun violence rises
Erie Times-News Campaign Blog: Can “The Donald” be trumped?
Centre Daily Times: Penn State trustees to discuss budget proposal
Centre Daily Times: Hearings between county, court leaders rescheduled

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Fair ruling: The high court protects against housing bias
Inquirer: Sen. Tony Williams: Past time to hold Pa. schools accountable
Daily News: Baer: Pa. rogue property tax remains elusive
Tribune Review: The Pozonsky sentence: Flaccid justice
Beaver County Times: Forget career politicians; Trump is best choice
Centre Daily Times: Progress on cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay is moving too slowly
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners correctly restore public action on personnel matters
Patriot-News: In Allentown, as in Harrisburg, a scandal runs through it
Lancaster Intelligencer: Making the case for funding high-quality child care in Pa.
Reading Eagle: Cleaner Chesapeake Bay in best interest of everybody

Blogs
Citified: Why the So-Called “Affordable Housing Industrial-Complex” Is Actually a Good Thing
Citified: Slowing gentrification by building up
Citified: WATCH: Mayor Nutter Physically Restrains Homeless Man
Keystone Crossroads: Harrisburg grand jury report goes beyond the former mayor
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. says 2015 standardized test scores dropped precipitously because of added rigor
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup July 15: Pa. says 2015 standardized test scores dropped precipitously because of added rigor
LuLac Political Letter: Write on wednesday
Above Average Jane: PA background check for gun purchases

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