7/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf gets hammered on taxes, Fitzpatrick holds a large cash advantage and the National Journal labels Corbett a “dead man walking”. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Corbett Goes After Wolf on Taxes in Latest Ad (VIDEO): The incumbent released his first negative spot of the general election season.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Has Big Cash Advantage on Strouse: The latest campaign finance reports from PA-8 show that Mike Fitzpatrick has more than seven times as much cash on hand than Kevin Strouse.

PA-Gov: Corbett Called “Dead Man Walking” by National Journal: Governor Corbett received quite an undesirable award from the magazine.

Reps. Murphy, Fitzpatrick Discuss Mental Health Act: Congressmen Murphy and Fitzpatrick held a conference call today to discuss a bipartisan mental health bill.

New York Times: The Trials of Graham Spanier, Penn State’s Ousted President
Capitolwire: Despite lifting moratorium, problems still abound in state construction project reimbursement project
Capitolwire: Legislative downsizing runs out of steam during budget season
PLS Reporter: Reed’s property tax reform proposal draws concern from taxpayer coalition
State House Sound Bites: Medical marijuana bill set to stall this summer
State House Sound Bites: New law gives legal aid for the poor a boost
PA Independent: Ride-sharing services defy shut-down order in Pittsburgh
StateImpactPA: Environmental groups call for investigation into Pa. Department of Health
StateImpactPA: Bradford County commissioners ask feds to investigate Chesapeake Energy

KYW Newsradio: Prosecutors Urge Judge To Keep Sen. LeAnna Washington’s Trial in Montco
Inquirer: A.G. probes role of Phila. union’s money in Berks race
Inquirer: Ethics Board to consider stricter campaign finance regulations
CapitolInq: Casey: Jail executives who conceal dangers
Heard in the Hall: Did L&I overbill hundreds of property owners in 2012?
PhillyClout: City’s ‘lap dance tax’ rejected again
PhillyClout: Potential PGW buyer sticks with deal
WHYY Newsworks: Philly police union chief wants probe of Daily News’ Pulitzer-winning series on corruption
WHYY Newsworks: Deal to sell Philadelphia Gas Works still alive, for now
WHYY Newsworks: Prosecutors oppose moving Pa. Sen. Washington’s trial on corruption charges to Philly

Delco Daily Times: Brown’s future with Colwyn is ‘in limbo’
Delco Daily Times: Radnor Ethics Board dismisses complaint against Commissioner William Spingler
AP: Pa. health boss: No quick answer to gas drilling complaints
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville council gets grant for river wall, rejects streetscape bids
The Intelligencer: Lawmakers push to reform mental health system
Bucks County Courier Times: Feds sue Yardley attorney over 401(k) funds
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks commissioners accept HR director’s resignation
Bucks County Courier Times: Hatboro OKs mixed-use development

Tribune Review: Federal jury awards civil damages in Pittsburgh police brutality case
Tribune Review: Western Pa. airports to receive government funding for upgrades, more
Tribune Review: City council passes scaled-down borrowing bill
AP: La. governor Jindal in Pa. to stump for Corbett
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board appoints 3 principals
Pittsburgh Business Times: Governor’s School at CMU to receive $150K for summer 2015
WTAE: Catholic-based children’s home will shelter 20 to 30 undocumented immigrant children

Beaver County Times: Commissioner directs solicitor’s office to discuss security-work issues with sheriff
Beaver County Times: Rothfus still holds huge money advantage over McClelland
Altoona Mirror: Commons receives $2M grant
Altoona Mirror: Blair County to take over role formerly held by hospital

Times Leader: I-81 north lane closure in Lackawanna County postponed due to Monday’s crash
Citizens Voice: Attorney seeks bail for Glodzik while appeal pending
News Item: Northumberland County hires two new ADAs, cuts deputy sheriff job

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot: Fracking ‘buzzwords’ stir controversy at Corbett’s health department
Lebanon Daily News: Rep: Pa. House did heavy lifting on education-funding requests
Carlisle Sentinel: Sandusky son talks of father’s bedtime ‘ritual’
Carlisle Sentinel: Regan legislation limits welfare benefits for drug convicts
York Dispatch: Criminal history on some portraits in Pennsylvania Capitol

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: School year starting earlier, parents upset
Morning Call: Corbett talks pensions in Lower Macungie, fundraises with Gov. Jindal in North Whitehall
Morning Call: Jinal visits Lehigh Valley for Corbett fundraiser
Reading Eagle: Gov. Corbett brings push for public pension changes to Lehigh County
Reading Eagle: Gay couples learn new financial rules

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Climate politics group falling short of money goal
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Board shuffles four school administrators
Centre Daily Times: Man mulls plan to plead guilty in child sex abuse case
Centre Daily Times: Health chief: No fast answer to drilling questions
Onward State: CAPS to receive $300,000 funding increase; UPUA to discuss creating student health fee

Philadelphia Weekly: How can we expect a cigarette tax to pay for Philly schools, when we also expect it to discourage smokers?
Philadelphia Weekly: Dear state politicians: This is why nobody likes you
Philly.com: Worst president? We’ll see
Altoona Mirror: Secrecy a ‘chief’ concern
Times Leader: Our Opinion: Accreditation system may need revision
Times-Tribune: Driving commuters out of town
Citizens Voice: State should study boom’s health impact
Pottstown Mercury: KATHRYN LOPEZ: Hobby Lobby decision a victory for all
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. legislators avoid public eye in hot, cramped back rooms

Keystone Politics: Thank Bob Casey For Supporting Senate Dems’ ‘Hobby Lobby’ Fix
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed POlicy Roundup
Commonwealth Foundation: Will Higher Taxes and Funding Save Students?

One Response

  1. It is interesting to study the new US News and World Report rankings: Jeff Romoff’s cancer program fell to #31. Overall Penn was rated in the top ten of all hospitals, while UPMC’s ranking fell. Have the Pittsburgh hospital wars hurt the quality of healthcare in western PA? Is attacking legislators like Christiana improving UPMC’s #31 Cancer program? Tom Corbett has sold out to his advisors who have made huge fees on the Pittsburgh hospital wars, namely Acting Governor Brabender! Doesn’t the public need to know how much Brabender Cox was paid in the Pittsburgh hospital wars? Patients in Western Pa are not first! Romoff sneers at this settlement because Corbett is too conflicted to protect the public interest in Western PA!

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