7/18 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6FiveThirtyEight handicaps Corbett’s Re-Election odds, Costello outraises Trivedi and FreshStartPA continues to branch out. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: FiveThirtyEight Forecasts Corbett’s Re-Election Odds: The popular election handicappers aren’t optimistic about the Governor’s chances.

PA-6: Costello Outraises Trivedi in Second Quarter: Republican Ryan Costello brought in twice as much cash as Democrat Manan Trivedi and kept spending low this quarter, leaving him with more than twice as much cash on hand as his opponent.

PA-Gov: FreshStartPA Increases Activity, Releases Corbett Footage (VIDEO): FreshStartPA unveiled a new web video today that indicates they’ll be trailing the Corbett campaign as part of their commitment to ousting the Governor.

Capitolwire: Judge critiques DEP, fellow judges in Act 13 ruling dissent
Capitolwire: Court rejects PUC’s review of natural gas ordinances, upholds other portions of Act 13
StateImpactPA: Commonwealth Court throws out several challenges to Act 13, including ‘doctor gag rule’ [UPDATED]
State House Sound Bites: A fine point in dispute over Corbett’s partial veto
State House Sound Bites: Property tax reform efforts spring eternal

WHYY Newsworks: Congressman Fitzpatrick calls for criminal investigation of Philly VA office
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett’s partial veto of projects could prompt lawsuit
WHYY Newsworks: Obama stumps for infrastructure investment at Delaware’s I-495 bridge
Inquirer: Local lawmakers back bill changing mental-health treatment
Inquirer: Two Pa. congressmen keep pressure on VA
Inquirer: Obama: Congress needs to do more for infrastructure
CapitolInq: GOP routing Dems in Congressional money race
City Paper: Fired PHA exec files suit, claiming the agency is steeped in racism and ageism
KYW Newsradio: Pres. Obama, in Delaware, Urges Investment in Nation’s Infrastructure
KYW Newsradio: Early 2016 Poll in Colorado Has Mixed News For Hillary Clinton

Delco Daily Times: Top Dems decry pension proposal as Corbett tours state for support
Delco Daily Times: Concord sets meeting on potential change of government
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Makefield giving some road responsibilities back to PennDOT
Bucks County Courier Times: Ukrainian immigrants believe separatists downed plane
Bucks County Courier Times: Upper Bucks County Rep. Paul Clymer hosting town hall
Bucks Local News: Supervisors pass ordinance to join FEMA’s revised floodplain rating system, will help Lower Makefield residents get lower flood insurance rates
Daily Local News: President Obama has lunch at the Charcoal Pit on Route 202

Tribune Review: Peduto will do marriages once a month to handle ‘hundreds of requests’
Tribune Review: Court restores local zoning rules for shale gas drillers in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: State says cemeteries won’t be neglected again
Post-Gazette: Down Syndrome Act ensures moms-to-be get details on disorder
Post-Gazette: Pittsburghers ask Peduto administration anything
Early Returns: An olive branch from Scarnati
Pittsburgh Business Times: House strengthens tax breaks for charitable giving

Beaver County Times: Court upholds ruling, requires former solicitor to repay $44K
Beaver County Times: More than $500,000 in grants awarded to county airports
Altoona Mirror: Altoona Water Authority to raise sewer rates in 2016

The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Parking Authority member questions legal bill
The Times Leader: Luzerne County’s pension fund bounces back to record high
The Times Leader: Luzerne County Council chair blasts two colleagues
Times-Tribune: Scranton commuter tax may last years
News Item: Warden defends himself against criticisms, survives vote to be fired
Standard Speaker: City county deal on downtown building in doubt

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Border crisis may burden Berks taxpayers, commissioners say
Express Times: Allentown hotel owners reach settlement in Hurricane Sandy price-gouging suit
Morning Call: Truth will hurt you if state must divulge radioactivity data
Morning Call: Allentown officials: Fire, police budget transfers were above board
Reading Eagle: Israel launches ground operation in Gaza Strip

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Former state official from East Hempfield sentenced to state prison for his role in theft of welfare funds
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County seeks $150K for courtroom audio/video equipment
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Bedtime was the bad part’: Matt Sandusky talks to Oprah Winfrey about his father
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. court limits drilling law again, says PUC can’t withhold fee revenue
York Dispatch: Pa. releases guidelines for prescribing opioids

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: 1 of Pennsylvania’s most wanted captured in Ohio
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Dems seek gains with women in birth control loss
Onward State: Penn State opens time capsule from 1956
Centre Daily Times: Col. Russell laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery
Centre Daily Times: Penns Valley OKs teacher contracts

Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Hot air filling up back rooms in Harrisburg
Pottstown Mercury: NAT HENTOFF: Making the case for Obama’s impeachment
Morning Call: Pa. Legislature ‘hapless and ineffective’
Express Times: How long will U.S. keep backing Israel?
WHYY Newsworks: Todd Akin is back, and STILL talking about rape
Phillynow.com: Pennsylvania minor parties finally get a ballot access win
Intelligencer: A secret deal for CB teachers
Bucks County Courier Times: American health care falls short despite ACA
Tribune Review: Plaques & portraits: Harrisburg’s rogues
Beaver County Times:Legislature was late, not the governor
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania’s political climate troubling

Keystone Politics: #PABudget: A Timeline of Tom Corbett’s Excellent Misadventure
Bals Blog: Corbett The Incapable
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup July 17
Pennsylvania Progressive: Obama Executive Order Will Expedite Infrastructure Initiatives
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Brown Gets Some Help On Top

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