8/13 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corbett’s education advisor resigns, dueling ads are launched in the gubernatorial race and we ask whether Philly will win the 2016 DNC. Plus, we’re accepting applications for fall internships. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Corbett Education Advisor Ron Tomalis Resigns: The former Education Secretary had faced criticism over his light workload.

PA-Gov: Corbett-Cawley Campaign Releases New Attack Ad (VIDEO): The Corbett-Cawley campaign released a new television spot today that once more accuses opponent Tom Wolf of seeking to raise taxes.

PA-Gov: Wolf Releases Response Attack Ad (VIDEO): The Wolf campaign released an ad early today in response to attacks from the Corbett-Cawley campaign.

PoliticsPA Internship Opening: Fall 2014: PoliticsPA is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth.

Reader Poll: Will Philadelphia Land the 2016 Democratic Convention?: We ask our readers whether they believe Philly will win their bid to host the 2016 DNC.

Reader Poll: Toomey Favorite PA Senator: Our readers chose the state’s current junior Senator as their favorite upper chamber representative of the modern era.

Statewide
PA Independent: Lawmaker wants higher cigarette tax to fund property tax relief
StateImpactPA: OSHA will not fine Chevron for fatal well fire in Southwest Pennsylvania
Capitolwire: Corbett’s higher ed special adviser Tomalis resigns amidst ghost employee allegations
Capitolwire: In rare post-hearing forum, Pellegrini says no preliminary injunction for Churchill Downs
Capitolwire: Court order might further delay Turnpike ‘pay to play’ trial
Capitolwire: IFO has strengthened PA’s revenue estimate process, but room for improvement still exists

Philadelphia
City Paper: Philly DA sued over $5.8 million civil forfeiture “machine.”
Daily News: City Controller: Philly owed $2.5M for police services
Daily News: Corbett’s education adviser resigns amid controversy
Inquirer: Homeowners sue Philly D.A. over seizures of cash, cars, properties
Inquirer: Turnpike corruption prosecutor said to be resigning
Inquirer: Arlen Specter’s memorabilia includes Clinton impeachment resolution, signatures
KYW Newsradio: Congressman Brady On Philly Hosting The DNC: ‘I Think We’re Going To Get It’
KYW Newsradio: Corbett Education Advisor Quits Amid Accusations of Doing Little
Philly.com: A show of lights for DNC visitors
WHYY Newsworks: DNC group coming to kick Philly’s tires this week
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia civil forfeiture procedure faces test in federal court

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: House Majority Leader: Pension reform on to-do list
Delco Daily Times: Chester City Council set to vote on Covanta’s building application
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County to bring bug spray to Bensalem
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol government and school district still at odds over land swap
Bucks County Courier Times: Proposed gas pipeline may run through Upper Bucks
Bucks Local News: Newtown Borough Council gives solicitor go ahead to continue negotiating property transfer to Steeple View redevelopment project

Pittsburgh
New York Times: Now Arriving at Pittsburgh International: Fracking
Tribune Review: Impeached Pa. Supreme Court justice dead
Tribune Review: Pipeline planned in Ohio, W.Va. to connect Marcellus to Gulf Coast
Post-Gazette: Rex Energy pays Shell $120M to expand in Pennsylvania, Ohio
Post-Gazette: Pa. settles lawsuit by SCI Pittsburgh inmate who stuck up for others
Early Returns: Corbett adviser Tomalis resigns
Pittsburgh Business Times: Legislator moves to repeal impact-fee expiration clause in case of severance tax

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Some county employees could receive 12 percent increases
Beaver County Times: Active-shooter drill unites state and local law enforcement
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Educational tour: Gubernatorial candidate outlines goals

NEPA
The Times Leader: Community Health Systems to pay $98 million to end investigation
Times-Tribune: New law toughens arson penalties
Times-Tribune: Dunmore seeks environmental attorney to vet proposed landfill expansion
Wayne Independent: Toomey tours local hospital
Standard Speaker: State grants could solve Stockton water problems

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: District judge posts signs alerting people to proper dress and behavior in his office
Carlisle Sentinel: Central Pennsylvania Association for Female Executive to host mentoring event
Harrisburg Patriot: Governor Corbett calls for an end to ‘Amish Mafia’
Harrisburg Patriot: Ron Tomalis, under fire from ghost employee allegations, quits Corbett Administration education job
York Daily Record: Robin Williams’ death sparks conversations about suicide in York County

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Philly bids on 2016 Democratic convention
Morning Call: Marcellus Shale boom to hit Lehigh Valley: Proposed pipeline would cut through Northampton County
Reading Eagle: Help is available: Experts share common message after Robin Williams’ suicide
Reading Eagle: Reading killer granted stay of execution by federal judge

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Natural gas power plant coming on-line in 2 years; Corbett on hand for ‘ceremonial groundbreaking’
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Water withdrawl application gets OK
Centre Daily Times: Ag Progress Days: Technology helps farmers boost yields, save money
Centre Daily Times: US Rep. Glenn Thompson pushes mental health aid for vets
Onward State: Board of Trustees to hold special meeting Wednesday

Opinion
Daily Local News: No Bonusgate, but he should know better
Intelligencer: A plan for Americans to take back their country
Pottstown Mercury: Players’ health must come first in football
PLS Reporter: PA Minimum Wage Increase: Why It Will Happen
Daily News: Pa. pols who don’t belly up to the trough
Daily News: Am I anti-Latino?
Tribune Review: Apply the brakes
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Education crucial in foiling campus sex assaults
The Times Leader: Our Opinion: Going too far in scoring our schools

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup
PA Budget and Policy Center: Pennsylvania’s Revenue-Estimating Process Doesn’t Add Up
2 Political Junkies: Franklin Graham Is Coming To Town!

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