8/13 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane tries to change the subject with her news conference, Santarsiero goes after Naughton and the Young Democrats endorse Groen for Chair. Also, we’re now taking applicants for fall internships! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Kathleen Kane Seeks to Shift Focus in Press Conference (Updated with Video): The Attorney General read a statement but did not take questions.

PA-8: Santarsiero Goes Nuclear on Naughton: The State Rep.’s campaign calls opponent’s top aide a “hatchet-man” for Kathleen Kane.

PA Young Democrats Endorse Marcel Groen for Party Chair: Montgomery County Democratic Committee Chairman Marcel Groen picked up the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.

Independent Judge Makes Ballot for Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Judge Paul Panepinto has gathered the signatures necessary to guarantee his name on the November general election ballot.

Kane Faces Possible Law License Suspension: A suspension would mean immediate removal from office.

Dems Retain Three Philly House Seats: Special elections were held yesterday to replace three Dems on their way out.

PoliticsPA Internship Opening: Fall 2015: PoliticsPA is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth.

Statewide
Capitolwire: More talking by budget negotiators, but little progress
PLSReporter: Budget negotiations forge ahead with new proposals coming on pension reform, education funding
PLSReporter: DEP releases revisions to draft controversial oil and gas regulations
StateImpactPA: Sunoco launches eminent domain proceedings for Mariner East 2 pipeline
PAIndependent: Latest family hire spins PA borough ‘out of control’
State House Sound Bites: Kane speaks: “A story that begins with pornography”

Philadelphia
Philly.com: NBC10 cancels debate over ‘unreasonable demands’ by Kenney campaign
Inquirer: Wolf, GOP inch closer on budget
Inquirer: Casey, local officials push funding to cut ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline
Heard in the Hall: Jim Kenney is ready for his closeup, alone
WHYY Newsworks: Number of Pa. students opting out of state tests rises dramatically in 2015

SEPA
Daily Local News: A.G. Kathleen Kane says she’s victim of push to protect pornographic, racial e-mails
Bucks Local News: Borough council seeks ways to reduce blight, rundown properties in Morrisville borough
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks GOP offering straw presidential poll at Grange Fair

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh schools could take in Wilkinsburg students starting in 2016
Post-Gazette: Mosque construction OK’d by Monroeville Council
Tribune-Review: Groups appeal Shell air permit for Beaver County project
City Paper: Vacant buildings and property-owners’ rights have some Pittsburgh city councilors rethinking historic designation

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Rothfus: ‘Overwhelming consensus’ in Israel against Iran nuke deal
Beaver County Times: Moon Area School Board, teachers agree on contract through next school year
Beaver County Times: Raccoon Township supervisors deny zoning change for truck service company
Observer-Reporter: DEP releases final draft rules on Marcellus drilling
Observer-Reporter: New Greene County assistant district attorney takes oath
Altoona Mirror: Cresson council discusses police deal

NEPA
Times-Leader: Heavy Hitters lining up against Wilkes-Barre area school consolidation
Times-Leader:Luzerne County request for road/bridge takeover discussed
Times-Leader: Lawton to propose Luzerne County create assistant manager post, give 170 non-union workers raises
Citizens Voice: Urban wants county council to repeal election board chairman’s appointment
Citizens Voice: Man proposing to save W-B schools has history of financial difficulties
Standard Speaker: Luzerne officials challenge ex-elections chief’s suit

South Central
Patriot News: Dauphin County asked to share hotel tax with municipalities impacted by tourism
Patriot News: York County judge faces more sexual harassment charges
Carlisle Sentinel: Omar Bradley property bill clears Senate
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland set to be fastest growing county in state
York Daily Record: Elizabeth Smart to speak at York County Children’s Advocacy Center 10th anniversary
York Dispatch: Death penalty a possibility in Wrightsville domestic homicide
Lancaster Intelligencer Era: AG Kathleen Kane entitled to “stay and fight”

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Bench warrant issued for Berks man accused of ramming car into U.S. Capitol
Reading Eagle: Reading man sues city, Wally Scott, 5 others
Reading Eagle: On visit to Berks County, Pitts mum on re-election plans, for now
Express Times: Northampton County GOP seeks 2015 controller candidate

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Plans move forward
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Burke set for independent run for county commissioner
Erie Times-News: Erie County health assessment shows spike in overweight students
Centre Daily Times: Funding cuts, tax increases

Opinion
Patriot News: New PSSA results show risks of “one-size-fits-all” testing
York Dispatch: Better response to climate rules than “just say no”
Morning Call: PPL clears trees at Jacobsburg State Park
Daily News: Body politics

Blogs
Citified: The Case for Public Drinking Fountains
Citified: Democrats Sweep Special Elections
Keystone Crossroads: Pa.’s urban waterfronts: With industry gone, cities are cleaning up and inviting people in

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