8/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Hillary is depending on PA, the budget stalemate drags on and the FOP choose their candidate for Superior Court. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

8/14 Ups & Downs: A combative primary, a trio of special elections and a press conference unlike any other. See who made this week’s list!

Hillary’s 2016 Game Plan Requires Winning Pennsylvania: A recently released internal campaign memo reveals where the Keystone State fits in the candidate’s electoral calculations.

PA-BGT: Pensions and Education Discussed, but Little Progress Overall: Talks on the budget continue but the end does not seem to be near.

FOP Endorse Giordano for Superior Court: The GOP nominee won the backing of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Sunday Show Preview: August 16, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Porn emails not protected under MontCo grand jury, judge says
Capitolwire: Retracted child abuse report is effect of implementing new multi-million dollar database, says DHS
StateImpactPA: Future oil and gas regulations to focus on public health issues
StateImpactPA: PUC steps up efforts to advocate for pipeline safety
PA Independent: Philly mayoral candidate Jim Kenney took sides in violent union battle
State House Sound Bites: Kane refuses to suspend criminally charged confidant
WITF: Millennial women closing gender wage gap
WITF: Wolf floats offer that claims $17B in pension debt reduction
WITF: New law toughens penalties for “stolen valor”

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Startup changing how students apply to Phila. area universities
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Official trying to slow down drone use by government without warrant
WHYY Newsworks: Another religious leader coming to Philadelphia
Inquirer: LGBT Catholics say world meeting is missing an opportunity

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Bomb Squad prepares for papal visit
Bucks County Courier Times: State going after insurance companies not paying benefits to heirs
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury teachers union mum on chances of a work stoppage
Delco Daily Times: Haverford board opposes bill in Pa. State House that aims to protect student housing
Delco Daily Times: Businesses make plans for Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia

Pittsburgh
WESA: Lawmaker Wants Senate To Act Now As Veterans Benefit Is Set To Expire
WESA: 13 Years Of American Credit Cards, In 1 Graph
Pittsburgh Business Times: Social Security turns 80; are higher payroll taxes, reduced benefits inevitable?
Tribune Review: Fight between steel industry, union rages unabated
Tribune Review: Demand for preschool booms in Western Pennsylvania, but expense, limited space are barriers
Post-Gazette: Lobbyist spending in Harrisburg trending upwards
Post-Gazette: What does state law require for lobbying reports? Good question

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Leetsdale approves salary increase for acting police chief
Altoona Mirror: Population loss forcing small municipalities to make tough decisions
Altoona Mirror: Background check rules, costs causing confusion
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Budget, power plan, Trans-Pacific Partnership among issues that trouble Rothfus
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Kane’s troubles open door for would-be replacements

NEPA
Times Leader: GOP statewide judicial candidates mingle with constituents at GOP picnic
Times Leader: Luzerne County judges to decide fate of three prospective election candidates
Pocono Record: Impeaching Kane would be hard, says man who knows
Standard Speaker: Compared to Colorado spill, local mine drainage extensive
Citizens’ Voice: Gas and power march together in NEPA
Times-Tribune: With new standards, PSSA scores plummet across region

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Trouble on tracks: Residents in the dark on hazmat by rail
Carlisle Sentinel: Elderly feeling effects of state budget impasse
Patriot-News: Wolf, GOP leaders have a shot to make progress on state budget this week
Patriot-News: Eagle Scout project thwarted by Harrisburg politics finds home in Gettysburg
York Dispatch: Newly opened seats in York County election
York Dispatch: Minor party candidates file to run in York County election
Lancaster Intelligencer: Schools rely on local funds as they await state budget
Lebanon Daily News: Treatment programs offer hope and help to Lebanon County heroin addicts

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown’s dealings with developer Abe Atiyeh on FBI radar
Morning Call: When you gotta go, you gotta go – but not in Lehigh County district courts
Reading Eagle: In Reading, salaries for cops, other staff trail some suburbs
Reading Eagle: Budget impasse spurs shutdown of some Community Action Program services
Express Times: Nazareth Area teachers want state mediator for negotiations

North by Northwest
Campaign ’15: Report: Pa., 8 others now toss-ups in presidential election
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County: Official’s school, moving expenses paid
Erie Times-News: Budget impasse prompts Edinboro University to advance student aid
Erie Times-News: Erie board denies Huxley charter

Opinion
Inquirer: Conservative echo chamber is bad for the GOP’s future
Pottstown Mercury: Ferman and Kane: Two vastly different prosecutors
Delco Daily Times: Kathleen Kane still has a problem
Patriot-News: Pa. needs a plan to fix its credit rating and Gov. Wolf has it: Sharon Ward
Patriot-News: It’s past time for Kathleen Kane to step down: Charlie Gerow
Tribune Review: The F-35: Is it a lemon?
Tribune Review: Keystone XL: Get on with it!
Post-Gazette: Green grants: But the region must go greener to fix its sewers
Observer-Reporter: Biden should enter the presidential race
Altoona Mirror: Altoona financial report positive
Altoona Mirror: Pa. budget compromise important
Times Leader: Let’s work to improve NEPA’s image as well as its social ills
Pocono Record: Budget impasse should impact Pa. legislature
Times-Tribune: Take pledge for clean race

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: New contract, still no transparency
Keystone Politics: Ed Rendell’s been reading his Keystone Politics
Citified: Who would replace Kathleen Kane?

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