8/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Republicans accuse Wolf of a gun gaffe, Corbett shies away from Rick Perry and the FBI looks into an organization linked to State Rep. Dwight Evans. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: PA GOP Accuses Wolf of Gun Gaffe (VIDEO): The Republican Party tries to draw comparisons to President Obama’s “bitter” comments.

PA Gov: Corbett Distances Himself from Perry After Indictment: Governor Corbett hopes to separate himself from the Texas Governor’s indictment as he copes with his own ethics scandals.

FBI Investigating Organization Linked with State Rep. Dwight Evans: The FBI has interviewed at least four people in connection with the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp., a nonprofit founded and supported by State Rep. Dwight Evans.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Opposition to Common Core standards ongoing
PLS Reporter: Experts: heroin epidemic should have medical and legislative solutions
Capitolwire: New Turnpike compliance chief continuing to clean up embattled agency’s image
Capitolwire: Point of Order: Corbett and Wolf campaigns continue being loose with facts, when not doing so would still make their point
Capitolwire: Mellow, former Turnpike officials argue for dismissal of alleged ‘pay to play’ charges

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Kane’s press office pick decides to stay put
The Inquirer: How ‘fat cats’ and Philly labor spats figure in DNC’s convention choice
Daily News: Strawberry Mansion on deck for new affordable housing
WHYY NewsWorks: Bucks community moves to secure flood insurance tax breaks

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Raise would bump Phoenixville superintendent’s annual salary to $230K
Bucks County Courier Times: Contract talks will make school year busy for four Lower Bucks County officials

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Washington County judge, other officials named in whistleblower lawsuit
Tribune-Review: Former Senate leader’s lawyers say Turnpike corruption charges ‘double jeopardy’
Post Gazette: Former mayor Sophie Masloff remembered as ‘the embodiment of our city’
Early Returns: Rick Perry’s vanishing endorsement
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s natural gas production hits 1.9 trillion cubic feet in first half of year
KDKA: Sophie Masloff Left Big Imprint On Local Politics

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Road projects moving forward
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Council, authority say unified effort needed to combat crime
Altoona Mirror: County to decide leaders’ salaries
Observer-Reporter: Canon-McMillan parents criticize class sizes
Beaver County Times: Ousted councilman asks to keep seat during appeal
PublicSource: Some groups that pay disabled workers below minimum wage not complying with the law
AP: Environmentalist group says health registry needed
AP: Huge utility line upgrade faces opposition

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Luzerne officials blame tax hike on funding cuts
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill commissioners face tough decision with Rest Haven
News Item: Blight becomes beauty
Pocono Record: Public hearing will gather input on Milford Compressor Station changes
Pocono Record: $10 million grant will help build railroad bridge in Carbon County
Citizens Voice: Auditor general faults DEP for lack of orders
Citizens Voice: County to discuss capital funds at meeting
Citizens Voice: Man starts petition to halt W-B development
Citizens Voice: Hazleton mayor: Paying people to secure grants isn’t practical
Times-Tribune: Pittston Twp. residents want answers on police chief firing
The Times Leader: Residents discuss termination of Pittston Township police chief
The Times Leader: CHS data breach results in 4.5 million patients affected
The Times Leader: Pa. Health Department responds to accusations it mishandled queries on fracking

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg School District, with $9.4 million surplus, looks to save even more money
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. health officials promise better response to fracking-related health concerns; advocates say it’s not enough
York Daily Record: Major utility line could go through southcentral Pennsylvania
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Corbett shies from taking sides on pipeline expansion in letter to FERC

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Ousted education aide Ron Tomalis looking at enriched state pension
Morning Call: PA GOP consults the Hillary Clinton playbook
Morning Call: Activists call for probes into Ron Tomalis’ 25% pension boost as Gov. Tom Corbett’s higher education adviser
Reading Eagle: One in five Berks residents hasn’t had enough to eat
Express Times: Charlie Dent visits Central American children at KidsPeace, touts immigration reform bill

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Huge utility line upgrade faces opposition
Centre Daily Times: Brian Walker selected to fill open Bellefonte Borough Council seat
Onward State: Business Inside Ranks Penn State No. 8 Campus

Opinion
Citizens Voice: Time to tell DEP ‘no’
Times-Tribune: Demilitarize local police
Times-Tribune: Scranton acts against itself
Observer-Reporter: Misbegotten priorities and police militarization
Post Gazette: Colleges and cash: A judge’s NCAA ruling is justified but problematic
Tribune-Review: Rick Perry’s indictment: The real abuse
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania families are caught in a game of cronies
Daily News: In Pennsylvania’s Legislature, the grab goes on
Daily News: Obstacle Courses
Bucks County Courier Times: What to do about student debt
Daily Local News: Compromise may turn VA mess around

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: School reserves offer pension reform opportunity
Keystone Politics: Sophie Masloff defends land value tax swap
Keystone State Education Coalition: Teaching is not a business
2 Political Junkies: Stop believing in evolution

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