8/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Fattah pleads not guilty, the PA Supreme Court says Kane can release the pornographic emails and Cartwright endorses Sestak. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Chaka Fattah Pleads Not Guilty: The Congressman professed his innocence in court today.

PA Supreme Court Records Contradict Kane’s Claims: Newly released documents show the AG is free to release the controversial emails.

PA-Sen: Cartwright Endorses Sestak: Rep. Cartwright is supporting Sestak with a Scranton fundraiser.

EXCLUSIVE: Stollsteimer Discusses AG Campaign: The former federal prosecutor is the first Democrat to announce his candidacy.

Reader Poll: Who Will Bob Casey Endorse?: We ask our readers which side PA’s senior Senator will take in the 2016 Democratic primary.

Reader Poll: Plurality Believe Kane Will Resign: Our readers predict how the Attorney General will leave office.

PA-Sen: Planned Parenthood Targets Toomey in New Ad (VIDEO): The group is running an ad campaign against vulnerable GOP senators.

SD-37: Guy Reschenthaler Releases First TV Ad (VIDEO): The Republican candidate for the SD-37 special election has released his first television commercial.

PA-BGT: Social Services Plead with Officials for Funds: Several nonprofits are asking for a stopgap aid package.

Trump Leads Bucks GOP Straw Poll: The suburban SEPA county conducted an informal survey during the GOP’s annual summer gathering.

Statewide
PA Independent: Ethics complaint targets Kane; alleges she used public office for her criminal defense
State House Sound Bites: Supreme Court freed Kane to release porn emails last December
State House Sound Bites: Governor Wolf’s new pension offer lands with a thud
Capitolwire: Arizona court ruling offers different take on legality of Philly teacher union leave policy
Capitolwire: State’s “bold” new recovery plan for Chester Upland School District targets charter costs

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Housing market is making gains throughout region
KYW Newsradio: Discrimination allegations surface against group planning to build casino in South Philly
WHYY Newsworks: When Philly Catholic church closes door to gay and lesbian event, coalition finds sanctuary with Methodists
CapitolInq: Menendez will vote “no” on Iran deal
CapitolInq: Fattah attacks prosecutors, seeks review of their conduct
Inquirer: Menendez rejects Iran deal; Casey, Booker, Coons still weighing it

SEPA
Daily Local News: Senator calls on university to discipline “rogue” professor
Daily Local News: Downingtown school board members consider policy change
Bucks County Courier Times: Contractor charged with ripping off Bristol Township homeowners he sued

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Supreme Court: Kane had right to release porn emails months ago
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Court of Judicial Discipline officially removes Joan Orie Melvin from Supreme Court
Tribune Review: EPA releases rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas industry
Post-Gazette: Homeless women find sexual violence part of life on the street
Post-Gazette: Agency: Citizens can use smartphones to photograph public records
WESA: Grandparents Urge Lawmakers To Pass Budget ‘For Kids’ Sake’
KDKA: Kane Indicates She Will Reveal More About Porn Email Scandal

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pa. attorney general asks Jameson Hospital to seek other merger partners
Altoona Mirror: State closing Cresson juvenile unit
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Rep. Frank Burns to host kids’ fair in Patton

NEPA
Times Leader: Investor: Wilkes-Barre Area proposal won’t happen without state reimbursement
Times Leader: In Focus: Political activist Gene Stilp sets his sights on embattled attorney general
Citizens’ Voice: Citizens petition court to order audit on W-B mayoral candidate
Citizens’ Voice: Wolf issues oil train recommendations
Standard Speaker: City council member pushes land bank
Standard Speaker: United Way survey shows budget stalemate impact on nonprofits

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: York County judge accused of groping woman is suspended without pay
Patriot-News: Protective orders don’t extend to emails in Kane’s office, unsealed excerpt suggests
York Dispatch: Leaders showcase downtown York revitalization gains

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Want to see the pope? Call your congressman.
Morning Call: Attorney General Kathleen Kane can release porn emails, top court says
Reading Eagle: Upper Pottsgrove Township commissioner steps down
Reading Eagle: Reading Republican City Committee wants candidates to run for City Council president
Reading Eagle: Sen. Bob Casey urges Kutztown University students to combat sexual violence

North by Northwest
Campaign ’15: County election office sets Oct. 5 deadline to register, make changes
Campaign ’15: Can anyone beat Trump?
Campaign ’15: 5 reasons to vote this fall
Erie Times-News: Erie officer on administrative leave related to state police probe
Erie Times-News: Congressman Fattah: I’m innocent of racketeering charges
Erie Times-News: DEP project documents Lake Erie shipwrecks, special habitats
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Slate of write-in candidates announced

Opinion
Daily News: What pope can expect in jail
Bucks County Courier Times: Life insurers slow to deliver benefits
Tribune Review: Come back, Gov. Wolf
Post-Gazette: Helping Wilkinsburg: Pittsburgh has a chance to educate its neighbors
Times-Tribune: Implement oil train proposals
Citizens’ Voice: Ensure rail safety
Patriot-News: Here’s how the GOP budget short-changes needy Pennsylvanians:
Patriot-News: Sorry, Cumberland County, this map just settled the East Shore/West Shore debate once and for all
Standard Speaker: Suggestions for oil trains on right track
Standard Speaker: Judge hopefuls should reject ‘dark-money’ ads
Pocono Record: Generation X and millennials fuel Trump
Observer-Reporter: Amnesty International is off the mark on sex-worker proposal
Altoona Mirror: SS model must be addressed

Blogs
PA Budget and Policy Center: State budget silence is deafening; can an agreement be near?
Keystone Crossroads: Balancing flood protection and fun in Pa.’s river towns
Keystone Crossroads: Wolf’s new Pa. pension offer lands with a thud

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