8/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Rendell criticizes Ferguson’s response, labor unrest could threaten Philly’s 2016 DNC bid and we ask our readers whether there should be a lieutenant gubernatorial debate. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Rendell Critiques Ferguson Response, Prompts Rebuke from McCaskill: Former PA governor and Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell said this morning on “Morning Joe” that Missouri’s government could have taken certain steps to ensure it was better prepared for the crisis in Ferguson.

Labor Spats in Philly Hover Over DNC Convention Bid: With unions back protesting the Convention Center just days after DNC officials concluded their tour of Philadelphia, concerns have been raised about how this could affect the city’s bid.

Reader Poll: Should There Be a Lieutenant Gubernatorial Debate?: We ask our readers whether the Lt. Gov candidates should go one-on-one sometime this fall.

Reader Poll: Philly Will Host 2016 Democratic National Convention: Our readers believe that Philadelphia will win the right to host the 2016 DNC.

Legislative Election Update:

SD-26: Delaware County Council Chairman and GOP nominee for State Senate Tom McGarrigle won the endorsement of the 88th District Council of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). District Council 88 represents 670 employees in Delaware County and 15,000 employees in Southeast PA.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Administration says Healthy PA approval coming shortly, others not so sure
PA Independent: Riding with Uber, as it faces down regulators
StateImpact PA: Groups call for investigation into health department’s handling of drilling
Capitolwire: No bipartisan investigation into DOH complain process planned, so far
Capitolwire: AG’s office argues for jury trial in Turnpike corruption case

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: From “Plaza” to “Park,” Dilworth gets a new look and a new name
Daily News: Seizing the moment: Ajay Raju thinks Philly’s on the verge of greatness
WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. law requires expectant parents be given information on Down syndrome after diagnosis
WHYY NewsWorks: U.S. court sides with Philly cops fighting ban on political contributions
PhillyNow: Judge dismisses Kermit Gosnell-related case against city

SEPA
Daily Local News: Judge Bruno reinstated to bench, awaits Supreme Court action
Bucks County Courier Times: Pension load keeps getting heavier for school districts
The Intelligencer: Montgomery County judge sets trial for state Sen. Washington
Delco Daily Times: County Democrats lambaste Gov. Corbett on education
Delco Daily Times: Corbett lauds ‘Pennsylvania Learns’ in Visit to Garnet Valley

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Federal grand jury that investigated city, Luke Ravenstahl comes to close
Post Gazette: Politicians, everyday Pittsburghers gather for funeral of Sophie Masloff
Pittsburgh Business Times: Can Obama’s campaign manager help Uber beat ‘the Big Taxi cartel’?
WTAE: Ravenstahl grand jury expires; feds mum on probe
KDKA: Ravenstahl Grand Jury Expires Without Returning Indictments
Tribune-Review: Discrimination lawsuit against Pittsburgh police union, city thrown out
Tribune-Review: State Supreme Court declares fine against casino employee unconstitutional
Tribune-Review: Grand jury that heard testimony from Ravenstahl aides ends work

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Meeting to focus on cleaning up range
Altoona Mirror: AASD narrowly OKs $500K phone system
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria Somerset Authority turning to hunters in battle with troublesome geese at Que
Beaver County Times: State addresses handling of drilling-related health concerns
Beaver County Times: Judge rules man cannot stay on council during appeal
PublicSource: Evidence of racial bias in prison makes whites less likely to support reforms
AP: Pa. fines gas drillers for losing control of well

NEPA
The Times Leader: Dorrance Twp. planning commission wants CAFOs restricted
The Times Leader: Redevelopment Authority talks marketing Wilkes-Barre’s Market Street Square
The Times Leader: Environmental groups: Health department policy improvements for fracking fall short
The Times Leader: City taxpayers to protest at Pashinski’s office
News Item: Line Mtn. rep: Teachers will strike
News Item: Mount Carmel may appoint new treasurer
Times-Tribune: Councilmen: Rogan cellphone tower deal blindsided us

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Tom Wolf and the ‘middle class’ tax hike: Governor race 2014 fact check
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Hundreds of Lancaster County residents swarm federal agency with environmental concerns about pipeline
York Dispatch: York County looking for a few good employees

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PA FOP endorses Wolf over Corbett
Reading Eagle: Pottstown hospital part of company that had information taken in cyberattack
WFMZ: A fact-check of education funding in Pennsylvania
Express Times: Lehigh Valley childhood cancer assistance organization launches new $3.4 million campaign with help of local students
Express Times: Northampton County councilman calls for end of prison substance abuse program

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie to host statewide election officials conference
Onward State: Terrell Jones, Vice Provost for Educational Equity, Passes Away
Centre Daily Times: Brian Walker selected to fill open Bellefonte Borough Council seat

Opinion
Times-Tribune: Entrenchment worst option
Times-Tribune: Schools need adequate reserves
Altoona Mirror: Public deserves PLCB data
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Sheetz more proof of arcane laws
York Daily Record: This campaign for governor is getting sleazy
Daily News: A disease no ice bucket will cure
Delco Daily Times: Don’t fall for attack ads in Pa. guv race
Tribune-Review: Recasting the EPA: Devolving power to the states
Tribune-Review: Another carbon credit scheme
Post Gazette: Worker support: Pittsburgh deserves to have the same Act 47 options
Observer-Reporter: The reality about skills, drugs and unemployment

Blogs
PA Budget and Policy Center: Cutting your way to a more sluggish recovery
Keystone State Education Coalition: Former State Rep. Kathy Manderino to head new PA school funding campaign
Commonwealth Foundation: Teachers opt out of union membership
Citizens Call: Wawa zoning issue pulled from Wed. night board agenda

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