8/21 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The FBI investigating Kane for her Haiti trip and an alleged offer to FOP, meanwhile Stephens announces his AG campaign and Quinnipiac surveys the 2016 presidential field. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

FBI Investigating Kane for Haiti Trip: The bureau is also looking into whether the AG proposed a quid pro quo during labor negotiations.

BREAKING: Stephens Running for Attorney General (VIDEO): The Montgomery County State Rep. is running for the Republican nomination in 2016.

Quinnipiac Poll: Clinton 45 Trump 40: The Democratic front-runner doesn’t do as well against other Republicans, but the GOP front-runner doesn’t lead any Democrats.

Quinnipiac Poll: Clinton Leads Democratic Field: Vice President, however, Joe Biden fares better in general election match-ups.

Quinnipiac Poll: Trump Leads GOP Field in PA: The businessman and former reality TV star leads his Republican competitors in the Keystone State.

Rendell Blasts “Pope Fence”: The former Governor criticized Papal security measures underway in Philly.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Talking methane rules, oil trains on WITF’s Smart Talk
State House Sound Bites: Prompted by feds, PA sweetens kids’ health insurance coverage
PLSReporter: Supreme Court takes Veon BIG appeal
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf not fazed by GOP’s take it or leave it education for pension reform offer
PLSReporter: Gov. Wolf announces expanded CHIP benefits
Capitolwire: Kane’s tumultuous tenure draws another potential challenger

Philadelphia
CapitolInq: Santorum: End “birthright citizenship,” cut immigration by 25%
PhillyClout: Brian Sims for Congress?
Philly.com: Pennsylvania high court agrees to consider Veon’s appeal
Big Tent: Biden does as well vs. Republicans as Hillary
KYW Newsradio: Second lawmaker throws hat into ring for Pa. Attorney General’s race
Philadelphia Business Journal: Legislation and lawsuit target Davis Vision strategy

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Philadelphia fine tunes papal plans with residents in mind
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania officials checking use of email for cheating website
Delco Daily Times: Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas opens website for Kane case
Montgomery Media: Mensch meets with faith leaders to hear concerns on education funding

Pittsburgh
WESA: VA Pittsburgh Uses Telemedicine To Treat Vets And Address Access
WESA: How New Methane Emission Regulations Could Impact Pennsylvania
WESA: How Realistic Is Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan?
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh city, state email addresses included in Ashley Madison hack
Pittsburgh Business Times: Small business review panels work only if regulators listen; just ask payday lenders
Tribune Review: Keeping wraps on emails
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear Mike Veon’s appeal
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s Medicaid expansion simplifies enrollment
Post-Gazette: While execution moratorium continues, pain grows for Pittsburgh Officer Paul Sciullo’s mother
Early Returns: The president we deserve

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Applications for jobless aid tick up to still-low 277K
Observer-Reporter: Supreme Court suspends Pozonsky’s law license
Altoona Mirror: County holding amnesty day
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Sen. Casey urges funding of police hiring grants program; House bill would chop COPS
Beaver County Times: Beaver County reviews whether $715K from nursing home sale was received

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Wolf wants nonprofit costs covered
Citizens’ Voice: Kane seeks reassurance on release of emails
Times Leader: NEPA property owners affected by proposed gas pipelines seek allies and answers
Times Leader: School districts get break in health insurance payments as state budget flap drags on
Reading Eagle:Impact of U.S. Clean Power Plan unclear
WFMZ: Northampton County no smoking proposal fizzles out
Express Times: Easton city hall on track for late October opening
Express Times: Allentown mayor knew police chief was looking for new job

South Central
Patriot-News: Attorney: Former Pa. State Rep. Mike Veon is in this fight for his name
Patriot-News: Pa. Supreme Court will hear appeal of corruption conviction of ex-Rep. Mike Veon
Patriot-News: Pa. Republicans now have a contest for 2016 Attorney General nomination, too
Patriot-News: After CYS licensing downgrade, DA says ‘training,’ ‘high caseloads’ need statewide attention
Lebanon News: Lebanon City Council to consider Carbon Monoxide detector ordinance
Lebanon News: Lebanon County commissioners contribute $10 million to pension fund

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown police chief named finalist for job in Wichita
Reading Eagle: Wolf aide says budget talks getting serious
Reading Eagle: Pottstown School Board president announces resignation

North by Northwest
Erie Times News: Chief outlines planned adjustments, partnerships in the Erie Bureau of Police
Centre Daily Times: Politicians talk policy at Ag Progress
Centre Daily Times: DePasquale talks about importance of audits, compliance
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf, lawmakers resume talks with GOP offer on school aid

Opinion
Inquirer: GOP weak on foreign policy
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Strategic plans have become outmoded
Citizens’ Voice: Army’s ban on women in combat must end
Times-Tribune: Less methane best policy
Times Leader: Pension ‘reform’ proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf is proven failure
Tribune Review: Kathleen Kane’s woes: A new & troubling twist
Post-Gazette: Check your math: Citizens Bank pays a price for ignoring deposits
Patriot-News: It’s time to unite behind the cause of increased school funding; Jill Sunday Bartoli
Patriot-News: Kathleen Kane has done nothing to clean up culture in state government
Lancaster-Intelligencer: SMART REMARKS: Lancaster County really is becoming less conservative

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Exposing union myths and hypocrisy on pension reform
Keystone Crossroads: Ideas worth stealing: [re]moving urban highways
Citified: Why indicted Congressman Chaka Fattah will probably win reelection
Citified: Finally, a one-stop shop for all your questions about the Pope’s visit

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