8/25 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane is going to trial, her twin steals the spotlight and we break down the latest Quinnipiac results. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Kathleen Kane Going to Trial: Judge Rebar will hold Kane to a full trial on all eight counts.

Kane Uses Twin Sister to Distract Press Ahead of Hearing: The AG’s clever trick saved her from many photographers.

PA-BGT: Relief on the Way, or More Charades?: The House GOP is planning to begin line-item veto overrides Tuesday.

Quinnipiac Poll: Pennsylvanians Split on Immigration Policies: PA voters find more common ground on income inequality and climate change.

Quinnipiac Poll: Majority Oppose Planned Parenthood Cuts: Pennsylvanians have a favorable opinion of the organization.

Quinnipiac Poll: Majority Oppose Iran Nuclear Deal: A majority of Pennsylvanians also favors sending ground troops to Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS.

Quinnipiac Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating at 41%: The Commander-in-Chief’s numbers remain stuck in the low forties.

Kane Promoted Agent Suspended for Emails: The promotion came less than a year after the suspension.

Statewide
PA Independent: Pennsylvania school choice advocates leery of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans
StateImpact: Penn State wins federal grant to develop solar technology in national initiative
StateImpact: Pennsylvania voters strongly support Clean Power Plan, poll finds
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Rural telephone companies hope to extend life of affordable landline services
PLS Reporter: House Education Chair: 95 percent of school districts able to stay open until October
Capitolwire: Administration still sticking to funding formula delay ahead of decision on GOP budget offer
Capitolwire: Charters anticipate legal challenge to Chester Upland School District recovery plan
Capitolwire: House GOP tentatively plans on budget line-item veto override votes on Tuesday

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Inmates carve chair for Pope Francis
Inquirer: Councilman Oh fined for contribution
The Big Tent: Q Swing Poll: Biden does as well vs. Republicans as Hillary
WHYY: Wolf strikes back at GOP lawmakers on Pa. budget tactic
Philadelphia Business Journals: Close state-run wine & liquor stores, freeze lawmakers pay: Nonprofit
Philadelphia Business Journals: Report: Philly DA Seth Williams subject of federal probe

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville residents voice concerns over proposed school
Montgomery News: Union employees protest job cuts by Teva Pharmaceuticals at Montgomery Township headquarters
Daily Local News: DEP advises on Hershey Mill Dam and Milltown Dam

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: State education secretary says budget impasse is straining school districts
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider offering legislation to protect student privacy
Post-Gazette: Gas prices continue to fall in Pittsburgh region
Post-Gazette: Testimony continues in AG Kane hearing on perjury, other charges
Tribune-Review: Judge holds AG Kane for trial on one felony, seven misdemeanors
Tribune-Review: Choosing new leader not easy for Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
Business Journal: U.S. Steel to freeze pension program for nonunion employees
Business Journal: Kraft Heinz mum on reports it’s shaking up media spending

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Triage workers unfazed in assessing situations
Altoona Mirror: AWA weighs deal with home services
Altoona Mirror: Sewer authority seeking funds
Beaver County Times: ‘Coffee with Keith’ constituent event repurposed for ice cream
Beaver County Times: Hopewell Twp. man charged with firing gun, endangering children

NEPA
Times Leader: AAA official: Expect future gas prices in Wilkes-Barre area to dip below $2 per gallon mark
Times Leader: Asperger’s support group, first of its kind, scheduled in Kingston
Times-Tribune: Before you freak out about Wall Street, read this
Times-Tribune: Budget stalemate reaches fork
Times-Tribune: No conclusion reached on landfill as harmful gases source

South Central
Patriot-News: Web of contradictions leads Montgomery County judge orders against Kathleen Kane to trial in grand jury leaks case
Patriot-News: Kathleen Kane’s defense lawyer says pornographic emails remain part of his case, just not today
Patriot-News: Education secretary Rivera talks budget impasse, student testing
York Daily Record: York’s city-owned, tax-exempt properties pinch its finances
York Dispatch: Sen. Mike Folmer’s visit: the big points
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster County is paying state’s share of human service expenses … but the money’s running out

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Hard-cider producers press for tweaking legislation
Morning Call: Battle brews over charter school compensation
Reading Eagle: Judge advances criminal case against Kathleen Kane
Reading Eagle: Berks school districts brace for new state test results
WFMZ: Muller proposes Lehigh County campaign reforms

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Thanks and praise
Erie Times-News: Social Security facts and figures
Erie Times-News: Erie-area Republicans: Mark your calendar for debate watch party
Centre Daily Times:  Rep. Thompson focuses on school lunch guidelines

Opinion
Inquirer: In politics, money talks
Inquirer: Pa.’s failed liquor-store system
Daily News: DN Editorial: Democrat doldrums
Post-Gazette: China syndrome: The Tianjin tragedy reveals a backward mindset
Tribune-Review: The PBS/HBO deal: More, more, more
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area Superintendent Joseph Roy: New education policies test teachers, students
Reading Eagle: Trump’s proposals turning off many Latinos
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Don’t rewrite history and reasoning for the atomic bomb in ’45
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania’s time to declare independence from climate change
Centre Daily Times: Borrowing bad ideas for pension reform
Patriot-News: Here’s what abortion foes got wrong about Planned Parenthood
Lancaster Intelligencer: Keep background checks for university profs

Blogs
Citified: Op-Ed: With Pope Visit, Philly Has Chance to Take Rightful Place on World Stage
Citified: SEPTA Is Trying to Become More Bike Friendly
Keystone Crossroad: Homelessness: Some Pa. cities’ laws against sleeping outside may be unconstitutional
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Aug 24: $40,316 per speech/language special ed child: Two possible reasons special ed funding reforms that would have addressed this outrageous charter tuition rate were not adopted in 2014
Commonwealth Foundation: Taxes and Taxes and Taxes, Oh My!
Above Average Jane: HB1010 Being Reintroduced
Two Political Junkies: Colin McNickle Needs A Better Source On Birthright Citizenship

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