8/27 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsAnother Corbett Secretary is out, recess continues, and candidates gear up for the fall campaign season. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Corbett Forces Out Acting Education Secretary: Another one bites the dust. Gov. Tom Corbett asked for and received the resignation Monday of Acting Secretary of Education William Harner. He had served in the post only since June.

PA Dems Hope to Reverse History in 2014 Guv Race: Good news for Tom Corbett: Pennsylvania has chosen a Governor from the party opposite the President in 18 of the past 19 elections.

Schwartz Hires New Coms, Digital Directors: The Congresswoman has two new hires for her campaign for Governor.

Hello Potter County! Casey & Toomey Hit the Road on Recess: Many Pa. kids returned to school today, but Pa.’s two U.S. Senators are already on recess. They’re touring Pa. and hosting town halls.

Issa to Headline 2 PA Events: The headline-generating Congressman will speak at GOP dinners in Franklin and York counties.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Health Project Finds Air Pollution Could Pose More Threat Than Water Contamination
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: GOP bruising own house with stone-throwing

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Acting Pa. education secretary ousted over allegation
Inquirer: Nutter angrily rejects teacher criticism
Inquirer: IRS agent goes after willful cheats
Inquirer: Senate Committee weighs new standardized test
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett “troubled” by statements of controversial new hire
Daily News: Does Tom Wolf have the right stuff?

SEPA
Phillyburbs: Bucks register of wills audit finds some protocols lacking
Phillyburbs: BCCC offers rare degree in neuroscience
Phillyburbs: New Hope’s mayor declines to marry gay couple
Pottstown Mercury: Senator Dinniman participates in Keystones hearing
Pottstown Mercury: Inspectors find accelerated deterioration on Arcola Road bridge

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: William Harner, acting Pennsylvania education secretary, resigns abruptly
Tribune-Review: PAC will work to put more Republican women in office
WTAE: Penn State settling lawsuits
WTAE: Topless protesters take on PIttsburgh
CBS: Pittsburgh Public Schools Spending $1 Mil On New Security
Early Returns: Introducing Erin McClelland
Early Returns: Yuengling head cracks one open with Pa. Press Club

Southwest
Beaver County Times: DEP establishes Keystone Energy Education Program.
AP: Fracking health project puts numbers to debate.
AP: Pa. School Boards Association gets state pensions.
AP: Pittsburgh gets advice on airport gas drilling.
Altoona Mirror: Complaint against Higgins tossed.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: U.S. Rep. Rothfus speaks on local, federal and international issues.
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Why a games bill that stalled in the state Senate might be seeing new action.

NEPA
The Times Leader: Times-Shamrock selling off newspapers.
Times-Tribune: Times-Shamrock to sell some newspapers, sharpen focus on Northeast Pennsylvania.
Times-Tribune: Senate Democrats lament falling CHIP enrollment.
Times-Tribune: Bill bans youth gay conversion therapy.
AP: Corbett forces out 2nd education chief in 3 months.
AP: Pa. court gets new plan to fix Harrisburg finances.
AP: Ex-councilman in Pa. pleads guilty to $400K theft.
AP: Brewer Yuengling talks Corbett, taxes, unions.
Standard Speaker: Towanda, Shamokin dailies for sale.
Standard Speaker: West Hazleton tweaks noise ordinance
Standard Speaker: Report spurs state action for amusement park safety.
Wayne Independent: Layers of issues surround police, borough situation.
Pocono Record: Pocono Mountain School District must pay nearly $150K for specialized teaching of one student.
Pocono Record: Meals on Wheels, seniors plead with U.S. representative to end funding cuts.
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg Area School District seeks ad consultant.
Pocono Record: Pike county courthouse design plans near completion.

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey meets mid-state constituents.
Morning Call: Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli mulling run for lieutenant governor.
Reading Eagle: Dent targets Obamacare at Kutztown forum.
Reading Eagle: Borough councilman denies ex-officer’s grievance.
Express Times: John Morganelli requests volunteers for lieutenant governor run, but says he’s not yet committed to the race.

South Central
Patriot-News: Team Corbett members: Here today, gone tomorrow with the latest being acting education secretary William Harner
Patriot-News: Harrisburg School District officials say new CFO will guide financial recovery
Patriot-News: State officials file ‘Harrisburg Strong Plan’ for resolving city’s debt
Lancaster Intelligencer: Except for brief power outage in East Petersburg, 15 county school districts report smooth start to new year
Lancaster Intelligencer: Roadwork leaves some Marietta residents cut off from their driveways

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie-area jobs agency could get new structure
Erie Times-News: Huntington Banks: Pens are on the house
Erie Times-News: City of Erie comprehensive plan in works
Sun Gazette: County takes action on block grant projects

Opinions
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Crime witnesses must believe it’s safe to testify
Daily News: DN Editorial: March in place?

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Philly Republican Dennis O’Brien Slams Corbett on Philly School Cuts
Keystone Politics: RobMcCord.com logo change indicates gubernatorial intentions
Keystone Politics: PA State Senate: Time for Greenleaf and Tomlinson to Spend More Time With the Grandkids
Keystone Politics: Corbett “Troubled” By Ana Puig’s Extremist Views But Won’t Fire Her
2 Political Junkies: Disassembling The Trib’s Climate Science Denial

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