8/27 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The PA Supreme Court unseals the pornographic emails while it’s revealed AG Kane was using a private account and an update on the budget process in Harrisburg. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

New Insight into Kane Defense and Controversial Emails: The document dump by the PA Supreme Court reveals a trove of additional details.

PA Supreme Court Unseals More Records of Kane Investigation: The court released a trove of new documents related to the case.

Kane Frequently Used Private Email Account: The documents also show holes in the Attorney General’s testimony.

PA-BGT: The Wait Goes On: The House GOP failed to override any line-item vetoes yesterday.

Sims, Kenney Back Anti-Discrimination Bill: The bill would protect LGBTQ Pennsylvanians from housing and workforce discrimination.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Release of porn e-mails prompts review by Philly DA
State House Sound Bites: Court releases the porn e-mails Kane wanted public
State House Sound Bites: Budget talks stall, veto override fails
PA Independent: As budget stalemate drags on, GOP’s veto override plan falls short
StateImpact: Shale gas production expected to decline
StateImpact: Environmentalists threaten to sue EPA over oil & gas waste-disposal law
PLS Reporter: Cancelled budget meeting blasted by House GOP leadership
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Coalition pushes lawmakers to get serious about negotiations
Capitolwire: Kane blames porn ‘peddlers’ for legal woes.
Capitolwire: Wolf delays decision on GOP pension plan; House GOP doesn’t delay its budget line-item veto override attempts.
Capitolwire: House panel mulls re-authorization of universal telephone service fund.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Prosecutors homed in on Kane’s private email
Inquirer: Judge rejects Wolf challenge to charter funding
Philadelphia Business Journals: 2 Philly principals, fired in test cheating scandal, win jobs back
WHYY: Lower Bucks’ Morrisville district starting another school year on its own

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: PA Core Standards test gets mixed reviews as Lower Bucks districts brace for lower scores
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville mayor dissolves meeting after tie vote
Daily Local News: New state lawmaker doesn’t get honeymoon
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy School Board approves labor pacts covering principals, district administrators and top-level secretaries

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board picks Westinghouse for public safety program
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh schools’ Title I and Title II grant shrink
Post-Gazette: Plan to override to state budget fails
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh pushes auditor general to audit oversight authority
Tribune-Review: Pa. Supreme Court releases porn emails from Attorney General’s Office computers
Tribune-Review: Gardeners can feed needy at Red, Ripe and Roasted festival
Business Journal: Big gap between Pittsburgh CEO, median employee salary
Business Journal: Pittsburgh record store owner charged in running criminal enterprise that stole $2M from local retailers

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Parents, kids protest closings
Altoona Mirror: Attorney seeks to bar remarks
Altoona Mirror: Former city solicitor known for brilliance, attention to detail
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa water authority board approves tuition check for chairman despite resident concerns
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa authority chairman plans to resign after tuition payments issue

NEPA
Times Leader: With state budget impasse, Head Start looks to borrow money to open on time
Times Leader: King’s College ranks in Top 10 nationally in public service
Times-Tribune: Despite cleanup efforts, part of Lockheed Martin site still contaminated
Times-Tribune: Jessup council to vote today on Invenergy zoning
Times-Tribune: Ethics Commission: No conflict for Jessup councilman on upcoming power plant vote

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Building consensus for local libraries
Carlisle Sentinel: Shippensburg school district working to improve test scores
Patriot-News: AG Kathleen Kane cited porn email conspiracy in attempt to quash leak investigation
Patriot-News: Kathleen Kane ‘pleased’ with release of porn emails, other Supreme Court material
York Daily Record: York’s economic future: A conversation with Labor & Industry Secretary Kathy Manderino

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Michael Ballard execution date set in quadruple murder
WFMZ: Unsealed records give new details in Kane investigation
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor’s legal bills approach $900,000
Morning Call: Read emails unsealed by the PA Supreme Court

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie shipyard to play key role in offshore wind energy industry
Centre Daily Times: Local politicians discuss state budget at Grange Fair
Centre Daily Times: Centre Region considers expanding organics recycling program

Opinion
Inquirer: Women have proven their combat skills
Daily News: Budget stalls, schools panic & $2B in taxes goes where?
Carlisle Sentinel: Time to unite for fair school funding
York Daily Record: Let’s get off our butts and help our county seat
York Dispatch: York County transportation funding needs federal boost
Post-Gazette: Team of heroes: The decision to intervene thwarted a massacre
Tribune-Review: Signing Michael Vick: Personal baggage & professional talent
Erie Times-News: Let’s talk about high child-care costs
Centre Daily Times: Why so many teachers quit, and how to fix that

Blogs
Citified: Mayor Nutter: Don’t Worry, Be Happy About the Pope’s Visit!
Citified: Insider: Teachers Should Be Opting-Out of Their Own Uninspired Test
Keystone Crossroads: Swelling with Little League crowds and traditions, Williamsport welcomes joys of summer
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. budget talks stall, veto override fails
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Aug 26: Judge rejects Wolf challenge to charter funding; So what exactly is in that Chester Upland Charter Special Sauce?
Commonwealth Foundation: Audio: A Look at Gov. Wolf’s “Concessions”
PA Budget and Planning Commission: Proposed PA Severance Tax Meets Goldilocks Standard – Not Too Big or Too Small, But Just Right

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