9/10 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Ed Pawlowski and Mark Critz made their bids for office official and the Dems try to “kick out” Corbett. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Dems Launch ‘Kick Out Corbett’ Site: The PA Democratic Party set up a website aimed at hitting the Governor for his past positions and gaffes.

‘Ready for Hillary’ to Come to Philly: Supporters of the pro-Clinton SuperPAC will gather at Finnegan’s Wake in Philadelphia in anticipation of Clinton’s speech at the Constitution Center.

Pawlowski Declares Gov. Candidacy in Allentown: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski announced his candidacy for Governor in the city’s Neighborhood Improvement Zone.

Critz Officially Launches Lt. Gov. Bid: Former Rep. Mark Critz formally filed his paperwork today for his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor.

Mark Smith Secures Three New Union Endorsements: The Lt. Governor candidate scored the endorsement of three separate local labor unions.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: For marriage law defense, administration defends outside hire
PA Independent: State auditors warned of Philly school issues years ago
Capitol Wire: OFF THE FLOOR: The Sherpa stage for Dem Gov Candidates
AP: Pa. Legislature’s fall session may revive transportation debate

Philadelphia
KYW: Exclusive: Retired Top Military General Weighs In On Syria Crisis
Newsworks: Philadelphia schools begin new year amid financial anxiety, staff shortages
Philly Now: Pennsylvania nurses association endorses “rigorous research” on medical marijuana
Inquirer: Nutter won’t officiate at same-sex wedding
Inquirer: Administration, to relief of local groups, responds to GOP demands on health care
6 ABC: Philadelphia schools open Monday amid uncertainty

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown takes aim at $27M in medical costs for retired police
Delco Times: County to review economic expansion plan; public invited to speak
Bucks Local News: Congressman Fitzpatrick, SEPTA announce funding for Bucks County rail improvement project
Bucks County News: Bucks County Commissioners preserve two farms, issue proclamation honoring community for its response to Levittown apartment fire
Daily Local: Agreement nears on West Chester teachers contract
Inquirer: Delco Dems say picnic permit denied

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Gergely says he cooperated with investigators in gambling case and gave away ‘Porky’ donations
Post-Gazette: Congressional hearing outlines VA Legionnaires’ disease problems
Post-Gazette: Pawlowski pitches bid in Hbg.
Post-Gazette: UPMC withdraws false-ad lawsuit it filed against Highmark
Tribune-Review: Top administrator says VA Pittsburgh officials could face discipline over Legionnaires’ outbreak
Tribune-Review: PennDOT to host meeting on Hulton Bridge replacement project
Urban Media Today: Hill District Organizations Sponsor Carnival to Prepare Families for Back to School

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Hess’ seat to stay open for 2 months
Altoona Mirror: Blair agency warns of new drug
Observer-Reporter: WHS to break ground for new outpatient center
Observer-Reporter: Fall session may revive Pa. transportation debate
Observer-Reporter: Murphy addresses students on Syria

NEPA
Citizen’s Voice: Political Scene (9/9/13)
The Times Leader: Recruiter to fill county positions sought
News Item: Hearing to scrutinize municipal financial deals
Times-Tribune: Scranton bishop calls for immigration reform
Standard Speaker: New poll shows deep Corbett disapproval
Standard Speaker: Security forces keep trespassers off coal company land
Pocono Record: Pike inspections show construction sites handled well by pipeline companies

South Central
Sentinel: Sestak: Congress has little choice but to support Obama
York Daily Record: York City School District looks to start school police force
Patriot-News: Some state lawmakers bent on banning swaps after five-hour public debt reform hearing
Patriot-News: Smaller hospitals such as Holy Spirit are suddenly endangered
Patriot-News: Removal of residency requirement for city employment could be sticking point
Patriot-News: Congressman Lou Barletta opposes any U.S. military strike in Syria
Patriot-News: State House panel considers strengthening the state ethics law
Patriot-News: State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe calls for investigation into whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane violated the state ethics law
ABC 27: Corbett orders flags lowered for Patriot Day
Roxbury News: Senate Local Government Committee Public Hearing on Legislation Amending the Local Government Unit Debt Act.
Lancaster Intelligencer: Sources: Lancaster County detectives probing whether constables inflated fees
Lebanon Daily News: Congressmen Jim Gerlach and Charlie Dent oppose action in Syria
Lebanon Daily News: Pennsylvania State Police launch app to help fight terrorism

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Medical marijuana might be best answer for little girl’s epilepsy, but it’s illegal in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Move lets township keep police options open
Reading Eagle: Supervisors OK formation of regional police force
AP: Prospects for transportation deal still murky
AP: U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan made over $1 million in last three years
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Syrian-Americans oppose military strike, head to Washington, D.C. to join protests
Express Times: Bethlehem mayoral hopeful sentenced to state prison for PFA violations
Morning Call: Dent, Barletta oppose strike on Syria; Toomey, Cartwright undecided
Morning Call: Pawlowski kicks off campaign for Governor

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Dems launch anti-Corbett website
Williamsport Sun Gazette: GOP committee picnic features Marino, Yaw

Opinions
Post-Gazette: The public’s limits: Peduto has the right idea on the Penguins’ plans
Daily News: “The Big Pawlowski”
Patriot-News: The unfulfilled promise of state government
Times-Tribune: Severance tax opponents run on empty
Citizen’s Voice: Too many breaks for gas industry
Standard Speaker: Property tax reform must be sweeping
Pocono Record: How do we treat the neediest?
Morning Call: Daniel O’Neill: Pennsylvania Core Standards challenge students

Blogs
John Hanger’s Facts of the Day: Volt & Leaf Charge Ahead, Setting Sales Records In August
John Hanger’s Facts of the Day: US Solar Will Generate As Much Power As Today’s Nuclear Plants Or 20% Of America’s Power By 2026
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: LV Syrian Community Wearing Assad T-Shirts on DC Bus Trip
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Andy the Clown For Hayden Phillips
Keystone Politics: Swing And A Miss For The Corbett Campaign
Keystone Politics: Mike Stack Answers the Keystone Politics Issue Questionnaire
Keystone Politics: Allyson Schwartz’s YouTube account is two-thirds test videos

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