9/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Trujillo enters the Philly mayoral race, Strouse launches his first campaign commercial and we ask what issue is most important to you this November. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Ken Trujillo to Join Philadelphia Mayoral Race: Ken Trujillo will formally announce Wednesday his candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia. Trujillo is the second candidate to officially enter the race.

PA-8: Strouse Premieres First TV Ad (VIDEO): Democratic nominee Kevin Strouse released his first commercial of the general election cycle.

SD-26: National Organization for Women Endorses John Kane: The competitive State Senate race heats up, with Kane scoring an endorsement from NOW.

Reader Poll: What Issue is Most Important to You?: We ask our readers which issue is most important to them this November.

Reader Poll: Bill Clinton Would Be the Best Campaign Surrogate: Our readers believe the 42nd President of the United States to be the most effective spokesman available for another campaign.

Legislative Elections Update:

SD-6: Democratic nominee Kim Rose denounced Sen. Tommy Tomlinson’s latest ad, specifically his attempts to distance himself from Governor Corbett. She feels that the Senator’s position as Vice Chair of the Appropriations Committee makes him culpable for Gov. Corbett’s education policies.

“I’m disappointed to see that, not only does Sen. Tomlinson have a record of voting against the interests of working Pennsylvanians, he’s now running away from his record,” said Rose.

HD-163: Republican nominee Jamie Santora won the endorsement of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 542.

“Janie Santora understands the importance of job creation and will stand up for working families in Pennsylvania,” said Robert Heenan, Business Manager of Local 542. “Santora is the type of leader we need in Harrisburg and will make a great State Representative.”

“I appreciate the support of Operating Engineers Local 542 and their endorsement of my campaign,” Santora said. “I will be an independent voice in Harrisburg for local residents, serving as a fiscal watchdog, working to increase funding for education, and addressing the growing burden of property taxes.”

HD-166: Republican nominee Sarah Armstrong earned the backing of the SEPAC, a group of local Chamber of Commerce leaders.

“To say our organization was impressed with Sarah Armstrong is an understatement,” Sam Cohen, Chairman of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce said. “Her 23 years of business experience and her pro-growth policies are exactly what we need in Harrisburg. She has an impressive record of accomplishments and Sarah will be a very effective State Representative for the 166th District.”

“I’m proud to have the support of the business leaders who make up SEPAC,” Armstrong stated. “I have stood in their shoes, and that experience will allow me to put partisan politics aside and instead work toward solutions that will grow our economy and strengthen our communities.”

Statewide
Capitolwire: Discussion of ‘may’ legislation to arm teachers will likely continue in next session, lawmaker says
PA Independent: With $1 billion annual debt payment, state lawmakers eye borrowing limits
State Impact PA: House panel examines how Obama’s climate plan will affect Pennsylvania
State House Sound Bites: Advocates laud stronger human trafficking penalties
State House Sound Bites: Corbett not convinced racy emails exists
PLS Reporter: Quick approval of Philadelphia cigarette tax authorization bill far from certain
PLS Reporter: Property tax elimination to move one step at a time despite historic committee vote

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Daily News: Ken Trujillo entering race for mayor of Philadelphia
The Inquirer: Trial of charter school founder costs taxpayers a bundle
Philly.com: Pa. House honors team with ‘Taney Dragons Week’
Philly.com: Response mixed on bill to let teachers carry guns
WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. House’s ‘clean’ cigarette-tax bill retains controversial charter element
WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. to borrow from Treasury to pay bills
KYW Newsradio: CDC: Confirmed Case of Enterovirus D68 In Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: Police ID Suspect Wanted In Pa. Barracks Shooting
KYW Newsradio: Kids Help Grownups Make A Point About Preschools in Philadelphia

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Letter calls for resignation of Douglass (Mont.) supervisor charged with theft
Bucks County Courier Times: Structures built to bolster Pennsylvania fishery
Delco Daily Times: $700M treasury loan props up Pa. operating fund, sparks political furor
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County awarded PA DEP grant for alternative-fuel vehicles
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania Gubernatorial candidates have Bucks County in their sights; Wolf, Corbett make campaign stops here
Bucks Local News: Borough council gives go ahead for Morrisville Fire Company to build new $1.7M headquarters on North Pennsylvania Avenue

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Auditor General to expand education audit to include Tomalis
Tribune Review: State awards six Western Pennsylvania schools mentoring grants
Tribune Review: Improved economy drives first decline in the national poverty rate in 7 years
Tribune Review: EPA extends comment period of power plant proposal
Tribune Review: PA fiscal officers say budget in dire shape
Tribune Review: Allegheny DA’s decision on retrial of Pittsburgh’s Ford overshadows civil lawsuit
Tribune Review: Teacher can pursue racial-discrimination claim against PPS
Tribune Review: PA senator wants to arm school teachers, employees
Post-Gazette: Pa. State Police name suspect in barracks ambush that killed trooper
Post-Gazette: Film tax credits create jobs in Pennsylvania
KDKA: State Runs Out Of Cash, Uses Special Line Of Credit

Southwest
Beaver County Times: PIT gets $5.9 million in federal grants for improvements, planning
AP: Landmark fracking study finds no water pollution
Beaver County Times: Auditor General requests details on Healthy PA spending
Observer-Reporter: Police: Barracks ambush suspect sought mass murder
Observer-Reporter: Will Pa. legislators make antidote for heroin overdoses available?
Altoona Mirror: Gov. signs Padilla’s death warrant
Altoona Mirror: Response mixed on bill to let teachers carry guns
Altoona Mirror: Treasure loan props up PA operating fund
Altoona Mirror: Philly cigarette tax tops legislative agenda
Altoona Mirror: Senate bill to kill school property tax takes a step forward

NEPA
Times Leader: Tax reform bill clears state senate
Times Tribune: Special flag to follow fallen trooper to NEPA
Citizens Voice: State legislature to pay tribute to fallen trooper
Citizens Voice: House panel to approve steam bill
Pocono Record: Latest on Pike County trooper ambush

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Downtown Hershey Association unveils Hershey revitalization designs
Lebanon Daily News: Cornwall-Lebanon OKs hiring armed deputy
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Steps taken to address building blight, but city may still move to take problem property
The Patriot-News: Northern York’s self-funding health care system is paying off
The Patriot-News: Effort to broaden adoptees’ rights to get birth information gets Pennsylvania Senate committee’s approval
The Patriot-News: Senate committee votes to cap state spending
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Borough Council opposes Sunoco Pipeline request
Roxbury News: Philadelphia Cigarette Tax

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Corbett sees pension reform as key to moving state forward
Express Times: Morganelli, McGinty criticize Corbett for not taxing natural gas companies to benefit education
Morning Call: Pa. races’ GOP tilt could be sign for U.S. House
Morning Call: Bethlehem council postpones vote on amusement tax
Capitol Ideas: Wait, how do they get so many envelopes?

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Switch to compressed natural gas shifts into gear across Centre County
Centre Daily Times: Grant aids ClearWaters Conservancy stream restoration projects
Campaign 14’: Sonney named to Great Lakes Panel
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Muncy Borough Council meeting gets contentious

Opinion
Times Leader: Sniping among Luzerne city council better than alternative
Citizens Voice: Legislature blinded by gun advocacy
Citizens Voice: Increase funding for steam flow systems
Observer-Reporter: Beware the terror threat next door
Altoona Mirror: Councilmen show lack of discretion
Altoona Mirror: Unions can’t count on elected officials
Post-Gazette: Medicare loophole lets healthcare providers charge twice
Post-Gazette:   Testing fails the test: Pittsburgh schools focus on more instruction
Philly.com: Silence isn’t golden
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: Pa. Legislature has little to show but goose eggs
Bucks County Courier Times: Gambling gamble didn’t pay off
Bucks County Courier Times: Don’t kill this bill
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Thank those who risk their lives to protect us
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Poll speaks for itself
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Arming teachers is not the answer
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Berks can build a better future on site with ties to past

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Treasurer Finally Accepts that Fiscal Restraint is Needed
Commonwealth Foundation: Employees Lose Under PA’s Public Pension Systems
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: A Tom Wolf Win Isn’t Enough. Democrats Need to Get Serious About the State Senate.
Keystone Politics: #PA26: A DelCo Senate Race Primer

3 Responses

  1. Hey Kim Rose, talk about running away from a record. Why don’t you tell all the voters about the property tax raise you voted for. I know you’re a big doctor and all, but the lower end folks like me can’t afford property taxes the way you can. (sorry doctors, shes actually a chiropractor)

  2. Poor Kim Rose. Someone want to tell her that Tommy Tomlinson has all the endorsements of working men and women as well as business support?

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