9/21 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Investigators look for Kane’s oath of secrecy, the unemployment rate stays steady and our report from the GOP’s state committee meeting. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

9/18 Ups & Downs: Search warrants, party endorsements and public budget frustration. See who made this week’s list!

Investigators Were Looking for Kane’s Secrecy Oath: The latest search warrant targeted a possible pledge the AG made to keep all grand jury information secret.

Dispatch from the GOP Fall State Committee Meeting: The PA Republican Party gathered in Harrisburg this weekend.

Politically Uncorrected: Pennsylvania Tuesday: Yes, the state legislature – despite the worst intentions – has gotten some things right by accident. Dumb luck still makes things work out once in a while.

August Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Remains at 5.4%: Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is stable, while the national rate continues to decline.

PA-Gov: Faith Leaders Inspired by the Pope Call for Fracking Ban: Pope Francis has succeeded in assembling opposition against fracking, and religious leaders are speaking out.

Pennsylvania Home Builders Association Endorses Lalley: The organization’s PAC announces their support of the GOP nominee for the Commonwealth Court.

Sunday Show Preview: September 20, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Stopgap budget bills are on their way to House
Capitolwire: PA’s unemployment rate holds at 5.4 percent, falls further behind national rate
Capitolwire: Wolf recalls nominations, allows more negotiating time with Senate GOP on picks
PAIndependent: Erie schools may close over state budget impasse
PAIndependent: Wolf says GOP rejected his liquor lease plan; Republicans say that’s wrong
State House Sound Bites: PA Senate Passes Stopgap Budget

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Inquirer owner refutes union claims of papal sleeping arrangements
KYW Newsradio: Restaurants, Bars Beefing Up Security During Papal Visit
WHYY Newsworks: Philly DA’s spokesman to pay fine for ethical lapse
WHYY Newsworks: Whimsical write-in candidate for mayor takes her case to City Hall
Inquirer: Donations by Philly sheriff’s top OT earners raise eyebrows
Inquirer: Kane’s position on porn emails is elusive
Philly Clout: Kane bracing for license suspension
CapitolInq: Dems attack Toomey on guns

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville School District will pay a fraction of charter school obligations
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County drops the Pope a postcard
Bucks County Courier Times: Pope Francis will find a far different typical ‘USA’ family than Pope John Paul II did in 1979

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Kennametal Inc. negotiates with public officials to relocate headquarters in Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Marcus Hook arises as leader in shale boom
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Federal labor ruling hinders small-scale franchisees
Pittsburgh Business Times: U.S. Steel cut jobs in Pittsburgh due to declining needs
City Paper: Should small-scale transit follow Port Authority regulations

Southwest
Beaver County Times: First Energy Corp. set to spend $48 in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Harmony Township repays police pension
Observer-Reporter: Three members of Greene County’s Board of Elections resigned in executive meeting Friday
Altoona Mirror: Altoona Water Authority budgets on reservoir project

NEPA
Times Leader: SEOktoberfest provides networking for local business owners
Times Tribune: County Commissioner criticized for excessive constituent letters
Citizens Voice: New W-B school board stirring change to school plan
Standard Speaker: Hazleton yet to fill vacant council seat
Standard Speaker: EPA to spend $2 in cleanup at industrial site

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle mayor, guest share roots at fish fry
Carlisle Sentinel: Kane’s lawyers say they’re frustrated with investigation
Carlisle Sentinel: Gov. Wolf encourages schools to get heroin antidote
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania Senate passes short-term spending plan
Patriot News: Is a stop-gap budget meant to make Tom Wolf a one-term governor? Democrats say it is
Patriot News: Senate approves creating tax-free savings plan for people with disabilities
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: GOP wants to broaden appeal; will candidates get in the way?
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: GOP candidate Carson: Muslims shouldn’t be elected president
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon mayor seeks creation of Business Improvement District
York Daily Record: Pa. budget impasse: What Gov. Wolf, Republican lawmakers want

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Politics as usual
Morning Call: Northampton County Council votes to let disputed pay hikes expire
Reading Eagle: U.S. appeals ruling calling for release of immigrant families
Reading Eagle: State senators press property tax reform at chamber breakfast
Reading Eagle: Joshua G. Prince talks about gun laws with Berks Patriots
WFMZ: Clinton: Trump fuels paranoia, prejudice

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Clinton calls for aid to more Syrian refugees, talks of plan to control OTC drug costs
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to get own legal opinion on strays contract
Erie Times-News: State Senate approves stopgap budget along party lines

Opinion
Pittsburgh Business Times: Regulatory climate preventing PNC from buying banks
Pottstown Mercury: Historic visit by Pope is just days away
Beaver County Times: Beaver County officials at odds with Times writers
Bucks County Courier Times: Phony ‘reform’ from Wolf
Delco Daily Times: Let’s all welcome Pope Francis to Philadelphia
Patriot Times: We complain about nothing getting done and then re-elect the same legislators
Lebanon Daily News: Conservatives should shutter government
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Control retirement funds with 401(k)-style benefits

Blogs
Citified: How Serious Was Seth Williams’ Review of Those Porny Emails
Citified: Kenney to Nutter: You Should Stand Up For Gays When Pope Visits
Keystone Crossroads Pittsburgh secures $1.2 million federal transit grant

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