9/24 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We ask who won the gubernatorial debate, Sen. Ferlo comes out and the state’s debt rating is downgraded yet again. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Reader Poll: Who Won the First Gubernatorial Debate?: We ask our readers who prevailed in the first Corbett-Wolf showdown.

State Senator Jim Ferlo: “I’m Gay. Get Over It.”: Democratic State Senator Jim Ferlo comes out in stirring speech in support of LGBT protections.

Pennsylvania Debt Rating Downgraded For the 4th time in Two Years: Fitch Ratings cut the Commonwealth’s general obligation rating to AA-, New York based company’s second downgrade in 14 months.

Reader Poll: Economy Most Important Issue: Our readers say the economy and jobs are the most important issues this November.

PA Independent: ‘Simple’ bill would limit spending growth in Pennsylvania
PA Independent: Mayoral candidate vows to take back Philadelphia schools
State House Sound Bites: LGBT advocates urge for hate crimes protection
State House Sound Bites: PA Senate poised to pass medical marijuana
PLS Reporter: Organ donation law changes could draw “lively discussion” when bill reaches House
Capitolwire: House debates allowing individuals, groups to sue local municipalities over gun ordinances
Capitolwire: House Consumer Affairs Committee to vote on Kelsey Smith Act, again

Heard In The Hall: L&I blue-ribbon panel report complete
AP: GOP flier pictures Wolf with jailed abortion doc
Inquirer: Wealthy donors, big unions pony up in Corbett-Wolf race
Inquirer: Kane denies bid to release controversial emails
Inquirer: Bypassing pharmacies boosts workers’ comp prescription costs in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: City Council moves to borrow $30 million for Philly schools
WHYY Newsworks: Twitter founder’s latest venture has money for small businesses ― but don’t call it a loan
KYW Newsradio: Del. River Port Authority’s Internal Watchdog Resigning His Post

Montgomery Media: City Controller urges Mayor to allow independent commission to release full report on Market St. collapse
Bucks Local News: U.S. Department of Commerce awards $4.2 million grant to Bucks County Biotechnology Center in Doylestown
Bucks Local News: TRIPLE A DAY FOR BUCKS: Standard & Poor’s awards county its highest rating, AAA
Daily Local News: Spring-Ford OKs new teachers’ contract
Daily Local News: Questions abound in the 158th state House race
Delco Daily Times: U.S. Rep. Brady to visit Crozer-Chester nurses picket line Wednesday
Bucks County Courier Times: Neshaminy residents oppose school consolidation plans

Pittsburgh Business Times: Winter cold drove up demand, but coal plants are being retired
Pittsburgh Business Times: Fitch downgrades Pennsylvania bonds
Pittsburgh Business Times: Analyst: U.S. Steel could be contender for ATI joint venture on $1.2B mill
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett, Wolf meet in first debate before gubernatorial election
Tribune Review: Allegheny County executive says property tax increase not planned in 2015
Tribune Review: Experts weighing in on how to fight Pa.’s heroin problem
Tribune Review: Bill allowing schools to administer epinephrine advances in state Senate
Early Returns: Five thoughts on Monday’s Wolf-Corbett debate
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania Game Commission tables vote on recreational permit proposal
Post-Gazette: Legislators urge action on stalled hate-crimes bills
Post-Gazette: Startup taxi company targeting South Side draws protest
KDKA: No Knock-Outs in 1st Debate Between Corbett and Wolf
KDKA: Pittsburgh Technical Institute Preparing Students For Oil & Gas Industry

Altoona Mirror: Home rule charter hits home stretch
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Report: Cambria County had highest drug overdose rate per capita in the state
Times Online: Pennsylvania ranks 41st in road report
Observer Reporter: Peters school district pays $2M to settle age, gender discrimination suit
Observer Reporter: GOP links Wolf to abortion doctor convicted of murder

Times-Tribune: State police: We’re not completely restricting access to homes
Pocono Record: Corbett revisits Blooming Grove as manhunt homes in on Frein
Standard Speaker: Today Show airs video footage of Frein from upcoming war re-enactment documentary
Times Leader: Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Michael Melnick awaits disciplinary decision while on leave
Times Leader: Disaster aid legislation sponsored by state Sen. Lisa Baker advances to House

South Central
Patriot-News: Trooper killing suspect Eric Frein seemed aloof but not dangerous, filmmaker says
Patriot-News: Medical marijuana bill passes committee, heading for full Pa. Senate vote tomorrow
Patriot-News: POLL: Who won Monday’s debate, Tom Wolf or Tom Corbett?
Patriot-News: If nothing else, Marcellus Shale activity fueling need for snake handlers
Patriot-News: Pa. legislators squaring off in bipartisan softball game for charity
Patriot-News: Cigarette tax seeking Corbett’s enactment
Patriot-News: Bill would require cellphone companies to provide locations for phones of missing people
Carlisle Sentinel: Attorney: Pa. police settle excessive force lawsuit for $275K
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. senator seeking wider hate crime law says he’s gay
Carlisle Sentinel: Pennsylvania slapped with another debt downgrade
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett, Wolf joust over taxes

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: I am gay and it is a great life, says PA state senator
Morning Call: Allentown police named in federal lawsuit alleging excessive force
Morning Call: Eric Frein search continues, Pocono Mountain schools reopen
Morning Call: Lambert pleads guilty to State Belt loan fraud
Morning Call: Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf debate tax policy, education spending
Morning Call: Eastern PA and Allegheny County top Obamacare enrollment statewide
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council votes to sue mayor
Reading Eagle: Corbett, Wolf debate strikes similar themes
Reading Eagle: Wolf meets supporters at Abraham Lincoln Hotel
Express-Times: Lawyer: Monroe County residents unlawfully displaced during Eric Frein manhunt
Express-Times: Pa. Senate candidates will debate for chance at 40th district seat
Express-Times: Bill to deter, prevent police impersonators is one step closer to Pennsylvania Senate vote

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tobacco-like substance outlawed
Centre Daily Times: Kane responds to Rockview rape victim
Centre Daily Times: Penn State seeks dismissal of Paterno-Kenney lawsuit

Citizens Voice: Release emails for transparency’s sake
Patriot-News: Guns in classrooms won’t solve anything
Patriot-News: CARTOON: Voters react to first debate
Patriot-News: PennLive readers react to Corbett-Wolf debate
York Daily Record: Corbett “wins” first debate—on style points
Williamsport Sun-Gazette:  Public, individual partnership only way to defeat heroin
Reading Eagle: Weapons do not belong in PA classrooms
Morning Call: People’s climate march a source of inspiration
Philly.com: Weed law is right step
Philly.com: Ben Franklin’s lesson to all whistleblowers
Daily News: A good question for candidates
Pottstown Mercury: OP-ED: Pa. teachers forced to sue their own union

Citizens Call: National Voter Registration Day Passes PA in a Blur
Keystone Politics: Why the First Debate Didn’t Change Anything About the #PAGov Race
Commonwealth Foundation: Solving Health Care Without Obamacare Headaches

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