9/25 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We have a big announcement, the PA GOP tries to tie Wolf to Gosnell, Kane refuses to release inappropriate emails and President Obama will campaign in Pennsylvania. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

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PA-Gov: GOP Flier Features Wolf with Kermit Gosnell: The Pennsylvania Republican Party attacks Tom Wolf on his abortion stance with new flier.

Kane Refuses to Release Sexually-Explicit Emails: Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused the Tribune-Review’s request to view “racy” emails circulated among staff members in the attorney general’s office.

President Obama to Campaign in Pennsylvania: A new report confirms that the President is intending to stop in the Keystone State before the midterm elections.

PA-10: Troiano Personally Surprises Marino in New Web Ad (VIDEO): The independent candidate confronted Congressman Marino over the number of debates that will be held.

PA-12: Rep. Rothfus Releases First TV Ad (VIDEO): The commercial focuses on the Congressman’s battle with cancer.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-158: Republican nominee Cuyler Walker suddenly dropped out of the race this week.

“It is with deep regret that I am announcing my withdrawal as a candidate for State Representative,” Walker said in a statement. “Certain personal issues have arisen, and I believe that I can no longer effectively campaign for this position.  It is important for me to focus on those issues at this time. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all of my supporters and volunteers over these past few months.”

It is believed that local Republicans would like to replace Walker with current State Rep. Chris Ross, who was planning on retiring. Democrats are up in arms and the Commonwealth Court must decide whether to allow another GOP nominee on the ballot.

HD-163: Democratic nominee Vince Rongione won the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Conference of Teachers.

“Vince Rongione is the best choice for middle class families in the 163rd,” said Shawn Dougherty, Secretary Treasurer for Teamsters Local 107. “He will be a voice for common sense legislation in Harrisburg that creates jobs and puts middle class families first. We trust him to look our for our members and the community he grew up in.”

The PA Teamsters represent 42 locals and 95,000 employees throughout the commonwealth.

“It’s an honor to have the Teamsters support,” Rongione said. “I think this is one more indication that people are fed up with our current leadership. People want legislators who are going to put families and communities, good jobs and good pay ahead of corporate special interests. People are ready to turn the page in Delaware County and the Teamsters made that clear with their support.”

State House Sound Bites: Medical Marijuana bills heads to house
State House Sound Bites: Details? You want details?
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: House Education Committee chairman expects amendments on ‘basic’ truancy bill will delay vote into next session
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: House approves further RACP debt ceiling reduction
StateImpactPA: DEP fines pipeline company $250,000 for violations in Lycoming County
StateImpactPA: Gas industry group launches election season ad blitz
PLSReporter: With Philadelphia cigarette tax saga concluded, attention turns toward fair funding formula
PA Independent: Property tax reform hits another roadblock in Pennsylvania

KYW Newsradio: 11 Philadelphia Congregations Promise Sanctuary For Immigrants Facing Deportation
KYW Newsradio: Tom Wolf Visits Philadelphia to Rally Hispanic Vote in Pa. Governor Race
WHYY Newsworks: Gas stations expect impact from Philly’s new cigarette tax
AP: Senate passes bill to expand Pa. open-records law
CapitolInq: Dems pull controversial TV ad
PhillyClout: Judge allegedly asking for favors could come back to bite him
Commonwealth Confidential: House supports measure to ease challenges to local gun laws
Commonwealth Confidential: AG Kane launches internal investigation into alleged pornographic emails
Philly.com: Controller: Overtime costing the city more than hiring new workers
Philadelphia Daily News: Losing the signal: Corbett’s campaign commercials not helping

Pottstown Mercury: New Pottstown area recreation coordinator envisions community connections for the future
Bucks County Courier Times: Conversations with North Penn superindentent
Delco Daily Times: U.S. Rep. Brady huddles with nurses at Crozer in push to end work stoppage
Delco Daily Times: Cop Shop: State Senate sends David’s Law to governor
Daily Local Times: Senate gives responders right to carry overdose antidote

Tribune Review: Aging natural gaslines pose hidden threat across U.S.
Tribune Review: Controller calls off subpoena for Allegheny County vehicle inventory
Tribune Review: City Council refuses to pay delinquent parking tickets from Ravenstahl administration
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald presents plans for coming months to Allegheny County Council
Post-Gazette: East Allegheny teachers, students return to school, but still no contract
Post-Gazette: University of Pittsburgh receives $5.8M grant to develop 3-D liver model
Pittsburgh Business Times: Panel supports exporting liquefied natural gas
Pittsburgh Business Times: Metcalfe bill adds immigration role for local police
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania Senate passes medical marijuana bill

Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Johnstown expected to receive COPS grant
Times Online: Beaver County to receive nearly $3.1 million up front, drilling royalties for county parks
Times Online: Proposed drilling deal in Beaver County comparable with other county park deals
Times Online: Rochester borough says no to police outsourcing
Observer-Reporter: Monongahela mayor sues magistrate in federal court

Times-Tribune: Former Lackawanna County public defender, convicted of rape, disbarred by state
Times-Tribune: Manhunt for suspected cop killer tires troopers, residents
Citizens Voice: W-B cites county minimum security prison
Times Leader: Hazleton looks at tax increase to pay for added police
Times Leader: Report: It’s cheaper to buy heroin here than beer

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: State awards $2 million to Midstate military history
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. bill to help drug overdose victims goes to governor
Carlisle Sentinel: VIDEO: Gov. Tom Corbett announces grant at AHEC
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett signs Philly schools cigarette tax measure
Carlisle Sentinel: AG refuses to release sexually explicit emails
Patriot-News: Kane’s office cites internal investigations in refusing to release sexually explicit emails
Patriot-News: East Pennsboro Township’s precinct one polling place moved
Patriot-News: Senate passes bill to expand Pa. open-records law
Patriot-News: Corbett signs Philadelphia cigarette tax legislation, calling it a step toward firmer funding for schools

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Frein spotted at a distance
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane will not release explicit emails
Morning Call: Philly judge pleads guilty to fraud
Reading Eagle: State Senate passes legislation to legalize several forms of medical marijuana
Reading Eagle: Tom Wolf to Latinos in Reading: ‘Fairness actually matters’
Reading Eagle: Pottsgrove School Board approves spending nearly $100,000 on technology-related gear, services
Reading Eagle: YWCA Tri-County Area in Pottstown signs up people on National Voter Registration Day
Reading Eagle: In Reading, some Latinos embrace Wolf but hope his actions match his words

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Attorney General’s Office walks back response to lawsuit filing
Centre Daily Times: Senate approves changes to open records law, House yet to vote
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Vicious epidemic

Reading Eagle: Letter: District finances were not distressed
Express-Times: LETTER: Pa. shouldn’t charge gun buyers for background checks
Express-Times: YOUR TAKE: Mixed opinions on Fourth Amendment rights vs. state police powers
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Drug Samaritan bill will save lives
Patriot-News: Tom Wolf to meet with PennLive Editorial Board Thursday: Send us your questions
York Dispatch: Wolf: York City schools shouldn’t go charter
York Dispatch: OP-ED: Putting guns in schools is reason to recoil
Phillynow.com: Immigrants are not a zombie invasion
Philadelphia Daily News: DN Editorial: Step on the Gas
Philly.com: Pass on rights and responsibilities of a free society
Bucks County Courier Times: A good start to debate season

Keystone Politics: #PAGov: What John Micek Should Ask Tom Wolf About in the PennLive Editorial Board Interview
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup for September 24, 2014: 2014 Contributions to Students First PAC

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