9/25 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We cover the Pope’s address to Congress, Hafer endorses Fetterman and the PA Dems get a new Data Director. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Congressmen Reveal Their Guest for Pope’s Speech: We ask the Representatives from PA who their guest will be for Pope Francis’ address to Congress.

PA Democrats Name New Data Director: The Pennsylvania Democratic Party has a new leader in the rapidly expanding data department.

PA-Sen: Barbara Hafer Endorses Fetterman: The former State Treasurer and Auditor General is backing the Braddock Mayor in the Democratic Senate primary.

Statewide Reaction to Pope Francis’ Congressional Address: We gather reactions to the Pontiff’s speech from throughout the state.

PA-Sen: Casey Previews Pope Visit on MSNBC (VIDEO): PA’s senior Senator talked with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews before Pope Francis’ speech to Congress.

PA-6: State Sen. Dinniman Endorses Parrish: The Chester County lawmaker is backing up Mike Parrish’s congressional campaign.

Fundraising Report: Dubow Outraises Giordano in Superior Court Race: The Democratic nominee has a slight cash on hand advantage a month and a half out.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Budget impasse squeezes some school districts’ payments to charters
Capitolwire: House passes stopgap budget; Wolf veto anticipated as early as Monday
PLSReporter: “We’re a long way off,” Corman says after recent budget meeting
PLSReporter: Lawmakers, governor to resume talks Monday
PLSReporter: House debates stopgap budget under cloud of veto threat

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Pope-ready Center City is a ‘ghost town’
Inquirer: ‘Official’ English bill gets new push and pushback
Inquirer: In historic speech, Francis urges ‘pursuit of the common good’
Big Tent: Poll says Trump leads GOP, but support not growing
WHYY Newsworks: Victims’ groups not happy with Pope Francis’ remarks on clergy abuse
WHYY Newsworks: Fear, cost are barriers to health care for families living in the U.S. illegally
KYW Newsradio: Papal Preparations Move Forward In Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: NBC10 employees strike 2 days before pope arrives
Philadelphia Business Journal: GE again cites Ex-Im Bank’s lapse as why it’s creating jobs overseas; is it just bullying Congress?

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Region expecting more than $400 Million windfall thanks to Pope Francis’ visit
Delco Daily Times: Pope’s visit causing havoc with businesses just outside the Mass zone
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County residents begin a celebration of the family in Philadelphia

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: WQED makes major layoffs
Tribune Review: UPMC fungal infections being strictly monitored
Post-Gazette: Metcalfe stands by English-only efforts
Post-Gazette: Lawsuit to end fracking in school zone dismissed
Pittsburgh Business Times: Workers lose wage fight in court

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Commissioner’s retort media criticisms
Observer-Reporter: Tech support and voter education focus of election board
Altoona Mirror: Police officer dismissed by council for ethical misconduct

NEPA
Times Leader: Tax auction is enormous success
Times Tribune: Double pension dispute in Scranton reaches settlement
Citizens Voice: Luzerne county emergency fund plan past expiration

South Central
York Daily Record: Pope Francis addresses Congress on immigration, death penalty, more
Lebanon Daily News: Six placed in Lebanon County program for first-time offenders
Carlisle Sentinel: County mulls second voluntary separation agreement
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County to leave Tri-County Planning Commission
Patriot News: Was a white supremacist invited to speak at English-only bill hearing? Pa. lawmakers disagree
Patriot News: MLK Leadership Development Institute presents ‘Labor and the Pulpit’ program
Patriot News: House votes to send stopgap budget to Wolf to sign or more likely, veto
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Hundreds expected to rally downtown Friday for state budget
York Dispatch: York City’s Avenue Association to hold district judge forum

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Dorothy Day, activist with Lehigh Valley ties, commended by Pope Francis
Reading Eagle: Berks pays enormous bill in its battle against drugs
Reading Eagle: City panel discusses ordinance tweaks
Reading Eagle: U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello leads group of GOP freshman arguing against showdown
WFMZ: Dems block bill to defund Planned Parenthood

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Striking central Pa. teachers agree to return to classroom
Centre Daily Times: Yellen says she expects Fed raise rates by year’s end
Centre Daily Times: Obama, Putin to meet next week in New York to discuss Ukraine, Syria
Erie Times-News: Erie County Democrats’ rank-and-file to decide on dinner name change

Opinion
Inquirer: Stopgap is a nonstarter
Pottstown Mercury: Welcome to America, Pope Francis
Bucks County Courier Times: Shooting not criminal, but it was reckless
Delco Daily Times: It’s time to heed the pope’s fiat
Post-Gazette: Why the Pope’s speech to Congress surpassed expectations
Patriot News: With Wolf veto looming, a #PaBudget only a French philosopher could love: Analysis
Patriot News: Pennsylvania spends plenty of education – pension reform is key to discussion: PennLive letters
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: It’s time to put people first, pass state budget

Blogs
Citified: Will Pope Francis Make Philly Exhibit-A When He Critiques U.S. Policy?
Citified: Fingers Crossed, Nutter Says Pope Weekend Won’t Be a Bust
Keystone Crossroads: Pittsburgh evaluates its hundreds of staircases for first time
Keystone Crossroads: In West Philadelphia, volunteers transform vacant lots into urban earthships

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