9/4 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf widens his lead over Corbett, Hillary and Christie are the early 2016 front-runners and we follow Tom Wolf’s tour of a manufacturing plant. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: RMU Poll: Wolf 55.5% Corbett 24.7%: The latest gubernatorial survey shows the Democratic challenger with his largest lead yet.

PA-Gov: Wolf Tours Bristol Manufacturing Plant: Democratic nominee and gubernatorial front-runner Tom Wolf toured a business in lower Bucks County today as part of his “Fresh Start” tour.

RMU Poll: Hillary and Christie are Early 2016 Front-Runners: The new poll shows that Pennsylvanians favor the former Secretary of State and New Jersey Governor in the 2016 presidential race.

SD-26: Kane Makes First Ad a Family Affair (VIDEO): The Democratic nominee in the competitive State Senate race released his first campaign commercial.

Guest Column: GOP Control of State Senate Likely: A guest columnist gives his take on the battle for control of the PA State Senate.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Hunger Action Month is about more than awareness, advocates say
Capitolwire: Smaller fee increase proposed to lobbying registration
Capitolwire: Relative wealth, population shift mean different things to different districts
StateImpactPA: Shell taps Utica shale in Northern Pennsylvania

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Fattah says he ‘never engaged in any illegal conduct’
The Inquirer: Nutter signs bill extending mothers’ rights to express milk
The Inquirer: DRPA moves to make public vendor political donations
The Inquirer: Speculation begins on a possible fattah replacement
Philadelphia Daily News: Wednesday’s DN: DisGUNtinued
WHYY Newsworks: Law requiring public works contracts to verify workers status’ up for review in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: A Philly first: No schools on the Pa.’s ‘persistently dangerous’ list
Phillynow.com: CVS  stops selling all ciggarettes & tobacco products

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Lower Moreland police conducting special traffic enforcement until the end of September
Montgomery Media: PHOTO GALLERY: Blue Bell Elementary School Principal Dr. Concetta Lupo looks forward to new school year
Delco Daily Times: Montco pol charged with stealing from township
Delco Daily Times: Reps. Hackett, Adolph tout job creation stats in Pennsylvania
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett gets another $3.5M from biggest donor

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Unions warn of problems with referrals outside Veterans Affairs system
Tribune Review: Highmark lawsuit against UPMC centers on billing for cancer drugs
Tribune-Review: State senator seeks records on former Corbett education adviser
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County Board of Health gives A-OK to restaurant grading proposal
Early Returns: New RMU poll shows deeper hole for Corbett
Post-Gazette: Former Pittsburgh police officer testifies about shooting that left Millvale man paralyzed
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highmark sues UPMC for cancer treatment billing practices
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania liquor stores hit record revenue for 2013-14
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania earns high marks for technology usage
Pittsburgh Business Times: Shell tapes Utica in north central Pennsylvania

Southwest
The Tribune-Democrat: Regulators, Highmark spell out post-UPMC plan for Bedford, Altoona, other sites
Observer-Reporter: Cecil officials to meet with DEP in private

NEPA
The Times-Tribune: Scranton issues public notice of tax ordinance, but public can’t see proposed law yet
The Times-Tribune: Old Forge teachers reject arbitrator decision
Times Leader: Report: NEPA’s municipal pensions grow more distressed
Times Leader: Revenue Secretary Meuser touts Corbett’s record
WNEP: Area Congressmen Speak out on ISIS

South Central
Patriot-News: Pa. Senate Education Committee chairman Sen. Mike Folmer (R), refuses to investigate former Gov. Corbett “ghost” employer; instead plans to amend future hires
Patriot-News: PA state-run liquor stores set record high contributions to the state’s general fund
Patriot-News: Wolf leads Corbett by 30 percent in new polls
Patriot-News: Harrisburg convinces Housing officials to rescind $843,000 charge by creating low-income housing
York Daily Record: Katie McGinty (D) criticizes Corbett education economics as harmful to students
York Daily Record: Top four contested races this campaign season
York Dispatch: Gov. Corbett gains another $3.5 million from biggest donor
York Dispatch: State democrats gather to discuss education reform and fund appropriation
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster officials consider Marijuana legalization
Lebanon Daily News: North Cornwall officials tracing financial discrepancies in public works records

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: POLL: Corbett is “toast” if he doesn’t “butter up” Wolf with Obama
Capitol Ideas: Ousted education aid, Ron Tomalis, looking at bigger pension
Reading Eagle: Increase in liquor board pay outs increase workers’ pensions and state profits
Reading Eagle: Parents of children with Down syndrome receive more guidance with new state laws
Express Times: Phillipsburg municipal court judge charged with DUI after erratic driving on I-78

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: House bill 2124 to reform “antiquated” school construction methods
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor Gabriel Campana convenes new advisory board, leaving current advisory board wary

Opinion
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Republicans: The path ahead
Post-Gazette: Dirty numbers: Someone’s account of shale waste disposal is way off
The Citizens’ Voice: Pragmatism trumps politics
Philly.com: Featherman: U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah should resign now
Philadelphia Daily News: DN Editorial: Corbett’s health-care compromise is somewhat healthier
Lebanon Daily News: 103rd District campaign ushers in valuable third parties
Lebanon Daily News: Overhaul needed in housing-finance system
Patriot-News: Using natural resources, Corbett could have millions for education
Patriot-News: In climate change, physics trumps politics
Express Times: Businesses going off-shore for tax cuts
Daily Local News: Sexism in the Senate
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Time to fix Pa.’s archaic liquor laws

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Michaels to Take Over as Cheltenham School District Director of Financial Services
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Sept 3: LOCAL TAXPAYERS PICK UP SLACK IN STATE’S BASIC ED SUBSIDY
Commonwealth Foundation: Healthy PA Approved, but Still Room to Improve

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