9/4 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Johnny Doc’s power grows, Kerry stumps for the Iran deal and Burn supports Biden for President. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Dougherty Becomes Head of Philly Building and Construction Trades Council: Johnny Doc’s responsibility (and power) expands.

Leach Calls Out State Senate for Holding Session on Rosh Hashanah: The chamber is currently scheduled to be in session on September 14th and 15th.

Secretary Kerry Campaigns for Iran Nuclear Deal in Philadelphia: Kerry spoke Wednesday at the National Constitution Center regarding the importance of passing the nuclear deal with Iran.

Burn Throws Support Behind Draft Biden SuperPAC: The outgoing PA Democratic Chair wants to see the Vice President get into the race.

PA-2: Investigators Allowed to View Fattah’s Emails: The Congressman lost his case in the Court of Appeals.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Electric companies, farmers divided on anaerobic digester bill
PAIndependent: Anglers could be on the hook for public pension
State House Sound Bites: Fuming Social Services Get Cold Comfort From Harrisburg
State House Sound Bites: PA Eyes Avian Flu Threat

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: No papel weekend boost for PHL Airport
KYW Newsradio: Officials Announce 2 Papal Parades Planned – More Event Tickets Will Be Made Available
Inquirer: Judge needs more time to rule on Bucks DA case
CapitolInq: Booker back Iran deal
The Big Tent: Pa. Dem chairman ‘excited’ for Biden run

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Proposed Neshaminy Creek nature trail could cost $4.3 million
Bucks County Courier Times: Lawmakers aim to curb costs of generics
Daily Local News: Spring-Ford Area School Board updates volunteer policy

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Extensive tax-fraud investigation on North-Hills businessman is reaching an end
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police planning to increase DUI patrols for Labor Day weekend
Post-Gazette: Teenager hit and killed by school bus in McKeesport Thursday
Pittsburgh Business Times: Long-standing nonprofit, PICT Classic Theatre, forced to cancel show due to lack of funding

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County’s Tuskegee pilots honored with plaque
Observer-Reporter: The state Department of Labor and Industry being reimbursed for questionable expenses by Washington County commissioners
Observer-Reporter: Judge approves insurance fund distribution to three families devastated in plant explosion
Altoona Mirror: Blair County debating the expenditure of the Community Development Block Grant program
Altoona Mirror: Gas price average down $1 from this time last year

NEPA
Times Leader: PA Gaming Control Board to reach decision regarding appeal of restriction placed on Louis DeNaples
Citizens Voice: Spanish American Leaders Serving All is planning march in Wilkes-Barre to coincide with end of national NAACP demonstration
Citizens Voice: Neighborhood watch organized in Pittston
Citizens Voice: Hanover Township Fire Department seeking bids for new fire headquarters on the Sans Souci Parkway
Standard Speaker: All Hazleton area students now provided with free breakfast

South Central
Patriot-News: Drones, police body cameras and other issues discussed with Pennsylvania’s open records chief
Patriot-News: Schools pension fund to Pa. districts: State budget impasse doesn’t mean a break on local obligations
Patriot-News: Reports: Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia may not be a crazy mess afterall
Patriot-News: Harrisburg’s Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat expects one millionth passenger Thursday
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton schools consider educational nonprofit
Carlisle Sentinel: Steelton police chief, borough manager placed on leave

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem to close Saucon Park this weekend
Morning Call: Feds charge Hellertown woman in nationwide Ponzi scheme
Morning Call: PPL settles rate hike case, cuts fees
Reading Eagle: Bail bondsman sentenced to house arrest, probation for fraud
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania’s top agricultural official visits Berks County

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Onward & Upward: City’s Trade and Transit II on rise
Sun-Gazette: County invites public input about future economic development
Sun-Gazette: State Liquor Control Board releases funds
Erie Times: Gaming board approves license renewal for Erie casino
Erie Times: Flood advisory issued for western Crawford County

Opinion
Patriot-News: That time Sesame Street featured ‘Donald Grump’
Daily News: This conservative rejects the term “illegal immigrant”
Delco Daily Times: Christine Flowers: Legal eagles enter gray area in same-sex debate
Bucks County Courier Times: Late word on new deal
Post-Gazette: Jailhouse care: The county will spend more but keep control
Tribune-Review: The Iranian deal: Mortal blessings

Blogs
Citified: John Dougherty Just Got Even More Powerful
Citified: Will The “Ferguson Effect” Doom Police Reform?
Citizens’ Call: District Reverses Decision on Rosh Hashanah Holiday, Closing Schools For Two Days

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