5/29 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6A new poll finds Pennsylvanians support same-sex marriage and an extraction tax, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush lead early 2016 polls and the NRCC uses Nancy Pelosi to attack Democratic candidates.

RMU Poll: Clinton and Bush Are Early 2016 Leaders: The Robert Morris University survey found Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are the preliminary favorites among Pennsylvania voters.

RMU Poll Finds Support of Same-Sex Marriage and Extraction Tax: Robert Morris survey finds that a plurality of PA residents are in favor of same-sex marriage while a majority support majority want severance tax.

NRCC Dares Strouse and Trivedi with Anti-Pelosi Pledge: The Republican campaign committee is seeking to tie the Democratic candidates to the House Minority Leader.

Statewide
PA Independent: Reform-minded activists deliver cash ‘bribes’ in state Capitol
State House Sound Bites: Pension overhaul plan could save $11 B for state over 30 years, actuary says
State House Sound Bites: Immigrants in PA seek change to obtain driver’s licenses
StateImpactPA: PUC chair steps down from energy advocacy group
StateImpactPA: Court hears testimony on attempt to halt state forest drilling plan
Capitolwire: Hybrid pension proposal could save PA pension plans more than $11 billion, says employee retirement commission.
Capitolwire: Protesters call gift culture ‘disgusting,’ insist lawmakers can’t police themselves.
Capitolwire: Court to hear testimony on additional state forest leasing proposal.

Philadelphia
Heard in the Hall: School activists: Get rid of the SRC
PhillyClout: Philly drops out of running for 2024 Olympics
PhillyClout: City Council releases some budget details after records request
CapitolInq: GOP Congressman from PA backs same-sex marriage
Philadelphia Daily News: Protestors take petition to Council against PGW sale
The Inquirer: Pa. bill would end plans for mandatory graduation tests
WHYY Newsworks: Activists offer ‘bribe’ for ban on gifts to Pa. lawmakers, officials
WHYY Newsworks: Philly charter head calls state Supreme Court decision against his school ‘political’
WHYY Newsworks: Pension changes could save Pa. $11 billion over 30 years, analysis says

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Corbett pushes college grant plan at Delaware Valley College
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville school district proposed final budget carries slight tax hike
Delco Daily Times: Junior council member sworn in

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Unemployment in Pittsburgh region drops to lowest level since November 2008
Urban Media Today: Mayor William Peduto to officiate group marriage ceremony for LGBT couples
City Paper: Short Honeymoon: With ban on same-sex marriage removed, nondiscrimination is the next battle for “full equality”
City Paper: Tough Subject: PPS, union differs on usefulness of teacher-quality report
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto takes steps to attract more immigrants to Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Move afoot to limit or ban cash gifts to state lawmakers
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania budget plan leaves no money for school construction
Tribune Review: Officials: Payments to PennDOT drive relentless toll hikes on Pa. Turnpike
Tribune Review: PennDOT to complete final link between Cranberry, Route 65 with $81 million project

Southwest
AP: Corbett backs hybrid public pension proposal
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Team effort: City, organizations address goals for Johnstown
Altoona Mirror: Fleck to conduct campaign as Dem
Altoona Mirror: Blair’s first reassessment meeting to feature video outlining plans
Beaver County Times: RMU poll: Voters don’t like Corbett, support extraction tax

NEPA
Pocono Record: Cherry Valley couple makes Monroe County history
Pocono Record: Program would help veterans with legal issues
Standard Speaker: Council needs more info on parking plans
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre City Council to vote on animal, trailer ordinances
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Area passes preliminary budget, questions missing scaffolding
The Times Leader: Chamber names new chief executive officer
News Item: Korean embassy represented at Shamokin-Coal Township church ceremonies
News Item: Southern passes balanced budget
Citizens Voice: Casey: VA ‘defects’ must be solved
Citizens Voice: Brominski remains council vice chairman despite ouster attempt
Citizens Voice: Hanover Area passes preliminary budget with 3 percent tax increase
Times-Tribune: City consultant: Pension tax, garage sale possibilities for Scranton
Times-Tribune: Riverside proposes tax hike

South Central
The Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioners approve regional 911 study
The Patriot-News: Meet the judge who made same-sex marriage legal in Pennsylvania: Q&A
The Patriot-News: Hybrid pension plan for school, state employees projected to produce $11 billion in savings over 30 years
The Patriot-News: Undocumented workers say they should be eligible for Pa. driver’s licenses
The Patriot-News: Continued drilling in state forests ‘close to slaughtering the cash cow,’ says former DCNR Secretary
The Patriot-News: More than 18,000 Pa. National Guard members have served in Afghanistan since war’s beginning
York Daily Record: Chester County DA announces county’s biggest ever drug bust
York Dispatch: York-Hanover unemployment rate decreases
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster CAP celebrates 40 years of WIC success
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County Domestic Relations seeks several for nonsupport

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading Area Water Authority board won’t resign, despite city council vote to disband
AP: Philadelphia ends bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics
WFMZ: Allentown offers $1 million for piece of airport property
WFMZ: Crash creates travel nightmare for Interstate 78 motorists
Express Times: Republicans agree on drilling, differ on federal budget in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District forum

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Unemployment rate continues to fall in Erie County
Erie Times-News: Corbett welcomes Wolf to race, ahem
Centre Daily Times: Hundreds of traffic citations issued over weekend
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Transportation projects set
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Special counsel may be hired to deal with rental ordinance appeals

Opinion
WHYY Newsworks: The bipartisan betrayal of America’s war vets
Philadelphia Weekly: Inky/Daily News episode over – for now
Philadelphia Weekly: Homophobia: Now a lot less politically expedient
York Dispatch: Attempted hijacking of GOP committee
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Pa. lawmakers’ secret accounts
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: More immigration rhetoric: Criminals among us
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Liquor’s real tab: Voters will have their say if promises are broken

Blogs
Keystone Progress: Efficiency May Be Easiest for PA to Meet EPA Carbon Rules
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Union Has Misreported Lobbying Since 2011
Keystone Politics: #PAGov Shorter Corbett: Giving Me Fancy Presents Helps the Entire State
Keystone Politics: Philly Progressives Are Finally Targeting the Correct Power Levers
Citizens’ Call: Jim Butt Resigns from Cheltenham School Board

May 29th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Morning Buzz, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “5/29 Morning Buzz”

  1. PAINDY1 says:

    Read my lips Corbett Team: TeaParty Tom Corbett has already broken the pledge. And if re-elected the only points of light citizens can anticipate are defective gas wells blowing up in our precious state parks and forest lands. http://youtu.be/RZtaZTEO3jA

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