Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. We present our latest list of Smartest Staffers: House Ds; Toomey takes a stand against the law o’ the sea; and Mark Critz and Jim Gerlach be white whales (according to Roll Call).
Harrisburg’s Smartest Staffers: House Democrats: Lawmakers are great, but staffers are the people who make government happen. Here’s our third edition of the best and brightest in each of the four caucuses in Harrisburg. Today: the top 10 House Democratic staff members.
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Arrr! Toomey Opposes Law of the Sea: Avast! This day, Senator Pat Toomey came out in opposition to th’ United Nations’ Law ‘o th’ Sea Treaty, which he said risks American interests.
Roll Call: Gerlach and Critz are White Whales: Roll Call has likened two PA congressmen, Reps. Jim Gerlach (R-Chester) and Mark Critz (D-Cambria), to Captain Ahab’s white whales — seats the opposing party chases every cycle without success.
Barletta Slams Obama Immigration Order; Corbett Reserves Judgment: Rep. Lou Barletta, an outspoken advocate of strict rules to deal with illegal immigration, says President Obama’s recent executive order is an attack on the Constitution. Gov. Tom Corbett reserved judgment during an interview Saturday.
ICYMI: Obama’s WV Problem Stretches Into PA: A significant portion of western and central PA Dems declined to vote for Barack Obama in the primary. The results resemble those of Kentucky and West Virginia, where he lost about 40 percent of the vote to no-name opponents or “undecided.”
Poll Results: PA Going Blue: With 597 people participating, PoliticsPA readers have cast their votes – and 50 percent of you say Pennsylvania is going blue this cycle
Politically Uncorrected: Winning the Battle, Losing the War: Madonna and Young examine the political implications of the Supreme Court’s Obama care decision: a win for the Ds could mean loss of the White House, but a win for the Rs could cost the momentum needed to propel Romney to the presidency.
Politico: Bain Capital: Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a muddle
Politico: White House financial disclosures roll in
Politico: Calderon thanks Obama for immigration action
Politico: Obama camp dismisses Dem criticism
Roll Call: Student Loan Bill Caught in Limbo
Wall Street Journal: Obama Camp Dominates Week’s Top 10 Ads
Wall Street Journal: Supreme Court saves best for last
Slate: Are You Better Off Than You Were 10 Years Ago?
USA Today: Obama gets nod from Hispanic talk show host
The Caucus: Obama’s Iraq Envoy Nominee steps aside
The Caucus: Putting Obama’s Job Proposal in Context
The Hill: Romney ad says Obama out of time on the economy
The Hill: Obama pleads for voters’ patience
Washington Post: President Obama made a political decision on immigration. So what?
Washington Post: Will the economy trump immigration among Hispanic voters this fall?
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday Hearing Scheduled On Corbett’s Judicial Picks
Capitol Ideas: On the upside, Gov. Corbett’s just as unpopular as other GOP Govs.
StateImpactPA: Corbett ask for automatic withholding on drilling royalty payments
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: More Context On The Cracker Tax Break
Capitolwire: Special education funding reform poised for House vote
Capitolwire: UC changes a ‘big deal’ that will lead to system solvency, say lawmakers, business community
Capitolwire: How much will Corbett raise spending to get some, all of his priority list?
Capitolwire: Judge McEwen, redistricting and that ‘narrow, simple-minded’ Sunshine Law
Capitolwire: Revenue Department’s new lottery privatization consultant has ties to Illinois private management company
AP: Corruption trial opens for ex-Rep. Stetler
AP: Corbett facing big test
PhillyClout: Brett Mandel Plans to run again for City Controller
PhillyClout: Departed PHA head takes new job at DC housing agency
Daily News: AVI loss could hobble Nutter’s second term
The Inquirer: Investigators laud proposed expansion of Pa. wiretap law
The Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers try new approach on liability for claims of past sex abuse
The Inquirer: Pennsylvania debates new beer flow
AP: Pa. municipalities conference set for Tuesday
Bucks Local News: Should Pa. sell its state stores? Key Bucks lawmaker favors privatization, opposes bill to sell
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Democrats call on Gov. Corbett to delay business tax cuts, restore funding to schools, human services
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Congress to confront a thorny agenda
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Tax credit for Shell largest PA incentive; Greene Co. man gets probation for dumping waste
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Report says fracking not a big factor in earthquakes
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: SWPA-EHP releases guidelines to monitor, test private wells
Early Returns: Days from PA budget figure?
Early Returns: Manchin, other WVa Dems skip DNC
Early Returns: Ward, judge nominees move forward
Early Returns: Corbett speaks: Romney in PA
Early Returns: Ferlo sees red
WTAE: Protesters decry Gateway School District cuts
Morning Call: Sen. Casey calls for federal action on rock snot
WFMZ: New Pa. Dept. of Health to law to require licenses for abortion facilities
WFMZ: Big test for Corbett looms in election, tax credit
South Whitehall Patch: Tell Us: Are We a Nation of Wusses?
South Whitehall Patch: Liquor Privatization Vote Postponed till Monday, Maybe Longer
Reading Eagle: Big test for Corbett looms in election, tax credit
Times News: Jobs, jobs, jobs: Romney brings campaign message to Weatherly
Times-Tribune: Scranton fiscal woes coincide with budget frenzy
Citizens Voice: Judge orders adequate funds for Luzerne County public defenders
Citizens Voice: Bill aims to end pre-release at community corrections facilities
York Daily Record: Veon, DeWeese frequently mentioned on first day of Stetler trial
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Former state Rep. Stephen Stetler of York goes on trial in last Bonusgate case
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Bonusgate defendant Stephen Stetler was ‘minding his own business’ until recruited into leadership position, attorney says
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Cumberland County treasurer elected chairman of the county’s Republican Committee
North by Northwest
AP: Pa. clinics to survive new standards for abortions
Erie Times: Erie County’s Fatica, other officials blast proposed state budget cuts
Erie Times: Advisory group delays vote on Presque Isle Bay status
Sharon Harold: Housing authority OKs budget – for now
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County to seek proposals for new air terminal
Courier Express: Curwensville School Board considering lunch price increase
Centre Daily Times: Clay drilling lubricant leaks into W. Pa. creek
Politico: Obama won’t get credit for helping the economy
Wall Street Journal: Why I No Longer Support the Health Care Mandate
USA Today: Deportation reprieve is both political and fair
Washington Post: Mitt Romney’s American Safari
Washington Post: Bush’s heresies are all about the obvious
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Political correctness, abortion and genders
Times-Tribune: Editorial – wiretap bill goes too far
The Inquirer: City courts on right road to reform
The Inquirer: Shell tax breaks would pay off for Pennsylvania
Daily News: Young immigrants deserve better
Daily News: Look for “Bait and Switch” on Soda Taxes
Pottstown Mercury: Another errant attempt at ending Pa.’s liquor monopoly
Delco Daily Times: Health care reform fight is far from finished
Keystone Liberty: Unemployment Fund solvency plan now law
Young Philly Politics: Another victory for democracy, transparency in the Democratic Party-this time in the Pennsylvania Democratic party!
Commonwealth Foundation: State budget: fireproofing the economy or throwing gas on the fire?
Commonwealth Foundation: Happy hour or last call? What’s the scoop on HB 11?
Pennsylvania Progressive: News and Notes June 18, 2012
Keystone Progress: Mom-to-be’s concerns about living in a toxic Pennsylvania
Keystone Progress: Decision on punitive damages rule is a positive step toward a more fair judiciary
Keystone Politics: Activists 1, Mitt 0
Keystone Politics: PA lawmakers should take the beer drinker view when reforming beer laws
Keystone Politics: House restores HEMAP funding
Keystone Conservative: Sen. Toomey on TV talking about Romney, the economy and Greece
Keystone Conservative: Catholics rally with “Fortnight for Freedom”
John Hanger: PA loses jobs in April and May: Needs more than just Marcellus Shale