6/3 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Anthony Williams staffs up for a run for Philly mayor, a look into the Tom’s Club of Harrisburg and the DCCC takes aim at Congressman Fitzpatrick. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Anthony Williams Potentially Gearing up for Philly Mayoral Run: The Philly State Senator hired a campaign firm run by Obama campaign veterans.

Tom’s Club: Pennsylvania’s Popular Gubernatorial Name: Pennsylvania has been governed by a “Tom” or “Thomas” for nearly 31 years collectively since statehood – more than any other name – and will add to that total in 2015.

PA-8: DCCC’s New Web Ad Targets Rep. Fitzpatrick: The DCCC launched an online ad claiming that Rep. Fitzpatrick voted to retain his own taxpayer funded healthcare for life after helping shut down the government

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Corbett says same-sex decision was well thought out
AP: Former Governor Ed Rendell passed on traveling on doomed jet
State House Sound Bites: Same-sex marriage ruling means tax benefits too
AP: Governor Corbett shuns tax increases amid worsening outlook
AP: Public memorial service for Inquirer owner Lewis Katz
AP: Corbett critical of Obama carbon pollution plan
PA Independent: State lawmakers return for budget scramble
StateImpactPA: Pa. would reduce carbon emissions by more than 30 percent under new EPA rule
PLSReporter: Pensions Dominate Senate GOP Caucus Discussions, House Caucuses Tuesday on Budget
Capitolwire: Basic ed funding commission bill advances to PA Senate floor.
Capitolwire: Lawmakers discussing zero-revenue-increase budget scenarios.
Capitolwire: House Dems call welfare bill unenforceable, accuse GOP of creating nanny state.
Capitolwire: Questions remain regarding permissibility of PA’s tax on Medicaid MCOs.

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. would reduce carbon emissions by nearly 30 percent under new EPA rule
AxisPhilly: Councilman’s “nonprofit” isn’t a nonprofit
Daily News: A titan and his legacy
The Inquirer: ‘Tom’ most common name for Pa. governors
The Inquirer: Poll finds Wolf up 20 points in Pa. gov race
Philly.com: Phila. Archdiocese sues over ACA contraception ‘accommodation’

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Gov. Corbett critical of Obama carbon polluting plan
Delco Daily Times: Pa. House approves ‘In God we Trust’ posting bill
Delco Daily Times: Corbett holds out against tax increases amid worsening outlook
Bucks Local News: Five Catholic churches in Bucks County slated for closure July 1; will merge with neighboring parishes
Montgomery Media: Ardsley man killed, second injured on Pa. turnpike

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers are scrambling to seal state budget by June 30
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP reps balk over medical marijuana
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pitt researchers find $5B in Medicare medication savings
Pittsburgh Business Times: Corbett trying to bring Highmark, UPMC to negotiating table
Urban Media Today: Wilkinsburg CDC Will Reapply For Main Street Designation, Seeks Public Comment

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Parents settle Pittsburgh zoo lawsuit in mauling
Observer-Reporter: House approves “Dairy Month” resolution
Observer-Reporter: Robinson Township holds public hearing on proposed zoning ordinance and map

NEPA
AP: Senate to take up new VA bill after scandal
The Times Leader: Luzerne County sheriff granting machine gun permits
The Times Leader: Which Luzerne County school district has kept tax rates lowest?
The Times Leader: Some Republican state legislators would like to see lawmaking bodies shrink
Times-Tribune: GOP lawmaker offers own budget
Citizens Voice: School districts weigh budget, tax increases
Pocono Record: Schools say healthy foods are being ignored

South Central
Roxbury News: Pa Revenue Department – May 2014 collections
York Daily Record: York County Republican Republican Committee reschedules its reorganization to July 12
York Dispatch: Wolf leads Corbett, got write-ins from York County Republicans
Harrisburg Patriot News: Home stretch in Pennsylvania’s budget season begins with another revenue stumble
Harrisburg Patriot News: Bill allowing “In God We Trust” motto in schools wins house approval
Harrisburg Patriot News: Divisions emerge in three-way fight for Dauphin County Democratic Committee chair
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmakers push for more limits on use of welfare benefits
Harrisburg Patriot News: Budget-driven leasing of state land to gas companies ‘a knife in the heart’ of sustainable management, says former DCNR secretary
Lebanon Daily News: Cleona council member objects to forest proposal
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County commissioners make progress on sale of cedar haven
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: Harrisburg School District chief recovery officer update on the recovery plan

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Rohrer-led group rallies in Harrisburg, urges Corbett to appeal same-sex marriage ruling
Reading Eagle: Spencer administration wants nonprofit Our City Reading to develop decaying Penn Square buildings
Reading Eagle: Meet the man aiming to lead the Reading School District
Morning Call: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey to veterans: With legislation, time, VA can work
Morning Call: Northampton County DA opposes driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants
Express Times: Easton City Council members defend illegal immigrant ID stance after district attorney’s critique
Express Times: Sen. Pat Toomey talks federal grants, difficult regulations with fire chiefs
WFMZ: Pa.’s US senators react to plan to address climate change
WFMZ: Coal community reacts to new power plant regulations

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Borough council to spend grant on cutting, replacing curb
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Heroin summit, vigil are reslated
Erie Times-News: Beeman out as Waterford GOP committeeman
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council nears decision on College Heights school
Centre Daily Times: EPA awards contract to reclaim Snow Show min property
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte Borough Council critical of waterfront plan’s appeal

Opinion
Pottstown Mercury: Nathan Benefield: Pension reform benefits teachers, taxpayers
Pottstown Mercury: Gene Lyons: Will Americans ever be ready to challenge the gun cult?
York Daily Record: Editorial: Toomey bill would bring VA accountability
Morning Call: Tom Corbett puts his most lovable foot forward

Blogs
Media Trackers: Another UFCW Local Ignores Pennsylvania Lobbying Laws
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: “We may actually receive less money than last year.”
Keystone Politics: *Racial Conservative* John Morganelli Slams “Illegal Aliens”
PA Budget and Policy Center: Minimum Wage Increases Didn’t Hurt Job Growth In Other States; It’s Time For PA To Join The Club
Observer-Reporter: Showing we’re serious about climate change
Times-Tribune: Use reserves to help mend pension mess

2 thoughts on “6/3 Morning Buzz

  1. Will the discussions between UPMC and Highmark be as rigged and staged as a Johnny Depp PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN SWORD FIGHT?? Kathleen Kane keep the Corbett Team away from the healthcare honey jar!! http://youtu.be/k2C68Nh-ltQ

  2. THE BRABENDER-CORBETT CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD OR WESTERN PA HEALTH CARE WARS: As has been often reported, there is a war in Western PA between Highmark and UPMC. These large institutions control the majority of the Western PA healthcare market: UPMC from the provider side and Highmark from the insurance side. The public is being scared to death. It wants open access to health care providers in the region; employers want cost containment. While UPMC and Highmark are both state-regulated, standing in the honey pot of this controversy are Corbett administration officials and advisors. Gromis-Baker is the wife of Scotty Baker, the head of Government affairs for World Class Jeff Romoff of UPMC. The rumored strategic political advisor and producer of those wonderful Highmark ads telling the truth about the UPMC system is the Brabender-Cox team supposedly led by former long-time Corbett Chief of Staff Baby Brain Nutt. Considering the number of taxpayers and voters that buy health insurance in Western PA, isn’t this conflict of interest, breach of the public trust and lack of transparency by the Corbett Administration far worse than Christie’s Bridgegate scandal? Quite frankly, I’m sick of the Post-Gazette, asking Corbett to solve this healthcare war, while both sides buy thousands and thousands of dollars of ads. If what I’ve been hearing is true, the Tom Corbett Administration cannot resolve the UPMC-Highmark wars, until Tom and Sue Corbett stop allowing their top political advisors to enrich themselves at the expense of Tom Corbett’s very survival and that of the voters and taxpayers in Western Pennsylvania. It will probably take some firings to resolve these terrible conflict of interests in the Corbett Administration, but as Brabender said himself about Christie, “sometimes the public likes a tough guy.” Governor creates a team to address UPMC, Highmark dispute – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    http://www.post-gazette.com/news/state/2014/06/02/Governor-Corbett-announced-a-team-to-address-Highmark-and-UPMC-dispute/stories/201406020126

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