6/4 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Another poll shows Wolf with a large lead over Corbett, PA voters favor same-sex marriage for the first time and we ask who the brightest rising star in the commonwealth is. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: PPP Poll: Wolf 55% Corbett 30%: A second poll shows the Democratic challenger with a large lead over the Republican incumbent.

PPP Poll: Toomey Trails Kane; Leads Sestak, Shapiro, McGinty: Public Policy Polling asked Pennsylvanians whether they would vote for Sen Pat Toomey (R) or four high-profile Democrats in 2016.

PPP Poll Finds Growing Acceptance for Same-Sex Marriage in PA: A plurality of PA voters support same-sex marriage for the first time.

PPP Poll: Obama Approval At 41%: The President’s approval rating in the commonwealth has hit an all-time low.

PPP Poll: Undecided Holds Large Lead in Philly Mayoral Race: A new poll shows a wide-open contest for the next Mayor of Philadelphia.

PA-Gov: Corbett, Wolf Clash on New EPA Regulations: Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic nominee Tom Wolf weighed in on the recently-released environmental plan.

Reader Poll: Who is Pennsylvania’s Brightest Rising Star?: We ask our readers which politician has the best future in front of them.

Reader Poll: Female Senator or Governor Long Time Away: Our readers feel we won’t see a female Senator or Governor for quite some time.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Senate to consider smaller government across all branches
AP: Wolf urges Corbett, lawmakers, to OK drilling tax
AP: Clock ticks as state lawmakers eye new budget
PA Independent: With revenue lagging, lawmakers eye higher cigarette tax
PA Independent: Corbett and PA coal industry wary of new EPA rules on CO2
PA Independent: Feds may disallow PA’s managed care providers tax, could ask repayment of $1.7B
PLSReporter: General Assembly Reduction Bills Now Include Provision to Eliminate Lieutenant Governor, Reduce Size of Judiciary
Capitolwire: Sen. Christine Tartaglione: Sen. Tartaglione, ‘Raise the Wage PA’ rally again to urge minimum wage increase.
Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett announces Act 13 impact fee county and municipal distributions; revenues surpass $630 million to benefit local communities across the Commonwealth.
Capitolwire: Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee sends legislation to Senate
Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett secures support of nation’s governors to call for swift action, better care for veterans.
Capitolwire: Office of Attorney General: Virginia man arrested after traveling to Allegheny County to meet 14-year-old girl for sex.

Philadelphia
The Inquirer: Senate committee: Ax Pa. lawmakers, judges, Lt. Gov.
The Inquirer: Gun control group backs GOP’s Fitzpatrick
The Inquirer: Former President Clinton to speak at Katz memorial
The Inquirer: PPP survey finds Wolf leads Corbett by 25
Heard in the Hall: Zack Stalberg is retiring
Daily News: City commissioner claims “illegal” election certificates sent
Axis Philly: Summertime Crime
WHYY Newsworks: DEP: Philadelphia region’s air quality is improving

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Governor Tom Corbett joins educational leaders, students in Bucks County to advocate ‘Ready to Succeed’ scholarship program
Delco Daily Times: Investigation continues after Chester shooting leaves one dead, police officer injured
Delco Daily Times: Conspiracy charges upheld for 2 in deadly Philly building collapse
Delco Daily Times: Pa. pols eye hike in cigarette tax to ease budget blues
Montgomery Media: Archdiocese of Philadelphia announces mergers for Montgomery county churches
Pottstown Mercury: Obama pollution plan could pound Pa. industries, cost jobs
Pottstown Mercury: Prep school grad headed to trial for allegedly running Main Line drug ring

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Oversight board urges Pittsburgh slash budget 20 percent
Pittsburgh Business Times: Beemer succeeds King as Pennsylvania’s first deputy AG
Pittsburgh Business Times: EPA to hold coal-industry regulations hearing in Pittsburgh
KDKA: Bill Wants “In God We Trust” Posted in Pa. Schools
Post-Gazette: Same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania carries wide repercussions
Tribune Review: Judge approves Sandusky investigative report; Corbett to have chance to respond
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh to consider tax increase, $100M in borrowing
Tribune Review: Wolf lobbies lawmakers to pass shale-gas tax before summer

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Cumberland, Amwell top list of impact fee recipients
Altoona Mirror: Manager: Don’t politicize leadership
Altoona Mirror: Raises split AASD board
Altoona Mirror: Sewer system divides Portage
Beaver County Times: Congressman asks for detailed report from Pittsburgh VA official
Beaver County Times: County, municipal drilling impact fee revenue totals $740,000
Beaver County Times: FirstEnergy: We’re ready for carbon emission rules

NEPA
The Times Leader: EPA power plant proposals stir debate
The Times Leader: Corbett shuns tax hikes amid dismal outlook
Standard Speaker: Parking wars heat up in Hazelton
Standard Speaker: Panther Valley residents face school tax hike
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg superintendent’s fate up for vote Wednesday

South Central
York Dispatch: Former York County state Rep. Stetler’s appeal denied
York Daily Record: State Rep. Stan Saylor says proposed drilling tax getting more attention this Pa. budget season
York Daily Record: How York County Area lawmakers want to close a state budget deficit
Harrisburg Patriot News: Kathleen Kane has fears, but they’re not about any of her calls as attorney general
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett’s own witness lukewarm to more gas leasing in state forests and parks
Harrisburg Patriot News: Shrinking Legislature’s size and other historic government reform measures now on track for Pa. Senate vote
Harrisburg Patriot News: Internet gambling might work in Pa., but key senator says it’s too complex an issue for this year’s budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: Unions, lawmakers ask for minimum wage raise
Harrisburg Patriot News: Overhaul of distressed municipality program passes Pa. House
Carlisle Sentinel: South Middleton district, teachers approve early bird teacher contract extension
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: State allows Muddy Run pumped storage project in Lancaster County to continue, with conditions
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: East Earl citizens plan meeting to air concerns about township government
Lebanon Daily News: Richland replaces council president again

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Allegations of misuse of funds fly in Penn Forest Township
Morning Call: Internet gambling coming into your home?
Morning Call: Tax hikes, spending cuts, and other ideas considered to close state budget gap
Reading Eagle: Reading School District erred in termination hearing of former superintendent, judge rules
Express Times: Bethlehem City Council puts off decision on hiring new recycling director
Express Times: Bethlehem Township, Pa., officials want hard numbers before deciding on mansion restoration

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Judge approves Kane’s Sandusky report; release awaits review by those names within
Williamsport Sun Gazette: History trail to get grant
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School Board works to improve summer communication between students, teachers

Opinion
Delco Daily Times: Amid shameful V.A. revelations, fixing medical care a top priority
Pottstown Mercury: Politically Uncorrected: Tom Wolf’s real opponent
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: A logical step in running Carlisle
Harrisburg Patriot News: Anyone remember when Republicans respected science?: Cynthia Tucker
Tribune Review: Those EPA CO2 rules: Let us fight anew
Post-Gazette: No high, just low: House GOP stance on medical marijuana hurts kids
News Item: Good plan ready for action to reduce size of Legislature

Blogs
Citizenscall: Arts in the Park is Another Smash – with an Assist from the Weather
Commonwealth Foundation: Should Taxpayers Pay for Strippers?
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Tom Corbett Hasn’t Led Tom Wolf in a Poll Since January 2013

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