7/21 Morning Buzz

In case you missed it yesterday, PoliticsPA took a look at the Bucks County Commissioners race – one of the hottest races in the commonwealth. We have profiles of the GOP and Democratic candidates. 

Rep. Meehan introduced legislation to create courts tailored to the needs of veterans. This comes on the heels of the DCCC criticizing Meehan for a lack of legislative initiative.

Newspapers across the state have tried to take the local angle on the debt negotiations. From Pittsburgh to Scranton, reporters are trying to find out where local representatives stand on the issue.

Penn State is bullish about the economic impacts Marcellus Shale will have on the state. They believe it will be an economic boom to the state – larger than drilling advocates have anticipated.

PoliticsPA Reports

Races To Watch: Bucks County Commissioner
In PA’s ultimate swing county, the race for the county courthouse could be among the closest in the state – and might set the tone for 2012.

The Democratic Candidates: Diane Marseglia and Det Ansinn
Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia and Doylestown Borough President Det Ansinn have their pedal to the medal. They say Bucks can’t afford another Republican administration that will sweep the County’s fiscal – and ethical – problems under the rug.

The Republican Candidates: Charley Martin and Rob Loughery
Meet the men seeking to extend Republicans’ control of the Bucks County courthouse.

Taunted By DCCC, Meehan Introduces Legislation To Help Veterans
Weeks after the DCCC highlighted Meehan’s lack of legislative initiative, the freshman Delaware County Congressman has unveiled his first proposed piece of legislation, a bill aiming to assist the country’s veterans by “[providing] federal assistance to create Veterans’ Treatment Courts,” according to a statement released by his office on Monday.

National

Early Returns: Toomey: No McConnell or Gang of 6
Early Returns: No surprises on debt vote
Morning Call: Area Republicans support cut, cap, balance plan
Times Leader: Barletta, Marino: ‘Cut, cap and balance’ not symbolic
Daily Review: Marino votes for Cut, Cap, and Balance Act
Citizen’s Voice: W-B attorney considers challenging Rep. Barletta
POLITICO: Santorum Family to Spend Month in Iowa
Early Returns: Druckenmiller wants Christie
Roll Call: Heard on the Hill: Michael Vick’s ‘Redemption’
Washington Post: Harrisburg’s Rejection of Financial Recovery Plan is First Under Pa. Distressed City Law
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Grocer Recognized By First Lady
MENA FN: Casey Chairs Hearing on Yemen
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 3 Pa. National Guard members killed in Afghanistan

Statewide

State Impact – NPR: The Latest on the SRBC’s withdrawal suspension
State Impact – NPR: New Numbers show PA gas production will lead nation
State Impact: House Committee Weighs drilling impact fee
State Impact – NPR: Shale Boom Boom and Bromides in the Streams
Capitol Ideas: Why does GQ Hate Pennsylvania?
Philadelphia Magazine: Battle Over The Booze: Will Corbett Take On The Unions?
PA Independent: Raises in public sector union contracts fail to generate controversy
PA Independent: Salary increases on the rise at state universities
Inquirer: Penn State Report Even More Bullish On Marcellus Shale
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Marcellus gas production could triple by 2020, report says
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Inoperable gun still a gun under law, court rules
KDKA: Study Examines Economic Impact of Marcellus Shale Industry
PR Newswire: Pennsylvania Department of Auditor General Receives National Award for Accountability in State Government, for Second Year
Patriot News: Analysis: Relationships make legislative politics work

Philly

PhillyNow: Tom Knox Gets His City Job
PhillyClout: Capozzi’s Court Challenge Of Election Tossed By Judge
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Jails Are Getting Less Crowded
WHYY Newsworks: One Philly Worker Fired, Another Demoted Over Ethics Violations
PhillyClout: Ethics Board Closes PAC Loophole As Councilman Objects
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Looks At Selling Excess Buildings

Philly Suburbs

Bucks Local: VIDEO Bucks County Leaders Break Ground For Multimillion Dollar Justice Center
Courier Times: Bucks Backs Off On Power Cutback

Pittsburgh

KDKA: Commission Considers Increasing Wholesale Gas Tax, Vehicle Fees To Fund Roads
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: City Council set to vote on deal to save $3M

Southwest

The Tribune-Democrat: Religion, State Law Collide

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Hellertown, Lower Saucon want to study police merger
Morning Call: State Supreme Court upholds Renninger pension
Lehigh Valley Live: Extra 2011-12 school aid does not translate to tax cuts in Warren County

Lehigh Valley Live: Phillipsburg Town Council considers criminal background checks for board members
Lehigh Valley Live: Easton mayor pitching regional skate park to Two Rivers Council of Government
Lehigh Valley Live: Inoperable gun still a gun under law, Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules

South Central

Patriot-News: State court blocks Patriot-News’ access to E-Z Pass records
Public Opinion: Waynesboro gets $11 million PENNVEST loan for sewer plant
Patriot News: Urgency of situation will force Harrisburg officials to work together, city council member says
Patriot News: New Marcellus Shale study shows more growth, critics question results
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council’s rejection of Act 47 plan escalates tension in city’s fiscal crisis
York Dispatch: County solicitor: Elections complaint in D.A.’s hands
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school district to receive additional funds from state

NEPA

Times Leader: New industry report says Marcellus production up
Times Leader: County seeks funding for flood repairs
Times Leader: New Megan’s Law ordinance is passed
Daily Review: Bradford County Department of Public Safety announces process for claims for the Public Assistance Presidential Disaster Declaration DR-4003
Times News: Political barbecue serves up fun

North by Northwest

Erie Times-News: Erie-area casino approved for slots-license renewal, poker room
Centre Daily Times: Centre County Natural Gas Task Force issues landowner tips
Sun Gazette: Gas impact fees, severance taxes argued
Sun Gazette: Commissioners to consider bids
Sun Gazette: Montgomery board accepts 3 resignations

Opinions

Daily News, Editorial: Congress to cripple consumers?
Inquirer Column: Instead Of Political Pledges, Do Something
Young Philly Politics: State Spending Cuts Kill Private Sector Jobs
John Baer, Inquirer Column: Sales Brew-Ha-Ha: Why Booze And Not Beer?
Baer Growls: More Beer Facts
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial:Marcellus Shale: Responsible benefits
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial:No forced pooling
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial:Midweek briefing
Lehigh Valley Independent: Alcohol Reform: Wacky Beer Laws Should Be in Play
Lehigh Valley Independent: Wealthy School Districts Saw No Change to State Aid From Corbett Lehigh Valley Independent: “Centrist” Charlie Dent Votes for Wild Right-Wing Budget Rules
Lehigh Valley Live: Editorial: Shine some light on Corbett’s gas-drilling panel
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Make EPA Prove Its Claims
Tribune-Democrat Editorial: Toasting Privatization Efforts
Observer-Reporter Editorial: New Fines Add Teeth To Sunshine Act

 

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