7/22 Morning Buzz

Fresh off the news about who might challenge the congressmen in the Lehigh Valley, we got a better sense of who might be challenging an incumbent in Northeast Pa. Wilkes-Barre attorney Bill Vinsko is going to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Barletta. There is also a news report that former Rep. Kanjorski might jump into the race as well.

State schools are raising tuition because the state budget had cuts in funding to these institutions. We take a look at how each state school’s tuition was affected by the budget cuts.

State Rep. Turzai’s state store privatization legislation has met resistance from Senate Pro Tempore Scarnati, who suggested the state liquor board should have the ability to run state stores more like a business.

Rick Santorum and Dan Savage got into a verbal spat over the marriage pledge. We take a look at the controversy.

PoliticsPA Reports

Updated: Wilkes-Barre Attorney Bill Vinsko To Seek Democratic Nomination In PA-11
Vowing to “lead the fight against the right-wing extremists we currently have in Congress,” Wilkes-Barre attorney Bill Vinsko announced on Wednesday that he would seek the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 11th Congressional district. Barletta camp: We’re “focused on the future of our country, not politics.”

Pa. Schools Raising Tuition To Compensate For State Budget Cuts
State related universities are tasked with recouping a nineteen percent cut in state funding, a figure that includes severe reductions for Penn State ($63 million), University of Pittsburgh ($31.2 million), Temple University ($32.8 million) and Lincoln University ($2.6 million).

Post-Gazette: Liquor Store Privatization Hits Major Roadblock
Plans to privatize the state-run liquor stores hit a major roadblock today, with a top state Senate Republican saying that the state first should “take the handcuffs off” the current system.

Rick Santorum vs. Dan Savage
Senator Rick Sanotrum ripped into activist and sex columnist Dan Savage this week following a television appearance Savage had on Bill Maher.


PhillyNow: Philly Federal Reserve President Says There Is A Debt Plan, But What Is It?
Altoona Mirror: GOP Supports Budget Proposal
WJAC TV: Essential Air Subsidy For Johnstown Airport Eliminated In House Bill
POLITICO: Rep. Joe Pitts Tied To Alleged Pakistani Agent
Roll Call: Gerlach Challengers Headed to Democratic Primary Rematch
Washington Post: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick Takes Anti-Dogfighting Message to Capitol Hill
Washington Post: Lawmakers Doubtful ‘Cut, Cap, Balance’ Will Work
Republican Herald: Congressman Holden: “We need to raise the debt limit”
Pennsylvania Morning Call: Dent interviewed on MSNBC’s Daily Rundown
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Two federal judge nominees recommended to full Senate


Capitol Ideas: Scarnati: Corbett needs to set “clear parameters” on impact fee
Capitol Ideas: PA Jobless rate rose to 7.6 percent in June
WITF: Harrisburg has two weeks, state’s vague privatization agenda, and puppies
PA Independent: “No tax pledge” still influences impact fee debate
PA Independent: Turnpike – Cash customers to get hit with 10-percent toll increase
Commonwealth Confidential: Let The Liquor Store Battle Begin
Fox Philadelphia: Pa. Turnpike Cash Tolls To Rise 10% In 2012
WHYY Newsworks: Study Ranks Pa. As One Of Worst States For Air Pollution From Power Plants
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Liquor stores not top-shelf priority in Senate this fall
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: State services, assets to receive scrutiny
Centre Daily Times: Conklin plans to sponsor bill to enact a version of “Caylee’s Law”
Patriot News: Value of Governor’s Marcellus Shale report debatable
Morning Call: Senate leader: No rush on taking booze biz private


Inquirer: SEPTA Closer To New Fare System

Philly Suburbs

Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield Township Supervisors Unclear on Language of State Redevelopment Grant
Fox Philadelphia: Some New Jobs Coming To The Suburbs
Fox Philadelphia: Bucks Cut AC For Prisons, Courthouse


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Clean air group sues shale-drilling operation
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Wilkinsburg passes natural gas drilling ban
KDKA: Big oil companies set up shop in Western PA


Beaver County Times: Blackhawk Getting Payday From Natural Gas Lease
Beaver County Times: Iraqi Police Officers Visit Beaver

Lehigh Valley

Reading Eagle: DA probe into stun-gun misuse allegations continues

South Central

Public Opinion: Agency layoffs blamed on state budget cuts
Patriot News: Sen. Jeffrey Piccola asks governor to help block Harrisburg officials from enacting commuter tax
Patriot News: Computers back in operation at the Pa. Department of Environmental Protection


Times Leader: Marcellus yield soaring, report on industry says
Times Leader: Vinsko joins 11th District race
Times Leader: Expert says gas metering facility would pose little risk in Dallas Twp.
Citizen’s Voice: Industry study: Marcellus economic impact ‘dramatic’
Citizen’s Voice: Expert: Gas leak wouldn’t hit Dallas schools
Citizen’s Voice: Commissioners add two new jobs to public defender’s office
Wayne Independent: Wayne unemployment up 0.3 percent in May

North By Northwest
Erie Times-News: Crawford Republicans to picnic next week
Courier Express: Commonwealth Court upholds decision on Clearfield County reassessment


Baer Growls: It Ain’t Easy Getting E-ZPass Data
Lehigh Valley Live: The United States Cannot Be Insolvent

Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial: The Great Debate: Derelicts!
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Editorial: Faux poverty
Beaver County Times Editorial: Still Not Enough To Save Pa.’s Roads
Beaver County Times Editorial: Cop Out To Take Money Intended For State Police


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