7/31 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsCheck out PoliticsPA’s latest reader polls. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Reader Poll: Who Would Be Sestak’s Toughest 2016 Opponent? Which Pa. Democrat would be former Rep. Joe Sestak’s most formidable opponent in a hypothetical 2016 Democratic Senate primary?

State Sues to Stop Montco Same-Sex Marriage Licenses: The state Health Department filed the lawsuit today in Commonwealth Court.

Reader Poll: Cartwright Most Vulnerable to Dem Primary: Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Lackawanna) better watch his left flank in next year’s primary, according to PoliticsPA readers.

Statewide
PA Independent: State surplus, TSA property up for grabs at PA warehouse
StateImpact: Moniz Touts Obama’s Energy Plan In Coal Country
StateImpact: Silenced Critic of Dimock’s Water Problems Switches to Air Pollution Concerns
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Gov. Bill Scranton kept his wing of the GOP still vibrant, if in the minority, for nearly 50 years.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Casey weighs in on voter ID, same-sex marriage
Inquirer: Ex-Penn State officials ordered to trial in Sandusky case
Inquirer: Monto presses ahead despite state lawsuit over gay marriage
Philly.com: Pa. Health Dept. sues to stop Montgomery County official from issuing
same-sex marriage licenses
Daily News: Nutter: Work on Daly Street home was up to code
CapitolInq: Toomey rips Obama corporate tax plan
City Paper: One Simple Idea Could Revolutionize Health Care in Philly
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter mum on cause of South Philly explosion
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. sues to stop issuance of gay marriage licenses in Montco
WHYY Newsworks: Schuylkill Co. police chief under fire for YouTube videos
WHYY Newsworks: Philly teachers to Corbett: ‘We will not settle’
PhillyNow: Why the health department is involved in Montgomery County marriage equality lawsuit
PhillyNow: Philly suing world’s largest banks over Libor scandal…in which we explain the Libor scandal
PhillyNow: Why a PA Court ruled that a lesbian widow may receive survivor’s benefits
Big Tent: Boyle nabs another labor endorsement in PA-13
Philly Clout: PICA postpones vote on five-year plan

SEPA
Daily Local: County residents to see property tax assistance
Daily Local: West Chester hires new parking director
Daily Local: Montgomery County Register of Wills sued over gay marriage licenses
Daily Local: Pa. sues to stop issuance of gay marriage licenses

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Former Ravenstahl friend testifies before grand jury
Post-Gazette: Residents of Allegheny, other counties, eligible for storm-damage loans
Post-Gazette: Sen. Casey asks CDC to review Legionnaires’ cases
Post-Gazette: Direct Energy Business to acquire Hess gas and power marketing unit for $731 million
Tribune-Review: U.S. Steel’s Longhi: “everything is on the table.”
Tribune-Review: United Steelworkers official gets probation for embezzling union money
UrbanMediaToday: PPP: Majority Support for Red-Light Traffic Cameras in Pittsburgh

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Christiana looks to widen health care access
Beaver County Times: Amid legal battle, Vanport health center remains closed
Altoona Mirror: AASD contracts fail to pass
Altoona Mirror: Weakland retires; Strohm steps in

NEPA
Times Leader: Sixty year employee share memories of Bill Scranton
Times-Tribune: McQueary: Paterno criticized Penn State’s handling of Sandusky abuse
Citizens Voice: County solicitor: DA’s proposed lawsuit is ‘meritless’
Citizens Voice: Barletta, Hazleton residents react to immigration act ban
Citizens Voice: Scranton/W-B metro unemployment down again in June
Pocono Record: State board rejects Pocono Mountain Charter School appeal

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Governor candidate visits Cumberland County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gay marriage advocates stand in support of court official being sued for issuing marriage licenses to gay, lesbian couples
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lack of employment rights protecting Pa. gays saps security: Costs of coming out
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County jobless rate remains unchanged in June
Lebanon Daily News: Fight night in Lebanon County for Pa. governor’s race
Roxbury News: Curley-Shultz-Spanier Preliminary Hearing Day 2

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Does chief have right to post profane gun videos?
Morning Call: Sen. Casey highlights deficient bridges in push for funding
Express Times: Proposed law that would limit ATV use in Lehigh County township draws opposition
Express Times: Macungie’s interim mayor highlights police relationship at swearing in ceremony
Express Times: Lehigh County Authority to start selling Allentown water lease bonds

North by Northwest
Onward State: We’re Going to Trial: All Charges Stick in Curley/Schultz/Spanier Preliminary Hearing
Erie Times-News: McBride Viaduct meeting set for Wednesday
Erie Times-News: Audit due today of Erie-area jobs group
Centre Daily: Commissioners approve grant agreement for Medical Assistance transportation funding

Opinions
Tom Ridge & Ed Rendell, Philly.com: Tax code has too many loopholes
Post-Gazette: Plan for Larimer: Council should go slowly on a costly program
Tribune-Review: Lockerbie’s legacy
Times-Tribune: Scranton foresaw future, predicted political paralysis arising from extremism
Harrisburg Patriot News: State Sen. Mike Folmer: Five things we learned today
Harrisburg Patriot News: The biggest bailout of them all: Joe Pitts
Morning Call: Summer seems hotter when tax bills arrive

Blogs
Keystone Politics: With Regards to Primarying Mike Doyle and Chaka Fattah
Keystone Politics: Howard Dean Has an Excuse. Allyson Schwartz Doesn’t.
Keystone Politics: PA Marriage Equality Ban Court Battle, Marriage Licenses Given to LGBT Couples for First Time in PA
Commonwealth Foundation: Government Unions Break Cities
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: LCA Water Lease Delayed
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Jim Gregory No Longer Employed by Northampton County
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Surprise Fact: Battery Only Electric Vehicles Outsell Plug-In Hybrids
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Gas Plants Account For 53% Of New Generation Capacity And Threaten Old Coal Plants

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