7/31 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The DCCC neglects to mention any PA seats as top targets, Toomey finished well ahead of Sestak in the last fundraising quarter and the state’s junior Senator just got the “Onion” treatment. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

DCCC Chair Names Top Dem House Targets, Omits PA-6 and PA-8: The head of the DCCC informally announced the top seven districts which Democrats will target in 2014 but didn’t mention two top PA seats.

PA-Sen: Toomey Way Ahead of Sestak in Q2 Cash: Although the 2016 election is still a long way off, Senator Pat Toomey is building a large cash advantage over his potential Democratic opponent.

The Onion Satirizes Sen. Toomey and Corporate Contributions: The Onion, a popular satirical news organization, chose Senator Pat Toomey as its latest political subject.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Fee lowered to boost taverns’ interest in gambling
State House Sound Bites: Alternative pension bill offers more savings, more risk
StateImpactPA: Pa. health department reaches out to doctors amid controversy over drilling complaints
StateImpactPA: Public will get to weigh in on Loyalsock forest drilling plans
StateImpactPA: Independent judges: Sunoco Logistics pipeline can’t bypass local zoning laws
PLSReporter: Grell “Cash Balance” plan gains PERC approval
Capitolwire: State Police won’t be ‘bullied’ by Justice Department, commissioner says.

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Forbes announces new participants for its inaugural ‘Under 30’ summit in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Human trafficking hides in the corners of everyday Philly-area life
The Inquirer: Cigarette-tax vote hits a Pa. legislative roadblock
The Inquirer: Move on for DRPA to reveal vendors’ political donations
Daily News: Caseworker slain at Delco hospital was ‘Mother Theresa’ to some

SEPA
Daily Local News: Democrat Trivedi picks up endorsement from retired group
Daily Local News: Downingtown Senior Center seeks assistance
Montgomery Media: North Hills community meeting elicits anger
Delco Daily Times: Missed the discussion about state budget and pensions on ‘Live from the Newsroom?’ Here is the replay
Delco Daily Times: Main Line student builds website to help Israelis during war
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Clerk of Courts Mary Smithson elected president of the Pa. State Association of Prothonotaries and Clarks of Court

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: VA health care fix easily passes House
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh braces for waves of marches, demonstrations this week
Post-Gazette: Post-Gazette’s ‘Sunshine Law’ appeal denied in Beaver County
Post-Gazette: FBI to increase staffing in Pittsburgh cyber crime unit
Post-Gazette: Corbett leads rally opposing regulations curbing emissions
Post-Gazette: EPA regulation hearings draw interest groups to Pittsburgh
City Paper: Anti-immigrant sentiment reaches fever pitch over Central American child refugees

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Edensburg council OKs rain runoff charge
AP: Owner of Penguins practice rink faces tax charges
Observer Reporter: Southeastern Greene board approves contract with acting superintendent, a Mapletown graduate

NEPA
Times Leader: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey pushes for funding for a West Pittston levee
Times-Tribune: Gas field illnesses probed
Times-Tribune: PA oil and gas jobs projected to grow, new study reveals
News Item: US House passes drug enforcement bill
Standard Speaker: Area unemployment rate falls, but numbers misleading

South Central
York Daily Record: Pa. senator inhales on state-funded pot trip
York Daily Record: Reps. fight to keep hotel tax, York improvements
York Dispatch: $6.2M road project to begin Sunday on I-83 in southern York County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse wants cut in tourism dollars going to National Civil War Museum
Harrisburg Patriot News: State universities’ faculty layoffs could be coming at five schools
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett and Wolf campaigns offer opposing views of the Delaware Loophole issue
Harrisburg Patriot News: Grell’s pension reform plan produces some savings but only by borrowing $9 billion
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett’s office responds to ethics investigation request related to higher education advisor
Roxbury News: Fees lowered for Tavern Gaming Licenses.
Carlisle Sentinel: Lessening pollution: Officials say they face challenges in pursuit
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Judge holds court in mom’s building – and you’re paying for it
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Homeowners propose moving pipeline project away from residents and onto more preserved farmland
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Funeral food service: US Supreme Court may decide if food ban stands
AP: Ad Watch: Claims in Pennsylvania governor’s race
Lebanon Daily News: Bowman honored for work with Chamber

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Allentown seeking public opinion on downtown development plan
Express Times: West Nile virus found in three Lehigh Valley mosquito samples, DEP reports
WFMZ: Pennsylvania State Police defend recruits’ physical fitness test
Reading Eagle: Members of Jewish Federation of Reading gather to show support for Israel as fighting continues
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett on defense over school spending

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: City Council to hold study session about hotel project
Centre Daily Times: College Township Council moves forward on Hilltop rezoning
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Public input requested on drilling in state forest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City frustrated by out-of-town dropoffs
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Bill to speed up project permits stuck in Senate
Williamsport Sun Gazette: House passes measure to require pharmacies, DEA to work together
Onward State: Ready For Hillary Clinton Bus Tour Coming To Penn State on Friday

Opinion
Morning Call: Paul Carpenter: Medical marijuana legalization may be coming to Pennsylvania one way or another
Express Times: EDITORIAL: Politicians should take hands-off approach to Penn State sanctions
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: A sick river: Susquehanna should be declared ‘impaired’
York Daily Record: Task force could tackle pension issue (editorial)
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Finish the school tax puzzle
Tribune Review: The Western Psych grand jury report: Do the right thing
Early Returns: Suffer the little children
Post-Gazette: Where’s the work? It’s hard to justify Corbett adviser Ron Tomalis’ high salary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmakers, universities can’t let the dream of an affordable higher education slip away: Editorial
Williamsport Sun Gazette: The best speed limit is the one that is the safest
Bucks Local News: Prompt action is necessary on Medical Cannabis Proposal
Philly.com: Sink-or-swim model for teachers needs reform
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Time to focus on the solution
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Pact good news for ratepayers, city’s financial standing

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Hardware Store in Glenside Closes, but New Occupant Could be on the Way
Commonwealth Foundation: Teacher Evaluation System to Continue in Pittsburgh
Commonwealth Foundation: New Evidence: Taxes Stunt Economic Growth

July 31st, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “7/31 Morning Buzz”

  1. Sean Ryan says:

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/30/democrats-dogged-by-racist-sexist-tweets-from-campaign-staffers/

    Lets see the former campaign staffer for former PA08 Congressman Patrick Murphy do a story about this faux pa from a fellow Bristol native, Deidre French.

  2. PAINDY1 says:

    CORBETT ADMINISTRATION: “WHERE’S THE WORK!” RELEASE RON TOMALIS FROM HIS CORBETT VELVET PRISON! STOP THE OMERTA! http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/2014/07/30/Where-s-the-work.html

  3. PAINDY1 says:

    As my team has mentioned for months, we heard rumors of Ron Tomalis aimlessly wandering the corridors of the Ed building. Obviously we were correct. We call upon the Corbett administration to release Ron Tomalis from his $140k VELVET PRISON. STOP THE OMERTA! NOW THAT THE CORBETT/BRABENDER ADMINISTRATION HAS FINALLY CHOSEN TO SPEAK ABOUT TOMALIS, PLEASE TELL US HOW DID THE POLTIICAL HIT JOB ON WILLIAM HARNER AND WHY? http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/gov_tom_corbetts_office_issues.html

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