5/28 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsThe holiday weekend is over, and with it the final respite before the sprint to a state budget. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

5/24 Ups & Downs: Last week saw several interesting, albeit low turnout campaigns. Here’s who did the best and the worst.

Reader Poll: Biggest Primary Surprise Tuesday? With the 2013 primary behind us, PoliticsPA would like to know: which race’s outcome Tuesday was the most surprising?

Reader Poll: Sestak Will Knock Off Toomey in 2016: 51% of PoliticsPA readers said the former Congressman would knock off incumbent Senator Pat Toomey in a 2016 rematch.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Proposal would give schools letter grades
State House Sound Bites: Special education funding formula in the spotlight
PA Independent: Week in Review: The never-ending campaign season
StateImpactPA: EPA Fines Western PA Treatment Plants For Marcellus Wastewater Violations
Capitolwire: Metcalfe to hold hearing to probe nonprofit ads seeking to influence elections
Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett pushes businessfolks to tout transportation, liquor bills to lawmakers
Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett says judge him on actions, not words ‘twisted’ by ‘opponents’
AP: Budget season may bring passage of other Pa laws
AP: Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking
AP: Pa. prisons could outsource mental health services

Philadelphia
AP: Pa. abortion clinic workers face sentencing
Inquirer: Halfway-house system on radar of Pa. corrections chief
Inquirer: Corbett to write column for Philly.com
Heard in the Hall: Traffic Court hopeful questions the vote count
WHYY Newsworks: Philly state rep says Nutter proposals for school funding in trouble

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Regional planners offer park improvement grants
Pottstown Mercury: SEPTA board OKs fare hike
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick introduces bill granting Tomb Guard burials at Arlington
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners help dedicate Courthouse Courtyard site for Global War On Terror Memorial
Bucks Local News: Voters select mayoral and council candidates in Bristol Borough, supervisor candidates in Northampton and Upper Makefield
Bucks Local News: Voters pick candidates for school board in Council Rock, Pennsbury, Neshaminy, Morrisville and Bristol Borough
Daily Local News: Update: ArcelorMittal probes cause of accident
Daily Local News: Chester County growth among best in Pa. Census data show townships outpacing boroughs
Daily Local News: Modified foods protested at courthouse

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Allegheny College deep into debate on fracking
Post-Gazette: Peduto wants to work with Ravenstahl
Post-Gazette: Replacement medal to be presented to Coraopolis WWII veteran
Early Returns: Immigration ads running Sunday
Early Returns: Perry on Politics: Ground the Air Force
Tribune-Review: Black vets accuse VA of unfair treatment
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County Councilman Drozd leaves GOP, alleges dirty politics
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese fundraising campaign reaches $50 million
Tribune-Review: Frick art, history center plans $15 million expansion

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Absentee ballots change winner
Altoona Mirror: Districts try to keep up with new standards
Altoona Mirror: Former county commissioner, clerk had coworkers’ respect
Altoona Mirror: Fake DEA agent case brings more charges
Tribune Democrat: Grant program could expand

South Central
Patriot-News: New job fairs for ex-offenders draw hundreds seeking second chance
Patriot-News: Will a new face in the mayor’s office improve Harrisburg’s image?
Patriot-News: Harrisburg COO leaves days after primary election
Patriot-News: Toomey and Casey confront sexual harassment in the military
Patriot-News: It’s unclear if Dan Miller will run as a Republican, but he says he’s not bitter, and plans to stay involved
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland Co. GOP fracture deepens amidst heated row office campaign
York Daily Record: Former York County Republican Committee leader dissolves ties because of Tate’s nomination
York Daily Record: Q&A: What’s on Kevin Schreiber’s mind as he prepares to join state House?

NEPA
Times Leader: Risky business discussed at anti-frack talk
Times Tribune: President, Mrs. Carter to visit Wyoming Monument on Tuesday
Times Tribune: Lackawanna County treatment court given nod of approval from national organization
Citizens Voice: Senator invites transportation secretary to army depot in bid for jobs
Citizens Voice: Trio of pension changes extend scope of debate
Standard Speaker: Warrant sweeps for unanswered citations loom
Standard Speaker: Tamaqua hopes to fight blight with grant

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: NAACP, Latino leaders want Allentown School District administrator to stay
Morning Call: Newsmaker Q&A: Robert Donchez
Morning Call: DA: Stoffa should be held in contempt of court
Morning Call: Allentown School Board approves cutting 154 jobs
Morning Call: Bethlehem cans trash plan
Express Times: Allentown citizens group gets clean air ordinance on council agenda
Express Times: Resignation of Allentown school administrator prompts questions about district’s commitment to diversity

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Share the story: Retired general speaks for veterans
Sun-Gazette: Legislative Tally
Sun-Gazette: Meeting on drilling on public land June 3 follows private meetings on Loyalsock drilling
Erie Times: Grossman pledges to finish strong as county executive
Erie Times: Coin flip to decide Venango Township race
Erie Times: Erie prepares $2M street-paving plan

Opinions
WHYY Newsworks: Want young people to vote? Give us a change we can see
Morning Call: Pa. independents shut out from Pa. primaries
Post-Gazette: Arlington: where war comes home
Observer-Reporter: Bring back Glass-Steagall Act

Blogs
Citizens Call: McCarter Unveils Legislation Aimed to Curb School District Funding Losses to Cyber Charter Schools
Pittston Politics: Quinn top vote getter, two females may pull it off in fall
Pittston Politics: Analyzing DJ race, Red in the driver’s seat
Pittston Politics: Lisnkey loses Jenkins race, will get $137k parting gift form PA
Pittston Politics: Analyzing WA race, it’ll be Yochem vs DeAngelo in the fall
Keystone Politics: Mo Monopoly Mo Problems
Keystone Politics: Ori Feibush is a Hero
Keystone Politics: Which PA House Members Will Join the New Public Transit Caucus?
Keystone Politics: Keegan Gibson: Tom Corbett Used to Have One Puerto Rican Guy in His Cabinet, So There
Jon Geeting: It’s Official: Adam Waldron Wins 4th Bethlehem City Council Seat
Jon Geeting: Karen Dolan: Not in the Habit of Appointing Also-Rans

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