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5/9 Morning Buzz

Pennsylvania lost a great over the weekend. Journalism legend Al Neri, 58, passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Former Inquirer writer Dan Lynch penned this memorial.

Reporters from around the state reflected on the news – here are their writings.

Capitolwire’s Pete DeCoursey.

John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call.

The obitiuary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, where Neri was a reporter for many years.

And PA Public Radio’s Scott Detrow.

PoliticsPA Reports

Pa. Journalism Legend Al Neri Passes Away
Albert J. Neri, 58, an award-winning state capitol correspondent for newspapers in Pittsburgh and Erie, died on May 7, 2011. For the past 15 months, Mr. Neri had been a resident of the Homeland Center, Harrisburg. He went there after complications from cancer treatment.

No Stranger To Fiscal Debates, Sen. Toomey Will Unveil His Budget Proposal On Tuesday
Vowing to balance the budget in nine years – significantly quicker than the high-profile, controversial plan unveiled by Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin last month – Toomey’s blueprint is viewed by some Senate GOP aides as a more politically viable alternative to other Republican proposals, including one developed by fellow Senate freshman Rand Paul (R-Kentucky).

T-Paw Heads To Pittsburgh
Former Minnesota governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty visited Pittsburgh on Friday night to deliver the keynote address at the Allegheny County Republican Committee’s annual Spirit of Lincoln Dinner.

Michael Smerconish: Durante, Durante In Montgomery County
Philadelphia-based and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Smerconish, also a twice-weekly columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, today joins the growing cadre of observers focusing on Montgomery County’s interesting race for the sheriff’s post.

Headlines
Citizens’ Voice: State’s handling of Marcellus regulation under attack
The Big Tent: Santorum Shows Up in South Carolina, Wins Straw Poll
Times-Leader: Rep. Marino Wants Government Hiring Freeze
Times-Tribune: State House GOP Set To Present Budget Plan
Post-Gazette: State House Majority Balks At Using Surplus Funds
NBC Pittsburgh: State House To Vote on Banning Texting While Driving Legislation This Week
Inquirer: In Pa., Activists Spending Millions on School Voucher Fight
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Supreme Court Removes Phila. Judge From Death Penalty Case
Commonwealth Confidential: State Rep. Parker Arrested for DUI
Inquirer: In rare move, D.A. Williams Sends Letter About Abortion Legislation to State Legislature
York Sunday News: Law Firm Sues Commissioner
WHYY Newsworks: How Big Does Nutter Have To Win By?
Daily News: Top Fundraisers are Nutter, Union VIPs
But… Inquirer: With longshot rival and poor economy, Nutter fundraising is down
Inquirer: Electricians Union Raising A Lot of Money in Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Nutter Looks To The Future At 2011 EPIC Summitt
Citizens’ Voice: 6 new judges will play a key role in rehabilitating a troubled institution
Patriot-News: Lebanon GOP Sets Candidates’ Nights
Citizens’ Voice: Impact fee proposal addresses zoning
Citizens’ Voice: Vito DeLuca: County solicitor touts his mission to end corruption
Citizens’ Voice: Tony Ross:Attorney wants to return integrity, honesty to bench
Citizens’ Voice: John Aciukewicz: On court and in it, attorney ready to enforce the rules
Citizens’ Voice: Mike Blazick: Fairview attorney says he’s a true independent
Citizens’ Voice: Richard Hughes: County assistant DA takes another shot at bench
Post-Gazette: 3 seek Democratic nod in primary for District 9 seat

Opinions
Inquirer Editorial: Vote Nutter In Democratic Primary for Mayor
Post-Gazette Endorsement: Fitzgerald for County Exec (Dems)
Post-Gazette Endorsement: Raja for County Exec (GOP)
Tribune-Review Endorsement: We Won’t Endorse For Allegheny County Executive
Post-Gazette Endorsement: Heidelbaugh for County Council
Tribune Review Endorsement: Hurrah for Heidelbaugh for County Council (GOP)
Times-Leader Endorsements: Democrats for Luzerne County Council
Times-Tribune, Editorial: It’s Raining, Use Revenue To Sharpen Ax
Times-Tribune, Editorial: Commissioner Race Could Be Stuck In The Mud
Citizens’ Voice: Barletta again overreaches

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