6/2 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf leads Corbett in latest poll, MSNBC names PA’s rising stars and FiveThirtyEight examines the Governor’s odds of re-election. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

A note of condolences to the family of Lewis Katz, who tragically perished in a plane crash on Saturday. His loss will be felt throughout the commonwealth. Our hearts go out to his friends and family.

PA-Gov: Rasmussen Poll: Wolf 51% Corbett 31%: The Democratic nominee holds a 20-point lead over Governor Corbett in the first post-primary poll.

5/30 Ups & Downs: National news was made, party nominations were switched and a computer was confiscated. See who all made the list.

PA-Gov: FiveThirtyEight Analyzes Corbett’s Odds for Re-Election: The website calculates Tom Corbett’s current chances for a second term as Governor.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Slowly but Surely the General Election Begins: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

MSNBC Names Kane, Shapiro, Costello and Reed PA Rising Stars: All four officials received the honor from MSNBC host Chuck Todd this morning.

PA-6: Costello Leads Internal Poll: A new poll from the Costello campaign shows their candidate with a double-digit lead.

PA-8: Strouse Calls for Systemic Change for VA: The Democratic nominee and former Army Ranger denounced the political grandstanding he feels is endemic to Congress.

Reaction Round-Up to Gen. Shinseki’s Resignation: We compile some of the responses of PA officials to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs leaving the government.

Statewide
CNN: Same-Sex Marriage Juggernaut
State House Sound Bites: Governor met with investigator over Sandusky case
State House Sound Bites: Employment picture improves in Pa.’s distressed communities
State House Sound Bites: Pa. congressmen decry 700 on Pittsburgh VA wait list
PA Independent: Pension reform, revenue woes and fake bribes
PA Independent: Lawmaker reviving efforts to trim General Assembly
PA Independent: May bringing more bad budget news
PA Independent: Pension overhaul could save $11B over 30 years but offers no immediate relief
StateImpactPA: Gas driller Cabot wins Governor’s Community Impact Award
StateImpactPA: West Virginia rejects radioactive drilling waste from Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: No matter how you spell it, fracking stirs controversy
PLSReporter: New Jersey a Useful Case Study as Commonwealth Mulls iGaming for Budget Gap
PLSReporter: As Budget Deadline Draws Near, Bill’s Introduction Lingers

Philadelphia
Heard in the Hall: Tony Williams building support for a 2015 mayoral run
The Inquirer: Plan to stop growing gap in state pension
Daily News: After on-air tirade, Kenney dares Jon Stewart to come to Philly
PhillyClout: Tom Williams hires ex-Obama strategist for possible mayoral run
Axis Philly: Buying Time: School Reform Commission delays passing budget
KYW Newsradio: US Sen. Bob Casey joins call for Veterans’ Health Care Accountability
KYW Newsradio: Advocates for early childhood education demand attention from Pa governor candidates

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Bucks County-based nonprofit, Congressional legislation aim to address human trafficking
Delco Daily Times: Ideas abound on how to balance Pennsylvania budget
Pottstown Mercury: Philadelphia Inquirer Co-owner dead in plane crash
Pottstown Mercury: Gov. Corbett met with investigator over Sandusky Case
Daily Local News: States move to blunt Obama carbon plan
Bucks Local News: Governor Tom Corbett joins educational leaders, students in Bucks County to advocate ‘Ready to Succeed’ scholarship program

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Experts: Gay marriage ruling cripples Metcalfe’s efforts to oust Kane
Tribune Review: Cultural change critical to rescuing VA, experts say
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Section 8 housing vouchers lead to limited neighborhood choices
Pittsburgh Business Times: Doyle, Murphy say VA Pittsburgh made 700 vets wait for care
Pittsburgh Business Times: Wanted: Chief for Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
Pittsburgh Business Times: Amended Act 47 plan details negative swing for Pittsburgh’s finances
Urban Media Today: Dressing the VA’s wounds: What Obama faces now

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Blackhawk hires new superintendent
AP: Penn State cover-up case may soon see action
Altoona Mirror: Lack of funds hurting schools
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local elected officials weigh in on VA health care controversy
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Greater Johnstown adopts budget, taxes unchanged

NEPA
The Times Leader: Job prospects for Luzerne County Grads? Cashier tops the list
Times Tribune: Few school districts have anti-nepotism policies
Pocono Record: Pocono sex trade flourishes
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg parents pursue ousting school board members

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Blight or Boom?: Effects on air quality
Harrisburg Patriot News: Big decisions await Pa. lawmakers when they return to Harrisburg on Monday
York Daily Record: Wolf way ahead of Corbett in new poll
York Daily Record: Equality Fest planned for York will include a group wedding ceremony
York Daily Record: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry says Eric Shinseki’s ‘resignation is necessary to fix the VA
York Dispatch: Pa. park officials hope to cut $300 parking tickets
York Dispatch: South Eastern proposes budget with 1.5 percent tax increase
York Dispatch: Food Inspections: 5 York County Restaurants out of compliance

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: So far, Berks County has issues 30 marriage licenses to same-sex couples
Reading Eagle: Enroll America to target Reading for health insurance sign-ups
Reading Eagle: Bill to allow Pa. adoptees access to birth certificates stalled
Morning Call: Free weddings offered in Monroe County
AP: Ideas abound on how to balance Pennsylvania’s budget
Reuters: Senator to introduce bill that would allow vets to choose private medical care

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Youth agency seeks financial aid from city
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Hearing mulls how to address state’s long-term care needs
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Senator announces heroin hearings
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners approve Reach Road improvements project with city
Erie Times-News: How Erie’s representatives in Congress voted last week
Erie Times-News: Audit notes that Meadville area schools spend local dollars for bus service

Opinion
Philly Enquirer: No turning back on charters
Delco Daily Times: Wolf has all the right stuff to beat Corbett
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: In retreat: Shinseki leaves the VA as the situation demanded
Express Times: No sign of reality in latest Saucon Valley teacher proposal
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Hybrid’ pension reform is worth pursuing
Times Tribune: Stop talking, start cutting

Blogs
Citizens’ Call:‘Sustainable Cheltenham’ to Highlight Community Environmental Efforts at Arts in the Park This Sunday
Pittston Politics: Sciandra & Guariglia will square off next year
Pennsylvania Progressive: Insanity Extends Beyond the Shooters

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