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

June 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 3 Comments

3 thoughts on “6/2 Morning Buzz”

  1. PAINDY1 says:

    Here’s a song for the Tom Corbett-Acting Governor Brabender-and Rob Gleason led PAGOP to release your inner wolf! HOWL: It will make you feel new again! http://youtu.be/r3JQF2NSlB0

  2. PAINDY1 says:

    PAGOP donors: don’t be taken by the Corbett/Acting Governor Brabender fundraising team. A Brabender-produced funeral costs some big bucks.. You don’t have to pay for Corbett’s funeral to show your loyalty. You will hear that “Polls mean nothing!” Don’t fall for this spin. IT WILL GET DECIDLY WORSE!!! YES IT WILL! http://www.keystonepolitics.com/2014/06/tom-wolfs-20-point-lead-tom-corbett-grow-even-larger/

  3. PAINDY1 says:

    As The Tribune Review’s Brad Bumsted’s Sunday column so neatly pointed out: Here’s what our PA Governor’s Race has come down to, Wolfmen versus the Vampires: http://youtu.be/Mo_OKraqi-Q

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