6/11 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Stephens is considering a run for AG, Rendell tells Kane “do your job”, and Wolf loses to Arneson in court. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Stephens Exploring a Run for Attorney General: The Montco State Rep. is considering launching a campaign.

Rendell Tells Kane: “Do Your Job”: The former Governor has some advice for the Attorney General.

PA-Gov: Court Reinstates Arneson, Wolf to Appeal: The Commonwealth Court ruled 4-3 in favor of the Executive Director of the Office of Open Records.

DNC Names 2016 Convention Leadership: The senior management team for the 2016 presidential nominating committee has been announced.

State Senate Confirms Levine as Physician General: Rachel Levine is the first transgender woman in PA history to serve in the cabinet.

HD-161: Democrats Nominate Krueger-Braneky for Special Election: She will face off against GOP candidate Paul Mullen in the Aug. 4th contest.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Legislative Republicans could go it alone on the budget if agreement with Wolf remains elusive
PA Independent: Pennsylvania mayors, lawmakers lobby for municipal pension reform
PA Independent: PA House speaker lauds impact fee, decries Wolf’s severance tax plan
StateImpactPA: As budget negotiations heat up, so does rhetoric over gas tax
PLSReporter: House Democrats report more inclusion in budget discussions (VIDEO)
PLSReporter: Penn National Gaming encourages iGaming in Pennsylvania (VIDEO)

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Former Nutter top aide launches independent bid for City Council
WHYY Newsworks: Why do corrupt politicians keep their pensions?
Philadelphia Weekly: Four years before Stonewall, the gay rights struggle started at Independence Hall
KYW Newsradio: City Council Okays School Bailout, But With $25-Million Catch
Heard in the Hall: Philadelphia could be left behind in the dust with pension reform
CapitolInq: House approves cuts to Amtrak funding
CapitolInq: Key senator reconsiders delay on rail safety requirement

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission delays recommendation for funding formula
Daily Local News: Senate committee votes to delay Keystone Exams
Bucks County Courier Times: Pa. Senate weighs tattoo brand removal for human trafficking victims

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Schools ignore grand jury’s warning to let police investigate sex cases
Tribune-Review: Judge dismisses some charges against former Allegheny County councilman McCullough
Tribune-Review: 2 Western Pa. casinos fined by state Gaming board
WESA: Pittsburgh To Host National Innovative + Inclusive City Workshop
Pittsburgh Business Journal: White Castle exec tells Congress that new overtime rules could cost businesses billions
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Oxford brings in outside firm to help market downtown office tower project
Urban Media Today: Mayor issues executive order enacting strategic investment and maintenance plan for public safety, public works, and parks projects

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver Falls Council votes against housing project
Beaver County Times: Chamber member: Shell reportedly looking at Michael Baker building in Brighton Twp.
Observer-Reporter: Washington County top recipient of gas impact fees for 2014
Altoona Mirror: Eichelberger targets teachers’ emails
Altoona Mirror: Tyrone Area board to vote on budget with tax increase

NEPA
Times-Leader: Luzerne County to get over $306k from gas drilling fees for 2014
Times-Leader: Salavantis asks PSP to probe Kane petitions
Times-Leader: Hazleton tower alleges vendetta after being suspended from city service
Times-Tribune: Council surprised by Scranton mayor’s backing of Boscov
Times-Tribune: Keystone Landfill makes expansion pitch to public
Times-Tribune: Carbondale drug treatment center defies order to shut down
Standard Speaker: Kline Twp. authority requested probe into missing money

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Sen. Smucker promises action on school truancy reform
York Dispatch: York County Judicial Center buildout under budget
York Dispatch: DA’s Office: Drug cops raid Gloria’s Grocery, seize synthetic pot
York Daily Record: Rep. Grove message on Conewago Creek
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Wolf waives fee for volunteer’s background checks
Patriot News: TV celeb comes to Pa. to push for medical marijuana

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Commerce Park redevelopment plan presented to Phillipsburg Council
Reading Eagle: Two dozen suspects charged in drug sweep in Berks, Schuylkill counties
Reading Eagle: Wolf vows to appeal ruling he overstepped powers on firing
Capitol Ideas: Senate Judiciary panel vets Pa. appeals court nominee
Capitol Ideas: House condemns Gov. Wolf because he won’t condemn
Morning Call: Bid to censure East Penn School Board Member Lynn Donches fails

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Child pornography suspect denied bail modification
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lycoming County commissioners to OK grant for recidivism study
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Zoning board gives preliminary approval to fuel tank changes
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Township supervisors OK stormwater planning

Opinion
Daily News: Life sentence of hunger
Philly.com: Rep. Boyle: Imagine more high-speed rail throughout Northeast
Pottstown Mercury: Election reform possible key for better turnout
Daily Local News: Hillary Clinton’s illusory lurch to the left
Daily Local News: Big banks keep getting away with illegal activities
Bucks County Courier Times: Politically Astute: Men of Mystery
Morning Call: Medical marijuana not route to full legalization in Pennsylvania
Lebanon Daily News: Top secret TPP treaty needs full, public airing
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: It’s time to KO property taxes
Standard Speaker: Casey’s bill a life saver
Times Tribune: Fight OT with better policy
Patriot News: For schools and the future – here’s why lawmakers need to support a shale tax
Erie Times-News: Pa. needs same-day voter registration

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Hey, Look What I Found – CLIMATE SCIENCE AT THE TRIBUNE-REVIEW
PA Budget & Policy Center: While Drillers’ Production Soars, Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Stumbles
Commonwealth Foundation: The Invisible Severance Tax
Keystone Crossroads: Schools in 40 Pa. counties would struggle with Keystone graduation requirement
Keystone Politics: Why a Severance Tax on Natural Gas is Good for the Shale Industry
Keystone Politics: Mark Squilla’s Unsatisfactory Answer to Why He Attended “White Women’s Lives Matter” Rally
Citified: Lawmakers Advance Plan to Raise $70M in New Taxes for Philly Schools
Citified: Could This Guy Start an Independent Revolution in Philly?
Citified: The Brief: State Moves Closer to Taking Over Philly Schools – Again

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