6/12 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6McGinty challenges Burn for state party chair, Rep. Meehan responds to Eric Cantor’s shocking loss and Sheldon Adelson accidentally makes an illegal contribution to Gov. Corbett. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

McGinty to Challenge Burn for State Party Chair: The Democratic gubernatorial candidate is running for Democratic State Committee Chair.

Meehan Comments on Cantor’s Shocking Loss: The PA Congressman offered his own take on what brought down the House Majority Leader.

Sheldon Adelson and RGA Accidentally Contribute $1M to Corbett: The casino magnate and noted political donor gave nearly $1 million to the RGA that was transferred to Gov. Corbett, but had to be returned because of PA election law.

Poll: Pennsylvanians Support Severance Tax, Depending on the Conditions: A new survey finds that Pennsylvanians favor a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas companies but only under specific terms.

HD-163: Rongione Racks Up Another Labor Endorsement: Democratic candidate Vince Rongione won the backing of the State Building Trades and Construction Council.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Legal challenges could delay Sunoco natural gas liquids pipeline
PLSReporter: Budget process moved along by reporting of vehicle general appropriations bill, other budget-related bills as all options remain on the table.
State House Sound Bites: With chilly revenue outlook, party leaders warm to each other
PA Independent: Loophole allows school districts to raise property taxes
Capitolwire: House Democrats involved, but not that involved, in budget talks
Capitolwire: Wolf taps McGinty to face Burn for control of PA Democratic Party

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Corbett, Wolf address environmental group in Phila.
Inquirer: Temple forum focuses on prescription-drug abuse on campuses
The Big Tent: McGinty running for chair of PA Dems
Axis Philly: The Peace Not Guns puzzle
WHYY Newsworks: With dismal revenue outlook, Pa. party leaders warm to each other
PhillyNow: Gov. Corbett suddenly cares about mass transit as SEPTA strike looms
Philadelphia Weekly: Why Paul Glover’s Green campaign for governor is an uphill road on two wheels

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County program finds homes for the homeless
AP: Hundreds jailed in Pa. for failing to pay court fines for truancy
Phillyburbs: Freeholder: Homelessness figures “under no circumstance acceptable”
Delco Daily Times: Senators approve bipartisan VA overhaul legislation

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Toomey backs bipartisan VA fix
WTAE: Uber and Lyft fined by Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Tribune Review: Senate approves veterans’ care bill
Tribune Review: Obama coming to Western Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Corbett, Wolf to speak at Philadelphia ceremony tonight
Post-Gazette: Peduto announces major public input for police chief search

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Denne resigns as city manager
Altoona Mirror: Residents seek reassessment answers
Observer-Reporter: Study faults Pennsylvania on Chesapeake cleanup
Observer-Reporter: Drilling states explore human-made earthquakes
Beaver County Times: Judge orders PA Cyber to comply with open records ruling

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Lawsuit against Cabot Oil can proceed
News Item: PPL to merge plant with investment firm
The Times Leader: Finally, Wyoming Area teacher’s contract wins approval
The Times Leader: Luzerne county union rejects proposed contract

South Central
AP: Wolf, Corbett on environment; 1st joint appearance
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 1,100 swarm gas pipeline open house in Millersville
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Pennsylvania listed as No. 5 in ‘most corrupt places to live’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Reducing government corruption to ‘average’ could save Pa. $1,300/person yearly, study finds
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County Democratic Committee chooses first black chairwoman
Harrisburg Patriot News: State bill allows courts and law enforcement to suspend licenses when people don’t pay fines
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rare bipartisanship: Senators Pat Toomey and Bill Casey vote in favor of VA reform bill
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. House passes bill cracking down on ‘revenge porn’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Food fight erupts in House as schools face tighter nutrition rules

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Easton council hears about residents’ parking woes
Morning Call: East Penn capping more staff hours because of Obamacare
Morning Call: State House passes school construction bill
Reading Eagle: OSHA files complaints from Wyomissing and Reading after hailstorm
WFMZ: Trial underway for former mayor accused of having child porn
WFMZ: Schlossberg’s rapist child-support legislation folded into another bill as an amendment
Express Times: Crowd to replace Lehigh County Commissioner Scott Ott grows larger

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Push for community event to replace State Patty’s hits snag with Highlands group
Centre Daily Times: New Rush Township mine reclamation project funded by state
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Proposed child sex abuse bill to become law
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Township OKs residential inspection ordinance
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Multiple projects vie for tax dollars

Opinion
Tribune Review: Are we giving up on the American Dream?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hey gay marriage foes, you lost, it’s time to move on: John L. Micek
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Corbett is right: Reform Medicaid before expanding it
Williamsport Sun Gazette: State budget woes: Solutions other than taxes long overdue
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Corbett ups ante in push for pension reform

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Ten Commandments Follow-Up
Keystone Progress: Gov. Tom Corbett is one of the 5 worst governors for putting the interests of rich corporations and CEOs above the needs of public school students and working families.
Keystone Politics: What Progressives Should Learn From Dave Brat’s Inspiring Defeat of Eric Cantor
Keystone Politics: What Does the RGA Think Non-Politician Tom Wolf’s ‘Failed Record’ Is?‘
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Republican Pushes for Medicaid Expansion
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 11: “Its harder to outrage the public anymore.”
Commonwealth Foundation: Students Win over Seniority Laws
Commonwealth Foundation: The Government Union Billion Dollar Tax Hike

June 12th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 5 Comments

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  2. PAINDY1 says:

    Here is Acting Governor Brabender appearing on MSNBC explaining the Cantor train wreck (he knows all about election train wrecks) and seems to be looking beyond PA 2014 (the corpse of Tom Corbett’s political career is rotting!). Please enjoy our Acting Governor from the Republican Consulting Class! By the way, if you are mad about Washington you don’t have to vote against your Congressional Representative: just vote against 4 more years of Acting Governor Brabender!!! on.msnbc.com/1oPLh7x

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  4. PAINDY1 says:

    Dear Sue, Scotty and Jay of the Paterno State College Family: Do you offer your morning prayers to Saint Thomas Corbett for his most holy intercessions? Corbett leakers have canonized Thomas Corbett. http://youtu.be/Fnt-P38ykc4

  5. PAINDY1 says:

    I found this previous comment post very moving. I cannot account for its veracity and pardon the language as women and children read this blog: Guest on June 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm said:
    Flashback almost 4 years ago. Beaver Stadium October 30 ish 2010. 3 days before Election Day in Pa. Michigan v Penn State. Fevers were running high Michigan was in the houseee, JoPa was inching towards 400 wins. We were in the Governmental Affairs box right next to the Presidents box. VIPS were everywhere you could smell the money eminating from Graham Spainers row of jazillionaire alumni board members. Oh looky whos that with Graham low and behold it’s Tom Corbett. That guys running for Governor. Let’s go bust in and meet him he could be Governor in 2 days. :-|. :-|!!!
    TOM CORBETT WAS WELL AWARE ON THST DAY THAT SANDUSKY WAS A CHILD MOLESTER AND THAT JOE PATERNO HAD KNOWLEDGE OF IT. IT DIDNT STOP HIM FROM MAKING ONE LAST STOP AT PENN STATE TO PICK UP A FEW CHECKS B4 ELECTION DAY. That day is stuck in my head because when it was announced about Sandusky it dawned on me and I wanted to puke. F&@$!! Corbett and F&@$!! Paterno. Or simply NOOOO IM NOT VOTING FOR CORBETT BUT I NEVER WAS ANYWAY

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