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6/13 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsA new Democrat jumps into the Lt. Gov conversation, the PA House passes a budget, and we take a deep look at the new reality of PA-8. With maps! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Maps: What Democrats Are Up Against in PA-8: The 8th is Dems’ best hope for a congressional pickup in Pa. But a look at past elections shows that the newly drawn district slightly, but durably, favored Republicans for Congress in competitive elections.

State Sen. Farnese Weighing LG Bid: Larry Farnese is eying a run for Lieutenant Governor, the Philadelphia state Senator told PoliticsPA.

House GOP Budget Passes on Party Lines: House Republicans passed their version of the state budget on a party-line vote, 108 to 92.

Deadline Looming, Corbett Soft Sells Liquor Privatization: Governor Corbett’s press conference brought out business leaders to support his plan.

Back to Congress? The Hill Says Critz Eying Rematch: Former Congressman Mark Critz is eying a return in PA-12 and will decide on whether to challenge incumbent Rep. Keith Rothfus in the coming weeks. According to a source from The Hill, Critz is “leaning strongly” toward another House run.

Washington Backs Margolies: State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Phila) was a possible contender for the 13th district congressional seat. Now she’s backing Marjorie Margolies.

Capitolwire: Corbett administration has no timetable to do Medicaid expansion, says Mackereth
Capitolwire: Advocates push for Medicaid expansion
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Senate GOP plans liquor privatization bill blitzkrieg next week
Capitolwire: PSU asks NCAA, state officials to reach a settlement over sanction money
Capitolwire: DPW suggests there could still be problems for PA’s tax on Medicaid MCOs
StateImpactPA: Seeking Workers for Gas Industry, Recruiter Targets Pittsburgh Steelers Bars
StateImpactPA: Oil and Gas Support Services Company Moving Facility From New Jersey to PA
PA Independent: Corbett makes final push for liquor privatization before budget deadline
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: House passes budget bill 108-92, now moves to Senate
AP: Pa. House approve $28.3 million GOP budget

Philadelphia Inquirer: Schwartz raised at least $150K at Monday event
Philadelphia Daily News: City Council will pay for cameras at rec centers
Philadelphia Daily News: Butkovitz: 2012 election ‘a failure’
Commonwealth Confidential: A secret Capitol booze pow-wow
Heard in the Hall: No Vote on Liquor Bill
Big Tent: Sen. LeAnna Washington endorses Margolies for Congress
WHYY: Corbett, a few other governors still holding out on Medicaid expansion
WHYY: Attempt to hike tax on drinking in Philly falters
WHYY: With House plan for Pa. liquor privatization in place, Bucks lawmaker readies chaser
Philadelphia Weekly: Philly votes against PA House budget

AP: Pileggi bill to KO Philly Traffic Court gets OK, heads to Corbett Strouse goes on offense over GOP hit in 8th District Race More officials calling for Evesham board member to step down
Delco Daily Times: Ex-Chesco township supervisor charged in child porn case
Daily Local News: No tax increase in Downingtown school district

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Ravenstahl offers few answers about federal investigation into police spending
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Allegheny County DA’s office files rebuttal to jailed Jane Orie’s appeal
Early Returns: County council has no say on SB 1, but don’t tell them that
Early Returns: Hill: Critz considers rematch
Pittsburgh City Paper: A Conversation with Josh Fox

Altoona Mirror: AASD closing two schools
Altoona Mirror: Triangle developer frustrated
Tribune-Democrat: Program focuses on preparing kids for future
Tribune-Democrat: Bill targets schools’ handling of accused teachers
Beaver Countian: Economy Councilman Greg Trecha Announces Resignation Following Beaver Countian Report

South Central
The Sentinel: DA argues details of drug case against former Boiling Springs teacher
The Sentinel: Camp Hill approves strategic plan development
Patriot News: Corbett officials on Medicaid: Corbett wants to expand, but Obama administration is too rigid
Patriot News: Pennsylvania House of Representatives passes Republican-authored state budget plan
Patriot News: House panel questions PennDOT secretary about transportation funding plans
Patriot News: Supreme Court affirmative action rule likely to have little impact in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, GOP legislative leaders meet on budget
Patriot News: Pennsylvania House of Representatives passes Republican-authored state budget plan
Patriot News: Dauphin County primary write-in winners on the clock to accept nominations
Patriot News: Write-in candidates made official in Cumberland County
Patriot News: You voted: Unlimited access to the morning after pill is a step in the right direction
York Dispatch: Corbett aide stresses work on Medicaid expansion

Times-Tribune: Variance rejected for University of Scranton’s $47.5M project
Times-Tribune: DA’s office investigating missing file in Gibbons accident
Times-Tribune: State representative Marty Flynn settles trip and fall lawsuit
Citizens Voice: Director opposes new county reassessment
Citizens Voice: Police: Shickshinny youth football president stole $15K

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Saucon Valley School Board has vacancy after Sharon Stack resigns
Express-Times: Bethlehem Parking Authority moves to buy properties for South Side garage
Express-Times: Longtime Warren County judge returning to private practice
Express Times: Oil and gas pump company moves some operations, jobs to Northampton County from N.J.
Express-Times: Lower Nazareth Township supervisors strike down merging police services with Nazareth
WFMZ: Commissioners elect new Lehigh County Executive

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: DeLand leads election office
Onward State: Sen. Toomey Pens Letter Supporting Lunar Lion
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City council to hear more on housing development
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Board OKs budget with tax hike
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to review several contracts

Times-Tribune: Wholesale just as bad
Times-Tribune: Terminate run for the doses
Delco Daily Times: Letter: Media First Team thanks voters for support in primary election

Keystone Politics: School Closings, But Not the Fun Kind
Keystone Politics: The Bottom Line on PA Education Funding
Keystone Politics: Lehigh GOP Committee Resigns to Support Dem Executive Nominee Tom Muller
Jon Geeting: My Modest Vision for Lehigh Valley Urbanism

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