6/13 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf fights for McGinty, Casey criticizes a conservative columnist and NARAL endorses Kevin Strouse. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Wolf Lobbies Dems for McGinty Over Burn: Election day is five months away, but Tom Wolf is already acting like his party’s boss. The Democrats’ insider battle has become an early test of the gubernatorial nominee’s clout.

PA-Gov: Wolf Endorsed by PA AFL-CIO: The Democratic nominee wins the backing of the commonwealth’s largest labor union.

PA-8: Strouse Endorsed by NARAL: The Democratic candidate won the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s PAC.

Casey Criticizes George Will’s Column on Sexual Assault: Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey joined three other senators in writing a letter condemning the high-profile columnist’s views on sexual assaults in college.

Senator Casey Responds to Train Derailments, Pushes for THUD Bill: The Senator made the case that train accidents in Philadelphia, Vandergrift, and McKeesport have spilt gallons of crude oil and displayed a need for increased safety measures.

Statewide
CapitolWire: House passes ‘compromise amendment’ to generator regulation bill
State House Sound Bites: Senate mulls plan to boost affordable housing housing
State House Sound Bites: The Shale tax beat goes on
State House Sound Bites: Cracking the code for a building compromise
StateImpactPA: Citing train derailments, Casey beats the drum for federal appropriations bill
StateImpactPA: Corbett announces $12.5 million in renewable energy grants
StateImpactPA: Corbett, Wolf talk environment, energy during first joint appearance
StateImpactPA: Pipeline route revised to avoid Lancaster County nature preserves
PA Independent: Lawmakers worry about drones’ impact on hunting, fishing

Philadelphia
Inquirer: The young Haverford grad who helped beat Eric Cantor
Sunlight Foundation: Improvements seen in Phila. lobbying Web site
Heard in the Hall: Union chief: Don’t pass city budget without labor contract
Axis Philly: Little to show for state housing grants to Mondesire nonprofit
WHHY Newsworks: Sen. Casey pushing bill to step up oil train inspections
City Paper: Property tax revolt could sharply reduce school funding
Phillynow: Public official in Schuylkill County now oddly challenging gay marriage

SEPA
Phillyburbs: Lockheed Martin site in Newtown Twp. priced at $30M
Phillyburbs: Bucks judge finds mandatory sentences unconstitutional
Phillyburbs: Ex-Burlington Twp. defense contractor charged in $3M fraud
Delco Daily Times: Pa. AFL-CIO endorses Democrat Tom Wolf for governor
Daily Local Times: County celebrates new center offering a host of employment resources

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Trespassing charges dismissed against UPMC protesters
Tribune Review: Pa. Democratic Party Chair Burn to oppose Wolf’s pick for seat
Tribune Review: Study: Why are Pennsylvania taxes so high? Corruption
Post-Gazette: Conference on immigration offers job opportunities
Early Returns: So much for unity

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pa. VA wait times some of best, worst
Beaver County Times: Water infrastructure legislation opens up private funding, relocates federal funding
Observer-Reporter: DEP: Jon Day impoundment contaminated groundwater
Observer-Reporter: Corbett says pension plan must precede tax talk
Tribune Democrat: Council backs delay for pressure testing

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Weatherly area adopts $12M budget with no increase in taxes
Times Tribune: Wilkes University to arm campus safety officers
Times Tribune: State considering creation of a Scranton bypass using turnpike
Times Leader: Luzerne County residual union trying to avoid strike
Times Leader: Wyoming Valley West passes budget with tax hike

South Central
AP: Tom Wolf wants ex-challenger Katie McGinty to head Pa. Democratic Party
York Daily Record: Pa. House approves reducing requirements for economic development liquor licenses
Harrisburg Patriot News: Too many ‘unintended consequences’ with legal pot, state police boss says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett signs legislation creating panel to develop new school funding formula
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett touts corrections success during appearance in Washington, DC
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Act 111: Municipalities want changes to arbitration; police and firefighter unions don’t
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Council reshuffling spurs contention in Marietta

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Quakertown graduates question school board president’s political speech during ceremony
AP: States rolling back teacher tenure protections
Reading Eagle: ‘Eileen’s Bill’ would take truancy out of courts
Express Times: Allentown blogger running as independent for Pennsylvania House
Express Times: Bethlehem mayor announce business advisory committee, hints at parking changes

North by Northwest
Onward State: Federal Agents Target Local Ethnic Restaurants
AP: Pipeline company changes route after complaints

Opinion
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown women, children lead call to stop violence
Altoona Mirror: Troubles not over for VA
Tribune Review: Pennsylvanians will still pay more for health care
York Dispatch: York City schools face murky future
Lancaster Era/Intelligencer: Trust is at issue, not immigration

Blogs
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition #2673, June 12th, 2014
Keystone Politics: Shrinking the Legislature: Boon for PA Progressives
Keystone Politics: Nobody Knows Who Jim Burn Is. Pick Katie McGinty for PA Democratic Chair
Commonwealth Foundation: A Fair Funding Formula: School Choice
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 12: Substantive Pension Reform – Don’t Leave Town Without It
2 Political Junkies: Yea, This Is One Reason We Separate Church And State
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Molovinsky Makes It Official
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Matt Munsey is New NorCo Dem Chair
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Lower Nazareth Decides To Keep Colonial Regional

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