6/14 Morning Buzz

democrat_donkey_logo-240x30Corbett adds a Supreme Court nominee, but loses a cabinet secretary. Dems travel to Lancaster for state committee. Plus immigration and abortion news. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs.

Dem Summer State Committee Preview: This weekend is the one Democratic operatives and activists from across PA have been waiting for.

Corbett Forces Out DCNR Secretary: Tom Corbett pushed DCNR Sec. Richard Allan to resign Thursday. Reports indicate Allan was booted after using a racial epithet for African Americans in an email.

Koplinski for LG Scores 100+ Endorsements: The first endorsements in the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor are in. Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski rolled out a list of more than 100 supporters Thursday.

AP: Corbett Makes Choice for Supreme Court Vacancy: Governor Tom Corbett will appoint President Judge Correale Stevens to the Supreme Court of PA.

Dent on Abortion Bill Timing: “The Stupidity is Simply Staggering”: Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Lehigh) slammed his colleagues for bringing a controversial abortion bill to the House floor instead of focusing on the economy.

Harper Poll: PA Supports Immigration Reform: A new poll, commissioned by reform advocates and slanted in their favor, shows nearly two-thirds of PA voters support the current Senate bill.

Castor’s New Gig: Montgomery County Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. has served as district attorney and considered running for governor. Next month, he will become a partner at the Bryn Mawr law firm Rogers & Associates.

Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: House GOP brings in Dick Morris to warn members against transportation funding bill
Capitolwire: Impact of new gas revenues on gas prices disputed in transportation hearing
StateImpactPA: Corbett Forces Out DCNR Secretary Richard Allan
PA Independent: Study vindicates PA’s judicial retention elections
PA Independent: PA transportation chair: Remove $100 ticket surcharge from funding package
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Corbett sacks cabinet secretary over racial epithet in email
AP: US Senate confirms 2 federal judges for Pa.
AP: Governor Corbett forces Pennsylvania state forests chief to resign
AP: Ex-Rep. Holden nominated for seat on state liquor board

Philadelphia Daily News: Bill to hike liquor-drink tax stalls in City Council
AP: Casey urges American intervention in Syria
Philadelphia Inquirer: Senate approves two Pa. judges to federal bench
AP: Corbett to pick Stevens for Pa. high court
Capitol Inq: UPDATED: Six months after Newtown, Toomey again backs background checks
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett cabinet member fired over email containing racial epithet
Heard in the Hall: AVI Tax Rate, Cigarette Tax Pass Council
Heard in the Hall: First Hearing on Collapse Set for Wednesday
Big Tent: Schwartz: Kathleen who?
WHYY: 65% of likely Pa. voters support immigration overhaul, poll shows
City Paper: Did Philly Snooze Through a Wake-Up Call on Demolitions?
City Paper: Logic Problem: Council Committee of One Tries to Decode Zoning
City Paper: Behind the Scenes in Airport Lease, Threats and ‘Promises’
Philadelphia Weekly: Against medical advice, Corbett poised to sign another restrictive women’s healthcare bill

Montgomery Media: Erdenheim lawyer named VP of Pennsylvania Bar Association
Bucks Local News: Bristol Borough Economic Development Committee to release ‘Raising the Bar’ report
Daily Local News: No tax increase in Downingtown school district

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Allegheny County executive seeks to borrow money for road, bridge projects
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Former Rep. Holden nominated for LCB vacancy
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: State Supreme Court suspends Joan Orie Melvin’s law license
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Western Pennsylvania counties reap increase in gas drilling fees
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Allegheny County parks considered for drilling
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pa. House sends budget to Senate
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Ex-Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority director sues over firing
Pittsburgh CBS: All Eyes On Transportation Bill Debate In State House

Altoona Mirror: PennDOT to pay for tree removal
Altoona Mirror: Three city buildings set for demolition
Altoona Mirror: Eichenlaub asks judge to throw out conviction
Observer Reporter: Manning back on Nov. ballot
Observer Reporter: Judge: Informant in Solomon case won’t have to testify

South Central
The Sentinel: Health inspector leaves Harrisburg for higher paying job
The Sentinel: PUC to investigate Columbia Water rate hike request
The Sentinel: Carlisle’s home rule commission sworn in
The Sentinel: Carlisle’s Borough Council to create a dispatch transfer plan
Patriot News: Thompson: It would have been ‘demoralizing’ to raise departing health inspector’s salary
Patriot News: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett names Democrat-heavy package of state appointees
Patriot News: West Shore School Board finalizes 2013-14 budget with property tax increases
Patriot News: Susquehanna Township hires former Harrisburg city health officer
Patriot News: No changes to be made to Carlisle Area School District’s budget before final vote
Patriot News: County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania to move Harrisburg offices to Susquehanna Township site
Patriot News: Use of brake retarders banned on certain Carlisle streets
Patriot News: Harrisburg school union contract rejected could mean layoffs
Patriot News: Swatara Township administrator concerned about Norfolk Southern Corp. facility expansion
Patriot News: Thompson finds fast fix for COO vacancy in former spokesman
Daily Record: Board accepts resignation of Lower Windsor supervisor accused of withholding info
York Dispatch: York mayor testifies before Legislature’s Urban Affairs committees
York Dispatch: Facing charges, Lower Windsor Twp. supervisor resigns posts
Lancaster Online: Legal professionals on Kelly Ballentine case: Lancaster district judge got a ‘break’
Lebanon Daily News: Palmyra Area School District budget raises taxes less than 1 percent
Lebanon Daily News: Corbett to nominate former Congressman Tim Holden to LCB
Roxbury News: Governor Corbett announces nominations to Supreme Court, Pa Trunpike, LCB and PUC

Times-Tribune: Alleghany DA: No Charges in Barrasse death
Times-Tribune: North Pocono School Board approves teacher contract
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County pension board nixes payment to controller
Citizens Voice: Gov. picks former Luzerne County judge Stevens for State Supreme Court
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre bridge will reopen

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Mohnton tax collector sentences for stealing money
Reading Eagle: Officials warn of death in $20 packets
Reading Eagle: Berks judge confirmed to federal bench
WFMZ: US Senate vote sends Berks Judge Jeffrey Schmehl to federal bench

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Grossman: No write-in campaign
Centre Daily Times: State looking to sell National Guard Armory property in Bellefonte
Centre Daily Times: State College mulls cutting family and consumer sciences from middle schools
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Impact fee funds Tioga County Department of Human Services
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Old Lycoming Township supervisors OK road maintenance contracts

Altoona Mirror: Smiling at decision in Tyrone
Times-Tribune: PennDOT makes case
Daily Local News: Taxpayers of West Chester school district deserve better

Keystone Politics: Allyson Schwartz Pretends She is PA’s Highest Ranking Woman Politician
Keystone Politics: Philly City Council Raises Taxes on Actual Poor People to Give House-Rich Homeowners a Tax Cut
Keystone Politics: Corbett Education Cuts Devastate Students & Schools
Jon Geeting: PA Rep. Bob Freeman Introduces Public Health Insurance Option Bill
Above Average Jane: An Assortment of Statements on Corbett Budget
John Hanger: Governor Corbett Fires DCNR Secretary Allan: Why?
John Hanger: Important Facts: Shale Gas Royalties Total At Least $731 Million In PA But PA Job Creation Lags Anyway
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Morganelli Ends Gun Permit Leak Investigation

  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?

    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

    Total Voters: 173

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