6/17 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsPA Dems met their 2014 Guv candidates and voted for a moratorium on fracking. We have the full state committee roundup and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PREVIEW: PoliticsPA Celebrity Look-Alikes: Get excited, politicos: we’re preparing another list of celebrity look-alikes, and they’re good. We present our first pair to whet your appetite.

Democratic State Committee Roundup: The meeting of Dem activists did little to clear a cloudy primary field for Governor. In fact, another name joined the list. Plus, the party voted for a Marcellus moratorium.

No Firm Favorite for Guv at Dem State Committee: “We have an excellent field of candidates for governor,” said Montgomery County Democrats Chair Marcel Groen, giving the default line of the night.

Big Sign That Stack Plans Guv Bid: We mean this literally.

6/14 Ups & Downs: Welcome to this week’s edition of officials behaving badly. We have racial epithets, FBI probes, and more!

Reader Poll: Who Should Dems Pick in PA-8? The 8th district is Democrats’ best opportunity for a congressional pickup in Pa. – albeit a tough fight against Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick. Who do you think is the party’s strongest choice in the race?

Reader Poll: Chris Christie is GOP’s Best Shot in PA: A majority of PoliticsPA readers think NJ Gov. Chris Christie is the Republican Party’s best shot for winning PA in the 2016 presidential election.

WaPo on PA Gov Race: 3rd Most Likely to Switch Parties: Pennsylvania is climbing the ranks. The Governor’s mansion is now that 3rd most likely to change party control in 2014, according to the Washington Post.

Legislative Election Update

HD-36: The liberal bloggers at Keystone Politics have a long, long list of reasons why party regulars should back freshman Rep. Erin Molchany over 10-term Rep. Harry Readshaw. It’s essentially a battle between a progressive upstart and a long-serving conservative Democrat. Readshaw has the upper hand: 72.1% of Dems in the district stayed before and after redistricting. Only 20.5% of his new Democratic constituents came from Molchany’s old district.

Philadelphia
Big Tent: America to Congress: You stink
Big Tent: Show of Force in Dem LG race
Commonwealth Confidential: One-time DCNR Sec. Richard Allan’s “colors” problem
PhillyClout: Mayor’s Office: Report on suicide video ‘scandalously wrong’
PhillyClout: Kenney: Where’s the mayor?
Daily News: Council OKs 1.34 percent property-tax rate, $2 tax on cigarettes
Inquirer: Karen Heller: An Academic Turnaround

SEPA
Phillyburbs: Could Neshaminy conflict have a lingering effect on children?
Phillyburbs: Lessons can be learned from Neshaminy impasse
Phillyburbs: Repercussions unlikely for Bucks County workers identified in health audit
Pottstown Mercury: Votes push development along Pottstown’s Keystone Blvd.
Delco Daily News: U.S. Open hasn’t exactly been a hole-in-one for local businesses
Montgomery Media: Montgomery board voices support for changing Prevailing Wage Act

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: GOP commissioners say give Westmoreland sheriff some time
Tribune Review: Toomey wants VA logjam resolved
Tribune Review: Corbett administration seeking assurances state won’t be left holding Medicaid bag
Post-Gazette: Obituary: Mark Zabierek / Consultant changed local politics, campaigns
Post-Gazette: Kail-Smith asks police to fix way panels are picked
Post-Gazette: Commercial dredging to end on Allegheny River
Early Returns: Team Peduto: Ravenstahl ads clinched race
KDKA: Fitzgerald Looking To Bring Cleveland’s Bus Rapid Transit System To Pittsburgh
WTAE: Report faults Heinz Endowments head for gas ties
WPXI: First lady of Pennsylvania addresses 1,000 arts delegates in Pittsburgh
WPXI: City Council seeking federal grants to cover extra patrols at Pittsburgh Marathon

Southwest
Beaver County Times: LaBelle residents oppose mine permit renewal
Beaver County Times: State collects more than $400 million in impact fees over two years
Altoona Mirror: Activist discusses Common Core
Altoona Mirror: Possible cuts upset county workers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New group touts impact of hunting on economy

NEPA
Times-Leader: Parking issues perturb Edwardsville residents
Times-Tribune: Study commission members take their oath of office
Pocono Record: Jobless rate has Pike County official fidgety
Standard Speaker: Four districts exceed averages in ‘Grading Our schools’ report
Standard Speaker: Hazleton Area fails to meet every state mark

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Urban farm provides produce, jobs in Harrisburg
Carlisle Sentinel: West Shore School District passes budget with tax increase
Patriot-News: Close to that deadline, lawmakers: Budget chat with capitol reporter Jan Murphy Monday at 1 p.m.
Patriot-News: Pa. Democrats remain grounded as they eye Corbett in 2014
Patriot-News: Battle brewing in Mechanicsburg over plan to abolish the borough’s volunteer recreation board
Patriot-News: At the Pennsylvania Capitol, liquor privatization is ready for its closeup
Patriot-News: Groups remember Sandy Hook, advocate for expanded firearm background checks at U.S. Rep. Scott Perry’s office
Patriot-News: Layoffs in 2 weeks for Harrisburg school union opposed to new discipline rules
Patriot-News: Lemoyne sewer customers upset about a rate increase weigh-in during special meeting
Patriot-News: Thompson finds fast fix for COO vacancy in former spokesman
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett names Democrat-heavy package of state appointees
Patriot-News: Thompson: It would have been ‘demoralizing’ to raise departing health inspector’s salary
York Daily Record: York County Democratic Party quiet on details of anti-gay comments investigation
York Dispatch: York City mayor pushes for changes at state committee hearing
Lancaster Intelligencer: Census shows Lancaster city on the rise

Lehigh Valley
Valley 610: Allentown mayor not happy with UGI “pilot” gas leak detection program
Valley 610: Bethlehem Area School Board president apologizes to Allentown School Board
Morning Call: Local farmers prefer insurance, not subsidy
Morning Call: Lehigh County controller returns contribution to avoid conflict
Morning Call: Northampton County Council granted injunction against Stoffa
Morning Call: Quakertown approves 1.7 percent tax increase
Reading Eagle: Static Reading Schools budget sparks frustration
Reading Eagle: Bill to boost neighborhood climate could freeze out Reading
Express Times: Race for Hunterdon County freeholders could put third woman ever on board
WFMZ: Corbett hits budget homestretch with lots at stake

Opinions
Phillyburbs: Gun advocates will rally again
Delco Daily News: Editorial: A salute to supporters of military assault bill
Tribune Review: Stop! Thief! State legislators feed twice at the taxpayer trough
Post-Gazette: What a Web he weaves: Lawmaker Jesse White disappoints with cowardly commenting
Altoona Mirror: Tea party wants Shuster
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mark Singel | Pension reform of utmost importance

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