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6/17 Morning Buzz

Rep. Kelly is criticizing the President on his recovery efforts; this time he is going after the President’s “Recovery Summer” 

Sen. Casey turned a lot of heads with his ethanol amendment vote. We spoke with the Casey camp about what drove the Senator’s thinking.

We also investigated what it would take for a third party to take hold in Pa. Spoiler Alert: It would not be easy.

Look for this week’s Up & Down later today! In addition, please vote for your favorite political blog.

PoliticsPA Reports

Kelly Zings Obama Over “Recovery Summer”
In a press release this afternoon, Kelly blasted the Obama administration on the one year anniversary of its “Recovery Summer,” a six-week campaign to highlight the success of the federal stimulus program.

Sen. Casey Votes No On Ethanol Subsidy Repeal
Bob Casey voted no on this week’s bill to repeal federal ethanol subsidies, after voicing his support for a related bill earlier this week. PoliticsPA checked in with Casey spokesman Larry Smar for the Senator’s thinking on the issue, amid Republican murmurs of a flip-flop.

Third Parties Face Stiff Hurdles in Pa.
Third parties face large institutional barriers when it comes to participating in Pennsylvania’s election. We talked with party leaders about the biggest ones.

National

Pennsylvania Ave.: Santorum in the polls
Times-News Campaign Blog: Sen. Toomey Unveils New Website

Statewide

Capitol Ideas: Union Calls For Lawmakers To Spend State Surplus.
Capitol Ideas: House Passes Unemployment Reform Bill.
Pennsylvania Independent: House leader expected to endorse compromise school choice bill next week
Early Returns: House Dems: Where’s Our Evite to Budget Negotiations?

Post-Gazette: Bill for Jobless to Reach Corbett
Tribune Review: House GOP would have attorney general police casinos
Tribune Review: State jobless rate fell slightly in May to 7.4 percent
AP via The Daily Item: Tom Ridge: Natural Gas Industry Must Improve Its Public Image

Philly

Philly Now: Paid Sick Leave Bill Passes
Philly Now: DAILY GRINDER: Nutter Goes on TV for Big Soda Speech, Talks Fast
The Inquirer: City Budget: A long night? Nutter swings back at prop tax
The Inquirer: City Council budget showdown
The Inquirer: For whom 422 tolls?
The Inquirer: Meanwhile in Council — Paid Sick Leave Debate Gets Testy
The Inquirer: Property tax back from the dead – for now
Fox Philly: City Council Deadlocked On Tax Hikes
Fox Philly: Philly’s Tax Hikes Hurt Poor The Most
CBS Philly: Fellow Legislators Say Weiner’s Resignation Was The Right Thing
WHYY Newsworks: Changes sought to Philadelphia’s pending disclosure rules

Philly Suburbs

The Mercury: Former Chesco judge to head U.S. Eastern District Court
The Mercury: Chesco Commissioners to vote in support of Growing Greener
Daily Times: Aston Commissioners president voted out of post
The Advance: Republican Robert Whartenby withdraws from Newton Township Supervisors race

Pittsburgh

Early Returns: Ellis: Impact Fee For Locals Only
Early Returns: Christiana Unveils Vouchers Bill
Post-Gazette: State’s Unemployment Rate Dipped Slightly in May
Post-Gazette: Oversight Board to Scrutinize City Budgets
Post-Gazette: North Huntingdon Adopts Coal and Gas Drilling Regulations
Post-Gazette: DEP Investigates Methane Levels in Lycoming Water Wells
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh to Merge Financial System with Allegheny County

Southwest

Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Watchdog group sues for information on Murtha investigations
Observer Reporter: PAW recognized for compliance with program
The Beaver County Times: LaGrotta jailed after sentencing
Observer Reporter: PT residents seek drilling ban
Altoona Mirror: Shuster seeks to privatize railways
Somerset Daily American: Supervisors vote to terminate strip mine proposal

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Northern Lehigh passes budget without tax increase
Morning Call:Allentown to spend $8.6 million to upgrade water meters
WFMZ: Pa. Lawmaker proposes plan to help state’s community colleges
WFMZ: Former Chef at Pa. Governor’s Mansion admits thefts
WFMZ:Bill to Ban ‘bath salts’ head to Governor’s desk
WFMZ: Senator launches new website to help constituents

South Central

Lancaster Era: State Rep. outlines plan for private investment in state’s roads
Lebanon Daily: Rendell chef pleads guilty to theft
Lebanon Daily: EIT Bureau hit with Right-to-Know request
AP via York Dispatch: Drilling impact fee bill heads to Pa. Senate floor
Patriot News: Some Harrisburg City Council members lean toward bankruptcy
AP via Carlisle Sentinel: Charged ex-Pa. county official blasts immunity grants

North by Northwest

Times-News: Rep. Kelly Will Be In Fairview on Saturday Morning
AP via Centre Daily Times: DEP Examines Report of Gas In Lycoming County Wells

NEPA

Times Leader: Cordaro/Munchak Trial: Court recesses for the day; Cordaro finished with testimony
Standard Speaker: Harrisburg per diem hike meets criticism
The Daily Review: Hearing to take place tonight on proposed frack water treatment plant
WNEP Channel 16: Cordaro Testifies in Corruption Trial
Go Lackawanna: Munchak: I didn’t take payments

Opinions

Observer Reporter: Support for drilling, fees
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Nonpartisan partisans

Baer Growls: Why did Congress have a picnic?
Tribune-Review Editorial: As good as it gets
Pat Farnack, Bucks Local News: Making a Life
Letter to the Editor, Daily Times: What’s going on with political theft
Pat Quinn, Daily Times: Times needs to focus more on lighter side
Holly Herman, Reading Eagle: It’s not easy to know who will offend again
Philly Now: New Study Ranks ‘Freedom’ by State
Daily News Editorial: DN Editorial: Legislature overreaches on abortion law
Times-News, Editorial: Why Erie’s Eyes Are On GE Talks in NYC
Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Editorial: State’s Union Talks Need To Bring Big Changes

 

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