6/18 Morning Buzz
Rep. Barletta brings up presidential impeachment, the NRCC reserves ad time in the Philly market and we ask our readers who the Democrats should choose as Party Chair. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.
President Obama Visits Pittsburgh, Addresses Manufacturing and Economy: President Obama visited TechShop in the Larimer area of Pittsburgh today to discuss the importance of manufacturing for the future of America’s economy.
Barletta Claims Presidential Impeachment “Probably Could” Pass: Congressman Lou Barletta claimed that a vote to impeach President Obama could pass the House of Representatives and the Democratic National Committee lashed back.
Reader Poll: Who Should Democrats Nominate for State Party Chair?: We ask our readers whether the Democratic Party should nominate Katie McGinty or Jim Burn as Chair at their annual committee meeting.
Reader Poll: Majority Say Sandusky Scandal Won’t Affect Gov. Vote: It seems that Jerry Sandusky will have little effect on the Governor’s race this year.
Politically Uncorrected: The Rodney Dangerfield Office: Rodney Dangerfield, a popular American comedian best known for his iconic catchphrase: “I don’t get no respect,” was never Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, but he would have been right at home — the lieutenant governor’s office doesn’t get much respect, either. It’s the Rodney Dangerfield of state officialdom.
NRCC Reserves Ad Buys in PA-6 and PA-8 Races: The NRCC has reserved $30 million for the upcoming elections, with $1.8 million earmarked for races in the Philadelphia area.
PA-8: Strouse Endorsed by UAW: The Democratic nominee received the backing of the local United Auto Workers today.
State House Sound Bites: Plan for statewide veterans courts met with some skepticism
State House Sound Bites: Deadlines and commitments: Corbett shrugs off June 30
PA Independent: No surprise: State still has a revenue problem, IFO says
PLS Reporter: Sen. Pileggi: “We are doing what we can do to advance the process” on budget negotiations
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: House Appropriations Chair gives some insight into budget negotiations
PLS Reporter: Governor: No new revenue without pension reform
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Budget secretary looking at stripping out all initiative from February budget proposal
PLS Reporter: No movement on budget Tuesday; Senate advances its own placeholder bill
PLS Reporter: Gov. Corbett: “We need to get this done right, rather than quickly” on passage of budget
StateImpactPA: Corbett administration won’t ‘rule out’ gas tax this year
StateImpactPA: Corbett signs new regional agreement to clean up Chesapeake Bay
Capitolwire: Amendment eases most charter schools’ concerns over special education funding bill
Capitolwire: Environmental side effects of diesel-powered demand response generators still hazy
CapitolInq: Gerlach: new GOP leaders must “get” competitive districts
Inquirer: Corbett prepared to miss budget deadline to get his initiatives done
Inquirer: Another challenge to same-sex marriage
Inquirer: Hite to Council: Borrow for schools or drastic cuts inevitable
Phillynow.com: Can independent parties’ latest lawsuit finally help expand ballot access?
Phillynow.com: In latest liquor debate twist, PA may focus on beer
Heard in the Hall: New bill could take out arbitration appeals provision of PICA Act
Commonwealth Confidential: What budget deadline?
Montgomery Media: Tax settlements net cash for Colonial School District, Montgomery County, Plymouth Township
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township Council to consider school in Croydon
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 5% in 2015
Daily Local News: West Pikeland sets rules for library tax
Daily Local News: Sheriff warns county residents of phone scam
The Intelligencer: New Britain Township passes ordinance regulating bamboo
Tribune Review: Obama gets injection mold of presidential seal during TechStop visit
Tribune Review: Corbett ‘not ruling out a severance tax’ on gas drillers, budget chief says
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania lawmakers ponder whether to require counties to operate courts for veterans
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto’s task force on education holds initial meeting
KDKA: Turnpike Commission Approves Another Toll Increase
WTAE: Pittsburgh mayor slams PUC over ride-sharing suits
Pittsburgh Biz Journal: Will Romeo Deliver to the White House? (Video)
Beaver County Times: Defendant in Beaver Falls double-murder trial: ‘I didn’t do it’
Beaver County Times: Company to spend $1 million in Beaver gas pipeline upgrades
Altoona Mirror: Altoona Area board passes ’14-15 budget
Altoona Mirror: Bomb suspect Miftakhov receives formal charge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Construction wrapping up on CamTran’s $18M operations center
The Times Leader: Luzerne County cracking down on levee encroachers
The Times Leader: Scene of Kingston shooting termed source of trouble
Times-Tribune: Bonacci murderer gets more time for probation violation
Citizens Voice: W-B Twp. mayor testifies at grand jury
Standard Speaker: House narrows focus of bill on municipal pension
Standard Speaker: 17 people apprehended in drug raids in Tamaqua area
Pocono Record: East Stroudsburg man arrested in heroin distribution sting
Lebanon Daily News: Faces of poverty: Growing middle-wage jobs in Lebanon County could lift some out of poverty
Carlisle Sentinel: Lower Allen Township man receives national humanitarian award
Harrisburg Patriot: Giving local police use of radar about safety, not revenue, law enforcement and municipal officers say
Harrisburg Patriot: Tom Corbett, other GOP governors say new federal power plant rules will kill jobs
Harrisburg Patriot: Pennsylvania budget: Corbett says pension reform action must come before he will hear tax talk
WFMZ: EnerSys expansion will create 100 jobs
WFMZ: Local Iraq War vet: US should not go back, Iraqis need to defend their freedom
Reading Eagle: Dozens participate in Pottstown’s ‘Stop the Violence’ march
Reading Eagle: Berks officials back ‘good Samaritan’ drug law
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls to increase 5 percent
Morning Call: Pocono Mountain Charter School ends fight to stay open
North by Northwest
Centre Daily: State College Borough Council approves capital improvement plan
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Rededication planned for city Civil War monument
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lawmakers prepare for July budget vote
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Community action agency, concerned about insurance costs, sequester impact, OK’s budget
Philadelphia Daily News: It’s always shady in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Inquirer: Shale Policy: Forest drilling: Won’t hurt a bit
Morning Call: How would the IRS treat you if you lost key emails?
York Daily Record: Our take: York teachers’ union must keep promise
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. legislator vanity plates? Not the biggest problem
Observer-Reporter: Sixty years after Brown vs. Board, schools are resegregating
Times-Tribune: Senate loses yet again; release data
Keystone Politics: Upzoning Older SEPA Older Cities and Suburbs is Key to Long-Run Statewide Democratic Dominance
Keystone Politics: #PA11: Lou Barletta Floats Obama Impeachment
Commonwealth Foundation: There’s No Such Thing as a Temporary Expansion
Commonwealth Foundation: AFSCME Memo Lies About Dues & Politics
PA Budget and Policy Center: Business Tax Breaks are Burning the PA Budget Pie
Pennsylvania Progressive: Wheatley Not Suitable For State Vice Chair
Above Average Jane: PA GOP in Whip Race