6/18 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610A complete schedule for the upcoming NRLC in Philly, Rafferty officially jumps into the Attorney General race and the latest Quinnipiac poll tests Hillary against her GOP counterparts in PA. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

2015 Northeast Republican Leadership Conference Schedule: We provide a full rundown of this weekend’s NRLC in Philadelphia.

Rafferty Announces Attorney General Campaign: The State Senator officially launched his bid from the State Troopers Association HQ in Harrisburg.

Quinnipiac Poll: Hillary Trails Rubio, Paul in 2016 Match-Up: The former Secretary of State continues to take a hit in the Keystone State.

HD-161: Lisa Esler Announces Write-In Campaign for Special Election: A third candidate has thrown her hat into the ring for the August 4th contest in Delaware County.

Neilson Expected to Resign Philly Council Seat to Run for State House: Ed Neilson has a winning track record in special elections. Will he be able to keep it up?

Statewide
Capitolwire: If liquor privatization is going to occur, direct wine shipment bill needs to become law first, says Sen. McIlhinney
Capitolwire: Pension proposal’s $20 billion in future savings come with ‘significant immediate increases’ in payments
Capitolwire: Background check exemption for university, college employees “concerning” to lawmakers, former task force members
StateImpactPA: DEP seeks record fine of $8.9 million from Range Resources
PA Independent: Pennsylvania’s 911 fee increase marches closer to governor’s desk
State House Sound Bites: 2016 race for attorney general gets an early start
WITF: Pennsylvania looks to correct school funding disparities
WITF: Pennsylvania would have limited role in running health exchange

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Dalai Lama coming to Philly to receive Liberty Medal
Philadelphia Weekly: Should I be carrying a gun around Philly? Because I don’t want to
WHYY Newsworks: Republican presidential hopefuls head to Philadelphia
The Big Tent: Most swing-state voters distrust Hillary, poll finds
Heard in the Hall: Neilson likely to resign from Council to run for state House seat
Philly.com: Cheers? The price of a liquor license is soaring

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Delaware County spending $419k to update tax collection system
Bucks County Courier Times: Supporters rally for Wolf’s education plan in Doylestown
Pottstown Mercury: Town pays $650,000 to family of woman, 89, killed by police
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford School District proposes $143M budget, 1.2% tax hike

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Pa. Senate moves toward assuming more control of naming Turnpike CEO
WTAE: Jeb Bush ‘slow jams’ the news with Fallon
WESA: Bill Would Reduce Use of Fresh Water for Fracking
WESA: Essential Pittsburgh: Monthly De-Brief with Mayor Peduto
Post-Gazette:44 Murphy’s bill to overhaul mental health system stirs debate

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Former state legislator Veon set to be released from prison Thursday
Beaver County Times: Local officials remain cautiously optimistic on Shell plant
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf spokesman: Marketplace health plan just a contingency

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Carbon County commissioners launch rail investigation
Times-Tribune: County commissioner criticized for taxpayer-paid “political” mailings
Times-Tribune: Friends of Lackawanna gets an audience with Gov. Tom Wolf
Times-Tribune: Disability advocates lobby on budget
Times Leader: Ouch! Report says drug overdose now leading cause of injury in Pennsylvania

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Judge recommends dismissing law student’s suit against Dickinson School of Law
Patriot-News: Corman discusses booze, budget, Wolf and his chief of staff
Patriot-News: Bill to ease families’ path off government dependency passes first test in Pa. House
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Alcohol policy panel talks privatization and economic impacts in Pa.
Lancaster Intelligencer: State commission offers funds for child sexual-abuse victims
Lancaster Intelligencer: 1st Syrian refugee family arrives in Lancaster County, beginning of wave coming here

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lower Macungie commissioners taking meetings to live TV
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear appeal of decision to keep PPL records private
WFMZ: Another tax hike approved in Bethlehem Area School District
WFMZ: Officials: Crime rates drop in Allentown

North by Northwest
Campaign ’15: Poll suggests Pa. could be in play in 2016 presidential race
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff passes bill renaming bridge to honor Bellefonte veterans
Centre Daily Times: Pennsylvania House childhood cancer awareness resolution passes
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: WASD budget OK’d

Opinion
Patriot-News: Education is important, but severance tax isn’t the way to improve it in Pennsylvania
Patriot-News: This merit selection plan for Pennsylvania judges is a vast improvement over elections
Lancaster Intelligencer: Businesses: Invest in preschool education
Philly.com: A Bush is a Bush is a Bush
Delco Daily Times: Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget is an investment in education
Bucks County Courier Times: A toll plaza with no toll takers
Pocono Record: Let’s move the primary to March 15
Times-Tribune: Thoughts on no-brainer
Times-Tribune: AIG chutzpah constitutional
Post-Gazette: Better medicine: With AHN, the county can fix care at the jail

Blogs
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Trump In
Commonwealth Foundation: Dubious Deficit Discussions
Commonwealth Foundation: District Reserve Funds Continue to Rise
Commonwealth Foundation: Pension Debt Strangles Local Government
Keystone Crossroads: When it comes to education funding, what’s the deal with Philly schools?
Citified: Millennials Don’t Vote for the Same Reason Your Generation Didn’t
Citified: Philly’s Maternal Mortality Rate Is Worse Than Libya’s

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