6/19 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsA new liquor bill, a new candidate for Governor, and we present our new celebrity look-alikes! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PoliticsPA’s Celebrity Look-Alikes: The resemblance is striking! Here are Pa. politicos and their celebrity doppelgangers.

Celebrity Look-Alikes 2011 Throwback: The 2011 edition of the feature is no longer available, but here are some highlights.

McIlhinney Plan Makes Major Changes to Liquor Bill: Senator Chuck McIlhinney unveiled his amendments to Senate Bill 100 Tuesday, making substantial changes to the law passed last March by the House.

Lebanon Commissioner Joins Potential Guv Hopefuls: Lebanon County Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz confirmed what she said to Democratic committee members this weekend — she is looking at a run for Pennsylvania governor.

PA-13: 16th Union Backs Boyle: The state representative continued to build labor support this week with the endorsement of the Boilermakers Local 13.

Christie: “My Favorite Football Team are the Dallas Cowboys”: Last week PoliticsPA readers said NJ Gov. Chris Christie was the Republican with the best chance to win Pa. in 2016. But a recent admission could derail his hopes of competing in the Keystone State, especially in southeast Pa.

PA Supreme Court Upholds Judge Retirement Age: The ruling keeps in place the requirement that Pennsylvania judges must retire when they reach 70. In a unanimous decision, the justices said that the limit was outdated, but constitutional.

Statewide
AP: PennDOT withholds funding plan from public.
AP: Allegheny County seeks gas drilling bids.
PA Independent: Audit: $50 toll ahead without PA turnpike debt reform
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Three key questions about PA’s newest liquor privatization proposal
State House Sound Bites: Senate GOP calls its alcohol sales plan a “starting point”
State House Sound Bites: For House GOP, repealing wage law “integral” to transportation bill

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Deal said to be in works on school finances
Inquirer: Legislator reveals latest Pa. liquor plan
Inquirer: First stretch of Delaware River bicycle trail opens
Big Tent: Leach raises campaign $ off Rocky’s foes
Commonwealth Confidential: A $50 toll to cross PA? Yes, says auditor general without new funding
Philly.com: Witness: SEPTA cops ‘jumped’ my friend on subway platform
Philly.com: Federal review of Philly cops’ use of deadly force to begin in July
Daily News: Does it matter the government knows who I’m calling?

SEPA
Phillyburbs: McIlhinney privatization plan may not have votes to pass
Phillyburbs: Military veterans invited to get discounts
Phillyburbs: Bensalem School District scammers must pay back money, pick up trash
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Providence supervisors approve ‘traffic calming’ for Mont Clare
Delco Daily Times: State Auditor General: Chester Upland needs commitment
Montgomery Media: Cheltenham School District passes final budget with 1.7 percent tax increase

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Federal judge frees Geneva College from government requirement on health coverage
Tribune Review: Senator’s liquor plan offers sales, packaging reform but no state store closings
Tribune Review: Grand jury continues investigation in meeting with former Ravenstahl bodyguard
Tribune Review: Congressmen: VA Pittsburgh ignored requests for Legionnaire’s records
Post-Gazette: Senate passes legislation to remake Port Authority board
Post-Gazette: Allegheny to seek proposals for Deer Lake Park drilling
Post-Gazette: Report: Pennsylvania Turnpike debt will force cross-state tolls to near $50 by 2021
Early Returns: Ferlo on Dowd seat
Early Returns: The jockeying beings in the 7th
KDKA: Washington Co. Drilling Supporters Call For State Rep.’s Resignation
WPXI: Red light cameras could be coming to Pittsburgh

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Riverside school taxes to increase by 1.45 mills
Altoona Mirror: Lawyer: Murray’s raises within board limits
Observer-Reporter: Descendants of Pa. governor’s family to attend Charleroi bridge opening

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pa. Senate bill would change approach to reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution
York Daily Record: Sinkholes at Central York High School to be addressed
York Daily Record: West York approves new teachers’ contract
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg recreation commission will remain
Patriot-News: Rep. Charlie Dent co-signs bipartisan letter to Senate leaders urging action on student loan interest rate dilemma
Patriot-News: Senate liquor plan: Teplitz not convinced it represents progress
Patriot-News: Liquor privatization proposal gives interest groups bitter beer face
Patriot-News: Harrisburg website up and running again
Patriot-News: Labor leader says Corbett can fully fund Pa. needs

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Federal law enforcer backs gang initiative
Times-Leader: Brdaric low bidder for Hotel Sterling demolition
Times-Tribune: Glenburn Twp. supervisors await answers before deciding on grant application
Times-Tribune: Forest City Regional approves tax increase in 2013-14 budget
Times-Tribune: Dunmore School District budget not expected to change, includes tax hike
Times-Tribune: Carbondale proposes parking ordinance amendment
Times-Tribune: New law allows victims’ families to testify at parole hearings

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Most Pennsylvania colleges poorly prepare teachers, study shows
WFMZ: DEP wants Allentown to think twice before voting on “Clean Air Ordinance”
WFMZ: Macungie wants traffic lights at Church and Main, but fears PennDOT rejection
Reading Eagle: Streetlights proposal a nonstarter for Reading City Council
Reading Eagle: Mifflin adopts budget with 3.27% tax bump
Reading Eagle: Wilson board approves new $89.82 million budget
Reading Eagle: Hamburg board OKs $36.83 million budget
Reading Eagle: Tax hike included in final Kutztown schools budget
Reading Eagle: Twin Valley School Board OKs tax hike for Berks residents
Reading Eagle: District prepares for vote on budget, tax hike

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Wellsboro hikes taxes, balances budget
Sun-Gazette: Borough names new police chief
Sun-Gazette: Board names new superintendent and hikes taxes
Centre Daily Times: Lawsuit to cost Union Township upward of $49,000
Centre Daily Times: Superior Court strikes down Curley, Schultz appeals
Centre Daily Times: NCAA, state lawyers to meet in court Wednesday for hearing
Erie Times-News: Casey urges GE talks extension

Opinions
Phillyburbs: Get our money back!
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: No defense for a history of sexual abuse
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
Observer-Reporter: Ignore the ads and proceed with privatization
Altoona Mirror: Senator wrong on Sheetz

Blogs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Can You Eat on $4.50 a Day?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Mayoral Candidate Jim Gregory Faces Second PFA Contempt Citation
Above Average Jane: DePasquale on Turnpike Debt
2 Political Junkies – More of Representative Jeff Duncan
Keystone Politics: “Transit” Doesn’t Lose Money. State Government Kneecaps PA’s Local Transit Authorities
Keystone Politics: Fighting Wealth Inequality with Land Taxes and Severance Taxes
Keystone Politics: Is Easton, PA About to Have a Tougher Anti-Blight Program Than Philadelphia?
Keystone Politics: Max Myers: Democratic Candidate for PA Governor on Progressive Issues
PA Budget and Policy Center: Pa. House Budget Locks in Most School Funding Cuts
PA Budget and Policy Center: Pennsylvanians Shortchanged by Drilling Free that Fails to Keep Pace With Gas Production
Commonwealth Foundation: Senate Liquor “Reform” Falls Short

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