6/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610Kane’s office gets searched, Dent accepts an impressive gift from a donor and we have all the results from the latest Franklin & Marshall poll. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

DEVELOPING: Kane’s Office Searched by Ferman: The Montgomery County DA sent investigators to the Attorney General’s office for a second time.

PA-15: Dent Accepted Massachusetts Trip Gift from Big Donor: The House Ethics Committee approved Rep. Charlie Dent’s request for a trip to Nantucket with his “personal friend” and campaign donor David Jaindl.

PA-Sen: F&M Poll: Toomey 35 Sestak 31: The latest Franklin & Marshall poll shows the incumbent in the lead but many Pennsylvanians are still undecided this early.

PA-Gov: F&M Poll: Wolf’s Approval Ratings Remain Steady: The latest Franklin & Marshall survey shows not much change in Gov. Wolf’s numbers.

F&M Poll: President Obama’s Approval Rating Slightly Increase to 37%: The President’s approval ratings inch higher and compare better than President Bush’s ratings at a similar time.

F&M Poll: Pennsylvanians Want Education Funding, Property Tax Reform: The poll also shows changing attitudes on death penalty, marijuana.

York County Dem Chair Steps Down: Bob Kefauver will no longer head the Democratic party in the home county of Governor Wolf.

WITF: Hanover shares clean water with New Oxford
WITF: Former Pa. Rep. Mike Veon released from prison after 5 years
WITF: State agency seeks applicants for Sandusky fine projects
WITF: Criminal charges filed against former Steelton water manager
State House Sound Bites: Responses filed in suit over death penalty moratorium
PA Independent: Pennsylvania lawmakers could roll dice on Internet gambling
Capitolwire: Pension proposal’s $20 billion in future savings come with “significant immediate increases” in payments
Capitolwire: Parliamentary wrangling overshadows debate on economic furlough bill

City Paper: The Bell Curve: Our weekly quality-of-life-o-meter
Inquirer: Pa needs to overhaul school funding
Daily News: Pot: Yes. Executions: Sure. Sestak: Who?
Newsworks: Dark money group in Philly mayor’s race stays in the shadows
Newsworks: Undocumented immigrants fight for driver’s licenses in Pennsylvania
PlanPhilly: Blatstein plans at Broad & Washington to get nudge in Council
KYW Newsradio: Community Tips Reportedly Help Shut Down Brothel In Camden
KYW Newsradio: Phila. City Council Finalizes Legislation To Allow Gallery Makeover
Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila.’s big banks make a lot of money from fees, such as on ATMs, here’s how much

Pottstown Mercury: Pa. fair school funding study due out today
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Turnpike to end usual tolls at Jersey crossing
Pottstown Mercury: Recommendations due on 25-year Pa. school funding disparity
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem agrees to average $63 increase in school taxes for 2015-16
Bucks County Courier Times: DA won’t seek death penalty against soldier in woman’s murder

Tribune Review: Pa. education funding report includes changes to fix disparities
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh native to lead Allegheny Regional Asset District
Tribune Review: GOP sets its sights on Pennsylvania for 2016
Post-Gazette: State legislator to approach Gov. Wolf about CCAC Donora plan
Post-Gazette: New Pennsylvania school funding formula wins endorsement of bipartisan panel
Early Returns: Peduto: Building Pittsburgh’s minor leagues
Pittsburgh Business Times: House puts trade deals back on track with second TPA vote

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Area hospitals get poor marks in state report
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Ex-Johnstown Redevelopment Authority chief Ron Repak headed to trial
Beaver County Times: Shell Chemicals paid $6 million less than fair market value for Horsehead site

Standard Speaker: School districts disclose plans for extra state funds
Standard Speaker: State department bans fowl from fairs amidst bird flu scare
Citizens Voice: Local experts hope Pope’s climate-change encyclical serves as wake-up call
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County Commissioners create land bank
Times-Tribune: Pa. Supreme Court to hear appeal of open records ruling
Times-Tribune: Former commissioner argues for new trial on corruption charges
Times Leader: Gov. Wolf: Tax the gas industry to pay for education
Times Leader: House approves transfer of Moon Lake Park to state

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Middlesex Township Police becomes first in Cumberland County to use body cameras
Carlisle Sentinel: Board member: school districts ‘tread water’ with tax hikes and pension costs
Patriot-News: Advice for former State Rep. Mike Veon from two of the Capitol’s most famous ex-cons
Patriot-News: Are classes too big? West Shore parent asks school board for smaller class sizes at meeting
Patriot-News: Harrisburg Councilwoman Sandra Reid’s arrest last month in Georgia stemmed from family dispute
Patriot-News: Pa. higher education grant supplement approved
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster County educators say new funding formula proposal would be a good first step
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster County Prison inmates pay 21 cents per minute for phone calls, county gets $576,000

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Northampton County councilman: ‘Let’s just get the damn generators up’ at Gracedale
WFMZ: Reading mayor announces formation of “transition team”
Express Times: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent got ethics waiver to travel with donor to Nantucket, report says
Express Times: Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton school districts to benefit under proposed state funding formula
Express Times: Bogus drugs taint Colonial Regional drug sweep, district attorney says
Express Times: Former Northampton County district attorney has law license suspended

North by Northwest
Campaign ’15: New poll results in Toomey-Sestak matchup
Erie Times-News: Pat Cuneo: Next Erie mayor’s race begins to take shape
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council votes against extending EMTA charter

Inquirer: We’ll drink to water rule
Daily News: Sheriff’s sales misrepresented
Philly.com: On trade bill, Pelosi helps House Republicans
Pottstown Mercury: Allegiance to political party can go too far
Times-Tribune: Pa. exchange itself a form of insurance
Beaver County Times: Gas severance tax will protect our resources
Morning Call: Candy tax not a sweet deal
Post-Gazette: Do-nothing bill: Current laws fight drug dealing and welfare fraud

Citified: This Is Why Your Artisanal Cocktail Costs $13
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania lawmakers get experts’ take on proposed municipal pension fixes
Keystone Crossroads: What household income distribution looks like in Pennsylvania cities
Commonwealth Foundation: School Districts Overwhelmed by Pension Costs
PA Budget and Policy Center: Bursting the Shale Jobs’ Balloon

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    Total Voters: 232

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