6/2 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6More controversy in the Attorney General’s office, Sestak’s fortunes are debated on MSNBC and a PPP poll shows strong support for Gov. Wolf’s budget proposals. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Questions Raised about Kane’s Targeting of Nursing Homes: Are law firms unethically influencing the Attorney General’s office?

PA-Sen: Sestak’s Primary Fortunes Debated on MSNBC (VIDEO): The Briefing with Luke Russert takes a look at the conflict between Sestak and PA Democrats.

PPP Poll: Majority Say Kane Shouldn’t Run for Re-Election: A plurality believe the Attorney General should resign.

PPP Poll: Gov. Wolf’s Budget Proposals Have Solid Support: Voters were asked about the Governor’s new tax plans.

Two More Lawmakers Plead Guilty in Philly Sting Case: The infamous investigation Kathleen Kane passed on and Seth Williams picked up has claimed a pair of State Reps.

PPP Poll: Pennsylvania Sees Increase in Support for Same-Sex Marriage: Most say the legalization of gay marriage has no impact on their lives.

Statewide
PA Independent: Veto power? PA couple says PUC gives movers ability to block new competition.
PA Independent: Armed with powerful lobbyists, union stonewalls liquor privatization in PA.
StateImpact: DEP fines Chevron $940K for fatal gas well fire
StateImpact: Wolf’s gas tax would be among highest in nation, says Independent Fiscal Office
PLS Reporter: Fiscal Office: Gov. Wolf’s tax plan gets House floor vote, Democrats said move was a political stunt
PLS Reporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 6.1.15
PLS Reporter: Senate Democratic Leaders provide June forecast
Capitolwire: House GOP shows Wolf his budget proposal doesn’t have the votes; Wolf, Democrats cry ‘stunt’
Capitolwire: Wolf proposing ‘highest’ severance tax, IFO says. UPDATED

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Two more Dems plead guilty in sting case
Inquirer: Wolf, GOP ramp up budget rhetoric
Big Tent: Poll finds PA voters souring on Kane
WHYY Newsworks: Awaiting Supreme Court ruling on insurance subsidies, Del. and Pa. ready contingency plans
Daily News: UPenn frat brothers recall Biden with affection
Philly.com: House GOP leader: House probe of Hasert premature (AP)

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania House passes bill that allows shipment of alcohol to residences
Pottstown Mercury: Fed up Mont Clare residents hold town meeting
Delco Daily News: Rep. Ron Waters pleads guilty in lobbyist sting case
Delco Daily News: Pa. budget battle begins with fight over Wolf tax hikes
Delco Daily News: 2 VA officials in suspended after audit uncovered misconduct in Philly
Bucks Local News: Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s reaffirm highest ratings for Bucks County government

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Pittsburgh-area liquor law violation notices
WTAE: Mayor kicks off Immigrant Heritage Month at naturalization ceremony
WESA: In the Hands of a Few: Small Group Likely to Choose Next District 11 City Councilperson
Pittsburgh Business Times: Mylan executive chairman tells Teva to stop meddling in its affairs
Pittsburgh Business Times: Who are the highest-paid public company executives in the Pittsburgh region
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania severance tax would lead gas-producing states, state revenue analyst says
Pittsburgh Business Times: Attorney General could replace Highmark, UPMC directors to comply with consent decree
Tribune Review: Butler GOP candidate won’t challenge primary results in commissioners’ race

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Chaplain shares faith with prison inmates
Beaver County Times: Judge to decide if jurors in Hopewell homicide trial will hear surgeon’s testimony
Observer-Reporter: Passion for change guides Malik Washington

NEPA
Pocono Record: Grants announced in Pike County
Pocono Record: Gov. Wolf talks funding, education with school, local officials at Pocono Mtn. West Jr. High
Citizens Voice: Crunch time for lawmakers
The Times Leader: Morelli seeks legal opinion on eligibility of 2 Luzerne County Council candidates

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Harrisburg appeals order directing it to reveal legal defense donors in gun suits
York Daily Record: Business was a key part in Tom Wolf’s campaign for Pa. governor
York Daily Record: State Rep. Kevin Schreiber promotes same-day voter registration
Patriot-News: Pa. severance tax would be highest among natural gas states, report says
Patriot-News: Medical marijuana: Committee head fears Pa. bill would ‘harm
Patriot-News: Budget or Bust! Gov. Tom Wolf prepares for clash with lawmakers
Patriot-News: Same-day registration bill pushed as way to increase turnout
Patriot-News: ‘This was a stunt’: Gov. Tom Wolf slams GOP for budget antics (VIDEO)
Carlisle Sentinel: Utilities team up against scam artists

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: GOP presidential hopefuls are heading to Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: With one month to go, uncertainty surrounds state budget
Reading Eagle: Donations groups, coroners at odds over proposed Pennsylvania law
Morning Call: June marks start of budget ‘cacophony’ in PA Capitol

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Tax Calculator: Comparing the House Republicans’ tax plan with Wolf’s
Erie Times-News: Erie County Councilwoman Loll picks up Dem nomination
Erie Times-News: EPA sets up centers to test thousands of common chemicals

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Primary influence: Pa. deserves a stake in presidential nominations
Patriot-News: Marcus Brown needs to shine at State Police confirmation hearing, and here’s why
Patriot-News: Here’s why Bernie Sanders is bad news for Hillary Clinton: Dick Polman
Pocono Record: Don’t trust Harrisburg with running schools
Wayne Independent: The promise of legal representation often not fulfilled
Lancaster Intelligencer: Gov. Wolf’s pipeline task force holds promise, and conveys important
Roxbury News: 2015 Pa Budget – The status quo.
Reading Eagle: How Josh Shapiro’s absence alters the 2016 Senate race: Ron Southwick
Centre Daily Times: Who wants Amtrak?
Inquirer: Amtrak worth the investment
Inquirer: Invest in early education now, or expect higher costs later

Blogs
Citified: After Losing the Election, Ori Feibush Is Out of the Development Game
Citified: Surprise! Philly’s commercial property taxes are pretty darn low
Citified: Philly has boosted school funding a staggering amount since 2011
Keystone Crossroads: With ready-to-go commercial real estate in short supply, public money goes to develop land
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