6/2 Morning Buzz

PoliticsPA is happy to bring you the second installment in our new feature, Chiefs of Staff Spotlight. Today, we present the CoS for die hard blue dog Rep. Jason Altmire, Sharon Werner.

Speaking of members of Congress that are constantly targeted by the other party, the NRCC announced yesterday its top ten list of incumbents to protect. Several familiar names including Lou Barletta, Mike Fitzpatrick and Pat Meehan made the list, meaning that PA is the best-represented state in the U.S. both on the NRCC and DCCC target lists. We’re looking forward to some fireworks in 2012.

When is good news bad? When you’re a Governor trying to hold the line on state spending and revenue keeps coming back higher than expected. It was announced that PA’s revenue surplus is now $540 million, meaning Corbett and crew are going to have to deal with more criticism like this.

And friend of the site Tom Murse covers former Pres. GWB’s speech to the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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PoliticsPA’s Chiefs of Staff Spotlight: Sharon Werner
At PoliticsPA, we love staffers as much as elected officials. That’s why we’re bringing you the second installment in our newest feature, Chief of Staff Spotlight. This week we present Sharon Werner, Chief of Staff for Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Allegheny).

PA at the Center of GOP Congressional Incumbent Protection
In yet another indication that Pennsylvania will be the epicenter of the 2012 battle for control of the U.S. House, the National Republican Congressional Campaign released its list of “Patriot Program” participants yesterday, and it had several familiar names.

Sen. Casey Tackles Joblessness Among Vets
One day after the Memorial Day parades and barbecues ended, Senator Bob Casey held a press conference at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center in Pittsburgh to release a report outlining the high rate of joblessness among veterans in the U.S.

Final Palin Rundown
We wanted to tie up a few loose ends on the conservative icon’s visit to PA in our final Palin story ever (for this week). She and the biggest Philly Tea Party made nice; also sighted: State Sen. Jake Corman.

Governing Magazine Says Pippy, Schwank Are “Legislators To Watch”
One has served in Harrisburg since 1997, the other is barely finished with her first month. But two PA Senators have caught the eye of Governing, the DC-based magazine that covers state and local politics across the country.

Pa. Delegation Opposes Debt Ceiling Increase 15-3
The House of Representatives overwhelming defeated a symbolic measure last night that would have raised the debt ceiling without offering any spending reductions. Only three PA Dems voted for the measure.

National
AP:  House GOP lawmakers press Obama on borrowing
Washington Post: Mitt Romney to announce second candidacy for president in 2012
Washington Post: House GOP pushes back against health measures affecting affecting school lunches, tobacco
Politico: Patriot Program preps for relaunch
The Hill: NRCC moves to protect vulnerable freshmen

Statewide
AP: Sen. Mensch Appeals Gun Related Conviction
AP: PA’s surplus rises to $540 mil amid budget debate
AP: May pads state’s surplus amid battle over budget cuts
Daily News: Gov. Corbett To Friendly Philly Crowd: “Keeping The Promises I Made”
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. May Ban Teens From Tanning Salons
WHYY Newsworks: Paterno Still Highest Paid At Penn State Despite Salary Decrease
AP: Corbett Lawyers Target Open-Records ‘Uncertainty’
Tribune-Review: Congress Members’ Water Purchases Hint at Spending Priorities
Post-Gazette: State Employees Advised to keep Details Off Calendars
Inquirer: In PA capital, former spokesman fights powers he once promoted
PR Newswire: Pennsylvania Secretary Tomalis Honors 2011 Migrant Education Graduates
Daily Local: State casino report calls for changes–now what?
Daily Local: My pads Pa. surplus amid budget battle
Daily Local: Miccarelli propose gas-drilling tax
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett Names Wonderling, Kroll to Convention Center Board
ABC Philadelphia: Is Money Coming Your Way From Harrisburg?
Patriot-News: Environmental groups submit proposals to Marcellus Shale Commission
Post-Gazette: Unemployment much higher for post 9/11 vets

Philly
The Big Tent: Sen. Casey: No Pay For Congress Until Debt Ceiling Raised
Philadelphia Weekly: Photo ID bill is onerous and overpriced
Inquirer: Phila. Candidate’s Voter Records List Three Different Birth Dates
Fox Philadelphia: John Street Sounds More Like A Candidate
Daily News: Nutter Commits To Schools, But Not To Raising Taxes
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter Puts Soda Tax Back On The Table To Bail Out Phila. Schools
PhillyNow: IRS Releases School District’s Audit Amid Budget Woes
WHYY Newsworks: Stormwater Plan Puts Philly On Leading Edge of Green
PhillyNow: Highlights From Pew’s ‘City Transformed’ Report On 20 Year Racial Changes

Philly Suburbs
Intelligencer: Fitzpatrick, Dent vote no on debt limit hike
Fox Philadelphia: Limerick Nuke Reactor Remains Shut Down
Bucks County Courier Times: Montgomery, Bucks Consider Joint Airport Authority
Intelligencer: Small Business Denied Pay By Bucks County
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield Township Board of Supervisors to unveil new websites at meeting tonight
Bucks Local News: New Hope Borough to monitor Aquetong Creek Watershed
Bucks Local News: Afton Elementary students in Pennsbury School District visit the nation’s capital
Montgomery News: Live interview with State Sen. Mensch Thursday, June 2 at 10 a.m.

Pittsburgh
CBS: Parking Authority to Get Smart Parking Meters
Daily Local: East Fallowfield Supervisors Delay Auditor Selection
Daily Local: Legislation Would Repeal Helmet Law in Pennsylvania
Early Returns: Corbett Chats with Philly Biz Leaders
Examiner: Governor Proposes Gas Well Drilling on College Campuses
Examiner: Veterans Business Website to be Launched on Memorial Day
Post-Gazette: Electric Billboard Rules Would Restrict Locations, Limit Brightness
Post-Gazette: City Paving Program Violates Council Rule
Tribune Review: Federal Judge Promises Quick Ruling on Election Law Challenge
Tribune-Review: STEP Act Would Expand Health Care Options for Military
Tribune-Review: Vote Improves Chances for Upgrade for Iconic Bayer Sign
Tribune-Review: Washington County Judge Lifts One Barrier to Property Reassessment

Southwest
Tribune Review: Political parties begin chase for dollars, then votes
Tribune Review: Health care for officials plays role in North Versailles election
Observer Reporter: UPDATED: Commissioners not in contempt over reassessment

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Unemployment rate drops in Berks Co., Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Sen. Bob Mensch says he’s appealing disorderly conduct conviction
Morning Call: Bangor Area asks state to approve budget cuts
Patch: Former State Rep Karen Beyer critical of Corbett budget

NEPA
Pocono Record– State DEP holds back money because of township’s illegal burning last year
Pocono Record– Slack records on Pa. vehicles prompts action
Times News– Successful write-in votes create General Election races
The Daily Review- A state grand jury report that puts casino licensing practices in a harsh light carries unfinished business with it.
Citizens Voice- NEPA unemployment down for sixth straight month

South Central
AP: Luck of the draw to determine Lancaster primary race
Lancaster Intelligencer/New Era: W reflects: Bush, in Pa., says he believes he made right decisions
AP, via Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. state senator appeals gun-related conviction
Patriot-News: Papenfuse won’t contest Jackson-Dowe win in Dauphin County Dem primary
Gettysburg Sun-Gazette: Commissioners to consider STEP child car contract

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson Rejects Effort To Raise Debt Ceiling, Issues Statement
Centre Daily Times: Recount Confirms Results In Democratic County Commissioner Race
Tri County Courier Express: Jobs Picture Improves

Opinions
Patriot News Editorial: Barletta and Marino recording ban sends the wrong message
LTE, Pottstown Mercury: PA Abortion clinic bill HB 574 goes too far
Commonwealth Foundation: PA Education, a state of emergency
Centre Daily Times Editorial: Voter ID Proposal A Waste of Time
Sun-Gazette Editorial: State Bill Requiring Photo ID For State Benefits Does What Federal Laws Should Do
John Baer, Daily News Column: Who’s Sharing The Pain? Not Perk-Barrel Lawmakers
Daily Item Editorial: What Would John Adams Think Of The Judicial Recount Debacle In Snyder County?
Daily Item Editorial: Lifting The Welcome Mat
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Obamacare needs to be doctored
Tribune Review Editorial: The Arizona ruling: States’ rights
Post-Gazette Editorial: Text Case: A Driver’s Thumbs Belong on the Wheel
PhillyNow, Editorial: Nutter’s Soda Tax: Redux!
Lonnie Golden & Stephen Herzenberg, The Inquirer: The Benefits of Paid Sick Days
Reading Eagle Editorial: Thinly Veiled Power Grab
Reading Eagle Editorial: Taxes up 81%
Citizens Voice Editorial – Talk is good, action is better
Laura Vecsey, Patriot-News: Media helps cagey Palin build her brand
Sun-Gazette Editorial: State bill does what federal laws should do
Chambersburg Public Opinion Editorial: Not quite the school tax reform we’re looking for
Times-News Editorial: Pa.’s Gray, but Erie’s Getting Younger
Politico Editorial: Rein in rising gas prices

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