6/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf calls off the McGinty-Burn battle, Martin O’Malley visits PA and we give a preview of the parties’ committee meetings. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

BREAKING: Wolf Names McGinty Head of New PAC, Avoids Chair Fight: Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf is creating his own organization rather than taking on the incumbent Party Chair.

Summer Democratic State Committee Meeting Preview: Here’s the rundown of the events happening this weekend at the Democrats’ state committee meeting.

Summer GOP State Committee Meeting Preview: Here’s the rundown of the events happening this weekend at the Republican’s state committee meeting.

Wolf Meets with Maryland Gov O’Malley: Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley joined Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf at a fundraiser.

StateImpactPA: Former state health employees say they were silenced on drilling
StateImpactPA: DEP fines Carrizo 190K for Wyoming County spills
PA Independent: Pension bill could get a vote next week, but it sidesteps funding issues
PA Independent: Despite budget struggles, General Assembly sitting on big cash
Capitolwire: Wolf starts independent coordinate campaign, avoids fight at Democratic State Committee
Capitolwire: New poll tests online gaming arguments for lawmakers
Capitolwire: House Democrats still feel burned by 2011 policy change
Capitolwire: Post-production royalties bill yielding to budget, other issues
Capitolwire: Legislature’s surplus jumps up to $153 million; spending decreased

KYW Newsradio: Pa. Lawmaker Wants To Give Disabled Equal Access to Organ Transplants
WHYY Newsworks: Retired Pa. health staffers say department muzzled them on fracking
Commonwealth Confidential: Rendell: It’s about what’s in a budget, not when it’s signed
Daily News: Liberal group files complaint against Sheldon Adelson
Inquirer: Wolf names McGinty for independent campaign committee
Inquirer: City Council votes to relax the rules on weed
Inquirer: Council agrees to borrow $30M to aid schools
Heard in the Hall: Council finds money for schools, passes budget
PhillyClout: Street rallies against PGW sale Yes, Philly City Council passes marijuana decriminalization

Montgomery Media: Rape, sexual assault charges dismissed against for[mer] Montgomery County GOP Chairman Robert Kerns
Montgomery Media: Hatboro-Horsham approves budget, reviews plans for new school
Montgomery Media: North Hills Manor reconstruction revisited at Upper Dublin meeting
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. sues over MTBE pollution in groundwater
Delco Daily Times: Concord residents fighting to ‘Save the Valley’
Delco Daily Times: Chester approves contracts
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield applies for $500,000 federal grant to fund proposed quiet zone project at three railroad crossings
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy passes final budget for 2014-15; $172M package contains no tax hike, full-day Kindergarten and more reading programs
The Intelligencer: Montco taxpayers’ costs increase in wrongful-arrest suit
The Intelligencer: Bucks County contingent part of March for Marriage
Daily Local News: West Pikeland opposes Sunoco’s try for public utility status

Tribune Review: VA orders facility directors to regularly review scheduling
Tribune Review: ‘Upper level’ heroin dealers ordered to stand trial
Post-Gazette: State to sue oil companies over contamination from gasoline additive
Early Returns: McGinty heads new committee, bypassing DSC
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania ranks seventh in U.S. for amount of toxics in waterways
Pittsburgh Business Times: Striking utility workers filing for unemployment benefits
KDKA: Wolf Says He Will Raise Certain Taxes
KDKA: Wolf Acknowledges A Different Style From Corbett
Pittsburgh Biz Journal: Former ATI chairman to give $7.5M to CMU to build new auditorium

Beaver County Times: Local foundation helps area wounded warriors
Beaver County Times: No tax increase; Ambridge school budget dips into reserves
AP: Sen. Casey: Tighten controls on radioactive material
Altoona Mirror: Hollidaysburg school board passes budget
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Mayor invited to D.C.

The Times Leader: Dallas council reminded about Overbrook drainage issue
Times-Tribune: Tax could triple under Act 47 plan
AP: Wolf’s campaign coffers show strain
Citizens Voice: Water company: Stay out of reservoirs
News Item: Youth suicide prevention bill awaits gov’s signature
Standard Speaker: Judge: Santai-Gaffney cannot intervene in gay marriage case

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Public confidence in Congress hits historic low
Lancaster Intelligencer: Sally Lyall elected to second term as Democratic chairwoman
York Dispatch: Tom Wolf forming his own political group outside Dems
Harrisburg Patriot: Tom Wolf campaign finance report: $3M cash on hand
Harrisburg Patriot: Judge tosses homeschooling mom’s lawsuit against PIAA
Harrisburg Patriot: March for Marriage in Washington, D.C.

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Berks commissioners presented with petition opposing gas plant in South Heidleberg
Express Times: Bethlehem Area School Board blames charter schools for tax increase
Morning Call: Gov. Corbett issues budget ultimatum to legislature
Morning Call: Philadelphia DA to tackle political corruption cas
Reading Eagle: Russell Diesinger withdraws candidacy for state House
Reading Eagle: Conrad Weiser School Board approves budget with no tax increase

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Senate bill would open more Penn State data to public
Centre Daily Times: Congress will grill IRS chief about lost emails
Centre Daily Times: House GOP elects McCarthy, Scalise to leadership
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Audit shows Pa. legislative surplus grew by $14M
Williamsport Sun Gazette: GOP leader: Obama may act in Iraq without signoff

The Intelligencer: An ultimatum in Harrisburg
Express Times: Vote out politicians who enable gun violence
Carlisle Sentinel: Building the better tax incentive
Observer-Reporter: A community effort in fight against blight
Times-Tribune: Really, Lou? Govern first
Inquirer: Worldview: Time to put focus on Iraq
WHYY Newsworks: Is Philly ready to get another national convention?
City Paper: Political Machine: Build a tower, not a park, at site of building collapse

Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 19: Bethlehem Area School Board blames charter schools for tax increase
Above Average Jane: Interesting Thoughts on Gun Ownership: Self-Defense or Problem?
Bals Blog: Hooked to Cheney’s Wagon

June 20th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 9 Comments

9 thoughts on “6/20 Morning Buzz”

  1. PAIND1Y says:


  2. PAIND1Y says:

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  3. PAIND1Y says:

    I love Cortbett and Barbender and Zogby and Turzai and Sam Smith and Scarnati and Cawley and myself

  4. Spy vs. Spy says:

    Ousted Chairman Michele Vaughn worked hard to kill off all of the good Democrats. She was viscous until the very end, trying to ‘burn the house down’ as she left the convention. However, Vaughn NEVER used these viscous tactics to attack Republicans. Did she work for Republicans?

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  6. David Diano says:

    I heard the Chester vote was 157-143

    I wouldn’t call that “overwhelming”, though I’d call it “overdue”.

  7. PAINDY1 says:

    Read My Lips: Tom Corbett’s Budget Secretary, Charly Zogby says nearly everything is on the table for revenue increases. Need to keep funding your Cyber Charter School Corporate Welfare Queen Friends, right Charly!

  8. chesdem says:

    Chester county dem chairman michelle vaughan was overwhelming defeated for reelected last night. It is about time vaughan is gone. Vaughan has a record of incompetent clown car destroying anything in chester county.

  9. Elated Chesco Dem says:

    Chester County Democrats oust the divisive and totally ineffective Chair Michele Vaughn as well as the entire executive board! Apparently, Vaughn and her cohorts were siphoning money from the party for their own use. Possible legal action coming…

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