6/21 Morning Buzz

PA state flagA leaked poll shows Corbett in trouble and Toomey wades into the immigration battle. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs.

Leaked Poll Shows Corbett in Trouble: An internal poll conducted by a Republican firm and first reported by the Philadelphia City Paper shows Tom Corbett in a deep hole.

Sabato Moves PA-Gov from Toss-up to Leans Democratic: One of the nation’s top political scientists has some bad news for Tom Corbett says Pennsylvania is the state with an incumbent governor most likely to lose in 2014.

Toomey Steps Into Immigration Debate With Visa Amendment: His proposal would increase the ceiling on work visas for low skilled immigrants from 75,000 to 350,000.

Exclusive: Fountain Hill Mayor May Primary Boscola: Senator Lisa Boscola (D-Northampton), a fifteen-year incumbent in the state Senate, could face her first primary in 2014.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Key legislator says Senate pension proposal ‘doesn’t solve the problem’
Capitolwire: Senate plans Medicaid expansion bill for next week, with conditions
Capitolwire: Draft of McIllhinney’s liquor bill released, but changes likely to come
PA Independent: Corbett’s proposed biz tax elimination may be in jeopardy
State House Sound Bites: Child protection bill passes, but with parent’s caution
State House Sound Bites: Bill could make free counseling more available to veterans

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Revel’s new marketing approach: Target the gambler
Inquirer: State leaders raise hopes of Phila. school rescue
Inquirer: Creation of city water-rate board delayed
Inquirer: PGW fee bill tabled in City Council
PhillyClout: Nutter on late gas bill: ‘I made a mistake’
PhillyClout: No vote on U&O bill
Big Tent: Corbett weakest incumbent gov, U.Va. says
Daily News: Committee hears answers from L&I on city demos

SEPA
Phillyburbs: Bensalem offering online police reporting system
Phillyburbs: Bill would push lawmakers off pension plan
Phillyburbs: Utility project means more road closures, restrictions in Bensalem
Pottstown Mercury: Pottsgrove’s choice: Higher taxes or one less administrator forced by federal funding cut
Pottstown Mercury: Montco recognized as one of America’s 50 healthiest for children
Montgomery Media: Ambler Borough Council hears plans for Ambler Crossings apartment complex

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh business, government leaders laud Cleveland’s rapid bus system
Tribune Review: Despite GOP skeptics, Democrats intensify push for Medicaid expansion in Pa.
Tribune Review: Beaver County sheriff has bond terms changed
Tribune Review: Senator’s proposal doesn’t have formula by which liquor stores could be shuttered
Post-Gazette: Communities often can find grants to fund all kinds of projects
Post-Gazette: Some Woodland Hills directors unhappy with election rules
Post-Gazette: Authority will release gaming money to Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh-UPMC relationship gets new bruise
Post-Gazette: City recognized for its childhood programs

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Ambridge board approves school tax boost
Observer-Reporter: Plans to close state health centers moving forward
Altoona Mirror: HASD passes budget with no tax increase

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Organizations to participate in gay rights rally Saturday
Carlisle Sentinel: Houses passes legislation on new charge
Patriot News: Pennsylvania State House passes several child protection measures by overwhelming margins
Patriot News: Medicaid expansion opponents argue it will “harm” the health of the uninsured as well as the state budget
Patriot News: Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Turzai says McIlhinney liquor draft does not go far enough
Roxbury News: Harrisburg City Council – HUD Community Block Grants
York Daily Record: York County roads among most expensive, congested in Susquehanna Valley, report says

NEPA
Standard Speaker: City council agrees to $225K Greco settlement
Standard Speaker: Lobbyists would pay more under fee hike
Times Leader: Lawton tackles ‘trust issues’
Times-Tribune: Scranton Council meeting for tonight canceled due to lack of quorum
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg school budget dips into fund balance for $3.3 million
Pocono Record: Pocono Mountain School Board slices taxes by 1.3 percent in final budget

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Allentown council signs off on fire academy land sale
Express Times: Allentown council washes hands of proposed clean air bill
Express Times: Lower Saucon Township to hold public hearing on landfill expansion
Express Times: Easton Occupy protester wants a trial over bank scare charges
Morning Call: Browne’s amendment advances part of Corbett’s pension fix
WFMZ: Weiser vote cuts positions, increases property tax
WFMZ: Muhlenberg budget raises taxes nearly 2 percent

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Commissioners approve $4.7 million on recycling equipment
Centre Daily Times: Air Force Two, minus vice president, practices landings at University Park Airport

Opinions
Phillyburbs: Anti-privatization
Montgomery Media: Springfield offers ‘no solicitation’ registry
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances

Blogs
Above Average Jane: Patrick Murphy: Sen. Gillibrand is Right
Above Average Jane: Painter on Tax Rebate
PA Budget and Policy Center: Tens of Thousands of Pennsylvania Veterans Could Obtain Health Insurance Under Medicaid Expansion
Commonwealth Foundation: Nation laughs at Pennsylvania
Commonwealth Foundation: Budget Opens Door to Prevailing Wage Reform
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Stoffa: We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Gracedale
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Matos: We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Jail
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: McClure: We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Cameras
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: LV Labor Council: We Don’t Need No Steenkin’ Gregory
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: One Great Judge Endorses Another
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Officials Should Serve Residents, Not Teachers’ Union

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  • When Should The Special Elections For The PA House Be Held?


    • May 16, 2023 (Primary Day) (51%)
    • March, 2023 (47%)
    • April, 2023 (2%)

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