6/22 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. See you today at Republican State Committee. How does the new Obama immigration policy fare in PA? Critz jumps on Rothfus for supporting the Medicare-cutting Ryan budget and the SEIU is bringing 100 field workers to the state to battle Romney.

And don’t forget to check back later for this week’s Ups & Downs!

Republican State Committee Preview – Summer 2012: This weekend is likely to be a slow one – attendance is not mandatory. Gov. Corbett as well as all four statewide candidates are slated to speak to a friendly crowd of GOP party leaders at Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.

Obama’s Immigration Move: Does it Play in PA?: Observers agree that Obama’s immigration order offers more political reward than risk for the President. But how does it play in PA, a state with a lot of Reagan Democrats and relatively few Latinos?

Kelly Takes Loud Role in Holder Contempt Vote (Watch Video): Rep. Mike Kelly has taken a prominent role in the push to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for withholding information to Congress on the failed Fast and Furious Operation. He’s gone on Fox News and done a number of other press hits to highlight Wednesday’s committee vote.

Critz Stays on the Attack Over Medicare: Rep. Mark Critz is keeping his foot on the gas on entitlements. Today, his campaign is pushing a statement by a Republican congressman that the Ryan plan – supported by Critz opponent Keith Rothfus – would maintain the $500 billion in cuts made to Medicare by Obamacare.

SEIU Plans Massive PA Field Program: Unlikely to catch up to conservative super PACs cash-wise, the SEIU announced Tuesday their plans to create a sweeping field program mobilization in PA and other key states. The group plans to work against Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans.

Legislative Election Updates

SD-13: In response to the recently reached budget agreement, Democratic Pa. Senate candidate Tom O’Brien called on legislators to support bills that would assist domestic violence. He pointed to three plans in particular: an increase in domestic-violence program funding, partially funding the General Assistance Program (another program for domestic violence victims) and restoration of human-services cuts.

National
New York Times: Distaste for health care law reflects spending on ads
New York Times: In Western Pennsylvania, an energy boom not visibly stifled
Wall Street Journal: Commerce Secretary Bryson Resigns
Wall Street Journal: Romney Gives Donors Added Access
Wall Street Journal: Romney’s Fine Line on Immigration
Wall Street Journal: Obama Cash Advantage Eroded by Spending Spree
Slate:It should take two-thirds of the Supreme Court to stop Congress
Slate: Who Will Save Us From the Courts?
Politico: AP poll: Obama 47, Romney 44
Politico: Marco Rubio defends Mitt Romney on immigration
Politico: Race gap hardens in 2012 contest
USA Today: Obama ad targets women voters
USA Today: Obama campaign spends more in May than it raises
The Caucus: The Running Mate Guessing Game
The Hill: Romney tells Hispanic group Obama takes them for granted
The National Journal: The Continuing Education of Sen. Marco Rubio
The National Journal: The Tax Gamble

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Mitt Romney, WaWa, And Pennsylvania Gas Prices
Capitol Ideas: Corbett launches a very public defense of nat.gas tax credit
Capitol Ideas: Mid-Morning Budget Update: School reform details emerge
PA Independent: Daily Budget Roundup
StateImpactPA: Support For Shell Tax Break In Monaca, But Skepticism Over Job Claims
Capitolwire: Senate Education reports out bill to limit government regulations of religious childcare facilities
Capitolwire: Senate GOP impatient with House progress on education reform
Capitolwire: Corrections reforms still in a holding pattern in the PA Senate
Capitolwire: Ethane tax credit comments by GOP leaders sound like Gov is talking
Capitolwire: Special education bill to include cyber and charter school funding commissions
Capitolwire: Lawmaker hopes crackdown on undocumented construction workers is enacted
Capitolwire: Corbett defends using industry job projections for cracker. Says annual cap might move
Capitolwire: Gov, leaders agree on $27.656 billion. Still $25 million to $80 million to reconcile
Capitolwire: Progress slows for the mandatory online filing of campaign finances
StateImpactPA: DEP Investigating Potential Shell Methane Migration
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania’s Energy Sector Booms, Despite GOP Warnings
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Agreement On Budget Number And Shell Tax Break
Capitol Ideas: Tea-Time Budget Update: Budget details start to emerge
Capitol Ideas: To move college funding bills, House Approps discovers time-travel
Capitol Ideas: DEP investigating potential Shell methane migration problem
AP: Education tax credit to expand in new Pa. budget

Philadelphia
City Paper: Zeroed out
City Paper: Why SEPTA is Heading for a Crash
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. ‘right in the middle’ of U.S. states for economic insecurity measurements
ABC Philadelphia: Philadelphia City Council considers tax hike to fund schools
Philly Tribune: State Farm Grants aid improvement
Philly Tribune: Service workers union backs Obama, talks to voters
Philly Tribune: Grant supports summer jobs
Phillynow.com: How the EPA Is Creating a Political Firestorm in Philly and Pennsylvania
Phillynow.com: Obama Beats Romney in ‘Sugar Daddy’ Poll
Philly Clout: Budget fight alive and well on twitter
Philly Clout: Blue collar schools workers ask council to approve schools funding
Philly Clout: Nutter says schools need funding from council
Philly Clout: Council approves biz tax hike, delay to AVI
The Inquirer: Pa. has deal on a budget
The Inquirer: Corbett pushes hard for petrochemical plant
Daily News: City Council will investigate illegal, annoying ATVs

SEPA
phillyburbs.com: PA to launch $5 million voter ID campaign with robocalls
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners visit Crossing Vineyards, preserve two key open space parcels
Bucks Local News: Bucks County on track with workforce reduction; eliminates 18 more positions
Delco Daily Times: GOP loyalist from petition flap lands work at county-funded agency
The Philly Post: A mummer runs for Congress

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Letter to Interior Secretary calls for stricter disclosure rules
Early Returns: P-G reporter lends a hand to Obama biography
Early Returns: More on labor ground game

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: White proposes surtax to support cracker plant

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Senate OKs takeovers in weak school districts
Reading Eagle: Reading School District lacks final numbers on budget cuts
Reading Eagle: Corbett, lawmakers announce budget agreement
South Whitehall Patch: How will Obamacare affect Pa. voters?
South Whitehall Patch: Law Firm to Collect Township’s Delinquent Accounts
WFMZ: Gov. Corbett, top Republicans announce $27.7B budget agreement
WFMZ: Funding of charter schools debated in Harrisburg
Morning Call: State budget legislation to settle Allentown arena fight
Morning Call: In EPA air quality vote, Casey sides with environment over coal

NEPA
The Times Leader: Amnesty among topics in Barletta phone-in
Times-Tribune: Watchdog calls for charter school savings
Times-Tribune: Act 47 wins approval
Citizens Voice: ACLU questions affidavits for gay county employees

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Former Democratic state Rep. Stephen Stetler of York denies knowledge of widespread campaign work on Pennsylvania taxpayer time
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Analysis: Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan to give tax break for Shell refinery raises questions about jobs
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Former Democratic state Rep. Stephen Stetler of York denies knowledge of widespread campaign work on Pennsylvania taxpayer time
York Daily Record: Stetler testifies, denies wrongdoing
York Daily Record: Expert opinions: was it a good idea to put Stetler on stand?

North by Northwest
AP: Pa. senators OK takeovers in weak school districts
AP: 3 ex-Pa. execs of Consol Energy sued for trading
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Governor: Deal reached with legislators on spending plan
Erie Times: Massachusetts lawmaker in Erie to criticize Romney’s term as governor
Courier Express: DuBois school budget approved, 6-3
Centre Daily Times: Hearing on Bellefonte eminent domain issue delayed

Opinion
Politico: Opening federal lands for energy
USA Today: Democrats cede human rights
Washington Post: Obama’s money troubles
Washington Post: Payback is not good in politics
Lewistown Sentinel: Orie cover-up part of crime
The Inquirer: PHA has a lot more work to do
The Inquirer: Philadelphia’s old tax habit dies hard
York Daily Record: Editorial: Good ideas fix bad Pa. lawmaking

Blogs
Young Philly Politics: What’s the rush? Save Cohen tax rebate!
Keystone State Education Coalition: Proposed PA budget: $100 million supervoucher EITC/EISC give private schools/state bailout of religious schools; NO $$$ for Harrisburg kindergarten
Commonwealth Foundation: Attack on charter schools shoddy and misguided
The Pennsylvania Progressive: SCOTUS ruling on Obamacare imminent
The Pennsylvania Progressive: News and Notes June 21, 2012
Keystone Politics: PA doesn’t need a new “industrial revolution,” it needs to urbanize more
Keystone Politics: Ugly news out of the Philly FED
John Hanger: Josh Fox and Rolling Stone Magazine target Cuomo in new horror video
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: State lawmakers to fix NIZ

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