6/22 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The first candidate emerges in the SD-37 special election, we take a look at the keynote of the NRLC and the May jobs reports is released. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

6/19 Ups & Downs: Drug cars, lost phones and airline tickets. See who made this week’s list!

SD-37: Natalie Mihalek Seeks Republican Nomination in Special Election: The Allegheny County attorney is the first to declare for the seat formerly held by Matt Smith.

Scott Walker Pledges to Fight for Republican Ideals: The Wisconsin Governor and future 2016 presidential candidate spoke at the NRLC in Philly on Saturday.

May Jobs Report: PA Unemployment Up Slightly to 5.4%: The unemployment rate increases by one-tenth of a percentage point from April to May.

Quinnipiac Poll: Clinton, Rubio Lead Primaries in PA: A shift occurs in the GOP primary while Hillary Clinton is far and away the Democratic favorite.

Sunday Show Preview: June 21, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA lawmakers faced with new school funding recommendations
PA Independent: PA GOP leadership ‘within a day or so’ of agreeing on pension reform, liquor privatization
PA Independent: Despite new funds, Philadelphia schools not out of trouble yet
PA Independent: Pennsylvania lawmakers could roll dice on Internet gambling
StateImpact PA: DEP plans new fracking chemical disclosure site, promises more transparency
StateImpact PA: DEP seeks record fine of $8.9 million from Range Resources
StateImpact PA: New fracking jobs number likely more accurate, say economists
Capitolwire: Banner day at the capitol for public education.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Probes have made the Pa. Attorney General’s Office a hell in Harrisburg
Big Tent: Santorum says blue-collar voters key for GOP
WHYY Newsworks: Bill would ease changing birth certificate due to sex change
WHYY Newsworks: Advocates for those with disabilities seek Pa. funding boost
WHYY Newsworks: Councilman moves to set stage for development of long-vacant parcel in South Philly

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown takes half-step toward borough-wide tax break
Pottstown Mercury: Upper Providence bids farewell to longtime township manager
Delco Daily Times: Chesco residents express concerns about pipeline siting
Delco Daily Times: Chesco senator proposes legislation to allow taxation of natural gas pipelines
Bucks Local News: Lower Makefield Supervisors refusing to take action on Aria settlement deal; say more discussion needed
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy adopts $175.6M final budget for 2015-16, avoids tax hike by using reserves to cover $8.4M shortfall

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Marijuana drops on police priority list in Pa.
Tribune Review: Higher fees could keep Butler County 911 center healthy
Tribune Review: Fayette judge denies vote recount request by losing candidate for Dem nomination for sheriff
Tribune Review: Veon comes out of jail swinging, vows to be Pa.’s ‘Comeback Kid’
Post-Gazette: Critics cite cost of renovations to Pittsburgh City Hall executive office
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh economy solid but lags in climate, population growth
Pittsburgh Business Times: Gas association takes DEP to task on how it considers drilling permits
Pittsburgh Business Times: How utility hopes to build shale-related business through Keystone Clearwater purchase
WESA: Health Committee Advances Bill to End ‘Benefits Cliff’ for Low-Income Families
WTAE: As Pennsylvania budget deadline looms, no agreements to show

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Upper St. Clair Attorney Seeking Smith’s Seat
Observer-Reporter: County eyeing tax-delinquent property up for sale
Altoona Mirror: Lawyer questions executive sessions for city-AWA talks
Altoona Mirror: Local representatives want military force kept local
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: School spending dominates attention at state Capitol

NEPA
Times Leader: No tax increase in Greater Nanticoke Area budget
Times Leader: Pa.’s Minor Court judges not required to go to law schools
Times Leader: Casey, others denounce cuts to federal program that helped hire 12 full-time cops in Wilkes-Barre
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor reverses course on Boscov’s plan for mall
Standard Speaker: State House passes tougher fake officer bill

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle school board approves budget with tax increases
Lancaster Intelligencer: Easy access to records of freed slaves enriches African American history, celebrates freedom
York Dispatch: Dems tout Wolf’s education funding plan
York Dispatch: York’s Royal Square developers seek piece of $30 million tax credit pie
York Daily Record: DEP plans to redirect contaminated water, prevent future runoff
Patriot-News: ‘The issue is not the guns’: Gun show patrons question Obama’s reaction to church massacre
Patriot-News: Religious alliance stages ‘Moral Takeover’ at Pa. Capitol, seeks education funding boost
Patriot-News: Former Pa. state Rep. Mike Veon is out of jail and, believe it or not, talking “comeback”
Patriot-News: New school funding formula on the move but when will it take effect?
Patriot-News: Bill to create stripper registry may see House action

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: ‘The Fonz’ might not be giving all the details about reverse mortgages
Morning Call: State DEP to hold meeting on proposed IESI Landfill expansion
Morning Call: Proposed school funding formula would take from rich districts, give to the poor
Capitol Ideas: Mocking politics and politicians in 140 characters or less
Express Times: Chris Christie second to Scott Walker in Northeast GOP straw poll

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pennsylvania Game Commission takes steps to limit bears in Erie County
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Bill would guarantee minimum gas royalty payments

Opinion
Inquirer: Maybe schoolchildren need a union
Daily News: Maybe Gov. Wolf can change the game
Daily News: Courting corruption by electing Pa. judges
Bucks Local News: It’s time for the House Health Committee to advance medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania
Carlisle Sentinel: Air quality deserves our attention
Lancaster Intelligencer: Climate change is greatest threat ever
York Daily Record: White roses and thorns
Patriot-News: Working together on the budget, Wolf and General Assembly can chart a new path for Pa.: Ed Rendell
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Hearings, survey expose disconnect with gas industry
Centre Daily Times: Time for tough question about the gig economy
Morning Call: Incorporate the old with the new in Allentown
Reading Eagle: Too many exceptions render Act 1 virtually meaningless
Express Times: Merit selection of judges takes campaign cash out of the equation
Tribune Review: ‘Healthy kids’? Unhealthy results
Tribune Review: Find a new song, Hillary
Post-Gazette: Gift reform: The state House should move this proposed ban
Post-Gazette: A bipartisan panel finds a better way on education
Observer-Reporter: A GOP dark horse who deserves attention
Altoona Mirror: Keystone Exam process needs new examination
Times Leader: Ensure our National Military Cemeteries remain places of honor

Blogs
Citified: Billionaire Thinks Class War Is Near
Citified: 5 Questions About the Future of Philly’s Schools
Keystone Crossroads: At policy summit on housing, human capital, and inequality, many questions but also some solutions
Keystone Crossroads: Bipartisan panel calls for new formula to divvy up Pa. education aid
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup
Commonwealth Foundation: How Does Gov. Wolf’s Tax Plan Stand Up?
Commonwealth Foundation: Government Union Puts Politics Ahead of Teachers
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: Voters like Gov. Wolf’s Budget Plan

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