6/23 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Burn celebrates his re-election as Chair, a staff shakeup hits the Democratic Party and we give our latest round-up of gubernatorial news. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Exclusive: Staff Shakeup Highlights Dem Family Feud: Two veterans of the PA Democratic Party are jumping to the Wolf campaign.

Burn Celebrates Re-Election at State Committee Meeting: The Chairman attempted to dissuade any idea of a feud between the Wolf campaign and himself.

6/20 Ups & Downs: The budget deadline looms, the Republican House delegation attempts to swing the whip vote and the state’s economic growth stalls. See who made this week’s list.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Corbett Ties Wolf to Obama, Wolf Connects Corbett to Harrisburg: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Nothing but questions as June budget deadline nears
PA Independent: Pension bill could get a vote next week but it sidesteps funding issues
StateImpact PA: Royalties bill on the back burner until fall
Capitolwire: Wolf a no-show at party’s summer meeting, irks some with power play
Capitolwire: Attorney General files complaint with PUC over skyrocketing electric bills
Capitolwire: Déjà vu? Corbett again nominates Ward to Allegheny County bench
Capitolwire: Corbett ‘encouraged’ by insurers’ interest in Healthy PA private option; process moves to next phase
Capitolwire: Wolf starts independent coordinated campaign, avoids fight at Democratic State Committee
Capitolwire: New poll test online gaming arguments for lawmakers

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett reappoints his former chief of staff to judgeship
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett names list of qualified insurers for new Medicaid program
PhillyClout: A Twitter feud with the District Attorney turns ugly
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Housing Authority meals program begins Monday
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council panel votes for referendum to abolish SRC
WHYY Newsworks: Big oil and gas groups warn Pa. on taxes
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. veterans say VA problems are nothing new
WHYY Newsworks: Until Ramsey’s convinced city action is legal, Philly police will continue pot arrests
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia gets $5 million federal grant to assist juvenile offenders
WHYY Newsworks: John Street happy being out of Philly’s political spotlight
WHYY Newsworks: Panel’s funding predicament could delay review of plan for Pa. pension changes
Phillynow.com: Smackdown: Federal judge denies Schuylkill County official in gay marriage challenge

SEPA
AP: AP IMPACT: VA falls short on female medical issues
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock committee recommends closing schools
The Intelligencer: New-Hope solebury board to vote on teachers contract Monday
Montgomery Media: Souderton Area School Board approves 1 percent increase in final 2014-2015 budget
Bucks Local News: In split vote, Pennsbury school board approves tax increase; budget allocates $678,000 for full-day kindergarten
Pottstown Mercury: Raises and job cuts on tap on Monday’s Pottstown School Board meeting
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown prepped to approve $56M spending plan, hike taxes 2.9%

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Mayor blasts need for Luke Bryan concert cleanup
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s $1 billion budget deficit could lead Corbett toward gas drilling severance tax
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania company at center of Supreme Court case on contraceptive coverage
Early Returns: Rendell blasts Burn
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania pursuing 5 energy companies that jacked up consumers’ electric rates
Tribune Review: Rift between GOP, Dems at greatest point in 20 years, poll finds
Tribune Review: Bill would close DUI loophole that now encourages flight
Tribune Review: Pa. tries to save on Medicaid by providing private insurance
Pittsburgh Business Times: GOP still leads among small business owners, but many unhappy with politics
Urban Media Today: Council Conducts Vote on Final Amendments to Pittsburgh’s Act 47 Recovery Plan

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Election-year Sandusky investigation awaited
Altoona Mirror: Reassessment may lead city to re-evaluate land tax
Altoona Mirror: State: No ethics issue over water lease
Beaver County Times: Lack of trust mars Blackhawk in contract dispute
Beaver County Times: Christiana pursuing Sunshine Act reform
Beaver County Times: Feds have no problem with nuke plant drill
Observer-Reporter: Charleroi area gets new police chief
Observer-Reporter: Salary board approves management adjustments
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Trashing nature: Illegal dumping, theft, vandalism costly for state

NEPA
Pocono Record: Hearing on Tannersville retail center slated
Times-Tribune: Tax-exempt burden hangs heavy on region’s cities
Times-Tribune: Governmental entities account for most of Scranton’s tax-exempt properties
The Times Leader: NEPA lawmakers talk state budget talks
The Times Leader: Meeting set for proposed transfer of ownership of nuclear power plant near Berwick
Standard Speaker: Chief wants volunteer patrol in city
Standard Speaker: Council overrides mayor’s veto of Hazleton parking ordinance
Standard Speaker: Open records chief has bipartisan support
Standard Speaker: Legislation related to youth suicide prevention passes

South Central
The Sentinel: Deadline for rebate program extended
The Sentinel: Dem leaders air mixed opinions on party leadership
Harrisburg Patriot News: Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s review of Jerry Sandusky investigation set for Monday release
Harrisburg Patriot News: A guide to upcoming roadwork, construction in central Pennsylvania
York Daily Record: Wolf family takes the stage to help Tom’s bid for governor
York Daily Record: Susan Corbett joins effort to help ‘change the dynamics’ of the race for governor
York Daily Record: Corbett’s campaign had $4.8 million to Wolf’s $3.1 million
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Casey addresses VA scandal at state VFW convention in Lancaster
AP: Corbett’s fourth budget could be toughest fight yet

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: More budget details from House Republican memo
Morning Call: Tom Wolf’s new PAC could threaten state Democratic Party
Reading Eagle: State has millions in unclaimed property for Berks residents, businesses
WFMZ & AP: Former Pa. governor Thornburgh suffers mild stroke
Express Times: Iraq turmoil sends gas prices upward in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Pat Howard: Waterford authority puts big economic win at risk
Centre Daily Times: County prioritizing road, transit projects
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Big oil and gas groups warn about on taxes

Opinion
The Sentinel: Our View: Timing of report good for Corbett
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Government policies are endangering religious liberty
Tribune Review: Tom Corbett’s rock & hard place
Post-Gazette: Freedom fighter: Metcalfe cannot be allowed to block a rights bill
Observer-Reporter: Making their bed, but not lying in it
Altoona Mirror: Legislative priorities troubling
Times-Tribune: Mutchler’s right to know
Citizens Voice: Corporate tax reform is needed
Pocono Record: In our opinion: Not so much as a cup of coffee
Inquirer: State’s turn to do more for schools
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. turnpike tolls aim for road less travelled
Bucks County Courier Times: Give and take

Blogs
Media Trackers: Liberal Pennsylvania group pushes for union-friendly budget
Keystone Progress: Complaint filed against Sheldon Adelson for large PAC donation to Gov. Tom Corbett
Pittston Politics: WA Board will most likely appoint Bolin’s brother, Carmen, to fill vacancy
Pittston Politics: Guariglia and Sciandra posturing for next Super
Keystone State Education Coalition: 2015 spending plan may require new taxes, Pa budget secretary warns
PA Budget and Policy Center: Robust Pennsylvania Job Growth in May, but long term picture little changed

June 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “6/23 Morning Buzz”

  1. litter is piling up says:

    Budget problems again despite constant increases in turnpike fares, etc. Since both parties endorse the cancer causing FRACKING why is Corbett allowing them to slide? Dem or Rep, does not matter as neither political party know up from down.

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