6/23 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610Kane makes her staff nervous, Toomey leads Sestak and Wolf creates a new PAC to support him in the budget battle. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Kane’s Issues Leave Staff on Edge: Staffers in the Attorney General’s office are avoiding the phones and marking their doors.

PA-Sen: Quinnipiac Poll: Toomey 47 Sestak 36: Senator Pat Toomey holds the lead over both potential 2016 Democratic opponents.

PA-Gov: Wolf Forms New PAC To Sell A More Progressive Agenda: Rebuild Pennsylvania is looking to help the Governor win the budget fight.

PA-Gov: Quinnipiac Poll: Wolf’s Approval Rating Inches to 47%: The Governor enjoys higher numbers than his counterparts in the legislature.

Quinnipiac Poll: President Obama Sits at 42% Approval Rating: The President’s numbers have improved but are still underwater.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA budget talks turn sour as both sides dig in
StateImpact: DEP issues permits to Shell for possible ethane cracker
PLS Reporter: Legislators play blame game over budget negotiation impasse
PLS Reporter: Sen. Wagner: “Tom Wolf is trying to play the CEO of the Pennsylvania Corporation”
Capitolwire: GOP leaders, Wolf find little agreement on pensions, other state budget items.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Community groups cry foul over upcoming tax lien sale
Inquirer: Philly elections chief Clark agrees to pay $4G ethics fine
Commonwealth Confidential: Wagner vs. Wolf
Capitolling: Toomey: Charleston shows need to keep guns from criminals, mentally ill
WHYY Newsworks: Pope Francis visit to Philly spurs initiatives to help poor, hungry, homeless
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney and Bailey agree: Let’s bring regular street-cleaning efforts back
Philadelphia Business Journal: Nutter, Chaput arrive in Italy to finalize WMOF plans
Philadelphia Business Journal: Casey urges reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Property tax abolitionists to host town hall in Pottstown
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville Area School District calls for fewer standardized tests
Delco Daily Times: Haverford updates rules for signs and billboards
Delco Daily Times: Courts kill mandatory jail stints for school zone drug dealers

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Pittsburgh-area liquor law violation notices
WTAE: First PA State Trooper uses Naloxone to save overdose patient
WESA: Bill Would Ease Eligibility for Summer Food Programs
Tribune Review: GOP leaders, Gov. Wolf accuse each other of bad-faith budget negotiations
Tribune Review: Baldwin-Whitehall school leaders get ‘failing grade’ in state audit for fiscal practices

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wolf says he wants “honest conversation” with GOP on budget
Altoona Mirror: Council asked to rezone part of block
Beaver County Times: DEP approves Shell’s air-quality permit for proposed cracker plant in Potter Twp.
Beaver County Times: Baden mayor creates community policing initiative
Beaver County Times: Nichols’ political action committee spent $27K in last reporting cycle

NEPA
Pocono Record: Hawley sentenced for driving under influence of pot
Times Leader: US home sales jump in May, average prices close to 2006 peak
Times Leader: PLCB awards grants to Hazleton police, LCCC to support initiatives to reduce underage and dangerous drinking
Citizens Voice: Republicans return donation from white supremacist

South Central
Patriot-News: Republicans criticize Gov. Tom Wolf for ‘not negotiating in good faith’ on pensions
Patriot-News: Stephen Reed supporters allegedly raising funds to battle possible indictment
Patriot-News: Sen. Scott Wagner on being a bully, Wolf, gift ban and more
Patriot-News: Democratic lawmakers: ‘We’re not going to negotiate away retirement security’ for public employees
Patriot-News: Are state budget talks at a standstill? GOP lawmakers say yes
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland County approves new pay structure for non-union employees

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania orders Avian flu testing on birds, eggs from other states
WFMZ: Protests break out at facility for illegal immigrants
WFMZ: Toomey: Cut medical marijuana research red tape
Express Times: Charlie Dent applauds call for Confederate flag removal in South Carolina
Capitol Ideas: Pat Toomey to receive award from Sandy Hook group
Capitol Ideas: Document offers glimpse into Senate GOP budget ideas

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: GE and unions reach tentative agreement
Centre Daily Times: Haley takes Republicans off the hook with flag decision
Centre Daily Times: Congressional delegation will visit detention center where teen mom cut wrist

Opinion
Citified: Insider: the Practical Case for Helping Ex-Cons
Inquirer: Dysfunctional pols realize school funding formula needs fixing
Inquirer: Courting corruption by electing Pa. judges
Inquirer: He’s not ‘Mayor Kenney,’ yet
Post-Gazette: A sensible court ruling on Confederate flag plates
Tribune Review: Patent probe pending
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: What attracts young loners to white supremacy?
Times Leader: Put a Pennsylvania woman on the nation’s new $10 bill
Lancaster Intelligencer: A sensible way forward on school funding in Pennsylvania
York Dispatch: Coexisting with Pa. wildlife
Patriot-News: Who will step up and get the Pennsylvania budget process moving forward?
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Pennsylvania’s public universities must keep tuition flat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Many people priced out of insurance market in Obamacare

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. school districts make an ‘educated guess’ of next year’s budget
Keystone Crossroads: What is Act 1 and how did it impact property taxes and school funding?
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. lawmakers pushing for appointment of judges rather than election
Commonwealth Foundation: Who Pays for a Severance Tax?

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