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6/25 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsA new poll about education funding, the endorsement arms race continues in PA-13, another Dem is running for Lt. Gov. and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Sestak Fires at Toomey Fundraiser: The executive vice-president of Comcast David Cohen is raising money for Pat Toomey, and Joe Sestak isn’t happy.

Poll: Education Cuts Voters’ Top Concern: The survey was commissioned by two groups concerned with education funding and state budget priorities.

The Historically Undersized Pennsylvania Democratic US House Delegation: The 2012 cycle yielded the lowest number and percentage of major party Pennsylvania U.S. House members from the state’s winning presidential candidate since the birth of the two-party system in 1828.

Harrisburg Official Joins Lt. Gov Race: The Democratic field in the race for PA’s Lieutenant Governor continues to open up. Harrisburg Parks and Recreation Director Brenda Alton, an ally of outgoing Mayor Linda Thompson, has jumped in.

Hanger Launches Education Policy Bus Tour: Democratic Guv candidate John Hanger will kick off his “Save Our Schools” bus tour in Harrisburg Tuesday.

PA-13: Hoyer Backs Margolies: Margolies received the endorsement Monday of the number two Democrat in the US House leadership.

Dems Get Senate Vote on Medicaid Expansion: It appears likely that a vote on Medicaid expansion will take place as part of the coming budget bill in the Senate. In the House, maybe not.

AP: PA House approves three child-abuse measures
AP: Turnpike scandal testimony expected to continue all week
AP: PA lawmakers delay committee votes on key issues
AP: Santorum named CEO of faith-based movie studio
AP: Pa. Senate employee testifies at turnpike hearing
State House Sound Bites: Seeing double, Senate panel approves alcohol sales plans
State House Sound Bites: House puts off panel vote on transportation plan
PA Independent: PA House unanimously votes to drop small business inheritance tax
StateImpactPA: Senator Casey Wants to Promote Propane Fueled Vehicles
Capitolwire: Senate leaders continue negotiations over Medicaid expansion
Capitolwire: PA’s Human Services Block Grant Pilot Program has a few legal hurdles left
Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett tells legislative leaders “Oh for three is unacceptable”

Inquirer: Poll: Voters would pay higher taxes to avert school cuts
Inquirer: Local colleges react to decision on affirmative action case
Daily News: Bill Clinton coming to Constitution Center
Commonwealth Confidential: Budget Mania
PhillyClout: Indicted Traffic Court judges seek dismissal of charges
CapitolInq: How local Sens. voted on key immigration plan

Daily Times: Glenolden supports wage act resolution
Daily Times: County Council OKs renewal of agreement
Daily Times: Chichester lowers tax increase to 1 percent
Daily Times: Bond rating increased for DELCORA

Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania House committee readies for vote on amended bill for roads, bridges, transit
Post-Gazette: Pa. privatization bill reworked
Tribune Review: Corbett campaign ramps up, touts drop in Pennsylvania unemployment rate
Tribune Review: Carnegie police sergeant elevated to chief
Tribune Review: Moon Area School Board approves nearly $63.5 million budget
Tribune Review: Chesney concert in Pittsburgh has leaders considering new approach to contain problems
WPXI: Water conservation notice issued in parts of Allegheny, Washington counties
CBS: Rep. Mayoral Candidate Talks Politics, Refutes “Doomsday Prepper” Label
Early Returns: Mad Dog 20/20 and the Senate

Beaver County Times: Health Dept. closes Vanport office; moves to mobile services model
Beaver County Times: Moon Area passes final budget with no tax increase
Tribune-Democrat: State eyes transportation road map
Tribune-Democrat: Windber, Paint considering ‘Plan B’
Observer Reporter: Hearing scheduled for judge accused of stealing drug evidence
Observer Reporter: Canonsburg taps Kipp as new borough manager

South Central
Patriot-News: Attorney General Kane stays mum on details uncovered in review of Sandusky investigation
Patriot-News: Pa. Turnpike Scandal: First day of hearings opens door for defense
Patriot-News: Senate committee advances liquor privatization legislation
Patriot-News: Hanover Superintendent Alan Moyer is lead candidate for South Middleton Superintendent post, school board president says
Carlisle Sentinel: Democratic candidate for governor to visit Carlisle
York Daily Record: Gettysburg 150th: New museum exhibit tells story of York’s surrender, occupation

Times-Tribune: Latest case against Mellow moves forward today
Times-Tribune: I-81 overhaul near airport starts soon
Standard Speaker: School safety remains big issue for lawmakers
Standard Speaker: Geisinger projects a go in Schuylkill
Pocono Record: High praise preceded ESU exec’s dismissal

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Voter ID challenge moves toward July 15 trial
Morning Call: ASD to consider tax breaks at Allentown Metal Works
Reading Eagle: Budget on school board’s agenda
Reading Eagle: School district budget increases taxes
WFMZ: Bethlehem school directors okay pay raises for teachers, administrators
Express Times: Easton, Bethlehem join Allentown in fighting foreclosure problems

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Legislative Tally
Sun-Gazette: Super snail mail
Centre Daily Times: Centre County school budgets expected to be finalized this week
Centre Daily Times: 7 members named to Centre Crest nonprofit board

Patriot-News: Following the money in Harrisburg’s mayor’s race: Editorial
Times-Tribune: Help those most in need Schocked by their own tax code

PA Town Hall: Time to Teach Philly ‘How to Fish’
PA Budget and Policy Center: New Poll: School Funding Cuts Are Top Concern for Pa. Voters; They Believe New Revenue from Individuals and Corporations Is Part of the Solution
Keystone Politics: Final Demands on the Budget: Stop Corporate Tax Cut, Restore Education Funds
Keystone Politics: Politics PA Reader Poll Options Mislead on Abortion Ban Facts

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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