6/25 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane fires yet another staffer, an in-depth look at the SD-37 special election and Sandy Hook families honor Sen. Toomey. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Kane Fires Aide Who Advised Her Not to Hire Duecker: The Attorney General lets go of another staffer who disagreed with her.

SD-37: More Candidates Emerge in Special Election: Democrats and Republicans are converging around the open seat.

PA-Sen: Sandy Hook Families Honor Toomey: The Sandy Hook Promise recognized the Senator’s work pushing for stronger background checks.

Quinnipiac Poll: Jenner’s Gender Doesn’t Change Many Opinions on Transgenders: The latest Quinnipiac Poll reveals that Jenner’s transition from male to female does not heavily affect Pennsylvanian’s attitude towards transgender people.

PA-8: Warren to Run in 2016: The Republican turned Democrat turned Republican is throwing his hat into the ring.

PA-12: Conservative Group Praises Rothfus in New TV Ad (VIDEO): The 501(c)4 wants voters to thank Rep. Rothfus and urge him to continue to support infrastructure spending.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: GOP preps a no-tax budget, daring Wolf to veto
PA Independent: PA House lawmakers remove optional county fee from 911 legislation
PLS Reporter: Democrats urge education funding restoration before new funding formula is used
PLS Reporter: Senate Democrats add new proposal to the property tax relief discussion
PLS Reporter: Despite Reed’s comments, liquor privatization still a major component of Republican budget plans
PLS Reporter: Turzai: Senate and House Republicans have a budget deal
Capitolwire: GOP, Wolf at loggerheads over severance tax.
Capitolwire: Republicans, Wolf don’t see eye-to-eye on basic education, yet.
Capitolwire: A new medical cannabis bill coming to the House.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Pa. Senate OKs wine home delivery
Inquirer: Partial settlement in civil forfeiture suit
Inquirer: Republicans seek to maintain power in Delco
Philly Clout: Nominate a Toomey, Sestak challenger … right now
WHYY Newsworks: Scranton vet has no regrets over letting Army test mustard gas on him
WHYY Newsworks: GOP grouses over Wolf’s new PAC
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. might ease earning restrictions on child care subsidies
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House advances bill aimed at weakening teacher seniority
Philadelphia Business Journals: Newly approved bill to allow smaller casinos in A.C.
Philadelphia Business Journals: Major flag maker in Berks County to halt Confederate flag production
Philadelphia Business Journals: Despite community concerns, Philadelphia to auction off property tax debts

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: OJR district on schedule to build 2 new schools
Delco Times: Miccarelli seeks full House debate on medical marijuana
Delco Times: William Penn budget calls for 1.9 percent tax hike
Bucks County Courier Times: Senate panel approves Montco’s Reese, Wolf’s nominee for state treasurer

Pittsburgh
WTAE: Confederate flag sales declining in Westmoreland, Allegheny counties
WTAE: Body of fallen PA soldier returns home
WTAE: Pittsburgh’s Education Management to cut 300 jobs
WESA: GOP Grouses Over Governor’s New PAC
WESA: Senate Democrats Look to Rebates to Solve School Tax Concerns
WESA: Plan Would Require Conviction before Property Seizure
WESA: New Rudiak Bill Sets ‘Plain Language Guidelines’ to Streamline City Documents
Post-Gazette: State lawmakers refuse to support Israeli boycott
Tribune Review: Gettysburg to continue Confederate flag sales despite National Park Service request
Tribune Review: Scaled-down shale tax in Pa. could spur deal on pensions, liquor privatizations

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Jury selection for 3 Johnstown men accused of gunning down police academy student set for September
Altoona Mirror: Residents ask commissioners to save pedestrian bridge
Observer-Reporter: Whiskey revival in home of Whiskey Rebellion
Observer-Reporter: Packed Pennsylvania Capitol leaves little room for agreement
Beaver County Times: Residents, local officials aren’t alone in playing waiting game for Shell project

NEPA
Pocono Record: Attorney General’s office investigates unit in Stroudsburg
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg school board will vote on budget July 7
Standard Speaker: Firings possible if Luzerne audit is not complete
News Item: State Secretary of Education backs Wolf at MCA visit
Times Leader: Wyoming Area budget calls for tax increase

South Central
Patriot-News: Medical marijuana: New Pa. bill lists similar illnesses, but limits growers
Patriot-News: Kane fires official who urged her to terminate chief of staff: reports
Patriot-News: For Gov. Tom Wolf, “modernization” of state stores may mean wine sales in grocery stores, too
Patriot-News: Municipal pension reform getting attention at state Capitol
Patriot-News: No compromise: Negotiations over taxing Pennsylvania gas drillers break down
Patriot-News: Supreme Court gay marriage ruling: What it means in Pa.
Lancaster Intelligencer: Economic development leaders ask county to pay for city services; commissioners say ‘no’

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Feds aim to end long-term detention of immigrants seeking asylum, but it may not affect Berks center
WFMZ: Senator Pat Toomey calls for gun control legislation
Morning Call: Sexual harassment still issue at Allentown School District, U.S. Department of Justice review says
Morning Call: The case of the missing Pennsylvania Democrats
Express Times: Slot machines in Pennsylvania airports proposed

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie School Board passes $154.6 million budget without tax increase
Centre Daily Times: Revelations NSA spied on French presidents called more smoke than fire
Centre Daily Times: U.S. says it will end long-term detention of immigrant families
Centre Daily Times: U.S. drops prohibition on talks with terrorists under revamped hostage policy
Centre Daily Times: Colleges see opportunity in U.S.-Cuba opening

Opinion
Inquirer: Gossip fest unfair to A.G. Kane
Inquirer: City’s approach to tax-delinquent property still a muddle
Daily News: Our ‘incarceration spree’ needs to end
Phillymag: Philadelphia Needs to Take Down Its Own Confederate Flag
Post-Gazette: There’s a lot to gain if the Iran talks succeed
Tribune Review: What ‘property’ is
Observer-Reporter: Removing the flag a move long overdue
Times Leader: Harriet Tubman? Clara Barton? Whose face should grace the new 10 spot?
York Daily Record: Charleston did not burn. People did not riot. They forgave.
Lancaster Intelligencer: Merit system would improve Pennsylvania’s courts
Erie Times-News: Why I voted for Trade Promotional Authority: U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson
Erie Times-News: Our View: Don’t undermine Pa. Right to Know law
Centre Daily Times: Their View: Judicial reform has long been ignored
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: New school funding formula: Verdict on inequities needed

Blogs
Citified: Is it a crime wave?
Keystone Crossroads: Scranton officials improperly doubled pension payments to city workers
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. lawmakers move to halt property seizure before conviction
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 24: Hundreds convene in Capitol in support of fair education funding
Commonwealth Foundation: Strip Clubs and the Case for Liquor Privatization
Commonwealth Foundation: House Votes to Protect Excellent Teachers
Lu Lac Political Letter: Rocco Grandi cites school board nepotism

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