6/26 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The GOP hits Kane for Sandusky comments, the State House proposes its own spending plan and a look into the real questions concerning the budget shortfall.

GOP Hits Back at Kane After Sandusky Report: Republican leaders criticize the Attorney General after her comments suggesting that Jerry Sandusky victimized others during Gov. Corbett’s investigation.

House GOP Proposes $29.1 Billion Spending Plan [Updated]: House Republican leadership continues to sort through budget proposals during negotiations.

Politically Uncorrected: The Real Question About the Budget: People are asking lots of good questions lately about Pennsylvania’s proposed 2014/2015 budget. But few are raising what may be the most urgent question of all: why are state revenues down this year–more than a half billion dollars amid a national economic recovery?

PFT Advocates for New Funding Formula in State Capitol Rally: The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers traveled to the State Capitol today to voice their opinions regarding implementation of a funding formula and an extraction tax to support the state’s schools.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House panel links budget to liquor privatization “this is serious’”
PLS Reporter: Legislators may linger past June 30 even if budget passes on time
PLS Reporter: Pileggi gives budget update; talks liquor privatization, education
Capitolwire: House, Senate energy panels move to make conventional well Act 13 fix
Capitolwire: House GOP spending plan leaves out Corbett’s Ready to Learn block grant
Capitolwire: House GOP proposes $29.1 billion spending plan

Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Independent: DPW chief refutes report of welfare for the dead
PLANPHILLY: Waterfront advocates seek meeting with PennDOT on I-95 widening
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter: I never tried to fix a ticket
WHYY Newsworks: Neshaminy student editors bristle, but school district insisting on printing mascot name ‘Redskins’
Philadelphia Weekly: Can Philly’s new bike-share make a difference for low-income residents?

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County suspends HR director
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township schools passes budget with $93 tax increase
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem schools appoint school director
Bucks County Courier Times: Defense attorneys call SCOTUS ruling breath of fresh air
Delco Daily Times: Delco Chamber honors state Rep. Micozzie
Delco Daily Times: Marple Newtown passes zero-tax increase budget
Daily Local News: West Goshem hires new lawyers for Sunoco fight

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Senators discussing mix of taxes to help close Pennsylvania’s budget gap
Tribune Review: ‘Rocco’s Law’ awaits Gov. Corbett’s signature
Tribune Review: Kane revises statement about 2 alleged victims of Sandusky
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Attorney General emails called ‘gold mines’ for defendants
Post-Gazette: Pa. House passes state budget on to Senate
Post-Gazette: Judge dismisses city of Pittsburgh’s attempt to get payroll taxes from UPMC
Early Returns: Play ball!

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: North Strabane Township approves Marcellus Shale drilling operation
Observer-Reporter: Lawmaker proposes reforms to Sunshine Act
Beaver County Times: Former jail guard files federal civil rights complaint
Beaver County Times: Jury selection begins Monday for sheriff’s trial
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners critical of councilman
Altoona Mirror: B-A passes budget
Altoona Mirror: Republican leader splits county
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Officials oppose EPA proposal
AP: State sought doctor info from abortion clinics

NEPA
The Times Leader: Lawton bombards Luzerne County Council with data
The Times Leader: Veteran claims delayed treatment at Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center
The Times Leader: Judge closes Wilkes-Barre gas right-to-know case
Citizens Voice: W-B Area reschedules meeting to adopt budget
News Item: Contractor sues Line Mtn. for $260,000
Times-Tribune: Scranton board directors want wide search in hiring new superintendent
Times-Tribune: EPA orders stormwater release fix for communities in Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Director elected as city Democratic Party chairman
Times-Tribune: Spending bill tied to private liquor licenses passes committee vote
Standard Speaker: Without budget, city councilman sees shortfall in ‘15
Standard Speaker: Local lawmakers’ proposals clear committees

South Central
The Sentinel: Pa. House votes to expand Do Not Call list
The Sentinel: Committee approves Midstate transportation improvement plans
Harrisburg Patriot News: Steelton mayor fires back with his stance on Steelton church controversy
Harrisburg Patriot News: Supreme Court ruling requiring warrants for cellphone searches clarifies ‘unsettled’ issue, DA Marsico says
York Daily Record: York County to borrow about $9.9 million for emergency communications
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Sue Helm’s measure targets state-owned sites, including one in Pine Grove

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Party votes bring leadership shakeups
Morning Call: Lower Nazareth supervisor leaves Colonial Regional police commission
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania receives bad grades on infrastructure report card
WFMZ: Wolf touts manufacturing plan during Nazareth visit
Express Times: Lehigh County proposal could shift balance of power in budget battles

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Downpour brings problems; flowing stones from Oak Hall park anger residents
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners to vote on ‘Old City’ development plan
Williamsport Sun Gazette: U.S. Attorney: Montoursville businessman committed fraud

Opinion
Tribune-Review: Congress can pave way for more LNG exports
Tribune-Review: The Sandusky report: Kathleen Kane’s shovel
Tribune-Review: The EPA ruling
Post-Gazette: Radar absurdity: Only in Pennsylvania are local police not trusted
Altoona Mirror: VA bonus package bad call
Times-Tribune: Put SCOTUS data online
Times-Tribune: Odd lack of urgency on Sandusky
News Item: Rosini nomination solid, but politically surprising
Harrisburg Patriot News: Kane gets sloppy in pressing claim about Sandusky case: Editorial
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Respect for veterans
Philadelphia Daily News: Sandusky and Corbett: Together again
Phillynow.com: Lehigh Valley school director wants equal time for global warming denial, calls fracking “safe”

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Harrisburg’s draft zoning plan’s best changes
Commonwealth Foundation: House budget holds the line on taxes
PA Budget and Policy Center: This is what the business lobby looks like on drugs
2 Political Junkies: Judicial Watch/Larry Klayman in the news
Pennsylvania Progressive: News and Notes

June 26th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 9 Comments

9 thoughts on “6/26 Morning Buzz”

  1. Not Ready says:

    “The Philly Mag article is a pure hit piece.”

    ROTFLMAO!

  2. Larry says:

    DD, she defended Voter ID in the press and in court. Stop lying like Kane. You are constantly dishonest. When there’s a “pure hit piece” on Corbett, full of obfuscation, you get behind it 100%.

  3. Larry-

    That PhillyMag article is a pure hit-piece. It leaves out three key highlights that make her supporters glad they elected her:
    1) Her stance against lottery privatization
    2) Her stance against VoterID
    3) Her stance against ban on gay marriage

    While #1 was important to the state and reigning in Corbett, #2 and #3 were critical/fundamental protections of constitutional rights.

    Those 3 issues have already earned her a second term as her GOP opponent (or an appointee by the Gov) would have gotten wrong.

    I disagree with Joel Mathis that Williams has handled the sting “masterfully” by handing it off to a grand jury. He’s pretty clear that he believes Williams is being duplicitous “he’s given every appearance of pursuing the case — while at the same time giving himself room not to prosecute if the grand jury decides Kane was right and doesn’t return indictments” and applauding Williams for it.

    This is why PA is ranked 5th in corruption because tools like Mathis encourage this kind of BS and political grandstanding from public official.

    His idea: “Pull the attorney general from the list of elected offices and entrust the office to well-meaning career bureaucrats” is complete crap because that’s like the way it was before, and it was changed.
    Unless you are going to put in a rule preventing an AG from serving in any elected office, you are going to get political appointees or shills or industry lawyers/lobbyists in what should be a watchdog role.

    So, Larry, Mathis clearly shows himself to be a hack on this issue, and you are one too for buying into his arguments.

    And BTW, so far, Joel votes only in Even-Year General elections. G_08, G_10 and G_12 are his only votes since he registered in Philly in summer 2008. So, I hardly consider his opinion on elections to carry much weight considering how little importance he places on voting.

  4. LOL says:

    Cops have to leave criminals on the street all the time. people have these things called rights and cops have to make these things called cases. DD is a loonie toon who should seek treatment.

  5. Larry says:

    Seriously, she took information that everyone already knew, tried to spin it into an allegation that would smear Corbett, and got revealed as a hack who’s willing to lie.

    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/06/25/kathleen-kanes-bad-choices/

  6. Not Ready says:

    DD it must be exhausting covering for Kane’s incompetence all the time.

  7. David Diano says:

    Larry
    My take on this is that some victimization did occur after March 2009. Kane’s misstatement was merely over whether one of the two victims was part of the case.
    The other victim wasn’t part of the case and there was some uncertainty about the specific dates of the abuse.
    Does anyone think that serial child rapist Sandusky woke up one morning in March 2009 and said to himself “Gee, I’ve built this entire Second Mile foundation to rape kids, but I’m all raped out and ready to retire from raping. Maybe I’ll take up needlepoint.”

    It’s more than reasonable to believe that Sandusky continued to rape victims, or was actively seeking new ones during the delays in prosecuting the case. Given the nature of the crimes, and ages of the children, I’d be surprised if there were not other victims who have not come forward.

  8. PAINDY1 says:

    IS THIS WHAT CORBETT/ACTING GOVERNOR BRABENDER MEAN BY PATIENT’S FIRST? Don’t we need a Governor who works for all the taxpayers interests? When will the Big Boy Press layout for the voters, the unseemly conflicts that Corbett/Brabender administration have on this matter? UPMC, Highmark agree on limited basis to continue care for seriously ill | TribLIVE

    http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/6343353-74/highmark-upmc-plan#axzz35kS7RTx2

  9. Larry says:

    Kane lied, David Diano cried.

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