6/28 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

The budget battle continues. Will the GOP be able to keep campaign promises and deliver an on-time budget? What happens in Harrisburg today will likely tell the story.

And more importantly, Governor Corbett decided this week that he wants help naming his new dogs! PoliticsPA might recommend “Red” and “Herring.”

PoliticsPA Reports

With Budget Deadline Looming, Is Governor Corbett Looking to “Dog Days” of Summer for Reprieve?
With one major deadline already looming this week, Governor Tom Corbett and his wife Susan on Monday etched another significant date onto the public calendar.

Altmire, Critz & Shuster Write Pro-Shale Drilling Letter
On Monday, Pennsylvania Congressmen Jason Altmire, Mark Critz, and Bill Shuster co-signed on an open letter to President Obama urging him to expand Marcellus Shale drilling in the United States.

Pa. Lawmakers Seek To Limit Teacher Strikes
Pennsylvania Democratic Representatives and Pennsylvania Republican Representatives hold divergent views of teacher strikes regarding wage and benefit negotiations. At issue here are the reoccurring teacher strikes that hit the state of Pennsylvania on average 11 times a year.

Rick Santorum On Glenn Beck’s Show
Today, Senator Rick Santorum appeared on Fox News Host Glenn Beck’s television show. Beck introduced Santorum saying, “America needs people who are ready to stand up and lead.” And praised Santorum’s firm stance against radical Islam during his 2006 campaign, despite its unpopular polling numbers. Beck cited Sanotrum’s courageous 2006 campaign as the reason why he chose him to be one of his final guests on the show, which is ending next week.

Sen. Toomey Signs Cut, Cap, and Balance Pledge
Freshman Senator Pat Toomey signed the Cut, Cap and Balance pledge yesterday, joining ten of his Republican colleagues. The pledge makes candidates promise to make substantial cuts in spending, enforce spending caps and work to pass a balanced budget amendment.

Roll Call: GOP Weary of Repeating Redraw Overreach in Pa.
Republicans tasked with redrawing the state’s congressional map continue to seek a balance between protecting potentially vulnerable incumbents and keeping currently safe seats out of reach for Democratic challengers, according to a report published by Roll Call today.

AP: Gushers Show Shale’s Potential
The result is that the Marcellus, a rock formation beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio, has turned out to be an even more prolific source of gas than anyone anticipated. Energy firms are boosting their production targets, not only because new wells are coming on line but also because they’re managing to coax more gas from each well.

Capitol Ideas: Midday Budget Update
The House Appropriations Committee has attached fiscal notes to the four bills that provide funding to the state-related universities (Temple, Penn State, Pitt and Lincoln). House and Senate Republicans are still trying to figure out what they’re going to do about a vote on a shale extraction tax or fee vote.

National
Politico: Playbook – Obama 2012 has 300,000+ donors – Bachmann today: ‘We can’t afford four more years of Obama’ – New Josh Bolten firm – Brian Stelter writing book on morning-show wars – Teddy White goes digital
Politico: Revenue vs. cuts in debt debate
Roll Call: Top 5 Member-Vs.-Member Battles
Roll Call: Obama Visits Media Market He Shunned in 2008
The Times: Cuomo, Obama and the Realm of the Possible
The Hill: Supreme Court strikes down ban on sale of violent video games to minors
Real Clear Politics: Like Chauncey Gardiner, Obama Is Profoundly Aloof

Statewide
Heard in the Hall: Tom Knox Considering Run For Governor Rather Than Run for Mayor of Philly
AP via Inquirer: Bill to Limit Civil Liability Heads To Gov. Corbett
AP via Inquirer: Judge To Rule on Rep. DeWeese Trial Location
PhillyNow: What’s Coming From Harrisburg?
Fox Philadelphia: PennDOT May Ban Registration Stickers
Capitol Ideas: Rep. DeWeese Makes Miriam-Webster’s Word Of The Day
Capitol Ideas: Monday Morning Coffee: Four Days And Counting
Capitol Ideas: New Patrick Murphy Web Video
Capitol Ideas: Midday Budget Update: More Dominoes
Capitol Ideas: FY 2011-12 School Funding Spreadsheets
Capitol Ideas: FY 2011-12 Budget Printout — FULL DOCUMENT
Pennsylvania Independent: Commission to push for tolls to fund mass transit
Altoona Mirror: Sunday Passes Without Budget Deal
Observer-Reporter: Budget Deal Means Big Cuts For Higher Ed
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:Corbett administration lauds tentative employee contracts
AP via Post Gazette: House passes lawsuit liability limits
Tribune-Review: Fair Share Act Limiting Damages in Civil Lawsuits Advances
Tribune-Review: State Laws Pit Public School Districts Against Charter Schools
Business Journal Daily: Toomey to Tour Manufacturing Plants
Roll Call: Senators Stay Put in Hideaways, Arlen Specter’s Old Office Is Sought After
School Transportation News: Group of Senators Seek Support of Head Start Funding
CBS KDKA:Republican legislative leaders release details of budget deal

Philly
ABC Philadelphia: Tom Knox Is Not Running For Mayor
WHYY Newsworks: Knox Returns To His Democratic Roots
WHYY Newsworks: Superintendent Ackerman Denies Reports She Is In Talks To Step Down

Philly Suburbs
Pottstown Mercury: With 250,000 people near Limerick nuclear, is evacuation plan realistic?
Pottstown Mercury: Tolls on Philadelphia-area bridges to increase Friday
Pottstown Mercury: Montco planning commission to study plans for Willow Grove air base
Daily Times: Rose Tree Media schools hold line on taxes

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Tribune Review:State budget headed for votes would cut spending 4.1 percent
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:DeWeese argues to move corruption trial to Greene County
Pittsburgh Post Gazette:Dems bargain with state related funding
Early Returns: Fitzgerald sees red
Post-Gazette: Mr. Mayor, Here’s A Touch of FDR 4 U
Early Returns: Roll Call: PA’s redistrict jockeying
Early Returns: Mike Kelly goes viral
Early Returns: Kaufmann’s clock revisited

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Voucher Details Remain Up In The Air
Beaver County Times: Moon Area School Board Approves Budget, Labor Resolution
Charleston Gazette: Opponents of Amtrak Privatization Point to Britain, Rep. Bill Shuster
Daily American: Maple Producers Celebrate Successful Season, Rep. Carl Metzgar Unable to Attend Due to Budget Talks
Observer-Reporter: Judge: Altered Parking Tickets Not Legal
Observer-Reporter: Pa. Lawmakers Meet As Budget Deadline Looms
Observer Reporter: First Responders Recognition Dinner Held, Sen. Solobay Sends His Regards
Observer-Reporter: Judge to Rule on DeWeese Trial Location this Week
Washington Post: Nancy Pelosi, Not Settling In (Rep. Critz in Photo)

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News– Bankruptcy might not be an option for Harrisburg
Harrisburg Patriot News– Act 47 bill regarding Harrisburg bogs down with new amendment; Senate vote now expected Tuesday
Harrisburg Patriot News– No raises appear to be in the cards for management and non-union employees in Pa. state workforce
Harrisburg Patriot News– Harrisburg School Board adopts budget that closes schools, eliminates staff
Harrisburg Patriot News– House rejection imperils college appropriations bills
Gettysburg Sun Gazette– Corbett seeks disaster aid for county

NEPA
AP via Times Leader: Pa. budget details become clearer as vote nears
Times Leader: This week shaping up to be a good one for Gov. Corbett
AP via Citizens Voice: Gushers show potential of Marcellus Shale
Citizens Voice: Court expected to appoint new Lackawanna County commissioner Tuesday
Citizens Voice: Final state budget push starting today
Citizens Voice: Changing Government may not stop corruption
Citizens Voice: Amid scandal, Republicans hope to regroup
AP via Wayne Independent: NE Pa. mayor says he was beaten, carjacked
AP via Wayne Independent: Pa. bill to limit civil liability heads to Corbett
AP via Times Leader: Work goes on before Pa. budget deadline
Pocono Record: Monroe County elections director – Voter ID not needed
Daily Item: U.S. Rep. Tom Marino – A Life In Office

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Millcreek school board voting on budget
Centre Daily Times: Bogus signs suggest testing PA water with fire
Courier-Express: Gusher emphasizes Marcellus Shale value

Opinions
Wayne Independent Editorial: Bring our troops home
Daily Review Editorial: Federal shield law is a good idea
Jeff, Greenfield Politico: A religious test for president?
Fred Kennedy, Observer-Reporter: Workers are losing their rights
Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post: Don’t make the economy worse
The Mercury, Editorial: Pa. needs a better way to address hunting’s decline
Mark Guydish, Times Leader: Spend or save, we still have to pay those pesky taxes

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