6/29 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag610Santorum compares same-sex marriage decision to Dred Scott, we get the reaction of Montco Register of Wills Bruce Hanes and Mullen gets hit from the right in the HD-161 special election. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

6/26 Ups & Downs: Monumental Court rulings, a rare loss for the NRA and the 237th Kathleen Kane controversy. See who made this week’s list!

Santorum Compares Same-Sex Marriage Ruling to Dred Scott Case: The former PA Senator and presidential candidate cited the Dred Scott and Plessy cases while denouncing the Supreme Court decision.

Statewide Reactions to SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision: We collected the various statements issued by officials throughout the commonwealth after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Montco Official Lauds Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: Register of Wills Bruce Hanes has been issuing same-sex marriage licenses for two years.

HD-161: Esler Hits Mullen for Union Affiliation: The Tea Party candidate tries to attack the GOP nominee from the right.

Sunday Show Preview: June 28, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
PA Independent: Scranton handed out $3 million in ‘double pensions,’ adding to fiscal woes
PA Independent: Red light, green light: PA considers allowing red-light cameras to run past 2017
StateImpactPA: Clean Air Council Challenges State Panel to Adopt New Building Codes
PLSReporter: Are budget stakeholders being told to prepare for a budget impasse?
PLSReporter: Other pension plan sponsors support compromise Senate Bill 1 proposal
PLSReporter: Legislative leaders spin House-passed budget
Capitolwire: Senate GOP liquor proposal leases wholesale, provides ‘enhanced’ wine, liquor permits for beer sellers
Capitolwire: GOP basic ed spending to be doled out under new formula
Capitolwire: The GOP comes up with a no-tax plan to close PA’s $1.25 billion deficit

Philadelphia
Inquirer: The ABCs of school-funding formulas
Inquirer: Butkovitz questions contract to outsource sub teachers
Philadelphia Business Journal: Despite SCOTUS ruling, Pennsylvania’s LGBT community still faces challenges
WHYY Newsworks: As precaution, Casey moves to limit use of Social Security numbers in health care
KYW Newsradio: Partial Settlement in Civil Rights Suit Over Phila. DA’s Seizure of Assets in Drug Cases

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: AG’s first undercover sting targeted 15 home contractor scofflaws in Bucks
Delco Daily Times: Chester County residents receiving easement notices for Sunoco pipeline project
Delco Daily Times: Delco receives $6.2 million in 911 call funding
Bucks Local News: Bond refinancing to save Bucks County several million dollars

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Pension costs burden region’s school districts
Tribune-Review: Lack of funding for State Ethics Commission invites corruption, experts worry
Tribune-Review: Black students more harshly punished in Pittsburgh, official acknowledges
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania state budget battles of the past
Post-Gazette: Scott commissioners seek updates to community pools and parks
Post-Gazette: City demands gaming review
Post-Gazette: South Fayette moves to dismiss Commissioner Deron Gabriel’s federal lawsuit
Pittsburgh Business Journal: Sunoco Logistics fined $95,000 over drilling fluid spills
WESA: Senate Bill Would Promote Use of Treated Mine Water in Fracking
City Paper: The Allegheny County Public Defender’s office is in better shape than it was three years ago but ‘a lot remains to be done’
City Paper: Unpacking state Rep. Matt Baker’s medical-marijuana research

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Times analysis: Majority of local schools to raise taxes to avoid program cuts
Beaver County Times: Cell phone fees rising; hotel tax could be next
Beaver County Times: State lawmakers, key donor shifted donations from Dennis Nichols to opposition
Beaver County Times: Wolf’s proposed drilling tax opposed by most Beaver County legislators
Observer-Reporter: Tyler supervisor: ‘All the assessments are going to go up’
Altoona Mirror: Marcellus-reliant firms resilient
Tribune-Democrat: Senate approves tax break for firefighters aimed at recruitment of volunteers

NEPA
Times Leader: Pipelines being built through Luzerne county concern residents
Times Leader: Unsettled labor contracts cost Luzerne employees longevity bonuses
Times Tribune: New school performance profile scores show gaps between region’s wealthiest and poorest schools
Citizens Voice: Legislation has regional impact
Standard Speaker: Child abuse clearance law being clarified

South Central
Patriot News: Liquor privatization plans move forward amid Republican budget success
Patriot News: Lawmakers, budget secretary respond to passage of GOP budget proposal
Lebanon Daily News: Former state Rep. RoseMarie Swanger honored at reception
Lebanon Daily News: Candidates spend heavily on primary campaigns
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Getting unclaimed money back is not always easy
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster House Republicans comment on state budget
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster County government, schools, nonprofits all have concerns if Pennsylvania budget negotiations drag on

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Rare Corbett sighting
Morning Call: Phila newspapers reach two-year deal with union
Reading Eagle: Too often, alleged victims and key witnesses fail to show for trials for violent crime, Berks DA says
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmakers speak out on their state budget wish list

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Attorney says Centre County is following rules on Right-to-Know requests
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Kerry Benninghoff passes bill renaming bridge to honor Bellefonte veterans
Centre Daily Times: State College Borough Council likely to approve housing overlay
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor denies “favoritism” in broker choice
Erie Times-News: Erie builds strategy to help ex-offenders re-enter society

Opinion
Tribune-Review: The gun suit ruling: Start anew
Tribune-Review: The gay marriage ruling: Liberty affirmed
Post Gazette: Card sharks: Wolf and legislators can all win on the budget
Post Gazette: Right call: the justices preserve health insurance for millions
Centre Daily Times: Same-sex marriage decision is a triumph for civil rights
Reading Eagle: Outlaw purchase of nicotine products by those under 18
Carlisle Sentinel: School funding rally stressed half-truths
Patriot News: What will it take to finally make medical marijuana legal in Pa.?
Patriot News: State’s horse-racing industry being threatened by potential for Internet gaming
Pottstown Mercury: Obama should not block repeal of medical devices tax
Pottstown Mercury: Top court sanctions what’s already a reality
Bucks County Courier Times: Gun suit law gets shot down
Daily Local News: Laws create fireworks for residents
Daily Local News: Farrell: Running a criminal justice system is no picnic
Inquirer: The Pulse: Obama denied the respect he deserves
Inquirer: More perfect

Blogs
Citified: Darrell Clarke Moves to Quash Big Tax Reform Plan
Citizens’ Call: Group of PA Political Leaders Assert More to be Done to Combat LGBT Discrimination
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. gun law promoted nearly 100 municipalities to alter ordinances
PA Budget & Policy Center: Staying a Course That’s Not Working in Pennsylvania: Analysis of the House Republican 2015-2016 Budget Proposal
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Rainbows All Around

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