6/4 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf celebrates cabinet confirmations, the GOP nominates Mullen in the HD-161 special election and Stephen Wojdak passes away. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

HD-161: GOP Nominates Paul Mullen for Special Election: The Delaware County AFL-CIO President will attempt to keep the seat in Republican hands.

Influential Lobbyist Stephen Wojdak Dies: The “King of Clout” passes away at the age of 76.

PA-Gov: Wolf Celebrates Cabinet Confirmations: Four Secretaries were approved by the State Senate yesterday.

Hillary to Attend Cohen-Hosted Fundraiser in Philadelphia: Politico has obtained the Clinton campaign’s June schedule, which includes an event hosted by the Executive VP of Comcast.

RMU Poll: Pennsylvanians Unsure About Kane: The more people know about her, the less likely they are to support her.

PA-Gov: Senate Confirms More Cabinet Secretaries: Governor Wolf gets three new members of his cabinet approved.

PA-9: Shuster Thanked for Export-Import Bank Support in New Ad (VIDEO): The Chamber of Commerce spot credits Shuster for strengthening PA’s economy.

PA-3: Rep. Kelly Urges Support for Trade Promotion Authority in TIME Op-Ed: Congressman Mike Kelly details why enacting Trade Promotion Authority empowers the legislative branch.

Statewide
PA Independent: Contest for controller’s office ugly but important for taxpayers
StateImpactPA: Quigley confirmed as DEP secretary
Capitolwire: Senate panel takes no position on Brown recommendation.
Capitolwire: Legislative Republicans not sold on Wolf’s insurance exchange plan.
Capitolwire: Senate committee debates cap on punitive damages against personal care, nursing home facilities.

Philadelphia
Big Tent: Santorum says Pope Francis should butt out of climate debate
Inquirer: Senators grill Wolf’s state police nominee
WHYY Newsworks: Religious leaders, union workers rally to support fired Philly airport worker and livable wages
WHYY Newsworks: June a big month for gay and transgender rights in Philly, but LGBT director says work remains

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: ‘Gang war’ busts outlined at crime meeting
Pottstown Mercury: High taxes make Berks County ‘ground zero’ for property tax debate
Delco Times: Dems’ write-in campaign gets them on November ballot for County Council
Daily News: Pa. Senate passes pet protection package
Daily News: Naroff: Latest reports show positive signs for economy

Pittsburgh
City Paper: Up in Smoke?: Despite stalling in the state house, medical-marijuana legalization could still rise from the ashes
WESA: Barbara Daly Danko’s Campaign Chair Assumes Her Seat on County Council
WESA: State Capitol Leaders Vow to make Redistricting Reform Legislation a Top Priority
WESA: City Council Approves “Promised Beginnings” Agreement
WESA: Heidelbaugh: County Should Fix Jail Health Care Problems “Yesterday”
Tribune Review: Westmoreland County Prison seeks judge’s OK to force-feed prisoner
Tribune Review: County contributes to $1 million bridge project in Cowanshannock

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Portage Borough Council leaders debate how to fight blight
Observer-Reporter: Pa. law prohibits needle exchanges that can save lives
Observer-Reporter: Pennsylvania senators to introduce Internet gambling bill
Observer-Reporter: Washington County to invest $238,200 in tourism
Observer-Reporter: Cumberland supervisors approve request to protect agricultural area
Beaver County Times: Beaver County elections board declares Mizenko winner on Monaca ballot

NEPA
Pocono Record: Toleno bids farewell to Stroudsburg school district; board meeting cancelled for lack of quorum
Pocono Record: Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition to meet Thursday
Standard Speaker: Senate panel neutral on Quigley DEP nomination
Citizens Voice: County council candidates’ eligibility debated
Times-Tribune: Judge dismisses harassment charge against ex-candidate
Times Leader: Four bids received for West Pittston Recovery Project

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pennsylvania pension reform fight heats up
Lancaster Intelligencer: Maryland joins New York as Pennsylvania border state banning fracking
Lancaster Intelligencer: Bill would rein in ‘policing for profit’
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf’s moratorium delays Hubert Michael’s execution
Patriot-News: Senate Republicans grill top cop nominee on uniform, taxes and more during confirmation hearing

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor appoints key aide to parking authority
Reading Eagle: Supreme Court ruling on violent social media comments called ambivalent
Morning Call: Fate of Gov. Tom Wolf’s state police nominee uncertain heading into full Senate
vote

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign Blog: Poll asks state residents whether Kane should resign
Centre Daily Times: Obama administration criticized for delay in filling watchdog jobs
Centre Daily Times: Congress looks for ways to cut college costs
Centre Daily Times: Clinton to call for at least 20 days of early voting
Centre Daily Times: House panel says no to funds for U.S. embassy in Havana

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Undeserved bonus: Another VA payout rewards lousy oversight
Tribune Review: The shale outlook
Beaver County Times: Gov. Wolf is right: Invest in pre-K now, not prisons later
Erie Times-News: GE talk in New York have impact in Erie
Pocono Record: GOP candidates: none of the below
Lancaster Intelligencer: Wolf, lawmakers must solve Pennsylvania pension crisis now
Lancaster Intelligencer: Gas industry should pay fair share in Pa.
York Daily Record: Pass Schreiber bill on voter registration
Daily News: In a pinch over city pensions
Inquirer: Amtrak worth the investment

Blogs
Citified: Are urban progressives hypocrites?
Citified: Will Council Fund Schools With a Big Parking Tax Hike?
Commonwealth Foundation: Guilty until proven innocent
Commonwealth Foundation: Charters drowning in red tape

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