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6/6 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. We’ve got some interesting new Franklin and Marshall poll numbers, more punches in the AG race, more TV ads in PA, and we want to know your opinion: is PA a swing state?

Poll: Obama 48, Romney 36: Barack Obama is in good shape in Pennsylvania according to the latest poll by Franklin & Marshall. The President has a solid lead over rival Mitt Romney, including a double-digit advantage among independents and the advantage among most demographic groups.

Freed Blasts Kane Over Obamacare: How much say does Pennsylvania’s Attorney General have over the health care law known as Obamacare? Not much. But Republican Dave Freed has called out Democratic opponent Kathleen Kane for saying she would withdraw PA from a lawsuit against it.

Casey to Boehner: Crack Down on China’s Currency Manipulation: Sen. Bob Casey called for the House of Representatives to take action against Chinese currency undervaluation Monday, after the Treasury Department released a report last week saying China’s currency is subject to “persistent and substantial undervaluation.”

New Crossroads Ad Hits Obama On Spending (Watch Video): In their latest Pennsylvania ad buy, Crossroads GPS attacked President Barack Obama for increasing spending despite campaign promises to curb the national debt.

Reader Poll: Is PA a Swing State?: Within the last three weeks PA has moved from swing state status to “leans Dem,” a move that may have prompted Romney to delay campaign efforts and for Obama to hit the gas on advertising. But with five months left, we’re asking readers: Is PA a swing state?

Survey Says: Supreme Court Will Reject Redistricting Map: We asked readers whether the Supreme Court will uphold the latest redistricting map, and a whopping 55 percent of you predict the map will be rejected because of either municipality splits or blatant gerrymandering.

Legislative Election Updates:

SD-49: A reader in Erie passed along this literature from Janet Anderson, the Republican candidate in the battle to replace retiring Sen. Jane Earll (one of PA’s top 2012 races). The reader commended Anderson for a bold stance against child trafficking with the slogan “We want to export our products, not our children.”

Politico: Obama campaign’s $10 million on new Romney ad
Politico: Crossroads ad hits Obama on national debt
The Morning Call: Obama campaign going very local with attack on Romney record
AP: Few options left for Obama on the economy
AP: Senate GOP blocks Democrats’ equal pay bill
AP: Gay marriage ban backers look to the Supreme Court
AP: Romney eyes Pennsylvania despite big Obama ‘08 win
AP: Bill Clinton: Extend all tax cuts temporarily
AP: Senate takes up farm bill that changes safety net
AP: Romney’s (non) military record faces new scrutiny
AP: Economic outlook worsening
AP: More voters call themselves independent, poll finds

AP: Corbett defends proposed Shell refinery tax break
Capitol Ideas: Tea-time budget update: the house gets the budget ball rolling
Capitol Ideas: Administration, counties working on human services funding agreement
Capitol Ideas: Could new union deal stall liquor store privatization
Capitol Ideas: New ad from anti-Corbett Super PAC hits administration’s cuts to the middle class
Capitol Ideas: Committee sends first updates to PA wiretap statute since 1998 to the House floor
PA Independent: PA Block grant plan: step toward efficiency or burden to services
State Impact: Pennsylvania lags in green energy ranking
State Impact: Cawley says Pennsylvania and Shell are still in “early negotiations” over ethanol cracker
State Impact: Legislators have questions about Corbett’s shell tax break
State Impact: Drill Bits: tax breaks for ethane crackers
Capitolwire: Off the Floor: If you give Shell Oil a cookie, umm, I mean a tax credit
Capitolwire: House panel reports out performance-based budget bill, concerns raised over IFO language
Capitolwire: House GOP leadership puts the brakes to energy project grants at Commonwealth Financing Authority
AP: Pa. liquor stores’ fate gets murkier
AP: Report: lawmakers seek to boost public school aid

WHYY Newsworks: ACLU, local firm sue Philly over outdoor food serving ban
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. county commissioners group backs change in block grant distribution
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett’s proposed tax breaks for Shell not a done deal
PhillyClout: Council moves forward with gentrification projections for property tax plan
PhillyClout: Corbett’s sweet tax deal for Shell
Inquirer: New contract may scuttle effort to privatize Pa. liquor sales
PhillyNow: ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Philadelphia Homeless Feeding Ban
PhillyNow: Philly Council Members Backing Obama On Equal Pay Bill (Updated)
PhillyNow: Is AG Candidate Sexist for Calling Opponent ‘Pretty’?
PhillyNow: Occupy Philly Addresses National Gathering, Says They’ve ‘Learned’ Corbett, Cawley defend $1.7 b tax break for Shell Oil Religious groups sue Philadelphia over ban against feeding the homeless in public
FOX Philadelphia: Corbett defends proposed Shell refinery tax break
KYW Newsradio: Federal Lawsuit Filed Over Philadelphia’s Homeless Outdoor Feeding Ban

Bucks Local News: Bristol councilwoman demands answers on toxicity of noxious cloud in wake of Dow Chemical fire
Bucks Local News: Congressman Fitzpatrick calls for long-term extension of flood insurance program, pushes Senate to pass it
Phillyburbs: DA: Charges unlikely in voter fraud case
Phillyburbs: Panel meets Thursday to plan for voter ID requirements
AP: Corbett defends proposed Shell refinery tax break
AP:Former skinhead wins GOP post in Pa. with single vote
AP:Pa. lawmakers seek to boost public school funding
AP: Romney eyes Pennsylvania despite big Obama ‘08 win
AP: Pa. Senate OKs plan to repay jobless benefits debt
AP: Lawmakers return to Harrisburg for full plate
AP: Corbett defends $1.7B tax break for Shell
Delco Daily Times: Church groups sue Philly for homeless feeding ban
Delco Daily Times: Bill proposes reform of charter funding
Delco Daily Times: Pa. lawmakers looking to boost public school aid
Delco Daily Times: Politicos eye even higher income taxes if property taxes killed

Post-Gazette: Backers of privatization bristle as liquor clerks OK 3-year contract
Post-Gazette: Justice Melvin’s preliminary hearing postponed
Post-Gazette: Corbett administration disputes job guarantees for Pennsylvania liquor store workers
Post-Gazette: House panel approves changes to lower prison populations
Post-Gazette: Senate OKs changes to unemployment fund
Post-Gazette: Corbett administration defends proposed tax credit for Shell facility
Post-Gazette: Bill would regulate payday lending in state
Post-Gazette: Details of top GOP lawmakers’ budget plan emerge
Post-Gazette: Orie fall from grace rapid, spectacular
Post-Gazette: How Jane Orie’s conviction will impact 40th District
Post-Gazette: Shell could get $1.65 billion in tax credits for petrochemical plant in Monaca
Tribune-Review: Poll: Casey holds wide lead in Senate race
Tribune-Review: Melvin sister to be fires, 8 aides to be furloughed
Tribune-Review: Public transit bill heads to governor
Early Returns: City paper: Mayor Ravenstahl supports same-sex marriage
Early Returns: Santorum announcement Friday
Early Returns: In battleground lite Pa., spending lags
Early Returns: Orie: “I’ll never stop doing what I did”
KDKA: Corbett talks tax breaks for cracker plant
KDKA: Ex Orie campaign worker talks with Marty Griffin
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania may sell $4.5 billion in bonds to repay loans

Beaver County Times: Health care protest at courthouse
Beaver County Times: More state legislators have been convicted in criminal court in the last five years
Observer-Reported Discussion on DA probe postponed until Thursday
Observer-Reporter: State Rep. White says letter leaked to gas industry website
Observer-Reporter: Washington Co. nonprofits protest state budget cuts
Indiana Gazette: Revenues rise at Pennsylvania casinos in May
Tribune-Democrat: Casey urges national ban on synthetic drugs

AP: Liquor-store union pact could stall privatization
AP: Pa. lawmakers seek to boost public school aid
Standard Speaker: GOP looks to oust member with racist ties
Standard Speaker: USDA decides to close FSA office in Carbon County
Standard Speaker: County makes final offer to union
Daily Review: Officials express ‘concerns’ about making Main Street one way
Daily Review: GOP candidate for state treasurer campaigns in Bradford County
The Times Leader: Solicitor confirms feds took Jackson Twp. records
Times-Tribune: Pre-sentence report in Mellow case delayed until August
Citizens Voice: County office left some taxes uncollected for years
Citizens Voice: House Democrats working to restore environmental cuts

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Prison reform passes House committee with unanimous vote
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett’s block grant approach for funding human services wins county commissioners association’s approval
Harrisburg Patriot News: State ethics commission fines former Harrisburg Authority board member
Harrisburg Patriot News: Palmyra library hosting session on new voter ID law
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County applies to PennDOT for several renovation-related projects at courthouse
Lebanon News: County releases past-due support list

Lehigh Valley
South Whitehall Patch: A call for ‘transparency’ in filling top county job
South Whitehall Patch: Tea Party Candidate to Discuss Obamacare

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Anderson to speak at Kiwanis club luncheon

Daily Item: Disgust in Orie case should force reform in the Legislature
Daily Review: The judge was right
Times-Tribune: If Romney plays by book(s)
Times-Tribune: Fiddling as city burns
Times-Tribune: Orie cover-up part of crime
Times News: Bad news
York Daily Record: Gov. Corbett had better engage on property tax reform
Harrisburg Patriot News: Budget priorities: Education, human services are key
Harrisburg Patriot News: Judicial elections: It’s time to end them in Pennsylvania
Express Times: The Morning Note: Last week’s economic numbers show a slowdown, but they weren’t ‘horrible’

Keystone Conservative: Will gay marriage affect PA in november
Keystone Politics Dept of Revenue: HB 1776 Comes Up $3.2 Billion Short
Keystone Politics: Is PA a Swing State, Cont’d
Keystone Politics:The Real Lesson of the Shell Cracker: Tom Corbett Sucks at Industrial Policy
Keystone Progress: 49 PA Democratic legislators have still not said they aren’t part of ALEC
Above Average Jane: PA and Payday Loans
Pennsylvania Progressive: Rep. Fitzpatrick Ducks Questions on Ryan Budget Votes
Pennsylvania Progressive: 9th circuit strikes down discrimination
Pennsylvania Progressive: Campaign 2012: Romney’s Massachusetts record
PA Lu-Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition #2079, June 5th, 2012
PA Water Cooler: A victory for the free market in Pittsburgh
PA Budget and Policy Center: Reforming an Antiquated Sales Tax Perk for Big Retailers
Keystone Liberty: More Liquor Control Fails to Translate into Greater Safety

  • Reader Poll: Should President Joe Biden Step Aside?

    • Yes. He should step aside because of his age, declining ability to do the job. (45%)
    • No. He should not step aside. (39%)
    • Yes. He should step aside because he can't beat Donald Trump. (15%)

    Total Voters: 231

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