6/6 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Christie and Corbett to campaign in Pittsburgh, Strouse and Naughton unite and a look into Tom Wolf’s real opponent. Finally, we solemnly remember the sacrifices and victories on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

BREAKING: Corbett and Christie to Appear Together on Friday: The New Jersey Governor will be campaigning for his neighboring colleague in Pittsburgh tomorrow.

Quinnipiac Poll: Clinton Leading the Pack for 2016: Pennsylvanians prefer Clinton to some possible Republican nominees in 2016.

Quinnipiac Poll: Obama’s Approval Ratings Remain Low: President Obama’s approval ratings seem stuck in the 40’s, according to a poll released today by Quinnipiac University.

Politically Uncorrected: Tom Wolf’s Real Opponent: Newly nominated Democrat Tom Wolf thinks he is running against Republican incumbent Tom Corbett for Pennsylvania governor. And he is. But he is also running against history — a lot of it — all predicting that Wolf won’t defeat Corbett in the fall.

PA-8: Strouse and Naughton Unite Ahead of General Election: The former primary opponents met for a party unity event on Wednesday.

PA-12: Lilly Ledbetter Endorses Erin McClelland: Lily Ledbetter, advocate to secure gender pay equality, endorses female candidate Erin McClelland for Pa’s 12th congressional district.

Statewide
AP: Corbett to hit fundraising circuit with Christie
AP: Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding
State House Sound Bites: Ad-hoc organizations fill cracks that remain in health care system
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 6.5.14
Capitolwire: House Dems fail to amend PlanCon bill.
Capitolwire: Bill that would allow economic furloughs of teachers wins committee approval.
Capitolwire: Lawyers plan to depose NCAA, Penn State officials.
Capitolwire: Corbett likely won’t get new loan authority, but House bill keeps concept alive.

Philadelphia
KWY Newsworks: 2 Unions authorize strikes against SEPTA Regional Rails
WHYY Newsworks: Bill aiming to curtain teacher seniority clears hurdle in Pa. House
The Inquirer: Wolf Visits Council
The Inquirer: Philadelphia Board of Ethics fines City Commissioner Stephanie Singer $500
City Paper: GOP legislator compares unions to Hitler and Putin
City Paper: School activists to protest Corbett and Christie at Union League
Philadelphia Weekly: No surprise: Philly Archdiocese sues over Obamacare HHS mandate

SEPA
Daily Local News: Hybrid pension plan could save future billions for Pa., doesn’t touch current shortfall
Daily Local News: Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. school funding
Delco Daily Times: Corbett to hit fundraising circuit with Christie
Pottstown Mercury: VA chief: 18 more veterans left off waiting list have died
Pottstown Mercury: New Obamacare glitch could leave 2M without coverage

Pittsburgh
Business Journal: Chatham offers mentoring program for women-owned manufacturing businesses
Business Journal: Shell signing third-party deals for cracker plant, exec says
Post-Gazette: Shale impact fee revenue rose in 2013, state reports
Post-Gazette: Quaker Valley names new superintendent
Tribune Review: $88 million in federal tax credits meant to encourage real estate development
Tribune Review: Columbia Gas agrees to $110K fine for pipeline problems

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: AWA plan catches eye of Bellwood
Altoona Mirror: Campus fundraising efforts top $20 million
Altoona Mirror: Construction work set to begin on Convention Center Commons
Beaver County Times: Conservation group’s poll shows big support for EPA carbon rules
Beaver County Times: Moon to use grant for brownfield revitalization
Beaver County Times: Pa. to get nearly $4.13 million from drug company GlaxoSmithKline settlement

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Transportation Authority bosses hit with criminal charges
Times Leader: Bank building developer sold on Wilkes-Barre by friend who owns restaurant here
Times-Tribune: Northeast Pa. will receive $36.8 million in impact fees
Times-Tribune: Commissioners OK 911 maintenance agreement extension
Times-Tribune: Commissioners demand study panel documents

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: East Earl citizens vow to have their voices heard
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett endorses “hybrid” pension plan; no consensus yet on current-year savings
Harrisburg Patriot News: Controversy surrounds downsizing of state government proposal
Harrisburg Patriot News: Downsizing state government popular topic in states but rarely happens
Harrisburg Patriot News: Panel weighs arguments on bill to end payroll deduction of union dues
York Dispatch: York County’s Sen. Wagner: No regrets on ‘Hitler’ statement
York Dispatch: York Counting getting largest-to-date share of Marcellus Shale money
York Daily Record: Grove bill aims at drivers who illegally pass school buses
Carlisle Sentinel: Survey paints bleak picture of Pa. public school funding
Carlisle Sentinel: Brenneman appointed as Cumberland County solicitor
Carlisle Sentinel: Bloom concerns lead to changed being made to teacher certification

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Costco, Whole Foods shopping center tax plan approved by Lower Macungie officials
Express Times: Slate Belt Regional Police chief addresses public for first time at meet and greet
Express Times: Lopatcong Township residents say they’re embarrassed by arguments at council meetings
Morning Call: Pennsylvania insurance chief seeks delay in Obamacare coverage for small businesses
WFMZ: Local soldier: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is anything but a hero
WFMZ: Food stamp soda ban could help prevent obesity

North by Northwest
Erie Times News Campaign ‘14 Blog: Corbett gains endorsement from Perry
Erie Times News: Erie Housing Authority: Section 8 landlords now required to pay garbage bills
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor’s hoop removal focus of weekend march and rally
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Township continues meeting to finalize sewer agreement

Opinion
Philadelphia Weekly: Teacher accused of sexual assault; Inky tweets tasteless pun
Delco Daily Times: Unity bolsters community against violence
Post-Gazette: Sensible adjustment: Overseers give the city a sound fiscal plan
Tribune Review: D-Day, 70 years later: ‘Look up’!
Harrisburg Patriot News: The Obama EPA rule on coal is a Pa. job-killer: John Pippy
York Daily Record: Our Take: A Wagnerian gaffe – comparing unions to Hitler
Morning Call: Internet gambling revenue would do little to ease state’s budget deficit

Blogs
Citizenscall: McCarter Hails EPA Proposal to Tighten Carbon Releases from Power Plants
Media Trackers: Ironic? Pennsylvania Union Boss Wants Equal Treatment
Media Trackers: Legal Director of PA Union Disbarred From Practicing Law
Keystone Politics: #PHL2015: Butkovitz Poll Obviously Fake
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup June 5: Corbett and GOP lawmakers talk bare-bones ‘budget scenario’ that would cancel hikes in education funding

June 6th, 2014 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments