6/8 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz. The redistricting commission meets this afternoon to finalize the state House and Senate maps. The word is good news for Raja and Rob Teplitz. And we have the skinny on Democratic State Committee in King of Prussia tonight. See you there.

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Democratic State Committee Preview – Summer 2012: Democrats from across PA are meeting at the Valley Forge Casino Resort Friday night and Saturday to talk general election strategy – and Charlotte convention plans. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is keynoting the Keystone Dinner on Friday night which will also feature Sen. Bob Casey.

Obama Pivots to Congress in New PA Ad (Watch Video): The Obama campaign shifts its fire from Mitt Romney to Congress in its newest television ad in Pennsylvania. The new spot, “Jobs,” follows the disappointing release of last month’s jobs report.

Rendell Goes Rogue (With Video): With surrogates like these, who needs enemies? Ed Rendell hasn’t backed down on his off-message comments about President Obama despite backlash from fellow Democrats. On Thursday, he implied Obama lacked executive experience and that Hillary Clinton would’ve served more effectively as president.

Dems Find a Candidate for Orie Seat: Dr. Sharon Brown will take on the Republican nominee for the seat of ex-Senator Jane Orie, a Democratic source confirms. She’s an epidemiologist from Wexford who challenged Mike Turzai in 2010. She’ll likely face former U.S. Rep. Melissa Hart.

PAGOP Fundraises Off of Walker Win: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s win Tuesday buoyed the spirits of Republicans hither and yon. Today, the PA GOP sought to give direction to the enthusiasm with a fundraising email. Meanwhile, a conservative PA group chastened GOP officials to be bolder in the wake of the victory.

Cartwright: Pass Transportation Bill: Matt Cartwright has a message for Congress: cut the partisanship and pass the transportation bill. The Lackawanna County attorney who knocked off Rep. Tim Holden cites May’s lackluster jobs report and says the bill means jobs.

Legislative Election Updates:

SD-40: Democrats found their woman. After worries yesterday that no one had stepped up to run for the ex-Orie seat, Dr. Sharon Brown threw her hat in the ring. Brown is an epidemiological consultant who challenged Mike Turzai in 2010.

National
Politico: Obama ad hypes jobs plan
Politico: Rendell wavers on Obama’s Pennsylvania prospects
Roll Call: New Poll Gives Bob Casey Double Digit Lead
The Morning Call: Does Romney’s path to the White House bypass Pennsylvania
The Hill: Pa. Rep. Meehan opponent’s poll shows path to victory
AP: Frustrated liberals want more from Obama
AP: Romney and GOP raise more money than Obama and Democrats
AP: THE RACE: Obama, Romney busy laying groundwork
AP: Romney plans to use federal blind trust if elected

Statewide
AP: Challenge to gas law rests in judges’ hands
AP: State will borrow $4.5 billion to pay jobless benefits debt
AP: Corbett, GOP lawmakers press school-related bills
Capitol Ideas: Tea-Time Budget Update: Leaders, Corbett meet again, same nothing as yesterday happens
Capitol Ideas: Corbett’s unfavorable up in new Keystone Poll
State House Sound Bites: DEP gauging interest in vehicles fueled by natural gas
PA Independent: PA to borrow $4.5B to pay off fed unemployment debt, change eligibility
State Impact: Impact fee revenue, visualized
State Impact: Fracking disclosure: Colorado’s compromise is Pennsylvania’s controversy
State Impact: Drill Bits: Act 13 hearing, and putting the Shell tax break in context
Capitolwire: Off the Floor: Ethane credit deal would make PA history for biggest dollars and most potential
Capitolwire: Commonwealth court hears arguments on shale law zoning provision

Philadelphia
Daily News: In Philly, first lady roots for her husband
Heard in the Hall: Council approves trash bill
Philly Clout: Bike lane gets city council approval
Philly Clout: Budget talks moving slowly today
Philly Clout: Mayor’s address to sugary drinks summit
Philly Clout: Budget progress expected today
Philly Clout: Some budget questions remain unanswered
Philly Clout: First lady comes to Philly
PhillyNow: Santorum’s ‘Big Announcement’ Revealed?
PhillyNow: Constitution Center Crowd Loves Michelle Obama—Others, Not So Much
PhillyNow: Mayor Nutter Says Bloomberg Soda Plan ‘Worth Evaluating and Considering’
PhillyTrib: Upper Darby Mayor strives for inclusion
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia City Council Votes To Take Control of Bike Lane Placement
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Corp. For Aging Says State Is Shackling Its Ability to Serve Elderly
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. moves to regulate ‘payday loans’
WHYY Newsworks: Ex-offenders cry foul on Pa. law disqualifying more felons from working in schools
WHYY Newsworks: Breaking down the issues in the Neshaminy teachers strike
WHYY Newsworks: DEP seeks help in shaping Pa. grants for switching vehicles to natural gas
WHYY Newsworks: Another round of layoffs for Philadelphia school workers

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Micozzie joins school supporters pushing for funding at Capitol protest
Delco Daily Times: Corbett, GOP lawmakers press school-related bills
Montgomery News: Springfield Township School Board passes 2012-2013 budget
Montgomery News: Upper Dublin School District budget still set for 4.25 percent tax increase
Montgomery News: Upper Moreland commissioners seek Ward 7 replacement
Daily Local: New finance director hired in Coatesville
Daily Local: Ex-Pa. school chief gets tougher bail conditions
Intelligencer: Montco proposes cuts for community college
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown Council has another spot to fill
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County GOP shows unity in reorganization

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Supreme Court says DeWeese must stay in prison during appeal
Tribune-Review: McCandless Democrat wants to run for Jane Orie’s former seat
Post-Gazette: Obama and Casey keep lead in latest Pa. poll
Early Returns: Early skirmishing in PA-12
Early Returns: Still no spending figure for Pa. budget
Early Returns: New Obama ad targets Congress
Early Returns: Rendell vs. reality

Southwest
Observer Reporter: High court denies DeWeese bail hearing

NEPA
AP: Corbett, GOP passes school-related bills
AP: House approves GOP repealing medical tax
The Times Leader: Tax delay puts community on hold
Times-Tribune: Council set to vote on parking bond money again
Times-Tribune: Auditor general calls on state to repair bridges, infrastructure
Times-Tribune: State wants mayor, council to meet in Harrisburg next week
Citizens Voice: Council OKs counseling for home buyers
Daily Item: Block grant agreement advancing
Daily Item: Boroughs receive CDBG funds
Daily Review: Cancer institutes gets budget boost

South Central
AP: Pa. county raps national park chief over pipeline
AP: Feds OK $7M to demolish flood-prone Pa. properties
York Dispatch: York’s GOP lawmakers back bond to pay off Pa.’s unemployment debt
Lancaster New Era: Pequea Valley board likely to raise taxes
Lebanon Daily News: Reassessment entering final state in Lebanon County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Legislative leaders meet with Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett to discuss 2012-2013 budget and related issues
Harrisburg Patriot News: New Cumberland council to make decision about banner

North by Northwest
Sharon Herald: It’s Just Politics: Kelly speaks the people’s language

Opinion
Times-Tribune: Bill improves accountability for charters
Times-Tribune: Voters send specific signal
Standard Speaker: Pa. should ban privately kept exotic animals
Lancaster New Era: Let’s treat school tax like dinosaur that it is
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Corbett offers too much in ‘Shell Game’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Liquor store privatization should take a backseat to more important matters
Harrisburg Patriot News: Reform, don’t end General Assistance program
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania budget fails to put children first
Observer Reporter Editorial: Privatization on a twisting path
Altoona Mirror Editorial: Officials not above law

Blogs
Speaking Freely: The Inside Game: On getting seven bills passed in one session
NEPArtisan: Hypocrisy Goes Epic: Corbett to Give Out $1.7 Billion in Corporate Welfare
2 Political Junkies: And Again
Pennsylvania Progressive: PA Legislature’s Mafia Session Continues With Payday Loan Bill
Above Average Jane: Obama on Higher Ed, With PA Notes
Keystone Progress: Report finds corporate lobbyists are working with elected officials to deny Pennsylvanians justice
Keystone Politics: AVI Homestead Exemption May Bail Out Wealthy Rittenhouse Landowners
Keystone Politics: Jason Altmire is Blowing Smoke on The Medical Device Tax
Keystone Conservative: Cutler (R) & Waters (D) Call for Bi-Partisan Reform of LIHEAP
Keystone Conservative: Freedomworks Targets School Choice in PA with Radio Ad
John Hanger: US Ranks Number 1 In Non-Hydro Renewable Electricity Production
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Court Rules Governor’s Schedule Safe From Prying Eyes

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