6/8 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Barletta backs Santorum, Crowdpac goes after Fattah, and a new candidate in the PA-7 race. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

6/5 Ups & Downs: A Governor under pressure, an Attorney General under water and an ex-Mayor under investigation. See who made this week’s list!

PA-11: Barletta Endorses Santorum’s Presidential Campaign: Republican presidential candidate and former Senator Rick Santorum has received the endorsement of Congressman Lou Barletta.

PA-2: Crowdpac Looking for New Candidate to Replace Fattah: Rep. Fattah’s office has been plagued by scandal over the past year.

PA-7: Lindy Li Launches Congressional Campaign: The 24-year old Malvern native hopes to go to D.C.

Sunday Show Preview: June 7, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: House GOP: medical marijuana bill isn’t dead yet
State House Sound Bites: Senate GOP seeks online gambling to generate cash
StateImpactPA: Butler County gas leaseholders sue local opponents of zoning change
Capitolwire: Judge to decide whether Fina, other OAG investigators will testify at Rep. Bishop’s hearing
Capitolwire: Judge denies Senate GOP participation on two lawsuits over Wolf executive order

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Tax debate heats up as lawmakers, Wolf work on budget deal
KYW Newsradio: Analyst: House Vote Brings ‘Dose of Reality’ To State Budget Talks
KYW Newsradio: Insurers Ask Pennsylvania Regulators For Big Increases
Inquirer: Wolf’s first budget faces infighting in Harrisburg
Heard in the Hall: If taxes are being raised to fund the schools, who will have control of that extra money?

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Moody’s, Standard & Poors reaffirm highest ratings for Bucks County government
Bucks Local News: Wolf chief of staff says governor ‘more than flexible’ on sales tax expansion plan; the numbers have to add up, chief of staff says
Bucks County Courier Times: Montco, Bucks DAs find videotaping statements helpful in homicide cases

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Steel Valley district school board holds the line on property taxes
Post-Gazette: League of Women Voters will hold state convention
Post-Gazette: Danko’s replacement on Allegheny County Council appointed
Tribune Review: Tiversa, congressman debate credibility of whistle-blower
Tribune Review: Health care decision is not a  one and done, analysts warn
Tribune Review: ‘Cadillac’ tax on health benefits adds hurdle to Pa. teacher contract talks
Pittsburgh Business Times: Sunoco’s third Mariner pipeline not a ‘slam dunk’
WESA: Robert Morris Poll Shows Attorney General’s Support Slipping
WESA: City Council And University Update Police Cooperation Agreement
WESA: Heidelbaugh: County Should Fix Jail Health Care Problems ‘Yesterday’
City Paper: Up in Smoke?: Despite stalling in the state house, medical-marijuana legalization could still rise from the ashes
City Paper: New City Paper project will track summer gun homicides
KDKA: Dispute Erupts In Democratic Party Over Replacing Late County Councilwoman On Ballot

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Bartolotta fracking bill encourages using mine water
Observer-Reporter: Insurers ask Pennsylvania regulators for big rate increases
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Immigrant family detention centers face uncertain future
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: New Waters of the United States rule a divisive issue
Altoona Mirror: Group forms housing plan

NEPA
Times-Leader: PA group takes first steps to protect seniors
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Solicitor: two council candidates can’t serve if elected
Scranton Times-Tribune: State overtime costs climb; $1 billion in OT over five years
News Item: Bill would target money to fight blight
Pocono Record: Teachers’ union upset with plans to outsource Philly substitute teachers
Pocono Record: ESU, Kutztown reach cost-savings agreement

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf plan would tax the sale of racehorses
Carlisle Sentinel: Stunt or referendum?: Budget process highlights Harrisburg’s political gamesmanship
Carlisle Sentinel: Student loan debt exceeds $31,000 per student in Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County grand jury report on Children & Youth Services: What really went wrong
Harrisburg Patriot News: Legislative sting case decision on racial targeting awaits
Harrisburg Patriot News: Who won the tiebreaker for the Harrisburg School Board Democratic nomination?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Cumberland County Republicans choose candidate for House seat race
York Daily Record: Six key issues to watch as Pennsylvania lawmakers debate a budget

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Northampton County Council imposes term limits on itself
Morning Call: Pennsylvania Democrats come to Allentown: Ed Pawlowski, Joe Sestak on display
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Morning Call: Allentown waterfront development could be built with cigarette tax
Capitol Ideas: Marcus Brown’s confirmation fate as PSP commissioner
Express Times: Northampton County Prison gets $500,000 for jobs program

North by Northwest
Onward State: Bystander Intervention Training Program to Begin as part of Implementation of Sexual Task Force Recommendations
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Forensic test results shared; prison chaplain, neighbor testify
Williamsport Sun Gazette: The public education quandary
Erie Times-News: Health care on the table as GE begins contract talks

Opinion
Morning Call: Republican candidates take conservative positions
Morning Call: Bush administration used torture
Morning Call: Pa. Rep. Justin Simmons represents the 131st District
Express Times: Why don’t people vote? How about the inability to get anything done?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Over the last decade, 1 in 8 governors have run for president, report
Harrisburg Patriot News: Government can’t do anything right
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Let’s make Pennsylvania relevant in the next Pa. presidential primary
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Wolf tax package exposed when put in broad daylight
Capitolwire: Point of Order: More public pension hearings, same arguments.
Pottstown Mercury: Political stunts a disservice to Pa. taxpayers
Bucks County Courier Times: The verdict on fracking
Scranton Times-Tribune: Wayne Burton: Retiree group sees merit in Gov. Tom Wolf’s budget blueprint
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The art of burying the hatchet
Bucks Local News: It’s time for the House Health Committee to advance medical marijuana bill in Pennsylvania
Daily Local News: Wolf’s pipeline task force holds promise
Inquirer: The Pulse: The case against the Hastert case
Inquirer: Worldview: U.S. strategy against ISIS inflames sectarian divide

Blogs
Citified: Progressives Won the Philly Election? You Sure About That?
Citified: Some Answers to a Vexing Question: Why Don’t Millennials Vote For Mayor?
Keystone Politics: Scott Wagner Doubles Down on Helicopter-Based School Auditing
Keystone Politics: Elections Have Consequences: Environmental Secretaries Edition
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania municipal pensions overhaul outlined in new bill
Pennsylvania Progressive: The politics of disaster

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