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6/8 Morning Buzz

A new name has emerged in the field of potential Republican challengers to Senator Bob Casey. Keith Loiselle – a Pittsburgh area businessman who made millions in the field of medical technology – is being recruited to run, Politico reports. The story also offers a look at some of the other potential GOP candidates and why they may have shied away from the race.

And speaking of Casey, the GOP has pulled out the (bipartisan) post-scandal political playbook on Anthony Weiner, and have begun to Democrats nationwide to return campaign contributions from the embattled Congressman. In PA, they’re taking aim at the Senator and Rep. Mark Critz, who each received $1,000 from Weiner.

In PA, no lawmaker is in hotter water than State Rep. John Galloway (D-Levittown). The lawmaker was busted for drinking and driving in Harrisburg and refused a breathalyzer test. He has apologized and is unlikely to face prison time, but the next step is unclear. His district is fairly reliably Democratic.

Finally, the PA Senate passed a bill yesterday that will block abortion coverage from health insurance policies set to become available via exchanges in the new health care law. In a move that immediately drew praise from pro-life groups – and fire from civil rights advocates – the law does not include cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.

PoliticsPA Reports

GOP Seeks To Tie Casey & Critz to Weiner
The NRSC and NRCC are calling on Senator Casey and Rep. Critz to return $1,000 each in campaign contributions from the embattled New York Congressman.

Featherman Concedes
John Featherman, the conservative realtor who took on the Philadelphia Republican party, has conceded the race.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Corbett’s new vehicle sparks controversy
Inquirer: Tuition-Voucher Fight Has Fire Lit Under It
AP via Inquirer: Pressure Builds In Pa. For Movement On A Shale Tax
WHYY Newsworks: As Deadline Looms, Pa. House Advances Unemployment Benefits
WHYY Newsworks: Bucks County State Representative Charged With DUI
Inquirer: Rep. Apologizes for DUI
AP via Inquirer: Pa. Senate OKs Bill To Limit Abortion Coverage
AP via Altoona Mirror: PA court hears turn-pike E-Z pass records arguments
AP via Altoona Mirror: Condom-filled acorns prompt PA judge complaint
The Mercury: Route 422 tolling plan outlined to state panel
Reading Eagle: Official details plan to toll Route 422
The Daily Item: Police say state lawmaker arrested for DUI

WHYY Newsworks: Nutter Heads To Harrisburg To Lobby For Phila. School Funding
PhillyClout: Capozzi Contests Results Of 2nd Council District Election
Daily News: DROP: What it is, Why It’s Hated, What’s Next
WHYY Newsworks: Ackerman Talks About Layoffs, Educational Resources
WHYY Newsworks: Santorum Does Not Always Play Nice But Some Like It That Way
PhillyClout: Santorum, A DN Flashback
Daily News: In Finding Money For Schools, Did Ackerman Lose Support From Nutter?
Daily News: Council Bill On Bike Lanes Put On Hold After Hearing
Philly Now: Councilwoman Brown On Extending City Bar Hours
Inquirer: In Philly, An Accord On Agressive Sidewalk Behavior
Daily News: Council Panel OKs Zoning Changes For New Venue

Philly Suburbs
Delaware County Times: Chester Proposes Cutting Mayor and City Council Salaries
Courier Times: Rep. Galloway arrested for DUI
Delaware County Times: Pileggi drilling-tax policy would lower property taxes for seniors

Tribune Review:  House votes to terminate transit monopoly in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Legislation would put restrictions on Pittsburgh adult clubs
Tribune Review: Protesters want ban or levy on booming gas industry
Tribune Review: Corbett pushes limits on who would pay damage awards from lawsuits
Post-Gazette: House panel OKs changes to unemployment rules
Post-Gazette: Corbett’s new vehicle sparks controversy

Altoona Mirror: Corbett denies SUV purchased for $53K
Altoona Mirror: Santorum announces 2012 GOP bid
AP via Altoona Mirror: PA city (Allentown) skips challenge cell phone ban ruling
Daily American: Shade school raises taxes to state limit
Beaver County Times: NRC continues review of nuclear plant safety

Lehigh Valley
Lehigh Valley Live: Bethlehem Area School Board holds final budget workshop Wednesday
Lehigh Valley Live: Warren County seeks to inform residents about bed bugs
Lehigh Valley Live: Bethlehem planners to consider 66-unit mobile home park on Applebutter Road
Lehigh Valley Live: Allentown skips challenge to cellphone ban ruling
Lehigh Valley Live: Nazareth council agrees to negotiate with Colonial Regional Police
Lehigh Valley Live: Supreme Court orders new look at Hazleton, Pa., immigration law
Lehigh Valley Live: Suits filed by former Northampton County Councilman Nick Sabatine seek more than $2.5 million
Lehigh Valley Live: Phillipsburg resident to stream ‘raw, unedited and live’ video of town council meeting
Lehigh Valley Live: Phillipsburg School Board delays approving new security contract
Lehigh Valley Live: Hackettstown Business Administrator Michael Simonetta hired as new Easton Area School District chief operating officer
Reading Eagle: Kutztown School Board cuts 12.75 teaching positions
Reading Eagle: Mayor keeps promise to students with trip
Reading Eagle: Boroughwide yard sale proposed
Reading Eagle: Council to consider new, cheaper property inspection rule
Reading Eagle: Resident complains about proposed tax increase
Reading Eagle: Board approves teachers’ contract with pay freeze
Morning Call: Macungie unveils proposed sidewalk law
Morning Call: Bethlehem to vote on anti-discrimination law
Morning Call: Lawmakers: Give Portland coal-fired plant a fair shake
Lehigh Valley Independent: Bridge work to begin on two Lower Macungie Township spans

South Central
Lancaster New Era: Courthouse in for $1M upgrade
Lancaster New Era: Hempfield school directors to discuss board vacancy tonight
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon Transit proposes fare increase
Lebanon Daily News: Chocolate World goes green
Lebanon Daily News: W. Lebanon chooses highest bidder for trash pact
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Officials tweak alert system after tornado robo calls confuse some in Franklin County
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Franklin County officials OK replacing MH/MR computers
York Dispatch: York City Council set to approve new 3-year police contract
The Sentinel: Cumberland Valley school cuts spark comments

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Neighborhood tapped for commercial expansion
Williamsport Sun Gazette: South side schools OKs 8 percent tax hike in final budget
Centre Daily: Residents question State College Area board on budget
The Erie Times News: Iroquois teachers agree to contract extension, wage freeze
The Erie Times News: Seeley named to Crawford County Democratic Committee post
The Erie Times News: Seeley named to Crawford County Democratic Committee post
The Daily Item: Gun Club faces final blast
The Daily Item: Culver canvasses U.S. for 5th-grade  camper donations
The Daily Item: Web posts rise for today’s pols
The Daily Item: Amusement rides in PA must meet safety requirements
The Daily Item: Twp. Leaders walk tightrope between business, and activists

Citizens Voice: Elections Board Certifies Results, Director Defends Taking Signs
Citizens Voice: Allentown Wont Challange Cellphone Ban Ruling
Go Lackawanna: Many of Once Unnamed Firms, People ID’d By Attorneys
Standard Speaker: Top Court Gives City 2nd Chance
Standard Speaker: Hazleton OKs $5.6M Borrowing Plan
Times Leader: Area Republicans Laud Santorum’s Declaration
Times Leader: County Wants Campaigners to Stay Farther From Polls
Times Leader: Jurors Selected, Testimony Begins
Times Leader: Hazleton has Plans for Its Debt
Times Leader: Hanover Area Doesn’t Discuss Budget Plan

Dave Davies, WHYY Newsworks Column: Diaries Of A Crisis In The Philadelphia School System
Baer Growls: It Was A Liberal Leftist Plot That The Anthony Weiner Scandal Broke When Rick Santorum Was Making His Presidential Announcement
York Daily Record Editorial: Give Sarah Palin what she wants (ignore he)
Standard Speaker Editorial: Pileggi plan is progress toward a severance tax
Citizens Voice Editorial: Put settlement funds back into health care
Observer Reporter Editorial: Bailout looks better
Phillyburbs: Barack Obama: The oxymoronic president
Bucks Local News: LETTER TO THE EDITOR: My answer to ‘Political Season’
Morning Call: Paul Carpenter: In Pennsylvania, freedom’s just another word …
Lehigh Valley Independent: Regional Policing Moves Forward in Nazareth
Lehigh Valley Independent: The Street Food Strategy for Latino Integration
Lehigh Valley Independent: Easton’s Neighborhood Improvement District Is a No-Brainer  Lehigh Valley Independent: Charlie Dent Still Does Not Know What Is Wrong With the Economy
Lancaster New Era: Santorum’s second act
Lancaster New Era: Santorum relishes underdog role
York Dispatch: Morphing into charter district?
Williamsport Sun Gazette: One more layer of energy potential

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