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7/10 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz. Randy Vulakovich is on TV; the lawsuits against the redistricting plan finally materialize; and Manan Trivedi gets some help from the left wing.

It’s been 10 days since Sen. Pippy resigned. Will LG Cawley call a special?

Vulakovich Goes on TV in SD-40 (Watch Video): Republican Randy Vulakovich will air the first television ads of the 40th district Senate special election on August 7. The Allegheny County state Rep. faces epidemiologist Dr. Sharon Brown in the contest to fill the seat of convicted ex-Senator Jane Orie.

Daily Kos Backs Trivedi: For a second time, the national liberal website Daily Kos has added PA-06 congressional challenger, Manan Trivedi, to its selective “Orange to Blue” fundraising list. He’s running a rematch against Rep. Jim Gerlach.

Shapiro, Other Dems Take Redistricting Maps to Court: Montco Commissioner Josh Shapiro today filed a legal challenge to the latest PA House & Senate maps. Along with seven other Montgomery County plaintiffs and a number of other local officials and groups around PA, Shapiro petitioned the PA Supreme Court to toss out the LRC’s final maps.

Legislative Election Updates

SD-40: Randy Vulakovich is on TV. The Republican state Rep. faces epidemiologist Sharon Brown in the August 7 special election to replace ex-Sen. Jane Orie. Watch the ad here.

HD-83: Chris Bain, who had sought to challenge Rep. Rick Mirabito (D-Lycoming), is now facing charges of fraud. The one-time candidate was knocked off the ballot after a petition challenge in April, and he and his wife are now being accused of forgery, tampering with records, obstructing a government function, false swearing, false signatures and fraudulent filing of nominating petitions. Republican Harry Rogers won the 83rd GOP primary.

HD-93: Democratic candidate Linda Small has called on Harrisburg to end $3 billion in taxpayer subsidies to oil, gas and coal corporations, saying it would help people not only in York County, but across the state. “We will bring our economy into the 21st century,” she said. “We can properly fund education and stop increasing property taxes.  Renewable energy businesses will prosper, creating jobs,” Small said. She is running against incumbent Rep. Ron Miller (R-York), who has held the office since 1998.

National
Wall Street Journal: Obama intensifies tax fight: President calls for extension of Bush cuts for some; high earners would see increase
Wall Street Journal: U.S., Texas battle in court over voter ID law
Slate: The Obama-Romney fundraising gap: $35 million
New York Times: Cracks appear in GOP unity over Obamacare repeal
The Caucus: Recollecting campaign past, Santorum hints at future in Iowa
Pro Publica: New study: fluids from Marcellus Shale likely seeping into PA drinking water
The Hill: Poll: Majority of voters believe Obama has changed country for worse
The Hill: No CBO health score before House vote
Morning Call: Tagg Romney to raise money in Lehigh County
Politico: White House threatens veto in health care repeal vote
Politico: Obama: Mitt should be ‘open book’

Statewide
PA Independent: ACA trickle-down effect could hamper economic growth
State Impact: “Natural Gas Drilling Impacting Affordable Housing”
State Impact: Radio Times Talks Energy
State Impact: Former Lawmaker Takes Coal Job
State Impact: “Lost Gas” Costs Pennsylvania Consumers $131 Million
Capitolwire: Holt, Shapiro, each file lawsuits opposing latest state redistricting proposals
Capitolwire: Corbett, Aichele, get high marks for staff performance
Capitolwire: Pippy sees federal challenged, PA opportunities ahead, as he helms new coal alliance
Capitolwire: With Marcus Hook unveiling this week, Corbett closing accomplishment geo-gap

Philadelphia
Philly Clout: A scorecard for City Council’s six rockies
Daily News: Changes to Frankford boarding house aren’t enough to appease neighbors
Daily News: Freshman year scorecard for ‘serious six’
Daily News: Will Corbett take up cause for new state slogan?
Inquirer: City official defends homeless feeding ban on budgetary grounds
Phillynow.com: Rendell Goes on TV to Give Vague Support of Obama Tax Cut Plan
Phillynow.com: DAILY GRINDER: Homeless Feeding Ban Hearings Today
Philly Tribune: Are political polls getting it right?
Fox News: Board OKs higher tuition for state universities
KYW Newsradio: Montco Residents Fight Abington Hospital Takeover, Citing Sectarianism

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montco organization offers low-income elders aid
Phillyburbs.com: Former county health department worker seeks $1.9 million in wrongful termination suit
Daily Local: Plans for Birchrunville offices face opposition West Vincent supervisors meet tonight
Daily Local: Officials discuss future of Thornbury police contracts
Delco Daily Times: Marple Newtown School Board’s Sokorai offers resignation
Delco Daily Times: Springfield Zoning Board gives OK to L.A. Boxing
Delco Daily Times: Garnet Valley swears in newest board member
Montgomery Media: Shapiro appeals legislative lines

Pittsburgh
KDKA: City Controller: Money Problems Looming For Pittsburgh
KDKA: PA’s Youth Governor Erik Rauterkus led PA delegation to North American Congress in North Carolina
Early Returns: Pippy to lead new coal group
Early Returns: State ads tie voter ID to suffrage movement
Post Gazette: Pennsylvania approves four cyber charter schools
Post Gazette: New $5 million grant program announced for Pennsylvania students
Tribune-Review: Public school groups decry formula for funding charters

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Corbett touts Starpointe project
Observer-Reporter: Board OKs higher tuition at Pa. universities

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: PASSHE hikes tuition at state universities; increase matches inflation rate
WFMZ: Pa. webpage with older voter ID info still exists
WFMZ: Pa. seeks stay of lawsuits challenging funding of arena in Allentown
South Whitehall Patch: Tell Us: Which Dem should oppose Mackenzie

NEPA
AP: Group ask for delay in Pa.’s voter ID law
AP: Protesters lead to temporary shutdown of Pa. oil right
AP: Board to weigh tuition hike at state universities
Times Leader: Neiman Marcus Group distribution center to bring 150 jobs
Standard Speaker: Toohil calls for speedy use of pre-release bill

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: County commissioners axe Newville-area program
Patriot News: Cumberland County commissioners join opposition to state reapportionment plan
Patriot News: Harrisburg to redirect $275,000 used for Wild West artifact upkeep to environmental programs
Patriot News: Williamsport-area state House candidate accused of forging names on his nominating petitions
Patriot News: Pennsylvania lawmakers, Harrisburg officials debate bankruptcy prohibition for cash-strapped cities
Patriot News: Government reform advocates slam Pa. legislators for continuing to reap benefits from the 2005 pay raise

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: $5m grant program to aid Pa. students

Opinion
Aryanna Strader, Pottstown Mercury: The health of American exceptionalism
New York Times: Room for debate – another stab at writing the U.S. Constitution
Times-Tribune Editorial: No longer any pretense on voter ID
Times-Tribune Editorial: Don’t let jobs go with the wind
News Item Editorial: Library’s good fortune is benefit to us all
News Item Op-ed: Free press at further risk as ownership ban upheld
Morning Call Op-ed: Planning a future that involves more with less
Morning Call Op-ed: Pa. completes Olympian effort to adopt budget
Reading Eagle Editorial: P3 may be a good way to get road projects moving
Standard Speaker Editorial: Two programs give poor children more educational choice
Inquirer: State’s voter ID law could shut out over half-million citizens
Inquirer: Must heed message of anti-violence group
Daily News: GOP is refusing good medicine
Pottstown Mercury: Council should consider law to address blight
Pottstown Mercury: More opposition to Obamacare voiced
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Anti-Catholic claims vs. Philly D.A. put to rest
Daily Local: The Education Blob’s concept is a ‘lie’
The Hill: Op-ed: Conservatives should thank Roberts for health law decision
Post Gazette: Charter omission: All public teachers should be held accountable

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: Double-dip funding formula provides PA charters with 150% of pension costs/Charter schools not be included in new PA teacher evaluation plan
2 Political Junkies: Jack Kelly Sunday
Keystone Politics: Historic Property Tax Credit: Layering Good Stuff On Top of Crap
Keystone Politics: Sen. Don White Plays the “Constituent Speak” Game
Pennsylvania Progressive: Shapiro challenges new reapportionment plan

July 10th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “7/10 Morning Buzz”

  1. paul says:

    how dum can you get!!!all poeple in the coal mines will be discharged and loose there jobs,instead refine the coal gas and make it acceptable to you liberal leftes,just like obama!!! this country in going in the same direction as greece and all poeple will be on wellfair

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