7/12 Morning Buzz

PA state flagKathleen Kane makes a big move on gay marriage and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs.

Kane Won’t Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban: Attorney General Kathleen Kane and Gov. Tom Corbett were named as defendants in an ACLU lawsuit against the statute.

Q2: Dent Raises 369K: The strong financial quarter will help him deter potential challengers, left or right.

Statewide
Politico: Gay marriage puts Tom Corbett in bind
Capitolwire: Questions raised over accuracy in new drilling documentary
PA Independent: AG Kane won’t defend PA law in same-sex marriage lawsuit
PA Independent: Labor unions keep strong grip on Pennsylvania politics
State House Sound Bites: Opponents of voter ID rally before Monday trial
AP: Attorney General Kathleen Kane won’t defend Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban
AP: Ex-Penn State president files suit against Freeh

Philadelphia
AP: Philly unveils plan to reduce high poverty rate
Inquirer: Kane: Cannot defend Pa. law against gay marriage
Inquirer: Judge is named in marriage challenge
PhillyClout: Philadelphia Fire Department will receive federal $$$ mostly for new hires
PhillyClout: Nutter unveils anti-poverty plan
Philly.com: Art Commission considers (another) 9/11 memorial, somewhat begrudgingly

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: U.D. mayor reviews steps in termination of officers
Delco Daily Times: New members of civil service commission sworn in
Delco Daily Times: New state budget includes funding increase for Office of Open Records
Bucks Local News: Candidate makes a pitch for South Ward council seat in Bristol Borough

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Judge: Campaign finance case concerning Armstrong commissioner will move forward
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County housing projects get tax credit OK
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Candidates emerging for city council seat
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Panel backs Pittsburgh terminal’s historic status

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Crescent manager resigns following settlement with township
Beaver County Times: County stalls on union’s right-to-know request
Altoona Mirror: Authority seeking more of bed tax
Kittanning: Battaglia to Face the Judge Over Questionable Campaign Reports

NEPA
Times Leader: Marino explores civil, criminal actions against administration
Times-Tribune: Casey asking DEA to help local police departments battle meth
Times-Tribune: Northeast Pennsylvania health centers receive $366,000 in grants
Times-Tribune: State court hears newspaper’s defamation case
Citizens Voice: Lupas too rich for taxpayer dough
News Item: Northumberland County approves probation department restructuring
Standard Speaker: Hazleton mayor to hose forum

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Tax break can help with health coverage, but there’s a catch
Lancaster Online: Pa. pension sweetens payday for Pitts
York Dispatch: York court system develops model program for guardians
York Daily Record: Central’s budget deficit increases but taxes will still not rise
The Sentinel: New state budget gives CASD an extra $130,000
The Sentinel: Opponents voice outrage over Pa. voter ID law as trial looms
Patriot News: Attorneys for plaintiffs applaud attorney general decision to abstain from defending state ban on gay marriage
Patriot News: Penn State trustee withdraws from vice chairman election
Patriot News: Former Penn State President Graham Spanier launches slander suit against Louis Freeh
Patriot News: Lawmakers at opposite ends of gay marriage debate clash on lawsuit
Patriot News: Louis Freeh ‘no comments’ on likely Graham Spanier defamation lawsuit
Patriot News: Carlisle Area School District proposing business office consolidation with other districts
Patriot News: Former Penn State President Graham Spanier launches slander suit against Louis Freeh

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Was Allentown School District’s extra $8 million fair?
Reading Eagle: Sources: West Reading nears police chief hire
WFMZ: Allentown seeks KOZ approval for 2 old factories
Express Times: The Brass Rail zoning issue should come before Lopatcong Township board, officer finds
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts gets OK for new Bethlehem school
Express Times: Pennsylvania state Rep. Marcia Hahn says ‘marriage is between a man and a woman’
Express Times: Mike Schlossberg to co-sponsor Pennsylvania same-sex marriage bill
Express Times: Allentown School District’s $8.2 million windfall will be recurring, not temporary

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Dahlkemper featured in Politico
Erie Times-News Campaign ’13 Blog: Corbett to talk jobs, tour Erie plant
Centre Daily Times: Former Penn State president Graham Spanier to sue Louis Freeh for defamation
Onward State: Freeh Report Update: 116 of 118 Recommendations Implemented or Ongoing
Onward State: Trustees Propose 3.39 Percent In-State Tuition Increase
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Game Commission explains gas, oil leasing
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Energy park expansion on the way

Opinions
Patriot News: Kane paints Corbett into a corner with refusal to defend gay marriage ban: analysis
Patriot News: Kane blazes her own trail with refusal to defend gay marriage law
Delco Daily Times: Letter: Corbett, lawmakers must not walk away from legacy of health coverage for kids
Times-Tribune: Lawsuit step to inevitable
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Trace guns to solve crimes
Daily News: DN Editorial: Weighty measures
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Gas royalty fairness legislation guarantees landowner benefits

Blogs
Keystone Politics: PA Tops States in Lost/Stolen Guns; House Proposes Gun Reforms
Keystone Politics: Allyson Schwartz and House GOPers Cashing In on State Pensions
Keystone Politics: Cue GOP Demands for New Regressive Tax Cuts in 3..2..1..
Keystone Politics: Kathleen Kane Won’t Defend PA’s Gay Marriage Ban
Commonwealth Foundation: New Video: Budget Season Wrap Up
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Will Arts Charter School Get Green Light Today?

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