7/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Costello posts a big Q2 fundraising number, the PA AFL-CIO unveils their statewide list of endorsements and we take an in-depth look at the PA-8 Democratic primary results. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-6: Costello Raises $667K in Q2, Has Over $800,000 COH: Republican Ryan Costello announced his second quarter financial totals, including the fact that the campaign has exceed $1M to date.

Map: PA-8 Democratic Primary: An in-depth look at the contest between Kevin Strouse and Shaughnessy Naughton.

PA AFL-CIO Releases Statewide Endorsements: The Pennsylvania chapter of the nation’s largest labor union unveiled their complete list of endorsements.

Statewide
Politico: West Philadelphia, Reborn and Raised
Politico: Can a Mayor Be Too Honest?
Capitolwire: Basic ed funding commission could tackle charter school issues that special ed commission could not
Capitolwire: Legal battle on the horizon over Fiscal Code line-item vetoes?
Capitolwire: State sets aside $1.2 million in spartan budget for new community college in Northwestern PA
State House Sound Bites: Pension debate oozes into summer campaign season
PA Independent: Pennsylvania’s budget process cramped, crowded and hot

Philadelphia
Phillynow.com: WHO: At-risk groups should have greater access to HIV-prevention
Phillynow.com: Local vigilante cleans up graffiti one pole at a time
Inquirer: Disarray, data manipulation at Phila. VA, report finds
Inquirer: Judge denies ticket fixing in traffic court
Inquirer: In GOP idea mix, Santorum says it’s time to think blue (collar)
Inquirer: Presidential board backs SEPTA in labor dispute
Inquirer: Documents: Contract for PGW studies costing about $100K more
The Big Tent: Dem billionaire’s ads attack Corbett as oil-and-gas tool
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. pension debate oozes into summer campaign season
WHYY Newsworks: Philly mayor apologizes for ‘Welcome America’ performers’ profanity

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf visits Chandler Bats in Norristown
Bucks County Courier Times: Murt takes on GOP leaders
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks to preserve land in Upper Makfield, Richland
Pottstown Mercury: Perkiomen Valley School Board member resigns
AP: Wine bill gives hope to Pennsylvania B&Bs
Intelligencer: Montco axes 2 voter services administrators
Delco Daily Times: Former Collingdale councilman pleads guilty to stealing $2.9 million from his Aston employer

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Judge stays ruling on Pittsburgh police residency during appeal
Tribune Review: City Council to pursue ‘bad check’ policy
Tribune Review: Public Pennsylvania colleges’ tuition up nearly 3%
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh receives $200,000 grant to enroll children in health insurance plans
Post-Gazette: Civil suit trial begins against 2 Pittsburgh policemen
Pittsburgh Business Times: Former Pennsylvania health chief critical of state’s response to drilling
KDKA: Corbett Says Pension Crisis And Property Taxes Are Key Campaign Issue

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Anchor Hocking union workers reject company’s plan to restructure contract
Altoona Mirror: Ketner’s attorney: Decision flawed, ‘big mistake’
Altoona Mirror: Ex-councilman admits to gambling woes
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Central Cambria contract talks still unresolved

NEPA
The Times Leader: TCMC attains full accreditation
The Times Leader: Luzerne County capital plan lacks detail
The Times Leader: Deliberations begin in bargaining misconduct case against Wilkes-Barre General Hospital
Times-Tribune: Passing Act 47 bill key to city recovery plan
News Item: Schuylkill official won’t give up fight against same-sex marriages

South Central
York Dispatch: Think Loud gets $5 million grant from Corbett for York project
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sandusky report’s author Geoffrey Moulton addresses questions about where his review didn’t go, and why
Harrisburg Patriot News: From Tom Wolf to the Border kids and Hobby Lobby fallout: Seven takeaways with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey
Harrisburg Patriot News: How much state education funding is coming to your school district?
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett plunges into public fight over pension bill

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Competency hearing requested for Michael Ballard’s appeal process
Reading Eagle: Tackling the problem of mining students’ personal data
Morning Call: U.S. Supreme Court denies Ballard appeal; lawyer has some explaining to do
Morning Call: Corbett draws links between pensions and school tax hikes
Morning Call: Former POW Bergdahl begins desk duty in Texas

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: US board seeks deal in Philadelphia transit case
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Ex-Pa. official admits $3M theft, gambling woes
Centre Daily Times: Answers on link between injection wells and quakes
Centre Daily Times: Bill would speed removals of Central American kids
Onward State: Arts Fest sees 37 percent increase in police calls

Opinion
Montgomery Media: HAMILTON: Are we doomed to polarization?
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Corbett was right to take on the Legislature
York Daily Record: What rights has Obama infringed?
Daily News: Philly debates whether Nutter was too honest for his own good
Daily News: Pa.’s one-finger solution
Pottstown Mercury: EDITORIAL: State-owned colleges adopt strong child abuse policy
Bucks Local News: Bristol Borough Council to vote on mayor’s recommendation to reallocate funding to fire companies
Tribune Review: Corbett’s last stand?
Post-Gazette: Tom Corbett has made tough calls to benefit Pennsylvania

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PABudget: “Republicans in Disarray” Narrative is a Direct Result of Democrats’ Party-Line Vote
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup
PA Budget and Policy Center: Internet access taxes – let state and local government decide
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Brown Makes Three Cabinet Picks

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