7/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pawlowski had his conversations taped in the FBI probe, Kane charges ex-Mayor Reed and a budget update. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Pawlowski Recorded in FBI Probe: The Allentown Mayor’s political consultant Mike Fleck was taping his conversations.

Kane Charges Ex-Harrisburg Mayor with 499 Criminal Counts: Among Stephen Reed’s possessions were a sarcophagus, suit of armor and a “vampire hunting kit”…seriously.

PA-Sen: Toomey Wants His Money Back: The Senator’s leadership PAC has asked a Super PAC for a full refund.

PA-BGT: Don’t Expect a Budget This Week: The political posturing and maneuvering look set to continue.

Statewide Reaction to Iranian Nuclear Deal: We compile the responses of officials throughout the nation to the U.S.-Iranian agreement.

Reader Poll: Will Democratic Scandals Hurt the Wolf Administration?: Is it possible the episodes involving McCord, Kane, Pawlowski and Spencer will make life difficult for Governor Wolf?

Reader Poll: McGinty Will Run for Senate: Our readers believe Katie McGinty will jump into the 2016 contest.

Statewide
PA Independent: PA legislator reloads bill allowing NRA to sue over local gun laws
WITF: As budget talks stall, campaign tactics fill the void
WITF: Kane says she won’t resign if charged
StateImpact: Senate Republican leader isn’t ruling out gas tax
PLS Reporter: Property tax elimination closer than ever?
Capitolwire: ‘Mayor for Life’ Reed facing hundreds of charges tied to special projects fund, artifact collecting.
Capitolwire: PennDOT says red light cameras are about safety, not money.
Capitolwire: ‘Acrimony’ high as budget talks enter second week.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Obama in Philly: ‘All of us need redemption’
Inquirer: Rand Corp to Pa.: Closing achievement gaps worth big money
Capitollinq: Local lawmakers on Iran deal: hostility, wariness
The Big Tent: Obama to tout justice reform at NAACP
WHYY Newsworks: Philly woman takes legal aim at Comcast over 10 months of robocalls
WHYY Newsworks: Kane will not resign if Montco DA charges her in grand jury leak
WHYY Newsworks: Santorum finds some support among Pennsylvania GOP leaders
Philadelphia Business Journals: Former School Reform Commission head to be Philadelphia Foundation’s first Latino president
Philadelphia Business Journals: Obama to headline DNC fundraiser in Philly

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Radnor OKs new Villanova dorms; Commissioner Bill Spingler retires
Delco Daily Times: Auditor general cites Nether Prov, Eddystone in call for pension reform
Delco Daily Times: Delco courthouse opening delayed by backpack left in bathroom

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Dunbar Borough gets $5K in grants
Tribune Review: Ford City has a new accountant
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Promise lowers top scholarship award for students
Post-Gazette: Arnet seeks Democratic nomination for former Sen. Matt Smith’s seat
Post-Gazette: Peters council hears concerns about disaster preparedness
WESA: Pittsburgh City Council to consider plain language bill
WTAE: Pittsburgh mayor pays surprise visit to pizza shop owner
KDKA: In Pittsburgh, Wolf Seeks Public Help To Get Budget Through Harrisburg

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Partnership to bring water infrastructure upgrades to Greene County
Altoona Mirror: Education secretary discusses Everett district’s money issues
Altoona Mirror: Blair County hiring 5 probation officers
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Attorney General OKs Indiana Regional Medical Center affiliation

NEPA
Times Leader: Wyoming Valley West Education Foundation ready to go to work
Times-Tribune: Mountain View School Board member resigns
Times-Tribune: Prosecutors argue former high school dean’s petition should be denied
Standard Speaker: State flag lowered across Pa. to pay tribute to Officer Wilding
Standard Speaker: DCNR official supports tax on natural gas

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: $2 gas predicted after Iran deal
Carlisle Sentinel: Santander agrees to make improvements, promises no change in service
Carlisle Sentinel: Public libraries evolving alongside reading technology
Patriot-News: Reed charges allow for 2,439-year prison sentence
Patriot-News: Democratic leaders further budget talks with Gov. Tom Wolf

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor, city council remain quiet on FBI raids
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania budget impasse delays efforts to create state prescription drug database
Capitol Ideas: Presidential hopeful Rick Santorum wins backing of the state Republican leaders
WFMZ: Montgomery County DA leading state association
Express Times: Lance, Toomey, Garrett not sold on Iran deal; veto struggle possible

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Wolf promotes budget plan during visit to Bellefonte Area High School
Centre Daily Times: Hearing postponed on lawsuits against Centre County officials
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: State officials praise training facilities at Penn College
Erie Times-News: Santorum picks up home state endorsements

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Walker should address his own issues about openness
Centre Daily Times: South Carolina tragedy underlines the need for more effective firearm restrictions
Erie Times-News: Our plea: Tell us how to stop Erie’s gun violence
Inquirer: Absentee voters
Inquirer: Sen. Bob Casey: An ounce of education
Daily News: He’s not ‘Mayor Kenney,’ yet
Patriot-News: With arrest, it will take years to untangle Stephen Reed’s legacy
Tribune Review: The Greek deal: The EU Problem
Observer-Reporter: Medicare, Medicaid have improved lives
Times Leader: Don’t pin Charleston church shooting on guns or flags

Blogs
Citified: Should Philly Ban Smoking at Bus Shelters?
Citified: Best Way to Help Homeless Families? Give Them Homes
Citified: Insider: The Affordable Housing Industrial Complex
Keystone Politics: Scarnati Knows a Severance Tax Would Pass If Brought Up for a Vote
Citizens Call: Portner Running as Republican in Ward 3? Still a Maybe
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf wrong about pensions and downgrades
PA Budget and Policy Center: KRC/PBPC’s Insider News for the Week Ending July 10, 2015
PA Progressive: The Iran Nuclear Deal

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