7/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Hidden cameras are watching Scott Wagner’s office, we take an in-depth look at the PA-6 and PA-8 fundraising reports and Hillary Clinton returns Pawlowski’s donation. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Hidden Cameras Watch Over Sen. Wagner’s Office: Two iPhone cameras have been deployed to protect Sen. Scott Wagner’s office from vandals.

PA-6: Q2: A Deep Dive into Rep. Costello’s Latest FEC Report: We also examine one of his Democratic opponents.

PA-8: Q2: Naughton vs. Santarsiero Fundraising Breakdown: Round two of a five-round fiscal fight.

Clinton Sends Back Pawlowski Donation: The Allentown Mayor contributed $1,000 to her presidential campaign in May.

Statewide
WITF: As stalemate continues, one maverick offers a compromise
WITF: Plan to expand DNA collection heads to a skeptical house
StateImpact: EPA’s waste water treatment rule splits environmentalists, industry
StateImpact: Parents protest fracking near schools
PLS Reporter: GOP House member unveils budget alternative
PLS Reporter: Capitol grinds to a lull as PA concludes second week of new fiscal year without a state budget

Philadelphia
Daily News: PHA smoking ban in public housing units
Inquirer: Waldron ‘shaken’ by gay teacher’s firing
Inquirer: PICA OKs Nutter’s 5-year spending plan
Inquirer: Near even money in potentially hot House race
WHYY Newsworks: Justice Department supervision of Allentown schools extended
WHYY Newsworks: Hillary Clinton returns contribution to Allentown mayor questioned by FBI
WHYY Newsworks: Manufacturing growth in Philly area slows in July

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County Commissioners approve tax abatement for businesses
Pottstown Mercury: Norristown solicitor Kilkenny to be interviewed in FBI corruption probe
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Commissioners adopt resolution to accept 911 funding
Bucks Local News: Neshaminy School District, Neshaminy Federation of Teachers reach tentative one year collective bargaining agreement

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Plum school board member testifies before grand jury
Tribune Review: GOP lawmaker proposes income tax increase, severance tax to break impasse
Pittsburgh Business Times: LCB free increase could bring higher prices
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highmark: Allegheny Health Network’s recovery will be slower than anticipated
WESA: Filming permit bill advances in city council
KDKA: Should Pennsylvania legalize the sale of fireworks?
WTAE: House lawmaker floats “middle-of-the-road” budget proposal

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver manager to leave borough for another job
Observer-Reporter: Commissioners poised to accept changes in 911 funding; phone bills going up
Altoona Mirror: Officer owed back pay
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Court denies Richland Township’s appeal of zoning change, paving way for hotel
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania lawmakers mulling cameras in work zones

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Local officers and state troopers will step in so city can mourn
Times-Tribune: Jessup council members’ stake in gas industry questioned
Citizens Voice: Prominent attorney Spohrer dies
Citizens Voice: New law protecting victims used in Luzerne County case involving 4-year-old boy
News Item: Lawsuit says ex-Shamokin dentist’s unsanitary conditions caused infectious disease

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: National Civil War Museum officials sound off on mayor
York Dispatch: Rep. Perry member of far-right caucus: ‘It’s nobody’s business but our own’
Lancaster Intelligencer: No Child Left Behind rewrite passes U.S. Senate, without Casey pre-K amendment
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania’s history of blown budget deadlines
Patriot-News: Test scores drop due to more ‘rigorous’ standards, says Pa. Department of Education
Patriot-News: Penn State may pass budget without final state contribution

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Political operative in middle of FBI probe has been in controversies before
Reading Eagle: Some bills never make it to a vote
Express Times: Allentown City Council may bring back gun laws
Express Times: Feds to monitor Allentown schools a year for sex harassment
WFMZ: No City Council uproar over FBI investigation
Morning Call: New rule to protect streams near coal mines; feedback sought from Pa. companies

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Courthouse a hands-on learning tool
Centre Daily Times: Moderate Marco? Not quite, but Rubio has history of bipartisanship
Erie Times-News Campaign Blog: Clinton leads Dem field in poll

Opinion
WITF:Why not Joe Sestak?
Inquirer: Judges for sale: Money for a ‘fair hearing’
Daily News: Monson: Govt. shouldn’t work with tax avoiders
York Daily Record: Pa. House Leader Dermody and Rep. Schreiber talk state budget with YDR editorial board
York Dispatch: Heroin: No time to rest
Lancaster Intelligencer: GOP lawmakers should honor their campaign promises
Lancaster Intelligencer: Still waiting, Harrisburg, for a Pennsylvania budget and school tax relief
Post-Gazette: The new pay threshold is far more realistic
Post-Gazette: Public universities need to disclose top salaries
Beaver County Times: Why does Hillary want to be president?
Times Leader: Don’t surrender Confederate flag and other symbols to “worst elements of our society”

Blogs
Citified: Fix It: The Terrifying Unmarked On-Ramp Near Eakins Oval
Citified: The Brief: What Will Happen to the Homeless During the Pope’s Visit?
Citizens Call: Zoning Hearing Starts for 216-Unit Proposal in Laverock
Keystone Crossroad: Newspaper pushing for Pa. workers to keep email beyond five days
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup July 16: 49 out of 50 Pennsylvania Senate Districts have Underfunded School Districts
PA Progressive: Has Sen. Wagner violated recording laws?
Patriot-News: Lawmakers are missing the real state budget-buster
Centre Daily Times: Centre County missing out on economic benefits of rail trails
Erie Times-News: Homeless shelter can build up Erie
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Nurture, don’t punish, natural gas that tops U.S. energy sources
Reading Eagle: Verification will be the key to agreement with Tehran
Morning Call: What should NASA’s future missions entail?

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