7/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We look at who could replace McGinty as Wolf’s Chief of Staff, Kane gives a TV interview plus last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

7/17 Ups & Downs: Martha’s Vineyard, wiretaps and a sarcophagus. See who made this week’s list!

Who Could Replace McGinty as Chief of Staff?: We speculate on some possible successors should McGinty decided to run for Senate.

Kane Sits Down With KDKA (VIDEO): The Attorney General sat down with KDKA political editor Jon Delano.

Sunday Show Preview: July 19, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
PAIndependent: Industry phasing out microplastics, but PA lawmakers want a ban anyhow
StateImpactPA: EPA’s waste water treatment rule splits environmentalists, industry

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: Local Mayor Gets Praise – And Criticism – For Way He’s Honoring Chattanooga Shooting Victims
KYW Newsradio: Federal Agency Rules LGBT Workplace Discrimination Is Illegal
Inquirer: No-bid schools contract is costing millions
Inquirer: Phila. looks into Pay for Success model for transitional work program for ex-inmates
Inquirer: The shaggy spot where Jefferson drafted the Declaration
The Big Tent: Ridge rallies troops for Jeb Bush

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania budget impasse drowns out property tax relief conversation
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County Community College offers free courses for county employees
Bucks County Courier Times: Accountant: Lower Makefield in “very good” shape
Delco Daily Times: Upper Darby seeks new school funding formula from state
Delco Daily Times: Digital Divide: At least 1.1 million Pennsylvania homes lack Internet access
Bucks Local News: Farry bill to better safeguard communities from sexually violent predators signed into law
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia appointed to Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Teachers sue PSEA over refusal to give ‘fair share’ payments to their chosen causes
Tribune-Review: Western Pa. counties shrug off ICE requests to hold illegals in jail
Tribune-Review: Senate advances ban on ‘passing the trash’ in aiding hiring of dismissed educators
Post-Gazette: Social changes making adoption process tougher across Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: How Pittsburgh became a global center for fighting cybercrime
Pittsburgh Business Journals: Here’s where Pennsylvania ranks when it comes to energy costs
Pittsburgh Business Journals: Obama headed to Pittsburgh to address VFW convention
WESA: Pair of Bills Would Help Crime Victims Collect Restitution
WESA: U.S. Energy Secretary And Pittsburgh CEOs Announce Effort To Connect Local Vets With Jobs

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Wolf coming to Big Beaver Elementary
Beaver County Times: Investigation into former Baden tax collector continuing
Beaver County Times: Pro-Wolf budget mailers target GOP legislators
Beaver County Times: Rothfus wants national parks to sell bottled water again
Observer-Reporter: New assistant district attorney hired
Observer-Reporter: District attorney seeks solution for rundown Charleroi Cemetery
Altoona Mirror: Bill might amend housing rules
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Leaders say Manufacturing Community designation brings opportunities
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Child advocacy center opening in Cambria County
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘Mayor for life’ may face prison

NEPA
Times-Leader: Luzerne County’s handling of write-ins comes under fire
Times-Leader: Avoca council elects new president, VP
Times-Tribune: Schools taking a larger bite in taxes
Times-Tribune: State leaves schools waiting
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill forced to send inmates to other counties

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster County shuns feds’ requests to hold immigrants
Patriot News: What could the next chapter of the Stephen Reed/ Harrisburg grand jury probe bring about?
Patriot News: In Reading, raid on City Hall rattles but doesn’t surprise many officials
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle barracks always updating security
Carlisle Sentinel: Antique owner says Reed brought him hundreds of items to sell

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: State again sends Allentown Charter School money it shouldn’t get
Express Times: Fed up with inaction, Mayor lowers flag in honor of slain marines
Reading Eagle: Reading’s boosters split on the impact of FBI probe
Morning Call: Barletta received homestead credit on rental home
Morning Call: Allentown’s contracting process open to abuse
Morning Call: Basil Merenda of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State freezes in-state tuition
Erie Times-News: Teens playing prominent role in recent Erie gun violence
Erie Times-News: Services, programs could be affected by Pennsylvania budget impasse
Erie Times-News: How Erie City Council members believe we should address community violence

Opinion
Patriot News: Get rid of 10 percent of teachers? How about cutting 60 percent of state legislators?
Carlisle Sentinel: The governor of “no”
Reading Eagle: Alleged shooter should not have been able to buy gun
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The Iran Deal: Hard to see what the U.S. got in accord
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: School Funding: Reform pensions
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: State of corruption: the nature of politics
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Raising Allegheny County’s hotel tax is a bad idea
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Keeping the promise: Pittsburgh’s scholarship program needs support
Pottstown Mercury: Auditor-general spot can be launching pad for senator
Bucks County Courier Times: CB buyout fails the audit test
Delco Daily Times: Elderly need advocates against scammers
Inquirer: Pope’s visit inspires joy that’s hard to share in

Blogs
Citified: Nutter Is On a Sister Cities Tour – But What Is a Sister City?
Keystone Politics: How Soon Will GOP Abandon “Majority of the Majority” Tactic in PA Budget Standoff?
Keystone Politics: Voluntary Environmental Standards Don’t Work
Keystone Crossroads: Ideas Worth Stealing: Investing pension funds in infrastructure projects
Commonwealth Foundation: A Severance Tax “Like Other States”? Not so fast
PA Budget & Policy Center: CFPB Owes Consumers a Strong Federal Payday Lending Rule
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Cartwright Event a Hit
Above Average Jane: Pennsylvania and the Clean Power Plan

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