7/21 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Our winners and losers of the latest fundraising reports, Rep. Marino’s press secretary is arrested and the state’s June jobs report is released. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

July Quarterly Fundraising Winners & Losers: The finance reports have been filed, posted and picked apart. See who made the list.

7/18 Ups & Downs: The July fundraising reports came out, one nominee is being urged to drop out and some awkward additions to the State Capitol. See who made this week’s list.

Rep. Marino’s Press Secretary Arrested: Ryan Shucard was charged with a felony for bringing a gun into a Capitol Hill office this morning.

June Jobs Report: Unemployment Rate Remains Steady at 5.6%: Unemployment in Pennsylvania remained unchanged at 5.6% while the state added 1,800 jobs, according to the latest report.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Who is Tom Steyer and How Did He Get in This Race?: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Corbett agrees not to sign new leases for state forest or park land until court decision
Capitolwire: Judge critiques DEP, fellow judges in Act 13 ruling dissent
Capitolwire: Court rejects PUC’s review of natural gas ordinances, upholds other portions of Act 13
State House Sound Bites: A fine point in dispute over Corbett’s partial veto
State House Sound Bites: Property tax reform efforts spring eternal
PA Independent: Even with GOP majority, Pennsylvania can’t push ahead conservative agenda

Philadelphia
Daily News: District publishes employee salaries
PhillyNow: Pro-immigration rally overwhelms, drowns out Tea Party protest
The Inquirer: Philly woman at the heart of the VA scandal
The Inquirer: Corbett struggles to energize the base
Philadelphia Business Journal: Ed Rendell calls out politicians for not investing in infrastructure
WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. labor secretary says demand still strong for STEM grads
WHYY NewsWorks: Corbett concerned by immigrant kids coming to Pa.
WHYY NewsWorks: Philly’s new chief data officer sees open data as national trend
WHYY NewsWorks: Corbett’s push for Pa. pension overhaul endures
WHYY NewsWorks: ‘Right-sizing’ supporters eye Pa. House reductions after spring fiasco
PhillyClout: City and D.C. 33 have their first of many days in court
PhillyClout: Union PAC spends big for Boyle
PhillyClout: Counsel offers final closing arguments in Traffic Court trial
CapitolInq: House passes Gerlach bill on land preservation

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery, Chester county planners meet to discuss common issues
AP: Fitzpatrick, Meehan demand VA claims investigation
AP: Pa. lawmakers target Philly’s pop-up beer gardens
Delco Daily Times: EPA provides grant to improve urban waterways
Bucks County Courier Times: Congress weighs tax credits for Hurricane Sandy victims

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Peduto Makes History With Virtual Town Hall On Reddit
KDKA: Gov. Corbett Says Health A Main Concern With Immigration
Post-Gazette: Democrats expect gains in state Senate
Early Returns: A rival for Clinton?
Tribune Review: Rep. Ryan gets serious about poverty
Tribune Review: Workers strive for independence in ‘flex economy’
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania unemployment flat following recent declines

Southwest
Beaver County Times: New Blackhawk superintendent keeps focus on education
Beaver County Times: Industry Council unveils bids to replace destroyed borough garage
AP: Pa. lawmakers take more free, legal trips
Altoona Mirror: Crowd expected at borough meeting
Altoona Mirror: State budget shows increase in funding for education

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Heroin in NEPA: “Nothing short of an epidemic”
Times-Tribune: City council interviews 12 for vacant seat
The Times Leader: Experts: Students are sticking around
The Times Leader: ‘Kids for Cash’ goes international
The Times Leader: Web petition wants to stop Sherman Hills funding
AP: Corbett seeks to change view of education record
AP: Congressman’s staffer denies guilt in gun case
Citizens Voice: Business partners sue kids-for-cash figure
Citizens Voice: Special legislative session an option for Corbett
Pocono Record: Public salaries: It pays to be a top-level educator in the Poconos

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Economists: Midstate lags behind national average in labor market recovery, housing
Carlisle Sentinel: Data breaches hit the Midstate
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s board adopts screening policy
York Daily Record: Think Loud hosted fundraiser for Gov. Corbett before getting $5M state grant
York Dispatch: Rep. Gillespie asks taxpayers about school consolidation
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Will federal agency give pipeline foes a fair hearing?
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: A guide to Pennsylvania’s taxpayer-funded pension crisis

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Inversion loophole puts U.S. tax policy in a jackpot
Morning Call: Allentown developers cultivating political influence
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley right fit for plastics manufacture
WFMZ: Counterfeiters victimize Northampton County businesses
Express Times: U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent’s office racks up most privately funded trips in Pa. House so far this year

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Corbett, Wolf to speak to Erie-area business group
Erie Times-News: Cash starting to pile up in Erie-area congressional races
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners OK road designs and improvements
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Task force hears new guidelines for prescriptions

Opinion
Altoona Mirror: Legislature should have stalled 1060
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania’s political climate troubling
Tribune Review: A poor reflection of America
Tribune Review: ‘Diversity’ or discrimination?: A step back
Tribune Review: Republicans should neither sue nor impeach President Obama
Tribune Review: Corbett sends a signal
Post-Gazette: Fixing pensions: Tax relief won’t come soon under Corbett’s plan
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Bring more video to courtrooms
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Corbett sounded the alarm on pensions – history will thank him: Oren Spiegler
Harrisburg Patriot News: Employers, here’s what the end of PA’s gay marriage ban means for you: Casey L. Sipe
Lebannon Daily News: Pa. endlessly gunning for end to pigeon shoots
Times-Tribune: AH good case to change law
Times-Tribune: Keep board’s fingers off teacher list
Citizens Voice: Legislature, still too big, leaves town
Pocono Record: Wasting away again in Pocono Mtn. schools
WHYY NewsWorks: Casey Stengel would have recognized the mess at the VA
The Inquirer: A promise shredded

Blogs
Citizens Call: Cheltenham picks two school board members in a challenging process
Keystone Politics: Pension Payments and Tom Wolf’s first term
Keystone Politics: Corbett Screwed
Pittston Politics: PA majority says no to tax decrease, no more free dinners
Pennsylvania Progressive: Obama Executive order will expedite infrastructure initiatives
Keystone State Education Coalition: Sturla: historically, no other administration has ever included pension costs when calculating levels of education funding

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