7/22 Morning Buzz

PA Governor Mansion

PA Governor’s Mansion

PA-Gov is rated Tossup for 2014, a gay marriage flap, plus a mixed bag jobs report. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

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Governing Mag: PA-Gov a Tossup: Governor Tom Corbett is 50/50 to retain his seat according to the latest rating of the 2014 elections by a national observer.

Pa. Dems Troll PAGOP on Gay Marriage: Pa. Dems dinged an official with the PAGOP about his party’s stance on gay marriage. The email exchange went to a number of notable social conservatives… and bcc’ed a whole bunch of reporters.

PA Adds 19K Jobs in June, Jobless Rate Stays Flat: The state unemployment rate stayed at 7.5%, just below the national average.

Legislative Election Update

SD-2: A primary for Sen. Tina Tartaglione (D-Phila)? Maybe. Dan Savage is the former City Councilman and Pa. Turnpike Commission employee who unsuccessfully primaried Maria Quinones-Sanchez in 2011. Tartaglione would be seeking her 6th term representing the heavily Democratic Philly district.

Statewide
AP: Corbett still struggling to win over Democrats
AP: DOE study: Fracking chemicals didn’t taint water
StateImpactPA: Environmentalists Say Oil and Gas Waste Still Discharged into Allegheny River
StateImpactPA: Philadelphia an Unlikely Hub for LNG Exports
Capitolwire: State touts Voter ID outreach efforts, says more ads on the way

Philadelphia
Inquirer: While some fret over his polls, Corbett digs in
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. lawmakers consider tweaking open government records law
WHYY Newsworks: Protesters at Liberty Place can resume demonstrations, judge rules
WHYY Newsworks: Reporter’s Roundtable: Future still uncertain for Philadelphia schools and Voter ID law [Audio]
WHYY Newsworks: ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rallies scheduled in Philly, 100 cities
Phillynow.com: Voter ID: How did we get here? Part II
CBS Philly: City Council President Sounds Warning Cry About Philadelphia’s Worker Pension Fund
CBS Philly: Councilman Speaks Out About Building Collapse Documents Released
CBS Philly: Drexel Professor Analyzes Statements Made By President On Zimmerman Trial
CBS Philly: Pennsylvania Lottery Sets New Sales Record, But Profits Are Flat

SEPA
Delco Times: Glenolden residents show troops they care
Delco Times: Hundreds attend ‘Justice for Trayvon’ rally in Philly
Delco Times: Rally in West Chester protests gun violence
Delco Times: Governor appoints Pileggi aid to post on Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
Delco Times: 911 hearing to be held in Delco
Delco Times: Fighting the high cost of college
Delco Times: Chaos on Colwyn: Borough officials arrested on theft charges
Delco Times: Despite Unemployment, First-Timers Step Up on Buying, Selling Homes
Delco Times: Giving Back to the Community Can Pay off for Those with Student Loans
Delco Times: Smokers Make Less Money
Delco Times: New Student Loan Bill Has Endless Summer
Daily Local: Rally in West Chester protests gun violence
Daily Local: U-CF approves visitor ID system for all schools
Daily Local: Social Security disability grows alarmingly

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: New chief of staff aims to sell Pa. Gov. Corbett’s agenda
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Democrats choose Highland Park’s Gross as City Council nominee
Tribune Review: Ex-Hazleton leader urges political accord during Pennsylvania State Mayors’ Association conference
Tribune Review: Toomey: Obama has ‘woefully fallen short’
Post-Gazette: Shuster faces at least 2 challengers in next year’s primary
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh expands recycling program
Post-Gazette: Larger issues are aired at hearing on Pittsburgh police residency
Early Returns: Peduto: Gross nod “a positive step” for Pgh
Early Returns: A rough week for Pa GOP

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Commissioners’ trip cloaked in secrecy
Beaver County Times: Vote on new county contract yields three results
Altoona Mirror: Certain districts get extra funding
Altoona Mirror: More Pennsylvanians get disability benefits
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: PennDOT pushes for road funds
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Plant awaiting go-ahead: Facility will reclaim water from fracking

NEPA
Times Leader: Civil service rep disputes county assertion
Times Leader: Price hike gives airport parking revenue a boost
Times Tribune: PEL: Scranton could be looking at $18 million deficit, 117 percent tax hike in 2014
Standard Speaker: School board re-vote Tue. in 2 counties
Standard Speaker: To improve airport, city soliciting sponsors
Standard Speaker: District judge seeking new, larger space
Standard Speaker: CAN DO: Humboldt growth dependent on transportation funds
Standard Speaker: Jim Thorpe business owners concerned with parking rate
Pocono Record: Stroud Area Regional Police seek gambling money to buy vehicles
Pocono Record: Baughman steps down as Stroudsburg mayor

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: CAT facility targeted for further study
Carlisle Sentinel: Planned Parenthood center closes in Carlisle
Patriot-News: Harrisburg getting $2.7M from Wild West artifacts auction
Patriot-News: Let’s give Steve Reed the credit he deserves for Harrisburg: Nancy Eshelman
Patriot-News: Supreme Court halts Corbett health center closures: Friday Morning Coffee
Patriot-News: Backdoor push to ban abortion will push it into the back alley: John L. Micek
York Dispatch: Dover schools get extra $550,000 from state
York Dispatch: Perry to hold town meetings
Lancaster Intelligencer: Anti-violence marchers in city seek ‘Justice for Trayvon’
Lancaster Intelligencer: US immigration reform tied to ethnic mix at home
Lancaster Intelligencer: County waste authority set to close on Harrisburg incinerator
Lancaster Intelligencer: Smithgall lauds economic initiative, urges wider view

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown protesters call for civil rights charges against George Zimmerman
Morning Call: Extreme makeover: Gov. Tom Corbett’s image
Morning Call: Norco audit mostly positive, with some exceptions
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley wages increase 15 cents in 5 years
Reading Eagle: City’s next budget not too bad at first blush
Express Times: Wilson Area School District to draft memorial policy
Express Times: Immigration reform proponents target local Republican congressmen
Express Times: Bangor Area School District economic board hopes to start new relationship with Northampton County

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: City to use gas impact fee revenue to fix 25 streets
Centre Daily Times: State College School Board expected to narrow down high school concepts Monday
Onward State: Update: Trustee Ted Brown Confirms $60 Million Settlement Figure
Onward State: Congress Reaches Deal on Student Loans
Erie Times Campaign ‘13: Dems urge end to Lottery privatization

Opinions
Paul Krugman, New York Times: A Tale of Two Cities (Pittsburgh & Detroit)
Slate, re: Krugman’s NYT piece (above): Universities Are The Key Ingredient to 21st Century Urban Success
Shanin Specter, Daily Beast: The President Stands His Ground (re: Trayvon Martin)
Tribune Review: Broken Promise: The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program is a failure
Post-Gazette: Detroit’s Disaster: A once-great city’s collapse is a cautionary tale
Post-Gazette: PG’s criticism of state attorney general is flawed
Altoona Mirror: Legislators won’t need to look far to find poverty
Delco Times: Flowers: White guilt rises up after Zimmerman verdict
Delco Times: Obama takes lead on race; we must follow

Blogs
Keystone Politics: PPP: Majority Support for Red-Light Traffic Cameras in Pittsburgh
Keystone Politics: Shared Prosperity Plan for Philadelphia Poverty Punts on Lowering the Cost of Living
Keystone Politics: Bill Clinton: EPA building should be named after Katie McGinty, not me
Keystone Politics: Replay: County Tax Bases Are the Cure for PA’s Struggling Cities
Keystone Politics: Everybody Chill Out
Keystone Politics: License Plate Scanning Technology: More Good Than Harm
Keystone Politics: Soft on Crime: House Republicans Cut Lead Removal Funding in Half
Keystone Politics: The PA Republican Party’s Leadership Needs to Quit Race-Based Politics
Jon Geeting: Disincorporate Detroit Into Wayne County
Jon Geeting: Detroit’s Lesson for PA’s Distressed Municipalities
Bals Blog: Why Can’t They Quit?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bob Werner Can’t Get a Dam Break
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: The County Counters
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: $19.6 Million Bridge Bond Sails Through Council
John Hanger’s Facts of the Day: DOJ Wins Consent Settlement With Exxon’s XTO For Violating Clean Water Act in PA
John Hanger’s Facts of the Day: EIA Says Coal Supplying 40% Of Power May Be The New Normal: Is EIA Right?
Above Average Jane: State Rep. DiGirolamo on HB 790
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Kane Gets Blowback on DOMA Decision
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Practicing Un-Medicine
2 Political Junkies: Rally Seeking Justice for Trayvon Martin And All Victims of Profiling (in Pittsburgh Tomorrow)

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