7/22 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Burn resigns as Dems Party Chair, Toomey makes fun of Sestak and we ask whether Groen will be the next Democratic Chairman. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Burn Resigns as Dems Party Chair (VIDEO): The PA Democratic Party Chairman steps down.

Reader Poll: Will Marcel Groen Be the Next Democratic Chair?: We ask whether the Montco Chair will succeed Jim Burn.

Reader Poll: Dem Scandals Won’t Hurt Wolf: Our readers don’t believe the troubles of Kane, McCord, and Pawlowski will affect the Governor.

PA-BGT: GOP Unity Hinders Bipartisan Possibilities: “Majority of the Majority” rule may prolong budget stalemate.

PA-Sen: Toomey Pokes Fun at Democratic Infighting, Indecision (VIDEO): The Toomey campaign jokes about the Democrat’s intraparty struggles.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Three weeks in, getting down to budget details
State House Sound Bites: Wolf says GOP will blink first in budget standoff
StateImpactPA: Pa.’s new pipeline task force to meet this week
Capitolwire: GOP leaders, Wolf hold another budget meeting, and they say this one was ‘productive’

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wawa’s request to sell beer on hold
Inquirer: Wolf ask court to uphold death-penalty ban
Heard in the Hall: Nutter grieves two young men killed in city
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Budget Talks: Progress, But No Breakthroughs
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kasich vows to balance budget, reduce regulatory burdens if he’s elected president

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Pa. Republicans decry Wolf’s political tactics during budget impasse
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township manager wants grand jury report tossed
Bucks County Courier Times: Out-of-state donors pour cash into Congressional race
Daily Local News: Joe Sestak discusses immigration reform
Pottstown Mercury: Lower Pottsgrove official says he will pay back taxes

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Obama in Pittsburgh: ‘No excuse’ for Legionnaire’s outbreak that killed 6
Tribune Review: Veterans at Pittsburgh VFW conference line up behind McCain
Tribune Review: Jury convicts failed Pittsburgh mayoral candidate of making bogus 911 calls
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council approves measure requiring documents in plain language
Post-Gazette: VA secretary says great progress made in addressing department problems
Post-Gazette: Gov. Tom Wolf pitches budget proposal to Pittsburgh Technology Council
Early Returns: Toomey plays the Feud
Early Returns: Nader attorney questions Reed Smith’s Harvard presence
Pittsburgh Business Journals: SBA to suspend 7(a) loans in August unless Congress raises lending cap

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Judge says three of four attorneys did not represent Trombetta
Beaver County Times: PA Cyber lays off 43 employees, including 21 teachers
Beaver County Times: Beaver Valley nuclear plant gets high marks for safety in new report
Observer Reporter: DEP fines Fredericktown water authority
Tribune-Democrat: Jury picked for trial into jail-based threats against water

NEPA
Times-Leader: Questions in Wilkes-Barre about proposed high school size arise
Times-Leader: Wilkes-Barre contractor says he never donated $2,500 to George’s mayoral campaign
Times-Leader: Will Luzerne County Council contender Eugene Kelleher make it on the ballot?
Times-Tribune: Attorney general files criminal charges against former Mid Valley superintendent
Times-Tribune: Scranton capital budget details needs
Standard Speaker: Hazleton City Council to consider 3% raises for police

South Central
Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse credited for being “squeaky wheel” behind Reed indictment
Patriot News: Bill aims to help foster kids live a more normal life
York Dispatch: West York mulls major changes in face of big budget shortfall
York Dispatch: Texting and driving citations vary widely in York County
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: LancasterOnline readers react to Cocalico teachers’ statements on standardized tests
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Rep. Pitts asks about pipeline safety reforms at House hearing
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Russ Diamond to host concealed carry seminar
Lebanon Daily News: Preliminary hearings postponed for Lebanon double homicide suspect

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Prosecute city council if they enact gun laws, group tells DA
Reading Eagle: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack talks budget stalemate with Reading Eagle
Reading Eagle: Montgomery County 9-1-1 center accepting text messages
Morning Call: Pennsylvania auditor general to look into ASD’s charter school review process
Morning Call: Easton mayor ahead of the curve as federal officials order flags flown at half-staff

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: State orders county to produce phone records for Judge Bradley Lunsford, DA’s office
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lawsuit against SEDA-COG seeks to privatize rail lines
Erie Times-News: Erie’s Salvation Army helps addicts, unemployed start new lives

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Folly at PennDOT: The state should eliminate license plate stickers
Post-Gazette: The Pennsylvania liquor system stumps visitors
Tribune-Review: Medicaid’s boomerang: Duck!
Tribune Review: Walker’s (& liberty’s) Wisconsin victory
Patriot News: Medical marijuana can open new frontiers to care in Pa.
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Day 21: Politics no excuse to further delay Pa. budget
Morning Call: Trump and political correctness
Erie Times-News: Our view: Vet Erie anti-violence ideas quickly
Bucks County Courier Times: As usual, taxpayers last to know

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: The Law Should Not Condone Violence
Commonwealth Foundation: A Crooked Goose Lays No Golden Eggs
Citizens Call: Now You Can Text to 911 in Montco, But…
Citified: L&I Buys Fake News Articles to Improve Image
Citified: The Brief: Why It Takes So Long for City Streets to Get Fixed
2 Political Junkies: Meanwhile, Outside… (With A Question Or Two For Senator Toomey)

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