7/23 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Moody’s downgrades the state’s credit rating, another Democratic PAC launches an anti-Corbett commercial and we ask our readers who their favorite former Governor is. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Reader Poll: Who is your Favorite Former PA Governor?: We ask our readers who their favorite Gov of the modern era is.

Moody’s Downgrades Pennsylvania’s Credit Rating: In the aftermath of the budget battle in Harrisburg, Moody’s downgraded Pennsylvania’s credit rating, and politicians are pointing fingers.

PA-Gov: Democratic PAC’s New Ad Blasts Corbett (VIDEO): A new Democratic political action committee targets Governor Corbett over education funding.

PA-Sen: Toomey Calls for U.S. Action Against Putin: In an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Pat Toomey addressed the unlikelihood of Russian President Putin stepping down peacefully on his own, and cited Putin’s improbable retirement as a reason for the U.S. to get more involved.

Reader Poll: Financial Reports Affect Voter’s Perceptions of a Race: We take a look at the results of our latest reader poll.

Statewide
PA Indpendent: Budget blues: Moody’s downgrades Pennsylvania’s bond rating
Capitolwire: Online payday lenders agree to pull out of PA market
Capitolwire: PA’s credit rating downgraded
Capitolwire: ‘Shortcomings’ in water quality programs at DEP, audit says
PLS Reporter: A Look Back with Sen. Mike Brubaker (R-Lancaster)
State House Sound Bites: PA revenge porn ban leaves advocates skeptical

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: The PA Senate lawyers up
PhillyClout: Pa. schools’ reserve funds now top $4 billion
The Inquirer: Phila. asks for proposals for overhauling education
The Inquirer: City settles gun permit suit for $1.4 million

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Congressmen visit Berks home sheltering young illegals
Daily Local News: West Chester to vote on school board regionalization
Daily Local News: Porn or not? It doesn’t ‘jump out at you’
Daily Local News: Kennett Square passes chicken ordinance

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Proposed New Walmart Has Some McCandless Residents Concerned
Tribune Review: Federal appeals courts disagree on Obamacare subsidies
Tribune Review: Castle Shannon mayor honored by statewide association
Tribune Review: McCandless residents voice opposition to Wal-Mart plan
Tribune Review: Wolf says he’ll work with state legislature to deal with pension woes
Post-Gazette: DEP: Oil and gas operations damaged water supplies 209 times since end of ’07
Pittsburgh Business Times: Auditor general finds fault with DEP’s gas well oversight
Pittsburgh Business Times: Dueling decisions: Different appeals court upholds Obamacare subsidies
Pittsburgh Business Times: Commonwealth Foundation: Downgrade a wake-up call to state
Pittsburgh Business Times: Casey wants National League of Cities event in Pittsburgh

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Reade Twp. water projects receive funding
Altoona Mirror: Home rule charter adopted
Beaver County Times: Lawmakers to examine problem of missing fingerprints
Observer-Reporter: Marcellus Shale driller plans to close Amwell impoundment
Observer-Reporter: DOE’s energy series focuses on gas transmission
Observer-Reporter: Changes at Washington County elections office; seeking students for election boards
Observer-Reporter: Corbett touts long-lasting effects of shale drilling

NEPA
News Item: Employment bounces back locally; health care up while manufacturing down
Times-Tribune: House majority leader seeks to rein in PA debt as Moody’s downgrades again
Times-Tribune: Scranton teachers could strike if no contract reached
Times-Tribune: AG releases audit of DEP’s enforcement of oil gas industry regs
Standard Speaker: Agency rejects chief for immigration enforcement
Pocono Record: Sinking money into Monroe’s municipal pools
Pocono Record: Pocono Township moves toward refinancing loan at lower interest rate
The Times Leader: Auditor General: DEP struggles to keep up with booming shale industry
The Times Leader: Report: Failure to raise levee in Wilkes-Barre, Plymouth could mean greater flood risk
The Times Leader: Northwest Area OKs $2.69m tax-anticipation loan
Citizens Voice: Report: VA doctor removed after complaint

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Congressmen Paul Ryan, Charlie Dent raise money in Allentown for House Republicans
Morning Call: Dent, others tour Berks County shelter for children from Central America
Reading Eagle: Politicians and public officials air concerns about drug abuse
Express Times: Knowlton Township officials not satisfied with generating station’s switch to diesel to make electricity, report says

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: State Police conduct Megan’s Law compliance checks in Perry County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Rick Santorum: “I’m definitely considering” another run for GOP nomination
Harrisburg Patriot News: Senate GOP leadership to Corbett: Re-appoint Office of Open Records director Terry Mutchler
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett’s office ordered to give smog-related documents to environmentalists
York Daily Record: State Sen. Scott Wagner says Pa.’s largest teachers union ‘has declared war on Pennsylvania Taxpayers’
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Local health advocates find Obamacare rulings confusing

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: $2.3M to benefit Erie nonprofit groups
Centre Daily Times: Jay Paterno, Bill Kenney file suit against Penn State
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local volunteer companies among those scheduled to get grants to fight forest fires

Opinion
Observer-Reporter: A Kansas experiment gone awry
The Intelligencer: ‘Free’ trips yield a debt of gratitude
Delco Daily Times: How old is too old to drive in Pennsylvania?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Despite what you’ve read, Pa. is protecting public health on Marcellus shale
York Daily Record: Law to expand reporting of sexual abuse has worked
Post-Gazette:Holy Family is showing compassion by welcoming immigrant children: Holy Family’s aid to refugee children needs support
Post-Gazette:Extending the nuclear talks with Iran was a sound step forward
Tribune Review:The Moody’s downgrade: Inaction’s price
Times-Tribune: Jobs grow with wages
Standard Speaker: Legislators skip issues, skip town

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Court ruling guts Obamacare Subsidies in PA
Keystone State Education Coalition: Pa. needs to fix the way it pays for its public schools
Citizens Call: Upbeat fiscal outlook for Cheltenham Township, just not the one you might assume

One Response

  1. The Post Gazette had an excellent cartoon today from Rob Rogers on the Corbett sellout to UPMC in the PATIENTS FIRST rigged deal. Why doesn’t the Harrisburg Press Corps tell the real story on this matter? How much did John Brabender and Brian Nutt make in the Pittsburgh hospital wars? If Leslie Gromis-Baker wants to advocate for UPMC’s World Class Jeff Romoff why doesn’t she leave the public payroll and join Romoff’s?

    Rob Rogers: Brewed On Grant: UPMC Referee

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