7/23 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6McGinty is running for Senate, a deep look into Toomey’s FEC report and the first fundraising numbers from Sestak. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: PA-Sen: Katie McGinty to Run for Senate: McGinty is resigning as Gov. Wolf’s Chief of Staff to run for the 2016 Democratic Senate against Joe Sestak.

PA-Sen: Q2: The Who’s Who of Toomey Donors: The junior PA Senator’s Q2 fundraising reports turned up quite a few famous names.

PA-Sen: Q2: Sestak Raises $728K, Has $2.1M COH: The Democratic front-runner improves, but still trails the incumbent.

PA-Sen: EMILY’s List Pushing for McGinty Candidacy: The powerful female-powered interest group is urging McGinty to run in next year’s Senate race.

PA-Sen: Toomey Releases Second Video Poking Fun at Sestak (VIDEO): A second straight “Family Feud”-style video lists reasons Democrats do not want Joe Sestak to run.

Statewide
PLSReporter: House takes procedural step with eye toward a budget agreement
PLSReporter: Budget negotiators find a “better understanding” of differences, but no final product
PLSReporter: House members return to session with deep divides
StateImpactPA: New task force seeks to manage ‘massive’ buildout of pipelines
StateImpactPA: PennEast Pipeline surveyors blocked from mapping land in New Jersey
StateImpactPA: Pipeline opponent guilty of disorderly conduct for speech at public meeting
PAIndependent: Wrath of CON: PA lawmaker would let hospitals help pick their competitors
PAIndependent: Criminal justice reform advocates lobby for PA to expand expungement laws
Capitolwire: PA Turnpike CEO confirmation bill expected to move, eventually
State House Sound Bites: For Some Schools, Fiscal Hardship Will Drag On

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: 4 ways Congress could make tax compliance easier for small business
Philly.com: Murray Bailey calls on L&I commissioner to resign
Inquirer: Christie campaign advisers include CEOs, area politicians
The Big Tent: GOP, you’ve been Trumped!
WHYY Newsworks: Celebrating 25 years of removing barriers through the Americans with Disabilities Act

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Morrisville considers barring trash cans from going out too early
Bucks County Courier Times: Court: DEP failed to include Riverkeeper documents
Pottstown Mercury: New Chester County program targets long-term jobless

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Hillary Clinton speaks at private fundraiser in Fox Chapel
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council to consider overhaul of noise regulations
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council passes film-permit legislation
Tribune-Review: Federal agents in Pittsburgh get 4th conviction in human trafficking crackdown
Tribune-Review: VA chief in Pittsburgh points to agency progress, says more needs to be done
Early Returns: Hit It Toomey takes Keystone series lead
Pittsburgh Business Journals: CEO: Citizens sees business-lending uptick in western Pennsylvania
WESA: City Council Holds Paid Sick Days Act
WESA: Legislation Aims To Eliminate Gerrymandering In Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh City Paper: Recent Penn Plaza evictions highlight East Liberty’s severe lack of affordable housing
Pittsburgh City Paper: Law changes will make urban farming easier in Pittsburgh city limits
Urban News: Mayor Peduto drums up awareness for city’s Healthy Together campaign

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Panel on violence to be held in Beaver Falls
Beaver County Times: Center Township water plant project moves ahead
Observer-Reporter: DCNR secretary to address Duke Lake restoration
Altoona Mirror: Budget stalemate concerns leaders
Tribune-Democrat: Mayor reports raising $384,000 for now-suspended campaign
Tribune-Democrat: New partnership hoping to help ex-convicts break destructive cycle

NEPA
Times Leader: Auditor general: Wilkes Barre district judge’s office fell short in issuing warrants
Times Leader: No lead migration at site, but EPA recommends changes at Sweet Valley gun range
Times Leader: Lehman twp. gets funds for road repair
Standard Speaker: Hazelton council hires 4 officers, bringing force to 38

South Central
Patriot News: Dauphin County commissioners approve study to tie Harrisburg sinkholes to 2011 storms
Patriot News: Pot smoking up among teens
Patriot News: Carlisle Barracks contractor pleads guilty to misusing government credit cards
Patriot News: Mechanicsburg Borough Council to seek bids for new trash, recycling service
Patriot News: Columbia County judge appointed to preside over former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed’s preliminary hearing
York Daily Record: Officials scale back Gettysburg battle demonstration
York Dispatch: Work starts on $1M gas pipe project in Jacobus
York Dispatch: York County Dems don’t have quorum to elect new chair
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Eastern Mennonite University opens hiring to those in same-sex marriages
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Phone companies underpaid nearly $4 million a year in 911 taxes to Lancaster County

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: East Stroudsburg man sues Pa Capitol Police
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski raised $384,000 for suspended U.S. Senate bid amid grand jury probe
Reading Eagle: Kutztown Borough Council discusses status of $77 million lawsuit by Reading developer
WFMZ: Reading releases copies of federal subpoena, search warrant
Express Times: Wolf, lawmakers sound upbeat after 4-hour budget talk
Express Times: Prosecute city council if they enact gun laws, group tells DA

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County commissioners OK with ruling from Open Records Office
Centre Daily Times: Centre County jail earns praise from Prison Society rep
Centre Daily Times: Centre County school districts await state budget resolution
Centre Daily Times: Student housing legislation may impact State College
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Wolf says bad budgeting is costing Pennsylvania $170M per year
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Stormwater authority might be put together

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Capping tuition: Pitt, PSU remain expensive despite new fall rates
Post-Gazette: Justice denied: Evidence from rapes should be analyzed quickly
Tribune-Review: Medicaid’s boomerang: Duck!
Bucks Local News: Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick: Iranian agreement fails to address terror sponsorship
Bucks County Courier Times: Trading insults instead of ideas
Pottstown Mercury: A Pa. law in need of more teeth
Patriot News: The next step for Harrisburg after Stephen R. Reed’s arrest?
Reading Eagle: Nation badly needs changes to criminal justice system
Centre Daily Times: Obama, you’re no Ronald Reagan

Blogs
PA Water Cooler: Electric City Electrified by Investment Returns
Citified: Jim Kenney Would Hire a New Boss for L&I
Citified: Philadelphia’s Tax Delinquency Epidemic Rages On
Keystone Crossroads: Are term limits good ideas for Pa. elected officials?
Keystone Crossroads: Civil liability limited in Harrisburg debt crisis
Commonwealth Foundation: Strange Arguments Against Seniority Reform

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