7/24 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Isenhour is Wolf’s new Chief of Staff, Santorum debates same-sex marriage with Rachel Maddow and could Kane be tossed from office? Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Isenhour Named Governor Wolf’s New Chief of Staff: Katie McGinty steps down to run for Senate.

Could Kathleen Kane Be Removed from Office?: An obscure rule might allow the State Supreme Court to dismiss the Attorney General.

Santorum Hits Primetime with Rachel Maddow (VIDEO): The presidential candidate was an unlikely guest on the MSNBC show.

PA-BGT: Is Harrisburg Running Out of Money?: How much longer can legislative staffers last without a budget?

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Musical Chairs for the Governor’s Staff
PLSReporter: Republicans see Isenhour’s replacement of McGinty as a positive development
StateImpactPA: Marcellus producers on state land pulled back again in 2014, data show

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Philly 420: Why is marijuana used against victims like Sandra Bland?
Inquirer: Pew study: City Council’s ‘prerogative’ on land deals is ironclad
Inquirer: Eminent domain turns N. Philly dream into nightmare
Heard in the Hall: Germantown publisher running for mayor
WHYY Newsworks: As the number of cycling kids plummets, school programs step in
WHYY Newsworks: Philly streets forum asks: What should our transportation priorities be?
KYW Newsradio: Delaware County DA Probes Arrest In Chester
Philadelphia Business Journal: Job growth in Phila. hotels down slightly last year: Report

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown school officials demand more education funding
Pottstown Mercury: Boyertown School Board sets priorities for district’s future
Bucks County Courier Times: Toll-by-plate turnpike system will charge drivers $5 to $6.75
Bucks County Courier Times: Bensalem Township school board receives budget award

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Committee to address transportation needs in Armstrong, other counties
Tribune-Review: Armstrong agencies keeping close watch on state budget woes
Post-Gazette: Changes to Pittsburgh workers paid-sick leave legislation introduced
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh VA fires two employees accused in harassment case
Pittsburgh Business Journals: Jameson Hospital to close maternity care center
Pittsburgh City Paper: Recent Penn Plaza evictions highlight East Liberty’s severe lack of affordable housing
KDKA: Pittsburgh Positioned To Lead US In Next-Generation Energy

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Harmony Township names new police chief
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners to repair courthouse walkways
Beaver County Times: 20-county region gains federal manufacturing status
Observer Reporter: North Strabane aims to prevent blight
Observer Reporter: DEP fines Fredericktown water authority
Altoona Mirror: Blair prison over budget

NEPA
Times Leader: Area Democrats accuse Republican legislators of obstructing state budget talks
Times Leader: Painstaking cleanup of suspect Luzerne County homestead exemptions begins
Times Leader: Sen. Casey: Block effort to allow bigger rigs on the road
Times-Tribune: AG: Former Mid Valley superintendent stole nearly $12,000
Citizens Voice: W-B mayoral candidate’s campaign finance reports under investigation
Standard Speaker: Schuylkill County mulls options for prisoner overpopulation
Pocono Record: Eldred residents pour out their concerns about water bottling project

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Sen. Mike Folmer weighs in on state budget impasse
Lebanon Daily News: Sen. Mike Folmer talks marijuana with community leaders
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster City’s municipal broadband plan highlighted in report on Internet access
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Gov. Wolf names Mary Isenhour to succeed chief of staff Katie McGinty
Patriot News: “They’re people too”: Supporters praise bill allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses
Patriot News: Population growth also aids Cumberland County’s economy
Patriot News: “I wear the black robe here,” Harrisburg judge says while extorting money: AG’s office
Patriot News: Crosswalk this way: Project aims to make Capitol Complex safer for walkers, bikers
Patriot News: Pa. Supreme Court refuses to take on gaming machine seizure case
York Daily Record: Surplus gives York a “window of opportunity” to implement financial changes
York Daily Record: York County obtains preferred emergency frequencies with early FCC approval
York Dispatch: York County vaping stores welcome stricter FDA regulations

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Decades-old log book found during probe into ex-sheriff Edward Bullock
Express Times: University: Professor is insulting, but entitled to views
WFMZ: Farming program for veterans take root at Rodale Institute
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners oppose EPA ozone rule
Reading Eagle: Advocacy group, Pottstown School District officials seek more state funding
Reading Eagle: Reading area roads rank among the nation’s worst, study finds

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Taxpayers set to sue Montoursville school district
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Sanitary Authority would be empowered to assess fees, mayor says
Onward State: Freeh ordered to turn over documents requested by Paterno Estate
Centre Daily Times: Drilling support firm lays off dozens from Clearfield County office

Opinion
Tribune-Review: Grabbing guns: Obama overreach?
Tribune-Review: Sewage rate issues
Post-Gazette: A welcome visit: Obama’s speech to veterans was appropriate
Post-Gazette: City’s interference in Penn Plaza Apartments sends developers a bad signal
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Educate public about Confederate flag
Patriot News: PSEA seems to have forgotten what matters in school funding debate
Reading Eagle: Unmanned probe changing what we thought we knew
Morning Call: Trump is right
Inquirer: Before reform, fund properly
Pottstown Mercury: Spark of hope for Pa. firefighters
Delco Daily Times: Stephen Reed saga proves need for term limits
Bucks County Courier Times: SEPTA fumbles online sales

Blogs
Citified: Finally, Someone Explained Councilmanic Prerogative
Citizens Call: Boyle Signs On to Congressional Bill Banning LGBT Discrimination
PA Budget & Policy Center: Unconventional Drilling Is Associated with Increased Hospital Utilization Rates
Lu-Lac Political Letter: Why Walker and Kasich Really Matter

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