7/25 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsWe take a look at PA’s historic job growth ranking and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Graph: What’s the Baseline for PA’s Job Growth Rank? As debate over the subject continues, here’s a look at how Pennsylvania has ranked versus other states in job growth over the past two decades.

PA Dems Seek to Preempt Corbett Re-Election Message: The Pennsylvania Democratic party is ramping up its efforts against Governor Corbett with a “Promises Made, Promises Broken” campaign, party Chairman Jim Burn announced Tuesday.

First Same-Sex Couple Gets PA Marriage License: Same-sex marriage is illegal in Pennsylvania, but Montgomery County Register of Wills D. Bruce Hanes announced Tuesday that he believed the law was unconstitutional and would not enforce it.

State House Sound Bites: Study lines up Act 47 against other models
State House Sound Bites: State begins case in voter ID trial
State House Sound Bites: For voter ID, state suggests witnesses should ask their lawyers
State House Sound Bites: House Democrats cry foul on lottery profit characterization
StateImpactPA: Counties Seek Act 13 Funds For Groundwater Studies
Capitolwire: ‘Joke’ Twitter account has real HRCC peeved
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Democrats’ criticism of Corbett’s job creation efforts rings hollow

Inquirer: Gay couples rejoice after receiving marriage licenses in Pa.
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett’s Bedford Springs getaway, round 2…
Heard In The Hall: City Controller to probe demolition practices
PhillyClout: Workers rally for higher minimum wage
CapitolInq: Casey tops Toomey in Senate softball
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. attorneys may ask judge to dismiss voter ID case
Phillynow.com: Voter ID: How did we get here? Part V
CBS Philly: 4 More Nonprofits Push For Reforms In Next Philadelphia Teacher’s Contract

Bucks Intelligencer: Bucks GOP teens win national honors
Delco Times: Upper Darby picks new superintendent of schools
Daily Local: Limerick couple issued first same-sex marriage license in Pa.
Daily Local: Anti-crime event slated in West Chester
Daily Local: Gay couple from Pottstown marries as Montco defies state ban
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick same-sex couple first to wed in Pa.
Pottstown Mercury: Montco official’s interpretation of law at odds with colleagues

Tribune Review: City Council candidate asks judge to block Democratic committee endorsement
Tribune Review: Poll: Pittsburghers favor rapid bus service between Downtown and Oakland
Tribune Review: Appeal claims error means Mexican War Streets can expand
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school board approves 36 furloughs
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council to tweak financing for planned $100 million in Larimer-East Liberty housing
Early Returns: Hanger on death penalty
Early Returns: House leader slams Senate
WTAE: Senate report says Small Smiles dental clinics wasting taxpayer money
WPXI: Protestors upset with low wages march outside downtown McDonald’s

Beaver County Times: Murphy requests flooding damage information
Observer-Reporter: DEP releases findings on Smith compressor hearing
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill would bypass state gas-tax plan

Times Tribune: Wright Center receives $2.1 in federal funding to enhance residency programs
Standard Speaker: Gilberton police chief says YouTube video supports U.S. Constitution
Standard Speaker: Mahanoy City council rescinds demo bid, selects another
Pocono Record: 1st class or 2nd? Pocono Township voters to decide
Pocono Record: Bids for Monroe County emergency alert system to be opened

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Zoning update to impact Lancaster city
Lancaster Intelligencer: Agreement reached to sell Harrisburg incinerator to Lancaster authority
Lebanon Daily News: Palmyra Borough Council lifts hiring freeze
Lebanon Daily News: Derry Township school chief quits
Patriot-News: A silver lining for Harrisburg? Removal of uncertainty over city workers’ futures
Patriot-News: Reps. Patty Kim and Glen Grell react to news of Harrisburg debt plan
Patriot-News: Sen. Rob Teplitz sees Harrisburg debt plan as sign of progress
Patriot-News: Harrisburg’s worst financial woes may soon be over as $600M debt deal heads to court
Patriot-News: Why not bankruptcy for Harrisburg’s debt? A closer look at the receiver’s strategy
Patriot-News: Harrisburg mayoral candidates: Debt deal? Let’s see it.

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Lopatcong Township Council asks planning board to study industrially zoned land
Express Times: Saucon Valley School Director Lanita Lum resigns from board
Express Times: Saucon Valley School Board hires teachers despite opposition
Morning Call: Montgomery County official to issue same-sex marriage licenses
WFMZ: LVPC recommends against landfill expansion zoning changes
WFMZ: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski tests gubernatorial waters

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: $2M borrowing plan on council agenda
Sun Gazette: Loyalsock Township High School receives state yearbook award
Sun Gazette: New wait list initiative to help more people with intellectual disabilities
Sun Gazette: Natural gas caucus field hearing set
Sun Gazette: Dentist seeks removal of fluoride from city water supply
Sun Gazette: Residents terrified of gun violence
Sun Gazette: Mayor gets earful
Erie Times Campaign ‘13: Millcreek Dem Committee annual summer picnic set for Aug. 15
Erie Times Campaign ‘13: Report: GOP strategy for August outlined

Post-Gazette: Caught on camera: Pittsburgh has a chance to improve traffic safety
Tribune Review: The fracking report: Positive news
Stu Bykofsky, Philly Daily News: Bruce Castor Gets it Right
Post-Gazette: Lifting the lid: A court ruling offers hope on Pa. university records
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Matthew Brouillette | Failure to expand Medicaid a win for Pa.
Pottstown Mercury: DOMA ruling ramifications land in Montgomery County

Keystone Politics: Dare Them to Fight Local Marriage Equality
Keystone Politics: PA Supreme Court Stops Corbett Administration Plan to Close Nearly Half of PA’s Health Centers
Keystone Politics: Hite: PA Needs an Equitable Education Funding Formula
Keystone Politics: Loose Cannon
Keystone Politics: Cars Are Expensive
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Zoning Advice: Always Bring a Neighbor
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Morganelli: AG Stance on DOMA is Principled, Not Politics
ACLU: Voter ID Trial Day 8: The Commonwealth’s Case
Above Average Jane: Constitution Center’s Offer to Grandparents
Above Average Jane: Prez O on Student Loan Bill
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Diversion Politics and Factual Errors with ‘Americans for a Tiny Sliver of Rich People’
2 Political Junkies: Really!?!
Pennsylvania BPC: Revenue Tracker: 2012-2013 Ends with Modest $57 Million Surplus

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