7/25 Morning Buzz

The Ames Straw Poll is only a couple of weeks away and Rick Santorum is working overtime to do as well as he possibly can in the poll, including moving his family to Iowa. 

On Friday, Gov. Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission released its final report which included 96 recommendations. It is now up to the General Assembly to decide which of these recommendations they want to enact into law.

We have our next edition of Chief of Staff Spotlight. This week, we sat down with Rep. Pitts’ Chief of Staff: Gabe Neville

We also took a look at some new campaign ethics regulations in the city of Philadelphia.

Check out or story about an event in Gettysburg where a controversial Sheriff: Sheriff Mack spoke about state’s rights and the size of the federal government.

PoliticsPA Reports

Santorum’s Final Push To The Ames Straw Poll
Senator Rick Santorum’s presidential campaign seems to be sputtering — but it is not from a lack of trying.

Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Makes Final Report Public
Among the Commission’s 96 recommendations: The state should enact a limited impact fee through which natural gas drillers would essentially reimburse local governments for a range of costs associated with drilling activity

Chief of Staff Spotlight: Gabe Neville
Continuing our Chief of Staff spotlight feature, this week we sit down with Rep. Pitts chief of staff, Gabe Neville.

Tightening Campaign Ethics Laws In Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Board of Ethics was given the responsibility to close the campaign donation loophole that city officials have been utilizing to gain funding from multiple Political Action Committees (PACs). On Wednesday the Board of Ethics adopted new language to their legislation that does not allow more than 50% of one PACs money to be received from another PAC, 12 months before making the campaign contribution.

Controversial Sheriff Comes To Gettysburg
Last night the Adams County 9-12 Patriots flooded the 1863 Inn of Gettysburg in order to hear Sheriff Mack speak. Sheriff Mack, former Sheriff of Graham County, Arizona, originally elected in 1988 in Arizona and in 1992 re-elected. He is best known for winning a U.S. Supreme Court Case against the Clinton Administration.

In case you missed it, here is last week’s Up & Down!

National

Daily News: Assistant U.S. Attorney In Philadelphia Office Suspended For Fundraising Violation
Politico: House Keeps Fluorescent Light Bulbs Burning
Washington Post: Ames Straw Poll Ballot Set
Washington Post: Heat Wave Hits Washington, But Its Men Remain Armored In Their Suits: Sen. Toomey’s Office Apparel Choices
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Gay Couples May Gain Rights With N.Y. Wedding
Daily Item: U.S. Senate Today endorses bill to honor 9/11 victims
Pittsburgh Tribune Live: Trooper drove Pennsylvania official’s wife home
The Columbus Dispatch: Light-bulb limits defeated by House
Our Campaigns: Lou Barletta has first challenger

Statewide

WITF:Yudichak joins Scarnati: forced pooling a “deal breaker”
WITF: State liquor stores’ last call looking more distant
Pa Independent: Senators – Marcellus Commission delayed legislative action
Pa. Independent: Pennsylvania faces higher interest rates with federal debt downgrade
State Impact – NPR: 5 Things You Need to Read in Governor Corbett’s Shale Commission Report
AP: Pa. Advocates For Poor, Disabled Wary of Gov. Corbett
Inquirer/Post-Gazette: Trooper On Duty At Governor’s Mansion Aided Budget Secretary’s Wife After Arrest
Inquirer: Patrick Henderson: Governor’s Point Person On Energy
Inquirer: Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission Report Offers Fuel For Debate
Inquirer: Pa. Urged To Regulate Rural Gas Pipelines
Towleroad: After Gay Marriage Remarks, Santorum wonders if Perry supports Polygamy
AP: Landowners Cry Foul Over Lowball Marcellus Leases

Philly

Inquirer: Rooting Out The Graft
Inquirer: Census Boosts Hope For Gay Victory In 2015
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pa. life sciences bill on tap for Monday

Philly Suburbs

Bucks Local: Pay Pa. Turnpike Tolls in Cash? You’ll Pay More
Courier Times: Bucks Cooling On A/C Shutdown Plan
Courier Times: Santarsiero to Host Marcellus Shale Hearing in Newtown

The Mercury: Water Main Closes Montco Courthouse
Intelligencer: Commissioners Approve Procedures for Separation Agreements
Intelligencer: Commissioners At Odds Over Lawsuit Settlement

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Pennsylvania union leaders defend top pay

SouthwestAltoona Mirror: Districts work to cut, but avoid compromising education
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: West Carroll Twp. water project challenged
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Windber officials trying to decide on new home
Tribune-Review: Turnpike commission lacking money for Southern Beltway beyond rights of way
Tribune-Review: Connellsville City Council names new solicitor; fills vacated board seats

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Social Security offices cutting hours

South Central

York Daily Record: Presidential Campaigns already ramping up in York County
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Cash tolls on Pa Turnpike to rise 10 percent

NEPA

Pocono Record: U.S. Reps. Barletta, Marino spending less than Democrats did on staffing

North by Northwest

Sun-Gazette: Education: What’s Next?
Centre Daily Times: PSU construction projects race toward finish line

Opinions

Bucks Local News, Editorial: Should state liquor stores be privatized?
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Bucks Local News Editorial: The United States Can No Longer Defer Decisions On Deficits, Spending
Inquirer, Editorial: City Hall culture shock
Morning Call: Assess Pa. Shale Tax
Lehigh Valley Independent: Charlie Dent Really Does Not Like Controlling Health Care Costs
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Naysayer in chief: Senate GOP leader rejects good sense on LCB
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Environment as pinata: America the beautiful? House bills have other ideas
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: The deficit of debt default
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Obama hurts blacks
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Capturing carbon: clear the air
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: America is on the road to Europe
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Truth in the tarnish-Meghan
Sun-Gazette Editorial: One Month Does Not Change State Debts
Sun-Gazette Editorial: It’s Time To Privatize Outmoded Liquor Stores
Sun-Gazette Editorial: Fundraising Belies Major Party Images
Centre Daily Times Editorial: Charter School Provide Alternative
Times-News Editorial: County Gaming Authority Gets Jobs Done

 

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