7/28 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The 2014 celebrity look-alikes, the Philly Tea Party changes its name and our weekly round-up of news from the gubernatorial election. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PoliticsPA’s Celebrity Look-Alikes 2014: The resemblance is striking! Here are PA politicos and their celebrity doppelgangers.

7/25 Ups & Downs: A credit downgrade, a listicle and a gun. Who says summer is boring and predicable? See who made this week’s list.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Pension and Education Crises: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Philadelphia-Based Tea Party Group Changes Name, Shifts Focus: The Independence Hall Tea Party Association announced today that it will henceforth be known only as the Independence Hall Foundation and will be expanding its focus to include mainstream conservative issues outside of the Tea Party movement’s usual scope.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Gov. Corbett signs execution warrant for man convicted of York County murder
PA Independent: Week in review: PA credit rating takes a hit; arcade owner battles big tax
StateImpactPA: Drilling plans for Loyalsock State Forest quietly move forward

Philadelphia
The Inquirer: Wolf and Corbett stump across Pa.
The Inquirer: Parents press Christie on Rx marijuana
The Inquirer: Open question: Records chief frets over future
Heard in the Hall: Hope rises that Democratic convention may come to Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky
KYW Newsradio: Some customers cash in on health care reform

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. pension crisis: Gov. Corbett open to task force approach
Pottstown Mercury: Court ruling clears way for Pa. charter schools to expand
Pottstown Mercury: In Southeastern PA, subminimum wages paired with vocational training
Delco Daily Times: State rep sees need to fix mental health system
Bucks Local News: Northampton Township considers implementation of LERTA program to stimulate economic growth

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: See you in September: Congress punts on big issues until after August recess
Pittsburgh Business Times: IRS posts forms for Obamacare’s employer mandate; instructions not included
Pittsburgh Business Times: Obama urges halt to rules that allow companies to leave U.S. for tax reasons
Post-Gazette: Mayor Peduto hails improved crowd control after PNC Park concert
Post-Gazette: Budget worries halt plans
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh selected to host National League of Cities 2016 conference
Post-Gazette: District attorney demands changes in Pittsburgh police ID procedures
Post-Gazette: PUC grants emergency applications for ride-share companies to operate
Tribune Review: Emails show Allegheny County Council staff investigated potential snooping

Southwest
AP: Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field
AP: Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes
Altoona Mirror: Gov. Corbett’s remarks upset GOP lawmakers
Altoona Mirror: Group seeks changes to justice system

NEPA
AP: Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky
Citizens Voice: Hazelton Public Transit will fill fund void
Citizens Voice: Some state audits bring policy, legal changes
Pocono Record: Slow down, PennDOT, Scavello urges

South Central
York Daily Record: A look at Gov. Tom Corbett’s pension push and what some Pa. voters say about it
York Daily Record: Guns: Penn Township man pushes for open-carrying rights
Carlisle Sentinel: Dispatched: Historic change for Carlisle Police
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Sen Bob Casey talks to the midstate’s ‘sandwich generation’ for guidance on caregiver bill
Lebanon Daily News: Jonestown council president, VP resign
AP: Veterans’ response to Walsh’s PTSD remarks regarding Army War College paper mixed

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Rep. Paul Clymer faces tough crowd at town meeting
WFMZ & AP: Tom Wolf: Wealthy should pay more to cut school taxes
Express Times: Syrian-Americans rally for peace as Gaza violence continues
Express Times: Easton Area School Board to vote again on previously rejected charter school
Morning Call: Farm manure threatens Lehigh watershed
Morning Call: Politics as Usual
Reading Eagle: Gerlach bill could boost conservation efforts
Reading Eagle: In Berks, schools of thought differ by district on board makeup
Reading Eagle: Mayor lauds council’s likely RAWA move

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local districts winners, losers in state budget
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Township supervisors OK bed, breakfast
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County awarded grant to assess properties
Williamsport Sun Gazette: ‘Government by gunpoint’
Erie Times-News: How Erie’s representatives in Congress voted last week

Opinion
Express Times: EDITORIAL: If faster is better on Pennsylvania interstates, so is smoother
Lebanon Daily News: Stability for county budget is a windfall
Lebanon Daily News: Governor’s pension plan offers only false savings
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Don’t rest until flood insurance act is repealed
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Some politicians chip away to freedoms to gain advantages
Harrisburg Patriot News: The Moody’s downgrade is bad news for Pa. Here’s what do about it: Rob McCord
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett’s pension plan is filled with ‘false’ savings: Mike Sturla
Harrisburg Patriot News: Want to fix schools? Don’t tax businesses, expand school choice instead: Elizabeth Stelle
Harrisburg Patriot News: While Pa. dallies, other states embrace pension reform: The Sunday Brunch
Centre Daily Times: Column | Historians will recall our leaders’ inaction
York Daily Record: They are here illegally, but they are still children (YDR Opinion)
Pottstown Mercury: Ignoring pension crisis will make matters worse for Pa.
Delco Daily Times: Time for cease-fire in fight over Paterno
Post-Gazette: PUC’s deaf ear: The agency fails to monitor existing taxi operations
Post-Gazette: Time for a police chief: The stage is set and the city needs strong leadership
Times Leader: Pension ‘reform’ provides false savings
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: We owe it to offer a helping hand
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Tidying up the electoral system
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Israel at war: Get beyond sound bites
Reading Eagle: Ron Southwick: Pennsylvania suffers Moody’s blues
Reading Eagle: Editorial: State should limit cellphone use while behind wheel

Blogs
CasablancaPA: “AN INEXCUSABLE LACK OF URGENCY”
Commonwealth Foundation: Survey: Pennsylvania Unfriendly to Small Business
Pennsylvania Progressive: Packing Heat in the Brothers’ ‘Hood
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Dolan Stops Taking Questions at Illick’s Mill News Conference

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  1. Breaking news: Now that it has been exposed that Ron Tomalis is wandering aimlessly around Harrisburg at taxpayer expense, Former Secretary Bill Harner will have the courage to say who did the political hit job on him, that tainted his character and his career. Sorry Charly Zogby! Furthermore, perhaps he will expose those hypocrites on the Corbett team that really like to look at men in SPEEDOS! http://www.post-gazette.com/frontpage/2014/07/27/Role-remains-ambiguous-for-Tom-Corbett-s-higher-education-adviser-Ron-Tomalis.html

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