7/29 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsWe look at a new study that says confusion over voter ID kept more than 35,000 from going to the polls, and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

AFL-CIO Analysis: Voter ID Confusion Cut Turnout By 35,000: Confusion over a voter ID requirement kept at least 35,000 people from coming to the polls in November, an analysis by the AFL-CIO found. It impacted Democrats more than Republicans 2.5 to 1.

7/26 Ups & Downs: A lot of news out of southeast Pa. this week makes the list. Plus a police chief shoots off semi-automatic weapons… and his mouth.

PAGOP Fills Out Top Staff: The state party promoted several operatives as it gears up for 2014. Nick Trainer will be the party’s new Field Director, Peter Towey is Political Director.

Statewide
PA Independent: Per diem kings for May 2013
PA Independent: Week in Review: Gay marriage, hunting and spying
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan seemingly schizo on data collection
State Impact: NEPA Congressman Introduces Bill to Close Gas Loophole
State Impact: Klaber to Step Down from Marcellus Shale Coalition
Captolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: While administration revamps, Gov holds pep rally for big donors.
Capitolwire: Doses of spin served daily outside the Voter ID courtroom.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Lawyer brings hard lessons to gay-marriage fight
Inquirer: Penn State 3 set for hearing in alleged cover-up
Daily News: Do mayor’s claims of a transparent city government hold up?
Philly.com: Lawmakers plan Philly-area stops in tax-reform tour
Commonwealth Confidential: Gov. Corbett’s NCAA case: the legal bills are now due
WHYY NewsWorks: Pew study faulta Pa. approach to helping cities in distress
WHYY NewsWorks: Pa. Congressman introduces bill to close gas loophole
WHYY NewsWorks: Health insurance companies sending smaller rebate checks this year
WHYY NewsWorks: Will antidiscrimination measures follow same-sex marriage licenses in Montgomery County
CBS: Phila. Non-Profit Recognized For Work With Veterans, Stray War-Zone Dogs
CBS: Child Of Survivor Pushes Holocaust Education Bill for Pa. Schools
CBS: Penn State 3 Set for Hearing In Alleged Cover-Up

SEPA
Delco Times: Same-sex couple marries after getting license in Montco despite Pa. ban
Daily Local: Caln officials discuss trash, recycling bid options
Daily Local: Montco no ground zero for Pa. marriage debate
Daily Local: Lincoln University laying off 12 employees
Montgomery News: Dresher couple among first to receive same-sex marriage license
Montgomery News: Group protests Montgomery County same-sex marriage licenses at courthouse in Norristown

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s voter ID debate has come a long way
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County meal delivery changes confuse senior recipients
Post-Gazette: Expert rebuts Pennsylvania voter ID claims
Post-Gazette: $1.6 million in grants support scientific research in Pennsylvania
Tribune-Review: New justice to assume Melvin’s former Supreme Court seat
UrbanMediaToday: Council President Harris ‘May’ Re-enter Race, Asks for Funds
UrbanMediaToday: Pittsburgh Rallies Around ‘Zillion and One Trayvon Martins’ in City
UrbanMediaToday: Deb Gross Chosen Democratic Nominee for Council District 7

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Local cases could affect longwall permitting
Observer-Reporter: Snyder questions motives behind closing power stations
Altoona Mirror: Money driving District 9 primary
Altoona Mirror: State preparing to sell prisons
Tribune-Democrat: Is Rothfus vulnerable to Dems?
Erie Times-News: Rep. Kelly comfortable on national TV

NEPA
The Times Leader: NEPA’s gay community sees challenges, hope
The Times Leader: Is property tax reform for real this time?
The Times Leader: Hazleton immigration law loses another round
The Times Leader: Flood Protection Authority nears choice on director
Times-Tribune: Cartwright forges through first term as more liberal than Holden
Times-Tribune: Congressman: Budget cuts could hurt low-income children
Times-Tribune: Lottery privatization debate simmers
Times-Tribune: Corbett seeks NEPA disaster aid
Citizens Voice: Burden of proof: DA may file suit against county for more funding

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Despite new drug law, substances still a problem
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pride Festival attendees see LGBT attitudes changing
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lt. Gov. boosts Corbett re-election by declaring his 2014 fidelity
Harrisburg Patriot News: Toomey advisor opposes U.S. Sen. Minority Leader in Kentucky GOP primary
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania court officials will not issue marriage licenses to gay, lesbian couples
Roxbury News: Curley-Schultz-Spanier Preliminary Hearing Monday July 29, 2013

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Saucon Valley School Board sees second resignation in two months
Reading Eagle: Little local interest in repealing ‘stand your ground’ law
Express Times: Forks Township board treasurer calls cottage a money pit
Express Times: Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. fires three top staffers

North by Northwest
Centre Daily: Former Penn State officials Spanier, Curley, Schultz face preliminary hearing Monday
Centre Daily: State College Council eliminates two of six options for withdrawal from regional code program
Sun Gazette: Advocacy groups discuss drilling in state forest
Sun Gazette: Caucus: Industry a ‘game changer’
Sun Gazette: Mayor pitches sale of naming rights for field

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Bipartisan worry: Unease on security surveillance crosses the aisle
Tribune-Review: The Port Authority: Real ‘reform’?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Anyone remember Lottery privatization?: The Sunday Brunch
Express Times: LETTER: Pa. should quash plan for beer sales at gas stations
Inquirer: Stip club tax dodge in theatre of the absurd

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Kevin Gillen’s Weak Arguments Against the Land Value Tax
Keystone Politics: “A Week’s Pay for a Month’s Rent”, Economic Mobility, and Segregation
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Heads Roll at LVEDC
2 Political Junkies: The Trib And The AEI
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Stunning Fact: Gas Generation Increases In New England To 52% From 15%
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Stunning Fact: China Operates 1.5 Million Natural Gas Vehicles But US Just 250,000

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