7/29 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf strikes back in a new TV ad, the Washington Post names Corbett the most vulnerable Governor yet again and Wolf reveals some more details of his tax plan. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Responds to Corbett’s Attacks (VIDEO): The Democratic nominee is responding to the Governor’s attack ads.

Washington Post Names Corbett Most Vulnerable Governor (Again): For the thirteenth month in a row, the Washington Post has put PA at the top of the list of governorships likely to change party hands.

PA-Gov: Wolf Calls For Income Tax Increase, Reduction of Property Taxes: Gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf presented his budgetary ideas in an interview with the AP.

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

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: In governor’s race, attack ad keeps focus on schools funding
State House Sound Bites: “In sync,” with Wolf, Stack absolves himself of opinions
StateImpactPA: Congressional Watch-Dog Warns Fracking Waste Could Threaten Drinking Water
StateImpactPA: Federal regulators to hold meetings on proposed pipeline
PLSReporter: Rep. Grell says his pension reform plan to be better positioned following PERC action
Capitolwire: Plenty of ideas to address payday lending, little consensus.
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Ease, cost are just two of the latest Obamacare concerns.

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Sen. Stack in full campaign mode
The Inquirer: Ethics panel asked to investigate former Pa. education secretary
The Inquirer: Prosecutor cites Michael Jackson in Meek Mill motion
Philly.com: Big poliical ad buyers pouring millions into one Philly TV station
WHYY Newsworks: As Nutter weighs decriminalizing pot, arrests continue in cities with similar law

SEPA
Daily Local News: Pa. not alone in having pension woes, Pew notes
Daily Local News: Chadds Ford therapist sentenced for molesting patients
Delco Daily Times: U.D. School Board committees prep for upcoming year
Montgomery Media: Univest Bank and Trust Co. CEO K. Leon Moyer to retire
Pottstown Mercury: $500M in transportation projects listed in Montgomery, Chester counties
Pottstown Mercury: Montco public defenders offer second chances, hope, with expungement clinics
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. attorney general warns of ‘caller ID spoofing’ scam

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: VA health care compromise reached, but some Republicans may balk at cost
Pittsburgh Business Times: Legislation seeks to protect doctor-patient relationship
Tribune Review: UPMC, Pittsburgh drop tax-status fight
Early Returns: Tax policy? It depends
Post-Gazette: PUC sets hearing dates for Lyft, Uber permanent licenses
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh councilman Gilman wants city to explore how it can help small businesses
Post-Gazette: Congressmen urge NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions

Southwest
AP: Candidates rush to respond to flurry of attack ads
Observer-Reporter: Cecil Township again requests meeting with DEP
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Three region hospitals joining forces through oversight board

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Lt. Governor candidate rues lack of severance tax
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s newest councilman has been outspoken civic leader
Pocono Record: Colleges change assault investigation policies

South Central
York Dispatch: PHEAA: Don’t pay for grant applications
York Dispatch: Congressman Perry proposes medical hemp legislation
York Dispatch: Rep. Miller asks taxpayers about school consolidation
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon names former North Cornwall Township manager Robin Getz as public works director
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle dispatch transfer plan remains on course
Carlisle Sentinel: Bill aims to change liquor advertising
York Daily Record: Former York Rep. Stetler asks court to re-argue his case
Harrisburg Patriot News: Five Pa. Congressmen ask NCAA to further relax sanctions against Penn State
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry announces bill for national legalization of medical marijuana oil for seizures
Harrisburg Patriot News: PA governor candidate Tom Wolf’s running mate, Sen. Michael Stack, makes debut on fall campaign stage
Harrisburg Patriot News: Attack ad on Corbett’s education funding record ‘a damned lie,’ Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley says
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Trust mulls legal options to protect preserved farms
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Delany shows interest in congressmen’s letter to NCAA president
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: More bad news for Gov. Tom Corbett

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Wilson Borough residents want answers about gun violence
Express Times: Wilson Borough residents pack meeting, vent about crime
Express Times: Bethlehem Township, Pa., officials pan plan for movie theater, hotel at Route 33
Express Times: Northampton County executive seeking cost-cutting ideas for Gracedale
Morning Call: Corbett and Wolf campaign ads heating up television airwaves this summer
Reading Eagle: U.S. congressmen ask NCAA to lift Penn State sanctions
Reading Eagle: City Council, Reading Area Water Authority agree to 5-year lease
Reading Eagle: BARTA takes first steps toward merger with Lancaster County counterpart
Reading Eagle: Lower Alsace, Mount Penn officials vote to send merger decision to municipalities’ voters
WFMZ: City Council, RAWA come to an agreement
WFMZ: Toomey talks vet unemployment in Collegeville

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Committee hearing draws crowd in city
Centre Daily Times: Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking NCAA to drop sanctions against Penn State
Centre Daily Times: COG breaks down spending blueprint for municipalities
Onward State: Five Pennsylvania Congressmen Ask NCAA to Overturn Penn State Sanctions
AP: Independent hopefuls may widen gubernatorial field

Opinion
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Cleaning up our water … now
Centre Daily Times: Politically Uncorrected | Give ‘em hell, Tom. Or not
Post-Gazette: DEP must do better: The public is left with too many questions on drilling
Times Leader: Generation Y’s power in workforce will spur better wages and conditions
Daily Local News: Task force needed now to address education funding problems
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Misleading bill on Pa. rifle’s history
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Straining credibility
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Corbett going to the mat in effort to get vital pension reform
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Executions must comply with the Eighth Amendment
Delco Daily Times: Politically Uncorrected: Give ‘Em Hell Tom’
Pottstown Mercury: Access to guns by mentally ill is too easy
Harrisburg Patriot News: How a well-meaning natural gas law turned into a headache for homeowners: Robert J. Burnett
Reading Eagle: Jason Brudereck: Reading’s struggle tied to manufacturing losses, not Latino influx

Blogs
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Wolf Wants to Go Halfsies With Localities on Education Funding
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: No, the Wolf Organization Isn’t Using the Delaware Loophole
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup July 28: Cyber school’s huge surplus exemplifies problem
Commonwealth Foundation: Study: Charter Schools More Efficient

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