7/6 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz. Obama is stopping in Pittsburgh today, where Govs. (and Romney surrogates) Pawlenty and Jindal will also appear. Fewer voters have proper IDs than anticipated by the Corbett administration, and a pro-Romney super PAC buys up $7.2M in Olympic ad time.

Murphy Rips Obama On Economy Day Before Pittsburgh Stop: Rep. Tim Murphy blasted Obama’s economic record a day before the President is scheduled to make a campaign stop in Pittsburgh. Murphy spoke at a press conference Thursday morning at the Republican Committee of Allegheny County headquarters in Greentree.

Jindal, Pawlenty to Greet Obama in Pittsburgh: Two of Mitt Romney’s top surrogates will travel to Pittsburgh to welcome President Obama there. Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota are holding a rally on Friday.

Latino Justice Sues Over Redistricting Maps: Three plaintiffs, represented by Latino Justice, are suing over the use of the 2001 district lines. They allege the lines are a violation of the one person, one vote doctrine, and have requested a special election to remedy the unconstitutional effects of the upcoming elections.

More PA Voters Lack PennDOT ID Cards: More Pennsylvania voters – and Philadelphia voters in particular – lack PennDOT ID cards. It is estimated that 9.2 percent (or, more than 758,000) of the state’s 8.2 million voters, and nearly 1 in 5 Philadelphia voters, do not have the photo ID they will need to vote in November.

Pro-Romney Super PAC Purchases Olympic Airtime: Restore Our Future purchased a $7.2 million ad buy to air during the London Olympics. The ad will likely highlight Romney’s prominent role is saving the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games..

Legislative Election Updates

HD-25: Republican candidate Mike Doyle missed a Monday Plum council meeting, during which members voted in a new police officer, to attend a fundraiser in Monroeville. Doyle is council president, and without him four of the six remaining members made the vote.

National
Politico Playbook: Olympics become battleground
Politico Playbook: Greeting Potus as he flies into Toledo Express Airport
Washington Post Editorial: GOP governors may be shafting their own states and constituents

Statewide
CBS: Stringent PA voter ID law could prevent 750,000 from voting
StateImpactPA: “University Will Not Investigate Fracking Institute”
StateImpactPA: Natural Gas-Fueled Cars, And The Politics Of A Drilling Moratorium
Capitolwire: Dinniman says House GOP proposal lets charters, big GOP donors duck Right To Know law

Philadelphia
Daily News: Firefighters arv award won’t make city labor talks any easier
Inquirer: Political risk may doom property-tax reform in Philadelphia
PhillyClout: Thursday’s DN: No, it wasn’t fireworks
Phillynow.com: Anti-Islam blogger receives ‘Liberty Award’ in Philly on July 4th
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: 9.2 percent of PA voters lack ID
KYW Newsradio: New Pennsylvania law allows expert testimony in sex abuse case
WHYY Newsworks: Inheritance tax for Pa. farmers is no more

SEPA
AP: Pa. slots revenue up 5.5 percent fiscal year
Pottstown Mercury: Legislators move toward expanded private school scholarships
Phillyburbs.com: More than 70K in Bucks, Montco lack a PennDOT ID to vote

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: “Betting on America previews”
Early Returns: State: 1 in 10 Voters Don’t have ID
Early Returns: Pawlenty, Jindal counter Obama in Oakland
Tribune Review: Bill aims to identify, reach out to homeless pupils; 1,700 alone in Allegheny County
Tribune Review: Melvin appeals decision to let Allegheny County judge preside over hearing
Post-Gazette: Wilkinsburg settles lawsuit with police lieutenant
Post-Gazette: Reassessment halt falters in Pennsylvania Legislature
Post-Gazette: New law excludes charter school teachers from revised evaluations
KDKA: Supporters Line Up For Tickets To President Obama’s CMU Event

Southwest
AP: PA paying more for legislators’ benefits
Daily Courier: State pays woman $85,000 to settle complaint against troopers
Somerset Daily American: State justice system reform bill on governor’s desk

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown’s fund balance drops below $2 million as it posts another deficit
Morning Call: Obama opening bus tour of Ohio, Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Suit over political maps seeks 1-year term for Pennsylvania lawmakers elected this year
Express-Times: Phillipsburg campaign sign law ruled unconstitutional at Mayor Harry Wyant Jr.’s hearing
South Whitehall Patch: Pamela Varkony Sworn Into PA Commission for Women

NEPA
The Times-Tribune: Penn East Federal Credit Union offers loan assistance to Scranton employees whose salaries were cut to minimum wages
The Times-Tribune: Corbett signs act 47 fix
The Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor to pay city workers minimum wage despite judge ordering him not to
The Times-Tribune: Mayor, Scranton City Council dispute figures
The Times-Tribune: Region’s manufacturing shows signs of improving

South Central
The Sentinel: Cumberland County commissioners join appeal against state senatorial redistricting map
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett signs Pennsylvania prison reform into law
AP: Voter ID law: 9% of Pennsylvania voters don’t have state photo card, officials say
York Daily Dispatch: New jobs report looms over Obama campaign bus trip
AP: House bill would cut food stamps, farm subsidies
Lebanon Daily News: County’s turn to grapple with state budget

North by Northwest
Philadelphia Inquirer: Charter schools, public pensions on Corbett’s fall agenda
Sharon Herald: Half-million voter don’t have photo ID
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: More than 758,000 voters may lack right ID

Opinion
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Op-ed: PA may undo Obama
Inquirer: Op-ed: With Romney or Obama as president, health care reforms are here to stay
Daily News: Editorial: Education tax credits a good idea, but at what cost?
Daily News: Op-ed: Mitt’s minced words
Inquirer: Op-ed: If Romney wins, give Delaware an extra Congressman
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: School funding remains uneven playing field
Tribune Review: Reversal of Stolen Valor Act bitter but necessary
Tribune Review: Immigration antics: Dereliction of duty
Tribune Review: The Thursday wrap
Post-Gazette: Blown cap: The state gas incentives should have had limits
Post-Gazette: Inner limits: The quest continues for the base of all being
Lehigh Valley Express-Times: Fix public pension system with “Sandusky” amendment
The Times-Tribune: Speaking of ‘red lights’…
The Times-Tribune: $11B to be kept in dark
Standard Speaker: Transportation bill action rare good news from Capitol

Blogs
John Hanger: Gulpers & Sippers: Ranking Gas, Coal, Nukes, Wind By Gallons Per Kilowatt-hour
John Hanger: US Coal Consumption Drops 17% But Coal Exports Booming In 1st Quarter
John Hanger: Storm Proofing Electric Grid Requires Doubling Electricity Bills: Would That Be Worth It?
Keystone Conservative: President Obama’s phantom accomplishments
Keystone Politics: Countering Pawlenty and Jindal
Above Average Jane: The other side of the American Revolution
Pennsylvania Progressive: PA politics continues to trump health and environment
2 Political Junkies: Tracking the crazy: The Obama-Paris July 4 lie
PA Budget and Policy Center: Enacted 2012-13 Budget Fact Sheet Tax Code Changes Whittle Away at State’s Revenue Base
PA Budget and Policy Center: New Welfare Code Bill adds Work Requirement for Parents with High Health Needs, Punitive Job Search Requirements for TANF
Keystone State Education Coalition: Accountability? Not with PA EITC

One Response

  1. RE: HD-25, oops! You are not supposed to get caught Mike. Local voters think voting to hire new cops is REAL serious business. So much for the law and order crowd. If the voters of Plum cannot count on you to be there for them, why would they send you to Harrisburg.

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