7/6 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Questions about Toomey’s PACs, our exclusive interview with Congressman Costello and the Sunday show previews. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

7/3 Ups & Downs: Blown deadlines, a new Treasurer and our returning “champion”. See who made this week’s list!

PA-Sen: FEC May Probe Toomey Super PAC Contribution: A $50,000 donation between PACs could prove to be a trouble for PA’s junior Senator.

Ryan Costello: Staying In His Lane: We talk to the freshman Congressman about the transition, the Supreme Court and the permanent campaign.

Sunday Show Preview: July 5, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
PA Independent: Union cash didn’t deter top PA Senate Republican from backing privatization
WITF: Unchartered territory for Pa. budget talks
WITF: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider changes to open-records law
WITF: Expectation of veto aided GOP’s legislative wins

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: “Philly Pride Presents” held formal dedication of rainbow crosswalk
Inquirer: In aging Bucks town, new life
Inquirer: Lack of state funding will cause big problems
WHYY Newsworks: Judge to hear request to halt ocean blasting research plan

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Montco to provide services despite Pa. budget impasse
Pottstown Mercury: Montco welcomes new funding for 911 system
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown denies townships’ request for sewer authority seat
Pottstown Mercury: FBI questions Allentown mayor, seizes contract documents
Bucks County Courier Times: Property taxes going up in most Lower Bucks school districts
Bucks Local News: Morrisville Borough Council agrees to buy M.R. Reiter property from school district for $235K, deal hinges on state grant for demolition

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: State-owned universities spend millions in race to snare students
Tribune-Review: Proposal aims to bring slots to Pa. airports
Post-Gazette: State dentists advised to join fight against opioid abuse
Post-Gazette: GOP activists claim district judge must resign to seek state Senate seat
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh files suit to force release of $11.4 million in gaming funds
Pittsburgh Business Times: Alpha Natural Resources sees great potential in its shale gas project
WESA: New Fiscal Year Begins Without A Budget; Old Fiscal Year Ends With A Surplus

Southwest
Beaver County Times: State DEP to use in-house database to collect fracking, well site data
Beaver County Times: Unis family begins approximately $120K repayment plan
Altoona Mirror: McGinnis stands against GOP in state budget battle
Altoona Mirror: Beer vendors, customers unhappy with liquor bill veto
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Group seeking audit of Johnstown city loan programs

NEPA
Times Leader: No state money? It’s deja vu for area school districts
Times-Tribune: Harrisburg serves as model for pension reform
Times-Tribune: Marriage bureau extends hours

South Central
The Sentinel: 5 Questions: Stephen Bloom talks budget
The Sentinel: TIF plan presented to county commissioners
Patriot-News: Harrisburg parking ticket revenue ‘significantly below budget’ this year because of unpaid tickets
Patriot-News: Harrisburg neighbors fight plan to build 220 apartments on historic John Elder property
York Dispatch: Former York City representative still owes $490K in court costs
Lancaster Intelligencer: State House passes bill to authorize cost-benefit research on government programs
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County OKs housing funds for city of Lebanon

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown police officers testing body cameras
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Pawlowski comments on FBI’s City Hall search
Morning Call: Smartphones push bounds of PA’s wiretap law
Morning Call: Northampton County Council considers name change
Reading Eagle: Area churches wrestle over same-sex marriage ruling
WFMZ: Elverson Borough Town Hall burglarized, office equipment destroyed
Express Times: Easton codes chief settles into job, looks to hire new supervisor
Express Times: Northampton County Council awards raises to some but balks at others

North by Northwest
Erie Daily News: Erie sees mixed bag at the halfway point of 2015
Erie Daily News: Overtime, business as usual return to GE Transportation in Erie
Erie Daily News: New group forms to spur growth in community

Opinion
York Daily Record: Let’s blow up Pa.’s absurd fireworks sales law (column)
Lancaster Intelligencer: GOP budget is political ideology, not sound fiscal governance
Patriot-News: Government shouldn’t be in business of killing inmates, so end the death penalty
Inquirer: That banner yet waves
Pottstown Mercury: The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history
Tribune-Review: The Export-Import Bank: Do not resuscitate
Post-Gazette: Wolf vs. Pa.: Only the governor wants a state liquor monopoly
Observer-Reporter: A dam will be rebuilt. When remains a question
Altoona Mirror: Shuster’s vision for air traffic includes bumps
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pennsylvania’s turn to support Route 219 effort
Times Leader: Banishing drug-treatment centers is poor strategy for area coping with addictions
Times Leader: People like you power democracy
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania still drunk on politics
Citizens Voice: Embrace drive for cleaner power
News Item: We the judges
Standard Speaker: Loud booze for liquor loser
Pocono Record: Let taxpayers decide on stadium

Blogs
Citified: Latest Anti Gentrification Rallying Cry? Tax the Flippers
Keystone Politics: Wolf vetoes Republicans’ end-run around DEP drilling regulations
Keystone Crossroads: Nanticoke’s new start: What other Pa cities can learn from the first poised to exit Act 47

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