7/7 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Tribune-Review publisher Richard Mellon Scaife passes away, the latest Harper Polling results about Pennsylvanian preferences and our weekly round-up of news in the gubernatorial race. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

7/3 Ups & Downs: Tom Wolf maintains his lead, the budget awaits a signature and the commonwealth’s capital city goes through another traumatic episode. See who made this week’s list.

Richard Mellon Scaife 1932-2014: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review owner and influential patron of conservative causes died today.

Analysis: The Kathleen Kane Backlash: An examination of the struggle the Attorney General currently finds herself in.

PA-Gov Round-Up: Battle of the Budget: We take a look at the events of the last week in the state’s gubernatorial race.

Harper Poll: Which PA Team Will Win the Next Title?: The latest Harper poll results chart what team will be the next to win a championship and who is the greatest athlete in PA history.

Harper Poll: Pennsylvania’s Favorite Amusement Park, Vacation Spot, and Holiday: Hershey Park, the Jersey Shore, and Christmas are favorites among Pennsylvanians.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Philly cigarette tax clears hurdle in the House; sent back to the Senate.
Capitolwire: House wraps on state budget business, at least for now.
Capitolwire: House sends Capital Budget to governor’s desk.
Capitolwire: House GOP drops some of Senate GOP’s language from Fiscal Code bill.
State House Sound Bites: PA braces for credit downgrade after budget & pensions soufflé
PA Independent: Fixes possible for Pennsylvania’s small games of chance debacle
StateImpactPA: Aggressive Tactic on the Fracking Front
StateImpactPA: Family of worker killed in southwest Pa. gas well fire sues Chevron

Philadelphia
Philly.com: The winners and losers in Pa.’s budget battle
Philly.com: Law requires oxygen test for newborns
Philly.com: Last-minute insert helped get Phila. cigarette tax approved
WHYY Newsworks: Pa.-based company in the running for $25 million environmental prize
City Paper: Pennsylvania’s Worst Politicians

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Why can one bridge be fixed in a year but Keim Street takes 10?
Delco Daily Times: High water marks: Infrastructure investments keep Aqua Pa. flowing
Delco Daily Times: Guest Column: Gov’t unions must play by the same rules as teachers
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Community College breaks ground for $17M state-of-the-art science building in Newtown
Daily Local News: State human trafficking bill nearly law

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Interest groups’ lobbying tally tops $500M in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: A life well lived: Dick Scaife was a true newsman and patriot
Tribune Review: Former federal prosecutor from Butler County hired to prepare last-ditch motion for Sandusky
Post-Gazette: Proposed budget has few increases for education in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Movement targets fossil fuel divestiture
Business Times: Downtown Pittsburgh will be reshaped with accelerated investment in Strip District
WTAE: Lyft, Uber to keep giving rides

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Poll: Wolf has big lead over Corbett
Beaver County Times: Shell: Cracker’s emissions in application based on conservatively high estimates
Observer Reporter: Robbery suspect jumps off Pittsburgh bridge
Observer Reporter: Coal, gas drilling waste plant closes, leaves mess
Altoona Mirror: Schools outsource substitute teacher services

NEPA
The Times Leader: Public invited to meeting on real estate tax bill
The Times Leader: Nurses vow to stand strong during WBGH strike
Times Tribune: Vatican investigating former Scranton priest
Citizens Voice: NEPA native gives medical aid abroad
Citizens Voice: Poll: Education remains weak spot for Corbett with voters

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Williams Partners answers questions about proposed 35-mile gas pipeline through Lancaster County
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Schools wait on millions in Medicaid funding from state
Carlisle Sentinel: Bills aim to update organ donation laws; coroners, donor organizations clash
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. tax collections dropped in 2013-2014 budget year for third time in six years
York Daily Record: York County hotel room tax increase closer to passing
York Daily Record: York City School District looks to make finances work for charters

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Lehigh County Commissioners not seeking repeat of grant controversy
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane’s credibility is on the line
Pennsylvania Ave:House Ethics chairman slams Fitzpatrick as he reverses travel disclosure change
Pennsylvania Ave: Toomey: GOP “likely” to retake Senate majority in November
Reading Eagle: Berks school budget season was less stormy, but hardly sunny

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Report: Ordinary Americans caught up in data sweep
Onward State: Barron Creates Sexual Assault/Harassment Task Force and Health Care Advisory Committee
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Parents of slain prison guard join lawmakers to support legislation

Opinion
Reading Eagle: Corbett deserves credit for demanding pension reform
York Dispatch: Yes, why rush now on pensions?
Tribune Review: Restore the balance among the branches of government in Washington
Post-Gazette: Richard M. Scaife: Local publisher played a significant role
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. budget is a roll of the dice for local schools and taxpayers
Pottstown Mercury: Saturday’s Sound Off
Courier Times: Kane’s kvetching

Blogs
2 Political Junkies: Governor Tom Corbett, Science Denier
2 Political Junkies: Independence Day
Pittston Politics: PA majority reinstates free meals for itself
Keystone Progress: A Broader Scope: Hobby Lobby’s Potential Impact in PA
Keystone Politics: Ride-Share Fix Must Apply to Philly Parking Authority as Well as PUC
Bals Blog: Summer of 76
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup July 4: Spectacular victory for Philly schools – pretty depressing
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup July 3: Indicted former cyber school chief seeks more time to sift through government’s evidence
Pennsylvania Progressive: The Post Office Isn’t a Dead Letter
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Fired Ass’t Solicitor’s Civil Rights Suit to Move Forward
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Things To Ponder on Independence Day

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