7/7 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pawlowski suspends his campaign, Sestak stumbles and Nutter raps. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Pawlowski Suspends Campaign: The Allentown Mayor is putting his run on hold as he deals with an FBI investigation.

DEVELOPING: FBI Searches Allentown City Hall: No indication yet what the bureau was looking or if Mayor Pawlowski is implicated.

PA-Sen: Oops, Joe Sestak Stumbles over Kids During Parade (VIDEO): The Senatorial candidate’s missteps are fodder for opponents.

Nutter Treats Philly to a “Rapper’s Delight” (VIDEO): The Mayor was the surprise star of the city’s Independence Day celebrations.

PA-Sen: Chamber of Commerce Launches Ad for Toomey (VIDEO): The TV spot highlights the senator’s bipartisanship, jobs creation.

PA-BGT: Wolf Unites GOP in Budget Battle: The Republican legislature is more united than ever before.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: PennFuture names new President and CEO
PLSReporter: GOP leaders’ letter to Wolf: Budget veto “puts politics over governing”
PLSReporter: Monday budget negotiation and pension reform bill update
State House Sound Bites: In budget talks, disability groups relegated to the sidelines
WITF: Negotiators to meet amid Pa. budget stalemate
WITF: Midstate district judge’s duties on hold while traffic case probed
PA Independent: PA Family Institute: “Glib” takes on stripper-registry bill obscure darker story

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila. official denies Center City fence for Pope Francis’ visit
WHYY Newsworks: Viewing Philly’s early gay rights demonstrations from the sidelines, but with no less risk
WHYY Newsworks: State names new recovery officer for Harrisburg schools
Philly.com: Can candidates fix Philly’s litter problem?
Inquirer: Senate hopeful halts bid; Dems seek options
Inquirer: Mayor Nutter’s transition team is already at work

SEPA
Daily Local News: Congressmen get tour of train safety system test facility
Bucks County Courier Times: Carnival workers not covered under Pennsylvania criminal background checks
Bucks County Courier Times: No movement on Pa. budget stalemate
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township schools seek public’s help in superintendent search
Pottstown Mercury: New law tackles campus violence

Pittsburgh
KDKA: O’Connor Proposes Paid Sick Leave For All Workers In The City
KDKA: Drug-Related Deaths On The Rise In Westmoreland County
WESA: Millennials Are Buying Homes Later, But Still Want A Place Of Their Own
WESA: State Police Won’t Relax Standards Just To Fill Ranks
WESA: For Urban Development That Can’t Attract Traditional Financing, Crowdfunding Jumps In
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania DEP greenlights MarkWest expansion project
Pittsburgh Business Times: State slot machine revenue up after two-year decline
Early Returns: Perry on Politics: Trumping the field
Post-Gazette: GOP criticizes budget veto in letter to Wolf
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania expands education benefits for veterans

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: State VFW helps sick veterans facing VA backlog
Tribune-Democrat: Rock music show to benefit Johnstown Free Medical Clinic
Tribune-Democrat: Police ramp up efforts to reduce speed-related crashes on Route 219 in northern Cambria County

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Budget talks restart Monday
Standard Speaker: Carbon commissioners address gypsy moth spray program
News Item: Monday Profile: New chamber director ready to work for local businesses
Citizens Voice: GOP leaders: The ball is in Wolf’s court

South Central
Patriot-News: Act II in Pennsylvania Budget Theatre opens, quietly
Patriot-News: Q&A on revisions to child protection background checks law
Patriot-News: Long-running grand jury investigating Harrisburg’s finances gets extended
York Dispatch: Dems ax annual picnic, urge people to attend York’s Equality Fest instead
Lancaster Intelligencer: Disciplined judge’s lawyer says “criminal investigation” is over a summary traffic ticket

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspends U.S. Senate campaign
Morning Call: With hundreds of volunteers, school districts scrambling to comply with background check law
Morning Call: Lower Saucon officials on PennEast meeting: better than nothing
WFMZ: DA: SCOTUS ruling reaffirms Ballard should be executed
Express Times:  Martin Tower needs zoning help to become live, work Bethlehem destination
Reading Eagle: Republicans criticize Gov. Wolf veto of spending plan

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Hearing set in newest Sandusky sex assault case
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Liquor privatization, parking lot expansion among week’s votes

Opinion
York Dispatch: OP-ED: Climate, open primaries earn Young Awards
Patriot-News: Wolf’s ‘My Way or the Highway’ approach blocks progress
Inquirer: Dirty money
Daily News: Obama reveals the true Obama
Daily Local News: Bigotry not “politically incorrect,” just hateful
Post-Gazette: Super goal: Hosting the NFL title game should be a priority
Tribune-Review: Another IRS ‘oops’: Hardly credible
Observer-Reporter: End the budget impasse
Times-Tribune: Evans right to look for big picture

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Poor excuses used to prolong PLCB’s power
Keystone Crossroads: For urban development that can’t attract traditional financing, crowdfunding jumps in
Keystone Politics: Republican end-run around DEP drilling regs probably doomed
Citified: Where income inequality is the worst in Philly
Citified: Mayor Nutter rapped with The Roots in an epic performance

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