8/19 Morning Buzz

US CapitolCongressional recess continues, and Obama’s Scranton venue is set. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

8/16 Ups & Downs: Shakeup in the Governor’s office, a big announcement for Lt. Governor and more. Here are this week’s Ups & Downs.

More Details Emerge on Obama’s Scranton Visit: President Obama will speak at Lackawanna College when he visits Scranton on Friday, the White House confirmed.

Corbett Still No. 1, Though Not In A Good Way: The Washington Post ranks Corbett as nation’s most vulnerable governor.

Statewide
Patriot News: Attorney General Kathleen Kane vows not to be a politician, but is she?
PA Independent: PA Week in Review: Corbett fighting through more hard times
PA Independent: Philly’s school funding crisis driven by pensions, and it’s only going to get worse
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Pennsylvania to get $2.7 million to help navigate the federal health care law
StateImpactPA: Corbett Listens To Royalty Complaints From Bradford County Commissioners
StateImpactPA: Dow CEO Leading The Charge Against LNG Exports
AP: Past gov spokesman offer spin on Corbett’s woes

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. urged to simplify evaluation of charities for tax exemption
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. voters won’t have to show ID at the polls in November
CBS Philly: Philly School Board Staffing Moves Raise Ire of Teachers’ Union
Commonwealth Confidential: Sources: Wagner mulls gov bid

SEPA
phillyburbs.com: Fitzpatrick meeting strategy ‘muzzles’ critics
Pottstown Mercury: Lower Pottsgrove Township Manager Rod Hawthorne to retire
Daily Local News: Coatesville hopes to boost downtown revitalization
Daily Local News: Holder’s call draws local debate
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Prothonotary introduces electronic filing system for civil documents
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, ‘No Labels’ announce bipartisan legislative package

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s Republican mayoral candidate Josh Wander pushes message of ‘choice’
Post-Gazette: Spending cuts loom at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities
Post-Gazette: Heinz valued in Pittsburgh more for history than impact
Tribune-Review: Jobs could trump health when it comes to power plant closings
Tribune-Review: Pa. officials split on same-sex unions
UrbanMediaToday: Rally Demands ‘No More Names’ on List of Gun Victims
UrbanMediaToday: Implementation of Pa. Voter ID Law Blocked for November Elections

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Right to an attorney
Altoona Mirror: PennDOT to fund rail for entire year
Altoona Mirror: County sheriffs welcome canine
Tribune-Democrat: The high cost of crime
Tribune-Democrat: Housing panel reviews city’s crime report

NEPA
Pocono Record: Rep. Brown hosts coffee in Delaware Township
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board vacancy may not appear on ballot
Standard Speaker: Marcellus driller consider federal option
Standard Speaker: City Hall to host tax reform meeting
Times Leader: Medico Olenginski to run for controller in November

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg school union reverses contract vote
Carlisle Sentinel: Harrisburg incinerator probe in AG’s hands
Carlisle Sentinel: Dispatch debate: State-of-the-art center handles county dispatch
Patriot-News: Faith, fathers will save Harrisburg’s sons from the curse of street violence, forum participants say
York Dispatch: Parking Bureau to issue resident permits for York Fair
York Dispatch: York County appoints new Domestic Relations head
Lancaster Intelligencer: More online options for Pequea Valley students in new school year
Lancaster Intelligencer: County waste chief says Harrisburg incinerator probe won’t affect sale
Lancaster Intelligencer: New Holland councilman linked to hit-run crash

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: York delegation visits Allentown to learn about the NIZ
Morning Call: LVEDC promotes two from within
Morning Call: Obama to talk education in Scranton
Express Times: Hotel Bethlehem opposes convention center, second hotel at former Bethlehem Steel Corp. site
Express Times: Bethlehem Area School Board to vet possible Nitschmann architects Monday
Express Times: Pride festival in Allentown focuses on equality, overcoming discrimination

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Economy swells as visitors pour into town for Series
Sun-Gazette: County to seek federal funding for airport work
Centre Daily Times: Attorney: Jerry Sandusky Victim 5 first to settle civil claim with Penn State
Centre Daily Times: Grange Fair brings in, pumps out millions of dollars to local economy

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Drug offense: Holder indicts part of the criminal justice system
Tribune-Review: Downsize the Pa. Legislature: Whack! Whack! Whack!
Pocono Record: My Turn: Let headlines tell fracking’s true, bad, story
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Legislator per diem payments lack transparency
Times-Tribune: Chris Kelly: Hoping Obama is aware how desperately Scranton needs ‘rebuilding’
Standard Speaker: Author years behind on natural gas issues

Blogs
Keystone Politics: The Trib: Jack Wagner Considering Run for Governor
Keystone Politics: Darrell Clarke’s Property Sales Plan is More Progressive Than the Nutter/Corbett Sales Tax Plan
Keystone Politics: Sam Smith Serves Up LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill to Daryl Metcalfe for Slaughter
Keystone Politics: How Many Ethics Scandals Does Tom Corbett Have Now?
Keystone Politics: PA-13: Many Actors, But Only One Real Endorsement for Brendan Boyle
Pittston Politics: PA majority took three steps forward with Linskey and ten steps back

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