8/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Court rules against Kane in lawsuit, GOP offers Wolf a “take it or leave it” budget deal and Fattah faces a primary challenger. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Court Rules Against Kane in Thomas Lawsuit: Detective Claude Thomas will get an answer from the AG about why she called his investigation racially targeted.

PA-BGT: GOP Offer ‘Take It or Leave It’ Deal: GOP legislators have budged on pension and basic education spending.

PA-2: Fattah to Face Primary Challenger (VIDEO): The Democratic leader of Philly’s Ninth Ward will look to seize on Fattah’s legal situation.

PA-BGT: Wolf Blasts GOP Over Budget Stalemate: The Governor tries to paint the Republicans as the “Party of No”.

Statewide
PLSReporter: In budget meeting primer, Wolf accuses Republicans of having no desire to work together toward compromise plan
PLSReporter: Republicans offer governor’s desired education funding for modified pension reform plan
PLSReporter: State’s largest teachers’ union: GOP modified pension plan offer is “insulting to working people”
StateImpactPA: State says gas industry still ignoring minority, female hiring law
State House Sound Bites: Late budget prompts low-interest loan program
State House Sound Bites: Offer and counter-offers in Pa. budget talks

Philadelphia
Heard in the Hall: 29% of city contracts go to minority, female-owned businesses
Philly.com: Kenney gives back cash after using city worker to solicit donations
Philly.com: Former Gov. Ed Rendell endorses Jim Kenney for mayor
PhillyClout: Brian Sims for Congress?
Philadelphia Business Journal: State review committee questions PPA’s wheelchair-friendly taxi proposal

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Delco educators fear effects of state budget standoff
Bucks County Courier Times: Bucks County to launch 911 texting system
Pottstown Mercury: Faith leaders discuss public safety with Montgomery County officials
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania Turnpike official warns of E-ZPass email phishing scam
Daily Local News: Spring-Ford Area School Board debates volunteer policy changes

Pittsburgh
WESA: Lots Of Red Tape For Building Waterfront Projects In PA, But It Could Be Worse
WESA: 2016 Campaigns Will Spend $4.4 Billion On TV Ads, But Why?
KDKA: Recycling Old Televisions A Real Challenge In Pennsylvania
KDKA: Gov. Wolf & GOP Leaders Continue To Battle Over Budget
Tribune Review: Candidate for 37th District Pa. Senate seat releases ad
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council toothless, some members say
Early Returns: Peduto blogs about sick leave at whitehouse.gov

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Gas company to address Aliquippa flooding issue
Altoona Mirror: Leaders: Closed juvenile unit could benefit SCI
Altoona Mirror: Blair OKs update of aerial photos

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Ethics Commission holds first meeting in months
Times Leader: Judge dismisses petition to audit Tony George’s campaign finances
Standard Speaker: City Council rejects land bank
Standard Speaker: HASD spends $50G on books
Pocono Record: Casey fights against bigger trucks

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Council moves forward with expansion at Shippensburg wastewater treatment plant
Patriot-News: Pa. state budget talks intensify with new Republican offer on pensions, school funding
Patriot-News: Dauphin County hosts public meetings to gather flooding input from residents
York Dispatch: York County chief: Heroin addicts saved by Narcan need more help
York Dispatch: West York officials clash over police, budget
Lancaster Intelligencer: NAACP to host new School District of Lancaster superintendent
Roxbury News: 2015 Dauphin County Upset Tax Sale

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Arbitrator makes ‘humble attempt at compromise’ in Saucon Valley contract dispute
Reading Eagle: BARTA will end Reading shuttle program early due to low ridership
Express Times: Gov. Wolf building apartments should be ready in a few months
Express Times: Bethlehem still in the black for 2015, city says

North by Northwest
Campaign ’15: Get ready: At least 3 big races on 2016 ballot
Erie Times-News: State sues former Erie homebuying business
Centre Daily Times: Politicians talk policy at Ag Progress
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Changes coming in some districts
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: With no state funding, local agencies feel pinch

Opinion
Daily News: Pa. lawmakers horsing around with schools with this budget crisis
Patriot-News: Why did Kathleen Kane attack judge over porn emails when it wasn’t his call to make?: Editorial
Patriot-News: Funding for appropriate mental health services has always been lacking in the state: PennLive letters
Patriot-News: CPAs can help elected officials navigate through state’s budget process: PennLive letters
Post-Gazette: Make a deal: Ending the liquor monopoly could spur a budget
Altoona Mirror: Sobriety program a model
Times-Tribune: Time to deal on pensions
Times Leader: Water disruption in Wyoming Valley puts focus on precious resource – and aging pipes

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: When it comes to buffer areas around streams, advocates say size matters
Keystone Politics: EPA’s proposed methane rules underscore the need for state action
Citified: Philly among metros with the biggest drop in car commuters
Commonwealth Foundation: Something Pennsylvania government does pretty well

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