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8/5 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsVoter ID is put on hold; and we take a look at the PA Dems staff changes. Good morning politicos, here’s the buzz.

Cross Settles in as PA Dems Exec Director: The party’s new ED Elena Cross, and its new Finance Director Dylan Gaffney, look to 2014.

Voter ID on Hold as Trial Wraps Up: After two and a half weeks of testimony a Commonwealth Court judge will decide the fate of PA’s voter ID law. But in any case the requirement won’t be in effect this November.

8/2 Ups & Downs: The same-sex marriage fight in Montco, the Guv’s race, and more! See who made the list of all ‘Ups’!

Must read: Interns on a high horse, beware: Please enjoy this hilarious piece written by former Pa. political operative James Genovese for the New York Observer. Key takeaway: “You were the president of your school’s college Democrats or Republicans. You tweet like crazy and read Politico. You deserve to be taken seriously. Oh wait, you don’t. You don’t know sh**.”

New York Times: An Involuntary Union of Football Rivals for Philadelphia High Schools
PA Independent: Week in Review: Old laws, new laws filling summer schedule
PA Independent: If you don’t promote, will they come? PA ponders hotel tax reform
StateImpactPA: Lifelong Gag Order Imposed on Two Kids in Fracking Case

Daily News: Here comes Fumo
Daily News: Former commissioner suggests prosperity trumps safety at L&I
Philly Clout: City issues RFQ for PGW sale
WHYY: Former Mayor Rendell has some advice for current Mayor Nutter
WHYY: Fight For Philly takes on Comcast, Philly school funding with bologna sandwiches

Pottstown Mercury: Lower Providence supervisors approve capital plan for parks
Pottstown Mercury: Montco officials vow to fight Pa. over same-sex marriage licenses
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville school get $5,000 grant for high school transition program
Pottstown Mercury: State rep talks property taxes, future of HB 76
Courier Times: Bucks County, Bristol Twp. in dispute over Venice Ashby police coverage
Courier Times: Upper Makefield revenue on upswing
Courier Times: Pennsbury reaches tentative deal with 700 support staff employees
Daily Local: Decision to revoke Graystone Academy’s charter upheld
Daily Local: Montco fights same-sex marriage license suit

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools launches online forum to solicit ideas to improve
Post-Gazette: Darlene Harris lets deadline pass to file for Pittsburgh mayor
Tribune Review: Private special ed schools feel effect of attention to programs in public districts
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania law affects shipping alcohol in state via Postal Service
Tribune Review: State adjustment adds $17K to spending plan at Southmoreland
Early Returns: Perry on Politics: Fire in the Rear
Urban Media Today: Mayor Ravenstahl Announces New Website to Connect Entrepreneurs with Opportunities to Help Launch New Businesses
KDKA: Local Mayor Says He Will Marry Gay Couples Despite State Ban

Altoona Mirror: Ex-investigator says report changed
Altoona Mirror: Strohm to follow Weakland’s footsteps
Altoona Mirror: AG rep responds to Eichelberger
Altoona Mirror: Local vendors put in long days at fair
Beaver County Times: DEP: Air monitoring study to continue through end of year

Times-Tribune: Driven by $43.3 million reconstruction project, fans flood to PNC Field
Times-Tribune: Local History: Little has changed in county government since founding
Standard Speaker: Merged hospitals’ pricing a concern
Standard Speaker: Behind these prison walls
Citizens Voice: Heroes or hindrances: Incidents give rise to debate over citizen arrests

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Warren County Democratic chairman: Buono made ‘great pick’ in Silva for running mate
Express-Times: Black Diamond redevelopment plans involve housing for south side Easton
Express-Times: Residents unhappy with Phillipsburg Housing Authority restrictions
Express-Times: Bethlehem to replace disheveled grass in historic district
Reading Eagle: Corbett pressed on gay marriage

South Central
Public Opinion: Shuster facing a challenge in his own party
The Sentinel: Chartered bus to leave Harrisburg for anniversary of MLK march
Roxbury News: Lewis Butts and Nate Curtis discuss the mayor race in Harrisburg
Lancaster Online: Some say climate change could be playing a role in sudden summer deluges
Lancaster Online: Debate erupts over GOP’s decision to strip food stamp program from farm bill
York Dispatch: GOP tabs Stephanie Gaultney as Loganville mayoral candidate
Patriot News: Harrisburg parking deal would preserve local control through CREDC and increase city revenue, sources say
Patriot News: School districts, state balance budget on backs of children: Cuts in kindergarten
Patriot News: Harrisburg Controller Dan Miller to announce whether he will re-enter mayoral race
Patriot News: Montgomery Co. says gay marriage ban is unconstitutional: The Sunday Brunch
Patriot News: Schwartz to rally campaign workers online
Patriot News: Even gun rights proponents agree: Cussing, shooting Gilberton police chief detracts from debate
Patriot News: Despite fewer officers, curfew citations, juvenile arrests on decline in Harrisburg

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Penn State’s costs for Sandusky scandal nearly $48 million so far
Onward State: State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham Will Marry Same-Sex Couples
Onward State: Legislators Introduce NCAA Accountability Act
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor wants additional borrowing to light streets

Karen Heller, Inquirer: Reorientating Fumo to life on the outside
RealClearPolitics: Too Tired to Care About VA Scandal?
Post-Gazette: Make voting easy, efficient and fair
Tribune Review: Highway funding sinkhole: Lousy mileage
Centre Daily Times: Our View | Attorney General Kathleen Kane should push Penn State-related investigations
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Separating gas drilling fact from fiction – study is a good first step
Patriot News: Kane’s political moment parallels early Obama: column
Patriot News: State makes the right call with VoterID delay: Opinion Quick Take

PA Budget and Policy Center: Nearly 1.8 Million in Pa. Will See Food Assistance Cut This Fall
Keystone Politics: Why Doesn’t the Philadelphia Police Department Enforce the Traffic Laws in South Philly
Keystone Politics: Driving is Massively Subsidized
Keystone Politics: RIP Rep. Bill Gray (D-PA), First Black Majority Whip

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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