8/5 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pelosi and Marino have an uncomfortable moment on the House floor, the Cook ratings for PA-6 and PA-8 change and the GOP releases a new web ad targeting Wolf. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Pelosi Chases Rep. Marino Across House Chamber: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responds to Congressman Tom Marino’s accusations over border reform by confronting him on the House floor.

Cook Political Report Adjusts Ratings for PA-6 and PA-8: The Cook Political Report changed its ratings in PA-6 and PA-8 from “Leans Republican” to “Likely Republican”.

PA-Gov: GOP Releases Web Ad Attacking Wolf’s Lack of Vision (VIDEO): The Republican Party of Pennsylvania released a web ad today claiming that Wolf lacks a plan to confront PA’s toughest issues and is unable to lead the state to growth.

Statewide
Capitolwire:Enviros fear ‘rush’ to open Loyalsock tracts to drilling.
Capitolwire:PA Medical Society says risk for Ebola outbreak in the U.S. ‘very low, close to non-existent.’
AP:Six Philly police officers seek bail in racketeering case.
PLSReporter: All agree that Pa. needs new school funding formula but debate intense over Philly cig tax increase
PLSReporter: Capitol Quick Hits for 8.4.14
PLSReporter: House Republicans abdicated responsibility by delaying vote on Philly cig taxes, Dems say
StateImpactPA: Water engineer takes the reins at the Delaware River Basin Commission
StateImpactPA: Gas drillers didn’t report half the spills that led to fines

Philadelphia
The Inquirer: Corbett indicates Phila. schools could get a cash advance
The Inquirer: Nutter calls Council’s pot bill ‘simplistic’
The Inquirer: Reid’s appearance for Norcross campaign attracts protest
KYW Newsradio: Judges Split On Bail For Philadelphia Police Officers Charged With Corruption

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Code Orange ozone air quality alert issued
The Intelligencer: Philly senior judge appointed to preside in Kerns sex case
Daily Local News: Rep. Meehan holds hearing on student information data mining

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Laws, loopholes can test private, public ties
Post-Gazette: Allowing counties to store court records electronically could save thousands
WTAE: James Brady, ex Reagan press secretary, dies
Business Times: West Penn Power seeks distribution rate increase
Tribune Review: Former Pittsburgh mayoral candidate changes mind on plea deal
Tribune Review: Government names new director of National Energy Technology Lab

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: It pays to pray in Pennsylvania Senate, not House
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Allegheny becomes 5th county to offer online bail
Altoona Mirror: Lawmaker wants more transparency in PA liquor advertising
Beaver County Times: Airmall acquired by German company
Observer-Reporter: Ruling: Former North Strabane official violated ethics laws

NEPA
Times Tribune: Many young primary care physicians leave state for financial relief
News Item: Update: Mayor out of hospital
Citizens Voice: Pa. among nation’s highest for teacher impropriety cases
Times Leader: Feds want Lupas fraud charges dismissed
Times Leader: McGinty blasts Corbett’s education funding

South Central
AP: Ex-township official in Pa. must pay $20 ethics penalty
Harrisburg Patriot News: Stilp asks for feds to investigate: Is Tomalis a ghost employee?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. revenue collections bring in $2.2 million in July, but that includes one-timers used to balance the budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: House candidate claims his challenge to ethics ruling put a crack in incumbent protection program; his opponent disagrees
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: House Bill: PA employers can’t block workers from keeping guns in their cars
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Native American burials, farmland, earthquakes cited as reasons to deny gas pipeline in Lancaster County

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Fact Check: How true are governor’s claims about challenger Wolf’s taxes?
Reading Eagle: A mom’s battle for medical marijuana
Reading Eagle: ‘How terrible the situation is’ for unaccompanied minors coming to the U.S., researcher from Berks County says
WFMZ: Tom Wolf talks job in visit to Northampton County
Express Times: Nazareth mayor: ‘Enough is enough’ concerning police department problems

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte Borough Council unable to fill open seat
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Highway funding, drilling fee use among votes cast

Opinion
Observer-Reporter: Deploying industry spin tactics
News Item: Crisis immigration
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. Legislature shrugs off Philadelphia school crisis: Editorial
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Funeral food: silly law, silly court remedy
Philly.com: Pa. reaps natural-gas benefits
Delco Daily Times: Full transparency by Wolf can silence critics

Blogs
Pennsylvania Progressive: AIDS Advances May be Compromised by Legislative Inaction
PA Budget and Policy Center: Tax revenues continue to nosedive in May. Now $174 million less than last year due to corporate tax cuts. 2014-15 shortfall continues to grow. Commonwealth Foundation: A Note on Philadelphia School Spending
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Corbett Ads Taking No Toll on Tom Wolf’s Polling
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Aug 4: When will we see/hear “This ad paid for by your school tax dollars” with every cyber charter advertisement?
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition #2808, August 4th, 2014: Summertime and Politicos

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