Good morning everyone! Here is today's Daily Briefing.
Just in case you missed it, The Chamber came out against the Democratic Health Care Plan yesterday. For coverage of the press conference, check out the Morning Call, Express Times and WFMZ.
In other local news, Allentown Councilman and candidate for Mayor Tony Phillips has been revealed to have a "flirtatious" online conversation with a woman who represented herself as married. As a result, Phillips' campaign manager Ken Matthews has quit the campaign and Phillips himself may drop out. In Bethlehem, the South Bethlehem Historical Society has split on the question of whether or not portions of Bethlehem Steel should be torn down to make room for ArtsQuests' plans to built a cultural and performing arts center. In Easton, the city got some bad news, as the State Theater asked for financial help, saying that the theater will not be able to operate for more than six years otherwise. And in the 24th Senate district (portions of Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Bucks counties), three candidates are racing to replace Senator Rob Wonderling, who resigned last month to head the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. The special election will be September 29.
In national news, President Obama is set to address Congress today on his proposed health care plan. The address will be at 8pm tonight. Meanwhile, Senator Mac Baucus, one of the "gang of six" who is trying to put together a bipartisan health care deal, has said that time is almost up for putting together that sort of plan. Meanwhile, there is some difference of opinion on whether or not Democrats will vote for a plan that doesn't include a public option.
We have two Chamber events today: a Southern Lehigh Business Organization (SOLEBO) breakfast and a Two River's Area Chamber of Commerce (TRACC) networking lunch.
That's it for now, we'll be back with more later. Have a great day!