11/15 Morning Buzz

pa flagPA has one fewer candidate for Lt. Gov, Corbett plans a big DC fundraiser, and we dig deeper into the latest polling. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs.

PSEA Prez Crossey Says No to LG Run: Mike Crossey, President of the Pennsylvania State Education Association teachers union, won’t mount a bid for Lieutenant Governor.

Harper Poll: PA Dems Split on Abortion & More: The pollster surveyed Democratic primary voters’ opinions of a variety of issues including abortion, vouchers, taxes and fracking.

DePasquale’s Debut: Targets DPW in First Major Audit: An audit turns up evidence of pay delays that caused severe impact on workers and state taxpayers.

PA Matches Anemic National Obamacare Enrollment: After healthcare.gov’s disastrous rollout, just 2,207 Pennsylvanians have enrolled in insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Casey Unveils Pre-K Bill with Star-Studded Press Conference: The Senator was joined by actress Jennifer Garner yesterday at an event to introduce his early education bill.

Entire GOP Delegation Hosts Corbett DC Fundraiser: It helps to have friends in high places. Every Pa. Republican in Congress will join together to host the Governor for an event in Washington next week.

State House Sound Bites: Audit: DPW mismanagement led to workers’ pay delays
PA Independent: A tale of two crises: Philly public schools waffle while Catholic schools confront pension debt
PA Independent: Gambling expansion bill heads to Pennsylvania Senate
Capitolwire: Metcalfe rips Sen. Costa over ‘bully’ remark
Capitolwire: DePasquale audit says DPW mismanaged home care worker payroll services. DPW says most problems fixed.

Inquirer: Obama looks to 2014 at W. Mount Airy fund-raiser
Inquirer: Clarke wants to extend deadline for property-tax relief
Inquirer: No fireworks yet in Phila. mob trial
Inquirer: Montco GOP chair resigns amid reports of sex assault probe
Inquirer: Feds: Deadly collapse was ‘preventable’
Philly.com: Obama arrived in Philly for Thursday campaign fundraiser

The Intelligencer: Insurers scramble in wake of Obama’s health care ‘fix’
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Council holds the line with $2.52 million preliminary budget for 2014

Tribune-Review: Legislative leaders will call for vote next week on transportation bill
Tribune-Review: Pa. Gov. Corbett defends his numbers on Marcellus shale drilling jobs
Post-Gazette: Judge threatens to postpone entire sentence for former Pa. justice Orie Melvin
KDKA: Local Congressmen React To President’s New Effort To Extend Old Health Policies
AP: George W. Bush, Corbett To Speak At Shale Gas Conference

Beaver County Times: Controversial endangered species bill clears committee
Altoona Mirror: Bill OKs gambling contests in bars
WTAJ: PSU Student Employees Worry About the Affordable Care Act
WTAJ: Rep. Mike Fleck Gets Primary Challenger
Indiana Gazette: Bill approved to name local road for Nance

PA Homepage: Marcellus Shale Coalition, Supporters Tout Job Growth Potential
Republican Herald: Potato bag law passes Senate
Republican Herald: County commissioners tentatively OK 2-mill tax hike for 2014 budget
Standard Speaker: HGH gets on state wish list
Standard Speaker: Senate confirms Holden for a LCB board seat
Standard Speaker: County council trying for better lease deal
Standard Speaker: Legislative health care hike proposed
News Item: Barletta co-sponsoring ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act’
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County’s contract with child care center draws fire
Times Leader: No such thing as a free lunch? There is for arena authority
Times Leader: Casey unveils legislation to protect call center jobs

South Central
Patriot-News: State Rep. Patty Kim joins chorus calling for increase in minimum wage
Patriot-News: Scott Hockenberry lost by 54 votes in Fairview Township Board of Supervisors race
Patriot-News: Former Computergate defendant sues Gov. Corbett for “malicious prosecution”
Patriot-News: Dauphin County General Authority could help finance senior apartments in Chester County
Lebanon Daily News: State Sen. Mike Folmer to introduce medical marijuana bill
Lebanon Daily News: Union Township proposes budget with no take hike

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Obama’s new cancellation plan underwhelms insurers, lawmakers in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: No tax increase included in Berks County proposed 2014 budget
Reading Eagle: Reading plans no change in property, commuter and income taxes
WFMZ: Montgomery County GOP Chair Bob Kerns resigns amid reports of a sexual assault
North by Northwest
Campaign ’13: Tucci, Kujawa attended Corbett event
Centre Daily: Sandusky Supreme Court appeal would have no merit, Attorney General’s Office argues
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mansfield borough council hears about possible regional municipal authority

Patriot-News: Retraction for our 1863 editorial calling Gettysburg Address ‘silly remarks’: Editorial
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: The other drug pushers
Daily News: DN Editorial: Our full house
Standard Speaker: Permanent vacation for lawmakers
News Item: Stop progress for new public notices legislation

Media Trackers: Former Communist Ferlo to Give Up Pennsylvania State Senate Seat
Media Trackers: Harrisburg School Administrators are Terrible at Math
Keystone Politics: PA’s Black Democrats Love Charter Schools
Keystone Politics: Congressman Mike Doyle’s Recent Comments on Obamacare
Keystone Politics: Why Does Stephen Herzenberg think we should lower the cost of living in empty areas
Keystone State Education Coalition: The first significant, bipartisan, bicameral bill on prekindergarten in over a decade
Commonwealth Foundation: How Taxpayers Subsidize Union Politics
Commonwealth Foundation: Obamacare exchange sign-ups dwarfed by cancellations
Above Average Jane: Gettysburg Address Event at Constitution Center
Above Average Jane: Barry Ritholz on Wal-Mart as Welfare Queen

November 15th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments