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.

Statewide
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.

Philadelphia
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

SEPA
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

Pittsburgh
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

Southwest
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

NEPA
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

Opinions
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

Blogs
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