11/16 Morning Buzz

Good morning politicos, and welcome to the buzz.

Marcellus Action: The Pa. House and Senate each passed a Marcellus shale bill in a session that went into last night. The House took out the controversial preemption of local ordinances, the Senate left it in.

Councilman Oh: The absentee votes are counted, and attorney David Oh has edged out Al Taubenberger for the Philadelphia City Council’s seventh and final at-large seat.

PSU-Themed Bills: In the wake of the sex abuse scandal at Penn State, lawmakers are pushing to make it a requirement to report the sexual abuse of a minor. They’re also aiming to increase the statute of limitations on sexual assault. Check out bill summaries here.

Smith for Senate: Senate hopeful Tom Smith officially locked down the support of mega-donor Scott Wagner, his campaign reports. Here’s PoliticsPA’s look from September.

National
On Deadline: PSU Coach says he told police of alleged rape
USA Today: Misconceptions make sex abuse offenders difficult to detect

Statewide
Tribune-Review: Highmark Says Partnership To Offer State’s First Health Insurance Exchange
Post-Gazette: Search For Highmark On The Web And You See UPMC Ads
Tribune-Review: Former State Trooper From Homestead Sues State Police
NBC Pittsburgh: Six Guards Surrender In Pittsburgh State Prison Probe
PA Ave: In light of PSU scandal, Casey calls for hearing on reporting sexual abuse
PA Ave: Toomey and his super committee plan
Capitol Ideas: Advocates, Legislators call for lifting statute of limitations on sexual abuse offenses
Capitol Ideas: House, Senate take up dueling Marcellus Shale Bills
Capitol Ideas: No better X-Mas Present to struggling students than school choice
WITF: Governors squared repeat their education policy approaches
PA Independent: Corbett, Rendell offer dueling views on education policy
PA Independent: Parents, Students rally for school choice
State Impact: Dueling impact fee debates
State Impact: Federal Agency grants approval to pipeline project
State Impact: What is inside the new Senate impact fee?
PA Ave: Casey circulates petition on payroll tax credit
AP, Pottstown Mercury: Sen Casey calls for federal hearing in Penn State case

Philadelphia
PhillyClout: David Oh takes the cake in at-large Council race
PhillyClout: Tuesday’s DN: Blackwell rises with Clarke Council presidency
Daily News: Did Corbett react too slowly?
Daily News: Witnesses: Ex-D.A. accused in hit-and-run had been drinking
Daily News: Judge a total Fumo suck-up
Daily News: Ex-Philly D.A. Abraham once again investigating a sex-abuse scandal
Daily News: Deal with Blackwell paves Clarke’s way for Council prez
Inquirer: Old rivalries at issue for mayor and likely choice for Council president
Phillynow.com: Daily Grinder: Things only getting worse for Penn State; Sandusky does interview, lawsuits expected
Phillynow.com: Council to take up equal benefits ordinance tomorrow; equality PA urges passage
Phillynow.com: Watchdog study refutes natural gas economic outlook
Fox Philadelphia: Second mile raised funds for judge
Fox Philadelphia: Corbett gave Second Mile $3 million grant
KYW Newsradio: Advocates: Pennsylvania sex abuse laws “the worst”
KYW Newsradio: Taubenberger concedes to David Oh in GOP at-large city council race
WHYY Newsworks: Dueling governors: Corbett, Rendell lecture on education spending
WHYY Newsworks: Leaderless, Occupy Philadelphia presents communication challenges for city
WHYY Newsworks: Cindy Bass to back Darrell Clarke for City Council President

Philly Burbs
Phillyburbs.com: Fitzpatrick: start Afghanistan troop drawdown now
Phillyburbs.com: Montco commissioners-elect announce transition head
Delco Daily Times: Montco Rep. Vereb asks judge to look into Sandusky’s bail setting
Delco Daily Times: Former Delco prosecutor faces raps in U.D. hit-run

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Occupy Allentown protesters head to Wall Street
Morning Call: Macungie mayor can continue to get police access, judge says
Morning Call: Macungie councilman plants seed for tax hike in 2012
Morning Call: Upper Saucon committee turns up every stone to find spending cuts
Morning Call: Council President: Wilson in “good shape” for 2012 budget
Morning Call: Bill White’s Blog: Child Sex Abuse Laws
Reading Eagle: Head of Sandusky-founded charity steps down
Reading Eagle: City strengthens housing strategy
Reading Eagle: 24% tax increase proposed by supervisors
wfmz: Lawmaker seeks information about storm-caused outages
wfmz: Pa. banking secretary addresses local lenders
wfmz: Group fights to keep new performing arts center tax free
Express Times: Bangor introduces 2012 budget without tax rate increase

South Central
Public Opinion: Chambersburg Borough Council OKs budget with job cuts in police, fire departments
AP, Public Opinion: Bob Costas questions Jerry Sandusky: I am innocent
Public Opinion: Shippensburg Area school board cuts support staff
AP, Sentinel: Spanier has resigned from board of U.S. Steel
Sentinel: Preliminary Carlisle Budget Has No Tax Increase
Sentinel: Sen. Bob Casey calls for federal hearing in Penn State case
Sentinel: Commissioners approve amendment to Cumberland County’s comprehensive plan
Sentinel: No tax increase in 2012 Cumberland County budget
Sentinel: PSU trustees hire PR firm
Patriot News: McQueary on assault account: ‘I didn’t just turn and run’
Patriot News: Pa. lawmaker wants investigation of district judge in Sandusky’s case over possible conflict
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council: Major City creditor skipped meeting leading to takeover
Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett to unveil choice for Harrisburg leader within next week
York Daily Record: Sen. Casey calls for federal hearing in Penn State scandal
York Daily Record: Auditor general: York City schools misspent grant; feds should get $834K back
York Dispatch: Toni Smith says he won’t appeal Helfrich’s election victory
York Dispatch: ‘Blatant’ misuse’ of taxpayer funds in York City schools, Wagner says
York Dispatch: Mayor calls for 11 percent tax hike, new fees in York’s 2012 budget
York Dispatch: Result of York City Council election expected by week’s end
Labanon Daily News: Court order allows Occupy Wall St. protesters back
Labanon Daily News: City wraps up budget hearings

North By Northwest
Erie Times: Coin flip, drawing to determine winners in several Erie County races
Erie Times: Erie bus service awarded $2 million grant
Erie Times: Erie County Councilman Beeman held in contempt
Erie Times: Sen. Casey joins efforts to retain Lord Corp. in Erie region
Erie Times: Seat change on Millcreek Study Commission; Greene supervisor’s race reversed
Courier Express: Dubois Council concerned over proposed well
Centre Daily Times: Uncomfortable interview shows Sandusky doesn’t get it
Centre Daily Times: Read excerpts of Anderson Cooper show on PSU scandal
Sun Gazette: Everett talks gas drilling, other issues in ‘telephone town hall’
Sun Gazette: 1st reading of budget shows no tax hike
Sun Gazette: Montoursville budget has no tax increase
Sun Gazette: No tax increase expected in Wellsboro
Sun Gazette: Education leaders must maintain sharp pencils
State College: McQueary on CBS: Emotions ‘All over the Place’

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Citing Pittsburgh’s Recovery, Mayor Ravenstahl Wants Legislature To Remove State Oversight
ABC Pittsburgh: Democrats Want Tax Hike, Not Tax Cut In Allegheny County
CBS Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh Public Schools Improving

Southwest
Post-Gazette: Peters Council Opposes Proposed Drilling Regulations
AP: Federally Indicted Police Chief Dismissed From Job

Opinions
Patriot News: Right to Know Law: PSU shouldn’t get open-records exemption
Patriot News: Bankruptcy would be best for Harrisburg
Patriot News: Is Unemployment costing Pennsylvania employment?
Patriot-News: Penn State child sex abuse scandal: The worse kind of failure
Patriot-News: All of state’s school children need help, not just a few
Express Times: Your comments: Political correctness, media hype taken over Jerry Sandusky case discussion
Centre Daily Times: It takes courage to doubt an idol
Centre Daily Times: A question for McQueary
Centre Daily Times: Corbett shines
Daily News: Occupy: Time’s Up
New York Times: PSU’s long road back
The Hill: Player of the week: Senator Pat Toomey
Delco Daily Times: Freind: Fumo Judge Buckwalter is disgrace to federal branch

Blogs
NEPArtisan: A Tale of Two Coreys
NEPArtisan: PA AG Candidate Kathleen Granahan Kane on Hardball
2 Political Junkies: At Least He Said It- Again
LuLac Political Letter: Edition 1836
PA Progressive: News and Notes
Above Average Jane: Brady Endorses McCaffery
Keystone Politics: Ed Rendell Tell Dems to Reject Weak Impact Fee
John Hanger: Global Wind Revolution Hits 240,000 Megawatts and To Double Again
Lehigh  Valley Ramblings: Bob Freeman’s Next Opponent?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Who Will Be the Next NorCo Exec?

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