11/20 Morning Buzz

PoliticsPA gives you the whole story of why the Pa. House Dems fell flat in 2012. Plus, Kevin Deely concedes, Corbett does the Pa. Press Club, and we present PA’s 2012 rising stars: top 30 politicos under 30. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

How the House Dems Fell Flat: While most Democrats surged on election day, the party stalled in the Pa. House – recovering zero seats from its 2010 shellacking. We talked with a dozen operatives about what the HDCC did wrong, what was out of their hands, and what it all means for 2014.

Pennsylvania’s 2012 Rising Stars: 30 Under 30: Here they are, Pennsylvania’s top campaign operatives under age 30. These are the men and women who will be running the show in a few years – if they aren’t already.

Deely Concedes to Simmons in HD-131: Kevin Deely, the Democratic challenger to state Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh), has conceded the race.

Corbett Highlights Bipartisanship & Other Gov 2014 Notes: Gov. Tom Corbett emphasized bipartisan accomplishments during his Monday appearance at the Pa. Press Club luncheon.

Statewide:
Capitol Ideas: Gov. Corbett to unveil transportation funding plan in 2013
Capitol Ideas: Gov. Corbett talks fiscal cliff, health exchanges, and pensions during Press Club speech
Capitol Ideas: With PA Society even, John Hanger goes from “Maybe” to “Looks Like It” in 2014 Democratic Govstakes
State House Sound Bites: On a consecrated battlefield, 16 become citizens
PA Independent: ‘Fiscal cliff’ could mean $22 billion more in taxes
PA Independent: Corbett: State can’t absorb Medicaid expansion costs
StateImpact: Marcellus Shale County Aims for Long-Term Gain
StateImpact: As Part of Agreement, Beaver County Pushes Energy Supplier
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Kathleen Kane, what unknown woman will rock PA politics next?
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR II: The Senate Democrats’ big decision that won them three seats, not two
Capitolwire: Liquor store sale, pension reform and transportation funding on Gov’s priority list for 2013
Capitolwire: Corbett touts report recommending flat-funding for universities
Capitolwire: Corbett says Medicaid expansion could cost PA billions; Sen. Hughes says PA stands to get more from feds

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Proposed casino’s neighbors team up to protect interests
Inquirer: Chester Upland delays vote on recovery plan til Monday
Inquirer: Charter schools blast SRC’s move to limit enrollment
Inquirer: Casey urges quick cleanup at Frankford Arsenal
Inquirer: Corbett stresses pension crises in 2013 agenda
Inquirer: Kathleen Kane overcame doubters en route to attorney general
CapitolInq: Smith, LoBiondo caution Obama on Rice
Daily News: Brady’s casino proposal hits a snag
Daily News: Should Pa. judges have to retire at 70?
AP: More Democrats could tangle Corbett’s next two years
WHYY Newsworks: 16 become U.S. citizens on historic grounds of Gettysburg
WHYY Newsworks: Controller concerned about Philly’s accounting errors
WHYY Newsworks: Residual pollution stalls redevelopment of Frankford Arsenal site
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. unemployment hotline is very, very busy
Phillynow: Councilman Bill Greenlee Now Says Paid Sick Days Bill to be Introduced in January
KYW News Radio: Ex-Pa. Prosecutor Convicted of Leaving Crash Scene
KYW News Radio: Philadelphia Controller Says City’s Financial Books Had Billions in Errors
KYW News Radio: Bucks County Health Clinic Gets $125,000 Grant Funded by Casino Taxes
KYW News Radio: Pennsylvania Anti-Recidivism Program Gets Stopgap Funding from State
KYW News Radio: Philadelphia Lawmaker Says He’ll Try Again For Broad Paid Sick Leave Law

SEPA
The Mercury: Pottstown schools: Most readers oppose using tax money for new football field lights
The Mercury: Highways, pensions, and booze on Corbett’s agenda
The Mercury: Pittsburgh council votes to tax billboards
The Mercury: Analysts: Gay marriage OK remains unlikely in Pa.
The Mercury: More Democrats could hamper Corbett’s next two years
AP: Ex-Pa. councilman’s trial delayed again
AP: Pittsburgh council votes to tax billboards
Delco Times: Jury convicts former ADA of fleeing accident scene
Delco Times: Chester Upland board postpones vote on recovery plan
Delco Times: No tax increase planned in Media’s 2013 budget
Delco Times: Failure to reform charter school funding leaves Pa. pension bubble on table
Delco Times: Gov. Tom Corbett ready to push again to get Pa. out of booze biz
Delco Times: Deputy AG, wife face more Pa. child abuse charges
Delco Times: Taxes, fee hike eyed in Parkside
Daily Local: Coatesville considering vehicle purchasing program

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Ex-FBI agent watches Turnpike’s contracts
Tribune Review: Male-female pay gap wider in Western Pennsylvania, study finds
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council gives tentative OK to billboard tax
Tribune Review: Highmark, West Penn Allegheny to resume talks
Tribune Review: Allegheny County reassessments stand, judge decides
KDKA: Walmart Workers Could Strike On Black Friday

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Politics, courts should be a block to pension overhaul
AP: State OKs $12M to fix leaking NW Pa. Tamarack Dam
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria officials see no tax hike

Lehigh Valley
The Morning Call: Corbett to unveil long-awaited transportation funding plan in 2013
The Morning Call: Turnpike putting pressure on driver to get E-ZPass
The Morning Call: Lehigh County looking to catch tax return thieves
The Morning Call: Toomey talks fiscal cliff at Lehigh Valley Chamber breakfast
The Morning Call: Deely concedes 131st District House race to Simmons
The Morning Call: Emmaus Council raises possibility of raises for its members
Valley 610: Norco council nixes raises for elected officials
Road Warrior: Turnpike takes another turn toward all-electronic toll collection

NEPA
The Times Leader: Kane overcame the doubters en route to Pennsylvania attorney general
Times-Tribune: Demographics shape state budget
Pocono Record: Judge: Hobby Lobby must offer morning-after pill
Pocono Record: Session-ending reports cover higher education, voter ID, other topics

South Central
The Sentinel: Carlisle mayor announces bid for re-election
Lancaster Online: Lancaster County GOP begins search for new chairman
The Patriot News: Pennsylvania lawmakers get automatic 2% pay raises to $83,802/year
The Patriot News: Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett enters 2nd half of his term: ‘We have some tasks undone’
York Dispatch: Democrats make plans to select candidate to replace DePasquale

Opinions
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Unfairness returns: This assessment system has two sets of rules
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The yin and yang of China: President Obama should take a balanced approach
Observer-Reporter: Good news in Carmichaels
Observer-Reporter: Welcome public input on spending
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: An enforcement nightmare
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Jim Scofield | U.S. reluctant partner in global-warming battle
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Zachary Hubbard | Petraeus affair hurts military and others
Centre Daily Times: Handicapping Pennsylvania’s 2014 gubernatorial field
Standard Speaker: Session-ending reports cover higher education, voter ID, other topics

Blogs
Keystone Politics: If you’re not changing your policy positions, you are not changing
Keystone Politics: Medicaid expansion is about priorities
Keystone Politics: Obama’s lead keeps growing
Keystone Politics: Welfare state and the fear factor
Keystone Politics: Pundit Accountability Grades: 2012 Election Edition
Keystone Politics: Brad Osborne Bails Out Lehigh Tea Party Commissioners
2 Political Junkies: More on Senator Marco Rubio’s geological knowledge
Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: Public webinar: what’s at stake for PA in federal budget talks

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