11/28 Morning Buzz

We have your Pa. Society list of events. Obama is coming to Pa. John Hanger kicks off his Gov campaign today. And the top 13 Philly powerbrokers. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

The Full 2012 PA Society List of Events: It’s that time of year, politicos: Pennsylvania Society! Here’s a rundown of the events at the weekend-long marathon of dinners and receptions.

Obama to Talk Fiscal Cliff in Montco Friday: President Obama will pitch his plans to avoid the fiscal cliff during a visit to a Montgomery County manufacturer Friday.

PoliticsPA Internship Opening: Spring 2013: Interested in getting first-hand journalism experience covering Pennsylvania politics? PoliticsPA is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth.

Top 13 Philly Powerbrokers: The Daily News looks at the 13 most influential politicos in Philly. A must-read list, which includes Larry Ceisler and Jeff Jubelirer, two of the owners of PoliticsPA.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Task Force report recommends wholesale changes to PA child protection law.
Capitol Ideas: Report: Grover Norquist’s “No Tax” pledge is so 2010.
State House Sound Bites: Abuse hotline, legal definitions, and investigative teams the focus of child protection task force
PA Independent: Post-Sandusky, report calls for new child protection laws
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Hanger Announces Gov Campaign; Krancer Promotes Drilling
StateImpactPA: Decreased Coal Value Hurts Greene County’s Tax Base
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Go ahead and re-name DPW, but don’t expect that to change much.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Magazine: is Rob McCord the Tom Corbett Slayer?
Philly Now: Councilmen want hearings on potential city casino
WHYY Newsworks: Dealing with $41 billion Pa. pension gap may mean changes for current state workers
WHYY Newsworks: Panel recommends changes to Pa. hotline for reporting child abuse
Philly Clout: A baker’s dozen of the city’s top political consultants
Philly.com: Marijuana can be dangerous in Philly-if you’re black
Inquirer: Toomey: New revenue won’t break Norquist pledge
Inquirer: Corbett: Pennsylvania must reform public pensions or face budget crisis
Inquirer: John Hanger first Democrat to announce against Corbett in 2014

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Filibuster reform: what would happen if senators had to talk
Pottstown Mercury: Should Chelsea Clinton leave NBC
Pottstown Mercury: Lawyers in talks to settle “Fast and Furious” lawsuit
Pottstown Mercury: Police probe how Romney security data became NYC parade confetti
Phillyburbs: Reasons vary for Obama’s Montco visit

Pittsburgh
AP: Prosecutors urge 2 years in prison for former Pennsylvania senator
Tribune Review: Obama to visit Hatfield manufacturing plant to promote fiscal cliff solutions
Tribune Review: President Obama nominates three judges for seats in federal district court in the Philadelphia area
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s union faculty members postpone decision on strike
Tribune Review: Federal judge on Tuesday dismisses lawsuit filed by Catholic Diocese seeking exemption to federal Affordable Care Act
Tribune Review: Allegheny County budget talks continue
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor’s race is now starting to take shape
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh owes insurer up to $50,000 for G-20 lawsuits
Tribune Review: Billboard tax passes Pittsburgh City Council; lawsuit could follow
Tribune Review: RAD budget includes $3 million for Port Authority for one year
Post-Gazette: Pa.’s Bill Shuster expected to lead House transportation committee
Post-Gazette: Corbett sets stage for debate on pensions
Post-Gazette: Judge dismisses Pittsburgh Diocese lawsuit against Affordable Care Act
Post-Gazette: Obama nominates three federal judges in Eastern Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Four say they may seek Peduto’s Pittsburgh City Council seat
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council gives final approval to billboard tax
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania panel recommends broad changers in child abuse reporting procedures
Pipeline: Former state DEP Secretary Hanger to run for governor
Early Returns: Jump ball for Peduto seat
KDKA: Drilling Possible at Pittsburgh International
KDKA: Advertising Company Calls New Legislation Illegal
KDKA: Budget Secretary Warns of Financial Crisis

Southwest
AP: Pa. college faculty to postpone strike consideration
AP: Sweeping changes suggested for Pa. child abuse law
AP: Report: Shortfall looming for pensions
AP: Pa. official’s domestic violence charges dropped
Altoona Mirror: Council critical of portions of plan
PA Independent: Pennsylvania hope to cash in on ‘Cyber Monday’ by collecting sales tax

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: PA’s child abuse law to get revamped
Harrisburg Patriot News: ‘Fiscal cliff’: Republicans, Democrats at an impasse on benefit program as clock ticks
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson labels her 2013 budget plan ‘“bare-boned”
Harrisburg Patriot News: Middletown considers merging police services with nearby municipalities
Harrisburg Patriot News: Obama signs congressman Platts’ whistleblower protection law
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania Task force on Child Protection calls for complete rewrite of the state’s child protective services law
Harrisburg Patriot News: Officials looking to other states to fix Pennsylvania’s pension problem
York Daily Record: York city Council talks funds, salary increases during budget talks
York Dispatch: Rep. Grove to open new district office Monday
York Dispatch: City director asks nonprofits for help
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Womble seeks to lead GOP here
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Millersville retains tax rate
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster City faces tax hike
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: E. Donegal reports better tax revenue
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Columbia drafts budget, hiring plan
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Santorum won’t rule out another run for president
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Earl Township drafts balanced 2013 budget
Lebanon Daily News: Palmyra Borough Council adopts ‘Band-aid’ $2.6M 2013 budget
Lebanon Daily News: South Lebanon OKs 2013 Budget
Lebanon Daily News: Filibuster Reform: What would happen if senators had to talk?

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Northampton County Council considers budget amendments
Pennsylvania Ave: Bethlehem Council talks trash
Pennsylvania Ave: Easton tweeks budget, parking meters may increase to $1 an hour
Morning Call: Task Force report recommends wholesale changes to PA child protection law
Morning Call: President Obama to visit Montgomery County
Reading Eagle: New report warns of looming PA. pension shortfall
Reading Eagle: City Council approves budget, tax hikes
WFMZ: No response to challenge by chairman of Lehigh County Commissioners
WFMZ: Toomey promotes IRS tax fraud pilot program
Express Times: Bethlehem council weighs single-hauler garbage pickup plan
Express Times: Northampton County Council Rejects request for prison alterations for juvenile offenders
Express  Times: Greenwich Township proposes extra protection for elected leaders who get sued
Express Times: Easton city council mulls increases to zoning fees

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘12 Blog: Casey to chair fiscal cliff hearing
Erie Times-News: State university faculty pledge not to strike this semester
Centre Daily Times: Fact-finder appointed in State College Area teachers’ contract dispute
Centre Daily Times: Centre County could see 911 funding dry up by 2014
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Council dissects city budget figures

Opinions
The Times-Tribune: City continues faith-based budgeting
Centre Daily Times: Leadership Centre County: Eye on the future key to preserving history
Centre Daily Times: Opposing Medicaid expansion wrong call
Phillyburbs: Redistricting in the hands of politicians fosters extremism
Post-Gazette: A new start for Rep. Allen West?
Altoona Mirror: Green initiative costly

Blogs
Jon Geeting: How to Get an Even Better Trash Deal Than Bethlehem’s Single Hauler Plan
Jon Geeting: Why Would Polls Even Matter for the Bethlehem Trash Debate?
Jon Geeting: What Bethlehem Is Promising on Trash Collection
Jon Geeting: Bethlehem Residents Support Single Hauler Trash Service If They Will “Realize a Cost Reduction and Improved Service”
Lu-Lac Political Letter: The Hotel Sterling.

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