11/29 Morning Buzz

John Hanger is officially in; more Pa. Society events; Bishop Zubik’s Obamacare case is dismissed and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Hanger’s Wonkishness on Display in 2014 Gov Kickoff: In a policy-heavy debut speech, former DEP Secretary John Hanger became the first Democrat in the race against Gov. Tom Corbett.

Updated with more events: 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 Nominates 3 Pa. Judges to Federal Bench: The election is over and the thaw on judicial appointments has (hopefully) begun. This week, President Obama nominated 3 judges to take the bench in Pa.’s eastern district.

McCord Gets the Philly Mag Treatment: If you want to look into a politician’s soul, Philadelphia Magazine is about as close as you can get. This month, they profiled State Treasurer and prospective 2014 gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Hanger makes 2014 Guv bid official.
Capitol Ideas: Task Force report recommends wholesale changes to PA child protection law.
State House Sound Bites: Awaiting special elections announcement for two House seats
PA Independent: Professors: School’s not out, but contract negotiations still on
StateImpactPA: Hanger Kicks Off Gubernatorial Campaign
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Marcellus Production Up, Graham Crackers Dipped in Nat Gas, and NY Waits for Health Study

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Democrat Hanger throws hat in PA gubernatorial ring
Associated Press: Bankruptcy could return to the table in Harrisburg
Heard in the Hall: Pew report on property tax reform
Philly Clout: John Hanger to challenge Gov. Corbett on school funding, natural gas taxes
Philly Clout: Councilman: Same-sex life partner benefits bill has nothing to do with mayoral bid
WHYY NewsWorks: Republicans, pursued by Tea Party and facing a fiscal cliff
WHYY NewsWorks: Obama bringing bully pulpit to Hatfield
Philadelphia Weekly: Did you hear the one about Philly’s nonexistent voting divisions

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s Shuster to chair House transportation committee
Tribune Review: Bishop Zubik responds to dismissal of lawsuit regarding Obamacare
Tribune Review: Jeannette expects no tax increase
Tribune Review: Latrobe budget calls for no tax increase
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania group recommends guides for reporting child abuse
Post-Gazette: Sen. Bob Casey finds himself at fiscal cliff’s edge
Post-Gazette: Diocese of Pittsburgh bishop Zubik ‘disappointed’ in Affordable Care Act lawsuit dismissal
Post-Gazette: Unemployment slides slightly in Pittsburgh region
Post-Gazette: Council approves tax on Pittsburgh billboards
Post-Gazette: Altmire takes job with Blue Cross/Blue Shield in Florida
Post-Gazette: Aging population aggravates Pennsylvania’s budget problems
Post-Gazette: No Child Left Behind waver to be sought by Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: State System colleges’ faculty puts strike on hold
Early Returns: Hanger makes 2014 bid official
Early Returns: Altmire heads south
Early Returns: Shuster to lead transportation panel
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Calling For Tighter Regulations At Tattoo Parlors

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Mining company, operating in New Sewickley, sues federal, state agencies
AP: Shuster will lead US House transportation panel
AP: Pa. to seek waiver from No Child Left Behind
AP: Pa. damage from Sandy at $16M and rising
AP: Feds announce results of Philly crime partnership
AP: Bankruptcy could return to the table in Harrisburg
AP: Pa. college faculty postpone strike consideration
AP: Obama nominates 3 Pa. judges for federal bench
Observer-Reporter: North Strabane Township budget would reduce taxes
Altoona Mirror: City works to get moving on plan with ordinances
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Shuster named chairman of House transportation committee

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Housing Corp. drops city project

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Bankruptcy could return to the table in Harrisburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: Unemployment rate in Harrisburg, York areas decreased in October, state says
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania damage estimate for Superstorm Sandy at $16M and rising
Harrisburg Patriot News: U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster follows in father’s footsteps by being named chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
Harrisburg Patriot News: Democrat John Hanger offers himself as the anti-Tom Corbett in announcing his candidacy for governor in 2014
Harrisburg Patriot News: Recovery Team: Harrisburg government has the cash to make it through the end of 2012
York Daily Record: Commissioner: York County may not have to pay hospital bills for gas leak
York Daily Record: Ex-DEP chief Hanger launches campaign for PA. governor seat
York Dispatch: President signs Platts’ whistleblower protection bill into law
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: County budget plan splits board
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Public hearing set on Conoy Township Perdue plant in York County
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Redevelopment Authority plans to refinance stadium
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County jobless rate holds steady

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Despite Allegations, Northampton County Council members back prison administration
Pennsylvania Ave: PA Bill Shuster Transportation Committee
Morning Call: Petitioners to deliver 4,000 signatures for Allentown referendum
WFMZ: City considers asking Lehigh University to pay for police
WFMZ: New proposal targets vacant building in Catasauqua
Express Times: Allentown petition for ballot question over water, sewer lease has murky future

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council to start 2013 budget deliberations
Erie Times-News: Unemployment rate falls slightly in Erie and Crawford counties
Erie Times-News: Grossman pushes Erie County Council for term limits vote
Centre Daily Times: Centre County could see 911 funding dry up by 2014
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Property tax cut in half in Loyalsock
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Taxpayers file petition, want answers

Opinions
Pottstown Mercury: Advance with caution on Pa turnpike tolling-John
Pottstown Mercury: Charter school funding reform must address pension flaw-John
Tribune Review: Pension reform: Consolidation is not the answer
Tribune Review: The Benghazi scandal: More Rice lies
Observer-Reporter: Signs of compromise emerging in DC
Altoona Mirror: Taxpayers again left with bill
The Times-Tribune: Memo points to better way
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The Center: Correct ideals desperately need infusion of care

Blogs
Citizens’ Call: Downtown Glenside Rings in the Holiday Season on Friday, Dec. 7
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Stoffa Has Great Faith in Prison Officials
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Hanover To Asked About Bethlehem’s Single Hauler Plan
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: For 6th Straight Year, Hanover Proposes No Tax Hike Budget

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  1. Another day, another name from the crazy poster. Why do you no longer post the website that accuses US Marines as rapists?

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