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

November 29th, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Morning Buzz, Top Stories | 2 Comments

2 thoughts on “11/29 Morning Buzz”

  1. Stan says:

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

  2. political gal says:

    The Dem’s think they are going to take the governors office back by using PSU. Good Luck! You have way to many democrats that ignore women being raped to be able to throw stones!
    And Obama’s people won’t be here to steal votes!

    http://www.citizensagainstmarkcritz.com/

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