11/30 Morning Buzz
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Jason Altmire’s New Job: It looks like Keith Rothfus can breathe a little easier. Outgoing Rep. Jason Altmire will be taking his talents down south, as Senior Vice President of the Florida chapter of Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Shuster Gets Transpo Chair: Like father, like son. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Blair) will step into his dad’s former role as Chairman of the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure.
Peduto Poised to Run; 4 Line up for His Council Seat: Pittsburgh City Councilman Bill Peduto promises to make, “a very special announcement” at a fundraiser on December 13. If, as is widely expected, he announces a bid for Mayor of Pittsburgh, four people are already lined up to run for his seat on City Council.
Reader Poll: Should candidates fundraise at PA Society? PoliticsPA wants to know: Should candidates fundraise at PA Society?
Reader Poll: Rothfus Most Vulnerable: PoliticsPA asked which GOP Congressman is most vulnerable in the 2014 mid term election, and a majority feel that it is newly elected Rep. Keith Rothfus.
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.
Rebuttal: The Abortion Messaging Myth: Brandon McGinley of the Pa. Family Institute takes issue with a PoliticsPA assertion that swing district GOPers are likely to tread lighter on women’s issues given the results of 2012. He notes that all but 1 pro-life state House incumbent weathered the Dem storm.
Capitol Ideas: Corbett: “There are going to be some people out there that, no matter what we do, that are not going to forgive me for doing that investigation.”
State House Sound Bites: Corbett on expanding PA Lottery: “We need more revenue.”
PA Independent: Corbett: Fed hasn’t provided ‘rules’ for health care law
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Q/A with Gov. Tom Corbett
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Leaked report shows two-tiered justice in Philly traffic court
StateImpactPA: Alan Walker Hasn’t Given Up On Coal
StateImpactPA: EPA Fines Marcellus Driller for Clean Water Violations
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Waiting For Cracker News
Capitolwire: Ten percent cut in pension multiplier, other options being considered for administration pension reform.
Capitolwire: Corbett favors expanded Lottery gambling to generate revenue.
Capitolwire: Corbett Q n A on Pennsylvania Lottery, Voter ID.
Capitolwire: Sandusky/Kane/Penn State Q n A with Gov. Corbett.
Capitolwire: Two ousted House Democrats given caucus jobs.
Captiolwire: Corbett says AG approach will decide if he will speak to Kane’s Sandusky case investigators.
Capitolwire: Corbett says PA’s economy ‘heading in the right direction.’
Capitolwire: Former DEP Secretary Hanger announces bid for governor.
Inquirer: City Council restores cash for parks and rec, shelters
Inquirer: Corbett stays firm on promise to not raise taxes
Inquirer: Philadelphia legislation would offer tax credits for health benefits to same-sex partners
Philly Clout: Former CIty Councilman Ed Schwartz passed away Thursday morning
Philly Clout: City Council approves controversial Point Breeze affordable housing plan
Philly Clout: Council approves more $ for Parks and Rec, other programs
WHYY NewsWorks: A story of unemployment in 3 acts
Philly Now: Councilman Kenney touts same-sex benefits
CBS Philly: Philadelphia activist and lawmaker Ed Schwartz dead at 69
Tribune Review: West Penn Allegheny receives SEC warning; loss rises to $24.7M
Tribune Review: Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized with bronchitis
Tribune Review: Judge: Allegheny County municipalities, Pittsburgh schools may get budget expansion
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council moves to accurately track contracts with minorities
Tribune Review: Duquesne school board accepts chief recovery officer
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council fights over redrawn boundaries
Post-Gazette: Duquesne board accepts financial recovery officer
Post-Gazette: Fayette County Commissioner loses suit against colleagues
Post-Gazette: Corbett promises transportation funding proposal soon
Post-Gazette: 4 interested in council seat held by Peduto
Early Returns: Shuster talks transportation
Early Returns: Peduto’s hat to fly
KDKA: Sen. Casey Weighs In On Legionnaire’s Disease Issues At VA Hospital
AP: Corbett: Pension cuts would affect all state employees
Beaver County Times: Fallston, Patterson Township to vote on merger next month
Altoona Mirror: Act 47 brings more debate
Altoona Mirror: Shuster to build infrastructure
Tribune-Democrat: Police pacts OK’s: Paint Borough; Central City to pay more
Tribune-Democrat: Johnstown jobless rate improves in October
Tribune-Democrat: State grants promoting use of natural gas in vehicles
Times Leader: Public sounds off on budget
The Times-Tribune: Election board hears voting horror stories
The Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County commissioners OK 2013 budget, tax hike
The Times-Tribune: Carroll new chair of NEPA caucus
Citizens Voice: Wilkes-Barre residents weigh in on budget
Citizens Voice: Barletta district offices collecting Toys for Tots donations
Citizens Voice: Hazleton projects whopping 83 percent tax increase
Citizens Voice: Opportunity Finance Network names Eachus chief external affairs officer
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie County Council proposes Home Rule Charter review as term limits alternative
Centre Daily Times: Commissioners continue debate on use of impact fee money
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City budget deliberations continue
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City has new tax collection agency
Delco Daily Times: Like it or not, C.U. recovery plan coming
Daily Local News: Pennsylvania turnpike takes a turn towards the future
KDKA: Opinion: My 2K
KDKA: Opinion: The Fourteenth Amendment Solution
Altoona Mirror: Strike reprieve temporary
Erie Times-News: Our view: Visit Union City; help new businesses prosper
Jon Geeting: Governments Create Markets: Bethlehem Trash Hauler Edition
Jon Geeting: Shorter Boehner: Democrats Should Propose the Spending Cuts for Us
Keystone Progress: The election is over and it’s time to make it count. Grassroots power is not just for elections.
Keystone State Education Coalition The new “philanthropy”: private agendas vs. public interest
PA Water Cooler: Obamacare couldn’t possibly derail this…