11/30 Morning Buzz

The President is in Pa. today, and Gov. Corbett faced every Capitol reporter in an interview marathon. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

And don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs!

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.

Statewide
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.

Philadelphia
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

SEPA
Phillyburbs: Rodon group, K’NEX ready for the spotlight
Montgomery Media: Obama to visit K’NEX in Hatfield Friday

Pittsburgh
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

Southwest
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

NEPA
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

Opinion
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

Blogs
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…

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