1/14 Morning Buzz

Gus groundhogCorbett takes a gamble on the Pa. lottery, meanwhile a poll of Republicans shows the Guv in tepid water. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PPP Poll: Corbett 51, Castor 11 in GOP Primary: The Governor has a big lead over Castor, but just 45 percent of Republicans say they want Corbett to be their nominee in 2014.

1/11 Ups & Downs: Things are back to normal in Harrisburg… for better or worse.

Preview: Butkovitz Faces Challengers in Controller Re-Elect: 2013 isn’t a blockbuster year for Philadelphia politics. The mayor’s office and city council seats go up in 2015, and District Attorney Seth Williams looks to cruise to a second term. But one race in particular is worth watching this year: the city Controller.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Friday Morning Coffee: Motorists footed the bill for $28k cars for PA Turnpike officials.
Capitol Ideas: New Pa row officers schedule their swearing-in ceremonies.
Capitol Ideas: Auditor General-Elect Eugene DePasquale names top staffers.
Capitol Ideas: Camelot set to be awarded Lottery contract.
State House Sound Bites: And the winner is… announced before a legislative hearing
State House Sound Bites: Kane readies for swearing-in, without one very key deputy
PA Independent: Senator: Abolish corruption-riddled Philadelphia Traffic Court
PA Independent: Updated: State forges ahead on lottery privatization
Capitolwire: Corbett administration moves toward finalizing Lottery privatization deal.

Philadelphia
AP: Democrats to take oath in Pa.’s 3 row offices
Inquirer: What’s in store for Philly’s 2013 finances
Inquirer: PHA seeks to recover payments made by Greene
Inquirer: Corbett announces deal to privatize the Pa. Lottery
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers please by Obama’s Sandy disaster declaration
Inquirer: Corbett symbolically sign gun-purchase law to honor fallen Plymouth Officer Fox
Inquirer: Corbett honors fallen officer at symbolic bill signing
Inquirer: Obama signs Sandy disaster decree for Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Attorney general-elect renews vow to review case handled by Corbett
Inquirer: Daylin Leach offers a wry, liberal, influential voice in the Pennsylvania Senate
Daily News: Clout: Kane team shows Harrisburg can be a small circle
Heard in the Hall: Nutter and crew headed to inaugural
Heard in the Hall: Pileggi moves to abolish Philly’s traffic court
Philly Clout: Plan to abolish traffic court draws mixed reactions
WHYY Newsworks: Sole bidder on Pa. Lottery could take over by July; union vows continued fight
WHYY Newsworks: Latino group wants a do-over for Pa. legislative races
PhillyNow: Anti-gay marriage memo circulates Harrisburg with fanfare
PhillyNow: State Sen. to introduce anti-fracking chemical disclosure bill
KYW Newsradio: Top Pa. lawmaker wants to shut down corruption-plagued Phila. traffic court
KYW Newsradio: Analysis: Local senators impact on Hagel nomination
KYW Newsradio: Bucks Commissioners want less intrusive audit of County workers’ health coverage

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville’s mayor, police chief take stance on gun control
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett: Pa. economy improving
Pottstown Mercury: Brad Fox law signed into law by Corbett
AP: Pa. law said to encourage drunken drivers to flee
AP: Democrats to take oath in Pa.’s 3 row offices
AP: Pa. awards deal to run lottery to British Firm
Delco Daily Times: Gov. Tom Corbett calls Pa. pension crisis his top priority
Montgomery Life: Pa. spent $690M on overpayments for unemployment compensation
Souderton Independent: Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick holds town hall meeting at Indian Valley Public Library

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Closing of area prisons to cost 870 jobs
Post-Gazette: Fitzgerald seeks Allegheny Co. assessment appeals in 2013
Post-Gazette: West Brownsville tax collector Lacey charged with theft
Early Returns: 1/3 GOP voters want different governor
Tribune-Review: Beaver Co. sheriff sues over deputies’ private security assignments
Tribune-Review: Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland): Westmoreland Co. prison closing decided in secret
Tribune-Review: Fear stokes gun show sales
Tribune-Review: Indiana Co. commissioners hear plan for tax reassessment updates
Tribune-Review: Longtime member resigns from Saltsburg council
KDKA: Some Democrat legislators furious after Corbett signs off on privatized lottery

Southwest
Beaver Co. Times: Legislators have more questions than answers in wake of lottery privatization
Observer-Reporter: DEP Act 13 well report questioned
Observer-Reporter: Garbage rates likely going up for Washington resident
Altoona Mirror: Altoona School Board looks to close elementary school
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Northern Blair sewer authority receives $1 M state grant for repairs

NEPA
The Times Leader: Lew is Obama’s Treasury Choice
The Times Leader:Flu more widespread in US; eases off in some areas
The Times Leader: 3 Dems poised to take PA row offices
The Times Leader: NRA says Congress will not pass weapons ban
The Times Leader: Armstrong awaits ‘candid’ Oprah interview
Times-Tribune: At mid-term, Corbett faces economic and political headwinds  
Citizens Voice: Closing slated Monday in western PA slaying
Citizens Voice: Judge rejects PA firm’s health care law challenge
Daily Item: How NRA’s true believers converted marksmanship group into mighty gun lobby
Wayne Independent: Celebrating 10 Years
Wayne Independent: Some council members question CVS deal
Standard Speaker: Park service to demolish building at Gettysburg
Standard Speaker: PA taps British firm to run $3.5B state lottery  
Pocono Record: State lawmakers say law may encourage drunken drivers to flee

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Cartwright as Dem class president aims to soften tone
Morning Call: Bipartisan effort secures FEMA funding for Pennsylvania
Express Times: Pennsylvania state Sen. Lisa Boscola introduces law to restrict where sex offenders can live
Express Times: Businessmen guilty of stealing $832,000 from Bethlehem Township, Pa., jury finds

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: PA officer pulls woman from car as train nears
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg and PennDOT tackle sinkholes before and after they occur
York Daily Record: Scott Perry’s congressional team includes some former Platts staffers
York Daily Record: Gov. Corbett: Maryland residents moving to PA is a good sign
York Daily Record: Gun control: 11 bills already introduced in Congress
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: A new order in Lancaster courts
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: DA Stedman lobbied for individual calendar plan
Lebanon Daily News: Congressman Charlie Dent to locate district offices in Annville
Roxbury News: 2013 Election: Important Dates

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Centre County, local governments consider natural gas vehicles, facilities
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Public safe, insist police, mayor
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lottery privatization approved

Opinions
Standard Speaker: Bypassing Congress leads to dictatorship
Inquirer: Corbett needs to chart his own ‘Pennsylvania Way’
Inquirer: Editorial: Spendthrift ways still haunt turnpike panel
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Pa.’s pension ‘tapeworm’ getting hungrier
Delco Daily Times: Spencer: Fracking has come long way in short time
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Antidiscrimination law plagued by delays
Delco Daily Times: Heron’s Nest: Corbett on Penn State issue
Reading Eagle: John Forester: Auditor general hits the pike
Express Times: Editorial: Corbett jumping the gun on lottery privatization
Post-Gazette: Trial and Error: A justice’s (Orie Melvin) appeal to her colleagues has no merit
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: William Lloyd: State Electoral College proposals ‘inappropriate’

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Roundup of Rothfus reax letters to “No” vote on Sandy relief
Keystone Politics: Corbett could hang Jerry Sandusky on the Capitol steps, and he’d still have a negative approval rating
Keystone Politics: an explanation of Treasurer McCord’s legal argument against Lottery privatization
Keystone Politics: Rep. Lou Barletta proud co-sponsor of bill to violate the 14th Amendment
Pittston Politics: Kokura makes it official, she’s in for DJ
Pittston Politics: PA Supreme Court sits on redistricting, disenfranchising voters
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Corbett privatizes the Lottery

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