1/15 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsIt’s a big day and a new era in Pa. today. Kathleen Kane and Eugene DePasquale will both be sworn in today, as will incumbent Treasurer Rob McCord. See you at the Capitol. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Gun Control Group Launches Ad in Pa (Watch Video): One month after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the Mayors Against Illegal Guns are airing a testimonial style ad in Pa. to advocate for new legislation.

Castille to Seek Retention; No Supreme Court Race in 2013: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille has made it official: he will seek retention this year. And no matter what happens to Justice Joan Orie Melvin, her seat won’t go to voters in 2013.

DePasquale Names Top Auditor Staff: Here are the men and women who will help Eugene DePasquale become the state’s fiscal watchdog.

Corbett Challenges Critics, Awards Lottery Contract to Private Firm: After last-minute notice that Corbett administration awarded the Lottery contract to Camelot Global Services, state officials plan to challenge its legality.

Local Elections:

Pawlowski Kicks Off Mayoral Re-elect: On Monday, Ed Pawlowski will announce a bid for a third term in office. And so far, he has no opposition. Political observers on both sides say that’s unlikely to change.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: Hearing on #PaLottery comes with plenty of questions.
Capitol Ideas: State lawmakers vet Lottery privatization proposal.
State House Sound Bites: And the winner is… announced before a legislative hearing
State House Sound Bites: Lawmakers lean in at hearing on Lottery deal with Camelot
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Lawmakers racked up $4 million in per diem costs during last session, AP reports
PA Independent: British bidder bets on profits, branding in lottery proposal
StateImpactPA: Philadelphia Heat Supplier Shifts From Oil To Natural Gas
StateImpactPA: Energy Entrepreneurs Market Sand Alternative To Fracking Companies
Capitolwire: Camelot gives first public glimpse of Lottery plan at Senate hearing.
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Strong, experienced Kane staff should worry Gov. Corbett.
Capitolwire: Corbett administration moves toward finalizing Lottery privatization deal.

Philadelphia
AP: Some Pa. lawmakers propose changing hit-run penalties
AP: Judge rejects Pa. firm’s health care law challenge
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Senate leader calls for eliminating Philly traffic court
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. officials quizzed on details of Lottery privatization deal
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. loses out on Medicaid bonus
Capitol Inq: Toomey to Obama: new debt must link to spending cuts
Daily News: John Baer: New A.G. Kane has a lot on her plate
Inquirer: Former Philadelphia Controller’s Office staffer takes on Butkovitz
Inquirer: Pennsylvania medical regulation board, flush with cash, waives doctors’ license fee for 2013
Heard in the Hall: Joe Grace to Chamber of Commerce
Heard in the Hall: Mayor Nutter goes to Washington
Heard in the Hall: Bid deadline extended for city legal work
Philly Clout: Nutter and team will attend Inauguration, how much will it cost the city?
Philly Clout: Nutter: new program will provide job-skills training to young adults
Philly Clout: New Youth Poet Laureate recites poetry at City Hall ceremony tomorrow
Phillynow: Why petitioners insist Gov. Corbett should accept Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania
KYW Newsradio: Officials detail plan to privatize Pennsylvania’s state Lottery

SEPA
AP: Legislators collect per diems of nearly $4 million
AP: New British Pa. Lottery managers want more players
AP: Lancaster mayor urges action to curb gun violence
AP: Pa. judge rejects Mennonite firm’s health care law challenge on contraception
Pottstown Mercury:Proposal to legalize Pot in Pa. draws comment
The Intelligencer: Casey takes GOP to task for Washington ills
The Intelligencer: Public vetting of potential lottery privatization deal appears to go administration’s way
Delco Daily Times: Rose Valley mayor delivers state of borough
North Penn Life: Transit cap changes to benefit public transportation riders

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pittsburgh to reduce property taxes to avoid assessment-induced windfall
KDKA: Allegheny Co. residents file assessment class action suit
Tribune-Review: Ravenstahl: Police acted to maintain public safety during chase
Tribune-Review: Canonsburg seeks money for downtown improvement project
Tribune-Review: Sen. Jim Ferlo (D-Allegheny) proposes plan to tax Pittsburgh nonprofits
Tribune-Review: Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) seeks $1 M for demolition of condemned Jeannette buildings
Tribune-Review: Deputy sheriff announces run for Armstrong Co. sheriff
Early Returns: DePasquale: I’m not running for governor in 2014
Early Returns: Pittsburgh city controller running for mayor
Early Returns: Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R-Allegheny) House subcommittee to examine mental health issues in response to Newtown Tragedy
Post-Gazette: Homicide rate baffles suburban police

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Somerset Co. school tightens security
Altoona Mirror: Blair Twp. volunteer firefighters may not receive share of taxes in future
Beaver Co. Times: Public vetting of lottery deal brings little arguing
Beaver Co. Times: Beaver Co. sheriff sues controller over payment issue

NEPA
The Times Leader: Cartwright faces tough decisions in new job
The Times Leader: Controller Griffith under investigation
Times-Tribune: Amber alert issued for missing west Philly girl
Citizens Voice: British firm seeks more players for Pa. Lottery
Standard Speaker: Luzerne County under fire for ignoring reforms
Standard Speaker: DA: County controller under investigation for wiretapping

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Dent speaks at No Labels ‘problem solving’ launch
AP: Pa. lottery deal to go before Senate committee
AP: Former Rep. Joe Brennan racked up $43,898 in unvouchered expenses in 2011-12, review finds
WFMZ: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski to announce re-election plans
WFMZ: State Sen. Stewart Greenleaf wants to create gun violence task force
Express Times: U.S. Supreme Court case over warrantless blood tests in DUI cases not likely to affect Pennsylvania
Express Times: Lisa Boscola wants school employees convicted of on-campus drug crimes to lose pension, face stiffer jail time

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Lancaster mayor urges action to curb gun violence
Carlisle Sentinel: New British Pa. Lottery managers want more players
Carlisle Sentinel: DePasquale: Not running for governor in 2014
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. legislators collect per-diems of nearly $4 million
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council, residents, blast Mayor Linda Thompson’s administration for inadequate sinkhole response
Harrisburg Patriot News: Cubans wait in long lines to make travel arrangements on first day without exit visa requirement
York Daily Record: Eugene DePasquale: I won’t run for governor in 2014
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Bar Association rates judge candidates
Roxbury News: Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser: Pa Lotto

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Conklin questions speedy decision to privatize Pa. lottery
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Votes favor lower taxes, 2 nominees

Opinions
Pottstown Mercury: Victims forgotten in Penn State-NCAA lawsuit
Daily Local News: President’s new team is lacking in diversity
Inquirer: Court squabble not over justice

Blogs
Keystone Politics: How soon will the House Republican climb down begin?
Bals Blog: No Respect
The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center: Opting out of Medicaid expansion leaves low-income families behind

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