1/15 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6A Boyle-Stack power struggle, Wolf picks more cabinet members and Kane denies any wrongdoing. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

HD-170: Boyle-Stack Power Struggle Threatens Party: The Democratic Party is divided on who to nominate in the open seat left by Congressman Brendan Boyle. The intraparty maneuvering could result in two Democrats on the ballot.

PA-Gov: Wolf Fills in More Cabinet Picks: The Governor-Elect had another batch of cabinet selections today.

PA-Gov: Wolf Releases Details for Upcoming Inauguration (VIDEO): Tom Wolf’s Inaugural Committee unveiled their schedule of events.

PA-Gov: Wolf Picks Richards for Transportation Secretary: The Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards is Tom Wolf’s choice to head PennDOT.

Kane Denies Wrongdoing, Pledges to Serve Entire Term: AG Kane speaks about a grand jury’s recommended charges against her.

Judge Dwayne Woodruff Officially Enters Race for Supreme Court: Judge Woodruff throws his hat (or helmet) in the ring for Supreme Court.

Michael George Joins Race for PA Supreme Court: The Adams County President Judge declared his candidacy Tuesday.

Statewide
PA Independent: Lawmakers, Advocacy Groups Pushing for Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
PA Independent: Union-funded Nonprofit that Attacked Corbett Faces IRS Fine
State House Sound Bites: Report: PA’s Taxes Among the Most Regressive
State House Sound Bites: Fiscal Data Added to Online Profiles of School Districts
State House Sound Bites: Audit of PA Legislature’s Finances Due to be Released
PLSReporter: Wolf Names Three Cabinet Nominees, One Appointment
PLSReporter: Policy Shift Puts Public School Expenditures in Greater Public View
PLSReporter: Danger of Municipality Bankruptcy Looms as More Pension Funds Enter Distress
PLSReporter: Video: Christiana Calls for Stronger Government Transparency with SchoolWATCH
State Impact PA: Wolf Picks Former Rendell Appointees for Top Environmental Posts
Capitol Wire: Report Suggests PA Charter Schools Could Benefit from Statewide Authorizer
Capitol Wire: State Launches SchoolWATCH Tool Four Months After Codifying Bill Died on PA Senate Floor

Philadelphia
Daily News: New faces scramble for City Council as seven-term veteran Tasco bows out
WHYY Newsworks: In wake of national unrest, Holder visits Philly to talk about policing
WHYY Newsworks: Report: Pennsylvania’s taxes among the most regressive
WHYY Newsworks: Montco commissioner tapped for Wolf Cabinet; Dems will keep control of courthouse
WHYY Newsworks: NRA suing three Pa. cities over gun laws
WHYY Newsworks: Abortion opponents call for moratorium on procedures during papal visit to Philly
Inquirer: Steinke announces he will run for City Council
Inquirer: Montco’s Richards tapped by Wolf as Pa. transportation secretary
Inquirer: Costello, MacArthur break with GOP on revoking some immigration protections
Inquirer: Rooney, Novak form bipartisan Harrisburg firm

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Community Briefs: State Rep. Kirkland to host public forum
Delco Daily Times: Chester Township reappoints chairman, vice chairman
Delco Daily Times: Marple approves new board positions
Delco Daily Times: Swarthmore makes appointments
Montgomery Media: State Rep. Mary Jo Daley talks representing Ambler, issues facing residents
Pottstown Mercury: Preliminary Meadowbrook plan approve, residents unhappy with process
Pottstown Mercury: Economy should continue to improve in ‘15, but dangers persist
Bucks County Courier Times: Burlington County vows to fight Pa. waste treatment plant
Bucks County Courier Times: Montco Commissioner Leslie Richards choice for PennDOT secretary
Bucks County Courier Times: New officer sworn in at Lower Makefield
Bucks County Courier Times: Penndel looking to fill council vacancy

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: Gun Groups Sue Pittsburgh, Other Cities Over Gun Regulations
Tribune-Review: Woman With Lung Transplant Alleges Pittsburgh Violating Disabilities Law
Tribune-Review: 562 Pa. Municipalities Categorized As Having ‘Distressed’ Pension Funds
Post-Gazette: Study: High Levels of Pollutants from Drilling Waste Found in Pa. Rivers
Post-Gazette: National Rifle Association Suing PIttsburgh, Philadelphia Over Gun Laws
Post-Gazette: Woodland Hills School Reorganization Plan Rejected in 5-4 Vote
Post-Gazette: Gov.-Elect Wolf Makes Slew of Selections for Cabinet-Level Positions
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania AG Kane Says She’s Not Backing Down, Questions Probe’s Fairness
Post-Gazette: New State Website Provides Financial Data on School Districts, Teacher Salaries

Southwest
Tribune-Review: Construction of VA Health Center in Butler County Could Begin This Fall Official Says
Tribune-Review: DA: $800K in Theft Charges Against Fired Treasurer in Lawrence Co.
Tribune-Review: Westmoreland County Republican Commissioners Anderson, Courtney Formally Kick Off Re-Election Campaigns
Observer-Reporter: Residents Divided Over South Strabane Drilling Ordinance
Observer-Reporter: What’s Polluting Water in Washington County?
Observer-Reporter: County Redevelopment Authority Director Retires
Altoona Mirror: Council OKs Deal for PSU Altoona Project
Altoona Mirror: Zoning Board Allows Student Home
Altoona Mirror: Portage Area to Keep Taxes Within State Max

NEPA
Times-Leader: Valley West Votes Not to Raise Taxes More Than 2.7 Percent
Times-Leader: Guilty Plea Hearing Set for WB Credit Union Member Indicted in August
Times-Leader: Rapid Bridge Replacement Project to Fix Two Bridges in Luzerne County
Times-Leader: Luzerne County Council Vote Leaves Nanticoke With No City Tax Collector
Times-Tribune: Douaihy’s Distant Relative Seeks Scranton Superintendent Job
Pocono Record: High-Stakes Trials Burden Monroe County Budget

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Judge Rules Sandusky Cover-up Case Against Graham Spanier and his Aids Can Proceed
Harrisburg Patriot News: At GOP Retreat, Ted Cruz Mulls over 2016 Bid, Paul Ryan Sports Packers Bead and Lou Barletta Beams on Immigration
Harrisburg Patriot News: Amid Turmoil Elsewhere, Kathleen Kane Takes in the Pa. Farm Show
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg School Officials Clamp Down on David Boter, the City’s Community Policing Coordinator
Carlisle Sentinel: Clothing Retailer to Bring 300 Jobs to Upper Allen Township
Carlisle Sentinel: NRA Suing Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia Over Gun Laws
Carlisle Sentinel: State Education Website Posts Salary Infro for Pa. Teachers
Carlisle Sentinel: Plans Unveiled for Cumberland County Discussions on Library’s Future

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Skepticism Remains for 33-Story Tower in Downtown Allentown
Express Times: Abe Kassis Announces 2015 Run for Northamphton County Judge
Express Times: Bethlehem Police Chief Defends Heavier Policing in High Crime Neighborhoods in Local Talk on Race
Express Times: Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Debate Surfaces at Farm Show, Report Says
Reading Eagle: Wolf Picks Montgomery County Commissioner Leslie Richards to Run PennDOT
Reading Eagle: Wolf Makes Picks for Banking, Agriculture Agencies

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montgomery Chief Says Volunteers Are Needed Now
Williamsport Sun Gazette: E. Lycoming Board Looks at Tax Boost
Centre Daily Times: Obama Will Offer Paid Federal Leave to Federal Employees
Centre Daily Times: CIA Finds No Wrongdoing in Search of Senate Computers
Centre Daily Times: Paris Attack has U.S. Lawmakers Questioning Visa Waivers
Centre Daily Times: Health Care Enrollment Efforts Heat Up
Centre Daily Times: Sweet – COP Heads to Hershey to Get Over Bitterness
Centre Daily Times: Secret Service Demotes 4 Top Officials

Opinion
Inquirer: A matter of degrees
Daily News: Our main concern
Harrisburg Patriot News: Paris Attacks an Uncomfortable Reminder of Europe’s Anti-Semitism: Tyler Wiedler
Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Pass Medical Marijuana Legislation
Post-Gazette: Talks on Iran: The World Can Be Hopeful for an Agreement
Post-Gazette: Mr. RAD: Donahoe Worked to Sustain the Region’s Assets
Post-Gazette: Free MLK: The Family Feuds Over the Rights Leader’s Artifacts
Tribune-Review: The Theft Epidemic: Simple Safeguards
Tribune-Review: The Thursday Wrap
Observer-Reporter: Third Time the Charm? Romney Thinking About It
Times-Tribune: Chris Kelly: It’s Time to Answer the Bell

Blogs
Citified: Saidel Thinking About Mayoral Run
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Education Policy Roundup
Commonwealth Foundation: Union-backed Political Group not Accountable
Commonwealth Foundation: Audio: Mary’s Law Ends Unfair Political Advantage
PA Budget and Policy Center: Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in all Fifty States
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Shafer: Bethlehem Redistricting will be Effective Next, not this, Year
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Zaworski Rules out NorCo Council Bid

January 15th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments