1/17 Morning Buzz

state 1 0602 dcg 24000.jpgGov. Corbett is making an active PR campaign so far in 2013. Next on the list: his transportation package. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Corbett Opens 2013 With PR Push: Facing a make-or-break year for legislative accomplishments, Governor Tom Corbett has embarked on a public relations push. His main tactic: One-on-one interviews.

Pa. Republicans Split on Sandy Relief: Pa.’s Republican delegation split 7-6 against the Sandy relief bill on Tuesday, with every Congressman west of the Susquehanna voting no and all but one in eastern Pa. voting yea.

Ravenstahl Maintains Fundraising Lead: $782K on Hand: Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl started off 2013 with a fundraising lead, his campaign announced Tuesday. He has $781,500 on hand, hundreds of thousands more than his nearest opponent. And the primary is getting more crowded with the entry of Michael Lamb today.

GOP Taps Tate for DePasquale Seat: Republicans face an uphill challenge in their effort to flip the state House seat of Pa.’s new Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. But they’ve chosen the man who will give it a shot: Bryan Tate.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Daylin Leach, nice cop
PA Independent: Is prohibition finally dying in Pennsylvania?
StateImpactPA: DePasquale Prepares To Audit PA’s Department of Environmental Protection
StateImpactPA: “We Make A Lot Of Money Because There’s A Lot Of Lonely Guys”: Life In A North Dakota Boomtown
Capitol Ideas: House Dems don’t like #PaLottery privatization, have no idea what to do about it.
Capitol Ideas: School safety initiative to be part of Corbett FY13-14 budget proposal.
Capitol Ideas: In Lancaster, Corbett defends #PALottery deal
Capitolwire: PA’s new auditor general says politics won’t be a part of how he conducts business.

Philadelphia
AP: Pa. Lottery contract dropout called process unfair
AP: Ex-Pa. city official faces sentence in bid case
Capitol Inq: Nutter: NRA are “reprehensible, disgusting”
Inquirer: Rep. Parker found guilty of DUI
Inquirer: Report says states and the federal government spend too little stopping tobacco use
Heard in the Hall: We have to rally support
Philly Clout: Nutter testifies about gun violence on Capitol Hill
Philly Clout: Nutter makes “final offer” to DC33
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett lottery maneuvers winning no fans in Pa. Legislature
WHYY Newsworks: Philly issues ‘final’ contract to city’s blue-collar workers
WHYY Newsworks: State Rep. Parker found guilty of DUI, plans appeal
WHYY Newsworks: Universal firearms background checks called for by Obama already law in Pennsylvania

SEPA
AP: Corbett to roll out billion-dollar roads plan
AP: Pa. gun show organizer’s ban on assault weapons draws fire
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. lawmakers propose tougher hit-run penalties for DUIs
Daily Local News: Milne receives committee appointment

Pittsburgh
Tribune-Review: City plans “blitz” on South Side
Tribune-Review: Union leader: Greensburg prison closing is ‘inevitable’
Tribune-Review: City controller enters mayor’s race
Tribune-Review: Ex-Clairton official sentenced in bidding scheme
Early Returns: Toomey ‘ready for battle’
Early Returns: Rothfus, others oppose Sandy bill
Post-Gazette: Corbett has school-safety plan
Post-Gazette: Corbett: decision on lottery ‘imminent’
Post-Gazette: Western PA politicians, activists respond to Obama gun proposals
KDKA: Company claims process to takeover PA lottery is unfair

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: PA unlikely to enact weapons ban
Altoona Mirror: New digital system gives Blair Co. more range
Observer-Reporter: Central Greene S.D. financially sound
Beaver Co. Times: N. Sewickley supervisors hire interim secretary and solicitor

NEPA
The Times Leader: Pa. detective: Prankster registered as ‘Obama’
The Times Leader: DA: Pa. dad won’t be charged in gun store shooting
Times-Tribune: Kane takes oath as attorney general
Citizens Voice: AP: Corbett to roll out billion-dollar roads plan
Citizens Voice: Pa. Lottery contract dropout called process unfair
Standard Speaker: ACLU: Philadelphia cops wrongly arrest videotapers
Pocono Record: Schirmer trial: Former Pocono pastor’s fiancée takes the stand

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Response to White House gun proposal, Allentown Mayor attends rollout
Morning Call: Corbett defends Lottery privatization contract
Morning Call: Bethlehem ends 2012 with $1 million in the bank
WFMZ: Samuelson, House Dems criticize Corbett’s lottery deal
WFMZ: Kane strikes plea deal in prescription drug ring case

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Eagles get their man, hire Oregon’s Chip Kelly
York Daily Record: York Republicans to pick Bryan Tate for 95th seat
York Dispatch: Columbia Gas begins $3.4 million in pipe upgrades
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Pa. man pleads guilty to covering up child’s death
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon Salvation Army begins expansion project
Roxbury News: Dauphin County Names a New Director of Elections and Voter Registration

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montgomery board hopes for no tax hike
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Legislator to meet with constituents

Opinions
Daily News: A sick society
Tribune-Review: Abolish per diems
Tribune-Review: Gun control: government illusions
Altoona Mirror: Tighten turnpike policies
Pottstown Mercury: Wednesday’s Sound Off
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Time to lock and load on gun control
Reading Eagle: AMT no longer a threat to middle-income taxpayers
Express Times: EDITORIAL: Pa. lawmakers’ per diem process perverted

Blogs
Keystone Liberty: Private PA Lottery Means Multi-Billion Dollar Jackpot

3 thoughts on “1/17 Morning Buzz

  1. But now it is actually moving thru our totally republican controlled legislature, not a crackpot idea but a real possibility!

    Is that not worth a mention???????

  2. Why is there no mention that the bill to apportion electoral votes by congressional district was introduced yesterday.

    This latest attempt to Gerrymander the Presidential election like they have the Congressional seats is a huge issues hat demands huge attention!

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