12/19 Morning Buzz

Dems get an early head start on a soon-to-be vacant state House seat, and we ask readers whether you think Congress will pass any new gun laws. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Reader Poll: Will Congress Pass New Gun Laws? In the wake of the tragedy in Connecticut, many have called for new, more stringent gun laws. So, PoliticsPA wants to know: Do you think Congress will pass any in the coming session?

Reader Poll: Casey Least Likely to be on Ballot for Gov: PoliticsPA asked readers two questions: Which potential candidate for Governor is least likely to appear on the ballot, and which potential candidate for Governor is likely to appear on the ballot for Lieutenant Governor?

Dems Tap Miller for Smith Seat in HD-42: Allegheny County Democrats wasted no time lining up their pick to succeed outgoing state Rep. Matt Smith. The committee nominated son-to-be state Senator Smith’s right-hand man, Dan Miller, for the seat.

Statewide
Capitol Ideas: In the wake of CT shootings, Gov. Corbett urges caution on new gun-control measures.
State House Sound Bites: Senate Dems say state assistance crucial to turning around struggling cities
State House Sound Bites: To fill skills gap, Corbett official suggests changing the status of those with skills
PA Independent: PA lawmakers sizzle as Harrisburg officials torch millions in botched incinerator deal
PA Independent: Green-energy mandates will hit PA’s poorest hardest
PA Independent: WACTHBLOG: Court rules police can legally impersonate via text
StateImpactPA: Institute Linked to Climate Skeptics Criticizes Pa.’s Alternative Energy Law
StateImpactPA: Fayette County Farmer Jailed Over Pipeline Dispute
Capitolwire: Corbett cautions on sprint for more gun control laws.
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Some potential gun laws are sensible, but likely wouldn’t have stopped Connecticut tragedy.
Capitolwire: Lawsuit seeks to halt Lottery privatization, gaming expansion.

Philadelphia
AP: Judge: Ex-Pa. Sen. should serve sentence locally
AP: Pa.’s 20 electors cast their ballots for Obama
Capitol Inq: Schwartz, Brady, call for tighter gun laws; NRA speaks out
Inquirer: Former Council aide testifies in mob trial
Philly Clout: Nation’s Mayors call for stronger gun laws
Phillynow.com: DAILY GRINDER: Pennsylvania Pols Weigh in on New Gun Law Potential
KYW Newsradio: Ed Rendell Wants Gun Control In Light Of Sandy Hook Tragedy

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County approves increase in room tax
Pottstown Mercury: Berks County property taxes to go up 6.3%
Pottstown Mercury: No tax increase for West Vincent residents
Delco Daily Times: Philadelphia City Council aide says he retrieved gun for mob turncoat
Delco Daily Times: State Dems look to rebuild aging cities
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce honors Community Heroes

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: State’s electoral votes cast for Obama, Biden
Post-Gazette: Poll of Republicans in state hints for compromise
Early Returns: NRA promises “meaningful contributions”
Early Returns: Poll: GOP voters for compromise on fiscal cliff
Early Returns: Casey warming to gun control
Early Returns: Perry on politics: forgiving Petraeus

Southwest
Beaver County Times: FirstEnergy remediation plan next for Little Blue
Observer-Reporter: East Washington approves 2013 budget
Observer-Reporter: State Legislature’s plans for Jan. 1: Happy New Year and this I swear
Atloona Mirror: Gun control talk growing
Atloona Mirror: Blair raises county salaries

NEPA
Times Leader: No tax hike at Pittston Township
Times Leader: $122.25M county budget approved by 7-4 vote
Citizens Voice: Challenges to PA lottery plan mount for Corbett
Standard Speaker: Hazelton council bickering continues over vacant seat
Pocono Record: Corbett urges caution on rush to pass new gun control laws

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Lehigh County Commissioners put funding for recreation projects in question
Pennsylvania Ave: Corbett Seeks to counter negative views on lottery plan
Pennsylvania Ave: Macungie council approves budget that includes 32-hour police officer
Pennsylvania Ave: Emmaus council restores funding for firefighters
Pennsylvania Ave: Bethlehem nixes trash proposal to hire citywide hauler
Reading Eagle: Council narrowly approves mayor’s four assistants
Reading Eagle: Budget comes with uptick in tax rates
Reading Eagle: Property tax rate remains 2 mills

South Central
AP: DeWeese appeals conviction in Pa. corruption case
AP: Pa. hit by unusual spike in job hotline calls
AP: Joan Orie Melvin says state doesn’t have authority to try her for campaign corruption
AP: DA responds to Pa. judge’s motion to dismiss case
The Sentinel: Harrisburg mayor asks Congress, president for nationwide assault weapons ban
The Sentinel: Challenges to Pa. lottery plan mounting
Harrisburg Patriot News: Observers say Pennsylvania isn’t ready for major gun-control measures
Harrisburg Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council adopts 2013 budget carrying projected $16 million budget deficit into next year
Harrisburg Patriot News: Commonwealth natural gas line reportedly on hold, will not go through Dauphin County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pa. auditor general-elect wants to audit Harrisburg Authority finances
The Evening Sun: Adams County to adopt budget Friday
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. RoseMarie Swanger to sponsor senior consumer protection bill
Roxbury News: Harrisburg Schools Chief recovery officer

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Commissioners confirm appointments

Opinions
Daily News: EN Editorial: USE OUT WORDS
Post-Gazette: America needs a panel on guns and mental health
Atloona Mirror: Onus shifts to state Legislature
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Bill McKinney | Charitable tax deduction helps many
Harrisburg Patriot News: Editorial: Apparently Congress plans to work even less in 2013
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Prison rape law puts correctional offices in legal jeopardy
Lancaster New Era: Conn. carnage and gun debate
Intelligencer Journal: 350-miles commuter

Blogs
Keystone Politics: What’s on the Table for Gun Safety Reform in PA?
Keystone Politics: PA Lottery Privatization Looking Like a Huge Ripoff
Keystone Politics: We Need a State Store System for Bullets
Keystone Politics: Bob Casey Maybe Open to Assault Weapons Ban
Jon Geeting: The Coward Era of Bethlehem Politics

One thought on “12/19 Morning Buzz

  1. Major thumbs down to PoliticsPA yesterday and today. You had a great chance to help promote and then report on the Candlelight Vigil for Newtown, CT organized in York last night by both the Republican and Democratic Parties.

    This site often focuses too much on the vitriolic fighting between the parties and fails to recognize when two groups get together, work together for the common good. Shame on you for ignoring this event and shame on you for not including any of the media coverage after the event. Both local newspapers ran articles and 4 TV stations covered the event.

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