We wish you luck surviving the torrent of annoying Mayan-themed social media posts today. And we present our year-end Ups and Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.
Editor’s note: PoliticsPA will be on hiatus for the holidays (though we’ll be on call for major political developments). Enjoy your time off from work and see you next year!
2012 Ups & Downs: Another election is in the books. See who had a good year in 2012, and who wishes the Mayans were right.
Debate: Leach v. Metcalfe on Guns: Mark this on your calendar. Polar opposites Daylin Leach and Daryl Metcalfe will debate gun control on Dom Giordano’s Radio Show, 1210 AM in the Philadelphia area.
House Rs Resurrect Congressional-Based Electoral College Plan: State Reps. Robert Godshall and Seth Grove want Pennsylvania to divvy ups its electoral college votes by congressional district. It’s a plan originally pitched by Sen. Dominic Pileggi in 2011 and would have nullified President Obama’s Pa. advantage had it been in effect in 2012.
Casey Flips, Supports Assault Weapons Ban: Sen. Bob Casey is the latest in a series of pro-gun Democrats to voice their support for new restrictions on firearms in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. He had previously opposed renewing the ban on assault weapons.
Simms to NRCC: Veteran operative Rob Simms, former COS to Rep. Bill Shuster and recently at Red Maverick Media, will join the National Republican Congressional Committee as its Political Director for the 2014 cycle.
Capitol Ideas: Corbett defends donor-funded vacation to Rhode Island.
State House Sound Bites: Potential Lottery privatization timetable begins to buckle
PA Independent: PA puts state financial data online in the name of transparency
PA Independent: Lawmakers want prosecutors to look at incinerator financing
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Corbett defends free vacation to Rhode Island in 2011
StateImpactPA: While Touting Transparency, Corbett Declines to Explain Free Vacation
StateImpactPA: Researcher Theo Colborn Pleads with Obama to Help Stop Chemical Exposures
StateImpactPA: Electrical Issue Causes Emergency Shutdown at Wyoming County Gas Compressor Station
StateImpactPA: Ethics Filing Shows Corbett Took Free Vacation from Businessman with Ties to Gas Industry
Capitolwire: Rendell, company say he has no personal financial stake in Lottery deal.
Capitolwire: Corbett hints at extending Lottery bid deadline.
Capitolwire: Senate Democrats oppose separating mass transit from transportation funding plan.
AP: Judges reject commuter tax plan in Scranton
AP: Altoona council approves distressed city plan
Inquirer: Property reassessment figures bolster Nutter’s position on AVI
Inquirer: SRC report: Ackerman directed award of no-bid contract
Inquirer: Former Delco prosecutor gets 4 to 8 months in hit-run
Daily News: City property-tax increases not so temporary
Daily News: City’s cost for rogue narcotics squad: $777,500
Daily News: Ramsey summoned to Washington to talk guns
Attytood: Natural-gas exec paid for Corbett 2011 vacation
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett defends donor-paid vacation
Philly Clout: Police contract reopened, cops to get raises, will Nutter appeal?
Philly Clout: City unions taunt ‘Mayor Grinch’ with the ‘12 Days of Nutter’
WHYY Newsworks: Did the Romney campaign charge reporters $812 for lunch?
WHYY Newsworks: Opposition to Pa. Lottery begins to unite
Phillynow: Now Sen. Casey will support tougher gun laws
KYW Newsradio: Gov. Corbett says accepting free vacation trip was not improper
Delco Daily Times: Ex-Delaware County ADA Michael Donohue sentenced to 4-8 months for hit-and-run
Delco Daily Times: Gov. Tom Corbett discloses trips paid for by businessman
Delco Daily Times: House GOP plans vote on fiscal cliff ‘Plan B’
Montgomery Media: Montco commissioners approve $39.8 million emergency radio system upgrade
Montgomery Media: Ambler Borough Council approves tax hike
Beaver County Times: Mayor interrupts Fallston-Patterson merger
Beaver County Times: Senate Dems would borrow to pay for transportation work in 2013
Observer-Reporter: Hearing granted to unseal drilling settlement
Altoona Mirror: Act 47 recovery plan approved
Altoona Mirror: Local agencies concerned about ‘fiscal cliff’
Times-Tribune: Corbett unveils state website for citizens
Citizens Voice: Corbett discloses trips paid for by businessmen
Daily Item: City council sets 2013 tax levy
Standard Speaker: Hazleton council makes no progress on 2013 budget
AP: Corbett to honor victims in Conn. school shooting
AP: Corbett unveils state website for citizens
AP: Corbett: Mental illness the issue in Conn. tragedy
AP: Pa. congressman unhappy with NCAA fine guidelines
AP: Corbett discloses trip paid for by businessman
The Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett didn’t get a vote on Penn State’s President Rodney Erickson’s pay raise
The Patriot-News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey Jr. fears fiscal cliff deal won’t get done
The Patriot-News: Cumberland County commissioner blames tax hike in part on state budget cuts
The Patriot-News: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey does U-turn to support assault-weapons ban
The Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration seeks extension of deadline on outsourcing lottery management
The Patriot-News: Cumberland County commissioners approve 2013 budget with 12% tax hike
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania state senators win high-profiles appointments
York Daily Record: York County residents to see 8.9 percent tax hike; commissioner blames Gov. Corbett
Roxbury News: Governor Corbett is questioned on PSU prez Erickson’s 16% pay raise
Roxbury News: PA Governor Tom Corbett: Privatization of the Lottery
Roxbury News: PA Governor Tom Corbett: A paid vacation
Roxbury News: PA Governor Tom Corbett: Gun control
The Morning Call: Bob Casey wants Hurricane Sandy relief
The Morning Call: Lehigh County voters could have more say in debt
Reading Eagle: Tax hike of nearly 70% enacted
Reading Eagle: Cell tower plan, budget approved
Reading Eagle: Budget gets nod; tax rate stays same
WFMZ: Bob Freeman reappointed committee chair
Express Times: Bethlehem Councilwoman Jean Belinski regrets vote on garbage switch
North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Corbett: Watsontown businessman paid for 2 trips worth $2,300
Philly Gay News: Picking the next Governor (spoiler: Allyson Schwartz)
Observer-Reporter: Unwanted victories for Mitt Romney
Altoona Mirror: Don’t rush gun controls
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: MICHAEL CONSEDINE | Pa. not playing games with health insurance
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Ramsey is trying to get officers’ attention
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: State gun laws are too weak
The Patriot-News: Editorial: Why the rush on Pa. lottery privatization?
York Daily Record: Our take: Dick’s takes a market-based solution to gun issue
York Dispatch: Editorial: No, governor, now is the time for gun control discussion
Intelligencer Journal: Corbett decision on Obamacare
Jon Geeting: Why PA Needs a Shared Service Bill
Keystone Progress: Today, Pennsylvania Congressional Republicans Face Two Tax Votes And One Clear Choice: Will They Stand With The Middle Class Or Millionaires?
Commonwealth Foundation: Principles for Transportation Funding
Keystone State Education Coalition: Ridge, Casey respond to Newtown school shootings: both would support ban on assault weapons and high capacity ammunition clips
Keystone Politics: Barry Schoch: Bike/Ped Funding Safe
Keystone Politics: Split Between Corbett and House GOP on Transit Funding
Keystone Politics: Boehner’s Plan B Only Uniting House Democrats
Keystone Politics: Pat Toomey Flashback: “My Idea of Gun Control Is a Steady Aim”
Keystone Politics: Liberals Need to Have Bob Casey’s Back on Changed Gun Safety Stance