12/3 Morning Buzz

GOP State Rep. Mike Fleck made history this weekend when he announced he’s gay. We list where members of Pa.’s Republican delegation stand on the Norquist anti-tax pledge they signed. Bob Mellow is going to jail and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Republican State Rep. Mike Fleck: I’m Gay: State Rep. Mike Fleck (R-Huntingdon) publicly acknowledged Saturday that he is gay, making him the first openly gay lawmaker in Pa. and the only sitting openly gay Republican state legislator in the entire country.

List: Where Pa. Republicans Stand on the Norquist Tax Pledge: We asked Pa. Republican members of Congress where they stand on Grover Norquist’s ATR pledge. Spoiler: they have more hedges than a fancy English estate.

Mellow Sentenced to 16 Months: Former Senate Democratic Leader Bob Mellow has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for using official staffers to conduct campaign work.

Obama Pushes Fiscal Cliff Plan in Montco: President Obama visited The Rodon Group Friday as part of his tour to promote his plan to avoid the so-called ‘fiscal cliff.’ The Montgomery County company manufactures K’NEX and Tinkertoy parts, among others.

11/30 Ups & Downs: It’s been a good week for Pa.’s GOP congressional delegation overall, plus a few others. See who made progress and who fell behind.

Capitolwire: Ousted Dems Land Caucus Jobs: Outgoing state Reps. Joe Brennan (D-Lehigh) and Ken Smith (D-Lackawanna) didn’t win new terms on election day but they’ll be coming back to Harrisburg for work anyway.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Corbett assesses his term, two years in
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Former Senate Leader Mellow sentenced to 16 months in prison
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Two departing state Reps to continue being paid by taxpayers
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Rep. Fleck is first openly gay GOP lawmaker in Pennsylvania
PA Independent: Corbett considers removal of oil tax cap
PA Independent: Corbett on no-tax pledge — I keep my promises
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Pittsburgh sees post-recession recovery, analysis finds
PA Independent: Week in Review: Corbett, lawmakers prep for next year
PA Independent: Scranton commuter tax faces widespread opposition
StateImpactPA: U.S. Senate Gives Navy Biofuel Program A Second Chance
StateImpactPA: Former EPA Regulator Says Feds Could Provide More Fracking Oversight
StateImpactPA: Corbett Mulls Lifting Cap On Gasoline Tax
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Rendell Weighs In On NY Fracking Ban
Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett Q n A on pensions
Capitolwire: Ten percent cut in pension multiplier, other options being considered for administration pension reform
Capitolwire: Corbett favors expanded Lottery gambling to generate revenue
Capitolwire: Corbett Q n A on Pennsylvania Lottery, Voter ID
Capitolwire: Sandusky/Kane/Penn State Q n A with Gov. Corbett
Capitolwire: Two ousted House Democrats given caucus jobs
Capitolwire: Corbett says AG approach will decide if he will speak to Kane’s Sandusky case investigators.
Capitolwire: Corbett says PA’s economy ‘heading in the right direction.’

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Inquirer: Nutter and local leaders tour Tianjin, Philadelphia’s sister city
Philadelphia Inquirer: Karen Heller: Tireless advocate for youth had ‘real and genuine passion’
Philadelphia Inquirer:  Tom Fitzgerald, the Norquists of the left
Philadelphia Inquirer: Tense attitudes in Thursday’s council meeting
Philadelphia Inquirer: City GOP seeking balance
Philly Clout: Rendell flips wig over four year old dig about his lack of hair
Philly Clout: City Controller uses “The Office” for sensitivity training
Philly Clout: Clarke tweaks zoning proposal related to parking requirements
WHYY Newsworks: Obama visits PA toy factory
Phillynow: Despite signs of compromise, PA GOP says “no” to tax hike
KYW Newsradio: Corbett stands behind Norquist’s anti tax pledge

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: Obama supporters, protesters make voices heard during Montco visit (With Video)
Delco Daily Times: Corbett visits Chesco library to sign Pileggi bill
Montgomery Media: President Obama makes pitch for action on tax cuts during stop at Hatfield business
Bucks Local News: Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection issues report to General Assembly in wake of Sandusky scandal

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Corbett mulls lifting fuel tax cap
Early Returns: McCord: brilliant babbler, gov candidate
Post-Gazette: Ex-Pa. lawmaker Mellow gets 16 months in prison
Post-Gazette: Corbett still honing relationship with Pa. Legislators
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral race begins to take shape

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: U.S. government releases once secret Watergate files

NEPA
AP: Pressuring GOP, Obama takes his fiscal plan to Pa.
AP: Feds charges ex-Philly city worker in supply scam
AP: Ex-Sen. Mellow to be sentenced today
AP: Ex-Sen. Mellow sentenced to 16 months
AP: Ex-Pa. lawmaker Mellow gets 16 months in prison
AP: Central Pa. GOP lawmakers tells newspaper he is gay
Times Leader: Mellow gets prison
The Dallas Post: Council makes 2013 financial decisions
Sunday Dispatch: Yudichak issues reminder about tax rebates
Sunday Dispatch: Exeter faces $400,000 budget shortfall
Times-Tribune: Personal income grows by fastest pace since recession
Times-Tribune: Luzerne County Council members mulling amendments to 2013 budget
Times-Tribune: Mellow means well and has done good works during his 40 years of public service, supporters tell judge
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna College decides not to change mellow theatre name
Times-Tribune: Smith words for Dems caucus
Times-Tribune: Mellow sentencing comes on auspicious anniversary
Times-Tribune: Scranton falls short on nonprofit commitments
Times-Tribune: Mellow gets 16 months in federal prison
Times-Tribune: Storm clouds potent
Times-Tribune: Continual state budgets hurt United Way programs
Citizens Voice: County budget options on table
Citizens Voice: Letters attest to Mellow’s character
News Item: Now, municipalities will pay
Wayne Independent: Nominations and board appointments approved
Standard Speaker: Councilman wants accuracy on revenues in county budget
Pocono Record: Pa. pension cuts would face legal fight
Pocono Record: Corbett to cooperate on Sandusky probe

South Central
The Sentinel: Lancaster mayor: Amtrak plans ‘botched’
The Sentinel: Proposed budget features no tax increase in Middlesex Township
AP: Central Pa. GOP lawmaker Mike Fleck comes out as gay
AP: Gov. Tom Corbett joins talks about transportation funding, lawmaker says
AP: Ex-Pennsylvania lawmaker Robert Mellow gets 16 months in prison
AP: Former lawmakers keep Pa. benefits in new jobs
The Patriot-News: Pennsylvania lawmakers’ automatic pay increase takes effect today
The Patriot-News: What local Pa. lawmakers will be doing with the cost-of-living adjustment to their pay
The Patriot-News: Taxes won’t go up in Hampden Township despite $4M budget hike
The Patriot-News: Pennsylvania pension cuts would apply to all, Gov. Tom Corbett says
York Daily Record: Underage drinking penalties in Pennsylvania to increase by Christmas Eve
York Daily Record: Fiscal cliff: Scott Perry won’t sign Grover Norquist’s no-tax pledge, but stresses spending cuts
York Daily Record: Sen. Bob Casey supports filibuster reform
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Corbett talks bipartisanship; Dems wait for proof
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: A look at major legislation under Corbett
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: $12 million in Philadelphia budget cuts restored
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Judge ousts convicted Erie County councilman
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: 10 state attorneys general oppose gun permit law
Roxbury News: PA Capitol Rotunda: Wall of shame? Senator Mellow
Roxbury News: Former Senator Mellow: 16 months in prison

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Obama to Republicans: Don’t be Scrooge on middle-class taxes

North by Northwest
Campaign ’12 Blog: Kelly gets Ways and Means assignment
Campaign ’12 blog: Three new Erie-area lawmakers officially begin their jobs
Williamsport Sun Gazette Corbett: Pension cuts need to hit politicians
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Governor may work with inquiry into case-building

Opinions
Times-Tribune: Kelly: Pot, meth net life in prison. Abusing public trust? 16 months
Times-Tribune: Chance to fix property tax
Times-Tribune: Governor sees light on pensions
Times-Tribune: Ensure funds to help protect kids
Times-Tribune: Democracy multilingual
Times-Tribune: Strong Mellow weakly opposed
Philadelphia Inquirer: Time for Morsi to pay heed
Citizens Voice: Audit kept secret is a public matter
Citizens Voice: Stabilize pension benefit system
Citizens Voice: Agencies must be ready to respond
News Item: Property tax reform is long overdue
News Item: PLCB should not compete in private sector
News Item: Response as important as report in child abuse
The Sentinel: Guest Editorial: Commissioners should engage us, strive for efficiency
phillyburbs.com: The peculiar geography of the American electorate
The Patriot-News: Editorial: The president’s judicial nominees should get approval
The Patriot-News: Working families should be a priority
The Patriot-News: Foreign affairs are pivotal
The Patriot-News: Editorial: State could field quite a prison term
The Patriot-News: COLA: Annual charity event for the legislature
The Patriot-News: Op-ed: Create property tax alternative
The Patriot-News: Editorial: Norquist’s folly. It’s time to ditch the no-tax pledge
Delco Daily Times: U.S. drifts further from Founding Fathers vision
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Fiscal cliff hangs over mount of hysteria
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: All aboard for…
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Voter ID fibs
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Overhaul child-abuse statutes
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Teetering on the fiscal cliff: only the littlest people bear the brunt

Blogs
Keystone Politics: How to stop Philly traffic Court Corruption
Keystone Politics: Why property assessment is so screwed up in Pennsylvania, and what to do about it
Keystone Politics: High housing and transportation costs and wage politics
Keystone Politics: Pittsburgh is one of just three major US cities in recovery, but you’d never know it Reading PA media
Keystone Politics: Really Dems?
Pittston Politics: Former Exeter Councilman smartest politician in Luzerne County
Pittston Politics: Linskey email suggests minutes be altered for lawsuit
The Pittsburgh Progressive: News & Notes December 2, 2012
The Pennsylvania Progressive: Discounting lives to maximize profits

December 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Morning Buzz, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “12/3 Morning Buzz”

  1. women for change says:

    Isn’t it interesting that the Dem’s want to go after Corbett for PSU, but not Critz for his role in igoring the rape of women? Aren’t you supposed to be for women?

    Those who live in glass houses…

    http://www.citizensagainstmarkcritz.com/

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