1/23 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsHere’s the latest from Harrisburg to DC. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Politically Uncorrected: A Bad Gamble: In this week’s column, Madonna and Young analyze the impact of Pennsylvania’s Lottery privatization.

Poll: Blue Collar for Ravenstahl, White Collar for Peduto: Education level would be the key demographic factor in a two-man Pittsburgh mayoral primary between incumbent Luke Ravenstahl and City Councilman Bill Peduto. The data are outdated – but still interesting – now that City Controller Michael Lamb has joined the race.

Meet Keith Rothfus’s New Team: Meet the men and women who comprise freshman Rep. Keith Rothfus’s new staff in DC and in the District.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Voter ID trial set for July
State House Sound Bites: Senior services groups support lottery privatization, but say it’s not enough
State House Sound Bites: Senate’s top leader wants more money for school security, including armed guards
State House Sound Bites: State senators asked Corbett for “restated” contract with Camelot
PA Independent: Battle lines drawn in PA’s right-to-work fight
PA Independent: Lame-duck lawmakers leave Capitol with some $40,000 in taxpayer money
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Where are the numbers on the Lottery proposal?
Capitolwire: Service providers support Lottery contract if it means more revenue for senior programs.
Capitolwire: Notification could’ve been better, but prison closure impacts can’t be avoided, says Corrections Sec. Wetzel.

Philadelphia
AP: Voter ID to go on trial in July
PhillyClout: Exit poll: 97% of Philadelphians had acceptable voter ID in 2012
PhillyClout: City Council to examine paid sick days
Heard in the Hall: Nutter to work to bring international cycling event to city in 2014
Inquirer: Felon ex-Sen. Fumo’s (D-Philly) fiancée campaigns for fresh food for inmates
WHYY Newsworks: Firefighters’ Union seeking to recall Nutter… even though it’s unconstitutional
WHYY Newsworks: Solar-incentive credit crashes

SEPA
AP: GOP Sens.: No PA online gambling in lottery deal
AP: Legislature to consider child abuse statute overhaul
Bucks Courier Times: Bristol Twp. woman discovers long lost sister at inauguration
DelCo Daily Times: Ex-GOP Ex-Rep. calls for gun control
DelCo Daily Times: DelCo lawmakers react to inauguration
Chester Daily Local News: WCU Union professors heading to Harrisburg to protest

Pittsburgh
AP: Report: Pennsylvania high school dropout rate declines
Tribune Review: Senate Republicans want limits in lottery privatization deal
Tribune Review: PWSA receives $7M in state loans for upgrades
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh finalizes putting ads on city-owned property
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh group advocates for sustainable funding for transit
Tribune Review: Allegheny County moves forward with rules on gas drillers’ emissions
Tribune Review: State questions proposal for Allegheny to monitor emissions
Tribune Review: West Chester lawmaker to introduce proposal to ban per diem payments
Post-Gazette: Some GOP senators question keno, online gambling in privatized lottery
Post-Gazette: DEP disputes claims on missing drilling fee data
Post-Gazette: Advocates push Corbett, legislators to better fund public transportation
Early Returns: Voter ID trial scheduled for July
Early Returns: Rothfus hits federal pay, Holder

Southwest
AP: Report finds growing beer industry in Pa.
AP: Scandals lead lawmakers to target child abuse laws
AP: Plan to close two Pa. prisons draws flak at hearing
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: State Senate hearing to focus on decision to shut prisons

NEPA
AP: Senators want Pa. Lottery stopped at online games
Times-Tribune: Report recommends gas pipeline placement steps
Times-Tribune: Public pension overhaul looms in budget debate

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wilson Area proposes 1.6 percent tax hike
Morning Call: Former police officer seeking Macungie mayor post
Morning Call: Voter ID lawsuit scheduled for trial
Express Times: Northampton county Council review of proposed Human Services building lease begins Wednesday

South Central
AP: Report finds growing beer industry in Pa.
AP: Pa. voter ID law to go on trial in July
AP: Scandals lead lawmakers to target child abuse laws
The Sentinel: Team announces run for Hampden Township commissioner seats
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Harrisburg City Council hikes penalty for delinquent mercantile taxes
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Lottery privatization: Republican senators call on Corbett to back off plans for online gambling
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Cumberland County OKs $50K of Marcellus shale money for farm preservation; $350L on hold
Roxbury News: PA Lottery: Camelot Global Services
Roxbury News: Right to Work: PA Representative Kathy Rapp
Roxbury News: PA Voter ID Law: Trial to Start July 15th
Roxbury News: City of Harrisburg’s Communications Director Departing the City
Roxbury News: City of Harrisburg Prepares to Sell Its Paxton Street Property

North by Northwest
Campaign ’13 Blog: State Rep. Bizzarro to hold open house
Centre Daily Times: Environmental bill of rights issue requires further legal review; Ferguson Township skips discussion
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Penn College audience reacts to inaugural speech
Williamsport Sun Gazette: School board limits 2013-14 tax increases

Opinions
Huffington Post: From Stonewall to Homeless: The Plight of Our Elder LGBT Members
Tribune Review: A new Dem assault: Will the GOP repel it?
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A new term: Obama’s actions must soar more than his words
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Tax their payrolls: Large nonprofits must support city services
Observer-Reporter: Obama offers idealism in address
Altoona Mirror: Obama avoids key issue
Johnstown Tribune Democrat: Pull plug on electronic signs
DelCo Daily Times: Calling popular NRA a “fringe group” is terrible politics
DelCo Daily Times: Friend: Fire administrators who suspended kindergartener for pink “Hello Kitty” bubble gun
Chester Daily Local News: State pension shortfall a big deal
Times Leader: Vets’ experience a lesson for ages
Times-Tribune: State should regulate pay at nonprofits
The Sentinel: Gas-tax hike is bad timing
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Assault weapon ban won’t cut violence
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: A woman’s right

Blogs
John Hanger: Stunning Fact: Life Expectancy Of Whites Without High School Degree Is Falling Sharply
John Hanger: Stunning Fact: PA Unemployment Rate Rises During Last 12 Months Even As National Rate Declines
John Hanger:  Switching From Diesel To Gas For Frack Jobs Accelerates In Marcellus: PGE Energy Cuts 750,000 Gallons Of Diesel
CasablancaPA: Independent investigators for you, politically-motivated hacks for me
Jon Geeting: Income Inequality and Regional Tax Bases
Jon Geeting: The Public Health System in Action
Keystone Politics:  CivicScience Poll Says #PGHMayor Race Within Single Digits
Keystone Politics: Reducing Incarceration Is a More Important Liberal Goal Than Protecting Prison Jobs
Keystone Politics: Parks, Land Values and Citizinvestor
Keystone Politics: Where’s Bob Casey on Filibuster Reform?

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