1/29 Morning Buzz

state 1 0602 dcg 24000.jpgHaving a rough morning? Odds are you’re better off than Gov. Corbett. He starts the day with tough new poll numbers. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Quinnipiac Poll: Gender Gap Sinks Corbett Numbers: By a 30 point margin, Pa. women say Gov. Tom Corbett does not deserve a second term. His job approval numbers aren’t much better.

Who Are PA’s Best Party Chairs? It takes a special breed of person to be a successful county party chair. We want to hear from you: who are the best of the best?

Murphy Not Running for Gov: Patrick Murphy is a veteran and former Congressman, but he won’t be a candidate for Governor in 2014.

Pa. Delegation’s Abortion Opponents Speak at March for Life: With 13 congressmen and two Senators, the number of members of Pennsylvania’s delegation who oppose abortion is the largest it’s been in years. Several of them spoke to rally-goers at the annual March for Life in DC on Friday.

Local Election Updates

Pittsburgh Mayoral: Mayor Ravenstahl has a new addition to his campaign team: Com Director Matt Harringer. He most recently worked as communications director on a congressional race in Florida. “Under Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s leadership, Pittsburgh has developed into one of America’s most livable cities,” Harringer said in a release. “I’m excited to join the mayor’s re-election campaign and communicate his vision for the city.”

Pittsburgh City Council: He’s back! Franco Dok Harris, 33, will challenge District 6 Councilman R. Daniel Lavalle. He ran as an indy for Mayor in 2009.

Statewide
PA Independent: Pension reform will likely target future benefits, Pa. budget chief says
StateImpactPA: Pa. DEP Secretary Rejects Calls for Greater Federal Protections for Susquehanna River
StateImpactPA: Ain’t Gonna Frack on Maggie’s Farm No More
Capitolwire: Pension reform, public education funding to be linked in Corbett budget
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: One mis-addressed envelope transforming Ethics Commission, brings Open Records court fight

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Public hearings to be held on unusual provisional ballot use
Inquirer: Property taxes to rise across Philadelphia suburbs
Inquirer: Activists gear up against planned Philadelphia school closings
PhillyClout: D.C. 47 suing Nutter administration over furlough changes
PhillyClout: Nutter seeks feedback from voters on Election Day experiences
PhillyClout: State Rep. O’Brien grills Nutter administration on AVI data
KYW Newsradio: City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown Fined For Ethics Violations
Phillynow.com: Vote Rigging Bill Mirrored in Pennsylvania Denied in Virginia
Heard in the Hall: Weekend Edition
WHYY Newsworks: States submit mental health records for national gun background check database – will it matter
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Councilwoman admits tapping campaign funds for personal use

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown mulls request to extend business tax break
Delco Daily Times: $418 PA pension shortfall looms over school, state budgets
Montgomery Media: Montgomery County Commissioners Chairman Josh Shapiro tags fixing infrastructure as main goal for 2013
Bucks Local News: ‘No Budget, No Pay’ legislation passes U.S. House, Bucks County Congressman extolls bipartisan passage
Bucks Local News: Political or a cost savings move? In a party line vote, Northampton Township Supervisors hire new labor counsel
Daily Local News: Trial starts in disputed campaign letter case

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Former President George W. Bush to appear at Pittsburgh gas conference
Tribune Review: Wolf ‘likely’ to challenge Corbett
Tribune Review: Melvin jury dismissed, Pavlot’s testimony will continue tomorrow
Tribune Review: Railroad files second lawsuit over planned Strip District development
Tribune Review: Dok Harris to run for City Council
Tribune Review: Budget battle lines drawn in Harrisburg t
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania pension reforms badly needed, panel says
Tribune Review: State denies eight cyber charter school applications
Tribune Review: Embattled Pittsburgh police chief returns to work
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh police chief Harper returns to work as grand jury continues
Post-Gazette: Senate panel wants Penn State NCAA fine funds to stay in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Corbett’s budget proposal to require public-employee pension savings
Post-Gazette: Ex-chief of staff for Jane Orie takes stand in corruption trial of Justice Joan Orie Melvin
Post-Gazette: Pa. education secretary denies all eight applications for new cyber charter schools
Early Returns: Toomey in town; mayoral forum
Early Returns: Dok Harris challenges Lavelle
Early Returns: Toomey gets industry accolade
Early Returns: Corbett among DGA ad targets

Southwest
AP: Pa. denies proposals for 8 cyber charter schools
AP: Pa. budget chief says pension reforms essential
AP: Court to weigh secrecy of Pa. Turnpike lawyers
AP: 2 Pa. reps want to restores PSU scholarships

NEPA
Times Leader: NEPA unemployment inches up slightly
AP: Ex-Sen. Orie’s (R-Allegheny) former chief of staff to testify against Justice Orie Melvin (R-Allegheny)
AP: Energy renaissance: landowners to make billions from shale
Times-Tribune: Courtright announces bid for Scraton mayor
Times-Tribune: Two new leaders at Greater Carbondale Chamber of Commerce
Times-Tribune: Not my authority!: Scranton authority member pans sale of assets
Citizens Voice: Part-time police officers step up to serve local municipalities

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Bucks man accused of pursuing sex with girl, 14, he met at McDonald’s
Pennsylvania Ave: Congressman Lou Barletta opposes emerging immigration plan
Pennsylvania Ave: Bethlehem Councilman DiGiacinto declares run for controller
Reading Eagle: Parking-ticket lawsuit moved to federal court
Reading Eagle: Keeping lid on lawsuits carries big price tag for Reading
Reading Eagle: Fleetwood student takes post in state organization
WFMZ: Geoff Brace plans to run for Lehigh Co. commissioner
Express Times: Congress passes $50.5 billion Superstorm Sandy relief bill
Express Times: New Northampton Community College dorms get initial OK in Bethlehem Township, Pa.
Express Times: J. William Reynolds names mayoral campaign manager
Express Times: Stephen Melnick to run for Bethlehem City Council
Express Times: Former Lehigh County Commissioner Chairman Dean Browning running for county executive
Express Times: Bethlehem City Councilman David DiGiacinto announces city controller bid

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Elected officials, business leaders mingle at Chamber-sponsored mixer
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle tax collector’s marijuana trial continued until March
Patriot News: PA Budget Secretary dubs 2013 the “Year of Pension Reform”
Patriot News: PA Senate wants Penn State fines kept in PA
Patriot News: Harrisburg triples late tax penalty
Patriot News: Central Dauphin School Board approves hiring armed school resource officer
York Daily Record: Rep. Perry (R-York): time right for immigration reform
Lebanon Daily News: Rep. Dent (R-Lehigh) goes to Annville

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Bizzarro to present award to Miss Pa.
Centre Daily Times: Two Pennsylvania congressmen ask NCAA to end scholarship reductions
Centre Daily Times: State College Area teachers’ contract up for consideration by school board
Centre Daily Times: Senate nears vote on $50.5B bill for Sandy victims
Centre Daily Times: Students at Pa. school must ask for toilet paper
Williamsport Sun Gazette: LEGISLATIVE TALLY
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Homeowners’ attempt to thaw water pipes leads to trailer fire

Opinions
Tribune Review: Joe Conti’s deal: Yech!
Post-Gazette: Second chance: The president plans a move on immigration reform
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: We’re number 2 in gambling: not a reason to cheer

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