1/6 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf unveils two cabinet picks, Speaker Turzai announces the upcoming committee chairs and Abraham talks about Pres. Obama and the Governor-Elect. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Announces Two Cabinet Selections: Governor-Elect Wolf unveiled his choices for Secretaries of Revenue and Community and Economic Development.

Speaker Turzai Announces Committee Chairs: The incoming House Speaker unveiled the leaders for the upcoming legislative session.

Abraham Discusses Obama, Wolf and Schools in Interview: The Philly mayoral candidate gave a wide-ranging interview to Philadelphia Magazine’s new “Citified” blog.

Capitol Building Upgrades Won’t Be Completed by Wolf’s Inauguration: Construction presents unwelcome sight for inauguration ceremony.

Statewide
PLSReporter: Legislators eye lobbying reform in new session
Capitolwire: Positive revenue collection trend continues. UPDATED.
PA Independent: After banner year, PA school pension fund still deep in red
StateImpactPA: Feds look toward regulating local gas gathering lines
StateImpactPA: 8 protesters arrested at pipeline testing site in Lancaster County

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf Taps Two for Revenue, Economic Development Posts
Inquirer: Nutter Talks Crime, Police-Community Relations As He Recaps 2014
Inquirer: Despite Charges, Phila. Legislators to Take Oath of Office
WHYY Newsworks: Clark Waffles, Milton Street Commits to Philly Mayor’s Race
WHYY Newsworks: Widening Equity Gap? Corbett Administration, Advocates Differ On AP Education Funding Report
WHYY Newsworks: Debate Over Medical Marijuana Resurfaces in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: 2nd Round of Philly Charter Application Hearings Probe Demographics, Bottom Lines
WHYY Newsworks: Feds: Ironworkers Boss Turned Union Into ‘700-man Army to Do His Bidding’

SEPA
Daily Local: Coatesville City Council Has A ‘Tough Job’ to Pass 2015 Budget
Bucks Local News: State Rep. Steve Santarsiero: Legislative Session Ahead Will Hinge On Compromise, Reaching Across the Aisle
Bucks Local News: Bucks County GOP Lawmakers to Co-Chair State Legislative House Committees During 2015-16 Session
Delco Daily Times: Judicial Conduct Board Issues Charges Against Delco Judge

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: One of Legislature’s Biggest Critics Will Become Republican Lawmaker Friday
Tribune Review: Two More Candidates Declare for Butler County Commission Nomination
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation Deadlocks on Transportation Bill
Post-Gazette: Fracking Caused Earthquakes in Existing Faults in Ohio, Study Finds
Post Gazette: Wolf Picks Director of Allegheny County’s Economic Development for Cabinet Post
Post Gazette: School Districts Struggle to Decide How Small is Too Small
Post Gazette: Federal Judge in Pittsburgh Declares Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional
Post Gazette: Lawyer Says that Obama Immigration Action has No Bearing on Pittsburgh Re-entry Case

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Investment Trust Says it Plans to Divest Washington Crown Center
Observer-Reporter: New Washington County Court Judge Completes First Act
Altoona Mirror: Correction Officer’s Passion for Video Saves Cambria
Altoona Mirror: After School Program Offers Hope for Children to Reach Their Potential
Altoona Mirror: Addicts Resisting State Program
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa Man Charged in Christmas Eve Sexual Assault

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Jurors Sent Home in Hugo Selinski Capital Murder Trial as Lawyers Sort Out Issues
Times Leader: State Rules Prohibit District Judge Kane from Campaigning for His Son
Times Leader: Plea Deal May Be in the Works in Wilkes-Barre Shotgun Shooting After Suspect’s Wife Pleads to Hindering Apprehension
Times Leader: Spike in Flu Prompts Geisinger to Offer Free Flu Shots in Wilkes-Barre Township
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Area Designates Mackin Renovation as High School in State Documents
Times-Tribune: Judge Rules Frein Charges Will Head to Trial
Times Tribune: O’Brien Now Chair of Lackawanna County Commissioners

South Central
Patriot News: Threatening Letter Sent to Harrisburg, Yonkers Police Departments
Patriot News: Q&A on the Death Penalty in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: Eric Frein to be Arraigned this Month
Patriot News: Gov.-elect Tom Wolf Announces Cabinet Selections for Economic Secretaries
Patriot News: Longtime Cumberland County Judge to Retire
Intelligencer: Three New Lancaster County Lawmaker to be Sworn in Tuesday

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wolf Faces Tough 2015 as he takes his Oath
Morning Call: Norco Solicitor First Candidate to Announce for Open Judge Seat
Morning Call: Glitch Blocks 2015 Prescription Benefits for Northampton County Employees
Reading Eagle: The Rundown: The General Assembly Kicks off a New Legislative Session
Reading Eagle: Comings and Goings in 2014
Reading Eagle: Expect Ryan Costello to Make a Mark as a Freshman

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Corbett’s Caution Cost him, but Some of it Should Remain
Sun Gazette: Federal Government Malfeasance Penalty is Often a Promotion

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Welcome Exit: A Controversial Washington County Judge Retires
The Times Leader: Proposed Apartment Complex in Wilkes-Barre Can Bring Just What City Needs: More Working Class Residents
Daily News: The Big Good Wolf
Inquirer: End School’s Blame Game
Bucks County Courier Times: What Will Happen When Tom Wolf Takes Office?
Morning Call: Editorial: Obama Policies Wage War on Affordable Energy
Intelligencer: Editorial: Nuclear too Dangerous, Costly to be Considered a Serious Option
York Daily Record: Editorial: County Government Should Help York City Financially

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Former Pennsylvanians Voted with their Feet
Keystone Politics: #PHL2015: What is the Nature of Michael Nutter’s Unpopularity?

January 6th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments