1/9 Morning Buzz

Sheetz signAnother poll shows wide support for Corbett’s NCAA lawsuit, even as our rundown of newspaper editorials paint an unflattering picture. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Harper Poll: Pa. Voters Support Corbett NCAA Suit: More Pennsylvanians support Gov. Tom Corbett’s lawsuit against the NCAA and its Penn State sanctions than oppose it, according to a new survey from GOP firm Harper Polling.

Harper Poll: Sheetz Dominates Pa. Convenience Store Wars: The same poll of Pa. voters found that a whopping 51 percent of them choose Sheetz compared to just 26 percent for Wawa.

Editorial Roundup: Newspapers Take Dim View of Corbett’s NCAA Suit: Newspapers across Pa. and the country are speaking up about Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to sue the NCAA. Most are not impressed. Here’s our running list.

Rob Loughery Watches ‘Downton Abbey’: Bucks County Commissioner Robert Loughery – sometimes mentioned as a possible congressional candidate in 2016 – revealed a bit of his TV viewing habits at a meeting this week. He suggested an interesting new title for his Democratic colleague.

Rendell for Mayor… of NYC? Ed Rendell has been the Mayor of Philadelphia, the Governor of Pennsylvania and the Chairman of the DNC, but does that qualify him to be America’s Mayor? Advisers to outgoing NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg think so. They tried to recruit Rendell to run.

Statewide
PA Independent: Union say lottery privatization could be costly
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Wagner – National debt is ‘horrendous, embarrassing’
PA Independent: Turnpike’s swap deals, increasing debt puts PA taxpayers at risk
StateImpact: Marcellus Production Helps Reduce Natural Gas Prices in 2012
The Times-Tribune: Susquehanna County-based website mines Marcellus data
Capitolwire: Corman files injunction seeking to prevent spending of PSU sanction money
Capitol Ideas: Looking at polls, conservatives raise red flags over Gov. Tom Corbett’s electoral fortunes
Capitol Ideas: Ed Rendell, Mayor of New York City?
Capitol Ideas: Tuesday Morning Coffee: Former Rep. Joe Brennan begins his jail sentence
State House Sound Bites: Union offers counter-bid to Lottery privatization
State House Sound Bites: State lowers interest rates, waives fees for certain business loan programs

Philadelphia
Commonwealth Confidential: Sen. Tartaglione to push for PA minimum wage hike
Heard in the Hall: A new firehouse arrives with joy and turbulence in Tacony
Heard in the Hall: Kenney Questions Prison Contract to Firm
Philly Clout: Firefighters union disrupts opening of new Tacony station in protest of Nutter

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Chester County to review program to end homelessness
Burlington County Times: Reorganization meetings continue across county
Burlington County Times: Camp Resigns as mayor of Westampton
Bucks County Courier Times: District to hold forums on school security
The Intelligencer: Central Bucks to install buzz-in entry systems at all schools
AP: Pa. auditor’s report warns against turnpike swaps
AP: Unionized employees make Pa. Lottery pitch
Delco Daily Times: Colwyn council to take another look at budget
Delco Daily Times: Radnor Board of Commissioners elects first woman president

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: University Faculty talks strike
Tribune Review:Audit says PA turnpike losing millions on risky interests
Tribune Review:Redevelopment authority to vote on tax assist for former LTV Steel site
Post-Gazette: Shorter camp presents obstacles for penguins coaches
Post-Gazette: Giffords, Kelly launch gun control lobbying effort
Early Returns: Rendell for NYC mayor?
Early Returns:Toomey’s debt plan
KDKA: PA lawyer wants to do away with breathalyzers
KDKA: Pitt Researchers exploring possibility of colon cancer vaccine

Southwest
Beaver County Times:Unionized employees make PA lottery pitch
Beaver County Times: PA to close 2 prisons, open new one
Observer-Reporter: Waynesburg police officer to run for sheriff
Altoona Mirror:Kagarise announces candidacy for judge
Altoona Mirror:Wozniak:SCI Cresson to close
Altoona Mirror: Tomahawks cancel exhibition
Altoona Mirror: O’Brien says he’s not about money
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Wozniak, Cresson state prison to close
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Game off: Fans upset with cancellation of Charity Classic

NEPA
The Times Tribune: Eachus collects sizeable legislative pension
The Times Tribune: Kathleen Kane fields questions from students

South Central
The Carlisle Sentinel: Education key to possible home rule referendum for Carlisle
The Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. auditor’s report warns against turnpike swaps
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education universities answer questions about a possible faculty strike
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson to launch re-election campaign
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Sen. Toomey has ‘deep concerns’ about Hagel nomination as defense secretary
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Lottery privatization: AFSCME’s counter-proposal hopes to convince Corbett to keep the lottery’s management in public hands
Lancaster Daily News: Rep. Glenn Thompson predicts Congress will create new farm bill by April

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Allentown planners advance Waterfront, waste-to-energy projects
WFMZ: Divided Lehigh Co. commissioners switch chairperson
WFMZ: Bethlehem Twp. approves lease for new DUI treatment center
WFMZ: Ex-Rep. Joe Brennan (D-Lehigh) reports to prison
Express-Times: Tense Upper Mount Bethel Twp. supervisors delay choosing roadmaster in reorganization
Express-Times: Parents, School Board express concerned about Sandy Hook/teachers’ union letter to parents
Express-Times: Bethlehem councilman launches mayoral bid
Morning Call: Emmaus bans commercial truck parking on borough streets
Morning Call: Macungie Council approves mayor’s request for GPS in police vehicles
Reading Eagle: Many missed Reading Schools’ huge bookkeeping blunder
Reading Eagle: Exeter Twp. supervisors repeal no-tax-increase ordinance, replace with tax increase
Reading Eagle: Governor Mifflin School Board eyes four-year plan

North by Northwest
Times-News: Erie Zoning Board denies dollar store
Times-News: Erie school director seeks travel expense reforms
AP: EPA study avoids key fracking question (drinking water contamination)
Centre Daily Times: Centre Co. commissioners approve $362,000 contract for new 911 tower
Centre Daily Times: PA Auditor: Turnpike Commission lost $109 million in risky interest rate swaps
Sun Gazette: Southern Tioga appoints school director; reviews building plans
Sun Gazette: Tioga Co. commissioners reorganize, grant pay raise

Opinions
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown education foundation goals support learning
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Publishing gun owners’ names provides more ammo in the great gun debate
Delco Daily Times: The Heron’s Nest: The Corbett-Penn State-NCAA debate rages on
Delco Daily Times: GUEST COLUMN: Corbett vs. NCAA is a move fraught with political peril
Citizens Voice: Toll hikes reflect poor transportation funding
The Carlisle Sentinel: Our View: Online restaurant inspections? A delicious idea
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Off to a shaky honeymoon with Perry
Lancaster Intelligencer: Toomey’s plum assignment
Tribune Review: Website mines Marcellus data
Express-Times: Easton’s empty federal courthouse a waste

Blogs
Jon Geeting: The Big Decisions Are Where You Need Representative Government
Jon Geeting: Willie Reynolds Running for Bethlehem Mayor
John Hanger: Great Polling Numbers For Hanger On The PA Governor’s Race: Virtual Statistical Tie With Corbett

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