2/21 Morning Buzz

Olympic ringsIt’s an olympic day in Pa., as both Philly and Pittsburgh (and 33 other US cities) were asked by the IOC if they’d like to compete to host the 2024 summer games. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Sestak Offers Few Clues About 2014 Plans: As numerous Democrats position themselves to run against Tom Corbett in 2014, former Rep. Joe Sestak remains vague. Will he run, or join his political ally Chuck Hagel in DoD?

Toomey ‘Wins’ AFP Scorecard, Followed by Kelly and Murphy: Sen. Pat Toomey’s voting record won higher marks from the conservative group Americans for Prosperity than any other member of the Pa. delegation last session. Reps. Mike Kelly and Tim Murphy lead the House.

Toomey ‘Loses’ Enviro Scorecard; Brady ‘Wins’: Sen. Pat Toomey was one of just four U.S. Senators to earn a 0% on the League of Conservation Voters 2012 votes scorecard. Rep. Bob Brady lead the delegation with 91%.

Remembering Ann Wilson: The former Cambria GOP Chair passed away Wednesday. She was on PoliticsPA’s list of PA’s best chairs, and many politicos are mourning the loss today. “Ann was a dear friend and colleague, and I have always admired her devotion to her family and her friends. She was a wonderful person who will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Bill and their children,” said GOP Chair Rob Gleason. “I was very sad to learn about the passing of Ann Wilson,” said Congressman Keith Rothfus, who Wilson helped elect. “She was a tremendous leader and tireless advocate for her community.  My thoughts and prayers are with the Wilson family.”

Bosset Goes to Range: Range Resources has a new point person for government affairs in Pa. Terry Bossert, who worked for years at Chief Oil and Gas and previously as Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, is the firm’s new Vice President – Legislative and Regulatory Affairs in Appalachia. “Range is the gold standard in the capitol because the company has a track record of doing what it says it will do and it’s a privilege to join this organization,” said Bossert in a statement.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: AG Kanes asks for budget boost to fight drug crime, child abuse
PA Independent: State may pull back on funding for debt-incurring RACP projects
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: High court says no privacy right for home addresses
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Liquor privatization bill to be introduced March 4

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Philly asked if it’s interested in hosting the 2024 Olympics
Heard in the Hall: Ethics Board clears foundation grants to city agencies
Heard in the Hall: State labor movement lines up against the Nutter administration
Heard in the Hall: Philly budget address set; could be raucous affair
Heard in the Hall: Rep. Youngblood (D-Philly): Use casino funds for property tax relief?
PhillyDeals: ‘20%’ tax cut for center city office towers
Inquirer: Kane gets warm welcome from both sides at budget hearing
Inquirer: DRPA to borrow $500 million for bridge, rail repairs
Inquirer: Top PA officials grilled at budget hearings
Inquirer: Bob Casey Jr., Cartoon Network launch anti-bullying effort at Philly school
Inquirer: Philly real estate agents nervously await the results of new property assessments
Daily News: Most Philly billboards illegal
Philly.com: Liquor licenses a hot commodity in Philadelphia
WHYY: Philly school district loses $8.7 million to public charter schools
WHYY: If you’re renting out a room to travelers, you may be violating Philly zoning laws
AP: Jury ends third day of Orie Melvin deliberations

SEPA
AP: Pa. Democrats take on Corbett over Medicaid, pensions
AP: Philly courthouse evacuated over anthrax report
PA Independent: Pa. budget hearings open; federal tax hikes put squeeze on consumer spending in Pennsylvania
Delco Daily Times: Ed Rendell discusses how we became ‘a nation of wusses’
Delco Daily Times: Turzai to take another shot at liquor privatization on March 4
Pottstown Mercury: Sestak, Schwartz hedge on saying they will enter 2014 governor’s race
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown will unveil elementary redistricting plan Thursday
The Intelligencer: Clymer: Don’t mess with 2nd amendment
Bucks Local News: STATE OF THE NATION: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said ‘certainty, tough decisions’ are what’s needed from Washington, D.C.
Bucks Local News: ‘No Budget, No Pay’ legislation passes U.S. House, Bucks County Congressman extolls bipartisan passage

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: ‘Most Wanted’ man arrested in Lincoln-Larimer
Tribune Review: New York man wanted on allegation of impersonating PNC customers
Tribune Review: Mayor Ravenstahl gets police Chief Nate Harper’s resignation
Tribune Review: Judge OKs Monroeville request to raise property taxes above state limit
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh among cities invited to bid for 2024 Summer Olympics
Post-Gazette: Lamb challenges Ravenstahl to answer questions on Pittsburgh police money
Early Returns: Your Allegheny County Council Rhetoric Roll Call
Early Returns: Lamb presses mayor on police accounts
Early Returns: Liquor bill due March 4
Early Returns: The fallout
City Paper: Will Work for Change: Activists say their work might not be lucrative, but it’s fulfilling
City Paper: Out of Reach: Will amendment to state constitution help keep nonprofits’ money out of taxpayers’ hands?
KDKA: Pittsburgh Police Chief Nate Harper Steps Down
WTAE: Cardinal Wuerl to have Pittsburgh in heart when electing new pope
WPXI: West Penn settles fatal power line case for $105M
WPXI: Garage fire spreads, destroys Unity Twp. Home

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Video: Allegheny County approves Airport gas drilling plan
Beaver County Times: Mixing gov’t, gas and oil: Public officials take lucrative jobs in industry
Beaver County Times: Moon school board reverses earlier decision, adopts preliminary budget
Observer-Reporter: Official: Pa. inmates claim to be Jewish for meals
Observer-Reporter: Bridge over Interstate 70 to be demolished in March
Altoona Mirror: Otto welcomed amid AAHS probe
Altoona Mirror: ‘State Patty’s’ alcohol sales cut
Altoona Mirror: County weighing five Valley View bids
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Senate panel welcomes AG Kane
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Resource agencies leasing Pa. land
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cuts taking toll on conditions, some say
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Board projects budget shortfall: Tax hike, fund balance may be needed in N. Cambria

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Camelot bid cash returned; Lottery deal rejected by AG Kane
Times-Tribune: PA Marcellus topped 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in 2012
Times-Tribune: Area schools need funding for safety now, officials say
Times-Tribune: NCAA sues Corbett, Pa. officials over ‘unconstitutional’ attempts to keep Penn State fines in state
Times-Tribune: Judge deems council rule unconstitutional
News Item: Masser backs liquor plan; Gordner: Devil’s in details
Standard Speaker: Failure to comply with Obamacare could cost Luzerne County $3M
Pocono Record: Lawsuit accuses PennDOT, contractors of ‘death trap’ at Pocono Township construction site

Lehigh Valley
AP: Democrats take on Corbett over Medicaid, pensions
Morning Call: Cetronia Ambulance, Lehigh County to break ground on new public safety building
Morning Call: Corbett’s Cabinet members grilled over state budget
Reading Eagle: Charter Board member quits; mayor appeals ruling
WFMZ: Northampton County councilman running for county executive
WFMZ: Congressman Leonard Lance meets with constituents in Lepatcong Twp.
WFMZ: Group in favor of gun ownership draws hundreds
Express-Times: Sandra Vulcano announces re-election campaign for Easton City Council
Express-Times: Bethlehem honors former Mayor Gordon Mowrer with Main Street plaque
Express-Times: Bethlehem Councilwoman Karen Dolan to propose council salary increase
Express-Times: State law prevents Northampton County from challenging properties’ tax exempt status
South Central
AP: NCAA sues over Pa. law to keep PSU fine in state
AP: Pa. state police troopers awarded Medal of Valor
AP: Corbett touts children’s health aid, mulls lottery
AP: Senate panel rolls out welcome mat for Attorney General Kathleen Kane
Carlisle Sentinel: Kane seeks more funds, threatens layoffs
Carlisle Sentinel: VIDEO: Attorney General budget
Carlisle Sentinel: State grant awarded to American Lung Association for radon awareness
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett: Next step on lottery privatization effort coming soon
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett talks to PennLive: Nine takeaways
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson addresses recent homicides, calls for stronger gun control
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Corbett signs NCAA fine legislation
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Attorney General Kathleen Kane pleads for more funding for her office to do its work
Harrisburg Patriot-News: Sen. Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi to Patriot-News Editorial Board: Some transportation funding is better than none
Lancaster Intelligencer: In Manheim speech, Pa. revenue chief touts Corbett’s budget
Lebanon Daily News: Congressman Dent announces Thursday event in Fredericksburg

North by Northwest
AP: NCAA sues over Pa. law to keep PSU fine in state
AP: Pittsburgh police chief resigns at mayor’s request
AP: Pittsburgh police chief steps down amid FBI probe
AP: NCAA disputes PA., congressmen on PSU scholarships
AP: Senate panel rolls out welcome mat for AG Kane
AP: Jury ends third day of Joan Melvin deliberations
AP: Senator tells McCord flat budget ‘the new up’
AP: Pittsburgh mayor, 33, says he’ll seek another term

Opinions
Delco Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Expanding Medicaid in Corbett’s best interest
News Item: Degenstein funding will help Pa. settle Marcellus concerns
Lancaster New Era: Minimum-wage gambit by Obama
Reading Eagle: Rubio puts younger, fresher face on Republican Party
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Slow death for York City’s Human Relations Commission

Blogs
Keystone Politics: GOP’s Sequester will Cut 78k Jobs in PA
Keystone Politics: The Sequester is the Republicans’ fault
Keystone Politics: Tom Marino Don’t Care About 78k PA Job Cuts!
Keystone Politics: Mike Doyle: Make Publicly Funded Research Publicly Available
Keystone Politics: Average Bram!
Jon Geeting: The Winning Strategy for Willie Reynolds: Racking Up Bethlehem Counter Establishment Endorsements
Jon Geeting: Hoisted From the Comments: More Context on Bethlehem Council Vote Against Mount Airy Demolition
Jon Geeting: How the Sequester will Hurt Housing Programs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Barron Von Footinmouth Does It Again
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Glenn Reibman Wants To Finish What He Started

February 21st, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Morning Buzz, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “2/21 Morning Buzz”

  1. Cody says:

    Sounds like Range Resources hired some professionals because Matt Pitzarella and his PSYOPS gang isn’t getting the job done.

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