2/25 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsGood Monday morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

2/22 Ups & Downs: A lot of people in politics did dumb things last week. Here’s who fall the hardest, and who beat the curve.

PA Guv Race Rated “Toss Up”: National elections handicapped Larry Sabato puts Tom Corbett’s 2014 chances at even money, a potential departure from Pennsylvania’s long-standing practice of re-electing Governors.

Washo Leaving PA Dems: Kevin Washo, the Pa. Dems’ Executive Director, is handing off the torch. Elena Cross will serve as interim ED.

Statewide
PA Independent: Another judge in trouble over ticket fixing
StateImpact: White House says sequester would mean a loss of more than $7 million in environmental funds for Pennsylvania
StateImpact: DEP secretary “denies” climate change
StateImpact: DEP secretary clarifies views on climate change
State House Sound Bites: Lottery bid extended, administration mum on potential appeal
State House Sound Bites: House poised to start impeachment process for Orie Melvin

Philadelphia
AP: House GOP member drafts Melvin resolution
Inquirer: Area Republicans in Congress walking a tightrope
Inquirer: Thomas Fitzgerald: The right Democrat?
Inquirer: Gov. Corbett’s police officer son-in-law is suspended with intent to dismiss
Inquirer: Conduct board accuses Lancaster County judge
Inquirer: Katz reappointed to oversight board
Inquirer: Pa. Lottery bid extended
Inquirer: 55,000 fewer Pennsylvanians got medical assistance between July and January
Commonwealth Confidential: DEP chief skeptical on human role in climate change
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. officials seek clarification of NCAA jurisdiction
WHYY Newsworks: Philly councilman wants restrictions on requesting social media passwords
WHYY Newsworks: Convicted Pa. Supreme Court judge pressured to resign
WHYY Newsworks: Camelot lottery bid extended as Corbett considers appealing rejection of Pa. deal
KYW Newsradio: Corbett Administration continues to vamp for lottery privatization

SEPA
AP: 3 Political sisters in Pa. convicted of corruption
AP: Ready, set, go: Framing Corbett’s economic record
AP: GOP lawmaker urges Corbett on Medicaid expansion
AP: Top regulator: Pa. casinos in good financial shape
AP: Pa. AG announces settlement with Merck over Vioxx
AP: Pa. officials mull consolidating transit agencies
AP: Pa. ethics panel moves against Lancaster judge
AP: Corbett takes more time on Pa. lottery strategy
AP: Pennsylvania A.G. Kathleen Kane gets reaction from both sides of gun control
AP: Pa. high court Justice Joan Orie Melvin guilty on 6 of 7 counts
AP: Corbett wants more time to mulls lottery plan
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. may pull back on funding for redevelopment projects
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett’s son-in-law suspended from Philly police
Pottstown Mercury: Corbett expected to reveal Pa. Lottery strategy
Delco Daily Times: White House releases report on what sequester will mean to Pennsylvania residents
Delco Daily Times: Senator unveils full text of bill aimed at legalizing marijuana

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Melvin conviction may reignite talk of reform in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Consolidation of transit systems in southwestern Pa. gains momentum
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania’s transportation issues expected to persist
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania invests in training school administrators
Tribune Review: Experts: Little progress made on business taxes
Tribune Review: Online service connects Pennsylvania manufacturers, investors
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania set to outline natural resources
Tribune Review: Western Pa. inches closer to goal of energy independence
Tribune Review: Shale fees to benefit southwestern Pennsylvania conservation districts
Tribune Review: PA eSTARS to let educators electronically exchange student records
Tribune Review: Restitution payments scant in most Pennsylvania counties
Tribune Review: Pa. bureau lauded for work to modernize speed welfare appeals
Tribune Review: State Insurance Department questions Highmark’s commitment to West Penn Allegheny Health System
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania congressional delegation to have voice in budget decisions
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh school district spent $23 million on now-closed buildings
Post-Gazette: Controller Lamb demands debit card receipts, other documents from Ravenstahl
Post-Gazette: Orie Melvin jury to resume deliberations Thursday
Early Returns: Corman: NCAA suit “unfortunate power grab”
Early Returns: Lamb seeks bodyguard receipts
Early Returns: Breakfast Sausage: Five stories to read this morning
KDKA: Lamb, Makes Formal Request For Mayor’s Bodyguards’ Debit Card Records
KDKA: Mayor, Safety Director Deny Accusations Made By Retired Bodyguard

Southwest
AP: Pa. officials mull consolidating transit agencies
AP: Ready, set, go: Framing Corbett’s economic record
Beaver County-Times: Corbett’s re-election chances on orange alert!
Observer-Reporter: Likelihood of judicial appointment down to Hail Mary from Corbett
Altoona Mirror: Gun rights group rallies
Altoona Mirror: DEP dishes out $18.7M for watershed projects
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Many municipalities in the region seem receptive to shared services
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: What would the Johnstown region look like with municipal consolidation?
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

NEPA
The Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Finances remain cause for concern
The Times Leader: How will sequester affect you, services?
The Times Leader: Automatic cuts could cost Tobyhanna $309 million
;The Times Leader: Gov’s lottery move has GOP critics
The Times Tribune: Bradford County Commissioner Mark Smith announces he’s running for lieutenant governor
The Times Tribune: Wanted: people to run the election
The Times Tribune: Looming cuts frustrate congressman, could affect thousands locally
Citizens Voice: PA Supreme Court judge guilty of corruption
Citizens Voice: Conservation funding shift debated
Citizens Voice: Proposed cuts will sting many in NEPA
Citizens Voice: Barletta’s argument ignores history facts
Standard Speaker: Attorney General asks Corbett for $12 million funding boost

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Corbett gets mixed reviews at halfway mark of his term
Reading Eagle: Sequester could affect Reading Regional Airport
WFMZ: Is “zero tolerance” going too far?
Express-Times: Easton police prepare for parking cost changes
Morning Call: Making liquor convenient comes at a cost
Morning Call: Bethlehem mayor/candidate for Northampton Co. Executive ejected from son’s wrestling match
Morning Call: Critics say Corbett’s pension reform would increase costs

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Ready, set, go: Framing Corbett’s economic record
Carlisle Sentinel: Corbett’s son-in-law suspended from Philly police
Carlisle Sentinel: Liquor bill set for big debut
Harrisburg Patriot News: Emerging leader Gina Finley: making connections that count
Harrisburg Patriot News: State Patty’s Day: State College bars were dry, but many apartments packed with Penn Staters remained booze-soaked
Harrisburg Patriot News: Penn State trustee Anthony Lubrano asks for Freeh Report refund
York Daily Record: How automatic federal budget cuts could affect Pennsylvania
York Daily Record: Seniors question Secretary of Aging on Pennsylvania Lottery privatization
York Daily Record: Sequestration: Governors say looming cuts threaten economic gains
York Daily Record: Maryland officials approve death penalty repeal, altered gun bill
York Dispatch: Coroner’s office: Man killed in fiery I-83 crash likely died before being burned
York Dispatch: York prisoner wanted for San Juan slaying
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Popping their tops over state’s new beer proposals
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: There’s no minimum of opinions
Lebanon Daily News: Scholarship, 5K run to honor friend’s memory
Lebanon Daily News: Sutton Run Estates plan secures another extension
Roxbury News: Attorney General Kathleen Kane: Answers questions on crime, gangs, and the NCAA lawsuit.
Roxbury News: Archive video: Joan Orie Melvin, October 2009 ” It’s pay to play, and it’s justice for sale.”
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: How Home Rule and the Proposal to Rename 2nd Street Fit Together

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Erie City Councilman Brennan starts blog
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: PoliticsPA says 2014 governor’s race a “toss up”
Centre Daily Times: Can escape clause save voting rights provision?
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lt. Gov. speaks at Lincoln Day dinner in city
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County faces costly prison problem

Opinions
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Corbett speaks with Editorial Board
Tribune Review: State-sponsored rackets: Glaring hypocrisy
Post-Gazette: Accidental mayor: Ravenstahl’s mistakes still define his tenure
Post-Gazette: Gun insurance: It’s a way to encourage greater safety
Post-Gazette: Misplaced loyalties on display in attacks on Hagel
Post-Gazette: Memo to the president and Congress: Stay put and work
Observer-Reporter: ‘Pittsburgh 2024’ is unrealistic
Altoona Mirror: Don’t stall funds for transportation
Inquirer: Time to change the way top judges get their jobs
Inquirer: Worldview: Democracy at risk – from West
Reading Eagle: State leaders doing what they can to address gun issue
Reading Eagle: District cannot bargain with need to keep records open
Reading Eagle: Rubio’s message lost amid those abuzz over sip of water
Reading Eagle: Federal lawmakers should take pork off of their menus
Reading Eagle: Penalties needed for willful violation of public’s rights
Pottstown Mercury: Delay was the right call on Pa. voter ID
phillyBurbs: Targeting gun control
Delco Daily Times: Violence unpredictable, difficult to stop
Delco Daily Times: Gil Spencer: Concealed carry license pays off in court
Delco Daily Times: Spencer: Rendell says government has gone soft
Daily Local News: Recent courthouse shootings prove tragic facts about violence

Blogs
Keystone Conservative: Sen. Pat Toomey On The KD/PG Sunday Edition
Keystone Politics: Kenyatta Johnson’s #AVI Bill >>> Homestead Exemption
Keystone Politics: Why Didn’t AG Tom Corbett Catch the Ories?
Pittston Politics: Qiana Murphy Lehman Announces Candidacy
Pittston Politics: Missing Funds, Union Prez grab WA headlines
Pennsylvania Progressive: You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects
Pennsylvania Progressive: PBBC’s State Budget Summit
Citizens’ Call: Arcadia Conference on ‘Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools’ Set for March 22
Citizens’ Call: Issue-Oriented Democratic Primary Race Shaping Up for Ward Four Board Seat

2 thoughts on “2/25 Morning Buzz

  1. HB/SB76 releases $13 billion dollars into Pennsylvania’s economy, offsetting the few million dollar shortfall the federal government’s sequester threatens us with, if you will be so kind as to read all about HB/SB76 at ptcc.us and then, tell your legislatures to endorse bringing it up for a vote before many more of your neighbors needless suffer foreclosure, health, and education issues under our legislature’s and governor’s inaction.

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