2/27 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsSome developments in the race for Governor, and several 2014 congressional races start to take shape. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Who’s on Deck for Schwartz’s Seat? As it seems more and more likely that Congresswoman Schwartz will vacate her seat to run for Governor, the 13th congressional district is buzzing with possible candidates. Here are the top 12 names.

Schwartz Urges Corbett to Follow Christie on Medicaid: Following the news that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will opt his state in to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion, Rep. Allyson Schwartz urged Pa. Gov. Tom Corbett to follow suit.

McCord Blasts Corbett Pension Plan: Pennsylvania Treasurer and potential 2014 gubernatorial candidate Rob McCord continued his criticism Tuesday of Governor Tom Corbett’s proposal to reform the Commonwealth’s pension system.

Carney Vs. Barletta? Could former Congressman Chris Carney challenge Rep. Lou Barletta? The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran a poll to test the race. He may also be eyeing a Lt. Governor run.

Critz Goes to Gov’t Affairs, Grassroots Firm: Former Rep. Mark Critz, the Democrat who lost to Keith Rothfus in November, has joined government affairs and advocacy group EIS Solutions. And he may run again in 2014.

Toomey, Pitts ‘Win’ Club for Growth Scorecard: Sen. Pat Toomey earned the best marks in a voting record scorecard compiled by the Club for Growth, the conservative organization he lead for years. However, they docked him for supporting his own budget and not the Tea Party’s spending plan.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: PA’s Senators diverge on sequestration
PA Independent: Treasurer: Pension overhaul adding billions to liability is not real reform
PA Independent: Liquor Control Committee will make changes to privatization plan, chairman promises
Capitolwire: Sens. Corman, Vance leading Senate GOP review of potential Medicaid Expansion
Capitolwire: Some Senate lawmakers critique new drug and alcohol agency
Capitolwire: State doesn’t know what it will pay Lottery privatization consultants

Philadelphia
AP: McCord steps up criticism of Corbett pension plan
Inquirer: LCB officials say state holding them back
Inquirer: Blondell Reynolds Brown’s ex-campaign manager reaches settlement on ethics violations
Daily News: A little city ethics cleansing
Baer Growls: Emily’s List: Christie and Corbett
Commonwealth Confidential: Bill to change Electoral College system in PA introduced
Heard in the Hall: McDaniels reaches settlement with ethics board
The Big Tent: Former Erie U.S. rep passes on governor’s race
CapitolInq: Toomey: keep budget cuts, but give Obama flexibility
Phillynow: Third party ballot access bill reintroduced
Phillynow: Pennsylvania vote-rigging takes center stage

SEPA
AP: Pa. speaker names McNally to Gaming Control Board
AP: Gov. Tom Corbett defends antitrust suit vs. NCAA
Delco Daily Times: County Democrats make endorsements
Delco Daily Times: Pileggi’s Electoral College bill introduced
Delco Daily Times: Big cuts looming due to sequestration
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners outline ‘A New Direction for Economic Development Initiatives’
Bucks Local News: U.S. Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick honored with National Association of Manufacturers Award
Bucks Local News: State of the Nation: Bucks County Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick said ‘certainty, tough decisions’ are what’s needed from Washington D.C.

Pittsburgh
AP: Corbett filing defends antitrust suit vs. NCAA over Penn State penalties
AP: Corbett plan would cut Pa. pensions by $12 billion
Early Returns: Christie, unlike Corbett, expands Medicaid
Early Returns: Critz lands
Early Returns: Breakfast Sausage: Five stories to read this morning
KDKA: $140,000 Spent on Security For The Mayor Last Year
Post Gazette: Toomey, Inhofe announce sequester proposal
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh controller, finance director argue over management of police moonlighting money
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh seeks partners for youth employment summer program
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh controller announces new hotline to report government fraud
Tribune Review: State sues to allow Duquesne students to transfer out of district
Tribune Review: Harrisburg lawyer joins gambling board
WPXI: Ex-fire chief accused of spending $8K in department funds personally
WTAE: Investigation finds nepotism still rampant in Allegheny County
WTAE: City controller: ‘Cushion’ may have allowed police funds to be diverted
WTAE: Drama continues to unfold in Monroeville government

Southwest
AP: Pa. Democrats build Medicaid pressure on Corbett
AP: PLCB members make a case for Pa. state stores
AP: McCord steps up criticism of Corbett pension plan
Altoona Mirror: Sen. Casey: Cuts would be ‘indiscriminate’
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: 5 things to know for today in Pennsylvania news

NEPA
The Times Tribune: Dunmore councilmen oppose sale of Scranton Sewer Authority
The Times Tribune: Casey named chair of finance subcommittee
The Times Tribune: Home Rule Charter ordinance faces another challenge
Wayne Independent: Dana Milbank: GOP governors embrace Obamacare

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Allentown water privatization will not appear on May ballot
Express-Times: DA John Morganelli downplays comments he may run for lt. governor
Reading Eagle: BARTA seeks funds for intercounty route study
Reading Eagle: Proposed cuts draw hundreds to Boone meeting

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. city redeveloper fired for ‘double-dipping’
Carlisle Sentinel: Residents learn more about home rule study commission
Harrisburg Patriot News: Sen. Pat Toomey: Let Obama pick sequester cuts
Harrisburg Patriot News: Derry Township School District seeks help from residents, gets few answers
York Daily Record: York businesses on the sequester: No panic just yet
York Dispatch: Senate clears the way for confirmation of Hagel
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: ‘Zero Deaths’ is rallying cry for Pa. road safety
Lebanon Daily News: Derry Township to vote on Hershey Co. plan to develop property
Lebanon Daily News: Cornell Wilson announces bid for Lebanon City Council seat
Roxbury News: PLCB Chairman, Joseph E. Brion: Privatization, Modernization, and Sunday liquor sales
Roxbury News: Pa House Speaker Sam Smith appoints Harrisburg attorney John McNally to Pa Gaming Control Board

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Casey gets key subcommittee post
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Dahlkemper statement on County Exec race
Centre Daily Times: William Earley | Local law school is still a bad idea
Williamsport Sun Gazette: New federal judge takes oath of office
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Hundreds of jobs may be coming

Opinions
phillyburbs.com: A million saved is a million earned
Daily Local News: What happened to compassionate conservatism in Pennsylvania?
Tribune Review: The ‘sequester’: Deception & lies
Tribune Review: Obama’s national security flop
Post Gazette: Flying start: Kerry’s tour sets foreign policy focus
Post Gazette: Lesson with merit: Orie Melvin case has a bigger point for lawmakers
Observer-Reporter: Confronting prescription drug abuse
Observer-Reporter: Why does Ravenstahl need bodyguards?
Altoona Mirror: Jacksons deserve no tears

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Lehigh County Election Board: Allentown Water Lease Referendum Not Going on the May Ballot
Keystone Politics: Chris Christie Turns PA into DERP ISLAND
Keystone Politics: Tom Marino Is an Idiot
Keystone Politics: Democrats Can’t Trust Lt. Gov Candidate Mark Smith on Marcellus Shale
Jon Geeting: Lehigh County Election Board: Allentown Water Lease Referendum Not Going on the May Ballot
Jon Geeting: Will John Callahan’s Dust-Up With Wrestling Ref Help Him Win the Sports Dad Vote?
Keystone State Education Coalition: Pennsylvania Education Policy Roundup For February 26, 2013: Roebuck Seeking Co-sponsors for Comprehensive Charter and Cyber Charter School Reform Legislation
Commonwealth Foundation: Fact Check: Liquor Safety and Proliferation Myths
PA Water Cooler: Quote of the Day: Fracking Berlin Wall
Lu-Lac Political Letter: ANOTHER ONE IN FOR JUSTICE SEAT
John Hanger: US Nuclear Power On Track To Have Lowest Production Since 2000-2001
Citizens’ Call: School District ‘Configuration Task Force’ Meeting Set for Wednesday Night
North Pittsburgh Politics: Patrick Connelly for Judge
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: A Steve Barron, John Stoffa Contrast

February 27th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Morning Buzz, Top Stories | 2 Comments

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  2. PA GAL says:

    So Critz couldn’t get hired anywhere but where his campaign manager works. He lost this last race by more votes than he won his others combined. It took him forever to get a job. Now he’s telling us he may want to run again? A desperate man that wants his 15 minutes back.
    http://www.citizensagainstmarkcritz.com/

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