11/11 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Harrisburg nears a budget deal, Kane is up to twelve criminal charges while SD-13 gets a new candidate. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-BGT: Budget Agreement to Include Sales Tax Increase, ‘Historic’ Education Spending: Many Pennsylvanians will also see their property taxes fall.

Kane Will Face Trial on Additional Charges: A perjury charge and two misdemeanors have been added to the case against the Attorney General.

SD-13: Martin Announces Candidacy: The Lancaster County Commissioner will run for the newly-open State Senate seat.

Reader Poll: Do You Support the Senate Inquiry into Kathleen Kane?: We ask our readers if they approve of what the State Senate is doing.

Reader Poll: Pennsylvanians Narrowly Support Liquor Privatization: In a close contest, those approving privatization edged out their opponents.

Morganelli Hires Political Firm Ahead of AG Run: The Northampton DA has signed Rowley/Fletcher for 2016.

PA-Sen: Toomey Blocking His Own Nominees: It’s not the first time.

Legislative Elections Update

HD-182: Marisa Piccarreto, a 37-year old postpartum doula, will be challenging State Rep. Brian Sims. Sims is currently running for the PA-2 Democratic primary and for re-election in his State House district.

Statewide
Newswire: PHCA Announces New President/CEO
State House Sound Bites: Law enforcement officials say license isn’t optional
State House Sound Bites: Budget negotiators point to a tentative deal
StateImpactPA: Gas tax unlikely part of tentative budget deal
Capitolwire: Budget ‘framework’ on hold over education funding disagreement
Capitolwire: Wolf, legislative leaders say budget negotiations will continue, focus will be on FY2015-16
PLS Reporter: House Gaming Chairman: PA must act soon to remain competitive

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Luck or skill? Pa. lawmakers debate fantasy sports
Philly.com: Congress Oks bill banning Guantanamo detainees from US (AP)
Philly.com: 4th GOP presidential primary debate
Heard in the Hall: Kenney: Expected improved community and police relations after first 100 days
WHYY Newsworks: Most believe U.S. neglecting veterans’ health, poll finds
WHYY Newsworks: As part of national push for $15 minimum wage, Philly demonstrators assail Comcast
KYW Newsradio: Poll: Majority of NJ voters say Christie should drop out of Presidential Race

SEPA
Bucks Local News: New state law authored by State Rep. Frank Farry allows first responders to fund raise on local roads
Pottstown Mercury: Report: Poorest school districts still worst hit by cuts
Bucks County Courier Times: Bristol Township school board to vote on support staff contract Nov. 16
Bucks County Courier Times: Centennial School Board appoints replacement for Betty Huf

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Exclusive: $60M TV production in jeopardy over state budget delays
Pittsburgh Business Times: What it really means if the severance tax is off the table
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Launches Audit Of Turnpike
WESA: Auditor General Wants To Disband Oversight Group And Move Gaming Revenue Into Pensions
WESA: City Employees Will Receive $15 Minimum Wage
Tribune Review: Bill to clarify cost-of-living hikes by county pension boards goes to Gov. Wolf
Tribune Review: DEA adding to Pittsburgh staff to fight opiates
Post-Gazette: Striking teachers, Peters school district set to negotiate Monday
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools’ budget plan decreases deficit spending, holds steady on taxes

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Legislators ‘cautiously optimistic’ about state budget deal
Beaver County Times: Sewickley plans to decrease property tax rate for 2016
Beaver County Times: Many southern Beaver County fire departments looking at regional fire service ideas
Altoona Mirror: Blair County looking at tax increase
Altoona Mirror: Juniata College studying campus diversity
Observer-Reporter: State budget standstill affecting Greene County schools differently

NEPA
Citizens’ Voice: County council to consider proposed budget cuts
Standard Speaker: Hazleton city council seat remains empty
Standard Speaker: Miscalibrated machines may lead to vote challenge
News Item: Council discusses pensions
News Item: Guilty plea in King Coal case
Pocono Record: Anonymous election letter sent to Stroudsburg residents broke state code
Times Leader: Health insurance premiums to rise average of 3.6 percent for Health Trust school districts
Times Leader: Casey wants to reduce time between filing and receiving disability claims for veterans
Times-Tribune: Jones seeking recount of Lackawanna commissioner vote
Times-Tribune: Scranton board aims to prevent nepotism, patronage with new policy

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: The federal real id law and its impact in Pennsylvania
Harrisburg Patriot News: Budget may be in the final stages
Harrisburg Patriot News: DA investigates sexting at Big Spring High School
York Daily Record: York Hospital on the recent infection risk
York Daily Record: Rep. Scott Perry has outstanding voting record

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Wells Fargo robbed in Whitehall
Morning Call: If all goes as planned, PA sales tax will be 2d highest in the nation
Morning Call: Sen. Browne in first time offender program
Reading Eagle: Berks County launches panel to discuss controversial issues
Reading Eagle: Among Pennsylvania counties, there are major health gaps

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Obama meeting Guantanamo goals
Centre Daily Times: New central office plan for State College
Centre Daily Times: Altoona man charged for State College rape
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Lycoming County and their homeless rates
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Main reasons for crash fatalities

Opinion
Morning Call: Politically correct schools lead to increased student fights
York Daily Record: Vaccine loophole poses great threat
Beaver County Times: Shielding police is bad public policy
Pocono Record: Where veterans are concerned, put money where mouth is
Times-Tribune: Restore lost school funds
Times-Tribune: Authorize use of force
Tribune Review: Alien thugs
Post-Gazette: Murphy’s remedy: His mental health package deserves support
Philly.com: Humanity trumps ideology
Bucks County Courier Times: Playing ATM for the state

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: For foreign investors, funding Allentown development is a ticket to the U.S.
Commonwealth Foundation: New details on proposed tax increase
Citified: Op-Ed: Join the grassroots movement to support Philly’s neighborhood schools
2 Political Junkies: Chuck McCullough Sentencing UPDATE

3 Responses

  1. The 3 DA’s “testified” before the PA Senate that they could not do their job without an active law license. So? They aren’t the AG with her massive staff and many lawyers among them who always do the court work. Small town DA’s probably do most work in court, because they may be the ONLY full-time lawyer on staff.
    Why don’t they call prior AG’s to testify, if they are not in jail? Ask Corbett how many times he actually went to court. Maybe also ask him why he did not stop the porn emails and why it took so long to indict Jerry Sandusky.

  2. Nick, how does the 182nd get its own update but challenges in the center of the state get ignored, You have huge races in the senates 15th, 13th, 31st. Theres more to PA then just philly….

  3. Here’s the REAL buzz – Half the State already realizes that the Senate is trying to pull an end-around on the Constitution. Fina & The Corbett Pervs are growing desperate. More e-mails will be coming soon. It is rumored that the latest batch will include some of the videos that Fina & The Corbett Pervs watched at work … using their State computers … on the taxpayers’ dime. One is said to show a 100 year-old woman engaged in intercourse.

    Hey Frank – how friggin’ perverted are you?

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