11/12 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The budget deal continues to coalesce, controversy surrounds Justice Eakin and Rep. Doyle is set to visit Cuba. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-BGT: Wolf, GOP Give Reassurances on Potential Deal: The previously reported agreement was on the brink of collapse for several hours Tuesday.

Eakin Was Cleared by Friend in 2014 Review: The investigation of the Supreme Court Justice’s emails last year was done by a friend who had worked on his campaign.

SD-13: GOP Primary Battle Emerges: Ethan Demme is jumping into the race for the State Senate’s 13th district.

PA-14: Doyle to Visit Cuba: Congressman Mike Doyle is travelling to Cuba to explore what economic opportunities a partnership could provide.

PA-2: Plumbers Local 690 Endorse Muroff: Democratic Congressional candidate Dan Muroff secures his first labor endorsement.

PHL-15: Kenney Chooses Next Philly Police Commissioner: First Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross was announced as the next Mayor’s pick today.

Statewide
PA Independent: Plan to hike sales tax to break Pennsylvania’s budget stalemate under fire
State Impact PA: Tune in to see Pennsylvania’s changing spaces
Capitolwire: PUC regulation would end disparate interest charges on over, under collections for default electricity customers
State House Sound Bites: PA budget scaffolding is set, but swaying

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Lawyer leaves email probe over ties to Pa. Supreme Court judge
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. lawmaker says daily fantasy betting bans may help his bill
WHYY Newsworks: Could phony ballot get Philly Ethics Board attention?
WHYY Newsworks: Five things Philly officials learned from Pope Francis’ visit
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf: Outlines of Pa. budget deal in place
Philadelphia Business Journal: Christie vetoes bill aimed at making voting more convenient
Philadelphia Business Journal: Kenney picks new police commissioner
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia coalition puts on national call for innovative health care ideas
Philadelphia Business Journal: Sen. Toomey blocking own nominees for federal court
Daily News: Black leaders to City Council: Put the brakes on casino project
Inquirer: In letter to Justice Department, Fattah alleges prosecutorial misconduct
Inquirer: Kenney: Expect improved community and police relations after first 100 days
Inquirer: City Council urged to review allegations against South Philly casino developer
KYW Newsradio: Any final Pa. budget deal may include making less severe whopping tax sales tax increase in Phila.

SEPA
Montgomery Media: Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane ordered to trial on latest perjury-related charges
Montgomery Media: Sellersville votes down application for six-story residential development
Bucks County Courier Times: Tullytown sign ordinance being amended to meet federal law
Bucks County Courier Times: Upper Southampton plans no tax increase
Bucks County Courier Times: Centennial rips bill that ties tax increase to referendum
Bucks County Courier Times: Health department makes changes to improve veterans’ access to vital records
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville Borough Council OKs proposed 4.5% tax hike, 29th police officer
Pottstown Mercury: Property tax debate takes the stage in Pennsylvania Capitol
Pottstown Mercury: AP FACT CHECK: GOP  candidates flub some figures in debate
Daily Local News: Analysis: No breakouts in GOP debate; muddled status quo

Pittsburgh
WESA: PA Budget Scaffolding Is Set, But Swaying
WESA: Local Schools Use Kickstarter To Fund New Initiatives
KDKA: Local Congressmen Working To Give Forgotten Vets A Proper Burial
Pittsburgh Business Times: EPA to hold public hearings in Pittsburgh tomorrow about proposed Clean Power Plan
Post-Gazette: Philanthropies put spotlight on Pa. budget impasses’ effect on social services
Post-Gazette: Export-Import Bank: An obscure institution that’s generated big controversy

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Proposed industrial park near Shell site delayed by state permits, financing
Beaver County Times: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey wants vote on bill to cut VA claims backlog
Altoona Mirror: City settles Centax lawsuit
Altoona Mirror: Commissioners hope turnpike becomes hiking, cycling area
Observer-Reporter: Low wage workers rally in Washington for a better income

NEPA
Citizens’ Voice: County may take out $20M loan
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s proposed budget contains 5.7 percent tax hike
Times-Tribune: Homeward bound: Homeless veterans numbers decreasing nationwide
Times-Tribune: Jones gains on Cummings in Lackawanna County election count
Times-Tribune: President Clinton to visit Scranton for campaign fundraiser
Times Leader: Luzerne County reactivating central court for criminal cases
Times Leader: Kaufer hopes to increase efficiency in welfare spending to provide a ‘hand up and not a hand out’
Standard Speaker: Budget package is tall order
Standard Speaker: May be time for Hazleton Area to start borrowing

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Fiber optic cable project being considered by Carlisle School Board
Carlisle Sentinel: PSSA performances in Mechanicsburg
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pension cuts and the new state budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: Camp Hill Borough Council and local schools
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania property tax debate
York Daily Record: Pennsylvania budget outline

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Fight between Dieruff student and teacher
Morning Call: Lawsuits over mispackaged birth control
Morning Call: Bartolet leaving Saucon Valley School District
Reading Eagle: Sales tax in Berks has lawmakers worrying

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Wanted for expanded program: Veterans in need
Sun-Gazette: No tax hike proposed for Lycoming County budget
Sun-Gazette: Debts repaid
Daily Times: At Bellefonte ceremony, support for those who served
Daily Times: Penn State Alumni Association names new CEO

Opinion
Delco Daily Times: Sound off for Wednesday, Nov. 11
Inquirer: Making a bad situation worse
Citizens’ Voice: Paid for by patriotism
Times-Tribune: Officially vandalizing public space
Times Leader: Is Wilkes-Barre’s $51.5 million proposed budget on target? Your input wanted
Pocono Record: Energy beggars no more, we can be choosy
Post-Gazette: Forward progress: Is the season of agreement afoot in Harrisburg?
Observer-Reporter: ‘Tis the season to be offended
Patriot News: Teen sexting is more widespread than many parents think; here’s what to tell kids
Patriot News: A belated Happy 240th Birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps (video)

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Auditor General wants to disband oversight group and move gaming revenue into pensions
Keystone Crossroads: How do Pennsylvania’s post-industrial cities reinvent themselves?
Citified: Watch out, Seth Williams
Citified: 5 things to know about Philly’s next police commissioner
PA Budget and Policy Center: The severance tax & the budget: flat on our backs again?
Commonwealth Foundation: Another education spending record?

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