11/13 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Corman defeats Pileggi, Reed becomes the next House Majority Leader and Wolf bans no-bid contracts. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Corman Defeats Pileggi for Majority Leader Post: The victory signals a shift to a more conservative Senate GOP caucus.

Turzai New Speaker; Reed to Become Majority Leader: The incoming results of the House Republicans’ leadership election.

Costa Re-Elected Leader of Senate Democrats: The Senate Democrats keep most of their leadership team in tact.

Dermody Fends Off Challenge from Sturla: The House Minority Leader wins re-election.

PA-Gov: Wolf to Ban No-Bid Contracts: The Governor-elect will use an executive order to implement the new policy.

Politico: PA Dubbed One of 10 States “That Could Decide the Next Senate”: After losing the Senate in the mid-terms, Democrats look to 2016 as a chance to turn the tide.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Pa. AG says employees disciplined over email porn
State House Sound Bites: Lookalike in trooper killing gets car after ordeal
State House Sound Bites: Pa. House Republicans turn to Reed as floor leader
State House Sound Bites: Pa. Senate GOP majority picks Corman as new leader
State House Sound Bites: Governor-elect Tom Wolf to give the boot to no-bid contracts
State House Sound Bites: Leadership change-up in Senate, House GOP
StateImpactPA: Pipeline conference planned for State College next week

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf to ban no-bid contracts with outside lawyers
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. lawmakers set to elect caucus leaders
The Inquirer: Kane fires, disciplines AG employees over
The Inquirer: Jobs and economy top his list, says newly elected Rep. Norcross
The Inquirer: GOP dumps Pileggi as senate majority leader
The Inquirer: GOP Senate leaders face intra-party challenges in Pa.
The Inquirer: SRC member caught on tape berating students

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Ambushed state police barracks reopens to public
Pottstown Mercury: Pa. lawmakers choose new leaders for House, Senate
Pottstown Mercury: Ebola workers ask Congress for help
Pottstown Mercury: Pennsylvania’s Medicaid plans poised for overhaul
Pottstown Mercury: Woman gets 12-22 years in prison for straw gun purchase under Brad Fox Law
Bucks County Courier Times: Prosecutor’s employees disciplined over email porn
Delco Daily Times: Boss of Harrah’s in Chester speaks out against another Philly casino
Delco Daily Times: Reed to lead GOP majority in Pa. house; Pileggi faces challenge in Senate
Daily Local News: Lawmakers convene to settle leadership fights
Daily Local News:  Pa. lawmakers choose new leaders for House, Senate

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald gives up Allegheny County-owned Jeep, pays for mileage
Tribune Review: Kane working from home because of concussion, not ducking grand jury
Tribune Review: Republicans oust Senate majority leader; Turzai wins election to become Speaker of the House
Post Gazette: Cost of public colleges in Pa. continues to soar, report finds
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh schools’ proposed budget calls for 5 percent spending increase, but no tax hike
Business Times:  Fitzgerald: Lowered fees help drive airlines to Pittsburgh airport
Business Times: SBA blamed for women-owned firms losing contracts to ineligible businesses
WTAE: Officials urge consumers to check electric bills, shop for electricity

Southwest
Tribune Democrat: Greater Johnstown district OK’s $5 million for bond issue; middle school to stay open
Tribune Democrat: Westmont Hilltop board approves expansion projects at elementary, high schools
Observer Reporter: County piloting rental rehab program
Observer Reporter: Commissioners to approve no-tax increase budget
Mirror: Council compromises on tax hikes

NEPA
Times Leader: CEO: Northeastern Pennsylvania job preservation key to Blue Cross merger
Times-Tribune: Scranton 2015 budget raises taxes 19 percent
Citizen’s Voice: Corbett terminates Frein manhunt emergency declaration
Standard Speaker: West Hazleton considers raising property tax rate

South Central
Daily News: Myerstown proposes raising property tax 13 percent
Intelligencer: Local restaurant to get first CoinOutlet bitcoin ATM in Pennsylvania
Intelligencer: Cutler wins post as state lawmakers choose new leaders for House, Senate
Intelligencer: County commissioners propose no tax increase
Daily Record: York County updates economic development plan
Patriot-News: Harrisburg City Council picks young accountant as next city treasurer
Patriot-News: Pa. House GOP leadership plan to work with Wolf despite significant majority
Patriot-News: Susquenita School Board delays vote to change controversial student drug-testing policy
Patriot-News: Senate Democrats re-elect Costa for leader, Williams for whip
Patriot-News: Dauphin County may ask municipalities to share cost in educating voters

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lower Macungie commissioner defends right to vote on controversial park proposal
Morning Call: Easton Area School District wants cameras on buses, child care program
Eagle: Berks County Industrial Development Authority approves 3 studies of site at Reading Regional Airport
Eagle: Lancaster County approves transit merger
Eagle: Sinking Spring Borough Council passes 2015 budget
Express-Times: Pennsylvania pension systems to be focus of Emmaus talk featuring state representative
Express-Times: Private Easton Area School District security meeting may have been illegal

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Hughesville to advertise budget without tax hike
Times-News: Rep. Lucas to close Edinboro, Linesville offices
Times-News: Wolf imposes ethical conduct code
Onward State: New Emails Show NCAA Helped Freeh In Investigation

Opinion
Times-News: Our View: Why Erie County needs new radios
Patriot-News: With new Senate GOP leadership, is Wolf’s honeymoon over before it even starts?: John L. Micek
Patriot-News: At Camp Hill, a cautionary tale for Pa. school districts: PennLive editorial
Daily Local News: A call to end the horrors of tragic violence
Bucks County Courier Times:  Suit targets new gun law
WHYY Newsworks: All college campuses should be smoke-free
Daily News: What’s all the hub-bub about Philly as an energy center
The Inquirer: Philly’s casino problem
Philly.com: Beware ride sharers
Tribune Review: Fewer American’s back fracking, Keystone
Post Gazette: Fiscal acrimony: For the city, Peduto and the ICA need to get along

Blogs
Keystone Politics: Team Sturla
Keystone Politics: The Next Republican Climate Argument
Commonwealth Foundation: Bracing for Obamacare Rate Hikes

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