11/14 Morning Buzz

Rick Saccone is on the verge of a second term, the leadership elections are underway in Harrisburg, and Tom Corbett says he’ll seek re-election (surprise). Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Saccone Holds On for the Win: Rick Saccone will start his second term much as he began his first: with a mandate of fewer than 200 votes. After all the absentee and provisional ballots were counted, the Republican had a 114 vote lead over Dem challenger David Levdansky.

Sleepy Leadership Elections for Pa. House & Senate: Few changes are expected as incoming members of the Pa. House and Senate choose their party leaders for next year.

Corbett Will Seek Re-Election: In case Tom Corbett’s 2014 plans were unclear, the Governor says he will seek a second term.

Former AG Jerry Pappert’s New Gig: Former Attorney General Jerry Pappert has taken a new position at Philadelphia Law Firm Cozen O’Connor.

Statewide:
Capitol Ideas: Pa House GOP elects its new(ish) leadership team.
Capitol Ideas: Leaving office, Wagner warns of Turnpike Commission’s mounting debt.
StateImpactPA: “Qatar Mulls U.S. Shale Gas Investments”
StateImpactPA: Study Finds Air Pollutants Near Drilling Sites
StateImpactPA: NPR: Across PA, Abandoned Wells Litter The Land
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Bromide Levels Down In Monongahela, But Still High In Allegheny River
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: House Democrats, GOP elect leaders for next session.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: PennDOT, Turnpike mulling consideration of timetables in roadway contracts.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Democrats concede Simmons seat, Saccone-Levdansky still too close to call.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Report says more spending needed in early childcare, education.
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: 2012 evidence of Democratic presidential ‘dominance’ is less than meets the eye.

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Meehan: Petraeus should testify on Benghazi
Inquirer: Ex-Rendell aide Donna Cooper to head youth-advocacy agency
Inquirer: Pennsylvania’s Toomey and Schwartz have key roles in national budget debate
Philly Clout: Nutter’s communications director returning from stint on Obama campaign
Philly Clout: Council moves forward with controversial Point Breeze affordable housing plan
Heard in the Hall: Grocery store coming to Mantua
Baer Growls: Corbett 2.0?
Commonwealth Confidential: Ex AG Pappert joins Cozen’s litigation group
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia controller says city was careless with $135 million project
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. farm bureau head predicts compromise before U.S. reaches ‘fiscal cliff’
Phillynow: World to Rep. Mike Turzai: Well “DONE!!!”
Phillynow: Daily Grinder: Gov. Corbett thinks GOP should not change ways

SEPA
Mercury: Pottstown council chooses Police Chief Mark Flanders as new borough manager
Mercury: Rep. Quigley concedes 146th House Dist. to Mark Painter
Mercury: PA Auditor General blasts rising turnpike debt
Bucks Courier: Town seeking federal help to recoup Sandy costs
Delco Daily: Joe Watkins’ plan to save Chester Upland involves closing schools, cutting staff
Delco Daily: Chester official Elizabeth Williams cleared by District Attorney in pool cash flap
Montgomery News: Wissahickon School Board member voices support for keeping Mattison Avenue open
Montgomery News: Quigley concedes race for 146th district seat
Daily Local: DA recognizes Willistown Police Department
Daily Local: All-electronic tolls planned for PA turnpike

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh councilman suggests advertising names of blighted properties’ owners
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh mayor urges continued spending on roads, parks
Tribune Review: Governor signs execution warrant for Clearfield County man
Tribune Review: Butler County solicitor announces retirement
Post-Gazette: State House leadership to remain the same
Post-Gazette: Ravenstahl in annual budget address: Pittsburgh experiencing a ‘period of rebirth’
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh councilman Peduto proposes public shaming of problem landlords
Early Returns: One More Kick-Off
Early Returns: Dems outvote Rs for PA Congress

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Outgoing Sen. Brown urges ‘larger tent’ for GOP
Beaver County Times: In Congress, trying to make lemonade from losses
Observer-Reporter: Saccone apparent winner in state House 39th District race
Altoona Mirror: Act 47 Plan coming Today

South Central
The Patriot News: David Unkovic tells senators they should appoint an independent prosecutor to look into harrisburg finances
The Patriot News: Harrisburg debt hearings conclude after second day of testimony
York Daily Record: Secession petitions for NY, Alabama, 18 others filed on White House website
York Daily Record: Stan Saylor re-elected as state House majority whip

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Kane outpaced all guys on ballot, even Casey
Standard Speaker: Ryan shocked at loss, Obama won fair and square

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Legal memo defends Lehigh County budget veto
Morning Call: State House picks leaders for 2013 season
Reading Eagle: County controller makes simple statement
WFMZ: LV Chamber talks about latest and greatest in business
Express Times: Pennsylvania Department of Education responds to Bethlehem school district’s critique

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Hughesville taxes look to stay the same
Sun Gazette: 1 commissioner still not sold on city housing plan

Opinions
Times-Tribune: Kane should get aggressive new advocate
Times-Tribune: Make’em talk: fix filibuster
Citizens Voice: Kane’s first chance to shake things up

Blogs
Jon Geeting: What the Philly Parking Minimums Debate Is About: Growing Walkable or Choking Off Growth
Jon Geeting: National GOP Budget Nihilism Come to Lehigh County Commission
Keystone Politics: Kenyatta Johnson’s Plan for a Point Breeze Housing Shortage
Keystone Politics: Reality Check: Tom Corbett’s Going to Be Looking a Lot Better in 2014
Keystone Politics: Obama Regulators Need to Let PA Toll I-80
PA Water Cooler: Good Riddance Dave Levdansky
Lu Lac Political Letter: The LuLac Edition #2262, November 13th, 2012
John Hanger: The Most Important Car Since The Model T: Tesla Model S Wins MotorTrend Car Of The Year
John Hanger: Coal Electricity Generation Market Share Bouncing Back To 40.2% As Coal Displaces Gas In 2013

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