A flurry of Gov 2014 activity and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.
Maps: Critz Vs. Obama & Casey: Rep. Mark Critz lost his re-election bid on Tuesday despite running several points higher than President Obama and Senator Casey in the 12th district.
York Businessmen Wolf & Wagner Each Mulls Run Against Corbett: Add two names to the gubernatorial conversation. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, and Scott Wagner, a Republican, each says he is considering a challenge to Tom Corbett.
Politically Uncorrected: Handicapping Pennsylvania’s 2014 Gubernatorial Field: In this column, Madonna and Young point out that the speculation about the 2014 Pennsylvania gubernatorial election has already begun.
Capitol Ideas: Wagner calls for changes at Penn State — again.
Capitol Ideas: With leadership elections, Senate Dems, Repubs stick with the tried and true.
State House Sound Bites: Citing reports of voting problems, House Democrats call for investigation
State House Sound Bites: Auditor General urges PSU reforms
State House Sound Bites: Farmers warily eyeing fiscal cliff
State House Sound Bites: No word from Corbett on PA’s health exchange
PA Independent:Failure to reform charter funding leaves pension bubble on the table
PA Independent: Commentary: What’s missing from Pennsylvania’s ballot?
StateImpactPA: “Obama Wants National ‘Conversation’ on Climate Change; No Legislation Proposed”
StateImpactPA: Audubon Society Struggles with Gas Lease Decision
StateImpactPA: Former Drilling Foe Signs Lease with Cabot
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Range Resources Takes A Swipe At House Democrat
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Both Senate caucuses unanimously renominate leadership teams.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Fingerprinting and photo ID cards too costly for public assistance benefits, study says.
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: The state Senate Democrats: Ladies auxiliary no more.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: House Democrats, GOP elect leaders for next session.
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: PA’s congressional districts reflect voter distribution in state.
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.
Daily News: New auditor general is one pol who’s worth watching
Daily News: Affordable-housing plan using eminent domain advances in council
Daily News: Child advocate returns to Philadelphia
Inquirer: Lawmakers return to Washington with hint of compromise in the air
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers seek probes of Election Day irregularities
Inquirer: Blatstein delivers casino application in Harrisburg
Inquirer: Pennsylvania Democrats and Republicans reelect their House leaders
Phillynow: Read Latest Appeal Notice in Mumia Abu-Jamal Case
Phillynow: DAILY GRINDER: Gov. Corbett Trails ‘Generic Democrat’ in Re-election Bid
Heard in the Hall: One voting division posts impossible results
Philly Clout: Firefights protest transfers, Councilman questions administrations reasons
CapitolInq: Memo to new Senators: don’t forget who hired you
The Big Tent: Nearly 1m ads on jobs, trade in 2012 pres race
Newsworks: Number of provisional ballots, voter ID issues spur call for Pa. probe of voting irregularities
Newsworks: Riverfront buffer bill passes Philadelphia City Council hurdle
Newsworks: Now’s the time to fill out homestead exemptions forms in Philadelphia
Newsworks: Corbett resists setting up health-care exchange in Pa.
KYW Newsradio: Pa. Auditor General Issues Final Recommendations Related to Sandusky Scandal
AP: Pa. auditor general calls for Penn State changes
Mercury: DEP OKs Chesco pipeline project
Mercury: Daniel Boone School District mull tax hike, staff cuts to make up $5M deficit
Bucks Courier: Deadline nears for 2nd Philadelphia casino license
Bucks Courier: School board awaits realignment ruling
Delco Daily: Chester Upland’s road to recovery calls for closures, staff cuts
Delco Daily: Chester city Councilwoman Liz Williams moves forward after being cleared in cash flap
Montgomery: Whitpain asses response to Hurricane Sandy
Bucks Local: Upper Makefield supervisors hire new manager at $100K annually after long search
Daily Local: New Coatesville police chief “honored” by hiring
Daily Local: Ex-Delaware County prosecutor on trial for hit-and-run
AP: All-electronic tolls planned for PA turnpike
Tribune Review: Pa. faces deadline for health insurance exchange
Post-Gazette: Poll of Pa. voters gives Obama positive approval on job, Hurricane Sandy response
Post-Gazette: Governor’s commission recommends higher education changes
Post-Gazette: Ravenstahl unveils strategy to boost Downtown retail district
KDKA: Video: Ravenstahl Unveils Downtown Strategy To Attract Shoppers
Pennsylvania Ave: For Congressman-elect Cartwright, a crash course at the Capitol
Pennsylvania Ave: Pennsylvania auditor general wants changes at Penn State
Pennsylvania Ave: Fact-checkers should branch out beyond politics
Reading Eagle: State auditor general warns of turnpike fiscal cliff
Reading Eagle: City proposes newer, trimmer 2013 budget
Reading Eagle: Don Spatz: City’s pension costs becoming unaffordable
Reading Eagle: Higher property tax proposed by supervisors
Reading Eagle: Supervisors again hold line on taxes
Reading Eagle: Tentative budget won’t raise tax rate
WFMZ: Rep. Quigley concedes race to challenger
WFMZ: State senators Pat Browne, Vincent Hughes named to leadership roles
WFMZ: For fourth year in a row: Palmer Township spared from tax increase
Express Times: Lehigh County Commissioners fail to override Executive Bill Hansell’s budget veto
Express Times: Democrats close in on Flemington Borough Council seats
Express Times: Justin Simmons declares victory over Kevin Deely in 131st District race
Express Times: President Obama holds first post-election news conference; inmate who escaped during Sandy still on the lam – PM news links
Express Times: Pat Browne, Lisa Boscola re-elected to leadership posts in Harrisburg
Express Times: Bethlehem mayor still hopeful for event ticket tax, nonprofit contributions
North by Northwest
Go Erie: Corbett could face 2014 challenges
Daily News: Editorial: A victory in the voter-ID battle, but the war continues
Wayne Independent: Not just Petraeus, but privacy itself imperiled
Pocono Record: Reaching across aisle for like-minded legislators
The Flowers Show: The Tolerance of Liberals
Keystone Politics: Redistricting Isn’t the Only Reason Democrats Didn’t Take the House
Keystone Politics: The Challenge for Luke Ravenstahl’s 2013 Primary Challengers
Keystone Politics: What Can We Expect From Bill Shuster on Transportation?
Keystone Politics: Horrible Grand Bargain Ideas Show Why Obama Shouldn’t Deal Until January
Keystone Politics: Keystone Progress: Eric Holder Should Investigate PA DEP
Citizens Call: Cheltenham Budget Message Calls for Combination of Tax and Fee Increases Plus Personnel Cuts
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Is Callahan’s Proposed Tax Hike Political Suicide?
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Simmons Win 131st State House Seat By 447