11/16 Morning Buzz

Another name for Gov 2014, good poll numbers for Corbett, a Rothfus win recap, and a preview of the race to replace Matt Smith. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs.

Exclusive: Former DEP Hanger Looking to Challenge Corbett: Another Democrat is eying a 2014 challenge to Gov. Tom Corbett: former Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection John Hanger.

How Rothfus Won – And What It Means for Southwest Pa: Using the Rothfus-Critz race as a lens, we traveled to southwestern Pennsylvania one week after the election to look at the emerging realities of a region in political transition.

Quinnipiac Poll: Corbett, Other Pols With Positive Approval: Gov. Tom Corbett’s job approval rating is in positive territory for the first time in months according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac. By a narrow 40 percent to 38 margin, bolstered by his handling of Hurricane Sandy, voters say he’s doing a good job.

Who’s on Deck for Matt Smith’s Seat? With Matt Smith ascending to the state Senate, a potentially competitive race is brewing to replace him in the state House. Here are some of the names we’re hearing.

Capitol Ideas: Report: Ex-DEP boss John Hanger considering 2014 Guv Run.
State House Sound Bites: Quinny: Corbett’s approval rating highest since March
PA Independent: PA not only state wavering on ACA implementation (VIDEO)
PA Independent: Pension costs to wreck balanced budget in coming years (VIDEO)
PA Independent: “Sandy bump” put Corbett back on top in new poll
StateImpactPA: Community College of Philadelphia Offers Training for Drilling-Related Jobs
StateImpactPA: “Pipelines Explained: How Safe are America’s 2.5 Million Miles of Pipelines?”
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: IFO projects revenue growth to be half of likely pension cost increase.
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Obama gets higher post-election, post-Sandy poll bump than Corbett, new Quinnipiac poll shows.
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.

Inquirer: Nutter echoes Obama’s call: Preserve middle-class tax cuts
Inquirer: Phila. Council agrees on 50-foot buffer for streams, rivers in zoning code
Inquirer: Chesco plans tax increase in 2013 budget
Inquirer: Poll: Corbett favored, global warming feared
Inquirer: Pa. lawmakers seek probe of election day irregularities
Inquirer: Colwyn police chief may be reinstated
Inquirer: Phila.’s SRC suspends part of state public school code
Inquirer: Council bills revives Electric Factory ‘wall wrap’ fight
Breaking News: New driving, biking rules debated today in Council
Daily News: Development groups question proposed zoning-code changes
Daily News: This voting mess has city sweating ballots
Daily News: Workers take protest to Nutter’s home turf
Philly Clout: Union workers pack City Council meeting to support proposal for city-owned casino
Heard in the Hall: Fire Unions Protest Transfer Policy
WHYY Newsworks: As pension costs loom, ‘modest’ economic growth forecast for Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Street rules plan in Philly aims to benefit all travelers
WHYY Newsworks: Billboard could be the start of another fight
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. voters like Corbett’s handling of storm emergencies
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia firefighters will get hearing in City Council on transfers
CBS Philly: Citizens Sign Petition to Have Their State Secede from the Union

Examiner: Plymouth Councilman Bill Dixon sits down with the Examiner
Mercury: Pottstown council back downtown cafe/church
PA Independent: Poll: Gov. Corbett job approval number on the rise
Journal Register: Montco Commissioners reveal zero-based budget with no tax increase
Courier Times: Bucks forecasts no tax increase, staff reductions ‘saved us’
Intelligencer: Montco unveils 2013 budget
Delco Times: City council holds night meetings in Glenolden
Delco Times: Expert witness is debunked at hit-and-run trial for ex-assistant D.A.
Delco Times: Advocate Sandra Fluke talks reproductive rights
Delco Times: Interboro fills vacancies, progres with superintendent search
Delco Times: Commonwealth Court upholds ruling in favor of Colwyn chief
Delco Times: No tax increase in Brookhaven
Delco Times: Jury retraces ADA’s night in 2011 hit-and-run case
Perkasie News Herald: Perkasie mayor: Outside review of police procedures following Sellersville shooting nearly complete
Bucks Local: Proposed $11-million Newtown Township budget holds the line on taxes, but revenues expected to be tight

AP: GOP-led states warming up to health care law
AP: Auditor general recommends changes for Penn State’s board of trustees
Post-Gazette: Commission suggests changes to Pa. higher education
Early Returns: Scarnati: (Lack of) redistricting hurt GOP  
Early Returns: NAACP eyes ’16, voter ID

Observer-Reporter: DEP reporting practices criticized by environmental groups

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Pennsylvania joins secession pleas
Pennsylvania Ave: Salisbury School Board president denounces state education department
Reading Eagle: Regulators, utilities praise response to Sandy in Pa.
Reading Eagle: City Council agrees to spend $1.1 million on recycling trucks
Reading Eagle: Supervisors approve $52 local services tax
Reading Eagle: Budget meeting set for Nov. 23
WFMZ: Zito, other judges sue over retirement age
WFMZ: Berks budget calls for property tax hike, employee pay freeze in 2013
Express Times: Northampton County Council shoots down pay increases for executive, council president
Express Times: Bethlehem authority signs off on $10 million loan for Steel land improvements
Express Times: Alburtis councilwoman tapped to replace mayor; her seat, Kyle Bower’s remain open
Express Times: Romney says Obama’s ‘gifts’ to minorities, youth tilted election; investigation requested of Superstorm Sandy sewage spill – A.M. news links
Express Times: Lopatcong Township councilman resigns due to clerk campaigning at work

South Central
The Patriot News: President Obama and Gov. Corbett earn improved standing from state voters
The Patriot News: U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey introduces bill to establish joint Army-Navy storage and preservation facility at U.S. Army Heritage Center

Times-Tribune: Scranton’s new budget shows double digit tax hike
Times-Tribune: Scranton mayor proposes new budget
Pocono Records: Penn State Trustee to weigh auditor general’s recommendations

Times-Tribune: Department of error propagation
Daily Item: Better bet on transparency
Standard Speaker: Online gambling a  tax on poor
Pocono Record: Women elected to congress in record numbers this election
Reading Eagle: Financial institution will remain key player in borough

Phillynow: DAILY GRINDER: Mitt Romney Goes Out With His Middle-Finger Raised
Keystone Politics: PA-15: New DPI: 43.4%
Keystone Politics: Alcohol Reform and “Structural” Economic Problems
Keystone Politics: Why We Need Republicans to Compete for Cities
Keystone Politics: What’s Wrong With Giving Gifts to the Voters?
Keystone Politics: Michael Nutter Should Veto City Council’s Zoning Code Changes
Jon Geeting: Easton Parking Meters: Greater Convenience vs. Low Prices

  • Reader Poll: Have You Requested a Mail-In Ballot?

    • Yes. I enjoy mail-in voting. (50%)
    • No. I am going to the poll. (50%)

    Total Voters: 121

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