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11/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf continues to welcome Syrian refugees, the latest budget update and the pornographic email scandal continues to grow. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Pennsylvania Will Continue to Accept Syrian Refugees: Governor Wolf says that the commonwealth’s policies will not be affected by the attacks in Paris.

PA-BGT: So Close, Yet So Far: Republicans and Democrats are having issues with the latest proposals.

Judicial Conduct Board Member Part of Email Chain: Eugene Dooley received offensive pornographic emails from former Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery.

PA-Sen: McGinty Gets More Help from Harry Reid: It seems the Senate Minority Leader is taking an active role in aiding the Senate Democratic candidate.

Sen. Williams Tells Eakin to Resign: The State Senator also admitted Frank Fina should have been fired by now.

AP: Clinton Favored by PA Superdelegates: At least two-thirds of the Keystone State’s superdelegates are already committed to the former Secretary of State.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Memo recommended changes to OAG in face of Kane’s law license suspension
Capitolwire: Property tax elimination, back-end referendum continue to be topics of conversation in state Capitol
PA Independent: Philly union heads raided teacher health care fund to pay for offices
State House Sound Bites: School officials lobby to keep taxing abilities

Philadelphia
Inquirer: State Sen. Williams calls for Eakin’s resignation
Inquirer: Toomey joins GOP calls to bar Syrian refugees
Inquirer: Top aides say Kane must cede virtually all duties to others
Inquirer: Protesters decry Nutter’s coming change to ‘sanctuary’ policy
Philly.com: U-Turn: East Falls attorney to challenge Delissio in 194th
WHYY Newsworks: Making Pa.’s primary relevant? Not in 2016
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Senate candidates on ISIS
WHYY Newsworks: Marc Stier takes the reins of the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center
WHYY Newsworks: Immigration advocates protest possible end of Philly as ‘sanctuary city’
WHYY Newsworks: Stalled bills in Pa. would change landscape for tardy budgeting
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. House could reverse Ramsey policy on naming officers involved in shootings

SEPA
Courier-Times: Council Rock to hold hearings on $110 million middle-school projects
Courier-Times: Medical marijuana rally set for Saturday in Bristol
Courier-Times: New Hope, Newtown, Doylestown most expensive for family homes
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville Area School Board approves new support staff contract
Pottstown Mercury: OJR parents upset redistricting may be delayed another year

Pittsburgh
WESA: School officials lobby to keep taxing abilities
WESA: Sexual and domestic violence victim services among those impacted by state budget stalemate
Pittsburgh Business Times: Five years on: What did Pittsburgh lose by banning fracking?
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council to consider decriminalizing marijuana possession
Tribune Review: Peduto, Wolf stand by open door for Syrians
Tribune Review: Western Pennsylvania leaders explore potential in Cuba
Tribune Review: Kane’s staffers could face sanctions if she engages in legal decisions
Tribune Review: Ballot challenges delay Reschenthaler’s state Senate inauguration
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania voters will decide next year if judges can work to age 75
Post-Gazette: Pa. House committee’s liquor privatization bill passes in party-line vote
Post-Gazette: Wolf orders flags in Pa. lowered in honor of Paris attacks victims
Early Returns: Senate candidate McGinty’s role in energy industry is questioned

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Former state Sen. John Pippy resigns from PA Cyber board
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: US OKs sale of $1.3 billion in guided bombs to Saudi Arabia
Observer-Reporter: Rep. Snyder announces winter clothing donation drive
Altoona Mirror: Property tax elimination hotly contested

NEPA
Times Leader: Barletta urges Wolf to stop welcoming Syrian refugees after Paris attacks
Times Leader: Luzerne County government will shut down unless it votes to borrow $20 million
Times-Tribune: Philadelphia Mayor: U.S. Gun violence is also terrorism
Times-Tribune: U.S. Rep. Cartwright to address environmental issues

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Citing a new threat from ISIS, local school cancels Wednesday trip to D.C.
Lancaster Intelligencer: New report: Drug overdoses are leading cause of injury death in U.S.
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster County lawmakers: property tax relief needs to be permanent
York Daily Record: Rep. Perry: Suspend Syrian refugee program
Carlisle Sentinel: York to decrease taxes by 1 percent next year
Carlisle Sentinel: Medical marijuana users rally support to change laws
Carlisle Sentinel: U.S. Rep. Scott Perry earns rank of brigadier general
Patriot-News: FEMA jilts Harrisburg in favor of Palmyra for sinkhole grant
Patriot-News: To make health care accessible, transgender people call for ‘a large push for learning’: Transgender in central Pa.
Patriot-News: Liquor privatization revived amid ongoing budget negotiations

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Budget stalemate squeezing Berks nonprofits
Express Times: Syrian refugees in Lehigh Valley raise concerns
Morning Call: PA budget deal causing Capitol buzz

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Fight against homelessness continues
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: No school project shortage, for now
Centre Daily Times: How will US determine which Syrian refugees to accept?
Centre Daily Times: In wake of Paris attacks, opposition grows to Obama plan to accept Syrians
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: Erie Dems plan holiday party for a good cause

Opinion
Lancaster Intelligencer: HACC should rethink its media policy; the First Amendment applies to colleges, too
York Dispatch: Full circle on Paris
York Daily Record: YOU are to blame for Pa. corruption
Patriot-News: The ‘Islamic’ State must be confronted with the only language it understands
Patriot-News: Here’s $360 million reasons to raise Pa.’s minimum wage: Art Haywood
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Obama’s reasoning on Keystone nixing serves no one
Erie Times-News: Kevin Cuneo: Erie-born military men talk ISIS
Reading Eagle: Kate’s Law a perfect example of legislative overreach
Daily News: Compromise or curse?
Tribune Review: The ‘free college’ crowd: Ignorance incarnate
Tribune Review: U.N. Watch: Rights farce
Post-Gazette: Timely G-20: World leaders discuss a response to terrorism

Blogs
Citified: The No-Bullshit Guide to Sanctuary Cities
Commonwealth Foundation: PA Fails Integrity Test
Keystone Crossroads: Watch ‘Keystone Crossroads: Changing Spaces’

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