11/18 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane testifies, Butkovitz decides not to run for Mayor and Democrats present fundraising plan for 2016 DNC. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Kane/Fina Feud Worsens During Grand Jury Trial: Attorney General Kathleen Kane appeared before a grand jury today and acknowledge her office leaked sensitive information regarding the 2009 Mondesire investigation.

Butkovitz Opts Out of Philly Mayoral Run: The City Controller is passing on a chance to become Mayor of Philadelphia next year.

Democrats Discuss Fundraising for Philly 2016 DNC Bid: Prominent Pennsylvania Democrats submitted a fiscal plan to the Democratic National Committee on Monday afternoon.

State GOP May Look to Take Advantage of Corbett’s Lame Duck Period: Republican legislators discuss the prospect of pushing agenda before Wolf takes over on Jan. 20.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Basic ed funding lawsuit lawyers say Basic Education Funding Commission won’t fix ‘inadequate’ funding problem
Capitolwire: Healthy PA could be around for a little while
State Impact PA: Pennsylvania gets no property tax from expanding pipelines
State House Sound Bites: Panel delivers 130 ways to make PA’s elders safer
PLS Reporter: Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure; a year after Act 89, Part I

Philadelphia
Philly.com: Report: Rick Santorum to make decision on another presidential run next June
Daily News: Tom Wolf on work, reforms and driving his Jeep
Inquirer: Phila. readies for security challenge Pope Francis’ visit presents
Inquirer: Phila. schools see 40 applications for new charters
Inquirer: Kane acknowledges leak, says it did not break law
WHYY Newsworks: New Pa. House Majority Leader Reed tackles poverty in the state
WHYY Newsworks: How a new Philly casino could jeopardize a different city’s finances
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. review of lewd email exchange continues
WHYY Newsworks: Newly permanent sustainability office plans for Philly future
WHYY Newsworks: Pa cyber charters again get low marks on state tests
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf: No free lunches for my team
KYW: Ex-Montgomery County DA Stands By Decision Not To File Criminal Charges Against Bill Cosby in 2005 Case

SEPA
Mercury: Potassium iodide pills to be distributed Thursday
Mercury: Local districts weigh technology outsourcing decision
Courier Times: Pope’s visit to shine light on city, region
Daily Times: Second Philly casino license could be financial blow to Harrah’s Philadelphia Chester
Daily Local: Unionville, Kennett schools rank among elite in the naton

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Manchin-Toomey amendment nixed
Post-Gazette:  Attorney general Kane confirms investigation into her office
Post-Gazette: Report shows vast differences among Pittsburgh public schools
Tribune Review: Kane believed leaked documents not grand jury material, lawyer says
Tribune Review: Judge sentences former mayoral candidate A.J. Richardson to jail
Tribune Review: Annual schools report shows academic achievement down locally, across state
Tribune Review: Pope confirms visit to Philadelphia

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Pope Francis to visit Philly
Observer-Reporter: Philly to find out whether it will get a new casino or not
Beaver County Times:  U.S. Postal Service employees protest at Staples store in Center Township
Beaver County Times:  Pa. creates office to protect seniors; guardianships to receive more oversight

NEPA
Pocono Record:  Grand jury tells Easton school board members to resign
Pocono Record:  Sen. Blake named to Appropriations
Times Tribune: Pope confirms Philly visit for families conference
Times Tribune: Former state rep John Wansacz dies
Times Leader: RICO case against Kids-for-Cash figure Robert Powell comes to Scranton
Times Leader: NEPA’s U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright targeting those who scam older veterans
Times Leader:  Pa. AG Kathleen Kane confirms secret investigation into her office

South Central
Daily Record: Pennsylvania AG Kane confirms secret investigation into her office
Daily Record: York County awarded for financial reporting
Patriot News: Harrisburg District Judge Robert Jennings III suspended with pay over misconduct allegations
Patriot News: This Central Pennsylvania township does — and doesn’t — exist
Dispatch: Another York County Judge to retire, position could be vacant until 2018
Daily News: Homelessness forum focuses on causes, solutions for Lebanon County

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Norco Council Clerk retires after 37 years
Morning Call: Bethlehem Area School District denies Lehigh Valley Dual Language Charter school second location
Eagle: Main Street’s 5-year plan for downtown Reading
Eagle: Need for revitalization increasingly urgent, business owners say
Eagle:  Berks County Community Foundation chief: Get consensus on consistent plan

North by Northwest
Daily Times: State College Highlands’ residents to get invite to engage on borough issues as part of Penn State project
Campaign 14’:  Report: McCord not running for Senate seat

Opinion
Daily News: DN Editorial: A LACK OF MENTAL ENERGY: Council politics, no foresight doom Philly as a shale-gas hub
Inquirer: A job for Congress
Mercury: Pa. voters sent message on education
Times Tribune:  Rein in asset forfeitures
Times Tribune:  City budget proposal treads water
Times Leader:  New law seeks to silence convicted criminals’ ‘sick’ taunts
Times Leader:  End bankruptcy babble and focus on real fixes for Luzerne County
Beaver County Times: Stop paying ex-Nazis
Observer-Reporter: Time for action against undocumented immigrants
Observer-Reporter: Say no to non-discrimination bills
Post-Gazette: We are caught in a healthcare mess
Post-Gazette: Patients caught in local case of health care greed
Post-Gazette:  Let’s hope Tom Wolf is sensible when it comes to the budget
Patriot News: Welcome, Uber X; goodbye government-sanctioned monopolies: Editorial
Patriot News: Here’s an energy policy prescription for Pa.’s next governor: Stephanie Catarino Wissman
Eagle: Editorial: Revival begins with plan, officials working together

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: New Wave of Obamacare Price Hikes Arrives
Commonwealth Foundation: You’re Innocent, but Your House may be Guilty
Keystone Politics: Professional Scam Operation Great at Scamming, Not So Great at Teaching Kids
Keystone Politics: Make It Harder, Not Easier, to Get Property Tax Exemptions
Keystone Politics: Municipal Consolidation is About Capacity and Equity, Not Lower Taxes

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