11/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Boyle announces State Senate candidacy, McGinty calls on Eakin and Fina to go and Kane’s deputies testify against her. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

SD-5: Kevin Boyle Announces State Senate Campaign: State Rep. Kevin Boyle is looking to join Harrisburg’s upper chamber.

Politically Uncorrected: What the GOP Really Lost in 2015: All of these consequences of November’s off-year contest have been fully noted and generously discussed. Much less noted and hardly discussed is the enormous change the court elections will have on the rapidly approaching 2016 presidential election cycle.

PA-Sen: McGinty Calls on Justice Eakin to Resign: The Democratic Senate candidate feels the PA Supreme Court Justice should step down and Fina should be fired.

Deputy AGs to Testify Wednesday: The Senate committee’s investigation of Kathleen Kane is picking up steam.

Referendum Could Raise Judges’ Retirement Age to 75: This April, voters will get to decide whether to extend the time that judicial officers may serve in Pennsylvania.

PA Congressional GOP Doubles Down on Syrian Refugees: Ten Congressional Republicans write Governor Wolf about suspending the refugee program.

Legislative Elections Update

SD-19: Jack London is seeking the GOP nomination in the State Senate’s 19th district. London is the President and CEO of London Financial Group. He is opposing Democratic incumbent Andrew Dinniman who has served since 2006.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Problems within the Office of the Attorney General
State House Sound Bites: Domestic violence nonprofit struggling without budget
StateImpactPA: Disorderly conduct charge lifted from pipeline opponent
StateImpactPA: Philadelphia opponents of Marcellus Shale speak up
PLSReporter: Nuclear scenario outline from the Office of the Attorney General
Capitolwire: Kane’s suspension creates ‘enormous challenges’ for OAG, top deputy says
Capitolwire: House could hold vote on medical marijuana bill next week, leader says
Capitolwire: Municipal pension reform bill moving, but Wolf, legislative Democrats not ‘on board’

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Impact of Kane’s suspension
Inquirer: Wolf on refugee plan
Philly.com: Montco teen still missing
Philadelphia Business Journal: Comcast drops YES network
Philadelphia Business Journal: Airport workers to strike

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Man arrested for social media threats
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford school budget $5 million short
Daily Local News: Outline of Kane’s suspension rules
Daily Local News: Special council meeting to discuss finances

Pittsburgh
WESA: City makes property violations data public, searchable online
Early Returns: Pa. senators clash on vetting process for refugees
Early Returns: Nonpartisan coalition calls for more voter access
WTAE: Pittsburgh mayor under fire for open-arms invitation to Syrian refugees
Tribune Review: Pa. House panel advances medical marijuana legislation
Tribune Review: House committee approves bill to legalize online poker in Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Allegheny County to stop honoring federal immigration detainers without judge OK
Tribune Review: Auditor general: West Mifflin Area audit raises concerns about district’s financial health
Post-Gazette: Deputy AG: Kane’s license suspension has had ‘profound and extraordinary’ effect

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Republicans question cost, safety of taking refugees
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners advised against making big decisions until new board takes office
Beaver County Times: Syrian refugees in U.S., Pennsylvania become political issue after Paris attacks
Beaver County Times: CCBC to finance capital improvement projects through Pa. Finance Authority bond
Altoona Mirror: Senate eyes bill for tax reforms
Altoona Mirror: Blair budget shows tax increase

NEPA
News Item: Legislation to ban gift card program passes House Judiciary Committee
Times Leader: State Supreme Court judges hear arguments in PPL ‘tip letter’ case
Times Leader: Looming shutdown: Local legislators say it’s time to resolve budget impasse
Times Leader: Looming shutdown: Effect of county shutdown on municipalities would vary
Times Leader: UPDATED: Luzerne County officials working on plan for potential shutdown
Times Leader: Judge appoints Keegan to Hazleton City Council
Wayne Independent: Police regionalization committee formed
Citizens Voice: City council appointment sparks debate
Citizens Voice: State Senate delays property tax vote
Citizens Voice: ‘Send us money’: Luzerne Council wants state funds
Times-Tribune: New deal gives Lackawanna County SEIU workers raises

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Sen. Pat Vance says she’ll retire at end of term
Patriot-News: 7 out of 10 women in Pa’s prisons are mentally ill; why?
Patriot-News: AG Kathleen Kane’s top aide contemplates ‘nuclear scenario’ at Senate hearing
Patriot-News: Pa. House committee approves medical marijuana bill, but mother fears ‘secrecy’
York Dispatch: Feds to target York City gangs, violent crime

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Senior lawyers outline effect of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s law license suspension
Express Times: Medical marijuana bill sent to full Pennsylvania House
Express Times: Lehigh Valley mosques plan vigil to condemn Paris attacks
Reading Eagle: Senate committee questions Kane’s involvement in office operations
Morning Call: Parkland parents blast school redistricting: ‘This is not our community’s solution’
Morning Call: PPL storm fine records sought from PUC by news organizations appealing to PA Supreme Court
Capitol Ideas: Pa. GOP legislators urge Tom Wolf reverse decision on refugees

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Refugees in Erie: What you need to know
Erie Times-News: Winners, losers in Pa.’s proposed budget framework
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: New poll shows Trump, Clinton in lead
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: Analysts list reasons Dems could score big in Pa. next year
Centre Daily Times: Wolf, Casey address Syrian refugee issues in Pennsylvania
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Marino, locals oppose plans

Opinion
Tribune Review: The refugee question: Reckless compassion
Tribune Review: Another Senate snub: The Paris climate pact
Post-Gazette: Last call on liquor: This budget must end government’s monopoly
Post-Gazette: McGinty’s expertise: Critics miss the point on her energy knowledge
Altoona Mirror: Sadly, terrorism is winning
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council deepens turmoil by rejecting loan and risking shutdown
Citizens Voice: Fairest of all? Not even close
Times-Tribune: Regressive taxation on steroids
Erie Times-News: Erie housing rehab could be replicated
Reading Eagle: Skill, luck not the issue; FanDuel, DraftKings take bets
Patriot-News: To keep her job, AG Kane has to prove she’s not doing her job: Analysis
York Dispatch: A letter to those who wait
Lebanon Daily News: PA’s failing ethics grade: we’re to blame
Lancaster Intelligencer: Hope for a budget, with K-12 funding
Inquirer: Board overboard
Inquirer: Dougherty: Extend subway to the Navy Yard

Blogs
Citified: Philadelphians Seem Super Bullish on Philly, Until You Look Closer
Citified: Crowdpac, the Political Kickstarter, Launches Its Killer Feature
Commonwealth Foundation: 10 Reasons to Banish the Booze Bureaucracy
Commonwealth Foundation: Tax Shifts and Education Spending
Keystone Crossroads: Should cities offer free salary negotiation classes to close the ‘wage gap’?

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