1/12 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Shapiro is running for AG, Petri brings in $300K and PA’s Reps reveal their State of the Union guests. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Report: Shapiro to Run for Attorney General: The Montco Commissioner will run for AG this year.

Congressmen Reveal Their Guest for State of the Union: We ask the Representatives from PA who their guest will be for President Obama’s final SOTU address.

EXCLUSIVE: PA-8: Q4: Petri Raises $300K, Has $276,000 COH: The Republican candidate unveils his first fundraising totals.

Morganelli Has $512K COH for AG Race: The Northampton DA is seeking the Democratic nomination for Attorney General.

PA-9: Shuster Announces Bid for Re-Election: The Congressman is running for his eighth term in one of the state’s more conservative districts.

PA-BGT: State Sued Over School Funding: PA schools have taken out almost $1 billion in loans since July 1st.

Statewide
Capitolwire: House Democrats defeat effort to fund state-related universities as budget impasse continues
Capitolwire: Partial state budget’s Fiscal Code gets a few tweaks prior to expected House floor vote Tuesday
Capitolwire: School group sues state government over budget impasse
State House Sound Bites: A hearing for Kane, sans Kane

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Ramsey lands gig in Wilmington
Inquirer: Phila. School District to turn Cooke and Huey Elementary Schools over to charters
Heard in the Hall: City campaign finance limits increased
WHYY Newsworks: Mayor Kenney on working and playing at Burke Playground
Philadelphia Business Journal: Pentagon names Patrick Murphy as Acting Secretary of Army

SEPA
Montgomery News: Upper Moreland School Board member announces bid for state representative
Bucks County Courier Times: Doctors hope FDA will approve long-lasting implant for treatment of opioid addiction
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners, row officers take oath of office during inauguration ceremonies in Doylestown

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Shuster announces he’s running for another term
Tribune Review: State House debates aid to Penn State, Pitt and other state-related schools
Post-Gazette: Progress being made in Southern Beltway construction
Post-Gazette: In letter, Kane says she will not attend hearing that could lead to her removal
Post-Gazette: In 11th hour bid, Kane seeks reinstatement of her law license
Post-Gazette: Armstrong County judge rules AG office has authority to continue trying cases
Early Returns: In state HD 45, Kotik stepping down; Kulik stepping in
Business Times: How a US Supreme Court case could impact local unions
WESA: State makes changes to Early Learning Programs for first time in 20 years
WESA: Pennsylvania School Board Association Sues Over Budget Holdup

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Small towns are dissolving their police departments in greater numbers
Beaver County Times: White Township adopts rules to address excessive noise
Altoona Mirror: Franklin Township raises issue with “Big Barn”
Tribune Democrat: Repak appeal denied; order to report to Lewisburg

NEPA
Times Leader: Parents sue Luzerne County, Children and Youth agency over toddler’s death
Times Leader: Wilkes Barre police chief says a positive attitude has worked for her
Times Tribune: State Rep proposes shift to severance tax
Times Tribune: LGBT rights group drops local organizers
Citizens Voice: Legislation re-introduced to combat caller ID ‘spoofing’
Citizens Voice: No money, no police force
News Item: County Conservation District swear ins
Wayne Independent: Maychek takes seat on council
Standard Speaker: Conyngham authority close to dissolution

South Central
Patriot-News: Mauree Gingrich to leave state House at end of this term
Patriot-News: Should non-union members have to pay a fair-share fee? Supreme Court to decide
Patriot-News: Kathleen Kane cites 1891 case in response to planned removal hearing
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania’s budget problems persist: State aid to major public universities is blocked by House Democrats
York Daily Record: Rep. Grove, Mayor Bracey on pensions
York Daily Record: York mayor speaks on public safety

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Allentown’s former finance director pleads guilty
WFMZ: Allentown’s former controller to appear in court
Morning Call: Patrick Murphy, former Bucks County congressman and Iraqi war veteran to oversee US Army for now
Reading Eagle: Attorney General Kathleen Kane asks for law license to be restored

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Dahlkemper: County no longer needs $30 million credit line
Daily Times: House takes up nearly $600M for state-related universities
Daily Times: Budget uncertainty complicates planning for Penn States

Opinion
Tribune-Review: The garden of political plants
Post-Gazette: Check in hand: The ICA payment to Pittsburgh is a step forward
Post-Gazette: Downtown’s destiny: Retail lags, but it’s right to attract people first
Inquirer: City Hall goes to school
Daily News: Commish-ing Inaction
Delco Daily Times: Domestic terrorism calls for new level of vigilance
Patriot-News: For Obama’s last State of the Union, a final challenge – a dose of optimism for a cynical Washington
Patriot-News: How to watch President Obama’s final State of the Union address
Reading Eagle: Court right to overturn employment ban on ex-convicts

Blogs
Citified: Kenney on Rubio: “Show Some Class”
Citified: Marco Rubio, Rush Limbaugh Blast Kenney
Commonwealth Foundation: Charting Pennsylvania’s Budget Future
Keystone Crossroads: What’s big for Pennsylvania cities in 2016? Help us decide
Keystone Crossroads: Montgomery County sheriff keeping six side jobs
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania’s old voting machines are sticking around

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