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11/20 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pot brings Turzai to tears, the GOP moves forward on pension reform and the Commonwealth Court rules that Kane doesn’t have to release all the porn emails. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Medical Marijuana Brings Speaker Turzai to Tears: The State House Speaker reportedly cried during a caucus argument over the issue.

Guest Column: Pennsylvania Republicans Will Win in 2016: Recently, a column by G. Terry Madonna and Michael L. Young attempted to make the dubious claim that the results of the 2015 statewide judicial elections would have an impact on the upcoming races.

PA-BGT: GOP Push Forward on Pensions, Wolf Unlikely to Budge: Another move in the General Assembly is expected to be killed by the Governor.

David Fawcett Launches Campaign for Attorney General: The Pittsburgh attorney will be running in next year’s Democratic primary.

Court: Kane Doesn’t Have to Release Lewd Emails: The Commonwealth Court rules the AG is under no obligation to release all the emails.

President of Pro-Life Group Endorses Rafferty for AG: The GOP Attorney General candidate earned the backing of the President of the Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation.

Stollsteimer Outlines Plan to Tackle Drug Overdose Epidemic: He is the first AG candidate to lay out his ideas on this issue.

PA-Gov: Wolf Names Members of Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission: The Governor officially appoints officials to his new advisory body.


StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania natural gas owners and EPA reach agreement

StateImpactPA: EPA discusses pipeline boom

PLSReporter: Kane will issue statement next week

State House Sound Bites: Non-profits continue to struggle without state funding

State House Sound Bites: Court deems porn emails not public

Capitolwire: Eakin asks to move email inquiry to Court of Judicial Discipline

Capitolwire: Fetterman readies for the glitz of Pennsylvania Society weekend

Capitolwire: Porn emails aren’t public records, but AG Kane could still release them, court says


Inquirer: Former Chester County Judge denied appeal

Inquirer: Chaput urges Catholics to lobby Wolf on tax credits

Inquirer: Brownlee, Waters to pay fines, costs for ethics breaches

Inquirer: Justice Eakin: email inquiry should be heard in public

Inquirer: Kenney heading to Cincinnati to study schools

WHYY Newsworks: Lehigh Valley ponders welcoming more Syrian refugees

WHYY Newsworks: Bathroom sign change a welcome sight for transgender Philadelphians

WHYY Newsworks: Philly D.A. mum on whether his prosecutors have completed sensitivity training

WHYY Newsworks: Gloria Steinem delivers keynote address on feminism, eating disorders


Pottstown Mercury: Possible 9.8% tax increase in Montgomery County

Pottstown Mercury: Sentence for man selling stolen guns

Pottstown Mercury: Liquor privatization plan passed in the House


KDKA: Republican Liquor Plan passes State House amid budget talks

KDKA: Dems divide over House GOP bill restricting Syrian refugees

Tribune Review: Court says porn emails aren’t public records under Pa. law

Tribune Review: Pittsburgh attorney Fawcett in the race for attorney general

Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto ripped over plan to accept Syrian refugees

Pittsburgh Business Times: Travel industry fears Congress will limit visa waiver program

Early Returns: Judge Nauhaus, who faces hearing, has his fans, but some see bias, unpredictability

WESA: Kane’s top deputies say they’re doing her job, but problems still persist

Post-Gazette: Former county councilman McCullough will be charged with perjury, obstruction of justice


Beaver County Times: U.S. Reps. Rothfus, Murphy, Shuster back refugee-blocking bill

Beaver County Times: State Rep. Kotik’s airport slots proposal moves forward

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: ‘We’re in uncharted water’: Defense attorneys try to capitalize on attorney general woes

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Study: Region lost $782 million in defense contract cuts from 2010 to 2012; defense-reliant firms urged to diversify, reposition

Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers push to stall refugees


Standard Speaker: 12-member transition team to aid Mayor-elect Cusat

Standard Speaker: Luzerne County officials say $20M is needed to get through year

Standard Speaker: Senate approves bill with significant municipal pension reforms

Standard Speaker: Slight increase in Foster Twp. taxes

The Times Leader: Gun permit applications in Luzerne County have not increased

The Times Leader: Pittston City council approves introduction of proposed 2016 budget

Citizens Voice: County unable to meet expenses for rest of year

South Central

Lancaster Intelligencer: 24 losing jobs as Lancaster County government outsources janitorial work

Lancaster Intelligencer: Harrisburg’s police chief wants to fine uncooperative crime victims

Lancaster Intelligencer: MADD applauds Smucker and Greiner for DUI legislation

Patriot-News: Without migrants, Adams County orchard owners wouldn’t get through harvest

Patriot-News: Allen Ertel, former congressman, gubernatorial candidate, dies

Carlisle Sentinel: Advocate argues gender pay gap exists in Pa.

York Daily Record: Lebanon man petitions Gov. Tom Wolf to forbid Syrian refugees

York Dispatch: DEA: York County 4th in drug overdose deaths in state

Lehigh Valley

Morning Call: Allentown paid former finance director for three months after resignation

Morning Call: PPL rate increase get PUC approval

Reading Eagle: No tax increase planned for Berks County budget

North by Northwest

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City police costs add $700K to proposed budget

Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: Clinton union endorsements: A lucky 13 so far?


Post-Gazette: Asian giveaway: Obama offers much in trying to counter China

Altoona Mirror: Include voters on budget

Standard Speaker: An investigator with no skin in the game

Lebanon Daily News: It’s our way to admit refugees

Patriot-News: As we argue over whether to deny it to others, 16 in Gettysburg embrace the American dream

Carlisle Sentinel: Polman: GOP Islamophobia is back

York Dispatch: COLA clause hurts retirees

Reading Eagle: Exeter needs to take serious look at financial situation

Express Times: Why are liquor stores essential, but not child protection?

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Case charts the desperation that comes with heroin

Erie Times-News: ‘Devil’s in the details’ of state budget plan

Inquirer: Be afraid, taxpayers

Inquirer: How Congress can fight ISIS


Citified: Mike Dunn on the Empty Desks in City Hall’s Pressroom

Keystone Crossroads: Capitol recap: Lawmakers move on municipal pension reforms

Keystone Crossroads: Smart Talk: Fighting violent crime; Great American Smokeout

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