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11/25 Morning Buzz

PA-Governor-Mansion2The first gubernatorial forum occurred this weekend, Stiles dropped his primary bid against Rep. Rothfus, and Flaherty considers a rematch with Vulakovich. Plus, last week’s last Ups & Downs. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Dems Jockey for Liberal Votes at Philly Forum: There were few differences and little policy substance on display as five gubernatorial candidates preached to the choir at a union-organized forum.

11/22 Ups & Downs: Roads and bridges are getting long awaited funding, allegations of campaign finance malfeasance are hurled and more. Check out this week’s Ups & Downs.

GOPers Face Conservative Backlash over Transportation Bill: Governor Corbett and other state Republicans are hearing from angry conservatives about the spending and taxation in the latest transportation bill.

PA-8: Strouse Scores Another Labor Endorsement: Congressional candidate for PA-8 Kevin Strouse announced the endorsement of the UFCW 1776 today.

Flaherty Considers Rematch Vs. Vulakovich: Former Rep. Shawn Flaherty is considering a run for state Senate now that Jim Ferlo’s (D-Allegheny) is out of the race.

Stiles Drops Longshot Primary Challenge to Rothfus: Citing his health, Larry Stiles ended his run against Rep. Keith Rothfus.

Fattah Bill Reinvests Corporate Penalties: The 2nd-district congressman unveiled the bill Friday which will send corporate and civil penalties to a government fund to fund evidence-based youth mentoring projects, justice reinvestment efforts and medical research.


Capitolwire: Democratic hopefuls rev up union crowd in Philly
PA Independent: Conservative Republicans vow to repeal, remember tax increase inside transportation bill
PA Independent: As transportation bill heads to Corbett’s desk, higher taxes and fees on way

Inquirer: Would-be Democratic Pa. governors lace into Corbett
Inquirer: Nutter, Council not connecting on $29.6M offer for garage
Heard in the Hall: Firefighter’s union alleges perjury against Ayers
Philly Clout: Berks County Elections Board accuses Local 98 in 2011 races
CapitolInq: JFK’s Senate office is now Casey’s
Axis Philly: We just don’t understand
Axis Philly: Reality Check: When is a tax not a tax?
Newsworks: Pa. bills soften blow of Philadelphia tax reassessment
Newsworks: Pa. state graduation test draws fire as unfair to kids in poorly funded schools
KYW Newsradio: Hundreds Turn Out For First Major Gubernatorial Candidate’s Forum In Philadelphia

Pottstown Mercury: Montgomery County holds line on taxes in 2014
Montgomery Media: Salford OKs preliminary budget without tax increase
Montgomery Media: Ambler Borough Council selects Frank DeRuosi to fill vacant seat left by Tony Isabella
Daily Local: Board proposes $3.75 million 2014 budget, no tax increase
Daily Local: Downingtown council reviews 2014 budget

Tribune Review: Legislative leaders to advise PennDOT secretary in spending $40 million of transportation money
Tribune Review: Foes claim Corbett plan to finance highway upgrades requires a tax increase
Tribune Review: State cites, will fine, Westmoreland water agency following safety advisory
Tribune Review: Indiana County commissioners approve farm loan reduction
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania unemployment falls for two months in a row due to fewer people in the work force
Early Returns: Dem governor debate webcast

Beaver County Times: If JFK was killed today

Times Leader: Officials say heroin a huge problem in Pa.
Times Leader: Proposed health care changes shock workers
Times-Tribune: Small businesses push Saturday as shop local day
Times-Tribune: Local History: Career on bench ends in disgrace
Times-Tribune: Medicaid and minimum wage making way into Pa. race

South Central
York Daily Record: Officials question what revitalization program would mean to York
York Daily Record: York City schools working on reducing student suspensions
York Dispatch: Rabbit Transit hoping for boost from new Pa. transportation bill
Lancaster Intelligencer: Can Democrats make inroads in Lancaster County politics?
Roxbury News: Mayor Linda Thompson Voices No Objections to Extension of Harrisburg Receivership

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Allentown ranks below national average in gay friendliness, study says
Express-Times: Mike Fleck, campaign manager for Ed Pawlowski, declines comment after allegations concerning previous candidate, campaign
Morning Call: Group fights to get state workers’ addresses
Morning Call: Hispanics face barriers to Obamacare coverage

North by Northwest
Onward State: Board of Trustees Meets, Oldsey Added to Presidential Search Committee
Progress: DuBois Regional Airport considers marketing options
Lewistown Sentinel: State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff visits MJCTC
Venango County Daily News: State Tax Break For Timber Harvesters Okayed By State House
Venango County Daily News: Hutchinson’s Military Physician Incentive Legislation Passes State Senate
Meadville Tribune: Hoax letter was sign of times during JFK era
Express: Local officials look to ‘bridge’ the gap
Express: Lawmakers react to bill’s passing
Express: Pa. jobless rate returns to post-recession low
Sun-Gazette: Price, future of gas industry topics of forum
Sun-Gazette: Surplus allows for no-tax-hike county budget proposal
Erie Times-News: Earll, Mengine, Walczak lead Dahlkemper transition team

Tribune Review: Politics is everything to Obama
Tribune Review: In their own words: Harry Reid and Barack Obama
Times-Tribune: Welcome to the Balkans
Sun-Gazette: The state highway bill: Expensive, but necessary now
Patriot News: Want to get Pa. lawmakers to act on transportation? Tell them they’re worse than Congress
Patriot News: Corbett wrong on medical marijuana opposition: Daylin Leach
Patriot News: The transportation funding bill headed to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk is a win for Pennsylvania
Inquirer: Long, strange trip for road bill
Reading Eagle: On second try, road, bridges, safety get needed funding
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Propaganda kills: The GOP plots to end the health care law
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Church and state: The courts must balance health care rights
Beaver County Times: Transportation bill means higher fees, but safer roads and bridge
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Local experts say health care reform was needed

John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: September Generation Scoreboard: Solar Up 106%, Wind 35%, Nuke 2%, Coal Up 6% But Gas Down 6% & Hydro 4%
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Stunning Fact: Wind Provides 25% Of Iowa’s Power & May Generate 50% By 2018
2 Political Junkies: More On Birther Diana West And The Trib
Third and State: Little good news for PA jobs in September and October
Third and State: Six state study finds industry supporters exaggerated jobs impact of shale drilling
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA’s 11 cyber charters were among lowest performing schools on new School Performance Profiles. Do our students and taxpayers really need more of these?
MediaTrackers: Pennsylvania Okays Biggest Tax Hike in More Than Two Decades

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