11/27 Morning Buzz
A major PPP poll release sheds light on the 2014 Guv race, including the primary and general election matchups. And we’re thankful for all of our great readership. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.
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PPP Poll: Corbett Trails All Dems: Tom Corbett faces an uphill battle against every one of the Democrats running against him. Former Auditor General Jack Wagner has the biggest lead.
PPP Poll: Schwartz 21%, Wagner 17% in Dem Primary: A new survey released by Public Policy Polling shows the Democratic primary for governor is a wide open race.
PPP Poll: Republicans Not Sold on Corbett: A new PPP poll shows Gov. Corbett, with weak approval numbers among Republicans, could be vulnerable to a primary challenge.
PPP Poll: Obama Approval Slides Into Negatives: Barack Obama’s job approval rating is in negative territory in Pa., mirroring the recent nation trend.
State Officials to Receive Cost of Living Adjustments: For the eighteenth time in nineteen years, Executive, Legislative, and Judicial officials will receive a pay bump.
Perry, Pitts, Rothfus are PA’s “Republican Resistance”: Pennsylvania congressmen Pitts, Rothfus and Perry are on a new Cook Political Report of Republicans who have consistently voted against high-profile bipartisan legislation.
Capitolwire: PA lawmakers must decide if less regulation will improve telecommunications options, services for state residents
PA Independent: What smells? PA lawmaker wants to ‘Axe’ fragrance in certain schools
StateImpactPA: Why deer can be attracted to gas drilling sites
Inquirer: Nutter denounces random attacks, warns youths, parents
Inquirer: Former Montco GOP chief charged with rape
Philly420: New PA medical marijuana bill: All spark and no fire?
Commonwealth Confidential: Big in Japan
WHYY Newsworks: With funding assured for repairs, PennDOT to reconsider weight limits on Pa. bridges
WHYY Newsworks: Human rights advocacy draws Sims to Japan as Ambassador Kennedy’s guest
WHYY Newsworks: Philly enlists nonprofit, Enroll America, to help consumers sign up for health insurance
PhillyNow: The trick Corbett (and his successor) will use to change Obamacare
Pottstown Mercury: Judge: Pottstown merchant peddled ‘death’ when he sold K2
Bucks County Courier: Homeless population drops nationwide, rises in PA
The Intelligencer: Ex-Montco GOP head charged with drugging, raping woman
Burlington County Times: Mount Holly mayor abruptly steps down
Daily Local News: Former Montgomery County GOP Chairman Robert Kerns charged with rape, other offenses
Early Returns: A conversation with Charlie Dent
Early Returns: PPP: Corbett nation’s most unpopular Gov
Tribune Review: D.C. group sues Port Authority for refusing to run nontheist ads
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania allows insurers to reinstate canceled policies
WPXI: Lawmakers demand action after investigation revealed food stamp account with $12,000 balance
Times Leader: Hazleton city shutdown looms over deficit
Times Leader: Pa. drivers will soon feel the pinch and the pleasure
Times-Tribune: Former Moosic councilman sentenced for fire company theft
Times-Tribune: Scranton’s 2014 budget has $2 million hole as extra state fuel funds won’t materialize
Times-Tribune: Scranton School Board fires suspended principal
Berks-Mont News: Auditor finds poor management, risky investments in Oley Valley School District
Express-Times: Pennsylvania DEP extends public comment on air-quality plan for Allentown waste-to-energy facility
WFMZ: Congressman Cartwright offers reality check on Affordable Care Act
Morning Call: Dent: Congress needs compromise to function
Morning Call: State seeks Obamacare ‘bandage’
Morning Call: Vincent Fumo PAC depletion illustrates need to reform state’s ‘political campaign contributions’
Times-Tribune: Improve both reform bills
Express-Times: Restitution elusive for crime victims, but counties must keep at it
Tribune Review: Accord in Geneva: Rewarding Iran
Sun-Gazette: Gambling at bars a double-edged measure for state
Daily News: Don’t bank on it
Harrisburg Patriot News: Hershey 3-year-old’s condition makes a case for medical marijuana
Keystone Politics: The Transportation We Could Have
Keystone Politics: Keep Neighborhood Politics Out of Land Distribution
Keystone Politics: What’s Up With Tom Corbett’s Fake Medicaid Expansion Plan?
No PLCB: In The Public Interest? What are they thinking?
LuLac Political Letter: Bowman on the Case
Third and State: A Shift in Drilling from Pennsylvania to Ohio
Commonwealth Foundation: Union Dues Pay for PSEA Politics (Again)
John Hanger’s Facts of The Day: Sad Fact: Duke Energy Renewables Pleads Guilty To Killing 18 Protected Eagles
Keystone State Education Coalition: (SB1085) turns taxpayers into cash machines for charter schools…giving unelected charter operators the power to spend tax dollars without any oversight or controls
Mediatrackers: Pennsylvania Union President Says Teachers Are Not Public Servants
Mediatrackers: Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Criticizes Obamacare