11/27 Morning Buzz

We have our first officially declared challenger to Tom Corbett, and a look back at PA-12. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Hanger Makes Guv Bid Official: Former DEP Secretary John Hanger will run for Governor against Tom Corbett, his newly formed campaign announced Monday.

Cracking the Critz Code, by Brock McCleary, NRCC Polling & Deputy Political Director: The NRCC’s point-person for the Rothfus campaign opens up the GOP war room from the hotly competitive PA-12 race: “They handed me my worst defeat in politics and my most rewarding win – in a mere three years’ time.”

And don’t miss PoliticsPA’s Top Operatives: 2012: Pa. has a lot of political talent – some of the best in the country. These are the 20 men and women who stand out.

Capitol Ideas: New Corbett admin report reinforces dire pension picture, offers reforms.
State House Sound Bites: A matter of size: Auditor General has critical words for university boards
State House Sound Bites: Awaiting special elections announcement for two House seats
PA Independant: Pennsylvania hopes to cash in on ‘Cyber Monday’
StateImpactPA: Pennsylvania’s shift from Coal to Gas power
StateImpactPA: Shale Gas Helps Open First Arctic Winter Ship Crossing
StateImpactPA: The downside of Cheap natural gas
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Senate and House Democrats faced same problems with different results.

Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau: Corbett: Pa. must fix public pensions or slash budgets
Philly.com: 2 in Council seek hearing on city-linked casino plan

Pottstown Mercury: Immigration reform could be sidelined by spending fights
Pottstown Mercury: Filibuster reform: what 19 Democratic senators have said in favor and 8 Republicans against
Pottstown Mercury: Grover Norquist: how does his tax plan work
Pottstown Mercury: Not so lame duck: five major votes for lame duck sessions
Pottstown Mercury: John McCain softens opposition of Susan Rice as secretary of state
Pottstown Mercury: Fiscal cliff: talks stalled for now, but progress possible
Phillyburbs: New Jersey governor Christie plans to seek second term
Phillyburbs: Rice’s star rises as congressional opposition dims
Phillyburbs: Some GOP lawmakers now flout anti-tax man Norquist

Tribune-Review: Longtime lawmaker Bud George leaves legacy of ‘taking care of people’
Tribune-Review: Lineup in 42nd District race may include new faces
Tribune-Review: Former DEP Secretary John Hanger says he’s a candidate for Pa. governor
Tribune-Review: Attorney accuses city councilwoman of having conflict of interest in billboard debate
Tribune-Review: Worries about government, economy prompt spike in non-hunting gun sales
Tribune-Review: Butler mining company claims state and federal officials illegally holding onto its money
Post-Gazette: Former state DEP Secretary Hanger to run for governor
Post-Gazette: How gerrymandering helped GOP keep control of House
Early Returns: Hanger first to announce gov bid
Early Returns: Who will succeed Smith in House?

AP: Hanger to become first announced candidate for gov
AP: Persuading lawmakers a difficult job, Corbett says
AP: New report warns of looming Pa. pension shortfall
AP: Prosecutors urge two years in prison for ex-senator

South Central
AP: Former DEP secretary to become first announced candidate for governor
AP: New report warns of looming Pa. pension shortfall
AP: Persuading lawmakers a difficult job, Corbett says
AP: Pa. official’s domestic violence charges dropped
AP: Prosecutors urge 2 years in prison for ex-senator
Patriot-News: End of Chapter 9 moratorium will bring Harrisburg’s creditors into play
Patriot-News: Tom Corbett says it’s difficult to get Republicans in the Legislature to agree
Patriot-News: Democrat John Hanger to launch his 2014 Pa. gubernatorial bid on Wednesday

The Times-Tribune: Scranton hopes for $1.3 million from nonprofits

Lehigh Valley
AP: Persuading lawmakers a difficult job, Gov. Tom Corbett says
AP: John Hanger running for Pennsylvania governor
The Morning Call: Pennsylvania judges sue over mandatory retirement at 70

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Personal income jumps in Erie County

Centre Daily Times: Pro/Con: For a cleaner planet we must shun dangerous fossil fuels
Centre Daily Times: Pro/Con: Fully tapping into our abundant supplies would be a blessing for all Americans
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Medicare slashing: It’s not a lie and shouldn’t happen
The Times-Tribune: Make districts competitive

Keystone Politics: If Republicans Want Spending Cuts, Let Them Propose the Spending Cuts
Keystone Politics: “Lincoln” and Liquor License Reform
Keystone Politics: How to Shorten the Gentrification “Misery Gap”
Keystone Politics: Yes We Can Absorb Medicaid Expansion Costs
Keystone Politics: House Dems Shouldn’t Vote For Any Deal Before January
Keystone Politics: Kathleen Kane Wants PA to Lead on Consumer Protection
PA Budget and Policy Center: Latest Education News: Feds Block Pa. Charter Evaluation Plan, Chester Upland Plan Questioned, Guv to Review Higher Education Recommendations
2 Political Jukies: Getting The Facts Wrong. Again.

One Response

  1. I love the Critz article because the truth is Critz lucked out the first two years and would have lost his old district no matter what. Critz is not known for being a good or honorable man in Washington County. What he is is a guy with no future because all he does is kiss up to people but has no background to be an effective politician.
    Glad to see him go, let’s hope he doesn’t come back!


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