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1/13 Morning Buzz

pa flagEndorsements, a Twitter town hall and at least two people rule out a run for PA-6. Plus we have the first Ups & Downs of the new year. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

1/10 Ups & Downs: An open congressional seat spices things up in SEPA, Scott Wagner’s State Senate campaign takes a hit and others make the list this week. Here are the first Ups & Downs of 2014.

PA-6: Maxwell and Young Rule Out A Run: Both Democrats stated they intend to continue their campaigns for the State House seat in the 74th district.

PA-8: Naughton Endorsed By Progressive PAC: Progressive Kick PAC throws their support behind Shaughnessy Naughton in PA-8

Gov. Round-up: New Endorsements and a Milestone for Schwartz: We provide a weekly round-up of the latest news in the gubernatorial race.

Reps. Schlossberg and Sims to hold LGBT Twitter Forum: Two progressive Pa. representatives will host an online Town Hall meeting to discuss LGBT equality in Pennsylvania.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-193: State Rep. Will Tallman (R-Adams) will have a primary challenger.

Businessman Bryan Gembusia announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 193rd House District. Gembusia, 42, is a graduate of East Pennsboro High School in Cumberland County. He has been married to his wife, Monica, for 15 years. Gembusia is currently serving his second term as an elected South Middleton Township Supervisor, and is currently the Chairman of its Board.

“After watching county government suffer through the flawed and unfair reassessment process, I realize how wrong it is to fund the government by putting people’s property at risk. No one should lose their home to property tax. The state has acknowledged that the current property tax system is antiquated and that it needs to be replaced. I plan to do everything possible to make that happen,” said Gembusia.

Statewide
PA Independent: In Pennsylvania, taxpayers on hook for stashed-away debt
PA Independent: Moody’s warns of fiscal instability of Philadelphia schools
PA Independent: PA lawmaker blasts ASA for academic boycott of Israel
StateImpactPA: Did Pennsylvania’s highest court unravel environmental protections for oil and gas?
State House Sound Bites: Many states face similar issues in 2014

Philadelphia
Philly.com: What about top-level home-rule double-dippers?
Inquirer: Area races could swing Congress
Inquirer: House candidates scramble for backing in Philly suburbs
Inquirer: Court decision may have big impact on drilling
Daily News: Corbett’s ‘Phillyosophy’? Budget cuts
PhillyClout: Terry Gillen leaving administration
AxisPhilly: Breaking news: city contractor has suspended license
PhillyNow: Gov. Corbett endorses weed? No, but here’s how he could
KYW Newsradio: Corbett Campaign Welcomes Christie Support

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Speculation on Gerlach’s successor begins
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Jim Gerlach explains why he’s leaving Congress
Bucks Local News: Water damage forces closure of legislative office at the Spread Eagle in Northampton Township, repairs could take months
Daily Local News: State Rep. Ross looks forward to legislative session
Daily Local News: Tom Houghton eyes Congressional challenge against Pitts

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Prosecutor: Federal investigation of Pittsburgh government ‘ongoing’
Post-Gazette: ‘Citizen artist’ spreads message of peace to neighborhoods
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh police officers’ side jobs will test new Mayor Peduto
Tribune Review: State’s new tax on gas wholesalers already hits the pump
Tribune Review: Huss last key Ravenstahl holdover without decision on his employment
KDKA: Money From Gas Taxes To Go To Roads & Bridges

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Remainder of Act 13 hangs in the balance
Observer-Reporter: State Senate president targets welfare fraud
Altoona Mirror: Eichelberger keeping up on 2014 changes
Altoona Mirror: Proposed insurance law gets backlash
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Pa. vying to be global energy leader
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: County official hired to assess senior facilities

NEPA
AP: Corbett budget speech to kick off months of talks
AP: For some counties, gas drilling brings a windfall
The Times Leader: Title IX compliance: A shifting target
Times-Tribune: New leader to focus on ‘original leads’ in luring jobs
Times-Tribune: State Rep. Haggerty to seek re-election
Standard Speaker: Council to examine city budget
Standard Speaker: Legislators have ideas for keno revenue

South Central
Patriot-News: Report finds Pa. taxpayers on the hook for $12b in debt
Patriot-News: Democrats slam Corbett for standing by embattled Chris Christie
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape official: No reason to condemn James Franklin for Vanderbilt football players’ case
Patriot-News: Chamber names new membership services manager
Carlisle Sentinel: Carlisle Airport may become publicly owned
Carlisle Sentinel: Future of Farming: Fewer youth getting involved

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pennsylvania stands to lose millions in tobacco money
Morning Call: Race for Jim Gerlach’s congressional seat appears wide open
Morning Call: Newsmaker Q&A: Mark DiLuzio, Bethlehem police chief
Express-Times: Jennifer Sletvold looks to excel as Northampton County’s newest judge
Express-Times: Easton native Roger Ross Williams will be guest on ‘The Daily Show’

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Possible $1 billion state budget deficit increases pressure
Sun-Gazette: Event gives youth chance to demonstrate abilities
Sun-Gazette: Businessman criticizes city for favoritism
Daily Times: State College Area School District wellness fair aims to help employees, district
Daily Times: Penn State football: Franklin ready to get started, pledges to ‘dominate the state’ in recruiting

Opinion
Patriot-News: Lawmakers, Corbett have to put policy ahead of politics as election year legislative session begins: Editorial
Delco Daily Times: New Pa. judicial conduct code long overdue
News Item: State’s ranking in jobs up for political scrutiny
Post-Gazette: Following Pennsylvania’s bipartisan example, Congress must fix the Highway Trust Fund

Blogs
Above Average Jane: NCC on Online Privacy
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Tom “36%” Corbett Still Wants Christie to Campaign for Him Despite #Bridgeghazi Revelations
Keystone Politics: “Medicaid” Isn’t Unaffordable – It’s the Prices
Keystone Politics: #PA9: Art Halvorson Is “Buying Love With Touches”
Keystone Politics: Economic Freedom Isn’t Just a Right Wing Issue
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Meet Northampton County’s Legal Brains
Pittston Politics: PA Union taking hard stance on discipline clause
Keystone Progress: Solutions That Work: “Required Reading” for PA Governor, Lawmakers
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup for January 11, 2014

3 Responses

  1. After hearing more about the Emails coming from the Christie Administration, wouldn’t it be nice to Emails from the Corbett administration? Who and for what reason was the political murder of William Harner ordered. I know this former Secretary of Ed is a dirty rotten RINO , who wouldn’t supplicate himself to Charly Zogby. But Harner was fired because he like to imagine guys in Speedos? Really-would love to see those Emails? Why is Ron Tomalis still on the payroll at the ED Department? Does he have embarassing information on the PSU matter that must be silenced? Just asking: why is Tomalis still in the Building?

  2. Suggestion to Corbett Team: Let’s do a rally with Chris Christie, Tom Corbett and Jeff Romoff at UPMC’s hanger for Jeff Romoff’s $50 million jet. You won’t even need to move the jet. UPMC has no employees.

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