1/14 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Rendell testifies for Kane, PA’s representatives react to the State of the Union and the first Allentown elected official is charged in the FBI sting. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Rendell Testifies at Kane Senate Hearing: The former Governor urged the body to abandon the removal process and start impeachment proceedings instead.

PA-7: Q4: Golderer Raises $255,000, Holds $230K COH: The Democratic congressional candidate reveals his first fundraising totals.

PA Congressmen React to the State of the Union: We collect the statements from the various PA Senators and Representatives to President Obama’s final State of the Union address.

BREAKING: Ex-Allentown Controller Charged: Mary Ellen Koval is the first elected official to be taken down by the FBI’s sting investigation.

SD-36: Aument Endorses Rubio for President: The State Senator announces his support for Marco Rubio’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

PA-7: Meehan Praises President’s Cancer Initiative: The Republican Congressman lauded the State of the Union announcement.

Legislative Elections Update

SD-13: Attorney Neal Rice touted his victory in the straw poll held by the Republican Committee of Lancaster County. Rice argues that the results show that the party should consolidate around him but that likely won’t convince his primary opponents Scott Martin and Ethan Demme. The 13th district consists of parts of Lancaster County and is currently represented by retiring incumbent Lloyd Smucker.

HD-19: Social worker Jessica Wolfe revealed that she will be entering the Democratic primary against incumbent State Rep. Jake Wheatley. The 19th district consists of parts of Allegheny County.

HD-101: State Rep. Mauree Gingrich announced that she will not seek an eighth term today. Lebanon County Deputy District Attorney Pier Hess has already throw her hat into the ring as a GOP replacement. The 101st district includes parts of Lebanon County.   

HD-131: The PA Democratic Party Chairman Marcel Groen publicly criticized State Rep. Justin Simmons for running for re-election. “By his own words, it is clear that Rep. Simmons has ‘lost the idea of public service’ by going back on his pledge to retire after three terms. Instead of acting like a ‘career politician,’ it’s time Rep. Simmons keep his promise and honor the commitment he made to the people of his district,” Groen stated. “His constituents deserve real leadership, not someone who goes back on their word.”

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Science panel faults EPA fracking probe for excluding baseline water testing
State House Sound Bites: House GOP: Impasse? We don’t see an impasse
State House Sound Bites: PA sees exodus of veteran, moderate state lawmakers

Philadelphia
KYW Newsradio: FBI: Philadelphia Police Officer Ambush Being Investigated As Terrorist Attack
Philadelphia Business Journal: Local coworking space for women shuts down
Philadelphia Business Journal: Biden to kick off curing cancer initiative in Philadelphia
CapitolInq: How PA illustrates Obama’s call on gerrymandering

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: First snowfall leads to high volume of crashes in Bucks, Montgomery counties
Delco Daily Times: Concord residents dismayed about public sewer plan
Delco Daily Times: Philadelphia region politicians react to Obama’s final State of Union speech
Pottstown Mercury: Tax collector vacancies caused by bond difficulties

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: FBI Director: Shooting of Philadelphia cop new model of ‘terrorist attack’
Tribune Review: Commissioners threaten to fire Westmoreland Manor management
Post Gazette: Pittsburgh’s new public safety director seeks to improve morale, partnerships
Post Gazette: Senate have sharp words for Kane aide at hearing
Early Returns: 5 #SOTU things to read this afternoon
Business Times: Senate Report: Pittsburgh hospital patients infected by dirty medical scopes
WESA: Peduto breaks with Obama on Trans-Pacific Partnership
WESA: Like Budgets that pass in the night
WESA: Rendell tells Senate to switch tacks going after Kane
KDKA: Republican Leader says Budget framework is dead, let’s get talking again

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Republican lawmakers have sharp words for Obama’s State of the Union speech
Beaver County Times: State Rep Jim Christiana says ten years will be enough if re-elected
Altoona Mirror: Tax exempt properties in Blair County may lose their status
Tribune Democrat: Cambria County to continue hosting illegal immigrants

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County repays temporary $20 million loan
Times Leader: Ashley Borough budget remains open, taxes unchanged
Times Tribune: Commissioner Jerry Notarianni might sue over appointment
Times Tribune: Dickson City Police Chief Bilinski resigns
Citizens Voice: Con-ui’s defense argues death penalty is unconstitutional
Citizens Voice: NAACP boycotts City Hall’s King event for second straight year
News Item: Commissioners to discuss salary cut, suit before judge
Wayne Independent: Recycling program could end
Standard Speaker: Mahanoy City Board set

South Central
Patriot-News: Should Kathleen Kane continue on? The arguments for and against her removal
Patriot-News: Witnesses listed for Pennsylvania justice’s trial on emails
Patriot-News: Historic midstate building, (or building where history was made), faces demolition threat
Lancaster Intelligencer: New York firm coming to Lancaster, expects to create 100 full-times jobs
York Daily Record: Civil asset forfeiture topic for York 912 Patriots

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Phillipsburg councilman: Party chairman ‘bullied’ me for vote
Express TImes: Glenn Steckman out as Easton city administrator
Express Times: Ex-Allentown controller accused of role in pay-to-play scheme
Reading Eagle: Sestak stumps in Reading, talks border security, immigration
Reading Eagle: Lawmakers react to President Obama’s final State of the Union
Reading Eagle: Reading City Council taps John Slifko to fill vacant seat

North by Northwest
Daily Times: Congressman welcomes BEA teacher to State of the Union, highlights agriculture
Sun Gazette: Sheetz Convenience store chain spending $15M to raise wages
Sun Gazette: Attorney: Ex-Allentown official to plead to conspiracy

Opinion
Tribune Democrat: Small town terrorism requires response
Bucks County Courier Times: Not much help for rescue squads
Delco Daily Times: Don’t forget the man behind that badge
Pottstown Mercury: Rep. Joe Pitts: Our New Year’s Resolutions
Patriot-News: End Oregon standoff peacefully, but lawfully
Tribune-Review: Terror on the march: More vigilance
Post-Gazette: Dream house: Low-income homeownership must be sustainable
Post-Gazette: Power play: Enjoy that strike-it-rich fantasy while it lasts

Blogs
Citified: Dwight Evans Raised a Lot of Money for Chaka Fattah Challenge
Citified: Kenney Staffers Blame Nutter Aides for Lawsuit Snafu
Citified: Johnny Doc: “I’m Getting Out of Politics a Little Bit”
Keystone Crossroads: Ideas Worth Stealing: Easing traffic with technology, not more blacktop
Keystone Crossroads: Even with funds flowing, community colleges are reeling from budget impasse

January 14th, 2016 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

One thought on “1/14 Morning Buzz”

  1. Josh says:

    So a promising young Republican candidate in the 15th senate district gets an endorsement from an opponent who drops out of the race, and it’s not news on politicspa. If a raccoon endorsed the incumbent democrat state senator, politicspa would be all over it. Real unbiased news outlet here ya got.

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