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11/8 Morning Buzz

PA state flagPat Toomey voted for ENDA, Daylin Leach and Mark Smith pick up union endorsements, and Val Arkoosh hired a communications director. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to come back later for the Ups & Downs!

Toomey Votes For ENDA: The Senator supported the LGBT anti-discrimination bill even after his religious exemption amendment was defeated.

ACS Poll: PA Voters Want Medicaid Expansion: The American Cancer Society survey found that a majority of Pennsylvanians support a Medicaid expansion, either through the current system or via private insurers.

PA-13: Leach Endorsed by Iron Workers: The State Senator picked up the backing of the Local 405 of the Iron Workers union.

Arkoosh Hires Coms Director: Valerie Arkoosh’s campaign to win the Democratic nomination for PA-13 just hired a communications director.

Boilermakers Union Backs Mark Smith for LG: The first Philly union endorsement goes to an unlikely Lt. Gov candidate.

Legislative Election Updates:

HD-80: State Rep. Jerry Stern (R-Blair) will not seek re-election, he announced Thursday, forgoing a bid for a 12th term. Stern, 58, cited the “changing atmosphere in the political arena” and “a congenital illness has put him on the list for a liver transplant.” Party chairman AC Stickel said he could thing of 5 or 6 other candidates who would have an interest in the seat.

SD-18: Outgoing Bethlehem Mayor John Callahan didn’t win his bid for Northampton County Executive, but the Keystone Politics has another office in mind. The liberal blog floated the possibility of a Callahan primary against state Sen. Lisa Boscola.

Statewide
Politico: Bill Shuster takes on the tea party storm
StateImpactPA: Corbett’s reelection bid runs on natural gas, but not the campaign bus
StateImpactPA: DEP gives out $3 million in grants to fund natural gas vehicles
State House Sound Bites: Committee readies for vote on endangered species bill
Capitolwire: Group urges state officials to ‘pull the plug’ on new prison construction

Philadelphia
Inquirer: On key campaign swing, Corbett finds jeers, cheers
Inquirer: Lessons of Phila. vote: ‘Be prepared’ for bigger races
PhillyClout: Bill to ban 3-D printing of guns advances
WHYY Newsworks: It’s environmentalists vs. industry as Pa. considers revising endangered species rules
CityPaper: Corbett to Philly: Schools crisis not my fault
PhillyNow: PA nurse creates petition to stop statewide ban on paid sick days
KYW: Pennsylvania Clergy Call On US Government To Reform Immigration Laws
Public Record: Commonwealth Honors Puerto Rican Regiment

SEPA
Courier-Times: Rep. Davis to salute vets at Nov. 14 dinner
Courier-Times: Penndel believes 2014 budget is now balanced
Courier-Times: New website details Bucks flood plain
Montgomery Media: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett makes campaign stop in Willow Grove
Montgomery Media: Ambler Borough Council President Tony Isabella steps down

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Peduto says his cabinet as Pittsburgh mayor will be most diverse in city history
Post-Gazette: County controller spokesman leaving for AG Kathleen Kane
Post-Gazette: Man reported to have been in line to be Penn State’s next president is resigning upstate N.Y. campus presidency
Post-Gazette: Attorney general’s office found records violations in Monroeville
Tribune-Review: AG Kane blasts panel’s ruling to permit Big Tobacco to trim funds to Pa. for anti-smoking efforts
Tribune-Review: CCAC trustees delay plans to close school child-care centers
UrbanMediaToday: Economy Benefits As Energy Prices Remain Constant

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Rep. Stern will not run again
Beaver County Times: Arbitrator report rejected by union
Beaver County Times: White forming new Marcellus Shale Citizens Advisory Council
Tribune-Democrat: George Magovern, Pa. heart surgery pioneer, dies
Tribune-Democrat: Sewer aid on the way

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Corbett combative as he kicks off his re-election bid
Times-Tribune: Fresh from big win, Scranton Mayor-Elect Bill Courtright enters transition phase
Times-Tribune: Voter turnout: 31 percent in county, 33 percent in city
Citizens Voice: Dobash’s win strengthens minority
Citizens Voice: Backing helped Bednar win election
News Item: Barletta tours Mount Carmel
News Item: Shamokin to seek loan to get through 2013
Standard Speaker: Yannuzzi to keep open door policy with new council
Standard Speaker: Despite slow website, general election mostly problem-free for Luzerne County

South Central
Public Opinion: Franklin County could dip into reserves to balance 2014 budget
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County commissioners to take a look at tourism
WGAL: Lawmakers push for legislation against gangs
CBS 21: FDA considers ban on trans fat, local eateries react
Sentinel: Cumberland County’s draft budget calls for 3 percent tax increase
PennLive: Pa. law requiring lifetime registration for juvenile sex offenders is unconstitutional, York County judge rules
PennLive: Former Pa. Senator Robert Mellow moved to Scranton halfway house
AP: Casey asks Corbett to expand Pa. Medicaid program

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Walking a political tightrope, Toomey votes yes on historic gay rights bill
Express Times: Bethlehem 2014 budget won’t require property tax increase, mayor says
Express Times: Three same-sex couples wed in Phillpsburg after march from Easton

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Voters reward pragmatic, but limited government

Opinions
Post-Gazette: Peduto is crowned: Voters put their stamp on the post-Ravenstahl era
Attytood: Where is Philadelphia’s Bill de Blasio?
Public Opinion: Toomey ENDA support may undermine, still laudable
Standard Speaker: Don’t give gov’t chance to hide public notices
Times-Tribune: Impasse could stall economy
York Daily Road: Toomey vote for gay rights shows bipartisanship

Blogs
Keystone Politics: A Whig Won in Philly on Tuesday, Signifying Nothing for City Politics
Keystone Politics: #SD18: Should John Callahan Primary Lisa Boscola for State Senate?
Jon Greeting: My Plan for the Bethlehem CRIZ
Above Average Jane: Some Montco Election Highlights

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