1/18 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Knoll runs for Treasurer, Fetterman shows up on Comedy Central and we recap the GOP’s annual winter meeting. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

1/15 Ups & Downs: Campaigns, hearings and a vote of no confidence. See who made this week’s list!

Albert Baker Knoll Running for Treasurer: The son of the former Lieutenant Governor is throwing his hat into the ring.

PA-Sen: Q4: McGinty Raises $980K, Has $1.2 Million COH: The Senate hopeful also gained the endorsement of another labor union.

Dispatch from the 2016 GOP Winter Meeting: The PA Republican Party gathered in Hershey this morning for their annual winter meeting.

PA-Sen: Fetterman Goes on The Nightly Show (VIDEO): The Braddock mayor looks to be gaining a head of steam.

PA-8: Congressman Cartwright Endorses Naughton: The Scranton representative is backing Shaughnessy Naughton in the PA-8 Democratic primary.

PA-Sen: Graham Stumps for Toomey at Lincoln Day Reception: The South Carolina Senator seeks to rally the GOP’s troops at the start of a critical election year.

Sunday Show Preview: January 17, 2016: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Obama administration halts new coal leases on federal lands
PLSReporter: 2016 priorities: The House Republican Caucus
State House Sound Bites: Right-to-Know revisions await lawmakers

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Commissioner Anthony Clark is in charge, but rarely seen
Inquirer: Taking aim at Pennsylvania gerrymandering
Inquirer: Kenny pulls plug on Nutter spokesman’s pension
WHYY Newsworks: Exodus of veteran, moderate state lawmakers in Pa.
CBS Philly: Director Of Philadelphia’s New Office Of Planning And Development Pledges Progress

SEPA
Bucks Local News: Buckingham resident announces candidacy for U.S. Congress is the 8th district
Bucks Local News: PSBA files lawsuit to force the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to release funds owed to schools
Bucks County Courier Times: Lower Southampton narrows public safety director candidates down to three
Bucks County Courier Times: Newtown Township Supervisor Ryan Gallagher running for state representative

Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Business Times: Highmark’s plan for a $175M grant to AGH rejected by Pa. Insurance Department
Pittsburgh Business Times: Cleveland Fed appoints Williams chair of Pittsburgh branch board
WESA: U.S. Imposes New Ballistic Sanctions On Iran, Day After Many Penalties Lifted
KDKA: Allegheny County Police Superintendent Retiring
Tribune Review: State Rep. Reed looks back on bruising 1st year as House majority leader
Tribune Review: 40-plus years after Roe v. Wade, opponents press for limitations
Tribune Review: Former Marine Nelson will run for state House seat in 57th District
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania may play a more crucial role in 2016 races
Post-Gazette: Knoll, son of late lieutenant governor, enters Pa. treasurer race
Early Returns: Another ‘dark money’ group jumps in state budget fight

Southwest
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Gun-rights groups far outspend opponents in Congressional races
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Internationally known photographers’ exhibit will focus on Marcellus Shale gas drilling
Beaver County Times: Studies find blacks still struggling in region’s workforce, economy
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners hire controller’s office contractor as financial administrator
Beaver County Times: State senator proposes fund to keep schools, social services running during budget impasse
Altoona Mirror: Morris suing ex-Altoona mayor
Altoona Mirror: Unfunded mandates squeezing schools’ budgets
Altoona Mirror: Could anti-establishment’s Cruz, Trump influence races here?

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Council could abolish two panels
Standard Speaker: Senate facing a decision on attorney general’s removal
Wayne Independent: District receives $5.1 million from state
News Item: Expect cuts when budget is reopened
Times Leader: Joe Lasecki Jr., owner of Nimrod Haven in Hanover Township, says executive action means little for residents looking to buy firearms
Times-Tribune: School directors question Scranton bond cost, solicitor fee
Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania presidential primary might matter
Times-Tribune: After rocky 2015, price of cattle begins to rebound

South Central
Morning Call: Ex-DA expected to testify he promised Cosby immunity
Morning Call: Loopholes exposed in Allentown’s new anti pay to play law
Reading Eagle: In first year, Wolf goes right into the cauldron
Reading Eagle: What Wolf has done
Reading Eagle: Wolf still hopes for budget deal as next proposal nears
Reading Eagle: Wolf tests House GOP resolve against tax increase
Reading Eagle: Reading officials surprised by depth of information FBI has in City Hall probe
WFMZ: Sterling Raber, longtime Lehigh County Commissioners, dies at 83
Express Times: Warren County freeholder launches re-election campaign with focus on economy

Lehigh Valley
Harrisburg Patriot News: Is the battle over the attorney general’s office overshadowing other Pa races?
Harrisburg Patriot News: Changing Harrisburg will take longer than a year, Wolf says
Carlisle Sentinel:  High profile of some statewide races overshadow others
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa’s adjutant general takes paid leave of absence
Carlisle Sentinel: Former PSU player Breneman named campaign manager for Regan
York Dispatch: Auditor General DePasquale seeks re-election
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster’s southwest sees promise of progress with work on community

North by Northwest
Onward State: Pa Farm Show awards 18 scholarships to Penn State Students
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Man asks Tioga commissioners about the value of volunteers
Erie Times News: EUP President offers parting thoughts

Opinion
Post-Gazette: China’s duty: The Asian giant must rein in North Korea
Post-Gazette: Safety expert: Peduto’s pick has a wide range of experience
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Focus on criminals and how they get their guns
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: CSA had no choice but to say ‘No thanks’
Beaver County Times: What happened to that balanced budget?
Altoona Mirror: Eichelberger’s proposal would compound mess
Times Leader: Zeroing In: It’s a new day in Wilkes-Barre City but will the rank and file support a female police chief?
Times-Tribune: School board’s costly neglect
Times-Tribune: Faulty policy on tax revenue
York Daily Record: My plan of attack on heroin
Erie Times-News: Harsh criticism of Obama from inner circle
Inquirer: Wolf has little to show for his lofty pledges

Blogs
Keystone Crossroads: Five Takeaways from the TED Radio Hour on building better cities
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Boyd Blighted
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Mayor, DCED Director, Decline Planning Comm’n Invitation

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