11/9 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Rep. Pitts announces his retirement, McGinty critiques Corman and Scarnati while Kane blasts the Senate committee investigating her. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

11/6 Ups & Downs: The winners, the losers and a 2016 contender. See who made this week’s list!

BREAKING: PA-16: Congressman Pitts to Retire: Rep. Joe Pitts announced he will not run for re-election in 2016.

PA-16: Do Democrats Have A Chance?: Could the Democratic Party flip the newly open seat?

PA-Sen: McGinty Critiques GOP Leadership in Newly-Released Email: The former Chief of Staff to Governor Tom Wolf called Jake Corman and Joe Scarnati “shadows of their former selves”.

PHL-15: Kenney Unveils Transition Team: Over 160 people will help the Mayor-Elect with his move into City Hall.

Kane Questions Authority of Senate Committee Investigating Her: The Attorney General believes she can only be removed from office by impeachment.

Fattah Jr. Convicted on Fraud Charges: Pennsylvania Congressman Chaka Fattah’s son has been convicted on fraud charges and is looking at over four years in prison.

Sunday Show Preview: November 8, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Capitolwire: Kane refuses to comply with Senate panel, calls on them to impeach her instead
Capitolwire: Administration, Legislature united behind Commonwealth Court decision to dismiss education adequacy lawsuit
Capitolwire: Kane tells Sandusky judge she has no knowledge of grand jury leaks from OAG, former grand jury judge
Capitolwire: State proposes revisions to childhood vaccination requirements
Capitolwire: Fingerprinting compliance rate steadily improving, PCCD says
PA Independent: Wolf closes Pennsylvania’s union intimidation loophole
State House Sound Bites: Kane, without law license, says panel lacks legal basis
State House Sound Bites: AG Kathleen Kane: No evidence of leak in Sandusky case

CaptiolInq: Rep. Pitts will retire after 2016
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philadelphia becomes first World Heritage City in the United States
Philadelphia Business Journal: After election win, ‘Condo King’ talks priorities as City Councilman
The Big Tent: Fox Business expands availability of GOP debate
Heard in the Hall: Kenney announces transition team
Philly.com: Ferrick: Philly pols, unopposed, still finds ways to spend campaign cash
Inquirer: Despite trial, Fattah enjoyed weekend
Inquirer: Coming soon to City Hall: The Kenney & Clarke show
Inquirer: Kenney talks up his coming administration
Inquirer: Nutter rips city commissioner he supported for office
WHYY Newsworks: Optimism in Pa. budget talks, despite differences
WHYY Newsworks: Supreme Court likely to see changes after Democratic sweep
WHYY Newsworks: It’s clear: Taubenberger elected to City Council
KYW Newsradio: Tax vote could have far reaching effort in part of Gloco

Bucks County Courier Times: For Bucks Dems, even outside help couldn’t capture the courthouse
Bucks County Courier Times: Martin’s close race provides this Election Night story
Pottstown Mercury: Nonprofits outraged as funding dries up from budget impasse
Pottstown Mercury: Incumbents keep their seats in Upper Perk area races
Daily Local News: Downington council adopts 2016 budget without tax hike
Daily Local News: Proposed budget plan calls for 3% tax hike
Bucks Local News: Republicans Loughery and Martin win commissioners’ majority by narrow margin; Marseglia returns to the board as minority member

KDKA: Boat Catches Fire On Ohio River, Prompts Discussion About Fire Boat Necessity
KDKA: Pa. Auditor General Launches Comprehensive Audit Into Pa. Cyber Charter School
WESA: Ted Cruz Lying In Wait For His Next Moment
WESA: Confusion and High Costs Still Hamper Obamacare Enrollment
Tribune Review: Attorney General Kane’s fall from stardom to scandal fast, hard
Tribune Review: Loans provide raft for nonprofits during Pennsylvania’s budget impasse
Tribune Review: DEA pilot program planned for Western Pa. to target opiate abuse
Post-Gazette: Rep. Tim Murphy’s mental health overhaul bill clears subcommittee
Post-Gazette: Accord would avert stoppage of horse racing
Early Returns: Documentary tracks campaign of gay state rep
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pittsburgh’s 2016 budget approved by Act 47 team
Pittsburgh Business Times: Obama’s rejection of Keystone XL pipeline could have ‘chilling effect’ on other energy infrastructure projects

Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Paterno’s wife vows to clear ex-Penn State coach’s name
Observer-Reporter: New tutor agencies tackling Common Core math
Altoona Mirror: Pacifico’s defeated rivals not slinking away
Altoona Mirror: Union groups call for reform of nursing home wages
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Democrats have an election cycle to wonder what happened in Tuesday’s election
Beaver County Times: Democratic state Rep. Rob Matzie finds himself adrift in a sea of red

Times-Tribune: Laureen Cummings: I’ll be a watchdog
Times Leader: Two prominent Wilkes-Barre sites cleared for KOZ tax break
Times Leader: Consumer Watchdog: A load of cap: Comcast quietly rolling out data limits in U.S. cities
Times Leader: Campaign spending debated in Luzerne County District Attorney’s race
Times Leader: Dismissed Luzerne County election official on leave from new job in Georgia during probe of alleged voting irregularities
Times Leader: Mayor-elect Tony George to release his plans to improve Wilkes-Barre next week
Citizens’ Voice: Republican Brooks beats odds
News Item: Pipeline grant funds help fire companies, libraries upgrade
Pocono Record: Stroudsburg School Board puts restrictions on Ramsey deed, disallowing charter schools
Standard Speaker: Mayor: Review of city finances helped avoid further trouble
Standard Speaker: Climate change threatens state’s forests

South Central
Patriot-News: Political Winners & Losers: A Democratic court sweep and Kathleen Kane is back in court
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf orders flags lowered in honor of long-lost Dauphin County POW
Patriot-News: College faculty union rejects ‘incendiary’ contract offer from State System
Patriot-News: $1M grant aims to make Pennsylvania inmates productive, educated, skilled members of society
Carlisle Sentinel:  Trial underway for officer’s murder
Carlisle Sentinel: Planned events to celebrate Veteran’s Day
York Daily Record: United Way of York County making due despite budget stalemate
York Dispatch: Age limits on Federal Judges
York Dispatch: Warning of infection at York Hospital

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Preschool under investigation after 2 year old leaves on own
Morning Call: Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s murder investigation under way
Morning Call: Is the Clery Act unfair to those under investigation for rape?
Reading Eagle: New Reading Mayor on what he  expects to accomplish in City Hall
Reading Eagle: Military Hall of Fame has 6 new, local, inductees

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: 5K to raise funds for veterans
Sun Gazette: Guantanamo Bay plan to be released this week
Sun Gazette: Parade to honor veterans held Sunday

Daily News: Kenney wins, whoop-de-do
Inquirer: Remembering Philly’s last GOP mayor
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Voters have spoken – with their silence
Tribune Review: Chinese skulduggery: Blame ourselves
Post-Gazette: For children’s sake: Ending Pennsylvania’s weak vaccine rules
Post-Gazette: Strong numbers: The robust jobs report may push the Fed to act
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Voters show up, speak clearly: new leadership
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: All take heed of JRA report’s findings, recommendations
Altoona Mirror: Challenge of aging buildings
Beaver County Times: Campaign for change hit home with voters
Times-Tribune: Court race should be last
Times-Tribune: Law unsafe at any speed
Times Leader: Concerns raised on Luzerne County campaign trail worth revisiting
Times Leader: Zeroing In: Luzerne County voters missed opportunities to challenge status quo
Citizens’ Voice: Close religious exemption on vaccinations
News Item: Transition could benefit from group meeting on budget
Pocono Record: Judge’s conduct unbecoming
Standard Speaker: Order for the court
Standard Speaker: Personal choice shouldn’t put others at risk
Wayne Independent: Veteran & Congressman honor two at Wayne Memorial
York Dispatch: Use Veteran’s Day as national voting day to increase turnout
Patriot-News: Video in Mearkle police shooting failed to make prosecution’s case a slam-dunk

Citified: ThinkFest Recap: Mayor Nutter says Jim Kenney can be “even better mayor than I’ve been”
Citified: Tom Wolf: Budget deal is “almost there”
Keystone Crossroads: Three officials step down from financially troubled Colwyn

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