1/19 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We examine our new budget reality, Graham headlines the GOP winter meeting and the Republicans endorse their candidates for 2016. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Analysis: The New Normal?: The budget stalemate may not be an outlier, instead it’s likely a sign of things to come.

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

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.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: On Kane, Senate in wait-and-see mode
StateImpactPA: Wolf to target methane emissions from oil and gas industry
StateImpactPA: A coal plant cleans up in Indiana County

Philadelphia
Inquirer: How close is too close for judicial bias?
Inquirer: A day of selfless service
Inquirer: Cosby case could rise or fall on ‘Bruce’s word’
WHYY Newsworks: On Kane, Pa. Senate in wait-and-see-mode
WHYY Newsworks: Council to debate no-confidence motion in Allentown mayor
WHYY Newsworks: Are Gov. Wolf and Pa. Legislature turning back to unfinished budget business?

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Falls reimburses Pennsbury School District $40,682 in permit fees
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners, row officers take oath of office during inauguration ceremonies in Doylestown
Bucks Local News: Buckingham resident announces candidacy for U.S. congress in the 8th district
Bucks Local News: Bucks County Commissioners approve no tax-increase $402 million budget for 2016

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh gas prices drop to $2.10 a gallon on latest oil plunge
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s approaching primary means legislators less likely to act on budget
WESA: Sen. Farnese To Harrisburg: Require Lost, Stolen Guns To Be Reported
WESA: PA Residents Can Still Use Driver’s License To Fly … For Now

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Controller seeking deleted files
Observer-Reporter: Attorney announces candidacy for 49th Legislative District
Observer-Reporter: Washington County property reassessment: Why was it ordered?
Beaver County Times: Midland adjusting to worker-tax declines from idled ATI plant

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Kane thinking quixotic quest: re-election
Standard Speaker: Budget stalemate joining epic battles
News Item: Families hope search effort for missing Marines will be a success
Citizens’ Voice: Schools teach King’s impact on civil rights
Times Leader: Consumer Watchdog: Broken promises: Promissory notes binding to a degree

South Central
Patriot News: Donald Trump raises old fears on MLK Day
York Daily Record: Sen. Wagner loans more to Thacktson Charter
York Daily Record: Governor Wolf to make environmental announcement
York Daily Record: Wagner defends controversial comment on Wolf
York Dispatch: Budget cuts affecting York hospitals, not patients
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon school board approves use of naloxone heroin treatment

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Politics as usual
Reading Eagle: Reading Parking Authority approves separation agreement with director
WFMZ: Embattled mayor makes case to Allentown City Council
WFMZ: Retired archbishop with ties to Berks dies at 89

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Thompson announces congressional re-election bid
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Marino, Thompson say yes to law that affects drinking water

Opinion
Pocono Record: Paris pact was only a starting point
Pocono Record: Protect vulnerable, exploited kids
Standard Speaker: Cancer fight worth the moon shot
Standard Speaker: Follow House lead on war powers edict
Times Leader: Pain and politics of coal mining remain as fresh as ever in NEPA
Tribune Review: Obama’s deal: Capitulation’s premium
Times-Tribune: Don’t let coal decline stop reclamation
Post-Gazette: Donating life: Americans offer organs in record numbers
Post-Gazette: German dilemma: Its policy on asylum seekers is put to the test
Reading Eagle: Why Kathleen Kane shouldn’t run again
Express Times: Is there a valid Trump-McCarthy link?
Carlisle Sentinel: Should lottery winners’ names be secret? States debate issue
Inquirer: Reforming the justice system
Inquirer: Obama has opened door

Blogs
Citified: Op-Ed: 17 Ways Kenney Can Help Fix the Justice System
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf’s $3 Billion Education Cut
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Pa GOP Pumps Brown for Auditor General

One Response

  1. This bears repeating, as it is dead on true:

    PA Corruption Network’s Playbook

    The similarities between the prosecution of Kathleen Kane and of the PSU 3 reveal the “playbook” of Pennsylvania’s corruption network.

    The cases of current Pennsylvania Attorney General (AG) Kathleen Kane and that of former Penn State University (PSU) officials (i.e., the PSU 3) are connected by a common thread.
    A group of the Commonwealth’s attorneys, judges, political operatives, and their media accomplices — hereafter referred to as the “network” — used trumped up charges, purposely misinterpreted laws, and oversold highly dubious evidence to convict these individuals in the court of public opinion.

    After examining the timelines and evidence of these cases, it appears that the network has a well defined playbook for taking out its targets and it works like this:

    1. Individuals within the network fear their own heinous acts may be exposed and publicly accuse their opponents of crimes as a means of deflecting attention away from themselves.
    2. The network next co-opts individuals close to the target(s) –insiders — to assist in setting up the target(s) to be charged with perjury and other crimes.
    3. After the insiders have sufficiently undermined the targets (using various means of deception), the network’s attorneys and/or judges leak damaging information about the targets to the media.
    4. The media arm of the network uses the information in an attempt to compromise the targets or to promote guilt by association in the press.
    5. At the conclusion of this “framing,” that was mislabeled as a criminal investigation, attorneys go public with charging documents that allege crimes based on misinterpretations of the laws and that are chocked full of questionable testimony from unreliable witnesses, completely illogical scenarios, and dubious evidence. Perjury charges are standard in order to publicly smear the defendants as being dishonest individuals while attempting to pump up the veracity of the Commonwealth’s lousy witnesses (who would be eviscerated at an actual trial).
    6. The media accomplices ignore the illegal application of relevant laws, that the charging documents are illogical, the lousy witnesses, and the highly questionable evidence in order to continue treating the allegations as facts and even go as far as to allege the target committed crimes for which he or she has not been charged.
    7. The public falls for the deception and believes the targets are guilty of everything and are corrupt individuals — whether they have been charged with a crime or not. Citizen activists, public officials, and other groups and individuals — who are beneficiaries of the corrupt network — jump on the media bandwagon to publicly condemn the targets.
    8. Witting and/or unwitting employers recommend the targets be relieved of their duties or actually do so through employment actions — before anything is proven and without conducting a legitimate legal review.
    9. When legal proceedings in the cases reveal the false and questionable testimony put forth in the charging documents and the dubious evidence used in the case, the network’s media arm ignores the information and continues to slant the reports so the public continues to assume the targets are guilty.
    10. The legal issues from the misapplications of the laws result in appeals to the network’s judges, who refused to rule on simple matters and keep the trials on permanent hold. If the cases make it to trial, the targets will be convicted of lesser crimes — that the media will treat like crimes of the century.

    The network’s playbook achieves the goal of protecting its corrupt dealings and/or heinous crimes by never legally proving, but publicly scapegoating the targets in a media firestorm that is high in supposition and light on facts.

    To wit: the grand jury and Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman did not find the evidence to charge AG Kane with directly leaking grand grand jury information in the Mondesire case, but you wouldn’t know that if you just read the news headlines.

    Instead, they charged her with perjury (part of the playbook), lesser crimes, and for orchestrating the leaks, the latter of which Ferman and others know can’t be proven.
    Then again, the network’s playbook doesn’t include actually prosecuting the case.

    In the following weeks, the dubious evidence used in Kane’s case will be exposed, as will the details showing how the network of attorney, judges, and media worked together in an attempt to prevent AG Kathleen Kane from breaking PA’s chain of corruption.

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