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12/10 Morning Buzz

pa flagDemocrats launched a Corbett parody website, Sen. Tomlinson may have a challenger and we provide a full run-down of this year’s PA Society events.

ICYMI: The Full 2013 PA Society List of Events: It’s that time of year, politicos: Pennsylvania Society! Here’s a rundown of all the events at the weekend-long marathon of receptions and cocktails.

Marseglia Eyes Senate Challenge to Tomlinson: Democratic Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia is weighing a challenge to state Senator Tommy Tomlinson in Bucks County.

Dems Parody Corbett Site: Pennsylvania Democratic Party launched a parody website of Governor Tom Corbett’s reelection campaign.

Critz Endorsed by Building & Construction Council: The former Congressman, Lieutenant Governor hopeful and longtime labor ally received the backing of his hometown Johnstown Building & Construction Trades Council today.

Legislative Election Updates

HD-74: As we predicted last week, Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell has officially entered the race for this newly located seat. He will face three-term Caln Township Councilman Joshua Young in the Democratic primary for the seat. Democratic Mayor Josh Maxwell was named the Best Young Politician in the area by Philadelphia Magazine in 2011. Re-elected in 2013 by nearly 40 points, and was immediately endorsed by County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Former State Representative Paul Drucker and officials from Caln, Valley, Sadsbury, South Coatesville, Downingtown and the city of Coatesville.

SD-6: In a district that Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks) has held comfortably since 1995, Democrats are trying to mount a serious challenge. Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia confirmed that she is considering a run, and other names are still being rumored for a Democratic primary.

Politico: Bill Shuster challenger Art Halvorson irked by ‘tracker’
State House Sound Bites: Biologist:”Evolution is not like musical chairs.”
PA Independent: Philly schools spending $16K per student, but new study shows test scores still lagging
State Impact: Democratic challengers criticize Corbett administration over climate comments
State Impact: East Coast states petition EPA to crack down on out-of-state air pollution
Capitolwire: Renewed Lottery outsourcing plan likely on hold until after holidays.
Capitolwire: Mixed reaction expressed regarding Corbett’s ‘Healthy PA’ Medicaid waiver proposal
Capitolwire: What is this “Manderino Maneuver” Jay Costa is trying to pull in 2014?

Daily News: Pa. schools and $$ behind the curtain
Daily News: Talking problem police with Philly’s top cop Upper Dublin Township to vote on real estate tax hike
Inquirer: Gay teacher surprised Catholic school fired him
Inquirer: Upper Dublin residents wary of Mattison estate development plan
PhillyClout: Oh floats natural gas alternative to fueling city’s fleet
PhillyClout: Nutter: City workers readying for “Storm 2”
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett DEP pick to defend remarks to Senate Democrats

Bucks County Courier Times: Public skips public hearing on Bucks county budget
Daily Local News: Pa. Medicaid plan panned by health care advocates

Early Returns: Council backs Peduto 6-0
Post-Gazette: Legislation frees spud sellers to overturn weight restrictions in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: HUD: Pittsburgh housing authority audits have found no problems
Tribune-Review: City Council approves 32 amendments to proposed 2014 budget
Tribune-Review: Western Pa. counties weigh shale gas drilling on public land
Tribune-Review: Lawmakers accuse UPMC of political-style attacks over insurance bill
Urban Media Today: Pa. legislators unveil bipartisan teacher tax credit bill

Altoona Mirror: Agency’s executive director unafraid of challenges

Citizens’ Voice: Interest high in 120th seat
News Eagle: Pike Library Director: Ask state to restore funds
Times Leader: Toomey: Don’t link Obamacare, gov’t funding
Times Leader: School leaders want to avoid furlough option
Times Leader: Tax hike part of Tuesday’s budget vote
Daily Review: Senate bill bans E-cigarette sales to minors

South Central
Patriot-News: John Hanger demands apology for Penn State professor slighted by Corbett aide
Patriot-News: Corbett DEP pick a climate-denier? Admin takes heat over remarks: Monday Morning Coffee
Patriot-News: Senate GOP receptive to outsourcing Pa. Lottery’s management but not ready to vote on it
Patriot-News: Cumberland County commissioners adopt 2014 budget with 3 percent real estate tax increase
Patriot-News: At Capitol, tempest over Pennsylvania Environmental Protection secretary’s climate change comments is cooling down
Lebanon Daily News: Race for Lebanon County district attorney proved costly

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Lehigh Valley’s family doctors bracing for Obamacare
Morning Call: Want Obamacare? Brokers, insurance agents can help
Reading Eagle: Allentown mayor, a Democrat who wants to be governor, talks job creation at stop in Reading
Reading Eagle: Fight to reform property taxes rages on despite failures
Express Times: Proposed West Easton budget includes tax increase, roughly $165,000 for police

North by Northwest
Centre Daily: Ferguson Township prepares budget, likely to keep taxes steady for 2014
Centre Daily: Moshannon Creek bridge reopening delayed to January; fixes extensive
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Budgets get votes

Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Decent pay makes sense
Daily News: DN Editorial: SPACE CADETS: What makes Clarke & Brown think city property’s a commodity?
Post-Gazette: Not good enough: The pick for DEP fails the knowledge test
Post-Gazette: Big Mac, little wage: Fast-food workers deserve a break today
Citizens’ Voice: Public deserves straight numbers on job creation
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Budget cut disputes neverending, also should be unnecessary
Daily Review: Still more transparency is needed
Morning Call: Jane Ervin: Sequestration to extend budget cuts for Head Start
Republican Herald: New version of ‘walking-around’ funds still in bill
Pottstown Mercury: Statistics offer reminder that poverty exists in Chester county
Bucks County Courier Times: A ‘brave’ vote on gun control
The Intelligencer: On firm moral and legal ground
Daily Local News: Startling numbers on child poverty in Chester County don’t quite add up

Media Trackers: Pennsylvania PAC spending dominated by unions and leftists in 2011-12
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania teachers union fights economic reality
Keystone Politics: America has a massive rental housing shortage
Keystone Politics: Under Tom Corbett, natural gas jobs have been falling for 21 months
Keystone Politics: Earth’s least informative article on Philly school spending
Keystone Politics: Why political parties
Keystone Politics: Dems Yudichak, Dinniman, and Ferlo voted for climate denier Chris Abruzzo
Keystone Politics: #ConfessYourUnpopularOpinion: Home schooling should be illegal
Keystone Politics: Critz picks up Johnstown Building & Construction Trades Council endorsement
2 Political Junkies: Well this was not unexpected, I suppose

2 Responses

  1. Jim Chrsitiana, my boy, why didn’t you ask permission first from Corbett’s COS Leslie-Gromis Baker and her husband Scotty Baker, UPMC’s head lobbyist, the next time you decide to stand up for the people, for taxpayers and for rate payers. These hospital wars are very good for ad guys like our Acting Governor John Brabender. Rep. Christiana, don’t you agree with me that COS Gromis-Baker should resign? UPMC mails fliers criticizing lawmaker’s health proposal – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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