12/11 Morning Buzz

Full CongresCorbett gets a primary challenger, the PA delegation makes moves in Washington, Naughton touts her local endorsements and we provide a full run-down of this year’s PA Society events.

Conservative Activist Mounts Primary Challenge to Corbett: Bob Guzzardi of Montgomery County asked Republican activists for help circulating his 2014 nominating petitions this week.
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Barletta Slams Obamacare, Says It Could Hurt Firefighters: The Congressman expressed concern and outrage over his contention that volunteer firefighters may be required to seek health care coverage.

Smith Picks Up Two More Labor Endorsements: The Lt. Gov candidate was endorsed by two IBEW locals today and got in a small tiff with Governor Corbett earlier this week.

PA-8: Bucks County Officials Back Naughton: Shaughnessy Naughton received a slew of endorsements from Bucks County politicians.

Shuster Bill Would Outlaw Cell Phones in Airplanes: Congressman Bill Shuster’s bill would deny phone calls during air travel.

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.

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.

HD-120: Rep. Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne) announced she would be retiring at the end of her term just last week, but already a handful of candidates have lined up to replace her. Democratic contenders include Wyoming Area School Board Member Josh Bolin; Lori Nocito, executive director of Leadership Wilkes-Barre and an Exeter resident; Gary Mack, an Edwardsville councilman and math teacher for the Wyoming Valley West School District; Eileen Cipriani, president of West Wyoming council and Mundy’s legislative assistant; Mike Szustak, a Kingston native working as development associate and director of media placement at The Campaign Group in Philadelphia; Cassandra Coleman-Corcoran, Exeter mayor and owner of Cassandra Coleman & Associates; and Laura C. Dennis, an attorney and West Pittston resident.

Statewide
Roll Call: Top 10 Comeback Congressional Campaigns
State House Sound Bites: Show us you want us? Doctors urge for more debt relief
State House Sound Bites: DEP pick confirmed, as expected, leaving lawmakers to squabble
PA Independent: PA lawmakers ponder use of body-mounted police cameras
PA Independent: Corbett: No plans to raise minimum wage in PA
State Impact: Corbett signs petition calling for tighter pollution controls in upwind states
State Impact: Senate confirms Corbett’s nominees for top environmental posts
Capitolwire: Renewed Lottery outsourcing plan likely on hold until after holidays.
Capitolwire: PA doctors say more needs to be done to keep young physicians in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia
Daily News: Nutter: ‘Storm 1 and Storm 2’ difficult
Inquirer: Pa. bill would make online ‘revenge porn’ a crime
Inquirer: Abruzzo confirmed as Pa. DEP secretary
Philly.com: Gov. Corbett to visit Temple Sinai in Dresher on Tuesday night
Philly.com: Will Third Way be a dead end for Schwartz?
Philly.com: UPDATED: Flirting with disaster?
PhillyClout: PICA picks Harvey Rice, of Controller’s Office, as director
PhillyClout: City: So far, so good on snowstorm

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Price tag of Keystone Exams debated at House hearing
Bucks County Courier Times: Updated Pa. school report cards to be unveiled Wednesday
Bucks County Courier Times: Diane Marseglia considering run for state Senate
Bucks County Courier Times: Senate considering FBI fingerprint check of day care workers
Delco Daily Times: Democrat, Republican officially declared winners in Chester Twp. election

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Lawmakers Speak Out On UPMC’s Anti-Bill Campaign
Tribune-Review: Orie wants to clear name, establish principle of law with appeal
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania joins effort to limit pollution drifting into state
Tribune-Review: Stricter Right-to-Know Law may have helped in PSU case, advocates argue
Post-Gazette: Recently demoted Allegheny County councilman calls on president to resign

Southwest
Beaver County Times: UPMC mailer irks Christiana
Beaver County Times: Local impact of airline merger unclear
Beaver County Times: State money will create new trail construction from Moon into Coraopolis

NEPA
Times Leader: Union concessions gain ground
Citizens’ Voice: Musto attorneys seek trial delay
Citizens’ Voice: County council attempts to pass budget as deadline looms
Daily Review: Shrinking royalty checks
Pike County Courier: Pa. gets extension on CHIP-to-Medicaid switch
AP: Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms
AP: Pa. treasurer questions handling of pension probe

South Central
Patriot-News: Annual Pa Society weekend a critical time for 2014 hopefuls
Patriot-News: Orie Melvin says judge was biased, prosecutors overstepped their authority
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Senate confirms Jennifer Storm as state’s Victim Advocate
Patriot-News: Harrisburg school district doesn’t need $6.4M state loan, recovery officer says
Patriot-News: No tax increase for Palmyra Borough
Lebanon Daily News: Pennsylvania DUI Association to host remembrance ceremony

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: PennDOT project review: Lane closures coming for L.V. motorists
Morning Call: Whitehall commissioners to mayor: Don’t dip into Lafarge fund without telling us
Express-Times: Proposed West Easton budget includes tax increase, roughly $165,000 for police
Reading Eagle: Lure of lower levies draws taxpayers to Delaware

North by Northwest
Centre Daily: Judge orders election recount in Port Matilda mayor, Benner Township supervisor races
Centre Daily: Penn State faculty members critical of President Rodney Erickson’s health care task force
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: No-tax-hike budget OK’d in South Side

Opinions
Daily News: DN Editorial: DECK THE SWAB: Pa. lawmakers must kill a bill permitting intrusive DNA seizures
Delco Times: Guv takes another hit with DEP pick

Blogs
Media Trackers: National Teachers Union Funds Group Targeting Pa. Governor
Keystone Politics: Most Senate Democrats sold us out on confirmation vote for climate denier Chris Abruzzo
Keystone Politics: #PA8: 15 Bucks County officials back Shaughnessy Naughton
Keystone Politics: PA Republicans want to play another round of the ripoff game to get Boeing factory
Keystone Politics: Rising Democratic star Josh Maxwell in for #HD74
Keystone Politics: John Yudichak doesn’t even want a climate denial ‘litmus test’ for DEP nominees. So why even vote?
Keystone Politics: Sen Eichelberger looking at disincorporation for some struggling municipal governments

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