12/11 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf names additional staff members, Santorum announces 2016 presidential campaign and ten rules to survive PA Society. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

10 Rules for PA Society: Some essential advice for PA Society weekend.

PA-Gov: Wolf Announces Major Staff Hires: The Governor-Elect revealed who will hold some of the key positions in his upcoming Administration.

Santorum Announces 2016 Presidential Campaign: The former PA Senator outlined his strategy in an interview with the Washington Post.

Kathleen Kane Makes More Changes to Executive Office: After a tough year, Kane brings in Blake Rutherford as Chief of Staff.

HDCC Exec. Director Set to Step Down: The Executive Director of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, Ethan Smith, is leaving after two election cycles.

Dubow Seeks Endorsement from State Democratic Committee: Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge, Alice Dubow, is seeking endorsement from the State Democratic Committee in her campaign for election to the Superior Court.

PoliticsPA’s Top Operatives: 2014: PA has a lot of political talent – some of the best in the country. These are the men and women who stood out in the last election cycle.

The Full 2014 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.

Statewide
PA Independent: Why 2015 could be the year for medical marijuana legalization in Pennsylvania
PLS Reporter: In face of pro-labor opposition, so-called “paycheck protection” likely key issue in upcoming session
PLS Reporter: Auditor General: Jobs programs lack proper oversight
State House Sound Bites: Audit finds squishy “jobs created” figures
State House Sound Bites: Looming contract renegotiation adds to budget murkiness
State Impact PA: Drilling companies agree to pay workers $4.5 million in back wages
State Impact PA: Wolf taps former DEP secretary for policy chief
Capitolwire: PA Society bound: What a difference a year makes
Capitolwire: Even as PA’s public pension contributions rise, so does the pension systems’ unfunded liability…at least for a few more years
Capitolwire: Florida credits financial incentives for boosting student achievement
Capitolwire: Audit critical of DCED job creation programs

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Wolf taps familiar faces for top posts
Inquirer: Phila. school district takes its case to Commonwealth Court
Philly.com: He’s back: Santorum indicates he’ll run for president again in 2016
WHYY Newsworks: Audit finds Pennsylvania’s “jobs created” figures are squishy
WHYY Newsworks: Appeals court seems baffled by Philly teachers contract strife
KYW: Philadelphia Students Participate In National ‘Die-In’

SEPA
Mercury: Bill revamps state’s business finance programs
Daily Times: County council expected to pass 2015 budget with no tax hike
Daily Local: Coatesville council opts for cuts instead of tax hikes
Courier Times: Report criticizes state job creation program
Courier Times: Penndel passes preliminary budget with tax increase

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: Santorum jumps into 2016 presidential race
Post-Gazette: Wolf announces staff picks
Post-Gazette: Peduto addresses summit as Obama announces $1 billion for early education
Post-Gazette: Ebola fighters named Time ‘Persons of the Year’
Post-Gazette: Former loan officer tied to major mortgage fraud scheme gets probation
Tribune Review: Loan officer gets probation for role in $100M fraud
Tribune Review: Former state Sen. Jane Orie disbarred
Tribune Review: Wolf turning former campaign foes into teammates
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh City Council gives early OK to 2015 budget raising taxes, parking rates

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Blair’s pension plan underfunded
Observer Reporter: State Department of Agriculture issues “precaution” about eggnog
Observer Reporter: Gas workers in Pa., W.Va. to get back wages
Observer Reporter: Wolf to pay for security team’s financial needs
Beaver County Times: Band challenges promoter’s police-brutality posts, moves Pittsburgh concert
Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania U.S. senators slow to comment on torture report

NEPA
Pocono Record: Teamsters withdraw bid to unionize Pocono Summit FedEx drivers
Pocono Record: Judge says no to mediation in Penn State lawsuit
Pocono Record: Pa. auditor general says transparency needed in jobs programs
Pocono Record: Woman files defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby
Times-tribune: Blake proposes ramp overhaul
Times Leader: Pennsylvania auditor general evaluates jobs created through state incentives
Times Leader: Board OKs Mohegan Sun Arena budget, but some have questions

South Central
Patriot News: ‘Not a time for rookies’: Wolf hires one-time rivals, cabinet secretaries for key positions
Patriot News: Penn State trustees split over proposed special meeting on university’s position in NCAA sanctions case
Sentinel: Cumberland County Commissioners approve $15K Claremont marketing plan
Sentinel: Community lends hand to help Project SHARE build new farm stand
Daily Record: Police in York County advise of an increase in thefts around holidays
Daily News: Myerstown OKs 2015 budget, tax increase

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Wolf uses own cash, seeks donations in run up to inauguration
Capitol Ideas: Santorum: 2016 will be different
Eagle: Pennsylvania still mired in the middle of the pack in public health
Express Times: PennEast Pipeline public forum planned for Lower Saucon Township

North by Northwest
Daily Times: Bald Eagle area schools get grant to improve technology based learning
Daily Times: Patton township approves budget with no tax increases
Sun Gazette: Spending plan troubles city

Opinion
Inquirer: Reviving overtime
Mercury: EDITORIAL: Pa. politicos shouldn’t travel to N.Y. to celebrate
Courier Times: The camera never lies
Daily Times: Editorial: Teachers’ philosophies make their students winners
Times-Tribune: DOE needs lesson in transparency State auditors stonewalled
Times Leader: Laflin axes police force, foreshadowing fate of other local departments
Times Leader: Luzerne County’s council members urged to take strong stand on budget matters
Beaver County Times: Resisting arrest shouldn’t be fatal
Observer-Reporter: Why was turnout so dismal?
Altoona Mirror: Science behind the rule is key
Post-Gazette: Why not put body cameras on all officials?
Post-Gazette: Work and wages: U.S. jobs are up, but the world income gap widens
Tribune Review: Iran’s extensions
Patriot News: If the election showed anything, it’s that democracy is for sale in the U.S.: Sondra Myers
Patriot News: A recovery at last? Looks that way, but … : Paul Krugman
Daily Record: Wolf feeds the hungry, not the wealthy

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Audio: Could Charter Conversion be in York City’s Future?
2 Political Junkies: Can We Prosecute NOW?!?!?!

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