12/11 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Speaker Turzai may be in trouble, Shapiro releases an internal poll on a possible AG run and there will be a Kathleen Kane documentary. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Speaker Turzai to be Ousted?: Rumors are swirling in the capital about a possible leadership shake-up.

2016 DNC Team Hires More Staff: The Convention committee unveiled additional hirings.

Internal Poll: Shapiro Leads Zappala in AG Dem Primary: A new poll from Shapiro lays the groundwork for his entry into the race.

State Senate Votes to Hold Kane Hearing: The upper chamber unanimously chose to move forward in its investigation of the Attorney General.

Katz Announces Kathleen Kane Documentary: The Kane Mutiny is set to be released in 2017.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Education code would implement hybrid funding formula, but will House approve?
Capitolwire: The Fiscal Code – everything you didn’t know you wanted to know
Capitolwire: Senate approves wine sales expansion bill
Capitolwire: Budget framework’s ‘wine privatization’ measure set for Senate vote
Capitolwire: Budget framework and several of its related code bills poised to be sent back to House by Senate

Philadelphia
Inquirer: A plate at the Plaza: Pa. GOP won’t dump Trump lunch
Inquirer: Disciplinary court orders Eakin to make a case for remaining in office
Inquirer: Pa. Senate approves budget bills, expansion of wine sales
Inquirer: Amid sendoffs, Council OKs Comcast deal, casino bills
Daily News: It’s time for a come-to-Jesus-moment with D.A.
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter has mixed record on taxes
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Senate unanimously approves considering Kane’s removal
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. Senate passes bill calling for dramatic interventions at bottom performing schools

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Testimony begins in Bucks woman’s trial for assault on gay couple
Bucks County Courier-Times: BCCC prepares to borrow money due to state budget impasse
Bucks County Courier-Times: Turnpike CEO: More jobs, better access with turnpike/I-95 connector project
Pottstown Mercury: Reorganized Spring-Ford School Board names new leadership
Pottstown Mercury: Phoenixville council rejects plan for 22 townhouses

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Bill Clinton pops in and out of Pittsburgh for fundraiser for Hillary
Tribune Review: Subpoena orders Attorney General Kane to testify about Philadelphia bribery case
Tribune Review: Irwin council approves 20% tax increase for 2016
Tribune Review: Greensburg Salem board votes to honor cap on tax increases
Tribune Review: Judicial court sets hearing for Supreme Court justice on lewd emails
WESA: Wolf: 500,000 Pennsylvania enrolled in Medicaid Expansion
WESA: Critics say fiscal bill would impede emission-reduction plan
WESA: Senate plans to pass more budget bills, leaves capitol
WESA: City Council approves rental registry, housing discrimination bills
WESA: Auditor General: Pa Department of Community Development left homeless ‘out in the cold’
Post-Gazette: Court: Pa. Department of Education cannot redirect gaming revenue to charter schools
Post-Gazette: Budget impasse may force 2 Mercer County districts to keep schools closed after Christmas break
Pittsburgh Business Times: Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac tax’ may be delayed by Congress; medical device tax and health insurance tax also under review

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Beaver County Commissioners Joe Spanik, Dennis Nichols thanked thanked at last meeting before they leave office; 2016 county budget adopted
Beaver County Times: Ohioville Council plans for tax increase, new borough manager’s position
Beaver County Times: Conservative groups criticize state Senate spending bill
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: City adjusts budget, removes taxes for some workers
Altoona Mirror: Altoona City Council, Water Authority prepared to talk

NEPA
Times Leader: Three of five Luzerne County Election Board members won’t seek another term
Times Tribune: Senate sets Kane hearing date
Times Tribune: Sewer sale could save Scranton pensions
Citizens Voice: President Clinton stops in Scranton today
Standard Speaker: No hurry to fill Cusat’s council seat

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. kids’ health program renewed for 2 more years
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. bill would allow care centers, colleges to use epi-pens
Patriot News: Cheers! Pa. Senate passes expansion of wine, liquor sales in Pennsylvania
Patriot News: ‘Backdoor’ amendment in Pa. fiscal code guts regulations, gives millions to new natural gas fund
Patriot News: Senate-passed education bill likely to face opposition in the House
York Dispatch: Prayer vigil for budget resolution at Logos Academy
York Dispatch: U.S. Rep. Perry meeting postponed
York Daily Record: Local educators cheer federal law passage
Lebanon Daily News: DEP warns about air quality on Friday

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Area lawmakers keeping open mind about Senate hearing on Kathleen Kane
Reading Eagle: GOP lawmakers representing Berks slam Donald Trump
WFMZ: State budget impasse hits Pocono Mountain library
WFMZ: Tyree Blocker confirmed as Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner
Morning Call: Lower Nazareth holds property tax steady yet again
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane subpoenaed to testify in lawmaker bribery case

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Finance director: Erie County could run out of money in January because of state budget impasse
Erie Times-News: County 911 center could accept emergency text messages soon
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15: Erie County Dem Party chairman to play holiday role
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City Council set to tackle tax-hike proposed budget
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Glenn Thompson to hold radio town hall

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Local control: The high court offers a path to tougher gun laws
Beaver County Times: No shortage of political hypocrisy in Harrisburg
Altoona Mirror: Budget stalemate shameful
Times Tribune: State judiciary needs upgrade
Lancaster Intelligencer: Time for Eakin to go? ‘John Smith’ emails impossible to defend
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Latest rejection of budget includes a long-term lesson
Express Times: Panella a solid choice to hear Eakin case
Inquirer: Worldview: Trump will not triumph
Inquirer: Justice on trial

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Senate’s Watered-Down Wine Only Plan: A Missed Opportunity
Keystone Crossroads: Report: The past decade has been rough for Pennsylvania cities
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania’s houses are old — and that’s a problem for everyone

December 11th, 2015 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments