12/13 Morning Buzz

From the cover of the July 2009 edition of the conservative National Review

Gov. Corbett says no to an Obamacare health insurance exchange, and two prospective Dem rivals slam him on it. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

What Were the Best and Worst Ads of the 2012 Election? What were the TV ads that made the difference? Which ones fell flat? How about mailers, radio spots, and other campaign tools? Now that the election is over, PoliticsPA wants to know: which campaigns stood out?

Corbett Rejects Obamacare Health Insurance Exchange: Pennsylvania will not set up its own state-based health insurance exchange under the new health care law, Gov. Tom Corbett announced Wednesday.

Republicans Celebrate Corbett Obamacare Decision: While Democrats line up to criticize Gov. Tom Corbett’s decision to opt out of the Obamacare health insurance exchange, Republicans widely praised the move on Tuesday.

Schwartz Slams Corbett Obamacare Decision: Round one? Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, who is exploring a 2014 bid for Governor, harshly criticized Tom Corbett’s decision not to establish a state-based health insurance exchange.

Governing Magazine Ranks Corbett “Potentially Vulnerable”: Pennsylvania’s habit of alternating party control every 8 years stands in the Governor’s favor, but other factors like polling count against him.

BuzzFeed Names Sims One of “The 15 Hottest Politicians From Around the World”: He ranks among Russian President Vladmir Putin, Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and more, and he’s not even in office yet.

Senate Honors Specter: The U.S. Senate this week honored the late Senator Arlen Specter, who passed away in October.

Editor’s Note: Remember our Legislative Election Updates from the campaign? We’re going to reprise them a bit for the forthcoming local elections around Pa. in 2013.

Harrisburg Mayor: We’ll break it in with Dan Miller, the Controller of the City of Harrisburg who is challenging Mayor Linda Thompson in the primary. The PA Conference of Teamsters & Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen endorsed him, saying. “What Harrisburg needs is a person that has the knowledge, experience and fortitude to raise Harrisburg from the ashes and make it once again the proud city that houses the State Capitol and that person is Dan Miller.”

Capitol Ideas: Corbett: Feds can run PA health insurance exchange
State House Sound Bites: Corbett: health care exchange will be in feds’ hands
PA Independent: Insurance exchange decision leaves Medicaid fate unknown
PA Independent: From RI, DPW’s Alexander makes six-hour, taxpayer-funded commute
PA Independent: BREAKING: Pennsylvania will not set up state-based health exchange
Capitolwire: No state-run health insurance exchange for PA, Corbett says.

Inquirer: Rare DRPA feat: Budget smaller than previous year’s
Inquirer: Hearing for officer on home transfers is closed
Inquirer: Advocates urge extending Philadelphia’s ‘living-wage’ standard to non-unionized airport workers
Inquirer: Montco passes budget, quietly
Inquirer: Widener, Chester forging close community ties
Inquirer: Karen Heller: Corbett’s finally talking – but not telling us anything
Daily News: Debate hisses over who should pay Gas Commission bills
Philly.com: Nutter again appeals firefighters’ arbitration award
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett announces PA will not create state-based health exchange
Commonwealth Confidential: Voter ID – it’s back
PhillyClout: Memorial service for former Councilman Ed Schwartz Thursday
PhillyClout: The city’s pension fund gets a $22.67 million bump
PhillyClout: Council, firefighters grill Dubow on administration’s appeal of arbitration ruling
PhillyClout: Two city officials honored as “women with vision”
PhillyClout: Wednesday’s DN: It’s a Mummer’s Miracle
WHYY Newsworks: Camden drill team marches past the competition
WHYY Newsworks: Sources say Germantown High School targeted for closing by school district
WHYY Newsworks: What’s big-name art doing in a suburban Philadelphia hospital?
WHYY Newsworks: Treasurer balks at Pa. Lottery leasing venture
WHYY Newsworks: Consultants for PGW sale stir controversy
WHYY Newsworks: Philadelphia Housing Authority board nominees get past council committee
City Paper: Military ad on SEPTA student pass draws criticism
Phillynow.com: Key Takeaways From the City’s Roundtable Discussion on Reducing Gun Violence
Phillynow.com: Community Development Corporations Touted in City Hall
Phillynow.com: Food Stamp Challenge, Day 2: Rethinking My Meal Choices
Philadelphia Weekly: New Book Explores the History of Philly’s Faded Outdoor Advertisements
Philadelphia Weekly: Is Philly Falling Off the Fiscal Cliff?
Philadelphia Weekly: Kensington Blues Documents the Hardships in One of Philly’s Roughest Neighborhoods
KYW Newsradio: Administration Defends Decision to Keep Fighting Firefighters’ Contract Award
KYW Newsradio: Mixed Reviews On Whether Looming Fiscal Cliff Is Harming Local Businesses
KYW Newsradio: Corbett Decides To Let Feds Set Up Pennsylvania’s Health Insurance Exchange

Phillyburbs: Corbett says no to healthcare exchange
Montgomery Media: Sellersville adopts budget and nine percent tax increase
Daily Local News: West Chester officials part of Obama fiscal cliff talks

AP: 7 states suing EPA over drilling methane
Tribune Review: State Treasurer McCord wants to review Lottery contract
Tribune Review: Corbett rejects state-based health insurance exchange for Pennsylvania
Tribune Review: Pa. would take $300 million hit if fiscal cliff talks fail
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh city council gives preliminary OK to 2013 budgets
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania will let feds run health insurance exchange
Post-Gazette: Lawmakers proposes revamping Penn State board
Post-Gazette: PennDOT official to head Pennsylvania Turnpike
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania law could prohibit treasurer from paying private lottery firm
Post-Gazette: State System, faculty set more contract talks
Post-Gazette: Report: Overhaul public safety, transportation, legal compliance on Pittsburgh’s South Side
Early Returns: Wednesday: Awaiting Corbett Obamacare move
Early Returns: Corbett opts out of Obamacare exchange
Early Returns: Corbett/Obamacare reax
KDKA: Could Pennsylvania Be Next For Right To Work Legislation

AP: Troubled Harrisburg schools get recovery officer
AP: Teachers plan strike in northeastern Pa. district
AP: Governor says Pa. won’t set up health exchange
AP: Pa. lawmaker pushes for PSU trustees reform
AP: Family sues VA over Pa. vet’s Legionnaire’s death
AP: Little progress in Pa. college contract talks
Beaver County Times: Corbett says no to state health care exchange

Citizens Voice: County council amends budget proposal
Daily Item: First talk of Southern’s budget puts the district more than $643,000 in the hole
Pocono Record: Corbett won’t set up Pa health exchange
Pocono Record: NJ Governor Christie: my weight no bar to presidency

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Cartwright hires Capitol Hill veteran as chief of staff
Pennsylvania Ave: Rendell talks U.S. Transportation Secretary post
Reading Eagle: Governor says Pa. won’t set up health exchange

South Central
Patriot News: Special prosecutor should investigate Harrisburg’s debt debacle, state senators say
Patriot News: State treasurer won’t pay a private Pa. Lottery manager without proof its contract is legal

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Commissioners seek planning, zoning hearing members
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Tioga County commissioners adopt 2013 budget with no tax increase

Patriot News: Don’t let Pennsylvania transportation debate get derailed by turf wars
Patriot News: Department of Public Welfare needs a name change
Times Leader: Education key to improving area
Times-Tribune: Cities look up at fiscal cliff
Tribune Review: Gay marriage & the court: Right to be let alone
Post-Gazette: High-wire act: Council must leverage the best project for the Strip
Post-Gazette: Afghan exit: Reasons for the U.S. to withdraw in 2013
Observer-Reporter: Whether a tax or fee, revenue is needed
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Stephen Verotsky: Patriotism and the economy

Keystone Politics: It’s all about the bonding requirements
Keystone Politics: Why robots not human politicians should set parking prices
Keystone Politics: Who cares if ending the state monopoly hurts alcohol selection in rural areas
Keystone Politics: Republicans decide to not screw up PA’s health insurance exchange
Keystone Politics: Why does Philly GOP Councilman Brian O’Neill hate job creators?

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