12/16 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Pileggi is staying in the State Senate, Perry calls torture report “almost treasonous” and Nelson Diaz jumps into the race for Mayor of Philly. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Pileggi Not Running for State Supreme Court: The outgoing Majority Leader will be staying in the State Senate.

PA-4: Rep. Scott Perry Calls CIA Torture Report “Almost Treasonous”: Congressman Scott Perry accused the Obama administration of caring more about the rights of terrorists than the rights of the American people.

Nelson Diaz to Run for Mayor of Philadelphia: The Philly mayoral race continues to expand.

Chaka Fattah Jr. to Represent Himself at Tax Trial: Fattah Jr. goes against the advice of the judge and will represent himself at trial.

Statewide
PA Independent: D.A. to charge 2 more Phila. Democrats in sting
State House Sound Bites: State’s auditor backs off Education Dept
State House Sound Bites: Cleared of assisted suicide, PA woman continues advocacy
PLS Reporter: Legislation requiring mental illness training for police officers, district judges anticipated for next session
PLS Reporter: Freshman Focus: Art Haywood (D-Montgomery)

Philadelphia
The Big Tent: Hillary’s the one, says Monmouth poll of Dem
Inquirer: Apprenticeship programs vie for $100 million
Inquirer: Two Phila. charter schools in peril
WHYY Newsworks: Tom Knox weighs in on Philly mayor’s race, instead of jumping into it
PlanPhilly: Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Hospitals Proud To Be Helping The Fight Against Medical Mishaps

SEPA
Daily Times: Montco D.A.: Six dead, search continues for suspected gunman in shooting rampage
Daily Times: Colwyn budget includes a tax decrease this year
Courier Times: Flu vaccine may not stop ‘mutated’ strain
Daily Local News: Superintendent pledges to move CASD forward

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Peduto’s $516.6M budget passed by Pittsburgh City Council
Business Times: Slideshow: The 50 most expensive towns in Pennsylvania
Early Returns: Corbett’s next act
Early Returns: Pileggi won’t run for state Supreme Court
Post-Gazette: Body cameras for Pittsburgh police pit liability against civil rights
Post-Gazette: Councilman wants to ban Pittsburgh from accepting military surplus
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh council backpedals on parking plan, approves Peduto’s budget
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh City Council OKs $508M budget, property tax increase
Tribune-Review: Councilman seeks to prevent Pittsburgh police from acquiring military surplus equipment
Tribune-Review: Mark Patrick Flaherty makes bid for former Allegheny County controller post

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Renovations to Cal U. president’s residence to exceed $650K
Mirror: Council squabbling on the rise

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Scranton pensions increased as much as 80 percent
Times-Tribune: Scranton budget relief costly to pension plans
Times-Tribune: Wolf transition team includes NEPA advisors
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County homeowners will see higher tax bills in 2015
Times Leader: Casey questions Schott layoffs at Duryea plant
Times Leader: Luzerne County may OK extensions for struggling tax defaulters

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Pa. pension seizure law affected nearly 200
York Dispatch:  York County Democrats make first-time hire for growth plan
Patriot-News: 250-plus people named to Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s transition review teams
Patriot-News: Life inside the Governor’s Residence: A look behind the doors of the first family’s home
Patriot-News: Harrisburg, York and Lancaster represented on Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s transition review teams

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: Lehigh Valley residents represented on Gov.-elect Tom Wolf’s transition team
Express Times: Easton’s 2015 budget: What’s it mean for residents?
Reading Eagle: It pays to be a lawmaker in Pennsylvania
Reading Eagle: Families of Sandy Hook Elementary victims sue rifle manufacturer, seller
Morning Call: Monday last day to sign up for government healthcare
Morning Call: Survey says Wolf will raise taxes

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Six dead in suburban Philadelphia shooting
Centre Daily Times:  Families of Newtown victims sue rifle manufacturer
Centre Daily Times: Spellman suspends influential Cosby professorship
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Taxes going up in Lycoming County, city
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Pension seizure law affected nearly 200

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Pass the plan: The county’s restaurant grading system is ready
Times-Tribune: Authorize medicinal pot
Times-Tribune: Moderate tax on extraction still best route, Levy would help cut deficit
Williamsport Sun Gazette: City Council takes difficult yet correct action with tax hike
Patriot-News: Stressed out by recession, Pennsylvanians started smoking again: Are we better off?
Patriot-News: Gamesmanship shouldn’t overtake needed debate on shale tax, pensions: Editorial
Patriot News: Three maps that explain how obesity drives up healthcare costs
Express Times: Any federal budget agreement is progress, even a flawed one
Morning Call: Chris Christie is dead to me
Reading Eagle: Kane shirks responsibility to defend state laws
Daily News: DN Editorial: THE THIN SKIN OF THE LAW
Philly.com: Making the Ultimate Sacrifice
Delco Daily Times: Letter to the Editor: We can’t let our leaders ignore climate change
Courier Times: As good as it gets?

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Mary’s Law: Protecting Teachers and Taxpayers
Keystone Politics: Most of PA Policed by Militias

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