12/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Seth Williams charges two State Reps, we ask whether Darrell Clarke will run for Mayor of Philly and a majority of our readers approve of Senator Toomey. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Williams to Charge Two Philly State Reps in Sting: Philadelphia Democratic State Reps. Ronald Waters and Vanessa Brown are to be indicted for allegedly accepting cash from an undercover agent.

Reader Poll: Will Darrell Clarke Run for Mayor of Philadelphia?: We ask our readers whether the City Council President will jump into the Philly mayoral contest.

Reader Poll: Majority Approve of Senator Toomey’s Performance: Our readers have a positive opinion of the state’s junior Senator.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: Freshman Focus: Jamie Santora (R-Delaware)
PLS Reporter: What happens when the Commonwealth runs out of money?
StateImpactPA: PA lawmaker floats new severance tax proposal as industry pushes back
StateImpactPA: Leaking city gas pipes pose climate hazard
State House Sound Bites: PA Supreme Court rules against Wal-Mart in workers’ class-action suit
State House Sound Bites: Two state lawmakers charged in sting case by Philly DA
PA Independent: Paycheck protection to Mary’s Law: Lawmakers get personal

Philadelphia
Inquirer: West Chester schools approve redistricting plan
Inquirer: D.A. Williams: Kane made false statements about sting case
PhillyClout: PA Supreme Court: Law firm can forgive U.S. Rep. Bob Brady’s 2007 debt
Inquirer: China trip sought backing for Bucks highway project
Newsworks: Lack of funding forcing Philadelphia Singers to disband
Newsworks: Education groups at odds over study of Philly schools performance

SEPA
Courier Times: Residents hear plans for proposed trail along Neshaminy Creek
Mercury: Last-minute Douglass (Mont.) tax hike highlights struggle to pay for fire protection
Mercury: Kichline sworn in as new Chester County commissioner
Daily Times: Veteran state rep busted for taking $8,750 bribe — case that was deep-sixed by state attorney general could end up in a plea bargain
Local News: Delaware Valley College receives university status; change to usher in a new era for Bucks County higher education institution

Pittsburgh
Business Times: Zoning amendment proposal on affordable housing gets Planning Commission nod
Business Times: Pennsylvania awarded up to $3M to improve medical care
Business Times: Slideshow: How healthy is Pennsylvania?
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh summer learning programs boost math scores, not other outcomes
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh, Allegheny County get $1.8 million grant for technology upgrades
Post-Gazette: Federal judge in Pittsburgh declares Obama’s immigration action unconstitutional

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Gas industry groups united in opposition to severance tax
Mirror: Blair Township awarded Commonwealth grant for sewage system

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Money aided GOP’s hold in Harrisburg
Citizens Voice: Luzerne County tax bills to rise in 2015
Citizens Voice: W-B fire chief named to Wolf’s transition team
News Item: Northumberland County is back on track with collections
Standard Speaker: Debate breaks out over solutions to Hazleton city budget
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County administrators, department heads get raises
Times-Tribune: Double pension deal not authorized in ordinance
Times-Tribune: Doubling of pensions helped tank nonuniform pension plan

South Central
Patriot-News: Two PA legislators charged by Philadelphia DA in legislative sting case
Patriot-News: 2 Pa. lawmakers charged, but it’s AG Kathleen Kane’s work that is condemned the loudest
York Dispatch: Ex-Marine wanted in 6 Pa. slayings is found dead
York Dispatch: Attorney takes swings at York City School District takeover plan
York Dispatch: York Mayor Kim Bracey: Police layoffs averted
The Sentinel: Constable sues Harrisburg District judge

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Belvidere councilman resigns as he moves out of town
Express-Times: Alleged mass killer Bradley Stone may have guns, cutting instruments, district attorney warns
Reading Eagle: Reading city officials backing off proposal to tax more entertainment venues
Reading Eagle: Jeb Bush to ‘actively explore’ run for president
Reading Eagle: Insurers ease Obamacare deadline
MorningCall: Philly DA Seth Williams blasts Kane over racism claims in corruption case she declined to prosecute
Morning Call: Bill Cosby’s daughter defends him from sex assault claims

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor breaks tie to OK borough budget
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Muncy reschedules vote on 2015 budget
Centre Daily Times: A million sign up for health plans in 1 week
Centre Daily Times: Ex-Marine wanted in 6 killings commits suicide
Erie Times News: Poll: Pa. residents think tax increase is coming

Opinion
Post-Gazette: UPMC’s messages: Highmark customers are feeling manipulated
Times-Tribune: Bizarre hire state classic
Centre Daily Times: Faulty policies, failing prices spell bad news for fracking
York Dispatch: Message from my new police officer friend
York Dispatch: State budget result of bad choices
Express-Times: LETTER: Release of report on terrorism techniques shakes nation’s foundation
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Hanukkah is a celebration of freedom for all peoples
Daily News: DN Editorial: One-man ship of state
Inquirer: Banking on Washington

Blogs
Lu-Lac Political Letter: AREA RESIDENTS ON WOLF TRANSITION TEAM
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup Dec 16: Will York PA join NOLA as a district where ‘choice’ does not include a traditional public school?

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