12/17 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane may have received pornographic emails while a pension reform bill goes to the State House and Zappala kicks off his campaign. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Report: Kane Received Pornographic Emails: A bombshell allegation was made in the Philly sting case trial.

PA-BGT: Pension Reform Bill Moves to House Floor: Budget framework bills are working their way through the system.

Kane and Fina to Testify Today: The Attorney General and her bitter rival will both be in court.

PA-8: Malik Jumps Into GOP Primary: The former Assistant DA and Iraq War veteran will be running for the open seat.

Zappala Kicks Off AG Campaign: The Allegheny County DA officially started his effort to become Pennsylvania’s next Attorney General.

PA-12: McClelland Gains Support of United Steelworkers: The Democratic candidate is fighting for a 2016 rematch with Rep. Keith Rothfus.

Statewide
PAIndependent: Killing ‘pass the trash’ helps keep sex offenders out of schools
PAIndependent: Politics trumps poor kids in Keystone budget impasse
PAIndependent: Is the EPA to blame for 1,500 GE layoffs in Pennsylvania?
PLSReporter: House GOP members have “significant concerns” with budget framework revenue package
PLSReporter: Adolph gives a budget update (VIDEO)
Capitolwire: PERC review of framework pension reform bill to be unveiled on Thursday
Capitolwire: House GOP softening on education demands?

Philadelphia
Philadelphia Business Journal: Phila. schools’ chief: Cash will run out by end of January
Philadelphia Business Journal: Philly expects to receive $50M from feds for DNC2016
WHYY Newsworks: Triple play in ‘porngate’ scandal
Inquirer: State Rep. Louise Bishop drops claim of racial targeting, resigns in sting case

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Outgoing Pottstown council OKs raises for manager, police chief
Bucks County Courier Times: ACA open enrollment extended due to ‘uprecedented’ demand, traffic on HealthCare.gov
Bucks County Courier Times: United Way of Bucks County to enlist community help for funding decisions

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Trib Total Media says it will close McKeesport, Monessen newspapers
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Public Schools have large surplus, audit finds
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court denies request to take former councilman Chuck McCullough’s case
Post-Gazette: North Allegheny begins superintendent search
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County DA Zappala announces run for state Attorney General
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh’s pot decriminalization bill passes 1st test
Tribune-Review: GOP leaders give Wolf 24 hours to find votes for increased taxes
Pittsburgh Business Times: Here’s where German grocer Lidl plans to build stores in Pittsburgh region
Pittsburgh Business Times: PNC raising its prime lending rate

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Blair County OKs budget, tax hike
Altoona Mirror: Bedford joins five-county development plan
Beaver County Times: Beaver County district attorney investigates release of Friendship Ridge check
Tribune-Democrat: Suit alleges hazing led to Penn State-Altoona student’s suicide
Tribune-Democrat: Area hospitals get mixed reviews in state report

NEPA
Times Leader: Incoming Hazleton mayor decides to not retain DeAndrea as police chief
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre will take over Hawkeye camera surveillance system
Times Leader: Luzerne County seeking temporary manager
Times-Tribune: Old Forge teachers, school board approve labor contract
Times-Tribune: Lt. Gov. Mike Stack tours Mall at Steamtown, promises support

South Central
York Dispatch: Fed raises interest rate after seven years
York Dispatch: York City Council to meet at 10 a.m. Dec. 28 to pass budget
York Dispatch: Pa. undecided on climate change memo
Lebanon Daily News: Pa. House GOP eyeing interim budget
Carlisle Sentinel: Mechanicsburg council finalizes 2016 budget
Harrisburg Patriot News: Kathleen Kane received 11 ‘porngate’ emails, prosecutor says
Harrisburg Patriot News: House panel’s tweaks Senate pension’s opt-in for incumbent lawmakers
Harrisburg Patriot News: In their words: Governor, legislative leaders want a full budget, not a stopgap
Harrisburg Patriot News: With 5$ million tied up in state budget battle, Harrisburg council approves bank loan

Lehigh Valley
Express Times: John Morganelli to announce decision on attorney general run in January
Express Times: Bethlehem 2016 budget approved, raising taxes, recycling fee
Reading Eagle: Dr. Raj Kittappa enters race for 16th Congressional District
Reading Eagle: Reading School District seeks $30-million line of credit due to state budget impasse
Reading Eagle: Legislation overhauling state, school pensions hits homestretch
WFMZ: Matt Connolly announces congressional run

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Erie City Council expected to vote Thursday on 2016 budget
Erie Times-News: Erie County to borrow from itself to get through state budget impasse
Williamsport Sun Gazette: WASD 2016-17 budget may call for tax increases
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Bill overhauling pensions advances

Opinion
Daily News: Holding on to Hite
Pottstown Mercury: Crisis budgeting is disservice to Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courier Times: More guns, more danger
Delco Daily Times: Time for answers in Colwyn
York Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Dead air from Congress on 911 mess
Harrisburg Patriot News: Lawmakers can’t pass a budget without minimum wage hike: Dwayne D. Royster
Reading Eagle: Editorial: Eakin should step down in the wake of email scandal
Post-Gazette: Losing favor: Pennsylvania is downgraded over the budget
Post-Gazette: Safety first: Automakers must be reminded of the top priority
Tribune-Review: The Thursday wrap

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Wolf’s School Funding Cuts
2 Political Junkies: Senator Pat Toomey Gets Some Ad Space In The Trib

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