12/2 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsA poll shows Kane ahead of Toomey in a Senate matchup while Christie edges Clinton for President. Plus, we grade party leaders in Harrisburg on their social media presence. Good morning politicos and welcome back to work. Here’s the Buzz.

Grading State Legislative Leaders: Social Media: We rate the social media presence of party leaders in Harrisburg.

PPP Poll: Christie Leads Clinton in PA: For the first time, a poll shows someone other than Hillary Clinton leading the 2016 presidential race in Pennsylvania: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

PPP Poll: Kane Leads Toomey in 2016 Senate Matchup: The poll tested Senator Pat Toomey against Attorney General Kathleen Kane and 2010 opponent Joe Sestak.

PPP Poll: The Immortal Question, Eagles or Steelers?: With Thanksgiving coming up, the pollster asked PA voters about the most important topic at this time of the year: football. Here are PA’s preferences for sports teams: NFL, MLB and college.

Can Pennsylvania Democrats Pick Up Any US House Seats with Corbett Loss?: If Pennsylvania Democrats win the governor’s mansion without netting two U.S. House seats, the party will set a record for shortest gubernatorial coattails in congressional races in state history.

Politically Uncorrected: The Elephant in the Room: How a news story out of western Pa. explains the anxiety so many Americans express about both Obama’s Affordable Care Act and even “reasonable” gun controls.

Reader Poll: Which Statewide Official Should Be Most Thankful?: We ask which PA official you think has the most to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Reader Poll: Dems Should Nominate McClelland: PoliticsPA readers believe by a wide margin that Democrats should nominate Erin McClelland in the race for PA-12.

Legislative Elections Updates

HD-120: There is immense speculation that State Representative Phyllis Mundy (D-Luzerne) will retire at the end of this term, according to the blog Pittston Politics. Even though she hasn’t officially announced her retirement yet, there are already names circulating to replace her. Among the rumored successors are West Wyoming City Councilwoman Eileen Cipriano and West Pittston attorney Laura Dennis.

HD-202: Philadelphia community activist, JAG reserve officer and former Sestak advisor Jared Solomon will primary State Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia). Solomon will launch his campaign next Sunday in Northeast Philadelphia. Cohen easily fended off a primary challenger in 2012.

Statewide
PA Independent: With minimum wage increasing in New Jersey, some say Pennsylvania should follow suit
Capitolwire: PA Blues to continues low-cost health insurance policies as state officials look for answers to Obamacare issues
Capitolwire: PA lawmakers must decide if less regulation will improve telecommunications options, services for state residents

Philadelphia
City Paper: How education funding became Gov. Corbett’s big problem
City Paper: Proposed worker-ID cards prompt concerns from city immigrant community, builders’ group
KYW: State Representative Files Articles Of Impeachment Against PA’s Attorney General
Philly Record: Dem Gubernatorial Hopefuls May Be Hurting Themselves
Philly Record: Eiding Encourages Walmart Workers
phillydotcom: Temple U. alum’s new foundation sets up support system for gun violence survivors
Inquirer: Critics say Pa.’s walking around money is back
Inquirer: Pa. House OKs bill barring killing dogs, cats for meat
Inquirer: Pa. moves slowly ahead in compressed-natural gas fuel
AP: Lawmaker’s ex-aide gets 1½ years in grant fraud
AP: Suppliers say Pa. fuel tax hike to hit pump prices

SEPA
Huffington Post: Fight Brews In Pennsylvania’s 13th District For Democrats’ Direction
Courier-Times: Newtown Fire Association donates $5,000 to DARE
Courier-Times: Willow Grove Naval Air Base contamination topic of meeting
Courier-Times: Bristol settles last Snyder-Girotti lawsuit
Pottstown Mercury: Survey will guide plans for Pottstown Regional Public Library’s future
Pottstown Mercury: Protesters oppose Phoenixville School District acquisition of golf course

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh mayoral transition teams get to work
Post-Gazette: Colleges deploy marketing pizazz to woo students
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s hunting law takes precedence over local ordinances
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh’s century-old drive-in gas station first of its kind
Tribune-Review: Democratic race for governor wide open, experts tell Trib
Tribune-Review: Nation increasingly at odds over use of ‘God’
UrbanMediaToday: Local Groups Urge Support for Stricter Gun Control Legislation

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Pa. officials find ways to reject pay raise
Altoona Mirror: Deer disease may impact economy
Altoona Mirror: GOP officer announces bid
Beaver County Times: Officials: Area nonprofits typically fail to obtain tax-exempt status
Beaver County Times: Roundtable to give region better chances in seeking new Obama funds

NEPA
Times Leader: DEP cites dam owner for unsanctioned changes
Times-Tribune: Lackawanna County wants to cut number of ‘dead broke’ inmates
Times-Tribune: University of Scranton Impact: $404 million annually
Times-Tribune: Scranton councilman appeals lawsuit dismissal
Citizens Voice: Cosgrove named chief counsel for Administrative Office of Pa. Courts
Citizens Voice: County budget may have mix of tax increases, layoffs
Citizens Voice: Hazleton city layoffs postponed
Standard Speaker: Mayor putting layoffs on hold

South Central
Evening Sun: Adams County prioritizes agriculture for the future
Public Opinion: House committee recommends school security enhancements
Lebanon Daily News: Sunoco Logistics to convert pipeline that runs through Lebanon County
Lancaster Intelligencer: With increase in concealed-carry permits comes emphasis on handgun safety
Lancaster Intelligencer: State legislators look ahead to pension reform
Lancaster Intelligencer: Activist wants state legislators to do away with automatic pay hikes
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lawmakers help serve meals at Water Street mission
PennLive: Central Pennsylvania health insurers take steps to help people affected by Obamacare cancellations
AP: PennDOT has long road ahead on highway funding law

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Congressmen Charlie Dent, Jim Gerlach update constituents on western side of their districts
Morning Call: White House chooses Carbon County Christmas tree
Morning Call: Proposed Bucks County budget holds line on taxes
Express Times: John Brown quiet on transition details in Northampton County
Express Times: Officials will review what $2.3 billion transportation plan means to Lehigh Valley

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Holiday parties coming up for Erie Dems, GOP
Williamsport Sun Gazette: State law enables ordinary citizens
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Proposal would reinforce legislation’s original intent

Opinions
Times Leader: WATER AND GAS Is shale drilling good for you?
News Item: Little-known agency controls state transportation funding
Standard Speaker: Charter Schools: Opportunity with accountability
Patriot-News: In contraception challenge, Supreme Court must put individual freedom ahead of corporations
Patriot-News: Hershey 3-year-old’s condition makes a case for medical marijuana
Chris Freind, Delco Daily Times: Corbett’s Gas Tax: His Path To Single Digit Approval
Public Opinion: Pa. lawmakers should drink an unCOLA
Post-Gazette: Costly consultants: Wilkinsburg cannot afford to waste tax dollars
Lebanon Daily News: Jo Ellen Litz unfairly left out of governor-candidate forum
Lebanon Daily News: County commissioner shows rare honesty, uncertainty
Tribune-Review: What’s that smell?: WAMs return to Harrisburg
Lancaster Intelligencer: What happens to our forests once the fracking stops?
Morning Call: Rick Santorum movie flops, representing another victory for the devil
York Dispatch: Holding the line
York Dispatch: Safety before speed
Reading Eagle: End the cuts at Pennsylvania’s state-owned universities
Reading Eagle: Undergraduates recognize key to a higher education
Sentinel: Charter school bill would burden taxpayers
Express Times: E-cigarettes require more study, but some safeguards needed now
PhillyNow: How many times have we heard things getting “worse” for Corbett?
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Right-to-Know Project underscores our role for 21st Century public

Blogs
Media Trackers: 500 Posted PA Bridges Could Remain for Two Years or More
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Criticizes Obamacare
Keystone Politics: Electronic Meters Changing Parking Politics in Easton
Pittston Politics: What did they expect?
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup for November 29, 2013
Commonwealth Foundation: Teachers Decry Unions’ “Unfair” Privilege
Above Average Jane: Two Marcellus Shale Notes
Above Average Jane: Shapiro to Netanyahu: Keep Philly Embassy Open
Above Average Jane: Philadelphia and Gentrification Relief
Above Average Jane: In PA Over 200,000 Save with ACA

4 Responses

  1. Was a political hit job performed on William Harner because he didn’t force feed Ron Tomalis on the Board of Higher Ed as its Chancellor because the Board didn’t believe Tomalis had the qualifications? Why is Ron Tomalis still at the PA Department of ED? How is helping PA Taxpayers or PA School childern? Should I feel sorry for Ron Tomalis. Shadow Ed Secretary Charly Zogby, please resign. You are interested in cronyism not education! http://trib.me/1bcxixP
    Frank Brogan has a talent for navigating choppy waters in higher education, those who know him say. Brogan becomes chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System …

  2. Further evidence as to where your PA Education funding for Cyber Charter schools goes. The K-12 Inc CEO Ron Packard made $19 million in 2013. Ron Packard was Shadow PA Ed Secretary’s Charly Zogby’s former employer. We know Tom Corbett, John Brabender, and Charly Zogby are interested in your kids. They do it for the kids! http://janresseger.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/k-12-inc-largest-education-management-organization-pays-ceo-19-million-from-our-taxes/

  3. I am sorry that Leach had a less than satisfactory childhood, but we should not focus on then; we should focus on now. He is not progressive, he is against poor people, he is against Philadelphia, and if elected, he would not be representing 1/3 of his district.

    He also lied about ever living in the 13th district. My blog will tell you more.

    “Politics Is Serious Business, We Need A Congressperson, Not A Clown”
    -Liberals Against Leach
    http://liberalsagainstleach.wordpress.com
    liberalsagainstleach@gmail.com

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