12/2 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6A look at the politics of Southwest PA, another investigation of Rep. Chaka Fattah and enrollment in Healthy PA begins. Plus, we’ve got spring internship openings! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

The Political Evolution of Southwest PA: An in-depth look at the 2014 election results in Southwestern PA and what they say about the political makeup of the region.

PA-2: Investigation Into Fattah Now Includes Nonprofit School: A nonprofit that was designed to help needy school children is the latest in a string of federal investigations into Rep. Chaka Fattah.

Enrollment in ‘Healthy PA’ Begins Today: Pennsylvania’s version of Medicaid Expansion began enrollment today, with coverage starting Jan. 1.

PoliticsPA Internship Opening: Spring 2015: PoliticsPA is seeking talented individuals to contribute to our news coverage throughout the Commonwealth

Statewide
PLS Reporter: PA groups at odds over impact of EPA’s new carbon emissions standards
StateImpactPA: Report: lack of inspectors leaves gas line oversight to utilities
PA Independent: US Steel keeping its headquarters in Pittsburgh — for a price
State House Sound Bites: State requests receiver for York City schools
State House Sound Bites: Enrollment in Pa.’s Medicaid expansion kicks off
State House Sound Bites: Supreme Court to consider Facebook threats case

Philadelphia
Phillynow.com: Philadelphia Police begin testing body-mounted cameras
WHYY Newsworks: Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board
WHYY Newsworks: Taj Mahal casino closes Atlantic City hotel tower, ends credit
WHYY Newsworks: Staffers push to unionize at Pa. School for the Deaf
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter backs paid sick leave
The Inquirer: Region’s freshman class prepares for Washington
Philly.com: GOP aide retires after criticism of Obama’s daughters
Daily News: Ramsey to chair president’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing
The Inquirer: Philadelphia push to raise minimum wage part of national debate

SEPA
Pottstown Mercury: Supreme Court considers Facebook threats case
Pottstown Mercury: Obama wants more police wearing body cameras
Courier Times: Bill Cosby resigns from Temple University board
Delco Daily Times: Enrollment in Pa.’s Medicaid expansion kicks off with jammed phone lines
Daily Local News: Test results: Pa. scores continue to decline
Daily Local News: Enrollment in Pa.’s Medicaid expansion kicks off

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Asset District approves $93.7 million in grants to regional arts and cultural facilities
Post-Gazette: Few local challenges expected in Allegheny County’s 2015 primary
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City council examines proposal to reorganize building inspection
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald to kick off re-election campaign Thursday
Tribune Review: Pragmatic personality key to new state House GOP leader appeal
Business Times: Peduto chiefs tout building-inspection reorganization plan (Video)
Business Times: Public comment period on carbon emissions rules expiring

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: PCA: Thousands of Pennsylvanians oppose EPA Clean Power Plan
Observer-Reporter: Labor secretary Thomas Perez tours Greene County mine
Tribune Democrat: Free Clinic declares ‘War for Health’
County Times: EPA: Beaver, Lawrence counties would not meet proposed smog standards

NEPA
Times-Tribune: Board narrows field for next Superintendent
Times Leader: Wilkes-Barre Twp. supervisors approve budget for 2015
Times Leader: Bear Creek Township: No tax hike, new DPW building
Independent: Changes come to the Wayne County Senior Centers

South Central
Patriot-News: $1.9 billion Pennsylvania budget deficit is Governor-elect Wolf’s first major challenge
Patriot-News: Exiting Corbett Administration seeks receivership for York City Schools. Could Harrisburg be next?
Patriot-News: City officials provide little information about charge filed against Councilwoman Sandra Reid
Patriot-News: Middletown Borough Council to advertise 2015 budget, review police proposal
Patriot-News: Advocates cite glitches as Pa. rolls out historic, Republican-led health care expansion
Daily Record: Healthy Pennsylvania insurance network opens to light activity in York
Daily Record: State moves to take control of York City School District
Dispatch: Special report: Cyber school scores lag behind York schools, cite challenges
Intelligencer: How high could school property taxes go next year?
Intelligencer: Conestoga Township supervisors would make history Tuesday if they pass anti-pipeline ordinance

Lehigh Valley
Express-Times: Phillipsburg School District administrators say they’re pleased by gains on middle school test scores
Express-Times: Aldi should preserve Bottom Dollar jobs, Sen. Bob Casey urges
Express-Times: Easton business owners excited about parking, patrons from intermodal center
WFMZ: Healthy PA insurance enrollment underway
WFMZ: Allentown officials unveil Center City Initiative
Eagle: Saga of Reading’s Charlie Brown Christmas tree takes another twist, turn
Morning Call: Two swap political parties in bid for Allentown council vacancy
Morning Call: Allentown businesses to help fund new downtown high school

North by Northwest
Times-News: Erie Insurance seeks big tax decrease
Daily Times: University presidents subpoenaed in Paterno lawsuit
Daily Times: Masser grants alumni trustees to access to Freeh documents if confidentiality agreements are signed
Onward State: Alumni Trustees Demand Access to Freeh Documents
Onward State: Pennsylvania Ranks Third Among States For Student Debt

Opinion
Eagle: Editorial: Don’t blame Legislature for inability to cut spending
Daily Record: Scrape rust off Rusk Report to address York’s municipal and school issues (YDR opinion)
Patriot-News: Global warming, reality and denial: The Numbers Racket
Patriot-News: There’s a stark racial disparity in how Pennsylvanians feel about police: Jonathan Lee and Jennifer Gibbs
WHYY Newsworks: Race-based assumptions collide but do not combust on a Philadelphia porch
Daily News: No vacancy
Daily News: Cos case needs respectful hearing
Delco Daily Times: Pat Toomey no “moderate” Republican
Daily Local News: The case for presidential restraint
Daily Local News: What happened to the middle class
Post-Gazette: Diversify Pittsburgh to ensure the vitality of our region
Post-Gazette: Easy on the banks: The New York Fed owes the public tough oversight
Tribune Review: The Uber downside: Tracking matters
Mirror: State can do better of tuition

Blogs
Pennsylvania Progressive: Restoring trust in police
Keystone State Education Committee: A clear message on education funding
Commonwealth Foundation: Teacher Pays for Politics She Never Supported

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