12/2 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The MSC is sitting out PA Society while Donald Trump will be there and Kane chooses the porngate special prosecutor. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Marcellus Shale Coalition Sitting Out PA Society This Year: The MSC will not be hosting a reception at the annual New York gathering.

Reader Poll: Who Do You Believe Will Be the PA-8 GOP Nominee in 2016?: We ask our readers about the GOP primary in the open race to represent the 8th district.

Kane Chooses Special Prosecutor to Investigate Email Chains: It was another can’t-miss event from the Attorney General.

Trump Coming to PA Society: The Donald is threatening to overshadow the annual New York gathering.

Harper Poll: PA Doesn’t Want Refugees: More than half of respondents strongly oppose accepting those escaping Syria.

Reader Poll: Seth Williams Should Fire Fina: Our readers want the Philly DA to fire the controversial prosecutor.

PA-Sen: McGinty Wants U.S. to Lead Climate Talks: The Democrat is hoping for big news out of France.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Dissecting the medical cannabis amendment that could win over enough House Republicans
Capitolwire: PA House advances CHIP reauthorization bill
PLS Reporter: Porn email special prosecutor’s probe to be “far more than a fishing expedition”
PLS Reporter: More Republicans cancel PA Society plans as House members caucus on detail-less budget framework outline

Philadelphia
CapitolInq: Toomey launches site attacking McGinty and Sestak
CapitolInq: Transportation bill would boost money to Amtrak victims, rail safety
Inquirer: City still to reach a franchise deal with Comcast
Inquirer: Mayor-elect Kenney begins meeting constituents
Philly.com: Kenney’s town-hall schedule
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania GOP says Trump fundraiser isn’t an endorsement
Philadelphia Business Journal: C&S Wholesale Grocers to create 500 jobs in Bethlehem: Gov. Wolf
WHYYNewsworks: Philly nonprofits push to get immigrants health insurance
WHYYNewsworks: Troubled Colwyn Borough OK’s state plan to institute financial controls
WHYYNewsworks: Judge OKs $200M loan to keep Luzerne County government open
WHYYNewsworks: Pa. budget talks included expanded sales tax

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: The high cost of petty politics
Bucks County Courier Times: Today is #givingtuesdaybucks, when donors are asked to share wealth with nonprofits

Pittsburgh
KDKA: Pittsburgh Mayor’s Travels Exceed All Predecessors
KDKA: Local Arts Community Speaks Out Against Proposed Ticket Tax
Post-Gazette: U.S. senators press for more accountability and student loan money from EDMC
Post-Gazette: State House approves Children’s Health Insurance Program extension
WESA: New Legislation Targets Crime Prevention Through Youth Education
WESA: Arts Organizations Keep Pressure On PA Budget Makers As They Mull Ticket Tax
WESA: Why Some Big Businesses Are Backing The Clean Power Plan

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Shell Chemicals to spend $700 million to expand Louisiana chemical plant; Beaver County still under consideration
Altoona Mirror: VA Medical Center sets town hall
Observer-Reporter: Yes, no and maybe on South Strabane business proposals

NEPA
Standard Speaker: Court OKs Luzerne COunty loan
Standard Speaker: Number of teachers on decline
Citizens’ Voice: Stack: Budget deal could pass next week
Times Leader: Luzerne County to seek new expert to value casino for taxation
Times Leader: Luzerne County 2016 budget still a work in progress

South Central
Patriot-News: Kathleen Kane’s Porngate team: $2M, 5 lawyers and no Pa. law licenses
Patriot-News: State budget update: ‘We have a lot of tough decisions to make over the next week,’ Reed says
Carlisle Sentinel: Tax collection numbers up from last year
Carlisle Sentinel: Eminent domain being used on bridge in Cumberland County
Carlisle Sentinel: York needs help in fight against heroin epidemic
York Daily Record: House in considering expanding the use of sales taxes

Lehigh Valley
Capitol Ideas: Sen. Pat Toomey launches campaign website
Morning Call: Allentown City Council faces distrust in contracts
Morning Call: Murder trial seeks new judge
Reading Eagle: Reading mayor’s assistant guilty of conspiracy

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times:  Speaker Ryan feeling pressure to dismiss Planned Parenthood panel
Centre Daily Times: Youth services struggling financially
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Mayor initiates security camera program
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Local shops busy with hunting season

Opinion
Inquirer: No excuses or protection for hate.
Inquirer: Citizens ready for reform era
Post-Gazette: The pope’s message: In Africa, Francis preached lessons for all nations
Post-Gazette: Born too soon: Reducing early births must be a national priority
Post-Gazette: Biowar boondoggle: An early-warning system is mired in false alarms
Altoona Mirror: Election reform should rest with voter
Times-Tribune: Use 911 idea for all services
Patriot-News: Kane’s ‘Porngate’ roadshow lands in Philly with predictable result

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: Pension reform saves another city
Keystone Crossroads: In the minority: Pennsylvania’s governor, cities welcome refugees
Keystone Crossroads: 2 plead in FBI probe of city contracts in Allentown, Reading
2 Political Junkies: The Tribune-Review STILL misleading the public on climate change

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