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12/20 Morning Buzz

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The outlook for changes to gun laws, GOP Chair Gleason wants to re up, and a new Republican polling shop opens in Pa. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Corbett, GOP Cool on New Gun Laws; Dems Push Ahead: Pennsylvania’s Democratic state and federal lawmakers are loudly calling for new legislation in the wake of the tragic Connecticut school shooting. Meanwhile their Republican counterparts are cautioning against rash action.

GOP Polling Alternative to PPP Opens Shop in PA: Exciting news for polling nerds! A Republican polling firm is opening shop to bring the successful methods of Public Policy Polling (PPP) to the GOP side of the aisle, and it’s coming to Harrisburg.

Gleason Wants Another Term at PAGOP: Rob Gleason wants another four years at the helm of the Pa. Republican Party, he wrote in a letter to state committee members. He and Vice Chair Joyce Haas are seeking another term.

State House & Senate Announce Committee Chairs for 2013/2014: There are few surprises and a few comic possibilities in the newly released list of state House and Senate committee chairs.

Capitol Ideas: Corbett admin in discussions on potential extension of Lottery bid deadline.
Capitol Ideas: PA House names its committee chairs for 2013-14 legislative session.
Capitol Ideas: Senate Dems say mass-transit funding has to be part of any highway bill.
Capitol Ideas: Philly legislator plans assault weapons ban bill.
State House Sound Bites: Schools reviewing policies after Newtown shootings
State House Sound Bites: Secretary of Aging defends Lottery negotiations as talks begin to postpone decision
State House Sound Bites: House committee chairs announced
State House Sound Bites: Next session’s Senate Committee Chairs
PA Independent: Lawmakers promise transportation funding debate in new year
PA Independent: PLCB bureaucracy sets hours for holiday stores, promises more convenience
PA Independent: WATCHBLOG: Whose debt is it, anyway?
StateImpactPA: StateImpact Pennsylvania: Behind the Story
StateImpactPA: LNG Exports: The Winners and Losers
StateImpactPA: StateImpact Pennsylvania Wins duPont-Columbia Award
Capitolwire: Senate Democrats oppose separating mass transit from transportation funding plan.
Capitolwire: Corbett cautions on sprint for more gun control laws.
Capitolwire: POINT OF ORDER: Some potential gun laws are sensible, but likely wouldn’t have stopped Connecticut tragedy.

Inquirer: Sen. Bob Casey changes stance, supports new gun laws
Inquirer: SRC report: Ackerman directed award of no-bid contact
Inquirer: Ramsey asked to join national gun violence discussion
Philly Clout: Nutter talks property-tax overhaul with Council, provides some data
Philly Clout: When it comes to crime-fighting, legislation may not always be the answer
Philly Clout: Ethics board to crack down on outside-spending groups that break the rules
Philly Clout: State launches new parks and rec website
Philly Clout: State Sen. Farnese pushing for Pa. assault-weapons ban
Philly Clout: City union calls Mayor Nutter a grinch, will taunt with Christmas carols Thursday
WHYY Newsworks: No extra property taxes for schools in Nutter proposal
Philadelphia Weekly: Key Takeaways From the City’s Roundtable Discussion on Reducing Gun Violence
KYW Newsradio: Pennsylvania Senator Casey Says He Would Now Support Gun Bills
KYW Newsradio: Police Commissioner Ramsey To Join President Obama’s Effort To Curb Gun Violence
KYW Newsradio: Philadelphia Shows Off Its Newly Renovated Emergency Operations Center

Delco Daily Times: No ‘fiscal cliff’ deal yet; House GOP focuses on backup plan
Delco Daily Times: Obama: ‘Pretty close’ to deal with Boehner on ‘fiscal cliff’
Bucks Local News: Yardley Borough Council approves two-year contract with its chief of police

Post-Gazette: Obama sets January deadline for gun proposals
Post-Gazette: Robert Bork, Supreme Court nominee, dies
KDKA: Congressman Murphy and Doyle react to president’s speech
Early Returns: Chairs named for house, senate
Early Returns: Report: “massive confusion” over voter ID

Beaver County Times: Senate Dems would borrow to pay for transportation work in 2013
Observer-Reporter: Carmichaels Borough adopts budget with no tax increase
Altoona Mirror: Vote on Act 47 plan coming today
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Altoona council to vote on Act 47 plan approval

Times Leader: Barletta announces new office locations
Times Tribune: PA. Sen. Casey says he would now support gun bills
Citizens Voice: County Council OKs $18M in loans
Standard Speaker: Ryan Township supers adopt budget without tax increase
Pocono Record: Rep. Charlie Dent co-sponsors gay rights immigration bill

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Bob Casey wants Hurricane Sandy relief
Morning Call: PA Senate Democrats expect debate on transportation funding

South Central
AP: Pa. Sen. Casey says he would now support gun bills
AP: Pa. in discussion to extend lottery bid deadline
AP: Pa. woman wants judge removed from murder case
AP: Ex-Pa. Rep. Bill DeWeese appeals corruption conviction, claiming judge errors
Harrisburg Patriot News: Analysis: Reaction to Connecticut shootings show political cowardice of Boehner, Obama, and NRA
Harrisburg Patriot News: Ex-Gov. Tom Ridge on gun control: ‘It’s a little more complicated than just bans and background checks’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Former PA Corrections Secretary Jeffrey Beard tapped to lead California prison system
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County commissioners approve budget for 2013 without tax increase
York Daily Record: York City schools’ recovery officer introduces process
York Dispatch: York City gets financial recovery committee
York Dispatch: York County commissioners adopt code of conduct
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Judges reject commuter tax plan in Scranton, Pa.
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Altoona council to vote on Act 47 plan approval
Roxbury News: Dauphin County commissioners pass 2013 budget
Roxbury News: The Pennsylvania House of Representatives announces House committee chairs
Roxbury News: The Pennsylvania Senate announces standing committee chairs
Roxbury News: Dauphin County to make another bond payment for Harrisburg University
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: 2013 City of Harrisburg budget is passed, end of 2012

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Mayor refuses to sign city’s 2013 budget

Tribune Review: Kill the film tax credit
Post-Gazette: A crowded mayoral field will offer no alternative
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Don’t drag feet reviewing court nominations
Daily News: DN Editorial: It’s time to add mental-health data to gun database
Harrisburg Patriot News: Editorial: The time has come to do what’s right on guns, mental health
York Daily Record: Out take: Homeland Security still wasting tax dollars
York Dispatch: Editorial: No time for school boards to entertain wishes
Lancaster New Era: Why keep the Electoral College
Intelligencer Journal: Enough killing

Keystone Politics: Michael Lamb Should Drop Out of the #PGHMayor Race
Keystone Politics: Hail Isaiah Thompson! AxisPhilly Delivers the Assessment Explainer You Need
Keystone Politics: Larry Farnese Takes the Lead on Gun Safety in PA Senate
Keystone Politics: The Unaccountable Judicial Branch
Keystone Politics: The Affordable Housing Coalition We Need
Keystone Politics: Senate Democrats’ Plan for PA’s Distressed Older Cities Falls Far Short of What’s Needed
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Will Allentown City Council Protect Right to Water and Sanitation?

  • Understanding that basic education funding should/will be first, what should be the next highest priority for the General Assembly?

    • Raising The Minimum Wage (25%)
    • Legalizing Adult-Use Marijuana (24%)
    • None of the above. Something Else. (20%)
    • Economic Development (14%)
    • Higher Education (8%)
    • Public Transportation (8%)
    • Workforce Opportunities and Innovation (2%)

    Total Voters: 51

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