12/20 Morning Buzz

PA state flagThe PA Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Marcellus law and a new poll shows Obama’s shrinking PA approval along with a Clinton-v-Christie matchup. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

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PA Supreme Court Strikes Key Part of Marcellus Law: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed a victory to local governments Thursday, ruling that state law could not preempt gas drilling ordinances.

Q Poll: Obama PA Approval Lowest Ever: The president’s approval fell to new lows in the Commonwealth, according to a Quinnipiac poll.

Q Poll: Clinton 44, Christie 43: Former Secretary of State Clinton barely edges New Jersey Governor Christie in a head to head matchup. She leads all other Republicans comfortably.

PA Wins Race to the Top Grant for Early Learning: Four years after President Barack Obama announced the Race to the Top initiative, Pennsylvania is one of six states receiving one of its top grants.

PA Gov: Teamsters Back Schwartz: The governor candidate from Eastern PA nabbed two Western PA labor endorsements.

Casey and Toomey Split on Budget Deal: Senator Casey voted with most his colleagues to pass the 2 year plan, while Sen. Toomey became the only Pa. member of Congress to oppose it.

Statewide
PA Independent: Property rights, Pennsylvania budget needs could collide
PA Independent: Pennsylvania gets high marks for tax policy reforms, but rates remain high
WITF: PSP releases comprehensive school safety report
StateImpactPA: DEP relied on gas driller for Franklin Forks investigation, candidate claims
StateImpactPA: First criminal case against Marcellus driller gets underway

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Nutter pledges $2.5M for union health fund
WHYY Newsworks: Pa.’s highest court strikes down Act 13, cites right to clean air, pure water
WHYY Newsworks: $52 million grant goes to Pa. for early education programs
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter, union president save Philly workers from tripled health care costs
KYW Newsradio: Pa. gets $51M federal grant for early education programs
KYW Newsradio: Poll: Pa. voters say ‘no’ to online gambling

SEPA
Montgomery News: State money to fund Pennridge area transportation projects
Daily Times: Meehan opposes Abu Dhabi Customs facility
Bucks Local News: Local legislators seek to clarify how ‘Obamacare’ would affect volunteer fire companies
Bucks Local News: SEPTA unveils capital improvement plan, state transportation funding bill will allow authority to address pressing needs
Bucks Local News: Marcellus shale Act 13 gets a drilling by state Supreme Court; State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, shale coalition react to decision
LevittownNow: County Approves 2014 Budget with No Tax Increase
Intelligencer: Clock ticking toward end of long-term unemployment compensation
Intelligencer: Commissioners OK $375.7 million spending plan for 2014
Intelligencer: High court strikes down Pa. zoning limits on drilling
Courier Times: New law will protect against carbon monoxide dangers

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: State Supreme Court rules municipalities can limit what gas drillers can do
Tribune Review: Pension reform would save Allegheny County more than $1.1B
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Parking Authority chairwoman Linda Judson resigns
Early Returns: Clinton, Christie close in Pa.

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Pension fund reaches passes $286M
Observer-Reporter: Washington County budget contains no tax increase
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Portage tops area schools in new state rankings

NEPA
The Times Leader: Hanger wants new probe in Franklin Forks
The Times Leader: Pa. gets high marks for taxation plan

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Auditor general questions pension contributions to former superintendent
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett: What Pa. will do with $51.7 million early learning grant ‘nothing short of amazing’
Harrisburg Patriot News: Dauphin County further clears the way for deal on Harrisburg debt

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Local zoning victory: State Supreme Court strikes down major parts of oil and gas drilling law
Morning Call: Pennsylvania secures $51.7 million for early childhood education
Morning Call: Growing demand makes building pitched for Colonial site taller, pricier
Express-Times: Bethlehem Area School District gifted $30,000 to boost science curriculum
Express-Times: Saucon Valley teacher contract negotiations start back up
Express-Times: Upper Nazareth Township police ask residents to check their guns and magazines

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: AT A LOSS
Sun-Gazette: UGI, city discuss paving, communication
Sun-Gazette: Judge reviews evidence on alleged pollution by gas driller; no decision made
Daily Times: Rockview superintendent removed in wake of investigation into alleged sexual assault of female staffer by inmate
Daily Times: Bellefonte Borough Council appoints new member, to see changes in January

Opinion
Intelligencer: Cutting Harrisburg down to size
Daily Local News: Yes, Mr. Coyote … the lawmakers are after you and your lot
Tribune Review: Pittsburgh Laurels & Lances
Post-Gazette: Half a good move: Corbett demonstrates some fairness on gays

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: PODCAST: StudentsFirst & Performance Profiles
Commonwealth Foundation: Philadelphia’s Education Crisis Worsens
Keystone Politics: Local Governments Get Their Zoning Powers From the State
Keystone Politics: What Will Dropping Homicides Do to Philly Real Estate?
Keystone Politics: Daylin Leach’s Re-Gerrymandered Congressional Map Elects 13 Democrats, 5 Republicans
Keystone Politics: #PAGov Song: Adam Brodsky’s “Talkin’ Tom Corbett Blues”
Above Average Jane: The Non-Profit Football League
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Zoners Say No to Boarding House on Itaska St

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