12/23 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Kane called a liar, Kelly delivers the GOP address and Toomey is one of Roll Call’s races to watch. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

Kane’s Racial Claims ‘A Complete Lie’: A report from the Inquirer shows the Attorney General’s declared basis for dropping a case into the bribing of Philly legislators was false.

PA-3: Rep. Kelly Delivers Weekly Republican Address: The Congressman says President Obama’s regulations of the coal industry have hurt America.

PA-Sen: Roll Call Proclaims Toomey’s Seat is A “Race to Watch”: Pennsylvania is one of the ten states to watch in 2016.

Statewide
PLS Reporter: A secret no more: Pennsylvania’s grand juries
StateImpactPA: Landowners complain congressional staffer pressured them about pipeline
PA Independent: Western PA police chief gets lucrative buyout, despite scathing report
PA Independent: Paycheck protection advocate dislikes new name
State House Sound Bites: Expect another push for ethics reform at the state Capitol
State House Sound Bites: Monroe County man among Carnegie Heroes
State House Sound Bites: Philadelphia police head calls on officers to stay on alert
State House Sound Bites: New lawmakers bring fresh eyes to Pa.’s problems

Philadelphia
WHYY Newsworks: Ebola fight update as Delaware senator checks in from Africa
WHYY Newsworks: Debate over gift ban set to resume in Pa.
WHYY Newsworks: Study quashes Pa. school district consolidation as means to lower taxes
WHYY Newsworks: Kathleen Kane’s troubles and what they tell us
The Inquirer: State rep again calls for Kane’s impeachment
The Inquirer: Experts say legal case against Fattah could be difficult to make
The Inquirer: Kane’s account of sting draws increasing fire

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: No tax increase in Bristol Township for 2015
Bucks County Courier Times: Durham to receive grant from pipeline project
Pottstown Mercury: Lower Pottsgrove studies expansion of township building
Pottstown Mercury: Killings of 2 New York officers trigger backlash

Pittsburgh
Post Gazette: Shale gas drilling operator penalized for landslide that diverted Greene County streams
Post Gazette: Governor-elect Wolf, reformers point to ways to improve ethics oversight
Post Gazette: Recusals are rare in the Pennsylvania Legislature
Tribune Review: Audit of Allegheny County Jail health provider says money being wasted, inmates at risk
Business Times: The 5 biggest stories from the intersection of business and politics
Business Times: Tesla Motors eyeing Pittsburgh car market
KDKA: Flaherty To Challenge Wagner For County Controller, While Fitzgerald Stays Mum

Southwest
Observer Reporter: New lawmakers bring fresh eyes to Pa.’s problems
County Times: Allegheny Health Network announces collaboration with Johns Hopkins
Mirror: IRC to buy surveillance cameras to help curtail illegal dumping

NEPA
Times Tribune: Dunmore Borough Council cuts taxes in aftermath of landfill deal
Times Tribune: Sheriffs Deputy Suspended for 60 days
Times Leader: Boback announces district outreach events for January
Standard Speaker: West Mahanoy avoids property tax increase

South Central
Patriot-News: In lawsuit, groups claims Corbett’s Medicaid changes cut benefits to 200,000
Patriot-News: Harrisburg police double up in patrol cars after New York City officers fatally ambushed
Patriot-News: Impeachment threat adds one more problem to Kathleen Kane’s ‘full plate’
Patriot-News: Structurally deficient elementary school in Lancaster to be demolished and rebuilt
Daily Record: Tax increase possible for South Eastern residents
Lancaster Online: Lancaster city getting $148K to upgrade 28 traffic signals to LEDs
Lancaster Online: As Philly DA drops high-profile forfeiture cases, forfeitures here set new record

Lehigh Valley
Eagle: Flu season likely will be severe, Pennsylvania experts say
Eagle: The Rundown: Several Berks figures aid Wolf’s transition
Express-Times: Richard Scheuermann case one of several Morganelli has sent to Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
Express-Times: Santa and the Grinch join union protesters outside the Northampton County Courthouse
Morning Call: New Pa. poll shows dramatic rise in support of gay marriage
Morning Call: Lawmaker-elect wants to put the brakes on LANTA bus driver assaults

North by Northwest
Sun-Gazette: Legislative tally
WICU: State Police Add Extra Patrols For Holiday Driving Season
Onward State: State College Ranked Second Best College Town in United States

Opinion
Philly.com: New Pa. leaders should invest in prekindergarten
Daily News: Tossing pols in jail seems to be the way to reform in Philly
Delco Daily Times: Keeping Christmas traditions alive
Delco Daily Times: Keep Christmas traditions alive
Eagle: Editorial: U.S. vulnerable to major cyberattacks
Patriot-News: Government is sticking young Americans with bills they can’t ever hope to repay: Jerry Shenk
Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Tom Wolf the commuter
Tribune Review: Targeting ‘assault weapons’ once again
Tribune Review: CIA report aids, abets terrorists

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: What happens to the building when the charter goes under?
Commonwealth Foundation: The Self-Fulfilling Prophecy of Low Expectations

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