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12/28 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6We take a look at how the Republicans lost the Supreme Court while the budget process heats up and Terry Madonna considers the possibility of a brokered convention. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

How the GOP Lost the Supreme Court: A look at the factors that brought about last month’s electoral sweep.

PA-BGT: House Moves Wolf’s Spending Plan Forward: After a shocking U-turn, the PA House will consider a $30.8 billion spending plan.

SD-35: Langerholc Announces Candidacy: The Richland Township Supervisor will attempt to flip the central PA seat.

Politically Uncorrected: A Brokered Convention in 2016: Why it might happen, What it might mean: It’s the dream of every political junkie and the nightmare of every presidential campaign.

PA-8: Reagan Administration Alum Joins Petri Campaign: Former Navy Secretary John Lehman will be aiding State Rep. Scott Petri’s run for Congress.

Sunday Show Preview: December 27, 2015: We take a look at the Sunday morning political talk shows that will air throughout the state.

Capitolwire: Senate sends Wolf a budget before Christmas, but will it be a present he wants?
StateImpactPA: Climate Change: The good news for Philadelphia
StateImpactPA: New Lackawanna County natural gas plant one step closer to approval
State House Sound Bites: In budget talks, liquor changes pushed to back of the shelf

Inquirer: Castor looks back at 30 years in government
Inquirer: Philadelphia’s next city solicitor has a tale to share
Inquirer: PoliticalFest to draw thousands at Dem convention
Inquirer: A confident Nutter takes a look back at his tenure
Inquirer: Capitol empties as Pa. budget deal collapses
WHYY Newsworks: Nutter legacy on business: a neighborhood view
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. nonprofits, hobbled by lack of state funds, support one another
WHYY Newsworks: In Pa. budget talks, liquor changes pushed to back of the shelf
WHYY Newsworks: Heeding DOJ recommendations, Philly outsources review of police shootings to state cops

Bucks County Courier-Times: What are we drinking? Less wine, more spirits
Bucks County Courier-Times: BCCC preparing for spring semester
Bucks County Courier-Times: Pennsbury middle school project needs zoning relief
Pottstown Mercury: Ferman proudest of child advocacy accomplishments
Pottstown Mercury: Limerick Police Chief Albany to retire at end of 2016

Post-Gazette: East Liberty’s dispossessed seek shelter
Post-Gazette: Greenfield Bridge is falling down
Post-Gazette: Alcoa heir gives $15 million to Pittsburgh Foundation
Post-Gazette: State continues children’s health program
Post-Gazette: No tax increase in Westmoreland County budget
Tribune-Review: Millions meant to combat illegal gambling in Pa. shuffled to general fund
Tribune-Review: Gas companies await rebound as low prices, warm weather trouble producers
Business Times: Elmhurst lands university, tech firm as first office tenants at Schenley Place
Business Times: How much would it cost to power your home with wind energy?

Altoona Mirror: Open house set for bridge work in Huntingdon County
Altoona Mirror: Ebensburg police settle health care dispute
Beaver County Times: Whiskey is the spirit of choice for Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Christmas vigil held for Vietnam veterans at memorial in Beaver
Beaver County Times: Assistance fund to help Aliquippa-area water customers

Times Leader: Study: College kids struggling with bills, paying for the basics
Times Leader: A growing number of Millennials shun religion
Times-Tribune: Kathleen Kane’s troubles top news in 2015
Times-Tribune: Scranton taking bigger bite out of overall property tax bill
Times-Tribune: 110-year-old Ritz Theater in Scranton looks for new owner

South Central
Lancaster Intelligencer: Sentence worksheets: State guidelines help determine a convict’s time in prison
Lancaster Intelligencer: $4.4M in transit grants will boost trails, pedestrian-friendly projects
York Dispatch: Death counts rising as proposed opioid regulations under fire
York Daily Record: Gov. Wolf has 4 budget options
Carlisle Sentinel: Roadblocks to Recovery: State policy causing potential problem for substance abuse treatment
Patriot-News: Gas prices under $2 per gallon beginning to appear in the midstate
Patriot-News: AG Kathleen Kane: Michael Eakin’s suspension restores ‘faith in our justice system’

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Valley water official calls it a career after 41 years
Morning Call: PA lawmakers’ expenses up, again.
Morning Call: Montco politician last Republican left in attorney general race, more politics as usual
Morning Call: Lehigh to join counties allowing jurors to donate stipends
Reading Eagle: Campaign reports from Reading mayor’s PAC under scrutiny
Reading Eagle: Navy veteran running as independent in 16th Congressional District race
Reading Eagle: Berks County commissioners allocate $1 million for farmland preservation
Express Times: Data the latest tool in Lehigh County’s fight against gangs

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: City sets record with 7 homicides
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: The question of a severance tax is not likely to go away
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Retiring recorder worked in county office since 1956
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Mayor wants to reopen budget in light of ruling
Erie Times-News: Wolf mum on what he plans to do with state budget bill
Erie Times-News: State budget impasse reaches record 177 days

Inquirer: Give Nutter due credit
Inquirer: Decision time for the GOP
Post-Gazette: Tainted justice: Eakin’s suspension is not enough; he should go
Post-Gazette: Fire sale: Ingram has an option for professional protection
Tribune-Review: Peduto’s pap: Mocking the law
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Tough times mix with moments of progress in 2015
Erie Times-News: Horan-Kunco will move COG forward
Lancaster Intelligencer: If Pa. only had a state budget
York Daily Record: We need solutions to e-cycling problems
Reading Eagle: Other cities offer useful lessons for Reading crime fight
Reading Eagle: Washington proves divided government can function

Commonwealth Foundation: Senate Passes Budget, Sends to Governor
Commonwealth Foundation: A Christmas Spending Spree is in the Works
Keystone Crossroads: In case you missed it: This week’s good reads from Pennsylvania cities
Keystone Crossroads: Blame pension problems on the ancient Romans, and other lessons from 2015
Keystone Crossroads: ‘Pay to Play’ in Allentown and Reading: What we know so far
Keystone Crossroads: Community colleges benefit Pa. cities. Why doesn’t Erie have one?
Keystone Crossroads: Pennsylvania population growth remains slow, steady

  • 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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