12/29 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6A new poll shows a huge increase in support of same-sex marriage, our readers believe Darrell Clarke won’t run for Philly Mayor and we ask our readers what Tom Wolf’s first priority should be. Plus, last week’s Ups & Downs! Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

12/26 Ups & Downs: A special holiday edition. See who made this week’s list!

Muhlenberg Poll Shows Big Jump in Support of Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania: 62 percent of Pennsylvanians now agree with same-sex marriage.

Reader Poll: What Should Tom Wolf’s First Priority Be?: We ask our readers what issue the Governor-Elect should tackle first.

Reader Poll: Clarke Won’t Run for Mayor of Philly: Our readers believe the City Council President will pass on a run next year.

Statewide
State House Sound Bites: Corbett prepares for his next gig
State House Sound Bites: Private eyes seek state licensing board
PA Independent: PA lawmakers propose ways to modernize voter registration
PA Independent: Republican lawmaker renews effort to impeach Kane
State Impact PA: DEP reaches $800,000 settlement with pipeline company
State Impact PA: Natural gas prices down 30 percent since last month
Capitolwire: State takes control of York City School District; district ‘characterization’ plan imminent

Philadelphia
Inquirer: State school association offers Coatesville more advice
Inquirer: Phila., area police honor slain New York officer
WHYY Newsworks: Tom Corbett prepares for next chapter
WHYY Newsworks: Wolf’s education transition team has Philly connections
WHYY Newsworks: For Pennsylvanians in ‘coverage gap,’ new Medicaid option takes effect next week
WHYY Newsworks: A good year for Philadelphia innkeepers
WHYY Newsworks: Path cleared for state takeover of York School District: how it got this way

SEPA
Daily Times: Marple’s 2015 taxes increase not as much as originally anticipated
Daily Times: Brookhaven holds line on property taxes for 2015
Montgomery News: East Rockhill OKs budget with 25 percent tax hike
Local News: Montgomery County state lawmaker to propose shale tax to fund pensions
Daily Local: New superintendent hired to try and calm Coatesville school turmoil
Daily Local: Costello succedes Gerlach as congressman in 6th District

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: The problem with ‘The Interview’
Post-Gazette: Oil states bracing for a price bust’s ripple through the economy
Post-Gazette: Bipartisan effort arises to restrict lobbyists’ influence of attorneys general
Post-Gazette: Examining ethics, conflicts of interest in the Pennsylvania Legislature
Tribune Review: Butler GOP commissioners won’t run for reelection, United Way director resigns to seek post
Tribune Review: Proposed Pa. constitutional amendment clouds judges’ retirements
Tribune Review:  Public vs. private interests at play in Allegheny County judge’s ruling on access to online docket

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Districts try to balance consolidation with increased cost of charter schools
Altoona Mirror: Pennsylvania wins receivership for York schools
Observer-Reporter: Retirement age could cloud 2015 judge races
Observer-Reporter: Hundreds of theaters start screening “The Interview:
Observer-Reporter: Corbett leaves governorship with unsettled legacy
Observer-Reporter: In 2014 economy started shaky, ended strong

NEPA
Pocono Record: Lawmaker takes aim at Attorney General
Times-Tribune: Procedures in plan if landfill must close
Times-Tribune: Attorney General files for divorce
Times-Tribune: Judge recommends tax claim lawsuit be allowed to proceed
Times Leader: Public vs. private interests at play in Allegheny County judge’s ruling on access to online docket

South Central
Patriot News: Hundreds march for peace in Lancaster
Patriot News: GOP faces challenge in making Republican Party more diverse ahead of 2016 elections
AP: Pa. Republicans prep for Tom Wolf with me-first attitude
Sentinel: Harrisburg Area Transportation Study plan takes aim at West Shore
Sentinel: Drop: Municipalities in the Midstate have many traditions for celebrating the new year
Dispatch: York NAACP releases statement on York City School Receivership

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Bethlehem Township parking dispute gets personal
Eagle: Healthy PA bridges coverage gap
Eagle: 2-county school districts’ budgets more difficult
Express Times: Allentown contractor dumps garbage on property following job, police say
Express Times: Poconos indoor water parks doubling in 2015 with $400 million investment

North by Northwest
Sun Gazette: Year of building across the city
Sun Gazette: Mayor declines to sign budget

Opinion
Times-Tribune: Board cannot afford secrecy
Pocono Record: Letter: Bypass plan deserves serious thought
Beaver County Times: Special interests stench up spending bill
Observer-Reporter: “The Interview” should be seen
Post-Gazette: Downtown Pittsburgh needs to have a grocery store
Tribune Review: Black progression & retrogression
Patriot News: For insight into 2015, look at what did (and didn’t) happen in 2014: Charlie Gerow
Patriot News: Looking back at 2014, it’s all about what didn’t happen: Tony May
Daily Times: Letter to the editor: Eric Barron missed opportunity by skipping trustees meeting
Inquirer: The other class war
Daily Times: Editorial: Make it easier to vote in Pennsylvania
Daily Local: Jot Pitts looks back at 2014

Blogs
Pennsylvania Progressive: Kane Divorce Raising Questions
Pennsylvania Progressive: The Fracking Boom is a Fracking Bubble
Commonwealth Foundation: SAT Scores by State 2014

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