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1/23 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps6-300x220The governor unveiled his fundraising war chest after he was made a punchline on the Daily Show, GOP Reps. get attacked by a liberal group and College Democrats and Republicans prepare for November. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

PA-Gov: Corbett Raised $6.8M in 2013: The Governor has $7.5 million on hand of the $12.3 million he brought in since taking office.

PA-Gov: Corbett Releases New Energy Plan: The Governor’s release focuses mainly on coal, oil, and gas and unlike Democratic plans, does not address climate change.

Corbett Makes ‘Daily Show’ Punchline: PA governor gets recognized on national TV for all the wrong reasons.

Americans United For Change Attack PA Congressmen: Liberal organization scores “Tea Party” votes from Reps. Dent, Pitts, Fitzpatrick and Meehan.

College Democrats and Republicans Prepare for November Election: Pennsylvania College Democrats and their Republican counterparts hope to sway voters on university campuses.

Legislative Election Updates:

HD-20: State Rep. Adam Ravenstahl (D-Allegheny) today announced he will seek re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

“It has been an incredible honor to serve the residents of the 20th Legislative District and I hope to earn their support for another term,” Ravenstahl said.

He has served in the State House since 2010. So far, it looks like he will face self-declared libertarian Republican Tom Fodi in the general.

State House Sound Bites: Corbett proposes second annual boost to abuse victims’ programs
State House Sound Bites: Corbett mulling next move on voter ID
PA Independent: Unions coalesce against ‘paycheck protection’ legislation
StateImpactPA: Close call on Philly oil train derailment fuels calls for safety
StateImpactPA: Smart Talk: what the Act 13 court ruling means for Pennsylvania
StateImpactPA: Pa. extends public comment period for proposed oil and gas rules
Capitolwire: Once ‘overblown’ concerns of DEP staffing levels now a problem
Capitolwire: Feds allow Medicaid-eligible CHIP kids to stay in CHIP until end of 2014
Capitolwire: Corbett administration floats liquor privatization ideas

Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett seeks $2.2 million increase for domestic violence programs
The Daily News: Is Nutter changing his tune on charters?
The Daily News: Update! Update! There’s a guv race – and more
The Inquirer: Bill Green is a difficult man for a difficult job
Axis Philly: Pew Report: Millennials love the city, but half may leave
WHYY Newsworks: Corbett calls Pa. public school funding unfair
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. businesses will face steeper tax penalties without Medicaid expansion
WHYY Newsworks: NW Philadelphia city council members discuss plans for 2014 Today, pot gets you get arrested—tomorrow, that could start to change

AP: Pa. Gov. Corbett raised $6.8M in 2013, campaign says Records show lawmakers introduced 104 bills, passed one Reservist to seek GOP nomination in state House race Bills would expand Pa. smoking ban to all bars, casinos
Delco Daily Times: Pa. state-owned universities seek flexibility on tuition, fees

Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh public school board approves 2 percent tax increase
Post-Gazette: Grants accepted by Pittsburgh Public Schools
Post-Gazette: Calls raised for controls on trains bearing crude
Post-Gazette: August Wilson Center eyed by Pittsburgh Public Schools
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh employee buyout proposal gets early OK
Tribune-Review: Allegheny Health Network to partner with Johns Hopkins
UrbanMediaToday: Wilson Center Conservator Seeks Receivership; Organization Remains Hopeful

Altoona Mirror: Howsare resigns to take new job
Altoona Mirror: Firm hired for reassessment study
Beaver County Times: New aviation program head announced
Beaver County Times: Tax-prep service switches Center locations
Beaver County Times: State senate candidate vows against accepting public pension, pay increases
Beaver County Times: ‘Live Well Allegheny’ health and wellness campaign kicks off

Times Leader: Pittston Area names district principal
Times Leader: Casey touts need for wage hike as Pa. economy lags
Times-Tribune: School board accepts Luzerne County charged teacher’s resignation
Times-Tribune: Scranton to hire special labor counsel for all labor/employment matters
Times-Tribune: PPL defends response time to West Scranton blaze; fire chief says it was too long
Times-Tribune: Warden defends jail, staff in wake of CO arrest

South Central
Harrisburg Patriot News: Despite controversy, longtime Pennsylvania state pension fund chairman bows out with chin up
Harrisburg Patriot News: Pennsylvania’s State Employees Retirement System selects firm for Anthony Clark investigation
Harrisburg Patriot News: New child abuse laws mean higher costs for Cumberland County
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett resolves an Obamacare dispute: CHIP children don’t have to move to Medicaid (for now)
Harrisburg Patriot News: York commissioner wants special election to replace Sen. Waugh call off
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Corbett calls for state to spend more on rape and domestic violence programs
York Daily Record: York County Democrats recommend Linda Small for Mike Waugh’s state Senate seat
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Six Lancaster County stream-improvement projects get state grants
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: New in Pa.: PaFreeFile, a one-stop filing portal for federal, state tax returns
AP: Pa. state-owned universities seek flexible tuition
Carlisle Sentinel: Mayor: Shippensburg in ‘excellent’ shape
Carlisle Sentinel: Shippensburg Borough Councils OKs wastewater plant repairs

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Sen. Bob Casey talks poverty and pain to promote wage hikes and unemployment compensation
Morning Call: Home sales up 23 percent in the Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Gov. Tom Corbett ready to spend $7.5 million in re-election bid
Reading Eagle: PennDOT plows through winter budget for Berks County
Reading Eagle: Challenging perceptions, crime in Reading has dropped in the past 20 years
Reading Eagle: Pennsylvania receives poor grades in tobacco report
WFMZ: Boscola announces $10.7 million state loan for Bethlehem sewer project
Express Times: Michael Doherty concerned about number of Republicans on panel investigating bridge scandal

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Councilwoman to leave Lock Haven council
Williamsport Sun Gazette: WASD seeks OK to raise taxes above state’s Act 1 Index
Williamsport Sun Gazette: County subdivision, land development ordinance re-written
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Montgomery school board OKs tax resolution
Centre Daily Times: U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson announces re-election bid
Centre Daily Times: Centre County may partner with other counties for emergency services

Post-Gazette: Gas plan: Allegheny County takes steps for better oversight
Express Times: Editorial: N.J., Pa. should expand criminal background checks for child care
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Rep. Denlinger’s selective outrage
The Daily News: Know your state and county?
Delco Daily Times: Editorial: Corbett can run, but not hide, from bad decisions

Media Trackers: Pennsylvania’s Faculty Union Looks to Dodge Pension Reform
Media Trackers: High Noon for Pennsylvania Paycheck Protection
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania in Poor Fiscal Condition, New Study Finds
Keystone Politics: Study: Gentrification Benefits Financial Health of Long-Time Residents
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Does Corbett Think It Was Unfair of Him to Scrap Rendell’s Education Funding Formula?
Keystone Progress: “Tea Party Scorecard” Finds Pennsylvania’s Swing-District Republicans Vote with Tea Party 75 Percent of the Time

  • Does the NYC Verdict Make You More or Less Likely to Vote For Trump in 2024?

    • Less Likely (36%)
    • More Likely (34%)
    • Makes No Difference (30%)

    Total Voters: 112

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