12/30 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6PA Supreme Court Justice Stevens will run for his own term, the AP finds a huge gap in education spending and a look at the 2016 Senate race. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

BREAKING: Judge Stevens to Run for Re-Election: The PA Supreme Court Justice will seek re-election this year.

Report: Education Spending Gap “Exploded” Under Corbett’s Tenure: An AP report shows Gov. Corbett’s education cuts have left wealthy districts able to meet rising costs while poor districts struggle to stay afloat.

PA-Sen: Politico Handicaps 2016 Senate Race: The website takes a look at the electoral landscape for Sen. Toomey’s attempt at re-election.

State Senator Folmer Appears on MSNBC to Discuss Medical Marijuana: The Senator promoted his bill to legalize medical marijuana on ex-Rep. Patrick Murphy’s TV show.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Point of Order: Even with spending disparities between school districts, PA and its schools spend more than the national average
Capitolwire: Pittsburgh School District teacher evaluation system, salary schedule defies tradition
State Impact PA: Feds approve Pennsylvania’s water quality report
PA Independent: Philadelphia teachers want schools to look elsewhere for financial relief

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Message to DNC: Philly mayoral field ‘all in’ for 2016 convention bid
Inquirer: Appeals court restricts use of civil forfeiture to seize homes used by drug dealers
Inquirer: Shuttered charter school leaves students, staff scrambling
WHYY Newsworks: Few choices await Pa. leaders on bridging $2 billion budget gap
WHYY Newsworks: What Governor-elect Wolf would do to fix Pennsylvania’s cities
WHYY Newsworks: Philly Council hopeful, 26, says her youth is asset
KYW: State Rep. W. Curtis Thomas Speaks Out On Bettering Relations Between Police And The Community

SEPA
Courier Times: Aqua Pennsylvania spends $217 million on improvements in 2014
Courier Times: Pennsbury teachers union negotiations to begin in 2015

Pittsburgh
Early Returns: 5 stories to read today
Post-Gazette: Congressman Shuster rules out gas tax hike, fees to pay for highways
Post-Gazette: Report on water quality says Monongahela River no longer degraded by sulfates
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County Council could have several new faces after next year
Post-Gazette: Uber files compliance plan with PUC
Post-Gazette: Kane files for divorce from husband of 14 years
Tribune Review: Fitzgerald touts Pittsburgh’s development, cleaner air, economy

Southwest
Altoona Mirror: Power over charter schools debated
Altoona Mirror: Longtime rail worker continues to help retirees stay on track
Observer-Reporter: Shadows of 48 day manhunt still present in Poconos
Observer-Reporter: Gap between rich, poor schools doubled in nearly 4 years
Observer-Reporter: GOP draws lines as Wolf refocuses on deficit
Beaver County Times: New changes to child protective services law take effect Wednesday

NEPA
Pocono Record: Two months after capture, shadow of manhunt slowly fades in Barrett Township
Times Tribune: Online tool predicts reduction in natural gas production
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council chairmanship up for grabs

South Central
Sentinel: Pa. court throws out juvenile sex-offender registration
Patriot News: Harrisburg stands firm on gun regulations despite threat of lawsuit
Patriot News: Gas tax will add 10 cents per gallon starting Thursday; registrations, licenses, inspections also increase
Dispatch: Appeals stall state takeover of York City Schools
Dispatch: Sen. Mike Folmer and York County mother on MSNBC to talk medical marijuana

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Emailed porn shakes up state courts as marriage equality sweeps Pennsylvania
Morning Call: Political winds shift in Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley’s power in D.C. rises in 2014
Eagle: Decision draws near on Exeter Ambulance Association
Express Times: Rep.-elect Peter Schweyer announces new 22nd District office in Allentown

North by Northwest
AP: Corbett leaves governorship with unsettled legacy
Daily Times: Contract renewed for Moshannon Valley prison

Opinion
Courier Times: Facebook threat warrants no charges
Daily Times: Editorial: Talk up the success of health care reform
Pocono Record: My New Year’s resolutions
Altoona Mirror: Lawmakers must address unemployment
Observer-Reporter: Scholarship will help keep students memory alive
Tribune Review: Immigrant recruitment: Illegals ambush
Tribune Review: Noble fight for life
Daily Record: Inaugural Advice for Tom Wolf: YDR readers offers mock speeches
Intelligencer/Era: Lancaster’s costly, bumpy ride with Amtrak
Daily Times: Letter to the editor: Eric Barrons

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: PSEA Admits Using Dues for Politics
2 Political Junkies: Something You May Have Missed on Christmas Eve

December 30th, 2014 | Posted in Features, Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | No Comments