12/4 Morning Buzz

More electoral college tinkering; a CJR analysis of PoliticsPA; a peek at PA’s 2013 judicial races and more. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Pileggi Wants Another Crack at Electoral College Change: Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says frustrated Pennsylvania supporters of Mitt Romney deserve a more equitable way of counting presidential votes. He’s pushing once again to break up the state’s electoral college vote.

Columbia Journalism Review Features PoliticsPA: Don’t miss it: the Columbia Journalism Review looks at PoliticsPA and where we fit in in the grand scheme of political news reporting in Pennsylvania and the country.

Politically Uncorrected: Corbett’s Chancy Re-election Chance: In this column, Madonna and Young examine the reelection prospects of Governor Tom Corbett.

2013 Judicial Election Reader: Here’s the latest about how PA’s 2013 judicial races are shaping up, including indications from Supreme Court Justice Ron Castille that he will run for retention.

New Gig for Republican Op: Brock McCleary, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s point man for Pa. in 2010 and 2012, is coming to Harrisburg. He’s joining the firm of Long, Nyquist & Associates.

The Full 2012 PA Society List of Events: Updated with more events.

New York Times: The counties that cost Romney the election (Delco & Montco)

Capitol Ideas: PA collected $23.1 million less in taxes in November.
State House Sound Bites: State’s LGBT lobby says Rep. Fleck should get some “breathing space”
PA Independent: Award Pennsylvania electoral votes proportionally, Pileggi says
StateImpactPA: Environmental Regulators to Meet With Residents Over Proposed Deep Injection Well
StateImpactPA: Impact Fee Sends $2.5 Million To Housing Efforts
StateImpactPA: Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Commission Begins To Set Fracking Guidelines
StateImpactPA: More Links Between Drilling and Earthquakes
StateImpactPA: Drill Bits: Global Carbon Emissions Rising, Clock Ticking on Wind, and Solar Powered Frack Jobs
Capitolwire: Pileggi reveals new electoral college reform plan
Capitolwire: Chief Justice Castille says there’s no rush for reapportionment decision
Capitolwire: OFF THE FLOOR: Chief Justice Ron Castille’s retention decision looms
Capitolwire: Capitolwire: Gov. Corbett’s Q n A about the Legislature, his dealings with them, and his personal style.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Plan for a Philadelphia city land bank is taking steps forward
Philadelphia Inquirer: With little return on big ad buys, campaign strategists rethinking for 2014
Phillynow: Liquor control board under attack for promoting its own brands
Phillynow: Brian Sims calls state Rep. Mike Fleck’s coming-out a ‘huge opportunity’ for PA’s LGBT population
Phillynow: Obama supporters still in campaign mode at K’NEX toy factory
KYW Newsradio: Corbett: Pa. still in dark about health exchange regulations

Early Returns: GOP State Rep says He’s Gay
Early Returns: Plan to rejigger electoral votes back
Early Returns: Monday heds: Mayor’s race begins; gov on working with lawmakers
KDKA: How the Fiscal Cliff Could Effect Your Personally

Altoona Mirror: Corbett considers removal of oil tax cap

Times Leader: Personal income is up locally
Times Leader: Evaluation key to merit raises
Times Leader: Overseeing or micromanaging? Council tries to define its role
Times-Tribune: No charges dropped against suspended Old Forge police Chief Larry Semenza
Times-Tribune: Scranton residents can address city budget at hearing
Times-Tribune: Towns due income tax, but how much?
AP: Judge tosses Asian carp suit; states can amend it
AP: Report: Teen employment relatively high in Pa.
AP: Effort renewed to change Pa. electoral-vote tally
AP: Fleck among first openly gay GOP legislators
Citizens Voice: Yudichak sees success in Senate bipartisanship
Citizens Voice: In Centax’s wake, municipalities struggle with tax money
News Item: Senator manages to stay grounded in political world
Wayne Independent: Mayor’s office to be in Lakewood
Standard Speaker: Tax issues still plaguing local governments
Standard Speaker: Yudichak seeks cooperation in second half of term

South Central
The Sentinel: two commissioners announce support for Cumberland County options sales tax plan
The Sentinel: New magistrate appointed to Middle District of Pennsylvania court
AP: Ruptured gas line forces closure of Pa. school
AP: Pennsylvania lawmaker is only Republican state legislator who is openly gay
AP: Sen. Dominic Pileggi calls for changes in electoral-vote tally
The Patriot-News: Pa. House Democratic lawmakers blast away at Gov. Tom Corbett’s lottery privatization proposal
The Patriot-News: Harrisburg councilman: State lawmakers banned commuter tax so they wouldn’t have to pay it
The Patriot-News: State admission data doesn’t back up doctors’ claims on ‘60 Minutes’
The Patriot-News: Pennsylvania tax collections come in lower than expected in November
The Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Turnpike pushes E-ZPass with lower fees, tolls
The Patriot-News: Cumberland County Commissioner Jim Hertzler proposes 1% county sales tax to cut property taxes
York Dispatch: Residents press Fairview supervisors over police chief’s firing
York Dispatch: Bipartisan Senate bill aims to keep Bradley production open at BAE
York Dispatch: GOP legislature renews call to change Pa. electoral allotment
Today’s the Day Harrisburg: The Race to Be Mayor of the City of Harrisburg: Who’s In?

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: District Judge Gay Elwell found dead in her Easton home
Reading Eagle: County basking in money from drilling impact fees

North by Northwest
Campaign ’12 Blog: No tax increase in 2013 from Millcreek Township
Campaign ’12 blog: Wattsburg Borough Council to meet new member
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Legislative Tally

Tribune-Democrat: Election is over; time for the nation to come together
Reading Eagle: Don’t alter the Senate rules for the sake of convenience
Times-Tribune: Now, the rest of the story?
Times-Tribune: 360-degree revolving door
News Item: Cheers to helping others, jeers to political infighting
Wayne Independent: Editorial: A better way to describe tax rates
Standard Speaker: Legislature must fix property tax mess
The Patriot-News: Editorial: Patient satisfaction should play a bigger role in doctor’s care
The Patriot-News: Jonah Goldberg: So much for any thoughtful response on fiscal cliff
The Patriot-News: Cynthia Tucker: John McCain’s attacks on Susan Rice smack of sour grapes
The Patriot-News: Op-ed: Working families should be the priority in fiscal cliff negotiations
York Dispatch: Editorial: Platts to leave an example for congressional colleagues

Keystone Politics: For real health care savings, we should lower the medicare eligibility age
Keystone Politics: It’s all about the bonding requirements
Keystone Politics: Awkward!
Keystone Politics: Dedicated regional transit taxes must be on the table in transportation funding debate
Keystone Politics: PLCB advertising controversy goes to the heart of stupidity of the state monopoly

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