12/6 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg Capitol stepsCorbett’s DEP pick is under fire, Casey calls for raising the minimum wage and someone is anonymously staffing up for a run for Governor. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Don’t forget to check back later for the Ups & Downs!

PA-Gov Mystery: Who’s Staffing Up in Pittsburgh?: An anonymous Pennsylvania gubernatorial campaign is recruiting 4 staffers on the political employment website Democratic Gain.

UPDATED Response from Abruzzo: Corbett’s DEP Pick Says No Harm from Climate Change: Democrats attacked Corbett’s DEP Secretary nominee after he downplayed the impacts of climate change.

Casey Calls for Higher Minimum Wage: The Senator announced his support for a bill that would raise the national minimum wage to $10.10.

PA-8: State Rep. Davis & Other Bucks Dems Endorse Strouse: The State Representative is the most prominent of several local officials to endorse Kevin Strouse.

PA-13: National Medical Community Supports Arkoosh: The Democratic candidate running to replace Rep. Allyson Schwartz received support from both the Pennsylvania and national medical communities.

Legislative Election Updates:

SD-36: Representatives Gordon Denlinger (R-Lancaster) and Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster) are both seeking this Senate seat and have begun sparring on Twitter. SD-36 is currently held by Republican Mike Brubaker but he announced in June that he would not seek reelection. On Twitter, both Aument and Denlinger said they would only seek the Senate seat, and not re-election to their House seats.

HD-112: The Times Leader checks in on this member-vs-member redistricting battle. Freshman Rep. Kevin Haggarty (D-Lackawanna) must challenge fellow freshman and Democrat Rep. Frank Farina for the seat. The district includes more of Farina’s voters than Haggerty’s.

HD-164: The Inquirer profiled Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware), highlighting her nebulous territory as a socially conservative Democrat. Davidson controversially voted against her party on school vouchers and in favor of restrictive abortion policy. Next year, Davidson will have a primary challenger, Billy J. Smith.

Statewide
StateImpactPA: Shell abandons plans for natural gas liquids plant in Louisiana
StateImpactPA: U.S. energy boom has big impact on trade, but not jobs
StateImpactPA: Winter gas heating prices starting out low, expected to rise
State House Sound Bites: Capitol Christmas tree lit — all 20 feet of it
Capitolwire: Some quick details about the Corbett Medicaid waiver in advance of Friday’s unveiling

Philadelphia
Daily News: Is ballot question over ‘resign-to-run’ a riddle?
PhillyClout: Fattah to host TV show
Commonwealth Confidential: Corbett to submit waiver to expand Medicaid coverage
City Paper: Documents raise questions about cost of new prison
WHYY Newsworks: Should Fumo get back in the game?
WHYY Newsworks: Should Pa.’s colleges get the keys to drive the state’s charter school strategy?
WHYY Newsworks: 87,000 Pa. residents could lose unemployment benefits by end of month
KYW: Local Fast Food Workers Join A National Protest Against Low Wages
NBC Philadelphia: NAACP Reacts to Mandela’s Death
Philly Record: Polls Today… Don’t Count Election Day
AP: Judges-elect can keep asking lawyers for dollars

SEPA
Courier-Times: Low-wage protests come to Bucks County
Courier-Times: Bucks County awards $3.7 million in casino impact grants
Courier-Times: Thomas elected president, Block VP of CR school board
Pottstown Mercury: Pottstown debates using a portion of Waste Management payment to balance budget
Pottstown Mercury: New Daniel Boone S.B. president questions move to Amity Primary Center

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Ravenstahl says he would veto Peduto’s early-pension incentive for Pittsburgh employees
Post-Gazette: Penguins’ plans for Civic Arena site hit snag
Post-Gazette: Dozens protest Duquesne University’s opposition to union drive
Post-Gazette: Corbett set to give update on Medicaid
Tribune-Review: Deb Gross to be sworn in to fill vacant Pittsburgh City Council seat
Tribune-Review: Pennsylvania, other states considering bids to host Boeing 777X production
UrbanMediaToday: Hill District Community Asks City Planning to Join Quest for Fair Housing

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Chances improve for Shell’s proposed cracker in Beaver County
Beaver County Times: Aliquippa council members to crunch ’14 budget numbers
Beaver County Times: Chevron presents plans for Moon Twp. headquarters
Tribune-Democrat: County to refinance $19M in debt, assume $5 million loan to avoid default
Tribune-Democrat: Pitt-Johnstown president lauded by Cambria County commissioners

NEPA
Times Leader: Barletta questions health law’s impact on fire companies
Times Leader: Former city official claims discrimination
Times-Tribune: Live updates from Scranton City Council
Citizen Voice: NEPA unemployment rate stays the same
News Item: Shamokin council to meet twice to solve $600,000 deficit
News Item: Shamokin needs $800,000 to pay 2013 bills
Standard Speaker: Pa. House panel issues report on school safety

South Central
PennLive: Harrisburg mayoral fundraising totaled more than $620K this year
PennLive: Corbett recalls Mandela as ‘colossus of freedom’
PennLive: Bipartisan farm bill could avert $7 milk threat by Christmas
PennLive: Potential sale of Cumberland County property near I-81 could bring jobs, additional tax dollars
PennLive: Harrisburg parking tech upgrades could reduce inconvenience for state workers
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County commissioners OK cost-analysis study of Cedar Haven
Lebanon Daily News: Lebanon County Commissioners pass surprising budget
Roxbury News: 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Dent signs letter pressing Boehner for ENDA vote
Reading Eagle: State clarifies when cities will be notified about redevelopment program
Reading Eagle: Bill would allow greatly expanded use of DNA

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Spring Township adopts 2014 budget without a tax increase

Opinions
Standard Speaker: Supremes should have nothing to hide
Post-Gazette: Protect the children: Pa. senators can fix the state’s abuse laws
Express Times: Repeal automatic cost-of-living raises for Pa. lawmakers, governor, judges

Blogs
Media Trackers: Corbett Union Concession in Cards for Pennsylvania Lottery
Media Trackers: Pennsylvania Teachers Union Opposes Changes to Seniority Rules
Keystone Politics: Corbett Nominates Another Climate Denier to DEP
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Schwartz Campaign Responds on Social Security Cut Vote
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Did Allyson Schwartz Vote for Social Security Cuts?
Keystone Progress: Advocates Fear Unemployment Extension Expiration Could Leave Thousands High and Dry in PA
Commonwealth Foundation: Union Gave $650,000 from Teachers’ Dues to Anti-Republican Group
Keystone State Education Coalition: PA Ed Policy Roundup for December 5, 2013: U.S. Schools: They face a crisis.

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