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1/27 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Wolf discusses the conflict over the Open Records Director, the Dem Supreme Court candidates hold a forum and Lynne Abraham’s first video is unveiled. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: Wolf Calls Dispute Over Open Records Director ‘A Gift’: The new Governor is in the first fight of his tenure.

Democratic Supreme Court Candidates Attend Forum: Six Democratic aspirants spoke at Chatham University this weekend.

Murphy Slams Michael Moore over ‘American Sniper’ Comments (VIDEO): The former SEPA Congressman called on the filmmaker to apologize on his MSNBC show.

Lynne Abraham Featured in Pro-Animal Campaign Ad (VIDEO): The Philly mayoral hopeful receives the endorsement of the Philadelphia Animal Advocates.

PA-Gov: Wolf Stars in New York Times Profile Piece: The new governor gave an interview with The Times last week.

Politically Uncorrected: Romney’s Ghosts of Elections Past: How have losing candidates fared in their quests for redemption?

Statewide
State House Soundbites: Liquor Privatization, Back for Another Round
PA Independent: GOP State Committeewoman Fined for Notarizing Own Petitions
StateImpactPA: Federal Regulators Postpone Two Scoping Meetings on PennEast Pipeline
PLSReporter: Medical Marijuana Legalization Has New Life as House Majority Leader Expresses Support
PLSReporter: Lawsuit Filed Over Arneson’s Firing Focuses on Office’s Independence, Quasi-Judicial Function
PLSReporter: Leader Reed Sets House GOP Agenda
PLSReporter: (VIDEO) Former Eagles Running Back Discusses School Choice in the Capitol
Capitolwire: Hundreds of Health Care Bills Anticipated During New Legislative Session, Says Pennsylvania Health News Service Project
Capitolwire: Gov. Wolf Statement on Senate Republican Lawsuit
Capitolwire: Smith Committee Assignments Include Appropriations, Transportation

Philadelphia
The Inquirer: GOP Sues Wolf Over Fired Appointee
The Inquirer: Philadelphia Councilman’s Name Hijacked by Rival
The Inquirer: Eddie Campbell’s Retirements Will End an Era in Willingboro Politics
Philly.com: Santorum: Obama’s Middle Class Economics Failed
Daily News: GOv. Wolf’s ‘fresh start’ Hits a Little Stale Stall
Daily News: Trujillo Hasn’t Picked a Mayoral Candidate to Back Yet

SEPA
Delco Daily Times: SEPTA No Major Delays as Storm Bears Down on Philadelphia; Airport Not as Lucky
Delco Daily Times: Chester Dems Backing Kirkland in Mayoral Run
Bucks County Courier Times: Republicans Screening for Newtown Area Candidates Thursday
Bucks County Courier Times: Pennsbury School Board Urged to Consider Options in DeBlasio Residency Controversy
Bucks County Courier Times: Council Rock Administrator Gets Promotion, Raise of Almost $25,000
Pottstown Mercury: Bono to Seek Full Term as Montgomery County Sheriff

Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Lawsuit Challenges Wolf’s Firing of Open Records Director
Post-Gazette: Open Government Advocate Urges Wolf to Reconsider Firing
Post-Gazette: Wrenn, Burkley to run for Pittsburgh School Board Seat
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Teachers’ Pay Schedule Examined as Contract Talks Begin
Tribune-Review: Senate GOP, Fired Open Records Director File Lawsuit Against Wolf
Pittsburgh Business Times: Marcellus Shale Coalition Hires Corbett Aide
Pittsburgh Business Times: Healthcare Employment Stalls in Pittsburgh Region

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Proposed Nottingham Coal Mine Clears Local Permitting
Observer-Reporter: State Lottery Changing Names of Three Games, Adding a New One
Beaver County Times: Beaver Lawyer Announces Run for District Attorney
Altoona Mirror: Rain Potential Analysis Planned for Watershed
Altoona Mirror: Local Health Officials Encourage Everyone to Donate Blood
Tribune-Democrat: ‘Free’ Wine Kiosk Cost Pennsylvania $300K in Legal Fees

NEPA
Pocono Record: Former Pike County Candidate Charged with Rape of a Minor
Times Leader: Report: Income Gap Growing in Northeastern Pennsylvania
Times Leader: AP: Wolf says Firing Intended to Protect Agency’s Integrity
Times Leader: Pennsylvania House GOP Leader Talks Taxes, Medical Marijuana
Times-Tribune: Scranton Labor Contracts Include Arbitration Rulings, Settlement
Times-Tribune: Eight NEPA Lawmakers Front Row in Budget Debate
Times-Tribune: Cordaro Back in NEPA for Hearing

South Central
York Daily Record: Wolf sued over firing of open-records chief
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf declares disaster emergency in light of weather
Lancaster Intelligence/Era: Administration announces ‘historic’ Medicare program shift
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf responds to firing lawsuit, criticizes ‘eleventh hour’ appointment
Patriot-News: Former Office of Open Records chief sues Gov. Tom Wolf over firing
Patriot-News: Gov. Tom Wolf offers ‘common sense’ advice for snowstorm preparations, driving
Patriot-News: Pennsylvania Senate defends one of its own in Arneson, but that’s not a conflict in the eyes of this law
Patriot-News: House Majority Leader Dave Reed talks beer, bipartisanship and governor’s growing pains at Pa. Press Club: five takeaways
Patriot-News: Families, lawmakers ‘darn optimistic’ for medical marijuana legalization tis year

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Maidencreek Township attorney making 2nd run for seat on Berks County bench
Reading Eagle: New state representative from Bern Township immersing himself in job
Reading Eagle: Meet Gov. Tom Wolf’s nominees for Cabinet posts
Reading Eagle: Some of Wolf’s top aides are already on the job
Morning Call: Northampton County Executive Brown takes off the gloves

North by Northwest
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Marino, Thompson back House vote on abortion restrictions
Erie Times-News: Port Authority looking to restart McAllister project

Opinion
Post-Gazette: America’s New Culture War
Early Returns: Throughout History, Snipers Prompt Unease
Daily News: Teachers’ ‘Victory’ Over Insurance Ensures Continued Pain for Students
The Inquirer: Go With the Wind
Observer Reporter: Create a Plan for Mather Coal Site
Carlisle Sentinel: Lottery winners should be made public
The Patriot-News: On this question, Kane could take a lesson from Wolf
York Daily Record: Corbett forced Wolf’s hand on Office of Open Records job

Blogs
Citified: Half of City Council Just Got Cybersquatted
Citified: Can Jim Kenney Really Inherit Ken Trujillo’s Campaign Operation?
Citified: How City Hall Makes Blight Worse
Keystone Crossroads: Report Says Pennsylvania’s Income Growth Is ‘Lopsided’
Keystone Crossroads: Share Your Hopes and Fears About Reading at Community Forum Feb. 2
Keystone Crossroads: York Mayor Kim Bracey on Optimism, Underdogs and ‘Paying Dividends for Generations’
Keystone Crossroads: How Would You Grill the Applicants for the Job of Philly Mayor?
Keystone Crossroads: Pa. House Speaker Blasts City Council on PGW, Warns of Repercussions to Philly Schools
Commonwealth Foundation: PLCB Limitations Shackle Entrepreneurs
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: PSP Raid Shows Connection Between Nazareth Officials and Illegal Gambling

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