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1/28 Morning Buzz

Harrisburg-Capitol-steps6-300x220A state rep was charged with three felonies, there was another drop-out in the race for PA-6 and the candidates in PA-13 face-off. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Hanger Unveils ‘Legalize Marijuana’ Billboards: The latest step in his campaign to have marijuana come within the boundaries of the law.

PA-Gov: Chocolate Workers Endorse McCord: The state treasurer picks up a sweet endorsement.

PA-6: Cozzone Drops Out, Dem Field Narrows: Chester County Commissioner declines to run.

PA-Gov: Fmr. Pittsburgh Mayor Endorses Schwartz: The congresswoman scores a solid Western PA endorsement.

Aument Wins Straw Poll in SD-36: Rep. Aument won a straw poll of Republican committee members in the primary race for Sen. Brubaker’s seat.

Rep. Miranda Facing Felony Charges: Philadelphia DA Seth Williams bringing 3 charges against the freshman legislator.

PA-8: Fitzpatrick Hauls In $350K During Q4: The incumbent Congressman has $1.28 million cash on hand at the start of the election year.

PA-16: Houghton Throws His Hat in the Ring: Former state representative Tom Houghton has decided to campaign against incumbent U.S. representative Joe Pitts.

Dems Stake Out Territory in PA-13: Three of the four Democrats running in PA-13 agreed a lot and sparred a little in a forum Sunday afternoon.

Legislative Elections Update:

HD-22: Allentown City Councilman Peter Schweyer will announce his candidacy for the newly relocated 22nd State House District later this week. The new district covers Allentown and South Allentown in Lehigh County after it was moved from Allegheny County.

HD-98: Tony Crocamo formally announced his run as the Democratic Candidate for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 98th Legislative District. This seat has been held by Rep. David Hickernell (R-Dauphin) since 2003. “We can’t change what happens in Harrisburg,” said Crocamo, “until we change who represents us in Harrisburg.”

Crocamo served as a West Hempfield Township Supervisor from 2005 to 2011, is currently a West Hempfield Zoning Board member, and is the township’s representative on Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee’s Land Use Advisory Board. A committee person for the Hempfield Area Democratic Committee for 11 years, including three years as chair, he has also served as the finance chair for the Lancaster County Democratic Committee (LCDC) for three years.

HD-115: Republican Doctor and small businessman Anthony Diecidue announced his candidacy to represent the 115th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. For 25 years, Dr. Anthony Diecidue, an optometrist, has run a practice serving Monroe County residents. “My background gives me a unique understanding of the difficult issues we face,” said Diecidue.

The district is currently represented by Rep. Farina but is being sent south to Monroe County and his district merged with Haggerty’s. 49% of registered Democrats in the newly drawn 112th are Haggerty’s current voters. 43% reside in Farina’s current district.

HD-133: State Rep. Dan McNeill, D-Lehigh, has announced he is seeking re-election to a second term.

He will face Jose Rosado, an administrator in the Allentown School District and Fountain Hill mayor in the Democratic primary. Rosado entered his name for the party nomination two years ago when former Rep. Joe Brennan resigned, but was passed over for McNeil, a former union leader.

HD-163: State Rep. Nicholas Micozzie (R-Delaware) confirmed months of rumors when he announced that he will retire following the conclusion of his term at the end of the year. Attorney Vince Rongione announced earlier this month that he was going to run in this seat. The district represents Drexel Hill, Clifton Heights, Havertown and Aldan.

HD-202: Former Navy Admiral and Congressman Joe Sestak (PA-07) announced his endorsement of Jared Solomon for State Representative in Pennsylvania’s 202nd Legislative District, praising his years of commitment to residents of Northeast Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. Solomon is running in the Democratic primary against Rep. Mark Cohen (D-Philadelphia).

“Jared Solomon represents the next generation of leaders we need in Pennsylvania,” said Admiral Sestak. “Jared will roll up his sleeves and fight for the residents of Northeast Philadelphia—working to ensure all Pennsylvanians have access to quality education, well-paying jobs, and safe neighborhoods.”

Capitolwire: Corbett lawyer to file motion opposing Voter ID ruling, seeking suspension of ID requirement for next two elections
StateImpactPA: McGinty: Gas is part of ‘secret sauce’ to drive economic growth

Inquirer: State Rep. J.P. Miranda charged with corruption
Inquirer: No retrial in Ligambi case
Daily News: Allyson Schwartz’s ‘frontrunneritis’
Daily News: Busy with the people’s business
Daily News: Outsider candidate with insider friends? Penn National makes its pitch for Philly casino Philly casino applicants face questions on suitability this week
Big Tent: McGinty to air first TV ads of Democratic primary

Courier-Times: Bristol school board working to close budget gap
Courier-Times: Bucks County to sell gov’t buildings, move departments
Courier-Times: Flood insurance spikes prompt Harrisburg hearings
Montgomery Media: 13th U.S. Congressional District Democratic candidates discuss issues at forum in Upper Dublin
Montgomery Media: State Rep. Paul Clymer to retire after 34 years in office
Montgomery Media: Souderton year-end numbers show more income, less spending than expected in 2013

Early Returns: The Three Amigos
Early Returns: Corbett campaign flays Dems
KDKA: Salt Shortage Has Some Municipalities In Conservation Mode
Tribune Review: Pa. Governor Corbett broke promises on taxes, GOP opponent claims
Tribune Review: Obama to visit U.S. Steel plant in West Mifflin during Wednesday trip
Tribune Review: Change extends service time for alternate jurors
Tribune Review: State to conduct audit of Pittsburgh Public Schools
Post-Gazette: Republican helps medical marijuana advance in Pennsylvania
Post-Gazette: Judge grants motion to begin August Wilson Center liquidation
WTAE: Mayor: No more holding back on salt

AP: McGinty says she’ll be first Democrat to run TV ad
AP: Pa. game commission asked to expand deer hunting
Beaver County Times: Report flags traffic safety law gaps in Pa.
Beaver County Times: Flood insurance spikes prompt Harrisburg hearings

Times-Tribune: New medical marijuana push focuses on kids
AP: Corbett asks court to reverse decision on voter ID
News Item: Strip mine land to be reclaimed
News Item: Gaming fund to benefit local fire companies
Times Leader: Gaming funds applications to be redone
Times Leader: Tax collection battle to be decided
Times Leader: Act 13 ruling could change drilling case law
Standard Speaker: Legislators behind Operation GangUp see progress, look to program’s future
Standard Speaker: $40K grant will pay for armed officer at new Hazleton Area school

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: In Hershey, Rep. Charlie Dent unveils measure to preserve CHIP program
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Houghton will challenge Pitts for congressional seat
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Fun facts about the State of the Union address
AP: Obama to visit Costco, steel plant after address
York Daily Record: Why U.S. Rep. Scott Perry invited a Shipley Energy executive to Tuesday’s State of the Union
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration signals it will keep fighting for Pennsylvania’s Voter ID law
Harrisburg Patriot News: York County state Senate special election features two candidates and draws more criticism
Harrisburg Patriot News: Republican congressman hopes to stop Obamacare shift of Pennsylvania children from CHIP to Medicaid

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Pa. state representative charged in corruption case
Morning Call: Corbett asks court to reconsider Voter ID ruling
Reading Eagle: Medical marijuana bill heads for Harrisburg hearing
AP: Conservative groups, unions battle over pay in Pa.

North by Northwest
Campaign ‘14 Blog: Not your typical campaign billboard in Erie
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Legislative tally
AP: Pa. game commission asked to expand deer hunting

Post-Gazette: Better buyout: Cuts in Peduto’s new plan should be in writing
Observer-Reporter: A ‘rural lifestyle’ no more?
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Pot dragnet a dopey idea
Daily News: DN Editorial: PUT TO THE TEST
Harrisburg Patriot News: Critz aims to deliver western Pa. for Democratic gubernatorial nominee

Commonwealth Foundation: National, State Teachers’ Unions Don’t Talk to Teachers
Commonwealth Foundation: Paycheck Protection Garners National Attention
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Marijuana Is Not the #1 Issue
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Even The Highest Governor Salary Won’t Stop Tom Corbett From Enriching Himself With Lobbyist Gifts
Keystone Politics: Rep. Gordon Denlinger Invents Fake Freedom to Discriminate
Keystone Politics: The Booze Market We Need
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Our Modern Pharisees
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Bethlehem Township Swears In Two New Cops

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  1. Dear PAGOP Chair Rob Gleason: At your winter meeting opening this Friday, will you please censure PAINDY1, Signor Ferrari and Senator McCain for good measure to prove that you have no RINO in you. We want to get fired up like Senator McCain. I think you are the right man to fire us up, like you did those Philly Welfare Queens with all your voter suppression efforts.

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