1/28 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6The GOP sues Gov. Wolf, Kenney resigns from the City Council and another Fattah aide is subpoenaed. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PA-Gov: GOP Sues Wolf Over Firing of Corbett’s Appointee: Erik Arneson’s short tenure as Director of the Office of Open Records comes to an abrupt ending. Or has it?

PHL-15: Kenney to Resign from City Council, Mayoral Run Expected: James Kenney is stepping down from the Philly City Council, and is likely to run for Mayor.

PA-2: Another Top Fattah Aide Subpoenaed in Criminal Case: The Congressman’s district office manager has received a subpoena for grand jury testimony.

Carroll Chosen as Chair of House Democratic Campaign Committee: The fifth-term State Representative was chosen by Democratic Leader Frank Dermody.

Reader Poll: Wolf Will Have Negative Approval in One Year: Our readers believe the new Governor will not have a net positive approval rating in 2016.

Reader Poll: Do You Approve of Gov. Wolf Firing Arneson?: We ask our readers whether they approve of Gov. Wolf’s recension of Gov. Corbett’s last-minute appointment.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Despite Recall, Senate Panel OKs 13 Corbett Lame-Duck Nominees
Capitolwire: Don’t Get ‘Panicky’ About Snowstorm, Wolf Says
Capitolwire: House Majority Leader Offers Different Path to Accomplishing Wolf’s Goal
Capitolwire: Arneson, Senate GOP Sue Wolf Over Firing
State House Sound Bites: Wolf Greets Medical Marijuana Supporters
PA Independent: Ousted Open-Records Chief Sues Governor, Wants Job Back
StateImpactPA: Fracking Protests Grow in North Africa
PLS Reporter: VIDEO: Folmer, Leach Reintroduce Medical Marijuana Bill
PLS Reporter: Corbett Nominations Make Their Way Through Senate Committee
PLS Reporter: Dispute Over Purely Public Charities Definitional Ability Continues
PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf Will Sign Senate Medical Marijuana Proposal

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Gov. Wolf Confirms His Support for Medical Marijuana
Inquirer: Christie Takes Another Step Towards a 2016 Run
Inquirer: Menendez Says He’ll Hold off on Iran Sanctions Vote
Inquirer: In Iowa, Huckabee Woos the Party Faithful
Daily News: Guess Who Leads Toomey in Early Poll
WHYY Newsworks: Kenney Makes it Clear, Just Not Official

SEPA
Bucks County Courier Times: Pay Cut to Zero for Next Morrisville Controller
Bucks County Courier Times: Navy ‘Stalling’ On Horsham Base, Congressmen Say
Bucks County Courier Times: Wolf Vows to Support Medical Marijuana Bill
Bucks County Courier Times: State Law Calls for Appointment and then Special Election to Fill Courier’s Seat
Pottstown Mercury: Ousted Pa. Open-Records Chief Sues Wolf, Wants Job Back
Montgomery Media: In Conversation With: Ambler Mayor Jeanne Sorg Looks to the Future

Pittsburgh
KDKA: AP: Gov. Wolf Vows to Support PA Senate’s Medical Marijuana Bill
Post-Gazette: Administration of Washington County Court Returns to Local Control
Post-Gazette: PA Senate Advances Controversial Nonprofits Bill
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh Must Better Document how Witness Protection Money is Spent, Report says
Post-Gazette: Medical Marijuana may have New Traction at State Capitol
Post-Gazette: Allegheny County gets $15.5 Million to Continue Programs for Homeless People
Post-Gazette: Peters Council Forms Group to Study Future of Drilling in Township
Tribune-Review: Allegheny County Assistant Public Defender Charged for Allegedly Lying to Court Staff
Tribune-Review: Supporters Optimistic About Passage of Medical Marijuana
Pittsburgh Business Times: Pennsylvania’s Impact Fee Rates Hold Steady for 2014
Pittsburgh Business Times: Ridgetop Capital Raises $200M Fund to Buy Marcellus, Utica Shale Acreage

Southwest
Tribune-Democrat: Somerset Bids Farewell to Longtime Manager
Beaver County Times: Washington Post: You Can Protect the Land from Drilling. The Planet is Another Question
Observer-Reporter: Interim Washington County Administrative Judge Steps Down
Observer-Reporter: Washington’s Mayor Announces Re-election Bid
Observer-Reporter: DA Turns Over $100K from Forfeitures to County General Fund

NEPA
Times-Tribune: No Environmental Lawyer for Dunmore Council, for Now
Times-Leader: Testimony Continues in Cordaro
Times-Leader: Rep. Toohil Announces State Funding for Local Fire, Ambulance Companies
Times-Leader: Candidate Announce for Wilkes-Barre’s District C Council Seat
Times-Leader: Ashley-based Anthracite Mine Group Raises Concerns About Proposed Pipeline Crossing Susquehanna River
Pocono Record: 140,000 Pennsylvanians Enroll in Health care for the First Time

South Central
Lebanon Daily News: Palmyra businessman Ralph Watts appointed to council
York Dispatch: York County state senator re-introduces medical cannabis bill
York Dispatch: Former Dover Twp. supervisor running for county commissioner
Patriot-News: AG Kathleen Kane to defend Gov. Tom Wolf in open records firing case
Patriot-News: Lyft ignores ban, sets up ride-hailing service in Philadelphia
Patriot-News: Senate GOP tells Gov. Tom Wolf he’s not the boss of them by approving nominations he wanted recalled
Patriot-News: Bill requiring cost parity for cancer treatments takes first step forward in PA House
Patriot-News: Mutchler apologizes for remark about Office of Open Records’ new chief counsel’s qualifications
Patriot-News: Medical marijuana legislation reintroduced in Pa. Senate
Carlisle Sentinel: Pa. Game Commission to vote on banning kids from hunting
Carlisle Sentinel: Teplitz to host Perry County office open house
York Daily Record: Senate Republicans move forward with 13 nominations despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s call not to
York Daily Record: Gov. Tom Wolf meets with parents who want medical marijuana legalized for their kids
Lancaster Intelligence/Era: Bill giving lawmakers power to decide nonprofits’ tax status under scrutiny

Lehigh Valley
WFMZ: Sal Panto appointed vice chair of National League of Cities Committee
WFMZ: State legislators schedule meeting about gas pipeline
WFMZ: Berks lawmaker backs bill to legalize medical marijuana
Morning Call: Kathleen Kane’s woes traced to transcript’s release
Morning Call: Lehigh commissioners want to wrest control of contract talks
Express-Times: Lehigh Valley receives $3.66 million in federal homelessness assistance funding

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Benninghoff announces grants for local fire, emergency agencies
Centre Daily Times: Firm hired to oversee probe of allegations vs. Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller

Opinion
Post-Gazette: Letter: Charging Per Credit is a Fairer Tuition System
Tribune-Review: Pittsburgh Schools that Work
Times-Tribune: Cordaro is, was, Guilty
Daily News: Choking on Charters
Bucks County Courier Times: Amend Open Records Appointment Process
Carlisle Sentinel: Wolf, Senate start off on wrong foot
York Daily Record: Do not tamper with Pa.’s shield law

Blogs
Citified: Who Will Win the Snow Primary?
Citified: Is New Millennial PAC Just Trolling Council?
Citified: Milton Street’s Lawyer: Milton’s No Felon
Citified: Jim Kenney Says He’s Not a Fan of Stop and Frisk
Citified: Jim Kenney Is Resigning from Council on Thursday
Citified: Philadelphia Commuters Are Slowly, Slowly Giving Up Their Cars
Keystone Crossroads: Democrats in Pa. Seek ‘Common Ground’ as Partisan Battles Loom
Keystone Crossroads: Wonks Weigh in on How Wolf Should Help Cities
Keystone State Education Coalition: One of the Last Acts of the Corbett Administration Was to Renew Three Cyber Charters
Commonwealth Foundation: PODCAST: A Local-Only Teachers Union?
Commonwealth Foundation: The State of School Choice in Pennsylvania
Above Average Jane: New Firearms Legislation Introduced

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