12/8 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Upheaval in the legislature, Wolf calls for Eakin to resign and we present our comprehensive list of PA Society events. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

The Full 2015 PA Society List of Events: It’s that time of year, politicos: Pennsylvania Society! Here’s a rundown of all the events at the weekend-long marathon of receptions and cocktails.

PA-BGT: Mutiny in the Legislature: Budget negotiations may be back to square one.

PA-Gov: Wolf Calls for Eakin to Resign: The Governor believes the State Supreme Justice should step down.

House Freedom Caucus was Born in Hershey: A new report details how the influential conservative group formed at a Hershey retreat.

Stephens Wins AG GOP Straw Poll: State Rep. Todd Stephens won the informal survey of the Republican Central Caucus.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Senate, House GOP advance opposing budget plans
Capitolwire: Framework’s pension reform component would suspend PERC process to allow for faster consideration
Capitolwire: Savings minimal from budget framework’s pension component, but risk management ‘most important’ component
Capitolwire: Senate set to take up budget spending plan
PA Independent: Proposal would allow PA lawmakers to nullify labor contracts
State House Sound Bites: Budget’s partisan gridlock replaced by House-Senate stalemate
State House Sound Bites: On budget, Senate plows ahead as House GOP changes course

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Measure to remove Kane to go before full Senate
Inquirer: Prosecutors: Kane aide snooped on staff emails
Inquirer: Kenney to travel to Harvard with other mayor-elects
Daily News: It’s time for Trump to go
Daily News: What if probe revealed what we think of Harrisburg to be true?
WHYY Newsworks: Pa. faith leaders call on politicans to oppose refugee restrictions
WHYY Newsworks: Many kids with exemptions have gotten some vaccines

SEPA
Bucks County Courier-Times: Upper Makefield supervisor sues fellow board members over alleged improper use of funds
Bucks County Courier-Times: Philadelphia archdiocese announces closure of Levittown church
Levittown Now: Meeting On Cashless PA Turnpike To Be Held Tuesday

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: Kane aide in court; prosecutors claim he spied on other employees
Tribune Review: Pennsylvania Senate OKs bipartisan budget, pension bill; House fate unsure
Tribune Review: Armstrong officials submit plans for $580K in federal funding
KDKA: President Clinton to host Pittsburgh fundraiser for Hillary
Early Returns: Senate plan introduced for possible removal of Kathleen Kane
WESA: Budget’s partisan gridlock replaced by house-senate stalemate
Post-Gazette: House GOP moves toward ownl fiscal plan, jeopardizing state budget deal
Pittsburgh Business Times: Franchises hope NLRB’s ‘joint employer’ will be blocked by Congress through government spending bill

Southwest
Observer-Reporter: Cumberland approves 2016 budget
Observer-Reporter: Coder top spender in commissioners race
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Capitol divided as Republicans debate dueling budgets
Altoona Mirror: Blair to seek tax levy approval

NEPA
Citizens Voice: Kane: Handling of ethics vacancy shows ‘old boy’s network’
Citizens Voice: Book takes aim at state’s historic political tradition
Citizens Voice: Online voter registration expected to surge in ‘16
The Times Leader: Luzerne County court officials object to another round of proposed budget cuts
Standard Speaker: Yannuzzi looks backs at his time as mayor

South Central
York Daily Record: Sen. Scott Wagner: Natural gas money declining
Patriot News: Dueling state budget plans set the stage for a showdown
Patriot News: ‘I intend to tear down this network,’ AG Kathleen Kane says of ‘Porngate’ exchange
Patriot News: Cumberland Valley officials discuss poverty, approve contract for social worker
Patriot News: Pa. lawmakers question independence of parole board if corrections merger is approved
Patriot News: Cumberland County approves 2016 budget with no tax hike
York Dispatch: York Muslims wary of bigotry after attacks
York Dispatch: Report urges broad approach to Pa. heroin epidemic
Lancaster Intelligencer: Lancaster DA asks police to hold off on body cameras for a year
Lancaster Intelligencer: Pittsburgh Steelers QB Michael Vick to advocate for Pa. ‘Pets in Cars’ bill Tuesday in Harrisburg

Lehigh Valley
Reading Eagle: Fatal shooting of Reading teen was justified, district attorney says
Reading Eagle: Two leaders in Berks County’s Muslim community speak out against Donald Trump
Reading Eagle: Berks lawmakers vote for state Senate budget bill
Morning Call: Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, religious leaders urge Congress to welcome, not halt, Syrian refugees
Morning Call: Senate’s OK of $30.8 billion budget does not end impasse
Morning Call: Bill Clinton to raise money in Bethlehem for wife’s presidential bid
Morning Call: Ruling says Northampton County engaged in unfair labor practices against Gracedale workers
Express Times: Nazareth to hire police commissioner for embattled agency
Express Times: Easton mayor hopeful for South Side silk mill redevelopment

North by Northwest
Centre Daily Times: Bellefonte passes budget draft with no tax increase
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: County accepts $1.6M grant for housing
Erie Times-News: Calling hours for Erie County Councilman Fatica announced
Erie Times-News: Two budgets could be headed for reconciliation in Pa. Legislature
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘15 Blog: More than 50,000 register to vote online in Pa.

Opinion
Inquirer: Climate pact path murky
Daily News: Rethinking an armed USA
Post-Gazette: Military women: It is qualifications, not gender, that matters
Citizens Voice: Resurrecting Ex-Im Bank is a good call
Reading Eagle: Wert shouldn’t have been removed from leadership post
Williamsport Sun-Gazette: There has to be a better way to reform health care
York Daily Record: Mourning the loss of Hal Bowman to terrorism
Patriot News: Climate-change efforts hit congressional headwinds
Patriot News: As key #PaBudget pieces start to move, will Wolf, lawmakers wring out a holiday miracle?: Analysis
York Dispatch: Counter radicalism but embrace Muslim community
Lancaster Intelligencer: Congress should act to help Puerto Rico

Blogs
Commonwealth Foundation: With Details, Wolf Budget “Framework” Looks Even Worse
Commonwealth Foundation: 17,496 Reasons to Reject Higher Taxes
Commonwealth Foundation: Do New Budget Plans Protect Taxpayers?
Keystone Crossroads: Bill would make counties cooperate with immigration detainers

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