12/9 Morning Buzz

PA-state-flag6Our list of top operatives, the schedule for the 2014 PA Society and Wolf pledges once again to forgo holding a reception. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz!

PoliticsPA’s Top Operatives: 2014: PA has a lot of political talent – some of the best in the country. These are the men and women who stood out in the last election cycle.

The Full 2014 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-Gov: Tom Wolf Continues Tradition of Volunteering on PA Society Weekend: The Wolf family will contribute costs of a reception to give back to the community.

Superior Court Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen Seeks Spot on PA Supreme Court: Judge Cheryl Lynn Allen, a Republican, has thrown her name into a crowded field of candidates seeking election to the commonwealth’s highest court.

Statewide
Capitolwire: Basic Ed Funding Commission eyes Florida 60 percent funding model
State Impact PA: Wolf’s gas tax estimate might be too high
State Impact PA: Constitution pipeline puts pressure on landowners
State House Sound Bites: For redistricting reformers, plans start early
State House Sound Bites: PA’s political retreat to NYC begins this week
PLS Reporter: Success of financially distressed municipalities may depend on additional reform

Philadelphia
Inquirer: Decrying Ferguson, black leaders in Philadelphia call for change
Inquirer: Charter operators pitch the schools they’d open
Daily News: What’s next for Pa.: change or more of the same?
WHYY Newsworks: Bandit sign penalties could go up in Philly under proposed laws
WHYY Newsworks: Long-awaited hearing on new Philly charter school hopefuls begin
WHYY Newsworks: Philly trying to clear tree removal and trimming backlog
WHYY Newsworks: Mapping out Pennsylvania’s structurally deficient bridges
KYW: Black Pa. Lawmakers Promise Response to Wave of Protests Over Deaths at Hands of Police

SEPA
Mercury: 6 applicants vie for Chester County commissioner vacancy
Mercury: No tax hike in 2015 Chester County budget
Montgomery Media: Upper Moreland increases taxes by 4.9 percent
Daily Local: County Commissioners add to Barclay grant funds

Pittsburgh
Tribune Review: 2 doctors to lead VA Pittsburgh infectious disease programs
Tribune Review: Allegheny Health Network announces academic affiliation with Erie medical school
Tribune Review: Gasoline prices fall another 3.7 cents around Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette: Weak shale gas prices could make Wolf’s $1B severance tax prediction too high
Post-Gazette: State Supreme Court races will sizzle in 2015
Post-Gazette: U.S. unveils federal law enforcement profiling ban
Post-Gazette: Corporate jet crashes into Maryland home, at least three killed

Southwest
Beaver County Times: Shippingport calls for 2-mill increase
Beaver Country Times: Goodwald announces intent to run for D.A.
Observer-Reporter: Pa. guidance counselor on leave; FB threat probed
Tribune-Democrat: Wolf’s $1B drilling tax prediction might be high
Tribune-Democrat: Supreme Court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

NEPA
Times Leader: Luzerne County Council facing tough decisions to keep government functioning in 2015
Times-Tribune: Health care enrollees see spike in rates for 2015
Times-Tribune: New legislative districts take hold
Pocono Record: 2nd night of protests turns violent again
Pocono Record: Music teacher chosen as Pa.’s 2015 Teacher of the Year
Pocono Record: Ex-judge in porn scandal gets $11K monthly pension

South Central
Patriot News: Susquehanna Twp. School District’s superintendent search is down to 2 candidates
Patriot News: Middletown’s budget problems slightly smaller, but won’t get easier
Patriot News: Harrisburg City Council members insist on greater role in 10-year, citywide tax abatement
Daily News: No 2015 tax increase for Cornwall; resident suggests one for 2016
Daily News: Keystone Crossroads: How are Pennsylvania’s bridges holding up?
Dispatch: Unemployment drops to 5 percent in York area
Dispatch: York to launch 2015 $20,000 grant challenge
Intelligencer/Era: Columbia borough manager leaves after year and a half on the job

Lehigh Valley
Morning Call: Allentown’s City Center inks first retail tenant
Morning Call: Will Tom Wolf compromise on his priorities?
Express Times: Former Allentown police Chief Joe Hanna announces bid for Lehigh County sheriff
Eagle: Pottstown Borough Council talks about crime again
Eagle: What happens when Reading is out of Act 47

North by Northwest
Daily Times: State representative seeks apology for Barron’s ‘hands up’ gesture
Daily Times: School district, Centre Region Parks and Recreation resolve potential parking issue
Sun Gazette: Critics: Tax on drilling won’t raise $1 billion

Opinion
Daily News: DN Editorial: No power to the people
Inquirer: Judging the judges
Courier Times: Cooperation or gridlock?
Post-Gazette: Cut through the racism and hear immigrants’ stories
Post-Gazette: It shouldn’t take a disaster to rethink drilling
Tribune-Democrat: Remember Christmas for what it really is
Tribune-Democrat: Changes need to start in Johnstown
Times Leader: Don’t vilify the police for doing dangerous and complex job, writer says
Times Leader: Senator glosses over full story behind Keystone XL Pipeline plan
Patriot News: Is Toomey right – will Republicans end gridlock in Congress? A PennLive poll
Dispatch: EDITORIAL: Too many questions to York City charter plan
Daily Times: Column: How Washington became irrelevant

Blogs
Keystone State Education Coalition: Charter opponents join fight against York City receivership

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