1/30 Morning Buzz

TC shot glassCorbett will roll out his plan to privatize the state’s wine & spirits stores today. And more numbers from Quinnipiac will entice political junkies. Good morning politicos, here’s the Buzz.

Quinnipiac Poll: Pa. Voters Support Universal Background Checks 19 to 1: Pa. voters support universal background checks almost universally. The latest survey from Quinnipiac shows that there’s also healthy support for an assault weapons ban.

Quinnipiac Poll: Gender Gap Sinks Corbett Numbers: By a 30 point margin, Pa. women say Gov. Tom Corbett does not deserve a second term. His job approval numbers aren’t much better.

Wolf Says Guv Bid Likely: Businessman and former Pa. Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf says he’s likely to jump into the Democratic primary for Governor.

Barletta Slams Immigration Package: Pennsylvania’s fiercest critic of amnesty blasts a bipartisan package to reform immigration.

AP: PA denies three new midstate cyber charter schools
AP: Court to weigh secrecy of PA turnpike lawyers
AP: PA labor chief says police are probing hotline problems
AP: Leading PA Senator skeptical of Governor Corbett’s pension strategy
AP: Two state agencies in dispute over health of the Susquehanna
State House Sound Bites: Poll: Corbett’s grim numbers get no bump from NCAA lawsuit
StateImpactPA: Post-Gazette: DEP Pulls Wastewater Permit
Capitolwire: Scarnati has questions about governor’s proposed pension reforms
Capitolwire: At mid-term, 51-31 against Corbett re-election, new Quinnipiac poll shows
Capitolwire: Pension reform, public education funding to be linked in Corbett budget

AP: Pa. senator skeptical of Corbett pension strategy
Inquirer: Pa. voters disapprove of Gov. Corbett
Inquirer: High-powered testimony in ex-PHA chief’s lawsuit
Inquirer: Blondell’s ex-campaign chief loses city job
Daily News: Corbett: Good Bet/Bad Bet
PhillyClout: South Philly state Rep’s business partner indicted on tax charges
PhillyClout: Tuesday’s DN: Councilwoman Reynolds Brown admits to Ethics violations
PhillyClout: Councilwoman refuses to answer questions about campaign finance violations
PhillyClout: Political watchdog urges law enforcement to examine Councilwoman’s campaign finance violations
WHYY Newsworks: Gov. Corbett’s poll numbers are in a slump Pa. Lawmakers Fight to Reform Statute of Limitations on Sexual Abuse

SEPA Corbett administration blames drop in federal funding and old tech for unemployment busy signals Corbett plan said to include wine, liquor and beer State education secretary says Corbett’s budget has good news for schools Pennde faces financial squeeze; seeks loan
Delco Daily Times: PA budget chief says pension reforms essential
Montgomery Media: Local legislators speak at League of Women Voters group

Tribune-Review: Corbett budgeting to train hundreds of new state troopers
Tribune-Review: Poll finds Corbett’s approval rate plummeting
Tribune-Review: Philadelphia group gets more time for Lawrence County casino plan
Tribune-Review: Top Senate Republican objects to linking funding in state budget
Tribune-Review: Pa. labor chief: Police probing jobless benefits hotline problems
Tribune-Review: Former revenue secretary Wolf ‘likely’ to challenge Corbett
Post-Gazette: Poll: Likely Pennsylvania voters disapprove of Corbett’s performance
Post-Gazette: Corbett’s budget to affect state employee pensions
Post-Gazette: Orie aide tells jury of work done for judicial sister
Post-Gazette: DEP pulls permit, to allow comment
Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania withholds OKs for 8 cyber charter schools
Post-Gazette: Attorney for suspended Justice Orie Melvin highlights witness’ inconsistencies
Post-Gazette: Scarnati urges quick approval of transportation plan
Post-Gazette: Pittsburgh City Council unanimously approves Ravenstahl’s property tax plan
Early Returns: Q poll: No strong Corbett support anywhere
Early Returns: Toomey no on Sandy relief; Casey yes
Early Returns: Corbett to unveil LCB plan
KDKA: DEP investigating Fly Ash Hauling
KDKA: Allegheny Co. homeowners have sticker shock over new property taxes
KDKA: Locals react to proposed immigration reform

AP: Pa. Senate OKs task force on mass shootings
AP: PSU on pace in implementing Freeh recommendations
AP: Corbett plan said to include wine, liquor, and beer
AP: Pa. state agencies arguing over Susquehanna river
AP: Melvin defense targets authenticity of documents
AP: Rendell supports ex-Philly housing czar at trial
AP: Pennsylvania budget chief says pension reforms essential
AP: State labor chief: Police probing hotline problems
Beaver County Times: Rothfus unveils committee assignments

Times-Leader: PA reactivating solar program
Times-Tribune: Changes due for future public pensioners
Citizens Voice: Scarnati “skeptical” of Corbett’s pension strategy
Pocono Record: Foreclosure counseling available in Monroe Co.
Pocono Record: All three Pocono Twp. supervisors approved as full-time employees
Pocono Record: Penn State on pace in implementing Freeh recommendations

Lehigh Valley
Pennsylvania Ave: Toomey votes no on Sandy relief
Pennsylvania Ave: Lehigh Valley native, Capitol Hill staffer wins $100K on Who Wants to be a Millionaire
Pennsylvania Ave: Pa. judges to challenge mandatory retirement in state and federal courts
Pennsylvania Ave: Jammed up unemployment compensation hotline to improve, state official says
Morning Call: Brennan gets work release, trying to save government job
Morning Call: Joe Conti leaving the LCB, but not for long
Reading Eagle: Pa. budget chief says pension reforms essential
Reading Eagle: PennDOT efficiency drive could free up funds for roadwork
WFMZ: Local immigration lawyers praise President’s plan
WFMZ: Proposed immigration reform stirs local debate
Express Times: Upper Nazareth Township officials’ approval of retirement community reversed by judge
Express Times: Tony Bassil running for late Gay Elwell’s judge seat
Express Times: Freemansburg Avenue in Wilson Borough reopened following water line break, utility says – UPDATE

South Central
Carlisle Sentinel: Cumberland D.A. wants charged Carlisle tax collector removed
Carlisle Sentinel: First Lady Corbett visits Carlisle school
Patriot News: Scarnati to employ legislative move to stop online gaming in PA
Patriot News: Harrisburg Recover Officer: schools saddled with debt, student exodus to charters
Patriot News: State agencies sparring over Susquehanna River designation—again!
Patriot News: Steel State: map shows most of PA Steelers fans.
Conestoga Valley News: Guns now allowed in E. Lampeter parks
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: State Ed. Sec. hints at more money for public schools in Governor’s budget
Roxbury News: Forensic audit for Harrisburg schools
Roxbury News: 46% of Harrisburg’s funding comes from state
Roxbury News: Mayor vs. City Controller feud gets its day in court

North by Northwest
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Bizzarro to present award to Miss Pa.
Erie Times-News Campaign ‘13 Blog: Two more Erie lawyers announce candidacies in judge’s race
Centre Daily Times: 2 Pa. congressmen ask NCAA to end Penn State scholarship reductions
Centre Daily Times: State College school board OKs new teacher contract
Centre Daily Times: Penn State conducting controlled burns in Arboretum
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Legislator sour on labor law plan’s chances, defends effort to lure refinery
Williamsport Sun Gazette: Contractor sues River Valley Transit

Post-Gazette: No reform: The Senate botches a chance to fix the filibuster
Post-Gazette: The U.S. in Mali: Creeping involvement must be debated in Congress
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Readers’ Forum 1-29 | It’s essential to retake our culture

Watchdog Wire: Penn State scandal, and broken promises could lead to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s 2013 defeat
Jon Geeting: Two Questions for the Bethlehem Mayor Candidates
Jon Geeting: Northampton County Democrats Primary Open Thread
Jon Geeting: Dean Browning Will Challenge Scott Ott in the Republican Primary
John Hanger: Key Fact: Gas Royalty Checks Total $1.2 Billion in PA
John Hanger: An Economic Tale Of Two Shale Booms: Pennsylvania is Not North Dakota

January 30th, 2013 | Posted in Front Page Stories, Playbook, Top Stories | 1 Comment

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  1. Ray Landis says:

    A Minnesota Twins shotglass – nice!

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