1/31 Morning Buzz
F&M Poll: Economy The Most Important Issue: Pennsylvanians ranked the priority of different issues facing the state.
F&M Poll: 23% of Pennsylvanians Support Corbett Reelection: A new Franklin and Marshall poll delivers a blow to Corbett’s job performance ratings and examines state issues.
PA-Gov: Wolf Kicks Off Major Media Buy (Watch Video): The first campaign ad for Wolf was spotted this morning.
Lt. Gov: Former Rendell Spokesman joins Koplinski Campaign: Chuck Ardo, Gov. Rendell’s Press Secretary, is joining Brad Koplinski’s bid for Lieutenant Governor.
McCord Picks Up Philly Laborers’ Endorsement: Another addition to the impressive batch of labor supporters.
PA-13: Arkoosh Brings In Over $200K in Q4: The physician and first-time candidate had another impressive financial quarter in the highly-competitive Democratic primary.
Bipartisan Farm Bill Passes in House: The bill aims to reform farming policy and food stamps policy, among other things.
F&M Poll: Obama Reaches New Lows In PA: The President reaches his newest low approval rating in PA since taking office.
Legislative Elections Update:
HD-124: Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks) has a conservative primary challenger: Jamie Barton. Knowles has held the seat since 2009. Barton accused the incumbent of “erod[ing] the taxpayers’ trust by joining every Democrat on the state House Government Committee, including Philadelphia liberals, in opposing a critical pension reform bill.”
PA Independent: Examining why unemployment fell below 7 percent in PA for the first time in five years (and what it means for the election)
PA Independent: Lottery looks to win some legislative help
Daily News: Poll: Corbett speaks what he believes … but few like what he’s saying
Daily News: Pa. bill to toughen domestic-violence penalties would include GPS monitoring
Daily News: Pa. pols ply oldest tricks of the trade
Daily News: L&I to go ‘paperless’ in next two years
Inquirer: Corbett: More funding to aid intellectually disabled
Philly.com: Pay no attention to the insurance lobbyists behind the Medicare curtain
Philly.com: Live! Hotel & Casino backers focus on experience at suitability hearing
PhillyClout: Council mulls gift ban for city workers
Courier-Times: Developer plans 480 residential units in Middletown
Courier-Times: Emergency responders get grants
Pottstown Mercury: Lt. Gov. Cawley: Education funding advocates will be pleased by Gov. Corbett’s budget
Pottstown Mercury: Borrowing method adds $900K to cost of Pottsgrove High School project
Pottstown Mercury: Spring-Ford School Board to interview candidates for board vacancy
Tribune Review: Ravenstahl forms consulting firm
Tribune Review: Support for second Corbett term stays low
Tribune Review: Pa. voters say jobs, money top worries
Post-Gazette: Boosting lottery profits pushed at hearing
Post-Gazette: Food stamp cuts to hit Pa. harder
Post-Gazette: President’s call to raise minimum wage felt by Pittsburgh residents
Post-Gazette: Alcosan expects approval of sewer plan
Early Returns: Wolf makes 1st network TV buy
Altoona Mirror: UPMC, nurses set more talks
Altoona Mirror: Propane suppliers weather shortage
Johnstown Tribune-Democrat: Cambria cash woes resurface
Observer-Reporter: Range Resources appeals Mt. Pleasant decision
Beaver County Times: Pa. bill would use slot revenues to better fund schools
Beaver County Times: Energy industry, environmentalists sound off on State of the Union
AP: Poll: Majority in Pa. support gas drilling
Times-Tribune: Court: Scranton does not have to pay higher pension benefits
Times-Tribune: Scranton paid high costs for routine temporary loan
Times-Tribune: State voters OK with ending discrimination against gay and transgender people
Citizens Voice: PennDOT demands $3M refund from LCTA
Citizens Voice: Savings from tax collector settlement still unclear
Wayne Independent: District mulling tax increase
Standard Speaker: Officials question budget changes
Times Leader: Perrone resigns as head of GNA
Times Leader: City looking to develop sites
Times Leader: State of the Union visit impresses area engineer
Times Leader: Casey urges USMC to locate recruiting HQ at Tobyhanna
Times Leader: Legislator wants Luzerne and Lackawanna designated disaster areas
AP: Pa. outdoor show returns after gun boycott
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: Will low support for second term sink Corbett?
Lancaster Intelligencer/Era: F&M poll: Gov. Tom Corbett is out of step with voters
York Dispatch: York Twp. resident announces bid for state House seat
York Dispatch: Sen. Casey launches Web page to help Pennsylvania seniors
York Daily Record: Watch Democrat Tom Wolf’s first TV ad for 2014 governor race
Harrisburg Patriot News: Gov. Tom Corbett’s budget proposal increases preschool funding by $10 million
Harrisburg Patriot News: Corbett popularity continues to stall, as support for medical pot and gay marriage remains steady: poll
Pennsylvania Ave: Santorum forgotten, again
Morning Call: Lehigh County officials spar over pension changes
Morning Call: Allentown councilman Schweyer announces bid for new 22nd House district
Morning Call: Study: Many will die if Medicaid is not expanded
Morning Call: Tardy Sen. Bob Casey delays Air Force One
Reading Eagle: Mayor says Reading is rising, but that much remains to be done
Reading Eagle: Poll: Support for Corbett, while inching upward, remains low, as Obama’s numbers dip
North by Northwest
Erie Times-News: Members of Congress representing Erie area react to State of the Union address
Centre Daily Times: Rep. Scott Conklin plans to seek re-election, still mulling gubernatorial run
Centre Daily Times: State House passes bill that would allow land near Pleasant Gap Fish Hatchery to be auctioned
Centre Daily Times: Centre County renews contracts to support programs to combat violence against women
Inquirer: Inquirer Editorial: Another lousy bet
Daily News: DN Editorial: Exit signs
Altoona Mirror: Prison call-off problem must be addressed
Times-Tribune: State schools need tuition flexibility
Morning Call: Medical marijuana hearing was historic for Pennsylvania Legislature
Commonwealth Foundation: Government Union Bosses’ Politics Harm Union Members
Keystone Politics: #PAGov: Only 15% Think Tom Corbett Has Been Fiscally Responsible
Keystone Politics: F&M: One in Four Support Tom Corbett’s Reelection as #PAGov
Keystone Politics: Is David Cohen Selling Out PA Democrats for a Measly $4.5 Million?
Keystone Politics: Comcast Getting Into the Electric Utility Market
Keystone Politics: Debtors Prison, Pennsylvania-Style
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Steel Museum Mismanagement Exposed
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Less Than 600,000 Used LVIA in 2013
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Has Northampton County Seen Its Last Democratic Exec?